Daily Archives: December 28, 2021

2021-12-28: News Headlines

_____ (2021-12-28). Richard Wolff: US Capitalism Has Peaked And Is On The Way Down'. popularresistance.org For the end of the year, Clearing the FOG speaks with economist Richard Wolff about the current state of United States capitalism. Wolff explains that the United States is experiencing the greatest crisis in its history – a severe economic crisis at the same time as a pandemic, as well as the climate crisis. This is unprecedented. Unlike the great depression in the last century, when the wealth divide shrank, inequality is worsening. On top of that, US empire is in decline. Wolff discusses the current state of inflation and supply chain disruption and the forces behind them. Instead of facing up to these realitie…

_____ (2021-12-28). Flushing Of Dangerous Petroleum Contaminated Water From Military Housing. popularresistance.org Hawai'i – On Friday, December 24, I went to Aliamanu Military Reservation at Red Hill housing area which is located above the entryway into the main tunnel that leads into the U.S. Navy's deep, massive, leaking 80-year-old Red Hill underground jet fuel storage tanks complex. These tanks are only 100 feet above the main aquifer of drinking water for 400,000, half the population of the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. | A recent leak of at least 19,000 gallons of jet fuel and water leaked from a fire suppressant pipe into two Navy operated wells that supply drinking water to over 93,000 residents in the Pearl Harbor-Hicka…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-12-28). Putin hints at military options in Ukraine. mronline.org The Rossiya 1 state television in Moscow broadcast today President Vladimir Putin's annual press conference on Friday. It conveys a much fuller picture of the grave crisis brewing in the Russian-American relations than what the excerpts in the Russian media sought to convey over the weekend.

Staff (2021-12-28). Headlines for December 28, 2021. democracynow.org World Coronavirus Cases Hit Record High as Omicron Surges, Israel Tests Fourth Vaccine Doses as COVID Surges in Largely Unvaccinated African Nations, Biden Warns Governors of Looming Shortages of Hospital Beds as COVID-19 Cases Near Pandemic Highs, CDC Recommends Shorter Isolation for People with Asymptomatic Coronavirus Infections, Afghan Taliban Bans Women from Road Trips Without Male Escort, Talks on Reviving Iran Nuclear Deal Resume in Vienna, Iraq's Top Court Ratifies Results of October's Contested Election, Russia to Hold Talks with U.S. and NATO Allies over Ukraine Border Tensions, New German Government Mo…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-28). Dozens of Saudi-led airstrikes on Yemen halt crucial aid supplies. peoplesdispatch.org Over the past week, the Saudi Arabia-led military coalition bombed different locations in Yemen killing at least three people including a child and a woman in Ajama near the capital Sana'a.

Moderator (2021-12-28). UN Envoy Warns 'Threat to Civilian Lives Is Increasing' in Yemen. scheerpost.com By Jessica Corbett / Common Dreams A United Nations special envoy on Tuesday raised alarm about the safety of civilians in war-torn Yemen given escalating violence, including airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition. "The escalation in recent weeks is among the worst we have seen in Yemen for years and the threat to civilian lives is increasing," said Hans …

Amanda Winstead (2021-12-28). Challenges homeless people face in getting jobs. nationofchange.org All too often, homeless persons are unfairly blamed for their plight.

Moderator (2021-12-28). The Pentagon Just Got $778 Billion, But USAID Is Running Out of Money for COVID-19 Vaccines? scheerpost.com By Brett Wilkins / Common Dreams Sharply contrasting with the $778 billion in new military spending authorized Monday by President Joe Biden, the U.S. Agency for International Development reportedly can't find the funds to pay for the Biden administration's effort to help vaccinate the world's population against COVID-19, according to two agency officials interviewed by Politico. In an article published Monday …

Editor (2021-12-28). Whatever Happened to 'Eight Hours for What You Will'? scheerpost.com Strikes and the pandemic are exposing how many of us, from Frito-Lay and Nabisco factories to movie sets, are working 12-hour shifts, sometimes for many days in a row. Photo: Topeka Frito-Lay Union Members Appreciation Page | By Barbara Madeloni / When Frank Carrico talks about why he and his co-workers at the Heaven Hill distillery

Editor (2021-12-28). The Oligarchy's Ultimate Political Weapon (Video). scheerpost.com Robert Reich / If you're discouraged by what's happening in the country, that is by design. The forces undermining our democracy, polluting our planet, and stoking hatred are counting on you to give up. But we must not let them. | They use their allies in political office to grind the gears of government to a halt, so people see government as the problem, not the solution. But if there's one thing we learned from this wretched pandemic, it's that government intervention can reduce poverty and suffering, and we can afford to pay for it. | They want us t…

Staff (2021-12-28). 2021 Samidoun Year in Review: Help us organize a new year of Palestinian liberation struggle! samidoun.net 2021 has been a year of struggle for Palestine — towards return and liberation. This year, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network has taken to the streets, organized new chapters, marched for justice, and fought to free Palestinian prisoners. We're now preparing for 2022. From New York to Vancouver, from Germany to occupied Palestine, from Toulouse […] | The article

_____ (2021-12-28). A Referendum that was Held in Taiwan. journal-neo.org On December 18, a referendum was held in Taiwan, to which four questions were submitted. Since both leading parties of the country, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party and the Chinese National Party (Kuomintang), in increasingly tough opposition to each other in almost all aspects of domestic and foreign policy, called for directly opposite answers to …

_____ (2021-12-28). How about Leaving the South Caucasus Alone? journal-neo.org Why is the United States always meddling in the back yards of other major powers? Doesn't anyone on Washington's Think Tank Row ever wonder if the US may be destabilizing the world? An email notification I got this morning from Foreign Policy Magazine set me to thinking. 3: 01 AM Athens, Greece time. Gmail notified me …

_____ (2021-12-28). US Sends Potentially Deadly Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan. journal-neo.org Although the official death toll from COVID-19 currently exceeds 5.4 million, it is estimated by individual experts that the actual fatality statistics could be as high as 15.2 million. Unfortunately, many countries of the world have found themselves particularly vulnerable to the negative consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, especially the poorest countries and states affected …

_____ (2021-12-28). After Years Of Setbacks, US Labor Demonstrates Its Power. popularresistance.org For many workers, the pandemic revealed the cruelty of capitalism. Mainstream media and politicians campaigned for a return to business as usual during this second year of COVID. In particular, workers, called "essential" and "heroes" during the pandemic, were expected to continue sacrificing the most while receiving the least in pay and benefits. At the same time, the world's biggest corporations made record-breaking profits and the richest individuals saw their wealth multiply.

_____ (2021-12-28). Are Nonbank Mortgage Lenders Good For Minority Borrowers? popularresistance.org A loan officer at a mortgage company questions a Black loan applicant about household debts, but subsequently invites a less creditworthy white borrower to fill out an application with "no inquiry about credit standing or debts." He then offers to walk the same white homebuyer through the loan application and preapproval process and follows up with personal emails. The Black borrower receives neither offers of extra help nor emails from the lender. | This unequal treatment played out in Seattle, Washington, and was part of a study in which testers with white and Black-sounding names and similar credit and asset p…

_____ (2021-12-28). Eighth Round Of JCPOA Revival Talks Begin. popularresistance.org The eighth round of talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal began on Monday, just days after the seventh round ended. Earlier this month, US posturing that Tehran's sincerity was dubious nearly torpedoed the talks, which could defuse a four-year showdown in the Middle East.

_____ (2021-12-28). Government Action, Not Consumer Action, Will Stop Climate Change. popularresistance.org Pointing the finger at individual consumers has been the default strategy of powerful corporations since the 1950s. Deflect blame for smog or litter or polluted waterways or carcinogens or gun violence away from manufacturers and onto John Q. Public. Make the issue about personal responsibility. Which brings us to climate change. Once again, it is individual consumers and not the fossil fuel industry who are being blamed for the potential destruction of our planet. Only this time it isn't just powerful corporations and their trade groups wagging the finger at individuals for not doing enough to halt global warmin…

_____ (2021-12-28). Imminent Peril Of Drinking Water Contamination By US Navy Fuel Tanks. popularresistance.org In a strongly worded proposed decision and order, on December 27, 2021, David Day, the Hawai'i State Department of Health Red Hill case Hearing Officer and Deputy Attorney General announced in a 33-page proposed decision and order that the "imminent peril" caused to the drinking water by the U.S. Navy's leaking jet fuel tanks in the island of O'ahu outweighs the military's claims that the tanks are key to "national security." | On November 28, approximately 19,000 gallons of jet fuel and water leaked from the massive 20 underground fuel storage tanks at Red Hill and contaminated two wells providing drinking water…

_____ (2021-12-28). Labor Unions, Environmentalists, And Indigenous People Unite To Defeat Mining Interests In Argentina. popularresistance.org The people of the southern Argentinian province of Chubut are celebrating more than just the holidays this December. After a fierce struggle against a recently enacted zoning law that would have opened the province up to large-scale silver, copper, and lead mining by multinational corporations like Canadian Pan American Silver, the governor was ultimately forced to backtrack. The law in question, which was approved on December 15, was repealed last Tuesday, just five days later.

_____ (2021-12-28). Longshore Workers Get Blamed For Delays, As Contract Fight Looms. popularresistance.org Nonetheless, when the supply chain started to break down, frontline workers got blamed. ILWU members say the port terminal operators are drawing attention to the delays to cast longshore workers in a bad light ahead of contract negotiations next year. | "The foreign-flag steamship lines are going to exert all of the leverage that they can towards American workers to get the absolute best deal that they can in the upcoming negotiations," said Seattle longshore worker Justin Hirsch, "and if that means going to sympathetic ears in the press to throw mud at us, they'll do it with absolutely no hesitations."

_____ (2021-12-28). The Massachusetts Flag Glorifies The Violence Committed By Colonizers. popularresistance.org Given the violent history of English colonizers in New England, it's a wonder why the state insignia of Massachusetts, fully emblazoned on today's state flag, still includes a sword dangling over the head of a Native American. It was a little more than 30 years ago when the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority got rid of its offensive logo that featured a pilgrim's hat with a Native American arrow shot through the middle of it. The state insignia still stands, and like many campaigns to rid schools and towns of demeaning mascots and public statues, the efforts to remove it starts with an accurate version of history.

_____ (2021-12-28). The Radical Legacy Of New York's Winter Rent Strike. popularresistance.org From 26 December 1907 to 9 January 1908, 10,000 tenants, predominantly Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe living in New York City's Lower East Side, took part in a historic rent strike. During an economic depression causing mass unemployment and grinding poverty, landlords tried to hike rents by thirty-three percent. With their cry to 'fight the landlord as they had the Czar', the tenants won a partial victory, with rents significantly reduced for 2,000 households. The movement established a tradition of militant working-class housing campaigns that eventually contributed to winning vital rent controls that st…

Ann Brown (2021-12-28). Black Kansas Teen Cedric Lofton Died In Juvenile Jail While Being Restrained: Ruled A Homicide. moguldom.com A Dec. 27 autopsy report has determined that 17-year-old Cedric Lofton's death was a homicide, contradicting an earlier finding that the Black teenager had not suffered life-threatening injuries while in police custody in a juvenile detention facility, NPR reported. Lofton was taken into police custody on Sept. 24 on suspicion of battery against police officers in Wichita, …

Ann Brown (2021-12-28). What Happened To The 15 Men Who Died At Rikers Island Jail In 2021? 5 Things To Know. moguldom.com When William Brown, 55, died on Dec. 14, he was the 15th inmate in 2021 to lose his life at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex, which was already plagued by years of neglect but spiraled into chaos during the covid-19 pandemic with an increase in violence and staff absences. This is the most deaths …

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-28). "Our Woods Not Hollywood's": Atlanta Forest Defenders Disrupt Blackhall Studios. itsgoingdown.org Report on recent action against the destruction of the Atlanta forest. Originally posted to Defend the Atlanta Forest. Early on the dewy morning of Friday, December 17th, 2021, an affinity group of various land defenders comprised of festive folk in witches hats, a reindeer costume, a comrade clad with drums, colorful smoke, and a banner…

Brasil de Fato (2021-12-28). "Lula knows that the ecological question is strategic and fundamental," says Leonardo Boff. peoplesdispatch.org For this reason, agreements between nations to block changes have become a priority at the negotiation tables. Today, they are even an impediment to the conclusion of commercial advances, such as the agreement between Mercosur and the European Union,…

Canadian Tire Fire (2021-12-28). Canadian Tire Fire #24: Coyote Camp Retaken as Solidarity Actions Multiply, COVID Spreads in Prisons, Another Winter of Housing Crisis. itsgoingdown.org This week we're covering two weeks worth of struggle news. On December 21st, 1492 Land Back Lane got another small win when the Ontario Court of Appeal struck down the permanent injunction against them and ordered the failed developer pay spokesperson Skyler Williams $20,000 to cover the costs of the appeal. Though a temporary injunction…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-28). 80 Percent Of Crypto Bubbleheads Liquidated In Last 24 Hours, Thought They Were Getting A Santa Rally. moguldom.com Crypto investors who bet on their stash rising in value — as shares often do in the last week of December in a phenomenon known as a Santa rally — got a nasty surprise when almost 80 percent of long positions in crypto futures were liquidated in 24 hours from Monday, Dec. 27 UTC to …

Editor2 (2021-12-28). Maduro to Al Mayadeen: We Will Not Abandon Palestine. orinocotribune.com Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro says, in an interview for Al Mayadeen, that the Venezuelan people resisted fierce attacks launched by US imperialism and its allies, and discusses relations with some countries, including Iran and Syria. | In an exclusive interview with Al Mayadeen, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro noted that 2021 was the first year in which Venezuela registered economic growth since "the beginning of the criminal imperialist US sanctions," adding that this growth was the result of Venezuela's economy which produces food, goods, products, and services. The country has witnessed growth in i…

Editor (2021-12-28). Book Review: Mumia Abu-Jamal's 'Have Black Lives Ever Mattered'. mronline.org Though he's spent the last 35 years incarcerated—and at least thirty of those years in isolation on death row, Mumia Abu-Jamal has remained steadfast in his activism, especially in regards to police brutality, criminal punishment, and black liberation.

Editor (2021-12-28). Cryptocurrencies: a view from the left. mronline.org As cryptocurrencies take the world of finance by storm, Thomas Redshaw examines their rise and what the left should make of them.

Editor (2021-12-28). Inegalitarian growth or just degrowth: the IPCC has opened the debate. mronline.org Twenty-five years ago, "degrowth" was conceived by its proponents as a "buzzword" carrying a vague ideological charge: Serge Latouche and his supporters said they wanted to "change the way people think" in order to "get out of the economy and development"… Today, degrowth is once again being debated, but on the basis of more rigorous premises.

Editor (2021-12-28). #Africa4Palestine mourns the loss of Archbishop Tutu. mronline.org PRESS STATEMENT: Africa4Palestine mourns the loss of Archbishop Desmond Tutu…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-28). Guatemala: 25 Years of Peace Accords, 25 Years of Neoliberalism. libya360.wordpress.com Ollantay Itzamná Mayan peasant women harvesting sesame seeds. OI In the Christmas atmosphere, and the day after the feast of the "Holy Innocents", the groups that took up arms in the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unity (URNG) and the Creole State of Guatemala, after 36 years of "internal war", signed the firm and lasting Peace Agreements….

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-28). Sudan: Protesters Vow to Stay on the Streets Despite Crackdown. libya360.wordpress.com Pavan Kulkarni Photo: Sudanese Professionals Association At least 235 demonstrators were injured in a crackdown by Sudanese security forces on December 25 when people took to the streets in large numbers. The day marked two months since the military consolidated its power through a coup At least 235 demonstrators were injured in a crackdown by…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-28). Howard University Plans To Delay Spring Semester Amid Area Covid Case Surge. moguldom.com Howard University has delayed the start of its Spring 2022 semester due to a surge of covid-19 cases in the region. The university made the announcement on Monday, Dec. 28 that it will push the start of classes to Jan. 18 in a news release. In the release, Howard notes its public health teal is …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-28). Black America Questions CDC Guidelines Change To Only 5 Days Of Quarantine. moguldom.com The U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shortened the quarantine time it recommends after a positive covid-19 test from 10 days to five. The agency made the announcement about the new CDC guidelines on Monday, Dec. 27 in a news release and Black America is weighing in with their thoughts. "Given what …

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-12-28). María Corina Machado Speaks Out Against 'Interim Government'. orinocotribune.com Faced with the announcement of former deputy Juan Guaidó's clan and the fake National Assembly that Washington uses to provide some legitimacy to its actions, the Vente Venezuela party, led by María Corina Machado, rejected the recent steps to renew the "interim government" and announced that it will not support them in this new stage. | It should be remembered that next January 5 is the date that the US-led extreme opposition politicians consider as the deadline for the renewal of the pseudo-parliament that supports Guaidó, following the directions of the US government —despite countless corruption scandal…

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-12-28). Screwed? Guaidó Extends 'Interim Government' into 2022. orinocotribune.com As 2021 comes to an end, the so-called interim government of Venezuela, appointed by former deputy Juan Guaidó two years ago, also reaches a crossroads. The puppet government, a legal mechanism created by the far-right to destabilize the constitutional government of President Nicolás Maduro and divert funds to Guaidó and his entourage, is continuing to unravel. | In this regard, the pseudo-parliament, which still includes former deputies to Venezuela's National Assembly who had been in office during the 2015-2020 legislative period, has undertaken a new maneuver that, according to them, will enable them to procla…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-12-28). China Cooperating With Africa's Health Sector. moderndiplomacy.eu China and Africa will always be a community of a shared future. At least, its policy is directed at addressing sustainable development, and China has in deed proved, over the years, in many aspect of dealing with Africa. Results are seen especially with all kinds of infrastructure that have been built these years. And, of …

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-28). Rust Is Called The 'Perfect Programming Language': Here's How To Learn It Online For Free. moguldom.com Powerful crypto influencers such as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have favorite programming languages. Dorsey recently took to the Twitterverse to reveal that he thought Rust — a multi-paradigm, general-purpose programming language designed for performance and safety — was "a perfect programming language." Not everybody agreed with Dorsey but his views got an endorsement from Polkadot, …

Maria Smotrytska (2021-12-28). Maritime Transhipment lines: Congested South VS Strategic North. moderndiplomacy.eu Improved connectivity, especially through transport links, is an essential condition for economic growth. Transport links not only provide physical access to resources, but also enable producers to take advantage of opportunities in domestic and foreign markets, leading to economies of scale and specialization. In the conditions of a market economy, the need to improve the …

Newsroom (2021-12-28). How Has Corporate Training Changed After The Pandemic. moderndiplomacy.eu The training and development of employees is an integral part of the working pedagogy of any organization. Right training and development are enough to propel any company to the path of success and enhanced profitability. When employees are equipped with the right skills and up-to-date knowledge, they are better able to navigate through their jobs, …

Newsroom (2021-12-28). World Bank Loan Will Support Vietnam's Economic Recovery. moderndiplomacy.eu The Government of Vietnam and the World Bank has signed an agreement for financing of US$221.5 million to support Vietnam's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through policy reforms aimed at improving financial inclusion and spurring greater environmental resilience. "In the spirit of our long-term, trusted and productive partnership, we are proud to support Vietnam at …

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-12-28). Sudanese protesters vow to stay on the streets despite crackdown. peoplesdispatch.org At least 235 demonstrators were injured in a crackdown by Sudanese security forces on December 25 when people took to the streets in large numbers. The day marked two months since the military consolidated its power through a coup…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-28). Israel attacks Syria's Latakia port for the second time this month. peoplesdispatch.org The strike on Latakia on Tuesday caused a fire and damage to containers. The port is a major source of food and other supplies to the war-ravaged Syrian people and the country's economy…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-28). Libyan parliament postpones vote to fix new date for elections. peoplesdispatch.org The schedule for elections is highly uncertain with a parliamentary commission suggesting that the process be abandoned and a new constitution be framed instead. Electoral authorities had recommended that the elections be held on January 24…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-28). 'TPLF's regime was throughout supported by US, EU financially, militarily, and politically'. peoplesdispatch.org Why have the western powers supported TPLF all this time? What has been the history of TPLF's rise and fall from power in the country? Elias Amare, editor of Horn of Africa TV, explains.

Robert Hunziker (2021-12-28). Warnings from the Far North. dissidentvoice.org Forces profound and alarming are reshaping the upper reaches of the North Pacific and Arctic oceans, breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures and one of the world's most important fisheries. 1 "Breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures" is horrific to contemplate. It sends a powerful signal of trouble dead ahead. …

Sheikh Fakhar-e-Alam (2021-12-28). Pakistan — A Wonderful Destination For Adventurous Sports. moderndiplomacy.eu Pakistan is famous for its exciting cities, historical sites, hospitality, great cuisines across the world. However, most of the international states are not aware of the fact that it is an excellent destination to enjoy adventurous sports as well as cultural festivities. The variety of adventure sports in Pakistan is enormous. There are a number …

Staff (2021-12-28). In Pictures: Civil Liberties in 2021. aclu.org January: Credit: Allison Shelley | February : March: Credit: ACLU | April: Credit: ACLU | May: June: Credit: Scout Tufankjian | July: August: November : Credit: Jesus Montero…

Tridivesh Singh Maini (2021-12-28). UAE's reasons for cancelling the agreement for purchase of F35. moderndiplomacy.eu Days after the UAE's decision to cancel the agreement regarding purchase of F35 jets from the US, a CNN report (December 23, 2021) stated that assessments of senior US officials suggested that transfers of sensitive ballistic missiles had taken place between China and Saudi Arabia. One of the reasons for UAE to cancel the deal …

WSWS (2021-12-28). Australian governments let loose soaring COVID-19 infections. wsws.org There is shock and outrage among health workers, medical experts and working-class people as governments wash their hands of the developing disaster.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Thousands of flights canceled worldwide due to rising infections among airline workers. wsws.org The airlines lobbied the CDC to change its guidelines so airline workers could be forced to work even if they are infected or exposed.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Ferry fire in Bangladesh claims 41 lives. wsws.org Last Friday's disaster is the product of decades of government indifference to the profit-driven and unsafe ferry transport system operating in Bangladesh.

WSWS (2021-12-28). James Webb Space Telescope successfully launches. wsws.org The spacecraft, when fully operational, will peer deeper into the Universe than any previous astronomical instrument.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Anger among Kellogg's workers as work restarts following union betrayal of two-month strike. wsws.org Kellogg's workers report filthy conditions and missing tools inside the plant, as well as continuing censorship by union-affiliated social media pages.

WSWS (2021-12-28). For a "Zero COVID" policy in Canada's schools!—an appeal from a special-needs educator. wsws.org To oppose the disastrous profit-before-lives pandemic policy pursued by Canada's governments, I urge my colleagues to join with the Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in organizing independent rank-and-file committees in all schools to fight for a science-based Zero COVID strategy.

WSWS (2021-12-28). An Anniversary of Stalinist Counterrevolution: 30 years since the end of the USSR. wsws.org The International Committee of the Fourth International (ICFI) recognized, as early as 1985, that Gorbachev's policies of glasnost and perestroika expressed the drive of the Stalinist bureaucracy to reintegrate the Soviet economy with the world market through the restoration of capitalism.

WSWS (2021-12-28). French parent calls for rank-and-file committee to fight state COVID-19 policy. wsws.org Raphaà´lle, a mother of two, called to support Lisa Diaz's struggle in the UK against sending children into schools where they risk being infected by the coronavirus.

WSWS (2021-12-28). French parents call for rank-and-file committee to fight state COVID-19 policy. wsws.org Raphaà´lle, a mother of two, called to support Lisa Diaz's struggle in the UK against sending children into schools where they risk being infected by the coronavirus.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Solomon Islands' government invites Chinese riot police deployment. wsws.org The move has triggered alarm in Australian ruling circles—ever since World War II, Australian imperialism has regarded the South Pacific as its exclusive "sphere of influence."

WSWS (2021-12-28). More workers died of COVID-19 at one Michigan auto plant than all of China in 2021. wsws.org Xavier Anderson, a worker at Stellantis' Sterling Stamping Plant north of Detroit, is the fifth to die from COVID-19 at the plant.

WSWS (2021-12-28). This week in history: December 27-January 2. wsws.org This column profiles important historical events which took place during this week, 25 years ago, 50 years ago, 75 years ago and 100 years ago.

WSWS (2021-12-28). New York state judge issues prior restraint order against New York Times. wsws.org The order by New York state trial judge Charles Wood is a dangerous attack on free speech.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Air traffic controllers in Peru struck to demand better work conditions and COVID protections while over 250 workers at Republic Services in Chula Vista, California, walked out over contract issues.

Newsroom (2021-12-28). Benefits of LDN (Low dose naltrexone). moderndiplomacy.eu Just over sixty years ago, in 1960, the average lifespan for an adult in the United States was 69.7 years old. By 2015 this increased by almost ten years and continued to climb each year. Projections published by the United States Census Bureau believed that by 2060, life expectancy will reach an all-time high of 85.6 years. …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-28). History: "Wipe the Soviet Union Off the Map", 204 Atomic Bombs against 66 Major Cities, US Nuclear Attack against USSR Planned During World War II. globalresearch.ca According to a secret document dated September 15, 1945, "the Pentagon had envisaged blowing up the Soviet Union with a coordinated nuclear attack directed against 66 major urban areas.

Staff (2021-12-28). Scholar Angela Davis on Prison Abolition, Justice for Palestine, Critical Race Theory & More. democracynow.org World-renowned author, activist and professor Angela Davis talks about the prison abolition movement from her time as a Black Panther leader to today. In her tireless efforts as an abolitionist and a teacher, Davis continues to be a fierce advocate of education and the interconnected struggles of oppressed peoples. Davis talks about Indigenous genocide, Palestine, critical race theory and the role of independent media. "Democracy Now! helps us to place our own domestic issues and struggles within the context of global battles against fascism," says Davis.

Moderator (2021-12-28). Rights Groups Accuse Tech Giants of Throttling Content on Abortion Pills. scheerpost.com By Jessica Corbett / Common Dreams As anti-choice lawmakers ramp up attacks on reproductive freedom across the United States, new reporting on Monday raised alarm about Big Tech companies limiting access to scientifically accurate content from abortion rights organizations while allowing the spread of misinformation. Representatives from multiple pro-choice groups told The Hill's Rebecca Klar about their struggles trying …

Tom Ferguson (2021-12-28). In 2020, Elites Bailed on Trump, Not on Republican Party. zcomm.org By Jan 6th events, the majority of corporate America wanted Trump gone, but money continued to flow to GOP…

John Terrett (2021-12-28). 2021 Year in Review: Stock Market. america.cgtn.com As always, the rise and the fall of the U.S. stock markets have been a constant in 2021. CGTN's John Terrett has been looking back at the past year at New York Stock Exchange.

Florence CGTN (2021-12-28). Special Program: China's 50 years at the UN. america.cgtn.com It's been 50 years since China's lawful seat was restored at the United Nations. In a special program to celebrate China's 50 years at the UN, CGTN America speaks to global leaders and UN officials about China's roles and contributions to boost international development …

Sisonke Msimang (2021-12-28). Tutu's Passing is a Reminder of the ANC's Unfinished Business. zcomm.org Tutu's reconciliation efforts were supposed to be followed by justice for apartheid victims…

WSWS (2021-12-28). CDC surrenders US population to the spread of Omicron. wsws.org The US health agency is effectively ending any effort to stop the spread of COVID, in order to meet business demands for workers.

Editor (2021-12-28). A Few Amazing Progressive Wins That Happened in 2021. scheerpost.com Former Chilean student leader Gabriel Boric will be Chile's next left-wing president. [ By It would be easy to survey the end of 2021 and see another year in wreckage. There's the pandemic that won't end. Rising inflation. Climate disasters. A democracy that looks creakier by the day. | And that was before West Virginia Senat…

WSWS (2021-12-28). French government rejects lockdown as COVID-19 cases skyrocket past 100,000. wsws.org The seven-day rolling average of cases in France is now over 70,000, more than 50 percent higher than the previous peak in November 2020.

Ethan Huff (2021-12-28). Covid vaccines "most dangerous biological medicinal product rollout in human history," says Dr. Peter McCullough. globalresearch.ca At a recent online symposium on covid science that was organized by Doctors for COVID Ethics, the most This international group, which has long opposed the …

Lord Sumption (2021-12-28). Video: Government by Decree — COVID-19 and the Constitution. Lord Jonathan Sumption. globalresearch.ca First published on October 29, 2020 | On 27 October 2020 Lord Sumption delivered the 2020 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture entitled "Government by decree — Covid-19 and the Constitution". | The disputes over Brexit last year saw an attempt to make the executive, …

F. William Engdahl (2021-12-28). Will the Federal Reserve Crash Global Financial Markets As a Means to Implementing Their "Great Reset"? globalresearch.ca First published on December 16, 2021 | It's looking increasingly likely that the US Federal Reserve and the globalist powers that be will use the dramatic rising of inflation as their excuse to bring down the US financial markets and with …

Sarah Kleiner (2021-12-28). Rural America Is Facing an Invisible Eviction Crisis. zcomm.org In places where rental assistance has been slow to be delivered, eviction cases are piling up. No one's tracking it…

Lee Fang (2021-12-28). The Collapse of Afghanistan's Economy. zcomm.org More Afghan people may die from sanctions than from 20 years of war…

Eshalaxmi Barlingay (2021-12-28). 2021 Year in Review: Afghanistan. america.cgtn.com Four and a half months after the Taliban take-over in Afghanistan, the government is working to improve the country's dire economic situation with little international assistance. With many challenges on the ground, millions of Afghans are still struggling to make a living. Earlier this month, …

Romina Green Rioja (2021-12-28). In Chile, Boric's Win Signals Victory for Social Movements and New Constitution. zcomm.org Elected on the heels of a historic movement against neoliberalism, president-elect Gabriel Boric will face high expectations and social movement pressure to deliver on his campaign promises…

teleSUR (2021-12-28). PM Mia Mottley Calls Snap Elections in Barbados. telesurenglish.net On Monday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley called for early elections for next January 19, in what will be the first elections of Barbados as a republic after cutting ties with the British monarchy. | RELATED: | In a speech given to the nation, Mottley shared that she had met earlier in the day with President Sandra Mason and had advised that Parliament be dissolved with immediate effect. The Prime Minister added that Mason had also been advised to issue writs for t…

_____ (2021-12-28). The World is Turning to Nuclear Power amid the Raging Energy Crisis. journal-neo.org The energy crisis is perhaps the worst since 1973, when the Arab countries imposed an oil embargo, protesting against Western support for Israel in the Yom Kippur War. Combined with a pandemic, new strains, and a lockdown relapse threat, it is a deadly blow to economies and industries worldwide. Bloomberg sounds the alarm: problems with …

WSWS (2021-12-28). COVID-19 danger persists in Japan as Omicron variant takes hold. wsws.org The government's response to the latest COVID-19 dangers in contrast to public sentiment demonstrates the need for an international strategy to end the pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-12-28). Israeli Missile Attack Targets Syrian Seaport. telesurenglish.net A fresh Israeli missile attack targeted the commercial seaport of Syria's coastal city of Latakia early Tuesday, the Syrian state news agency SANA reported. | RELATED: | The Israelis fired their missiles from the Mediterranean against the commercial port of Latakia, hitting the container terminal and igniting a fire, SANA quoted a military statement as saying. | Some of the containers hit by Israeli missiles in Latakia port appeared to co…

Editor2 (2021-12-28). Checkmate: Iran is Spearheading a Geopolitical Sea Change in West Asia. orinocotribune.com By Matthew Ehret — Dec 24, 2021 | While the west bangs on about Vienna talks, sanctions and military options, Iran has been quietly building a vast network of alternative solutions to cement its Asian ascent. | Benjamin Franklin once famously wrote to his fellow colonials: "Either we hang together or we hang separately." | Those words are just as true today as they were 270 years ago, for empires have always controlled by dividing their victims into regional tribal interests in order to be better conquered. | While techniques have adapted to modern times, the essential ingredients for the science of discord…

WSWS (2021-12-28). "Opposition to the herd immunity policy is overwhelming": European Network of Rank-and-File Committees for Safe Education meeting outlines strategy to end pandemic. wsws.org Amid the exponential spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus across Europe, an online meeting of the Network of Rank-and-File Committees for Safe Education expressed the immense opposition and willingness to fight against the criminal herd immunity policies of governments everywhere.

teleSUR (2021-12-28). Sudan to Investigate Rape Against Female Demonstrators. telesurenglish.net On Monday, Sudan's Transitional Sovereign Council asked the concerned authorities to investigate rape allegations against female protesters in Khartoum on Dec. 19. | RELATED: | On Dec. 21, the United Nations (UN) human rights office called for a prompt, independent, and thorough investigation into allegations of sexual violence including gang rape during protests. | The Dec. 19 demonstration "drew hundreds of thousands of people to th…

_____ (2021-12-28). PEN America And The Betrayal Of Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Nossel and PEN America have stated that the prosecution of Assange raises "grave concerns" about press freedom and lauded the decision by a British court in January 2012 not to extradite Assange. Should Nossel and PEN America have not taken this stance on Assange it would have left them in opposition to most PEN organizations around the world. PEN Centre Germany, for example, made Assange an honorary member. PEN International has called for all charges to be dropped against Assange. But Nossel, at the same time, repeats every slanderous trope and lie used to discredit the WikiLeaks publisher facing extradition to…

Sarah Anderson (2021-12-28). 'Our Deadline is Victory'. zcomm.org The Poor People's Campaign and progressive members of Congress vow to continue the fight for the Build Back Better Act…

teleSUR (2021-12-28). Saint Vincent & The Grenadines To Use Cuba's Abdala Vaccine. telesurenglish.net On Monday, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) became the first country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to authorize the use of Abdala, a COVID-19 vaccine made in Cuba. | RELATED: | Previously, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves announced that Cuba had donated 300 Abdala doses to his country, which would be used immediately on teachers and other workers who are on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic. | "God and the Cuba…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-28). Biden Pivots And Shirks Accountability: No US Government Solution For Covid, Take It Up With States. moguldom.com Critics have slammed President Joe Biden, accusing him of pivoting and shirking accountability after he said on Monday that he is letting states lead the way on testing for the omicron variant of covid-19 spreading like wildfire across the U.S. Biden was in a conference call with some U.S. governors when Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson …

Staff (2021-12-28). Angela Davis on Imagining New Worlds, the Campaign to Free Mumia and the Biden Presidency. democracynow.org World-renowned author, activist and professor Angela Davis talks about navigating the pandemic and an inadequate two-party political system during a time of racial uprising in the United States. She also talks about imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Biden presidential campaign and the protests that erupted from the police killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Florida sees alarming growth of COVID-19 infections fueled by Omicron variant. wsws.org New cases jumped nearly 333 percent as more than 125,000 cases were reported last week compared to just 28,841 cases the week prior.

Editor2 (2021-12-28). US on the Brink of Civil War. orinocotribune.com By Alfredo Jalife-Rahme — Dec 23, 2021 | After three US generals warned of a fractured Army, a civil war scenario, as a coup attempt after the 2024 presidential election, CIA consultant Barbara Walter judges that the US exhibits several signs that foretell a "pre-civil war" insurgency. | Three retired generals shocked public opinion in an article in The Washington Post, an establishment newspaper, that "the military should prepare now for an insurrection in 2024". | On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the lethal insurrection on Capitol Hill, former Generals Paul Eaton, Antonio Taguba and Steven Anderso…

WSWS (2021-12-28). Omicron surge intensifies crisis in Washington state public schools. wsws.org The rapid spread of the Omicron variant in Washington state is deepening the crisis in public education and threatening to provoke an independent movement of educators and parents to close schools in order to prevent further COVID-19 infections.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-28). Pope Francis urges peace, vaccine access in 2021 Christmas message. peoplesdispatch.org For his Christmas message this year, the progressive-leaning Pope Francis called for peace and dialogue amid an unprecedented global crisis. Once again, the global leader of the Catholic church took advantage of his platform to issue a clarion call to global leaders of all creeds, across all regions of the world. | Pope Francis, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina who initiated the World Meeting of Popular Movements, has made headlines frequently for

Staff (2021-12-28). "People Have the Power": Poet & Singer Patti Smith Awarded Key to New York City. democracynow.org Legendary poet, singer, author and activist Patti Smith has been awarded a key to New York City. Smith's music has inspired countless bands and helped earn her the title of the queen of punk. Her song "People Have the Power" has become an anthem at protests across the globe. Patti Smith has also been a longtime activist, performing regularly at antiwar rallies and political benefits. She gave an emotional acceptance speech during a ceremony Monday with outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. We also air a clip of her live performance with singer Michael Stipe at Democracy Now!'s 20th anniversary celebration…

WSWS (2021-12-28). UK Johnson government takes no new measures against pandemic. wsws.org The decision was a fait accompli. Johnson is under instruction from his party's most fascistic wing in the COVID Recovery Group to ignore all warnings that the Omicron variant of the virus is surging out of control, infecting millions and rapidly overwhelming the National Health Service.

Global Research News (2021-12-28). Selected Articles: Video: "Imagine All the People": The COVID-19 Omicron Christmas and New Year Lockdown. globalresearch.ca By We are told by our governments that It's Christmas under Lockdown. To protect you and your loved ones against …

WSWS (2021-12-28). Making a killing: Pfizer's domination of the market for COVID jabs. wsws.org Blocking the transfer of vaccine technology, together with the practice of selling to the highest bidder, creating grotesque levels of vaccine inequality, have been critical factors in enabling the conditions for the Omicron variant to emerge.

Editor (2021-12-28). Can Democrats Break the Midterm Curse? scheerpost.com Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images) | By Matthew Rozsa / Now that Joe Manchin has sounded the death knell — at least for the moment — for Joe Biden's Build Back Better package, Democrats are doomed in the 2022 midterm elections. | Or, wait: Are they? Sometimes the "laws" of politics (or economics) are characterized as immutable, akin to the laws of physics. They're not, of course. Not a single ballot has b…

_____ (2021-12-27). The West Might Deliberately Start A War In Ukraine. popularresistance.org On Monday, Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov denounced that the West might provoke a war in Ukraine to blame Russia and impose economic sanctions on it. | "I do not rule out that there is such a desire to fuel militaristic sentiments [in Ukraine] to stage a 'small war' and then accuse us and impose new sanctions to suppress our competitive advantages," Lavrov said. | The Foreign Minister, who has repeatedly reiterated that the concentration of Russian troops in the vicinity of Ukraine is not for aggressive purposes, denounced that the West has sent over US$2.5 billion in weapons to Ukraine since 201…

_____ (2021-12-27). The West Might Deliberately Start A War In Ukraine: Lavrov Says. popularresistance.org On Monday, Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov denounced that the West might provoke a war in Ukraine to blame Russia and impose economic sanctions on it. | "I do not rule out that there is such a desire to fuel militaristic sentiments [in Ukraine] to stage a 'small war' and then accuse us and impose new sanctions to suppress our competitive advantages," Lavrov said.

Robert S. Becker (2021-12-27). Can Trumpist fascism commandeer America, today's richest, 'exceptional,' freedom-loving empire? nationofchange.org How can an unteachable blunderer—failing every presidential crisis, many self-created, pull off the most improbable, fascist lurch since the 19th century?

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-27). At least three civilians killed in Saudi airstrike near Yemeni capital Sana'a. peoplesdispatch.org The Saudi Arabia-led military coalition has increased its airstrikes inside Houthi-controlled areas in Yemen since last week. A Saudi airstrike last Monday damaged the Sana'a international airport, preventing the flow of critical humanitarian aid to the country…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-27). Houthis continue to advance amid fresh airstrikes and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org In today's episode of the Daily Round-up we take a look at the latest from Yemen where the Houthis seem to have won another victory even as the Saudi-led coalition continues bombing raids. We also look at a proposal by Israel to double the settler population in the occupied Golan Heights, and the impact of the setback to US president Joe Biden's Build Back Better Plan.

_____ (2021-12-27). Amazon Unionization Efforts Get A Boost Under A Settlement With NLRB. popularresistance.org According to the settlement, the online behemoth Amazon said it would reach out to its warehouse workers — former and current — via email who were on the job anytime from March 22 to now to notify them of their organizing rights. The settlement outlines that Amazon workers, which number 750,000 in the U.S., have more room to organize within the buildings. For example, Amazon pledged it will not threaten workers with discipline or call the police when they are engaging in union activity in exterior non-work areas during non-work time. | According to the terms of the settlement, the labor board will be…

_____ (2021-12-27). Amazon Unionization Efforts Get A Boost Under A Settlement With US Labor Board. popularresistance.org According to the settlement, the online behemoth Amazon said it would reach out to its warehouse workers — former and current — via email who were on the job anytime from March 22 to now to notify them of their organizing rights. The settlement outlines that Amazon workers, which number 750,000 in the U.S., have more room to organize within the buildings. For example, Amazon pledged it will not threaten workers with discipline or call the police when they are engaging in union activity in exterior non-work areas during non-work time.

_____ (2021-12-27). Berliners Win Vote To Expropriate Housing From Corporate Landlords. What's Next? popularresistance.org On 26 September, Berliners voted to expropriate housing from corporate landlords. This 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, an activist in the expropriation campaign. She works primarily in the working group Right to the City for All, which focuses on facilitating and amplifying the voices of people without German citizenship within the referendum campaign.

_____ (2021-12-27). Berliners Win Vote To Expropriate Housing From Corporate Landlords. popularresistance.org On 26 September, Berliners voted to expropriate housing from corporate landlords. This 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, an activist in the expropriation campaign. She works primarily in the working group Right to the City for All, which focuses on facilitating and amplifying the voices of people without German citizenship within the referendum campaign.

_____ (2021-12-27). Desmond Tutu Opposed Capitalism, Israeli Apartheid And US/UK Imperialism, Too. popularresistance.org Being a leader in the movement to end apartheid in South Africa was probably the greatest achievement of the man's life work, and it should come as a surprise to no one that this is the focus of his many obituaries, along with the Nobel he was awarded in 1984. After Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, he was remembered by the establishment in much the same way, as a leader of the movement against apartheid in the US. The fact that he had become one of the most well-known and well-loved voices of the antiwar movement in the United States and around the world at the time of his death has largely been written o…

_____ (2021-12-27). Improvements For NYC's Delivery Workers' Safety And Working Conditions To Start In January. popularresistance.org A slate of city laws for delivery workers is set to kick in the new year and will roll out in stages, commencing in January with more oversight of the delivery apps and increased transparency for the more than 65,000 delivery workers in New York City. | Starting next month, delivery apps must be licensed by the city to operate in the five boroughs. By January 24th, licensed apps that take customer orders directly will be required to notify delivery workers how much each customer tips for each delivery, and the total pay and tips for the previous day. The city will now require that restaurants provide the delivery…

_____ (2021-12-27). Media Forget Afghan Plight As US Sanctions Drive Mass Famine Risk. popularresistance.org As the United States withdrew militarily from Afghanistan in August, US TV news interest in the plight of the country's citizens spiked, often focusing on "the horror awaiting women and girls" (CNN Situation Room, 8/16/21) to argue against withdrawal (FAIR.org, 8/23/21). | Four months later, as those same citizens have been plunged into a humanitarian crisis due in no small part to US sanctions, where is the outrage? | Experts warned of an impending humanitarian crisis in the wake of the US withdrawal (IRC, 8/20/21). In recent months, the messages have become more urgent. A UN report (10/25/21) warned that "combi…

Ali Abunimah (2021-12-27). Palestinians pay tribute to Desmond Tutu. electronicintifada.net South African liberation icon strongly endorsed Israel boycott.

Ann Brown (2021-12-27). Biden-Kamala Supporter Threatens To Feed Pro-Reparations Congressional Candidate To Alligators. moguldom.com Gregg Marcel Dixon, a Lowcountry teacher and activist running for Congress to represent South Carolina's 6th Congressional District seat in 2022, will be vying against longtime majority whip Rep. James Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives. Dixon is pro-reparations, and this is not sitting well with some supporters of the DNC establishment. …

Ann Brown (2021-12-27). What Is Copaganda? 5 Things To Know. moguldom.com Put the words" cop" and "propaganda" together and you get copaganda, a phenomenon in which news media, Hollywood, and social institutions promote triumphant and glorified portrayals of police officers in an effort to deter criticism and sway public opinion for the benefit of law enforcement, often at the expense of Black people. Copaganda has been …

Ann Brown (2021-12-27). New Research Shows Protests Reduce Police Killings. moguldom.com When thousands of protests against racism and police brutality were triggered by the murder of George Floyd in May 2020 by Minneapolis police, President Donald Trump called the protesters thugs and some media outlets focused on looting. An adverse hue was placed on Black Lives Matter, which organized or participated in many protests that grew …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-27). Colin Kaepernick SPAC Investment Deal Collapses After He Refuses To Promote It On MSM. moguldom.com Colin Kaepernick's SPAC, which raised $345 million when it went public in March with the goal of raising money to acquire a socially conscious company, has hit a speedbump. An investment deal fell through to buy a company over the activist-entrepreneur's reluctance to promote the acquisition in the media. SPACs, or special-purpose acquisition companies, are …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-27). TikTok Beat Google As The Internet's Most Visited Site In 2021. moguldom.com TikTok, the short-form video-sharing and social networking app that has made people famous for lip-synching, hugging animals, or peeling a banana, is more popular than Google. Taking over the internet toward the end of 2021, TikTok became a more dominant domain than Alphabet's Google, the world's No. 1 search engine, which owns 86 percent of …

Democracy Now! (2021-12-27). Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1931-2021) on Apartheid, War, Palestine, Guantánamo, Climate Crisis & More. dissidentvoice.org Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the South African anti-apartheid icon, has died at the age of 90. In 1984 Desmond Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work fighting to end white minority rule in South Africa. After the fall of apartheid, Archbishop Tutu chaired the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where he pushed for …

Editor (2021-12-27). EDITORIAL: Que la Corte Suprema no se meta con nosotras. workers.org En un mundo justo, øquién podría pensar que un conocido violador tendría el poder de obligar a las supervivientes de una violación, incluidas las menores, a llevar a término su embarazo forzado? Manifestación a favor del aborto ante el SCOTUS, Washington, DC, 1 de diciembre. Pero eso es exactamente lo . . . |

Eric A. Gordon (2021-12-27). 'The Red Raven': A quartet of crime fiction novels ends in AIDS-era L.A. peoplesworld.org Steve Neil Johnson's collective magnum opus, The L.A. After Midnight Quartet, comprising four crime novels set in the gay community over successive decades, the 1950s, '60s,'70s and '80s, has come to a stunning and satisfying end with The Red Raven. The last book took Johnson the longest to write, as he lived very much through …

Final Straw (2021-12-27). Final Straw: Housing Struggles in Asheville. itsgoingdown.org Long-running anarchist radio and podcast The Final Straw speaks with people involved in resisting homeless sweeps and housing crisis in so-called Asheville, NC. photo: Asheville Solidarity Network This week on the show, you'll hear from Doug, Onion and Papi, three folks involved in the Aston Park Build, a daily event to hold space in Aston…

Ibrahim Tanner (2021-12-27). A Crime Covered In Color: Freedman's Savings And Trust Bank Plunder In The 21st Century. moguldom.com Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen announced at the Freedman's Bank Forum a plan to loan $9 billion of the previously secured $12 billion to underserved communities and those whose small businesses have been disproportionately damaged during the covid pandemic. Harris started the panel discussion by honoring Viola Fletcher and …

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-27). . anchor.fm This is part one of what I'm hoping wi be an ongoing series as I continue to organize myself, while learning about ongoing movements and struggles here in Turtle Island and across the world. We need to learn to take concrete analysis of concrete conditions, to see and meet the needs of the masses, to stick true to our word and to keep our word as truth, constantly point out all that is antagonistic between the classes and among the people so as to clearly be able to point it out AND act upon it. But as Kwame Nkrumah stresses, "Action presupposes Organization." We need to organized, fast. We have much to fight, an…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-27). Black Girls Code Founder Kimberly Bryant Pushed Out As Nonprofit Head By Board. moguldom.com Kimberly Bryant, the founder of Black Girls Code, has been pushed out as the organization's executive director, according to tweets she sent last week. A former engineer, Bryant started Black Girls Code in 2011 after she realized that her daughter was the only Black girl in a summer coding class at Stanford University. Since then, …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-27). Black America Praises New 'Magic' Album Release From Nas. moguldom.com Iconic hip-hop artist and investor Nas gave the world an early Christmas present when he dropped "Magic" — his 15th studio album — on Christmas Eve. Nas announced the unexpected drop on Dec. 23 on Twitter. "#MAGIC is in the air. Midnight et brand new music to vibe to," Nas tweeted, along with cover art …

It's Going Down (2021-12-27). Organization, Repression, Burnout, Action: A Discussion with CrimethInc. itsgoingdown.org photo: Pixabay In this latest episode of the It's Going Down podcast, we are joined with a participant of the CrimethInc. collective as we spend several hours broadly discussing contemporary anarchist history and organization, the impact of both material conditions and repression on those organizational forms, how we can build and maintain healthy group dynamics,…

Jamal Rich (2021-12-27). Homeless for the holidays: D.C. to continue encampment evictions during pandemic. peoplesworld.org

Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza (2021-12-27). Social Change in Canada Will Come out of Indigenous Resistance Movement — Chavista Chronicles from Caracas Interview with Maria Páez Victor and Nino Pagliccia. orinocotribune.com Caracas, December 25, 2021 ( Maria Páez Victor is a sociologist, born in Caracas, Venezuela where she obtained her first degree. She has an MA from the University of Kent at Canterbury and a PhD from York University, Canada. She lives in Toronto, and travels regularly to Ven…

Selma Dabbagh (2021-12-27). Love tormented by betrayal. electronicintifada.net Sahar Khalifeh pays tribute to Nakba-era Palestinian resistance.

Staff (2021-12-27). President Maduro: 'In 2022 the Economy will Focus on Boosting Trade'. orinocotribune.com This Sunday, December 26, Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro assured that in 2022 the nation will concentrate its economic growth on the promotion of internal trade. The development of its real economy is essential for the country, added the president. | During an exclusive interview for television channel Al Mayadeen, President Maduro described 2021 as a year of economic recovery for Venezuela, despite the pressure of ongoing economic "sanctions" applied by the US and its allies. | "We are witnessing a sustainable recovery process based on work, on the recovery of the productive and real economy, in addition t…

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Russia Won't Turn Into a Fortress Because of Western Sanctions. telesurenglish.net Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Russia would find a way to respond to the West strengthened sanctions, but they will not turn the country into a fortress because of it. | Foreign Minister of Russia declares they won't turn the country into a fortress because of Western sanctions. Dec. 27, 2021.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-27). Prospects for Venezuela's Oil Industry. libya360.wordpress.com Orlando Rangel An oil well operated by PDVSA in Morichal, Venezuela, on July 28, 2011 (Ramon Sahmkow / AFP) Oil experts Carlos Mendoza Pottellá and Ingerzon Freites look at some of the challenges facing the sector, as well as the possibilities of recovery after years of sanctions. Venezuela's oil sector has been the main target…

Dr.Begum Burak (2021-12-27). Emotions and the Outlook for Turkish Politics. moderndiplomacy.eu Economic well-being and social prosperity of the citizens are among the significant factors that determine electoral behavior. Everyone wants to lead a life in a country where they can fully have the right of freedom of speech, and other civil liberties. In a fair social order where rule of law prevails, people feel happier and …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-27). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases"? globalresearch.ca Smoking Gun: The CDC Says that the PCR Test is Invalid. Does not differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. Does not detect or identify SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. If the PCR test is invalid the 260 Million "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" collected Worldwide are meaningless. There is no Pandemic.

Byul Ryan-Im (2021-12-27). The Weekly Round-Up: New COVID-19 rules for three nations and no investigation into Met on Downing Street Christmas party. ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: From 26 December new Covid rules came into effect in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. All three nations have limited the size of public events and face coverings are compulsory in most indoor public spaces. Covid passports or proof of a negative test result is required at many venues. Nightclubs will close in Wales and Scotland from 27 December and in …

_____ (2021-12-27). Turkey's Economic Difficulties and the Fate of Erdogan. journal-neo.org Turkey's economy is in freefall: the lira is falling, inflation is rising, and food prices are spiraling. The government has resorted to disinformation, lies, and conspiracy theories to deflect blame from itself and shift it to others. But the lower living standards of the common people and the country's future is unlikely to end the …

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Maduro's Statements in an Interview for Al Mayadeen. telesurenglish.net President Nicolas Maduro noted the resistance by the Venezuelan people to the sanctions imposed by the United States' administration in an Interview for Al Mayadeen. | RELATED: | President Nicolas Maduro declared in an interview for Al Mayadeen that 2021 was, since "the beginning of the criminal imperialist U.S. sanctions," the first year in showing registered economic growth. He stated that this results from Venez…

Jane Braxton Little (2021-12-27). A Tour Guide to Hell on Earth, Small Town-Style. zcomm.org Climate Change, Up Close and Personal…

Dr. Andrey KORTUNOV (2021-12-27). Russia in the Eastern Mediterranean: The Art of Balancing. moderndiplomacy.eu Strictly speaking, Russia is not an Eastern Mediterranean country. It does not have direct access to the Mediterranean Sea; its most important strategic and economic interests belong to other parts of the world, such as the North Atlantic or East Asia. However, for a long time Russia has been trying to make its presence in …

Carissa Byrne Hessick (2021-12-27). The Constitutional Right We Have Bargained Away. zcomm.org Instead of protecting defendants' right to have their guilt or innocence decided by their peers, judges routinely punish defendants for exercising that right.

_____ (2021-12-27). The Geopolitics Surrounding Nord Stream 2. journal-neo.org Multiple US interests continue to hinder the completion of Nord Stream 2 project and its uninterrupted supply of gas to Germany/Europe. For the US, Nord Stream project is, to a great extent, a tool to privatise European gas-markets for US gas supplies. While the Joe Biden administration was quick to waive sanctions on the project …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-27). Israel approves massive settlement expansion in occupied Syrian Golan Heights. peoplesdispatch.org The Israeli cabinet voted to approve the expansion of the Mevo Hama settlement in the occupied Syrian Golan Heights with the aim of doubling the Jewish population in the area in the next five years…

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-27). Why India will likely ally with China, not with U.S. moderndiplomacy.eu India — like the USA that used-to-be — was born out of a revolution (in 1776 in U.S.; in 1947 in India) against imperialism (in fact, against British imperialism, the very same master; i.e., enemy; as the American public had and — ever since 1945 — still has, though this time in the form of …

Kiah Collier, Maya Miller (2021-12-27). A plant that sterilizes medical equipment spews cancer-causing pollution on tens of thousands of schoolchildren. nationofchange.org Beal, of the EPA, said that the Biden administration has "reinvigorated its commitment to protect public health from toxic air emissions from industrial facilities." And she said ethylene oxide in particular is a major priority.

teleSUR (2021-12-27). US: Medical Personnel Mobilized to Help Hospitals. telesurenglish.net On Monday, the U.S president said on a call with the National Governors Association, that Washington would call on medical personnel to help prevent the congestion in hospitals with coronavirus infections by unvaccinated individuals. | RELATED: | "With rising cases, we still have tens of millions of unvaccinated people, and we're seeing hospitalizations rise. It means our hospitals in some places are going to get o…

_____ (2021-12-27). Monsanto Will Plead Guilty To Illegal Use Of Pesticide In Hawaii. popularresistance.org In court documents filed on 9 December in Hawaii, Monsanto agreed to plead guilty to 30 environmental crimes related to the use of a pesticide on corn fields in Hawaii, and the company further agreed to plead guilty to two other charges related to the storage of a banned pesticide that were the subject of a 2019 Deferred Prosecution Agreement (DPA). | Monsanto admitted in a plea agreement that it committed 30 misdemeanor crimes related to the use of a glufosinate ammonium-based herbicide product sold under the brand name Forfeit 280. After using the product in 2020 on corn fields in Oahu, Hawaii, Monsanto allowed…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-27). Explained: Reasons behind the massive student debt crisis in the US. peoplesdispatch.org Why are so many American citizens under so much debt from trying to attain education? What is the structure of the education system which has led to this crisis?

Anton Kolonin (2021-12-27). On the Depth, Transparency and Power of Today's AI. moderndiplomacy.eu Two years into our last review on state of the artt in the area of artificial intelligence, there has been a widening gap between the seeming omnipotence of neural network models based on "deep learning", which are offered by market leaders, and the demand for an "algorithmic transparency" emanating from the society. In this review, …

Prof. John H. Stanfield II (2021-12-27). A Letter to A Dear Friend And Archbishop Desmond Tutu. moderndiplomacy.eu Condolences and prayers for you and your nation and for the world for the passing of Archbishop Desmond Tutu our uncompromising horn blowing prophet for justice. A great mortal man who though like all of us in some ways flawed followed the rugged sacrificial path God carved out for him to be an unflinching moral …

Luis Feliz León (2021-12-27). Christmas On Strike: Warrior Met Miners Stick It Out. zcomm.org "At the end of the day we're all workers, and workers have to stay together. It's been eye-opening to see where your support comes from."

_____ (2021-12-27). Desmond Tutu Opposed Capitalism, Israeli Apartheid and U.S./UK Imperialism, Too. strategic-culture.org By David ROVICS | This may sound either arrogant or forgetful, but I could not possibly remember the number of times I was in the same room or at the same protest as Desmond Tutu. And the main reason I know he was there is because I was there listening to him speak, often from a distance of not more than two meters or so. I say this not to associate myself with the great man — though I'll forgive you for thinking I'm a terrible, narcissistic name-dropper — but just to be sure we all know this all really happened, because I saw and heard it. | It seems very important to mention, because of the way this…

_____ (2021-12-27). Will 2022 be Better Than the Outgoing Year? journal-neo.org As 2021 is approaching its end, efforts are being made to assess it and gain insight into what the New Year, 2022, holds in store for us. In 2021, the world has still been reeling under the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic, but it has turned out to be more hectic: the old conflicts have flared …

teleSUR (2021-12-27). US Sanctions Undermine Global Cotton Industry Chain. telesurenglish.net A report about the impact of U.S. Xinjiang-related sanctions on the global cotton industrial chain was released in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou on Sunday. | RELATED: | The report, titled "Hindering Trade, Increasing Costs and Disrupting the Industrial Chain: Impacts of U.S. Xinjiang-Related Sanctions on Global Cotton Industrial Chain," was issued by the Institute for Communication and Borderland Governance, Jinan Univer…

Andrew Korybko (2021-12-27). The Neo-NAM: From Vision to Reality. moderndiplomacy.eu The latest Putin-Modi Summit was a global geostrategic game-changer unlocking the potential for the two great powers to jointly assemble a new Non-Aligned Movement ("Neo-NAM"). Their meeting came against the backdrop of both countries recalibrating their respective "balancing" acts. Russia has been engaged in high-level diplomacy with the U.S. while India defied America's CAATSA sanctions …

_____ (2021-12-27). North Shropshire — Not the End of Boris, the End of Everybody! journal-neo.org On December 16th a parliamentary by-election was held in the United Kingdom, to fill the vacancy created by the forced resignation of Conservative MP Owen Paterson, who was found guilty of breaking lobbying rules and then thrown under the proverbial bus when Boris Johnson tried to change the rules to stop him being censured for …

Emir Sader (2021-12-27). Brasil: Balance favorable para Lula. globalizacion.ca La primera característica del 2021 en Brasil fue la reversión de la expectativa optimista de reactivación económica y de una proyección favorable para el 2022. A lo largo del año, por el contrario, la recesión económica se consolidó, al punto…

Fight Back (2021-12-27). Chicago Local 705 Teamsters defend one of their own with solidarity. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On Tuesday, December 22, 150 workers at the Jefferson Street UPS barn in Chicago staged a protest before work. | According to Sean Orr, a driver and elected shop steward, the members of Teamsters Local 705 took action to defend one of their own. | "UPS unjustly fired one of us last week and refused to schedule a return-to-work day to keep our sister out through the holidays. In response, over 150 drivers stood outside and denied management the 'flex start' they crave during the holidays." | "Flex start" is when drivers arrive ahead of their 9: 30 start time to be ready when their trucks are loaded.

Yaroslav Lissovolik (2021-12-27). BRICS+2.0: Integration Reloaded. moderndiplomacy.eu The coming of China's chairmanship in the BRICS grouping in 2022 is likely to provide a fresh impulse to the BRICS+ initiative that was launched during the Xiamen summit in 2017. A lot has changed in the course of this 5-year period and, if anything, these developments have reinforced the need for BRICS countries to …

Staff (2021-12-27). Argentina Responds to Boris Johnson's 'Militaristic Rhetoric' on Malvinas. orinocotribune.com Argentine authorities responded to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his "militaristic rhetoric" on the disputed Malvinas (Falkland) Islands. | Johnson transmitted his traditional end-of-year message on December 23, in which he called Argentina's claim to the Malvinas Islands an "invasion" and boasted of his country's warlike power. | "One thing that remains absolutely unchanged is the UK's commitment to the Malvinas Islands and its people," Johnson said, recalling the 1982 war fought over the territory. "It is as firm a commitment as it was when Major General Moore accepted General Menendez's surrender. A…

David Swanson (2021-12-27). Talk World Radio: Greta Zarro on Peace Activism in 2021. warisacrime.org AUDIO: Talk World Radio is recorded as audio and video on Riverside.fm. Here is this week's video and all the videos on Youtube. VIDEO: This week on Talk World Radio we're talking about peace activism in 2021 and looking ahead to 2022. Our guest Greta Zarro is Organizing Director for World BEYOND War, where I'm …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-27). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" globalresearch.ca Smoking Gun: The CDC Says that the PCR Test is Invalid. Does not differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. Does not detect or identify SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. If the PCR test is invalid the 260 Million "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" collected Worldwide are meaningless. There is no Pandemic.

Robert Reich (2021-12-27). Staying hopeful in turbulent times. nationofchange.org Which is why we have to keep up the fight even when feeling deeply discouraged.

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Trial Of Chilean Officer Who Blinded Senator Campillai Postponed. telesurenglish.net On Monday, the Chilean Justice postponed the hearing to prepare for the trial against former Police Officer Patricio Maturana, who is accused of shooting Fabiola Campillai during the 2019 protests. | RELATED: | On March 7, a hearing will be held against the policeman, for whom Campillai's lawyers ask for 15 years in prison for the crimes of "illegitimate coercion resulting in very serious injuries." | The Prosecutor's Office, howev…

_____ (2021-12-27). Ideology Drives Procreation. The Strategy Session, Episode 42 with Tim Kirby. strategic-culture.org

Andrew Emett (2021-12-27). Medical examiner identifies innocent 14-year-old girl killed by LAPD. nationofchange.org "My commitment is to conduct a thorough, complete and transparent investigation into the circumstances that led up to this tragedy and provide the family and public with as much information as possible."

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-27). The ten most popular Imperial news stories of 2021. imperial.ac.uk Well into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic Imperial research continues to save lives and generate headlines around the world.

Eduardo Aliverti (2021-12-27). Argentina — Una propuesta de balance. globalizacion.ca Resulta ineludible -o uno no quiere eludir- el intento de cierto balance que para esta altura del año es un convencionalismo que no está mal. | El 2021 retomó la vertiginosidad que en 2020 había quedado algo así como en letargo,…

John Kiriakou (2021-12-27). Sex Crimes of the CIA—Unreported, Unrepented, and Unpunished. covertactionmagazine.com The CIA rivals the Vatican in covering up sex crimes against children and then protecting the members of its organization …

teleSUR (2021-12-27). US Airlines Call Off More Flights as Omicron Variant Advances. telesurenglish.net Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, and American Airlines canceled over 750 flights combined on Christmas Day, and cancellations were set to drag on through Sunday, upending plans during one of the busiest travel periods of the year. | RELATED: | "All four airlines said Omicron cases among staff were driving cancellations," said USA Today on Sunday. A combination of issues, including but not limited to inclement weather…

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Gabriel Boric Declines Pinera's Invitation to Colombia Summit. telesurenglish.net The president-elect of Chile, Gabriel Boric, declined on Monday the invitation of the current President of the nation, Sebastián Piñera, to attend an international summit that will take place between January 26 and 27, 2022 in Colombia. | RELATED: | The future tenant of La Moneda said that his priority is to put together his team for the future government. However, he asserted that he would make available the…

Alex Jensen (2021-12-27). Appropriate Technology, Traditional Cultures and Degrowth. zcomm.org From an ethical and sustainability perspective, the reigning technological system is fundamentally in-appropriate…

_____ (2021-12-27). What If U.S., NATO Talks Are Cover for More Aggression Towards Russia? strategic-culture.org If there are no prompt responses to Russia's legitimate security concerns, then the next phase entails a more robust military-technical realm | It is quite clear that the clock is ticking on how the United States and its NATO allies respond to Russia's urgent security proposals. | For Moscow, if the forthcoming talks do not produce firm security guarantees in short order, then the suspicion is that the U.S. and NATO are using the engagement as a cover for continuing a long-term military build-up against Russia. | Russia's strategic patience has worn out. Years of relentless encroachment by the United States and N…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-27). At least three dead and 80 missing after landslide at jade mine site in Hpakant, Myanmar. peoplesdispatch.org In yet another disaster of the illegal jade mining industry in Myanmar, at least three people died and over 80 are missing after a landslide hit Hpakant in the early hours of December 22. Most of those missing are reportedly mine workers…

WSWS (2021-12-27). The FDA grants emergency use authorization to Pfizer and Merck's anti-COVID pills. wsws.org The two pills are the first for treating patients at early stages of a COVID infection of mild or medium severity. The CDC is expected to endorse the FDA recommendations.

Sergey Ryabkov (2021-12-27). Russia's nonproliferation policy and global strategic stability. moderndiplomacy.eu While the weight of accumulated problems and troubling instabilities in strategic sphere is significant, relations among nuclear powers are very far from being well-tempered. The situation is heavily overshadowed by disintegration of the arms control architecture, mostly due to the destructive course of the previous U.S. Administration. The New START Treaty is practically the last …

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-12-27). James Webb Telescope heads out to explore the origin of the universe. peoplesdispatch.org The mission is a joint effort by NASA, the ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency, with an aim of finding the light emanating from the early universe's first galaxies by exploring the solar system and the exoplanets…

_____ (2021-12-27). Why is Turkey so Eager to Run Five Afghan Airports? journal-neo.org -for Qatar and then travel to Afghanistan to discuss in detail the operation of Kabul airport, which is considered to be the main hub for receiving humanitarian aid meant for Afghan citizens and providing international flights. Taliban is interested in Ankara's proposal for an apparent reason: after the US withdrawal and the flight of many …

Yves Engler (2021-12-27). Why the Media Silence About Trudeau's Worst Foreign Policy Failure. orinocotribune.com By Yves Engler — Dec 23, 2021 | Imagine if Nicolás Maduro's vice president quit and called for his government to be disbanded. Or if Venezuela's opposition won a landslide in regional elections or if 90% of member states voted against the government's UN credentials. The Canadian media would have splashed this news on front pages, but the shoe was on "our guy's" foot so they've been silent. | The dominant media has all but ignored the collapse of Canada's unprecedented bid to create an international coalition to support a parallel Venezuelan government. It's quite a turnaround from when the media published <...

Rosalind English (2021-12-27). Enforced quarantine in hotels: a breach of the right to liberty? ukhumanrightsblog.com Hotta and others, R(on the application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and another [2021] EWHC 3359 (Admin) This was an application for permission to challenge to the Managed Hotel Quarantine (MHQ) scheme. MHQ was put into place under Schedule 11 to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-27). Forced Displacements in Colombia Increase by Over 169% During 2021. libya360.wordpress.com Tanya Wadhwa The Peace Community of San José de Apartadó is one of the many communities that has seen an increase in paramilitary violence and threats. They carried out a march for the right to life on December 23, 2021. Photo: Contagio Radio The Office for Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES) condemned that 2021 had…

Moderator (2021-12-27). Hedges: PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange. scheerpost.com By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost | Nils Melzer, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, is one of the very few establishment figures Those in power, as Noam Chomsky points out, divide the world into "worthy" and "unwor…

John W. Whitehead, Nisha Whitehead (2021-12-27). Madness, Mayhem, and Tyranny. dissidentvoice.org Tyranny does not flourish because perpetuators are helpless and ignorant of their actions. It flourishes because they actively identify with those who promote vicious acts as virtuous. — An academic study into pathocracy Disgruntled mobs. Martial law. A populace under house arrest. A techno-corporate state wielding its power to immobilize huge swaths of the country. …

Ruth Milkman (2021-12-27). How the Hart—Celler Act Changed America. zcomm.org For those eager to advance the cause of immigrant rights, or for anyone who wants to understand the historical roots of the current political landscape, The Walls Within should be required reading…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-27). President Maduro Will Travel to Iran to Accelerate Cooperation. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News President Nicolas Maduro has announced upcoming travel Iran "to accelerate the processes of cooperation at all levels and to sign agreements." In an interview for Al Mayadeen, the Venezuelan president said that the Joint Commission between Iran and Venezuela is working on new plans for relations and cooperation. "Very soon I am going…

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-12-27). Purdue Pharma/ Sackler Family Fails in End Run around Justice. zcomm.org In a seismic victory for justice and accountability, the Sackler family will be forced to confront the pain and devastation they have allegedly caused…

Fight Back (2021-12-27). World Federation of Trade Unions New Year 2022 Message. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | Dear colleagues, | Another year is coming to an end. Another year is added to the history of the WFTU and the world class-oriented movement. Another year made us cry and laugh, without losing not even for a moment our optimism for the best days to come for our class, thanks to our struggle and our firm political perception. | Making a brief assessment, as is usual at the end of each year, we will see that some things are repeated monotonously, but also new things are born, filling us with optimism f…

Staff (2021-12-27). Headlines for December 27, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Cases Skyrocket as Omicron Spreads at Unprecedented Pace, China Orders Lockdown for 13 Million in Xi'an; Pope Francis Calls for Universal Access to Vaccines, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Who Battled Apartheid and Championed Human Rights, Dies at 90, Israel Plans to Double Population of Illegal Settlements in Occupied Golan Heights, Burmese Military Accused of Massacring Dozens of Civilians , Iraqi Kurds Hold Funerals for Family Members Who Drowned Crossing English Channel , Dams Burst After Torrential Rains in Brazil; U.S. Records Record High December Temperatures, Sarah Weddington, Who Successfully…

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Bolsonaro Won't Vaccinate 11-Year-old Daughter Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net "I hope there is no interference from the Judiciary (to force the vaccination) because my daughter will not be vaccinated, (I want to) make it very clear, she is 11 years old", said the president in statements to the press, according to the local newspaper O Globo. | RELATED: | The president added that there are "many doubts" about vaccines for children in the world, even though several countries have already started vaccinating this age group.

The Juice Media (2021-12-27). Honest Government Ad | Hung Parliament. zcomm.org The Australien Government has made an ad about Hung Parliaments ahead of the coming election, and its surprisingly honest and informative…

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Venezuelan Economic Recovery Is Underway: President Maduro. telesurenglish.net During an interview with Al Mayadeen on Sunday, President Nicolas Maduro highlighted the gradual recovery of the Venezuelan economy amid the U.S. sanctions against his country. | RELATED: | "2021 has been the year of economic recovery since the economic war began… Despite the U.S. criminal sanctions, the production of food, goods, and services grows. Domestic industries and trade also increase, which has a great i…

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Italy: Economic Paralysis Due to Quarantine Measures. telesurenglish.net On Monday, health experts asked the Italian government to reduce the severity of COVID-19 quarantine measures to avoid economic paralysis. | RELATED: | According to the rules, people who have been in contact with infected ones have to self-isolate for seven days if they are vaccinated already; if not, they must spend ten days in self-isolation. | The head of the Gimbe health foundation, Nino Cartabellotta, explained that every p…

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Poland States Germany Wants To Turn EU Into 4th Reich. telesurenglish.net Jaroslaw Kaczynski, Deputy Prime Minister and head of the Poland's ruling party declared on Friday that, Germany as the Europe's most powerful nation today, is trying to turn the European Union into a "German Fourth Reich." | RELATED: | The head of the Law and Justice party (PiS) stated that some countries "are not enthusiastic at the prospect of a German Fourth Reich being built on the basis of the EU." | "If we Poles…

Orinoco Tribune (2021-12-27). Salvador Allende's Grandson Responds to Gabriel Boric: The Human Rights Double Standard and 'Chic' Leftism. globalresearch.ca The following note was originally published almost three years ago; however, with the victory of Gabriel Boric in the Chilean presidential race on Sunday, we consider it important to take another look at it. | In the midst of the joyous …

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Flight Cancellations Continue Amid Omicron Advance. telesurenglish.net A total of 1,033 Monday flights within, into and out of the United States were canceled and 2,982 faced delays as of 1: 20 p.m. East Time, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware, as the recent Omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge has resulted in crew shortages and disrupted the operations of some airlines. | RELATED: | The cancellations on Monday included 264 by SkyWest, 141 by Alaska Airlines, 93 by United an…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2021-12-27). America's Climate Emergency. zcomm.org It does not look likely the Biden administration will act in time to forestall the predicted punishing rage of climate change…

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Myanmar Christmas Eve Massacre Leaves 35 Civilians Dead. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, the United Nations coordinator for United Nations emergency aid, Martin Griffiths, condemned the massacre of at least 35 civilians and the disappearance of two humanitarian workers from the NGO Save The Children that occurred on December 24 in Moso town, in Kayah State, Myanmar. | RELATED: | "Credible reports claim that at least 35 people, including at least one child, were forced to abandon their vehicles, killed a…

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Peru To Compensate Victims' Relatives of 2020 Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net President Pedro Castillo will grant financial compensation to the relatives of the two Peruvian farmers who died as a result of the police brutality deployed in the 2020 protests, which forced the resignation of President Manuel Merino, who spent just five days in office. | RELATED: | The Justice Ministry decree sets a compensation of US$10,000 for the families of those who died in the "Agrarian Strike" which took place in La Libertad and Ica regio…

Dr. James M. Dorsey (2021-12-27). Christmas arrives in Saudi Arabia as kingdom plays catch-up in religious soft power rivalry. moderndiplomacy.eu Long banned, Christmas has finally, at least tacitly, arrived in Saudi Arabia; just don't use the name in marketing or be ostentatious about your tree. Coffeeshops serving beverages in red cups with snowflakes on them are ok. So is the sale of soap bars named 'Tis the Season and Vanilla Bean Noel. Christmas trees that …

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