Dems’ calls for investigating Abu Akleh killing are unprecedented — but a ‘cog in Israel’s whitewashing machine’

Mainstream Democrats were shocked by the killing of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, but their calls for an investigation were vague, even suggesting that Israel could investigate itself-- a recipe for "whitewashing," says a human rights group. No mainstream leader approached the position of progressive Congresspeople, that the U.S. must investigate Israel, or the view of the Foundation for Middle
| Opinion, Andre Carson, Bernie Sanders

Biden mocks himself and roasts Trump

Islam Times - President Joe Biden made fun of his own approval ratings, roasted Donald Trump, and took a gentle ribbing from comedian Trevor Noah at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner on Saturday night. The dinner was shunned by Trump and canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
| US

Unionized Nursing Homes Literally Saved Lives at the Pandemic’s Height

A new study finds that the COVID-19 mortality rate in unionized nursing homes was more than 10 percent lower than in their nonunion counterparts. Unionizing the whole industry, the numbers suggest, would have saved the lives of 8,000 nursing home residents. Nursing homes that are unionized have lower COVID-19 mortality rates than those that are nonunioinized. (Ridofranz / Getty Images)
| News

“Booming” Economy Leaves Millions Behind

About 7 out of 10 Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. One in three U.S. workers are earning less than $15 an hour. The problem of joblessness for Black men is on average three times worse than what is generally assumed. 52% of women, ages 50 and up, say the economy isn’t working well for them. Three-Quarters of Americans say the economy is on
| Economy/Economics

Sufyian Barhoumi Sent Home From Guantánamo to Algeria Nearly Five and a Half Years After Being Approved for Release; 19 Other Cleared Prisoners Remain

Sufyian Barhoumi, in a photo taken at Guantánamo in recent years by representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If you can help, please click on the
| Algerians in Guantanamo, Closing Guantanamo, Guantanamo

Majid Khan’s Sentence Ends, But, Disgracefully, He’s Still Trapped at Guantánamo, Along with 19 Other Men Approved for Release

Majid Khan, photographed as a student in 1999, and in recent years at Guantánamo. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If you can help, please click on the button below to donate via PayPal.
| American torture, FBI/CIA, Guantanamo

Why Many Progressives Misrepresented and Condemned the Ottawa Trucker Protest

That the protesters were racists and fascists was repeated over and over. Enough evidence shows this was not a racist protest (and here), It was claimed, with scant evidence, that the protest contained numerous Nazi and Confederate flags. A photo showed a man with a Nazi flag and another one or two with a Confederate flag. One man had the
| Activism, Canada, COVID-19

Torture Victim Mohammed Al-Qahtani Finally Released from Guantánamo, Sent to Mental Health Facility in Saudi Arabia; But 19 Other Cleared Prisoners Remain

Mohammed al-Qahtani, photographed before his capture (on the left), in a photo provided by one of his lawyers, Ramzi Kassem, and, on the right, photographed at Guantánamo. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo and related issues over the next three months. If you
| American torture, Guantanamo, Guantanamo and US District Courts/Appeals Courts

Please Write to the Guantánamo Prisoners, Let Them Know They’ve Not Been Forgotten Under President Biden

Encouraging opponents of Guantánamo's continued existence to write to the 39 men still held at the prison. Although 15 of these men have been approved for release under President Biden, bringing to 20 the number of men still held who have been approved for release, just two men have been freed in the last five years. And with Covid also
| Guantanamo, Guantanamo campaigns, Guantanamo letter-writing campaigns

NIH Sent The Intercept 292 Fully Redacted Pages Related to Virus Research in Wuhan

With the global death toll from Covid-19 approaching 6 million, the need to understand the origins of the pandemic is both pressing and grave. But the National Institutes of Health continues to withhold critical documents that could shed light on this question. This week, in response to ongoing litigation over public records related to coronavirus research funded by the federal
| Politics, World

Democrats Have a Bill to Expand Social Security. Here's What It Would Mean for You.

Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Social Security payments would immediately go up $360 per year for all 65 million of the program’s beneficiaries The yearly cost-of-living adjustment would be higher Retirees who made the least at their jobs would get much more per year Higher benefits for surviving spouses More for average oldest workers Taking care of others would count as working The 1 percent would pay Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability
| Politics, Voices

World Bank says it is eager to strengthen partnership with Egypt

World Bank officials have affirmed their desire to strengthen the existing successful partnership with Egypt, during a meeting between Egyptian Finance Minister Mohamed Maait with a delegation from the World Bank in the presence of its representative in Cairo, Marina Wes. The delegation stated that the bank is eager to expand more areas of cooperation with Egypt, especially in helping with
| Business, Economy, COP27 climate conference

Cyberattacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure and civil society violate human rights

Cyberattacks targeting Ukraine’s critical infrastructure are undermining people’s human rights. The most recent attacks on January 13-14 and February 15, 2022 targeted essential public service infrastructure, including both major national banks and the e-governance platform Diia, which provides people with access to more than 50 public services ranging from supporting parents of newborns to opening a business to providing proof
| Digital Security, Freedom of Expression, Privacy

Why formal employment is not a guaranteed path to social equality

House painter Emanuel Chisiya and other jobseekers wait for casual jobs work offers on the side of a road in Cape Town. EPA-EFE/Nic Bothma Read more: How youth skills training in Kenya can reduce inequality Decent work for all? Read more: How young people in the Niger Delta are being left out of development Tackling precarious employment Read more: How COVID-19 is likely to
| News

Oath Keepers, Anti-Democracy Activists, and Others on the Far Right Are Funding Canada's "Freedom Convoy"

Most of the Money Came From Canadians Hundreds of Oath Keepers Donated to the “Freedom Convoy” Thousands of “Freedom Convoy” Donors Gave to Other Anti-Vaccine and Far-Right Causes 1,693 “Freedom Convoy” donors also donated $63,000 to Morgan Kahmann, an anti-vaccine former Facebook employee and self-styled “whistleblower” who leaked an internal document about the social network’s Covid-19 misinformation moderation policy to Project Veritas. Kahmann’s
| Politics

Not-so-breaking-news: Lockdowns are useless and dangerous

Famine is looming in Yemen, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, and northeastern Nigeria, with 16 other countries slightly behind in that trajectory toward catastrophe. During the lockdowns, laborers had no income, and patients couldn’t get medicine. Campaigns to battle malaria, polio, AIDS, and vitamin A deficiency were left in disarray. The disruption of such programs has tangible impacts, e.g. campaigns against female genital
| COVID-19, Lockdown, Masks

Amazon Co-Owns Deportation Airline Implicated in Alleged Torture of Immigrants

An investigation by Capital & Main published February 3 found that no “testing requirements, safety guidelines or certifications exist in the United States for full body restraint systems like the WRAP” and “identified 10 lawsuits brought by families of people who died in police custody during incidents involving the WRAP since 2000,” though these deaths were not definitively attributed to the
| Justice

Britain has abandoned citizens in Syria through 'systemic failure,' MPs say

Members of Parliament have accused the British government of abandoning its citizens in Syria, as the UK remains one of the few countries that refuse to repatriate its nationals from detention camps in the country. In a new report released by the all-Party Parliamentary Group on Trafficked Britons in Syria, a consortium of British MPs and peers, it was stressed
| Europe & Russia, Middle East, News

Storybook Apps Turn African Learners Into Writers

Suwaiba Hassan published an engrossing story. She used digital apps that are giving literacy a boost. The student from Katsina State in Nigeria, Hassan, won a National Reading Competition for a story she created using the African Storybook reader app and the African Storybook maker app. Saide, an education NGO, developed the apps through its […]
| Africa, Arts, COVID-19

The Hostile Environment Is Putting Everyone at Greater Risk From Covid

The hostile environment blocks access to healthcare. The hostile environment forces migrants into unsafe work. The hostile environment perpetuates housing inequality. It is eroding our trust in the government and each other. It’s not “NHS Test and Trace” It’s Serco Test and Trace It’s Deloitte Test and Trace It’s G4S Test and Trace It’s Randox Test and Trace It’s Sodexo Test and Trace Ending the hostile environment is a public
| Analysis, Articles, Conservative government

Apartheid 2.0: Amnesty International Joins Chorus condemning Israeli rule over stateless Palestinians

Amnesty notes that the Israeli government’s policies aim at empowering Jews and denying basic rights to Palestinians. After the Israeli military seized the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza in 1967, this was the policy pursued by military governors: “Today, all territories controlled by Israel continue to be administered with the purpose of benefiting Jewish Israelis to the detriment of Palestinians, while
| Featured, Israel/ Palestine

Cabinet Member Resigns Over Hong Kong Birthday Party Scandal

The slap on the wrist for officials that failed to keep promises stands in sharp contrast to the government’s strictness in holding others accountable for spreading the virus. Hong Kong police have charged two former flight attendants of Cathay Pacific with violating COVID-19 restrictions, and they were subsequently fired, while the government threatened that it would “follow up seriously” and
| Hong Kong, Law, Level 2 Article

China watching in the ‘New Era’: A guide

‘Open-source intelligence’ – a brave new world  Rediscovering the ‘old’ China watching skills Where should we look to for enlightenment? How to read the documents: a Jesuit’s advice More on Reading Chinese documents and reports carefully Some essential preparation Approaching the PRC in the right way Things to bear in mind when interpreting the PRC Conclusion Recommendations for Her Majesty’s (HM) Government 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
| News

Studies suggest ‘negative efficacy’ for vaccine EpiVacCorona

Sputnik V may be the most famous Russian coronavirus vaccine, but it is not the only one. Back in 2020 the country developed two vaccines: Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona. While the effectiveness of Sputnik V has been proven beyond doubt, it’s still very unclear if EpiVacCorona works at all. Last week saw the publication of...]]>
| <![CDATA[Politics]]>

Internet shutdowns in Yemen: telecommunications infrastructure is not a military target

We, the undersigned civil society organizations and members of the #KeepItOn Coalition — a global network of human rights organizations that work to end internet shutdowns — strongly condemn the recent targeting and destruction of telecommunication infrastructure in Hodeidah by Saudi- and UAE-led airstrikes. These unjustified attacks claimed the lives of hundreds of people while others remain missing in the
| Freedom of Expression, #KeepItOn, internet shutdown

Biden’s Initiative for Democratic Renewal: How to Account for Conflict and Fragility

Image: Fragile democracy across continents. Clockwise from upper left: BEIRUT, LEBANON – Members of Lebanon’s Order of Engineers and Architects gather to elect a new president in the capital Beirut on July 18, 2021. – Aref Yassine, 58, who ran on the anti-establishment “The syndicate revolts” list, won the syndicate’s Presidency. (Photo by ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images) LIMA, PERU – JUNE
| Diplomacy, Featured-NEW, International and Foreign

Health Ministry issues urgent publication due to coronavirus surge in Egypt

The Ministry of Health and Population issued an urgent publication due to a surging coronavirus cases in Egypt. It instructed all its hospitals in Cairo Governorate to postpone for two weeks any non-emergency medical operations as long as it does not put the health of the patient at risk due to the high occupancy of intensive care units in most governorates
| Egypt, Main Slider, coronavirus

Folding Beijing: A Covid Case Reveals Poverty, Pain in China’s Capital

@summydandan: Missing: Yue Yuetong, male, age 19, 170 cm tall [5’6″], heart-shaped face, wearing a white coat and black jeans, Henan accent. Disappeared after walking out of a bus station waiting room in [Rongcheng], Shandong on August 12, 2020. If anyone sees him, please contact his family as soon as possible. We are very worried about him. Substantial reward for
| CDT Highlights, Law, Level 2 Article

Bitcoin ban?

Hello! Our top story is the discussions about a cryptocurrency ban among Russian officials as the Central Bank comes out in support of tougher restrictions. We also look at market turbulence amid U.S.-Russia talks over Ukraine and rapidly rising coronavirus case numbers as the Omicron variant finally arrives in Russia. Russia mulls cryptocurrency ban Russia could impose...]]>
| <![CDATA[Weekly]]>

Biden Still Determined to pass the Blockbuster Green Energy Package in BBB; Here’s how He can Do it

“Yes, I’m confident we can get pieces — big chunks of the Build Back Better law signed into law . . . Yes. Well, it’s clear to me that — that we’re going to have to probably break it up. I think that we can get — and I’ve been talking to a number of my colleagues on the Hill —
| Climate Crisis, Featured, Green Energy

Five More Prisoners Approved for Release from Guantánamo: 18 of the 39 Remaining Men Are Now Waiting to Be Freed

The five “forever prisoners” approved for release from Guantánamo by Periodic Review Boards in November and December 2021. From L to R: Suhayl al-Sharabi, Guled Hassan Duran, Moath al-Alwi, Omar al-Rammah and Mohammed Abdul Malik Bajabu. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000) to support my writing and campaigning on Guantánamo
| Closing Guantanamo, Extraordinary rendition and secret prisons, Guantanamo

The Tories Are Abandoning Migrant Women to Domestic Abuse

For as long as she could remember, Zahrah* had never had money of her own to spend; her husband handled that side of things. When she moved to the UK as a teenager – overwhelmed by the demands of a new city, a new culture and language – she thought he was trying to help. “Don’t go to the shop,” he’d
| Articles, Opinion, domestic abuse

Big Brother Watch issues legal claim against Welsh Ministers over “unevidenced” Covid Pass scheme

Civil liberties NGO issues claim in judicial review of Welsh Covid pass scheme  Reasons for Covid pass scheme seen by Big Brother Watch “don’t stand up to scrutiny” – but the Welsh government so far refuses to agree to publish them in full  Big Brother Watch vows to apply to the Court to publish court papers setting out the Welsh Government’s “remarkably
| Press Releases, coronavirus, covid passes

Naive Documentary (-ies) Makers Barely Scratch the Surface!

Tens of millions on the edge of the cliff of eviction, foreclosure, endless bad jobs, in the car or van, bunking up with family or friends, while working for middle managers who do not care, and the upper management and the billionaires and millionaires. Inflammation — Capitalism is a complete, holistic, top-down disease, creating inflammation in the veins, brain, organs,
| Austerity, Neoliberalism, Patriotism

China’s Excellent, Very Good Year

2021 was the best year. Ever. The robust growth of the domestic market also further stabilises the economy. Eliminated extreme poverty. Reached 98% home ownership. Kept Covid death rate at 0.6% of America’s. Grew the economy $2 trillion PPP, the fastest growth ever. Became the richest country on earth. Became the world’s biggest overseas investor. Became the world’s largest movie market. Produced one new billionaire and 300 millionaires every
| China

How We Can Defeat Covid-19 Scapegoating In 2022

It is important for all members of minority groups to realize for themselves and teach others that the victims of hate-filled scapegoaters are completely innocent of all responsibility for the problems that the scapegoater has. Do not ever let children fall for the hate virus that claims the victims somehow brought this hatred upon themselves.
| Americas, Current, Europe

Palestine solidarity in the City of Brotherly Love

Support our work Links Philadelphia Mayor Hosts Pro-Palestine Rally Share this podcast Share The Mondoweiss Podcast with your followers on Twitter. Click here to post a tweet!If you enjoyed this episode, head over to Podchaser and leave us a review and follow the show! Follow The Mondoweiss Podcast wherever you listen AudibleApple PodcastsDeezerGaanaGoogle PodcastsOvercastPlayer.fmRadioPublicSpotifyStitcherTuneInYouTubeOur RSS feed We want your feedback! Email dave@mondoweiss.netLeave us an
| Podcasts, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people, Jim Kenney

Like It or Not, New Labour Offers Important Lessons for Saving the NHS

In addition to these cuts, the Conservatives introduced reforms that pushed the NHS into uncharted territory. The 2012 Health and Social Care Act brought more market mechanisms into the health service, made NHS England independent from government and created a byzantine series of new boards and bodies. Two years on, just 5% of healthcare professionals felt that the reforms had
| Articles, Opinion, coronavirus

Photo essay: The people of Gaza

In Gaza’s most famous and oldest pottery factory, a man is seen sculpting pottery with a poster of a martyred loved one watching over him. Gaza, September 29, 2021 (Photo: Mahmoud Nasser) A child studies in a barren workspace in a small farm in Beit Hanoun, Gaza, on September 22, 2021. (Photo: Mahmoud Nasser) Due to restrictions imposed by the government
| News, Gaza, Photo Essay

2021 in review: A year of struggle and victories for the Palestinian cause

Rights groups declare Israel an Apartheid state B’Tselem COVID-19 vaccine discrimination Palestinians receive doses of the coronavirus vaccine at a clinic in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza on March 16, 2021. (Photo: Ashraf Amra/APA Images) Palestinian elections fail to materialize, again Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas chairs a meeting of the Palestinian leadership at the presidential compound in the West Bank city of
| News, 2021 Gaza attack, 2021 in Review

NYC = Covid Time Machine

Long, socially-distanced lines (wrapped around the block) of double-masked folks waiting to become a useful statistic by taking the frighteningly flawed Covid test People dramatically yank their masks up to cover their nose and mouth when I approach Store owners and employees demanding you wear a mask to enter Sneers and dirty looks aimed in my direction for not wearing a mask in
| COVID-19, Covid-19 Mutations, Freedom

BIG BROTHER WATCH LAUNCHES LEGAL CHALLENGE TO ENGLAND COVID PASS SCHEME

NGO begins human rights legal challenge to stop Johnson’s Covid passes Campaigners call the Covid pass scheme “draconian, discriminatory and pointless” Challenge comes after 126 MPs rebelled against domestic Covid passports Big Brother Watch has instructed John Halford and Shirin Marker of Bindmans LLP, and Charlotte Kilroy QC of Blackstone Chambers. A copy of the pre-action letter is available here. Spokespeople are available for interviews.
| Press Releases, coronavirus pandemic, covid

The left’s contempt for bodily autonomy during the pandemic is a gift to the right

how fearful we are personally about the effects of Covid on ourselves or our loved ones; whether we think the plutocrats that run our societies have prioritised the social good over the desire for quick, profit-making technological fixes, and the appearance of strong leadership and decisive action; how sure we are that science is taking precedence over the interests of pharmaceutical corporations
| Civil Liberties, Classism, COVID-19

From Hadith Rejection To COVID-19 Denialism: 10 Critical Thinking Tools For Fighting Back Against Anti-Intellectualism

Purpose – Are We Solving the Right Problem? Framing – What are my Guiding Values? Framing Are You Advocating That We Act Out of Fear? Influences – What Are My Biases? What is Water? Motivated Rationality Ego Am I Susceptible to Falling for Conspiracy Theories? Information – What Evidence Do I Need to Move Forward? Experts – Who Do I Trust to Give Me This Information? Assumptions – What Am I
| #Current Affairs, #Islam, #Life

The Polls Look Terminal for Boris Johnson

The polls plunge. This polling is already bearing bitter fruit for the Tories. In the Old Bexley and Sidcup by-election, the party’s vote share fell by 13 points; in North Shropshire’s contest, it fell by an astounding 31 points. We’ve seen the Tories face difficulties before: they lost Chesham and Amersham back in June. But unlike previously, Boris Johnson has not been
| Analysis, Articles, boris johnson

Coronavirus restrictions divide Russian political elite

Despite stubbornly high COVID-19 death rates and the emergence of the Omicron variant, the Russian authorities remain unwilling to introduce unpopular restrictions. The government has proposed several new laws that would make life difficult for the unvaccinated, but it’s not clear if they will ever be passed. The wrangling over the laws is the result...]]>
| <![CDATA[Politics]]>

China Votes ‘no’ on Tigray Abuses Probe by UN team, Calls It Interference in Ethiopia’s Affairs

Wang Yi and Demeke Mekonnen in Addis Ababa on December 1. Photo: Xinhua China does “not meddle in the internal affairs of Ethiopia … [and] disagrees with the practice of some external forces to pressure Ethiopia for their own political purposes”, Wang said at a meeting with Demeke Mekonnen, the Ethiopian deputy prime minister and foreign minister. Ethiopian ambassador and permanent representative
| Africa, Ethiopia, World News/International

19 months in review – how the pandemic surged and waned

465,829 Palestinians tested positive for COVID-19; 456,978 recoveries; 4,858 deathsOf those who tested positive, more than 246,000 live in the West Bank and 188,922 live in Gaza1,353,291 Israelis tested positive; 1,338,654 recoveries; 8,230 deaths Palestinian artist paints a mural to raise awareness on wearing face masks amid the coronavirus pandemic in Gaza City on October 22, 2020. (Photo: Mahmoud Ajjour/APA Images) Palestinian
| Newsletters, coronavirus, COVID-19