Daily Archives: November 23, 2021

2021-11-23: News Headlines

Staff (2021-11-23). Headlines for November 23, 2021. democracynow.org Jury to Decide Fate of Three White Men Charged With Murdering Black Jogger Ahmaud Arbery, Yemeni Protesters Condemn U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War and Blockade, Senators Move to Block Biden's Planned $650M Weapons Sale to Saudi Arabia, U.S. COVID-19 Cases Surge Ahead of Thanksgiving Holiday, Israel Arrests Relatives of Palestinian Man Behind Jerusalem Attack, El Salvador President Plans "Bitcoin City" as Government Cracks Down on NGOs, Driver of SUV That Plowed into Wisconsin Parade Has Record of Domestic Violence, Trump Allies Roger Stone and Alex Jones Subpoenaed by January 6th Panel, U.S. Added to List of "Bac…

Fight Back (2021-11-23). 1500 rally and march in Chicago against Rittenhouse verdict. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – A front banner read, "Stop white supremacy" as people hit the street in Chicago's Loop on November 20 to condemn the injustice in the court in Kenosha, Wisconsin the day before. A jury complying with the instructions by a racist judge sent the message that white racists and police can kill with impunity while African Americans and other oppressed nationalities can be killed, tortured and jailed without justification. | The Black and Latino youth leading the march were outraged and confrontational with Chicago police when they pressed in on the march at its end. | The rally was called by the Chicago…

Staff (2021-11-23). Americans advised to avoid 2 more EU countries. rt.com The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended Americans not go to Germany and Denmark due to the rise in Covid-19 cases in both countries. | The CDC added Germany and Denmark to the list of countries with a 'very high' risk of contracting Covid-19. The travel advisory for both nations was elevated to Level 4, the highest threat level in the CDC's four-tier assessment system. | Read more | | The agency advises Americans to 'avoid travel' to Level 4 countries…

WSWS (2021-11-23). The deadly impact of COVID-19 in Peru: A health expert's perspective. wsws.org "Everything is being prepared to accept death. This is terrible. Why did I study medicine only then to accept death? Why would I do that?"

WSWS (2021-11-23). Europe's fascistic policy of mass infection: People will be "vaccinated, recovered or dead," German health minister says. wsws.org As the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic comes to a close, it is clear that governments across Europe and the world have no policy to halt mass deaths.

WSWS (2021-11-23). An early winter storm of COVID-19 hits Michigan. wsws.org Michigan's COVID-19 surge reaches pandemic highs. Admission to state hospitals for COVID-19 are rapidly stressing health care systems once more.

Staff (2021-11-23). White House assesses lockdown possibility. rt.com A top White House Covid-19 response coordinator said that the US is likely not headed for more lockdowns, arguing that vaccines and other "tools" in health officials' arsenal would be sufficient to battle the virus. | Asked about whether future shutdown orders could be on the horizon during a Monday "We are not headed in that direction… We can curb the spread of the virus without having to in a…

WSWS (2021-11-23). Educators and a scientist react to Canadian government's belated admission COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through aerosols. wsws.org Prior to the November 12 statement from Canada's chief public health officer, the federal government had spent close to two years insisting that respiratory droplets are the main source of COVID-19 infections.

Staff (2021-11-23). Biden admin makes move on paused vax mandate. rt.com The Justice Department is seeking an immediate lift of an order halting the Biden administration's Covid-19 vaccine mandate for businesses, claiming delays will cost "many lives per day." | "Delaying the Standard would likely cost many lives per day, in addition to large numbers of hospitalizations, other serious health effects," the Department of Justice wrote to the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. | The request comes as President Joe Biden's vaccine mandate faces emergency hearings, after the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary halt to the controversial order, citing "serious constitutional co…

WSWS (2021-11-23). Coronavirus pandemic in Austria runs out of control. wsws.org The unscrupulous policies of Austria's ruling parties in recent months have led to mass coronavirus infections and high death rates.

WSWS (2021-11-23). Australian university union calls for "consensus" with employers on pandemic reopening. wsws.org The return to campus push will endanger the health and lives of students and staff alike, and add to risk of wider community transmission.

WSWS (2021-11-23). Emails reveal Australian state government rejected health officer's advice. wsws.org The NSW government refused to implement an adequate lockdown at the height of a Delta outbreak, while imposing draconian measures in working-class areas.

WSWS (2021-11-23). UK school ceiling collapses after a decade of austerity cuts and lifting of safety regulations. wsws.org Since 2010, the Health and Safety Executive saw its budget cut by 50 percent and lost 500 frontline inspectors.

WSWS (2021-11-23). Enthusiastic support for SEP's forthcoming public meeting on Sri Lankan government's austerity budget. wsws.org Teachers, health employees, port workers, export processing zone employees and farmers, denounce Rajapakse government's brutal austerity budget.

WSWS (2021-11-23). CVS announces 900 US store closures over next three years. wsws.org The planned closures, which amount to about 9 percent of all US CVS stores, will affect thousands of CVS workers and impact access to health services across the country.

WSWS (2021-11-23). Amid "enormous economic uncertainty," Biden reappoints Powell as Fed chair. wsws.org Having boosted the stock market to record highs by pouring trillions of dollars into the financial system, Powell received strong support from Wall Street with gushing praise for his management of the pandemic crisis.

Editor (2021-11-23). The U.S. Was Not Prepared for a Pandemic — Free Market Capitalism and Government Deregulation May Be to Blame. scheerpost.com Elanah Uretsky / By Viacheslav Lopatin on It's unclear when the pandemic will come to an end. What may be an even more important question is whether the U.S. will be prepared for the next one. The past year and a half suggests that the answer may be no. | As a

WSWS (2021-11-23). Video: The pandemic is a bonanza for Australia's billionaires. wsws.org "The 200 richest people in Australia increased their wealth by 40 percent, from $341.8 billion in May 2019 to $479.6 billion in May this year."

Alan MacLeod (2021-11-22). Documents show Bill Gates has given $319 million to media outlets to promote his global agenda. thegrayzone.com A look at the database of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation reveals how the oligarch influencing the global pandemic response has bankrolled hundreds of media outlets to the tune of at least $319 million. This article was originally published by Mint Press News. Read The Grayzone's investigation into Bill Gates' global public health empire and propaganda machine here. Up until his recent messy divorce, Bill Gates enjoyed something of a free pass in corporate media. Generally presented as a …

Staff (2021-11-22). Hepatitis A alert for thousands of Starbucks customers. rt.com Health officials in Camden County, New Jersey are urging people to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A after a Starbucks employee tested positive for the virus. Thousands of customers may have been infected. | The county health department reported last week that a food handler employed at a Starbucks restaurant in Gloucester Township was working for some time while infectious. People who were there on the correspondent dates are encouraged to get immunized "out of an abundance of caution," and the department is offering free shots. | "Our highest priority is ensuring everyone involved remains safe and healthy,"

Ann Brown (2021-11-22). Popular Influencer After Biden's Comments On Rittenhouse: I Was Tricked Into Voting Biden, Never Again. moguldom.com Black voters are becoming disenchanted with President Joe Biden, especially after his comments on the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. On Nov. 19 a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges after he shot and killed two people and injured a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a 2020 Black Lives Matter protest. The verdict outraged many in Black …

Staff (2021-11-22). Headlines for November 22, 2021. democracynow.org Wisconsin Jury Acquits Kyle Rittenhouse For Killing 2 People, Injuring a Third | , Serial Rapist Who Pleaded Guilty To Sexually Assaulting 4 Teenagers Avoids Any Jail Time, White Missouri Police Detective Found Guilty in Fatal Shooting of Black Man, SUV Plows Through Christmas Parade in Waukesha, WI, Killing 5 People, Wounding At Least 40 | , Europe Sees Massive Protests Against COVID Restrictions As Cases Surge, U.S. Regulators Approve COVID Boosters For All Adults as Officials Warn of Possible Winter Surge | , Sudan's Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok Reinstated As Teenager Killed in Ongoing Anti-Coup Protests | ,…

WSWS (2021-11-22). Australia: Overloaded Victorian hospital system narrowly avoids Code Red. wsws.org The state Labor government has only been able to carry out its dangerous policy to prematurely open up the economy because of the health unions' opposition to any mobilisation of their members against it.

Colin Todhunter (2021-11-22). A Rock and a Hard Place in India. dissidentvoice.org Prior to the COVID-related restrictions and lockdowns, I had spent a substantial part of every year in India since 1995 (25 consecutive years). Much has happened in that time and I have been observing, analysing and commentating extensively on developments there, especially the devastating agrarian crisis. While veteran rural affairs reporter P Sainath has described …

WSWS (2021-11-22). COVID-19 now the leading cause of death in Arizona. wsws.org Between mid-March 2020 and mid-October 2021, just short of 21,000 Arizonans succumbed to the coronavirus.

Zane Alcorn (2021-11-22). We need to out mobilise the far-right conspiracists. greenleft.org.au There are valid concerns about pandemic lockdowns. But, as Zane Alcorn argues, so-called 'freedom' protestors have never marched for other's rights nor been concerned about keeping people safe from COVID-19.

JoNel Aleccia (2021-11-22). COVID Antiviral Pill Success Hinges on Access to Speedy and Accurate Tests. truthout.org Within a few weeks, perhaps before many Americans finish decorating for the holidays, the U.S. could have access to a new antiviral pill from Merck expected to alter the deadly trajectory of the covid-19 pandemic — with a second option from Pfizer to follow shortly after. | Now under federal review, both pills are being hailed by infectious-disease doctors not prone to superlatives. | "This is truly a game changer," said Dr. Daniel Griffin, an expert on infectious diseases and immunology…

WSWS (2021-11-22). US 2021 COVID-19 death toll now tops 2020. wsws.org Despite the development and distribution of vaccines, the Delta variant and the reopening of schools and workplaces have exacted a terrible human cost.

WSWS (2021-11-22). For a Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org This Inquest is necessary to break through the cover-up, falsifications and misinformation that have been deployed to justify policies responsible for the avoidable deaths of millions since the initial detection of SARS-CoV-2.

WSWS (2021-11-22). Herd immunity policy leads to four-digit COVID-19 incidence levels in German schools. wsws.org The catastrophic rise of coronavirus cases among largely unvaccinated school students is a result of the criminal herd immunity policy being followed by governments at federal and state levels.

WSWS (2021-11-22). "The electoral laws are to stop and silence opposition to the reopening" — SEP electoral members oppose Australia's anti-democratic measures. wsws.org "My sister's daughter, who is a nurse, got COVID-19. She can't walk more than 50 metres and it's been six months!" — Tony…

_____ (2021-11-22). Nicaragua Explains Why It's Leaving The OAS. popularresistance.org 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.

_____ (2021-11-22). Nicaragua Explains Why It's Leaving OAS, Responds To US Attacks On Its Elections. popularresistance.org 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.

_____ (2021-11-22). 'Ideological Fanatacism': The Folly of Seeing Human Systems as Hardware. strategic-culture.org The 'meme-politics of lockdown and vaccine mandates' may be fading, but the inflation meme and the economic aftermath meme has only just begun. | Fifteen years ago, a man who was head of the GW Bush White House bio-terrorism study group, and a special adviser to the President, unexpectedly found himself propelled into becoming the 'father' of pandemic planning, after Bush had come to his bioterrorism people to demand some huge plan to deal with some imagined calamity. "We need a whole-of-society plan. What are you going to do about foreign borders? And travel? And commerce?". From his perch of influence — s…

Sharon Zhang (2021-11-22). Biden Picks Jerome Powell to Lead Federal Reserve Despite Progressive Warnings. truthout.org On Monday, the White House announced that President Joe Biden is planning to nominate Republican Jerome Powell for his second term as chair of the Federal Reserve, one of the most influential positions in Washington. | Alongside Powell, Biden will

John Feffer (2021-11-22). The Problem of Sanctions against North Korea. fpif.org North Korea is one of the most heavily sanctioned countries in the world. It has been subject to U.S. and international sanctions for more than 70 years. Those sanctions have come in three overlapping waves, first as a result of the Korean War, then in response to its development of nuclear weapons, and finally to roll back that nuclear program as well as activities such as counterfeiting and cyberterrorism. | These sanctions have contributed to isolating North Korea from the rest of the world. The country has not entirely welcomed this isolation. Despite longstanding suspicions of outside influences, Pyongyang h…

Rosalind English (2021-11-22). "Autonomy does not evaporate with loss of capacity": Court of Protection. ukhumanrightsblog.com This was one of those deeply troubling cases where there was disagreement amongst the family members over whether their incapacitated brother/father should continue with clinically assisted nutrition and hydration. One brother had applied for ANH to be discontinued, but because of the objections of the other siblings, it was said that he would "continue to …

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-11-22). Nurses, mental health therapists and other Kaiser Permanente health workers strike to support stationary engineers. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif. — Over 60,000 members of other unions representing Kaiser Permanente workers throughout northern California held solidarity strikes Nov. 17 and 18, in solidarity with members of Stationary Engineers Local 39, who have been walking picket lines since their contract expired in mid-September. On Thursday, more than 40,000 workers belonging to SEIU-UHW, OPEIU Local …

Chris Walker (2021-11-22). Petition Drive Seeks End to Nebraska Education Board Over LGBTQ-Inclusive Ideas. truthout.org A petition drive in Nebraska is trying to change the state's constitution to eliminate the Nebraska State Board of Education and replace it with a new department accountable solely to the governor. | The petition is sponsored by Kelli Brady and Michael Connely, who want to change how the state board of education functions because of its recent attempts to implement more inclusive curricula in health education classes, including discussions on gender identity and sexual orientation. | "It's…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-22). Holistic approach needed to tackle the impact of climate change on mental health. imperial.ac.uk Healthcare leaders and policy makers must take a holistic approach to respond to the mental health impacts of climate change, says an Imperial expert.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-22). London's MedTech accelerator drives new health innovations. imperial.ac.uk The Imperial-led MedTech SuperConnector is spurring the development of pioneering diagnostic tools and medical devices.

Andrea Germanos (2021-11-22). Bernie Sanders Endorses Peter Welch of Vermont for US Senate. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday endorsed Rep. Peter Welch for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, calling the Democratic congressman a progressive champion of working people. | "Peter Welch understands that if we are going to combat the existential threat of climate change, establish universal healthcare, lower the cost of prescription drugs, create good paying jobs in Vermont, and protect American democracy, now is the time to think big, not small," Sanders (I-Vt.)

Joris Leverink (2021-11-22). Economic Update: Chris Hedges & US Prisons. roarmag.org On this week's show, Prof. Wolff presents updates on how South Dakota is leading the US to become world's number-two tax haven; how the pandemic's economic shock was cut by very "uncapitalistic" means; why employers want the government to pay workers to go back to work; and how libertarians mistake puppets for puppeteers. | The second half of the show features an interview with Chris Hedges on lessons for us from US prisons and prisoners. | You can support this show on

WSWS (2021-11-22). Huntington West Virginia hospital strike enters third week. wsws.org Staff at the hospital are maintaining 24-hour picketing at the hospital battling short staffing and unsafe working conditions in the midst of the expanding pandemic.

Kit Klarenberg (2021-11-22). New Files Expose Australian Govt's Betrayal of Julian Assange and Detail his Prison Torment. orinocotribune.com By Kit Klarenberg — Nov 17, 2021 | Documents provided exclusively to The Grayzone detail Canberra's abandonment of Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, and provide shocking details of his prison suffering | 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 powe…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-22). Pianists learn to play with robotic third thumb in just one hour. imperial.ac.uk Pianists equipped with a third robotic thumb were able to adapt to using the extra digit after just one hour of practice, Imperial research has found.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-11-22). "Large uncertainties" over warming outcomes from current climate policies. imperial.ac.uk There is a risk that "false precision" in the reporting of climate policy outcomes could lead to complacency by governments, researchers have warned.

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