Thursday’s news links – Nov. 18, 2021

Steelworkers union members vote against labor deal with Newport News Shipbuilding 13 News Now

Global: Amazon Will Face Black Friday Strikes and Protests in 20 Countries Vice

Leaked Audio: Amazon Workers Grill Managers at Anti-Union Meeting Vice

Motherboard is publishing excerpts of the audio, recorded at what is known in the organized labor world as a “captive audience meeting,” to show how Amazon takes advantage of its direct access to workers to discredit union drives at the company. The recording has been cut down to 15 minutes and has been edited to protect sources. Across all sectors, these types of sessions have historically been very successful in scaring workers out of voting for a union. This is the first time audio from a captive audience meeting at Amazon has been published.

Workers at HelloFresh speak up against anti-union scare tactics and dangerous conditions Peoples Dispatch

SEIU 1199 nursing home union workers stage protest in Midtown over stalled contract negotiations with for-profit owners

Fake ‘shoplifting surge’ is just the latest in crime wave propaganda MR Online

Who Ordered the Killing of Malcolm X? CovertAction Magazine

New Evidence May Implicate the New York Police Dept., the District Attorney, the FBI, and Even (Unthinkably) …

Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Is Facing Down Another Undemocratic, Austerity-Obsessed Bankruptcy Deal Jacobin


Bolivian President Luis Arce on Country Recovering from US-Backed Coup & Latin American Unity Orinoco Tribune


Ruling Parties Of Ethiopia, China Vow Stronger Cooperation FBC


Death of Pregnant Woman Sparks Poland-Wide Protests Against Abortion Ban

“It’s Turning Anti-Government” Maya Oppenheim / The Independent


A Historic Result for the Left Front in Argentina: Almost 1.3 Million Votes and Four Seats in Congress Left Voice

U.S. war buildup

Top general warns China could soon spring surprise nuclear strike on US NY Post

Mask-wearing cuts Covid incidence by 53%, says global study Guardian

Labor Groups Press for Biden’s Covid-19 Vaccine Mandate to Go Further WSJ

With 128 Covid vaccines in clinical development, we don’t know if the approved/authorized ones are the best ones STAT [this report leaves out Cuba]

Of the 128 Covid vaccines currently being clinically tested (21 of which have been cleared for use in general populations), Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, and AstraZeneca manufacture just four, according to the latest World Health Organization (WHO) data. Russia’s Sputnik V jab is being distributed in 39 countries with dozens of other markets potentially on the horizon; Sinovac and Sinopharm, both of China, have delivered nearly half of the world’s vaccine doses to date; Bharat Biotech in India won WHO emergency use approval for its Covid shot earlier this month.

These are just a handful of the other companies with vaccines that are being given to people in many low- and middle-income countries. Another 194 candidates are in preclinical development in labs or being tested in animals.

These companies and their products are largely unknown outside of the life sciences industry, some academic institutions, and government-backed public health centers. But just because massive, globally established pharmaceutical companies and universities have fueled the world’s vaccine supply to date doesn’t mean they have created the best ones. Other vaccines may prove to be more effective, or safer, or more appropriate for a certain coronavirus variant or among certain age groups in the coming years as the march of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, is slowed and it becomes endemic.  …

By default, the current pandemic response has revealed a system where finance is a proxy for “best,” as if it was a betting market, rather than letting science guide resource allocation.

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