Daily Archives: December 21, 2021

2021-12-21: News Headlines

Norman Solomon (2021-12-21). The Pentagon's 20-year killing spree has always treated civilians as expendable. nationofchange.org Overall, military spending accounts for about half of the federal government's total discretionary spending — while programs for helping instead of killing are on short rations for local, state and national government agencies.

_____ (2021-12-21). French Soldiers Flee Africa Just Like the American Troops that Fled Afghanistan. journal-neo.org As the evolution of the armed expansion of the United States and its allies before our eyes testifies, the attempts of "valiant NATO troops" to gain a foothold with their weapons in foreign countries have a similar unfortunate end. Eventually, each and everyone of them has to say goodbye to their hopes of neocolonial conquest …

_____ (2021-12-21). Next Phase in US Economic and Political Crisis Begins. popularresistance.org The response of Democrat leaders to Manchin's announcement killing the bill has been typically timid. Senator Sanders replied they should put the bill to a vote in the Senate to show West Virginians where Manchin stands. As if it was not already clear to everyone! Dick Durbin's reply was 'let's all go home for Xmas' and we'll all feel better when we return and maybe can get something done'. Such timidity reveals traditional Democrat political pusillanimity and a desperate 'too clever' spin that the bill isn't quite dead. Somehow the Zombie legislation can be resurrected. But Build Back Better is not only DOA, but…

Adomas Abromaitis (2021-12-21). Lithuania bets only on the U.S. moderndiplomacy.eu Lithuania has reached the highest level of cooperation with the United States. Contacts of the Lithuanian authorities with the US officials take place regularly. On 1 December in Riga, on the margins of the NATO Foreign Ministers' meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Gabrielius Landsbergis met with the United States Secretary of State …

Manlio Dinucci (2021-12-21). ´Mossa aggressiva ª russa: Mosca propone la pace. globalresearch.ca La Federazione Russa ha consegnato agli Stati Uniti d'America, il 15 dicembre, il progetto di un Trattato e di un Accordo per disinnescare la crescente tensione tra le due parti. I due documenti sono stati resi pubblici, il 17 dicembre, …

Editor (2021-12-21). How do we stop the neocons from starting another disaster in Ukraine. mronline.org If anything, Washington's neoconservatives have an unerring instinct for survival.

Roger Annis (2021-12-21). The Self-determination Struggle in Russian Crimea and the Pro-autonomy Struggle in Donbas (formerly eastern Ukraine). dissidentvoice.org Dissident Voice has published an article by U.S. writer William Boardman on December 14 titled 'Ukraine is a problem only as long as the West makes it one'. The article is reprinted from Reader Supported News and warns of the dangerous consequences emanating from the military threats by the Western powers against Russia. The U.S. …

_____ (2021-12-21). New York Times Reporting on Airstrikes Should Give Daniel Hale More Credit. popularresistance.org Hale used his first hand experience identifying targets for the drone program to highlight how it relies on faulty criteria, and as a result, kills civilians. Later, Hale worked for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, where he had access to documents on how the drone program operates. Hale provided those documents to the Intercept which published them as The Drone Papers in 2015. While Hale's documents were not as comprehensive as the trove recently published by the New York Times, they did provide much of the same core revelations, particularly the faulty nature of how intelligence is gathered and the h…

WSWS (2021-12-21). Classified documents reveal Israeli government cover-up of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948. wsws.org The Akevot report reveals that testimonies about several massacres of Palestinians and war crimes committed by Israeli military forces during the 1948-49 war were presented to the cabinet in 1948.

_____ (2021-12-21). New Program Is Secretly Privatizing Medicare. popularresistance.org A new program is placing Medicare recipients into private health insurance plans without their knowledge or consent in a final effort to fully privatize our national Medicare system. Known as "Direct Contract Entities (DCEs)," this program is putting more of our healthcare system into the hands of private equity to generate enormous profits at the expense of our health. Clearing the FOG speaks about this with Kay Tillow, a long time health care, civil rights and union activist. Tillow explains what these entities are, why they threaten the future of our entire healthcare system and how they block our ability to a…

John Wojcik (2021-12-21). Millionaire Manchin's coal money behind his knifing of Build Back Better. peoplesworld.org

Matthew Daly (2021-12-21). Despite Manchin's blow to Build Back Better, Biden boosts fuel economy standards to fight climate change. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step to fight climate change, the Biden administration is raising vehicle mileage standards to significantly reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases, reversing a Trump-era rollback that loosened fuel efficiency standards. A final rule issued Monday would raise mileage standards starting in the 2023 model year, reaching a projected industry-wide target of …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-21). Senior Economist At Moody's, Mark Zandi: I'm Lowering My Economic Forecast For US Due To Omicron Variant. moguldom.com Moody's Analytics is expected to downgrade its U.S. economic forecast by as much as one percentage point in the coming days due to the double blow from the intensifying pandemic and Sen. Joe Manchin's opposition to President Joe Biden's signature Build Back Better legislation. Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody's Analytics, told CNN on Monday that …

_____ (2021-12-21). The US Fights Asia, Not Just China. journal-neo.org US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken cut short his tour of Southeast Asia due to concerns over COVID-19, the New York Times would report. The aborted trip comes at a time when the US finds itself struggling for relevance in a region it had once held considerably more sway over. This most recent turn for …

A Guest Author (2021-12-21). Have you been lied to about Xinjiang, human rights ‚àí and China? workers.org This statement was issued by the International Action Center (iacenter.org), posted at wp.me/p4Yme1-4Rf and available in PDF at wp.me/P4Yme1-4SF. Claiming that it is acting in defense of human rights, the U.S. tries to cover its own criminal record on internal human rights violations and its record of endless wars, assassinations, . . . |

James O'Neill (2021-12-21). United States and Israeli Intransigence vis-à -vis Iran. dissidentvoice.org In 2015, the United States signed what is popularly referred to as the JCPOA (the joint comprehensive plan of action) a deal involving Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States) designed to limit the capacity of Iran to develop nuclear weapons. In exchange for their signature, the …

Editor2 (2021-12-21). Want to Know How to Beat COVID? Look at China. orinocotribune.com By Scott Scheffer — Dec 17, 2021 | 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 available, and billions of dollars in the vaults of the richest capitalist class in history, the U.S. should have been able to succeed in a vaccination campaign and treat everyone before they were infected. Vaccines should have made their way throughout the world, including the global south where the challenges of poverty magnify the horrors of the pandemic. | Instead, the W…

Project Censored (2021-12-21). A Julian Assange Update Featuring Kevin Gosztola. projectcensored.org Independent journalist Kevin Gosztola of Shadowproof.com returns to the program to deliver another update about the Julian Assange extradition case in the UK, and its disturbing implications for press freedom. Then we hear a… | Project Censored's new annual volume, "State of the Free Press 2022," has just been released from The Censored Press. It includes the well-known 'Top 25' censored stories of the preceding…

WSWS (2021-12-21). Voting closes on concessions contract at Kellogg's, while union uses divide-and-conquer tactics to break strike. wsws.org The BCTGM is copying the UAW's method used to break the John Deere strike of dividing workers up by plant, seeking to isolate the more militant plants from the less militant.

Ana Perdigón (2021-12-21). UK Imperialism Tightens its Grasp on Venezuela's Gold. orinocotribune.com The case of the Venezuelan gold seized by the United Kingdom continues to develop as the UK Supreme Court ruled earlier today that the case should now be referred to the Commercial Court. The UK Supreme Court stated that it could not contradict the decision of the country's Executive, which alarmingly—and in a contradictory fashion—continues to recognize former deputy Juan Guaidó as "interim president." | The UK Supreme Court explained in its ruling that the UK courts cannot contradict the government, which claims to recognize the self-proclaimed president and not the Constitutional President, Nicolás…

Tony Murphy (2021-12-21). Rally for Amazon workers! Dec. 22, New York City. workers.org New York City Amazon union organizing is accelerating, as Staten Island Amazon workers refile for union election. On Dec. 22 the Amazon Labor Union will resubmit its petition for a union vote at the facility, known as JFK8, to the National Labor Relations Board. Workers will hold a lunchtime walkout . . . |

Editor (2021-12-21). Murder and the rate of return — an editorial. workers.org In a footnote to Volume 1 of Capital, first published in 1867, Karl Marx quoted from the 19th century English labor leader T.J. Dunning: "With adequate profit, capital is very bold. A certain 10% will ensure its employment anywhere; 20% certain will produce eagerness; 50% positive audacity; 100% will make . . . |

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-21). The Path to Corruption in France. moderndiplomacy.eu Whereas Germany takes an extremely libertarian approach to corruption, and even allows foreigners to donate secretly and in any amount to support a candidate, France has one of the world's best anti-corruption legal systems, so that virtually the only pathway by which a person can legally perpetrate corruption of the French Government is indicated by …

Bethany Rielly (2021-12-21). Britain and France sued over Channel deaths. peoplesworld.org

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-21). Key role for union workers, in $9.5B JFK Airport rebuild. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK — There will be a $9.5 billion reconstruction of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and union workers will build it. The board of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs the airport, approved the New Terminal One construction project on December 16, after Gov. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., …

C.J. Atkins (2021-12-21). Manuel Tiago's 'Border Crossings': People's World interviews the translator. peoplesworld.org Once more, People's World is back to talk with Eric Gordon, the English-language translator of the novels of Portuguese writer àÅlvaro Cunhal, late leader of the Portuguese Communist Party, who wrote under the literary name of Manuel Tiago. Eric previously talked with us about the first three volumes published in the multi-book series: Five Days, Five …

Andrew Emett (2021-12-21). Democratic legislators send scathing letter to Amazon inquiring about employee deaths. nationofchange.org "Amazon has proven time and time again that it views workers as disposable means to achieving greater profits."

Julia Conley (2021-12-21). Displaying 'inhuman disdain' for working families, Manchin said child tax credit would be used for drugs. nationofchange.org "Sen. Joe Manchin—who is a multimillionaire—doesn't think his poor constituents can be trusted with a little help."

The Socialist Program (2021-12-21). Joe Manchin's War Against Workers. liberationnews.org After months of talking, begging and offering concessions the Biden administration's dead-end strategy of appeasing right wing Democrat Joe Manchin has gone up in flames.

Staff (2021-12-21). Timeline: How Law Enforcement Fueled Violence in Kenosha. aclu.org On August 23, 2020, a white officer in the Kenosha Police Department shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back, leaving him paralyzed. Protests erupted in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin suburb, and two nights later, Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two people and injured another amidst the unrest. More than 40 different local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies descended on the suburb of Milwaukee that summer night. While Rittenhouse's high-profile trial was monitored by people across the country, the underlying role of law enforcement and their interactions with right-wing militia groups has drawn less at…

WSWS (2021-12-21). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Teachers in two districts are planning walkouts over stalled contract talks while London, Ontario city workers are discussing work refusals amidst the latest COVID wave.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Tentative agreement to end Massachusetts nurses strike after intervention of Biden administration. wsws.org The Massachusetts Nurses Association is quick to explain that the deal contains "necessary" compromises. According to one of these, Tenet will reportedly allow the scabs it began hiring in May to permanently replace workers to remain on the job.

WSWS (2021-12-21). UK Tesco workers—reject USDAW-Unite pay sellout! wsws.org USDAW and Unite are recommending workers call off their offensive and accept an effective pay cut in conditions in which they occupy a powerful economic position and confront the serious dangers of COVID-19 in the workplace.

WSWS (2021-12-21). COVID-19 explodes in Spain as PSOE-Podemos government refuses action. wsws.org The surge in infections in Spain is a warning of the dangers posed by the virus, which the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government has let spread unchecked.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Retail pharmacy workers speaking out after nationwide walkout action to oppose unsafe working conditions. wsws.org While it is unknown how many total pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and pharmacy clerks walked off the job, social media postings make clear a determination to fight against intolerable conditions.

WSWS (2021-12-21). USW keeps Newport News shipbuilders on the job as union prepares another sellout deal. wsws.org Opposed to any fight against the defense contractor, the United Steelworkers used its recent rally to intimidate workers and try to dissuade them from striking.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Michigan legislature passes bill that would keep kids in schools without teachers. wsws.org The bipartisan legislation is a blatant attempt to undermine teachers' recent successful efforts to force the closure of schools to stop the spread of COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Mack Trucks and UAW continue to push for profits at Macungie, Pennsylvania plant after worker dies of COVID-19. wsws.org Mack and the United Auto Workers have continued with operations even after William Domitrovitsch Jr., who had an elderly parent and young child, died on December 15 after catching COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Retired US generals warn of 2024 election coup. wsws.org The three generals urged the Pentagon to begin planning now for a post-election conflict that could split the military.

WSWS (2021-12-21). German elderly care workers report dramatic pandemic experiences. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site spoke with caregivers in nursing and retirement homes as part of the Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Flight attendants say US airlines forced them to wear toxic uniforms even after symptoms emerged. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site received correspondence from Southwest Airlines flight attendants suffering chronic and incurable disorders caused by poisoned company uniforms.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Over 1,000 children have died from COVID-19 in the United States. wsws.org Despite staggering levels of infections and deaths among children in the US, the Biden administration has doubled down on keeping schools open.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Price increases for food and other basic necessities to squeeze Canadian workers' already hard-pressed incomes. wsws.org The rising cost of foodstuffs is especially devastating for workers and their families, many of whom struggle to put food on the table, never mind the foods necessary for a healthy and balanced diet.

_____ (2021-12-21). Even More Chronicles of the Taiwan Issue. journal-neo.org Last time the author left the Taiwan problem with a sense of faint hope for possible glimpses into the general gloom which has been lingering for a long time. But nothing particularly reassuring happened either then or as a result of subsequent contradictory events, which have been flowing around the almost central point of the …

_____ (2021-12-21). US and Israel Oppose Rapprochement of UAE and Iran. journal-neo.org The aspiration of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to become an essential independent geopolitical player in the Middle East is perceived with great wariness and jealousy in Washington and Tel Aviv, openly not wishing to release Abu Dhabi "from their ranks." Of particular concern to the USA and Israel was the announcement on November 30 …

_____ (2021-12-21). An Ohio College Privatized Its Energy And Built A Gas Plant On Campus, Outraging Students. popularresistance.org Columbus is Ohio's capital and the fastest-growing city in the Midwest. And its climate action plan is aggressive. In 2020, the mayor announced a goal to go carbon neutral by 2050, and voters passed a Sierra Club-backed plan for 100% renewable energy by 2024. Some of Columbus' large companies, which are exempt from these requirements, have opted into the city's 100% renewables pilot. Now, However, The University Is Pursuing The Construction Of A New, Gas-Powered Energy Plant Despite Student Protests Holding Them Accountable.

Abdul Rahman (2021-12-21). External pressure intensifies uncertainty over elections in Libya days before scheduled vote. peoplesdispatch.org The much awaited presidential elections in Libya scheduled for December 24 will most likely be postponed. The uncertainty is exacerbated by external pressures by countries such as Imad al-Sayeh, head of the High National Election Comm…

Amjed Jaaved (2021-12-21). The right to self-determination for the Kashmir "colony" moderndiplomacy.eu The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has unanimously adopted a Pakistan-sponsored resolution, titled "Universal Realisation of the Right of the Peoples to Self-Determination". It unequivocally supports the right to self-determination for all peoples under subjugation, alien domination and foreign occupation". With close to nine lack troops, police constabulary and security sleuths deployed, the Indian-held Kashmir …

Ann Brown (2021-12-21). Harvard University Journal Retracts Fake Disinformation Criticism Of ADOS Reparations Organization. moguldom.com On Jan. 18, 2021, Harvard University's Harvard Kennedy School published an article entitled "Disinformation creep: ADOS and the strategic weaponization of breaking news" that was decidedly anti-ADOS. ADOS is an acronym for American Descendants of Slavery, a growing reparations movement started in 2016 by Yvette Carnell, formerly a board member of Progressives for Immigration Reform, and …

C.J. Hopkins (2021-12-21). The Year of the New Normal Fascist. dissidentvoice.org Nazis on holiday And so, as 2021 goose-steps toward its fanatical finish, it is time for my traditional year-end wrap-up. It's "The Year of the Ox" in the Chinese zodiac, but I'm christening it "The Year of the New Normal Fascist." And what a phenomenally fascist year it has been! I'm not talking amateur fascism. …

Editor (2021-12-21). LABOUR live at Metabolic Rift. mronline.org Titled Metabolic Rift, the month-long event series combined both an exhibition spread across Berlin's Kraftwerk venue and a series of concerts that captured the spirit of Berlin through site-specific interventions and live performance.

Editor (2021-12-21). Property: Is it theft? Is it freedom or is it both? Merry Christmas! mronline.org Not long after Thanksgiving this year, I went to San Francisco's Japantown ("Jtown" to locals). Surrounded by commodities for sale and in a high rent district I was reminded of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon's famous remark, "La propriété, c'est le vol!, which is usually translated as "Property is theft."

Giancarlo Elia Valori (2021-12-21). The diplomatic waltz rounds of the United Arab Emirates. moderndiplomacy.eu Abu Dhabi sets aside differences between the seven United Arab Emirates (Ras Al Khaimah, Sharjah, Abu Dhabi, Umm Al Quwain, Ajman, Dubai and Fujairah) for rapprochement with Iran, in line with its bilateral dialogue with other countries in the region. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has initiated a process of rapprochement with Iran. In the …

Gidimt'en Yintah Access (2021-12-21). Wet'suwet'en Evict Coastal Gaslink From Drill Site; Re-Establish Coyote Camp. itsgoingdown.org Report on re-occupation of drill site and area known as Coyote Camp and eviction of Coastal Gaslink workers on Wet'suwet'en territory. Gidimt'en land defenders and supporters have once again evicted Coastal Gaslink workers from a key pipeline drill site, protecting Wet'suwet'en headwaters and re-occupying the area known as "Coyote Camp." Early Sunday, in observance of…

James L. VanHise (2021-12-21). Why activists need art to create social change. nationofchange.org The authors of a new book on artistic activism discuss the importance of fighting on the terrain of popular culture to reach a mass audience.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-21). Global Study: 4 In 10 With Covid Are Spreading It Unknowingly. moguldom.com Four out of 10 people who are infected with covid-19 are spreading the disease unknowingly, according to a global study. Findings of a study by researchers from Peking University showed that more than 40 percent of the tested population confirmed to be infected with coronavirus were asymptomatic, exhibiting no symptoms of the disease. The study, …

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-21). Man Thought To Be Cannibal Believed Eating Victim Would Cure Him. moguldom.com A man from Idaho who was arrested and charged with murder allegedly was a cannibal too, eating parts of his victim believing it would "cure his brain," the Bonners Ferry Herald reported. James David Russell, 39, was arrested in September and charged with first-degree murder after tissue belonging to 70-year-old David Flaget was found inside a …

Marie Kelly (2021-12-21). In a Pennsylvania prison, a COVID-19 related death. workers.org A 52-year-old man, Melvin James Anderson IV, died while incarcerated in the Chester County Correctional Complex and Youth Center in Pocopson, Pennsylvania, Dec. 7. He was jailed while waiting to be tried for a charge of burglary, which he may or may not have committed. How did he die? He . . . |

Martin Empson (2021-12-21). Gregory T. Cushman — 'Guano and the Opening of the Pacific World: A Global Ecological History'. mronline.org In the last two decades it has been common, in Marxist books on ecology, to find discussions of how capitalist agriculture developed an urgent need for fertilisers to solve the crisis of soil fertility in the 19th century.

Newsroom (2021-12-21). A Climate Change Solution Direct from the Congo. moderndiplomacy.eu A revealing account authored by former US Diplomat and World Bank Group (IFC) official Oliver Griffith provides a compelling perspective on a scalable solution for climate change. Investigating the impact of UN backed projects that work to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), Griffith makes his case for listening to the people on the …

Newsroom (2021-12-21). Coal power's sharp rebound is taking it to a new record in 2021, threatening net zero goals. moderndiplomacy.eu The amount of electricity generated worldwide from coal is surging towards a new annual record in 2021, undermining efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and potentially putting global coal demand on course for an all-time high next year, the International Energy Agency said in its latest annual market report. After falling in 2019 and 2020, …

Newsroom (2021-12-21). Iran, Saudi Arabia FMs hold brief meeting in Pakistan. moderndiplomacy.eu The foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia held a brief meeting in Islamabad on Sunday on the sidelines of a regional summit on Afghanistan, the spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry said. Speaking during a presser on Monday, Saeed Khatibzadeh said, "The foreign ministers of Iran and Saudi Arabia had a brief meeting on the …

Newsroom (2021-12-21). Moscow's digital ecosystem was awarded with Runet prize. moderndiplomacy.eu Projects of the Moscow Government received the Runet Prize in five nominations at once, in particular in "State and Society", "Creative Industries", "Development of Domestic Tourism" nominations and others. Among the laureates are the digital ecosystem of Moscow, the service of short-term rent of urban spaces "Together with Culture", the Russpass tourist service and the …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-21). Hospitality workers on strike in Cambodia's biggest casino. peoplesdispatch.org Despite pressure from authorities, more than 1,300 workers in Phnom Penh's NagaWorld have been on strike against mass lay-offs and wage cuts. The entire leadership of the Labour Rights Supported Union of Khmer Employees of NagaWorld is among those laid off…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-21). Israel closes investigation against security personnel accused of killing mentally ill Palestinian citizen. peoplesdispatch.org The family of Mustafa Younis (26) has appealed the verdict of the Israeli public prosecutor which justified the murder as the correct response to a "terrorist attack"

Philip Giraldi (2021-12-21). The Totalitarian Moment: Woke Democrats are establishing "Social Justice" despotism. globalresearch.ca The Democrats have held the presidency and a majority of both houses of Congress for only eleven months, but they have already put their stamp on the transformation of the United States from top to bottom. In reaction to those …

Reynard Loki (2021-12-21). There's Only One Essential Role Humans Have on Earth—A Humbler Perspective Could Save the World. independentmediainstitute.org While the world's oceans, nonhuman animals, and plants play starring roles in sustaining our ecosystem, why are we so bent on sabotaging it? By Captain Paul Watson, Independent Media Institute 6 min read This excerpt is from Urgent! Save Our Ocean to Survive Climate Change, by Captain Paul Watson (GroundSwell Books, 2021). This web adaptation …

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-12-21). The Arctic is warming much faster than thought earlier. peoplesdispatch.org The new finding comes at a time when we have already witnessed permafrost declining which has impacted Indigenous villages, caused vanishing of summer sea ice, and resulted in water washing down Greenland's ice sheets at a record amount…

Staff (2021-12-21). Venezuela Mourns Earle Herrera, Mentor for Journalists & Remarkable Chavista. orinocotribune.com Through his Twitter account, Venezuelan Minister for Communication and Information Freddy àëáñez announced the passing of prominent journalist and remarkable Chavista Earle Herrera. "I am very sorry for the death of Earle Herrera, an institution in journalism, a lucid man and faithful to ideas," wrote àëáñez. "His articles accompanied us with humor and intelligence on sunny and rainy days, and now with his silence he will continue to demand more from us. Until we meet again, maestro." | Born in El Tigrito, Anzoátegui state, on April 23, 1949, Herrera was an outstanding professor at the Central Universit…

Tamara Nassar (2021-12-21). Israel's cyberwarfare industry had a bad year. electronicintifada.net NSO Group may be on the ropes, but new spy firms are waiting in the wings.

Uzay Bulut (2021-12-21). Cyprus: Turkish Occupation and Unpunished Crimes Against Women and Children. moderndiplomacy.eu On December 16 and 17, Democracy Today, an NGO that focuses on human rights issues, organized its annual international conference in Armenia's capital of Yerevan. This was part of a cooperation with the Working Group (WG) on women and gender realities in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region. This year's agenda …

Kim Petersen (2021-12-21). Gullibility and Poor Sportsmanship. dissidentvoice.org Fool me once, shame on the trickster for resorting to trickery. Fool me twice, shame on me. When someone has earned the reputation of a trickster, one ought to be very skeptical of that trickster. Thus, to be fooled twice by the same trickster brings shame on the gullible person. The United States has been …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-21). Celebrating two years Jameel Institute: key milestones from the last 12 months. imperial.ac.uk As we mark the second anniversary of the Jameel Institute, the team has published their annual report highlighting some key achievements.

Roselena Ramirez (2021-12-21). Nicaragua Miskito People Facing the Worst of Climate Change. america.cgtn.com In November 2020, brutal back-to-back hurricanes smashed into Nicaragua's Caribbean coast, knocking down homes and trees and washing away beaches. The ferocity of the storms, and their frequency, scientists say, are signs of climate change. If this is the new normal, then Central America is …

Fight Back (2021-12-21). U of MN AFSCME reaches tentative agreement including essential worker bonuses, worksite flexibility. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On December 16, around 2500 hundred clerical, technical and healthcare workers at the University of Minnesota reached a tentative agreement on a new contract. The workers are members of the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Locals 3800, 3801, 3260 and 3937 and have been working with an expired contract since July 1. The agreement is for a one-year contract, which means even as this long round of negotiations and contract campaign actions wraps up, the locals are already gearing up to begin bargaining their next contract. | At the start of negotiations, the loca…

Dean Baker (2021-12-21). We Temporarily Interrupt this Blog. cepr.net Hi everyone, this is Dean's colleague Dawn, CEPR's Development Director. I am hijacking Dean's blog as I do on occasion to make sure you saw this post I wrote about Dean's work on vaccines and intellectual property and to point out why that work is worthy of your support. I was thinking as I began …

Roselena Ramirez (2021-12-21). Colombian Locals Make Rehabilitation of Trafficked Monkeys their Life's Work. america.cgtn.com According to the United Nations, one of the top 5 most profitable illicit businesses on the planet is illegal wildlife trafficking. It ranks 4th after narcotics, weapons, and human trafficking. One Colombian community in the Amazon is making a difference by rehabilitating orphaned monkeys that have …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-21). Venezuela condemns British Supreme court ruling to maintain blockade on gold. peoplesdispatch.org The Central Bank of Venezuela has been engaged in a legal battle to recover 31 tons of public gold deposited at the Bank of England…

Fight Back (2021-12-21). Milwaukee Alliance organizes picket to free Theo Edgecomb. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI — In the middle of a cold winter evening, on December 17, the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression organized a picket with the family of Theodore Malcolm Edgecomb to amplify awareness of Edgecomb's case, which is set for a jury trial on January 3, 2022. | Edgecomb is being charged with first degree reckless homicide with a dangerous weapon for events that unfolded on September 22, 2020. When news initially broke out about Edgecomb killing Jason Cleereman, an immigration attorney, the narrative quickly became one of defending Cleereman's character while depicting Edgecomb…

WSWS (2021-12-21). Australian immunologist warns of Omicron "disaster" wsws.org Dr Dan Suan: "Unfortunately, the government has left the field, so it's up to us."

Patricia Ferrer (2021-12-21). President Maduro Congratulates Chile's Next President Gabriel Boric. orinocotribune.com Gabriel Boric was elected as president of Chile by the Apruebo Dignidad coalition. The 35-year old former student leader is the youngest president in the history of the country. In his term as a deputy, and during his campaign, Boric raised the issues of inclusion, decentralization and equal rights as cornerstones of his electoral campaign but questioned Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, repeating a familiar US and European imperialist narrative. | When the results were announced, Boric was immediately congratulated by his counterparts through the region. Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro celebrated the election…

Roselena Ramirez (2021-12-21). Mexican Cartels Blamed for Increased Violence in Ecuador's Prisons. america.cgtn.com Ecuador was left reeling when at least 120 inmates were killed in a Guayaquil jail. Local gangs linked with Mexican drug cartels were behind the slaughter in what is believed to be a fight over territory. The riot was the worst prison massacre in Ecuador's …

WSWS (2021-12-21). French government rejects scientists' calls to limit spread of Omicron variant. wsws.org Health Minister Olivier Véran claimed the Omicron variant would only have a "fleeting" impact, although hundreds of cases have already been detected in France.

Global Research News (2021-12-21). The Kremlin's Credibility Is At Stake. globalresearch.ca The CIA and British intelligence are feeding the public through their media assets the story that Russia's security concern is really a cloak behind which hides Moscow's plan to create a new Russian sphere of influence over eastern Europe. …

Staff (2021-12-21). 5 Years for a Retweet: Egyptian Rights Activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah Sentenced by Emergency Court. democracynow.org An emergency court in Egypt has sentenced leading human rights activist Alaa Abd El-Fattah to an additional five years in prison on the charge of "spreading false news undermining national security" for sharing a post on Twitter. El-Fattah has been imprisoned since his arrest in September 2019, just six months after he was released following a five-year prison term for his role in the peaceful demonstrations of 2011 that led to the fall of Egypt's longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak. "Alaa wasn't even in the courtroom," says El-Fattah's aunt, the acclaimed Egyptian novelist Ahdaf Soueif, who was in the courtroom at t…

WSWS (2021-12-21). Scientists warn European governments' inaction on Omicron variant threatens social collapse. wsws.org Warnings that unprecedented numbers of workers may fall ill, leading to mass deaths and infrastructure collapse, point to the urgent need to halt transmission of the virus.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-21). Imperial experts win £1.5m to use supercomputers for greener UK society. imperial.ac.uk Two Imperial College London teams have won a combined £1.5 million from EPSRC to harness the power of supercomputers for a greener society.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Brazil flying blind in Omicron surge as Bolsonaro attacks child vaccinations. wsws.org Preparing a response to the Omicron variant that will be a full-blown catastrophe, Bolsonaro announced plans to require medical prescriptions for child vaccinations.

_____ (2021-12-21). In the Great Tradition of Populist Leaders, Boris Johnson can no Longer Tell Truth From Falsehood. strategic-culture.org By Patrick COCKBURN | When Donald Trump won the US presidential election while lying about almost everything, Boris Johnson expressed deep interest in his success. "He was fascinated by it," an official in constant contact with Johnson at the time told me. "He kept asking how on earth Trump had got away with it." | Johnson required no tuition in mendacity since he had Johnson's own record of dup…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-12-21). Russian "Aggressive Gambit": Moscow Proposes Peace. globalresearch.ca On December 15, the Russian Federation delivered to the United States of America the project of a Treaty and an Agreement to defuse the growing tension between the two parties. | The two documents were made public by the Russian Foreign …

WSWS (2021-12-21). New Zealand: More bodies photographed after sealing of Pike River mine. wsws.org The announcement underlines the criminality of the Labour Party government's decision to permanently seal the mine, preventing the 29 bodies being recovered and the 2010 disaster properly investigated.

Staff (2021-12-21). Headlines for December 21, 2021. democracynow.org WHO Urges Cancellation of Holiday Gatherings as Omicron Spreads at Record Pace, Omicron Variant Surpasses Delta, Now Accounts for Three-Quarters of U.S. Cases, New York Confirms Record Number of Coronavirus Infections for Fourth Straight Day, NHL Cancels Hockey Games Amid COVID Surge; Record Number of NFL Players Test Positive, White House to Make Half-Billion COVID-19 Home Test Kits Available for Free, Himalayan Glaciers Melt at Accelerating Rate as Climate Emergency Deepens, EPA Rule Would Require Gas-Powered Cars to Average 55 Miles Per Gallon by 2026, Burmese Military Massacred 40 Men and Buried Bodies in Mas…

Victoria Torres (2021-12-21). The End of Neoliberalism in Latin America?: Return of the Left. orinocotribune.com Without seeming like déjà vu, presidential candidates supported by progressive and left-wing parties and movements are regaining power on the Latin American continent. Everything indicates that it may be the end of neoliberalism once again. | The domino effect has reached Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Honduras, and more recently Chile, where the people have placed their hopes of progress on the new leftist presidency of Gabriel Boric, despite the hesitation by many on the left towards his statements on foreign policy. | Commander Hugo Chávez, alongside Fidel Castro, managed, at the beginni…

Lauren Smith (2021-12-21). Green Party Assembles Circular Firing Squad With its Support of Mandated COVID-19 Jabs. covertactionmagazine.com On December 8th the Green's nine-member Steering Committee, its administrative arm, released a press statement in support of mandatory Covid-19 …

WSWS (2021-12-21). Omicron surge threatens to overwhelm health systems across the United States. wsws.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that the more transmissible variant now accounts for 73 percent of all COVID-19 infections in the United States.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Biden administration doubles down on "vaccine-only" strategy as Omicron emerges as dominant strain in US. wsws.org Biden is delivering a nationally televised address this evening that will be focused on reassuring Wall Street that no measures will be taken to stop the transmission of the Omicron variant.

WSWS (2021-12-21). As UK Omicron cases and deaths surge, Johnson government does nothing to protect population. wsws.org Despite warnings from his own advisers that the ineffectual "Plan B" measures currently in place will allow the population to be overwhelmed by an avalanche of COVID cases and deaths, Johnson announced no new measures yesterday after meeting with his Cabinet.

Editor2 (2021-12-21). The Omicron Shame: Why is the World Punishing Instead of Helping Africa? orinocotribune.com By Ramzy Baroud — Dec 13, 2021 | The The swiftness of choking off some of Africa's poorest countries, including Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, is particularly disturbing if placed within a prop…

Fight Back (2021-12-21). Today is Stalin's birthday – here's what Mao had to say. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following article written by Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong on the 60th birthday of Joseph Stalin. | Stalin, Friend of the Chinese People | On the Twenty-first of December, Comrade Stalin will be sixty years old. We can be sure that his birthday will evoke warm and affectionate congratulations from the hearts of all revolutionary people throughout the world who know of the occasion. | Congratulating Stalin is not a formality. Congratulating Stalin means supporting him and his cause, supporting the victory of socialism, and the way forward for mankind which he points ou…

John Feffer (2021-12-21). The "selling" of degrowth. nationofchange.org Can those who advocate hitting the brakes on economic growth get their message across before it's too late?>

Brian Perez-Canto (2021-12-21). Chilean people reject fascist candidate Kast in presidential election. liberationnews.org Jose Antonio Kast — avowed supporter of the fascist Pinochet regime and son of a Nazi military officer — was defeated by progressive candidate Gabriel Boric in Sunday's runoff election to become the next president of Chile.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Chile's pseudo-left president-elect Gabriel Boric promises to work with far right. wsws.org Boric's government will be modeled in large measure on Spain's Podemos-Spanish Socialist Workers Party PSOE coalition, composed of thoroughly corrupt, pro-capitalist stooges.

Staff (2021-12-21). Gabriel Boric Win in Chile Is "Huge Victory" for Social Movements That Fought Off Far-Right Threat. democracynow.org Former student activist and leftist Gabriel Boric will become Chile's youngest president after easily defeating the far-right candidate José Antonio Kast with over 55% of the vote. Boric has vowed to fight for progressive social reforms and overhaul the neoliberal economic policies left by the U.S.-backed dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet. We speak with Chilean writer Pablo Abufom and feminist activist Javiera Manzi, who say Boric's victory signals an opening for progressive policy in Chile and Latin America more broadly.

Staff (2021-12-21). "Shut Down Those Tanks": Anger Grows in Hawaii After U.S. Navy Fuel Site Contaminates Water. democracynow.org The United States Navy is facing growing calls to permanently shut down one of their fuel storage facilities in Hawaii after a petroleum leak contaminated the water supply that serves over 90,000 families around the naval base of Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu. The storage site, called the Red Hill Bulk Fuel Storage Facility, has long been protested by environmental activists in part because of its location just 100 feet above the primary groundwater aquifer for Honolulu and the rest of Oahu. We speak with two Native Hawaiian guests: civil rights lawyer Camille Kalama and Kamanamaikalani Beamer, a former comm…

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Increased NATO military exercises in Ukraine are preparation for war with Russia: military analyst. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Complete from today's TASS. As reported here two days ago: DM: Ukraine to host 10 NATO exercises, participate in 16 abroad next year Izvestia: NATO approaching Russia's borders Ukraine plans ten large-scale military drills with NATO's participation in 2022, which obviously raises serious alarm bells in Russia. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov noted that the alliance's …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-12-20). Dangerous Crossroads: NATO's commander suggests to deploy troops in Romania and Bulgaria. globalresearch.ca Once again, NATO is on the verge of unnecessarily escalating tensions in Eastern Europe for the sole purpose of confronting Russia. According to recent statements by some of its top officers, the Western military alliance plans to deploy troops in …

_____ (2021-12-20). Beijing and Moscow Strengthen Cooperation in Response to the West's Incitement of Hatred Against Russia and China. journal-neo.org The United States' and the European Union's desire to increase pressure with sanctions and hostile rhetoric on Russia and China has resulted in the tightest possible partnership between Moscow and Beijing, which are already united by years of extensive ties in various areas. Bilateral trade exceeded $132 billion from January to November, increased by 24 …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Senate approves Brzezinski to initiate conflict with Belarus. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com US Senate approves Mark Brzezinski as ambassador to Poland ==== Brzezinski spawn vows to complete cordon around Russia, unite Ukraine, "democratize" Belarus Brzezinski brothers want Biden, NATO to reprise father's confrontation with Russia over Poland Ukraine reprised: Victoria Nuland discusses Belarus with Ukrainian official ==== The US Senate confirmed more than 30 ambassadors on Saturday, …

The Cradle (2021-12-20). Secret US strike cell responsible for untold number of civilian deaths in Syria: Report. globalresearch.ca The New York Times (NYT) has revealed that a top secret US cell known as Talon Anvil sidestepped safeguards and repeatedly ordered airstrikes that killed an untold number of civilians in Syria under the guise of targeting ISIS fighters. | According …

_____ (2021-12-20). Yemen and Afghanistan Face Unprecedented Famine — Crimes of Mass Starvation. journal-neo.org Sounding the alarm this December Nicholas Papachrysostomou, MSF head of mission in Yemen made clear that well beyond the many casualties War claimed over the past seven years, famine weighs much heavier on the war-torn nation, a fate Afghanistan unfortunately shares. "A nearly seven-year long conflict has badly affected the country's economy and weakened an …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Leftist Gabriel Boric wins Chile's key presidential election and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org In today's episode of the Daily Round-up we look at progressive former student leader Gabriel Boric's victory in Chile's presidential runoff elections; massive protests against the October military coup in Sudan on the 3rd anniversary of the 2019 Revolution; a New York Times report on the "deeply flawed" intelligence informing U.S. airstrikes in the Middle East which killed over 1,000 civilians; and an indefinite strike launched by workers at the NagaWorld casino and resort in Cambodia to protest the targeting of unionised workers, and demand better pay.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Left candidate Gabriel Boric wins presidential elections in Chile. peoplesdispatch.org This Sunday December 19 over eight million Chileans voted to decide who will be the next president of Chile. According to Chile's electoral service SERVEL, with 96.75% of the votes processed, Gabriel Boric of the left-wing Approve Dignity coalition won with 55.8% of the votes over far-right José Antonio Kast of the Christian Social Front who received 44.19% of the votes. | At around 7: 20pm (Chilean time) when the first electoral bulletins were being released, Kast accepted his defeat in a message on

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-12-20). US appears open to negotiating Russia's proposal to ease tensions over Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Moscow has outlined an eight-point draft treaty of security guarantees that would lead to lower tensions in Europe and defuse the crisis over Ukraine if the West were to adopt it. The demands include ending Ukraine's path towards NATO membership, …

WSWS (2021-12-20). West Virginia Senator Manchin kills Biden's already stripped-down "Build Back Better" legislation. wsws.org Announcing his opposition to the measure on Fox News Sunday, the right-wing Democrat ensured that the meager social, tax and climate bill will not be passed in anything like its current form.

Manlio Dinucci (2021-12-20). Manlio Dinucci: "La Nato mette in pericolo la sicurezza della Russia" globalresearch.ca Manlio Dinucci delinea gli enormi pericoli che l'aggressività della Nato in Ucraina rischia di evocare. " | C'è il rischio di una escalation determinata dall'arroganza di forze atlantiche che intendono spingersi fino ai confini della Russia" …

_____ (2021-12-20). The US Seems Determined to Repeat its Mistakes Regardless of the Lessons to be Learned. journal-neo.org Thirty years ago, then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and United States president Ronald Reagan agreed that the then Soviet controlled territory of East Germany could be reunited with the western sector of the country, then known as West Germany. In exchange for this Soviet gesture, Reagan promised that NATO "would not advance one inch to …

Staff (2021-12-20). "Unacceptable": Rep. Jamaal Bowman Slams Manchin After Senator Says No to Build Back Better Plan. democracynow.org President Biden's signature $1.75 trillion Build Back Better package appears to be dead after Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced on Fox News this Sunday he would not support the plan to expand the social safety net and combat the climate crisis. Without Manchin, Senate Democrats do not have enough votes to pass the landmark legislation, which has already been approved by the House. We speak with Congressmember Jamaal Bowman, who is one of six progressive Democrats in the House who correctly predicted that his party's decision to vote on the infrastructure bill prior to the Build Back Better…

Newsroom (2021-12-20). Afghanistan economy in 'freefall', threatening to take entire population with it. moderndiplomacy.eu Afghanistan's economy is in "free fall", the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told a special meeting on Sunday, warning that if decisive and compassionate action is not taken immediately, it may "pull the entire population with it". Speaking virtually to the 17th Extraordinary Session of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers in …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Belarus ready to host nuclear weapons in face of NATO threat: foreign minister. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com FM: Belarus ready to host nuclear weapons if under threat from NATO ==== Zelensky says if Russia deploys nuclear arms to Belarus, Ukraine will "know where they are located" NATO threat to redeploy nuclear arms led to Belarus to moot basing Russian nuclear weapons — analyst Insane, sociopathic or sadists: Tulsi Gabbard blasts U.S government, …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Why NATO continues to ignore Russian security concerns, spurn its overtures: recent examples. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Emblematic temporizing, equivocation and approval-seeking from the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Kremlin, below. From the government's TASS and Interfax news agencies. What real message is being delivered to Washington and NATO other than an acknowledgment of weakness, fear, even desperation? And as to the pat response that in making concession after concession to NATO …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Ukraine's NATO neighbors pledge support for NATO accession, against Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukraine's accession to EU, NATO: Lublin Triangle leaders sign declaration Presidents of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, President of the Republic of Lithuania Gitanas Nausƒóda, and President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda signed a joint declaration in support of Ukraine's membership in the European Union and NATO. "The joint declaration stipulates clear support for Ukraine's …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). Zelensky says if Russia deploys nuclear arms to Belarus, Ukraine will "know where they are located" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Zelensky will have to explain in which " different parts of the world" Russia has deployed or exported nuclear weapons. With the assertion that his regime will "definitely know where part of Russia's nuclear weapon is located," he appears to indicate that a preemptive strike against them could be conducted. ==== Can't play with these …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). U.S. congressional delegation arrives in Ukraine to discuss threat of war with Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com US Congress delegation arrives in Ukraine to discuss threat of war with RussiaA group of congressmen announced Washington's readiness to take tough measures in response to any encroachment on sovereign Ukrainian territory *** "Representative Jason Crow led a U.S. Congressional delegation to Kyiv to discuss Russia's aggressive military buildup in and around Ukraine and hear …

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-20). West mulls Finnish war scenario for Russia in addition to Bandera, Mujahideen models. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com As Helsinki confirms it will purchase 64 U.S. F-35s, now equipped to deliver B61-12 tactical nuclear weapons, the 1939-1940 Finnish-Russian Winter War scenario is also being proposed by Western analysts to combat Russia in Ukraine in addition to those of the World War II Ukrainian Insurgent Army and the Afghan Mujahideen model of the 1980s. …

WSWS (2021-12-20). UN report documents massive attacks on democratic rights in Ukraine. wsws.org Limited as it is, the UN report exposes attempts to frame a potential war between a "free Ukraine" against an "aggressive" Russia as a "war for democracy" as a complete fraud.

Katie Miernicki (2021-12-20). Massive war budget increase sails through Congress as social programs stall. liberationnews.org The NDAA allocates massive sums of money to the Pentagon to wage wars of aggression around the world and prepare for even more devastating conflicts.

Combined Sources (2021-12-20). Progressive anger erupts after Manchin kills Build Back Better. peoplesworld.org

Staff (2021-12-20). Headlines for December 20, 2021. democracynow.org Build Back Better in Jeopardy After Sen. Joe Manchin Announces He Will Not Vote in Favor, Federal Company Vaccine Mandate Reinstated; New Data Show Moderna Booster Helps Fight Omicron, Southwest CEO Tests Positive After Senate Hearing; Sens. Booker and Warren Announce They Have COVID, Omicron Sends COVID Cases Surging, Prompts New Restrictions in Israel, U.K., the Netherlands, 35-Year-Old Progressive Activist Gabriel Boric Will Be Chile's Next President, Death Toll from Super Typhoon Rai Rises to 375 in Philippines; Floods Kill 8 in Malaysia, Hong Kong's "Patriots Only" Election Sees Record Low Turnout, Hundreds…

WSWS (2021-12-20). New Zealand Defence Assessment calls for more aggressive anti-China stance. wsws.org The Defence Assessment firmly aligns New Zealand with US and Australian imperialism in the escalating drive to war against China.

_____ (2021-12-20). Are Sino-Russian Relations Really the 'Best in History'? strategic-culture.org They are certainly positive and can be like a breath of fresh air compared to the eternal stench from the swamp Washington has been sinking into. | The long-term leaders of China and Russia recently had a teleconference in which they gave each other somewhat formal but clear addresses about their pleasure with the way Sino-Russian relations have been going in the past two decades. We shouldn't be surprised that face-to-face (in the digital sense) two politicians had lovely things to say about each other. In fact, every U.S. President that ever met Putin seemed to have nothing but shining and positive things to sa…

WSWS (2021-12-20). Canada joins US-led Olympic boycott as Trudeau government pursues ever more belligerent anti-China policy. wsws.org Canada's Liberal government is binding itself ever more tightly to Washington's all-sided diplomatic, economic and military-strategic offensive against China.

Editor (2021-12-20). The two Michaels, Canada's Kovrig and Spavor, caught red-handed spying against China and North Korea. mronline.org Western Politicians and Media, However, Made It Seem Like They Were Innocent Victims of China's Authoritarianism.

Ahmed Saber Abbas (2021-12-20). Military alliance requires ideological cover. moderndiplomacy.eu Weeks after the announcement of the Aukus Alliance, which aims to confront China in the Asia- Pacific region, the United States launched a summit for democracy, aimed at uniting the countries of the region and building more military alliances, which must be based on an ideological cover that gives them legitimacy. Why does the United …

_____ (2021-12-20). Belt and Road: How Laos Exemplifies Preconditions for Global Success. journal-neo.org More than eight years ago, in September 2013, Chinese leader Xi Jinping announced the launch of China's global transport initiative, One Belt One Road (OBOR). The project implies the unification of all major world transport routes into a single system and removing all economic and political barriers to the free circulation of goods through this …

Global Research News (2021-12-20). The Judicial Kidnapping of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca In the crudest, most political judgement in memory, two High Court judges in London have ordered the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States, where a trial in a kangaroo court awaits him, followed by a life lost in …

Fra Hughes (2021-12-20). Julian Assange and the Day Democracy Died. orinocotribune.com By Fra Hughes — Dec 18, 2021 | The travesty of Justice which we have witnessed in the persecution of Julian Assange has proven beyond all shadow of a doubt that there is no press freedom in the Western world. | The real losers in the Julian Assange case are Julian Assange, his family, freedom of the Press, truth, and justice. | Britains decision to grant America's appeal, to have Julian Assange extradited to face 175 years in a deep dark windowless dungeon, in isolation, in the most inhospitable hole in the ground the American penal system can find, where most likely he will be waterboarded to gain informati…

WSWS (2021-12-20). VIDEO: Assange's life is in danger. Attend emergency online meeting to demand his immediate release. wsws.org "The campaign for Assange's freedom must turn to the emerging struggles of the working class against social inequality and the murderous policies of mass infection."

_____ (2021-12-20). The Great 'What if?' for Julian Assange. strategic-culture.org What if Julian Assange had walked out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in 2013? Asks Joe Lauria. | By Joe LAURIA | On Nov. 25, 2013, The Washington Post "The Justice Department has all but concluded it will not bring charges against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assa…

_____ (2021-12-20). What Are The Fundamental Differences Between Capitalist And Socialist Democracy? popularresistance.org The United States hosted a "Summit for Democracy" on December 9th and 10th in an obvious attempt to legitimize its unipolar and hegemonic claim of leadership over the so-called "rules-based international order." While on the surface this appeared to be an unproductive move on the part of the world hegemon, it aligned well with the U.S. strategy of cloaking its aggressive and exploitative policies under the guise of "democracy." Joe Biden's administration has repeatedly hyped the differences between "autocracy" and U.S.-led "democracy." So-called allies were summoned to give the U.S.'s vision for democracy credibi…

Dan Yaseen (2021-12-20). Speaking Truth to Empire about Metaverse and Civil Liberties. warisacrime.org Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 FM independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews John Whitehead, an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. Whitehead's concern for the persecuted and oppressed led him, in 1982, to establish …

_____ (2021-12-20). Low Wages And Exploitative Conditions Are Sparking Graduate Student Strikes. popularresistance.org Many graduate students find themselves caught between these multiple fronts: burdened with past student debt, earning sub-living-wage pay in their present work and facing dwindling future opportunities. Universities have grown over-reliant on graduate students and other contingent faculty to maintain a pool of low-cost labor. But an upswell of organizing activity in the last year indicates that graduate students have been emboldened to take a collective stand against the precarity and untenable conditions that mar the academic experience in the U.S.

Christopher Orlet (2021-12-20). The Working Class is Not Voting Against Its Interests. zcomm.org America needs a labor party. A party of the working class. But right now it has nothing that even vaguely resembles either one…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-20). D.C. sues white supremacist groups, 26 leaders for damages from Jan. 6 insurrection. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine is suing two white supremacist groups, the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, plus 26 individual leaders of the January 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection, for millions of dollars in damages the nation's capital suffered, and continues to suffer, from their pro-Trump coup d'etat attempt. Trump incited the insurrection weeks …

Michael Kaplan (2021-12-20). West Side Stories, including the latest Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner film. peoplesworld.org Recorded just days after West Side Story opened on Broadway in September 1957, Columbia Records producer Goddard Lieberson's brilliant original Broadway cast recording was my first acquaintance with Leonard Bernstein's musical score for the updated version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. The action takes place on the streets of New York as rival gangs duel …

Jamal Rich (2021-12-20). Youth election observers share Nicaragua experience at D.C. event. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Challenging the narrative parroted by U.S. corporate media about Nicaragua's November elections was the focus of an event here on Sunday, Dec. 12 Solidarity activists and friends from the D.C. metropolitan area gathered for a session co-hosted by the Friends of Latin America and the Claudia Jones School for Political Education. Youth observers who participated …

Sameena Rahman (2021-12-20). Millions voice support for truck driver given 110-year prison sentence for accident. liberationnews.org Millions of people have signed a petition opposing the 110 year prison sentence imposed by a Colorado judge last week against 26-year-old truck driver and Cuban immigrant Rogel Lazaro Aguilera-Mederos.

Natalia Marques (2021-12-20). FDA allows abortion pills by mail and through telehealth. liberationnews.org For decades, mifepristone has had unique restrictions imposed by the FDA, making it the only drug which is required to be obtained from a medical provider, in person, even though it does not need to be taken in the presence of a provider.

Saul Kanowitz (2021-12-20). "No Cuts to the Classroom": San Francisco rally challenges School Board's budget. liberationnews.org It will take the school workers and the community organizing together, the same people that make the school system and the city function, to ensure the needs of the students, teachers, and community are prioritized.

_____ (2021-12-20). Amazon Workers Are Organizing For Cellphone Access. popularresistance.org Hundreds of Amazon employees at warehouses across the mid-Atlantic are organizing to push the company to allow workers to keep their phones with them throughout their shifts and adopt an inclement weather policy in the aftermath of the collapse of the Amazon warehouse in Illinois that killed six workers. | The Amazon workers are demanding that Amazon pay workers for shifts cancelled due to inclement weather. And during school closures, they want Amazon to excuse all absences caused by severe weather and to be paid 80 percent of their salary.

_____ (2021-12-20). 'Fortress Conservation' Is Driving Us From Our Homes. popularresistance.org Kaziranga is also a World Heritage site recognized by UNESCO and listed as a global hotspot of biodiversity by the IUCN. However, all that is under threat thanks to an increasingly militarized form of conservation. This is being promoted by the Indian Forest Department, in a feudal, colonial setup, assisted by large international and national NGOs. A flawed and exploitative idea has emerged: the plan to turn 30 per cent of the world's surface into Protected Areas by 2030 (30×30). This idea, being pushed by the IUCN, has been greenwashed, whitewashed and sold to the world, alongside 'nature-based solutions' (NBS),…

_____ (2021-12-20). Is Money For Nukes More Important Than Paid Family Leave? popularresistance.org On December 15, the U.S. Senate passed a gargantuan, single-year, $768 billion defense bill on an 88‚Äâ—‚Äâ11 vote. The passage clears the way for President Biden's signature, after the bill moved through the U.S. House with a landslide 363‚Äâ—‚Äâ70 vote earlier in the month. The agreement reaffirms that the only truly bipartisan issue in Washington is militarism.

_____ (2021-12-20). On Contact: America's War Machine. popularresistance.org Chris Hedges discusses with Andrew Cockburn his new book, 'The Spoils of War — Power, Profit and the American War Machine'. | Cockburn's book lays bare the naked lust for profit that is behind America's endless wars and bloated military budget. The American war machine, he writes, can only be understood in terms of the "private passions" and "interests" of those who control it — principally, a passionate interest in making money.

_____ (2021-12-20). Rocket Attack Targets Green Zone In Baghdad. popularresistance.org 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. | 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.

_____ (2021-12-20). Teamsters Union Shuts Down Southern California Sanitation Workers Strike. popularresistance.org In coastal Orange County, south of Los Angeles, 400 sanitation workers went on strike on December 9 against Republic Services, the second-largest waste management firm in the US. The workers, members of International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 396, had voted by a large majority in favor of a strike on November 23.

_____ (2021-12-20). Unions, Worker Advocates Call Out Backroom Deal To Sneak Amazon Into NJ Airport. popularresistance.org The Teamsters, along with RDWSU and other worker advocacy groups belonging to the coalition calling on New York State Governor Kathy Hochul to back new anti-trust legislation pending in the Legislature, rallied outside the Amazon Go outlet at the corner of Church and Cortland streets in Manhattan this week, before marching over to the Port Authority offices where the agency was busy behind closed doors planning a new regional hub for Amazon at Newark Airport.

Ann Brown (2021-12-20). Black Women Launch New Organization In Detroit For 'Reparations Transfers' To Go Towards Homeownership. moguldom.com Reparation Generation, a national organization providing direct reparative money transfers to Black Americans for wealth-building pursuits, launched a new program that takes a citizen-driven approach to restoration for disenfranchised descendants of American slavery. "Our vision is for this country that we love to become the 'more perfect union' our nation's founders promised. Equity for Black …

Ann Brown (2021-12-20). US Lawmakers Call For Sanctions After 9 State Department Employees' iPhones Hacked With Software From Israeli NSO Spyware Company. moguldom.com A group of 18 Democratic lawmakers has asked President Joe Biden to impose financial sanctions on controversial Israel spyware firm NSO Group and several other surveillance companies following the revelation that nine U.S. State Department employees had their iPhones hacked with the company's software. NSO Group has come under global scrutiny for its Pegasus software, …

Ann Brown (2021-12-20). US Government Watchdog Launches Probe Into 'Buy Now, Pay Later' Companies, Stocks Crash. moguldom.com Buy now, pay later companies are hot right now, especially as people wrap up their Christmas shopping and try to stick to a budget. Companies such as Affirm, Afterpay, Klarna, PayPal and Zip allow consumers to purchase items and pay for them over a scheduled period. Unlike layaway plans, consumers get the goods right away …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-20). How Hollywood Filmmakers Are Using Crypto And NFTs To Finance Movies. moguldom.com Hollywood is using blockchain technology to get in on the creator-led economy which has helped artists protect their intellectual property and reach their audiences and producers directly to fund the films they want without studio mediation. With crypto and blockchain, the movie and entertainment industry is about to reinvent its business functions for more secure, …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-20). Legendary Hedge Fund Manager Ray Dalio: Bitcoin Has Merit, Is Like The Younger Generation's Alternative to Gold. moguldom.com Billionaire investor and hedge-fund founder Ray Dalio said he is impressed with Bitcoin, although less than two years ago, he said Bitcoin was not the best way to store value as it and other cryptocurrencies are fundamentally flawed. "It has been an amazing accomplishment for Bitcoin to have achieved what it has done, from writing that …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-12-20). Courageously Confronting the Enemies of Humanity. Crossing the Rubicon Together. globalresearch.ca When Julius Caesar, after some hesitation, crossed the small river Rubicon in 49 B.C., he took a decisive and irreversible step against his opponents in Rome. "Thither go," he is said to have exclaimed, "where the …

Dr. Thomas Binder (2021-12-20). The Prevailing Corona Nonsense Narrative. globalresearch.ca There has been no epidemic of COVID-19 of national scope in any country, no pandemic internationally, for the general population SARS-CoV-2 is not a killer virus, and it is the same in every country.

Eric Brooks (2021-12-20). Flame of George Floyd rebellion glows bright at NAARPR conference. peoplesworld.org CHICAGO—"All power to the people!" was the slogan most often heard at the conference of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR) held here the first weekend of December. Over 140 delegates from 30 organizations attended. The spirit of struggle burning in the hearts of anti-racist, justice-loving people during the 2020 Minneapolis-centered uprising, …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-20). TikTok Firearms And Self-Defense Instructor Billy Ragland Keeps Social Media Laughing But Some Say He May Get People Killed. moguldom.com A firearms instructor who identifies himself as Billy Ragland has gone viral on social media for his hilarious videos — but some people don't think his methods will work in real-life situations and have expressed concern that people who follow Ragland's advice could end up dead. Ragland has been publishing on TikTok scenarios in which …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-20). Podcast Host William Holley Talks To Nuri Muhammad About American Sports and Slavery. moguldom.com Student Minister Nuri Muhammad, who leads the Nation Of Islam's Mosque No. 74 in Indianapolis, recently spoke with WBH Radio host William Holley about slavery and sports. Holley asked Muhammad to expound on Nation Of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan's 2016 Saviours' Day message comparing basketball courts to plantations. "He goes on to say the evaluation …

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-12-20). UK Gold Ruling Based on 'Illegal Interference' in Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com "Juan Guaido has never been elected president of Venezuela and his recognition as such is itself a crime," argued international law expert Dock Currie.

Julian Rose (2021-12-20). Jesus Christ "Conspiracy Theorist" globalresearch.ca To the majority of politically correct conformists of Western Europe, North America and beyond, Jesus Christ is a dangerous subverter of the status quo. This, in spite of the fact that they claim to be adherents of the values he …

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-20). Report: Rug Pull Tactics Push Crypto Scam Revenue Up 81 Percent In 2021 To $7.7B. moguldom.com Cryptocurrency scammers worldwide raked in $7.7 billion in revenue in 2021, led by a relatively new tactic called a "rug pull," according to blockchain research firm Chainalysis. Revenue from crypto scams in 2021 was up 81 percent from 2020. Rug pull tactics — where developers start a seemingly legitimate crypto project, rope in investors, and …

Lawrence Wittner (2021-12-20). Special Privilege in Admission to Elite U.S. Colleges. dissidentvoice.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 …

Screwston Antifascist Committee (2021-12-20). Anti-Fascists in Houston, TX Disrupt White Lives Matter Rally Organized by White Supremacists. itsgoingdown.org Report back from Houston antifascists on a successful counter-mobilization against neo-Nazis and white supremacists holding 'White Lives Matter' demonstrations. In the past few months we've seen an uptick of attempts to attack Jewish establishments by white supremacists in Texas. Recently, a synagogue was burned down in Austin after a series of anti-Semitic actions by the…

Staff (2021-12-20). Lack of Left-Wing Culture, Weakness of Progressivism in Latin America (Interview). orinocotribune.com One of the great weaknesses of Latin American progressivism and something that explains its partial defeats is the lack of a leftist, alternative and accessible popular culture, promoting new ways of organizing daily life, affirms àÅlvaro García Linera. | Despite the electoral triumphs of progressive ideas in the region, neoliberalism has established a common sense which goes beyond who is the ruler, García Linera expressed in a talk with La Jornada on progressivism, left, right, and popular culture. Here is the final part of that interview: | -It seems that in countries like Chile, El Salvador, and Ecuador…

Aamra Ahmad (2021-12-20). After 35 years, Congress Should Finally End the Sentencing Disparity Between Crack and Powder Cocaine. aclu.org This op-ed was originally published by Thirty-five years ago today, while the country was still reeling from the tragic death of Len Bias — a University of Maryland basketball star who, just days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics, died from a drug overdose — Congress passed and President Reagan signed into law the Anti-Drug Abuse Act. . Assuming that the drug that killed Len was crack, Congress drafted a law that would impose harsher penalties on crack…

Children's Health Defense (2021-12-20). Government's Failure to Recognize Natural Immunity, Physician Says. globalresearch.ca Dr. Marty Makary, a public health researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, on Tuesday accused government officials of practicing "modern-day McCarthyism" against anyone who suggests young healthy people, especially those who recovered from COVID, don't need booster …

Peter Koenig (2021-12-20). Video: Digital Tyranny and the Rockefeller-Gates WHO "Vaxx-Certificate Passport": Towards a World War III Scenario. globalresearch.ca It's an electronic ID-program using the Covid-19 "vaccine as a platform for digital identity, linking everything to everything of each individual (records of health, banking, personal and private, etc.), managed by a state agency or in extremis, by the private sector.

WSWS (2021-12-20). A conversation with film historian and critic Joseph McBride, author of Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge—Wilder helped "lead America out of its puritanical isolation and xenophobia" wsws.org The WSWS spoke recently to Joseph McBride, film historian, biographer and academic, about his new work, Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge .

WSWS (2021-12-20). Outgoing NIH director warns that Omicron variant means "a million cases a day" by February. wsws.org Dr. Francis Collins, who is leaving the National Institutes of Health after 12 years, made the warning in an interview Sunday with National Public Radio.

Editor (2021-12-20). The full story of Metabolic Rift: A new format of underground culture by Berlin Atonal [Part 1/2]. mronline.org In 2020, we were forced to put our lives on pause. Countries were divided from one another; communication between people moved to the more diluted online space. The schedules of jet setters across the world became completely blank, and one German artist passionate about the environment went as far as to say they'd never fly again.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-20). COPINH: Revelations in the Netherlands Prove the Lenca People Right. libya360.wordpress.com Photo from Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos Credit: Daniel Cima/CIDH AQUI ESPAàëOL The FMO bank of the Netherlands is sanctioned for not complying with anti-money laundering regulations and at the same time terminates all relations with the FICOHSA bank of Honduras. COPINH and the Global Justice Association (legal representative of COPINH in the Netherlands) make…

WSWS (2021-12-20). Death toll rises in Germany even before Omicron variant takes hold. wsws.org With about 2,000 COVID-19 deaths per week, more people are currently dying than at the peak of the third wave in spring 2021. The situation threatens to worsen with the spread of the even more infectious Omicron variant.

Carole Concha Bell (2021-12-20). West Complicit in Arming Chile to Violate Mapuche Rights. towardfreedom.org Between former U.S.-backed dictator Augusto Pinochet's terror laws being used to criminalize Mapuche elders and activists, the United States and the United Kingdom arming Chile's security forces, and the failure of international agencies to treat the Mapuche conflict with urgency, the West appears complicit in the genocide of the Mapuche people.

Editor (2021-12-20). 'The Dawn of Everything' gets human history wrong. mronline.org Is inequality inevitable? Is freedom just a choice? Two materialist critiques of a widely-praised book.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Italian working class mobilizes for worker-friendly budget, pension reforms and job security. peoplesdispatch.org National trade unions in Italy organized a general strike protesting the 2022 budget plan of the Mario Draghi government for not meeting the expectations of the working class, particularly on tax cuts, pension reforms and preventing the relocation of industries…

Alex Marshall (2021-12-20). Delivery Drivers Take On the Platform Goliaths. zcomm.org The lesson to take from organizing in the gig economy is that workers still have the power to change the world…

Kelly Hayes (2021-12-20). What Will We Do With Our Rage in 2022? zcomm.org I encourage people to make at least one commitment, as we head into the new year, with regard to how we spend our time and how we vent our outrage into the world…

Newsroom (2021-12-20). COVID-19 cases and deaths in the Americas triple in 2021. moderndiplomacy.eu Compared to the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was "undoubtedly worse" for the Americas, where infections and deaths tripled, the top UN health official there reported on Wednesday. Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), delivered her final briefing of the year, providing a regional update and reflections on …

WSWS (2021-12-20). Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge—An invaluable critical study of the popular filmmaker. wsws.org The filmmaker's life spanned nearly the entire 1900s and was inevitably "roughed up" and shaped by the critical events of that turbulent and traumatic century.

Beverly Guy-Sheftall (2021-12-20). bell hooks's Trailblazing Critique of "Imperialist White Supremacist Heteropatriarchy" zcomm.org Working in the tradition of intersectionality and Black radical feminism, hooks's critiques of "imperialist white supremacist heteropatriarchy" called attention to the interlocking systems of oppression in hopes of eradicating them…

Michael J. Talmo (2021-12-20). Is the World Adopting the Ways of Nazi Germany? globalresearch.ca To receive Global Research's Daily Newsletter (selected articles), Visit …

_____ (2021-12-20). Extinction Rebellion Block Home Office Building To Protest Nationality And Borders Bill. popularresistance.org The activists locked themselves to each other and to the property's gates from about 7am on Monday. The protesters, from XR Scotland and XR Glasgow, are calling on the UK government "to end its hostile environment policy towards migrants". They said the demonstration has been organized in response to home secretary Priti Patel's Nationality and Borders Bill passing through the House Of Commons.

_____ (2021-12-20). Gabriel Boric Victory Speech: 'I Will Be The President Of All Chileans'. popularresistance.org The president-elect of Chile, Gabriel Boric, thanked the people this Sunday, December 19, for their support in the second round of the presidential elections, in which he defeated the extreme right-wing Pinochet-admirer José Antonio Kast, becoming the new president of Chile for the 2022-2026 term.

Manlio Dinucci (2021-12-20). O barril de pólvora ucraniano e o rastilho. globalresearch.ca Roger Wicker, membro da Comissà£o dos Serviàßos Armados do Senado dos EUA, disse, numa entrevista à Fox News (8 de Dezembro), nà£o excluir a possibilidade de uma intervenàßà£o militar directa dos EUA contra a Rússia para "defender a Ucrânia" e, …

_____ (2021-12-20). Extinction Rebellion Blockade To Protest Nationality And Borders Bill. popularresistance.org The activists locked themselves to each other and to the property's gates from about 7am on Monday. The protesters, from XR Scotland and XR Glasgow, are calling on the UK government "to end its hostile environment policy towards migrants". They said the demonstration has been organized in response to home secretary Priti Patel's Nationality and Borders Bill passing through the House Of Commons.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Sex trafficking trial of Epstein assistant Ghislaine Maxwell moves to closing arguments. wsws.org The defense rested its case on Friday in the trial of Maxwell after the confidante and former girlfriend of the deceased sex offender and billionaire Jeffrey Epstein decided not to testify on her own behalf.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-20). Imperial and local UCU branch jointly call for new approach to USS pensions. imperial.ac.uk Imperial and the Imperial College UCU have called on parties to work together to find alternative approaches to USS.

Tom Engelhardt (2021-12-20). Tomgram: Frida Berrigan, Affluenza on the Holiest Holiday of the Year. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Yes, I still remember Christmas as a child. The tree, of course. The cotton under it for "snow" with little figures of skiers on it (though no one in my family had ever been near a pair of …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-20). Towards Another Devastating Worldwide Crisis? The WEF's "Cyber Attack With Covid-like Characteristics". Paralysis of the Power Supply, Communications, Transportation? globalresearch.ca First published on December 15, 2021 | The World Economic Forum (WEF) which represents the Western financial elites, played a key role in the launching of the March 11, 2020 lockdown, which was conducive to a Worldwide process of economic and …

Global Research News (2021-12-20). Swedes start implanting microchips with Covid passports in the arm. globalresearch.ca What is unfolding is a digital police State. See report below Swedish Epicenter, The company …

Editor (2021-12-20). Inmate Sues California Prison System Following Targeted Raid Against Black People. scheerpost.com Talib Williams performing one of his spoken word poems at his Defy Ventures graduation in 2019. | By Claude Marks / Original to ScheerPost | California prisoner, Talib Williams, is bringing a class action lawsuit on his behalf as well as other Black incarcerated people who were targeted by a July 20, 2020 raid at Soledad, California's Correctional Training Facility (CTF). The suit seeks a reprieve from the state-sponsored terror that is their norm. Injunctive and declaratory relief, among other remedies, are necessary to stop the violence, change CDCR policy, and compensate the prisoners for the degradation t…

David Skripac (2021-12-20). Our Species Is Being Genetically Modified. Are We Witnessing Humanity's March Toward Extinction? Viruses Are Our Friends, Not Our Foes. globalresearch.ca To receive Global Research's Daily Newsletter (selected articles), Visit …

Dean Baker (2021-12-20). Getting Ready for the Next Pandemic: Can We Get Patent Monopolies on the Table? cepr.net From the way our policy types talk about patents, or refuse to talk about them, they must think that the constitution guarantees life, liberty, and people getting incredibly rich from patents. Even as this pandemic has been needlessly prolonged by patent restrictions on the spread of technology for vaccines, tests, and treatments, resulting in millions …

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-12-20). J'Accuse! The Gene-based "Vaccines" Are Killing People. Governments Worldwide Are Lying to You the People, to the Populations They Purportedly Serve. globalresearch.ca The Signal of Harm is now indisputably overwhelming, and, in line with universally accepted ethical standards for clinical trials, Doctors for Covid Ethics demands that the 'Covid' vaccine programme be halted immediately.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Israeli court rejects appeal to release administrative detainee on hunger strike. peoplesdispatch.org Palestinian detainee Hisham Abu Hawwash has been on hunger strike for 125 days now to protest his illegal administrative detention by Israel. His release has been rejected despite serious life-threatening health issues…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-20). Karachi climate march 2021 demands end of forced displacement. peoplesdispatch.org Residents of Karachi's working-class neighborhoods organized the People's Climate March to protest against the eco-fascist policies of the government and the upper class which have led to the systematic eviction of the city's marginalized communities…

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-20). Why the U.S. Will Reject Russia's Proposed Peace-Settlement. moderndiplomacy.eu On December 17th, Russia presented America with a proposed peace-settlement that would empower the U.N. to be not only nominally but in reality the one-and-only body that can create international laws. The proposed treaty would obliterate America's effort to replace the U.N. by America's never-defined 'rules-based international order', which was first proposed by the neoliberal-neoconservative …

William Craig Cohen (2021-12-20). The Weekly Round-up: Human Rights Act reform, citizenship for Windrush claimants and European parenting rights. ukhumanrightsblog.com On Tuesday, the Ministry of Justice published its full consultation (the 'Consultation') on Human Rights Act (the 'Act') reform. The Consultation criticises the current application of the Act in the UK and sets out the government's proposals for repealing the Act and replacing it with a UK Bill of Rights. The 123-page Consultation follows the …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-20). Relief for Boric's Victory. Uncertainty Regarding the Social Democratization of His Discourse. libya360.wordpress.com àÅlvaro Verzi Rangel The reactionary right wing expected to add a step forward in Chile. The tandem of José Antonio Kast with the ultra-right-wing Brazilian President Bolsonaro would have meant a threatening pincer for the region. It failed. Almost 12 points of advantage put an end to one of the most polarized and uncertain processes…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-20). 'Wonder material' phosphorene nanoribbons live up to hype in first demonstration. imperial.ac.uk Researchers have incorporated phosphorene nanoribbons into new types of solar cells, dramatically improving their efficiency.

Daniel Borgstrà∂m (2021-12-20). Ex-Marine Explains Why Oswald Alone Could Not Possibly Have Shot JFK. covertactionmagazine.com So maybe Oswald really did shoot JFK with an old Italian army rifle—that now-famous Carcano. But I seriously doubt it. …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-12-20). America's Foreign Policy Dilemma. A Dangerous Situation. The Risk of World War III is Real. globalresearch.ca American foreign policy, wrapped up in hubris inside American exceptionalism, is incapable of recognizing a dangerous situation. | And a dangerous situation is what we have. | The Russian deputy foreign minister Sergey Ryabkov speaking for the Kremlin has made it clear …

WSWS (2021-12-20). Support the #pizzaisnotworking walkouts by pharmacy workers! Trillions for public health, not pandemic profiteering! wsws.org The actions taken by pharmacists in the US are an early sign of a new phase in the growth of working-class resistance, driven by the deadly winter surge and the emergence of the hyper-infectious Omicron variant.

_____ (2021-12-20). Aldous Huxley and Deep-State Predictive Programming. The Strategy Session, Episode 41. strategic-culture.org The relevance of the Esalen Institute's "revisioning of madness" needs to be acknowledged as having been entirely spear-headed by the Tavistock Institute, and clearly, not for our benefit.

WSWS (2021-12-20). Philadelphia high school switches to virtual learning after teachers threaten sickout strike. wsws.org Late Sunday night, the administration of Olney Charter High School in North Philadelphia gave in to teachers' demands that the school switch to virtual learning in an attempt to stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-20). Imperial students to supercharge their entrepreneurial ideas. imperial.ac.uk Imperial has launched its latest hunt for the most promising student-founded businesses through the Venture Catalyst Challenge.

Maurizio Coppola (2021-12-20). "The Cuban Soberana vaccine is not due to a miracle but the consequence of political decisions" peoplesdispatch.org From November 15 to 25, 35 Italian volunteers participated in a clinical trial on the Soberana vaccine in Havana, Cuba. Thanks to its public and high quality biotechnological research and health care system, the Caribbean island is the only low-income country worldwide to have made its own COVID-19 vaccines…

Staff (2021-12-20). "A Big Relief": Haitian Immigrant Rights Leader Jean Montrevil Wins Victory in Fight to Stay in U.S. democracynow.org Longtime immigrant rights leader Jean Montrevil has been granted three years of protection from deportation as part of a settlement for the First Amendment lawsuit Montrevil filed against the U.S. government that argued federal immigration officials targeted him for deportation due to his activism. Montrevil was abruptly deported to Haiti in 2018 but was allowed under the Biden administration to return home to New York in October to reunite with his family. We speak with Jean Montrevil, who says the news has given him "peace of mind" to enjoy the holiday season without fear of getting detained or deported, as wel…

WSWS (2021-12-20). Trial of police officer Kimberly Potter for killing of Daunte Wright nears end. wsws.org Final closing arguments in former Brooklyn Center Police Department officer Kimberly Potter's trial for the killing of Daunte Wright are expected to be heard today.

Renée Imperato (2021-12-20). Fighting UBER transphobia. workers.org On June 1, as part of its "Pride Month" publicity campaign, UBER announced "plans" to "create a safer, more inclusive company" for transgender, nonbinary and other LGBTQ+ identifying passengers and drivers. UBER said it would allow trans and nonbinary drivers to display their real names, instead of the dead names . . . |

Newsroom (2021-12-20). Cameroon: Intercommunal clashes continue to displace thousands. moderndiplomacy.eu Intercommunal clashes that erupted in Cameroon's Far North region over the past two weeks have driven at least 100,000 people from their homes, although the actual number may be much higher, UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, said on Friday. In the last few days, more than 85,000 people have fled into neighbouring Chad while at least 15,000 Cameroonians have been forced to flee inside …

WSWS (2021-12-20). This week in history: December 20-26. wsws.org This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

Editor (2021-12-20). Prisoners Sue California Prison System Following Targeted Raid Against Black People. scheerpost.com Talib Williams performing one of his spoken word poems at his Defy Ventures graduation in 2019. | By Claude Marks / Original to ScheerPost | California prisoner, Talib Williams, is bringing a

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