Monthly Archives: December 2021

2021-12-31: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-12-31). White House lies about child hospitalizations amid Omicron surge. wsws.org Even as COVID-19 cases surge across the country and child hospitalizations and deaths hit one record after another, the entire US political establishment is pressing forward with the imminent reopening of schools.

Matthew Rozsa (2021-12-31). The US broke its single-day case record for omicron — but not all regions are affected equally. salon.com As the omicron variant tears through the United States, hospitalization rates appear lower than previous variants…

WSWS (2021-12-31). UK health workers denounce government refusal to combat Omicron threat to National Health Service. wsws.org The only move made in response has been to announce plans to set up coronavirus "surge hubs", mostly in hospital car parks, to meet up to the challenge of a fresh wave of Omicron admissions.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Scientists denounce French government's inaction amid Omicron wave. wsws.org Only a mobilization of the working class can smash the resistance of the financial aristocracy to health measures scientists are demanding to prevent a surge in deaths.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Maryland State Board of Education passes proposal to loosen mask regulations in schools as state sees record infections. wsws.org The statewide mandate was lifted even as Maryland's COVID-19 reporting system was knocked offline due to a cyberattack and the state was reporting its first Omicron cases.

WSWS (2021-12-31). New Zealand government removes more public health restrictions despite Omicron cases. wsws.org The Labour Party-led government has removed limits on gathering sizes in Auckland, creating the conditions for New Year's Eve to be a mass super-spreader event.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Turkish government rejects public health measures as Omicron rages. wsws.org As the Omicron variant spreads rapidly throughout Turkey, President Erdogan's government is refusing to take any public health measures against the pandemic.

_____ (2021-12-31). Biden's COVID Pivot Is Pure Politics. strategic-culture.org By Tom LUONGO | If you thought the worst screenplay you'd have to endure this winter was anything written by a Wachowski sister, boy howdy are you wrong. | A couple of weeks ago I told you that And it's coming this spring. | The problem for Bidenwood is Omicron spreads quickly…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Modi ignores Court request to postpone elections as Omicron surges in India. wsws.org The Modi government's response to the pandemic over nearly two years has shown that the Indian ruling elites prioritize corporate profits over human life.

WSWS (2021-12-31). UK Employment Tribunal rules against worker who refused to return to work over COVID safety concerns. wsws.org The corporate media are using the tribunal ruling, hinging on the question of what constitutes a philosophical belief, to assert that workers have no legal right against being forced to labour in unsafe conditions.

WSWS (2021-12-31). An open letter to all workers: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022! wsws.org As we approach the end of the year, workers in the UK and throughout the world must decide to act collectively and finally put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2022 must not be another nightmarish year of mass infections, illness and death!

Editor (2021-12-31). China Sends Bolivia 3 Million COVID-19 Vaccines. mronline.org Bolivia has received three million Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines from China, the largest delivery of vaccines to arrive in Bolivia from the Asian superpower.

Dr. Peter McCullough (2021-12-31). Video: The Vaccine is More Dangerous than COVID-19: Dr. Peter McCullough. globalresearch.ca

WSWS (2021-12-31). Australian unions promote slashing of COVID-19 health measures. wsws.org The unions are stepping up their efforts to stifle resistance and opposition among workers as the pandemic spirals out of control.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Favorite jazz and pop music of 2021. wsws.org The global COVID-19 pandemic continues to devastate every aspect of social and cultural life. Artists and technical workers in the music industry face conditions unlike anything seen in generations, if ever.

teleSUR (2021-12-31). Central America Celebrates New Year's Eve With Few Restrictions. telesurenglish.net Central America will dismiss the year 2021 without major COVID-19 restrictions, although health authorities have asked the population to maintain biosecurity measures and avoid crowds. | RELATED: | COVID-19 vaccination is advancing in the region, with Costa Rica and Panama leading the way, with 90 percent and 81 percent of the population with the complete scheme, respectively. | Without large mass events and with some capacity restrictions, Costa…

Dr. Robert Malone (2021-12-31). Before your Child is Injected, Watch Dr. Robert Malone's statement on Child COVID Vaccinations. globalresearch.ca First published on December 15, 2021 | Before your child is injected, watch Dr. Robert Malone's statement on child COVID vaccinations. | Before you vaccinate your child, which is irreversible and potentially permanently damaging, find out why 15,000 physicians and medical scientists …

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-12-31). 2021, un año de economía pandémica. globalizacion.ca El 2021, al igual que el 2020, ha sido un año marcado por la pandemia de coronavirus Sars-Cov-2 que restringió las posibilidades económicas a la mayoría de las naciones del mundo y que también incrementó las diferencias entre los países…

_____ (2021-12-31). Will 'Godless liberalism' Force Russia to Close Its 'Window on the West'? strategic-culture.org The problem is finding a way to shield the vulnerable, particularly the youth, from adverse influences without restricting personal freedoms. | For centuries, Russia has been open to adopting popular Western traditions, but as the invasive cultural weed known as progressive liberalism enters the scene, Moscow is now forced to rethink the level of its engagement. With the internet and ubiquitous social media, however, such a cultural distancing will not be easy. | Russian Tsar Peter the Great (1672-1725), from the vantage point of his newly built capital of Saint Petersburg, encouraged his fellow Russians to em…

WSWS (2021-12-31). Workers respond to Socialist Equality Party open letter calling for movement to end the pandemic. wsws.org Educators, pharmacy techs, nursing home and manufacturing workers responded with interest and enthusiasm to Thursday's statement from the Socialist Equality Party, "An open letter to the working class: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022!"

WSWS (2021-12-31). CUPE's sabotage of the New Brunswick public sector strike—the political lessons. wsws.org The New Brunswick public sector workers' strike exemplifies the political issues and organizational challenges all workers face in opposing the capitalist ruling elite's demands for austerity and its homicidal drive to keep schools and non-essential business open amid the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-31). Stop the reopening of New York City schools! Mobilize the working class to save lives, not profits! wsws.org If the pandemic is ever to be brought under control, the policies taken must be motivated by an entirely different set of social interests than the profit motive, which has blocked all measures to contain the virus.

Hannah Rose (2021-12-30). Before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Corona Virus "Vaccines". Nuremberg Code, Crimes against humanity, War Crimes and Crimes of Aggression" globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of Global Research readers, the full text …

WSWS (2021-12-30). Daily COVID-19 infections near 1 million as Omicron wave engulfs Europe. wsws.org Without a mass mobilization of the working class to impose a scientific health policy, Europe faces a collapse of hospitals and horrific levels of death.

Amy Goodman (2021-12-30). Chomsky: Rising Anti-Science Rhetoric Feeds the Pandemic and Climate Crisis. truthout.org Today, a special broadcast: an hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, who just turned 93 years old. Chomsky spoke to Democracy Now! prior to the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but he predicted new variants would emerge. "If you let the virus run rampant in poor countries, everyone understands that mutation is likely, the kind of mutation that led to the Delta variant, now the Delta Plus variant in India, and who knows what will develop,"

WSWS (2021-12-30). Omicron variant thrashes global luxury cruising industry. wsws.org The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently marked over 80 vessels as "yellow" in its color coding system, indicating that reported COVID-19 cases have met the threshold for official investigation.

Staff (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky: Corporate Patents & Rising Anti-Science Rhetoric Will Prolong Pandemic. democracynow.org Today, a special broadcast: an hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, who just turned 93 years old. Chomsky spoke to Democracy Now! prior to the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but he predicted new variants would emerge. "If you let the virus run rampant in poor countries, everyone understands that mutation is likely, the kind of mutation that led to the Delta variant, now the Delta Plus variant in India, and who knows what will develop," Chomsky said.

Joyce Chediac (2021-12-30). Biden's new COVID rules protect profits, endanger workers. liberationnews.org 'Nurses hare not going to stand by while the government and our employers weaken protections. We are not going backward now."

Staff (2021-12-30). Venezuela's National Assembly Passed Almost 40 New Laws in 2021. orinocotribune.com A total of 38 laws were passed by the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela since its installation on January 5. At all times, the national parliament acted in compliance with the 7+7 scheme and all biosafety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. | Since its passing of the Interior and Debate Regulations at the beginning of the year, the Legislative Power has gone on to pass numerous laws leading up to the draft law on the Commission for the Guarantee of Justice and Reparation of Victims of Crimes Against Human Rights, passed on December 15. | The laws passed were: | 1) Interior and Debate Regulations of the…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-30). Senator Asks CDC To Dock Cruise Ships, Reports 90 Different Vessels With Outbreaks At Sea. moguldom.com Months after cruise ships resumed business following pandemic no-sail orders with strict new policies in place that mandate guests and crews be vaccinated and tested, a U.S. Senator is calling for the cruise industry to be shut down again after covid outbreaks were reported on at least 90 vessels. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control …

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-30). We Dance into the New Year Banging Our Hammers and Swinging Our Sickles. dissidentvoice.org P.S. Jalaja (India), We Surely Can Change the World, 2021. Bittersweet is the passage of this year. There have been some immense victories and some catastrophic defeats, the most terrible being the failure of the Global North countries to adopt a democratic attitude towards confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and creating equitable access to key resources, …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-30). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases"? globalresearch.ca Smoking Gun: The CDC Says that the PCR Test is Invalid. Does not differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. Does not detect or identify SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. If the PCR test is invalid the 260 Million "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" collected Worldwide are meaningless. There is no Pandemic.

Jordan Schachtel (2021-12-30). Shell Game? There remains no FDA approved COVID vaccine in the United States. globalresearch.ca

| I fact checked the fact checkers and couldn't believe what I found. Despite the corporate press, Big Pharma, and the federal government telling us otherwise, it is absolutely true that there is no FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine available in the …

_____ (2021-12-30). The China Distraction and U.S. Destabilization. strategic-culture.org Today's war is a class war of the super elites, and this can be fought and won by the great masses of people against their own oligarchs. | The American deep state is playing upon the public's distaste of China towards its own ends, and just as with the present global mystery illness, they will blame China for a social credit system which in reality was made in the USA. We can deconstruct the anatomy of this scam through the handling of Covid and biological warfare in general. | This same deep state is trying to springboard or otherwise utilize the incessantly bad behaviour of its own rapacious oligarchy, who it…

_____ (2021-12-30). Silicon Valley Should Not Restrict Public Discourse About Covid Measures Which Affect Everyone. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | Twitter has

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-30). Global Migration Indicators report summarizes 2020 for migrants across the world. peoplesdispatch.org The Global Migration Indicators report by the International Organization for Migration is here, with an update on how COVID-19 affected migration around the world. The report says more than 2,300 migrants died while trying to get into Europe or within Europe in 2020. While the pandemic restricted mobility and reduced international migration, still, there were two hundred and eighty-one million international migrants in the middle of 2020. That is close to four per cent of the world's population.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Parents in Australia expose COVID-19 school clusters. wsws.org "The huge rise in cases is alarming and I am stressed the government has announced there will be no more lockdowns."

WSWS (2021-12-30). An open letter to the working class: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022! wsws.org As we approach the end of the year, workers in the United States and throughout the world must decide to act collectively and finally put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Brett Bachman (2021-12-30). Floridians ask, "Where is Ron DeSantis?" as state shatters COVID records. salon.com The governor has not held a public briefing since Dec. 17 — despite his state facing its worst COVID-19 surge yet…

WSWS (2021-12-30). Outrage grows as Australia's "National Cabinet" scraps basic protections against mass COVID infections. wsws.org Far from taking steps to avert the disaster, the government leaders moved to further slash testing, tracing and isolation measures, in particular to ensure that workers are kept on the job, even if infected.

Chris Walker (2021-12-30). FDA Expected to Authorize COVID Booster Shots for 12- to 15-Year-Olds. truthout.org The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expects to authorize booster shots for children ages 12-15 early next week, sources within the agency say. | Pfizer/BioNTech booster shots for young teenagers If the booster shots are authorized by the FDA, the agency will shar…

WSWS (2021-12-30). Australian medical specialist speaks out about escalating COVID crisis. wsws.org "There's going to be misery and suffering and death that is totally unnecessary. The policies our governments are taking will cause much, much further death."

WSWS (2021-12-30). Morenoite Izquierda Diario criticizes lockdowns as COVID-19 surges in Spain. wsws.org The petty-bourgeois Morenoite organisation, affiliated to Argentina's Socialist Workers Party (PTS), is politically implicated in policies that have led to mass death.

WSWS (2021-12-30). CDC Director Walensky dismisses the seriousness of child COVID-19 hospitalizations. wsws.org Despite the rising number of pediatric cases and admissions, the Biden administration and its top health officials minimize the danger to ensure schools reopen on schedule when the winter break ends.

Bob Hennelly (2021-12-30). By watering down COVID self-isolation period, CDC defers to commerce. salon.com "When you [cut] back your safety standards in such a transparent way, a science agency just loses credibility"

WSWS (2021-12-30). Biden administration withdraws federal COVID-19 safety standards for health care workers. wsws.org The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the expiration of its Emergency Temporary Standards, even as frontline health care workers risk their lives in overwhelmed hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Will Jones (2021-12-30). As Three More Studies Show Negative Vaccine Effectiveness, When Will Health Authorities Face Up to What the Data is Telling Us? globalresearch.ca The last two weeks have brought three new studies finding negative efficacy for two vaccine doses, meaning the vaccinated are more likely to be infected than the unvaccinated. | These are study findings, not raw data, so have been adjusted for …

Abdul Rahman (2021-12-30). Historic unity and resistance in Palestine amid increased attacks and oppression. peoplesdispatch.org Resistance in Palestine acquired new dimensions this year amid the pandemic and unprecedented Israeli offensives in Gaza, forced displacements and increased numbers of settler attacks. The escape of six prisoners, defiance at Sheikh Jarrah and East Jerusalem, a successful national strike across historic Palestine were moments of hope.

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-30). Warren Slams Grocers for Raising Prices While Raking In Profits. zcomm.org As the company hailed its grocery workers as "heroes," it cut hazard pay early in the pandemic while pursuing over $1 billion in stock buybacks in 2020…

Amy Goodman (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky: Corporate patents & rising anti-science rhetoric will prolong pandemic. nationofchange.org It's overwhelmingly a far-right phenomenon. Others have been drawn in. And I think there are many sources.

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2021-12-30: News Headlines

Hannah Rose (2021-12-30). Before the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Corona Virus "Vaccines". Nuremberg Code, Crimes against humanity, War Crimes and Crimes of Aggression" globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of Global Research readers, the full text …

Staff (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky: Corporate Patents & Rising Anti-Science Rhetoric Will Prolong Pandemic. democracynow.org Today, a special broadcast: an hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, who just turned 93 years old. Chomsky spoke to Democracy Now! prior to the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but he predicted new variants would emerge. "If you let the virus run rampant in poor countries, everyone understands that mutation is likely, the kind of mutation that led to the Delta variant, now the Delta Plus variant in India, and who knows what will develop," Chomsky said.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Omicron variant thrashes global luxury cruising industry. wsws.org The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recently marked over 80 vessels as "yellow" in its color coding system, indicating that reported COVID-19 cases have met the threshold for official investigation.

Amy Goodman (2021-12-30). Chomsky: Rising Anti-Science Rhetoric Feeds the Pandemic and Climate Crisis. truthout.org Today, a special broadcast: an hour with Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, who just turned 93 years old. Chomsky spoke to Democracy Now! prior to the discovery of the Omicron coronavirus variant, but he predicted new variants would emerge. "If you let the virus run rampant in poor countries, everyone understands that mutation is likely, the kind of mutation that led to the Delta variant, now the Delta Plus variant in India, and who knows what will develop,"

WSWS (2021-12-30). Daily COVID-19 infections near 1 million as Omicron wave engulfs Europe. wsws.org Without a mass mobilization of the working class to impose a scientific health policy, Europe faces a collapse of hospitals and horrific levels of death.

Joyce Chediac (2021-12-30). Biden's new COVID rules protect profits, endanger workers. liberationnews.org 'Nurses hare not going to stand by while the government and our employers weaken protections. We are not going backward now."

WSWS (2021-12-30). CDC Director Walensky dismisses the seriousness of child COVID-19 hospitalizations. wsws.org Despite the rising number of pediatric cases and admissions, the Biden administration and its top health officials minimize the danger to ensure schools reopen on schedule when the winter break ends.

WSWS (2021-12-30). An open letter to the working class: The pandemic must be ended and lives saved in 2022! wsws.org As we approach the end of the year, workers in the United States and throughout the world must decide to act collectively and finally put an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Biden administration withdraws federal COVID-19 safety standards for health care workers. wsws.org The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced the expiration of its Emergency Temporary Standards, even as frontline health care workers risk their lives in overwhelmed hospitals and long-term care facilities.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Australian medical specialist speaks out about escalating COVID crisis. wsws.org "There's going to be misery and suffering and death that is totally unnecessary. The policies our governments are taking will cause much, much further death."

WSWS (2021-12-30). Outrage grows as Australia's "National Cabinet" scraps basic protections against mass COVID infections. wsws.org Far from taking steps to avert the disaster, the government leaders moved to further slash testing, tracing and isolation measures, in particular to ensure that workers are kept on the job, even if infected.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-30). Global Migration Indicators report summarizes 2020 for migrants across the world. peoplesdispatch.org The Global Migration Indicators report by the International Organization for Migration is here, with an update on how COVID-19 affected migration around the world. The report says more than 2,300 migrants died while trying to get into Europe or within Europe in 2020. While the pandemic restricted mobility and reduced international migration, still, there were two hundred and eighty-one million international migrants in the middle of 2020. That is close to four per cent of the world's population.

Staff (2021-12-30). Venezuela's National Assembly Passed Almost 40 New Laws in 2021. orinocotribune.com A total of 38 laws were passed by the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela since its installation on January 5. At all times, the national parliament acted in compliance with the 7+7 scheme and all biosafety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. | Since its passing of the Interior and Debate Regulations at the beginning of the year, the Legislative Power has gone on to pass numerous laws leading up to the draft law on the Commission for the Guarantee of Justice and Reparation of Victims of Crimes Against Human Rights, passed on December 15. | The laws passed were: | 1) Interior and Debate Regulations of the…

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-30). We Dance into the New Year Banging Our Hammers and Swinging Our Sickles. dissidentvoice.org P.S. Jalaja (India), We Surely Can Change the World, 2021. Bittersweet is the passage of this year. There have been some immense victories and some catastrophic defeats, the most terrible being the failure of the Global North countries to adopt a democratic attitude towards confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and creating equitable access to key resources, …

Jordan Schachtel (2021-12-30). Shell Game? There remains no FDA approved COVID vaccine in the United States. globalresearch.ca

| I fact checked the fact checkers and couldn't believe what I found. Despite the corporate press, Big Pharma, and the federal government telling us otherwise, it is absolutely true that there is no FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine available in the …

WSWS (2021-12-30). Morenoite Izquierda Diario criticizes lockdowns as COVID-19 surges in Spain. wsws.org The petty-bourgeois Morenoite organisation, affiliated to Argentina's Socialist Workers Party (PTS), is politically implicated in policies that have led to mass death.

WSWS (2021-12-30). Parents in Australia expose COVID-19 school clusters. wsws.org "The huge rise in cases is alarming and I am stressed the government has announced there will be no more lockdowns."

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-30). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases"? globalresearch.ca Smoking Gun: The CDC Says that the PCR Test is Invalid. Does not differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. Does not detect or identify SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. If the PCR test is invalid the 260 Million "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" collected Worldwide are meaningless. There is no Pandemic.

Will Jones (2021-12-30). As Three More Studies Show Negative Vaccine Effectiveness, When Will Health Authorities Face Up to What the Data is Telling Us? globalresearch.ca The last two weeks have brought three new studies finding negative efficacy for two vaccine doses, meaning the vaccinated are more likely to be infected than the unvaccinated. | These are study findings, not raw data, so have been adjusted for …

Amy Goodman (2021-12-30). Noam Chomsky: Corporate patents & rising anti-science rhetoric will prolong pandemic. nationofchange.org It's overwhelmingly a far-right phenomenon. Others have been drawn in. And I think there are many sources.

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-30). Warren Slams Grocers for Raising Prices While Raking In Profits. zcomm.org As the company hailed its grocery workers as "heroes," it cut hazard pay early in the pandemic while pursuing over $1 billion in stock buybacks in 2020…

Staff (2021-12-30). Chomsky Blasts the "Torture" of Julian Assange & Biden's Provocative Acts Against China. democracynow.org Noam Chomsky decries what he calls the torture of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. He also critiques the Biden administration's reckless foreign policy. "The trajectory is not optimistic," Chomsky says. "The worst case is the increasing provocative actions towards China. That's very dangerous."

Staff (2021-12-29). Headlines for December 29, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Infections Hit All-Time High, Omicron Drives Record Rates of Infection in Several European Countries, Taliban Fire Warning Shots at Dozens of Women Protesters in Kabul, U.N. Envoy Warns of Civilian Toll as Saudi-Led War on Yemen Escalates, Mahmoud Abbas Meets Israeli Defense Minister, Death Toll from Brazil Flooding Rises to 20, Kodiak, Alaska, Hits 67 ∞F as Climate Emergency Fuels Extreme December Weather, Climate Emergency Cost Global Economy Nearly $200 Billion in 2021, South African Court Halts Shell Oil's Offshore Oil Exploration Plans, Russia Shutters International Memorial, Which Chr…

_____ (2021-12-29). Ending The Pandemic Is Not An 'Individual Responsibility'. popularresistance.org After a year and a half, the ravages of the pandemic show no signs of slowing down. The Omicron variant is spreading rapidly around the globe and is now the dominant version of Covid in the U.S., accounting for an estimated 73 percent of new cases. The U.S. is now averaging over 213,751 new Covid cases per day, which is equal to 85 percent of the number of cases during the peak when the highest daily average was reported on January 7, 2021. | While it is still unclear if Omicron causes more severe symptoms than other strains of Covid, it's clear based on the variant's high transmissibility1 that the sheer number…

Ann Brown (2021-12-29). New York Covid Hospitalization Numbers Go Parabolic: 3 Things To Know. moguldom.com Hospitalizations in New York spiked 12 percent in a single day on Dec. 27 as new coronavirus infections besieged the state. Pushing up the state's case numbers is the increase in recent hospitalizations in New York City. Could this be a repeat of early to mid-2020, when the Big Apple became the epicenter of the …

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-29). Pfizer Covid Pill Authorized By The FDA To Take At Home May Be Risky With Other Drugs. moguldom.com A covid-19 pill, Paxlovid, that was authorized for use in the U.S. by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help high-risk people avoid being hospitalized, could have serious side effects for its target demographic if taken with other drugs. The pill, used with an HIV drug, cut the risk of hospitalization or death by …

teleSUR (2021-12-29). US CDC Investigates Cruise Ships for COVID-19 Outbreaks. telesurenglish.net A total of 88 vessels are under CDC's investigation or observation for COVID-19 outbreaks. Four other vessels are also being monitored by the CDC, according to the latest data on the CDC website. | RELATED: | CDC will follow up with cruise ships when an investigation is required as ships begin to sail with passengers on simulated or restricted voyages under the CDC's Temporary Extension & Modification of Framework for Conditional Sai…

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-29). Flight Attendant Union Criticizes CDC for Decision "Pushed by Corporate America" truthout.org Flight Attendant union president and labor leader Sara Nelson is criticizing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for changing its guidance on quarantining for COVID-19 after business leaders asked the agency to cut its recommendations by half, potentially at the cost of public health. | Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International, accused the CDC

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Mexico Authorizes Use of Cuban Vaccine Abdala Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net The Cofepris "ruled that the authorization for emergency use of the Abdala vaccine, with the distinctive denomination: recombinant protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus receptor binding domain," the agency stated in a communiqué published on its web page. | RELATED: | It also states that the authorizations issued by this commission "are part of the National Health Regulation Strategy that allows reviewing and providing access…

WSWS (2021-12-29). German district calls for elderly homes to block access to hospital for residents with COVID-19. wsws.org The district is pressuring elderly care and nursing homes to evaluate whether transferring their residents to hospital in the event of a COVID-19 infection is really worthwhile.

Peter Koenig (2021-12-29). 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.

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Local Tourism Booms in Zimbabwe Despite COVID-19 Restrictions. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Zimbabwe's Environment, Climate, and Tourism Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said that domestic tourism is booming in this African country despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Many hotels and lodges in the two major cities of Harare and Bulawayo, including some inland resort places, were fully booked with local tourists during this festive season. This will help operators to sustain their…

WSWS (2021-12-29). Volkswagen workers kept in the dark following new union-management consultations on restructuring. wsws.org As COVID-19 spreads unchecked in schools and factories, Volkswagen workers are facing unprecedented attacks on their jobs and working conditions.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-29). Covid Vaccines: A Reality Check. libya360.wordpress.com Swiss Policy ResearchItaly Holds 'March of the Vaccine Dead' in Parma, Italy (November 2021) to Remember Those Killed by the COVID-19 Vaccine Covid vaccine effectiveness During 2021, covid vaccines may have saved several hundred thousand lives by mitigating the impact of the covid waves in spring (Alpha), summer (Delta) and early winter (also Delta). This…

Staff (2021-12-29). Venezuela's Science and Technology Minister Jiménez: 'Vaccine Geopolitics Has Endangered Life'. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Minister for Science and Technology, Gabriela Jiménez, stated that "if equity in the vaccination process was real, we would have a greater distribution of vaccines amongst the poorest and hence the most vulnerable nations. Vaccine geopolitics has endangered life, and this must not happen. In January we will start vaccinating with boosters to protect our people [from COVID-19]." | The minister made this comment at a COVID-19 vaccination report session led by President Nicolás Maduro. "The virus will continue its evolutionary and mutational course," Jiménez stated during the meeting. "However, there will…

Staff (2021-12-29). Venezuela Booster Shot Campaign Begins Next Week. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Minister for Health Carlos Alvarado provided details about the National Plan for COVID-19 booster vaccination schedule starting next week, on Monday January 3. He reported that "more than 18 million vaccines are guaranteed." Likewise, he specified that as of the second quarter of the year Venezuela will be producing the Abdala vaccine domestically, via an agreement with Cuba, which "guarantees the booster vaccine in Venezuela for the year 2022." | The statements were issued during a briefing on the vaccination plan and the fight against COVID-19, led by President Nicolás Maduro and broadcast by public…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-29). 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).

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Bolivia To Use Digital COVID Vaccination Card Starting in 2022. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Bolivia's Health Minister Jeyson Auza presented the new digital COVID-19 vaccination card that will be requested to carry out procedures or access public sites starting next January 1. | RELATED: | Auza indicated that the new certificate is connected to the database of the National Epidemiological Surveillance Registry. Therefore, citizens can generate the card by accessing the Health Ministry web page…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-29). The COVID-19 "Vaccine" and the Nuremberg Code. Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide. globalresearch.ca The health authorities, Big Pharma, the WHO, the Rockefellers and the Gates foundation are fully aware that the vaccine has resulted in countless deaths and injuries, including blood clots, infertility, brain damage, myocarditis, etc.

Adrián Sotelo Valencia (2021-12-29). 2022, øEl mundo en postpandemia? globalizacion.ca El capitalismo global cierra el año 2021 con una de las mayores crisis que ha experimentado la humanidad en su historia moderna, tanto por el volumen de personas involucradas en la pandemia del coronavirus —con más de 5 millones de…

_____ (2021-12-29). Occupy Biden — Day 3 — Demanding Executive Action. popularresistance.org I live in the shale fields of western Pennsylvania. Butler County is one of the most heavily fracked counties in one of the most heavily fracked states in the country. We have fence line communities that have suffered health and financial hardship due to the industry. | My friends in the Woodlands have been without water since Rex Energy poisoned their water in 2010 during a frack job gone bad. For almost 11 years, up to 60 families from the Woodlands have gone every week to White Oak Springs Presbyterian Church to a water bank called Water for Woodlands to get 20-25 gallons of water per family. These people have…

splcenter (2021-12-29). Alabama prisons lawsuit: SPLC urges prompt mental health remedies after judge's order. splcenter.org

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-29). 10 brainy and mental health stories from 2021. imperial.ac.uk From new understandings of mental health issues to pioneering treatments for neurological conditions, we look at Imperial's brainy findings from 2021.

teleSUR (2021-12-29). 122,000 Unaccompanied Minor Migrants Arrived in The US in 2021. telesurenglish.net U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reported that 122,000 unaccompanied migrant minors arrived in the United States in FY 2021, a record number since 2019 when authorities registered the entry of 69,000 minors traveling without their parents. | RELATED: | This increase in the migratory flow implied an unprecedented challenge according to the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the Department of Health and Human Services (…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Palestinian Prisoner On Hunger Strike Lost Speech And Vision. telesurenglish.net With his health seriously deteriorating, Palestinian prisoner Hisham Abu Hawash spent 135 days on Wednesday on a hunger strike in protest against the administrative detention imposed by the Israeli authorities without specifying charges against him or allowing him to have a proper trial. | RELATED: | The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported that Abu Hawash was transferred to a hospital due to his critical…

Moderator (2021-12-29). Best of 'Scheer Intelligence' 2021: Assange, Kucinich, Abdullah and More. scheerpost.com Throughout another turbulent year of pandemic, protests, and economic troubles, Robert Scheer and the award-winning "Scheer Intelligence" team made sure to bring you left-wing perspectives from a wide range of distinguished voices including Ralph Nader, Melina Abdullah, Chris Hedges, and many more, as the progressive fight becomes as urgent as ever. With a new year …

Amy Goodman (2021-12-29). Arundhati Roy Talks Media, Authoritarianism in India and Challenging US Wars. truthout.org We go to New Delhi, India, to speak with acclaimed Indian author and activist Arundhati Roy about the pandemic, U.S. militarism and the state of journalism. Roy first appeared on Democracy Now! after receiving widespread backlash for speaking out against the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. At the time, her emphatic antiwar stance clashed with the rising tides of patriotism and calls for war after 9/11. "Now the same media is saying what we were saying 20 years ago," says Roy. "But the trouble is, i…

_____ (2021-12-29). PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange. strategic-culture.org By Chris HEDGES | Nils Melzer, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, is one of the very few establishment figures Those in power, as Noam Chomsky points out, divide the world into "worthy" and "unworthy" victims. Th…

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2021-12-29: News Headlines

Staff (2021-12-29). Headlines for December 29, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Infections Hit All-Time High, Omicron Drives Record Rates of Infection in Several European Countries, Taliban Fire Warning Shots at Dozens of Women Protesters in Kabul, U.N. Envoy Warns of Civilian Toll as Saudi-Led War on Yemen Escalates, Mahmoud Abbas Meets Israeli Defense Minister, Death Toll from Brazil Flooding Rises to 20, Kodiak, Alaska, Hits 67 ∞F as Climate Emergency Fuels Extreme December Weather, Climate Emergency Cost Global Economy Nearly $200 Billion in 2021, South African Court Halts Shell Oil's Offshore Oil Exploration Plans, Russia Shutters International Memorial, Which Chr…

WSWS (2021-12-29). Child COVID-19 hospitalizations quadruple in New York City as Omicron spreads. wsws.org In an ominous development, the number of children in New York City who had to be hospitalized for COVID-related conditions increased over four-fold from December 11 to December 23.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Omicron variant fuels unprecedented surge in Canada's COVID-19 cases. wsws.org In line with the demands of big business, health authorities in Canada are moving to join the US CDC in cutting isolation periods for infected people in half—thereby all but ensuring the country's hospitals will be all overwhelmed by a surge in COVID-19 patients.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Apple employees mount one-day strike on Christmas Eve to demand COVID-19 protections and better working conditions. wsws.org Employees at the tech company Apple launched a one-day strike on December 24 to demand improvements in their wages, benefits and working conditions.

WSWS (2021-12-29). CDC backs corporate demands to force the sick back to work. wsws.org The Biden administration has made clear that preventing Americans from contracting, and dying from, COVID-19 is no longer a goal of public policy.

WSWS (2021-12-29). German district calls for elderly homes to block access to hospital for residents with COVID-19. wsws.org The district is pressuring elderly care and nursing homes to evaluate whether transferring their residents to hospital in the event of a COVID-19 infection is really worthwhile.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-29). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases"? globalresearch.ca Smoking Gun: The CDC Says that the PCR Test is Invalid. Does not differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. Does not detect or identify SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. If the PCR test is invalid the 260 Million "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" collected Worldwide are meaningless. There is no Pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Sri Lankan health workers endorse the Global Workers Inquest into the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org "As frontline health workers we have been battling the pandemic in hospitals and experiencing how the government has been handling the pandemic in a criminal manner."

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-29). The COVID-19 "Vaccine" and the Nuremberg Code. Crimes Against Humanity, Genocide. globalresearch.ca The health authorities, Big Pharma, the WHO, the Rockefellers and the Gates foundation are fully aware that the vaccine has resulted in countless deaths and injuries, including blood clots, infertility, brain damage, myocarditis, etc.

WSWS (2021-12-29). Volkswagen workers kept in the dark following new union-management consultations on restructuring. wsws.org As COVID-19 spreads unchecked in schools and factories, Volkswagen workers are facing unprecedented attacks on their jobs and working conditions.

Peter Koenig (2021-12-29). 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.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-29). 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).

Staff (2021-12-29). Venezuela Booster Shot Campaign Begins Next Week. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Minister for Health Carlos Alvarado provided details about the National Plan for COVID-19 booster vaccination schedule starting next week, on Monday January 3. He reported that "more than 18 million vaccines are guaranteed." Likewise, he specified that as of the second quarter of the year Venezuela will be producing the Abdala vaccine domestically, via an agreement with Cuba, which "guarantees the booster vaccine in Venezuela for the year 2022." | The statements were issued during a briefing on the vaccination plan and the fight against COVID-19, led by President Nicolás Maduro and broadcast by public…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Bolivia To Use Digital COVID Vaccination Card Starting in 2022. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Bolivia's Health Minister Jeyson Auza presented the new digital COVID-19 vaccination card that will be requested to carry out procedures or access public sites starting next January 1. | RELATED: | Auza indicated that the new certificate is connected to the database of the National Epidemiological Surveillance Registry. Therefore, citizens can generate the card by accessing the Health Ministry web page…

teleSUR (2021-12-29). Local Tourism Booms in Zimbabwe Despite COVID-19 Restrictions. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, Zimbabwe's Environment, Climate, and Tourism Minister Mangaliso Ndlovu said that domestic tourism is booming in this African country despite restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Many hotels and lodges in the two major cities of Harare and Bulawayo, including some inland resort places, were fully booked with local tourists during this festive season. This will help operators to sustain their…

WSWS (2021-12-29). Australian health workers report dire conditions as COVID-19 cases soar. wsws.org "What I witnessed yesterday has left a terrifying impression on me. The hospitals are not equipped for this."

WSWS (2021-12-29). UK HGV drivers' health and lives endangered by "epidemic" levels of fatigue. wsws.org The government has significantly weakened safety restrictions protecting HGV drivers and other road users in response to a labour shortage created by decades of declining pay and conditions.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-29). 10 brainy and mental health stories from 2021. imperial.ac.uk From new understandings of mental health issues to pioneering treatments for neurological conditions, we look at Imperial's brainy findings from 2021.

Staff (2021-12-28). Headlines for December 28, 2021. democracynow.org World Coronavirus Cases Hit Record High as Omicron Surges, Israel Tests Fourth Vaccine Doses as COVID Surges in Largely Unvaccinated African Nations, Biden Warns Governors of Looming Shortages of Hospital Beds as COVID-19 Cases Near Pandemic Highs, CDC Recommends Shorter Isolation for People with Asymptomatic Coronavirus Infections, Afghan Taliban Bans Women from Road Trips Without Male Escort, Talks on Reviving Iran Nuclear Deal Resume in Vienna, Iraq's Top Court Ratifies Results of October's Contested Election, Russia to Hold Talks with U.S. and NATO Allies over Ukraine Border Tensions, New German Government Mo…

teleSUR (2021-12-28). France: Ambassador Warns Switzerland About EU Negotiations. telesurenglish.net Frédéric Journès, the ambassador of France in Switzerland, stated in an interview with the Le Temps newspaper on Tuesday that the previous agreement rejected by the country last May would be back on the table for the next six months. | RELATED: | The negotiation was expected to be restored at the World Economic Forum (WEF), postponed for the following summer in 2022, given the fast spread of the Omicron variant…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-28). Biden Pivots And Shirks Accountability: No US Government Solution For Covid, Take It Up With States. moguldom.com Critics have slammed President Joe Biden, accusing him of pivoting and shirking accountability after he said on Monday that he is letting states lead the way on testing for the omicron variant of covid-19 spreading like wildfire across the U.S. Biden was in a conference call with some U.S. governors when Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson …

WSWS (2021-12-28). COVID-19 danger persists in Japan as Omicron variant takes hold. wsws.org The government's response to the latest COVID-19 dangers in contrast to public sentiment demonstrates the need for an international strategy to end the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Omicron surge intensifies crisis in Washington state public schools. wsws.org The rapid spread of the Omicron variant in Washington state is deepening the crisis in public education and threatening to provoke an independent movement of educators and parents to close schools in order to prevent further COVID-19 infections.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Florida sees alarming growth of COVID-19 infections fueled by Omicron variant. wsws.org New cases jumped nearly 333 percent as more than 125,000 cases were reported last week compared to just 28,841 cases the week prior.

WSWS (2021-12-28). UK Johnson government takes no new measures against pandemic. wsws.org The decision was a fait accompli. Johnson is under instruction from his party's most fascistic wing in the COVID Recovery Group to ignore all warnings that the Omicron variant of the virus is surging out of control, infecting millions and rapidly overwhelming the National Health Service.

teleSUR (2021-12-28). WHO Warns About the Fast Spreading of Omicron Strain. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the World Health Organization expressed its concern about the Omicron variant leading to a congestion in the healthcare system, as the countries reinforce their anti-COVID measures and France reaches a new record of daily cases. | The WHO express its concern about the fast spreading of the Omicron variant. Dec. 28, 2021.

Global Research News (2021-12-28). Selected Articles: Video: "Imagine All the People": The COVID-19 Omicron Christmas and New Year Lockdown. globalresearch.ca By We are told by our governments that It's Christmas under Lockdown. To protect you and your loved ones against …

WSWS (2021-12-28). CDC surrenders US population to the spread of Omicron. wsws.org The US health agency is effectively ending any effort to stop the spread of COVID, in order to meet business demands for workers.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Making a killing: Pfizer's domination of the market for COVID jabs. wsws.org Blocking the transfer of vaccine technology, together with the practice of selling to the highest bidder, creating grotesque levels of vaccine inequality, have been critical factors in enabling the conditions for the Omicron variant to emerge.

WSWS (2021-12-28). "Opposition to the herd immunity policy is overwhelming": European Network of Rank-and-File Committees for Safe Education meeting outlines strategy to end pandemic. wsws.org Amid the exponential spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus across Europe, an online meeting of the Network of Rank-and-File Committees for Safe Education expressed the immense opposition and willingness to fight against the criminal herd immunity policies of governments everywhere.

_____ (2021-12-28). After Years Of Setbacks, US Labor Demonstrates Its Power. popularresistance.org 2021 was a historic year for labor in the US. An eruption of strikes, major contract wins, and workers quitting low-wage jobs in unprecedented numbers all signaled that workers en masse are ready to reclaim their power. Workers organized union drives across nearly every industry, pushed for union reforms, and elected new union leadership, speaking volumes to their desire for a more democratic workplace. | For many workers, the pandemic revealed the cruelty of capitalism. Mainstream media and politicians campaigned for a return to business as usual during this second year of COVID. In particular, workers, called "

Ann Brown (2021-12-28). What Happened To The 15 Men Who Died At Rikers Island Jail In 2021? 5 Things To Know. moguldom.com When William Brown, 55, died on Dec. 14, he was the 15th inmate in 2021 to lose his life at New York City's Rikers Island jail complex, which was already plagued by years of neglect but spiraled into chaos during the covid-19 pandemic with an increase in violence and staff absences. This is the most deaths …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-28). Howard University Plans To Delay Spring Semester Amid Area Covid Case Surge. moguldom.com Howard University has delayed the start of its Spring 2022 semester due to a surge of covid-19 cases in the region. The university made the announcement on Monday, Dec. 28 that it will push the start of classes to Jan. 18 in a news release. In the release, Howard notes its public health teal is …

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-28). Black America Questions CDC Guidelines Change To Only 5 Days Of Quarantine. moguldom.com The U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has shortened the quarantine time it recommends after a positive covid-19 test from 10 days to five. The agency made the announcement about the new CDC guidelines on Monday, Dec. 27 in a news release and Black America is weighing in with their thoughts. "Given what …

Medea Benjamin (2021-12-28). Yes, There Were 10 Good Things About 2021. dissidentvoice.org Photo credit: peace-justice.org This year, 2021, began with a huge sense of relief as Trump left office. We hoped to emerge from the ravages of COVID, pass a hefty Build Back Better (BBB) bill, and make significant cuts to the Pentagon budget. But, alas, we faced a January 6 white nationalist insurrection, two new COVID …

_____ (2021-12-28). US Sends Potentially Deadly Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan. journal-neo.org Although the official death toll from COVID-19 currently exceeds 5.4 million, it is estimated by individual experts that the actual fatality statistics could be as high as 15.2 million. Unfortunately, many countries of the world have found themselves particularly vulnerable to the negative consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, especially the poorest countries and states affected …

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-28). USAID Is Running Out of Money for COVID Vaccines While Pentagon Got $778 Billion. truthout.org Sharply contrasting with the $778 billion in new military spending

Newsroom (2021-12-28). World Bank Loan Will Support Vietnam's Economic Recovery. moderndiplomacy.eu The Government of Vietnam and the World Bank has signed an agreement for financing of US$221.5 million to support Vietnam's recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic through policy reforms aimed at improving financial inclusion and spurring greater environmental resilience. "In the spirit of our long-term, trusted and productive partnership, we are proud to support Vietnam at …

Brett Wilkins (2021-12-28). The Pentagon just got $778 billion, but USAID is running out of money for Covid-19 vaccines? nationofchange.org "Why is there more money for the military-industrial complex… at the same time the U.S. is refusing to spend the $25 billion needed to make enough additional vaccines to vaccinate the world?"

WSWS (2021-12-28). More workers died of COVID-19 at one Michigan auto plant than all of China in 2021. wsws.org Xavier Anderson, a worker at Stellantis' Sterling Stamping Plant north of Detroit, is the fifth to die from COVID-19 at the plant.

Ethan Huff (2021-12-28). Covid vaccines "most dangerous biological medicinal product rollout in human history," says Dr. Peter McCullough. globalresearch.ca At a recent online symposium on covid science that was organized by Doctors for COVID Ethics, the most This international group, which has long opposed the …

Lord Sumption (2021-12-28). Video: Government by Decree — COVID-19 and the Constitution. Lord Jonathan Sumption. globalresearch.ca First published on October 29, 2020 | On 27 October 2020 Lord Sumption delivered the 2020 Cambridge Freshfields Lecture entitled "Government by decree — Covid-19 and the Constitution". | The disputes over Brexit last year saw an attempt to make the executive, …

WSWS (2021-12-28). French parent calls for rank-and-file committee to fight state COVID-19 policy. wsws.org Raphaà´lle, a mother of two, called to support Lisa Diaz's struggle in the UK against sending children into schools where they risk being infected by the coronavirus.

WSWS (2021-12-28). For a "Zero COVID" policy in Canada's schools!—an appeal from a special-needs educator. wsws.org To oppose the disastrous profit-before-lives pandemic policy pursued by Canada's governments, I urge my colleagues to join with the Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in organizing independent rank-and-file committees in all schools to fight for a science-based Zero COVID strategy.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Australian governments let loose soaring COVID-19 infections. wsws.org There is shock and outrage among health workers, medical experts and working-class people as governments wash their hands of the developing disaster.

WSWS (2021-12-28). French parents call for rank-and-file committee to fight state COVID-19 policy. wsws.org Raphaà´lle, a mother of two, called to support Lisa Diaz's struggle in the UK against sending children into schools where they risk being infected by the coronavirus.

teleSUR (2021-12-28). Saint Vincent & The Grenadines To Use Cuba's Abdala Vaccine. telesurenglish.net On Monday, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) became the first country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to authorize the use of Abdala, a COVID-19 vaccine made in Cuba. | RELATED: | Previously, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves announced that Cuba had donated 300 Abdala doses to his country, which would be used immediately on teachers and other workers who are on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic. | "God and the Cuba…

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-28). Rust Is Called The 'Perfect Programming Language': Here's How To Learn It Online For Free. moguldom.com Powerful crypto influencers such as Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey have favorite programming languages. Dorsey recently took to the Twitterverse to reveal that he thought Rust — a multi-paradigm, general-purpose programming language designed for performance and safety — was "a perfect programming language." Not everybody agreed with Dorsey but his views got an endorsement from Polkadot, …

_____ (2021-12-28). Flushing Of Dangerous Petroleum Contaminated Water From Military Housing. popularresistance.org Hawai'i – On Friday, December 24, I went to Aliamanu Military Reservation at Red Hill housing area which is located above the entryway into the main tunnel that leads into the U.S. Navy's deep, massive, leaking 80-year-old Red Hill underground jet fuel storage tanks complex. These tanks are only 100 feet above the main aquifer of drinking water for 400,000, half the population of the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. | A recent leak of at least 19,000 gallons of jet fuel and water leaked from a fire suppressant pipe into two Navy operated wells that supply drinking water to over 93,000 residents in the Pearl Harbor-Hicka…

WSWS (2021-12-28). Solomon Islands' government invites Chinese riot police deployment. wsws.org The move has triggered alarm in Australian ruling circles—ever since World War II, Australian imperialism has regarded the South Pacific as its exclusive "sphere of influence."

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2021-12-28: News Headlines

_____ (2021-12-28). Richard Wolff: US Capitalism Has Peaked And Is On The Way Down'. popularresistance.org For the end of the year, Clearing the FOG speaks with economist Richard Wolff about the current state of United States capitalism. Wolff explains that the United States is experiencing the greatest crisis in its history – a severe economic crisis at the same time as a pandemic, as well as the climate crisis. This is unprecedented. Unlike the great depression in the last century, when the wealth divide shrank, inequality is worsening. On top of that, US empire is in decline. Wolff discusses the current state of inflation and supply chain disruption and the forces behind them. Instead of facing up to these realitie…

_____ (2021-12-28). Flushing Of Dangerous Petroleum Contaminated Water From Military Housing. popularresistance.org Hawai'i – On Friday, December 24, I went to Aliamanu Military Reservation at Red Hill housing area which is located above the entryway into the main tunnel that leads into the U.S. Navy's deep, massive, leaking 80-year-old Red Hill underground jet fuel storage tanks complex. These tanks are only 100 feet above the main aquifer of drinking water for 400,000, half the population of the island of O'ahu, Hawai'i. | A recent leak of at least 19,000 gallons of jet fuel and water leaked from a fire suppressant pipe into two Navy operated wells that supply drinking water to over 93,000 residents in the Pearl Harbor-Hicka…

Staff (2021-12-28). Headlines for December 28, 2021. democracynow.org World Coronavirus Cases Hit Record High as Omicron Surges, Israel Tests Fourth Vaccine Doses as COVID Surges in Largely Unvaccinated African Nations, Biden Warns Governors of Looming Shortages of Hospital Beds as COVID-19 Cases Near Pandemic Highs, CDC Recommends Shorter Isolation for People with Asymptomatic Coronavirus Infections, Afghan Taliban Bans Women from Road Trips Without Male Escort, Talks on Reviving Iran Nuclear Deal Resume in Vienna, Iraq's Top Court Ratifies Results of October's Contested Election, Russia to Hold Talks with U.S. and NATO Allies over Ukraine Border Tensions, New German Government Mo…

Moderator (2021-12-28). The Pentagon Just Got $778 Billion, But USAID Is Running Out of Money for COVID-19 Vaccines? scheerpost.com By Brett Wilkins / Common Dreams Sharply contrasting with the $778 billion in new military spending authorized Monday by President Joe Biden, the U.S. Agency for International Development reportedly can't find the funds to pay for the Biden administration's effort to help vaccinate the world's population against COVID-19, according to two agency officials interviewed by Politico. In an article published Monday …

Global Research News (2021-12-28). Selected Articles: Video: "Imagine All the People": The COVID-19 Omicron Christmas and New Year Lockdown. globalresearch.ca By We are told by our governments that It's Christmas under Lockdown. To protect you and your loved ones against …

WSWS (2021-12-28). Making a killing: Pfizer's domination of the market for COVID jabs. wsws.org Blocking the transfer of vaccine technology, together with the practice of selling to the highest bidder, creating grotesque levels of vaccine inequality, have been critical factors in enabling the conditions for the Omicron variant to emerge.

WSWS (2021-12-28). CDC surrenders US population to the spread of Omicron. wsws.org The US health agency is effectively ending any effort to stop the spread of COVID, in order to meet business demands for workers.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Omicron surge intensifies crisis in Washington state public schools. wsws.org The rapid spread of the Omicron variant in Washington state is deepening the crisis in public education and threatening to provoke an independent movement of educators and parents to close schools in order to prevent further COVID-19 infections.

WSWS (2021-12-28). COVID-19 danger persists in Japan as Omicron variant takes hold. wsws.org The government's response to the latest COVID-19 dangers in contrast to public sentiment demonstrates the need for an international strategy to end the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-28). "Opposition to the herd immunity policy is overwhelming": European Network of Rank-and-File Committees for Safe Education meeting outlines strategy to end pandemic. wsws.org Amid the exponential spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus across Europe, an online meeting of the Network of Rank-and-File Committees for Safe Education expressed the immense opposition and willingness to fight against the criminal herd immunity policies of governments everywhere.

WSWS (2021-12-28). UK Johnson government takes no new measures against pandemic. wsws.org The decision was a fait accompli. Johnson is under instruction from his party's most fascistic wing in the COVID Recovery Group to ignore all warnings that the Omicron variant of the virus is surging out of control, infecting millions and rapidly overwhelming the National Health Service.

WSWS (2021-12-28). Florida sees alarming growth of COVID-19 infections fueled by Omicron variant. wsws.org New cases jumped nearly 333 percent as more than 125,000 cases were reported last week compared to just 28,841 cases the week prior.

Medea Benjamin (2021-12-28). Yes, There Were 10 Good Things About 2021. dissidentvoice.org Photo credit: peace-justice.org This year, 2021, began with a huge sense of relief as Trump left office. We hoped to emerge from the ravages of COVID, pass a hefty Build Back Better (BBB) bill, and make significant cuts to the Pentagon budget. But, alas, we faced a January 6 white nationalist insurrection, two new COVID …

WSWS (2021-12-28). Australian governments let loose soaring COVID-19 infections. wsws.org There is shock and outrage among health workers, medical experts and working-class people as governments wash their hands of the developing disaster.

WSWS (2021-12-28). For a "Zero COVID" policy in Canada's schools!—an appeal from a special-needs educator. wsws.org To oppose the disastrous profit-before-lives pandemic policy pursued by Canada's governments, I urge my colleagues to join with the Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee in organizing independent rank-and-file committees in all schools to fight for a science-based Zero COVID strategy.

WSWS (2021-12-28). French parent calls for rank-and-file committee to fight state COVID-19 policy. wsws.org Raphaà´lle, a mother of two, called to support Lisa Diaz's struggle in the UK against sending children into schools where they risk being infected by the coronavirus.

WSWS (2021-12-28). French parents call for rank-and-file committee to fight state COVID-19 policy. wsws.org Raphaà´lle, a mother of two, called to support Lisa Diaz's struggle in the UK against sending children into schools where they risk being infected by the coronavirus.

WSWS (2021-12-28). More workers died of COVID-19 at one Michigan auto plant than all of China in 2021. wsws.org Xavier Anderson, a worker at Stellantis' Sterling Stamping Plant north of Detroit, is the fifth to die from COVID-19 at the plant.

teleSUR (2021-12-28). Saint Vincent & The Grenadines To Use Cuba's Abdala Vaccine. telesurenglish.net On Monday, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines (SVG) became the first country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to authorize the use of Abdala, a COVID-19 vaccine made in Cuba. | RELATED: | Previously, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves announced that Cuba had donated 300 Abdala doses to his country, which would be used immediately on teachers and other workers who are on the front lines of the fight against the pandemic. | "God and the Cuba…

WSWS (2021-12-28). Solomon Islands' government invites Chinese riot police deployment. wsws.org The move has triggered alarm in Australian ruling circles—ever since World War II, Australian imperialism has regarded the South Pacific as its exclusive "sphere of influence."

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-12-28). China Cooperating With Africa's Health Sector. moderndiplomacy.eu China and Africa will always be a community of a shared future. At least, its policy is directed at addressing sustainable development, and China has in deed proved, over the years, in many aspect of dealing with Africa. Results are seen especially with all kinds of infrastructure that have been built these years. And, of …

Staff (2021-12-28). Angela Davis on Imagining New Worlds, the Campaign to Free Mumia and the Biden Presidency. democracynow.org World-renowned author, activist and professor Angela Davis talks about navigating the pandemic and an inadequate two-party political system during a time of racial uprising in the United States. She also talks about imprisoned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Biden presidential campaign and the protests that erupted from the police killing of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor.

_____ (2021-12-28). The World is Turning to Nuclear Power amid the Raging Energy Crisis. journal-neo.org The energy crisis is perhaps the worst since 1973, when the Arab countries imposed an oil embargo, protesting against Western support for Israel in the Yom Kippur War. Combined with a pandemic, new strains, and a lockdown relapse threat, it is a deadly blow to economies and industries worldwide. Bloomberg sounds the alarm: problems with …

TASS (2021-12-27). Anti-coronavirus Avifavir drug is effective against delta, omicron strains — developer. tass.com A meta-analysis of 23 clinical trials of favipiravir in the treatment of coronavirus shows a 47% improvement in the condition of patients when used at an early stage of the disease, the developer noted…

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Flight Cancellations Continue Amid Omicron Advance. telesurenglish.net A total of 1,033 Monday flights within, into and out of the United States were canceled and 2,982 faced delays as of 1: 20 p.m. East Time, according to flight-tracking website FlightAware, as the recent Omicron-fueled COVID-19 surge has resulted in crew shortages and disrupted the operations of some airlines. | RELATED: | The cancellations on Monday included 264 by SkyWest, 141 by Alaska Airlines, 93 by United an…

teleSUR, SH (2021-12-27). Cancelan casi 8.000 vuelos esta semana por la variante ómicron. telesurtv.net Numerosas compañías aéreas debieron poner en cuarentena a sus tripulaciones que se vieron expuestos a la Covid-19 en la última semana.

Jan6 Unity Day Coalition (2021-12-27). Thursday 1/6: Napa: Jan. 6th Day of Remembrance & Action Vigil to Defend Democracy. indybay.org Veterans Memorial Park, Main Street and 3rd Street, Napa, CA 94559 | Please wear a mask and be vaccinated/boosted. Follow all COVID safety guidelines, especially w/ omicron variant: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Omicron-Variant-Fact-Sheet.aspx

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Venezuela: 87% Of Vaccinated Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Regarding the omicron variant, he indicated that this Monday, two other new cases were detected in people coming from flights coming from the United Kingdom and Panama, both asymptomatic. | RELATED: | He pointed out that while Spain, for example, registers 1,200 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 inhabitants, in Venezuela, 6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants are reported "thanks to the fact that we take care of ourselves collectively, thanks to…

Staff (2021-12-27). Headlines for December 27, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Cases Skyrocket as Omicron Spreads at Unprecedented Pace, China Orders Lockdown for 13 Million in Xi'an; Pope Francis Calls for Universal Access to Vaccines, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Who Battled Apartheid and Championed Human Rights, Dies at 90, Israel Plans to Double Population of Illegal Settlements in Occupied Golan Heights, Burmese Military Accused of Massacring Dozens of Civilians , Iraqi Kurds Hold Funerals for Family Members Who Drowned Crossing English Channel , Dams Burst After Torrential Rains in Brazil; U.S. Records Record High December Temperatures, Sarah Weddington, Who Successfully…

Jan6 Unity Day Coalition (2021-12-27). Thursday 1/6: Walnut Creek: Jan. 6th Day of Remembrance & Action for Democracy Vigil Rally. indybay.org WALNUT CREEK: Downtown Walnut Creek – exact location TBD. RSVP below for text/email | location update. | Please wear a mask and be vaccinated/boosted. Follow all COVID safety guidelines, especially w/ omicron variant: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Omicron-Variant-Fact-Sheet.aspx

_____ (2021-12-27). Improvements For NYC's Delivery Workers' Safety And Working Conditions To Start In January. popularresistance.org Above Photo: Choongky / Shutterstock. This holiday weekend, as many New Yorkers once again hunker down at home during the latest surge of Covid cases, the city's intense reliance on delivery apps for essential goods is highlighting advocates' call for better protections for the delivery workers who have toiled without a safety net. A slate of city …

Ibrahim Tanner (2021-12-27). A Crime Covered In Color: Freedman's Savings And Trust Bank Plunder In The 21st Century. moguldom.com Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen announced at the Freedman's Bank Forum a plan to loan $9 billion of the previously secured $12 billion to underserved communities and those whose small businesses have been disproportionately damaged during the covid pandemic. Harris started the panel discussion by honoring Viola Fletcher and …

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Italy: Economic Paralysis Due to Quarantine Measures. telesurenglish.net On Monday, health experts asked the Italian government to reduce the severity of COVID-19 quarantine measures to avoid economic paralysis. | RELATED: | According to the rules, people who have been in contact with infected ones have to self-isolate for seven days if they are vaccinated already; if not, they must spend ten days in self-isolation. | The head of the Gimbe health foundation, Nino Cartabellotta, explained that every p…

_____ (2021-12-27). Will 2022 be Better Than the Outgoing Year? journal-neo.org As 2021 is approaching its end, efforts are being made to assess it and gain insight into what the New Year, 2022, holds in store for us. In 2021, the world has still been reeling under the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic, but it has turned out to be more hectic: the old conflicts have flared …

Staff (2021-12-27). Anti-vaxx kickboxing king dies from Covid complications after discharging himself from hospital. rt.com An anti-vaccine former kickboxing champion died from Covid complications at the age of 41 shortly after discharging himself from hospital, according to reports. | Frederic Sinistra passed away at his home in the town of Ciney, southern Belgium, after deciding he would personally treat what he described as a "little virus". | Forced to finally get medical help in November by his coach,

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-27). The ten most popular Imperial news stories of 2021. imperial.ac.uk Well into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic Imperial research continues to save lives and generate headlines around the world.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-27). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" globalresearch.ca Smoking Gun: The CDC Says that the PCR Test is Invalid. Does not differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. Does not detect or identify SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. If the PCR test is invalid the 260 Million "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" collected Worldwide are meaningless. There is no Pandemic.

NorCal MLK, SF Public Library,, partners (2021-12-27). Monday 1/17: MLK22 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival Expo Showcase. indybay.org Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA. 94103 | REQUIRED: Wear a mask. Proof of COVID vaccine status required for ages 12+ in order to enter.

Byul Ryan-Im (2021-12-27). The Weekly Round-Up: New COVID-19 rules for three nations and no investigation into Met on Downing Street Christmas party. ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: From 26 December new Covid rules came into effect in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. All three nations have limited the size of public events and face coverings are compulsory in most indoor public spaces. Covid passports or proof of a negative test result is required at many venues. Nightclubs will close in Wales and Scotland from 27 December and in …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-27). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases"? globalresearch.ca Smoking Gun: The CDC Says that the PCR Test is Invalid. Does not differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. Does not detect or identify SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. If the PCR test is invalid the 260 Million "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" collected Worldwide are meaningless. There is no Pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-27). The FDA grants emergency use authorization to Pfizer and Merck's anti-COVID pills. wsws.org The two pills are the first for treating patients at early stages of a COVID infection of mild or medium severity. The CDC is expected to endorse the FDA recommendations.

Staff (2021-12-27). Study reveals how Covid affects the brain. rt.com The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 can within days move from the respiratory system into the brain, heart, and nearly every organ system in the body, and stay there for months, a new study says. | A team from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) described their research as the "most comprehensive analysis" to date of how the virus spreads through the human body. The results were published online on Saturday in a manuscript, which was submitted under review in the Nature journal. | The scientists based their findings on autopsies of 44 patients who died after contracting Covid. The autopsies were p…

teleSUR (2021-12-27). Bolsonaro Won't Vaccinate 11-Year-old Daughter Against COVID-19. telesurenglish.net "I hope there is no interference from the Judiciary (to force the vaccination) because my daughter will not be vaccinated, (I want to) make it very clear, she is 11 years old", said the president in statements to the press, according to the local newspaper O Globo. | RELATED: | The president added that there are "many doubts" about vaccines for children in the world, even though several countries have already started vaccinating this age group.

teleSUR (2021-12-27). US: Medical Personnel Mobilized to Help Hospitals. telesurenglish.net On Monday, the U.S president said on a call with the National Governors Association, that Washington would call on medical personnel to help prevent the congestion in hospitals with coronavirus infections by unvaccinated individuals. | RELATED: | "With rising cases, we still have tens of millions of unvaccinated people, and we're seeing hospitalizations rise. It means our hospitals in some places are going to get o…

Rosalind English (2021-12-27). Enforced quarantine in hotels: a breach of the right to liberty? ukhumanrightsblog.com Hotta and others, R(on the application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and another [2021] EWHC 3359 (Admin) This was an application for permission to challenge to the Managed Hotel Quarantine (MHQ) scheme. MHQ was put into place under Schedule 11 to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) …

Brasil de Fato (2021-12-27). Amidst the chaos of 2021, movements remember victories that helped the people of Brazil. peoplesdispatch.org The year 2021 was full of bad news for Brazilians. The effects of the global pandemic were made much worse due to the gross negligence of the federal government of Jair Bolsonaro leaving no sector untouched. The country reached the sad milestone of 600,000 deaths by coronavirus, the Bolsonaro administrations's avaricious quest for natural resource wealth coupled with the expansion of agribusiness made the country's forests, green areas, and Indigenous and traditional communities victims of this violent offensive. | Despite this scenario, were there any victories? Brasil de Fato asked this question to four popular…

Sarah Kleiner (2021-12-27). Rural America Is Facing an Invisible Eviction Crisis. truthout.org This MILLSVILLE, West Virginia — About 70 miles northwest of the nation's capital, past wineries in the affluent Virginia countryside and across the state line into West Virginia, there's a house on a hill in a deteriorating nei…

It's Going Down (2021-12-27). Organization, Repression, Burnout, Action: A Discussion with CrimethInc. itsgoingdown.org photo: Pixabay In this latest episode of the It's Going Down podcast, we are joined with a participant of the CrimethInc. collective as we spend several hours broadly discussing contemporary anarchist history and organization, the impact of both material conditions and repression on those organizational forms, how we can build and maintain healthy group dynamics,…

Kiah Collier, Maya Miller (2021-12-27). A plant that sterilizes medical equipment spews cancer-causing pollution on tens of thousands of schoolchildren. nationofchange.org Beal, of the EPA, said that the Biden administration has "reinvigorated its commitment to protect public health from toxic air emissions from industrial facilities." And she said ethylene oxide in particular is a major priority.

US Department of Justice (2021-12-27). Pfizer Inc. "Fraudulent Marketing": "Largest Health Care Fraud Settlement in Its History" (2009). US Department of Justice. globalresearch.ca First posted on Global Research on July 19, 2021 | . | Introductory …

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2021-12-27: News Headlines

teleSUR, SH (2021-12-27). Cancelan casi 8.000 vuelos esta semana por la variante ómicron. telesurtv.net Numerosas compañías aéreas debieron poner en cuarentena a sus tripulaciones que se vieron expuestos a la Covid-19 en la última semana.

TASS (2021-12-27). Anti-coronavirus Avifavir drug is effective against delta, omicron strains — developer. tass.com A meta-analysis of 23 clinical trials of favipiravir in the treatment of coronavirus shows a 47% improvement in the condition of patients when used at an early stage of the disease, the developer noted…

Jan6 Unity Day Coalition (2021-12-27). Thursday 1/6: Walnut Creek: Jan. 6th Day of Remembrance & Action for Democracy Vigil Rally. indybay.org WALNUT CREEK: Downtown Walnut Creek – exact location TBD. RSVP below for text/email | location update. | Please wear a mask and be vaccinated/boosted. Follow all COVID safety guidelines, especially w/ omicron variant: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Omicron-Variant-Fact-Sheet.aspx

Jan6 Unity Day Coalition (2021-12-27). Thursday 1/6: Napa: Jan. 6th Day of Remembrance & Action Vigil to Defend Democracy. indybay.org Veterans Memorial Park, Main Street and 3rd Street, Napa, CA 94559 | Please wear a mask and be vaccinated/boosted. Follow all COVID safety guidelines, especially w/ omicron variant: www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Omicron-Variant-Fact-Sheet.aspx

Staff (2021-12-27). Headlines for December 27, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Coronavirus Cases Skyrocket as Omicron Spreads at Unprecedented Pace, China Orders Lockdown for 13 Million in Xi'an; Pope Francis Calls for Universal Access to Vaccines, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Who Battled Apartheid and Championed Human Rights, Dies at 90, Israel Plans to Double Population of Illegal Settlements in Occupied Golan Heights, Burmese Military Accused of Massacring Dozens of Civilians , Iraqi Kurds Hold Funerals for Family Members Who Drowned Crossing English Channel , Dams Burst After Torrential Rains in Brazil; U.S. Records Record High December Temperatures, Sarah Weddington, Who Successfully…

_____ (2021-12-27). Will 2022 be Better Than the Outgoing Year? journal-neo.org As 2021 is approaching its end, efforts are being made to assess it and gain insight into what the New Year, 2022, holds in store for us. In 2021, the world has still been reeling under the consequences of COVID-19 pandemic, but it has turned out to be more hectic: the old conflicts have flared …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-27). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" globalresearch.ca Smoking Gun: The CDC Says that the PCR Test is Invalid. Does not differentiate between Covid-19 and Seasonal Influenza. Does not detect or identify SARS-CoV-2 and its variants. If the PCR test is invalid the 260 Million "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" collected Worldwide are meaningless. There is no Pandemic.

Byul Ryan-Im (2021-12-27). The Weekly Round-Up: New COVID-19 rules for three nations and no investigation into Met on Downing Street Christmas party. ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: From 26 December new Covid rules came into effect in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. All three nations have limited the size of public events and face coverings are compulsory in most indoor public spaces. Covid passports or proof of a negative test result is required at many venues. Nightclubs will close in Wales and Scotland from 27 December and in …

NorCal MLK, SF Public Library,, partners (2021-12-27). Monday 1/17: MLK22 Black & Brown Comix Arts Festival Expo Showcase. indybay.org Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA. 94103 | REQUIRED: Wear a mask. Proof of COVID vaccine status required for ages 12+ in order to enter.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-27). The ten most popular Imperial news stories of 2021. imperial.ac.uk Well into the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic Imperial research continues to save lives and generate headlines around the world.

Stanford University, NorCaL MLK & partners (2021-12-27). Saturday 1/15: MLK 2022: King and Faith Symposium at Stanford University. indybay.org Stanford Memorial Church, Stanford University campus, 450 Jane Stanford Way, Stanford 94305 | REQUIRED: Face masks required. Be FULLY* vaccinated or test negative for COVID (test must be taken no earlier than 72 hours before arriving at Stanford Memorial Church)…

Staff (2021-12-27). Study reveals how Covid affects the brain. rt.com The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes Covid-19 can within days move from the respiratory system into the brain, heart, and nearly every organ system in the body, and stay there for months, a new study says. | A team from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) described their research as the "most comprehensive analysis" to date of how the virus spreads through the human body. The results were published online on Saturday in a manuscript, which was submitted under review in the Nature journal. | The scientists based their findings on autopsies of 44 patients who died after contracting Covid. The autopsies were p…

Staff (2021-12-27). Anti-vaxx kickboxing king dies from Covid complications after discharging himself from hospital. rt.com An anti-vaccine former kickboxing champion died from Covid complications at the age of 41 shortly after discharging himself from hospital, according to reports. | Frederic Sinistra passed away at his home in the town of Ciney, southern Belgium, after deciding he would personally treat what he described as a "little virus". | Forced to finally get medical help in November by his coach,

Rosalind English (2021-12-27). Enforced quarantine in hotels: a breach of the right to liberty? ukhumanrightsblog.com Hotta and others, R(on the application of) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and another [2021] EWHC 3359 (Admin) This was an application for permission to challenge to the Managed Hotel Quarantine (MHQ) scheme. MHQ was put into place under Schedule 11 to the Health Protection (Coronavirus, International Travel and Operator Liability) …

Sarah Kleiner (2021-12-27). Rural America Is Facing an Invisible Eviction Crisis. truthout.org This MILLSVILLE, West Virginia — About 70 miles northwest of the nation's capital, past wineries in the affluent Virginia countryside and across the state line into West Virginia, there's a house on a hill in a deteriorating nei…

Kiah Collier, Maya Miller (2021-12-27). A plant that sterilizes medical equipment spews cancer-causing pollution on tens of thousands of schoolchildren. nationofchange.org Beal, of the EPA, said that the Biden administration has "reinvigorated its commitment to protect public health from toxic air emissions from industrial facilities." And she said ethylene oxide in particular is a major priority.

Dr. Maulana Karenga (2021-12-27). 2021 Kwanzaa in the Midst of Pandemic. indybay.org Final preparation for our California State Capitol, Matunda Ya Kwanza, Celebration is filled with struggle. We continue to shine the spotlight on the principles and practice of our "California Grown" Global Holiday, with words of the creator of the Nguzo Saba. Essential basic principles for our journey to restore Black Agriculture as the foundation of our culture with healthy solutions in the midst of pandemic.

Andrew Emett (2021-12-27). Medical examiner identifies innocent 14-year-old girl killed by LAPD. nationofchange.org "My commitment is to conduct a thorough, complete and transparent investigation into the circumstances that led up to this tragedy and provide the family and public with as much information as possible."

sputniknews (2021-12-27). Israel is Set to Offer 4th Dose of Pfizer Vaccine; Expert Says It Should Not Be Mandatory. sputniknews.com The decision to start mass vaccination yet again hasn't been taken yet, but the Jewish state is already encouraging its medical staff, people above 60 and those at risk to get the jab.

Jamal Rich (2021-12-27). Homeless for the holidays: D.C. to continue encampment evictions during pandemic. peoplesworld.org

Mike Ludwig (2021-12-27). We Are Not Returning to "Normal." 2022 Must Be a Year of Change. truthout.org President Joe Biden cast his successful election as a signal of a return to some semblance of normalcy after the chaos that defined the reign of Donald Trump, as if "normal" could describe Instead, 2021 was a year of pandemic uncertainty and harsh, right-wing backlash to any small amount of progress made by the social movem…

Moderator (2021-12-27). Hedges: PEN America and the Betrayal of Julian Assange. scheerpost.com By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost | Nils Melzer, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture, is one of the very few establishment figures Those in power, as Noam Chomsky points out, divide the world into "worthy" and "unwor…

Dr. Anjum Sarfraz (2021-12-26). AUKUS Leading to Nuclear Arms Race in Indo — Pacific Region. moderndiplomacy.eu To contain Chinese military and economic, influence especially in the Indo — Pacific region, USA and its allies are making all efforts including the supply of nuclear submarines (subs) to Australia a trusted associate. On 15 September 2021 Prime Minister of UK Boris Johnson, US President Joseph Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued …

_____ (2021-12-26). On Contact: Slow-Motion Execution Of Julian Assange. popularresistance.org On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the torture of Julian Assange with his father, John Shipton. | Julian Assange committed the empire's greatest sin — he exposed it as a criminal enterprise. He documented its lies, callous disregard for human life, rampant corruption, and innumerable war crimes. Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Labour, Trump or Biden — it does not matter. The goons who oversee the empire sing from the same satanic songbook. Empires always kill those who inflict deep and serious wounds.

Julia Conley (2021-12-26). Desmond Tutu, Fierce Opponent of South African and Israeli Apartheid, Dies at 90. truthout.org Leaving behind a legacy of fighting for oppressed people in South Africa and around the world, Archbishop Desmond Tutu died Sunday at age 90 in Cape Town, South Africa. The cause was reportedly cancer. | Advocates for human rights, health equity, economic justice, and nonviolence honored Tutu, who helped lead the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which was formed afterwards. | The Elders, the independent group of global leaders working for j…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-26). Video: "Imagine All The People": The Covid-19 Omicron Christmas and New Year Lockdown. globalresearch.ca We are told by our governments that It's Christmas under Lockdown. To protect you and your loved ones against the so-called deadly Covid Omicron Variant. The announcement was made on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

_____ (2021-12-26). The Big Business Behind Travel Nursing. popularresistance.org As the first wave of Covid-19 hit the United States, Jen, a 53-year-old nurse struggling to pay her bills, received an intriguing message. "THE TIME HAS COME TO DEPLOY AT INCREDIBLY HIGH RATES," read the mass text from Krucial Staffing, sent to nurses nationwide in March 2020 and forwarded to Jen by a colleague. Jen (a pseudonym used to protect her from retaliation from employers) could barely believe the wages promised by the Kansas-based healthcare staffing firm. As part of its massive recruitment drive during the first wave of Covid-19, Krucial was paying $10,000 a week to nurses willing to travel‚Ä…

Prof. Anthony J. Hall (2021-12-26). Corrupt Judges and Elected Politicians in Lockstep with Covid Mandate. A Power-Grab at Levels Never Before Seen in the History of the World? globalresearch.ca Different methods in choosing and employing judges form a possible factor in the contrasting judicial reception to schemes for mandatory injections in the United States and Canada. | The fact that some judges in the United States are elected, might make …

Staff (2021-12-26). Health agency spied on millions during Covid lockdowns. rt.com Canada's Public Health Agency has admitted to secretly tracking location data from at least 33 million mobile devices to analyze people's movement during Covid-19 lockdowns. | The agency earlier this year collected data, including geolocation information from cell-towers, "due to the urgency of the pandemic," a PHAC spokesperson

F. William Engdahl (2021-12-26). The Sinister Convergence of Klaus Schwab's "Great Reset" with the Vatican and "Liberation Theology" globalresearch.ca Amid the 2020 global covid lockdowns and economic dislocations it has caused, Klaus Schwab, a previously low-profile founder of a Swiss-based business forum, emerged on the world stage calling for what he called a Great Reset of the entire …

Staff (2021-12-26). US runs short on blood due to pandemic. rt.com America's blood banks are reportedly running short of supplies as the Covid-19 pandemic reduces donations and disrupts their staffing. | "This is the biggest challenge that I've seen in my 30 years in the business," American Red Cross executive Chris Hrouda told the

Prof. Claudia von Werlhof (2021-12-26). Global WAR-NING! Geoengineering Is Wrecking Our Planet and Humanity. globalresearch.ca World leaders are meeting in Glasgow at COP-26. All eyes are now on "the imminent dangers of CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions". The "climate emergency" is a timely instrument of propaganda used to distract people from questioning "the real crisis", namely the Covid-19 "plandemic".

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-26). "Coerced Vaccination": The Left's Contempt for Bodily Autonomy during the Covid-19 Pandemic. A "Gift to the Right"? globalresearch.ca | First published on December 22, 2021 | When did parts of the left get so contemptuous of the principle of "bodily autonomy"? Answer: Just about the time they started fetishising vaccines as the only route out of the current pandemic. | Only …

Martin Armstrong (2021-12-26). The Covid-19 Pandemic Procedure at The International Criminal Court (ICC). globalresearch.ca The complaint filed with the International Criminal Court continues to provide a broad-picture view of the various ways governments have used the coronavirus to exploit the people. | INFLATED COVID FIGURES | Nurses and doctors from hospitals across the world have …

Sara Luterman (2021-12-26). Parents With Disabilities Face Medicare Rules That Exclude Parental Assistance. truthout.org This story was originally published by Crystal Evans wants to wash her daughter's hair. The problem is, she can't use her home's shower. Medicaid approved a bathroom modification in January 2020, but it didn't include the shower portion, Evans said. | "The physical layout is a barrier. I can't help Sophie without flooding the bathroom," she said. "It's really awkward and…

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2021-12-26: News Headlines

Julia Conley (2021-12-26). Desmond Tutu, Fierce Opponent of South African and Israeli Apartheid, Dies at 90. truthout.org Leaving behind a legacy of fighting for oppressed people in South Africa and around the world, Archbishop Desmond Tutu died Sunday at age 90 in Cape Town, South Africa. The cause was reportedly cancer. | Advocates for human rights, health equity, economic justice, and nonviolence honored Tutu, who helped lead the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission which was formed afterwards. | The Elders, the independent group of global leaders working for j…

Dr. Anjum Sarfraz (2021-12-26). AUKUS Leading to Nuclear Arms Race in Indo — Pacific Region. moderndiplomacy.eu To contain Chinese military and economic, influence especially in the Indo — Pacific region, USA and its allies are making all efforts including the supply of nuclear submarines (subs) to Australia a trusted associate. On 15 September 2021 Prime Minister of UK Boris Johnson, US President Joseph Biden and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison issued …

_____ (2021-12-26). On Contact: Slow-Motion Execution Of Julian Assange. popularresistance.org On the show, Chris Hedges discusses the torture of Julian Assange with his father, John Shipton. | Julian Assange committed the empire's greatest sin — he exposed it as a criminal enterprise. He documented its lies, callous disregard for human life, rampant corruption, and innumerable war crimes. Republican or Democrat, Conservative or Labour, Trump or Biden — it does not matter. The goons who oversee the empire sing from the same satanic songbook. Empires always kill those who inflict deep and serious wounds.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-26). Video: "Imagine All The People": The Covid-19 Omicron Christmas and New Year Lockdown. globalresearch.ca We are told by our governments that It's Christmas under Lockdown. To protect you and your loved ones against the so-called deadly Covid Omicron Variant. The announcement was made on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

_____ (2021-12-26). The Big Business Behind Travel Nursing. popularresistance.org As the first wave of Covid-19 hit the United States, Jen, a 53-year-old nurse struggling to pay her bills, received an intriguing message. "THE TIME HAS COME TO DEPLOY AT INCREDIBLY HIGH RATES," read the mass text from Krucial Staffing, sent to nurses nationwide in March 2020 and forwarded to Jen by a colleague. Jen (a pseudonym used to protect her from retaliation from employers) could barely believe the wages promised by the Kansas-based healthcare staffing firm. As part of its massive recruitment drive during the first wave of Covid-19, Krucial was paying $10,000 a week to nurses willing to travel‚Ä…

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-26). "Coerced Vaccination": The Left's Contempt for Bodily Autonomy during the Covid-19 Pandemic. A "Gift to the Right"? globalresearch.ca | First published on December 22, 2021 | When did parts of the left get so contemptuous of the principle of "bodily autonomy"? Answer: Just about the time they started fetishising vaccines as the only route out of the current pandemic. | Only …

Prof. Anthony J. Hall (2021-12-26). Corrupt Judges and Elected Politicians in Lockstep with Covid Mandate. A Power-Grab at Levels Never Before Seen in the History of the World? globalresearch.ca Different methods in choosing and employing judges form a possible factor in the contrasting judicial reception to schemes for mandatory injections in the United States and Canada. | The fact that some judges in the United States are elected, might make …

Martin Armstrong (2021-12-26). The Covid-19 Pandemic Procedure at The International Criminal Court (ICC). globalresearch.ca The complaint filed with the International Criminal Court continues to provide a broad-picture view of the various ways governments have used the coronavirus to exploit the people. | INFLATED COVID FIGURES | Nurses and doctors from hospitals across the world have …

Prof. Claudia von Werlhof (2021-12-26). Global WAR-NING! Geoengineering Is Wrecking Our Planet and Humanity. globalresearch.ca World leaders are meeting in Glasgow at COP-26. All eyes are now on "the imminent dangers of CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions". The "climate emergency" is a timely instrument of propaganda used to distract people from questioning "the real crisis", namely the Covid-19 "plandemic".

Ana Perdigón (2021-12-25). Venezuela's Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Evaluates Measures to Deal with Omicron. orinocotribune.com Venezuela's presidential task force for the prevention and control of COVID-19 met this Thursday, December 23, to evaluate mechanisms to deal with the Omicron variant that has recently been detected in the country. | The meeting, chaired by Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, was held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade. | Various officials of the government were also present at the meeting, including the Minister for Health, Carlos Alvarado; the Minister for Communication and Information, Freddy àëáñez; and the Minister for Science and Technology, Gabriela Jiménez…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-25). Video: The Covid-19 Omicron Christmas Lockdown. globalresearch.ca We are told by our governments that It's Christmas under Lockdown. To protect you and your loved ones against the so-called deadly Covid Omicron Variant. The announcement was made on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-25). The Omicron Fraud Used to Justify the "Christmas Covid Lockdown" globalresearch.ca First published on December 19, 2021 | The alleged spread of the "deadly" Omicron variant has now become the pretext and justification for implementing partial lockdowns, restrictions on travel as well as confinement and stay at home mandates. | Anthony Fauci is …

WSWS (2021-12-25). Dr. Jose-Luis Jimenez discusses the fight for the truth about airborne transmission of COVID-19. wsws.org In this interview, Dr. Jimenez reviews the science of airborne transmission, the present threat of the Omicron variant, and why the WHO and world governments refuse to educate the population on airborne transmission.

William Rivers Pitt (2021-12-25). Two Years of COVID Have Forced Us to Recalibrate Our Concept of Hope. truthout.org "I wish it was over for good or ill," laments J.R.R. Tolkien's over-curious hobbit, Pippin, on the eve of Sauron's siege at Minas Tirith. "I am no warrior at all and dislike any thought of battle; but waiting on the edge of one that I can't escape is worst of all. What a long day it seems already!" | A long day indeed. Waiting on the edge is what many of us have been doing for nearly two years now, and not only is there no end in sight, there is yet another unavoidable battle waiting for us out there…

Dr. Thomas Binder (2021-12-25). The Prevailing Corona Nonsense Narrative. globalresearch.ca There has been no epidemic of COVID-19 of national scope in any country, no pandemic internationally, for the general population SARS-CoV-2 is not a killer virus, and it is the same in every country.

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2021-12-25). The COVID-19 Vaccine. The Imposition of Compulsory Vaccination with a Biometric Health Passport? globalresearch.ca The COVID-19 vaccine… Is this THE final goal of this crisis, to impose a compulsory vaccination on everyone, with a biometric health passport and without it, the impossibility to move, to buy, to eat? The near future will tell.

MD Staff (2021-12-25). Pandemic Drives Need for Technology Adoption Among SMEs but Barriers Remain. moderndiplomacy.eu A survey by World Economic Forum indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for more adoption and integration of digital technology among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). However, they face numerous barriers to adopting technology at a critical time of need. While 97% of global companies have accelerated adoption of technology to get …

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-25). China's success against covid dwarfs The West's. Here's how & why. moderndiplomacy.eu Libertarians/neoliberals in The West can't believe the enormous extent of China's success at keeping down the rates of disease, and of death, and of unemployment, from covid-19, because China's policies on covid are, and have been, the exact opposite of libertarian/neoliberal. (What's called "libertarian" in America is called "neoliberal" throughout the rest of the world.) …

Lance Johnson (2021-12-25). US Pilot Deaths increase by 1,750% after Covid Vaccine Rollout. globalresearch.ca First published on December 16, 2021 | Previously healthy U.S. airline pilots

Dr. Nicole Delépine (2021-12-25). Invention of "The Covid Narrative": The PCR Test Sustains The Myth of a Global Pandemic. It Serves to "Maintain Fear" globalresearch.ca First published on November …

Rabbi Hillel Handler (2021-12-25). Stop the Covid Holocaust! Open Letter. globalresearch.ca

MD Staff (2021-12-25). Denmark: Focus on climate policy and labour market inclusion. moderndiplomacy.eu Denmark's economy is enjoying one of the quickest post-COVID recoveries of OECD countries. While it is important to stay vigilant to further virus outbreaks, policy can now focus on advancing the country's climate ambitions and expanding employment opportunities for low-skilled, foreign-born and female workers, according to a new OECD report. Danish economic activity rebounded rapidly …

Emily Mangiaracina (2021-12-25). Big Pharma, Gates, Fauci, UK Officials Accused of Crimes against Humanity in Complaint to International court. globalresearch.ca First published on December 18, 2021 | Activists are charging UK officials and the world's most powerful health figures with genocide, citing a range of statistics on the effects of COVID "vaccines" and policies. | A group that includes former Pfizer vice …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-25). The increasingly interest of the USA in Asia, and its affect on the Israel's security. moderndiplomacy.eu The American administration tried to make a deal with the Muslim Brotherhood taking over the rule of Egypt to mainly defend the (Israel's security), and even supported them in their plans towards power and influence, and leaks appeared in some media confirming the conclusion of a deal worth 8 billion dollars between the Muslim Brotherhood …

prasanth1584 (2021-12-25). London's iconic medical research university grapples with structural racism. peoplesdispatch.org Staff and students of color are under-represented at the senior level, have fewer prospects of getting promotions, and are more likely to be employed on short-and-fixed-term contracts, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine's own review report concluded…

Maha Hilal (2021-12-25). Guantánamo Film Ignores the War on Terror's Ongoing Tangible Harms. truthout.org "There is no them, there is only us," says filmmaker Alex Gibney reflecting on the story of Abu Zubaydah, a torture victim and Guantánamo prisoner who is the focus of his HBO documentary, The Forever Prisoner. Expanding on this, he poses a challenge: "If we believe in that idea, how can we imprison a man without charge for the remainder of his life — not for what he did to us, but for what we did to him?" In this statement made at the conclusion of the documentary, Gibney explicitly notes that the…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-25). 10 Imperial moments that were out of this world in 2021. imperial.ac.uk From uncovering what killed the dinosaurs to exploring rocky terrains on Mars, here are 10 moments from 2021 when Imperial took on the final frontier.

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2021-12-25: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-12-25). Dr. Jose-Luis Jimenez discusses the fight for the truth about airborne transmission of COVID-19. wsws.org In this interview, Dr. Jimenez reviews the science of airborne transmission, the present threat of the Omicron variant, and why the WHO and world governments refuse to educate the population on airborne transmission.

Ana Perdigón (2021-12-25). Venezuela's Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Evaluates Measures to Deal with Omicron. orinocotribune.com Venezuela's presidential task force for the prevention and control of COVID-19 met this Thursday, December 23, to evaluate mechanisms to deal with the Omicron variant that has recently been detected in the country. | The meeting, chaired by Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez, was held at the headquarters of the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Foreign Trade. | Various officials of the government were also present at the meeting, including the Minister for Health, Carlos Alvarado; the Minister for Communication and Information, Freddy àëáñez; and the Minister for Science and Technology, Gabriela Jiménez…

MD Staff (2021-12-25). Pandemic Drives Need for Technology Adoption Among SMEs but Barriers Remain. moderndiplomacy.eu A survey by World Economic Forum indicates that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for more adoption and integration of digital technology among small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). However, they face numerous barriers to adopting technology at a critical time of need. While 97% of global companies have accelerated adoption of technology to get …

Eric Zuesse (2021-12-25). China's success against covid dwarfs The West's. Here's how & why. moderndiplomacy.eu Libertarians/neoliberals in The West can't believe the enormous extent of China's success at keeping down the rates of disease, and of death, and of unemployment, from covid-19, because China's policies on covid are, and have been, the exact opposite of libertarian/neoliberal. (What's called "libertarian" in America is called "neoliberal" throughout the rest of the world.) …

William Rivers Pitt (2021-12-25). Two Years of COVID Have Forced Us to Recalibrate Our Concept of Hope. truthout.org "I wish it was over for good or ill," laments J.R.R. Tolkien's over-curious hobbit, Pippin, on the eve of Sauron's siege at Minas Tirith. "I am no warrior at all and dislike any thought of battle; but waiting on the edge of one that I can't escape is worst of all. What a long day it seems already!" | A long day indeed. Waiting on the edge is what many of us have been doing for nearly two years now, and not only is there no end in sight, there is yet another unavoidable battle waiting for us out there…

Maha Hilal (2021-12-25). Guantánamo Film Ignores the War on Terror's Ongoing Tangible Harms. truthout.org "There is no them, there is only us," says filmmaker Alex Gibney reflecting on the story of Abu Zubaydah, a torture victim and Guantánamo prisoner who is the focus of his HBO documentary, The Forever Prisoner. Expanding on this, he poses a challenge: "If we believe in that idea, how can we imprison a man without charge for the remainder of his life — not for what he did to us, but for what we did to him?" In this statement made at the conclusion of the documentary, Gibney explicitly notes that the…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-25). 10 Imperial moments that were out of this world in 2021. imperial.ac.uk From uncovering what killed the dinosaurs to exploring rocky terrains on Mars, here are 10 moments from 2021 when Imperial took on the final frontier.

Sara Flounders (2021-12-24). Wildfire surge of omicron confirms: Health care for profit more deadly than coronavirus. workers.org The ominous toll of 800,000 deaths from COVID-19, reached in the U.S. Dec. 14, confirms that health care for profit is more deadly than the virus itself. The U.S. has consistently had the most COVID-19 deaths of any country. (tinyurl.com/3nunmuv7) Since the omicron variant surfaced here Dec. 1, infection rates . . . |

_____ (2021-12-24). Amazon Warehouse Workers Walk Off The Job In Illinois. popularresistance.org On Wednesday morning, several dozen Amazon workers at two separate Chicago-area delivery stations staged a walkout to demand raises and safer working conditions, making it the first time the tech giant has seen a multi-site work stoppage in the United States. | Coming just three days before Christmas to ensure maximum impact, the action caps a year of intense organizing and protest by Amazon warehouse workers who have been on the frontlines of both the Covid-19 pandemic and extreme weather events. | Organized by the labor network Amazonians United, the walkouts occurred during the morning shifts at the company's…

WSWS (2021-12-24). After Sterling Heights Assembly worker and husband die of suspected COVID-19, Stellantis management announces plant will run through Christmas Eve. wsws.org The provocative announcement of Christmas Eve shifts comes at the end of a "critical status" period in the plant, where workers were forced to work for 90 consecutive days to make up for lost production at the plant due to widespread supply chain problems.

WSWS (2021-12-24). As Omicron surges in Europe, governments prepare holiday catastrophe. wsws.org This year's Christmas festivities will be an unprecedented super-spreader event as Omicron leaves European countries facing hospital collapse in January.

Peter Koenig (2021-12-24). COVID-Omicron is Killing Christmas — And Beyond. Financial Crash, Inflation, Digitization. globalresearch.ca First Delta, then Omicron. Neither one of the two has ever been isolated. The vast majority of people of the 193 UN member countries — swallow the lie with fear and respect, as if it were the truth…

Ediz Tiyansan (2021-12-24). Omicron variant hits California. america.cgtn.com California is bracing for another dramatic surge in coronavirus cases, as the highly contagious Omicron variant continues to spread across communities. It comes as millions of residents are traveling and gathering with their families during the holiday week. Despite an increased demand for booster shots …

WSWS (2021-12-24). Anger mounts as New York Democrats fail to protect population from Omicron surge. wsws.org New York City has plunged into a health crisis this week as record numbers of people test positive for COVID-19, primarily its Omicron variant.

WSWS (2021-12-24). First Omicron cases detected in Indonesia. wsws.org Faced with the dangerous new variant, the Indonesian government, in line with governments around the world, has implemented no serious health measures to stop its spread.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Latest excess deaths estimate places worldwide toll of pandemic above 18 million. wsws.org The Omicron variant has been detected in at least 89 countries and in all 50 US states.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Markets continue to rise as Omicron spreads. wsws.org Wall Street's S&P 500 reached a new record high yesterday on the back of a speech by US President Biden indicating that nothing meaningful would be done to reduce the growing Omicron threat.

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-24). As Omicron Takes Over America, No. 3 Ranking Democrat Rep. Jim Clyburn Says He Has Covid. moguldom.com The Omicron variant is raging across America — and it's no respecter of persons. The highly contagious mutation of covid-19 is causing numerous new infections among the vaccinated and unvaccinated alike. U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn announced he was among its victims. "Tonight, I received a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. This is a breakthrough case, and I …

Editor (2021-12-24). Omicron: It didn't have to be Groundhog Day. mronline.org Standing at the precipice of another major, acute coronavirus crisis, the country is rightly asking how the Tories have let this happen again.

Tony Murphy (2021-12-24). Workers, supporters demand'Amazon, recognize the Union now!'. workers.org Steps away from Broadway shows shut down by spiking COVID-19 numbers in New York City, a crowd of more than 80 people gathered in Times Square Dec. 22 to demand Amazon recognize the union being organized by the Amazon Labor Union at the company's Staten Island warehouse, as well as . . . |

WSWS (2021-12-24). An intensive care physician's report to the Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org The physician's report clearly shows the ongoing physical and psychological strains for those working in intensive care and why the path to the elimination of COVID-19 can only proceed via the independent mobilisation of the working class.

Editor (2021-12-24). A come to Jesus sermon from the Rev. Chris Hedges. scheerpost.com [Journalist and minister, Chris Hedges. [Photo courtesy of Chris Hedges] | Click to subscribe on: Another holiday season plagued with high Covid-19 rates and fears of infecting loved ones has come around, this time amid supply chain shortages and other economic woes. As runaway American capitalism tries to sell us consumerism as the answer to our current crises ev…

WSWS (2021-12-24). A reply to President Biden from California health care workers: "No, the country is not better prepared for COVID than last year!" wsws.org We issue this blunt warning to workers and the general public: The hospital system is worse off now than it was in March 2020. We have been worn to the bone after two years of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-24). "My campaign is spearheading a fightback": Victimised London bus driver David O'Sullivan's hearing set for January. wsws.org Metroline bus company sacked O'Sullivan after he warned colleagues about the spread of COVID-19 at Cricklewood bus garage in northwest London.

MD Staff (2021-12-24). Austria: Boost labour supply and foster green and digital transitions. moderndiplomacy.eu Austria's economy is recovering well from the COVID-19 crisis thanks to decisive policy action, although challenges remain in the form of labour and skills shortages. Efforts should now focus on increasing the labour force participation of women and older workers, adjusting public finances once the recovery is fully self-sustained, and accelerating the shift to a …

Jim Spellman (2021-12-24). 2021 Year in Review: The COVID-19 pandemic. america.cgtn.com The world rang in 2021 on an optimistic note despite being in the midst of a brutal wave of COVID-19 infections as vaccines were coming on line and going into arms. But the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. CGTN's Jim Spellman reports.

Newsroom (2021-12-24). Youth, Women Among Most Vulnerable to Job Loss in Southeast Asia During COVID-19. moderndiplomacy.eu Southeast Asia's youth and women bore the brunt of job losses during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report released today. The report, A Crisis Like No Other—COVID-19 and Labor Markets in Southeast Asia, finds that people ages 15 to 24, who represent less than 15% of the workforce …

_____ (2021-12-24). The Sinister Convergence of Klaus Schwab's Great Reset with the Vatican and Liberation Theology. journal-neo.org Amid the 2020 global covid lockdowns and economic dislocations it has caused, Klaus Schwab, a previously low-profile founder of a Swiss-based business forum, emerged on the world stage calling for what he called a Great Reset of the entire world economy, using the pandemic as driver. He even published a book in July 2020 outlining …

Eric Toussaint (2021-12-24). The Coronavirus Pandemic has Widened Global Inequalities. zcomm.org The prices asked by Big Pharma for Covid vaccines are exorbitant…

A Guest Author (2021-12-24). Por qué Cuba no tiene un movimiento antivacunas. workers.org Por Marc Vandepitte y Toon Danhieux Traducido del neerlandés por Sven Magnus. Versión cortada por Mundo Obrero. Cada vez más, amplios sectores de la población europea expresan abiertamente su desconfianza hacia las políticas para combatir en COVID-19. La reacción de la política tradicional es de pánico y se caracteriza por . . . |

WSWS (2021-12-24). Podemos leader Yolanda Diaz admits she covered up danger from COVID-19. wsws.org As the COVID-19 pandemic began, Podemos ministers knew the Spanish government was massively downplaying the danger from the disease but kept their mouths shut.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Urgent action is necessary to stop viral transmission, save lives and end the pandemic. wsws.org The Zero COVID strategy must be implemented in every country, aimed at progressively stopping human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in ever-broader geographic regions until the virus is eliminated globally.

David Moore (2021-12-24). Senators Against Generic COVID Vaccines Have Received Twice as Much Pharma Cash. truthout.org This article was produced by In October 2020, India and South Africa issued a landmark proposal at the World Trade Organization that parts of its Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Agr…

WSWS (2021-12-24). California nurse Elizabeth gives testimony for the Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org In this interview, Elizabeth speaks on her experiences and those of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kit Klarenberg (2021-12-24). Leaked files expose Syria psyops veteran astroturfing BreadTube star to counter Covid restriction critics. thegrayzone.com By covertly recruiting popular YouTube influencer Abigail Thorn to counter growing opposition to UK gov't Covid restrictions, psy-ops pros are bringing home the tactics they honed in the Syrian dirty war. Leaked documents have revealed a state-sponsored influence operation designed to undermine critics of the British government's coronavirus policies by astroturfing a prominent founder of the BreadTube clique of "anti-fascist" YouTube influencers. The project aims to conduct psychological profiling on British citizens dissenting against policies such as mandatory vaccination and …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-12-24). Leaked Files Expose Syria Psyops Veteran Recruiting Youtube Influencer to Counter Covid Restriction Critics. libya360.wordpress.com Kit Klarenberg and Max Blumenthal By covertly recruiting popular YouTube influencer Abigail Thorn to counter growing opposition to UK gov't Covid restrictions, psy-ops pros are bringing home the tactics they honed in the Syrian dirty war. Leaked documents have revealed a state-sponsored influence operation designed to undermine critics of the British government's coronavirus policies by…

Newsroom (2021-12-24). Russia, Iran, Turkey to hold Syria summit in Tehran in February or March. moderndiplomacy.eu Russia, Iran and Turkey have agreed to hold the next Astana format summit in Tehran in February or March 2022, depending on the coronavirus situation, senior assistant to Iranian foreign minister for special political affairs Ali Asghar Khaji told TASS in Nur Sultan, on Wednesday. "Yes, it [the summit] is planned. We are preparing to …

Sheila Velazquez (2021-12-24). The Exploitation of Children in a Season that Celebrates Love. dissidentvoice.org The role of the media is to inform, report and humanize the facts and figures that are more easily assigned to cells in a spreadsheet. Not to rewrite what is into what they feel will please their masters. Most "news" hours are spent rehashing ever-repeated rhetoric, "language that is intended to influence people and that …

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-24). The benefits of China and Russia from the United States' disengagement from the Middle East. moderndiplomacy.eu Russia and China, as two countries that compete with the United States and the European Union on the international scene, are trying to find a foothold in the Middle East, and the new Chinese and Russian strategy is represented in (restricting and curtailing American influence in the Middle East due to the direct American penetration …

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-12-24). Assessing Russia-African Relations, its Setbacks and the Existing Challenges. moderndiplomacy.eu Last November, an expert group headed by Sergei A. Karaganov, the Honorary Chairman of the Presidium, Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, presented its final 150 paged assessment policy report with some recommendations intended to improve and scale up the existing Russia's influence in Africa. The report, put together by 25 academic researchers and experts, …

Paul Haeder (2021-12-24). Here's to our Health: Well, To the Health of the Profiteers! dissidentvoice.org "You know what I think?" she says. "That people's memories are maybe the fuel they burn to stay alive. Whether those memories have any actual importance or not, it doesn't matter as far as the maintenance of life is concerned. They're all just fuel. Advertising fillers in the newspaper, philosophy books, dirty pictures in a …

Rann Miller (2021-12-24). Some More Worthy Than Others: Where Was Overdose Protection For Drug Users During The Crack Epidemic? moguldom.com Recently, New York City opened two overdose prevention centers (OPC), allowing drug users to receive medical care and services to prevent drug overdose deaths. In other words, drug users are sanctioned to legally consume illegal drugs in the presence of a medical professional. OPCs are an example of public policy that honors the humanity of …

WSWS (2021-12-24). Doctors call for Julian Assange's immediate release. wsws.org Doctors for Assange delivered an open letter to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, imploring him to seek the WikiLeaks founder's release on medical grounds.

Syed Zain Abbas Rizvi (2021-12-24). The Frenzied Economy of Turkey: Erdogan Unfazed by the Ineluctable Financial Collapse. moderndiplomacy.eu Inflation is a ubiquitous word nowadays in almost every discussion worldwide. While the concept is tricky to quantify objectively, the subjective interpretation (at least to a layman) is straightforward: prices rise, goods become expensive, and money loses value. Ever since the pandemic upended routine life, inflation has garnered attention from almost every walk of life. …

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2021-12-24: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-12-24). First Omicron cases detected in Indonesia. wsws.org Faced with the dangerous new variant, the Indonesian government, in line with governments around the world, has implemented no serious health measures to stop its spread.

WSWS (2021-12-24). As Omicron surges in Europe, governments prepare holiday catastrophe. wsws.org This year's Christmas festivities will be an unprecedented super-spreader event as Omicron leaves European countries facing hospital collapse in January.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Anger mounts as New York Democrats fail to protect population from Omicron surge. wsws.org New York City has plunged into a health crisis this week as record numbers of people test positive for COVID-19, primarily its Omicron variant.

WSWS (2021-12-24). After Sterling Heights Assembly worker and husband die of suspected COVID-19, Stellantis management announces plant will run through Christmas Eve. wsws.org The provocative announcement of Christmas Eve shifts comes at the end of a "critical status" period in the plant, where workers were forced to work for 90 consecutive days to make up for lost production at the plant due to widespread supply chain problems.

WSWS (2021-12-24). California nurse Elizabeth gives testimony for the Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org In this interview, Elizabeth speaks on her experiences and those of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Podemos leader Yolanda Diaz admits she covered up danger from COVID-19. wsws.org As the COVID-19 pandemic began, Podemos ministers knew the Spanish government was massively downplaying the danger from the disease but kept their mouths shut.

WSWS (2021-12-24). Urgent action is necessary to stop viral transmission, save lives and end the pandemic. wsws.org The Zero COVID strategy must be implemented in every country, aimed at progressively stopping human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in ever-broader geographic regions until the virus is eliminated globally.

WSWS (2021-12-24). "My campaign is spearheading a fightback": Victimised London bus driver David O'Sullivan's hearing set for January. wsws.org Metroline bus company sacked O'Sullivan after he warned colleagues about the spread of COVID-19 at Cricklewood bus garage in northwest London.

WSWS (2021-12-24). A reply to President Biden from California health care workers: "No, the country is not better prepared for COVID than last year!" wsws.org We issue this blunt warning to workers and the general public: The hospital system is worse off now than it was in March 2020. We have been worn to the bone after two years of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-24). An intensive care physician's report to the Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic. wsws.org The physician's report clearly shows the ongoing physical and psychological strains for those working in intensive care and why the path to the elimination of COVID-19 can only proceed via the independent mobilisation of the working class.

Eric Toussaint (2021-12-24). The Coronavirus Pandemic has Widened Global Inequalities. zcomm.org The prices asked by Big Pharma for Covid vaccines are exorbitant…

Sheila Velazquez (2021-12-24). The Exploitation of Children in a Season that Celebrates Love. dissidentvoice.org The role of the media is to inform, report and humanize the facts and figures that are more easily assigned to cells in a spreadsheet. Not to rewrite what is into what they feel will please their masters. Most "news" hours are spent rehashing ever-repeated rhetoric, "language that is intended to influence people and that …

WSWS (2021-12-24). Doctors call for Julian Assange's immediate release. wsws.org Doctors for Assange delivered an open letter to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, imploring him to seek the WikiLeaks founder's release on medical grounds.

teleSUR (2021-12-23). Venezuela To Vaccinate 90% Of Its Population To Face Omicron. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced that the first seven COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant were detected in citizens who traveled abroad and recently returned to the states of Miranda, Lara and Caracas. | RELATED: | "It was inevitable that Omicron would arrive in Venezuela. Therefore, we reiterate the call to reinforce biosecurity measures and vaccination. We continue working to care fo…

Andy Kroll (2021-12-23). My Year and Welcome to It. tomdispatch.com Whether the pandemic that's swept the world started from a bat or not, as 2021 ends, I think it's safe to say that we're all far battier than we were when it began. In my neighborhood at least, as this year draws to a close, that old Lone Ranger line, "Who was that masked man?," again applies to just about anyone. In fact, as Delta cases rise in New York City and Omicron arrives on the scene in a startling fashion, indoor mask wearing in my own apartment building — from the halls to the elevators to the laundry room — has been reinstituted (not that I ever stopped) and the city's indoor public-mask ma…

WSWS (2021-12-23). Australia's "National Cabinet" sets course for mass Omicron infections. wsws.org "Living with COVID-19 means living with COVID-variants," the meeting's communiqué declared.

WSWS (2021-12-23). New Zealand government will not immediately lock down if Omicron appears in community. wsws.org While the Labour Party-led government claims it wants to keep Omicron out of the community, the cabinet has not put measures in place to prevent its rapid spread.

WSWS (2021-12-23). IHME projects 3 billion COVID-19 infections worldwide by March 2022. wsws.org The institute based at the University of Washington forecasts 140 million new infections in the United States by the spring, nearly all of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

WSWS (2021-12-23). Canada's top doctor: Reduce contacts immediately or Omicron will overwhelm hospitals. wsws.org Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam's stark warning was swiftly followed by Canada recording its highest total of daily infections since the pandemic began, with 13,460 new cases on Wednesday.

WSWS (2021-12-23). As Omicron spreads, German intensive care workers warn of already intolerable working conditions. wsws.org An incendiary letter from intensive care nurses at a university clinic in Hamburg gives voice to the frustration and dissatisfaction widespread among nursing staff throughout Germany.

WSWS (2021-12-23). Minimal restrictions introduced in Scotland as Omicron wave takes hold. wsws.org Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's latest update on the coronavirus pandemic included only the most minimal public health measures to be introduced after this weekend, guaranteeing rapid ongoing infection in the run-up to Christmas.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-23). South African Hospitalization Rates Plunge Despite Omicron Onslaught: 'They Are At Very Low Levels'. moguldom.com The hospitalization rate of South Africans infected with the omicron variant is less than 80 percent compared to other variants of the disease, according to a study released by the country's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). Covid-19 infections in South Africa have spiked in the fourth wave of the pandemic after scientists identified the …

Staff (2021-12-23). Headlines for December 23, 2021. democracynow.org South Africa Says Omicron Coronavirus Surge Has Peaked, WHO Warns Blanket Booster Programs Divert Vaccine Supply, Prolonging Pandemic, FDA Approves COVID-19 Pill; Most Monoclonal Antibody Treatments Fail Against Omicron, New York Coronavirus Cases Surge to Record High; Supreme Court to Weigh Vaccine Mandates, Proud Boys Member Pleads Guilty to Capitol Riot Conspiracy, Will Cooperate with FBI, FBI Undercover Teams Infiltrated Portland Racial Justice Protests, U.S. Relaxes Limits on Aid as Afghanistan Faces Dire Humanitarian Crisis, U.N. Calls for Probe into Reports That Sudanese Security Forces Raped Anti-Coup Pro…

_____ (2021-12-23). Pharmacy Workers Describe Conditions That Sparked US Walkouts. popularresistance.org Retail pharmacy workers conducted a nationwide walkout on Monday in the US, organized on social media, to protest worsening work conditions at large retail chains such as CVS, Walgreens and Walmart. As the hyper-infectious Omicron variant continues to spread throughout the country, this much overlooked section of the health care industry is making its own demands for better working conditions, including patient safety, and an overdue increase in wages. | One pharmacist who requested to remain anonymous told the WSWS, "We work 12 hour shifts without technicians, we have no breaks and no lunch break as the drive-th…

WSWS (2021-12-23). Alarm bells ring across South Asia as Omicron variant spreads unchecked. wsws.org Highlighting capitalist governments' failure to eliminate COVID-19, South Asia, home to a fourth of humanity, is on the brink of a horrific new surge of the virus.

Ahmed Al-Sammak (2021-12-23). A painful year for Gaza's patients. electronicintifada.net Israel has blocked entry of spare parts for medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

KWORINOCO (2021-12-23). Venezuela Maintains 7 International Air Routes. orinocotribune.com Despite the fact that the state of emergency declared in Venezuela due to the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to be lifted, the president of the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC), Juan Teixeira Díaz, announced that seven international air routes will continue to service the country. | He clarified that commercial flights to Mexico, Turkey, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Russia, Bolivia, and Cuba will remain availa…

Lauren Weber (2021-12-23). As Patients Caught COVID Inside Hospitals, Government Oversight Fell Short. truthout.org One by one, the nurses taking care of actress Judi Evans at Riverside Community Hospital kept calling out sick. | Patients were coughing as staffers wheeled the maskless soap opera star around the California hospital while treating her for injuries from a horseback fall in May 2020, Evans said. | She remembered they took her to a room to remove blood from her compressed lung where another maskless patient was also getting his lung drained. He was crying out that he didn't want to die of covid.

Newsroom (2021-12-23). WHO: Blanket COVID-19 vaccine booster programmes could prolong the pandemic. moderndiplomacy.eu Blanket COVID-19 vaccine booster programmes could prolong the pandemic and increase inequity, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday. "No country can boost its way out of the pandemic," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking in Geneva during his final press briefing for the year. "And boosters cannot be seen …

teleSUR (2021-12-23). Nigeria Destroys 1 Million Expired COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Nigerian government destroyed over 1 million COVID-19 vaccines withdrawn from across the country after being identified for having a short shelf life. | RELATED: | The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) monitored the exercise at a dumpsite in a suburb of Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Authorities took the decision to join other African nations which earlier destroyed vaccines for the same reaso…

WSWS (2021-12-23). UK Tory government weaponises Christmas against COVID restrictions. wsws.org The government's brutal determination to keep the profits flowing at all costs is meeting widespread opposition. Workers are defying all instructions from the mass murderers in Westminster to just keep on shopping and socialising in pubs, clubs and restaurants. Millions have stopped using public transport, are working from home and are already limiting their contacts with other people.

WSWS (2021-12-23). COVID-19 infections in South Korea hit record high following implemenation of "with COVID" policy. wsws.org South Korean President Moon Jae-in's government enacted new social distancing measures on Saturday that will do nothing to halt the spread of the virus.

Newsroom (2021-12-23). New ADB Facility to Help Southeast Asia Revive Tourism. moderndiplomacy.eu The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has set up a $1.7 million technical assistance facility to accelerate Southeast Asia's tourism recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, boost inclusive, sustainable development in the sector, and help local tourism entrepreneurs, especially women and youth, adopt digital platforms to grow their businesses. The Southeast Asia Sustainable Tourism Facility …

Staff (2021-12-23). Tea Party Redux: How the Koch Network Funds and Fuels the Anti-Lockdown Movement. democracynow.org A new report titled "How The Koch Network Hijacked The War On COVID" reveals how a right-wing network linked to billionaire Charles Koch has played a key role in fighting public health measures during the pandemic, including mask and vaccine mandates, contact tracing and lockdowns. The groups include the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), Donors Trust, the Hoover Institution and Hillsdale College. We speak about the contents of the report with co-author Walker Bragman, who says the right-wing network's attack on public health is designed to "maintain…

Allen Forrest (2021-12-23). What We Know about COVID Vaccines. dissidentvoice.org Is the COVID vaccine safe? Pfizer's own data revealed that by February of 2021, Pfizer had already received more than 1,200 reports of deaths allegedly caused by the vaccine and tens of thousands of reported adverse events, including 23 cases of spontaneous abortions out of 270 pregnancies and more than 2,000 reports of cardiac disorders.

WSWS (2021-12-23). German banks and big business profit from death in the pandemic. wsws.org Like vultures feasting on the victims of a disaster, the profiteers on the banking floors are enriching themselves from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-23). The influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates inside and outside the United States. moderndiplomacy.eu The Muslim Brotherhood has a great influence on the American interior, and they have had relations with Washington for 70 years. From the point of view of the American historian (William Engdahl), he sees that the Muslim Brotherhood is just a tool and a means used by Washington to employ them for its interests. Especially …

_____ (2021-12-23). 300 Doctors Implore Australia To Bring Assange Home. popularresistance.org The letter begins by commending Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce for his recent statements calling for the U.S. extradition request against Julian Assange to be dropped. It continues: | "We are concerned that Mr. Assange's apparent mini stroke [reported in the Daily Mail on 11 December] may be the tip of a medical iceberg. Indeed his symptoms suggest as much. It is therefore imperative that Mr. Assange be released from prison, where his health will otherwise continue to deteriorate and where his complex medical needs cannot be met." Continued incarceration, the doctors warn, will place Julian Assange's life at…

Amy Goodman (2021-12-23). Oxfam Takes On Moderna in Fight for Vaccine Equity. truthout.org Oxfam America has accused Moderna of misleading its investors about an ongoing dispute over whether it needs to share vaccine patent rights with the U.S. government. Oxfam filed a shareholders complaint against Moderna with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the company's resistance to recognizing the role played by three scientists with the National Institutes of Health in developing the vaccine. We speak with Robbie Silverman, senior corporate advocacy manager at Oxfam America, who says the federal government…

Chris Walker (2021-12-23). Biden Says He's Running for Reelection in 2024, With a Big "If" Added. truthout.org President Joe Biden recently said that he will run for reelection in 2024 under one condition: that he remains in good health. | Biden made comments alluding to running for a second term as president "Do you plan to run for reelection?" Muir asked Biden this week. | "Yes," Biden responded, adding that he would only run for a second term if he was in the righ…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-12-23). Fatal accidents reveal unsafe conditions in Pakistan's coal mines. peoplesdispatch.org As deadly accidents continue in various coal mines in Pakistan, senior representatives of IndustriALL Global have asked the Pakistani ambassador at Geneva to take immediate steps to ensure that Pakistan ratifies and implements ILO Convention 176 on Safety and Health in Mines…

Staff (2021-12-23). No One Is Safe Until Everyone Is Safe: Oxfam on Vaccine Equity & Taking On Moderna. democracynow.org Oxfam America has accused Moderna of misleading its investors about an ongoing dispute over whether it needs to share vaccine patent rights with the U.S. government. Oxfam filed a shareholders complaint against Moderna with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the company's resistance to recognizing the role played by three scientists with the National Institutes of Health in developing the vaccine. We speak with Robbie Silverman, senior corporate advocacy manager at Oxfam America, who says the federal government owns a right to license the vaccine to manufacturers. "It is simply not sufficient just to vac…

Steve Topple (2021-12-23). NHS: the year in review — wilful Tory destruction and dire reform. thecanary.co It's been a year of turmoil and trauma for all of us. This has been acutely the case for the NHS and its staff. With the Tory government at the helm, our health service has lurched from government-induced crisis to government-induced crisis. But despite all this, NHS workers have kept saving us as they've fought back against the Tories. | A long, dark winter: | January started the year as it ended up going on: with health workers

Tom Engelhardt (2021-12-23). Tomgram: Engelhardt, Thanks a Million for 2021! warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. My Year and Welcome to ItWhat a Boost(er) It Was for Me! By Tom Engelhardt Whether the pandemic that's swept the world started from a bat or not, as 2021 ends, I think it's safe to …

Editor (2021-12-23). Tom Engelhardt: Surviving Another Year in This Disturbed Country of Ours. scheerpost.com [ By Whether the pandemic that's swept the world started from In my neighborhood at least, as this year draws to a close, that old Lone…

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-23). The left's contempt for bodily autonomy during the pandemic is a gift to the right. dissidentvoice.org When did parts of the left get so contemptuous of the principle of "bodily autonomy"? Answer: Just about the time they started fetishising vaccines as the only route out of the current pandemic. Only two years ago most people understood "bodily autonomy" to be a fundamental, unquestionable human right. Now it is being treated as …

WSWS (2021-12-23). Life expectancy in the US dropped by an astounding 1.8 years during the first year of the pandemic. wsws.org Despite President Biden's claim that the US is in a better place since March 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that life expectancy in 2020 dropped by nearly two years. By all indications, this trend will worsen in 2021.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-23). Sheep studies and community coalescence: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-23). Working towards development and peace: Imperial and SDG 16. imperial.ac.uk Sustainable energy solutions for peacebuilding and supporting academics from at-risk areas: how Imperial is meeting Sustainable Development Goal 16.

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WSWS (2021-12-23). IHME projects 3 billion COVID-19 infections worldwide by March 2022. wsws.org The institute based at the University of Washington forecasts 140 million new infections in the United States by the spring, nearly all of the highly transmissible Omicron variant.

WSWS (2021-12-23). New Zealand government will not immediately lock down if Omicron appears in community. wsws.org While the Labour Party-led government claims it wants to keep Omicron out of the community, the cabinet has not put measures in place to prevent its rapid spread.

WSWS (2021-12-23). Canada's top doctor: Reduce contacts immediately or Omicron will overwhelm hospitals. wsws.org Chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam's stark warning was swiftly followed by Canada recording its highest total of daily infections since the pandemic began, with 13,460 new cases on Wednesday.

teleSUR (2021-12-23). Venezuela To Vaccinate 90% Of Its Population To Face Omicron. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro announced that the first seven COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant were detected in citizens who traveled abroad and recently returned to the states of Miranda, Lara and Caracas. | RELATED: | "It was inevitable that Omicron would arrive in Venezuela. Therefore, we reiterate the call to reinforce biosecurity measures and vaccination. We continue working to care fo…

WSWS (2021-12-23). Minimal restrictions introduced in Scotland as Omicron wave takes hold. wsws.org Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's latest update on the coronavirus pandemic included only the most minimal public health measures to be introduced after this weekend, guaranteeing rapid ongoing infection in the run-up to Christmas.

WSWS (2021-12-23). As Omicron spreads, German intensive care workers warn of already intolerable working conditions. wsws.org An incendiary letter from intensive care nurses at a university clinic in Hamburg gives voice to the frustration and dissatisfaction widespread among nursing staff throughout Germany.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-23). South African Hospitalization Rates Plunge Despite Omicron Onslaught: 'They Are At Very Low Levels'. moguldom.com The hospitalization rate of South Africans infected with the omicron variant is less than 80 percent compared to other variants of the disease, according to a study released by the country's National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD). Covid-19 infections in South Africa have spiked in the fourth wave of the pandemic after scientists identified the …

WSWS (2021-12-23). Alarm bells ring across South Asia as Omicron variant spreads unchecked. wsws.org Highlighting capitalist governments' failure to eliminate COVID-19, South Asia, home to a fourth of humanity, is on the brink of a horrific new surge of the virus.

Staff (2021-12-23). Headlines for December 23, 2021. democracynow.org South Africa Says Omicron Coronavirus Surge Has Peaked, WHO Warns Blanket Booster Programs Divert Vaccine Supply, Prolonging Pandemic, FDA Approves COVID-19 Pill; Most Monoclonal Antibody Treatments Fail Against Omicron, New York Coronavirus Cases Surge to Record High; Supreme Court to Weigh Vaccine Mandates, Proud Boys Member Pleads Guilty to Capitol Riot Conspiracy, Will Cooperate with FBI, FBI Undercover Teams Infiltrated Portland Racial Justice Protests, U.S. Relaxes Limits on Aid as Afghanistan Faces Dire Humanitarian Crisis, U.N. Calls for Probe into Reports That Sudanese Security Forces Raped Anti-Coup Pro…

WSWS (2021-12-23). Australia's "National Cabinet" sets course for mass Omicron infections. wsws.org "Living with COVID-19 means living with COVID-variants," the meeting's communiqué declared.

KWORINOCO (2021-12-23). Venezuela Maintains 7 International Air Routes. orinocotribune.com Despite the fact that the state of emergency declared in Venezuela due to the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to be lifted, the president of the National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC), Juan Teixeira Díaz, announced that seven international air routes will continue to service the country. | He clarified that commercial flights to Mexico, Turkey, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Russia, Bolivia, and Cuba will remain availa…

Newsroom (2021-12-23). New ADB Facility to Help Southeast Asia Revive Tourism. moderndiplomacy.eu The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has set up a $1.7 million technical assistance facility to accelerate Southeast Asia's tourism recovery from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, boost inclusive, sustainable development in the sector, and help local tourism entrepreneurs, especially women and youth, adopt digital platforms to grow their businesses. The Southeast Asia Sustainable Tourism Facility …

Ahmed Al-Sammak (2021-12-23). A painful year for Gaza's patients. electronicintifada.net Israel has blocked entry of spare parts for medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-23). COVID-19 infections in South Korea hit record high following implemenation of "with COVID" policy. wsws.org South Korean President Moon Jae-in's government enacted new social distancing measures on Saturday that will do nothing to halt the spread of the virus.

Allen Forrest (2021-12-23). What We Know about COVID Vaccines. dissidentvoice.org Is the COVID vaccine safe? Pfizer's own data revealed that by February of 2021, Pfizer had already received more than 1,200 reports of deaths allegedly caused by the vaccine and tens of thousands of reported adverse events, including 23 cases of spontaneous abortions out of 270 pregnancies and more than 2,000 reports of cardiac disorders.

teleSUR (2021-12-23). Nigeria Destroys 1 Million Expired COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Nigerian government destroyed over 1 million COVID-19 vaccines withdrawn from across the country after being identified for having a short shelf life. | RELATED: | The National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) monitored the exercise at a dumpsite in a suburb of Abuja, the Nigerian capital. Authorities took the decision to join other African nations which earlier destroyed vaccines for the same reaso…

WSWS (2021-12-23). UK Tory government weaponises Christmas against COVID restrictions. wsws.org The government's brutal determination to keep the profits flowing at all costs is meeting widespread opposition. Workers are defying all instructions from the mass murderers in Westminster to just keep on shopping and socialising in pubs, clubs and restaurants. Millions have stopped using public transport, are working from home and are already limiting their contacts with other people.

Newsroom (2021-12-23). WHO: Blanket COVID-19 vaccine booster programmes could prolong the pandemic. moderndiplomacy.eu Blanket COVID-19 vaccine booster programmes could prolong the pandemic and increase inequity, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Wednesday. "No country can boost its way out of the pandemic," said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, speaking in Geneva during his final press briefing for the year. "And boosters cannot be seen …

Staff (2021-12-23). Tea Party Redux: How the Koch Network Funds and Fuels the Anti-Lockdown Movement. democracynow.org A new report titled "How The Koch Network Hijacked The War On COVID" reveals how a right-wing network linked to billionaire Charles Koch has played a key role in fighting public health measures during the pandemic, including mask and vaccine mandates, contact tracing and lockdowns. The groups include the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER), Donors Trust, the Hoover Institution and Hillsdale College. We speak about the contents of the report with co-author Walker Bragman, who says the right-wing network's attack on public health is designed to "maintain…

WSWS (2021-12-23). German banks and big business profit from death in the pandemic. wsws.org Like vultures feasting on the victims of a disaster, the profiteers on the banking floors are enriching themselves from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dr.Nadia Helmy (2021-12-23). The influence of the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliates inside and outside the United States. moderndiplomacy.eu The Muslim Brotherhood has a great influence on the American interior, and they have had relations with Washington for 70 years. From the point of view of the American historian (William Engdahl), he sees that the Muslim Brotherhood is just a tool and a means used by Washington to employ them for its interests. Especially …

_____ (2021-12-23). 300 Doctors Implore Australia To Bring Assange Home. popularresistance.org The letter begins by commending Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce for his recent statements calling for the U.S. extradition request against Julian Assange to be dropped. It continues: | "We are concerned that Mr. Assange's apparent mini stroke [reported in the Daily Mail on 11 December] may be the tip of a medical iceberg. Indeed his symptoms suggest as much. It is therefore imperative that Mr. Assange be released from prison, where his health will otherwise continue to deteriorate and where his complex medical needs cannot be met." Continued incarceration, the doctors warn, will place Julian Assange's life at…

Steve Topple (2021-12-23). NHS: the year in review — wilful Tory destruction and dire reform. thecanary.co It's been a year of turmoil and trauma for all of us. This has been acutely the case for the NHS and its staff. With the Tory government at the helm, our health service has lurched from government-induced crisis to government-induced crisis. But despite all this, NHS workers have kept saving us as they've fought back against the Tories. | A long, dark winter: | January started the year as it ended up going on: with health workers

Staff (2021-12-23). No One Is Safe Until Everyone Is Safe: Oxfam on Vaccine Equity & Taking On Moderna. democracynow.org Oxfam America has accused Moderna of misleading its investors about an ongoing dispute over whether it needs to share vaccine patent rights with the U.S. government. Oxfam filed a shareholders complaint against Moderna with the Securities and Exchange Commission over the company's resistance to recognizing the role played by three scientists with the National Institutes of Health in developing the vaccine. We speak with Robbie Silverman, senior corporate advocacy manager at Oxfam America, who says the federal government owns a right to license the vaccine to manufacturers. "It is simply not sufficient just to vac…

WSWS (2021-12-23). Life expectancy in the US dropped by an astounding 1.8 years during the first year of the pandemic. wsws.org Despite President Biden's claim that the US is in a better place since March 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that life expectancy in 2020 dropped by nearly two years. By all indications, this trend will worsen in 2021.

Tom Engelhardt (2021-12-23). Tomgram: Engelhardt, Thanks a Million for 2021! warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. My Year and Welcome to ItWhat a Boost(er) It Was for Me! By Tom Engelhardt Whether the pandemic that's swept the world started from a bat or not, as 2021 ends, I think it's safe to …

Jonathan Cook (2021-12-23). The left's contempt for bodily autonomy during the pandemic is a gift to the right. dissidentvoice.org When did parts of the left get so contemptuous of the principle of "bodily autonomy"? Answer: Just about the time they started fetishising vaccines as the only route out of the current pandemic. Only two years ago most people understood "bodily autonomy" to be a fundamental, unquestionable human right. Now it is being treated as …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-23). Working towards development and peace: Imperial and SDG 16. imperial.ac.uk Sustainable energy solutions for peacebuilding and supporting academics from at-risk areas: how Imperial is meeting Sustainable Development Goal 16.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-23). Sheep studies and community coalescence: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

New Atlas (2021-12-22). The US Fights Asia, Not Just China. newatlas.report December 22, 2021 (Brian Berletic — NEO) — US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken cut short his tour of Southeast Asia due to concerns over COVID-19, the New York Times would report. The aborted trip comes at a time when the US finds itself struggling for relevance in a region it had once held considerably more …

Editor (2021-12-22). Chris Hedges on the Persecution of Julian Assange (Video). scheerpost.com In July 2010, Wikileaks published Cablegate, one of the biggest leaks in the history of the US military, including evidence for war crimes and torture. Julian Assange, the founder and spokesman of Wikileaks, immediately found himself a target, accused of hacking, and later sexual assault. He spent the next seven years in asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fearful that he would be extradited to Sweden to face the accusations of assault and then sent to US. In 2019, Assange was handed over to the British police. On the same day, the US demanded his extradition. He faces up to 175 years in prison for…

WSWS (2021-12-22). Finance capital and the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Since the interventions by central banks, led by the Fed, into financial markets, starting in March 2020, they have been buying financial assets at the rate of $800 million per hour.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-22). Some reduction in hospitalisation for Omicron v Delta in England: early analysis. imperial.ac.uk Estimates suggest Omicron cases are 15% less likely to attend hospital, and 40% less likely to be hospitalised for a night or more, compared to Delta.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-22). Investment Manager Peter Schiff: Bitcoin Is A Craze And All Crazes End, It's Not An Inflation Hedge. moguldom.com Gold investor and crypto critic Peter Schiff said Bitcoin is just a craze that will eventually come to an end like a pyramid scheme. Bitcoin has fallen some 30 percent since its $67,000+ peak in November 2021 in a selloff after news broke about the omicron coronavirus variant. The largest cryptocurrency by market value is still up …

Karen Dolan (2021-12-22). Three Reasons to Be Hopeful as a Hard Year Comes to a Close. otherwords.org There's no getting around it: 2021 has been a tough year. As with 2020, many of us are glad to see its back end. Do let the door hit you on the way out. | Yet, there is more than just Senator Joe Manchin's coal and Omicron fears in our stockings this holiday season. There are some reasons to be hopeful too. | The first reason to be hopeful is — us. We the people. | Social movements, struggling families, activists, and advocates are crushed that Republicans and Senator Manchin have set back the Build Back Better Act. But these movements have done worlds to make long-hoped-for improvements in our economy poss…

Nancy Rosenbloom (2021-12-22). As Omicron Surges, People in Jail and Detention are More Vulnerable Than Ever. aclu.org Twenty-one months into the pandemic, many people outside of jails, prisons, and civil detention centers in the U.S. are rushing to get their booster vaccines and are spending time with friends and family in ways that felt impossible less than a year ago. The pandemic is far from over, as the omicron variant has made clear. Still, heralding vaccines and rapid tests, public officials are urging vaccinated Americans to celebrate the holidays together, carefully. "We'll get through this," President Biden said in his address this week. | Yet for people who are incarcerated, the risks of COVID-19 infection remain ex…

WSWS (2021-12-22). Britain's National Health Service faces disaster as Omicron surges. wsws.org Modelling by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies found that between 3,000 and 10,000 people a day could be hospitalised if the government did not immediately implement further public health measures.

WSWS (2021-12-22). Six more Philadelphia schools switch to virtual learning as Omicron spreads. wsws.org More schools are forced to close in Philadelphia as virus continues to rage across the city.

WSWS (2021-12-22). Airline industry pushes for return to full capacity as Omicron explosion begins. wsws.org Officials for the major airline corporations testified before Congress to push for further support in getting travel to pre-pandemic levels despite the spread of the new Omicron variant and increasing positive cases.

WSWS (2021-12-22). German government refuses to take action to avert Omicron disaster. wsws.org The criminal inaction of European governments has allowed the highly contagious Omicron variant to spread across the continent. To this day, the German government refuses to take any action to prevent the looming catastrophe.

Staff (2021-12-22). Headlines for December 22, 2021. democracynow.org Biden Announces New Measures, Defends Vaccine Mandates, Amid Omicron Surge, TX Man Is 1st Omicron-Linked U.S. Death; States Announce Incentives, New Rules to Fight Surge, Rep. Barbara Lee, Govs. Hogan and Walz Announce Breakthrough COVID Infections, U.S. Military to Announce Highly Effective COVID Vaccine, Israel Rolling Out 4th Dose of COVID Vaccine; France Expected to Reach 100,000 New Cases Per Day, Oxfam Files Complaint Against Moderna; EU Approves Novavax COVID Vaccine, Biden Says There Is Still Hope for Build Back Better as Mining Union Urges Manchin to Support Bill, Kellogg's Workers End 11-Week Strike Aft…

Rep. Ron Paul (2021-12-22). Omicron: The Lockdowners' Last Stand. globalresearch.ca Just as President Biden's unconstitutional vaccination mandates were being ripped up by the courts, authoritarian politicians, public health bureaucrats, and the mainstream media, announced a new Covid variant to justify another round of lockdowns and restrictions. The things that didn't …

teleSUR (2021-12-22). Cuba Speeds up COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Drive. telesurenglish.net The Cuban government has speeded up the pace of the national COVID-19 vaccine booster rollout in the face of the virus' Omicron variant, local media reported Wednesday. | RELATED: | In the coming weeks, "the Cuban biopharmaceutical industry plans to deliver six million doses of Abdala and Soberana COVID-19 vaccines to the Cuban Ministry of Public Health," Eduardo Martinez, president of the state-run biotech company Bio…

teleSUR (2021-12-22). Biden Announces More Measures To Battle Omicron in the US. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, U.S. President Joe Biden announced a new plan to increase testing, speed up vaccination, and boost the capacity of hospitals that could be strained in the coming weeks amid surging cases driven by the highly transmissible Omicron variant. | RELATED: | He said that vaccinated individuals, especially those with a booster shot, are "highly protected" against the virus, while reassuring the country can avoid lockdowns or school closure. | To that end, new federa…

Peter Koenig (2021-12-22). COVID-Omicron is Killing Christmas — And Beyond. Financial Crash, Inflation, Digitization. globalresearch.ca Omicron, a so-called covid-variant, has never been isolated. Whatever the current narrative — 193 UN member governments tell you in lockstep, what the mainstream media tell you in lockstep — and what the majority in the street of the 193 …

WSWS (2021-12-22). The Omicron surge: Scientific facts vs. Biden's fictions. wsws.org Beyond telling the unvaccinated to get inoculated, Biden advanced no plan to stop the ongoing massive spread of the Omicron variant and the infection of millions of people in the coming weeks.

Life Site News (2021-12-22). Top Pfizer, Moderna shareholders get richer quickly, make $10 billion the week after Omicron hits. globalresearch.ca The top eight Pfizer and Moderna shareholders saw their combined wealth rise by $10 billion in a seven-day windfall after the Omicron variant was discovered, according to a report in the

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Dennis Broe (2021-12-22). The year in global streaming: Welcome to the Om(n)i(cron)verse. peoplesworld.org This year's Top 40 Serial TV Series unfolds against a background of continually rising inequality as Thomas Piketty (Capital in the 21st Century) and company released their figures charting global disparities exacerbated by COVID, front page news in Le Monde and ignored in the U.S. Billionaires have captured much more of the global wealth since …

Brian Shilhavy (2021-12-22). 32,649 Deaths 3,003,296 Injuries Following COVID Shots in European Database of Adverse Reactions as Young, Previously Healthy People Continue to Suffer. globalresearch.ca The European (EEA and non-EEA countries) database of suspected drug reaction reports is This database maintained at EudraVigilance is …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-12-22). Bombshell: CDC No Longer Recognizes the PCR Test As a Valid Method for Detecting "Confirmed Covid-19 Cases" globalresearch.ca

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2021-12-22: News Headlines

Editor (2021-12-22). Chris Hedges on the Persecution of Julian Assange (Video). scheerpost.com In July 2010, Wikileaks published Cablegate, one of the biggest leaks in the history of the US military, including evidence for war crimes and torture. Julian Assange, the founder and spokesman of Wikileaks, immediately found himself a target, accused of hacking, and later sexual assault. He spent the next seven years in asylum in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, fearful that he would be extradited to Sweden to face the accusations of assault and then sent to US. In 2019, Assange was handed over to the British police. On the same day, the US demanded his extradition. He faces up to 175 years in prison for…

New Atlas (2021-12-22). The US Fights Asia, Not Just China. newatlas.report December 22, 2021 (Brian Berletic — NEO) — US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken cut short his tour of Southeast Asia due to concerns over COVID-19, the New York Times would report. The aborted trip comes at a time when the US finds itself struggling for relevance in a region it had once held considerably more …

WSWS (2021-12-22). German government refuses to take action to avert Omicron disaster. wsws.org The criminal inaction of European governments has allowed the highly contagious Omicron variant to spread across the continent. To this day, the German government refuses to take any action to prevent the looming catastrophe.

WSWS (2021-12-22). The Omicron surge: Scientific facts vs. Biden's fictions. wsws.org Beyond telling the unvaccinated to get inoculated, Biden advanced no plan to stop the ongoing massive spread of the Omicron variant and the infection of millions of people in the coming weeks.

WSWS (2021-12-22). Britain's National Health Service faces disaster as Omicron surges. wsws.org Modelling by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies found that between 3,000 and 10,000 people a day could be hospitalised if the government did not immediately implement further public health measures.

WSWS (2021-12-22). Airline industry pushes for return to full capacity as Omicron explosion begins. wsws.org Officials for the major airline corporations testified before Congress to push for further support in getting travel to pre-pandemic levels despite the spread of the new Omicron variant and increasing positive cases.

Peter Koenig (2021-12-22). COVID-Omicron is Killing Christmas — And Beyond. Financial Crash, Inflation, Digitization. globalresearch.ca Omicron, a so-called covid-variant, has never been isolated. Whatever the current narrative — 193 UN member governments tell you in lockstep, what the mainstream media tell you in lockstep — and what the majority in the street of the 193 …

WSWS (2021-12-22). Six more Philadelphia schools switch to virtual learning as Omicron spreads. wsws.org More schools are forced to close in Philadelphia as virus continues to rage across the city.

WSWS (2021-12-22). Finance capital and the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Since the interventions by central banks, led by the Fed, into financial markets, starting in March 2020, they have been buying financial assets at the rate of $800 million per hour.

WSWS (2021-12-22). COVID rapidly spreading through Detroit auto plants with reports of at least three deaths. wsws.org COVID-19 infections are spreading throughout Detroit area auto plants, with at least three deaths reported by co-workers in recent days.

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-12-22). As vaccinations lag behind, COVID-19 cases exceed 9.2 million in Africa. peoplesdispatch.org To understand the systemic issues hampering Africa's efforts against the pandemic, Peoples Dispatch interviewed Dr. Ahmed Kalebi, president of the East African Division of International Academy of Pathology (IAP), and members of the People's Health Movement, Prof. Leslie London and senior lecturer Lauren Paremoer from the University of Cape Town…

Walker Bragman (2021-12-22). How The Koch Network Hijacked The War On COVID. dailyposter.com

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-22). Real-world data provides valuable insights into COVID vaccine roll-out. imperial.ac.uk Analysis of Europe's largest patient data record has provided valuable insights into the UK's COVID-19 vaccine roll-out, an Imperial expert has said.

Prof. Pankaj Jha (2021-12-22). Vietnam National Assembly Chairman visit to Korea and India. moderndiplomacy.eu The Vietnam National Assembly Chairman Mr Vuong Dinh Hue visited South Korea and India as part of its six-day official visit (Dec 12-19). The highly successful visits show convergence is with regard to the two important partners of Vietnam. During the visit to the two countries the Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue …

Andrew Chuter (2021-12-22). Progressive campaigns influence City of Sydney election results. greenleft.org.au Long-term Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has been returned to the position in the local government elections, along with four others from her Independent Team. Andrew Chuter reports.

WSWS (2021-12-22). Australian medical experts speak out against the scrapping of pandemic safety measures. wsws.org "A policy of deliberately expecting to infect children and other vulnerable people is counter to any known or accepted public health practice."

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-22). Podcast: Women's hearts, psychedelic worldviews, and nanotechnology for children. imperial.ac.uk In this edition: Differences between men's and women's hearts, how psychedelics can change our worldview, and introducing children to nanotechnology.

Ann Brown (2021-12-21). As Omicron Is Expected To Overtake Delta, Democrat Senators Cory Booker And Elizabeth Warren Announce They Have Covid Virus. moguldom.com The coronavirus variant omicron accounted for 73 percent of new infections during the week of Dec. 13, and among the newly infected are Senators Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey. Along with Rep. Jason Crow of Colorado, all three announced they have tested positive for coronavirus, have received covid-19 booster shots and are having mild …

_____ (2021-12-21). New Program Is Secretly Privatizing Medicare. popularresistance.org A new program is placing Medicare recipients into private health insurance plans without their knowledge or consent in a final effort to fully privatize our national Medicare system. Known as "Direct Contract Entities (DCEs)," this program is putting more of our healthcare system into the hands of private equity to generate enormous profits at the expense of our health. Clearing the FOG speaks about this with Kay Tillow, a long time health care, civil rights and union activist. Tillow explains what these entities are, why they threaten the future of our entire healthcare system and how they block our ability to a…

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-21). Joe Biden Fails To Win Over Powerful Democrat Joe Manchin, Stocks And Crypto Tank. moguldom.com Investors on Tuesday shook off three days of losses over fears about the omicron variant and Sen. Joe Manchin's rejection of the Joe Biden Build Back Better Act, sending stocks and crypto higher. Bitcoin was up about 4 percent, trading at $48,643 and Ether's price rose above $4,000 to trade at $4,016.04 as of this …

Dana Sanchez (2021-12-21). Senior Economist At Moody's, Mark Zandi: I'm Lowering My Economic Forecast For US Due To Omicron Variant. moguldom.com Moody's Analytics is expected to downgrade its U.S. economic forecast by as much as one percentage point in the coming days due to the double blow from the intensifying pandemic and Sen. Joe Manchin's opposition to President Joe Biden's signature Build Back Better legislation. Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody's Analytics, told CNN on Monday that …

Editor2 (2021-12-21). Want to Know How to Beat COVID? Look at China. orinocotribune.com By Scott Scheffer — Dec 17, 2021 | The world is now nearing the end of the second year of the COVID-19 pandemic. The United States has the highest death toll in the world — 823,390 as of Dec. 16. | With all the scientific resources available, and billions of dollars in the vaults of the richest capitalist class in history, the U.S. should have been able to succeed in a vaccination campaign and treat everyone before they were infected. Vaccines should have made their way throughout the world, including the global south where the challenges of poverty magnify the horrors of the pandemic. | Instead, the W…

WSWS (2021-12-21). Biden administration doubles down on "vaccine-only" strategy as Omicron emerges as dominant strain in US. wsws.org Biden is delivering a nationally televised address this evening that will be focused on reassuring Wall Street that no measures will be taken to stop the transmission of the Omicron variant.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Brazil flying blind in Omicron surge as Bolsonaro attacks child vaccinations. wsws.org Preparing a response to the Omicron variant that will be a full-blown catastrophe, Bolsonaro announced plans to require medical prescriptions for child vaccinations.

Rodney Atkinson (2021-12-21). Boosters Boost Infections, "Omicron Mild", Least Vaccinated Countries Fewer Deaths, Vaccinated at Greatest Risk. globalresearch.ca In the UK, after Government manipulation of hospitalisations and deaths to exclude more recent data, the truth is now emerging. In Scotland for August to November 2021 over 85% of deaths were in the vaccinated. Boosters are merely boosting COVID …

WSWS (2021-12-21). As UK Omicron cases and deaths surge, Johnson government does nothing to protect population. wsws.org Despite warnings from his own advisers that the ineffectual "Plan B" measures currently in place will allow the population to be overwhelmed by an avalanche of COVID cases and deaths, Johnson announced no new measures yesterday after meeting with his Cabinet.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Omicron surge threatens to overwhelm health systems across the United States. wsws.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday that the more transmissible variant now accounts for 73 percent of all COVID-19 infections in the United States.

Isheka N. Harrison (2021-12-21). CDC: Omicron Variant Caused More Than 70 Percent Of Recent Covid-19 Cases In US. moguldom.com The Omicron variant of covid-19 is raging abroad and in the United States, and accounts for more than 70 percent of new cases, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC). For the week ending Dec. 18, the CDC reported that Omicron made up 73 percent of covid cases, a tremendous increase …

Editor2 (2021-12-21). The Omicron Shame: Why is the World Punishing Instead of Helping Africa? orinocotribune.com By Ramzy Baroud — Dec 13, 2021 | The The swiftness of choking off some of Africa's poorest countries, including Botswana, Lesotho and Zimbabwe, is particularly disturbing if placed within a prop…

WSWS (2021-12-21). French government rejects scientists' calls to limit spread of Omicron variant. wsws.org Health Minister Olivier Véran claimed the Omicron variant would only have a "fleeting" impact, although hundreds of cases have already been detected in France.

Danny Katch (2021-12-21). 2022 Must Be the Year the Left Proactively Shapes the COVID Agenda. truthout.org As we head into the winter holidays nervously checking news about the Omicron variant and rising COVID-19 case numbers, let's take a moment to think of how a more just society might handle the coming weeks. | Schools and many workplaces would offer remote options for the final week before Christmas to slow the spread just before people gather with older relatives and immunocompromised loved ones. Airports and bus stations would have free rapid tests for all passengers traveling for the holidays. Finall…

WSWS (2021-12-21). Scientists warn European governments' inaction on Omicron variant threatens social collapse. wsws.org Warnings that unprecedented numbers of workers may fall ill, leading to mass deaths and infrastructure collapse, point to the urgent need to halt transmission of the virus.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Australian immunologist warns of Omicron "disaster" wsws.org Dr Dan Suan: "Unfortunately, the government has left the field, so it's up to us."

Staff (2021-12-21). Headlines for December 21, 2021. democracynow.org WHO Urges Cancellation of Holiday Gatherings as Omicron Spreads at Record Pace, Omicron Variant Surpasses Delta, Now Accounts for Three-Quarters of U.S. Cases, New York Confirms Record Number of Coronavirus Infections for Fourth Straight Day, NHL Cancels Hockey Games Amid COVID Surge; Record Number of NFL Players Test Positive, White House to Make Half-Billion COVID-19 Home Test Kits Available for Free, Himalayan Glaciers Melt at Accelerating Rate as Climate Emergency Deepens, EPA Rule Would Require Gas-Powered Cars to Average 55 Miles Per Gallon by 2026, Burmese Military Massacred 40 Men and Buried Bodies in Mas…

Marie Kelly (2021-12-21). In a Pennsylvania prison, a COVID-19 related death. workers.org A 52-year-old man, Melvin James Anderson IV, died while incarcerated in the Chester County Correctional Complex and Youth Center in Pocopson, Pennsylvania, Dec. 7. He was jailed while waiting to be tried for a charge of burglary, which he may or may not have committed. How did he die? He . . . |

Kevin Mwanza (2021-12-21). Global Study: 4 In 10 With Covid Are Spreading It Unknowingly. moguldom.com Four out of 10 people who are infected with covid-19 are spreading the disease unknowingly, according to a global study. Findings of a study by researchers from Peking University showed that more than 40 percent of the tested population confirmed to be infected with coronavirus were asymptomatic, exhibiting no symptoms of the disease. The study, …

WSWS (2021-12-21). Mack Trucks and UAW continue to push for profits at Macungie, Pennsylvania plant after worker dies of COVID-19. wsws.org Mack and the United Auto Workers have continued with operations even after William Domitrovitsch Jr., who had an elderly parent and young child, died on December 15 after catching COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Michigan legislature passes bill that would keep kids in schools without teachers. wsws.org The bipartisan legislation is a blatant attempt to undermine teachers' recent successful efforts to force the closure of schools to stop the spread of COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-12-21). UK Tesco workers—reject USDAW-Unite pay sellout! wsws.org USDAW and Unite are recommending workers call off their offensive and accept an effective pay cut in conditions in which they occupy a powerful economic position and confront the serious dangers of COVID-19 in the workplace.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Teachers in two districts are planning walkouts over stalled contract talks while London, Ontario city workers are discussing work refusals amidst the latest COVID wave.

WSWS (2021-12-21). German elderly care workers report dramatic pandemic experiences. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site spoke with caregivers in nursing and retirement homes as part of the Global Workers' Inquest into the COVID-19 Pandemic.

WSWS (2021-12-21). Over 1,000 children have died from COVID-19 in the United States. wsws.org Despite staggering levels of infections and deaths among children in the US, the Biden administration has doubled down on keeping schools open.

Lauren Smith (2021-12-21). Green Party Assembles Circular Firing Squad With its Support of Mandated COVID-19 Jabs. covertactionmagazine.com On December 8th the Green's nine-member Steering Committee, its administrative arm, released a press statement in support of mandatory Covid-19 …

WSWS (2021-12-21). COVID-19 explodes in Spain as PSOE-Podemos government refuses action. wsws.org The surge in infections in Spain is a warning of the dangers posed by the virus, which the Socialist Party (PSOE)-Podemos government has let spread unchecked.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-12-21). The Kremlin's Credibility Is At Stake. globalresearch.ca The CIA and British intelligence are feeding the public through their media assets the story that Russia's security concern is really a cloak behind which hides Moscow's plan to create a new Russian sphere of influence over eastern Europe. | Of …

WSWS (2021-12-21). Price increases for food and other basic necessities to squeeze Canadian workers' already hard-pressed incomes. wsws.org The rising cost of foodstuffs is especially devastating for workers and their families, many of whom struggle to put food on the table, never mind the foods necessary for a healthy and balanced diet.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-21). Imperial experts win £1.5m to use supercomputers for greener UK society. imperial.ac.uk Two Imperial College London teams have won a combined £1.5 million from EPSRC to harness the power of supercomputers for a greener society.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-12-21). Celebrating two years Jameel Institute: key milestones from the last 12 months. imperial.ac.uk As we mark the second anniversary of the Jameel Institute, the team has published their annual report highlighting some key achievements.

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