November 9, 2021 The following is a selection of the news and analysis headlines posted in October 2021 to the three news headlines pages on A Socialist In Canada website: World news, Ecology, and Canada news.
To view all the headlines posted to ‘World news’ in October 2021, go to the ‘News pages archives‘ and click on the archived page. For Canada news and ecology news, these are not yet archived; click on the current new pages: Canada news and Ecology news.
A new feature page has been created on A Socialist In Canada, titled Editor’s comments. It has been open for several months now and consists of brief commentary and analysis by the website editor Roger Annis on important stories posted to the headline news pages.
To search for items on any of the news pages or archived news pages, go to the page in question and use the ‘edit’ function on your web browser. This works better than using the website search function. A full listing of the news pages archives, dating back to 2017, can be viewed by clicking News archives on the website home page.
World news headlines
Find the complete world news headlines for October 2021 on the archived website page for that month.
- Can foreigners travel freely in China’s Xinjiang province? A Pakistani shares his journey, interview with Harood NIjat (Pakistani student in China), broadcast on the YouTube channel of Li Jingjing, Oct 27, 2021 (27-minute interview)
* Life in Xinjiang, interview with Sabira Samat (Uyghur and resident of Xinjiang) and Daniel Dumbrill (Canadian longtime resident in Shenzen, China), broadcast on the YouTube channel of Li Jingjing, June 7, 2021 (56 minutes)
* Who is Li Jingjing?, presentation by Li Jingjing on her YouTube channel, July 11, 2021
- Pharmaceutical companies and wealthy countries are delivering just one in seven vaccine donations promised for developing countries, media release by OXFAM, Oct 20, 2021
Related: Big Pharma and rich countries have delivered just 14% of vaccine doses promised to poor countries, Common Dreams, Oct 21, 2021
- You’re not ‘fully vaccinated’, you never will be, commentary by James Hamblin, Washington Post, Oct 22, 2021 ‘Fully vaccinated’ is a goal for communities or nations, not for individuals
- Vladimir Putin speaks to 18th annual meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club in Sochi, Russia. 40-minute speech followed by several hours of questions and answers, Oct 21, 2021. Video and transcipt published on the website of the President of Russia.
- Colin Powell, politely anguished war criminal, dead at 84, by Liza Featherstone, Jacobin, Oct 18, 2021
Related: Behind Colin Powell’s legend: His role during the 1968 massacre by U.S. troops in the Vietnamese village of My Lai, by Robert Parry and Norman Solomon, Consortium News, first published in 1996 Colin Powell’s role as a military adviser in Vietnam during the time of the My Lai massacre in 1968 has continued to elude scrutiny
- China must lead the new industrial revolution, by Justin Yifu Lin, Asia Times, October 15, 2021 (Justin Yifu Lin is a former chief economist and senior vice-president at World Bank.)
[This commentary in Asia Times makes the unproven assertion that China is well placed to lead the world in a fourth, industrial revolution. According to the writer, this revolution can be waged by capitalist interests and should be done according to capitalist rules of the game. The commentary takes no account of the global warming emergency and how this must shape the world’s economic and social development. It makes no reference to the history of capitalist imperialism and how this death-cult system will fight to the death, literally, to maintain its position of military and economic dominance. The commentary is welcomed here in the website of ‘Friends of Socialist China’, a self-proclaimed source of Marxist analysis.]
- Chinese ‘disinformation’ and U.S. propaganda, by Joshua Cho, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, Oct 6, 2021 and read: Democracy and human rights: China vs. USA, by Dee Knight (Democratic Socialists of America), published in LA Progressive, Oct 5, 2021
- Environmental allegations against China are rooted in racism, UK environmentalists charge, by Nury Vittachi, editor, Friday Everyday (Hong Kong), Oct 28, 2021
- The ‘climate war’ scenarios won’t work, by Tim Watkins, published on his website The Consciousness of Sheep, Oct 26, 2021
- ‘Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity’ says World Health Organization report urging ‘rapid and ambitious action to halt and reverse the climate crisis’. Introduction by Climate and Capitalism, Oct 12, 2021
Reference: The Health Argument for Climate Action, special report on climate change and health, released by the World Health Organization on Oct 11, 2021 (prepared for the forthcoming COP 26 conference, 86 pages)
- Dossier on Russia and global warming:
* On the Pacific Island of Sakhalin, Russia tests its battle plan for climate change, New York Times, Oct 19, 2021 President Vladimir Putin has long dismissed the threat posed by global warming. But fires, disasters and foreign pressure have prompted him to change course.
* How Russia is adapting to a warming Arctic. Report by New York Times, Oct 22, 2021
* Russia allows methane leaks at planet’s peril, feature article in Washington Post, Oct 19, 2021
* Speech by Russian president Vladimir Putin to Russian Energy Week International Forum in Moscow, delivered on Oct 13, 2021, published on the website of the President of Russia [Vladimir Putin’s speech was is followed by a lengthy and testy exchange with the moderator of the forum session, Hadley Gamble of the CNBC news/propaganda service in the U.S. The text of the Q&A session is published in full at the weblink above, including the exchange with the CNBC moderator.]
- Why it’s hard for the New Democratic Party and its government in British Columbia to be greener, by Robert Hackett, The Tyee, Oct 19, 2021 (Robert Hackett is Professor Emeritus of Communication at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver BC.) [See a commentary on the above analysis here in the ‘Editor’s comments‘ page of A Socialist In Canada website.].
Related: BC changes its Oil and Gas Activities Act to allow oil and gas companies to delay well cleanups, The Tyee, Oct 22, 2021
- $8 billion ‘update’ to cost of Site C hydroelectric dam boondoggle in northern BC, now at $16 billion overall, by Vaughn Palmer, columnist, Vancouver Sun, Oct 5, 2021
[In the province of Newfoundland, the cost of the Lower Churchil River hydroelectric dam (‘Muskrat Falls’) ballooned from the original $6.2 billion to more than $13 billion. That has effectively bankrupted the provincial government; the Canadian government announced in July 2021 it will bail out the project and the Newfoundland government with more than $5 billion. In Manitoba, the Keeyask dam in the north of the province was budgeted at $6.5 billion and came in at $8.7 billion. Here are two related analyses posted to the Canada news page of A Socialist In Canada in November 2021:
* Why the big bet on hydropower by government and industry in Quebec is bad news for the climate, by Joyce Nelson, Canadian Dimension, Nov 4, 2021
* As global warming and drought conditions increase, there is a new case for ending big dams, by Jacques Leslie, Yale Environment 360, Nov 4, 2021
- The lethal negligence of Alberta premier Jason Kenney, by Andrew Nikiforuk, The Tyee, Oct 1, 2021 His decisions have led to hundreds of deaths. Who will hold him accountable?
Related: In open letter, prominent Alberta doctors say provincial gov’t mishandling of pandemic has been ‘cold-blooded’, Calgary Herald (Postmedia), Oct 1, 2021 An open letter from prominent Alberta doctors on October 1 requested the province share its predictive modelling for the fourth wave of a pandemic that’s crippling Alberta’s health-care system, criticizing the government’s “cold-blooded” handling of the pandemic…