2021-04-18: News Headlines

Joe Emersberger (2021-04-18). Statistically improbable that five Capitol Riot deaths were unrelated to the riot. zcomm.org Please note that improbable doesn't mean impossible. Who would watch sports or buy lottery tickets if very improbable things could not happen? Still, the probability that five deaths (rioters, bystanders or police) within a day of the Capitol Riot had nothing to do with the riot might be 2.6%, and perhaps be as low 0.16%. It depends

Editorial La Jornada (2021-04-18). México — Remesas: Alivio oportuno. globalizacion.ca Como se ha vuelto habitual, en 2020 las remesas que los migrantes mexicanos en Estados Unidos mandan a sus familias fijaron un nuevo récord, al registrar una cifra sin precedente de 40 mil millones de dólares, 20 por ciento más…

OtherWords (2021-04-18). People escaping Violence have a Right to Seek Asylum: Stop Calling it a "Border Crisis" juancole.com By Rachel Pak | — ( Otherwords.org ) — Over the last several weeks, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported a rise in the number of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States. With the increase, the federal government's capacity to process and shelter migrant children has been stretched, leading to children being …

_____ (2021-04-18). The CIA Used To Infiltrate The Media. popularresistance.org Back in the good old days, when things were more innocent and simple, the psychopathic Central Intelligence Agency had to covertly infiltrate the news media to manipulate the information Americans were consuming about their nation and the world. Nowadays, there is no meaningful separation between the news media and the CIA at all. | Journalist Glenn Greenwald just highlighted an interesting point about the reporting by The New York Times on the so-called "Bountygate" story the outlet broke in June of last year about the Russian government trying to pay Taliban-linked fighters to attack US soldiers in Afghanistan.

_____ (2021-04-18). On Contact: Securing Democracy With Glenn Greenwald. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to the US journalist Glenn Greenwald about how his reporting exposed the corruption that is rife among Brazil's political, judicial, and economic elite. | Greenwald was able to show, through a trove of documents, how President Jair Bolsonaro and his crypto-fascist party manipulated the legal system with the connivance of federal anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, and were able to discredit and eliminate Bolsonaro's political rival, former two-term president Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva, the leader of the Workers' Party. | These revelations, dubbed the Secret Brazil Archive…

_____ (2021-04-18). Saving The Salmon. popularresistance.org Canada – B.C.'s free-entry mining system allows any individual or company to stake a claim — and subsequently explore for minerals on that claim — anywhere in the province that is not already set aside as a protected area. This includes private land and Indigenous territory. Under provincial laws, which date back to the mid-1800s, no consent or consultation is required. | "It's so archaic. It's so colonial," Marsden says. | In the mid-2010s, mineral exploration and mining companies started staking claims on Gitanyow territory. A tenure allows a company to conduct exploratory work, and if it finds enou…

Aaron Maté (2021-04-18). At UN, Aaron Maté debunks OPCW's Syria lies and confronts US, UK on cover-up. thegrayzone.com In remarks to the UN Security Council, Aaron Maté of The Grayzone debunks the OPCW's lies about its Syria cover-up scandal and challenges the US and UK on their role. Speaking to the United Nations Security Council, Aaron Maté of The Grayzone takes apart the OPCW's excuses for refusing to address the organization's Syria cover-up scandal. OPCW inspectors found no evidence to support allegations of a Syrian government chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma in April 2018. But …

South Front (2021-04-18). Video: Biden's Phone Call To Putin. US Policy Changes Faster than the Weather. globalresearch.ca Hopes and expectations for a partial normalization between Moscow, Washington and …

_____ (2021-04-18). There Is No Substitute For The Rank And File. popularresistance.org The Bessemer Amazon unionization effort was full of potential. It held the promise of a union bringing together the Black Lives Matter movement and a struggle for labor rights in order to take on one of the biggest, most odious corporations in the country. Maybe a Southern state would set off a movement again, like West Virginia and Oklahoma kicked off the teachers' spring. | Alongside Left Voice comrades, I decided to go to Bessemer, Alabama the week before voting ended. As I prepared to go, I had a weird feeling. I kept looking at interviews and I saw just two Amazon workers, over and over and over. They were g…

Seth Sandronsky (2021-04-18). Monopoly Versus Democracy: Reflections on Unionizing Amazon. zcomm.org How fast can the pushback from below grow under a widening class divide and Biden administration?>

Juan Cole (2021-04-18). Biden to reverse Trump's White Supremacist, Sadistic near-ban on Refugees, but US still Lags, Sweden, Germany other OECD Countries. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — About one quarter of one percent (0.25 percent) of the US population consists of refugees — some 838,000. This minuscule number was too much for the white supremacist Trump administration, which drastically cut back refugee admissions from an average of 70,000 to 80,000 per year earlier in this century to …

Juan Cole (2021-04-18). New Wind and Solar Up 50% Globally in 2020, as China Beats US by Over 4 to 1. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). . ecns.cn American comedian Lee Camp made a rather ironic scene in his program "Redacted Tonight" recently. He came on strong with "critics" of China's COVID-19 control measures, race and human rights issues, then found himself "misreading the script". What he said about China is instead what's happened in America. It turns out Americans cannot stand the farces in America anymore.

WSWS (2021-04-19). UK capital London centre of new Covid-19 variants, as R value rises above 1. wsws.org The South African variant has the potential to start a new wave of the pandemic, especially as several of those infected had received at least one shot of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine.

Andy Kroll (2021-04-18). How to Make a Gulf Monarchy All-American. tomdispatch.com Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving American oil and gas companies feeling the pain. As oil prices plummeted, Republican senators from oil-producing states turned their ire directly on Saudi Arabia. Forget that civil war in Yemen — what about fossil-fuel profits here at home? To address their concerns, Ambassador Bandar Al-Saud agreed to speak with a group of them in a March 18th conference call [mda…

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…

PanARMENIAN (2021-04-18). Third Pfizer Jab 'Likely' Needed Within 12 Months. eurasiareview.com The head of Pfizer has said that people will "likely" need a third dose of his company's Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, while defending the relatively higher cost of the jab, Al Jazeera CEO Albert Bourla also said annual vaccinations against the coronavirus may well be required. | "We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen," Bourla told broadcaster CNBC in an interview aired on Thursday, April 15.

IDN (2021-04-18). UN Forum Highlights New Initiatives To Tackle Inequalities Exacerbated By Pandemic. eurasiareview.com By Radwan Jakeem | With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders discussed options to unlock concrete investments to support a sustainable and resilient recovery at the The four-day Forum, held under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-04-18). Wednesday Mission District Sharing Returns to 16th/Mission BART Plaza. indybay.org San Francisco Food Not Bombs' weekly Wednesday Mission District sharing has resumed its regular format after switching to mobile food distribution at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

Heribert Prantl, Tobias Riegel (2021-04-18). COVID protests and Weimar Family Court. indybay.org Democracy lives from criticism and protest. | The Weimar Family Court has banned two schools from requiring students to wear masks and take Corona tests – because the children would be harmed "physically, psychologically, pedagogically and in their psychosocial development."

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…

Jake Johnson (2021-04-18). Calls for Biden to Support Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver at WTO. zcomm.org Sen. Bernie Sanders and a group of Democrats on Friday urged President Joe Biden to support an international push to temporarily suspend certain vaccine-related intellectual property rights…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India. ecns.cn India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese Sinovac vaccine prevents 67 pct of symptomatic COVID-19 infections: Chilean study. ecns.cn The CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac is up to 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, Chile's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Over 189 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday. Enditem…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-18). Covid-19 Death Toll Tops 3 Million, Bolstering Call for #PeoplesVaccine. commondreams.org "As things stand, many countries in the southern hemisphere may not manage to achieve widespread vaccination until 2024. This long delay puts us all at risk." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Steven Singer (2021-04-18). Let the Children Play—My Prescription for Covid 'Learning Loss'. commondreams.org Play is the mind's way of finding out how things work, what a person can do, how it feels to do this or that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Helen Clark, Joseph Stiglitz,, others (2021-04-18). Dear President Biden, A WTO Waiver Is Vital and Necessary. commondreams.org At the current pace, many countries will be left waiting until at least 2024 to achieve mass Covid-19 immunization. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

The Canary (2021-04-18). Labour tells Rishi Sunak to stop 'hiding' and take 'responsibility' for Greensill deal. thecanary.co Labour's Anneliese Dodds has told chancellor Rishi Sunak he has "ultimate responsibility" for money lent through government Covid support schemes. And she accused Sunak of "hiding" from questions over the Greensill Capital affair. | The shadow chancellor has written to Sunak criticising his decision not to go to the House of Commons last week. He wasn't present to answer questions about the controversy surrounding lobbying by former prime minister David Cameron on behalf of failed firm Greensill Capital. | Evading scrutiny: | Instead, the government sent a junior business minister to answer an urgent ques…

C.J. Polychroniou (2021-04-18). Rescuing the Planet Is Still Possible: The Case for a Global Green New Deal. commondreams.org It is irrational to rely on capitalist solutions to global warming when it is capitalism itself that has led us towards the current path of a climate catastrophe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

José A. Amesty R. (2021-04-18). Estados Unidos y Colombia: Desean más y más narcóticos. globalizacion.ca El conflicto armado, iniciado al menos, desde el 21 de marzo 2021 entre Colombia y Venezuela, más exactamente entre la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana FANB y grupos paramilitares narcotraficantes de Colombia (no el ejército regular colombiano), (llamado por el gobierno…

Todd Smith (2021-04-18). A Most Political, and Perfidious, Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Are we under Martial Law?…Nobody knows what's going on!…It's madness unleashed by human error! — Quotes taken from the trailer to George Romero's 1973 film Code Name Trixie, better known by its re-branded title The Crazies It's sure been a crazy last year, with more "crazy" in the forecast. We've got lots of novelty vaccines …

_____ (2021-04-18). A School for Spooks: The London University Department Churning Out NATO Spies. strategic-culture.org By Alan MACLEOD | Last week, MintPress

Alan MacLeod (2021-04-18). 'Divisive': How Corporate Media Dismiss Ideas Unpopular With Elites. commondreams.org The next time you hear your favorite political proposals being labeled as too "divisive," "contentious," or "polarizing" to work, check the polls first. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Marjorie Cohn (2021-04-18). The Supreme Court Is Also to Blame for Daunte Wright's Death. zcomm.org Wright's blood is on the hands not only of Potter but also of the U.S. Supreme Court, which has legally sanctioned this type of racial profiling…

Ryan Grim (2021-04-18). House and Senate Democrats Plan Bill to Add Four Justices to Supreme Court. zcomm.org The Constitution allows Congress to set the number of Supreme Court justices…

P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-18). Powerful Buddhist Monk Throws Weight Behind Legal Challenge To China-Funded Colombo Port City Project. eurasiareview.com Government says Sri Lanka needs the project and assures that the envisaged legal structure will be under Lankan control.: | The politically influential head of the Abayarama temple in Colombo, Ven. Muruththetuwe Ananda Thero, has thrown his weight behind petitions in the Sri Lankan Supreme Court against the China-funded US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City (CPC) project. | The CPC is now at the crucial stage of getting a separate legal structure meant to get foreign investors. | Ven. Ananda Thero told a press conference on April 15 that his organization "Rata Rakina Jana Handa" had supported President Got…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-18). Leaked Documents Revealed 11,000 Syrian Mercenaries Are Still Roaming In Libya. southfront.org Illustrative image | More than 11,000 Turkish-backed Syrian militants are still present in Libya despite the recent political settlement in the country, according to leaked official documents released by the Sky News Arabia on April 17. | According to the documents, a total of 11,609 Syrian militants are now in Libya. The number is double that provided by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). | So far, Turkey has withdrawn only 1,226 out of 12,835 militants of the so-called Syrian National Army from Libya.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-18). Big Pharma Conglomerate with a Criminal Record: Pfizer "Takes Over" the EU Vaccine Market. 1.8 Billion Doses. globalresearch.ca Introduction: |

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-18). Big Pharma Conglomerate with a Criminal Record: Pfizer "Takes Over" the EU Vaccine Market. 1.8 Billion Doses. globalresearch.ca "Hundreds of millions of people have taken an injection that allows a …

Andy Kroll (2021-04-18). How to Make a Gulf Monarchy All-American. tomdispatch.com Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving American oil and gas companies feeling the pain. As oil prices plummeted, Republican senators from oil-producing states turned their ire directly on Saudi Arabia. Forget that civil war in Yemen — what about fossil-fuel profits here at home? To address their concerns, Ambassador Bandar Al-Saud agreed to speak with a group of them in a March 18th conference call [mda…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-18). Youth Demand US Action on Climate-Induced Loss and Damage in Global South. commondreams.org "The climate crisis is already causing severe impacts, leading to the loss of lives and livelihoods, and damage to homes, schools, roads, and hospitals." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-18). The US-Russia Sanctions War: Symbolic, Substantive, or Strategic? globalresearch.ca The recently intensified "sanctions war" between the US and Russia has …

IFIMES (2021-04-18). 2021 Elections In Albania: Citizens Against The Mafia — OpEd. eurasiareview.com On April 25, 2021, the tenth parliamentary elections since the democratic changes will take place in Albania. | Once again the elections will be a confrontation between two leading coalitions. One is gathered around the Socialist Party (PS/S&D) and Prime Minister Edi Rama and the other is the opposition group led by the Democratic Party (PD/EPP) headed by Lulzim Basha, which includes the Movement for Socialist Integration (LSI) headed by Monika Kryemadhi. Some minor political parties will also participate in the elections. | The Westminster Foundation for Democracy believes that the party structure of the Soci…

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…

Emir Sader (2021-04-18). Lula: De suelto a libre. globalizacion.ca Desde que salió de la prisión en Curitiba, Lula nunca dijo que estaba libre. Decía que estaba suelto. Desde hace un mes, cuando un juez del Supremo Tribunal Federal, Edson Fachin, emitió una decisión que anulaba las condenas a Lula,…

Eric Nepomuceno (2021-04-18). Brasil: øCómo controlar al genocida? globalizacion.ca Siempre que un cobarde se siente acosado distribuye al aire amenazas que sabe que no podrá cumplir y da manotazos que se pierden en el viento. Siempre que un sicópata se siente amenazado reacciona mostrándose aún más desequilibrado. | Es exactamente…

John Miksad (2021-04-18). Ten Reasons to Oppose Militarism & War on Earth Day. zcomm.org The U.S. military emits more greenhouse gas emissions than 150 nations…

Sarah Hughes (2021-04-18). Massachusetts Nurses Face Down For-Profit Health Care Giant Tenet in Daring Strike. zcomm.org Close to 90 percent of the 800 nurses have been on strike since March 8…

Ricardo Alvarez (2021-04-18). Mumia Abu-Jamal is Scheduled for Open-Heart Surgery. zcomm.org Racism Remains the Greatest Medical Threat to Mumia's Health…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-18). Eritrea acknowledges presence of troops in Ethiopia's Tigray State, commits to withdrawal. peoplesdispatch.org This is the first official acknowledgement by Eritrea of the presence of its troops in Tigray where they have been accused of committing human rights violations…

Barry Healy (2021-04-18). The courage of Billie Holiday. greenleft.org.au Barry Healy reviews a new film depicting jazz singer Billie Holiday's extraordinary courage in facing up to racism in the United States.

Staff (2021-04-18). Iran's Parl. speaker emphasizes deepening ties with Serbia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — In his meeting with Serbian Foreign Minister Nikola Selakoviƒá in Tehran on Sunday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf emphasized the need for expanding cooperation between Iran and Serbia in various fields.

Staff (2021-04-18). Source rejects any direct talks between Tehran, Riyadh. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — The news related to the direct talks between Tehran and Riadh is not true, an Iranian source told Al-Mayadin in reaction to a recent claim by the Financial Times.

Staff (2021-04-18). Pakistan urges coop with Iran to set up peace in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — At the threshold of his visit to Iran, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi placed special emphasis on cooperating and collaborating with the Islamic Republic of Iran for establishing peace in Afghanistan.

Staff (2021-04-18). Rocket lands in vicinity of Kabul University. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — BM1 rocket landed close to Kabul University on Sunday evening.

Staff (2021-04-18). Iran, Russia, Syria set up operational room to help Damascus. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — An operation room has been set up between Iran, Russia and Syria to provide lasting security for Iranian and Russian ships in the Mediterranean to deliver oil and food to Syria.

Staff (2021-04-18). 'Benjamin' wins at Kwetu Intl. FilmFest. in Tanzania. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — Iranian animation 'Benjamin' directed by Mohsen Enayati has won two main awards at Kwetu International Animation Film Festival (KIAFF) in Tanzania.

Staff (2021-04-18). VIDEO: Al-Aqsa Mosque in Ramadan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — Despite Zionist regime restrictions, a large number of Muslim Palestinians say their morning prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Staff (2021-04-18). Six rockets hit US military base in Iraq's Al-Balad. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — Iraqi sources reported in a breaking news that a missile has been struck at US air base in Iraq's al-Balad, where US troops are stationed there.

Staff (2021-04-18). Army Day parade held in Tehran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — Army Day parade in the form of a motorcade was held in Tehran in the presence of Iranian Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi.

Staff (2021-04-18). Syria condemns US, NATO dispatching troops to Russian border. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — Syria condemned the US and NATO step of dispatching more military forces towards Russian borders which would pose a threat to international peace and security.

Staff (2021-04-18). 'JCPOA talks not easy but underway'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna said the JCPAO talks in Vienna are not easy but they are going on.

Staff (2021-04-18). 3 dead, 2 wounded in shooting at Wisconsin tavern. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — A suspect opened fire at a tavern in a confrontation that left three people dead and two people seriously injured.

Staff (2021-04-18). Drone power of Iran Army 'winning card' of Armed Forces. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — Today, the drone capability of the Iran Army is the power and winning card of the Armed Forces which be used on the battlefield if needed, said Army Chief Commander Major General Mousavi.

Staff (2021-04-18). Earthquake causes no damage to Bushehr nuclear power plant. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — None of the facilities, equipment, and buildings of Bushehr nuclear power plant have been damaged by the Sunday earthquake that occurred in Ganaveh County of Bushehr province.

Staff (2021-04-18). US not lift sanction unless ensure Iran adheres to commitment. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — The US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan said that the White House will not lift sanctions imposed against Iran unless it (US) ensures that Iran has complied with its nuclear obligations.

Staff (2021-04-18). Deputy chief of IRGC Quds passes away. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA) — The deputy chief of the IRGC Quds Force passed away on Sunday night.

Staff (2021-04-18). Train derails in Egypt, leaves dozens injured. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — Egyptian sources reported that a train derailed in this country, injuring dozens of people.

Staff (2021-04-18). 5 soldiers lose lives in helicopter crash in Peru. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — At least five Peruvian servicemen have died in a helicopter crash in the country's Department of Cusco.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). Scientists Call For Climate Projections As Part Of More Robust Biodiversity Conservation. eurasiareview.com Scientists have called for the use of climate projections in conservation planning, to ensure that areas most at risk from biodiversity loss and climate impacts are protected. Protected areas are often created in areas of low population density and remote locations, rather than because of their biodiversity conservation potential. Conservation planning in tropical forests especially tends to be less rigorous and climate rarely taken into account, they said. | But climate projections and science-based information are critical to actively seek out and safeguard areas where species are most at risk and ecosystems…

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-18). Iran: Army Unveils New Missiles, Artillery Systems In Military Parade. eurasiareview.com The Iranian Army displayed a series of new homegrown equipment in a military parade marking the Army Day. | The vehicle parade, held to mark the Army and the Ground Force Day, saw various units of the Iranian Army showcasing its achievements on Sunday morning. | The latest military products of the Army were carried on trucks in the event in Tehran without parading troops, in compliance with the coronavirus restrictions. | During the parade, attended by Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, the Army units displayed a number of new products, including missile and artillery systems. | The Army's air de…

Arab News (2021-04-18). Ethiopian Survivors Retell Horrors Of Last Month's 'Houthi Holocaust'. eurasiareview.com By Ephrem Kossaify | When Abdel Karim Ibrahim Mohammed, 23, fled the recent violence consuming Ethiopia's Oromia region, he never imagined he would fall into the hands of Yemen's Houthis. | In fact, like many of his compatriots desperate to escape conflict-ridden Ethiopia, he had not even heard of the Iran-backed militia, which seized control of Yemen's capital Sanaa in 2015. | When he first set out on his dangerous voyage across the Red Sea, Abdel Karim had envisioned an arduous overland crossing to one of the Arab Gulf states where opportunity and prosperity awaited him. | Events had taken a frightening turn…

Observer Research Foundation (2021-04-18). Syrian Refugees In Germany Want Citizenship And Political Representation — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Even though Syrian refugees have been integrated relatively faster in Germany, social integration continues to be a challenge in the labour market.: | By Anchal Vohra* | Tareq Alaows, a Syrian who studied law and international affairs in Damascus, ended up as a refugee in Germany. Along with hundreds of thousands of others, Alaows protested against the Syrian government and called for an end to political repression, better education, and economic opportunities. But along with 5.5 million compatriots, he had to flee his home country. | Like the million-plus Syrian refugees in Europe, Alaows had hoped fo…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). 3,500 Year-Old Honeypot: Oldest Direct Evidence For Honey Collecting In Africa. eurasiareview.com Honey is humankind's oldest sweetener – and for thousands of years it was also the only one. Indirect clues about the significance of bees and bee products are provided by prehistoric petroglyphs on various continents, created between 8,000 and 40,000 years ago. | Ancient Egyptian reliefs indicate the practice of beekeeping as early as 2600 year BCE. But for sub-Saharan Africa, direct archaeological evidence has been lacking until now. The analysis of the chemical residues of food in potsherds has fundamentally altered the picture. Archaeologists at Goethe University in cooperation with chemists at the Univers…

Kanbawza Win (2021-04-18). The Clarian Call Of The People Of Burma — OpEd. eurasiareview.com When will the free world listen to the clarion call of the people of Burma, who have made 730 supreme sacrifices, 3,152 detained and over 870 arrest warrants issued, not to mention the 40 children killed (as according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners)? The entire country of 55 million plus people are ardently appealing to the arsenals of democratic countries, knowing full well that the leading authoritarian countries are pouring more oil on this burning inferno, not only by using their veto powers at the UN Security Council but also by supplying more lethal heavy weapons to use it on its o…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). Sri Lanka Launches Campaign To Plant 2 Million Trees. eurasiareview.com The Program to plant 2 million saplings with the aim of increasing the forest density and forest cover in Sri Lanka under the theme "Surakumata Parisaraya" commences at Ragama Diyagala Boys' Town on April 16 with the presence of State Minister of Rural Roads and other Infrastructure, Nimal Lanza. | The plantation of trees was undertaken in accordance with the auspicious time of tree planting for Sinhala and Tamil New Year. | The above mentioned program which has been introduced conforming with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's National Policy Framework, will ensure the plantation of 2 million saplings in four yea…

RT (2021-04-18). Iran Says It's Identified Suspect Behind 'Explosion' At Natanz Nuclear Site. eurasiareview.com Iran's intelligence service has named a suspect in the 'explosion' that damaged the Natanz power plant last week. It says the culprit, identified as a man from a town near the nuclear facility, has already fled the country. | "Reza Karimi, the perpetrator of this sabotage… has been identified" by the intelligence ministry, Iranian state television announced on Saturday. | Karimi was described in the report as a 43-year-old male who was born in the town of Kashan, not far from the Natanz facility. | Tehran had earlier blamed the incident on its arch-rival Israel and promised to retaliate. The Jewish state, wh…

Arab News (2021-04-18). Biden Must Seize Chance To End US Racial Crisis — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Dalia Al-Aqidi* | With astonishment and apprehension, the whole world is closely following the latest wave of violence in the US, with clashes between angry rioters and the police in the streets of several major cities. | While the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin — who is accused of murder over last May's killing of George Floyd, which triggered worldwide protests — nears its end, the fatal shooting of another black man in the city of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, has sparked rage and animosity. Twenty-year-old Daunte Wright was shot by police officer Kimberly Potter when, according t…

BenarNews (2021-04-18). Bangladesh: Police Shoot Dead Five Protesters At China-Financed Power Plant. eurasiareview.com By Sharif Khiam | At least five people were killed and dozens injured Saturday in southeastern Bangladesh as protests over pay and working conditions at a coal-fired power plant turned violent and police fired on angry workers to protect Chinese nationals on the premises, officials and witnesses said. | The incident took place at a sprawling, still-under-construction facility in Banshkhali sub-district of Chittagong, some 292 kilometers (181 miles) southeast of Dhaka, co-owned by a Bangladeshi conglomerate and two Chinese companies. | "Five power plant workers died at the Banshkhali Power Plant incident. They…

RFE RL (2021-04-18). A Czech Explosion, Russian Agents, A Bulgarian Arms Dealer: The Recipe For A Major Spy Scandal In Central Europe — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Mike Eckel, Ivan Bedrov and Olha Komarova* | ( The blast, on October 16, 2014, destroyed a cache of ammunition and related weaponry. The bodies of two men who worked at the site were recovered nearly a month later. A second explosion occurred about two months later at nearby location, about 1 kilome…

CNA (2021-04-18). Mexico Pauses Pro-Abortion Constitutional Reform. eurasiareview.com By David Ramos | The administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and legislators from his ruling National Regeneration Movement decided to put on hold for now the debate on amending the federal constitution to insert abortion rights and gender ideology. | In an April 14 press conference, López Obrador said that "when there are highly controversial confrontational issues, points of view, the best thing is to consult the citizens." | The president stressed that that his "recommendation" to Mexican legislators "is that citizens be consulted on controversial issues, where there are substantive…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). A New Super-Earth Detected Orbiting A Red Dwarf Star. eurasiareview.com In recent years there has been an exhaustive study of red dwarf stars to find exoplanets in orbit around them. These stars have effective surface temperatures between 2400 and 3700 K (over 2000 degrees cooler than the Sun), and masses between 0.08 and 0.45 solar masses. | In this context, a team of researchers led by Borja Toledo Padrón, a Severo Ochoa-La Caixa doctoral student at the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), specializing in the search for planets around this type of stars, has discovered a super-Earth orbiting the star GJ 740, a red dwarf star situated some 36 light years from the Earth.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). Alpine Plants Are Losing Their White 'Protective Coat'. eurasiareview.com Snow cover in the Alps has been melting almost three days earlier per decade since the 1960s. This trend is temperature-related and cannot be compensated by heavier snowfall. By the end of the century, snow cover at 2,500 meters could disappear a month earlier than today, as simulations by environmental scientists at the University of Basel demonstrate. | Global warming demands huge adjustments in tourism, hydropower generation and agriculture in alpine areas. But the fauna and flora also have to adapt to rising temperatures. By the end of the century, continuous snow cover for 30 days below 1,600 meters is ex…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). Environmental Protection Could Benefit From 'Micro' As Well As 'Macro' Thinking. eurasiareview.com Scientists at the University of Southampton have conducted a study that highlights the importance of studying a full range of organisms when measuring the impact of environmental change – from tiny bacteria, to mighty whales. | Researchers at the University's School of Ocean and Earth Science, working with colleagues at the universities of Bangor, Sydney and Johannesburg and the UK's National Oceanography Centre, undertook a survey of marine animals, protists (single cellular organisms) and bacteria along the coastline of South Africa. | Lead researcher and postgraduate student at the University of Southampton…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). AI Pinpoints Local Pollution Hotspots Using Satellite images. eurasiareview.com Researchers at Duke University have developed a method that uses machine learning, satellite imagery and weather data to autonomously find hotspots of heavy air pollution, city block by city block. | The technique could be a boon for finding and mitigating sources of hazardous aerosols, studying the effects of air pollution on human health, and making better informed, socially just public policy decisions. | "Before now, researchers trying to measure the distribution of air pollutants throughout a city would either try to use the limited number of existing monitors or drive sensors around a city in vehicles,"

East Asia Forum (2021-04-18). East Asia Leads E-Commerce And The Digital Trade Revolution — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Homi Kharas and Meagan Dooley* | East Asian trade is set to rise even further in importance because the scale of the region's economic recovery is larger and faster than anywhere else. Asia was already the East Asia is leading the global e-com…

CNA (2021-04-18). Society Of Catholic Scientists Prepares For Conference On Non-Human Intelligence. eurasiareview.com By Perry West | The Society of Catholic Scientists (SCS) will hold its 2021 conference in Washington D.C. on the subject of non-human intelligence. | The conference is titled "Extraterrestrials, AI, and Minds Beyond the Human" and will take place at the Hilton Hotel from June 4-6. The event will also be live-streamed. | Conference discussions will provide scientific and theological insights on the subjects of real and hypothetical intelligences, especially extraterrestrial and artificial intelligences. | "There'll be 13 talks. Half of the talks are going to be about extraterrestrial life, and there's going to…

Rabbi Allen S. Maller (2021-04-18). Islam And Judaism Are Pro Religious Pluralism — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Most college students have at one time or another asked, 'If there is only one God why are there so many religions?' A good question that I as a Rabbi have often been asked. | This is my answer. The Qur'an declares that Allah could have made all of us monotheists, a single religious community, but didn't in order to test our commitment to the religion that each of us have been given by God. | "If Allah had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (God's plan is) to test you in what He has given you: so compete in all virtues as in a race. The goal of you all is to (please) Allah who will show you…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). Water Crisis Took Toll On Flint Adults' Physical, Mental health. eurasiareview.com Since state austerity policies initiated a potable water crisis seven years ago in Flint, Michigan, public health monitoring has focused on potential developmental deficits associated with lead exposure in adolescents or fetuses exposed in utero. | New research from Cornell and the University of Michigan offers the first comprehensive evidence that the city's adult residents suffered a range of adverse physical and mental health symptoms potentially linked to the crisis in the years during and following it, with Black residents affected disproportionately. | In a survey of more than 300 residents, 10% reported…

EurActiv (2021-04-18). EU To Table 'Climate Taxonomy', Leaving Gas And nuclear For Later. eurasiareview.com By Frédéric Simon | ( The EU executive is due to publish on 21 April the first section of its "sustainable finance taxonomy," a long list of economic activities plus the specific rules they must meet to be labelled as gre…

Peter Tase (2021-04-18). Azerbaijan: President Ilham Aliyev Attends International Conference Held At ADA University — OpEd. eurasiareview.com On April 10 – 13, 2021, the ADA University hosted an international conference entitled: "New Vision for South Caucasus: Post-Conflict Development and Cooperation". In this historic event the President of Azerbaijan H. E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev has participated and delivered a keynote speech to the international audience that consisted of university leaders, international diplomats, experts in global affairs and renowned journalists. The Azerbaijan State News Agency (AZERTAC) provided a media coverage to this international conference that has made significant contributions in understanding the current geopolitics of…

VOA (2021-04-18). No Guarantees On Afghanistan After Troop Pullout, Says Top Biden Aide. eurasiareview.com By Ken Bredemeier | No one can say with any certainty what will happen in Afghanistan once U.S. President Joe Biden withdraws the remaining 2,500 to 3,500 U.S. troops by September 11 to end the country's longest war, a top White House official said Sunday. | "I can't make any guarantees about what will happen inside the country. No one can," White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan told the "Fox News Sunday" show. | "All the United States could do is provide the Afghan security forces, the Afghan government and the Afghan people resources and capabilities, training and equipping their forces, provid…

ISS (2021-04-18). Kenya: Battle For Power And Wealth Fuels Kapedo Conflict — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Government and local leaders should prioritise boundary demarcation and security to resolve the deadly border dispute.: | By Guyo Chepe Turi* | The killing of a senior police officer in Kenya's Kapedo area on 17 January is just the latest This year alone, unrest in the area has claimed the lives of over 10 civilians and three police officers, and many have been injured, loc…

Geopolitical Monitor (2021-04-18). The End Of Made In China? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Mangesh Sawant | Democracies believed that China's political moderation would follow its economic liberalization. But contrary to political leaders and CEO expectations, China joined the liberal order for its own gains, seeking to displace the business advantages of democratic nations. The Made in China 2025 plan is being implemented through transfer of technology, IPR theft, and buying up strategic assets and hi-tech companies in Europe and beyond. | Since 1979, foreign companies have opened production lines on China's coastline. This led to unprecedented Chinese economic growth, but the growth seems to be…

Asa Winstanley (2021-04-18). The "Real" Apartheid: "There's no Such Thing as a Palestinian Person" juancole.com ( Middle East Monitor) — "This is the real apartheid," Jewish American lawyer Brooke Goldstein tweeted last week. "The fact that Jews can't enter into 'Palestinian territory'," she claimed, "I reject that some places are dangerous for me to enter because I AM A JEW." Goldstein accompanied her tweet with a photo of a large …

Center for Bio Diversity & Thoreau Society (2021-04-18). Thursday 4/22: Resistance and Extinction: Earth Day Conversation about Naturalist Thoreau, Loss and Hope. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee (2021-04-18). Saturday 4/17: California Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committees Meeting. indybay.org Online event.

People's Park Committee (2021-04-18). Sunday 4/25: People's Park 52nd Anniversary. indybay.org People's Park, Berkeley…

Art Persyko (2021-04-18). 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…

WSWS repost (2021-04-18). 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.

Green Action (2021-04-18). Thursday 4/22: People's Earth Day Rally @ SF City Hall. indybay.org Meet at San Francisco City Hall/Polk Street Steps…

NOW & Black Women's Blueprint (2021-04-18). Thursday 4/22: Katrina, Maria, & Sandy: Climate Justice is a Feminist Issue. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

Solidarity With Yemen (2021-04-18). Friday 4/23: Protest in Solidarity With Hunger Strikers for Yemen. indybay.org 6342 Shattuck Ave | Berkeley, CA 94705…

Black Catholic Messenger, CUBL (2021-04-18). 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…

Markus Vollack (2021-04-18). 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.

D. Curioso (2021-04-18). Tuesday 4/20: Fight to Protect Rent Control in Alameda. indybay.org Virtual – Alameda, CA…

JFCS Holocaust Center & USF (2021-04-18). Sunday 4/25: Rohingya Genocide and the Military Coup in Myanmar Teach-in. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-18). Confronting Russia in the High North: Pentagon Acquires Four New Air, Naval Bases in Norway. news.antiwar.com The U.S. and Norway have signed an updated military cooperation agreement that permits the American military to construct new facilities at three Norwegian airfields and a naval base. In the words of the Stars and Stripes report that related the development, the move "comes amid continuing concerns of Russian military activities along NATO's borders, including …

_____ (2021-04-18). Escalate to Deescalate… Then Biden Takes Escalator Sideways. strategic-culture.org Washington must surely know that its escalations will be met with equal force from Russia and China, Finian Cunningham writes. | President Joe Biden wasn't expecting Russia's rapid slap back. He assumed, wrongly, that he could hit Moscow with a new round of sanctions (based on slanderous claims) and look as if he were chewing gum and acting the hard man. | Then slap. Russian responded immediately and firmly. Ten U.S. diplomats are to be expelled in a reciprocal response to Biden's executive order last week to expel Russian diplomats. | Laughably, the Biden administration was aghast at the Russian sanctions. A Sta…

_____ (2021-04-18). When Facing Imminent Election Defeat, Dominion Machines Will Always Do the Trick. strategic-culture.org Whenever a favourable election outcome seems problematic, the selection of the right vote counting machine will be sure to fix it. | There are only two rational explanations for the outcome of Presidential elections in Ecuador on April 11, ostensibly won by multimillionaire banker Guillermo Lasso. Either the Ecuadorean people are massively masochistic, or the election was stolen following the pattern recently tested in the paragon of political virtue and rule of law to Ecuador's north. As ancient logicians would say, tertium non datur. | The protagonists of these elections were the putative winner Lasso, with oli…

news.un (2021-04-18). Green transformation will rival industrial revolution: US climate envoy. news.un.org The transition to a global economic model which will slow down climate change and create jobs will be the "biggest economic transformation since the industrial revolution" according to John Kerry, the US climate envoy.

Edward Curtin (2021-04-18). Denying the Demonic. globalresearch.ca RNA inoculations, misnamed vaccines. People are lined up for them now as they are being told incessantly to "get your shot." The RNA inoculations are not vaccines. To call them vaccines is linguistic mind control.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Raul Castro announces retirement as head of Communist Party of Cuba. ecns.cn First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Raul Castro on Friday announced he is retiring as the head of the party.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). China's civil aviation sector fully recovers to pre-epidemic level: report. ecns.cn China's civil aviation sector has recovered to the pre-epidemic level in March, said an industry report.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Eradicating national security threats allows Hong Kong to enter new era of good governance: HKSAR gov't official. ecns.cn Matthew Cheung, chief secretary for administration of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government, said on Sunday that by eradicating threats to national security and improving the electoral system, Hong Kong is entering a new era of good governance.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Asia should be major engine for sustainable global recovery: report. ecns.cn Asia should be a major engine for sustainable global recovery, according to a report released by the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). China's economic growth off to encouraging start. ecns.cn China's economic growth has embraced an encouraging start in the first quarter of the year (Q1) and has a bright outlook, said an industry leader in an interview with Xinhua.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Over 2,600 delegates to attend Boao Forum for Asia annual conference. ecns.cn Over 2,600 delegates, including government officials, entrepreneurs and scholars from over 60 countries and regions, are expected to attend the 2021 Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) annual conference in person, authorities said at a press conference Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). China to raise basic pension payments by 4.5 pct. ecns.cn China will raise the basic pension payments for retirees in 2021, the 17th consecutive year of increase, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). US Treasury says no major trading partner manipulates currency. ecns.cn The U.S. Treasury Department on Friday said that no major trading partner of the United States meets the criteria as a currency manipulator, but Vietnam, Switzerland and China's Taiwan will be under enhanced monitoring for their currency practices.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). China sanctions Icelandic individual over Xinjiang. ecns.cn The Chinese embassy in Iceland on Friday announced sanctions against an Icelandic individual for spreading lies and disinformation on so-called human rights issues in China's Xinjiang without naming the person.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). China, U.S. issue joint statement on climate change. ecns.cn China and the United States have issued a joint statement on coping with climate change after talks in Shanghai.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). China urges US, Japan to stop meddling in China's domestic affairs. ecns.cn China on Saturday urged the United States and Japan to immediately stop meddling in China's domestic affairs and harming Chinese interests.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese college graduates' job seeking choices more diversified: survey. ecns.cn China's fresh college graduates have shown interest in a wider range of occupations during the ongoing spring recruitment season, according to a survey recently conducted by China Youth Daily.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). China's 2021 box office exceeds 3 bln USD. ecns.cn China's 2021 box office revenue exceeded 20 billion yuan (3 billion U.S. dollars) as of Sunday, almost equal to the total ticket sales for the whole of 2020.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-18). Sunday Times: Britain To Deploy Two Warships to the Black Sea in Show of Force to Russia. news.antiwar.com The Sunday Times cites a Royal Navy source stating two British warships will enter the Black Sea next month as the newspaper put it, "tensions continue to rise between Ukrainian and Russian forces." As always with the Western press it is not indicated where and in what manner there have been tensions between Ukrainian and …

Staff (2021-04-18). Britain to dispatch 2 warships to Black Sea in May. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — Two British warships will peel off in May from the Royal Navy's carrier task group in the Mediterranean and sail through the Bosphorus into the Black Sea.

Steve Topple (2021-04-18). A new political party wants a 'breakthrough' for young people. thecanary.co A new political party is aiming to amplify and represent the voices of young and marginalised people. And it's doing this by putting them at the heart of everything it does. Also, the new party could be an opportunity for young people to finally have proper political representation. Because the party wants its democracy to work from the bottom up. | Meet Breakthrough: | The Breakthrough Party launched in January 2021. It was founded by

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-18). Climate Activists Put 'All Eyes on BlackRock' With Protests Demanding Shareholder Action. commondreams.org "We're giving notice that we'll be watching to see if BlackRock will actually pour any water on the flames it has started. We're here because we can't fix our planet with promises, only action can do that." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mary Hladky (2021-04-18). The US Did Not Bring Peace, Democracy, or Freedom to Afghanistan. commondreams.org Twenty years of war and U.S. interference have brought no long-term, positive gains in Afghanistan. War is not the answer—not in Afghanistan, Iraq, or Syria. Peace must be our demand. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Rick Steiner (2021-04-18). Biden Must Urge Japan to Abandon Dangerous Fukushima Wastewater Plan. commondreams.org The era of intentionally dumping toxic waste in our one global ocean is, or should be, over. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

Tatiana Coll (2021-04-18). Cuba — Soberana, hoy como hace 60 años, el principio germinal. globalizacion.ca Todavía no amanecía, estaba oscuro, pero en realidad yo no había podido dormir, todos estábamos alertas, habíamos escuchado en la radio lo del bombardeo al aeropuerto y por supuesto el discurso de Fidel en el entierro de las víctimas, sabíamos…

César Gómez Chacón (2021-04-18). Cuba — La terquedad del alma roja y verde olivo. globalizacion.ca Quisiera ser racional, comedido, paciente, ponderado, tolerante, apacible, moderado… ufff, son decenas de sinónimos que resumirían mi anhelo por dar la razón a tanta gente buena y sincera, quienes en estos días, en las redes sociales y en la vida…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). 50th anniversary of Ping-Pong Diplomacy marked in Japan. ecns.cn An international symposium has been held in the Japanese city of Nagoya to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ping-Pong Diplomacy, with participants looking forward to promoting the sound development of China-U.S. and China-Japan relations through sports exchanges.

Narda Zacchino (2021-04-18). The Extraordinary Rendition of Japanese Latin Americans During World War II. scheerpost.com By Diana Morita Cole / Original to ScheerPost In 2017, Isamu "Art" Shibayama testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, marking a milestone in a 74-year journey that began when the United States government kidnapped him and more than 2,260 persons of Japanese ancestry from Latin America during World War II. When he was only 13… |

_____ (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…

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…

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.

Lynn Rhinehart (2021-04-17). How Amazon Gerrymandered the Union Vote—And Won. commondreams.org The PRO Act would put voting decisions back in the hands of workers and the National Labor Relations Board. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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

WSWS (2021-04-17). German Left Party embraces the far-right AfD. wsws.org In her new book The Self-Righteous Ones, Left Party politician Sahra Wagenknecht explicitly adopts the anti-immigrant and nationalist line of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and emerges as a vociferous proponent of a policy of mass infection.

sputniknews (2021-04-17). Bush Calls for 'Gradual' Path to Eventual Citizenship for Illegal Migrants Amid Influx at Border. sputniknews.com In mid-March remarks on domestic policy, Bush already expressed his opinion that the US should find a way to legalize those illegal migrants who "have played by the rules." The ex-president claimed amid the current migrant influx that trying to return all of them back home would be a "political pipe dream."

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 …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies (2021-04-17). What's Needed for a More Lasting Peace in Afghanistan. commondreams.org President Biden announced a removal of all U.S. troops by September 11, but he failed to include some important details. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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…

WSWS (2021-04-17). Demand a four-week shutdown of auto plants to contain the spread of COVID-19! wsws.org JNAP workers in the trim department staged a protest Friday during the day shift, halting production after a worker was sent home after testing positive for COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-04-17). With death toll topping 365,000 Brazil faces "humanitarian catastrophe" wsws.org As the federal and state governments push for economic reopening, eight Brazilian states have reported an unprecedented population decrease due to COVID-19 deaths.

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.

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…

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 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?

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…

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). 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.

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.

Adeline Lee (2021-04-17). Covid-19 May Fade, But Will the Tracking Tools Built to Fight It? commondreams.org We must ensure that temporary Covid-19 data surveillance infrastructures do not needlessly outlast this once-in-a-century pandemic. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

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,…

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.

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…

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…

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 …

Anya Parampil (2021-04-17). US escalates in Ukraine battleground. thegrayzone.com With encouragement from his patrons in Washington, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is escalating against Russia and provoking a harsh response 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.

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.

WSWS (2021-04-17). Germany's Supreme Court overturns Berlin rent cap. wsws.org By overturning Berlin's rent cap, the Supreme Court has given the green light to the unrestrained enrichment of real estate speculators.

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.

_____ (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…

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…

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 …

WSWS (2021-04-17). Eight workers killed in late-night shooting massacre at Indianapolis FedEx Ground facility. wsws.org The shooter, who had previously been interviewed by the FBI, was identified as 19-year-old Brandon Scott Hole, a former employee at the plant.

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 …

WSWS (2021-04-17). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and New Zealand. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

WSWS (2021-04-17). WSWS interviews Jorge O'Leary, leader of 1983—86 Phelps Dodge miners strike. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to Jorge O'Leary, a Mexican-born doctor and leader of the 1983—86 Phelps Dodge miners strike in Arizona. O'Leary, who is now 80 years old, spoke about the strike and the leading role played in it by the Socialist Equality Party's predecessor organization, the Workers League.

WSWS (2021-04-17). Once more on bus workers and the Rail, Maritime and Transport union: About that frying pan… wsws.org Mick Cash's letter exposes the absurd tributes to the RMT and the laughable claims by RMT leadership contender Steve Hedley that his union is "socialist, anti-capitalist and anti-establishment".

WSWS (2021-04-17). New Zealand: Pike River mine disaster families demand continued underground investigation. wsws.org After the Labour Party-led government refused to go beyond a roof-fall to more fully examine the causes of the 2010 explosion that killed 29 men, most of the miners' families are pushing for the investigation to go further.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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…

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…

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.

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.

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…

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