2021-03-31: News Headlines

Media Lens (2021-03-31). Propaganda By Omission: Libya, Syria, Venezuela And The UK. dissidentvoice.org We live in a war-like society; one that supports, and is in league with, the world's number one terrorist threat: the United States of America. Corporate media propaganda plays a key role in keeping things that way. Ten years ago this month, the US, UK and France attacked oil-rich Libya under the fictitious cover of …

Fight Back (2021-03-31). Tampa rally demands justice for George Floyd, jail for killer cops. fightbacknews.org Tampa, FL – On Saturday, March 27, the Tampa Bay Community Action Committee (TBCAC) and others rallied at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa to demand a guilty verdict for killer cop Derek Chauvin. Chauvin is charged with the murder of George Floyd, whose killing inspired an unprecedented uprising last summer. | "We need to come together to stand against any attempt to let this murderer off. We need to do it for the Floyd family, and the families of all others affected by police brutality," said Jhosn Pena of TBCAC. | Protesters called attention to local cases of police brutality such as the case of Josiah Pinne…

Fight Back (2021-03-31). People v. Derek Chauvin opening arguments protest. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Hundreds of people protested on Monday, March 29, to demand justice for George Floyd and conviction of Derek Chauvin. The demonstration took place after opening statements, and the first witnesses testified in court. Many were still reeling from an emotional day in court, where videos of Floyd's murder were replayed several times, and the proceedings were broadcast live. | In opening arguments, special prosecutor Jerry Blackwell told jurors that George Floyd said he could not breathe 27 times while Chauvin kneeled on his neck and back. He played one of the bystander videos taken the day that Flo…

Steve Karnowski, Amy Forliti (2021-03-31). Firefighter ready to help Floyd was blocked by police. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis firefighter who wept as she recalled being prevented from using her EMT training to help George Floyd will be back on the stand today in the trial of the fired police officer charged in Floyd's death. Genevieve Hansen, one of several bystanders seen and heard shouting at Derek Chauvin as he …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-31). Global solidarity with anti-imperialist struggle in Haiti and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at the global actions in solidarity with Haiti, the beginning of the trial of former police officer accused of killing George Floyd, protests against UK policing bill, and mobilizations to commemorate Land Day in Palestine.

_____ (2021-03-31). Seattle Votes To Guarantee Lawyers For Renters Facing Eviction. popularresistance.org The Seattle City Council unanimously voted Monday to guarantee free legal counsel to poor tenants facing eviction, a system similar to the right to representation already enshrined in the country's criminal courts. | In passing the measure, members of the council hope to keep as many people in their current homes as possible and avoid the devastating and expensive downstream consequences — including homelessness — that often follow when someone is forcibly removed from where they live. | "This legislation will not enough be itself and we know that we need a lot more," said Councilmember Kshama Sawant,…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-31). Cancelling Art, Dark Mofo and the Offended Classes. counterpunch.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

Eds. (2021-03-31). Social reproduction and a just post-COVID world. mronline.org After over a year of suffering, death, and profound transformations of everyday life, International Women's Day 2021 is an opportunity to take stock of the COVID-19 crisis so far and craft visions for a future centred on the value of social reproduction. | March 31, 2021 | Newswire…

C.J. Hopkins (2021-03-31). The "Unvaccinated" Question. dissidentvoice.org So, the New Normals are discussing the Unvaccinated Question. What is to be done with us? No, not those who haven't been "vaccinated" yet. Us. The "Covidiots." The "Covid deniers." The "science deniers." The "reality deniers." Those who refuse to get "vaccinated," ever. There is no place for us in New Normal society. The New …

Juan Cole (2021-03-31). US Church Membership falls under 50%; Are Republicans, anti-Gay Evangelicals driving Youth away? juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Since about 2000, Americans have begun abandoning religion in droves, especially but not only the younger generations (Millennials and younger). Now a Gallup poll finds that for the first time in seven decades, only 47% of Americans say they belong to a church, synagogue or mosque. That figure was 70% …

Rick Sterling (2021-03-31). Two Ambassadors to Syria with Wildly Different Analyses. dissidentvoice.org In the past few months, Grayzone journalist Aaron Mate has interviewed two former ambassadors to Syria: former UK Ambassador Peter Ford and former US Ambassador Robert S. Ford. The two ambassadors have a common surname but dramatically different perspectives. This article will compare the statements and viewpoints of the two diplomats. UK Ambassador Peter Ford …

Andrew Korybko (2021-03-31). Biden's Grand Strategy Is Delusional and Dangerous. globalresearch.ca The Biden Administration continues to push its delusional and dangerous grand …

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (2021-03-31). On Land Day, Palestine Will be Free from the River to the Sea. globalresearch.ca 30 March 2021 marks the 45th Palestinian Land Day, a day …

Dr. Vandana Shiva (2021-03-31). Bill Gates and His Empires. "Ushering In the Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We're currently facing enormously powerful technocrats who are hell-bent on ushering …

Anish R M (2021-03-31). Counting underway for historic union vote at Alabama's Amazon unit. peoplesdispatch.org The federal labor watchdog has begun counting on March 30, which could take days to finish. The unionization drive has shone light on the abysmal workplace conditions of US' largest employer…

Monica Moorehead (2021-03-31). In the spirit of Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bessemer workers fight for justice. workers.org A historic union election concluded March 29 after 5,800 Amazon warehouse workers, over 80% of them African American, voted on whether to be represented by the Retail, Warehouse and Department Store Union in Bessemer, Ala., near Birmingham. It could take weeks or even months before the outcome of the vote . . . |

Climate Nexus (2021-03-31). Biden to unveil critical infrastructure and climate plan. peoplesworld.org Today in Pittsburgh, President Biden will outline his American Jobs Plan, proposals for major infrastructure investments in clean energy, water system updates, and other economy-growing initiatives designed to create millions of jobs, address aging infrastructure and lessen racial and other inequities throughout the economy. Biden's $2 trillion plan to fight climate change and revitalize the American …

Gloria Rubac (2021-03-31). Death penalty abolished in former Confederate state. workers.org On March 23, I was sad and gloomy all day as I am every year on this date — the day in 1993 that I witnessed a dear friend, Carlos Santana, be legally lynched by the State of Texas. He was executed, even though he did not kill anyone. Charlottesville, . . . |

Steve Gillis (2021-03-31). 'Secretary of Labor: Which side are you on?'. workers.org On March 23, after a bipartisan Senate backrub, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh was confirmed as Biden's new Secretary of Labor. Walsh — previously president of the Boston Building Trades Council — promised "a new era of cooperation between commerce and labor." Steve Gillis (bottom row, far left) and the executive . . . |

Ron Jacobs (2021-03-31). The Allure of Roberto Bolaño. counterpunch.org Reading Roberto Bolaño is an addictive pursuit in the same way that chasing visions is a quest. There's always enough mystery left after his last tale to make one imbibe again. Perhaps this next time the truth will manifest itself in full. Yet, instead, what seems to occur is that one more layer of the

Joshua Francis (2021-03-31). Statewide day of action demands freedom for longest-held political prisoner in the United States. liberationnews.org Three rallies were held across California March 17 to commemorate the longest-held political prisoner Ruchell "Cinque" Magee's 82nd birthday. Ruchell received a tremendous outpouring of renewed support in his fight for freedom after 58 years of unjust imprisonment. These efforts are being led by the Coalition to Free Ruchell Magee, of which the Party for …

Eds. (2021-03-31). The complex legacy of China's cinematic pirates. mronline.org Film and TV piracy are under increasing pressure in China. The void they're leaving behind will be hard to fill. | March 31, 2021 | Newswire…

RobertAlvarez (2021-03-31). BOOK: The Wealth Hoarders. ips-dc.org The Wealth Hoarders: How Billionaires Pay Millions to Hide Trillions: | Chuck collins: | Introduction: | Over the last few decades, a secret army of tax attorneys, accountants, and wealth managers has emerged as a shadowy new partner to billionaires and multi-millionaires. | Call them the wealth defense industry. They are paid millions to hide trillions for the richest 0.01 percent. | In this book, IPS inequality expert Chuck Collins interviews the leading players and gives a unique insider account of how this industry is creating and entrenching hereditary dynasties of wealth and power.

Brandon Stout (2021-03-31). Michigan company uses eviction scare tactics on tenants. liberationnews.org Landlords use scare tactics to force tenants to move out–tenants resist.

Real Progressives (2021-03-31). Seriously ugly: here's how Australia will look if the world heats by 3 ∞C this century. realprogressives.org This is a Conversation long read, so set aside time to take it all in. |
| Imagine, for a moment, a different kind of Australia. One where bushfires on the catastrophic scale of Black Summer happen almost…

John Kendall Hawkins (2021-03-31). The Shaping of Things to Come. counterpunch.org "There are no hard distinctions between what is real and what is unreal, nor between what is true and what is false. A thing is not necessarily either true or false; it can be both true and false." I believe that these assertions still make sense and do still apply to the exploration of reality

Bruce Wilds (2021-03-31). Biden's Ukrainian "Putin Push" Could Lead to World War III. globalresearch.ca Biden was in charge of much of the "Ukraine project" during …

Richard Sanders (2021-03-31). Canada Ties to the U.S. Empire: Lester Pearson and the Myth of Canada as "Peaceable Kingdom" globalresearch.ca * | [T]here are two sides whose composition cuts across national and even …

Melissa Marselle (2021-03-31). Biodiversity: How our health and happiness depend on a thriving planet. nationofchange.org We depend on biodiversity in the natural world for the water we drink, the food we eat and the clean air we breathe.

Tom Clifford (2021-03-31). One of the Great Ironies: As China Grows Richer, It Is Growing Further Apart from the US. globalresearch.ca In calmer times, when there is less talk of trade disputes, …

Lautaro Rivara (2021-03-31). "Poor Rich Haiti": How Imperialists and Local Oligarchy Have Sought to Destroy Haitian Agriculture. globalresearch.ca Does the oft-repeated refrain that "Haiti is the poorest country in …

Rick Rozoff (2021-03-31). NATO Warplanes Intercept Russian Aircraft Ten Times in One Day from Arctic to Black Sea. globalresearch.ca The North Atlantic Treaty Organization reports that yesterday the military bloc …

Azza Rojbi (2021-03-31). #YemenCantWait. Hands Off Yemen! globalresearch.ca February 15, 2021, marks one year since the Saudi-led coalition's horrific …

Bill Quigley (2021-03-31). Peoples Coalition Helps Elect New Orleans Progressive Prosecutor. dissidentvoice.org On December 5, 2020, New Orleans elected its first ever progressive District Attorney. Jason Williams, who was a criminal defense lawyer for over 20 years before being elected, replaced former DA Leon Cannizzaro, described by New Orleans papers as a traditional tough on crime prosecutor. An unprecedented coalition of grassroots justice organizations came together over …

Philip Farruggio (2021-03-31). Gimme Shelter…Land Lords Need not Apply!! nationofchange.org What we need to make a better society for most working stiffs out there is community owned and operated nonprofit rental housing.

Robert J. Burrowes (2021-03-31). Defeating the Global Elite's Coup d'État: The Great Reset. globalresearch.ca Worldwide, international organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), governments …

contributors (2021-03-31). Jewish Nat'l Fund Lawsuit against Palestinian Rights Advocacy in US Slapped down by Federal Judge on First Amendment Grounds. juancole.com U.S. Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed by Jewish National Fund Against Palestinian Rights Nonprofit Contact: press@ccrjustice.org Lawsuit "Not Persuasive," Judge Rules ( Center for Constitutional Rights) — March 30, 2021, Washington, D.C. — A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and others against a U.S.-based Palestinian rights organization. The …

Project Censored (2021-03-31). Jordan Elgrably and Andy Lee Roth. projectcensored.org Mickey's guest for the first half of this week's show is Jordan Elgrably, editor of The Markaz Review. They explore the importance of free speech and a free press in…

Karen Conner (2021-03-31). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the March Jobs Report. cepr.net (The monthly Employment Situation is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, April 2nd at 8: 30 AM Eastern Time.) We should be seeing strong job gains in March and possibly some drop in the unemployment rate. The checks mostly went out after the reference week, but with infection rates dropping, more people …

Olivia Rosane (2021-03-31). 64% of world's farmland at risk from pesticide pollution, study finds. nationofchange.org "This is important because the wider scientific literature has found that pesticide pollution can have adverse impacts on human health and the environment."

Arslan Hassan (2021-03-31). Top 10 sustainability trends: Our 2021 eco wellness predictions. nationofchange.org Although these trends are promising, a commitment to the preservation of Earth is necessary from all stakeholders to make these efforts effective.

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-03-31). Disease outbreaks increase with deforestation, new study finds. peoplesdispatch.org The study says that monoculture plantations are also likely to increase infectious disease outbreaks. Changes in land use are a significant factor in the emergence of infectious diseases caused by zoonotic viruses…

Fight Back (2021-03-31). Chicano and Black families speak out at forum to stop Los Angeles Sheriff attacks. fightbacknews.org Los Angeles, CA – Centro CSO and Black Lives Matter-Los Angeles cohosted a March 27 Zoom forum to denounce the killings of Chicanos and Blacks by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, deputy gangs like the Banditos, Executioners, and 3000 Boys that terrorize communities, and against the harassment of families who speak out against Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD). Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda Solis and Holly Mitchell attended the meeting, listened to the families' testimonies, and committed to work with organizations to fight back against LASD and its embattled leader S…

Andrew Emett (2021-03-31). Former deputies arrested after man dies in police custody. nationofchange.org "While we can never take away the pain of the Ambler family, the grand jury has sent a clear message that no one is above the law."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-31). Housing for people, not for profit: Rights groups demand action across Europe. peoplesdispatch.org Rights groups organized two days of action for housing rights across major cities in Europe. The demands included affordable housing, an end to profiteering from rents and putting a stop to evictions…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-31). Emerging markets are falling behind in the race for green capital. imperial.ac.uk Developing nations are missing out on a wave of investor interest in climate change and sustainability according to a new report released today.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-31). Supporting local female community leaders. imperial.ac.uk Agents of Change participants share their experiences of being part of a network for women who have an active interest in driving social change.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-31). Waste carbon from steel production can be recycled into new products. imperial.ac.uk Gases from steel processing can be used to make materials for products like insulation boards and wood coatings, concludes an EU-funded project.

South Front (2021-03-31). Video: Strikes at US Positions in Iraq, Chaos in Northern Syria. globalresearch.ca One of the most common occurrences in Iraq in 2021 is …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-03-31). Nuclear Weapons Blazing: Britain Enters the US-China Fray. counterpunch.org Boris Johnson's March 16 speech before the British Parliament was reminiscent, at least in tone, to that of Chinese President Xi Jinping in October 2019, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. The comparison is quite apt if we remember the long-anticipated shift in Britain's foreign policy and Johnson's conservative

Michael Berkowitz (2021-03-31). "The Present": The future is the gift. peoplesworld.org

Basit Mahmood (2021-03-31). 'Junk idea of Islamophobia' says adviser to Conservative racism inquiry. middleeasteye.net 'Junk idea of Islamophobia' says adviser to Conservative racism inquiry | Wasiq Wasiq, advising lead investigator Swaran Singh, has questioned whether Muslims can be considered victims of racism because of their religion | Wed, 03/31/2021 – 12: 40 | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has been mired in complaints of Islamophobia (AFP) | The Conservative Party's investigation i…

Guest Contributor (2021-03-31). The Chinese State attacks the Bar: A Call to Arms — Lord Sandhurst QC. ukhumanrightsblog.com On 26 March, the Government of the People's Republic of China announced sanctions against a number of British individuals and entities. Most publicity has been attracted by the inclusion of well-known politicians on the list. But the most sinister inclusion may be "Essex Court Chambers". Whereas the sanctioning of a politician, who is unlikely to …

The Conversation (2021-03-31). Israeli election: Fundamentalist Mansour Abbas emerges as possible first Muslim kingmaker in nation's history. juancole.com By John Strawson | — For Israel, this has been the "no change, all change" election. No change in that the result appears inconclusive — just like the three previous elections. It's also all change, as we are seeing the beginnings of the political normalisation between Jews and Arabs for the first time since the …

Staff (2021-03-31). Bloody Crackdown in Burma Since Feb. 1 Military Coup Kills 500+ Amid Resistance from Youth, Women. democracynow.org More than 500 people have been killed in Burma during protests against the February 1 military coup that toppled Burma's democratically elected civilian government. At least 141 people were killed over the weekend alone, when soldiers opened fire on civilians demonstrating against military rule in dozens of cities and towns across the country. Children were among the dead, including a 5-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl, according to Amnesty International. Burmese troops also fired on a funeral service for a 20-year-old student protester. "We wake up to more bad news every morning, more deaths," says Aron Aung,…

W. T. Whitney (2021-03-31). Stopgap Methods Won't Fix Migration Challenge. counterpunch.org The continuing press of migrants from Mexico and Central America arriving at the U.S. southern border has forced the Biden administration to send Vice President Kamala Harris south on a negotiating mission. According to The New York Times, "She will work with the leaders of Central American governments." Armed with "billions of dollars," she will seek collaboration in "reducing the violence and poverty" that predispose to migration.

Fight Back (2021-03-31). WFTU Solidarity message to the workers and employees of Amazon in Germany. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following March 30 statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions expressing the voice of more than 105 million workers in 132 countries, stands in solidarity with the workers of Amazon in their four days strike demanding the recognition of collective bargaining agreements, health and safety measures and salary increase. The strikes are taking place in warehouses in Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz, Leipzig and two sites in Bad Hersfeld. | The international class-oriented trade union movement supports the fair demands of the…

_____ (2021-03-31). Virginia Finalizes $3.7 Billion Deal To Acquire Train Tracks. popularresistance.org Virginia officials and freight railroad company CSX have signed a $525 million deal to transfer 223 miles of track and 386 miles of right-of-way to the commonwealth, a key part of a larger $3.7 billion program announced in 2019 to increase Amtrak passenger service and VRE commuter rail service in Virginia over the next decade. | "Today, we're celebrating a major, major milestone in our work to make it easier for people and goods to move around Virginia and up and down our East Coast," said Gov. Ralph Northam, who stood alongside officials from CSX, Amtrak and VRE during a signing ceremony at a VRE station in Alex…

Towards increasing Networking (2021-03-31). Online events with Chomsky, Jeff Chang, Frida Berrigan & many others. indybay.org Here are some 17 online events taking place over the coming month (and starting tomorrow, Wednesday, March 31), featuring people such as Noam Chomsky, Jeff Chang, Frida Berrigan, Hazel Henderson, Dave Zirin, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and many others. | These events are hosted from various locations all across the country, as well from Canada, Ireland, and the UK (however, the listed times are all for our "Pacific time zone"). Of course, feel free to share this info with others who might be interested in it.

Zachary Conti (2021-03-31). IMF Head: Global Recovery Uncertain as People Face Income Drops. indybay.org International Monetary Fund head Kristalina Georgieva warned of an uncertain global recovery as the world struggles with the COVID spurred economic crisis. The IMF Managing Director stated concern that average incomes in developing countries faced drops of 20% and 11% in advanced economies. "This loss of income means millions of people will face destitution, homelessness, and hunger," reported Georgieva during her curtain raiser speech ahead of the Spring IMF and World Bank meetings.

WSWS repost (2021-03-31). Oakland schools set to reopen amid surge in pandemic. indybay.org After a narrow ratification of the Oakland Education Association's sellout agreement to resume in-person instruction, teachers are facing a dangerous end to the school year.

DLI (2021-03-31). 4 Stages of Disinformation(as in Uyghur "genocide" claims. indybay.org The recent crescendo of wild and sensationalized claims of "genocide" of the Uyghur minority (and of "mass rapes" and "concentration camps") in China actually reveals an aggressive disinformation campaign, initiated a the highest levels of government in both the USA and its client NATO states. Upon careful dissection, however, objective observers detect 4 stages of a sophisticated campaign intentionally promoted to support an Imperialist narrative–the "good" Western powers vs. a "bad" and "oppressive " Beijing regime bent on exterminating and/or brutally suppressing its own minorities.

Jens Berger (2021-03-31). Release the vaccines and put an end to the lockdown. indybay.org If we were to discard the rigid vaccination plan, which is divided into priority groups, and simply release the vaccines to all interested parties, this would be a golden way out of the whole nightmare.

Daniel Pike (2021-03-31). The political future of the United States is in the hands of the elderly. indybay.org The struggle for the presidency of the United States in the 2020 elections mercilessly exposed one very spicey feature of American politics – the key positions on the country's political Olympus were captured and firmly held by people over 70 years old.

Photos Tell a Story (2021-03-31). Rise Up Rally in San Francisco–Stop Violent Attacks on Asians. indybay.org In San Francisco a march and rally on March 26 was one of many since the March 16 assault on Asian women in Atlanta.

JBLM COP WATCH (2021-03-31). JBLM Soldiers Kidnapping Civilians in the Local Community. indybay.org Corruption and abuse at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), WA poses a growing threat to the surrounding civilian community. JBLM has a long history of criminal activity and misconduct targeting the civilian community… and now KIDNAPPING!

Labor Video Project (2021-03-31). Stealing The Park! SF Golden Gate Park Stables, Nepotism, Privatization & Parks Alliance. indybay.org Author Steve Hill discusses the systemic sell off of Golden Gate Park by the "non-profit" Parks Alliance with the corrupt SF City and County politicians.

David Paul (2021-03-31). Thursday 4/22: Cuba's Approach to Health Care for All. indybay.org on line webinar…

Extinction Rebellion SF Bay Area (2021-03-31). Thursday 4/1: SF DAPL & Line 3 Protest, Build Back Fossil Free. indybay.org Meeting at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco, across from City Hall.

Johanna Fernandez, reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-03-31). Prof. Johanna Fernandez's account of Mumia Abu-Jamal's Health Emergency (from Verso Blog). indybay.org This article was originally published at the Verso Books blog on March 28, and is being reprinted here in full, no edits, with the permission of author Johanna Fernandez, from the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. For the latest updates on Mumia's health, please visit the Jamal Journal: www.JamalJournal.com.

MEE, agencies (2021-03-31). Saudi Arabia plans economic overhaul with $3.2 trillion investment. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia plans economic overhaul with $3.2 trillion investment | Analysts have expressed skepticism about the plans, as Saudi Aramco's CEO says it was not forced into the initiative | Wed, 03/31/2021 – 14: 28 | Unemployment in the kingdom touched 14.9 percent in the third quarter of 2020 (Reuters) | Saudi Arabia unveiled plans on Tuesday to pump investments worth $3.2 trillion into the…

Staff (2021-03-31). Headlines for March 31, 2021. democracynow.org Eyewitnesses Give Chilling Testimony of Police Killing of George Floyd, Brazil in Crisis as COVID Deaths Soar & Military Chiefs Quit in Protest, U.S. COVID Deaths Top 550,000; Florida Undercounted Thousands of Deaths, Bloomberg Employees Got Special Access to Vaccines at NYU Hospitals, China Delivers 100,000 COVID Vaccines to Palestine, White House Unveils $2 Trillion Jobs & Infrastructure Plan, Two Police Deputies Indicted in Texas for Killing Javier Ambler After Traffic Stop, Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump as GOP Welcomes Oath Keepers Founder in Texas, Man Arrested for Viciously Attacking Filipino Woman in N…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-03-31). COVID-19 Vaccines Likened to 'Software Updates' for Your Body. globalresearch.ca I've discussed why COVID-19 vaccines are in fact gene therapies and …

Dean Baker (2021-03-31). Open-Source Versus Patent Monopoly Financing of Drug Development. counterpunch.org It is often said that intellectuals have a hard time dealing with new ideas. Unfortunately, for purposes of public debate, open-source government funding of drug development is a new idea, and people in policy positions seem to be having a very hard time understanding it. So, I will try to write this post in a

Megan Redshaw (2021-03-31). Germany Hits Pause Again on AstraZeneca After 31 Reports of Rare Blood Clots, 9 Deaths. globalresearch.ca German health officials today suspended use of AstraZeneca's COVID vaccine for …

MEE, agencies (2021-03-31). Covid-19: Yemen receives first vaccines through Covax initiative. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Yemen receives first vaccines through Covax initiative | Hundreds of thousands of doses arrive a week after country's coronavirus committee warned of public health 'emergency' | Wed, 03/31/2021 – 10: 00 | Yemen has officially recorded more than 4,000 virus cases among its 30 million people, including 863 deaths – but experts say the real toll is likely higher (AFP) | War-torn Yem…

Staff (2021-03-31). New York Ordered to Vaccinate Incarcerated People; Will Gov. Sign Bill Curbing Solitary Confinement? democracynow.org A New York judge has ordered the state to provide COVID-19 vaccines to all incarcerated people, saying that officials "irrationally distinguished between incarcerated people and people living in every other type of adult congregate facility, at great risk to incarcerated people's lives during this pandemic." Soffiyah Elijah, executive director of the Alliance of Families for Justice, says advocates have been pushing the state "since the beginning of the pandemic to prioritize the health and safety of incarcerated people," but those efforts were met with silence. "It's unfortunate that it took court intervention i…

Kenneth Surin (2021-03-31). The EU-UK Phony War on Vaccines. counterpunch.org The EU's vaccine rollout has been on the equivalent of life-support since its inception. Likewise, the UK's Brexit rollout has also been on life-support, if not in a hospital bed immediately adjacent to the EU's— sisterly/brotherly love between the two not quite being what the doctor has been able to prescribe. When it comes camouflaging their respective debacles with spin and PR, the UK has an easier time of it, since all it needs to do is cast Brussels as the villain responsible for its Brexit plight.

Adam Dick (2021-03-31). The Vaccine Passport Propaganda Template. globalresearch.ca With reports that President Joe Biden's administration is planning for …

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-31). Report: US Asks Taliban to Extend May 1 Withdrawal Deadline. news.antiwar.com Citing sources close to the Taliban, The May 1st withdrawal deadline was set by the US-Taliban peace deal that was signed in Doha last year. While the Biden administration has yet to make an official announcement, it's clear the US is looking to stay. | Tolo News said the Taliban has not yet made a decision on the US request and is asking that first their 7,000 prisoners sh…

Jason Ditz (2021-03-31). Taliban Leadership Sees Afghanistan as a War They Already Won. news.antiwar.com 20 years into the US and NATO war in Afghanistan, the Taliban sees things as effectively over. Top Taliban officials say that the situation is unsustainable for the Afghan government, It's not hard to see why they'd think that. The Taliban has This has informed…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-31). With Eyes on China, Indonesia and Japan Boost Military Ties. news.antiwar.com On Tuesday, Japan and Indonesia While Japan has no claims to the South China Sea, T…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-31). Officials Claim US Is Open to Talks on Roadmap to Revive Iran Nuclear Deal. news.antiwar.com Unnamed US and Western officials The report said the Biden administration initially thought Iran wanted to have a conversation about the first steps towards reviving the deal instead of a full restoration of the agreement. But this doesn't make much se…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-31). Biden Administration Slams China in Annual Human Rights Report. news.antiwar.com Continuing the hostile rhetoric against Beijing,

Staff (2021-03-31). Aging Former Black Panthers Mumia Abu-Jamal & Sundiata Acoli Got COVID-19 & Could Die in Prison. democracynow.org We get an update on political prisoners Mumia Abu-Jamal and Sundiata Acoli, who contracted COVID-19 but have yet to be released. Acoli is a former member of the Black Panther Party who is now 84 years old and has been in prison in New Jersey for nearly half a century, even though he has been eligible for parole for almost three decades. He was denied parole again in February. His crime involved the killing of a state trooper. Last year, he contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized, and he reportedly has early-stage dementia. We speak with his longtime advocate, Soffiyah Elijah with Alliance of Families for Justice…

Joà´l Díaz (2021-03-31). In the Depths of the Pandemic, Tracing My Family's Contact. thenation.com In the Depths of the Pandemic, Tracing My Family's Contact…

Erika Andiola (2021-03-31). The Media Must Stop Demonizing Immigrants. thenation.com The Media Must Stop Demonizing Immigrants…

Vikram Murthi (2021-03-31). The Places John Lurie Can Take You. thenation.com The Places John Lurie Can Take You…

Dave Zirin (2021-03-31). Will MLB Celebrate Jackie Robinson While Holding Its All-Star Game In Georgia? thenation.com Will MLB Celebrate Jackie Robinson While Holding Its All-Star Game In Georgia?

MEE staff (2021-03-31). Israeli forces rearrest Palestinian man celebrating release after 20 years in prison. middleeasteye.net Israeli forces rearrest Palestinian man celebrating release after 20 years in prison | Magd Barbar's welcome home party raided by the Israeli military, who wounded several Palestinians, before releasing him again on Wednesday | Wed, 03/31/2021 – 13: 39 | Magd Barbar, a Palestinian prisoner from the occupied East Jerusalem, reunited with his wife Fatmeh, and his son and daughter after 20 years in Israeli jails…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-31). Tunisian police fire tear gas at protesters in southern city. middleeasteye.net Tunisian police fire tear gas at protesters in southern city | Move came after hundreds of demonstrators tried to storm a government building in Tataouine over lack of jobs | Wed, 03/31/2021 – 07: 59 | Tunisia saw violent protests in January and February but had been comparatively quiet in March (File pic/AFP) | Tunisian police fired tear gas on protesters on Tuesday after hundreds tried t…

Sarah Anderson (2021-03-31). If the Minimum Wage Had Increased as Much as Wall Street Bonuses Since 1985, It Would Be Worth $44 Today. counterpunch.org While low-wage workers are still waiting for a raise in the minimum wage, Wall Street employees enjoyed a 10 percent bump in their bonuses in the first year of the pandemic, according to new data from the New York State Comptroller. Wall Street pay v. the minimum wage + Since 1985, the average Wall Street

David Rovics (2021-03-31). Fixing the Stream, Shaking Up Spotify. zcomm.org The music industry today is largely about music streaming platforms, and Spotify is the dominant music streaming platform globally…

F. Douglas Stephenson (2021-03-31). Biden's Bandaid, or Top 8 Reasons why we need Medicare for All. zcomm.org The USA is a country where health insurance for medical and mental health care is a function of socio-economic status…

Lorena Barberia (2021-03-31). Lula Returns as Covid Runs Wild in Brazil. zcomm.org Brazil's president Bolsonaro continues to deny the Covid crisis, as Lula's return to politics creates shockwaves from the favelas to Wall St.

Tatiana Cozzarelli (2021-03-31). Dispatches from the Amazon Warehouse in Bessemer. zcomm.org The unionization efforts at Bessemer are bigger than just Amazon. In this dispatch from the ground, Uber drivers, healthcare workers, and young Birmingham residents stand in solidarity…

Henry A. Giroux (2021-03-31). America Radiates Violence. zcomm.org Challenging the Politics of Isolated Incidents…

Nora Barrows-friedman (2021-03-31). Approach new definition of anti-Semitism with caution, Palestinians say. zcomm.org The exclusion of Palestinian perspectives points to "an omission that is quite telling about asymmetric relations of power and domination and how some liberals still try to make decisions that deeply affect us, without us."

Aviva Chomsky (2021-03-31). Will Biden's Central American Plan Slow Migration (or Speed It Up)? zcomm.org The New Border Politics of the Biden Era Are Actually Ancient History…

Marybeth Seitz-Brown (2021-03-31). The Left Needs to Engage Members if We Want to Win Big. zcomm.org If we want to win big, we will need to take collective risks. To do that, we need to build structures that strengthen our relationships with one another, educate each other on what is possible when we organize, and develop the leadership of many more people through escalating campaigns…

Jessica Corbett (2021-03-31). Benefits of 'Drastic' Climate Action Outweigh Costs of Status Quo. zcomm.org "People who spend their careers studying our economy are in widespread agreement that climate change will be expensive, potentially devastatingly so."

William Lee (2021-03-31). Residents of Chicago's Southeast Side Are Rising up Against Polluters. zcomm.org Residents are tired of being the city's dumping ground, so they are fighting back…

Mike Walter (2021-03-31). The Heat: China's role in the Middle East. america.cgtn.com Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wraps up a six-country tour of the Middle East. We'll discuss China's economic and political role in the region.

Wayne Nealis (2021-03-30). Chauvin trial prosecutor to jury: 'Believe your eyes…it's murder'. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS—At the opening of the Derek Chauvin murder trial here, state prosecutor Jerry Blackwell's statement to the jury began by contrasting the oath taken by Minneapolis Police Department officers and the behavior of Chauvin as he pinned George Floyd on the pavement beneath his knee last May. Blackwell showed a photo of new MPD recruits …

WSWS (2021-03-30). Murder trial begins for former officer charged in the death of George Floyd. wsws.org Derek Chauvin is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder. If convicted of the most serious charge, he could face 10.5 to 15 years in prison.

John Stanton (2021-03-30). Biden's Shameful Push for War with China and Russia: Ignoring History, Denying Reality. counterpunch.org "One of the most delightful things about Americans is that they have absolutely no historical memory." — Zhou Enlai `In the autumn of 1862, the governments of France and Great Britain proposed to Russia, in a formal but not in an official way, the joint recognition by European powers of the independence of the Confederate

Vijay Prashad (2021-03-30). Despite U.S. dirty tricks, Bolivia is finding a way to stay independent. mronline.org Pressure to prevent Morales from running in the election in 2019 mounted early, but it failed. The opposition—with the full backing of the U.S. government—tried to undermine the October 2019 election by painting it as fraudulent. With no real evidence, the military—with a green light from Washington, D.C.—moved against Morales, sending him into exile. | March 30, 2021 | Newswire…

teleSUR (2021-03-30). Peru: Leftist Candidate Takes the Lead in Presidential Debate. telesurenglish.net Following the first presidential debate in Peru on Monday, local outlets' polls place the left-wing candidate Veronika Mendoza first in the audience's positive opinions. | RELATED: | Outlet La Republica polled 3,200 online users, 60.7 percent of whom said that the Together Peru candidate was the debate's winner. | Her closest rival was Alberto Beingolea from the Popular Christian Party, with 23.8 percent of positive opinions…

Lawrence Wittner (2021-03-30). Opposition to Abolishing Nuclear Weapons—and What Could Help to Overcome It. counterpunch.org Given the fact that nuclear war means the virtual annihilation of life on earth, it's remarkable that many people continue to resist building a nuclear weapons-free world. Is the human race suicidal? Before jumping to that conclusion, let's remember that considerably more people favor abolishing nuclear weapons than oppose it. Public opinion surveys—ranging from polls

pyeverino (2021-03-30). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series. dsausa.org This is a series, running every Friday 7 — 8 pm until May 7. RSVP Here Around the world, Black-led movements are raising the stakes in our collective struggles. This discussion series with leading Black and Indigenous militants from across Brazil spotlights their experiences in organizing against state violence, workplace exploitation, and structural racism everywhere…

Ted Kelly (2021-03-30). Washington's role in Berta Cáceres' 2016 murder in Honduras. workers.org It has been five years since the assassination of Berta Cáceres — an environmental activist from the Lenca people, a founder and leader of the Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras. Though some of her killers have been identified and convicted, the governments and corporations that hired and . . . |

_____ (2021-03-30). Front Lines To DC: Day Of Action Against Pipelines. popularresistance.org Five years ago on April 1st, the Sacred Stone Camp was founded and history was made as thousands of people descended to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline. Frontline Dakota Access and Line 3 pipeline youth and organizers are heading to D.C. Our demand is clear. Joe Biden, it's time to #BuildBackFossilFree– shutdown DAPL and Stop Line 3. For too long, Indigenous communities have been forced to bear the burden of society's addiction to fossil fuels and the devastating impacts on our land, sky, and water. It's time to honor our treaties that have been ignored and shut down DAPL and stop Line 3.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-30). Cancelling Art: Australia's "Dark Mofo" and the Offended Classes. globalresearch.ca Last week, Australians found themselves delighting in another fit of cancel …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-30). Increasing Nukes and Trimming the Military: Global Britain's Skewed Vision. counterpunch.org Campaigners for the abolition of nuclear weapons had every reason to clink glasses with the coming into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons in January. Nuclear weapon states and their allies still persisted in calling the document unhelpful and unrealistic; the self-appointed realists have preferred the go-slow approach of disarmament, a

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-30). Actions in 60 cities in solidarity with Asian community against racism, war. peoplesdispatch.org On March 27, activists in over 60 cities and towns across the United States held actions in solidarity with the Asian community in response to the horrific, racist and misogynist massacre that took place in Atlanta on March 16…

Carmen Rodríguez (2021-03-30). Four Decades of Impunity: Still No Justice in El Mozote. counterpunch.org After 30 years, the government of El Salvador continues to ensure impunity for those responsible for the worst massacre in modern Latin American history, in which 986 people were killed by the Salvadoran Armed Forces. President Nayib Bukele, who promised survivors and families of the victims at the end of 2019 he would collaborate and open the military archives to help bring justice, is currently blocking access to the documents and evidence requested by the judge overseeing the case.

Dave McKee (2021-03-30). Dr. Norman Bethune and the Communists who fought for public healthcare in Canada. peoplesworld.org 1921 marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of Canada. In this article, originally published in People's Voice newspaper, PV editor Dave McKee presents the backstory of how universal public health care—essentially Medicare for All—was won in Canada. Canadian media and politicians claim that the country's public health care system is …

Matt Sedlar (2021-03-30). Developing Countries Need IMF Funds Now, Not Later. cepr.net Initiative for Policy Dialogue See article on original site Globalization isn't working, at least not the way it's structured now, and the pandemic has only exacerbated inequalities between countries. Most advanced economies and some of the larger emerging markets have managed to finance a strong Covid-19 response, put large stimulus measures in place and use …

_____ (2021-03-30). The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. popularresistance.org This month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released two reports with updates on city and county jail populations nationwide: Jail Inmates in 2019 and Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail Population, January-June 2020. After a year of upheaval due to the pandemic, the first report is already out-of-date and mainly useful as a historical document. The second report, however, answers some important questions about the decisions local officials made when the high stakes of jail incarceration — for individual and public health — were put into stark relief by the pandemic. Their decisions, and the resulti…

WSWS (2021-03-30). The surge of COVID-19 in Florida and the disastrous reality of school reopenings in the US. wsws.org School superintendents for the largest districts in Florida recently described their reopenings last autumn as a "safe" model for the rest of the country, ignoring the fact that the state now leads the US in new cases among young people.

WSWS (2021-03-30). New Zealand's public hospitals face worsening crisis. wsws.org Hospital emergency departments are overflowing, highlighting the Labour government's refusal to properly fund the healthcare system despite the COVID-19 risks.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Tennessee teachers cannot trust Governor Lee with the $4 billion in COVID-19 relief funds! wsws.org The experience of educators in Tennessee and across the US has exposed that not even the most minuscule reform will be achieved without teachers entering into struggle and putting forward their own demands.

teleSUR (2021-03-30). UN Chief Calls for Bold Measures To Tackle Debt Crisis. telesurenglish.net UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for urgent, bold measures to address an emerging debt crisis caused largely by COVID-19. | RELATED: | "We are on the verge of a debt crisis. Today's meeting, convened with our partners, the prime ministers of Canada and Jamaica, is a call for urgent action," he told a high-level event on debt and liquidity. | Six countries have already defaulted. One-third…

Brasil de Fato (2021-03-30). Brazil's deadliest weekend of the pandemic: 5,000 dead and 130,000 new cases. peoplesdispatch.org The uncontrolled advance of COVID-19 in Brazil leaves behind a tragic figure of 5,094 deaths having been reported to the National Council of Health Secretaries, Conass, this weekend alone, a sum of the fatalities that occurred on Saturday March 27 and Sunday March 28. | There were 3,438 deaths on Saturday — the third day that the 3,000 mark was surpassed since the start of the Over the last 2…

WSWS (2021-03-30). Australia: Queensland capital city enters lockdown. wsws.org The delayed and limited response to the new COVID outbreak is due to the Queensland Labor government prioritising corporate interests over workers' safety.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Multi-billion-pound UK track and trace system failed to reduce COVID-19 spread. wsws.org In the operation of the NHS Track and Trace system, the greed of capitalist parasites, many in the ruling conservative party, was never clearer.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Dozens subpoenaed under Brazil's "national security" law for calling Bolsonaro "genocidal" wsws.org The Bolsonaro government and the state apparatus are responding to the explosive tensions in Brazil, the world epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Juan Cole (2021-03-30). As Biden seeks 30 gigawatts in Offshore Wind, Report shows this source could Generate all US Electricity. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — President Biden has announced an enormous offshore wind corridor. So report Juliet Eilperin and Brady Dennis at WaPo. I wrote earlier this month about the 84-turbine Vineyard Wind project off Massachusetts, which has just been permitted, which will generate 800 megawatts. Biden wants to generate nearly 40 times as much …

Alvaro Rodriguez (2021-03-30). Biden's National Security Guidance document reflects the old imperialist foreign policy. peoplesworld.org There was hope that after the world-wide pandemic, mutual cooperation and sharing would be the new normal among all the countries affected by the pandemic. And we have seen a few hopeful signs in this regard but there are serious concerns now that we may not see real international cooperation become the norm. If we …

WSWS (2021-03-30). Mexico reports 417,002 excess deaths during the pandemic. wsws.org With an official death toll of 201,623, the acknowledgement of a massive undercount stands as a confession by the ruling class of social murder.

teleSUR (2021-03-30). WHO Pushes International Treaty Against Future Pandemics. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that negotiations would soon begin with the 194 member states to draw up an international treaty to combat pandemics, which could be ready by May. | RELATED: | This was stated by the Director-General of the WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, during a press conference. Tedros expressed his interest in the document, including at least three key points: sharing preve…

WSWS (2021-03-30). CNN's pandemic "postmortem": The anatomy of a "social murder" wsws.org The interviews with Birx and Fauci are an indictment of a government and political establishment that deliberately allowed hundreds of thousands of people to die in order to protect the interests of the financial oligarchy.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Doctors in Germany warn of imminent overloading of hospitals. wsws.org Given the dramatic increase in coronavirus infections in Germany, medical experts are calling for an immediate halt to the reopening policy and for the imposition of effective measures to contain the pandemic.

_____ (2021-03-30). The Border Patrol Is The Crisis. popularresistance.org It's no surprise that there are claims of a new crisis on our border. A new year, a new administration, new policies in regard to who can cross and how they are processed will always bring a crisis claim from one side or the other. Depending on which side you are on politically often determines how you feel about migrants coming to our country. Conservatives usually feel we allow too many migrants to enter; liberals believe we should allow more. | That is a generalized statement of course. There are all sorts of nuances about our immigration policies and what we believe to be the best course of action. In my acti…

teleSUR (2021-03-30). Guatemala Might Use Force Against Migrant Caravan. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei potentially authorized the use of force against Hondurans by declaring a "state of prevention" in five departments through which a new caravan of migrants could transit. | RELATED: | This state of prevention will be applied "urgently" for 15 days in the Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, El Progreso, and Peten departments. | The new caravan could cross through Corinto or Agua Caliente border points. It is…

_____ (2021-03-30). Dominican Wall Of Anti-Haitianism Keeps Neocolonial Inequity Alive. popularresistance.org Like Palestinians in Israel and Latino, Asian and Muslim immigrants in the U.S., Haitians in the Dominican Republic are demeaned, harassed, and victimized in both extraordinary and mundane ways. | Pushed out of their homeland by centuries of neo-colonialism and exploitation, officially 751,080 Haitians call the Dominican Republic home. This is 7.3% of the official population. There are hundreds of thousands of other Haitians who are deemed "illegal" and do not appear in any statistics. | "Antihaitianismo," or anti-Haitian racism, is but one glaring symptom of the economic and political elites' mind-set in the Dom…

Ron Forthofer (2021-03-30). Reimagining US Foreign Policy. dissidentvoice.org Since the end of WWII, especially since the breakup of the Soviet Union, it appears as if US political leaders feel they are trapped in a time warp and are unable to break free. They seem to believe that they must repeat the same disastrous foreign policy of regime change over and over. Since 9/11, …

Fight Back (2021-03-30). Workers at 4 Allina hospitals vote to strike, strike authorization votes underway at 2 others. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – At all six Allina Hospitals in Minnesota, members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota are voting to authorize a strike after recent contract negotiations broke down around the issue of pay augments for essential workers. Union members are demanding $4 per hour pay augments, while Allina is not offering any pay augments or incentives for essential workers. | So far votes have been held at four of the Allina Hospitals, which include about 2500 of the 4000 SEIU members who work at the Allina Hospitals. The hospitals that have already voted are Abbot Northwestern, Mercy, Phillips Eye Institute, and Owatonn…

Liberation Staff (2021-03-30). VIDEO: "This racist violence is disgusting" — ANSWER organizer discusses success of March 27 day of action. liberationnews.org Photo: Protesters on March 27 in Honolulu, Hawaii Nicole Roussell, ANSWER Coalition national staff organizer, is interviewed by CGTN to discuss the nationwide day of protest held on Saturday, March 27 against anti-Asian violence. Roussell discusses how war-mongering propaganda and the long history of racism against Asians in the United States is fueling this crisis.

Joseph Pisani, Bill Barrow (2021-03-30). 'Lighting a fuse': Amazon vote could spark more union pushes. peoplesworld.org What happens inside a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, could have major implications not just for the country's second-largest employer but the labor movement at large. Organizers are pushing for some 6,000 Amazon workers there to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on the promise it will lead to better working conditions, better pay, …

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2021-03-30). 20 de marzo solidaridad con el sindicato de BAmazon. workers.org La histórica elección sindical que buscan los trabajadores mayoritariamente negros de un almacén de Amazon en Bessemer, Alabama, termina el 29 de marzo. Todo indica que la votación será reñida, y el resultado podría tardar semanas en determinarse. Monica Robinson, de la Coalición de Mujeres Sindicalistas de Filadelfia, dirige los . . . |

WSWS (2021-03-30). Amazon workers, residents speak out as union vote by Amazon workers concludes. wsws.org Amazon workers and residents of Bessemer discussed the union vote and the broader issues facing the working class.

Rep. Ron Paul (2021-03-30). Second Amendment in the Firing Line. globalresearch.ca Gun control was already a Biden Administration priority before the recent …

Margaret Flowers (2021-03-30). Nicaragua: Building The Good Life (Buen Vivir) Through Popular Revolution. dissidentvoice.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 …

Pepe Escobar (2021-03-30). Iran-China: The 21st Century Silk Road Connection. globalresearch.ca Capping an extraordinary two weeks that turned 21st century geopolitics …

Andrew Bacevich (2021-03-30). America Longest War: No Bang, No Whimper, No Victory. counterpunch.org "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 In the immediate wake of 9/11, it fell to President George W. Bush to

Editor (2021-03-30). Smash Georgia's anti-voting law. workers.org The Republican Party-dominated state government has pushed through a bill making Georgia the first state to pass a broad anti-voting law. This law drags voting protection for African Americans back to the racist norms before the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Losing the national presidential vote and two Senate seats . . . |

Monica Moorehead (2021-03-30). NCAA exposed for sexist practices in women's basketball. workers.org March Madness is underway — an annual two-and-a-half week tournament that seeds 68 men's basketball teams belonging to National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I. Culminating in the Final Four playoff and a championship game April 3-5, the men's tournament will likely generate about $850 million, mainly through TV and cable . . . |

Eds. (2021-03-30). Stop anti-Chinese hate, but not anti-China politics? mronline.org Can we expect people of Asian and Chinese descent to unite in a broad front against American imperialism? | March 30, 2021 | Newswire…

Beau Peters (2021-03-30). Addressing Potential Bias in AI. dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Pixabay Brookings defines artificial intelligence (AI) as "a wide-ranging branch of computer science concerned with building smart machines capable of performing tasks that typically require human intelligence." Replicating human intelligence in machines has positively influenced data collection, manufacturing processes, solving efficiency issues, and other business processes. Even with its various benefits, AI has …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-03-30). Worldwide, union leaders grapple with members backing right-wing 'populists'. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—For years, union leaders on both sides of "The Pond"—also known as the Atlantic Ocean—have faced a problem: Right-wing ideologues' "populist" rhetoric sways millions of their members to vote against their own interests. And then once those putative plutocrats achieve public office, they show their true colors, by enacting and enforcing repressive pro-corporate anti-worker laws. …

Joyce Chediac (2021-03-30). In memoriam: Nawal El Saadawi, Egyptian feminist and anti-imperialist. liberationnews.org Egyptian feminist Nawal El Saadawi died March 21 at age 89. Neither imprisonment nor job loss, nor banning her writings, not even death threats could stop her fight for the rights of Egyptian women. She exposed both the religious and sectarian foundation of patriarchy. Her courage and uncompromising defense of women and the poor inspired …

Eds. (2021-03-30). 12 Arrested in Hebei for fabricating emission data. mronline.org Local companies were found to be collaborating with an emission monitoring company to skirt environmental standards. | March 30, 2021 | Newswire…

Crystal Moreno-Garcia (2021-03-30). PSL's Colin Dodson runs for Urbana, Illinois, City Council. liberationnews.org Allies of the PSL asked the local branch to consider running a candidate in the Urbana Ward 2 election to complete an informal progressive slate of Urbana City Council candidates.

Shawgi Tell (2021-03-30). Charter Schools: "Choice" Is Not An Argument. dissidentvoice.org Advocates of privately-operated non-profit and for-profit charter schools have long ignored serious criticisms of charter schools in a variety of ways. They have always believed, for example, that simply repeating worn-out phrases like "charter schools provide choice" will automatically cause everyone to dismiss the need for any discussion, investigation, and critical thinking about the well-documented …

Eds. (2021-03-30). "Poor rich Haiti" or how imperialists and local oligarchy have sought destroy agriculture in Haiti. mronline.org From Haiti, Lautaro Rivara unpacks the tired trope of "poor rich Haiti," highlighting the role of foreign capital and local elites in the destruction of life in the countryside. | March 30, 2021 | Newswire…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-03-30). Worldwide, union leaders grapple with members backing right-wing "populists" peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—For years, union leaders on both sides of "The Pond"—also known as the Atlantic Ocean—have faced a problem: Right-wing ideologues' "populist" rhetoric sways millions of their members to vote against their own interests. And then once those putative plutocrats achieve public office, they show their true colors, by enacting and enforcing repressive pro-corporate anti-worker laws. …

lombardi (2021-03-30). 100 Days of Socialism: Afrosoc. dsausa.org Last week, DL began its unfurling of the National Political Education Committee's landmark 100 Days of Socialism, a dynamic alternative to all that chatter about the Biden Administration's "first 100 days." Exploring what the first 100 days of a socialist government might look like, we began with the NPEC's own Sanjiv Gupta and Daphna Thier;…

WSWS (2021-03-30). Columbia graduate worker strike at a crossroads. wsws.org The bargaining committee is employing many well-known mechanisms to try to browbeat the students into accepting a sellout proposal.

pyeverino (2021-03-30). DSA Q&A feat. the PRO Act. dsausa.org RSVP Here Interested in DSA but haven't joined yet? Looking to get involved in the fights to stop evictions, win the PRO Act, or defund the police, but unsure how to get started? Frustrated with the limited possibilities of national, top-down politics and looking for an alternative? Join DSA leaders from across the country…

WSWS (2021-03-30). Unite calls off strikes at London Sovereign and Quality Line, paving way for sell out. wsws.org Unite's horse trading with RATP has left drivers at London United out on a limb and ended the dispute at London Sovereign and Quality Line based upon rotten pay deals.

Jeffrey A. Tucker (2021-03-30). Why Is Everyone in Texas Not Dying? globalresearch.ca I'm sitting at a bar in Texas, surrounded by maskless people, …

_____ (2021-03-30). There Are So Many Lessons To Learn From Kerala. popularresistance.org Indian farmers and agricultural workers have crossed the hundred-day mark of their protest against the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They will not withdraw until the government repeals laws that deliver the advantages of agriculture to large corporate houses. This, the farmers and agricultural workers say, is an existential struggle. Surrender is equivalent to death: even before these laws were passed, more than 315,000 Indian farmers had committed suicide since 1995 because of the debt burden placed on them. | Over the next one and a half months, assembly elections will take place in four Indian st…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-03-30). Banality of Evil in Neo-fascist Times. dissidentvoice.org We live in dangerous times. Neo-fascism is on the rise in many parts of the world, combining the savagery of the market with authoritarian forms of xenophobia. The combinatorial power of individualizing cultural conformism and totalizing statism has resulted in a new "culture of silence", intended to reduce citizens to passive spectators of the misery …

WSWS (2021-03-30). Crisis-wracked Australian PM unveils cabinet reshuffle. wsws.org Morrison could not afford to sack anyone from cabinet for fear that they would quit parliament and leave his Liberal-National Coalition government without a parliamentary majority.

teleSUR (2021-03-30). Ethnic Guerrillas Give Ultimatum To Myanmar's Military Junta. telesurenglish.net The Arakan Army, the Taang National Liberation Army, and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army on Tuesday threatened to annul their cease-fire agreement if the military junta continues to kill citizens. | RELATED: | "I am delighted and grateful to our brothers and sisters… for once again showing strong leadership against this brutal and illegitimate regime," said Dr. SaSa, who is acting as spokesman for the "leg…

_____ (2021-03-30). Virginia Public Sector Workers Organize To Make Their New Bargaining Rights A Reality. popularresistance.org When Virginia changed its law last year to allow local government workers to bargain collectively, it was a leap forward in a time when the trend is generally in the opposite direction. | As always, the devil is in the details—and there's a lot of devilry here. But the change presents a substantial opening for unions. Now teachers, firefighters, and sewer workers are getting organized and pushing local governments to bargain over such issues as pay and staffing. | Bargaining is still banned for state employees. But the new law, which takes effect May 1, allows cities, counties, and towns to bargain with the…

Richard C. Gross (2021-03-30). Good Intentions, Poor Results. counterpunch.org President Joe Biden must know now that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. All he has to do to confirm it is to look at America's mess on the southern border. It's biting him for being humane. Reverse the strict racist immigration policy of his predecessor and open the gates just a

splcenter (2021-03-30). Outrage in Georgia: Civil rights groups sue to block state's shameful new voter suppression law. splcenter.org &nbsp…

Jessica Buxbaum (2021-03-30). An Old Green Colonial Trick: Israel Masking Land Grabs as Environmental Conservation. globalresearch.ca "More and more open areas in East Jerusalem are being designated …

WSWS (2021-03-30). IAM attempts union certification among 87 workers at Nissan auto plant in Tennessee. wsws.org The attempt to unionize a "micro-unit" at the factory, which employs about 4,300 workers, follows two previously failed union votes by the United Auto Workers.

WSWS (2021-03-30). Alcoa threatens smelter closure to extract more Australian government subsidies. wsws.org Using the threat of the closure of the Portland aluminium smelter Alcoa has secured yet another multi-million government handout.

Maya Evans (2021-03-30). Will Drones Really Protect Us? dissidentvoice.org I'm seated in the police Zoom briefing with other council representatives for my small seaside town in England. Our Chief Inspector is telling us about the crisis we have with soaring heroin addiction in the town. The recent surge is contributing to a general increase in crime. The next section of the briefing is about …

WSWS (2021-03-30). At last minute, US government renews inadequate eviction moratorium for three months. wsws.org As thousands of workers and families have found out in the last eight months, landlords have still been able to process evictions despite the CDC order.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-03-30). The Hidden Danger: Digitalisation and Mind Control. "The Prerequisites For Total Dictatorship" globalresearch.ca The following commentary draws attention to a wake-up call by the …

WSWS (2021-03-30). Bucking US threats, China and Iran sign 25-year treaty. wsws.org After disastrous US—Chinese talks in Alaska, Beijing is signaling that it has concluded it must make preparations against an aggressive, hostile Biden administration.

Mike Ervin (2021-03-30). Smart Ass Cripple: You Fall, You Fail. progressive.org Biden tripped while boarding Air Force One. His ability to be President is now being questioned.

Anita McKone (2021-03-30). We Are Human, We Are Free — Building Worldwide Nonviolent Resistance to the Great Reset. globalresearch.ca In late 2020 Robert J. Burrowes and myself were asked by …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-30). Belgian workers hit the streets demanding wage hike. peoplesdispatch.org After contract negotiations in key sectors failed, major trade unions in Belgium organized a national strike demanding a wage hike for workers. They also sought the right to early retirement, and a pay rise for workers…

Dean Baker (2021-03-30). Free Trade and Free Taxes: How Our Intellectuals Help the Rich. cepr.net Since I came to Washington in 1992, I have been working alongside friends in the policy community, labor movement, and community organizations in fighting against a series of trade pacts. NAFTA was the immediate issue in 1992, but a couple of years later we had the Uruguay Round of the GATT that created the WTO. …

Orinoco Tribune (2021-03-30). New Sputnik V Shipment Arrives in Venezuela — Mass Vaccination Advances. globalresearch.ca This Monday, March 29, the third shipment of Russian Sputnik V …

Prof. Michelle Grattan (2021-03-30). Australia's Plan for Manufacturing Missiles to be Accelerated. asia-pacificresearch.com

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-03-30). Haitians hold historic mobilization in defense of their constitution. peoplesdispatch.org On the 34th anniversary of the Haitian Constitution, various social and progressive organizations from across the globe demonstrated in different parts of the world in support of the struggle of the Haitian people against the de-facto president Jovenel MoàØse…

WSWS (2021-03-30). Unite calls off strikes at London Sovereign and Quality Line, paving way for sell out across RATP. wsws.org Unite's horse trading with RATP has left drivers at London United out on a limb and ended the dispute at London Sovereign and Quality Line based upon rotten pay deals.

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-03-30). Massive fire erupts at Indonesian oil refinery. nationofchange.org "The cause of the fire is not known with certainty, but at the time of the incident, it was raining heavily accompanied by lightning."

Finian Cunningham (2021-03-30). China Aces Western Hypocrisy. dissidentvoice.org There's a new dawn evident: China is not putting up with what it sees as hypocritical Western interference in its sovereign affairs. Sanctions are being met with rapid counter-sanctions, and Chinese officials are vociferously pointing out Western double standards. There was a time when the United States and its allies could browbeat others with condemnations. …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-30). Palestinians renew their pledge to resist Israeli occupation on Land Day. peoplesdispatch.org Since 1976, March 30 is celebrated as land day (yom al-ard) by Palestinians vowing to fight against Israeli occupation of their land and for Palestinian refugees' right to return…

Jane Marsh (2021-03-30). Big food companies locking carbon into soil. nationofchange.org As food corporations come together to find sustainable fixes, we're bound to experience positive differences.

_____ (2021-03-30). While Biden Plots To Divide Iraq, Resistance To US Occupation Is Growing Stronger. popularresistance.org Last year, after the United States so brutally and openly assassinated the Iranian General Qassem Soleimani and the commander of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, Abu Mahdi al -Muhandis, the Iraqi Parliament voted for the United States to cease its occupation of the country. The United States has not done that, but the resistance to US occupation in Iraq is growing. Clearing the FOG speaks with Iraqi sociologist Sami Ramadani about the history of internal resistance to the Saddam Hussein regime, how the devastation caused by the United States impacted that and the current state of the resistance. Ramadani de…

Jerry Goldberg (2021-03-30). Centers for Disease Control extends foreclosure moratorium. liberationnews.org The moratorium lends an air of legality to the militant action that must be central to the fight to stop evictions.

Jerry Goldberg (2021-03-30). Centers for Disease Control extends eviction moratorium. liberationnews.org The moratorium lends an air of legality to the militant action that must be central to the fight to stop evictions.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-03-30). Mobility trial to offer staff free bike loan and car club. imperial.ac.uk Imperial is partnering with Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Brompton Bikes on a pilot mobility hub designed to empower greater choice in urban transport.

Staff (2021-03-30). Derek Chauvin's Lawyers Are Falsely Implying That Drugs Killed George Floyd. truthout.org Drugs have long been used to justify racist police-perpetrated violence, and the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the alleged murder of George Floyd on a Minneapolis street corner last May is, thus far, no different. | In his opening statement in a Minneapolis courtroom on Monday, Chauvin's defense attorney Eric J. Nelson spoke at length about Floyd's health problems and drug use in a clear attempt to cast doubt on the prosecution's central argument: Floyd was killed because Cha…

Staff (2021-03-30). US Military Intervention in Latin America Fuels Migration and Instability. truthout.org We speak with Salvadoran American journalist Roberto Lovato about how decades of U.S. military intervention in Central America have contributed to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border. Some 18,000 unaccompanied migrant children are now in U.S. custody, according to the latest figures, and more than 5,700 are in Customs and Border Protection facilities, which are not equipped to care for children. This comes as a record number of asylum seekers are arriving at the southern border, fleeing…

Staff (2021-03-30). EU, WHO and Dozens of World Leaders Endorse Plan for Future Pandemic Treaty. truthout.org Leaders from dozens of countries around the world have signed onto a joint statement calling for the creation of an international treaty that would address pandemics that will come about in the future. |

Staff (2021-03-30). COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Drops Among All in US, New Survey Shows. truthout.org A new poll of attitudes toward covid vaccinations shows Americans are growing more enthusiastic about being vaccinated, with the most positive change in the past month occurring among Black Americans. | About 55% of Black adults said they had been vaccinated or plan to be soon, up 14 percentage points from February, according to a poll released Tuesday by KFF. The rate now approaches that of Hispanics, at 61%, and whites at 64%. (Asian Americans were not polled in sufficient numbers to compare their respo…

Staff (2021-03-30). Minimum Wage Would Be $44 If It Grew as Much as Wall Street Bonuses Since 1985. truthout.org While low-wage workers are still waiting for a raise in the minimum wage, Wall Street employees enjoyed a 10 percent bump in their bonuses in the first year of the pandemic, according to new data from the

Staff (2021-03-30). Biden Needs to Treat the Climate as an Emergency — Starting Now. truthout.org Last week's The so…

Staff (2021-03-30). Biden Eyes More Tax Hikes to Reduce Income Inequality in Infrastructure Bill. truthout.org After pressure from progressives and some centrists, the White House is considering expanding the infrastructure bill, increasing spending to $4 trillion and raising tax increases to

South Front (2021-03-30). "American Style": US-backed Fighters Seize US-made Missiles Heading to Other US-backed Fighters in Syria. globalresearch.ca In an unusual turn of events in Syria, militants once backed …