2021-04-15: News Headlines

Eds. (2021-04-15). Grave concerns raised as Japan announces release of radioactive water into the sea. mronline.org JAPAN has come under fire after its government announced today that it would release more than a million metric tonnes of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-15). March 11, 2011: Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation. globalresearch.ca Unimaginable" levels of radiation still prevail. In the words of Dr. Helen Caldicott, "one millionth of a gram of plutonium, if inhaled can cause cancer". If not duly addressed, the continued dumping of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean constitutes a potential trigger to a process of global radioactive contamination.

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Over 78 pct of netizens oppose Japan's decision to dump radioactive water into sea: survey. ecns.cn Over 78 percent of global netizens expressed opposition to Japan's decision to discharge contaminated radioactive wastewater into sea, according to an exclusive survey posted by Xinhua on its Twitter account on Tuesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Greenpeace expert: Japan's decision must be overturned. ecns.cn Dumping contaminated wastewater into the sea may be the cheapest way for Japan to deal with its troubles of Fukushima nuclear plant, but the Japanese government's decision completely disregards the human rights and interests of the people in Japan and the wider Asia-Pacific region, said Shaun Burnie, a senior nuclear specialist with Greenpeace East Asia.

news.un (2021-04-15). Japan: UN experts 'deeply disappointed' by decision to discharge Fukushima water. news.un.org Three independent UN human rights experts expressed deep regret on Thursday over Japan's decision to discharge potentially still radioactive Fukushima nuclear plant water into the ocean, warning that it could impact millions across the Pacific region.

Catherine Wong (2021-04-15). China Warns of Action over Japan's Decision to Dump Radioactive Fukushima Water into the Sea. asia-pacificresearch.com

Thomas Knapp (2021-04-15). Biden and Afghanistan: Never, Ever Trust Us. counterpunch.org In February 2020, US President Donald Trump announced a peace deal with the Taliban, giving US forces 15 months to get out of Afghanistan. Nearly a year later, with the withdrawal nearly complete and only 2,500 US armed forces members remaining on Afghan soil, incoming President Joe Biden took the oath of inauguration and instantly

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-04-15). Media Concern Trolling About Afghanistan Withdrawal Again. orinocotribune.com Caitlin Johnstone — Apr 11, 2021 | " "Concerns are mounting from bipartisan US lawmakers and Afghan women's rights activists that the hard-won gains for women and civil society in Afghanistan could be lost if the United States makes a precipitous withdrawal from the country," CNN tells us. | What follows is yet another concern-trolling empire blog about why US troops need to stay in Afghanistan, joining recent others geared toward the same end lik…

Pip Hinman (2021-04-15). For an ecosocialist solution to the housing affordability crisis. greenleft.org.au The property-owning class has come out of the pandemic richer and more determined to use their wealth to get even wealthier. Peter Boyle takes a look at what can be done to revert this situation.

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-04-15). The "Secret Agenda" of the So-called Elite and the Covid mRNA Vaccine. globalresearch.ca Important and timely article, first published on April 10, 2020 | "The International" is the world-renowned battle song of the socialist labor movement. The English version of the original French text reads: | "Wake up, damned of this earth, who are still …

Aída Chávez (2021-04-15). Democratic Socialist Rana Abdelhamid Takes On a New York Incumbent. thenation.com Democratic Socialist Rana Abdelhamid Takes On a New York Incumbent…

Freedom Socialist Party (2021-04-15). Sunday 5/2: Celebrate May Day. indybay.org Zoom: Register at tinyurl.com/May Day21…

WSWS repost (2021-04-15). A strategy to eliminate the COVID-19 virus. indybay.org Quantitative analysis expert Dr. Yaneer Bar-Yam describes how we have always had control over the spread of COVID-19 but have largely failed to understand the structural dynamics of its spread. In this thought-provoking interview with the World Socialist Web Site he explains the futility of simply increasing restrictions when cases go up and decreasing restrictions when cases go down– if our goal is to completely end the pandemic.

Susan Price (2021-04-15). Greenland: Ecosocialist party wins election by opposing Australian mining project. greenleft.org.au Ecosocialist party Inuit Ataqatigiit won Greenland's April 4 election, in what was effectively a referendum on an Australian company's proposed uranium and rare-earth elements mining project, reports Peter Boyle.

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-04-15). Afghanistan's socialist years: The promising future killed off by U.S. imperialism. peoplesworld.org In the mid-1970s and early '80s, People's World correspondent Marilyn Bechtel was editor of the bimonthly magazine, New World Review. She visited Afghanistan twice, in 1980 and 1981. The article below first appeared in our pages on Oct. 6, 2001—the day before the U.S. launched its war in Afghanistan—under the headline, "Afghanistan: Some overlooked history." …

Gregory Wilpert (2021-04-15). Peru: Left vs. Far-Right — Dramatic Choice in Presidential Election. theanalysis.news Pedro Castillo, a leftist, unexpectedly won first place in Peru's first-round presidential election last Sunday. However, he now faces far-right second-place finisher, Keiko Fujimori. The outcome was largely due to a completely delegitimized political class in Peru, says Peru analyst Francesca Emanuele.

Open Democracy (2021-04-15). Turkey's Government moves to Ban Pro-Kurdish Leftist Party, 3rd Largest in Parliament, to Int'l Silence. juancole.com By Foteini Bakadima | — ( OpenDemocracy.net) — There is no doubt that current events in Turkey violate democratic procedures, personal and political rights and any obligation Turkey has as a member of international organisations such as the Council of Europe. Over the years, the EU has seen the Turkish government exert increasing pressure against …

Staff (2021-04-15). Network of Private and Public Pharmacies Already Has Carvativir for Sale. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, April 14, Venezuelan Minister for National Commerce, Eneida Laya, informed about the beginning of the commercial sale of the antiviral Carvativir, and that people will be able to purchase up to 4 units in different public and private pharmacies nationwide. | "On the instructions of President Nicolás Maduro, Carvativir is distributed in all the private pharmacy chains in the country, as well as in the public network. Sales of the drug are controlled. The purchase limit is 4 units per person and there is a data record when making the purchase in order to prevent possible resale," said Laya. | Variou…

David Gilbert (2021-04-15). In prison, today's pandemic and shades of yesterday's: What the fight against COVID can learn from the one against AIDS. mronline.org The infamous Tuskegee syphilis study on Black men is but the best known of the plethora of medical experiments on Black and Brown people in and out of prisons, and other vulnerable populations. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

WSWS (2021-04-15). Protests erupt in Spanish migrant camps at PSOE-Podemos repression. wsws.org Migrants are protesting appalling living conditions, poor food and the lack of medical treatment amid the escalating global COVID-19 pandemic.

Dean Baker (2021-04-15). Consumer Prices Bounce Up, But Fears of Inflation Baseless. counterpunch.org Nothing in this report should raise fears of inflation problems. We see some bounce back in prices depressed by pandemic, nothing more. Gas prices will be level or fall in April, lowering the overall rate. Owners' equivalent rent went up 0.2 percent in March, up 2.0 percent year-over-year. It had been rising over 3.0 percent

Mark Taliano (2021-04-15). False Perception Fabrication Inc. globalresearch.ca Mainstream Everything can create a pandemic out of anything, even out …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-15). BLS: New claims for jobless benefits fall by 20%. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—In a sign workers are finding jobs again following the year-long coronavirus-caused economic depression, new claims for state jobless benefits fell by 152,833, or 20%, in the week ending April 10, to 612,919, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported. Another 131,975 sought special federal pandemic jobless benefits that same week, down 20,444, or 15.5%, from …

Robert Pollin (2021-04-15). The Global Economy in the Age of the Pandemic and Beyond. zcomm.org The global economy experienced a massive contraction in 2020, with the overall global GDP falling by 4.3 percent. Compare that with the 2008 global financial crisis, which triggered a 1.8 drop in global output in 2009…

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Russian Communist leader praises China's COVID response. ecns.cn China is a model for escaping the economic dilemma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation Gennady Zyuganov said, according to a report by Sputnik on Monday.

MEE staff (2021-04-15). US warns pandemic could push some Middle East countries to collapse. middleeasteye.net US warns pandemic could push some Middle East countries to collapse | Report by US intelligence community finds instability could flare in Libya and Iraq, while Iran will continue challenging American influence in the region | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 16: 01 | US personnel may face danger if popular protests against government corruption and a declining economy take a violent turn, the report said (AFP) | The economi…

Alfred Kammer* (2021-04-15). From Vaccines To V-Shaped Recovery In Europe — Analysis. eurasiareview.com One year into the pandemic, Europe finds itself at another turning point. New waves of infection are hitting the continent, requiring new lockdowns. But, unlike last year, safe and effective vaccines are now available. While the pace of vaccination is still slow, an end to the pandemic is in sight. | Reflecting the periodic infection waves and the pace of vaccinations, the economic recovery in Europe is still halting and uneven. While industrial production has returned to pre-pandemic levels, the service sector is still contracting. | However, looking ahead, we project that Europe's economic growth will reboun…

Andy Kroll (2021-04-15). Making Sense of a Viral Military. tomdispatch.com Herd immunity? Don't count on it. Not if that "herd" is the U.S. military. According to news reports, at least a third of active-duty military personnel or those in the National Guard have opted out of getting the coronavirus vaccine. That figure, by the way, doesn't even include American troops stationed around the world, many of whom have yet to be offered the chance to be vaccinated. As a Navy spouse whose husband has moved to five separate U.S. duty stations in the decade we've been together, one thing is hard for me to imagine: an administration pledging to do everything it can to beat this pandemic has stop…

WSWS (2021-04-15). US Supreme Court again exempts religious gatherings from COVID-19 regulations. wsws.org For the fourth time since Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation to the Supreme Court, the new right-wing majority has ruled that local authorities cannot limit indoor religious gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Nick Licata (2021-04-15). How Can Hate Speech, Conspiracy Theories, etc., be Banned on Social Media? zcomm.org As social media sites continue to ban or suspend users who are posting misinformation that endangers public health or incites violence toward others, such as hate speech, the Supreme Court is more likely to be drawn into that discussion…

RT (2021-04-15). Republicans furious at Dems' attempt to 'pack' the Supreme Court as group of lawmakers unveil expansion bill. rt.com House and Senate Democrats have unveiled a new act that would expand the US Supreme Court from nine to 13 justices after President Joe Biden refused to be drawn on his position on such a move during his election campaign. | The historic potential shake-up of America's top federal court has angered Republicans who have accused the Biden administration of "packing" the bench — an effort to eat away at the court's conservative majority. | There have remained nine Supreme Court justices since 1869, with a current 6-3 majority in Republicans' favor. | On Thursday, the Judiciary Act of 2021 was introduced by De…

Juan Cole (2021-04-15). What will be the Mideast Crises facing Biden in the Coming Year? US Intelligence Threat Assessment. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community is out. It has a Middle East section and a report on Afghanistan in the South Asia section. Although the threat assessment aims at highlighting potential threats to the US and US interests, I am struck by how little their analysis …

Juan Cole (2021-04-15). What will be the Mideast Crises facing Biden in the Coming Year? US Intelligence Threat Assessment. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Annual Threat Assessment of the US Community is out. It has a Middle East section and a report on Afghanistan in the South Asia section. Although the threat assessment aims at highlighting potential threats to the US and US interests, I am struck by how little their analysis of …

Staff (2021-04-15). "A Courageous Decision": Rep. Ro Khanna Praises Biden's Plan to End the "Forever War" in Afghanistan. democracynow.org Democratic Congressmember Ro Khanna says President Joe Biden's plan to pull U.S. troops out of Afghanistan is a "courageous" decision. "I'm very glad that we have a president who has finally recognized that this is not a militarily winnable war," says Khanna. President Biden announced this week he plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, bringing the longest war in U.S. history to a close. Khanna says he is open to a U.N. peacekeeping force, as some have suggested, to ensure Afghanistan does not fall into deeper chaos once American troops leave. "Wi…

Alan MacLeod (2021-04-15). Support the Tropes. mronline.org How media language encourages the left to support wars, coups and intervention. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

Staff (2021-04-15). Headlines for April 15, 2021. democracynow.org Biden Vows to Pull Combat Troops from Afghanistan by 20th Anniversary of 9/11 Attacks, Minnesota Police Officer Kimberly Potter Charged with Manslaughter for Shooting Daunte Wright, Witness for Derek Chauvin's Defense Claims George Floyd Died of Heart Disease, Drugs and Car Fumes, Expert Witness for Derek Chauvin's Defense Sued over Black Teen's Death at Hands of Maryland Police, New York Police Deploy Advanced Surveillance Robot in Public Housing Complex, Boston Cop Allowed to Stay on the Force for 20+ Years After Child Sexual Abuse Complaint, Maryland State Trooper Shoots Dead 16-Year-Old with Airsoft Pellet Gu…

Staff (2021-04-15). Cut the Defense Budget: Rep. Khanna on Bloated Pentagon Spending, Ending War in Yemen, UAE Arms Deal. democracynow.org Congressmember Ro Khanna of California says hundreds of billions of dollars in annual defense spending could be better used on diplomacy, humanitarian aid, public health and other initiatives. He's one of 50 House Democrats who signed a letter to President Joe Biden in March urging a "significantly reduced" Pentagon budget, which has grown to over $700 billion. "The Pentagon increases make no sense," says Khanna. "If you're ending the forever war in Afghanistan … then why are we increasing, at the same time, the defense budget?" Khanna also discusses the Saudi-led, U.S.-backed war in Yemen, a major U.S. arms de…

Staff (2021-04-15). "We're in a Transition Phase": Dr. Monica Gandhi on Vaccine Safety & Why You Still Need a Mask. democracynow.org U.S. health officials have delayed a decision on whether to resume the use of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine after reports of blood clots in six women who received doses. Dr. Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease physician and professor of medicine at the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital, says it's "prudent" to investigate reports of blood clots but notes the issue "is very rare" and unlikely to cause more than a temporary delay. She also says it's important to raise "vaccine optimism" by continuing to tout the benefits of COVID-19 vaccines. "Eventually we are going to get back to the normalcy of not mask…

Moderator (2021-04-15). The Fine Print on Biden's Afghanistan Announcement. scheerpost.com By Norman Solomon When I met a seven-year-old girl named Guljumma at a refugee camp in Kabul a dozen years ago, she told me that bombs fell early one morning while she slept at home in southern Afghanistan's Helmand Valley. With a soft, matter-of-fact voice, Guljumma described what happened. Some people in her family died. She lost an arm. Troops on the ground didn't kill Guljumma's relatives and… |

Norman Solomon (2021-04-15). Contrary to What Biden Said, U.S. Warfare in Afghanistan Is Set to Continue. zcomm.org No matter what the White House and the headlines say, U.S. taxpayers won't stop subsidizing the killing in Afghanistan until there is an end to the bombing and "special operations" that remain shrouded in secrecy…

Norman Solomon (2021-04-15). Contrary to What Biden Said, U.S. Warfare in Afghanistan Is Set to Continue. indybay.org The bombing will not stop…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-15). Western Media Eager to See Ukraine Use US-Supplied Weapons Against Russia. globalresearch.ca With tensions simmering in eastern Ukraine, US media outlets are happy …

WSWS (2021-04-15). Cyclone Seroja wreaks death and destruction in Indonesia, East Timor and Western Australia. wsws.org The disaster still threatens to trigger a wave of dangerous diseases in multiple impoverished communities, including cholera, dysentery, typhoid—and COVID-19.

Makia Freeman (2021-04-15). Woke Virus: COVID Is Sustainable, Equitable, Inclusive, Racially Unbiased and Climate Aware. globalresearch.ca Did you know that SARS-CoV-2 is a woke virus? | Did you …

Jorge Alejandro Suárez Rangel (2021-04-15). Oportunismo alemán a costa de la pandemia. globalizacion.ca Hay tres recursos médicos de principal importancia para el combate de la pandemia del Covid-19: la vacuna, la mascarilla y las pruebas de detección del virus; Alemania está involucrada en escándalos con cada uno de ellos. | La vacuna | La batalla…

RT (2021-04-15). Twitter suspends Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe after undercover scoops on CNN's pro-Biden, BLM & Covid-19 propaganda. rt.com Twitter has banned Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe for alleged violation of its policies on "platform manipulation and spam," silencing his account amid a series of undercover scoops on CNN's propagandist tactics. | The social media giant told O'Keefe on Thursday that his account is permanently suspended and will not be reinstated, citing an allegation that he used fake or multiple accounts to manipulate conversations on the platform. Twitter said in a

MEE correspondent (2021-04-15). Iranian press review: Who caused Iran's fourth Covid-19 wave? middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Who caused Iran's fourth Covid-19 wave? | Meanwhile, the interior minister is under fire over 2019 protest killings, and the country's supreme leader rules out lengthy negotiations over the nuclear deal | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 11: 33 | An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask adjusts her head scarf on a street in Tehran on 12 April, following the tightening of restri…

MEE correspondent (2021-04-15). Iranian press review: Fourth Covid-19 wave prompts criticism of both government and US sanctions. middleeasteye.net Iranian press review: Fourth Covid-19 wave prompts criticism of both government and US sanctions | Meanwhile, the interior minister is under fire over 2019 protest killings, and the country's supreme leader rules out lengthy negotiations over the nuclear deal | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 11: 33 | An Iranian woman wearing a protective mask adjusts her head scarf on a street in Tehran on 12 April,…

EurActiv (2021-04-15). EU Council Ready To Negotiate On COVID Travel Certificate. eurasiareview.com By Gerardo Fortuna | ( In the approved mandate to start talks with EU lawmakers, member states aim at retaining the possibility to process personal data collected even for non-travel purpo…

Susan Price (2021-04-15). Cuba's successful response to COVID-19. greenleft.org.au Removed from the world's prevailing vaccine distribution network, Cuba is the only nation in the Latin American and Caribbean region to develop its own vaccines against COVID-19, writes Ian Ellis-Jones.

RT (2021-04-15). Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 jabs to remain shelved as US watchdogs await 'more information' on blood-clotting risk. rt.com A CDC panel declined to vote on whether to resume US use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine, effectively putting the jabs on ice until more data is available on rare cases of blood clotting linked to the product. | Members of the CDC advisory committee on Wednesday said they want more information about the types of people, by such factors as age and gender, who may be at most risk of blood clots after taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. It's not clear when a recommendation will be made, but the panel reportedly may reconvene in as soon as seven to 10 days. Its next regular meeting is scheduled for May 5…

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Over 175 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn BEIJING, April 14 (Xinhua) — More than 175.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Tuesday, the National Health Commission said Wednesday. Enditem…

Workers World Party (2021-04-15). PDF of April 15 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Amazon workers: The struggle has just begun Daunte Wright's life matters! Tribute to Ramsey Clark. COVID crisis: Michigan surge, Vaccines — Capitalism vs. Socialism. PRO Act: petition & editorial. Paul Robeson remembered; On the picket line; DREAMERS confront Cruz. GLOBAL: Vieques, Culebra; Greenland; Gaza; Venezuela. TEAR DOWN . . . |

William J. Watkins, Jr. (2021-04-15). Vermont Unconstitutionally Distributes COVID Vaccine Based On Race — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Shame on the State of Vermont. Under the state's If anyone bothered to take the matter to court, this racially based vacc…

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Putin completes COVID-19 vaccination. ecns.cn Russian President Vladimir Putin said he received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, following his first shot on March 23.

teleSUR (2021-04-15). Pfizer CEO: Third COVID-19 Vaccine Dose Likely Within 12 Months. telesurenglish.net Pfizer Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said people will likely need a third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine within 12 months of getting fully vaccinated, according to a CNBC report on Thursday. | RELATED: | Bourla said it is possible people will need to get vaccinated against the coronavirus annually. | "We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remai…

Guoqing Qian, Yong Zhang, Yang Xu, Weihua Hu, Ian P. Hall, Jiang Yue, Hongyun Lu, Liemin Ruan, Maoqing Ye, Jin Mei (2021-04-15). [Research Paper] Reduced inflammatory responses to SARS-CoV-2 infection in children presenting to hospital with COVID-19 in China. thelancet.com Infection with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in children is associated with better outcomes than in adults. The inflammatory response to COVID-19 infection in children remains poorly characterised.

Sylvia Ranjeva, Riccardo Pinciroli, Evan Hodell, Ariel Mueller, C.Corey Hardin, B.Taylor Thompson, Lorenzo Berra (2021-04-15). [Research Paper] Identifying clinical and biochemical phenotypes in acute respiratory distress syndrome secondary to coronavirus disease-2019. thelancet.com We identified distinct phenotypic profiles in COVID-19 associated ARDS, with little variation according to respiratory physiology but with important variation according to systemic and extra-pulmonary markers. Phenotypic identity was highly associated with short-term mortality. The class 2 phenotype exhibited prominent signatures of coagulopathy, suggesting that vascular dysfunction may play an important role in the clinical progression of severe COVID-19-related disease.

_____ (2021-04-15). The Canadian Government's Regime Change Obsession — An Existential Challenge for the Citizens of Canada. strategic-culture.org By Pierre LeBLANC | In its foreign policy, the Justin Trudeau/Chrystia Freeland government has run roughshod over the sovereignty of citizens-first, freestanding governments in many regions of the world; in knee-jerk compliance to the diktats of its magnate handlers and in lock-step with the albatross on its southern border. Buttressed and commanded by its corporate captors and sustained by the sycophantic hysterics of the mass media, this avatar of some imaginary autonomous government has refused all overtures and calls from its citizens to take the true measure of the interests and values of Canadians as well a…

Ana M Valdes, James C Moon, Amrita Vijay, Nish Chaturvedi, Alan Norrish, Adeel Ikram, Simon Craxford, Lola M.L. Cusin, Jessica Nightingale, Amanda Semper, Timothy Brooks, Aine McKnight, Hibba Kurdi, Cristina Menni, Patrick Tighe, Mahdad Noursadeghi, Guruprasad Aithal, Thomas A Treibel, Benjamin J Ollivere, Charlotte Manisty (2021-04-15). [Research Paper] Longitudinal assessment of symptoms and risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in healthcare workers across 5 hospitals to understand ethnic differences in infection risk. thelancet.com In the UK first wave, Black ethnicity (but not other ethnicities) more than doubled HCWs likelihood of seropositivity, independent of age, sex, measured socio-economic factors and hospital role.

Editor2 (2021-04-15). Colombia: A Glimpse Into a Sad Reality. orinocotribune.com By Alice Loaiza — Apr 5, 2021 | When people ask me if it is safe to visit Colombia, I always answer that it is fine if you don't speak Spanish and stay on the well-guarded tourist trail. But you will never see the reality of one of the poorest countries in Latin America. You will never see the mass displacement of communities or the murders committed by paramilitaries and military or the police beating people in the streets. | Indepaz, a Colombian peace organization, recorded eleven massacres in 2021. One of the last was in the small town of Tarazá, Antioquia, where three young men were gunned down by the Go…

_____ (2021-04-15). Biden Administration's September 11 Withdrawal Plan Violates Peace Agreement. popularresistance.org Members of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) criticized U.S. President Joe Biden's announcement Wednesday that he would pull troops from Afghanistan on September 11, 2021, thereby violating a key component of a peace agreement negotiated by the previous administration. | A September 11 withdrawal—landing on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack—reinforces the false impression that the Taliban government had something to do with the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. | BAP is concerned the attempt to move the date of U.S. withdrawal past the agreed-upon May 1 deadline will give hardli…

_____ (2021-04-15). Stand With Haiti! A Call For Solidarity. popularresistance.org Above photo: Black Alliance for Peace. This statement, written by Haiti Action Committee and signed by over 60 organizations, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the return to Haiti of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and First Lady Mildred Aristide. It calls for support of the resistance by the Haitian people to the US-backed dictatorship of Jovenel …

Staff (2021-04-15). Biden Breaks Campaign Promise, Approves Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia. truthout.org Every so often, we get a glimpse at who is actually running this joint. | People like President Biden, former President Trump, Minority Leader McConnell and House Speaker Pelosi give every appearance of being in charge of their respective spheres, and make no mistake, the power they wield is enormous. Consider those four: Pelosi could halt all legislation, McConnell can come close to doing the same, Trump is running the Republican Party, and Biden can peel the mantle off the Earth with an order to his nu…

South Front (2021-04-15). Video: Afghanistan's Holy Month of Celebration or Disappointment. globalresearch.ca The Holy month of Ramadan has begun in Afghanistan, and it …

The Conversation (2021-04-15). As Biden Announces US will Leave Afghanistan, what Forces will Shape its Future? juancole.com By Catesby Holmes | — The United States will bring home its over 3,000 remaining soldiers in Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021, delaying its planned withdrawal for five months in an effort to bolster faltering peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban insurgent group. The new troop withdrawal date is symbolic, marking the 20th …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-15). Taliban Promises 'Nightmare' For US Troops in Final Months of Afghanistan War. news.antiwar.com Since President Biden is breaking the US-Taliban peace deal by pushing back the May 1st withdrawal deadline to September 11th, the Taliban said it is ready to attack US troops again and turn the final months of Washington's almost twenty-year-old war into a "nightmare." | Mullah Salih Khan, a Taliban commander in the Helmand Province, told

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-15). Taliban Says Biden's Decision Breaks Doha Agreement, Threatens 'Countermeasures'. news.antiwar.com The Taliban "This decision is a clear violation of the Doha Agreement and non-compliance with its commitments," the Taliban statement says. The group called on other countries to pressure the US into living up to its end of the agreement and leave by May 1st. | "As this agreement was signed in the presence of United Nations and repre…

Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold (2021-04-15). The hawks who want war with Iran are working overtime. nationofchange.org As the saboteurs of diplomacy hope for a violent escalation, let's keep in mind, and hope Iran agrees, that the best revenge would be a revived JCPOA.

Medea Benjamin (2021-04-15). U.S. Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard. progressive.org President Biden announced a removal of all U.S. troops by September 11, but he failed to include some important details.

Ann Garrison (2021-04-15). Pacifica Radio: Let's Talk About the Debt. counterpunch.org In early June, listener subscribers and staff of the Pacifica Radio Network, which includes five nonprofit metropolitan stations, KPFA-Berkeley, KPFK-Los Angeles, KPFT-Houston, WBAI-New York City, WPFW-Washington D.C., and over 200 smaller affiliate stations across the U.S., will receive ballots to vote on yet another new set of bylaws that would largely do away with its

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-04-15). Oil Output Remains Steady as PDVSA Eyes Fuel Production Boost. venezuelanalysis.com PDVSA is reportedly prioritizing diluent and light crude for its recovering fuel refineries.

Ajamu Baraka (2021-04-15). Murder of Daunte Wright Ruined Derek Chauvin Show Trial. dissidentvoice.org The fix was in. The U.S. state was determined to demonstrate to the world that its system was able to render "justice" to its captive African/Black population. So, unlike in the handful of cases where charges were brought against police officers for killing a Black or Brown person, the prosecutors this time did not pretend …

Ajamu Baraka (2021-04-15). Murder of Daunte Wright Ruined Derek Chauvin Show Trial. counterpunch.org The fix was in. The U.S. state was determined to demonstrate to the world that its system was able to render "justice" to its captive African/Black population. So, unlike in the handful of cases where charges were brought against police officers for killing a Black or Brown person, the prosecutors this time did not pretend

Pepe Escobar (2021-04-15). Ucrania — Guerra, rusofobia y oleoducto. globalizacion.ca Con terribles consecuencias para toda Eurasia, Ucrania y Rusia pueden estar al borde de la guerra. Vayamos al grano y sumerjámonos en la niebla de la guerra. El 24 de marzo, el presidente ucraniano Zelensky, a todo efecto práctico, firmó…

Dan Cohen (2021-04-15). NED-Funded Uyghur Separatist Network and CAIR Director Rally Around Cold War Propaganda. mintpressnews.com At a March 30 demonstration at the Chinese Embassy, the U.S.-funded Uyghur Separatist Network was joined by prominent Muslim figures. "Behind The Headlines" correspondent Dan Cohen spoke to participants and examined their claims.

David Swanson (2021-04-15). The Brutes Haven't All Been Exterminated. counterpunch.org Sometimes I struggle to explain why none of the endless wars can ever be ended. Are they just too profitable? Is the propaganda self-fulfilling and self-believing? Is the bureaucratic inertia that powerful? No combination of semi-rational motivations ever seems sufficient. But here's a potentially relevant fact: there are still people alive in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria,

Nick Engelfried (2021-04-15). Young Indigenous organizers are taking the fight against oil pipelines to Biden. zcomm.org With the Line 3 and Dakota Access pipelines threatening Indigenous land, youth from the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux tribes ran 2,000 miles to deliver a powerful message to the new administration…

Celeste McGovern (2021-04-15). British Columbia: One Dead, Three Neurologically Disabled, 'Numerous' Reactions from Vaccine in Tiny Indigenous Village. globalresearch.ca One patient died, two suffered anaphylactic reactions, three have ongoing disabling …

Toward increasing Networking (2021-04-15). Online events with Naomi Klein, Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn, Angela Davis & many others. indybay.org Here are some 2 dozen online events taking place over the next few weeks (and starting tomorrow, Wednesday, April 14), featuring people such as Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, Jeremy Corbyn, Vandana Shiva, Angela Davis, Dave Zirin, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and many others. | These events are hosted from various locations all across the country, as well from Canada and the UK (however, the listed times are all for our "Pacific time zone"). Of course, feel free to share this info with others who might be interested in it.

Jessica Buxbaum (2021-04-15). Just Like in the US, Policing in Israel is Rooted in Racist Violence. mintpressnews.com In the US, policing can be traced back to nineteenth-century slave patrols. In Israel, security forces have roots in Haganah, a Zionist militia group involved in the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

samidoun (2021-04-15). Boycott Israeli Dates — Stand with Palestine, Boycott Apartheid! samidoun.net Boycott Israeli Dates!: | Thousands of Palestinian prisoners are marking Ramadan inside Israeli prisons, deprived of their families and loved ones, while their communities and loved ones are kept from these strugglers for freedom by iron bars and prison walls of the occupation. Millions more Palestinians mark the holiday facing home demolitions, land confiscation, systematic racism and apartheid, a killer siege, extrajudicial executions, military occupation, and settler colonialisn. For 72 years, Palestinian refugees have been denied their right to return to their homes, lands and properties by the Zionis…

_____ (2021-04-15). After Election, Israel Turns Attention To De-Arabization Of The Zionist State. popularresistance.org Jerusalem – As these words are being typed, The Holy Month of Ramadan is about to begin and I want to begin by wishing my Muslim brothers and sisters, friends, and all Muslims around the world Ramadan Karim. I was born and raised in Jerusalem, which has been an Arab and Muslim city for over 1,500 years. The sight of this beautiful ancient city during Ramadan is unforgettable. The lights and decorations, the festivities, and the families enjoying all of this are heartwarming. | Sadly, since the Zionist invasion of Palestine 73 years ago, and particularly since the savage conquest of the Old City 54 years ago, this…

Committee on Academic Freedom (2021-04-15). Protesting Ongoing Israeli Army Arrests, Detention of University Students in Occupied Palestine. juancole.com By Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association. To: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Yoav Galant, Minister of Higher Education Ze'ev Elkin, Minister of Justice Avi Nissenkorn, Brigadier General Rasan Alian, Head of Civil Administration in the West Bank, Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Chief Clerk Init …

MEE staff (2021-04-15). Palestine accuses UK of giving 'carte blanche to Israel' in opposing ICC probe. middleeasteye.net Palestine accuses UK of giving 'carte blanche to Israel' in opposing ICC probe | PA's UK diplomatic mission responds to Boris Johnson's objection to international court's probe into abuses in the occupied Palestinian Territories | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 16: 48 | A Palestinian man on 4 March walks past a mural of journalists killed during Israel's 2014 offensive in Gaza (AFP/File photo) | The Palestinian Authority's…

MEE staff (2021-04-15). Palestinians in Israel mark 73 years since Nakba, affirming right of return. middleeasteye.net Palestinians in Israel mark 73 years since Nakba, affirming right of return | As Israel celebrates independence day, Palestinian citizens participate in the annual March of Return | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 15: 01 | Palestinians demonstrate along the controversial separation barrier at the western entrance of the northern West Bank city of Tulkarem, marking the 72nd anniversary of the Nakba, 16 May 2020 (AFP) | As Is…

David Rosen (2021-04-15). Amazon Workers' Defeat: The Trusts Are Back. counterpunch.org On Friday, April 9th, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union was defeated in its effort to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, AL. The union accuses Amazon of unfairly interfering with the vote and plans to appeal. However disappointing is the Amazon defeat, it signals something more telling. During the fin de siècle and the early-20th century, large corporations cornered whole segments of America's economy using predatory pricing, exclusivity deals and other anti-competitive practices to undercut smaller local businesses. And numerous strikes were defeated, often leading striking workers inj…

_____ (2021-04-15). Message From The Amazon Union Defeat In Alabama Is Clear. popularresistance.org On April 9, the National Labor Relations Board announced the results of a mail ballot certification election that concluded on March 29 for workers at the Amazon fulfillment center in Bessemer, Alabama. With 3,215 votes cast, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) was defeated with at least 1,608 votes against the union, enough to crush the drive. The result was not shocking given the millions of dollars that Amazon spent and its power inside the facility to pressure workers to vote against forming a union. | No matter how you spin it, the defeat is a significant blow to the multitude of organiz…

David Rosen (2021-04-15). Amazon Workers Defeat: The Trusts Are Back. counterpunch.org On Friday, April 9th, the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union was defeated in its effort to organize Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, AL. The union accuses Amazon of unfairly interfering with the vote and plans to appeal. However disappointing is the Amazon defeat, it signals something more telling. During the fin de siècle and the early-20th century, large corporations cornered whole segments of America's economy using predatory pricing, exclusivity deals and other anti-competitive practices to undercut smaller local businesses. And numerous strikes were defeated, often leading striking workers inj…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Airborne Laser Scanning Of Gaps In Amazon Rainforest Helps Explain Tree Mortality. eurasiareview.com A group of researchers led by Brazilians has used an innovative model to map gaps in the Amazon rainforest and identify factors that contribute to tree mortality. Water stress, soil fertility, and anthropic forest degradation have the most influence on gap dynamics in the world's largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, according to an article on the study published in Scientific Reports. | Forest gaps are most frequent in the areas with the highest levels of soil fertility, possibly because the abundance of organic material drives faster tree growth and shorter life cycles. | The main method of data c…

Denis Halliday (2021-04-15). Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Denis Halliday is an exceptional figure in the world of diplomacy. In 1998, after a 34-year career with the United Nations—including as an Assistant Secretary-General and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq—he resigned when the UN Security Council refused to lift sanctions against Iraq. Halliday saw at first

Staff (2021-04-15). Increasing Pentagon Budget as US Pulls Out of Afghanistan Makes Little Sense. truthout.org Congressmember Ro Khanna of California says hundreds of billions of dollars in annual defense spending could be better used on diplomacy, humanitarian aid, public health and other initiatives. He's one of 50 House Democrats who signed a letter to President Joe Biden in March urging a "significantly reduced" Pentagon budget, which has grown to over $700 billion. "The Pentagon increases make no sense," says Khanna. "If you're ending the forever war in Afghanistan … then why are we increasing, at…

Capital & Main (2021-04-15). Noam Chomsky Without Regrets. indybay.org We learn more about human beings and their nature from 19th-century novels than we do from academic psychology. It's a way we not only enrich our lives, but enrich our understanding and conception of what it is to live a good life. Literature, arts, music or painting are some of the most profound ways we come to understand what we are and what we could be.

Staff (2021-04-15). From Luxury Condo in Madrid, Leopoldo López Repeats US Talking Points on Colombian Paramilitary Violence in Apure. orinocotribune.com A new media and political attack regarding the events in Apure state was launched by the fugitive from Venezuelan justice Leopoldo López. He stated that the military action of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) against Colombian narco-paramilitary gangs on the border with Colombia "does not have as its objective the defense of the Venezuelan territory—as established in Article 15 of Venezuelan Magna Carta—but that of participating in a conflict between narco-guerrillas," an accusation that aligns with those of certain Colombian authorities, in favor of their anti-Venezuelan and pro-US interest…

Geraldina Colotti (2021-04-15). Golpe de abril en Venezuela, guerra mediática desde Europa. globalizacion.ca Al analizar algunos elementos clave del golpe de abril 2002, queda claro por qué es legítimo considerar a la Venezuela bolivariana como un paradigma del siglo XXI, un laboratorio que va más allá de la realidad venezolana. | El haber podido…

Phyllis Bennis (2021-04-15). What Does Biden's Decision to Withdraw From Afghanistan Mean? thenation.com What Does Biden's Decision to Withdraw From Afghanistan Mean?

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-15). Russia-US Tensions at an Historic High: Biden Proposes an In-Person Meeting with Putin. globalresearch.ca The American and Russian Presidents have a slew of issues to …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-15). Israel Sabotages the Natanz Nuclear Facility. counterpunch.org Over the weekend, Iran marked National Nuclear Technology Day. The stars of the show were going to be new advanced centrifuges at the Natanz uranium enrichment plant. Unfortunately, the stars did not shine and President Hassan Rouhani and his officials were left with a reminder of the previous time the centrifuges at Natanz crashed. In

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-15). The Clandestine War on Africa: France's Endgame in Mali. counterpunch.org In a recent report, the United Nations Mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, concluded that, on January 3, French warplanes had struck a crowd attending a wedding in the remote village of Bounti, killing 22 of the guests. According to the findings, based on a thorough investigation and interviews with hundreds of eyewitnesses, 19 of

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-15). Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios? zcomm.org "it's a breakthrough even to consider the investigation, let alone the indictment and the prosecution of either Israelis or Americans that was put on the agenda of the ICC, which led to a pushback by these governments."

Scott Bauer, Mike Householder (2021-04-15). Community leaders call for more serious charges in Wright death. peoplesworld.org BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Black community leaders and family members of Daunte Wright were calling for more serious charges against a white police officer in Wright's death, comparing her case to the murder charge brought against a Black officer who killed a white woman in nearby Minneapolis. Former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter …

Tom Engelhardt (2021-04-15). Slaughter Central: The US as a Mass-Killing Machine. counterpunch.org By the time you read this piece, it will already be out of date. The reason's simple enough. No matter what mayhem I describe, with so much all-American weaponry in this world of ours, there's no way to keep up. Often, despite the headlines that go with mass killings here, there's almost no way even

Ahmad Soheil Ahmadi (2021-04-15). From Despair to Activism: An Afghan Refugee in Indonesia. counterpunch.org Spending years in legal limbo and with a suicide rate ten times the global average, refugees in the Indonesian archipelago are organising to improve their lot. Ahmad Soheil Ahmadi spoke to leading activist and Afghan asylum seeker Ahmad Basir Zafari about his odyssey and about recent developments. ASA: Where are you from and what conditions

Al Neal (2021-04-15). Northern Ireland youth coerced into violent acts. peoplesworld.org BELFAST, Northern Ireland—The town of Carrickfergus, along with four other Union Loyalist towns and cities, has been beset with violence over the past weeks casting further doubts the current political stability in Northern Ireland will last much longer. More troubling, however, is the involvement of youth, as young as 12-years-old, being forced into the violence, …

Special to People's World (2021-04-15). NEH Announces $24 million for 225 humanities projects nationwide. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced $24 million in grants for 225 humanities projects across the country. These grants will support a diverse range of exemplary humanities projects, including Audio History Project, a podcast series that uses archival audio recordings to illuminate forgotten stories about individuals and events from twentieth-century …

Leif Autzen (2021-04-15). Hospital patient shot and killed by police in Columbus, Ohio. liberationnews.org A small demonstration was attacked by police in Columbus, Ohio, on the night of April 13, following a police killing in an emergency room on April 12.

Staff (2021-04-15). Haki Madhubuti Pt. 1: Taught By Women. therealnews.com This week, Dr. Haki Madhubuti joins the professors for a conversation about his body of work and how he was, as one of his books is entitled, "Taught By Women."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-15). St. Vincent & Grenadines faces power outages and water shortages as volcanic eruptions continue. peoplesdispatch.org In the past week, at least five massive explosions occurred spewing portentous plumes of ash and smoke into the atmosphere and covering the island with a thick layer of volcanic dust. The ashfall has reached the neighboring countries Barbados, Saint Lucia and Grenada. Scientists have warned that these explosions could continue for months…

Jonathan Latham (2021-04-15). Agriculture's Greatest Myth. counterpunch.org Sustainable, local, organic food grown on small farms has a tremendous amount to offer. Unlike chemical-intensive industrial-scale agriculture, it regenerates rural communities; it doesn't pollute rivers and groundwater or create dead zones; it can save coral reefs; it doesn't encroach on rainforests; it preserves soil and it can restore the climate. Why do all governments not promote it?

Shawgi Tell (2021-04-15). Public Funds For Charter Schools Is Socially Irresponsible. dissidentvoice.org Public money comes from the new value workers produce. It does not come from somewhere else. This value is presently controlled not by those who produce it but by the financial oligarchy and its state. When socially-produced wealth is not controlled by those who actually produce it, endless problems arise. There is no way for …

Kaleigh O'Keefe (2021-04-15). The end of the war in Afghanistan? liberationnews.org President Joe Biden announced that he plans to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-15). Corporate America admonishes voting restriction bills, but criticized for funding them. peoplesdispatch.org After weeks of concerted mobilizations against the Republican push for restrictions on voter access, US corporates have been pushed into admonishing such measures. However, the authenticity of their criticisms has been questioned as they have invested millions in such bills…

Eds. (2021-04-15). Ramsey Clark dies: an Attorney General who turned against imperialism. mronline.org Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General and renowned international human-rights attorney who stood against U.S. military aggression worldwide, died peacefully April 9 at his home in New York City, surrounded by close family. He was 93 years old. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-15). Civil rights tsunami in D.C. over statehood, reparations and Justice Dept. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Civil rights issues hit Capitol Hill in a big way on April 14. As might be expected, congressional Republicans were on the wrong side of all of them. One House panel approved statehood for D.C. Another considered statehood for Puerto Rico. A third voted late at night for a bill to study reparations …

Jake Johnson (2021-04-15). Court deals final blow to Trump era plan to drill in the Atlantic. peoplesworld.org A federal appeals court on Tuesday dealt the final blow to former President Donald Trump's attempt to open nearly 130 million acres of territory in the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans to oil and gas drilling. In April of 2017, Trump signed an executive order aiming to undo an Obama-era ban on fossil fuel exploration in that territory, but a …

Prensa Latina (2021-04-15). ONU FAO acogerá Simposio Mundial sobre Biodiversidad de los suelos. peoplesworld.org ROMA, (Prensa Latina) La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) anunció la realización de manera virtual del Simposio Mundial sobre la Biodiversidad del Suelo (GSOBI21) del 19 al 22 de abril. El encuentro, informó el organismo especializado en un comunicado, reunirá a funcionarios gubernamentales, organizaciones internacionales, usuarios de la …

Staff (2021-04-15). Tax Resisters Divert Their Money From War to Human Welfare. truthout.org President Biden's foreign policy to date is largely indistinguishable from Trump's. His administration hasn't reversed tortuous sanctions against Iran, the United States continues to bomb

Staff (2021-04-15). Kyrsten Sinema Exploring Federal Minimum Wage of $11, Lower Than Her Own State's. truthout.org Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona) is teaming up with Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) to form a bipartisan minimum-wage raise to counter the $15 federal minimum wage favored by progressives, the White House and the Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) told HuffPost that…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-15). Profit Over Integrity: Biden Moves Forward With $23Bn Weapon Sale To UAE. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 13th, US State Department said that the Biden administration was moving forward with a $23 billion weapon sale to the UAE. | In January, the Biden administration announced a blanket review of all recent arms sales cleared by the Trump administration. While it notably froze a pair of weapons deals for Saudi Arabia, the administration had never put in place a hard freeze on the UAE equipment. | It's too much profit to overlook, as well. | A State Department spokesman said in a statemen…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). At Least 14 Killed Or Injured In Car Bomb Explosion In Baghdad Suburb (Videos). southfront.org Screen grab from: youtu.be/14qjArs4PxY | On April 15, two people were killed and at least 12 others were wounded in the eastern outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad as a result of a large explosion. | The explosion took place in al-Habibah area of the Sadr city. An Iraqi security source told the RT Arabic channel that the large explosion was caused by a car backed with explosives as well as an improvised explosive device. | The Iraqi Security Media Cell confirmed RT's report in an official statement and revealed that th…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-15). The OSCE's Pitiful Special Monitoring Mission In Ukraine. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The situation in Eastern Ukraine is at the brink, and it is unknown which drop cause the glass to spill over and hostilities to begin. | Monitoring the situation and tracing what is transpiring at every single moment is a vital part of the Organization For Security and Co-Operation in Europe's (OSCE) job. | It's Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) in Ukraine does that, by way of independent experts inspecting various location, including by drones. | A recurring problem is that the SMM's drones ar…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). Is ISIS Back To Turkish-Occupied Al-Bab? Two Policemen Killed In Separate Attacks. southfront.org Illustrative image | On April 15, unidentified gunmen assassinated two members of the Free Syrian Police in the Turkish-occupied town of al-Bab in northern Aleppo. | The first casualty was 1st Lt. Khalid al-Khatib. Two gunmen riding a motorcycle shot and killed the police officer in al-Bab. Al-Khatib, also known as "Abu Jamal," is originally from the town of Marea. According to opposition sources, he fought with the Free Syrian Army in the early years of the war. | The second casualty was policeman Mohamad Juma'a. His bod…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). Houthis Targeted Oil Facilities, Patriot Systems In Saudi Arabia With 11 Drones & Missiles (Video, Map Update). southfront.org Early on April 15, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) carried out a large-scale attack with 11 drones and missiles on several…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-15). Military Situation In Donetsk People's Republic On April 15, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The UAF's 58th Brigade fired mortars and small arms at Donetsk. One Civilian was killed | The UAF fired small arms in the direction of the village of Lozovoe | The UAF deployed more weapons and military hardware to the village of Orlovka | A Strela-10 anti-aircraft missile system and two self-propelled Shilka anti-aircraft guns were deployed to Chernenko | Towed artillery and anti-aircraft guns were deployed near the village of Lomakino, near Mariupol | DPR forc…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-15). Military Situation In Syria On April 15, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 15, SDC denied all the information about the withdrawal of the Russian forces from their observation points in the Tal Rafaat area | On April 15, an IED blast was reported in Idlib city. | On April 14, 2 Turkish-backed militants were killed and two others wounded by unknown gunmen attack on a Turkish-backed Levant Front group headquarter in Afrin region | On April 14, SDF arrested 4 ISIS suspects in the Shahil area | On April 14, an explosion were reported in…

Anonymous349 (2021-04-15). 'National Emergency': Biden Administration Is Obsessed With SouthFront. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | No day without shaping the history! Big Bad SouthFront is once again threatening interests of the leadership of the world's sole superpower. | The SouthFront fan club in the US administration, and in particular in the White House and the State Department, seems to be rapidly growing. The scale of popularity of SouthFront on the highest level of the US government reached the level, when the world's superpower imposed sanctions on SouthFront website (southfront.org) and declared the state of a "national e…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-15). Separate Attacks Target Turkish And U.S. Positions In Erbil. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 14th, a drone dropped explosives near U.S. forces stationed at Erbil airport in northern Iraq. | This was reported by Kurdish officials, and there were no casualties according to initial information."After the relevant authorities investigated the explosion at Erbil International Airport tonight, the results show that it was carried out by a TNT drone and directed at the Coalition forces at the airport. There are no casualties and the investigation continues to find the source a…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-15). Russia Deploys Su-34 Jets To Black Sea Region, US Not To Send It's Warships There. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 13th, it appeared that Russia had deployed its 559th Fighter Bomber Aviation Regiment, equipped with SU-34 jets deployed to the Black Sea region. | #Ukraine | As I said yesterday, the moment we see fixed wing assets being redeployed, we've got a serious issue. | Well it seems that time has come, the 559th Fighter Bomber Aviation Regiment equipped with SU-34s have been deployed to the Black Sea region. | Very concerning. Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). Mysterious Drone Strike Hit Western Idlib. southfront.org A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle taxis down the runway at an air base in Afghanistan on its way to another wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) | Late on April 14, a large explosion was reported in the western outskirts of Idlib city, the center of the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | While some opposition sources played down the explosion, others, including the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), said the explosion was the result of a dr…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). Kurdish Peshmerga Blamed For Missile Strike On PMU Post In Northern Iraq (Photos). southfront.org File image | On April 15, two anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) hit a checkpoint of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh."A checkpoint of the PMU in Nineveh province was subjected to missile strikes this morning," an Iraqi security source told RT. "Hours after the first strike, the checkpoint was subjected to a new strike." | The source said the side responsible for the attack has not been determined yet. The PMU has not yet made an official accusation. However, outlets affiliated with…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). Turkish Service Members Spotted In Ukraine's Mariupol — Report. southfront.org Illustrative image. Source: Zumapress.com | 150 Turkish service members have arrived in the Ukrainian city of Mariupol on the coast of the Sea of Azov, Locals said that the service members were not likely drone operators that have been sent to train Ukrainian troops on newly-acquired Bayraktar TB2 combat drones before. According to the locals, the newly-deployed personnel look like Turkish special forces."Perhaps,…

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RT (2021-04-15). First high-level Greek-Turkish diplomatic talks in a year descend into verbal spat during news conference. rt.com A press conference by the Turkish and Greek foreign ministers after a key meeting on Thursday quickly descended into an exchange of mutual accusations, suggesting the two states still have plenty of issues to settle. | Tensions have been running particularly high between the two NATO members since last August, when Ankara sent a research vessel into disputed waters in the Eastern Mediterranean, believed to be rich with natural resources. The move saw both countries escalate and mobilize military vessels and planes. Ankara eventually recalled its research ship, but Athens kept actively campaigning for the EU to…

RT (2021-04-15). Brooklyn Center police clear out 'umbrella barricade' as Daunte Wright protesters defy curfew & dispersal orders (VIDEOS). rt.com A crowd of protesters has once again descended on the Minneapolis precinct of Brooklyn Center, with signs and noisemakers, days after a policewoman shot a young black man with an outstanding warrant during a traffic stop. | Many of the protesters held umbrellas and otherwise covered themselves as much as possible, apparently trying to give the police as little surface area to spray as possible. It was the fourth night of protests over the killing of Daunte Wright on Sunday. | #BrooklynCenter pic.twitter.com/I6t2rTQA76— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene)

RT (2021-04-15). Kiev accuses Russia of closing Black Sea strait to its warships, blocking Ukrainian navy from port while sailors carry out drills. rt.com The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has lodged a complaint with its counterparts in Moscow, claiming that its sailors are being banned from the Russian-controlled Kerch Strait, which divides the east coast of the country from the west. | In a statement issued on Thursday, Kiev's diplomats said that Russia has "announced the closure of a part of the Black Sea in the direction of the Kerch Strait for warships and vessels of foreign governments from next week until October 2021." | The move, they say, comes "under the pretext of military exercises," and the officials "express a strong protest in connection with these…

RT (2021-04-15). US House committee approves decades-old bill to study reparations for slavery. rt.com The US government moved a step closer to paying slavery reparations to black people, as a bill calling for a study of the issue was passed by the House Judiciary Committee after languishing in Congress for more than 30 years. | The legislation, which was first introduced in 1989, finally cleared the committee hurdle in a 25-17 vote after hours of debate late on Wednesday night.

RT (2021-04-15). Forgotten Genocides: RT America looks at crimes politics has swept under the rug. rt.com Why are some genocides incessantly remembered while others are tossed to the trash heap of history? In 'Forgotten Genocides: The Sin of Silence', airing April 23, RT America asks these questions and more. | The Armenian Genocide left a million and a half dead Christians littered across the remains of the Ottoman Empire. But it took a century for the United States to formally call these events a genocide. So what changed? | "Geopolitics is king," said RT producer and historian Nebojsa Malic. Turkey was once NATO's bulwark against the Soviet Union, but by the time of recognition of the genocide in 2019, the coun…

RT (2021-04-15). CNN retreats from Daunte Wright protest after crew member is pelted in the head with water bottle (VIDEO). rt.com A CNN journalist has insisted that he and his crew are fine and will continue to report on the aftermath of the police killing of Daunte Wright, after they were attacked by angry demonstrators in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. | CNN's Miguel Marquez and his team were covering the fourth night of demonstrations in the Minneapolis suburb on Wednesday, which were sparked by Wright's killing during a traffic stop. | Videos posted to social media show that the CNN crew was harassed and eventually driven away from the area by protesters outside the Brooklyn Center police station. | As protesters surrounded the group, o…

RT (2021-04-15). NBC and ABC affiliates pull Sinclair-like stunt, airing US Chamber of Commerce ads in effort to block pro-union act. rt.com Big Business' mega-lobby, the Chamber of Commerce, is striving to block a major pro-unionization bill — deploying a creepy campaign similar to the infamous Orwellian ads against 'fake news' airing on Sinclair channels in 2018. | The business lobby deployed a set of ads, presented in the form of an interview, with almost identical scripts across NBC and ABC affiliates in several states, warning viewers that passing the PRO Act "could impact every American family and American community" with barely a peep uttered from the working people those presumably dastardly unions hoped to prey on. | NEWS: This past…

RT (2021-04-15). America's STD rate hits record high for 6th year in a row. rt.com The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a grim new report confirming that sexually transmitted disease rates have hit a record high for the sixth straight year. | A whopping 2.5 million Americans had either chlamydia, gonorrhea or syphilis infections in 2019, according to the latest available data. Preliminary 2020 data indicates the trend continued last year as well. | Racial and ethnic minorities, gay and bisexual men, and the country's youth were the hardest hit, according to the CDC data. | Black people had STD rates of between five and eight times higher than white people, whi…

RT (2021-04-15). Disney Television turned down 'incredibly well-written scripts' for not being inclusive enough, senior executive says. rt.com A senior Disney executive has acknowledged that some projects get turned down because they are deemed inadequately diverse, reinforcing suspicions that quality content has taken a backseat to political agendas. | Dana Walden, Walt Disney Television's chairman of entertainment, revealed during a recent panel discussion that her network had rejected several pilots, but not because they didn't find the stories compelling. | "I will tell you for the first time we received some incredibly well-written scripts that did not satisfy our standards in terms of inclusion, and we passed on them," Walden said during the ev…

RT (2021-04-15). New Yorkers freak out as NYPD deploys Digidog, despite city's project to ban 'weaponized robots'. rt.com A $75,000 robot dog seen leaving a Manhattan housing project has outraged city residents who heard less than a month ago that the pricey Boston Dynamics bots would be banned from being used as weapons. | The dog was seen exiting the housing project on Monday with a group of human police officers, who acted almost subservient to the shiny blue metal creature while escorting it out of the Kips Bay building. While the New York Police Department insisted the faux-canine had not played an "active role" in the operation, which allegedly involved removing an armed man from an apartment belonging to a woman and her ba…

RT (2021-04-15). CNN director privately reveals how network covers race when it comes to protests and shootings on hidden camera (VIDEO). rt.com In the latest undercover sting video by Project Veritas, CNN technical director Charlie Chester admitted that his network tries to help the Black Lives Matter movement, but reality keeps getting in the way. | Chester spilled a host of trade secrets to an undercover reporter with Project Veritas, a conservative group famous for their hidden-camera sting operations on Big Tech and media insiders. After admitting that CNN

RT (2021-04-15). Admitting 'monumental failure'? Obama roasted for saying US achieved 'all that we can' in Afghanistan as Biden reveals exit plan. rt.com Barack Obama was barraged by sarcastic tweets after arguing that President Joe Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan was necessary because the US military had done all it could after nearly 20 years of war. | Biden announced on Wednesday that American forces will leave Afghanistan by September. Explaining his decision, he said that he refused to continue the cycle of "extending or expanding" the US military presence in the country, adding that waiting to create "ideal conditions" for a withdrawal was no longer viable. He noted that four presidents have presided over the conflict and that he was determined not to…

RT (2021-04-15). Children's groups urge Zuckerberg to cancel plans for 'Instagram for kids'. rt.com Dozens of children's advocacy groups have called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to scrap plans for a version of photo-sharing and body-shaming app Instagram for kids under 13, saying it would "put young users at great risk." | Facebook, Instagram's parent company, is working on "a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to safely use Instagram for the first time," according to a Buzzfeed Though Instagram currently requires users to be over 13 ye…

RT (2021-04-15). Biden calls for de-escalation of tensions with Russia after placing sanctions over unproven charges of hacking & election meddling. rt.com US President Joe Biden called for "dialogue and diplomatic process" with Russia, after ordering sanctions against Moscow for allegedly being behind the SolarWinds hack and interfering in "sacred" elections and American democracy. | Biden told reporters at the White House on Thursday afternoon that he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of the impending sanctions during their recent phone call, calling it a "proportionate" US response to what Russia allegedly did. | We concluded that they had interfered in the election and the SolarWinds was totally inappropriate. | Russia has denied any interference in the…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-15). Saudi Arabia's MBS reportedly asked Boris Johnson to intervene in Newcastle sale. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia's MBS reportedly asked Boris Johnson to intervene in Newcastle sale | UK prime minister asked a senior aide to investigate Saudi takeover of Premier League club, claims report | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 09: 17 | A consortium led by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) withdrew its interest in Newcastle Utd after the Premier League blocked the move (AFP) |

MEE, agencies (2021-04-15). Denmark charges Iranian opposition group members over terrorism plots in Iran. middleeasteye.net Denmark charges Iranian opposition group members over terrorism plots in Iran | Members of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz were accused of planning attacks in Iran with help of Saudi intelligence | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 12: 01 | Danish authorities summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Denmark after members of the ASMLA were arrested (AFP) | Denmark charged three members…

Ragip Soylu (2021-04-15). Turkey: Russia plays hardball over tourism amid Ukraine dispute. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Russia plays hardball over tourism amid Ukraine dispute | By suspending flights to Turkey, Moscow is pressuring Ankara over weapons sales to Ukraine at a time where it needs Russian tourists during a currency crisis | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 08: 49 | Deck chairs are placed in social distance next to the pool of a luxury hotel at Lara district in Antalya, a popular holiday resort in southern Turkey on 1…

Ragip Soylu (2021-04-15). Turkey-Egypt ties: Ankara to send first diplomatic delegation since 2013 coup. middleeasteye.net Turkey-Egypt ties: Ankara to send first diplomatic delegation since 2013 coup | A Turkish delegation led by a deputy foreign minister will visit Cairo next month after receiving an invitation | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 08: 34 | A woman waves an Egyptian flag in front of the Egyptian consulate in Istanbul on March 2, 2019 during a demonstration against death penalties in Egypt after the recent execution of nine…

MEE staff (2021-04-15). Biden administration believes US journalist Austin Tice is still alive. middleeasteye.net Biden administration believes US journalist Austin Tice is still alive | US officials said a hostage recovery team, led by a former Trump official, is working to release the reporter who went missing in Syria in 2012 | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 18: 14 | Tice, a freelance photojournalist, disappeared on 14 August 2012 after being detained at a checkpoint near Damascus (AFP) | The Biden administration is acting with the…

MEE staff (2021-04-15). Mosul: Egyptian team wins Unesco bid to rebuild Iraq's Great Mosque of al-Nuri. middleeasteye.net Mosul: Egyptian team wins Unesco bid to rebuild Iraq's Great Mosque of al-Nuri | The mosque was destroyed in 2017 just as Iraqi forces made a final push to recapture the area | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 20: 55 | An Iraqi worker clears rubble during the reconstruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul's war-ravaged old town, on 15 December 2019 (AFP/File photo) | A group of Egyptian architects has won a global Un…

Suadad al-Salhy (2021-04-15). Iraq pressing US to agree on troop withdrawal timetable as tensions escalate. middleeasteye.net Iraq pressing US to agree on troop withdrawal timetable as tensions escalate | Though Washington has promised its forces are leaving, the lack of defined deadlines has opened the door for further attacks by armed factions | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 15: 30 | A US soldier walks at the Qayyarah airbase, where US-led troops are based near Mosul in northern Iraq, before a planned US pullout (AFP) | Iraq'

MEE staff (2021-04-15). US lawmakers 'remain concerned', plan to review $23bn UAE arms sale. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers 'remain concerned', plan to review $23bn UAE arms sale | House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman says Congress will have 'ample time' to review the Biden administration's decision to continue with the weapons deal | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 18: 25 | Chairman Gregory Meeks said it was fortunate that the transfers would not occur 'any time soon', leaving time for congressional review (AFP/File photo) | Th…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-15). Iraq drone attack targets US forces at Erbil airport. middleeasteye.net Iraq drone attack targets US forces at Erbil airport | The unprecedented attack comes as a rocket hit a Turkish military base in northern Iraq, and a car bomb killed four people in Baghdad
| Thu, 04/15/2021 – 10: 01 | A picture taken on 24 December 2019, shows the entrance of Erbil International Airport, in the capital of the Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region Erbil (AFP) | An attack Wedn…

Staff (2021-04-15). Nobel Laureates, Ex-World Leaders Urge Biden to Back WTO Waiver for Vaccines. truthout.org Calling on U.S. President Joe Biden to prioritize human need over corporate greed, more than 170 Nobel laureates and former heads of state and government on Wednesday sent an

Mike Walter (2021-04-15). The Heat: Ukraine-Russia tensions. america.cgtn.com Tensions running high in Eastern Europe as tens of thousands of Russian forces are building up near the Ukrainian border.

Fight Back (2021-04-15). In honor of William Ramsey Clark. fightbacknews.org I wish to convey my sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of my friend and legal counsel William Ramsey Clark who passed away last April 9, 2021. I have the highest regard for him as a champion of human rights, a staunch defender of the people's right to national and social liberation, a fierce advocate of just peace and a resolute opponent to the imperialist policies and wars of aggression of the US. | While he was US Attorney General under the Johnson administration, he was well known for standing up for civil liberties and civil rights, fighting against racial segregation and discriminati…

_____ (2021-04-15). For JCPOA Re-entry, Biden Must Tear Down This Sanctions Wall. popularresistance.org It was clear from the outset: Returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal was not a matter of nuclear technicalities or diplomatic savvy. It was and remains primarily a matter of political will and political capital. | Though all eyes will be on the start of formal talks in Vienna this week, the real test will take place in Washington D.C. where President Joe Biden must muster the political will to tear down the "sanctions wall" his predecessor put in place for the sole purpose of preventing an American return to the nuclear agreement, lest the talks in Vienna will be for naught. | With only two months left until the Iran…

Prof. Ksenia Tabarintseva-Romanova (2021-04-15). The Economic and Social Development of the African Continent. A Russian Perspective. globalresearch.ca After the Soviet collapse, Russia has maintained strong and time-tested relations …

WSWS (2021-04-15). Hypocrisy from UMWA President Cecil Roberts after rebuke by Warrior Met coal miners in Alabama. wsws.org The UMWA leadership is scrambling to kill the strike by 1,100 miners who are challenging the union's decades-long collusion in the destruction of jobs, pensions and working conditions.

Philip Farruggio (2021-04-15). Kapos of the American Empire. nationofchange.org The empire has its political Kapos, the public servants who do NOT serve the public, rather the rulers of empire.

Cynthia Chung (2021-04-15). A Damned Murder Inc: Kennedy's Battle Against the Leviathan. globalresearch.ca The Eisenhower presidency would see Washington taken over by business executives, …

Ricardo Jiménez A. (2021-04-15). Finally, a popular Left born in Peru. peoplesdispatch.org In the decade of the 1990s, the dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori achieved several of its key objectives through a combination of repression, human rights violations, and corruption that permeated through the Peruvian state and society. These "achievements" included the military defeat of the subversive armed groups and the imposition of a Constitution and an ultra neoliberal economic model which have allowed for the unlimited accumulation by the wealthy at the expense of the precarious majorities and those who exist at the juncture of consumption and credit, also known as the "middle class." | Parallelly, or rath…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-15). Biden declares national emergency: U.S. and NATO brand Russia an international pariah. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Biden declares national emergency: U.S. and NATO brand Russia an international pariahRick Rozoff The thirty-member North Atlantic Council, the political decision-making body of NATO consisting of the ambassadors of all member states, posted a statement supporting the Joe Biden administration's declaration of a national emergency attributed to Russian actions, real or fancied. Biden began a …

Steven Sahiounie (2021-04-15). The Israeli Attack on Iran May Sabotage the US Goal of a New Nuclear Deal. globalresearch.ca On April 11, the Natanz uranium enrichment site was attacked. An …

William Manson (2021-04-15). Cultural Relativism as "Counter Enlightenment" dissidentvoice.org It was the intellectual historian Isaiah Berlin who coined the term "Counter-Enlightenment." He was referring to a widespread ideological-reactionary movement in the early 19th century — against the universalizing human rights doctrines which had originated in the 18th century Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Berlin viewed this as primarily a German reaction, powerfully mobilized by …

Ariel Gold (2021-04-15). The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime. mintpressnews.com WASHINGTON (

WSWS (2021-04-15). As districts press to fully reopen, American Federation of Teachers endorses three-foot distancing in schools. wsws.org An article published Monday makes clear that American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten's feigned opposition to the CDC's loosening of spacing guidelines in schools was fraudulent and largely meant to try to recover her tarnished image.

Andrew Emett (2021-04-15). Fourth officer charged in excessive force case. nationofchange.org The maximum penalty for the deprivation-of-rights offenses is 10 years of imprisonment and the maximum penalty for false report offenses is 20 years of imprisonment.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-15). UN experts warn of increasing attacks on Palestinians by extremist settlers. peoplesdispatch.org The group of three experts also expressed grave concern at the heightened rate of settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories by the state of Israel…

Editor2 (2021-04-15). Amílcar Cabral: On Taking Up Arms, Theory, Poetry, and African Liberation. orinocotribune.com By Yousef Aljamal — Apr 9, 2021 | Despite his short life, Cabral left a remarkable impact on African liberation. | When the African struggle for liberation and the fight to end colonialism is discussed, Frantz Fanon, Chinua Achebe, and the names of a few other intellectuals and figures surface. Though widely known today among the elites and intellectuals, and unfortunately less known by the wider public outside of Africa, Amílcar Cabral is a symbolic name and a leading figure in the Pan-African struggle to self-determination and ending colonialism. | Amílcar Cabral was an agricultural engineer who became a r…

Julio Yao Villalaz (2021-04-15). La dictadura mundial acusa a China y Rusia de violaciones. globalizacion.ca —A la memoria de un gran amigo de Panamá, que acaba de fallecer a los 93 años: el Dr. William Ramsey Clark, ex Fiscal General de Estados Unidos, quien presidió la Comisión Independiente sobre la Invasión a Panamá, y en…

_____ (2021-04-15). Hunting In Yemen. popularresistance.org Since March 29, in Washington, D.C., Iman Saleh, age 26, has been on a hunger strike to demand an end to the war in Yemen. She is joined by five others from her group, The Yemeni Liberation Movement. The hunger strikers point out that enforcement of the Saudi Coalition led blockade relies substantially on U.S. weaponry. | Saleh decries the prevention of fuel from entering a key port in Yemen's northern region. | "When people think of famine, they wouldn't consider fuel as contributing to that, but when you're blocking fuel from entering the main port of a country, you're essentially crippling the entire infrastru…

WSWS (2021-04-15). UAW works overtime to end Columbia graduate strike before NYU graduate struggles begin. wsws.org The strike "pause" at Columbia is intended to demobilize workers and prepare a sell-out deal.

Rainer Shea (2021-04-15). Anti-Chinese Propaganda is About Fortifying a US Empire in Crisis & Preparing for War. orinocotribune.com By Rainer Shea — Apr 11, 2021 | In his The conquest of the Ukraine and other areas of the Soviet Union would necessitate war against the Soviet Union, and this war had to be prepared well in advance. To this end the Nazi propaganda ministry, headed by Goebbels, began a campaign around a supposed genocide committed by the Bolsheviks in the Ukraine, a dreadful period of catastrophic famine deliberately provoked by Stalin in order…

Hassan Diab Support Committee (2021-04-15). Hassan Diab's French Lawyers Appeal to the Court of Cassation. globalresearch.ca Thank you for your support following the shockingly unjust decision on …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-15). Activists and anti-war groups slam US decision to proceed with arms sales to UAE. peoplesdispatch.org The Joe Biden administration had earlier suspended its predecessor's decision, pending review, to sell USD 23 billion worth of arms including 50 advanced F-35 fighter jets and 18 MQ 9-B unmanned Aerial Systems to the UAE…

Editor2 (2021-04-15). Remembering Ramsey Clark. orinocotribune.com By Ricardo Alarcón de Quesada — April 12, 2021 | The news of his death did not come as a surprise since it was known that his health was declining and he was also affected by irreparable family losses. But the death of Ramsey Clark is a source of pain and suffering for many in many parts of the world. | His trajectory since the 1960s was one of admirable personal integrity and fidelity to the principles that made him one of the most respected personalities of the American progressive movement. | Attorney General of the United States during the administration of Lyndon B. Johnson, he played a key role in the…

Anthony Pahnke (2021-04-15). It's Time to Build a Third Party. progressive.org We need an organization with a fresh perspective that could break the stranglehold that our two dominant parties have on our country's politics.

James O'Neill (2021-04-15). The End of the Rules-based International Order Rapidly Approaching. dissidentvoice.org One of the most tiresome phrases uttered by officials of the United States and its loyal acolytes such as Australia is its claim that its foreign policy and adheres to what it repeatedly refers to is the "rules based international order." What the Americans (and the secretary of state Anthony Blinken uses the phrase repeatedly) …

Denis Halliday (2021-04-15). Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-04-15). Another Man Of Color Was Murdered By Police Outside Of Minneapolis. popularresistance.org (April 11, 2021) – This afternoon, Daunte Wright was killed by a police officer and then left lying in the streets for hours in Brooklyn Center, a suburb of Minneapolis. Wright, age 20, was in his own car when he was stopped by police. A few minutes later, the officer shot and killed him, just a few miles from where Derek Chauvin choked George Floyd to death. This is but the latest in a long and violent string of murders of people of color — specifically Black men — by the cops. | Protesters gathered almost immediately to express their rage both at the murder of Wright and at the ongoing problems of r…

Dr. Meryl Nass (2021-04-15). European Union Plans to Buy 4 mRNA Shots for Every Human in the EU in 2022. Why? globalresearch.ca According to the Later on Wednesday the President …

Jim Miles (2021-04-15). Unsettling Truths: The Ongoing, Dehumanizing Legacy of the Doctrine of Discovery. globalresearch.ca The Doctrine of Discovery, created in a series of Papal Bulls …

_____ (2021-04-15). Organizing In The South. popularresistance.org Oxford, MI – The woman's face still haunts me. Lined from many years of work on the farm and then in the cotton mills, she is nameless in my memory, just another "linthead" in the eyes of the mill owners, "white trash" others might say, someone off the cow patch and now in a factory in some Southern backwater working 12-hour days. | In her eyes, however, was a spark of something, a flicker of hope, and it came from the union she and countless other cotton mill workers were desperate to join back in the 1930s. "We began to feel we could be a part of a great movement," she said in filmmakers George Stoney, Judith H…

Nicolas J S Davies (2021-04-15). U.S. Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard. progressive.org President Biden announced a removal of all U.S. troops by September 11, but he failed to include some important details.

Mark H. Gaffney (2021-04-15). Does Biden Want to Provoke Russia into A Rash Military Action, "Leading" the World to the Brink of Nuclear War? globalresearch.ca Scarcely three months into his presidency, Joe Biden is "leading" the …

WSWS (2021-04-15). Australia Post workers oppose union's collaboration with management over new enterprise agreement. wsws.org The CEPU's Senate inquiry submission reveals months of backroom talks between the union and Australia Post chiefs on how to suppress workers' opposition to the ADM or a new version of it.

John Philpot (2021-04-15). Personal Tribute to Ramsey Clark: Iraq and Rwanda. globalresearch.ca Our friend in struggle, Attorney Ramsey Clark, passed away on …

Sam Pizzigati (2021-04-15). What's Driving the Tax Games Corporations Play? zcomm.org 'Corporations,' we need to remember, aren't avoiding taxes. Corporate execs are doing that avoiding…

Bryn Stole (2021-04-15). Maryland legislators pass landmark police reform package into law. zcomm.org Maryland legislators on Saturday passed a landmark police reform package into law that supporters hailed as a major step toward transforming policing in the state…

Richard Falk (2021-04-15). Remembering Ramsey Clark. zcomm.org Ramsey Clark coveted virtue more than power or profits, and more than most lived his truths to the fullest…

Chris Gilbert (2021-04-15). An Unannounced Rupture in Venezuelan Politics. zcomm.org What clearly sets the Venezuelan people apart from most other peoples in the world is the recent memory of having participated in politics and of having had a government intervening on their behalf.

Jessica Corbett (2021-04-15). 'Major Step Forward' as New Mexico Legalizes Recreational Marijuana. zcomm.org "By ensuring equity and social justice in our cannabis legalization, we are saying 'enough' to the devastating 'war on drugs' that over-incarcerated and over-penalized thousands of New Mexicans."

Mike Ludwig (2021-04-15). Biden Poised to Break a Promise on Mandatory Minimum Sentencing. zcomm.org The increase in prosecutions against people involved with fentanyl and its analogs has failed to stop the supply of drugs on the street and stop overdose deaths…

Elie Mystal (2021-04-15). It's Time to Kick Armed Cops Off the Road. thenation.com It's Time to Kick Armed Cops Off the Road…

Kali Holloway (2021-04-15). In Derek Chauvin's Trial, Will We Finally Get Justice? thenation.com In Derek Chauvin's Trial, Will We Finally Get Justice?

Eleni Schirmer, Jason Thomas Wozniak, Dana Morrison, Rich Levy, Joanna Gonsalves (2021-04-15). American Universities Are Buried Under a Mountain of Debt. thenation.com Eleni Schirmer, Jason Thomas Wozniak, Dana Morrison, Rich Levy, Joanna Gonsalves American Universities Are Buried Under a Mountain of Debt…

Alyssa Oursler, Anna DalCortivo (2021-04-15). Just Outside Minneapolis, the Next Uprising Is Here. thenation.com Just Outside Minneapolis, the Next Uprising Is Here…

Bryce Covert (2021-04-15). How to Get 4 Million Women Back in the Workforce. thenation.com How to Get 4 Million Women Back in the Workforce…

Jesse Duquette (2021-04-15). Say Her Name. thenation.com Say Her Name…

Elie Mystal (2021-04-15). It's Time to Abolish Armed Traffic Stops. thenation.com It's Time to Abolish Armed Traffic Stops…

Vikram Murthi (2021-04-15). The Rigorous Satire of Search Party. thenation.com The Rigorous Satire of Search Party…

The Jamal Journal (2021-04-15). BREAKING: Urgent Call to Action for Mumia Abu-Jamal! indybay.org Please take action. This new alert has just been released!

San José May Day Coalition (2021-04-15). Saturday 5/1: May Day 2021 (San José). indybay.org Roosevelt Park | 901 East Santa Clara Street | San José, CA 95116…

The Jamal Journal (2021-04-15). Urgent Call to Action for Mumia Abu-Jamal! Family and friends have not heard from him since April 10. indybay.org Please take action. This new alert has just been released!

Hiroyuki Hamada, Ronny Ebel (2021-04-15). The Invisible Cage. indybay.org What kind of conditioning will we be subjected to after being stripped of our natural relationships? | I want to live a life that breaks the invisible cage and firmly reaches out to nature and humanity.

Food Empowerment Project (2021-04-15). Check out the new Vegan Lao Food Website! indybay.org Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.)'s latest website, VeganLaoFood.com is a delicious new resource for the Lao community, vegans and the vegan-curious!

San José May Day Coalition (2021-04-15). Friday 4/23: El Gigante Awakens (May Day 2006 in San José). indybay.org Join Zoom Meeting | us02web.zoom.us/j/86371799237?pwd=aUZlVU… | Meeting ID: 863 7179 9237 | Passcode: 155720…

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