2021-11-21: News Headlines

Cecilia Hammond (2021-11-21). After Ida, New Orleans renters face mold, bugs, landlord inaction. liberationnews.org Affluent New Orleans residents have largely recovered from Hurricane Ida, but working-class and poor residents remain in a state of perpetual insecurity.

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-11-21). COVID-19 worsened seepage of plastic into oceans. peoplesdispatch.org Scientists say that 193 countries have produced around 9.2 million tons of plastic waste associated with the pandemic. 87.4% of this was generated by hospitals while a small fraction (7.6%) was generated by individuals…

Laurie J. Beyranevand (2021-11-21). Biden's Call for Racial Equity Lacks Protections for Marginalized Workers. truthout.org It was already clear that meatpacking plants hosted some of the country's worst COVID-19 outbreaks. But a

Editor2 (2021-11-21). The Situation in this Sunday's Elections in Chile. orinocotribune.com By Resumen Latinoamericano — Nov 17, 2021 | Chileans will go to the polls today to elect a new president against the backdrop of allegations of human rights violations by the government and the challenge of keeping the Covid-19 pandemic under control. | The elections, in which the entire Chamber of Deputies, part of the Senate and the regional councilors will also be renewed, will take place within the framework of the Constitutional Convention that arose from the social outburst of October 2019, which seeks for the country to abandon the remnants of Pinochet's military dictatorship. | The exercise of the ri…

Staff (2021-11-21). State offers thousands of dollars in vaccine jingle contest. rt.com South Carolina has launched a jingle contest for K-12 students, challenging them to write a song promoting Covid-19 vaccination, and offering thousands of dollars to the winner. | The South Carolina Department of Education (SCDE) and South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) announced the 'Sing It to Win It' campaign this week, encouraging students "to channel their creativity for a Covid-19 vaccine campaign" and produce a short song praising the virtues of vaccination against Covid-19. | The campaign offers thousands in funds for the music programs of the top three schools. | Read m…

Roselena Ramirez (2021-11-21). Venezuelans Entrepreneurship is on the Rise Despite All Odds. america.cgtn.com Venezuela has been in a deep recession since 2013. And like many other countries, it has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. But it's not all gloom and doom. Perhaps because of the crisis, Venezuelans are showing more resilience. Despite all odds, some entrepreneurs …

Ben Norton (2021-11-21). Nicaragua explains why it's leaving OAS, responds to US attacks on its elections. thegrayzone.com Nicaraguan diplomat Michael Campbell Hooker tells The Grayzone's Ben Norton why they are leaving the Organization of American States (OAS), which he says is a "failed," "coup-plotting" organization dominated by Washington. Campbell also responds to US attempts to discredit Nicaragua's November elections, and explains the importance of autonomy for Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities on the Caribbean Coast. Transcript BEN NORTON: This is Ben Norton with The Grayzone. I just sat down for an interview with Michael Campbell, a foreign policy …

_____ (2021-11-21). On Contact: Struggle Against Industrial Agriculture. popularresistance.org On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the struggle against industrial agriculture with author Daniel J. O'Connell. The San Joaquin Valley in California is the most agriculturally productive farmland in the United States, but it is also plagued by high levels of poverty and water pollution, as well as the serious health risks that come with …

James K. Galbraith (2021-11-21). The Choking of the Global Minotaur. zcomm.org The supply disruptions plaguing the US economy are the result of a logistics ecosystem that was developed to feed the beast of American consumption was not designed for a pandemic…

WSWS (2021-11-20). Death of UAW official from COVID underscores danger in John Deere plants. wsws.org If a UAW official contracted the virus outside of working in a plant, what of the Deere workers who are now returning to the factories, working side by side, as the pandemic continues to rage?

WSWS (2021-11-20). Death of UAW steward from COVID underscores danger in John Deere plants. wsws.org If a UAW steward contracted the virus outside of working in a plant, what of the Deere workers who are now returning to the factories, working side by side, as the pandemic continues to rage?

Martina E McMenamin, Benjamin J Cowling (2021-11-20). [Correspondence] CoronaVac efficacy data from Turkey. thelancet.com Mine Tanriover and colleagues1 report that the efficacy of CoronaVac against laboratory-confirmed symptomatic COVID-19 in a trial in Turkey is 83 ∑5% (95% CI 65 ∑4—92 ∑1). By contrast, the efficacy of CoronaVac against symptomatic COVID-19 has been estimated at 50 ∑7% (36 ∑0—62 ∑0) in a Brazilian trial and at 65 ∑3% (20 ∑0—85 ∑1) in an Indonesian trial.2,3 Noting that post-vaccination neutralising antibody titres are quite strongly associated with vaccine efficacy against symptomatic infection,4,5 the efficacy estimated from the Turkish dataset is much higher…

_____ (2021-11-20). Industrial Nations Value Capitalism Over People At Climate Conference. popularresistance.org The cataclysms of the interlinked crises of COVID and climate change were elucidated this past year in ways that cannot be repudiated. Following the release of the International Panel on Climate Change's (IPPC) most recent report on the state of global warming, UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres characterized it as, "a code red for humanity ." In short, the report found that absent immediate and decisive measures to address planetary warming, the worst-case scenarios of climate change will be soon realized for both the physical environment and the social systems that depend on it. These admonishments should h…

Elizabeth Woodworth (2021-11-20). COVID-19 and the Shadowy "Trusted News Initiative" globalresearch.ca Exposing this uncanny censorship of eminent voices is especially vital to the fate of children and youth, who are being aggressively targeted for low-benefit, sometimes lethal, inoculations.

Staff (2021-11-20). Spiky death: how long will Covid remain a threat? rt.com Covid-19 variants keep emerging in different parts of the world, causing experts to ask how long the pandemic will last, and how effective the current methods of protection really are. | Since the pandemic started in 2019, people have referred to the disease which has paralyzed the world simply as 'coronavirus'. Now, in 2021, when we talk about it, we mean not just the original variant, but also its numerous mutations. | Read more | | In May, the WHO decided to label the key vari…

Staff (2021-11-20). Fauci comes up with new 'rule' to wear masks. rt.com White House health adviser Anthony Fauci was seen at an elite book party regularly taking his mask on and off, confusing many attendees. An author says Fauci explained to her why he chose to wear it around some and not others.

Talha Burki (2021-11-20). [World Report] mRNA discoveries earn the 2021 Prince Mahidol Award. thelancet.com Katalin Karikó, Drew Weissman, and Pieter Cullis have been recognised for their work that led to the development of COVID-19 vaccines. Talha Burki reports.

WSWS (2021-11-20). Austria re-imposes partial lockdown as COVID-19 surges across Europe. wsws.org European governments' politically criminal policy of "living with the virus" despite a surge of infections has created a disaster, costing hundreds of thousands of lives.

Chengliang Yang, Hedi Zhao, Scott J Tebbutt (2021-11-20). [Correspondence] Long-term effects on survivors with COVID-19. thelancet.com The conditions that linger after recovery from COVID-19 are commonly referred to as the long-term effects of COVID-19 (long COVID). The risk for sequelae varies according to the severity of the initial acute SARS-CoV-2 infection.1…

WSWS (2021-11-20). New Zealand's Daily Blog seeks to legitimise anti-lockdown, anti-vaccination protests. wsws.org The Daily Blog, which supports the Labour Party-led government, published an article praising a recent rally organised by the far-right Destiny Church for raising "genuine, valid concerns" about COVID-19 vaccines.

Lixue Huang, Xiaoying Gu, Bin Cao (2021-11-20). [Correspondence] Long-term effects on survivors with COVID-19 — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Yan-Jie Zhao and colleagues and Chengliang Yang and colleagues all recommend specific questionnaires to evaluate depression and anxiety symptoms in hospital survivors with COVID-19 1 year after onset.1 We agree that the professional questionnaires could provide the actual prevalence of psychiatric symptoms. However, these questionnaires are somewhat complex and time-consuming. It is challenging to integrate all these assessments into our follow-up study.1 The EuroQol five-dimension five-level (EQ-5D-5L) questionnaire is commonly used to assess the quality of life from five domains in clinical studies.

Susan Jaffe (2021-11-20). [World Report] Legal challenges threaten Biden's COVID-19 vaccine rule. thelancet.com Critics want to block a safety rule requiring employees of large companies to get vaccinated or be tested weekly for COVID-19 and wear masks. Susan Jaffe reports from Washington, DC.

WSWS (2021-11-20). New study supports natural origins of COVID-19, sources close to WHO team say. wsws.org A landmark new study published in Science is another nail in the coffin of the Wuhan lab conspiracy theory, concocted by the fascist ideologue Stephen K. Bannon and promoted by the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal.

Roger Kneebone, Will Houstoun, Natasha Houghton (2021-11-20). [Perspectives] Medicine, magic, and online performance. thelancet.com COVID-19 has transformed clinical practice; online consultation has become a daily reality for many doctors and clinicians have had to rethink what it means to perform. Patient-centred consulting requires the integration of knowledge, technical skill, and expert communication. This integration is partly achieved through performance. Yet clinical work is seldom framed in such terms within mainstream clinical curriculums. As part of the Royal College of Music—Imperial College London Centre for Performance Science, UK, our interdisciplinary research group investigates how skilled performers from diverse fields…

news.un (2021-11-20). First Person: 'Bridge the gap between indigenous youth and the world'. news.un.org Nadya Zafira, an international relations student at Indonesia's Gadjah Mada University, won a writing competition for her letter to UN chief António Guterres, in which she addressed the inequalities laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how indigenous communities and youth are marginalized in global conversations on climate crisis.

Ana Perdigón (2021-11-20). UN Rejects One US Coercive Measure Against Venezuela. orinocotribune.com The Permanent Representative of Venezuela to the United Nations, Samuel Moncada, announced that the UN has rejected one of the coercive measures imposed by the United States on Venezuela, which denies the Bolivarian Republic its right to health. | Moncada made this comment after the UN General Assembly approved the Resolution on Equitable, Affordable, Timely and Universal Access of all Countries to Vaccines in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, on Thursday, November 18. | Moncada informed that "in the resolution, there is an important paragraph for Venezuela, for it rejects one of the criminal measures of the US…

WSWS (2021-11-20). COVID patient in California dies after maggots found in mouth and nose. wsws.org A woman recovering from COVID-19 at South Coast Global Medical Center in Santa Ana passed away only days after family members found her in a state of neglect, discovering maggots in her mouth and nose.

Mine Durusu Tanriover, Hamdi Levent Doƒüanay, Serhat Unal, Murat Akova (2021-11-20). [Correspondence] CoronaVac efficacy data from Turkey — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Martina McMenamin and Benjamin Cowling for raising important issues on vaccine trials in the context of our Article.1 The work they refer to by Palacios and colleagues2 has not been published in a peer reviewed journal; thus we cannot comment on the accuracy or the comparability of its methods. The Indonesian trial data have been published,3 and although the main method of this study was similar to ours, the case definition of COVID-19 and the methods used for active surveillance were different.

Jake Johnson (2021-11-20). COVID-19: Big Pharma's 'Obscene' Profits. orinocotribune.com By Jake Johnson — Nov 18, 2021 | Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech rake in millions an hour while refusing to share manufacturing recipes with low-income countries. | Moderna, Pfizer and BioNTech — the makers of the two most successful coronavirus vaccines — are raking in a combined $65,000 in profits every minute as they refuse to share their manufacturing recipes with According to a new People's Vaccine All…

Makia Freeman (2021-11-20). Ten Things You Need to Know about the Experimental COVID mRNA Vaccines. globalresearch.ca With foresight, this article was published on January 13, 202 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 …

Brian Williams (2021-11-20). Moderna fights US gov't over patent and profits. themilitant.com Profit-driven bosses at Moderna have iced out of the main patent for its COVID-19 vaccine the scientists from the federal government's National Institutes of Health, which helped pay for and develop it. The fight over this patent exposes the dog-eat-dog morality of capitalism, where all so-called health care is a business organized primarily to maximize profits, not save lives. | Moderna filed for the patent in July, claiming the company invented the mRNA technology used in its vaccine. It entirely excluded the scientists from the federal agency's Vaccine Research Center who helped develop the genetic sequence th…

Seth Galinsky (2021-11-20). US-organized provocation against Cuba 'fizzles out'. themilitant.com U.S.-government-organized provocations planned in Cuba for Nov. 15 were a failure, as were "sympathy" actions denouncing Cuba's socialist revolution around the world. Opponents of the revolution had hoped to create incidents on the island that would disrupt the reopening of schools and businesses and expanded tourism scheduled that day. | Striking a blow to the U.S. rulers' plans, Cubans celebrated the tremendous progress the country has made in confronting the COVID-19 pandemic despite Washington's stepped-up sanctions, which make it difficult to purchase raw materials and even syringes. Tens of thousands of ele…

Gàºnter Kampf (2021-11-20). [Correspondence] COVID-19: stigmatising the unvaccinated is not justified. thelancet.com In the USA and Germany, high-level officials have used the term pandemic of the unvaccinated, suggesting that people who have been vaccinated are not relevant in the epidemiology of COVID-19. Officials' use of this phrase might have encouraged one scientist to claim that "the unvaccinated threaten the vaccinated for COVID-19".1 But this view is far too simple.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-11-20). Video: #Yes, It's a "Killer Vaccine": Michel Chossudovsky. globalresearch.ca The unspoken truth is that the novel coronavirus provides a pretext to powerful financial interests and corrupt politicians to precipitate the entire World into a spiral of mass unemployment, bankruptcy, extreme poverty and despair.

TASS (2021-11-20). Russia to produce 2 bln doses of vaccines against coronavirus next year, minister says. tass.com The official reported that over 100 mln sets of vaccines have entered civilian circulation…

_____ (2021-11-20). Industrial Nations Value Capitalism Over People at Global Climate Conference. popularresistance.org When considering the need to end government subsidies for fossil fuels, especially coal, the language of the agreement was switched from "phase out," to "phase down." And while this language change was publicly attributed to India, the United States, which provides an estimated $22 billion annually in fossil fuel subsidies is culpable and certainly not beyond reproach. The tentacles of U.S. influence and coercion was present in every decision made at the COP.

Constance D Lehman, Eric J Topol (2021-11-20). [Perspectives] Readiness for mammography and artificial intelligence. thelancet.com One area that has attracted great attention for the use of deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) in health care is medical imaging, especially mammography. Many initial AI studies proclaimed remarkable improvement in accuracy over the performance of radiologists, but a recent systematic review highlighted there is insufficient scientific evidence to support such findings. The UK National Screening Committee commissioned Freeman and colleagues to review the quality and results of studies that assessed the accuracy of AI algorithms, alone or in combination with radiologists, to detect cancer in digital mammogr…

WSWS (2021-11-20). Chemical waste plant fire spews toxic fumes into Australian working-class town. wsws.org Despite the potential health danger, from the time fire crews arrived it took five hours for a notice to be sent by text warning residents to stay indoors.

Richard Horton (2021-11-20). [Comment] Offline: The flies of our remorse. thelancet.com Eugene Richardson's Epidemic Illusions (2020) is subtitled On the Coloniality of Global Public Health. Although listed as the book's author, he prefers to describe himself as "a single node in a vast, interconnected net of support, mentoring, toleration, encouragement, inspiration, and generosity". He lists over 140 "other nodes"—individuals, organisations, and groups—to whom he owes a debt, with "the twin goals of epistemic reconstitution and improvement of human well-being". Although not a handbook explaining how to decolonise medicine and global health, Richardson has delivered what may be the firs…

Peter Koenig (2021-11-20). The Final Solution. Full Digitization. "The QR Codification of the World" globalresearch.ca You have no idea what is or what will eventually be put on this QR-code. The goal is all your personal information, your complete health record, your bank accounts — just everything. But you wouldn't know. You cannot read what is on the QR-code.

Christine Massey (2021-11-20). The Identity of the Virus: Health/ Science Institutions Worldwide "Have No Record" of SARS-COV-2 Isolation/Purification. globalresearch.ca First published by GR …

Rachael Davies (2021-11-20). [Perspectives] Helen Milroy: pioneer in Indigenous and child mental health. thelancet.com In 1983, Helen Milroy became Australia's first Indigenous doctor to qualify medicine—a pivotal moment in the country's history. She never envisioned being a trailblazer, but her list of firsts in Australia includes being the first Indigenous psychiatrist and the first Indigenous Commissioner to the Australian Football League. Reflecting today as the Stan Perron Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Perth Children's Hospital and the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the Co-Director of Embrace at Telethon Kids Institute, she says: "My passion is to make sure we get the best wellbeing and mental…

WSWS (2021-11-20). 20,000 Northern California nurses and mental health staff conduct second 24-hour sympathy strike for Kaiser Permanente engineers. wsws.org Tens of thousands more workers would be on strike today if not for cancellation of a strike by the UNAC/UHCP in Southern California after the announcement of a sellout contract with the hospital chain.

Lise Alves (2021-11-20). [World Report] Brazilian scientists reject national award. thelancet.com 21 scientists have rejected one of Brazil's highest scientific honours, after President Bolsonaro vetoed two recipients. Lise Alves reports from Sà£o Paulo.

The Lancet (2021-11-20). [Editorial] Afghanistan: the international community must act. thelancet.com "It is going to be hell on Earth." Afghanistan is set to become the world's worst humanitarian crisis according to David Beasley, head of the World Food Programme. Nearly half of Afghans need humanitarian aid. 22 ∑8 million people could face acute hunger this winter, with 8 ∑7 million at emergency levels of food insecurity. A resulting refugee crisis is likely to affect Afghanistan, the region, and the rest of the world. In desperation, people are selling their assets, and some are resorting to child labour and child marriage.

WSWS (2021-11-20). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand. wsws.org Striking Chinese taxi drivers demand lower contract fees; 95,000 Maharashtra state transport workers continue strike; Around 50,000 paramedical professionals protest in Sri Lanka; New Zealand rail workers vote for national strike.

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