Daily Archives: December 24, 2021

2021-12-24: News Headlines

Sara Flounders (2021-12-24). Wildfire surge of omicron confirms: Health care for profit more deadly than coronavirus. workers.org The ominous toll of 800,000 deaths from COVID-19, reached in the U.S. Dec. 14, confirms that health care for profit is more deadly than the virus itself. The U.S. has consistently had the most COVID-19 deaths of any country. (tinyurl.com/3nunmuv7) Since the omicron variant surfaced here Dec. 1, infection rates . . . |

_____ (2021-12-24). Ethiopia: TPLF Announces Retreat. popularresistance.org The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) has announced that it will withdraw its forces to "give peace a chance." This marks a key milestone in the civil war it started in November 2020. Why was the TPLF forced to retreat? What prospects lie ahead for the country? Elias Amare, editor of Horn of Africa TV, explains.

Graham Peebles (2021-12-24). Ethiopia: Historic Battle for the Mother of Africa. dissidentvoice.org The outrage felt by Ethiopians at the Western-backed terrorist attack on their country is spreading across the Horn of Africa and parts of the continent more widely. A great movement of solidarity is emerging as Ethiopia's neighbors, Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya join hands, standing together against terror, imperial interference and mainstream media lies and misinformation. …

_____ (2021-12-24). Antony Blinken Visited the South-East Asian Region Yet Again. journal-neo.org Another tour, started on December 9 by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, may have been unprecedented since he took office, both in terms of the number of countries visited and the breadth of topics that were supposed to be discussed with foreign colleagues. The plan was for the trip to include three phases: a stop …

_____ (2021-12-24). Erdogan is Actively Trying to Score Points in Africa. journal-neo.org Amid growing accusations against the Turkish government and calls for early presidential and parliamentary elections from the local population due to the intensifying domestic crisis in Turkey in recent days, there has been a surge in publications in the West about the impending power transition in Turkey. Thus, American edition Foreign Policy says that even …

_____ (2021-12-24). Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. journal-neo.org The last year was marked by a number of important events that NEO's been covering daily due to the valiant effort of all of our authors. The rapid growth in the number of terrorist attacks and the ongoing armed conflicts — that is the outcome of the short-sighted policies employed by certain countries and Wahhabi states. The "New Eastern Outlook" …

_____ (2021-12-24). Western Expansionism Turns Russia-China to a Strategic Partnership. journal-neo.org In its latest meeting, the G7 countries — Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, the USA and the High Representative of the European Union — "condemned Russian military build-up" on the Ukrainian border. While the statement does show the growing anti-Russia rhetoric in the West, the meeting drastically failed to contextualise how the West itself …

_____ (2021-12-24). Amazon Warehouse Workers Walk Off The Job In Illinois. popularresistance.org On Wednesday morning, several dozen Amazon workers at two separate Chicago-area delivery stations staged a walkout to demand raises and safer working conditions, making it the first time the tech giant has seen a multi-site work stoppage in the United States. | Coming just three days before Christmas to ensure maximum impact, the action caps a year of intense organizing and protest by Amazon warehouse workers who have been on the frontlines of both the Covid-19 pandemic and extreme weather events. | Organized by the labor network Amazonians United, the walkouts occurred during the morning shifts at the company's…

_____ (2021-12-24). Capitalism Contributed To Factory Workers Deaths. popularresistance.org The weekend of December 10-11, 2021, saw a reported 30 tornadoes hitting several states from Arkansas to Illinois; as of this writing, 74 people are confirmed dead and several buildings severely damaged or totally demolished. | All the cases of death and destruction are devastating; however, the most telling and unconscionable are the deaths of eight people at a candle-making factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, and six in an Amazon facility in Edwardsville, Illinois. What makes these two cases significant is that they most likely could have been avoided, but once again capitalism's insatiable greed is significantly re…

_____ (2021-12-24). Peru Ratifies UN Treaty On The Prohibition Of Nuclear Weapons. popularresistance.org Addressing the UN General Assembly this September, the minister of foreign affairs of Peru, àìscar Maúrtua, hailed the TPNW's entry into force as a "great achievement" and "a legal and moral starting point on a long road to achieve nuclear disarmament". | Peru is the 14th country in Latin America to ratify the TPNW, following Mexico, Cuba, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Uruguay, El Salvador, Panama, Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Honduras, and Chile. An additional four countries in the region have signed but not yet ratified the treaty: Brazil, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and Guatemala. | Gisela Lujá…

Amjed Jaaved (2021-12-24). Santa Claus rueful at imminent Christmas in India. moderndiplomacy.eu Ahead of Christmas, Indian police raided a shishu bhavan (infant house or orphanage) in Kolcatta (West Bengal) and another at Vdodra (Gujarat), Indian prime minister's home state. The Kolkatta orphanage was established by Mother Teresa herself, and was being run by the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata since February11, 2014. The raiding police claimed that …

Ann Brown (2021-12-24). What Role Did White 'No Jumper Podcast' Profiteering Have In YG And Drakeo Beef Before Murder? moguldom.com Questions are swirling around the death of Los Angeles hip-hop artist Drakeo the Ruler, who was stabbed backstage on Dec. 18 before he was due to perform at the Once Upon A Time In L.A. Festival at Exposition Park. Many people were mingling around and no one noticed the murderer, who was somehow given admission …

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-24). Fundraiser for Portland Protestors' Legal Support Parodies Classic Holiday Tale. itsgoingdown.org Announcing fundraiser for legal defense of Portland protesters featuring an updated retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, with Ebenezer Wheeler. An updated retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol follows Ebenezer Wheeler through the streets of Portland, Oregon. Read about Wheeler's encounters with the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Adams, his tours through…

Christos Kefalis (2021-12-24). Benedetta: A "Provocative" Film that Demythologizes Religion. dissidentvoice.org Relatively recently we criticized Man of God as a film that obscures reality and, by deifying religious feeling, could lead those who adopt its standpoint only to wrong, deceptive paths.1 Benedetta, Paul Verhoeven's latest film, can in many ways be considered its opposite. It is a film that demythologizes, deconstructs and keenly dissects religion with …

Craig Murray (2021-12-24). Protecting the Nazis: The extraordinary vote of Ukraine and the USA. mronline.org The Ukrainian vote against the U.N. resolution against Nazism was motivated by sympathy for the ideology of historic, genocidal active Nazis. It is as simple as that, writes Craig Murray.

Dost Muhammad Barrech (2021-12-24). Afghanistan: OIC emerging dilemma. moderndiplomacy.eu December 19, 2021, is going to be a monumental day for Afghanistan in its perilous situation. Pakistan on that particular day will host a meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) foreign ministers on Afghanistan aimed at addressing exacerbating and egregious humanitarian crisis in war-torn Afghanistan. Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Pakistan's foreign minister says, "In …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-24). The benefits of China and Russia from the United States' disengagement from the Middle East. moderndiplomacy.eu Russia and China, as two countries that compete with the United States and the European Union on the international scene, are trying to find a foothold in the Middle East, and the new Chinese and Russian strategy is represented in (restricting and curtailing American influence in the Middle East due to the direct American penetration …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-24). The main problems to the expansion of Sino-Russian cooperation with the Middle East. moderndiplomacy.eu The most prominent problems of expanding Sino-Russian cooperation in the Middle East are due to the US policy of hegemony in the region, and they are considered a real challenge to Washington. And here we can (interpret the ultimate goal behind the Russian and later Chinese intervention in Syria at the heart of the world …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-24). The repercussions of the American presence in the Middle East on China and Russia. moderndiplomacy.eu There are many potential repercussions of the US presence in the Middle East, with direct impacts on both China and Russia. Here, the most important priorities of the new US administration in the Middle East are represented in (negotiating over the Iranian nuclear program), which threatens Israel's security and destabilizes the region, according to American …

Editor2 (2021-12-24). What can we Expect from Boric? (Interview). orinocotribune.com We spoke to Bruno Sommer, founder of I imagine there is still a sense of elation on the streets of Chile now! | Of course, the victory of Boric and his Frente Amplio group is not only a victory for their sector, but for all the social movements that came out to back him. This election was unique, it had the highest rate of participation since the…

Editor (2021-12-24). Climate litigation up in 2021, with private sector now exposed. mronline.org This year's successes include Shell becoming the first company in history to be held legally liable for contributing to climate change.

Editor (2021-12-24). Salvador Allende's Grandson Responds to Boric: The Human Rights Double Standard and 'Chic' Leftism. mronline.org Doctor Sepúlveda Allende's open letter to Boric is translated and reproduced.

Editor (2021-12-24). A come to Jesus sermon from the Rev. Chris Hedges. scheerpost.com [Journalist and minister, Chris Hedges. [Photo courtesy of Chris Hedges] | Click to subscribe on: Another holiday season plagued with high Covid-19 rates and fears of infecting loved ones has come around, this time amid supply chain shortages and other economic woes. As runaway American capitalism tries to sell us consumerism as the answer to our current crises ev…

Giancarlo Elia Valori (2021-12-24). Ethical aspects relating to cyberspace: Utilitarianism and deontology. moderndiplomacy.eu Obviously web ethics must primarily be behavioural in nature. Its task is to serve as a tool for making decisions in morally difficult situations. However, as long as web ethics is seen only as one of the mechanisms of the Internet normative self-regulation, based on the spontaneously formed ethos of cyberspace, it will lack the …

It's Going Down (2021-12-24). Resistance to Defend Atlanta Forest from 'Cop City' Continues Despite Police Raid. itsgoingdown.org Last week, law enforcement raided a growing protest encampment set up in defense of the Atlanta forest. Both police and Blackhall Studios (behind such high profile movies as Venom and Jumanji), are hoping to bulldoze parts of the Atlanta forest to build a state of the art police training center and expand existing movie production…

Jay Janson (2021-12-24). No USA Christmas Love for Afghans, Venezuelans, Cubans, Syrians, Iranians, and North Koreans. dissidentvoice.org This Christmas season, as always, CIA controlled mainstream media is filled with unctuous images of the hungry homeless in America being charitably served food by private citizens and institutions. It has long become an American tradition of kindness during the season celebrating the birth of all loving Jesus along with gift giving Santa Claus, and …

K.J. Noh (2021-12-24). South Korean Dictator Dies, Western Media Resurrects a Myth. towardfreedom.org South Korea's history offers a stark and ominous lesson, one that the mainstream media would prefer you ignore: A battle is brewing, with very high stakes. Under pressure, the United States has taken brutal actions to maintain control and hegemony, writes K.J. Noh.

Karen Dolan (2021-12-24). Three reasons to be hopeful as a hard year comes to a close. nationofchange.org The year to come could still see big changes for the better. Here's how.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-12-24). Assessing Russia-African Relations, its Setbacks and the Existing Challenges. moderndiplomacy.eu Last November, an expert group headed by Sergei A. Karaganov, the Honorary Chairman of the Presidium, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, presented its final 150 paged assessment policy report with some recommendations intended to improve and scale up the existing Russia's influence in Africa. The report, put together by 25 academic researchers and experts, …

Luigino Bracci (2021-12-24). Trains with Flawed Electrical Systems Caused Caracas Subway Explosions. orinocotribune.com Wednesday, December 22, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and the Minister of Transportation, Hipólito Abreu, reported that investigations by engineers from the Caracas Metro found the cause of explosions that affected several trains of the public company in previous weeks. They also responded to threats of a lawsuit from by the Spanish Export Credit Insurance Company (CESCE), which is claiming compensation for ‚Ǩ138 million. | "A fault was discovered that caused explosions as a result of the electrical overload," explained President Nicolás Maduro at a ceremony at the Teresa Carreño T…

MD Staff (2021-12-24). Austria: Boost labour supply and foster green and digital transitions. moderndiplomacy.eu Austria's economy is recovering well from the COVID-19 crisis thanks to decisive policy action, although challenges remain in the form of labour and skills shortages. Efforts should now focus on increasing the labour force participation of women and older workers, adjusting public finances once the recovery is fully self-sustained, and accelerating the shift to a …

MD Staff (2021-12-24). Minimum corporate taxation- Explainer. moderndiplomacy.eu What did the European Commission propose? The European Commission has proposed a Directive to ensure a global minimum effective tax rate of 15% for large groups operating in the European Union.The proposal delivers on the EU's pledge to move extremely swiftly and be among the first to implement the historic global tax reform agreement reached …

Newsroom (2021-12-24). Russia, Iran, Turkey to hold Syria summit in Tehran in February or March. moderndiplomacy.eu Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to hold the next Astana format summit in Tehran in February or March 2022, depending on the coronavirus situation, senior assistant to Iranian foreign minister for special political affairs Ali Asghar Khaji told TASS in Nur Sultan, on Wednesday. "Yes, it [the summit] is planned. We are preparing to …

Newsroom (2021-12-24). The Commission proposes the next generation of EU own resources. moderndiplomacy.eu The Commission has today proposed to establish the next generation of own resources for the EU budget by putting forward three new sources of revenue: the first based on revenues from emissions trading (ETS), the second drawing on the resources generated by the proposed EU carbon border adjustment mechanism, and the third based on the …

Newsroom (2021-12-24). Youth, Women Among Most Vulnerable to Job Loss in Southeast Asia During COVID-19. moderndiplomacy.eu Southeast Asia's youth and women bore the brunt of job losses during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released today. The report, A Crisis Like No Other—COVID-19 and Labor Markets in Southeast Asia, finds that people ages 15 to 24, who represent less than 15% of the workforce …

Noah Styzkgold (2021-12-24). Victorious Kellogg's workers end two-tier system, prevent plant closures. liberationnews.org The strike involved workers across Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, many on strike for the first time in their lives.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-24). Campaign calling for release of Kashmiri activist Khurram Parvez gains momentum. peoplesdispatch.org Following the arrest of activist Khurram Parvez in November, a number of international human rights organizations have launched a solidarity campaign demanding his immediate and unconditional release.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-12-24). The Combating Islamophobia Act: On Hate Crimes and "Irrational Fears" dissidentvoice.org The result of a vote, on December 14, in the US House of Representatives regarding the combating of Islamophobia, may possibly appear to be a positive sign of change, that Washington is finally confronting this socio-political evil. However, conclusions must not be too hasty. Disquietingly, Congress was nearly split on the vote. While 219 voted in …

Rann Miller (2021-12-24). Some More Worthy Than Others: Where Was Overdose Protection For Drug Users During The Crack Epidemic? moguldom.com Recently, New York City opened two overdose prevention centers (OPC), allowing drug users to receive medical care and services to prevent drug overdose deaths. In other words, drug users are sanctioned to legally consume illegal drugs in the presence of a medical professional. OPCs are an example of public policy that honors the humanity of …

Ron Forthofer (2021-12-24). Failure of US media on Ukraine. dissidentvoice.org We need to constantly remind ourselves about the US media. During the Cold War, there was the saying that the difference between the New York Times and the Soviet Pravda was that Pravda readers knew they were being lied to. Unfortunately, current coverage by the US media about the movement of Russian troops demonstrates the applicability of that saying today. …

Sarah Rawlins (2021-12-24). CEPR Spotlight: Revolving Door Project. cepr.net Late last year, Politico described the Revolving Door Project's Executive Director Jeff Hauser as "the thorn in the Biden transition's side" for trying to push the Biden administration to reject standard, corporate-friendly, revolving door appointees in favor of those who would zealously fight for the broad public interest. In 2021, RDP has only become thornier …

Sheila Velazquez (2021-12-24). The Exploitation of Children in a Season that Celebrates Love. dissidentvoice.org The role of the media is to inform, report and humanize the facts and figures that are more easily assigned to cells in a spreadsheet. Not to rewrite what is into what they feel will please their masters. Most "news" hours are spent rehashing ever-repeated rhetoric, "language that is intended to influence people and that …

Syed Zain Abbas Rizvi (2021-12-24). The Frenzied Economy of Turkey: Erdogan Unfazed by the Ineluctable Financial Collapse. moderndiplomacy.eu Inflation is a ubiquitous word nowadays in almost every discussion worldwide. While the concept is tricky to quantify objectively, the subjective interpretation (at least to a layman) is straightforward: prices rise, goods become expensive, and money loses value. Ever since the pandemic upended routine life, inflation has garnered attention from almost every walk of life. …

Tony Murphy (2021-12-24). Workers, supporters demand'Amazon, recognize the Union now!'. workers.org Steps away from Broadway shows shut down by spiking COVID-19 numbers in New York City, a crowd of more than 80 people gathered in Times Square Dec. 22 to demand Amazon recognize the union being organized by the Amazon Labor Union at the company's Staten Island warehouse, as well as . . . |

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-24). I want to get our rights from the Americans who harmed us: The fifty-first newsletter (2021). mronline.org The persecution of Julian Assange is a fundamental assault on journalism, press freedom, and freedom of expression.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Doctors call for Julian Assange's immediate release. wsws.org Doctors for Assange delivered an open letter to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, imploring him to seek the WikiLeaks founder's release on medical grounds.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Explosion and fire at ExxonMobil refinery east of Houston. wsws.org Authorities reported at least four people had been injured in the fire.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Foxconn forced to close key Indian facility after worker protest over mass food poisoning. wsws.org Hundreds of workers had to be treated for vomiting, diarrhoea and dizziness after eating their evening meal in a company-provided canteen.

WSWS (2021-12-24). An intensive care physician's report to the Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org The physician's report clearly shows the ongoing physical and psychological strains for those working in intensive care and why the path to the elimination of COVID-19 can only proceed via the independent mobilisation of the working class.

WSWS (2021-12-24). A reply to President Biden from California health care workers: "No, the country is not better prepared for COVID than last year!" wsws.org We issue this blunt warning to workers and the general public: The hospital system is worse off now than it was in March 2020. We have been worn to the bone after two years of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-24). "My campaign is spearheading a fightback": Victimised London bus driver David O'Sullivan's hearing set for January. wsws.org Metroline bus company sacked O'Sullivan after he warned colleagues about the spread of COVID-19 at Cricklewood bus garage in northwest London.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Urgent action is necessary to stop viral transmission, save lives and end the pandemic. wsws.org The Zero COVID strategy must be implemented in every country, aimed at progressively stopping human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in ever-broader geographic regions until the virus is eliminated globally.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Podemos leader Yolanda Diaz admits she covered up danger from COVID-19. wsws.org As the COVID-19 pandemic began, Podemos ministers knew the Spanish government was massively downplaying the danger from the disease but kept their mouths shut.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Former Minnesota police Officer Kim Potter found guilty in shooting death of Daunte Wright. wsws.org Potter, the police officer who shot and killed Wright during a traffic stop on April 11 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, was found guilty by a 12-person jury of first- and second-degree manslaughter.

WSWS (2021-12-24). California nurse Elizabeth gives testimony for the Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org In this interview, Elizabeth speaks on her experiences and those of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Australian court refuses to reinstate sacked Qantas ground staff. wsws.org The Federal Court ruled that the airline would not have to reemploy over 2,000 ground staff whose jobs were outsourced last year.

WSWS (2021-12-24). "We have no way further to retreat," says Putin, as NATO escalates military build-up on Russia's borders. wsws.org The Russian president warned his country would "react harshly" to further aggressive moves by NATO.

WSWS (2021-12-24). After Sterling Heights Assembly worker and husband die of suspected COVID-19, Stellantis management announces plant will run through Christmas Eve. wsws.org The provocative announcement of Christmas Eve shifts comes at the end of a "critical status" period in the plant, where workers were forced to work for 90 consecutive days to make up for lost production at the plant due to widespread supply chain problems.

WSWS (2021-12-24). UK: Stuart delivery drivers in Sheffield strike into third week, spark action in other cities. wsws.org The potential for a national strike against Stuart is shown by the fact that the action in Sheffield has sparked similar walkouts in other cities. Delivery workers in Huddersfield and Blackpool have taken five days of strike action with workers in Sunderland carrying out a few hours' stoppage to stage a protest.

WSWS (2021-12-24). What the resumption of student loan repayments will mean for millions of young people. wsws.org Students are outraged at scheduled resumption of loan payment as US Department of Education tells them to prepare for loan repayment restart.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Currency market turmoil impoverishes millions of Turkish workers. wsws.org The eruption of class battles is inevitable, as government measures in the interest of the financial aristocracy worsen the plight of millions of workers.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Riot police use stun guns against occupation of Kavali Oil plant by Greek workers; Romanian miners hold wildcat strike to demand early retirement and rail workers walk out spontaneously over pay; teachers demonstrate across Iran in 120 cities over wages, conditions and state repression; strike by South African Clover food workers against pay, conditions and job cuts enters second month…

_____ (2021-12-24). EU's Most and Least Polluted Cities. strategic-culture.org This infographic shows ten most and least polluted cities of the European Union with a population above 500,000 people. The domination of Polish cities in "the most polluted" list is due to the nation's heavy reliance on coal for heat and electricity. | (Click on the image to enlarge)…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-24). As Omicron Takes Over America, No. 3 Ranking Democrat Rep. Jim Clyburn Says He Has Covid. moguldom.com The Omicron variant is raging across America — and it's no respecter of persons. The highly contagious mutation of covid-19 is causing numerous new infections among the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn announced he was among its victims. "Tonight, I received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This is a breakthrough case, and I …

Jessica Corbett (2021-12-24). Senate Told to Act on Voting Rights Bills After Biden Backs Filibuster Exception. zcomm.org "Every senator should have to go on the record and decide whether to stand with the Jim Crow filibuster or our freedom to vote."

Peter Koenig (2021-12-24). COVID-Omicron is Killing Christmas — And Beyond. Financial Crash, Inflation, Digitization. globalresearch.ca First Delta, then Omicron. Neither one of the two has ever been isolated. The vast majority of people of the 193 UN member countries — swallow the lie with fear and respect, as if it were the truth…

A Guest Author (2021-12-24). Por qué Cuba no tiene un movimiento antivacunas. workers.org Por Marc Vandepitte y Toon Danhieux Traducido del neerlandés por Sven Magnus. Versión cortada por Mundo Obrero. Cada vez más, amplios sectores de la población europea expresan abiertamente su desconfianza hacia las políticas para combatir en COVID-19. La reacción de la política tradicional es de pánico y se caracteriza por . . . |

Kit Klarenberg (2021-12-24). Leaked files expose Syria psyops veteran astroturfing BreadTube star to counter Covid restriction critics. thegrayzone.com By covertly recruiting popular YouTube influencer Abigail Thorn to counter growing opposition to UK gov't Covid restrictions, psy-ops pros are bringing home the tactics they honed in the Syrian dirty war. Leaked documents have revealed a state-sponsored influence operation designed to undermine critics of the British government's coronavirus policies by astroturfing a prominent founder of the BreadTube clique of "anti-fascist" YouTube influencers. The project aims to conduct psychological profiling on British citizens dissenting against policies such as mandatory vaccination and …

_____ (2021-12-24). The Sinister Convergence of Klaus Schwab's Great Reset with the Vatican and Liberation Theology. journal-neo.org Amid the 2020 global covid lockdowns and economic dislocations it has caused, Klaus Schwab, a previously low-profile founder of a Swiss-based business forum, emerged on the world stage calling for what he called a Great Reset of the entire world economy, using the pandemic as driver. He even published a book in July 2020 outlining …

Staff (2021-12-24). Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald & Chris Hedges on NSA Leaks, Assange & Protecting a Free Internet. democracynow.org NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Glenn Greenwald and Chris Hedges discuss mass surveillance, government secrecy, internet freedom and U.S. attempts to extradite and prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. They spoke together on a panel moderated by Amy Goodman at the virtual War on Terror Film Festival after a screening of "Citizenfour" — the Oscar-winning documentary about Snowden by Laura Poitras.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org India: Delhi school teachers suspend online classes over unpaid salaries; Sri Lankan public sector doctors take national walkout; Australia: Rail workers and bus drivers continue industrial action in NSW.

Eric Toussaint (2021-12-24). The Coronavirus Pandemic has Widened Global Inequalities. zcomm.org The prices asked by Big Pharma for Covid vaccines are exorbitant…

Andrea Germanos (2021-12-24). Forget Manchin. Sanders says entire Democratic party must show 'guts' against corporate interests. nationofchange.org The focus of the party, says the Vermont senator, must be "to restore faith with the American people that they actually stand for something."

A. Kent MacDougall (2021-12-24). Boring From Within the Bourgeois Press: Part One. mronline.org Eugene V. Debs may be my all-time favorite American and Karl Marx my all-time favorite journalist. But my employer for a decade was The Wall Street Journal, and for another decade it was the Los Angeles Times.

WSWS (2021-12-24). To oppose government austerity, Sri Lankan workers need to build action committees and fight for socialist policies. wsws.org The critical lesson of this year's strikes and protests is that determination and militancy is not enough. The working class cannot defend its rights without independently mobilising on a socialist program.

Dennis Kucinich (2021-12-24). Fighting the Power From Inside the Belly of the Beast. zcomm.org Interview on a quest to take on City Hall and restore power to the people of Cleveland…

Noam Chomsky (2021-12-24). Outdated US Cold War Policy Worsens Ongoing Russia-Ukraine Conflict. zcomm.org The Russia-Ukraine conflict is a solvable problem, but one wonders if the U.S. will remain dedicated to a "zombie policy" that could produce potentially awful consequences in the event of a diplomatic failure…

WSWS (2021-12-24). Latest excess deaths estimate places worldwide toll of pandemic above 18 million. wsws.org The Omicron variant has been detected in at least 89 countries and in all 50 US states.

Jane Marsh (2021-12-24). These 4 items are the biggest pollution offenders in the ocean. nationofchange.org There is strength in numbers, so educating community members about plastic waste reduction techniques can effectively increase marine conservation.

John Feffer (2021-12-24). Russian Green Deal: Light at the End of the Tunnel? zcomm.org Russia is a leading carbon emitter and exporter. But change is afoot inside the country…

_____ (2021-12-24). Former Hunger Strikers Reflect On Their Experiences. popularresistance.org The huelga de hambre has been used for thousands of years. It has won many struggles," said Ana Ramirez, 42, who fasted for 24 days this spring to demand that undocumented people and other excluded workers in New York receive stimulus and unemployment money. "Esther the reina won a battle with the hunger strike." | Ramirez is referring to Queen Esther of the Old Testament's Book of Esther. The queen and her supporters fasted for three days in advance of going to ask her husband, Persian King Ahasuerus, for permission to have her enemies — who were trying to wipe out all Jews in the empire — killed. Sh…

Editor (2021-12-24). Omicron: It didn't have to be Groundhog Day. mronline.org Standing at the precipice of another major, acute coronavirus crisis, the country is rightly asking how the Tories have let this happen again.

Paul Haeder (2021-12-24). Here's to our Health: Well, To the Health of the Profiteers! dissidentvoice.org "You know what I think?" she says. "That people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn't matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They're all just fuel. Advertising fillers in the newspaper, philosophy books, dirty pictures in a …

WSWS (2021-12-24). Anger mounts as New York Democrats fail to protect population from Omicron surge. wsws.org New York City has plunged into a health crisis this week as record numbers of people test positive for COVID-19, primarily its Omicron variant.

Susan Corke (2021-12-24). Pentagon Clamps Down on Extremism & White Supremacy. zcomm.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…

WSWS (2021-12-24). As Omicron surges in Europe, governments prepare holiday catastrophe. wsws.org This year's Christmas festivities will be an unprecedented super-spreader event as Omicron leaves European countries facing hospital collapse in January.

Sarah Anderson (2021-12-24). Rev. Barber: 'Our Deadline is Victory'. inequality.org

WSWS (2021-12-24). First Omicron cases detected in Indonesia. wsws.org Faced with the dangerous new variant, the Indonesian government, in line with governments around the world, has implemented no serious health measures to stop its spread.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Markets continue to rise as Omicron spreads. wsws.org Wall Street's S&P 500 reached a new record high yesterday on the back of a speech by US President Biden indicating that nothing meaningful would be done to reduce the growing Omicron threat.

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…

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…

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.

_____ (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). 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). 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…

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 …

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 …

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!

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…

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.

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 …

Special to People's World (2021-12-23). Art Perlo, 'Gentle Giant,' 1947-2021. peoplesworld.org Art Perlo, lifelong Communist beloved for his stalwart dedication, modesty, wit, and wisdom, passed away on Dec. 18 after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. He served as Ward 24 Co-Chair in New Haven, Conn., and executive board member of the Yale Unions Retirees Association. Ward 24 Alder Evette Hamilton called him a "gentle giant" …

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…

Editor (2021-12-23). Tom Engelhardt: Surviving Another Year in This Disturbed Country of Ours. scheerpost.com [ By Whether the pandemic that's swept the world started from In my neighborhood at least, as this year draws to a close, that old Lone…

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…

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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…

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

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 …

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

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.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-23). US on the Brink of Civil War. libya360.wordpress.com Alfredo Jalife-Rahme After three US generals warned of a fractured Army, a civil war scenario, as a coup attempt after the 2024 presidential election, CIA consultant Barbara Walter judges that the US exhibits several signs that foretell a "pre-civil war" insurgency. Three retired generals shocked public opinion in an article in The Washington Post, an…

Andy Kroll (2021-12-23). My Year and Welcome to It. tomdispatch.com Whether the pandemic that's swept the world started from a bat or not, as 2021 ends, I think it's safe to say that we're all far battier than we were when it began. In my neighborhood at least, as this year draws to a close, that old Lone Ranger line, "Who was that masked man?," again applies to just about anyone. In fact, as Delta cases rise in New York City and Omicron arrives on the scene in a startling fashion, indoor mask wearing in my own apartment building — from the halls to the elevators to the laundry room — has been reinstituted (not that I ever stopped) and the city's indoor public-mask ma…

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.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

_____ (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 …

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 …

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 …

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.

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 …

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.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-23). Israeli State Violence Intensifying as 2021 Proves Deadliest for Palestinians Since 2014. libya360.wordpress.com Jessica Buxbaum NABLUS, OCCUPIED WEST BANK — On December 10, Jamil Abu Ayyash, 31, was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers during anti-settlement demonstrations in Beita, a village south of Nablus in the Occupied West Bank. Abu Ayyash succumbed to his injuries. Three days later, the Israeli army fatally shot Jamil al-Kayyal, also 31,…

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…

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…

_____ (2021-12-23). How Awesome is 'Awesome,' America's Underperforming Military. strategic-culture.org By Andrew BACEVICH | Professional sports is a cutthroat business. Succeed and the people running the show reap rich rewards. Fail to meet expectations and you get handed your walking papers. American-style war in the twenty-first century is quite a different matter. | Of course, war is not a game. The stakes on the battlefield are infinitely higher than on the playing field. When wars go wrong, "We'll show 'em next year — just you wait!" is seldom a satisfactory response. | At least, it shouldn't be. Yet somehow, the American people, our political establishment, and our military have all fallen into the hab…

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.

_____ (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.

Aditi Ramaswami (2021-12-23). MIDDAY POSTER: The Food Crisis Growing Under Manchin's Watch. dailyposter.com

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 …

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). 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.

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…

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…

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…

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.

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.

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, …

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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.

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,…

Keith Kozloff (2021-12-23). Climate change calls for a change of heart. nationofchange.org Climate advocacy campaigns need to become less transactional and more transformational.

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…

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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.

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 …

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…

_____ (2021-12-23). American Civil War: Of Roman Plagues, Handmaid's Tales & the Real Geopolitics of Fiction. strategic-culture.org Biden's foreign policy and his attitude to the EU seems to be a clone of Trump's. Which oddly and incredibly, lends more to the Handmaid scenario than it does Black Mirror. | How can we explain how Australia, Britain, Austria, Italy, and more have gone the path of arbitrary and capricious detention and exclusion from society? The Austrian government mobilized perhaps 500 people into the streets in support of lockdown and apartheid measures, colluding with media to inflate that number by a massive factor of sixty. | The reactions to this certainly represent an extreme polarization of society. Yet in politics, ther…

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.

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…

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…

_____ (2021-12-23). Exit Nord Stream 2, Enter Power of Siberia 2. strategic-culture.org Military superpower Russia, having had enough of U.S./NATO bullying, is now dictating the terms of a new arrangement. | Coming "We need long-term legally binding guarantees even if we know they cannot be trusted, as the U.S. frequently withdraws from treaties that become uninteresting to them. But it's something, not just verbal assurances." | And that's how Russia-U.S. relations come to the definitive crunch — after an interminable series of polite red alerts comi…

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). 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 …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-23). Imperialism: Unpacking the Primary Contradiction. libya360.wordpress.com Erica Caines Global and domestic repression under imperialism are counterparts. However, this truth gets distorted in the Global North, even by so-called leftists. Living in imperialist nations, we are constantly propagandized and thus forced to internalize and repeat anti-communist rhetoric. Unless we are vigilant about studying theory and history, this will continue. The best way…

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.

_____ (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 …

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.

David Sirota (2021-12-23). 1/5 Live Chat: "Don't Look Up" Director Adam McKay. dailyposter.com

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). 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 …

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

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.

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…

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

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…

splcenter (2021-12-23). Daunte Wright Verdict: SPLC applauds jury for delivering justice to ex-police officer who killed young Black man. splcenter.org

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). 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.

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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.

_____ (2021-12-23). Putin Says Peace in Ukraine Is Up to U.S. strategic-culture.org Putin told his annual press conference today that the U.S. had "tricked" Russia over NATO expansion and that it had to end, reports Len Bracken. | By Len BRACKEN | Russian President Vladimir Putin today told his annual year-end press conference that peace is up to the U.S. after Washington agreed this week to negotiate in January with Moscow on Russian demands to resolve tension over Ukraine. | "Our actions will depend not on the course of negotiations, but on the unconditional guarantees of Russian national security," Putin said. "We made it clear that NATO's expansion to the east is unacceptable. The U.S. is on…

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…

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…

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 …

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.

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). 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…

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