2021-04-05: News Headlines

Zoe PC (2021-04-05). Rising tensions ahead of second round elections in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org The lead up to the second round elections in Ecuador have been marked by misinformation campaigns, a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and fears of manipulation and fraud…

Liz Theoharis (2021-04-05). 'The greatest purveyor of violence in the world'. nationofchange.org "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death."

Karla Mendes (2021-04-05). Déjà Vu as Palm Oil Industry Brings Deforestation, Pollution to Amazon. globalresearch.ca Guided by an Indigenous leader, we drove down dusty roads in …

Pepe Escobar (2021-04-05). How Eurasia Will be Interconnected. globalresearch.ca The extraordinary confluence between the signing of the

Morning Star (2021-04-05). The political centre crumbles as Orban, Morawiecki and Salvini launch their reactionary international. peoplesworld.org Christians come in many different colours, from communist and socialist red to conservative blue and fascist brown. All can interpret passages in the Bible to justify their political policies, although it sounds especially discordant when self-proclaimed followers of the "prince of peace" preach stridently in favour of weapons of genocidal mass murder. Viktor Orban, Mateusz …

Morning Star (2021-04-05). Political center crumbles as Orban, Morawiecki, and Salvini launch reactionary international. peoplesworld.org Christians come in many different colors, from communist and socialist red to conservative blue and fascist brown. All can interpret passages in the Bible to justify their political policies, although it sounds especially discordant when self-proclaimed followers of the "prince of peace" preach stridently in favor of weapons of genocidal mass murder. Viktor Orban, Mateusz …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-04-05). Frozen conflict is hotting up. mronline.org The terrible beauty of "frozen conflicts" is that it takes hardly any effort to turn up the heat and re-escalate them into hot violence, but pressing the "pause" button later would need consensus, which is not so easy. | April 5, 2021 | Newswire…

Paul Jay (2021-04-05). Can You Destroy $20 Billion in Wealth Without Committing a Crime? — Bill Black. theanalysis.news The U.S. SEC has opened an investigation into Archegos Capital's Bill Hwang and trades that led to $20 billion in losses for his firm and perhaps billions more for various banks. What kind of perverted system allows such chaos? Bill Black on theAnalysis.news with Paul Jay.

Philip Doe (2021-04-05). A Friday Night Massacre in Colorado. counterpunch.org Last Friday night I listened to the state of Colorado and the Suncor Corporation vote as one against independent monitoring and public health analysis of the Suncor refinery's massive air pollution. The Suncor refinery's nay vote was cast by its public relations flak, Brandy Radey. It was her opinion that since the corporation was already monitoring

Paul Dobson (2021-04-05). Venezuela Appeals to UN for Landmine Clearance as Colombian Border Clashes Ease. venezuelanalysis.com Caracas has also created a special military zone and brigade to deal with the situation in Apure state, where 17 people have died.

Lindsay Stark, Luissa Vahedi (2021-04-05). Lessons from the past: Protecting women and girls from violence during COVID-19. nationofchange.org Little attention has been paid to women and girls in humanitarian settings, those whose safety has already been reduced due to conflict, natural disaster or displacement.

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-04-05). Kissinger Warns Washington to Accept New Global System or Face a Pre-WWI Geopolitical Situation. globalresearch.ca With the White House continually provoking tensions against Russia and China, …

samidoun (2021-04-05). Israeli Apartheid Week at the University of Toronto begins today — join these events for Palestine! samidoun.net Please join these important events for Israeli Apartheid Week at the University of Toronto, beginning today, 5 April, with the keynote speech by Dr. Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi. Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network is proud to join as an endorser of IAW 2021 First launched in Toronto in 2005, Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) has become one of the most important global events in the Palestine solidarity calendar. IAW is an international series of events that aims to raise awareness of Israel's apartheid regime over the Palestinian people and build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions move…

slorinoco (2021-04-05). Venezuela's Army Remains on High Alert Near Border with Colombia. orinocotribune.com The Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces announced that it remains on high alert on the border between Venezuela and Colombia. | Due to the clashes registered in recent days between the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) and Colombian criminal groups, the Venezuelan Strategic Operational Command on Saturday reported that it maintains control of the towns of La Victoria and El Ripial, the primary theaters of the conflict. | "The armed groups who, with their intention of spreading terror among the people, flee with cowardice from Venezuelan justice, will not go far," read a…

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-05). Russia's Strategy in South Asia: Lavrov's Trip to India and Pakistan Is a Major Event. globalresearch.ca Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is visiting India and Pakistan this …

WSWS (2021-04-05). Biden seeks to deploy federal employees to immigrant detention facilities. wsws.org The deployment of federal civilian employees is aimed at facilitating, not changing, a brutal policy of incarcerating children fleeing violence and poverty, which has led to thousands of child migrants being packed into cages along the US-Mexican border.

Eunice Cho (2021-04-05). ICE's Watchdog Agency Confirms Dangerous Conditions in Arizona Immigration Detention Facility. aclu.org Last week, the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog agency released a damning In unusual…

Staff (2021-04-05). After COVID-19, does higher education have a future? therealnews.com Higher education was already suffering from decades of corporatization and public disinvestment, then COVID-19 hit. We talk to professor and local union president Aaron Major about what the pandemic will mean for the future of higher ed and its workers.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-05). Bahrainis continue protests demanding release of prisoners amid COVID-19 pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Protests took place for the fourth consecutive day on Sunday demanding the release of prisoners from overcrowded jails. Protesters also condemned the blackout of news regarding the number of COVID-19 cases in the facilities…

WSWS (2021-04-05). Australian richest billionaires double their wealth during COVID-19 crisis. wsws.org The Australian's rich list boasts: "The biggest names in Australian business thrived during the pandemic."

_____ (2021-04-05). Thousands Take To The Streets Saying 'Kill The Bill'. popularresistance.org Thousands took part in a weekend of action against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. The size and passion of the demos shows that people are willing to fight to stop this bill, which the Conservative government tried to sneak through under the cover of the coronavirus (Covid-19) health crisis. | 50 demonstrations were called across the UK. | The proposed Police Bill is arguably the biggest attack on our freedoms since the Public Order Acts of the '80s and '90s. The controversial bill passed its second reading in parliament during March. The bill will give the police unprecedented draconian powers to…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-05). Duterte's lockdowns falters even as Philippines add over 100,000 new COVID cases in 10 days. peoplesdispatch.org The series of heavily policed and extended lockdowns in place since March 2020, has failed to contain the spread of COVID-19 and given way to more human rights violations…

WSWS (2021-04-05). COVID-19 cases surge in the Philippines. wsws.org So far, Metro Manila, the national capital region (NCR) and four surrounding provinces have borne the brunt of the surge with 70 percent of active cases or 109,496.

Christopher Blackwell (2021-04-05). In Prison, COVID-19 Precautions are a Form of Punishment. progressive.org I'm incarcerated at a prison in Washington State, and the guards here use safety protocols as an excuse to crack down on us.

(2021-04-05). US Deaths Normally Change Less Than 2% Each Year; In 2020 They Rose Nearly 23%. .com Extended surges in the South and West in the summer and early winter of 2020 resulted in regional increases in excess death rates, both from COVID-19 and from other causes, a 50-state analysis of excess death trends has found. Virginia Commonwealth University researchers' latest study notes that Black Americans had the highest excess death rates per capita of any racial or ethnic group in 2020. | The research, publishing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, offers new data from the last 10 months of 2020 on how many Americans died during 2020 as a result of the effects of the pandemic — beyond…

Dan Steinbock (2021-04-05). COVID-19 Origins, Science And Media, Facts And Fantasies — OpEd. .com Recently, the joint WHO-China team released its report. Despite a year of politicized infodemic, much of the international media coverage shunned the scientific conclusions. | After months of work, the joint WHO-China team assessed the likelihood of four different possible pathways for the introduction of the virus (underlines added). Here are their conclusions: | An intermediate host is the likely to very likely pathway; Direct zoonotic spillover (from animal to human) is a possible-to-likely pathway; Introduction through cold/ food chain products is a possible pathway; Introduction through a laboratory incid…

Ben Chacko (2021-04-05). Venezuela calls for debt restructuring in response to Covid pandemic. peoplesworld.org Venezuela is calling for a comprehensive restructuring of international debt in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing the UN heads of state meeting on international debt, President Nicolas Maduro said that more than 130 million people had been plunged into poverty during the pandemic. A "profound revision of debt conditions" was needed to prevent …

WSWS (2021-04-05). Epidemiologist warns that the fourth COVID-19 surge is under way in United States. wsws.org Dr. Michael Osterholm provided sobering remarks regarding the state of the pandemic and the present surge of more dangerous variants.

WSWS (2021-04-05). COVID-19 cases in Pennsylvania rise as schools and businesses reopen. wsws.org COVID-19 infections in Pennsylvania are rising again as studies estimate that one-third of infections are now more contagious variants of the virus. Despite these warning signs, the state government has moved to reopen schools and ease restrictions on businesses.

Global Research (2021-04-05). Argentina — La covid, la economía y un momento de decisiones. globalizacion.ca El Gobierno está comunicando en dosis administradas el avance de la pandemia y la necesidad de retornar a cursos más duros de prevención, que son irreversibles. | De allí para arriba es dudoso cuál será el graderío de las restricciones. øUn…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-05). US Deaths Normally Change Less Than 2% Each Year; In 2020 They Rose Nearly 23%. eurasiareview.com Extended surges in the South and West in the summer and early winter of 2020 resulted in regional increases in excess death rates, both from COVID-19 and from other causes, a 50-state analysis of excess death trends has found. Virginia Commonwealth University researchers' latest study notes that Black Americans had the highest excess death rates per capita of any racial or ethnic group in 2020. | The research, publishing in the Journal of the American Medical Association, offers new data from the last 10 months of 2020 on how many Americans died during 2020 as a result of the effects of the pandemic — beyond…

Mac Slavo (2021-04-05). Confirmed: COVID Cases after "Vaccination" Are "Expected" globalresearch.ca The official expert scientists in the ruling class have declared that …

WSWS (2021-04-05). More reports highlight undercounting of Florida COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org Last month, an investigative report released by the American Journal of Public Health found that Florida is dramatically undercounting the number of people who are dying from COVID-19.

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Venezuela Hardens Restrictions on its Colombia, Brazil Borders. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday announced that his country will reinforce restrictions at border crossings with Colombia and Brazil due to the increase in COVID-19 infections in those neighboring nations. | RELATED: | "We will redouble the epidemiological controls in 2,200 kilometers of common borders," Maduro said and highlighted that Colombia faces a crisis due to President Ivan Duque's mishandling of the pandemic…

WSWS (2021-04-05). Spain's CUP to enter pro-"herd immunity" Catalan regional government. wsws.org The Catalan-nationalist Popular Unity Candidacy (CUP) is working to suppress growing anger among workers over the murderous official policy on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2021-04-05). The Floyd Murder Trial: Calling Derek Chauvin a "Bad Apple" Denies Systemic Nature of Racist Police Violence. globalresearch.ca As the murder trial of Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-05). Imprisoned Barghouti Holds Key To Fatah's Future — OpEd. eurasiareview.com If imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti becomes president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the status quo will change substantially. For Israel, as well as for current PA President Mahmoud Abbas, such a scenario is even more dangerous than another strong Hamas showing in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. | The long-delayed elections — now scheduled for May 22 (parliamentary) and July 31 (presidential) — will not only represent a watershed moment for the fractured Palestinian body politic, but also for Fatah, which has dominated the PA since its inception in 1994. The onc…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-05). Imprisoned Barghouti Holds Key To Fatah's Future — OpEd. .com If imprisoned Palestinian leader Marwan Barghouti becomes president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the status quo will change substantially. For Israel, as well as for current PA President Mahmoud Abbas, such a scenario is even more dangerous than another strong Hamas showing in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. | The long-delayed elections — now scheduled for May 22 (parliamentary) and July 31 (presidential) — will not only represent a watershed moment for the fractured Palestinian body politic, but also for Fatah, which has dominated the PA since its inception in 1994. The onc…

Patrick Mazza (2021-04-05). How the Saami Indigenous People Fended Off Gates-funded Geoengineering Experiment. counterpunch.org The first ever stratospheric test of geoengineering technology, funded by Bill Gates, has been suspended under pressure from the indigenous people over whose heads it would take place, the Saami of northern Scandinavia. It may be moved back to the United States. At the recommendation of the project's Advisory Committee, the scheduled June test has been called off. That became public March 31.

Patrick Mazza (2021-04-05). How the Saami Indigenous People Fended Off Gates-funded Geoengineering Experiment. counterpunch.org The first ever stratospheric test of geoengineering technology, funded by Bill Gates, has been suspended under pressure from the indigenous people over whose heads it would take place, the Saami of northern Scandinavia. It may be moved back to the United States. At the recommendation of the project's Advisory Committee, the scheduled June test has

Yanis Iqbal (2021-04-05). Lula's Enduring Popularity. dissidentvoice.org On January 24, 2018, in Porto Alegre, Lula was tried at the Federal Court of Appeals for the Fourth Region (TRF-4), which confirmed the decision of Judge Sergio Moro and sentenced him to twelve years and one month in prison. According to the Clean Record Act, he would now be ineligible for the 2018 elections. …

Eurasia Review (2021-04-05). To Intervene Or Not To Intervene? That Is The Future Climate Question. eurasiareview.com Nine of the hottest years in human history have occurred in the past decade. Without a major shift in this climate trajectory, the future of life on Earth is in question, which poses a new question: Should humans, whose fossil fueled society is driving climate change, use technology to put the brakes on global warming? | Michigan State University community ecologist Phoebe Zarnetske is co-lead of the Climate Intervention Biology Working Group, a team of internationally recognized experts in climate science and ecology that is bringing science to bear on the question and consequences of geoengineering a cooler…

William Donohue (2021-04-05). Christian Bashers Invent Christian Nationalism — OpEd. .com Scholars rightly take umbrage when pundits and activists exploit their work for political purposes. The latest example, at least in religious circles, is the way in which a new book, Secular Surge: A New Fault Line in American Politics, is being received by militant secularists. | The authors, David Campbell, Geoffrey Layman and John C. Green—all of whom have distinguished records—maintain that the number of Americans who no longer claim a religious affiliation is growing quickly, accounting for a secular surge. The data support their thesis. | Their volume becomes somewhat more controversial when…

IMPRI (2021-04-05). Modi's Claim Of His Arrest For Bangladesh Satyagraha Deconstructed — OpEd. .com By Gouri Sankar Nag* | Amazing as it may sound, yet this claim has allowed us to sneak once again into the glorious chapter of the liberation of Bangladesh, lest we may discover such untold stories of a saga that remains buried to date. Hence, in our quest for truth-seeking, it would be unfair to dismiss any possibility. On the contrary, we cannot buy such propagandist logic that the Congress or the Left tried to construct history after their political agenda that suited them. Rather we need to keep in mind that any tendency of generalization is biased, gross, and sort of impelled by domination to subordinate…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-05). Paleopharmaceuticals From Baltic Amber Might Fight Drug-Resistant Infections. eurasiareview.com For centuries, people in Baltic nations have used ancient amber for medicinal purposes. Even today, infants are given amber necklaces that they chew to relieve teething pain, and people put pulverized amber in elixirs and ointments for its purported anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties. Now, scientists have pinpointed compounds that help explain Baltic amber's therapeutic effects and that could lead to new medicines to combat antibiotic-resistant infections. | The researchers will present their results today at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS Spring 2021 is being held…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-05). Official jobless rate down but reality a lot worse. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —The official U.S. unemployment rate declined to 6% in March, down 0.2% in one month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on April 2. Driven by big gains in bars and restaurants, companies claimed to create a net of 780,000 new jobs. Governments added 136,000—125,600 of them as schools reopened. But the story was …

Eurasia Review (2021-04-05). Humans Were Apex Predators For Two Million Years. eurasiareview.com Researchers at Tel Aviv University were able to reconstruct the nutrition of stone age humans. In a paper published in the Yearbook of the American Physical Anthropology Association, Dr. Miki Ben-Dor and Prof. Ran Barkai of the Jacob M. Alkov Department of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, together with Raphael Sirtoli of Portugal, show that humans were an apex predator for about two million years. Only the extinction of larger animals (megafauna) in various parts of the world, and the decline of animal food sources toward the end of the stone age, led humans to gradually increase the vegetable element in th…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-05). Mozambique: Insurgency Causing Irreparable Havoc And Devastation. .com What has been referred to as Islamic attacks and insurgency is causing irreparable deep havoc and devastation in Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique. The insurgency that began in 2017 has unimaginable negative effects on settlements of the civilian population, and on business and industry operations. It has consistently received global condemnation from regional and international community. | International aid agency sources said between 6,000 and 10,000 people were still waiting to be evacuated to safety following the raid on Palma. Dozens of civilians were killed, including South Africans, in Palma where a m…

Ralph Nader (2021-04-05). Ralph Nader: Can Decline In Letter-Writing Be Reversed? — OpEd. .com When Cornell University Press sent me an early copy of my sister, Laura Nader's book: My impression preceded young parents relating remarks from their little children asking, "What's a letter?" or "Where do you put the stamp, Mom?" Certainly, the Internet Age is not conducive to sitting down and writing a personal letter exclusiv…

Max Elbaum (2021-04-05). Leave no Black vote unsuppressed: Republicans plan post-Georgia moves. peoplesworld.org The number one priority of today's Republican Party is to implement the biggest voter suppression campaign since the rollback of Reconstruction after 1876. Like the resurgent Confederacy 150 years ago, the GOP is more committed to white supremacy than to anything close to "one person, one vote" democracy. The main difference between then and now is that—largely …

Leia Barnett (2021-04-05). Threats to the Greater Gila: an Imperiled Landscape Under Siege. counterpunch.org The Greater Gila region is an exceptional landscape. It is exceptional for its biodiversity, which is greater than that of Yellowstone. It is exceptional for its cultural significance, as it is the traditional homelands for 18 different federally recognized tribes. It is exceptional for its cultural history, which dates back to over 10,000 years ago. It is exceptional for its size and scale, at over 10 million acres, five different ecoregions, four different designated wilderness areas, and three separate mountain ranges. And it is exceptional for the place that it holds in the hearts and minds of many New Mexica…

East Asia Forum (2021-04-05). The Future Of Digital Currencies To Be Determined In Asia — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By ANU Editorial Board | Next time you're eating a pizza, spare a thought for Laszlo Hanyecz. Back in 2010, the Florida resident

John Scales Avery* (2021-04-05). Ecology And Economics — OpEd. .com Humanity Has Reached a Critical Decade: | The Ambio article was written as part of the preparation of a meeting of Nobel Prize winners to discuss the state of the planet. The virtual meeting will be held on April 26-28, 2021. | We Must Achieve a Steady-State Economic System:…

RFE RL (2021-04-05). Bulgaria: PM Borisov May Struggle To Form New Coalition Despite Election Victory. .com ( With nearly all the ballots counted, the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party (GERB) party was ahead with 26 percent of the vote, the Central Election Commission said, putting it on track for its worst performance since Borisov form…

(2021-04-05). The Benefits Of Tax Planning For Companies Facing Financial Constraints. .com A recent study of more than 2,000 companies finds that corporations feeling the pinch of financial constraints can benefit significantly from taking a more aggressive stance in their tax planning strategies. One takeaway of the finding is that tax authorities should look closely at the activities of companies facing financial constraints to make sure their tax activities don't become too aggressive. | Financial constraints aren't unusual and occur when a company can't afford to fund a project that would increase its value. Sometimes the constraints are caused by an external event – like a pandemic – that leave…

George Wuerthner (2021-04-05). Antidote For Rural Sprawl: Land Use Zoning. counterpunch.org Back when I was a student at the University of Montana in Missoula, I had a girlfriend who managed to rent a house adjacent to the Bitterroot Mountains near Hamilton. All of us were very jealous of her luck in obtaining a place to live so close to wildlands. But I soon began to doubt

orinocotribune (2021-04-05). Alex Saab: 'I was Tortured and Pressured' to Sign Voluntary Extradition. orinocotribune.com In a recent interview with the Colombian news outlet El Espectador, Colombian-Venezuelan businessman and Venezuelan special envoy àÅlex Saab confessed to having been a victim of torture from the first day of his "kidnapping" in Cape Verde. He asserted that he was pressured "to sign voluntary extradition statements and give false testimony." Saab has been in detention in Cape Verde—first in prison and now under house arrest—since his arbitrary and irregular arrest in June 2020 in that country. | "I was kidnapped by Cape Verde in collusion with the United States," said the Venezuelan diplomat duri…

Paul Wilcox (2021-04-05). Book review — The sum of us: What racism costs everyone and how we can prosper together. liberationnews.org Divide and Conquer is a tactic as old as class society itself — where the elites at the top encourage the bottom 99% to fight over the crumbs that fall from their table.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-05). The Benefits Of Tax Planning For Companies Facing Financial Constraints. eurasiareview.com A recent study of more than 2,000 companies finds that corporations feeling the pinch of financial constraints can benefit significantly from taking a more aggressive stance in their tax planning strategies. One takeaway of the finding is that tax authorities should look closely at the activities of companies facing financial constraints to make sure their tax activities don't become too aggressive. | Financial constraints aren't unusual and occur when a company can't afford to fund a project that would increase its value. Sometimes the constraints are caused by an external event – like a pandemic – that leave…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-05). For Some Black Students, Discrimination Outweighed Integration's Benefits. eurasiareview.com Integrating the American classroom has long been a goal of many who seek to eradicate racial discrimination. But a new paper from four economists, including Duke University's William A. "Sandy" Darity Jr., suggests that Black students do not always benefit from attending racially balanced schools. | Instead, Black adults who attended racially balanced high schools in the mid-20th century completed significantly less schooling than those who attended either predominantly black or predominantly white schools, the authors found. | "Standard wisdom has it that school desegregation paves the way to racial nirvana i…

(2021-04-05). Paleopharmaceuticals From Baltic Amber Might Fight Drug-Resistant Infections. .com For centuries, people in Baltic nations have used ancient amber for medicinal purposes. Even today, infants are given amber necklaces that they chew to relieve teething pain, and people put pulverized amber in elixirs and ointments for its purported anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties. Now, scientists have pinpointed compounds that help explain Baltic amber's therapeutic effects and that could lead to new medicines to combat antibiotic-resistant infections. | The researchers will present their results today at the spring meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). ACS Spring 2021 is being held…

(2021-04-05). New Batteries Give Jolt To Renewables, Energy Storage. .com The cost of harvesting solar energy has dropped so much in recent years that it's giving traditional energy sources a run for their money. However, the challenges of energy storage – which require the capacity to bank an intermittent and seasonally variable supply of solar energy – have kept the technology from being economically competitive. | Cornell University researchers led by Lynden Archer, Dean and Professor of Engineering, have been exploring the use of low-cost materials to create rechargeable batteries that will make energy storage more affordable. Now, they have shown that a new technique incorporat…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-05). New Batteries Give Jolt To Renewables, Energy Storage. eurasiareview.com The cost of harvesting solar energy has dropped so much in recent years that it's giving traditional energy sources a run for their money. However, the challenges of energy storage – which require the capacity to bank an intermittent and seasonally variable supply of solar energy – have kept the technology from being economically competitive. | Cornell University researchers led by Lynden Archer, Dean and Professor of Engineering, have been exploring the use of low-cost materials to create rechargeable batteries that will make energy storage more affordable. Now, they have shown that a new technique incorporat…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-05). Rise Of Oxygen On Earth: Initial Estimates Off By 100 Million Years. eurasiareview.com New research shows the permanent rise of oxygen in our atmosphere, which set the stage for life as we know it, happened 100 million years later than previously thought. | A significant rise in oxygen occurred about 2.43 billion years ago, marking the start of the Great Oxidation Episode — a pivotal moment in Earth's history. | An international research team including a UC Riverside scientist analyzed rocks from South Africa formed during this event. Findings, published this week in the journal Nature, include the discovery that oxygen fluctuated dramatically after its early appearance until it became a perman…

(2021-04-05). Humans Were Apex Predators For Two Million Years. .com Researchers at Tel Aviv University were able to reconstruct the nutrition of stone age humans. In a paper published in the Yearbook of the American Physical Anthropology Association, Dr. Miki Ben-Dor and Prof. Ran Barkai of the Jacob M. Alkov Department of Archaeology at Tel Aviv University, together with Raphael Sirtoli of Portugal, show that humans were an apex predator for about two million years. Only the extinction of larger animals (megafauna) in various parts of the world, and the decline of animal food sources toward the end of the stone age, led humans to gradually increase the vegetable element in th…

Ajit Singh (2021-04-05). "Wipe out China!" U.S.-funded Uyghur activists train as gun-toting foot soldiers for empire. mronline.org Cultivated by the US government as human rights activists, Uyghur American Association leaders partner with far-right lawmakers and operate a militia-style gun club that trains with ex-US special forces. | April 5, 2021 | Newswire…

DoD News (2021-04-05). Pentagon Says It's Closely Monitoring Russian Activities In Arctic. .com By C. Todd Lopez | Russian military activities and infrastructure build-ups in the Arctic are not going unnoticed, the Pentagon press secretary said. | "Without getting into specific intelligence assessments, obviously we're monitoring it very closely," said John F. Kirby during a briefing Friday at the Pentagon. | As ice melts in the Arctic, new options for transiting the Arctic open up — and also remove natural barriers that Russia once relied on to protect its own interests there. Now, it is seeking to bolster its security through the refurbishing of Soviet-era airfields, the expansion of its network…

East Asia Forum (2021-04-05). The Future Of Digital Currencies To Be Determined In Asia — OpEd. .com By ANU Editorial Board | Next time you're eating a pizza, spare a thought for Laszlo Hanyecz. Back in 2010, the Florida resident

Brian Slodysko (2021-04-05). Corporations gave over $50M to voting restriction supporters. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — When executives from Coca-Cola and Delta Air Lines spoke out against Georgia's new voting law as unduly restrictive last week, it seemed to signal a new activism springing from corporate America. But if leaders of the nation's most prominent companies are going to reject lawmakers who support restrictive voting measures, they will have to …

SATP (2021-04-05). India: A Lingering Red — Analysis. .com By Ajit Kumar Singh* | On April 3, 2021, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres killed at least 22 Security Force (SF) personnel in Sukma District of Chhattisgarh. | Giving details, the State's Deputy Inspector General (anti-Maoist operations), O.P. Pal, disclosed, "Separate joint teams of Security Forces, over 2,000 in number, had launched a major anti-Maoist operation from Bijapur and Sukma Districts in the South Bastar forests, considered as the Maoist stronghold, on Friday [April 2] night. Around noon on Saturday [April 3], an encounter broke out between the patrolling team that was dispatched…

Michael Berkowitz (2021-04-05). "Coastal Elites": Diary of the Plague Year. peoplesworld.org Form follows function in Paul Rudnick's lively new theater piece "Coastal Elites". Rudnick ("Sister Acts", "In and Out", "Stepford Wives", "Addams Family Values"), one of our most clever and amusing writers, digs a little deeper this time with a well-crafted theater piece consisting of five monologues which forcefully break the fourth dramatic wall, speaking directly …

Eds. (2021-04-05). Progressive media promoted a false story of 'conflict beef' from Nicaragua. mronline.org Reports by Reveal (10/21/20) and PBS NewsHour (10/20/21) called for a boycott of "conflict beef" from Nicaragua. The Center for Investigative Reporting's Reveal claims to be "fair and comprehensive" and PBS to be "trusted," but their misleading and inaccurate reports could have drastic consequences for Nicaragua, at a time when the country is already struggling […] | April 5, 2021 | Newswire…

Haleema Zia* (2021-04-05). US Media As Protagonist For Framing Image Of Different Countries — OpEd. .com The United States along with its allies wrought a new global system entrenched in newfangled institutions and international rules after the World War II. This radical global system had a clear focus to regulate the demeanor of different states. The United Nations (UN) emerged as an imperative mainstay to this global system, as it aspired to avert future wars between its member states. | Over time, this system kept on transforming by introduction of set of principles in five strategic expanses of the state behavior including trade order, financial order, maritime order, human rights order, and non-proliferation…

SATP (2021-04-05). India: Andhra Pradesh Assessment — Analysis. eurasiareview.com On March 5, 2021, Communist Party of India-Maoist (

Liz Theoharis (2021-04-05). Can America finally kick the Habit? — "The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World" juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — Fifty-four years ago, standing at the pulpit of Riverside Church in New York City, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his now-famous "Beyond Vietnam" sermon. For the first time in public, he expressed in vehement terms his opposition to the American war in Vietnam. He saw clearly that a foreign policy defined …

Eds. (2021-04-05). Russia and Myanmar — Balancing on a knife's ed. mronline.org "The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere". It's a well-known Chinese maxim, especially in Myanmar (Burma), China's backdoor to the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean, and the Indian Navy's forward defence line. | April 5, 2021 | Newswire…

Max Elbaum (2021-04-05). Leave no Black vote unsupressed: Republicans plan post-Georgia moves. peoplesworld.org The number one priority of today's Republican Party is to implement the biggest voter suppression campaign since the rollback of Reconstruction after 1876. Like the resurgent Confederacy 150 years ago, the GOP is more committed to white supremacy than to anything close to "one person, one vote" democracy. The main difference between then and now is that—largely …

SATP (2021-04-05). India: Ethnic Cauldron In Meghalaya — Analysis. .com By Giriraj Bhattacharjee* | On March 21, 2021, three local youth from Wahkaji in the South West Khasi Hills area were assaulted in the Golf Links area of Shillong city in East Khasi Hills District. On March 28, one of the victims succumbed to his injuries. | Since the assault, several pressure groups in the State are demanding actions against the culprits who, according to them, were non-locals. | On March 30, 2021, the Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC), general secretary, Roy Synrem, alleged that since the victims of the March 21 incident were locals and belonged to the Khasi community, the Police was not 'seri…

Arab News (2021-04-05). Iran: IRGC To Use Presidential Election To Bolster Its Power — OpEd. .com By Dr. Mohammed Al-Sulami* | A number of Iranian military leaders, from both the army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), are among the likely candidates for Iran's presidential election, which will be held on June 18. Among these candidates are the former IRGC air force commander and former defense minister in the Rouhani government Hossein Dehghan; former IRGC commander and current Secretary of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council Mohsen Rezaee; and the former head of the IRGC's Khatam Al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters Brig. Gen. Saeed Mohammed, as well as other politicians with a military b…

DoD News (2021-04-05). Pentagon Says It's Closely Monitoring Russian Activities In Arctic. eurasiareview.com By C. Todd Lopez | Russian military activities and infrastructure build-ups in the Arctic are not going unnoticed, the Pentagon press secretary said. | "Without getting into specific intelligence assessments, obviously we're monitoring it very closely," said John F. Kirby during a briefing Friday at the Pentagon. | As ice melts in the Arctic, new options for transiting the Arctic open up — and also remove natural barriers that Russia once relied on to protect its own interests there. Now, it is seeking to bolster its security through the refurbishing of Soviet-era airfields, the expansion of its network…

(2021-04-05). Rise Of Oxygen On Earth: Initial Estimates Off By 100 Million Years. .com New research shows the permanent rise of oxygen in our atmosphere, which set the stage for life as we know it, happened 100 million years later than previously thought. | A significant rise in oxygen occurred about 2.43 billion years ago, marking the start of the Great Oxidation Episode — a pivotal moment in Earth's history. | An international research team including a UC Riverside scientist analyzed rocks from South Africa formed during this event. Findings, published this week in the journal Nature, include the discovery that oxygen fluctuated dramatically after its early appearance until it became a perman…

Carl Davis, Meg Wiehe, Misha Hil (2021-04-05). How Sales Taxes Widen the Racial Wealth Divide. counterpunch.org The public discourse over inequality and racial disparities has rightly shifted to how to dismantle structural challenges that create these gross inequities. Addressing racial disparities will require a concerted effort by government across all policy areas. A new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) offers some perspective on how state and

Staff (2021-04-05). How megacorporations exploit US prison labor. therealnews.com Slavery never ended in the United States, it just got absorbed into the prison system under the 13th Amendment. This horrifying "loophole" has enabled multinational corporations to exploit prison slave labor for profit.

Michael Berkowitz (2021-04-05). 'Coastal Elites': Diary of the Plague Year. peoplesworld.org Form follows function in Paul Rudnick's lively new theater piece "Coastal Elites". Rudnick ("Sister Acts", "In and Out", "Stepford Wives", "Addams Family Values"), one of our most clever and amusing writers, digs a little deeper this time with a well-crafted theater piece consisting of five monologues which forcefully break the fourth dramatic wall, speaking directly …

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-05). Russia Making Headway In Mobilizing Domestic Resources In Fight Against Coronavirus Pandemic — OpEd. .com With a strong structured plan and that includes President Vladimir Putin weekly meetings with regional governors and related ministry officials, Russia is indeed making headway in mobilizing first its own domestic resources in fighting and controlling the coronavirus pandemic. | Under these time-testing conditions, the Russian government also ponders on the necessity to adopt a concerted approach to the economic sectors related to public health system, efforts to strengthen fundamental research in all health disciplines and close the pitfalls in its policy. | Arguably, Russia is really moving with innovative o…

Arab News (2021-04-05). Iran: IRGC To Use Presidential Election To Bolster Its Power — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Dr. Mohammed Al-Sulami* | A number of Iranian military leaders, from both the army and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), are among the likely candidates for Iran's presidential election, which will be held on June 18. Among these candidates are the former IRGC air force commander and former defense minister in the Rouhani government Hossein Dehghan; former IRGC commander and current Secretary of Iran's Expediency Discernment Council Mohsen Rezaee; and the former head of the IRGC's Khatam Al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters Brig. Gen. Saeed Mohammed, as well as other politicians with a military b…

Liberation Staff (2021-04-05). Coatesville, PA: City government forced to abandon attempt to shut down rally vs. cash bail. liberationnews.org In a blatantly illegal attempt to suppress Constitutionally protected political speech, the City Manager of Coatesville, PA tried to stop a peaceful rally to end cash bail to be held on April 10 in Ash Park. But organizers stood their ground and the city government backed down on Friday evening.

RFE RL (2021-04-05). Bulgaria: PM Borisov May Struggle To Form New Coalition Despite Election Victory. eurasiareview.com ( With nearly all the ballots counted, the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party (GERB) party was ahead with 26 percent of the vote, the Central Election Commission said, putting it on track for its worst performance since Borisov form…

Henry Giroux (2021-04-05). The Plague of Historical Amnesia in the Age of Fascist Politics. counterpunch.org As the boundaries of the unthinkable become normalized, historical consciousness is replaced by manufactured forms of historical amnesia and ignorance. As white supremacy becomes entrenched at the highest levels of power and in the public imagination, the past becomes a burden that must be shed.[1] Disparaging, suppressing or forgetting the horrors of history has become

Ralph Nader (2021-04-05). Can the Decline in Letter-Writing be Reversed? counterpunch.org When Cornell University Press sent me an early copy of my sister, Laura Nader's book: Letters To and From an Anthropologist, a collection of correspondences compiled over fifty-five years, I wondered whether such print letter-writing exchanges assembled in books were nearing extinction. My impression preceded young parents relating remarks from their little children asking, "What's a letter?" or "Where do you

Arab News (2021-04-05). Jordan's Prince Hamza Signs Statement Pledging Support To King Abdullah II. .com Jordan's Prince Hamza bin Hussein has signed a document reiterating his support for King Abdullah II. | Prince Hamza, a former crown prince, was accused at the weekend of liaising with foreign parties over a plot to destabilize the country. | The letter released by the Jordanian Royal Court on Monday said: "The interests of the homeland must remain above every consideration, and we must all stand behind the king in his efforts to protect Jordan and its national interests." | Prince Hamza signed the document at the house of Prince Hassan — who King Abdullah delegated to resolve the matter. | Prince Hassan…

WSWS (2021-04-05). Increased incidence of coronavirus outbreaks at German factories and construction sites. wsws.org The spread of the pandemic in workplaces is largely ignored in the national media and public discourse.

WSWS (2021-04-05). Report highlights the disastrous impact of the pandemic on public education in California. wsws.org The Learning Policy Institute report examines the shortage of teaching staff, as well as the problems of teacher burnout, excess workloads and early retirements, all of which have been severely exacerbated by the pandemic.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-05). The Future of Australian Universities: Bogans of the Pacific. asia-pacificresearch.com

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-05). Britain's "New Plan for Immigration": Priti Patel and the Death of Asylum. globalresearch.ca Nothing makes better sense to the political classes than small time …

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-04-05). Kiev Leads New Escalation of Violence in Donbass and Crimea. globalresearch.ca Once again, Kiev is leading a new escalation of violence in …

Urariano Mota (2021-04-05). First of April: A 13-year-old witnesses the 1964 Brazilian military coup. peoplesworld.org

lombardi (2021-04-05). A Plague on For-profit "Homes" dsausa.org Much of both the revenues and the business model of the nursing home industry is attributable to private equity (PE) penetration of the industry. PE investment in nursing homes skyrocketed from $5 billion in 2000 to over $100 billion today, with PE firms acquiring four of the top ten nursing home operators. The most extensive study of the industry found that, after being acquired by a PE firm, the home's performance declined on patient care measures, but the enterprise brought in more occupants and increased revenue.

Jim Hightower (2021-04-05). Dismissing 'Low Quality Voters,' Republican officials no longer support democracy — and they aren't bothering to hide it. juancole.com ( Otherwords.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, …

Ricardo Ronquillo (2021-04-05). Impagos a los campesinos: Un karma irregular. globalizacion.ca Si los toros brincan la talanquera de las pasiones beisboleras para, como ocurre ahora mismo en Camagàºey, embestir ya no sobre quienes se arriesgan a atravesar la llanura, sino en los bolsillos de los ganaderos, se precisa revisar quién levantó…

Rodolfo Bueno (2021-04-05). Un mundo multipolar: No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver. globalizacion.ca Es hora de que las grandes potencias se sienten a dialogar sobre la paz y el desarme. | Luego de que el mandatario estadounidense llamara asesino al Presidente Putin y le amenazara con que le haría pagar cara su injerencia en…

Lauren Trifunovich (2021-04-05). George Floyd and the Opioid Crisis. progressive.org Derek Chauvin's defense team is attempting to blame George Floyd's struggle with opioids for causing his death.

WSWS (2021-04-05). This week in history: April 5—11. wsws.org On April 6, 1996, fighting broke out between rival militias in Liberia. Some 20,000 civilians took refuge at the United States embassy to escape the bloody battles, and in the following weeks hundreds of civilians were killed and much of downtown Monrovia was destroyed.

Euronews (2021-04-05). Netherlands Suspends AstraZeneca Jab for Under-60s over Blood Clot Fears. globalresearch.ca GR Editor's Note | It is worth noting that while AstraZenaka has …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-05). Ahead of nuclear deal meeting in Vienna, Iran calls for lifting of all US sanctions. peoplesdispatch.org Iranian officials said that there were no plans for meetings with US officials "directly or indirectly." They also rejected any step-by-step proposal for the restoration of the deal, calling for the immediate withdrawal of sanctions…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). George Floyd Case Underscores Thorny Issue of US Police Reform. telesurenglish.net The ongoing murder trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin who killed black man George Floyd underscores the issue of police reform. | RELATED: | The full video of Floyd's arrest played by prosecutors in opening statements in the trial shows that Chauvin knelt on Floyd's neck for about 9 minutes and 30 seconds, instead of the widely reported 8 minutes and 46 seconds. Chauvin was charged with second-degree murder, th…

WSWS (2021-04-05). St. Vincent nurses in Massachusetts in fourth week of strike for safe staffing. wsws.org The Massachusetts Nurses Association, with more than 23,000 members at 85 health care facilities, has not mobilized its membership in defense of the striking St. Vincent nurses and does not provide them guaranteed strike pay.

John Clamp (2021-04-05). Whose Peace in Afghanistan? counterpunch.org At this moment, with developments quickening as the May 1 deadline for the departure of U.S. forces rapidly approaches, we're getting a lesson in realist-style geopolitical arm-twisting. The thing about Afghanistan is that it's raw, metallic power on the ground that counts. No fancy ideals or dirigiste policies can substitute. Afghans feel as if they

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Bolivia: Former Water Resources Minister Flees the Country. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, former Water Resources Minister Maria Pinckert left Bolivia, three days after the Prosecutor's Office issued an arrest warrant against her over irregularities in her management. | RELATED: | Pinckert, whose whereabouts are unknown, announced that she requested asylum because she considers herself a victim of political persecution. | "I will return when the judicial system becomes impartial," she wrote in a…

Leonard Eiger (2021-04-05). Jesuit Priest Continues Holy Resistance to Nuclear Weapons. globalresearch.ca Father Steve Kelly, S.J., a Jesuit priest and longtime nuclear …

Andrew Emett (2021-04-05). Video reveals police officers beating unarmed teen. nationofchange.org Last week, two of the officers were fired from the department after police officials reviewed the body cam videos.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-05). Peace Prospects Dim as Ukraine Tries to Drag U.S., NATO into Its Confrontation with Russia. globalresearch.ca Numerous statements by Ukrainian and Russian officials reported this Easter Sunday …

WSWS (2021-04-05). Big Dirty Money: "White-collar crime" and the nature of capitalism. wsws.org This recent book describes many outrages, even while it is unable to explain or indicate how to end them.

Javier Tolcachier (2021-04-05). Ecuador ante una elección a cara o cruz. globalizacion.ca En la segunda vuelta presidencial que tendrá lugar el próximo 11 de abril, los ecuatorianos enfrentan la disyuntiva entre apostar por un candidato progresista o tener que soportar durante cuatro años un gobierno empresarial, ligado a las finanzas y a…

_____ (2021-04-05). Report: Plastic Pollution Is A Social Justice Issue. popularresistance.org Plastic pollution isn't just a threat to non-human life like turtles and whales. It's also a major environmental justice problem. | That's the conclusion of a new report released Tuesday from the UN Environment Program and ocean justice non-profit Azul, titled Neglected: Environmental Justice Impacts of Plastic Pollution. | "Plastic pollution is a social justice issue," report coauthor and Azul founder and executive director Marce Gutiérrez-Graudi≈Ü≈° said in a press release. "Current efforts, limited to managing and decreasing plastic pollution, are inadequate to address the whole scope of p…

Philip Brasor (2021-04-05). How the Cleanup of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Got So Expensive. asia-pacificresearch.com

Kenn Orphan (2021-04-05). Humans, Nature and the Illusion of Separateness. counterpunch.org "We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness." ― Thich Nhat Hanh One of the biggest lies that people in the global north were sold and have largely internalized is that we are separate from the biosphere from which we evolved and on which we depend upon for our very survival. Even as we

Sandipan Talukdar (2021-04-05). 2I/Borisov, the first interstellar comet to have visited our solar system. peoplesdispatch.org Comets like 2I/Borisov, which have not passed close to the sun, are of special interest because the material they are made up of is the same as when the solar system had been formed…

_____ (2021-04-05). Europe: A Backlash Is Growing Over Incinerating Garbage. popularresistance.org For decades, Europe has poured millions of tons of its trash into incinerators each year, often under the green-sounding label "waste to energy." Now, concerns about incineration's outsized carbon footprint and fears it may undermine recycling are prompting European Union officials to ease their long-standing embrace of a technology that once seemed like an appealing way to make waste disappear. | The EU is in the process of cutting off funding for new incinerators, but there's little sign most existing ones —currently consuming 27 percent of the bloc's municipal waste — will close any time soon. And,…

Tim Thorpe (2021-04-05). Closing the Net on Industrial Fishing. globalresearch.ca It was clear from the title and the promotion of the …

Raul Antonio Capote (2021-04-05). Another Weapon in the Cultural War Against Cuba. orinocotribune.com By Raúl Antonio Capote — Apr 4, 2021 | CIA efforts to create publishing houses andliterary magazines to attract Cuban writers was intended to separate them from the country's institutions and steer them toward an anti-government stance. | Most of the CIA's covert operations in Latin America during the 1960s were directed against the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro. "No more Cubas", was the agency's slogan at the time. | The Agency created a division in New York City, called Foreign Publications Inc. (Foreign Publications Incorporated), to subsidize various anti-Cuban publications, many coming from Miami. T…

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-04-05). Truppenaufmarsch auf dem Balkan und psychologische Kriegsfàºhrung der US-NATO als Warnsignal fàºr milità§rische Operation gegen Russland. globalresearch.ca Vor circa einem Jahrzehnt hatte ich das Vergnàºgen, in Seattle mit …

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Myanmar's Citizens Demand Democracy With Massive Applause. telesurenglish.net Myanmar's citizens on Monday performed a "five-minute applause campaign" to honor the youth and ethnic guerrillas and protest against the Military junta. | RELATED: | One of the most crowded demonstrations took place in Mandalay city where youths wore helmets and bulletproof vests to protect themselves from indiscriminate firing by security forces. In Yangon city citizens dressed in black held a sit-in to remember the v…

Laura Finley (2021-04-05). Ban the Death Penalty for Those with Serious Mental Illness. counterpunch.org The death penalty is an antiquated and barbaric form of punishment. This is why most nations have ended it. The top six executing nations in 2019 were China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt, and the U.S. The U.S is especially cruel in that there is no categorical exemption for the seriously mentally ill from receiving

WSWS (2021-04-05). The historic and contemporary significance of the 1871 Paris Commune. wsws.org On April 3, the International Committee of the Fourth International held a meeting commemorating 150 years since the Paris Commune, the world's first workers' state.

Bill Lueders (2021-04-05). Editor's Note: To the Barricades! progressive.org Our democratic institutions have shown their resilience, but also their vulnerability.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-04-05). Troop Build-up in the Balkans: US-NATO "Psychological Warfare" as a Warning Signal for Military Operation Against Russia. globalresearch.ca About a decade ago, I had the pleasure of living with …

The National Security Archive (2021-04-05). Brazil Abetted Overthrow of Allende in Chile. globalresearch.ca On 57th anniversary of military coup in Brazil, the National Security …

Thomas Knapp (2021-04-05). America Unchurched: A Sign of the Times. counterpunch.org For the first time in its more than eight decades of surveying Americans' religious attitudes and practices, Gallup reports, church members constituted only 47% of the US population in 2020 — down 23% since 1999, prior to which the percentage seldom dipped below 70%. Why the precipitous drop, and what might it portend for the

WSWS (2021-04-05). Australian workers face poverty as wage subsidies and welfare supplements end. wsws.org Virgin Australia stood down 170 workers the same day the JobKeeper scheme concluded.

_____ (2021-04-05). St. Louis Justice Center Inmates Rise Up Again, Demand Hearings. popularresistance.org St. Louis, MO – St. Louis police responded to the city's downtown jail Sunday night after inmates broke windows, set fires and threw debris onto the street below Sunday night. | The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department sent out an all-points bulletin across city police radios Sunday night after inmates on the third floor of the City Justice Center reportedly covered cameras. A short time later, inmates began breaking the windows and throwing things onto the street. At around 9: 30 p.m., smoke was pouring out of the broken windows. | The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's Civil Disturbance Team was amon…

WSWS (2021-04-05). Family of Fort Hood soldier demands answers after military refuses to release report on his death. wsws.org The US Army Criminal Investigative Division (CID), which the Army stated has performed an investigation, has not released their report to Logan Castello's family nearly a year and half after his death.

_____ (2021-04-05). Why Are Cops Testifying Against Derek Chauvin? popularresistance.org You could join liberals in celebrating the members of the Minneapolis police force who have testified for the prosecution in the Derek Chauvin murder trial in the past two days, or you could see right through it to what they're really up to. | On Thursday, a retired Minneapolis police officer who was a shift supervisor when Chauvin murdered George Floyd and received a call about the arrest from a concerned 911 dispatcher, became the first cop to desert Chauvin on the stand. Sgt. David Ploeger said that once Floyd was no longer offering any resistance, the cops "could've ended the restraint." And he also revealed…

WSWS (2021-04-05). The CDC guidelines for social distancing in schools are based on distorted science: neither three feet nor six feet distancing is safe. wsws.org The recent CDC guidelines claiming that social distancing measures can be curtailed to three feet are based on erroneous studies. Their primary aim is to provide a pseudoscientific cover for attempts to reopen schools.

CounterPunch News Service (2021-04-05). NUMSA Demands the Immediate Release of American Political Prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. counterpunch.org The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), as the biggest trade union in South Africa, and one of the largest on the African continent, has made an urgent call to the Governor of Pennsylvania in the U.S. Mr. Tom Wolf to intervene in the case of Mr. Mumia Abu-Jamal. Abu-Jamal, formerly known as

WSWS (2021-04-05). Warrior Met Coal to mobilize scabs against 1,100 striking mine workers in Alabama. wsws.org The mobilization of scabs, police, and modern-day Pinkertons should serve as a warning to the miners at Warrior Met that the company is aiming to crush the strike.

WSWS (2021-04-05). UN condemns French airstrike on wedding in Mali that slaughtered 22. wsws.org Immediately after the airstrike, the Macron government maintained that it had hit a gathering of 30 members of an "armed terrorist group."

Monica Moorehead (2021-04-05). En el espíritu del Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. los trabajadores de Bessemer luchan por justicia. workers.org El 29 de marzo concluyeron unas históricas elecciones sindicales después de que 5.800 trabajadores de los almacenes de Amazon, más del 80% de ellos afroamericanos, votaran para ser representados por el Sindicato de Minoristas, Almacenes y de tiendas por departamentos en Bessemer, Alabama, cerca de Birmingham. Podrían pasar semanas o . . . |

Emanuel Pastreich (2021-04-05). La unión sagrada de los pueblos y culturas de América. globalizacion.ca El nombre de los Estados Unidos de América contiene todas las esperanzas y contradicciones de nuestro país y del continente americano. La esperanza data de tiempo atrás y se remonta a la Declaración de Independencia, que articuló, por lo menos…

Diego Mazzoccone (2021-04-05). China, el año del bufalo y la adaptación a una nueva realidad. globalizacion.ca China fue la única potencia en lograr en 2020 crecimiento económico, logrando a la vez cumplir el objetivo que se habían propuesto desde hace varios años atrás: eliminar la pobreza extrema. El 2021, en la cultura china, es el año…

Hugo Albuquerque (2021-04-05). Lula ganó la batalla judicial, ahora a derrotar a Bolsonaro. globalizacion.ca La histórica sentencia del Tribunal Supremo de Brasil del 23 de marzo prácticamente pone fin a la batalla legal de Lula da Silva, que ahora es libre de afrontar su mayor reto: derrotar a la extrema derecha y salvar a…

Sebastián Melfi (2021-04-05). El lugar de Malvinas en la nueva estrategia global de la OTAN. globalizacion.ca Además de la confluencia de intereses derivados del complejo industrial militar, la OTAN sostiene la pretensión británica sobre Malvinas porque las islas son un activo geoestratégico fundamental para intervenir en América Latina. | Al cumplirse 39 años del inicio de la…

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-04-05). Incertidumbre comercial por el Canal de Suez. globalizacion.ca La abrupta interrupción del tránsito marítimo por el Canal de Suez tras encallar el pasado 23 de febrero el supercarguero MV Ever Given provocó enormes pérdidas económicas además de una gran incertidumbre en las transacciones del comercio mundial. | En plena…

Mark Taliano (2021-04-05). Covid Tests Are Invalid. Politicians Are Lying. globalresearch.ca People casually refer to the current lockdowns as being "because of …

Balkan Insight (2021-04-05). US-Educated Lawyer Becomes Kosovo's Second Female President — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Kosovo MPs voted to make 38-year-old Vjosa Osmani the country's new president on Sunday evening, ending a political deadlock that could have triggered snap elections for the second time this year. | By Prepares Isufi | Vjosa Osmani became Kosovo's fifth head of state in 13 years since the country declared its independence from Serbia on Sunday night when MPs in the Kosovo Assembly voted to appoint her as president. | Osmani, a 38-year-old lawyer, also became the second woman to hold…

Staff (2021-04-05). Ethiopia Accused of Using Rape as a Weapon of War in Tigray as New Evidence Emerges of Massacres. democracynow.org We get an update on how the Ethiopian government has announced Eritrean forces are withdrawing from the Tigray region in northern Ethiopia, where harrowing witness accounts have emerged of Eritrean soldiers killing Tigrayan men and boys and rape being used as weapon of war by Ethiopian and Eritrean soldiers. Eritrea entered the Tigray region to support Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed's military offensive in November targeting the Tigray People's Liberation Front. The true death toll from the conflict remains unknown, but researchers recently identified almost 2,000 people killed in 150 massacres by warring fa…

Staff (2021-04-05). World's Poorest Nations Face Setback as India Suspends Vaccine Exports Amid Fight over Patent Rights. democracynow.org We look at the urgent push to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines for all nations, rich and poor, and growing calls for Big Pharma to waive their patent rights, as COVID-19 cases soar in India and the Modi government has suspended exports of coronavirus vaccines to many of the world's poorest countries that depend on AstraZeneca vaccines it produces. "These are not India's vaccines," says Achal Prabhala, coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for equitable access to medicines. "The number of vaccine doses that have gone out to a third of humanity — 91 poor countries — is 18 millio…

Staff (2021-04-05). Headlines for April 5, 2021. democracynow.org India Hits 100,000 Daily COVID Cases; More Nations Enter Lockdown; Pope Calls for Vaccine Equality, U.S. Vaccinations Pick Up Speed, But Health Experts Say Country Is Still at Risk for New Wave, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Killed After Man Rams Car into Security Checkpoint, Veteran Minneapolis Police Officer Calls Chauvin Kneeling on Floyd's Neck "Totally Unnecessary", U.S. and Iran Holding Talks Via Nuclear Deal Signatories in Attempt to Revive 2015 Accord, Jordan Arrests Ex-Crown Prince, Other Top Figures Accused of Plotting Coup Against King, Demonstrations Continue Against New U.K. Bill That Would Empower Pol…

Staff (2021-04-05). MLK Opposed "Poverty, Racism & Militarism" in Speech One Year Before His Assassination 53 Years Ago. democracynow.org Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated 53 years ago, on April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee, at the age of 39. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor, organized the Poor People's Campaign to address issues of economic justice, and was a fierce critic of U.S. foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We air an excerpt of his "Beyond Vietnam" speech, delivered at New York's Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, a year to the day before he was assassinated, in which Dr. King called the United States "the greatest purveyor of violen…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-05). NLRB Says Amazon Firing of Workers Who Demanded Better Climate, Labor Policies Was Illegal Retaliation. commondreams.org "It's clear that Amazon has been violating the law when it tries to silence workers who speak out," said Christy Hofmann, general secretary of UNI Global Union. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-05). Fauci Says Federal Government Won't Mandate Vaccine Passports. commondreams.org The administration's chief medical adviser also urged people not to "declare victory prematurely" against the coronavirus by forgoing public health measures like physical distancing. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-04-05). Tracking Evictions and Foreclosures Through Pandemic Finds Large Increases in Housing Insecurity Among Black and Hispanic Renters. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jesse Jackson (2021-04-05). Has America Come Any Closer to MLK's Dream? commondreams.org Dr. King would be marching with those who seek to make it easier to vote. He would be appalled by George Floyd's murder, but not surprised. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-05). Sunrise Plans Dozens of Actions Nationwide to Demand Jobs Guarantee, $10 Trillion Infrastructure Plan. commondreams.org "With so much work to be done, there's no reason anyone in the richest country in the history of the world should be unemployed, underemployed, or working a job that isn't in the national interest." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-04-05). IMF Cancels Debt for 28 Poor Countries into Fall of 2021. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-04-05). Following Biden's Infrastructure Rollout Sunrise Movement To Hold 65+ Rallies Across The Country Targeting Biden and Congress. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy (2021-04-05). Corporate Backers of Georgia's New Voter Suppression Law. commondreams.org Georgia-based companies have gotten backlash from voting advocates for their silence on new regressive legislation. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rev Dr Liz Theoharis (2021-04-05). The American Spiritual Death Spiral. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Robert Reich (2021-04-05). Joe Biden as Mr. Fix It. commondreams.org Biden is embarking on a huge and long-overdue repair job on the physical and human underpinnings of the nation while managing to keep most of a bitterly divided country with him. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-04-05). Tampa Bay Wastewater Crisis Demands Federal Action. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-04-05). 'A Remarkable Story of Resilience and Hope': Renewable Energy Smashes Records in 2020. commondreams.org "There is a huge amount to be done… The international community must look to this trend as a source of inspiration to go further." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-04-05). Biden Urged to Withdraw All Medicaid Work Requirements Approved by Trump. commondreams.org Policies to "take Medicaid coverage away from people who don't comply with stringent work requirements… are deeply harmful." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-04-05). 'This Victory Belongs to Trans Youth': Arkansas Gov. Vetoes Bill That Would Deny Gender-Affirming Care. commondreams.org "This victory belongs to the thousands of Arkansans who spoke out against this discriminatory bill, especially the young people, parents, and pediatricians who never stopped fighting this anti-trans attack." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Tim Thorpe (2021-04-05). This Film Will Change Your Mind About the Fishing Industry. commondreams.org Seaspiracy, the latest Netflix documentary exposing the impact of our food systems, is making a splash. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins (2021-04-05). First Nations land defenders take direct action against Trans Mountain pipeline. peoplesworld.org A pair of Indigenous land defenders locked themselves to equipment at a fossil fuel pumping station in British Columbia on Saturday, vowing to continue resisting a government-owned oil pipeline that is harming the climate, the environment, and First Nations peoples whose unceded lands it traverses. The pipeline protesters — self-described on social media as "accomplices" …

_____ (2021-04-05). Fairy Creek Blockade Demonstrators Call In More Protesters. popularresistance.org The blockade has been in place since August 2020, organized in part by members of the Rainforest Flying Squad, to stop the logging company Teal-Jones from building a road into the Fairy Creek area and prevent old-growth logging. | Demonstrators say they are extremely disappointed with the decision, and that now is the last chance to save the area. | "This is the last stand, literally last stand of old-growth. Ninety-seven per cent of the forests of British Columbia are tree farms," said Shambu. | "The last time trees were saved, it took how many arrests to make that happen [in the Clayoquot protests]?" | Proteste…

VOA (2021-04-05). China Adopts Kremlin's 'Information War' Tactics — Analysis. .com By Jamie Dettmer | China is taking a page out of the Kremlin's playbook and is seeking to highlight America's faults and weaponize the culture wars and identity politics currently buffeting the West, according to disinformation analysts. | Much like the Kremlin and state-owned Russian media, Chinese propagandists are focusing on the problems of racial injustice and income inequality in the U.S. and Western Europe — a move to distract attention from Beijing's own rights abuses, including the internment of more than a million ethnic Muslim Uyghurs, analysts say. | "Civil unrest in the United States followi…

VOA (2021-04-05). China Adopts Kremlin's 'Information War' Tactics — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Jamie Dettmer | China is taking a page out of the Kremlin's playbook and is seeking to highlight America's faults and weaponize the culture wars and identity politics currently buffeting the West, according to disinformation analysts. | Much like the Kremlin and state-owned Russian media, Chinese propagandists are focusing on the problems of racial injustice and income inequality in the U.S. and Western Europe — a move to distract attention from Beijing's own rights abuses, including the internment of more than a million ethnic Muslim Uyghurs, analysts say. | "Civil unrest in the United States followi…

Selina Singh (2021-04-05). Indian Farmers Rise Up Against Corporatization. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: South Asia Labor Watch Photo by Photographielove/Shutterstock Thousands of Indian farmers have parked outside the capital Delhi for more than 100 days. They have pitched tents on five highways that lead to the city and say they will leave only when the federal government withdraws three

Madeleine Freeman (2021-04-05). Low Pay, Long Hours, and No Holidays: Alabama Coal Miners Strike Back. zcomm.org All eyes are on Alabama at this moment as it becomes the epicenter of labor struggle in the United States…

MST (2021-04-05). The character of struggle. zcomm.org April will be a month of struggle, memory, and resistance…

Celso Amorim (2021-04-05). On Bolsonaro, Lula & Why Biden's Foreign Policy Is So "Disappointing" zcomm.org "As he becomes smaller in terms of support … he becomes more dangerous."

Erica X Eisen (2021-04-05). The Other Nuremberg Trials, Seventy-Five Years On. zcomm.org ailures in prosecuting the businessmen who profited from the Nazi war machine show just how far postwar Europe and America were willing to go in the Cold War quest to protect capitalism…

Ji-Peng Olivia Li, Alice A.P. Thomas, Caroline L.S. Kilduff, Abison Logeswaran, Rishi Ramessur, Anton Jaselsky, Dawn A. Sim, Gordon R. Hay, Peter B.M. Thomas (2021-04-05). [Research Paper] Safety of video-based telemedicine compared to in-person triage in emergency ophthalmology during COVID-19. thelancet.com we demonstrate comparable patient safety of videoconsultations at one-month follow-up to in person review. The service is acceptable to patients and reduces the risk of COVID-19 transmission. We propose that videoconsultations are effective and desirable as a tool for triage in ophthalmology.

Henning Gall, Athiththan Yogeswaran, Jan Fuge, Natascha Sommer, Friedrich Grimminger, Werner Seeger, Karen M. Olsson, Marius M. Hoeper, Manuel J. Richter, Khodr Tello, Hossein Ardeschir Ghofrani (2021-04-05). [Research Paper] Validity of echocardiographic tricuspid regurgitation gradient to screen for new definition of pulmonary hypertension. thelancet.com In patients with suspected PH referred to a tertiary care centre, the PPV of TRG to meet the new PH-definition depended strongly on the TRG cut-off used. Our data do not support lowering the TRG cut-off. Combining TRG with other echocardiographic parameters might improve the validity of echocardiographic screening for PH.

Staff (2021-04-05). India Suspends Vaccine Exports as Calls Grow to Waive Big Pharma's Patent Rights. truthout.org We look at the urgent push to ensure equal access to COVID-19 vaccines for all nations, rich and poor, and growing calls for Big Pharma to waive their patent rights, as COVID-19 cases soar in India and the Modi government has suspended exports of coronavirus vaccines to many of the world's poorest countries that depend on AstraZeneca vaccines it produces. "These are not India's vaccines," says Achal Prabhala, coordinator of the AccessIBSA project, which campaigns for equitable access to medic…

Staff (2021-04-05). Spree of Anti-Asian Violence Has Long Roots — Including Terror in 1990s Philly. truthout.org In response to thousands of reported bias incidents, the call and budding movement to #StopAsianHate has fostered an unprecedented wave of Asian American solidarity that has quickly spread nationwide following the Atlanta-area shootings. This has been heavily driven by a collective sense of fear and outrage that anyone in the community might be the next target. Videos of Asian elders being attacked and — in extreme cases — killed by much younger men have gone viral, but so has the…

Staff (2021-04-05). Being "Anti-Racist" Isn't Enough. The Violence of Whiteness Must Be Exposed. truthout.org Even if the movement for reparations someday transforms the profound economic disparities that fall along racial lines in this country — addressing income disparities, the wealth gap, housing and health care inequities, and unemployment disparities — a fundamental problem of anti-Black racism still won't be solved. | What remains is a fundamentally ontological problem: the reality of the being of whiteness, and its denial of Black humanity within white racist America. | White privilege…

Staff (2021-04-05). Florida Workers Race to Prevent Massive Spill of Radioactive Waste. truthout.org Florida workers over the weekend rushed to prevent the collapse of a reservoir wall containing hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater from a defunct phosphate mine, a looming environmental catastrophe that prompted mandatory evacuation orders and a declaration of emergency by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. | A leak in the Piney Point reservoir was first reported late last month, sparking fears of a complete breach and possible upending of stacks of phosphogypsum, a radioactive waste product of fe…

Staff (2021-04-05). 35 States at Risk of "Rigged" Districts Due to Gerrymandering, Report Finds. truthout.org A new report has found that 35 states are at risk of having their election districts "rigged" to unfairly favor one party during this year's redistricting cycle, with over half of the country at "extreme" risk. | "The redistricting laws in these states provide little protection against politicians manipulating district maps for partisan or personal gain,"

Contemporary Jewish Museum of SF (2021-04-05). Tuesday 4/6: Yom HaShoah: The Women Resistance Fighters in Hitler's Ghettos w/ CJM SF. indybay.org Online event…

Declaration for American Democracy (2021-04-05). Thursday 4/8: Democracy, Racial Justice, & HR1/S1: For the People Act Teach-in. indybay.org Online teach-in…

May First (2021-04-05). May First joins call for Free Software Foundation Board resignation. indybay.org May First Movement Technology has joined free software organizations and activists in calling for the resignation of Richard Stallman and the rest of the Board of the Free Software Foundation.

Animal Legal Defense Fund (2021-04-05). Court Upholds Constitutionality of San Francisco Fur Ban. indybay.org International Fur Trade Federation's amended complaints dismissed in decisive victory for animals…

DXE (2021-04-05). Saturday 4/17: Sonoma County Factory Farm Vigil + Caravan. indybay.org WHERE: 1098 Samuel Dr, Petaluma, CA 94952 | WHEN: Saturday, April 17th 2: 30pm…

S.L.A.S.H.–SF League Against Systemic Harm (2021-04-05). Wednesday 4/7: Rally to Rescind CCSF Faculty Layoff Notices & Expand Job Training Programs. indybay.org CCSF Wellness Center, 800 Ocean Ave., San Francisco…

Greenpeace, LCV, Sierra Clu, DAD (2021-04-05). Wednesday 4/7: The Danger of Money in Politics: SR1 For the People Act to Enforce Voter & Election Equity. indybay.org Online event…

Labor Video Project (2021-04-05). Stop Asian Hate! N. Cal Filipinos & Asians Speak-out Against Racist Violence and Murders. indybay.org Hundreds of Northern California Filipinos and Asian Americans spoke out against the racist violence and murders taking place in the Bay Are and nationally. The march and rally took place on March 26, 2021…

Declaration for American Democracy (2021-04-05). Wednesday 4/7: Democracy on the Ropes: Fighting Voter Suppression Against BIPOC Communities. indybay.org Online event…

DXE (2021-04-05). Saturday 4/24: Meetup: Stories from the Community. indybay.org online…

Liudmila Piña Herrera (2021-04-05). Cuba — Antes de volver al aula. globalizacion.ca El aprendizaje mediante las teleclases ha ocupado un lugar preponderante en la dinámica y el pensamiento de la familia cubana, desde que la COVID-19 comenzó a ser parte de nuestra realidad. Las opiniones acerca de la educación no han cesado,…

Eric Nepomuceno (2021-04-05). Brasil: Crisis en medio de la tragedia. globalizacion.ca Brasil sigue ahogado en la creciente ola de coronavirus, que ya diezmó —oficialmente— más de 335 mil vidas. Estudios realizados por hospitales brasileños y avalados por especialistas, médicos y científicos, sin embargo, señalan un número más elevado: hasta el pasado…

Mario Ramos (2021-04-05). Combate a incursión mercenaria en Venezuela. globalizacion.ca Una de las 'nuevas' estrategias gringas de guerra es crear condiciones que permitan la rápida intervención de un tercero, precisamente porque en la búsqueda de destruir los países y procesos que se oponen a ser vasallos de su hegemonía, no…

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2021-04-05). The PCR False Positive Pseudo-Epidemic. Dr. Mike Yeadon. globalresearch.ca This important article by Dr. Mike Yeadon was first published in November …

WSWS (2021-04-05). Sri Lankan IYSSE to commemorate 150th anniversary of RosaLuxemburg's birth. wsws.org The IYSSE meeting will discuss Luxemburg's revolutionary struggle for Marxism in the German and international working class and its lessons for today.

WSWS (2021-04-05). Sri Lankan IYSSE to commemorate 150th anniversary of Rosa Luxemburg's birth. wsws.org The IYSSE meeting will discuss Luxemburg's revolutionary struggle for Marxism in the German and international working class and its lessons for today.

UCAN (2021-04-05). Sri Lanka Mourns Fearless Defender Of Tamil Tights. .com By Quintus Colombage | Outspoken Bishop Rayappu Joseph was an untiring advocate of Tamil rights and justice during Sri Lanka's civil war and post-war years. | Thousands were killed and disappeared during the 26-year war that ended in 2009 when the army defeated Tamil rebels. Both sides were accused of serious human rights violations. Many Catholic priests were killed or went missing. | Bishop Joseph, who died on April 1 at the age of 80, raised his voice nationally and internationally for victims. | "The bishop was a vocal critic of the government, military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), whic…

WSWS (2021-04-05). Protests throughout UK against the Police Bill. wsws.org The protests were relatively small, because the trade unions and the Labour Party are in support of the repressive legislation.

Anonymous103 (2021-04-05). Kremlin Replies On Situation In Eastern Ukraine. southfront.org Illustrative Image | On April 5, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov reported that uncontrolled shootings begin in the Donbass region. He stressed out that decisions to open fire are made on the spot by the field commanders of the Ukrainian forces. | It seems that the Kremlin changed its tacit policy towards the military escalation in Eastern Ukraine, and Moscow officials made a number of loud claims: " The Kremlin considers that it is important to ensure the safety of all citizens of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass" &#150…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-05). Russia's FSB Detains 4 ISIS Supporters In Kislovodsk. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | An ISIS supporter was detained in Russia's Kislovodsk. | He was allegedy planning an attack on security officials, the Russian security service — FSB reported."In the city of Kislovodsk, a Russian citizen born in 1996, previously convicted of common crimes, was detained, who was preparing to carry out an attack on law enforcement officers using improvised explosive devices in the interests of international terrorist organizations," the FSB said. |

Anonymous349 (2021-04-05). SouthFront Is In The Center Of MSM Horror Stories Again. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | Mainstream "journalists" should praise SouthFront Team 7 days a week despite regular and unprecedented attempts of globalist structures to destroy Southfront or at least suppress its work. | Because it is clear. If there is no SouthFront, all these MSM-styled budget suckers would lost their jobs as they would have nothing to write about in their 'top-notch investigations' and horror stories about never-ending 'attacks on democracy'. David starts with laser beams will no more fly over Iranian tankers and…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-05). The "Defender-Europe". US Army Arrives. southfront.org Consul General Meghan Gregonis, U.S. Consulate Munich welcomes Col. Patrick Disney, 1st Cavalry Division as he arrives at the Nuremberg Airport, Germany, March 5, 2020. Disney and his fellow Soldiers are the first to arrive to Germany for exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20. Exercise DEFENDER-Europe 20 is the deployment of a division-size combat-credible force from the United States to Europe, the drawing of equipment and the movement of personnel and equipment across the theater to various training areas. (U.S. Army photo by Capt.

Anonymous103 (2021-04-05). Coup Threat In Turkey. Dozen Admirals Detained Over Critics Of Istanbul Canal Project. southfront.org Illustrative Image | Submitted by Thomas ST exclusively for SouthFront. | 103 retired admirals issued a statement condemning the "Islamization" of the Turkish Armed Forces and the recent public debate on Turkey's withdrawal from the Montreux Treaty for the Straits. On April 5, Turkey detained 10 retired admirals after a letter signed that they had signed warned against a possible threat to a treaty governing the use of Turkey's key waterways. | It is the first time since the coup attempt in July 2016 that Turkish…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-05). What Will The Empire o to support the Ukronazis? The Saker's Open Thread #4. southfront.org Illustrative imageAn interesting discussion continues at The Saker platform about the on-going military escalation in Ukraine and a possible response from Russia. | If you are interested, we may recommend you to join the thread by following the Dear friends, | Today I am opening yet one more open thread and I am offering this suggestion for a topic (not excluding other *related* topics from the discussion): what should the s…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-05). Military Situation In Yemen On April 5, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 194 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 4, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 3 airstrikes on the Kitaf area | On April 4, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on the Rahbah area | On April 4, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Madghal area | On April 4, the Saudi-led force attacked Ansar Allah positions in Ra…

Anonymous765 (2021-04-05). SouthFront Existence Depends On You. southfront.org DEAR FRIENDS,: | Since April 1, we've collected 500 USD. This is about 10% of the monthly budget needed to continue SouthFront work and further. | Unlike propaganda structures funded by the Euro-Atlantic establishment, SouthFront operates thanks to the audience's support. We will not be able to survive without your help. | WITHOUT YOUR SUPPORT, SOUTHFRONT WORK WILL NOT BE POSSIBLE: : | PayPal | SouthFront's PayPal account: southfront@internet.ru | One Time Support — 20 USD: | One Time Support — 50 USD: | One Time Support — 100 USD: | One Time Support — 500 USD: | Recurring Supp…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-05). War Between Russia And Ukraine Is Inevitable: Opinion. southfront.org Igor Strelkov | The situation in Eastern Ukraine is critical. Russia and Ukraine are on the brink of an open armed conflict. In this context, many military experts suggest their opinions and forecasts on the military developments in the region. The position of famous warlord Igor Strelkov is definitely one that deserves special attention. | He became popular during the so-called Crimean Spring in 2014. Strelkov took part in the process of the Crimean unification with Russia, after which in Eastern Ukraine, he…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-05). Second Riot In St. Louis City Justice Center In As Many Months. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On the evening of April 4th, inmates rioted at the City Justice Center in St. Louis, Missouri, US. | The prisoners broke windows, set a fire and threw debris to the ground, in a prison that has had several such incidents in recent months. | Jacob Long, spokesperson for Mayor Lyda Krewson's office said "two violent and dangerous disturbances" originated from two units on the third floor beginning at approximately 8: 30 p.m. | Inmates were seen tossing objects out of broken windows and s…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-05). Kiev Continues On The War Path, Emboldened By False Promises. (Map Update). southfront.org The Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics are again facing renewed Ukrainian aggression. | The regime of silence, which the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky was so proud of, existed exactly until the local elections ended in the country. Since then, tensions on the demarcation line have grown, and the rhetoric of Ukrainian officials has become increasingly harsh. | Ultimately, the National Security Council of Ukraine allowed the military to fire at peaceful settlements in the LPR and DPR, and the shelling became more frequent and intense. The Ukrainian Armed Forces continuously use heavy artillery, and…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-05). Terrorists From Syria Deployed To Fight For The Saudi-Led Coalition In Yemen: Report. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Terrorists from Syria This was disclosed by unnamed Yemeni intelligence sources. | According to the report, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants are waiting for terrorists from Syria to arrive in Yemen's southern province of Abyan.

Anonymous007 (2021-04-05). Terrorists From Syria Deployed To Fight For The Saudi-Led Coalition In Yemen. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Terrorists from Syria This was disclosed by unnamed Yemeni intelligence sources. | According to the report, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants are waiting for terrorists from Syria to arrive in Yemen's southern province of Abyan.

Anonymous007 (2021-04-05). Military Situation In Syria On April 5, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 4, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 29 times: 14 — in Idlib province, 10 — in Latakia province, 3 — in Hama province, 2 Aleppo province | On April 4, a Turkish drone targeted a mechanised digger near the town of Malekiyah. No casualties were reported | On April 4, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positions near Ain Issa | On April 4, a Russian Orlan-10 reconnaissance drone crashed…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-05). The Houthis Release Video Of The Recent Attack On Saudi-Led Forces In Yemen. southfront.org The Houthi-affilated media outlet "Yemen Wrath" released fresh combat footage showing operations of Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) against coalition-led forces in Yemen. | The video reportedly shows the Houthi recent attack on Saudi-led forces on the Meris front in Al-Dhale governorate on April 4. Heavy material and human losses were reported. |

Jason Ditz (2021-04-05). Israel Finds US Interest in Saving Iran Nuclear Deal 'Very Troubling'. news.antiwar.com An outspoken opponent of diplomacy with Iran, and against the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran, Israel has made its first comments in awhile on the matter, expressing concern at US indications that they are going to engage in diplomacy with Iran and try to save the nuclear deal. | Even though this is largely what was expected of the Biden Administration, The statements f…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-05). Afghan President Details Plan Heading Into Key Peace Talks. news.antiwar.com With a new round of Afghan peace talks coming together in Turkey, President Ashraf Ghani had been reported to be planning to offer a peace plan of his own. Ghani's is a three-part plan, beginning with a ceasefire and moving toward an enduring settlement and early elections. The most eye-opening part of Ghani's proposal, however, is the middle stage. | Ghani has been an outspoken opponent of the interim governmen…

_____ (2021-04-05). Jared Ball: Black Liberation And Socialism With Frank Chapman. popularresistance.org Frank Chapman is a community organizer, Executive Director of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Field Organizer of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, and a member of the Central Committee of Freedom Road Socialist Organization. He is also a published writer, with articles on Truthout and Freedomways. In 2019, Frank published his first book, a memoir entitled The Damned Don't Cry: Pages from the Life of a Black Prisoner and Organizer.

MEE correspondent (2021-04-05). Jordan's King Abdullah turns to family mediation to mend rift with Prince Hamzah. middleeasteye.net Jordan's King Abdullah turns to family mediation to mend rift with Prince Hamzah | Prince Hamzah bin Hussein releases letter vowing loyalty to the crown after King Abdullah II sends uncle to work on mediation talks | Mon, 04/05/2021 – 20: 40 | A split photo showing King Abdullah II and Prince Hamzah bin Hussein (AFP)
| Jordan's King Abdullah II and Prince Hamzah bin Hussein have agr…

MEE correspondent (2021-04-05). 'Egypt with no slums': Authorities displace residents for mummies and modernity. middleeasteye.net 'Egypt with no slums': Authorities displace residents for mummies and modernity | Many Egyptians have been forced to leave their houses to make room for Egypt's tourism aspirations in Old Cairo | Mon, 04/05/2021 – 18: 36 | Demolition underway in Magra El Oyoun, just one of the areas affected by a new project to regenerate Old Cairo (Supplied) | In a resplendent ceremony watched by hundr…

MEE staff (2021-04-05). Palestinian prisoner released after 35-year sentence extended over unpaid fine. middleeasteye.net Palestinian prisoner released after 35-year sentence extended over unpaid fine | Israel tacked on an additional 12 days to Rushdie Abu Mokh's sentence over an unpaid traffic fine from the 1980s | Mon, 04/05/2021 – 13: 21 | Palestinian prisoner Rushdie Abu Mokh was released from the Israeli prison of Ketziot on Monday after over three decades behind bars (Social media) | Israeli authorises released on Monday a…

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