Daily Archives: December 26, 2021

2021-12-26: News Headlines

Timothy Alexander Guzman (2021-12-26). Poking the Russian Bear: US-NATO Aggression and Russia's Red Line. globalresearch.ca Following the Taliban's victory over US-NATO forces in Afghanistan, Washington is walking into another death trap, but this time on Russia's borders with the neighboring Ukraine. So now, Washington's non-partisan bureaucrats and the Military-Industrial Complex are calling for ways to …

_____ (2021-12-26). For Third Year, Committee To Protect Journalists Excludes Assange From Jailed Journalist Index. popularresistance.org A record number of journalists are imprisoned throughout the world, according to the annual prison index released by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). But that number excludes WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. | CPJ, which is based in New York, opposes the United States Justice Department's prosecution against Assange. However, for the third year, the press freedom organization declined to classify him as a jailed journalist. | In the organization's press release on the 2021 index, it states, "No journalists were jailed in North America at the time of the census deadline." That may be true, but it obscu…

_____ (2021-12-26). US-Backed TPLF Seeks Protection From UN After Facing Military Defeat. popularresistance.org On December 23, Ethiopian government's Minister of Communication Service, Legesse Tulu, announced that all parts of eastern Amhara and the entire Afar state have been liberated from the occupation of the US-backed Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). | The TPLF, which started the civil war in November 2020 by attacking a federal army base in Tigray state's capital city Mekelle, had invaded these two neighboring states after the federal government's unilateral ceasefire on June 29.

Steven Sahiounie (2021-12-26). China Will Overtake the US In the Course of the Next Ten Years: Max Parry. globalresearch.ca : | The US is faced with a long list of hot-spots and tensions. Beginning with the situation in Iraq, where the Parliament has asked the US troops to leave. However, the …

_____ (2021-12-26). Israeli State Violence Intensifying As 2021 Proves Deadliest For Palestinians Since 2014. popularresistance.org The latest string of killings by Israeli forces follows the same predictable pattern of Israeli state violence against Palestinians, but with one significant distinction. Israel's violence is intensifying, as 2021 is proving to be the deadliest for Palestinians since 2014.

_____ (2021-12-26). On Contact: Slow-Motion Execution Of Julian Assange. popularresistance.org On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the torture of Julian Assange with his father, John Shipton. | Julian Assange committed the empire's greatest sin — he exposed it as a criminal enterprise. He documented its lies, callous disregard for human life, rampant corruption, and innumerable war crimes. Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Labour, Trump or Biden — it does not matter. The goons who oversee the empire sing from the same satanic songbook. Empires always kill those who inflict deep and serious wounds.

Editor2 (2021-12-26). The Socialist Program Red Star Over the Third World w/ Vijay Prashad: Lessons of Soviet History — Part 2. orinocotribune.com This interview is an episode of | Russia's October Revolution in 1917 and the rise of Soviet power rev…

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-26). Senators sound Ukraine "War Drums", not "Peace Chimes" on Christmas Eve. globalresearch.ca On the day before Christmas, when the world's two billion Christians celebrate the birth of the prince of peace, the Washington Post accorded Senators Rob Portman and Jeanne Shaheen — Republican and Democrat, from Ohio and New Hampshire, respectively — …

Dr. Anjum Sarfraz (2021-12-26). AUKUS Leading to Nuclear Arms Race in Indo — Pacific Region. moderndiplomacy.eu To contain Chinese military and economic, influence especially in the Indo — Pacific region, USA and its allies are making all efforts including the supply of nuclear submarines (subs) to Australia a trusted associate. On 15 September 2021 Prime Minister of UK Boris Johnson, US President Joseph Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued …

Editor2 (2021-12-26). Ukraine in the Great Game. orinocotribune.com By Alexander Dugin — Dec 21, 2021 | Throughout history, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia were intertwined with a set of solid cultural, political, and economic links, to the point that the division did not appear more than mere administrative under Soviet jurisdiction. But it all changed after the collapse of the Union. | The escalation between the West and Russia | Today, under Joe Biden's neoconservative and ultra-globalist administration, relations between Russia and the United States are so strained that humanity is on the verge not of a Cold War (which has long been ongoing), but of a nuclear war, World War…

Carrie Levine (2021-12-26). New Anti-Protest Laws Cast a Long Shadow on First Amendment Rights. zcomm.org 'Who defines what peaceful is?' A deep divide over protests…

Ashley Curtin (2021-12-26). Taylor Energy agrees to pay for cleanup of longest-running oil spill in US history. nationofchange.org Taylor Energy will pay upwards of $43 million in penalties and transfer $432 million as a trust to the Department to start cleaning up the 17-year spill.

Andrew Emett (2021-12-26). Former Minneapolis police officer found guilty of manslaughter in Daunte Wright's death. nationofchange.org "Justice is beyond the reach that we have in this life for Daunte. But accountability is an important step, a critical necessary step on the road to justice for us all."

Victoria Shineman (2021-12-26). California is the world's number one importer of Amazonian oil, report finds. nationofchange.org Tracking oil exports in the Amazon identified that the majority of Amazonian oil comes from Ecuador and ends up in the hands of large California-based corporations.

Liberation Staff (2021-12-26). Socialists distribute essentials, build working-class solidarity during holiday season. liberationnews.org These actions include coat and clothing distributions, toy and gift drives, serving breakfast in homeless shelters, and providing household essentials to working-class residents.

Zach Farber (2021-12-26). 2021: A banner year for sports support of Palestine. liberationnews.org Sporting boycotts were instrumental in undermining the legitimacy of the South African apartheid regime. Time will tell their impact in bringing down Israeli apartheid.

_____ (2021-12-26). Puyallup Tribe And Community Organizations Challenge Decision Allowing Tacoma LNG Facility. popularresistance.org Today, the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and several community organizations filed an appeal with Pierce County Superior Court challenging a November decision by the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board (PCHB). Despite misleading and inaccurate information used to evaluate the project, PCHB determined the Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) air permits, issued by the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency (PSCAA) and given to the Tacoma Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) facility, were adequate.

_____ (2021-12-26). The Big Business Behind Travel Nursing. popularresistance.org As the first wave of Covid-19 hit the United States, Jen, a 53-year-old nurse struggling to pay her bills, received an intriguing message. "THE TIME HAS COME TO DEPLOY AT INCREDIBLY HIGH RATES," read the mass text from Krucial Staffing, sent to nurses nationwide in March 2020 and forwarded to Jen by a colleague. Jen (a pseudonym used to protect her from retaliation from employers) could barely believe the wages promised by the Kansas-based healthcare staffing firm. As part of its massive recruitment drive during the first wave of Covid-19, Krucial was paying $10,000 a week to nurses willing to travel‚Ä…

_____ (2021-12-26). What's Really Causing Inflation & How We Should Deal With It. popularresistance.org While times have been getting harder for workers, it is clear that capitalists (or "big business") have been doing very well. It would seem as though everyone is against inflation. But the real problem is not that prices have been increasing but that wages have not kept up with this. It is important to look not only at why inflation has increased but at the very different question of why wages have not kept up with it.

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-26). The attempts of the Council on American-Islamic Relations in the process of polarization within the American society. moderndiplomacy.eu All indicators within the American society indicate that (the Organization of American Islamic Relations "CARE") is considered a complex and intertwined organization, and it surpasses many civil work organizations inside the United States, as it has become to talk about (the huge funding network enjoyed by the "CARE" organization and the presence of more than …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-26). The different views of democracy between the U.S, and its allies in the Middle East. moderndiplomacy.eu There are many surprising paradoxes and analyzes that must be stopped when analyzing the American democracy summit, chief among which is the inclusion of the "International Institute for Democracy and Election Aid" in November 2021 of the United States of America for the first time in the list of "regressing democracies". For this, there are …

Harsh Mahaseth (2021-12-26). The Politics of Intolerance and Discrimination: Aliraan Kepercayaan of Indonesia. moderndiplomacy.eu Authors: Harsh Mahaseth and Aadira Menon* Indonesia, a 30,000-island archipelago with 300 ethnic groups, is a mainly Muslim country with a long history of religious diversity. The earliest major world religions to arrive in Indonesia were Hinduism and Buddhism, followed by Islam and Christianity. The identity of the "others" is unknown; however, they may be …

MD Staff (2021-12-26). How wind power is transforming communities in Viet Nam. moderndiplomacy.eu In two provinces of Viet Nam, a quiet transformation is taking place, driven by the power of renewable energy. Thien Nghiep Commune, a few hundred kilometres from Ho Chi Min City, is a community of just over 6,000 people — where for years, people relied largely on farming, fishing and seasonal labour to make ends …

Newsclick (2021-12-26). Mapping Faultlines: Can we expect a breakthrough in Iran nuclear deal talks? peoplesdispatch.org NewsClick's Prabir Purkayastha analyzes the major points of contention ahead of the latest round of Iran nuclear deal talks that are set to begin in Vienna on Monday…

Newsroom (2021-12-26). The Future of Work is About People, not Tech. moderndiplomacy.eu The future of work—with advanced technologies and new working arrangements—is here and is changing economic opportunities and employment relationships. However, according to the 2021 APEC Economic Policy Report, certain economic structures, laws and institutions across APEC remain products of the past. The report highlighted four megadrivers of the future of work. These are technological change, climate …

Olga Malik (2021-12-26). Pakistan—Russia Gas Stream: Opportunities and Risks of New Flagship Energy Project. moderndiplomacy.eu Russia's Yekaterinburg hosted the 7th meeting of the Russian-Pakistani Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation on November 24—26, 2021. Chaired by Omar Ayub Khan, Pakistan's Minister for Economic Affairs, and Nikolai Shulginov, Russia's Minister of Energy, the meeting was attended by around 70 policy makers, heads of key industrial companies and businessmen …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-26). Attack on protesting oil refinery workers in Greece condemned. peoplesdispatch.org On December 21, police attacked the workers of Kavala Petroleum who were protesting at their plant against threats of layoffs and inadequate safety measures. The All Workers Militant Front of Greece and the Communist Party of Greece have condemned these attacks…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-26). Belgian Workers' Party intensifies campaign to reduce energy bills. peoplesdispatch.org As of December 25, a petition launched by the PTB demanding a reduction in the VAT has been endorsed by over 290,000 people. The VAT on energy bills is one of the highest in Europe…

Sheikh Fakhar-e-Alam (2021-12-26). Religious Tourism in Pakistan: The Case of Sikhism & Buddhism. moderndiplomacy.eu Religious tourism plays an important role in reviving the country's economic activity through promoting religious-based tourism. Realizing the economic and political importance of this sector, the Government has taken ample measures to support this industry. Hence, with Government support and improved law and order situation, religious-based tourism in Pakistan is flourishing and attracting different communities. …

Staff (2021-12-26). Fourth Coffee Export Shipment from Lara State to the United States. orinocotribune.com Nine containers with 210 tons of green coffee were exported to the United States, from Lara state of Venezuela, through the efforts of the Asopras company together with the Lara Foreign Trade Company (EMCOEX). | José Maldonado, director of EMCOEX, reported this Saturday, December 24, that all operations regarding the fourth export shipment of green coffee to the US were carried out from the GD Jacinto Lara dry port intermodal terminal. | Mal…

Staff (2021-12-26). President Maduro Praises Christmas Toy Distribution Campaign. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, December 25, President Nicolás Maduro praised the activities of the Christmas toy distribution campaign, which was carried out as a joint initiative of the Venezuelan government and the social organizations. | In a Christmas message, Maduro wrote on Twitter, "I appreciate the effort and commitment of our leaders who have travelled to every corner of the country to bring smiles to the faces of our boys and girls. We are moved by love for the seedlings of our homeland. Merry Christmas!" | Along with the message, the president posted photos of children receiving their toys in a campaign in Caracas which…

Subodh Varma (2021-12-26). What about jobs in cities, Mr. Modi? peoplesdispatch.org With 7-8% joblessness for the past few years, urban job seekers are helpless and hopeless. An equally alarming trend is the fall of the work participation rate itself in cities and towns…

_____ (2021-12-26). How Awesome Is 'Awesome'? America's Underperforming Military. popularresistance.org Of course, war is not a game. The stakes on the battlefield are infinitely higher than on the playing field. When wars go wrong, "We'll show 'em next year — just you wait!" is seldom a satisfactory response. | At least, it shouldn't be. Yet somehow, the American people, our political establishment, and our military have all fallen into the habit of shrugging off or simply ignoring disappointing outcomes. A few years ago, a serving army officer of unusual courage published an essay — in Armed Forces Journal no less — in which he charged that "a private who loses a rifle suffers far greater conseq…

Jake Johnson (2021-12-26). 'Not true': Sanders counters Manchin's bogus inflation argument against Build Back Better. nationofchange.org "It's time for the American people to understand which side their senators are on."

_____ (2021-12-26). Graduate Workers Win Union In Card Count. popularresistance.org It's official: graduate student workers at the University of New Mexico have the right to demand school officials come to the bargaining table. New Mexico's statewide labor board counted 887 cards signed by UNM graduate students expressing their wishes to join United Graduate Workers (UGW-UE). That represents 57.3% of the 1,547 graduate workers in the bargaining unit. That total is also far beyond the 50% plus one legal majority needed to certify the union as the exclusive representative of graduate workers in negotiations with UNM.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-26). Video: "Imagine All The People": The Covid-19 Omicron Christmas and New Year 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.

Jessica Corbett (2021-12-26). Amazon Settlement With NLRB Could Ease Worker Unionization Efforts. zcomm.org "This settlement agreement provides a crucial commitment from Amazon to millions of its workers across the United States that it will not interfere with their right to act collectively to improve their workplace by forming a union or taking other collective action."

Martin Armstrong (2021-12-26). The Covid-19 Pandemic Procedure at The International Criminal Court (ICC). globalresearch.ca The complaint filed with the International Criminal Court continues to provide a broad-picture view of the various ways governments have used the coronavirus to exploit the people. | INFLATED COVID FIGURES | Nurses and doctors from hospitals across the world have …

_____ (2021-12-26). Mongolia is Among Russia's Key Partners in Asia. journal-neo.org Russia and Mongolia are close neighbors, and their immediate geographic proximity has determined the mutual geopolitical pull of Russia and Mongolia, an objective contributing to political, military, trade and economics, cultural, and other bilateral ties. Russian-Mongolian relations, characterized by traditional good-neighborliness, are comprehensive, oriented to further development in the spirit of strategic partnership, based on …

Fight Back (2021-12-26). FRSO greetings to Communist Party of the Philippines on 53rd anniversary. fightbacknews.org From: Freedom Road Socialist Organization | To: Communist Party of the Philippines | Dear Comrades, | The leadership and members of Freedom Road Socialist Organization send our warm and militant greetings to the Communist Party of the Philippines on the occasion of the of your 53rd anniversary and we wish the CPP every success in developing the people's democratic revolution. | Working and oppressed people around the world, including here in the U.S., take inspiration from heroic struggle of the people of the Philippines and the great advances made by the CPP. Your party has grown from a relatively small organiza…

Stephen Macekura (2021-12-26). Mismeasuring progress: A critique of the growth paradigm. zcomm.org Historian Stephen J. Macekura traces the origins of the growth paradigm and explains why we are still in the grips of his powerful-but-flawed economic idea today…

_____ (2021-12-26). Philippe Sands Makes The Case For A New International Crime Called Ecocide. popularresistance.org The British Lawyer And Author Has Held Nazis And Presidents Accountable For Crossing The Moral Red Line. Now, He Argues, The Time Has Come To Pursue Those Who Commit Crimes Against The Environment. His lectures are part of a global campaign, led by Stop Ecocide International, to make acts of mass environmental destruction a crime within the purview of the International Criminal Court, which has a mandate to investigate and prosecute individuals who otherwise would evade accountability after committing the most serious crimes of concern to humanity at large.

Sydney Pereira (2021-12-26). Confronted with the holiday rush, retail workers are organizing and speaking out. zcomm.org The holiday season has brought many of the risks and challenges of retail work to a head, from crowds and maskless customers to demanding bosses and supply chain problems…

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-26). "Coerced Vaccination": The Left's Contempt for Bodily Autonomy during the Covid-19 Pandemic. A "Gift to the Right"? globalresearch.ca | First published on December 22, 2021 | When did parts of the left get so contemptuous of the principle of "bodily autonomy"? Answer: Just about the time they started fetishising vaccines as the only route out of the current pandemic. | Only …

Julia Rock (2021-12-26). YOU LOVE TO SEE IT: Coal Miners Want Build Back Better. dailyposter.com

Prof. Anthony J. Hall (2021-12-26). Corrupt Judges and Elected Politicians in Lockstep with Covid Mandate. A Power-Grab at Levels Never Before Seen in the History of the World? globalresearch.ca Different methods in choosing and employing judges form a possible factor in the contrasting judicial reception to schemes for mandatory injections in the United States and Canada. | The fact that some judges in the United States are elected, might make …

Stephen Sefton (2021-12-26). Nicaragua — National Reality, Neocolonial Delusion. orinocotribune.com By Stephen Sefton and Jorge Capelan — Dec 22, 2021 | An academic called Jonah Walters has recently published a couple of attacks on the political and economic model being worked out in Nicaragua under the country's Sandinista government led by President Daniel Ortega. One attack published by the North American Congress on Latin America "Ortega's Developmentalism Is Based on the "Popular Economy"—But What Does that Mean?" alleges that the unquestionable economic democratization of Nicaragua's economy is in fact a mirage, in reality reinforcing neoliberal patterns of oligarchic and corporate economic pow…

David Waltham (2021-12-26). We should ban all new oil and gas fields. zcomm.org It would be much better for people and planet if there were no further investments in the first place…

Denis Baturin (2021-12-26). Ukraine after Putin — Biden talks. moderndiplomacy.eu Negotiations between US and Ukrainian Presidents Joe Biden and Volodymir Zelensky in the wake of Putin-Biden talks were anticipated with genuine interest, particularly given that talks between the Ukrainian and American leaders took place against the backdrop of the Ukrainian provocation in the Sea of Azov. As became clear from official sources, the "Ukrainian issue" …

Barbara Madeloni (2021-12-26). Whatever Happened to 'Eight Hours for What You Will'? zcomm.org Instead of fighting within the frame the bosses give us, we should fight for the life we can create beyond that frame…

Prof. Claudia von Werlhof (2021-12-26). Global WAR-NING! Geoengineering Is Wrecking Our Planet and Humanity. globalresearch.ca World leaders are meeting in Glasgow at COP-26. All eyes are now on "the imminent dangers of CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions". The "climate emergency" is a timely instrument of propaganda used to distract people from questioning "the real crisis", namely the Covid-19 "plandemic".

M.K. Bhadrakumar (2021-12-26). Nord Stream 2 is a double-edged geopolitical tool. peoplesdispatch.org When Pavel Zavalny, the chairman of Russian parliamentary committee on energy, made the forecast on December 18 that the Nord Stream 2 pipeline could start shipping natural gas to Germany as early as next month, it was received with disbelief. But Zavalny was categorical, and was quoted by Reuters as saying, "I can say with a high degree of certainty that the first gas via Nord Stream 2 will go in January." | He added that Europeans would not want to drag their feet with the certification process over Nord Stream 2 at a time when their storage levels of gas is so abysmally low. | But Zavalny was effectively contr…

Fight Back (2021-12-26). A great read from Mao Zedong on his birthday. fightbacknews.org To mark the 128th anniversary of the birth of Chinese revolutionary Mao Zedong on December 26, 2021, Fight Back News Service is circulating his famous 1939 article "In memory of Norman Bethune." | Comrade Norman Bethune, a member of the Communist Party of Canada, was around fifty when he was sent by the Communist Parties of Canada and the United States to China; he made light of travelling thousands of miles to help us in our War of Resistance Against Japan. He arrived in Yenan in the spring of last year, went to work in the Wutai Mountains, and to our great sorrow died a martyr at his post. What kind of spirit i…

Ellen Brown (2021-12-26). The Real Antidote to Inflation: Stoking the Fire Without Burning Down the Barn. globalresearch.ca 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% …

Noah Styzkgold (2021-12-26). Victorious Kellogg's workers. zcomm.org The strike involved workers across Michigan, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, most of whom stood with their coworkers on a picket line for the first time in their lives…

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…

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 …

_____ (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,…

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…

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…

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…

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, …

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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.) …

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."

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…

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

_____ (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 …

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 …

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…

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, …

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, …

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 …

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…

_____ (2021-12-25). Maturity Is Realizing That Propaganda Isn't Something That Only Happens to Other People. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | What I find interesting is that it's not just coming from complete mainstream normies; a lot of the pushback I'm getting comes from people who've succeeded in seeing through other western propaganda narratives on fronts like Russia, Syria, or Julian Assange. They're just as brainwashed about China as any uncritical consumer of TV news, but because they get their information from people like Tucker Carlson and other so-called "right-populists" who have disputed those other narratives, they assume they are safe from mass media indoctrination. | And a liberal who gets their information from Th…

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. 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 …

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

Yanis Varoufakis (2021-12-25). 4. Flat management, democratic planning and a basic income. zcomm.org Debate on a postcapitalism world…

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. …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-25). Cuba and China Sign Cooperation Plan for Joint Promotion of Belt & Road Initiative. libya360.wordpress.com Cuba-China bilateral economic relations have hit an important milestone with the signing of a Cooperation Plan for the joint promotion of the Silk and Road Initiative. The document was signed on Friday, between the governments of Cuba and China, by Cuban Deputy Prime Minister, Ricardo Cabrisas, and President of National Development and Reform Commission, He…

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…

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 …

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

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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…

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.

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 …

_____ (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 "

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

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 …

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.

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.

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

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

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

_____ (2021-12-24). 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…

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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

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

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

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.

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 . . . |

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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…

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.

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…

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 …

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.

_____ (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 …

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.

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, …

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 …

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 …

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). 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.

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). 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…

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.

Tony Hunt (2021-12-24). Protests condemn BBC reporting on anti-Jewish attack. themilitant.com LONDON — Angered by the BBC's biased reporting minimizing an antisemitic assault two weeks earlier, 250 people gathered in front of the company's central London offices Dec. 13, chanting, "BBC News: Tell the truth!" and "BBC News: Stop blaming Jews!" | On Nov. 29, a group of young Jews from the U.K. and Israel were touring London in an open-top bus to celebrate Hanukkah. Organizer Rabbi Shneor Glitsenstein, from the Chabad Israeli Centre, told The Times that on Oxford Street some got off and began dancing. Moments later three "men began playing Arabic music from their phones and dancing next to us. They qui…

Dan Fein (2021-12-24). Workers vote to end strike at Kellogg's, go back stronger. themilitant.com BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Some 1,400 cereal workers, members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union, voted to end their 2 1/2 month strike against Kellogg's, the union announced Dec. 21. The key issue in the battle was equal pay for equal work and opposition to the bosses' two-tier pay and benefits system. | Workers had rejected two previous contract offers since the strike began. The walkout included workers in Omaha, Nebraska; Memphis, Tennessee; Lancaster, Pennsylvania, as well as here. They will return to work Dec. 27. | "We have to look out for the new employees coming up," T…

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…

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). 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.

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."

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 . . . |

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.

_____ (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 …

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…

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…

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

WSWS (2021-12-24). 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.

_____ (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 …

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 …

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.

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.

Maggie Trowe (2021-12-24). Importance of labor unions shown during deadly Midwest tornadoes. themilitant.com Natural disasters under capitalist rule inevitably become a social catastrophe for workers and farmers, as the effects are multiplied by the workings of the dog-eat-dog for-profit system. This exposes the contempt the wealthy rulers have for the safety, life and limb of working people, how workers are left to fend for ourselves. | The horrific Dec. 10 tornado storm that tore through Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee, shattering homes, factories and other buildings, throwing cars through the air and derailing a train is such an example. | The death toll stands at 92 and rising after…

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.

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.

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…

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

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

WSWS (2021-12-24). 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.

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 …

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 …

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.

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

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

WSWS (2021-12-24). 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.

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…

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). 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.

Laura Garza (2021-12-24). Los Angeles meeting marks Cuba's solidarity with Africa. themilitant.com LOS ANGELES — "We have medical brigades in more than 10 African countries, just one example of the Cuban Revolution's solidarity with the peoples of Africa," Alejandro García, of the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., told a meeting here Dec. 12. "Cuba's efforts have not only been to help with the independence and sovereignty of Africa, but to help with development." | The meeting on Cuba's legacy in Africa, attended by 55 people, was sponsored by the Los Angeles U.S. Hands Off Cuba Committee. Other speakers included Gail Walker, director of Pastors for Peace, and Nana Gyamfi, president of the National Conf…

_____ (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 …

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.

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 are not enough. The working class cannot defend its rights without independently mobilising on a socialist program.

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

_____ (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…

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, …

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. …

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 …

Terry Evans (2021-12-24). 2021: Strikes, solidarity heat up the class struggle. themilitant.com "The concession stand is closed," United Steelworkers union members told the Militant on the picket lines during their three-month strike against Allegheny Technologies Inc. earlier this year, showing their determination to take on the bosses' unrelenting drive against our unity, wages, working conditions and dignity. This has been reflected in a growing number of industrial strikes marking 2021. | Each one of these battles is fought out over questions of vital importance to millions of workers — divisive two-tier wages, forced overtime, onerous shift schedules, unsafe working conditions, access to health c…

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,…

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…

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.

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…

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). 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…

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

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

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.

Author Blank (2021-12-24). Bolshevik Revolution advanced the fight for women's equality. themilitant.com One of the central tasks taken on by the Soviet Union after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution in Russia was to organize determined steps toward women's equality and ability to participate fully in society as part of advancing the revolution. | Below is a decree issued in 1920 by the Soviet government that made Russia the first country in Europe to decriminalize abortion, as part of advancing the protection of the family and the health of women. Its goal was to organize government services and aid that would make many abortions unnecessary while also assuring no woman could face victimization for having the procedure.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-24). Libya in Chaos and Uncertainty after Suspension of Presidential Elections. libya360.wordpress.com Yoselina Guevara The High National Electoral Commission of Libya announced on Wednesday, December 22…

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

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). 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)…

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). "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.

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.

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.

Janet Post (2021-12-24). Scientists protest California 'anti-racist' math plan. themilitant.com A national "open letter" signed by 1,470 math and science teachers and professors as of Dec. 19 protests the gutting of math education under the guise of fighting racism. The letter states, "We write to express our alarm over recent trends in K-12 mathematics education in the United States," particularly the new California Mathematics Framework under consideration there. This program offers what it calls a "justice-oriented perspective" for math. | "We all also share the urgent concern that the benefits of a robust mathematical education," they write, "should be shared more widely between students of all backgrou…

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