2021-04-02: News Headlines

Sonja Scherndl, Adam Parsons (2021-04-02). Let's end the insanity of colossal military spending during a global health emergency. dissidentvoice.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. ***** If nations had a referendum, asking the public if they want their taxes to go to military weapons that are …

Rob Urie (2021-04-02). China Isn't the Problem, Neoliberalism Is. counterpunch.org The ascendance of Wall Street, and of a managerial bureaucracy (PMC) more generally, largely explains the political realignments that have been playing out in the U.S. Beginning in the 1970s, the American political class made decisions at the behest of business interests and oligarchs to restructure the U.S. economy in ways intended to shift the balance of political and economic power towards capital. Finance was, and still is, the method of affecting this transfer of power. However, the current epoch of finance capitalism has run its course. Its logic has been lost. The threats to the neoliberal order are now in…

Kim C. Domenico (2021-04-02). Living for the City: Considering a Reparations Of Joy. counterpunch.org "I didn't realize racism was still such a serious problem." My elder brother was quoting an old mutual friend, Sean, when he spoke to me last week. Then came Gary's own confession: he, too had been taken by surprise by the George Floyd murder and BLM protests. He was conveying his surprise at realizing that

Dave Zirin (2021-04-02). Edge of Sports: Blinded by 'the Eyes of Texas'. progressive.org Concerns over "The Eyes of Texas" ramped up during last summer's mass demonstrations over the police murder of George Floyd.

Matthew Stevenson (2021-04-02). Letters From Minsk: Echoes of Munich Over Wroclaw, Poland. counterpunch.org This is the fourth in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. My Wroclaw train dropped me at the main station just outside the downtown in the middle of the afternoon, when chilly winds off the central European plains were whipping around the cobblestoned

WSWS (2021-04-02). United Auto Workers executives received massive payout in 2020 as COVID-19 ravaged auto plants. wsws.org The latest US Department of Labor report for 2020 filed by the UAW shows that it increased both its income and assets even as its membership declined amid the coronavirus pandemic.

_____ (2021-04-02). How Cutting Down Military Spending Could Bring About Peace. popularresistance.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, the US has attacked or supported attacks against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. | The attacks, especially the horrendous US-led war crime against Iraq, have destabilized and created havoc in the Middle East, devastated these nations and caused death and appalling suffering for the people. | In addition, the…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-02). The Adani Business Formula: Dealing with Myanmar's Military. dissidentvoice.org Corporate morality can be a flexible thing. Some companies see tantalising dollar signs afloat in the spilt blood of civilians and dissidents. Military governments, however trigger crazed, offer ideal opportunities; potentially, corners can be cut, regulations relaxed. The Adani Group has shown itself to be particularly unscrupulous in this regard. In many ways, it is …

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-02). Despite US Dirty Tricks, Bolivia is Finding a Way to Stay Independent. orinocotribune.com By Vijay Prashad — Mar 30, 2021 | Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d'etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006 to 2019) were eating into their authority. But these sections could not oust Morales at the ballot box because his policies of redistribution were wildly popular among the mass of the population. Morales won three elections, each of them with a decisive mandate: winning 53.74 percent in 2005, 64.08 percent in 2009, and 61.36 percent…

Raul Diego (2021-04-02). Biden Picks Kamala Harris to Carry the Carrot and Stick in Central America. orinocotribune.com By Raul Diego — Mar 31, 2021 | With Kamala Harris now riding herd, the stage is set for a massive tech overhaul of the migrant crisis. | WASHINGTON — The White House

Julie Y. Chu (2021-04-02). Sidewalk Terror and the Logistical Hauntings of the Flâneur. counterpunch.org You are waiting for the morning bus at the curb. You are getting ready to cross the block at a traffic light. You are stepping out of your house to empty the garbage. You are walking home from a friend's house at night. Each of these mundane acts could easily be part of the "sidewalk ballet" that the urban thinker and activist Jane Jacobs once praised as the definitive marker of vibrant stranger sociality. But then you get knocked down in front of your bus stop. Some random person punches you in the face at the crosswalk. You get doused with burning acid on the curb in front of your house. You get kidnapped and d…

Patrick Mazza (2021-04-02). Suez Highlights the Fragility of Globalization. counterpunch.org The global supply chain is an elaborately choreographed ballet, nowhere more than in the flow of containers through which 60% of the world's seaborne trade travels. Calibrating a stream of over 800 million boxes each year entails sophisticated tracking that makes sure containers reach their destination. The system reaches down to the crane operator who stacks each box in

Editor (2021-04-02). Biden: øQuién es el asesino? workers.org El 18 de marzo, el presidente estadounidense Joe Biden llamó "asesino" al presidente ruso Vladimir Putin. Dado que nadie ha retirado este insulto gratuito, suponemos que no fue una metedura de pata de Biden. Por el contrario, indica un aumento de la hostilidad de Estados Unidos hacia Rusia, al igual . . . |

Michael T. Klare (2021-04-02). Stumbling into War? Could the U.S. and China Face an Unintended Blowup in the Western Pacific in the Biden Years? juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com) — 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 …

Lyn Neeley (2021-04-02). Megan Rapinoe: soccer star, political activist. workers.org Megan Rapinoe's captivating autobiography, "One Life," traces how her upbringing and lifelong joy of playing soccer led to stardom and political activism. Rapinoe has used her superstar status to advance the fight of workers and the oppressed. In 2012 she joined the handful of professional athletes who are out lesbians. . . . |

Staff (2021-04-02). Did cops retaliate against this activist? therealnews.com As we continue our investigation into overpolicing and mass incarceration in rural America, we return to Pocomoke City on Maryland's Lower Eastern Shore to speak with Michelle Lucas. Lucas is a pizza delivery driver, a proud grandmother, and community activist who asserts that she was railroaded into a felony conviction that could result in up to two years in prison. | Tune in every Thursday at 9: 00 p.m. EST for new episodes of the

orinocotribune (2021-04-02). Two More Venezuelan Soldiers Killed by Colombian Paramilitaries in Apure. orinocotribune.com This Thursday, April 1, two Venezuelan soldiers died as a result of the detonation of a landmine by Colombian criminal groups upon a patrol operating in the El Ripial sector of José Antonio Páez municipality, in Apure state, where the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) is executing operation Bolivarian Shield 2021 against drug trafficking and paramilitary cells, which intend to enter Venezuelan territory to expand their criminal networks. | "We report that First Sergeant Andriel Istúriz Sojo and Second Sergeant Jesús Alexander Vásquez Pérez died today," read a statement by the Venezuelan ministry for defense…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-02). A Feminist Revolt. counterpunch.org With right-wing hysteria about the feminization of the military landing on our laptops recently, now is a good time to focus on issues dear to the hearts of actual feminists, namely, housing, health and education. These concerns were embraced, very strikingly, by feminists in apartheid South Africa. Toward the end of apartheid, many Black people

John Feffer (2021-04-02). Is the Long War Finally Ending? counterpunch.org 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, and Churchill agreed. The deal remained

Florina Rodov (2021-04-02). Why I changed my mind about charter schools. peoplesworld.org I fell for the charter school hype. I agreed with former President Obama's education secretary Arne Duncan who advocated for "school choice." I trusted the research that said charters "close [the] achievement gap" for Black and Latino students. When I saw "Waiting for 'Superman,'" I rooted for the kids in the documentary to escape their …

Larry Holmes (2021-04-02). 'It's now or never' — We must free Mumia! workers.org These slightly edited comments were given during the March 18 Workers World Party webinar, "Mumia Abu-Jamal: The Only Treatment is His Freedom!" A quarter of a century ago, in the summer of 1995, Mumia was facing an execution date. That date was Aug. 17, [the birthday of Black Nationalist leader, . . . |

Joshua Frank (2021-04-02). What Netflix's Seaspiracy Gets Wrong. counterpunch.org Don't let the title of this review fool you. The new (awfully named) polemical documentary Seaspiracy, now streaming on Netflix, gets a lot right, but its shortcomings undermine its potential positive influence. Following the journey of 27-year-old director Ali Tabrizi as he explores what the hell is going on with our oceans, we are informed,

Dennis Broe (2021-04-02). 'Pros and Cons': Scamming neoliberal scammers. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Dean Baker (2021-04-02). More Cheap Fun: Comparing Job Growth Under Trump and Biden After Two Months. cepr.net As I noted with Round I, this is stupid since there are so many things for which the president is not responsible. But, as we all know, the Trump crew would pushing this graph everywhere if the situation was reversed, so here it is. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics. As we can see, after two …

IndustriALL (2021-04-02). Young labor leader murdered by Duterte in Philippines. peoplesworld.org A 35-year old trade union leader Dandy Miguel was killed on 28 March in Calamba city, after taking cases of extrajudicial killings to the Commission of Human Rights. His death adds to the more than 50 trade unionists that have been killed since Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte came to power in 2016. Dandy Miguel was …

Jonah Raskin (2021-04-02). Viet Thanh Nguyen's Big Red Book. counterpunch.org "While the best situation for an anti-imperialist was to live in an imperial country where one could benefit from imperialism while righteously opposed to it, as happened quite often in the United States, the French had the second-best situation, being anti-imperialist in a formerly imperialist country." — Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Committed How humiliating! How ignominious!

Chris Gilbert (2021-04-02). An Unannounced Rupture in Venezuelan Politics. counterpunch.org The brilliant Venezuelan thinker Reinaldo Iturriza has been writing about "disaffiliation" recently. Iturriza believes that a great many Chavista voters and militants have become disaffiliated. They are not exactly depoliticized, in his view. Rather, the country's politics has become so empty — lacking in substance — that they are standing aside and waiting. Iturriza has

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-02). Four FundaREDES 'Candid Activists' Detained in Apure State. orinocotribune.com On March 31, Venezuelan NGO FundaREDES denounced the arrest of two of its members in Apure state, and of two journalists from the Colombian channel NTN24 by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB). | The opposition activist Javier Tarazona is promoting a smear campaign on social media, referring to the "forced disappearance" of four Venezuelans for allegedly "documenting the violation of human rights in the area" by Venezuelan military deployed to defend Venezuelan sovereignty. | These claims are contradicted by the fact that, while claiming a missing persons case, organizations like the National Union of Press Worke…

Jeff Cohen, Norman Solomon (2021-04-02). The Liberal Contempt for Martin Luther King's Final Year. counterpunch.org The anniversary of his assassination always brings a flood of tributes to Martin Luther King Jr., and this Sunday will surely be no exception. But those tributes — including from countless organizations calling themselves progressive — are routinely evasive about the anti-militarist ideals that King passionately expressed during the final year of his life. You

Jonathan Kim (2021-04-02). Hundreds of houseless people evicted from Echo Park. liberationnews.org With news of an impending LAPD sweep in Echo Park, organizations working to defend the park against inhumane evictions called for an urgent action to defend the park against this new onslaught.

_____ (2021-04-02). Despite US' Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding A Way To Stay Independent. popularresistance.org Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d'etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006 to 2019) were eating into their authority. But these sections could not oust Morales at the ballot box because his policies of redistribution were wildly popular among the mass of the population. Morales won three elections, each of them with a decisive mandate: winning 53.74% in 2005, 64.08% in 2009, and 61.36% in 2014. | Pressure to prevent Morales from running in the e…

WSWS (2021-04-02). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org 2,000 Amazon workers at five German fulfilment centres in four-day pay strike; one-day general strike of Belgian private sector workers against 0.4 percent pay rise cap; 2,000 coal miners' strike in Bosnia and Herzegovina over months of unpaid and inconsistent wages; French primary school teachers to walk out over school reopenings…

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-04-02). Bangladesh Could Become Hub for Jihadists if It Continues Appeasing Islamic Radicals. asia-pacificresearch.com

MaàØthé Chini (2021-04-02). Belgium Must Lift 'All COVID-19 Measures' within 30 Days, Brussels Court Rules. globalresearch.ca The Belgian State has been ordered to lift "all coronavirus measures" …

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-04-02). Rebuttal Letter to European Medicines Agency (EMA) from Doctors for COVID Ethics. globalresearch.ca Emer Cooke, Executive Director, European Medicines …

WSWS (2021-04-02). New studies show COVID-19 leads to significant organ damage and the death of many survivors. wsws.org The UK study builds on previous research on outcomes for patients taken into hospital with COVID-19 but based on tens of thousands of cases is able to draw conclusions about the extent of dysfunction in organs of those affected.

Jeremy Loffredo (2021-04-02). Tanzania's Late President Magufuli: 'Science Denier' or Threat to Empire? globalresearch.ca While his COVID-19 policies have dominated media coverage regarding his disappearance …

Fight Back (2021-04-02). $13,000-plus kicks off FRSO fundraising drive. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — More than $13,000 has been donated to the Freedom Road Socialist Origination (FRSO) Spring Fundraising drive as of March 31, and thousands more are expected in the upcoming week. Given the rapid growth of FRSO, funds are being raised for a national office and staff, with the aim of carrying out a big leap forward in our efforts to build a strong, revolutionary organization. | A number of members and supporters of FRSO are donating their $1400 stimulus checks. | Sarah Martin, a long time FRSO member and anti-war activist, is giving $1400. Martin stated, "I contributed to the FRSO funding dr…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-02). NATO appoints Turkey to lead drive into the Middle East and Asia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO appoints Turkey to lead drive into the Middle East and AsiaRick Rozoff On the first of the year the North Atlantic Treaty Organization transferred command of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) to Turkey. On March 30 NATO turned over its current mission in Afghanistan to Turkish Brigadier General Selàßuk Yurtsizoƒülu. …

Jacob deCastro (2021-04-02). New Domestic Terrorism Laws Won't End White Supremacy. aclu.org After the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, calls for new domestic terrorism laws grew louder. Proponents of the laws argue they'll provide law enforcement with more resources to go after white supremacists and stop the violence. Now, with the country reeling from a recent spike in mass shootings, the calls continue. | Not so fast, says Hina Shamsi, director of the ACLU's National Security Project. New domestic terorrism laws will give the government even more power to surveil and criminalize communities of color. Existing counterrorism laws have already disproportionately affected these communities, an…

WSWS (2021-04-02). US weekly combined unemployment claims spike above 950,000. wsws.org Despite the fact that millions remain out of work, states are cutting back on unemployment eligibility in a bid to force workers back on the job.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-02). 'Kill the Bill' protests continue across UK against Tory police bill. peoplesdispatch.org Provisions in the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill proposed in the UK parliament will give the police more discretionary powers to control protests and public gatherings…

_____ (2021-04-02). Drone Whistleblower Charged With Violating Espionage Act Pleads Guilty. popularresistance.org Daniel Hale, who blew the whistle on the United States government's targeted assassination program that includes drones, pled guilty to transmitting and retaining "national defense information" in violation of the Espionage Act. | The guilty plea by Hale makes him the first whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act during President Joe Biden's administration. | A change of plea hearing was held on March 31 in the Eastern District of Virginia, around a week before Hale was scheduled to go to trial. | Judge Liam O'Grady permitted Hale to remain under supervision by a probation officer until sentencing o…

Martha Rosenberg (2021-04-02). Woke—Except For My Beef Bowl. counterpunch.org It is amazing how many Woke people are not vegan. Their anti-racism, anti-white supremacy, anti-homophobia, anti-transphobia and anti-Asian discrimination credentials are impeccable…and then they reach for their Thai chicken or beef bowl. What? Doesn't speciesism—believing that humans rule over other species and have the right to use them however they wish—showcase the nexus of all

_____ (2021-04-02). New Developments In Alex Saab Case. popularresistance.org 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…

_____ (2021-04-02). New Mexico Passes Cannabis Legalization And Expungement Package. popularresistance.org Santa Fe, NM — With the New Mexico Legislature approving social justice-centered cannabis legalization during the special session today, Emily Kaltenbach, Senior Director for Resident States and New Mexico for the Drug Policy Alliance, released the following statement: | "New Mexicans are finally able to exhale. After many years of hard work, another whirlwind legislative session, and input from stakeholders throughout the state, social justice-centered cannabis legalization is on its way to the Governor's desk, where she has already agreed to sign. | We thank the Governor and our legislative allies for not…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-02). CrossTalk: Democracy vs autocracy. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com CrossTalkApril 2, 2021 Democracy vs autocracy Historically speaking, the Cold War was a great ideological confrontation. Western liberalism vs Soviet communism. According to Joe Biden, the great geopolitical struggle of our time is democracy vs autocracy. For Biden, we are in another great ideological struggle. But there is a difference: the West, particularly the US, …

Mary Frances Berry (2021-04-02). Speaking Out for Women of Color Nominees. counterpunch.org Women know that our progress is often characterized by two steps forward, one step back. For women of color, the obstacles are even greater. And so, as the Biden-Harris administration makes a groundbreaking effort to nominate more women of color to high-level positions, the backlash has been swift and vicious. Anyone watching cable news will

Tayo Aluko (2021-04-02). Why Paul Robeson's Voice Still Rings True Today. progressive.org The words and music of the legendary activist and singer are more relevant than ever in the era of Black Lives Matter.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-04-02). "Defender Europe 21": The US Militarization of the Balkans. A Threat Against Russia and Serbia? globalresearch.ca Twenty two Years Ago. 24 March 2021 marks the commemoration of …

Global Research News (2021-04-02). This Week's Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-04-02). 1,100 Mine Workers In Alabama Are Going On Strike. popularresistance.org Over 1,100 workers at two Alabama coal mines and related facilities will go on strike starting Thursday, April 1, at 10: 30 pm. United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) issued the strike notice against Warrior Met Coal on behalf of the workers in the company's two coal mines and related facilities after negotiations over the latest contract failed. | The last contract was negotiated in 2016, as Warrior Met Coal was bringing the company out of the bankruptcy caused by its erstwhile owner, Walter Energy. As the union's press release details, it was on the backs of the labor and sacrifice of their workers that the compa…

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2021-04-02). The PCR False Positive Pseudo-Epidemic. Dr. Mike Yeadon. globalresearch.ca How a novel virus met a partly-immune population | In Spring 2020 …

_____ (2021-04-02). Militarized Law Enforcement Isn't Protecting Us From Mass Shooters. popularresistance.org On March 24, 2021, a man shot up a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, killing nine workers and shoppers and one police officer. I live nearby and heard about the shooting when a comrade sent me a local Libertarian's livestream of the tragedy as it was happening. About five minutes into the livestream and roughly six minutes since the first shots were fired, four Boulder Police officers rushed into the store. They were met with what sounded like gunshots, then two of the officers ran out of the King Scopers entrance. This is likely the moment Officer Eric Talley was killed. | For the next 45 minutes,…

GRAIN (2021-04-02). GM Waxy Maize: The Gene-Edited Trojan Horse Is Moving Through the Gates. globalresearch.ca At least five countries— Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and the US— …

_____ (2021-04-02). Extinction Rebellion Sprays Bank Of England With 'Oil'. popularresistance.org City of London – Several people have been arrested as Extinction Rebellion's 'Fossil Fool' protesters sprayed the Bank of England with fake oil to highlight the "societal collapse" the activist group say global financial institutions are driving the planet towards. | XR's latest theatrical protest saw suit-clad activists descend on the heart of London's financial district, demanding the Bank of England regulate the banks which continue to fund fossil fuel companies. | The biodegradable fake oil, a mixture of black pond dye and guar gum extracted from beans, was sprayed from fire extinguishers onto the grand entra…

_____ (2021-04-02). Citing Unfair Labor Practices, 1,300 Steelworkers Strike In Five States. popularresistance.org Brackenridge, PA – At 7: 00 AM on Tuesday, March 30, 1,300 Steelworkers employed by Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) walked out in protest at facilities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. The strike comes just over a year after United Steelworkers began negotiations with ATI. According to a statement released that day, the union is dissatisfied with company demands for "major economic and contract language concessions." | United Steelworkers further claims that ATI has committed unfair labor practices. A charge filed with the National Labor Relations Boar…

Jim Hightower (2021-04-02). Are You a "Low Quality" Voter? counterpunch.org Hey, you, get away from those polling places! We don't want your kind here! Scram! That's a stupid, shameful, and ultimately self-defeating political message, yet it's being pushed as the official anti-voter electoral strategy of Republicans. Admitting that they can't get majorities to vote for their collection of corporate lackeys, conspiracy theorists, and bigoted old

Gerald Flynn (2021-04-02). 'What Other Country Would Do this to Its People?' Cambodian Land Grab Victims Seek International Justice. asia-pacificresearch.com

WSWS (2021-04-02). California Governor Newsom faces right-wing recall. wsws.org The recall campaign is not targeting Newsom for reopening schools and contributing to the deaths of thousands, but for not reopening even more quickly.

WSWS (2021-04-02). Record surge in coronavirus cases at Stellantis' Sterling Stamping Plant. wsws.org New cases at the plant surged in March to the highest levels on record, surpassing the previous monthly high from last November.

Richard C. Gross (2021-04-02). Republicans Intent on Destroying Democracy. counterpunch.org More than anything, every attempted liberal or progressive advance this country makes toward helping people will depend on one thing only: voter turnout. It proved its worth in the last presidential election when 81 million people dumped a madman and put Joe Biden in the White House. As for the conservative Republican Party, it seems

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-02). The Missing Lessons From Israel's Latest Elections. counterpunch.org A 'major setback' was the recurring term in many news headlines reporting on the outcome of Israel's general elections of March 23. While this depiction specifically referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to secure a decisive victory in the country's fourth elections in two years, this is only part of the narrative. Certainly,

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-02). Kafkaesque Politics: The Missing Lessons from Israel's Latest Elections. dissidentvoice.org A 'major setback' was the recurring term in many news headlines reporting on the outcome of Israel's general elections of March 23. While this depiction specifically referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's failure to secure a decisive victory in the country's fourth elections in two years, this is only part of the narrative. Certainly, it …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-02). Report: Palestinian Authority President Refused Call With Blinken. news.antiwar.com Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas refused to accept a phone call from Secretary of State Antony Blinken in February, So far, an Abbas-Biden call has not happened. Meanwhile, President Biden has spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu twice since he was elected. The two leaders spoke in a congratulatory call after Biden's November victory and once…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-02). Germany's Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Written by J.Hawk exclusively for SouthFront. | In a Blinken of an Eye: | The Biden Administration entered the White House accompanied by hopes that it would return to some kind of normal in its relations with the European Union. While Biden, unlike Obama, would not score a Nobel Peace Prize solely for his existence, his victory was warmly welcomed in capitals around Europe as a sign that liberalism would vanquish populism ushering in a new era of "business as usual"

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-02). Nord Stream 2 Operator Warns Warships and Planes Threaten the Russia-Germany Pipeline Project. news.antiwar.com A senior official from Nord Stream 2 AG, the project company leading the Nord Stream 2 Russia to Germany natural gas pipeline project, "Higher activity of naval vessels, airplanes and helicopters and civilian vessels of foreign states is observed in the work area after restarted construction of the offshore segment of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, whose actions are often clearly provocative," said Nord Stream…

WSWS (2021-04-02). Honduras, Guatemala break up migrant caravan at behest of Biden administration. wsws.org On Tuesday, US Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to Guatemala's president as Honduran and Guatemalan security forces cracked down on a new migrant caravan.

CGTN (2021-04-02). MOFA: BBC is Not Trusted even in the UK. dissidentvoice.org According to material openly available, BBC World Service is immune from any form of regulation and can produce all the disinformation it likes with legal impunity in the UK. It has caused the spread of the fake news virus not only in the UK but all over the world. BBC should try to do more …

Jason Ditz (2021-04-02). Afghanistan's Hekmatyar Urges Negotiators to Settle on Joint Peace Plan. news.antiwar.com Hezb-e Islami leader and former Afghan premier Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has limited political sway these days, but has regularly been brought into efforts at rapprochement in Afghanistan, and is now Hekmatyar says his party supports the pursuit of the peace process, and says several factions are pushing different sets of plans for post-war Afghanistan. He said he believes ultimately they will need to come together and unify in a single Afghan plan. | His plan appears to resemble the recently prop…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-02). Iran Activates Fourth Cascade of Centrifuges to Enrich Uranium. news.antiwar.com The IAEA has confirmed that Iran has Iran intends to activate six cascades overall and enrich up to 5% purity. The new cascades are IR-2m centrifuges, more advanced and more efficient than those which Iran had at the start of the nuclear deal. | Under the deal, Iran was allowed to improve its centrifuge technology, but putting the new ver…

Alyssa Oursler, Anna DalCortivo (2021-04-02). The Derek Chauvin Trial Is One Battle in a Wider War. thenation.com The Derek Chauvin Trial Is One Battle in a Wider War…

Michael T. Klare (2021-04-02). Are the US and China Stumbling Into War? thenation.com Are the US and China Stumbling Into War?

Sasha Abramsky (2021-04-02). New Bills Could Stop Private Prisons From Cutting Deals With ICE. thenation.com New Bills Could Stop Private Prisons From Cutting Deals With ICE…

Hannah Riley (2021-04-02). How the Elmhurst Three Finally Won Their Freedom. thenation.com How the Elmhurst Three Finally Won Their Freedom…

John Summers (2021-04-02). As Private Equity Comes to Dominate Autism Services… thenation.com As Private Equity Comes to Dominate Autism Services…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-02). Beirut explosion: Germany to propose port reconstruction with 'strings attached'. middleeasteye.net Beirut explosion: Germany to propose port reconstruction with 'strings attached' | Multi-billion-dollar proposal aimed at enticing Lebanese politicians to form a government capable of warding off financial collapse | Fri, 04/02/2021 – 10: 31 | Eight months after the port disaster, many Lebanese who lost family, homes or businesses are still awaiting the results of an investigation into the…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-02). Kiev Scrambles To Justify The Incoming Storm. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Kiev government is going to great lengths to attempt and justify its incoming attempts at escalating the situation in Eastern Ukraine and towards Crimea. | On April 1st, but not as a joke, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Moscow is trying to put pressure on Kiev by amassing its military forces along the Russian-Ukrainian border.In a Facebook post, Zelensky noted he would highlight two points in the issue of war and peace. "First of all, it's about Donbas. Indeed, escala…

Brett Heinz (2021-04-02). Decenas de Millones en Propiedades en la Florida EE.UU. vinculadas al Candidato Presidencial Guillermo Lasso. cepr.net Artículo del (CEPR) Centro de Investigación para la Economía y la Política por sus siglas en inglés; escrito por Jake Johnston y publicado el 31 de Marzo del 2021. Traducido al español por Ana Roldán. En marzo de 2017, antes de la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales de Ecuador, el CEPR informó de que …

The Conversation (2021-04-02). Suez canal: what the 'ditch' meant to the British empire in the 19th century. juancole.com By Jonathan Parry | — The week-long blockage of the Suez canal by the Ever Given container ship has reminded us that the canal, though immensely important to the world's commerce, is also very vulnerable. Since its completion in 1869, it has symbolised global interconnectedness. But it has also demonstrated how fears, rivalries and bottlenecks …

British Society for Haematology (2021-04-02). Syndrome of Thrombosis and Thrombocytopenia Occurring after Coronavirus Vaccination. globalresearch.ca An expert team of our peers have recently been involved in …

www.academia.edu (2021-04-02). Two letters to the editor on the pandemic lockdown. indybay.org Our collective thinking has often been manipulated and corrupted (eg Vietnam, Iraq, Nicaragua, Iran). According to GlobalResearch.ca, the WHO made a late admission on Jan 20, 2021 that "the lockdown has no scientific basis" and test results are misleading. "Release the vaccines and put an end to the lockdown," urges Jens Berger, editor of nachdenkseiten.de.

Associated Press (2021-04-02). WHO: Europe's vaccination plan is 'unacceptably slow'. peoplesworld.org LONDON (AP) — European nations' immunization campaigns against COVID-19 are "unacceptably slow" and risk prolonging the pandemic, a senior World Health Organization official said Thursday. Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO's regional director for Europe, said vaccines "present our best way out of this pandemic," but noted that to date, only 10% of Europe's population has received …

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-02). The Vaccine Must Be a Common Good for Humanity. dissidentvoice.org Vladimir Griuntal' and G. Iablonovskii (USSR), Chto eto takoe? ('What is This?') 1932. Nearly three million people have reportedly been killed by the novel coronavirus (SAR-CoV-2) and upwards of 128 million people have been infected by the virus, many with long-lasting health repercussions. Thus far, roughly 1.5% of the world's population of 7.7 billion have …

Paul Street (2021-04-02). Some Standard Cynical CIA-Style Cuba Covid Reporting at The Washington Post. counterpunch.org Never underestimate the cynicism of American corporate media. As the Scotland-based historian Helen Yaffe recently observed on Counterpunch, the socialist state of Cuba currently has five COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials "and is set to be among the first nations to vaccinate its entire population." Further: "Cuba has gone on the offensive against Covid-19, mobilizing

Holly Ellyatt (2021-04-02). Mutations Could Render Current COVID Vaccines Ineffective in a Year or Less, Epidemiologists Warn. globalresearch.ca We bring to the attention of our readers an important article by …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-02). Iraq faces second wave of COVID-19 infections amid slow vaccination rates. peoplesdispatch.org The country started vaccination only in March when it received over 50,000 doses of Chinese Sinopharm vaccine. It received 336,000 doses of Oxford AstraZeneca under COVAX initiative on March 25 after much delay…

Sasha Abramsky (2021-04-02). Rich Countries Are Using Vaccines as a Power Play — and Everyone Could Suffer. zcomm.org In the long run, vaccine nationalism, and the protectionism of rich countries against poor countries, helps no one…

Alvaro Colombres Garmendia (2021-04-02). More People Died from Vaccines in the Last Three Months than in the Last Decade, Official Data Shows. globalresearch.ca Official

Lance Johnson (2021-04-02). Keele University Cancels All Aluminum Research after Scientist Links Aluminum in Vaccines to Human Health Problems. globalresearch.ca The UK's prestigious

Karen Conner (2021-04-02). Economy Adds 916,000 Jobs in March; Unemployment Falls to 6.0 Percent. cepr.net The strong productivity growth from last year seems to be continuing The March employment reports show the economy bouncing back sharply due to the spread of vaccines and the first effects of the Biden recovery package. The establishment survey showed the economy adding 916,000 jobs in the month. The household survey was also encouraging, with …

Peter Koenig (2021-04-02). Human Rights for Children: Beyond a Crime, Worldwide: The Immoral, Destructive Impacts of the Covid Measures on Our Children. globalresearch.ca Dear Mr. Nils Melzer, | My name is Peter Koenig, former economist …

Edward Curtin (2021-04-02). The Assassination and Resurrection of Martin Luther King, Jr. globalresearch.ca "I don't believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, …

Chris Walker (2021-04-02). EU, WHO and Dozens of World Leaders Endorse Plan for Future Pandemic Treaty. zcomm.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…

Nora Barrows-friedman (2021-04-02). Butler University blocks Angela Davis event. zcomm.org "Time and again Palestine activists have faced false claims that they broke the rules followed by attempts to either blame them for their own censorship or drown their victories in red tape"

Richard Falk (2021-04-02). Do We Really Want a Second Cold War? zcomm.org The protection of human rights is being geopolitically manipulated to mobilize public support for an anti-Chinese foreign policy in the West that risks generating a dangerous geopolitical confrontation…

David Rovics (2021-04-02). 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…

Joseph M. Schwartz (2021-04-02). The Dangers of Factionalism in DSA. zcomm.org If the Left is to succeed where past generations have failed, it can't allow sectarian organizations to operate as "parties within a party"

Dean Baker (2021-04-02). Quick, How Much Is $2 Trillion? zcomm.org Instead of reporting $2 trillion as some big scary number, often not even telling people the time period involved, it would be helpful if news outlets tried to put the number in contexts that would make it meaningful to their readers…

Brett Wilkins (2021-04-02). 'Major Political Crisis' in Brazil. zcomm.org 'Military Chiefs Quit Amid Bolsonaro Purge of Top Ministers…

Robert Maxim (2021-04-02). How an Illegal Employment Policy Contributed to the Death of George Floyd. indybay.org Exploring a nexus of facts, which might insinuate how an illegal employment policy of Minneapolis convenience store Cup Foods contributed to the death of George Floyd.

Labor Video Project (2021-04-02). Mumia Abu-Jamal On Pacifica With Noelle Hanrahan. indybay.org Pacifica's Covid, Race & Democracy interviews journalist Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio about how she helped bring Mumia Abu-Jamal to the airwaves of Pacifica.

Zachary Conti (2021-04-02). Treasury Notifies Congress of $650 Billion Emergency Reserves to Fight Global COVID Crisis. indybay.org Washington DC —Treasury notified Congress of its support for $650 billion in IMF global reserves, also known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), to assist developing countries struggling with the coronavirus crisis. US law requires a ninety-day advance alert to Congress before the US votes for SDRs with the IMF board.

DXE (2021-04-02). Saturday 4/10: #NoMoreFactoryFarms Kite Outreach. indybay.org ocean beach parking…

and Censored Guest (2021-04-02). We Need Way More Censorship: A Plea to Big Tech to Save Us All. indybay.org In an effort to protect freedom of speech, we have spent our adult lives working with numerous well-known national organizations in support of the First Amendment. We mistakenly believed that protecting access to a diversity of ideas would strengthen our perspective. We even thought that the proper response to bad speech was better speech, more thoughtful speech.

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-04-02). Friday 4/2: Virtual Forum: 60-year Blockade on Cuba & Unions Fight for Safe Schools. indybay.org bit.ly/education4thepeople…

DXE (2021-04-02). Saturday 4/3: Facilitation Training. indybay.org online…

DXE (2021-04-02). Sunday 4/4: April Chapter Meeting: DxE SF Bay Area. indybay.org online…

The Family & Committee To Free Chip (2021-04-02). Regarding The Farewell Of Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald. indybay.org This new statement has just been released.

DXE (2021-04-02). Sunday 4/11: Movie Night: Asian Americans Breaking Ground. indybay.org online…

ARTogether (2021-04-02). Thursday 4/15: Virtual Artist Talk: Meet the Artists of Overlap. indybay.org online…

DXE (2021-04-02). Saturday 4/3: Meetup: History of Anti-Asian Racism & How To Be Allies. indybay.org online…

Jamal Journal interviews Michael Richardson (2021-04-02). 50 Years of Injustice: Free Black Panther Political Prisoner Ed Poindexter Now! indybay.org In our interview conducted earlier this week, author Michael Richardson discusses the role of the FBI's infamous COINTELPRO in the frameup of the Omaha Two and provides an important update on Ed Poindexter's urgent health situation. Richardson also explains how you can help Ed Poindexter, an elder in poor health who is a 50-year victim of an obvious and well documented COINTELPRO frameup. We highly recommend reading Michael Richardson's book to learn more about this extreme injustice that needs to end immediately. Free Ed Poindexter now!

DXE (2021-04-02). Saturday 4/3: Solidarity Action with the AAPI Community: Unity and Respect Rally. indybay.org üìç Details: | When: Saturday, April 3rd at 1pm | Where: Meeting on the corner of Jackson and 8th St at Madison Park, Oakland, CA…

DXE (2021-04-02). Saturday 4/10: S'mores on the Beach! indybay.org Ocean Beach, San Francisco, CA…

University of California, Santa Cruz (2021-04-02). Wednesday 4/28: Confronting Climate Change: Food Security in a Changing World. indybay.org This is a virtual event. Please register on the event website for a Zoom link.

Demand Justice, BLM Global Network, & more (2021-04-02). Saturday 4/17: #ExpandTheCourt: Bring Balance Back to SCOTUS National Organizing Call. indybay.org Online action…

DXE (2021-04-02). Monday 4/5: Shut Down Golden Gate Fields: Public Comment at Albany City Council. indybay.org online…

DXE (2021-04-02). Saturday 4/10: Meetup: The History and Future of Ag-Gag Laws. indybay.org online…

DXE (2021-04-02). Sunday 4/11: Community Food Serve. indybay.org San Leandro, California near the houseless encampment…

Muir Oral, Facial, & Dental Implant Surgery (2021-04-02). Wednesday 4/28: Virtual Academic Advantage – Medical Career Fair for Students. indybay.org Online/Virtual…

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-04-02). Drawing a Line in a Time of Moral Decay: the Mission of William Alberts. counterpunch.org Americans want to be loved, yet are feared almost everywhere in the world. Americans see themselves as just and righteous, yet daily countenance harrowing transgressions of international law and basic human rights. We believe ourselves to be agents of freedom, yet most of us refuse to reflect on the ethical consequences of our imperial aggressions. We prefer not to know what is done in our name, not to see the mounds of corpses that litter the distant rims of the world from American missile and drone strikes. We don't want to know, because such an inquiry threatens the essential tenets of our self-identity, under…

Staff (2021-04-02). Headlines for April 2, 2021. democracynow.org Ex-Supervisor Says Derek Chauvin's Fatal Restraint of George Floyd Violated Use-of-Force Policies , Texas Senate Passes Republican-Led Voter Suppression Bill, Texas Rangers Baseball Stadium to Open at Full Capacity Despite Surging Coronavirus Cases, U.N. Warns Burma Headed for Civil War as Military Junta Continues Brutal Crackdown, At Least 51 Dead, Dozens More Injured in Taiwan Train Crash , Arizona ICE Jail Violated Prisoners' Rights and Failed to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreak, Biden Holds First Cabinet Meeting as Debate over Infrastructure Plan Continues, Unemployment Claims Rise as Pandemic Recovery Remains Uneve…

Staff (2021-04-02). Brazil Diplomat Celso Amorim on Bolsonaro, Lula & Why Biden's Foreign Policy Is So "Disappointing" democracynow.org As the number of COVID-19 cases surges in Brazil, the country is also facing a major crisis on the political front. The heads of Brazil's Army, Navy and Air Force all quit in an unprecedented move, a day after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro ousted his defense minister as part of a broader Cabinet shake-up. The developments have alarmed many in Brazil who believe Bolsonaro, who is a former Army captain, will install ultra-loyalists to the military posts to consolidate his power ahead of next year's election, when he is expected to be challenged by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Bolsonaro is trying…

Staff (2021-04-02). Will Georgia's Voting Law Be Repealed as Big Business Joins Critics Opposing "Jim Crow" Suppression? democracynow.org Activists are demanding accountability from Georgia-based companies in opposing a law that heavily restricts voting rights in the state, which many are calling the worst voter suppression legislation since the Jim Crow era. While some companies, including Coca-Cola and Delta, have weighed in on the Republican-backed crackdown on voting rights, Cliff Albright, co-founder and executive director of Black Voters Matter, says voicing opposition is not enough. "We're calling for a repeal of this voter suppression law, and we're asking these companies to divest future support that they've given," Albright says. "Stand b…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-02). In Video: Saudi Warplanes Destroy Houthi Ballistic Missile At Ma'rib Front. southfront.org File image | On April 1, the Saudi-led coalition claimed that its air forces had destroyed a ballistic missile of the Houthis (Ansar Allah). | Coalition warplanes targeted the ballistic missile, which was loaded on a launcher in the central Yemeni province of Ma'rib, with a pinpoint airstrike. The coalition claimed that the Houthis were planning to launch the missile at civilian areas in Ma'rib. | The Saudi Press Agency shared a video of the airstrike. However, the target seen in the video can't be identified. This leave…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-02). Taiwan's Deadliest Railway Disaster Leaves Dozens Dead (Video, Photos). southfront.org Source: japan.cna.com.tw | A truck rolled down a hill and smashed into a passing train in Taiwan, near the Toroko Gorge scenic area. At least 36 people were killed in the accident and dozens were injuring. The death toll continues to grow.Railways news officer Weng Hui-ping said that it was Taiwan's deadliest railway disaster. | According to the official claims, a truck slid onto the rail track from a work site on the hillside above. The truck was off duty at the time. | The crash occurred early on a public weekend…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-02). Problems Plague Turkey's Proxy Coalition In Syria. southfront.org Illustrative image | Several problems continue to plague the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA), Turkey's main proxy coalition in Syria. | The SNA was formed in 2017 by a number of Turkish-backed factions. Today, the coalition rules Turkish-occupied areas in northern and northeastern Syria. The coalition is also present in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | On April 1, the Suleyman Shah Division, one of the largest SNA factions, announced its defection from the coalition's 1st Brigade. The group…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-02). Iran Begins Enriching Uranium With New Centrifuge Cascade. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | As of March 31st, Iran is enriching uranium with its forth cascade of advanced IR-2m machines at its Natanz plant, a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said. | The UN nuclear agency reported on March 8 that Tehran had begun enriching uranium with the third cascade of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear facility."On 31 March 2021, the Agency verified at FEP (Fuel Enrichment Plant) that: Iran had begun feeding natural U…

Rosalind English (2021-04-02). "One more thing": Apple and Swatch at each other's throats. ukhumanrightsblog.com Swatch AG v Apple Inc [2021] EWHC 719 (Ch) This case has a history: the long running trade mark dispute between Swatch and Apple about the marks 'I-WATCH' and 'I-SWATCH'. I will go back to that in a moment. The dispute in question concerned trade mark applications designating the following signs, covering a wide range …

Betsey Piette (2021-04-02). #Philly4Solidarity rallies against anti-Asian violence. workers.org Philadelphia Over 300 people gathered for a rally and march against anti-Asian violence and hatred March 25 at Vine Street Park in Philadelphia's Chinatown. The grassroots protest galvanized people from multiple Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the region, along with a racially diverse crowd of supporters. The crowd . . . |

Brian Cloughley (2021-04-02). "Global Britain": Flying Flags, Banging War Drums and Going Down the Nuclear Plughole. counterpunch.org Many Britons are in despair about the direction their country has taken under the fraud Boris Johnson. But there are not yet enough of them to make any difference. The United Kingdom is in a dire condition, socially and economically, and as with other countries has a major crisis on its hands in having to

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). 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 —

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…

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…

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 …

_____ (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…

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 …

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.

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.

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 …

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

Kameron Hurt (2021-04-01). In memoriam: Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald lives on! liberationnews.org Feature image: Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald. Photo: Freedom4chip.org. Used with permission. After 51 long years persisting in the corrupt California prison system, former Black Panther Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald passed away on March 29, 2021 at the age of 71. The cause of death has not been disclosed. Fitzgerald joined the Southern California Chapter of the Black …

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). | 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…

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 …

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 …

Karleigh Webb, Morgan Artyukhina (2021-04-01). Hateful trans athlete bans repackage old-school misogyny to divide working class. liberationnews.org Playing field is bigots' last battlefield…

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…

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.

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.

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, …

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…

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…

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

_____ (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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi Faces New Charges. telesurenglish.net Myanmar's elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, was charged with breaking the "officials secret law," her lawyers reported on Thursday. This is the most serious accusation against Suu Kyi, and the conviction could be a prison sentence of up to 14 years. | RELATED: | Aung San Suu Kyi's chief lawyer Khin Maung Zaw told Reuters that the leader and three deposed members of her cabinet were charged in a Yangon court last week, but the…

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 …

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