China Eradicates Absolute Poverty While Billionaires Go for a Joyride to Space: The Thirty-First Newsletter (2021)

5 August 2021 — Tricontinental

01 Women who migrated to the Wangjia community participate in local activities at the community centre in Tongren City Guizhou Province April 2021 e1628099072688Women who migrated to the Wangjia community participate in local activities at the community centre in Tongren City, Guizhou Province, April 2021.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Confounding news comes from the flagship World Economic Outlook report of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The report highlights many of the pressing issues facing our planet: disruptions in the global supply chain, rising shipping costs, shortages of intermediate goods, rising commodity prices, and inflationary pressures in many economies. Global growth rates are expected to touch 6% in 2021 and 4.9% in 2022, driven by higher global government debt. According to the report, this debt ‘reached an unprecedented level of close to 100% of the global GDP in 2020 and is projected to remain around that level in 2021 and 2022’. Developing countries’ external debt will remain high, with little expectation of relief.

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Direct progenitor of SARS-CoV-2 pinpointed as originating from Mojiang, China

5 August 2021 — GMWatch

New phylogeographic analysis has major implications for understanding origin of virus

EXCERPT: While a south-central Yunnan source does not rule out either a lab or a zoonotic origin in principle, the result compels all candidate hypotheses to incorporate a plausible link with that locality.

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Missing the mark: 22 years on from Macpherson

5 August 2021 — Institute of Race Relations

Since indicating its support for the Sewell report, a number of things have become clear about this government’s attitude to racial justice. The first is that it doesn’t accept that structural racism is an issue in the UK today, and the second is that, where evidence of disparities and disproportionalities suggests otherwise, it seeks other explanations, usually in the culture of minorities themselves. That’s why the Commons Home Affairs Committee report, The Macpherson Report: Twenty-two years on (see IRR statement here), with its recommendation to appoint a racial equality commissioner for policing and for the home secretary to chair a race equality steering group, seems so very out of touch with the times. One shudders to think who home secretary Priti Patel would consider a suitable appointee for such a sensitive role, given that her ministry is busy ripping up the rule book governing Section 60 ‘suspicionless’ searches. And this even though they are much more racially disproportionate than those requiring reasonable suspicion. But according to the prime minister, expanding police powers to stop and search without oversight is a ‘kind and loving’ thing to do.

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A new dawn breaks in Tehran

5 August 2021 — Indian Punchline


Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (L) during the inauguration ceremony for Ebrahim Raisi (R) as president, Tehran, August 3, 2021

On Thursday, Iran’s new president Ebrahim Raisi takes the oath of office in a ceremony in the Majlis in Tehran. This will be a defining moment in the Islamic Republic’s political history, since in many ways, the country is at the crossroads.

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Jeff Bezos says everything will be ok

4 August 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Pseudo Solutions

by Roy Wilkes

The climate crisis may be dire, with ever more frequent and increasingly devastating floods and wildfires, with killer droughts and heatwaves across the globe, with oceans warming 40% faster and arctic ice sheets melting 70% faster than had been predicted a mere five years ago, with arctic permafrost melting and belching super-greenhouse methane into the atmosphere, and with carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion continuing to rise year on year regardless.

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Outsiders Impose Leader in Haiti Yet Again

4 August 2021 — CovertAction Magazine

By Yves Engler

Left: Protest against Canadian interference in Haiti in 2004 after coup against popular Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide. [Source:]. Right: Haiti’s new Prime Minister below flags of countries that selected him. [Source:]

U.S., Canada, France, Spain, Germany and Brazil Disregard Wishes of the Haitian People and Select Ariel Henry—who sold out to the Western powers following the country’s 2004 coup—As Successor to Slain Haitian President Jovenel Moïse

It is déjà vu all over again.

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20,595 Dead 1.9 Million Injured (50% Serious) Reported in European Union’s Database of Adverse Drug Reactions for COVID-19 Shots

2 August, 2021 — Global Research

By Brian Shilhavy

Health Impact News

The European Union database of suspected drug reaction reports is EudraVigilance, and they are now reporting 20,595 fatalities, and 1,960,607 injuries, following COVID-19 injections.

Health Impact News subscriber from Europe reminded us that this database maintained at EudraVigilance is only for countries in Europe who are part of the European Union (EU), which comprises 27 countries.

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