2021-11-19: News Headlines

Staff (2021-11-19). Headlines for November 19, 2021. democracynow.org House to Vote on Build Back Better Act After Filibuster-Style Delay by Republican Leader, Julius Jones Granted Clemency Hours Before Scheduled Execution, Henry Montgomery, Sentenced to Life Term at 17, Leaves Angola Prison on Parole, Belarus Shelters Some Asylum-Seekers on Polish Border, Deports Iraqi Refugees, As COVID Surges in Europe, Austria Orders New Lockdown and National Vaccine Mandate, 18,000 Cut Off by Flooding in British Columbia; Millions of Kenyans at Risk of Hunger Amid Drought, Amazon Deforestation in Brazil Hits 15-Year Peak; Indigenous Groups in Ecuador Oppose Mining Plans, Delhi School Shutdown…

Staff (2021-11-19). Punishments set for US troops who refuse vaccination. rt.com The US Army has threatened repercussions for soldiers who decline to receive Covid-19 vaccinations, saying that insubordinate troops will be barred from promotions, reenlistment, and a number of special military services. | Army personnel who refuse the jab, including reservists and Army National Guard troops, will now have their service records "flagged," preventing them from receiving "favorable personnel actions" such as reenlistment bonuses, promotions to higher ranks, decorations and other awards, attending military academies, as well as tuition assistance with higher education, according to an official m…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Rail and airport workers strike in France for wage increases. wsws.org The strikes are part of an international resurgence of working-class struggle against the attacks by the state and employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Research News (2021-11-19). Selected Articles: More People Died in the Key Clinical Trial for Pfizer's COVID Vaccine than the Company Publicly Reported. globalresearch.ca By Pfizer told the world 15 people who received the vaccine in its trial had died as …

WSWS (2021-11-19). New Zealand's COVID-19 outbreak grows as schools reopen. wsws.org The trade unions are playing a key role in enforcing the reopening of schools, which will accelerate the spread of COVID-19 across the country.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Johnson government lies that main danger of COVID spread comes from Europe. wsws.org Britain's huge toll of disease and death is not a foreign import, but the product of the government's own policies, carried out with the declared aim of making the UK the first country in which COVID is endemic in the population.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Shutdown Michigan schools to in-person learning! Stop the winter of death! wsws.org COVID-19 cases are now at an all-time high in Michigan, and schools are the top source of spread. The youth and the working class must unite to end this madness.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Pentagon dispatching emergency medical teams to Minnesota as another winter surge of COVID-19 infections takes hold in the US. wsws.org Developments in the upper Midwest—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan—represent the leading edge of the wave of illness and death that will hit the country in the latest phase of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Shut down Michigan schools to in-person learning! Stop the winter of death! wsws.org COVID-19 cases are now at an all-time high in Michigan, and schools are the top source of spread. The youth and the working class must unite to end this madness.

Michael Sainato (2021-11-19). U.S. School Bus Drivers in Nationwide Strikes over Poor Pay and Covid Risk. zcomm.org U.S. school bus drivers in nationwide strikes over poor pay and Covid risk Drivers are left 'begging for better pay' even as the school bus driver shortage is worsening in the new school year…

WSWS (2021-11-19). Seattle, Washington parents speak out on their fight for remote learning for their autistic child. wsws.org Two Seattle parents describe their legal and political nightmare battling to keep their seven-year-old daughter safe from COVID-19 and at home with remote instruction.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Savage exploitation at flagship plant of "green" Canadian capitalism. wsws.org The dangerous conditions described by the worker at the Gaspé, Quebec, plant of the General Electric subsidiary LM Wind Power were exacerbated by management's decision to keep the plant open during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-11-19). More New York City schools forced to close amid mounting COVID-19 outbreaks. wsws.org According to the city's Department of Education, there are currently 176 classroom closures for public schools and 17 for charter schools, while at least 6,193 students have been infected since the start of the school year.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-19). Five lessons from the founder of the Me Too movement. imperial.ac.uk Founder of the Me Too movement, Tarana Burke, called on students to use their spheres of influence to make change at an Imperial event.

WSWS (2021-11-19). Conference produces no solution for Treasury market shocks. wsws.org While the onset of the pandemic was the trigger for the March 2020 crisis, it was not the underlying cause, with two previous incidents raising considerable concerns in financial regulatory circles.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-19). Boosted economy and decentralised science: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

_____ (2021-11-18). Student Loan Payments Resume Soon, But Working Borrowers Aren't Ready. popularresistance.org On February 1, 2022, the relief student-loan borrowers have had since the start of the pandemic will be stripped away and they will be thrown back into repayment — whether they're ready or not. | And most of them are not. | The Student Debt Crisis Center, in partnership with Savi — a social impact technology startup — released the results of the fourth installment of the Student Debt x COVID-19 series on Wednesday examining the impact of the pandemic on student-loan borrowers. It found that although student-loan company communication to borrowers has improved since June, 89% of fully-employed bo…

_____ (2021-11-18). The World Stands With Cuba. popularresistance.org The US-backed counter-revolutionary protests planned for November 15 in Cuba fell flat as the Caribbean country reopened its borders to tourists and its schools on the same day. The Cuban people blatantly rejected being a part of the US destabilization attempt and proved that they are more concerned about the reopening of the economy and the return to normalcy after a year and a half of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | A small number of people in a few cities took to the streets as a part of the "Civic March for Change", called for by an NGO called Archipiélago in 10 cities across Cuba. Videos shared…

ecns.cn (2021-11-18). New drug shows promise in treating COVID-19. ecns.cn DXP-604, a new neutralizing antibody medicine to treat COVID-19 which has been approved for compassionate use with patients at the Beijing Ditan Hospital, has shown good results in phase 2 clinical trials, Science and Technology Daily reported on Thursday.

Jacob Andrewartha (2021-11-18). Stand up against the 'freedom' movement. greenleft.org.au A rise in the number of people attending the right-wing "freedom" protests in Melbourne since the lift of COVID-19 restrictions is a concern, writes Jacob Andrewartha.

WSWS (2021-11-18). Students and teachers walk out at Detroit high school over COVID-19 policies. wsws.org Students and teachers at Martin Luther King High School walked out on Wednesday to protest the school administration's COVID-19 policies and failure to stop the pandemic, which is now surging in Detroit and Michigan.

WSWS (2021-11-18). Washington Post calls for a COVID-19 cover-up. wsws.org The commission advocated by the Washington Post will be aimed at shielding the government and corporate officials responsible for the deaths of more than one million Americans, while scapegoating China for the pandemic.

ecns.cn (2021-11-18). Pfizer bullies governments worldwide in COVID-19 vaccine contracts: report. ecns.cn U.S. multinational pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporation Pfizer has been bullying governments around the world in COVID-19 vaccine contracts, said a recent report.

Sharon Zhang (2021-11-18). Agency Tasked by Trump With $100M to Boost Supply Chain Hasn't Spent a Penny. truthout.org In 2020, former President Donald Trump tasked a government agency with giving loans to help ease supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic — but that agency hasn't spent a single penny of the $100 million it received, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) In a report released on Wednesday, the GAO found that the International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) has received 178…

ecns.cn (2021-11-18). More US states offer COVID-19 boosters to all adults as federal govt grabs more vaccines, pills amid fear of winter surge. ecns.cn A growing number of US governors from both political parties and other officials are circumventing a federal guidance to offer boosters to anyone over 18 in hopes of staving off a spike in cases over the holidays, while the Joe Biden administration is purchasing more vaccines and pills in preparation for future pandemics, especially a potential surge of the coronavirus this winter.

Joshua Cho (2021-11-18). US and UK Press Mock New Zealand's Incredibly Successful Covid Response. zcomm.org One gets the sense that corporate media outlets in countries like the US and Britain mocking or criticizing New Zealand's pandemic response are following a "misery loves company" ethos…

Staff (2021-11-18). Release of US vaccine data 'may take till 2076'. rt.com The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may take 55 years to release all the documents it used to declare Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine safe, a group of doctors and professors claim. | The FDA approved Pfizer/BioNTech's Covid-19 vaccine for people aged 16 and over in August, and, last month, extended its emergency-use authorization to children as young as five. This week, FDA regulators are expected to permit booster doses of Pfizer's product for adults aged 18 and over. | Read more | | When a group of doctors, prof…

Staff (2021-11-18). Pfizer gets new $5.3bn boost over Covid. rt.com US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has agreed a $5.29 billion deal with the American government to provide 10 million doses of its new Covid-19 oral antiviral drug, Paxlovid. | "This promising treatment could help accelerate our path out of this pandemic by offering another life-saving tool for people who get sick with Covid-19," Xavier Becerra, secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, said on Thursday. | Read more | | Under the deal, Pfizer is to deliver some 10 mil…

WSWS (2021-11-18). Biden infrastructure bill nixes all education funding as schools remain epicenter of COVID-19 spread. wsws.org The Biden administration's infrastructure bill puts to rest any claims that this president or the Democratic party as a whole has any real concern for the needs of public schoolchildren.

WSWS (2021-11-18). Michigan nurse speaks on the conditions in hospitals as COVID-19 cases surge. wsws.org Danielle, a nurse at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor recently discussed staffing shortages, working conditions and the impact of the profit motive on health care with the WSWS.

WSWS (2021-11-18). The growing toll of COVID-19 on children in North Carolina. wsws.org Neither Democratic Governor Roy Cooper nor the state's Republican-dominated legislature have taken any significant action to protect the lives of the population from COVID-19.

Global Research News (2021-11-18). Selected Articles: Vaccinated People Are Up to Nine Times (9X) More Likely to be Hospitalized than Unvaccinated People. globalresearch.ca By In the spring of 2021, before the emergence of the Delta variant, Israel had been the first country in …

WSWS (2021-11-18). German Social Democrats-Left Party coalition in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: Social attacks, state armament and viral spread. wsws.org After governing the state with the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for four years, the SPD is now forming a coalition with the Left Party to advance and intensify the policies of fiscal austerity, state rearmament and allowing the coronavirus to spread unchecked.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-11-18). U.S. court ban forces OSHA to suspend anti-virus test/mask mandate. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—A federal appeals court ban has forced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to suspend its mandate, known as an Emergency Temporary Standard, that businesses develop and implement plans to protect workers against the rampant coronavirus. Such plans require masking, vaccinations and frequent testing for the unvaccinated. The ETS stays on the books for public …

Brittani Banks (2021-11-18). Don't Blame Government Benefits for Inflation—Blame the Modern Economy. independentmediainstitute.org Headlines are screaming that inflation is here to stay. Consumer prices have risen by an average of 6.2 percent in the past year, the sharpest increase since 1991. Although Americans are supposedly—in the words of the New York Times—"flush with cash and jobs," they are also deeply unhappy with the state of the economy. It's …

Steve Gillis (2021-11-18). Boston bus drivers take contract struggle to the street. workers.org WW photo credit: Steve Kirschbaum Executive Board, USW Local 8751 Boston, Nov. 14 — Banging drums and chanting "No contract, no work," hundreds of Boston school bus drivers from far-flung yards converged on their employer Transdev's office during their Nov. 9 morning break. With a week to go until their . . . |

Meaghan Ellis (2021-11-18). Network of GOP-focused fake news sites push fear-mongering claims about critical race theory. zcomm.org "I think that they could have a meaningful impact. Not because necessarily they're going to influence that many voters, but because elections are decided at the margins"

Andrew Emett (2021-11-18). Bernie opposes exorbitant defense spending bill. nationofchange.org "Isn't it strange how even as we end the longest war in our nation's history concerns about the deficit and national debt seem to melt away under the influence of the powerful Military Industrial Complex?"

AFSCME en Español (2021-11-18). Empleados de Kaiser Permanente en California logran acuerdo provisional con su empleador. peoplesworld.org LOS ANGELES — Trabajadores de cuidado de salud que son miembros de AFSCME han logrado un acuerdo provisional nacional con ejecutivos de Kaiser Permanente, evitando así una huelga planeada para empezar el lunes de esta semana en California. Miembros de United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP) — unión afiliada con AFSCME …

Andrew Wright (2021-11-18). America's mental health crisis is a mental care crisis. peoplesworld.org The "usual suspects" who protest Critical Race Theory have now turned to mental health programs, according to a recent article by NBC News. Mental health professionals employed by school districts are now being charged with occupying "dangerous, worthless" jobs. All of this came up when Tara Eddins of Southlake, Texas, showed up at a school …

ecns.cn (2021-11-18). Healthy China-U.S. ties benefit whole world, say experts. ecns.cn The sound and steady development of the China-U.S. relationship is beneficial to the two countries and the rest of the world"ÄÇ…

Kevin Mwanza (2021-11-18). Why Are Black Americans Considered Vitamin D Deficient? Some Answers On Genetics And The Testing Process. moguldom.com Vitamin D deficiency is more widespread among Black Americans than others in the U.S., although the reasons behind this are complex and require more study, according to David O. Meltzer. MD, PhD, the chief of hospital medicine at the University of Chicago Medicine. Vitamin D is important to the health of every system in the …

Liberation Staff (2021-11-18). Astroworld was a tragedy wrought by capitalist greed. liberationnews.org The major faults in the Astroworld festival tragedy are systemic: failures to plan for common scenarios, cost-cutting measures that limited capacity to deliver medical aid, lack of adequate training, and police indifference to human suffering.

Mohamed Osman (2021-11-18). Sudan Is Backsliding Dangerously. fpif.org In September, I sat down in Khartoum with the mother of a medical student killed by security forces during Sudan's 2018-2019 protests. | "The reason why I wake up every day is that I have a little hope that I can find justice for my son," she confided. "This will not be only for him, but to prevent other parents from having to face the devastation of losing their children because of state violence." | In this period of uncertainty for Sudan, one thing is clear: It would be fundamentally wrong and dangerous to jettison justice for serious past and more recent abuses in the name of political expediency. | Our resea…

Misión Verdad (2021-11-18). November 15 in Cuba: A Brief Report. orinocotribune.com Through what anti-Castroism called the "Civic March for Change," elements of the soft coup carried out against the Cuban government since 2018 were visibly reactivated. Neither the movements financed from exile in Miami nor the characters who led the calls for protests received the expected outcome. Compared to the events of July 11, 2021, Cuba experienced a calm November 15 (15N), while significant sectors paralyzed by the pandemic were reactivated. | New actors: Archipiélago, a platform created after the protests last July, displaced the San Isidro Movement in the media. Its leader, the playwright Yunior García…

WSWS (2021-11-18). Australian Electoral Commission rejects SEP application for pandemic extension of registration deadline. wsws.org The AEC's pre-election refusal of an extension confirms the necessity for the determined campaign being conducted by the Socialist Equality Party against the new anti-democratic electoral laws.

WSWS (2021-11-18). Australian establishment legitimises fascist political violence with anti-lockdown protests. wsws.org Demonstrations against proposed pandemic laws in the state of Victoria are being used to integrate an extreme-right-wing and fascistic anti-lockdown milieu into the official political establishment.

WSWS (2021-11-18). Boston Museum of Fine Arts workers hold one-day strike. wsws.org MFA workers are fighting not just for themselves but against a wholesale attack on workers' living standards and their right to culture, which the pandemic has exacerbated.

_____ (2021-11-18). New Files Expose Australian Government's Betrayal Of Assange. popularresistance.org Was the government of Australia aware of the US Central Intelligence Agency plot to assassinate Julian Assange, an Australian citizen and journalist arrested and now imprisoned under unrelentingly bleak, harsh conditions in the UK? | Why have the country's elected leaders refused to publicly advocate for one of its citizens, who has been held on dubious charges and subjected to torture by a foreign power, according to UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Nils Melzer? What does Canberra know about Julian's fate and when did it know it? | The Grayzone has obtained documents revealing that the Australian government has…

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