2021-12-03: News Headlines

Editor (2021-12-03). The American prison system's war on reading. mronline.org This April, the Iowa Department of Corrections issued a ban on charities, family members, and other outside parties donating books to prisoners.

Dean Baker (2021-12-03). Marginalized Workers Facing Labor Market Discrimination See Largest Jobs Gains. truthout.org The unemployment rate fell 0.4 percentage points in November, even though the economy added just 210,000 jobs. The drop in the unemployment rate went along with an increase in the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) of 0.4 percentage points, corresponding to a rise in employment of more than 1.1 million in the household survey. The unemployment rate had not fallen this low following the Great Recession until September 2017. | The 210,000 job growth in the establishment survey is slower th…

VINS (2021-12-03). Ohio State Board of Education Fails to Condemn "White Supremacy Culture" projectcensored.org On October 11, 2021, the Intercept reported on an Ohio State Board of Education member who has refused to condemn white supremacy. Board member Diana Fessler criticized Resolution 20—an anti-racism…

Jake Johnson (2021-12-03). Bowman Urges Democratic Leaders to Remove Boebert From Committees Over 'Vile' Attacks on Omar. zcomm.org "I, for one, will work to root out Islamophobia and discrimination of any kind, and implore my colleagues to join me in saying enough is enough."

_____ (2021-12-03). We Have to Stand on Our Ground, the Best Ground from Which to Reach the Stars. popularresistance.org The geographical distribution of low and high-income countries reveals the same old divides. This was the main focus of dossier no. 43 (CoronaShock and Education in Brazil: One and a Half Years Later, August 2021), summarised in our seven theses on the present and future of education in Brazil. These regional and gender inequalities predated the pandemic but have been exacerbated because of the lockdowns. Signs of improvement are not yet visible. Earlier this year, the World Bank and UNESCO noted that, since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, two-thirds of developing countries have cut their education budget…

Vijay Prashad (2021-12-03). We have to stand on our ground, the best ground from which to reach the stars: The Forty-Eighth Newsletter (2021). mronline.org During the pandemic, socialist projects—such as those of LDF government in Kerala, the Cuban educational programmes, and the MST literacy campaign—are flourishing, while other governments cut their educational funding. 'It's always time to learn', says the MST literacy programme, but this adage is not in use everywhere.

VINS (2021-12-03). COVID-19 Concerns Overshadow Pre-Existing Inequalities in Education. projectcensored.org In March 2021, Kate Way reported in Truthout that the urgency to reopen schools ignores fundamental educational inequalities across the United States that existed before the onset of the COVID-19…

VINS (2021-12-03). Student Affairs "Shadow Curriculum" Undermines Higher Education. projectcensored.org The blurring of academic and social skills is reshaping university and college curricula as higher education institutions across the country place increasing importance on student affairs programs to enhance students'…

David L. Wilson (2021-12-03). Media don't factcheck right-wing migration myths. mronline.org Increases and declines in unauthorized immigration mostly correlate with changes in job opportunities and other economic conditions in the United States and in nearby countries.

Editor (2021-12-03). Supreme Court launches frontal assault on right to abortion. mronline.org Two generations of Americans have no experience of the world before Roe v. Wade, during which obtaining an abortion was a surreptitious, often criminalized process, sometimes ending in physical mutilation and even death, and the right of women to make such decisions was subordinated to the reactionary ministrations of police, priests and politicians.

Editor (2021-12-03). British Columbia floods reveal our system's skewed priorities. mronline.org This recent disaster is just a hint of the climate-related challenges to come.

teleSUR (2021-12-02). Humanity Demands The Abolition of Modern Slavery Every Dec. 2. telesurenglish.net On the International Day for The Abolition of Slavery, the United Nations (UN) recalled that over 40 million people across the globe are victims of modern slavery, a practice that includes forced labor, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. | RELATED: | "These forms of slavery are the result of long-standing discrimination against vulnerable social sectors such as undocumented immigrants, LGBT people, and Indi…

rebekah (2021-12-02). Greed Is Prolonging the Pandemic. inequality.org

Martin Hart-Landsberg (2021-12-02). The dollar costs of inequality: they are greater than you think. mronline.org Pretty much everyone accepts that inequality is a big problem in the U.S. But it is doubtful that most people truly grasp how successfully U.S. elites have captured the benefits of economic growth and, as a result, how much the resulting inequality has cost them.

Carolina V N Coll, Thiago M Santos, Karen Devries, Felicia Knaul, Flavia Bustreo, Anne Gatuguta, Gbenankpon Mathias Houvessou, Aluísio J D Barros (2021-12-02). Identifying the women most vulnerable to intimate partner violence: A decision tree analysis from 48 low and middle-income countries. thelancet.com Starting with well-known predictors of IPV, the decision-tree approach provides important insights about subpopulations of women where IPV prevalence is high. This information can help designing targeted interventions. For a large proportion of women who experienced IPV, however, no particular risk factors were identified, emphasizing the need for population wide approaches conducted in parallel, including changing social norms, strengthening laws and policies supporting gender equality and women ¥s rights as well as guaranteeing women ¥s access to justice systems and comprehensive health services.

The Socialist Program (2021-12-02). Two Verdicts: Racist Violence & American Capitalism. liberationnews.org The three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery have been convicted of murder in a major victory for the struggle against racism, but at the same time the Rittenhouse verdict reveals a grave danger.

Staff (2021-12-02). Three Reasons Why Congress Must Pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Now. aclu.org Although Congress outlawed pregnancy discrimination in 1978, far too many employers still routinely deny pregnant workers the temporary job modifications they need to keep working and have a healthy pregnancy. These requests for "accommodations" — such as more frequent breaks, schedule changes, and reassignment of hazardous tasks — often are denied to pregnant workers, and can result in severe consequences for their health and financial security. Nobody should have to choose between a healthy pregnancy and a job. | The bipartisan Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) would outlaw such discrimination…

Ann Brown (2021-12-02). KHive Goes After Pro-Reparations Congressional Candidate: Black Men With Small D*ck Energy Like You Have A Problem With Successful Black Women. moguldom.com Gregg "Marcel" Dixon, a pro-reparations congressional candidate for South Carolina Congressional District 6, has come under attack online by the KHive, a community of fans of Vice President Kamala Harris. The KHive is an informal online community that popped up when Harris was running for president in the 2020 elections. The KHive continued to support …

Anis Chowdhury (2021-12-02). Profiting from the carbon offset distraction. mronline.org Carbon offset markets allow the rich to emit as financial intermediaries profit. By fostering the fiction that others can be paid to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) instead, it undermines efforts to do so.

Robert W. McChesney (2021-12-02). The Local Journalism Initiative: a proposal to protect and extend democracy. mronline.org What remains less appreciated is that the founders of the United States regarded creating a free press a policy issue of the greatest possible importance.

Editor (2021-12-02). How to picket stores that sell your employer's products. mronline.org Note: Consumer picketing can be directed against all products that a struck employer manufactures, processes, distributes, transports, or otherwise enhances in value.

Editor (2021-12-02). Neoliberal apotheosisCOP26 creates the global fire market and offers it to capitalist arsonists, at the expense of the people. mronline.org The balance sheet is clear: on paper, Glasgow clarifies the ambiguous Paris goal by making it more radical (1.5 ∞C is now the target) and mentions the responsibility of fossil fuels; but in practice, the conference did not take any steps to stop the catastrophe.

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2021-12-02: News Headlines

Carolina V N Coll, Thiago M Santos, Karen Devries, Felicia Knaul, Flavia Bustreo, Anne Gatuguta, Gbenankpon Mathias Houvessou, Aluísio J D Barros (2021-12-02). Identifying the women most vulnerable to intimate partner violence: A decision tree analysis from 48 low and middle-income countries. thelancet.com Starting with well-known predictors of IPV, the decision-tree approach provides important insights about subpopulations of women where IPV prevalence is high. This information can help designing targeted interventions. For a large proportion of women who experienced IPV, however, no particular risk factors were identified, emphasizing the need for population wide approaches conducted in parallel, including changing social norms, strengthening laws and policies supporting gender equality and women ¥s rights as well as guaranteeing women ¥s access to justice systems and comprehensive health services.

The Socialist Program (2021-12-02). Two Verdicts: Racist Violence & American Capitalism. liberationnews.org The three men who murdered Ahmaud Arbery have been convicted of murder in a major victory for the struggle against racism, but at the same time the Rittenhouse verdict reveals a grave danger.

Anis Chowdhury (2021-12-02). Profiting from the carbon offset distraction. mronline.org Carbon offset markets allow the rich to emit as financial intermediaries profit. By fostering the fiction that others can be paid to cut greenhouse gases (GHGs) instead, it undermines efforts to do so.

Editor (2021-12-02). How to picket stores that sell your employer's products. mronline.org Note: Consumer picketing can be directed against all products that a struck employer manufactures, processes, distributes, transports, or otherwise enhances in value.

Sameena Rahman (2021-12-01). Omicron variant exposes danger of global vaccine apartheid. liberationnews.org The pandemic continues to drag on with no end in sight, in large part due to the extreme global inequality in the availability of the vaccine.

a guest author (2021-12-01). Workers of the world demand: MAKE AMAZON PAY! workers.org By Tony Murphy and John Catalinotto Strikes, protests and militant job actions marked the global day of actions Nov. 26, targeting the megamonopoly and superprofiteer Amazon in 20 countries. Chris Smalls, president of Amazon Labor Union, speaks at NYC rally Nov. 26, organized by Workers Assembly Against Racism. The day . . . |

Editor (2021-12-01). Anti-neoliberal candidate Xiomara Castro dominates Honduras' presidential election. mronline.org With a significant advantage over the closest contender, Xiomara Castro has emerged as the likely next president of Honduras.

rebekah (2021-12-01). Blame Corporate Greed For Inflation. inequality.org

Joris Leverink (2021-12-01). The Laura Flanders Show: Should Democrats Stop Talking About CRT? roarmag.org How Critical Race Theory Changed an Election & What Democrats Could Do About It: | From the contest for governor of Virginia to school board races across the country, opposition to Critical Race Theory proved an effective tactic for Republican candidates to defeat Democrats in this November's election. Does that justify the conclusions drawn by many in the media that Democrats need to stop talking so much about racism, history and structural inequality? | Must progressives face electoral reality, as many editorials have recently suggested, and tone down the so-called woke agenda? Or are there other ways t…

Staff (2021-12-01). "The Viral Underclass": COVID-19 and AIDS Show What Happens When Inequality and Disease Collide. democracynow.org As December 1 marks World AIDS Day, we look at the pandemic that preceded COVID-19 and how recorded deaths of complications from the coronavirus this year have surpassed those of HIV/AIDS in the United States. The head of UNAIDS has warned the COVID-19 pandemic may result in an increase in infections and deaths from HIV and AIDS. Both viruses disproportionately impacted vulnerable minority communities. Although treatment rollout for HIV/AIDS was uniquely inhibited by homophobia, racism, and sexism, it was also plagued by corporate greed and U.S. exceptionalism. "We're seeing very similar dynamics again now with C…

Winnie Byanyima (2021-12-01). Inequality is set to kill millions—'We have to fight it together.'. nationofchange.org If we take on the inequalities which hold back progress, we can deliver on the promise to end AIDS by 2030.

David Swanson (2021-12-01). Youth from Around the World Contribute to a Book on Peace. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, December 1, 2021 Five members of the World BEYOND War Youth Network (WBWYN) from five continents have contributed, together with WBW's Education Director, to a chapter in a new book (available free in full as PDF) called Problems, Threats and Challenges for Peace and Conflict Resolution, edited by Joanna …

Maxximilian Seijo (2021-12-01). The Metaphysics of Accounting with Paolo Quattrone. mronline.org Paolo Quattrone (@PaoloQuattrone) joins Money on the Left to discuss the metaphysics of accounting and the significance of accounting's repressed history for political economy today. Professor of Accounting, Governance & Society at The University of Manchester, Quattrone insists that, while often seen as a positivist and merely technical skill for recording extant data, accounting in truth represents a rhetorical and quite generative engagement with the "mystery of value."

Editor (2021-12-01). Algorithms of injustice: Artificial intelligence in policing and surveillance. mronline.org If anything, the use of computer algorithms to guide police appears only to entrench and exacerbate existing biased policing practices.

Editor (2021-12-01). Some striking Kellogg's workers call for boycott of company products in U.S. mronline.org Union negotiators said they were prepared to meet the company for another round of negotiations next week but their offer was rebuffed by bosses, who claimed they were left with no choice but to permanently replace those on strike.

Sharon Zhang (2021-12-01). Omar Shares Audio of Chilling Death Threat She Received After Boebert's Attacks. truthout.org On Tuesday, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota) shared audio of a harrowing death threat she received after a video of far-right Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) making Islamophobic comments about her was posted and amplified online. | Omar played the voicemail — which was laced with profanities and racist slurs — during a press conference in the Capitol aimed at urging the GOP to take action against the Islamophobia within their party. The lawmaker said she received the voicemail sho…

Jayati Ghosh (2021-12-01). The feminist building-blocks of a just, sustainable economy. mronline.org Jayati Ghosh finds in a UN Women report a blueprint for an economy which serves the public—rather than the other way around.

Editor (2021-12-01). In Kerala, a street food festival takes on communal forces. mronline.org The DYFI took on the Sangh Parivar's attempts to polarise people with misinformation on halal by serving beef, pork, chicken and mutton in most towns of the state.

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2021-12-01: News Headlines

A Guest Author (2021-12-01). Workers of the world demand: MAKE AMAZON PAY! workers.org By Tony Murphy and John Catalinotto Strikes, protests and militant job actions marked the global day of actions Nov. 26, targeting the megamonopoly and superprofiteer Amazon in 20 countries. Chris Smalls, president of Amazon Labor Union, speaks at NYC rally Nov. 26, organized by Workers Assembly Against Racism. The day . . . |

Staff (2021-12-01). "The Viral Underclass": COVID-19 and AIDS Show What Happens When Inequality and Disease Collide. democracynow.org As December 1 marks World AIDS Day, we look at the pandemic that preceded COVID-19 and how recorded deaths of complications from the coronavirus this year have surpassed those of HIV/AIDS in the United States. The head of UNAIDS has warned the COVID-19 pandemic may result in an increase in infections and deaths from HIV and AIDS. Both viruses disproportionately impacted vulnerable minority communities. Although treatment rollout for HIV/AIDS was uniquely inhibited by homophobia, racism, and sexism, it was also plagued by corporate greed and U.S. exceptionalism. "We're seeing very similar dynamics again now with C…

rebekah (2021-11-30). Columbia's Student Workers Fight for a Fair Contract. inequality.org

Peoples Dispatch (2021-11-30). Belgian organizations protest spike in violence against women. peoplesdispatch.org According to a recent report by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), partner violence in families has shot up during the COVID-19 pandemic. 18 femicides have been recorded in Belgium since the beginning of 2021…

Fight Back (2021-11-30). San Jose demands justice for murdered Kenosha BLM protesters. fightbacknews.org San Jose, CA – Community members rallied November 20 to demand justice for Black Lives Matter protesters who were gunned down by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts. | The community observed that this ruling sets a chilling precedent in murdering progressives. The only reasonable explanation for Rittenhouse's acquittal is a criminal justice system completely beholden to the racist status quo that rules the USA. | Only through joining an organization can individual build the collective power necessary to fight effectively for justice, equality and prosperity.

WSWS (2021-11-30). COVID-19 infects Sri Lankan schools: Stop sacrificing the lives of students and teachers! wsws.org The Rajapakse government rushed to reopen schools not out of concern for the education of children but to defend capitalist profits.

WSWS (2021-11-30). UK: University and College Union shuts down remaining further education college strikes. wsws.org At five out of the 15 colleges that were meant to strike starting in September, the UCU reached deals with the employers before the strike began.

Kevin Mwanza (2021-11-30). What Is GameFi? 3 Things To Know About The Financialization Of Games And Crypto. moguldom.com One of the hottest new trends to emerge from the crypto industry, GameFi combines decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) with blockchain-based online games. A fusion of the words "game" and "finance," GameFi is the financialization of video gaming on blockchain networks designed to merge the fun of games with the financialization of in-game …

John Bellamy Foster (2021-11-30). 'Marxism, Ecology and the Climate Crisis' — John Bellamy Foster. mronline.org In the week before the COP26 international summit, John Bellamy Foster analyzed the climate emergency and how we can achieve climate justice.

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