2021-04-01: News Headlines

Wayne Nealis (2021-04-01). Witnesses who exposed George Floyd's murder by police recount what they saw. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS—In testimony Tuesday, witnesses who were bystanders outside Cup Foods could be seen reliving the trauma of May 25, 2020, the day they witnessed the life fade from George Floyd under the knee of Derek Chauvin. The witnesses included three women in their late teens and a 9-year-old girl, a cousin of one of the …

WSWS (2021-04-01). The trial of Derek Chauvin and the epidemic of police murder in America. wsws.org The testimony over the last three days has confirmed what millions of workers around the world already know: George Floyd's death on May 25, 2020 was a brutal police murder in cold blood.

The Socialist Program (2021-04-01). In the News: What Will Happen if Derek Chauvin Walks Free? liberationnews.org The panel discuss the trial of Derek Chauvin and other grotesque features of the American police state, protests across the country over the weekend against anti-Asian racism, exciting new developments in the case of the framed Denver protest leaders, and more.

teleSUR (2021-04-01). COVID-19 Surge Forces Chile To Close Its Borders in April. telesurenglish.net Chile's Health Minister Enrique Paris announced new COVID-19 restrictions due to the resurgence of the pandemic. | RELATED: | On Thursday, he reported 7,830 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of new infections since the outbreak of the pandemic. Measures to curb the spread of the virus include a border closure during April. Permits to enter and depart will only be issued for humanitarian emergencies. | The curfew will now…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Peru Saw Last Presidential Debate Ahead of April 11 Elections. telesurenglish.net Peru's National Elections Jury (JNE) Wednesday concluded the last presidential debate, an event in which six candidates presented their promises to tackle the pandemic and corruption. | RELATED: | The debate was attended by Rafael Lopez(Popular Renovation), Yonhy Lescano (Popular Action), Julio Guzman (Purple Party), Daniel Salaverry (We Are Peru), Rafael Santos (Safe Homeland), and Ciro Galvez (United National Rebi…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Canadian Solidarity Network Sends 2 Million Syringes to Cuba. telesurenglish.net This initiative is part of the Network's campaign on January 8 to raise funds in Canada to send a donation of much-needed medical supplies to Cuba. | RELATED: | In announcing this new action in solidarity with the Cuban people, the Network recognized the relevant achievements made by Cuba in the area of health and its contributions to other nations, even at a time when Cuba is facing a double pandemic: COVID-19 an…

Reynard Loki (2021-04-01). Live animal markets should be closed to prevent the next pandemic. nationofchange.org Wet markets are perfect breeding grounds for pathogens that can jump from animals to humans.

Rebekah Entralgo (2021-04-01). A Strong Economy Needs Strong Care Workers. counterpunch.org The pandemic has dramatically exposed the vital role that care workers play in our society. As child care centers and schools closed and nursing homes became COVID-19 hotspots, families have strained to juggle work and other responsibilities while taking care of loved ones. But the labor of caregiving — as essential as it is —

WSWS (2021-04-01). COVID-19 pandemic triggers social, economic devastation among Canada's cultural workers. wsws.org A survey of the performing arts found that 83 percent of workers reported that their income had been "severely reduced" by the pandemic, with 32 percent saying they were "extremely stressed, to the point of losing sleep."

teleSUR (2021-04-01). OPEC Agrees To Cautiously Increase Crude Oil Production. telesurenglish.net The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed on Thursday to restore the production of over 2 million barrels per day from May to July, as part of a strategy to recover the industry amid the COVID-199 pandemic. | RELATED: | The OPEC had reduced the number of barrels per day last year, attempting to control prices. On Thursday, the fifth ministerial meeting of the OPEC – NON-OPEC group took place virtually as the organization has urged members t…

orinocotribune (2021-04-01). Piñera's Elections-Postponement Maneuver Passes in Lower House of Parliament 'Due to Coronavirus'. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, March 31, the Chamber of Deputies of the Chilean Congress approved the constitutional reform presented by President Sebastián Piñera to postpone until May 15 and 16 the elections scheduled for April 10 and 11 in the South American country," due to the Covid-19 pandemic." | In those elections the new governors, mayors and councilors of the country will be elected, as well as the members of the Constitutional Assembly, who will be in responsible for drafting the new Constitution of the country, reported RT. | In case a second round is necessary in the elections of governors, the approved initiative…

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-04-01). Indonesia Will Not Join QUAD as It Delicately Balances Relations with All Regional Players. asia-pacificresearch.com

Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon (2021-04-01). The liberal contempt for Martin Luther King's final year. nationofchange.org "It challenges the imagination to contemplate what lives we could transform if we were to cease killing."

The Socialist Program (2021-04-01). The Real Story: Haiti — Imperialism Meets Resistance! liberationnews.org Brian is joined by Eugene Puryear, who just got back to the United States from covering the uprising in Haiti.

_____ (2021-04-01). Syria War: Who Are The Real Anti-Imperialists? popularresistance.org In the history of post-World War Two US imperialism, there have been various cases of aggression against countries and regimes that many anti-imperialist, socialist leftists around the world have considered reactionary, or at least not worthy of their support. | In some cases, there was a consensus that while the regime in question was not to be defended, the imperialist aggression against it was not intended to save people from its dictatorial predations, but rather to secure imperialist hegemony and economic profits that would continue to oppress people. Even in cases when anti-imperialists thought the targeted…

Fight Back (2021-04-01). Stop anti-Asian hate rally in Tallahassee, FL. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On March 27, around 100 activists from across the Tallahassee community gathered in front of the State Capitol building to commemorate the eight victims from the recent Atlanta shooting, and to speak out against Asian American oppression. | The Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC), along with various local organizations such as Asian Coalition of Tallahassee, FSU's Filipino Student Association, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Dream Defenders and other community members took a stand for the victims of the shooting in grief and healing. | The event started off with Daisy Sim, a Korea…

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-04-01). Justice bills progressing in California legislature. peoplesworld.org Coursing their way through the California legislature's committee process are a number of measures aimed at improving the state's handling of justice issues — some introduced in the current session and others reintroduced after they were trapped in last year's COVID-related end-of-session logjam. Among new measures is Senate Bill 271, the Sheriff Democracy and Diversity …

WSWS (2021-04-01). Macron rejects calls for strict lockdown as COVID-19 surges in France. wsws.org In a prime-time speech, President Emmanuel Macron rejected medical authorities' urgent pleas for a strict lockdown to keep hospitals from being totally swamped.

teleSUR (2021-04-01). France Imposes Partial Lockdown To Halt COVID-19 Resurgence. telesurenglish.net To slow down the coronavirus spread, schools in France will be closed for three weeks and restriction on people's movement will be extended to the whole territory, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday evening. | RELATED: | Starting from Monday, students, except the children of medics, will move to remote learning for one week before going on a two-week holiday. Thereafter, the country's nurseries and primary schools will…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-01). Part II, PW special: Agency probe reveals OSHA hamstrung vs. virus. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—It may be no great surprise, especially to unions in the front lines of defending workers against the ravages of the coronavirus, but a comprehensive report by the Labor Department's own Inspector General reveals the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was hamstrung in the fight against the plague. And while Carolyn Hantz, the Deputy Inspector …

Megan Redshaw (2021-04-01). 'Breaking Through' — States Report Growing Number of COVID Cases Among Fully Vaccinated. globalresearch.ca The Washington State Department of Health (DOH)

Eduardo Ibarra Aguirre (2021-04-01). México — De antígenos, vacaciones y pronósticos. globalizacion.ca Seis semanas de baja en las tendencias en todos los renglones que se miden desde hace un año en relación al SARS-CoV-2, virus que genera la enfermedad covid-19, pero dentro de la llamada segunda ola aunque algunos países se encuentran…

orinocotribune (2021-04-01). Jorge Arreaza: Colombia's Reaction Confirms Accurate Blow to Narco-Paramilitaries in Apure. orinocotribune.com Foreign Affairs Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, criticized Colombia's response to the actions of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces in Apure state, labeling them as "absurd, fanciful and schizoid." Arreaza was referring to an interview conducted by the Colombian news outlet Noticias RCN with the Colombian minister for defense, Diego Molano, who tried to implicate the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) with FARC dissidents, in an attempt to hide the responsibility of his government in the recent clashes between the Venezuelan Army and Colombian criminal groups. | Arreaza wrot…

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-04-01). Thousands of Migrant Workers Still Being Held in Detention on the Southern Border. globalresearch.ca Media accounts in the United States have shown that thousands of …

WSWS (2021-04-01). 36-year-old Salvadoran mother killed by Mexican police officer who kneeled on her back. wsws.org The death of Victoria Esperanza Salazar Arriaza in the resort town of Tulum is a direct result of the increased anti-immigrant measures demanded by Washington of the Mexican government.

WSWS (2021-04-01). Brutal assault on female Filipino immigrant captured on security camera in New York City. wsws.org Vilma Kari, a 65-year-old immigrant from the Philippines who has lived in the US for decades, was violently attacked in Midtown Manhattan by a man who was subsequently arrested for committing a hate crime.

_____ (2021-04-01). Solidarity With Palestine Activists Being Prosecuted. popularresistance.org On Wednesday, six activists from the Palestine Action campaign appeared at Highbury Magistrates Court charged with conspiracy to commit criminal damage and burglary, in connection with their actions at the London headquarters of Israeli arms company Elbit Systems last year. | Outside the court room around a dozen protesters representing various groups showed up in solidarity while inside, the judge committed the case to trial at Crown Court. | Elbit Systems has been the target for direct actions at various sites around the UK, but back in 2016, after their Shenstone factory was closed down by occupiers, the compa…

Juan Cole (2021-04-01). Egypt's Sisi threatens 'Instability that no one Can Imagine": Will the Next Mideast War be over Water? juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The closure of the Suez Canal for a week by the Ultra Large Container Ship, the Ever Given, signaled the importance to world commerce and energy supplies of the canal, through which some 12 percent of world trade passes. Another danger to that world artery, which connects the Indian Ocean …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-04-01). Bolsonaro Government in Crisis. Pro-American or Pro-Chinese? globalresearch.ca Many changes are about to happen in the Brazilian political scenario, …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-01). Amazon workers in Germany strike for binding collective agreements. peoplesdispatch.org Workers of six Amazon warehouses in Germany went on a 4 day strike demanding an increase in wages and to recognize binding collective agreements for the retail sector…

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-01). Six Megaprojects Are Poised to Turn Poland Into a Regional Economic Powerhouse. globalresearch.ca Poland is poised to become a regional economic powerhouse upon the …

Bill Quigley (2021-04-01). Peoples Coalition Helps Elect New Orleans Progressive Prosecutor. counterpunch.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 a year before the election, as The Peoples DA Coalition, to help make it happen.

Adam Rissien (2021-04-01). The Forest Service's Logging Program is Undercutting Grizzly Bear Recovery. counterpunch.org President Biden's commitment to conserve 30% of U.S. land and ocean by 2030 offers hope that major changes could soon be on the horizon for federal agencies in charge of managing public lands. That is good news for imperiled species in the northern Rockies. The region contains some of the last vestiges of intact wildlife

Maxximilian Seijo (2021-04-01). Ministry for the Future with Kim Stanley Robinson. mronline.org Science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson joins Money on the Left to discuss his Modern Monetary Theory-inspired "cli-fi" novel, The Ministry for the Future (2020). Throughout his distinguished Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke award-decorated career, Robinson has repeatedly offered visions of the future that are grounded in, and speak directly to, urgent present problems. […] | April 1, 2021 | Money on the Left Episodes…

orinocotribune (2021-04-01). #EEUUCompraCaboVerde: New Developments in Alex Saab Case. orinocotribune.com The plot around the kidnapping of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab in Cape Verde peaks, intensifies and continues to be a trending topic on Twitter, while the United States government relentlessly applies pressure to bring the diplomat to its territory. | Meanwhile, social media networks again reflect opinions about the case—#EEUUCompraCaboVerde was a trending topic in Venezuela this Wednesday, March 31. This, with respect to the most recent movements of Washington through a policy that, in general, is based on blackmail and financial suffocation. | The complaints about new agreements signed between the US…

Bob Lord (2021-04-01). STEP Act: The Critical First Blow to Millionaire Income Tax Avoidance. counterpunch.org America's income tax system is based the principle that income derived from both work and wealth is subject to tax. Just as workers pay tax on their wages, wealthy individuals should pay tax on their investment gains. The system is working splendidly for taxing workers. For taxing wealth gains, not so much. University of Southern

The Conversation (2021-04-01). Biden's Commitment to powering 20 mn Homes with Offshore Wind is a US Energy Revolution. juancole.com By Erin Baker and Matthew Lackner | — The United States' offshore wind industry is tiny, with just seven wind turbines operating off Rhode Island and Virginia. The few attempts to build large-scale wind farms like Europe's have run into long delays, but that may be about to change. The Biden administration announced on March …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-01). Big changes needed to bring kicked-out women back to work. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Big changes, in financing, social programs, and male-centered attitudes towards work and its worth, are needed to bring the millions of working women whom coronavirus-caused closures kicked out of their jobs back into the labor force. Three panelists drew that conclusion at a March 31 seminar hosted by the National Press Foundation, a D.C.-based think …

Sameena Rahman (2021-04-01). Life in prison: New York trial exposes alliance between U.S. government, right wing drug kingpin. liberationnews.org The United States claims to be waging a "war on drugs" internationally, but is perfectly content to ally itself with drug kingpins if they agree to submit to Washington's dictates.

Staff (2021-04-01). The Tight Rope Celebrates Women's History Month. therealnews.com As Women's History Month comes to a close and Black Women's History Month begins, we revisit some of our favorite moments with the powerful women we've had on "The Tight Rope."

George Wuerthner (2021-04-01). How Domestic Sheep Threaten the West's Wild Bighorns. counterpunch.org Bighorn sheep acquired their name for the large circular horns of the mature rams. They are strongly associated with mountain terrain, particularly steep hills and cliffs, which protect them against predators. They graze upon grasses and other plants. In general, bighorns are associated with drier parts of the West where they can obtain their forage, even in winter.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-01). Security forces suppress protest against unemployment in southern Tunisia. peoplesdispatch.org The protesters were demanding that the government implement a long overdue deal from 2017 which promised to create jobs in the oil and infrastructure sectors in the region to tackle the issue of unemployment…

WSWS (2021-04-01). Bolsonaro sacks military command to consolidate authoritarian rule in Brazil. wsws.org In an action unprecedented in Brazilian history, the country's fascistic President Jair Bolsonaro has fired his defense minister and the commanders of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-01). Activists slam UK government commission's denial of systemic racism in the country. peoplesdispatch.org The commission was formed after the Black Lives Matter protests rocked the country last year. It said that while there was racial discrimination in the country, it was not systemic or deliberate…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Mexico: President AMLO Rejects US Report on Press Freedom. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Thursday condemned a recent report by the U.S. Department of State (DoS) that pointed out lack of press freedom in the country. | RELATED: | "We do not give our opinion on human rights violations in the U.S. We are respectful. We cannot comment on what happens in another country," AMLO said. | The report accused the state-owned news agency NOTIMEX Director Sanjuan…

Global Research News (2021-04-01). Last Month's (March) Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-04-01). NATO Is Increasingly Positioning Itself In Opposition To China. popularresistance.org During the March 23-24 meeting of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) council, Anthony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State, encouraged NATO members to join the U.S. in viewing China as an economic and security threat to the U.S. as well as to NATO countries, thereby expanding NATO's areas of focus to include the Pacific. This is a dangerous move that must be challenged. | To gain insight into what transpired at the March NATO meeting, we can look to a roadmap for NATO's future, which was released last fall. The report, entitled "NATO 2030: United for a New Era," is intended to be a guide for the milita…

Editor2 (2021-04-01). Subnational Elections in Bolivia: Another Vote of Confidence for MAS Party. orinocotribune.com By Peoples Dispatch — Mar 28, 2021 | The 240 out of the 336 elected mayors and 3 of the 5 elected governors in Bolivia belong to the ruling government of the progressive Movement Towards Socialism party | The results of the subnational elections held in Bolivia on March 7 confirm the faith of the Bolivian people in the ruling government of the progressive Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party and its transformation project. According to the results of the departmental, regional and municipal elections released on March 22, the MAS is the only party that has a broad presence in all the nine departments of th…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). GLOBALink: Rampant Racial Injustice in US Reveals Double Standards on Human Rights: Experts. telesurenglish.net The U.S. always applies double standards on human rights and has habitually pointed fingers at others while ignoring its own obligations to protect Americans' human rights at home, experts have said.

WSWS (2021-04-01). Australian government announces missile building program as US steps up war drive against China. wsws.org The plan has been welcomed by the most hawkish sections of the establishment, who have presented it as part of the preparations for an imminent war.

Amanda Mills (2021-04-01). Biden's American Jobs Plan met with criticism from progressive activists and environmentalists. nationofchange.org "There are a lot wins for us in this package. Despite those wins, the plan lacks a commitment to the full scale of transformation that is needed of our economy."

John Feffer (2021-04-01). The US lost the Afghanistan War and is finally Leaving, but can Biden win the Peace? juancole.com ( Foreign Policy in Focus) — In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had assigned percentages to several Eastern European countries. Stalin amended the numbers, …

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-01). What is the Connection Between El Coqui, Cota 905 and Apure Clashes? orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, March 30, the argument for a possible connection between the actions of criminal gangs such as the one headed by El Coqui in the Caracas sector of Cota 905, and those of criminal organizations promoted from Colombia and the United States, gained strength again in recent hours. | In the morning and part of the afternoon of this Tuesday, March 30, there were complaints on social media networks about suspicious movements of armed individuals in the surroundings of the area known as El Pinar in El Paraíso parish, Caracas. | By different means, users reported detonations in other areas of Cota 905, a nei…

Wafica Ibrahim (2021-04-01). Cuba, Biden, and the Romantic Interlude. orinocotribune.com By Wafica Ibrahim — Mar 28, 2021 | For those who dreamed of an idyl between the United States and Cuba after Joe Biden's victory was confirmed in the U.S. elections, reality is starting to show the confrontational and interventionist nature of the U.S. establishment, once again. | As is the custom in "liberal democracies," after tallying up the final vote totals, the electoral campaign and its promises are left behind. Although in rallies and interviews, Biden may have promised indifferently to change policy toward Cuba and to return to the progress made by Barack Obama, the reality is that, with respect to…

mgrochowski (2021-04-01). DSA4USPS: Rural Free Delivery — Past, Present and Future. dsausa.org In its fifth educational webinar, DSA4USPS will explore…

_____ (2021-04-01). Nicaragua And The Western Human Rights Industry. popularresistance.org Every area of reporting has become increasingly shaped by corporate funding either directly or else indirectly, via government bodies strongly under corporate influence. The Western intellectual managerial classes have generally abandoned basic reporting standards. This is self-evident to anyone who has tried to challenge false received wisdom in relation to NATO country aggression against sovereign nations from Cuba and Venezuela to Libya and Syria. | Western organizations and institutions claiming to be accountable and transparent are not — neither UN bodies nor regional institutions like the Organization…

_____ (2021-04-01). Opposing All Governments Equally Is Supporting The Most Powerful Government. popularresistance.org The US-centralized empire is waging nonstop wars that have killed millions of human beings just since the turn of this century, and people will still say things like "We've really got to do something about Cuba." | The US-centralized empire is circling the planet with hundreds of military bases, working to destroy any nation which disobeys its dictates and brandishing armageddon weapons at its enemies like a drunken hillbilly with a shotgun, and people are still like "Something must be done about China's intellectual property theft!" | Among the violent and destructive governments in our world, one towers high ab…

_____ (2021-04-01). China-Iran Deal Aims To Expand 'Common Interests In A Win-Win Manner'. popularresistance.org Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has presented "some points" of a landmark cooperation deal that was recently concluded between Beijing and Tehran. | In a message posted on his Instagram account on Thursday, Zarif underscored that the Sino-Iranian Comprehensive Strategic Partnership focuses on a "practical promotion" of bilateral ties and provides "a roadmap and long-term horizon" toward such relations. | According to him, the accord paves the way for full-blown collaboration between the two sides in the fields of politics, economy, trade, culture, defence, and security. | The Iranian foreign ministe…

Ashley Curtin (2021-04-01). LA lays out detailed paths to achieve 100 percent clean energy by 2045. nationofchange.org LA100 helped LA set ambitious goals to transform it's electricity supply and electrify the buildings and transportation sectors to "combat climate change while capturing health and economic benefits."

The Global Research Team (2021-04-01). Support Global Research: True Change Through Awareness and Action. globalresearch.ca While we must always hold on to hope, true change can only be achieved through awareness and action. As opposed to the mainstream media's lies and half-truths, it is the focus and objective of Global Research to ask real questions, …

WSWS (2021-04-01). German chancellor Angela Merkel: Economic interests take precedence over lives. wsws.org Chancellor Angela Merkel's appearance on the "Anne Will" television talk show confirmed that the only solution to the Corona crisis is the mobilisation of broad layers of the working class.

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Twitter Shuts Down Popular Live Streaming App Periscope. telesurenglish.net The application that popularized live broadcasts from cell phones has ceased to exist, just six years after its purchase and launch by Twitter to overshadow Meerkat, the first app to explore this field and which ended up being eclipsed by Periscope to the point that it had to reorient its business and abandon live broadcasting.

demleft (2021-04-01). What is DSA? An Introduction. dsausa.org New to DSA? Join us for an upcoming New Member Orientation call! We've had several thousand new members this year, so we're restarting our New Member Orientation calls where you can find out how to get involved in your DSA chapter and hear about our national priorities in 2020 — along with how we're responding…

Manuel García, Jr. (2021-04-01). Six Moody Reflections on America in Spring 2021. counterpunch.org ONE "I can't remember the exact date, but the most mind blowing moment of my life was when after an exhaustive turning over of every rock imaginable, I realized there is no energy source which will allow us to continue our daily activities at the level Westerners have become accustomed to without the world and

WSWS (2021-04-01). IG Metall union will have a role in job cuts and wage reductions. wsws.org The IG Metall union has signed a collective agreement covering almost four million workers in the metal and electrical industries, without any percentage increase in wage rates.

Shane Quinn (2021-04-01). US-NATO Planned Invasion and Proxy War Against Syria. globalresearch.ca The Syrian president Bashar al-Assad must have looked on with some …

Guido Risso (2021-04-01). Vacunas: øUn bien de la Humanidad o un negocio de los grandes laboratorios? globalizacion.ca Pandemia, millones de vidas arrasadas, familias destruidas y la vacuna es un negocio de los grandes laboratorios. El constitucionalismo moderno, los derechos humanos y las democracias crujen ante esta situación. Es moralmente inadmisible que, en medio de una crisis sanitaria…

Editor2 (2021-04-01). The Blockade Against Cuba and Venezuela: If they Touch One, we all Respond. orinocotribune.com By Gabriela Cultelli — Mar 29, 2021 | March is the month of women, and the slogan "If they touch one, they touch us all" or "If they touch one, we all respond" as the song says, is more valid today than ever, it resounds everywhere. | The time has come to raise the voice for Cuban and Venezuelan women, because the economic blockade and the restrictive measures that the United States is carrying out against these sisters is a particularly aggressive form of gender violence, fundamentally affecting the most vulnerable populations, and therefore women, girls, young women, adults, workers of yesterday, today, to…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-01). Demonstrations held across US in solidarity with Asian community. peoplesdispatch.org The protests called attention to the alarming rise in anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year, as well as the racist and imperialist campaigns that have characterized US foreign policy towards China…

WSWS (2021-04-01). Biden unveils infrastructure plan tied to corporate tax hike. wsws.org Despite overblown rhetoric, the $2.25 trillion plan, stretched out over 8—10 years, would not represent any fundamental change in the direction of American capitalism.

WSWS (2021-04-01). IMF chief warns of debt crisis for developing countries. wsws.org Kristalina Georgieva said while the overall economic outlook had improved, "prospects are diverging dangerously not only within nations but also across countries and regions."

WSWS (2021-04-01). What is behind the media blackout of the Columbia graduate workers strike? wsws.org There are fundamental political considerations behind the media blackout, in addition to Columbia University's financial and public relations interests.

_____ (2021-04-01). Government Offices Occupied Across Nova Scotia. popularresistance.org Kjipuktuk (Halifax) — After 23 days Jacob Fillmore is ending his hunger strike in support of a temporary clearcutting moratorium on Nova Scotia Crown lands. He made the announcement during a well-attended rally at Province House, the third one in as many weeks. | "I am feeling increasingly weaker, especially mentally things are getting harder and harder," he told an appreciative and grateful crowd. | This fight is far from over. As I take a step back folks across the province are stepping up," he said. | "If asking politely doesn't work, we are not afraid to resort to peaceful nonviolent direct action. When…

Sonja Scherndl (2021-04-01). Let's End the Insanity of Colossal Military Spending During a Global Health Emergency. globalresearch.ca If nations had a referendum, asking the public if they want …

John Kendall Hawkins (2021-04-01). The Jury's In: The Magic of Small Lit Presses Lives On. counterpunch.org A Juror Must Fold in on Herself by Kathleen McClung Rattle Foundation (2020) Chapbook $6 Chapbooks are making a big comeback since their heyday in the 60s when they were the bread and butter of small literary presses, and bread and butter was often all their owners had to eat. And government-issued cheese. I briefly

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Borisov: Cuba Is a "Key Partner" telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said that Cuba is a "key partner" in Latin America as representatives from both countries meet in Havana for the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific, and technical cooperation. | RELATED: | "Cuba is our key partner and reliable ally in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. We appreciate the strategic nature of Russian-Cuban…

Scott Ritter (2021-04-01). The Pending Collapse of the 'Rules-based International Order' Is an Existential Threat to the United States. globalresearch.ca For decades, America styled itself the 'indispensable nation' that led the …

teleSUR (2021-04-01). GLOBALink: Biden Unveils Major Infrastructure Plan Amid Opposition To Tax Hike. telesurenglish.net U.S. President Joe Biden unveils a 2-trillion-USD infrastructure investment plan, touting it as a "once-in-a-generation" investment in the country. The proposal is widely welcomed by Democratic lawmakers, but lashed out by the Republicans…

WSWS (2021-04-01). UK's "New Plan for Immigration"—a fundamental assault on the right to asylum. wsws.org In an overturning of established international law, applications for asylum will be routinely rejected through the strict application of a "safe third country" rule, meaning any refugee passing through what is deemed to be such a country is automatically "considered inadmissible to the UK's asylum system" and will be rapidly returned.

Rosa Miriam Elizalde (2021-04-01). Una leyenda negra que afecta a todos. globalizacion.ca John Ford, en una de sus mejores películas, El hombre que mató a Liberty Valance, de 1962, presenta a tres periodistas que entrevistan a un senador interpretado por James Stewart. Al final, este le pregunta a uno de los reporteros: …

Elsa Claro (2021-04-01). øAdónde vas mundo? globalizacion.ca Pequeño optimismo enmarcado en una enorme cautela, despierta la videoconferencia sostenida este 30 de marzo entre el presidente de Rusia, Vladímir Putin y su homólogo francés, Emmanuel Macron, así como la canciller alemana àÅngela Merkel. Que se hayan referido a…

_____ (2021-04-01). Tens Of Millions In Florida Properties Linked To Ecuadorian Candidate. popularresistance.org In March 2017, ahead of Ecuador's second-round presidential election, CEPR reported that Florida-based shell companies linked to then-candidate Guillermo Lasso owned 144 properties in Broward and Miami-Dade counties valued at over $30 million. In that election, voters approved a referendum barring politicians and civil servants from holding assets in tax havens and giving them one year to divest or transfer their holdings. Though Florida is not included among the list of tax havens, it is considered a "low tax jurisdiction," which authorities will handle on a case-by-case basis. | Four years later, Ecuador is aga…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Syria Calls US and EU Blockade Economic Terrorism. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry rejected the United States and the European Union's unilateral coercive measures, described as collective punishment and economic terrorism. | RELATED: | Through letters sent to the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, and the President of the Security Council, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that the imposition of sanctions has remained intact…

Brett Heinz (2021-04-01). "Being the Good Guys": SOUTHCOM's Monroe Doctrine. counterpunch.org 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

Megan Sherman (2021-04-01). War Policy and Banking. globalresearch.ca Surprisingly, with the financial crisis, the ascendancy of Occupy and the …

Eric Nepomuceno (2021-04-01). Brasil: Adiós al ministro de Aberraciones Exteriores. globalizacion.ca Ha sido un día duro para Jair Bolsonaro. Primero, renunció su ministro de Relaciones Exteriores, Ernesto Araújo. Y a media tarde, el ministro de Defensa, general retirado Fernando Azevedo e Silva, presentó su carta de renuncia, sin informar el motivo…

WSWS (2021-04-01). January 6 fascist thug has been working with FBI since 2018, lawyer claims. wsws.org Florida Proud Boy Joe Biggs is the latest participant in the January 6 storming of the Capitol to claim a long-term working relationship with the domestic intelligence agency.

_____ (2021-04-01). Haitians March On Canadian Embassy. popularresistance.org People everywhere around the world love and respect Canadians, or so we're told. So how do you explain what's going on in Haiti? | On Sunday protesters in Port-au-Prince marched on the Canadian Embassy. "Madame Boukman — Justice 4 Haiti" posted a video to Twitter showing police in front of Canada's diplomatic representation in Haiti. Madame Boukman quoted two men waving a Russian flag saying, "Long live Russia. Canada go home." (In an indirect criticism of US/Canadian backing for dictator Jovenel MoàØse, Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister recently said they were concerned about "political instability"

Moderator (2021-04-01). Biden Is Playing an Apocalyptic Game of Chicken With China. scheerpost.com By Michael Klare / TomDispatch The leaders of China and the United States certainly don't seek a war with each another. Both the Biden administration and the regime of Chinese President Xi Jinping view economic renewal and growth as their principal objectives. Both are aware that any conflict arising between them, even if restricted to Asia and conducted with non-nuclear weapons — no sure bet… |

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Iran Celebrates 42 Years as Islamic Republic Amid US Blockade. telesurenglish.net Iran commemorates on Thursday 42 years since the proclamation of the Islamic Republic and the fall of Shah Pahlevi's regime in 1979. | RELATED: | In a nationwide referendum held just a few months after the victory of the revolution led by Imam Khomeini, 98 percent of the population showed that they wanted the monarchical system to change to an "Islamic Republic." | This political decision implied important social refo…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-01). Death toll in Myanmar's anti-coup protests continues to rise. peoplesdispatch.org The death toll in Myanmar's anti-coup protests has continued to rise amid a brutal crackdown by security forces. As of March 30th, the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) has estimated that 521 people have been killed so far. In the meantime, the military junta has also mounted a systematic attack against the leaders of the civilian government.

WSWS (2021-04-01). A US ambassador visits Taiwan for first time since 1979. wsws.org The trip by John Hennessey-Niland is another in a string of US provocations aimed at antagonizing and raising tensions with Beijing.

WSWS (2021-04-01). Australian Labor Party prepares for war and social unrest. wsws.org Party leader Anthony Albanese claimed the mantle of the wartime and post-war Labor governments which held power from 1941 to 1949.

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Colombia Allows Second Fracking Project in the Magdalena Basin. telesurenglish.net Colombia's National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) authorized ExxonMobil to carry out a second pilot fracking project. | RELATED: | The "Platero" research project will be developed in the Magdalena Valley basin where the Colombian oil company Ecopetrol is also developing its own pilot. | Investments for Ecopetrol's Kale and ExxonMobil's Platero projects are valued at US$130 million. The ANH is also analyzing two othe…

Brian Berletic (2021-04-01). Myanmar, Libya, and Syria: Dangerous Parallels. globalresearch.ca When protesters in the streets of Myanmar began waving signs around …

WSWS (2021-04-01). Florida House approves draconian HB 1 anti-protest bill. wsws.org The bill has been spearheaded by Governor Ron DeSantis, who first proposed the legislation in September while surrounded by law enforcement officers from around the state.

Ko Thet Paing & Johanna Son (2021-04-01). Journalism Has No 'Safety Zone' in Myanmar After the Coup. telesurenglish.net Two months after the Feb. 1 coup, being a journalist has become a risk in Myanmar. Many are being hunted down, arrested, or targeted while on coverage. As of 30 March, 57 reporters, photojournalists, and publishers had been arrested. | RELATED: | These days, journalists are working while on the run, even with little or no pay, and using whatever internet they can find. Many too have lost their jobs and have not receive…

Johanna Kichton (2021-04-01). People's Action Member Orgs Mobilize to Call On Congress to Pass Transformational Recovery Package. peoplesaction.org As President Biden Announced American Jobs Plan, Grassroots Activists Took Action Across the Country to Urge Congress Pass $10 Trillion Package Addressing Climate, Care, Jobs, and Justice Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action member organizations across the country yesterday called on Congress to pass a transformational economic recovery and infrastructure package, like the …

BBC Panorama (2021-04-01). Video: The PCR Test Fraud. globalresearch.ca BBC Panorama sent an undercover reporter inside one of the biggest …

MEE staff (2021-04-01). UK school textbooks on Middle East conflict altered to favour Israel: Report. middleeasteye.net UK school textbooks on Middle East conflict altered to favour Israel: Report | Publisher says it is now pausing further distribution of the books which it had amended after a complaint from UK Lawyers for Israel | Thu, 04/01/2021 – 08: 27 | The fact that during the first intifada of 1987-93 the arms and fingers of Palestinian child stone throwers were broken by Israeli soldiers has been removed from the revise…

Ian Cobain (2021-04-01). New UK counter-extremism head worked for think tank which hosted Islamophobes. middleeasteye.net New UK counter-extremism head worked for think tank which hosted Islamophobes | Robin Simcox, formerly a research fellow at the Heritage Foundation, has described Islamophobia as a 'slippery concept' | Thu, 04/01/2021 – 15: 53 | Robin Simcox is the interim head of the Commission for Countering Extremism (YouTube) | A former research fellow at a conservative American think tank that has hosted Islamophobic c…

MEE staff (2021-04-01). Saudi man arrested as child could face execution despite reforms: HRW. middleeasteye.net Saudi man arrested as child could face execution despite reforms: HRW | Abdullah al-Huwaiti is still on death row despite a royal decree that ended death sentences for crimes committed as a minor | Thu, 04/01/2021 – 18: 37 | Demonstrators in Washington protest against death sentences given to children in the kingdom (AFP/File photo) | A Saudi man who was convicted following a "grossly unfair trial" for crimes…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-01). Suez Canal: Egypt seeking $1bn compensation for ship blockage. middleeasteye.net Suez Canal: Egypt seeking $1bn compensation for ship blockage | About 15 percent of world shipping traffic transits the vital waterway, a critical source of foreign currency revenue for the country | Thu, 04/01/2021 – 16: 05 | A picture released by Egypt's Suez Canal Authority on 29 March shows a man waving the Egyptian flag after the MV 'Ever Given' container ship was fully dislodged from…

MEE staff (2021-04-01). Lockerbie bomber's family to appeal conviction in UK's top court. middleeasteye.net Lockerbie bomber's family to appeal conviction in UK's top court | Abdel Basset al-Megrahi's family was denied an appeal over his conviction at the Scottish Appeal Court in January | Thu, 04/01/2021 – 18: 30 | Police officers walk past the wreckage from Pan Am Flight 103 which killed at least 270 people (AFP) | The family of a Libyan man found guilty of the 1988 Lockerbie plane bombing will appeal his convicti…

Azad Essa (2021-04-01). France must investigate its potential war crime in Mali, activists demand. middleeasteye.net France must investigate its potential war crime in Mali, activists demand | French defence ministry has disputed UN's findings that it bombed a wedding party in January | Thu, 04/01/2021 – 17: 33 | According to Minusma, the UN mission in Mali, a French air strike killed 19 civilians in the Malian village of Bounti on 3 January, 2021 (AFP) | Human rights activists are demanding France open an investigation into…

Suadad al-Salhy (2021-04-01). In south Iraq, political murders are dismissed as 'personal' to quash investigations. middleeasteye.net In south Iraq, political murders are dismissed as 'personal' to quash investigations | Like many in recent years, Jaseb Hattab al-Hiliji's killing was labelled as a 'tribal dispute' – a term often used to avoid repercussions | Thu, 04/01/2021 – 07: 58 | Family of late civil society activist Amjad al-Dahamat, who was killed after taking part in anti-government protest in Amara, continue to mou…

MEE staff (2021-04-01). Turkey exporters re-routing products to avoid Saudi boycott, say traders. middleeasteye.net Turkey exporters re-routing products to avoid Saudi boycott, say traders | Turkish officials have told MEE that Riyadh declared an unofficial blockade on Turkish goods in response to 'hostility' from Ankara | Thu, 04/01/2021 – 14: 42 | The Cosco Shipping Danube, a container ship of the China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO), sails in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul (Reuters) | Tur…

RT (2021-04-01). 'The nation's prayers have been answered': Piers Morgan announces return to Good Morning Britain in cheeky April Fool's joke. rt.com Former Good Morning Britain co-host Piers Morgan penned a tongue-in-cheek update revealing that he had been given his old job back, with many social media users falling victim to what appears to be an April Fool's jest. | In a facetious tweet posted on Thursday, the television presenter pointed to recent comments made by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, who contradicted Meghan Markle's claim, made during an explosive Oprah interview, that she'd married Prince Harry in secret several days before their official ceremony at Windsor Castle in 2018. | Morgan left his post at ITV earlier this month after heavi…

RT (2021-04-01). Casual sex? Men regret not having more, women just regret it — but second thoughts don't change behavior, researchers say. rt.com You might have regrets about casual sex, but those nagging second thoughts are not enough to make most people change their behavior or prevent them from jumping into another one-night stand, researchers have found. | The team also discovered that while men and women might harbor regret over the last time an opportunity for casual sex arose, they react differently to that reflection: Men tend to regret not taking advantage of the change for casual trysts — and women tend to regret doing just that. | Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's psychology department studied whether…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-01). Indigenous Youth Take to DC Streets With Demands to #ShutDownDAPL and #StopLine3. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-01). Biden's $100 Billion Broadband Plan Hailed as Crucial Effort to Close 'Digital Divide'. commondreams.org "President Biden's $100 billion infrastructure plan acknowledges an important fact about broadband today—it is an essential service, like water and electricity, and our public policy should reflect that fact." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Chuck Collins, Omar Ocampo (2021-04-01). Global Billionaire Wealth Increases to $4 Trillion During Pandemic. commondreams.org The cost of vaccinating the world is estimated at $141.2 billion. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-04-01). Millionaires Call for Wealth Taxes as Wealth of World's Billionaires Surges $4 trillion in Pandemic Year. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon (2021-04-01). The Liberal Contempt for Martin Luther King's Final Year. commondreams.org Mainstream media today pretend that King's anti-militarism pronouncements were never uttered, but that was not the case in 1967. Condemnation was swift, emphatic and widespread. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jenna McGuire, staff writer (2021-04-01). Forget 2030 or 2040, Says Greta Thunberg, World Must 'Reduce Our Emissions Right Now'. commondreams.org The world needs "to stop focusing on dates and numbers" and recognize that taking immediate action is what must be done, says the 18-year-old Swedish climate leader. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-04-01). Supreme Court Defers to FCC Authority in Media Ownership Case But Leaves Door Open For Future FCC To Protect The Public Interest. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-04-01). Unlikely Allies From Across the Political Spectrum Urge Supreme Court to Uphold Students' Free Speech Rights. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-04-01). Supreme Court Awards the FCC for Long Neglecting Its Mandate to Promote Media Diversity in the United States. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-04-01). Lawsuit Launched to Protect 10 Species Left in Regulatory Purgatory by Trump Administration. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Robert C. Koehler (2021-04-01). Can Biden End the Endless Wars and Learn to Wage Peace? commondreams.org Militarism is embedded in the infrastructure of the nation state. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-01). GOP Attack on Democracy Surges as Texas Voter Suppression Bill Passes Senate. commondreams.org "It's clear that the Republican Party believes the only way they can win future elections is to keep millions of Americans from casting their ballots." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-04-01). Amnesty International USA Statement on Mass Shooting in Orange, California. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-01). 'Threat to Democracy': Brazil's Bolsonaro Faces Growing Calls to Resign. commondreams.org "We have a president who is trying to pressure the armed forces into serving his coup-mongering, authoritarian delusions," said one elder statesman as lawmakers pursue impeachment. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-04-01). IMF Calls for Taxing World's Richest to Curb Inequality, Stave Off Social Unrest. commondreams.org "Governments need to provide everyone with a fair shot—enabling all individuals to reach their potential." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-01). Lawmakers and Groups Demand 'Urgent Action' by Fed to Protect Economy From Climate Risks. commondreams.org "The Federal Reserve must do its job, steering the economy away from disaster by ending fossil fuel finance." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-04-01). SEC Rules Chevron Must Allow Shareholder Proposal Asking for Transparent Accounting of Net-Zero Impacts. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-01). 'Shocking' April Fools' Day Study Shows 'When Hungry People Obtained More Food, They Were Less Hungry'. commondreams.org "It turns out that people are actually in poverty mostly because they are not paid enough for their work to be able to afford rent, food, and other necessities of living." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-04-01). 64 Orgs Write to Fed Chair Powell Calling for More Action on Climate Change. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Will Bunch (2021-04-01). America's Military-Industrial Complex Squanders $1.7 Trillion on a Lame Fighter Jet While the President Begs for Infrastructure Cash. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-04-01). Stand Up America Blasts Texas GOP After SB7 Passes Texas Senate. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-04-01). Four Reasons Dropping Campaign Finance Reform From S. 1 Is A Dumb Idea. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Adam Parsons, Sonja Scherndl (2021-04-01). It's Time to End the Insanity of Colossal Military Spending and Reallocate Funds to Basic Economic and Social Needs. commondreams.org Imagine what could be achieved if just a portion of the money spent on military expenditures were pooled into a global fund, and redirected towards ending hunger and massively investing in public health systems. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Michael T. Klare (2021-04-01). Chinese and American Leaders Are Playing a Game of Chicken That Couldn't Be More Dangerous. commondreams.org Could the U.S. and China face an unintended blowup in the western Pacific in the Biden years? | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-04-01). People Worldwide Said 'Build Back Better.' IEA Chief Says 'Just the Opposite' Is Happening. commondreams.org "As long as countries do not put the right energy policies in place, the economic rebound will see emissions significantly increase in 2021. We will make the job of reaching net zero harder." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Is 100% Effective in Kids Aged 12-15. telesurenglish.net The companies Pfizer and BioNTech announced their COVID-19 vaccine has demonstrated 100 percent efficacy and robust antibody responses in a Phase 3 trial in adolescents 12 to 15 years of age. | RELATED: | The trial enrolled 2,260 adolescents 12 to 15 years of age in the United States. In the trial, 18 cases of COVID-19 were observed in the placebo group versus none in the vaccinated group. | The vaccine, BNT162b2, elicited SARS-…

RT (2021-04-01). Pfizer says new trial data shows Covid vaccine 'highly effective' against South African strain. rt.com Pfizer and BioNTech stated on Thursday that their jointly developed Covid-19 vaccine is highly effective in combating the South African variant of the virus, according to the company's latest phase-three trial data. | Pfizer released a statement declaring that new data from South Africa indicated "vaccine efficacy of 100%" despite the prevalence of the fast-spreading B.1.351 variant. | The findings from the phase-three trial come as countries worry about the effectiveness of existing vaccines against new, more transmissible variants of coronavirus, with concerns about how to fully control the disease as it con…

_____ (2021-04-01). UK's Vaccine Rollout Is A Reminder That We Need Universal Healthcare. popularresistance.org London – Dr. John Lister watched in horror as the United Kingdom's Covid-19 mortality rate climbed above 1 per 1,000, one of the highest death rates in the world since the start of the pandemic. So, when the 71-year-old Briton was informed he would receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in late January, he could hardly contain himself. | "It was a great moment of excitement when I got the notification," Lister tells In These Times. | Lister, a health policy expert and associate professor at Coventry University, was one of 15 million people in the United Kingdom to receive a Covid-19 vaccine before February 15, th…

Kim Petersen (2021-04-01). China and Iran: A Natural Anti-imperialist Alliance. dissidentvoice.org On 15 July 2015 — the day after the United States agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA; also called the Iran nuclear deal) along with China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, plus Germany — then US president Barack Obama said in an interview that Iran was "a great civilization." Without listing any …

Anonymous007 (2021-04-01). Military Situation In Afghanistan On April 1, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 1, six security personnel were killed in Taliban attacks in Herat | On April 1, three police force members, including an officer, were killed in a Black Hawk helicopter crash in Nahre Siraj district | On April 1, an IED blast in Jalalabad city killed one civilian | On March 31, 74 Taliban members were killed and 38 others were wounded as a result of ANDSF operation during 24 past hours in Laghman, Ghazni, Wardak, Helmand, Badakhshan, Balkh and Kandahar pro…

Anonymous767 (2021-04-01). Microsoft Wins $22 Billion Contract To Supply US Military With Augmented-Reality Headsets. southfront.org One year after beating out rivals like Amazon for the coveted Pentagon "JEDI" contract, a $10 billion mandate to rebuild the Pentagon's cloud-computing infrastructure (

Anonymous669 (2021-04-01). 'Generation of Conquerors': Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham Denies Links To Gruesome Video Glorifying Its Child Soldiers. southfront.org Screen grab from HTS' video. | Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has denied links to a gruesome video exposing child recruitment in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | The video, which surfaced on several social media platforms on March 31, shows HTS militant training minors on combat operations. The harsh training, which was shot in a dramatic style, included the use of live fire. | The video, dubbed a "Generation of Conquerors," was not shared by HTS' official news agency, Iba'a. However, it w…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-01). Neglecting Chaos Until It Backfires Is A Poor Strategy In Mozambique. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Mozambique's Cabo Delgado has been plagued by ISIS for years. | In recent months, and ramping up in recent weeks especially, attacks by the terrorist groups in the areas near Total's massive gas project became regular. | Uncontained ISIS now is taking on the Mozambican army and seizes entire towns. It threatens the French giant's project that is worth $20 billion; and all the projects in the region are collectively worth nearly $60 billion. | Prior to the large-scale attacks, there was littl…

Anonymous765 (2021-04-01). Locations Of US Carrier Strike Groups — April 1, 2021. southfront.org This is the newest update of the 'U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map' exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map. | click to see the full-size image | Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier ai…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-01). 'International Resistance' Blows Up US Supply Convoy Near Iraqi Capital. southfront.org A US soldier runs at a coalition forces forward base near West Mosul, Iraq June 21, 2017 (photo credit: REUTERS) | On April 1, a convoy carrying logistic supplies and communication equipment for the US-led coalition came under attack near the Iraqi capital, Baghdad. | According to the Sabereen News, the convoy was hit by an impressive explosive device as it was passing in the district of Abu Ghraib to the west of Baghdad."The convoy, which was heading to Ain Assad Base, was subjected to an indirect fire attack." The T…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-01). Iranian-Backed Liwa Fatemiyoun Held Live-Fire Drills In Southeastern Syria (Photos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image. By Mohamad Jaffari. Source: t.me/Fatemiyoun1434 | On March 29, Liwa Fatemiyoun, an Iranian-backed Afghan group, announced that its fighters had held live-fire drills in Syria. | The drills were held in a unspecified desert area in the southeastern region of Syria, likely near the town of al-Bukamal on the border with Iraq. | Liwa Fatemiyoun shared photos of the live-fire drills, which saw the group's fighters firing heavy weapons. Furthermore, the fighters used night-vision a…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-01). Houthi Suicide Drones Hit ¥Sensitive' Targets In Saudi Capital. southfront.org Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wingH | On April 1, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) announced that they had attacked several "sensitive" and "important" targets in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. | Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said that the targets were struck with four suicide drones. The spokesman claimed that the attack was successful, without providing any further details."Our operations will continue as long as the aggression and siege are ongoing," the spokesman said, calling the att…

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Anonymous007 (2021-04-01). Biden Unveils $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan, Featuring $180Bn For Military Technologies. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On March 31st, US President Joe Biden revealed his infrastructure plan. | It includes $180 billion in new research and development spending on emerging technologies expected to define the coming decades and drive military innovation. | The American Jobs Plan totals $2 trillion in new spending over a decade through corporate tax increases. It mostly addresses concerns that a lack of federal investment in research and development risks the U.S. seceding the position of the…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-01). France Hands Over Anti-Tank Guided Missiles To Lebanese Army (Photos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image. Source: lebarmy.gov.lb | On March 31, France handed over a shipment of anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) and other military equipment to the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF). | The equipment was handed over in a ceremony attended by the deputy chief of staff for equipment Brig. Gen. Ziad Nasr representing LAF Commander-in-Chief Gen. Joseph Aoun, the French Ambassador to Lebanon Anne Grillo and the French military attaché, Col. Fabrice Chapelle. | Depuis 2017, la a cédé à titre gracieux po…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-01). Military Situation In Yemen On April 1, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 175 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On March 31, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on the Khab and Shaaf area | On March 31, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 6 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On March 31, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Majzar area | On April 1, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led for…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-01). U.S. State Department Lists Ukraine's Plentiful Human Rights Abuses In 2020. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On March 31st, the US Department of State released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights. | It renewed its report on US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken presented the 45th annual report. | It turns out…

Anonymous767 (2021-04-01). The Saker: "Understanding Anti-Putin PSYOPs: Preparing For War" southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at Intro: cause vs pretext | It is not an exaggeration to say that in the mythology of the AngloZionist Empire Putin is something akin to Satan or, at least, that he is a kind of "Sauron" who is the epitome of evil. And, we all heard that recently, Biden, in a recorded interview, declared that Putin is "a killer". When given a chance to soften…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-01). Naval Provocations: Unidentified Submarine Emerged Near Nord Stream 2 Pipeline. southfront.org War-ship spotted near the Nord Stream 2. Click to see full-size image | Nord Stream 2 AG, the operating company of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction, reported provocations of warships and civilian vessels in the security area of the project. According to director of the company's branch office, such hostile actions may lead to emergency damage to the gas pipeline."We are talking about apparently planned and prepared provocations, both with the use of fishing vessels and warships, submarines and…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-01). Even Terrorists Don't Want AstraZeneca Vaccine. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On March 30th, al-Shabaab terrorists issued a statement rejecting the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for Somalia. | They cited its 'ineffective and adverse' side effects. | A statement released by the group warned Somalis against administering the AstraZeneca vaccine saying it is "deadly and unsafe." | The statement linked the recent move by dozens of countries including European nations like Germany, Italy and France to reject the vaccine becau…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-01). Hunting ISIS: Syrian Government Forces Kick Off Operation In Deir Ezzor With Russian Support (Video). southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: Sputnik/Mikhail Alaeddin | On April 1, Syrian government forces kicked off a large-scale combing operation in the southern and western Deir Ezzor countryside. | According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the National Defense Forces and the Palestinian al-Quds Brigade are leading the operation which is backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). | Government forces are combing the outskirts of the town of al-Mayadin, from the area of al-Banja all the way to the area of Fayda…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-01). Behold The Chinese Type 100-Class "God Of Submarines" southfront.org Source: navalnews.com | Chinese submarine, identified as the Type-100 Class is reportedly contesting Russian Navy's mighty Pr.941 Typhoon Class submarine as the largest ever built. | This was The new submarine is reportedly armed with 48 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs). It can also carry massive nuclear-powered nuclear-armed autonomo…

Anonymous765 (2021-04-01). Melting Snow Reveals Texas Secrets. southfront.org | | | southfront@internet.ru : donationalerts.com/r/southfront : gumroad.com/southfront http: //southfront.org/donate/ or via: www.patreon.com/southfront, 3Gbs4rjcVUtQd8p3CiFUCxPLZwRqurezRZ, qpf2cphc5dkuclkqur7lhj2yuqq9pk3hmukle77vhq, 0x9f4cda013e354b8fc285bf4b9a60460cee7f7ea9 As Texans regain electric…

Anonymous765 (2021-04-01). ISIS Vicious Cycle In Central Syria. southfront.org | | | southfront@internet.ru : donationalerts.com/r/southfront : gumroad.com/southfront http: //southfront.org/donate/ or via: www.patreon.com/southfront, 3Gbs4rjcVUtQd8p3CiFUCxPLZwRqurezRZ, qpf2cphc5dkuclkqur7lhj2yuqq9pk3hmukle77vhq, 0x9f4cda013e354b8fc285bf4b9a60460cee7f7ea9 In a very busy month of…

Andrew Cohen (2021-04-01). The Police Reform Movement Transcends Derek Chauvin's Trial. zcomm.org The debate over policing in the wake of Floyd's death will last beyond Chauvin's trial and has already been shaped by what happened last May in Minneapolis…

Eleanor Bader (2021-04-01). Colleges Are Using COVID as a Pretext to Make Draconian Cuts to the Humanities. zcomm.org It seems like the height of capitalist exploitation to make precarious workers more precarious and assuming they'll be willing to do just about anything to keep their jobs…

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-01). Despite US dirty tricks, Bolivia is finding a way to stay independent. zcomm.org The arrest of Jeanine àÅñez, head of Bolivia's erstwhile coup regime, is a vindication of the struggles of the Bolivian people…

Steven Greenhouse (2021-04-01). Union Fight Enters Final Stretch for Alabama Amazon Workers. zcomm.org Mail-in ballots for the hotly contested battle to unionize 5,800 workers are due on Monday. Some experts are predicting a victory while others are unsure…

Ken Klippenstein (2021-04-01). Amazon's Twitter Army Was Handpicked for "Great Sense of Humor" zcomm.org Amazon ambassadors were trained to defend Jeff Bezos and clap back at Bernie Sanders under a program codenamed "Veritas"

Chase Strangio (2021-04-01). Activists Demand Action on Anti-Trans Laws. zcomm.org On Trans Day of Visibility, we look at the wave of anti-trans laws being enacted across the U.S., with dozens more anti-trans bills making their way through state legislatures…

Staff (2021-04-01). Headlines for April 1, 2021. democracynow.org Witness in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Breaks Down After Viewing Footage of George Floyd's Killing, Four Killed as Gunman Opens Fire on Office Complex in Orange County, California, Biden Defends Infrastructure Plan as Progressives Push for $10 Trillion to Fight Climate Crisis, Wisconsin Supreme Court Voids Governor's Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Cases Rise Across U.S., Brazil's Cemeteries Hold Nighttime Funerals as COVID-19 Deaths Reach New Highs, Yemen Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments as Doctors Report Surge in Cases, Global Deforestation Increased by 12% in 2020 with Amazon Most Severely Affected, U.S. Cour…

Staff (2021-04-01). "Check His Pulse": In Derek Chauvin Trial, Outraged Bystanders Describe Witnessing George Floyd Death. democracynow.org Jurors in Minneapolis heard another series of dramatic testimonies during the third day of the murder trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd. A teenage clerk named Christopher Martin at the Minneapolis convenience store outside which Floyd was killed told jurors during questioning that he felt guilty for reporting the fake $20 bill to his manager, who called the police on George Floyd. Jurors also heard a recording of Charles McMillian, who witnessed George Floyd's death last year, approaching Chauvin to say, "I don't respect what you did," as Floyd's body was being load…

Staff (2021-04-01). "The System of Policing Is on Trial": Derek Chauvin Murder Case Is About More Than Just George Floyd. democracynow.org After the third dramatic day in the murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, we speak with Mel Reeves, who has been following the case as community editor at the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, the oldest Black-owned newspaper in the state. Reeves discusses the testimony heard so far, and juror selection, and says more is at stake than just what happened to George Floyd. "It is political. The system of policing is on trial," says Reeves. "You can see now how the police operate when they run into Black people." We also speak with Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, who says the…

Staff (2021-04-01). Brazil in Crisis: COVID Deaths Soar & Hospitals Overflow Amid Unprecedented Political Upheaval. democracynow.org Brazil now accounts for about a quarter of all COVID-19 daily deaths worldwide, more than any other country, and its overall death toll of more than 310,000 is surpassed only by the United States. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces intense pressure to abandon his opposition to vaccinations, lockdowns and mask-wearing. Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, professor of neurobiology at Duke University and former coordinator of the largest scientific COVID-19 task force in Brazil, says Bolsonaro "has played on the side of the virus" by opposing any efforts to control the outbreak. "Since the beginning, he downplayed…

RT (2021-04-01). Delays in deliveries of Indian-made AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine could be 'catastrophic', African Union's health boss warns. rt.com India's decision to postpone major exports of locally made AstraZeneca jab could have a "catastrophic" impact on Africa, a top health official has warned, expressing hope the delays won't turn into a permanent ban. | Speaking during a press conference in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa on Thursday, the chief of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, John Nkengasong, raised concerns over the delays. | Insufficient deliveries of AstraZeneca's jab, produced by the Serum Institute of India (SII), are expected to disrupt the African Union's (AU) vaccination plans, the official said. While the AU has…

Moderator (2021-04-01). Journalists Attack the Powerless, Then Self-Victimize. scheerpost.com ShashiBellamkonda / CC BY 2.0] By Glenn Greenwald / Substack The daily newspaper USA Today is the second-most circulated print newspaper in the United States — more than The New York Times and more than double The Washington Post. Only The Wall Street Journal has higher circulation numbers. On Sunday, the paper published and heavily promoted a repellent article complaining that "defendants accused… |

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Biden Orders Removal of Missiles, Forces Around Persian Gulf. telesurenglish.net A report issued last Thursday by the Wall Street Journal cites officials from the Pentagon indicating that President Biden has issued orders to remove Patriot anti-missile systems, miscellaneous military hardware, and troops from the area of the Persian Gulf, to deploy them elsewhere to be used against Russia and China, two countries which the Pentagon sees as its primary global competitors. | RELATED: | According to the report,…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-01). US Envoy Meets Taliban, Seeks Longer Troop Presence. news.antiwar.com With the Biden Administration continuing to talk down the May 1 deadline date for leaving Afghanistan, Special Envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has met with Taliban leaders to discuss possible dates later in 2021. | Reports are that Khalilzad At any rate, the Taliban is pushing for the release of some 7,000 prisoners being held in Afghanistan, and wants to b…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-01). State Dept Report Faults Iraq on Human Rights Over Shi'ite Militias. news.antiwar.com The annual State Department human rights report has singled out Iraq for criticism with regard to the nation's approach, and The PMF groups are part of the Iraqi security apparatus, but operate somewhat independently. Being Shi'ite militias, the US accuses them of being pro-Iran, and says the government doesn't control them enough. | A particular problem is the civilian protest movements in Iraq, which seek to elect parties that are not d…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-01). Taiwan to Buy New US Air Defense Missiles. news.antiwar.com Taiwan said it has In comments to Reuters, Taiwan's Air Force said it plans to buy Patriot Advanced Capability‚Äë3 (PAC-3) Missile Segment Enhancement (MSE) missiles, which will be delivered in 2025 and deployed the following year. The Ai…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-01). US Affirms 'Unwavering Support' for Ukraine Amid Russia Tensions. news.antiwar.com Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart on Thursday and expressed Washington's "unwavering" support for Kyiv amid tensions with Russia. According to a readout of the call, Austin "reaffirmed unwavering US support for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations." He also condemned what he called "Russian aggression." Secretary of State Antony …

Jason Ditz (2021-04-01). US Envoy Sees Productive Meetings on Yemen Peace Talks. news.antiwar.com US Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking has returned to the US after a series of meetings in Saudi Arabia and Oman. The State Department Details aren't all clear, but the meetings were with Omanis, Saudis, and Yemenis. It isn't clear if the Yemeni participant included any members of the Houthi opposition, or just the Saudi-backed government. | Six years into the war there have…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-01). Philippines Says Chinese Vessels Have Spread in Disputed Waters. news.antiwar.com The Philippines said Wednesday that a group of over 200 Chinese vessels it spotted sailing near a disputed reef in the South China Sea The Philippines' task force on the South China Sea said in a statement that it expressed "deep concern over the continuing unlawful presence…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-01). Report: Biden Reducing Military Forces in Saudi Arabia. news.antiwar.com According to The report said the US has removed at least three Patriot antimissile batteries from t…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-01). US Army Seeks Long-Range Missiles in Pacific to Face China. news.antiwar.com As part of its modernization efforts, While the Army is traditionally a land-based service, it is developing fast-moving island-hopping forces that can sink ships in the western Pacific, similar to what the Marine Corps has traditionally done. | On Tuesday, US Army leaders discussed the service's future in the Indo-Pacific and said the Army is not trying to compete for funding with the Marine Corp…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-01). Senators Ready to Give NSA More Domestic Power Over SolarWinds Hack. news.antiwar.com Several members of the Senate Armed Services Committee

RT (2021-04-01). WHO criticizes Europe for 'unacceptably slow' rollout of Covid-19 vaccines and 'prolonging the pandemic'. rt.com The World Health Organization (WHO) has labeled Europe's rollout of Covid-19 vaccines as "unacceptably slow," warning delays are "prolonging the pandemic" and described a surge in new infections in the region as "worrying." | The WHO statement from its top leadership in Europe on Thursday came after most countries reported increased coronavirus cases and deaths over the past seven days. Last week, Europe recorded 1.6 million new Covid-19 infections and close to 24,000 deaths. It is the world's second-worst affected region with nearly 1 million deaths and 45 million infections since the pandemic began. | "Vacci…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-04-01). Why the U.S. and Its Allies Are Stupid to Turn COVID-19 Vaccination Into a Geopolitical Power Play. counterpunch.org The recent joint statement by the leaders of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, comprising the U.S., India, Japan and Australia, has not foregrounded the military axis of their meeting but stressed more on the vaccine thrust against the COVID-19 pandemic. With several countries confronting the threat of a second or third wave of the virus, vaccines

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-04-01). Doctors and Scientists Accuse Medical Regulator of Downplaying COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers. globalresearch.ca A group of scientists and doctors has today issued an open …

RT (2021-04-01). China's CanSinoBIO says its vaccine may be less effective over time, but 'booster shot' improves its efficacy to over 90%. rt.com A single-shot Covid-19 vaccine by CanSino Biologics has shown a decrease in efficacy over time, the manufacturer has said. Getting a "booster shot" six months after the first jab, however, propels its efficacy to over 90%. | The Chinese vaccine manufacturer CanSinoBIO provided an update on its vaccine during an online presentation late on Wednesday. Its chief scientific officer, Zhu Tao, said receiving a second jab of the vaccine six months after being inoculated with the single-shot solution had shown promising results during tests. | "A booster shot six months later led to a seven-times to 10-times increase…

RT (2021-04-01). Facebook disinformation 'biggest challenge' to tackling Covid-19 — Papua New Guinea minister. rt.com Papua New Guinea's health minister, Jelta Wong, criticized Facebook on Thursday, claiming the spread of disinformation on the site poses the "biggest challenge" to tackling rising cases of Covid-19 in the country. | Speaking at an online event on Thursday, Wong declared that "Facebook is our biggest conspiracy theorist platform", and called for the company to "take responsibility for this and stop it." | Specifically, the health minister cited how "dangerous" posts, such as 'anti-vax' conspiracy theories, were hurting the nation's vaccine rollout and discouraging individuals from getting tested for the virus,…

RT (2021-04-01). 'Clock ticking': WHO chief urges 'enlightened world leaders' to step up and donate crucial Covid vaccine doses to poorer nations. rt.com The COVAX program to ensure that Covid-19 vaccines are distributed fairly among poorer nations is facing a serious shortfall, the World Health Organization chief has said, after he urged countries to hand over millions more doses. | "The clock is still ticking on vaccine equity," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news briefing on Thursday, as he revealed the pressure on COVAX to meet its immunization targets. | A "serious challenge" remains for vaccine equity and availability, he said, despite some 35 billion doses having been delivered to more than 78 countries through the WHO-backed COVA…

Vasko Kohlmayer (2021-04-01). The Great Vaccine Scam: Even Establishment Experts and Scientists Admit the Jabs Are Ineffective. globalresearch.ca "New Covid vaccines needed globally within a year, say scientists," reads …

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-04-01). Venezuela and Russia Ramp up Economic Ties with 10-Year Plan. venezuelanalysis.com The two nations signed treaties to boost the Venezuelan transportation system, oil industry security and access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Editor2 (2021-04-01). Palestine Receives 100 Thousand COVID-19 Vaccines from China. orinocotribune.com The Palestinian Authority has received 100,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine donated by China to accelerate its inoculation drive, which has been lagging due to Israeli inhibitions. | China handed over the batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines to Palestine on Monday. | Palestinian Health Minister Mai al-Kaila described the shipment as the single largest donation of COVID-19 vaccines her country has received so far, and thanked China for its move "to provide coronavirus vaccines as a global public good and its selfless assistance to Palestine." | Speaking at a joint press conference with China's Ambassador to Palestine…

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-04-01). Urgent Open Letter from Doctors and Scientists to the European Medicines Agency regarding COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Concerns. globalresearch.ca Emer Cooke, Executive Director, European Medicines Agency, Amsterdam, The Netherlands…

RT (2021-04-01). Only those with Covid vaccine passport will be able to return to their 'daily lives', South Korean PM says. rt.com Seoul has announced it will issue digital certificates verifying a person's Covid-19 vaccination status, becoming the latest nation to adopt the controversial measure as a means to reopen cross-border travel. | South Korea will roll out a smartphone application this month that will be able to show whether someone has been administered the jab, Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun said on Thursday. The system will use blockchain technology to guard against potential identity theft. | "The introduction of a vaccine passport or 'Green Pass' will only allow those who have been vaccinated to experience the recovery to the…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Panama Detects Nine Cases of Brazilian COVID-19 Strains. telesurenglish.net Panama's Gorgas Memorial Institute Director Juan Pascale confirmed nine patients with the SARS-CoV-2 strains originated in Brazil. | RELATED: | The P.1. and P.2. strains have been detected in community transmission cases in San Francisco, Don Bosco, Parque Lefevre, and San Miguelito. | The Health Ministry warned that the P.1. variant is the most contagious and reduces vaccines' effectiveness by 30 percent. | At least two patients with these strain…

Aniruddha Ghosal (2021-04-01). Impoverished scavengers fight our trash problem, but they're denied vaccines. peoplesworld.org NEW DELHI (AP)—The scavengers wait patiently for a dump truck to tip the trash on the summit of the landfill outside New Delhi. Armed with plastic bags, they plunge their bare hands into the garbage and start sorting it. Every day, more than 2,300 tons of garbage is dumped at the landfill at Bhalswa that …

teleSUR (2021-04-01). AstraZeneca Delays Could Be "Catastrophic" for Africa. telesurenglish.net Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Director John Nkengasong warned on Thursday that India's decision to delay the AstraZeneca vaccine delivery would be "catastrophic" for vaccination campaigns in the continent. | RELATED: | "If the delay continues, I hope it's a delay and not a ban; that would be catastrophic for meeting our vaccination schedule," the official said during a press conference from Eth…

WSWS (2021-04-01). Obscene global vaccine profiteering by pharmaceutical companies. wsws.org It was only after the governments of the European Union, UK and US and agencies offered funding, including the main cost of running the "Phase 3" trials, assuming most of the risk in the process, that the industry started work on vaccine development.

Brasil Wire (2021-04-01). Fallout: US Suppression of Russian Vaccine in Brazil Becomes Diplomatic Incident. globalresearch.ca On Sunday March 14 2021,

Fight Back (2021-04-01). MN groups stand in solidarity with Palestinians around the world on Land Day 2021. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On March 30, over 50 activists gathered to show solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle against Israeli apartheid and occupation. They waved Palestinian flags and dropped banners on the footbridge over Interstate 94 between the Walker Sculpture Garden and Loring Park – across all eight lanes of traffic – demanding an end of U.S. aid to Israel, an end of Israeli occupation, the right of return for Palestinians, and an end to vaccine apartheid. The response from people passing by was overwhelmingly positive with a lot of honks from cars. | The action coincided with Land Day, which commemora…

Sky Palma (2021-04-01). Sarah Palin has "bizarre" symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19. salon.com "My case is perhaps one of those that proves anyone can catch this," Palin says…

D. Watkins (2021-04-01). From "Soul Train" to Don Shirley, new book celebrates the history of Black performance in America. salon.com Author Hanif Abdurraqib appeared on "Salon Talks" to discuss Black artistry, playing Spades & his COVID sneakers…

Jon Skolnik (2021-04-01). Progressives say Biden infrastructure bill isn't big enough: "We can't go back to business as usual" salon.com "This is not nearly enough," Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez says…

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