Daily News Digest January 27, 2022
Humanity Will Not be Covid Free, Until the Vaccines are Free For the Whole World!
Avante Cuba! ‘Historic Turning Point’: Cuba Issues Plan for Vaccine Internationalism At a Tuesday press conference convened by Progressive International, individuals from Cuba’s medical community explained their plan to deliver 200 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to low-income nations in the Global South—along with technology to enable domestic production and expert support to improve distribution. “This lifesaving package,” said the head of Progressive International’s delegation to Cuba, exemplifies public health and science being “placed above private profit and petty nationalism.” Today’s announcements by Cuban scientists should mark a historic turning point in the history of the Covid-19 pandemic,” David Adler, general coordinator of the Progressive International (PI) and head of its delegation to Cuba, said in a statement. “This lifesaving package sets the standard for vaccine internationalism.”
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Bendib: NATO Expansionism Another Example Capitalism as a Failed System: World Capilalism Ws Aware of the Danger of Cornovavirus Threat Over 5 Years Ago and Did Nothing!: Under Capitalism — Human Lives Don’t Matter Capitalism Does Not, and Never Has, Worked for the Masses! In Its Death Agony, Capitalism Is Traveling About The World Like The Four Horsemen of the The Apocalypse, Spreading Racism, War, Famine, Pestilence, and Death. The future of Humanity Is Now At stake!Since World War I, ‘the war to end all wars’, there have been perpetual wars for perpetual peace, this Laura Gray’s cartoon from the front page of The Militant August 18, 1945, Under the Banner Headline: “There Is No Peace”, is Still True for Today’s World!During This Economic Crisis, Capitalism’s Three-Point Political Program: 1.Austerity,2. Scapegoat Blacks, Minorities, and ‘Illegal’ Immigrants for Unemployment, and 3. The Iron Heel! For Decades, Blacks Have Been Subjected to The Iron Heel! Currently, the US Capitalist Class is Divided Over When — Not If, to Apply It to Everyone!
Due to Years of Austerity, Cuts to Public Health Care, And An Anti-Science and Profiteering President, The United States Now Leads the World In Coronavirus Cases and Deaths in the World!
Always Remember: That President Obama, With a Majority Democrat Legislature Supported the Wall Street Bailout and Remember, That he Established, in writing, the United States Capitalist Austerity Program. — The Race to the Bottom/Pauperization of the 99%!
Democracy?: As the Capitalist Robber Barons Steal from the 99%, Only the 1% Voted For Austerity! The 99% Should Decide On Austerity — Not Just The 1%, Who Profit From Austerity!! Under Austerity, All of the World Will Eventually Be Pauperized, Humbled, and Desecrated Like Greece and Puerto Rico.! Socialism Means True Democracy, that the 99% Will Rule, Not the Few!
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Cuba’s achievement in creating effective vaccines is immense, and if we can use this know-how to build a better system, not driven by the greed of the few, it will be truly world-changing. — ‘Historic Turning Point’: Cuba Issues Plan for Vaccine Internationalism
Videos of the Day:
Air and Water Under Threat As Scotus Targets Environmental Laws
Chris Hedges: Mass Politics Must Be Rooted in Class Struggle
The United States is not a Democracy (A government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly)! Only the 1%, through their ownership of the Reublicrats and who profit from war and the war budget, vote for War and the war budget — A policy, which Gore Vidal called a Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace. — The 99% Should Decide On War — Not Just The 1% Who Profit From War! Under a Democracy, The 99% would have the right to vote on the policy of Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace! The United States takes from the poor and gives to the Rich. Tax the Rich! — They Can Afford to Pay!
Glen Greenwald: Congress’s 1/6 Committee Claims Absolute Power as it Investigates Citizens With No Judicial Limits The Committee plotted with JPMorgan and its lawyer, former Obama AG Loretta Lynch, to obtain a citizen’s financial records with no possibility of judicial review. In its ongoing attempt to investigate and gather information about private U.S. citizens, the Congressional 1/6 Committee is claiming virtually absolute powers that not even the FBI or other law enforcement agencies enjoy. Indeed, lawyers for the committee have been explicitly arguing that nothing proscribes or limits their authority to obtain data regarding whichever citizens they target and, even more radically, that the checks imposed on the FBI (such as the requirement to obtain judicial authorization for secret subpoenas) do not apply to the committee.
What If the Department of Homeland Security Was Aimed at the Nation It Was Created to Protect? The domestic agency created after the 9/11 attacks to keep this country “secure” has consistently ignored or downplayed the largest threat: far-right, anti-government extremists. A relative of mine, who works for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) compiling data on foreigners entering the United States, recently posted a curious logo on his Facebook profile: a white Roman numeral three on a black background surrounded by 13 white stars. For those who don’t know what this symbol stands for, it represents the “Three Percenters,” a group that the Anti-Defamation League has identified as an anti-government militia. Its members have a record of violent criminal attacks and strikingly partisan activity, including arrests and guilty pleas in connection with the bombing of a Minnesota mosque in 2017 and appearances as “guards,” carrying assault-style weaponry, at several pro-Trump rallies. Six of its members have been charged with plotting to assault the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. It should be baffling to us all that the organization tasked with protecting our homeland was unable to avert the most threatening violent attack on our democratically elected government since Confederate troops
Despite Rights Abuses, Biden Approves $2.5 Billion Arms Sale to Egypt “Nothing says ‘the U.S. doesn’t care about your government’s oppression’ quite like announcing $2.5 billion in arms sales to Egypt on the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution,” wrote one critic.
Environment —Ecosocialism or Ecocide!
Burning Fossil Fuels is a the Real Treat ot the World!: Oil Firms Accused of Scare Tactics After Claiming Climate Lawsuits ‘A Threat to US’ Attorneys for BP, Exxon and Shell claim city of Baltimore’s case over ‘deception and failure to warn’ could kill offshore drilling US oil firms have been accused of using scare tactics after telling a federal court on Tuesday that lawsuits alleging fossil fuel companies lied about the climate crisis could threaten America’s oil supply. At a closely watched appeals court hearing to decide whether a lawsuit by the city of Baltimore should be heard in state or federal court, an attorney for BP, Exxon, Shell and other energy firms painted the case as a threat to America’s energy independence.
Experts Say Nuclear Energy as Climate Solution Is Total ‘Fiction’ “The reality is nuclear is neither clean, safe, or smart; but a very complex technology with the potential to cause significant harm.” urgent need to keep fossil fuels in the ground, a quartet of European and U.S. experts on Tuesday made a comprehensive case for why nuclear power should be not be considered a solution to the climate crisis.
Book Review — The Silent Earth:Can We Stop the Insect Apocalypse? A brilliant account of the growing threat to insect life falls short on solutions A book with a title referencing Rachel Carson’s seminal Silent Spring is a bold undertaking. But it had to be done. Despite the growth in awareness that Carson provoked, the actual destruction of the environment never stopped. DDT may have been mostly phased out, but now we have neonicotinoid insecticides which are continuing the relentless destruction of insect life and the food web that we all depend on. It’s a bleak picture, and despite the increase in awareness since the 1960s, Goulson makes it pretty clear that its a vastly under-researched problem. I note that funding for ecological research has not fared well over recent decades, at the precise point when we needed it most.
From Raincoats to Napkins, Toxic ‘Forever Chemicals’ Found in Everyday Products A new study finds that many products labeled stain- or water-resistant contain substances linked to a range of severe health issues, including cancer and reproductive harm.
Civil rights/Black Liberation:
Environmental Racism — Fracking Kills!: Living Near Fracking Sites Raises Risk of Premature Death for Elderly, US Study FindsFindings are result of first major study into link between premature death in older people and unconventional drilling Elderly people living near or downwind from unconventional oil and gas wells such as fracking sites are more likely to die prematurely, according to a major new US study. Extracting oil and gas through newer or unconventional methods like fracking has expanded rapidly across America over the past two decades with at least 17.6 million people now living within one kilometer of an active well. Compared with traditional drilling, unconventional oil and gas development (UOGD) is linked to higher levels of exposure to toxic air pollution and poor water quality, as well as noise and light pollution which can be harmful to human health. The impact of fossil fuel extraction – including by unconventional methods – has disproportionately affected low income communities and people of color.
Margaret Kimberley, BAR Executive Editor and Senior Columnist Ukraine and U.S. War Propaganda The 2014 U.S. sponsored coup against the elected government of Ukraine must be the starting point for any discussion of the current crisis.
Editors, The Black Agenda Review MANIFESTO: The 1959 Pan Africanist Manifesto The Pan African Congress of Azania’s 1959 Manifesto provides a radical blueprint for African self-determination.
Danny Haiphong, BAR Contributing Editor Endless War is the Empire’s Last Dance As the U.S. threatens endless war with Russia over Ukraine, confidence in China surges.
Raymond Nat Turner, BAR poet-in-residence What makes you hopeful? (For Kris and KT) What makes you hopeful? (For Kris and KT) ”…I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” —John Lennon
Djibo Sobukwe Ethiopia, from The Development State to The Neoliberal State The current conflict in Ethiopia must be examined with a deep analysis of that country’s history.
Herrinson Campara Campaz, Anthony Dest, Esther Ojulari Buenaventura, Colombia Strikes Against Racial Capitalism Before Colombia’s national uprising exploded in April 2021, struggles for justice in a majority Black port city set in motion a historic new wave of social protest.
Dr.Wilmer J. Leon, III Reagan’s “Shining City on a Hill” Was Really a Mirage It is best to be wary when American politicians create expressions like “shining city on a hill.” One of Reagan’s signature phrases has been reused time and again by republicans and democrats alike, which proves that the duopoly parties are united far more than they differ.
Stop LAPD Spying Coalition Automating Banishment: The Surveillance and Policing of Looted Land, a New Report from the Stop LAPD Spying Coalition Surveillance is an integral part of policing in this country.
Roger D. Harris Seven Myths about the January 6th Capitol Building Incident The events of January 6, 2021 at the Capitol have been discussed and written about endlessly, but without much useful analysis.
Daniel Melo Democrats and Trading People for Political Power Electoral politics in this country is a cover for oligarchic rule. Democratic party victories provide very little material benefit for the people they depend upon for support.
Rising Child Labour: A Symptom of Capitalist Sickness A recent report by UNICEF found that 160 million children — a staggering one-in-ten worldwide — are involved in labour considered to be mentally, physically, socially and morally harmful. This includes highly hazardous jobs such as underwater mining, heavy lifting, the handling of dangerous factory machines as well as the use of poisonous chemicals in agriculture. All these tasks are performed by children as young as 5 years old. Of these, 79 million are regularly involved in jobs that pose an immediate danger to their physical health, mental health or life. UNICEF even estimates that millions are still involved in slavery!
Shadow Government Statistics Money Supply Charts The Fed ceased publishing M-3, its broadest money supply measure, in March 2006. The SGS M-3 Continuation estimates current M-3 based on ongoing Fed reporting of M-3’s largest components (M-2, institutional money funds and partial large time deposits) and proprietary modeling of the balance. See the Money Supply Special Report for full definitions. In February 2021, the Fed redefined its narrowest M-1 Money Supply measure back to May 2020, to incorporate the bulk of Non M-1 M-2, with headline M-1 now covering 93% of total M-2, instead of the prior 28%. In order to preserve the information reflected in the most liquid measures of M-1, ShadowStats uses the Basic M-1 Money Supply in its charts and Table here. The original Money Supply measure, Basic M-1 is defined as Currency plus Demand Deposits (checking accounts).
A Fake Twitter Account Was Set Up in Our Name; Here’s What Happened Next Wall Street On Parade has the following business model: we focus our attention on research and bringing important facts and news about Wall Street and its perpetual sugar daddy, the Fed, to our readers. If our readers feel these articles deserve a wider circulation, we encourage them to link to them on their own social media pages. This spares us the downtime of engaging on social media, thus giving us more time for research. This business model has worked well for us for a decade. On January 14 we were doing research for an upcoming article when we accidentally stumbled upon a Twitter page called @wallstonparade. It was using our full trademarked name, “Wall Street On Parade,” and displaying our copyright. It was also using our slogan: “A Citizen Guide to Wall Street” and posting sections of our daily articles. Fortunately, and through simply a stroke of luck (or divine intervention) we caught it after only a few days of operation.
Marjorie Cohn: Julian Assange Can Now Seek Appeal Against US Extradition to Top UK Court The British High Court certified that Julian Assange raised a point of law of general public importance. Assange asked the High Court to allow him to appeal the case to the U.K. Supreme Court. Although the High Court denied Assange’s application for permission to appeal directly to the Supreme Court, the High Court certified that Assange had raised a “point of law of general public importance;” that is, the propriety of the timing of the U.S. assurances. This means that it’s a proper issue for the Supreme Court to review. The High Court wrote that although the matter of assurances is at the heart of many extradition cases, the Supreme Court has not resolved the issue. Therefore, Assange can now petition the Supreme Court to hear his appeal.
Hundreds Of Ukrainian Nationalists March in Honor of Nazi Collaborator Stepan Bandera led Ukrainian Insurgent Army, which fought alongside Nazi Germany during WWII, killing thousands of Jews and Poles Hundreds of Ukrainian nationalists held a torchlight march in the capital of Kyiv to mark the birthday of Stepan Bandera, the leader of a rebel militia that fought alongside Nazi soldiers in World War II. The Sunday march came amid persistently high concerns over Russia’s massing of troops near the Ukrainian border, which many believe could be a prelude to an invasion. A large sector of eastern Ukraine has been under the control of Russia-backed separatist rebels since 2014.
Education, Health, and Welfare:
The government of the United States can pass laws in a few days to spend tens of trillions of dollars for war and the bailout of Wall Street and the bankers. Yet, those who pass universal healthcare for themselves, but they cannot spend even one trillion dollars for universal health for those who are ‘governed’! This is what is considered, by the powers to be, a democracy and part of the democratic way. — Roland Sheppard, Let the People Vote on Healthcare!