2022-01-01: News Headlines

Matthew Ehret (2022-01-01). How Will Unipolarists Respond to Putin's Red Line? An Expert Round Table Discussion. covertactionmagazine.com With tensions rising to fever pitches in Ukraine, and in the wake of Putin's announced red lines regarding a mad …

Udani Samarasekera (2022-01-01). [World Report] Médecins Sans Frontières: 50 years of bearing witness. thelancet.com MSF was founded half a century ago. It has transformed humanitarianism and global health. But it is facing new challenges. Udani Samarasekera reports.

Roger Harris (2022-01-01). 2021 Latin America and the Caribbean in Review: The Pink Tide Rises Again. zcomm.org Overall, the pink tide is again rising with some 14 countries on the left side of the ledger and the revolt against neoliberalism intensifying from Haiti to Paraguay…

Editor2 (2022-01-01). Balhaf: The Oil Port Where UAE Loots Yemen and Imprisons and Tortures Yemenis. orinocotribune.com By Ahmed Abdulkareem — Dec 21, 2021 | The UAE has not only prevented Yemenis from exporting their own natural gas from Balhaf and forcefully laid off hundreds of employees, it has converted the sprawling industrial complex into a private military camp and secret prison. | BALHAF, SHABWA, YEMEN — Al-Shabwani, a resident from Ateq city in Shabwa province who requested that only his nickname be used, told MintPress News that he was detained for months and tortured in a secret prison inside Balhaf. Since 2016, when the UAE first entered Yemen's most productive oil and gas areas in Shabwa, Abu Dhabi has car…

Editor2 (2022-01-01). Balhaf: The Oil Port Where UAE Loots Yemen and Imprisons and Tortures Yemenis. orinocotribune.com By Ahmed Abdulkareem — Dec 21, 2021 | The UAE has not only prevented Yemenis from exporting their own natural gas from Balhaf and forcefully laid off hundreds of employees, it has converted the sprawling industrial complex into a private military camp and secret prison. | BALHAF, SHABWA, YEMEN — Al-Shabwani, a resident from Ateq city in Shabwa province who requested that only his nickname be used, told MintPress News that he was detained for months and tortured in a secret prison inside Balhaf. Since 2016, when the UAE first entered Yemen's most productive oil and gas areas in Shabwa, Abu Dhabi has car…

Richard Horton (2022-01-01). [Comment] Offline: The origin story—towards a final resolution? thelancet.com WHO has been a particular casualty in the dispute about the origins of SARS-CoV-2. Former US President Donald Trump's verbal attacks and his decision to defund the agency drew blood in Geneva—and the wounds are still visible. The allegation that WHO shared responsibility for the pandemic by adopting a policy of appeasement towards China has proven impossible to refute. As a member-state organisation, WHO's staff are constitutionally bound to heed the instructions of the governments they serve. Only former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland had the courage to defy countries when she was WHO Direc…

Jean Wyllys (2022-01-01). Brazil, Amazon, World: Sociopathy vs Democracy. zcomm.org The person of Jair Messias Bolsonaro, who neatly fits the definition of a sociopath, tells us a lot about the sociopathic political system that has thrown him up, and which he embodies…

scorinoco (2022-01-01). Elias Amare: 'TPLF's Regime Was Throughout Supported by US, EU Financially, Militarily, and Politically'. orinocotribune.com 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. | Throughout its regime, and even now during the current civil war in Ethiopia, the TPLF has enjoyed support from the United States and the European Union. Why have the western powers su…

_____ (2022-01-01). 2021 Latin America And The Caribbean In Review: The Pink Tide Rises Again. popularresistance.org US policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean continued in a seamless transition from Trump to Biden, but the terrain over which it operated shifted left. The balance between the US drive to dominate its "backyard" and its counterpart, the Bolivarian cause of regional independence and integration, continued to tip portside in 2021 with major popular electoral victories in Chile, Honduras, and Peru. These follow the previous year's reversal of the coup in Bolivia. | Central has been the struggle of the ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our America) countries — particularly Venezuela, Cuba, and…

Editor (2022-01-01). Best of Chris Hedges' 2021 Columns. scheerpost.com Ring in the new year with ScheerPost columnist Chris Hedges' best work from the last twelve months. Whether it's condemning America's Forever Wars or advocating for persecuted heroes like WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and environmental lawyer Steve Donziger, Hedges' columns are key to understanding the U.S. and the world as we know it. Read more …

_____ (2022-01-01). After Largest Anti-Racist Uprising, Historic Trials Provide Important Lessons. popularresistance.org In the summer of 2020, the people of the United States witnessed the largest anti-racist struggle in the country's history after a video of the brutal murder of George Floyd by officer Derek Chauvin went viral. While Floyd's murder was the catalyst, the first year of the pandemic was marked by increased police and vigilante violence. Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot in a botched "citizen's arrest" by vigilantes and Breonna Taylor, who was shot dead while asleep by police, were among the most egregious cases. | In the year 2021, it was the turn of the US government, particularly its judicial system, to respond to the p…

_____ (2022-01-01). Raises From Coast To Coast In 2022. popularresistance.org In 2022, a record number of states and localities will increase their minimum wages—10 years after fast-food workers first went on strike to demand $15 and a union. These record increases are the result of underpaid workers organizing, demanding, and winning higher wages. This movement has not only led to the adoption of higher state and local minimum wages but has helped seed new worker activism and mobilization across our economy. | On January 1, 2022 (December 31, 2021 for workers in New York), the minimum wage will increase in 21 states and 35 cities and counties. In 33 of those jurisdictions, the wage…

_____ (2022-01-01). US Doesn't Know How And Where To Store Its Growing Nuclear Waste. popularresistance.org A year-and-a-half after a scathing Government Accountability Office (GAO) report revealed that the US Department of Energy (DoE) has no coherent plan in place to manage nuclear waste from weapons manufacturing piling up at more than 150 sites across the country, the DoE has made little progress in developing a safe and strategic plan to handle the waste. Meanwhile, the estimated cost of handling the material is rising steadily — $512 billion at last count — and the federal government hasn't yet figured out how to pay for it. | And, of course, much of the waste will have to somehow remain safely stored…

_____ (2022-01-01). Germany One Step Closer To Nuclear-Free Future. popularresistance.org Green groups on Friday celebrated as Germany prepared to shut down three of its six remaining nuclear power plants, part of that country's ambitious goal of transitioning to mostly renewable energy by the end of the decade. | The nuclear phaseout—which was proposed by the center-left government of former Chancellor Gerhard Schrà∂der at the turn of the century and accelerated under former Chancellor Angela Merkel following the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan—is a key component of a plan by Germany's new Social Democrat, Green, and Free Democrat governing coalition to produce 80% of the country's…

Peoples Dispatch (2022-01-01). Inflation in the US: Causes and consequences. peoplesdispatch.org High inflation rates have caused great difficulty for the working people of the US for months now. In November, as inflation soared yet again, Eugene Puryear analyzed the reasons for the crisis in the country…

Staff (2022-01-01). Venezuelan Government Delivers House Number 3.9 Million Despite the Blockade. orinocotribune.com On Thursday, December 30, the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, delivered in the Nueva Barinas II Housing Complex, in the Barinas municipality, Rómulo Betancourt parish, Barinas state, the milestone of 3.9 million homes delivered by the Great Venezuela Housing Mission (GMVV). | "Today we deliver the 3,900,000 house here, a gift to Chávez," said the president. | In Aragua state, President Maduro pointed out that in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic which continues to affect the world, and despite the imposition of unilateral coercive measures by the United States government and authorities, the Venezuelan g…

Victor Grossman (2022-01-01). Shuffled cards: Berlin Bulletin No. 197, December 30, 2021. mronline.org After the German elections on September 26th it took, as usual, weeks and weeks for the three coalition parties to agree on one program, full of compromises, pledges and promises (some of which may even been be kept) and to resolve quarrels over who gets which cabinet seat.

Maxximilian Seijo (2022-01-01). Vulnerability Theory with Martha Fineman. mronline.org Money on the Left discusses "vulnerability theory" with Martha Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law at Emory University. Going beyond the politics of non-discrimination and formal equality that animate liberal politics and policies, Fineman underscores the human being's embodied vulnerability throughout the life cycle in order to politicize, rather than pathologize prevailing structures of social dependence.

IGD Worldwide (2022-01-01). Two Attacks Against the Police in Two Days: Direct Action as a Voice Against Prison Abuse. itsgoingdown.org By: La Zarzamora The following is an English translation of an article from the independent feminist media outlet La Zarzamora, contextualizing two recent explosive attacks carried out against the prison system in Santiago and providing a wider view of the crisis inside the prisons in so-called Chile. The gendarmerie are one of two police forces…

In Contempt (2022-01-01). In Contempt #12: New Year, Same Struggle for Abolition. itsgoingdown.org photo: Forest City Anarchists Happy new year! Welcome to 2022 and the first installment of In Contempt! In today's column, we have a lot of news to cover. From updates on political prisoners, to ways to support abolitionist projects, publications, and groups. There's so much going on, so let's dive right in. Political Prisoner News…

South China Morning Post (2022-01-01). The Insufferable Hypocrisy of Western Governments Hell-bent on Destroying Julian Assange. dissidentvoice.org Much of the independent media have provided coverage of the horrendous plight suffered by WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange. Some corporate media have even pointed out how five purported democracies conspired to entrap Julian Assange and, with the acquiescence of most of the western monopoly media, are complicit in the slow-motion assassination of the brave journalist.

_____ (2022-01-01). Abandoned Indianapolis School Reclaimed. popularresistance.org Indianapolis, IN — A pastor is leading the charge of reclaiming an abandoned school and creating a community-and-trades center on the east side of Indianapolis. Pastor Denell Howard's vision of The Evolve Education Center is slowly coming to fruition after years of planning, praying and a community effort to fix the building up. Requiring about a half million dollars to get the lights turned on, the center needs the help of the broader community to generate enough resources together. | A volunteer named Stan, who spent months cleaning up the building, gave Unicorn Riot a tour of the reclaimed school in July…

Judith Levine (2022-01-01). Vaccine Passports Are Here to Stay. Why Worry? zcomm.org The key to reanimating public life may also be the linchpin of a global surveillance network…

Editor2 (2022-01-01). Argentina: Labor, Environmentalists, and Indigenous Unite to Defeat Mining (Canada Mining Corporations Again). orinocotribune.com By Marisela Trevin — Dec 28, 2021 | A zoning law would have opened up the southern Argentinian province of Chubut to large-scale mining by multinational corporations. | But the law was defeated in just five days by an alliance of environmentalists, workers, youth, and indigenous people. Their fight points the way forward for other movements around the world. | 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…

Xosé L Pérez-Fernández, Joan Sabater-Riera, MariPaz Fuset-Cabanes (2022-01-01). [Correspondence] COVID-19 ARDS: getting ventilation right. thelancet.com We read with special interest the Article by Ryan Barbaro and colleagues,1 describing the evolving outcomes of patients with COVID-19 who required extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) during 2020. We were sad to corroborate the same increased mortality we had observed in our own patients. However, we wish to clarify two key aspects that we hope will supplement the conclusions of this important Article.

Georgina Ferry (2022-01-01). [Perspectives] Sivaramakrishna Iyer Padmavati: trailblazing cardiologist in India. thelancet.com The first woman from India to qualify in cardiology, Sivaramakrishna Iyer Padmavati (1917—2020), helped to set up the All India Heart Foundation and was a founder of its National Heart Institute (NHI) in New Delhi. Fellow cardiologists in her home country dubbed her the "godmother of cardiology", and her example persuaded other pioneering women doctors in India that they could specialise outside the traditional career path of obstetrics and paediatrics.

Raffaella Balocco, Sofia De Sousa Guimaraes Koch, Robin Thorpe, Karin Weisser, Sarel Malan (2022-01-01). [Correspondence] New INN nomenclature for monoclonal antibodies. thelancet.com Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are the largest class of biological products in clinical use. They comprise a large variety of different structures, from small fragments to intact, modified, or unmodified immunoglobulins, all of which contain an antigen binding domain.

Mary C. King (2022-01-01). Affordable Child Care Is the Boost Our Economy Needs. zcomm.org High quality child care helps parents earn more now, kids earn more later, and keeps entire communities afloat…

Prof Nicolas Boeglin (2022-01-01). La apertura de relaciones diplomáticas de Nicaragua con China Popular y la ruptura de relaciones con Taiwán: Breve puesta en perspectiva. globalizacion.ca El pasado 10 de diciembre del 2021, de forma conjunta Nicaragua y la República Popular de China anunciaron oficialmente el restablecimiento de sus relaciones diplomáticas: los jefes de la diplomacia de China Popular y de Nicaragua sostuvieron personalmente una reunión…

Joseph L Graves (2022-01-01). [Perspectives] Does it really matter if you win or lose the genetic lottery? thelancet.com Kathryn Paige Harden, Professor of Psychology who leads the Developmental Behavior Genetics lab at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, is considered by many in her field as an up and coming superstar. Her book, The Genetic Lottery: Why DNA Matters for Social Equality, proposes that an individual's genetic composition, specifically related to their capacity to succeed at education, has an important role in determining their social outcomes. Harden examines the role that an individual's genetic predisposition may have in contributing to their position in society.

Michael Albert (2022-01-01). A Different Look at Don't Look Up. zcomm.org What I do know is that Don't Look Up raises a question too many activists and organizers ignore. How come our brilliant, courageous words, images, and actions delivered non-stop for decades haven't generated wider and more sustained passenger participation to avoid cliffs and to redefine our super large vehicle?>

Editor2 (2022-01-01). Argentina: Labor, Environmentalists, and Indigenous Unite to Defeat Mining (Canada Mining Corporations Again). orinocotribune.com By Marisela Trevin — Dec 28, 2021 | A zoning law would have opened up the southern Argentinian province of Chubut to large-scale mining by multinational corporations. | But the law was defeated in just five days by an alliance of environmentalists, workers, youth, and indigenous people. Their fight points the way forward for other movements around the world. | 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…

Anand Naidoo (2022-01-01). The Heat: Xi Jinping's New Year address. america.cgtn.com President Xi Jinping delivers his 2022 New Year's address to China. What was his message?>

The Lancet (2022-01-01). [Editorial] The state of science and society in 2022. thelancet.com As 2022 begins, and the third year of the pandemic continues to put pressure on both the scientific community and the public, it is worth considering the state of science and society. The main headline from Wellcome's Global Monitor 2020: Covid-19 survey was that global public trust in science and scientists grew during the pandemic. The largest of its kind, the survey covered 119‚Äà000 people in 113 countries, and seems to suggest that, after a year of heightened exposure to scientists, and with the first COVID-19 vaccines hailed as a scientific triumph, the value of science might not have erod…

Joseph Heskin, Scott J C Pallett, Nabeela Mughal, Gary W Davies, Luke S P Moore, Michael Rayment, Rachael Jones (2022-01-01). [Correspondence] Caution required with use of ritonavir-boosted PF-07321332 in COVID-19 management. thelancet.com We read with interest the news that the UK Government has announced deals to procure the oral antivirals for SARS-CoV-2, molnupiravir (Lagevrio, Merck [Branchburg, NJ, USA]) and ritonavir in combination with PF-07321332 (Paxlovid, Pfizer [New York, NY, USA]).1 Although we welcome further partnership between the government and pharmaceutical industry in the provision of effective agents to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, we urge caution with the widescale use of ritonavir, given its propensity for causing clinically significant drug—drug interactions with commonly prescribed and over-the-counter medications.

Bernardo Galvà£o-Castro, Renato Sérgio Balà£o Cordeiro, Samuel Goldenberg (2022-01-01). [Correspondence] Brazilian science under continuous attack. thelancet.com Despite the resistance of Brazilian scientists, science in Brazil has been undermined by measures implemented by the federal government in the past 3 years, such as increasing budget cuts, attacks on the autonomy of universities, and a general policy of denial of science. A recent budget cut of US$110 million to the Ministry of Science Technology and Innovations budget, in addition to the withholding of $490 million from the National Scientific and Technological Development Fund, not only represents an enormous impediment to conducting research at universities and research institutes, but also jeopardises the fut…

Judith Truesdell (2022-01-01). Constitutional Issues that Underlay the Roe vs. Wade Decision. zcomm.org The push to abolish abortions stems from a moral judgement that pre-born babies are human beings with a right to life. The first amendment of the Constitution prohibits establishment of religion…

imperial.ac.uk (2022-01-01). Ideas for 2022 from our Imperial People. imperial.ac.uk Looking for something new to do in 2022? Perhaps the Imperial People we have got to know over the last twelve months might inspire you.

Prof Nicolas Boeglin (2022-01-01). La apertura de relaciones diplomáticas de Nicaragua con China Popular y la ruptura de relaciones con Taiwán: Breve puesta en perspectiva. globalizacion.ca El pasado 10 de diciembre del 2021, de forma conjunta Nicaragua y la República Popular de China anunciaron oficialmente el restablecimiento de sus relaciones diplomáticas: los jefes de la diplomacia de China Popular y de Nicaragua sostuvieron personalmente una reunión…

Ryan P Barbaro, Graeme MacLaren, Justyna Swol, Arthur S Slutsky, Daniel Brodie (2022-01-01). [Correspondence] COVID-19 ARDS: getting ventilation right — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Xosé Pérez-Fernández and colleagues for their thoughtful Correspondence regarding our study of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in COVID-19.1 We agree that our study does not provide evidence that forms of non-invasive ventilation (NIV), such as high-flow nasal cannula and mask or helmet ventilation, might be deleterious compared with other strategies. Our observational study was not designed to make causal inferences regarding the potential superiority of ECMO or any pre-ECMO support strategy.

Roger D. Harris (2021-12-31). 2021 Latin America and the Caribbean in Review: The Pink Tide Rises Again. dissidentvoice.org US policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean continued in a seamless transition from Trump to Biden, but the terrain over which it operated shifted left. The balance between the US drive to dominate its "backyard" and its counterpart, the Bolivarian cause of regional independence and integration, continued to tip portside in 2021 with major …

Jacqueline Luqman (2021-12-31). Film Review: 'Don't Look Up' Uses Satire to Condemn U.S. Government on Climate Inaction. towardfreedom.org "Don't Look Up" uses satire to magnify the outrageous responses of fictional U.S. politicians, media, corporations and the population to a fictional comet that is about to collide with Earth and wipe out all life. But how it is any different than how real-life politicians have failed to address an impending climate catastrophe that can cost us our lives?

Jacqueline Luqman (2021-12-31). Film Review: 'Don't Look Up' Uses Satire to Condemn U.S. Government on Climate Inaction. towardfreedom.org "Don't Look Up" uses satire to magnify the outrageous responses of fictional U.S. politicians, media, corporations and the population to a fictional comet that is about to collide with Earth and wipe out all life. But how it is any different than how real-life politicians have failed to address an impending climate catastrophe that can cost us our lives?

Ryan Hamby (2021-12-31). Catastrophic wildfire rips through Boulder, Colorado suburbs. liberationnews.org The fire is the harsh reality of climate change on full display — but instead of watching the flames, we should fight for a better world than the one…

CJ Polychroniou (2021-12-31). Killing Nature Must Be Treated as a Crime on a Par with Genocide and War Crimes. zcomm.org The time has come for drastic measures to protect the environment and save the world from a climate catastrophe…

_____ (2021-12-31). The WTO Threatens The Farmers' Victory — Unless We Resist. popularresistance.org The ministerial level meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will take place from November 30 to December 3. Generally, during such meetings, imperialist countries pressure developing countries to abolish their agricultural subsidies according to the policies of "free trade." The new agricultural laws [the BJP's neoliberalizing reforms against which the farmers' movement struggled] were a result of the dictates of such meetings. | Even now, the [farmers' movement's] demands pertaining to the legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP), the state purchase of crops, and the legal guarantee of the Public D…

_____ (2021-12-31). Biden's 'Diplomacy Is Back' Falls Flat As Middle East Policy A Miserable Flop. popularresistance.org Despite President Joe Biden having claimed earlier this year that "diplomacy is back" and that he would end the war in Yemen, revive the Iran Nuclear Deal and settle several other issues, in reality his Middle East foreign policy has been just as detrimental to the region as was that of his predecessor. | "This war has to end…we're ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arm sales," Biden said in early February during his first address to the U.S. public on his administration's foreign policy approach. It was a speech that saw him showered with the praise of…

Kit Klarenberg (2021-12-31). Leaked Files Expose Syria Psyops Veteran Astroturfing BreadTube Star to Counter Covid Restriction Critics. orinocotribune.com By Kit Klarenberg and Max Blumenthal — Dec 21, 2021 |

| By covertly recruiting popular YouTube influencer Abigail Thorn to counter growing opposition to UK gov't Covid restrictions, psy-ops pros are bringing home the tactics they honed in the Syrian dirty war. | The project aims to conduct psychological profiling…

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-12-31). Venezuelan Parliament Approves Supreme Court's Organic Law Reform. orinocotribune.com With the goal of consolidating the Venezuelan judicial system as an instrument at the service of the people, in its first discussion of the issue the National Assembly approved the partial reform project of the Organic Law of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), a proposal presented on December 22 by the president of the TSJ, Maikel Moreno. | During the session that took place this Thursday, December 30, in the last legislative meeting of 2021, the President of Parliament, Jorge Rodríguez, led the debate from which the approval by a qualified majority emerged. | In recent weeks, members of the Venezuelan Parliamen…

Atilio Boron (2021-12-31). A Lesson from Simón Bolívar: 'To Hesitate is to Perish'. orinocotribune.com By Atilio Borón — Dec 20, 2021 | Speech in remembrance of the One Hundred and Ninety-first Anniversary of the Liberator Simón Bolívar's passage to immortality, on December 17, 1830, celebrated at Rivadavia Park in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, at the foot of the monument to Simón Bolívar. | Simón Bolívar advanced the ideals of the unity of Our America, the same ideals he shared with José Gervasio Artigas and José de San Martín. It went further in this endeavor because he strategically organized his entire struggle to advance with tenacity and coherence towards the creation of the Patria Grande (Great…

It's Going Down (2021-12-31). Antifascists Call for Mobilization in Chicago Against Neo-Nazi Group Behind Racist Attacks and Charlottesville Violence. itsgoingdown.org Antifascists in Chicago have issued a call for a community mobilization against the neo-Nazi group, Patriot Front, who has stated that they plan to rally alongside the March for Life anti-choice demonstration on January 8th. Patriot Front is the same group that is behind a wave of racist and anti-Semitic attacks and vandalism across the…

Dean Baker (2021-12-31). Repealing Section 230: Giving Mark Zuckerberg What He Wants? cepr.net I have been engaging on Twitter recently on my ideas on repealing Section 230. Not surprisingly, I provoked a considerable response. While much of it was angry ad hominems, some of it involved thoughtful comments, especially those from Jeff Koseff and Mike Masnick, the latter of whom took the time to write a full column …

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-31). COVID and Viruses 101 (Part two: My experience w/COVID testing). anchor.fm In this episode I am speaking about my recent experience when I went to get a Covid test, and how it showed me all of the contradictions and issues facing us in regards to the pandemic today. The US Empire must fall my friends, this government has no concern for our safety!

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-31). Biden, "Build Back Basic", and Our Ongoing Struggles. anchor.fm In this episode I discuss a few things that are happening contextually here in the contemporary US empire as well as some of the things happening worldwide and how we can begin to build a class struggle. I'm not married to any of these ideas, but this is what I think at this point in time in my life. Hope you enjoy it!

_____ (2021-12-31). Biden's 'Diplomacy Is Back' Falls Flat As 2021 Middle East Policy A Miserable Flop. popularresistance.org Despite President Joe Biden having claimed earlier this year that "diplomacy is back" and that he would end the war in Yemen, revive the Iran Nuclear Deal and settle several other issues, in reality his Middle East foreign policy has been just as detrimental to the region as was that of his predecessor. | "This war has to end…we're ending all American support for offensive operations in the war in Yemen, including relevant arm sales," Biden said in early February during his first address to the U.S. public on his administration's foreign policy approach. It was a speech that saw him showered with the praise of…

_____ (2021-12-31). Governor Reduces Sentence Of Truck Driver To 10 Years. popularresistance.org Aguilera-Mederos, who was 23 years old at the time of the accident, was transporting lumber on Denver's I-70 freeway when the brakes on his big rig truck failed on a downhill grade where he tried to hug the shoulder. His truck then slammed into stopped traffic that created an explosion and pileup. | Governor Polis and the state's political establishment were forced to respond to mass economic and political pressure by a powerful movement of truck drivers, who mobilized widespread support for Aguilera-Mederos within the working class. Since the December 13 sentencing, drivers refused by the thousands to enter the…

_____ (2021-12-31). Flight Attendant Union Criticizes CDC For Decision 'Pushed By Corporate America'. popularresistance.org Flight Attendant union president and labor leader Sara Nelson is criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for changing its guidance on quarantining for COVID-19 after business leaders asked the agency to cut its recommendations by half, potentially at the cost of public health. | Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International, accused the CDC in a statement of making its decision to benefit businesses that may be experiencing staffing issues, rather than stemming the spread of the virus. | "We said we wanted to hear from medical professionals on the best gu…

_____ (2021-12-31). Global Migration Indicators Report Summarizes 2020 For Migrants Across The World. popularresistance.org The Global Migration Indicators report by the International Organization for Migration is here, with an update on how COVID-19 affected migration around the world. The report says more than 2,300 migrants died while trying to get into Europe or within Europe in 2020. While the pandemic restricted mobility and reduced international migration, still, there were two hundred and eighty-one million international migrants in the middle of 2020. That is close to four per cent of the world's population.

_____ (2021-12-31). Pressure Grows On Biden To Shut Down Trump-Era Medicare Privatization Scheme. popularresistance.org Calls are mounting for President Joe Biden to terminate an under-the-radar Trump-era pilot program that—if allowed to run its course—could result in the complete privatization of traditional Medicare by the end of the decade. | A petition recently launched by Physicians for a National Program (PNHP) has garnered more than 10,000 signatures as doctors and other advocates work to raise public awareness of the Medicare Direct Contracting program, which the Trump administration rolled out during its final months in power.

_____ (2021-12-31). Retail Workers Are Organizing And Speaking Out. popularresistance.org In a petition Indianapolis Target employee Andrew Stacy drafted, one of the key demands is for a minimum $17 per hour, but when Stacy and their coworker were posting the flyers in the break room and distributing them, they were caught. Management confiscated the flyers and human resources held one-on-one meetings with workers about working conditions and higher-ups at the location—a move that Stacy saw as an illegal effort to shut down organizing and find out more about the union activity. In response, they filed a National Labor Review Board complaint on Dec. 15. Prism has reached out to Target for comment…

_____ (2021-12-31). Mutual Aid Groups Try To Keep Unhoused Neighbors Alive In The Snow. popularresistance.org While the City of Seattle swept her home at Ballard Commons, an unhoused woman cried out to the city workers, mutual aid groups, and other community members packing up the park. | "Why don't they come up with a solution that actually makes sense?" she said of the city. "Put people indoors. Do they think we want to be out here in the middle of winter? No! We're not crazy." | That was three weeks ago. It was 40 degrees that day. | Monday, Dec. 27, the city shivered under a high of 23 degrees, the coldest day in 31 years. The risk associated with hypothermia in the cold weather was greater than the risk of contracti…

_____ (2021-12-31). The WTO Threatens The Farmers' Victory — Unless We Resist. popularresistance.org The ministerial level meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will take place from November 30 to December 3. Generally, during such meetings, imperialist countries pressure developing countries to abolish their agricultural subsidies according to the policies of "free trade." The new agricultural laws [the BJP's neoliberalizing reforms against which the farmers' movement struggled] were a result of the dictates of such meetings. | Even now, the [farmers' movement's] demands pertaining to the legal guarantee of Minimum Support Price (MSP), the state purchase of crops, and the legal guarantee of the Public D…

Atilio Boron (2021-12-31). A Lesson from Simón Bolívar: 'To Hesitate is to Perish'. orinocotribune.com By Atilio Borón — Dec 20, 2021 | Speech in remembrance of the One Hundred and Ninety-first Anniversary of the Liberator Simón Bolívar's passage to immortality, on December 17, 1830, celebrated at Rivadavia Park in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, at the foot of the monument to Simón Bolívar. | Simón Bolívar advanced the ideals of the unity of Our America, the same ideals he shared with José Gervasio Artigas and José de San Martín. It went further in this endeavor because he strategically organized his entire struggle to advance with tenacity and coherence towards the creation of the Patria Grande (Great…

Atilio Boron (2021-12-31). A Lesson from Simón Bolívar: 'To Hesitate is to Perish'. orinocotribune.com By Atilio Borón — Dec 20, 2021 | Speech in remembrance of the One Hundred and Ninety-first Anniversary of the Liberator Simón Bolívar's passage to immortality, on December 17, 1830, celebrated at Rivadavia Park in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, at the foot of the monument to Simón Bolívar. | Simón Bolívar advanced the ideals of the unity of Our America, the same ideals he shared with José Gervasio Artigas and José de San Martín. It went further in this endeavor because he strategically organized his entire struggle to advance with tenacity and coherence towards the creation of the Patria Grande (Great…

Atilio Boron (2021-12-31). A Lesson from Simón Bolívar: 'To Hesitate is to Persih'. orinocotribune.com By Atilio Borón — Dec 20, 2021 | Speech in remembrance of the One Hundred and Ninety-first Anniversary of the Liberator Simón Bolívar's passage to immortality, on December 17, 1830, celebrated at Rivadavia Park in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, at the foot of the monument to Simón Bolívar. | Simón Bolívar advanced the ideals of the unity of Our America, the same ideals he shared with José Gervasio Artigas and José de San Martín. It went further in this endeavor because he strategically organized his entire struggle to advance with tenacity and coherence towards the creation of the Patria Grande (Great…

Atilio Boron (2021-12-31). A Lesson from Simón Bolívar: 'To Hesitate is to Persih'. orinocotribune.com By Atilio Borón — Dec 20, 2021 | Speech in remembrance of the One Hundred and Ninety-first Anniversary of the Liberator Simón Bolívar's passage to immortality, on December 17, 1830, celebrated at Rivadavia Park in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, at the foot of the monument to Simón Bolívar. | Simón Bolívar advanced the ideals of the unity of Our America, the same ideals he shared with José Gervasio Artigas and José de San Martín. It went further in this endeavor because he strategically organized his entire struggle to advance with tenacity and coherence towards the creation of the Patria Grande (Great…

Dean Baker (2021-12-31). Repealing Section 230: Giving Mark Zuckerberg What He Wants? cepr.net I have been engaging on Twitter recently on my ideas on repealing Section 230. Not surprisingly, I provoked a considerable response. While much of it was angry ad hominems, some of it involved thoughtful comments, especially those from Jeff Koseff and Mike Masnick, the latter of whom took the time to write a full column …

deweylaura (2021-12-31). Neoliberalism, fascism, or socialist breakthroughs? cpusa.org The Trump administration's fascistic response to the 2020 #BlackLivesMatter uprising, the U.S. government's deadly, incompetent response to COVID, and the sudden withdrawal from Afghanistan reflect a long-term structural crisis in U.S. imperialism and democratic legitimacy. Over the past two decades, that crisis has been marked by general economic decline, the failures of endless war, …

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-31). Biden, "Build Back Basic", and Our Ongoing Struggles. anchor.fm In this episode I discuss a few things that are happening contextually here in the contemporary US empire as well as some of the things happening worldwide and how we can begin to build a class struggle. I'm not married to any of these ideas, but this is what I think at this point in time in my life. Hope you enjoy it!

In Defense of Liberation! (2021-12-31). COVID and Viruses 101 (Part two: My experience w/COVID testing). anchor.fm In this episode I am speaking about my recent experience when I went to get a Covid test, and how it showed me all of the contradictions and issues facing us in regards to the pandemic today. The US Empire must fall my friends, this government has no concern for our safety!

It's Going Down (2021-12-31). Antifascists Call for Mobilization in Chicago Against Neo-Nazi Group Behind Racist Attacks and Charlottesville Violence. itsgoingdown.org Antifascists in Chicago have issued a call for a community mobilization against the neo-Nazi group, Patriot Front, who has stated that they plan to rally alongside the March for Life anti-choice demonstration on January 8th. Patriot Front is the same group that is behind a wave of racist and anti-Semitic attacks and vandalism across the…

Jasper Saah (2021-12-31). War or peace in space? 2021 in review. liberationnews.org 2021 has been a record setting year for space development, accompanied by relentless capitalist propaganda to shape how people relate to the increasing importance of the space industry worldwide.

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-12-31). Venezuelan Parliament Approves Supreme Court's Organic Law Reform. orinocotribune.com With the goal of consolidating the Venezuelan judicial system as an instrument at the service of the people, in its first discussion of the issue the National Assembly approved the partial reform project of the Organic Law of the Supreme Court of Justice (TSJ), a proposal presented on December 22 by the president of the TSJ, Maikel Moreno. | During the session that took place this Thursday, December 30, in the last legislative meeting of 2021, the President of Parliament, Jorge Rodríguez, led the debate from which the approval by a qualified majority emerged. | In recent weeks, members of the Venezuelan Parliamen…

Kathy Durkin (2021-12-31). To a socialist future Build Workers World. workers.org Workers World newspaper's articles and editorials analyze major global and U.S. developments, always with an anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist perspective. Our pages report on people's movements here and abroad, to not only inform our readers but to promote those struggles and show solidarity with them. And, WW aims to advance the struggle . . . |

Kit Klarenberg (2021-12-31). Leaked Files Expose Syria Psyops Veteran Astroturfing BreadTube Star to Counter Covid Restriction Critics. orinocotribune.com By Kit Klarenberg and Max Blumenthal — Dec 21, 2021 |

| By covertly recruiting popular YouTube influencer Abigail Thorn to counter growing opposition to UK gov't Covid restrictions, psy-ops pros are bringing home the tactics they honed in the Syrian dirty war. | The project aims to conduct psychological profiling…

Kungu Al-Mahadi Adam (2021-12-31). Breaking: Museveni announces full reopening of the economy. plusnews.ug The President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni has Friday announced full reopening of the economy in January. Museveni who was delivering his end of year address from his country home in Rwakitura, said schools, bars, concerts are to open in a staggered manner. He however announced that the transport sector, which has been operating at 50%, …

Mirinda Crissman (2021-12-31). Give an incarcerated person a gift of Workers World! workers.org "Inmates need Workers World papers. When you're locked up, you need an intellectual light to shine through the darkness of state oppression. If you're a free person reading this, and you care about the struggle against mass incarceration, please take out a subscription for an incarcerated person. It means more . . . |

Staff (2021-12-31). In Remembrance of Chuck Kaufman, Anti-Imperialist, International Solidarity Organizer. orinocotribune.com 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…

Atilio Boron (2021-12-31). A Lesson from Simón Bolívar: 'To Hesitate is to Persih'. orinocotribune.com By Atilio Borón — Dec 20, 2021 | Speech in remembrance of the One Hundred and Ninety-first Anniversary of the Liberator Simón Bolívar's passage to immortality, on December 17, 1830, celebrated at Rivadavia Park in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, at the foot of the monument to Simón Bolívar. | Simón Bolívar advanced the ideals of the unity of Our America, the same ideals he shared with José Gervasio Artigas and José de San Martín. It went further in this endeavor because he strategically organized his entire struggle to advance with tenacity and coherence towards the creation of the Patria Grande (Great…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Preface to Halil àáelik: A Fighter for Socialism. wsws.org This is the preface to a volume of writings of Halil Celik published by the Sosyalist E≈üitlik Grubu of Turkey, three years after Comrade Halil's untimely death of cancer.

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-12-31). Biden's First Year Foreign Policy Record May Be Worse than Trump's. covertactionmagazine.com His administration has escalated dangerous conflicts with Russia and China while increasing the military budget, expanding deadly sanctions and sustaining …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). Fatah celebrates its 57th foundation day amid Israeli threats. peoplesdispatch.org Palestinian resistence movement Fatah celebrated its 57th launch day on Thursday, December 30 with a big rally in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. The celebration was held despite the threats issued by the Israeli authorities. While the movement was formed in 1959, it commemorates its first attack against Israeli occupation. | Earlier in the day Fatah members were summoned by the Israeli authorities to warn them against any kind of public celebration, according to reports by Palestinian news agency Wafa. | Defying the Israeli orders, hundreds of members of the Fatah gathered in the center of Ramallah city in t…

Anish R M (2021-12-31). Indigenous group intensifies opposition to dam project in north Philippines. peoplesdispatch.org The Isnag tribe in the Apayao province have declared senior officials of a national agency on Indigenous affairs as persona non grata on their ancestral lands, as the dispute over a major hydel power project intensifies…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). Workers of Clover, South Africa's largest dairy company, set to intensify strike. peoplesdispatch.org Since Clover's takeover in 2019 by MILCO, which is majority-owned by an Israeli company, its production capacity is being destroyed to secure the South African dairy market for imported products from Israel, said General Industries Workers Union of South Africa president Mametlwe Sebei…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Sri Lankan and Indian ruling elites whip up national rivalry between poverty-stricken fishing communities. wsws.org The ongoing military harassment of Indian and Sri Lankan fishermen highlight the reactionary and irrational character of the arbitrary national borders maintained by the ruling classes in both countries.

WSWS (2021-12-31). The historic assault on university education and Australia's anti-democratic electoral laws. wsws.org The deep hostility among university staff and students is part of the rising political discontent that drove the Liberal-National and Labor parties to rush through new electoral laws in August.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). After the Largest Anti-Racist Uprising in the US, Historic Trials Provide Important Lessons. libya360.wordpress.com Natalia Marques Protestors in Midtown Manhattan call for an end to police brutality after Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict. Photo: Vincent Tsai In the year 2021, it was the turn of the US government, particularly its judicial system, to respond to the protests of 2020 In the summer of 2020, the people of the United States…

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-31). Britain helped create the refugees it now wants to keep out. dissidentvoice.org The deaths of at least 27 people who drowned as they tried to cross the Channel in an inflatable dinghy in search of asylum have quickly been overshadowed by a diplomatic row engulfing Britain and France. As European states struggle to shut their borders to refugees, the two countries are in a war of words …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). Perpetual War is Capitalism's Hope for Surviving the 21st Century. libya360.wordpress.com Rainer Shea The ideology behind capitalism, colonialism, and imperialism is based around the idea that competition, rather than cooperation, is the natural state of humanity. That the species is destined to eternally be at odds with itself, both on an individual and civilizational level. This was the claim put forth by a faction of academic…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). Workers of Clover, South Africa's largest dairy company, set to intensify strike. peoplesdispatch.org Since Clover's takeover in 2019 by MILCO, which is majority-owned by an Israeli company, its production capacity is being destroyed to secure the South African dairy market for imported products from Israel, said General Industries Workers Union of South Africa president Mametlwe Sebei…

Noam Chomsky (2021-12-31). Corporate Patents & Rising Anti-Science Rhetoric Will Prolong Pandemic. zcomm.org Interview on a variety of topics…

WSWS (2021-12-31). December tornadoes cut swath of devastation through southeastern Missouri. wsws.org Ninety people have been confirmed killed by the storms across eight states, including eight workers at Mayfield Consumer Products in Mayfield, Kentucky and six Amazon workers at an Edwardsville, Illinois fulfillment center outside St. Louis.

WSWS (2021-12-31). 10 individuals increased their net worth by $500 billion in 2021. wsws.org In 2021 alone, 10 individuals saw their net worth increase by $500 billion. Leading the pack is Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who this year became the world's richest person.

Editor (2021-12-31). China Sends Bolivia 3 Million COVID-19 Vaccines. mronline.org Bolivia has received three million Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines from China, the largest delivery of vaccines to arrive in Bolivia from the Asian superpower.

WSWS (2021-12-31). New Zealand government removes more public health restrictions despite Omicron cases. wsws.org The Labour Party-led government has removed limits on gathering sizes in Auckland, creating the conditions for New Year's Eve to be a mass super-spreader event.

Victorio Paulón (2021-12-31). Argentina — La gran apuesta de Juntos: Dividir el peronismo. globalizacion.ca Por primera vez en mucho tiempo el poder concentrado dominante de nuestro país parece apostar a la democracia y pretende construir una mayoría sólida que le permita gobernar por décadas. La cooptación de algunos dirigentes en el pasado reciente le…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Australian unions promote slashing of COVID-19 health measures. wsws.org The unions are stepping up their efforts to stifle resistance and opposition among workers as the pandemic spirals out of control.

WSWS (2021-12-31). White House lies about child hospitalizations amid Omicron surge. wsws.org Even as COVID-19 cases surge across the country and child hospitalizations and deaths hit one record after another, the entire US political establishment is pressing forward with the imminent reopening of schools.

Atilio A. Boron (2021-12-31). La imperdonable soledad de Julian Assange. globalizacion.ca Julian Assange está enterrado por la "Justicia" inglesa en una cárcel de máxima seguridad. Lo de enterrado no es una tramposa apelación a una palabra que nos estremece sino un sobria descripción de la celda en la cual -de a…

_____ (2021-12-31). Legislative Election Held in Hong Kong. journal-neo.org Election to the Legislative Council, the local parliament in Hong Kong, was held on December 19 of this year — an event that observers outside China should be interested in from an academic point of view. It is always curious to see how one of the two leading world powers solves its internal problems, which …

Alex Henderson (2021-12-31). Why Trump's legal bills are costing the GOP a fortune: "There is no precedent for this" salon.com "He could afford this, but they are paying his bills anyway"

TJ Coles (2021-12-31). Using and abusing Djibouti: How the US transformed a tiny African state into a hub of imperial aggression. thegrayzone.com From Djibouti, the US trains proxies and bombs strategically-important countries in the name of democracy and counterterrorism. To justify the country's militarization, Washington hypes fears over China's regional ambitions. In a blatant threat to China's presence, Djibouti recently hosted the US-led "Allied Appreciation Day," in which Britain, France, and Japan showcased "a variety of equipment that is part of their military operations in the Horn of Africa" (HOA). The Pentagon's Combined Joint Task Force-HOA reported that the events fused Armistice, …

WSWS (2021-12-31). Deere CEO John May brought onto Ford board of directors. wsws.org The election of May to the Ford board of directors has drawn favorable notice from business analysts due to his confrontational stance against Deere workers.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-31). Bombshell Document Dump on Pfizer Vaccine Data. globalresearch.ca What is contained in Pfizer's confidential report is detailed evidence on the impacts of the "vaccine" on mortality and morbidity. This data which emanates from the Horse's Mouth can be used to confront as well formulate legal procedures against Big Pharma, the governments, the WHO and the media.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org India: New Delhi police arrest protesting doctors; Punjab university teachers continue strike action; South Korean parcel delivery workers threaten strike…

_____ (2021-12-31). Legislative Election Held in Hong Kong. journal-neo.org Election to the Legislative Council, the local parliament in Hong Kong, was held on December 19 of this year — an event that observers outside China should be interested in from an academic point of view. It is always curious to see how one of the two leading world powers solves its internal problems, which …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-31). 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.

Shriya Singh (2021-12-31). Humanitarian crisis worsens in Afghanistan after five months of economic sanctions. peoplesdispatch.org The global economic sanctions that were imposed on the interim government of Taliban in August have led the country on the path of an economic collapse and deepened a nationwide humanitarian crisis with shortages of cash, food and electricity.

Editor (2021-12-31). 2021 in Review: The Only Way Out is Through. scheerpost.com We saw workers animated by a fresh sense of confidence, defiance, and being just plain fed up. Photos, clockwise from upper left: Jim West/jimwestphoto.com, Luis Feliz Leon, Northwest Carpenters, Teamsters United, SEIU 1199NW, Jim West/jimwestphoto.com, Monk Drapeaux-Stewart, UAW Local 838, CWA District 1 | By Alexandra Bradbury / 2021 reminds me of a riddle: What's worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding half a worm in your apple. What's scarier than a year of pandemic? A second year of pandemic. | We're…

John Wright (2021-12-31). Eric Swalwell shares private conversation with man who threatened his life on Twitter. salon.com The man said he gets his news from Tucker Carlson and Joe Rogan…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-31). Video: "Imagine All The People": The Covid-19 Omicron Christmas and New Year Lockdown. globalresearch.ca We are told by our governments that It's Christmas under Lockdown. To protect you and your loved ones against the so-called deadly Covid Omicron Variant. The announcement was made on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Natalia Marques (2021-12-31). After the largest anti-racist uprising in the US, historic trials provide important lessons. peoplesdispatch.org In the year 2021, it was the turn of the US government, particularly its judicial system, to respond to the protests of 2020…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). Omicron Alert: Infection Rates Are Higher Among the Vaccinated. libya360.wordpress.com Swiss Policy Research Omicron: 50% fewer hospitalizations and deaths compared to delta (Ontario) Fewer severe cases, vaccine failure, rapid spread, murky origins. Covid severity Data from South Africa indicated that the impact of the omicron variant was much lower than previous variants. However, South Africa had already a total infection rate of about 80%, including…

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-31). Britain helped create the refugees it now wants to keep out. dissidentvoice.org The deaths of at least 27 people who drowned as they tried to cross the Channel in an inflatable dinghy in search of asylum have quickly been overshadowed by a diplomatic row engulfing Britain and France. As European states struggle to shut their borders to refugees, the two countries are in a war of words …

_____ (2021-12-31). Another Nail in the U.S. Empire's Coffin… Biden Signs $770 Billion War Budget. strategic-culture.org Three decades after the Cold War officially ended, the U.S. is setting a new record high for annual expenditure on its armed forces. | As this year ends, U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law military spending of $770 billion. That's just for the next year alone. The scale of wastefulness and bloated corruption is eye-watering. It eclipses what the United States is willing to invest for overhauling its badly neglected civilian infrastructure and for combating the coronavirus pandemic that has killed far more people in the U.S. than in any other nation. | If there is one thing that portends a historic collapse…

Michael Payne (2021-12-31). Anti-vaxxers: The albatross wrapped around America's neck. nationofchange.org 95% of living Americans will be fully vaccinated. America will then see the Covid-19 virus not disappear completely, but become relatively harmless, very much like the flu.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). Omicron Alert: Infection Rates Are Higher Among the Vaccinated. libya360.wordpress.com Swiss Policy Research Omicron: 50% fewer hospitalizations and deaths compared to delta (Ontario) Fewer severe cases, vaccine failure, rapid spread, murky origins. Covid severity Data from South Africa indicated that the impact of the omicron variant was much lower than previous variants. However, South Africa had already a total infection rate of about 80%, including…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Preface to Halil àáelik: A Fighter for Socialism. wsws.org This is the preface to a volume of writings of Halil Celik published by the Sosyalist E≈üitlik Grubu of Turkey, three years after Comrade Halil's untimely death of cancer.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). Kovid-Globulin: Russia Launches Promising Hyperimmune Plasma Therapy Against Covid. libya360.wordpress.com Marinella Mondaini "Kovid-Globulin" — that's the name of the world's first preparation of specific anti-Covid immunoglobulin, produced by Russia's all-Russian technology plasma therapy that possesses the ability to overcome Coronavirus. "The trials have been successfully completed," it was proudly stated. After several clinical trials attesting to its effectiveness, safety and ability to neutralize Coronavirus, the…

WSWS (2021-12-31). UK Employment Tribunal rules against worker who refused to return to work over COVID safety concerns. wsws.org The corporate media are using the tribunal ruling, hinging on the question of what constitutes a philosophical belief, to assert that workers have no legal right against being forced to labour in unsafe conditions.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). NATO's Cognitive Warfare and the Destruction of the Truth. libya360.wordpress.com Rainer Shea History is constrained by a series of laws. Empires fall, productive forces become obsolete after society gets ready to outgrow them, inequalities destroy societies when they get too big, the environment turns against civilizations when it's abused too much, and so on. These principles conflict with the ideology of the capitalist ruling class,…

Editor (2021-12-31). Chris Hedges: PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange. mronline.org Careerists and Democratic Party apparatchiks successfully leverage corporate money and backing to seize and deform historic rights organizations into appendages of the ruling class.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). Israeli military targets Gaza farmlands with artillery, tank fire. peoplesdispatch.org The Israeli attacks ended up wounding three Palestinian farmers. The Israeli military claimed that it was targeting Hamas military positions, although most of its fire ended up targeting farmers and agricultural lands…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Maryland State Board of Education passes proposal to loosen mask regulations in schools as state sees record infections. wsws.org The statewide mandate was lifted even as Maryland's COVID-19 reporting system was knocked offline due to a cyberattack and the state was reporting its first Omicron cases.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Scientists denounce French government's inaction amid Omicron wave. wsws.org Only a mobilization of the working class can smash the resistance of the financial aristocracy to health measures scientists are demanding to prevent a surge in deaths.

WSWS (2021-12-31). December tornadoes cut swath of devastation through southeastern Missouri. wsws.org Ninety people have been confirmed killed by the storms across eight states, including eight workers at Mayfield Consumer Products in Mayfield, Kentucky and six Amazon workers at an Edwardsville, Illinois fulfillment center outside St. Louis.

WSWS (2021-12-31). New Zealand government removes more public health restrictions despite Omicron cases. wsws.org The Labour Party-led government has removed limits on gathering sizes in Auckland, creating the conditions for New Year's Eve to be a mass super-spreader event.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). Israeli military targets Gaza farmlands with artillery, tank fire. peoplesdispatch.org The Israeli attacks ended up wounding three Palestinian farmers. The Israeli military claimed that it was targeting Hamas military positions, although most of its fire ended up targeting farmers and agricultural lands…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). Protests in Colombia Spur Government to Hunt Down Youth. libya360.wordpress.com Begonia D In the aftermath of the 2021 "National Strike" in Colombia, the Duque government is treating youth like terrorists and has launched a series of murders, disappearances, and prosecutions. Without a doubt, youth were the most significant force in the 2021 protests that swept Colombia. That explains why they are now the focus of…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Typhoon Rai death toll rises to 397 in the Philippines. wsws.org The typhoon, which has confronted hundreds of thousands with the risk of starvation and disease, has exacerbated already existing social tensions in impoverished regions of the Philippines.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-31). Bombshell Document Dump on Pfizer Vaccine Data. globalresearch.ca What is contained in Pfizer's confidential report is detailed evidence on the impacts of the "vaccine" on mortality and morbidity. This data which emanates from the Horse's Mouth can be used to confront as well formulate legal procedures against Big Pharma, the governments, the WHO and the media.

WSWS (2021-12-31). UK health workers denounce government refusal to combat Omicron threat to National Health Service. wsws.org The only move made in response has been to announce plans to set up coronavirus "surge hubs", mostly in hospital car parks, to meet up to the challenge of a fresh wave of Omicron admissions.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Australian unions promote slashing of COVID-19 health measures. wsws.org The unions are stepping up their efforts to stifle resistance and opposition among workers as the pandemic spirals out of control.

WSWS (2021-12-31). An open letter to all workers: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022! wsws.org As we approach the end of the year, workers in the UK and throughout the world must decide to act collectively and finally put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2022 must not be another nightmarish year of mass infections, illness and death!

Editor (2021-12-31). As Covid Deaths Hit 800k, Sanders Says Medicare for All Needed to End 'Vulgarity' of US Health System. scheerpost.com A long Covid-19 testing line at Rivergreen Park in Everett, Massachusetts on December 28, 2021. (Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) | By Julia Conley / Sen. Bernie Sanders on Wednesday said that nearly two years after the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the public health crisis that shows no sign of coming to a swift end has brought into stark relief "the vulgarity" of the U.S. healthcare system, suggesting the political establishm…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-31). Video: "Imagine All The People": The Covid-19 Omicron Christmas and New Year Lockdown. globalresearch.ca We are told by our governments that It's Christmas under Lockdown. To protect you and your loved ones against the so-called deadly Covid Omicron Variant. The announcement was made on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org India: New Delhi police arrest protesting doctors; Punjab university teachers continue strike action; South Korean parcel delivery workers threaten strike…

TJ Coles (2021-12-31). Using and abusing Djibouti: How the US transformed a tiny African state into a hub of imperial aggression. thegrayzone.com From Djibouti, the US trains proxies and bombs strategically-important countries in the name of democracy and counterterrorism. To justify the country's militarization, Washington hypes fears over China's regional ambitions. In a blatant threat to China's presence, Djibouti recently hosted the US-led "Allied Appreciation Day," in which Britain, France, and Japan showcased "a variety of equipment that is part of their military operations in the Horn of Africa" (HOA). The Pentagon's Combined Joint Task Force-HOA reported that the events fused Armistice, …

WSWS (2021-12-31). 10 individuals increased their net worth by $500 billion in 2021. wsws.org In 2021 alone, 10 individuals saw their net worth increase by $500 billion. Leading the pack is Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who this year became the world's richest person.

WSWS (2021-12-31). The historic assault on university education and Australia's anti-democratic electoral laws. wsws.org The deep hostility among university staff and students is part of the rising political discontent that drove the Liberal-National and Labor parties to rush through new electoral laws in August.

_____ (2021-12-31). Biden's COVID Pivot Is Pure Politics. strategic-culture.org By Tom LUONGO | If you thought the worst screenplay you'd have to endure this winter was anything written by a Wachowski sister, boy howdy are you wrong. | A couple of weeks ago I told you that And it's coming this spring. | The problem for Bidenwood is Omicron spreads quickly…

_____ (2021-12-31). Russia and Westernization. strategic-culture.org Russia yet again finds itself in another battle to remain Russian. Watch the video and read more in the article by Robert Bridge.

WSWS (2021-12-31). UK Employment Tribunal rules against worker who refused to return to work over COVID safety concerns. wsws.org The corporate media are using the tribunal ruling, hinging on the question of what constitutes a philosophical belief, to assert that workers have no legal right against being forced to labour in unsafe conditions.

WSWS (2021-12-31). White House lies about child hospitalizations amid Omicron surge. wsws.org Even as COVID-19 cases surge across the country and child hospitalizations and deaths hit one record after another, the entire US political establishment is pressing forward with the imminent reopening of schools.

WSWS (2021-12-31). United Auto Workers prepares another sellout contract at Columbia University. wsws.org The ongoing struggle at Columbia has thus far, under the criminal leadership of the UAW and with support from the Democratic Party and the pseudo-left, been implementing a strategy of defeat for workers.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). The Palestinian Left Will Not Be Hijacked. libya360.wordpress.com Samar Al-Saleh and L.K. "American Imperialism is the Bitter Enemy of the Palestinian People," from the Palestine Poster Project Archives. A Critique of Palestine: A Socialist Introduction The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's political program, Strategy for the Liberation of Palestine (1969), emphasized the indispensable role of political thought in the Palestinian national…

Victor Grossman (2021-12-31). A Shuffling of the Cards in Germany. zcomm.org German foreign policy has long been divided between the "Atlanticist" position and the commercial position, reflecting the need for trade with Russia and even more with China…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). Succumbing to artists' protest, Belgium suspends restrictions on cultural activity. peoplesdispatch.org The artist community and workers in the cultural sector have claimed that the Belgian government's COVID-19 regulations targeting the cultural sector were not advised by experts…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org French midwives and nursing assistants' seven-day strike over pay and staff shortages; protests by Iranian workers and pensioners over low pay and pensions with inflation at 40 percent; 4,000 dairy workers at Clover Foods in sixth week of indefinite strike over pay, conditions and job losses across South Africa…

Matthew Rozsa (2021-12-31). The US broke its single-day case record for omicron — but not all regions are affected equally. salon.com As the omicron variant tears through the United States, hospitalization rates appear lower than previous variants…

teleSUR (2021-12-31). Central America Celebrates New Year's Eve With Few Restrictions. telesurenglish.net Central America will dismiss the year 2021 without major COVID-19 restrictions, although health authorities have asked the population to maintain biosecurity measures and avoid crowds. | RELATED: | COVID-19 vaccination is advancing in the region, with Costa Rica and Panama leading the way, with 90 percent and 81 percent of the population with the complete scheme, respectively. | Without large mass events and with some capacity restrictions, Costa…

Editor (2021-12-31). 2021 in Review: The Only Way Out is Through. scheerpost.com We saw workers animated by a fresh sense of confidence, defiance, and being just plain fed up. Photos, clockwise from upper left: Jim West/jimwestphoto.com, Luis Feliz Leon, Northwest Carpenters, Teamsters United, SEIU 1199NW, Jim West/jimwestphoto.com, Monk Drapeaux-Stewart, UAW Local 838, CWA District 1 | By Alexandra Bradbury / 2021 reminds me of a riddle: What's worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding half a worm in your apple. What's scarier than a year of pandemic? A second year of pandemic. | We're…

Victorio Paulón (2021-12-31). Argentina — La gran apuesta de Juntos: Dividir el peronismo. globalizacion.ca Por primera vez en mucho tiempo el poder concentrado dominante de nuestro país parece apostar a la democracia y pretende construir una mayoría sólida que le permita gobernar por décadas. La cooptación de algunos dirigentes en el pasado reciente le…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-31). No Family Gatherings: The Omicron Fraud Used to Justify the "Christmas and New Year Covid Lockdown" globalresearch.ca First published on December 19, 2021 | Update | In recent developments, several Western governments have implemented curfews and restrictions which prevent family and friends from celebrating New Year. | Nonsensical political statements abound. They invariably point to the "deadly Covid-19 Omicron Variant", …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). Kovid-Globulin: Russia Launches Promising Hyperimmune Plasma Therapy Against Covid. libya360.wordpress.com Marinella Mondaini "Kovid-Globulin" — that's the name of the world's first preparation of specific anti-Covid immunoglobulin, produced by Russia's all-Russian technology plasma therapy that possesses the ability to overcome Coronavirus. "The trials have been successfully completed," it was proudly stated. After several clinical trials attesting to its effectiveness, safety and ability to neutralize Coronavirus, the…

Rhian E. Jones (2021-12-31). The lasting legacy of Raymond Williams. zcomm.org 2021 marks the centenary of the birth of Raymond Williams, an important thinker and writer on the British left…

Atilio A. Boron (2021-12-31). La imperdonable soledad de Julian Assange. globalizacion.ca Julian Assange está enterrado por la "Justicia" inglesa en una cárcel de máxima seguridad. Lo de enterrado no es una tramposa apelación a una palabra que nos estremece sino un sobria descripción de la celda en la cual -de a…

Editor (2021-12-31). Chris Hedges: PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange. mronline.org Careerists and Democratic Party apparatchiks successfully leverage corporate money and backing to seize and deform historic rights organizations into appendages of the ruling class.

Editor (2021-12-31). Steve Wasserman: Remembering Joan Didion, a 'Singular' California Writer and a 'Helluva Lot of Fun'. scheerpost.com "Joan Didion" [Art by Mr. Fish] | Click to subscribe on: Joan Didion's obituaries are brimming with accolades the 87-year-old undeniably earned over the many decades her career as a novelist, essayist, and journalist spanned. Soon after the

WSWS (2021-12-31). Workers respond to Socialist Equality Party open letter calling for movement to end the pandemic. wsws.org Educators, pharmacy techs, nursing home and manufacturing workers responded with interest and enthusiasm to Thursday's statement from the Socialist Equality Party, "An open letter to the working class: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022!"

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). Libya: Abdel Hamid Dabaiba Refuses to Leave Power, Plans Indefinite Postponement of Elections. libya360.wordpress.com Dabaiba states he will not relinquish his position and that his government will continue to operate, which constitutes a definitive departure from legitimacy, In a tone of defiance, Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, head of the caretaker government in Libya, said that his government will continue its work until a constitution is drawn up and real elections…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Maryland State Board of Education passes proposal to loosen mask regulations in schools as state sees record infections. wsws.org The statewide mandate was lifted even as Maryland's COVID-19 reporting system was knocked offline due to a cyberattack and the state was reporting its first Omicron cases.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Deere CEO John May brought onto Ford board of directors. wsws.org The election of May to the Ford board of directors has drawn favorable notice from business analysts due to his confrontational stance against Deere workers.

Lucian K. Truscott IV (2021-12-31). What matters most: Not what happened already — but what we do now. salon.com Ultimately the Detroit riots of 1967 made us stronger. That can happen again — if we have the strength to change…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Turkish government rejects public health measures as Omicron rages. wsws.org As the Omicron variant spreads rapidly throughout Turkey, President Erdogan's government is refusing to take any public health measures against the pandemic.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). The Palestinian Left Will Not Be Hijacked. libya360.wordpress.com Samar Al-Saleh and L.K. "American Imperialism is the Bitter Enemy of the Palestinian People," from the Palestine Poster Project Archives. A Critique of Palestine: A Socialist Introduction The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine's political program, Strategy for the Liberation of Palestine (1969), emphasized the indispensable role of political thought in the Palestinian national…

Lucrecia Franco (2021-12-31). Brazilians celebrate New Year's in Rio despite COVID-19 surge. america.cgtn.com Most of Brazil has cancelled end of the year celebrations. But Rio's famed New Year's Eve festivities continues with some changes and precautions. Find our more.

Staff (2021-12-31). Mexico Authorizes Emergency use of Cuban Vaccine Abdala—the First Latin American Vaccine. orinocotribune.com On Wednesday, December 29, Mexico's Federal Commission for Protection against Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS) authorized for emergency use the Abdala COVID-19 vaccine developed by Cuba. | The authorization for emergency use of the Abdala vaccine was "ruled appropriate," as reported in a statement quoted by the AFP news agency. | With this decision, COFEPRIS has approved 10 drugs against COVID-19 for use in the country. These also in…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-12-31). Africa in Review 2021, Regional Conflict and the Role of Imperialism. globalresearch.ca Since 2020, the number of military interventions in African politics has accelerated. | . | However, what is often overlooked is the role of western governments and their military institutions in the deliberate undermining of national and regional stability. | . | The North …

WSWS (2021-12-31). Turkish government rejects public health measures as Omicron rages. wsws.org As the Omicron variant spreads rapidly throughout Turkey, President Erdogan's government is refusing to take any public health measures against the pandemic.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). 2021 has proven that the workers united will not be defeated. peoplesdispatch.org An eruption of strikes. Major contract wins. Workers quitting low-wage jobs in unprecedented numbers. All signaled that workers en masse are ready to reclaim their power.

Staff (2021-12-31). Democracy Now! at 25: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of Independent News on the Frontlines. democracynow.org Democracy Now! first aired on nine community radio stations on February 19, 1996, on the eve of the New Hampshire presidential primary. In the 25 years since that initial broadcast, the program has greatly expanded, airing today on more than 1,500 television and radio stations around the globe and reaching millions of people online. We celebrate 25 years of The War and Peace Report with an hour-long retrospective, including highlights from the show's early years, some of the most controversial interviews, and groundbreaking reports from East Timor, Standing Rock, Western Sahara and more.

Fight Back (2021-12-31). 63rd Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution: Socialism is superior to capitalism! fightbacknews.org For over six decades the Cuban people created a system that provides free universal health care, free public education from kindergarten through university, and housing to people at around 10% of their income. That system is socialism. Despite six decades of U.S. invasion attempts, blockades, embargos, assassination attempts, sanctions and demonization, the achievement record of the socialist mode of production in Cuba speaks for itself. As Mao said, "The fundamental cause of the development of a thing is not external but internal." So, we must look at what has been happening inside Cuba to account of the success…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Scientists denounce French government's inaction amid Omicron wave. wsws.org Only a mobilization of the working class can smash the resistance of the financial aristocracy to health measures scientists are demanding to prevent a surge in deaths.

Sandy C. (2021-12-31). "Midnight Mass" and the 8 best horror movies and shows of 2021. salon.com Escape the horrors of our real world with these chilling offerings…

Editor (2021-12-31). China Sends Bolivia 3 Million COVID-19 Vaccines. mronline.org Bolivia has received three million Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines from China, the largest delivery of vaccines to arrive in Bolivia from the Asian superpower.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-31). New Year Honours for Imperial community. imperial.ac.uk Leading Imperial academics are among those to be recognised in the 2022 New Year Honours List.

_____ (2021-12-31). Will 'Godless liberalism' Force Russia to Close Its 'Window on the West'? strategic-culture.org The problem is finding a way to shield the vulnerable, particularly the youth, from adverse influences without restricting personal freedoms. | For centuries, Russia has been open to adopting popular Western traditions, but as the invasive cultural weed known as progressive liberalism enters the scene, Moscow is now forced to rethink the level of its engagement. With the internet and ubiquitous social media, however, such a cultural distancing will not be easy. | Russian Tsar Peter the Great (1672-1725), from the vantage point of his newly built capital of Saint Petersburg, encouraged his fellow Russians to em…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Pakistan to impose new raft of austerity measures and pro-investor reforms to secure IMF bailout funds. wsws.org Pakistan's government is seeking IMF assistance with great trepidation, because it fears the eruption of mass anger against yet another round of IMF-dictated austerity.

IGD Worldwide (2021-12-31). The Eviction of the Squatted "Biology Steki" Will Not Go Unanswered. itsgoingdown.org Translation of a call posted on Athens Indymedia Early in the morning of New Year's Eve, police raided an anarchist community center ("steki") on the ground floor of a science building in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. This had been a steki for 34 years, the longest-standing occupation on any Greek university campus. Anarchist and…

Fight Back (2021-12-31). Looking forward to a new year of struggle in 2022: Join FRSO. fightbacknews.org As 2021 concludes and we look forward to a new year, it makes sense to survey the political landscape and discuss what's to be done. | Monopoly capitalism is a failed system. We need a revolutionary solution to our problems. And to achieve that goal, revolutionary organization is a requirement. Freedom Road Socialist Organization has the aim of overthrowing capitalism and replacing it with socialism. If that is what you want, it is time to join our ranks. | FRSO does not just talk about change. We are active in our unions, community organizations, anti-war, student, and many other groups. Our members are African…

Editor (2021-12-31). Steve Wasserman: Remembering Joan Didion, a 'Singular' California Writer and a 'Helluva Lot of Fun'. scheerpost.com "Joan Didion" [Art by Mr. Fish] | Click to subscribe on: Joan Didion's obituaries are brimming with accolades the 87-year-old undeniably earned over the many decades her career as a novelist, essayist, and journalist spanned. Soon after the

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-12-31). 2021, un año de economía pandémica. globalizacion.ca El 2021, al igual que el 2020, ha sido un año marcado por la pandemia de coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 que restringió las posibilidades económicas a la mayoría de las naciones del mundo y que también incrementó las diferencias entre los países…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). After massive protests and facility shutdown, Foxconn accepts workers' demands. peoplesdispatch.org Following an incident of mass food poisoning of 159 workers at the Sriperumbudur plant of Foxconn Group, massive protests were staged by women workers over the poor food quality and living conditions at worker's accommodation.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-31). No Family Gatherings: The Omicron Fraud Used to Justify the "Christmas and New Year Covid Lockdown" globalresearch.ca First published on December 19, 2021 | Update | In recent developments, several Western governments have implemented curfews and restrictions which prevent family and friends from celebrating New Year. | Nonsensical political statements abound. They invariably point to the "deadly Covid-19 Omicron Variant", …

Gary M. Kramer (2021-12-31). The worst film performances of 2021. salon.com So many bad "House of Gucci" performances, so little time (for that nonsense)…

teleSUR (2021-12-31). Bahia Governor Accepts Argentine Aid Rejected By Bolsonaro. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Bahia Governor Rui Costa announced that he will accept Argentina's humanitarian aid in order to respond to the emergency caused by the rains and floods. | RELATED: | In a message posted on social networks, he stressed that his subnational government will accept assistance from any country regardless of what federal diplomacy does or says. | Since the beginning of December, the Brazilian northeast has been ex…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Pakistan to impose new raft of austerity measures and pro-investor reforms to secure IMF bailout funds. wsws.org Pakistan's government is seeking IMF assistance with great trepidation, because it fears the eruption of mass anger against yet another round of IMF-dictated austerity.

WSWS (2021-12-31). An open letter to all workers: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022! wsws.org As we approach the end of the year, workers in the UK and throughout the world must decide to act collectively and finally put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2022 must not be another nightmarish year of mass infections, illness and death!

WSWS (2021-12-31). Modi ignores Court request to postpone elections as Omicron surges in India. wsws.org The Modi government's response to the pandemic over nearly two years has shown that the Indian ruling elites prioritize corporate profits over human life.

teleSUR (2021-12-31). House Panel Asks Judges To Deny Trump's Bid To Shield Records. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the U.S. House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot asked the Supreme Court to reject former President Donald Trump's bid to block the release of his White House's records requested in the ongoing probe. | RELATED: | Lawyers for the select committee in a brief filed with the high court argued against Trump's claim of executive privilege over a trove of records that the panel considered to be…

Derek Royden (2021-12-31). Pink tide rising? Gabriel Boric wins power in Chile, birthplace of neoliberalism. nationofchange.org Barring coups and outside meddling, Latin America may see another 'pink tide' that brings even more progressive change than the one earlier in this century.

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-12-31). 2021, un año de economía pandémica. globalizacion.ca El 2021, al igual que el 2020, ha sido un año marcado por la pandemia de coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 que restringió las posibilidades económicas a la mayoría de las naciones del mundo y que también incrementó las diferencias entre los países…

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-31). Texas team applauded for giving what big pharma refuses: A patent-free vaccine to the world. nationofchange.org "We're not trying to make money. We just want to see people get vaccinated."

WSWS (2021-12-31). Modi ignores Court request to postpone elections as Omicron surges in India. wsws.org The Modi government's response to the pandemic over nearly two years has shown that the Indian ruling elites prioritize corporate profits over human life.

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-31). Fact Check: 60 Percent Of Republicans Are Unvaccinated, 17 Percent Of Democrats Refuse To Take Jabs. moguldom.com The unvaccinated U.S. population is disproportionately made up of those who identify as Republican or Republican-leaning — six in 10, or 60 percent — according to polling data from the October 2021 KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor. By comparison, about four in 10 of the U.S. total adult population make up the unvaccinated population …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). Fatah celebrates its 57th foundation day amid Israeli threats. peoplesdispatch.org Palestinian resistence movement Fatah celebrated its 57th launch day on Thursday, December 30 with a big rally in Ramallah in the occupied West Bank. The celebration was held despite the threats issued by the Israeli authorities. While the movement was formed in 1959, it commemorates its first attack against Israeli occupation. | Earlier in the day Fatah members were summoned by the Israeli authorities to warn them against any kind of public celebration, according to reports by Palestinian news agency Wafa. | Defying the Israeli orders, hundreds of members of the Fatah gathered in the center of Ramallah city in t…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Workers respond to Socialist Equality Party open letter calling for movement to end the pandemic. wsws.org Educators, pharmacy techs, nursing home and manufacturing workers responded with interest and enthusiasm to Thursday's statement from the Socialist Equality Party, "An open letter to the working class: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022!"

_____ (2021-12-31). We Dance Into The New Year Banging Our Hammers And Swinging Our Sickles. popularresistance.org Bittersweet is the passage of this year. There have been some immense victories and some catastrophic defeats, the most terrible being the failure of the Global North countries to adopt a democratic attitude towards confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and creating equitable access to key resources, from life-saving medical equipment to vaccines. Tragically, by the end of this pandemic, we will have learnt the Greek alphabet from the variants named after its letters (Delta, Omicron), which continue to emerge. | Cuba leads the world with the highest vaccination rates, using its indigenous vaccines to protect its popu…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Favorite jazz and pop music of 2021. wsws.org The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate every aspect of social and cultural life. Artists and technical workers in the music industry face conditions unlike anything seen in generations, if ever.

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-12-31). New Hampshire abortion ban to go into effect January 1st. nationofchange.org "To be clear, an abortion ban is dangerous. It's the first abortion ban in modern New Hampshire history."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). Succumbing to artists' protest, Belgium suspends restrictions on cultural activity. peoplesdispatch.org The artist community and workers in the cultural sector have claimed that the Belgian government's COVID-19 regulations targeting the cultural sector were not advised by experts…

WSWS (2021-12-31). CUPE's sabotage of the New Brunswick public sector strike—the political lessons. wsws.org The New Brunswick public sector workers' strike exemplifies the political issues and organizational challenges all workers face in opposing the capitalist ruling elite's demands for austerity and its homicidal drive to keep schools and non-essential business open amid the pandemic.

Dean Obeidallah (2021-12-31). Donald Trump and his family fleeced America: Why aren't they being held accountable?>. salon.com Pulitzer-winning reporter David Cay Johnston on the criminal Trump regime: "This was thievery, plain and simple"

WSWS (2021-12-31). Stop the reopening of New York City schools! Mobilize the working class to save lives, not profits! wsws.org If the pandemic is ever to be brought under control, the policies taken must be motivated by an entirely different set of social interests than the profit motive, which has blocked all measures to contain the virus.

Dr. Robert Malone (2021-12-31). Before your Child is Injected, Watch Dr. Robert Malone's statement on Child COVID Vaccinations. globalresearch.ca First published on December 15, 2021 | Before your child is injected, watch Dr. Robert Malone's statement on child COVID vaccinations. | Before you vaccinate your child, which is irreversible and potentially permanently damaging, find out why 15,000 physicians and medical scientists …

Fight Back (2021-12-31). Looking forward to a new year of struggle in 2022: Join FRSO. fightbacknews.org As 2021 concludes and we look forward to a new year, it makes sense to survey the political landscape and discuss what's to be done. | Monopoly capitalism is a failed system. We need a revolutionary solution to our problems. And to achieve that goal, revolutionary organization is a requirement. Freedom Road Socialist Organization has the aim of overthrowing capitalism and replacing it with socialism. If that is what you want, it is time to join our ranks. | FRSO does not just talk about change. We are active in our unions, community organizations, anti-war, student, and many other groups. Our members are African…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-31). 2021 has proven that the workers united will not be defeated. peoplesdispatch.org An eruption of strikes. Major contract wins. Workers quitting low-wage jobs in unprecedented numbers. All signaled that workers en masse are ready to reclaim their power.

Fight Back (2021-12-31). 63rd Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution: Socialism is superior to capitalism! fightbacknews.org For over six decades the Cuban people created a system that provides free universal health care, free public education from kindergarten through university, and housing to people at around 10% of their income. That system is socialism. Despite six decades of U.S. invasion attempts, blockades, embargos, assassination attempts, sanctions and demonization, the achievement record of the socialist mode of production in Cuba speaks for itself. As Mao said, "The fundamental cause of the development of a thing is not external but internal." So, we must look at what has been happening inside Cuba to account of the success…

WSWS (2021-12-31). CUPE's sabotage of the New Brunswick public sector strike—the political lessons. wsws.org The New Brunswick public sector workers' strike exemplifies the political issues and organizational challenges all workers face in opposing the capitalist ruling elite's demands for austerity and its homicidal drive to keep schools and non-essential business open amid the pandemic.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-31). NATO's Cognitive Warfare and the Destruction of the Truth. libya360.wordpress.com Rainer Shea History is constrained by a series of laws. Empires fall, productive forces become obsolete after society gets ready to outgrow them, inequalities destroy societies when they get too big, the environment turns against civilizations when it's abused too much, and so on. These principles conflict with the ideology of the capitalist ruling class,…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Favorite jazz and pop music of 2021. wsws.org The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate every aspect of social and cultural life. Artists and technical workers in the music industry face conditions unlike anything seen in generations, if ever.

Anish R M (2021-12-31). Indigenous group intensifies opposition to dam project in north Philippines. peoplesdispatch.org The Isnag tribe in the Apayao province have declared senior officials of a national agency on Indigenous affairs as persona non grata on their ancestral lands, as the dispute over a major hydel power project intensifies…

Natalia Marques (2021-12-31). After the largest anti-racist uprising in the US, historic trials provide important lessons. peoplesdispatch.org In the year 2021, it was the turn of the US government, particularly its judicial system, to respond to the protests of 2020…

Hendrik Sybrandy (2021-12-31). Spotlight on mental health in 2021. america.cgtn.com Mental health became a game changer this year. Nearly 50 million Americans experienced mental illness in 2019, and the pandemic hasn't helped the situation. While some athletes have been outspoken about the issue, they have not been taken seriously.

IGD Worldwide (2021-12-31). The Eviction of the Squatted "Biology Steki" Will Not Go Unanswered. itsgoingdown.org Translation of a call posted on Athens Indymedia Early in the morning of New Year's Eve, police raided an anarchist community center ("steki") on the ground floor of a science building in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. This had been a steki for 34 years, the longest-standing occupation on any Greek university campus. Anarchist and…

Melanie McFarland (2021-12-31). Calling out the saddest sacks of 2021, a reckoning by Nicki Minaj's cousin's friend's … friends. salon.com Before the ball drops on 2021, a tasty listicle of those who lacked the bollocks to listen to science or sense…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org French midwives and nursing assistants' seven-day strike over pay and staff shortages; protests by Iranian workers and pensioners over low pay and pensions with inflation at 40 percent; 4,000 dairy workers at Clover Foods in sixth week of indefinite strike over pay, conditions and job losses across South Africa…

Staff (2021-12-31). Democracy Now! at 25: Celebrating a Quarter-Century of Independent News on the Frontlines. democracynow.org Democracy Now! first aired on nine community radio stations on February 19, 1996, on the eve of the New Hampshire presidential primary. In the 25 years since that initial broadcast, the program has greatly expanded, airing today on more than 1,500 television and radio stations around the globe and reaching millions of people online. We celebrate 25 years of The War and Peace Report with an hour-long retrospective, including highlights from the show's early years, some of the most controversial interviews, and groundbreaking reports from East Timor, Standing Rock, Western Sahara and more.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Typhoon Rai death toll rises to 397 in the Philippines. wsws.org The typhoon, which has confronted hundreds of thousands with the risk of starvation and disease, has exacerbated already existing social tensions in impoverished regions of the Philippines.

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