Friday’s news links – Dec. 10, 2021

Mumia Abu-Jamal

40 years after Mumia Abu-Jamal’s arrest, the case is ‘a symbol’ of a ‘broken’ justice system WHYY

Forty years ago today, Philadelphia journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal was arrested and charged with the shooting death of 25-year-old Daniel Faulkner, a police officer for the city.

British High Court rules in favor of U.S. extradition of Julian Assange Washington Post

Labor

Starbucks Workers Win Union Election – A First In The Company’s History Labor411

Redditors Take Down Kellogg Jobs Site As Company Tries To Hire Permanent Replacements Labor411

Student Workers Strike at Columbia University Enters Sixth Week Labor Press

All the outrage over a S.F. restaurant not serving armed police officers is absurd SF Chronicle

Private businesses have the right to restrict their services to customers who adhere to the house rules. Maybe that means posting signs that say, “No shirt, no shoes, no service,” restricting restroom use to paying customers, or, yes, banning firearms from the property.

New York becomes largest city to grant vote to noncitizens Politico

Nearly a million noncitizens in New York City will be able to vote in municipal elections under legislation that passed the City Council on Thursday.

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has pulled ahead in recall effort with 50.3% of votes Seattle Times

Suspected White Supremacist Convicted Of Planting Bombs At BLM Protest Won’t Go To Jail At All NewsOne

Thirteen Clocks: How Race United the Colonies and Made the Declaration of Independence Timothy Symington

The final grievance that Thomas Jefferson included in the Declaration of Independence used blatantly racist language, making it stand out in the document: “He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.” The aboriginal peoples of North America were described as vicious terrorists, but the British king was also guilty of a crime that was worse than instigating the Native Americans: fomenting insurrections of the people in the colonies. Those people were the enslaved African Americans, and the king’s supposed efforts to turn them against their enslavers was a factor in unifying the colonists against their monarch. In fact, according to Robert G. Parkinson, the thirteen colonies were truly unified in their fear of both slave insurrections and the Native American threat.

#COVID19

For Nursing Homes, Complacency Could Be a Killer NYTimes

The US gathers allies against China in “Summit for Democracy” Peoples Dispatch

Ukraine

Putin: What is Happening in Donbass Resembles Genocide Sputnik

Florida National Guard troops are somehow caught up in Russia’s showdown with Ukraine Task & Purpose

More than 100 Florida National Guard troops are currently deployed to Ukraine. … U.S. special operations forces regularly conduct exercises with their Ukrainian counterparts. He declined to say how many American troops are currently deployed to Ukraine, citing security concerns.

Biden-Putin Teleconference: Putin Rejects Biden’s Demand That U.S. Take Control Over Negotiations Between Ukraine and Its Former Donbass Region CovertAction Magazine

Ethiopia

Biden Deploys National Guard: It’s “Déjà Vu All Over Again” as Government Hawks and Corporate Media Play Up Ethiopian Atrocities in Tigray CovertAction Magazine

Twelve days after a Bloomberg Nov. 11 Headline proclaimed that “Ethiopia’s Civil War Is a Problem That U.S. Troops Can Help Solve,” President Joe Biden announced the Deployment of 1,000 National Guard Troops to the Ethiopian border—as if he had learned nothing from the U.S.’s disastrous 75-year history of military involvement in (and incitement of) foreign civil wars in Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Somalia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Serbia, Libya, Afghanistan and Syria.

China

China and Nicaragua to Collab on New Multipolar World Kawsachun News

Report: China surpasses U.S. in frontier research China Daily

Extreme weather and pandemic help drive global food prices to 46-year high Climate Connections

Current high food prices, combined with the ongoing pandemic, will make the global food supply highly vulnerable to extreme weather shocks in 2022.

Father’s Nazi past haunts Chilean presidential frontrunner AP [frontrunner in the U.S. media, not in Chile]

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