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2022-01-19: News Headlines

_____ (2022-01-19). There Must Be a Response to the Risk of Biological Catastrophe Posed by US Military Laboratories. journal-neo.org In light of the civil disturbances which have swept across Kazakhstan, the risk of a biological catastrophe is growing because of secret US military laboratories in regions of Central Asia and the South Caucasus, which are potentially susceptible to sociopolitical unrest. Aside from the fact that the USA's development of delayed-action bioweapons in Kazakhstan is …

rebekah (2022-01-19). Report: Taxing the World's Richest Would Raise US $2.52 Trillion a Year. inequality.org

Fight Back (2022-01-19). Chicago: Community and labor organizations mobilize for voting rights. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On Martin Luther King Jr Day, January 17, the family of Dr. King led a march for voting rights across Frederick Douglass bridge in Washington DC. At the same time, a coalition of over a dozen community organizations and labor unions organized a caravan of over 100 cars up King Drive in Chicago for the same purpose. Activists in both cities and across the country have voiced their support of the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement (JLVRA) Act. | In a statement on the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression website, NAARPR executive director Frank Chapman…

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2022-01-19). Iran's exports to ECO member states up 52% in 9 months: IRICA. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 19 (MNA) — Spokesman for Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA) said that country's exports of products to Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO)'s member states registered a 52 percent growth in current year.

Staff (2022-01-19). Más de 1 400 mipymes en Cuba: øCómo avanza el desarrollo de los nuevos actores económicos? cubadebate.cu El 29 de septiembre del año pasado serían autorizadas por el MEP las primeras 35 mipymes en Cuba. Hoy ya suman 1 449 microempresas privadas y estatales. øCómo marcha el proceso de creación de los nuevos actores económicos? øCómo son los vínculos con las empresas estatales? øQué se debe mejorar? Para responder estas y otras interrogantes comparecieron en la Mesa Redonda la viceministra de Economía y Planificación, una directiva del Ministerio de Justicia, y dos emprendedores.

Haymarket Books (2022-01-19). Wednesday 1/19: US Labor on the Move: The Union Labor Fights Ahead in 2022. indybay.org Online event…

WSWS (2022-01-19). Australian teacher unions collaborate with school reopening drive amid record COVID infections. wsws.org The refusal of the union bureaucracy to defend the basic rights of teachers and school workers has never been as stark as it is now.

Labor Video Project (2022-01-19). Clover & The Class War In South Africa With GIWUSA President Mametlwe Sebei. indybay.org Five thousand workers at the Clover Dairy company in South Africa are fighting an Israeli billionaire family the Wertheim's who have taken over the company and have cut wages and threatened thousands of layoffs. South African unions are calling for an international day of solidarity at all Israeli consulates and embassies, South African embassies and consulates and all franchises of Coca-Cola…

WSWS (2022-01-19). Oxfam report reveals malignant dependency of the pandemic on capitalist inequality. wsws.org The Oxfam report "Inequality Kills," published on Monday, exposes the connection between the wealth accumulation of the billionaire elite and the deadly impact of the pandemic on masses of people internationally over the past two years.

WSWS (2022-01-19). David O'Sullivan's preliminary hearing held at Watford Employment Tribunal. wsws.org O'Sullivan said, "This case goes to the heart of what rights employees have to protect themselves in the pandemic, and how far they can go in pursuing those rights."

WSWS (2022-01-19). Anger, grief among autoworkers following COVID death of young Chicago Ford worker. wsws.org Workers who spoke out placed the blame of Caleb Dye's death on the unions, the auto companies and the profit system.

Sarah Hathway (2022-01-19). Omicron: As inequalities grow unions must fight back. greenleft.org.au Workers have been forced to bear the cost of the COVID-19 recession while corporations have raked in huge profits. Sarah Hathway argues that unions are in a good position to make demands on the state and bosses for protections.

WSWS (2022-01-19). Seattle-area concrete workers strike enters third month. wsws.org Across the metro area of Seattle, Washington, 330 concrete workers are striking for better wages and retirement benefits.

WSWS (2022-01-19). Turkish iron miners launch wildcat strike for wages and benefits. wsws.org These nonunion miners' wildcat strike is part of an emerging international movement of workers against rising living costs and deadly pandemic policies.

William Briggs (2022-01-19). Sub-Saharan Africa and the degeneration of capitalism. greenleft.org.au Africa ought to be the richest continent on Earth. Its natural resources alone make this a fact and yet it remains oppressed and prey to exploitation. William Briggs explains why.

Party for Socialism & Liberation (2022-01-19). Friday 1/21: Virtual Forum: The Crisis in SF Public Education. indybay.org Virtual event. Register here…

Angela Carr (2022-01-19). We need to step up the fight against inequality. greenleft.org.au Angela Carr is a union delegate, community services worker, housing justice campaigner and a Socialist Alliance candidate for the Victorian Senate. She says collectivist, socialist solutions are needed for the multiple crises we face.

Jacob Andrewartha (2022-01-19). Socialist Alliance 16th conference discusses collective pandemic response. greenleft.org.au Delegates and members across Australia took part in the 16th National Conference of the Socialist Alliance on January 15-16. Jacob Andrewartha reports.

Robert S. Becker (2022-01-18). How much crass irrationality can self-government stand? Can community wisdom offset howls for mob mayhem? nationofchange.org Trump-proof elections — with energized agendas, expanded voting, critical thinking and compassion Like delivery companies, food production, and all sorts of machinery, democratic self-government must work to be viable. That means spreading enough wealth, services (especially medical), housing, clothing and education to motivate enough key workers to sustain interwoven supply chains. Viability thus depends on …

Staff (2022-01-18). Former Ukrainian President Poroshenko's dramatic return to fight 'treason' charges. rt.com The case is the latest in a series of prosecutions brought against high-profile politicians | Petro Poroshenko, who served as the president of Ukraine until 2019, is facing an acrimonious criminal prosecution on a string of charges, including treason, which could see him put behind bars for more than a decade if convicted. | The former leader, who is also one of the country's wealthiest oligarchs, returned to the country on Monday to face the allegations. Poroshenko, who has amassed an estimated $1.6 billion fortune from industries such as confectionery, denies the claims and has branded the prosecution politi…

Dean Baker (2022-01-18). Is the US Economy Operating Above Its Capacity? cepr.net If we can get the pandemic under control, the supply problems we are now seeing (along with pretty much every other wealthy country) will dissipate over the course of the year.

ecns.cn (2022-01-18). China's power use surges 10.3 pct in 2021. ecns.cn China's electricity consumption, a key barometer of economic activity, went up 10.3 percent year on year in 2021, as the country's economy ended the year with a strong rebound despite sporadic epidemic resurgences.

teleSUR (2022-01-18). US Economy Has Never Worked Fairly for Black Americans: Yellen. telesurenglish.net U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said on Monday that the U.S. economy "has never worked fairly for Black Americans" and there is much more work needed to be done to narrow racial wealth gap. | RELATED: | "From Reconstruction, to Jim Crow, to the present day, our economy has never worked fairly for Black Americans – or, really, for any American of color," Yellen said in prepared remarks at the National Action Netw…

teleSUR (2022-01-18). Brazilian Public Employees Demand Wage Increases Amid Inflation. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, thousands of public employees staged protests across Brazil to demand President Jair Bolsonaro index their salaries according to the current inflation rate. | RELATED: | Over 200,000 workers gathered in the Permanent National Forum of State Careers (FONACATE) ask that the salary increase not be less than 28 percent. Besides still being in a critical situation, the Brazilian economy closed 2021 with increases…

ecns.cn (2022-01-18). U.S. growth outlook in first quarter down to 3 pct amid inflation, Omicron concerns: WSJ. ecns.cn The outlook for U.S. economic growth in the first quarter of 2022 has been lowered to an annual rate of 3 percent amid concerns over inflation, Omicron and supply-chain constraints in the country, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

teleSUR -HIM (2022-01-18). ONU advierte sobre recuperación económica frágil y desigual. telesurtv.net La Onu estima que esta desaceleración en el crecimiento económico supondrá para 2022 un alza en la producción del 4%; mientras en 2023 será solo del 3.5%.

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Israeli Prime Minister Bennett Speaks on Second Day of 'Davos' Virtual 2022 WEF. sputniknews.com The World Economic Forum (WEF) summit which traditionally takes place in January in Davos, Switzerland is being held virtually this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff (2022-01-18). Modi calls world to arms against crypto. rt.com Indian leader compares threat of cryptocurrencies to inflation and climate change | India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said all nations should unite in tackling the threats posed by cryptocurrencies, speaking virtually at the 2022 World Economic Forum's annual conference in Davos, Switzerland. | "Cryptocurrency is an example of the kind of challenges we are facing as a global family with a changing global order. To fight this, every nation, every global agency needs to have collective and synchronized action," Modi said in his address. | Modi compared crypto to major economic challenges like supply-chain dis…

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Netizens Mock PM Modi for Fumbling During World Economic Forum Address as Teleprompter Fails. sputniknews.com Prime Minister Modi on Monday addressed the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda summit virtually, on the first day of the five-day event. He was joined by a host of other global leaders who will share their visions for the state of the world in 2022 in the coming days.

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Japanese PM Kishida Delivers Speech on Second Day of Davos 2022 WEF Virtual Event. sputniknews.com The World Economic Forum had previously postponed its annual in-person meeting in Davos due to the omicron coronavirus strain. A face-to-face meeting in Switzerland is expected to take place this summer.

Sam Pizzigati (2022-01-18). Worshiping Markets, Genuflecting to Grand Fortune. zcomm.org Today's 'utopians' have reserved heaven on Earth for the richest among us…

S. Arutchelvan (2022-01-18). Think of the many — don't worry for the few. greenleft.org.au Oxfam International revealed that Asia's billionaires have increased their wealth by 74% while 148 million others in the region have been pushed into poverty since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, writes S. Arutchelvan.

Jon Queally (2022-01-18). Billionaires 'had a terrific pandemic' while inequality killed millions: Oxfam. nationofchange.org Oxfam International's latest report on global inequality finds that while the 10 richest individuals in the world more than doubled their collective wealth since Covid-19 hit in 2020, the related result of this billionaire surge has been a deadlier and more prolonged pandemic for the rest of the world in which the incomes of 99 …

teleSUR (2022-01-18). Barbados To Hold First Elections Since Becoming A Republic. telesurenglish.net Over 230,600 Barbadians will go to the polls on Wednesday to participate in the first elections of Barbados as a republic after Prime Minister Mia Mottley cut its ties with the British monarchy on Nov. 29, 2021. | RELATED: | Currently, 108 candidates compete for the 30 seats in Parliament. Mottley's Barbados Labour Party (BLP) and the opposition Democratic Labour Party (DLP) nominated 30 candidates each, nine candidates are independent, and the remaining ones…

Fight Back (2022-01-18). UPS Teamsters demand MLK Day become paid holiday. fightbacknews.org Washington, DC – UPS Teamsters across the country mobilized on January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day to demand UPS make MLK Day a paid holiday, end two-tier jobs, create more full-time jobs, and pay part-time employees a living wage. UPS Teamsters held parking lot rallies and gathered petition signatures at UPS warehouses. | "People forget that MLK was as strong an advocate for the labor movement as he was for the civil rights movement, and it's important that we honor MLK day to re-establish that legacy in the labor movement," said Emily Butt, a part-time package handler and steward from Lansing, Michigan…

WSWS (2022-01-18). Autoworkers describe horrible working conditions: "There are so many out because of COVID; we are operating with a serious skeleton crew" wsws.org With ranks thinned by sickness, the remaining workers are being forced to labor long hours as the automakers seek to extract every ounce of profit.

Staff (2022-01-18). øCómo se paga el combustible? cubadebate.cu En una nota publicada por la corporación tres días después de nuestro anterior reportaje, concluían estar "en disposición de colaborar, aportar y esclarecer los detalles relacionados, en función de hacer más clara y completa la información de referencia". Paradójicamente, en los servicentros visitados, los administradores y cajeros no ofrecieron información a Cubadebate, alegando que no estaban autorizados a hablar con la prensa.

teleSUR, DRL (2022-01-18). ONU alerta sobre deterioro de situación humanitaria en Myanmar. telesurtv.net ONU insta a que se permita un "acceso humanitario seguro y sin obstáculos" para que sigan las labores de ayuda en la zona.

Staff (2022-01-18). øCómo se paga el combustible? cubadebate.cu En una nota publicada por la corporación tres días después de nuestro anterior reportaje, concluían estar "en disposición de colaborar, aportar y esclarecer los detalles relacionados, en función de hacer más clara y completa la información de referencia". Paradójicamente, en los servicentros visitados, los administradores y cajeros no ofrecieron información a Cubadebate, alegando que no estaban autorizados a hablar con la prensa.

WSWS (2022-01-18). Oxfam report "Inequality Kills": Billionaires racked up wealth while millions died during the pandemic. wsws.org The latest briefing from the charity paints a devastating picture of the world capitalist order reporting that the unprecedented accumulation of wealth by the world's elite is contributing to the death of one person every four seconds.

Staff (2022-01-18). US helpless as oil prices climb higher. rt.com There is little left to do for the White House and other US decision-makers than sit and wait to see how the oil price game will play out | Despite the Biden administration's best attempts, oil prices are set to continue to climb this year, as many OPEC members are struggling with higher production quotas because of technical issues. | When President Joe Biden

Staff (2022-01-18). Crude hits 7-year high on low supply. rt.com Rising tensions in the Middle East adding to fuel supply worries | Oil prices surged more than $1 on Tuesday, reaching their highest levels since October 2014, amid hostilities in the United Arab Emirates. | Global benchmark Brent crude futures jumped $1.37, or 1.6%, to $87.85 a barrel by 7: 38 GMT. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose even more — by $1.71, or 2%, reaching $85.53 a barrel. | The oil market was reacting to news from the United Arab Emirates after reported attacks by Yemen's Houthi movement, sparking fears of supply disruptions. The Houthi group reportedly launched d…

teleSUR (2022-01-18). World Oil Consumption To Rise Despite Omicron: OPEC. telesurenglish.net In a monthly market analysis, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) assured that the Omicron strain expansion will not alter its forecast of a 4.3 percent increase in world crude oil consumption by 2022. | RELATED: | "Although the omicron variant may have an impact in the first half of 2022 due to containment measures and rising levels of hospitalization that affect the workforce, the world eco…

Staff (2022-01-18). Bitcoin may drop as crypto bubble pops — analyst. rt.com The rise and fall in Bitcoin value is akin to a 'financial mania,' Investco says | Top cryptocurrency Bitcoin could tumble below $30,000 this year as the air comes out of the crypto bubble, according to US investment firm Invesco's list of "improbable but possible" outcomes for 2022. | "The mass marketing of Bitcoin reminds us of the activity of stockbrokers in the run-up to the 1929 crash," Paul Jackson, Invesco's global head of asset allocation, said in a note on Monday as quoted by Business Insider. | "We think it is not too much of a stretch to imagine Bitcoin falling below $30,000 this year," Jackson said…

WSWS (2022-01-18). UK: Unite celebrates sell-out agreement at Stagecoach Yorkshire. wsws.org The declaration, "Unite wins Again — South Yorkshire bus drivers WIN fair pay," is laced with deceit. The headline figure of 10.7 percent hides a below inflation agreement, as it covers a two-year period until the end of 2023.

Norman Solomon (2022-01-18). Ominous history in real time: Where we are now in the USA. nationofchange.org This article is adapted from the new edition of Norman Solomon's book "Made Love, Got War," just published as a free e-book. The final big legislative achievement of 2021 was a bill authorizing $768 billion in military spending for the next fiscal year. President Biden signed it two days after the Christmas holiday glorifying the …

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Biden Spent About 28% of His First Year as President in Delaware, Report Suggests. sputniknews.com The US media constantly paid attention to the visits of now-former President Trump to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where he liked to spend all his free time playing golf away from the spotlight, spending almost as much time on the fairway in four years as Obama did in eight.

_____ (2022-01-18). Where To Put Your World War III Investment Dollar. journal-neo.org Is US President Joe Biden taking notes from the Trump administration on jockeying defense stocks? The question has to be asked in view of American military industrial stocks getting boosted by all the play on the tensions in Europe. What other reason could there be for lighting the fuse on World War III? Let's take a …

jamanetwork (2022-01-18). The Referendum on Alcohol. jamanetwork.com In hearings before Congress, in the discussion of regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Department, in fact, in practically every discussion of prohibition, contradictory statements have been made as to the views of physicians on the value of alcoholic beverages as therapeutic agents. Several scientific organizations have adopted resolutions on the subject. So far as we know, however, no attempt has heretofore been made to ascertain, in a direct way, the opinions of any considerable number of physicians….

Rubin R. (2022-01-18). Regulation of 3D Printing at Health Care Facilities. jamanetwork.com Pandemic-related medical device shortages due to supply chain disruption have spurred hospitals, physicians' offices, and other health care facilities to rely on 3-dimensional (3D) printing to produce face shields, face mask holders, nasopharyngeal swabs, and ventilator parts from locally available materials.

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2022-01-18: News Headlines

WSWS (2022-01-18). German media on course for war against Russia. wsws.org The press spokesmen for German capitalism seem determined to wage its third war against Russia or the Soviet Union in little more than a century.

Dean Baker (2022-01-18). Is the US Economy Operating Above Its Capacity? cepr.net If we can get the pandemic under control, the supply problems we are now seeing (along with pretty much every other wealthy country) will dissipate over the course of the year.

Robert S. Becker (2022-01-18). How much crass irrationality can self-government stand? Can community wisdom offset howls for mob mayhem? nationofchange.org Trump-proof elections — with energized agendas, expanded voting, critical thinking and compassion Like delivery companies, food production, and all sorts of machinery, democratic self-government must work to be viable. That means spreading enough wealth, services (especially medical), housing, clothing and education to motivate enough key workers to sustain interwoven supply chains. Viability thus depends on …

ecns.cn (2022-01-18). China's power use surges 10.3 pct in 2021. ecns.cn China's electricity consumption, a key barometer of economic activity, went up 10.3 percent year on year in 2021, as the country's economy ended the year with a strong rebound despite sporadic epidemic resurgences.

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Netizens Mock PM Modi for Fumbling During World Economic Forum Address as Teleprompter Fails. sputniknews.com Prime Minister Modi on Monday addressed the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda summit virtually, on the first day of the five-day event. He was joined by a host of other global leaders who will share their visions for the state of the world in 2022 in the coming days.

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Israeli Prime Minister Bennett Speaks on Second Day of 'Davos' Virtual 2022 WEF. sputniknews.com The World Economic Forum (WEF) summit which traditionally takes place in January in Davos, Switzerland is being held virtually this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Japanese PM Kishida Delivers Speech on Second Day of Davos 2022 WEF Virtual Event. sputniknews.com The World Economic Forum had previously postponed its annual in-person meeting in Davos due to the omicron coronavirus strain. A face-to-face meeting in Switzerland is expected to take place this summer.

ecns.cn (2022-01-18). U.S. growth outlook in first quarter down to 3 pct amid inflation, Omicron concerns: WSJ. ecns.cn The outlook for U.S. economic growth in the first quarter of 2022 has been lowered to an annual rate of 3 percent amid concerns over inflation, Omicron and supply-chain constraints in the country, The Wall Street Journal has reported.

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Israeli Prime Minister Bennett Speaks on Second Day of 'Davos' Virtual 2022 WEF. sputniknews.com The World Economic Forum (WEF) summit which traditionally takes place in January in Davos, Switzerland is being held virtually this year, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff (2022-01-18). Modi calls world to arms against crypto. rt.com Indian leader compares threat of cryptocurrencies to inflation and climate change | India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said all nations should unite in tackling the threats posed by cryptocurrencies, speaking virtually at the 2022 World Economic Forum's annual conference in Davos, Switzerland. | "Cryptocurrency is an example of the kind of challenges we are facing as a global family with a changing global order. To fight this, every nation, every global agency needs to have collective and synchronized action," Modi said in his address. | Modi compared crypto to major economic challenges like supply-chain dis…

Staff (2022-01-18). Modi calls world to arms against crypto. rt.com Indian leader compares threat of cryptocurrencies to inflation and climate change | India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said all nations should unite in tackling the threats posed by cryptocurrencies, speaking virtually at the 2022 World Economic Forum's annual conference in Davos, Switzerland. | "Cryptocurrency is an example of the kind of challenges we are facing as a global family with a changing global order. To fight this, every nation, every global agency needs to have collective and synchronized action," Modi said in his address. | Modi compared crypto to major economic challenges like supply-chain dis…

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Netizens Mock PM Modi for Fumbling During World Economic Forum Address as Teleprompter Fails. sputniknews.com Prime Minister Modi on Monday addressed the World Economic Forum's Davos Agenda summit virtually, on the first day of the five-day event. He was joined by a host of other global leaders who will share their visions for the state of the world in 2022 in the coming days.

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Japanese PM Kishida Delivers Speech on Second Day of Davos 2022 WEF Virtual Event. sputniknews.com The World Economic Forum had previously postponed its annual in-person meeting in Davos due to the omicron coronavirus strain. A face-to-face meeting in Switzerland is expected to take place this summer.

S. Arutchelvan (2022-01-18). Think of the many — don't worry for the few. greenleft.org.au Oxfam International revealed that Asia's billionaires have increased their wealth by 74% while 148 million others in the region have been pushed into poverty since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, writes S. Arutchelvan.

Jon Queally (2022-01-18). Billionaires 'had a terrific pandemic' while inequality killed millions: Oxfam. nationofchange.org Oxfam International's latest report on global inequality finds that while the 10 richest individuals in the world more than doubled their collective wealth since Covid-19 hit in 2020, the related result of this billionaire surge has been a deadlier and more prolonged pandemic for the rest of the world in which the incomes of 99 …

Staff (2022-01-18). øCómo se paga el combustible? cubadebate.cu En una nota publicada por la corporación tres días después de nuestro anterior reportaje, concluían estar "en disposición de colaborar, aportar y esclarecer los detalles relacionados, en función de hacer más clara y completa la información de referencia". Paradójicamente, en los servicentros visitados, los administradores y cajeros no ofrecieron información a Cubadebate, alegando que no estaban autorizados a hablar con la prensa.

Labor Video Project (2022-01-18). Clover & The Class War In South Africa With GIWUSA President Mametlwe Sebei. indybay.org Five thousand workers at the Clover Dairy company in South Africa are fighting an Israeli billionaire family the Wertheim's who have taken over the company and have cut wages and threatened thousands of layoffs. South African unions are calling for an international day of solidarity at all Israeli consulates and embassies, South African embassies and consulates and all franchises of Coca-Cola…

WSWS (2022-01-18). Autoworkers describe horrible working conditions: "There are so many out because of COVID; we are operating with a serious skeleton crew" wsws.org With ranks thinned by sickness, the remaining workers are being forced to labor long hours as the automakers seek to extract every ounce of profit.

Fight Back (2022-01-18). UPS Teamsters demand MLK Day become paid holiday. fightbacknews.org Washington, DC – UPS Teamsters across the country mobilized on January 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day to demand UPS make MLK Day a paid holiday, end two-tier jobs, create more full-time jobs, and pay part-time employees a living wage. UPS Teamsters held parking lot rallies and gathered petition signatures at UPS warehouses. | "People forget that MLK was as strong an advocate for the labor movement as he was for the civil rights movement, and it's important that we honor MLK day to re-establish that legacy in the labor movement," said Emily Butt, a part-time package handler and steward from Lansing, Michigan…

Staff (2022-01-18). øCómo se paga el combustible? cubadebate.cu En una nota publicada por la corporación tres días después de nuestro anterior reportaje, concluían estar "en disposición de colaborar, aportar y esclarecer los detalles relacionados, en función de hacer más clara y completa la información de referencia". Paradójicamente, en los servicentros visitados, los administradores y cajeros no ofrecieron información a Cubadebate, alegando que no estaban autorizados a hablar con la prensa.

WSWS (2022-01-18). Oxfam report "Inequality Kills": Billionaires racked up wealth while millions died during the pandemic. wsws.org The latest briefing from the charity paints a devastating picture of the world capitalist order reporting that the unprecedented accumulation of wealth by the world's elite is contributing to the death of one person every four seconds.

Staff (2022-01-18). Crude hits 7-year high on low supply. rt.com Rising tensions in the Middle East adding to fuel supply worries | Oil prices surged more than $1 on Tuesday, reaching their highest levels since October 2014, amid hostilities in the United Arab Emirates. | Global benchmark Brent crude futures jumped $1.37, or 1.6%, to $87.85 a barrel by 7: 38 GMT. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose even more — by $1.71, or 2%, reaching $85.53 a barrel. | The oil market was reacting to news from the United Arab Emirates after reported attacks by Yemen's Houthi movement, sparking fears of supply disruptions. The Houthi group reportedly launched d…

Staff (2022-01-18). Crude hits 7-year high on low supply. rt.com Rising tensions in the Middle East adding to fuel supply worries | Oil prices surged more than $1 on Tuesday, reaching their highest levels since October 2014, amid hostilities in the United Arab Emirates. | Global benchmark Brent crude futures jumped $1.37, or 1.6%, to $87.85 a barrel by 7: 38 GMT. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose even more — by $1.71, or 2%, reaching $85.53 a barrel. | The oil market was reacting to news from the United Arab Emirates after reported attacks by Yemen's Houthi movement, sparking fears of supply disruptions. The Houthi group reportedly launched d…

Staff (2022-01-18). US helpless as oil prices climb higher. rt.com There is little left to do for the White House and other US decision-makers than sit and wait to see how the oil price game will play out | Despite the Biden administration's best attempts, oil prices are set to continue to climb this year, as many OPEC members are struggling with higher production quotas because of technical issues. | When President Joe Biden

Staff (2022-01-18). US helpless as oil prices climb higher. rt.com There is little left to do for the White House and other US decision-makers than sit and wait to see how the oil price game will play out | Despite the Biden administration's best attempts, oil prices are set to continue to climb this year, as many OPEC members are struggling with higher production quotas because of technical issues. | When President Joe Biden

Staff (2022-01-18). Bitcoin may drop as crypto bubble pops — analyst. rt.com The rise and fall in Bitcoin value is akin to a 'financial mania,' Investco says | Top cryptocurrency Bitcoin could tumble below $30,000 this year as the air comes out of the crypto bubble, according to US investment firm Invesco's list of "improbable but possible" outcomes for 2022. | "The mass marketing of Bitcoin reminds us of the activity of stockbrokers in the run-up to the 1929 crash," Paul Jackson, Invesco's global head of asset allocation, said in a note on Monday as quoted by Business Insider. | "We think it is not too much of a stretch to imagine Bitcoin falling below $30,000 this year," Jackson said…

Staff (2022-01-18). Bitcoin may drop as crypto bubble pops — analyst. rt.com The rise and fall in Bitcoin value is akin to a 'financial mania,' Investco says | Top cryptocurrency Bitcoin could tumble below $30,000 this year as the air comes out of the crypto bubble, according to US investment firm Invesco's list of "improbable but possible" outcomes for 2022. | "The mass marketing of Bitcoin reminds us of the activity of stockbrokers in the run-up to the 1929 crash," Paul Jackson, Invesco's global head of asset allocation, said in a note on Monday as quoted by Business Insider. | "We think it is not too much of a stretch to imagine Bitcoin falling below $30,000 this year," Jackson said…

WSWS (2022-01-18). UK: Unite celebrates sell-out agreement at Stagecoach Yorkshire. wsws.org The declaration, "Unite wins Again — South Yorkshire bus drivers WIN fair pay," is laced with deceit. The headline figure of 10.7 percent hides a below inflation agreement, as it covers a two-year period until the end of 2023.

Norman Solomon (2022-01-18). Ominous history in real time: Where we are now in the USA. nationofchange.org This article is adapted from the new edition of Norman Solomon's book "Made Love, Got War," just published as a free e-book. The final big legislative achievement of 2021 was a bill authorizing $768 billion in military spending for the next fiscal year. President Biden signed it two days after the Christmas holiday glorifying the …

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Biden Spent About 28% of His First Year as President in Delaware, Report Suggests. sputniknews.com The US media constantly paid attention to the visits of now-former President Trump to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where he liked to spend all his free time playing golf away from the spotlight, spending almost as much time on the fairway in four years as Obama did in eight.

sputniknews (2022-01-18). Biden Spent About 28% of His First Year as President in Delaware, Report Suggests. sputniknews.com The US media constantly paid attention to the visits of now-former President Trump to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, where he liked to spend all his free time playing golf away from the spotlight, spending almost as much time on the fairway in four years as Obama did in eight.

WSWS (2022-01-18). Robert Huber of Canton, Ohio police department identified as officer who killed James Williams. wsws.org Fighting against efforts by the police and media to cover up the first police killing of 2022, Marquetta Williams, wife of James, recently spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.

Staff (2022-01-18). NBA co-owner backtracks after saying 'no one cares' about Uighur Muslims. rt.com Billionaire CEO Chamath Palihapitiya claimed that nobody cares about the Chinese ethnic group | Chamath Palihapitiya, part-owner of the NBA franchise the Golden State Warriors, has retracted comments on Uighur Muslims in China. | China has faced persistent accusations of mistreating its Uighur population, including allegations of sending more than a million of the group to detention camps. | While the ruling Communist Party denies the allegations, Warriors part-owner and Social Capital head Palihapitiya controversially claimed on an appearance on the All-In Podcast that "nobody cares about what's happening" to…

Staff (2022-01-18). NBA co-owner backtracks after saying 'no one cares' about Uighur Muslims. rt.com Billionaire CEO Chamath Palihapitiya claimed that nobody cares about the Chinese ethnic group | Chamath Palihapitiya, part-owner of the NBA franchise the Golden State Warriors, has retracted comments on Uighur Muslims in China. | China has faced persistent accusations of mistreating its Uighur population, including allegations of sending more than a million of the group to detention camps. | While the ruling Communist Party denies the allegations, Warriors part-owner and Social Capital head Palihapitiya controversially claimed on an appearance on the All-In Podcast that "nobody cares about what's happening" to…

Staff (2022-01-17). MLK Day Special: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in His Own Words. democracynow.org Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was born January 15, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just 39 years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, which he delivered at New York City's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, "I've Been to…

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi stresses both ecological conservation and economic growth. ecns.cn China should never grow the economy at the cost of resource depletion and environmental degradation, nor should the country sacrifice growth to protect the environment, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi voices confidence in the future of China's economy. ecns.cn "We have every confidence in the future of China's economy," Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi addresses 2022 WEF virtual session. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping started to deliver a special address in Beijing to the 2022 World Economic Forum (WEF) virtual session.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Chinese President Xi Jinping Speaks on First Day of Davos 2022 Virtual Event Agenda. sputniknews.com The World Economic Forum (WEF) will hold the Davos Agenda virtual event from 17-21 January, during which heads of state and government, CEOs and other leaders will discuss critical challenges facing the world today.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Full Text: Special Address by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday delivered a special address to the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-17). Mali vs. Ecowas: Bamako Can Count on International Support. libya360.wordpress.com Mikhail Gamandiy-Egorov In the current tug of war between Mali and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the Malian authorities are unlikely to relent, as they can count on a number of African and international supporters. But also on domestic popular support and broad sympathies from pan-African civil society. Many observers have noted…

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Highlights of Special Address by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session. ecns.cn

Abdul Rahman (2022-01-17). Rising inequality a form of economic violence by governments, says Oxfam report. peoplesdispatch.org The report claims that misplaced government policies have resulted in rising inequality, with the wealth of the top 10 richest men doubling during the pandemic between March 2020 and November 2021 when the incomes of 99% of the world's population have suffered…

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Wealth of 10 Richest Men Doubled During Pandemic, Incomes of 99% of Humanity Drop, Oxfam Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped doubling of fortunes of the world's ten richest people, who now are six times wealthier than the poorest 3.1 billion people, Oxfam, international charitable NGO, reported on Monday, ahead of the World Economic Forum's Davos from 17-21 January.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Let sunshine of hope light up future of humanity: Xi. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on the world to do everything necessary to clear the shadow of the pandemic and boost economic and social recovery and development, so that the sunshine of hope may light up the future of humanity.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). No 'countercurrents' could stop trend of economic globalization: Xi. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that no "countercurrents" could stop the trend of economic globalization.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China's surveyed urban unemployment rate drops in 2021. ecns.cn China's job market remained generally stable in 2021, with the surveyed urban unemployment rate standing at 5.1 percent, 0.5 percentage points lower than the same period in the previous year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday.

WSWS (2022-01-17). UK income inequality worsens during pandemic. wsws.org UK average earnings for full-time work fell between 2019 and 2021 and soaring inflation and utility prices are reducing wages and living standards further.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China's resident nominal disposable income up 9.1 pct in 2021. ecns.cn China's per capita disposable income stood at 35,128 yuan (about 5,523 U.S. dollars) in 2021, up 9.1 percent year on year in nominal terms, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday.

Henry Tufnell (2022-01-17). Self-Employment Support Scheme appeal dismissed. ukhumanrightsblog.com R. (on the application of Motherhood Plan) v HM Treasury [2021] EWCA Civ 1703 In a judgment handed down on 24 November 2021, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal concerning the lawfulness of the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme ("the Scheme") which was introduced by the Government in April 2020 during the first lockdown as …

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2022-01-17: News Headlines

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Wealth of 10 Richest Men Doubled During Pandemic, Incomes of 99% of Humanity Drop, Oxfam Says. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic have helped doubling of fortunes of the world's ten richest people, who now are six times wealthier than the poorest 3.1 billion people, Oxfam, international charitable NGO, reported on Monday, ahead of the World Economic Forum's Davos from 17-21 January.

Staff (2022-01-17). One island becoming a Mecca for crypto millionaires. rt.com Bitcoin enthusiasts are flocking to Puerto Rico, thanks to tax breaks and an island lifestyle | The US territory of Puerto Rico has become the new hot destination for cryptocurrency entrepreneurs as it has crypto-friendly policies, including huge tax breaks to those who spend at least 183 days on the island each year. | US citizens can hold on to their American passports while not having to pay any taxes on capital gains. | "That's where all my friends are. I don't have one friend left in New York, and maybe the pandemic accelerated this, but every single one of them has moved to Puerto Rico," crypto entrepren…

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi stresses both ecological conservation and economic growth. ecns.cn China should never grow the economy at the cost of resource depletion and environmental degradation, nor should the country sacrifice growth to protect the environment, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi voices confidence in the future of China's economy. ecns.cn "We have every confidence in the future of China's economy," Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Full Text: Special Address by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday delivered a special address to the 2022 World Economic Forum virtual session.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Xi addresses 2022 WEF virtual session. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping started to deliver a special address in Beijing to the 2022 World Economic Forum (WEF) virtual session.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). No 'countercurrents' could stop trend of economic globalization: Xi. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday that no "countercurrents" could stop the trend of economic globalization.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Chinese President Xi Jinping Speaks on First Day of Davos 2022 Virtual Event Agenda. sputniknews.com The World Economic Forum (WEF) will hold the Davos Agenda virtual event from 17-21 January, during which heads of state and government, CEOs and other leaders will discuss critical challenges facing the world today.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Let sunshine of hope light up future of humanity: Xi. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Monday called on the world to do everything necessary to clear the shadow of the pandemic and boost economic and social recovery and development, so that the sunshine of hope may light up the future of humanity.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). Highlights of Special Address by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the 2022 World Economic Forum Virtual Session. ecns.cn

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China's surveyed urban unemployment rate drops in 2021. ecns.cn China's job market remained generally stable in 2021, with the surveyed urban unemployment rate standing at 5.1 percent, 0.5 percentage points lower than the same period in the previous year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday.

WSWS (2022-01-17). UK income inequality worsens during pandemic. wsws.org UK average earnings for full-time work fell between 2019 and 2021 and soaring inflation and utility prices are reducing wages and living standards further.

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China's resident nominal disposable income up 9.1 pct in 2021. ecns.cn China's per capita disposable income stood at 35,128 yuan (about 5,523 U.S. dollars) in 2021, up 9.1 percent year on year in nominal terms, data from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed Monday.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Starmer and Corbyn try to prop up UK government as Johnson flounders. wsws.org Labour's contortions excusing their refusal to call a vote of no confidence are a cover for the party's real agenda—preventing a popular struggle against the hated Johnson government.

Joyce Chediac (2022-01-17). Hospital greed caused nurse shortage, not COVID-19. zcomm.org The country's largest nurse labor union maintains that hospitals are deliberately understaffing units and forcing nurses to work long hours to increase profits…

Labor Video Project (2022-01-17). Journalists Under Attack,The CA Shield Act & The Cases Of Brian Carmody & Jeremy Portje. indybay.org David Snyder, the executive director of the First Amendment Coalition talks about the cases of independent journalists Bryan Carmody and Jeremy Portje who have both been illegally assaulted by police and had their equipment seized despite the California Shield Act which is supposed to protect them. He also discusses the judges who have issued warrants to take this action.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Management-union collaboration ends àáimsata≈ü wildcat strike in Turkey. wsws.org The wildcat strike of metalworkers at the àáimsata≈ü factory in Mersin has been ended as a result of management-union collaboration.

Fight Back (2022-01-17). Retail sales drop in December. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Friday, January 14, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that retail sales dropped 1.9% in December 2021. This number was called "terrible" by economists, who expected a very slight drop of 0.1%. Since the retail sales report is not adjusted for inflation, sales discounting higher prices fell almost 2.5%. | Many news reports tried to blame the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, which began to surge in the United States in December. But online sales, which usually go up when people don't want to shop in stores because of the pandemic, fell a much sharper 8.7% in December, more than four times…

ecns.cn (2022-01-17). China's retail sales top 44 trln yuan in 2021. ecns.cn China's retail sales of consumer goods, a major indicator of consumption growth, hit 44.08 trillion yuan (about 6.93 trillion U.S.Sales of consumer goods rose 12.5 percent year on year in 2021, NBS data showed, putting the average annual growth for the past two years at 3.9 percent.

sputniknews (2022-01-17). Banker Brought in to Clean Up Credit Suisse's Image Resigns Over Breach of Covid Quarantine Rules. sputniknews.com Credit Suisse — the global investment bank and financial services giant headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has reeled from a series of scandals and poor investment decisions which put a major dent in its reputation and position on Wall Street's coveted bulge bracket listing of the world's largest and most profitable banks.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Omicron wave in Germany leads to massive increase in infections. wsws.org Despite a massive spread of the virus, the German government is continuing the "profits before lives" policy that has already led to more than 115,000 dead.

Richa Chintan (2022-01-17). Cuba shows an alternative to Big Pharma hegemony through global solidarity. greenleft.org.au Cuba puts people before profits — showing the world an alternative to the monopolistic practices of Big Pharma. It promotes a public health system, state-funded research and shows global solidarity through tech transfer and vaccine delivery to developing countries, writes Richa Chintan.

Michael Albert (2022-01-17). Marxism Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. zcomm.org To highlight past words often limits substance to what the past emphasized. Why not use our own words? Why not let "dead generations" rest in peace?>

Staff (2022-01-17). 'Drone attack' kills three at Abu Dhabi airport. rt.com Yemen's Houthi rebels have claimed responsibility for the strike | Three people were killed and six wounded in an apparent drone attack on Abu Dhabi on Monday, UAE police have said. Yemen's Houthi rebels have announced a strike "deep" in Emirati territory. | Three fuel trucks exploded in the industrial Mussafah area near storage facilities used by oil firm ADNOC, after which a "minor fire" broke out at a construction site at Abu Dhabi International Airport, the Emirati WAM news agency reported, citing police. | Preliminary investigation suggests that the blast and the fire were caused by a drone attack. | Poli…

WSWS (2022-01-17). Fire ravages chemical plant in Passaic, New Jersey. wsws.org More than 200 firefighters responded to the city's second major industrial fire in less than a year, narrowly averting an environmental disaster.

WSWS (2022-01-17). Spanish scientists oppose PSOE-Podemos call to treat COVID-19 like the flu. wsws.org The Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government plans to ignore mass COVID-19 infections and deaths by treating it as an "endemic disease" similar to influenza.

Norman Solomon (2022-01-16). Ominous History in Real Time: Where We Are Now in the USA. zcomm.org Corporate power constrains just about everything, whether healthcare or education or housing or jobs or measures for responding to the climate emergency. What prevails is the political structure of the economy…

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-16). Ministries in talks with Chinese to implement 25-year deal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — The Iranian economy minister said Sunday that Iranian ministries are negotiating with the Chinese side to reach shared deals to implement the 25-year strategic partnership signed between two nations last year.

Staff (2022-01-16). World Bank says Iran economy grew by 3.1% in 2021. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — The World Bank says in its latest report that the Iranian economy grew by 3.1% in 2021 while it had previously predicted that the economy would grow by 2.5%.

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-16). Iran plans to extensively expand exports to China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Mehdi Safari said an Uzbek delegation will visit Iran's Chabahar port, adding that Tehran is planning to extensively expand exports to China.

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2022-01-16). Iranian delegation to visit Iraq for economic talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — An Iranian economic delegation will leave for Iraq on Monday to discuss the expansion of cooperation in various fields.

Staff (2022-01-16). US official threatens Russia with 'sharp pain' inflicted 'very fast'. rt.com Top American diplomat promises swift response should Moscow 'invade' Ukraine in 'any form' | The US has some 18 "different scenarios" up its sleeve to react to any form of Russian attack on Ukraine, leading official Victoria Nuland has warned, promising to inflict "sharp pain" on Moscow should it make such a move. | Nuland, who currently serves as undersecretary of state for political affairs in President Joe Biden's government, made the thinly veiled threat in an interview with the Financial Times published on Saturday. | "I'm not going to preview 18 different scenarios … I would simply say that our…

Balihar Sanghera (2022-01-16). Rentier capitalism and class warfare in Kazakhstan. zcomm.org Blame 'free' market reforms that benefit the rich and powerful at the expense of the working class for the country's recent protests…

_____ (2022-01-16). 'Smoking Gun' Analysis: US Sanctions Produce 'War Time' Economy. popularresistance.org Red Lines Host Anya Parampil Speaks With Francisco R. Rodríguez, The Executive Of Oil For Venezuela, About A Study He Recently Published Which Analyzed The Impact Of US Sanctions On Venezuela's Economy. | Rodríguez shares data which prove sanctions have directly contributed to a major economic contraction in Venezuela, driven mainly by a significant drop in the country's oil production as a result of the measures. Rodríguez also addresses common arguments made by individuals who seek to obscure the impact US sanctions have had on Venezuela's economy. Read the study: sanctionsandsecurity.org/publications/s

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). One third of small U.S. firms see sales drop amid surging Omicron cases. ecns.cn Thirty-three percent of small firms in the United States have reported revenue decreases in the week ended Jan. 9 due to the surge of Omicron cases, the highest since February last year, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing the U.S. Census Small Business Pulse Survey.

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). China to promote orderly transfer of manufacturing industry. ecns.cn China has issued a guideline on promoting the orderly transfer of the manufacturing industry to facilitate coordinated development among different regions and maintain the stability of industrial and supply chains.

Staff (2022-01-16). Turkey striving for rapid de-dollarization. rt.com The country's finance minister has pledged to accelerate ditching the greenback in the coming days | The process of de-dollarizing the Turkish economy will be accelerated in the coming weeks, according to Treasury and Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati. | The government will step up the conversion of the nation's foreign currency holdings into Turkish lira, he said, adding that more than 131 billion lira ($9.69 billion) had been deposited in accounts under the plan. | The government program, unveiled last month, is intended to protect lira deposits from further forex depreciation, as well as to make citizens fee…

National Organization of Women (2022-01-16). Tuesday 1/25: Dollar for Dollar NOW: From Pay Equity to Paid Leave – The Push for Economic Justice. indybay.org Online webinar…

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). U.S. 'New Cold War' non-strategic, failing: The Diplomat magazine. ecns.cn The U.S. military and its civilian leaders are wrong to wage the "New Cold War" by overemphasizing militarized responses to economic and diplomatic challenges, The Diplomat magazine has reported.

teleSUR, mcs, JL (2022-01-16). Pdte. Maduro: Venezuela recupera el camino económico en medio de las sanciones. telesurtv.net "En el 2021, el 76% del presupuesto nacional fue destinado al área social para proteger al pueblo en medio de la guerra económica", indicó el jefe de Estado.

Prabhat Patnaik (2022-01-16). Financial Markets under capitalism. mronline.org One of the most important arguments advanced by John Maynard Keynes, the renowned economist, was that the operation of financial markets under capitalism is deeply flawed.

Prabhat Patnaik (2022-01-16). Bank privatization isn't conducive for financial markets under capitalism. peoplesdispatch.org One of the most important arguments advanced by John Maynard Keynes, the renowned economist, was that the operation of financial markets under capitalism is deeply flawed. Such markets are intrinsically incapable of distinguishing between "enterprise" where an asset is held because of the stream of returns that its ownership yields over time, and "speculation" where an asset is held not for this yield but only because it can be sold at a higher price tomorrow to someone else who in turn would buy it because he believes that he can sell it at an even higher price the day after tomorrow. | The existence of speculat…

Editor (2022-01-16). Challenging the poverty of words: Interview with progressive poet Frederick Pollack. mronline.org San Francisco State University professor Daniel Langton has called Frederick Pollack's poems "necessary" because "do what poetry should do—grapple with the important."

Peoples Dispatch (2022-01-16). Thousands rally for labour protections, public services in South Korea and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at the 2022 People's Rally against inequality in South Korea, the killing of 23 year old Ashling Murphy in Ireland, and more…

sputniknews (2022-01-16). UK Labour Leader Starmer on 'Partygate': 'I Think PM Johnson Broke the Law'. sputniknews.com UK PM Boris Johnson is currently under fire over what has already been named "partygate": a series of alleged parties that took place on Downing Street at a time when the United Kingdom was under strict coronavirus restrictions.

Staff (2022-01-16). Democrat group hides comments accusing Nike of slave labor after praising company. rt.com Occupy Democrats scrubbed its page of references to slave labor and child workers after celebrating Nike's decision to threaten unvaccinated employees with dismissal | Occupy Democrats, a popular left-wing political advocacy group which supports the US Democratic Party, was caught hiding comments expressing concern about slave labor after it praised sportswear company Nike. | The group praised Nike on social media after the multi-billion-dollar company threatened to fire employees who remained unvaccinated against Covid-19. | "Nike sends a defiant letter to its remaining unvaccinated employees that they will b…

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). China debunks Xinjiang-related lies fabricated by anti-China forces. ecns.cn A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Friday refuted the so-called "genocide" and "forced labor" in Xinjiang that U.S. politicians, in collusion with some anti-China organizations and individuals, have been unscrupulously spreading and hyping up for their ulterior political purpose.

Lawrence Wittner (2022-01-16). William Scheuerman's "A New American Labor Movement" (SUNY Press). zcomm.org During 2021, there were signs of growing militancy in America's beleaguered union movement, as thousands of workers went out on strike at John Deere, Kellogg's, Nabisco, Frito-Lay, Volvo, Frontier Communications, New York University, and Columbia University, as did thousands more from the ranks of union carpenters, hospital workers, airport workers, and coal miners. Even so,

Staff (2022-01-16). Fraccari continúa visita a Cuba. cubadebate.cu El presidente de la Confederación Mundial de Beisbol-Softbol (WBSC), Riccardo Fraccari, continuó este fin de semana su visita a nuestro país. El sábado, junto a colaboradores y directivos del Inder, visitó la Empresa Batos para evaluar posibles acciones conjuntas para la producción de medios e implementos para beisbol y softbol.

Sharon Zhang (2022-01-16). Warren Demands Private Equity-Backed Firms Answer for Role in Rising Rent Prices. zcomm.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers from housing corporations with backing from private equity, who she says are involved in inflating housing prices for both renters and buyers.

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2022-01-16: News Headlines

Staff (2022-01-16). US official threatens Russia with 'sharp pain' inflicted 'very fast'. rt.com Top American diplomat promises swift response should Moscow 'invade' Ukraine in 'any form' | The US has some 18 "different scenarios" up its sleeve to react to any form of Russian attack on Ukraine, leading official Victoria Nuland has warned, promising to inflict "sharp pain" on Moscow should it make such a move. | Nuland, who currently serves as undersecretary of state for political affairs in President Joe Biden's government, made the thinly veiled threat in an interview with the Financial Times published on Saturday. | "I'm not going to preview 18 different scenarios … I would simply say that our…

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2022-01-16). Iranian delegation to visit Iraq for economic talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (MNA) — An Iranian economic delegation will leave for Iraq on Monday to discuss the expansion of cooperation in various fields.

Balihar Sanghera (2022-01-16). Rentier capitalism and class warfare in Kazakhstan. zcomm.org Blame 'free' market reforms that benefit the rich and powerful at the expense of the working class for the country's recent protests…

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). One third of small U.S. firms see sales drop amid surging Omicron cases. ecns.cn Thirty-three percent of small firms in the United States have reported revenue decreases in the week ended Jan. 9 due to the surge of Omicron cases, the highest since February last year, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing the U.S. Census Small Business Pulse Survey.

Norman Solomon (2022-01-16). Ominous History in Real Time: Where We Are Now in the USA. zcomm.org Corporate power constrains just about everything, whether healthcare or education or housing or jobs or measures for responding to the climate emergency. What prevails is the political structure of the economy…

Staff (2022-01-16). Turkey striving for rapid de-dollarization. rt.com The country's finance minister has pledged to accelerate ditching the greenback in the coming days | The process of de-dollarizing the Turkish economy will be accelerated in the coming weeks, according to Treasury and Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati. | The government will step up the conversion of the nation's foreign currency holdings into Turkish lira, he said, adding that more than 131 billion lira ($9.69 billion) had been deposited in accounts under the plan. | The government program, unveiled last month, is intended to protect lira deposits from further forex depreciation, as well as to make citizens fee…

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). China to promote orderly transfer of manufacturing industry. ecns.cn China has issued a guideline on promoting the orderly transfer of the manufacturing industry to facilitate coordinated development among different regions and maintain the stability of industrial and supply chains.

National Organization of Women (2022-01-16). Tuesday 1/25: Dollar for Dollar NOW: From Pay Equity to Paid Leave – The Push for Economic Justice. indybay.org Online webinar…

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). U.S. 'New Cold War' non-strategic, failing: The Diplomat magazine. ecns.cn The U.S. military and its civilian leaders are wrong to wage the "New Cold War" by overemphasizing militarized responses to economic and diplomatic challenges, The Diplomat magazine has reported.

Prabhat Patnaik (2022-01-16). Bank privatization isn't conducive for financial markets under capitalism. peoplesdispatch.org One of the most important arguments advanced by John Maynard Keynes, the renowned economist, was that the operation of financial markets under capitalism is deeply flawed. Such markets are intrinsically incapable of distinguishing between "enterprise" where an asset is held because of the stream of returns that its ownership yields over time, and "speculation" where an asset is held not for this yield but only because it can be sold at a higher price tomorrow to someone else who in turn would buy it because he believes that he can sell it at an even higher price the day after tomorrow. | The existence of speculat…

sputniknews (2022-01-16). UK Labour Leader Starmer on 'Partygate': 'I Think PM Johnson Broke the Law'. sputniknews.com UK PM Boris Johnson is currently under fire over what has already been named "partygate": a series of alleged parties that took place on Downing Street at a time when the United Kingdom was under strict coronavirus restrictions.

Staff (2022-01-16). Democrat group hides comments accusing Nike of slave labor after praising company. rt.com Occupy Democrats scrubbed its page of references to slave labor and child workers after celebrating Nike's decision to threaten unvaccinated employees with dismissal | Occupy Democrats, a popular left-wing political advocacy group which supports the US Democratic Party, was caught hiding comments expressing concern about slave labor after it praised sportswear company Nike. | The group praised Nike on social media after the multi-billion-dollar company threatened to fire employees who remained unvaccinated against Covid-19. | "Nike sends a defiant letter to its remaining unvaccinated employees that they will b…

Lawrence Wittner (2022-01-16). William Scheuerman's "A New American Labor Movement" (SUNY Press). zcomm.org During 2021, there were signs of growing militancy in America's beleaguered union movement, as thousands of workers went out on strike at John Deere, Kellogg's, Nabisco, Frito-Lay, Volvo, Frontier Communications, New York University, and Columbia University, as did thousands more from the ranks of union carpenters, hospital workers, airport workers, and coal miners. Even so,

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). China debunks Xinjiang-related lies fabricated by anti-China forces. ecns.cn A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Friday refuted the so-called "genocide" and "forced labor" in Xinjiang that U.S. politicians, in collusion with some anti-China organizations and individuals, have been unscrupulously spreading and hyping up for their ulterior political purpose.

Sharon Zhang (2022-01-16). Warren Demands Private Equity-Backed Firms Answer for Role in Rising Rent Prices. zcomm.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers from housing corporations with backing from private equity, who she says are involved in inflating housing prices for both renters and buyers.

sputniknews (2022-01-16). Why is Jerusalem Losing the Quality of Life Race to Other Israeli Cities? sputniknews.com The poll compared 16 large cities across Israel and the satisfaction of its residents when it came to quality of life, security, employment options, connectivity, and other factors. The disputed city only managed to get positive grades in 18 of the 51 elements the poll attempted to compare.

David Suzuki (2022-01-16). Rest Is Important, but Corporate Polluters Want Us to Stay Distracted. zcomm.org It's hard to take on systems, but until we do, they'll continue to grind up nature and spit out profit where rivers, forests and meadows once stood…

sputniknews (2022-01-16). Microsoft Warns of Destructive Malware in Computer Systems of Ukrainian State Institutions. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The computer systems of several Ukrainian government agencies and non-profit organisations have been infected with malware disguised as ransomware, Microsoft said.

ecns.cn (2022-01-16). Xinjiang airports resume int'l cargo operations. ecns.cn Airports in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have resumed their international cargo operations as part of efforts to stabilize global industrial and supply chains.

teleSUR (2022-01-15). Syria and Iran Agree to Establish Joint Bank, Free Trade Zones. telesurenglish.net Iran's Road and Urban Development Minister Rostam Qasemi announced that Tehran and Damascus have agreed on establishing a joint bank with various branches in addition to joint free trade zones. | RELATED: | In a statement, Qasemi confirmed that he had met with Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and discussed the Syrian economy. | The Iranian minister also mentioned that he met with Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad, where the two agreed to establis…

Staff (2022-01-15). US seeking ways to profit should Russia-Ukraine conflict break out — reports. rt.com Washington is predicting a probable military assault despite firm denials by Russia | The US State Department has reportedly held talks with international energy majors on the possibility of contingency supplies of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Europe if conflict between Russia and Ukraine disrupts deliveries. | Over the past several months, the White House has repeatedly expressed the concern that Russia is preparing to launch a military assault on Ukraine. Russia has made it clear it has no such plans. | The US administration has threatened Moscow with another round of "crippling" sanctions in the event of…

_____ (2022-01-15). Australian Trade Unions Demand Free COVID Testing For All. popularresistance.org In a scathing condemnation of the Scott Morrison government, Australian trade unions criticized its inability to make testing for COVID-19 freely available for all. The country's largest apex trade union body, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), released a statement on Thursday, January 13, criticizing the failure to make Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) free and accessible for all. | "The ACTU condemns in the strongest possible terms the Prime Minister's failure at National Cabinet to ensure Rapid Antigen Tests be made free and accessible for all to protect worker and community safety and get the economy mo…

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2022-01-15). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

ecns.cn (2022-01-15). One third of small U.S. firms see sales drop amid surging Omicron cases. ecns.cn Thirty-three percent of small firms in the United States have reported revenue decreases in the week ended Jan. 9 due to the surge of Omicron cases, the highest since February last year, Bloomberg reported Friday, citing the U.S. Census Small Business Pulse Survey.

teleSUR (2022-01-15). President Maduro Presents Annual Message to the Nat'l Assembly. telesurenglish.net During his annual report to the National Assembly, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Moros stressed the active role and growth of the Public Powers and the Venezuelan people during the year 2021, despite all the efforts from the opposition to do away with the Bolivarian Revolution. | President Nicolas Maduro: There was a 4.9% increase in household consumption. We reached 80% of digital economy. Venezuela has not renounced, nor will it ever renounce its Bolivar currency.

sputniknews (2022-01-15). Imran Khan's Party Accused of Neglecting Pakistani Region Bordering Afghanistan. sputniknews.com For months, Pakistani PM Imran Khan's government has been battling criticism from all quarters. While thousands of students protested in October on the issue of rising educational costs, the opposition has been on the offensive over the state of the nation's economy. But Khan appears to have found a new enemy in the form of his own party now.

ecns.cn (2022-01-15). China to promote orderly transfer of manufacturing industry. ecns.cn China has issued a guideline on promoting the orderly transfer of the manufacturing industry to facilitate coordinated development among different regions and maintain the stability of industrial and supply chains.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-15). Mali Cancels Military Agreements with France. libya360.wordpress.com Voltairenet On 10 January 2022, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) decided to close land and air borders between member-countries and ali and to freeze assets of the Republic of Mali in ECOWAS Central Banks, as sanctions in response to the announcement by the transitional authorities to postpone the presidential election to the…

ecns.cn (2022-01-15). U.S. 'New Cold War' non-strategic, failing: The Diplomat magazine. ecns.cn The U.S. military and its civilian leaders are wrong to wage the "New Cold War" by overemphasizing militarized responses to economic and diplomatic challenges, The Diplomat magazine has reported.

National Organization of Women (2022-01-15). Tuesday 1/25: Dollar for Dollar NOW: From Pay Equity to Paid Leave – The Push for Economic Justice. indybay.org Online webinar…

WSWS (2022-01-15). Nationwide protests break out in Lebanon amid mounting economic, social and political crisis. wsws.org Soaring inflation, including a massive rise in the cost of food, fuel and medicine, has completely devastated workers' living standards.

Staff (2022-01-15). Germany has lost its economic freedom — Russia. rt.com Lack of certification demonstrates that Berlin can't perform ordinary commercial activities, says Moscow | The ongoing saga with the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and its long wait for approval and certification shows that Germany has no freedom to pursue its own economic interests, Russia's foreign minister has claimed. | Speaking to the Russian First Channel on Thursday, Sergey Lavrov suggested that right now Berlin doesn't have economic sovereignty and is at the mercy of third parties. | "About Nord Stream 2, it's no longer about freedom to choose alliances. It's just freedom to carry out ordinary commercial a…

WSWS (2022-01-15). Nationwide protests break out in Lebanon amid mounting economic, social and political crisis. wsws.org Soaring inflation, including a massive rise in the cost of food, fuel and medicine, has completely devastated workers' living standards.

Brian Williams (2022-01-15). To fight effects of rising prices, fight for cost of living protection. themilitant.com Rising prices — especially on food, gas, rent and other necessities — are wreaking havoc with the lives of millions of working people. Strikes and other struggles by workers and their unions today for wage raises include demands for cost-of-living adjustment clauses in contracts and benefits to counter the effects of rising prices on workers' real wages. | The boss class is pushing to defend its markets and profits from competitors by worsening the conditions and wages of the working class. | The fight for COLA was one of the key demands in strikes waged by 10,000 members of the United Auto Workers at…

Chabeli Carrazana (2022-01-15). Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments Have Ended as Congress Debates Its Future. truthout.org Originally published by For six months at the tail end of two tumultuous years, parents received direct payments — no strings attached — of as much as $300 per child in their bank accounts. By many accounts, that money delivered long-awaited relief for 61 million children, dropping rates of poverty and hunger. | This week will mark the first time since July that parents will go without a monthly paymen…

Staff (2022-01-15). Russia makes vaccine passports policy change. rt.com Officials say the proposed legislation is not suited to the current coronavirus situation | Russian lawmakers have postponed consideration of a bill that would introduce a nationwide system of QR-code vaccine passes, saying that the law needs to be adapted to deal with the new Omicron variant of Covid-19. | Tatyana Golikova, the deputy prime minister for social policy, labor, health and pension provision, told journalists on Friday that government officials, together with leaders of ruling party United Russia, had decided the proposed legislation would need to be adjusted before it could be considered further.

Staff (2022-01-15). Letras de Género desde el aislamiento, dos años después. cubadebate.cu øLogramos tomarle el pulso a un país donde los debates sobre igualdad e inclusión estuvieron más presentes que antes? No siempre. Pero lo intentamos. La violencia y las estrategias para su prevención, las labores de cuidado, el nuevo Código de las Familias y los debates en torno al acoso y al abuso formaron parte de nuestros temas.

Fight Back (2022-01-15). Day 1 of Colorado King Soopers strike: Interview with a striker. fightbacknews.org Fight Back! interviews Carol McMillian, a bakery worker from Denver currently on strike against the unfair labor practices of King Soopers, a division of Kroger. | Fight Back!: Why are you out here today on the picket line? | Carol McMillian: The reason we are out on the picket line today is because of the company's unfair labor practices. That is our dispute with King Soopers. | Fight Back!: Can you go into a little more detail about what those unfair labor practices are? | McMillian: The unfair labor practices that the company is participating in right now is, first of all they have attempted to hire [people at…

WSWS (2022-01-15). Growing support for Southern California trash collection workers as local government seeks to break month-long strike. wsws.org As a public health emergency is declared in light of infestations and contamination, Republic Services is enlisting city employees and volunteers as scab labor.

WSWS (2022-01-15). Growing support for Southern California trash collection workers as local government seeks to break month-long strike. wsws.org As a public health emergency is declared in light of infestations and contamination, Republic Services is enlisting city employees and volunteers as scab labor.

Staff (2022-01-15). Letras de Género desde el aislamiento, dos años después. cubadebate.cu øLogramos tomarle el pulso a un país donde los debates sobre igualdad e inclusión estuvieron más presentes que antes? No siempre. Pero lo intentamos. La violencia y las estrategias para su prevención, las labores de cuidado, el nuevo Código de las Familias y los debates en torno al acoso y al abuso formaron parte de nuestros temas.

Staff (2022-01-15). Most detailed 3D map of universe released. rt.com The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument accurately maps galaxy positions through time to help scientists better understand dark energy | The most detailed 3D map of the universe to date, showing the location of 7.5 million galaxies, has been published by the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI) cosmic survey project. | The map, released on Thursday by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which is leading the project, is the result of the first seven months of DESI's operations. | Each dot in the image represents an individual galaxy, consisting of between 100 billion and one trillion stars. The map s…

ecns.cn (2022-01-15). China debunks Xinjiang-related lies fabricated by anti-China forces. ecns.cn A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Friday refuted the so-called "genocide" and "forced labor" in Xinjiang that U.S. politicians, in collusion with some anti-China organizations and individuals, have been unscrupulously spreading and hyping up for their ulterior political purpose.

Fight Back (2022-01-15). Inflation hits a 40-year high as record corporate profits roll on. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Wednesday, January 12 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that prices of consumer goods rose 7% in 2021. This is the highest rate of inflation in 40 years. With workers' wages only up by 4.7% last year, the purchasing power of workers' earnings fell by more than 2%. | One important cause of higher prices was the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While spending on services, which involve more human contact and a greater possibility of infection lagged, spending on goods surged. This was the case for used cars, where prices went up 37.3% last year, as travel on mass transit decli…

Staff (2022-01-15). Oil pushes past $86 as greenback wilts. rt.com WTI and Brent Futures surged by as much as 2% | Global prices for crude climbed to a nine-week high as the US dollar headed for its largest weekly fall in over a year, turning commodities into a more affordable purchase for holders of other currencies. | Brent crude futures increased by 1.93% to $86.1 per barrel — its highest level since October 25, 2021. Meanwhile, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for February delivery rose by 2.2% to $83.95 per barrel, leading the US benchmark to post a 6.2% weekly gain — its fourth weekly rise in a row. | The US dollar index was 0.1% higher at 94.931, but finis…

Yanis Iqbal (2022-01-15). A Short History of the US-Pakistan Relationship. dissidentvoice.org On January 10, 2022, National Security Advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf said, "It [Pakistan] is still not [free from US influence] and I doubt that there is any country which is free from it." He added that the country does not have any financial independence, being dependent on loans from International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other foreign …

sputniknews (2022-01-15). 'New Level of LOW': Britney Spears Obliterates Her Sister Jamie Lynn for Knife Incident Claims. sputniknews.com The pop star has already clashed with her sister, saying she was profiting off her name after Jamie Lynn came forward with her memoir describing the Spears family.

WSWS (2022-01-15). Australian governments claim Omicron peaking as hospitalisations and deaths mount. wsws.org Claims COVID-19 case numbers will soon decrease are part of the profit-driven campaign to force potentially infectious workers back on the job.

WSWS (2022-01-15). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org Delhi University staff strike over unpaid wages; Sri Lankan health workers strike in North Central Province; Australia: Patrick Terminals to terminate enterprise agreement…

Karen Ray (2022-01-15). Thousands strike King Soopers groceries in Colorado. themilitant.com ARVADA, Colo. — Some 8,400 grocery store workers, members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7, went out on strike Jan. 12 at 87 stores in the region. They are fighting for better wages and working conditions, and against the two-tier divisions in the workforce imposed by the bosses, and other takeback demands. | At the Arvada King Soopers store here, over 20 strikers walked the picket line at dawn. Karrie Jaramillo, pictured above second from the right, told the Militant "We all do the same work, we should all get the same thing!" She has worked for the grocery store for six years and still is una…

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2022-01-15: News Headlines

WSWS (2022-01-15). Nationwide protests break out in Lebanon amid mounting economic, social and political crisis. wsws.org Soaring inflation, including a massive rise in the cost of food, fuel and medicine, has completely devastated workers' living standards.

WSWS (2022-01-15). Growing support for Southern California trash collection workers as local government seeks to break month-long strike. wsws.org As a public health emergency is declared in light of infestations and contamination, Republic Services is enlisting city employees and volunteers as scab labor.

Fight Back (2022-01-15). Day 1 of Colorado King Soopers strike: Interview with a striker. fightbacknews.org Fight Back! interviews Carol McMillian, a bakery worker from Denver currently on strike against the unfair labor practices of King Soopers, a division of Kroger. | Fight Back!: Why are you out here today on the picket line? | Carol McMillian: The reason we are out on the picket line today is because of the company's unfair labor practices. That is our dispute with King Soopers. | Fight Back!: Can you go into a little more detail about what those unfair labor practices are? | McMillian: The unfair labor practices that the company is participating in right now is, first of all they have attempted to hire [people at…

Fight Back (2022-01-15). Inflation hits a 40-year high as record corporate profits roll on. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Wednesday, January 12 the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that prices of consumer goods rose 7% in 2021. This is the highest rate of inflation in 40 years. With workers' wages only up by 4.7% last year, the purchasing power of workers' earnings fell by more than 2%. | One important cause of higher prices was the continued impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. While spending on services, which involve more human contact and a greater possibility of infection lagged, spending on goods surged. This was the case for used cars, where prices went up 37.3% last year, as travel on mass transit decli…

Yanis Iqbal (2022-01-15). A Short History of the US-Pakistan Relationship. dissidentvoice.org On January 10, 2022, National Security Advisor (NSA) Moeed Yusuf said, "It [Pakistan] is still not [free from US influence] and I doubt that there is any country which is free from it." He added that the country does not have any financial independence, being dependent on loans from International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other foreign …

WSWS (2022-01-15). Australian governments claim Omicron peaking as hospitalisations and deaths mount. wsws.org Claims COVID-19 case numbers will soon decrease are part of the profit-driven campaign to force potentially infectious workers back on the job.

WSWS (2022-01-15). Mass opposition to Monday's return to in-class learning in Ontario and Quebec. wsws.org Mass walkouts must be organized to close all schools to in-person learning as part of a Zero COVID strategy that includes the shutdown of all nonessential production with full wages paid to all workers, and a comprehensive program of public health measures to stamp out transmission of the virus once and for all.

WSWS (2022-01-15). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org Delhi University staff strike over unpaid wages; Sri Lankan health workers strike in North Central Province; Australia: Patrick Terminals to terminate enterprise agreement…

Editor2 (2022-01-15). Return the gold to Venezuela! orinocotribune.com On 8-9 January the Revolutionary Communist Group and supporters of its newspaper Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism! took to the streets demanding that Britain return $1.8bn of gold to Venezuela. | The action was called in response to the criminal ruling on 20 December, where Britain's Supreme Court recognised as the owner of $1.8bn of gold held in the Bank of England's vaults, not the legitimate socialist party government of Venezuela, but rather the discredited opposition 'interim president', Juan Guaido — the failed puppet of US imperialism. Whilst Nicolas Maduro's government in Venezuela demands the gold…

Jacob Orchard (2022-01-14). Inflation inequality: Poorest Americans are hit hardest by soaring prices on necessities. nationofchange.org The fastest rate of inflation in 40 years is hurting families across the U.S. who are seeing ever-higher prices for everything from meat and potatoes to housing and gasoline. But behind the headline number that's been widely reported is something that often gets overlooked: Inflation affects different households in different ways — and sometimes hurts …

Anya Parampil (2022-01-14). "Smoking Gun" Analysis Finds US Sanctions Produce "War Time" Economy in Venezuela. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Francisco R. Rodríguez, the Executive of Oil for Venezuela, about a study he recently published which analyzed the impact of US sanctions on Venezuela's economy. Rodríguez shares data which prove sanctions have directly contributed to a major economic contraction in Venezuela, driven mainly by a significant drop in the country's oil production as a result of the measures. Rodríguez also addresses common arguments made by individuals who seek to obscure the impact …

Staff (2022-01-14). ALBA-TCP Rejects New Illegal Sanctions Imposed on Nicaragua by US & EU. orinocotribune.com The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) strongly condemned the new aggression of the United States government and its European allies against the people and institutions of Nicaragua. | Through an official statement, the nations of the ALBA-TCP regional bloc responded to the recent announcement of fresh unilateral coercive measures by the US and the EU council. Like other acts of economic warfare waged against Nicaragua by the US, EU, and other allies, including Canada, these aggressive measures are not corroborated by United Nations decisions,…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-14). The Jakarta Method: The Project to Preserve Capitalism Through Terror. libya360.wordpress.com Rainer Shea Late-stage capitalism began when capitalism ceased to be a revolutionary force, and started being a reactionary one. By the middle of the 19th century, when the bourgeoisie had overthrown feudalism throughout most of the globe, their new system became a force for regression, something that still existed not because of progress but despite…

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-14). Iran, Syria discussed operationalizing strategic deal: Khalil. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (MNA) — Syrian economy minister has said that in his meeting with visiting Iran's road minister they had discussed ways to operationalize the strategic agreement signed between two nations in 2019.

National Organization of Women (2022-01-14). Tuesday 1/25: Dollar for Dollar NOW: From Pay Equity to Paid Leave – The Push for Economic Justice. indybay.org Online webinar…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-14). The Rule of Law Must Finally Evolve Into the Rule of Justice. libya360.wordpress.com Alfred de Zayas Democracy in the twenty-first century requires that the rule of law cease being the rule of power, of might makes right, geopolitics and economics. The rule of law must incorporate human dignity into the equation and enable people power, self-determination and referenda. The rule of law must evolve into the rule of…

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-14). Iran, China FMs discuss diverse issues in face-to-face talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Chinese counterpart discussed a variety of issues in various political, economic, trade, consular and cultural fields in a meeting in East Asian country.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2022-01-14). "Bastille 2022": Building a Worldwide Movement Against "Corona Tyranny" globalresearch.ca Bastille 2022 pertains to the restoration of fundamental rights. It seeks to reverse the criminal COVID-19 agenda which in the course of the last two years has triggered economic, social and political chaos Worldwide, coupled with bankruptcies, unemployment, mass poverty and despair.

Editor (2022-01-14). No letup in economic and social decline. mronline.org Economic and social conditions have been worsening for decades at home and abroad, especially in the context of the neoliberal antisocial offensive which was launched more than 40 years ago by the international financial oligarchy. But they have been getting even worse in recent years and over the past two years in particular.

Brittani Banks (2022-01-14). How 'Queer Eye' Upholds Liberal Economic Fantasies. independentmediainstitute.org When Netflix recently released season six of the popular reality show "Queer Eye," I eagerly binge-watched all 10 episodes, savoring Tan France's precise fashion sense, Bobby Berk's jaw-droppingly elegant interior designs, Karamo Brown's sage and insightful personal advice, Antoni Porowski's versatile kitchen skills, and, of course, Jonathan Van Ness' endearingly quirky makeovers. The show is …

Fra Hughes (2022-01-14). Kazakhstan Must Not be Allowed to Become Another Ukraine. orinocotribune.com By Fra Hughes — Jan 11, 2022 | What I am trying to convey here is the conclusion that America, the EU, and NATO care nothing for democracy and freedom. |

| In 2014, the world was informed by western media that a people's uprising against an unpopular government was taking place on Maidan Square in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, as supporters of Ukraine's integration with the European Union gathered to protest. | Sounds OK, doesn't it? Isn't it a laboring people under a former Soviet Union state system, suffering during an economic depression, and demanding to join the all dancing all singing beacon…

_____ (2022-01-14). A Program For A Future Society That We Will Build In The Present. popularresistance.org In October 2021, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report that received barely any attention: the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021, notably subtitled Unmasking disparities by ethnicity, caste, and gender. 'Multidimensional poverty' is a much more precise measurement of poverty than the international poverty line of $1.90 per day. It looks at ten indicators divided along three axes: health (nutrition, child mortality), education (years of schooling, school attendance), and standard of living (cooking fuel, sanitation, drinking water, electricity, housing, assets). The team studie…

_____ (2022-01-14). We Know The Silver Bullet To Ending Poverty And Destitution. popularresistance.org Here's how the world should operate in simple terms: A certain country or region or city or township or Hobbit hole tries something in order to help their society or group or hovel — if it works, other places then do it. If it doesn't work, other places don't do it. It's like when you were a kid and you saw your brother slide down the banister and rack himself on the newel post — You then thought, "Maybe that activity is not for me." But if he didn't nail himself in the jewels, you probably thought, "I think I'll try that." | That's how the United States government should work, but it doesn't. For-pro…

Vijay Prashad (2022-01-14). A Programme for a future society that we will build in the present: The Second Newsletter (2022). mronline.org In October 2021, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report that received barely any attention: 'the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021', notably subtitled Unmasking disparities by ethnicity, caste, and gender.

_____ (2022-01-14). South Korea Will See A Massive Labor Uprising On January 15. popularresistance.org On January 15, a coalition of workers across South Korea‚Äâ—‚Äârural farmers, the urban poor and laborers‚Äâ—‚Äâwill gather in downtown Seoul for a National All-People's Mobilization, in a protest expected to reach large numbers. Since October, workers have mobilized to demand better conditions, broader labor protections and policies, and structural reforms ahead of the forthcoming presidential and local elections of 2022 (in March and June respectively). | The South Korean government has used pandemic restrictions to regulate and lim…

_____ (2022-01-14). Nurses In US Protest COVID-19 Working Conditions. popularresistance.org The protests were held under the banner of National Nurses United (NNU), a labor union with more than 175,000 members nationwide, which called on the hospital industry to "invest in safe staffing." | Hospitals in the US, the worst-hit country in the world, have been struggling to cope up with the new tide of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, as well as worker shortages and burnout. | Nurses are furious over sheer callousness and indifference shown by the government as well as their employers, blaming them for caring about their businesses, not the public health. | The protests took place across 11 US states and Was…

G. Dunkel (2022-01-14). Starbucks union push comes to Ohio. workers.org Cleveland Early in the morning of Jan. 10, another group of Starbucks workers — called "partners" — filed for a union representation election with the National Labor Relations Board. A solid majority of the 20 employees at the West 6th store in downtown Cleveland signed cards to be represented by . . . |

WSWS (2022-01-14). Labor leader promises strategic maritime fleet as part of Australia's preparations for war. wsws.org Albanese's union-backed plan has nothing to do with the provision of decent jobs and working conditions for merchant marine seafarers.

Editor (2022-01-14). Jason E Smith: 'Smart Machines and Service Work: Automation in an Age of Stagnation'. mronline.org Smith begins with Friedrich Pollock's definition of automation as a 'technique of industrial production [in which] the machines are "controlled" by machines', and shows that this trend of automation, while increasing labor productivity in the industrial and manufacturing sector, is also the reason for a lack of automation in the service sector.

teleSUR, lvm, MER (2022-01-14). Pdte. de Venezuela destaca labor de AN durante el 2021. telesurtv.net El mandatario venezolano reiteró que "cada ley debe estar acompañada de un plan de acción".

Vijay Prashad (2022-01-14). Are Western wealthy countries determined to starve the people of Afghanistan? peoplesdispatch.org The UN has issued an urgent appeal to countries across the world to raise billions of dollars in aid for Afghanistan amid an impending humanitarian catastrophe…

Staff (2022-01-14). Head of Russia-led bloc reveals details of Kazakhstan mission. rt.com The arrival of the allied peacekeeping force had a "sobering effect" in Kazakhstan, the official believes | As the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) wraps up its peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan, the top official of the Russia-led military bloc talked about the course of the deployment and its results with RT. | Kazakhstan faced a rocky start to the new year, as a wave of violent unrest broke out on the back of protests triggered by a sharp hike in fuel prices. As the initially peaceful protest devolved into violence and rioting in a matter of days, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reached…

Sharon Zhang (2022-01-14). Warren Demands Private Equity-Backed Firms Answer for Role in Rising Rent Prices. truthout.org Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) is demanding answers from housing corporations with backing from private equity, who she says are involved in inflating housing prices for both renters and buyers. |

Ann Brown (2022-01-14). Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Indicted By Feds Over Mortgage Applications. moguldom.com Baltimore's top prosecutor, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, was indicted on Jan. 13 on federal charges of perjury and filing false mortgage applications related to her purchase of two Florida vacation homes. The 41-year-old Democrat was elected to her post in 2015. She is being accused of falsely claiming twice to have suffered a work-related financial …

Isheka N. Harrison (2022-01-14). Truck Driver, 27, To Get $30K Over Losses From Robinhood Restricting Trading Of Reddit Meme Stocks. moguldom.com A 27-year-old truck driver is getting a $30,000 payday from Robinhood after the trading app was found liable for losses he incurred when the online broker restricted trading on meme stocks in January 2021 during an unprecedented short squeeze. On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) ruled that Robinhood had to pay Jose Batista …

Staff (2022-01-14). Senior Navalny allies added to Russia's 'terrorist & extremist' list. rt.com Their bank accounts will now immediately be frozen | Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov, two close allies of the jailed Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny, have been added to a state register of extremists. They were placed on an international wanted list last year. | The two men's names were registered on the website of Rosfinmonitoring, Russia's financial monitoring service, on Friday. | The agency compiles information on those suspected of terrorist or extremist activity. Under Russian law, the bank accounts of individuals on the list must be frozen immediately. Both men currently live abroad, having le…

Staff (2022-01-14). Senior prosecutor praised by Kamala Harris is indicted on federal charges. rt.com The vice president encouraged voters to support Marilyn Mosby to help 'reform' the criminal justice system | On Thursday, Marilyn Mosby, the state's attorney for Baltimore, was indicted for perjury and falsifying documents at a time when she alleged she was struggling financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic. | Mosby, a Democrat who was elected to her position in 2015, claimed on two occasions that she was suffering work-related hardship so as to borrow a total of $90,000 from her retirement account. She used that money to purchase two Florida vacation homes, prosecutors say. | According to the indictment, Mos…

Julia Conley (2022-01-14). More than 8,000 Kroger grocery workers strike in Colorado. nationofchange.org On the heels of a new report showing significant financial insecurity, including homelessness, among workers at Kroger grocery stores, more than 8,000 of the chain's employees in Colorado went on strike Wednesday to demand fair wages and better healthcare benefits. Amid a recent wave of successful strikes at companies including John Deere and Kellogg's, the …

Staff (2022-01-14). Facebook faces $3bn+ legal action over dominance. rt.com The UK case is based on company's historic data-collection practices | Social media giant Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms, faces a class action lawsuit in Britain, seeking at least £2.3 billion (over $3.1 billion) in damages, over allegations the company had exploited users' data for profit. | The case is being brought by Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, a senior adviser to Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) watchdog and a competition law academic. She said the case was brought on behalf of Facebook's 44 million users who had used the network between 2015 and 2019. | It alleges that Facebook made bil…

Staff (2022-01-14). Johnson eyes Downing Street overhaul to avert 'political death' — media. rt.com Boris Johnson under fire over reports his office held multiple parties while England was in lockdown | UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly expected to conduct a shake-up of Downing Street staff amid growing pressure over a number of parties allegedly held by his office in breach of Covid lockdown rules. | The Financial Times has reported that Johnson will launch a major restructuring of his top staff in an effort to cling to power as public and political criticism mounts against his government. | Speaking anonymously to the FT, one individual identified as an ally of Johnson claimed that "Boris reali…

Dean Baker (2022-01-14). Is Europe's Inflation Joe Biden's Fault? cepr.net We would probably think it is, if we relied on CNN and other such sources, but in good old reality land, that's a hard story to tell. Anyhow, as some of us tried to explain, inflation is a worldwide phenomenon associated with reopening from after a worldwide pandemic, which is not yet over. We got …

WSWS (2022-01-14). Price surge slashes workers' living standards. wsws.org Seven percent inflation in 2021 resulted in a real wage reduction of an average 2.4 percent for US workers.

Peoples Dispatch (2022-01-14). Drivers and transport workers in Lebanon strike against government apathy. peoplesdispatch.org The striking workers blocked several major highways and roads demanding the government to reinstate past subsidies on fuel and other commodities in the face of spiraling inflation…

Kevin Mwanza (2022-01-14). Solrise Finance (SLRS): Is The Solana DeFi Crypto The Next Big Investing Opportunity? 5 Things To Know. moguldom.com Solrise Finance (SLRS), a Solana-based decentralized investment platform that allows portfolio managers to create funds governed by smart contracts, has attracted the attention of funders and investors alike as the breakaway token continues its rise into 2022. A new cryptocurrency launched in April 2020 as an open-source project, Solana (SOL) is maintained by the Geneva-based Solana …

sputniknews (2022-01-14). Construction Projects & Billions in Investments: Israel is Making Over Golan Heights. sputniknews.com The Jewish state's government has recently decided to double the amount of residents in the disputed plateau. It also announced that a great deal of money will be injected into infrastructure projects, the expansion of current towns, and the creation of new settlements.

sputniknews (2022-01-14). Britney Spears Attacks Her Sister, Accuses Jamie of Profiting Off Her Name. sputniknews.com Since the singer had her conservatorship terminated, she's written several posts harshly criticising members of her family for what she described as their "demoralising" and "degrading" treatment of her. The "Baby One More Time" singer also made several veiled attacks at her sister.

deweylaura (2022-01-14). Chinese Communist Party and fraternal political parties meet. cpusa.org Democracy is a shared value of humanity. It does not belong to the United States, or to the capitalist world, alone. This was the theme of the Meeting of the Chinese Communist Party and Marxist Political Parties from Europe, North American, and Oceania held on December 15, 2021. The CPC hosted the event live …

ecns.cn (2022-01-14). Xinjiang airports resume int'l cargo operations. ecns.cn Airports in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have resumed their international cargo operations as part of efforts to stabilize global industrial and supply chains.

Editor (2022-01-14). How Education International is pushing teachers' unions into the 4th Industrial Revolution. mronline.org Why have teachers' unions been pushing ed-tech that is driving schools into the 4IR? Look no further than Education International, a global federation tied to UNESCO & the WEF that dominates most teachers' unions in the U.S. and beyond.

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2022-01-14). PSL solidarity statement with the people of Sudan and Sudanese Communist Party. liberationnews.org The Party for Socialism and Liberation offers its heartfelt solidarity to the millions taking to the streets to oppose Sudan's coup regime in the face of beatings, arrests and bullets…

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Staff (2022-01-14). ALBA-TCP Rejects New Illegal Sanctions Imposed on Nicaragua by US & EU. orinocotribune.com The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Peoples of Our America-Peoples Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP) strongly condemned the new aggression of the United States government and its European allies against the people and institutions of Nicaragua. | Through an official statement, the nations of the ALBA-TCP regional bloc responded to the recent announcement of fresh unilateral coercive measures by the US and the EU council. Like other acts of economic warfare waged against Nicaragua by the US, EU, and other allies, including Canada, these aggressive measures are not corroborated by United Nations decisions,…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-14). The Jakarta Method: The Project to Preserve Capitalism Through Terror. libya360.wordpress.com Rainer Shea Late-stage capitalism began when capitalism ceased to be a revolutionary force, and started being a reactionary one. By the middle of the 19th century, when the bourgeoisie had overthrown feudalism throughout most of the globe, their new system became a force for regression, something that still existed not because of progress but despite…

Jacob Orchard (2022-01-14). Inflation inequality: Poorest Americans are hit hardest by soaring prices on necessities. nationofchange.org The fastest rate of inflation in 40 years is hurting families across the U.S. who are seeing ever-higher prices for everything from meat and potatoes to housing and gasoline. But behind the headline number that's been widely reported is something that often gets overlooked: Inflation affects different households in different ways — and sometimes hurts …

Anya Parampil (2022-01-14). "Smoking Gun" Analysis Finds US Sanctions Produce "War Time" Economy in Venezuela. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Francisco R. Rodríguez, the Executive of Oil for Venezuela, about a study he recently published which analyzed the impact of US sanctions on Venezuela's economy. Rodríguez shares data which prove sanctions have directly contributed to a major economic contraction in Venezuela, driven mainly by a significant drop in the country's oil production as a result of the measures. Rodríguez also addresses common arguments made by individuals who seek to obscure the impact …

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-14). Iran, Syria discussed operationalizing strategic deal: Khalil. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (MNA) — Syrian economy minister has said that in his meeting with visiting Iran's road minister they had discussed ways to operationalize the strategic agreement signed between two nations in 2019.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-14). The Rule of Law Must Finally Evolve Into the Rule of Justice. libya360.wordpress.com Alfred de Zayas Democracy in the twenty-first century requires that the rule of law cease being the rule of power, of might makes right, geopolitics and economics. The rule of law must incorporate human dignity into the equation and enable people power, self-determination and referenda. The rule of law must evolve into the rule of…

National Organization of Women (2022-01-14). Tuesday 1/25: Dollar for Dollar NOW: From Pay Equity to Paid Leave – The Push for Economic Justice. indybay.org Online webinar…

Editor (2022-01-14). No letup in economic and social decline. mronline.org Economic and social conditions have been worsening for decades at home and abroad, especially in the context of the neoliberal antisocial offensive which was launched more than 40 years ago by the international financial oligarchy. But they have been getting even worse in recent years and over the past two years in particular.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2022-01-14). "Bastille 2022": Building a Worldwide Movement Against "Corona Tyranny" globalresearch.ca Bastille 2022 pertains to the restoration of fundamental rights. It seeks to reverse the criminal COVID-19 agenda which in the course of the last two years has triggered economic, social and political chaos Worldwide, coupled with bankruptcies, unemployment, mass poverty and despair.

Fra Hughes (2022-01-14). Kazakhstan Must Not be Allowed to Become Another Ukraine. orinocotribune.com By Fra Hughes — Jan 11, 2022 | What I am trying to convey here is the conclusion that America, the EU, and NATO care nothing for democracy and freedom. |

| In 2014, the world was informed by western media that a people's uprising against an unpopular government was taking place on Maidan Square in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, as supporters of Ukraine's integration with the European Union gathered to protest. | Sounds OK, doesn't it? Isn't it a laboring people under a former Soviet Union state system, suffering during an economic depression, and demanding to join the all dancing all singing beacon…

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-14). Iran, China FMs discuss diverse issues in face-to-face talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (MNA) — Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Chinese counterpart discussed a variety of issues in various political, economic, trade, consular and cultural fields in a meeting in East Asian country.

Brittani Banks (2022-01-14). How 'Queer Eye' Upholds Liberal Economic Fantasies. independentmediainstitute.org When Netflix recently released season six of the popular reality show "Queer Eye," I eagerly binge-watched all 10 episodes, savoring Tan France's precise fashion sense, Bobby Berk's jaw-droppingly elegant interior designs, Karamo Brown's sage and insightful personal advice, Antoni Porowski's versatile kitchen skills, and, of course, Jonathan Van Ness' endearingly quirky makeovers. The show is …

Vijay Prashad (2022-01-14). A Programme for a future society that we will build in the present: The Second Newsletter (2022). mronline.org In October 2021, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report that received barely any attention: 'the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021', notably subtitled Unmasking disparities by ethnicity, caste, and gender.

Editor (2022-01-14). Jason E Smith: 'Smart Machines and Service Work: Automation in an Age of Stagnation'. mronline.org Smith begins with Friedrich Pollock's definition of automation as a 'technique of industrial production [in which] the machines are "controlled" by machines', and shows that this trend of automation, while increasing labor productivity in the industrial and manufacturing sector, is also the reason for a lack of automation in the service sector.

G. Dunkel (2022-01-14). Starbucks union push comes to Ohio. workers.org Cleveland Early in the morning of Jan. 10, another group of Starbucks workers — called "partners" — filed for a union representation election with the National Labor Relations Board. A solid majority of the 20 employees at the West 6th store in downtown Cleveland signed cards to be represented by . . . |

WSWS (2022-01-14). Labor leader promises strategic maritime fleet as part of Australia's preparations for war. wsws.org Albanese's union-backed plan has nothing to do with the provision of decent jobs and working conditions for merchant marine seafarers.

teleSUR, lvm, MER (2022-01-14). Pdte. de Venezuela destaca labor de AN durante el 2021. telesurtv.net El mandatario venezolano reiteró que "cada ley debe estar acompañada de un plan de acción".

Brittani Banks (2022-01-14). Are Western Wealthy Countries Determined to Starve the People of Afghanistan? independentmediainstitute.org On January 11, 2022, the United Nations (UN) Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths appealed to the international community to help raise $4.4 billion for Afghanistan in humanitarian aid, calling this effort, "the largest ever appeal for a single country for humanitarian assistance." This amount is required "in the hope of shoring up collapsing basic services …

Staff (2022-01-14). Head of Russia-led bloc reveals details of Kazakhstan mission. rt.com The arrival of the allied peacekeeping force had a "sobering effect" in Kazakhstan, the official believes | As the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) wraps up its peacekeeping mission in Kazakhstan, the top official of the Russia-led military bloc talked about the course of the deployment and its results with RT. | Kazakhstan faced a rocky start to the new year, as a wave of violent unrest broke out on the back of protests triggered by a sharp hike in fuel prices. As the initially peaceful protest devolved into violence and rioting in a matter of days, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev reached…

Ann Brown (2022-01-14). Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby Indicted By Feds Over Mortgage Applications. moguldom.com Baltimore's top prosecutor, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, was indicted on Jan. 13 on federal charges of perjury and filing false mortgage applications related to her purchase of two Florida vacation homes. The 41-year-old Democrat was elected to her post in 2015. She is being accused of falsely claiming twice to have suffered a work-related financial …

Isheka N. Harrison (2022-01-14). Truck Driver, 27, To Get $30K Over Losses From Robinhood Restricting Trading Of Reddit Meme Stocks. moguldom.com A 27-year-old truck driver is getting a $30,000 payday from Robinhood after the trading app was found liable for losses he incurred when the online broker restricted trading on meme stocks in January 2021 during an unprecedented short squeeze. On Thursday, Jan. 6, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) ruled that Robinhood had to pay Jose Batista …

Julia Conley (2022-01-14). More than 8,000 Kroger grocery workers strike in Colorado. nationofchange.org On the heels of a new report showing significant financial insecurity, including homelessness, among workers at Kroger grocery stores, more than 8,000 of the chain's employees in Colorado went on strike Wednesday to demand fair wages and better healthcare benefits. Amid a recent wave of successful strikes at companies including John Deere and Kellogg's, the …

Staff (2022-01-14). Senior prosecutor praised by Kamala Harris is indicted on federal charges. rt.com The vice president encouraged voters to support Marilyn Mosby to help 'reform' the criminal justice system | On Thursday, Marilyn Mosby, the state's attorney for Baltimore, was indicted for perjury and falsifying documents at a time when she alleged she was struggling financially due to the Covid-19 pandemic. | Mosby, a Democrat who was elected to her position in 2015, claimed on two occasions that she was suffering work-related hardship so as to borrow a total of $90,000 from her retirement account. She used that money to purchase two Florida vacation homes, prosecutors say. | According to the indictment, Mos…

Staff (2022-01-14). Johnson eyes Downing Street overhaul to avert 'political death' — media. rt.com Boris Johnson under fire over reports his office held multiple parties while England was in lockdown | UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly expected to conduct a shake-up of Downing Street staff amid growing pressure over a number of parties allegedly held by his office in breach of Covid lockdown rules. | The Financial Times has reported that Johnson will launch a major restructuring of his top staff in an effort to cling to power as public and political criticism mounts against his government. | Speaking anonymously to the FT, one individual identified as an ally of Johnson claimed that "Boris reali…

Staff (2022-01-14). Senior Navalny allies added to Russia's 'terrorist & extremist' list. rt.com Their bank accounts will now immediately be frozen | Leonid Volkov and Ivan Zhdanov, two close allies of the jailed Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny, have been added to a state register of extremists. They were placed on an international wanted list last year. | The two men's names were registered on the website of Rosfinmonitoring, Russia's financial monitoring service, on Friday. | The agency compiles information on those suspected of terrorist or extremist activity. Under Russian law, the bank accounts of individuals on the list must be frozen immediately. Both men currently live abroad, having le…

Staff (2022-01-14). Facebook faces $3bn+ legal action over dominance. rt.com The UK case is based on company's historic data-collection practices | Social media giant Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms, faces a class action lawsuit in Britain, seeking at least £2.3 billion (over $3.1 billion) in damages, over allegations the company had exploited users' data for profit. | The case is being brought by Liza Lovdahl Gormsen, a senior adviser to Britain's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) watchdog and a competition law academic. She said the case was brought on behalf of Facebook's 44 million users who had used the network between 2015 and 2019. | It alleges that Facebook made bil…

Dean Baker (2022-01-14). Is Europe's Inflation Joe Biden's Fault? cepr.net We would probably think it is, if we relied on CNN and other such sources, but in good old reality land, that's a hard story to tell. Anyhow, as some of us tried to explain, inflation is a worldwide phenomenon associated with reopening from after a worldwide pandemic, which is not yet over. We got …

WSWS (2022-01-14). Price surge slashes workers' living standards. wsws.org Seven percent inflation in 2021 resulted in a real wage reduction of an average 2.4 percent for US workers.

Kevin Mwanza (2022-01-14). Solrise Finance (SLRS): Is The Solana DeFi Crypto The Next Big Investing Opportunity? 5 Things To Know. moguldom.com Solrise Finance (SLRS), a Solana-based decentralized investment platform that allows portfolio managers to create funds governed by smart contracts, has attracted the attention of funders and investors alike as the breakaway token continues its rise into 2022. A new cryptocurrency launched in April 2020 as an open-source project, Solana (SOL) is maintained by the Geneva-based Solana …

sputniknews (2022-01-14). Construction Projects & Billions in Investments: Israel is Making Over Golan Heights. sputniknews.com The Jewish state's government has recently decided to double the amount of residents in the disputed plateau. It also announced that a great deal of money will be injected into infrastructure projects, the expansion of current towns, and the creation of new settlements.

sputniknews (2022-01-14). Britney Spears Attacks Her Sister, Accuses Jamie of Profiting Off Her Name. sputniknews.com Since the singer had her conservatorship terminated, she's written several posts harshly criticising members of her family for what she described as their "demoralising" and "degrading" treatment of her. The "Baby One More Time" singer also made several veiled attacks at her sister.

Editor (2022-01-14). How Education International is pushing teachers' unions into the 4th Industrial Revolution. mronline.org Why have teachers' unions been pushing ed-tech that is driving schools into the 4IR? Look no further than Education International, a global federation tied to UNESCO & the WEF that dominates most teachers' unions in the U.S. and beyond.

ecns.cn (2022-01-14). Xinjiang airports resume int'l cargo operations. ecns.cn Airports in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have resumed their international cargo operations as part of efforts to stabilize global industrial and supply chains.

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2022-01-14). PSL solidarity statement with the people of Sudan and Sudanese Communist Party. liberationnews.org The Party for Socialism and Liberation offers its heartfelt solidarity to the millions taking to the streets to oppose Sudan's coup regime in the face of beatings, arrests and bullets…

Editor2 (2022-01-14). Two Exemplary Twentieth-Century Socialist Latin American Lives: José Carlos Mariátegui and Orlando Letelier. orinocotribune.com By Nicholas Birns — Jan 10, 2022 | The two books we will analyze in this essay, Bread and Beauty: The Cultural Politics of José Carlos Mariátegui by Juan E. De Castro, and Alan McPherson's Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet's Terror State to Justice, are very different in subject matter, discipline, and style. But they both tell the stories of twentieth century Latin American activists of the left who strove for social justice and against dictatorship and authoritarianism. Together, they show the variety of and range of contemporary Latin American studies. | Although t…

_____ (2022-01-13). China and Latin America: Washington is Losing Ground. journal-neo.org The global Sino-American confrontation that has unfolded in recent years affects all spheres of the world economy and all regions. China stubbornly squeezes the United States in every area, including its traditional sphere of influence in Latin America. At the moment, the United States is the leading trading partner of Latin American countries as a …

Staff (2022-01-13). President Maduro Reports COVID-19 Case Spike due to Omicron. orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, January 11, during a brief on the fight against COVID-19 and the return to classes, the Venezuelan head of state pointed out that Venezuela has had a slight increase in the rate of infections, rising from five cases to six cases for every 100,000 inhabitants. Likewise, he pointed out that the new daily cases of COVID-19, which in the first days of January fell to 110, rose to 598 cases this Tuesday. For the moment, classes will not be suspended nor will the reopening of the economy be affected, but he urged Venezuelans not to be careless. He called for those who have not yet done so to get vaccinate…

_____ (2022-01-13). World Bank Downgrades Global Growth Forecast. popularresistance.org As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 rips through the world's population, the World Bank has forecast slowing global growth for 2022 as well as the following year in its Global Economics Prospects report issued on Tuesday. | While it was certainly not its intention, the report is an exposure of the claims by capitalist governments that no serious public health measures can be undertaken to eliminate the pandemic because they would be detrimental to the "economy." | In fact, as the figures in the report make clear, the policy of "let it rip" being pursued by virtually all governments is producing ever worsening econ…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-13). How Bolivia's Economy Was Saved. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News We spoke to Zenón Mamani, Bolivia's Vice Minister for Budget and Public Accounts, about what the country's economic recovery looks like following the restoration of the socialist model at the end of 2020, with the landslide victory of Luis Arce and the Movement Towards Socialism. What are the core principles behind the economic…

Ana Perdigón (2022-01-13). Venezuela Begins 2022 with Oil Production Increase (+Alex Saab). orinocotribune.com Despite the economic blockade imposed by the United States regime, Venezuela began 2022 by increasing its oil production in its domestic refineries to almost 160,000 barrels per day (bpd), a source revealed to Reuters. | With the help of Iran, which provided tankers of fuel, Venezuela was able to satisfy its internal demand for gasoline a few months ago. In addition, technicians from Iran helped to replace equipment and effectuate repairs at several refineries in Venezuela. | Processing was revamped to handle a more diverse list of crude grades, to produce more gasoline and diesel. | Venezuela has been heavily af…

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2022-01-13). Iran, Syria to establish joint bank, free zone. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 13 (MNA) — Stating that the end of the war in Syria is the beginning of a new era of economic relations between the two countries, Iran Minister of Roads and Urban Development said that Iran and Syria are set to establish a joint bank.

Brittani Banks (2022-01-13). As Cryptocurrency Becomes Mainstream, Its Carbon Footprint Can't Be Ignored. independentmediainstitute.org For advocates of cryptocurrency, the promise of an economic future that is managed by a blockchain (a decentralized database that is shared among the nodes of a computer network, as opposed to being held in a single location, such as a central bank) is compelling. For anyone paying attention, the rapid expansion of cryptocurrency has …

_____ (2022-01-13). MTC between India and Russia: A Stable Development Against the Backdrop of New Threats. journal-neo.org There has been global confrontation between the US and China for many years. Against this background, the regional confrontation between China and India continues. The two mighty neighboring Asian powers have long been competitors, having territorial issues and vying for influence in neighboring states. Fortunately, the struggle is mainly in the economic sphere, but to …

Vijay Prashad (2022-01-13). A Programme for a Future Society That We Will Build in the Present. dissidentvoice.org Chittaprosad, Indian Workers Read, n.d. In October 2021, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report that received barely any attention: the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021, notably subtitled Unmasking disparities by ethnicity, caste, and gender. 'Multidimensional poverty' is a much more precise measurement of poverty than the international poverty line of $1.90 per …

Subodh Varma (2022-01-13). UP Elections: Double engine has left urban youth stranded. peoplesdispatch.org In the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh which is set to see elections soon, urban youth in the15-29 age range are facing lethal unemployment, with rates above 20% for the past three years…

Ann Brown (2022-01-13). A Heavy Tax On Black America: Inflation Jumps 7% Year Over Year, Used Car Prices Up 37%. moguldom.com Inflation hit 7 percent in December, the highest in 39 years, with prices going up on almost everything. Even used cars, once the butt of "cheap" jokes, are now expensive, having seen a 37 percent spike in prices. While inflation negatively impacts most Americans, it is causing an especially heavy tax on Black Americans. Low-income …

WSWS (2022-01-13). New Zealand scientists express alarm over Omicron threat. wsws.org Amid the danger of an imminent Omicron outbreak, scientific experts are increasingly voicing concerns that contradict the "herd immunity" policies of the Labour-led government.

Ann Brown (2022-01-13). Psychologist Dr. Cheryl Grills Appointed To NAARC's National Reparations Commission. moguldom.com The National African American Reparations Commission (NAARC) has appointed psychologist Dr. Cheryl Grills to its National Reparations Commission. NAARC is comprised of activists, scholars and leaders in civil rights, human rights, labor, and faith. Grills is a professor of psychology at Loyola Marymount University and a past national president of the Association of Black Psychologists. …

Mark Gruenberg (2022-01-13). Labor law-breaking forces 8,400 Colorado grocery workers to walk. peoplesworld.org DENVER —Labor law-breaking by the King Soopers chain and at City Market, both Kroger subsidiaries, forced 8,400 grocery workers in Colorado into an unfair labor practices—company labor law-breaking—strike, starting at 5 a.m. on January 12. The workers, members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 are also at loggerheads with the bosses over pay …

Editor (2022-01-13). Labor power and wages after women's labor market incorporation in Argentina. mronline.org In the past years, there has been a very much welcomed flourishing of Marxist Feminist analyses.

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2022-01-13: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2022-01-13). A Programme for a Future Society That We Will Build in the Present. dissidentvoice.org Chittaprosad, Indian Workers Read, n.d. In October 2021, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a report that received barely any attention: the Global Multidimensional Poverty Index 2021, notably subtitled Unmasking disparities by ethnicity, caste, and gender. 'Multidimensional poverty' is a much more precise measurement of poverty than the international poverty line of $1.90 per …

WSWS (2022-01-13). December inflation surge leaves US workers' wages even further behind. wsws.org Rising prices for food, used cars, rent and medical care amounted to a 2.3 percent cut in real wages from December 2020 to December 2021, according to official figures.

Kenzo Shibata (2022-01-13). Teachers in Chicago Are Up Against a Wall of Neoliberal Cruelty. zcomm.org The current struggle is a symptom of the larger problem of neoliberal school reform — a virus whose only vaccine is democracy…

Staff (2022-01-13). John Nichols on How "Coronavirus Criminals & Pandemic Profiteers" Hurt World's Response to COVID-19. democracynow.org We speak with The Nation's national affairs correspondent John Nichols on the occasion of his new book, "Coronavirus Criminals and Pandemic Profiteers: Accountability for Those Who Caused the Crisis," which takes aim at the CEOs and political figures who put profits over people during the coronavirus pandemic. The chapters cover notorious figures such as former President Trump, Mike Pompeo, Jared Kushner and Jeff Bezos. "In the United States alone, hundreds of thousands of deaths occurred that did not have to occur," says Nichols. "Globally it's in the millions, and the U.S. could have played a huge role in addre…

Staff (2022-01-13). Confessions of a "Human Guinea Pig": Professor Quits Vaccine Trial over Moderna's Corporate Greed. democracynow.org Jeremy Menchik, a self-described "human guinea pig" who volunteered for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine trials, dropped out to protest the company's greed in reaping profits from the ongoing pandemic while doing little to resolve global vaccine inequity. Menchik is launching a new website — mrna4all.org — where other vaccine trial participants can join the effort to pressure vaccine makers to scale up production to vaccinate the world. "That they have to be accountable to their guinea pigs and they have to advance policies for public health not just private profit … I think that must be unnerving to them…

_____ (2022-01-13). China and Latin America: Washington is Losing Ground. journal-neo.org The global Sino-American confrontation that has unfolded in recent years affects all spheres of the world economy and all regions. China stubbornly squeezes the United States in every area, including its traditional sphere of influence in Latin America. At the moment, the United States is the leading trading partner of Latin American countries as a …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-13). How Bolivia's Economy Was Saved. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News We spoke to Zenón Mamani, Bolivia's Vice Minister for Budget and Public Accounts, about what the country's economic recovery looks like following the restoration of the socialist model at the end of 2020, with the landslide victory of Luis Arce and the Movement Towards Socialism. What are the core principles behind the economic…

Staff (2022-01-13). President Maduro Reports COVID-19 Case Spike due to Omicron. orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, January 11, during a brief on the fight against COVID-19 and the return to classes, the Venezuelan head of state pointed out that Venezuela has had a slight increase in the rate of infections, rising from five cases to six cases for every 100,000 inhabitants. Likewise, he pointed out that the new daily cases of COVID-19, which in the first days of January fell to 110, rose to 598 cases this Tuesday. For the moment, classes will not be suspended nor will the reopening of the economy be affected, but he urged Venezuelans not to be careless. He called for those who have not yet done so to get vaccinate…

WSWS (2022-01-13). World Bank downgrades global growth forecast. wsws.org The summary of the World Bank's report on the state of the world economy reads like an indictment of the political and financial authorities responsible for economic policies.

_____ (2022-01-13). MTC between India and Russia: A Stable Development Against the Backdrop of New Threats. journal-neo.org There has been global confrontation between the US and China for many years. Against this background, the regional confrontation between China and India continues. The two mighty neighboring Asian powers have long been competitors, having territorial issues and vying for influence in neighboring states. Fortunately, the struggle is mainly in the economic sphere, but to …

Ana Perdigón (2022-01-13). Venezuela Begins 2022 with Oil Production Increase (+Alex Saab). orinocotribune.com Despite the economic blockade imposed by the United States regime, Venezuela began 2022 by increasing its oil production in its domestic refineries to almost 160,000 barrels per day (bpd), a source revealed to Reuters. | With the help of Iran, which provided tankers of fuel, Venezuela was able to satisfy its internal demand for gasoline a few months ago. In addition, technicians from Iran helped to replace equipment and effectuate repairs at several refineries in Venezuela. | Processing was revamped to handle a more diverse list of crude grades, to produce more gasoline and diesel. | Venezuela has been heavily af…

Subodh Varma (2022-01-13). UP Elections: Double engine has left urban youth stranded. peoplesdispatch.org In the Indian State of Uttar Pradesh which is set to see elections soon, urban youth in the15-29 age range are facing lethal unemployment, with rates above 20% for the past three years…

WSWS (2022-01-13). New Zealand scientists express alarm over Omicron threat. wsws.org Amid the danger of an imminent Omicron outbreak, scientific experts are increasingly voicing concerns that contradict the "herd immunity" policies of the Labour-led government.

Editor (2022-01-13). Labor power and wages after women's labor market incorporation in Argentina. mronline.org In the past years, there has been a very much welcomed flourishing of Marxist Feminist analyses.

_____ (2022-01-13). More Than 8,000 Kroger Grocery Workers Strike In Colorado. popularresistance.org On the heels of a new report showing significant financial insecurity, including homelessness, among workers at Kroger grocery stores, more than 8,000 of the chain's employees in Colorado went on strike Wednesday to demand fair wages and better healthcare benefits. | Amid a recent wave of successful strikes at companies including John Deere and Kellogg's, the work stoppage is taking place at nearly 80 King Sooper grocery stores, which are owned by the Kroger Company, across the Denver metropolitan area. According to the Colorado Sun, 10 additional stores in Colorado Springs could also go on strike in the coming w…

Editor (2022-01-13). Private SoCal Prison Remains Open Despite Ban. scheerpost.com Photo by By George Franco / A for-profit

WSWS (2022-01-13). Communist Party of the Philippines opposes mandatory vaccination, demands school re-openings. wsws.org The concern of the CPP is not public health or the mass infection of workers, but the continued profits of corporations.

WSWS (2022-01-13). French teachers launch one-day strike against Macron's COVID-19 policy. wsws.org An international mobilization of the working class is emerging against capitalist governments' subordination of health and life to profit during the pandemic.

WSWS (2022-01-13). Sri Lankan educators' safety committee supports Chicago teachers fight against union sellout. wsws.org The TSPSC welcomes the courageous fight by Chicago teachers to protect school communities from COVID infection, which constitutes a major fightback against the capitalist classes around the globe who place profits above human lives.

WSWS (2022-01-13). Thousands of Colorado grocery workers strike at King Soopers as opposition continues to build in the working class. wsws.org Roughly 8,400 workers walked off the job at 5 a.m. on Wednesday. Workers are prepared to fight back against a major corporation that has profited from their sacrifice during the pandemic.

In Defense of Liberation! (2022-01-13). Internationalism: True International Proletarian Revolution. anchor.fm In this episode I try to give an overview again as always of many things that are going on across the world right now in order to connect them and be able to get folks to see how universal a lot of the struggles we are facing are. I want people to understand that the best way that we can be able to build a struggle is together, we have to have solidarity with not only our communities our neighborhoods, and our own people groups, but also the international proletariat who is suffering and struggle is the basis to the Wests privileges and benefits from capitalism. We have to see that a true proletarian revolution c…

The Socialist Program (2022-01-13). Fascism in the USA and Strategies to Fight It. liberationnews.org One year after the attack attempted to overturn the election, the architects of that plan have yet to face prosecution and a movement of the far-right consolidates.

Peoples Dispatch (2022-01-13). Anti-imperialists call on UK govt. to return Venezuelan gold held at Bank of England. peoplesdispatch.org As part of the US-backed imperialist maneuvers to destabilize the socialist government in Venezuela, the UK authorities blocked the country from accessing 31 tons of gold, valued at around USD 2 billion, which is deposited at the Bank of England…

WSWS (2022-01-13). UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee holds meeting on threat of Omicron. wsws.org Tania Kent, a Socialist Equality Party member, special needs teacher and chairperson of the Educators Committee explained, "We are in the midst of the greatest public health disaster for over 100 years."

Nino Pagliccia (2022-01-13). In Barinas Venezuela Responds with the Dignity of a Good Loser in Fair Elections. orinocotribune.com By Nino Pagliccia — Jan 11, 2022 | Last Sunday, January 9, many Venezuelans received the news of an electoral result that undoubtedly disappointed those who support Chavismo and made opponents happy. That was the election for governor of the state of Barinas that was repeated following the irregularities detected on November 21 in the previous candidacy presented by the extreme right. | Jorge Arreaza himself, the candidate of the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV), broke the news with the following words: "Dear Barinas. The information we receive from our PSUV organization indicates that, although…

Brian Tashman (2022-01-12). Two-Thirds of Voters Want to Stop the Expansion of For-Profit Immigrant Detention. aclu.org A Preside…

Walden Bello (2022-01-12). Bin Laden and Trump: Two Bookends to America's Imperial Decline. fpif.org The end of 2021 and the beginning of a new year is a convenient time to take stock of the causes of America's decline. | This past year saw both Washington's inglorious exit from Afghanistan after 20 years in the country that had served as the launching pad for its direct military intervention in the Middle East and an historic insurrection at the very heart of the empire. Add to this the absolute lack of traction for President Biden's recent "Democracy Summit" in contrast to Beijing's surefooted diplomacy, the erosion of an already weak U.S. economy by COVID-19 followed by uncontrolled inflation, and the deepeni…

Peter Certo (2022-01-12). In OtherWords: January 12, 2021. otherwords.org Our country has changed a lot in the last half-century since the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. — but not in every way. | As our contributors note this week, there's plenty the late civil rights giant would recognize about our country in 2022 — from poverty and inequality to a sustained assault on voting rights and a federal government that still puts militarism before human needs. And there are newer, potentially more serious challenges as well, from climate change to the pandemic. | It's a lot to live with, more still to overcome. But as Dedrick Asante-Muhammad writes this week, that never…

sputniknews (2022-01-12). Kazakh President: Withdrawal of CSTO Peacekeeping Forces to Begin on Thursday. sputniknews.com The CSTO forces were deployed to Kazakhstan amid mass protests that turned violent in the country in early January following a twofold rise in fuel prices.

Godfree Roberts (2022-01-12). China's Excellent, Very Good Year. dissidentvoice.org 2021 was the best year. Ever. The robust growth of the domestic market also further stabilises the economy. Amidst global gloom, 2021 was the best year in modern Chinese history. Here's what they accomplished: Eliminated extreme poverty. Reached 98% home ownership. Kept Covid death rate at 0.6% of America's. Grew the economy $2 trillion PPP, …

ecns.cn (2022-01-12). China's agriculture and related industries take up 16.47 pct of economy in 2020. ecns.cn The added value of China's agriculture and related industries accounted for 16.47 percent of the gross domestic product in 2020, official data showed Wednesday.

Ricardo Vaz (2022-01-12). Venezuela to Establish 'New Map of Cooperation' with Nicaragua. venezuelanalysis.com The two countries will reportedly collaborate in economic, political and cultural matters.

_____ (2022-01-12). Why Do NATO States Commit Energy Hara Kiri ? journal-neo.org There is a great paradox in the increasingly aggressive US and NATO military stance towards Russia, and China, when measured against the clearly suicidal national Green Agenda economic policies of the USA as well as the EU NATO states. An astonishing transformation of the economies of the world's most advanced industrial economies is underway and …

teleSUR (2022-01-12). Chile: Lawyer Meza-Lopehandia Appointed As Boric's Staff Chief. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Chile's President-elect Gabriel Boric appointed the human rights and Indigenous movements expert lawyer Matias Meza-Lopehandia as his cabinet chief. | RELATED: | A left-wing Social Convergence (CS) party militant, Meza-Lopehandia has a master's degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science and currently works as a researcher at the Chilean Congress Library. | He had a…

ecns.cn (2022-01-12). RCEP to benefit Taiwan compatriots, businesses on mainland: spokesperson. ecns.cn Taiwan-funded enterprises on the mainland will enjoy better opportunities for development after the implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.

F. William Engdahl (2022-01-12). Will the Federal Reserve Crash Global Financial Markets As a Means to Implementing Their "Great Reset"? globalresearch.ca First published on December 16, 2021 | It's looking increasingly likely that the US Federal Reserve and the globalist powers that be will use the dramatic rising of inflation as their excuse to bring down the US financial markets and with …

Colleen Wessel-McCoy (2022-01-12). Continuing King's 'Revolution of Values'. otherwords.org On January 15, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. was leaving a planning meeting for the Poor People's Campaign when he was called back into the room. It was his birthday — his last, it would turn out. | The staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference would usually give King a new suit, but this year they wanted to make him laugh. | Xernona Clayton teased, "We know how fond you are of our president Lyndon Johnson," which got a laugh. Then she pulled out a metal cup engraved: "We are cooperating with Lyndon's War on Poverty. Drop coins and bills in cup." | King laughed deeply, but the joke was all too t…

Natalia Marques (2022-01-12). "How many more people gotta die?" ask Bronx residents. peoplesdispatch.org 17 New Yorkers are dead and 15 remain in critical condition after a fire blazed through Twin Parks North West, a housing complex in the Bronx on Sunday morning. The tragic fire is one of the worst in New York's recent history and has been widely criticized by activists and residents for having its root in systemic neglect by the city and landlords. The city on the other hand, has attempted to deflect blame for the tragedy and point fingers at the low income tenants themselves. | For its part, the New York City Fire Department stated that a resident's faulty space heater is the culprit. The US Consumer Product Saf…

Raging Grannies in Solidarity with Labor (2022-01-12). Wednesday 1/12: Protest Amazon Union Busting. indybay.org Whole Foods | 774 Emerson St. | Downtown Palo Alto…

Staff (2022-01-12). US Chamber of Commerce says what can help tackle inflation. rt.com Many industries across the US are currently facing labor shortages | The US Chamber of Commerce has called for doubling the number of legal immigrants into the country, saying that could ease inflation and the worker shortage crisis. | "We need more workers. We should welcome people who want to come here, go to school and stay," Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne Clark told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday. "That is a place the government could be particularly helpful and we do believe it would be anti-inflationary." | Clark added that bringing in more foreign workers would help to ease the supply c…

Karen Conner (2022-01-12). Vehicle Prices and Continued Supply Chain Problems Drive December Inflation. cepr.net The overall Consumer Price Index (CPI) was up 0.5 percent in December, and the core up 0.6 percent. Year-over-year, the overall CPI is up 7.0 percent, core 5.5 percent.

sputniknews (2022-01-12). EU Reportedly Prepares Large-Scale Cyber Drills Amid Supply Chain Jitters. sputniknews.com Countries the world over have been impacted by the global supply chain crisis, with Covid blamed for factory and port shut downs causing empty shelves, rising prices and galloping inflation.

teleSUR (2022-01-12). World Bank: Slashes Global Growth Forecast Given the Pandemic. telesurenglish.net The World Bank slashed the global growth forecast for the current year, saying that based on the pandemic waves the world is facing, the perspectives of the possibility of unanchored inflation expectations, and financial stress in a context of record-high debt levels, the perspectives are "clouded by various downside risks." | RELATED: | On Tuesday, the World Bank Group, warned of various downside risks to global growth prospects for 2022 amid…

Peter Koenig (2022-01-12). The COVID-Omicron Crisis: The Roadmap Towards a Worldwide Financial Crash, Inflation, Digitization. globalresearch.ca First Delta, then Omicron. Neither one of the two has ever been isolated. The vast majority of people of the 193 UN member countries — swallow the lie with fear and respect, as if it were the truth…

WSWS (2022-01-12). Fed chair's confirmation testimony focuses on wages. wsws.org Fed chair Powell indicated the central bank would use interest rate hikes and other measures to tighten monetary policy to push down on wage demands if other methods fail and inflation continues to climb.

Binoy Kampmark (2022-01-12). Anachronistic Frivolity: Australia's Recent Tank Purchase. dissidentvoice.org The operating doctrine of many a defence ministry is premised on fatuity. There is the industry prerogative and need for employment. There are the hectoring think tanks writing in oracular tones of warning that the next "strategic" change is peeking around the corner. Purchases of weapons are then made to fight devils foreign and invisible, …

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2022-01-12). Boycott of Israel-sponsored Sydney Festival gains momentum. electronicintifada.net Dozens of artists refuse to cross the international picket line.

Gloria Novovic (2022-01-12). Canada's dangerous COVID delusion. canadiandimension.com Canada's pandemic response needs to prioritize public health over profits, uphold lived experiences, trust technical experts and remain adaptive, writes Gloria Novovic. Photo by Alberto Giuliani/ Global problems require global solutions. With COVID-19, however, we're seeing that our governance mechanisms don't drive global solutions even when our lives depend on it. | This is a problem because it will lead to diminishing trust in public institutions and a dragged-out pandemic response, as we fail to preve…

Marjorie Cohn (2022-01-12). Conservatives on Supreme Court Poised to Block Biden's Vaccine and Mask Mandates. zcomm.org The reactionary "justices" seem more inclined to shield corporate profits and red states' rights than to protect the health and safety of the people…

WSWS (2022-01-12). Modi indicates no lockdown even as COVID-19 tsunami rips through India. wsws.org The Modi government's policies of the pandemic are nakedly based on prioritizing profit interests of big business over human lives.

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sputniknews (2022-01-12). Kazakh President: Withdrawal of CSTO Peacekeeping Forces to Begin on Thursday. sputniknews.com The CSTO forces were deployed to Kazakhstan amid mass protests that turned violent in the country in early January following a twofold rise in fuel prices.

ecns.cn (2022-01-12). China's agriculture and related industries take up 16.47 pct of economy in 2020. ecns.cn The added value of China's agriculture and related industries accounted for 16.47 percent of the gross domestic product in 2020, official data showed Wednesday.

ecns.cn (2022-01-12). RCEP to benefit Taiwan compatriots, businesses on mainland: spokesperson. ecns.cn Taiwan-funded enterprises on the mainland will enjoy better opportunities for development after the implementation of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement, a Chinese mainland spokesperson said Wednesday.

Raging Grannies in Solidarity with Labor (2022-01-12). Wednesday 1/12: Protest Amazon Union Busting. indybay.org Whole Foods | 774 Emerson St. | Downtown Palo Alto…

Staff (2022-01-12). US Chamber of Commerce says what can help tackle inflation. rt.com Many industries across the US are currently facing labor shortages | The US Chamber of Commerce has called for doubling the number of legal immigrants into the country, saying that could ease inflation and the worker shortage crisis. | "We need more workers. We should welcome people who want to come here, go to school and stay," Chamber of Commerce CEO Suzanne Clark told reporters during a press conference on Tuesday. "That is a place the government could be particularly helpful and we do believe it would be anti-inflationary." | Clark added that bringing in more foreign workers would help to ease the supply c…

sputniknews (2022-01-12). EU Reportedly Prepares Large-Scale Cyber Drills Amid Supply Chain Jitters. sputniknews.com Countries the world over have been impacted by the global supply chain crisis, with Covid blamed for factory and port shut downs causing empty shelves, rising prices and galloping inflation.

WSWS (2022-01-12). Fed chair's confirmation testimony focuses on wages. wsws.org Fed chair Powell indicated the central bank would use interest rate hikes and other measures to tighten monetary policy to push down on wage demands if other methods fail and inflation continues to climb.

WSWS (2022-01-12). Fed chair's confirmation testimony focuses on wages. wsws.org Fed chair Powell indicated the central bank would use interest rate hikes and other measures to tighten monetary policy to push down on wage demands if other methods fail and inflation continues to climb.

Marjorie Cohn (2022-01-12). Conservatives on Supreme Court Poised to Block Biden's Vaccine and Mask Mandates. zcomm.org The reactionary "justices" seem more inclined to shield corporate profits and red states' rights than to protect the health and safety of the people…

WSWS (2022-01-12). Mack Trucks workers: We must defend ourselves from the corporate effort to sacrifice us for profit! wsws.org Mack Trucks workers must not let the company and UAW off the hook for letting the coronavirus run rampant throughout our community…

WSWS (2022-01-12). Modi indicates no lockdown even as COVID-19 tsunami rips through India. wsws.org The Modi government's policies of the pandemic are nakedly based on prioritizing profit interests of big business over human lives.

WSWS (2022-01-12). Mack Trucks workers: We must defend ourselves from the corporate effort to sacrifice us for profit! wsws.org Mack Trucks workers must not let the company and UAW off the hook for letting the coronavirus run rampant throughout our community…

WSWS (2022-01-12). Modi indicates no lockdown even as COVID-19 tsunami rips through India. wsws.org The Modi government's policies of the pandemic are nakedly based on prioritizing profit interests of big business over human lives.

WSWS (2022-01-12). Sri Lanka: Kahatagaha mine workers protest lockout and cuts in daily allowances. wsws.org The lockout is the first industrial dispute this year and follows a wave of strikes last year over wages and conditions involving hundreds of thousands of workers.

teleSUR (2022-01-12). Low-Pay and Harsh Conditions Overwhelm Turkish Health Workers. telesurenglish.net Violence from patients, low wages, and extreme working conditions that inflict on Turkey's health workers during the COVID-19 pandemic has compelled lots of them to quit the job or seek opportunities abroad, according to their unions. | RELATED: | Tens of thousands of Turkish healthcare employees and social support personnel held a one-day nationwide strike on Dec. 15 demanding better pay, lower workload, and more safet…

WSWS (2022-01-12). Sri Lanka: Kahatagaha mine workers protest lockout and cuts in daily allowances. wsws.org The lockout is the first industrial dispute this year and follows a wave of strikes last year over wages and conditions involving hundreds of thousands of workers.

WSWS (2022-01-12). A New Year's appeal from the World Socialist Web Site. wsws.org The fight against COVID is a fight against capitalism! Support the World Socialist Web Site! Unite the working class! Take up the fight for World Socialism in 2022!

Ian Angus (2022-01-12). Ecosocialist Bookshelf, January. greenleft.org.au Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus presents seven new books for red-greens and green-reds to start the new year.

WSWS (2022-01-12). A New Year's appeal from the World Socialist Web Site. wsws.org The fight against COVID is a fight against capitalism! Support the World Socialist Web Site! Unite the working class! Take up the fight for World Socialism in 2022!

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2022-01-12). Anachronistic Frivolity: Australia's Recent Tank Purchase. asia-pacificresearch.com

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2022-01-12). Anachronistic Frivolity: Australia's Recent Tank Purchase. asia-pacificresearch.com

ecns.cn (2022-01-12). 'Shangxiahang' block in China's Fuzhou selected as national tourist resort. ecns.cn The Shangxiahang traditional block was selected one of the 55 blocks on the list of the first batch of China National Tourist Resorts released on Monday. Located on the central axis of Fuzhou, the Shangxiahang traditional block is the cradle of Fujian merchants.

teleSUR (2022-01-12). Bolivia: Judges to Start Ordinary Trial to Coup Leader Añez. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, a Bolivian court is expected to order the formal opening of the first ordinary trial against former Senator Jeanine Añez, who proclaimed herself president of the republic during the U.S.-backed coup d'état against President Evo Morales in November 2019. | RELATED: | According to Justice Vice Minister Jaime Siles, the hearings in this criminal process, whose main private accuser is former socialist lawmaker Lidia Patty,…

Kevin Mwanza (2022-01-11). Kazakhstan, No. 2 Country For Mining Bitcoin, Falls Into Turmoil And Political Unrest. moguldom.com Protests sparked by rising fuel prices have left dozens of people dead and hundreds injured in clashes with police in Kazakhstan, Bitcoin's second-largest mining hub. Nationwide internet and telecommunications cuts have been reported because of the unrest, affecting the country's local cryptocurrency mining operations, which are among the largest in the world. After China evicted …

_____ (2022-01-11). When Revolutionary Moments Arise Again — What Will We Do? popularresistance.org The world is in a prolonged period of global unrest. Since the financial crisis of 2008, every region of the planet has experienced levels of mass protest unprecedented in recent history, from the Arab Spring in the Middle East and Black Lives Matter in the U.S., to the farmers' protests in India and the recent upheaval in Kazakhstan. | Yet decades of social movement struggle haven't produced a break from capitalist domination, and in most places they have failed to even accomplish the more modest aims of reform. Meanwhile, the global climate crisis has added another layer of urgency to the task of social transfo…

teleSUR (2022-01-11). As Calm Returns to Kazakhstan, Tokayev Admits Social Ailments. telesurenglish.net The president of Kazakhstan, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, said today that social inequality in the country is exacerbated and worsens every year, while the availability of measures to support society generates doubts. | RELATED: | In a speech in the Mazhilis (Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament), the president said that this problem is occurring despite the fact that the average income of the population seems to be growing, at…

Editor2 (2022-01-11). Bolivia Achieves Record Levels of Economic and Social Growth in 2021. orinocotribune.com By Tanya Wadhwa — Jan 8, 2022 | Under the rule of President Luis Arce and vice president David Choquehuanca of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party, Bolivia recovered from the economic losses suffered during the coup regime of Jeanine àÅñez. | After suffering deep economic setbacks during the de-facto rule of coup-installed president Jeanine àÅñez, Bolivia's economy not only recovered but achieved new levels of economic and social growth in 2021. Under the rule of President Luis Arce and vice president David Choquehuanca of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party, the country's exports g…

Sarah Hathway (2022-01-11). Workers' safety should not be sacrificed for the sake of the economy. greenleft.org.au The new exemptions to Public Health Orders which can force sick workers to work represent a serious attack on workers' rights and their health and safety. Sarah Hathway argues that workers and their unions need to draw a line.

WSWS (2022-01-11). Omicron variant drives COVID surge to record levels in the Philippines. wsws.org The paramount concern of the Duterte administration, like capitalist governments around the globe, is not public health but keeping the economy open.

_____ (2022-01-11). Activists To Delaware Legislators: Sign Green New Year's Resolutions. popularresistance.org Dover, DE – A coalition of progressives and environmental groups are challenging lawmakers to sign on to a set of green New Year's resolutions to kick off the 2022 session. Says participant Phillip Bannowsky, "this is a way to separate the committed from the compromised." | The activists claim in their text that confronting the climate crisis "has been impeded by the short-sighted interests of powerful economic players." Specifically, they call for a Green Amendment to the Delaware Constitution and support current legislation in the pipeline, including HB 259, requiring an emergency alert system to inform citizen…

Dean Baker (2022-01-11). The Continuing Phony Debate on "Free Trade" cepr.net The national debate on free trade is one where honesty has no place. The purpose of our trade agreements, which were not free trade, was to reduce the pay of manufacturing workers, and non-college educated workers more generally, to the benefit of more highly educated workers and corporations. This was the predicted (by standard economics) …

Shawgi Tell (2022-01-11). No Letup In Economic And Social Decline. dissidentvoice.org Economic and social conditions have been worsening for decades at home and abroad, especially in the context of the neoliberal antisocial offensive which was launched more than 40 years ago by the international financial oligarchy. But they have been getting even worse in recent years and over the past two years in particular. Inequality, poverty, …

teleSUR (2022-01-11). The IMF Tries to Impose a Program on Argentina: Fernandez. telesurenglish.net On Monday, Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez revealed that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) seeks to impose on his country a program of fiscal restrictions as a condition to refinance the payment of debts for over US$56 billion. | RELATED: | "The IMF statutes establish that this institution must analyze the macroeconomic program that the country proposes. In reality, however, what the IMF Fund tries to do is impose a program o…

Marie Kelly (2022-01-11). Profit plague feeds omicron surge. workers.org For two years, workers across the U.S. have made enormous sacrifices as government officials continuously put corporate economic interests above the general welfare and public good. Health care and other workers have fought back in the face of government malfeasance and for-profit exploitation. Workers have resisted through hundreds, if not . . . |

teleSUR (2022-01-11). More Financing Approved for Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the first financing for Cuba's COVID-19 vaccines was approved by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), for 46.7 million euros for Cuba to produce 200 million doses of its home-grown vaccines. | The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) granted the first financing for Cuba's vaccines to fight COVID-19. Jan. 11, 2022.

_____ (2022-01-11). Afghanistan: The Taliban is in Power, What Now? journal-neo.org The finance minister of Afghanistan in the new government of the Taliban (banned in Russia) has prepared a national budget which, for the first time in two decades, will be financed without foreign aid. This comes as the country becomes mired in an economic crisis and confronts an incipient humanitarian catastrophe, which the United Nations …

_____ (2022-01-11). Afghanistan: The Taliban is in Power, What Now? journal-neo.org The finance minister of Afghanistan in the new government of the Taliban (banned in Russia) has prepared a national budget which, for the first time in two decades, will be financed without foreign aid. This comes as the country becomes mired in an economic crisis and confronts an incipient humanitarian catastrophe, which the United Nations …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-11). Understanding Canadian Imperialism. libya360.wordpress.com Owen Schalk Imperialism today is a world system in which Canada, as a Western capitalist power, plays a notable role Imperialism is not only instantiated in military force and unilateral sanctions deployed to influence the sovereign political and economic affairs of a state for the benefit of an external one (usually the United States). Imperialism,…

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2022-01-11). Iran, Cuba stress strengthening ties to counter US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (MNA) — In a meeting with the Cuban president, the Iranian Vice-President for Economic Affairs Mohsen Rezaei stressed the need to strengthen bilateral relations to counter Washington's sanctions.

Staff (2022-01-11). Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica aprueba financiamiento a Cuba para enfrentar la covid-19. cubadebate.cu El Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica (BCIE) aprobó el primer financiamiento por 46.7 millones de euros para Cuba, un país miembro extrarregional, destinado a fortalecer las capacidades en el desarrollo y producción de medicamentos, equipos médicos, diagnosticadores y vacunas contra la covid-19.

Lowell B. Denny, III (2022-01-11). Pope should know poverty, not pets, keeps people from having kids under capitalism. peoplesworld.org As a pet companion, who often feels like I occupy my cat's apartment and not my own, I was disappointed at the Pope's recent scolding of couples opting for pets over having children or having only one child. It was a missed opportunity the Pope did not seize. "Today…we see a form of selfishness," Pope …

Editor (2022-01-11). Lee Camp: We Know the Silver Bullet to Ending Poverty and Destitution But Choose Not to Use It. scheerpost.com [ By Lee Camp / Original to ScheerPost | Here's how the world should operate in simple terms: A certain country or region or city or township or Hobbit hole tries something in order to help their society or group or hovel — if it works, other places then do it. If it doesn't work, other places don't do it. It's like when you were a kid and you saw your brother slide down the banister and rack himself on the newel post — You then thought, "Maybe that activity is not for me." But if he didn't nail himself in the…

Sasha Abramsky (2022-01-11). Republicans Only Extend Unemployment When It Protects Anti-Vaxxers. truthout.org U.S. politics these days is all too often an Alice-through-the-looking-glass absurdity. | Over the last few weeks, at least

Siddharthan T, Pollard SL, Quaderi SA, et al. (2022-01-11). Discriminative Accuracy of COPD Screening Instruments in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. jamanetwork.com This cross-sectional study assesses the discriminative accuracy of 3 screening instruments in identifying chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Nepal, Peru, and Uganda.

Robertson CT, Rukavina M, Fuse Brown EC. (2022-01-11). New State Consumer Protections Against Medical Debt. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint discusses how US states have tried to protect residents against medical debt and outlines where gaps remain, including the income thresholds set for financial assistance, the need for limitations on legal actions taken against individuals with medical debt, and a lack of data on debt collection actions by health care entities and clinicians.

Moderator (2022-01-11). Antitrust Suit Alleges 16 Elite Universities Colluded to Limit Financial Aid. scheerpost.com By Julia Conley / Common Dreams Sixteen elite universities were sued in federal court late Sunday over an alleged price-fixing scheme in which plaintiffs say the schools formed a "cartel" to limit the amount of financial aid they would each offer to low- and middle-income prospective students—breaking antitrust laws. Five students who previously attended some of …

Mark Gruenberg, John Wojcik (2022-01-11). Miners press Manchin to choose between them and the coal bosses. peoplesworld.org When one hears the words and the music of the iconic labor song, "Which Side Are You On?," the historic epic struggles of West Virginia coal miners against their bosses come to mind. Sen. Joe Manchin has fashioned himself as a supporter of those miners whose jobs are disappearing along with the coal industry itself. …

Sharon Zhang (2022-01-11). Second Starbucks Location Unionizes as Union Wave Sweeps Stores Across the US. truthout.org Starbucks workers successfully unionized another store on Monday, making the Genesee Street store in Buffalo, New York, the second corporate-owned Starbucks location in the U.S. to form a union. | The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certified the results for the Genesee Street store in Buffalo after reviewing ballots that had been disputed by the union. The final count

Editor (2022-01-11). COVID, capitalism, and collapse: A roundtable discussion with NYC nurses and teachers. mronline.org Labor journalist and NewsGuild organizer Chris Brooks sat down with a group of New York City nurses and teachers to talk about how the institutions they work for are collapsing and what labor activists can do about it.

Peoples Dispatch (2022-01-11). Home care workers in Spain call for better wages and end of subcontracting. peoplesdispatch.org The committee of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) in Andalusia has demanded recognition and adequate pay for home care workers and an end to privatization and subcontracting of services…

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2022-01-11: News Headlines

WSWS (2022-01-11). Omicron variant drives COVID surge to record levels in the Philippines. wsws.org The paramount concern of the Duterte administration, like capitalist governments around the globe, is not public health but keeping the economy open.

Sarah Hathway (2022-01-11). Workers' safety should not be sacrificed for the sake of the economy. greenleft.org.au The new exemptions to Public Health Orders which can force sick workers to work represent a serious attack on workers' rights and their health and safety. Sarah Hathway argues that workers and their unions need to draw a line.

_____ (2022-01-11). Afghanistan: The Taliban is in Power, What Now? journal-neo.org The finance minister of Afghanistan in the new government of the Taliban (banned in Russia) has prepared a national budget which, for the first time in two decades, will be financed without foreign aid. This comes as the country becomes mired in an economic crisis and confronts an incipient humanitarian catastrophe, which the United Nations …

Dean Baker (2022-01-11). The Continuing Phony Debate on "Free Trade" cepr.net The national debate on free trade is one where honesty has no place. The purpose of our trade agreements, which were not free trade, was to reduce the pay of manufacturing workers, and non-college educated workers more generally, to the benefit of more highly educated workers and corporations. This was the predicted (by standard economics) …

Zahra Mirzafarjouyan (2022-01-11). Iran, Cuba stress strengthening ties to counter US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (MNA) — In a meeting with the Cuban president, the Iranian Vice-President for Economic Affairs Mohsen Rezaei stressed the need to strengthen bilateral relations to counter Washington's sanctions.

Sasha Abramsky (2022-01-11). Republicans Only Extend Unemployment When It Protects Anti-Vaxxers. truthout.org U.S. politics these days is all too often an Alice-through-the-looking-glass absurdity. | Over the last few weeks, at least

Moderator (2022-01-11). Antitrust Suit Alleges 16 Elite Universities Colluded to Limit Financial Aid. scheerpost.com By Julia Conley / Common Dreams Sixteen elite universities were sued in federal court late Sunday over an alleged price-fixing scheme in which plaintiffs say the schools formed a "cartel" to limit the amount of financial aid they would each offer to low- and middle-income prospective students—breaking antitrust laws. Five students who previously attended some of …

Peoples Dispatch (2022-01-11). Home care workers in Spain call for better wages and end of subcontracting. peoplesdispatch.org The committee of the General Confederation of Labor (CGT) in Andalusia has demanded recognition and adequate pay for home care workers and an end to privatization and subcontracting of services…

Raging Grannies in Solidarity with Labor (2022-01-11). Wednesday 1/12: Protest Amazon Union Busting. indybay.org Whole Foods | 774 Emerson St. | Downtown Palo Alto…

Sharon Zhang (2022-01-11). Second Starbucks Location Unionizes as Union Wave Sweeps Stores Across the US. truthout.org Starbucks workers successfully unionized another store on Monday, making the Genesee Street store in Buffalo, New York, the second corporate-owned Starbucks location in the U.S. to form a union. | The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) certified the results for the Genesee Street store in Buffalo after reviewing ballots that had been disputed by the union. The final count

WSWS (2022-01-11). Australia Post workers oppose criminal "let it rip" COVID-19 policies. wsws.org The PWRFC calls on postal workers to reject the "opening up" drive by governments, both Coalition and Labor, backed by the unions, which puts working people at risk of infection every day.

Binoy Kampmark (2022-01-11). Djovokic versus the Australian Commonwealth. greenleft.org.au Binoy Kampmark writes that the federal government has done its bit to conjure up a monster of its own making and that the Novak Djokovic episode of pandemic bureaucracy ranks high among its inglorious achievements.

Lindsey German (2022-01-11). Knighthood won't rehabilitate blood-soaked Blair. greenleft.org.au Former British prime minister Tony Blair should be on trial at The Hague rather than parading the medieval trappings of wealth and power, argues Lindsey German.

Staff (2022-01-11). Mega merger in peril over EU energy fears. rt.com Brussels concerned that $2 billion shipbuilders' tie-up will drive up LNG prices in Europe | The European Union's antitrust regulator is getting ready to stop a $2 billion merger between two of the world's leading LNG cargo shipbuilders, citing anti-competitive behavior. | The decision on the proposed merger between Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering and Hyundai Heavy Industries is likely to be announced this week, people familiar with the matter told the Financial Times. The two South Korean companies dominate the market for making ships that carry super-chilled liquified natural gas. They are significa…

Staff (2022-01-11). Ivy League schools acting like 'price-fixing cartel,' lawsuit says. rt.com Lawsuit alleges that 16 major US universities are 'conspiring' to limit financial assistance packages for needy students | Sixteen top US universities, including a number of prestigious Ivy League schools, have been accused of violating antitrust laws by working together to decide how much financial help should be awarded to prospective students. | The

Editor (2022-01-11). Cuba shows an alternative to Big Pharma hegemony through global solidarity. mronline.org Cuba puts people before profits — showing the world an alternative to the monopolistic practices of Big Pharma. It promotes a public health system, state-funded research and shows global solidarity through tech transfer and vaccine delivery to developing countries.

WSWS (2022-01-11). Winter of death: Two deadly housing fires in less than a week expose the reality of American capitalism. wsws.org New York City and Philadelphia saw their deadliest housing fires in decades amid a climate of official indifference to death as the COVID-19 pandemic has been allowed to rage out of control.

Mario Parada Lezcano (2022-01-11). Chile: Will we see an end to the neoliberal healthcare system? greenleft.org.au After the victory of Gabriel Boric in Chile's presidential elections, the country awaits much-needed changes to its health system, writes Mario Parada Lezcano.

_____ (2022-01-10). US War Lobby Fuels Conflict In Russia, Ukraine, And Syria. popularresistance.org Douglas Macgregor, a retired US Army Colonel and former Pentagon senior advisor, analyzes the US-Russia standoff in Ukraine; the aftermath of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan; Trump's failure to act on 2016 campaign anti-interventionist rhetoric, only to surround himself with neocons; and the ongoing, overlooked US military occupation of Syria after the decade-long CIA dirty war. | "The Military Industrial Congressional Complex," Macgregor says, "seems to be more powerful than anyone who occupies the office of the presidency."ffice of the presidency."

Staff (2022-01-10). Nina Khrushcheva: Putin Could Be Kingmaker in Kazakhstan Power Struggle as Russia Helps Quell Protests. democracynow.org Kazakhstan's authoritarian President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has described last week's protests as an attempted coup and defended his call for Russian-led troops into the country to put down the unrest. Demonstrations were triggered by a rise in fuel prices and widened to broader anti-government protests. Over 160 people were killed in the violence, including a 4-year-old girl, and thousands were detained. "The Russian troops will probably get out, but Tokayev, if he keeps power … probably will be somehow in debt of Putin, and Putin may have [the] position to decide, or help decide, certain moves in Kazakhstan,"

LeftEast (2022-01-10). Behind the protests in Kazakhstan. greenleft.org.au What's behind the protests in Kazakhstan? Aynur Kurmanov, a leader of Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan, discussed the situation in this interview.

Staff (2022-01-10). Kazakhstan, Libya supply cuts push oil higher. rt.com Crude price rally initiated by riots and maintenance operations continued on Monday | Oil prices were up on Monday following days of supply shortfalls in Kazakhstan and Libya. | Global benchmark Brent crude gained 35 cents, or 0.4%, rising to $82.1 a barrel at 08: 00 GMT. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate was also up 37 cents, or 0.5%, trading at $79.27 a barrel. | Overall, oil prices jumped 5% last week following protests in Kazakhstan, which disrupted train lines and triggered a production plunge at the country's major oilfield, Tengiz. According to a note to Reuters from Chevron, Kazakhstan's Tengizchevro…

Staff (2022-01-10). Kazakhstan crisis 'attempted coup' — President. rt.com Tokayev thanks Russia for assistance in dealing with worst incident "in the history of the country" | Last week's unrest throughout Kazakhstan was an attempted coup that had been planned in advance, and was not simply a spontaneous protest against rising fuel prices, the country's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev claimed on Monday. | Speaking to an online meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), made up of six former Soviet republics, Tokayev also stated that constitutional order had been restored. | "Kazakhstan has experienced the worst crisis in the history of its 30-year independence,"

Morning Star, People's World (2022-01-10). Kazakhstan reflects determination of capitalist oligarchs to hold onto their wealth. peoplesworld.org

Editor2 (2022-01-10). Venezuela: From Resistance to Recovery in Production and Social Welfare. orinocotribune.com By Jesús Faría — Jan 1, 2022 | Balance 2021-Outlook 2022 | Imperialist blockade and socio-economic crisis | The economic blockade is a genocidal crime against our people. The economic cost of the illegal sanctions applied by Washington alone exceeds 120 billion dollars and has affected the entire nation, but fundamentally the oil industry, the heart of our economy, provider of foreign exchange for imports and income for productive and social investments of the State. | The oil industry is suffocated by these brutal sanctions as it is prevented from investments, marketing and financing essential for its devel…

Editor (2022-01-10). As Job Gains Slow, the Fed and Congress Apply the Wrong Medicine. scheerpost.com Photo by Karolina Grabowska on By Robert Reich / Friday's jobs report from the Department of Labor was a warning sign about the US economy. It should cause widespread concern about the Fed's plans to raise interest rates to control inflation. And it should cause policymakers to rethink ending government supports such as extended unemployment insurance and the child tax credit. These will soon be needed to keep millions of families afloat.

John Case (2022-01-10). Piketty says it's 'Time for Socialism,' but has no time for class struggle. peoplesworld.org Thomas Piketty has a new collection of essays, entitled, Time for Socialism: Dispatches from a World on Fire, 2016-2021. It is not possible to understate the positive impact that the French author's masterwork, Capital in the 21st Century, has had on the economics profession. The book, and the massive data collection projects on global and …

Peoples Dispatch (2022-01-10). Civil society and rights groups in Afghanistan demand release of professor Faizullah Jalal. peoplesdispatch.org Dr. Jalal, who teaches political science and law at Kabul University, has been critical of the Taliban and the previous administrations in Afghanistan. He has publicly criticized the Taliban government's sole focus on security and demanded action to alleviate people's economic problems…

teleSUR -HIM, JCM (2022-01-10). Gremios de Ecuador protestarán contra Gobierno de Lasso. telesurtv.net El Gobierno dictó varias medidas económicas como aumento de precios de combustibles y privatización que perjudican a la clase obrera.

teleSUR -HIM, JCM (2022-01-10). Gremios de Ecuador protestarán contra Gobierno de Lasso. telesurtv.net El Gobierno dictó varias medidas económicas como aumento de precios de combustibles y privatización que perjudican a la clase obrera.

Staff (2022-01-10). Economist names major risks for Asia. rt.com The region's emerging markets are well positioned but facing headwinds | Asian countries should brace for three major challenges in the year ahead, according to Carlos Casanova, senior Asia economist at Swiss private bank UBP. | "We have rising Omicron cases. We have priced in slower growth in China at around 5%. And now, the Fed meeting minutes suggest that the pace of the tapering will be faster-than-expected," he told CNBC, adding that those factors "pose a threat for the region as a whole." | According to Casanova, despite the fact that Asia's emerging markets are well positioned, they will be more impacte…

Frederique Desrosiers (2022-01-10). After centuries of oppression, asylum is the least U.S. could offer Haitians. peoplesworld.org The American understanding of Haiti is stained with poverty, natural disasters, and political turmoil. As a result, some Americans think Haitians just need to figure it out and stop putting their hands out, while others take a paternalistic approach and think the United States should interfere and "help" even if that is not what Haitians …

In Defense of Liberation! (2022-01-10). Imperialism Isn't a Question: We Gotta Get Organized, and Mobilized now! anchor.fm In this episode I go into a discussion about some of the things facing a lot of people right now, poverty, houselessness, and other struggles. I also hit on the need to understand all of the contradictions that exist under the Capitalist-Imperialist system, how they manifest, who they affect, who's doing the suffering and who's doing the exploiting, and then we have to learn, listen and teach one another how to do something about this. By that I mean we must organize to overthrow the capitalist-Imperialist system, now.

Fight Back (2022-01-10). Job market stumbles to end 2021. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Friday, January 7 the U.S. Department of Labor released its last report on the 2021 job market. There were only 199,000 new jobs created, less than half of what economists and the business media expected. Most types of jobs showed slower growth, and there were 10,000 jobs lost by local governments. Despite strong job growth in 2021, there were still 3.6 million fewer jobs in December as compared to February 2020, right before the last recession began. | The official unemployment dropped 0.3% to 3.9%. Normally this would be getting close to full employment, which has only happened five times in t…

WSWS (2022-01-10). New Zealand government to reopen schools despite Omicron threat. wsws.org With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 threatening, the Labour-led government is ignoring the advice of scientific experts and preparing to fully re-open schools.

_____ (2022-01-10). Building Communities For A Fascist-Free Future. popularresistance.org On August 17, 2019, a coalition of antifascist and progressive groups in Portland, Oregon organized a rally to protest a Proud Boy event planned in the city. The rally had a carnivalesque atmosphere created by PopMob — an antifascist group of concerned Portlanders which seeks to "resist the alt-right with whimsy and creativity" — and brought on a diverse range of organizations, from labor and religious groups and civil rights groups like the NAACP to more militant organizations like Rose City Antifa. | During the protest, the latter, along with autonomous black bloc organizers, acted as a buffer betwe…

deweylaura (2022-01-10). Repeal, not reform, U.S. abortion law. cpusa.org It took a movement analyzing our conditions and studying our history to say, "Restrictions on abortion and birth control are deliberate actions taken by people who are benefiting at our expense. They're part of a larger pattern of oppression and exploitation aimed at making our reproductive labor cheap or free." But instead, our movement …

Tyler Walicek (2022-01-10). Widespread Discontent Drove Labor's Advances in the Private Sector in 2021. zcomm.org The resurgence of the U.S. union remains nascent, but it's apparent that — however tentatively — working-class power is beginning to find its footing once again…

Ann Brown (2022-01-10). California Democrats Want To Fund Universal Healthcare With Higher Taxes: 3 Things To Know. moguldom.com Could universal healthcare be coming to California? Democrats in the state have proposed providing free health services to every resident, paid for by new taxes on the wealthy and on businesses. Here are three things to know. 1. Assembly Bill 1400 The proposed bill is called Assembly Bill 1400 and it would create "CalCare," a …

Dana Sanchez (2022-01-10). Inflation And Rate Hikes Hurt High-Growth And Low-Profit Tech Companies The Most: Here's Why. moguldom.com Investors expect the Federal Reserve to fight inflation by raising interest rates as many as four times in 2022. Rising interest rates — and the resulting higher bond yields — hurt tech stocks. That's because many technology companies are unprofitable or barely profitable, Harry Robertson wrote for Business Insider. "If bond yields are higher, then investors …

Jesús Rodríguez-Espinoza (2022-01-10). Venezuela Officially Exits Hyperinflation — Central Bank of Venezuela. orinocotribune.com Caracas, January 9, 2022 ( The BCV indicates on its website that the country maintained single-digit inflation rates for the last four months of 2021, despite the fact that the last quarter of the…

_____ (2022-01-10). More Than Ever, Food Not Bombs Needs To Become A Reality. popularresistance.org Food Not Bombs was founded in 1980 to provide direct aid to people while educating about the perversion of spending so much on the Military-Industrial Complex (MIC) while tens of millions of people do not have the basic necessities. It has turned into a global movement to build food sovereignty and organize systems outside the establishment. Clearing the FOG speaks with Keith McHenry, the co-founder of Food Not Bombs, about the criminalization of homelessness, their recent legal victory in Florida and why we must be concerned about increasing homelessness in the United States and the overall direction the country…

WSWS (2022-01-10). Profits before lives: Germany's federal and state governments shorten quarantine time despite massive Omicron wave. wsws.org The ruling class is reacting to the explosive spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant not with the necessary protective measures but with an escalation of its herd immunity policy.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-10). Cognitive Warfare: Imperialist Psyops, Social Control, & Making Reality Malleable. libya360.wordpress.com Rainer Shea Since capitalism reached its highest stage, the stage where the imperialist countries export capital in order to perpetuate their dominance, the bourgeoisie have been aware that this system is crucial for more than merely gaining profits. It lets them project social control. Within the core imperialist countries, where capitalism's most brutal and extreme…

Editor (2022-01-10). Nothing natural about this disaster. mronline.org Profit over people kills workers in the Midwest.

Prabir Purkayastha (2022-01-10). Holmes verdict: In the US, it is fine to lie to consumers, but not investors. peoplesdispatch.org Hyper-capitalism has systematically weakened regulations to help capital at the cost of consumers. The verdict on Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos simply illustrates the growing post-90s disregard for consumers…

Staff (2022-01-10). Tehran province's exports up by 40% in 9 months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (MNA) — Head of Tehran's provincial industrial office said that during the first nine months of the year 1400 in Iranian calendar (March 21, Dec 21, 2021), Tehran's exports increased by 40% in comparison to the same period last year.

Kevin Mwanza (2022-01-10). Goldman Sachs Says Bitcoin Could Hit $100,000 As A 'Store of Value' Competitor To Gold. moguldom.com Goldman Sachs analysts say Bitcoin could reach $100,000 in coming years if more investors begin to view the cryptocurrency as a store of value, making it a direct competitor with gold as a safe haven. Bitcoin currently has a 20 percent share of the store-of-value market and a $700 billion market capitalization, compared to around …

Staff (2022-01-10). Australia agrees on new weapons deal. rt.com Australia commits to purchasing tanks & other armored vehicles from US suppliers | Australia has agreed on a AU$3.5bn (US$2.5bn) deal with the US to upgrade its army's armored vehicle fleet. The news comes months after the country signed a security pact with the US and UK amid heightened tensions with China. | Canberra agreed to buy 75 M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks to replace the 59 M1A1 tanks it purchased in 2007. | "Teamed with the infantry fighting vehicles, combat engineering vehicles, and self-propelled howitzers, the new Abrams will give our soldiers the best possibility of success and protection from ha…

WSWS (2022-01-10). Cruise ship doctor exposes shipboard conditions amid Omicron crisis. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site has closely followed the crisis facing thousands of cruise ship workers and passengers across the world in the wake of the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

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2022-01-10: News Headlines

LeftEast (2022-01-10). Behind the protests in Kazakhstan. greenleft.org.au What's behind the protests in Kazakhstan? Aynur Kurmanov, a leader of Socialist Movement of Kazakhstan, discussed the situation in this interview.

Staff (2022-01-10). Nina Khrushcheva: Putin Could Be Kingmaker in Kazakhstan Power Struggle as Russia Helps Quell Protests. democracynow.org Kazakhstan's authoritarian President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has described last week's protests as an attempted coup and defended his call for Russian-led troops into the country to put down the unrest. Demonstrations were triggered by a rise in fuel prices and widened to broader anti-government protests. Over 160 people were killed in the violence, including a 4-year-old girl, and thousands were detained. "The Russian troops will probably get out, but Tokayev, if he keeps power … probably will be somehow in debt of Putin, and Putin may have [the] position to decide, or help decide, certain moves in Kazakhstan,"

Staff (2022-01-10). Kazakhstan crisis 'attempted coup' — President. rt.com Tokayev thanks Russia for assistance in dealing with worst incident "in the history of the country" | Last week's unrest throughout Kazakhstan was an attempted coup that had been planned in advance, and was not simply a spontaneous protest against rising fuel prices, the country's President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev claimed on Monday. | Speaking to an online meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), made up of six former Soviet republics, Tokayev also stated that constitutional order had been restored. | "Kazakhstan has experienced the worst crisis in the history of its 30-year independence,"

Staff (2022-01-10). Kazakhstan, Libya supply cuts push oil higher. rt.com Crude price rally initiated by riots and maintenance operations continued on Monday | Oil prices were up on Monday following days of supply shortfalls in Kazakhstan and Libya. | Global benchmark Brent crude gained 35 cents, or 0.4%, rising to $82.1 a barrel at 08: 00 GMT. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate was also up 37 cents, or 0.5%, trading at $79.27 a barrel. | Overall, oil prices jumped 5% last week following protests in Kazakhstan, which disrupted train lines and triggered a production plunge at the country's major oilfield, Tengiz. According to a note to Reuters from Chevron, Kazakhstan's Tengizchevro…

Editor2 (2022-01-10). Venezuela: From Resistance to Recovery in Production and Social Welfare. orinocotribune.com By Jesús Faría — Jan 1, 2022 | Balance 2021-Outlook 2022 | Imperialist blockade and socio-economic crisis | The economic blockade is a genocidal crime against our people. The economic cost of the illegal sanctions applied by Washington alone exceeds 120 billion dollars and has affected the entire nation, but fundamentally the oil industry, the heart of our economy, provider of foreign exchange for imports and income for productive and social investments of the State. | The oil industry is suffocated by these brutal sanctions as it is prevented from investments, marketing and financing essential for its devel…

teleSUR -HIM, JCM (2022-01-10). Gremios de Ecuador protestarán contra Gobierno de Lasso. telesurtv.net El Gobierno dictó varias medidas económicas como aumento de precios de combustibles y privatización que perjudican a la clase obrera.

Staff (2022-01-10). Economist names major risks for Asia. rt.com The region's emerging markets are well positioned but facing headwinds | Asian countries should brace for three major challenges in the year ahead, according to Carlos Casanova, senior Asia economist at Swiss private bank UBP. | "We have rising Omicron cases. We have priced in slower growth in China at around 5%. And now, the Fed meeting minutes suggest that the pace of the tapering will be faster-than-expected," he told CNBC, adding that those factors "pose a threat for the region as a whole." | According to Casanova, despite the fact that Asia's emerging markets are well positioned, they will be more impacte…

In Defense of Liberation! (2022-01-10). Imperialism Isn't a Question: We Gotta Get Organized, and Mobilized now! anchor.fm In this episode I go into a discussion about some of the things facing a lot of people right now, poverty, houselessness, and other struggles. I also hit on the need to understand all of the contradictions that exist under the Capitalist-Imperialist system, how they manifest, who they affect, who's doing the suffering and who's doing the exploiting, and then we have to learn, listen and teach one another how to do something about this. By that I mean we must organize to overthrow the capitalist-Imperialist system, now.

Fight Back (2022-01-10). Job market stumbles to end 2021. fightbacknews.org San José, CA – On Friday, January 7 the U.S. Department of Labor released its last report on the 2021 job market. There were only 199,000 new jobs created, less than half of what economists and the business media expected. Most types of jobs showed slower growth, and there were 10,000 jobs lost by local governments. Despite strong job growth in 2021, there were still 3.6 million fewer jobs in December as compared to February 2020, right before the last recession began. | The official unemployment dropped 0.3% to 3.9%. Normally this would be getting close to full employment, which has only happened five times in t…

WSWS (2022-01-10). New Zealand government to reopen schools despite Omicron threat. wsws.org With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 threatening, the Labour-led government is ignoring the advice of scientific experts and preparing to fully re-open schools.

Tyler Walicek (2022-01-10). Widespread Discontent Drove Labor's Advances in the Private Sector in 2021. zcomm.org The resurgence of the U.S. union remains nascent, but it's apparent that — however tentatively — working-class power is beginning to find its footing once again…

WSWS (2022-01-10). Profits before lives: Germany's federal and state governments shorten quarantine time despite massive Omicron wave. wsws.org The ruling class is reacting to the explosive spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant not with the necessary protective measures but with an escalation of its herd immunity policy.

Prabir Purkayastha (2022-01-10). Holmes verdict: In the US, it is fine to lie to consumers, but not investors. peoplesdispatch.org Hyper-capitalism has systematically weakened regulations to help capital at the cost of consumers. The verdict on Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos simply illustrates the growing post-90s disregard for consumers…

Staff (2022-01-10). Australia agrees on new weapons deal. rt.com Australia commits to purchasing tanks & other armored vehicles from US suppliers | Australia has agreed on a AU$3.5bn (US$2.5bn) deal with the US to upgrade its army's armored vehicle fleet. The news comes months after the country signed a security pact with the US and UK amid heightened tensions with China. | Canberra agreed to buy 75 M1A2 Abrams main battle tanks to replace the 59 M1A1 tanks it purchased in 2007. | "Teamed with the infantry fighting vehicles, combat engineering vehicles, and self-propelled howitzers, the new Abrams will give our soldiers the best possibility of success and protection from ha…

WSWS (2022-01-10). Cruise ship doctor exposes shipboard conditions amid Omicron crisis. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site has closely followed the crisis facing thousands of cruise ship workers and passengers across the world in the wake of the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

_____ (2022-01-09). Ukraine: What Does It Have To Do With Black Folks? popularresistance.org The worldview of liberals usually ends at the borders of the U.S. settler-state until they are mobilized by the oligarchy to provide ideological cover for the latest imperialist intrigue. This is as true for the liberal Black "misleadership" class as it is for Euro-American liberals. | But U.S.-centrism and class collaboration are not just maladies of the liberal class. Self-identified radicals or leftists from all backgrounds also suffer from this affliction, resulting in a very thin social base for anti-imperialism in the U.S., and even throughout Western Europe. | So, Ukraine, Russia, and NATO feel like a worl…

Staff (2022-01-09). US officials tell media iPhone ban possible for Russia. rt.com Washington could cut off export of smartphones, TVs, and avionics to Moscow | America is preparing to inflict "severe and overwhelming" costs on Moscow should it attack Ukraine, White House officials have indicated to selected media outlets this week, ahead of landmark US-Russia talks. | The sanctions could reportedly be as tough as those against Iran, Cuba, and North Korea, and would focus on the financial, technology, and military sectors. Last month, news agency Reuters

Olivia Wood (2022-01-09). Columbia University Student Workers Triumph in Campaign for First Union Contract. truthout.org In the late hours of January 6, after more than two months Contract wins include significant raises for workers, bringing annual compensation for those on 9-month appointments to just over $40,000 and raising the minimum wage for hourly wor…

TASS (2022-01-09). Sberbank resumes operations in Kazakhstan, press service reports. tass.com Also, the decision was taken to abolish fines and penalty fees on loans for legal entities and individuals until the end of January 2022…

sputniknews (2022-01-09). Man Detained in Almaty Admits 'Unknown People' Paid Him $200 to Partake in Kazakh Protests – Video. sputniknews.com Kazakhstan declared a state of emergency until 19 January after a wave of violent protests swept across the country earlier this week, following a rise in gas prices.

WSWS (2022-01-09). Sudan's prime minister resigns amid lethal military crackdown on protests. wsws.org The political crisis takes place as the economy faces collapse under the impact of the pandemic, with growing unemployment, 360 percent inflation and soaring food prices.

Staff (2022-01-09). Anti-Chavista Luis Vicente León: Venezuelan Opposition Pulverized Connection with People. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan opposition businessman and analyst Luis Vicente León, known for his analysis and surveys on political and economic events in Venezuela, expressed his opinion regarding the leadership crisis and the current scenarios in the Venezuelan opposition. In an interview conducted by the Russian news outlet León made it clear that th…

Staff (2022-01-09). Anti-Chavista Luis Vicente León: Venezuelan Opposition Pulverized Connection with People. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan opposition businessman and analyst Luis Vicente León, known for his analysis and surveys on political and economic events in Venezuela, expressed his opinion regarding the leadership crisis and the current scenarios in the Venezuelan opposition. In an interview conducted by the Russian news outlet León made it clear that th…

ecns.cn (2022-01-09). RCEP to shore up regional trade, investment, says Thai economist. ecns.cn As COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc around the world and weigh on global economic recovery, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is to shore up regional trade and investment, a Thai economist said.

sputniknews (2022-01-09). As Tensions in West Bank Continue to Brew, Activist Says It's a Ticking Time Bomb. sputniknews.com The dire economic situation coupled with corruption of Palestinian government bodies has led to frustration and anger among the masses. But what has also triggered it is the deeds of the Israeli government.

Staff (2022-01-09). Politician ripped for 'humiliating' wife with snow shovel post. rt.com A social media post in praise of his wife backfired spectacularly for one Canadian politician | Jon Reyes, a Canadian politician who serves as Manitoba's minister of economic development, received heavy backlash after he publicly celebrated his wife for shoveling snow following a 12-hour hospital work shift. | "Even after a 12 hour night shift at the hospital last night, my wife still has the energy to shovel the driveway," Reyes tweeted, along with a photo of his wife shoveling snow outside their home. "God bless her and all our frontliners. Time to make her some breakfast." | Even after a 12 hour night shift…

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2022-01-09). FDI at 13% growth in Markazi province in nine months. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 11 (MNA) — The Deputy Head of Markazi province Economic Affairs and Finance for Economic Affairs said that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in this province increased 130 percent in nine months of current year (from March 21 to Dec. 22).

Staff (2022-01-09). Iran attaches importance to economic coop. with Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 09 (MNA) — In a statement issued on Sunday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the country has always stressed the need to maintain economic and trade relations with Afghanistan.

Marzieh Rahmani (2022-01-09). Iran-Turkmenistan ties must become role model in region: VP. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 09 (MNA) — The Iranian First Vice President Mohmmad Mokhber stressed that the relations of Iran and Turkmenistan must become a role model of trade, economic and cultural relations for other countries in the region.

_____ (2022-01-09). Inaction On Tax Credit Condemns Millions Of Children To Poverty. popularresistance.org Working-class families are faced with an extra burden as the new year begins — the expiration of the expanded child tax credit. The expansion provided support for families struggling during the pandemic by changing some key factors of the already existing credit. Namely, the expansion increased the annual amount per child from $2,000 to between $3,000 and $3,600, it paid the credit in monthly installments rather than in one lump sum, and it expanded the full benefits of the credit to families who previously had been ruled ineligible due to their income being too low. | On the same day that the CTC expansion…

Marisela Trevin (2022-01-09). Labor unions, environmentalists, and Indigenous people unite to defeat mining interests in Argentina. canadiandimension.com Protesters march against recent amendments to the provincial mining law in the Province of Chubut, Argentina, December 2021. Photo courtesy Mining Watch Canada. | The people of the southern Argentinian province of Chubut are celebrating more than just the holidays this December. After a fierce struggle against a recently enacted zoning law that would have opened the province up to large-scale silver, copper, and lead mining by multinational corporations like Canadian Pan American Silver, the governor was ultimately forced to backtrack. The law in question, which was approved on December 15, was repealed la…

Editor (2022-01-09). Putin and Xi plot their SWIFT escape. mronline.org Russia and China's announcement of an independent financial trading platform will free nations under US sanctions from western intrusion into their commercial activities.

Anton Woronczuk (2022-01-09). When Revolutionary Moments Arise Again — and They Will — What Will We Do? truthout.org The world is in a prolonged period of global unrest. Since the financial crisis of 2008, every region of the planet has experienced Yet decades of social movement struggle haven't produced a break from capitalist…

Staff (2022-01-09). Bitcoin racks up longest losing streak in nearly half a decade. rt.com The world's cryptocurrency pioneer continues to slip towards key psychological threshold of $40,000 | The world's biggest digital asset, bitcoin, fell for a seventh straight day, marking its longest losing streak since 2018, as the crypto market contends with new strains of Covid-19, inflation and a hawkish turn of the US Fed. | The steep sell-off, attributed to these factors, sent bitcoin plummeting to $40,800 at one point, marking a daily decline of 2.3%. The cryptocurrency bounced back and was changing hands at around $41,664 per token, still nearly 1% down, at 09: 20 GMT. | Bitcoin's stretch of losses becam…

Liz DeFriez (2022-01-09). Unionized ski patrollers in Utah fight back against corporate greed. liberationnews.org Ski patrol workers in Park City, Utah are currently voting to authorize a strike amidst their struggle for fair wages.

Thomas Klikauer (2022-01-09). Automation & (no) Future for Humanity. zcomm.org Capitalism's frequent crisis, outsourcing, off-shoring, and the persistence of automation will continue to force many workers out of manufacturing (first) and the service industry (soon)…

Editor (2022-01-09). Lee Camp: The Dark Secret History of Capitalism. scheerpost.com In this history lesson Camp takes you back to the feudal system, to the creation of corporations and currency, to the modern system that's destroying the lives of the poor today. The ruling class don't even try to hide the inhumanity that keeps the system running anymore now that it has become almost impossible to ignore. This leaves it up to popular movements to end the capitalist system and create something new. | Click

Andy Kroll (2022-01-09). Keep Your LAWS Off My Planet. tomdispatch.com Here's a scenario to consider: a military force has purchased a million cheap, disposable flying drones each the size of a deck of cards, each capable of carrying three grams of explosives — enough to kill a single person or, in a "shaped charge," pierce a steel wall. They've been programmed to seek out and "engage" (kill) certain human beings, based on specific "signature" characteristics like carrying a weapon, say, or having a particular skin color. They fit in a single shipping container and can be deployed remotely. Once launched, they will fly and kill autonomously without any further human action. Sc…

àÅlvaro García linera (2022-01-09). Lack of Left-Wing Culture, Weakness of Progressivism in Latin America. zcomm.org When are we going to be able to disarm the neoliberal cultural framework? When we have an attractive, alternative, left-wing pop culture, with new axes for organizing daily life.

Zach Farber (2022-01-09). San Diego nurses, supporters mobilize for universal healthcare. liberationnews.org The California Nurses Association and National Nurses United organized a statewide day of action in support of single-payer healthcare legislation, Assembly Bill 1400 on Jan. 8. They were joined in San Diego by dozens of nurses, community members and organizations such as the Democratic Socialists of America San Diego, Activist San Diego, the Party for Socialism and Liberation and the San Diego Peace and Freedom Party.

Bruce Lerro (2022-01-09). Building Bridges from Pierre Janet to Lev Vygotsky: Transitions to Communist Psychology. dissidentvoice.org Orientation In his time, the late 19th to mid-20th century, Pierre Janet was considered a great psychologist and rival to Freud. But in Yankeedom he is barely known today. I bring him up in this article, not only because his ideas are worthy of being known, but because in many ways his was a precursor …

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