According to a large leak of data, several of the world’s worst polluting countries are seeking to water down a historic UN climate study. More than 30,000 documents obtained by Greenpeace UK’s investigative journalism section, Unearthed, show that Australia, Saudi Arabia, and India were among the countries that urged a panel of scientists to delete crucial words or downplay the need to transition away from fossil fuels.
Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, gained international attention after testifying before the US Congress on October 5, 2021, accusing the corporation where she formerly worked of everything from poisoning the brains of young American women to helping and encouraging wrongdoers across the globe. While Haugen has portrayed herself as a “whistleblower” who risked everything to disclose the powerful firm’s secrets, she was groomed and legally represented by a group run by former CIA insiders with deep connections to the US national security establishment.
On October 19, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken flew to Ecuador to express US backing for the country’s troubled President Guillermo Lasso, just one day after he declared a state of emergency, suspending constitutionally protected rights and deploying heavily armed troops in the country’s streets. In a joint press conference with Ecuador’s foreign minister, Mauricio Montalvo, Blinken remarked: “In extraordinary times, democracies require extraordinary measures.”
According to the biggest research of its type, the Conservative government’s brutal austerity cuts to the NHS, public health, and social care have killed tens of thousands of more people in England than anticipated. Researchers who examined the combined impact of healthcare, public health, and social care cuts since 2010 discovered that even in the four years after the cuts, there were 57,550 more fatalities than would have been predicted. The findings, which were far worse than initially imagined, were published in the journal BMJ Open.
According to a leaked Senate report, a committee of Brazilian legislators might seek a slew of charges against President Jair Bolsonaro, including homicide, in connection with his government’s response to the Covid-19 outbreak. As per a leaked 1,200-page Senate document acquired by Reuters, CNN, and the New York Times on Tuesday, Bolsonaro may face up to 13 criminal charges related to policies that reportedly allowed the coronavirus to proliferate and push the country’s death toll beyond 600,000 people.
Axel Springer, Germany’s publishing behemoth, said on Monday that Julian Reichelt, the chief editor of Bild, the country’s best-selling daily, had been fired. The decision occurred a day after the New York Times (NYT) published an exposé detailing allegations of workplace misbehavior under Reichelt’s supervision. Reichelt, 41, was appointed as Bild’s editor-in-chief in 2018. Johannes Boie, who serves as the editor-in-chief of Springer’s conservative weekly broadsheet Welt am Sonntag, will take his position.
If NATO truly wants to repair its ties with Russia, the US-led alliance needs to make the first move, because all of Moscow’s attempts at dialogue have been rejected, and the blame is completely on those in Brussels. This is as per a statement by the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who told the press on Tuesday at the annual gathering of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi that Moscow is not responsible for Russia’s deteriorating ties with the hostile military bloc.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has issued a stern warning to the United States, urging it not to impose its own brand of democracy on other countries or to divide the world community by excluding certain nations from its next summit. At a routine news briefing on Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin stated that governments all over the globe should work together to improve global coordination and cooperation while addressing the problems of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that countries should work together to overcome global issues and encouraged international leaders to resist a new cold-war mentality.
On Sunday, thousands of Salvadorans came to the streets to protest President Nayib Bukele, who has made bitcoin legal money, fired over-60-year-old judges, and refused to turn over military papers for war crimes trials. Demonstrators on Sunday included feminist groups, human rights organizations, environmentalists, and opposition political party members.
The Nobel Prize ceremony earlier this month presented yet another example of the main imperialist countries’ and institutions’ selective, dishonest, and politically driven usage of phrases like “freedom of the press” and “democratic rights.” The Norwegian Nobel Committee granted its highest award for 2021 to “Free, independent, and fact-based journalism,” which “serves to protect against abuse of power, lies, and war propaganda” in the midst of escalating attacks on journalists around the world, as part of a broader shift by capitalist governments toward authoritarian forms of rule. The committee stated that it was “convinced that freedom of expression and freedom of information help to ensure an informed public” and “protect against war and conflict.”
According to appalling new evidence, Britain’s propaganda effort had a critical role in one of the most horrific murders of the postwar twentieth century. In the 1960s, British authorities covertly used black propaganda to persuade influential Indonesians to “cut out” the “communist cancer.” Between 1965 and 1966, it is estimated that at least 500,000 individuals – some estimates go as high as three million – associated with the Indonesia Communist Party (PKI) were killed.
The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has denounced the assassination of former Syrian legislator Midhat Saleh al-Saleh in the occupied Golan Heights, emphasizing that his death will not dissuade residents’ resistance and unequivocal rejection of the Israeli regime’s policies.