Wednesday’s news links – Dec. 22, 2021

Workers and supporters stand on Airways Boulevard in Memphis during a community rally on October 8. Photo by Andrea Morales for MLK50.

Kellogg workers OK contract, ending 11-week strike MLK50

The agreement still leaves workers vulnerable, says local union president. “We didn’t lose anything… but the gains could have been significantly better.”

#COVID19

This Scientist Created a Rapid Test Just Weeks Into the Pandemic. Here’s Why You Still Can’t Get It. ProPublica

An MIT scientist created an inexpensive, at-home test in *March 2020* — just weeks into the pandemic. She had a factory read to churn them out The tests were solid. But she couldn’t get past FDA.

Some NYC schools offer remote option as cases mount Chalkbeat New York

Life expectancy fell almost 2 years in 2020: CDC The Hill

Indigenous Peoples

Wet’suwet’en activists retake checkpoint a month after police crackdown Peoples Dispatch

A Grim, Long-Hidden Truth Emerges in Art: Native American Enslavement NYTimes

Two exhibitions highlight stories of Indigenous bondage in southern Colorado, in an effort to grapple with the lasting trauma.

UK Supreme Court denies Maduro claim to Venezuelan gold BBC News

Cuba

Cuba has vaccinated more than 90 percent of its population, surpassing the US, other wealthier nations TheHill

Chile

Interview: What Can We Expect From Boric? Kawsachun News

Europe

Europe On Edge Of Energy Disaster As Power Prices Smash All Records Tyler Durden

Gas Futures in Europe Hit New All-Time High Above $2,150 Per 1,000 Cubic Meters Sputnik

Europe’s Gas Prices Jump To Record As Key Pipeline From Russia Halts Flows OilPrice

Reverse gas supplies start via Yamal-Europe to Poland after Gazprom’s booking refusal TASS

China

Slanders about China’s treatment of Uyghurs are aimed at bolstering the military-industrial complex Friends of Socialist China

Ukraine

Protecting the Nazis: The Extraordinary Vote of Ukraine and the USA Craig Murray

By a recorded vote of 130 in favor to 2 against (Ukraine, United States), with 49 abstentions, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the draft resolution I, “Combating glorification of Nazism, neo‑Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance”. …

In Ukraine, support for the Ukrainian nationalist divisions who fought alongside the Nazis has become, over the last eight years, the founding ideology of the modern post 2013 Ukrainian state (which is very different from the diverse Ukrainian state which briefly existed 1991-2013). …

There are no two ways about it. The Ukrainian vote against the UN resolution against Nazism was motivated by sympathy for the ideology of historic, genocide active Nazis. It is as simple as that.

The United States claims that its vote against was motivated by concern for freedom of speech. …

Why does the United States Government believe that avowed Nazis have freedom of speech, but that Julian Assange does not? You can have freedom of speech to advocate the murder of Jews and immigrants, but not to reveal US war crimes?

Iran

IDF’s Former Intel Chief Hayman Admits Israel Was Involved in Soleimani’s Assassination Sputnik

What to Know About C.T.E. in Football NYTimes

[Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E.,] the degenerative brain disease associated with repeated blows to the head has been found in the brains of more than 315 former N.F.L. players, [Andre] Waters the third but whose death brought the condition into the mainstream. The group includes 24 players who died in their 20s and 30s, according to Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist and the director of the C.T.E. Center at Boston University. … C.T.E., which can be diagnosed only posthumously, has been linked to a host of symptoms, including memory loss, depression, aggressive behavior and, sometimes, suicidal thoughts. It is a progressive disease, and the symptoms can arise long after the hits to the head have ceased.

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