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2021-01-22: News Headlines

Pip Hinman (2021-01-22). Happy economic numbers hide widening inequality and growing poverty. greenleft.org.au Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is very upbeat about the economy, despite an official unemployment rate of 6.6% and a growing wealth divide. Peter Boyle investigates.

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-22). Farmers' Protests Reflect Existential Crisis of Indian Agriculture. counterpunch.org With over 800 million people, rural India is arguably the most interesting and complex place on the planet but is plagued by farmer suicides, child malnourishment, growing unemployment, increased informalisation, indebtedness and an overall collapse of agriculture. Given that India is still an agrarian-based society, renowned journalist P Sainath says what is taking place can be described

WSWS (2021-01-21). New York City workers demand action to defend Hunts Point strikers. wsws.org Teachers, transit and other workers in New York City denounced Tuesday's police attack on striking warehouse workers and are calling for unified action to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty wages.

The Conversation (2021-01-21). With Yellen at Treasury, Can we Finally get a Progressive Carbon Tax? juancole.com By Rachel Kyte | — Janet Yellen is poised to be the next U.S. Treasury secretary, and her inbox will require every ounce of her vast experience to pilot the economy through a daunting confluence of challenges. How the U.S. manages the economic recovery from COVID-19, the financial risks from climate change and inequality together …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-21). 'A Big Deal': Lawmakers Reintroduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United. commondreams.org "We cannot allow the wealthiest individuals and corporations to flood our elections with cash through complex webs of super PACs and dark money groups that put special interests above the will of the American people." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/citizens-united-ninth-anniversary_0.jpg

_____ (2021-01-21). Martin Luther King's Radical Anticapitalism. popularresistance.org In a posthumously published essay, Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out that the "black revolution" had gone beyond the "rights of Negroes." The struggle, he said, is "forcing America to face all of its interrelated flaws—racism, poverty, militarism and materialism. It is exposing the evils that are rooted deeply in the whole structure of our society. It reveals systemic rather than superficial flaws and suggests that radical reconstruction of society itself is the real issue to be faced." | But it had not started out that way. Over the course of a decade, the black struggle opened up a deeper interrogation…

Commonwealth Club (2021-01-21). Wednesday 2/3: Talk on the Mothers of the Civil Rights Movement w/ Author Anna Malaika Tubbs. indybay.org Online event…

Kathy Durkin (2021-01-20). Women bear brunt of unemployment in COVID economic crisis. workers.org The month of December revealed some stunning news affecting the U.S. working class, as the impact of the viral pandemic and the capitalist economic crisis continues. The burden of unemployment has fallen on women, especially Black, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Indigenous, im/migrant and low-wage workers. LGBTQ2S+ individuals and people with disabilities . . . |

Scott Newman (2021-01-20). Dean Baker on Beating Inequality & COVID-19: Tackle Patent and Copyright Monopolies. theanalysis.news Intellectual property like pharmaceutical patents is one reason so many people face a long wait for COVID-19 vaccines says Dean Baker. GPEnewsdocs…

Jon Miltimore (2021-01-20). Study: Lockdowns Will Cause 890,000 Excess US Deaths Over the Next 15 Years Just From Effects of Raised Unemployment. anti-empire.com The toll of the coronavirus has been severe. But a new study has found that the collective response to the virus may ultimately claim more lives than the virus itself. | In "Our results suggest that the toll of lives claimed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus…

Azeezah Kanji (2021-01-19). Homeless Encampment Evictions Highlight the Cruelty of Capitalism Amid COVID. zcomm.org The stifling inequality engendered by capitalism takes lives, sometimes quickly and often slowly. With encampment evictions, the state punishes those being suffocated for gasping to breathe…

MEE staff (2021-01-19). 'The system must go': Protests rage for fifth day in Tunisia against economic woes. middleeasteye.net 'The system must go': Protests rage for fifth day in Tunisia against economic woes | Daytime protests in Tunis and other cities have followed night clashes between youth and security forces | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 21: 33 | Tunisian protesters lift placards and chant during an anti-government demonstration in coastal city of Sfax on 19 January 2021 (AFP) | Protesters rallied in Tunisia's capital and other cities on…

2021-01-21: News Headlines

Andrew Korybko (2021-01-21). Only true unity can end America's uncivil war. thealtworld.com President Joe Biden made an emotional appeal during his inaugural address on Wednesday to end what he unforgettably described as America's ongoing uncivil war between red and blue, rural and urban, conservative and liberal. He very strongly condemned what he called the political extremism, white supremacy, and domestic terrorism threatening American unity today and preventing the country from coming together as one to defeat the once-in-a-century pandemic of COVID-19. The other crises it faces are attacks on democracy and truth, racism, the climate, inequality, and the U.S.' role in the world, but the uncivil…

The Conversation (2021-01-21). With Yellen at Treasury, Can we Finally get a Progressive Carbon Tax? juancole.com By Rachel Kyte | — Janet Yellen is poised to be the next U.S. Treasury secretary, and her inbox will require every ounce of her vast experience to pilot the economy through a daunting confluence of challenges. How the U.S. manages the economic recovery from COVID-19, the financial risks from climate change and inequality together …

_____ (2021-01-21). Martin Luther King's Radical Anticapitalism. popularresistance.org In a posthumously published essay, Martin Luther King, Jr. pointed out that the "black revolution" had gone beyond the "rights of Negroes." The struggle, he said, is "forcing America to face all of its interrelated flaws—racism, poverty, militarism and materialism. It is exposing the evils that are rooted deeply in the whole structure of our society. It reveals systemic rather than superficial flaws and suggests that radical reconstruction of society itself is the real issue to be faced." | But it had not started out that way. Over the course of a decade, the black struggle opened up a deeper interrogation…

Commonwealth Club (2021-01-21). Wednesday 2/3: Talk on the Mothers of the Civil Rights Movement w/ Author Anna Malaika Tubbs. indybay.org Online event…

Colin Todhunter (2021-01-21). Farmers' Protests Reflect Existential Crisis of Indian Agriculture. globalresearch.ca With over 800 million people, rural India is arguably the most interesting and complex place on the planet but is plagued by farmer suicides, child malnourishment, growing unemployment, increased informalisation, indebtedness and an overall collapse of agriculture. | Given that India …

Kathy Durkin (2021-01-20). Women bear brunt of unemployment in COVID economic crisis. workers.org The month of December revealed some stunning news affecting the U.S. working class, as the impact of the viral pandemic and the capitalist economic crisis continues. The burden of unemployment has fallen on women, especially Black, Latinx, Arab, Asian, Indigenous, im/migrant and low-wage workers. LGBTQ2S+ individuals and people with disabilities . . . |

Jon Miltimore (2021-01-20). Study: Lockdowns Will Cause 890,000 Excess US Deaths Over the Next 15 Years Just From Effects of Raised Unemployment. anti-empire.com The toll of the coronavirus has been severe. But a new study has found that the collective response to the virus may ultimately claim more lives than the virus itself. | In "Our results suggest that the toll of lives claimed by the SARS-CoV-2 virus…

Scott Newman (2021-01-20). Dean Baker on Beating Inequality & COVID-19: Tackle Patent and Copyright Monopolies. theanalysis.news Intellectual property like pharmaceutical patents is one reason so many people face a long wait for COVID-19 vaccines says Dean Baker. GPEnewsdocs…

Staff (2021-01-19). Headlines for January 19, 2021. democracynow.org WHO Warns of "Catastrophic Moral Failure" as Wealthy Nations Hoard Vaccines, U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 400,000, New York Seeks Vaccines Directly from Pfizer After HHS Fails on Promise to Distribute Doses, FBI to Vet 25,000 National Guard Troops Deploying to Washington, D.C., for Inauguration, FBI Arrests More Far-Right Militia Leaders, White Supremacists Over Capitol Attack, New Yorker Footage Shows How Insurrectionists Breached Senate Chamber on Jan. 6, Senate to Begin Confirmation Hearings for Joe Biden Cabinet Nominees, Biden Executive Orders on Day 1 to Reverse Many of Trump's Most Contentious Actions,…

RT (2021-01-19). Kremlin rejects Navalny allegation that Putin has secret Black Sea palace complete with casino, theater & private striptease bar. rt.com Russian President Vladimir Putin does not have an opulent private estate on the country's Black Sea coast, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov insisted on Tuesday, in response to allegations from anti-corruption campaigner Alexey Navalny. | Responding to claims that a luxury pile in the resort town of Gelendzhik belonged to the president, Peskov said that "in reality, this is not true." He added that the Kremlin had not reviewed a new tranche of allegations around Putin's supposed personal wealth, but that he was able to dismiss them in the same way he has in the past. | | © palace.navalny.com | "I can say stra…

MEE staff (2021-01-19). 'The system must go': Protests rage for fifth day in Tunisia against economic woes. middleeasteye.net 'The system must go': Protests rage for fifth day in Tunisia against economic woes | Daytime protests in Tunis and other cities have followed night clashes between youth and security forces | Tue, 01/19/2021 – 21: 33 | Tunisian protesters lift placards and chant during an anti-government demonstration in coastal city of Sfax on 19 January 2021 (AFP) | Protesters rallied in Tunisia's capital and other cities on…

_____ (2021-01-19). Martin Luther King's Vision Of An Interconnected World. popularresistance.org We are facing converging global crises — a horrific pandemic, worsening economic inequality both in the United States and globally, climate change and the continuing scourge of systemic racism around the world. What would Martin Luther King Jr. think or advise if he were alive today? What might he say in these days after the Capitol Building was attacked by a primarily white mob that was seeking to usurp the results of a free and fair election and implement an America First agenda through violent force? | To get to these answers, we need to consider one of King's most important and overlooked pieces of writ…

Azeezah Kanji (2021-01-19). Homeless Encampment Evictions Highlight the Cruelty of Capitalism Amid COVID. zcomm.org The stifling inequality engendered by capitalism takes lives, sometimes quickly and often slowly. With encampment evictions, the state punishes those being suffocated for gasping to breathe…