Daily Archives: July 16, 2022

2022-07-16: News Headlines

WSWS (2022-07-16). 100 million in the US weighed down by medical debt. wsws.org million people are paying medical bills in installments, 10 percent of those who owe have taken loans from friends of family, and 15 percent have put bills, often totaling thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars, on credit cards.

Sharmila Devi (2022-07-16). [World Report] Climate change driving east Africa towards famine. thelancet.com Consecutive years of drought caused by climate change and La Niña have led to food insecurity in many parts of east Africa. Sharmila Devi reports.

San Francisco Public Library (2022-07-16). Friday 8/5: Suzanne Cope in Conversation with Cleo Silvers, Power Hungry. indybay.org [ONLINE] San Francisco Main Library | 100 Larkin Street | San Francisco, CA 94102…

____ (2022-07-16). Chinese FM spokesperson refutes 'debt trap' claim. ecns.cn A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Thursday refuted the so-called "Chinese debt trap" claim, saying that it is pure disinformation and a narrative trap created by those who do not hope to see China-Africa cooperation pick up speed.

WSWS (2022-07-16). Jerani Ratnayake, intransigent fighter for Trotskyism, dies aged 72. wsws.org Jerani overcame social barriers to actively participate in politics and fight for the unity of the working class, regardless of race, language and gender.

WSWS (2022-07-16). As Ford confirms closure of its Saarlouis plant: Lessons from years of car production. wsws.org Ford's decision to halt production at its Saarlouis plant in 2025 is part of the biggest international assault on the social gains and rights of the working class since the 1930s.

Jessamy Bagenal (2022-07-16). [Perspectives] Mariana Mazzucato: leading a new type of economics. thelancet.com Mariana Mazzucato is a firebrand economist. In 2020, she became Chair of the WHO Council on the Economics of Health For All. "The idea was instead of doing the usual of saying invest in health because it's good for the economy, what if you said invest in health for all and backtrack to design an economic system to deliver on that, meaning design a different form of budgeting, a different form of procurement, a different form of intellectual property, a different form of public—private ways of working together on projects", she explains.

Vijay Prashad (2022-07-15). Will our children be literate? Will they look forward to the future with dignity?: The Twenty-Eighth Newsletter (2022). mronline.org The world is adrift in the tides of hunger and desolation. It is difficult to think about education, or anything else, when your children are not able to eat.

Miko Peled (2022-07-15). Who is Biden Working For? On Israel Visit, "Zionist" Biden Whitewashes Israel's Crimes. mintpressnews.com Judging by his performance, Joe Biden is working for AIPAC and not for the American people. He hit every note, shook every hand and repeated his mantras, clearly trying to please his donors back home.

_____ (2022-07-15). Will Our Children Look Forward To The Future With Dignity? popularresistance.org The world is adrift in the tides of hunger and desolation. It is difficult to think about education, or anything else, when your children are not able to eat. And yet, the sharp attack on education during this past decade forces us to consider the kind of future that young people will inherit. In 2018, before the pandemic, the United Nations calculated that 258 million, or one in six, school age children were out of school. By March 2020, the start of the pandemic, UNESCO estimated that 1.5 billion children and youth were affected by school closures; a staggering 91% of students worldwide had their education disr…

WSWS (2022-07-15). Major crypto lender files for bankruptcy. wsws.org In documents filed yesterday, Celsius Network revealed it had a $1.2 billion shortfall in its balance sheet resulting from what CEO Alex Mashinsky said were poor investment decisions and unanticipated losses.

Carlos Cruz Mosquera (2022-07-15). How Black Colombia Helped Bring the Left to Power. orinocotribune.com By Carlos Cruz Mosquera &#1 ; 2, 2022 | Although mainstream media focuses on a figurehead, Colombia's historical moment today is not just down to Gustavo Petro and his coalition's efforts. Without taking from them what was an inspired campaign to win the electorate over with a principled programme, a decisive factor in the victory was last year's national strike. | The heroic mobilisation of young racialised working-class youth brought the country to a standstill, bringing all of the radicals and progressives together with impassioned clamours for change. The consequences of the demonstrations are visible ev…

Margaret Flowers (2022-07-15). Challenging the AFL-CIO's Labor Imperialism. orinocotribune.com A little known fact, even to those who work there, is that the AFL-CIO organizes in support of US imperialist policies that drive a global race to the bottom in wages and working conditions, negatively impacting US workers too. The AFL-CIO's Solidarity Center is one of the four core components of the National Endowment for Democracy. Clearing the FOG speaks with Kim Scipes, a co-founder of the new Labor Education Project on the AFL-CIO's International Operations (LEPAIO). Scipes describes the long history of labor imperialism and how unions are challenging it. Adrienne Pine provides a brief report on workers prot…

Editor (2022-07-15). Michelle Wilde Anderson: Saving Broke and Broken America, One Town at a Time. scheerpost.com [ | Click to subscribe on: America's wealth gap has been cratering since the 2008 Great Recession, although the groundwork for this form of grotesque inequality has been…

Brittani Banks (2022-07-15). The Selfish Politics of Anti-Abortionists. independentmediainstitute.org The Supreme Court's recent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was predictable even as it was shocking. Right-wing forces have spent years working painstakingly on multiple fronts in plain sight to ensure that the right to an abortion would no longer be guaranteed, and they have won. Two of the three Supreme Court Justices, Brett …

SAM (2022-07-15). Does the Future Belong to People Who Profit Off Our 'Excessive Wealth Disorder'? inequality.org

Arab Digest (2022-07-15). Egypt's Sisi: ringmaster of a near-bankrupt circus. fairobserver.com

_____ (2022-07-15). Debt Traps & Terrorism: The Roots of Sri Lanka's Crisis. journal-neo.org The island nation of Sri Lanka, located south-southeast of India in the Indian Ocean has suffered economic and now political chaos that has grabbed international headlines. The Western media has floated narratives ranging from "debt trap diplomacy" perpetrated by China and its Belt and Road Initiative to food shortages spurred by Russia's "blockade" of the …

____ (2022-07-14). Throat swab robots will ease burden on medics. ecns.cn Testing for COVID-19 normally has kept clinicians clad in medical protective gear working for hours. But sample collecting is stepping closer to full automation with the development of yet another robot.

Deweylaura (2022-07-15). How to avoid the mother of all recessions. cpusa.org The financial markets shook in April as the Federal Reserve announced that the United States Gross Domestic Product (GDP) had shrunk in the past quarter by 1.4%. Economists began to fret about the possibility of recession. Strictly speaking, the contraction (shrinking) of the economy over two quarters signals the beginning of a recession. Concerns …

Anonymous669 (2022-07-15). UAE Distances Itself From US-Led Anti-Iran Alliance, Says It Will Send Envoy To Tehran. southfront.org Abu Dhabi's skyline in December 2014. By Wikimedia user Wadiia. | The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is working to send an ambassador to Tehran as it seeks to rebuild bridges with Iran, Anwar Gargash, the diplomatic advisor to the Emirati President, said on July 15. | Gargash added that the idea of a confrontational approach to the issues related to Iran was not something that Abu Dhabi supported."Our conversation is ongoing … we are in the process of sending an ambassador to Tehran. All these areas of…

WSWS (2022-07-15). "Hell on Earth!"—US railroad workers speak out against intolerable working conditions. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site has received a large volume of comments from railroad workers across the United States in recent days, which we are publishing to bring attention to our world audience the conditions in the industry.

Benjamin Norton (2022-07-15). Real Debt Trap: Sri Lanka Owes Vast Majority to West, Not China. orinocotribune.com By Benjamin Norton &#1 ; 2, 2022 | Sri Lanka owes 81% of its external debt to US and European financial institutions and Western allies Japan and India. China owns just 10%. But Washington blames imaginary "Chinese debt traps" for the nation's crisis, as it considers a 17th IMF structural adjustment program. | Facing a deep economic crisis and bankruptcy, Sri Lanka was rocked by large protests this July, which led to the resignation of the government. | Numerous Western political leaders and media outlets blamed this uprising on a supposed Chinese "debt trap," echoing a deceptive narrative that has been thor…

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2022-07-14). PSL Editorial — Biden's Middle East trip: Apartheid, war and oil. liberationnews.org Biden is evidently more concerned about the fading fortunes of U.S. empire than addressing the dire problems faced by working people.

It's Going Down (2022-07-14). Cracks in the Racial Order?: A Discussion on Race, Class and the Ongoing Impact of Noel Ignatiev. itsgoingdown.org On this episode of It's Going Down, we speak with former comrades of radical organizer and author Noel Ignatiev, who passed away in 2019 and is most well known for his involvement in the radical journal, Race Traitor. Before his passing, Ignatiev was also involved with Hard Crackers, which chronicles working-class life, struggle and revolt while…

Isabella (2022-07-14). Giving USA 2022: Charity Sector Stable but Increasingly Top-Heavy. inequality.org

Isabella (2022-07-14). New Ipsos Poll Shows Broad Support for Bold Charity Reform. inequality.org

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