2021-04-17: News Headlines

otowenh (2021-04-17). Haiti: A Country Facing the Pandemic Without COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people more than a year after the pandemic began, raising concerns among health experts that the well-being of Haitians is being sidelined as violence and political instability deepen across the country. | So far, Haiti is expected to receive only 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through a United Nations program aimed at ensuring that the neediest countries receive COVID-19 vaccines. | The free doses were scheduled to arrive no later than May, but delays are expected because Haiti missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is no…

Juan Cole (2021-04-17). New Wind and Solar up 50% globally in 2020, as China beats US by over 4 to 1. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The new report on 2020 by the International Renewable Energy Agency reveals that the world's renewable energy generation capacity increased by an astonishing 10.3% in 2020 despite the global economic slowdown during the coronavirus pandemic. It beats the previous record for an annual increase in this sector by a healthy …

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Asian-American businesses hit hard amid COVID-19: media. ecns.cn Asian-owned businesses in the United States have suffered heavy losses amid the COVID-19 pandemic mainly due to difficulties in accessing government aid and fears over rising hate crimes against Asians, according to a recent report by Reuters.

thelancet (2021-04-17). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Bojorquez I, Cabieses B, Arósquipa C, et al. Migration and health in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Lancet 2021; 397: 1243—45—In this Comment, the date of the Ibero-American Summit has been corrected to April 21, 2021. This correction has been made to the online version as of April 15, 2021.

Belinda Jack (2021-04-17). [Perspectives] Pandemic reading: poetry, looking and seeing. thelancet.com When William Wordsworth wrote "Little we see in Nature that is ours", he was suggesting that we take too much natural beauty for granted and overlook much that "is ours". Nature is there for our contemplation and delectation, but even when we look, we may not really be seeing. In other words, the eye may take nature in, but the experience stops short of a full and rich engagement. The line, "Little we see" is in a poem that begins, "The world is too much with us", and what the poem asserts is how our material excesses have spoilt our capacity to take notice of our world.

Ajay Hegde, Shubha Rao (2021-04-17). [Correspondence] Institutional racism and national lockdowns. thelancet.com Reading Soham Bandyopadhyay's Correspondence,1 we find it unfortunate that lockdown measures are viewed with religious and racist sentiments amid a pandemic. Bandyopadhyay seems to have unilaterally misinterpreted the UK Government's advice on returning home for Christmas, which to many people in the UK simply means a holiday period. It would be incorrect to drag minority ethnic and religious beliefs into this policy.

The Lancet (2021-04-17). [Editorial] The ACT Accelerator: heading in the right direction? thelancet.com April 24, 2021, marks 1 year since the formation of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) partnership. Its mission is to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines, which is central to ending the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the pandemic still raging, has ACT-A been successful so far? And what does the future hold?

WorkWeek (2021-04-17). 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.

Staff (2021-04-17). Colleges Are Using COVID as an Excuse for Austerity. Unions Are Pushing Back. truthout.org As COVID-19 swept across the U.S. last winter and spring, colleges and universities adapted swiftly to the situation. Though it was swift, it was not without pain: Just as quickly as professors learned to teach through a screen on Zoom, administrations slashed budgets. In the early days of the pandemic, little was certain about the future — if students would defer fall enrollment, how states might cut education funding or if the federal government would step in to offset the financial im…

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuela Expands Operations Against Colombian Paramilitary Gangs. orinocotribune.com Venezuela has expanded military operations in the border state of Apure to capture Colombian narco-paramilitary groups and eliminate foreign aggression. | "We are stepping up operations in Apure state (bordering Colombia) to guarantee internal order and for the capture of armed Colombian drug traffickers and their collaborators in the area," declared the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (CEOFANB) account on Friday, April 16. | In this sense, the command emphasized in a post on its official Twitter account that the military will continue actions aimed at eliminating foreign aggr…

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Army to Begin Clearing Mines in Apure State near Colombian Border. orinocotribune.com Major General Domingo Hernández Lárez, general commander of the Bolivarian Army, reported on his Twitter account that a military team has already been deployed to begin demining in the state of Apure, suffering from Colombian narco-paramilitary violence that included landmines planted to cause terror among local residents. | The minesweeper, the commander wrote, is an armored unit designed by Army engineers, dubbed the "patrol alligator." | El barremina diseñado por los ingenieros de combate del Ejército Bolivariano está listo para ir al Alto Apure e iniciar el desminado en nuestro territorio nacional del Alto Ap…

CNA (2021-04-17). Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton To Speak At Vatican Health Conference. eurasiareview.com Anthony Fauci, Chelsea Clinton, and Deepak Chopra are among the featured speakers at a Vatican conference being held in May on the interplay of mind, body, and soul in healthcare. | The Vatican announced the conference organized by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Cura Foundation April 15. | "Exploring the Mind, Body & Soul: How Innovation and Novel Delivery Systems Improve Human Health," will take place virtually May 6-8. | It will feature the CEOs of large pharmaceutical companies, including Moderna and Pfizer, along with celebrities active in medical philanthropy, global health advocates, policyma…

Linn Washington Jr. reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-04-17). 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.

Janet Mayes (2021-04-17). As Amazon workers struggle for a union, Bezos sends exploitation to outer space. workers.org Jeff Bezos of Amazon may be "stepping down" from his position as CEO, intending to "stay engaged" behind the scenes, but he has set his sights on grabbing infinitely more billions for himself in space. Bezos standing next to a Blue Origin space vehicle. Lest we forget, Bezos is the . . . |

William Camacaro (2021-04-17). Ramsey Clark: An Essential Voice of Dissidence from the Center of US Power. orinocotribune.com By William Camacaro — Apr 14, 2021 | "There will be some who will remember Ramsey Clark as an outsider. There are many more who remember him as a friend of justice, the oppressed, the exploited, and the rule of law. Perhaps he himself would like to be remembered merely as someone who used the law to help others." | Curtis Doebbler, International Law Attorney | During the heat of the Gulf War under the George H. W. Bush administration, I had the opportunity in New York to meet an extraordinary human being: Ramsey Clark. It was an event to protest the State Department and Pentagon's arrogantly labeled "Operati…

Eds. (2021-04-17). For an ecosocialist transition that breaks from capitalism: Arguments and proposals. mronline.org The 149 proposals issued by the French Citizens' Convention on Climate last June, with the goal of achieving at least a 40% reduction in greenhouse gases by 2030 compared to 1990, manifestly belong to a thoroughly reformist approach. | April 17, 2021 | Newswire…

G. Dunkel (2021-04-17). Global warming: Myanmar, Greenland and green cars. workers.org Greenland is the largest island in the world which is not a continent. Only it and Antarctica are covered by ice sheets. With 58,000 people, 89% of whom are Inuit, it remains a "semiautonomous region" under Danish rule whose main exports are fishery products and whose budget is heavily subsidized . . . |

The Conversation (2021-04-17). Are mass shootings an American epidemic? juancole.com By Lacey Wallace | — The U.S. has suffered yet another mass shooting, with a deadly attack in a FedEx facility in Indianapolis. This was the fifth mass shooting in five weeks, including a shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado that took the lives of 10 people on March 22 and just days earlier, …

Whitney Webb (2021-04-17). The Military Origins of Facebook. orinocotribune.com By Whitney Webb — Apr 12, 2021 | Facebook's growing role in the ever-expanding surveillance and "pre-crime" apparatus of the national security state demands new scrutiny of the company's origins and its products as they relate to a former, controversial DARPA-run surveillance program that was essentially analogous to what is currently the world's largest social network. | In mid-February, Daniel Baker, a US veteran described by the media as "anti-Trump, anti-government, anti-white supremacists, and anti-police," was charged by a Florida grand jury with two counts of "transmitting a communication in interst…

Eds. (2021-04-17). Battles lost, wars won: An environmentalist's story. mronline.org After Friends of Nature director-general Zhang Boju saw his activism fail, he went another route. | April 17, 2021 | Newswire…

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-04-17). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election. dissidentvoice.org A spoiled ballot in Ecuador's elections. Photo by @AlinaDuarte Ecuador's April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be. On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation witnessed. But …

Devin Cole (2021-04-17). Abortion rights workers beat back anti-choice bigots. workers.org Pensacola, Fla. (Occupied Creek Muscogee land) For four and a half months, abortion rights advocates have been defending the only abortion clinic in Pensacola, Fla. The defense effort is led by Workers World Party Central Gulf Coast branch, Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative) and Women's March Pensacola. Every Saturday and most . . . |

teleSUR Desk (2021-04-17). Supreme Court confirms annulment of all charges against Lula. mronline.org Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday ratified the decision adopted by one of its judges, who annulled the sentences handed down in the first place against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. | April 17, 2021 | Newswire…

Manlio Dinucci (2021-04-17). U.S. maneuvers threaten war with Russia. workers.org On April 9, the Turkish officials announced to Russian counterparts that Washington, as it must by treaty, had informed them that in the following week the U.S. would send two warships to the Black Sea, which also borders Russia and Ukraine. This is part of the extended framework of tension . . . |

RT (2021-04-17). Surreal scenes in Minneapolis, as National Guardsmen order woman out of car AT GUNPOINT at gas station (VIDEO). rt.com Unrest after the police shooting of Daunte Wright in Minneapolis led local authorities to implement a curfew. The curfew may have curbed rioting, but it's spawned shocking scenes of police and military strong-arming civilians. | With Minneapolis and St. Paul under curfew for much of last week, the riots that broke out following the shooting dead by police of Daunte Wright last Sunday have been mostly brought under control. Up to hundreds of protesters and rioters have been arrested every night since Monday, as police and National Guard troops protect law enforcement buildings from the rage of the mob. | Mass a…

RT (2021-04-17). WATCH: Would-be robber SQUEALS LIKE A PIG after being body-slammed & pinned to pavement by his intended victim in viral VIDEO. rt.com A video making the rounds on social media provided some comic relief for crime-weary Americans, showing an attempted robbery gone wrong when the intended victim grabbed the criminal and slammed him to the pavement. | The clip begins with two assailants running toward a man as he exits his sport-utility vehicle after parking on a residential street. The smaller of the two robbers points a gun in the man's face, and the would-be victim walks slowly backward on the driver's side of his vehicle. | The man suddenly punches the armed robber, quickly grabs him from behind and body-slams him on the street, at which…

RT (2021-04-17). Protesters smash windows & set fires in Oakland as anger over recent police shootings spreads across US (VIDEOS). rt.com Demonstrators in Oakland, California vandalized buildings and lit fires during a march in response to two fatal police shootings that have occurred over the past week. Similar unrest has been seen in other US cities. | Hundreds of protesters took to Oakland's streets on Friday night following the killings of two black people at the hands of the police, 13-year-old Adam Toledo in Chicago and 20-year-old Daunte Wright near Minneapolis, local media reported. | Some local businesses had boarded up their windows as a precautionary measure. The city saw riots and looting last year following the police killing of Geo…

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boosting refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

RT (2021-04-17). 'HUGE MISTAKE': Florida Gov. DeSantis blasts Covid-19 lockdowns, including the one he ordered last year. rt.com Florida's Ron DeSantis can boast being one of the most pro-freedom US governors in terms of Covid-19 rules, but he now regrets even going as far as ordering a 30-day lockdown last year, calling it a "huge mistake." | "We wanted to mitigate the damage," DeSantis said on Friday, in an Now in hindsight, the 15 days to slow the spread and the 30 — it didn't work. We shouldn't have gone down that road. | While the Florida lockdow…

RT (2021-04-17). Portland rioters torch Apple store as another police killing sparks wave of destruction (VIDEOS). rt.com Rioters in Portland, Oregon wreaked havoc on the city's downtown, smashing windows and setting an Apple store on fire. Though the city has seen nightly riots for nearly a year, the latest came after police shot a man dead. | Another night, another riot. Protesters assembled on Friday afternoon in Lents Park, where police had shot a man dead hours earlier. The man, who local media

Mike Walter (2021-04-17). The Heat: U.S.-Asia issues. america.cgtn.com Talks on climate change take center stage, as China's President Xi Jinping pledges greater cooperation with France and Germany to tackle the effects of global warming. The leaders of China, Germany and France held a virtual meeting Friday with a commitment to work together on …

Staff (2021-04-17). The Southwest Offers Blueprints for the Future of Wastewater Reuse. truthout.org This story is part of Covering Climate Now, a global journalism collaboration strengthening coverage of the climate story. | No country is immune from water scarcity issues — not even the world's wealthiest country, the United States. | The southwestern states, in particular, have faced frequent and ongoing

MEE, agencies (2021-04-17). Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast. middleeasteye.net Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast | UN calls for expanded state-led search and rescue operations as number of migrants leaving Tunisia for Europe triples | Sat, 04/17/2021 – 10: 09 | The bodies of migrants are recovered at a Tunisian port after a shipwreck in December 2020 (AFP) | At least 41 people, including a child, drowned when a boat capsized off the Tunisian co…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-17). Hamas says 'Gaza still fights on' as Israel strikes enclave for second night. middleeasteye.net Hamas says 'Gaza still fights on' as Israel strikes enclave for second night | Israel said it launched air strikes against targets in the besieged strip after a rocket attack from the Palestinian side | Sat, 04/17/2021 – 15: 53 | Witnesses and security sources said the strikes hit two "training sites" in southern Gaza and another target in central Gaza (AFP) | A Hamas spokesman said on Sat…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-17). Iran names man accused of Natanz nuclear plant attack. middleeasteye.net Iran names man accused of Natanz nuclear plant attack | Intelligence ministry says Reza Karimi fled Iran before the 11 April attack, which it blames on Israel | Sat, 04/17/2021 – 10: 56 | Damage to a warehouse at the Natanz nuclear facility after a previous explosion (AFP) | The man Tehran accuses of being behind the recent explosion at its main Natanz nuclear plant has been named by Irani…

Global Research (2021-04-18). El arma oculta del Lejano Oriente contra la COVID-19. globalizacion.ca Desde la perspectiva confuciana, los occidentales serían muy propensos al individualismo: no sacrificaríamos libertades personales y careceríamos de rigor laboral en favor del grupo familiar, empresarial y nacional. Tampoco resignaríamos demasiado por la salud pública. | El uso del barbijo es…

Editor2 (2021-04-18). Blood-Clotting Illness PVT 30x More Prevalent in Moderna, Pfizer COVID-19 Recipients than AstraZeneca — Oxford Researchers. orinocotribune.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 p…

Editorial La Jornada (2021-04-18). Estados Unidos y Rusia: Inquietante escalada. globalizacion.ca El gobierno ruso anunció ayer las medidas con que responderá a las 32 sanciones impuestas por Estados Unidos un día antes. La más significativa de ellas es la expulsión simétrica de 10 integrantes del cuerpo diplomático estadounidense en la Federación…

Fight Back (2021-04-18). Justice for Adam Toledo! Power to Communities to Stop Police Murder! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression demands justice for Adam Toledo, who was just 13 years old when he was gunned down by a Chicago police officer on March 29, 2021. Adam was a child and he did not deserve to die. As the newly released COPA video shows, Adam had his hands up and was complying when he was executed in cold blood. We must identify the officer who killed Adam and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. We must end the madness of a polic…

thelancet (2021-04-17). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Bojorquez I, Cabieses B, Arósquipa C, et al. Migration and health in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Lancet 2021; 397: 1243—45—In this Comment, the date of the Ibero-American Summit has been corrected to April 21, 2021. This correction has been made to the online version as of April 15, 2021.

Belinda Jack (2021-04-17). [Perspectives] Pandemic reading: poetry, looking and seeing. thelancet.com When William Wordsworth wrote "Little we see in Nature that is ours", he was suggesting that we take too much natural beauty for granted and overlook much that "is ours". Nature is there for our contemplation and delectation, but even when we look, we may not really be seeing. In other words, the eye may take nature in, but the experience stops short of a full and rich engagement. The line, "Little we see" is in a poem that begins, "The world is too much with us", and what the poem asserts is how our material excesses have spoilt our capacity to take notice of our world.

Ajay Hegde, Shubha Rao (2021-04-17). [Correspondence] Institutional racism and national lockdowns. thelancet.com Reading Soham Bandyopadhyay's Correspondence,1 we find it unfortunate that lockdown measures are viewed with religious and racist sentiments amid a pandemic. Bandyopadhyay seems to have unilaterally misinterpreted the UK Government's advice on returning home for Christmas, which to many people in the UK simply means a holiday period. It would be incorrect to drag minority ethnic and religious beliefs into this policy.

The Lancet (2021-04-17). [Editorial] The ACT Accelerator: heading in the right direction? thelancet.com April 24, 2021, marks 1 year since the formation of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A) partnership. Its mission is to accelerate the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines, which is central to ending the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the pandemic still raging, has ACT-A been successful so far? And what does the future hold?

Kim Petersen (2021-04-17). Pseudonymity and Genocide. dissidentvoice.org Nearly 10,000 residents dance in local Dolan Maxrap folk style in Awat county in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on 9 October 2018. Photo: China News Service In February, I asked, "Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It?" China is continually being raked over the coals by western governments …

_____ (2021-04-17). So Now The Left Likes Guns, Perhaps They Always Have? strategic-culture.org If you give people the freedom to have rope, on occasion someone will hang themselves with it, that is just the way the world works. | After a few years of racial violence, protesting that many consider rioting and parts of American cities being set ablaze in the runup to the big 2020 election, the Left may be rethinking its attitude towards guns… well at least for the moment while they need them. An interesting look at the rise of "Socialist" gun ownership in America by

Anonymous669 (2021-04-17). Unusual Saudi Silence After Houthi Drone Targeted King Khalid Air Base. southfront.org Illustrative image, a Qasef-2K being intercepted by a Saudi fighter jet. | On April 17, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) announced that they had carried out another attack on a military base in Saudi Arabia. | In a statement, Brig. Gen. Yahya Sari, a spokesman for the Yemeni group, said that a "sensitive military target" in King Khalid Air Base in the southern province of 'Asir was struck with a Qasef-2K suicide drone. | The Qasef-2K drone is a copy of the Iranian Ababil-2. The drone has a range of up to 150 km and is armed with a hi…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-17). Meet Reza Karimi, Iran Identified The Natanz Bomber. southfront.org File image | On April 16, the Ministry of Intelligence of Iran identified the man behind the recent

Anonymous103 (2021-04-17). Declassified: CIA Plotted Assassination Of Cuba's Raul Castro. southfront.org Raul Castro Source: Twitter | According to the declassified documents, the CIA attempted to assassinate Raul Castro, the younger brother of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in 1960. The top secret documents were published on the The report claims that CIA recruited the pilot, Jose Raul Martinez, in Cuba. On July 21, 196…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-17). In Video: Russian Forces Used Dozens of Lancet Drones Against Militants In Syria. southfront.org Lancet-3, screen grab from Russia-24 report. | Russian forces have used dozens of

Anonymous007 (2021-04-17). Military Situation In Yemen On April 17, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 219 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 16, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 3 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 16, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Khab and Shaaf area | On April 16, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Baqim area | On April 16, Ansar Allah reportedly attacked Jizan Airpor…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-17). Military Situation In Syria On April 17, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 16, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 27 times: 5 — in Idlib province, 11 — in Latakia province, 9 — in Hama province, 2 in Aleppo province | On April 16, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positions near Ain Issa | On April 16, Russian warplanes targeted ISIS positions in the Bushri mountain more that 30 times | On April 16, 2 SAA members were killed by an IED blast in Um Batnah are…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-17). U.S. Instructors Spotted On Donbass Frontlines: Report. southfront.org Illustrative image | The press officer of the People's Militia of the Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) Ivan Filiponenko claimed that instructors from the United States had taken part in the training of Ukrainian artillerymen in Eastern Ukraine. The claim was made during the daily briefing on April 17. | According to Filiponenko, the training of Ukrainian forces took place near the village of Pokrovske."The trainings of the UAF 40 separate artille…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-17). Military Situation In Donetsk People's Republic On April 17, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | UAF targeted DPR positions in Aleksandrovka with RPGs and a BMP | UAF shelled Donetsk city with 120-mm artillery | UAF targeted Donetsk airport with 120-mm artillery | UAF shelled Staromikhaylovka with 120-mm and 122-mm artillery | UAF targeted DPR positions in Veseloe with grenade launchers | DPR forces shelled UAF positions near Novhorodske, Marinka and Opytne with 120-mm artillery | DPR forces targeted UAF positions near Vodiane with grenade launchers | DPR f…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-17). Sabotage Attack Targeted Two Oil Wells In Northern Iraq. southfront.org File image | Early on April 17, two oil wells located in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk were attacked by unidentified saboteurs. | In a statement, the state-owned North Oil Company said that the wells, a part of the Bai Hasan oil fields, were targeted with improvised explosive devices. The attack did not result in any material or human losses. The production process was not hindered, either."These attacks will not stop the national efforts to maintain the production process in support of the national economy,…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-17). ISIS Claims Its Cells Foiled Aerial Landing, Killed Two Russian Soldiers In Central Syria. southfront.org Illustrative image | On April 17, ISIS claimed that its fighters had killed two Russian special forces operatives during clashes in Syria's central region. | In a statement released by the Amaq news agency, the group claimed that two operatives were killed during a failed air landing in the outskirts of the town of al-Sukhnah in the eastern countryside of Homs. | The operatives' unit landed from a helicopter and engaged in a heated battle with a group of ISIS terrorists who were at…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-17). Russian Navy To Guard Iranian Oil Supplies To Syria Under Strategic Agreement — Report. southfront.org A Russian Navy assault team from the Russian Federation ship Severromorsk land by helicopter on the deck of the Italian Ship San Marco, the NATO flag ship to Operation Ocean Shield, during a NATO-Russia counter piracy exercise in the Gulf of Aden. | Russia, Iran and Syria have established a joint operation room that would work to guarantee the security and stability of oil and wheat supplies to Syrian ports through the Mediterranean Sea, Sputnik reported on April 17. | According to the agency, a series of intensive meetings be…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-17). Military Situation In Iraq On April 17, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 15, Iraqi resistance groups attacked Ain Al Asad Airbase with 3 suicide drones | On April 15, a logistical convoy of the US military was targeted by an IED attack in the Anbar province | On April 17, a logistical convoy of the US military was targeted by an IED attack in the Naseriyah area | On April 15, a car bomb exploded in the Habibiya area of Sadr City in Baghdad. At least one person was killed. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack | On April 16, Tu…

Philip Giraldi (2021-04-17). "Shock and Awe" Is a State of Mind: Millions of Deaths Have Not Made Americans Safer. globalresearch.ca That the United States likes to use expressions like "shock and …

_____ (2021-04-17). Journalists Learn They Spread A CIA Fraud About Russia. popularresistance.org That Russia placed "bounties" on the heads of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan was one of the most-discussed and consequential news stories of 2020. It was also, as it turns out, one of the most baseless — as the intelligence agencies who spread it through their media spokespeople now admit, largely because the tale has fulfilled and outlived its purpose. | The saga began on June 26, 2020, when The New York Times announced that unnamed "American intelligence officials" have concluded that "a Russian military intelligence unit secretly offered bounties to Taliban-linked militants for killing coalition forces in…

DoD News (2021-04-17). Pentagon Says Any Terrorist Attack On US Military Drawdown In Afghanistan To Be Met Forcefully. eurasiareview.com By Terri Moon Cronk | The United States is well aware of Taliban threats to the U.S. military drawdown, which are scheduled to begin May 1 and be completed by Sept. 11, 2021, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby told the media Friday at the Pentagon. | "We've seen their threats, and it would be imprudent for us not to take those threats seriously," he said. "It would also be imprudent for the Taliban to not take seriously what [President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III] both made clear: Any attack on our drawdown, on our forces or our allies and partners, … will be met very forcefull…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-17). Exiting Afghanistan: Biden Sets the Date. globalresearch.ca It had to be symbolic, and was represented as such. Forces …

_____ (2021-04-17). A Worldwide Workers' Revolt Against Amazon Has Begun. popularresistance.org The union drive at Amazon's 885,000-square-foot warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, failed. But the historic campaign nabbed global headlines and added fuel to ongoing workers' revolts across the world. | Strikes by Amazon workers in Italy, Germany and India are coalescing into an international struggle against the world's fourth-most valuable company and its grueling working conditions and intensive surveillance. | Since the dawn of capitalism, bosses have found innovations to oversee and extract more work from the overstressed bodies of their labor force. But Amazon's minute surveillance of workers‚Ä&aci…

Luis Feliz León (2021-04-17). A Worldwide Workers' Revolt Against Amazon Has Begun. zcomm.org Bessemer was just the beginning. Amazon workers from Italy to India are uniting to form a global movement that may have found Jeff Bezos's Achilles heel…

David Rosen (2021-04-17). Amazon Workers Defeat: The Trusts Are Back. zcomm.org The deepening crisis of U.S. and global capitalism may usher in a new era of worker empowerment. One can hope — and organize…

Rebekah Entralgo (2021-04-17). Amazon Vote Shows Why We Need the PRO act. zcomm.org Nearly all of the union-busting tactics deployed by Amazon would be banned and enforced under the bill…

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-17). Confirmed! Lula Totally Acquitted, Can Run for President Again. orinocotribune.com With a vote of eight judges in favor and three against, Brazilian leader Luis Inazio Lula da Silva received confirmation of his complete acquittal on the charges laid against him regarding alleged acts of corruption in the infamous Lava Jato case. | With this decision by a majority of the plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the court determined that the 13th Court of Curitiba, through which they issued the sentence, is incompetent to rule on the case. | For this reason, the sentences imposed by this body, through Judge Sergio Moro, were annulled, and if any of the…

Ricardo Vaz (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Legislature Approves National Communal Parliament Law. venezuelanalysis.com Grassroots organizations will now debate the legislation and suggest changes to the text.

Anya Parampil (2021-04-17). US escalates in Ukraine battleground. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Moscow-based international affairs analyst Mark Sleboda about recent developments in Ukraine. Sleboda provides an in-depth explanation of the history leading to up to the current situation and analyses domestic factors in Ukraine that are pushing the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to pursue a more bellicose posture towards Russia.

Kshama Sawant (2021-04-17). For a fighting approach, not factionalism. zcomm.org It was clear to us that working people were looking for a different kind of politics…

Kieran Morrissey (2021-04-17). Ireland: Study of COVID-19 Deaths. globalresearch.ca Objectives | The goal of this study is not to impress academics …

Eurasia Review (2021-04-17). PM Sánchez Reaffirms Government Support For Spanish COVID-19 Vaccine. eurasiareview.com Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez visited the installation of the pharmaceutical company HIPRA in Amer (Girona), where he saw first-hand the progress in the research for the vaccine against COVID-19 being performed by this Spanish multinational – one of the most advanced in its development in the country, which plans to hold clinical trials in June and produce 400 million doses in 2022. | Sánchez described the visit as "inspirational" and underlined that the government will continue to offer its full support in the hope of obtaining a Spanish vaccine against the virus. | Research and innovation, Sánchez arg…

_____ (2021-04-17). Majority Of US Population Supports Patent Waiver For COVID-19 Vaccine. popularresistance.org According to a new survey, more than 60% of US voters across party lines would support president Joe Biden endorsing the demand of a patent rights waiver for COVID-19 vaccines raised by over 100 countries at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The survey conducted by Data for Progress and the Progressive International and published on the latter's website shows that only 28% of all voters in the US oppose the move. | The survey indicates that the overwhelming majority of Democrats — over 72% — support the move which can reduce the cost of vaccine production and increase its reach to people in poor and…

The Canary (2021-04-17). Indian variant could 'scupper' plans to ease coronavirus restrictions. thecanary.co The Indian coronavirus (Covid-19) mutation could "scupper" the UK's march to freedom, a leading scientist has warned. This despite the lockdown and vaccine programme leading to cases falling to a seven-month low. | Coronavirus infections across the UK dropped to the lowest level since the autumn, according to the latest figures. But a professor of immunology has called for Britain to be on its guard against a third wave. It comes after 77 reported domestic cases of another possible vaccine-busting mutation. | Indian variant: | Public Health England (PHE) reported 73 domestic cases of the B.1.617 variant,…

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). China's first mRNA COVID-19 vaccine to start Phase III trial in May: media. ecns.cn China's first messenger RNA (mRNA) COVID-19 vaccine will start its Phase III clinical trial in May, China National Radio (CNR) has reported.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). China's consumption regains strength in Q1. ecns.cn China's retail sales of consumer goods, a major indicator of a country's consumption strength, picked up further in the first quarter of this year as the economy recovered from the impact of COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). China bio firm dispels fears of serious blood clots from its COVID-19 vaccine. ecns.cn China's CanSino Biologics Inc (CanSinoBIO) has said that no serious blood clot cases were reported in the recipients of its COVID-19 vaccine Ad5-nCoV.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Over 183 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn More than 183.53 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Thursday, the National Health Commission said Friday.

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2021-04-17). Gravar las grandes fortunas en tiempos de pandemia. globalizacion.ca Mientras América Latina continúa siendo la región con mayor número de contagios y muertes por la covid-19, así como también la de mayor caída en su economía en el mundo, en el ámbito internacional se ha instalado el debate para…

Lise Alves (2021-04-17). [World Report] Brazilian ICUs short of drugs and beds amid COVID-19 surge. thelancet.com Doctors are reporting shortages of critical drugs and the need to ration care, pointing to public health failures. Lise Alves reports from Sà£o Paulo.

Richard Armitage (2021-04-17). [Correspondence] Institutional racism and national lockdowns. thelancet.com Soham Bandyopadhyay1 claimed that the UK Government's national lockdown, announced in November, 2020, to control COVID-19, was an institutionally racist policy. Claims of institutional racism are serious allegations and thus warrant critical appraisal. I therefore raise three points.

Progressive International (2021-04-17). Large majority of US voters support patent waiver on Covid-19 vaccines. zcomm.org Shock poll reveals majority support for Joe Biden to suspend TRIPS and support global vaccination…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-17). NATO nations train, arm Ukrainian military for war with Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO nations train, arm Ukrainian military for war with RussiaRick Rozoff As the Ukrainian government and pro-government press is busily and dutifully terrorizing the domestic populace, and equally attempting to stampede the Western public into a "humanitarian intervention" moral panic, with headlines like Over 103,000 Russian troops currently stationed near border with Ukraine and Russia …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-17). NATO Nations Train, Arm Ukrainian Military for War With Russia. news.antiwar.com As the Ukrainian government and pro-government press is busily and dutifully terrorizing the domestic populace, and equally attempting to stampede the Western public into a "humanitarian intervention" moral panic, with headlines like Over 103,000 Russian troops currently stationed near border with Ukraine and Russia deploys attack aircraft in occupied Crimea, it is also reporting on …

Stop US Aid to Israel (2021-04-17). 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…

Medea Benjamin (2021-04-17). The Hawks Who Want War with Iran Are Working Overtime. globalresearch.ca Last week's cyberattack on an Iranian nuclear facility, reportedly by Israeli …

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-17). Why Xinjiang is emerging as the epicenter of the US Cold War on China. peoplesdispatch.org The US government's information warfare against China has produced the "fact" that there is genocide in Xinjiang. Once this has been established, it helps develop diplomatic and economic warfare…

P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-17). Have US Sanctions Been Effective? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Studies reveal that despite the increasing popularity of sanctions as a US foreign policy tool, their effectiveness is in serious doubt: | On Thursday, April 15, US President Joe Biden imposed a new round of sanctions against Russia. The Treasury Department blacklisted six Russian technology companies that supported the cyber program run by Russia's intelligence services. Eight persons and entities associated with Russia's actions in Crimea were also sanctioned as were 32 entities and individuals who had allegedly carried out Russian government-directed attempts to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential…

IDN (2021-04-17). Sahel And West Africa: 27 Million Facing Unprecedented Food And Nutrition Crisis. eurasiareview.com By Jaya Ramachandaran | The Sahel and West Africa are facing a major food and nutrition crisis for the second consecutive year and 27.1 million people will be at risk during the 2021 lean season, according to experts. A swift and co-ordinated response, they say, is needed alongside strengthened political commitment to finding more sustainable ways of addressing recurrent crises and the growing need for food assistance across the region. | A restricted meeting, held under the auspices of the Commissions of the Economic Community of West African States on April 8-9, connected the region's key food and nutrition…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-17). Mozambique Needs To Address Deepening Political Discontent And Widening Socio-Economic Disparity — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi has to make consistent efforts toward addressing the systemic governance deficit, deepening political discontent, and widening socio-economic disparity as the surest possible way to maintain long-term peaceful environment in Mozambique. | That was the message, at least, emerging from discussions via a videoconference held by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of the United States. Hanna Tetteh, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres to the African Union (AU)…

FPIF (2021-04-17). The Spread Of Global Hate — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By John Feffer* | One insidious way to torture the detainees at Guantanamo was to blast music at them at all hours. The mixtape, which For four years, Americans had to deal with a similar sonic blast, namely the "music" of Donald Trump. His voice was everywhere: on TV and radio, screaming from the headlines of newspapers,…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-17). Are Oil And Gas Pipelines Safe During An Earthquake? eurasiareview.com Underground pipelines that transport oil and gas are very important engineering communications worldwide. Some of these underground communications are built and operated in earthquake-prone areas. | Seismic safety or seismic stability of underground pipelines began to be intensively studied since the 1950s. | Since then, a number of methodologies were proposed for calculating stress received by an underground pipeline during an earthquake. The purpose of these methodologies was to make an accurate prediction on the structural stress received by a pipeline during an earthquake, and thus it would allow to decide…

Neville Teller (2021-04-17). Dahlan Plays The Long Game — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The forthcoming Palestinian elections have generated a good deal of speculation. Among the many players, one rather enigmatic figure is Mohammed Dahlan. Long believed to harbor the ambition of succeeding Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority, he is currently facing a political dilemma. | "Dahlan is a convicted criminal," said a PA official recently, "and as such he won't be allowed to participate in the elections. If he enters Ramallah, he will be immediately arrested and thrown into prison." | Long viewed by Abbas as a major adversary and rival, a series of personal disputes led the PA presi…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-17). The Future Of Particle Accelerators Is Here. eurasiareview.com When the Electron Ion Collider received the go-ahead in January 2020, it became the only new major accelerator in the works anywhere in the world. | "All the stars aligned," said Elke-Caroline Aschenauer, Brookhaven National Laboratory Staff Scientist and a leader in developing the EIC plans. "We have the technology to build this unique particle accelerator and detector to do the measurements that, together with the underlying theory, can for the first time provide answers to longstanding fundamental questions in nuclear physics." | The EIC isn't the only Brookhaven project poised to reshape nuclear and partic…

Dr. Shanthie Mariet D Souza (2021-04-17). New Delhi's Afghan Quandary — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The Biden administration's decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan by September 11, 2021 will heighten anxieties in New Delhi predominantly in two areas: firstly, its impact on India's continuing presence in Afghanistan and ability to carry on with its aid-only policy; and secondly, its potential consequences for India's national security, given the impact of regional proxy warfare and civil war in Afghanistan and the ungoverned space that will be once again available for anti-India and international terrorist groups to operate in that country. The coming four months will unveil how Afghanistan may c…

Dr. Theodore Karasik (2021-04-17). War And Peace At Stake At Likely US-Russia Summit — Analysis. eurasiareview.com US-Russia relations are at rock bottom. Name-calling over recent weeks, combined with events around eastern Ukraine, required a sudden gesture by US President Joe Biden to call his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss a potential summit and a host of other bilateral security issues. | The Biden administration, not yet in office for 100 days, got caught by the bear trap in Ukraine after failing to react fast enough. Russia is taking advantage of that "gap," which is allowing Moscow to advance its interests quickly and effectively without immediate pushback by America or its allies. It is par…

Amber Afreen Abid* (2021-04-17). Pakistan's Test Firing Of Shaheen-1A: Revalidating Minimum Credible Deterrence Posture — OpEd. eurasiareview.com On

Claudio Grass (2021-04-17). Reality Check: The 'Miracle Recovery' Narrative — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Over the last few weeks, we've been constantly bombarded by news reports and "expert" analyses celebrating an incredible global economic recovery. They're not even presented as projections or expectations anymore, but as a fact, as though the return to vibrant growth is already underway. Stock markets certainly seem to agree, going from record high to record high, while all the political and institutional leaders congratulate themselves on a job well done. | Although this is largely the consensus in most Western economies, this jubilant, victorious mood feels most bizarre in Europe. Celebrating a recovery duri…

RFA (2021-04-17). China Under Pressure To Cancel Coal Projects — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Michael Lelyveld | As China awaits a reckoning over climate change targets, environmental groups are turning up the heat over the country's construction of coal-fired power plants. | China's continuing construction of coal plants has become a make-or-break issue for climate researchers and advocates as the government prepares plans to meet President Xi Jinping's goals for peaking carbon emissions before 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality before 2060. | "How China addresses the apparent contradiction between its massive coal-fired build-out plans and its net-zero emissions plan may become one of the bigges…

Michael Hudson (2021-04-17). America's Neoliberal Financialization Policy Vs. China's Industrial Socialism — OpEd. eurasiareview.com 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."[1] | Machiavelli preferred the first option, citing Rome's destruction of Carthage. That is what the United States did to Iraq and Libya after 2001. But in today…

Observer Research Foundation (2021-04-17). In Age Of China Rising Has US Democracy Promotion Lost Its Edge As Foreign Policy Goal? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Jeff M. Smith | On the campaign trail and in his first months in office, President Joseph Biden repeatedly touted democratic values as a centrepiece of his administration's foreign policy. He has regularly stressed the importance of working with democratic allies, opted to retain the Free and Open Indo-Pacific vision pioneered by the Trump administration, and What's mor…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-17). Pentagon: Unclear if Contractors Will Leave Afghanistan. news.antiwar.com While President Biden said he will withdraw troops from Afghanistan, it's not clear if his plan extends to the thousands of contractors working for the Pentagon that are still in the country. | When asked about this issue on Friday,

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-17). Iran Begins 60% Uranium Enrichment in Response to Natanz Sabotage. news.antiwar.com Iran said on Friday that it has begun "Sixty-percent enrichment is currently underway at the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan nuclear facility" at Natanz, said Ali Akbar Salehi, The move is the latest step Iran has take…

The Canary (2021-04-17). In a letter to Priti Patel, MPs slam use of barracks for refugee housing. thecanary.co It was a "serious error of judgment" to think that military barracks could be suitable to house refugees and asylum seekers, the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration (ICIBI) has said. | And cross-party members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Immigration Detention have written to home secretary Priti Patel. They've said they "entirely agree" with the concerns of ICIBI David Bolt, whom they met in March. | "Utterly unacceptable": | The MPs branded the conditions at Napier Barracks in Kent and Penally Camp in Wales as "utterly unacceptable". Almost 200 people in the Penally C…

The Canary (2021-04-17). Judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell's motions to toss sex charges. thecanary.co A judge has rejected Ghislaine Maxwell's arguments to toss charges against her. The charges are that she recruited three teenage girls from 1994 to 1997 for then-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to abuse. | The case continues: | US district judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan denied claims that a non-prosecution agreement for Epstein also protects Maxwell from prosecution. The non-prosecution agreement was reached with federal prosecutors several years ago. The judge also disagreed that some or all charges should be tossed out for a variety of other perceived flaws. | The judge, however, did agree that Maxwell can…

The Canary (2021-04-17). An expert has laid into the government's 'beyond belief' testing programme'. thecanary.co The government's mass rollout of rapid result coronavirus tests is "dysfunctional" and "crazy", an expert has said. | Dr Angela Raffle is honorary senior lecturer in community medicine at the University of Bristol Medical School. She's argued the Test and Trace programme needs to be rebuilt to link with local health and social services. And she said that focus should be on where the risk is greatest. | Moreover, she warned that extensive use of lateral flow tests (which can return results in 30 minutes) when coronavirus prevalence was low was a waste of resources. And it could result in problems such as higher nu…

Nepomuceno Marín (2021-04-17). Biden y Duque desatan nuevamente la guerra de las drogas con glifosato en Colombia. globalizacion.ca Un dato y un hecho de no poca importancia, para quienes nos vendieron el cuento del lado progresista del gobierno de Biden con respaldo de B. Sanders; hoy, con el aval del gobierno USA, se acaba de dar un paso…

Oscar Laborde (2021-04-17). Ecuador — øPor qué no ganó Andrés Arauz? globalizacion.ca Las elecciones del último domingo en Ecuador terminaron con un duro golpe al proyecto de la Revolución Ciudadana, el más duro de las últimos años. En este caso, la derrota no fue por la "traición" de Lenín Moreno, sino por…

Pedro Brieger (2021-04-17). La supervivencia del correísmo en Ecuador. globalizacion.ca La victoria de Guillermo Lasso sobre Andrés Arauz ha significado un duro golpe para Rafael Correa y el movimiento que lidera, el llamado "correísmo" que gobernó durante 10 años el Ecuador y llevó adelante un proceso de profundas transformaciones estructurales….

Ricardo Orozco (2021-04-17). La izquierda mexicana al servicio de la inteligencia artificial (I). globalizacion.ca El pasado martes 13 de abril, las Comisiones legislativas de Comunicaciones y Transportes y de Estudios Legislativos, del Senado de la República, aprobaron la Minuta con proyecto de decreto por el que se reforman y adicionan diversas disposiciones de la …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-04-17). Germany: The "Dictatorship of Democracy" Secretly Transformed into an "Open Dictatorship" globalresearch.ca First published by Global Research on November 22, 2020 | Author's Note and Update | On 13 April 2021, the government of the Federal Republic of Germany amended or tightened the Infection Protection Act ( ß 28b IfSG). It is the draft of …

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Beyond the Mountains: Life in Xinjiang. ecns.cn Tianshan Mountains, stretching for thousands of miles across China's northwestern frontier, divides the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region in half — the relatively affluent north and the less developed south.After decades of development and interaction, people from both sides of the mountains became acquainted with each other. Mountains are physical boundaries that can be crossed, but "a dose of prejudice comes from the mountains in our mind that prevent us from seeing the truth," according to Han Bin, director of the documentary "Beyond the Mountains: Life in Xinjiang."

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). China's first autonomous bus line debuts. ecns.cn China's first autonomous bus line started commercial operations in Yongchuan district of Chongqing on Monday with passengers boarding a red Baidu Robobus bus for city trips.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). China's domestic air passenger trips exceed pre-epidemic level in March. ecns.cn The number of domestic air passenger trips reached 47.68 million in March, exceeding the level seen during the same period in 2019, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). CIIE Bureau promotes rehab and elderly care zone. ecns.cn A promotional conference for rehabilitation and elderly care zone at the fourth edition of the China International Import Expo was held on Wednesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Jimmy Lai sentenced to 12 months for illegal assembly. ecns.cn Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai Chee-ying was sentenced on Friday to 12 months in prison for attending an illegal assembly in 2019.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). STAR Market revision aims to boost quality of listed firms. ecns.cn China Securities Regulatory Commission announced on Friday the revision of the evaluation measures for public technology and innovation companies, aiming to increase the quality of the companies listed on the STAR Market at the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). China upgrades ground system for first-generation relay satellites. ecns.cn China has completed an upgrade of the ground system for its first-generation relay satellite, Tianlian I, according to the Beijing Space Information Transmission Center on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Jimmy Lai sentenced to 1 year in jail for illegal assembly in Hong Kong. ecns.cn Anti-China disruptor Jimmy Lai was sentenced by a Hong Kong court to one year in prison on Friday over illegal assembly in August 2019.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Jimmy Lai sentenced to 12 months in jail for unlawful assembly. ecns.cn A court in China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on Friday sentenced Jimmy Lai Chee-ying, founder of Apple Daily and media group Next Digital, to 12 months in jail for unlawful assembly.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). . ecns.cn The Boao Forum for Asia (BFA)'s annual conference is scheduled for April 18 to 21 in Boao, south China's Hainan Province.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Three Gorges reservoir diverts 10 bln cubic meters of water in dry season. ecns.cn China's Three Gorges reservoir has replenished 10 billion cubic meters of water to meet the demand for water use at the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). University of Science and Technology of China develops soft-bodied robots. ecns.cn Soft-bodied robots have been developed by a research team of the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC).

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Sea of grasses attracts tourists in Nanjing. ecns.cn A vast expanse of grass seen in Shijiu Lake, Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu Province, attracts many tourists, April 15, 2021.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Mars Helicopter's solar panel as seen by Perseverance's Mastcam-Z. ecns.cn The small amount of dust on the panel may have accumulated above the helicopter during landing and fallen onto it during helicopter deployment.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Jimmy Lai sentenced to 14 months in jail for illegal assembly. ecns.cn Anti-China disruptor Jimmy Lai was sentenced to 14 months in prison on Friday over two cases of illegal assembly.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Aviation sector predicts strong demand after rebound in domestic market. ecns.cn China's civil aviation sector saw a rebound in domestic market in March, and expects another boom in the upcoming Labor Day holiday in May.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Leading with action: China in the fight for carbon-neutral future. ecns.cn Climate change is not taking a break from wreaking havoc in 2020, with the joint highest global temperatures on record, rampant bushfires, the faster rates of sea level rise and the extinction of some species.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Xi attends China-France-Germany climate summit. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping attended the Video Summit on Climate between China, France and Germany in Beijing on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). Chinese passport holders may travel to more destinations: survey. ecns.cn As vaccination program rollout gained momentum in China, Chinese passport holders are able to travel to more destinations, according to a recent survey by international advisory firm Henley & Partners.

ecns.cn (2021-04-17). China's first buoy tender with ice-breaking function tests water. ecns.cn A seagoing buoy tender with an ice-breaking function, the first of its kind in China, on Thursday tested water in Wuhan, capital of central China's Hubei Province.

Rosa Miriam Elizalde (2021-04-17). Cuba — La importancia de lo que no ocurrió. globalizacion.ca El 15 de abril de 1961 comenzaron los bombardeos aéreos en La Habana. Dos días después, 1 200 mercenarios cubanos dirigidos por la Agencia Central de Inteligencia estadounidense intentaron desembarcar por Playa Girón, una pequeña franja en el centro sur…

Elizabeth Pontoriero (2021-04-17). Explotación del litio en el norte argentino: øQué rol debe cumplir el Estado? globalizacion.ca Algunos especialistas exigen cambios legislativos que permitan otro rol del Estado en la explotación del litio. El debate sobre su impacto sobre la reservas de agua dulce. | En el dossier "Litio: un tesoro escondido en la Puna argentina", desarrollado por…

Pedro Miguel (2021-04-17). Washington no aprende. globalizacion.ca Todo empezó en Afganistán, en los años 80, cuando el gobierno de Estados Unidos se involucró en el apoyo activo a los muyeidines que combatían a los invasores soviéticos en nombre del Islam. Washington les proporcionó armamento, dinero y capacitación,…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-17). México — La espada de Damocles sobre el cuello de la democracia. globalizacion.ca La mítica espada de Damocles pende amenazante sobre el cuello de la democracia mexicana. Si en el pasado reciente era una amenaza se ha convertido en una realidad. Sorprendió a casi todos los miembros de colegios y asociaciones de abogados…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-17). At Least 96 Killed as Yemen's Houthis Push Toward Maarib. news.antiwar.com Since February, fighting has raged over the northern Yemen city of Maarib, the last government-held possession in the north, as the Houthis and their allies try to contest control over it with a 3-pronged offensive. | In recent weeks, reports are that the Houthis are gaining some ground, and in the last two days they've gone deeper in, with heavy Pro-Saudi forces say that the Houthis now pose a "very real threat" to both f…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-17). Ukrainian President: Proposed Nord Stream 2 Pipeline Is War, 'Occupied Territories' Are Worse Than Chernobyl. news.antiwar.com "Only one thing to it: a strong stomach. The guts to gladhand a man you're going to stab in the back; pledge allegiance to principles you stomp on every day; righteously denounce some despot in the press and sell him arms under the table. The talent to whip up the voters' worst passions while you …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-17). Ukrainian President: Proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline is war, "occupied territories" are worse than Chernobyl. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukrainian President: Proposed Nord Stream 2 pipeline is war, "occupied territories" are worse than ChernobylRick Rozoff "Only one thing to it: a strong stomach. The guts to gladhand a man you're going to stab in the back; pledge allegiance to principles you stomp on every day; righteously denounce some despot in the press and sell …

Aarathi Prasad (2021-04-17). [Perspectives] Dawn Edge: advancing inclusivity in mental health services. thelancet.com In the mid-1990s, Dawn Edge was intrigued by the lack of data on mental health among Black women in the UK, given the volume of research on Black men's increased risk of diagnosis with serious mental illness. It was an observation that influenced her PhD on depression during pregnancy and…

Tom Shakespeare (2021-04-17). [Perspectives] Sound and silence. thelancet.com Ruben, the drummer in the heaviest of rock bands, loses his hearing out of the blue, while on the road in the van he shares with his girlfriend Lou as they travel to gigs around the USA. Reluctantly, and he thinks temporarily, Ruben, a former drug user, accepts refuge in a safe house that Lou has found for him. On the first day, all of the recovering Deaf participants in the shelter are assigned tasks: Ruben's job, scrawled on the whiteboard, is simply "LEARN TO BE DEAF".

Dirk Sibbing, Adnan Kastrati (2021-04-17). [Comment] Guided P2Y12 inhibitor therapy after percutaneous coronary intervention. thelancet.com Antiplatelet treatment regimens for patients after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) have undergone major changes and substantial improvements. Extensions or a shortening of treatment as well as the use of various scores have been assessed in numerous trials to maximise anti-ischaemic efficacy and minimise bleeding.1,2 The key limitation of these strategies is the inherent time delay in the implementation of any therapy adjustments. At the same time, several clinical trials have investigated tailored and guided antiplatelet treatment.

Soham Bandyopadhyay (2021-04-17). [Correspondence] Institutional racism and national lockdowns — Author's reply. thelancet.com I thank Richard Armitage, and Ajay Hegde and Shubha Rao for their replies to my Correspondence.1 First, it is undeniable that more people in the UK celebrate Christmas by comparison with Diwali, Eid, or other cultural festivals. However, there was never a question of comparing the importance of one festivity to another. The issue was the implementation of a thoughtless policy—a policy that simply aimed to fulfil a promise made in July, 2020, of a minimally disrupted Christmas without full consideration of the current context2 or the unique effects of such a heavy-handed approach on certain communities.

Kaya Genàß (2021-04-17). [World Report] Turkey withdraws from treaty on violence against women. thelancet.com Activists object to Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, amid wider conservative ire over women's rights and attitudes towards gender. Kaya Genàß reports from Istanbul.

Andrew Green (2021-04-17). [Obituary] Carola Eisenberg. thelancet.com Psychiatrist and co-founder of Physicians for Human Rights. Born Sept 15, 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she died on March 11, 2021, in Lincoln, MA, USA, aged 103 years.

thelancet (2021-04-17). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com The EPPPIC Group. Evaluating Progestogens for Preventing Preterm birth International Collaborative (EPPPIC): meta-analysis of individual participant data from randomised controlled trials. Lancet 2021; 397: 1183—94—In this Article, the sixth sentence of the Findings in the Summary should have read "…(two trials, 183 women; 0 ∑60, 0 ∑41—0 ∑90)". The first sentence of the sixth paragraph of the Results should have read "…and 17-OHPC (1 ∑18, 0 ∑97—1 ∑43; figure 2)". In paragraph 11 of the Results, the penultimate sentence should have read "…(RR 0 ∑60, 95% CI…

Georgina Ferry (2021-04-17). [Perspectives] Mary Susan Malahlela: practising medicine under apartheid. thelancet.com Until well into the 20th century, the only way Black South Africans could train as doctors was to travel abroad. This was an expensive option and there were few scholarships, so the numbers remained small. Not until 1941 did South African medical schools agree to admit a small minority of students of Indian or African ancestry. One of the first through the doors at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg was Mary Susan Malahlela. In 1947, she became the first Black woman to qualify in South Africa.

Mattia Galli, Stefano Benenati, Davide Capodanno, Francesco Franchi, Fabiana Rollini, Domenico D'Amario, Italo Porto, Dominick J Angiolillo (2021-04-17). [Articles] Guided versus standard antiplatelet therapy in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention: a systematic review and meta-analysis. thelancet.com Guided selection of antiplatelet therapy improved both composite and individual efficacy outcomes with a favourable safety profile, driven by a reduction in minor bleeding, supporting the use of platelet function or genetic testing to optimise the choice of agent in patients undergoing PCI.

Mattias Soop (2021-04-17). [Comment] Extending infusion set replacement intervals to preserve resources and reduce waste. thelancet.com In an audit in 2015 of European intensive care units, central venous access was used in 70 ∑7 per 100 patient days,1 and is also widely used in other clinical settings. It remains associated with considerable risks, in particular systemic infection, which can be severe and even lethal. In clinical studies, the most widely reported metric of this complication among patients is the number of catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBSIs) per 1000 catheter days. In prospective studies across a range of clinical settings, reported rates are typically in the range of 1 ∑0—2 ∑7 CRBSI per 1000 centra…

Claire M Rickard, Nicole M Marsh, Emily N Larsen, Matthew R McGrail, Nicholas Graves, Naomi Runnegar, Joan Webster, Amanda Corley, David McMillan, John R Gowardman, Debbie A Long, John F Fraser, Fenella J Gill, Jeanine Young, Marghie Murgo, Evan Alexandrou, Md Abu Choudhury, Raymond J Chan, Nicole C Gavin, Azlina Daud, Annamaria Palermo, Adrian Regli, E Geoffrey Playford (2021-04-17). [Articles] Effect of infusion set replacement intervals on catheter-related bloodstream infections (RSVP): a randomised, controlled, equivalence (central venous access device)—non-inferiority (peripheral arterial catheter) trial. thelancet.com Infusion set use can be safely extended to 7 days with resultant cost and workload reductions.

Mike Kinney (2021-04-17). 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.

Dr. Ricardo Alvarez reposted by Jamal Journal (2021-04-17). 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…

The Green Arcade (2021-04-17). Thursday 4/22: Launch Event for American Geography in Honor of Barry Lopez. indybay.org Online…

First Do No Harm (2021-04-17). Some Causes Of US Mass Shootings And Other Violence. indybay.org Why is there escalating violence in the US?>

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (2021-04-17). Saturday 4/17: California Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committees Meeting. indybay.org Online event.

WSWS Repost (2021-04-17). 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.

Markus Vollack (2021-04-17). The Corona New Speak. indybay.org The virus as enemy and subject | A very conspicuous phenomenon for rhetorically evading any political responsibility is, on the one hand, to shift it to the population by dutifully supporting and participating in all measures and, on the other hand, to speak of the virus as an acting subject that is supposed to bear the responsibility for all consequences and collateral damage.

Anonymous (2021-04-17). 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.

WSWS repost (2021-04-17). Oakland Education Association attempts to defuse anger over reckless return to schools. indybay.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.

Black Catholic Messenger, CUBL (2021-04-17). Sunday 4/25: Enough is Enough! Community March & Rally for Black Lives in San Jose. indybay.org Downtown San Jose: Meet up at Plaza De Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, then March to San Jose City Hall, 200 200 E. Santa Clara Street for Rally | Masks and Social Distancing Required; Peaceful Protest…

SCC Single Payer Health Care Coalition (2021-04-17). 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…

Art Persyko (2021-04-17). Tuesday 4/20: Stop the budget cuts to City College of San Francisco with the Gray Panthers. indybay.org Zoom link: us02web.zoom.us/j/84634702723; phone: 1-669 900 9128; One tap mobile: 16699009128; Meeting ID: 846 3470 2723…

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-04-17). 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 (2021-04-17). 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.

Internatonal Labor Solidarity Committee For T (2021-04-17). 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…

Waltraud Lang (2021-04-17). 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).

NOW & Black Women's Blueprint (2021-04-17). Thursday 4/22: Katrina, Maria, & Sandy: Climate Justice is a Feminist Issue. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

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

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-17). China reacts after U.S. and Japan challenge it in five regions and Washington pledges to defend Japan with nuclear weapons. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com China reacts after U.S. and Japan challenge it in five regions and Washington pledges to defend Japan with nuclear weaponsRick Rozoff Yesterday U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met at the White House to hold a joint press conference reaffirming and expanding bilateral relations between the two nations. A statement was …

Jonathan Cook (2021-04-17). Labour disclosure "shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn", activists say. dissidentvoice.org A group of Labour activists fighting through the courts to discover why they and others were investigated or expelled from the UK's Labour Party for antisemitism say they have flushed out proof of bad faith from their accusers. The group, who call themselves Labour Activists for Justice (LA4J), say the new disclosure confirms their claim …

Muhammed Shabeer (2021-04-17). Fresh 'Troubles' in Northern Ireland spoil peace on 23rd anniversary of Good Friday Agreement. peoplesdispatch.org Pro-British groups carried out violent attacks in cities across Northern Ireland in the first week of April, threatening the hard earned peace in the region…

Staff (2021-04-17). Non-European dramatic short award of ECU for 'Weekend'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — 'Weekend' directed Ario Motevaghr won the Non-European Dramatic Short prize at 2021 European Independent Film Festival (ÉCU).

Staff (2021-04-17). 'Only removal of sanctions will save Vienna talks': source. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — An informed source says that only the removal of all sanctions together against Iran will save the Vienna talks.

Staff (2021-04-17). JCPOA talks have progressed in Vienna: Mora. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Deputy Secretary-General of European Union (EU) for External Action Service said that negotiations of the Joint Commission of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have progressed considerably.

Staff (2021-04-17). VIDEO: Protestors urge release of prisoners in Bahrain. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Bahraini demonstrators chanted slogans calling for the immediate release of political prisoners in the Al-Khalifa regime jails.

Staff (2021-04-17). Iranian, Serbian FMs hold high-profile talks. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Serbian Foreign Minister, Nikola Selakoviƒá, who has traveled to the Islamic Republic of Iran to hold talks with high-ranking Iranian authorities, met and held talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sat.

Staff (2021-04-17). US senator says Washington should take first JCPOA step. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — The US Connecticut democratic senator said that the first return of the United States to Iran's nuclear deal, JCPOA, would be a strategic decision.

Staff (2021-04-17). JCPOA members woking on which US sanctions would lift: China. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — China's envoy to the Vienna negotiations said on Sat. that JCPOA parties have agreed to accelerate work on issues including which sanctions the United States would lift.

Staff (2021-04-17). Pakistan eyes developing border marketplaces with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Development of border marketplaces with the Islamic Republic of Iran has been put atop agenda of Pakistan government.

Staff (2021-04-17). Holy Quran recitation ceremony held during month of Ramadan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — The ceremony of recitation of Holy Quran, special of women, was held at the venue of Unknown Martyrs Tomb, Abouzar Neighborhood, Tehran during the auspicious holy month of Ramadan.

Staff (2021-04-17). JCPOA meeting participants satisfied with progress made. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — In two consecutive tweets on Sat. Russia's Permanent Representative to the Intl. Organizations announced the JCPOA Joint Commission participants are satisfied with the progress made so far.

Staff (2021-04-17). Pak FM Qureishi to visit Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi is to pay a visit to Iran.

Staff (2021-04-17). FM Zarif to host Serbian counterpart to discuss bilateral tie. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will host his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selakoviƒá in Tehran on Sat. to discuss bilateral talks.

Staff (2021-04-17). Iran, Serbia FMs ink coop. document to broaden bilateral ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Foreign ministries of Iran and Serbia signed cooperation document in Tehran on Saturday for the development and enhancement of bilateral relationship.

Staff (2021-04-17). Close to 2 tons illicit drugs busted in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 07 (MNA) — The Sistan and Baluchestan police commander announced that the anti-narcotics police forces confiscated 1.8 tons of narcotics in Khash and Saravan counties.

Staff (2021-04-17). JCPOA Joint Commission wraps up. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — The Joint Commission meeting of JCPOA ended a few minutes ago in Vienna.

Staff (2021-04-17). Indefatigable efforts continue to maintain JCPOA: Austrian FM. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Austrian Foreign Ministry revealed the continuation of intensive talks in Austrian capital Vienna to keep Iran's nuclear deal, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), alive.

Staff (2021-04-17). Yemeni army targets military area at 'King Khalid' Airbase. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — A spokesman for the Yemeni Armed Forces announced a drone strike against a sensitive military target in Khamis Mushait, southwest of Saudi Arabia.

Staff (2021-04-17). New agreement being formed in Vienna: Araghchi. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Iranian deputy FM said on Sat. that it seems a new agreement is being formed in JCPOA talks in Vienna and that the time is now ripe to jot down the text of the agreement.

Staff (2021-04-17). JCPOA Joint Commission kicks off in Vienna. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 17 (MNA) — Joint Commission meeting of JCPOA has kicked off underway in Vienna.

Pierre Cuchet, Xavier Valette (2021-04-17). [Clinical Picture] Radiation pneumonitis and chemotherapy in a patient with multiple myeloma. thelancet.com A 66-year-old man attended our hospital with increasing shortness of breath, asthenia, and fever.

Pip Hinman (2021-04-17). 'Kill the transphobic bill' urge protesters. greenleft.org.au Protesters took to the streets to support trans people's rights and to oppose moves by NSW MLC Mark Latham to make it illegal for schools to teach inclusiveness and respect. Isaac Nellist reports.

Fred Fuentes (2021-04-17). Sydney protest says 'stop Black deaths in custody'. greenleft.org.au Rachel Evans reports that First Nations activists and supporters rallied to mark the handing down 30th anniversary of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.

Pip Hinman (2021-04-17). 'Kill the transphobic bill' urge protesters. greenleft.org.au Protesters took to Sydney's streets to support trans people's rights and oppose moves by NSW MLC Mark Latham to make it illegal for schools to teach inclusiveness and respect. Isaac Nellist reports.

_____ (2021-04-17). The American Legion Calls For Ending The Forever War. strategic-culture.org A major shift from the largest veterans' advocacy group in the country | By Shaun RIELEY | The American Legion has now Despite its declining membership, The American Legion continues to be the largest and most powerful of the DC veterans advocacy organizations. And, while its advocacy power…

_____ (2021-04-17). The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime. strategic-culture.org While "successful" in inflicting harm on the Iranian people, the sanctions have failed to broaden the terms of the talks, led the nation to increase its uranium enrichment, negatively impacted the human rights situation, and put the United States and Iran on the brink of an all-out war on multiple occasions.

_____ (2021-04-17). U.S. Attaché's 'Death's Head' Insult Fans Flames Threatening World War in Ukraine. strategic-culture.org Ukraine is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The United States has no treaty obligations — and neither does NATO — to come to Kiev's aid in times of war. | The irresponsible, tasteless and plain obscene action of U.S. Defense Attache to Kiev Colonel Brittany Stewart in publicly wearing a Ukrainian armed forces death's head insignia in her visit to the Donbass war zone in a time of deadly escalating tensions on April 9 defies belief. Her action suggests that under President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin the Pentagon has fallen into the hands of deadly dangerous s…

Anonymous765 (2021-04-17). Oceania Takes On Eurasia And Eastasia. southfront.org | | | southfront@internet.ru : donationalerts.com/r/southfront : gumroad.com/southfront http: //southfront.org/donate/ or via: www.patreon.com/southfront, 3Gbs4rjcVUtQd8p3CiFUCxPLZwRqurezRZ, qpf2cphc5dkuclkqur7lhj2yuqq9pk3hmukle77vhq, 0x9f4cda013e354b8fc285bf4b9a60460cee7f7ea9 The emerging US strategy…

Extinction Rebellion (2021-04-17). The Scientists Have Had Enough. zcomm.org Scientist Rebellion believes that scientists and their institutions must act like the climate crisis is an emergency – and speaking about an emergency is not enough…

John Feffer (2021-04-17). The Spread of Global Hate. zcomm.org Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter helped right-wing populists take power. Can they now help rein them in?>

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-04-17). Daunte Wright's Killing Makes the Case for Shrinking Police Budgets. zcomm.org How many Black people have to be killed by police before politicians realize that expensive reforms don't work?>

Chris Walker (2021-04-17). AOC Blasts Police Department's "Accident" Excuse in Daunte Wright's Death. zcomm.org "Daunte Wright's killing was not a random, disconnected 'accident' — it was the repeated outcome of an indefensible system that grants impunity for state violence"

Kenny Stancil (2021-04-17). IRS Chief Says Tax Evasion Costs US $1 Trillion a Year. zcomm.org "We don't just need a wealth tax, we also need to give the IRS the tools it needs to make sure the ultra-rich finally pay their fair share."

Dolores Huerta (2021-04-17). Dolores Huerta reflects on her decades-long fight for workers' rights. zcomm.org Interview on the ongoing civil rights and labor movements in the U.S., Biden's campaign promises, and more…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Economic Recovery in LATAM Faces a Dark Scenario, IMF Says. telesurenglish.net The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned of a dark scenario for economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean (LATAM) due to the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | IMF officials highlighted that the region experienced the world's sharpest economic contraction at 7 percent last year. Despite a 4.6 percent recovery expected in 2021, the region will not bounce back the pre-pandemic level…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Italy Approves 40 Billion Euro Aid Package. telesurenglish.net Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday passed additional borrowing worth 40 billion euros to finance a new package of measures to help businesses and households hit by the coronavirus pandemic. | RELATED: | The package was signed off separately in a cabinet meeting early afternoon, along with the Economic and Financial Document (DEF) 2021, the spending plan outlining the country's public finance and economi…

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

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 …

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…

Margaret Kimberley (2021-04-16). Vaccine Passports In A Failed State — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The non-vaccinated can be smeared and equated with MAGA hat wearing Trumpers, regardless of their religious or political affiliations. | The COVID-19 pandemic fully exposed how badly the United States treats its citizens. People who are said to live in an "advanced" country actually have no right to employment or housing or health care. Those who are Black get worse care when they get it at all, and the political system works to the benefit of corporate interests and wealthy individuals. The people may get scraps such as small stimulus payments in moments of political crisis, but they have no expectation of an…

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 …

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

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Largest Vaccine Producer Denounces US Raw Material Blockade. telesurenglish.net India's Serum Institute (SII), the world's largest vaccine manufacturer, denounced on Friday that the U.S. government is blocking access to raw materials to produce the vaccines, which jeopardizes its distribution amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | SII Chief Executive Adar Poonawalla called on Biden via Twitter remarking that "if we are to truly unite in beating this virus, on behalf of the vaccine industry outside the U.S.,…

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.

Norman Solomon (2021-04-16). Contrary to What Biden Said, U.S. Warfare in Afghanistan is Set to Continue. counterpunch.org 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

Middle East Monitor (2021-04-16). Israeli Snipers Left hundreds of Palestinian Youth Protesters Maimed: The Charity that is Helping Gaza Amputees. juancole.com By Anjuman Rahman | — ( Middle East Monitor ) — Tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip have been wounded during Israel's military offensives and incursions. Many of them have been left with life-changing injuries. For the two million Palestinians living in Gaza under an Israeli-led and Egyptian-backed siege, life is …

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…

Mark Fiore (2021-04-16). The Prior Previous Police Shooting(s). progressive.org The names of people whose lives were cut short and the excuses from police are piling up as a horrible testament to our country's racist reality.

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.

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, …

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