2021-03-29: News Headlines

Simone Chun (2021-03-29). The Real Danger of the Pentagon's New Indo-Pacific Plan. counterpunch.org The Pentagon recently asked Congress for an astronomical $27 billion budget increase to support a massive military buildup in Asia as part of its new Indo-Pacific plan, which calls for a substantially more aggressive military stance against China. With the US already ranking first in military spending worldwide and holding more than 290 military bases in the Asia-Pacific region alone, this aggressive buildup is being proposed at the most financially precarious moment in US history.

Laura Flanders (2021-03-29). Culture of Violence. counterpunch.org "Culture of violence," "culture of violence." If I hear that phrase wheeled out one more time to excuse a mass shooter, I'll scream. That doesn't mean I'll head to the gun shop. Which is to say, when it comes to cultures, here in the USA, we're lucky enough to be able to take our pick.

Catherine Henchek (2021-03-29). Actions in 60 cities stand with Asian community against racism, war. liberationnews.org The actions were organized by the ANSWER Coalition and took place across the country, from big cities like New York City to small towns like Sequim, Washington.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Mexico's President Feels 'Shame' for Murder of Salvadoran Woman. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Monday expressed "shame" for the police officers who killed Salvadoran migrant Victoria Salazar in Tulum on Saturday. | RELATED: | "She was subdued by police… brutalized and killed. This fact fills us with sorrow, pain, and shame," he said. | Her murder was denounced on social media through a video showing a police officer placing his knee on the neck of the victim, who could barely…

WSWS (2021-03-29). Oppose deportations and all anti-immigrant measures in Australia and New Zealand! wsws.org The Australian and New Zealand governments have joined in the international assault on the rights of immigrants, as they seek to divert anger over mass job cuts and austerity measures in the most nationalist and xenophobic direction.

Paul Dobson (2021-03-29). Venezuela Points Finger at US for Continued Skirmishes on Colombian Border. venezuelanalysis.com Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López claims that the CIA is behind the fighting, which injured a further nine soldiers on Monday.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Venezuela Is Victim of Colombian Armed Groups, Maduro Denounces. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro denounced that the Colombian government is behind the recent incursion of irregular armed groups into Apure state, which is located in the southwestern border region. | RELATED: | "We have all the WhatsApp accounts and conversations. We know the whole strategy they coordinate with the Colombian government and what they were going to do in Venezuelan territory," Ma…

Al Neal (2021-03-29). French Farmers protest fertilizer tax. peoplesworld.org The low pitch rumble and hum of tractor engines and the thump, thump, thump of steel-capped leather boots filled the streets of Clermont Ferrand, France, as over 2,000 French farmers and 400 tractors marched and rolled into Pace de Jaude, the city square, on March 25. Farmers descended into the town in protest over new …

Eds. (2021-03-29). Britain and China: Trading sanctions and the new cold war. mronline.org IAIN DUNCAN SMITH sees the Chinese sanctions applied to him and other politicians yesterday as a "badge of honour." | March 29, 2021 | Newswire…

Andrew J. Bacevich (2021-03-29). Our Longest War is Ending without Victory, but will we Even Notice? juancole.com "Ours is the cause of freedom. We've defeated freedom's enemies before, and we will defeat them again… [W]e know our cause is just and our ultimate victory is assured… My fellow Americans, let's roll." — George W. Bush, November 8, 2001 ( Tomdispatch.com) — In the immediate wake of 9/11, it fell to President George …

The Conversation (2021-03-29). Nawal El Saadawi: Egypt's grand novelist, physician and global activist. juancole.com By Adele Newson-Horst | — Egyptian novelist, physician, sociologist and global activist Nawal El Saadawi died on 21 March 2021 at the age of 89. The author of more than 50 books, she told me in one of our many interviews, in 2007, that she self-identified as an African from Egypt, not from the Middle …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-03-29). Universal Health Care is a Popular Idea in America, So Why Does Biden Seem Intent on Enriching Private Insurance Companies? counterpunch.org As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on people's lives, President Joe Biden has been on a victory tour to promote the American Rescue Plan, a hefty $1.9 trillion spending package that not only sends direct stimulus payments to struggling Americans, but also greatly expands health care options through the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Eds. (2021-03-29). "I felt an urgency the publishing industry did not share": Michael Mark Cohen and cartooning capitalism. mronline.org I spent a tremendous amount of time digging around in old socialist and union newspapers, journals, magazines and pamphlets where I expected to read the work of earnest revolutionaries discussing socialist strategy and news from the latest strikes around the world. Of course, I found all that and more. — Michael Mark Cohen | March 29, 2021 | Art…

Thomas Klikauer — Norman Simms (2021-03-29). The Madness and Malady of Management Studies. counterpunch.org More than one-hundred years ago, Henri Fayol's highly militaristic if not authoritarian Fourteen Principles of Management — division of work, authority, discipline, unity of command, esprit de corps, etc. — moved factory administration closer to identify what management actually is. More than Fayol, it was the snake oil salesman Frederick Taylor who shaped our perception

Olivia Rosane (2021-03-29). Atlantic coast sea levels rising at fastest rate in 2,000 years, study finds. peoplesworld.org Yet another study has confirmed the unprecedented impacts of the climate crisis: Sea levels along the eastern U.S. are rising at their fastest rate in 2,000 years. Researchers led by a team at the University of Rutgers studied sea level rise at six sites along the Atlantic coast. They found that the rate of change between 1900 and …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-29). Brutal violence by military escalates in Myanmar. peoplesdispatch.org A day after 114 people were killed by security forces in Myanmar, the military on Sunday opened fire on those who had gathered to mourn the dead in Yangon. Close to 450 people have been killed since the February 1 coup…

Wayne Nealis (2021-03-29). Racist policing back in spotlight as Derek Chauvin trial opens. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS—The whole world is watching as the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin gets underway here today. At stake is the question of whether the State of Minnesota can convict Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. The killing of Floyd helped spark a national uprising last summer that put police violence and …

Eds. (2021-03-29). ExxonMobil versus Chevron: Fight for second-to-last place among fossil fuel companies has begun. mronline.org As the weather grows warmer, bears, birds, and corporate America begin to emerge from their respective hibernations. Bears will awaken hungry with thoughts of berries; birds will fly north, reversing their southern migration; corporate America will prepare their proxies and ballots. Soon it will be annual general meeting (AGM) season. | March 29, 2021 | Newswire…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-03-29). As U.S. loses its edge, game of cyber chicken could have deadly consequences. mronline.org '…all countries have offensive and defensive capabilities and 'stealing" data and knowledge from other countries are time-honoured tasks of spook agencies. It becomes an act of war only if it leads to physical damage to critical equipment or infrastructure.' | March 29, 2021 | Newswire…

Marina Villeneuve, Mike Catalini (2021-03-29). New York and New Jersey again epicenters for high COVID infection rate. peoplesworld.org ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A year after becoming a global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York and New Jersey are back atop the list of U.S. states with the highest rates of infection. Even as the vaccination campaign has ramped up, the number of new infections in New Jersey has crept up by 37% …

Dr. Vandana Shiva (2021-03-29). Vandana Shiva on the Taking Down of Bill Gates' Empires. globalresearch.ca In this interview, Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., discusses the importance and benefits …

Dr. Vandana Shiva (2021-03-29). Video: Bill Gates and His Empires. Boycott "Fake Food". Dr. Vandana Shiva. globalresearch.ca In this interview, Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., discusses the importance and benefits …

Editor (2021-03-29). Lee Camp: Why Biden's Choice to Bomb Outer Space Is So Damn Exciting. scheerpost.com Tyler Merbler / CC BY 2.0] By Lee Camp / Original to ScheerPost President Biden has announced he will be continuing to build Donald Trump's Space Force — an idea Trump probably dreamed up while high on some bizarre pills his special "doctor" gave him and had left the rubber cement jar open on his desk. The Space Force is the new branch of our military designed to conquer and kill things in outer… |

Ricardo Vaz (2021-03-29). Cape Verde Greenlights Venezuelan Government Envoy Extradition to US. globalresearch.ca The Cape Verde Supreme Court has approved a request to extradite …

Juan Cole (2021-03-29). Separation of Religion and State declared by Revolutionary Sudan's once-Muslim fundamentalist Officers in Peace Deal with southern Guerrillas. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Sudan Tribune reports that Sudan cemented the separation of religion and state on Sunday. Military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan signed a declaration of principles with one of two remaining rebel groups who had not yet put down their arms and accepted the new transitional government. The group is the …

Juan Cole (2021-03-29). University of Michigan Women Deans Decry Regent Weiser's urging that 'witch' Gov. Whitmer be 'burned at stake'. juancole.com Ron Weiser, a real estate billionaire, is the head of the Michigan Republican Party. In videotaped remarks last Thursday, he referred to Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer and two other top state women leaders (Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel [D] and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson [D]) as the "three witches" and spoke of burning …

teleSUR (2021-03-29). 'It Was a Coup' Film Unveils the U.S. Interference in Bolivia. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's former President Evo Morales on Sunday welcomed the "It Was a Coup" documentary which reveals details of the U.S-backed coup d'etat in Nov. 2019. | RELATED: | The film shows how the events escalated following a biased report by the Organization of American States (OAS) on electoral fraud and the calls for violent mobilizations from opposition sectors. | Filmmaker Maria Rada gathered testimonies to unmask the plot that in…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-03-29). African Branch of ISIS Plans to Form Islamic Caliphate in Mozambique. globalresearch.ca The security situation on the African continent is close to chaos. …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-29). Cancelling Art, Dark Mofo and the Offended Classes. dissidentvoice.org Last week, Australians found themselves delighting in another fit of cancel culture, this time in the art world. Tasmania's Dark Mofo art festival prides itself on being gritty but the mood was very much about removing any grit to begin with. Interest centred on the project of Spanish artist Santiago Sierra, who had proposed soaking …

_____ (2021-03-29). Amazon Hires Off-Duty Cops To Harass Workers, The Press, And Supporters. popularresistance.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 anti-union state against one of the largest companies in the world. | We arrived at the Bessemer facility to stand in solidarity…

Andrew Korybko (2021-03-29). U.S. Secretary of State Blinken Wants to Break China-EU Relations. globalresearch.ca The continual improvement of Chinese-EU relations is irreversible since it embodies …

mgrochowski (2021-03-29). Building the Religious Left: DSA Religion & Socialism Conference. dsausa.org From April 24-25, join your religious socialist comrades for two days of panels, workshops, and skills training as you work to build the religious left. Hear from Andrew Wilkes, Sarah Ngu, Charles Howard, George Lakey, Matthew Sitman, Fran Quigley, Jewish Currents magazine, the DSA Muslim Caucus, the Institute for Christian Socialism, Megan Romer, Nicole-Ann Lobo,…

WSWS (2021-03-29). Socialist publisher Mehring Books Australia website now online. wsws.org The new site enables WSWS readers in Australia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region to more easily access Mehring Book's extensive range of Marxist literature and at a reduced price.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). WHO COVID-19 Origin Tracing Report Says Lab Leak Is Unlikely. telesurenglish.net World Health Organization (WHO) Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that the report of the mission that investigated in China the origin of COVID will be explained in detail on Tuesday. He did, however, advance that a "laboratory leak" is considered "extremely unlikely". | RELATED: | According to news agencies that had access to a draft of the findings, the report advocates that the most likely theory of the…

WSWS (2021-03-29). The working class in Germany pays the cost of the pandemic. wsws.org In the coronavirus crisis, wages in Germany have fallen for the first time since 2007. Reduced incomes, harder working conditions, and cramped living circumstances elevate the risk of falling ill due to COVID-19 and of dying.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). COVID-19 Speeds up Change Towards New Public Health in Africa. telesurenglish.net The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) Director John Nkengasong said the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent health and socio-economic challenges have accelerated partnerships for innovation in Africa towards building new public health order. | RELATED: | "Whilst COVID-19 has been an undeniable tragedy of unprecedented proportions, it has also accelerated partnerships for innovation," Nkeng…

Molly Kingsley (2021-03-29). Carcinogen Ethylene Oxide Used in Covid PCR and LFT Swab Tests. globalresearch.ca Dear Department for Education, | This request is in relation to the …

WSWS (2021-03-29). Beloved Maryland math teacher dies of COVID-19 after school reopened. wsws.org Mary Laurenzano's death is a direct result of the criminal push by the Biden administration and Maryland's Republican Governor Larry Hogan to reopen schools before the pandemic is contained.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Cuba Could Start COVID-19 Vaccination in Minors. telesurenglish.net Rolando Perez, the director of Science at the Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Industries (BioCubafarma), announced on Monday that his country could soon begin a study for COVID-19 vaccination in the pediatric population between the ages of 5 and 18. | RELATED: | According to the study design, the first stage of vaccination will include minors aged 12 to 18 years. Subsequently, children aged 5 to 11 could be immunized, Pe…

WSWS (2021-03-29). Amid surging COVID-19 cases, New York Mayor de Blasio orders 80,000 city workers back to offices. wsws.org The move sets a benchmark for office workers throughout New York City and across the country to return to work despite a new surge in COVID-19 cases.

_____ (2021-03-29). Protests In 60+ Countries Against Genocidal US Blockade On Cuba. popularresistance.org In a worldwide day, the initiative launched a month ago by the Europe for Cuba channel, in coordination with solidarity movements and groups in different parts of the planet, will take place today and tomorrow, Sunday, with car and bicycle caravans, rallies, marches and mountain climbing, among other diverse actions. | "The call is also to flood the social networks in days of denunciation and repudiation of the genocidal blockade imposed on the island, in which we expect a good response, despite the restrictions derived from the COVID-19 pandemic," José Antonio Toledo and Michele Mesagna, coordinators of the plat…

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Peru To Witness Debates Among 18 Presidential Candidates. telesurenglish.net For three days starting on Monday, Peru's National Jury of Elections will organize face-to-face presidential debates among 18 candidates who will participate in the April 11 elections. | RELATED: | The debates will be focused on such issues as the pandemic, education, security, public integrity, and corruption. | Among the first candidates to take the floor this Monday are the National Victory candidate George Fors…

WSWS (2021-03-29). House Speaker Pelosi names D.C. National Guard Commander William Walker new Sergeant-at-Arms. wsws.org The appointment of Walker marks the first time both the House and Senate sergeant-at-arms will be members of military.

_____ (2021-03-29). 'Poor Rich Haiti'. popularresistance.org Haiti's borders are curious. The small country is bordered to the east by the Dominican Republic, dividing in two the territory of the island of Hispaniola. To the west it borders the Caribbean Sea and to the south, a forgotten maritime border with the Republic of Colombia. But what interests us here is a border that is not entirely imaginary: to the north and northeast, although the maps would like to indicate otherwise, Haiti borders the United States. | It is here, in this region, that most US economic interests — and also those of its smaller partners — are concentrated. This is the case of Canada…

VINS (2021-03-29). San Carlos Apache Lose Land to Big Copper. projectcensored.org Oak Flat, Arizona, a sacred land reservation of the San Carlos Apache Native Americans, has long been under attack. Since 2008, the mining company Resolution Copper has sought to acquire…

WSWS (2021-03-29). Australian flood victims speak out: "The only assistance is locals helping each other out." wsws.org "I've had no instructions, no evacuation orders, nothing. People are just left to fend for themselves."

Johanna Kichton (2021-03-29). People's Action Statement on CDC Moratorium Extension. peoplesaction.org Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action Homes Guarantee Campaign Director Tara Raghuveer today released the following statement in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention temporarily extending the national eviction moratorium to June 30th: "The Biden administration did the right thing by extending the eviction moratorium. But, beyond introducing a new …

Jim Miles (2021-03-29). Genocidal Nation: "What Is It About Us?…Are We Homicidal by Nature?" globalresearch.ca I have just watched Michael Moore's latest Rumble podcast [1] in …

VINS (2021-03-29). UN and US Remain Unaccountable for Civil Unrest in Haiti. projectcensored.org A national emergency is taking place on the Caribbean island of Haiti. As reported by the Haitian Times, officials in Haiti have requested assistance from foreign law enforcement to combat…

VINS (2021-03-29). Blaming the Homeless for San Francisco's Homelessness Crisis. projectcensored.org San Francisco, like many US cities, faces a growing housing crisis. The Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) is tasked with providing housing but its attempts have not been…

_____ (2021-03-29). Support Grows For Striking Columbia University Graduate Students. popularresistance.org Today marks the beginning of the third week of the Columbia University graduate workers strike. The courageous struggle by over 3,000 graduate student-workers for improved wages, benefits and working conditions continues to receive support from workers at Columbia and more broadly throughout the US. | Last Thursday, rank-and-file members of the Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC), which is affiliated with the UAW, defied an attempt by the union bargaining committee to shut down the strike with a deal that would have signified a de facto pay cut for the graduate students, taking into account inflation and union due…

Miko Peled (2021-03-29). Faced with ICC Investigation, Apartheid Israel Asserts Moral Superiority Over The Victims of Its Terror. mintpressnews.com Having created enemies by its own criminal behavior, Israel then claims the right to protect itself from the very people it alienated through these criminal acts.

_____ (2021-03-29). Victoria's 'Big Idea' Pays Off In Housing For People In Need. popularresistance.org Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and councillors Ben Isitt and Jeremy Loveday were met with a heavy dose of skepticism back in 2015 when they proposed that the Capital Regional District borrow $50 million to build supportive housing for people without homes. | Helps recalled Friday that their "big idea" was mocked by some and discounted by others as unworkable or too costly. | More than five years later, however, their proposal — later scaled back to $30 million — has pried matching money from the federal and provincial governments, and continues to produce results. | On Friday, the CRD's Regional Housing Fi…

Eduardo Aliverti (2021-03-29). Argentina — El recordatorio de Cristina. globalizacion.ca øNo debería ser más habitual la práctica de analizar algunas situaciones a la luz de cómo serían si se plantea o ejecuta su reverso? | De dejarse llevar por tantas voces que arguyen serios problemas e incluso una ruptura definitiva entre…

VINS (2021-03-29). US EPA Ignores Data on Pesticide Classification. projectcensored.org On February 25, 2021, the environmental advocacy group PEER reported that the US EPA downgraded the cancer risk of the pesticide Telone based on faulty study data. This was done…

TRT World (2021-03-29). Video: Who Are the Quad and Why Are They After China? globalresearch.ca The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is a group that includes the US, …

Fight Back (2021-03-29). Minneapolis: Major protest to coincide with opening arguments at trial for cop who killed George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A coalition of 20-plus Twin Cities organizations are set to protest on Monday, March 29 at 5 p.m. outside the Hennepin County Government Center, with a call for justice for George Floyd and conviction of Derek Chauvin, after the first day of opening statements. | Organizers note, "We expect the lawyers for the killer-cop Chauvin to spit out lies. They will try to paper over the fact that Chauvin had his knee on the neck of George Floyd for eight minutes and 46 seconds, while in league with his fellow officers to aid and abet the murder." | The evening protest and march will be combined with the…

WSWS (2021-03-29). This week in history: March 29-April 4. wsws.org 25 years ago: US trade mission flight crashes in the Balkans, killing commerce secretary On April 3, 1996, a United States Air Force Boeing CT-43A crashed into a mountainside while on an official trade mission to Dubrovnik, Croatia. The craft was carrying United States Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown and 34 other people. There were no survivors.

John Clamp (2021-03-29). Myanmar: Death Toll Rising. counterpunch.org It's precisely as horrific as we have come to expect from the rogue armed forces of Myanmar. If they want to shoot a guy for being a peaceful activist and his seven-year-old daughter happens to be sitting on his lap when the men with guns break in, they'll just shoot her too. This kind of

Cynthia Chung (2021-03-29). The U.S. Pivot to Asia: Cold War Lessons from Vietnam for Today. asia-pacificresearch.com

WSWS (2021-03-29). The Suez Canal blockage and the globalization of production. wsws.org The blockage of a vital artery of the world economy by a single ship—an accident waiting to happen—reveals fundamental aspects of modern capitalism.

Fight Back (2021-03-29). Cubans in Hialeah, FL rally against U.S. blockade. fightbacknews.org Hialeah, FL – Over 70 members of the South Florida Cuban community took part in a car and bicycle caravan through Hialeah to demand an end to the immoral and illegal U.S. blockade of Cuba. This caravan near Miami was one of dozens of actions that took place not only in cities across the United States, but in countries across the world, from Canada to Egypt to Cuba itself. | The cars were draped with oversized Cuban flags and posters that read, "No mas bloqueo" and "Abajo el bloqueo de Cuba," as bicyclists chanted and waved their smaller flags. The caravan passed through the congested streets of Hialeah, with honk…

Ana María Aragonés (2021-03-29). Caminos legales, no cierres fronterizos. globalizacion.ca El reciente viaje a México de funcionarios estadunidenses planteó como solución al problema migratorio el cierre de fronteras, para supuestamente detener no sólo a los centroamericanos, sino a los propios mexicanos. | Justificó en parte esta estrategia por tener que aplicar…

WSWS (2021-03-29). Workers at Bradken steel mill in Atchison, Kansas enter second week of strike while USW imposes isolation. wsws.org The Bradken strike started just over one week before over 1,000 workers at Allegheny Technologies, Inc. in Pennsylvania are set to go on strike this Tuesday.

WSWS (2021-03-29). Dr. Seuss publishers unleash controversy over legacy of famed children's author. wsws.org Neither side in this dispute within the political establishment cares a stitch about the education or development of children.

_____ (2021-03-29). Nicaragua: Building The Good Life (Buen Vivir) Through Popular Revolution. popularresistance.org As I traveled in Nicaragua on the recent Sanctions Kill delegation, one thing was clear, social transformation (revolution) requires both political power and participation by the people. Without political power, revolutionary programs will not have the material resources they require. Without the participation of the people, revolutionary programs, even with resources, cannot be put into practice and defended. | Right now, Nicaraguans have both and they are making great progress in building a new society or as it is often referred to in Latin America, 'Buen Vivir,' (the good life). They are demonstrating what we…

_____ (2021-03-29). We Can Win Student Loan Debt Cancellation. popularresistance.org On March 18, the Biden administration's Department of Education announced that it will cancel $1 billion in federal student loan debt held by 72,000 borrowers who were defrauded by for-profit universities. These students received subprime educations and worthless degrees, and then were burdened with debt often in the tens of thousands of dollars—all while predatory companies and their investors made millions. | The only reason this debt is now being cancelled is because debtors got organized. In 2015, students from for-profit, now defunct Corinthian Colleges Inc. launched the country's first student debt st…

_____ (2021-03-29). National Day Of Protest Against Anti-Asian Racism. popularresistance.org Responding to the spike in anti-Asian violence, Philadelphia joined scores of communities across the country Saturday in a National Day of Action Against Asian Hate launched by the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition. | "We have a lot of community support, and we're expecting hundreds of participants … at Franklin Square," said Echo Alford, a volunteer with the Philadelphia Liberation Center and member of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, which coordinated the afternoon event with the support of about a dozen other local organizations. That estimate proved to be accurate.

WSWS (2021-03-29). Support grows among workers for striking Columbia University graduate students. wsws.org Autoworkers and others support the fight of Columbia graduate student-workers as the strike begins its third week.

Kit Knightly (2021-03-29). Lockdown One Year On — It Doesn't Work, It Never Worked & It Wasn't Supposed to Work. globalresearch.ca And so we come to March 23rd, and lockdown's first birthday. …

Adam Weinstein (2021-03-29). The 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF): Repealing AUMF Will Mean Nothing if We Don't Get Out of Afghanistan First. globalresearch.ca House Democrats

prasanth1584 (2021-03-29). Trawling ocean floor for fishing can release carbon equal to air travel: Study. peoplesdispatch.org The practice of bottom trawling, according to the study, pumps out carbon amounting to about 1 gigaton every year. Marine sediments happen to be the largest reservoir of carbon in the world…

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Brazil: Defense and Foreign Affair Ministers Sacked. telesurenglish.net On Monday, the Brazilian ministers of Defense and Foreign Affairs gave their resignation letters to the far-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, thus accentuating the institutional crisis in the South American country. | RELATED: | Brazilian Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araújo, resigned from his responsibilities due to pressure exerted by parliamentarians, business people, and politicians, who have vehemently criticized his man…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-29). US Military Launches Task Force to Fight Information War Against China. globalresearch.ca The head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) told the Senate …

Media Lens (2021-03-29). Propaganda by Omission: Libya, Syria, Venezuela and the UK. globalresearch.ca We live in a war-like society; one that supports, and is …

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Mural at Least 3,200-Year-Old Found in Peru. telesurenglish.net A millennia mural that might belong to the extinct Cupisnique culture was found in the valley of the Virú province, La Libertad region, in Peru, archaeologists reported on Monday. | RELATED: | The 3,200-year-old mural depicts a spider god holding various knives. The specialists believe it was a deity related to fertility and rain. According to archaeologist Regulo Franco Jordan, who identified the site, "what we have here is…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-29). Farmers' agitation: Nationwide shutdown in India. peoplesdispatch.org March 26 marked four months since the farmers' protests began in India. Farmers groups across the country staged protests in response to the nationwide shutdown call issued by Samyukta Kisan Morcha, the farmers' collective leading the agitation against the farm laws passed by the far-right BJP govt.

John Buell (2021-03-29). When Leaders Kill: Biden's characterization of Putin applies to Neoliberal Ideologies, Too. juancole.com Southwest Harbor, Maine (Special to Informed Comment) — The presidents who control more than 90 percent of the world's nuclear arsenal had a bit of a spat the other day. Though the exchange ended indecisively it serve to highlight important moral issues in both foreign and domestic policy. In an interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos …

Carlos Alberto Rozanski (2021-03-29). Argentina — Lawfare, el día después. globalizacion.ca Lawfare es un neologismo creado por el general de la aviación norteamericana, Charles J. Dunlap Jr. Profesor de la Duke University School of Law estadounidense, en 2001 lo definió como "El uso de la ley como un arma de guerra"….

Aaron Mackey (2021-03-29). Facebook's Pitch to Congress: Section 230 for Me, But Not for Thee. globalresearch.ca As Mark Zuckerberg tries to sell Congress on Facebook's preferred method …

Robert Reich (2021-03-29). The bigot party. nationofchange.org This transformation in one of America's two eminent political parties has shocking implications, not just for the future of American democracy but for the future of democracy everywhere.

WSWS (2021-03-29). UK police and government step up repression against Police Bill protests. wsws.org Demonstrations are routinely described as "violent" and protesters as a "mob", but the real violence has been carried out by police against those defending their right to protest which face elimination if the Bill becomes law.

Kenny Stancil (2021-03-29). 'Way past time to fire Mr. DeJoy' says Sanders after House Dems unveil bill to stop assault on USPS. nationofchange.org "The only way to begin to defend…

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Islamic State Claims Attack Killed 55 in Mozambique. telesurenglish.net Attacks that killed 55 people in the northern Mozambique town of Palma have reportedly been claimed by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) via its Amaq news agency. The area is worth billions of dollars in investments on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project by Total, a French multinational. | RELATED: | The government confirmed dozens of fatalities in the coastal town of 75,000 people near the Tanzanian border on…

Rod Driver (2021-03-29). The World's Richest People: Excessive Wealth Disorder Is Destroying Our Societies. globalresearch.ca David Rothkopf wrote a book about the world's richest people called …

Brett Heinz (2021-03-29). "Being the Good Guys": SOUTHCOM's Monroe Doctrine. cepr.net In testimony earlier this month, Admiral Craig S. Faller told Congress: "This Hemisphere in which we live is under assault…. We are losing our positional advantage in this Hemisphere and immediate action is needed to reverse this trend." Faller was appointed commander of the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM, responsible for overseeing US military activities in …

Ted Snider (2021-03-29). If Israel Accuses Iran of Doing Something, Israel Is Likely Already Doing It. globalresearch.ca Israel has accused Iran of doing many nefarious things. But the …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-29). Massive protests in Lebanese capital Beirut against rapidly declining economic and living conditions. peoplesdispatch.org The demonstrations on Sunday were the latest in the protests being held across the economically struggling country where political instability has further aggravated conditions…

Andrew Emett (2021-03-29). Body cam video shows officers threatening and handcuffing 5-year-old. nationofchange.org The child's mother subsequently filed a civil lawsuit accusing the officers of assault, false arrest, and emotional distress.

Reynard Loki (2021-03-29). Colorado's 'MeatOut Day' Has Started a Meat War. counterpunch.org Colorado Governor Jared Polis's declaration of March 20 as "MeatOut Day" to promote plant-based diets—which are beneficial to human health, the environment, and the prevention of cruelty to animals—sparked controversy between animal rights activists and the meat industry that went beyond state lines. Polis is not the first major politician to promote this message to

CounterPunch News Service (2021-03-29). Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism. counterpunch.org The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism is a tool to identify, confront and raise awareness about antisemitism as it manifests in countries around the world today. It includes a preamble, definition, and a set of 15 guidelines that provide detailed guidance for those seeking to recognize antisemitism in order to craft responses. It was developed by a group of

WSWS (2021-03-29). Myanmar military guns down 114 people in deadliest daily toll. wsws.org While the protest movement has involved broad layers of the population, opposition leaders have limited its aims to the reinstatement of a government led by Suu Kyi.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Suez Canal Resumes Traffic After Container Ship Refloated. telesurenglish.net Shipping traffic through Egypt's Suez Canal resumed on Monday after the world's largest container ship that had blocked the busy waterway for almost a week was refloated. The massive container ship surrounded by tug boats was shown on local TV, moving slowly in the canal's center. | RELATED: | "Admiral Osama Rabie, the Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority [SCA], announces the resumption of maritime traffic in the Suez Canal after…

Tom Conway (2021-03-29). Rebuilding US manufacturing is the only path to an economic renaissance. nationofchange.org America cannot afford to jeopardize major industries for want of parts.

VINS (2021-03-29). Whistleblowers Challenge Official Narrative on Syrian Chemical Weapons Attacks. projectcensored.org On April 14, 2018, the United States, Britain, and France launched a series of aircraft and ship-based missiles against multiple government sites in Syria. The initial report released by the…

Nicolas J S Davies (2021-03-29). How Peace is Possible in Afghanistan. progressive.org After years of unilateral aggression, the United States may finally be taking a new approach.

WSWS (2021-03-29). With hospitals overflowing, Macron defends his "herd immunity" against the virus. wsws.org There is a clear danger of a collapse of the health system, and the government is refusing any policy to contain the virus.

WSWS (2021-03-29). Australian population declines for first time since World War I. wsws.org The sudden fall threatens to expose the Australian economy's reliance on continuous population growth to mask underlying vulnerabilities.

WSWS (2021-03-29). COVID-19 cases in Chicago and throughout Illinois increase following reopening of schools and businesses. wsws.org Tragically, the increase in infections in Chicago resulted in the death this week of CPS student Zmaya Bell. Bell, an 18-year-old student at Simeon Career Academy, died of COVID-19-related complications on Wednesday, according to her family.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-03-29). Georgia Hit With Pair of Lawsuits Over Sweeping Voter Suppression Law. commondreams.org "The Georgia NAACP will continue to fight until every voter is able to freely and confidently participate in democracy," vowed the state president. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2021-03-29). Robin D.G. Kelley on Derek Chauvin Murder Trial, Reparations in Evanston & Cornel West Tenure Fight. democracynow.org As opening statements begin in Minneapolis for the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin, we speak with UCLA historian and author Robin D.G. Kelley, who says a guilty verdict alone would not represent justice for George Floyd. "The real victory would be to end policing as we know it, to end qualified immunity, to end the conditions that enabled Derek Chauvin to take George Floyd's life and his colleagues to kind of stand there and watch," says Kelley.

MEE staff (2021-03-29). US offers $10m for information on Hezbollah operative convicted in Hariri killing. middleeasteye.net US offers $10m for information on Hezbollah operative convicted in Hariri killing | A UN-backed tribunal had sentenced Salim Ayyash in absentia to life in prison over the assassination of former Lebanese PM Rafik Hariri | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 19: 11 | Photos of Salim Ayyash released by the US State Department (Rewards for Justice) | The US State Department is offering up to $10m for information on Salim Ayyash, a…

Global Research News (2021-03-29). The 2020-21 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Global Research Webinar, March 31st, 2021. globalresearch.ca Dear Readers, | We are pleased to announce that the first Global Research Webinar will be held this Wednesday, March 31st, at 4: 00 pm (EDT), 1: 00 pm (PT), 3: 00 pm (CT) | The 2020-21 Worldwide Corona Crisis: | | It will be presented …

Andy Merrifield (2021-03-29). Lefebvre in the Age of COVID. mronline.org COVID has upended urban life as we once knew it. But it intensified already existing pathologies, those contaminating "normal," pre-pandemic life. Our present urban reality is one of the de-encounter, a thinning down rather than thickening up, the dispersion and dilution of city life, its fear and loathing. | March 28, 2021 | Monthly Review Essays…

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2021-03-29). Grupo de Lima se debilita con la retirada de la Argentina. globalizacion.ca El retiro de Argentina del Grupo de Lima, el 24 de marzo, representa un tiro directo en la línea de flotación de la obsecuencia latinoamericana con Estados Unidos. Asimismo, pone en evidencia el fracaso de los objetivos trazados cuando se…

WSWS (2021-03-29). Ontario parent speaks out after COVID-19 outbreak at her child's school. wsws.org "I don't have any confidence in the government and how they handled this pandemic," Yvonne told the World Socialist Web Site after her son was sent home from his COVID-19-stricken elementary school in Brampton, Ontario.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Pope Francis Conveys a Message To Julian Assange. telesurenglish.net Pope Francis sent a personal message to Julian Assange, his partner Stella Moris revealed on Monday as the press freedom activist remains in a maximum-security prison in the U.K. trying to avoid extradition to the U.S. | RELATED: | "After a hard night, Julian woke up this morning to a kind, personal message from Pope Francis delivered to his cell door by the prison priest," Morris said via Twitter. | After a hard…

Solidarity Forever (2021-03-29). Janitors Walk Off the Job in SF for COVID Protections and More. indybay.org After months of contract negotiations broke down, over 700 janitors represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) walked off the job on March 24th. This was the start of three-day strike for improved COVID protections and other working conditions.

Phyllis Richardson (2021-03-29). The Worst Attack on Voting Rights Since Jim Crow. counterpunch.org Last November, despite a global pandemic, voter intimidation, and an unprecedented disinformation campaign, a record number of Americans cast a ballot in the 2020 election. Expanded voting by mail, no-excuse absentee voting, curbside voting, and early voting made the ballot box more accessible. But now, Republican lawmakers in 43 states are introducing hundreds of restrictive

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Argentina: Buenos Aires Province Fights for Debt Restructuring. telesurenglish.net Buenos Aires' Governor Axel Kicillof extended the deadline to negotiate a US$7 billion debt with private creditors who sued his government for late payment. | RELATED: | On March 23, an Ad Hoc committee of creditors represented by White & Case LLP filed two lawsuits in New York against Buenos Aires province for the non-payment of debt interest bonuses. | The subnational government's Finance Minister Pablo Lopez described as "

Sen. Scott Jensen (2021-03-29). US Hospitals Getting Paid More to Label Cause of Death as 'Coronavirus'. globalresearch.ca First published on April 15, 2020. | Among 2020 Most Popular Articles | Senator Scott Jensen represents Minnesota. He's also a doctor. He appeared on Fox News with Laura Ingraham where he revealed a very disturbing piece of information. | Dr. Scott Jensen …

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Honduras Concludes Primary Elections Vote Count. telesurenglish.net Honduras' National Electoral Council (CNE) concluded the primary elections' vote count after two weeks of delays and electoral fraud allegations. | RELATED: | The National Party candidate Nasry Asfura, the Freedom and Refoundation Party representative Xiomara Castro, and the Liberal Party member Yani Rosenthal stay as main competitors for the Presidency post. | Tegucigalpa mayor Asfura gained 579,764 votes, ex-fir…

Ed Rampell (2021-03-29). How We Can Put a Halt to Biodiversity Loss. progressive.org "Extinction: The Facts," a new documentary presented by Sir David Attenborough, details how we can save the world, its wildlife, and ourselves.

Staff (2021-03-29). A sanitation worker's vision for a better society. therealnews.com Former Philadelphia sanitation worker Terrill Haigler created the Instagram account "_yafavtrashman" to talk directly to residents about their trash pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now he's using it to advocate for a better world.

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-03-29). New York's COVID Vaccine Passport. Show "Your Papers Please" Way of Life. globalresearch.ca New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is establishing a Covid passport that …

Indigenous Environmental Network (2021-03-29). Thursday 4/1: DAPL & Line 3 D.C. Protest Rally: Indigenous Youth & Allies Demand Build Back Fossil Free! indybay.org Online here: www.facebook.com/ienearth/ | In-person: Army Corps of Engineers HQ, 441 G Street NW, Washington DC, DC 20314…

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-03-29). Sunday 3/28: What's going on in Myanmar? indybay.org Zoom forum, login into at icssmarx.org

inequality (2021-03-29). Who are the 10 Biggest Pandemic Profiteers? indybay.org The combined wealth of the nation's 657 billionaires increased more than $1.3 trillion, or 44.6 percent, since the pandemic lockdowns began. [See Master Table] Over those same 12 months, more than 29 million Americans contracted the virus and more than 535,000 died from it.

Labor Video Project (2021-03-29). Blowing The Whistle At Cal-OSHA! Newsom, Murder On The Job & Cal-OSHA's Destruction. indybay.org Charles Rachlis, a Cal-OSHA inspector blew the whistle on the massive failure of the agency which is supposed to protect the health and safety of workers in California. Governor Newsom ordered a hiring freeze in the middle of the pandemic and the agency has less than 200 inspectors for the 18 million workers of California. Rachlis spoke at a labor community rally on February 15, 2021.

WSWS repost (2021-03-29). Pelosi names D.C. National Guard Commander William Walker to be House Sergeant-at-Arms. indybay.org The naming of military members to head the security of the House and Senate speaks to the intense crisis still roiling the capitalist state and the ongoing lack of trust between its security apparatus and Congress.

Labor Video Project (2021-03-29). Thousands March and Rally In San Francisco Protesting Racist Attacks Against Asians. indybay.org Thousands of Chinese Americans and Asians marched and rallied in San Francisco on March 27, 2021 against the racist murders and attacks in the US. Some also protested the China bashing whipped up by both the Democrats and Republicans iincluding House Leader Nancy Pelosi from San Francisco.

Fresno County Bicycle Coalition (2021-03-29). Sunday 5/2: MOTHERLOAD: Virtual Screening & Panel Discussion. indybay.org

CA Voter (2021-03-29). Unrelenting e-mails from Gov. Newsom. indybay.org Unrelenting e-mails from Gov. Newsom. It's enough to make me want to support his recall!

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (2021-03-29). Thursday 4/8: Yom HaShoah: National Holocaust Remembrance Day Virtual Ceremony 2021. indybay.org Online remembrance event…

Michael Harris (2021-03-29). Kickoff for Negro Bar State Historic Park Junior Ranger Program. indybay.org Early California Pan African Pioneers, both free and enslaved were a key part of the California Gold Rush. Our California Buffalo Soldiers were the early California Park Rangers and initial stewards of the land in an unsurpassed way.

Tenderloin Tessie & First UU Church SF (2021-03-29). Sunday 4/4: Free Easter Dinner and PPE & Clothing Giveaway w/ Tenderloin Tessie SF. indybay.org First Unitarian Universalist Church & Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA 94109…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-29). Global trial reports on use of tocilizumab in COVID-19 pneumonia. imperial.ac.uk The anti-inflammatory treatment tocilizumab does not significantly improve outcomes for patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, a trial has found.

John C. A. Manley (2021-03-29). Toronto Children's Hospital Recommends Back to School without Masks or Social Distancing. Detailed Report. globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on July 21, 2020 | Toronto's

RT (2021-03-29). US offers $10 MILLION reward for info on Hezbollah operative convicted of former Lebanese PM's assassination. rt.com The US State Department has pledged a $10 million reward for information on a Hezbollah operative convicted by a UN-backed tribunal of murdering Lebanon's former prime minister, Rafik Hariri, more than a decade ago. | The hefty sum for information disclosing "the location or identification of Salim Jamil Ayyash" or "preventing him from engaging in an act of international terrorism against a US person or US property" was offered as part of Washington's Rewards for Justice program. | The State Department on Monday described Ayyash as a senior operative in the so-called Unit 121, an assassination squad allegedly…

RT (2021-03-29). Brazil's foreign and defense ministers resign amid coronavirus surge and US pressure — reports. rt.com Two key members of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's cabinet have resigned. Defense Minister Fernando Azevedo e Silva gave no reason for departure, while Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo faced backlash from the parliament. | Hours after Araujo's resignation was reported in the media — but not officially confirmed by Alvorada Palace — Azevedo e Silva announced he would be stepping down "knowing the mission was accomplished" and thanking Bolsonaro for the opportunity to serve. | While Azevedo's resignation came as somewhat of a surprise, Araujo's was more or less expected, after leaders of both chamb…

Robert Reich (2021-03-29). Republicans Fabricate "Crisis" of Violent Immigrants Crossing the Border. commondreams.org The "surge" has been fabricated by Republicans in order to stoke fear—and, not incidentally, to justify changes in laws they say are necessary to prevent non-citizens from voting. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Medhini Kumar (2021-03-29). If the US Wants to Tackle the Climate Crisis Equitably, It Should Support UNRWA in Gaza. commondreams.org Climate equity has no borders, and in the Gaza Strip, the primary force mitigating these devastating consequences and protecting and ensuring the wellness of the most vulnerable—Palestine refugees—is UNRWA. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Richard Eskow (2021-03-29). Every Person With a Conscience Is a Revolutionary Waiting to Be Born. commondreams.org Revolutionaries sees the potential in human beings—they see our world's potential to become something vastly better than it is today. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Servaas Storm (2021-03-29). Austerity Makes Covid-19 Deadlier. commondreams.org Mortality and economic data show how constraints to government spending and a skepticism of redistributive policies have made the pandemic far worse. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Ari Paul (2021-03-29). Right-Wing Judges Want to Overturn a Legal Precedent Preserving Free Speech. commondreams.org Without the protection of the "actual malice" standard in libel suits, political and business leaders, with their bottomless legal war chests, can simply use the threat of litigation to throw a chilling shroud over journalists and political activists. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-03-29). Center For Popular Democracy Kicks Off "National Week of Action" Demanding Solutions to Converging Climate and Housing Crises. commondreams.org ______________________________…

John Buell (2021-03-29). Neoliberalism Is a Killer. commondreams.org Biden's recent characterization of Putin applies to this dominant ideology as well. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-03-29). 'Vraie Loi Climat!': Tens of Thousands March in France to Demand Much Stronger Climate Law. commondreams.org French President Emannuel Macron, said one demonstrator, "is going backwards—he's performing a moonwalk, he's an artist who pretends to go forward but in fact he's only going backwards." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-03-29). Color of Change: Minneapolis Jurors, Spectators Must Remember That Derek Chauvin Is on Trial—Not George Floyd. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-03-29). In Solidarity with the THRIVE Act, Sunrise Movement Expects a $10 Trillion Over the Next Decade Infrastructure Proposal From Biden. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jenna McGuire, staff writer (2021-03-29). Bowman Blames Decades of US Capitalism, Imperialism for Flow of Asylum-Seekers. commondreams.org "The best we can do is implement a 21st century Marshall Plan and help to rebuild Central America in the same ways that we have destroyed it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-03-29). Oceana Applauds President Biden Offshore Wind Plan as 'Game-Changing'. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-03-29). Drug Policy Alliance Statement on Derek Chauvin's Defense Attempting to Use Drugs as Justification for George Floyd's Death. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-03-29). Biden Administration Announces Plan to Boost Offshore Wind Development. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-03-29). 350.org on Biden's Plan to Expand East Coast Wind Farms. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-03-29). 'Just Look at the Torture Video,' Says George Floyd's Family Lawyer as Chauvin Trial Begins. commondreams.org "America, the whole world is watching. Do we really have equality and justice for all?" | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Bacevich (2021-03-29). America's Long Wars Are Losers: No Bang, No Whimper, No Victory. commondreams.org The siege of ancient Troy, which lasted a decade, inspired Homer to write the Iliad. Although the American war in Afghanistan has now gone on almost twice as long, don't expect it to be memorialized in an epic poem. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-03-29). White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council Brings Frontline Communities into Decision-Making. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-03-29). People's Action Statement on CDC Moratorium Extension. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-03-29). Yemeni-Americans Launch Hunger Strike in Washington D.C. to Protest U.S. Support for the Saudi-led Blockade on Yemen. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-03-29). Center for Popular Democracy's Statement on the Extension of Eviction Moratorium. commondreams.org ______________________________…

VINS (2021-03-29). Pfizer Bullies South American Governments over COVID Vaccine. projectcensored.org As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to strengthen its grip on South America, the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer stands accused of bullying smaller Latin American governments into putting up sovereign assets as…

Jonathan Cook (2021-03-29). Israel elections: Itamar Ben Gvir, the Jewish supremacist on the rise. middleeasteye.net Israel elections: Itamar Ben Gvir, the Jewish supremacist on the rise | After a pact brokered by Netanyahu, the Jewish Power party leader and former Kahanist has been catapulted into a potential kingmaker role | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 14: 11 | Itamar Ben Gvir, head of the Israeli Jewish Power (Otzma Yehudit) party, at a conference organised by the Besheva newspaper in Jerusalem on 15 March 2021 (AFP)…

Staff (2021-03-29). Robin D.G. Kelley: Amazon Union Drive Builds on Decades of Black Radical Labor Activism in Alabama. democracynow.org As thousands of Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama, decide whether to form the company's first union, historian Robin D.G. Kelley says it could be a watershed moment for labor organizing in the United States. "This is definitely the most significant labor struggle of the 21st century, no doubt," he says. "The South has been the epicenter of the country's most radical democratic movements, which is why it's completely unsurprising that Bessemer, Alabama, would be the place where you'd have a renewed labor movement."

Staff (2021-03-29). Capitalism Without Accountability Is at Root of Suez Canal Shipping Crisis, Says Scholar Laleh Khalili. democracynow.org A Suez Canal service firm now says the huge container ship blocking the canal has been refloated and is on the move. The 200,000-ton ship, the Ever Given, got stuck on March 23, blocking one of the world's most important trade routes, which is used for about 12% of all global trade. The impact of the canal shutdown has raised new questions about global trade practices, including the reliance on massive cargo ships, the conditions of workers on the vessels, and environmental degradation. "As years have gone by, the ships have gotten bigger and bigger and bigger," says Laleh Khalili, professor of international poli…

Staff (2021-03-29). Scholar Laleh Khalili: Capitalism Without Accountability Is at Root of Suez Canal Shipping Crisis. democracynow.org A Suez Canal service firm now says the huge container ship blocking the canal has been refloated and is on the move. The 200,000-ton ship, the Ever Given, got stuck on March 23, blocking one of the world's most important trade routes, which is used for about 12% of all global trade. The impact of the canal shutdown has raised new questions about global trade practices, including the reliance on massive cargo ships, the conditions of workers on the vessels, and environmental degradation. "As years have gone by, the ships have gotten bigger and bigger and bigger," says Laleh Khalili, professor of international poli…

Staff (2021-03-29). Headlines for March 29, 2021. democracynow.org Opening Statements Begin in Trial of Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin for Killing George Floyd, Burmese Forces Kill Over 100 People in Deadliest Day of Post-Coup Crackdown, More States Open Up Vaccine Eligibility as Cases Rise in More Than Half of U.S. States, Mexico Revises COVID Death Toll by 60%, Chile and Brazil Confront Massive Surges, WHO Warns Coronavirus on the Rise in African Countries as Vaccinations Remain Lowest in World, Suicide Bombing Attacks Catholic Church Mass in Indonesia, Dozens Killed in Attacks in Mozambique's Cabo Delgado Province, Iran and China Sign 25-Year, $400 Billion Strategic Deal, 9-Year-Old Gi…

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-03-29). La doble moral de Estados Unidos. globalizacion.ca Más de 41.500 personas murieron el año 2020 en EE.UU., no precisamente por causa del Covid-19, fallecieron víctimas de disparos. En plena pandemia, se registraron 592 tiroteos masivos en el mencionado país del norte, algo así como 1,6 enfrentamientos armados…

Editorial La Jornada (2021-03-29). Vacunas y pruebas: El riesgo del mercado negro. globalizacion.ca La Administración General de Aduanas informó ayer que confiscó un embarque de 44 mil pruebas de detección de Covid-19 que se pretendía hacer ingresar al país en el Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México (AICM) sin que contara con…

Jason Ditz (2021-03-29). Biden Continues to Slowly Back Away From Afghanistan Peace Deal. news.antiwar.com With the May 1 pullout date fast approaching, President Biden seems reluctant to state his actual intentions on Afghanistan. On the one hand, Those two positions combined might put the US pullout date sometime after May 1 but before 2022. If it was that simple, however, one would expect that Biden would say as much, instead of just reiterating what he doesn't expect to do. | This gives…

Jason Ditz (2021-03-29). Iraqi Officials Ready to Push for Ouster of US Troops. news.antiwar.com In January 2020, Iraq's parliament unanimously called for the US to leave Iraq. President Biden hasn't weighed in on this, but the matter is likely to come to a head in April talks with Iraq centering on the strategic future of the two nations. | Iraq's PM and other top officials are US officials aren't saying anything in the lead-up to this, already so busy talking about how they're not withdrawing from Afghanistan or Syria. Iraqi MPs…

Jason Ditz (2021-03-29). Locals: French Airstrike Killed Six Civilians in Northern Mali. news.antiwar.com Local officials in the Gao region of northern Mali France was quick to deny that the slain were civilians, saying everyone they hit was an "Islamist militant." This has been common for French operat…

Rick Rozoff (2021-03-29). AFRICOM-Led 33-Nation Naval Exercise in Oil-Rich Gulf of Guinea. news.antiwar.com U.S. Africa Command started the tenth iteration of its Obangame Express naval exercise with an opening ceremony in the Ghanaian capital of Accra on March 19 and ended it on March 27. US Africa Command (AFRICOM) grew out of naval patrols and exercises in the Gulf of Guinea off western Africa at the beginning of …

Jason Ditz (2021-03-29). Blinken Sees US-China Relationship as 'Increasingly Adversarial'. news.antiwar.com Speaking on CNN, Secretary of State Tony Blinken talked of competitive areas as well as adversarial ones, which is hardly shocking since the US openly needles China on several aspects, notably on-again, off-again trade disputes and US incursions into the South China Sea to challenge maritime claims. | Despite this, it is somewhat…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-29). US Reaffirms Support for Philippines as South China Sea Tensions Rise. news.antiwar.com Secretary of State Antony Blinken reaffirmed US support for the Philippines as tensions are rising between Manila and Beijing in the South China Sea. | The Philippine Air Force has been

Steve Watson (2021-03-29). Former Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption Expects People Will be Forced to Wear Masks, Stay Home for Ten Years. globalresearch.ca British former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption has warned that

Steve Watson (2021-03-29). Supreme Court Judge Expects People Will be Forced to Wear Masks, Stay Home for Ten Years. globalresearch.ca British former Supreme Court judge Lord Sumption has warned that

WSWS (2021-03-29). British journalist Craig Murray found guilty of contempt of court. wsws.org Murray was found guilty last week of contempt of court for his reporting on the trial of former Scottish First Minister and former Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond.

Hugo Murphy (2021-03-29). The Weekly Round-up: Asylum System Overhaul. ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: Home Secretary Priti Patel pledged a 'fair but firm' overhaul of the UK's asylum system in the Commons on Thursday. The proposed measures aim to crack down on the criminal smuggling operations which helped 8,000 people cross the Channel by boat last year. Under the Home Secretary's proposals, asylum seekers would have their claims …

Nadda Osman (2021-03-29). Egypt train crash: Anger over transport minister's refusal to step down. middleeasteye.net Egypt train crash: Anger over transport minister's refusal to step down | The devastating collision claimed the lives of 19 people and is part of a long history of railway disasters | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 13: 39 | People gather around the wreckage of two trains that collided in the Tahta district of Sohag province (AFP) | Anger has erupted on social media after Egypt's transport minister, Kamel al-Wazir, sa…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-29). Suez Canal: Giant container ship refloated after blocking waterway for nearly a week. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal: Giant container ship refloated after blocking waterway for nearly a week | Local authorities said the Ever Given was 80% corrected and planned to continue tugging efforts | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 07: 27 | It remains unclear whether the waterway would be open on Monday (Reuters) | A giant container ship that has blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week has been refloated, raising hop…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-29). Suez Canal: Giant container ship Ever Given partially refloated. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal: Giant container ship Ever Given partially refloated | Sisi hails success, as local authorities say the vessel is 80 percent corrected and tugging efforts are planned to continue | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 07: 27 | It remains unclear whether the waterway would be open on Monday (Reuters) | A giant container ship that has blocked the Suez Canal for nearly a week has been refloated, rais…

MEE staff (2021-03-29). Covid-19: UN leaders plead 'don't stockpile vaccines' as global rollout stalls. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: UN leaders plead 'don't stockpile vaccines' as global rollout stalls | UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres calls out 'very unfair distribution of vaccines in the world', as Covax initiative struggles to meet distribution benchmarks | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 15: 38 | A medical stockpile at the vaccine warehouse where doses of the vaccine are preserved before their distribution in Irxleben, eastern Germany…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-29). Suez Canal: Ever Given freed and traffic soon to resume, Egypt says. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal: Ever Given freed and traffic soon to resume, Egypt says | Witnesses and tracking websites say mammoth container ship now sat in middle of the waterway | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 14: 31 | 'She's free!': Ever Given, one of the world's largest container ships, is seen after it was fully floated in Suez Canal, Egypt on 29 March 2021. (Reuters) | The mammoth Ever Given container ship was f…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-29). Suez Canal: Ever Given freed and traffic resumed, Egypt says. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal: Ever Given freed and traffic resumed, Egypt says | After blocking the canal for six days, the mammoth container ship is now in the middle of the waterway heading for inspection | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 14: 31 | Ever Given is seen soon after it had been refloated in the Suez Canal, Egypt on 29 March 2021 (Suez Canal Authority/Handout via Reuters) | The mammoth Ever Given container sh…

MEE staff (2021-03-29). Saudi company requests US court freeze ex-spy chief's $29m real estate assets. middleeasteye.net Saudi company requests US court freeze ex-spy chief's $29m real estate assets | Former-intelligence official Saad al-Jabri says new complaint is part of 'violent campaign' by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to silence him | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 20: 16 | Last year, Saad al-Jabri filed a lawsuit against MBS, claiming a 50 person hit squad was dispatched to kill him in Canada (AFP) | A Saudi state-run company has r…

MEE correspondent (2021-03-29). Suez Canal: Egyptians in neglected village thrust into limelight by ship crisis. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal: Egyptians in neglected village thrust into limelight by ship crisis | Residents of Manshiyet al-Rugola have struggled for years as the world's wealth passed them by. Now the Ever Given has put them on the map | Mon, 03/29/2021 – 09: 16 | A farm vehicle is seen in a field as the Panama-flagged MV 'Ever Given' is lodged behind it impeding traffic across Egypt's Suez Canal on 2…

Karen J. Greenberg (2021-03-29). How Can Biden End Our Forever Wars? Here's a Road Map. thenation.com How Can Biden End Our Forever Wars? Here's a Road Map.

Peter Koenig (2021-03-29). Stop COVID Testing Immediately: PCR and Quick Test Swabs May be Cancer-Causing. globalresearch.ca Not only has covid testing become a US$ 100 billion business, …

Swiss Policy Research (2021-03-29). The Vaccine Conundrum. globalresearch.ca Initial data from Israel and Scotland appeared to indicate a

Shannon Watts (2021-03-29). The NRA Can't Stop Gun Safety Legislation This Time. thenation.com The NRA Can't Stop Gun Safety Legislation This Time…

Elias Rodriques (2021-03-29). Mariame Kaba's Vision of Abolition. thenation.com Mariame Kaba's Vision of Abolition…

Elias Rodriques (2021-03-29). Abolition Is a Collective Vision: An Interview With Mariame Kaba. thenation.com Abolition Is a Collective Vision: An Interview With Mariame Kaba…

Iván Restrepo (2021-03-29). Crisis del agua: El peor de los escenarios. globalizacion.ca La propuesta de celebrar un Día Mundial del Agua para recordar la relevancia de ese líquido esencial data de 1992, durante la Conferencia de las Naciones Unidas sobre el Medio Ambiente y el Desarrollo de Río de Janeiro. | Ese mismo…

Rubén Armendáriz (2021-03-29). Uruguay dispara contra el Mercosur y se habla de un URUEXIT. globalizacion.ca La cumbre virtual de presidentes del Mercosur por el festejo de los 30 años del bloque dejó al descubierto históricas diferencias, especialmente sobre el arancel externo común y la "flexibilidad" para negociar acuerdos comerciales por separado, donde el presidente que…

Luis Feliz León (2021-03-29). The Amazon Union Vote Is Ending in Bessemer. zcomm.org Workers Are Already Preparing for the Next Fight…

Madeleine Freeman (2021-03-29). Amazon Hired Off-Duty Cops to Harass Workers, the Press, and Supporters. zcomm.org Bessemer, Alabama's police chief has confirmed that off-duty officers have been hired by Amazon to act as "security" for the BHM1 facility in the middle of a historic and intense union drive…

Andrew J. Bacevich (2021-03-29). America's Longest War Winds Down. zcomm.org No Bang, No Whimper, No Victory…

George Chidi (2021-03-29). Jim Crow Tactics on Full Display in Georgia. zcomm.org "This is clear voter suppression, clear racism, a clear manifestation of white supremacy. Georgia is going backwards instead of forwards."

John M. Laforge (2021-03-29). Accidental Apocalypse and Nuclear War on Drugs. zcomm.org How can the weapons industry seem to smash or buy off everything standing in its way, whether it's reason, precaution, or spending limits?>

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-03-29). Universal Health Care is a Popular Idea in America. zcomm.org So Why Does Biden Seem Intent on Enriching Private Insurance Companies?>

Marzena Zukowska (2021-03-29). Review — Work Won't Love You Back. zcomm.org Subtitled 'how devotion to our jobs keeps us exploited, exhausted and alone', Sarah Jaffe's book explores one of neoliberalism's most insidious slights of hand…

Mike Ludwig (2021-03-29). Activists May Be Winning Battle Against Environmental Racism. zcomm.org Residents near the proposed site already live with more toxic air pollution than 99 percent of the United States…

Rod Driver (2021-03-29). Excessive Wealth Disorder is Destroying Our Societies. zcomm.org The buying power of rich people can drive prices upwards so that poor people cannot afford things. This is most noticeable with property…

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Venezuela Seeks To Swap Oil for COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro approved the "Oil for Vaccines" payment scheme as a strategy to advance the national vaccination campaign and face the freezing of Venezuelan assets by the U.S. and other countries. | RELATED: | Venezuelan frozen funds abroad amount to almost US$7 billion, which cannot be used to fight the pandemic due to U.S. arbitrary sanctions. | The Bolivarian nation advocates for these f…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-03-29). The Criminalization of Big Pharma, mRNA Vaccine Deaths and Injuries. EU Adopts "Digital Vaccine Passport" globalresearch.ca On March 25, 2021, the European Parliament voted 468 to 203 in favour of the Digital Vaccine Passport or "Green Pass" which requires EU citizens to get vaccinated if they want to travel, or even have access to various social …

teleSUR (2021-03-29). Brazil: Foreign Affairs Minister Resigns Due To Senate Pressure. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Foreign Affairs Minister Ernesto Araujo resigned on Monday after senators accused him of disastrously directing his country's foreign policy and creating obstacles to access to COVID-19 vaccines. | RELATED: | Pressure against Araujo came even from right-wing parliamentarians. Senate President Rodrigo Pacheco and Foreign Relations Commission President Katia Abreu were among the politicians who called for his resignation.

Megan Redshaw (2021-03-29). 68-Year-Old Dies After Anaphylactic Reaction to COVID Vaccine as CDC Continues to Ignore Inquiry Into Increasing Number of Deaths. globalresearch.ca Data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-03-29). Lack of political will and IPR rules stand in the way of mass vaccination for COVID-19. peoplesdispatch.org A proposal made by India and South Africa in October last year to waive certain Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) of COVID vaccines has gained massive support across the world. Despite its potential to prevent millions of avoidable deaths, the US and its allies continue to block the proposal at the WTO.

teleSUR (2021-03-29). UN High-Level Meeting Takes up the Debt Relief and Poverty Link. telesurenglish.net United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness convened a high-level virtual meeting to discuss options for debt relief for developing countries. | RELATED: | "While some countries have been able to accrue new debt to build a bridge to recovery and reserve vaccines, others have been forced to allocate their limited fiscal space…