Dehumanisation, doublespeak and death: Countering Europe’s lack of humanity

2 December 2021 — Institute of Race Relations

The phrase ‘liquid graveyard’, often applied to the Mediterranean, is now applicable to the English Channel, where the 43 boat-related deaths in the last 18 months are the result of Europe’s increasingly militarised border regime. The latest of these avoidable deaths occurred on 24 November, when seventeen men, seven women (one pregnant) and 3 children, thought to be Iraqi or Iranian Kurds, drowned trying to cross the Channel. Each of these deaths is a tragedy to the families of those seeking safety or trying to join loved ones here. All could be avoided by a humane policy which allowed asylum seekers access to travel facilities. Cracking down on unauthorised journeys through more pushbacks, criminalisation and ‘off-shoring’, as the government proposes in the Nationality and Borders Bill, won’t stop the deaths – it will drive people into taking more dangerous journeys, costing more lives. The IRR spoke to the Morning Star about this latest tragedy and for more on the borders bill, read IRR Vice-Chair Frances Webber’s comments to the New Statesman in their analysis of plans to remove citizenship without notice.

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Black Agenda Report 1 December 2021

1 December, 2021 —  — Black Agenda Report

The Black Agenda” 
Glen Ford
Black politics are key to recognizing the most important social dynamics of the United States. Over the past forty years, no commentator has been as deeply insightful about the paradoxes and personalities of Black American public life as the late journalist and radio host Glen Ford.
In this stunning overview, Ford draws from his work for Black Agenda Report, one of the most incisive and perceptive publications of the progressive left, to examine competing struggles for class power and identity in the Black movement. 

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We Have to Stand on Our Ground, the Best Ground from Which to Reach the Stars: The Forty-Eighth Newsletter (2021)

2 December 2021 — Tricontinental

Likbez (USSR), Tatar Literacy Club, 1935.

Dear friends,

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

Almost every single child on the planet (over 80% of them) had their education disrupted by the pandemic, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) agency. Though this finding is startling, it was certainly necessary to close schools as the infectious COVID-19 virus tore through society. What has been the impact of that decision on education? In 2017 – before the pandemic – at least 840 million people had no access to electricity, which meant that, for many children, online education was impossible. A third of the global population (2.6 billion people) has no access to the internet, which – even if they had electricity – makes online education impossible. If we go deeper, we find that the rates of those who do not have access to the gadgets necessary for online learning – such as computers and smartphones – are even more dire, with two billion people lacking both. To have physical schools closed, therefore, has resulted in hundreds of millions of children around the world missing school for nearly two years.

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The ‘Missing’ Star Athlete Peng Shuai Is Not Missing At All

2 December 2021 — Moon of Alabama

The New York Times has falsely claimed that the Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai accused her former lover of sexual assault. She did not do that.

In her post on the Chinese website Weibo (English translation) Peng Shuai only lamented that the relation with her old lover had come to an end. She did not accuse him of anything that could be considered an assault. The NYT made that up.

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The epidemiological relevance of the COVID-19-vaccinated population is increasing

19 November 2021 — The Lancet

[In other words, the ‘vaccine’ don’t work as advertised! The ‘vaccinated’ are infecting those who are also ‘vaccinated’ as well as those of us who have not been ‘vaccinated’, excepting of course, all those who have already contracted the virus and/or have natual immunity. B]

Open AccessPublished: November 19, 2021DOI:

High COVID-19 vaccination rates were expected to reduce transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in populations by reducing the number of possible sources for transmission and thereby to reduce the burden of COVID-19 disease. Recent data, however, indicate that the epidemiological relevance of COVID-19 vaccinated individuals is increasing. In the UK it was described that secondary attack rates among household contacts exposed to fully vaccinated index cases was similar to household contacts exposed to unvaccinated index cases (25% for vaccinated vs 23% for unvaccinated). 12 of 31 infections in fully vaccinated household contacts (39%) arose from fully vaccinated epidemiologically linked index cases. Peak viral load did not differ by vaccination status or variant type [
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Camila Saab Speaks Out: Wife of Venezuelan Diplomat “Kidnapped” by US Gov’t Talks to MintPress

2 December 2021 — MintPress News

On Wednesday, November 24, MintPress News Editor in Chief Mnar Adley sat down to speak with Camila Saab, the wife of imprisoned Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab. Saab was on a diplomatic mission to Iran in June 2020, where he was tasked with securing deals for food, medicine and personal protective equipment. His plane stopped off in Cabo Verde — a group of islands off the west coast of Africa — for a routine refuelling. He would never finish his journey, as, on orders from the United States government, local authorities stormed the vehicle, forcing him off the plane — an event that would begin his 18-month detention. “I never imagined that Cabo Verde was going to kidnap a diplomat,” said the Italian-born former model and mother of two.
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Iversen: Omicron Hype ‘Makes No Sense’

1 December 2021 — The Defender

On the latest episode of The Hill’s “Rising,” journalist and political commentator Kim Iversen discussed the new Omicron variant and COVID vaccine hesitancy in South Africa, where COVID spread and hospitalizations are low.

Is the panic surrounding the Omicron variant overblown? That’s the question journalist and political commentator Kim Iversen asked on the latest episode of The Hill’s “Rising.”

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