7 May 2021 — The Electronic Intifada
7 May 2021 — Swiss Policy Research
The latest on covid vaccine safety and effectiveness
All-cause deaths 65+, previous 7 days (Source: Israeli CBS)
SPR carefully distinguishes between short-term and long-term safety, short-term and long-term effectiveness, age- and sex-specific aspects, and medical and political questions. Some people might prefer a simpler, more black-and-white assessment, but this would not reflect complex reality.
6 April 2021 — Swiss Policy Research
During the coronavirus pandemic, the well-known manipulation and censorship on major US internet platforms Google/YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia has reached unprecedented levels. The platforms generally claim to enforce WHO and ‘local health authority’ guidelines, not because they are correct – they were mostly wrong – but because they are deemed “authoritative”.
6 May 2021 — Institute of Race Relations
On Tuesday, 4 May, 100 people attended a meeting co-hosted by Migrants Organise, Asylum Matters, Leeds Anti-Raids Action and the Institute of Race Relations, on responding to the government’s public consultation on its ‘New Plan for Immigration’. The week before, on Friday, 30 April, a public statement from 193 human rights groups, refugee, faith and legal organisations was published condemning the consultation as a sham, and on the same day, 76 charities and community groups in Scotland wrote to Boris Johnson condemning the proposals as contrary to international refugee law.
6 May 2021 — Origin: New Eastern Outlook
As part of the competitive struggle throughout the history of mankind, individual countries have already fallen under the external control of others, losing their sovereignty. This has been expressed since the controlling power unilaterally exerted a direct influence on the vassal state, prescribing certain managerial decisions to it, equivalent to the transfer of power in favor of the dominant state.
6 May 2021 — Tricontinental
Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.
Kerala, a state in the Indian union with a population of 35 million, has re-elected the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to lead the government for another five years. Since 1980, the people of Kerala have voted out the incumbent, seeking to alternate between the Left and the Right. This year, the people decided to stay with the Left and give the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, Pinarayi Vijayan, a second term in office as the Chief Minister. Health Minister K. K. Shailaja, popularly known as Shailaja Teacher, won her re-election with a record-breaking tally of over 60,000 votes, far exceeding her closest contender.
30 April, 2021 — Liberation
In his first speech to a joint session of Congress on April 28, Joe Biden made the calculation that he needed to directly address the needs of the working class. “20 million Americans lost their jobs in the pandemic – working- and middle-class Americans. At the same time, the roughly 650 billionaires in America saw their net worth increase by more than $1 trillion,” Biden noted, “[T]rickle-down economics has never worked. It’s time to grow the economy from the bottom up and middle-out”. Biden went on to highlight several specific reforms he supported that would have far-reaching implications for the lives of countless millions of working people.
5 May 2021 — Mint Press News
If the U.S. government’s propaganda is correct that the current crisis is due to Maduro’s mismanagement and corruption, then illegal and inhumane sanctions would not be needed to dislodge the “regime.”
CARACAS, VENEZUELA — Venezuela was once one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. The popular classes enjoyed major advances from the Bolivarian Revolution initiated by Hugo Chávez. Today Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis with severe humanitarian consequences.
The U.S. government blames the crisis on the mismanagement and corruption of the Venezuelan government headed by Nicolás Maduro. The Venezuelan government faults the U.S. and its allies for imposing sanctions, unilateral coercive measures illegal under international law.