Austerity Is Prolonging the Pandemic

The Australian government had two years to build hospitals, train health care workers, strengthen social services, and manufacture COVID tests and vaccines. They didn’t, because it would have gone against the neoliberal consensus that unites both major parties. Health workers are seen at Bondi Beach drive-through COVID-19 clinic in Sydney, Australia, 2021. (Jenny Evans / Getty Images) The Plan That Should Have
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Smedley Butler Helped Build American Empire. Then He Turned Against It.

Smedley Butler was born to privilege and power, becoming a powerful general in the most powerful military in the world. But he realized he was playing a key role in an evil system, US imperialism — and used his privilege and power to speak out against it. Major General John A. Lejeune, head of the Marine Corps, calls on General Smedley
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A Worldwide Tax on Extreme Wealth Could Lift Billions Out of Poverty

A new report reveals the breathtaking extent of global inequality — and the vast progress that a global wealth tax could underwrite in areas like child poverty and climate change. There are more than 183,000 people in the world with wealth over $50 million that have a combined wealth of $36.4 trillion. (Pola Damonte / Getty Images) Luke Savage Omar Ocampo Luke Savage Chuck Collins 3.6
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When Public Transit Workers Ground New York City to a Halt

In 1966, New York City public transit workers went on strike for a better contract, paralyzing the life of the city. The strike showed that New York couldn’t function without their labor and forced reluctant bosses to concede to their demands. At a press conference TWU president Michael Quill tears up a temporary strike-barring injunction issued by State Supreme Court Justice
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State Media: N Korea May Resume Nuclear, Long-Range Missile Tests

Islam Times - A meeting of the powerful politburo of North Korea’s ruling party, presided over by leader Kim Jong Un, has said that it will consider resuming “all temporarily suspended” nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile [ICBM] tests amid an ongoing effort to boost the country’s military against a “hostile” United States, state media reported.
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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
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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
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France sees fourfold jump in rooftop solar installations: NRG matters

Wed, 2022-01-19 12:29 European power costs for February are forecast to decline as favorable weather conditions are set to boost renewable energy output via wind power generation, Bloomberg reported. This fall in power prices is expected to ease the pain of rallying energy prices on households and small businesses across the continent. France recorded a fourfold increase in new rooftop solar
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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
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Unfortunately, There Was No “Striketober”

Everyone is desperate for signs of life in the American working class, so the breathless talk of a "Striketober" a few months back made sense. But new Bureau of Labor Statistics data throws cold water on that idea: there was no strike upsurge. United Auto Workers picket signs tossed on the ground outside a strike at General Motors, 2019. (Jeff Kowalsky
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Stop Using “Europeanism” to Undermine Workers’ Rights

Plans for closer ties between Switzerland and the European Union threatened a bonfire of Swiss labor law. Liberals attacked trade unions for holding up the talks — but organized labor was right to prioritize workers’ rights above the European project. A union protest symbolizing a “red line” of not negotiating with the EU over Switzerland’s wage protection laws. (Unia) From Rigid Quotas
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Scotland alone to nearly Double all the Offshore Wind in the World with new ScotWind Facilities

“ScotWind puts Scotland at the forefront of the global development of offshore wind, represents a massive step forward in our transition to net zero, and will help deliver the supply chain investments and high quality jobs that will make the climate transition a fair one. It allows us to make huge progress in decarbonising our energy supply – vital if
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#FreeNavalny. Supporters rally in cities around the world one year after Alexey Navalny was arrested upon returning to Russia

On January 17, 2021, Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport immediately upon returning to Russia from Germany, where he had spent months recovering from a near-fatal poisoning. Navalny would go on to spend the next year behind bars, first in Moscow’s Matrosskaya Tishina remand prison and then in a prison colony in the Vladimir region,
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Here’s what you need to know before opening bell on Tadawul, January 17

Author: Mon, 2022-01-17 09:23 ACWA POWER Co. appointed Mohammad Abdullah Abunayyan as board chairman, and Mohammad Abdullah Abunayyan as vice chairman for a three-year term Fawaz Abdulaziz Alhokair Co. has submitted a filing to the Capital Market Authority for capital decrease, followed by capital increase through rights issue of SR1 billion ($266 million) Saudi Pharmaceutical Industries and Medical Appliances Corp., or Spimaco, has signed
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Video: The “Disrupt, Confront, and Close Guantánamo” 20th Anniversary Virtual Rally on Jan. 11, 2022

A screenshot of participants in “Disrupt, Confront, and Close Guantánamo,” a “Virtual Rally” for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay on January 11, 2022. 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
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FBI storms Texas synagogue to release hostages, gunman dead

“We don’t have a security officer on staff but we have what I would say is a very good relationship with the local police,” he said. Reporting by Shelby Tauber in Colleyville, Texas, and Aram Roston, Daphne Psaledakis, Jonathan Allen and Valerie Volcovici; Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal and Marice Richter and William James; Editing by Jonathan Oatis, Leslie Adler, Tom
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The Socialist Politics and Theology of Paul Tillich

Paul Tillich was perhaps the most towering Christian theologian of the 20th century. His religious thought is well remembered today — but his resolutely socialist thinking and agitating is not. A bust of Paul Tillich at Paul Tillich Park in New Harmony, Indiana. (raschau / Wikimedia Commons) The Perils of Political Romanticism The Conservative Uses of Origin Myths Liberalism and Socialism: Friends or Foes? What
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New Novel Glimpses the Dangers Facing the Impending "Asian Century"

Photo: Dominique Faget/AFP via Getty Images The book is a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of success in the developing world and a parable for the dark side of the Asian Century — or centuries — to come. Image: Courtesy of Farrar, Straus and Giroux Mishra’s work demonstrates that the fallibilities of publics in Asian countries are less proof of their own unique
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Video: I Discuss “Guantánamo at Twenty: What is the Future of the Prison Camp?” with Tom Wilner, Karen Greenberg and Peter Bergen at New America

A screenshot of Andy Worthington with Tom Wilner, Karen Greenberg and Peter Bergen at “Guantánamo at Twenty: What is the Future of the Prison Camp?”, an online discussion hosted by New America on Jan. 11, 2022, the 20th anniversary of the opening of the prison. Please support my work as a reader-funded journalist! I’m currently trying to raise $2500 (£2000)
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Completely different approaches. Political scientist Igor Zevelev breaks down Russia’s security talks with the U.S. and NATO

Russia’s week of security talks with the U.S., NATO, and the OSCE wrapped up on Thursday, January 13. The meetings took place amid ongoing international concern over Russia concentrating troops near its border with Ukraine. However, the talks didn’t result in any agreements, as each party refused to budge key issues. Russia has demanded an array of security guarantees, including
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Russian FSB busts ransomware group REvil at U.S. request

On Friday, January 14, the Russian FSB reported that it had carried out a special operation to shut down the ransomware group REvil in response to a request from the United States. According to the FSB, its operatives detained and charged the group’s members after conducting raids on 25 addresses in Russia. If convicted, the suspects could face up to
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Wild Cat Trade: Why the Cheetah is Not Safe Just Yet

Commentary by Patricia Tricorache and Tomas Maule Data collected by researchers show that the cheetah trade has actively continued between East Africa/Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, although news reports say there’s been a major decline in cub trafficking. The high numbers involved in this illegal trade is relevant to actions by the CITES, which determined that cheetah trade was limited and
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The ‘Colston 4’ Won by Invoking History – And Using It to Build a Strong Legal Defence

Context matters. The Defendant damaged property; The property belonged to another; The Defendant intended to damage the property or was reckless as to whether it would be damaged; and The Defendant did not have a lawful excuse for damaging the property.” We must not let the right hijack a crucial debate. Green Councillor Christine Townsend (@Christine20Tony) is a founding member of @CounterColston and has called on
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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,
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Assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists, vivid example of Israel’s state terrorism

The Israeli regime’s hostility towards Iran entered a new phase in 2010, when the Zionist regime assassinated two Iranian nuclear scientists in the year. It was an early morning in January 2010, when the 50-year-old physics professor encountered an explosion caused by a remote explosive device while he was leaving his house. Dr. Masoud Alimohammadi who taught physics in University of Tehran
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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
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Local media editor is third journalist killed by Myanmar’s junta in less than a month

NewsLocal news website editor Pu Tuidim became the third journalist to be killed in Myanmar in just over three weeks when he was abducted and murdered by government soldiers in the northwest of the country last weekend. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns this barbaric murder of a reporter who tried to inform his fellow citizens about the fighting between armed
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RSF refers violence against reporters covering protests in Kazakhstan to UN

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) has asked the United Nations and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to examine the alarming escalation in violence and obstruction to which journalists are being subjected when trying to cover the continuing protests in Kazakhstan and the government’s use of deadly force to suppress them.
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Timeline: Kazakhstan internet shutdowns aim to crush protests, hide state violence

Kazakhstan’s internet shutdowns: What’s happened so far Impact: destroying Kazakh lives and livelihoods Kazakhstan has done this before, and things are getting worse The United Nations is stepping in How people in Kazakhstan can stay connected and safe Get connected: Use this guide to Tor bridges to help circumvent shutdowns, censorship, and surveillance (in Russian and English) Test for online censorship: Learn about using OONI probe
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As Guantánamo Turns 20, It Is Imperative That President Biden Finds the Political Will to Close It

Advocates for the closure of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, including Roger Waters, call on President Biden to close it on the 20th anniversary of its opening, Jan. 11, 2022. Check out all the photos here. 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
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India: RSF calls for release of Kashmiri reporter held for a tweet

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of a reporter for The Kashmir Walla website who has been detained in a completely arbitrary manner for the past six days in Indian-administered Kashmir and is facing the possibility of more than six years in prison for nothing more than a tweet.
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“Historic trial” in London of man accused of plotting to kill exiled Pakistani blogger

NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) will closely follow the trial of a man accused of conspiring to kill a Pakistani blogger based in the Netherlands, which is due to start in the London suburb of Kingston-upon-Thames on 12 January, and calls on the British justice system to shed all possible light on all of the conspiracy’s ramifications.
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Ma’aden leads Saudi mining sector growth with wide range of projects

Tue, 2022-01-11 01:42 FASTFACT A view of Ma'aden's ammonia plant in Ras Al-Khair industrial City in KSA's Eastern Province. (Ma'aden handout photo) Main category: Business & EconomyTags: FMS2022businessma'adenMining Saudi mineral wealth could top $1.3 trillion amid Kingdom’s aggressive exploration planPhosphate, gold, copper lead Saudi Arabia’s $1.3 trillion untapped mining marketSaudi industrial production growth nears 3-year high in November on oil output
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Photos and Report: The Wet But Spirited Close Guantánamo Protest in London, Jan. 8, 2022, and an Online Gathering of Former Prisoners

Campaigners across the road from 10 Downing Street during the Guantánamo Network’s march and rally against the continued existence of Guantánamo on Jan. 8, 2022 (Photo: Andy Worthington). 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
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The Silence — or Worse — of Human Rights Hawks on U.S. Sanctions Against Afghanistan

Photo: Ahmad Seddiqi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Months after the U.S.-backed Afghan government fell to the Taliban, ordinary Afghans now face what could be their direst winter in decades. Thanks to the economic collapse that accompanied the U.S. military withdrawal, coupled with the imposition of sanctions and the cessation of much humanitarian aid, millions of Afghans must contend with the very real prospect of starvation.
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Building Bridges from Pierre Janet to Lev Vygotsky: Transitions to Communist Psychology

The discovery of subconscious fixed ideas is caused by a traumatic or frightening event that has been replaced by symptoms. This narrows the field of consciousness. Hysterical crisis are disguised reenactments of fixed idea. Fixed ideas are subconscious characteristic, a feature of hysteria vs obsessive neurosis, and were unconscious. Obsessions and phobias were conscious. Asthenias syndrome – insufficiency of psychological force; and, Hypotonic syndrome –
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India to spend $1.6bn to transmit more clean power; US Blackstone deploys 3$bn in green push: NRG Matters

Author: Sun, 2022-01-09 12:16 India is investing $1.6 billion (120 billion rupees) in building 10.7 thousand circuit kilometers of new transmission lines with a capacity of 20 gigawatts by 2026, Bloomberg reported. The Czech Republic wants to phase out coal by 2033, according to Bloomberg. The UK government is under pressure to act swiftly to help ease the pain of soaring energy costs before
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ICT in Palestine: Challenging Power Dynamics and Limitations

Uphold political pressure against Israel to ease import restrictions, especially on 4G/5G technology. Create a platform through which stakeholders can communicate and align their efforts at ICT development. For this, the PA should commission independent market assessment studies to ensure evidence-based decision-making.  Strengthen and renew education policies to foster knowledge related to ICT.  Focus its development policies on institutionalizing funding distribution channels, so
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ICT in Palestine: Challenging Power Dynamics and Limitations

Overview Palestine’s Struggling ICT Sector Collaborating with EPCs to Mitigate Israel’s Occupation Recommendations Uphold political pressure against Israel to ease import restrictions, especially on 4G/5G technology. As the PA is unable to influence IMC regulations, it is important to bring forward the matter to relevant domestic and international stakeholders who can put political and economic pressure on Israel. Create a platform through which stakeholders can
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Launching an Open Source Flight Database for Kazakhstan in Wake of Protests

Military planes from neighbouring Russia have also headed towards Kazakhstan in recent days as part of an agreement struck by the regional Collective Security Treaty Organisation to help regain order, something which can again be monitored and tracked by flight monitoring platforms. Bellingcat has thus launched an open source database of noteworthy flights to and from the country’s airports in a
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Radio: I Discuss 20 Years of Guantánamo and the Proposed Extradition of Julian Assange with Chris Cook on Gorilla Radio

Andy Worthington calling for the closure of prison at Guantánamo Bay outside the White House on Jan. 11, 2020, and the logo for Chris Cook’s ‘Gorilla Radio’ show in Victoria, British Columbia. 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
| Abu Zubaydah, Andy Worthington's TV and radio appearances, Belmarsh, control orders, deportation and extradition |

Thousands of American Workers Are Being Forced to Work With COVID

With new CDC guidelines and apparent indifference from the White House, scores of workers in the United States find themselves with no choice but to go back to work while still suffering from COVID. An art teacher at Yung Wing School PS 124 with students in her classroom on January 5, 2022 in New York City. (Michael Loccisano / Getty Images)
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Europe is growing companies in sustainability

There is great interest in developing renewable energy sources and alternative technologies in European companies as they strive to become sustainability leaders Europeans are divided over various climate issues, including the EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism (CBAM) and bridging technologies to facilitate the transition to net-zero Europe is now the fastest-growing region for climate tech, with investment growing seven times since 2016 READ
| Insights, Compliance, Europe |

CES 2022: Hyundai entering the matrix with its first meta auto factory

Hyundai and Unity to build a metaverse-oriented digital-twin factory to optimize plant operation and allow virtual problem solving HMGICS innovation hub, which will be completed at the end of 2022, to be the first facility to implement Hyundai’s Meta-Factory concept Hyundai also announced metamobility — its vision for pioneering the use of robotics in both the real world and metaverse READ NEXTCES
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Technically legal. How Kazakhstan won peacekeepers from a Russian-led military alliance

On January 6, Russian paratroopers from the Collective Rapid Reaction Force (KSOR) of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) began arriving in Kazakhstan. This marked the start of the first military operation by the combined forces of the six former Soviet states that make up the military alliance, which has existed now for nearly 20 years. The legality of today’s
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Close Guantánamo Events to Mark the 20th Anniversary of the Opening of the Prison

Campaigners (and former prisoner Mansoor Adayfi) call for the closure of Guantánamo on Jan. 5, 2022, when it had been open for 7,300 days. 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
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What a Socialist Response to Inflation Should Look Like

A left economic agenda must push back against the inflation panic to demand higher wages and increased social spending — while guarding against real inflation threats through targeted price controls and other policies that protect working people’s pockets. For weeks, a high-pitched panic about inflation has infused the mainstream media, most absurdly in CNN’s clip of a family struggling to keep
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Truth as War Causality? The Case of Ethiopia

I do not know if we were right or wrong when we began preaching a gospel highlighting human rights. We intended to preach not only through words, but through deeds as well. With the support of the local, rural population we organized development committees which constructed schools, clinics and community centres. I assure you that as soon as you try
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