2022-01-09: News Headlines

scorinoco (2022-01-08). Women in the Haitian Revolution. orinocotribune.com By Tristan Graham — Jan 6, 2022 | The 1791 slave uprising of Saint-Domingue was the largest and most successful slave revolt in modern history. It transformed one of the wealthiest colonies in the world into a new nation led by the black leaders of the Revolution. Because Saint-Domingue was a French colony, the French Revolution was inextricably linked to the Revolution in Saint-Domingue, however, the two Revolutions functioned in largely separate spheres not least because of the ocean that separated them. The struggle for liberation took on a particularly bloody and brutal shape on the island of Saint-Domin…

Labor Video Project (2022-01-08). One Year After Jan 6 Insurrection & Rise Of Fascism With Vermont AFL-CIO Pres Van Deusen. indybay.org Vermont AFL-CIO president David Van Deusen is interviewed one year after the January 6, 2021 attempted coup and insurrection. His federation debated and voted for a resolution for a general strike to protest and stop such an insurrection. He talks about the same issues one year later.

Dean Baker (2022-01-08). Cheap Fun Saturday: Job Growth Under Biden and Trump. cepr.net The December job report again showed an extraordinary divergence between the establishment survey and the household survey. The establishment survey showed the economy creating just 199,000 jobs, while the household survey showed a growth in employment of 651,000, pushing the unemployment rate down by 0.3 percentage points to 3.9 percent, a level achieved at few …

Owen Fairclough (2022-01-08). U.S. unemployment rate in December falls to pandemic low. america.cgtn.com U.S. unemployment has fallen to the lowest level since the pandemic began and after a year of what the Biden administration calls record job gains. Even though December's employment increase fell far short of expectations, many analysts say the economy is in good shape. …

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2022-01-08). 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,…

Editor (2022-01-08). Affordable Child Care Is the Boost Our Economy Needs. scheerpost.com [ By Child care is one of the biggest expenses many families face — in much of the country, it can run higher than college tuition. Could a national child care program ease that burden? | We've come close before. During World War II, the federal government provided child care around the clock to enable more women to work in the war industries.

Editor2 (2022-01-08). Make Xinjiang Indispensable in International Supply Chain. orinocotribune.com By Global Times — Jan 4, 2022 | As a new American legislation puts multinational companies in a dilemma when it comes to their Xinjiang-related businesses, one of the countermeasures China could take is to increase the region's economic attractiveness to foreign companies to gradually put this debate to rest. | Ever since the Biden administration heaped more pressure on Xinjiang-related trade issues, some American companies have complied with various bans to rid their supply chains of any hint of Xinjiang, which eventually result in Chinese people's boycott of their products. | Even though it is crystal clea…

Mary Triny Mena (2022-01-08). Venezuela adapts to cryptocurrencies. america.cgtn.com Cryptocurrencies as a payment method are gaining ground in Latin America, but one country stands out among them. Venezuela's economic crisis has pushed many citizens to turn to cryptos to preserve their weakened incomes.

Seth Galinsky (2022-01-08). 'I really like the Militant's coverage of today's strikes'. themilitant.com The six-week drive to win more than 300 current Militant readers to Among recent subscribers are strikers met on union picket lines, family farmers and taxicab drivers fighting crushing debt; opponents of the U.S. rulers' economic war against Cuba's socialist revolution; and hundreds of working people who subscribed after Soc…

Lucia Hug, Danzhen You, Hannah Blencowe, Allisyn C Moran, Leontine Alkema (2022-01-08). [Correspondence] Strengthening the reporting of stillbirths globally — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We appreciate the comments by Olga Joos and colleagues, in response to our Article,1 on prioritising stillbirth reporting and registration within civil registration and vital statistics system strengthening efforts. Improving data collection and data quality in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) is key since far too many of these countries have very scarce or no quality data on stillbirths. Integrating stillbirths in the vital registration process will allow us to produce better and more timely estimates of the risk of stillbirth and analyse inequities at the subnational level.

Hyeseon Jeong (2022-01-08). Australia's systemic migrant labour exploitation exposed. greenleft.org.au Much has been said about the rampant exploitation of migrant workers in Australia but the Migrant Workers Centre has data showing it is even worse. Hyeseon Jeong reports.

Florence CGTN (2022-01-08). Omicron brings fresh woes to recovering hotel industry. america.cgtn.com Hotels in New York say the surge in cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant led to mass cancellations over the holiday season. Some hotels are also struggling to recruit staff in the face of a national labor shortage. But industry leaders say the situation is still …

Staff (2022-01-08). Instituto de Geofísica y Astronomía anuncia inauguración de Observatorio cubano-ruso. cubadebate.cu Gracias al convenio de colaboración con el Instituto de Astronomía Aplicada (IPA) y el Instituto de Astronomía (INASAN), ambos de la Academia de Ciencias de Rusia, el Instituto de Geofísica y Astronomía de Cuba alberga en una pequeña construcción coronada por una cúpula blanca automatizada el nuevo Observatorio cubano-ruso, cuya inauguración tendrá lugar el próximo 14 de enero, en saludo al día de la Ciencia Cubana.

WSWS (2022-01-08). Republic Services mobilizes scab labor against striking workers. wsws.org Striking sanitation workers in San Diego County voted to reject a management offer, defying the company's threat to bring in strikebreakers.

Fight Back (2022-01-08). Colorado: King Soopers workers to strike on January 12. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – On January 3, King Soopers workers represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 7 (UFCW) in Denver and Colorado Springs approved an Unfair Labor Practices strike by a 97% margin. On January 7, the union announced that workers would walk off the job and onto the picket line starting next Wednesday, January 12. | The announcement follows weeks of bargaining between the union and King Soopers, in which the company "tried to prevent the workers from standing together with each other in the stores, refused to produce information critical to these negotiations, and failed to bargain in good…

Hugo Wils (2022-01-08). Pallet distribution workers in Manchester strike for 5% pay rise. themilitant.com MANCHESTER, England — "Our claim is for a 5% rise in our wages, the company is offering 2%," Malcolm Bostock, a Unite union representative, told the Militant on the picket line at the CHEP U.K. plant in Trafford Park. CHEP is owned by Australian company Brambles, one of the major distributors of pallets worldwide. | Bostock and some five dozen of his co-workers have been on strike since Dec. 17, after four one-day strikes. "We've worked all the way through the COVID pandemic, we'll keep going until we get what we deserve," he said. | Strikers maintain a 24-hour picket line from Monday to Friday. "People sup…

Sara Lobman (2022-01-08). NY Teamsters strike at United Metro Energy enters ninth month. themilitant.com NEW YORK — Fourteen workers, members of Teamsters Local 553 in Brooklyn, have been on strike against United Metro Energy Corp. since last April. | They are fighting to win wages and conditions that match what workers at other fuel-terminal operators in the city are paid. Right now they receive only up to half the standard hourly wages. They are also fighting for better medical insurance and a night shift differential. | The strikers joined the union in February 2019, but owner John Catsimatidis, a billionaire and well-known city political figure, dragged out negotiations for more than two years. | "There wa…

Laura Garza (2022-01-08). Sanitation workers strike for safety, pay in California. themilitant.com CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Some 250 sanitation workers in the San Diego area continue to walk picket lines here since going on strike Dec. 17 against Republic Services. Members of Teamsters Local 542, many in rain gear for the winter storms that poured down, maintain pickets at four locations in their fight for safer trucks and working conditions and for higher wages. | "After Republic took over, conditions began deteriorating," Cesar Silva, 38, a driver with 16 years on the job, told the Militant. "There were a lot of write-ups, trucks in bad condition, safety concerns. They demand we have PPE [personal protect…

WSWS (2022-01-08). Squid Game and the survival drama genre. wsws.org While Squid Game presents a unique twist on the effort to represent capitalism as a fight to the death, it is only the most recent example of an international genre that began in the US in the 1970s.

WSWS (2022-01-08). Capitalism's perpetual pandemic. wsws.org The US government and media are demanding that COVID-19 become the "new normal," legitimizing mass death in perpetuity.

_____ (2022-01-08). Russia and Egypt Strive to Ensure Food Security in Africa. journal-neo.org Despite modern agro-industrial technologies, the trend towards food shortages continues. This, in particular, is evidenced by the information published by the UN that up to 820 million people are starving in the world, which is about 10% of the world population. There are more malnourished and hungry people around the world today than ever before, despite the …

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2022-01-08: News Headlines

Labor Video Project (2022-01-08). One Year After Jan 6 Insurrection & Rise Of Fascism With Vermont AFL-CIO Pres Van Deusen. indybay.org Vermont AFL-CIO president David Van Deusen is interviewed one year after the January 6, 2021 attempted coup and insurrection. His federation debated and voted for a resolution for a general strike to protest and stop such an insurrection. He talks about the same issues one year later.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2022-01-08). 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,…

Seth Galinsky (2022-01-08). 'I really like the Militant's coverage of today's strikes'. themilitant.com The six-week drive to win more than 300 current Militant readers to Among recent subscribers are strikers met on union picket lines, family farmers and taxicab drivers fighting crushing debt; opponents of the U.S. rulers' economic war against Cuba's socialist revolution; and hundreds of working people who subscribed after Soc…

Lucia Hug, Danzhen You, Hannah Blencowe, Allisyn C Moran, Leontine Alkema (2022-01-08). [Correspondence] Strengthening the reporting of stillbirths globally — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We appreciate the comments by Olga Joos and colleagues, in response to our Article,1 on prioritising stillbirth reporting and registration within civil registration and vital statistics system strengthening efforts. Improving data collection and data quality in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs) is key since far too many of these countries have very scarce or no quality data on stillbirths. Integrating stillbirths in the vital registration process will allow us to produce better and more timely estimates of the risk of stillbirth and analyse inequities at the subnational level.

WSWS (2022-01-08). Republic Services mobilizes scab labor against striking workers. wsws.org Striking sanitation workers in San Diego County voted to reject a management offer, defying the company's threat to bring in strikebreakers.

Staff (2022-01-08). Instituto de Geofísica y Astronomía anuncia inauguración de Observatorio cubano-ruso. cubadebate.cu Gracias al convenio de colaboración con el Instituto de Astronomía Aplicada (IPA) y el Instituto de Astronomía (INASAN), ambos de la Academia de Ciencias de Rusia, el Instituto de Geofísica y Astronomía de Cuba alberga en una pequeña construcción coronada por una cúpula blanca automatizada el nuevo Observatorio cubano-ruso, cuya inauguración tendrá lugar el próximo 14 de enero, en saludo al día de la Ciencia Cubana.

Hugo Wils (2022-01-08). Pallet distribution workers in Manchester strike for 5% pay rise. themilitant.com MANCHESTER, England — "Our claim is for a 5% rise in our wages, the company is offering 2%," Malcolm Bostock, a Unite union representative, told the Militant on the picket line at the CHEP U.K. plant in Trafford Park. CHEP is owned by Australian company Brambles, one of the major distributors of pallets worldwide. | Bostock and some five dozen of his co-workers have been on strike since Dec. 17, after four one-day strikes. "We've worked all the way through the COVID pandemic, we'll keep going until we get what we deserve," he said. | Strikers maintain a 24-hour picket line from Monday to Friday. "People sup…

Sara Lobman (2022-01-08). NY Teamsters strike at United Metro Energy enters ninth month. themilitant.com NEW YORK — Fourteen workers, members of Teamsters Local 553 in Brooklyn, have been on strike against United Metro Energy Corp. since last April. | They are fighting to win wages and conditions that match what workers at other fuel-terminal operators in the city are paid. Right now they receive only up to half the standard hourly wages. They are also fighting for better medical insurance and a night shift differential. | The strikers joined the union in February 2019, but owner John Catsimatidis, a billionaire and well-known city political figure, dragged out negotiations for more than two years. | "There wa…

WSWS (2022-01-08). Capitalism's perpetual pandemic. wsws.org The US government and media is demanding that COVID-19 become the "new normal," legitimizing mass death in perpetuity.

WSWS (2022-01-08). Squid Game and the survival drama genre. wsws.org While Squid Game presents a unique twist on the effort to represent capitalism as a fight to the death, it is only the most recent example of an international genre that began in the US in the 1970s.

_____ (2022-01-08). Russia and Egypt Strive to Ensure Food Security in Africa. journal-neo.org Despite modern agro-industrial technologies, the trend towards food shortages continues. This, in particular, is evidenced by the information published by the UN that up to 820 million people are starving in the world, which is about 10% of the world population. There are more malnourished and hungry people around the world today than ever before, despite the …

_____ (2022-01-07). The U.S. Directed Rebellion In Kazakhstan May Well Strengthen Russia. popularresistance.org RAND lists economical, geopolitical, ideological and informational as well as military measures the U.S. should take to weaken Russia. Since the report came out the first four of the six 'geopolitical measures' listed in chapter 4 of the report have been implemented. The U.S. delivered lethal weapons to Ukraine, it increased its support for 'rebels' in Syria. It attempted a regime change in Belarus and instigated a war between Azerbaijan and Armenia. The U.S. is now implementing measure 5 which aims to 'reduce Russia's influence in Central Asia'.

sputniknews (2022-01-07). Fugitive Ex-Banker 'Sees Himself as Leader of Opposition' in Kazakhstan. sputniknews.com Kazakhstan has been gripped by violent protests since the beginning of the year following a surge in gas prices in the country. Their demands to slash the gas prices were quickly met by the government, as well as demands to sack the cabinet of ministers. Despite that, the protests, often followed by acts of vandalism and looting, continued.

Staff (2022-01-07). Order 'mainly restored,' dozens killed & Baikonur terror threat level raised: Latest developments in Kazakhstan. rt.com The sixth day of crisis in Kazakhstan saw some stabilization as peacekeeping forces supported local security services | Constitutional order was "mainly restored" in Kazakhstan on Friday, according to president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. However, the spate of unrest is seemingly far from over, with almost 4,000 people detained and dozens killed. | Mass protests in Kazakhstan began on January 2, prompted by public discontent with a sharp increase in prices for liquefied petroleum gas. The unrest quickly spread, turning violent in some places, including the largest city; the former capital Almaty. | Security forces…

sputniknews (2022-01-07). Fugitive Ex-Banker 'Sees Himself as Leader of Opposition' in Kazakhstan. sputniknews.com Kazakhstan has been gripped by violent protests since the beginning of the year following a surge in gas prices in the country. Their demands to slash the gas prices were quickly met by the government, as well as demands to sack the cabinet of ministers. Despite that, the protests, often followed by acts of vandalism and looting, continued.

Staff (2022-01-07). Crude rally continues amid Kazakhstan turmoil. rt.com Escalating tensions in the former Soviet state, together with Libyan outages, send futures surging | Global prices for crude oil saw a sharp increase on Thursday, extending the gains recorded during the previous session, as bloody unrest continues to sweep Kazakhstan, an OPEC+ oil producer. | The global benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.38% to $82.30 per barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate crude futures also gained 0.38% to trade at $79.76 per barrel. Both contracts were trading at their highest since late November. | The latest increase comes as Kazakhstan — the second-largest oil producer in the…

Staff (2022-01-07). Crude rally continues amid Kazakhstan turmoil. rt.com Escalating tensions in the former Soviet state, together with Libyan outages, send futures surging | Global prices for crude oil saw a sharp increase on Thursday, extending the gains recorded during the previous session, as bloody unrest continues to sweep Kazakhstan, an OPEC+ oil producer. | The global benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.38% to $82.30 per barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate crude futures also gained 0.38% to trade at $79.76 per barrel. Both contracts were trading at their highest since late November. | The latest increase comes as Kazakhstan — the second-largest oil producer in the…

Tariq Ali (2022-01-07). Tariq Ali: 'Democracy is largely a set of rituals now'. mronline.org "There is no socialist blueprint. If you think there is a socialist blueprint, then you will only be a utopian. The formation of economic policies has to be done with the collaboration of those on whose behalf you are going to change structures."

Tariq Ali (2022-01-07). Tariq Ali: 'Democracy is largely a set of rituals now'. mronline.org "There is no socialist blueprint. If you think there is a socialist blueprint, then you will only be a utopian. The formation of economic policies has to be done with the collaboration of those on whose behalf you are going to change structures."

Labor Video Project (2022-01-07). One Year After Jan 6 Insurrection & Rise Of Fascism With Vermont AFL-CIO Pres Van Deusen. indybay.org Vermont AFL-CIO president David Van Deusen is interviewed one year after the January 6, 2021 attempted coup and insurrection. His federation debated and voted for a resolution for a general strike to protest and stop such an insurrection. He talks about the same issues one year later.

Dana Sanchez (2022-01-07). Traders Say Crypto Billionaire Pioneer Arthur Hayes Sent Prices Lower After Blog Post Warning. moguldom.com Some crypto traders are crediting a Jan. 6 blog post that warned of a bear market with sending prices lower after BitMEX co-founder and former CEO, Arthur Hayes, wrote that "the only way the crypto markets would move up is if the Fed publicly turned on the taps." The U.S. Federal Reserve has signaled its …

Peoples Dispatch (2022-01-07). Culprits behind Capitol insurrection still not brought to justice. peoplesdispatch.org Trump and his followers had propagated numerous false claims stating that the 2020 elections were stolen from them by means of electoral fraud, rigging of voting machines, and an international communist conspiracy.

Editor2 (2022-01-07). The World's Largest Trade Pact is a Game-Changer for China. orinocotribune.com By Tom Fowdy — Jan 4, 2022 | The new RCEP trade agreement, spanning 15 countries and nearly one-third of the world's population, gives Beijing huge advantages in its economic competition with America. | With the coming of the new year,

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2022-01-07). Capriles Questions the 'Leadership' of the Opposition in Venezuela. orinocotribune.com By admitting that the current opposition "leadership" is not a real alternative in Venezuela's political arena, the far-right spokesman Henrique Capriles Radonski reacted this Wednesday, January 5, after the announced extension of the self-appointed "interim government" of Guaidó and the begining of the second term of the legitimate National Assembly, chaired by Jorge Rodríguez. | In this sense, Capriles, who is a staunch opponent of the Bolivarian Revolution, also strongly criticizes the illegal actions of his former partners (Leopoldo López, Julio Borges and Guaidó). For this reason, he mentioned socio-economic…

Editor (2022-01-07). There is no Nobel Prize in economics. mronline.org Let's debunk a myth. There is no "Nobel Prize in Economics". On Nov 27, 1895, when Alfred Nobel signed his will, he left five prizes in alphabetical order to: chemistry, literature, peace, physics, and physiology or medicine. The Nobel Prize in Economics is declared after the Panchapandavas above.

Karen Conner (2022-01-07). Unemployment Falls to 3.9 Percent; Wage Growth Remains Strong. cepr.net The 3.9 percent December unemployment rate is better than all but five months in the 1990s boom. | The unemployment rate fell another 0.3 percentage points in December, bringing the unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent. This is lower than all but five months in the late 1990s boom and the period between May 2018 and the pandemic. | At the same time, the establishment survey showed a weaker than expected increase in 199,000 jobs; although the prior two months figures were revised upward by a total of 141,000. With the upward revisions, the average growth for the last three months was 365,000. | Overall employment…

Dean Baker (2022-01-07). Unemployment Falls, Wages Grow for Most Disadvantaged in Strong Jobs Report. truthout.org The unemployment rate fell another 0.3 percentage points in December, bringing the unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent. This is lower than all but five months in the late 1990s boom and the period between May 2018 and the pandemic. | At the same time, the establishment survey showed a weaker than expected increase in 199,000 jobs; although the prior two months figures were revised upward by a total of 141,000. With the upward revisions, the average growth for the last three months was 365,000…

_____ (2022-01-07). Is A State Program To Foster Sustainable Farming Leaving Out Small-Scale Growers And Farmers Of Color? popularresistance.org Even when there are funds available, the soils program can be difficult for farmers who grow many crops, as well as immigrant farmers who may not speak English fluently, to access or make use of. It's also hard for lower-income growers who lease their land year to year to successfully complete an application, because the program requires a three-year commitment for all who participate. And HSP takes a largely prescriptive approach—requiring that one practice be applied to the same plot of land for the entire time. But smaller operations tend to grow a diverse range of crops that require intricate rotation a…

Martha Grevatt (2022-01-07). NLRB ruling an organizing tool for Amazon union drive. workers.org Amazon's vicious union busting has come under widespread scrutiny by the world's working class — and even by some elements of the ruling class. The National Labor Relations Board, created in 1935 to regulate the sharp battles between labor and capital, has ordered a new election at the Bessemer, Alabama, . . . |

Martha Grevatt (2022-01-07). NLRB ruling an organizing tool for Amazon union drive. workers.org Amazon's vicious union busting has come under widespread scrutiny by the world's working class — and even by some elements of the ruling class. The National Labor Relations Board, created in 1935 to regulate the sharp battles between labor and capital, has ordered a new election at the Bessemer, Alabama, . . . |

WSWS (2022-01-07). US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 4,764 job deaths, not including thousands from COVID-19. wsws.org The US Bureau of Labor Statistics failed to include workplace-related deaths from COVID-19, blaming lack of adequate and accurate reporting.

ecns.cn (2022-01-07). Chinese FM elaborates on initiative of peaceful development in Horn of Africa. ecns.cn China stands ready to propose the "Initiative of Peaceful Development in the Horn of Africa" to support regional countries in addressing security, development and governance challenges.

ecns.cn (2022-01-07). Chinese FM elaborates on initiative of peaceful development in Horn of Africa. ecns.cn China stands ready to propose the "Initiative of Peaceful Development in the Horn of Africa" to support regional countries in addressing security, development and governance challenges.

sputniknews (2022-01-07). US, Japan to Collaborate on Developing Hypersonic Missile Defenses, Blinken Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States and Japan will soon sign an agreement that will enable bilateral cooperation on developing defenses against hypersonic missiles and on new space-based capabilities, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

WSWS (2022-01-07). US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 4,764 job deaths, not including thousands from COVID-19. wsws.org The US Bureau of Labor Statistics failed to include workplace-related deaths from COVID-19, blaming lack of adequate and accurate reporting.

sputniknews (2022-01-07). US, Japan to Collaborate on Developing Hypersonic Missile Defenses, Blinken Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States and Japan will soon sign an agreement that will enable bilateral cooperation on developing defenses against hypersonic missiles and on new space-based capabilities, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

WSWS (2022-01-07). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org French secondary school teachers begin a week of strikes over COVID-19 danger, unions demand mitigation only; 3,000 workers begin five-week strike at Finnish forestry company UPM over collective bargaining agreement; further protests by Iranian workers and pensioners in defence of livelihoods as food inflation hits 80 percent; strike by 5,000 workers at South African dairy group Clover Foods continues, with factory closures imminent and 1,000 job losses…

WSWS (2022-01-07). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org French secondary school teachers begin a week of strikes over COVID-19 danger, unions demand mitigation only; 3,000 workers begin five-week strike at Finnish forestry company UPM over collective bargaining agreement; further protests by Iranian workers and pensioners in defence of livelihoods as food inflation hits 80 percent; strike by 5,000 workers at South African dairy group Clover Foods continues, with factory closures imminent and 1,000 job losses…

_____ (2022-01-07). Veterans' Health Care For Mental And Environmental Illnesses Under Attack. popularresistance.org In recent years, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have backed privatization of services provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the VHA serves about nine million patients and operates the largest public healthcare system in the country. Since 2015, billions of dollars have been diverted from VHA care to private doctors and for-profit hospitals who treat veterans in costlier and less effective fashion. This cannibalization of the VHA budget began under President Obama, escalated during the Trump era, and continues under Joe Biden.

_____ (2022-01-07). Veterans' Health Care For Mental And Environmental Illnesses Under Attack. popularresistance.org In recent years, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have backed privatization of services provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the VHA serves about nine million patients and operates the largest public healthcare system in the country. Since 2015, billions of dollars have been diverted from VHA care to private doctors and for-profit hospitals who treat veterans in costlier and less effective fashion. This cannibalization of the VHA budget began under President Obama, escalated during the Trump era, and continues under Joe Biden.

In Defense of Liberation! (2022-01-07). Intersectionality, and what it might lack. anchor.fm In this episode I try to give an analysis of liberal intersectionality from a Marxist perspective. I tried to go over the ways in which intersectionality avoids revolutionary politics and a unity and solidarity based on class struggle. We need an end to the Capitalist and imperialist system now, we do not need a slow transitionary period towards another form of oppression. We need the liberation of all oppressed people now! Go organize!

Jake Johnson (2022-01-07). 21 States Hike Minimum Wage as Pressure Mounts to Raise $7.25 Federal Wage Floor. truthout.org More than 20 states across the U.S. In an

Rosa Astra, Benjamin Zinevich (2022-01-07). Yes, there really were only two COVID deaths in mainland China in 2021. Here's how they did it. liberationnews.org To someone who lives under U.S. capitalism, a medical system that can successfully curb a pandemic like COVID-19 may seem like fantasy. What did the people, government, and Communist Party of China do to accomplish this incredible result?>

Rosa Astra, Benjamin Zinevich (2022-01-07). Yes, there really were only two COVID deaths in mainland China in 2021. Here's how they did it. liberationnews.org To someone who lives under U.S. capitalism, a medical system that can successfully curb a pandemic like COVID-19 may seem like fantasy. What did the people, government, and Communist Party of China do to accomplish this incredible result?>

Kevin Mwanza (2022-01-07). 10 Things To Know About Bitcoin Creator Satoshi Nakamoto. moguldom.com Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the unknown person or group who developed Bitcoin, authored the 2009 Bitcoin white paper, and created and deployed the first blockchain database. Developed as an alternative payment system that would operate free of central-bank control but be used like traditional currencies, the innovation got the attention of the …

Staff (2022-01-07). Poland admits buying Israeli Pegasus spyware. rt.com The leader of the ruling Law and Justice party says it's a good thing that his country obtained the high-tech surveillance software | Poland's most powerful lawmaker has admitted that his country purchased spyware from the controversial Israeli NSO Group. He denied it was being used to target politicians, however, claiming it was used by the secret services. | Speaking to the weekly right-wing magazine Sieci, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, said that it was a positive thing that Polish security services were using powerful snooping software. | "It would be bad if…

Staff (2022-01-07). Poland admits buying Israeli Pegasus spyware. rt.com The leader of the ruling Law and Justice party says it's a good thing that his country obtained the high-tech surveillance software | Poland's most powerful lawmaker has admitted that his country purchased spyware from the controversial Israeli NSO Group. He denied it was being used to target politicians, however, claiming it was used by the secret services. | Speaking to the weekly right-wing magazine Sieci, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, said that it was a positive thing that Polish security services were using powerful snooping software. | "It would be bad if…

Mario Parada Lezcano (2022-01-07). End of the road for Chile's neoliberal healthcare system? peoplesdispatch.org In an important The victory of a leftist candidate calls into question the

Mario Parada Lezcano (2022-01-07). End of the road for Chile's neoliberal healthcare system? peoplesdispatch.org In an important The victory of a leftist candidate calls into question the

Emir Sader (2022-01-07). 2022: Tiempos decisivos para Brasil y Colombia. globalizacion.ca El siglo XXI es el siglo de América Latina. En su primera década surgieron los únicos gobiernos antineoliberales del mundo, en Venezuela, Brasil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia y Ecuador. En la segunda, la derecha recuperó la iniciativa, sin aliento, porque no…

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2022-01-07: News Headlines

Robert Sanchez (2022-01-07). LA mobilizations demand justice for Valentina Orellana-Peralta and Daniel Elena Lopez. liberationnews.org On Jan 2., brought together by outrage and the necessity for action, a press conference was organized by the Coalition for Community Control over the Police (CCCOP), Project Islamic H.O.P.E, Party for Socialism and Liberation and other community activists in front of the Los Angeles Police Department Headquarters in Downtown Los Angeles.

Rosa Astra, Benjamin Zinevich (2022-01-07). Yes, there really were only two COVID deaths in mainland China in 2021. Here's how they did it. liberationnews.org To someone who lives under U.S. capitalism, a medical system that can successfully curb a pandemic like COVID-19 may seem like fantasy. What did the people, government, and Communist Party of China do to accomplish this incredible result?>

sputniknews (2022-01-07). US, Japan to Collaborate on Developing Hypersonic Missile Defenses, Blinken Says. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The United States and Japan will soon sign an agreement that will enable bilateral cooperation on developing defenses against hypersonic missiles and on new space-based capabilities, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.

Labor Video Project (2022-01-07). One Year After Jan 6 Insurrection & Rise Of Fascism With Vermont AFL-CIO Pres Van Deusen. indybay.org Vermont AFL-CIO president David Van Deusen is interviewed one year after the January 6, 2021 attempted coup and insurrection. His federation debated and voted for a resolution for a general strike to protest and stop such an insurrection. He talks about the same issues one year later.

Staff (2022-01-07). Crude rally continues amid Kazakhstan turmoil. rt.com Escalating tensions in the former Soviet state, together with Libyan outages, send futures surging | Global prices for crude oil saw a sharp increase on Thursday, extending the gains recorded during the previous session, as bloody unrest continues to sweep Kazakhstan, an OPEC+ oil producer. | The global benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.38% to $82.30 per barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate crude futures also gained 0.38% to trade at $79.76 per barrel. Both contracts were trading at their highest since late November. | The latest increase comes as Kazakhstan — the second-largest oil producer in the…

sputniknews (2022-01-07). Fugitive Ex-Banker 'Sees Himself as Leader of Opposition' in Kazakhstan. sputniknews.com Kazakhstan has been gripped by violent protests since the beginning of the year following a surge in gas prices in the country. Their demands to slash the gas prices were quickly met by the government, as well as demands to sack the cabinet of ministers. Despite that, the protests, often followed by acts of vandalism and looting, continued.

Tariq Ali (2022-01-07). Tariq Ali: 'Democracy is largely a set of rituals now'. mronline.org "There is no socialist blueprint. If you think there is a socialist blueprint, then you will only be a utopian. The formation of economic policies has to be done with the collaboration of those on whose behalf you are going to change structures."

WSWS (2022-01-07). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org French secondary school teachers begin a week of strikes over COVID-19 danger, unions demand mitigation only; 3,000 workers begin five-week strike at Finnish forestry company UPM over collective bargaining agreement; further protests by Iranian workers and pensioners in defence of livelihoods as food inflation hits 80 percent; strike by 5,000 workers at South African dairy group Clover Foods continues, with factory closures imminent and 1,000 job losses…

Karen Conner (2022-01-07). Unemployment Falls to 3.9 Percent; Wage Growth Remains Strong. cepr.net The 3.9 percent December unemployment rate is better than all but five months in the 1990s boom. | The unemployment rate fell another 0.3 percentage points in December, bringing the unemployment rate down to 3.9 percent. This is lower than all but five months in the late 1990s boom and the period between May 2018 and the pandemic. | At the same time, the establishment survey showed a weaker than expected increase in 199,000 jobs; although the prior two months figures were revised upward by a total of 141,000. With the upward revisions, the average growth for the last three months was 365,000. | Overall employment…

Martha Grevatt (2022-01-07). NLRB ruling an organizing tool for Amazon union drive. workers.org Amazon's vicious union busting has come under widespread scrutiny by the world's working class — and even by some elements of the ruling class. The National Labor Relations Board, created in 1935 to regulate the sharp battles between labor and capital, has ordered a new election at the Bessemer, Alabama, . . . |

ecns.cn (2022-01-07). Chinese FM elaborates on initiative of peaceful development in Horn of Africa. ecns.cn China stands ready to propose the "Initiative of Peaceful Development in the Horn of Africa" to support regional countries in addressing security, development and governance challenges.

WSWS (2022-01-07). US Bureau of Labor Statistics reports 4,764 job deaths, not including thousands from COVID-19. wsws.org The US Bureau of Labor Statistics failed to include workplace-related deaths from COVID-19, blaming lack of adequate and accurate reporting.

_____ (2022-01-07). Veterans' Health Care For Mental And Environmental Illnesses Under Attack. popularresistance.org In recent years, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress have backed privatization of services provided by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the VHA serves about nine million patients and operates the largest public healthcare system in the country. Since 2015, billions of dollars have been diverted from VHA care to private doctors and for-profit hospitals who treat veterans in costlier and less effective fashion. This cannibalization of the VHA budget began under President Obama, escalated during the Trump era, and continues under Joe Biden.

In Defense of Liberation! (2022-01-07). Intersectionality, and what it might lack. anchor.fm In this episode I try to give an analysis of liberal intersectionality from a Marxist perspective. I tried to go over the ways in which intersectionality avoids revolutionary politics and a unity and solidarity based on class struggle. We need an end to the Capitalist and imperialist system now, we do not need a slow transitionary period towards another form of oppression. We need the liberation of all oppressed people now! Go organize!

Staff (2022-01-07). Poland admits buying Israeli Pegasus spyware. rt.com The leader of the ruling Law and Justice party says it's a good thing that his country obtained the high-tech surveillance software | Poland's most powerful lawmaker has admitted that his country purchased spyware from the controversial Israeli NSO Group. He denied it was being used to target politicians, however, claiming it was used by the secret services. | Speaking to the weekly right-wing magazine Sieci, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the leader of Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party, said that it was a positive thing that Polish security services were using powerful snooping software. | "It would be bad if…

Mario Parada Lezcano (2022-01-07). End of the road for Chile's neoliberal healthcare system? peoplesdispatch.org In an important The victory of a leftist candidate calls into question the

Emir Sader (2022-01-07). 2022: Tiempos decisivos para Brasil y Colombia. globalizacion.ca El siglo XXI es el siglo de América Latina. En su primera década surgieron los únicos gobiernos antineoliberales del mundo, en Venezuela, Brasil, Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia y Ecuador. En la segunda, la derecha recuperó la iniciativa, sin aliento, porque no…

WSWS (2022-01-07). Historical falsification and the struggle for socialism. wsws.org In this work, Soviet historian and sociologist Vadim Rogovin (1937—1998) explodes the myth, shared by both anti-communists and Stalinists alike, that Stalinism evolved naturally and seamlessly out of Bolshevism.

Labor Video Project (2022-01-06). One Year After Jan 6 Insurrection & Rise Of Fascism With Vermont AFL-CIO Pres Van Deusen. indybay.org Vermont AFL-CIO president David Van Deusen is interviewed one year after the January 6, 2021 attempted coup and insurrection. His federation debated and voted for a resolution for a general strike to protest and stop such an insurrection. He talks about the same issues one year later.

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2022-01-06). Assault on the Capitol: 24 questions and answers. liberationnews.org The Jan. 6 attack on Congress by a fascist-led mob was a pivotal moment in U.S. politics…

In Defense of Liberation! (2022-01-06). "Capitalist Democracy": What is it? And it's connections to Fascism. anchor.fm In this episode I discuss some of the ongoing struggles facing people here in the United States, on the anniversary of the January 6 attempt to take over Congress, and overthrow the election, and how they connect to the history of capitalism's connection to fascism, and the use of democracy as a tool by the state of capitalist dictatorship to misconstrue and misinformed the masses into believing this democracy is for them.

Staff (2022-01-06). Uranium prices surge as world's top supplier rocked by riots. rt.com Violent protests in Kazakhstan impact the global nuclear fuel market | Global prices for uranium have leapt by almost 8%, as Kazakhstan, which accounts for more than 40% of the world's production, struggles to contain widespread ongoing anti-government protests. | On Wednesday, uranium prices on the international market soared to $45.25 a pound from the $42 recorded the day before, according to data from nuclear fuel market research and analysis firm UxC, as quoted by Bloomberg. | Meanwhile, shares in the nation's largest producer, Kazatomprom, were reportedly down 11% in London trading. At the same time, most…

Staff (2022-01-06). Bitcoin dives after Kazakhstan kills internet. rt.com Former Soviet republic, world's second-largest mining hub, is facing major internet disruptions amid nationwide anti-government protests | Bitcoin has seen a sharp decline as protests continue in Kazakhstan, the world's second-largest mining hub, where internet was shut down, forcing local miners to switch off their equipment. | The world's leading cryptocurrency has dropped to $42,786, which marked a daily drop of nearly 8.5%, extending losses recorded during the previous session. | The decline occurred after network data provider NetBlocks reported "significant disruption to internet service in Kazakhstan fr…

_____ (2022-01-06). Made-in-the-USA Kazakhstan Violence? strategic-culture.org By Stephen LENDMAN | Time and again when destabilizing events happen on the world stage, hegemon USA's dirty hands are involved. | On January 2, violence erupted in Kazakh cities — including the country's largest, Almaty, and its capital, Nur-Sultan. | Allegedly over high fuel prices, Kazakh President, Kassym-Jomart Tokaev, promised to lower gas prices. | On Wednesday, he accepted Prime Minister Askar Mamin's resignation while saying the following: | "Calls to attack civilian and military offices are completely illegal." | It's "a crime! Power will not fall! We do not need conflict, but mutual trust and dia…

_____ (2022-01-06). Steppe on Fire: Kazakhstan's Color Revolution. strategic-culture.org Maidan in Almaty? Oh yeah. But it's complicated. | So is that much fear and loathing all about gas? Not really. | Kazakhstan was rocked into chaos virtually overnight, in principle, because of the doubling of prices for liquefied gas, which reached the (Russian) equivalent of 20 rubles per liter (compare it to an average of 30 rubles in Russia itself). | That was the spark for nationwide protests spanning every latitude from top business hub Almaty to the Caspian Sea ports of Aktau and Atyrau and even the capital Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana. | The central government was forced to roll back the gas price to the e…

Patrick Chura (2022-01-06). Anti-fascist lessons from a blacklisted Jewish Communist. peoplesworld.org With hate crimes on the rise and democracy in crisis, the literature we study in schools has new purpose. Discussing books with young people doubles as a gesture of resistance. At this moment, the great activist writers seem greater and affect us more powerfully. But of all the readings I used in my university classes …

Staff (2022-01-06). Ex-Ukrainian president's assets seized as crackdown on opposition continues. rt.com Kiev court goes after former leader Poroshenko, who faces charges of 'high treason' | Ukraine's former president, Petro Poroshenko, has had his assets frozen amid a high treason case over alleged financial dealings with separatists in the east of the country. He says the charges are politically motivated. | The oligarch-turned-politician says he'll fight to clear his name on his anticipated return home from Poland, later this month. The head of the 'European Solidarity' party was the second major opposition party leader to be targeted with legal proceedings, last year. Another rival of Western-backed President…

Editor (2022-01-06). Biden's Four Biggest Mideast Challenges in 2022Ôøº. scheerpost.com Al-Aqsa Mosque last May. [Screenshot / YouTube] | By Juan Cole | President Biden faces severe challenges this year, but in my view the for-profit news often either focuses on the wrong ones or misinterprets the nature of the obstacles. | Here are some of the major challenges: | 1. Iran While many foreign policy hawks and inside-the-beltway pundits see the Iranian civilian nuclear enrichment program as a major challenge, and while it is an important issue, there are other troubling dimensions of the US-Iran relatio…

G. Dunkel (2022-01-06). The pandemic economy — sick workers can't do their jobs. workers.org New York City teachers protest the reopening of schools in August 2020 under unsafe conditions during the COVID pandemic. When the media is full of reports of thousands upon thousands of airline flight cancellations; of subway lines in New York suspended, along with Broadway shows; of professional sports games including . . . |

Fight Back (2022-01-06). Miami hearing for Alex Saab postponed to Feb. 16. fightbacknews.org Miami, FL – The hearing for Alex Saab, the Venezuelan diplomat being detained by the U.S. government, is postponed to February 16 in Miami, Florida. The delays in his case only benefit the U.S. government. Saab's lawyers are seeking a ruling on his diplomatic immunity that will end his illegal detention. | Saab is a unique man who has again and again outsmarted U.S. attempts to punish Venezuela through economic sanctions. The U.S. sanctions aim to shut down sections of the Venezuelan economy – the oil industry, mining and mineral sectors, as well as causing havoc to the water and electricity systems. However, Sa…

Prabhat Patnaik (2022-01-06). Yet another contradiction of capitalism. mronline.org In the United States there are still four million persons who remain unemployed compared to before the pandemic; and yet the Biden administration's attempt to stimulate the economy has already run into a crisis with the re-emergence of inflation not just in that country but elsewhere in the capitalist world as well.

Matt Sedlar (2022-01-06). El año 2022 será un muy buen año económico. cepr.net The Virginian-Pilot | Daily Press | Palm Beach Post | Real Clear Politics | Chattanooga Times Free Press | Wealth Creation Investing | The News-Herald | The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | The Free Lance-Star | The Cincinnati Enquirer | Klamath Falls Herald and News | Richmond Times-Dispatch | Las Vegas Sun | Lima News | The Frederick News-Post | New Canaan Advertiser | Edwardsville Intelligencer | Jacksonville Journal-Courier | The Seattle Times | New Castle News | The Herald Review | West Central Tribune | Hartford Courant | Bangor Daily News | The Tribune-Democrat | The Quad City Times | The Columbian | Forosocuella…

_____ (2022-01-06). Why the US Cannot Force China Out of the Middle East. journal-neo.org The China-Middle East relations have grown multi-dimensional to the extent that Washington's persistent efforts to unplug them have fell on deaf ears in Abu Dhabi and beyond. At the same time, Washington's own troubles with other Middle East states, such as Saudi Arabia, have directly allowed China to expand its ties beyond economic cooperation, trade …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2022-01-06). The 2020-22 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

Emir Sader (2022-01-06). Lula's Standing Rose in 2021 while Bolsonaro and the Third Way Ran out of Steam. orinocotribune.com By Emir Sader — Dec 29, 2021 | The first characteristic of Brazil in 2021 was the reversal of optimism regarding economic reactivation and favorable economic projections for 2022. On the contrary, throughout the year the economic recession took root, to the point that the Central Bank of Brazil had to substantially raise interest rates. | Unemployment remained at the high levels of the previous year, but what increased greatly was the number of precarious workers. Today we can say that the vast majority of Brazilians who earn some kind of income do not do so with a formal contract. That is, they have no job…

SAM (2022-01-06). Worshiping Markets, Genuflecting to Grand Fortune. inequality.org

Dana Sanchez (2022-01-06). Bitcoin Price Slices Through $43K: Optimistic Traders Caught Off Guard, Almost $900M Liquidated. moguldom.com The price of Bitcoin fell from $47,000-plus to less than $43,000 Wednesday after the Federal Reserve released minutes of its December meeting, with almost $900 million liquidated. In its Federal Open Markets Committee (FOMC) meeting, the Fed announced plans to reduce its $8.3 trillion balance sheet in 2022 after kicking off a record asset-buying program …

sputniknews (2022-01-06). Ex-VP Mike Pence's Team Reportedly Collaborating With 6 January House Committee. sputniknews.com Last month, ex-POTUS Donald Trump suggested that former Vice President Mike Pence was "mortally wounded" after he refused to delay congressional certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory in early January 2021.

Rick Rozoff (2022-01-06). Turkey, Pakistan strengthen regional, extra-regional military integration. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Turkish, Pakistani military officials discuss regional security, defense collaboration Turkiye's deputy chief of general staff discussed on Thursday regional security situation as well as defense collaboration with the Pakistani army chief. According to a statement by Pakistan military's media wing, Gen. Selcuk Bayraktaroglu met Gen. Qamar Bajwa at the army headquarters in Rawalpindi. Underscoring the …

United Front Committee For A Labor Party (2022-01-06). Wednesday 1/12: STOP Scab Amazon In San Francisco! End Slave Labor & Union Busting By Bezos. indybay.org Proposed Massive Amazon Warehouse | 900 7th St. & Berry St. | San Francisco…

WSWS (2022-01-06). Nervous reaction on Wall Street to Fed minutes. wsws.org The minutes pointed to concerns that continuing supply chain problems and labor shortages meant rising prices were likely to continue and "last longer and be more widespread than initially thought."

Sharon Akunda (2022-01-06). Breaking: Brig Gen Mark Kodir dead. plusnews.ug The Regional Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation for Moyo District, Brig Gen Mark Kodir is dead, the army has announced. The retired senior military officer died on Thursday at Victoria Hospital, according to Defense spokesperson, Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso. Without giving further details on the cause of his death, Byekwaso said, "We condole with the …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-06). Women in the Haitian Revolution. libya360.wordpress.com Tristan Graham The 1791 slave uprising of Saint-Domingue was the largest and most successful slave revolt in modern history. It transformed one of the wealthiest colonies in the world into a new nation led by the black leaders of the Revolution. Because Saint-Domingue was a French colony, the French Revolution was inextricably linked to the…

Moderator (2022-01-06). U.S. Billionaires Saw $1 Trillion Wealth Boom in 2021 Alone. scheerpost.com (Pixabay) | By Jake Johnson / A new analysis out Tuesday

David Swanson (2022-01-06). There Will Be Many Acts of Kindness on the Way Down. warisacrime.org I live in a wealthy country, the U.S., and in a corner of it, a part of Virginia, not yet hit hard by fires or floods or tornados. In fact, until Sunday night, January 2nd, we'd had rather pleasant, almost summerlike weather most of the time since summer. Then, Monday morning, we got several inches …

WSWS (2022-01-06). Afghans protest Washington's starvation strategy. wsws.org With its draconian sanctions and illegal seizure of financial assets, Washington threatens to kill more Afghans by hunger in the coming months than were slaughtered in 20 years of war.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-06). Libya: While Funneling Millions to Militias, Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba Stops the Armed Forces Salaries. libya360.wordpress.com Libyan Position The illegitimate head of the Interim Government of Unity, Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, decided to stop the salaries of about half a million employees in the Libyan Arab Armed Forces, under the pretext of the lack of a budget. With this procedure, employees enter the fourth month without receiving their financial dues, in a…

Ernst Wolff (2022-01-06). Uncovering the Corona Narrative: Was Everything Carefully Planned? Analysis by Ernst Wolff. globalresearch.ca ‚Å£‚Å£Superb explanation of one big reason the world went corona psychotic. Lecture by Ernst Wolff, renowned German economist and journalist. His focus is the on the global financial and monetary system, especially the role of the IMF, the World Bank, …

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2022-01-06). Emma Watson smeared by racist Israeli diplomat. electronicintifada.net False anti-Semitism accusations won't work.

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2022-01-06). Major performers dump Sydney Festival over Israeli sponsorship. electronicintifada.net Israel should not be able to artwash its crimes, boycotters say.

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2022-01-06: News Headlines

Labor Video Project (2022-01-06). One Year After Jan 6 Insurrection & Rise Of Fascism With Vermont AFL-CIO Pres Van Deusen. indybay.org Vermont AFL-CIO president David Van Deusen is interviewed one year after the January 6, 2021 attempted coup and insurrection. His federation debated and voted for a resolution for a general strike to protest and stop such an insurrection. He talks about the same issues one year later.

In Defense of Liberation! (2022-01-06). "Capitalist Democracy": What is it? And it's connections to Fascism. anchor.fm In this episode I discuss some of the ongoing struggles facing people here in the United States, on the anniversary of the January 6 attempt to take over Congress, and overthrow the election, and how they connect to the history of capitalism's connection to fascism, and the use of democracy as a tool by the state of capitalist dictatorship to misconstrue and misinformed the masses into believing this democracy is for them.

WSWS (2022-01-06). Afghans protest Washington's starvation strategy. wsws.org With its draconian sanctions and illegal seizure of financial assets, Washington threatens to kill more Afghans by hunger in the coming months than were slaughtered in 20 years of war.

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2022-01-06). Emma Watson smeared by racist Israeli diplomat. electronicintifada.net False anti-Semitism accusations won't work.

_____ (2022-01-06). Steppe on Fire: Kazakhstan's Color Revolution. strategic-culture.org Maidan in Almaty? Oh yeah. But it's complicated. | So is that much fear and loathing all about gas? Not really. | Kazakhstan was rocked into chaos virtually overnight, in principle, because of the doubling of prices for liquefied gas, which reached the (Russian) equivalent of 20 rubles per liter (compare it to an average of 30 rubles in Russia itself). | That was the spark for nationwide protests spanning every latitude from top business hub Almaty to the Caspian Sea ports of Aktau and Atyrau and even the capital Nur-Sultan, formerly Astana. | The central government was forced to roll back the gas price to the e…

Staff (2022-01-06). Bitcoin dives after Kazakhstan kills internet. rt.com Former Soviet republic, world's second-largest mining hub, is facing major internet disruptions amid nationwide anti-government protests | Bitcoin has seen a sharp decline as protests continue in Kazakhstan, the world's second-largest mining hub, where internet was shut down, forcing local miners to switch off their equipment. | The world's leading cryptocurrency has dropped to $42,786, which marked a daily drop of nearly 8.5%, extending losses recorded during the previous session. | The decline occurred after network data provider NetBlocks reported "significant disruption to internet service in Kazakhstan fr…

Staff (2022-01-06). Uranium prices surge as world's top supplier rocked by riots. rt.com Violent protests in Kazakhstan impact the global nuclear fuel market | Global prices for uranium have leapt by almost 8%, as Kazakhstan, which accounts for more than 40% of the world's production, struggles to contain widespread ongoing anti-government protests. | On Wednesday, uranium prices on the international market soared to $45.25 a pound from the $42 recorded the day before, according to data from nuclear fuel market research and analysis firm UxC, as quoted by Bloomberg. | Meanwhile, shares in the nation's largest producer, Kazatomprom, were reportedly down 11% in London trading. At the same time, most…

_____ (2022-01-06). Made-in-the-USA Kazakhstan Violence? strategic-culture.org By Stephen LENDMAN | Time and again when destabilizing events happen on the world stage, hegemon USA's dirty hands are involved. | On January 2, violence erupted in Kazakh cities — including the country's largest, Almaty, and its capital, Nur-Sultan. | Allegedly over high fuel prices, Kazakh President, Kassym-Jomart Tokaev, promised to lower gas prices. | On Wednesday, he accepted Prime Minister Askar Mamin's resignation while saying the following: | "Calls to attack civilian and military offices are completely illegal." | It's "a crime! Power will not fall! We do not need conflict, but mutual trust and dia…

Patrick Chura (2022-01-06). Anti-fascist lessons from a blacklisted Jewish Communist. peoplesworld.org With hate crimes on the rise and democracy in crisis, the literature we study in schools has new purpose. Discussing books with young people doubles as a gesture of resistance. At this moment, the great activist writers seem greater and affect us more powerfully. But of all the readings I used in my university classes …

Editor (2022-01-06). Biden's Four Biggest Mideast Challenges in 2022Ôøº. scheerpost.com Al-Aqsa Mosque last May. [Screenshot / YouTube] | By Juan Cole | President Biden faces severe challenges this year, but in my view the for-profit news often either focuses on the wrong ones or misinterprets the nature of the obstacles. | Here are some of the major challenges: | 1. Iran While many foreign policy hawks and inside-the-beltway pundits see the Iranian civilian nuclear enrichment program as a major challenge, and while it is an important issue, there are other troubling dimensions of the US-Iran relatio…

G. Dunkel (2022-01-06). The pandemic economy — sick workers can't do their jobs. workers.org New York City teachers protest the reopening of schools in August 2020 under unsafe conditions during the COVID pandemic. When the media is full of reports of thousands upon thousands of airline flight cancellations; of subway lines in New York suspended, along with Broadway shows; of professional sports games including . . . |

Prabhat Patnaik (2022-01-06). Yet another contradiction of capitalism. mronline.org In the United States there are still four million persons who remain unemployed compared to before the pandemic; and yet the Biden administration's attempt to stimulate the economy has already run into a crisis with the re-emergence of inflation not just in that country but elsewhere in the capitalist world as well.

Fight Back (2022-01-06). Miami hearing for Alex Saab postponed to Feb. 16. fightbacknews.org Miami, FL – The hearing for Alex Saab, the Venezuelan diplomat being detained by the U.S. government, is postponed to February 16 in Miami, Florida. The delays in his case only benefit the U.S. government. Saab's lawyers are seeking a ruling on his diplomatic immunity that will end his illegal detention. | Saab is a unique man who has again and again outsmarted U.S. attempts to punish Venezuela through economic sanctions. The U.S. sanctions aim to shut down sections of the Venezuelan economy – the oil industry, mining and mineral sectors, as well as causing havoc to the water and electricity systems. However, Sa…

Emir Sader (2022-01-06). Lula's Standing Rose in 2021 while Bolsonaro and the Third Way Ran out of Steam. orinocotribune.com By Emir Sader — Dec 29, 2021 | The first characteristic of Brazil in 2021 was the reversal of optimism regarding economic reactivation and favorable economic projections for 2022. On the contrary, throughout the year the economic recession took root, to the point that the Central Bank of Brazil had to substantially raise interest rates. | Unemployment remained at the high levels of the previous year, but what increased greatly was the number of precarious workers. Today we can say that the vast majority of Brazilians who earn some kind of income do not do so with a formal contract. That is, they have no job…

United Front Committee For A Labor Party (2022-01-06). Wednesday 1/12: STOP Scab Amazon In San Francisco! End Slave Labor & Union Busting By Bezos. indybay.org Proposed Massive Amazon Warehouse | 900 7th St. & Berry St. | San Francisco…

sputniknews (2022-01-06). Ex-VP Mike Pence's Team Reportedly Collaborating With 6 January House Committee. sputniknews.com Last month, ex-POTUS Donald Trump suggested that former Vice President Mike Pence was "mortally wounded" after he refused to delay congressional certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory in early January 2021.

WSWS (2022-01-06). Nervous reaction on Wall Street to Fed minutes. wsws.org The minutes pointed to concerns that continuing supply chain problems and labor shortages meant rising prices were likely to continue and "last longer and be more widespread than initially thought."

Sharon Akunda (2022-01-06). Breaking: Brig Gen Mark Kodir dead. plusnews.ug The Regional Coordinator of Operation Wealth Creation for Moyo District, Brig Gen Mark Kodir is dead, the army has announced. The retired senior military officer died on Thursday at Victoria Hospital, according to Defense spokesperson, Brig Gen Flavia Byekwaso. Without giving further details on the cause of his death, Byekwaso said, "We condole with the …

Moderator (2022-01-06). U.S. Billionaires Saw $1 Trillion Wealth Boom in 2021 Alone. scheerpost.com (Pixabay) | By Jake Johnson / A new analysis out Tuesday

David Swanson (2022-01-06). There Will Be Many Acts of Kindness on the Way Down. warisacrime.org I live in a wealthy country, the U.S., and in a corner of it, a part of Virginia, not yet hit hard by fires or floods or tornados. In fact, until Sunday night, January 2nd, we'd had rather pleasant, almost summerlike weather most of the time since summer. Then, Monday morning, we got several inches …

sputniknews (2022-01-06). Behind Closed Doors, US Urged Israel to Hamper Chinese Investments in Country – Report. sputniknews.com Over the last decade, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to strengthen ties with China and solicit Chinese investment in Israel's infrastructure and technology industries.

ecns.cn (2022-01-06). Hainan free trade port attracts projects worth over 5 bln USD. ecns.cn Construction of 142 projects involving a total investment of 37.3 billion yuan (about 5.85 billion U.S. dollars) started Thursday in south China's Hainan free trade port.

WSWS (2022-01-06). Australian prime minister declares the country must "ride the wave" of Omicron surge. wsws.org The bipartisan National Cabinet wound back testing further amid record infections and upheld a program of mass illness and death in the interests of corporate profit.

Michael Albert (2022-01-06). Omicron and Us—What's Coming. zcomm.org The current profit-seeking practice of big pharma and corporate compliant government that together obstruct vaccinating the whole planet is homicide for profit…

JBLM Cop Watch (2022-01-06). JBLM DES Protection Division Still Illegally Spying On You. indybay.org The Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) DES Protection Division collecting and disseminating information about First Amendment Protected Activities in violation of DOD regulations and Federal law.

Staff (2022-01-06). Metropolis of 14 million confines unvaxxed to their homes. rt.com Violators in Philippines' capital Manila can expect to be fined, jailed, or both | Authorities in the Philippines' capital of Manila have banned the unvaccinated from leaving their homes save for buying essentials, going to work and doing exercise. Violators will be slapped with hefty fines, jail time, or both. | The decision, which affects around 14 million individuals living in Metro Manila, was announced on January 3. Under the new regulations, those who have not received two doses of Covid vaccine are to stay home, with only a few exemptions granted: buying necessities and seeking medical help, going to wo…

Patricio Zamorano (2022-01-06). Burying Neoliberalism in Chile. zcomm.org Interview on what we can expect from a Boric presidency…

Party for Socialism & Liberation (2022-01-06). Tuesday 1/4: Press Conference: Stop the Mayor's War on the Tenderloin! indybay.org SF City Hall. Tune into the livestream via @PSLBayArea on Twitter…

Staff (2022-01-05). "American Insurrection": How Far-Right Extremists Moved from Fringe to Mainstream After Jan. 6 Attack. democracynow.org Thursday marks one year since a violent mob of thousands of far-right and white supremacist Trump supporters descended on the U.S. Capitol, disrupting Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election and resulting in five deaths and hundreds of injuries. We look at where these movements are one year later, with the updated investigative documentary "American Insurrection" by Frontline in collaboration with ProPublica and Berkeley Journalism's Investigative Reporting Program. Director Rick Rowley explains how the far-right social movements have grown since the insurrection and says "the locus…

Amy Goodman (2022-01-05). Far Right Organizing Has Shifted to the Local Level, Making It Harder to Track. truthout.org Thursday marks one year since a violent mob of thousands of far-right and white supremacist Trump supporters descended on the U.S. Capitol, disrupting Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election and resulting in five deaths and hundreds of injuries. We look at where these movements are one year later, with the updated investigative documentary "American Insurrection" by Frontline in collaboration with ProPublica and Berkeley Journalism's Investigative Reporting Progra…

Staff (2022-01-05). Airport takeover, palace fire & promise of 'tough' response: Here's how Kazakhstan's unrest escalated. rt.com The Central Asian state continues its apparent descent into chaos as street protests triggered by a hike in gas prices grow increasingly violent | The situation in Kazakhstan took a sharp turn for the worse on Wednesday, as several cities saw violent unrest, with administrative buildings stormed, a presidential residence set on fire, and the main airport allegedly seized. | The protests began after a twofold hike in the price of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) at the start of the new year. The price caps that had existed in the country for years had turned LPG into an extremely popular type of fuel, widely utili…

Staff (2022-01-05). Internet switched off in Kazakhstan amid unrest — reports. rt.com TV broadcasting has also been disrupted in the Central Asian country faced with a wave of protests over a spike in fuel prices | The internet was reportedly switched off across Kazakhstan on Wednesday, as the country remains gripped by violent protests that began in response to a hike in fuel prices after the New Year. | NetBlocks, a British organization that monitors internet freedom, has described the situation in the country as "a nation-scale internet blackout." | Access to the web was cut off completely following a day of mobile internet disruptions and partial curbs on Tuesday, it added. | "The incident…

WSWS (2022-01-05). Apple market valuation touches $3 trillion. wsws.org The total divorce of Apple's value from the underlying real economy can be seen in the fact that its market capitalization is now bigger than the gross domestic product of most countries.

Yanis Iqbal (2022-01-05). The Long History of Anti-Haitianism in the Dominican Republic. towardfreedom.org The Dominican Republic's continued maintenance of an exclusionary project like a 118-mile border wall indicates it is fundamentally anti-people in nature, using centuries of anti-Haiti sentiment to deflect the public's attention from its destructive, market-oriented economic policies, writes Yanis Iqbal.

teleSUR- lvm -HIM (2022-01-05). Pdte venezolano: El 2022 será de consolidación económica y soluciones para el país. telesurtv.net Entre las 38 leyes aprobadas se encuentran la Ley contra la discriminación racial, Ley de parlamento comunal, y Ley de Atención integral de adultas y adultos mayores.

Staff (2022-01-05). Ministerio de Economía y Planificación da luz verde a 86 nuevas solicitudes de creación de actores económicos (+ PDF). cubadebate.cu El Ministerio de Economía y Planificación aprobó hoy 86 nuevas solicitudes de creación de actores económicos, de las que 84 son Mipymes privadas y dos son cooperativas no agropecuarias. Se trata de las primeras solicitudes a las que se da luz verde en 2022.

WSWS (2022-01-05). Sri Lankan president blames COVID-19 for economic crisis. wsws.org Rajapakse was seeking to enlist the media in deflecting surging anger among workers and the poor over rising prices and shortages of essentials, and preparing the ground for more austerity measures.

teleSUR, JDO (2022-01-05). Anuncian en Ecuador marcha contra política económica de Lasso. telesurtv.net Promoverán la congelación de los combustibles y otras demandas. Declaran a 2022 año de la resistencia contra Gobierno nacional.

ecns.cn (2022-01-05). RCEP rollout a major victory for multilateralism, free trade: Chinese FM. ecns.cn The entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement is a major victory for multilateralism and free trade, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said Tuesday, noting that China will work with all parties to take an active part in the RCEP's institution building while making positive contributions to regional prosperity and global economic recovery.

WSWS (2022-01-05). How American capitalism profits on death. wsws.org Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the correspondence between mass infection and stock prices is well established. The markets fall when they suspect measures will be taken to stop the spread of COVID-19, and they rise when the disease is allowed to spread unchecked.

Jenny Gold (2022-01-05). 'Down to my last diaper': Parenting in poverty. peoplesworld.org For parents living in poverty, "diaper math" is a familiar and distressingly pressing daily calculation. Babies in the U.S. go through six to 10 disposable diapers a day, at an average cost of $70 to $80 a month. Name-brand diapers with high-end absorption sell for as much as a half a dollar each, and can …

Karen Conner (2022-01-05). Preview: What to Look for in the December Jobs Report. cepr.net There is much good news in the labor market, which is likely to continue with the December jobs report. But, we are still not over the pandemic, nor its influence on the labor market.

M. Shahid Alam (2022-01-05). Capitalists Are Dispensable, Laborers Are Not. dissidentvoice.org If you set to work to believe everything, you will tire out the believing-muscles of your mind, and then you'll be so weak you won't be able to believe the simplest true things. — Lewis Carroll1 Capitalists—qua owners of capital—are dispensable, but laborers are not. This thesis flows from a neglected asymmetry between capitalists and …

Jake Johnson (2022-01-05). Wealth of US Billionaires Rose $1 Trillion in 2021 as Build Back Better Stalls. truthout.org A new analysis out Tuesday According to fresh number-crunching by Americans for Tax Fairness (ATF), Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon M…

Ana Perdigón (2022-01-05). Venezuela's Oil Production Will Increase in 2022. orinocotribune.com On Tuesday, January 4, Venezuela's Minister of Industries and National Production Tareck El Aissami asserted that there will be fair oil prices in 2022, allowing an increase in oil production and consequently a recovery by the national oil company Petróleos de Venezuela (PDVSA). | Before his participation in the 24th OPEC+ Ministerial Meeting, El Aissami remarked that the meeting would help strengthen the world energy market, considering that 2021 ended with stable prices. | Vicepdte. Sectorial de Economía y ministro del P…

Prabir Purkayastha (2022-01-05). What India needs to learn from spiraling gas, electricity prices in Europe. peoplesdispatch.org The current crisis in The European Union (EU) has made its problem of a green transition worse by choosing a completely market-based approach for gas pricing. As we saw in Texas ea…

Morteza Ahmadi Al Hashem (2022-01-05). Iran's blocked assets in S Korea, Iraq to be released likely. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 05 (MNA) — The news released indicates that Iran's financial resources blocked in South Korea and Iraq will be released soon.

ecns.cn (2022-01-05). Tibet beefs up investment during 14th five-year plan. ecns.cn Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region plans to invest 601.5 billion yuan (about 94.3 billion U.S. dollars) during its 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), according to local authorities.

_____ (2022-01-05). Why US Prisons Don't Want Prisoners To Read. popularresistance.org In a recent piece for Protean magazine entitled "The American Prison System's War on Reading," Alex Skopic writes, "Across the United States, the agencies responsible for mass imprisonment are trying to severely limit incarcerated people's access to the written word—an alarming trend, and one that bears closer examination." From outright banning books and letting prison libraries fall into decay to the intrusion of for-profit electronic reading services that inmates have to pay for, the assault on prisoners' ability to read books while incarcerated is one of many calculated cruelties that make the US carcer…

WSWS (2022-01-05). German government looks to shorten quarantine time despite Omicron and rising infections. wsws.org Instead of taking the necessary measures to protect the health and lives of hundreds of thousands, the ruling class is responding with regulations that do everything to keep workers on the job, enabling the maximising of profits.

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2022-01-05: News Headlines

WSWS (2022-01-05). Apple market valuation touches $3 trillion. wsws.org The total divorce of Apple's value from the underlying real economy can be seen in the fact that its market capitalization is now bigger than the gross domestic product of most countries.

WSWS (2022-01-05). Sri Lankan president blames COVID-19 for economic crisis. wsws.org Rajapakse was seeking to enlist the media in deflecting surging anger among workers and the poor over rising prices and shortages of essentials, and preparing the ground for more austerity measures.

WSWS (2022-01-05). How American capitalism profits on death. wsws.org Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the correspondence between mass infection and stock prices is well established. The markets fall when they suspect measures will be taken to stop the spread of COVID-19, and they rise when the disease is allowed to spread unchecked.

Karen Conner (2022-01-05). Preview: What to Look for in the December Jobs Report. cepr.net There is much good news in the labor market, which is likely to continue with the December jobs report. But, we are still not over the pandemic, nor its influence on the labor market.

M. Shahid Alam (2022-01-05). Capitalists Are Dispensable, Laborers Are Not. dissidentvoice.org If you set to work to believe everything, you will tire out the believing-muscles of your mind, and then you'll be so weak you won't be able to believe the simplest true things. — Lewis Carroll1 Capitalists—qua owners of capital—are dispensable, but laborers are not. This thesis flows from a neglected asymmetry between capitalists and …

WSWS (2022-01-05). German government looks to shorten quarantine time despite Omicron and rising infections. wsws.org Instead of taking the necessary measures to protect the health and lives of hundreds of thousands, the ruling class is responding with regulations that do everything to keep workers on the job, enabling the maximising of profits.

WSWS (2022-01-05). Australian epidemiologist Adrian Esterman condemns government response to Omicron. wsws.org "There's no national approach. There are different definitions for things, different ways of calculating, different contact-tracing systems that don't talk to each other, different border regulations and different testing situations."

WSWS (2022-01-05). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Between 97 — 100 percent of workers at 87 King Soopers stores in Colorado voted in favor strike action while state sanitation workers in Touluca, Mexico occupied buildings to press demands for back wages.

Matt Sedlar (2022-01-05). Andrés Arauz on CDBCs and Sovereignty. cepr.net Interview with Andres on Bitcoin, the broader world of crypto & NFTs, how to think about digital and monetary sovereignties together, the geopolitics of the global payment systems, China's efforts to control FinTech, the situation in El Salvador, and the possible ways to democratize central banking.

Adolph Reed Jr. (2022-01-05). When identity becomes a prison, there can be no liberational politics. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: The Real News Network There is no doubt that racism is real and has negative consequences for people's lives," Adolph Reed Jr. and Touré F. Reed note in the abstract to their article "The Evolution of 'Race' and Racial Justice under Neoliberalism." "This is why we

ecns.cn (2022-01-04). 6,660 5G base stations built in Tibet. ecns.cn 4 (Xinhua) — Southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region built 3,083 5G base stations in 2021, bringing the number of 5G base stations in the region to 6,660 in total.Tibet will also promote 5G network applications and technologies in education, medical care, transportation, and logistics, Yan said."ÄÄ"ÄÄThe region's digital economy is expected to rise 10 percent this year, said Yan. Enditem…

William Rivers Pitt (2022-01-04). Capitalism Is Preventing Bold Steps to Curb COVID as Cases Skyrocket. truthout.org The conversation on shutting down massive swaths of the economy and daily life, in order to corral the dual COVID-19 variant explosions of Delta and Omicron, has become brittle. President Biden has stated repeatedly that the U.S. is not " Their hesitancy, while not as scientifica…

Subodh Varma (2022-01-04). In India, more families are pushed to surviving without jobs. peoplesdispatch.org The latest data from the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy shows that share of families with two working members has fallen drastically. This means people are surviving on much less income…

ecns.cn (2022-01-04). South China's Hainan issues first RCEP Certificate of Origin. ecns.cn On New Year's Day, an enterprise from China's Hainan Free Trade Port started processing goods under the massive free-trade deal — the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

GuardiansWorldwide (2022-01-04). Tuesday 1/18: Open Climate: Moving Toward an Indigenous Climate Economy. indybay.org Online event (English & Spanish translation)…

_____ (2022-01-04). FBI Is Recklessly Misusing Trump-Era Espionage Policy To Create 'Climate Of Fear' Among Scientists. popularresistance.org On the Tuesday before Christmas, Dr. Charles Lieber, the former chair of Harvard's Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, was convicted by a federal jury of lying to the U.S. about his involvement with China's government and failing to disclose income from China on his tax returns. He faces up to five years in federal prison and hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines. | Lieber had been prosecuted as part of the Justice Department's China Initiative, which was established in 2018 to crackdown on Chinese economic and scientific espionage. | An investigation by MIT Technology Review found that instead of focu…

Staff (2022-01-04). "Essential But Excluded": Pandemic Aid Left Out Undocumented Immigrants & Their U.S. Citizen Kids. democracynow.org Pandemic relief programs have helped millions of families get through the economic shocks of COVID-19, but undocumented immigrants — many of whom are essential workers — have been largely shut out of such federal aid. Those undocumented workers who have received limited assistance are now losing the pandemic aid they had only started receiving in August through the Biden administration's expanded child tax credit program, which expired and is being blocked from further implementation into Build Back Better legislation. "These families, in spite of the fact that they were essential workers, endured thi…

deweylaura (2022-01-04). Let's fight for transgender equality! cpusa.org The following resolution was passed by the CPUSA National Board and submitted for party-wide discussion. The demonization of transgender people in the United States is today a focal point of the far right's campaign for political and economic domination. Capitalism in the United States has always thrived on the division of working people in …

Jake Johnson (2022-01-04). 'In 2022, let's tax the rich': 10 billionaires added $402 billion to their fortunes in 2021. nationofchange.org The world's 10 richest billionaires added roughly $402 billion to their collective wealth in 2021, a year marked by continued suffering and economic dislocation fueled by the global coronavirus pandemic. "Heading into 2022, the 10 wealthiest individuals in the world are all worth more than $100 billion," CNBC noted, citing the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which tracks and ranks the …

ecns.cn (2022-01-04). RCEP certificates issued around China as trade pact is activated. ecns.cn With the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership in effect, local customs authorities issued RCEP certificates of origin to companies nationwide, bringing tariff reductions to enterprises and eventually making consumers the biggest beneficiary.

Jake Johnson (2022-01-04). As Tax Credit Expires, "Huge Increase" in Child Poverty Feared Amid Omicron Wave. truthout.org The lapse of Democrats' expanded child tax credit program at the end of last month has progressive lawmakers and advocates vocally warning of a major spike in child poverty in the new year just as the Omicron variant wreaks havoc across the U.S., fueling a staggering rise in infections and hospitalizations. | While some

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2022-01-04). FBI is recklessly misusing Trump-era espionage policy to create "Climate of Fear" among scientists—terrorizing families and ruthlessly destroying careers. mronline.org On the Tuesday before Christmas, Dr. Charles Lieber, the former chair of Harvard's Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, was convicted by a federal jury of lying to the U.S. about his involvement with China's government and failing to disclose income from China on his tax returns.

_____ (2022-01-04). A Roundtable Discussion With Nurses And Teachers. popularresistance.org The United States has averaged a thousand people a day dying from COVID since August and the total number of lives lost is approaching a million. The number of children hospitalized with COVID has hit an all-time high nationally. During all of that, the rich have only gotten richer. On the same day we set a new national record for COVID cases, Wall Street hit a record high. | 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. | Jia Lee, special edu…

Mark Gruenberg (2022-01-04). Amazon law-breaking in Chicago forces national settlement with Labor Board. peoplesworld.org

Editor (2022-01-04). After years of setbacks, U.S. labor demonstrates its power. mronline.org 2021 marked a historic year in labor organizing for workers in the US, with tens of thousands of workers in partaking in union votes and strike actions.

United Front Committee For A Labor Party (2022-01-04). Wednesday 1/12: STOP Scab Amazon In San Francisco! End Slave Labor & Union Busting By Bezos. indybay.org Proposed Massive Amazon Warehouse | 900 7th St. & Berry St. | San Francisco…

Commonwealth Club (2022-01-04). Tuesday 1/11: Inside Trump's Attempted Election Steal and the People Who Stopped It. indybay.org Online event…

ecns.cn (2022-01-04). White House announces plan to boost competition in meat, poultry processing sector amid rising prices. ecns.cn The White House on Monday announced an action plan aimed at boosting competition in the U.S. meat and poultry processing sector amid rising prices for consumers.

Moderator (2022-01-04). Big Pharma Hikes Prices on 442 Drugs. scheerpost.com By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams Patient advocates on Monday condemned the U.S. pharmaceutical industry for ushering in the new year with price hikes on more than 440 medications, a move that came as congressional Democrats' plan to lower prescription drug costs remained stuck due to Sen. Joe Manchin's persistent obstruction. According to the healthcare firm GoodRx, the prices …

WSWS (2022-01-04). Philippine election in crisis, as COVID cases skyrocket. wsws.org This year opened with a skyrocketing COVID-19 infection rate, soaring food and oil prices and rival ruling class candidates for the presidency openly plotting against democracy.

John W. Whitehead, Nisha Whitehead (2022-01-04). Despotism Is the New Normal. dissidentvoice.org Despotism has become our new normal. Digital tyranny, surveillance. Intolerance, cancel culture, censorship. Lockdowns, mandates, government overreach. Supply chain shortages, inflation. Police brutality, home invasions, martial law. The loss of bodily integrity, privacy, autonomy. These acts of tyranny by an authoritarian government have long since ceased to alarm or unnerve us. We have become desensitized …

ecns.cn (2022-01-04). Tibet's GDP grows about 7 percent in 2021. ecns.cn The gross domestic product (GDP) of southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region grew about 7 percent in 2021, said Yan Jinhai, acting chairman of the regional government.

Tim Wheeler (2022-01-04). Sanders: Spiraling military spending pushes nation toward 'spiritual death'. peoplesworld.org Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered a warning to his colleagues that they are pushing the nation toward "spiritual death" in approving $778 billion for the Pentagon in 2022. It is more, he charged, than the arms budgets of the next 13 nations combined. The goal of this misguided Pentagon allocation is total global domination by U.S. imperialism, …

Dana Sanchez (2022-01-04). Investor Michael Siebel Explains Google's Search Quality Decline And How It's Creating Opportunities. moguldom.com During Y Combinator accelerator program's most recent semi-annual Demo Day, one founder claimed, "We're building a better search engine than Google!" YC picked 1,307 companies out of 16,000-plus applicants to pitch the investment community on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1. Each company founder had one minute to make a pitch that could land them a ticket …

_____ (2022-01-04). United Nations Official Also On The Board Of Shell Oil. popularresistance.org Jane Holl Lute is in high demand. In 2020, on top of her two high-level United Nations jobs, the American diplomat has juggled other numerous executive roles on corporate and/or nonprofit boards, earning more than $900,000, according to public records. Lute was the U.N. envoy for Cyprus until she resigned in August, and she still holds…

Mark Gruenberg (2022-01-04). Nurses to feds: Put people before profits in COVID fight. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—The nation's largest union of registered nurses, National Nurses United, urged the federal government, and specifically the Centers for Disease Control, not to put profits before people and to hold the line on its guidance for firms in the anti-coronavirus fight. But it lost. The union, citing the rapid spread of the coronavirus's Omicron …

WSWS (2022-01-04). 2022: Year Three of the pandemic and the emerging global class struggle. wsws.org The pandemic is both a catastrophe of historic dimensions and a monumental crime. Its impact is the result of decisions made by capitalist governments to deliberately prioritize profits over lives and adopt policies that have allowed the virus to spread wildly throughout the global population.

City Lights Booksellers & Publishers (2022-01-04). Wednesday 1/26: COVID Criminals & Pandemic Profiteers: Book Talk w/ author John Nichols & Rep. Ro Khanna. indybay.org Online event…

ecns.cn (2022-01-04). China to implement new regulation on algorithm recommendation services. ecns.cn A new set of rules on algorithm recommendation services will come into effect on March 1, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) announced Tuesday.

JBLM Cop Watch (2022-01-04). JBLM DES Protection Division Still Illegally Spying On You. indybay.org The Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) DES Protection Division collecting and disseminating information about First Amendment Protected Activities in violation of DOD regulations and Federal law.

deweylaura (2022-01-04). Marxist IQ: Democracy hypocrisy. cpusa.org The Biden administration hypocritically portrays the U.S. as the leader of world forces advancing "democracy" against "authoritianism," holding global forums to propagate these ideas, yet targets the People's Republic of China with boycotts of the Olympics, Cuba with the continuation of a 60-year blockade, and other nations with covert and overt support for factions …

Colin Barker (2022-01-04). Neoliberal Era Was Rich in Revolutionary Lessons. Movements Must Learn Them. truthout.org Colin Barker, a leading British Marxist intellectual, died in 2019 before the publication of his final work,

Peoples Dispatch (2022-01-04). Cambodia's NagaWorld workers continue strike despite arrests and crackdown. peoplesdispatch.org Union organizers and striking workers at Cambodia's largest casino and luxury resort have been arrested in recent crackdowns. The workers are demanding the reinstatement of those fired last year and negotiations on wages…

Chauncey K. Robinson (2022-01-04). bell hooks cambió nuestra forma de pensar sobre la feminidad, la clase y el capitalismo. peoplesworld.org Elijo volver a apropiarme del término 'feminismo', para centrarme en el hecho de que ser 'feminista' en cualquier sentido auténtico del término es querer para todas las personas, mujeres y hombres, la liberación de los patrones de roles sexistas, la dominación y opresión. — bell hooks en "Ain't I A Woman: Black Women and Feminism", …

Christian Zeller (2022-01-04). Ecosocialist strategy: industrial restructuring as a joint project of the climate movement. indybay.org The findings of international climate research and the IPCC are clear. World society is heading for tipping points that will abruptly change the earth and climate system. As a result, several billion people will lose their previous livelihoods in a few decades.

MEE staff (2022-01-04). Pegasus spyware: Hungary and Poland 'bought software after Netanyahu meeting'. middleeasteye.net Pegasus spyware: Hungary and Poland 'bought software after Netanyahu meeting' | Polish media investigations suggest some Pegasus attacks overlapped with meetings between Netanyahu and country leaders | Tue, 01/04/2022 – 09: 46 | Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (R) stands alongside then Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) during a joint press conference with Visegrad country prime ministers in B…

WSWS (2022-01-04). Book Review: The St. Louis Commune of 1877: Communism in the Heartland by Mark Kruger. wsws.org Kruger's book is a rebuke to the most basic lie of American history: that there has been no class struggle or socialism in the United States.

teleSUR (2022-01-04). Venezuela: Arreaza Leads Massive Rallies In Barinas Campaign. telesurenglish.net The United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) candidate to Barinas state governor Jorge Arreaza continues his political campaign for the elections to be held on Sunday. | RELATED: | On Monday, Arreaza took part in popular assemblies in Cruz Paredes, Obispos, and Barinas, where he listened to what citizens expect of him as governor and confirmed the effectiveness of government programs. | "Our policy proposals stem from suggestions made by citizens in these assemb…

Party for Socialism & Liberation (2022-01-04). Tuesday 1/4: Press Conference: Stop the Mayor's War on the Tenderloin! indybay.org SF City Hall. Tune into the livestream via @PSLBayArea on Twitter…

deweylaura (2022-01-04). New Year's greetings from around the world. cpusa.org Enjoy a selection of festive greetings from international political parties, as we zigzag around the globe. Tudeh Party of Iran Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) (video) Communist Party of the Russian Federation Kate≈ôina Koneƒçná, chair of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia Trade Union Association of Bohemia, Moravia & Silesia, Czech Republic …

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2022-01-02: News Headlines

Kenny Stancil (2022-01-02). Pentagon Projected to Hand $407 Billion to Private Military Contractors. zcomm.org "There are over 700 lobbyists representing for-profit military contractors in D.C., and this redistribution of wealth is why they're there."

Dave Marston (2022-01-02). Is the Walmart Family Capturing the Colorado River? zcomm.org The Walton Family Foundation has been pouring millions into nonprofit groups concerned with the Colorado River — including media outlets that cover the issue…

Liberation Staff (2022-01-02). COVID-19: What Cuba has accomplished. liberationnews.org Cuba, a small, poor country held back by the 60-year U.S. economic blockade has made remarkable achievements in combating COVID-19.

_____ (2022-01-02). 2021: A Grim Year For Planet Earth. popularresistance.org Between the COVID-19 pandemic and the deadly manifestations of the climate crisis, there were few places to hide for most of us in 2021. Ageing billionaires riding booming stock markets could take their first flights into space in their own rockets, but for the rest of Planet Earth's 8 billion people with their feet on the ground it was a year of placing hope in the hands of scientists and our political leaders to turn the tide.

Christian Zeller (2022-01-02). Ecosocialist strategy: industrial restructuring as a joint project of the climate movement. indybay.org The findings of international climate research and the IPCC are clear. World society is heading for tipping points that will abruptly change the earth and climate system. As a result, several billion people will lose their previous livelihoods in a few decades.

Clean Energy Wire (2022-01-02). Why Germany is Going Nuclear-Free and how it Caused Green Energy to Skyrocket. juancole.com Excerpted from an article by Kerstine Appunn | — ( Clean Energy Wire ) — Germany's energy transition is not only its main means for decarbonising the economy and creating an industrialised nation fed by renewable electricity to reach a 2045 climate neutrality target. The country's famous Energiewende has also always been marked as an …

GuardiansWorldwide (2022-01-02). Tuesday 1/18: Open Climate: Moving Toward an Indigenous Climate Economy. indybay.org Online event (English & Spanish translation)…

China Dialogue (2022-01-02). China's Year in Climate Action: Challenges for World's Leader in Renewable Energy. juancole.com By Ma Tianjie | — ( China Dialogue) — It's been a dizzying period for watchers of China's climate and environmental scene. President Xi Jinping's carbon neutrality pledge at the United Nations in September 2020 set in motion a massive build-up of national policy, legislation and regulation on decarbonisation, with unprecedented speed. Barely two months …

Anonymous103 (2022-01-02). Traditional Nazi Torchlight March Took Place In Kiev (Video). southfront.org "Democratic" torch march in Kiev | While the whole world celebrates the start of the new year, Ukraine glorifies nationalist and Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. On January 1, hundreds of Ukrainians traditionally marched with torches through the main streets of the capital and other cities in different regions in honor of the anniversary of Bandera's birth. | According to the Ukrainian police, about 3.5 thousand citizens took part in the events on the occasion of honoring Bandera all around the country. It was noted that the p…

Jesús Faría (2022-01-02). Venezuela: from resistance to recovery in production and social welfare. liberationnews.org By Jesús Faría, president of the Permanent Commission of Economy, Finances and Economic Development of the National Assembly and member of the national leadership of the…

Will Froberg (2022-01-02). A New Economy for a Better World. zcomm.org Overall, No Bosses does an excellent job of answering the questions: "If you don't like capitalism, what would you replace it with?>

ecns.cn (2022-01-02). Cargo throughput of central China airport tops 700,000 tonnes. ecns.cn Xinzheng International Airport in Zhengzhou, central China's Henan Province, saw its annual cargo throughput exceed 700,000 tonnes for the first time at the turn of the year.

ecns.cn (2022-01-02). New land-sea cargo route connects China, Germany. ecns.cn New land-sea cargo delivery services were launched on Saturday between Xi'an, the capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, and Mannheim in Germany.

ecns.cn (2022-01-02). China's Hainan sees soaring duty-free sales in 2021. ecns.cn Offshore duty-free sales in south China's island province of Hainan reached 60.2 billion yuan (about 9.4 billion U.S. dollars) in 2021, an increase of 84 percent year on year, said the provincial department of commerce.

C.J. Polychroniou (2022-01-02). "Localization" Can Help Free the Planet From Neoliberal Globalization. truthout.org Is there a viable alternative to the economic, social, political and environmental problems stemming from globalization? How about "localization"? This is the antidote to globalization propounded by Helena Norberg-Hodge, founder and director of Local Futures, an organization focused on building a movement dedicated to environmental sustainability and social well-being by rejuvenating local economies. Norberg-Hodge is a pioneer of the new economy movement, which now has spread to all continents, and th…

_____ (2022-01-02). 15 Things Biodiversity Protectors Are Watching Out For In 2022. popularresistance.org It's no secret that the diversity of life around us is plummeting fast. In 2020 alone, scientists declared more than 100 species to be extinct. And that's bad news not only for the creatures themselves, but for those of us (that would be all of us) who rely on them for food, to produce oxygen, to hold soil in place, to cleanse water, to beautify our world and so much more. According to the World Economic Forum, nature plays a key role in generating more than half of global GDP.

_____ (2022-01-02). Cuba Grows And Advances Despite The Difficulties Of 2021. popularresistance.org This 2021 has been the most difficult year for the Cuban people. In addition to the ravages of the blockade, thousands of people died due to the Covid-19. The list was immense, and as the days went by, names became familiar and beloved faces. Moreover, it was also a year of economic readjustments and changes needed to move the island towards a possible and sustainable development over time.

ecns.cn (2022-01-02). DPRK concludes party plenary session, vowing to focus on economic development. ecns.cn The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) ended its key party plenary session on Friday, with focus on rural development and economic issues, the official Korean Central News Agency reported on Saturday.

Kamal Iranidoost (2022-01-02). Iran health ministry ready to send drugs, vaccine to Turkey. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jan. 02 (MNA) — The Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Mehdi Safari announced the readiness of the health ministry to export medicine and vaccines to Turkey.

Staff (2022-01-02). Disney & Boeing among worst stocks of 2021. rt.com Cartoon giant, wireless network operator, and plane-maker stocks showed worst performances on US markets | Walt Disney, Verizon, and Boeing, as well as California-based biopharmaceutical firm Amgen and tech conglomerate Honeywell, were the worst stocks of 2021, according to stock market index Dow Jones. | Disney and Verizon stocks saw double-digit percentage losses, while the other three firms booked losses in the single digits. | Entertainment giant Disney's stock plunged 14.5% in 2021 amid a slowdown in Disney+ channel subscriber growth, which helped the company offset Covid-19 pandemic-induced losses when p…

Edgar Reyes (2022-01-02). Bakery workers fight labor abuse in Santa Fe Springs, Calif. liberationnews.org BCTGM Local 37 workers do not intend on returning to work until their demands are met. They expect the increase for their health coverage to be scrapped, they expect to receive a raise, an improved pension, and retirement benefits.

Lachlan Hyatt (2022-01-02). Staten Island Amazon Workers Pause Unionization Battle, But the Fight Isn't Over. truthout.org Derrick Palmer was at Amazon's JFK8 warehouse on Staten Island when he heard that the petition to form a union he had spent the last six months acquiring signatures for had failed. As a warehouse associate in the packing department, Palmer was working a shift packaging and loading orders onto conveyor belts when the president of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), Chris Smalls, broke the news. | "I was devastated and I felt like it wasn't fair," said Palmer, the union's vice president. "But at th…

Staff (2022-01-02). 2021: Milestones in space tech & exploration. rt.com Russia added new modules to the ISS, NASA and China competed to explore Mars, and powerful anti-satellite weaponry was tested in orbit | By any measure, 2021 was a busy year in space exploration and technologies, with global superpowers and the mega-rich duking it out for mastery of the cosmos. Here are some of the highlights from the year. | ISS gets new modules and hosts space movie: | Nauka, aka the Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module, docked with the International Space Station (ISS) in July, after 14 years of delays and setbacks. The long-awaited launch was followed by some drama, after an acci…

Staff (2022-01-02). Thousands march to honor WWII Nazi collaborator (VIDEO). rt.com Ukrainian nationalists paraded in torchlight procession in Kiev with portraits of Hitler ally | Ukrainian far-right ultra nationalists held a torchlight procession in Kiev on Saturday night, celebrating a controversial WWII-Nazi collaborator. Israeli diplomats said the march "insulted" the memory of the Holocaust. | The activists chanted "Glory" and "Our land" as they marked the birthday of Stepan Bandera, a former leader of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which was aligned with Adolf Hitler's Germany. | Some carried portraits and banners with images of the controversial figure and shouted "B…

Commonwealth Club (2022-01-02). Tuesday 1/11: Inside Trump's Election Steal and the People Who Stopped It. indybay.org Online event…

ecns.cn (2022-01-02). China's west-east gas transmission project contributes to low-carbon development. ecns.cn China's west-to-east gas transmission project has boosted natural gas supply across the country and facilitated the low-carbon transformation of the country's energy consumption structure, data has shown.

Peter Koenig (2022-01-02). COVID-Omicron is Killing Christmas. 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…

Staff (2022-01-02). 'Green' label for nuclear & gas 'absolutely wrong,' German minister says. rt.com The plans were slammed as 'dubious' and a form of 'greenwashing' | Proposals by the European Commission to label some natural gas and nuclear energy projects as 'green' have been heavily criticized in Germany. The country's environment minister called them "absolutely wrong." | The draft regulation, which may be officially proposed later this month, suggests labeling natural gas as 'transitional energy' if it produces emissions below a certain level, while nuclear energy investments could be recognized as sustainable if toxic waste can be properly disposed of. | "I think it is absolutely wrong that the Europea…

_____ (2022-01-02). Texas Team Applauded For Giving What Big Pharma Refuses: A Patent-Free Vaccine To The World. popularresistance.org A small team of Texas researchers is being hailed for developing an unpatented Covid-19 vaccine to share with the world without personal profit, with some advocates asking, if they can do it, why can't Big Pharma? Dubbed "the World's Covid vaccine," the inoculation—formally called Cobervax—is an open-source alternative to Big Pharma's patent-protected vaccines. Instead of being produced for profit, this shot could ultimately be manufactured around the world and made cheaply available to all without governmental or private legal retribution.

Juan Cole (2022-01-02). Biden's 4 Biggest Mideast Challenges in 2022. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — President Biden faces severe challenges in the coming year, but in my view the for-profit news often either focuses on the wrong ones or misinterprets the nature of the obstacles. Here are some of the major challenges: 1. Iran While many foreign policy hawks and inside-the-beltway pundits see the Iranian …

Dave Goulson (2022-01-02). Industrialized Farming Has Unleashed an Insect Apocalypse. truthout.org Most of us are familiar with the story of the passenger pigeon, so numerous in the late 1700s that flocks of billions of birds darkened the sky for hours as they passed. Humans exterminated them in a little over 100 years, the last wild passenger pigeon being shot in 1901. In contrast, few have ever heard of the Rocky Mountain locust, but its story is similar. Once very common, swarms would occasionally erupt from their core range in the eastern Rocky Mountains, spreading eastward across the Great Plains. In 18…

Staff (2022-01-02). Crypto 'cloud wars' have a winner, and it's not Bitcoin. rt.com Last year brought many surprises to the cryptocurrency market, including a new leader | The 2021 performance of all three major cryptocurrency media darlings — Bitcoin, Dogecoin, and Shiba Inu — was overshadowed by Ether, which surged over 400% this year. | While the others were grabbing headlines, Ether was securing market attention, it seems. As of Friday, December 31, it was up 410%, according to Coinbase data, trading around $3,730 per coin. While it is much less than Bitcoin, it is still far ahead of any other cryptocurrency on the market, including Twitter favorites Shiba Inu and Dogecoin.

Jesús Faría (2022-01-02). Venezuela: De la resistencia a la recuperación productiva y el bienestar social. liberationnews.org Por Jesús Faría, presidente de la Comisión Permanente de Economía, Finanzas y Desarrollo Económico de la Asamblea Nacional (AN), y miembro del liderazgo nacional del Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV).

Jesús Faría (2022-01-02). Venezuela: De la resistencia a la recuperación productiva y el bienestar social. liberationnews.org Por Jesús Faría, presidente de la Comisión Permanente de Economía, Finanzas y Desarrollo Económico de la Asamblea Nacional (AN), y miembro del liderazgo nacional del Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela (PSUV).

Rick Rozoff (2022-01-01). Ukraine boosts arms exports to U.S., Poland, Turkey, Pakistan, UAE. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukraine's state arms exporter signs $332M worth of contracts in 2021 Ukraine's state-owned arms exporter, Ukrspecexport, received 144 foreign delegations and signed contracts worth $332 million in 2021, the company's press service has said. [Last year] led to a significant increase in the total amount of newly concluded foreign economic contracts. *** In 2021, Ukrspecexport …

scorinoco (2022-01-01). Elias Amare: 'TPLF's Regime Was Throughout Supported by US, EU Financially, Militarily, and Politically'. orinocotribune.com Why have the western powers supported TPLF all this time? What has been the history of TPLF's rise and fall from power in the country? Elias Amare, editor of Horn of Africa TV, explains. | Throughout its regime, and even now during the current civil war in Ethiopia, the TPLF has enjoyed support from the United States and the European Union. Why have the western powers su…

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

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

Austin C. McCoy (2022-01-01). 2022 Could Be the Year of Labor and Racial Justice Coalition-Building. truthout.org In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. published Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, in which he assessed the state of the civil rights movement after the passage of the Voting Rights Act. In it, he argued that the movement had reached a crossroads. After winning civil rights legislation, Dr. King

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

Kenny Stancil (2022-01-01). Pentagon Spending on Military Contractors May Reach $407 Billion in 2022. truthout.org President Joe Biden signed a record-shattering military budget earlier this week, and a new Stephen Semler, co-found…

Rick Rozoff (2022-01-01). A reminder from George Gissing. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com From his 1899 novel The Crown of Life. See: George Gissing: Selections on war "…When the next great war comes, newspapers will be the chief cause of it. And for mere profit, that's the worst. There are newspaper proprietors in every country, who would slaughter half mankind for the pennies of the half who were …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-01-01). Left "Anti-Authoritarianism" Has Been Counterrevolution's Greatest Weapon. libya360.wordpress.com Rainer Shea Since workers states began to form in the early twentieth century, and bourgeois propaganda therefore first had highly tangible enemies to latch onto, capitalism's defenders have claimed that revolution will lead to dictatorship. The image of a grim, despotic dystopia that was projected onto the Soviet Union—and then onto the next socialist states…

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

Alex Bainbridge (2022-01-01). Omicron: Governments must reverse course, restore public health measures. greenleft.org.au The Prime Minister, together with the NSW Premier and NSW Health Minister are driving the neoliberal push to lower public expectations about the public health system and governments keeping people safe and secure, writes Alex Bainbridge.

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2022-01-01: News Headlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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2021-12-31: News Headlines

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-12-30). FBI is Recklessly Misusing Trump-Era Espionage Policy to Create "Climate of Fear" Among Scientists—Terrorizing Families and Ruthlessly Destroying Careers. covertactionmagazine.com The Justice Department's China Initiative Was Established by the Trump Administration to Crackdown on Chinese Economic and Scientific Espionage However, …

Staff (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky on Rising Fascism in U.S., Class Warfare & the Climate Emergency. democracynow.org Noam Chomsky warns the Republican Party is "marching" the world to destruction by ignoring the climate emergency while embracing proto-fascism at home. Chomsky talks about the January 6 insurrection, how neoliberalism is a form of class warfare and how President Biden's climate plans fall short of what is needed.

teleSUR (2021-12-30). Abbas, Putin Discuss Israeli-Palestinian Disputes Over Phone. telesurenglish.net Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday told Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that Israel's economic and security steps could not be an alternative to a political track. | Demonstrators continue a 'Justice for Palestine' protest, part of the 'Resist G7 Day of Action for International Justice', outside the Israeli Embassy in London, Britain, on June 12, 2021.

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-30). Sanders Pushes Workers to Organize as Advocates Celebrate "Year of the Worker" truthout.org As labor advocates hail 2021 as the " On Wednesday, Sanders issued a warning to corporations and executives on Twitter. "For the ruling class, greed is a religion. They will cut back on workers' wages, on workers' benefits, on workers' safety on the job — all for t…

Phil Jones (2021-12-30). Microworkers "Disempowered to a Degree Previously Unseen in Capitalist History" zcomm.org "Microworkers" are the anonymous digital contract workers whose labor powers the tech giants' artificial intelligence systems…

Richard D. Wolff (2021-12-30). A critique of obscene wealth. canadiandimension.com The obscenely rich have driven economies and societies further from anything remotely resembling a "level playing field," writes Richard Wolff. Photo by aisletwentytwo/ Wherever an…

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-30). Warren Slams Grocers for Raising Prices While Raking In Profits. zcomm.org As the company hailed its grocery workers as "heroes," it cut hazard pay early in the pandemic while pursuing over $1 billion in stock buybacks in 2020…

WSWS (2021-12-30). A financial "blockbuster" year fuelled by death and disease. wsws.org There are concerns that the massive increases in financial market leverage have created a "ticking time bomb."

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2021-12-30). What were the top BDS victories of 2021? electronicintifada.net Direct actions, legal victories and ice cream topped our headlines.

Joyce Chediac (2021-12-30). Biden's new COVID rules protect profits, endanger workers. liberationnews.org 'Nurses hare not going to stand by while the government and our employers weaken protections. We are not going backward now."

Jackie Lieske (2021-12-30). Best of 2021: The sobering truth about quitting my job: I was addicted to high-stress nonprofit work. salon.com When I resigned without a backup plan, I didn't realize 4 million workers had just done the same. I can see why now…

Staff (2021-12-30). Venezuela's National Assembly Passed Almost 40 New Laws in 2021. orinocotribune.com A total of 38 laws were passed by the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela since its installation on January 5. At all times, the national parliament acted in compliance with the 7+7 scheme and all biosafety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. | Since its passing of the Interior and Debate Regulations at the beginning of the year, the Legislative Power has gone on to pass numerous laws leading up to the draft law on the Commission for the Guarantee of Justice and Reparation of Victims of Crimes Against Human Rights, passed on December 15. | The laws passed were: | 1) Interior and Debate Regulations of the…

_____ (2021-12-30). CO2 Emissions Per Capita in Europe. strategic-culture.org This infographic shows per capita CO2 emissions in Europe. Trends in emissions per capita depend on a number of factors, including the introduction of cleaner technologies, the level of industrial development and, of course, the demography. | (Click on the image to enlarge)…

Ann Brown (2021-12-30). Bryon Allen Is Still Buying Media Assets: Acquires New Alabama-Based TV Station For $28M. moguldom.com Media mogul Byron Allen didn't let the recent dismissal of his lawsuit against McDonald's over racial discrimination set him back. Allen is continuing to grow his media empire and just added another TV station to his broadcasting holdings with the purchase of Fox affiliate WCOV-TV in Montgomery, Ala. Allen Media Group bought the station for …

Editor2 (2021-12-30). The Red Flag will Rise Again: 30 Years Since the Dissolution of the Soviet Union. orinocotribune.com By Nikos Mottas — Dec 26, 2021 | It was thirty years ago, on December 26, 1991, when the red flag with the sickle and hammer was lowered from the Kremlin. | It was then, during the cold days of December, when the first socialist state of the world, the homeland of the world's proletariat, bent under the weight of the counterrevolution. Four days before, on December 22nd, the leaderships of three of the largest Soviet republics had decided the dissolution of the

WSWS (2021-12-30). Morenoite Izquierda Diario criticizes lockdowns as COVID-19 surges in Spain. wsws.org The petty-bourgeois Morenoite organisation, affiliated to Argentina's Socialist Workers Party (PTS), is politically implicated in policies that have led to mass death.

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2021-12-30: News Headlines

Richard D. Wolff (2021-12-30). A critique of obscene wealth. canadiandimension.com The obscenely rich have driven economies and societies further from anything remotely resembling a "level playing field," writes Richard Wolff. Photo by aisletwentytwo/ Wherever an…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-30). FBI is Recklessly Misusing Trump-Era Espionage Policy to Create "Climate of Fear" Among Scientists—Terrorizing Families and Ruthlessly Destroying Careers. libya360.wordpress.com Jeremy Kuzmarov [Source: justice.gov] The Justice Department's China Initiative Was Established by the Trump Administration to Crackdown on Chinese Economic and Scientific Espionage.However, its primary targets have been academics prosecuted for failing to properly disclose their connection to Chinese universities on grant forms and it has led to numerous miscarriages of justice On the Tuesday…

Phil Jones (2021-12-30). Microworkers "Disempowered to a Degree Previously Unseen in Capitalist History" zcomm.org "Microworkers" are the anonymous digital contract workers whose labor powers the tech giants' artificial intelligence systems…

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-30). Warren Slams Grocers for Raising Prices While Raking In Profits. zcomm.org As the company hailed its grocery workers as "heroes," it cut hazard pay early in the pandemic while pursuing over $1 billion in stock buybacks in 2020…

WSWS (2021-12-30). A financial "blockbuster" year fuelled by death and disease. wsws.org There are concerns that the massive increases in financial market leverage have created a "ticking time bomb."

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2021-12-30). What were the top BDS victories of 2021? electronicintifada.net Direct actions, legal victories and ice cream topped our headlines.

Joyce Chediac (2021-12-30). Biden's new COVID rules protect profits, endanger workers. liberationnews.org 'Nurses hare not going to stand by while the government and our employers weaken protections. We are not going backward now."

Staff (2021-12-30). Venezuela's National Assembly Passed Almost 40 New Laws in 2021. orinocotribune.com A total of 38 laws were passed by the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela since its installation on January 5. At all times, the national parliament acted in compliance with the 7+7 scheme and all biosafety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. | Since its passing of the Interior and Debate Regulations at the beginning of the year, the Legislative Power has gone on to pass numerous laws leading up to the draft law on the Commission for the Guarantee of Justice and Reparation of Victims of Crimes Against Human Rights, passed on December 15. | The laws passed were: | 1) Interior and Debate Regulations of the…

_____ (2021-12-30). CO2 Emissions Per Capita in Europe. strategic-culture.org This infographic shows per capita CO2 emissions in Europe. Trends in emissions per capita depend on a number of factors, including the introduction of cleaner technologies, the level of industrial development and, of course, the demography. | (Click on the image to enlarge)…

Ann Brown (2021-12-30). Bryon Allen Is Still Buying Media Assets: Acquires New Alabama-Based TV Station For $28M. moguldom.com Media mogul Byron Allen didn't let the recent dismissal of his lawsuit against McDonald's over racial discrimination set him back. Allen is continuing to grow his media empire and just added another TV station to his broadcasting holdings with the purchase of Fox affiliate WCOV-TV in Montgomery, Ala. Allen Media Group bought the station for …

Staff (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky on Rising Fascism in U.S., Class Warfare & the Climate Emergency. democracynow.org Noam Chomsky warns the Republican Party is "marching" the world to destruction by ignoring the climate emergency while embracing proto-fascism at home. Chomsky talks about the January 6 insurrection, how neoliberalism is a form of class warfare and how President Biden's climate plans fall short of what is needed.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Morenoite Izquierda Diario criticizes lockdowns as COVID-19 surges in Spain. wsws.org The petty-bourgeois Morenoite organisation, affiliated to Argentina's Socialist Workers Party (PTS), is politically implicated in policies that have led to mass death.

Editor2 (2021-12-30). The Red Flag will Rise Again: 30 Years Since the Dissolution of the Soviet Union. orinocotribune.com By Nikos Mottas — Dec 26, 2021 | It was thirty years ago, on December 26, 1991, when the red flag with the sickle and hammer was lowered from the Kremlin. | It was then, during the cold days of December, when the first socialist state of the world, the homeland of the world's proletariat, bent under the weight of the counterrevolution. Four days before, on December 22nd, the leaderships of three of the largest Soviet republics had decided the dissolution of the

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Globalink | Why Does Mega Trade Deal RCEP Matter?>. telesurenglish.net Why does the mega trade deal RCEP matter? What will the world's largest free trade deal signed by 15 Asia-Pacific countries bring to the regional and global economy? Find out what experts have to say. | Leaders attend the signing ceremony of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement after the fourth RCEP Summit, which is held via video link, Nov. 15, 2020.

Staff (2021-12-29). Headlines for December 29, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Infections Hit All-Time High, Omicron Drives Record Rates of Infection in Several European Countries, Taliban Fire Warning Shots at Dozens of Women Protesters in Kabul, U.N. Envoy Warns of Civilian Toll as Saudi-Led War on Yemen Escalates, Mahmoud Abbas Meets Israeli Defense Minister, Death Toll from Brazil Flooding Rises to 20, Kodiak, Alaska, Hits 67 ∞F as Climate Emergency Fuels Extreme December Weather, Climate Emergency Cost Global Economy Nearly $200 Billion in 2021, South African Court Halts Shell Oil's Offshore Oil Exploration Plans, Russia Shutters International Memorial, Which Chr…

Answer Coalition (2021-12-29). Workers in South Korea continue to struggle for equality January 15. answercoalition.org In 13 regions through the Republic of Korea (South Korea), workers at the 2021 People's Congress rededicated their commitment to struggling for economic and social justice in the country. The Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) is preparing for significant demonstrations in Seoul January 15, which are being organized around the slogan, "Let's overthrow inequality through general unity with the people!" The KCTU is the largest umbrella organization of trade unions in the south. | The upcoming action follows the October 20 general strike, the November 17 peasant demonstrations, and the December 2 poor pe…

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

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

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

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

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

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

_____ (2021-12-29). American Gulag: Inside The US' Massive Prison System. popularresistance.org For a supposedly developed, democratic nation, the United States locks up an extraordinary number of its citizens. Close to one quarter of the world's prison population is in the United States. Even on a per capita basis, only El Salvador and Turkmenistan come close to America's preponderance for incarceration. | In a country with a rising population and a falling demand for labor, the government decided to solve this problem by simply locking up millions of its poorest citizens, in the process allowing corporate America to make billions from their suffering. The prison industry is booming: between 1990 and 2005,…

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

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-29). Flight Attendant Union Criticizes CDC for Decision "Pushed by Corporate America" truthout.org Flight Attendant union president and labor leader Sara Nelson is criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for changing its guidance on quarantining for COVID-19 after business leaders asked the agency to cut its recommendations by half, potentially at the cost of public health. | Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International, accused the CDC

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

_____ (2021-12-29). Occupy Biden — Day 3 — Demanding Executive Action. popularresistance.org I live in the shale fields of western Pennsylvania. Butler County is one of the most heavily fracked counties in one of the most heavily fracked states in the country. We have fence line communities that have suffered health and financial hardship due to the industry. | My friends in the Woodlands have been without water since Rex Energy poisoned their water in 2010 during a frack job gone bad. For almost 11 years, up to 60 families from the Woodlands have gone every week to White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church to a water bank called Water for Woodlands to get 20-25 gallons of water per family. These people have…

Hannah Dreyfus (2021-12-29). States Are Hoarding $5.2 Billion in Welfare Funds While Denying More People Aid. truthout.org This story was originally published by When Congress passed welfare reform in 1996, states were given more autonomy over how they could use federal funding for aid to the poor. They could demand welfare recipients find work before receiving cash assistance. They could also use their federal "block grants" to fund employment and parenting courses or to…

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

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

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

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Mexico Authorizes Use of Cuban Vaccine Abdala Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net The Cofepris "ruled that the authorization for emergency use of the Abdala vaccine, with the distinctive denomination: recombinant protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus receptor binding domain," the agency stated in a communiqué published on its web page. | RELATED: | It also states that the authorizations issued by this commission "are part of the National Health Regulation Strategy that allows reviewing and providing access…

Editor (2021-12-29). Editorial: El asesinato y la tasa de retorno. workers.org Primero de Mayo de 2020 frente al almacén de Amazon en Staten Island. En una nota a pie de página del volumen 1 de El Capital, publicado por primera vez en 1867, Karl Marx citó al T.J. Dunning, un líder obrero inglés del siglo XIX: "Si la ganancia es adecuada, . . . |

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

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

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

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2021-12-29: News Headlines

Staff (2021-12-29). Headlines for December 29, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Infections Hit All-Time High, Omicron Drives Record Rates of Infection in Several European Countries, Taliban Fire Warning Shots at Dozens of Women Protesters in Kabul, U.N. Envoy Warns of Civilian Toll as Saudi-Led War on Yemen Escalates, Mahmoud Abbas Meets Israeli Defense Minister, Death Toll from Brazil Flooding Rises to 20, Kodiak, Alaska, Hits 67 ∞F as Climate Emergency Fuels Extreme December Weather, Climate Emergency Cost Global Economy Nearly $200 Billion in 2021, South African Court Halts Shell Oil's Offshore Oil Exploration Plans, Russia Shutters International Memorial, Which Chr…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

_____ (2021-12-28). After Years Of Setbacks, US Labor Demonstrates Its Power. popularresistance.org 2021 was a historic year for labor in the US. An eruption of strikes, major contract wins, and workers quitting low-wage jobs in unprecedented numbers all signaled that workers en masse are ready to reclaim their power. Workers organized union drives across nearly every industry, pushed for union reforms, and elected new union leadership, speaking volumes to their desire for a more democratic workplace. | For many workers, the pandemic revealed the cruelty of capitalism. Mainstream media and politicians campaigned for a return to business as usual during this second year of COVID. In particular, workers, called "

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

_____ (2021-12-28). Labor, Environmentalists, And Indigenous Unite To Defeat Mining. popularresistance.org The people of the southern Argentinian province of Chubut are celebrating more than just the holidays this December. After a fierce struggle against a recently enacted zoning law that would have opened the province up to large-scale silver, copper, and lead mining by multinational corporations like Canadian Pan American Silver, the governor was ultimately forced to backtrack. The law in question, which was approved on December 15, was repealed last Tuesday, just five days later. | From the night of the approval until the afternoon of December 21, the movement against the law spread rapidly throughout the province…

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

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

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-28). USAID Is Running Out of Money for COVID Vaccines While Pentagon Got $778 Billion. truthout.org Sharply contrasting with the $778 billion in new military spending

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

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

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

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

Fight Back (2021-12-28). Minnesota: Ramsey County AFSCME workers demand raises and respect. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN — Chanting their demand for "raises and respect," close to 200 members of AFSCME members braved the snow, December 28, for an informational picket to bring attention to the county's proposed plan to freeze wages and raise health insurance costs on workers during the ongoing global pandemic. AFSCME Locals 8, 151, 707, 1076 and 1935 took part in the picket, and were joined by other workers in solidarity.

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

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

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

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

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