2021-03-26: News Headlines

Henry Giroux (2021-03-26). America Radiates Violence: Challenging the Politics of Isolated Incidents. counterpunch.org In light of the tragic violence that has unfolded once again in the form of mass shootings in Boulder, Colorado and Atlanta, Georgia, it becomes clear that another pandemic defines the United States–a pandemic of violence. The figures speak for themselves. Since the Columbine shooting in 1999, there have been 114 mass shootings with 1300 victims. Moreover, as one national report notes "Every day, more than 100 Americans are killed with guns and more than 230 are shot and wounded." All of this happening in a country in which there are more guns than people and where laws are enacted that make it easier to buy a g…

Kenny Stancil (2021-03-26). U.S. military had 'clandestine burning' of toxic chemicals in low-income neighborhoods, study finds. peoplesworld.org New research conducted by environmental justice scholars at Vermont's Bennington College reveals that between 2016 and 2020, the U.S. military oversaw the "clandestine burning" of more than 20 million pounds of Aqueous Fire Fighting Foam in low-income communities around the country — even though there is no evidence that incineration destroys the toxic "forever chemicals" that make …

Charles Pierson (2021-03-26). Lift the Blockade on Yemen Now. counterpunch.org Since 2015, the US has been assisting a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which is at war with Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The coalition's declared aim is to restore the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi who the Houthis overthrew in 2014. The US supports the coalition with intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, arms sales, spare parts for coalition warplanes, and (until November 2018) in-flight refueling of coalition aircraft.

Charles Pierson (2021-03-26). Lift the Blockade on Yemen Now. counterpunch.org Since 2015, the US has been assisting a military coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates which is at war with Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels. The coalition's declared aim is to restore the government of President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi who the Houthis overthrew in 2014. The US supports the coalition with intelligence sharing, targeting assistance, arms sales, spare parts for coalition warplanes, and (until November 2018) in-flight refueling of coalition aircraft.

Staff (2021-03-26). The debt is too damn high! therealnews.com We talk with Umme Hoque of the Debt Collective about the push to cancel all student debt; then, we examine why we have failed to fight COVID-19 on a global scale the way we fought polio or smallpox.

_____ (2021-03-26). China Issues Annual US Human Rights Report. popularresistance.org China published its annual US human rights situation report on Wednesday at a time when the US-led ideological battle against China has intensified, mainly over Xinjiang and other domestic issues. | By highlighting the COVID-19 turning into a human tragedy, disorder in American democracy vividly reflected in the Capitol riots, and recent growing discrimination against ethnic minorities including Asian-Americans, China slammed the US' terrible human rights record, which makes its remarks on other countries' human rights situation pure "hypocrisy and double standards."

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-26). The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of "Positive Cases" are Meaningless. The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca Exactly one year later on January 20th, 2021, the WHO retracts. They don't say "We Made a Mistake". The retraction is carefully formulated. While the WHO does not deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they nonetheless recommend "Re-testing" (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

Vijay Prashad (2021-03-26). What you call love is unpaid work. mronline.org Women around the world spend an average of four hours and twenty-five minutes per day on unpaid care work, while men spend an average of one hour and twenty-three minutes per day on the same kind of work. | Newswire…

Vijay Prashad (2021-03-26). Coup or no coup, Myanmar isn't moving into U.S. orbit. peoplesworld.org On Feb. 1, 2021, Myanmar's military—known as the Tatmadaw—invoked Article 417 of the 2008 constitution, dismissed State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, and arrested her and other members of her National League for Democracy (NLD) party. Condemnation of the coup was swift, although there would be reason for hesitancy in the reaction: Aung San Suu …

_____ (2021-03-26). Water Protectors Lock To Gate And Ascend Equipment To Stop Line 3. popularresistance.org Floodwood, MN – Early Thursday morning, several Water Protectors under Indigenous leadership took action to shut down two Enbridge construction sites on the Line 3 pipeline route. While two people locked themselves to a gate, blocking access to a worksite building a pump station, four more individuals (Sonja Birthisel, Julie Macuga, Cody Pajic, and Leif Taranta) ascended and chained themselves to the top of large machines attempting to lay pipe at an adjacent construction site in St. Louis County. | Since construction began in December of 2020, the movement to stop the Line 3 pipeline has been steadily growing.

_____ (2021-03-26). Nicaragua Rebuffs Attacks At Human Rights Hearing. popularresistance.org Nicaragua was one of the first countries in Latin America to give constitutional rights to its | Indigenous peoples and its laws to protect their territories are justly famous (especially the | Autonomy Law of 1986 and the Demarcation Law of 2003). Some 40,000 Indigenous families live in | areas that are legally owned and administered by over 300 Indigenous communities, covering almost | a third of the country. Governmental recognition of land rights was the first step in tackling | incursions by non-Indigenous settlers from western Nicaragua and the violent conflicts they | sometimes produce.

G. Dunkel (2021-03-26). U.S. props up unpopular Haitian regime on verge of collapse. workers.org March 21 — In the past week, one group of Haitian cops attacked at least two precincts, released prisoners who they said were being held illegally, set fires, sacked a car dealership and demanded the government retrieve the bodies of cops who died in a March 12 ambush. In the . . . |

Eve Ottenberg (2021-03-26). Desperate at the Border. counterpunch.org Hundreds of thousands of Central Americans wouldn't flood the U.S. border if things weren't pretty bad back home. Destitution, gangs, rampant murder, death squads — that's what people leave behind in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, countries that have all been laboratories for U.S. anti-communist counterinsurgency and economic neo-liberalism. Those U.S. efforts have been a complete and utter bust.

Peter Certo (2021-03-26). The Day I Became Antiwar. counterpunch.org Most of us who were alive then remember where we were on the morning of the 9/11 attacks. As we mark the 18th anniversary of the Iraq War this March, I wonder how many also remember where we were that day. On 9/11, I was a Catholic school eighth grader. I'll never forget my teacher,

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-03-26). U.S. Joins "Rules-Based World" on Afghanistan. counterpunch.org On March 18, the world was treated to the spectacle of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sternly lecturing senior Chinese officials about the need for China to respect a "rules-based order." The alternative, Blinken warned, is a world in which might makes right, and "that would be a far more violent and unstable world

John Feffer (2021-03-26). How Biden Looks at the World. counterpunch.org In his first foreign policy speech as president, delivered at the State Department on February 4, 2021, Joe Biden laid out his vision of America's engagement with the world. In its conventional combination of the stick of military power and the carrot of diplomacy, Biden's address heralded a return to the foreign policy status quo of the

Gayle Greene (2021-03-26). The Country Moves Forward, Education Falls Back. counterpunch.org There's hope in the air, a scent of spring, anticipation of change, democracy may pull through. Why, then, with K-12 public schools, the broken promise, the disappointment? Biden raised hopes when he promised, Dec 16, 2019, that he'd "commit to ending the use of standardized testing in public schools," saying (rightly) that "teaching to a

Margaret Kimberley (2021-03-26). Freedom Rider: Establishment role in anti-Asian bigotry. mronline.org Joe Biden is no better than Trump in advocating de facto white supremacy with his foreign policy, and corporate media fan the flames of anti-Chinese racism. | Newswire…

Stephen F. Eisenman (2021-03-26). Art and Money Today: Goya Meets Beeple. counterpunch.org Tale of Two Artworks On March 11, 2021, I bought an etching by Francisco Goya for $500 on eBay. On the same day, two people with the pseudonyms Metakovan and Twobadour bought a Non Fungible Token by Mike Winkelmann (pseud. "Beeple") for an astonishing $69 million at an online Christies auction. An NFT is a

Gloria Rubac (2021-03-26). Texas solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jamal. workers.org Books, tee shirts, and literature on the death penalty and the health of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal were promoted at the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement's booth during a festival held by the National Black United Front on March 21 in Houston. Almost 100 copies of the newly published Jamal . . . |

Stephen F. Eisenman (2021-03-26). Art and Money Today: Goya Meets Beeple. counterpunch.org Tale of Two Artworks On March 11, 2021, I bought an etching by Francisco Goya for $500. On the same day, two people with the pseudonyms Metakovan and Twobadour bought a Non Fungible Token by Mike Winkelmann (pseud. "Beeple") for an astonishing $69 million at an online Christies auction. An NFT is a digital token

Linda G. Ford (2021-03-26). Girl Ball Lives. counterpunch.org At this year's site for the women's college basketball tournament in San Antonio, the disparity between the men and women's status was made clear. Stanford coach Ali Kerschner and Oregon player Sedona Prince posted images of a lavish weight room provided to the men players while they got six or seven dumbbells on a rack. Featured pictures also showed the difference in amenities ("swag bags") and the food provided. As I recall there were similar differences in NBA and WNBA bubbles last season.

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-03-26). Oakland, Marin County to launch pilot programs for guaranteed income. peoplesworld.org OAKLAND, Calif.—Communities around the San Francisco Bay Area are joining or considering joining the growing movement to test the ways a guaranteed income can help to lift low-income families out of poverty. At a virtual press conference March 23, Mayor Libby Schaaf announced that Oakland will soon launch one of the country's largest guaranteed income …

Parth M.N. (2021-03-26). India's Farm Crisis: "We Will Protest as Long as Possible" counterpunch.org "No parent should experience the trauma of losing a child," says Sirvikramjeet Singh Hundal, father of Navreet Singh, who died on January 26, during the farmers' tractor rally in Delhi. At their home in Uttar Pradesh's Dibdiba village, Navreet's portrait rests against a wall of the room where Sirvikramjeet, 45, and his wife, Paramjeet Kaur,

Gloria Rubac (2021-03-26). Texas solidarity with Mumia Abu-Jama. workers.org Books, tee shirts, and literature on the death penalty and the health of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal were promoted at the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement's booth during a festival held by the National Black United Front on March 21 in Houston. Almost 100 copies of the newly published Jamal . . . |

Tom Clifford (2021-03-26). Tension in the Taiwan Strait: the US Carrier on China's Front Door. counterpunch.org China shifted its gaze and few paid attention. China of the Great Wall, constructed to keep foreigners out, is now China of the great wave, with a navy to deter invasion and secure the three seas, the San Hai: the South China, East China and Yellow seas. The century of humiliation up to 1949, as every

Gayle Greene (2021-03-26). The Country Moves Forward, Education Falls Back. counterpunch.org There's hope in the air, a scent of spring, anticipation of change, democracy may pull through. Why, then, with K-12 public schools, the broken promise, the dismay? Biden raised hopes when he promised, Dec 16, 2019, that he'd "commit to ending the use of standardized testing in public schools," saying (rightly) that "teaching to a

Staff (2021-03-26). Battleground Baltimore: The tangled knot of Baltimore politics. therealnews.com In this week's round-up of Baltimore news: A federal investigation into two city leaders reveals the work everyone needs to do to be truly transparent, renters' advocates warn state leaders of an "eviction tsunami," Baltimore shows support for Amazon workers, and more.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-03-26). The Nakba of Sheikh Jarrah: How Israel Uses 'the Law' to Ethnically Cleanse East Jerusalem. counterpunch.org A Palestinian man, Atef Yousef Hanaysha, was killed by Israeli occupation forces on March 19 during a weekly protest against illegal Israeli settlement expansion in Beit Dajan, near Nablus, in the northern West Bank. Although tragic, the above news reads like a routine item from occupied Palestine, where shooting and killing unarmed protesters is part

Jessica Buxbaum (2021-03-26). An Old Green Colonial Trick: Israel Masking Land Grabs as Environmental Conservation. mintpressnews.com "More and more open areas in East Jerusalem are being designated as preservation or national parks, and this is clearly in order to prevent Palestinian urban development." — Sari Kronish, Israeli planning rights organization Bimkom…

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2021-03-26). March 20 solidarity with BAmazon Union No to Amazon union busting and racism! workers.org The historic union election sought by majority Black workers at a Bessemer, Ala., Amazon warehouse ends March 29. All indications are that the vote will be close, and the outcome could take weeks to determine. Monica Robinson, with Philadelphia Coalition for Labor Union Women, leads chants during March 20 protest. . . . |

Rob Wallace (2021-03-26). Food Justice files PLANET FARM. mronline.org As industrial agriculture encroaches into the last wild places of the Earth, it's unleashing dangerous pathogens. Time to heal the metabolic rift between ecology and economy, suggests Rob Wallace. | Newswire…

Kollibri terre Sonnenblume (2021-03-26). Rethinking Food and Agriculture: New Ways Forward. counterpunch.org Agriculture is at the root of multiple crises facing humanity today. Environmentally, it is responsible for habitat destruction, topsoil loss, aquifer depletion, pesticide and fertilizer pollution, ocean dead zones, dubious genetic experimentation, and a tremendous amount of green house gas emissions. Socially, its practice depends on a permanent underclass of slave-like labor controlled by monopolistic

Eds. (2021-03-26). Chevron, ExxonMobil and BlackRock want to teach the Left about "extractivism" in Latin America. mronline.org Americas Quarterly and AS/COA's media arm ran a de-facto PR campaign for discredited Operation Lava Jato, which helped impeach Dilma Rousseff, jail Lula, and bring a neofascist (who it called an "arch-conservative") Jair Bolsonaro to power. | Newswire…

Medea Benjamin (2021-03-26). U.S. Joins "Rules-Based World" on Afghanistan. globalresearch.ca On March 18, the world was treated to the

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-26). Confused in Afghanistan: the Biden Administration's Latest Trick. counterpunch.org The Biden administration continues to engage in that favourite activity White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki can only describe as "circling back". And much circling is taking place in the context of Afghanistan. The cupboard of calamities is well stocked, with the US facing an emboldened Taliban keen to hold Washington to its word in

Reese Erlich (2021-03-26). Foreign Correspondent: My Final Column? progressive.org We all have to go sometime. But knowing approximately when doesn't make it easier.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-26). Algerian Supreme Court overturns conviction of journalist Khaled Drareni, orders retrial. peoplesdispatch.org Drareni was arrested last year in March and was detained without charge or trial while he was covering the Hirak protests in the country. He was charged with "inciting an unarmed gathering" and "endangering national unity"

Juan Cole (2021-03-26). Why the Suez Canal, now blocked, is so Important to the Global Economy and World History. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The super-super tanker Ever Given is stuck kitty-corner in the Suez Canal, having apparently run up on a sand bar. It is blocking dozens of other ships from going through the canal. The ship, one of the largest in the world, is a quarter of a mile long and can …

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-26). Joe Biden and the Pentagon's "Ides of March 2021": Best Month to Go to War? globalresearch.ca or the Romans, the month of March (Martius) marked "the time to start new military campaigns." As in the heyday of the Roman Empire, the Pentagon has a mandate to plan and implement a precise "timeline" of military operations.

WSWS (2021-03-26). US jobless claims top 684,000, just below pre-pandemic record high, as millions remain out of work and at risk of eviction. wsws.org Historic job losses coupled with new unemployment restrictions and expiring eviction moratoriums have left millions of workers and their families in the lurch.

_____ (2021-03-26). New Study: Asian Americans Attacked And Shunned During Pandemic. popularresistance.org Since coronavirus shutdowns began last March, thousands of Asian Americans have faced racist verbal and physical attacks or have been shunned by others, according to a study released Tuesday. | The report by Stop AAPI Hate documents 3,795 racially motivated attacks against Asian Americans from March to February, noting that the number is likely a fraction of the attacks that occurred, because many were not reported to the group. | On Tuesday, eight people, including six Asian women, were shot to death at massage parlors in the Atlanta area.

Seth Sandronsky (2021-03-26). The Third Reconstruction: an Interview with Rev. Dr. William J. Barber. counterpunch.org Rev. Dr. William J. Barber is the co-founder of the Poor People's Campaign, A National Call for Moral Revival, a social justice advocacy group in the United States. Rev. Barber recently spoke out in Bessemer, Alabama, to support 6,000 Amazon warehouse workers in their unionization campaign. He and I conducted the interview below via email.

Baroness Caroline Cox (2021-03-26). UK's Baroness Caroline Cox Slams the "Undeclared Economic War" on Syria. globalresearch.ca Well, I've had personally the privilege of witnessing the poverty, the …

Basav Sen (2021-03-26). How the Big Oil — Dictator Complex Threatens our Planet. juancole.com ( Foreign Policy in Focus) — This March, the leading global consulting firm IHS Markit held its CERAWeek conference, billed as the "world's premier energy event" bringing together the "Who's Who list of the global energy industry." The conference's keynote speaker and recipient of the Global Energy and Environment Leadership Award was Indian Prime Minister …

Editor (2021-03-26). Mr. Fish: The Political Cartoon Is Dead: Long Live the Cartoonist. scheerpost.com Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play Political cartoons have helped us make sense of the world in which we live since they first appeared in the 18th century—though some, like the iconic cartoonist Mr. Fish, argue the art predates even newspapers. Although it's an art form that is in many ways dying out, there are a precious few political cartoonists out there that still understand… |

Robin Carver (2021-03-26). I Want Civil Rights, They Want to Talk About Sports. counterpunch.org It was a warm afternoon on Fort Myer, just south of Arlington Cemetery, when my Dad said, "Living with you, it's like that movie The Fly." For the uninitiated, David Cronenberg's 1986 sci-fi classic tells the graphic story of Dr. Seth Brundel, an ambitious scientist whose carelessness warps his body, twisting him into an inhuman

_____ (2021-03-26). Second Tree Sitter Extracted On Final Day Of Yellow Finch Blockade. popularresistance.org On Wednesday, March 24th, 2021, the second and final tree sitter at the Yellow Finch blockade in the path of the Mountain Valley Pipeline was extracted and arrested. This follows the Tuesday arrest of another tree sitter, and marks the final day — day 932 — of the Yellow Finch blockade. | After Tuesday's extraction, police remained on site overnight, shining spotlights at the remaining tree sit. MVP began work again this morning around 7 a.m. By 8 a.m., a rally of local supporters had formed nearby. Around 10 a.m., the large crane that police had brought on site began moving towards the remaining tree…

Johanna Ross (2021-03-26). Why Scottish Independence Could be Main Obstacle to 'Global Britain'. globalresearch.ca Last week the UK's new

WSWS (2021-03-26). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Pharmacists strike in Lebanon as economy collapses; UK bus strike at Go North West Manchester depot in fifth week; further strike planned by UK energy workers; French workers at Renault foundry strike against closure…

B. Nimri Aziz (2021-03-26). Nawal El-Saadawi and the Barriers of Patriarchy. counterpunch.org I often quote one simple statement by Nawal El-Saadawi— a bold and brilliant retort to a question put to her by an NPR radio host many years ago. A lesson for me, but for many others too. I was accompanying the Egyptian writer to the Manhattan studio of the national radio network, and sat behind

Emanuel Pastreich (2021-03-26). The "Corona Crisis" and the War of "The Super-Rich" against the Earth's Citizens. globalresearch.ca Corporations, multinational investment banks, and the super-rich that hide behind them …

Ed Lehman (2021-03-26). Rights of First Nations, Youth Unemployment, Imperialism: Peace Activist Ed Lehman Granted the "Lifetime Achievement Award" globalresearch.ca Ed Lehman began protesting for peace during the Vietnam War — …

_____ (2021-03-26). After Ten Years Of Civil War In Syria, US (Quietly) Declares Defeat. popularresistance.org Damascus, Syria – This March marks the 10-year anniversary of the Arab Spring and the protests that rocked Syria, which were a starting point for the ongoing civil war. That conflict has led to over half a million deaths and nearly 13 million people displaced, according to some estimates. | Now, after 10 years of attempts to topple the government of President Bashar al-Assad, it appears that many in the U.S. government and media are quietly conceding defeat. | "We tell Syria's human stories so that the 'victors' don't write its history," ran the headline of a CNN article marking the anniversary.

Martin Jacques (2021-03-26). Estados Unidos todavía no acepta que ahora China es su igual. globalizacion.ca El Diálogo entre Estados Unidos y China en Anchorage, Alaska, ha sido muy revelador. Las fuertes críticas hechas a Estados Unidos por Yang Jiechi y Wang Yi, en presencia de los medios globales, sugieren un nuevo tipo de autoconfianza, en…

S. M. Smyth (2021-03-26). Western Civilization: Method in Their Madness. globalresearch.ca Whom the gods would destroy, they first make mad. — H.W. …

Patrick Toomey (2021-03-26). The Government is Racing to Deploy AI, But at What Cost to Our Freedom? aclu.org The U.S. government is embarking on an all-out sprint to develop and deploy artificial intelligence in the name of national security, but its plans for protecting civil rights and civil liberties have barely taken shape. Based on a sweeping new report by a congressionally-mandated commission, it's clear that U.S. intelligence agencies and the military are seeking to integrate AI into some of the government's most profound decisions: who it surveils, who it adds to government watchlists, who it labels a "risk" to national security, and even who it targets using lethal weapons. | In many of these areas, the deploym…

Center For Biological Diversity (2021-03-26). Elephants in Africa Face Grave Extinction Threat, New Expert Assessment Finds. globalresearch.ca In a long-awaited move, the International Union for Conservation of Nature …

WSWS (2021-03-26). Columbia graduate students resist efforts to shut down their strike. wsws.org There is immense hostility among rank-and-file members to the machinations happening behind the scenes over the Columbia strike.

Global Research News (2021-03-26). This Week's Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca

Alberto López Girondo (2021-03-26). Biden contra Putin: El imperio contraataca. globalizacion.ca En solo dos meses de gobierno, Joe Biden regresó a la agenda belicosa que tanto gusta a la industria bélica. El foco se ubica en Rusia, lo que hace temer por una escalada entre dos potencias nucleares, al modo de…

Matthew Stevenson (2021-03-26). Letters From Minsk: Toward the Polish Corridor. counterpunch.org This is the third in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. I spent less than 12 hours in Berlin, but had I stayed a week I am not sure I would have seen more. My train the next morning to Poznan, in Poland,

Mark Engler, Paul Engler (2021-03-26). Can Social Movements Realign America's Political Parties to Win Big Change? counterpunch.org In the second week of November 2018, the Sunrise Movement made a sharp transition. Throughout the prior year, the youth-based climate organization had clocked long hours working in support of Democratic candidates in an array of selected districts — walking miles to knock on doors, identifying sympathetic voters and getting people to polls. Now, dozens

Lilian Cheng (2021-03-26). Coronavirus: rules for Hong Kong schools eased to allow two-thirds of pupils back on site after Easter; city logs 11 new cases. scmp.com Covid-19 restrictions on in-person classes will be further eased to allow as many as two-thirds of pupils to return to schools after Easter, the Hong Kong government has announced, while 11 new coronavirus cases were confirmed on Friday.

Natalie Wong (2021-03-26). Hong Kong principals want all pupils back in class and 'stressful' Covid-19 screening rule for staff scrapped, survey finds. scmp.com A majority of school heads in Hong Kong say they hope to bring all students back to campus for half-day classes without requiring staff undergo Covid-19 testing as employees were "stressed" over the rule, a survey has found. The Professional Teachers' Union (PTU) released the poll on Friday as the Education Bureau announced that as many as two-thirds of a school's student body could resume face-to-face classes after the Easter holiday in April. Kindergartens, primary schools and secondary ones…

Su-Lin Tan (2021-03-26). Suez Canal blockage disrupts global supply chains, commodity flows, but unlikely to set back Covid-19 recovery. scmp.com The Suez Canal blockage will strain manufacturing supply chains, deplete inventories of raw materials from oil to finished products like fertilisers and send shipping costs soaring, but it is unlikely to put a major dent in the recovery of the global economy, economists and analysts say.The Ever Given, a ship that is longer than the Eiffel Tower and can carry 20,000-containers, has not moved since its grounding on Tuesday despite frantic efforts to free the ship from a world trade chokepoint…

Natalie Wong (2021-03-26). Most Hong Kong schools hope to bring all students back to classrooms for half-days without mandatory staff Covid-19 tests, survey finds. scmp.com A majority of school heads in Hong Kong say they hope to bring all students back to campus for half-day classes without requiring staff undergo Covid-19 testing as employees were "stressed" over the rule, a survey has found. The Professional Teachers' Union (PTU) released the poll on Friday as the Education Bureau announced that as many as two-thirds of a school's student body could resume face-to-face classes after the Easter holiday in April. Kindergartens, primary schools and secondary ones…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-03-26). House panel OKs pro-worker bills. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —By a 27-20 vote, the Democratic-run House Education and Labor Committee approved a measure (HR1195) National Nurses United again pushed to have the government order firms to craft and implement plans to cut workplace violence. The bill, by Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., was one of three pro-worker measures the panel OKd on March 24, …

The Conversation (2021-03-26). Turkey's Erdogan abruptly pulled out of Convention on Violence against Women; Women aren't going Quietly. juancole.com By Devran Gule and LeàØla Choukroune | — In a single-paragraph statement issued at around 2am on March 20, Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan pulled his country out of the Council of Europe's Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. Thus, at a stroke — and going completely against Turkey's constitution …

Mimi Lau,Echo Xie (2021-03-26). How China's supreme court tried to open up the legal 'black box' to let in the light. scmp.com This is the third in a series by the SCMP looking at how China's legal system has changed over the decades and some of the challenges it faces today. Here, Mimi Lau and Echo Xie look at an attempt to boost public confidence in the courts by publishing their procedures and rulings.The case of a Chinese policeman who was jailed for raping a woman while on duty was largely kept out of the public eye when he was first convicted last August.But four months later, after Zhang Yunlong lost an appeal…

_____ (2021-03-26). How Many More People Have To Die Before We Pass Medicare For All? popularresistance.org I recently joined Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) as they introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2021 in Congress. For me and millions of Americans, this bill's passage would not only be life-changing—it could be life-saving. | In 2010, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer that affects the bone marrow and makes it harder for my body to fight infections. Before I was diagnosed, I was an average 30-something guy who went to the gym and ate right. Today, after 11 years with this disease, I'm still fighting for my life.

Agence France-Presse (2021-03-26). For some South Korean live-streamers, the coronavirus pandemic has brought fame and fortune. scmp.com From a converted storeroom on the roof of his mother's Seoul flat, Kim Min-kyo plays video games for up to 15 hours a day — and makes a fortune from the thousands of fans watching him.The cramped studio is an unlikely home for a budding millionaire, but the 24-year-old's gaming prowess — mixed with quick-witted commentary and high-school humour — has resulted in his income climbing to about US$50,000 a month.That puts him well into the top 1 per cent of earners in South Korea, but has not…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-26). Senators Pressure Biden Not to Return to Original Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com A group of 43 Senators The letter called on Biden to address not only Iran's nuclear program but also Tehran's activity in the Middle East and its ballistic missile program, a common talking point from Iran hawks and opponents of the JCPOA. | The letter reads: "Looking ahead, we strongly believe t…

Dr. Hooman Noorchashm (2021-03-26). Scientist to FDA: You Are Ignoring 'Clear and Present Danger' Associated with COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca In an email to FDA officials, Pfizer executives and media, Dr. …

Alex MacDonald (2021-03-26). Turkey: Former police chiefs among those convicted in murder of Hrant Dink. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Former police chiefs among those convicted in murder of Hrant Dink | Dozens of people handed jail sentences in murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist | Fri, 03/26/2021 – 10: 53 | Demonstrators hold a banner reading 'For Hrant, For Justice' during a gathering in front of the Caglayan courthouse in Istanbul, on 26 March 2021 (AFP) | A court in Istanbul has handed down a verdict of six life…

Maya Evans (2021-03-26). Will Drones Really Protect Us? Drugs, Surveillance and the War on Terror. counterpunch.org I'm seated in the police Zoom briefing with other council representatives for my small seaside town in England. Our Chief Inspector is telling us about the crisis we have with soaring heroin addiction in the town. The recent surge is contributing to a general increase in crime. The next section of the briefing is about

Anti-Asian Sentiment is White Supremacy (2021-03-26). No Hate Crimes Against AAPI Rally in San Francisco. indybay.org On March 20 the Asian community and allies stood up and spoke out denouncing anti-Asian hate crimes. These crimes have spiked 150 percent since the pandemic began. San Francisco's picturesque Portsmouth Square was the backdrop. | Top photo by Steve Disenhof…

ACLU (2021-03-26). Artist and Writer Chanel Miller on Surviving, Identity, and Activism. aclu.org This week on At Liberty, we're rounding out our Women's History Month series with writer and artist Chanel Miller. Miller jumped into the spotlight back in 2015. First known to the public as "Emily Doe," Miller's victim impact statement from the sentencing hearing of Brock Turner, who sexually assaulted her on Stanford University's campus, went viral. The In 2019,…

WSWS (2021-03-26). More students sent back to Las Vegas schools, as health expert claims Nevada is reaching "herd immunity" wsws.org More than 26,000 students were sent back into Clark County schools this week even as more virulent and lethal variants spread throughout Nevada.

RT (2021-03-26). 'Jim Crow in the 21st century'? Biden shares harsh words for Georgia election integrity bill. rt.com President Joe Biden has added himself to a chorus of Democrat voices blasting Georgia's new election laws, including an ID requirement — and apparently implying they are racist. | "This is Jim Crow in the 21st Century. It must end," Biden said, seemingly referring to past laws pushing racial segregation in the US, in a statement reacting to the bill being signed by Governor Brian Kemp on Thursday. | The Election Integrity Act, which easily passed the state House and Senate, requires voters to present a valid photo identification card for absentee balloting, reduces the window for accepting mail-in ballot…

RT (2021-03-26). Romney baffles left and right as he receives JFK 'Profile in Courage' Award thanks to Trump impeachment vote. rt.com Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has earned the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, specifically for his "historic vote to convict" Donald Trump. News of the accolade earned him criticism from both the left and the right. | "Senator Romney proves that politics can still be a noble profession, that country comes before party. He stands out as a profile in courage that my generation can look to and learn from," Jack Schlossberg, a member of the Profile in Courage Award Committee and grandson of President John F. Kennedy, said in the Friday press release. | Romney's award will be presented during a virtual ceremon…

The Canary (2021-03-26). Asda workers win Supreme Court discrimination fight for equal pay. thecanary.co Asda bosses have lost a Supreme Court equal pay fight with store workers. | More than 40,000 Asda store workers, about two-thirds of whom are women, brought equal pay claims after complaining that staff working in distribution depots unfairly get more money. | Asda bosses said store jobs were not comparable to distribution centre jobs. | The store workers, who are represented by law firm Leigh Day, made sex discrimination claims, saying they historically got less because most store workers are women while most distribution depot staff are men. | Implications for supermarkets and other retailers: | Lawyers…

Danny Mok (2021-03-26). Hong Kong tells 14 countries to stop accepting BN(O) passports for working holiday applications. scmp.com Hong Kong has told 14 countries to stop accepting British National (Overseas) passports as a valid travel document for applicants of working holiday visas, in the latest enforcement of countermeasures against London for offering its residents with BN(O) status a pathway to citizenship.A government spokesman said local applicants to the young people's working holiday scheme should instead present their Hong Kong passports and that partner countries had been informed of the requirement.Reacting…

Agence France-Presse (2021-03-26). France wants its baguette to have Unesco heritage status. scmp.com France has chosen the baguette as its candidate for Unesco intangible cultural heritage status, the government said on Friday, seeking recognition for that most quintessential of French symbols.While berets and strings of garlic around the neck might be more stereotype than reality these days, long loaves of bread are still seen tucked under arms all over France on a daily basis.According to data site Planetoscope, some 10 billion baguettes are consumed every year in France — some 320 every…

Nandini Archer (2021-03-26). UK women are being 'used as guinea pigs' by 'abortion reversal' doctors. zcomm.org openDemocracy investigation reveals spread of controversial treatment that claims to 'reverse' abortions, supported by US Christian right…

_____ (2021-03-26). Blinken Threatens Germany With Sanctions. popularresistance.org While meeting with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on Tuesday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the US's opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that will connect Russia to Germany and warned Berlin about possible sanctions over the project. | "President Biden has been very clear in saying that he believes the pipeline is a bad idea; it's bad for Europe, bad for the United States," Blinken said. "Ultimately, it's in contradiction to the EU's own energy security goals. It has the potential to undermine the interests of Ukraine, Poland, a number of other close partners or allies."

Berry Craig (2021-03-26). With rural whites massively outnumbering Black voters, Kentucky Republicans make voting easier. peoplesworld.org Some well-intentioned liberals are praising Kentucky Republican lawmakers for making it easier to vote in the Bluegrass State instead of passing laws aimed at suppressing minority votes, most of which go to Democrats. They'd never admit it, of course, but the Republicans approved voting "reform" legislation because it helps the GOP. Last year, the deadly coronavirus …

SCMP Reporters (2021-03-26). 14 things you may not know about Vladimir Putin. scmp.com 1. Who is Vladimir Putin? Vladimir Putin: biography, KGB, family, wealth, power in Russia. Learn more 2. What happened to Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny? Putin critic Alexei Navalny says he is being held in a 'concentration camp'. Learn more 3. What did Trump and Putin talk about in private? What was said between the two leaders is a great mystery. Learn more 4. What are Gorbachev's views on nuclear disarmament? The former Soviet leader said Biden and Putin should meet and discuss…

sputniknews (2021-03-26). Wild Boar Head Placed on Quran in Swedish Town Following Mass Stabbing by Afghan Immigrant. sputniknews.com Earlier this month, the Swedish town city of Vetlanda saw a mass stabbing incident, in which a 22-year-old Afghan man injured seven people. A local association that helps migrants subsequently voiced concerns about animosity toward refugees.

sputniknews (2021-03-26). UK to Summon Chinese Envoy Over Sanctions, Threatens With 'Increasing Int'l Pressure' Over Xinjiang. sputniknews.com On Monday, the western world, namely the United Kingdom, the European Union, the United States, and Canada imposed sanctions on a slew of Chinese officials over alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang region.

sputniknews (2021-03-26). Satellite Images Show Dozens of Ships Backed Up At Both Ends of Suez Canal Awaiting Reopening. sputniknews.com A major maritime jam, costing global trade around $400 million an hour – according to economists' estimates – occurred when the captain of container ship Ever Given lost control of his vessel because a sandstorm blew it off course, causing it to get stuck diagonally and close off the entire Suez Canal.

sputniknews (2021-03-26). Global Shipping Firms Start to Divert Vessels From Suez Canal as MV Ever Given Remains Stranded. sputniknews.com On Thursday, the Suez Canal Authority announced a temporary halt to maritime traffic as eight tugs are working to release the container ship Ever Given that blocked the route after running aground.

sputniknews (2021-03-26). Ever Given Owner Apologizes as Officials Say It May Take Weeks to Refloat Vessel Stuck in Suez Canal. sputniknews.com A global focus was zeroed in on Egypt's Suez Canal this week, after a massive 200,000-plus ton vessel known as the Ever Given became wedged in the waterway, which sees about 13% of global trade pass through the channel. Repeated attempts to free the vessel have been unsuccessful.

sputniknews (2021-03-26). Ever Given: Owner of Cargo Ship Blocking Suez Canal Reveals When Vessel May be Refloated. sputniknews.com On Friday, global shipping companies started to reroute their cargo from the Suez Canal after a giant container ship, the Ever Given, blocked maritime traffic in one of the world's busiest waterways.

sputniknews (2021-03-26). 'How Master Treats His Slaves': Biden Faces Backlash After Getting Afghan President's Name Wrong. sputniknews.com Biden said the US would likely fail to meet the 1 May deadline to pull out Amercian troops from Afghanistan, but added that he couldn't "picture" American military presence in the country next year.

sputniknews (2021-03-26). Photo: New Mom Emily Ratajkowski Polarizes Social Media After Backtracking on Gender Identity Stance. sputniknews.com Months before giving birth, Emily Ratajkowski detailed in a Vogue op-ed that she and husband Sebastian Bear-McClard "ultimately have no idea who—rather than what—is growing inside my belly." The UK-born, American model also said the two would let their child tell them their gender at age 18, rather than make that decision for the child.

sputniknews (2021-03-26). Indian Businessman Buys Land on Moon for Infant Son, Reports Say. sputniknews.com The trend of buying land on the Moon is increasing day by day in India. Although, physically, one cannot own property on the moon – one can't even charge rocket-parking when Nasa lands one of its shuttles on one's plot – the certificate is the only thing that the customer receives on purchasing it. For many, it's a valuable gift.

sputniknews (2021-03-26). 'Very Sad to Watch': Trump Decries Media for Asking 'Easy' Questions at Biden Press Conference. sputniknews.com On Thursday, President Joe Biden held his first press conference since taking over the Oval Office, during which he sometimes lost his train of thought, forgetting questions and pausing for periods of time.

RT (2021-03-26). Arkansas Governor signs bill banning biological males from girls' sports amid criticism of it being 'cruel' & 'illegal'. rt.com Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson signed into law a bill that bans biological males from competing in female school sports programs, marking the third Republican-controlled state to enact such legislation. | "This law simply says that female athletes should not have to compete in a sport against a student of the male sex when the sport is designed for women's competition," Hutchinson

Pip Hinman (2021-03-26). Rally calls for Julian Assange's release. greenleft.org.au Hundreds of people joined a rally on Parliament Lawns in Hobart to call for whistleblower Julian Assange to be freed and support public interest journalism, reports Tristan Sykes.

Pip Hinman (2021-03-26). NT government's 'tougher than ever' approach sets up a Don Dale re-run. greenleft.org.au First Nations organisations have strongly criticised the Northern Territory Labor government's proposals to get "tough" on young people who re-offend, saying it would drive more Aboriginal children into police and prison cells. Pip Hinman reports.

Pip Hinman (2021-03-26). For a genuine jobs guarantee instead of an end to JobKeeper. greenleft.org.au The end of the JobKeeper program means that up to 500,000 jobs are at risk. Jim McIlroy argues that plenty of secure jobs could be created if there was a mass campaign to redirect public funds to expand the public sector.

Susan Price (2021-03-26). Netherlands: Right's electoral gains a challenge for the left. greenleft.org.au The Dutch election in mid-March was a shift to the right. One of the great mistakes of the Dutch left in the period leading up to this election was that, while it was already at an all-time low in the polls, it did not prioritise its own narrative, writes Alex De Jong.

Susan Price (2021-03-26). Netherlands: Right's electoral gains raise a challenge for the left. greenleft.org.au The Dutch election in mid-March was a shift to the right. One of the great mistakes of the Dutch left in the period leading up to this election was that, while it was already at an all-time low in the polls, it did not prioritise its own narrative, writes Alex De Jong.

Robin Savannah Carver (2021-03-26). I Want Civil Rights. They Want to Talk About Sports. zcomm.org Republicans are leveraging public ignorance about trans people to deny Queer Americans basic civil rights…

Massoud Nayeri (2021-03-26). Juan Guaido as Venezuela's Interim President. Again. globalresearch.ca Despite a failed military coup attempt by Guaido with Washington's backing …

Sapan Maini-Thompson (2021-03-26). MI5 undercover agent policy held lawful. ukhumanrightsblog.com In Privacy International & Ors v Secretary of State for Foreign And Commonwealth Affairs & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 330, the Court of Appeal held that the policy which authorises officers of the Security Service (MI5) to run undercover agents who participate in the commission of criminal offences is lawful. Background and Legal Framework The …

RT (2021-03-26). At least 5 dead after several massive tornadoes wreak havoc across Alabama (VIDEOS). rt.com A series of twisters tore through several Alabama cities, leaving at least five people dead while inflicting major damage on homes and knocking out power supply for tens of thousands of residents. | The five fatalities were reported by officials in eastern Alabama's Calhoun County on Thursday, after a large funnel swept through the area. Two of the victims resided in mobile homes, the country coroner said. | Up to eight tornadoes touched down throughout the day, all stemming from the same "supercell" of storms, according to John De Block, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham. T…

RT (2021-03-26). Google Podcasts is like Parler and you can find ALEX JONES there, says NYT in latest pro-censorship story. rt.com Always eager to see more "guardrails" and "content curation" applied to competitors, the Gray Lady is coming after Google Podcasts, which supposedly didn't do its homework on purging undesirable voices. | Google Podcasts is a service that helps search for, subscribe to and playback podcasts, a self-publishing media that became so popular now that leaders in the field easily rival the popularity of top TV shows and newspapers. According to the New York Times, the app "stands alone among major platforms in its tolerance of hate speech and other extremist content." | Google Podcasts is distinct among major platfo…

Rafael Logroño (2021-03-26). Students in Turkey Are Standing Up for LGBT Rights. thenation.com Bogazici University's LGBTI+ club in January, students across the country launched a nationwide protest movement.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-03-26). Understanding COVID-19 vaccine side effects, why second dose could feel worse. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org All vaccines could cause some degree of reaction, and the same is true for COVID-19 vaccines. Post-vaccine symptoms are typically mild and resolve quickly without the need to use any medication. Common COVID-19 vaccine side effects include: Redness or soreness at injection site.Muscle aches.Fatigue.Headache.Fever or chills. For some people, the second dose in a COVID-19 vaccine series …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-03-26). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Viruses can't mutate if they can't replicate. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The COVID-19 virus mutates and replicates when people let down their guard and don't follow safety protocols, such as practicing social distancing and wearing a mask. "I think most of us expect a major surge because of spring break travel and the relaxation of restrictions," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-03-26). World TB Day: Tuberculosis remains a deadly disease worldwide. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The theme of World TB Day 2021 is "The Clock is Ticking" because the world is running out of time to act on global commitments to end Tuberculosis (TB), according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Tuberculosis is one of the world's deadly diseases. Each day, nearly 4,000 people lose their lives to TB and …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-03-26). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Prostate biopsies and elevated PSA. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I recently had a physical, which included a check of my PSA level. The doctor said my PSA level is elevated, as it has been in the past. I have undergone several biopsies that have not shown cancer. Do I need to continue with biopsies every year? ANSWER: It may not be necessary for …

Andrew Stewart (2021-03-26). Zach Snyder's Justice League: a Four Hour Ayn Rand Fantasia. counterpunch.org It might strike some as odd to claim one of the most eagerly-anticipated films of 2021 was originally formulated as an Objectivist epic. Shock might be further compounded upon learning that this film exists thanks to a grassroots campaign not featuring the usual suspects from the Libertarian milieu (Ron Paul supporters, bow-tied dweebs of the

Andrew Stewart (2021-03-26). Zach Snyder's Justice League: A Four Hour Ayn Rand Fantasia. counterpunch.org It might strike some as odd to claim one of the most eagerly-anticipated films of 2021 was originally formulated as an Objectivist epic. Shock might be further compounded upon learning that this film exists thanks to a grassroots campaign not featuring the usual suspects from the Libertarian milieu (Ron Paul supporters, bow-tied dweebs of the

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-26). "Fraudulent Marketing": The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is an "Unapproved Product" which Is "Permitted for Use" globalresearch.ca First published on March 6, 2021 | Should we trust Big Pharma …

Jordan Schachtel (2021-03-26). Welcome to the "COVID Testing Industrial Complex", Which Is Fast Becoming a $100 Billion a Year Industry. globalresearch.ca This article was first published in December 2020. | The COVID-19 Testing …

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2021-03-26). "Two Fatal Errors in its Assessment of the SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic". What SAGE Has Got Wrong. globalresearch.ca This article was first published in October 2020 | Note: The Strategic Advisory …

Euronews (2021-03-26). Denmark Extends AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccine Suspension for Three Weeks. globalresearch.ca Below is the report of EuroNews confirming Denmark's Decision to Suspend …

Staff (2021-03-26). Headlines for March 26, 2021. democracynow.org:443 Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Signs Sweeping Bill to Suppress African American Vote , Georgia Lawmaker Arrested on Felony Charges for Knocking on Governor's Office Door in Protest, President Biden Says U.S. Unlikely to Honor May 1 Afghanistan Withdrawal Deadline, U.S. COVID-19 Cases Rise as Biden Doubles Vaccine Goal to 200 Million Shots in 100 Days, Mexico's Official COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 200,000; True Toll Could Be 50% Higher , ISIS-Linked Prisoners in Syria Face Conditions That Amount to Torture, Says Human Rights Watch , Netanyahu Fails to Clinch Israeli Election as Extreme-Right Party Gains Seats, Suez Canal Bl…

Global Research News (2021-03-26). Selected Articles: "Fraudulent Marketing": The Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is an "Unapproved Product" globalresearch.ca By Should we trust Big Pharma Companies which have a criminal record? In a histori…

WSWS (2021-03-26). European Union summit retreats from vaccine export ban. wsws.org Every major capitalist power is engaged in the same beggar thy neighbour policy, with catastrophic consequences that only aids the spread of the virus.

Line Fausko (2021-03-26). AstraZeneca Vaccine Correlated to Blood Clots, Death. Norwegian Physician Pà•l Andre Holme. globalresearch.ca Below is the Google Translation of the original article in Norwegian. …

Kunal Purohit (2021-03-26). India's PM Modi heads to Bangladesh with vaccines as Beijing highlights friendship with Dhaka. scmp.com Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bangladesh on Friday bearing the gift of an additional 1.2 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, as part of efforts to smoothen ties with a smaller neighbour that is increasingly reliant on China for investment.The two-day visit is Modi's first international trip since the Covid-19 pandemic began last year, and is timed to mark Bangladesh's 50th anniversary of independence from India's rival Pakistan as well as to celebrate the centenary of the…

Lilian Cheng,Gigi Choy (2021-03-26). Young Hong Kong man describes ordeal of facial paralysis after receiving Covid-19 vaccine. scmp.com If Wilson Lam could do it over again, he would not take the Covid-19 vaccine. The 26-year-old Hong Kong resident woke up in hospital after fainting outside a government-run centre where he was inoculated on Wednesday. He was shocked to find much of his face paralysed. "I could not close my left eye, while my mouth was crooked to the right hand side, so I could only eat most things with my teeth on that side. The situation has not improved so far," he told…

Laura Westbrook (2021-03-26). It's not a Birkin, says Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip as she hits out at online attacks over her purple handbag. scmp.com When Hong Kong lawmaker Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee received her second dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine this week, she did not expect her purple handbag to make her the focus of online attacks.Eagle-eyed internet users zoomed in on a photo of the pro-establishment legislator getting her jab, with her bag placed under the table. They noted it looked very similar to a Hermes Birkin bag, often called the ultimate luxury item and costing upwards of HK$115,000 (US$14,740).The French luxury goods…

Bloomberg (2021-03-26). Coronavirus: EU reveals huge vaccine exports amid struggle to inoculate its own region. scmp.com The European Union (EU) has exported more Covid-19 vaccines to the rest of the world than it has administered at home, piling more pressure on governments seeking to justify prolonged lockdowns to their increasingly exasperated voters.The numbers were revealed to EU leaders as they discussed how to turn around their vaccination campaign and deal with a new flare-up in infections. They showed the EU had exported 77 million shots since December 1, versus 62 million doses dispensed. Out of those,…

Zhuang Pinghui (2021-03-26). Coronavirus: China piles on pressure to get vaccinated as country targets 10 million injections a day. scmp.com China administered almost 5.5 million Covid-19 vaccines on Thursday as it stepped up its efforts to inoculate 40 per cent of the population by June.The National Health Commission announced it had administered more than 91.3 million doses and its figures suggest the daily average has risen from 1.6 million last Saturday to 2.6 million.The daily total must rise to around 10 million doses if the June target is to be met, and local governments were told during a teleconference with Vice-Premier Sun…

Reuters (2021-03-26). Coronavirus: India suspends AstraZeneca vaccine exports as cases surge; Australia wary of PNG outbreak. scmp.com India has put a temporary hold on all major exports of the AstraZeneca coronavirus shot made by the Serum Institute of India (SII), the world's biggest vaccine-maker, to meet domestic demand as infections rise, two sources said.The move will also affect supplies to the GAVI/WHO-backed global Covax vaccine-sharing facility, through which 64 poorer countries are supposed to get doses from the SII, the programme's procurement and distributing partner UNICEF told Reuters.Deliveries will be delayed…

Agencies (2021-03-26). Coronavirus: Thailand to allow vaccinated tourists to enter Phuket without quarantine. scmp.com Thai authorities agreed on Friday to allow foreigners inoculated against the coronavirus to travel to its biggest holiday island without undergoing quarantine, and announced a new order for five million more doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine.With arrival numbers plummeting this past year, tourism-reliant Thailand is racing to secure vaccines for its population and reopen the country to foreigners in a pilot project for vaccine passports."If we can inoculate 50-60 per cent of the population we can…

RT (2021-03-26). CNN airs Trump CDC chief's 'opinion' that Covid started as WUHAN LAB LEAK, argues he 'sees & knows things the rest of us don't'. rt.com Trump-favored theory of the origin of Covid-19 pandemic as a lab leak in Wuhan seems to have been endorsed by CNN, which gave air to the former US president's CDC director to make a case for his 'opinion'. | The interview with Robert Redfield, who served as director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under Donald Trump, was aired by CNN as part of a

RT (2021-03-26). Parler says it referred FBI to violent content more than 50 times BEFORE riot, including on 'specific threats' to the Capitol. rt.com The conservative-friendly social media network Parler said it directed the FBI to dozens of posts encouraging violence in the weeks before the January 6 Capitol riot, also arguing other sites permitted "far more" violent content. | The company forwarded posts to the FBI on more than 50 occasions prior to the unrest in Washington, DC, it said in a

RT (2021-03-26). Big Tech CEOs defend their censorship practices at Capitol Hill 'disinformation' hearing. rt.com As lawmakers from both parties talk regulation, the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter headed to Capitol Hill for a hearing. With Democrats in charge, the focus this time was on "disinformation," and of course Donald Trump. | Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet (Google's parent company) CEO Sundar Pichai, and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey are dab hands at explaining themselves to Congress at this stage. Since 2018, Zuckerberg has testified six times, Dorsey four times, and Pichai three times, on everything from data collection and privacy issues, to censorship and bogus claims of "Russian interference" in the 2…

RT (2021-03-26). Pete Buttigieg raises eyebrows by floating 'MILEAGE TAX' as way to fund costly infrastructure plans. rt.com US Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg has said a tax that charges people based on how extensively they drive could be a reality soon, prompting a wave of panic from both liberals and conservatives. | Discussing revenue sources to help finance what are expected to be infrastructure proposals worth trillions in the coming months, Buttigieg said, "I'm hearing a lot of appetite to make sure that there are sustainable funding streams." | A mileage tax, the transportation secretary said, is a plan that "shows a lot of promise" and could end up helping to finance future infrastructure projects. Instead of pe…

RT (2021-03-26). After calling Putin 'killer' and Xi 'autocrat,' Biden invites them to CLIMATE summit — reports. rt.com US President Joe Biden has invited his Russian and Chinese counterparts Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping to a climate summit scheduled for April, in hopes of speeding up global efforts to cut carbon emissions, the White House said. | Putin and Xi were among the 40 leaders invited to the event, anonymous administration officials told reporters on Friday. Others on the list include some of the world's "top climate-change sufferers, do-gooders and backsliders," AP reported. | WASHINGTON (AP) – Officials: President Biden invites Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping to first big global climate talks of his administration.

RT (2021-03-26). US stargazers treated to a visual feast as deorbiting Falcon 9 second stage gets obliterated in spectacular fire rain (VIDEOS). rt.com People in Oregon and Washington witnessed an unusual spectacle on Thursday night, when a used second stage of a Falcon 9 rocket broke down and burned up in the atmosphere over their heads. | Space X is yet to confirm that the debris filmed by many amused witnesses on the US northwestern coast was part of its rocket ending its life cycle, but its origin was identified by multiple amateur astronomers. | This is Freaky Deaky.

RT (2021-03-26). US stargazers treated to a visual feast as deorbiting Falcon 9 second stage gets obliterated in spectacular fire rain (VIDEOS). rt.com People in Oregon and Washington witnessed an unusual spectacle on Thursday night, when a used second stage of a Falcon 9 rocket broke down and burned up in the atmosphere over their heads. | Space X is yet to confirm that the debris filmed by many amused witnesses on the US northwestern coast was part of its rocket ending its life cycle, but its origin was identified by multiple amateur astronomers. | #meteor pic.twitter.com/LzRHYG4J9z— The Freaky Deaky Podcast (@freakydeakypod) RT (2021-03-26). Michael Flynn's family sues CNN for $75 million over making them out to be QAnon supporters. rt.com Two family members of former national security advisor Michael Flynn say CNN deceptively edited a video to make them look like QAnon supporters, and they are now suing the network for $75 million. | Jack and Leslie Flynn, brother and sister-in-law of the former White House official, filed the lawsuit in US District Court in New York City, alleging defamation at the hands of CNN over a month-old report. | In the February 4 segment from the network, footage showed Michael Flynn and his family celebrating the July 4 holiday, reciting the pledge to the Constitution that members of Congress take and saying, "Where…

RT (2021-03-26). Minnesota theater scraps 'Cinderella' production after 'too white' cast fails to meet 'diversity, equity & inclusion' criteria. rt.com A production of the classic folk tale 'Cinderella' was abruptly canceled by a Minnesota theater, whose director said the play's "98% white" cast did not meet a self-imposed diversity quota, opting to start over from scratch. | Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, located in a suburb of Minneapolis, said the play was called off in a

Steve Topple (2021-03-26). Disability hate crime on public transport has surged. thecanary.co Government figures have Disabled people: transport discrimination: | The Department for Transport (DfT) has released a set of statistics about disabled people's access to transport in England in 2019/20.

MEE, agencies (2021-03-26). Suez Canal: Ship owner aims to free ship 'tomorrow night'. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal: Ship owner aims to free ship 'tomorrow night' | Report in Japanese newspaper comes despite salvage experts warning the rescue operation could last days or even weeks | Fri, 03/26/2021 – 09: 31 | Global shipping giant Maersk and Germany's Hapag-Lloyd both said on Thursday that they were looking into going around Africa (AFP) | Shoei Kisen, the Japanese owner of the container shi…

Mumia Abu-Jamal recorded by Prison Radio (2021-03-26). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Thank You Message to Supporters. indybay.org Mumia Abu-Jamal's COVID symptoms have improved but the severe debilitating skin condition persists. Mumia is now back in general population and he does not currently require hospitalization. However, Mumia needs continued monitoring, and he must not be shackled during future hospitalization.

WSWS Repost (2021-03-26). Biden silent on rise in COVID-19 cases, justifies attacks on immigrants. indybay.org Seasoned Political analyst Patrick Martin at the World Socialist Web Site describes Biden's first press conference as president.

Labor Video Project (2021-03-26). Seven Hundred SEIU 87Janitors In SF Strike For PPE & A Contract: 26 Have Died From Covid. indybay.org Seven hundred SEIU 87 janitors have gone on strike for a contract. The contractors have failed to provide proper amount of PPE and 26 janitors have died from Covid.

Abolish All Guns (2021-03-26). USA Allowing Mentally Ill to Buy and Use Guns. indybay.org We have had 2 mentally ill people in 2 weeks engage in massacres, using guns they bought recently with no background checks. There are now 400 million guns in civilian hands in the USA, a country of 332 million people. Most of the guns are unregistered. The USA is the worst in the world in gun ownership with 120 guns per capita. See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estimated_number_o…

Zachary Conti (2021-03-26). IMF Announces $650 Billion in Emergency Reserves Needed to Confront Pandemic Crisis. indybay.org The International Monetary Fund announced $650 billion in emergency reserve funds are needed to confront the global coronavirus health and economic crisis.

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-03-26). Sunday 3/28: What's going on in Myanmar? indybay.org Zoom forum, login into at icssmarx.org

WSWS repost (2021-03-26). Biden administration to use San Diego Convention Center to detain 1,400 migrant children. indybay.org The opening of a detention center in downtown San Diego is an attempt to give the US government's anti-immigrant policies a facelift as more than 14,000 children remain in federal custody.

Labor Video Project (2021-03-26). The War Against Italian Fed-Ex & Amazon Logistics Workers Who Face Police & Government Repression. indybay.org FedEx in collusion with the police and government is attacking the workers and also using fascist laws against them. There is also an attack on all logistics workers and privatization of the economy. Roberto Luzzi with Si Corbus talks about the attacks.

Hate Has No Place Here (2021-03-26). Brisbane Pacific Islanders, Asians and Allies Rally. indybay.org Over 500 people gathered in the Brisbane Community Park on March 20 to say "hate has no place here."

Human Rights Lab, White Snake Projects (2021-03-26). Tuesday 3/30: Art as Transformation: Music and Drama for Incarcerated Youth. indybay.org Online event…

Labor Video Project (2021-03-26). US Labor, The Fight Against Racist Attacks & Xenophobia With Kent Wong UCLA Labor Center. indybay.org WorkWeek interviews Kent Wong, Director of the UCLA Labor Center and a founder of the Asian Pacifica Labor Alliance. He discusses the growing racist attacks, the history of anti-Asian racism and xenophobia.

Human Rights Lab, White Snake Projects (2021-03-26). Tuesday 4/6: Art and Imagination Inside Prisons: Making, Learning, & Teaching Art Behind Bars. indybay.org Online event…

Revolution Books (2021-03-26). Monday 3/29: Dr. Nicole Fleetwood Tour of Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Lawrence Hamm, reposted by the Jamal Journal (2021-03-26). Newark NJ's P.O.P. letter for Mumia Abu-Jamal to PA Gov. Tom Wolf. indybay.org This March 17 letter to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal was written by Lawrence Hamm, Chair of the People's Organization for Progress (POP), based out of Newark, New Jersey. POP is one of the organizers for the upcoming Friday, March 26 Mumia Protest at 12 NOON, beginning at Newark City Hall and March to DA Honig's Office.

Asian Americans in Santa Cruz (2021-03-26). Saturday 3/27: Candlelight Vigil & Remembrance #StopAAPIHate. indybay.org Santa Cruz County Government Center | 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz…

khubaka, michael harris (2021-03-26). 2021 Congressional Black Farmer Hearings and California Black Agriculture Summit. indybay.org &nbsp…

Human Rights Lab, White Snake Projects (2021-03-26). Tuesday 4/13: Freedom-Making in an Age of Mass Incarceration. indybay.org Online event…

David Giesen (2021-03-26). Saturday 3/27: Women's History Month film series discussion. indybay.org ZOOM: zoom.us/j/94442843563?pwd=Mk5nRE5ERnJkbT…

CA Academy of Sciences SF (2021-03-26). Thursday 4/22: Earth Day for the People w/ California Academy of Sciences SF. indybay.org OnLine via livestream…

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (2021-03-26). Saturday 4/24: Panel: Perspectives from Asian American Community Organizing. indybay.org Online…

Michael Webster (2021-03-26). The Ultimate Gold Panning & Proespecting Guide. indybay.org First, let's talk about the proper equipment, and of course the first thing you need is a good gold pan.

Santosh (2021-03-26). Global Cancer CDK Inhibitor Market 2019-2029 – Pipeline Analysis is estimated to be US$ 16. indybay.org The Global Cancer CDK Inhibitor Market accounted for US$ 6.0 billion in 2019 and is estimated to be US$ 16.1 billion by 2029 and is anticipated to register a CAGR of 10.4%.

GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign,, partners (2021-03-26). Wednesday 3/31: State of the Union: Trans Rights In Post-Trumpland w/ Filmmakers of "Trans In Trumpland" indybay.org Online event…

Exploratorium in San Francisco (2021-03-26). Thursday 4/1: Transgender Day of Visibility: Trans Scientists in STEAM Fields w/ the Exploratorium. indybay.org Online event…

_____ (2021-03-26). Segregating 'Sesame Street'. strategic-culture.org As a child growing up in the early 1970s, Sesame Street was the only exposure I had to black people as people like me — this, as opposed to seeing them in the stores, and being polite, but not engaged with them. Sesame Street was where I learned how to see past color, into the humanity of black people.

_____ (2021-03-26). Biden Administration on Aggression Tour of Europe Against Russia, China. strategic-culture.org Biden asserted that China wanted to supplant the United States as the world's leader, as if that in itself is a crime. | This week saw a frenetic foray by the Biden administration to provocatively wind up tensions with Russia and China. Lamentably, judging by European acquiescence, the Americans can claim some success in their nefarious aim. But such "success" is a dangerous slide toward conflict, a baleful dynamic that the sycophantic leaders of the European Union are facilitating. | President Joe Biden has said, rather disingenuously, that he is not seeking confrontation with Russia nor China. But it is difficu…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-26). Saudi Arabia reports fire at Jizan oil terminal as Houthis escalate attacks. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia reports fire at Jizan oil terminal as Houthis escalate attacks | Rebels say they also targeted King Abdelaziz military base in Dammam and military sites in Najran and Asir | Fri, 03/26/2021 – 08: 29 | Saudi-backed forces are also under pressure as the Houthis battle towards Marib, the Yemeni government's last northern stronghold in the war-ravaged country (AFP) | A projectile…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-26). Egypt: Dozens killed by passenger trains colliding. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Dozens killed by passenger trains colliding | Social media users share horrific images from the scene of the crash, with victims screaming for rescue | Fri, 03/26/2021 – 11: 15 | "> | Two passenger trains collided in the south of Egypt on Friday causing dozens of casualties, the health ministry said. | The incident took place in the village of al-Sawamaa…

MEE staff (2021-03-26). 'Culture war' concerns over UK school Prophet Muhammad cartoon row. middleeasteye.net 'Culture war' concerns over UK school Prophet Muhammad cartoon row | 'Extremists on both sides' have hijacked the debate over the cartoon, says ex-chair of Conservative Party Sayeeda Warsi | Fri, 03/26/2021 – 14: 15 | The teacher, 29, is said to have shown the image to pupils during a lesson at the school in West Yorkshire on Monday (Twitter) | "Extremists on both sides" have hijacked the row over a cartoon of…

Yossi Melman (2021-03-26). Israel elections: Voters ignored the Middle East. Results may force them to engage. middleeasteye.net Israel elections: Voters ignored the Middle East. Results may force them to engage | No one seemed moved by Arab normalisation or the Iranian shadow war. But Netanyahu's self-serving courtship of the Arab vote could open the door for Palestinian negotiation | Fri, 03/26/2021 – 08: 57 | A Palestinian man reads a newspaper with the front-page headline about the results of the Israeli election, in Gaza C…

Ragip Soylu (2021-03-26). Suez Canal blocked: Turkey offers Egypt help to open the passage. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal blocked: Turkey offers Egypt help to open the passage | Ankara's offer comes as the two countries have recently moved to repair diplomatic ties | Fri, 03/26/2021 – 11: 50 | This handout satellite images courtesy of Cnes 2021 released on 25 March 2021 shows the Ever Given container ship lodged sideways and impeding all traffic across the waterway of Egypt's Suez Canal (AFP) | The Turkish govern…

Ragip Soylu (2021-03-26). Why Erdogan fired Turkey's central bank governor. middleeasteye.net Why Erdogan fired Turkey's central bank governor | Sources tell MEE Naci Agbal went against the president's direct instructions on interest rates, and paid the price | Fri, 03/26/2021 – 08: 52 | Naci Agbal, left, was in the job for only five months before he was sacked by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right (MEE) | Even some of the most ardent supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were t…

Juan Cole (2021-03-26). Why the Suez Cana is so Important to the Global Economy. zcomm.org The canal is a major money earner for Egypt and it has become a major artery of world trade…

Giulio D'Errico (2021-03-26). Resisting Greece's rapid descent into authoritarianism. zcomm.org The heavily militarized response to the pandemic and endemic police violence has exacerbated old conflicts within Greek society — and many have had enough…

Stuart Appelbaum (2021-03-26). Amazon Intimidates Workers Amid Historic Union Vote. zcomm.org Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, are in the final days of voting on whether to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and become the first unionized Amazon warehouse in the United States…

Kenny Stancil (2021-03-26). Amazon to Delivery Drivers: Agree to Be Spied On Biometrically or You're Fired. zcomm.org "Rank authoritarianism disguised as corporate efficiency for consumer satisfaction."

Kim Moody (2021-03-26). Workers of the World: Growth, Change, and Rebellion. zcomm.org The working class of the twenty-first century is a class in formation, as one would expect in a world where capitalism has only recently become universal…

Tom Wetzel (2021-03-26). Political and Economic Power in a Period of Social Transformation. zcomm.org How does the working class liberate itself from being a subordinate and exploited class?

Parth M.N. (2021-03-26). 'We will protest for as long as possible'. zcomm.org "We are getting by because people around us have been our strength. If only this government had half the empathy shown by the farming community, it would have repealed the three farm laws."

Mark Engler (2021-03-26). Can social movements realign America's political parties to win big change? zcomm.org In claiming the goal of "realignment," groups such as Sunrise and Justice Democrats are reviving an old idea, with hopes of provoking new political transformations…

A Guest Author (2021-03-26). Statement on the 10th anniversary of the U.S. war on Syria. workers.org The following slightly edited statement was released on March 12, 2021 by the Syria Solidarity Movement — including the International Action Center — on the 10th anniversary of the continuing U.S. war on Syria. Workers World Party has participated in three solidarity delegations to Syria during this 10-year period. Contact . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-03-26). Statement on the 10th anniversary of the U.S. war on Syria. workers.org The following slightly edited statement was released on March 12, 2021 by the Syria Solidarity Movement — including the International Action Center — on the 10th anniversary of the continuing U.S. war on Syria. Workers World Party has participated in three solidarity delegations to Syria during this 10-year period. Contact . . . |

Staff (2021-03-26). Evanston, Illinois, to Pay Reparations to Black Families Harmed by Decades of Racist Housing Policies. democracynow.org:443 Evanston, Illinois, has become the first city in the United States to make reparations available to its Black residents for past discrimination and the lingering effects of slavery. The Chicago suburb's City Council voted 8 to 1 to distribute $400,000 to eligible Black households, with qualifying residents receiving $25,000 for home repairs or down payments on property. The program is being funded through donations and revenue from a 3% tax on the sale of recreational marijuana, and the city has pledged to distribute $10 million over 10 years. "There's no way to express how significant this is," says Danny Glover…

Staff (2021-03-26). Danny Glover on Amazon Union Drive, the Power of Organized Labor & Centuries of Resistance in Haiti. democracynow.org:443 As workers in Bessemer, Alabama, continue to vote on whether to establish the first unionized Amazon warehouse in the United States, we speak with actor and activist Danny Glover, who recently joined organizers on the ground to push for a yes vote. "This election is a statement," says Glover, one of the most high-profile supporters of the closely watched union drive. Nearly 6,000 workers, most of them Black, have until March 29 to return their ballots. If workers successfully unionize, it could be a watershed moment for the U.S. labor movement, setting off a wave of union drives at Amazon facilities across the co…

Staff (2021-03-26). Jim Crow Redux: Georgia GOP Governor Signs "Egregious" Voter Suppression Law Targeting Black Voters. democracynow.org:443 Georgia's Republican Governor Brian Kemp has signed a sweeping elections bill that civil rights groups are blasting as the worst voter suppression legislation since the Jim Crow era. The bill grants broad power to state officials to take control of election management from local and county election boards. It also adds new voter ID requirements, severely limits mail-in ballot drop boxes, rejects ballots cast in the wrong precinct and allows conservative activists to challenge the eligibility of an unlimited number of voters. Since the 2020 election, Republican state lawmakers have introduced over 250 bills in 43…

David Rovics (2021-03-26). Fixing the Stream, Shaking Up Spotify. counterpunch.org In the world of independent musicians around the planet who are still in the game and paying attention to these things, the music press is buzzing with news about the launch of a new music streaming platform on April 1st. A recent article in Rolling Stone mentions this, quotes a bunch of record company executives,

Jason Ditz (2021-03-26). US Blocks Iraqi Militia's Websites, Claiming 'Violent Extremism'. news.antiwar.com The Justice Department Kataib Hezbollah is a Shi'ite militia group, and its ties to Iran have led the US to label it a foreign terrorist organization. This has been used as a pretext for taking down its websites, arguing they advocate for "violent extremism." | The new takedowns appear related to the Rubu Allah parade in Baghdad Thurs…

Jason Ditz (2021-03-26). Battle Continues for Key North Yemen City of Maarib. news.antiwar.com Weeks of on-again, A lot of the talk of Maarib's value is overstated, but both sides have invested in fighting over it to the point that the result is going to be consequential for the war, particularly reflecting how hard it is for eit…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-26). Pentagon Official Says Moving Troops Out of Somalia Had 'Significant Downsides'. news.antiwar.com On Thursday, "From my perspective, there is probably significant downsides to the pullout from the perspective of cost and effectiveness," Christopher Maier, the acting assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. | The Biden…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-26). Yemen's Houthis Launch Attacks on Saudi Oil and Military Sites. news.antiwar.com A fuel tank Friday marked the sixth anniversary of The US-backed Saudi-led intervention…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-26). Biden Vows to Stop China From Becoming the World's 'Leading' Country. news.antiwar.com President Biden vowed that he would "leading" country during his "I see stiff competition with China," Biden said. "China has an overall goal … to become the leading country in the world, the wealthiest country in t…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-26). Russian Defense Advisor Accuses US of Waging Psychological War. news.antiwar.com An advisor to Russia's defense minister "A new type of warfare … is starting to appear. I call it, for the sake of argument, mental war," said Andrei Ilnitsky, who advises Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. "A war is being waged for people's minds," he said in comments to Russia's Spas TV. Ilnitsky said the US is using "informational" and…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-26). House Panel Advances Bill to Repeal 2002 Iraq AUMF. news.antiwar.com On Thursday, The panel approved the legislation that was led by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) in a vote of 28 to 19 that fell along party lines. Two Republicans joined the Democrats in supporting the bill, Reps. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Peter Meijer (R-MI). | "Iraq is a security partn…

news.un (2021-03-26). Deep concern for thousands of Eritrean refugees 'scattered' in Ethiopia's Tigray. news.un.org In Ethiopia's embattled Tigray region there's deep concern for thousands of Eritrean refugees whose camps have been found burned to the ground, confirming satellite imagery and testimony from those who have fled attacks.

news.un (2021-03-26). First Person: 'No daughter of mine will be cut'. news.un.org Like 95 per cent of women in her Ugandan community, Margaret Chepoteltel underwent female genital mutilation (FGM) as a child, subjecting her to lifelong health problems. Today, she is raising awareness of the dangers of FGM, as part of a UN-backed programme.

news.un (2021-03-26). Myanmar army putting country's future at risk, UN Special Envoy warns. news.un.org The military in Myanmar has turned on citizens and is putting the nation's future at risk, the UN Special Envoy for the country warned on Friday in a statement issued on the eve of the annual celebration of Armed Forces Day.

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-03-26). Two Decades on, can Biden End the War on Terror? juancole.com ( Tomidispatch.com ) — In the first two months of Joe Biden's presidency, you could feel the country holding its breath. Sheltered in place, hidden behind masks, unsure about whether to trust in a safe-from-pandemic future, we are nonetheless beginning to open our eyes collectively. As part of this reemergence, a wider array of issues …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-03-26). Roaming Charges: I, the Juror. counterpunch.org The clock had been ticking since December, when I narrowly managed to evade jury duty, as the pandemic was spiking. I wouldn't say our county is run by Covid deniers. But you can't say it's run by epidemiologists, either. The daily injustices at the courthouse must go on, killer virus be damned. My reprieve, however,

àÅngel Guerra Cabrera (2021-03-26). Brasil: Amenaza a la salud global. globalizacion.ca El ascenso imparable de los contagios y fallecimientos a consecuencia del Covid-19 y la propagación nacional de la dos veces más contagiosa variante P1 del virus han colocado a Brasil en una situación trágica. El gigante pasó de mil 74…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-26). Benjamin Netanyahu fails to get majority yet again, deadlock in Israel continues. peoplesdispatch.org In the results announced today, no party or coalition, even after the fourth election in two years, has reached the majority mark of 61 seats in the 120 member Israeli parliament Knesset…

Jorge Casesmeiro Roger (2021-03-26). How Anthony Fauci "Systematically Thwarted" the Pause in US Gain-of-Function Research: an Interview with Dr. Richard H. Ebright. counterpunch.org Molecular biologist Dr. Richard H. Ebright, PhD is one of the twenty six world scientists who signed the Open Letter: "Call for a Full and Unrestricted International Forensic Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19". A document released last March 4 by the Wall Street Journal and Le Monde that reignited the debate over the pandemic's

Jorge Casesmeiro Roger (2021-03-26). How Anthony Fauci "Systematically Thwarted" the Pause in US Gain-of-Function Research: an Interview with Dr. Richard H. Ebright. counterpunch.org Molecular biologist Dr. Richard H. Ebright, PhD is one of the twenty six world scientists who signed the Open Letter: "Call for a Full and Unrestricted International Forensic Investigation into the Origins of COVID-19". A document released last March 4 by the Wall Street Journal and Le Monde that reignited the debate over the pandemic's

Sasha Abramsky (2021-03-26). Daniel Ellsberg Isn't Stopping Now. thenation.com Daniel Ellsberg Isn't Stopping Now…

Sara Van Horn, Wen Zhuang (2021-03-26). Home Care Attendants Are Leading the Fight to Reclaim the Workday. thenation.com Home Care Attendants Are Leading the Fight to Reclaim the Workday…

John J Heartfield, Lance Hansen (2021-03-26). The Night the Nazis Came to Murder My Grandfather. thenation.com The Night the Nazis Came to Murder My Grandfather…

Aída Chávez (2021-03-26). Biden's New Foreign Policy Hire Considers Sanctions an Art Form. thenation.com Biden's New Foreign Policy Hire Considers Sanctions an Art Form…

William D. Hartung (2021-03-26). In Yemen, 6 Years of Suffering and Death in an Ill-Fated War. thenation.com In Yemen, 6 Years of Suffering and Death in an Ill-Fated War…

Juan Cole (2021-03-25). It doesn't have to be this Way: England has 33 gun Homicides per Year (equiv. 182); US has 10,258. juancole.com Revised We are reeling from back-to-back mass shootings, in Atlanta and Boulder. The main similarities of the two are that the young alleged murderers easily bought firearms just before their horrific killings and that neither of them ought to have been anywhere near a firearm, clearly having severe emotional problems. The US policy of constantly …

WSWS (2021-03-25). As COVID-19 surges in Europe, NATO steps up threats against Russia and China. wsws.org The summit took no action on the pandemic but instead announced plans to increase military spending to confront Russia and China, including with nuclear weapons.

WSWS (2021-03-25). Facebook threatens teachers' groups opposing unsafe school reopenings. wsws.org Facebook is aggressively removing posts, disabling accounts and shutting down groups that are sharing scientifically accurate information about the COVID-19 pandemic and opposing the government's deadly policy of reopening schools.

WSWS (2021-03-25). Tamil Nadu election rallies disregard social distancing as COVID-19 ravages India. wsws.org Tamil-nationalist parties' rallies held without even minimal social distancing reflect the bourgeoisie's murderous "herd immunity" policy on the pandemic.

Fight Back (2021-03-25). Less than 25% of Chicago students opt to return in first month of in-person learning. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – On March 19, the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) issued a statement, noting, "A coalition of stakeholders – parents, students, educators, community organizations and elected officials – told Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her handpicked Chicago Board of Education for months that parents were choosing to stick with remote learning for their children, due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Black and Brown communities that make up the majority of our school district. Today, after a nearly month-long delay, Chicago Public Schools released attendance figures showing that less than 25 percent of student…

teleSUR (2021-03-25). Problems in US Society Exposed as COVID-19 Cases Top 30 Million. telesurenglish.net The United States surpassed 30 million COVID-19 cases and 545,000 deaths on Wednesday, which highlights a catastrophic failure resulting from lack of national leadership, disrespect for science, and inadequacy of public health infrastructure. | RELATED: | Currently, President Joe Biden is trying hard to reverse the pandemic's tragic trajectory left over by Donald Trump's approach. Biden's team has, among other…

Phillip W. Magness (2021-03-25). The Many Variants of Fauci's Mutating COVID Advice. globalresearch.ca In an explosive Senate hearing on March 18,

Telesur (2021-03-25). Video: China's COVID-19 Health Passport. globalresearch.ca This is a report by TeleSur which points to the fact …

Workers World Party (2021-03-25). PDF of March 25 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Sorrow & solidarity for Asian communities Centerfold: 50+ Actions for Bessemer Amazon workers Women's History Month: Trans & women's liberation Gender solidarity Paris Commune's courageous women. More on anti-Asian violence: Chinese workers' history in U.S. Unions denounce murders Philly Asian communities respond Editorials: The blame game; COVID . . . |

Andy Kroll (2021-03-25). Moving on from the War on Terror? tomdispatch.com In the first two months of Joe Biden's presidency, you could feel the country holding its breath. Sheltered in place, hidden behind masks, unsure about whether to trust in a safe-from-pandemic future, we are nonetheless beginning to open our eyes collectively. As part of this reemergence, a wider array of issues — those beyond Covid-19 — are once again starting to enter public consciousness. Domestically, attempts to repress (or preserve) voting rights have been consuming activists and dominating headlines, along with this country's missing infrastructure and a need to raise the minimum wage. The fore…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-25). What can India learn from its response to the pandemic? peoplesdispatch.org It has been one year since the Narendra Modi government in India imposed a nationwide lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was the largest and one of the most strictest lockdowns anywhere in the world. Immunologist Dr. Satyajit Rath talks about what the past year has been like in terms of India's response to the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-03-25). Montreal authorities forced to backtrack on excluding teachers from vaccination pilot project. wsws.org Local officials were forced to acknowledge that parents are contracting the more contagious and lethal B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant from their children, who had been infected at school.

_____ (2021-03-25). The Rural South Lost 13 Hospitals In 2020. popularresistance.org For the Southwest Georgia Regional Medical Center, the last straw was the COVID-19 pandemic, which strained the critical access hospital's already-precarious finances past the breaking point. In Florida, two hospitals closed inpatient non-emergency services after being bought out by the HCA hospital chain. In Tennessee and West Virginia, financial problems combined with the strain of the pandemic led two more rural hospitals to shut their doors. | Of the 20 rural hospitals that closed in 2020, 13 were in the South, according to data from the Sheps Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which d…

Michael Felsen (2021-03-25). Listen to Workers on COVID-19. progressive.org When workplaces become coronavirus hotspots, the virus spreads to our neighborhoods and communities.

Editor (2021-03-25). CNN's Defense of Chris Cuomo's Special COVID Privileges is Grotesque. scheerpost.com By Glenn Greenwald / Substack Ever since the COVID pandemic subsumed most countries on the planet, there have been numerous scandals and controversies relating to those who corruptly obtain medical privileges and other exemptions unavailable to ordinary citizens. These scandals typically arise when someone uses their wealth, power or connections to jump in front of others for access to potentially… |

_____ (2021-03-25). US Escalates New Cold War As Diplomatic Gloves Come Off. popularresistance.org The new Cold War has escalated over the past week as U.S. attempts to dominate both China and Russia backfired in embarrassing fashion for the Biden administration. Behind The Headlines' Dan Cohen is joined by "Silk and Steel" podcast host Carl Zha to discuss the diplomatic fiasco, how U.S. intelligence and media cornered Biden into denouncing Russia, and the Quad Alliance's political contradictions.

Andrew Korybko (2021-03-25). The Rise of the Eurasian Century. The China -India -Pakistan Triangle. globalresearch.ca Fast-moving recent developments inspire hope that the Eurasian Century is rising …

teleSUR Desk (2021-03-25). The U.S. knew all about the 1976 coup plot in Argentina. mronline.org "We would like you to succeed… friends should be supported. The sooner you succeed, the better," U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said. | Newswire…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-25). Jordanian security forces crack down on demonstrations on anniversary of 2011 protests. peoplesdispatch.org The protests were called to mark the 10th anniversary of anti-monarchy and pro-democracy protests. Protesters were also demanding an end to the emergency law imposed last year and addressing of several economic issues such as rising unemployment…

Juan Cole (2021-03-25). A New History of the Prophet of IslamÔ∑∫ — Juan Cole interviewed by Hamza Yusuf. juancole.com Juan Cole interviewed by Hamza Yusuf at Renovatio about the book: Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires Available at Nicola's Books in Ann Arbor And Hachette And Barnes and Noble And Amazon Renovatio writes: Can those working in the field of modern academic historical method contribute to new ways of viewing an …

Sameena Rahman (2021-03-25). Ruling by Brazil's highest court exposes political persecution of Lula. liberationnews.org The latest Supreme Federal Tribunal ruling dramatically strengthens the hand of those who are fighting for a Brazil where workers and oppressed people live in dignity.