Daily Archives: December 25, 2021

2021-12-25: News Headlines

_____ (2021-12-25). 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" …

Staff (2021-12-25). Christmas Toy Distribution Campaign Has Reached All Corners of Venezuela. orinocotribune.com The national toy distribution campaign of the Venezuelan government—A Toy for Christmas—reached the states of Trujillo, La Guaira and Mérida on Thursday, December 23. The children in these areas awaited joyfully for presents that would brighten up their Christmas. | PSUV First Combatant for Trujillo, Reyna Pérez de Márquez, informed that a large number of people worked on the toy distribution campaign, which was taken to all 20 municipalities in the state. | "We are currently organizing the toy distribution for our boys and girls in Trujillo," Pérez de Márquez informed. "Our staff have not rested; the…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-25). Video: The Covid-19 Omicron Christmas Lockdown. globalresearch.ca We are told by our governments that It's Christmas under Lockdown. To protect you and your loved ones against the so-called deadly Covid Omicron Variant. The announcement was made on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Dr. Jacques R. Pauwels (2021-12-25). World War I: The 1914 Christmas Truce. globalresearch.ca An excerpt from Jacques Pauwels' book The Great Class War, 1914-1918 | The situation in the fall 1914, after the "war of movement" has given way to the infamous stationary "trench warfare": | The ordinary soldiers developed more and more antipathy and …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-25). The Omicron Fraud Used to Justify the "Christmas Covid Lockdown" globalresearch.ca First published on December 19, 2021 | The alleged spread of the "deadly" Omicron variant has now become the pretext and justification for implementing partial lockdowns, restrictions on travel as well as confinement and stay at home mandates. | Anthony Fauci is …

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (2021-12-25). What Low-Wage Workers Understand About the True Meaning of Christmas. zcomm.org Poor people and low-wage workers understand the basic message of Christmas. When the justice of God comes to those at the bottom of society, it is good news for all of us…

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2021-12-25). The Forgotten Christmas Truce of 1914. Unlearned Lessons which could have Prevented a Century of War (1914 — 2014). globalresearch.ca It was exactly 106 years ago this month when the Christmas Truce of 1914 occurred, when Christian soldiers on both sides of the infamous No Man's Land of the Western Front, recognized their common humanity, dropped their guns and fraternized …

Dr. Gary G. Kohls (2021-12-25). Video: The Christmas Truce of 1914 and Other Unlearned Lessons from World War I. globalresearch.ca "…the ones who call the shots (in war) won't be among the dead and lame And on each end of the rifle we're the same" — John McCutcheon | In World War I, as happens to be true in most American …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-25). US-Backed TPLF Seeks Protection from UN after Military Defeat. libya360.wordpress.com Pavan Kulkarni With the support of Amharan and Afar militias, the Ethiopian federal army, led by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed recaptured towns from the TPLF, forcing them to surrender. Photo: Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Government Communication Service With federal government forces cornering the TPLF back into Tigray state, the TPLF has called for peace…

prasanth1584 (2021-12-25). London's iconic medical research university grapples with structural racism. peoplesdispatch.org Staff and students of color are under-represented at the senior level, have fewer prospects of getting promotions, and are more likely to be employed on short-and-fixed-term contracts, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's own review report concluded…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-25). Iran nuclear deal talks: Who and what stands in the way of an agreement? peoplesdispatch.org Rania Khalek of BreakThrough News analyzes the state of the Iran nuclear deal talks with the US continuing to make demands of Iran while being unwilling to withdraw the sanctions imposed as part of the 'maximum pressure' campaign…

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-12-25). US-backed TPLF seeks protection from UN after facing military defeat. peoplesdispatch.org With federal government forces cornering the TPLF back into Tigray state, the TPLF has called for peace negotiations. The government has called for the disarmament of the group and the surrender of its leadership.

_____ (2021-12-25). Growing Russia-India Cooperation Strengthens Global Stability. journal-neo.org With its sanctions intrigues and the desire to demonstrate a servile adherence only to the United States, Europe is increasingly becoming a global strategic periphery. Asia, on the contrary, is moving forward in terms of the global significance of the events taking place there. Against this background, the strategies of Russia and India complement each …

_____ (2021-12-25). The Real Antidote To Inflation. popularresistance.org The Federal Reserve is caught between a rock and a hard place. Inflation grew by 6.8% in November, the fastest in 40 years, a trend the Fed has now acknowledged is not "transitory." The conventional theory is that inflation is due to too much money chasing too few goods, so the Fed is under heavy pressure to "tighten" or shrink the money supply. Its conventional tools for this purpose are to reduce asset purchases and raise interest rates. But corporate debt has risen by $1.3 trillion just since early 2020; so if the Fed raises rates, a massive wave of defaults is likely to result. According to financial advisor…

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-25). Help Save Spartacus Books in Vancouver, BC. itsgoingdown.org Call to support long-running radical infoshop and bookstore Spartacus Books in so-called Vancouver, BC. Spartacus Books is a non-profit, volunteer and collectively run infoshop on unceded Coast Salish territories. We have been running for almost 50 years and provide access to radical books and zines that are hard to find anywhere else in so-called Vancouver,…

Bejoy Sebastian (2021-12-25). Nothing left of democracy in Hong Kong. moderndiplomacy.eu Hong Kong is no longer what it was known for a few years back. The Chinese Communist Party continues to dismantle the city's democratic ethos, the latest being the drama of Legislative Council polls. Beijing has also managed to erase its bloody past from public memory. *** A week ago, on December 19, the people …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-25). The increasingly interest of the USA in Asia, and its affect on the Israel's security. moderndiplomacy.eu The American administration tried to make a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood taking over the rule of Egypt to mainly defend the (Israel's security), and even supported them in their plans towards power and influence, and leaks appeared in some media confirming the conclusion of a deal worth 8 billion dollars between the Muslim Brotherhood …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-25). The positions of the Council on American-Islamic Relations within the American society. moderndiplomacy.eu The positions of (the Organization of American Islamic Relations), known as CAIR, can be evaluated in view of its reputation by confusing human rights papers, defending civil rights and the freedoms of American and foreign Muslims, and its overlap with the Muslim Brotherhood and their political activities and movements, and therefore many evidence since the …

Editor2 (2021-12-25). 'These People Lived Under Terrorist Rule'. orinocotribune.com Ordinary Syrians have a different take from Western commentators on the events of 2016 when Aleppo was retaken by government forces. Patrik Paulov reports | WHAT happened when the Syrian army took control of eastern Aleppo five years ago? Was there a massacre with 50,000 victims? Did Putin and Assad wipe out the city? | The Swedish peace researcher Jan Oberg, head of the Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research, was present in Aleppo in December 2016. | An emotional taxi driver told him that the liberation of eastern Aleppo was one of the three biggest events of his life. The others were the day he…

IGD Worldwide (2021-12-25). "Lafkenche Mapuche Resistance" Claims Recent Sabotage Actions in Wallmapu. itsgoingdown.org The following is a communique from the Mapuche organization Lafkenche Mapuche Resistance, claiming recent sabotage actions in Wallmapu in support of Mapuche political prisoners and fallen fighters, including the eight imprisoned in Lebu. Some general background on the larger Mapuche struggle is here. The communique is presented as it was sent to us except for…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-25). Declassified Documents Reveal How the US Lied to Russia about NATO Expansion in the 1990s. libya360.wordpress.com Kit Klarenberg In April 2014, President Vladimir Putin addressed Russia's Federal Assembly in the wake of Moscow's reabsorption of Crimea. Over the course of his speech, he laid the blame for an increase in tensions on the West, which he insisted had "lied to us many times, made decisions behind our backs, placed us before an…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-25). Mass Demonstrations in Libya Demand an End to the Transitional Phase, the Overthrow of the Corrupt Political Class. libya360.wordpress.com Suzan Al-Ghitani The wall of silence collapsed, and citizens broke the barrier of negativity, saying no to the continuation of chaos, the extension of the transitional stages, and the tampering with the future of country and the Libyan people. The demonstrations delivered strong messages as people gathered in various Libyan cities on December 24, the…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-25). Renewed Demonstrations in Khartoum Demand Civilian Rule. libya360.wordpress.com Al Mayadeen Mass protests have overtaken Sudan's capital once again. Thousands of Sudanese protested on Saturday in the streets of Khartoum, as police fired tear gas to disperse protesters. Protesters demanded civilian rule in the country and have been denouncing the censoring of the internet, along with security forces stationed throughout Khartoum and key bridges…

MD Staff (2021-12-25). Denmark: Focus on climate policy and labour market inclusion. moderndiplomacy.eu Denmark's economy is enjoying one of the quickest post-COVID recoveries of OECD countries. While it is important to stay vigilant to further virus outbreaks, policy can now focus on advancing the country's climate ambitions and expanding employment opportunities for low-skilled, foreign-born and female workers, according to a new OECD report. Danish economic activity rebounded rapidly …

MD Staff (2021-12-25). Pandemic Drives Need for Technology Adoption Among SMEs but Barriers Remain. moderndiplomacy.eu A survey by World Economic Forum indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for more adoption and integration of digital technology among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). However, they face numerous barriers to adopting technology at a critical time of need. While 97% of global companies have accelerated adoption of technology to get …

MD Staff (2021-12-25). Plastic planet: How tiny plastic particles are polluting our soil. moderndiplomacy.eu The millions of tons of plastic swirling around the world's oceans have garnered a lot of media attention recently. But plastic pollution arguably poses a bigger threat to the plants and animals — including humans — who are based on land. Very little of the plastic we discard every day is recycled or incinerated in …

MD Staff (2021-12-25). Two model rules for domestic implementation of 15% global minimum tax. moderndiplomacy.eu The OECD today published detailed rules to assist in the implementation of a landmark reform to the international tax system, which will ensure Multinational Enterprises (MNEs) will be subject to a minimum 15% tax rate from 2023. The Pillar Two model rules provide governments a precise template for taking forward the two-pillar solution to address …

New Atlas (2021-12-25). New US Embargo on Cambodia Over Friendship with China. newatlas.report December 25, 2021 (Brian Berletic — NEO) — 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 …

Newsroom (2021-12-25). Iraq launches activities to combat child labour as part of nation-wide campaign. moderndiplomacy.eu The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the International Labour Organization kicked off a series of activities that support a nation-wide campaign to tackle the worst forms of child labour in the country. The campaign, which will target over 10,000 children, their families and guardians, teachers, employers, and the media, includes awareness raising sessions …

Nikita Triandafillidis (2021-12-25). Brains Before Brawn: The Noopolitik Approach to China. moderndiplomacy.eu The containment of China has been a riddle to solve for the West and it's clear that traditional political approaches are not sufficient enough. Noopolitik is referred to as the political strategy that focuses on the use and exploitation of the power of information. If we can agree with the remarks of neuroscientist James Giordano, …

Staff (2021-12-25). Damascus Denounces US and Turkish Occupation Prolonging Syria Crisis. orinocotribune.com The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Syria, Ayman Susan has denounced the politicization of the issue of humanitarian aid, as well as the military presence of the United States and Turkey in Syria. | In an interview with Russia Today (RT), aired on Thursday, December 23, Susan condemned the politicization of humanitarian aid in Syria, specifically the cross-border delivery of aid, as the Syrian government considers this a violation of Syrian sovereignty and also that this aid ends up in the hands of terrorist organizations. | The minister added that the occupation of parts of Syria by US and Turkish military…

Syed Zain Abbas Rizvi (2021-12-25). Russian Economic Policy: The Antithesis of Turkey's Inimical Approach. moderndiplomacy.eu In my last article, I discussed the illogical approach of the Turk premier to counter inflation. The dogmatic policies of President Erdogan are driving the Turkish economy into the ground. It is fascinating to witness the antipode to Turkey's immature dovish stance embodied by Russia. Last week, the Bank of Russia — the Russian central …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-25). Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Joins Elon Musk In Questioning VC-Controlled Web3 Hype, Says It's Not Anti-Establishment. moguldom.com Web3, hyped as the next big thing that will replace the internet, is being built on blockchain technology and its proponents say it will be decentralized with no single point of failure — in other words, distributed away from central, authoritative decisionmakers. However, Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, …

WSWS (2021-12-25). Dr. Jose-Luis Jimenez discusses the fight for the truth about airborne transmission of COVID-19. wsws.org In this interview, Dr. Jimenez reviews the science of airborne transmission, the present threat of the Omicron variant, and why the WHO and world governments refuse to educate the population on airborne transmission.

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-25). China's success against covid dwarfs The West's. Here's how & why. moderndiplomacy.eu Libertarians/neoliberals in The West can't believe the enormous extent of China's success at keeping down the rates of disease, and of death, and of unemployment, from covid-19, because China's policies on covid are, and have been, the exact opposite of libertarian/neoliberal. (What's called "libertarian" in America is called "neoliberal" throughout the rest of the world.) …

Robert J. Burrowes (2021-12-25). Are We Human? Are We Free? Defeating the World Economic Forum's 'Great Reset' before It Destroys Us. globalresearch.ca Governments are not driving 'The Great Reset'; it is an initiative of the global elite and governments are simply elite puppets. | Resistance requires solidarity as well as strategically-focused grassroots actions directed against the financial elite's 'Great Reset' agenda.

fernando_santamaria (2021-12-25). Ordering my thoughts about the "Back Better Act" zcomm.org I've been trying to read the history of the processing of "The Back Better Act" in the Wikipedia. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Build_Back_Better_…). The Bill derived (it was an extracted part) from the American Jobs Plan, together with the Law for Investment in Infrastructure and Labor, and was part of a package of 3.5 trillion dollars, (later reduced to

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-25). 800+ Faith Leaders Tell Biden, Dems Voting Rights Must Be 'Number One Priority' in 2022. zcomm.org "We cannot be clearer: You must act now to protect every American's freedom to vote without interference and with confidence that their ballot will be counted and honored."

Dr. Thomas Binder (2021-12-25). The Prevailing Corona Nonsense Narrative. globalresearch.ca There has been no epidemic of COVID-19 of national scope in any country, no pandemic internationally, for the general population SARS-CoV-2 is not a killer virus, and it is the same in every country.

Emily Mangiaracina (2021-12-25). Big Pharma, Gates, Fauci, UK Officials Accused of Crimes against Humanity in Complaint to International court. globalresearch.ca First published on December 18, 2021 | Activists are charging UK officials and the world's most powerful health figures with genocide, citing a range of statistics on the effects of COVID "vaccines" and policies. | A group that includes former Pfizer vice …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-25). 10 Imperial moments that were out of this world in 2021. imperial.ac.uk From uncovering what killed the dinosaurs to exploring rocky terrains on Mars, here are 10 moments from 2021 when Imperial took on the final frontier.

Yanis Iqbal (2021-12-25). Left-wing Victory in Chile. dissidentvoice.org The 2021 presidential election in Chile has resulted in the victory of the Left candidate Gabriel Boric. With nearly 56% of the vote, he has won by a margin of more than 10 percentage points — most presidents had hitherto secured only four or five point leads. In absolute terms, this is a record majority, …

Shane Quinn (2021-12-25). Pentagon Plans to Destroy Dozens of Soviet Cities and the So-called Cold War. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to the ongoing US-NATO agenda directed against the Russian Federation: | The history of Nuclear Weapons dates back to World War II. The Manhattan Project was intended to "Subdue The Soviets" while the US and the USSR were allies. …

Editor2 (2021-12-25). How Public Workers Can Stop the Privatization of Everything. orinocotribune.com By Steve Early — Dec 21, 2021 | In new book,The Privatization of Everything, Cohen and Mikaelian, describe and debunk the vast array of privatization schemes that now litter the landscape, from private prisons and charter schools to for-profit water treatment and trash collection. | 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 (C…

Lance Johnson (2021-12-25). US Pilot Deaths increase by 1,750% after Covid Vaccine Rollout. globalresearch.ca First published on December 16, 2021 | Previously healthy U.S. airline pilots

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2021-12-25). The COVID-19 Vaccine. The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport? globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 vaccine… Is this THE final goal of this crisis, to impose a compulsory vaccination on everyone, with a biometric health passport and without it, the impossibility to move, to buy, to eat? The near future will tell.

Rabbi Hillel Handler (2021-12-25). Stop the Covid Holocaust! Open Letter. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-12-25). Why the Right Always Loses Part II — Russia, Hungary, Socrates and Traditional Values. strategic-culture.org The overwhelming majority is in favor of this brilliant slogan "Traditional Values" and yet what this means is completely undefined. | In the recent past I have written about "

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-25). The 2020-21 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

Editor2 (2021-12-25). A New Chile, Integrated in Latin America. orinocotribune.com By Marco Teruggi — Dec 21, 2021 | The expectation of Chileans is that not only things will change in their country, but also the integration with their neighbors and the continent. A progressive agenda abroad. | Santiago dawned calm, with blue skies after a long night. Gabriel Boric's presidential victory, quickly acknowledged by his opponent José Antonio Kast, quelled any speculative scenario, in a continent where some presidential elections became areas of high tensions or destabilization, as happened, for example, in May this year in Peru. The candidate-elect gave a speech before an overflowing Alameda Av…

Ana Perdigón (2021-12-25). Venezuela's Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Evaluates Measures to Deal with Omicron. orinocotribune.com Venezuela's presidential task force for the prevention and control of COVID-19 met this Thursday, December 23, to evaluate mechanisms to deal with the Omicron variant that has recently been detected in the country. | The meeting, chaired by Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, was held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade. | Various officials of the government were also present at the meeting, including the Minister for Health, Carlos Alvarado; the Minister for Communication and Information, Freddy àëáñez; and the Minister for Science and Technology, Gabriela Jiménez…

Dr. Nicole Delépine (2021-12-25). Invention of "The Covid Narrative": The PCR Test Sustains The Myth of a Global Pandemic. It Serves to "Maintain Fear" globalresearch.ca First published on November …

Ariel Dorfman (2021-12-25). The Meaning of Boric's Victory in Chile. zcomm.org The causes he believes in are those youth everywhere have been increasingly fighting for across the globe…

_____ (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…

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…

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 …

Lucrecia Franco (2021-12-24). Fighting hunger in Brazil. america.cgtn.com Nearly 60 million people across Latin America are currently not getting enough to eat, according to a recent United Nations report. In Brazil, the region's largest and most populous country, the number of people enduring hunger is dramatic. Against this backdrop, a Christmas food donation …

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.

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 …

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.

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…

_____ (2021-12-24). A Mass-Murdering Regime Dares to Lecture the World on Human Rights. strategic-culture.org Washington is a criminal regime as its illegal wars and deliberate mass murder demonstrate beyond any doubt. | An important report published this week reveals in extensive detail the shocking scale of war crimes committed by the United States in the Middle East. Thousands of civilian deaths, including children, are documented as a result of aerial bombardments conducted by the U.S. military. | It is crucial to remark that the published survey — while voluminous involving thousands of pages and documents — represents only a fraction of the full scale of mass murder. The research focuses on Syria and I…

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). 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.

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). 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…

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 …

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 …

Editor2 (2021-12-24). University of the Pool Political Report — December 2021. orinocotribune.com By University of the Poor — December 2021 | The University of the Poor Political Coordination Committee has drafted this political report as a basis for debate, discussion and coordination throughout our network. It's not meant as an official position paper of the University of the Poor, or as our final word on these important questions, but as a contribution to our leaders' ability to make concrete analysis of the concrete situation. We plan to develop and publish these political reports regularly moving forward. | International Situation and China | We are living in a period of a significant change in worl…

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…

Ellen Brown (2021-12-24). The Real Antidote to Inflation: Stoking the Fire Without Burning Down the Barn. dissidentvoice.org The Fed has options for countering the record inflation the U.S. is facing that are more productive and less risky than raising interest rates. The Federal Reserve is caught between a rock and a hard place. Inflation grew by 6.8% in November, the fastest in 40 years, a trend the Fed has now acknowledged is not …

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…

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.

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…

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.

Noah Styzkgold (2021-12-24). Victorious Kellogg's workers win plant closure moratorium, cost of living raises and more. liberationnews.org The strike involved workers across Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, many on strike for the first time in their lives.

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 …

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 . . . |

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 …

teleSUR (2021-12-24). Honduras Advances Preparations for Xiomara Castro Inauguration. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the Presidential Transfer Commission announced details of the inauguration ceremony of President-elect of Honduras Xiomara Castro. | RELATED: | The ceremony will be held at the Tegucigalpa National Stadium on January 27 and is expected to be attended by former presidents Lula da Silva (Brazil), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), and Dilma Rousseff (Brazil). | Other personalities invited…

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…

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 …

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

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.

David Sirota (2021-12-24). VIDEO: An Inside Look At "Don't Look Up" dailyposter.com

_____ (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…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-24). Ahead of eighth round of Vienna talks, Iran warns against undue pressure, demands complete sanctions removal. peoplesdispatch.org The seventh round of talks held earlier this month between the remaining signatories of the Iran nuclear deal were inconclusive due to the refusal of the Joe Biden administration in the US to lift all sanctions against Iran imposed since May 2018…

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.

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…

teleSUR (2021-12-24). Argentina: President Fernandez Extends Ban On Layoffs. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez decided to extend the "occupational emergency" until June 30, 2022, which implies the prohibition of unjustified dismissals. | RELATED: | Through this urgency decree, Fernandez also established a new compensation scheme in which the compensation surcharge will gradually decrease during the first half of 2022. | In the case of unjustified dismissal, the worker will h…

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 …

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.

_____ (2021-12-24). How Not to Explain the Ukraine Crisis. strategic-culture.org The PBS NewsHour invited on just about the worst person in the U.S. government to help Americans understand the crisis in Ukraine, writes Mike Madden. | By Mike MADDEN | U.S. Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland, who choreographed the 2014 coup that overthrew Ukraine's democratically-elected government and set the current crisis in motion, was invited by PBS NewsHour on Dec. 7 to explain the standoff in Ukraine. | Typical of Western media, the story began with Russia's involvement in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, which took place in March 2014. The crisis actually began…

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.

Gerald Tan (2021-12-24). Tso'l Food in LA — Water Boiled Beef. america.cgtn.com Sichuan cuisine is taking the U.S. by storm! And it's raining peppercorns in this episode of Tso'l Food, where a dish so dramatic in presentation and personality takes center stage. Watch CGTN's Gerald Tan on Tso'l Food — an American journey through the Chinese kitchen, …

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 …

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 …

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.

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). 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). 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.

teleSUR (2021-12-24). WHO Says Omicron in 110 Countries, Cases Double Every 2-3 Days. telesurenglish.net The omicron variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus has now been detected in 110 countries and continues to spread exponentially, with cases doubling in communities where it is transmitted in a matter of two to three days, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today. | The Omicron variant has been reported in at least 110 countires, the WHO announced. Dec 24, 2021.

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 …

teleSUR (2021-12-24). Omicron Less Likely To Cause Severe Symptoms: UK Scientists Say. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) released an study stating that people with Omicron are significantly less likely to develop severe symptoms. | RELATED: | Early results suggest people are 30-45 percent less likely to go to emergency health services if they are infected with Omicron than with Delta. They are also 50-70 percent less likely to need to be admitted to hospital. However, the UKHSA warned that the ne…

teleSUR (2021-12-24). Judges Condemn 9 People Involved in Urban Violence in Caracas. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ) announced that the Fourth State Court convicted nine members of a paramilitary group involved in the wave of violence generated from a shantytown in Caracas in early July. | RELATED: | The judges imposed penalties of up to five years in prison on the defendants for crimes related to the use of stolen vehicles, association to commit a crime, resistance to authority,…

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.

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. …

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 …

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.

_____ (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)…

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.

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…

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…

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.

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.

Franc Contreras (2021-12-24). Mexico's Poinsettia flower tradition. america.cgtn.com Brightly colored Poinsettias with their characteristic red and green leaves are used as decorations around the world during the December holiday season. Very famous in the U.S., many people don't know where they actually originate from. CGTN's Franc Contreras reports.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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.

Jim Spellman (2021-12-24). 2021 Year in Review: The COVID-19 pandemic. america.cgtn.com The world rang in 2021 on an optimistic note despite being in the midst of a brutal wave of COVID-19 infections as vaccines were coming on line and going into arms. But the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. CGTN's Jim Spellman reports.

teleSUR (2021-12-24). WHO Endorses COVID-19 Vaccine Made by Argentina and Mexico. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the World Health Organization (WHO) included in its "Emergency Use Listing" the AstraZeneca vaccine jointly produced by Argentina and Mexico. | RELATED: | While the active pharmaceutical ingredient for this recombinant vaccine is manufactured by mAbxience in Argentina, Liomont Lab mixes and finishes the product for its final distribution from Mexico. | "This is an important milestone for Latin America and highlig…

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.

teleSUR (2021-12-24). 70 Migrants Die From Drowning off Libyan Coast: UNICEF. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) revealed that at least 70 undocumented migrants died from drowning and 100 others went missing this week off the Libyan coast. | RELATED: | "Children continue to lose their lives amid attempts to cross the Central Mediterranean, one of the most dangerous and deadliest migration routes in the world," said Lana Wreikat, the UNICEF acting special representative in Libya. | "Just this week,…

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 …

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.

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). 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.

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 …

teleSUR (2021-12-24). Trump Case on Capitol Hill Events Goes to US Supreme Court. telesurenglish.net Former U.S. President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to prevent the National Archives from handing over to Congress White House documents related to the events of January 6 on Capitol Hill. | Trump asks Supreme Court to docket info to prevent Jan. 6 riot panel from getting White Home information.

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 …

_____ (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 …

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.

_____ (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 …

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). "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.

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."

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.

Peter Certo (2021-12-24). A few magnificent things that happened in 2021. nationofchange.org Feeling bleak? Well, 2021 wasn't all bad — here are a few astounding things ordinary people won at home and abroad.

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 . . . |

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 …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-24). After repeated appeals, UNSC approves resolution for humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. peoplesdispatch.org 22.8 million people in Afghanistan are facing potentially life-threatening food insecurity this winter. The World Food Programme has warned that 8.7 million people are nearing famine-like conditions.

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."

Ediz Tiyansan (2021-12-24). Omicron variant hits California. america.cgtn.com California is bracing for another dramatic surge in coronavirus cases, as the highly contagious Omicron variant continues to spread across communities. It comes as millions of residents are traveling and gathering with their families during the holiday week. Despite an increased demand for booster shots …

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.

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…

teleSUR (2021-12-24). 'Bolsonaro Is a Psychopath': Lula Da Silva Says. telesurenglish.net Brazil's former President Lula da Silva promised to repair the country and rid it of the "hate crisis" prompted by President Jair Bolsonaro, whom he described as a "psychopath". | RELATED: | "If we win the elections, we will dedicate every minute, every hour, every week to repairing this country," said the leader of the Workers' Party (PT), in a meeting with homeless people and waste pickers in Sao Paulo. | "Brazil…

Derek Royden (2021-12-24). Talon Anvil, Task Force 9 and the terrible cost of the air offensive in Syria. nationofchange.org Subsidizing militarism in search of monsters overseas seems more and more like the American way. With the new focus on near peer competitors like Russia and China, the dangers are only growing.

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.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-24). Anti-imperialists in Slovakia protest proposal for defense agreement with US. peoplesdispatch.org Talks on the Agreement on Defence Cooperation between Slovakia and the US concluded earlier this month. The agreement, likely to be approved in January 2022, is being criticized by progressive sections as a move that will compromise the sovereignty of Slovakia…

_____ (2021-12-24). How Mark Zuckerberg's Millions and the Center for Technology and Civic Life Turned Wisconsin Blue in 2020. strategic-culture.org How Mark Zuckerberg's millions and the Center for Technology and Civic Life turned Wisconsin blue in 2020. | By William DOYLE | Democrats seem to know that they cannot win a national election without employing the same tactics that they used to win in 2020. As Nsé Ufot, CEO of the Stacey Abrams-founded New Georgia Project, What happened in 2020 involved a highly coordinated and privately funded "shadow camp…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-24). Egyptian human rights defender Sanaa Seif freed after 18 months in jail. peoplesdispatch.org Seif was convicted on March 17 on charges including "spreading fake news", "using social media to terrorize people" and "disturbing state peace and security" after being held in pre-trial detention since June 2020…

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, …

teleSUR (2021-12-24). Russia Imposes Million Dollar Fines on Google and Meta. telesurenglish.net On Friday, the Russian Justice imposed high fines on Google and Meta, which together exceed US$100 million dollars, for non-compliance with local laws. | RELATED: | The Tagansky District Court of Moscow fined Google US$98.4 million because of "systemic failure to remove prohibited information," agency TASS reported. Another Moscow court also imposed a fine of US$2.7 million on Meta, owner of Facebook. | This is th…

teleSUR (2021-12-24). Russia Refutes US Claims About Its Import Substitution Policies. telesurenglish.net On Friday Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoma Maria Zakharova slammed as unfounded and beyond absurd the claims made by U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, about Russia's import substitution in the IT sector and its alleged general non-compliance with the principles of the World Trade Organization (WTO). | RELATED: | "We've grown accustomed to the United States' unfounded accusations against us, but this one exceeded all ou…

_____ (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 …

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…

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…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-24). Leaked Files Expose Syria Psyops Veteran Recruiting Youtube Influencer to Counter Covid Restriction Critics. libya360.wordpress.com Kit Klarenberg and Max Blumenthal 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…

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 …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-24). Berliners win vote to expropriate housing from corporate landlords. What's next? peoplesdispatch.org Berlin's housing referendum became possible after years of struggle to make housing in the city affordable and available to all again. To understand the issue and the movement that led to this vote, Peoples Dispatch spoke to Anisia Petcu.

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.

teleSUR (2021-12-24). Gabriel Boric Responds to Jair Bolsonaro's Statements. telesurenglish.net On Friday afternoon after receiving the booster dose against COVID-19 President-elect Gabriel Boric made statements on the greetings by the president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, referring also to the comments issued by his son, in which he indicates that Boric "will take the country to a situation similar to the one Venezuela reached with Nicolás Maduro." | RELATED: | "I had not seen it, we will analyze it later. I am…

_____ (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 …

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.

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.

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.

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). "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). 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). 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…

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 …

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). 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…

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 …

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…

_____ (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 …

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

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.

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). 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 …

teleSUR (2021-12-23). Russia: Moscow Won't Let the Guard Down with NATO's Expansion. telesurenglish.net During an annual press conference, Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, focused on the talks between Moscow and Washington over guarantees regarding NATO's non-expansion. Fred Weir, the Russia correspondent for the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor (CSM) and Gilbert Doctorow, international affairs analyst, explained Putin's intentions behind the message to NATO. | RELATED: | During the press conference, President Put…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-23). Libya: Protests Mark the Postponement of Elections Amidst Threats of Deepening Chaos. libya360.wordpress.com Benghazi 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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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