Daily Archives: December 29, 2021

2021-12-29: News Headlines

David Swanson (2021-12-29). Surveillance Concerns: The Good, the Bad, and the Xenophobic. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 28, 2021 Thom Hartmann has written an enormous number of great books, and the latest is no exception. It's called The Hidden History of Big Brother in America: How the Death of Privacy and the Rise of Surveillance Threaten Us and Our Democracy. Thom is not the least …

Craig Murray (2021-12-29). Protecting the Nazis: The Extraordinary Vote of Ukraine and the USA 327. orinocotribune.com By Craig Murray — Dec 21, 2021 | This is verbatim from the official report of the The Assembly next took up the report on "Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance", containing two draft resolutions. | By a recorded vote of 130 in favour to 2 against (Ukraine, United States), with 49 abstentions, the Assembly then adopted draft resolution I, "Combating glorification of Nazism, neo‚ÄëNazism and other practices that contribute t…

_____ (2021-12-29). Political Coordination between Egypt and Russia Intensifies. journal-neo.org Against the background of consistent strengthening by Egypt of its role in the Arab world and and in the international arena, further coordination of policy between Egypt and Russia continues with the development of bilateral cooperation in various fields. Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, held a meeting with colleagues from Egypt …

_____ (2021-12-29). Putin's Best Policy is to Simply Wait. journal-neo.org Russia has recently set out its list of demands for a resetting of the position of the United States in Europe. The Americans have reacted cautiously, promising to give the Russians an answer "shortly". It would be unwise to hold one's breath awaiting a positive response from the Americans. Even in the highly unlikely event …

_____ (2021-12-29). American Gulag: Inside The U.S.' Massive Prison System. popularresistance.org Joining Lowkey to discuss how prisons became big business is Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges. Chris spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Balkans, and the Middle East for The New York Times and currently hosts the show On Contact on RT. His latest book, "Our Class: Trauma and Transformation in an American Prison," was published in October.

_____ (2021-12-29). Building Collective Power Within Our Organizations. popularresistance.org As we imagine an alternative society, we should think about how we will create something more collective, something where all people have a voice. Most of us come from a tradition where a select few make large impactful decisions for social justice organizations. Organizations have practices that at times feel inadequate and inaccessible for all. How do we move more towards a democratic collective process?

_____ (2021-12-29). Chuck Kaufman: A Pillar Of Solidarity. popularresistance.org Chuck Kaufman, presente! A great comrade and friend to the peoples and just causes of Latin America and the Caribbean has passed on the torch. Chuck Kaufman died on Tuesday, December 28th, and is being remembered for the tremendous impact he made during his decades of anti-imperialist work, organizing to change US-Latin American foreign policy.

_____ (2021-12-29). Forced Displacements In Colombia Increase By Over 169% During 2021. popularresistance.org The Consultancy for Human Rights and Displacement (CODHES), on December 22, warned of an alarming increase in massive and multiple forced displacement events in Colombia during 2021. The CODHES reported that between January and November, 2021, 82,846 people were forcibly displaced from their homes and territories, a figure that represents an increase of 169.3% as compared to the same period in 2020. The CODHES further reported that a total number of 167 displacement events were recorded in these eleven months, which represents an increase of 65.3% in relation to the same period in 2020.

_____ (2021-12-29). Occupy Biden — Day 3 — Demanding Executive Action. popularresistance.org "I don't think my friends are stupid people. I do think that they, like many other Americans, have lost touch with what makes our country tick. Too many of them think that our job as engaged citizens means that we must vote. They've forgotten that voting is the barest minimum. For our country to function well, our politicians must be led to do the right thing. If we don't do the leading, then our politicians will be led by the big monied donors who buy their allegiance."

_____ (2021-12-29). Stopping The War Machine For One Day. popularresistance.org The antiwar movement had been comatose for five years, ever since Obama ascended into the White House. All subsequent U.S. bombings and drone assassinations became presumptively progressive and thus not worth denouncing. But the potential of a new war in Syria was a defibrillator shock for moribund activists.

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). Remembering Village Voice Journalist Peter Noel's Coverage Of The Nation Of Islam In The 1990s. moguldom.com Neither the mainstream media nor the so-called alternative press gives much attention to the Nation of Islam unless there is a major news story or a scandal. However, back in the 1990s when the alternative newspaper, The Village Voice of New York City, was in its prime, writer Peter Noel covered the NOI with well-sourced …

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). Atlanta Approves $90M Investment For 'Cop City' Supported By Incoming Mayor Andre Dickens. moguldom.com Atlanta's controversial "Cop City" is a done deal. The city has finalized a $90 million investment in a massive and militarized law enforcement training center, despite a majority of residents being against it. The Atlanta City Council voted 10-4 on Sept. 8 to sign off on the police training facility, which will sit on nearly …

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). New York Covid Hospitalization Numbers Go Parabolic: 3 Things To Know. moguldom.com Hospitalizations in New York spiked 12 percent in a single day on Dec. 27 as new coronavirus infections besieged the state. Pushing up the state's case numbers is the increase in recent hospitalizations in New York City. Could this be a repeat of early to mid-2020, when the Big Apple became the epicenter of the …

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). College Debt Moratorium: Only 10 Percent Of Benefits Goes To Bottom 40 Percent Of Families. moguldom.com Calls for a national student loan debt forgiveness program have grown louder over the last year. Some advocates say such a program would help close the racial wealth gap, but new research shows otherwise. So who would benefit from a college debt moratorium? Americans owe more than $1.59 trillion in student loan debt with Black …

Brasil de Fato (2021-12-29). 21 dead due to severe flooding in Bahia state of Brazil. peoplesdispatch.org The tragic floods in cities across the state of Bahia cost yet another life on Tuesday December 28 bringing the total number of dead to 21. Severe flooding has been registered in several cities in the state in the last few days, with the number of municipalities in a The latest confirmed death is of a 19-year-old girl who tried to cross flood waters in Ilhéus on Monday December 27 and drowned. This is the second death that occ…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-29). Bitcoin Is No Democratic Breakthrough Of Finance: Less Than 1% Of Investor Wallets Control A Third Of BTC In Circulation. moguldom.com The top 10,000 investors control more than 33 percent of the Bitcoin supply, weakening the argument that cryptocurrency will democratize finance. It can be difficult to determine who owns the most Bitcoin because many of the largest addresses — the unique identifiers that serve as a virtual location where the cryptocurrency can be sent — …

Dr. James M. Dorsey (2021-12-29). Pakistan revamps education at the point of a gun. moderndiplomacy.eu Javed Ahmad Ghamidi is a rare clerical voice in Pakistan. A prominent religious scholar and former member of the state-appointed Council of Islamic Ideology that ensures that legislation conforms with Islamic law, Mr. Ghamidi calls a spade in a country in which that can have dire consequences. To be sure, Mr. Ghamidi can do …

Editor (2021-12-29). bell hooks changed how we think about Black femininity, class, and capitalism. mronline.org The world lost a trailblazing thinker and feminist this week. Professor and social activist Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name bell hooks, passed away at the age of 69.

Editor (2021-12-29). Cuba seeks more equality and inclusion with the new Code of Families. mronline.org Roxanne Castellano, professor at the Psychology Faculty of the University of Havana, explained that this is a Code based on paradigms of non-discrimination that creates spaces for all, seeks solutions to conflicts, and is consistent with the conception of our socialist state of law and social justice.

Editor (2021-12-29). The Nobel Prize winner that predicted a crisis between nature and capital. mronline.org Since 1901, December has been a time for Nobel Prizes. Only in 1969, as an afterthought, the Swedish Central Bank established the 'Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel'—a decision that was met with protests by some members of the Nobel family.

Editor (2021-12-29). Warnings from the Far North. mronline.org "Breaking the food chain that supports billions of creatures" is horrific to contemplate.

Editor (2021-12-29). Invisible Warriors: California's Incarcerated Female Firefighters. scheerpost.com In recent years, California's wildfire season has become one of the greatest challenges facing the state's population. Nearly one-third of the people risking their lives to fight these deadly fires are incarcerated, many of them women, including Amita Mota (center), shown here in July, 2013. | By Joshua Grant / Risking their lives for minimal pay, incarcerated female firefighters in California work to save residential neighborhoods and national parks. | Incarcerate…

IGD Worldwide (2021-12-29). Still Fierce Against the Odds: An End of the Year Anarchist Update from Greece. itsgoingdown.org The last time we wrote about the situation here in Athens, we were sweating beside our laundry drying that was covered with soot from raging wild fires. It is hard to know where to invest all our energy, as so much has happened, and times remain precarious here as they do everywhere. Since that last…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). A Soft Civic-Military Coup in Argentina? libya360.wordpress.com Germán Gorraiz López The Pacific Alliance was born in 2011 with Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia as founding States, the USA and China as observers and Australia and Canada as future associated States and currently represents 41% of Latin America's GDP and 57% of its foreign trade with a potential market of about 230 million…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Afghan Women Protest Continued Denial of Rights, Extrajudicial Killings. libya360.wordpress.com Peoples Dispatch Photo: Tolo News Contrary to its promises, the Taliban government has failed to reopen most of the girls' schools that were shut following its takeover and end restrictions on women working outside their homes. The government has also announced fresh curbs on the movement of women Security forces in Afghanistan fired in the…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Colombia: Duque's Neo-Nazi Security Law. libya360.wordpress.com Horacio Duque The Colombian Congress, the Presidency of the Republic and the Ministry of Defense have issued a Law of supposed citizen security. In reality, it is a statute to establish a series of provisions and institutions that reshape the political regime to fully establish a neo-Nazi dictatorship to crush social movements and political organizations…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Latin America: The Continent that Never Ceases to Amaze Us. libya360.wordpress.com Hussam AbdelKareem With such leaders that the continent of Marquez produces, the poor would not have to steal in order to feed the children. Latin America never ceases to amaze us. Its ability to "produce" "extraordinary" leaders continues across generations. Guevara and Castro are the most famous in the twentieth century, and before them, Simon…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Leonardo Boff: "Lula Knows that the Ecological Question is Strategic and Fundamental" libya360.wordpress.com Brasil de Fato In an interview, Leonardo Boff talks about Lula, Bolsonaro, Pope Francis and the direction of society. Photo: Brasil de Fato The Brazilian theologian discusses the direction of society, the need to save the people and the planet, and Pope Francis Debates about the climate will be on the agenda of governments all…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Lima Cartel is Over: Peru Receives President Maduro's Ambassador. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News The so-called Lima Group has been officially buried and Peru has normalized relations with Venezuela. Peru's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Oscar Maúrtua de Romaña, received the credentials of Alexander Yánez Deleuze, which accredit him as the new Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Peru. El Ministro de Relaciones…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Russia's Shadows in Sahel Region. libya360.wordpress.com M. K. BHADRAKUMAR Tailors busy stitching Russian flags to meet rising demand in Bamako, the capital of Mali, December 26, 2021 On Friday, Mali's transitional government has clarified that it is engaged with Russian military trainers even as French troops are drawing down. So, it is official that Russian security personnel are deployed to…

Lengga Pradipta (2021-12-29). Religious Narratives and Conservative Views on Sexual Violence Cases. moderndiplomacy.eu Millions of girls are not in school today, either due to poverty or natural disasters, discrimination and violence, or a lack of educational access. Girls were also absent from school for nearly two years as a result of the pandemic. In fact, these young ladies have hopes and dreams of being free and receiving a …

Moderator (2021-12-29). Best of 'Scheer Intelligence' 2021: Assange, Kucinich, Abdullah and More. scheerpost.com Throughout another turbulent year of pandemic, protests, and economic troubles, Robert Scheer and the award-winning "Scheer Intelligence" team made sure to bring you left-wing perspectives from a wide range of distinguished voices including Ralph Nader, Melina Abdullah, Chris Hedges, and many more, as the progressive fight becomes as urgent as ever. With a new year …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-29). Thai fishing net makers withdraw prison labor contracts over scrutiny of abuse. peoplesdispatch.org Less than a week after a KKF is the largest manufacturer of fishing nets in Thailand, which also exports more than 2,300 tons of fishing nets to the United States. According to

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-29). Hisham Abu Hawwash to continue hunger strike until definitive release. peoplesdispatch.org Abu Hawwash has been on a hunger strike for 135 days protesting his illegal administrative detention and has vowed to continue until he is granted complete freedom…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-29). Palestinian rights groups demand evidence to back up 'terrorist' designation by Israel. peoplesdispatch.org Six prominent Palestinian rights groups were banned and labeled as terrorist organizations by Israeli authorities in October 2021. Palestinian lawyers are demanding they provide evidence.

Naseem Javed (2021-12-29). Global Trends & New Revolutions of Small Medium Business Economies in 2022. moderndiplomacy.eu When Godzilla dances on ant colonies: With no further proof required, across the world, nation-by-nation, the biggest tax-contributors and new jobs creators are really the small medium business sectors. Yet at the same time, despite lesser contributions to national taxes and low on new job creations the big business sectors of the nations, conveniently allowed to dance …

Newsroom (2021-12-29). International Students: The importance of Reaching Unity in Diversity. moderndiplomacy.eu Studying abroad comes with many challenges, which can be difficult for international students to handle. With the rapid increase in foreign studies, establishing unity has become vital in the education system. Diversity cuts across differences in culture, race, ethnic group, etc. While Unity in diversity seemingly refers to promoting intercultural relations, it has since evolved …

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2021-12-29). Podcast Ep 48: Gaza, cyberwarfare and resistance. electronicintifada.net EI editors discuss some of the most impactful stories of the year.

Richard S. Dunn (2021-12-29). 131 Years Ago Today, the U.S. Army Massacred Native Sioux at Wounded Knee. covertactionmagazine.com Marked Culmination of a Long Process of Genocide That is Still Sugarcoated in Most History Textbooks "Our nation was born …

Syed Zain Abbas Rizvi (2021-12-29). A Case Study of Japanification: Reverse Wrestle with Inflation. moderndiplomacy.eu Japan has been an intriguing case study in the scope of macroeconomic policymaking. Since the burst of Japan's economic bubble in the early 1990s, inflation has been frustratingly low, and growth has been modest at best. In 2021, Japan's inflation rate stood at -0.174%. In the same period, the United States reported an increase in …

Vaasu Sharma (2021-12-29). Online Radicalization in India. moderndiplomacy.eu Radicalization, is a gradual process of developing extremist beliefs, emotions, and behaviours at individual, group or mass public levels. Besides varied groups, it enjoys patronization, covertly and even overtly from some states. To elicit change in behavior, beliefs, ideology, and willingness, from the target-group, even employment of violent means is justified. Despite recording a declination …

WSWS (2021-12-29). Apple employees mount one-day strike on Christmas Eve to demand COVID-19 protections and better working conditions. wsws.org Employees at the tech company Apple launched a one-day strike on December 24 to demand improvements in their wages, benefits and working conditions.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Australian SEP supporters: "The only force that can free Assange is the international working class" wsws.org The Socialist Equality Party is today publishing further comments from WSWS readers and supporters of the fight to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Outrage among US workers over CDC decision to reduce quarantine guidelines. wsws.org The CDC announcement has stunned and angered workers who are being confronted with the fact that the corporate and political establishment consider their lives and those of their friends and relatives expendable.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Don't Look Up: Science vs. a deadly catastrophe confronting humanity. wsws.org Adam McKay's new film Don't Look Up is a dark comedy about unheeded warnings in the face of an event that could destroy humanity.

WSWS (2021-12-29). 13-year-old Florida boy on dirt bike dies during attempted traffic stop by police. wsws.org A 13-year-old boy from Boynton Beach, Florida, died Sunday afternoon while riding his dirt bike after police chased the teen down during an attempted traffic stop.

WSWS (2021-12-29). San Diego sanitation workers continue strike for wages and safe working conditions. wsws.org San Diego waste management workers went on strike against Republic Services the day after the Teamsters union shut down another strike by Republic workers in Orange County.

WSWS (2021-12-29). UK HGV drivers' health and lives endangered by "epidemic" levels of fatigue. wsws.org The government has significantly weakened safety restrictions protecting HGV drivers and other road users in response to a labour shortage created by decades of declining pay and conditions.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Los Angeles police officer fires assault rifle in crowded store, killing 14-year-old girl. wsws.org The day before Christmas Eve, a Los Angeles police officer fired three rounds from an assault rifle inside a store at a 24-year-old suspect who was not armed with a gun, also killing a 14-year-old girl in a dressing room.

WSWS (2021-12-29). National Labor Relations Board agreement expands union access to Amazon workers. wsws.org The NLRB ruling is the latest effort by the Biden administration to install a union at Amazon, which can be relied on to contain worker unrest in this critical industry.

WSWS (2021-12-29). CDC backs corporate demands to force the sick back to work. wsws.org The Biden administration has made clear that preventing Americans from contracting, and dying from, COVID-19 is no longer a goal of public policy.

WSWS (2021-12-29). German district calls for elderly homes to block access to hospital for residents with COVID-19. wsws.org The district is pressuring elderly care and nursing homes to evaluate whether transferring their residents to hospital in the event of a COVID-19 infection is really worthwhile.

WSWS (2021-12-29). What is behind the American Postal Workers Union and the Postmaster General's 10-year plan? wsws.org The concessionary contract negotiated by the American Postal Workers Union and the United States Postal Service supports the recently enacted plan to dismantle and privatize mail delivery.

Nancy Robles (2021-12-29). SF Bay Area groups travel country to join immigrant rights protests in D.C. liberationnews.org Actions in D.C. amplified the demand of citizenship for all, no exceptions!

SAM (2021-12-29). A Perfect Storm Has Elon Musk Paying $11 Billion in Tax. inequality.org

Newsroom (2021-12-29). Annual Human Rights Review — Indian occupied Kashmir, 2021. moderndiplomacy.eu Review: 257 killings, 195 CASOs, 130 residential houses bombed, 80 military operations, 163 freedom fighters killed, 48 Indian occupying forces killed in retaliation, and 46 civilians murdered by the occupying forces. And Indian right-wing regime arrests members of the Kashmiri Civil Society, journalists, and activists. This annual report prepared by Legal Forum for Kashmir (LFK) on the situation of human rights in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK) covers …

Moderator (2021-12-29). Experts Warn Merck's FDA-Authorized Covid Pill Could 'Create Breeding Ground for Mutant Viruses'. scheerpost.com By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams Merck's anti-viral coronavirus pill has been heralded as a "gamechanger" in the fight against the deadly global pandemic, and the Food and Drug Administration decided last week to authorize the treatment on an emergency-use basis for certain segments of the U.S. population. But public health experts in recent days have increasingly sounded …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-29). Michael Jordan And Son Jeffrey Bounce Into Web3, Raise $10M For Solana App Linking Fans And Athletes. moguldom.com Basketball GOAT Michael Jordan and his son, Jeffrey Jordan, have raised $10 million and they plan a 2022 launch of HEIR, a Web3 fan engagement platform built on the Solana blockchain that hopes to capitalize on the market for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The Jordans introduced HEIR Inc. on Dec. 14 — a holding company that …

_____ (2021-12-29). In Conversation With Clayton Thomas-Màºller. popularresistance.org Indigenous climate activist, writer, and filmmaker Clayton Thomas-Màºller was raised in Winnipeg, a city named after the Cree word meaning "muddy waters." His memoir, Life in the City of Dirty Water, published in August 2021, recounts his early years of dislocation growing up in the core of the Manitoba capital—from the domestic and sexual abuse he endured to the drugs he sold to survive (his first job was managing a drug house for the largest Indigenous gang in the country).

WSWS (2021-12-29). Australian health workers report dire conditions as COVID-19 cases soar. wsws.org "What I witnessed yesterday has left a terrifying impression on me. The hospitals are not equipped for this."

Staff (2021-12-29). Chile: Boric Rejects Piñera Invitation to PROSUR Summit in Colombia. orinocotribune.com Chilean President-elect Gabriel Boric has emphatically rejected outgoing President Sebastián Piñera's invitation to accompany him to the PROSUR summit to be held in Colombia. | "I have spoken with President Piñera and informed him that I have decided not to attend the summit in Colombia," Boric announced. "Our priorities are in the formation of transition teams here in Chile." | | On Monday, December 27, Boric and Piñera met at the Moneda Palace, the presidential residence. There, Piñera extended an invitation to P…

Asma Khalid (2021-12-29). Evolving Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations: A Game Changer in South Asia. moderndiplomacy.eu History of the bilateral relations The genesis of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka relations can be found in the cultural connections of Islam and Buddhism. Islam came to the subcontinent in the early 8th century, following the conquest of Sindh by Muhammad bin Qasim, the commander of the Muslim empire, who led an armed campaign to rescue …

Xiaolu Sun (2021-12-29). USA Ski Jumping athletes prepare for Beijing Olympics. america.cgtn.com The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are less than two months away. CGTN's Caroline Malone visits Lake Placid in New York to find out the latest preparation work of USA Ski Jumping athletes.

William Briggs (2021-12-29). Great power rivalry and capitalist crisis. greenleft.org.au Thirty years since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War the promised peace and harmony has been illusive, writes William Briggs.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Migrant workers face discriminatory policies in New Zealand. wsws.org The Labour Party-led government has deported more than 850 people over the last two years, including to countries like India where the COVID-19 pandemic has killed millions.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-29). Pfizer Covid Pill Authorized By The FDA To Take At Home May Be Risky With Other Drugs. moguldom.com A covid-19 pill, Paxlovid, that was authorized for use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help high-risk people avoid being hospitalized, could have serious side effects for its target demographic if taken with other drugs. The pill, used with an HIV drug, cut the risk of hospitalization or death by …

Eva Barlett (2021-12-29). Your $1.7 Billion of Gold is Now Ours, UK Tells Starving Venezuelans. orinocotribune.com By Eva Bartlett — Dec 26, 2021 | In its prolonged freezing of Venezuelan assets, the UK continues to withhold 31 tons of Venezuelan gold stored at the Bank of England, with a new Supreme Court ruling supporting the seizure. | The recent decision, CNN

Peter Koenig (2021-12-29). Video: Digital Tyranny and the Rockefeller-Gates WHO "Vaxx-Certificate Passport": Towards a World War III Scenario. globalresearch.ca It's an electronic ID-program using the Covid-19 "vaccine as a platform for digital identity, linking everything to everything of each individual (records of health, banking, personal and private, etc.), managed by a state agency or in extremis, by the private sector.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-29). The COVID-19 "Vaccine" and the Nuremberg Code. Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide. globalresearch.ca The health authorities, Big Pharma, the WHO, the Rockefellers and the Gates foundation are fully aware that the vaccine has resulted in countless deaths and injuries, including blood clots, infertility, brain damage, myocarditis, etc.

Kerry Smith (2021-12-29). Wangan and Jagalingou people: 'Adani has never had our consent'. greenleft.org.au Adrian Burragubba, Senior Elder and spokesperson for the Nagana Yarrbayn, Wangan and Jagalingou Cultural Custodians, said the resistance to Adani continues. Kerry Smith reports.

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Heavy Rains Cause Destruction In Northeast Brazil. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the Governor of Bahia Rui Costa announced that the death toll due to the rains and floods in his state rose to 21. | RELATED: | The most recent victim is a 19-year-old man who drowned while trying to cross a strong stream in a flooded area of Ilheus City, according to a report from the Civil Defense. So far, some 470,000 people have been affected by the floods. Over 77,000 of them had…

_____ (2021-12-29). Ending The Pandemic Is Not An "Individual Responsibility" popularresistance.org After all this time, the complete lack of a public health-based approach to this pandemic is criminal. The Biden administration has instead chosen to lay all responsibility on the individual decision to vaccinate or not, implicitly blaming the unvaccinated for the ongoing ills resulting from the pandemic. After facing heavy criticism for his administration's incompetent management of the Omicron surge, Biden recently addressed the status of the pandemic, doubling down hard on this narrative. He said, "If you're vaccinated, you've done the right thing, celebrate holidays as you've planned them."

Paulo Cabral (2021-12-29). New Brazilian form of opportunity for businesses started in the slums. america.cgtn.com In Brazil, there's a new stock market for businesses, started in slums. It's working to encourage entrepreneurship and bring social change to those communities. Find out more.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Volkswagen workers kept in the dark following new union-management consultations on restructuring. wsws.org As COVID-19 spreads unchecked in schools and factories, Volkswagen workers are facing unprecedented attacks on their jobs and working conditions.

Staff (2021-12-29). Poet Martín Espada on "Floaters," the Dehumanization of Refugees, Puerto Rico & His Father. democracynow.org Acclaimed poet Martín Espada recently won the National Book Award for Poetry for his anthology "Floaters." He became just the third Latinx poet to win the award. "Floaters" is titled after the photo of the Salvadoran father and daughter who drowned in the Rio Grande in June 2019 trying to cross into the United States, one that sparked outrage at the humanitarian crisis at the U.S. southern border. Espada discusses U.S. immigration policy and reads the poem "Letter to My Father: October 2017," which looks back at his father's native Puerto Rico.

Fra Hughes (2021-12-29). Jeremy Corbyn and the North Shropshire Conservative Defeat. orinocotribune.com By Fra Hughes — Dec 24, 2021 | In undermining Corbyn in a Machiavellian-type coup, the new Labour leader Keir Starmer was supported by the establishment, supported by the mainstream media, supported by Tony Blair, and supported by Zionist "Israel". |

| Jeremy Corbyn the one-time leader of the British Labour Party whose leadership was undermined from within the party by Blairite centrists and without the party through a broad-based attack claiming he was an anti-Semitic, a communist and a pro-IRA supporter. The great hero of the left, the hope for a future generation of socialists and left of center…

Nehal Dadhich (2021-12-29). Gabriel Boric: The Face of New Generation Leadership. moderndiplomacy.eu Gabriel Boric's historic win symbolises the culmination of not only broader Chilean aspirations but also of its youth's long withstanding struggle that began in the 1980s, under the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet. The Chilean student protests that advocated for university democracy during that period were a prelude to far more profound political changes that …

Editor (2021-12-29). The LAPD Murder of a 14-Year-Old Girl. scheerpost.com Photograph Source: Chris Yarzab — By Dave Lindorff / The shooting death by Los Angeles Police of 14-year-old Valentina Orellana-Peralta, who died in a changing room of a Burlington Outlet store while with her mother trying on a dress for her coming 15th birthday celebration, is an atrocity beyond comprehension. | I don't care what kinds of excuses are made by the cop or cops who fired shots, one of which tore away this young gir…

Global Research News (2021-12-29). Selected Articles: Video: Ex-Pfizer Chief Scientist Dr. Michael Yeadon: Mass Murder with Vaccine Passports/Top Up Vaccines. globalresearch.ca By This system is being put in place using lies, and it's being put in place usi…

WSWS (2021-12-29). Sri Lankan health workers endorse the Global Workers Inquest into the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org "As frontline health workers we have been battling the pandemic in hospitals and experiencing how the government has been handling the pandemic in a criminal manner."

Michael Arria (2021-12-29). How Can Workers in "The Great Resignation" Harness Leverage Long-Term? zcomm.org If we don't organize and either get living-wage laws passed, or minimum wage drastically increased, [all] of these gains, especially adjusted for inflation, are just going to be lost."

WSWS (2021-12-29). Russian Supreme Court orders liquidation of Memorial, the leading research center on Great Terror. wsws.org The human rights organization and research center Memorial is being targeted by the Putin government because its work cuts across the Kremlin's efforts to rehabilitate and justify the crimes of Stalin.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-29). 10 brainy and mental health stories from 2021. imperial.ac.uk From new understandings of mental health issues to pioneering treatments for neurological conditions, we look at Imperial's brainy findings from 2021.

Staff (2021-12-29). Arundhati Roy on the Media, Vaccine Inequity, Authoritarianism in India & Challenging U.S. Wars. democracynow.org We go to New Delhi, India, to speak with acclaimed Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy about the pandemic, U.S. militarism and the state of journalism. Roy first appeared on Democracy Now! after receiving widespread backlash for speaking out against the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. At the time, her emphatic antiwar stance clashed with the rising tides of patriotism and calls for war after 9/11. "Now the same media is saying what we were saying 20 years ago," says Roy. "But the trouble is, it's too late."

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Covid Vaccines: A Reality Check. libya360.wordpress.com Swiss Policy ResearchItaly Holds 'March of the Vaccine Dead' in Parma, Italy (November 2021) to Remember Those Killed by the COVID-19 Vaccine Covid vaccine effectiveness During 2021, covid vaccines may have saved several hundred thousand lives by mitigating the impact of the covid waves in spring (Alpha), summer (Delta) and early winter (also Delta). This…

Paul Haeder (2021-12-29). End of the Year Story of Hope. dissidentvoice.org Premise The following is a light piece on a man. The dream of becoming a tap dancer. A white kid from West Virginia (via San Fran and Guam) who got the Big Apple bug, that is, the Great White Way bug to be a hoofer on Broadway. The man comes to me via my volunteer …

WSWS (2021-12-29). Child COVID-19 hospitalizations quadruple in New York City as Omicron spreads. wsws.org In an ominous development, the number of children in New York City who had to be hospitalized for COVID-related conditions increased over four-fold from December 11 to December 23.

Laura Carlsen (2021-12-29). Honduras: The End of the Nightmare? zcomm.org The election of the leftist Xiomara Castro as Honduras's first female president means a significant rupture with the country's recent right-wing — even fascist — past,…

Nathan King (2021-12-29). China-U.S. relations in 2021. america.cgtn.com See how China-U.S. relations are in the Biden era in 2021. Where Is the relationship heading in 2022?>

Badri Raina (2021-12-29). If Modi Was the Star of Biden's Democracy Summit, Why Are His Followers Wrecking His Image? zcomm.org Narendra Modi has allocated to himself the world-historical burden of exporting India's great democratic civilisational values to the floundering globe at large. But rogue functionaries of high status seem hell bent on getting in the way…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-29). 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.

Staff (2021-12-29). Venezuela's Science and Technology Minister Jiménez: 'Vaccine Geopolitics Has Endangered Life'. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Minister for Science and Technology, Gabriela Jiménez, stated that "if equity in the vaccination process was real, we would have a greater distribution of vaccines amongst the poorest and hence the most vulnerable nations. Vaccine geopolitics has endangered life, and this must not happen. In January we will start vaccinating with boosters to protect our people [from COVID-19]." | The minister made this comment at a COVID-19 vaccination report session led by President Nicolás Maduro. "The virus will continue its evolutionary and mutational course," Jiménez stated during the meeting. "However, there will…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-29). The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of "Positive Cases" are Meaningless. The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca One year later the WHO retracts. They don't say "We Made a Mistake". It's carefully formulated. While they do not officially deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they recommend RT-PCR "Re-testing" (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

Michelle Begue (2021-12-29). Colombia travel firms pivot to virtual tours amid COVID-19. america.cgtn.com See how tour agencies in Colombia are looking for a new and safe way to revitalize the tourism industry, as they look to stay afloat.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Omicron variant fuels unprecedented surge in Canada's COVID-19 cases. wsws.org In line with the demands of big business, health authorities in Canada are moving to join the US CDC in cutting isolation periods for infected people in half—thereby all but ensuring the country's hospitals will be all overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 patients.

Thom Hartmann (2021-12-29). They Don't Want Us Looking Up… zcomm.org But there's never been a more important time to look up, wake up, and get active…

Michael Albert (2021-12-29). Your Freedom Is A Condition for My Freedom and Vice Versa. zcomm.org Michael Albert and Yanis Varoufakis take part in an ongoing debate…

Peter Maass (2021-12-29). The U.S. Military Is a Machine of Impunity. zcomm.org Wartime savagery requires that its perpetrators are told that their actions are acceptable — maybe heroic — and must not cease…

Staff (2021-12-29). Venezuela Booster Shot Campaign Begins Next Week. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Minister for Health Carlos Alvarado provided details about the National Plan for COVID-19 booster vaccination schedule starting next week, on Monday January 3. He reported that "more than 18 million vaccines are guaranteed." Likewise, he specified that as of the second quarter of the year Venezuela will be producing the Abdala vaccine domestically, via an agreement with Cuba, which "guarantees the booster vaccine in Venezuela for the year 2022." | The statements were issued during a briefing on the vaccination plan and the fight against COVID-19, led by President Nicolás Maduro and broadcast by public…

Andreas Noack (2021-12-29). Video: Graphene Hydroxide in the mRNA Vaccine Vial: Assassination of Dr. Andreas Noack. globalresearch.ca ** | First published on …

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Lifting US Sanctions Priority of Vienna Nuke Talks. telesurenglish.net Lifting sanctions should be a priority on the agenda of the ongoing talks over Iran's nuclear program since the Western parties have concluded that psychological operations against Iran are no longer viable, said Mohammad Qaderi, an Iranian international affairs expert. | RELATED: | Negotiators from Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), reconvened on Monday in A…

Fight Back (2021-12-29). In remembrance of Chuck Kaufman, anti-imperialist, international solidarity organizer. fightbacknews.org Tucson, AZ – It is with heavy heart that the news of the passing of longtime anti-imperialist organizer Chuck Kaufman reached communities on December 28. Born in a small Indiana town, Chuck's life saw travels to numerous countries, most notably in the Latin American countries most firmly in the crosshairs of U.S. imperialism. | In 1987, as Reagan's illegal Contra War against Nicaragua ravaged the country in an attempt to kill the successful Sandinista Revolution, Chuck answered the call for solidarity. He gave up his advertising business and joined thousands of other U.S. solidarity activists to help in the coffe…

Jake Johnson (2021-12-29). It Is 'Strange,' Says Greta Thunberg, That Biden Is Seen as a Climate Leader. zcomm.org "I've met so many people who give me very much hope and just the possibility that we can actually change things."

Michelle Begue (2021-12-29). Women now head 40% of Brazil's households. america.cgtn.com In Colombia, about 40 percent of households are headed entirely by women. And that ratio has been rising in the past decade. Many single mothers work in jobs that don't offer pensions or other benefits. See how they manage to survive.

Medea Benjamin (2021-12-29). Yes, There Were 10 Good Things About 2021. zcomm.org It was, indeed, a disastrous year, but we do have some reasons to cheer…

Ediz Tiyansan (2021-12-29). Hundreds of U.S. flights cancelled, stranding thousands over Christmas. america.cgtn.com Tens of thousands of passengers have been stranded at airports across the U.S. and abroad after hundreds of flights were cancelled over the Christmas holiday amid Omicron surge.

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Bolivia To Use Digital COVID Vaccination Card Starting in 2022. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Bolivia's Health Minister Jeyson Auza presented the new digital COVID-19 vaccination card that will be requested to carry out procedures or access public sites starting next January 1. | RELATED: | Auza indicated that the new certificate is connected to the database of the National Epidemiological Surveillance Registry. Therefore, citizens can generate the card by accessing the Health Ministry web page…

teleSUR Desk (2021-12-29). Chaos, poverty and hunger — The U.S. legacy in Afghanistan. mronline.org The U.S.-led mission fled the Afghanistan front of their so-called "war on terror," leaving nothing but trash, extreme poverty and universal unemployment.

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Local Tourism Booms in Zimbabwe Despite COVID-19 Restrictions. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Zimbabwe's Environment, Climate, and Tourism Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said that domestic tourism is booming in this African country despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Many hotels and lodges in the two major cities of Harare and Bulawayo, including some inland resort places, were fully booked with local tourists during this festive season. This will help operators to sustain their…

_____ (2021-12-29). Diplomatic Boycott of the Beijing Olympics is Washington's Self-inflicted Wound. journal-neo.org The confrontation with China taken by Washington in recent years is being pursued not only on the economic front, with numerous sanctions against Chinese companies, but in politics as well, with the US creating various anti-Chinese blocs, such as AUKUS, provoking Taiwanese separatism, launching an information campaign criticizing alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang …

Great Game India (2021-12-29). Vaccine Passports Were Planned Even Before the Pandemic Began. 20 Months Before the Covid Outbreak. globalresearch.ca

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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). After Years Of Setbacks, US Labor Demonstrates Its Power. popularresistance.org 2021 was a historic year for labor in the US. An eruption of strikes, major contract wins, and workers quitting low-wage jobs in unprecedented numbers all signaled that workers en masse are ready to reclaim their power. Workers organized union drives across nearly every industry, pushed for union reforms, and elected new union leadership, speaking volumes to their desire for a more democratic workplace. | 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 "

_____ (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 "Today all parties have agreed to come back to activate the eighth round of negotiations even in (the) Christmas and New Year's holiday. This in itself fully shows a greater sense of urgency on the part of all parties concerned," Wang Qun, China's ambassador to the United Nations institutions headquartered in Vienna, Austria, which includes the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) nuclear watchdog, told reporters on Monday. | China is just one of several parties to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal, who also include Russia, France, Germany, the UK, the European Union, the US, and…

_____ (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. "People start pollution, people can stop it," said the famous crying Indian ad from the early 1970s, the brainchild of a can and bottle manufacturers trade group. | The strategy has worked like a dream because Americans prize personal responsibility. Ronald Reagan was speaking for many of us when he said: "It is time to r…

_____ (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). Labor, Environmentalists, And Indigenous Unite To Defeat Mining. 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. | From the night of the approval until the afternoon of December 21, the movement against the law spread rapidly throughout the province…

_____ (2021-12-28). Longshore Workers Get Blamed For Delays, As Contract Fight Looms. popularresistance.org If you ordered a teddy bear or a designer picture frame as a holiday gift, you know that it likely took a lot longer to get here than in past years. | There have been problems getting things from point A to point B since the pandemic started. At one point in October, 77 percent of the world's ports were experiencing long delays. | More than most Americans, Longshore Union (ILWU) members grasp what supply chain problems are and how they come about. Many come from multigenerational families of port workers who understand both their militant union's storied history and its role in the global economy today. | ILWU me…

_____ (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). 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 Massachusetts Flag Glorifies 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 histo…

_____ (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…

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…

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 …

John Wojcik (2021-12-28). Dinero del carbón del senador millonario Joe Manchin. peoplesworld.org

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…

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, …

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…

Sarah Rawlins (2021-12-28). CEPR Spotlight: Race and Economic Justice. cepr.net CEPR recently welcomed Dr. Algernon Austin to our staff as Director for Race and Economic Justice. Algernon is an accomplished scholar with an outstanding record of research and publications on racial inequality and the US economy. As CEPR Co-director Eileen Appelbaum remarked, "I am very pleased that CEPR will now be able to expand our …

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."

_____ (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). 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.

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 …

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…

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…

teleSUR (2021-12-28). WHO Warns About the Fast Spreading of Omicron Strain. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the World Health Organization expressed its concern about the Omicron variant leading to a congestion in the healthcare system, as the countries reinforce their anti-COVID measures and France reaches a new record of daily cases. | The WHO express its concern about the fast spreading of the Omicron variant. Dec. 28, 2021.

_____ (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 …

teleSUR (2021-12-28). IACHR Admits Fernando Lugo's Case Due to Removal From Office. telesurenglish.net The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) declared admissible the case of the former president of Paraguay Fernando Lugo against the State, in the framework of an impeachment trial described as arbitrary and which lasted less than 24 hours in June 2012, after the Curuguaty massacre. | RELATED: | Now, the Commission will begin the analysis of the merits of the proposal made by the former president, who is currently a sen…

_____ (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 …

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.

_____ (2021-12-28). Missiles on the Doorstep and Impending Nuclear Winter. strategic-culture.org Nobody in their right mind would advocate what is called 'first use' of nuclear weapons. | 'Nuclear winter' is

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 …

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, …

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.

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.

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 …

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…

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). 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.

Andrew Emett (2021-12-28). LAPD releases videos of officer-involved shooting inside Burlington. nationofchange.org "We at the LAPD would like to express our most heartfelt condolences and profound regret for the loss of this innocent victim, Valentina Orellana-Peralta."

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…

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.

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 …

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.

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…

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.

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 …

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

teleSUR (2021-12-28). Unemployment Rate in Gaza Exceeds 50 Pct: Palestinian Official. telesurenglish.net Maher al-Taba'a, director of the Chamber of Commerce in Gaza, said in a statement that an earlier World Bank report showed that the Gaza Strip, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, has the world's highest unemployment rate. | RELATED: | The unemployment rate has soared to even 78 percent among graduates aged between 20 to 29 who have a certificate with an intermediate diploma or a bachelor's degree, al-Taba…

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.

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.

_____ (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 …

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.

teleSUR (2021-12-28). France: Ambassador Warns Switzerland About EU Negotiations. telesurenglish.net Frédéric Journès, the ambassador of France in Switzerland, stated in an interview with the Le Temps newspaper on Tuesday that the previous agreement rejected by the country last May would be back on the table for the next six months. | RELATED: | The negotiation was expected to be restored at the World Economic Forum (WEF), postponed for the following summer in 2022, given the fast spread of the Omicron variant…

_____ (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…

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 …

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, …

_____ (2021-12-28). PEN America And The Betrayal Of Julian Assange. popularresistance.org Nils Melzer, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, is one of the very few establishment figures to denounce the judicial lynching of Julian Assange. Melzer's integrity and courage, for which he has been mercilessly attacked, stand in stark contrast to the widespread complicity of many human rights and press organizations, including PEN America, which has become a de facto subsidiary of the Democratic National Committee. | Those in power, as Noam Chomsky points out, divide the world into "worthy" and "unworthy" victims. They weep crocodile tears over the plight of Uyghur Muslims persecuted in China while demoniz…

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…

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…

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.

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-12-28). China pledges to go greener by planting forests the size of Belgium over the next five years. nationofchange.org "By 2035, the quality and stability of national forest, grassland, wetland and desert ecosystems will have been comprehensively upgraded."

teleSUR (2021-12-28). Beijing: Asks US To Take Protective Measures for Space Station. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the Chinese government called on Washington to take action to protect its space station and taikonauts from the various satellites put into orbit by US defense contractor SpaceX, given the two separate near-collisions earlier this year. | Spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lijian Zhao, ask for Washington to take preventing measures in order to protect its space station. Dec. 28, 2021.

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

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.

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…

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…

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.

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…

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,…

_____ (2021-12-28). 'Don't Look Up' Is No Laughing Matter. strategic-culture.org By Joe LAURIA | The biggest mistake that the new film Don't Look Up makes is to bill itself as a comedy. It isn't really funny at all. Instead it is deadly serious and chilling as it accurately depicts how American society would react to a real, existential crisis. | First, such a crisis would be ignored in favor of celebrity news, then it would be scorned, science would be belittled, millions of people on social media would not believe it even when the establishment accepted it was true and then the corporate-controlled government would find a way to prevent mankind from being saved in favor of making a profit.

teleSUR (2021-12-28). Iranian FM Says Vienna Talks on "Good Path" telesurenglish.net The Iranian foreign minister said on Tuesday that the talks in Vienna, Austria on the restoration of a 2015 nuclear deal are on a "good path." | The file photo taken on Oct. 27, 2021 shows Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian (2nd L) speaking at the Second Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan's Neighboring Countries in Tehran, Iran.

teleSUR (2021-12-28). US-Backed Opposition Continues to Loot Venezuelan Assets. telesurenglish.net On Monday, Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Felix Plasencia accused the US-backed opposition of continuing with the looting of resources belonging to the Bolivarian people. | RELATED: | "Unscrupulous politicians, who are divorced from national interests, intend to continue with the shameless plundering of the resources of all Venezuelans. Justice will be imposed sooner rather than later and they will have to render accounts before our people," h…

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). 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.

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). 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.

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 …

teleSUR (2021-12-28). This Is How Venezuela Celebrates the 'Holy Innocents Day'. telesurenglish.net On Dec. 28, Latin American peoples commemorate the "Holy Innocents Day," which recalls that baby Jesus escaped the massacre of children ordered by Herod I, the King of Judea. | RELATED: | Venezuelans celebrate these holidays by making jokes amid artistic expressions that melt symbols from various cultures. | In Sanare town, in the state of Lara, people say prayers and dance "Las Zaragozas," while musical groups play songs in Tamunangue rythm. In t…

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 …

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.

teleSUR (2021-12-28). Petroperu Returns to Oil Production After 25 Years. telesurenglish.net On Monday, Peru's President Pedro Castillo announced that Petroperu assumed the exploitation of the Block I field. This allowed this public company to return to producing oil after 25 years, in which it remained limited to fuel refining, distribution, and marketing. | RELATED: | Petroperu took over the operations of Block I for the next 22 months as the Peruvian State concluded a 30-year exploitation contract with…

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….

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…

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). 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.

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…

_____ (2021-12-28). If You Haven't Researched Arguments Disputing a Western Narrative, You Don't Understand the Issue. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | It's a question that can be applied to any disputed western narrative about any government the US-centralized empire doesn't like. Russia is engaging in aggressive provocations. Assad is using chemical weapons. There's a genocide in Xinjiang. Iran is developing nuclear weapons. Maduro is deliberately starving his people. Whatever's the Official Imperial Line of the Day about the Official Bad Guy of the Day. | What I've found interesting about this exercise is that while I would've correctly predicted that those questioned had done zero research into the opposing viewpoints of the issue they…

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 …

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 …

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…

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.

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