2021-03-27: News Headlines

Ricardo Vaz (2021-03-27). Venezuelan Oil and Natural Gas Production Cut Down After Pipeline Explosion. venezuelanalysis.com Oil Minister Tareck El Aissami denounced a terrorist attack against the gas pipeline in eastern Venezuela.

Eds. (2021-03-27). Amazon plays dirty in Bessemer Union Drive: Mass solidarity needed. mronline.org Everyone knew that Amazon would fight the union drive in one of its fulfillment centers in Bessemer, Alabama. But the company's union-busting tactics are drawing more scrutiny as the final days for workers to mail in ballots draw near. | Newswire…

Michael Welch (2021-03-27). The Ides of March: False Pretexts Galore in the Wars on Yugoslavia and Iraq. globalresearch.ca "Biden was a man who believed in regime change. Biden was a man who believed Saddam Hussein was the personification of evil. Biden was a man who believed that we had to use whatever means necessary up to and including …

Clean Energy Wire (2021-03-27). Germany sees record greenhouse gas emission fall due to pandemic, renewables. juancole.com By Kerstine Appunn and Julian Wettengel | — ( Clean Energy Wire) — Germany's greenhouse gas emissions dropped nearly nine percent in 2020 — the largest annual fall since 1990 — as the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic pushed down the use of fossil fuels and added to the effects of the shift to renewable …

Eds. (2021-03-27). Capitalizing on the COVID Crisis: the Ford Government's move to privatize Public Education for EdTech. mronline.org Recently, Klein coined the term "disaster capitalism" to describe how corporations profit from crises with help from the right-wing governments that pick up and implement the ideas that serve them. | Newswire…

_____ (2021-03-27). Venezuela Sues The US At The WTO. popularresistance.org Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza on Friday informed that his country sued the U.S. before the World Trade Organization (WTO) for imposing unilateral coercive measures contrary to international norms and principles. | "Sooner rather than later, Venezuela will defeat through law what the U.S. intends to impose through force," he said, recalling that the U.S. blockade seeks to destabilize President Nicolas Maduro's administration. | In an attempt to avoid criticism from a multilateral institution, the United States prevented Venezuela from requesting the formation of a WTO panel whose objective wou…

Andrew Korybko (2021-03-27). Can Russia's S-400 Sale to India Trigger the Collapse of the US-led anti-China "Quad Alliance" globalresearch.ca The US-led anti-Chinese Quad alliance of itself, Australia, India, and Japan …

Ricardo Vaz (2021-03-27). Cape Verde greenlights Venezuelan gov't envoy extradition to U.S. mronline.org The Cape Verde Supreme Court has approved a request to extradite Venezuelan government envoy Alex Saab to the U.S. | Newswire…

Staff (2021-03-27). This bodycam footage reveals all that is wrong with policing. therealnews.com The questionable arrest of a cab driver in Ohio, caught on body camera, shows how quickly police can be to initiate force—and what the consequences are for the victims who experience it.

Litsa Chatzivasileiou (2021-03-27). The Windigo Disease of Resource Capitalism and Global Dispossession of Indigenous Peoples. dissidentvoice.org This is a version of a speech given outside the headquarters of ReconAfrica in Vancouver BC on Water Day — March 22, 2021. We are on stolen CS·∏µwxñwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó: l≈ç and S…ôlÃìiÃÅlw…ôta î/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and x ∑m…ôŒ∏k ∑…ôyÃì…ôm (Musqueam) land and what is happening here today, the assault of Indigenous peoples and the invasion of their territories by …

Liberation Staff, Atlanta (2021-03-27). Protest in Atlanta stands up to anti-Asian terror attacks. liberationnews.org On March 18, the Party for Socialism and Liberation in Atlanta responded to the massacre by organizing a protest nearby two of the targeted spas.

The Conversation (2021-03-27). Ten years after the Arab Spring, Libya has another chance for peace. juancole.com By Brian McQuinn | — Ten years ago, the United Nation's no-fly zone over Libya marked the beginning of the Libyan revolution and the West's bombing campaign. I spent much of the war embedded with the fighters in Misrata, Libya's third-largest city, studying the insurgency. The fighting stopped with the death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, …

Editor (2021-03-27). Congress Demands Tech CEOs Censor the Internet in Despotic Hearing. scheerpost.com By Glenn Greenwald / Substack Over the course of five-plus hours on Thursday, a House Committee along with two subcommittees badgered three tech CEOs, repeatedly demanding that they censor more political content from their platforms and vowing legislative retaliation if they fail to comply. The hearing — convened by the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Chair Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ)… |

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-27). The US-NATO War of Aggression against Yugoslavia. globalresearch.ca The US-NATO War of Aggression against Yugoslavia : | . | by Michel Chossudovsky: | Centre for Research on Globalization, | Global Research E-Book Series, | | Montreal, March 2021 | . | Copyright, Centre for Research on Globalization. 2021 | . | . |
| . | Preface: | . | Twenty-two years ago in …

_____ (2021-03-27). The War Of Hunger Is Taking Over From The War Of Guns. popularresistance.org Great dollops of hypocrisy invariably accompany expressions of concern by outside powers for the wellbeing of the Syrian people. But even by these low standards, a new record for self-serving dishonesty is being set by the Caesar Civilian Protection Act, the new US law imposing the harshest sanctions in the world on Syria and bringing millions of Syrians to the brink of famine. | Supposedly aimed at safeguarding ordinary Syrians from violent repression by President Bashar al-Assad, the law is given a humanitarian garnish by naming it after the Syrian military photographer who filmed and smuggled out of the countr…

Andrew Emett (2021-03-27). Court refuses reinstatement for ex-NYPD cop who killed Eric Garner. nationofchange.org "Today we provide the people of New York City an important tool for accountability when law enforcement violates their rights."

_____ (2021-03-27). Activists Block Rail Line Near General Dynamics Over Arms Sales. popularresistance.org London, Ontario – A small group of activists blocked a rail line in east London Friday, demanding the federal government cancel a contract to provide military vehicles to Saudi Arabia. | About 15 people from various anti-war groups demonstrated on the railroad tracks at Clarke Road and Oxford Street East in London, just west of the General Dynamics Land Systems plant, which manufactures light armoured vehicles (LAVs). | The protest was meant to stop any shipments of military vehicles bound for the middle eastern kingdom. No trains came through during the protest.

Heather Cox Richardson (2021-03-27). Voting rights IS democracy. nationofchange.org Democrats are talking about reforming the filibuster to keep Republicans from blocking the For the People Act.

_____ (2021-03-27). End US Support For The Brutal MoàØse Regime In Haiti! popularresistance.org March 29 is the anniversary of the 1987 Haitian Constitution written after the 1986 overthrow of the brutal Duvalier dictatorship. The 1987 Constitution was designed to create "a socially just, economically free, and politically independent Haitian nation." Those ideals are again in crisis. | The US-backed de facto president of Haiti, Jovenel MoàØse, is refusing to leave office even though his term ended on February 7. MoàØse and his Western allies – the US, Canada, Brazil, France, Spain and the European Union – are trying to push through a new constitution.

_____ (2021-03-27). Next Indo-Pacific US Commander Warns Of China's Threat To Taiwan. popularresistance.org During his confirmation hearing to head the command that covers 51 percent of the globe, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander Admiral John Aquilino told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "the most dangerous concern is that of a military force against Taiwan." Aquilino told the committee that the "annexation of Taiwan is the number one priority of China" and asked the Senate committee to fund the $27.3 billion Pacific Deterrence Initiative. | Aquilino's comment echoed the March 2, 2021 assessment of retired Lt. General H.R. McMaster, one of the Trump administration's national security advisers.

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-03-27). As US loses its edge, game of cyber chicken could have deadly consequences. peoplesdispatch.org Cybersecurity threats are emerging as one of the most serious challenges of the 21st century. The US and its NATO allies have turned down every attempt within the UN framework for banning cyber weapons…

WSWS (2021-03-27). German train drivers union head calls for massive staff cuts. wsws.org The chairman of the German Train Drivers' Union (GDL), Claus Weselsky, has called for massive staff cuts in the administration of Germany's main rail company, Deutsche Bahn (DB).

Ellie Baron (2021-03-27). War in Yemen: Grassroots Mobilization Pressured Biden Administration to Pledge End of U.S. Involvement. globalresearch.ca Grassroots mobilization has led the Biden administration to pledge to end …

teleSUR (2021-03-27). Car Bombing Leaves 43 Injured in Cauca, Colombia. telesurenglish.net In Colombia, twelve officials and over thirty civilians on Friday were wounded after a car bomb explosion in front of Corinto's City Hall in the department of Cauca. | RELATED: | "Terrorism is cowards' weapon. We will fight it relentlessly wherever it is," said Colombia's President Ivan Duque. | The terrorist attack occurred at 15H30 (local time), and immediately after, police and army forces arrived on the scene to…

_____ (2021-03-27). The Fairy Creek Blockaders. popularresistance.org Simon Frankson emerged from his sleeping bag at 4 a.m., just in time to join the fray. | The day before, a balmy afternoon in early August, he and about a dozen campers had studied a satellite photo of the area: a mountainside sheathed in deep green cedars and Douglas fir trees, many of them hundreds or thousands of years old, in a watershed known as Fairy Creek in the southwest corner of Vancouver Island. The telling grey stripe of a logging road was creeping up from the left side of the image. It was the same kind of road that has, over the past century, made way for logging companies to cut down 80 per cent of…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-27). The heavy cost of 'insulting' monarchy in Thailand. peoplesdispatch.org Thailand has been witnessing massive protests over the past few months and one of the key demands has been the repeal of the draconian lèse-majesté law. Unsurprisingly, the government has used this provision indiscriminately against protesters…

_____ (2021-03-27). Organizations Petition High Court Of Justice Demanding Vaccines For Palestinians. popularresistance.org Six Israeli and Palestinian human rights organizations petitioned the High Court of Justice on Thursday demanding that Israel take immediate steps to ensure regular supply of vaccines to the Palestinian population under its occupation, control and influence, in the West Bank and Gaza. The petitioners also demand that the state transfer its surplus vaccines to the Palestinians immediately. | The petition was submitted by Adv. Adi Lustigman on behalf of Physicians for Human Rights Israel; HaMoked: Center for the Defense of the Individual; Al Mezan Center for Human Rights…

Fight Back (2021-03-27). Minneapolis for Community Control of Police launches petition to change city charter. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Nearly 150 people rallied in North Minneapolis, March 25, to launch a massive voter petition campaign to amend the city charter and establish an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Commission (CPAC). | They began outside the Minneapolis Police Department 4th Precinct building on Plymouth Avenue. Once the site of an 18-day occupation demanding justice for Jamar Clark in 2015, the precinct building is now surrounded by barricades, fencing and barbed wire, like other police precincts and government buildings in the city where killer cop Derek Chauvin is on trial for the murder of George Floy…

Danny Glover (2021-03-27). Amazon Union Drive & the Power of Organized Labor. zcomm.org "Once unions are there, once workers have representation on all levels, once they have a seat at the bargaining table, it's another kind of expression and a new relationship"

_____ (2021-03-27). Argentina Withdraws From Lima Group. popularresistance.org Argentina has withdrawn from the Lima Group of countries established in 2017 to push for regime change in Venezuela. | Buenos Aires withdrew symbolically on March 24 — the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice, which commemorates victims of Argentina's "dirty war" on the anniversary of the 1976 coup d'etat. | It condemned the group's support for sanctions on Venezuela in the midst of a global pandemic and its treatment of the self-proclaimed Juan Guaido administration, a US-backed body with no territory, as Venezuela's representative within it.

Gwenetta Curry (2021-03-27). [Perspectives] Your health is my health: how everyone's health is interconnected. thelancet.com People who provide health and social care services, transport, food, and other essential services have maintained the economy, vital services, and crucial support systems during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of these workers have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. In many countries the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted pre-existing racial and social inequalities. Health inequalities have been driven by structural factors that limit resources in deprived areas, leaving some more vulnerable to disease than others.

Sophie Mylan, Charlotte Hardman (2021-03-27). [Correspondence] COVID-19, cults, and the anti-vax movement. thelancet.com Rochelle Burgess and colleagues1 eloquently described participatory community engagement as essential for successful COVID-19 vaccination, which involves appreciating the heterogeneous public and working with communities and their leaders to enable bottom-up approaches. They suggested that COVID-19 has drawn attention to the structural violence that is embedded within society, with the pandemic furthering the marginalisation of historically oppressed and excluded groups. Burgess and colleagues1 drew attention to how people who might have suffered disproportionate economic and health consequences from COVID-19 are…

_____ (2021-03-27). New Global Alliance Defends UN Charter. popularresistance.org A new alliance called the "Groups of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations" has formed in a clear act of resistance to the unilateral and aggressive policies of the United States and its junior partners. Representatives of the alliance reside fully in the Global South. Nations spearheading the initiative include the DPRK, Iran, Algeria, Angola, Belarus, Bolivia, Cambodia, Cuba, Eritrea, Laos, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines, Syria, Venezuela, and Palestine in addition to the largest of the developing countries, Russia and China.

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-03-27). As Tide Turns, Houthis Reject US, Saudi "Peace" Deals for the Recycled Trash They Are. mintpressnews.com The Houthis — empowered by six years of perseverance amid one of the most violent wars against some of the world's most powerful military forces, not to mention the ability to reject the proposals set forth by those same powers — have little incentive to accept Riyadh or Washington's "peace" offers.

Ben Norton (2021-03-27). Western govt contractor entrapped British scholar in sting operation to cover up Syria corruption scandal. thegrayzone.com CIJA, a taxpayer-funded outfit that collaborated with al-Qaeda, lied to entrap a British academic in a sting operation. Its goal was to discredit critics of the dirty war on Syria — and cover up its own corruption. A British academic who belongs to a prominent anti-war research group has been targeted in a deceptive sting operation run by a regime-change organization funded with UK and US taxpayer money. That contractor now stands accused of defrauding the European Union of millions …

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-27). Biden Wants Infrastructure Project to Rival China's Belt and Road. news.antiwar.com Speaking to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday, President Biden suggested that the US and its allies "We talked about China and the competition they're engaging in in the Belt and Road Initiative,"

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-03-27). Moving on from the War on Terror? zcomm.org Checking in After Six Months…

The Lancet (2021-03-27). [Editorial] COVID-19: building a stronger Europe. thelancet.com Europe is facing serious third waves of COVID-19 and vaccine roll-out has been fraught. But while much of the focus has been on western Europe, little attention has been paid to central and eastern Europe. This region is large, politically diverse, and historically complex, spanning EU member countries like the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, and the Baltic states, the non-EU western Balkans, and Ukraine further east. It is unclear how some of these countries managed to keep cases low during the first part of 2020.

David B Hipgrave, Aboubacar Kampo, Luwei Pearson (2021-03-27). [Correspondence] Health systems in the ACT-A. thelancet.com The attention to health systems in the headline of Ann Usher's World Report1 about the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) is most welcome. However, we were disappointed that the World Report focused on medical oxygen and personal protective equipment (PPE), interventions that, although important, are better described as components of clinical care. Unlimited medical oxygen and PPE will not benefit populations that are affected by COVID-19 if health facilities do not have enough staff or funding for other equipment, drugs, utilities, and transport, or if they have lost most supplies to pilfering.

Ann Danaiya Usher (2021-03-27). [World Report] Uncertainties over EU COVID-19 vaccine sharing scheme. thelancet.com Legal hurdles and political questions remain over a European Commission mechanism for donating COVID-19 vaccines to other nations. Ann Danaiya Usher reports.

Geoff Watts (2021-03-27). [Obituary] David Allenberg Katzenstein. thelancet.com Virologist and HIV researcher who was devoted to tackling HIV in Zimbabwe. Born in Hartford, CT, USA, on Jan 3, 1952, he died of COVID-19 in Harare, Zimbabwe, on Jan 24, 2021, aged 69 years.

Aurélien Dinh, Jacques Ropers, Clara Duran, Benjamin Davido, Laurène Deconinck, Morgan Matt, Olivia Senard, Aurore Lagrange, Sabrina Makhloufi, Guillaume Mellon, Victoire de Lastours, Frédérique Bouchand, Emmanuel Mathieu, Jean-Emmanuel Kahn, Elisabeth Rouveix, Julie Grenet, Jennifer Dumoulin, Thierry Chinet, Marion Pépin, Véronique Delcey, Sylvain Diamantis, Daniel Benhamou, Virginie Vitrat, Marie-Christine Dombret, Bertrand Renaud, Christian Perronne, Yann-Erick Claessens, José Labarère, Jean-Pierre Bedos, Philippe Aegerter, Anne-Claude Crémieux, Pneumonia Short Treatment Study Group (2021-03-27). [Articles] Discontinuing Œ≤-lactam treatment after 3 days for patients with community-acquired pneumonia in non-critical care wards (PTC): a double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, non-inferiority trial. thelancet.com Among patients admitted to hospital with community-acquired pneumonia who met clinical stability criteria, discontinuing Œ≤-lactam treatment after 3 days was non-inferior to 8 days of treatment. These findings could allow substantial reduction of antibiotic consumption.

Sherrine A Ibrahim, David M Haas (2021-03-27). [Comment] Role of progestogens in women at risk for spontaneous preterm birth: the final word? thelancet.com Preterm birth is defined by WHO as delivery before 37 weeks of gestation.1 It is one of the most common pregnancy complications, with an estimated global rate of 10 ∑6% in 2014, equating to an estimated 14 ∑84 million live preterm births.2 Preterm birth considerably increases risk of neonatal morbidity and mortality, including long-term sequelae, and can result in long-term health and financial implications for families.3…

Chong Wang, Ang Li, Qingmiao Shi, Zujiang Yu (2021-03-27). [Clinical Picture] Metagenomic next-generation sequencing clinches diagnosis of leishmaniasis. thelancet.com A 65-year-old man attended our hospital with a 15-day history of fever, fatigue, and anorexia. He had been seen at his local hospital before coming to us and had been given a variety of different anti-infective agents and antipyretic drugs to no avail. The patient was previously fit and well. He lived in the rural Henan province, China, and gave no history of recent travel.

Michael S Niederman, Lionel A Mandell (2021-03-27). [Comment] How low can we go in community-acquired pneumonia therapy? thelancet.com Duration of antibiotic therapy is a key decision in the management of community-acquired pneumonia, the number one cause of infectious disease mortality in developed countries such as the USA.1 In current US guidelines, therapy is recommended for a minimum of 5 days in patients admitted to hospital, provided that the patient has been afebrile for at least 48 h, initial therapy was appropriate, there is no more than one clinical instability, and no signs of extrapulmonary infection.1 Shortening the duration of therapy could lead to fewer antibiotic side-effects, less pressure for antimicrobial resistance, reduced…

Betsey Piette (2021-03-27). Philadelphia Asian community speaks. workers.org Philadelphia In response to the brutal murders in Atlanta March 16, this statement was issued March 17 by members of the Philadelphia's Asian community including Woori Center, VietLead, Asian Americans United, API PA, City Council Member Helen Gym, Modero & Co., Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, Pejuang, CAIR Philadelphia, APALA . . . |

Andrea Germanos (2021-03-27). WHO Chief Blasts 'Grotesque' Vaccine Inequality. zcomm.org Rich Nations Block Speedy End of Global Pandemic…

Brian Wakamo (2021-03-27). As rich nations protect corporate patents, the global vaccine divide is widening. nationofchange.org Corporate profits are not more important than the lives of millions of poor people around the globe.

Greg Kaufmann (2021-03-27). Stacy Abrams Aims to Vaccinate Rural Georgia. zcomm.org "We saw a huge difference when we engaged and organized communities in terms of the [election] turnout in Southwest Georgia. The same can be done with accessing the vaccine."

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-27). US-NATO's War of Aggression against Yugoslavia. globalresearch.ca : | US-NATO's War of Aggression against Yugoslavia : | . | by Michel Chossudovsky: | Centre for Research on Globalization, | Global Research E-Book Series, | | Montreal, March 2021 | . | Copyright, Centre for Research on Globalization. 2021 | . | . |
| : | Preface: | . | Twenty-two years ago in the early …

Reese Erlich (2021-03-27). This May Be This Foreign Correspondent's Final Column. commondreams.org We all have to go sometime. But knowing approximately when doesn't make it easier. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ralph Lopez (2021-03-27). Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic Is Over" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on September 24, 2020, this analysis of former Pfizer V-P Michael Yeadon has been the object of censorship. | In a stunning development, a former Chief Science Officer for the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer says "there is …

Eds. (2021-03-27). If Israel accuses Iran of doing something, Israel is likely already doing it. mronline.org Israel has accused Iran of doing many nefarious things. But the historical record shows that whatever Israel accuses Iran of, it is likely that Israel is already doing it. | Newswire…

Juan Cole (2021-03-27). Scotland is First Industrialized country to generate 97.4% of Electricity From Wind and Solar. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — In 2011, Scotland's government, urged on by visionaries like Richard Dixon, set itself the ambitious goal to get 100% of its electricity from renewables by 2020. At that time, it only only got about a fourth from clean energy sources, and a lot of that was hydro. The report card …

MEE correspondent (2021-03-27). Stolen limbs: Yemenis disabled by war see little hope for the future. middleeasteye.net Stolen limbs: Yemenis disabled by war see little hope for the future | Yemen's conflict has stolen many things from its people, but for the country's disabled it has taken away their future, freedom and independence | Sat, 03/27/2021 – 10: 25 | In Yemen, on average, 50 children are killed and 90 are wounded or permanently disabled each month (MEE/Khalid al-Banna) | Hope is the only thin…

MEE correspondent (2021-03-27). Upper Egypt in agony as families mourn victims of train crash. middleeasteye.net Upper Egypt in agony as families mourn victims of train crash | Egyptians unite in solidarity amid slow and insufficient government response | Sat, 03/27/2021 – 14: 49 | People inspect the damage after two trains collided near the city of Sohag, Egypt, 26 March 2021 (Reuters) | Dozens of families from across impoverished Upper Egypt stood for hours in front of the Tahta General Hospital…

Staff (2021-03-27). Cops Hired by Amazon Are Intimidating Workers and Supporters of the Union Drive. truthout.org We came down from New York City to cover the historic struggle of Amazon workers to form a union and to amplify the stories of the nearly 6,000 workers who are putting their livelihoods on the line to fight for their right to collectively organize. If this union vote is successful, it will be the first union of Amazon workers in the United States. There is great potential in this union drive — an effort that is being waged by a primarily Black workforce in a virulently racist and ant…

Staff (2021-03-27). Sanders Plans Push to Expand and Enhance Medicare in the Infrastructure Bill. truthout.org Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is

Staff (2021-03-27). Progressive Lawmakers Met With the White House to Discuss Action on Filibuster. truthout.org White House chief of staff Ron Klain

Staff (2021-03-27). In Louisiana, Activists May Be Winning a Battle Against Environmental Racism. truthout.org Energy industry analysts have declared that the massive petrochemical complex proposed by Formosa Plastics in Louisiana's St. James Parish is "financially unviable" due to market conditions, legal and regulatory uncertainty, and a groundswell of political opposition and accusations of environmental racism that are gaining

Anand Naidoo (2021-03-27). The Heat: South Africa's high court to rule in Jacob Zuma case. america.cgtn.com South Africa's highest court will decide whether former President Jacob Zuma can be jailed for contempt.

Nicole Michael (2021-03-27). Kathy Valentine of The Go-Go's on her Beatles love and bass player parallels with Paul McCartney. salon.com On this episode of "Everything Fab Four," host Ken Womack interviews the Go-Go's bassist about her life in rock…

Paul Rosenberg (2021-03-27). Can a "true" conservatism be redeemed after Trump? Maybe — if it embraces liberalism. salon.com Conservative ideas still have value — but conservative politics has gone insane. Maybe there's a way out…

Maggie Hennessy (2021-03-27). Let's griddle every sandwich, from ham and cheese to peanut butter and honey. salon.com Griddled sandwiches have punctuated my life like crunchy applause ever since my first oozing grilled cheese…

Lucian K. Truscott IV (2021-03-27). America's gun madness: How guns went from tools to ideology to identity. salon.com I was taught to handle and shoot guns as a boy. But the insane, murderous gun culture of today is something new…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-27). Suez Canal: Strong winds 'not main reason' behind ship's grounding claims official. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal: Strong winds 'not main reason' behind ship's grounding claims official | Authorities in Egypt called in Smit Salvage this week to free the 400-metre-long Ever Given container ship | Sat, 03/27/2021 – 10: 50 | Smit Salvage said it hopes heavier tugboats, dredging, and a high tide will free the vessel (Reuters) | The chief of Egypt's Suez Canal Authority said on Saturday that tec…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-27). Suez Canal: Dutch firm hopes to free ship by early next week. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal: Dutch firm hopes to free ship by early next week | Authorities in Egypt called in Smit Salvage this week to free the 400-metre-long Ever Given container ship | Sat, 03/27/2021 – 10: 50 | Smit Salvage said it hopes heavier tugboats, dredging, and a high tide will free the vessel (Reuters) | A Dutch firm tasked with moving a giant container ship stuck in the Suez Canal has said i…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-27). Building collapse in Egypt's Cairo leaves at least 18 dead. middleeasteye.net Building collapse in Egypt's Cairo leaves at least 18 dead | The deadly collapse comes a day after a deadly train crash killed 19 people | Sat, 03/27/2021 – 23: 14 | Egypt has suffered several deadly building collapses and industrial fire accidents in recent years (Reuters) | The death toll from a building collapse in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Saturday has risen to 18, state media said…

Mark Sumner (2021-03-27). The Cost of Covid Long-Haulers. zcomm.org For some patients, serious and long-term problems are occurring even though the disease itself was apparently mild or asymptomatic…

Greg Palast (2021-03-27). Voting Gangnam Style: The Rise of Kim Crow. zcomm.org When a government acts to prevent voters from registering, that's a federal crime. A go-to-jail crime. But in Georgia, and too many other states, it's the victims who face arrest and prison…

Palestinian BDS National Committee (2021-03-27). A Palestinian civil society critique of the Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism. zcomm.org Palestinians, the Palestine solidarity movement, and all progressives are urged to approach the JDA with a critical mind and caution due to its flaws…

Owen Hatherley (2021-03-27). Workers Deserve Beautiful, Renovated, Even Luxurious Public Housing. zcomm.org This year's Pritzker Prize went to French architects who rejected the demolition of public housing. Instead, the architects insisted on renovating and expanding public units to make working-class residents' homes more modern, humane, and attractive…

Bernie Sanders (2021-03-27). An Unusually Optimistic Conversation with Bernie Sanders. zcomm.org Interview on the Rescue Act, cancel culture, the filibuster and more…

Labor Video Project (2021-03-27). 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.

Marsha Feinland (2021-03-27). Saturday 4/3: Amazon, the New Economy, and Labor Organizing. indybay.org online…

WSWS Repost (2021-03-27). 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.

Free RunningWolf (2021-03-27). OPD team framing Indigenous Elder RunningWolf for "hate crime" includes racist killer cop. indybay.org After five months, Indigenous Elder Zachary RunningWolf is still being held as a political prisoner due to OPD interference in Berkeley's 2020 Mayoral Election. Systemic racism and corruption in the prisons & courts have undermined RunningWolf's rights to a fair trial, while corporate media circulates lies and covers up Anti-Indigenous Genocide.

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-03-27). Sunday 3/28: What's going on in Myanmar? indybay.org Zoom forum, login into at icssmarx.org

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-03-27). Ethiopians Protest Junta and Foreign Interference. indybay.org San Francisco's Ethiopians Protest TPLF Junta and Say "hands Off" to Foreign Countries…

CIIS Public Programs (2021-03-27). Wednesday 4/14: From Eco-Anxiety to Eco-Resilience. indybay.org Online…

Pacifica Fight Back (2021-03-27). Saturday 3/27: Stop the Take-Over! Fight for Democracy & Diversity at Pacifica Radio! indybay.org Pacifica Membership Rally…

The Jamal Journal (2021-03-27). The Ballistics Evidence Used To Convict Mumia Abu-Jamal. indybay.org This article appears in the Jamal Journal issue #1 and has just been published at www.jamaljournal.com

Ekkehard Basten, Manfred Lotze (2021-03-27). Corona: When will we ever understand? indybay.org The Corona measures of those currently in power are intended to prevent great calamity. They are used to justify the most severe restrictions on constitutional rights, the likes of which have not been seen since the end of World War II.

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-03-27). Bay Area Asians Rise Up to Repudiate Hate. indybay.org In solidarity with Blacks, Latinos and others they marched down SF's Market Street…

Restore Oakland (2021-03-27). Sunday 3/28: Fruitvale Mutual Aid Day. indybay.org 1419 39th Ave | Oakland, CA | (Restore Oakland parking lot)…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-27). Twenty Chinese Warplanes Enter Taiwan's ADIZ After Taipei Signs New Coast Guard Pact With US. news.antiwar.com Twenty Chinese military aircraft entered Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ) on Friday after Washington and Taipei signed an agreement to boost maritime cooperation in the region. The incursion into Taiwan's ADIZ was the largest since Taipei's defense ministry started #Taiwan's southwest ADIZ on Mar. 26, 2021. Please check our official website for more information:

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-27). US Official: It Doesn't Matter 'Who Goes First' to Revive Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com A US official speaking on the condition of anonymity "That's not the issue, who goes first," the official said. "The issue is do we agree on what steps are going to be taken mutually." The official told…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-27). US Military Launches Task Force to Fight Information War Against China. news.antiwar.com The head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday that the command launched a new task force to focus on information operations to counter China in the Pacific. |

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-27). North Korea Denounces Biden's Comments on Missile Test. news.antiwar.com On Friday, Ri Pyong Chol, a senior North Korean official who supervised the missile test, responded to Biden. "Such remarks from the US president are an undisguised encroachment on our stat…

WSWS (2021-03-26). Documentary films from Israel—The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation—and the US—Dirty Feathers. wsws.org In The First 54 Years, Avi Mograbi edited interviews with Israeli soldiers who have participated in repressive operations. Dirty Feathers (Carlos Alfonso Corral) follows the lives of homeless people in El Paso and Ciudad Juárez.

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.

VINS (2021-03-26). Amazon's Ring Proactively Partnering with Police Across the United States. projectcensored.org Amazon's Ring continues its partnerships with an increasing number of police departments throughout the country. Amazon has partnered with over 2,000 police departments in agreements that allow officers to request…

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.

WSWS (2021-03-26). The class issues behind the unionization drive at Amazon. wsws.org The ruling class is promoting the union as a mechanism for disciplining Amazon's workforce and channeling its anger.

Staff (2021-03-26). Workers in Bessemer are "gonna start a movement" therealnews.com Longtime poultry plant worker and lead union organizer Michael "Big Mike" Foster explains what Amazon workers' struggle for a union in Bessemer, Alabama, means for the labor movement moving forward.

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. . . . |

_____ (2021-03-26). Scheer Intelligence: The Political Cartoon Is Dead. popularresistance.org 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 the importance of speaking truth to power through insightful humor and visual commentary. | On this week's installment of "Scheer Intelligence," the inimitable Dwayne Booth (AKA Mr. Fish) joins host Robert Scheer to talk about his life, his passion, his art, and…

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

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

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Africa's Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Near 4.155 Mln: Africa CDC. telesurenglish.net The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Africa has reached 4,154,938 as of Friday, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) said. | RELATED: | The Africa CDC, the specialized healthcare agency of the African Union (AU), said the death toll related to the pandemic stood at 111,318. At the same time, 3,723,621 patients across the continent have recovered from the disease. | 32 countries in Afr…

WSWS (2021-03-26). Infections surge after Turkey's "gradual normalization" in pandemic. wsws.org Daily new cases of COVID-19 in Turkey have again reached 30,000, the highest level since December, due to "herd immunity" policies of the entire ruling elite.

VINS (2021-03-26). Aging Out of Foster Care during the Pandemic. projectcensored.org As detailed in a February 17, 2021 article by Jamie Landers in Teen Vogue, on average, 20,000 youth age out of the foster care system every year. But aging out…

teleSUR (2021-03-26). The Third COVID-19 Wave Will Be Worse, German Virologists Warn. telesurenglish.net The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) President Lothar Wieler on Friday warned that the third wave of the pandemic will be more devastating in Germany and that the only option to break it will be to reduce contacts to a minimum. | RELATED: | During an assessment of the epidemiological situation in his country, he noted that the incidence per 100,000 population of COVID-19 has risen from 70 to 119 in less than two weeks. This has resulted…

WSWS (2021-03-26). COVID-19 cases surge across India. wsws.org Rising infections expose the Modi government's claims to have fought "the most successful battle" against the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Biden Faces Pressing Issues During First Press Conference. telesurenglish.net Convening his first press conference as U.S. president on Thursday, Joe Biden touched upon a spate of issues that have emerged during his two-month presidency so far such as immigration, gun control, and voting rights, while reporters steered clear of a pandemic that changed the lives of 30 million Americans, killing half a million of them.

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…

_____ (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.

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 …

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Argentina Forbids Flights From Mexico, Chile, and Brazil. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Cabinet Chief Santiago Cafiero on Thursday announced the suspension of flights from Brazil, Mexico, and Chile starting on Saturday. | RELATED: | The decision seeks to avoid a COVID-19 surge by containing the circulation of new strains, one of which is the P.1 variant originated in Manaus, Brazil. | Argentines returning from abroad will get tested for COVID-19 on three occasions. People who test positive will have to un…

WSWS (2021-03-26). Inadequate isolation measures in Papua New Guinea as COVID-19 surges. wsws.org The limited measures enacted by the Papua New Guinea government and local powers, Australia and New Zealand, do nothing to address the emerging health and social disaster.

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.

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Bolsonaro Is Guilty of a Genocide in Brazil, Lula Holds. telesurenglish.net During an interview with the German outlet Der Spiegel, Brazil's former President Lula da Silva called his country's epidemiological situation "the greatest genocide in our history" and blamed President Jair Bolsonaro for what happens. | RELATED: | "On Tuesday 3,158 people died in Brazil as a result of COVID-19. It is the greatest genocide in our history," Lula said, adding that Bolsonaro did not take the seriousness of…

_____ (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).

WSWS (2021-03-26). Michigan sees a dramatic rise in hospitalizations with COVID-19 for those aged 30 to 50. wsws.org The surge in cases of COVID-19 in Michigan is once again leading to a rapid rise in hospitalizations. However, a great portion of these is among younger people between the ages of 30 to 50.

WSWS (2021-03-26). 300,000 deaths in Brazil: A capitalist crime against humanity. wsws.org Brazil surpassed the grim milestone of 300,000 COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday. In each of the country's states and regions, the Brazilian population has witnessed a brutal waste of lives, the result of the criminal indifference of its ruling elite.

VINS (2021-03-26). Indonesia's Omnibus Labor and Wage Law Encounters Massive Popular Resistance. projectcensored.org Instead of combatting the spread of COVID-19, the government of Indonesia spent the greater part of 2020 working on a sweeping legislative revision of its wage and labor laws intended…

splcenter (2021-03-26). 'Not Safe': Medical advocate urges release of all people held by ICE, especially amid COVID-19. splcenter.org &nbsp…

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Globalink | Could VP Harris Solve Biden's Border Crisis?>. telesurenglish.net More unaccompanied children at the US-Mexico border, increasing COVID19 infections … Turning a blind eye to the Human Rights issues, Democrats and Republicans are wrangling over who is to blame for the problems.

VINS (2021-03-26). US Media Smears Venezuelan Elections… Again. projectcensored.org In Venezuela's December 6, 2020 national election, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) won close to seventy percent of the votes cast, President Nicholas Maduro was reelected, and the…

VINS (2021-03-26). Greedy Pigs, Bad Pork, and the FBI. projectcensored.org As Glenn Greenwald reported in a May 2020 article for The Intercept, whistleblower Lucas Walker released to the California-based animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere (DxE ) candid video of…

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.

Alan Macleod (2021-03-26). Will Lula Make a Comeback? Global Imperialists and Resource Extractors Shudder at the Prospect. mintpressnews.com With the potential comeback of Lula da Silva, Brazil may once again be on a path away from fascism and one that puts economic justice and anti-imperialism first.

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"

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…

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

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 . . . |

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 …

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,

ANSWER Coalition (2021-03-26). National Day of Action March 27: Call It What It Is, a Hate Crime! Stop Anti-Asian Violence, Stop China-Bashing! liberationnews.org The following national call to action was issued by the ANSWER Coalition Join the Sat. March 27 National Day of Action! Endorse the national day of action here Organize an event in your city — register your event here Find local actions in your city: San Francisco, CA A National Day of Action; Asian Empowerment …

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

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 . . . |

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

National Committee for Justice in Denver (2021-03-26). Major court victory in Denver: Judge dismisses kidnapping charge against leaders of Elijah McClain protests. liberationnews.org With heaviest charge thrown out, the fight continues for the activists to defeat remaining charges…

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…

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…

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.

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 …

_____ (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.

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Biden Vows to Improve Situation on U.S. Southern Border. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden admitted Thursday that he cannot completely solve the border problem caused by the excessive influx of migrants, claiming that the situation is improving and it can get "a lot better" soon. | RELATED: | "Truth of the matter is nothing has changed… It happens every single solitary year," he acknowledged. | Biden's remarks pushing back against the growing criticism of his handling of the skyrocketing…

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.

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Permanent Peoples' Tribunal Tries State Terrorism in Colombia. telesurenglish.net The Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT), which was established as a continuation of the Russell Tribunals on Vietnam and Latin America, began on Friday hearings to address violence in Colombia. | RELATED: | This Italy-based tribunal was convened by over 150 humanitarian and social organizations. Bogota, Medellin, and Bucaramanga are the cities where the international ethical judges will hear testimonies on genocide,…

Ashley Curtin (2021-03-26). Investors at Reddit generate thousands of dollars by buying up stocks in failing companies to help adopt endangered gorillas. nationofchange.org WSB generated more than $350,000 within six days to aid in gorilla protection efforts.

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 …

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Venezuela Sues the US at the WTO for Coercive Measures. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza on Friday informed that his country sued the U.S. before the World Trade Organization (WTO) for imposing unilateral coercive measures contrary to international norms and principles. | RELATED: | "Sooner rather than later, Venezuela will defeat through law what the U.S. intends to impose through force," he said, recalling that the U.S. blockade seeks to destabili…

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 …

VINS (2021-03-26). Coastal Darkening Threatens Ocean Food Chains. projectcensored.org In 2019, Maeve McGovern and fellow researchers at the Institute for Chemistry and Biology of the Marine Environment at the University Oldenburg in Germany began studying a new phenomenon in…

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… |

VINS (2021-03-26). Police Use of Dogs as Instruments of Violence Targets People of Color. projectcensored.org An investigation conducted by several independent news outlets and coordinated by The Marshall Project lays bare mounting evidence of extensive and disproportionate police dog use against people of color across…

_____ (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…

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

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Puerto Rico Removes Obstacles To Priority Infrastructure Works. telesurenglish.net Puerto Rico's Governor Pedro Pierluisi on Thursday declared a "state of emergency" to prioritize infrastructure projects targeting damages caused by natural disasters in his country. | RELATED: | The measure seeks to expedite funding and the issuance of recommendations and permits for critical infrastructure projects such as hospital facilities, public schools, aqueducts, and reservoirs. | His Executive Order cre…

VINS (2021-03-26). Femicide Census Connects Killings in the UK with Global Wave of Violence Against Women. projectcensored.org Fatal violence against women across the world is increasing. In a report from UK-based nonprofit Femicide Census spanning nearly nine years, it was found that "on average, a woman is…

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

VINS (2021-03-26). Baton Rouge Police Department Unleashes Dogs on to Black Teens. projectcensored.org In June 2019, Charles Carey, 17, was riding his bike through north Baton Rouge, Louisiana when a nearby police cruiser flipped on its lights. Having thought that police wanted him…

WSWS (2021-03-26). Suez Canal blocked by grounded ship. wsws.org If, as now expected, it takes weeks to move the ship, the Ever Given, international shipping and global supply chains will be severely disrupted.

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Blinken's Reconciliatory Europe Trip Solves No Major Disputes. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday wrapped up a three-day visit to Brussels, which was meant for a new chapter of his country's relations with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). | RELATED: | "I came here with one particular focus in mind, and that was to make clear the United States' determination to revitalize our alliances and partnerships," said Blinken at a meeting in which NATO fore…

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 — …

Derek Royden (2021-03-26). Hope on the cliff's edge in Brazil. nationofchange.org The country's president has reacted to the ongoing tragedy not with compassion but with exaggerated toughness.

teleSUR (2021-03-26). El Salvador Tightens Penalties for Illegal Migration Promoters. telesurenglish.net El Salvador's Congress on Thursday approved a law against human trafficking, which increases aggravating circumstances and penalties for this crime. | RELATED: | The new norm applies to people who use communication technologies to promote migration evading migratory controls. | It also increases the penalties to up to 12 years of imprisonment and authorizes the closing of organizations or companies promoting this offense. | Ag…

_____ (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.

teleSUR (2021-03-26). Globalink | Guatemala's Airport Remains Closed Due To Volcanic Ash. telesurenglish.net The Pacaya volcano in Guatemala has been erupting for weeks. The local airport remained close due to strong volcanic ash.

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. …

WSWS (2021-03-26). Manitoba Hydro workers stage two-day strike after rejecting contract offer. wsws.org The strike by workers at the Manitoba government-owned utility heralds growing unrest among tens of thousands of public sector workers who are opposing the provincial government's wage-cutting "wage restraint" program.

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…

WSWS (2021-03-26). Oppose the UAW sellout of the Columbia graduate student strike! wsws.org Graduate students at Columbia are resisting efforts by the UAW to shut down the strike.

VINS (2021-03-26). Associate of Hunter Biden Defense Attorney Appointed to DOJ Position in Biden Administration. projectcensored.org Nicholas McQuaid was an attorney with Latham & Watkins, working at their New York office for many years. On January 21, 2021, President Joe Biden appointed McQuaid as the assistant…

WSWS (2021-03-26). US officials visit Mexico to organize intensified assault on asylum seekers. wsws.org The essence of the measures is to tighten the US imperialist stranglehold over Central America, which has been the main historic cause of the poverty and violence underlying mass migration.

WSWS (2021-03-26). Biden demands resumption of in-person learning in "school reopening summit" wsws.org The event, chaired by Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, had an Orwellian and highly contradictory character, in which the various speakers sought to sugarcoat the deadly drive to reopen schools.

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.

teleSUR (2021-03-26). 50 Richest People in US Own More Wealth than 165 Million. telesurenglish.net "The 50 richest people in America today accumulate more wealth than more than half of our low-income population," criticized the senator for the state of Vermont in a message posted Thursday on Twitter. In his statement, Sanders also points out that "it is almost too absurd to believe: the 50 richest people in this country own more wealth than some 165 MILLION Americans." | RELATED: | Going so far as to define this juncture i…

Michael Payne (2021-03-26). Republicans: Against government of, by, and for the people. nationofchange.org Don't these control freaks understand that when a country like America is in the midst of a crisis it's the job of the government to step in and use all the resources it has to bring it under control?>