Daily Archives: November 13, 2021

2021-11-13: News Headlines

_____ (2021-11-13). China And Solutions To Climate Change. popularresistance.org Last year, President Xi Jinping, pledged that China's CO2 emissions would peak before 2030, and China would become carbon neutral before 2060. | China has a track history of setting ambitious, nearly impossible goals and then achieving them–often before deadline–so this pledge is significant. Under the CPC, China has already created "an economic miracle" in transforming China into the largest economy in the world. It ended extreme poverty while creating the largest middle class in the world. It has virtually eradicated Covid through non-pharmaceutical methods, while vaccinating up to 20 million people daily, an…

Jessica Corbett (2021-11-13). Senate urged to reject Biden's 'poor choice' for FDA chief over ties to Big Pharma. nationofchange.org "The Senate… must reject Califf's nomination and demand that Biden nominate an individual who has been dedicated to advancing public health."

Brian Williams (2021-11-13). Guantánamo trial exposes brutality of CIA torture. themilitant.com In testimony before a sentencing jury of eight senior military officers Oct. 28, Majid Khan read a statement in court detailing his personal experiences being tortured by the CIA. Khan has been imprisoned for 15 years by the U.S. government at its notorious military facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, which it occupies against the will of the Cuban people. | "I thought I was going to die," Khan said, describing the various torture techniques he was subjected to, including beatings, sexual assaults, being chained naked from a ceiling beam for long periods, starved, doused repeatedly with ice water to keep him awake…

Richard Horton (2021-11-13). [Comment] Offline: Decolonisation and the demand for a just memory. thelancet.com According to Kehinde Andrews in The New Age of Empire, the deceit of modern science is its claim to stand for a set of universal values in the service of human progress. Andrews is the UK's first Professor of Black Studies. In his view "Whiteness is at the heart of Enlightenment thinking". The values that science affirms are not based on the universal but, instead, on a purely white particular. Today's western descendants of the Enlightenment "are fundamentally incapable of even naming the racism that is the basis of the global political and economic system".

Monica E Peek (2021-11-13). [Comment] By any means necessary: why lowering insulin prices is relevant to racial health equity. thelancet.com When young revolutionaries in the 1960s sought to free Black people in the USA from lives of structured racism (ie, the differential access to opportunity, goods, and services by race) "by any means necessary",1 few people imagined this movement might one day include efforts to overcome exorbitant insulin prices. Yet organisations such as the Black Panther Party (BPP) understood long ago how poverty and other structural inequities lead to worse health, and were instrumental in creating a framework for cross-sector collaboration to address health disparities in low-income Black communities.

Prakash Bhuyan, Jennie Medin, Hugo Gomes da Silva, Madhavi Yadavalli, Magnus Nord (2021-11-13). [Correspondence] Just how common is TTS after a second dose of the ChAdOx1 nCov-19 vaccine? — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We agree with Sue Pavord and colleagues about our analysis1 of very rare cases of potential thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) after a second dose of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222)—that is, that most of the 13 cases do not fulfil the criteria to be catagorised as definite or probable vaccine-induced thrombosis with thrombocytopenia (VITT), as defined by the UK Expert Haematology Panel criteria.2 This failure to meet the criteria for definite or probable VITT is because crucial information regarding clinical and laboratory parameters was missing, which remains the key limitation of assessing…

Staff (2021-11-13). Yale researchers detect 'Remdesivir-resistant' Covid mutation. rt.com Researchers have discovered what's believed to be the first Covid-19 mutation resistant to the antiviral drug Remdesivir outside of the lab, according to a new preprint study. | In Though such mutations have been produce…

WSWS (2021-11-13). Over 40 killed by floods in South India and Sri Lanka. wsws.org Most affected are working people and the poor, in urban as well as rural areas, who have already been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and hikes in the prices of essentials.

WSWS (2021-11-13). Striking Kaiser workers must take up the fight to eliminate COVID-19! wsws.org Nearly 32,000 nurses and other Kaiser Permanente health workers are set to strike next Monday in southern California, Oregon, Washington state and Hawaii.

Michael J Murphy, William Damsky, Matthew D Vesely (2021-11-13). [Clinical Picture] A pruritic psoriatic plaque develops at the donor site of an autologous skin graft: Koebner phenomenon. thelancet.com A 64-year-old man attended our dermatology clinic with a rectangular-shaped pruritic rash on the upper part of his right thigh and oval pink plaques on his right forearm. The patient said that the lesions had developed gradually over the previous few weeks. 3 months earlier, he had developed necrotising fasciitis of his right forearm after a fishing trip; tissue cultures had grown Vibrio vulnificus and an emergency fasciotomy had been done by plastic surgery colleagues. To repair the wound on his arm, a split-thickness rectangular patch of skin had been harvested from the upper part of the patient's right thigh a…

WSWS (2021-11-13). Workers Struggles: Asia and Australia. wsws.org Thousands of Indonesian workers demonstrate for higher minimum wage; Bangladeshi private sector transport workers strike; South Australian health workers impose bans; Country Road warehouse workers strike in Melbourne…

WSWS (2021-11-13). Canada's two largest provinces reject vaccine mandates for health workers. wsws.org Ontario's and Quebec's refusal to adopt this vital public health measure will result in still more unnecessary deaths. It is also a political gift to the far right.

WSWS (2021-11-13). Australian union ends industrial campaign by Victorian mental health workers. wsws.org The mental health workers' dispute has worn the workers down with a long drawn out campaign, driving over-worked traumatised members to the point where they simply caved in.

Sharmila Devi (2021-11-13). [World Report] Sudan coup prompts fresh health and humanitarian fears. thelancet.com Medicine and food could run short as donors halt aid following the military's seizure of power. Sharmila Devi reports.

Nayvin Gordon (2021-11-13). Vital Medical History Denied–Book Whitewashed Class War as Cause of Workers' Illness from. indybay.org Eliminating the concept of class war, a deliberate attempt to bury the history of the worker's progressive role in fighting for better health and health care under the profit system.

Sue Pavord, Marie Scully, Will Lester, Mike Makris, Beverley J Hunt (2021-11-13). [Correspondence] Just how common is TTS after a second dose of the ChAdOx1 nCov-19 vaccine? thelancet.com Prakash Bhuyan and colleagues1 suggest that thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) can occur after the second dose of the ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 vaccine (AZD1222). We feel it is necessary to distinguish TTS, which can have a number of causes, from vaccine-induced immune thrombocytopenia and thrombosis (VITT), which has a very specific immune pathophysiology (appendix). None of the 13 individuals reported in their Correspondence1 can be categorised as having definite or probable VITT, using the UK Expert Haematology Panel criteria.

Nayvin Gordon (2021-11-13). Vital Medical History Denied–Book Whitewashed Class War as Cause of Workers' Illness fro. indybay.org WORKERS struggles written out of medical history | (correction from the last submission)…

WSWS (2021-11-13). Travel nursing demand reaches all-time high amidst nursing shortage and Delta surge should be in pandemic. wsws.org While demand for travel nurses has spiked multiple times throughout the pandemic, the spread of the Delta variant has put an unprecedented strain on staffing levels, causing hospitals to contract out to private agencies.

WSWS (2021-11-13). School bus drivers launch wildcat strikes across the United States. wsws.org In recent weeks, school bus drivers in multiple states across the US have engaged in strikes, including numerous wildcat actions independent of the unions, to protest abysmal pay and workloads exacerbated by the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-11-13). Scranton teachers union seeks to divert strike with fruitless appeals to the Democrats. wsws.org The unions are seeking to divert and end the first teachers strike since the beginning of the pandemic, organizing a stunt protest outside the state capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday.

Staff (2021-11-12). Headlines for November 12, 2021. democracynow.org New Draft Agreement Weakens Earlier Calls to Phase Out Coal, Fossil Fuel Funding as COP26 Nears End, Beyond Oil and Gas: Denmark and Costa Rica Lead New Push to Phase Out Fossil Fuels, Biden and Xi Jinping to Hold Virtual Summit Amid Ongoing Tensions, NIH and Moderna in Legal Battle over COVID Vaccine Patent Rights, Another Explosion Targets Mosque in Afghanistan, 5,000 Afghan Refugees Fleeing to Iran Every Day as Humanitarian Crisis Worsens, U.N.: 84 Million People Worldwide Displaced by War, Insecurity and the Climate Crisis, Eastern Europe Refugee Crisis Intensifies as Poland Blocks Border, Belarus Issues Thre…

_____ (2021-11-12). Nicaragua, Cuba, Venezuela As Existential Threats To The US. popularresistance.org One of the extreme ironies of the latest attack by the settler-colonial regime of the United States against the national democratic project of Nicaragua is that in Nicaragua, the second poorest nation in the Americas, universal healthcare and education are guaranteed to the population as a human right, while in the U.S. those kinds of basic human rights are distant dreams. | The day after the so-called progressive block of legislators in the U.S. House of Representatives surrendered to President Joe Biden and the right-wing corporate wing of the party on the Build Back Better legislation that offered some minor a…

Geopolitics & Empire (2021-11-12). Edward Curtin: There is a Direct Link between JFK, 9/11, and Covid-19. dissidentvoice.org Edward Curtin returns to discuss deep politics and what links the assassination of JFK, 9/11, and Covid-19. No president since Kennedy has dared to buck the Military-Industrial-Complex, including Trump, who is part of the same system that produced both Obama and Biden. He discusses the 1967 CIA memo which told mainstream media to use the …

Rabbi Hillel Handler (2021-11-12). Stop the Covid Holocaust! Open Letter. globalresearch.ca

Staff (2021-11-12). WATCH Massive Polish march that bypassed Covid ban with GOVERNMENT help. rt.com Thousands of people took part in the Independence Day march in Warsaw, after Poland's nationalist government found a loophole that allowed the event, even though a court earlier declared it illegal due to Covid-19 restrictions. | The right-wing demonstrators, dressed mainly in black, flooded central streets of the Polish capital on Thursday, carrying red-and-white national flags, burning flares and chanting slogans. | The Office for War Veterans, which became the organizer of this year's event, said that it was staged to honor the "protectors of the border" and underline the need to defend Poland's sovereig…

Staff (2021-11-12). FBI director comments on whether it'll meddle in school board meetings — reports. rt.com FBI Director Christopher Wray has "made it clear" that the bureau will not be attending tense school board meetings and will "stay in its own lane" on the matter, according to a former agent. | Wray's comments were made at the national conference for the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI last month in Arizona, the Daily Caller reported on Thursday. | Cecil Moses, a retired agent and former Alabama police chief, said Wray wanted to push back against any "misconceptions" about the FBI's role in increasingly heated school board meetings across the country. | "He made the comment that the Bureau will sta…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-11-12). La pandemia de COVID-19 no existe. globalizacion.ca Introducción | Existe mucha confusión y desinformación con respecto a la naturaleza de la llamada "pandemia" de Covid-19. | Los gobiernos y los medios corporativos rara vez mencionan la definición de pandemia. | Lo que confirma la existencia de una pandemia no es…

teleSUR (2021-11-12). Latin America Begins to Feel Effects of International Shortage. telesurenglish.net The effects of the global supply chain crisis are beginning to be felt in Latin American countries whose economies are highly dependent on the import of goods such as fertilizers, fuels or semiconductor chips. | RELATED: | Since the COVID-19 restrictions on mobility began to relax, the global demand for goods and services has experienced a sudden growth that manufacturers and carriers have not been able to respond to. This has…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-11-12). Mayo Clinic co-leads a new coalition to improve patient care through community-level clinical trials. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Clinic and several health organizations launched the Advancing Clinical Trials at the Point of Care Coalition to improve patient care by giving clinicians quality clinical research evidence in real time to better evaluate treatments and therapeutics, including those to treat COVID-19. The ACT@POC coalition will bring together health systems, community-based care organizations, health research organizations and a more diverse group of patients and providers to support the design of adaptable clinical…

_____ (2021-11-12). Campaigners Petition UN To Investigate Racial And Gender Discriminations In Global COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-Out. popularresistance.org An international coalition of human rights law groups, public health experts, and civil society organizations is taking legal action against the US, UK, Germany, Norway, and Switzerland, on the grounds that these countries are in violation of international human rights law by failing to intervene on what has been an inequitable and racially discriminatory roll-out of the vaccine and other COVID healthcare technologies.

WSWS (2021-11-12). Public health experts warn of a winter surge in the pandemic. wsws.org The United States and Europe are facing a renewed surge in COVID-19 cases. Winter and the pro-market policies pursued by governments of high-income nations will have severe consequences for the population.

WSWS (2021-11-12). COVID-19 deaths and child infections continue to surge in Russia, Ukraine. wsws.org Ukraine and Russia now have the highest daily death tolls after the United States and, according to one medical expert, over 130,000 children are currently infected with the virus in Russia alone.

teleSUR- llb, JDO (2021-11-12). El estrés por Covid-19 afecta salud reproductiva en mujeres. telesurtv.net La carga psicológica generada por la actual pandemia ha afectado el sistema reproductivo femenino.

Staff (2021-11-12). Kiss frontman calls Covid-19 deniers 'an enemy'. rt.com People who deny the existence of Covid-19 and are willing to spread the virus are evil, Gene Simmons believes. So are those on both sides of the aisle who have politicized vaccines against the disease. | Simmons, the frontman of legendary rock band Kiss, ripped into anti-vaxxers who knowingly expose other people to the risk of infection. "You are not allowed to infect anybody just because you think you'v…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-11-12). Mayo Clinic Minute: Keeping those who are medically vulnerable safe from COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If you or a loved one are immunocompromised, and therefore at a higher risk of becoming severely ill from COIVD-19, it's more important than ever to plan ahead for upcoming holiday gatherings. Among those at heightened risk are cancer and transplant patients who are taking immunosuppression medication, in addition to patients with advanced and untreated HIV/AIDS.In this Mayo Clinic Minute, Dr. Raymund Razonable, a Mayo Clinic infectious diseases physician who works with transplant patients, will…

WSWS (2021-11-12). Interview with Hampton Stall, an expert on the far right, on fascist activity in school reopening campaign and January 6 aftermath. wsws.org Eric London recently spoke to Hampton Stall about the impact of the January 6 coup attempt and the coronavirus pandemic on the far right. Stall is a researcher with MilitiaWatch, a nonprofit organization that monitors the online activity of the far right.

Editor2 (2021-11-12). Honduras: Social Forum Denounces Irregularities in Upcoming Elections. orinocotribune.com The Platform in Defense of Public Health and Education invited Hondurans to go en masse to the polls because a record-high turnover is one of the ways to avoid fraud attempts. | On Tuesday, Honduran Social Forum on External Debt and Development (FOSDEH) and other social organizations denounced the existence of irregularities in the Nov. 28 elections. | So far, the National Election Council (CNE) has not approved several important reforms for the proper conduct of transparent elections. Among them is the implementation of a second round in case no candidate reaches an absolute majority. Nor have the authorities pr…

Staff (2021-11-12). Ye declares himself 'Young Putin'. rt.com Enigmatic rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has given another bizarre interview, in which he talked slavery, mental health, and why he thinks himself to be a "Young Putin" of culture. | Sitting down with Revolt TV's 'Drink Champs' podcast on Thursday, Kanye West unloaded on the recording industry for hiring rappers to promote violence in music ("a form of modern-day slavery"), hammered white Christians for telling him not to swear on his songs ("there were Christians in the KKK too"), and, bizarrely, compared himself to Russian President Vladimir Putin. | "I'm like Young Putin," he proclaimed, to cheers…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-12). German science leaders commend public health innovation at White City Campus. imperial.ac.uk German science leaders visited Imperial's White City Campus to discover how researchers are working with the local community on health challenges.

sputniknews (2021-11-12). White House Unveils New Effort to Address US Troops' Exposure to Toxic Substances. sputniknews.com Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden's White House announced that it would undertake a number of initiatives geared toward preventing suicides among both active and veteran service members. At the time, the White House noted that suicide among US service members is both a public health and a national security crisis.

WSWS (2021-11-12). Tens of thousands of Kaiser Permanente workers prepare to strike as global struggles by healthcare workers continue. wsws.org Nearly 32,000 nurses and other healthcare workers employed by Kaiser Permanente are set to strike next Monday in southern California, Oregon, Washington state and Hawaii.

WSWS (2021-11-12). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Danish nurses conclude wildcat strikes; disputes continue across French medical sector over resources, pay and conditions; Greek seafarers' 48-hour nationwide strike on passenger vessels over pay and conditions; Armenian ambulance drivers strike over increased workload during pandemic and low pay; Libyan doctors continue indefinite stoppage over pay cuts…

Dean Baker (2021-11-12). The Media Discover Real Wages. cepr.net At the start of the pandemic, many of the lower paid workers lost their jobs, which raised the average wage for people who were still working. This year we are seeing this composition effect in reverse.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-11-12). Peter Maybarduk on Moderna Patent, Tracy Rosenberg on Aaron Swartz Day. fair.org New York Times ( This week on CounterSpin: We've talked on this show about how drugs and medicines are researched and developed by the government (on the public dime, if you will), and then pharmaceutical companies get patents on them and sell them back to the public at literally life-altering, or life-ending, prices. If you think, "But surely everything is different in a pandemic that's killed 800,000 people in this country, one of every 400 people, and more than 5 million worldwide"—sadly, that means you don't unde…

Jake Johnson (2021-11-12). Petition From 14 Youth Leaders Says UN Must 'Declare a Systemwide Climate Emergency'. zcomm.org "The climate emergency—which threatens every person on the planet into the foreseeable future—is at least as serious a threat as a global pandemic and similarly requires urgent international action."

WSWS (2021-11-12). UK teachers oppose attacks on working conditions. wsws.org Teachers are facing the terrible impact of the pandemic, attacks on their pay and conditions, the further marketisation of education, and victimisations.

WSWS (2021-11-12). SEP electoral members denounce Australian government's "woeful" response to the pandemic. wsws.org "China built new hospitals in response to the pandemic. We have tacked on party hire tents to existing hospitals."

WSWS (2021-11-12). Right-wing anti-vax forces incite furore over new pandemic powers bill in Australian state. wsws.org Wider concerns about aspects of the bill have been seized upon to demand the faster scrapping of safety measures and the lifting of all restrictions on people who refuse to be vaccinated.

WSWS (2021-11-12). Torn from Her Arms: The US government immigration policy that "rises to the level of torture" wsws.org The Lifetime channel film is based on the true story of a mother and child fleeing gang violence in El Salvador brutally separated at the US border by immigration officials.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-12). Krill thriller and lively lungs: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

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