Bulletin N 945


“A Christmas Carol”
by Charles Dickens
(a public domaine audio book at Internet Archives: 3:11:26)
read by Glen Hallstorm


Subject:  Monopoly Capitalism and the “Banality of Evil”.


December 21, 2020
Grenoble, France


Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,

To return this Christmas Season to the past and to 20th-century psychoanalysis, and more specifically to child psychoanalysis in Dr. Selma Fraiberg’s book, “The Magic Years, Understanding and Handling the Problems of Early Childhood" (1959), we find instructive the epistemological errors commonly made by children when they attempt to place new facts within the framework of old theories, as they become experts of their own bodies. The universal curiosity in the realm of sex education is instructive of how the human mind works.

     Somewhere around the age of three or four, when the sense of ‘I’ has achieved some degree of organization, when the child knows “who” he is, his intelligence is strained by a new set of problems. He has begun to learn that everything has a cause and he wants to know the “because” of everything. He wants to know how things are made. And the most fascinating problem of all is how he was made and where he came from.



Of all the explanations Sally had been given regarding her origins, this one was the most fantastic. How could she have been a nothing? She cannot imagine that once she had not existed, just as she cannot imagine an end to this existence. The imagination of the grown man and woman fails before this problem, too. When the poet wants to summon the idea of personal death in its most tragic and awesome sense he finds it is the idea of “not being.” ‘When I have fears that I may cease to be. . . ,’ says Keats. ‘To be or not to be. . . ,’ says Shakespeare. The extinction of one’s own personality is the essence of the horror of death. When the child acquires the full sense of himself as a person, the idea of “not being” enters his thoughts in two ways, from the side of Beginnings (‘Where was I before I was born?’) and from the side to Endings (‘What happens when you die?’). He asks numerous questions. We give him answers. He repeats his questions over and over, we observe, as if the explanations we have given him are not satisfactory. If we go into the matter with him we will find that his ideas of how he came to be are a curious blend of the facts we have given him and the theories he has arrived at on his own. The truth of the matter is that he doesn’t quite believe us!


     He is skeptical. Even the stork story makes more sense than this to a four or five year old. Maybe an ant could come from such a tiny, tiny egg, but not he. He revises this fact in his own theory and you will usually find that the egg has grown to the size of a hen’s egg or an ostrich egg, which certainly makes a lot more sense than the ant egg you’ve described to him.

     ‘The daddy plants a seed. . . .’ At least two generations of parents have been grateful for this circumlocution introduced by books on sex education. In this way, it appears, we have introduced the agricultural fallacy into the large collection of fallacies which the child brings to sexual knowledge without any help from us. I recall a certain literal-minded fellow of six who was led into minor delinquency by the hopes engendered in him by this piece of information. He stole a package of cucumber seeds from a dime store and planted them (package and all) under a telephone pole ‘so’s me and Polly can have a baby next summer.’

     Things are really not much better if the parents offer the additional piece of information that “the daddy plants a seed in the mommy.” The agricultural analogy has given rise to some surprising stories among the best-educated children on just how that seed gets planted. Children reared on the agricultural explanation have offered to me various remote-control theories on how the seed gets into the mama. One boy of six figured out that it flew into the mother, a perfectly sensible theory when you follow his thinking. He argued strongly and effectively for the air-born theory, citing pollination as the analogy in the plant world. Other children attributed the feat of planting the seed to advancements in modern medical science. The doctor is frequently cited as the mediator in this process. Obviously, such a complicated and delicate process as getting the seed out of the father and planting it in the mother demands the highest medical skill and should not be left to amateurs.

     Since I am always interested in these theories of children, I ask them to explain it to me and they are usually glad to do so. Billy, who is six, is not quite sure what the doctor does, but he thinks the doctor does a little operation on the father to get the seed out and then he plants it in the mother ‘in the right place,’ ‘And where is that?’ ‘That’s the $64,000 question!’ says Billy, and bows out gracefully. Marcia’s theory is not so complicated. ‘First the doctor gets the seed out of the father.’ ‘How does he do that?’ ‘How should I know?’ Then he makes it into a kind of pill and the mother swallows it. ‘Marcia owns a father cat and a mother cat and has had three or four litters of kittens in her home. “How did Mike and Betsy get their kittens?’ ‘Oh, they mated!’ ‘You aughta know that!’ ‘And they didn’t need a doctor?’ ‘No, of course not. Cats and dogs don’t go to doctors. They just mate. But people can’t do that!’

     Very well, then, the agricultural analogies have their pitfalls. What happens if you just give the human facts to children at the appropriate age, without disguising papa as the sower of seeds and mama as the good earth or an apple blossom? Well, that can be done, too. There are simple explanations that can be given the average five or six year old when he asks. But the trouble with the straight story is that it is more fantastic to the mind of the small child than his own theories. Over a period of several weeks I helped a small patient of six figure out just how this see got into the mother. When we were all through and he drew the correct conclusion he was incredulous. ‘Well,’ he said loyally, ‘maybe some parents do that but not mine!’

     But is that reaction explained by the fact that my patient had a neurosis? Did someone give him a sense of shame about sexual matters? No, it turns out to be not so simple. Perfectly normal children react in the same way when they are first confronted with these facts. They may not deny it outright as my patient did, but they tend to deny it in other ways, most commonly by forgetting these facts soon after learning them.

     For children, even the children of the most enlightened parents, have difficulty in grasping the idea that their parents have a sexual life. And even when they have the facts of procreation better straightened out – in the school years – they do not grasp the fact that parents may have a sexual life for any other purpose than making a baby. The idea that this act may be an act of love and of pleasure is alien to his child’s viewpoint. No matter how expertly we have presented the material, he may still look upon coitus as an aggressive act, even a painful act, having nothing in his own experience or imagination to correct this idea. Indeed the most common analogy that a child can find in his own experience for’ the penetration of a human body is the experience of “getting a shot” in the doctor’s office. Since the child cannot conceive of this act as “making love,” he looks upon it only as a means of getting a baby and does not understand that his parents may perform such an act for pleasure. Here again I am reminded of a story. The mother of a six year old was answering some of her daughter’s questions about the new baby (the third child) that was expected in two months. Katie said, ‘Mother, can some mothers and daddies try to have a baby and not get one?’ ‘That’s right,’ said mother. ‘Gee, aren’t we lucky in our family,’ Katie said. ‘Every time you and daddy tired we got a baby!’ Her mother decided not to go into the matter.

     In our conscientious effort to help the child understand the process of making a baby, we have resorted to anatomical drawings, photographs of sperm and ova under high power magnification, all the graphic devices that might conceivably clarify this difficult process to the child. The educational method is valid, but we soon discovered that these illustrations create their own variety of confusion.

     Let me tell you a little bit more about Billy. You remember it was he who offered the theory that the doctor does a little operation on the father to get the seed out and then plants it in the mother ‘in the right place.’ ‘But why an operation, Billy?’ “’Cause there’s not other way of getting it out,” he said sadly. ‘Why is that?’ “’Cause the seed is so big.” ‘So big? How big?’ ‘Oh, about as big as a marble.’ ‘As big as a marble? How do you know that?’ ‘I saw the picture. It was in my book.’ Now he was getting very indignant because I seemed not to agree with his theory and was apparently disputing the facts of A Book. (Children are very pious about the facts they learn from books even at this stage.) ‘Please draw me a picture of what you saw in your book, Billy.’ And Billy obliged. He drew ‘a seed’ about the size of a marble with a little tail on it and I recognized it as the drawing of a sperm under high-power magnification. But now this was equally baffling because Billy was a smart little fellow  who understood the principle of magnification and knew, after I questioned him, that the sperm itself could not be seen except under the microscope and that the picture in the book was the enlargement. Well, then, how had he gotten the notion? I think because the picture of the sperm under high-power magnification had more reality to him than a sperm that was so tiny that it couldn’t be seen. He could believe in the sperm as big as a marble, but he could not believe in the invisible one.

     When you’ve just come up from magic and have learned not to believe without evidence, when you have discredited witches because you never saw one, sneered at fairies because you never saw one, the process of procreation as described by the adults in the child’s world strains the child’s new-found reality sense to its utmost. Here is the sperm that can’t be seen. The egg that can’t be seen. The special opening in girls and women that can’t be seen. The mysterious process of sexual union that cannot, of course, be seen or even imagined well by the child. Se we must not be surprised that the child who ‘knows everything,’ according to his parents, understands very little of it.

     If we are able to test the child’s understanding of the facts we have given him, we will find, just as we did in some of the examples used here, that the child has superimposed the new information we have given him upon his old, personal theories and the result is a curious mixture of fact and fantasy that is uniquely the child’s own. Here is Mike, for example, who at four “knew everything” according to his parents. When Mike first asked questions of his mother she read him a book (one actually more suitable for older children) and Mike listened attentively, asked to have some portions of the book reread to him occasionally and showed the same quick grasp of new material that he would have revealed after his parents read him children’s books on astronomy or the life of primitive man. When I know him he could recite the story of a baby by rote from ‘sperm meets egg’ to ‘the baby comes out of special passageway.’ But when I had occasion to ask him a few questions, I found that ‘the sperm meets the egg in the mother’s stomach’ having found its way through the mother’s mouth in some mysterious fashion, and that ‘the special passageway’ wasn’t so special after all. He wasn’t sure if it were the place where the wee-wee comes out or where the b.m. comes out, but it was one or the other! He also offered me a novel theory that I have never encountered before. ‘Did you now,’ he said solemnly, ‘that some of the mother’s eggs never get to the babies because the daddy eats them up?’ I asked him to explain this to me. ‘It says so in my book!’ he insisted. I could get nothing more from him on this subject and later consulted the book myself to see what Mike had heard and what was distorted. In his book I found this sentence: ‘Although fish lay millions of eggs, few of these will become baby fish because the father or other animals eat them up!’

     In later discussions with Mike I found out that he had not actually misheard this passage, he simply attributed the fate of fish eggs to the fate of human eggs. He had not been able to account for the fact that a mother has more eggs than she has babies and this detail from this book fitted nicely into his macabre theory. To Mike the notion of a farther eating up the eggs seemed no more fantastic than some of the other things he heard about in this book. But notice something else. He had taken all the important facts of procreation, memorized them, and still came out with a theory based upon eating and elimination. His private theories, before parental enlightenment, were typical theories of a small child derived from observations on his own body functioning. How would something get into “a stomach”? By eating, of course. How would it get out? By elimination, of course. All of this makes more sense to a little boy of Mike’s age than the facts presented by the book or by his parents. But he has a proper respect for the book and for any information given him by respected authorities like his parents, so he works out a compromise in his mind which nicely accommodates his private theories and the newly learned facts.

     All this strikes us as a disappointing appraisal of the results of sex instruction. Does this mean that we should abandon sex instruction or return to stork and cabbage stories? We need not be discouraged. We do not give up other forms of education because the child has difficulty in grasping facts and principles. But it is necessary to understand the sexual theories of a small child in order to give sex instruction. If we fully appreciate the difficulties of little children in grasping sex information, out techniques of sex instruction will be modified accordingly. Problems of timing information, methods of presentation, can all be derived from an understanding of the child’s mental processes at a particular stage of development. (pp.195-202)


The 23 + items below include articles and essays which demonstrate the limitations of human intelligence and possibly why so often we collaborate with our oppressors, preferring absolutely anything to our own death: “No risk, no gain!”; for surely, as Dickens wrote, “we are all fellow travelers on the road to the grave . . . .”


Francis Feeley
Professeur honoraire de l'Université Grenoble-Alpes
Ancien Directeur de Researches
Université de Paris-Nanterre
Director of The Center for the Advanced Study
of American Institutions and Social Movements
The University of California-San Diego



New World Next Year 2021; “On Masks and More. . .”

Dans la prison Izalco au nord-ouest de San Salvador. HANDOUT / AFP
Le président du Salvador, Nayib Bukele, a autorisé dimanche 26 avril la police et l’armée à utiliser la «force meurtrière» contre les membres de gangs afin de réprimer la violence accrue qui règne dans ce pays d’Amérique centrale en pleine pandémie de Covid-19.

with James Evans Pilato and James Corbett

Jimmy Trending Because AOC Against Fighting for Medicare For All.

BREAKING: “AOC's Gas Lighting Gets Called Out On Twitter!”
with Jimmy Dore

AOC Schooled By NFL’s Justin Jackson On Forcing Medicare4All Vote Now!
with Jimmy Dore

“The AOC VS Jimmy Dore M4A Debate”
with Krystal Ball

Support Grows For Leveraging Pelosi Vote for Medicare For All
with Jimmy Dore

Dan Crenshaw TORCHES Pelosi in blistering House floor speech

"DEBUNKED Distraction Tactics Against Forcing Medicare 4 All Vote!"

“Leaked Audio Of JOE BIDEN Exposes Disregard for his Base”

Economic Update: “Working Class Power”
with Richard Wolf

$1 trillion wealth gain by 651 U.S. billionaires since mid-March
by Americans for Tax Fairness

DR. CORNEL WEST Interview:
“Force The Vote!"
with Jimmy Dore

“Evictions Are Violence”: Millions Could Lose Homes Amid COVID Pandemic If Federal Moratorium Expires
with Tara Raghuveer and Kathryn Leifheit

The Petition: “Force The Vote”



Big Brother in Disguise: The Rise of a New, Technological World Order
by John W. Whitehead

Project Censored's Mickey Huff on Efforts to Purge Dissent on Social Media
by Raul Diego

It Not About Right or Left, Its About Neoliberalism. Mickey Huff on Big Tech’s Efforts To Purge Dissent
 “Important Shifts
in US Mainstream Media”
 with Richard Wolff

Solutions: Physical Media
with James Corbett



Unemployment Skyrocketing? An Evolved Society Would Celebrate
by Lee Camp

Why do we still pretend crap jobs give our lives meaning ?

From: DAL38 [mailto:droitaulogement@gresille.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Subject: [Logement-infos] Revue de presse réquisition Abbaye

Revue de presse concernant la réquisition du 7 place Laurent Bonnevay:

Vidéo de Place Grenet

Article 1:

Article 2:

France 3:

Le Dauphiné Libéré (article +  vidéo):
Liste de diffusion d'informations autour de la lutte pour l'hébergement et le logement dans l'agglomération grenobloise.
Pour s'inscrire/se désinscrire/modifier son inscription :


From: dal38@droitaulogement.org [mailto:dal38@droitaulogement.org]
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020 12:13 PM
Subject: [Logement-infos] Coupure d'electricité place laurent Bonnevay

Bonjour à tous-tes,

Alerte coupure, scandale :  Ce matin, les services de GEG sont 
intervenus pour couper l’Électricité sur l’ensemble de la place 
Laurent Bonnevay à Grenoble. Aucune négociations ni discussions n'ont 
pourtant été engagées.

Les occupant-tes vont devoir passer les fêtes de noël dans le noir?
Soyons nombreux-ses devant la mairie de Grenoble à 13H30 pour dénoncer 
cette intervention scandaleuse en plein hiver et exiger :

Le rétablissement et le maintien des fluides,
Des relogements d'urgence pour les personnes mal-logés et à la rue

Le DAL38
06 41 30 55 18

Grenoble : des sans-abris demandent à rester dans un immeuble du quartier de l'Abbaye
par Daniel Despin

Ils sont là depuis six jours. Des familles avec enfants et des célibataires ont trouvé refuge dans un immeuble inhabité quartier de l'Abbaye à Grenoble. Les associations qui les soutiennent demandent à la mairie et à la Préfecture de réquisitionner les lieux pour qu'ils restent sur place. 


From: Basta ! [mailto:dons@bastamag.net]
Sent: Monday, December 14, 2020 5:50 PM
Subject: Du côté des travailleurs plutôt que des actionnaires, refonder l’économie sur la solidarité



Du côté des travailleurs plutôt que des actionnaires, refonder l’économie sur la solidarité

Qui pâtit le plus de la crise sanitaire, les actionnaires de Carrefour ou les travailleurs précaires qui jonglent déjà en temps « normal » entre CDD et chômage de moins en moins indemnisé ? Qui souffre le plus des conséquences de la pandémie, les patrons du Cac 40 ou les infirmières et infirmiers, aide-soignantes, médecins qui ont trimé nuit et jour dans les hôpitaux et les Ehpad ? La réponse, vous la connaissez.

« Le groupe Carrefour France vient de mettre 90 000 de ses 110 000 salariés au chômage partiel, payés sur fonds publics, alors qu’il a versé 183 millions d’euros de dividendes à ses actionnaires », rappelait-on sur Basta ! en novembre. Une semaine plus tard, nous relevions aussi que « pour satisfaire les marchés boursiers, Danone annonce supprimer 2000 emplois, tout en versant des milliards d’euros dividendes ».

Les plus précaires, eux, sont les grand oubliés du plan de relance, tout comme les services publics. Même depuis le début de la crise sanitaire, les suppressions de lits d’hôpitaux ont continué à travers le pays. Nous en avons dressé la carte.
➡️ Les services publics et les plus précaires sont les grands oubliés du plan de relance
➡️ Le gouvernement continue de supprimer des lits d’hospitalisation : la carte des hôpitaux concernés


Pourtant, les travailleurs de la santé continuent à soigner, même quand ils sont discriminés, comme les médecins étrangers, continuent à croire au service public, à lutter, et à inventer des possibles, comme avec les réseaux autogérés de soignants dont nous vous parlions en novembre.
➡️ « Tous les moyens sont bons pour nous payer moins » : le ras-le-bol des médecins étrangers à l’hôpital public
➡️ Face au Covid, l’efficacité des réseaux autogérés de soignants, plus réactifs que le gouvernement

A Basta !, nous donnons la parole à celles et ceux qui réinventent un travail qui a du sens. Nous avons accompagné des travailleurs du charbon qui voient leur métier disparaître en même temps que leurs centrales rachetées par un industriel tchèque, et foisonnent d’idées pour reconvertir leurs sites.
➡️ « On nous a déjà pressé le citron, Kretinsky va prendre le reste » : le business de la fin des centrales à charbon
➡️ À Gardanne, comment « maintenir l’outil de travail » sans nouvelles pollutions, après la fin du charbon

Nous avons aussi rencontré des ouvriers d’une usine de papier en Seine-Maritime, mobilisés pour maintenir l’activité en dépit des volontés de fermeture du groupe finlandais propriétaire, et ceux d’une une coopérative bretonne en train de relocaliser la production de masques, dont nous manquions cruellement au printemps.
➡️ Avec la fermeture de l’usine de La Chapelle Darblay, la France perd toute capacité de recycler du papier
➡️ Relocaliser la production de masques : une coopérative bretonne concurrencée par un milliardaire suisse

Nous avons également côtoyé cet automne des travailleurs sans-papiers en lutte pour leur reconnaissance.
➡️ Sans-papiers en marche vers l’Élysée : « Il y a une véritable solidarité de la part de la population »

Nous voulons continuer à vous faire connaître ces combats, ces vies, ces projets qui se concrétisent pour travailler autrement, pour une autre économie, ces expériences d’auto-organisation. Rappelant le rôle qu’ont eu les patients et les citoyens dans la lutte contre l’épidémie de sida, le sociologue Gabriel Girard nous disait : « C’est très impressionnant historiquement de voir cette prise de pouvoir des patients et des personnes concernées, en quelque sorte contrainte et forcée, mais qui a abouti à la création d’une expertise profane très puissante, dont les échos se font toujours sentir aujourd’hui. » Les citoyens sont aujourd’hui complètement exclus des décisions sur la crise sanitaire. « Il serait possible d’avoir un débat collectif sur un plan d’endiguement de l’épidémie, sur comment on le pense nationalement mais aussi localement », ajoutait Gabriel Girard dans l’entretien qu’il nous a accordé.
➡️ Reconfinement : serait-il possible d’avoir un débat collectif sur la manière d’endiguer l’épidémie ?

Contre le sida, c’est l’organisation des premiers concernés, des groupes marginalisés et oubliés des pouvoirs publics, qui a été décisive pour combattre l’épidémie, pour le partage des savoirs, contre la toute puissance des labos pharmaceutiques. D’autres aspirent aujourd’hui à ce que l’auto-organisation et la participation de toute la société soient le chemin à suivre face à la crise sanitaire et économique. « Je vois ici la possibilité d’un monde qui céderait à la tentation de la solidarité », nous confiait l’économiste Eloi Laurent, qui, dans son dernier livre, appelle à refonder l’économie sur la santé et l’écologie.
➡️ « Les pays qui accordent la priorité à la croissance se retrouvent avec le plus de dégâts économiques et sociaux »







En 2021, aidez-nous à rendre visible la situation des Palestiniennes et Palestiniens



Chères lectrices et chers lecteurs,
Cette année, la pandémie de Covid-19 a frappé toute la planète. En Palestine, la crise sanitaire a empiré la situation des palestinien-ne-s, alors que ce peuple vit une régression sans précédent de la reconnaissance de ses droits. Et pendant ce temps, le siège de Gaza continue.
Grâce à l’Agence Média Palestine, plusieurs dizaines de milliers de personnes en France et dans d’autres pays francophones ont pu accéder à une information détaillée et fiable sur la situation en Palestine ainsi que sur celle du peuple palestinien.
Nous avons toujours besoin de votre aide pour développer la visibilité d’une situation que nos gouvernements et nombre de médias dominants cherchent à faire oublier, et pour développer la solidarité avec le peuple palestinien.
Soutenez une diffusion d’information fiable et indépendante sur la Palestine, précieuse au vu de l’offensive féroce qui vise à déformer les faits ou à les occulter.
30 donateurs réguliers à 1€ par jour permettraient d’équilibrer notre budget pour l’année à venir.
Vous pouvez décider de nous soutenir dans la durée, à partir de 5€ par mois en nous renvoyant ce formulaire pour un don régulier.
Il est aussi possible de nous soutenir de façon ponctuelle su ce lien ou par chèque à l’ordre de :
Agence Média Palestine à l’adresse suivante:
Agence Média Palestine
21 ter rue voltaire
75011 Paris
Par avance, nous vous remercions chaleureusement pour votre soutien.
L’Equipe de l’Agence Média Palestine


Pourquoi l’Union européenne aide-t-elle Israël à traiter ses déchets en Cisjordanie ?





"Le transfert du traitement des déchets israéliens en Cisjordanie occupée est illégal aux termes du droit international. Il ne bénéficie en rien à la population indigène palestinienne. L’UE devrait immédiatement annuler son soutien à ce projet.
Le projet de jumelage affirme qu’il souhaite “contribuer à la protection de la santé humaine et de l’environnement en Israël.”
Manifestement, selon l’UE, la santé humaine ne concerne pas les Palestiniens."
Lire la suite de cet article de la journaliste Adri Nieuwhof en date du 10 décembre 2020 sur le site de l'Agence.
A lire aussi sur le site de l'Agence:
Le nouveau propriétaire émirati d’une équipe de foot israélienne salué par « Mort aux Arabes »


Les 20 principaux impacts de notre travail collectif pour la justice en 2020


Votre soutien a permis nos réalisations collectives, y compris les premières étapes vers les sanctions, mais nous avons besoin d’une impulsion beaucoup plus forte de la base et de la société civile pour y parvenir.
Malgré son investissement massif de ressources financières, politiques, diplomatiques, de propagande et d’espionnage dans sa guerre contre le mouvement BDS, Israël a échoué, comme l’admettent aujourd’hui certains de ses propres groupes de pression, grâce à votre soutien dans le monde entier.
Lire la suite sur le site de la Campagne BDS France.
A lire aussi sur le site de l'Agence, cette déclaration d'Amnesty International:
Liste Airbnb : une entreprise « profondément compromise »par des propriétés dans des colonies israéliennes


“Une esthétique du défi”: Une marque de mode palestinienne fracasse les stéréotypes




Recourant à l’art et à la mode pour faire entendre les voix diverses de la société palestinienne, les vêtements de tRASHY illustrent les défis relevés par les Palestiniens qui veulent manifester librement leurs identités face au monde.
Le mot “mode” évoque couramment des images de tissu sur des tables de coupe, de bobines de fil, d’aiguilles, et, bien sûr, de mannequins sur le podium. Mais, dans un monde où l’accessibilité et les déplacements sont déterminés par une armée d’occupation, le dessin de mode prend une forme nouvelle.
Lire la suite de cet article de la photographe palestinienne Samar Hazboun sur le site de l'Agence:
“Une esthétique du défi”: Une marque de mode palestinienne fracasse les stéréotypes


L'Agence Média Palestine a besoin de votre soutien!




Palestine and Britain's Colonial Past
by Akram Salhab

When the People Rose: How the Intifada Changed the Political Discourse around Palestine
by Ramzy Baroud

Very few popular movements around the world, and throughout modern history, can be compared to the First Intifada, which remains as relevant today as it was when it began thirty-three years ago.

From: Ariel Gold, CODEPINK [mailto:info@codepink.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Subject: Free Palestine—and the Sahrawi people too!


From Palestine to Western Sahara, occupation is a crime! Tell Biden to reverse Trump’s recognition of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara!


Dear francis,
How much more destruction will the Trump administration cause in its final weeks? 
Trump is obsessed with arming the Middle East. Last week, Morocco became the fourth Arab nation to establish diplomatic relations with Israel in yet another fake “peace deal” via Donald Trump. In a quid pro quo, in exchange for normalizing Israeli apartheid, the U.S. is recognizing Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara — an area, and native people, illegally occupied, just like the Israeli occupation of Palestine. To no one's surprise, the Trump administration has also just reached a deal to sell Morocco $1 billion in weapons — drones and munitions made by General Atomics, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and Boeing. 
Tell President-elect Joe Biden that occupation is not okay, whether in Palestine or Western Sahara. Sign our letter asking Biden to reverse, by executive order, Trump’s declaration of Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara.
After more than 200 years of occupation, Spain withdrew from the region in 1975 and split control of the land between Morocco and Mauritania — despite demands for independence from the Sahrawis. By 1979, Mauritania had relinquished power over the area, but Morocco maintained its iron grip through decades of brutal war. In 45 years of Moroccan rule, the Sahrawi people have endured endless oppression, including violent military occupation and the persecution of peaceful activists. Thousands have been forced to flee their homes and live their entire lives in refugee camps. 
Last month, on November 13, the Moroccan army invaded the Al Guerguerat village in Western Sahara where around 60 peaceful Sahrawi protestors had set up an encampment. After the military “successfully” dismantled the camp, Moroccan police launched a crackdown on the Sahrawi activists, including home raids, surveillance, and arrests. On November 30, just days before the Israel-Morocco normalization deal, Amnesty International called for a thorough investigation into human rights abuses in the region. 
Tell President-elect Biden to support the rights and freedom of the Sahrawi, people. Sign our petition asking him to reverse Trump’s declaration that Western Sahara belongs to Morocco.
No country other than the U.S. has recognized Moroccan sovereignty over Western Sahara. Western Sahara belongs to Morocco as much as Palestinian territory belongs to Israel — IT DOESN’T! Just as we support indigenous rights in the U.S. and in Palestine, we must speak up for the freedom and dignity of the Sahrawi, people. We — including President-elect Biden — must join in solidarity with their struggle for freedom and do everything we can to block the recent sale of $1 billion in weapons to Morocco to fund their oppression.  
It is unacceptable for the United States to perpetuate the oppression of the Sahrawi people, just as it is wrong for the U.S. to arm Israel in its war on Palestinian rights. Ask Joe Biden to support Sahrawi freedom by signing our petition to undo Trump’s recognition of Western Sahara as Moroccan territory.
We are unapologetic in our support for the people of Palestine, and we will never stop fighting for their sovereignty, equality, and justice. Likewise, we refuse to stay silent about the subjugation of the Sahrawi people. Join us in standing up for their rights and independence. 
Toward peace, 
Ariel, Ann, Angela, Carley, Cody, Danaka, Emily, Jodie, Kelsey, Leila, Leonardo, Maxine, Mary, Medea, Michelle, Nancy, Paki, Teri, and Yousef

P.S.: Two great CODEPINK webinars this Thursday: at 2 PM EST, Carley Towne will talk with Stephen Semler from the Security Policy Reform Institute about how our representatives in Congress are funded by top weapons manufacturers, and at 7 PM EST Danaka Katovich will talk with Alia Ali about her installation “The Red Star” as part of our “Beyond the War” Yemen cultural series. RSVP for one or both events!
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How Israel deployed an intelligence deception to justify killing scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
by Gareth Porter

Israel’s Mossad has spent years on a propaganda campaign aimed at convincing the world Iran possessed a nuclear weapons program – and legitimizing its assassinations of Iranian academics.
Corporate Media Shills For Assassination Of Iranian Scientist
by Dan Cohen

Corporate media features serial liars and pundits paid by the weapons industry to discuss the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist and Defense Minister Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. Dan Cohen examines the propaganda campaign to drum up support for a war against Iran.
“The Plot to Attack Iran” - Myths, Oil & Revolution
with Abby Martin and Dan Kovalik

Britain and France hop into bed with Israel's military
After Trump leaves, US and Israeli aggression against Iran remains

by Aaron Maté


From: Ariel Gold and Leila Zand, CODEPINK [mailto:info@codepink.org]
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020
Subject: Does Chuck Schumer want war?


Senator Schumer voted against the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2015, but he also opposed Trump pulling out of it in 2018. Now that Biden is coming into office, will Schumer support peace with Iran?


The anti-Iran forces are pulling out all the stops to prevent Joe Biden from re-engaging diplomatically with Iran after he takes office. Trump is using his last days in the White House to impose sanctions so severe that they are hindering Iran’s ability to cope with COVID; Israel has been carrying out illegal executions and setting off explosions inside Iran; and groups like AIPAC and the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy are lobbying as hard as it can to stop the U.S. from re-entering the Iran nuclear deal.
Even though President-elect Biden has been crystal clear that he intends to re-enter the nuclear deal, Chuck Schumer, the minority leader in the Senate, who shamefully voted against the deal in 2015 but then criticized Trump for withdrawing, has been crickets 🦗🦗🦗
We need to shore up all the support we can to counter the pushback Biden will surely face and we are asking Sen. Schumer: Which side are you on? Send a message now to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer telling him to publicly support Biden’s efforts at diplomacy with Iran and to bring his Democrat colleagues with him. 
Even though Schumer voted against the Iran deal (the JCPOA) in 2015, but he has good reason to support it now:

    • Schumer doesn’t want to undermine Biden
    • Schumer’s concerned about his re-election and being primaried
    • Schumer opposed Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Iran deal in 2018

As minority leader in the Senate (possibly majority leader after the Georgia runoff elections), Schumer should not only support the deal himself but use his influence to pressure his colleagues. Such encouragement from Schumer will likely be needed. Senators like Coons, Sinema, Manchin, and Cardin aren’t currently opposing Biden re-entering the deal, but they could easily be lobbied to flip in the wrong direction. 
Write to Schumer and ask him to declare which side he is on. Ask him to speak out in favor of the U.S. re-entering the Iran Nuclear deal with no preconditions. Tell him to bring his Democrat colleagues with him
Over the past few weeks, Iranians have been documenting on Twitter the cruel effects of U.S. sanctions, using the hashtag Ravayat-e Tahrim (روایت_تحریم#), meaning "the story of sanctions." One Iranian man tweeted about going to as many as eight pharmacies in search of his father’s diabetes medication, but without any luck. He then described an encounter with a woman unable to find the blood thinner medication Plavix that she desperately needed. "I forgot my own troubles and stared at her as she left the pharmacy hopeless," he wrote. "I felt ashamed that we had Plavix at home for my father who suffered a stroke." 
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said over and over that if the U.S. returns to the deal, his country will go back into compliance as well. He has even said that asking for “compensation” for Iran’s suffering under Trump is a long process and therefore won’t be a precondition for Iran to return to the deal. Key leaders in the House, including even pro-Israel hawks such as Cong. Brad Sherman, who voted against the deal in 2015, are leading a letter in support of the U.S. re-entering the deal without preconditions. If Schumer comes out also supporting the deal without preconditions, it will send a strong message to his fellow Democrats in the Senate to join him. Can you take a moment now to send Schumer a message telling him to be on the right side of history?
Attempting to sabotage efforts to get the U.S. back into the deal, AIPAC is encouraging Biden to “use leverage achieved via sanctions.” But what leverage has been achieved? Trump’s campaign of maximum pressure has been a maximum failure, causing terrible suffering in Iran, resulting in Iranian enrichment of uranium increasing far beyond the levels of the deal, and Iranian politics moving to the right. Write to Schumer now and tell him to support peace and diplomacy. Tell him to use his position to support Biden bringing the U.S. back into the nuclear deal immediately without preconditions. 
Toward peace, 
Ariel, Ann, Angela, Carley, Cody, Danaka, Emily, Jodie, Kelsey, Leila, Leonardo, Maxine, Mary, Medea, Michelle, Nancy, Paki, Teri, and Yousef

P.S.: Two great CODEPINK webinars today/tonight: at 2 PM EST, Carley Towne will talk with Stephen Semler from the Security Policy Reform Institute about how our representatives in Congress are funded by top weapons manufacturers, and at 7 PM EST Danaka Katovich will talk with Alia Ali about her installation “The Red Star” as part of our “Beyond the War” Yemen cultural series. RSVP for one or both events!

“It is time for the one state solution
to go mainstream”
by Awad Abdelfattah and Jeff Halper

A Gaza midwife tells her stories
with Houriya Muslih, an iconic figure in Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip

The Military-Industrial Complex, Israeli-Style. New Docuseries Touts Virtues of "Iron Dome"
by Katryne Shihada
Predictive Programming? Israeli Publishers Have Been Writing About a COVID-Like Pandemic for Years
by Raul Die

The general public’s willing acceptance of the draconian restrictions placed on mobility and freedom of assembly due to the coronavirus was “predicted” in fictional novels and other artistic creations over the last few decades. Is it a matter of life imitating art or something more sinister?



Vaccines: Did Big Pharma Purchase California’s Legislative Machinery?
by Dr. Meryl Nass, December 17 2020

While everyone is familiar with Big Pharma’s lobby and campaign contributions to politicians in Washington, few understood that Pharma gave more than twice as much money to politicians and party committees at the state level as they gave at the federal level.
“Bats, Gene Editing and Bioweapons”: Recent DARPA Experiments Raise Concerns Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
by Whitney Webb

DARPA recently spent millions on research involving bats and coronaviruses, as well as gene editing “bioweapons” prior to the recent coronavirus outbreak. Now, “strategic allies” of the agency have been chosen to develop a genetic material-based vaccine to halt the potential epidemic.

News from Underground
From: nfu@simplelists.com [mailto:nfu@simplelists.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Subject: [MCM] More good news not reported: Asymptomatic COVID cases NOT infectious, finds (huge) post-lockdown study in Wuhan (published in NATURE)

Post-lockdown SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening in nearly ten million residents of Wuhan, China


Shiyi Cao 1Yong Gan 1Chao Wang 1Max Bachmann 2Shanbo Wei 3Jie Gong 4Yuchai Huang 1Tiantian Wang 1Liqing Li 5Kai Lu 6Heng Jiang 7 8Yanhong Gong 1Hongbin Xu 1Xin Shen 1Qingfeng Tian 9Chuanzhu Lv 10Fujian Song 11Xiaoxv Yin 12Zuxun Lu 13


Free PMC article
Stringent COVID-19 control measures were imposed in Wuhan between January 23 and April 8, 2020. Estimates of the prevalence of infection following the release of restrictions could inform post-lockdown pandemic management. Here, we describe a city-wide SARS-CoV-2 nucleic acid screening programme between May 14 and June 1, 2020 in Wuhan. All city residents aged six years or older were eligible and 9,899,828 (92.9%) participated. No new symptomatic cases and 300 asymptomatic cases (detection rate 0.303/10,000, 95% CI 0.270-0.339/10,000) were identified. There were no positive tests amongst 1,174 close contacts of asymptomatic cases. 107 of 34,424 previously recovered COVID-19 patients tested positive again (re-positive rate 0.31%, 95% CI 0.423-0.574%). The prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in Wuhan was therefore very low five to eight weeks after the end of lockdown.

COVID’s Covert Reengineering of Humanity. “Genetically Modified” Vaccines?
(Untested GMO Vaccination in ‘Human Laboratory’ Trial)

by Julian Rose

“Unhealthy Americans". Best Healthcare For the Rich. Highest Child Poverty Among Developed Nations
by Stephen Lendman


From: PCCC Elections Team [mailto:info@BoldProgressives.org]
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Subject: US poverty rate soars under COVID. McConnell doesn’t care.


The Washington Post reports: “The U.S. poverty rate has surged over the past five months, with 7.8 million Americans falling into poverty, the latest indication of how deeply many are struggling after government aid dwindled.”
While Democrats want to give families $1,200 COVID-relief checks and help small businesses, Mitch McConnell has blocked relief for months, going to the mat to give you hardly anything while giving your employer the legal right to kill you.
The best way to help struggling Americans as soon as possible is for Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff to win their runoff elections in Georgia, flip the U.S. Senate blue, and boot McConnell from power. 

An immediate donation to 3 groups doing crucial work on the ground in Georgia to Get Out The Vote for Warnock and Ossoff could help Democrats deliver a bold, progressive agenda.

The New York Times reports, "The Progressive Change Campaign Committee has already raised $386,000 for the two Democratic candidates." That is now over $500,000!"



Jack Dorsey, the CIA and Twitter Censorship in the Age of Covid-19
by Vanessa Beeley

DARPA recently spent millions on research involving bats and coronaviruses, as well as gene editing “bioweapons” prior to the recent coronavirus outbreak. Now, “strategic allies” of the agency have been chosen to develop a genetic material-based vaccine to halt the potential epidemic.
OPCW executives praised whistleblower and criticized Syria cover-up, leaks reveal
by Aaron Maté

Congress Again Proves that the Business of Washington is War
by Ron Paul


From: World BEYOND War [mailto:info@worldbeyondwar.org]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Subject: End war on Yemen, Prevent war on Iran

1. End the War on Yemen!
2. There is an opportunity that won't last long to end deadly sanctions imposed by the U.S. government on Iran, and move toward peace and diplomacy. Click here or read below.
3. The NoWar2021 conference may be our best yet, is planned for June 4-6, and can be attended by anyone anywhere with no travel required. More info and early-bird discount registration are here and below.

In Yemen, if COVID-19 doesn’t claim your family, U.S. bombs and starvation will -- thanks to a war backed by the US government. Let's end this! Click here.


In violation of legal bans on collective punishment, U.S. sanctions on Iran harm ordinary people, not the Iranian government. These crippling sanctions have robbed the people of their livelihood, violating individuals' right to health, making the Coronavirus pandemic more lethal, and causing unnecessary suffering and death.

President-Elect Biden has expressed his willingness to lift at least some sanctions and rejoin the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the Iran Nuclear Agreement.

The Iranian government has maintained openness to that path for the past four years, and has recently committed -- despite public pressure in response to assassinations -- to abiding by the provisions of the nuclear agreement upon the lifting of sanctions.

Iranian elections in June 2021 could create a government far less willing to continue cooperation with a U.S. government that has abandoned agreements, imposed cruel sanctions, and assassinated Iranians. So the Biden administration will need to demonstrate good faith rapidly.
We need to demonstrate that this is a priority for people in the United States and around the world. Click here to add your name to a petition to the U.S. President-Elect.


Our annual conferences have been fantastic in the past. #NoWar2021 may be the best yet. Leading activists and trainers from around the world will be making connections between weapons fairs and war zones, and focusing our global efforts on a few key projects while preparing us to unravel the war machine everywhere it's found.

The whole thing will be virtual, with full participation possible from anywhere on June 4-6, 2021. Early-bird discounted tickets are now available!
#NoWar2021 is a unique event that brings together a global grassroots coalition of individuals and organizations around the topic of CANSEC, the largest weapons show in North America, and related topics central to our efforts to end war globally.

CANSEC typically brings together 12,000+ government and military officials and weapons industry reps from 55 countries in Ottawa, Canada. This year, CANSEC looks like it’s going online – and so are we!

Join us at our online counter conference #NoWar2021 to put international pressure on CANSEC to end this massive glorification of war.

CANSEC is a symptom of a larger problem. Instead of pouring trillions into weaponry, the world must invest in a just recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and a green new deal that includes a just transition for arms industry workers. #NoWar2021 will bring together key allies to not only assist Canadian efforts to #CancelCANSEC but also to share expertise from similar campaigns worldwide in the global struggle for war abolition.
Panels, discussion groups, workshops, and trainings will cover a range of topics, such as: how to shut down a weapons expo, weapons in space, the global arms trade, war’s environmental footprint, divestment, creative activism, nonviolent civil resistance, and more.
Learn more here.

World BEYOND War is a global network of volunteers, activists, and allied organizations advocating for the abolition of the very institution of war. Our
World BEYOND War 513 E Main St #1484 Charlottesville, VA 22902 USA

Scary ‘R’ Us: The Exaggerated Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction
by Rod Driver




Recording Proves Assange Warned State Department Ahead of Cable Dump
by David DeCamp
(audio, 1:14:16)

Pardon Julian Assange, under Article II, Section 2 of US Constitution

by  Stephen Lendman

Rafael Correa on Venezuela, Assange, and "preventing the total destruction of our homeland"
Julian Assange Has Formally Requested a Pardon from President Donald Trump
by Cassandra Fairbanks


From: Team Assange Defense info@assangedefense.org [mailto:team@AssangeDefense.org]
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2020 :26 PM
Subject: Write to Julian

Today we are writing to ask-- will you write to Julian?
We write to you to give you updates on Julian’s case, media attention, and support from all over the world. Now we’re asking you to write to Julian during this holiday season to help both him and our leaders understand just how huge the movement to protect free press and defend Assange truly is.
It’s quick, easy, impactful and here’s how you do it: use the NYC Free Assange instructions for how to write to Julian found here.
Also, be sure to tune into the NYC Free Assange letter writing campaign event TOMORROW Saturday December 19th at 4 PM Eastern Time. A panel of experts and activists will talk you through the Assange extradition case and how to write your letter.
Happy writing!
Team Assange

Julian Assange protest outside Guardian offices over story they claim to be untrue
It’s so exciting to see people across the political spectrum coming together to call for the pardoning of Julian Assange!
#PardonAssange has been trending for days, with celebrities, journalists, and politicians joining in.




Please help us keep the momentum going!

We need you to keep spreading the message! Will you speak out by tweeting the #PardonAssange tag and sharing this great interview with Julian’s partner, Stella Moris or this bombshell story of a phone call between Julian and the State Department that proves he was trying to save lives?
If you haven’t already, please make sure to sign our petition for President Trump to pardon Julian!
In solidarity,
The Assange Defense Committee





From: ACLU [mailto:aclu@aclu.org]
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2020
Subject: 100 Years of Racism in Policing

Watch today and learn how to take action. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 


Francis –
Los Angeles, 1992. Detroit, 1967. Harlem, 1935. Chicago, 1919.
The disturbing trends we see today in police violence are the same we've seen over 100 years. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor – and the ensuing protests from their murders – are only the latest stories in this long and tragic history of systemic racism.
That's exactly what the ACLU's newest film series "100 Years of Racism in Policing" aims to get at and why I hope you'll join us by watching today.
In this series of four short films, I'll take you on a critical journey across the last century of commissions convened to examine why police brutality sparks unrest – from Rodney King to the Harlem Riots.
And by looking deeper into this history, we will better understand why it's not just reform, but a full re-allocation of resources that will be necessary for us to end police violence and injustice in our communities.
So please, start today: Watch "100 Years of Racism in Policing" and learn how we can all begin to push for real change in this country now.
Thanks for watching,
Jeffery Robinson
Pronouns: He, him, his
ACLU Deputy Legal Director



Meet the Filthy Rich War Hawks That Make up the Joe Biden Foreign Policy Team
by Alan MacLeod

“I expect the prevailing direction of U.S. foreign policy over these last decades to continue: more lawless bombing and killing multiple countries under the cover of “limited engagement,” – Biden Biographer Branko Marcetic 

“Biden's Scary Foreign Policy Picks: A Blast From War Crimes Past”
with Abby Martin

“What to Expect from Janet Yellen as Treasury Secretary”
with Richard Wolff

John Kerry’s Think Tank Calls for War With Russia Over Climate Change
by Alan MacLeod

“America will soon have a government that treats the climate crisis as the urgent national security threat it is.” — John Kerry
When Deplorables Become Ungovernables

by Pepe Escobar



Keiser Report:
“The Central Bank Nappy”
with Max Kaiser

 “Quantitative Easing”
Is the Biggest Sham Ever
with John Titus

In this video, the official version of QE is taken apart at the joint. And while we need a few more minutes alone with the champ than did America’s indoor grilling pioneer back in 1973, the outcome is the same: down goes Frazier. The difference of course is that while Joe Frazier was a courageous competitor who took all comers, the Federal Reserve and its cronies… well, what kind of “competitors” need a continent-sized cheat like QE to prop themselves up when they’ve already misappropriated their country’s constitutional money-printing power?
Banks aren't ready for another crisis
by Richard Wolff



How BlackRock exploited the COVID-19 pandemic
with Ellen Brown

Giants: Who Really Rules The World?
with Abby Martin and Peter Phillips, former director of Project Censored

BlackRock - The company that owns the world?
graphics by Alexia Barakou



New Labour, Old Racism
by JS Titus

Jeremy Corbyn: “Why I’m Launching a Project for Peace and Justice”
an interview with Jeremy Corbyn By David Broder




The Most Lethal Virus
Is Not COVID. It Is War.
by John Pilger



Amid Fears of Overwhelmed Medical Systems, Ample U.S. Hospital Capacity Nationwide
by Daniel Payne



“Is Capitalism
Devouring Democracy?”
with Yanis Varoufakis



Watch today and learn how to take action.  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌  ‌ ‌ ‌ 


Los Angeles, 1992. Detroit, 1967. Harlem, 1935. Chicago, 1919.
The disturbing trends we see today in police violence are the same we've seen over 100 years. George Floyd and Breonna Taylor – and the ensuing protests from their murders – are only the latest stories in this long and tragic history of systemic racism.

That's exactly what the ACLU's newest film series "100 Years of Racism in Policing" aims to get at and why I hope you'll join us by watching today.

In this series of four short films, I'll take you on a critical journey across the last century of commissions convened to examine why police brutality sparks unrest – from Rodney King to the Harlem Riots.

And by looking deeper into this history, we will better understand why it's not just reform, but a full re-allocation of resources that will be necessary for us to end police violence and injustice in our communities.

So please, start today: Watch "100 Years of Racism in Policing" and learn how we can all begin to push for real change in this country now.

Thanks for watching,
Jeffery Robinson
Pronouns: He, him, his
ACLU Deputy Legal Director



The Controversial Covid RT-PCR Test: What Do We Know? - Global Research
by Mark Taliano

COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University

Santé Évolution de l'épidémie de Covid-19 dans le monde : la vérité des chiffres
Envolée incontrôlée en Suisse et en Allemagne, l'Argentine rattrapée par le Covid, la Suède très meurtrie, une épidémie hors de contrôle aux Etats-Unis... Le point sur la dynamique de l'épidémie à travers le monde.

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La pandémie a bientôt tué 1,7 million de personnes à travers le monde... et vaccin ou non, elle est loin d'être terminée. Photo d'illustration AFP
Lors de la première vague du "nouveau coronavirus", la quasi totalité des pays du monde avaient strictement confiné, avec des résultats proches: après trois semaines, la mortalité commençait à redescendre, rapidement. 
Rares exceptions notables, les Etats-Unis, le Brésil et la Suède, qui n'avaient pas confiné. Et l'épidémie y avait tué beaucoup plus que chez leurs voisins respectifs. La Suède déplorait alors dix fois plus de morts par million d'habitants que ses voisins, le Brésil nettement plus que le reste de l'Amérique du Sud, les Etats-Unis que son voisin canadien, par exemple. 
Europe et continent américain très meurtris
Pour la seconde vague, rien n'est si simple. D'abord parce que les pays avancent plutôt en ordre dispersé: certains ont reconfiné, d'autres pas, d'autres encore ont tenté des solutions intermédiaires. 
A ce jour, la carte du monde du taux de mortalité du covid-19 montre que l'essentiel de l'Europe et du continent américain restent les plus touchés.

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La plupart des pays de ces deux continents affichent entre 500 et 1000 morts par million d'habitants.
Les pays plus "jeunes" largement épargnés
Le continent africain, où la population est en moyenne beaucoup plus jeune, subit une mortalité faible, la maladie affectant surtout les plus âgés dans sa forme grave. Le Maghreb, plus "vieux" en moyenne, est d'ailleurs un peu plus touché, tout comme l'Afrique du Sud.
En Asie, l'épidémie reste sous contrôle, sauf en Inde et autour du golfe persique. Là encore, le faible âge moyen des populations de nombreux pays permet d'éviter une forte surmortalité.
Au-delà du seul taux moyen de mortalité par million d'habitants, il faut regarder l'évolution de l'épidémie pour y déceler sa gravité.
Europe : des évolutions similaires au printemps
Les graphiques suivants montrent, pour trois ensembles de pays, le nombre de morts du covid par million d'habitants sur la durée, depuis février.

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Sur ce premier graphique, on voit que ces huit pays ont connu une première vague à peu près simultanée. On se souvient que l'Italie avait été touchée peu avant la France, puis l'Allemagne. Le sud de l'Europe avait globalement affiché une mortalité plus élevée, ainsi que le Royaume-Uni, qui avait tardé à confiner.
Allemagne et Suisse très meurtris à l'automne
L'Allemagne, justement, s'était comme la Suisse distinguée par une bien meilleure gestion, enregistrant beaucoup moins de morts que ses voisins.
Excès d'optimisme? La situation est très différente cet automne: l'Allemagne a déjà enregistré nettement plus de décès que lors de la première vague: près de 15000 contre moins de 10000. Cela ne place pas encore le pays parmi les plus touchés, loin de là. Mais la dynamique est mauvaise, et Angela Merkel a confiné l'Allemagne pour trois semaines.
En Suisse, c'est pire: la deuxième vague a déjà fait presque trois fois plus de morts que la première (6500 au total, dont 1800 au printemps), et la courbe monte toujours en flèche. 
De "hauts plateaux" de mortalité
A contrario, Royaume-Uni, Espagne, Italie, France et Belgique "contrôlent" une deuxième vague - néanmoins presque aussi meurtrière que la première. Et loin d'être terminée. 
En France, la mortalité reste, depuis une dizaine de jours, autour de 300 à 400 décès quotidiens, ce qui est beaucoup. Mais elle n'augmente plus. Après avoir enregistré 30245 morts entre mars et juillet, elle dépasse aujourd'hui les 60000 décès.

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En Suisse, par exemple (huit fois moins peuplée), le plateau est très haut, autour de 90-100 morts par jour, voire plus ces derniers jours, comme on le voit sur ce graphique. Soit en proportion de la population, le double des chiffres français... 

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Ces "hauts plateaux" de mortalité, en baisse par rapport au pic mais à un niveau toujours élevé, se retrouvent aussi en Espagne, en Italie ou encore au Royaume-Uni. L'approche des fêtes de fin d'année fait craindre le pire dans ces pays, au cœur de l'hiver.
La stratégie suédoise toujours perdante
Plus au nord, en Scandinavie, cet autre graphique montre quatre pays dont une exception: la Suède, qui affiche une mortalité comparable à celle enregistrée en Europe du Sud.

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L'absence de confinement en Suède, comparable en tous points avec ses voisins, semble s'être payé cash. Au point que le roi a reconnu jeudi - contrairement au gouvernement - une dramatique erreur dans la gestion de la crise sanitaire.
La Suède a même fini par recommander le port du masque ce vendredi. Une première dans le royaume, face à l'inexorable explosion de l'épidémie.
Et pour la deuxième vague, même causes, mêmes effets: Finlande, Norvège et Danemark parviennent à contenir les contaminations et la mortalité, quand la Suède voit s'envoler le nombre de décès. Pour le moment, encore, dans des proportions inférieures à celles du printemps.
Économiquement, la Suède a (un peu) mieux résisté que ses voisins. Mais au prix de milliers de morts prématurées...
Amériques : des courbes qui montent en flèche
Sur le continent américain, enfin, trois pays aux destinées différentes: deux assez proches, Etats-Unis et Brésil, qui se sont distingués au niveau mondial par leur refus de tout confinement généralisé, voire par un certain scepticisme, assumé, vis-à-vis de la pandémie.

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Chez ces deux géants, on distingue surtout une seule vague, quasiment sans répit, et qui continue sa course. Même si le niveau actuel de mortalité les place un peu au-dessus des niveaux européens, on voit surtout que la courbe ne fléchit pas, bien au contraire: les Etats-Unis, notamment, battent jour après jour un nouveau record de mortalité - plus de 3000 par jour actuellement. Soit plus d'un "World Trade Center" (2977 morts le 11 septembre 2001)... chaque jour.

L'arrivée à la Maison Blanche de Joe Biden et le déploiement du vaccin vont-ils ralentir la maladie? Réponse dans les prochaines semaines.

L'épidémie finalement hors de contrôle en Argentine
Même scénario au Brésil, où le président Bolsonaro, sceptique parmi les sceptique, a annoncé qu'il se ferait vacciner. En attendant, le deuxième pays le plus meurtri au monde affiche toujours une mortalité galopante.
Quant à l'Argentine... longtemps "bon élève" de l'Amérique du Sud, elle n'a quasiment pas connu la première vague au printemps: elle a pourtant confiné dès le 20 mars et jusqu'au... 29 novembre.

Oui mais voilà: ce confinement de sept mois a surtout concerné une seule région - celle de la capitale Buenos Aires -, les autres déconfinant et reconfinant au fil de l'été. Or c'est en juillet-août, à la faveur de températures plus basses dans l'hémisphère sud, que l'épidémie s'est finalement envolée, sans se calmer depuis.
Reste le Paraguay et l'Uruguay qui, depuis le début, sont restés particulièrement à l'abri. Il faut dire que ces deux Etats voisins immédiats du Brésil ont immédiatement confiné, avant même la France, quand l'épidémie n'y était qu'embryonnaire. Et en particulier du côté de la frontière avec le Brésil...

On y décèle toutefois une forte hausse des contaminations et des décès depuis quelques semaines. Loin, encore, de la situation de leurs voisins sud-américains.

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From: Dave Ratcliffe [mailto:dave@ratical.org]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Subject: The Covid Vaccine and Medical Informed Consent

Dear All,

Covid-19 vaccines are beginning to be administered in the U.S. as well as other countries.  With something as unprecedented and potentially mandatory as this medical intervention, our responsibility to ourselves and loved ones to inform our decisions with a wide range of critical analysis and information is of supreme importance and value.

The following excerpt is from:
Medical Informed Consent, Nuremberg, and the Covid Vaccine

Medical informed consent—“the primary paradigm for protecting the legal rights of patients and guiding the ethical practice of medicine”—is meaningless if an individual does not have the option of “determin[ing] what shall be done with his body” and declining a given medical intervention.
An Untenable Status Quo—Conflicts of Interest Must Go, Children’s Heath Defense, 8 Aug 2019

The Covid Vaccine—officially involving the combined efforts of HHS and the military through  Operation Warp Speed to deliver over 300 million doses to people in the U.S. by January—raises profound concerns including medical informed and voluntary consent.

The possibility this vaccine may likely become mandatory by state and federal law makes understanding this situation critical to every person. A summary of issues with sources has been compiled by Millions Against Medical Mandates and is available at The Covid Vaccine and Medical Informed Consent.

Peter Doshi, associate editor of the British Medical Journal published an analysis on 21 October concerning Will covid-19 vaccines save lives? Current trials aren’t designed to tell us:
As phase III trials of covid-19 vaccines reach their target enrollments, officials have been trying to project calm. The US coronavirus czar Anthony Fauci and the Food and Drug Administration leadership have offered public assurances that established procedures will be followed.1,2,3,4 Only a “safe and effective” vaccine will be approved, they say, and nine vaccine manufacturers issued a rare joint statement pledging not to prematurely seek regulatory review.5

But what will it mean exactly when a vaccine is declared “effective”? To the public this seems fairly obvious. “The primary goal of a covid-19 vaccine is to keep people from getting very sick and dying,” a National Public Radio broadcast said bluntly.6

Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, said, “Ideally, you want an antiviral vaccine to do two things . . . first, reduce the likelihood you will get severely ill and go to the hospital, and two, prevent infection and therefore interrupt disease transmission.”7

Yet the current phase III trials are not actually set up to prove either (table 1). None of the trials currently under way are designed to detect a reduction in any serious outcome such as hospital admissions, use of intensive care, or deaths. Nor are the vaccines being studied to determine whether they can interrupt transmission of the virus.

… the truth is that the science remains far from clear cut, even for influenza vaccines that have been used for decades. Although randomised trials have shown an effect in reducing the risk of symptomatic influenza, such trials have never been conducted in elderly people living in the community to see whether they save lives.

A foundation of democratic law is based on the tenet that people are free to choose what medical interventions to submit to. Forced vaccination in order to continue exercising such liberties as freedom of association and freedom of movement will subjugate people in the United States to the status of people in Germany in the 1930s and people in Stalin’s Soviet Russia.

Dave Ratcliffe
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From: The Kairos Center [mailto:info@kairoscenter.org]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Subject: Scarcity is a lie

Kairos Center Newsletter, December 19, 2020

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Kairos: The Center for Religions, Rights, and Social Justice
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As our director, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis, writes this week in The Nation, "scarcity is a lie, a political invention used to cover up vast reserves of capital and technology facilitating the enrichment of the few and justifying the pain and dispossession of so many others. Our present reality could perhaps best be described as mass abandonment amid abundance."

Confronting the false moral narrative of scarcity, the Kairos Center and the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival are declaring Jubilee in this dangerous period of mass abandonment, health crisis, and growing poverty. Earlier this week, we met with the Biden-Harris Transition Team to present our 14 Policy Priorities to Heal the Nation for the first 100 days of the new administration. As Rev. Theoharis said during the press conference which followed, "our concern is not about who’s holding positions” in the coming administration, “but what policy positions they hold.”

Through the Freedom Church of the Poor and other events, we also continue to engage with and amplify the National Union of the Homeless' Winter Offensive. We declare that it is a moral obscenity to claim to worship a homeless revolutionary on Sunday while allowing for millions to face homelessness and eviction this Christmas in "the richest country in the world."

Read on for more upcoming ways to engage with the work of the Kairos Center and the Poor People's Campaign, as we proclaim abundance in a season of mass abandonment.



As the Poor People's Campaign proclaims in our 14 Policy Priorities to Heal the Nation, "the pre-existing problems of poverty, economic insecurity and systemic racism, combined with the gross impact of COVID-19 on poor and low-income people from Appalachia to Alabama, Michigan to Mississippi, California to the Carolinas, necessitates a bold, moral and Constitutionally consistent agenda that can heal the great wounds in the body and soul of America."
On Thursday, Dec. 18, the Poor People’s Campaign met with members of the Biden-Harris domestic policy transition team to present our policy priorities for the first 100 days of the incoming administration. You can view the readout of our meeting to learn more.
Following this meeting, we held a press conference hosted by our co-chairs, Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis and Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II. If you missed it, click here to view the video.

Click below to add your name to our 14 policy priorities for the healing of the nation!



Jesus was born homeless to a single mother. The beginning of his life was lived as a refugee. His birth was a hope and a challenge to the religious, social, and political order of the time. Join leaders from the Freedom Church on Sunday, Dec. 20th to reflect on this story, how the revolutionary message has been hidden, and how the movement of the poor and dispossessed today is helping to reclaim it.

**Spanish and ASL interpreters provided.**



Join us on Monday, Dec. 21 at 6pm ET/ 3pm PT as the Poor People’s Campaign joins a Town Hall with the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) and other partners to launch an initial set of seven legislative priorities for the first six months of 2021.
We helped shape these priorities extensively through the work of the Poor People’s Campaign, including the policy recommendations of poor and impacted leaders, economists, public health experts, researchers and faith leaders. Please join us!



The National Union of the Homeless will hold their Annual National Homeless Memorial Day and condemnation of mass graves of unnamed poor and homeless men, women, and children in potters’ fields around the country and internationally on Dec. 21st, as part of the 2020 Winter Offensive.

The NUH will work in partnership with the Freedom Church of the Poor to hold a Virtual Memorial Service and Political Education gathering on this, the longest night of the year, to honor those who die every year on the streets of this, the "richest country in the world." We will grant dignity in death to those who are not shown it in life, those who not only can't afford to live but also can't afford to die. These are our siblings who are buried in mass unmarked graves across this country; the nameless, the faceless, the many. We will honor their lives by fighting on this day, and everyday, to end poverty and homelessness NOW.


"We're Not Alone": Kenia Alcocer on Immigrant Organizing in Los Angeles


"Many of us, like myself, have become leaders in movements that unite poor people of all backgrounds to fight — not just to survive another day, but for the right to live a full and vibrant life.

During this pandemic, we are being shown that things we were told were impossible are actually possible. So we are using this moment to open people’s eyes to the possibility of things really changing and for us to push for something that is bigger and better."

At Kairos' October 2020 conference, we heard Kenia Alcocer speak about the history and context of immigrant organizing in Los Angeles. Kenia is an undocumented organizer with Union de Vecinos, the east side local of the Los Angeles Tenants’ Union. Click below to read the full piece by Kenia:



Vaccine Passports and Health Passes: Is Showing Your “Papers” the “New Normal?”
by Robert Wheeler

“Public discussion” has centered around the idea of a “vaccine passport” or “immunity passport” or the general blockade and sanctioning of anyone not willing to take the jab.
Misinformation turning care staff away from Covid vaccine?
with nursing home clinical lead Simon Walls



Archives | Socialist Register
by the late Leo Panitch, co-editor of the journal 'Socialist Register,' from 1985 onwards



Indian Farmers Lead Historic Strike & Protests Against Narendra Modi,
“Neoliberalism & Inequality”
with Amy Goodman and P. Sainath


News from Underground
From: nfu@simplelists.com [mailto:nfu@simplelists.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Biggest protest in the history of humanity—250 million Indian farmers & workers!—ignored by "our free press"






News from Underground
From: nfu@simplelists.com [mailto:nfu@simplelists.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Huge protest in Paris on 12/12

As we all badly need good news right now, I take this moment, though NFU is on hiatus, to provide some.

Those French protests—exploding weekly—have (of course) gone unreported by "our free press."




Toute ressemblance avec des événements déjà arrivés ne serait que pure coïncidence....

Prison d'Izalco au Salvador le 25 avril 2020
Photos transmises par le service de presse de la présidence salvadorienne

Bonjour, la distanciation sociale !

Le contexte :
Le président du Salvador, Nayib Bukele, a autorisé dimanche 26 avril la police et l’armée à utiliser la «force meurtrière» contre les membres de gangs afin de réprimer la violence accrue qui règne dans ce pays d’Amérique centrale en pleine pandémie de Covid-19

Quelque 12.862 membres de gangs sont incarcérés au Salvador, selon les autorités pénitentiaires.

Le Salvador a imposé certaines des mesures les plus strictes des Amériques pour lutter contre la propagation du coronavirus.

Extraits de l'article :

Le Salvador autorise le recours à la «force meurtrière» contre les gangs
par Le Figaro avec Reuters
Publié le 27/04/2020 à 15:08, Mis à jour le 27/04/2020 à 15:56

9 Photos from the police action in San Salvador, April 2020 :

Ce sont peut-être des salopards
Mais personne n'a le droit de traiter
un homme comme ça !
Ni hier !
Ni aujourd'hui !
Ni demain !


Police Accountability Report

This is how far cops will go to stop you from recording them

with Taya Graham


News from Underground
From: nfu@simplelists.com [mailto:nfu@simplelists.com]
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Subject: [MCM] Mexico's president slams lockdowns as a form of "dictatorship"

Obrador, a tough survivor of election theft, is a leftist who bears no resemblance to "the left" now clamoring for lockdowns, and the rest of the totalitarian program now darkening the world.

For some reason Summit News (or someone) won't allow me to copy the headline, which is in my subject line. The piece, by Paul Joseph Watson, came out on 12/16.

Mexico’s President Slams Lockdowns as a Form of “Dictatorship”
by Joseph Watsono





From: Global Research Newsletter [mailto:newsletter@globalresearch.ca]
Sent: Sunday, December 20, 2020
Subject: This Week's Most Popular Articles On GlobalResearch.ca



This Week's Most Popular Articles





How to Wear a Face Mask and Still Show Dissent Against Tyranny
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