Daily Archives: December 23, 2021

2021-12-23: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-12-23). "Civilian Casualty Files" documents the barbarism of US imperialism in Iraq and Syria. wsws.org The Civilian Casualty Files are evidence of extensive war crimes. They reveal that the US military, under the Obama and Trump administrations, deliberately killed civilians, including children.

Joe Glenton (2021-12-23). The military: the year in review — war crimes, withdrawals and secrecy. thecanary.co 2021 was a year of decline and reorganisation for the British military. It was also a year when historical war crimes allegations resurfaced, secrecy was expanded and a major defeat became undeniable. We decided to look back over some of the key themes in military affairs which emerged over the year. | This article is another in The Year In Review series. You'll be able to catch up on the many of the other review articles Cut and run: | The Afghanistan occupation finally ground to an end as the Taliban took Kabul in Aug…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-23). TPLF Announces Retreat. What Lies Ahead for Ethiopia? libya360.wordpress.com Elias Amare, editor of Horn of Africa TV, explains the situation in Ethiopia in light of the declaration by the TPLF that they are withdrawing to Tigray. He analyzes the situation over the past few months that led to this moment. The Tigray People's Liberation Front has announced that it will withdraw its forces to…

_____ (2021-12-23). New US Embargo on Cambodia Over Friendship with China. journal-neo.org The United States continues a process of targeting and isolating nations around the globe increasingly choosing to do business with Beijing rather than Washington. The most recent of these is the Southeast Asia nation of Cambodia. For years Cambodia has incrementally pivoted from once serving US foreign policy objectives in the region, to striking a …

_____ (2021-12-23). The Hypersonic Fall of US Prestige. journal-neo.org Even against the backdrop of recent events, the US stubbornly refuses to acknowledge that "American credibility" in the world is falling apart. It is not just a question of political credibility or the collapse of 20 years of American military intervention in Afghanistan. This fall did not begin with Biden or Trump, but with the …

_____ (2021-12-23). The Vienna Talks are at a Difficult Stage. journal-neo.org As the complex Vienna talks and desperate disputes among their participants proceed, unconcealed threats against Iran are heard from Tel Aviv several times a day. The growing hysteria and multiplication of Israeli military threats against Tehran suggest that the Israeli regime has forgotten that Iran is a powerful state with a modern, well-equipped army and …

_____ (2021-12-23). 300 Doctors Implore Australia To Bring Assange Home. popularresistance.org The letter begins by commending Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce for his recent statements calling for the U.S. extradition request against Julian Assange to be dropped. It continues: | "We are concerned that Mr. Assange's apparent mini stroke [reported in the Daily Mail on 11 December] may be the tip of a medical iceberg. Indeed his symptoms suggest as much. It is therefore imperative that Mr. Assange be released from prison, where his health will otherwise continue to deteriorate and where his complex medical needs cannot be met." Continued incarceration, the doctors warn, will place Julian Assange's life at…

_____ (2021-12-23). A For-Profit Company Is Trying To Privatize Public Libraries. popularresistance.org "Even if we don't see a written-out master plan, the banning of books, the attacks on teaching real US history, the efforts to push out professors with views that transgress official US policy: In their myriad forms, these actions tell us that it's important to powerful people to restrict what ideas people can access. It's the land of the free and the home of the brave—except if you want to know what's happened, and happens, here, or to tell people about it. | It all shows us the power of ideas. As infuriating and sad and enervating as it all is, it reminds us that knowledge is power."

_____ (2021-12-23). How Public Workers Can Stop The Privatization Of Everything. popularresistance.org Several years ago, Don Cohen, a former central labor council staffer from San Diego, appeared on a panel discussing the privatization threats faced by union members across the country. He and other speakers were addressing a conference of state, county, and municipal workers represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA), a group which did not include any federal employees. When Cohen described propaganda campaigns that proponents of privatization conduct to pave the way for out-sourcing local government or state university jobs, audience members immediately recognized that kind of employer behavior a…

_____ (2021-12-23). New Anti-Protest Laws Cast A Long Shadow On First Amendment Rights. popularresistance.org Tiffany Crutcher was worried. | Oklahoma lawmakers had passed a new measure stiffening penalties for protesters who block roadways and granting immunity to drivers who unintentionally hit them. The state NAACP, saying the law was passed in response to racial justice demonstrations and could chill the exercising of First Amendment rights, filed a federal lawsuit challenging portions of it. But the new law was only weeks from taking effect. | Crutcher, an advocate for police reform and racial justice, was moderating a virtual town hall about it, featuring panelists who brought the lawsuit. At the end, she asked a q…

_____ (2021-12-23). Stoney Nakoda Language Resources Launched To Preserve Language. popularresistance.org The Stoney Education Authority (SEA), with support from The Language Conservancy, is releasing historic Stoney Nakoda language learning resources this December. This release includes three picture books, a Level 1 textbook, and an alphabet colouring book. The release also includes several digital resources: a 9,000-word web and mobile dictionary, a textbook-accompanying media player app, and a vocabulary-building app.

_____ (2021-12-23). The Pendulum Swing Of Black Liberation. popularresistance.org In June of last year, I wrote a piece about the call-and-response between movements for Black liberation in the United States and elsewhere, focusing on the upheavals that happened in Sudan in late 2018, and of course the protests that erupted in Minnesota and spread across the country after the murder of George Floyd in May of last year. In this piece, I encouraged all of us to refuse the enclosures of hemisphere, market, nation and language, to embrace urgency and refuse to concede to the divisions presented by nation, market and geography. | This piece focused on the activation of struggles, and less so on the…

_____ (2021-12-23). UN Fails To Agree On 'Killer Robot' Ban. popularresistance.org Autonomous weapon systems — commonly known as killer robots — may have killed human beings for the first time ever last year, according to a recent United Nations Security Council report on the Libyan civil war. History could well identify this as the starting point of the next major arms race, one that has the potential to be humanity's final one. | The United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons debated the question of banning autonomous weapons at its once-every-five-years review meeting in Geneva Dec. 13-17, 2021, but didn't reach consensus on a ban. Established in 1983, the conventi…

_____ (2021-12-23). Wet'suwet'en Retake Checkpoint A Month After Police Crackdown. popularresistance.org On Saturday, December 19, activists leading the Wet'suwet'en resistance against the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline project declared that they evicted workers of the project from the drill site. This development comes exactly a month after the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) violently dismantled a blockade led by the Gidimt'en clan near Camp Coyote and arrested dozens of protesters and even bystanders. | The declaration of reclaiming Camp Coyote was made over a statement released by the Gidimt'en Checkpoint, on Sunday, December 20. "This courageous action took place one month after a wave of militarized raids…

_____ (2021-12-23). What Russia Says About Its Not-An-Ultimatum Demands To The US And NATO. popularresistance.org Andrei Martyanov also explains the timing. Russia is technologically and militarily in a strong position and currently can survive a break with the 'western' world without too much trouble. The U.S. is in disarray and NATO not ready to fight. It is simply the right moment. | To add to his short video I will also note that it is winter and that Europe depends on Russian gas. Gazprom is no longer offering gas at European spot markets but only delivering in previously agreed quantities to long term contract partners. This puts pressure on German regulators to finally sign off on Nord Stream II which the U.S. and Ukr…

_____ (2021-12-23). Who Actually Owns Corporations, Anyway? popularresistance.org According to elementary students of economics and Wall Street financiers alike, the answer to this question is as simple as it is intuitive: the shareholders. The standard narrative goes like this: a share is a "piece of a company." Accordingly, the holders of those shares are the company's collective owners. Shareholder ownership explains why an army of retail investors coordinating trades on Reddit could claim they "owned a piece" of the struggling video game retailer GameStop and why Warren Buffet is as certain he "owns" companies as varied as GEICO and Dairy Queen as less wealthy Americans are certain they ow…

_____ (2021-12-23). Why America's 'Shipping Crisis' Will Not End. popularresistance.org I have a simple question for every 'expert' who thinks they understand the root causes of the shipping crisis: | Why is there only one crane for every 50—100 trucks at every port in America? | No 'expert' will answer this question. | I'm a Class A truck driver with experience in nearly every aspect of freight. My experience in the trucking industry of 20 years tells me that nothing is going to change in the shipping industry. | Let's start with understanding some things about ports. Outside of dedicated port trucking companies, most trucking companies won't touch shipping containers. There is a reason for t…

Ahmed Al-Sammak (2021-12-23). A painful year for Gaza's patients. electronicintifada.net Israel has blocked entry of spare parts for medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ann Brown (2021-12-23). Drakeo The Ruler's Mom Plans To Sue Live Nation After Stabbing Death, Cites Failed Security. moguldom.com Hip-hop artist Drakeo the Ruler was stabbed backstage on Dec. 18 at the Once Upon a Time in L.A. festival, and his mother vows to sue over her son's death. Drakeo, born Darrell Caldwell, was attacked by a group of people and died hours later on Dec. 19 from his stab wounds. Several videos emerged after the muder, sources …

Ann Brown (2021-12-23). Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Calls On U.S. Government To Send ATF Feds To Help With Violence. moguldom.com Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in over her head trying to deal with rising violence and after she proposed cutting $80 million from her city's police budget last year, she is now publicly pleading with the feds to help beef up the ranks of the city's cops. Lightfoot called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-23). Voices of Concern: Aussies for Assange's Return. dissidentvoice.org With Julian Assange now fighting the next stage of efforts to extradite him to the United States to face 18 charges, 17 of which are based on the brutal, archaic Espionage Act, some Australian politicians have found their voice. It might be said that a few have even found their conscience. Australia's Deputy Prime Minister …

Caitlin A. Johnstone (2021-12-23). Absurd Guardian article declares China world's only imperialist power. mronline.org Another cartoonishly ridiculous anti-China propaganda piece has been published in the western mass media, this time by The Guardian, which at this point could arguably be labeled the single most destructive promulgator of empire propaganda in the western world.

Creede Newton (2021-12-23). D.C. Police Closely Watched Anti-Racist Groups for Years. splcenter.org The D.C. Metropolitan Police Department's Intelligence Bureau (IB) closely watched Black-led organizations and anti-racist groups for years while ignoring the growing far-right threat, according to Hatewatch's review of leaked documents. Experts say this is in line with broader law enforcement attitudes toward such groups.

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-23). Silicon Valley Execs Quit Good-Paying Jobs For Crypto Startups, Quick Riches. moguldom.com Some of the biggest tech companies are scrambling to retain employees as a wave of engineers and executives quit jobs that pay as much as seven-figure salaries for what's seen as a once-in-a-generation opportunity — to join crypto startups. Stories of massive crypto wealth amassed by early investors in Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptos including …

Dr. James M. Dorsey (2021-12-23). Are Arab militias losing their usefulness for Iran? moderndiplomacy.eu Iranian support for Arab militias has long threatened Iran's detractors, unable to develop an effective counterstrategy. Now, the tide may be turning. A string of events suggests that the usefulness of at least some of the militias in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, and Palestine is waning as their popularity diminishes and relations with Iran encounter headwinds. The …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-23). The American deal with the popular decline in support of political Islam after Arab Spring revolutions. moderndiplomacy.eu Before answering this question, it is necessary to understand (the Brotherhood's grand strategy), which is based on the role of the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood inside the United States of America, in Europe and around the world, through a strategy based on (the Brotherhood's penetration into the United States of America with its …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-23). The influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates inside and outside the United States. moderndiplomacy.eu The Muslim Brotherhood has a great influence on the American interior, and they have had relations with Washington for 70 years. From the point of view of the American historian (William Engdahl), he sees that the Muslim Brotherhood is just a tool and a means used by Washington to employ them for its interests. Especially …

Editor (2021-12-23). Frederick Douglass and American Empire in Haiti. mronline.org Toward the end of his life, Frederick Douglass served briefly as U.S. ambassador to Haiti. The disastrous episode reveals much about the country's long struggle for Black sovereignty while always under the threat of U.S. empire.

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-23). Democrats are NOT your friends! anchor.fm In this episode I discuss the duopoly between Republicans and Democrats and how the continued "fumbling" by the Democrats is not unintentional. They have direct interests and reasons as to why they continue to do things only for themselves. Stay well you all, and get organizing!

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-23). Libya: National Committee for Human Rights Warns of the Political and Humanitarian Consequences of Aborting Elections. libya360.wordpress.com Demonstrations in Libya protest…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-23). Libya: Protests Mark the Postponement of Elections Amidst Threats of Deepening Chaos. libya360.wordpress.com Participants in the Friday of Salvation demand the overthrow of the existing political bodies A group of activists called on citizens to participate in a demonstration entitled "Friday of Salvation" in Tibesti Square in the city of Benghazi. Participants demand the overthrow of all political bodies currently in place, with parliament's work limited to legislative…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-23). The Need for a Multidimensional Democracy. libya360.wordpress.com Javier Tolcachier Celebrating and reflecting are two actions that do not usually go hand in hand. Celebration implies an achievement, even if it is only the satisfaction of something well done, while reflection usually accompanies failure or error. Much more so in political terms, since it is not the euphoria of triumph but defeat that…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-23). NAACP President Sends Message To Biden: If You Can Afford To Pause Student Loan Payments Over And Over, You Can Cancel Them. moguldom.com Some rejoiced when President Joe Biden announced that he was extending the pause on making student loan payments for three additional months while others urged Biden to go further and cancel student loan debt altogether. Among the latter group are NAACP president Derrick Johnson and renowned wealth inequality expert and economist William "Sandy" Darity. Biden …

Joris Leverink (2021-12-23). Mismeasuring progress: A critique of the growth paradigm. roarmag.org Cityscape of Johannesburg, South Africa in 2013. Photo: Nataly Reinch / Shutterstock.com | In recent years, more and more people have begun to question the received wisdom of "economic growth" — the idea that government policies can be measured a success or failure based on an increase in national income. Many, that is, except most economists. For them, growth is still the sacred benchmark on the road to development — for those countries deemed "undeveloped" — and something to be maintained and if possible expanded in all the OECD countries. | Governments follow suit and design their policies ar…

KWORINOCO (2021-12-23). Cuba Denounces US Allegations of Human Trafficking. orinocotribune.com Cuba firmly rejected the allegations fabricated by the US accusing the Caribbean island of involvement in human trafficking, and has assured that these claims are simply another way of justifying the aggressive measures which continue to be taken against Havana. | "The declarations made by the US government, regarding human trafficking, terrorism and human rights abuses, have no relation with the reality of out country," responded Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez through his Twitter account. "The US is trying to justify—with lies—the abusive and aggressive measures taken against the Cuban popul…

KWORINOCO (2021-12-23). Venezuela Maintains 7 International Air Routes. orinocotribune.com Despite the fact that the state of emergency declared in Venezuela due to the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to be lifted, the president of the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC), Juan Teixeira Díaz, announced that seven international air routes will continue to service the country. | He clarified that commercial flights to Mexico, Turkey, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Russia, Bolivia, and Cuba will remain availa…

Mick Dumke, Haru Coryne (2021-12-23). Chicago's last black-owned bank got millions in government deposits — then had to give them back. nationofchange.org As Black-owned banks disappear, politicians are under increasing pressure to save them. Big deposits are a ready solution, but sometimes they burden the banks more than they help.

Newsroom (2021-12-23). Middle East: Positive steps needed to restore calm. moderndiplomacy.eu The deteriorating security situation in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, took centre stage at the Security Council on Tuesday as the UN Special Coordinator for the peace process in the region, expressed his "continued concern" over recent developments. Tor Wennesland painted a grim picture of "clashes, attacks, military operations" and continued settler-related violence …

Newsroom (2021-12-23). New ADB Facility to Help Southeast Asia Revive Tourism. moderndiplomacy.eu The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has set up a $1.7 million technical assistance facility to accelerate Southeast Asia's tourism recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, boost inclusive, sustainable development in the sector, and help local tourism entrepreneurs, especially women and youth, adopt digital platforms to grow their businesses. The Southeast Asia Sustainable Tourism Facility …

Newsroom (2021-12-23). Structural Reforms Can Ease China's Transition to High-Quality Growth. moderndiplomacy.eu To achieve quality growth over the medium-term, China will need to rebalance its economy across several dimensions, according to Rebalancing Act, From Recovery to High-Quality Growth, the latest China Economic Update released today by the World Bank. Following a strong rebound in the first half of 2021, economic activity in China cooled rapidly in the …

Newsroom (2021-12-23). Sudan protests: Security forces in spotlight over sexual violence allegations. moderndiplomacy.eu In Sudan, reports of serious sexual violence and the use of live ammunition against protesters at the weekend must be investigated immediately, the UN rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday. The allegations surfaced after demonstrations in Khartoum on Sunday, where tens of thousands had massed to mark the third anniversary of protests that led to the …

Newsroom (2021-12-23). Tajikistan's Energy Sector to Benefit from World Bank Support. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved today additional grant financing of $65 million in support of the Second Phase of the Nurek Hydropower Rehabilitation Project, which will contribute towards more reliable electricity supply and expansion of renewable energy exports in Tajikistan. "The World Bank is committed to supporting Tajikistan's energy sector, given the …

Newsroom (2021-12-23). With decent work and a sustainable model aquaculture could feed the world. moderndiplomacy.eu Harnessing aquaculture's potential to effectively contribute to feeding the world's growing population in the decades to come will require concerted efforts to promote sustainable enterprises and decent work for its workforce. These are among the main conclusions of the Technical meeting on the future of work in aquaculture in the context of the rural economy …

Nicholas Stender (2021-12-23). Biden's appeasement strategy in social program talks nears total failure. liberationnews.org The Biden administration wasted valuable time conducting secret, backroom negotiations with Manchin when conditions called for organizing a movement to force the passage of the bill.

Omar Zahzah (2021-12-23). Palestinian student receives death threats, FBI visit. electronicintifada.net University of Southern California has done little to protect against targeted smear campaigns by Israel lobby groups.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-23). Chubut governor repeals mining law after days of protest. peoplesdispatch.org After five days of anti-mining protests across Argentina's Chubut province, the provincial governor repealed the law that paved the way for mega-mining in the province, and gave the call for a plebiscite to decide on this matter…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-23). Fatal accidents reveal unsafe conditions in Pakistan's coal mines. peoplesdispatch.org As deadly accidents continue in various coal mines in Pakistan, senior representatives of IndustriALL Global have asked the Pakistani ambassador at Geneva to take immediate steps to ensure that Pakistan ratifies and implements ILO Convention 176 on Safety and Health in Mines…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-23). Libyan presidential elections postponed. peoplesdispatch.org The Libyan election committee has proposed January 24 as the new date for the elections due to unresolved disputes regarding the electoral laws and the presence of foreign troops in the country…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-23). Tunisia likely to see more protests against president Saied's power grab. peoplesdispatch.org Over the last few months, Tunisian president Kais Saied has consolidated his control over the executive and legislative authority in the country. His latest action was to announce the formulation of a new constitution to be put to a national referendum next year followed by general elections…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-23). UK blocks Venezuela from accessing its international reserves. peoplesdispatch.org Britain's Supreme Court passed a ruling to continue blocking Venezuela from accessing 31 tons of Venezuelan gold valued at USD 2 billion. This gold is deposited at the Bank of England. The case went to court because the Bank has refused to release the gold reserves to the Bolivarian government stating that it recognizes the opposition activist Juan Guaidó as a legitimate authority.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-23). World Food Program to reduce rations for war-torn Yemen due to funds deficit. peoplesdispatch.org The UN agency has said that it urgently requires USD 813 million in donations to continue its food assistance programme in Yemen until May 2022 and an additional USD 1.97 billion for the rest of 2022…

Prof. Pankaj Jha (2021-12-23). Vietnamese President Phuc two-day visit to Cambodia. moderndiplomacy.eu Following the meeting of party general secretaries earlier in November 2021, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc completed his two-day state-level visit(21-22) to Cambodia. Cambodia is going to be the chairman of ASEAN and therefore there is concerns with regard to the likely agenda in the forthcoming ASEAN meetings in the year 2022. President Phuc met …

Richard S. Dunn (2021-12-23). Capitalism Contributed to Factory Workers Deaths in Kentucky and Illinois. covertactionmagazine.com The weekend of December 10-11, 2021, saw a reported 30 tornadoes hitting several states from Arkansas to Illinois; as of …

Roger D. Harris (2021-12-23). Trump Thinks He's Still President: What Is the Evidence? dissidentvoice.org Donald Trump thinks he's still president according to no more reliable a source than Rachel Maddow on her February 5th show. This was confirmed in May by Vanity Fair. Right-wing conspiracy theorists echo this analysis as recently as this month. Left-liberals are smugly confident that Kamala Harris's running mate is in the White House, snoozing …

Staff (2021-12-23). China and Nicaragua Sign Media Cooperation Agreement. orinocotribune.com The China Media Group (CMG) has inaugurated its bureau in Managua. | Representatives from CMG and Nicaragua's Communications Affairs Council signed a memorandum of cooperation at an inauguration ceremony on December 15th. It marks the first cooperation agreement in the media field since the resumption of China-Nicaragua diplomatic relations. | "Our priority task is co-responsibility. It will be active in cooperation exchanges with the main Nicaraguan media. We will have contacts through mutual exchange and we will promote the exchange and the development process," stated Zhu Boying, China Media Group's Director f…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-12-23). Panamanians demand justice for the victims of the 1989 US invasion. peoplesdispatch.org According to official data, 516 Panamanians soldiers and civilians were killed during the US invasion, but human rights groups say the real number is much higher, between 1,000 and 3,000…

WSWS (2021-12-23). B&Q warehouse workers in Worksop, UK to strike indefinitely over pay. wsws.org The fight being waged by workers at Worksop would have already been joined by thousands of workers across the sector if it were not for the actions of the Unite, USDAW and GMB unions.

WSWS (2021-12-23). "They're literally making us sick": Pharmacy workers describe conditions that sparked US walkouts. wsws.org Retail pharmacy workers conducted a nationwide walkout on Monday in the US, organized on social media, to protest worsening work conditions at large retail chains such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart.

WSWS (2021-12-23). Australia's housing crisis and the new anti-democratic electoral laws. wsws.org The meteoric rise in housing and rental prices across Australia is fueling mounting social discontent, which the party deregistration laws seek to stifle.

WSWS (2021-12-23). Google executives dismiss employee demands for pay increases to meet inflation. wsws.org Employees at Google are demanding pay increases for all workers to maintain their living standards while inflation is running at an annual rate of 7 percent and the corporation is making record profits.

WSWS (2021-12-23). Indian army deployed to break Jammu and Kashmir power workers' strike. wsws.org Workers in India and around the world must take serious warning from the Indian government's rapid deployment of military and para-military forces to suppress an anti-privatization strike by 20,000 power workers in Jammu and Kashmir.

WSWS (2021-12-23). COVID-19 infections in South Korea hit record high following implemenation of "with COVID" policy. wsws.org South Korean President Moon Jae-in's government enacted new social distancing measures on Saturday that will do nothing to halt the spread of the virus.

WSWS (2021-12-23). Anti-China witch-hunt: Harvard chemistry professor convicted for lying to federal authorities. wsws.org The persecution of Dr. Charles Lieber is meant to foster an atmosphere of intimidation among academics and researchers who participate in scientific projects with their Chinese colleagues.

WSWS (2021-12-23). Life expectancy in the US dropped by an astounding 1.8 years during the first year of the pandemic. wsws.org Despite President Biden's claim that the US is in a better place since March 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that life expectancy in 2020 dropped by nearly two years. By all indications, this trend will worsen in 2021.

WSWS (2021-12-23). Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley: The rise and fall of an American huckster. wsws.org Del Toro's Nightmare Alley, a "neo-noir" thriller, is based on the 1946 novel of the same title by William Lindsay Gresham (1909-1962) about a mentalist/con man who flies too close to the sun.

WSWS (2021-12-23). German banks and big business profit from death in the pandemic. wsws.org Like vultures feasting on the victims of a disaster, the profiteers on the banking floors are enriching themselves from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2021-12-23). "It's a Win for Us": Striking Kellogg's Workers Get Raises, Improved Benefits & Avoid Two-Tier System. democracynow.org In a major victory for labor rights, 1,400 unionized Kellogg's workers have ended their nearly three-month strike across four states after approving a new contract that provides a wage increase and enhanced benefits for all. The prior agreement that Kellogg's tried to bargain only offered wage increases and improved benefits to longtime workers, whereas the new agreement ensures newer workers have a guaranteed option to receive the same improvements. We speak with Kellogg's worker Kevin Bradshaw, who will return to work on Monday alongside his co-workers. "We didn't have any takeaways and no concessions, so I wou…

Hendrik Sybrandy (2021-12-23). Afghans in Denver: "New life, new opportunities, peaceful environment" america.cgtn.com It's been a little more than 4 months since Afghanistan fell to the Taliban, prompting a flood of refugees to, among other places, the U.S. Those new arrivals continue to stream into American towns and cities. Helping them set up new lives has not been …

fernando_santamaria (2021-12-23). About senator Joseph Munching III, a fucking dinasty. zcomm.org Joseph Munchin III (a real dinasty, apparently) (Farmington, August, 1947) built part of his fortune as a coal trader, running Enersystem, a company he founded in 1989, at 40. Throughout his political career, he has dedicated himself to defending the interests of the fossil fuel industries. He's been blackmailing Dem politics all his fucking political

WSWS (2021-12-23). Alarm bells ring across South Asia as Omicron variant spreads unchecked. wsws.org Highlighting capitalist governments' failure to eliminate COVID-19, South Asia, home to a fourth of humanity, is on the brink of a horrific new surge of the virus.

teleSUR (2021-12-23). Palestinian Young Man Killed by Israeli Soldiers in West Bank. telesurenglish.net A Palestinian young man was killed on Wednesday night by Israeli soldiers near the West Bank city of Ramallah, medics and eyewitnesses said. | RELATED: | Mohammed Abbas, 26, from al-Ama'ri refugee camp near Ramallah, was shot in the back by Israeli soldiers on the outskirts of the refugee camp, and died shortly after being brought to Ramallah Hospital. | Eyewitnesses said intensive gunfire was heard on the outskirts of the r…

Staff (2021-12-23). Headlines for December 23, 2021. democracynow.org South Africa Says Omicron Coronavirus Surge Has Peaked, WHO Warns Blanket Booster Programs Divert Vaccine Supply, Prolonging Pandemic, FDA Approves COVID-19 Pill; Most Monoclonal Antibody Treatments Fail Against Omicron, New York Coronavirus Cases Surge to Record High; Supreme Court to Weigh Vaccine Mandates, Proud Boys Member Pleads Guilty to Capitol Riot Conspiracy, Will Cooperate with FBI, FBI Undercover Teams Infiltrated Portland Racial Justice Protests, U.S. Relaxes Limits on Aid as Afghanistan Faces Dire Humanitarian Crisis, U.N. Calls for Probe into Reports That Sudanese Security Forces Raped Anti-Coup Pro…

Editor (2021-12-23). Israeli army rule allowing shooting of stone-throwers will be applied to Palestinians, not Jews. mronline.org The Israeli military has changed its rules of engagement to allow its forces to fire on Palestinians who have thrown stones or firebombs even when they no longer pose any danger. The new rule is a sop to Israeli settlers, the IDF's clientele.

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-23). New Campaign for $15 Minimum Wage Kicks Off in Michigan. zcomm.org "Michigan persists as one of 43 states with a legacy of slavery—a subminimum wage—and a very low overall wage of just under $10 an hour. Neither is enough for people to live on."

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-12-23). Nord Stream 2 is a double-edged geopolitical tool. mronline.org The undersea Nord Stream 2 pipeline has been built at a cost of $11 billion. But the Kremlin kept its thought to itself. We now know why.

Staff (2021-12-23). Pentagon Clamps Down on Extremism & White Supremacy After Dozens of Jan. 6 Rioters Had Military Ties. democracynow.org The Pentagon has announced new rules to slow the spread of extremism in the military, one of which will discipline soldiers for liking or resharing white nationalist and other extremist content on social media. The Pentagon announcement comes just two weeks before the first anniversary of the January 6 insurrection, where more than 80 of the 700 individuals charged with the attack had ties to the U.S. military. Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project Susan Corke says these rule changes are welcomed by her organization but don't go far enough to stop extremism in the armed forces. "It sh…

Marjorie Cohn (2021-12-23). Battling the Effort to Recall Progressive San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin. zcomm.org Chesa Boudin has been serving San Franciscans as their district attorney for nearly two years. He is a leading progressive in what has been called the progressive prosecutors' movement…

Alborada Online (2021-12-23). Video: Reflections on Chile's presidential election. greenleft.org.au Alborada Online presents an analysis of Chile's December 19 presidential election results and the historic victory of left candidate, Gabriel Boric.

Paul Walder (2021-12-23). Una nueva etapa se abre con el triunfo de Gabriel Boric. globalizacion.ca Cientos de miles de personas esperaron hasta cerca de las 10 de la noche del domingo 19 la llegada de Gabriel Boric al escenario instalado en Alameda con Santa Rosa, a un costado de la Biblioteca Nacional. Nunca en la…

WSWS (2021-12-23). Australia's "National Cabinet" sets course for mass Omicron infections. wsws.org "Living with COVID-19 means living with COVID-variants," the meeting's communiqué declared.

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-23). The left's contempt for bodily autonomy during the pandemic is a gift to the right. dissidentvoice.org When did parts of the left get so contemptuous of the principle of "bodily autonomy"? Answer: Just about the time they started fetishising vaccines as the only route out of the current pandemic. Only two years ago most people understood "bodily autonomy" to be a fundamental, unquestionable human right. Now it is being treated as …

Serge Halimi (2021-12-23). If only Assange had been Navalny. zcomm.org The different treatment of these two heroes is a fine example of the flexibility of the concepts of 'human rights' and 'freedom of the press' which the western media trumpet at every opportunity…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-23). Working towards development and peace: Imperial and SDG 16. imperial.ac.uk Sustainable energy solutions for peacebuilding and supporting academics from at-risk areas: how Imperial is meeting Sustainable Development Goal 16.

teleSUR (2021-12-23). Nigeria Destroys 1 Million Expired COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Nigerian government destroyed over 1 million COVID-19 vaccines withdrawn from across the country after being identified for having a short shelf life. | RELATED: | The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) monitored the exercise at a dumpsite in a suburb of Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Authorities took the decision to join other African nations which earlier destroyed vaccines for the same reaso…

_____ (2021-12-23). Pharmacy Workers Describe Conditions That Sparked US Walkouts. popularresistance.org Retail pharmacy workers conducted a nationwide walkout on Monday in the US, organized on social media, to protest worsening work conditions at large retail chains such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart. As the hyper-infectious Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the country, this much overlooked section of the health care industry is making its own demands for better working conditions, including patient safety, and an overdue increase in wages. | One pharmacist who requested to remain anonymous told the WSWS, "We work 12 hour shifts without technicians, we have no breaks and no lunch break as the drive-th…

Liam Kennedy (2021-12-23). Stuart Delivery strike highlights UK's bogus self-employment problem. zcomm.org By misclassifying workers as 'self-employed' companies can trample over labor rights…

teleSUR (2021-12-23). Acteal Massacre Victims Demand Justice from The Mexican State. telesurenglish.net Twenty-four years after the killing of 45 Tzotziles Indigenous people carried out by paramilitaries, relatives and survivors of the attack marched to demand jail time for the intellectual and material authors of this tragedy. | RELATED: | With songs, prayers, crosses, incense, and candles, the Acteal Bees (Las Abejas de Acteal), a Christian and anti-neoliberal organization, remembered the dead in a collective tomb where the bodie…

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-23). How Red Are the EU's 'Greens'? moderndiplomacy.eu Blood-red. But that's a banned fact. (It will be documented in what follows.) Here are the announced values (the "Guiding Principles") of the European Green Party: "Environmental Responsibility" "Freedom through Self-Determination" "Extending Justice" "Diversity, an Indispensable Condition" "Non-Violence" "To sum it up, Sustainable Development" This "Charter of the European Greens" fills-in those blanks by stringing …

Thomas Klikauer (2021-12-23). Naked @ Work — the Neoliberal Workplace. zcomm.org Capitalism's relentless drive to growth based on global environmental exploitation has not just transformed the entire planet but is about to destroy planet earth…

Staff (2021-12-23). Tea Party Redux: How the Koch Network Funds and Fuels the Anti-Lockdown Movement. democracynow.org A new report titled "How The Koch Network Hijacked The War On COVID" reveals how a right-wing network linked to billionaire Charles Koch has played a key role in fighting public health measures during the pandemic, including mask and vaccine mandates, contact tracing and lockdowns. The groups include the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), Donors Trust, the Hoover Institution and Hillsdale College. We speak about the contents of the report with co-author Walker Bragman, who says the right-wing network's attack on public health is designed to "maintain…

Tom Engelhardt (2021-12-23). Tomgram: Engelhardt, Thanks a Million for 2021! warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. My Year and Welcome to ItWhat a Boost(er) It Was for Me! By Tom Engelhardt Whether the pandemic that's swept the world started from a bat or not, as 2021 ends, I think it's safe to …

WSWS (2021-12-23). UK Tory government weaponises Christmas against COVID restrictions. wsws.org The government's brutal determination to keep the profits flowing at all costs is meeting widespread opposition. Workers are defying all instructions from the mass murderers in Westminster to just keep on shopping and socialising in pubs, clubs and restaurants. Millions have stopped using public transport, are working from home and are already limiting their contacts with other people.

Anand Naidoo (2021-12-23). The Heat: Afghanistan Crisis. america.cgtn.com As winter settles in, millions of Afghans are desperate for food and medical supplies.

Emir Sader (2021-12-23). Chile — El cielo por asalto de los "cabros" globalizacion.ca Conocí a los nuevos "cabros", como le dicen en Chile a los jóvenes, hace dos años, en Valparaíso. Estaban Jorge Sharp, alcalde de la ciudad —lo cual, por sí solo, ya era una gran novedad- Giorgio Jackson y Gabriel Boric,…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-23). Voices demanding Assange's return grow. greenleft.org.au With Julian Assange now fighting the next stage of efforts to extradite him to the United States, some Australian politicians have found their voice. Binoy Kampmark reports.

Atilio A. Boron (2021-12-23). Chile — Abriendo las grandes alamedas. globalizacion.ca Pasó casi medio siglo. En el medio una atroz dictadura que torturó, mató, desapareció y exilió a cientos de miles de chilenas y chilenos. Aparte saqueó el país y enriqueció a los jerarcas del régimen, comenzando por el propio Augusto…

Staff (2021-12-23). No One Is Safe Until Everyone Is Safe: Oxfam on Vaccine Equity & Taking On Moderna. democracynow.org Oxfam America has accused Moderna of misleading its investors about an ongoing dispute over whether it needs to share vaccine patent rights with the U.S. government. Oxfam filed a shareholders complaint against Moderna with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the company's resistance to recognizing the role played by three scientists with the National Institutes of Health in developing the vaccine. We speak with Robbie Silverman, senior corporate advocacy manager at Oxfam America, who says the federal government owns a right to license the vaccine to manufacturers. "It is simply not sufficient just to vac…

Manuel Perez Rocha (2021-12-23). Democratic Progress in Honduras, Setbacks in El Salvador. zcomm.org The last decade saw democratization in El Salvador and brutal repression in Honduras. Suddenly, those trends appear to have reversed…

Emily Apple (2021-12-23). 'If you are Kurdish the way is the prison'. The harsh reality for those opposing Turkey's fascistic regime. thecanary.co "I am the lucky one", the co-chair of the Democratic Society Congress (DTK) tells us, "I'm an MP so I have immunity". But he will still face charges. Everyone else around the table has either been to prison, is in the middle of a trial, or is facing prison sentences. | This isn't exceptional. It is the norm in Bakur (North Kurdistan — the Kurdish majority region of Turkey). In every meeting we go to, in every interview we conduct, eventually we discuss what sentences people are facing or have already served. | Everyone is charged with "membership of a terrorist organisation". But these are not terrorists.

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2021-12-23). Campaigning in 2021: the year in review — justice, equality and fighting for our planet. thecanary.co A few weeks ago I

WSWS (2021-12-23). Canada's top doctor: Reduce contacts immediately or Omicron will overwhelm hospitals. wsws.org Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam's stark warning was swiftly followed by Canada recording its highest total of daily infections since the pandemic began, with 13,460 new cases on Wednesday.

Danny Haiphong (2021-12-23). What are the Fundamental Differences Between Capitalist and Socialist Democracy? orinocotribune.com By Danny Haiphong — Dec 20, 2021 | Staying true to the theme of democracy, this article is an amended speech that analyzes the differences between Capitalist vs. Socialist democracies and advocates a defense of the latter. | 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…

_____ (2021-12-23). UK Gold Ruling Based On 'Illegal Interference' In Venezuela. popularresistance.org Mexico City, Mexico, December 20, 2021 — The United Kingdom's highest court issued a ruling on Monday favoring opposition figure Juan Guaidó and his efforts to wrest control of US$1.7 billion worth of Venezuelan gold stored at the Bank of England (BoE). | The Monday decision is the latest episode in the legal struggle by the democratically-elected Nicolás Maduro government to regain access to the reserves. Following what the court described as the "one voice principle," the court ruled that under the UK's constitutional arrangements political recognition of foreign states falls to the country's executive.

Global Research News (2021-12-23). Video: Why Life Jackets Should Be Mandatory! globalresearch.ca To receive Global Research's Daily Newsletter (selected articles), click here. | Visit and …

Editor (2021-12-23). Bourgeois Idealism & the Promotion of Anti-Intellectualism. mronline.org I know already as I'm writing this piece that it's not going to be a piece that's widely read and/or shared. I know this because I've written a number of pieces that have been read and shared by thousands.

Global Research (2021-12-23). Bombshell Document Dump on Pfizer Vaccine Data. globalresearch.ca What is contained in Pfizer's confidential report is detailed evidence on the impacts of the "vaccine" on mortality and morbidity. This data which emanates from the Horse's Mouth can be used to confront as well formulate legal procedures against Big Pharma, the governments, the WHO and the media.

WSWS (2021-12-23). As Omicron spreads, German intensive care workers warn of already intolerable working conditions. wsws.org An incendiary letter from intensive care nurses at a university clinic in Hamburg gives voice to the frustration and dissatisfaction widespread among nursing staff throughout Germany.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-23). Sheep studies and community coalescence: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

Karina Huber (2021-12-23). Gen Z most stressed by COVID-19 pandemic. america.cgtn.com The global pandemic triggered a mental health crisis with rates of anxiety and depression skyrocketing around the world. But two years into the pandemic, data is emerging to show that it is one generation, in particular, that is feeling the most stressed. CGTN's Karina Huber …

Alonso Romero (2021-12-23). El fracaso del modelo eléctrico europeo. globalizacion.ca De manera rutinaria, los titulares de los diarios españoles anuncian nuevo récord histórico en el precio de la electricidad. En España, el precio promedio del mercado mayorista ha sido hasta mil por ciento superior en comparación con 2020. | Francia y…

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-23). South African Hospitalization Rates Plunge Despite Omicron Onslaught: 'They Are At Very Low Levels'. moguldom.com The hospitalization rate of South Africans infected with the omicron variant is less than 80 percent compared to other variants of the disease, according to a study released by the country's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). Covid-19 infections in South Africa have spiked in the fourth wave of the pandemic after scientists identified the …

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-23). Kellogg Strike Ends After 11 Weeks as Workers Approve New Contract. zcomm.org About 1,400 workers have been on strike since October 5, sparking boycotts of the cereal company's products as it threatened to permanently replace the striking workers…

WSWS (2021-12-23). New Zealand government will not immediately lock down if Omicron appears in community. wsws.org While the Labour Party-led government claims it wants to keep Omicron out of the community, the cabinet has not put measures in place to prevent its rapid spread.

Noam Chomsky (2021-12-23). US-China Cooperation Is Essential to Avert a New Cold War. zcomm.org The main lesson from the Cold War era is that it's a virtual miracle that we have survived…

WSWS (2021-12-23). IHME projects 3 billion COVID-19 infections worldwide by March 2022. wsws.org The institute based at the University of Washington forecasts 140 million new infections in the United States by the spring, nearly all of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

Steve Topple (2021-12-23). NHS: the year in review — wilful Tory destruction and dire reform. thecanary.co It's been a year of turmoil and trauma for all of us. This has been acutely the case for the NHS and its staff. With the Tory government at the helm, our health service has lurched from government-induced crisis to government-induced crisis. But despite all this, NHS workers have kept saving us as they've fought back against the Tories. | A long, dark winter: | January started the year as it ended up going on: with health workers

Julia Rock (2021-12-23). Pipeline Giant Seeks Jackpot Before Climate Cataclysm. dailyposter.com

teleSUR (2021-12-23). Iranian Nuke Pact Remains Uncertain After Seven Rounds of Talks. telesurenglish.net Following seven rounds of talks held since April this year, Iran and Western parties to the 2015 nuclear deal have yet to find a way to break the impasse on salvaging the pact, which Washington unilaterally quit in 2018. | RELATED: | Although uncertainty is the only certainty right now in Vienna, the host city of the talks, the parties' willingness to continue dialogue still bodes well for future negotiations. | UPS AND DOWNS

Newsroom (2021-12-23). WHO: Blanket COVID-19 vaccine booster programmes could prolong the pandemic. moderndiplomacy.eu Blanket COVID-19 vaccine booster programmes could prolong the pandemic and increase inequity, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday. "No country can boost its way out of the pandemic," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking in Geneva during his final press briefing for the year. "And boosters cannot be seen …

Luis Chirino (2021-12-23). 2021 Year in Review: Recapping Cuba. america.cgtn.com As the year ends on the island of Cuba, citizens will continue to face challenges like the COVID-19 pandemic and a weak economy in the new year. More than eight thousand Cubans have died from COVID-19. In 2021, the pandemic continued to spread while negatively impacting the economy on the island. CGTN's …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-12-23). Will Russia Learn In Time Before War Is Upon Us? globalresearch.ca For the first time ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Kremlin has put its foot down. No NATO for Ukraine and Georgia. Period. | As I predicted would happen, the Kremlin's acceptance over many years of insults and …

Greg Godels (2021-12-23). Nine into two: The Failure of the US Two-Party System. orinocotribune.com By Greg Godels — Dec 21, 2021 | When the so-called "Founding Fathers"— the elites who constructed the US republic — unfolded their unique vision of republicanism and political decision-making, they went long on stability and continuity and short on broad participation and social change. | Accordingly, most of them opposed political factions or parties, but very soon after the new government came into existence, major differences arose, leading to factions and swiftly into parties. | Predictably, the break in unanimity came with the formation of two parties, in the US, a Federalist and an anti-Fed…

Eshalaxmi Barlingay (2021-12-23). 2021 Year in Review: Haiti in spotlight. america.cgtn.com For the people of Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, misery just never seems to end… decade after decade. The economy is in shambles. Natural disasters. Political corruption. Violence. In 2021, the crisis in Haiti only went from bad to worse. In July, …

teleSUR (2021-12-23). Venezuela To Vaccinate 90% Of Its Population To Face Omicron. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced that the first seven COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant were detected in citizens who traveled abroad and recently returned to the states of Miranda, Lara and Caracas. | RELATED: | "It was inevitable that Omicron would arrive in Venezuela. Therefore, we reiterate the call to reinforce biosecurity measures and vaccination. We continue working to care fo…

The Canary (2021-12-23). Anxiety levels are the highest since January 2021, according to figures. thecanary.co Anxiety in the run-up to Christmas has reached its highest level since the January lockdown, provisional figures suggest. Some 38% of adults are experiencing high levels of anxiety, according to an Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey between December 15 and 19. | This is the highest proportion since January 13-17, when Britain was in its third national lockdown. The average anxiety score, which has been rising since the end of November, rose to 4.3 — the highest level since January 27-31. Happiness and life satisfaction scores fell slightly compared to the previous survey period — December…

WSWS (2021-12-23). Minimal restrictions introduced in Scotland as Omicron wave takes hold. wsws.org Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's latest update on the coronavirus pandemic included only the most minimal public health measures to be introduced after this weekend, guaranteeing rapid ongoing infection in the run-up to Christmas.

Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan (2021-12-22). Afghan crisis emerged as the biggest human-made disaster. moderndiplomacy.eu The situation in Afghanistan has emerged as the biggest human-made crisis, where almost half of the 40 million people are facing a shortage of food and almost one-fourth are reached at the starvation stage. The war-torn country is facing a severe shortage of food, medicines, fuel, electricity and severe winter has aggregated the situation further. …

New Atlas (2021-12-22). The US Fights Asia, Not Just China. newatlas.report December 22, 2021 (Brian Berletic — NEO) — 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 …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-22). 'We have to reexamine the legality of US drone wars'. peoplesdispatch.org Newly declassified Pentagon documents revealed the scale of devastation caused by flawed US intelligence as US forces bombed across various countries in West Asia. An investigation by New York Times showed that "flawed intelligence" and "faulty targeting" resulted in the deaths of over 1,000 civilians over the last decade. Official numbers undercounted these deaths by several hundred at least.

Sara Flounders (2021-12-22). Biden's Summit on Democracy Hypocrisy. workers.org With great publicity, President Joe Biden called a grand, international Summit on Democracy for Dec 9-10. This gathering, held on Zoom, was hardly more than a Washington D.C., webinar with a few hundred well-chosen invitees and a well-controlled microphone. U.S. Marines in Syria — "democracy" or imperialist domination? Biden invited . . . |

TASS (2021-12-22). Ukrainian military live-fires US Javelin anti-tank missiles in Donbass for first time — TV. tass.com The live firings were held at a proving ground in the Donetsk Region and not in combat conditions, the TV broadcaster specified…

Dave DeCamp (2021-12-22). 'Let Us Eat': Protesters in Kabul Call on US to Release Frozen Afghan Funds. news.antiwar.com Carrying signs that read "Let us eat" and "Give us our frozen money," The Associated Press reported that the protesters marched towards the shuttered US embassy in Kabul, with the Taliban providing security. | In August, after the collapse of the US-backed Afghan government, the US froze approximately $9 billion in Afghan reserve…

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-22). Russia Warns NATO Membership for Ukraine Would Mean WW III. moderndiplomacy.eu Just like when U.S. President John Fitzgerald Kennedy's American Government, during the 1962 Cuban Crisis, warned that Soviet missiles in Cuba would mean World War 3, Russia's President Vladimir Putin's Russian Government warned, on 20 December 2021, that if its adjoining nation of Ukraine becomes a NATO member (which would present the danger of U.S. …

Northshore Counter Info (2021-12-22). Hundreds of Antifascists Shut Down Far-Right Rally in Toronto. itsgoingdown.org Report back on antifascist mobilization in so-called Toronto that successfully shut-down far-Right rally. Originally posted to North Shore Counter-Info. On December 18th, a coalition of anti-fascists/anti-racists consisting of leftist organizations, labour unions, and concerned community members, gathered at University X (the school originally named after the genocidal, Egerton Ryerson who played a crucial role in…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-22). Egyptian court sentences activist Alaa Abdel Fattah to five years in prison for 'spreading fake news'. peoplesdispatch.org A prominent activist in the 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak's dictatorship, Alaa has been in jail for most of the decade since for opposing the crackdown on dissent carried out by the regime of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi…

Norman Solomon (2021-12-22). The Pentagon's 20-Year Killing Spree Has Always Treated Civilians as Expendable. indybay.org Militarism and neoliberalism in a dance of death…

Staff (2021-12-22). Moscow reveals when Russia & US will hold crucial security talks. rt.com Russian and American negotiators will hold talks early next year on reducing the worsening tensions between Moscow and NATO, the two nations' top diplomats confirmed on Wednesday. | Speaking as part of an exclusive interview with RT, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the countries were planning to hold talks in January, confirming a statement his counterpart in Washington, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, had made to journalists the day before. | Asked about the US reaction to a series of security proposals put forward by Moscow earlier this month, Lavrov said, "Speaking about the real reaction, no…

WSWS (2021-12-22). Two Olympic boycotts: Human rights in the service of imperialist gangsterism. wsws.org The 1980 boycott of the Moscow games was bound up with the US agenda of weakening and fracturing the former Soviet Union, which is precisely the Biden administration's strategy toward China in its boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-12-22). Newly released Records Document Zionist Ethnic Cleansing of Palestinians from Palestine in 1948. juancole.com ( Middle East Monitor) — An investigative report in Haaretz — "Classified Docs Reveal Massacres of Palestinians in '48 — and What Israeli Leaders Knew" — is a must-read. It should be read in particular by all who consider themselves to be "Zionists" as well as those who, for whatever reason, support Israel, anywhere in …

Staff (2021-12-22). Harvard professor convicted over China & Wuhan university ties. rt.com The former head of Harvard University's chemistry department has been convicted for lying to authorities about his connections to China and the Wuhan Institute of Technology. | Professor Charles Lieber, 62, was found Lieber also aided…

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2021-12-22). Saudi-led coalition launches heavy airstrikes on Yemen Ma'rib. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 22 (MNA) — News sources on Wednesday morning reported that Saudi-led coalition fighter jets bombed Yemen's Ma'rib province 34 times.

Staff (2021-12-22). Civilian Casualty Files Reveal U.S. Hid Thousands of Deaths in Middle East Air War. democracynow.org U.S. air power has been central in the country's wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, with officials promising that drones and other sophisticated weapons allow the U.S. military to carry out precision airstrikes that spare civilians caught in war zones. But a groundbreaking investigation by The New York Times reveals the U.S. military's air wars have been plagued by bad intelligence, imprecise targeting and a lack of accountability for thousands of civilian deaths, many of them children. The two-part series by reporter Azmat Khan is based on a trove of internal Pentagon documents, as well as on-the-gr…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-22). Saudi-led airstrike at Sanaa airport disrupts aid supply to war-ravaged Yemen. peoplesdispatch.org Saudi-led airstrikes caused widespread damage to the Sanaa airport where the majority of aid comes into Yemen, causing many international aid organizations to raise concerns…

Staff (2021-12-22). A Pentagon Cover-Up: Azmat Khan on How U.S. Hid Thousands of Civilian Deaths in Middle East Air War. democracynow.org U.S. air power has been central in the country's wars in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq and elsewhere, with officials promising that drones and other sophisticated weapons allow the U.S. military to carry out precision airstrikes that spare civilians caught in war zones. But a groundbreaking investigation by The New York Times reveals the U.S. military's air wars have been plagued by bad intelligence, imprecise targeting and a lack of accountability for thousands of civilian deaths, many of them children. The two-part series by reporter Azmat Khan is based on a trove of internal Pentagon documents, as well as on-the-gr…

ecns.cn (2021-12-22). China makes remarkable progress in gender equality, women empowerment. ecns.cn The average female life expectancy in China has exceeded 80 years, according to the report on China National Program for Women's Development (2011-2020) released by the country's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) Tuesday.

WSWS (2021-12-22). Truck driver boycott forces Colorado state to begin process to lower the 110-year sentence for young driver in 2019 crash. wsws.org Videos associated with the hashtag # NoTrucksToColorado have been viewed 11.4 million times, and a Change.org petition has garnered over 4.6 million signatures…

ecns.cn (2021-12-22). Downplaying war crimes exposes US hypocrisy: FM. ecns.cn

sputniknews (2021-12-22). Perfectly Preserved Dinosaur Embryo Inside Fossilised Egg Discovered in China. sputniknews.com According to new findings published in the iScience journal, the fossilised egg is about 17 cm long and the baby dinosaur curled inside it is estimated to have a length of 27 cm from head to tail.

WSWS (2021-12-22). Quebec's discriminatory Bill 21 causes hijab-clad teacher to be permanently removed from the classroom. wsws.org The decision to remove Fatemeh Anvari from her classroom underscores the reactionary aim of Bill 21, which is to foment hatred and prejudice against immigrants and religious minorities in order to divide the working class.

Staff (2021-12-22). Moscow reveals preparations for possible conflict. rt.com Russia does not want an armed conflict with Ukraine, but will continue to take steps to defend itself, Moscow's top diplomat has said, as Kiev claims Moscow could order an offensive against its neighbor. | Speaking on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with RT, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia "would not want to choose the path of confrontation," referring to tensions with Kiev. | He warned "hot heads" in Ukraine against military confrontation and said that Russia will respond to any provocations.However, the diplomat said that "the choice is up to our partners." | According to him, "the fact…

WSWS (2021-12-22). Finance capital and the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Since the interventions by central banks, led by the Fed, into financial markets, starting in March 2020, they have been buying financial assets at the rate of $800 million per hour.

Anish R M (2021-12-22). Wet'suwet'en activists retake checkpoint a month after police crackdown. peoplesdispatch.org Anti-pipeline Indigenous activists, resisting the contentious Coastal GasLink pipeline in Wet'suwet'en have retaken a checkpoint in Coyote Camp, a month after violent crackdown by federal police forces…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-22). Canada: Wet'suwet'en Activists Retake Checkpoint a Month After Police Crackdown. libya360.wordpress.com Anish R M Wet'suwet'en activists after reclaiming Camp Coyote. Photo: Gidimt'en Checkpoint/Twitter Anti-pipeline Indigenous activists, resisting the contentious Coastal GasLink pipeline in Wet'suwet'en have retaken a checkpoint in Coyote Camp, a month after violent crackdown by federal police forces On Saturday, December 19, activists leading the Wet'suwet'en resistance against the Coastal GasLink (CGL) pipeline project…

Editor (2021-12-22). Chris Hedges on the Persecution of Julian Assange (Video). scheerpost.com In July 2010, Wikileaks published Cablegate, one of the biggest leaks in the history of the US military, including evidence for war crimes and torture. Julian Assange, the founder and spokesman of Wikileaks, immediately found himself a target, accused of hacking, and later sexual assault. He spent the next seven years in asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fearful that he would be extradited to Sweden to face the accusations of assault and then sent to US. In 2019, Assange was handed over to the British police. On the same day, the US demanded his extradition. He faces up to 175 years in prison for…

WSWS (2021-12-22). Trump announces event to celebrate one-year anniversary of the violent January 6 attack on Capitol Hill. wsws.org In a brief statement, the former president reiterated his false claims that the 2020 presidential election was "rigged" and that the storming of Capitol by fascist militia members was a "completely unarmed protest."

_____ (2021-12-22). Chile: Another Good-Sized Nail In Neoliberalism's Coffin. popularresistance.org This brings us to a central political issue: what has the October 2019 Rebellion and all its impressively positive consequences posed for the Chilean working class? What is posed in Chile is the struggle not (yet) for power but for the masses that for decades were conned into accepting (however grudgingly) neoliberalism as a fact of life, until the 2019 rebellion that was the first mass mobilization not only to oppose but also to get rid of neoliberalism. The Rebellion extracted extraordinary concessions from the ruling class: a referendum for a Constitutional Convention entrusted legally with the task to draft a…

_____ (2021-12-22). This Time The Defeat Was On Joe Biden. popularresistance.org On June 11, 2021, a plan carefully conceived 17 years earlier by the U.S. government was defeated in Cuban neighborhoods and streets. | Born at the end of the Bush era, after more than 50 years of subversive actions had been negated, the new action plan was intended to take advantage of the generational change on the island to put an end to the Revolution.

_____ (2021-12-22). Trump Thinks He's Still President — What Is the Evidence? popularresistance.org Donald Trump thinks he's still president according to no more reliable a source than Rachel Maddow on her February 5th show. This was confirmed in May by Vanity Fair. Right-wing conspiracy theorists echo this analysis as recently as this month. Left-liberals are smugly confident that Kamala Harris's running mate is in the White House, snoozing in the presidential bedroom. Inquiring minds ask what is the evidence nearly a year into the alleged Biden presidency that there has been a change of guard in Washington? | +The Obama-Biden union card check proposal was not on Mr. Trump's political horizon, nor is it on tha…

Ahmed Abu Artema (2021-12-22). Film on sperm smuggling misrepresents Palestine's prisoners. electronicintifada.net Truth of prison life is more powerful than fiction.

Ali Abunimah (2021-12-22). Finland bill would outlaw Israeli settlement goods. electronicintifada.net "Palestinians are suffering from the longest occupation in modern history," says lawmaker.

Ann Brown (2021-12-22). Remembering Khalil Amani, The Man Who Went To FBI After Yahweh Ben Yahweh Took His Wife. moguldom.com The Miami-based Nation of Yahweh was founded in 1979 by former Nation of Islam minister Hulon Mitchell Jr., who went by the name Yahweh ben Yahweh. Khalil Amani was a member of Nation of Yahweh, which some viewed as a religious organization and others viewed as a cult. Amani was deeply involved in the organization …

Ann Brown (2021-12-22). Cop Mayor Of NYC Eric Adams Says You Need To Wear Bulletproof Vest For 22 Years As Police Officer To Question Him. moguldom.com Eric Adams has yet to take office as the newly elected mayor of New York City, but he's already rubbed some the wrong way with his pro-police stance. A New York City police officer for 22 years, Adams has vowed to bring back some of the department's controversial former practices, such as stop-and-frisk, which involves temporarily …

Ann Brown (2021-12-22). Black America Blasts New US Government Program For Using 'Freedman Bank' Theme For People Of Color, Not Black Americans Specifically. moguldom.com A forum that was held at the U.S. Treasury Department is being blasted by Black America for using the Freedman Bank theme to introduce an initiative that will not specially benefit Black Americans, but people of color as a whole. Vice President Kamala Harris and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen hosted the annual Freedman's Bank Forum …

Ann Brown (2021-12-22). Trial Boards: How D.C. Police Tried And Were Blocked From Firing 24 Current Cops For Criminal Offenses. moguldom.com Leaked documents have revealed that top Washington, D.C., police blocked the firing of 21 current officers who had been accused of criminal misconduct. A panel of high-ranking D.C. police officers overruled firings sought by the department, according to documents reviewed by Reveal and WAMU/DCist. In all, there were 24 firings recommended, but 21 officers were suspended or acquitted …

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-22). Humboldt Forest Defenders: "Solidarity with Indigenous Land Defenders" itsgoingdown.org Statement of solidarity from those blockading and defending redwood rainforests from industrial logging in so-called Humboldt County with Indigenous land defenders. From Redwood Forest Defense. On thankstaking, a collective day of mourning in the so-called United States, we stand in solidarity with Indigenous land defenders of the past and present fighting to protect their livelihoods… Statement from the NYC Anarchist Black Cross on the passing of former Black liberation political prisoner, Russell "Maro…

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-22). Solidarity with Indigenous Land Defenders. itsgoingdown.org Statement of solidarity from those blockading and defending redwood rainforests from industrial logging in so-called Humboldt County with Indigenous land defenders. From Redwood Forest Defense. On thankstaking, a collective day of mourning in the so-called United States, we stand in solidarity with Indigenous land defenders of the past and present fighting to protect their livelihoods… Statement from the NYC Anarchist Black Cross on the passing of former Black liberation political prisoner, Russell "Maroon" Shoat…

Appalachians Against Pipelines (2021-12-22). MVP Pipeline Resistors Issue Statement After Fighting Felony Charges. itsgoingdown.org Appalachians Against Pipelines presents two statements from Tom and Molly on their recent fight against felony charges and the ongoing struggle against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. In April, Tom and Molly were arrested after Tom stopped pipe from being delivered to a Mountain Valley Pipeline work site by locking himself to a pipe truck for…

Appalachians Against Pipelines (2021-12-22). Tom and Molly Statements: Stop MVP. itsgoingdown.org Appalachians Against Pipelines presents two statements from Tom and Molly on their recent fight against felony charges and the ongoing struggle against the Mountain Valley Pipeline. In April, Tom and Molly were arrested after Tom stopped pipe from being delivered to a Mountain Valley Pipeline work site by locking himself to a pipe truck for…

Asa Winstanley (2021-12-22). Protesters against Israeli ambassador exonerated by university. electronicintifada.net London School of Economics says "no evidence whatsoever of protestors having broken the law."

Berry Craig (2021-12-22). Kentucky 'Rock of Labor' memorial survives tornado, symbolizing workers' resolve. peoplesworld.org The powerful tornado that ravaged Mayfield, Ky., on the night of Dec. 10 left the 1880s-vintage Graves County Courthouse in shambles, tearing away the cupola and most of the second floor. Yet, the "Rock of Labor," a 14-year-old rough-hewn brown sandstone memorial to old United Steelworkers Local 665, weathered the violent storm that scourged western …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-22). Crypto Pioneer Arthur Hayes' BitMEX Exchange Plans To Launch Its Own Token, BMEX. moguldom.com BitMEX, the cryptocurrency exchange co-founded by crypto pioneer Arthur Hayes, announced in a tweet Tuesday that it is launching its own token, BMEX — "The Token for True Believers". BitMEX was founded in Hong Kong in 2014 by Hayes, Ben Delo, and Samuel Reed, making it one of the earliest crypto derivatives exchanges. It is …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-22). Corporations Flood Senator Joe Manchin's PAC After Blocking Biden Agenda. moguldom.com Corporations, business leaders and groups have been pressuring West. Virginia conservative Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin to oppose President Joe Biden's agenda since the Dems gained a majority in the Senate. Manchin's political action committee saw a gush of corporate contributions before his decision to oppose Biden's $1.75 trillion Build Back Better Act for a social …

Danny Haiphong (2021-12-22). Stream on Luna Oi's Channel. chroniclesofhaiphong.substack.com This stream aired 12/18 and I come on at around the 41: 00 until about 1: 52 in.Happy holidays everyone,Danny Haiphong…

Dennis Broe (2021-12-22). The year in global streaming: Welcome to the Om(n)i(cron)verse. peoplesworld.org This year's Top 40 Serial TV Series unfolds against a background of continually rising inequality as Thomas Piketty (Capital in the 21st Century) and company released their figures charting global disparities exacerbated by COVID, front page news in Le Monde and ignored in the U.S. Billionaires have captured much more of the global wealth since …

Editor2 (2021-12-22). Destruction of the Soviet Union: a Crime Without Statute of Limitations. orinocotribune.com Statement of the Presidium of the Central Committee of the United Communist Party of Russia (OKP) in connection with the 30th anniversary of the unconstitutional liquidation of the USSR in December 1991. | In December 1991, the largest state on the planet, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the first ever socialist state of workers and peasants, disappeared from the political map of the world. | In the context of the general crisis of Gorbachev's "perestroika" policy, few people paid attention to the blatant violation of all conceivable and inconceivable constitutional procedures during the "dissolution" of…

Especial para Mundo Popular (2021-12-22). øQue ha significado la Cuarta Transformación para el pueblo de México? peoplesworld.org La 4T propone nada menos que una transformación radical y democrática de la sociedad mexicana con medidas concretas y duraderas a favor de los intereses populares. A pesar de la férrea oposición de los elites y privilegiados del viejo régimen, sus medios de comunicación, partidos, jueces, y las asociaciones empresariales que no quieren perder sus …

G. Dunkel (2021-12-22). U.S. maneuvers amidst more disasters for the Haitian people. workers.org Remains of fuel explosion in Cap-HaàØtien, Dec. 13 Washington extended Temporary Protective Status for Haitians for another 18 months, because conditions in Haiti are so miserable. Despite this the U.S. government is still actively deporting Haitians back to Haiti, flying them into either the airport at Cap-HaàØtien or Port-au-Prince. According . . . |

Greg Godels (2021-12-22). The Failure of the US Two-Party System. dissidentvoice.org When the so-called Founding Fathers — the elites who constructed the US republic — unfolded their unique vision of republicanism and political decision-making, they went long on stability and continuity and short on broad participation and social change. Accordingly, most of them opposed political factions or parties, but very soon after the new government came …

Greg Kearney (2021-12-22). Joe Manchin: The Grinch Who Stole Child Tax Credits. peoplesworld.org Related Stories: | > >

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-22). After Selling Brand For An Estimated $70 Million, Diddy Wins Bid To Buy Back Sean John From Bankrupt Owner. moguldom.com Five years after selling a majority stake in his signature streetwear brand Sean John, Sean "Diddy" Combs has regained full ownership and control of the company. The hip-hop mogul once again became the sole owner after the previous majority owner, Global Brands Group, went bankrupt. Diddy won a bidding war against four other parties, purchasing …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-22). Mom Quits Her Job To Go Full Crypto, Now Makes $80K A Month. moguldom.com A San Antonio mother of two took a risk and quit her job to go into crypto full-time. Now she makes between $40,000 and $80,000 per month. Brenda Gentry, 46, resigned from her job as a mortgage underwriter for USAA in October. She launched a full-time crypto consulting firm and now she and her family …

IWOC (2021-12-22). Phone Zap for John Bramble and Ronald Maxime: On Hunger Strike at James T. Vaughn Prison. itsgoingdown.org Call for a phone zap for John Bramble and Ronald Maxime. Originally posted by DC Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee. Comrade John Bramble (SBI 450202) and Comrade Pound, aka Ronald Maxime (SBI 646319), went on hunger strike at James T. Vaughn prison on Saturday, demanding to get transferred out to another facility. John Bramble was moved…

Jim Hightower (2021-12-22). Building Community, One Fruit Tree at a Time. otherwords.org Some years ago, a young, hippyish couple knocked on my front door. They had noticed that I had fig trees in the yard, laden with summer fruit. If I wasn't going to pick them all, they asked, could they harvest some figs? | Since I was about to take a trip, I said: Sure, have at 'em. | Upon my return, as I stood at the door fumbling for my keys, I looked down — and there were two jars of delicious fig jam awaiting me. | A little common neighborliness can be deeply enriching, in so many ways. | I remembered my happy fig exchange recently when I read that a fast-growing, underground fruit economy is spreading…

John Wojcik, Strike Supporters (2021-12-22). Kellogg's workers end their strike against the cereal giant. peoplesworld.org Kellogg's workers called off their strike against the cereal giant Tuesday, Dec. 21, after almost three months on the picket line. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers' International Union announced workers approved a five-year contract with the company. Voting took place over the weekend. Anthony Shelton, the union's president, said in a statement …

Karen Conner (2021-12-22). The Good News in 2022 Will Be the Economy. cepr.net I feel very confident in saying that 2022 will be a very good year for the economy. We are looking at a situation where we have low unemployment, falling inflation, and rising real wages.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-22). Actual Facts: Rapid Covid Tests Have Major Flaws. moguldom.com The U.S. government has purchased 500 million, at-home rapid covid tests that will be available free starting in January upon request by accessing an online website, President Joe Biden announced Tuesday, Dec. 21 from the White House. Americans need to be aware of the limitations of rapid covid tests as demand for the quick diagnostic …

Khalil Bendib (2021-12-22). The Only Epidemic That Has Corporations Worried. otherwords.org Get a full-res version

Liberation Staff (2021-12-22). Sign a petition to legalize abortion once and for all. liberationnews.org Progressive legislation is won through struggle. We need to demand that the Democrats stop treating women's rights as a debate or bargaining chip for re-elections and defend abortion now!

Lyn Neeley (2021-12-22). Portland community backs grocery workers. workers.org Picketers prevent shoppers, scabs from entering the Fred Meyer parking lot, Dec. 17. Massive community support was shown on Dec. 17 for thousands of grocery workers who walked off the job at 30 Fred Meyer and QFC stores across four Oregon cities. After only one day of the walk out, . . . |

Martha Grevatt (2021-12-22). Solidarity rally for Kellogg's strike. workers.org Battle Creek, Michigan Bulletin: Kellogg's workers voted Dec. 19 to approve the latest contract offer, ending the strike. Close to 1,000 Kellogg's strikers and their supporters rallied near corporate headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan, Dec. 17. The strike here and at three other plants in Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee began . . . |

Mary C. King (2021-12-22). Affordable Child Care Is the Boost Our Economy Needs. otherwords.org Child care is one of the biggest expenses many families face — in much of the country, it can run higher than college tuition. Could a national child care program ease that burden? | We've come close before. During World War II, the federal government provided child care around the clock to enable more women to work in the war industries. In 1971, we nearly got a national child care program until President Richard Nixon vetoed legislation that had strong bipartisan support. | Now, with Senator Joe Manchin stalling President Biden's Build Back Better Act, we could be on the brink of another disappointment. O…

Maureen Clare Murphy (2021-12-22). Israel codifies shoot-to-kill policy against Palestinians. electronicintifada.net Troops permitted to shoot at people who throw rocks or Molotov cocktails at civilian cars.

Netfa Freeman (2021-12-22). United States Still Strongarming 'Democracy' Onto Libya. towardfreedom.org The Western imperialist forces responsible for the overthrow and assassination of Muammar Gaddafi, as well as the destruction of Libya, are now trying to force elections and so-called "democracy" onto the country, writes Netfa Freeman.

Nick Matthews (2021-12-22). Holidays with Dickens and Marx: 'A Christmas Carol' and the 'Communist Manifesto'. peoplesworld.org It has often been pointed out that Karl Marx and Charles Dickens inhabited the same London streets for over 20 years. They were both appalled by the squalor the Industrial Revolution brought with it, particularly to the streets of Manchester and London. It was this, after all, that inspired their best-known works, published within five …

NYC Anarchist Black Cross (2021-12-22). NYC Anarchist Black Cross Statement on the Passing of Russell "Maroon" Shoatz. itsgoingdown.org Statement from the NYC Anarchist Black Cross on the passing of former Black liberation political prisoner, Russell "Maroon" Shoatz. NYC Anarchist Black Cross mourns the loss of Russell "Maroon" Shoatz. Russell was a founding member of the Black Unity Council, as well as a veteran of both the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation…

PSL Carolinas (2021-12-22). Drop the charges on NC organizer Dedan Waciuri! liberationnews.org Despite any evidence that he committed any of the crimes he is accused of, Waciuri is facing charges of "inciting a riot" and "damage to public property."

Ramzy Baroud (2021-12-22). "Previously Unknown Massacres": Why is Israel Allowed to Own Palestinian History? dissidentvoice.org Haaretz's investigative report — 'Classified Docs Reveal Massacres of Palestinians in '48 — and What Israeli Leaders Knew' — is a must-read. It should be particularly read by any person who considers himself a 'Zionist' and also by people who, for whatever reason, support Israel, anywhere in the world. "In the village of Al-Dawayima (…), troops …

Tim Wheeler (2021-12-22). The Christmas tree we chose. peoplesworld.org Next year I will write my third book. It is my New Year's Resolution for 2022, when I am 82. I have even come up with a title: "News to Heal the Sick, Feed the Hungry, Shelter the Homeless." This Christmas story will be the last chapter in the book. When Christmas Eve arrived in …

Brian Shilhavy (2021-12-22). 32,649 Deaths 3,003,296 Injuries Following COVID Shots in European Database of Adverse Reactions as Young, Previously Healthy People Continue to Suffer. globalresearch.ca The European (EEA and non-EEA countries) database of suspected drug reaction reports is This database maintained at EudraVigilance is …

John Catalinotto (2021-12-22). U.S./NATO threats heighten tension with Russia. workers.org Demonstration April 2019 in Washington, D.C., says 'No to NATO.' Washington has threatened economic and diplomatic sanctions against Russia over the conflict with Ukraine and has raised the possibility of military action. In an interview with Fox News Dec. 7, Mississippi Republican Senator Roger Wicker even discussed U.S. troop intervention . . . |

Peter Certo (2021-12-22). In OtherWords: December 22, 2021. otherwords.org If you're the kind of person who reads our op-eds each week, chances are you're feeling a little beat up at the end of the year — from the constant rush of political news, the pandemic that just won't quit, or, as Sam Pizzigati writes in his column about Amazon this week, that ominous intersection of climate disasters, extreme inequality, and workplace injustice. | But for the rest of our package this week, I wanted to take a look at good things that happened this year — and the good we might see in the year to come. | This week in OtherWords, I look both at home and abroad for inspiring stories of pr…

Global Research News (2021-12-22). Memory Hole: Virtually every major health official in the U.S. Claims that COVID Shots Stop the Virus. globalresearch.ca

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-22). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" globalresearch.ca

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-22). Big Business Defeated as Sawant's Victory Certified in Seattle. zcomm.org "We have defeated Big Business and the right wing in their attempt to use… trumped-up charges against me personally in order to push back against the success of working-class movements in Seattle."

Staff (2021-12-22). New Yorkers offered holiday booster deal. rt.com The New York City government has vowed to shell out $100 to any resident who receives a Covid-19 vaccine booster shot before the end of the year, unveiling yet another cash incentive program amid panic over the Omicron strain. | Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio "We want everyo…

Walker Bragman (2021-12-22). How The Koch Network Hijacked The War On COVID. dailyposter.com

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-22). Fake Science, Invalid Data: There is No Such Thing as a "Confirmed Covid-19 Case". There is No Pandemic. globalresearch.ca Approximately 260 million people Worldwide have been categorized as "confirmed Covid-19 cases". The alleged pandemic is said to have resulted in more than 5 million Covid-19 related deaths. Both sets of figures: morbidity and mortality are invalid.

Newsroom (2021-12-22). 'Consistent evidence' of Omicron's spread vs Delta. moderndiplomacy.eu There is now "consistent evidence" that the Omicron variant is outpacing Delta, as COVID-19 continues to account for around 50,000 deaths worldwide every week, said the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists at WHO Headquarters in Geneva that it was also more likely that people who have been vaccinated, or …

Staff (2021-12-22). Berlin forces EU satellite operator to take RT's German TV broadcast off air. rt.com European satellite operator Eutelsat has removed the 24-hour German-language RT DE channel from its platform under pressure from Berlin. RT has called the move illegal. | German media regulator MABB (Medienanstalt Berlin-Brandenburg) has forced European service Eutelsat to remove the broadcast of RT's new Moscow-based German-language channel RT DE from its 9B satellite on Wednesday. | "It is inappropriate for the German regulator, MABB, to overreach and ignore the European Convention on Transfrontier Television, under which it is subject, thereby forcing Eutelsat to remove RT DE from the carrier solely due to…

Staff (2021-12-22). 'Few know who I am': Ronaldo's girlfriend Rodriguez teases new Netflix show (VIDEO). rt.com The expectant mother of Cristiano Ronaldo's twins, Georgina Rodriguez, has produced a glamorous teaser for a Netflix documentary which is expected to reveal what life is like as the partner of the planet's most famous athlete. | Manchester United forward Ronaldo plays a star role in the real-life drama about his Buenos Aires-born girlfriend, who he purportedly met in a Gucci store in 2016. | The self-aggrandizing six-part show has now been given a release date of January 27, according to Rodriguez, who posed on top of a large sculpture of her name in a dress and heels as part of a promotional post with the bro…

WSWS (2021-12-22). Germany sees massive job cuts in all sectors. wsws.org Workers' protests are nipped in the bud by pitting workers against one another, either factory against factory or along national lines.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-12-22). Innovative program enables patients who are obese to get kidney transplants. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For many patients seeking kidney transplant, obesity is a barrier. Body mass index (BMI) is a traditional criterion for transplant, and a large portion of potential kidney transplant recipients currently have BMIs above the cutoff. Two physicians at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, are paving the way to transplant for patients with higher BMIs. Patients, like Wells Larsen, who, because of an innovative new program, has new kidneys and a new outlook on life. Watch: …

Staff (2021-12-22). Biden Addresses Omicron Surge as Nation Faces COVID Testing Shortage & Overwhelmed Hospitals. democracynow.org President Biden has announced a plan to begin distributing 500 million at-home COVID tests starting in January in response to the latest surge in cases, linked to the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the coronavirus. His plan also includes the establishment of new federal testing sites and the deployment of military medical personnel to help overwhelmed hospitals around the country. Dr. Tsion Firew, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center, says nurses and other healthcare providers are quitting or retiring in large numbers as the pandemic drags on, leading to…

ecns.cn (2021-12-22). Taiwan export orders from mainland, Hong Kong up 25.3 pct in November. ecns.cn Taiwan companies received export orders from the mainland and Hong Kong worth 16.08 billion U.S. dollars in November, an increase of 25.3 percent year on year, the island's economic affairs department said.

teleSUR- lvm -HIM (2021-12-22). Cuba prevé recuperación económica y crecimiento del PIB en 2022. telesurtv.net Transformar el sistema empresarial estatal, sujeto principal del modelo económico, es un desafío en la gestión gubernamental cubana.

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2021-12-22). One dead, dozens missing after landslide at Myanmar jade mine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Dec. 22 (MNA) — At least one person has been confirmed dead and up to 100 others reported missing following a landslide at a jade mine in northern Myanmar, according to rescue workers.

George Monbiot (2021-12-22). How border walls are triggering ecological disaster. zcomm.org Border walls are accelerating the extinction crisis and making ecosystems inviable…

GLIDE (2021-12-22). Friday 12/24: Christmas Eve & Christmas Day Meals Served for Free w/ GLIDE. indybay.org GLIDE Memorial Church, 330 Ellis St., San Francisco, CA 94102 and throughout sites in San Francisco | Please wear a mask. Follow COVID safety guidelines: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/…

teleSUR, SH (2021-12-22). Violencia en el centro de Nigeria deja al menos 45 muertos. telesurtv.net La violencia entre las etnias fulani y tiv en el estado de Nasarawa ha obligado al desplazamiento de al menos 5.000 personas.

WSWS (2021-12-22). New German Defense Minister visits German combat troops in Lithuania. wsws.org Eighty years after the Third Reich's war of annihilation against the Soviet Union, the German Defense Minister denied Russia the right to even criticize the threatening military build-up on its border.

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