2021-12-07: News Headlines

_____ (2021-12-07). New Study Finds The US Military Is Spreading Disease Around The World. popularresistance.org A new study out of York University in Toronto, Canada finds that the US military plays a large role in the spread of diseases globally, including past and present pandemics. Clearing the FOG speaks with one of the lead authors, K J Noh, an expert analyst on the geopolitics of the Asian-Pacific region and health, about the study. Important factors in the spread of disease are Status Agreements that the US military makes with local and national governments that exempt members of the military from being required to follow public health measures and a culture of impunity within the military that leads to members defy…

WSWS (2021-12-07). Labor Party enforcing Australian ruling elite's criminal response to Omicron variant. wsws.org Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews declared: "We will not be pursuing an Omicron zero here… It might already be here."

WSWS (2021-12-07). The Omicron COVID-19 variant and the reckless endangerment of children. wsws.org Despite the deepening wave of infections, hospitalizations and deaths among children, which Omicron threatens to intensify, the entire political establishment, corporate media and the teachers unions insist that schools must stay open.

WSWS (2021-12-07). Europe passes 75 million COVID cases, as Omicron variant found in at least 17 countries across the continent. wsws.org According to a Reuters analysis, in 2021 "Europe has reported highest daily average of 359,000 new cases in second half as compared with highest daily cases of about 241,000 a day in the first half of the year."

WSWS (2021-12-07). Delta spreads as New Zealand government ends Auckland lockdown. wsws.org The Ardern government has lifted Auckland's lockdown, despite the presence of 6,000 cases of COVID-19 and the threat posed by the more infectious Omicron variant internationally.

WSWS (2021-12-07). Medical authorities warn of disaster as Omicron variant found in India. wsws.org Indian national and state authorities are indicating they will take no new action to halt the spread of a more vaccine-resistant variant of the virus that has devastated the country.

Walker Bragman (2021-12-07). Where Is Biden In The Global War On Omicron?>. dailyposter.com

Staff (2021-12-07). As World Confronts Omicron Variant, Top 8 Pfizer & Moderna Investors Make $10 Billion in a Week. democracynow.org The eight top Pfizer and Moderna shareholders made over $10 billion last week when their stock holdings skyrocketed after the discovery of the new Omicron variant. This comes as global public health advocates warn the world will keep seeing more coronavirus variants unless wealthy nations and vaccine manufacturers do more to address vaccine inequity. "The companies that make the most are doing the least to share their technology," says Nick Dearden, director of Global Justice Now U.K., which is documenting Big Pharma's profits. "The priority is making enormous amounts of money for some of the richest people in th…

The Canary (2021-12-07). Omicron cases in UK expected to exceed those in red list nations, scientist says. thecanary.co Cases of the Omicron variant in the UK are soon expected to be higher than in some African countries placed on the travel red list, a scientist has warned. | Omicron: | Professor Tim Spector said early data suggests cases of the coronavirus mutation are doubling every two days, putting it on course to overtake some of the 11 countries from where travellers to the UK are now required to quarantine to try to stymie community transmission. New rules came into force in the early hours of 7 December, requiring all travellers to take a pre-departure test before heading to England. They will not be able to tr…

teleSUR (2021-12-07). Tougher COVID-19 Testing Rules Take Effect For US Entry. telesurenglish.net As the Omicron variant was found in more U.S. states, tighter rules for entry into the country for international travelers went into effect on Monday — all incoming travelers will need to show proof of a negative test taken within a day of their departure, regardless of vaccination status. | RELATED: | The time span for all international air travelers to take a pre-departure coronavirus test is shortened from three days to one…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-07). Punishing the Unvaccinated: Europe's COVID-19 Health Experiment. dissidentvoice.org Forget any notions of juicy carrots; the stick approach of savage punishment is in vogue with the Greek government in pushing vaccination rates. It is far from the only one. Across a number of countries in Europe, governments wishing to drive up levels of COVID-19 vaccination have decided to abandon suasion and the generous supply …

Newsroom (2021-12-07). World Bank Supports Cabo Verde to Build a Sustainable and Equitable Recovery. moderndiplomacy.eu The World Bank approved a $30 million Development Policy Financing Operation on December 6 to support the Government's efforts to strengthen policies for a sustainable, equitable, and greener recovery from the COVID-19 crisis in Cabo Verde. "As Cabo Verde is recovering from the largest economic contraction in history and leveraging the moment to embark in …

Yasmine Sherif (2021-12-07). Education Must Come First in Cameroon: Yasmine Sherif calls for an end to attacks on schools. moderndiplomacy.eu The future of humanity hangs in the balance. Acute threats of conflict, COVID-19, climate change, poverty, displacement, hunger and other factors are pushing millions more people — with children the most vulnerable and hardest hit — to the edge in humanitarian crises around the world. We can save humanity from these vast interconnected crises, including …

WSWS (2021-12-07). In a criminal disregard for human life, New York transit agency seeks increased ridership. wsws.org Although at least 177 transit workers have died of COVID-19, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority is prioritizing an increase in ridership.

WSWS (2021-12-07). SEP electoral members speak on Workers' Inquest into COVID-19 and Australia's anti-democratic electoral laws. wsws.org "The Coalition, the ALP and the Greens want to consolidate their own power. It's being done from a position of weakness, not strength"

WSWS (2021-12-07). Canadian educators declare support for Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org At a meeting Sunday, educators from Ontario, Quebec, and British Columbia also voted for a resolution opposing the persecution of Lisa Diaz, a British mother who is being targeted by the UK government for refusing to send her daughter into COVID-infested schools.

The Canary (2021-12-07). Education watchdog says nearly all children have fallen behind with education during pandemic. thecanary.co Nearly all children in England have fallen behind in their education and suffered as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills ( Chief inspector Amanda Spielman warned that many of the youngest children's progress and development "faltered" amid the pandemic, with some regressing in basic language…

Guest Contributor (2021-12-07). Unorthodox Covid Views and Medical Regulation — Richard Smith. ukhumanrightsblog.com White v General Medical Council [2021] EWHC 3286 (Admin) (03 December 2021) A case in which the High Court reminds the regulator of requirements for imposing curbs on free speech. Dr Samuel White is a GP. Earlier this year he posted a seven minute video on Instagram explaining that he had resigned from his job …

WSWS (2021-12-07). New York attorney general belatedly calls for stricter coronavirus protections at Amazon warehouse. wsws.org The long-overdue demand for the most minimal COVID safety oversight is an effort by the attorney general's office to boost the credibility of Democrat-aligned union organizing efforts at the JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island, New York.

Steve Topple (2021-12-07). An FOI reveals a rot at the heart of parts of the medical establishment. thecanary.co A Freedom of Information (FOI) request has revealed the rot at the heart of parts of the medical establishment. It shows text messages and emails where individuals from not only the NHS but also supposedly prestigious Royal Colleges were trying to interfere and exert influence over decisions at the

Joe Piette (2021-12-07). Philadelphia rally defends abortion justice. workers.org On Dec. 1 as the U.S. Supreme Court was hearing arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization — the most consequential abortion rights case since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 — women, other gender-oppressed people and allies rallied at Temple University in Philadelphia. Philadelphia, Dec. 1. WW . . . |

Staff (2021-12-07). NYC Opens Nation's First Safe Drug Injection Sites; 15 Lives Saved in First Week of Operation. democracynow.org At least fifteen lives have been saved, so far, after the nation's first supervised illegal drug injection sites opened in New York City about a week ago. The facilities provide clean needles and the opioid reversal medication Naloxone, as well as medical care and drug dependency treatment options. This comes as U.S. overdose deaths topped 100,000 during the first year of the pandemic. While the New York facilities are the first to be government-approved, advocates have long fought for better and safer resources for people with addiction, and there are now over 120 drug injection sites operating worldwide. We spe…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-07). Taste Imperial refurbishes flagship catering outlets on campus. imperial.ac.uk Taste Imperial have embarked on a comprehensive refurbishment programme of some of the College's flagship catering outlets.

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-06). Democracy Summit: Excluding countries and igniting the Cold War in the Middle East. moderndiplomacy.eu A number of American leaks have appeared at the present time for several American think tanks that have reached a dangerous conclusion, which is: (The United States of America must re-use the influence of the extremist Islamic currents and radical political Islam movements in the Middle East and Africa to confront the rise of China …

WSWS (2021-12-06). Sri Lankan government eases COVID-19 restrictions ignoring scientists' warnings about Omicron. wsws.org The working class must oppose the murderous policy of the government and the entire ruling class, which has let the coronavirus run rampant, taking the lives of tens of thousands and infecting hundreds of thousands.

Editor (2021-12-06). Omicron variant exposes danger of global vaccine apartheid. mronline.org A new, heavily mutated Coronavirus variant, Omicron, is causing alarm around the world as scientists race to discover more about this new type of the virus and its potential resistance to vaccines.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Striking NSW teachers must fight for school shutdown to stop the spread of Omicron in Australia! wsws.org The cutting edge of the fight for all of the rights of educators is to close the schools for the year so that no more teachers or students are infected with a disease that could claim their lives or leave them with dire medical issues.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Germany: Federal and state governments give the pandemic free rein. wsws.org Despite record infection rates and the spread of the highly contagious Omicron mutation, the policy of "profits before lives" continues, sacrificing tens of thousands more human lives in the interest of the financial markets.

Jim Spellman (2021-12-06). U.S. attempts to contain Omicron. america.cgtn.com With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant, and cases already reported in several states, the U.S. is trying to contain the spread of the virus.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-06). Omicron and the Travel Ban Itch. dissidentvoice.org Stick to the script: owe that duty of care to your population, so the legal experts in government tell you. Self-interest pays, if in small amounts. These rigid, formulaic assumptions have done wonders to harm and deter any spirit of cooperation regarding dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. History's record of humanity's response to plagues, pandemics …

Owen Fairclough (2021-12-06). U.S. changes traveling rules in attempt to contain Omicron. america.cgtn.com New rules for anyone flying into the U.S took effect this Monday as authorities tried to contain the spread of Omicron.

Staff (2021-12-06). Headlines for December 6, 2021. democracynow.org International Travelers Face Tightened Restrictions as Omicron Variant Spreads Worldwide, More Protests Erupt as European Countries Tighten Vaccine Mandates, Parents of Michigan High School Shooting Suspect Arrested After Manhunt, Burmese Court Sentences Deposed Leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 Years in Prison, Biden Expected to Announce U.S. Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics, 15 Dead, Dozens Missing as Indonesian Volcano Erupts, Funerals Held for 15 Civilians Killed by Security Forces in India's Nagaland State, Pope Francis Voices Support for Refugees in Trip to Greek Island of Lesbos, Voters in The Gamb…

WSWS (2021-12-06). WHO says that Omicron could become the dominant variant globally. wsws.org At least 38 countries have detected the Omicron variant inside their borders. The current surge of infections in South Africa has shown the new strain is even more transmissible than Delta. However, little is being done to coordinate a global strategy to contain and end the pandemic.

Canadian Tire Fire (2021-12-06). Canadian Tire Fire #22: #AllOutForWedzinKwa updates, Migrant Workers Take on Cargill, Brampton Workers Fight Wage Theft. itsgoingdown.org This week we provide updates on the situation on the Wet'suwet'en Yintah as well as on the ongoing #ShutDownCanada solidarity actions across the country. We also cover the Cargill strike in the context of fatal Covid-19 outbreaks linked to the meatpacking plant. Naujawan (youth) Support Network in the Greater Toronto Area continues to successfully put…

_____ (2021-12-06). Governments Buy More Weapons In First Year Of COVID-19. popularresistance.org In 2020, when the global economy contracted over 3.1% due to the COVID-19 pandemic, global arms trade recorded an increase of 1.3%, as per latest data released by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) on Monday, December 6. The growth in arms trade, both domestic and international, reveals how governments worldwide chose to maintain or increase their spending on arms despite the economic hardships caused by the pandemic. | According to SIPRI, arms trade by the world's top 100 companies in the sector touched USD 531 billion in 2020, making it the sixth consecutive year of growth since 2015.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-06). Governments buy more weapons in first year of COVID-19 boosting global arms trade. peoplesdispatch.org Data published by SIPRI for the year 2020 shows the world's top 100 weapons manufacturers increase their overall sales in comparison to previous years as governments chose to increase arms procurement despite COVID-19-related economic hardships…

Global Research News (2021-12-06). Selected Articles: Graphene Hydroxide in the mRNA Vaccine Vial: Assassination of Dr. Andreas Noack. globalresearch.ca By This video by the late Dr. Andreas Noack pertains to graphene hydroxide contained in the Covid vaccine vial. Dr. …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-06). The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of "Positive Cases" are Meaningless. The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca One year later the WHO retracts. They don't say "We Made a Mistake". It's carefully formulated. While they do not officially deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they recommend RT-PCR "Re-testing" (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

WSWS (2021-12-06). Deere workers describe problems in working conditions, pay following end of strike. wsws.org Workers have said the company and UAW are indifferent to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, which is surging in the Midwest.

WSWS (2021-12-06). French health care workers denounce government's deadly pandemic policy. wsws.org On December 4, health care workers marched to protest appalling conditions in hospitals and French President Emmanuel Macron's murderous COVID-19 policy.

teleSUR (2021-12-06). 'Bolsonaro Never Again!' Thousands of Brazilians Shout Out. telesurenglish.net On Saturday, thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to demand the removal of President Jair Bolsonaro, who is being investigated by the Supreme Court for crimes related to the dissemination of fake news about COVID-19 and vaccines. This happened in a country that has counted over 615,000 deaths since the pandemic began. | RELATED: | The mobilizations against the far-righ President were summoned by organizati…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-06). People from BAME and deprived groups more affected by Covid hospital disruption. imperial.ac.uk People from lower-income areas or from BAME backgrounds were less likely to access non-Covid-related hospital care during the pandemic.

Muhammad Amin Musa (2021-12-06). Thailand and Kon La Krueng Co-payment Scheme: A Challenge towards Sustainable Consumption. moderndiplomacy.eu The COVID-19 has impacted many people around the world, particularly the poor people who are unable to meet their fundamental needs through self-sufficiency. These hard times of the COVID-19, it has taught us that our world is becoming more complex and that we must be prepared for unexpected events, such as this severe pandemic. From …

teleSUR (2021-12-06). Cuba Kicks off COVID-19 Booster Vaccine Drive in Havana. telesurenglish.net Cuban health authorities on Monday began the massive application of booster vaccine doses against COVID-19 for Havana residents with the home-grown Abdala vaccine. | RELATED: | During the first phase of the campaign, people living in four out of the city's 15 municipalities will be offered booster shots. | According to the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, those who have been infected with the virus or vaccinat…

_____ (2021-12-06). Thousands Of Brazilians Shout 'Bolsonaro Never Again!'. popularresistance.org On Saturday, thousands of Brazilians took to the streets to demand the removal of President Jair Bolsonaro, who is being investigated by the Supreme Court for crimes related to the dissemination of fake news about COVID-19 and vaccines. This happened in a country that has counted over 615,000 deaths since the pandemic began. | The mobilizations against the far-righ President were summoned by organizations such as the Brazilian Women Articulation (AMB), the Women's World March (MMM), the Unified Black Movement (MNO), the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST), the Union of Blacks for Equality (UNEGRO), the Workers'

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-06). Covid and Social Engineering: The Impact of Fear and Anxiety on the Human Immune System. libya360.wordpress.com Carina Harkin "The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is really fear". ‚ÄçGandhi (1) We live in the age of anxiety. We who see, see clearly this is a pandemic of fear. One of the central emotional responses during a pandemic is fear. Fear comprises both an emotional and physical response…

WSWS (2021-12-06). Pennsylvania Educators support call for a Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org Educators from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and Virginia met last week and unanimously adopted this resolution in support of the call by the WSWS for an inquest into the COVID-19 pandemic.

Jeff Schuhrke (2021-12-06). These Tortilla Workers Walked Out and Won a Day Off Work. zcomm.org Gathered outside Chicago's flagship El Milagro taqueria, workers remembered those who died from Covid-19—and celebrated a victory that granted them Sundays off…

Steve Topple (2021-12-06). The government faces pressure over 'harmful' NHS treatments. thecanary.co A new campaign aims to get the government to put mechanisms in place for reporting harms caused by controversial medical treatments. You'd be forgiven for thinking something like this already exists. Except that it doesn't — at least not for non-pharmaceutical treatments like exercise therapy. So, the campaign wants to change things. And the implications of this could be far-reaching — not least for long Covid patients. | The campaign founder's specific area for the government to look at is the disease known as ME. | Years of harm: | For years, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) patients have rep…

WSWS (2021-12-06). Romanian Social Democrats join Grand Coalition government amid raging pandemic. wsws.org As COVID-19 rips through the population, the main bourgeois parties form a Grand Coalition government, strengthening the fascist AUR party.

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2021-12-06: News Headlines

Binoy Kampmark (2021-12-06). Omicron and the Travel Ban Itch. dissidentvoice.org Stick to the script: owe that duty of care to your population, so the legal experts in government tell you. Self-interest pays, if in small amounts. These rigid, formulaic assumptions have done wonders to harm and deter any spirit of cooperation regarding dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. History's record of humanity's response to plagues, pandemics …

Owen Fairclough (2021-12-06). U.S. changes traveling rules in attempt to contain Omicron. america.cgtn.com New rules for anyone flying into the U.S took effect this Monday as authorities tried to contain the spread of Omicron.

Staff (2021-12-06). Headlines for December 6, 2021. democracynow.org International Travelers Face Tightened Restrictions as Omicron Variant Spreads Worldwide, More Protests Erupt as European Countries Tighten Vaccine Mandates, Parents of Michigan High School Shooting Suspect Arrested After Manhunt, Burmese Court Sentences Deposed Leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 4 Years in Prison, Biden Expected to Announce U.S. Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics, 15 Dead, Dozens Missing as Indonesian Volcano Erupts, Funerals Held for 15 Civilians Killed by Security Forces in India's Nagaland State, Pope Francis Voices Support for Refugees in Trip to Greek Island of Lesbos, Voters in The Gamb…

WSWS (2021-12-06). Striking NSW teachers must fight for school shutdown to stop the spread of Omicron in Australia! wsws.org The cutting edge of the fight for all of the rights of educators is to close the schools for the year so that no more teachers or students are infected with a disease that could claim their lives or leave them with dire medical issues.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Sri Lankan government eases COVID-19 restrictions ignoring scientists' warnings about Omicron. wsws.org The working class must oppose the murderous policy of the government and the entire ruling class, which has let the coronavirus run rampant, taking the lives of tens of thousands and infecting hundreds of thousands.

Jim Spellman (2021-12-06). U.S. attempts to contain Omicron. america.cgtn.com With the discovery of a new COVID-19 variant, and cases already reported in several states, the U.S. is trying to contain the spread of the virus.

WSWS (2021-12-06). WHO says that Omicron could become the dominant variant globally. wsws.org At least 38 countries have detected the Omicron variant inside their borders. The current surge of infections in South Africa has shown the new strain is even more transmissible than Delta. However, little is being done to coordinate a global strategy to contain and end the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Germany: Federal and state governments give the pandemic free rein. wsws.org Despite record infection rates and the spread of the highly contagious Omicron mutation, the policy of "profits before lives" continues, sacrificing tens of thousands more human lives in the interest of the financial markets.

Editor (2021-12-06). Omicron variant exposes danger of global vaccine apartheid. mronline.org A new, heavily mutated Coronavirus variant, Omicron, is causing alarm around the world as scientists race to discover more about this new type of the virus and its potential resistance to vaccines.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-06). Governments buy more weapons in first year of COVID-19 boosting global arms trade. peoplesdispatch.org Data published by SIPRI for the year 2020 shows the world's top 100 weapons manufacturers increase their overall sales in comparison to previous years as governments chose to increase arms procurement despite COVID-19-related economic hardships…

Canadian Tire Fire (2021-12-06). Canadian Tire Fire #22: #AllOutForWedzinKwa updates, Migrant Workers Take on Cargill, Brampton Workers Fight Wage Theft. itsgoingdown.org This week we provide updates on the situation on the Wet'suwet'en Yintah as well as on the ongoing #ShutDownCanada solidarity actions across the country. We also cover the Cargill strike in the context of fatal Covid-19 outbreaks linked to the meatpacking plant. Naujawan (youth) Support Network in the Greater Toronto Area continues to successfully put…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-06). Covid and Social Engineering: The Impact of Fear and Anxiety on the Human Immune System. libya360.wordpress.com Carina Harkin "The enemy is fear. We think it is hate, but it is really fear". ‚ÄçGandhi (1) We live in the age of anxiety. We who see, see clearly this is a pandemic of fear. One of the central emotional responses during a pandemic is fear. Fear comprises both an emotional and physical response…

WSWS (2021-12-06). Deere workers describe problems in working conditions, pay following end of strike. wsws.org Workers have said the company and UAW are indifferent to the ongoing spread of COVID-19, which is surging in the Midwest.

Jeff Schuhrke (2021-12-06). These Tortilla Workers Walked Out and Won a Day Off Work. zcomm.org Gathered outside Chicago's flagship El Milagro taqueria, workers remembered those who died from Covid-19—and celebrated a victory that granted them Sundays off…

Steve Topple (2021-12-06). The government faces pressure over 'harmful' NHS treatments. thecanary.co A new campaign aims to get the government to put mechanisms in place for reporting harms caused by controversial medical treatments. You'd be forgiven for thinking something like this already exists. Except that it doesn't — at least not for non-pharmaceutical treatments like exercise therapy. So, the campaign wants to change things. And the implications of this could be far-reaching — not least for long Covid patients. | The campaign founder's specific area for the government to look at is the disease known as ME. | Years of harm: | For years, myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) patients have rep…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-06). People from BAME and deprived groups more affected by Covid hospital disruption. imperial.ac.uk People from lower-income areas or from BAME backgrounds were less likely to access non-Covid-related hospital care during the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-06). Romanian Social Democrats join Grand Coalition government amid raging pandemic. wsws.org As COVID-19 rips through the population, the main bourgeois parties form a Grand Coalition government, strengthening the fascist AUR party.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-06). The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of "Positive Cases" are Meaningless. The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca One year later the WHO retracts. They don't say "We Made a Mistake". It's carefully formulated. While they do not officially deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they recommend RT-PCR "Re-testing" (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

Global Research News (2021-12-06). Selected Articles: Graphene Hydroxide in the mRNA Vaccine Vial: Assassination of Dr. Andreas Noack. globalresearch.ca By This video by the late Dr. Andreas Noack pertains to graphene hydroxide contained in the Covid vaccine vial. Dr. …

WSWS (2021-12-06). Pennsylvania Educators support call for a Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org Educators from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and Virginia met last week and unanimously adopted this resolution in support of the call by the WSWS for an inquest into the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-06). French health care workers denounce government's deadly pandemic policy. wsws.org On December 4, health care workers marched to protest appalling conditions in hospitals and French President Emmanuel Macron's murderous COVID-19 policy.

Anonymous Contributor (2021-12-06). Report Back from Disruption of Heartland Alliance's Holiday Brunch. itsgoingdown.org Report back on recent mobilization and disruption of the Heartland Alliance, a non-profit which imprisons migrant children in so-called Chicago. For a deeper dive, go here. On Sunday, December 5 at 10 AM, demonstrators gathered outside the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Chicago to confront donors arriving at Heartland Health's annual holiday brunch. While Heartland…

Rick Rozoff (2021-12-06). U.S., Ukrainian armies train for treating combat casualties. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. and Ukrainian Medics Train Together During Combined Resolve XVI During Combined Resolve XVI (CBR XVI), a United States Army Europe-Africa directed, 7th Army Training Command conducted, Joint Multinational Readiness Center hosted multinational training event involving 1st Infantry Division's 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (1/1ID), U.S. and Ukrainian soldiers compared emergency medical procedures to find …

WSWS (2021-12-06). Amid pandemic, Washington escalates war threats against Russia. wsws.org Washington and its NATO allies are recklessly stoking military tensions with Russia to distract from their criminally irresponsible policies on the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.

David Swanson (2021-12-05). Talk World Radio: They're Privatizing Medicare While Your Eyes Are on a Democracy Summit. warisacrime.org Talk World Radio is recorded as audio and video on Riverside.fm. Here is this week's video and all the videos on Youtube. We're using only the guest video and not the host this week, because Riverside is getting them out of synch when combining. This week on Talk World Radio, the sneaky and sleazy bipartisan …

Misión Verdad (2021-12-05). How Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates and Big Pharma Destroyed US Public Health. orinocotribune.com A country's success or failure in managing the COVID-19 pandemic is measured by the number of infections and deaths from the disease. Although it was expected that the crisis would generate a change in the relationship dynamics between nations, even in their internal management, what the outcome has shown is the overall dominance of a barbarism which was the product of the logic of capitalism. | In the case of the United States, the country that so far leads the death count worldwide, the handling of the pandemic has been catastrophic and its effects have influenced and upset global dynamics. Who was in charge of…

The Canary (2021-12-05). Stop blocking vaccine access for poorer countries, Blackford tells Boris Johnson. thecanary.co The SNP Westminster leader has challenged Boris Johnson to "do the right thing" and help ensure the world's poorest nations can produce coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines. | Ian Blackford demanded that the UK prime minister "stop blocking" the vaccine intellectual property waiver so that developing nations can manufacture vaccines themselves. | The SNP MP raised the issue in a letter to the Conservative leader. He stressed that there needs to be a "truly effective global vaccine strategy" if coronavirus is to be defeated. | Access to vaccine patents: | While the UK is rolling out booster vaccines to the p…

Christian Pena (2021-12-05). Peru continues to battle COVID-19. america.cgtn.com During a large portion of 2021 Peru had the highest COVID-19 death rate per capita in the world. New variants of the deadly virus have emerged as the country races to vaccinate its population. Dan Collyns reports from Lima.

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2021-12-05: News Headlines

David Swanson (2021-12-05). Talk World Radio: They're Privatizing Medicare While Your Eyes Are on a Democracy Summit. warisacrime.org Talk World Radio is recorded as audio and video on Riverside.fm. Here is this week's video and all the videos on Youtube. We're using only the guest video and not the host this week, because Riverside is getting them out of synch when combining. This week on Talk World Radio, the sneaky and sleazy bipartisan …

Ethan Huff (2021-12-05). If You Take the COVID Vax, You Can Never Achieve Full Immunity Again — Government Stats Unveil the Horrifying Truth. globalresearch.ca

Misión Verdad (2021-12-05). How Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates and Big Pharma Destroyed US Public Health. orinocotribune.com A country's success or failure in managing the COVID-19 pandemic is measured by the number of infections and deaths from the disease. Although it was expected that the crisis would generate a change in the relationship dynamics between nations, even in their internal management, what the outcome has shown is the overall dominance of a barbarism which was the product of the logic of capitalism. | In the case of the United States, the country that so far leads the death count worldwide, the handling of the pandemic has been catastrophic and its effects have influenced and upset global dynamics. Who was in charge of…

David Skripac (2021-12-05). What Are the Truly Verifiable Facts Surrounding COVID-19? globalresearch.ca Incisive and carefully researched article by David Skripac, first published on Global Research on August 14, 2020 "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that …

Dr. Peter McCullough (2021-12-05). Video: The Vaccine is More Dangerous than COVID-19: Dr. Peter McCullough. globalresearch.ca

The Canary (2021-12-05). Stop blocking vaccine access for poorer countries, Blackford tells Boris Johnson. thecanary.co The SNP Westminster leader has challenged Boris Johnson to "do the right thing" and help ensure the world's poorest nations can produce coronavirus (Covid-19) vaccines. | Ian Blackford demanded that the UK prime minister "stop blocking" the vaccine intellectual property waiver so that developing nations can manufacture vaccines themselves. | The SNP MP raised the issue in a letter to the Conservative leader. He stressed that there needs to be a "truly effective global vaccine strategy" if coronavirus is to be defeated. | Access to vaccine patents: | While the UK is rolling out booster vaccines to the p…

Makia Freeman (2021-12-05). Ten Things You Need to Know about the Experimental COVID mRNA Vaccines. globalresearch.ca With foresight, this article was published on January 13, 2021 at the very outset of the Vaccine program. Experimental COVID Vaccines are coming to town, being rolled out worldwide as the transhumanistic New World Order (NWO) agenda dictates. This …

Christian Pena (2021-12-05). Peru continues to battle COVID-19. america.cgtn.com During a large portion of 2021 Peru had the highest COVID-19 death rate per capita in the world. New variants of the deadly virus have emerged as the country races to vaccinate its population. Dan Collyns reports from Lima.

Christine Massey (2021-12-05). The Identity of the Virus: Health/ Science Institutions Worldwide "Have No Record" of SARS-COV-2 Isolation/Purification. globalresearch.ca First published by GR …

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-05). We Are Living Through a Time of Fear — Not Just of the Virus, but of Each Other. globalresearch.ca This incisive and timely article by award winning author Jonathan Cook was …

_____ (2021-12-04). An Obscure Agency Is Threatening To Hand Medicare Over To Wall Street. popularresistance.org In the face of massive support for Medicare for All and the failure of the U.S.'s for-profit health care system, the inevitable fall of the medical-industrial complex can be predicted, if not with precision, with certainty. Everyone is aware of the impending demise, none more so than those in charge of the for-profit health care system and their supporters in Congress, as evidenced by the frenetic activity at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to transfer the traditional Medicare program to the insurance industry as fast as humanly possible. Given this urgency, physicians representing Physicians…

Jon Skolnik (2021-12-04). Controversial Alzheimer's Drug Behind About Half of Medicare's Yearly Price Bump. truthout.org When Biogen's new Alzheimer's drug, Aduhelm, was officially approved for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in June, it was a decision that flouted

Anand Naidoo (2021-12-04). The Heat: U.S. President Biden's Challenges. america.cgtn.com U.S. President Joe Biden faces new challenges over the Omicron variant, and the tiny island nation of Barbados becomes the world's newest republic.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Video: Workers must oppose Australian ruling elite's homicidal response to Omicron variant. wsws.org SEP Assistant National Secretary Max Boddy warns: "There is no viable way to stop the pandemic and save lives, other than a strategy of global elimination."

WSWS (2021-12-04). Omicron outbreak in Sydney school as Australian governments reject safety measures. wsws.org Omicron already may be circulating widely in the working-class suburbs of western Sydney, given the known community transmission.

Sharmila Devi (2021-12-04). [World Report] Calls for international solutions to EU—Belarus border crisis. thelancet.com Humanitarian organisations warn that thousands of migrants are stuck, with many unable to access medical care, food, and water. Sharmila Devi reports.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Australian government in "chaos" as pandemic intensifies political disarray. wsws.org The Liberal-National government is in tatters, yet there is low popular support for the Labor Party and rising distrust in the entire parliamentary establishment.

United Health Professionals (2021-12-04). The Covid Outbreak: "Biggest Health Scam of the 21st Century." Report by 1500 Health Professionals. globalresearch.ca We say : STOP disproportionate measures to fight SARS-CoV-2 (lockdown, blocking the economy and education, social distancing, wearing of masks for all, etc.) because they are totally unjustified, are not based on any scientific evidence and violate the basic principles of evidence-based medicine.

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-12-04). J'Accuse! The Gene-based "Vaccines" Are Killing People. Governments Worldwide Are Lying to You the People, to the Populations They Purportedly Serve. globalresearch.ca The Signal of Harm is now indisputably overwhelming, and, in line with universally accepted ethical standards for clinical trials, Doctors for Covid Ethics demands that the 'Covid' vaccine programme be halted immediately.

John Zarocostas (2021-12-04). [World Report] Hope for nutrition summit as global hunger spikes. thelancet.com As COVID-19, climate change, and conflict drive hunger and malnutrition, the health community looks towards the Nutrition For Growth Summit. John Zarocostas reports.

The Lancet (2021-12-04). [Editorial] Reinstating universal health coverage on the global agenda. thelancet.com Who remembers universal health coverage (UHC)? The World Health Organization defines UHC as all individuals and communities receiving the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving this target was a top priority in global health, as it underpins Sustainable Development Goal 3: to ensure health and wellbeing for all. But as countries focused on the pandemic, the world's health community has neglected to sustain the momentum needed to achieve UHC.

WSWS (2021-12-04). More details emerge on how Canadian governments covered up aerosol transmission of COVID-19. wsws.org The Canadian government continued to insist the main source of COVID-19 infection was respiratory droplets that fall rapidly to the ground, not aerosols, even when its own briefing documents said otherwise.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Lives before profits! Stop the pandemic! wsws.org Ending the COVID-19 pandemic requires rejecting the concept that profit interests must be "balanced" against saving lives.

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi (2021-12-04). Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi Interview: COVID Vaccine Blood Clot Risk Was Known, Ignored & Buried. globalresearch.ca First published on May 28, 2021 | Joining us today is Dr. …

WSWS (2021-12-04). Two more Minnesota teachers die of COVID-19 as cases approach record highs. wsws.org The measures necessary to stop the spread of the virus—and put a halt to the deaths of teachers and students—can only come through workers developing rank-and-file committees in every workplace and factory in the US and internationally to enforce the shutdown of unsafe facilities and the closure of schools to in-person learning.

Ezekiel J Emanuel, Cécile Fabre, Lisa Herzog, Ole F Norheim, Govind Persad, G Owen Schaefer, Kok-Chor Tan (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Obligations in a global health emergency — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Felipe de Carvalho Borges da Fonseca and colleagues, and Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Rosa Jahn for their comments on our Viewpoint.1 We agree with de Carvalho Borges da Fonseca and colleagues about the need for "a more equitable, sustainable, and accountable medical innovation system". Whether waiving patent rights will meaningfully improve access to COVID-19 vaccines for low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly in the short term, is an empirical matter. There is wide agreement that intellectual property (IP) for mRNA vaccines is not a primary barrier to vaccinating the world;2,3 vaccine pr…

The Canary (2021-12-04). Unvaccinated mothers with harrowing ordeals urge those who are pregnant to get jabbed. thecanary.co Unvaccinated women who suffered with coronavirus (Covid-19) during their pregnancies have told "terrifying" stories of having the virus, from being rushed to hospital to having emergency C-sections. | The women appear in a video sharing their experiences of severe Covid-19 during pregnancy. It's part of a new campaign encouraging expectant mothers to get the vaccine. | The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said 98% of pregnant women in hospital with symptomatic Covid-19 are unvaccinated. | The video features three women who experienced serious complications after contracting coronavirus before they w…

Nitza Soledad Perez (2021-12-04). Show returns after two-year pandemic hiatus in Florida. america.cgtn.com The Art Basel fair returns to Miami after two years of cancellations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The contemporary art show welcomed 253 galleries and more than eighty thousand visitors. Find out more.

Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Rosa Jahn (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Obligations in a global health emergency. thelancet.com Ezekiel Emanuel and colleagues1 emphasise the ethical obligations of pharmaceutical companies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic on the basis of four ethical principles: optimising vaccine production; fair distribution; sustainability; and accountability.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Trump hid positive coronavirus test prior to presidential debate with Joe Biden last year. wsws.org Eschewing public health protocols and knowingly risking the lives of those attendance, Trump and his inner circle hid the results of the test and refused to wear masks during the debate.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-04). Newly Elected General Secretary of Abahlali baseMjondolo Vows: "We Will Resist" libya360.wordpress.com Pavan Kulkarni Abahlali Engaging during the Policy Conference today at the Denis Hurley Hall ahead of the Elective Congress. Photo: AbM The congress of Abahlali baseMjondolo, held at a time of severe repression but also of expanding influence, has laid out for South Africa's shack-dwellers' movement the road ahead for the next three years. The…

Aarathi Prasad (2021-12-04). [Perspectives] Martin Griffiths: serving communities affected by violence. thelancet.com In 2019, Martin Griffiths, consultant trauma surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust in London, UK, was appointed the NHS's first Clinical Director for Violence Reduction in London and then National Clinical Director for Violence Reduction for NHS England and NHS Improvement. In both roles, Griffiths leads and coordinates the strategy and delivery of health-led programmes to reduce interpersonal violence. In part, his insights come from his own early life experiences. He describes his younger self as "a very naive but streetwise south London boy" who grew up on a council estate in Lewisham with a single mother who was…

WSWS (2021-12-04). "We should all do this together. We could close Kaiser down!" Operating engineers speak out on two-month strike at Kaiser Permanente. wsws.org There is enormous support for engineers from nurses and other health care workers, but the strike has been systematically isolated by the health care unions.

Rita Charon (2021-12-04). [Perspectives] Knowing, seeing, and telling in medicine. thelancet.com Today, we are witnessing a new permeability between the arts and the sciences. Scientists are urged to promote transformative creativity in their trainees. Nobelists credit surprise and the imagination for their insights. The health professions have incorporated the humanities, social sciences, and arts into their curricula to teach relational, cultural, and creative dimensions of health care. Whether artists or scientists, investigators strike out from what is known to brave the unknown in acts of creative discovery.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Australia's under-funded healthcare system confronts major nursing shortages. wsws.org After decades of attacks against working conditions, accelerated by the pandemic, 20,000 nurses have resigned this year.

Betsey Stone (2021-12-04). Hospital workers walk out to support striking engineers. themilitant.com OAKLAND, Calif. — The 700 members of IUOE Stationary Engineers Local 39, who are on strike at 24 Northern California Kaiser hospitals, got a boost Nov. 18 when members of other hospital unions participated in a one-day strike in support of their fight. Thousands of medical assistants, X-ray technicians, phlebotomists, lab scientists and other medical workers lined in front of Kaiser hospitals from Santa Rosa and Vacaville in the north to San Jose in the south. | Members of the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, the Office and Professional Employees Local 29 and Engineers and Scientists of California Local…

Nilly Waiserberg, Paula Feder-Bubis (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Enabling physical activity for people living with disabilities. thelancet.com The call for multi-level action for the promotion of participation of people living with disabilities (PLWD) in physical activity by Kathleen Martin Ginis and colleagues1 underscores the lack of structural opportunities for participation. Health-care workers might provide long-term interventions to PLWD in and throughout life-course stages, with an impact on their lives. These interventions might start early in the rehabilitation process, be they congenital, early-onset, acquired, or later-onset disabilities.

Richard Horton (2021-12-04). [Comment] Offline: Is democracy good for your health? thelancet.com What is the best political system to protect and advance health? In 2019, Thomas Bollyky, who directs the Global Health Program at the US Council on Foreign Relations, and colleagues reported evidence in The Lancet suggesting that democracies are better than autocracies for delivering gains in health. Advantage America, he seemed to be saying. The argument is superficially convincing. Democracies sharpen the accountability of governments to their citizens. Free and fair elections create incentives for political leaders to pay serious attention to the wellbeing of voters.

Sharmila Devi (2021-12-04). [World Report] Health warnings over UNRWA funding shortfall. thelancet.com Experts caution that health services for millions of Palestinian refugees are under threat. Sharmila Devi reports.

WSWS (2021-12-04). At online town hall, Kaiser union officials praise "joint" approach to cost-cutting in tentative agreement. wsws.org At Wednesday's meeting, the first since the deal was announced more than two weeks ago, no rank-and-file workers were allowed to speak or ask questions, a clear indication of the unions' nervousness about opposition to the deal among health care workers.

Kathleen A Martin Ginis, Hidde van der Ploeg, Brett Smith, Byron Lai, Gregory W Heath (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Enabling physical activity for people living with disabilities — Authors' reply. thelancet.com With interest, we read the Correspondence in response to our recent Series paper,1 all of which raise excellent points regarding the need for greater efforts to advance physical activity participation in children, youth, and adults with disabilities and provide suggestions for doing so.

Tom Shakespeare (2021-12-04). [Perspectives] The many worlds of disability. thelancet.com Jan Grue is a phenomenon in the disability world: a 40-year-old with a congenital muscular atrophy, who is an author of fiction for adults and children and is also Professor of Qualitative Research at the University of Oslo, Norway. In this eagerly awaited book, I Live a Life Like Yours: A Memoir, he tells the story of his life and his daily existence. Grue is expert at capturing sights, sounds, and even smells. The stories he relates are likely to represent the reality for many educated people in high-income countries with lived experience of disability who have stumbled, fallen, and wheeled through school, clin…

_____ (2021-12-04). UK Higher Education Workers Strike For Fair Pay, Working Conditions. popularresistance.org In today's episode of the Daily Round-up we look at the 3-day UCU strike by Higher Education workers across 58 universities in the UK to demand fair wages and job security; the re-imposition of the Migrant Protection Protocols by the U.S. and its implications for asylum seekers currently in Mexico and at the border; a report on rising hunger in the Latin America and the Caribbean region during the pandemic; and a Stand Earth report linking major brands like Nike and Adidas to cattle ranching operations fueling large-scale destruction of the Amazon rainforest.

teleSUR (2021-12-04). Bolivia's 2019 Coup Rulers Face Another Lawsuit in Geneva. telesurenglish.net In the framework of the 72nd Session of the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) in Geneva, the "Pro Human Rights Bolivia" Organization President Nadesha Guevara and Ayben Huaranca, a victim of the Senkata massacre, filed a complaint against former De facto President Jeanine Añez (2019-2020) and ex-Interior Minister Arturo Murillo. | RELATED: | The complaint seeks to promote investigations to identify the perpetrators…

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2021-12-04: News Headlines

Staff (2021-12-04). Bitcoin drops nearly $10,000 in an hour. rt.com The world's crypto pioneer, bitcoin, saw a sharp decline of nearly $10,000 in roughly an hour to as low as $42,000 before bouncing back to $45,000, extending the latest downtrend amid the emergence of the Omicron Covid-19 strain. | The price of bitcoin has dropped around $15,000 over the past 24 hours. It was trading at nearly $47,580 as of 08: 16 GMT, down 16.14% day over day, having dropped by 31.6% from the year's high of $69,000, which it reached on November 10. | Read more | | Meanwhile, ether, the sec…

WSWS (2021-12-04). Video: Workers must oppose Australian ruling elite's homicidal response to Omicron variant. wsws.org SEP Assistant National Secretary Max Boddy warns: "There is no viable way to stop the pandemic and save lives, other than a strategy of global elimination."

WSWS (2021-12-04). Omicron outbreak in Sydney school as Australian governments reject safety measures. wsws.org Omicron already may be circulating widely in the working-class suburbs of western Sydney, given the known community transmission.

Sharmila Devi (2021-12-04). [World Report] Calls for international solutions to EU—Belarus border crisis. thelancet.com Humanitarian organisations warn that thousands of migrants are stuck, with many unable to access medical care, food, and water. Sharmila Devi reports.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Australian government in "chaos" as pandemic intensifies political disarray. wsws.org The Liberal-National government is in tatters, yet there is low popular support for the Labor Party and rising distrust in the entire parliamentary establishment.

Ezekiel J Emanuel, Cécile Fabre, Lisa Herzog, Ole F Norheim, Govind Persad, G Owen Schaefer, Kok-Chor Tan (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Obligations in a global health emergency — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Felipe de Carvalho Borges da Fonseca and colleagues, and Kayvan Bozorgmehr and Rosa Jahn for their comments on our Viewpoint.1 We agree with de Carvalho Borges da Fonseca and colleagues about the need for "a more equitable, sustainable, and accountable medical innovation system". Whether waiving patent rights will meaningfully improve access to COVID-19 vaccines for low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), particularly in the short term, is an empirical matter. There is wide agreement that intellectual property (IP) for mRNA vaccines is not a primary barrier to vaccinating the world;2,3 vaccine pr…

Varsha Gandikota-Nellutla (2021-12-04). Carers of the World vs. Covid-19 Criminals. zcomm.org The Progressive International is mobilizing nurses unions around the world to take on Big Pharma and the governments they have captured…

Kayvan Bozorgmehr, Rosa Jahn (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Obligations in a global health emergency. thelancet.com Ezekiel Emanuel and colleagues1 emphasise the ethical obligations of pharmaceutical companies to combat the COVID-19 pandemic on the basis of four ethical principles: optimising vaccine production; fair distribution; sustainability; and accountability.

The Lancet (2021-12-04). [Editorial] Reinstating universal health coverage on the global agenda. thelancet.com Who remembers universal health coverage (UHC)? The World Health Organization defines UHC as all individuals and communities receiving the health services they need without suffering financial hardship. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving this target was a top priority in global health, as it underpins Sustainable Development Goal 3: to ensure health and wellbeing for all. But as countries focused on the pandemic, the world's health community has neglected to sustain the momentum needed to achieve UHC.

WSWS (2021-12-04). More details emerge on how Canadian governments covered up aerosol transmission of COVID-19. wsws.org The Canadian government continued to insist the main source of COVID-19 infection was respiratory droplets that fall rapidly to the ground, not aerosols, even when its own briefing documents said otherwise.

teleSUR, mcs, MER (2021-12-04). Pdte. mexicano agradece apoyo de China en lucha contra Covid-19. telesurtv.net El agradecimiento fue realizado de forma virtual durante la III Reunión Ministerial del Foro Celac – China.

Jake Johnson (2021-12-04). Marking World AIDS Day, Campaigners Warn 'History Is Repeating Itself With Covid'. zcomm.org "In Africa alone, it's estimated up to 12 million people died needlessly in the time it took to make HIV treatment universally available. We cannot allow it to happen again with Covid-19."

John Zarocostas (2021-12-04). [World Report] Hope for nutrition summit as global hunger spikes. thelancet.com As COVID-19, climate change, and conflict drive hunger and malnutrition, the health community looks towards the Nutrition For Growth Summit. John Zarocostas reports.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Lives before profits! Stop the pandemic! wsws.org Ending the COVID-19 pandemic requires rejecting the concept that profit interests must be "balanced" against saving lives.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Two more Minnesota teachers die of COVID-19 as cases approach record highs. wsws.org The measures necessary to stop the spread of the virus—and put a halt to the deaths of teachers and students—can only come through workers developing rank-and-file committees in every workplace and factory in the US and internationally to enforce the shutdown of unsafe facilities and the closure of schools to in-person learning.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Trump hid positive coronavirus test prior to presidential debate with Joe Biden last year. wsws.org Eschewing public health protocols and knowingly risking the lives of those attendance, Trump and his inner circle hid the results of the test and refused to wear masks during the debate.

Emmanuel Saez, Gabriel Zucman (2021-12-04). Keeping Business Alive: The Government Will Pay. indybay.org A buyer-of-last-resort program would alleviate the hardship of workers and businesses. It would maintain the cash flow for families and businesses, so that the coronavirus shock has no secondary impacts on demand — Business activity is on hold today, but with an intravenous cash flow, it can be kept alive until the health crisis is over.

Aarathi Prasad (2021-12-04). [Perspectives] Martin Griffiths: serving communities affected by violence. thelancet.com In 2019, Martin Griffiths, consultant trauma surgeon at Barts Health NHS Trust in London, UK, was appointed the NHS's first Clinical Director for Violence Reduction in London and then National Clinical Director for Violence Reduction for NHS England and NHS Improvement. In both roles, Griffiths leads and coordinates the strategy and delivery of health-led programmes to reduce interpersonal violence. In part, his insights come from his own early life experiences. He describes his younger self as "a very naive but streetwise south London boy" who grew up on a council estate in Lewisham with a single mother who was…

Rita Charon (2021-12-04). [Perspectives] Knowing, seeing, and telling in medicine. thelancet.com Today, we are witnessing a new permeability between the arts and the sciences. Scientists are urged to promote transformative creativity in their trainees. Nobelists credit surprise and the imagination for their insights. The health professions have incorporated the humanities, social sciences, and arts into their curricula to teach relational, cultural, and creative dimensions of health care. Whether artists or scientists, investigators strike out from what is known to brave the unknown in acts of creative discovery.

Richard Horton (2021-12-04). [Comment] Offline: Is democracy good for your health? thelancet.com What is the best political system to protect and advance health? In 2019, Thomas Bollyky, who directs the Global Health Program at the US Council on Foreign Relations, and colleagues reported evidence in The Lancet suggesting that democracies are better than autocracies for delivering gains in health. Advantage America, he seemed to be saying. The argument is superficially convincing. Democracies sharpen the accountability of governments to their citizens. Free and fair elections create incentives for political leaders to pay serious attention to the wellbeing of voters.

Nilly Waiserberg, Paula Feder-Bubis (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Enabling physical activity for people living with disabilities. thelancet.com The call for multi-level action for the promotion of participation of people living with disabilities (PLWD) in physical activity by Kathleen Martin Ginis and colleagues1 underscores the lack of structural opportunities for participation. Health-care workers might provide long-term interventions to PLWD in and throughout life-course stages, with an impact on their lives. These interventions might start early in the rehabilitation process, be they congenital, early-onset, acquired, or later-onset disabilities.

WSWS (2021-12-04). Australia's under-funded healthcare system confronts major nursing shortages. wsws.org After decades of attacks against working conditions, accelerated by the pandemic, 20,000 nurses have resigned this year.

WSWS (2021-12-04). "We should all do this together. We could close Kaiser down!" Operating engineers speak out on two-month strike at Kaiser Permanente. wsws.org There is enormous support for engineers from nurses and other health care workers, but the strike has been systematically isolated by the health care unions.

Sharmila Devi (2021-12-04). [World Report] Health warnings over UNRWA funding shortfall. thelancet.com Experts caution that health services for millions of Palestinian refugees are under threat. Sharmila Devi reports.

WSWS (2021-12-04). At online town hall, Kaiser union officials praise "joint" approach to cost-cutting in tentative agreement. wsws.org At Wednesday's meeting, the first since the deal was announced more than two weeks ago, no rank-and-file workers were allowed to speak or ask questions, a clear indication of the unions' nervousness about opposition to the deal among health care workers.

Kathleen A Martin Ginis, Hidde van der Ploeg, Brett Smith, Byron Lai, Gregory W Heath (2021-12-04). [Correspondence] Enabling physical activity for people living with disabilities — Authors' reply. thelancet.com With interest, we read the Correspondence in response to our recent Series paper,1 all of which raise excellent points regarding the need for greater efforts to advance physical activity participation in children, youth, and adults with disabilities and provide suggestions for doing so.

Tom Shakespeare (2021-12-04). [Perspectives] The many worlds of disability. thelancet.com Jan Grue is a phenomenon in the disability world: a 40-year-old with a congenital muscular atrophy, who is an author of fiction for adults and children and is also Professor of Qualitative Research at the University of Oslo, Norway. In this eagerly awaited book, I Live a Life Like Yours: A Memoir, he tells the story of his life and his daily existence. Grue is expert at capturing sights, sounds, and even smells. The stories he relates are likely to represent the reality for many educated people in high-income countries with lived experience of disability who have stumbled, fallen, and wheeled through school, clin…

Ana Perdigón (2021-12-04). Venezuela Supports CELAC-China Cooperation — President Maduro Calls CELAC Vanguard of Patria Grande. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Félix Plasencia ratified Venezuela's commitment to strengthening bi-regional cooperation between China and Latin America and the Caribbean, to face current post-pandemic challenges. | During his speech at the Third Meeting of Ministers of the CELAC-China Forum this Friday, December 3, Plasencia highlighted the Asian giant's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as a promoter of cooperation of China with Latin America and the Caribbean. | The Venezuelan foreign affairs minister stressed that it is essential to translate into concrete projects the special declaration of the Third Minist…

Juan Cole (2021-12-04). Urgent UN Action needed on Yemen Atrocities to end "Pandemic of Impunity" juancole.com Human rights Watch — (New York) — The United Nations General Assembly should act swiftly to establish an investigative mechanism to gather and preserve evidence of serious human rights abuses and violations of the laws of war in Yemen, a coalition of more than 60 organizations said. Failure to act would not only be a …

Stavroula Pabst (2021-12-03). Flattening the curve or flattening the global poor? How Covid lockdowns obliterate human rights and crush the most vulnerable. thegrayzone.com Marketed as life-saving public health measures, lockdowns triggered death and economic devastation on a global scale while doing little to slow the spread of Covid-19. Now, they're back with a vengeance. In October 2021, it seemed as though the lockdowns that still paralyzed societies from Australia to New Zealand and Singapore were coming to an end, as these countries threw in the "Zero-COVID" towel following a year and a half of rolling restrictions and closures. But with COVID-19 cases rising …

Ana Malinow (2021-12-03). An Obscure Agency Is Threatening to Hand Medicare Over to Wall Street. truthout.org In the face of massive support for Medicare for All and the failure of the U.S.'s for-profit health care system, the inevitable fall of the medical-industrial complex can be predicted, if not with precision, with certainty. Everyone is aware of the impending demise, none more so than those in charge of the for-profit health care system and their supporters in Congress, as evidenced by the frenetic activity at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to transfer the traditional Medicare p…

Ann Brown (2021-12-03). Another Omicron Variant Case In Minnesota Puts America On Notice: 1st Case Of 'Community Transmission',' Traveler Came Home From Anime Convention in NY. moguldom.com A vaccinated Minnesota man, who attended a two-day anime convention at NYC's Javits Center in November, has been confirmed to be the second Omicron variant case in the U.S. The first was announced in California on Dec. 1. While Omicron has yet to be confirmed in New York, Gov. Kathy Hochul has said, "It's coming." The Minnesota …

Ann Brown (2021-12-03). Infectious Disease Doctor: Omicron To Dominate And Overwhelm The World In 3-6 Months. moguldom.com As the global medical community scrambles to figure out how to deal with the latest coronavirus variant, omicron, one infectious disease doctor, has declared that omicron will likely "dominate and overwhelm" the world in six months or less. "Frankly, omicron will dominate and overwhelm the whole world in three to six months," Singapore-based doctor Leong …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-03). Government will stay open — for now. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—As the coronavirus pandemic's Omicron variant landed in the U.S., right-wing Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, wanted to make sure more people are exposed to the modern-day plague. They failed, as lawmakers—with union backing—also voted to keep the federal government going. The three just didn't say so, but exposure …

Newsclick (2021-12-03). 'Omicron' the new Covid-19 variant: What is it all about? peoplesdispatch.org Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and NewClick's Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha discuss the new variant, Omicron. They talk about its origin and the possible spread in the world, threats it poses to the people of the world and whether it can this lead to a third wave in India and other waves in other countries of the world. They also discuss the precautions to contain the new variant.

WSWS (2021-12-03). ECDC warns Omicron variant to become dominant in Europe in a "few months" wsws.org European governments are refusing critical social distancing measures and relying exclusively on vaccinations, which the Omicron variant may largely evade.

WSWS (2021-12-03). Biden offers platitudes while Omicron coronavirus variant spreads in US. wsws.org CDC data indicates that the Omicron variant is at least partially resistant to even a triple-dose of the existing vaccine regimens.

_____ (2021-12-03). Documents Reveal Biden Admin Not Fighting For A Covid Vaccine Patent Waiver. popularresistance.org On November 26, as news of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 stoked alarm around the world, the White House released a statement calling on countries to support an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines. However, this public statement, which garnered numerous headlines, stands in stark contrast with what the Biden administration did‚Äâ—‚Äâor did not do‚Äâ—‚Äâbehind closed doors at the WTO on November 29.

teleSUR (2021-12-03). Argentines To Submit COVID-19 Pass For Attending Close Places. telesurenglish.net Over-13-year-old Argentines will be requested to present a health pass certifying that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend massive events or enter close places from next week. | RELATED: | "Although COVID-19 infection and death rates have not increased much recently, we have to extreme COVID-19 preventive measures due to the appearance of the Omicron strain, which the World Health Organization…

_____ (2021-12-03). Documents Reveal Biden Not Fighting For A Covid Vaccine Patent Waiver. popularresistance.org On November 26, as news of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 stoked alarm around the world, the White House released a statement calling on countries to support an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines. | "I call on the nations gathering next week for the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting to meet the U.S. challenge to waive intellectual property protections for Covid vaccines, so these vaccines can be manufactured globally," said President Joe Biden. "I endorsed this position in April; this news today reiterates the importance of moving on this quickly." | However, this public statement,…

teleSUR (2021-12-03). Vaccine Hoarding Favored Appearance Of Omicron: ALBA Recalls. telesurenglish.net On Friday, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) Secretary-General Sacha Llorenti pointed out that the hoarding of COVID-19 vaccines prompted favorable conditions for the appearance of the Omicron strain. | RELATED: | "The appearance of Omicron was a foreseeable consequence of the hoarding of vaccines by some northern countries," Llorenti said, adding that "not giving priority to vaccinate all vu…

teleSUR (2021-12-03). Presence of Omicron Variant Confirmed by WHO in 38 Countries. telesurenglish.net World Health Organization (WHO) authorities have detected the presence of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 in 38 countries, although the Delta strain continues to be the most prevalent worldwide. | Maria Van Kerkhove, head of health emergencies at the WHO, stated during a press conference from its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland: "So far, omicron has been reported in 38 countries in all six WHO regions, with a significant increase in infections in Africa. But the Delta variant contin…

sputniknews (2021-12-03). Explosive & Nearing Dominance: What the Data Out of South Africa is Telling Us About Omicron. sputniknews.com The omicron variant of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, first identified in South Africa, has quickly spread throughout the world. Cases have emerged in Europe, the United States, Australia, and China. The World Health Organization has labeled it a variant of concern.

Global Research News (2021-12-03). Selected Articles: Omicron Variant Sends Vaccine Makers' Stocks Soaring. globalresearch.ca By In total, 92% of the scientific studies published on the toxicity or ecotoxicity of the world's most widely used pesticid…

Ana Vraƒçar (2021-12-03). Why should health activists care about WTO's agenda? peoplesdispatch.org For the first time in 4 years, trade ministers from the World Trade Organization's (WTO) constituency were supposed to hold an in person meeting in Geneva from November 30 to December 3. The meeting was cancelled at the last minute as European governments started introducing strict travel restrictions because of the Omicron variant — but the agenda the ministers were supposed to discuss remains important in spite of the cancellation. | The WTO meeting was quite out of the ordinary because its relevance was recognized not only by trade activists, but also by those campaigning for the right to health. A great…

Staff (2021-12-03). Haitian Asylum Seekers Held Under Del Rio Bridge Now Face Inhumane Conditions in New Mexico ICE Jail. democracynow.org The world was shocked by images of Haitians whipped by U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback as they sought refuge. Thousands were soon deported, but dozens are now detained in an ICE jail in New Mexico where they face inhumane conditions and lack access to legal services. We speak with a lawyer who describes medical neglect, deteriorating mental and physical health, and poor treatment by the staff. "They cannot get the basic tools and have the basic human contact that they need to save their own lives," says immigration attorney Allegra Love of the El Paso Immigration Collaborative.

teleSUR (2021-12-03). Cuba Celebrates Health Workers on Day of Latin American Medicine. telesurenglish.net On the day commemorating Latin American Medicine, teleSUR English reproduces in full the speech offered by Cuban Minister of Health Jose Angel Portal Miranda to the health workers of Cuba and the region. | Cuba celebrates Latin American Medicine Day every December 3, to commemorate the birth of Cuban epidemiologist Carlos J. Finlay, an occasion to thank doctors, nurses, scientists, and collaborators for their successful efforts against Covid-19.

_____ (2021-12-03). We Have to Stand on Our Ground, the Best Ground from Which to Reach the Stars. popularresistance.org The geographical distribution of low and high-income countries reveals the same old divides. This was the main focus of dossier no. 43 (CoronaShock and Education in Brazil: One and a Half Years Later, August 2021), summarised in our seven theses on the present and future of education in Brazil. These regional and gender inequalities predated the pandemic but have been exacerbated because of the lockdowns. Signs of improvement are not yet visible. Earlier this year, the World Bank and UNESCO noted that, since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, two-thirds of developing countries have cut their education budget…

_____ (2021-12-03). We Have To Stand On Our Ground. popularresistance.org Almost every single child on the planet (over 80% of them) had their education disrupted by the pandemic, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) agency. Though this finding is startling, it was certainly necessary to close schools as the infectious COVID-19 virus tore through society. What has been the impact of that decision on education? In 2017 — before the pandemic — at least 840 million people had no access to electricity, which meant that, for many children, online education was impossible. A third of the global population (2.6 billion people) has no access…

Michael Welch (2021-12-03). "We are in Deep Trouble!" Following the Science behind the COVID Catastrophe. globalresearch.ca

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Stavroula Pabst (2021-12-03). Flattening the curve or flattening the global poor? How Covid lockdowns obliterate human rights and crush the most vulnerable. thegrayzone.com Marketed as life-saving public health measures, lockdowns triggered death and economic devastation on a global scale while doing little to slow the spread of Covid-19. Now, they're back with a vengeance. In October 2021, it seemed as though the lockdowns that still paralyzed societies from Australia to New Zealand and Singapore were coming to an end, as these countries threw in the "Zero-COVID" towel following a year and a half of rolling restrictions and closures. But with COVID-19 cases rising …

Ana Malinow (2021-12-03). An Obscure Agency Is Threatening to Hand Medicare Over to Wall Street. truthout.org In the face of massive support for Medicare for All and the failure of the U.S.'s for-profit health care system, the inevitable fall of the medical-industrial complex can be predicted, if not with precision, with certainty. Everyone is aware of the impending demise, none more so than those in charge of the for-profit health care system and their supporters in Congress, as evidenced by the frenetic activity at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to transfer the traditional Medicare p…

Ana Vraƒçar (2021-12-03). Why should health activists care about WTO's agenda? peoplesdispatch.org For the first time in 4 years, trade ministers from the World Trade Organization's (WTO) constituency were supposed to hold an in person meeting in Geneva from November 30 to December 3. The meeting was cancelled at the last minute as European governments started introducing strict travel restrictions because of the Omicron variant — but the agenda the ministers were supposed to discuss remains important in spite of the cancellation. | The WTO meeting was quite out of the ordinary because its relevance was recognized not only by trade activists, but also by those campaigning for the right to health. A great…

Newsclick (2021-12-03). 'Omicron' the new Covid-19 variant: What is it all about? peoplesdispatch.org Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath and NewClick's Editor-in-Chief Prabir Purkayastha discuss the new variant, Omicron. They talk about its origin and the possible spread in the world, threats it poses to the people of the world and whether it can this lead to a third wave in India and other waves in other countries of the world. They also discuss the precautions to contain the new variant.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-03). Government will stay open — for now. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—As the coronavirus pandemic's Omicron variant landed in the U.S., right-wing Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Roger Marshall, R-Kansas, wanted to make sure more people are exposed to the modern-day plague. They failed, as lawmakers—with union backing—also voted to keep the federal government going. The three just didn't say so, but exposure …

_____ (2021-12-03). Documents Reveal Biden Admin Not Fighting For A Covid Vaccine Patent Waiver. popularresistance.org On November 26, as news of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 stoked alarm around the world, the White House released a statement calling on countries to support an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines. However, this public statement, which garnered numerous headlines, stands in stark contrast with what the Biden administration did‚Äâ—‚Äâor did not do‚Äâ—‚Äâbehind closed doors at the WTO on November 29.

WSWS (2021-12-03). Biden offers platitudes while Omicron coronavirus variant spreads in US. wsws.org CDC data indicates that the Omicron variant is at least partially resistant to even a triple-dose of the existing vaccine regimens.

WSWS (2021-12-03). ECDC warns Omicron variant to become dominant in Europe in a "few months" wsws.org European governments are refusing critical social distancing measures and relying exclusively on vaccinations, which the Omicron variant may largely evade.

_____ (2021-12-03). Documents Reveal Biden Not Fighting For A Covid Vaccine Patent Waiver. popularresistance.org On November 26, as news of the new Omicron variant of Covid-19 stoked alarm around the world, the White House released a statement calling on countries to support an intellectual property waiver for Covid-19 vaccines. | "I call on the nations gathering next week for the World Trade Organization ministerial meeting to meet the U.S. challenge to waive intellectual property protections for Covid vaccines, so these vaccines can be manufactured globally," said President Joe Biden. "I endorsed this position in April; this news today reiterates the importance of moving on this quickly." | However, this public statement,…

Global Research News (2021-12-03). Selected Articles: Omicron Variant Sends Vaccine Makers' Stocks Soaring. globalresearch.ca By In total, 92% of the scientific studies published on the toxicity or ecotoxicity of the world's most widely used pesticid…

Staff (2021-12-03). Haitian Asylum Seekers Held Under Del Rio Bridge Now Face Inhumane Conditions in New Mexico ICE Jail. democracynow.org The world was shocked by images of Haitians whipped by U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback as they sought refuge. Thousands were soon deported, but dozens are now detained in an ICE jail in New Mexico where they face inhumane conditions and lack access to legal services. We speak with a lawyer who describes medical neglect, deteriorating mental and physical health, and poor treatment by the staff. "They cannot get the basic tools and have the basic human contact that they need to save their own lives," says immigration attorney Allegra Love of the El Paso Immigration Collaborative.

_____ (2021-12-03). We Have To Stand On Our Ground. popularresistance.org Almost every single child on the planet (over 80% of them) had their education disrupted by the pandemic, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) agency. Though this finding is startling, it was certainly necessary to close schools as the infectious COVID-19 virus tore through society. What has been the impact of that decision on education? In 2017 — before the pandemic — at least 840 million people had no access to electricity, which meant that, for many children, online education was impossible. A third of the global population (2.6 billion people) has no access…

Michael Welch (2021-12-03). "We are in Deep Trouble!" Following the Science behind the COVID Catastrophe. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-12-03). We Have to Stand on Our Ground, the Best Ground from Which to Reach the Stars. popularresistance.org The geographical distribution of low and high-income countries reveals the same old divides. This was the main focus of dossier no. 43 (CoronaShock and Education in Brazil: One and a Half Years Later, August 2021), summarised in our seven theses on the present and future of education in Brazil. These regional and gender inequalities predated the pandemic but have been exacerbated because of the lockdowns. Signs of improvement are not yet visible. Earlier this year, the World Bank and UNESCO noted that, since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, two-thirds of developing countries have cut their education budget…

VINS (2021-12-03). COVID-19 Concerns Overshadow Pre-Existing Inequalities in Education. projectcensored.org In March 2021, Kate Way reported in Truthout that the urgency to reopen schools ignores fundamental educational inequalities across the United States that existed before the onset of the COVID-19…

Zackery Corley (2021-12-03). America's rural hospitals were already in the red; COVID could finish them. peoplesworld.org In July, the Center for Health Quality and Payment Reform (CHQPR) released a study revealing just how far the decline of hundreds of rural hospitals has gone, many of which could soon be forced to close their doors for good. The study received some media attention in the months since its release, however, most of …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-03). Immune imprinting causes varied patterns of protection against COVID-19 variants. imperial.ac.uk Research shows that the first SARS-CoV-2 spike protein a person encounters, be it by vaccination or infection, shapes their subsequent immune response…

teleSUR (2021-12-03). New Investigations Against Bolsonaro Prompt Citizen Discontent. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the Attorney General's Office (PGR) opened six preliminary investigations involving Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro in criminal acts that occurred since the COVID-19 pandemic began. | RELATED: | The new investigations, which are confidential and involve various ministers and lawmakers, are based on the accusatory elements compiled in a 1,300-page report presented by the Parliamentary Investigative Commission (CP…

Staff (2021-12-03). "The Facility": Meet the Former Prisoner Who Details Fight for His Life Inside ICE Jail During COVID. democracynow.org We go inside a notorious ICE jail at the height of the pandemic to see how people held there spoke out against dangerous conditions, and faced retaliation before they were ultimately released with no notice. Their story is captured in a new documentary called "The Facility." It investigates the inhumane conditions at Irwin County Detention Center using footage from video calls, where cameras installed in cell blocks to enable pay-per-minute video calls "functioned almost like a portal for a moment in and out of a place meant not to be seen in this way," says director, Seth Freed Wessler. "How can your own governm…

WSWS (2021-12-03). UK mother Lisa Diaz faces malicious prosecution for her stand over unsafe, COVID-infested schools. wsws.org "I can't help feeling that they are threatening me because I have been so vocal in speaking out against the spread of COVID in schools and the dangers."

Scott Campbell (2021-12-03). "Autonomy is Everything": Interview with Indigenous Political Prisoner José Antonio Arreola of Nahuatzen. itsgoingdown.org La versión original de esta entrevista en español puede encontrarse aquí. The following is an interview with Indigenous political prisoner José Antonio Arreola Jiménez, one of three political prisoners from the P'urhépecha community of Nahuatzen, Michoacán, currently serving seven-year sentences based on trumped-up charges. The interview was conducted in late November by IGD contributor Scott… The English translation of this in…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-03). David Miles to become top forecaster at UK fiscal watchdog. imperial.ac.uk Professor David Miles has been appointed to one of the most influential roles in UK economic policy.

Bruce Lerro (2021-12-03). The House of Cards of Clinical Psychology. dissidentvoice.org Why is anger a motivation for writing this book? Because the rapid growth and professionalization of my field…has led it to abandon a commitment it made at the inception of that growth. That is to establish mental health base on research findings The practice would ignore the research…Instead, too many mental healthcare professionals rely on …

Peoples Health Dispatch (2021-12-03). The TRIPS waiver proposal is a workplace issue. peoplesdispatch.org

WSWS (2021-12-03). "It's been three years of hell": An air flight attendant's fight to expose Southwest Airlines' poisoning of its workforce. wsws.org Tonya Osborne, an air flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, has suffered multiple autoimmune disorders and other health complications after being subjected to toxic chemicals in her work uniform.

Amy Goodman (2021-12-03). Haitian Asylum Seekers Held Under Bridge Now Face Inhumane ICE Jail Conditions. truthout.org The world was shocked by images of Haitians whipped by U.S. Border Patrol agents on horseback as they sought refuge. Thousands were soon deported, but dozens are now detained in an ICE jail in New Mexico where they face inhumane conditions and lack access to legal services. We speak with a lawyer who describes medical neglect, deteriorating mental and physical health, and poor treatment by the staff. "They cannot get the basic tools and have the basic human contact that they need to save their…

Peoples Health Dispatch (2021-12-03). "Big Pharma should not be the one calling the shots during the pandemic" peoplesdispatch.org Fatima Hassan from Health Justice International talks about the TRIPS waiver proposal, vaccine apartheid, and the WTO's role in pandemic response and recovery…

Monica Cruz (2021-12-03). US Supreme Court might sabotage abortion access nationally. peoplesdispatch.org The right to abortion is under imminent threat as the Supreme Court begins deliberations on a case which may chart the path to overturn the landmark ruling in Roe V. Wade, which established a constitutional right to abortion in 1973. On December 1, the court heard arguments in the case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which examines the constitutionality of a Mississippi state law banning abortions after the fifteenth week of pregnancy, except in cases of medical emergencies or fetal abnormalities. The six justices who make up the conservative majority in the court have expressed favorability towards…

_____ (2021-12-03). International Call For New Year's Eve Noise Demonstrations. popularresistance.org This is a call for a night of strong solidarity with those imprisoned by the state. Historically, New Year's Eve is one of the noisiest nights of the year. This year, most of which has been consumed by a global pandemic, we encourage folks to take whatever measures are necessary to insure individual and community well-being, in response to both the virus and the state, understanding the balance each of us must strike for ourselves. Given our current reality, on New Year's Eve gather your crew, collective, community, organization, or just yourself to raise a racket and remind those on the inside that they are not…

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-03). We have to stand on our ground, the best ground from which to reach the stars: The Forty-Eighth Newsletter (2021). mronline.org During the pandemic, socialist projects—such as those of LDF government in Kerala, the Cuban educational programmes, and the MST literacy campaign—are flourishing, while other governments cut their educational funding. 'It's always time to learn', says the MST literacy programme, but this adage is not in use everywhere.

Raúl Zibechi (2021-12-03). Mujeres de Frente: Resistencia y dignidad. globalizacion.ca Una de las alegrías profundas que me ha deparado la pandemia, pese a todos los dolores, es haber conocido a nuevas organizaciones, siempre abajo y a la izquierda, en diversos países de nuestra América. Teia dos Povos (Red de Pueblos)…

Gerardo Villagrán del Corral (2021-12-03). México — Tres años de transformaciones con apoyo ciudadano, pandemia mediante. globalizacion.ca El presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador estableció frente a más de 100 mil conciudadanos concentrados en la Plaza del Zócalo en Ciudad de México que lo más importante es que en los primeros tres años de gobierno, se han sentado…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-03). Chemical kitchens and choosing mates: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-12-02). Venezuela: Maduro Reinforces Vaccination Over Omicron Variant, Condemns Western 'Political' Response. venezuelanalysis.com The United Nations also criticized Western nations for imposing a "travel apartheid" against southern Africa following the Omicron Covid-19 variant appearance.

WSWS (2021-12-02). Omicron COVID-19 variant detected in the United States. wsws.org The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed an individual residing in San Francisco who recently returned from South Africa was positive for the Omicron variant.

teleSUR (2021-12-02). Cuba Works on Vaccines Against New COVID-19 Variant. telesurenglish.net Eduardo Martinez, president of BioCubaFarma, announced on Wednesday, Dec. 1, that Cuban scientists are working to develop a new variant of vaccines to strike strains like Omicron of the Coronavirus. | RELATED: | Martinez stated that research had been carried out regarding the behavior of the new COVID strain, and they are working to achieve results as soon as possible. | "If necessary, we will develop it in a s…

Staff (2021-12-02). àìmicron se desparrama en las principales ciudades brasileñas. cubadebate.cu El secretario de Salud de la Alcaldía de San Pablo, Edson Aparecido, dijo hoy que "no se descarta" la posibilidad de que la variante Omicron haya comenzado a dispersarse por esa metrópolis de 12 millones de habitantes. Ante el riesgo de un rebrote de la pandemia San Pablo determinó que dos hospitales sean preparados para recibir sólo enfermos de coronavirus con esta cepa.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-02). The Covid-19 Omicron Variant: Towards a Fourth Wave Lockdown? Pretext to Introduce New Repressive Policy Measures. globalresearch.ca Global Research is the object of censorship. | Please forward this article to friends and colleagues, post on your blog and on social media. *** | Both the governments and the media in chorus are now engaged in a …

Staff (2021-12-02). Headlines for December 2, 2021. democracynow.org Supreme Court's Conservatives Signal Support for Mississippi Anti-Abortion Law , U.S. Detects Omicron Coronavirus Variant in California, U.N. Chief Blasts "Travel Apartheid" as Nations Deny Entry to Africans Over Omicron Variant, Russia Expels Some US Ambassadors as Blinken Warns Russia Against Invading Ukraine, Burmese Military Helicopters Attack Villagers in Region Where Resistance to Coup Remains Strong, Women's Tennis Association Suspends Tournaments in China Over Peng Shuai Case, 15-Year-Old Suspect in Michigan High School Shooting to be Tried as an Adult, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams to Run for Governor i…

Global Research News (2021-12-02). Selected Articles: Doctor Who First Discovered Omicron Variant Says It's "Mild," Hasn't Caused Uptick in Hospitalizations. globalresearch.ca By For no good reason, the world is cringing at the news of the OMICRON mutation of the Covid-19 coronavirus even though data on its infectiveness …

Peter Boyle (2021-12-02). Omicron a reminder that global solidarity is needed to overcome COVID-19. greenleft.org.au We are now seeing blowback from global vaccine apartheid in the form of a new COVID-19 variant, writes Peter Boyle, but once again, the world's richest countries are responding by shutting their doors to poorer nations.

teleSUR (2021-12-02). Countries Increase Restrictions Against Omicron COVID Variant. telesurenglish.net Countries are once again closing borders and imposing restrictions on certain regions due to the threat of spread. | Omicron was in the Netherlands before South Africa identified its first cases, say Dutch officials, yet the variant was used to justify EU and U.S. travel bans against countries in southern Africa, which the WHO condemned as penalizing countries who reported it.

William Rivers Pitt (2021-12-02). With Omicron in US, GOP Hard-Liners Are Still Trying to Thwart Vaccine Mandates. truthout.org Stop me if you've heard this one before: The current federal spending agreement that funds many operations of government is set to expire at midnight on Friday. Absent a new deal, or at least a vote to kick the can down the road a bit, much of the federal government will shut down, again. M*A*S*H didn't get this many reruns. | The last one ran 35 days, from December 22, 2018, to January 25, 2019, and happened because then-President Donald Trump wanted to staple funding for his draconian bor…

The Socialist Program (2021-12-02). Why China Succeeded and the U.S. Failed to Beat COVID. liberationnews.org What can we learn about how different countries have handled the pandemic, and the radically different outcomes they produced?>

WSWS (2021-12-02). New Zealand opposition picks new right-wing leader. wsws.org The National Party's leadership turmoil reflects pressure from the ruling class to ditch all COVID-19 restrictions and conflicts over how closely to align with US war preparations against China.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-02). How Dr. Fauci, Bill Gates and Big Pharma Destroyed U.S. Public Health. libya360.wordpress.com Mision Verdad The success or failure in the management of the covid-19 pandemic is reflected in the number of infections and deaths from the disease. Although it was expected that the crisis would generate a change in the dynamics of relations between countries, even in internal management, what was observed was the projection of a…

Peter Certo (2021-12-02). Greed Is Prolonging the Pandemic. fpif.org Stop me if this sounds familiar. | It's been kind of a hard year, but I felt optimistic about the holidays. My wife and I had just scheduled our COVID-19 boosters. Even better, we'd been able to get our young child vaccinated. | We imagined a cautious return to simple family pleasures like indoor dining — and maybe playdates at indoor play centers during the long Midwestern winter. Maybe we'd even test our kid's appetite for air travel and visit relatives in different parts of the country. | Then — another COVID-19 variant. Possible breakthrough infections. Travel bans and tumbling stock markets. And…

teleSUR (2021-12-02). Rio De Janeiro Extends Requirement Of 'Vaccination Passport'. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Rio de Janeiro Municipality decided that the control of COVID-19 vaccination certificates will be mandatory for several establishments that provide services to citizens. | RELATED: | People over 12 years of age must present the "vaccination passport" to enter places such as stadiums, gyms, swimming pools, training centers, clubs, museums, exhibitions, aquariums, amusement parks, conference sites, fairs, bars, re…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-02). Lebron James Has Covid After 2 Jabs, Will Miss Several Games. moguldom.com LeBron James may be the highest-profile athlete to test positive for covid-19 with a breakthrough infection after being vaccinated. James missed the Los Angeles Lakers' game on Tuesday and will remain out indefinitely after entering the NBA's health and safety protocols. NBA teams have left public disclosure of covid test results to players, the Washington …

teleSUR (2021-12-02). US Judge Blocks Biden's Vaccine Mandate For Health Workers. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Judge Terry Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday to temporarily block President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate, which requires certain health workers across the country to be vaccinated against COVID-19. | RELATED: | "There is no question that mandating a vaccine to 10.3 million health care workers is something that should be done…

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2021-12-02: News Headlines

The Socialist Program (2021-12-02). Why China Succeeded and the U.S. Failed to Beat COVID. liberationnews.org What can we learn about how different countries have handled the pandemic, and the radically different outcomes they produced?>

Peter Boyle (2021-12-02). Omicron a reminder that global solidarity is needed to overcome COVID-19. greenleft.org.au We are now seeing blowback from global vaccine apartheid in the form of a new COVID-19 variant, writes Peter Boyle, but once again, the world's richest countries are responding by shutting their doors to poorer nations.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-02). The Covid-19 Omicron Variant: Towards a Fourth Wave Lockdown? Pretext to Introduce New Repressive Policy Measures. globalresearch.ca Global Research is the object of censorship. | Please forward this article to friends and colleagues, post on your blog and on social media. *** | Both the governments and the media in chorus are now engaged in a …

Staff (2021-12-02). àìmicron se desparrama en las principales ciudades brasileñas. cubadebate.cu El secretario de Salud de la Alcaldía de San Pablo, Edson Aparecido, dijo hoy que "no se descarta" la posibilidad de que la variante Omicron haya comenzado a dispersarse por esa metrópolis de 12 millones de habitantes. Ante el riesgo de un rebrote de la pandemia San Pablo determinó que dos hospitales sean preparados para recibir sólo enfermos de coronavirus con esta cepa.

Global Research News (2021-12-02). Selected Articles: Doctor Who First Discovered Omicron Variant Says It's "Mild," Hasn't Caused Uptick in Hospitalizations. globalresearch.ca By For no good reason, the world is cringing at the news of the OMICRON mutation of the Covid-19 coronavirus even though data on its infectiveness …

WSWS (2021-12-02). Omicron COVID-19 variant detected in the United States. wsws.org The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed an individual residing in San Francisco who recently returned from South Africa was positive for the Omicron variant.

Staff (2021-12-02). Headlines for December 2, 2021. democracynow.org Supreme Court's Conservatives Signal Support for Mississippi Anti-Abortion Law , U.S. Detects Omicron Coronavirus Variant in California, U.N. Chief Blasts "Travel Apartheid" as Nations Deny Entry to Africans Over Omicron Variant, Russia Expels Some US Ambassadors as Blinken Warns Russia Against Invading Ukraine, Burmese Military Helicopters Attack Villagers in Region Where Resistance to Coup Remains Strong, Women's Tennis Association Suspends Tournaments in China Over Peng Shuai Case, 15-Year-Old Suspect in Michigan High School Shooting to be Tried as an Adult, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams to Run for Governor i…

Peter Certo (2021-12-02). Greed Is Prolonging the Pandemic. fpif.org Stop me if this sounds familiar. | It's been kind of a hard year, but I felt optimistic about the holidays. My wife and I had just scheduled our COVID-19 boosters. Even better, we'd been able to get our young child vaccinated. | We imagined a cautious return to simple family pleasures like indoor dining — and maybe playdates at indoor play centers during the long Midwestern winter. Maybe we'd even test our kid's appetite for air travel and visit relatives in different parts of the country. | Then — another COVID-19 variant. Possible breakthrough infections. Travel bans and tumbling stock markets. And…

WSWS (2021-12-02). New Zealand opposition picks new right-wing leader. wsws.org The National Party's leadership turmoil reflects pressure from the ruling class to ditch all COVID-19 restrictions and conflicts over how closely to align with US war preparations against China.

Jake Johnson (2021-12-02). Sanders Demands WTO Approve Vaccine Patent Waiver. zcomm.org "Let us be clear: to deny lifesaving healthcare anytime, but particularly during a global health crisis, is unacceptable."

Leo Crnogorcevic (2021-12-02). Victoria's pandemic bill: Better framework, but not faultless. greenleft.org.au Controversy has surrounded Victoria's Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021. Leo Crnogorcevic breaks down the bill and how should progressives respond to it.

WSWS (2021-12-02). "It's a no vote from me and many others!" Opposition continues to grow at Kaiser Permanente to sellout contract. wsws.org Opposition continues to grow among health care workers at Kaiser Permanente to a sellout tentative agreement reached between management and the Alliance of Health Care Unions.

Carolina V N Coll, Thiago M Santos, Karen Devries, Felicia Knaul, Flavia Bustreo, Anne Gatuguta, Gbenankpon Mathias Houvessou, Aluísio J D Barros (2021-12-02). Identifying the women most vulnerable to intimate partner violence: A decision tree analysis from 48 low and middle-income countries. thelancet.com Starting with well-known predictors of IPV, the decision-tree approach provides important insights about subpopulations of women where IPV prevalence is high. This information can help designing targeted interventions. For a large proportion of women who experienced IPV, however, no particular risk factors were identified, emphasizing the need for population wide approaches conducted in parallel, including changing social norms, strengthening laws and policies supporting gender equality and women ¥s rights as well as guaranteeing women ¥s access to justice systems and comprehensive health services.

WSWS (2021-12-02). "The laws are ultimately censorship"—SEP electoral members support campaign against Australia's anti-democratic legislation. wsws.org "The government does not care about the health and wellbeing of the population; they just want to keep the economy 'healthy'"

WSWS (2021-12-02). Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz and Germany's federal states reject necessary pandemic restrictions. wsws.org All the parties in the new coalition government to be headed by Scholz are aggressively pursuing the "profits before lives" policies that have already resulted in more than 100,000 deaths in Germany alone and are creating an ever-expanding catastrophe.

WSWS (2021-12-02). Philippine government ramps up campaign for "living with the virus" wsws.org Like capitalist governments around the world, the Duterte administration aims to force workers to "live with the virus" and remove all barriers to the profit-making of the capitalist class.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-02). Nature-based solutions can mitigate impact of climate change on agriculture. imperial.ac.uk Nature-based solutions can play a crucial role in limiting the effects of climate change on the agricultural sector according to a new report.

_____ (2021-12-01). WHO Stands With African Nations And Calls For Borders To Remain Open. popularresistance.org As a growing number of countries impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concerns over the new Omicron variant, World Health Organization (WHO) urges countries to follow science and the International Health Regulations (2005). | Travel restrictions may play a role in slightly reducing the spread of COVID-19 but place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods. If restrictions are implemented, they should not be unnecessarily invasive or intrusive, and should be scientifically based, according to the International Health Regulations which is a legally binding instrument of international law recognized b…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-01). Federal Reserve's Jerome Powell Taps Out On Inflation, Now Admits Inflation Isn't Transitionary, Will Remain High. moguldom.com Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who repeatedly downplayed the risk of inflation earlier in 2021, now says he is retiring the word "transitory" to describe the inflationary outlook and believes that the omicron variant could threaten the U.S. economy. Speaking to Congress on Tuesday, Nov. 30, Powell acknowledged the growing risk of more persistent inflation …

Peter Certo (2021-12-01). In OtherWords: December 1, 2021. otherwords.org Markets crashed again over the weekend as reports of a new COVID-19 variant cropped up first in South Africa and then in countries all over the world. Already it's been spotted in California. | By now the cycle of relief and uncertainty feels very familiar. We don't yet know how serious the Omicron variant will be, but one thing is for certain: The longer this virus circulates, the more variants we'll see. | In other words, the vast vaccination gaps between richer and poorer countries are putting all of us at risk — even those of us who are already vaccinated. This week, I explain how overcoming corporate g…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-01). CDC: Omicron Variant Confirmed In California. moguldom.com The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified the first U.S. case of the heavily mutated omicron variant in California. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical advisor to the White House, said a fully vaccinated person had just returned from traveling in South Africa to the San Francisco area on Nov. 22 and tested …

Brendan Taylor (2021-12-01). Australia Will Not Return to Lockdown in Wake of Omicron Variant: PM. asia-pacificresearch.com

Dean Baker (2021-12-01). Yes Folks, Omicron Can be Blamed on Patent Monopolies. cepr.net The development of the new variant, which was first discovered in South Africa, can be attributed to our failure to open-source our vaccines and freely transfer technology, contrary to claims from the pharmaceutical industry and its political allies. Their big talking point is that South Africa currently has more vaccines than it can effectively use …

WSWS (2021-12-01). As winter wave of COVID-19 infections looms, Canada's political elite plans to let Omicron variant rip through population. wsws.org The travel history of the five Omicron cases in Canada, four of which are in Ontario and one in Quebec, suggests that the variant has been spreading widely throughout Africa for some time. All five, none of whom are related, returned from Nigeria via Montreal.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Omicron variant exposes "vaccine only" strategy to combat COVID-19. wsws.org The Omicron variant has shattered the lie that the pandemic can be ended without a globally-coordinated strategy aimed at the elimination and eradication of Sars-CoV-2.

Staff (2021-12-01). Headlines for December 1, 2021. democracynow.org Omicron Detected in Europe Days Before South Africa Reported Variant; FDA Endorses Merck COVID Pill, Michigan High Schooler Kills 3 Other Students in Shooting Rampage, Mark Meadows to Testify Before House Jan. 6 Cmte, Panel Pursues Jeffrey Clark Contempt Charges | , U.S. Removes FARC From Terror Blacklist, HRW: Taliban Have Killed or Disappeared 100+ Ex-Afghan Security Forces Since August, German Court Convicts Ex-Member of Islamic State For Genocide of Iraq's Yazidi Community, France Inducts Josephine Baker into Pantheon As Far-Right, Racist Pundit Announces Presidential Bid, Rep. Ilhan Omar Shares Violent, Isla…

WSWS (2021-12-01). African National Congress rejects new measures to counter South Africa's Omicron variant surge. wsws.org South Africa's third wave was the result of inadequate safety measures implemented by the governments around the world in the interest of reopening the economy. President Ramaphosa is now declaring that even those limited mitigation measures are unacceptable.

Suresh V Kuchipudi (2021-12-01). Will Omicron be more contagious than Delta? asiatimes.com A new variant named Omicron (B.1.1.529) was reported by researchers in South Africa on November 24, 2021, and designated a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization two days later. Omicron is very unusual in that it is by far the most heavily mutated variant yet of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The …

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-01). Moderna Vaccine CEO: Omicron Variant Is Much More Infectious Than Delta, Vaccine Efficacy Has Likely Dropped. moguldom.com Vaccine efficacy for the highly contagious omicron variant has likely dropped, but a full review of its impact will not be known for at least two weeks after data has been collected and analyzed, said Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel in an interview with CNBC's "Squawk Box". The covid omicron variant is on track to become …

WSWS (2021-12-01). Australian governments respond to Omicron with homicidal "herd immunity" policies. wsws.org Government officials and sections of the corporate media have said they hope the new mutation spreads, based on unsubstantiated assertions that it "may be" less lethal.

Peoples Health Dispatch (2021-12-01). People's movements, trade unions, and left parties join hands demanding TRIPS waiver on COVID-19 medical products. peoplesdispatch.org After the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference was called off following the discovery of the Omicron variant, trade unions, civil society organizations and parties on the left ramped up actions in favor of a TRIPS waiver for Covid-19 medical products…

Sameena Rahman (2021-12-01). Omicron variant exposes danger of global vaccine apartheid. liberationnews.org The pandemic continues to drag on with no end in sight, in large part due to the extreme global inequality in the availability of the vaccine.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-01). Philly 76ers NBA Star: I Didn't Think I Would Make It When I Got Covid. moguldom.com Cameroonian Joel Embiid made his long-awaited return to professional basketball with the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday, Nov. 27, after coming down with covid-19 and missing nine games, only two of which the Sixers won. Embiid, who is vaccinated, said that that he thought he would not make it when he got sick with covid and …

WSWS (2021-12-01). Army general to lead Germany's coronavirus crisis response team. wsws.org The decision to put a general in charge of its COVID-19 crisis team permits only one conclusion: the German government in waiting does not regard the pandemic as a medical problem, but rather as a security issue.

Staff (2021-12-01). "The Viral Underclass": COVID-19 and AIDS Show What Happens When Inequality and Disease Collide. democracynow.org As December 1 marks World AIDS Day, we look at the pandemic that preceded COVID-19 and how recorded deaths of complications from the coronavirus this year have surpassed those of HIV/AIDS in the United States. The head of UNAIDS has warned the COVID-19 pandemic may result in an increase in infections and deaths from HIV and AIDS. Both viruses disproportionately impacted vulnerable minority communities. Although treatment rollout for HIV/AIDS was uniquely inhibited by homophobia, racism, and sexism, it was also plagued by corporate greed and U.S. exceptionalism. "We're seeing very similar dynamics again now with C…

William Rivers Pitt (2021-12-01). My Daughter Was Exposed to COVID. Thank Goodness She Was Vaccinated. truthout.org The fear arrived in late February 2020, and has remained, in one form or another, ever since. Remained? It puts its feet up on the coffee table and hogs the comforter so I can't sleep. The mask, the distancing, the hand sanitizer, the bellowing silence of isolation, the lengthening list of restaurants and bars I loved that are gone now and forever, and the sickened, and the dead. Always the dead. Almost a thousand again today, with 86,000 new infections. It must be Wednesday. | I've been quietly waitin…

WSWS (2021-12-01). Indigenous people in Australia twice as likely to be infected with COVID-19. wsws.org The increasing number of infections and deaths in indigenous communities was both predicted and preventable, but the warnings of health experts and community leaders were ignored.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Referendum in Switzerland: A vote for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Amid an explosive new coronavirus wave, a clear 62 percent majority in Switzerland voted on Sunday to keep the COVID-19 law in place.

WSWS (2021-12-01). As COVID-19 cases surge throughout Ohio, Republican-controlled state senate holds a hearing on antivaccine bill. wsws.org Following the trend in the Midwest and Upstate New York, cases are resurging through Ohio after a brief respite, and hospital admissions are once more climbing.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Growing outrage among Australian teachers and parents over school COVID infections. wsws.org Opposition to school reopenings is a significant element in the wider hostility toward the political establishment and its callous indifference to the lives and well-being of working people that Australia's new electoral laws are designed to silence.

_____ (2021-12-01). Amid Overdose Crisis, Public Health Groups Urge Congress To Pass Life-Saving Bills. popularresistance.org Two weeks after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released sobering statistics showing a record-breaking number of drug overdoses in the U.S. in the first year of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 260 advocacy groups called on lawmakers Tuesday to urgently pass public health proposals to mitigate the crisis. | Led by the Drug Policy Alliance, People's Action, the National Harm Reduction Coalition, and VOCAL-NY, the organizations said the unprecedented number of overdoses in the 12-month period ending in April 2021 was "grim, but not unexpected" considering the criminalization of drug use in the Uni…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-12-01). Former OSHA chiefs insist court reinstate anti-virus standards. peoplesworld.org CINCINNATI—Three former Occupational Safety and Health Administration chiefs, under both Democratic and Republican administrations, want the federal appeals court in Cincinnati to reinstate the agency's Emergency Temporary Standard that forces firms to protect their workers and customers against the coronavirus. Represented by lawyers for Public Citizen, Dr. David Michaels—Barack Obama's OSHA chief for his whole …

WSWS (2021-12-01). Rise in coronavirus outbreaks in German workplaces. wsws.org Alongside the health authorities and company managements, the trade unions and their affiliated works councils ensure that infection rates are concealed and business operations continue as workers fall ill.

Nora Barrows-Friedman (2021-12-01). Major Canadian academic group rejects Israel lobby's anti-Semitism definition. electronicintifada.net Scholars must be able to critique states without fear of outside political influence, association says.

scorinoco (2021-12-01). Barbados Has Thrown Off Its Colonial Shackles, Now the Real Change Must Come. orinocotribune.com By Kareem Smith — Nov 26, 2021 | Barbados has removed the Queen as its head of state, as it begins a new national journey to remove any lingering British influence. | Barbados has completed its transition to a republican system of government. From 30 November, which marks

_____ (2021-12-01). Amid Overdose Crisis, 260+ Public Health Groups Urge Congress To Pass Life-Saving Bills. popularresistance.org Led by the Drug Policy Alliance, People's Action, the National Harm Reduction Coalition, and VOCAL-NY, the organizations said the unprecedented number of overdoses in the 12-month period ending in April 2021 was "grim, but not unexpected" considering the criminalization of drug use in the United States and lack of resources for people with drug use disorders. "Criminalization has perpetuated stigma against people who use drugs, creating an environment where individuals have a more difficult time accessing the health services and support they need," wrote the groups in a letter to House and Senate leaders.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Rise in cornonavirus outbreaks in German workplaces. wsws.org Alongside the health authorities and company managements, the trade unions and their affiliated works councils ensure that infection rates are concealed and business operations continue as workers fall ill.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-01). UNRWA employees across West Asia to go on strike as agency faces funds crunch. peoplesdispatch.org The UNRWA provides critical services and assistance to Palestinian refugees across the region through its food distribution initiatives, schools, health centers and other social programs…

_____ (2021-12-01). Craig Murray Is A Free Man. popularresistance.org Craig Murray was released from Saughton Prison on Tuesday. This is what he was imprisoned for: | Craig Murray, an ex-British ambassador and blogger, has been sentenced to eight months in prison after being found guilty in March of contempt of court during the 2020 trial of former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond. He was given three weeks to turn himself into police, pending his appeal. Judge Lady Dorrian issued the sentence, she said, despite Murray's health issues. | Murray faced up to two years in prison and unlimited fines. | Murray must surrender his passport making it impossible to travel to Spain on May…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-01). General strike planned against growing waste crisis in Sfax region in Tunisia. peoplesdispatch.org The waste crisis which has been ongoing for several months was further aggravated by the reopening of a controversial landfill by the authorities in defiance of court orders, giving rise to environmental and public health concerns…

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Peoples Health Dispatch (2021-12-01). People's movements, trade unions, and left parties join hands demanding TRIPS waiver on Covid-19 medical products. peoplesdispatch.org After the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference was called off following the discovery of the Omicron variant, trade unions, civil society organizations and parties on the left ramped up actions in favor of a TRIPS waiver for Covid-19 medical products…

Suresh V Kuchipudi (2021-12-01). Will Omicron be more contagious than Delta? asiatimes.com A new variant named Omicron (B.1.1.529) was reported by researchers in South Africa on November 24, 2021, and designated a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization two days later. Omicron is very unusual in that it is by far the most heavily mutated variant yet of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. The …

WSWS (2021-12-01). Omicron variant exposes "vaccine only" strategy to combat COVID-19. wsws.org The Omicron variant has shattered the lie that the pandemic can be ended without a globally-coordinated strategy aimed at the elimination and eradication of Sars-CoV-2.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Australian governments respond to Omicron with homicidal "herd immunity" policies. wsws.org Government officials and sections of the corporate media have said they hope the new mutation spreads, based on unsubstantiated assertions that it "may be" less lethal.

WSWS (2021-12-01). As winter wave of COVID-19 infections looms, Canada's political elite plans to let Omicron variant rip through population. wsws.org The travel history of the five Omicron cases in Canada, four of which are in Ontario and one in Quebec, suggests that the variant has been spreading widely throughout Africa for some time. All five, none of whom are related, returned from Nigeria via Montreal.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Army general to lead Germany's coronavirus crisis response team. wsws.org The decision to put a general in charge of its COVID-19 crisis team permits only one conclusion: the German government in waiting does not regard the pandemic as a medical problem, but rather as a security issue.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Growing outrage among Australian teachers and parents over school COVID infections. wsws.org Opposition to school reopenings is a significant element in the wider hostility toward the political establishment and its callous indifference to the lives and well-being of working people that Australia's new electoral laws are designed to silence.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Indigenous people in Australia twice as likely to be infected with COVID-19. wsws.org The increasing number of infections and deaths in indigenous communities was both predicted and preventable, but the warnings of health experts and community leaders were ignored.

WSWS (2021-12-01). As COVID-19 cases surge throughout Ohio, Republican-controlled state senate holds a hearing on antivaccine bill. wsws.org Following the trend in the Midwest and Upstate New York, cases are resurging through Ohio after a brief respite, and hospital admissions are once more climbing.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Referendum in Switzerland: A vote for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org Amid an explosive new coronavirus wave, a clear 62 percent majority in Switzerland voted on Sunday to keep the COVID-19 law in place.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Rise in coronavirus outbreaks in German workplaces. wsws.org Alongside the health authorities and company managements, the trade unions and their affiliated works councils ensure that infection rates are concealed and business operations continue as workers fall ill.

WSWS (2021-12-01). Rise in cornonavirus outbreaks in German workplaces. wsws.org Alongside the health authorities and company managements, the trade unions and their affiliated works councils ensure that infection rates are concealed and business operations continue as workers fall ill.

Moderator (2021-11-30). Congress 'Asleep at the Switch' as Biden Continues Trump-Era Ploy to Privatize Medicare. scheerpost.com By Jake Johnson / Common Dreams A Trump-era pilot program that could result in the complete privatization of traditional Medicare in a matter of years is moving ahead under the Biden administration, a development that—despite its potentially massive implications for patients across the U.S.—has received scant attention from the national press or Congress. On Tuesday, a group of …

Jake Johnson (2021-11-30). Biden Is Quietly Continuing a Trump-Era Ploy to Privatize Medicare. truthout.org A Trump-era pilot program that could result in the On Tuesday, a group of physicians from around the nation will tr…

Staff (2021-11-30). Headlines for November 30, 2021. democracynow.org World Health Organization Warns of "Very High" Risk Posed by Omicron Variant, Nurses Demand COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver; China Pledges 1 Billion Doses for Africa, Centers for Disease Control Strengthens Vaccine Booster Recommendation for Adults, Federal Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers in 10 States, Pentagon to Investigate U.S. Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians in Syria, Iran Demands Sanctions Relief as Talks on Revived Nuclear Deal Resume in Vienna, Majority of Australian Parliament Workers Face Bullying, Sexual Harassment or Assault, Ghislaine Maxwell Sex Trafficking Trial Gets Und…

Ann Brown (2021-11-30). Washington State Hospital Association CEO: Almost No Chance Omicron Variant Is Not In America. moguldom.com Eighteen countries have already confirmed cases of the "omicron" covid-19 variant. Although there have been no reported cases in the U.S. yet, a Washington State Hospital Association executive says there is no chance that the variant isn't already in the country. "I think all of our panelists and I agree wholeheartedly that Omicron is in the …

WSWS (2021-11-30). German government rejects lockdown despite spread of Omicron variant. wsws.org Last weekend alone, 80 people from Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia were flown out to the north and west of the country by air force troop carriers for treatment.

teleSUR (2021-11-30). Omicron COVID-19 Variant Poses Downside Risks To US Economy. telesurenglish.net On Monday afternoon, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant pose downside risks to U.S. employment and economic activity and increased uncertainty for inflation. | RELATED: | "Greater concerns about the virus could reduce people's willingness to work in person, which would slow progress in the labor market and intensify supply-chain disrup…

WSWS (2021-11-30). Markets bounce back after Omicron shock as governments decide to let it rip. wsws.org Notwithstanding the rebound, Friday's sharp fall again underscored the fragility of the entire financial system and its dependence on the flow of cheap money from the world's central banks.

WSWS (2021-11-30). G7 health ministers agree to do nothing over Omicron variant threat. wsws.org The Omicron variant has been detected in at least 17 countries, including five of the G7 nations. The US is one of the exceptions, likely due to its poor testing system.

teleSUR (2021-11-30). WHO Assembly Seeks 'Pandemic Treaty' Amid Omicron Concerns. telesurenglish.net On Monday, a special session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) kicked off amid growing concerns over the latest Omicron coronavirus variant, where the participants aim to negotiate a new "pandemic treaty." | RELATED: | The WHA May session this year decided to set up a working group to consider the findings and recommendations of a number of panels and committees on global preparedness for and response to COVID-19 before starting t…

Sam Pizzigati (2021-11-30). What's That 'Surtax' Doing in Build Back Better? zcomm.org Congress may soon be delivering America's awesomely affluent an unpleasant tax-time surprise…

Stewart Player (2021-11-30). Britain: Health and Care Bill — integration or imperialism? greenleft.org.au Britain's Health and Care Bill, which will undermine the country's National Health System, was effectively designed and fast-tracked by US insurer UnitedHealth, write Stewart Player and Bob Gill.

_____ (2021-11-30). Protests Demanding Affordable Housing Surge In The Netherlands. popularresistance.org On Sunday, November 28, housing rights groups and other progressive sections in the Dutch city of Groningen marched under the banner #Woonstrijd to protest the acute housing crisis in the city. Various groups including Shelter Our Students (SOS), International Socialists Groningen, New Communist Party of the Netherlands (NCPN), Communist Youth Movement (CJB), RED Groningen, Young Socialists Groningen, Democratic Academy Groningen, Groningen Feminist Network, and others, participated in the march while adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. The protesters demanded a radical housing policy from the authorities whic…

_____ (2021-11-30). These Tortilla Workers Walked Out And Won A Day Off Work. popularresistance.org Chicago —‚ÄâFood production workers at El Milagro, one of Chicago's most popular tortilla companies, join with community allies for a Day of the Dead vigil Nov. 2, 2021, in honor of five coworkers who died after contracting Covid-19 on the job. With candles and sugar skulls outside the company's flagship taqueria in the Little Village neighborhood on the city's Southwest Side, workers and supporters spoke about their ongoing standoff with management‚Äâ—‚Äâand their demands for justice on the job. | "We're here to remember our coworkers, friends and lo…

A Guest Author (2021-11-30). Venezuela's mega-elections: Despite U.S. sanctions, COVID and economic crisis, Chavismo wins majority of states. workers.org By William Camacaro and Frederick Mills Caracas, Venezuela This slightly edited article first appeared on the Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) website on Nov. 22 at tinyurl.com/2p8n6n87. The article was updated on Nov. 23. Translations into English are by the authors. Venezuelans celebrate Chavismo 2021 electoral victories. On Sunday, Nov. . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-30). Belgian organizations protest spike in violence against women. peoplesdispatch.org According to a recent report by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), partner violence in families has shot up during the COVID-19 pandemic. 18 femicides have been recorded in Belgium since the beginning of 2021…

Global Research News (2021-11-30). Selected Articles: 13 Year-old Canadian Girl Took the COVID-19 Vaccine. "Try Not to Cry, Her Heart Stopped and Now She Is in Critical Condition" globalresearch.ca By In an exclusive interview w…

Dominic Ruck Keene (2021-11-30). Grace period in a time of Covid. ukhumanrightsblog.com In R (Babbage) v The Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 2995 (Admin), the Claimant applied for judicial review, claiming that his immigration detention from 27 February 2020 to 29 April 2021 had been unlawful and/or that there was a public law error relating to the delay in the provision of s.4 …

WSWS (2021-11-30). Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new pandemic record. wsws.org Hospitalizations of those infected with coronavirus reached a record high of 4,185 people across the state of Michigan on Monday.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-30). Global nurses coalition demands investigation against COVID-19 criminals. peoplesdispatch.org Nurses from 28 countries have filed a complaint in the UN alleging human rights violations by EU, UK, Norway, Switzerland, and Singapore for 'the loss of countless lives' in the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Quebec government left seniors' homes unprotected at start of COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org "It's not just science that decides," said Quebec's director of public health, Horacio Arruda, in defense of the government's policy of putting profits before human lives.

Prasad S Kulkarni, Chandrasekaran Padmapriyadarsini, Johan Vekemans, Ashish Bavdekar, Madhu Gupta, Praveen Kulkarni, B S Garg, Nithya J Gogtay, Muralidhar Tambe, Sanjay Lalwani, Kiranjit Singh, Renuka Munshi, Sushant Meshram, T S Selvavinayagam, Krishna Pandey, Devi Madhavi Bhimarasetty, S R Ramakrishnan, Chetanraj Bhamare, Abhijeet Dharmadhikari, Rajeev Vadakkedath, Cyrille J Bonhomme, Madhuri Thakar, Swarali N Kurle, Elizabeth J Kelly, Manish Gautam, Nivedita Gupta, Samiran Panda, Balram Bhargava, Umesh Shaligram, Dhananjay Kapse, Bhagwat Gunale, COVISHIELD Study Group (2021-11-30). A phase 2/3, participant-blind, observer-blind, randomised, controlled study to assess the safety and immunogenicity of SII-ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (COVID-19 vaccine) in adults in India. thelancet.com SII-ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 has a non-inferior immune response compared to AZD1222 and an acceptable safety/reactogenicity profile. Pharmacovigilance should be maintained to detect any safety signals.

Jake Johnson (2021-11-30). Number of Covid boosters given in US exceeds single shots in 8 African nations combined. nationofchange.org "Our leaders' failure to help bring the vaccines to everyone, everywhere will keep us on a cruel and never-ending cycle of illness, death, and economic suffering."

WSWS (2021-11-30). COVID-19 infects Sri Lankan schools: Stop sacrificing the lives of students and teachers! wsws.org The Rajapakse government rushed to reopen schools not out of concern for the education of children but to defend capitalist profits.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Partial lockdown in Slovakia and Czech Republic following record COVID-19 infections. wsws.org After a partial lockdown had already been imposed in Austria, stricter measures and contact restrictions were also imposed in Slovakia and the Czech Republic last week.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Pregnant women endangered by "herd immunity" policy and conflicting official advice on COVID-19. wsws.org Saiqa Parveen and Samantha Willis are two of the 13 pregnant or postpartum women killed by COVID-19 just since July in Britain.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Chinese study warns ending zero-COVID policy could lead to over 600,000 daily infections. wsws.org The report conservatively estimates that if China followed the US "herd immunity" policy the number of daily cases would exceed 637,000, and the daily tally of serious cases would be more than 22,000, quickly overloading the country's health system.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Chinese study warns ending zero-COVID policy would be "a great disaster" wsws.org The report conservatively estimates that if China followed the US "herd immunity" policy the number of daily cases would exceed 637,000, and the daily tally of serious cases would be more than 22,000, quickly overloading the country's health system.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Tennessee governor enacts reactionary legislation aimed at forcing the population to "live with the virus" wsws.org Republican Governor Bill Lee signed a bill earlier this month which bans mask mandates and provides unemployment benefits to those refusing employer-mandated vaccination against COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-11-30). SEP electoral members oppose Australian governments' dangerous COVID-19 reopening drive. wsws.org "This disease is not to be taken lightly. We need to find a way to eradicate it."

_____ (2021-11-30). Why Do Walmart, Amazon, Target And IKEA Have Such High Emissions? popularresistance.org As a congestion crisis continues to stall polluting container ships in ports around the world, there is a growing awareness of the role that international shipping plays in both the climate crisis and the public-health impacts of air pollution. | Released on Cyber Monday, a new report from Ship It Zero coalition members Stand.earth and Pacific Environment details the relationship between four major retailers that ship goods to the U.S. — Walmart, Amazon, Target and IKEA — and the fossil-fueled carrier companies that make that shipping possible. | "Major retail companies and cargo carriers are flush wi…

_____ (2021-11-30). Washington is Caught Up in the Middle East. journal-neo.org Even though the US has been seeking to withdraw from the Middle East to relocate its sources to the Indo-Pacific region to tackle China's growing influence in Southeast Asia, extricating itself from a region the US has been dominating since the end of the Second World War has proved to be a lot harder than …

Olivia Rosane (2021-11-30). Walmart, Amazon, Target, IKEA shipping emissions play role in climate crisis. peoplesworld.org As a congestion crisis continues to stall polluting container ships in ports around the world, there is a growing awareness of the role that international shipping plays in both the climate crisis and the public health impacts of air pollution. Released on Cyber Monday, a new report from Ship It Zero coalition members Stand.earth and Pacific Environment details the relationship …

Ontario Health Coalition (2021-11-30). Protecting Seniors? Bill 37 and the Ontario Crisis in Long-Term Care. socialistproject.ca The 'new' Ontario Long-Term Care legislation, Bill 37 Providing More Care, Protecting Seniors, and Building More Beds Act, 2021, has been referred to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly for public hearings. Here is the Ontario Health Coalition's analysis of the new LTC (long-term care) bill. It first outlines priorities of the Coalition, with its many union, community, and healthcare worker partners, and then provides an overview of key parts of the proposed legislation and its failings in addressing the crisis in LTC and the perils of for-profit provisioning (where the thousands of deaths over…

Elaine Meyer (2021-11-30). How Gen Z Is Fighting Back Against Big Tech. zcomm.org Many in this generation are aware of what they have lost by having grown up on social media, so they're logging off and working to create a safer, healthier future…

teleSUR (2021-11-30). Brazil To Remove Barriers To The Use Of Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Brazil's Foreign Affairs Ministry Carlos Franca indicated that his country will use the Sputnik V vaccine as soon as the World Health Organization (WHO) approves it. | RELATED: | "We must bring positions between our regulatory agencies to withdraw the current demand," he said after a meeting with the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry Sergey Lavrov, with whom he signed a diplomatic consultation agreement that…

_____ (2021-11-30). Fighting The Inflation Profiteers. popularresistance.org In a time of high inflation, you hear a lot about companies "passing costs" on to customers. In order for companies to maintain their God-given right to earn a profit, they must raise prices to offset the cost of producing goods and getting them into peoples' hands. And thanks mostly to the hidden risk, exposed by the pandemic, of neoliberal gospels like just-in-time logistics, deregulation, and offshoring, prices really are going up. | But there's something else mixed in with this latest bout of inflation. Companies aren't just passing costs onto us. With corporations using inflation as a cover for raising their…

Tom Engelhardt (2021-11-30). Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Why Do We Need a 24/7 Economy? warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. When it came to work and the pandemic, you could say that I led the way. By the time it struck, I had left my job as an editor in publishing and had been working at home for …

Javier Tolcachier (2021-11-30). América Latina y el Caribe: Una lectura optimista entre olas y vendavales. globalizacion.ca La pandemia mundial profundizó las condiciones de precariedad de las mayorías, generadas por la financiarización capitalista y mostró cruelmente las carencias y desigualdades producidas por el orden neoliberal, atenuadas apenas en algunos lugares por sistemas sociales de contención de carácter…

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teleSUR (2021-11-30). Omicron COVID-19 Variant Poses Downside Risks To US Economy. telesurenglish.net On Monday afternoon, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said that the recent rise in COVID-19 cases and the emergence of the Omicron variant pose downside risks to U.S. employment and economic activity and increased uncertainty for inflation. | RELATED: | "Greater concerns about the virus could reduce people's willingness to work in person, which would slow progress in the labor market and intensify supply-chain disrup…

WSWS (2021-11-30). Markets bounce back after Omicron shock as governments decide to let it rip. wsws.org Notwithstanding the rebound, Friday's sharp fall again underscored the fragility of the entire financial system and its dependence on the flow of cheap money from the world's central banks.

WSWS (2021-11-30). G7 health ministers agree to do nothing over Omicron variant threat. wsws.org The Omicron variant has been detected in at least 17 countries, including five of the G7 nations. The US is one of the exceptions, likely due to its poor testing system.

teleSUR (2021-11-30). WHO Assembly Seeks 'Pandemic Treaty' Amid Omicron Concerns. telesurenglish.net On Monday, a special session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) kicked off amid growing concerns over the latest Omicron coronavirus variant, where the participants aim to negotiate a new "pandemic treaty." | RELATED: | The WHA May session this year decided to set up a working group to consider the findings and recommendations of a number of panels and committees on global preparedness for and response to COVID-19 before starting t…

Staff (2021-11-30). Headlines for November 30, 2021. democracynow.org World Health Organization Warns of "Very High" Risk Posed by Omicron Variant, Nurses Demand COVID-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver; China Pledges 1 Billion Doses for Africa, Centers for Disease Control Strengthens Vaccine Booster Recommendation for Adults, Federal Judge Blocks Vaccine Mandate for Healthcare Workers in 10 States, Pentagon to Investigate U.S. Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians in Syria, Iran Demands Sanctions Relief as Talks on Revived Nuclear Deal Resume in Vienna, Majority of Australian Parliament Workers Face Bullying, Sexual Harassment or Assault, Ghislaine Maxwell Sex Trafficking Trial Gets Und…

WSWS (2021-11-30). German government rejects lockdown despite spread of Omicron variant. wsws.org Last weekend alone, 80 people from Bavaria, Saxony and Thuringia were flown out to the north and west of the country by air force troop carriers for treatment.

Sam Pizzigati (2021-11-30). What's That 'Surtax' Doing in Build Back Better? zcomm.org Congress may soon be delivering America's awesomely affluent an unpleasant tax-time surprise…

Stewart Player (2021-11-30). Britain: Health and Care Bill — integration or imperialism? greenleft.org.au Britain's Health and Care Bill, which will undermine the country's National Health System, was effectively designed and fast-tracked by US insurer UnitedHealth, write Stewart Player and Bob Gill.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-30). Belgian organizations protest spike in violence against women. peoplesdispatch.org According to a recent report by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), partner violence in families has shot up during the COVID-19 pandemic. 18 femicides have been recorded in Belgium since the beginning of 2021…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-30). Protests demanding affordable housing surge in the Netherlands. peoplesdispatch.org On Sunday, November 28, housing rights groups and other progressive sections in the Dutch city of Groningen marched under the banner #Woonstrijd to protest the acute housing crisis in the city. Various groups including Shelter Our Students (SOS), International Socialists Groningen, New Communist Party of the Netherlands (NCPN), Communist Youth Movement (CJB), RED Groningen, Young Socialists Groningen, Democratic Academy Groningen, Groningen Feminist Network, and others, participated in the march while adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols. The protesters demanded a radical housing policy from the authorities whic…

Prasad S Kulkarni, Chandrasekaran Padmapriyadarsini, Johan Vekemans, Ashish Bavdekar, Madhu Gupta, Praveen Kulkarni, B S Garg, Nithya J Gogtay, Muralidhar Tambe, Sanjay Lalwani, Kiranjit Singh, Renuka Munshi, Sushant Meshram, T S Selvavinayagam, Krishna Pandey, Devi Madhavi Bhimarasetty, S R Ramakrishnan, Chetanraj Bhamare, Abhijeet Dharmadhikari, Rajeev Vadakkedath, Cyrille J Bonhomme, Madhuri Thakar, Swarali N Kurle, Elizabeth J Kelly, Manish Gautam, Nivedita Gupta, Samiran Panda, Balram Bhargava, Umesh Shaligram, Dhananjay Kapse, Bhagwat Gunale, COVISHIELD Study Group (2021-11-30). A phase 2/3, participant-blind, observer-blind, randomised, controlled study to assess the safety and immunogenicity of SII-ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (COVID-19 vaccine) in adults in India. thelancet.com SII-ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 has a non-inferior immune response compared to AZD1222 and an acceptable safety/reactogenicity profile. Pharmacovigilance should be maintained to detect any safety signals.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Chinese study warns ending zero-COVID policy could lead to over 600,000 daily infections. wsws.org The report conservatively estimates that if China followed the US "herd immunity" policy the number of daily cases would exceed 637,000, and the daily tally of serious cases would be more than 22,000, quickly overloading the country's health system.

Global Research News (2021-11-30). Selected Articles: 13 Year-old Canadian Girl Took the COVID-19 Vaccine. "Try Not to Cry, Her Heart Stopped and Now She Is in Critical Condition" globalresearch.ca By In an exclusive interview with The Def…

WSWS (2021-11-30). SEP electoral members oppose Australian governments' dangerous COVID-19 reopening drive. wsws.org "This disease is not to be taken lightly. We need to find a way to eradicate it."

WSWS (2021-11-30). Michigan COVID-19 hospitalizations hit new pandemic record. wsws.org Hospitalizations of those infected with coronavirus reached a record high of 4,185 people across the state of Michigan on Monday.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Chinese study warns ending zero-COVID policy would be "a great disaster" wsws.org The report conservatively estimates that if China followed the US "herd immunity" policy the number of daily cases would exceed 637,000, and the daily tally of serious cases would be more than 22,000, quickly overloading the country's health system.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Quebec government left seniors' homes unprotected at start of COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org "It's not just science that decides," said Quebec's director of public health, Horacio Arruda, in defense of the government's policy of putting profits before human lives.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Tennessee governor enacts reactionary legislation aimed at forcing the population to "live with the virus" wsws.org Republican Governor Bill Lee signed a bill earlier this month which bans mask mandates and provides unemployment benefits to those refusing employer-mandated vaccination against COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Partial lockdown in Slovakia and Czech Republic following record COVID-19 infections. wsws.org After a partial lockdown had already been imposed in Austria, stricter measures and contact restrictions were also imposed in Slovakia and the Czech Republic last week.

WSWS (2021-11-30). Pregnant women endangered by "herd immunity" policy and conflicting official advice on COVID-19. wsws.org Saiqa Parveen and Samantha Willis are two of the 13 pregnant or postpartum women killed by COVID-19 just since July in Britain.

WSWS (2021-11-30). COVID-19 infects Sri Lankan schools: Stop sacrificing the lives of students and teachers! wsws.org The Rajapakse government rushed to reopen schools not out of concern for the education of children but to defend capitalist profits.

_____ (2021-11-30). Washington is Caught Up in the Middle East. journal-neo.org Even though the US has been seeking to withdraw from the Middle East to relocate its sources to the Indo-Pacific region to tackle China's growing influence in Southeast Asia, extricating itself from a region the US has been dominating since the end of the Second World War has proved to be a lot harder than …

Elaine Meyer (2021-11-30). How Gen Z Is Fighting Back Against Big Tech. zcomm.org Many in this generation are aware of what they have lost by having grown up on social media, so they're logging off and working to create a safer, healthier future…

teleSUR (2021-11-30). Brazil To Remove Barriers To The Use Of Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Brazil's Foreign Affairs Ministry Carlos Franca indicated that his country will use the Sputnik V vaccine as soon as the World Health Organization (WHO) approves it. | RELATED: | "We must bring positions between our regulatory agencies to withdraw the current demand," he said after a meeting with the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry Sergey Lavrov, with whom he signed a diplomatic consultation agreement that…

Javier Tolcachier (2021-11-30). América Latina y el Caribe: Una lectura optimista entre olas y vendavales. globalizacion.ca La pandemia mundial profundizó las condiciones de precariedad de las mayorías, generadas por la financiarización capitalista y mostró cruelmente las carencias y desigualdades producidas por el orden neoliberal, atenuadas apenas en algunos lugares por sistemas sociales de contención de carácter…

Tom Engelhardt (2021-11-30). Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, Why Do We Need a 24/7 Economy? warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. When it came to work and the pandemic, you could say that I led the way. By the time it struck, I had left my job as an editor in publishing and had been working at home for …

WSWS (2021-11-30). Official documents expose Australian government's complicity in the torture of Assange. wsws.org The Australian authorities did nothing when they were repeatedly told that Assange's life was in danger.

Staff (2021-11-29). Headlines for November 29, 2021. democracynow.org South Africa Blasts Travel Bans As Countries Race to Curb Spread of Omicron Variant, Federal Govt Sends Health Workers to Michigan, Which Leads U.S. COVID Surge, Jury Finds Ahmaud Arbery's Three White Killers Guilty of Murder, Shipwreck Kills 27 Refugees in Largest Recorded Tragedy in English Channel, Opposition Leader Xiomara Castro Claims Victory After Record Turnout in Honduras Election, Ukraine's Zelensky Says He is Target of Imminent Coup as Allies Warn of Possible Russian Invasion, High Death Toll Reported as Ethiopian Soldiers Press Offensive in Afar Region, Oil Well Rupture Leaves Niger Delta Residents Hu…

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-11-29). Epidemiologist: New Variant Omicron Can Be Milder Than Delta But More Dangerous Due To Transmissibility And Immune Escape. moguldom.com The new omicron variant of covid-19 has governments, medical experts and researchers scrambling to learn more so they can try and contain it. Many countries have implemented travel bans at record pace and are ramping up vaccination efforts. Some say omicron is a milder variant of the coronavirus, but one epidemiologist says now is not …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-11-29). New Variant Case In Belgium Has No Links To Countries In Southern Africa. moguldom.com Belgium became the first European country to detect a confirmed case of the new variant of covid-19, which has been labeled Omicron, on Friday, Nov. 26. However, the country's case has no links to Southern African countries according to a report. "The patient infected with B.1.1.529 [the scientific name for omicron] is a young adult …

Staff (2021-11-29). Military police raid plane to arrest couple trying to flee quarantine. rt.com A married couple who fled a quarantine hotel for suspected Omicron strain carriers in the Netherlands have been removed from a flight by the Dutch military police just as their plane was about to take off. | The dramatic incident unfolded at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on board a flight that was set to depart for Spain at around 6pm on Sunday, the Netherlands armed forces confirmed in a statement. | The Royal Netherlands Marechaussee at Schiphol has arrested a couple this evening who had fled from a quarantine hotel… The arrests took place on a plane that was about to take off. | The identities of the detai…

Staff (2021-11-29). Omicron strain reaches North America. rt.com Two cases of the Omicron strain have been confirmed in Canada, while President Biden is considering the US response to the heavily mutated Covid-19 variant, even as it remains unclear if it is more dangerous than other variants. | "Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria," the Ontario province government said in a statement on Sunday. | Read more | | Canada alread…

Staff (2021-11-29). Omicron variant poses 'very high' global risk — WHO. rt.com The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned countries to brace for the new Omicron Covid variant, urging them to boost vaccination for vulnerable groups. | The WHO released a technical brief on Omicron, which was classified as a variant of concern (VOC) on Friday. "The overall global risk related to the new VOC Omicron is assessed as very high," the brief said. | The agency described Omicron as a variant with a high number of mutations, some of which "may be associated with immune escape potential and higher transmissibility." At the same time, the WHO noted that there are "still considerable uncertainties"

WSWS (2021-11-29). Biden administration to America: Prepare to die from COVID-19. wsws.org Amid the deepening surge of the Delta variant in the US and the growing spread of the Omicron variant globally, White House Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci explicitly opposed a strategy aimed at eliminating and eradicating COVID-19.

Staff (2021-11-29). Health Justice Advocates Say Vaccine Equity, Not "Racist" Travel Bans, Will Stop the Omicron Variant. democracynow.org We go to Cape Town, South Africa, to speak with a leading health justice advocate about how scientists in the country have identified a new Omicron coronavirus variant, and the World Health Organization warns it could be more transmissible than previous variants. Against the advice of the WHO, several countries have closed their borders to foreign travelers. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa criticized the travel bans and called on wealthy nations to help poorer nations gain greater access to COVID vaccines. The bans are "actually quite racist," says Fatima Hassan, founder and director of Health Justice Ini…

WSWS (2021-11-29). Autoworkers speak on COVID-19 dangers as case numbers surge across Michigan and US Midwest. wsws.org Autoworkers spoke to the WSWS about the threat posed by the rise in cases, even as the discovery of the Omicron variant underscores the impossibility of "living with the virus."

WSWS (2021-11-29). Herd immunity policy creates explosion of COVID-19 infections in German nurseries and schools. wsws.org Although the number of official coronavirus deaths in Germany has exceeded 100,000, the infection figures are escalating and a new, dangerous variant (Omicron) of the virus is spreading, all the bourgeois parties refuse to take the necessary protective measures.

teleSUR (2021-11-29). UK Summons G7 Health Ministers Over COVID-19 Variant Omicron. telesurenglish.net The UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced that "an urgent meeting of G7 health ministers will be convened" later on Monday "to discuss the developments on Omicron," a new variant of the coronavirus. | RELATED: | The gathering comes after a third Omicron case was recently confirmed in Britain, when an individual tested positive after traveling to London. | The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA…

William Rivers Pitt (2021-11-29). Capitalism Must Not Dictate Our Response to Omicron Variant. truthout.org If you did yourself a weary solid and set the news aside for the long holiday weekend, like as not you've spent a portion of today doomscrolling through reports on the newest COVID-19 variant to rear its ugly head. | Omicron. The World Health Organization (WHO) just had to pick the scariest sounding name, didn't they. It seems like they tried to name this thing after one of the

Chris Walker (2021-11-29). Medical Experts Decry Omicron Travel Bans That Unfairly Target African Countries. truthout.org As wealthy nations around the globe impose travel restrictions on southern African countries due to the emergence of the Omicron coronavirus variant, several health officials and government leaders have warned that such moves will do more harm than good. |

teleSUR (2021-11-29). Travel Bans Due To Omicron To Affect South African Economy. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Premier of Western Cape Alain Winde said that travel bans on South Africa due to the new Omicron coronavirus variant will be "devastating" for the provincial economy as the local government is seeking for a recovery on its key tourism sector from COVID-19 impact. | RELATED: | The economy of Western Cape, South Africa's popular tourism destination that hosts the legislative capital Cape Town, relies on in…

WSWS (2021-11-29). Scientists call for urgent action to save lives as Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads globally. wsws.org The rapid spread of the new variant has been greeted with passivity by governments around the world, which have rejected the closures of schools and nonessential businesses even as the current surge of the Delta variant has led to record COVID-19 cases.

teleSUR (2021-11-29). US Scrambles To Take Actions Over Omicron's Chilling Effect. telesurenglish.net The newly-discovered Omicron variant of COVID-19 in South Africa has raised fears about the global trajectory of the pandemic, while some countries including the United States have raced to impose travel restrictions on southern African countries. | RELATED: | On Friday, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that his country will impose travel restrictions on eight African countries including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe…

Ann Brown (2021-11-29). What Is An Escape Variant? What Scientists Are Saying About Whether Current Vaccines Will Work Against New Variant. moguldom.com Just as we seem to get closer to achieving a new normal in dealing with the coronavirus, another challenge pops up. Scientists and the medical industry are scrambling to deal with delta, omicron and the looming escape variant. Drugmakers are looking to see if current vaccines will combat the new variants. Escape variants are different …

teleSUR (2021-11-29). Russia Starts Developing a Vaccine for the New Omicron Variant. telesurenglish.net Russia is currently working on a vaccine against the new variant of Covid-19, which has alarmed governments worldwide. | RELATED: | Russia's Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology announced that the "Sputnik V" vaccine against the Omicron variant would probably be ready for massive production in no more than eight weeks. | The center declared it had started work in the new version of his vacc…

Isabella Arria (2021-11-29). Omicron, la variante de la COVID-19 que pone a temblar al mundo… y a los mercados. globalizacion.ca La confirmación de una nueva variante del coronavirus, bautizada como Omicron y detectada en Sudáfrica prendió todas las luces de alarma en el mundo, estremeció los mercados bursátiles y derrumbó los precios de las materias primas industriales, entre ellas el…

WSWS (2021-11-29). Omicron detected in Australia as governments reject safety measures. wsws.org Australian governments, like their counterparts internationally, are insisting that the new variant must not disrupt the profit-driven drive to lift all safety restrictions.

Dean Baker (2021-11-29). In Fighting COVID-19, Intellectual Property, Not Antitrust, is the Real Problem. cepr.net It might be late in the game in terms of combatting this pandemic, but some new thinking would be tremendously valuable in preparing for the next pandemic, as well as our ongoing struggles with cancer, heart disease, and other longstanding health issues.

_____ (2021-11-29). A Plan To Save The Planet. popularresistance.org Four and a half million people died infected by COVID-19. This global tragedy is the prism through which we must analyse how and in whose interest the ruling system on the planet works. | In the span of a few months, the pandemic compacted political, economic, and social phenomena, the consequences of which would take years to manifest in other circumstances. | Some of the issues that were clearly magnified through the lens of the pandemic are job insecurity, deficits in health systems, inequality, North-South relations, the United Nations' failure to coordinate a collective effort, the use of unilateral coercive…

_____ (2021-11-29). Carers Of The World Vs. Covid-19 Criminals. popularresistance.org As we enter the third year of the Covid-19 crisis, two battles are underway. One is led by the carers of the world in overcrowded hospitals, fighting to end the pandemic. Another is by corporate executives in closed boardrooms, fighting to prolong it. | The question at the very center of both is this — who will control medical recipes worth billions of dollars, and millions of lives? | As some countries roll out booster programs, less than 6% of Africa's more than a billion people have been fully inoculated. Big pharmaceutical companies are letting the pandemic go on — and why not, according to a rece…

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Staff (2021-11-29). Headlines for November 29, 2021. democracynow.org South Africa Blasts Travel Bans As Countries Race to Curb Spread of Omicron Variant, Federal Govt Sends Health Workers to Michigan, Which Leads U.S. COVID Surge, Jury Finds Ahmaud Arbery's Three White Killers Guilty of Murder, Shipwreck Kills 27 Refugees in Largest Recorded Tragedy in English Channel, Opposition Leader Xiomara Castro Claims Victory After Record Turnout in Honduras Election, Ukraine's Zelensky Says He is Target of Imminent Coup as Allies Warn of Possible Russian Invasion, High Death Toll Reported as Ethiopian Soldiers Press Offensive in Afar Region, Oil Well Rupture Leaves Niger Delta Residents Hu…

Staff (2021-11-29). Omicron strain reaches North America. rt.com Two cases of the Omicron strain have been confirmed in Canada, while President Biden is considering the US response to the heavily mutated Covid-19 variant, even as it remains unclear if it is more dangerous than other variants. | "Today, the province of Ontario has confirmed two cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 in Ottawa, both of which were reported in individuals with recent travel from Nigeria," the Ontario province government said in a statement on Sunday. | Read more | | Canada alread…

Staff (2021-11-29). Omicron variant poses 'very high' global risk — WHO. rt.com The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned countries to brace for the new Omicron Covid variant, urging them to boost vaccination for vulnerable groups. | The WHO released a technical brief on Omicron, which was classified as a variant of concern (VOC) on Friday. "The overall global risk related to the new VOC Omicron is assessed as very high," the brief said. | The agency described Omicron as a variant with a high number of mutations, some of which "may be associated with immune escape potential and higher transmissibility." At the same time, the WHO noted that there are "still considerable uncertainties"

Staff (2021-11-29). Health Justice Advocates Say Vaccine Equity, Not "Racist" Travel Bans, Will Stop the Omicron Variant. democracynow.org We go to Cape Town, South Africa, to speak with a leading health justice advocate about how scientists in the country have identified a new Omicron coronavirus variant, and the World Health Organization warns it could be more transmissible than previous variants. Against the advice of the WHO, several countries have closed their borders to foreign travelers. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa criticized the travel bans and called on wealthy nations to help poorer nations gain greater access to COVID vaccines. The bans are "actually quite racist," says Fatima Hassan, founder and director of Health Justice Ini…

teleSUR (2021-11-29). US Scrambles To Take Actions Over Omicron's Chilling Effect. telesurenglish.net The newly-discovered Omicron variant of COVID-19 in South Africa has raised fears about the global trajectory of the pandemic, while some countries including the United States have raced to impose travel restrictions on southern African countries. | RELATED: | On Friday, U.S. President Joe Biden announced that his country will impose travel restrictions on eight African countries including South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe…

teleSUR (2021-11-29). Travel Bans Due To Omicron To Affect South African Economy. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Premier of Western Cape Alain Winde said that travel bans on South Africa due to the new Omicron coronavirus variant will be "devastating" for the provincial economy as the local government is seeking for a recovery on its key tourism sector from COVID-19 impact. | RELATED: | The economy of Western Cape, South Africa's popular tourism destination that hosts the legislative capital Cape Town, relies on in…

WSWS (2021-11-29). Autoworkers speak on COVID-19 dangers as case numbers surge across Michigan and US Midwest. wsws.org Autoworkers spoke to the WSWS about the threat posed by the rise in cases, even as the discovery of the Omicron variant underscores the impossibility of "living with the virus."

WSWS (2021-11-29). Biden administration to America: Prepare to die from COVID-19. wsws.org Amid the deepening surge of the Delta variant in the US and the growing spread of the Omicron variant globally, White House Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci explicitly opposed a strategy aimed at eliminating and eradicating COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-11-29). Scientists call for urgent action to save lives as Omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads globally. wsws.org The rapid spread of the new variant has been greeted with passivity by governments around the world, which have rejected the closures of schools and nonessential businesses even as the current surge of the Delta variant has led to record COVID-19 cases.

WSWS (2021-11-29). Herd immunity policy creates explosion of COVID-19 infections in German nurseries and schools. wsws.org Although the number of official coronavirus deaths in Germany has exceeded 100,000, the infection figures are escalating and a new, dangerous variant (Omicron) of the virus is spreading, all the bourgeois parties refuse to take the necessary protective measures.

Isabella Arria (2021-11-29). Omicron, la variante de la COVID-19 que pone a temblar al mundo… y a los mercados. globalizacion.ca La confirmación de una nueva variante del coronavirus, bautizada como Omicron y detectada en Sudáfrica prendió todas las luces de alarma en el mundo, estremeció los mercados bursátiles y derrumbó los precios de las materias primas industriales, entre ellas el…

Dean Baker (2021-11-29). In Fighting COVID-19, Intellectual Property, Not Antitrust, is the Real Problem. cepr.net It might be late in the game in terms of combatting this pandemic, but some new thinking would be tremendously valuable in preparing for the next pandemic, as well as our ongoing struggles with cancer, heart disease, and other longstanding health issues.

Staff (2021-11-29). President Maduro Accuses EU Electoral Mission of Espionage. orinocotribune.com The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, accused the European Union (EU) electoral observation mission (EOM) of being spies who tried to tarnish the November 21 election. | "Who arrived?" asked Maduro. "Spies! They tried to stain the impeccable electoral process of Venezuela and they could not. A delegation of spies." | The president made the comments Sunday during a working meeting to present the weekly report on Venezuela's battle against COVID-19, broadcast on publicly owned Venezolana de Televisión (VTV). | The national leader drew attention to the number of delegates throughout the country who utilized "a…

WSWS (2021-11-29). Detroit schools reopen Monday as COVID-19 sweeps Michigan. wsws.org The state government headed by Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer has abandoned any effort to fight the right-wing campaign against mask mandates and other executive orders which she issued in the course of 2020.

Jake Johnson (2021-11-29). 2.5 Million Nurses Demand UN Probe Into 'Covid-19 Criminals' Blocking Patent Waiver. zcomm.org The European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, and Singapore "must be investigated for blocking a faster global vaccine rollout leading to the loss of countless lives."

WSWS (2021-11-29). Vaccines are not enough! Action must be taken to halt winter surge! wsws.org Educators and parents in Washington state demand urgent action to halt a massive surge of COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths predicted for the winter months ahead.

Global Research News (2021-11-29). Video: 13 Year-old Canadian Girl Took the Covid-19 Vaccine. "Try Not to Cry, Her Heart Stopped and Now She is in Critical Condition" globalresearch.ca Forward Global Research articles. …

Michael Fortino (2021-11-29). Unnecessary and Complicated Transfers Are Spreading COVID in Federal Prisons. truthout.org When I began my interview with Brett Ellis, a federal prisoner at FCI Seagoville in Seagoville, Texas, he introduced himself by saying matter-of-factly, "I'm CONVICT-19, and I tested positive." | Perplexed and somewhat confused, I responded, "You mean COVID-19," to which he immediately corrected me, insisting, "No, CONVICT-19, that's what the marshals and the guards call me, and that was before I tested positive." He continued, "In fact, I'm only in prison for 19 days, so getting COVID was ab…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-29). 'Issue of inequalities' for long COVID patients needs to be addressed. imperial.ac.uk The "big issue of inequalities" for long COVID patients who face ongoing symptoms and disability needs to be addressed, an expert has said.

_____ (2021-11-29). The Ainu and the Pandemic of Japanese Territorial Claims. journal-neo.org Not only has the coronavirus pandemic become worse in Japan lately, but so have the new government's territorial claims. As soon as Fumio Kishida, Japan's new Prime Minister, took office in October, he hastened to announce a new round of the land of the rising sun's territorial claims. As regional media outlets stress, Tokyo has …

Miguel àÅngel Ferrer (2021-11-29). Estados Unidos, "influenza española" y "virus chino" globalizacion.ca Hace cien años aparecieron en España los primeros casos de una nueva enfermedad que por esta razón fue bautizada como influenza española. Ese nombre ha prevalecido a lo largo de todo un siglo, a pesar de que existen abundantes evidencias…

Emma-Louise Fenelon (2021-11-29). Loss of Chance with Sarah Lambert QC and Dominic Ruck Keene. ukhumanrightsblog.com In Episode 153, Emma-Louise Fenelon speaks to Sarah Lambert QC and Dominic Ruck Keene about loss of chance in personal injury and clinical negligence cases. The episode discusses the following cases: Chester v Afshar [2004] UKHL 41. Gregg v Scott [2005] UKHL 2 Hotson v East Berkshire Area Health Authority [1987] AC 750 …

Olivia Rosane (2021-11-29). Surprise coral spawning is sign of hope for Great Barrier Reef. peoplesworld.org The news is full of dire warnings about the future and current health of the Great Barrier Reef, but the World Heritage Site is not dead yet. Scientists on Tuesday night recorded videos of corals spawning en masse off the coast of Cairns, Queensland. "Nothing makes people happier than new life, and coral spawning is the world's biggest proof …

WSWS (2021-11-29). Over 50,000 Sri Lankan health workers strike for higher pay and allowances. wsws.org Last week's sick-leave strike was called by the Health Professionals Collective to dissipate health workers' anger, but the mass response demonstrates workers' determination to fight the government's social assault.

Global Research News (2021-11-29). Selected Articles: The WHO and the Road Towards a Fake Medical Dystopia. globalresearch.ca By Behind its development is the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — with support of the Rockefeller Foundation — …

Sivarajan Arumugam (2021-11-29). Video: How would socialists in government have handled the pandemic. greenleft.org.au Malaysian Socialist Party secretary general Sivarajan Arumugam addresses the question of how socialists in government would have handled the pandemic at the #Socialism2021 conference.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-29). Four Imperial academics given Institute of Physics awards and fellowships. imperial.ac.uk Accolades go to experts in string theory, Mars missions, and particle accelerators, as well as the Mechanical Instrumentation Facility manager.

sputniknews (2021-11-28). Biden's Attempt at Sending Message of Return to Normalcy Thwarted by New COVID Variant. sputniknews.com Polls suggest that the handling of the pandemic in the US is one of the main reasons for the ongoing decline in Biden's approval ratings, which have dropped from around 55% to roughly 41.7% in less than a year.

sputniknews (2021-11-28). NYT: Israel Was Behind Cyber Attack on Iran's Fuel System in October. sputniknews.com Iran and its arch-foes the US and Israel have regularly accused each other of cyber attacks since 2010, when the Islamic Republic's nuclear programme was hit by the Stuxnet computer virus.

Staff (2021-11-28). Keep borders open despite Covid variants, WHO pleads. rt.com The World Health Organization has encouraged countries to keep their borders open, despite fears about the Omicron variant of Covid-19, as South Africa denounces global travel restrictions that it has called "unjustified." | Avoiding shutting down borders, the WHO said, will prevent a "heavy burden on lives and livelihoods." | If restrictions are put in place, the organization warned, they should not be "unnecessarily invasive or intrusive." | .

TASS (2021-11-28). Foreign tourists flock to South African airports in bid to urgently leave country. tass.com The new omicron strain of the novel coronavirus is spreading in South Africa…

WSWS (2021-11-28). Johnson government declares Britain "nowhere near" needing tough measures to combat Omicron variant. wsws.org The Johnson government and its chief advisors on SAGE are muzzling science and transforming public health policy into a macabre form of roulette.

teleSUR, drl- JCM (2021-11-28). Claves de la variante àìmicron del virus causante de la Covid-19. telesurtv.net La OMS declaró el viernes como una variante de preocupación la mutación identificada por vez primera en Sudáfrica.

teleSUR (2021-11-28). COVID: Unclear if Variant Omicron More Transmissible or Severe. telesurenglish.net It is not yet clear whether the Omicron COVID-19 variant is more transmissible, or causes more severe disease compared to other variants including Delta, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday. | RELATED: | WHO said it's not yet clear whether Omicron is more easily spread from person to person compared to other variants, even though the number of people testing positive has risen in South Africa where this…

WSWS (2021-11-28). As Omicron spreads in Europe, Paris commits to mass COVID-19 infections. wsws.org As infections reach new highs and the highly-mutated Omicron variant appears in Europe, the French government aims to let the virus spread.

Anthony Zwi (2021-11-28). Instead of Travel Bans, Let's Defeat Omicron Variant With Global Vaccination. truthout.org There is global concern and widespread alarm at the discovery of SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.529, which the World Health Organization (WHO) has called Omicron. | The Although early days, Omicron appears to be able to reinfe…

_____ (2021-11-28). Black Radical Internationalist Traditions. popularresistance.org In the 1950's and 1960's, it became a juxtaposition of highly educated workers for the most advanced productive forces on the planet, but developed within the unresolved, deeply violent, four hundred year-long colonial and racist architecture of the US. It was externally influenced by the period of the explosion of national liberation socialism that began with the Chinese revolution and was punctuated by the defeat of the US empire by the Korean and Chinese revolutions and at great costs to their peoples. The 1950s were capped off by the historic 1959 victory in Cuba, whose significance reverberates to this day i…

Dr. Nicole Delépine (2021-11-28). Invention of "The Covid Narrative": The PCR Test Sustains The Myth of a Global Pandemic. It Serves to "Maintain Fear" globalresearch.ca

Prof Denis Rancourt (2021-11-28). Nature of the COVID Era Public Health Disaster in the USA: From All-cause Mortality and Socio-geo-economic and Climatic Data. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2021-11-28). Amid record deaths from COVID-19, Ukrainian president accuses Russia of planning a "coup" wsws.org Russia and Ukraine have been reporting record deaths as NATO and the US stoke a dangerous military crisis in the Black Sea.

Diana Johnstone (2021-11-28). The "Great Reset" or the "Great Pretext" … for Dystopia. globalresearch.ca First published by Consortium News, posted on Global Research on December 9, 2020 In their World Economic Forum treatise Covid-19: The Great Reset, economists Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret bring us the voice of would-be Global Governance. | By titling …

Peter Koenig (2021-11-28). Video: Digital Tyranny and the Rockefeller-Gates WHO "Vaxx-Certificate Passport": Towards a World War III Scenario. globalresearch.ca It's an electronic ID-program using the Covid-19 "vaccine as a platform for digital identity, linking everything to everything of each individual (records of health, banking, personal and private, etc.), managed by a state agency or in extremis, by the private sector.

Jake Johnson (2021-11-28). Rich Countries Blamed as New Covid Variant Sparks Global Alarm. zcomm.org "Allowing new variants to emerge and spread, 13 months into the vaccine era, is a policy choice by the rich world."

Dr. Peter McCullough (2021-11-28). Video: The Vaccine is More Dangerous than COVID-19: Dr. Peter McCullough. globalresearch.ca

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-11-28). Barbados Is Throwing Off its Colonial Shackles. Now the Real Change Must Come. libya360.wordpress.com Kareem Smith Mia Mottley was criticised for involving Prince Charles in the republic celebration | PA Images/Alamy Stock Photo. All rights reserved Next week, Barbados will remove the Queen as its head of state, as it begins a new national journey to remove any lingering British influence Barbados is in the final stages of completing…

teleSUR (2021-11-28). Peru: 7.5 Magnitude Earthquake Affects at Least 90 People. telesurenglish.net Peru's Geophysical Institute (IGP) reported a 7.5 magnitude earthquake in the northern Peruvian Amazon jungle. | RELATED: | National Institute of Civil Defense (Indeci) director Miguel Yamasaki reported that the earthquake damaged 19 houses and two health centers. At least 90 people were affected, and two had injuries. | The IGP informed that the epicenter was registered 98 km east of Santa Maria de Nieva in the Condorcanqu…

Elaine Meyer (2021-11-28). How Gen Z Is Fighting Back Against Big Tech. zcomm.org Many in this generation are aware of what they have lost by having grown up on social media, so they're logging off and working to create a safer, healthier future…

Elaine Meyer (2021-11-28). Generation Z Is Forging Healthy Social Media Practices for the Benefit of All. truthout.org As a seventh grader, Emma Lembke was one of the last in her friend group in Birmingham, Alabama, to get on social media. When she did, she says she soon found herself addicted, spending five hours a day on the apps, mostly Instagram. | "At an important developmental period in my life as a young female, as a young kid, in middle school, [I got] wound up in this world of likes, comments, very deeply quantifiable measures of my value, addictive algorithms, and the endless scroll," she says. | W…

Stephanie Pavlick (2021-11-28). Pittsburgh medical workers fight for dignity and respect. zcomm.org The workers, who are facing poor conditions and low wages, are fighting again to unionize their workplace, after a defeated attempt a few years ago…

_____ (2021-11-28). Nicaragua's Foreign Minister: We're Resisting a 'Pandemic of Neo-Colonialism'. strategic-culture.org The Grayzone's Ben Norton sat down for an interview with Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Denis Moncada to discuss the country's decision to leave the OAS, attempts to build an international alliance against US unilateralism, and what an anti-imperialist foreign policy looks like. | By Ben NORTON | Transcript | BEN NORTON: This is Ben Norton with The Grayzone. I am in Nicaragua's Foreign Ministry, and I just sat down for an interview with Foreign Minister Denis Moncada. | We talked about Nicaragua's historic decision to leave the Organization of American States, and other regional issues here in Latin America. | A…

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Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-11-28). The Covid-19 Omicron Variant: Towards a Fourth Wave Lockdown? Pretext to Introduce New Repressive Policy Measures. globalresearch.ca Both the governments and the media in chorus are now engaged in a renewed fear campaign focussing on the emergence of a new "deadly" SARS-CoV-2 variant. | Last May it was the Delta variant (B.1.617.2), which allegedly originated in …

WSWS (2021-11-27). Omicron variant threatens to unleash new global surge of COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Initial indications are that an unusual constellation of mutations makes the variant far more infectious than the Delta variant and potentially vaccine-resistant.

WSWS (2021-11-27). COVID-19 must be eradicated to stop dangerous new variants. wsws.org The emergence of the Omicron strain of COVID-19 is a devastating exposure of the herd immunity policy implemented by capitalist governments, which oppose lockdowns and other critical public health measures necessary to stop the spread of the disease.

Dave DeCamp (2021-11-27). US Refuses to Engage With Marshall Islands on Damage Caused by Nuclear Weapons Tests. news.antiwar.com The US is refusing to engage with the Marshall Islands on compensation for environmental and health damage caused by the dozens of US nuclear weapons tests carried out in the 1940s and 50s, The Marshall Islands are home to a major US military base and are essentially treated as a US territory under an agreement known as the Compact of Free Association. But the agreement is due to expire soon, and the dispute over the nuclear weapons tes…

TASS (2021-11-27). Several weeks needed to assess vaccines' efficacy against new COVID variant – WHO. tass.com Later today, the WHO will announce whether the variant will be classified as one of interest or of concern…

TASS (2021-11-27). World Health Organization: PCR tests able to detect new SARS-CoV-2 variant 'Omicron'. tass.com Several labs have indicated that for one widely used PCR test, one of the three target genes is not detected, said in a statement…

The Conversation (2021-11-27). What we know so far about Omicron. asiatimes.com Since early in the COVID pandemic, the Network for Genomics Surveillance in South Africa has been monitoring changes in SARS-CoV-2. This was a valuable tool to understand better how the virus spread. In late 2020, the network detected a new virus lineage, 501Y.V2, which later became known as the beta variant. Now a new SARS-CoV-2 …

sputniknews (2021-11-27). Omicron: Indian Politicians Urge PM Modi to Ban Flights From Affected Countries Amid COVID Scare. sputniknews.com The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday named the new strain of coronavirus "B.1.1.529", Omicron. The latter has been classified as a "variant of concern", posing a greater risk than the globally dominant Delta variant.

sputniknews (2021-11-27). Health Agency: New COVID Strain Poses 'High to Very High Risk' to Europe. sputniknews.com The new variant was initially reported in South Africa and Botswana, and in Europe, Belgium was the first to detect it.

Geoff Watts (2021-11-27). [Obituary] Michael Llewellyn Rutter. thelancet.com First professor of child psychiatry in the UK. He was born in Brummana, Lebanon, on Aug 15, 1933, and died of cancer in London, UK, on Oct 23, 2021, aged 88 years.

Richard Lane (2021-11-27). [Perspectives] Pascale Ondoa: strengthening laboratory medicine in Africa. thelancet.com "Our core aim is to build laboratory systems to address the health agenda as defined by Africa", says Pascale Ondoa, who for the past 5 years has been Director of Science and New Initiatives at the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM). Part of this role is to direct technical advice and provide leadership to help shape health strategy and laboratory medicine improvement at the country level. "A lot of our work involves the coordination of partners and experts, so that investments from agencies like PEPFAR, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the Fleming Fund, and others generate sub…

TASS (2021-11-27). New B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant causes no severe diseases – health minister. tass.com Joe Phaahla mentioned that it was too early to say how the new COVID-19 variant would behave…

WSWS (2021-11-27). New York State Assembly releases Cuomo impeachment report. wsws.org The report fails even to mention the role that Cuomo played in legislation that protected the owners of nursing homes and hospitals from liability in COVID deaths.

Branko Marcetic (2021-11-27). Cuba's Vaccine Could End Up Saving Millions of Lives. zcomm.org Thanks to its public biotech sector and its government's deep commitment to public health, Cuba is now the only low-income country to have made its own COVID vaccine, and it's poised to help millions around the world…

WSWS (2021-11-27). Michigan COVID-19 wave escalates as Democrats reject measures to halt the spread. wsws.org The Democratic administration of Governor Whitmer has responded to unprecedented case numbers with a thoroughly inadequate public health advisory.

teleSUR, yart, DRL, JDO (2021-11-27). Cuba mantiene cero muertes por Covid-19 y amplía la vacunación. telesurtv.net Mientras avanza la campaña de vacunación, no se han reportado muertes en dos días consecutivos.

Daniel Caldeira, Fausto J Pinto (2021-11-27). [Correspondence] COVID-19 and myocardial infarction. thelancet.com Ioannis Katsoularis and colleagues1 found that COVID-19 is a risk factor for myocardial infarction and stroke through self-controlled case series evaluation, a method that has been used to establish the risk of myocardial infarction associated with influenza infection.2,3 Regarding myocardial infarction, as the investigators recognised, one of the possible limitations of this research is the inaccurate diagnosis and codification of myocardial injury or myocarditis as myocardial infarction, particularly because the current myocardial infarction definition (and diagnostic methods) differ from the definition at the…

N Hélène Sawadogo, Hamidou Sanou, Jeremy A Greene, Vincent Duclos (2021-11-27). [Correspondence] Beyond COVID-19: scaling up and sustaining mobile health in Africa — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Yap Boum for taking the time to respond to our Perspective.1…

Coral Wynter (2021-11-27). 'Vaxxers': The inside story of AstraZeneca. greenleft.org.au Usually a vaccine takes 5—10 years from conception to production and injection into people's arms. Vaxxers, writes Coral Wynter, describes how a safe vaccine against COVID-19 was produced in only 10 months.

Yap Boum (2021-11-27). [Correspondence] Beyond COVID-19: scaling up and sustaining mobile health in Africa. thelancet.com In their Perspective,1 N Hélène Sawadogo and colleagues highlight the challenges of mobile health care in Africa with the MOS@N project, which provided medical support to pregnant women but ran out of funding 3 years into operation. Securing longer-term funding to sustain mobile health is a challenge in Africa.2 Social innovations such as BIMA (Ghana), AccesAfya (Kenya), Idocta (Cameroon), and Healthforce (South Africa) use telemedicine to improve access to quality health care but have not managed to scale up.

Dave Holmes (2021-11-27). COVID-19 pandemic shines harsh light on privatisation & outsourcing. greenleft.org.au Australia's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been shaped by the basic realities of contemporary capitalism and neoliberalism, argues Dave Holmes.

Andrew Green (2021-11-27). [Perspectives] A history of US engagement in the HIV/AIDS response. thelancet.com >In late September, 2021, US President Joe Biden tapped John Nkengasong to lead the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). If approved for the role as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of US Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally, Nkengasong will inherit a programme at a point of inflection. PEPFAR has been leaderless since Deborah Birx decamped in February, 2020, to coordinate the White House's COVID-19 response under the administration of Donald Trump. She left PEPFAR ahead of the findings from UNAIDS in July, 2020, that highlighted uneven progress towards 2020 milestones in the…

Richard Horton (2021-11-27). [Comment] Offline: The real meaning of decolonisation. thelancet.com The most dangerous threat to health and health equity today is anti-globalism—a denial of evidence pointing to the intrinsic interdependence of human beings; a refusal to accept the transnational nature of risks to our wellbeing; and an antipathy to institutions and individuals promoting cosmopolitan values. Anti-globalism lies behind the failure of governments to accelerate actions to address the climate crisis, is responsible for the failure of nations to coordinate their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic, and underlies the savage xenophobia directed towards those fleeing conflict and repression.

Kathy Smith, William Brooks, Jean Challiner, Enid Povey (2021-11-27). [Correspondence] Quality assurance of remote clinical assessments in the NHS. thelancet.com COVID-19 has accelerated the proportion of digital patient consultations across community and hospital settings, bringing both challenge and opportunity to health-care organisations and their staff. Within our own work, one such opportunity was the increased ability to record and review consultation audio, benefiting not just organisational quality assurance and complaint and incident investigation but also providing meaningful feedback to support clinicians' continuous professional development.

Jallicia Jolly (2021-11-27). [Perspectives] A reproductive justice response to HIV/AIDS and COVID-19. thelancet.com Lana is a young Black woman living with HIV in Kingston, Jamaica. A mother of young children, she was concerned about what COVID-19 would mean for her pre-existing diagnosis. During the COVID-19 pandemic she has struggled to find psychosocial support groups, consistent access to antiretrovirals, and employment opportunities to maintain her health and support herself and her family. Pam, a middle-aged HIV-positive woman in Detroit, MI, USA, is a caregiver and local HIV organiser who provides emotional and social support to other newly diagnosed people.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-11-27). Ciencia falsa, datos no válidos: No existe un "caso confirmado de COVID-19". No hay pandemia. globalizacion.ca "El PCR es un proceso. No te dice que estás enfermo ". | El Dr. Kary Mullis , premio Nobel e inventor del RT- PCR, falleció en agosto de 2019. | "… Todos o una parte sustancial de estos positivos podrían deberse…

Staff (2021-11-27). Conferencia Iberoamericana: Canciller cubano agradece reclamo al cese del bloqueo. cubadebate.cu Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla agradeció la tradicional posición de los países miembros de la Conferencia Iberoamericana en el reclamo al cese del bloqueo económico, comercial y financiero impuesto por Estados Unidos. Recordó que esta política se ha recrudecido de manera deliberada y oportunista en el contexto de la pandemia de COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-11-27). COVID-19 cases surge to record highs in South Korea. wsws.org As the number of new cases grows, inequality is also sharply escalating.

Ioannis Katsoularis, Osvaldo Fonseca-Rodríguez, Paddy Farrington, Krister Lindmark, Anne-Marie Fors Connolly (2021-11-27). [Correspondence] COVID-19 and myocardial infarction — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Daniel Caldeira and Fausto Pinto for their comments regarding our study1 focusing on COVID-19 and myocardial infarction. We did acknowledge the difficulties in distinguishing between different types of myocardial injuries in the discussion. The International Classification of Diseases versions 9 and 10 unfortunately do not distinguish between ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) and non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI), which is a limitation of our study.

WSWS (2021-11-27). Charité intensive—Station 43: An unsettling documentary about the reality of the coronavirus. wsws.org The true horror of the deadly pandemic is visible "on the faces of the patients, their children and life partners. And it is reflected in the eyes of the medical staff."

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (2021-11-27). Climate Change 2021, 40 pp. indybay.org It is unequivocal that human influence has warmed the atmosphere, ocean and land. Widespread and rapid changes in the atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere and biosphere have occurred. A.1.1 Since 2011 (measurements reported in AR5), concentrations have continued to increase in the atmosphere, reaching annual averages of 410 parts per million (ppm) for carbon dioxide (CO2)…

Jens Bernert (2021-11-27). The WHO Recommends Genetic Manipulation and Gene Editing of Humans "To Promote Public Health" globalresearch.ca This article published by …

Fight Back (2021-11-27). Thanksgiving served on the picket line at Phoenix airport workers' strike. fightbacknews.org Phoenix, AZ – For many striking concessions workers, this is the first Thanksgiving they are not working. At Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, HMS Host hospitality is the biggest concessions service, with hundreds of workers. Those workers are fed up with four years of failure from HMS to agree to a decent contract. Four days into their indefinite strike, Unite Here Local 11 HMS Host workers are fighting for a contract that includes raises, affordable health insurance, an employer-paid pension, protection for workers' tips, and strong contract language for equal opportunity and protection from discrimination. | It…

John Zarocostas (2021-11-27). [World Report] Countries prepare for pandemic treaty decision. thelancet.com Health diplomats are negotiating over whether to craft a pandemic accord ahead of a Special Session of the World Health Assembly. John Zarocostas reports from Geneva, Switzerland.

Philip Landrigan, Philippe Grandjean (2021-11-27). [Correspondence] Pollution and the developing brain. thelancet.com The Editorial about the social determinants of brain health1 does a superb job of pointing out the powerful association between social disadvantage—poverty, childhood adversity, and violence—and mental disorders. It argues cogently that there is need for psychopharmacologically oriented psychiatric practitioners to join forces with epidemiologists and sociologists to seek holistic approaches to the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Well said!

Andrea Germanos (2021-11-27). Pandemic Response Report Denounces Leaving Global Health 'Hostage' to Big Pharma. zcomm.org "If this pandemic cannot catalyze real change, what will?"

Nicholas J Wald, A Victor Hoffbrand (2021-11-27). [Correspondence] Mandatory UK folic acid fortification. thelancet.com Paul Haggarty's Comment is welcome in drawing attention to the recent decision by the UK Government to fortify non-wholemeal wheat flour with folic acid (vitamin B9).1 Mandatory folic acid fortification will help prevent the birth defects spina bifida and anencephaly and other neural tube defects (NTDs). The Government's decision is a positive step but we have a number of concerns.

The Lancet (2021-11-27). [Editorial] Tobacco control: far from the finish line. thelancet.com Tobacco control is working—slowly. The number of people smoking worldwide has declined and tobacco-attributable deaths are falling. This progress is evident in WHO's fourth report on international tobacco trends, released on Nov 16, which estimates 1 ∑30 billion tobacco users globally in 2020, compared with 1 ∑32 billion in 2015. 60 countries are now on track—versus 32 countries 2 years ago—to achieve the voluntary global target of a 30% reduction in tobacco use between 2010 and 2025. Such progress is welcome.

Susan Jaffe (2021-11-27). [World Report] Theranos founder counters fraud charges in federal trial. thelancet.com Elizabeth Holmes, founder of medical company Theranos, has given evidence in the trial, with a verdict due next month. Susan Jaffe reports.

Fight Back (2021-11-27). Connecticut protest to stop evictions. fightbacknews.org Hartford, CT – On November 20, a dozen protesters rallied in front of the Hartford Supreme Court building to protest the mass evictions happening across Connecticut. The protest centered around Governor Ned Lamont's inability to protect renters from evictions during the ongoing pandemic. There is a new bill requiring landlords to provide tenants with 30 days' removal notice, being disguised as a continuation of the stay on evictions. Other issues included cancelling rent payments and investing in the community instead of police. "Cancel the rents, evictions must end," chanted the protesters. | "The main message w…

WSWS (2021-11-27). Expert Nicolas Smit gives testimony on US masking policies under Trump and Biden. wsws.org In a sweeping report, Smit reviews US masking policies during the pandemic and makes clear which types of masks can prevent airborne transmission.

Ben Norton (2021-11-27). Nicaragua's foreign minister: We're resisting a 'pandemic of neo-colonialism'. thegrayzone.com The Grayzone's Ben Norton sat down for an interview with Nicaragua's Foreign Minister Denis Moncada to discuss the country's decision to leave the OAS, attempts to build an international alliance against US unilateralism, and what an anti-imperialist foreign policy looks like. (Puede leer esta entrevista en español aquí.) Transcript BEN NORTON: This is Ben Norton with The Grayzone. I am in Nicaragua's Foreign Ministry, and I just sat down for an interview with Foreign Minister Denis Moncada. We talked about …

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