2021-04-16: News Headlines

Anonymous007 (2021-04-16). Israel Concludes Independence Day Celebrations By Bombing Gaza. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Starting on April 14th and continuing until the evening of April 15th, Israel celebrated its Independence Day. | And what better way to commemorate the event than by exchanging fire with the Gaza Strip. | In the late hours of April 15th, and early hours of April 16th, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that a rocket had been fired at southern Israel from Gaza. | A statement by the Israel Defense Forces said alerts went off in the city of Sderot and the surrounding area. Th…

Matt Orfalea (2021-04-16). Kamala's KHive trolls boosted by bots while media ignores its harassment campaigns. thegrayzone.com While the online KHive abuses critics of Vice President Kamala Harris and harasses them in offline settings, positive mainstream media coverage ignores its origins in a Democratic-linked bot farm An April 8 LA Times profile of the "KHive" attempted to put a positive spin on the online nest of Vice President Kamala Harris super fans, while completely ignoring the disturbingly abusive qualities and record of offline harassment the group is increasingly known for. Describing the KHive as "the type of …

Alan Macleod (2021-04-16). A School for Spooks: The London University Department Churning Out NATO Spies. mintpressnews.com Alan Macleod uncovers the deep links between the British security state and the Department of War Studies at King's College London, responsible for training a large number of British, American, and European agents and defense analysts.

Jason Ditz (2021-04-16). Afghan Govt: Military Fully Prepared to Provide Security Without Foreign Troops. news.antiwar.com The Afghan government's National Security Council issued a statement Thursday warning the Taliban against miscalculation of the planned US military pullout from the country, saying that the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF) Underlying this is the dismissal of the idea that the Afghan government will be overrun by the Taliban when the US finally does leave in September. That's certainly been a narrative for more than just the Taliban, with some officials as recently as…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-16). Afghan Govt: Military Fully Prepared to Provide Security Without Foreign Troops. news.antiwar.com The Afghan government's National Security Council has issued a statement Thursday warning the Taliban against miscalculation of the planned US military pullout from the country, saying that the Afghan National Security and Defense Forces (ANSDF) Underlying this is the dismissal of the idea that the Afghan government will be overrun by the Taliban when the US finally does leave in September. That's certainly been a narrative for more than just the Taliban, with some officials as recently…

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-04-16). The Desperate Plans of the Southern Command. orinocotribune.com By Pasqualina Curcio — Apr 12, 2021 | The actions perpetrated since March 21 of this year by criminal groups coming from Colombia into La Victoria in the Venezuelan territory bordering our sister country, were not improvised. They are part of Plan B of the Southern Command to destabilize our nation and overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution. | In February 2016, the then Chief of the Southern Command, Kurt Tidd, wrote in a document titled Operation Venezuela Freedom-2: "It is indispensable to emphasize that the responsibility for the elaboration, planning and partial execution of Operation Venezuela Freedom-2 at…

_____ (2021-04-16). Pandemic Discrimination Against Asian Americans Has Long Roots. popularresistance.org "I have pepper spray and I hold it every time I'm alone right now in case I see someone that is really frightening," said New York City teacher Annie Tan, who is Chinese American. | By February 2020, friends of hers had already been verbally harassed on the subway. One had been deliberately coughed on. Another was too scared to take the train anymore. | Many Asian Americans and Asian immigrants are experiencing similar incidents. | A neighbor pointed to her and said "China virus," said Ah Ying, a homecare worker in San Francisco who immigrated years ago from Taishan, China. A physical assault on an Asian American…

Kate Wheeling (2021-04-16). Climate Migration Has Come to the United States. thenation.com Climate Migration Has Come to the United States…

Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold (2021-04-16). The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime. counterpunch.org Just as talks between the US and Iran were taking place last week in Vienna, a cyberattack was carried out on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility. Reports are that the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, was behind the attack that blacked out the facility just one day after Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and as

Medea Benjamin (2021-04-16). U.S. Joins Past Empires in Afghan Graveyard. globalresearch.ca An Afghan taxi-driver in Vancouver told one of us a decade …

Staff (2021-04-16). Headlines for April 16, 2021. democracynow.org Eight Killed After Gunman Opens Fire at Indianapolis FedEx Warehouse, 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo Had Hands Up When He Was Shot Dead by Chicago Officer, Family of Daunte Wright Demands More Serious Charges for Officer Who Fired Fatal Shot, Derek Chauvin, Accused of Murdering George Floyd, Declines to Testify in His Own Defense, Court Vindicates Buffalo Cop Fired for Stopping a Fellow Officer from Choking Handcuffed Man, Dr. Fauci Shuts Down Rep. Jim Jordan in Heated Exchange over Public Health Measures, Pfizer Says COVID-19 Booster Vaccines Likely Needed Within a Year, India Reports Record 217,000 New Cases as Millio…

Staff (2021-04-16). "Cold-Blooded Murder": Chicago Police Officer Shot 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo with His Hands in the Air. democracynow.org Protesters in Chicago took to the streets to condemn the police killing of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latinx boy, after bodycam video released by the Chicago police showed Toledo had his hands up in the air when a police officer shot him dead on March 29. Police initially described the incident as an "armed confrontation," but the video shows Toledo raised his hands after being ordered to do so. He was killed within 20 seconds of the officer leaving his car to chase him down a dark alley following a report of gunshots in the area. "A Chicago police officer murdered Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old. There is no other wa…

Staff (2021-04-16). Biden Sanctions Russia for Cyber Espionage While Remaining Silent over Israeli Cyberattack on Iran. democracynow.org The United States has imposed new sanctions on Russia and expelled 10 Russian diplomats after the Biden administration accused Moscow of being involved in major cyberattacks. The Treasury Department claimed Russia interfered in the 2020 election and was behind the SolarWinds hack, which compromised the computer systems of nine U.S. government agencies and scores of private companies. The sanctions target 32 Russian entities and individuals and bar U.S. banks from purchasing Russian government debt. Russia vowed to retaliate against the new sanctions and accused the Biden administration of degrading bilateral rela…

Staff (2021-04-16). Medical Examiner Accused of Covering Up Police Killing in Maryland Becomes Witness for Derek Chauvin. democracynow.org In the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, a key witness for the defense was the former Maryland chief medical examiner, Dr. David Fowler, who contradicted most other expert witnesses in the trial and suggested heart trouble and other issues, not the police restraint, caused George Floyd's death. The decision by Chauvin's legal team to rely on Fowler's testimony shocked many in Maryland, where he is being sued by the family of 19-year-old Anton Black, an African American teenager from Maryland who died in 2018 after he was electrocuted with a Taser, pinned in a prone position and crushed und…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). CrossTalk on Ukraine: Toward war? antibellum679354512.wordpress.com With new backing from the West, Ukrainian president says "The Army is ready" Tulsi Gabbard and Tucker Carlson: war with Russia over Ukraine could produce unimaginable nuclear catastrophe…

Illinois Latino Agenda (2021-04-16). Adam Toledo, 13, shot and killed by Chicago police. peoplesworld.org The following statement was drafted by the Illinois Latino Agenda (ILA), a coalition of Latino leaders that works to advance the economic, political and social prosperity of the Latino community. The ILA advocates for action that promotes and respects the dignity and worth of all Latino/a/x communities. It is a non-partisan coalition that stands in …

Peter Linebaugh (2021-04-16). The Case of the Cato Street Conspirators: a Sad Tale of Suffering, Insurrection, and Ruling Class Criminality. counterpunch.org May Day's a-coming and folks will be thinking of the eight hour day, a workers commonwealth, the martyrs of Haymarket, and how to kick the ass of the ruling class. Meanwhile, here's a sad tale of suffering, insurrection, ruling class criminality, and (for those with eyes to see and ears to hear) the way that

Marie Kelly (2021-04-16). On the Picket Line. workers.org 7 Up Strike Settlement The 90 workers at the 7 Up distribution center in the Detroit suburb of Redford ended their 22-day strike, with 66% of strikers voting to accept the negotiated contract. The strike had widespread community support in this union town, with many union members attending rallies and . . . |

Eds. (2021-04-16). Truck drivers strike at Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. mronline.org Truck drivers at Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, represented by the Teamsters union, started strike action against Universal Logistics Holdings (ULH) this week, adding further to extraordinary congestion woes at America's principle west coast maritime gateways. | April 16, 2021 | Newswire…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-16). Life After Covid, as the U.S. Competes with China. counterpunch.org Who can doubt that if Trump had won reelection, the numbers of people vaccinated against covid would be in the thousands, instead of Biden's nearly 100 million? Who can doubt that the daily death rate would stand above 3000, as MAGA morons went about their business maskless and as it was when Trump left office

Ron Jacobs (2021-04-16). Ben Fletcher—Unsung Hero of the Working Class. counterpunch.org Ben Fletcher is the definition of an unsung hero. He was a Black union organizer in a time when racial segregation on the job and in the community was the de facto norm and most labor unions enforced that norm. Ben Fletcher joined the one union that didn't—the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and

samidoun (2021-04-16). Week of Action for Palestinian Prisoners: Events and Actions around the world. samidoun.net People and organizations around the world are preparing to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day — April 17 — commemorated each year as a day of struggle for liberation for the Palestinian prisoners, on the front lines of confrontation, and the Palestinian people. Below are many of the actions and events taking place around the world to commemorate Palestinian Prisoners' Day 2021 and the Palestinian Prisoners' Week of Action from April 17-23! This page will be updated with further events and actions. Read the call to action from occupied Palestine in: English | Arabic | French | German | S…

Steve Martinot (2021-04-16). Violence for the Sake of Violence. counterpunch.org In the scene on the TV, we see a man lying on the ground, unmoving, his hands behind his head. His head is raised a bit so he can see what is coming toward him. We see four large men walking in a line toward this guy on the street. The four approach him slowly,

Samantha Bruegger (2021-04-16). The Indefensible Violence of Wildlife Killing Contests. counterpunch.org Wildlife Killing Contests is—as intended—extremely difficult to watch. The recently released twenty-five-minute documentary, produced by Filipe DeAndrade and Brian Moghari in partnership with Project Coyote, contains graphic footage of animals being callously slain for entertainment and prize money, only to be added to piles of carcasses used for vain photo opportunities. As gruesome and stomach-turning as this

Abigail R Hall (2021-04-16). Forced Patriotism is Un-American: Arkansas and the Anthem. counterpunch.org Should student-athletes and those attending athletic events be forced into displays of patriotism? Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge thinks so. She recently introduced the "Star-Spangled Banner Act," which would require each public school to play the National Anthem at the beginning of all school-sanctioned sporting events. A second piece of legislation, the "Moment of Silence

Party for Socialism, LIberation (2021-04-16). PSL greetings to the Communist Party of Cuba's 8th Congress. liberationnews.org On behalf of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the United States, we send you revolutionary greetings and solidarity on the occasion of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Andrew Wright (2021-04-16). The 'wellness' industry is no substitute for real mental health care. peoplesworld.org DETROIT—Sara, a part-time community organizer for a non-profit here, often treats her depressive symptoms—intense sadness and anxiety, insomnia, irritability, and decreased interest in her prior hobbies—as well as her head and stomach aches with incense, crystals, herbal teas, bath bombs, and meditation. Sara had a lot of past trauma, which often manifests itself in thoughts …

Party for Socialism, LIberation (2021-04-16). PSL greetings to PCC VIII Congress. liberationnews.org On behalf of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the United States, we send you revolutionary greetings and solidarity on the occasion of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-04-16). Dorothy A. Brown and Amy Hanauer on Tax Unfairness. fair.org (cc photo: John Morgan) | This week on CounterSpin: Taxes, the concept of taxation, does a lot of work in US public discourse, though the role is not consistent: When reporting on a wished-for social good, like universal healthcare or improved infrastructure, the "cost to taxpayers" is presented as central; "raising taxes" is a synonym for increasing hardship on working people, and unironically offered as the reason those same people can't have nice things, like healthcare and infrastructure. At the same time, but on a different page, we read that corporations like Zoom, Amazon and Netflix are super-successful,…

Michael Balsamo, Alanna Durkin Richer (2021-04-16). Heavy metal guitarist first to plead guilty in rightwing Capitol insurrection. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (AP) — A heavy metal guitarist on Friday became the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band Iced Earth, has agreed to cooperate with investigators in hopes of getting a lighter sentence, and the Justice Department …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-04-16). Venezuela border conflict mixes drug trafficking and regime-change ambitions. peoplesworld.org Since mid-March, Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state, in western Venezuela. Colombians have long used the border regions to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. Fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the …

Douglas Bevington (2021-04-16). The "Footloose" Eco-Activism of Marnie Gaede. counterpunch.org Marnie Gaede has been selected to receive the Fund for Wild Nature's Grassroots Activist of the Year Award for 2021 for her many contributions to environmental activism. The overall arc of Marnie's multifaceted experiences can be connected with the word "footloose." Long before she became involved in saving whales and other wildlife, Marnie dated an

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-16). Recognition of Palestine is 'Symbolic' but also Critical: The Australian Case. dissidentvoice.org Australia's Labor Party's recognition of Palestine as a State on March 30 is a welcomed position, though it comes with many caveats. Pro-Palestinian activists are justified to question the sincerity of the ALP's stance and whether Australia's Labor is genuinely prepared to fully adopt this position should they form a government following the 2022 elections. …

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-16). Anti-Blockade Digital Seminar: How to Turn Sanctions into Opportunities. orinocotribune.com With a presentation on the origin and reasons behind the unilateral coercive measures imposed on Venezuela by the US government, Hugbel Roa, Deputy to the National Assembly for the Bloque de la Patria, participated in the anti-blockade digital seminar "Is it Possible to Develop a Besieged Country?" | The event served as a platform to analyze how the financial and commercial attack against Venezuela intensified after Nicolás Maduro won the presidential election with popular support, following the physical departure of Commander Hugo Chávez. | In his speech, Roa detailed that it was Chávez who "guaranteed not only…

Larry Holmes (2021-04-16). The vote in Bessemer is 'a problem for the whole working class'. workers.org The following edited remarks were made on an April 9 webinar entitled "The struggle continues — Next Steps for BAmazon Union and beyond — Organizer's Meeting" organized by supportamazonworkers.org. Holmes is Workers World Party's First Secretary and an organizer with the Workers Assembly Against Racism in New York City. My . . . |

The Conversation (2021-04-16). As the US plans its Afghan troop withdrawal, what was it all for? juancole.com By Jared Mondschein | — Unlike most US presidents, Joe Biden did not come to the White House with many fixed ideological positions. He did, however, come with fixed values. Chief among them is understanding how US policies impact working American families. In his nearly half century of experience in and around Washington, Biden was …

Ajamu Baraka (2021-04-16). Murder of Daunte Wright ruined Derek Chauvin show trial. mronline.org The Black-murder-by-cop next door to Minneapolis shows the world the dehumanization that is built into the white supremacist DNA of settler-colonialism will continue to produce crimes against our collective humanity. | April 16, 2021 | Newswire…

Luis De Jesus Reyes (2021-04-16). 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba: Between change and continuity. peoplesdispatch.org The Communist Party of Cuba is holding its 8th Party Congress which will focus on the renovation of leadership to take forward the revolutionary project…

Staff (2021-04-16). At the Derek Chauvin murder trial, the defense's secret weapon is exposed. therealnews.com Dr. David Fowler stunned the world when he testified that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was not responsible for the death of George Floyd. But this is not the first time Fowler has taken a decidedly controversial position on a police involved killing.

Lauren Regan (2021-04-16). Facebooking While Brown: Indigenous man in Arizona imprisoned for Social Media "shock-talk" about #BLM protest. mronline.org Reed has been held in federal pretrial detention without bail for ten months after a prior high school acquaintance reported him to the police for a different satirical social media post about planning a protest or 'riot' at the courthouse that never actually happened. | April 16, 2021 | Newswire…

Thomas Klikauer — Catherine Link (2021-04-16). Communicating Global Warming. counterpunch.org Given the success of the polluting industries in feeding the public with disinformation on global warming, we need to think about how to communicate global warming better than we have done so far. For that one needs to examine how to communicate complex problems such as global warming; there should be a framework for environmental

Michael Hudson (2021-04-16). America's Neoliberal Financialization Policy vs. China's Industrial Socialism. counterpunch.org Nearly half a millennium ago Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince described three options for how a conquering power might treat states that it defeated in war but that "have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom: … the first is to ruin them, the next is to reside there in person, the third is to permit them to live under their own laws, drawing a tribute, and establishing within it an oligarchy which will keep it friendly to you."

Princess Harmony (2021-04-16). Trans women and police brutality through history. workers.org The "protect and serve" motto emblazoned on police vehicles acts as cover for their aggressive and oppressive activities against people of color and working and poor people in general. Among groups most impacted are trans women, who have been oppressed and maligned openly for centuries. Throughout the 20th century, trans . . . |

Daniel Beaumont (2021-04-16). The Palestinians: "We Shall Not Be Moved" counterpunch.org The resolve of the Palestinians to live on the land that is rightly theirs, despite all the Israeli efforts to dislodge them and drive them out, has never wavered. Just as the long struggle of African Americans has persisted since in the face white resistance which has employed an evolving array of tactics to block their way, 'voting reform, being only the last.

Nicolas J S Davies (2021-04-16). Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World. counterpunch.org 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 hand the devastating impact of this policy

Mike Walter (2021-04-16). The Heat: Fukushima Waste Water. america.cgtn.com Controversy in Japan as the government announces plans to release treated radioactive water into the ocean from the site of one of the world's biggest nuclear disasters.

Editor2 (2021-04-16). Cuban Talent Replaces Expensive Imports for Venezuela. orinocotribune.com Today, Cuban advice in Venezuela enables the "La Mariposa" electrical transformer recovery plant to stabilize operations and proudly display a savings of millions of dollars from import substitution. | Alexis Iván Landeiro Ferro, Cuban head of the factory, explained to Cubadebate that at first the Venezuelan technicians and engineers were trained, who later joined the project, aware of the importance of the task. | Currently , more than 8,000 electrical transformers and their components have been rescued, with savings in foreign currency of around 2,000 dollars for each unit in the international market. | "The pl…

Marc Norton (2021-04-16). Safe Ballpark? SF Giants Demanded "Release of Liability" for COVID Infection from Food Service Workers. dissidentvoice.org The San Francisco Giants Opening Day was Friday, April 9. The Giants had been doing a full court press (sorry to mix in basketball metaphors) for days on end about how safe the stadium would be for the fans' first game back to the stadium since the COVID-19 pandemic began. But, on Wednesday evening, the …

Staff (2021-04-16). Vaccination Plan Advances: Venezuela Receives Fourth Shipment of Sputnik-V. orinocotribune.com Early in the morning of Thursday, April 15, the fourth shipment of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine arrived in Venezuela. These vaccines will be used to carry forward the Venezuelan immunization plan initiated on February 18. | The shipment was dispatched from Moscow, capital of the Russian Federation, and was carried by the Russian airline Azur Air. | To date, Venezuela has received 300,000 doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine, considered to be the most efficient vaccine in the world against COVID-19. | Moreover, Venezuela has included other COVID-19 vaccines in its vaccination plan, namely the Russian EpiVacCorona and t…

Tomdispatch (2021-04-16). Making Sense of a Viral Military: The Pentagon's Flawed Response to the Pandemic. juancole.com By Andrea Mazzarino | — ( 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 …

Raul Diego (2021-04-16). The Eruption of the Refugee Crisis and the Global Push for Vaccine Passports. mintpressnews.com The eruption of St. Vincent's La Soufrière (Sulphur) has provided a unique opportunity to push the envelope in matters of mandatory public health policy, notably mandatory vaccination, vaccine passports, and the mass gathering of biometric data.

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-04-16). Roaming Charges: Invitation to a Haunting. counterpunch.org Last Saturday morning, I took off early for the high desert in search of prairie falcons, wildflowers and rock art. It had been a gray, drizzly week in the Willamette Valley and I craved sun. I crossed the Columbia on the Bridge of the Gods, then took Highway 14, which hugs the river tightly, too

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-04-16). Saludo del PSL al VIII Congreso del PCC. liberationnews.org Nuestro Partido se ha mantenido durante mucho tiempo en solidaridad con la Revolución Cubana, su Partido y su pueblo.

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-04-16). Arabic press review: Egypt expects breakthrough for political prisoners. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Egypt expects breakthrough for political prisoners | Meanwhile, former Yemeni minister blasts Saudi Arabia, Oman seeks release of detained citizens in UAE, and Houthi attacks on Saudi soil escalate | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 14: 01 | Egypt's al-Qanatir women's prison, at the tip of the Nile delta in Qalyoubiya province (AFP) | 'Imminent breakthrough' for Egypt's political priso…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-04-16). Arabic press review: Egypt expects 'breakthrough' for political prisoners. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Egypt expects 'breakthrough' for political prisoners | Meanwhile, former Yemeni minister blasts Saudi Arabia, Oman seeks release of detained citizens in UAE, and Houthi attacks on Saudi soil escalate | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 14: 01 | Egypt's al-Qanatir women's prison, at the tip of the Nile delta in Qalyoubiya province (AFP) | 'Imminent breakthrough' for Egypt's political pri…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-16). Yemen: Houthis continue to advance on Marib, as fighting leaves dozens dead. middleeasteye.net Yemen: Houthis continue to advance on Marib, as fighting leaves dozens dead | Thousands of civilians are fleeing Marib as Houthi forces fight government troops for control of the oil-rich area | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 13: 08 | Forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government hold a position against Houthis in the northeastern province of Marib, 6 April 2021 (AFP) | Clashes between government for…

MEE staff (2021-04-16). Israel restricts entry to al-Aqsa mosque for Palestinians on first Friday of Ramadan. middleeasteye.net Israel restricts entry to al-Aqsa mosque for Palestinians on first Friday of Ramadan | The Israeli military blocked roads and installed makeshift checkpoints around the mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, allowing access to small numbers of Palestinians | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 13: 00 | A Palestinian woman takes part in the first Friday prayers of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at al-Aqsa mosque, 16 April 2021…

Ali Harb (2021-04-16). US aid must not fund Israeli abuses against Palestinians, new bill says. middleeasteye.net US aid must not fund Israeli abuses against Palestinians, new bill says | Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Betty McCollum prohibits US assistance from contributing to detention of children, home demolitions or annexation | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 19: 10 | The Israeli military detains hundreds of Palestinian children annually (B'Tselem) | Congresswoman Betty McCollum has renewed her efforts to prohibit US taxpaye…

MEE staff (2021-04-16). US senators introduce weapons oversight bill as Biden advances $23bn UAE arms sale. middleeasteye.net US senators introduce weapons oversight bill as Biden advances $23bn UAE arms sale | The bill would ensure congressional review of international weapons deals and protect against sensitive technology being sold to powers hostile to US | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 15: 40 | The UAE is set to become the second Middle Eastern country, after Israel, to acquire the US-made F-35 warplanes (Reuters/File photo) | Two senior Dem…

Nadda Osman (2021-04-16). Jordan: King Abdullah calls woman charged with insulting the throne. middleeasteye.net Jordan: King Abdullah calls woman charged with insulting the throne | Jordanian authorities rescinded Athar al-Dabbas's one year prison sentence following a social media campaign
| Fri, 04/16/2021 – 12: 01 | Women walk past a poster of King Abdullah II in Amman (AFP) | A Jordanian woman charged with insulting the throne has received a call pardoning her from King Abdullah, following a social media c…

Jonathan Cook (2021-04-16). Labour disclosure 'shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn', activists say. middleeasteye.net Labour disclosure 'shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn', activists say | Former leader's disciplinary code, which was criticised by pro-Israel groups, is still being used under Starmer, party officials admit after court hearing | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10: 02 | Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured in London at a protest against proposed new police powers, in April 2021 (AFP) | A gro…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-16). Iraq: Deadly Baghdad blast was not intentional, say security sources. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Deadly Baghdad blast was not intentional, say security sources | Army said driver died when explosives he was transporting in a car detonated at a busy second-hand equipment market | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 08: 25 | Security officials have reported previous incidents of accidental detonations of explosives in the possession of various Shia armed factions (AFP) | Security sources say an exp…

Rosalind English (2021-04-16). Mandatory vaccinations for care home workers — a slippery slope? ukhumanrightsblog.com Or, as Andrew Neil put it on the Spectator TV News Channel this week, "A Dripping Roast For Lawyers". To be fair, Neil was referring to the patchwork of mandatory vaccines across the United States. But with the publication yesterday of the Government's consultation paper on vaccine requirements for all staff deployed in a care …

Anonymous669 (2021-04-16). One More Drone Attack Targeted US Troops In Iraqi Al-Anbar — Report. southfront.org Illustrative image | Early on April 16, Iraqi sources, including the The base, Ain Assad, was allegedly struck by three suicide drones. The drones targeted the barracks of US troops, their operations center and an air-defense system. Losses among American personnel were reported. | The Sabereen News shared two posters celebrating the attack on Ain Ass…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-16). U.S. Air Force Tests In New Sikorsky HH60-W Rescue Helicopter. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 13th, the US Air Force successfully passed its latest round of tests on its new combat rescue helicopter, the Sikorsky-built HH-60W Jolly Green II. | The last step of developmental testing checked whether the helicopter's weapons worked in flight and were properly configured, the Air Force HH-60W is equipped with a 7.62 mm Gatling…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-16). Russia Begins Construction Of Over-The-Horizon 'Voronezh' Radar Station In Crimea. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | A project for the construction of a new missile early warning system "Voronezh" was approved in Crimea."Soon, work will begin on the construction of the station's foundation," a source at the office of the EWS General Designer On July 3, 2020, the Commander-in-Chief of the Aerospace Forces of the Russian Federation, Sergei Surovikin, announced that the creation of a new radar station near Sevastopol would be completed in 2…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-16). Saryat Ansar Abu Baker As-Siddiq Launched New Attack On Turkish Forces In Greater Idlib. southfront.org Turkish army vehicles and military personnel are seen near the Turkish-Syrian border on October 12, 2019. IMAGE: Reuters / Murad Sezer | On April 15, Saryat Ansar Abu Baker As-Siddiq announced that its cells had carried out yet another attack against Turkish forces in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | In a statement, the group claimed that its cells struck a convoy of the Turkish military on the eastern corniche of Idlib city with an improvised explosive device (IED). According to the group's claims, at least…

Anonymous349 (2021-04-16). In Photo: ISIS Militant Uses Russian-made ORSIS T-5000 Sniper Rifle Against Iraqi Forces. southfront.org This article was originally published on SouthFront in January 2020. | The ISIS news agency Amaq released a photo showing an ISIS militiant with a Russian-made ORSIS T-5000 sniper rifle. The militant was allegedly involved in attacks on Iraqi forces. The T-5000 is a bolt-action sniper rifle developed by ORSIS and produced in its Moscow factory. | ORSIS T-5000 rifles were officially delivered to the Iraqi Armed Forces. They are employed by the Iraqi Special Operations Forces, and were spotted in the hands of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Units that likely received them from the military. | The ORSIS T-5000 sni…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-16). Daraa: Four Intelligence Officers, Former Rebels Targeted In Separate Attacks. southfront.org Illustrative image | On April 16 and 17, three attacks targeted Syrian intelligence officers and former rebels in the southern governorate of Daraa. | The first attack targeted Yasin Juma'a al-Aboud. Unidentified gunmen shot and killed the former rebel, known as "al-Nisr" [the Eagle], on a road linking the towns of Om Elmiathin and Elnaymah in eastern Daraa on April 16. Al-Aboud, a former fighter of the Free Syrian Army, joined the reconciliation process in 2018. Since then, he has been leading a unit of the Syri…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-16). Combat Footage: Houthis Raid Positions Of Sudanese Forces In Yemen's Hajjah. southfront.org Screen grab from the Houthis' video. | On April 16, the Houthis (as Ansar Allah is known) released a video of a recent attack by their fighters on Sudanese forces in the northwestern Yemeni province of Hajjah. | The 18-minute video shows Houthi fighters attacking the Sudanese Armed Forces west of Harad. The Houthis storm a network of forward positions, mortar posts as well as a small village that was occupied by Sudanese soldiers. | The Houthis bold attack forced Sudanese troops to withdrew from their positions without showing…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-16). Exiting Afghanistan: Biden Sets The Date. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark | It had to be symbolic, and was represented as such. Forces of the United States will be leaving Afghanistan on September 11 after two decades of violent occupation, though for a good deal of this stretch, US forces were, at best, failed democracy builders, at worst, violent tenants. | In his April 14

Anonymous669 (2021-04-16). Iran Produced First Batch Of 60% Enriched Uranium At Natanz Facility. southfront.org File image | Iranian scientists have produced the first batch of 60% enriched uranium, Mohammad-Baqer Qalibaf, Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, announced on April 16."I am proud to announce that at 00: 40 last night … young and pious Iranian scientists were able to obtain a 60% enriched uranium product," Qalibaf wrote in a Persian tweet on Friday. "We congratulate the brave people of the Islamic Iran on this success; the will of the Iranian people is miraculous and will thwart any conspiracy." | Earlier this…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-16). 40 Years Late: Turkish Drone Targets House In Kobane Where PKK àñcalan Once Lived (Video). southfront.org Screen grab from the Hawar News Agency (ANHA) video. | Early on April 16, a Turkish combat drone struck a house in northeastern Syria where Abdullah àñcalan, the leader and founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), once lived. | The house is located in the village of Alblur, 5 km to the west of the town of Kobane in northeastern Aleppo. The house is located only few kilometers away from the border line with Turkey."The targeted house is the house the commander stayed in during 1979 while crossing from northern Kur…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-16). Al-Qaeda's Cyber Allies Call For Killing Of Western Police Officers. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Al-Qaeda affiliate the al-Malahem Electronic Army (aka al-Malahem Cyber Army) released its new issue of "The Wolves of Manhattan" magazine, that supports terrorism. | It is released in Arabic, French and English, the magazine is described as 'a guide for lone wolves in the Crusaders' land.' | The previous issues had tips on how to exploit the COVID-19 measures to get opportunity for attacks and so on. | pic.twitter.com/BbQgMBEi…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-16). COVID-19 Facts April 2021 Updates. southfront.org Illustrative image | The material was originally published on Overview: | Lethality: According to the latest immunological studies,…

Matthew Stevenson (2021-04-16). Letters From Minsk: the Warsaw Ghetto. counterpunch.org This is the sixth in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. From the Katyn Museum I biked to a Warsaw Ghetto memorial and the nearby Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews. Along the way, I found a small stretch of the

RT (2021-04-16). With coronavirus surging, Brazil tells women not to get pregnant until a 'better moment'. rt.com Brazil has asked women to "delay pregnancy" until the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, citing the threat of a coronavirus variant plaguing the country. Between new variants and vaccine risks, now is not a good time to be expecting. | "If it's possible, delay pregnancy a little until a better moment," Health Ministry official Raphael Parente said during a news conference on Friday, warning that the P1 variant of the coronavirus prevalent in Brazil "acts more aggressively in pregnant women." | Brazil has become one of the world's coronavirus epicenters lately, with 13.7 million cases of Covid-19 recorded and 365,000…

RT (2021-04-16). Blood-clotting illness PVT 30x more prevalent in Moderna, Pfizer Covid-19 recipients than AstraZeneca — Oxford researchers. rt.com A potentially fatal blood-clotting disease is 30 times more common among people who have received the Covid-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer than those given the troubled AstraZeneca jab, researchers have found. | A team of scientists from the University of Oxford has found that after vaccination, Vaxzevria (formerly AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine) recipients were less likely to suffer portal vein thrombosis (PVT) — blood clots in the artery from the intestines to the liver. | For recipients of the viral vector Vaxzevria vaccine, the incidence rate for splanchnic thrombosis — clotting in the…

RT (2021-04-16). Cuba's Castro steps down, says he's handing power to next generation of 'anti-imperialist' leaders. rt.com Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro has announced that he is stepping down and handing leadership to a younger generation "full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit." The Castro family has led the party since 1961. | "As I live I will be ready with my foot in the stirrups to defend the fatherland, the revolution and socialism," Castro told party delegates at a convention in Havana on Friday. | Also on rt.com | | Raul has served…

Staff (2021-04-16). Chicago Police Officer Shot 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo With His Hands in the Air. truthout.org Protesters in Chicago took to the streets to condemn the police killing of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latinx boy, after bodycam video released by the Chicago police showed Toledo had his hands up in the air when a police officer shot him dead on March 29. Police initially described the incident as an "armed confrontation," but the video shows Toledo raised his hands after being ordered to do so. He was killed within 20 seconds of the officer leaving his car to chase him down a dark alley follow…

Staff (2021-04-16). The US's Biggest County Jails Are Sites of Extreme Environmental Injustice. truthout.org This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. | For more than half a century, 441 Bauchet Street has been the address where Los Angeles' most stark social and environmental inequalities converge. It's the location of L.A.'s Men's Central Jail, the largest facility in the most populated county jail system in the country. On any given day, about 5,000 people are incarcerated there. | A block south from the jail is the 101…

Staff (2021-04-16). FedEx's Phone Policy Meant Workers Were Unable to Reach Families After Shooting. truthout.org A gunman opened fire at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, Thursday evening, killing at least eight individuals. | All eight who were killed The shooting happen…

Staff (2021-04-16). We Are Living in a Climate Emergency. Why Doesn't Nature Have Legal Rights? truthout.org This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. | Mike Ludwig speaks with journalists Melissa Troutman and Joshua Pribanic about their new documentary, Invisible Hand, which covers the Indigenous-led Rights of Nature movement on the front lines of the climate emergency. | Music by TRANSCRIPT: | This is a rush transcript and has been lightly edited for clarity.

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-16). Recognition of Palestine is 'Symbolic' But also Critical: the Australian Case. counterpunch.org Australia's Labor Party's recognition of Palestine as a State on March 30 is a welcomed position, though it comes with many caveats. Pro-Palestinian activists are justified to question the sincerity of the ALP's stance and whether Australia's Labor is genuinely prepared to fully adopt this position should they form a government following the 2022 elections.

Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza (2021-04-16). After 34 Years, is Justice for the Murder of Sankara Coming Through Compaore's Trial? orinocotribune.com By Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza — Apr 13, 2021 | Thomas Sankara's revolutionary ideas, inspired by Marxism, were a thorn in the flesh for Western imperialism. The chain of dependency had to be kept intact and Sankara was bent on breaking that link. He was not interested in his country, Burkina Faso, to be a perpetual charity case for the West — a situation in which the West would continuously benefit at the expense of the Burkinabe people. | To thwart Sankara's ambitions of total economic emancipation (free from the Western economic model that kept extracting from the country through foreign debt), the re…

_____ (2021-04-16). The Country Moves Forward, Education Falls Back. popularresistance.org There's hope in the air, a scent of spring, anticipation of change, democracy may pull through. Why, then, with K-12 public schools, the broken promise, the dismay? | Biden raised hopes when he promised, Dec 16, 2019, that he'd "commit to ending the use of standardized testing in public schools," saying (rightly) that "teaching to a test underestimates and discounts the things that are most important for students to know." Yet on Feb 22, his Department of Education did an about-face, announcing, "we need to understand the impact COVID-19 has had on learning …parents need information on how their children are do…

VINS (2021-04-16). "Collision of Crises" Impact Black and Brown Survivors during COVID-19. projectcensored.org In November 2020, ColorLines reported the results of a study that found that women of color who are survivors of sexual violence have faced disproportionate hardships compared to whites during…

Adeline Lee (2021-04-16). COVID-19 May Fade, But Will the Tracking Tools Built to Fight It? aclu.org At the start of the pandemic, technologists and policymakers touted the promise of technology to track and warn individuals of potential COVID-19 exposure and high-risk areas. But whether due to overburdened contact tracers or the lack of early and coordinated adoption, those technologies never became a central part of the public health effort against the disease. | With attention now on various schemes for "vaccine passports," a concept

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-16). Majority of US population supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccine production. peoplesdispatch.org Citing the interests of "innovators", the US has led other rich countries in opposing the proposal for a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines raised by over 100 poor and developing countries in the WTO…

Staff (2021-04-16). Medical Oxygen Plant Reactivated in Venezuela to Tackle COVID-19 Spike. orinocotribune.com The company Oxígenos del Centro CA (Oxicentro), was reactivated by government authorities and the healthcare staff in the municipality of Independencia (Santa Teresa del Tuy), Miranda state, with the goal of helping to provide oxygen to healthcare centers in the region. The privately owned industrial and medicinal oxygen plant had been inoperative for more than eight years. | The facilities were supervised and refurbished by officials from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), the scientific-technological council of Miranda, and the mayor's offices of the municipalities Independencia (Santa Ter…

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). COVID-19 diagnosis by antibodies only applies to unvaccinated population: NHC. ecns.cn China's National Health Commission (NHC) has updated its rules on the diagnosis of COVID-19 cases, stating that diagnosis based on the presence of antibodies only applies to those who have not yet been vaccinated.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). 12.5 mln people in Beijing vaccinated against COVID-19. ecns.cn Beijing has administered more than 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of 12 p.m. Thursday, according to the municipal government.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). National Security Education Day events kick off in HK. ecns.cn A worker performs a quality check in the packaging facility of Chinese vaccine maker Sinovac Biotech in Beijing on Sept 24, 2020.BEIJING – China's Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine produced by Chinese company Sinovac Biotech works well with clinical coronavirus symptoms, especially in moderate-to-severe cases, Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). India registers record high of over 200,000 new COVID-19 cases, tally surpasses 14 mln. ecns.cn India's COVID-19 surge continues as a fresh high of 200,739 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 14,074,564, said the latest data released by the federal health ministry on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). COVID-19 mortality rates linked to poor air quality: UCLA research. ecns.cn A research project led by the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that neighborhoods in Los Angeles County with poor air quality had the highest death rates from the coronavirus.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-16). COVID-safe swimming and artificial cells: News from the College. imperial.ac.uk Here's a batch of fresh news and announcements from across Imperial.

Peter Koenig (2021-04-16). Beware of Covid PCR Testing and the Relentless "Vaccinate Vaccinate Vaccinate" Campaign. globalresearch.ca The validity of the PCR test has been questioned for months, …

Xiangying Ren, Xiangge Ren, Jiaao Lou, Yongbo Wang, Qiao Huang, Yuexian Shi, Yuqing Deng, Xiaoyan Li, Liye Lu, Siyu Yan, Yunyun Wang, Lisha Luo, Xiantao Zeng, Xiaomei Yao, Yinghui Jin (2021-04-16). [Research Paper] A systematic review and meta-analysis of discharged COVID-19 patients retesting positive for RT-PCR. thelancet.com To date, the causes and risk factors of RP result in discharged patients are not fully understood. High-quality etiological and clinical studies are needed to investigate these issues to further help us to make strategies to control and prevent its occurrence.

Linn Washington Jr. reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-04-16). Students Bashed In Battle Over Mumia Abu-Jamal's Healthcare. indybay.org The author Linn Washington Jr. of ThisCantBeHappening.net has given the Jamal Journal permission to reprint this April 16 article.

Jason Ditz (2021-04-16). Yemen FM Urges World to Focus on Saudi, Emirati War Crimes. news.antiwar.com A new interview on DW Conflict Zone features Yemeni National Salvation Government (NSG) Foreign Minister Hisham Sharaf, focusing on war crimes in Yemen over the course of the six year war. The NSG is the Sanaa-based government involving the Houthis and other parties opposed to the Saudi invasion. | The interview was extremely contentious, with Sharaf objecting to the characterization of himself as a Houthi, noting he is part of the GPC Party and that a lot of figures in the NSG are not Houthis. He also criticized efforts to paint the war crimes of the Houthis as the chief problem in Yemen. | Sharaf called f…

_____ (2021-04-16). Lokman Slim's War. popularresistance.org On February 4, a Lebanese employee of foreign embassies and NGOs was murdered in the southern Lebanese village of Addousiyeh. Few Lebanese people had heard of the 58-year-old socialite who had made his living in recent years by informing on his own community. | But the Western diplomatic and NGO community reacted in horror and grief, as did the small clique of Lebanese citizens who worked with them. The kidnapping and assassination of Lokman Slim on a dark and lonely road attracted substantial Western media attention as well. His death was immediately politicized, with Slim portrayed as a martyr slain for his cri…

David Swanson (2021-04-16). The Brutes Haven't All Been Exterminated. zcomm.org Assume that the people of Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen are not people. Read news reports on the wars not ending. See if they don't make a lot more sense that way.

Juan Cole (2021-04-16). Science also Wants Jim Jordan to Shut his Mouth— it isn't Just Rep. Maxine Waters. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Ohio Republican congressman Jim Jordan chomped on to Dr. Anthony Fauci on Thursday like a rabid dog and spewed foam and spittle while prattling on about people being deprived of "liberty" during the pandemic. He also managed to show complete disrespect to the chairman of the session, Rep. Jim Clyburn, …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-16). Exiting Afghanistan: Biden Sets the Date. dissidentvoice.org It had to be symbolic, and was represented as such. Forces of the United States will be leaving Afghanistan on September 11 after two decades of violent occupation, though for a good deal of this stretch, US forces were, at best, failed democracy builders, at worst, violent tenants. In his April 14 speech, President Joe …

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-04-16). US Withdrawal from Afghanistan May Lead to a Civil War and Proxy Struggle. globalresearch.ca U.S. President Joe Biden officially announced the withdrawal of American troops …

Norman Solomon (2021-04-16). Contrary to What Biden Said, U.S. Warfare in Afghanistan Is Set to Continue. indybay.org The bombing will not stop…

Chuck Collins (2021-04-16). A Third of U.S. Billionaire Wealth Gains Since 1990 Have Come During Pandemic. zcomm.org U.S. billionaire pandemic profit balloons to $4.56 trillion, a 55 percent increase…

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). 'Hottest' May Day holiday since pandemic will see 200 mln Chinese on the move. ecns.cn About 200 million Chinese are ready to hit the road for the upcoming May Day holidays, which are expected to be the hottest Golden Week since the outbreak of the pandemic, industry data showed on Wednesday.

WorkWeek (2021-04-16). WorkWeek Bessemer Amazon Lessons, Hanging Noose At USF, Labor & Brazil Pandemic & Zinn. indybay.org WorkWeek reports on the lessons of the Bessemer Amazon union election, the hanging noose at USF and the pandemic in Brazil and labor. Last WorkWeek hears a past presentation by labor historian Howard Zinn on the hidden history of the US working class.

Stop US Aid to Israel (2021-04-16). HR 2590 Rep McCollum's Bill Protecting Palestinians. indybay.org As she did in the 115th and 116th Congress, on April 15, 2021, Dem. Rep. of Minnesota, Betty McCollum introduced HR 2590, the Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act which "prohibits Israel from using U.S. taxpayer dollars in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem for: the military detention, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention; to support the seizure and destruction of Palestinian property and homes in violation of international humanitarian law; or, to extend any assistance or support for Israel's u…

Seth Sandronsky (2021-04-16). Monopoly Versus Democracy: Reflections on Unionizing Amazon. counterpunch.org About 16% of Amazon workers voted to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in Bessemer, Alabama, according to the monopoly company's statement. Consider in what way the process happened. We turn to author, journalist and professor Juan González. "How do more than 2,000 workers sign union cards at Amazon's Alabama plant but only

Joseph Grosso (2021-04-16). Groundhog Day: Postmortem in Bessemer. counterpunch.org The defeat of the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) in Bessemer, Alabama at the hands of Amazon is both dispiriting and wholly predictable. Predictable in that it is just another in a seemingly endless string of high profile organizing drives that have suffered defeat in final votes that were not particularly close. The

Paul Gilk (2021-04-16). Craving Forbidden Intimacy. counterpunch.org I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Rush Limbaugh, in his private life, was a warm, funny, and affectionate man, generous and welcoming to those drawn by his charm. Yet he spread public poison in his radio persona. I feel sorrow that Rush Limbaugh apparently died unrepentant of his poison. It's a big load of

slorinoco (2021-04-16). Armies of Neighboring Countries are Not our Military Objectives: FARC-EP Clarifies Position on Apure. orinocotribune.com The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) distanced itself from the attacks that have occurred in Apure state in recent weeks. | Through a communiqué read by [FARC guerrilla leader] Iván Márquez, the organization clarified that its battle is within Colombian territory. | Likewise, Márquez indicated that they respect the sovereignty of governments and peoples. "We do not charge taxes to any of the nationals of those countries, much less intervene in the management of their natural wealth," he said. | Along the same lines, he pointed out that the events in the border area are "regrettable a…

Marlee Kokotovic (2021-04-16). End Polluter Welfare Act introduced to Senate. nationofchange.org "Providing corporate giveaways during a time of widespread suffering to fossil-fuel companies is unconscionable."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-16). Protesting journalists at Tunisian state news agency face police violence. peoplesdispatch.org The journalists' union, in coordination with labor unions, has called for a general strike on April 22 to protest what they claim is a politically motivated appointment to…

Scott Ritter (2021-04-16). US to Withdraw from Afghanistan after Two Decades of War Leaving Behind a Tortured Wasteland and Having Accomplished… Nothing. globalresearch.ca The US decision to leave Afghanistan without any conditions represents a …

Norman Stockwell (2021-04-16). Interview: 'Break Through These Shackles'. progressive.org Nancy MacLean on how to stand up to groups like ALEC.

Michael Welch (2021-04-16). Genocide Drowned out by Media Silence: The Yemen War Six Years Later. globalresearch.ca "Life has become very difficult. We spend all our time looking for basic life necessities. We spend hours searching for either oil, electricity, solar energy, gas, any way to provide for our basic necessities, a life that is difficult in …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-16). Iraq seeks to speed up US troop withdrawal from the country. peoplesdispatch.org US troops deployed in oil-rich Iraq following the NATO-led invasion in 2003 were withdrawn in 2011 but were re-deployed in 2014 following the rise of ISIS. Their presence has caused significant popular unrest in the country…

Steven Rosenfeld (2021-04-16). Why Disability Rights Advocates Are Pressing the Senate to Allow an Internet Voting Option. counterpunch.org National disability rights organizations are urging the Senate to revise the massive House-passed election reform bill to allow an internet-based voting option for their constituents, who represent one-sixth of the national electorate, and to recognize online voting as a federally sanctioned and regulated voting technology. Their concerns and online voting remedy have come into focus

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-16). White House Won't Say If Special Forces Will Leave Afghanistan Under Biden's Withdrawal Plan. globalresearch.ca After President Biden formally announced his plan to withdraw from Afghanistan …

_____ (2021-04-16). Self-Emancipation Continues To Rise At The St. Louis City Justice Center. popularresistance.org In the early morning hours of April 4, 2021, a day that many Christians recognized as Resurrection Sunday, detainees, at the St. Louis City Justice Center moved in the spirit of insurrection to challenge their oppressors and well documented repression at the jail. After the first major rebellion at the jail grabbed national attention on February 6, 2021, government bureaucrats in collaboration with "activists" of the social justice state scrambled to mystify what is really happening to detainees at the city's jails through sham reports and pseudo-independent investigations. | The attempt to paper over the status…

WSWS (2021-04-16). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org UK bus drivers continue strikes in Manchester and London United against fire and rehire, pay and conditions; one-day national stoppage of lorry drivers in Netherlands over pay and increased workload; thousands of doctors strike in Sudan against lack of PPE and unpaid wages…

Fawzia Afzal-Khan (2021-04-16). Pakistan at the Crossroads, Again. counterpunch.org Several recent events in Pakistan are indicative of trouble brewing in the land of my birth once again. A couple of intertwined regressive discourses, have coalesced at this moment that, depending upon how they are handled and resolved (or not)—could determine the future direction the country takes. The first of these discourses one would like

_____ (2021-04-16). Murder Of Daunte Wright Ruined Derek Chauvin Show Trial. popularresistance.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 to follow the demands of the ill-informed public to bring charges of first degree or second-degree murder that would set a bar for conviction so high, it could not be met. That is a favorite strategy of prosecutors when conviction is not what they are looking for. | The prosecutors in the Der…

Staff (2021-04-16). A Thief Stealing From a Thief? Almagro Charged Millions to Manage Guaidó's Loot. orinocotribune.com New revelations were made Thursday, April 15, by the President of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, who released an audio recording of one of those involved in the corruption plot and recalled the popular expression "a thief stealing from a thief." | This new criminal intrigue is added to the long list of crimes committed by the Juan Guaidó and his far-right entourage, and now reveals the complicity of the OAS representative Luis Almagro. | The recorded statements were made by the former deputy and Guaidó's partner, Sergio Vergara, clearly and undeniably identified on the recording, and reveals why they rej…

VINS (2021-04-16). Texas Families Feel Impacts of Cold Case Crisis. projectcensored.org In the January/ February 2021 issue of the Texas Observer, reporter Lise Olsen investigated the growing backlog of homicide cases in Texas and its impact on the state's communities. This…

W. T. Whitney (2021-04-16). Venezuela Border Conflict Mixes Drug Trafficking and Regime-Change Ambitions. counterpunch.org Since mid-March Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state, in western Venezuela. Colombians have long used the border regions to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. Fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the

Derek Royden (2021-04-16). Another summer of discontent? nationofchange.org Rather than compensation and apologies from the individuals and institutions that snatched these individuals from their families and communities, African American victims of police violence have been smeared over and over again in death.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-16). Progressives call to end monarchy on the 90th anniversary of the Second Spanish Republic. peoplesdispatch.org 90 years ago, on April 14, 1931, republican forces in Spain proclaimed the Second Spanish Republic by ousting the Monarch Alphonso XIII. Later, the Second Spanish Republic was sabotaged by right-wing groups under the leadership of General Francisco Franco.

WSWS (2021-04-16). Germany: WISAG workers hold rally at Frankfurt Airport. wsws.org The struggle conducted by the WISAG workers makes clear that the building of an independent action committee for safe jobs is both necessary and possible at the airports.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). Biden Declares National Emergency: U.S. and NATO Brand Russia an International Pariah. globalresearch.ca The thirty-member North Atlantic Council, the political decision-making body of NATO …

Andrew Emett (2021-04-16). Lawsuit filed after police fracture elderly woman's arm on video. nationofchange.org "This is not community policing. This is community terrorism."

_____ (2021-04-16). Media Once Again Trolling US Withdrawal From Afghanistan. popularresistance.org I don't write much about the specific individuals who drive the oligarchic empire because individuals are not the problem, the system is. Right-wing conspiracy analysts prefer to focus on specific corrupt elites because they like to think if you just got rid of them, capitalism would work fine. And it just wouldn't. If you rounded up and executed all the sociopathic ruling elites today but left our current systems intact they'd just be replaced tomorrow. A competition-based model where war, corruption, oppression and exploitation remain profitable guarantees this. | A lot of right-wing conspiracy analysis today u…

Yael Sheinfeld (2021-04-16). Daunte Wright Should Never Have Been Stopped. aclu.org The story of 20-year-old Daunte Wright, shot and killed by Brooklyn Center, Minnesota police after being pulled over for minor traffic violations on Sunday, is heartbreakingly familiar. It is so familiar, in fact, that protests are happening just 10 miles from the courtroom where Derek Chauvin is on trial for the death of George Floyd. Police interactions with citizens shouldn't end in death, and yet hundreds die at the hands of police every year. In order to protect and serve Black Americans, we need immediate solutions. | What do these solutions look like? To Paige Fernandez, the ACLU's policing policy advi…

Jason Holland (2021-04-16). Slavery and the Age of Ego. counterpunch.org The continual expanse of western enslavement culture has never been directly about race, class, or any other perceived external divisions, rather it's an ego sickness at its root. When the ego drive is running the show we are slaves to its impulses, subsequently the external world we've constructed expresses that which is within; a slavish

progressive (2021-04-16). Smoking Gun: Hate for Sale. progressive.org Hardcore rightwing merchandise communicate anti-Semitism, celebrate fascism, hype dangerous conspiracy theories, and call for violence.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). Kiev: American envoy says U.S. supports Ukraine against "Russian aggression" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Kiev: American envoy says U.S. supports Ukraine against "Russian aggression"Rick Rozoff Today's Interfax Ukraine reports American chargé d'affaires to Ukraine Kristina Kvien adjuring Russia to cease "aggressive actions" against Ukraine — though she didn't cite any specific examples of such actions — or it would face consequences. What in diplomatic language is called diktat. It's …

Fight Back (2021-04-16). Five days of protests for Daunte Wright in MN. fightbacknews.org Brooklyn Center, MN – As of April 15, there have been five days and nights of protests, vigils, press conferences, city council scrambling, firings and resignations – as well as outright battles between protesters and the law enforcement bodies from around the state that converged here after the killing of 20-year-old Daunte Wright. | The community actions by local grassroots movements have continued to pour out after the murder of Wright by former Brooklyn Center Police Department Officer Kim Potter, with some small victories. | On Sunday, April 11, Daunte Wright was pulled over by officer Kim Potter for an expi…

Global Research News (2021-04-16). This Week's Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca

Jason Holland (2021-04-16). Slavery and the Age of Ego. dissidentvoice.org The continual expanse of western enslavement culture has never been directly about race, class, or any other perceived external divisions, rather it's an ego sickness at its root. When the ego drive is running the show we are slaves to its impulses, subsequently the external world we've constructed expresses that which is within: a slavish …

Moderator (2021-04-16). Jonathan Taplin: Capitalism Killed the Rock-and-Roll Star. scheerpost.com Photo by Annenberg Innovation Lab] Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play Jonathan Taplin may not be a household name, but he has been behind the scenes of some of the most influential moments in 20th century American music. As the description of Taplin's latest book notes, the University of Southern California professor emeritus has made waves in every one of the past several… |

VINS (2021-04-16). Abusers Benefitting from International Anti-Abduction Treaty. projectcensored.org The Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction was created to protect children from being abducted and taken away from their home country. Abusers are now using this…

Fight Back (2021-04-16). Union members make St. Paul Regional Labor Federation kick National Guard out Labor Center. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – On April 14, union members from many unions across the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metro area heard reports that the National Guard was using the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation (SPRLF) building as a staging area to carry out their repression campaign against protesters calling for justice for Daunte Wright. | Within an hour, dozens of members of at least nine unions showed up to the SPRLF and began chanting and demanding that the National Guard be kicked off union property. During the next 30 minutes the president of the SPRLF, Kera Peterson, was seen meeting with an SPRLF board member inside. Sh…

Shubh Mathur (2021-04-16). Biden Aligning With the Wrong Side in India. counterpunch.org India's dramatic decline from a shaky but functional democracy into an authoritarian dictatorship under the hard-right Hindu nationalist BJP is nearly complete. But deeply rooted traditions of dissent and tolerance, which had long been in abeyance, have during the past 15 months created a strong democratic challenge that has caught both the government and seasoned

_____ (2021-04-16). Why Biden's New Russian Sanctions Are Shortsighted. popularresistance.org The Biden administration's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan is a wise and morally courageous one. It refuses to inherit and continue a disastrous American tradition in foreign and security policy: the obsession with defending meaningless U.S. "credibility" (aka prestige), irrespective of real national interests and of the cost in American lives and money. | Previous U.S. "strategy" in Afghanistan was a kind of zombie policy: in reality dead, but still walking around because nobody in Washington could bring themselves to bury it. | The obsession with mortal threats from Russia is a zombie dating b…

splcenter (2021-04-16). Rising Hate: SPLC president addresses National Press Club about dangers of increasing far-right extremism. splcenter.org &nbsp…

Sam Macdonald (2021-04-16). After Elections, Seoul Braces for Environmental Inaction. counterpunch.org An estimated 17,000 people die every year in South Korea from air-pollution-related illnesses. But this top-priority issue was conspicuously absent from the campaign manifesto of the newly elected mayor of Seoul. The death of former mayor Park Won-soon in 2020 triggered the April 7 by-election to fill the remainder of his term. Park's suicide and

Editor2 (2021-04-16). Old Customers Impatient to Resume Oil Imports from Iran. orinocotribune.com Demand is rising for Iranian crude oil, with an OPEC report showing a higher output already by Iran which is closely watched by customers as the country is discussing the removal of unilateral US sanctions. | Iran's oil production rose by 137,000 barrels per day to 2.3 million bpd in March, marking the highest crude production growth among OPEC members, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries said in a monthly report. | The higher output by Iran which is exempt from making voluntary cuts because of US sanctions came for the third consecutive month. Iran's oil production had jumped by 62,000 and 35,0…

VINS (2021-04-16). Google's Union-Busting Methods Revealed. projectcensored.org Leaked files from IRI Consultants, a union avoidance firm, obtained by Vice's Motherboard show the disturbing lengths to which companies will go in order to derail workplace organizing. The leaked records include a spreadsheet of anecdotal personal information the company had gathered about the employees of one client, Conifer Health Solutions, who hired IRI Consultants to thwart a union drive at two hospitals the company owns in Seattle. The document included data about employees' private lives including descriptions of workers as: 'lazy', 'impressionable', 'money oriented', and 'a single mother'. IRI Consultant…

WSWS (2021-04-16). Oakland Education Association attempts to defuse anger over reckless return to schools. wsws.org After pushing members to ratify their deal to resume in-person instruction, union leadership is now trying to restrain teachers' opposition by declaring an impasse over negotiating schedules.

Agunda Okeyo (2021-04-16). Why 'Karens' Are a Threat to Racial Progress. progressive.org From Ida B. Wells to Emmett Till to the 'Karens' of today, the trope of white women in danger has been used to harm Black people.

Steve Brodner (2021-04-16). Virginia, Minnesota, Illinois. thenation.com Virginia, Minnesota, Illinois…

Peter Kornbluh (2021-04-16). Cuba Moves Into the Post-Castro Era. thenation.com Cuba Moves Into…

Sonali Chakravarti (2021-04-16). How BLM Is Subtly Shaping the Chauvin Trial. thenation.com How BLM Is Subtly Shaping the Chauvin Trial…

Victor Navasky (2021-04-16). Remembering Ramsey Clark 1927—2021. thenation.com Remembering Ramsey Clark 1927—2021…

Fight Back (2021-04-16). National Day of Action Demanding Justice for George Floyd! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR). | The day of decision is coming. Closing arguments will soon take place in the case of Derek Chauvin, one of the four cops who killed George Floyd on a Minneapolis street, and the entire world will be watching as the jury begins deliberations. We settle for nothing less than justice! | The National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression or NAARPR is calling for protests around the country, that will coincide with day that the jury reaches a verdict. It is critical th…

_____ (2021-04-16). Scheer Intelligence: Capitalism Killed The Rock-and-Roll Star. popularresistance.org Jonathan Taplin may not be a household name, but he has been behind the scenes of some of the most influential moments in 20th century American music. As the description of Taplin's latest book notes, the University of Southern California professor emeritus has made waves in every one of the past several decades: "he was tour manager for Bob Dylan and the Band in the '60s, producer of major films in the '70s, an executive at Merrill Lynch in the '80s, creator of the Internet's first video-on-demand service in the '90s, and a cultural critic and author writing about technology in the new millennium." Taplin joins…

Shubh Mathur (2021-04-16). The U.S. Is Choosing the Wrong Side in India. zcomm.org The Biden administration is ignoring protest movements in India to support a right-wing nationalist government against China…

Nekima Levy Armstrong (2021-04-16). Breaking Down "Blue Wall of Silence" zcomm.org Prosecutors in the Derek Chauvin case have successfully chipped away at the "blue wall of silence" by getting current police officials to testify against Chauvin…

Thomas Klikauer (2021-04-16). Communicating Global Warming. zcomm.org With the dominance of corporate media and their power to shape public discourse, it is easier to imagine an end to the world than an end to capitalism…

Foteini Bakadima (2021-04-16). The EU looks on as the HDP — and democracy itself — falls victim to Erdogan. zcomm.org Despite Turkey's main pro-Kurdish opposition party being subject to years of harassment, the international community remains silent…

Chris Orlet (2021-04-16). Do We Have to Hate Lincoln Now? zcomm.org For working families, changing the name of Abraham Lincoln School is not on their to-do list and never will be. Progressives might want to take a look at that list…

Iman Saleh (2021-04-16). I'm on hunger strike until U.S. ends support for Saudi-led blockade against Yemen. zcomm.org Ending U.S. support for the blockade will single-handedly provide relief and restore hope for millions of Yemenis whose lives hang in the balance…

Brandon Stout (2021-04-16). Detroiters march against police evictions. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Source: Liberation News Activists angered by the Detroit Police Department's role in carrying out evictions marched through downtown Detroit on April 10 to support housing rights and demand cops end their practice of helping landlords illegally evict tenants. Several tenants who had experienced illegal evictions spoke at a rally

Robert Koehler (2021-04-16). Armed racism keeps no one safe. zcomm.org Racism remains embedded in its social infrastructure. Much of the country is "protected" by an occupying army…

Jonathan Cook (2021-04-16). Labour Disclosure 'Shows Antisemitism Was Weaponised Against Corbyn', Activists Say. globalresearch.ca A group of Labour activists fighting through the courts to discover …

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). 44 tombs found at Jinlan Temple site in Guangzhou. ecns.cn Aerial photo shows the ruins of Jinlan Temple in Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, April 14, 2021.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). China to monitor Japan's plan to dump nuclear wastewater, vows to protect consumers. ecns.cn The Chinese Ministry of Commerce said it will closely monitor the developments in Japan's decision to dump Fukushima wastewater into the ocean and pledged to ensure the safety of Chinese consumers.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Commercialization of sci-tech gathering pace. ecns.cn China recently released the annual report on the commercialization of scientific and technological achievements in 2020, showing continuous vibrant activities in the transformation of scientific and technological results.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Fashion show in Guangxi displays 'epic' of Miao costumes. ecns.cn More than 20 teams from Rongshui Miao Autonomous County of Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region held a fashion show on the first day of "San Yue San" holiday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Beijing proposal aims to add protections for artifacts. ecns.cn Beijing will strengthen the management of archaeological findings to better preserve the city's urban heritage along its central axis, according to a draft regulation submitted to the capital's top lawmaking body on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Australian troops to leave Afghanistan in September: PM. ecns.cn Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday that the country's remaining troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn in September.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). China remains Mongolia's top export destination, import supplier. ecns.cn China remains Mongolia's top export destination and import supplier in the first quarter of 2021, according to data released by the Mongolian National Statistics Office on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Manned spacecraft, carrier rocket for Shenzhou-12 mission arrive at launch center. ecns.cn The manned spacecraft and carrier rocket for the Shenzhou-12 manned space mission have arrived at the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Italy's 3D-printed statue of 'David' to take part in Dubai Expo. ecns.cn A 3D-printed Michelangelo's "David" statue will be sent away for the Dubai World Expo 2020, Florence, Italy, April 14, 2021.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). No violent terrorist incidents reported in China in over 4 years: ministry. ecns.cn China has seen no violent terrorist incidents for more than four consecutive years, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Xi's speech marking 95th founding anniversary of CPC to be published. ecns.cn A speech made by Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, at a ceremony marking the 95th anniversary of the founding of the CPC will be published Friday in the eighth issue of the Qiushi Journal.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). China's Q1 FDI inflow soars nearly 40 pct. ecns.cn Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the Chinese mainland, in actual use, surged 39.9 percent year on year in yuan terms in the first quarter of this year, the Ministry of Commerce said Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Russia says U.S. has to pay for new sanctions. ecns.cn Washington must realize that it will "pay a price" for the degradation of U.S.-Russian relations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Thursday in response to new anti-Russian sanctions and the expulsion of diplomats.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). China-bashing on Capitol Hill inspires Asian-American bashing in streets: Media. ecns.cn Demonizing China might feed U.S. nationalistic impulses, but unhelpful to finding common ground or building the required trust to ensure the peaceful coexistence between the two countries, said a recent opinion piece in the South China Morning Post.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Xi to attend China-France-Germany leaders' climate summit via video link. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the China-France-Germany leaders' climate summit via video link in Beijing on April 16, at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying announced on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). No violent terrorist incidents reported in China in over 4 years: ministry. ecns.cn China has seen no violent terrorist incidents for more than four consecutive years, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) said Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Shenzhou-12 manned spaceship arrives at Jiuquan launch site. ecns.cn The Shenzhou-12 manned spaceship was transferred safely to the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China's Gansu Province, the China Manned Space Engineering Office (CMSEO) said on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). China Telecom expands network in Xinjiang. ecns.cn The China Telecom branch in Xinjiang's Altay prefecture has made remarkable progress in increasing mobile network coverage and broadband availability in Hemu village, Burqin county.

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). AI-powered platform translates speech into text for hearing-impaired. ecns.cn A working platform using artificial intelligence (AI) has been launched in China, offering voice-to-text services so that hearing-impaired people can read speeches given during video conferences, livestreaming events and online courses.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). Ukraine: President pushes shortcut to NATO as government publishes map of bomb shelters. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukraine: President pushes shortcut to NATO as government publishes map of bomb sheltersRick Rozoff Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in a newspaper interview has called insistently for his country being admitted to NATO even before all necessary internal reforms are completed, citing for the pressing nature of his demand what he called Russian aggression. He didn't …

Mike Kinney (2021-04-16). MY INTERVIEW WITH ANNE HILLERMAN, WHERE SHE TALKS ABOUT HER NEW POWERFUL AND BRILLIANT NOV. indybay.org My interview with Anne Hillerman, where she talks about her new powerful and brilliant novel-STARGAZER…

Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs (2021-04-16). Saturday 5/1: Lyrical I and the Uprising Free Concert. indybay.org Laurel and Front Streets, Santa Cruz…

First Do No Harm (2021-04-16). Some Causes Of US Mass Shootings And Other Violence. indybay.org Why is there escalating violence in the US?>

Waltraud Lang (2021-04-16). The rediscovery of the soul. indybay.org How apt are the words of Friedrich Schiller: "The world loves to blacken the radiant and to drag the sublime into the dust". And further he writes: "But fear not! There are still beautiful hearts that glow for the high, the glorious" (4).

Santa Cruz Police News (2021-04-16). Santa Cruz Sheriff's Office Releases Video Footage of Officer Involved Shooting. indybay.org The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office has released some of the video footage from the body cameras worn by deputies involved in the shooting of Eli Burry on April 6. The footage was included in an edited video posted to Facebook on April 14 that features video, text, and still images, in addition to narration by Sheriff Jim Hart. (Watch video below)…

Mike Kinney (2021-04-16). Interview with Anne Hillerman on her Novel Stargazer. indybay.org My interview with Anne Hillerman, in which she talks about her new powerful and brilliant novel, Stargazer.

The Green Arcade (2021-04-16). Thursday 4/22: Launch Event for American Geography in Honor of Barry Lopez. indybay.org Online…

NorCal Fight for 15, Lucha por 15 (2021-04-16). Monday 4/19: San Francisco Car Caravan: Justice on the Job for Fast-food Workers Now! indybay.org Starting point: 1335 Webster St, San Francisco, CA 94115-4232 | Masks and Social Distancing Required; Peaceful Car Caravan…

San José May Day Coalition (2021-04-16). Saturday 5/1: May Day 2021 (San José). indybay.org Roosevelt Park | 901 East Santa Clara Street | San José, CA 95116…

Anonymous (2021-04-16). Artists Deface Homes of SF Anti-Graffiti Board. indybay.org Anti-graffiti officials in San Francisco wake up to graffitied homes after an anti-displacement art spree. Oh the irony.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-04-16). Daunte Wright's Killing Makes the Case for Shrinking Police Budgets. indybay.org Three weeks into the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, a white police officer in the neighboring suburb of Brooklyn Center killed a young Black man named Daunte Wright and illustrated in tragic terms just how law enforcement remains engaged in a racist war on Black America in spite of national scrutiny.

Michael Schneider (2021-04-16). Mother Earth Gives an Inch, Corporations take a Mile, and Society Suffers the Consequence. indybay.org The Op-ed analyzes environmental policies in regard to the relationship between climate change and major corporations.

Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL (2021-04-16). Saturday 4/17: Peaceful Rally in Support of AAPI Community in Santa Cruz County. indybay.org Watsonville Plaza, Main St., Watsonville…

No More Silence (2021-04-16). Mountain View–Rising Up Against Anti-Asian Discrimination. indybay.org Chanting "Stop the Violence–No More Silence," more than 500 demonstrators marched from the vicinity of the historic Caltrain Station at the end of Castro Street to rally in the Mountain View City Hall Plaza on April 11.

General Strike Needed (2021-04-16). Boarding Up for Verdict Day. indybay.org With a verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial for ex-cop Chauvin's murder of George Floyd predicted anytime after Monday, April 19, 2021, businesses and empty buildings are boarding up for a possible riot on Verdict Day. For the City's police preparations, see www.sfexaminer.com/news/sfpd-prepares-fo…

Dr. Ricardo Alvarez reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-04-16). New article by Dr. Ricardo Alvarez: Mumia Abu-Jamal is Scheduled for Open-Heart Surgery. indybay.org As this article goes to press today, April 15th, Mumia is now scheduled for open heart surgery tomorrow. We only know that he has severe blockages of his coronary arteries or coronary artery disease (CAD). Mumia was left incommunicado for at least 3 days prompting an international movement to barrage the governor, the secretary of the PA Department of Corrections (PA DOC) and a variety of other targets with the PA DOC. It is a basic right that a patient be allowed to seek counsel from loved ones, supporters, spiritual advisors and chosen medical counsel. There was no call to family and his medical lawyer has sugg…

San José May Day Coalition (2021-04-16). 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…

WSWS Repost (2021-04-16). The US war in Afghanistan: A historic crime. indybay.org Biden's announcement of the nominal end of the war in Afghanistan provides an occasion for drawing a balance sheet of a savage military operation which has produced incalculable suffering for the people of Afghanistan, squandered vast resources and brutalized American society.

Internatonal Labor Solidarity Committee For T (2021-04-16). Monday 4/19: Pres Xi-Jinping Rehire The Mineworkers Union Of Nabia Rossing Branch Leaders NOW! indybay.org SF Chinese Consulate | Geary St. & Laguna St. San Francisco…

WSWS Repost (2021-04-16). Biden announces US military withdrawal from Afghanistan. indybay.org There has been virtually no mention in the US media of the damage and the colossal loss of life inflicted by American forces. The choice of a final withdrawal date of September 11, 2021 was intended to reinforce the longstanding lie by Washington that its invasion and occupation of Afghanistan were in response to the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, twenty years ago.

SCC Single Payer Health Care Coalition (2021-04-16). Saturday 4/17: Yes on CalCare! Car Rally for Guaranteed Health Care for All Californians. indybay.org 5365 Prospect Road San Jose 95129 | MASKS and SOCIAL DISTANCING REQUIRED…

CRS (2021-04-16). Terrorism In Europe — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Kristin Archick and Rachel L. Martin* | Current Trends: | European governments and the European Union (EU) have grappled with domestic and foreign terrorist groups for decades, but numerous attacks since 2014 have renewed concerns about terrorism and violent extremism in Europe. Despite variances in how terrorist events are defined and tracked, studies indicate that terrorism poses a security threat in many European countries (see data from Europol, the EU's agency for police cooperation, in Figure 1). | European countries and the EU are key U.S. partners in the fight against terrorism, and Members…

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