2021-04-08: News Headlines

Gareth Porter (2021-04-08). Pentagon campaign to recruit Vietnam as military ally against China exposed delusions of US war strategy. thegrayzone.com After convincing itself Vietnam would grant it access for missile bases against China, the Pentagon got a hard dose of reality. When the Pentagon began gearing up for a future war with China in 2018, Defense Department officials quickly realized that they needed access to Vietnamese territory for troops armed with missiles to hit Chinese ships in a US-China conflict. So they initiated an aggressive campaign to lobby the Vietnamese government, and even Communist Party officials, in the hope that …

Editor2 (2021-04-08). What's Happening in Ecuador? orinocotribune.com Five days out from the second round of elections in Ecuador, Peoples Dispatch brings you a report on some of the key elements to look out for this week | Ground report from Quito, Ecuador days out from the second round of presidential elections. We take you through all of the latest developments and things to look out for just days ahead of the historic electoral contest between progressive candidate Andrés Arauz and conserv…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). What's happening in Ecuador? mronline.org Ground report from Quito, Ecuador days out from the second round of presidential elections. | April 8, 2021 | Newswire…

Amy Forliti, Steve Karnowski, Tammy Webber (2021-04-08). Expert testifies Floyd expired due to lack of oxygen. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned facedown on the pavement with his hands cuffed behind him, a medical expert testified Thursday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial. Floyd's breathing while he was being held down by Chauvin and other officers was too shallow to take in …

Sarah Lahm (2021-04-08). Midwest Dispatch: The Blue Wall Gives Way to the 'Bad Apple' Theory in Chauvin Trial. progressive.org Minneapolis police officers are testifying against the former cop who killed George Floyd. But it's possible they're just sacrificing him to control the conversation around policing.

Workers World Party (2021-04-08). PDF of April 8 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. NO STALLNG: U.S. out of Afghanistan! Alabama mine workers strike What Bessemer union drive means Philly: Protect Squirrel Hill George Floyd's killer on trial Cesar Chavez Day Georgia anti-vote law strikes out Editorial: Wanna pay no taxes? TEAR DOWN THE WALLS: Detention centers exploit trans people Evaluating . . . |

Inge Fryklund (2021-04-08). The US War on Drugs is Driving the Displacement Crisis. counterpunch.org We are torn by images of unaccompanied minors and overcrowded facilities at our southern border, but few in the United States are asking why so many Central American families are so desperate to escape their own countries that they are willing to risk everything — including family separation. These migrants are not fleeing some Act

Taroa Zuniga Silva (2021-04-08). Migrant women are holding society together during this pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Throughout the past year, as the epidemic has ravaged the world, domestic workers, the bulk of whom are migrant women, have shouldered extremely heavy burdens. At the same time, their working conditions have taken a turn for the worse…

Margaret Kimberley (2021-04-08). The US Can't Control The World — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Slow-witted Joe Biden appears to think that we're still in the age of the sole superpower, when in fact that era has come and gone. | As this columnist has pointed out, Joe Biden's foreign policy

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-04-08). Coup Attempt in Jordan Leaves a Trail. counterpunch.org A coup attempt is an orphan unless it succeeds. Therefore, all we can say is that a coup was in the making in Jordan. In a televised news conference on Sunday in Amman, all that Deputy Prime Minister Ayman al-Safadi would admit was that "These were efforts that threatened Jordan's security and stability, and these efforts were foiled." He disclosed that "extensive investigations carried out by Jordan's security forces" concluded that Hamzeh, the half brother of King Abdullah II; Sharif Hasan, a member of the royal family and Bassem Awadullah, a former senior official in the royal court and special Jordanian repre…

orinocotribune (2021-04-08). Peoples of the World, Unite! or How Preparations are Advancing for the Bicentennial Congress of the Peoples of the World. orinocotribune.com By Adán Chávez Frías — Apr 6, 2021 | During the last two weeks, a set of preparatory meetings for the Bicentennial Congress of the Peoples of the World were held, an instance convened by fellow president Nicolás Maduro in the framework of the commemoration of the 200 years of the Battle of Carabobo, in the coming month of June. | It is undoubtedly an important international event, which will take place in a year that, as we have pointed out earlier in this column, is loaded with deep symbolism for Bolivarian women and men, who today are firmly facing enormous challenges in defense of the dignity, sovereignt…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-08). As Ukraine-Russia war threat grows, a reminder of who America's commander-in-chief is. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The stumbling, avuncular, addlepated, superannuated Joe Biden of 2021 is still the Joe Biden of 2002. Biden's Real Ukraine Scandal: Regime Change and War "I will continue with every fiber in my being to keep America involved with troops that can shoot and kill…." "I believe it is absolutely essential for American troops to be on the ground with loaded rifles and drawn bayonets."

WSWS (2021-04-08). Spanish premier Sanchez pledges to end social distancing as COVID-19 rises. wsws.org Spain's Socialist Party-Podemos government has pledged to end social distancing measures in order to fully reopen Spain's economy, even as COVID-19 cases rise.

WSWS (2021-04-08). Australia: IYSSE/CFPE meeting adopts resolution to fight university cuts. wsws.org The motion, carried unanimously, offers a way forward for students and staff, based on an alternative socialist perspective that rejects the dictates of the corporate elite.

Fight Back (2021-04-08). FRSO event: Unite and fight violence against Asian Americans! fightbacknews.org San Jose, CA – On Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m. Pacific / 5 p.m. Eastern, the Freedom Road Socialist Organization is hosting an online program about the wave of violence against Asian Americans; violence which led to the recent massacre of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women near Atlanta, Georgia. | Four community organizers: David Monkawa, Progressive Asian Network for Action, in Los Angeles; Monique Sampson, Freedom Road Socialist Organization in Jacksonville, Florida; Daisy Sim, Tallahassee Community Action Committee, Tallahassee, Florida, and Masao Suzuki, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Sa…

Project Censored (2021-04-08). Shahid Buttar and Dan Kovalik. projectcensored.org Mickey's first guest is Shahid Buttar, who in 2020 ran against Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her seat in the House of Representatives; he speaks about prospects for progressive change in 2021. Then author Dan Kovalik returns to the program to discuss his latest work, "Cancel This Book," which warns of the dangers of 'cancel culture.' | Notes: | Shahid Buttar is a civil-rights lawyer; he's worked at public-interest organizations including the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. In the 2020 election, he challenged long-time incumbent Nancy Pelosi for her seat in California's 12th Dis…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-08). Fatuous Defence: Australia's Guided Missile Plans. asia-pacificresearch.com

pyeverino (2021-04-08). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series. dsausa.org RSVP Here Around the world, Black-led movements are raising the stakes in our collective struggles. This discussion series with leading Black and Indigenous militants from across Brazil spotlights their experiences in organizing against state violence, workplace exploitation, and structural racism everywhere from education to healthcare. Today's movements facing neo-fascism, militarization, and an unprecedented public health…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Court Upholds $10 Million Judgment Against Bolivian Leaders for 2003 Massacre. orinocotribune.com April 6, 2021, Miami — Yesterday, a federal judge rejected an attempt by Bolivia's former president, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, and former defense minister, José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, to vacate a $10 million damages award against them for the massacre of unarmed Indigenous people in 2003. A jury found the former officials liable under the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) in April 2018, after a month-long trial that included six days of jury deliberations. The trial marked the first time in U.S. history that a former head of state sat before his accusers in a U.S. human rights trial. In an unusual move…

Joel S. Hirschhorn (2021-04-08). COVID Scandal: Feds Ignored 2016 Law Requiring Use of Real World Evidence. globalresearch.ca Here is the scandal. In 2016 under the Obama administration, Congress …

WSWS (2021-04-08). Australia-New Zealand "travel bubble" to begin this month. wsws.org The decision to open the trans-Tasman borders, despite the renewed surge of COVID-19 globally, follows intensifying pressure from the multi-million dollar tourism industry and other businesses.

WSWS (2021-04-08). MIS-C cases on the rise in children with at least 3,000 reported and 36 dead. wsws.org A new and comprehensive report from the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrates that the vast majority of MIS-C cases resulted from asymptomatic COVID-19 infections weeks before symptoms appeared.

Eds. (2021-04-08). Assimilation and empire. mronline.org During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an exponential increase in violence against Asian Americans: in New York alone, it's been reported that violence rose by 1900%, fueled by anti-Asian sentiment. | April 8, 2021 | Newswire…

WSWS (2021-04-08). The true toll of the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org The official death count in the COVID-19 pandemic is just a small reflection of the massive social and health disaster caused by the disease.

Juan Cole (2021-04-08). Iraq Announces end of US Combat Mission in Iraq, further reduction in 2,500 Troops now There. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Iraqi News Agency reports that Qasim al-Araji, Iraq's National Security Adviser, said on Wednesday that his country had reached an agreement with Washington specifying that there would be no foreign military bases in Iraq. During a press conference alongside foreign minister Fuad Hussein, al-Araji added that the Biden administration …

Editor2 (2021-04-08). In Commune: The Che Guevara Commune (Part 2). orinocotribune.com By Katrina Kozarek — Apr 3, 2021 | In the second part of our episode, we look at how the Che Guevara Commune's economic development has improved its political reach and impact on the local community. | Outside of Venezuela, communes are a little-known aspect of the Bolivarian Revolution. Yet the development of the communal state is central to Hugo Chávez's 21st century socialism. | Through the In Commune series, Venezuelanalysis explores diverse rural and urban communes to help better understand what these highly controversial bodies mean, how they work, and what they could signify for the future of the B…

WSWS (2021-04-08). Ontario's health system increasingly overwhelmed by pandemic's third wave. wsws.org Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a totally ineffectual stay-at-home order yesterday in response to growing warnings from doctors that the pandemic's third wave has brought the province's hospitals to the brink of collapse.

WSWS (2021-04-08). Michigan signals the emergence of a B.1.1.7 pandemic in the United States. wsws.org The CDC has stated that the B.1.1.7 variant, also known as the UK variant, is driving the current surge in coronavirus in the United States. It has become the dominant variant in hard-hit states in the Northeast and Midwest.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). After 23-day hunger strike, undocumented workers in New York win USD 2.1 billion in assistance. peoplesdispatch.org The protests, organized by the Fund Excluded Workers campaign, sought to deliver benefits to undocumented workers who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The victory has been hailed but activist groups say more needs to be done…

MP-IDSA (2021-04-08). India-EU Partnership: Can The Unfulfilled Potential Be Realized? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Ashok Sajjanhar* | The 16th India-European Union (EU) Summit meeting will take place in Porto, Portugal on May 8, 2021. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get an opportunity to interact with leaders of all 27 EU Member States and also confer with Charles Michel, President of the European Council, as well as Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. | Both India and the EU have been keen to maintain the momentum in their bilateral interactions, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. The two sides, for instance, met in a virtual format in July 2020. India-EU interactions have taken pla…

_____ (2021-04-08). The Capitol Raid And Pandemic Can Help Us Empathize With Venezuelans. popularresistance.org The January 6th raid on the Capitol and the pandemic that has upended the lives of every American seemingly have nothing to do with Venezuela. But the effects they had on U.S. political and economic stability offer a glimpse into what Venezuelans have been going through for the past several years of failed coups and sanctions. | Remember how January 6th felt? The shock, confusion and fear. The constant refreshing of Twitter feeds or eyes glued to cable news, watching a bunch of extremists attempt to overthrow the government. The not knowing what was going to happen next and whether it would impact our daily lives…

Moderator (2021-04-08). Lee Camp: How Corporate America Supports Racism, Hatred & Exploitation (in New & Fun Ways!). scheerpost.com Mike Mozart / CC BY 2.0] By Lee Camp / Original to ScheerPost If you've been paying even a modicum of attention to the world at large, you've noticed that white supremacists constitute a bit of a problem in America. They led an insurrection at our Capitol recently. They've been involved in many mass shootings. I, along with many others, was nearly killed by one a few years ago in Charlottesville… |

Staff (2021-04-08). Amazon workers in Bessemer have overthrown decades of anti-union culture. therealnews.com We will soon know the results of the historic Amazon union election in Bessemer, Alabama. Whatever the outcome, though, workers and organizers have already achieved a remarkable feat by breaking the grip of anti-unionism in the South.

_____ (2021-04-08). Amazon Employees Stage Walkout At Distribution Center. popularresistance.org Chicago – A group of Amazon employees walked out of the mega-retailer's Gage Park distribution center Wednesday morning, calling on the company to stop understaffing the facility and to provide accommodations for people working a 10.5-hour overnight "megacycle" shift. | "We're tired of being used," said Rakyle Johnson of Amazonians United Chicagoland on a livestream. "We work so hard, we give so much to our company … but they don't give anything back." | An organizer told WTTW News that 20-30 workers walked out, leaving management frustrated and angry. The organizer said 5-10 people who weren't scheduled to wor…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). Palestinians welcome resumption of US aid to UNRWA. peoplesdispatch.org In 2018, the Donald Trump-led US administration had stopped humanitarian aid to the UN agency which caters to the need of 5.7 million Palestinian refugees in the occupied territories and beyond…

Dr. Leon Tressell (2021-04-08). United States Is Using Human Rights Issues to Attack China to Maintain Its Hegemony over the Global Economy. globalresearch.ca Joe Biden's presidency has been welcomed by Western media outlets …

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-04-08). Western Media Incite Anti-Asian Racism When They Join in Cold War Against China. fair.org Over the past few weeks, the subject of anti-Asian racism has received an unusual degree of Western media attention, ever since a video showing the January 28 killing of

Greta Anderson (2021-04-08). Mexican Wolf Depredation Investigations…Again. counterpunch.org Hey folks, I'm back to reviewing Mexican wolf depredation investigation reports and sifting through another few hundred pages of blood, guts, bones, and grammatical errors, and today I found these two from Apache County, Arizona in May 2020: AC 5-27-20 3, AC 5-27-20 4. Both of the reports are about really young dead calves, estimated to

DMG (2021-04-08). Myanmar: 53 Journalists Detained, Prosecuted Since Military Coup. eurasiareview.com A total of 53 reporters have been detained or prosecuted since the military coup on February 1, said journalist U Myint Kyaw, citing data from fellow members of the media. | Twenty-six of them are under detention, 15 of them have been charged under Section 505(a) of the Penal Code, and the rest have been released, said U Myint Kyaw. | "Prosecution is not a good sign for all the journalists. It is no longer safe for them to do reporting. In some cases, family members are urging journalists to quit. In some cases, journalists themselves have concerns for their safety. All these factors contribute to a decline in…

Dave Clennon (2021-04-08). How Hollywood Neuters the 60s: Sorkin's "Trial of the Chicago 7" Sentences American Radicalism to Oblivion. counterpunch.org Memo From the Shop Floor of the Dream Factory "THE CHICAGO 7": CROSS-EXAMINATION There is a short sequence in "The Trial of the Chicago 7" that neatly exemplifies the quality of the historical narrative of the whole "based-on-real-events" film. To my mind, these brief scenes are a measure of the degree of authenticity we see

Colin Todhunter (2021-04-08). Four Words Gates and His Pals Despise: Democracy & Minimum Support Price. counterpunch.org The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an assortment of high-profile figures and policy makers are pushing for unregulated gene-editing technologies, the rollout of bio-synthetic food created in laboratories, the expanded use of patented seeds and the roll back of subsidies and support for farmers in places like India. These neoliberal evangelists despise democracy and

Nan Levinson (2021-04-08). The Far Right in Uniform: How Extreme is the U.S. Military? counterpunch.org It was around noon and I was texting a friend about who-knows-what when I added, almost as an afterthought: "tho they seem to be invading the Capitol at the mo." I wasn't faintly as blasé as that may sound on January 6th, especially when it became ever clearer who "they" were and what they were

Published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute (2021-04-08). 'Go With The Devil You Don't Know'? Latvians Still Believe In Economic Cooperation With China — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Una Aleksandra Bƒìrzi≈Üa-ƒåerenkova* | (

MISES (2021-04-08). Monetary Policy In America Is A Mess: Things Are Even Worse In Europe — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Brendan Brown* | High inflation takes off where political forces are too strong to permit the implementation of harsh remedial measures with respect to taxation and monetary policy such as to prevent an implosion of the national currency. In the contemporary global financial marketplace, there has been fluctuating concern about the US heading toward this point, albeit at a highly uncertain date, as evidenced by waves of attack last spring, summer, and autumn on the US dollar. In reality, though, the long-run inflation threat level is higher in Europe than the US. | Any substantial European remedial action s…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-08). Burnt-Out Comet Covered With Talcum Powder. eurasiareview.com The world's first ground-based observations of the bare nucleus of a comet nearing the end of its active life revealed that the nucleus has a diameter of 800 meters and is covered with large grains of phyllosilicate; on Earth large grains of phyllosilicate are commonly available as talcum powder. This discovery provides clues to piece together the history of how this comet evolved into its current burnt-out state. | Comet nuclei are difficult to observe because when they enter the inner Solar System, where they are easy to observe from Earth, they heat up and release gas and dust which form a coma obscuring th…

Emir-Stein Center (2021-04-08). Islamic Judaism? (Video). juancole.com John Tolan | Emir-Stein Center "In the 19th century, some Jewish scholars in Central Europe looked to early Islam and in particular to the Prophet Muhammad for inspiration and consolation. For these scholars, the Muslim prophet could serve as a heuristic model for reforming Judaism. John Tolan, Professor of History at the University of Nantes, …

Tina Landis (2021-04-08). CO2 levels continue to rise as Biden's climate action falls far short. liberationnews.org On April 3, the Mauna Loa research station recorded atmospheric CO2 levels of 421.21 ppm — the highest ever recorded, far above the 1950s levels of 315 ppm and pre-industrial levels of 278 ppm. CO2 remains in the atmosphere and will continue to cause warming for 100 to 150 years — why without comprehensive action, …

Eds. (2021-04-08). Ukraine, U.S. drum up war threats against Donbass and Russia. mronline.org The USA has the unique condition of being a flagrant violator of human rights within its own borders and in practically every region of the world. No other nation has such a systematic record. Its massive control of media and communications hides this truth from its own people. | April 8, 2021 | Newswire…

Peter Lownds (2021-04-08). Guiomar's story: Putting Paulo Freire's philosophy of literacy into practice. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-08). Reports show corporations and ultra rich get the benefits without paying the taxes. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—If taxes are the "price" we pay to insure government can help provide a civilized and manageable society, than recent reports show top corporations and the ultra-rich are getting society's services virtually for free while the rest of us pay the freight. To be precise, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) reported 55 …

Ian Angus (2021-04-08). Intensive fishing and the birth of capitalism, Part 3. mronline.org How England's government-licensed pirates stole the Newfoundland fishery from Europe's largest feudal empire. | April 8, 2021 | Newswire…

Noah Stuckey (2021-04-08). 1,100 coal miners in northern Alabama go on strike. liberationnews.org Liberation News on the picket line in Brookwood, Alabama.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-08). AFT, NEA protest new anti-virus school reopening guidelines. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The nation's two big teachers unions are protesting Biden administration guidance which says students returning to reopened schools can sit only three feet from each other, not six, but only after schools take other measures to combat potential community spread of the coronavirus. One protest came in a formal letter from Teachers (AFT) President Randi …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-08). Reports show corporations and ultra rich get the benefits without paying the taxes. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—If taxes are the "price" we pay to insure government can help provide a civilized and manageable society, then recent reports show top corporations and the ultra-rich are getting society's services virtually for free while the rest of us pay the freight. To be precise, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) reported 55 …

Marion Andrew (2021-04-08). Roberto Di Vicenzo and the 1968 Masters Golf Championship: Enhancing Ethics In Sports. counterpunch.org With the 2021 Masters Golf Championship coming up and in the context of the admirable movements for racial, economic, social, and political justice that have expanded and accelerated in the past year, it would be worthwhile to think of the 1968 Masters tournament, an event that carried a consequential injustice to one of the competitors.

David Rosen (2021-04-08). Republicans Revenge: Targeting Gender Nonconforming Youth. counterpunch.org In the wake of Donald Trump electoral defeat and the failure of the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, the Republicans are actively searching for issues that will reinvigorate their future electoral possibilities. Split between hardcore Trump populists and more old-school country club genre, they sat on their hand during the wrangling over Pres.

Climate Nexus (2021-04-08). Scientists alarmed over surging atmospheric methane, CO2. peoplesworld.org Atmospheric methane levels surged in 2020, a new report from NOAA shows, accelerating an increasing trend, alarming scientists, and possibly auguring a vicious cycle of global heating. NOAA also announced global atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are higher than at any point in the last 3.6 million years. "It is very scary indeed," Euan Nisbet, professor of earth sciences at Royal Holloway University of …

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-08). Why Does Ukraine Want War? globalresearch.ca Ukraine wants war with Russia due to a combination of domestic …

Marion Andrew (2021-04-08). Roberto Di Vicenzo and the 1968 Masters Golf Championship: Enhancing Ethics In Sports. counterpunch.org With the 2021 Masters Golf Championship coming up and in the context of the admirable movements for racial, economic, social, and political justice that have expanded and accelerated in the past year, it would be worthwhile to think of the 1968 Masters tournament, an event that carried a consequential injustice to one of the competitors.

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Biden and Latin America. orinocotribune.com By Alexander Main — Apr 5, 2021 | Late in the morning of November 8, 2020 cheering and honking erupted throughout Washington, DC as news outlets announced that Joe Biden was the projected winner of the US presidential election. Thousands of mostly young Washingtonians gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza, across from the White House, to celebrate the defeat of a blatantly racist, sexist, and xenophobic president. | Relief and joy were also palpable in the city's well-heeled neighborhoods, where senior civil servants and government contractors could at last envision a return to the more normal and predictable…

orinocotribune (2021-04-08). Jorge Arreaza Rejects Peru's Comments About Venezuela Obstructing Voting for 20,000 Peruvians in Venezuela. orinocotribune.com The National Office of Electoral Processes of Peru (ONPE) denounced an alleged lack of cooperation by Venezuelan authorities in the organization of voting for Peruvians residing in Venezuela for the general elections on April 11. In response, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza denied the accusation, and assured that the State has not obstructed the right to vote for the over 20,000 Peruvians registered to vote in Venezuela. | In Arreaza's tweet, he shared a post by the former Peruvian ambassador to Venezuela (currently residing in Venezuela), Luis Raygada Souza-Ferreira, in which the latter shared…

Ed Rampell (2021-04-08). Why Trump Was Kicked Out of the Screen Actors Guild. progressive.org The actors' union's former President Ed Asner sounds off on Trump's misdeeds.

WSWS (2021-04-08). Russia conducts nationwide military exercises as Ukraine, NATO prepare for war. wsws.org Moscow is assessing its own fighting capacity and readiness, as Ukraine prepares for war and NATO conducts massive military exercises across Europe.

STEVE O'KEEFE (2021-04-08). The Fecalnomics of The Filibuster. counterpunch.org When you add a super-majority vote to an already undemocratic U.S. Senate, you compound the difficulty of accomplishing anything. Exactly how difficult does it become? Eleven percent of the population gets to veto anything the other 89 percent agree to! With two Senators from each state, the U.S. Senate is a geographical body, not a

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). 42-year-old Palestinian father of five is the latest victim of Israel's 'murder at checkpoint'. peoplesdispatch.org 42-year-old Osama Mansour was shot in front of his wife while they were leaving an Israeli military checkpoint on their way back home. The soldiers fired on them after asking them to drive away following a search of the vehicle…

Taylor Griggs (2021-04-08). Inequality in U.S. Education Goes Beyond the College Admissions Scandal. progressive.org The new Netflix documentary, "Operation Varsity Blues," looks into what happened in 2019, but what's needed are real solutions to the ongoing achievement gap.

_____ (2021-04-08). Judge Terminates Zoom Access To Donziger Trial To Limit Public Access. popularresistance.org New York — U.S. trial judge Loretta Preska has denied all Zoom access to the upcoming contempt trial of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger in a widely condemned move that his lawyers say is designed to limit public access to an unprecedented one-sided trial run by a private Chevron prosecutor. | Marty Garbus, who is representing Donziger along with Rob Kuby, condemned the move as an "obvious and transparent attempt to hide public scrutiny of a farcical proceeding with a biased judge, no jury, and a private Chevron prosecutor." | Donziger organized the international legal team that won a historic $9.5 billi…

Shawgi Tell (2021-04-08). New York State: 50 Charter Schools Closed in 20 Years. dissidentvoice.org According to New York Charter School Fact Sheet (January 2021) from the New York State Education Department, the number of charter schools issued in New York State since the passage of the state's charter school law in 1998 is 397. The total number of privately-operated charters permitted statewide under 2015 legislative amendments is 460. It …

pyeverino (2021-04-08). What is Rank-and-File Unionism? dsausa.org RSVP Here Join us on Thursday, April 15th at 8pm ET/5pm PT for EWOC's event on rank-and-file unionism. We'll hear from class struggle unionists and worker organizers as they share concrete examples of how to build and sustain rank-and-file participation in workplace struggles.

Adán Chávez Frías (2021-04-08). Venezuela — La cárcel de la dignidad (II). globalizacion.ca I | Damos la bienvenida al mes de abril, tiempo de rebelión popular, de conmemoración de los diecinueve años de la hazaña protagonizada por el heroico Pueblo de Bolívar y de Chávez durante los días 11, 12 y 13 de este…

Ashley Curtin (2021-04-08). New study finds correlation between specific pesticides and central nervous system tumors in children. nationofchange.org "Policy interventions to reduce pesticide exposure in individuals residing near agricultural fields should be considered to protect the health of children."

Jessica Corbett (2021-04-08). 'Wall Street is a primary villain' in climate crisis, analysis shows. nationofchange.org DeSmog's investigation found that at least 65% of directors from 39 global banks had 940 connections to "climate-conflicted" industries.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-08). Ukrainian President Headed to War Zone as U.S., Allies Push NATO Membership. globalresearch.ca The pro-government press in Ukraine has announced that

Peter Burt (2021-04-08). The iWars Survey: Mapping the IT Sector's Involvement in Developing Autonomous Weapons. globalresearch.ca A

Mehrnews (2021-04-08). New Details on Explosion at Iranian Ship Saviz in Red Sea. globalresearch.ca On Tuesday, April 5, the Iranian ship Saviz was attacked off …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-08). Report: Biden May Expel Russian Diplomats and Impose More Sanctions. globalresearch.ca According to

WIlliam Astore (2021-04-08). Back to the future at the Pentagon. nationofchange.org Why 2021 looks so much like 1981 — and why that should scare us…

_____ (2021-04-08). Standing With Daniel Hale, Standing With Whistleblowers. popularresistance.org Join us for a special broadcast featuring DRAD Policy Director Chip Gibbons, Jesselyn Radack head of Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at ExposeFacts, and whistleblowers who have faced Espionage Act charges. | Last week, Daniel Hale, a drone whistleblower, pled guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act. Hale admitted in court that he gave to an investigative reporter documents detailing human rights abuses pertaining to the US's troubling assassination program. Although this information was in the public interest, the government nonetheless indicted Hale under the Espionage Act. | Thi…

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-04-08). Toxic air pollution has dropped over the last two decades in California. nationofchange.org Better refined fuels, moves toward electric vehicles, and better public transportation can make the air pollution issue even better over the next decade.

WSWS (2021-04-08). Taiwan threatens to shoot down Chinese drones amid mounting US-China conflict. wsws.org Encouraged by the US, Taiwanese officials are escalating their war rhetoric as provocative US military exercises in the region threaten to precipitate a clash with Chinese forces.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-04-08). Plight of Imprisoned African-Americans Worsens in the U.S. Historical Perspective. globalresearch.ca Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald was a member of the Black Panther Party …

WSWS (2021-04-08). Autoworkers speak out against 84-hour workweek for skilled trades at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant: "It seems like torture" wsws.org Inside the plant, anger is simmering among both skilled trades and production workers, who have been subjected to months of forced overtime even as the virus spreads out of control.

Carey Gillam (2021-04-08). New Roundup Cancer Trials Loom Despite Bayer Settlement Efforts. globalresearch.ca Ken Moll is girding for battle. | Moll, a Chicago-based personal injury …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). Iraqis protest against unemployment, shut down major oil refinery. peoplesdispatch.org Protests against unemployment have been taking place for five days in a row in southern Iraq, causing massive fuel shortages in the region and adversely impacting oil production and refining at the Nasiriyah oil refinery…

WSWS (2021-04-08). Washington brings Syria's Al Qaeda in from the cold. wsws.org US media promotion of Syria's former Al Qaeda affiliate is a clear warning that Washington is preparing to escalate its bloody decade-old intervention.

Michael T. Hertz (2021-04-08). The appointment department. nationofchange.org The government could establish a publicly used appointment system, available to all on the internet.

_____ (2021-04-08). A Crisis Of 'Forced Mass Displacement' Of Black Pittsburghers. popularresistance.org Pennsylvania – Why did 7,000 Black Pittsburgh residents leave the city between 2014 and 2018? | The answer depends on who's talking. | Community activist Randall Taylor, a former Pittsburgh Public Schools board member and city council candidate, calls it a "crisis of forced mass displacement" of Black residents. | City councilmen Ricky Burgess and R. Daniel Lavelle say the issue is more nuanced and that most of the 7% of the Black population that left during that time period did so by choice. | Taylor and 31 other city residents on Tuesday petitioned Pittsburgh City Council for a public hearing on the issue and t…

WSWS (2021-04-08). Winfred Rembert, artist whose work was rooted in the Jim Crow US South, is dead at the age of 75. wsws.org The artist was one of only a few who survived a threatened lynching. He went on to raise a family and develop his craft in following decades.

Steve Sweeney (2021-04-08). Hunger strikers demand end to US support for deadly blockade on Yemen. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Brian Berletic (2021-04-08). Video: What Is Australia's Problem with China? asia-pacificresearch.com

Steve Sweeney (2021-04-08). Hunger strikers demand end to U.S. support for deadly blockade on Yemen. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Shalom Goldman (2021-04-08). Mrs. Hemingway, Israel, and the Palestinians. juancole.com Middlebury, Vt. (Special to Informed Comment) — In the current PBS series on Ernest Hemingway's life and work, Martha Gellhorn, the journalist and novelist who was the third of Hemingway' four wives, is sympathetically and vividly featured. But one important, perhaps defining, aspect of her life is glossed over. Similarly, in the 2012 HBO movie …

Harleen Kaur Bal (2021-04-08). What Should We Learn from India's Farmers' Protests? counterpunch.org Outside the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C., a saffron-turbaned man distributes water bottles to families of protestors with signs reading, "No Farmers, No Food." The protest represents growing international concern, particularly from Indian diaspora communities, towards Indian farmers peacefully protesting recent farm bills that would deregulate Indian agriculture. As the protest concludes in D.C., my family and

Israel National News (2021-04-08). Vaccination in Israel: Challenging Mortality Figures? globalresearch.ca The report below is an excerpt from Israel National News A …

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Cuba: First Stage of Phase III Trial with Soberana 02 Concludes. orinocotribune.com The study's principal researcher, Dr. María Eugenia Toledo, stated that so far the results of the process are "encouraging in terms of the safety of the product and the immune response." | The first stage of phase III clinical trial of the Cuban Soberana 02

Colin Todhunter (2021-04-08). Four Words Gates and His Pals Despise: Democracy & Minimum Support Price. counterpunch.org The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and an assortment of high-profile figures and policy makers are pushing for unregulated gene-editing technologies, the rollout of bio-synthetic food created in laboratories, the expanded use of patented seeds and the roll back of subsidies and support for farmers in places like India. These neoliberal evangelists despise democracy and

The Conversation (2021-04-08). After the Chauvin Trial, Can Police Culture escape Toxic Masculinity and 'Warrior Cops'? juancole.com By Angela Workman-Stark | — The police officer charged with murder in the death of George Floyd is currently on trial in Minneapolis amid continued calls for defunding or abolishing police forces — not just in the United States, but in Canada and other places that have also grappled with police brutality. The problem with …

Alex MacDonald (2021-04-08). UK: Ex-minister accuses pro-Israel lobbyists of 'disgusting interference'. middleeasteye.net UK: Ex-minister accuses pro-Israel lobbyists of 'disgusting interference' | Alan Duncan has said that the Conservative Friends of Israel fiercely lobbied to prevent him becoming Middle East minister | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 11: 26 | Former British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan gestures during a joint press conference with Ecuador's Ambassador Jaime Marchan at Victoria Gard…

MEE staff (2021-04-08). Israel 'flagrantly violated' obligations to vaccinate Palestinians, Amnesty says. middleeasteye.net Israel 'flagrantly violated' obligations to vaccinate Palestinians, Amnesty says | Rights group says failure to vaccinate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza is a sign of 'institutionalised discrimination' | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 16: 52 | For Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Israeli-blockaded Gaza, the vaccination rollout has lagged far behind (AFP) | Amnesty International has accused…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-08). Covid-19: Turkey reports highest daily case rate since pandemic began. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey reports highest daily case rate since pandemic began | Turkey recorded nearly 55,000 new coronavirus cases and reported 276 deaths in a 24-hour period | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 18: 12 | Schools and restaurants reopened in early March after a drop in infection rates, but new lockdown measures have been announced (AFP) | Turkey recorded 54,740 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours…

MEE staff (2021-04-08). Israel will not cooperate with ICC probe, government says. middleeasteye.net Israel will not cooperate with ICC probe, government says | Israel says the International Criminal Court does not have jurisdiction to investigate alleged Israeli war crimes | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 19: 41 | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has previously called the ICC's efforts to investigate Israel 'pure antisemitism' (AFP/File photo) | Israel will formally notify the International Criminal Court (ICC)…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-08). Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood's former acting leader sentenced to life in prison. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood's former acting leader sentenced to life in prison | Mahmoud Ezzat, 76, was arrested during a raid on a Cairo apartment last August | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 14: 07 | Former acting leader of the Muslim Brotherhood Mahmoud Ezzat has been sentenced to life in prison (AFP) | An Egyptian court sentenced Mahmoud Ezzat, the former acting leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, to l…

MEE staff (2021-04-08). Facebook sued for 'failing' to stop anti-Muslim hate speech. middleeasteye.net Facebook sued for 'failing' to stop anti-Muslim hate speech | US civil rights group asserts Facebook falsely promised to remove content that violated moderation standards | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 21: 01 | Facebook has been accused of providing a platform for the incitement of violence against Muslims across the world (AFP) | A US civil rights group launched legal proceedings against Facebook on Thursday, claiming t…

MEE staff (2021-04-08). Israeli settlers take control of Palestinian property and land in East Jerusalem. middleeasteye.net Israeli settlers take control of Palestinian property and land in East Jerusalem | Three residential buildings and a plot of land sold in secret expand settler presence in mostly-Palestinian areas of contested capital | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 15: 01 | An Israeli flag hangs on a building inhabited by Israeli settlers in the Silwan neighbourhood of occupied East Jerusalem, 15 June 2016 (AFP) | More than 100 Israeli s…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-08). UAE states backing for new Libyan unity government. middleeasteye.net UAE states backing for new Libyan unity government | Gulf state appears to reverse position after previously backing Khalifa Haftar, as Abdul Hamid Dbeibah meets Mohammed bin Zayed | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 12: 00 | Libya's interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah meets with Abu Dhabi's crown prince, Mohammed bin Zayed (AFP) | The United Arab Emirates has pledged support for the new unity gove…

MEE staff (2021-04-08). Blinken voices support for Jordan's King Abdullah in call. middleeasteye.net Blinken voices support for Jordan's King Abdullah in call | US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have both called the Jordanian monarch this week | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 22: 13 | King Abdullah said on Wednesday that the alleged plot against him is over (AFP/File photo) | US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called and voiced support for Jordan's King Abdullah on Thursday, a day after Presid…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-08). UK says it bombed Islamic State fighters in Iraqi mountains last month. middleeasteye.net UK says it bombed Islamic State fighters in Iraqi mountains last month | Defence ministry says it carried out several air strikes as part of a coordinated 10-day operation with local ground forces | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 08: 40 | The Ministry of Defence said three RAF Typhoon FGR4 fighter jets attacked using Storm Shadow missiles (File pic/AFP) | Britain carried out several air strikes against…

Rayhan Uddin (2021-04-08). France 'rejected MBS demand to label Salvator Mundi as 100 percent Da Vinci'. middleeasteye.net France 'rejected MBS demand to label Salvator Mundi as 100 percent Da Vinci' | Saudi-owned $450m artwork not exhibited at Louvre over doubts about its authenticity, new documentary alleges | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 12: 41 | People take pictures of a copy of Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi, the world's most expensive painting (AFP) | The world's most expensive painting, which is Saudi-owned, was not exhib…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-08). US Warship Sails Through Taiwan Strait as Tensions Rise. news.antiwar.com Ratcheting tensions in the region, the US sailed a warship through the Taiwan Strait on Wednesday. The US Navy's Seventh Fleet said the guided-missile destroyer USS John McCain made the provocative passage. As usual, China said it tracked the vessel and denounced the US provocation. "The US move to send warship to sail through the …

Jason Ditz (2021-04-08). Britain Participated in Iraq's March Offensive Against ISIS. news.antiwar.com Details continue to emerge in the 10-day offensive against ISIS in Makhmur Mountains in northern Iraq. The 27 ISIS were reported killed in the strikes, with most of the casualties coming from airstrikes against caves in the area. There were 312 airstrikes reported by Iraq, and it is not clear how many of these were British. | Britain said the strikes were carried out by three Typhoon FGR4 jets, and o…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-08). Report: Biden May Expel Russian Diplomats and Impose More Sanctions. news.antiwar.com According to One unnamed source told Bloomberg the moves could involve sanctions on individuals close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the expulsion of Russian diplomats the US will claim have ties to Russian intelligence. | The actions would be framed as "retaliation" for the hack of the software firm SolarWinds and alleged election interference. Both accusations are entirely unfounded, as the US has failed to pr…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-08). US Delivers Military Cargo to Ukraine as it Hypes Russian Military Movements. news.antiwar.com While hyping the movement of Russian troops near the border with Ukraine, the US has delivered multiple military shipments to Kyiv. A Newsweek report that cited local media said that over the past two weeks, the US had made three military cargo deliveries to Ukraine. On March 25th, 350 tonnes of cargo was delivered by ship …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-08). Report: US Agrees to Withdraw Combat Forces From Iraq, Timetable Not Clear. news.antiwar.com According to The report cited an unnamed Iraqi negotiator and said the timetable on the withdrawal would be determined at a later date. "Timelines for withdrawal will be agreed upon later thr…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-08). IAEA to Delay Talks on Iran Uranium Traces to Focus on Bigger Deal. news.antiwar.com IAEA to Delay Talks on Iran Uranium Traces to Focus on Bigger Deal | IAEA doesn't want to risk progress in detente…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-08). Israeli Warplanes Attack Syrian Capital, Wounding Four Soldiers. news.antiwar.com Syrian state media is reporting that Israeli warplanes operating in Lebanon attacked the capital city of Damascus overnight, with Syrian air defenses were quick to activate during the attack, and Syria reported that they were able to shoot down most of the missiles before anything was hit. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the attacks were aimed at a military post. | Lebanon's al-Manar TV reported that air defense missiles were heard exploding near the border. The…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-08). Report: Israeli Spy Chief Headed to Washington to Work Against Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com According to a report from Israeli TV, Israel's Channel 13 reported on Wednesday that Cohen will be making the trip in the coming days and is expected to meet with senior White House and US intelligence officials. The report said Israel is trying to arrange a face-to-face meeting between Cohen and Biden. | Cohen is expected to claim that Iran is hiding deta…

Elie Mystal (2021-04-08). How the Supreme Court Gave Cops a License to Kill. thenation.com How the Supreme Court Gave Cops a License to Kill…

Sylvia Hernández (2021-04-08). Tribute to George Floyd. thenation.com Tribute to George Floyd…

Gregg Gonsalves (2021-04-08). We're at the Beginning of the End of Covid-19. Now What? thenation.com We're at the Beginning of the End of Covid-19. Now What?

John Nichols (2021-04-08). Karen Carter Peterson's Ready to Bring Some 'Don't Mess Around' Progressivism to D.C. thenation.com Karen Carter Peterson's Ready to Bring Some 'Don't Mess Around' Progressivism to D.C.

Morgan Whitten, Alex Marquardt (2021-04-08). Harvard's Fossil Fuel Investments Aren't Just Immoral — They're Illegal, Too. thenation.com Harvard's Fossil Fuel Investments Aren't Just Immoral — They're Illegal, Too…

Timothy Pratt (2021-04-08). The Lawyer Behind Georgia's New Anti-Voting Law. thenation.com The Lawyer Behind Georgia's New Anti-Voting Law…

John Nichols (2021-04-08). Karen Carter Peterson Is Prepared to Bring 'Don't Mess Around' Progressivism to D.C. thenation.com Karen Carter Peterson Is Prepared to Bring 'Don't Mess Around' Progressivism to D.C.

Oliver Morton, Amy Westervelt (2021-04-08). Should Governments Consider Engineering the Atmosphere? thenation.com Should Governments Consider Engineering the Atmosphere?

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). U.S. lags in tracking coronavirus variants: media. ecns.cn The United States lags behind many other countries in employing the essential tool of gene sequencing for keeping abreast of COVID-19 variants, thus increasing the risk of a variant possibly spreading undetected, reported USA TODAY on Wednesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). COVID-19 origin-tracing politicized by other countries including U.S.: FM spokesperson. ecns.cn The COVID-19 origin-tracing was indeed tainted by politics, not by China, but by certain countries including the United States, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Canada's Ontario announces one-month lockdown as COVID-19 continues rampaging. ecns.cn Ontario province declared its third state of emergency Wednesday afternoon since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Global experts see COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan last year as 'timely, wise step'. ecns.cn After a 76-day lockdown against COVID-19, China's central megacity of Wuhan was finally reconnected with the rest of the world on April 8, 2020. One year on, China has made enormous efforts to contain the pandemic and contributed to the global battle against the virus.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Speed skating for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics tested at National Speed Skating Oval. ecns.cn A Chinese skater competes in the 500 meter speed skating event for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing, April 7, 2021.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). China urges Nigerian police to help free kidnapped Chinese hostages. ecns.cn China urged the Nigerian police to help free two Chinese nationals who were kidnapped in southwestern Nigeria on Monday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Xi urges Germany, EU to cooperate with China to bring more certainty, stability to world. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged Germany and the European Union (EU) to make joint efforts with China to protect and promote the healthy and stable development of their cooperation, so as to bring more certainty and stability to the volatile world.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). New explosive ordnance disposal tech debuts at training base. ecns.cn More than a dozen new explosive ordnance disposal technologies involving lasers, drone detection, detonation robots, water guns, X-ray units, and night vision debuted during a seven-day training session.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Philippines allows elderly to receive China's Sinovac vaccine. ecns.cn Filipinos aged 60 and above can now receive China's Sinovac vaccine after the Philippines' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allowed its use for senior citizens on Wednesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Xi urges EU to judge independently, achieve strategic autonomy. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said China's development has been an opportunity for the European Union (EU) and urged the EU to make correct judgment independently and truly achieve strategic autonomy.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Descendant of Flying Tigers' rescuer recalls the past. ecns.cn Wearing a hat emblazoned with the AVG Flying Tigers logo, Li Ruiling, the descendant of Flying Tigers' rescuer reveals a widespread legend that took place in Hong Kong during WWII.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). China beefs up crackdown on cybercrimes. ecns.cn China's top procuratorate has vowed to further crackdown on cybercrimes, cautioning against the spread of traditional crimes in cyberspace.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Verdant forest of metasequoia lights up Spring in Jiangsu. ecns.cn Verdant and rich forest of metasequoia forms a grand ecological landscape in Suqian City, east China's Jiangsu Province.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). China issues guideline on easing market access in Hainan free trade port. ecns.cn China on Thursday issued a guideline to support easing market access in the Hainan free trade port in its latest effort to build the resort island into a globally influential, high-level free trade port.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). China refutes U.S. 'intimidation' accusations. ecns.cn China on Thursday refuted U.S. accusations of the country conducting "intimidation actions" in the Taiwan Strait and said that the label of "intimidation" or "coercion" can never be pinned on China.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). China consumer expo a magnet for global firms. ecns.cn After signing an agreement with the organizers via a video link, Italian luxury brand ETRO became one of the latest international brands to participate in the first China International Consumer Products Expo.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). China's Chang'e 4 probe resumes work for 29th lunar day. ecns.cn The lander and rover of the Chang'e 4 probe have resumed work for a 29th lunar day on the far side of the moon.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Chinese Foreign Ministry hits back at U.S. over 5 human rights 'sins'. ecns.cn Chinese Foreign Ministry on Wednesday hit back at the United States after State Department insisted its sanctions on China is 'meaningful' in curbing the Chinese government's violation of human rights and genocide in Xinjiang.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). China, India in talks ahead of 11th round of military talks. ecns.cn When asked if the next military talks between top-level officials from China and India will be delayed, a Chinese official on Thursday refuted the remarks, saying that the two sides are still "in talks" for the meet-up.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Beijing defends Ankara embassy's Twitter statement on Xinjiang. ecns.cn Turkey called in China's ambassador on Tuesday after the embassy said on Twitter it had "the right to respond" to opposition leaders who criticized China's alleged treatment of Uygur Muslims in Xinjiang.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). China breaks deep-sea sediment core retrieval record. ecns.cn Chinese scientists have completed a deep-sea drilling project to obtain a sediment core with a length of 231 meters from a depth of over 2,000 meters in the South China Sea, setting a new world record for deep-sea drilling.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). HKSAR chief executive to table local electoral legislation amendment bill to LegCo next week. ecns.cn Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Thursday said that subject to endorsement of the Executive Council, the amendment bill to improve the HKSAR's electoral system will be tabled to the Legislative Council (LegCo) next Wednesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). BeiDou directed seeders work in Xinjiang's cotton fields. ecns.cn Aerial photo taken on April 7, 2021 shows an unmanned seeder equipped with Beidou navigation satellite system working in a cotton field in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Uzbek economics lecturer praises poverty elimination in China. ecns.cn Shahboz Babaev, an Uzbek lecturer in economics at the Anhui Finance and Trade Vocational College, praised China's practical measures and experiences on poverty alleviation and called on other countries to learn from China.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Over 2,500 arrested over Hong Kong's social unrest involve in judicial proceedings. ecns.cn The Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Thursday said that of the 10,242 people arrested between June 9, 2019 and Feb. 28, 2021 over the social unrest in Hong Kong, 2,521 have been or are undergoing judicial proceedings.

Michael Jansen (2021-04-08). The Netanyahu Bribery and Corruption Scandal, the New Knesset Vote for Him to Become President. globalresearch.ca As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared in court on Monday …

Staff (2021-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2021. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Surge, With Record Daily Infections in India, Turkey and Iran, Brazil's President Rejects Nationwide Lockdown Despite Record COVID-19 Death Toll, Countries Cut Back on AstraZeneca Vaccinations After Reports of Rare Blood Clots, U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Rise, Driven by Young People, Gaza Strip Locks Down Amid COVID Surge and Vaccine Shortage as Cases Plummet in Israel, U.S. Restores Financial Aid to U.N. Relief Agency for Palestine, Biden Names Gun Control Advocate to Lead Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Sen. Joe Manchin Doubles Down on Opposition to We…

webdev (2021-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2021. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Surge, With Record Daily Infections in India, Turkey and Iran, Brazil's President Rejects Nationwide Lockdown Despite Record COVID-19 Death Toll, Countries Cut Back on AstraZeneca Vaccinations After Reports of Rare Blood Clots, U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Rise, Driven by Young People, Gaza Strip Locks Down Amid COVID Surge and Vaccine Shortage as Cases Plummet in Israel, U.S. Restores Financial Aid to U.N. Relief Agency for Palestine, Biden Names Gun Control Advocate to Lead Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Sen. Joe Manchin Doubles Down on Opposition to We…

webdev (2021-04-08). "Vaccine Passports": ACLU Warns of Privacy Nightmare That Could Create "Two-Tiered Society" democracynow.org As people try to find a safe way to gather and travel during the pandemic, there is growing interest in documenting who has been vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19. The World Health Organization has warned so-called vaccine passports may not be an effective way to reopen, and healthcare professionals argue vaccine certificates may further exacerbate vaccine inequality. New York is already testing a digital vaccine passport app made by IBM called the Excelsior Pass, while countries including the U.K. and Israel have issued their own versions of electronic vaccine certificates. The U.S. government has ruled…

Staff (2021-04-08). "Vaccine Passports": ACLU Warns of Privacy Nightmare That Could Create "Two-Tiered Society" democracynow.org As people try to find a safe way to gather and travel during the pandemic, there is growing interest in documenting who has been vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19. The World Health Organization has warned so-called vaccine passports may not be an effective way to reopen, and healthcare professionals argue vaccine certificates may further exacerbate vaccine inequality. New York is already testing a digital vaccine passport app made by IBM called the Excelsior Pass, while countries including the U.K. and Israel have issued their own versions of electronic vaccine certificates. The U.S. government has ruled…

Zero Hedge (2021-04-08). Germany Says It Will Buy Russia's Sputnik Vaccine, but EU Approving Agency to Likely Drag Its Feet. globalresearch.ca At the moment over 50 countries across the globe have approved …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-08). Fatuous Defence: Australia's Guided Missile Plans. dissidentvoice.org Even in times of pandemic crises, some things never change. While Australia gurgles and bumbles slowly with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, there are other priorities at stake. Threat inflators are receiving much interest in defence, and the media is feeding on it with a drunken enthusiasm. We live in a dangerous environment, and think-tankers, parliamentarians …

Anand Naidoo (2021-04-08). The Heat: Vaccine inequality and Brazil battles COVID-19. america.cgtn.com Vaccinations are ramping up in the U.S., but President Joe Biden warns the country is still in a war against COVID-19. Meanwhile, in Brazil, hospitals and morgues are being stretched to the limit, and the prognosis for other low-income countries is similarly grim, as vaccine distribution continues to be a major challenge.

Megan Redshaw (2021-04-08). EU Regulators Find 'Possible Link' Between Blood Clots and AstraZeneca Vaccine, but Claim 'Benefits Still Outweigh Risks'. globalresearch.ca European regulators today said they

Uchenna Okeke (2021-04-08). Suicide watch for Mr. Derek Chauvin. indybay.org This is a letter I wrote to the Warden of Oak Parks Correctional Facility in Minnesota where Mr. Chauvin is incarcerated. I would like to share it with Indymedia.

Dan Bacher (2021-04-08). Over 1600 gallons of oil spilled in Inglewood Oil Field; oil and gas scorecard released. indybay.org "Yesterday's oil spill is a deadly reminder that the environmental racism that's shaped and harmed Black, Indigenous, and people of color continues to put our health at risk," said Martha Dina Arguello, STAND-LA Coalition and Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles.

Zachary Conti (2021-04-08). 260 Faith, Labor and Development Groups Press IMF, G20 and White House on COVID Response. indybay.org Ahead of Spring IMF and World Bank Meetings, World's Largest Unions, Human Rights Groups, Environmental and Religious Institutions Call for Aid, Debt Relief, Access to Emergency Reserves and Climate Protections…

MARCOS (2021-04-08). DICHIARAZIONE SUP MARCOS 7-04-2021. indybay.org CHIAPAS EL SUP MARCOS LA REALIDAD…

anonymous 888 (2021-04-08). Never Subscribe to a YouTube Channel. indybay.org You should NEVER subscribe to a YouTube channel, at least never more than one at a time! Let me explain why.

PAULUS (2021-04-08). COMUNICAZIONE RIGUARDO MISSIVE RICEVUTE DA MEXICO CHIAPAS. indybay.org DICHIARAZIONE COMANDO SUPREMO GABINETTO DI GUERRA RIGUARDI MISSIVE RICEVUTE DA MEXICO…

Laura Wells (2021-04-08). Ten Things for US to Understand about Latin America. indybay.org The more we know about what is really happening in Latin America, the more we can see that the region can be a source of inspiration rather than a threat requiring US sanctions.

SUB (2021-04-08). DICHIARAZIONE COMANDO GENERALE ZAPATISTA MEXICO 7-04-2021. indybay.org COMANDACIA GENERAL ZAPATISTA CHIAPAS MEXICO 7-04-2021…

SF LGBT Center (2021-04-08). Saturday 4/10: SF LGBT Center's Virtual Soiree 2021. indybay.org Online…

Reiner Brown (2021-04-08). Lockdown for the Military. indybay.org Life can only be saved with a consistent policy of social justice, of cooperation instead of capitalist competition for profit and supremacy. Peace is the basis of sustainable politics. The world is too small, too vulnerable, nature too endangered for wars and military. Climate justice requires no to war and yes to disarmament.

Save California Salmon (2021-04-08). Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Science and Management Webinar Series to Focus on Tribally Led Environmental Management. indybay.org Save California Salmon and Humboldt State University's Native American Studies Department announced they will be starting a new educational webinar series called Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK), Science and Management on Friday the 9th at 10: 30am. The series will touch on subjects such as traditional fire and fisheries management along with Native American led oceans and estuary restoration and advocacy. | "It is important to understand TEK not only through the lens of resource management practices but also as a response to settler colonial violence and land dispossession" says Brittani Orona (Hupa), Save…

Arthritis Foundation (2021-04-08). Sunday 5/16: Walk to Cure Arthritis. indybay.org Walk your Way! (Virtual//remote)…

Emperor Norton the Ninth (2021-04-08). Berkeley Anti-Homeless & Anti-Food… indybay.org Anti-Homeless architecture in Berkeley, and covering up food waste, with the illusion and propagation of false environmental narratives…

Zachary Conti (2021-04-08). Jubilee USA Statement on World Bank and IMF Annual Meetings and IMFC Communiqué. indybay.org World leaders, finance ministers, heads of corporations and development groups are meeting virtually for the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings.

anonymous 888 (2021-04-08). Never Subscribe to a YouTube Channel! indybay.org You should NEVER subscribe to a YouTube channel, at least never more than one at a time! Let me explain why.

Nick Pemberton (2021-04-08). Open Borders Is Socialism. counterpunch.org "I think the vision is, you know, you have this kind of right-wing populism, which really is socialism, that says we should close our borders, not allow unconstrained immigration, and then take better care of our own working-class people and not allow this kind of transnational, global, corporatist elite to take everything for themselves under

orinocotribune (2021-04-08). Vice President Delcy Rodríguez Explains Measures to Curb Economic Effects of the Pandemic. orinocotribune.com Faced with a worsening severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Venezuela and the world, which has troubled international markets and the Venezuelan economy—also affected by the blockade and the coercive measures imposed by the United States and Europe—the Venezuelan Executive has designed new policies with which to protect economic stability and maintain social services. | In this sense, the Executive Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, detailed this Wednesday, April 7, the set of economic and financial support measures for workers, families, micro and small businesses, which President Nicol…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-08). Hard Times For Turkish Troops In Syria: Convoy Came Under Attack In Greater Idlib. southfront.org Turkish forces are seen near Mount Barsaya, northeast of Afrin, Syria January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Khalil Ashawi | On April 8, a convoy of the Turkish Armed Forces came under attack in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib where several terrorist groups are active. | The Turkish convoy was struck by an improvised explosive device (IED) as it was passing on a road between the towns of al-Bara and Ehsim in the southern countryside of Idlib. The targeted convoy was carrying supplies and troops, which arrived fro…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-08). Ukrainian president rallies frontline troops after meeting with NATO Military Committee chief. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukrainian president rallies frontline troops after meeting with NATO Military Committee chiefRick Rozoff This morning the Ukrainian English-language press confirms that President Volodymyr Zelensky has arrived on the front line between government troops and the independent Donbass region of former Eastern Ukraine. While there he presented awards to service members and pledged to "remember every …

Global Research News (2021-04-08). Selected Articles: Joe Biden Recruiting Allies. globalresearch.ca By The pro-government press in Ukraine has announced that President Volodymyr Zelensky is to go to the Donbass conflict zone tomorrow, April …

Pip Hinman (2021-04-08). Labor's policy conference fails to put Morrison under pressure. greenleft.org.au Alex Bainbridge argues that the Labor party's stage-managed policy conference demonstrated that Anthony Albanese plans to continue its "small target" strategy, offering working people very little in a pandemic recession and climate emergency.

Pip Hinman (2021-04-08). Disdain for disability added to list of crimes against refugees. greenleft.org.au Denying permanent residency to a 6-year-old Australian-born child because he has cerebral palsy shows this govenment's complete and utter political and moral bankruptcy, writes Janet Parker.

webdev (2021-04-08). Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams Slams Biden Admin for Claiming Landmines Are a "Vital Tool" democracynow.org The Biden administration is facing criticism from human rights groups after it announced this week it will leave in place a Trump-era policy to allow military commanders to use landmines across the globe. A Pentagon spokesperson described landmines as a "vital tool in conventional warfare" and said restricting their use would put American lives at risk, despite Biden's campaign promise to promptly roll back Trump's policy. Jody Williams, recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, says landmines were invented "in order to maim people" and have a devastati…

Staff (2021-04-08). Nobel Peace Prize Winner Jody Williams Slams Biden Admin for Claiming Landmines Are a "Vital Tool" democracynow.org The Biden administration is facing criticism from human rights groups after it announced this week it will leave in place a Trump-era policy to allow military commanders to use landmines across the globe. A Pentagon spokesperson described landmines as a "vital tool in conventional warfare" and said restricting their use would put American lives at risk, despite Biden's campaign promise to promptly roll back Trump's policy. Jody Williams, recipient of the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, says landmines were invented "in order to maim people" and have a devastati…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-08). Women Who Experience More Stress Around Time Of Conception Twice As Likely To Give Birth To A Girl. eurasiareview.com Scientists from the University of Granada have analysed the levels of cortisol (a steroid hormone that is released in response to stress) in the hair of pregnant women in the period spanning from before conception to week 9 of their pregnancy, to determine whether there was any link to the sex of the baby | A total of 108 women participated in the research from the first weeks of pregnancy to delivery, having recorded their stress levels before, during, and after conception (via the concentration of cortisol in hair) and performed different psychological tests | A study carried out by scientists from the Unive…

Shane Quinn (2021-04-08). US, British and French Covert Operations in Syria. globalresearch.ca In October 2011 and February 2012 the US-NATO alliance, with the …

teleSUR (2021-04-08). Russia To Protect Donbas Residents if Needed: Kremlin Warns. telesurenglish.net Kremlin Deputy Chief of Staff Dmitry Kozak on Thursday warned that Russia will be forced to defend residents in Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic (the Donbas) if there is a need to do so. | RELATED: | Such a decision will depend on the scale of violence in the region, Kozak said, adding that the "armed formations" in Donbas are experienced and currently able to defend themselves without external assist…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-04-08). Joe Biden Recruiting Allies. globalresearch.ca Joe Biden had announced it in his electoral program: "While President …

Adán Chávez Frías (2021-04-08). °Pueblos del mundo uníos! globalizacion.ca I | Durante las últimas dos semanas, se desarrollaron un conjunto de encuentros preparatorios del Congreso Bicentenario de los Pueblos del Mundo; instancia convocada por el compañero Presidente Nicolás Maduro en el marco de la conmemoración de los 200 años de…

Emir Sader (2021-04-08). øCambia Brasil su política exterior? globalizacion.ca Los seis nuevos ministros del gobierno de Jair Bolsonaro finalmente asumieron. En ceremonias cerradas, sin medios y sin mayor participación de personas del gobierno. Un caso llamó la atención: la presencia de un presidente de un partido del Centrao (gran…

àÅngel Guerra Cabrera (2021-04-08). øNueva guerra fría? (II). globalizacion.ca El gobierno de Joe Biden está resultando por ahora una continuidad del de Trump en algunas cuestiones fundamentales de su política exterior. Durante la administración del magnate inmobiliario, las relaciones con China sufrieron gran deterioro a consecuencia de la guerra…

Francisco Colmenares (2021-04-08). Pemex en dos años del gobierno de AMLO. globalizacion.ca México, en el 83 aniversario de la expropiación petrolera decretada por el gobierno del general Lázaro Cárdenas y cuando el precio del barril de la mezcla mexicana está al alza, cotizándose por arriba de 60 dólares, enfrenta retos extraordinarios en…

José A. Amesty R. (2021-04-08). La oposición en Venezuela utiliza la vacuna de AstraZeneca como arma política. globalizacion.ca En estos momentos, la vacuna llamada AstraZeneca ha sido suspendida por varios países de Europa principalmente, así como otros países del mundo, después de reportes de posibles efectos secundarios graves y por las complicaciones que se han presentado a quienes…

South Front (2021-04-08). Video: War in Syria and "Terrorist Democracy" in Greater Idlib. globalresearch.ca In Syria's Greater Idlib, Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham continues its attempts at …

Peter Koenig (2021-04-08). SPARS Pandemic 2025-2028: A Repeat Rehearsal of Event 201? globalresearch.ca "At the end, what the 4th Industrial Revolution will lead …

_____ (2021-04-08). Moth-Eaten Eviction Moratorium Leaves Hundreds Of Thousands Without A Roof. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – "Raise your hand if you can't pay rent," she yelled sharply and resolutely into a microphone. A Spanish translation echoed her words as hands shot up across the crowd. "Now make that into a fist. Because we gotta fight! It's only when we fight that we can win!" Cheers and hollers muffled by face masks reverberated off the brick facades. Cars honked as they drove by, throwing solidarity fists at the "Cancel Rent" posters lined up along the sidewalk. A woman with a "Food not Rent" banner waved back with encouragement. | According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, "some 22 million adult…

Andy Kroll (2021-04-08). Back to the Future at the Pentagon. tomdispatch.com The future isn't what it used to be. As a teenager in the 1970s, I watched a lot of TV science fiction shows, notably Space: 1999 and UFO, that imagined a near future of major moon bases and alien attacks on Earth. Movies of that era like Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey envisioned colossal spaceships and space stations featuring international crews on mind-blowing missions to Jupiter and beyond. Who'd have thought that, 20 years after Kubrick's alternate reality of 2001, we humans would effectively be marooned on a warming "sixth extinction" planet with no moon bases and, to the best of my knowledge, no a…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-08). COVID-19 roadmap for reopening could lead to a third wave in England. imperial.ac.uk The current roadmap out of lockdown for England could lead to an extra 15,700 deaths by next summer, according to Imperial's latest modelling.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-08). International experts inform transparent use of algorithms at policy hackathon. imperial.ac.uk Greater algorithmic transparency in the public sector was the focus of a policy hackathon organised by The Forum and the think tank Reform.

William Donohue (2021-04-08). The Holocaust's Moral Lessons — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Observing Holocaust Remembrance Day is special for Jews around the world, but it should also be recognized by those of us who are not Jewish. There are many things that we can learn from this monstrous event, among them being the seminal moral lessons that it bequeathed. | At Nuremberg, the standard Nazi defense was to claim that they were only doing what they were instructed to do. It did not work. The London Charter of the International Military Tribunal determined that "following orders" did not exonerate them. Though the Tribunal did not explicitly invoke natural law—e.g., we know in our heart of hea…

_____ (2021-04-08). 'Ecocide' Movement Pushes For A New International Crime. popularresistance.org In 1948, after Nazi Germany exterminated millions of Jews and other minorities during World War II, the United Nations adopted a convention establishing a new crime so heinous it demanded collective action. Genocide, the nations declared, was "condemned by the civilized world" and justified intervention in the affairs of sovereign states. | Now, a small but growing number of world leaders including Pope Francis and French President Emmanuel Macron have begun citing an offense they say poses a similar threat to humanity and remains beyond the reach of international criminal law: ecocide, or widespread destruction…

Tom Fowdy (2021-04-08). China Sent Its Carrier Near Japanese Waters because Tokyo and Washington's Encroachment Unties Beijing's Hands. asia-pacificresearch.com

Andy Piascik (2021-04-08). White Supremacist Organizations and White Workers. zcomm.org With living standards in decline, the appeal of those who blame Blacks, women, gays and immigrants of color will continue unless a concerted effort is made to organize among white workers…

Phyllis Bennis (2021-04-08). If Impoverished Countries Can Host Millions of Refugees, the U.S. Can Welcome a Few Thousand. zcomm.org The factors that drive displacement are often complex, but welcoming refugees isn't…

Daniel Ellsberg (2021-04-08). Daniel Ellsberg at 90 — "It's Still Possible to Save Humanity" zcomm.org It will take a miracle to avoid catastrophic climate change and nuclear war, but it's still possible we can create such a miracle…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-08). From His Solitary Confinement, Marwan Barghouti Holds the Key to Fatah's Future. zcomm.org As it stands, the key to the future of Fatah is now held by a Palestinian prisoner, Marwan Barghouti, who has been kept by Israel, largely in solitary confinement, since 2002…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-08). The Future Of Australian Universities. zcomm.org The approach by the University of Melbourne is a template of savagery. In September last year, some 200 professors who sit on the academic board issued a warning at the imminent loss of 450 jobs…

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-08). Venezuela Rolls Out Economic Support as COVID-19 Infections Spread. zcomm.org The measures include a ban on evictions, a special "stay at home" benefit for two million private-sector workers, and a one-time benefit for 15 million people…

Philippe Marlière (2021-04-08). As Covid cases in France surge, Macron's superman image is fading fast. zcomm.org The French president has imposed a national lockdown, but he still won't own up to his mistakes and broken promises…

Juan Cole (2021-04-08). How to understand Indirect US-Iran Nuclear Talks. zcomm.org The US exaggerates the degree to which Iran is out of compliance with the JCPOA. It hasn't militarized its civilian nuclear enrichment program in any way…

Sharon Zhang (2021-04-08). Amazon Illegally Fired Activist Employees, Labor Board Finds. zcomm.org The National Labor Relations Board has found that Amazon illegally fired two employees who spoke out about the company's climate impact and labor practices during the pandemic.

Darrick Hamilton (2021-04-08). Biden's $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan Is Inadequate. zcomm.org "The scale of the problem and the size of the bill is incongruent."

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