Tuesday’s news links – Dec. 21, 2021

Massive war budget increase sails through Congress as social programs stall Katie Miernicki

After 75 Day Strike, Erie Ironworkers Win Big Changes Payday Report

Pharmacists Stage Walkout in Early Unionization Effort American Prospect

Apple Employee Blows Whistle on Illegal Spying and Working Conditions Truthout

State workers will get 5% raise; Juneteenth is paid holiday AP

Who Might Strike in 2022? Hundreds of Big Contracts Will Be Up Labor Notes

Maxwell case logs show how frequently Trump flew on Epstein jets; Bill Clinton, too Miami Herald

Donald Trump appears to have flown on Jeffrey Epstein’s private jets six more times than was previously known, according to flight logs released as evidence in Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial. … That’s still fewer than former President Bill Clinton, who flew on Epstein’s jets on at least nine different dates according to the flight records released as evidence, and reportedly far more times than that.

A super typhoon in the Philippines killed at least 375 people. About 500,000 fled their homes, many struggling to find water and villages “ripped to shreds.” Typhoon Rai is one of its deadliest storms ever, which scientists say are getting more extreme due to the climate crisis. Photo: Twitter/@ajplus

Philippines

Typhoon Rai Death Toll Rises to 375 teleSUR

Ethiopia

TPLF Claims Withdrawal to Tigray From Occupied Areas Amid Ethiopian Government Counteroffensive Sputnik

China

Under British colonial rule, no democracy in Hong Kong: white paper ECNS

China sets to build fusion energy research facility Xinhua

The Democrats Are Trying To Lose Daily Poster

#COVID19

CDC: Omicron accounted for 73% of recent COVID-19 cases Axios

US health infrastructure once again unprepared for COVID-19 surge Peoples Dispatch

‘The Dawn of Everything’ gets human history wrong MROnline

It’s not often that a book by radical authors gets reviewed–let alone favorably reviewed–in the mainstream press. The Dawn of Everything, by David Graeber and David Wengrow, is an exception. Published just two months ago, it has already received accolades from many of the world’s most influential English-language newspapers and magazines. …

It is certainly an enthralling book, but the two reviews published below, both from materialist anthropologists, argue that its account of human history ignores masses of contrary evidence, and that its political argument is idealist and voluntarist. Both reviews are particularly critical of the book’s failure to consider the causes of the oppression of women.

What winter solstice rituals tell us about indigenous people The Conversation

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