2021-04-19: News Headlines

Jason Ditz (2021-04-19). At Least 70 Killed as Yemen Fighting Rages in Maarib, Taiz. news.antiwar.com Fighting continues to rage in Yemen, with the Houthi movement both trying to consolidate gains near Maarib, and trying to push for new opportunities around the contested city of Taiz, Over the past few days, reports are that the Houthis made gains near Maarib, along the northwestern routes which they have been contesting. At least 42 more were killed in fighting over the weekend, but without any apparent new gains. | Meanwhile in Taiz, the Houthis are testing defenses…

RT (2021-04-19). YouTube CEO wins 'Free Expression Award' sponsored by YouTube, then boasts how platform censors content creators. rt.com Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of Google's video platform YouTube, was awarded the Freedom Forum Institute's 'Free Expression Award' on Friday in a ceremony sponsored by her own company — despite YouTube's track record of censorship. | In the digital awards ceremony, YouTube video creator Molly Burke praised Wojcicki as a free speech leader before the YouTube CEO detailed in her acceptance speech how much the platform censors its users. | "The freedoms we have, we really can't take for granted," Wojcicki declared, adding that "we really have to make sure we're protecting them in every way possible." | Wojcicki,…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-19). Five injured in rocket attack on US airbase in Iraq. peoplesdispatch.org After Joe Biden assumed office as the US president, close to 20 such attacks have taken place against US interests and facilities in Iraq as opposition to the presence of foreign troops continues to grow…

Juan Cole (2021-04-19). US spent $2.261 Trillion on Afghanistan War, in which ~240,000 Have Died; We could have Greened Half the Grid Instead. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Costs of War Project at Brown University has just brought out a new report on Afghanistan. The September 11, 2001 attacks were launched from Khost and Qandahar in Afghanistan by al-Qaeda, though it is not clear that this organization of Arab expatriates informed their Taliban hosts of what they …

Gareth Porter (2021-04-19). Vienna talks reveal Biden team's attachment to sanctions that would torpedo Iran deal. thegrayzone.com Biden's foreign policy team refuses to relieve Iran from sanctions illegally imposed by the Trump administration, setting the stage for the collapse of negotiations and a major crisis. The Biden administration signaled once again at the April 9 Vienna meeting on the Iran nuclear deal that it intends to maintain Trump-era Iran sanctions in an effort to win political and military concessions going well beyond the original deal itself. Team Biden continued to insist during the conference that Iran return …

MISES (2021-04-19). The Problem With 'Just Do What The Cops Say And You Won't Get Hurt' — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Ryan McMaken* | New evidence has emerged in the case of 73-year old Karen Garner, an eighty-pound woman with dementia and sensory aphasia. Newly released In June 2020, Garner, had apparently attempted to leave a Walmart in Loveland, Colorado, with a bag full of small items, but was confronted by store staff. She left empty handed, and may have simply forgotten to pay. | Minutes later, Garner…

Bruce Robbins (2021-04-19). Was Marx Also a Social Democrat? thenation.com Was Marx Also a Social Democrat?

Ann Garrison (2021-04-19). Pacifica Radio: Let's talk about the debt. zcomm.org Most people support Pacifica because it's community radio, and it no longer will be if the New Day bylaws do away with its democratic governance structure…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-04-19). U.S. expects Russia to submit. Will it? mronline.org In his landmark foreign policy speech delivered from the U.S. state department on February 4, President Joe Biden had proclaimed that "America is back. Diplomacy is back at the centre of our foreign policy." That maxim was put to test last week. And it failed to make the grade. | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-04-19). US Expects Russia to Submit. Will It? globalresearch.ca In his landmark foreign policy

commondreams (2021-04-19). Poll: National Voters Say They Want Their Member of Congress to Co-Sponsor the Green New Deal. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-19). Poll Finds Majority of US Voters Back Green New Deal and Want Lawmakers to Co-Sponsor Resolution. commondreams.org The Data for Progress survey also found that an overwhelming majority of all likely voters favor the GND's individual components. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

commondreams (2021-04-19). Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Rollout Green New Deal for Public Housing Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-04-19). Alongside Reps. Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, People's Action Launches Local Green New Deal Campaign. commondreams.org ______________________________…

commondreams (2021-04-19). New Documentary Calls For A Green New Deal For Public Housing. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Johanna Kichton (2021-04-19). Alongside Reps. Cori Bush and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, People's Action Launches Local Green New Deal Campaign. peoplesaction.org Campaign Aims to Unleash Local Power by Winning $1T for Budget-Strapped Local Governments to Organize Environment Projects Contact: Johanna Kichton, press@peoplesaction.org, 240.206.1145 WASHINGTON, D.C.—People's Action today launched a new climate justice campaign, Local Green New Deal, with a joint petition, video, and new Green New Deal federal legislation alongside U.S. Reps. Cori Bush, D-Mo. and …

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-04-19). To Expand Democrats' Infrastructure Vision, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Push Green New Deal for Public Housing. commondreams.org Such a plan, said Rep. Jamaal Bowman, "would allow people to live with dignity and respect, to know that our federal government cares about their well-being and their health." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Paul Dobson (2021-04-19). El Nacional Newspaper to Pay Diosdado Cabello $13.6m Libel Damages. venezuelanalysis.com The Supreme Court ruled that the opposition newspaper landed unsubstantiated accusations that the socialist deputy was linked to drug cartels.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-19). Coronavirus Strikes Papua New Guinea — OpEd. eurasiareview.com There was a time when it seemed Papua New Guinea had managed to dodge a bullet. Instances of SARS-CoV-2 were minimal, along with its disease, COVID-19. Through 2020, the country of eight million people recorded a mere 900 cases. The World Health Organization

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-19). Exiting Afghanistan: Biden Sets the Date. counterpunch.org It had to be symbolic, and was represented as such. Forces of the United States will be leaving Afghanistan on September 11 after two decades of violent occupation, though for a good deal of this stretch, US forces were, at best, failed democracy builders, at worst, violent tenants. In his April 14 speech, President Joe

Anonymous103 (2021-04-19). Coronavirus Strikes Papua New Guinea. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark | There was a time when it seemed Papua New Guinea had managed to dodge a bullet. Instances of SARS-CoV-2 were minimal, along with its disease, COVID-19. Through 2020, the country of eight million people recorded a mere 900 cases. The World Health Organization

Prof. Marjorie Cohn (2021-04-19). The Supreme Court Is Also to Blame for Daunte Wright's Death. globalresearch.ca When veteran Minnesota police officer Kimberly Potter, who is white, …

Moderator (2021-04-19). Hedges: The Unraveling of the American Empire. scheerpost.com By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost America's defeat in Afghanistan is one in a string of catastrophic military blunders that herald the death of the American empire. With the exception of the first Gulf War, fought largely by mechanized units in the open desert that did not — wisely — attempt to occupy Iraq, the United States political and military leadership has stumbled from one military… |

Chris Hedges (2021-04-19). Chris Hedges: The Unraveling of the American Empire. mintpressnews.com Princeton, New Jersey (

Chris Hedges (2021-04-19). The Collapse of the American Empire. commondreams.org U.S. leadership has stumbled from one military debacle to another, a trajectory mirroring the sad finales of other historical imperial powers. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Aaron Maté (2021-04-19). In moving UN speech, veteran diplomat confronts OPCW 'stonewalling and smear tactics' on Syria. thegrayzone.com Speaking to the UN Security Council, veteran diplomat Hans von Sponeck calls out the OPCW's "stonewalling and unacceptable smear tactics" amid growing outcry over the Syria cover-up scandal. Returning to the United Nations, veteran German diplomat and former top UN official Hans von Sponeck calls for an end to the stonewalling of accountability for the OPCW's cover-up of its April 2018 Douma chemical weapons probe. "The manner in which this serious controversy has been handled by OPCW management… has sought …

RT (2021-04-19). Apple lifts ban on social network Parler after it agrees to 'content moderation' but users worry 'free speech' site's now neutered. rt.com The self-proclaimed 'free speech social network' Parler will be allowed to return to Apple's App Store after it was previously banned for not censoring enough content and was also accused of allowing threats of violence. | In a Monday letter to Republicans Senator Mike Lee (Utah) and Representative Ken Buck (Colorado) — who had requested info on Parler's ban — Apple claimed that the app could now return to the store as it had "proposed updates to its app and the app's content moderation practices." | "Apple anticipates that the updated Parler app will become available immediately upon Parler releasin…

news.un (2021-04-19). COVID-19: Greta Thunberg contributes 100,000 Euros to vaccine equity initiative. news.un.org The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has donated 100,000 Euros to boost global efforts to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to anyone, anywhere, who needs them, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday.

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-19). Why Xinjiang is emerging as the epicenter of the U.S. Cold War on China. mronline.org The U.S. 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. | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

Susan Price (2021-04-19). Video: Against vaccine nationalism with Vijay Prashad and Fatima Hassan. greenleft.org.au This event hosted by the Global Ecosocialist Network presents a conversation with Fatima Hassan (Health Justice Initiative) and Vijay Prashad (Tricontinental Institute for Social Research).

Editor2 (2021-04-19). CIA Assassination Plot Targeted Cuba's Raul Castro. orinocotribune.com As Castro Retires on 60th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs, National Security Archive Posts Declassified Top Secret CIA Cables, Reports from 1960 | Agency Officials Willing to Pay Over $10,000 For 'Fatal Accident' | Another Assassination Plot against Fidel Castro Was Part of Bay of Pigs Invasion Strategy | Washington D.C., April 16, 2021 — In the earliest known CIA assassination plot against leaders of the Cuban revolution, high agency officials offered the pilot of a plane carrying Raul Castro from Prague to Havana "payment after successful completion of ten thousand dollars" to "incur risks in arranging acc…

Shemon Salam (2021-04-19). The Revolutionary Meaning of the George Floyd Uprising. mronline.org At least 28 people died in the wave of social unrest that rocked the United States from late May until late July in 2020. In this 10-week period, there were 574 riots; 624 arsons; 2,382 incidents of looting; 97 police vehicles set on fire; and 16,241 people arrested for protest-related activities. | April 19, 2021 | Daraja Press…

Juan Cole (2021-04-19). The Saudi Lobby is Coming for You, Small Town America. juancole.com By Ben Freeman, Brian Steiner and Leila Riazi | — ( 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 …

samidoun (2021-04-19). In Toulouse, a Palestine Stand for the freedom of Palestinian prisoners. samidoun.net The following report is largely translated from the French at Collectif Palestine Vaincra: On Saturday, 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners' Day, the Collectif Palestine Vaincra organized a Palestine stand near the exit of the Jean Jaurès metro station in Toulouse, France. This event took place as part of the International Week of Action for Palestinian Prisoners, organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. For over two hours, the Collectif organized an information booth, distributed hundreds of leaflets on Palestinian prisoners, discussed with passers-by, played Palestinian music and presented sev…

samidoun (2021-04-19). Send your message today: Communicating despite the jailer — Letters to our prisoners in occupation's jails. samidoun.net "Our prison was at the end of the citadel behind the ramparts. Looking through the crevices between the palisade in the hope of seeing something, one sees nothing but a little corner of the sky, and a high earthwork, covered with the long grass of the steppe. Night and day sentries walk to and fro upon it. Then one perceives from the first, that whole years will pass during which one will see by the same crevices between the palisades, upon the same earthwork, always the same sentinels and the same little corner of the sky, not just above the prison, but far and far away." — The House of the Dead, F.M. Dosto…

Dean Baker (2021-04-19). Putting the Debt in Context. counterpunch.org President Joe Biden's recovery and jobs plans have led to considerable alarm over the resulting increases in the deficit and debt. Most of these concerns are misplaced. The issue of whether a deficit is too large depends entirely on whether it causes us to push the economy too far, leading to inflation. The deficit for

samidoun (2021-04-19). Samidoun marks Prisoners' Day in occupied Palestine. samidoun.net Samidoun Network in occupied Palestine organized two events on 17 April and 18 April in support of Palestinian prisoners. On Saturday, 17 April — Palestinian Prisoners' Day — Samidoun joined together with the youth committee in Beit Ummar, al-Khalil, occupied Palestine, to visit with prisoners' families and extend support and collective commitment to see all 4,500 Palestinian prisoners liberated from Israeli occupation prisons. That evening, following Taraweeh prayers, night prayers performed during Ramadan, Samidoun activists, family members of prisoners and youth in Al-Arroub refugee camp near al-Kh…

Robert Fantina (2021-04-19). Renegotiating JCPOA: Biden, Europe and Iran. counterpunch.org After years of negotiations, the U.S., under President Barack Obama (don't get this writer started on him), Iran and several other nations signed an agreement that limited Iran's nuclear development program, in exchange for the lifting of many sanctions issued against that nation. This was good news all around: many nations had a major new market for their goods, Iran was able to export its own products and services, and the world, bizarrely, breathed a sigh of relief that Iran would not develop the nuclear weapons that its spokespeople always said it never had any interest in anyway; its nuclear program was for…

John Bachtell (2021-04-19). Cancel it: Biden pressured to eliminate $50,000 student debt per borrower. peoplesworld.org President Joe Biden is under mounting pressure to address the rapidly growing student debt crisis by canceling up to $50,000 in crushing individual student loans. A growing chorus of elected officials and advocates say Biden can cancel the debt through executive action. Also, 415 community, civil rights, climate, health, consumer, labor, food and farm, and …

Eds. (2021-04-19). Review — Misbehaving. mronline.org A new edited volume emphasises that the personal is political and highlights the power of spectacular direct action, says Alice Robson | April 19, 2021 | Review…

Staff (2021-04-19). Battleground Baltimore: Protests Against Police and For Tenants' Rights. therealnews.com In this week's roundup of Baltimore news: Solidarity marches with Chicago and Minneapolis, the problematic Security Deposit Alternatives Bill, 'Dark City Beneath the Beat' on Netflix, and more.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-19). Alabama Amazon battle continues: Union to file labor law challenge. peoplesworld.org BESSEMER, Ala. (PAI)—The battle over unionizing the big Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala., continued as the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union announced last week that it would officially file labor law-breaking charges against the monster retailer and package firm, following RWDSU's election loss in the plant there. If the National Labor Relations Board agrees …

Eds. (2021-04-19). What Bill Gates has wrong about "advanced" nuclear reactors. mronline.org If nuclear power needs to be part of the climate solution, why not continue to use what we have? I understand the reactors that we have are aging out. But why not either shore those up or use the same design that we currently have where we wouldn't have to go through the lengthy and […] | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

Steve Lalla (2021-04-19). In Defense of the Revolution: Cuba's Historic Victory over Imperialism at Playa Girón. orinocotribune.com By Steve Lalla — Apr 18, 2021 | "For progressives and anti-imperialists all over the world, the mention of the Bay of Pigs — known in the Spanish-speaking world as Playa Girón — evokes joy and celebration," wrote Carmelo Ruiz. "The United States, an empire accustomed to imposing itself even in the farthest corners of the world, could not prevail and enforce its will on an island country 90 miles away from its shores. The empire could be defeated after all." π | In mid-April, 1961, the island nation of Cuba repelled a US military invasion at Playa Girón and captured over 1,200 invaders. Cuba's…

Chris Banks (2021-04-19). Either a conviction or a rebellion: Jury begins deliberations in Chauvin trial. liberationnews.org The world is now anxiously awaiting a verdict as the jury begins its deliberations.

AARON (2021-04-19). Addressing America's Homelessness and Squalor: What We Could Do If We Cared. peoplesparty.org America's homelessness problem could be solved for less than the price of an aircraft carrier, writes Eleanor Goldfield.: | (As seen on

Kristian Berhost (2021-04-19). Workers' hunger strike demands permanent residency for TPS migrants. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Dozens of National TPS Alliance workers rallied with their family members and friends in D.C. on Saturday in support of their ongoing hunger strike. The Alliance's primary demand is for Congress to pass legislation granting lawful permanent residency (LPR) to migrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Members of the Alliance have been on hunger strike …

samidoun (2021-04-19). March in Berlin and actions throughout Germany take to the streets for Palestinian Prisoners' Day. samidoun.net On 17 April, an enthusiastic march for Palestinian Prisoners' Day wound through Neukà∂lln, Berlin, Germany, organized by Samidoun Deutschland in partnership with several organizations, including Palà§stina Spricht Palestine Speaks, FOR-Palestine, Young Struggle Europe, Volksrat der Eelam Tamilen — Deutschland e.V., und Netzwerk Freiheit fàºr alle politischen Gefangenen. Marking Palestinian Prisoners' Day, the march progressed from Rathaus Neukà∂lln to Hermannplatz, marching through Sonnenallee, home to many Palestinian and Arab restaurants and businesses in Berlin. The march was enthusias…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-04-19). Why the U.S. shouldn't play games with cyberwarfare as its power declines. mronline.org Two major cyberhacks—of 'SolarWinds' and 'Microsoft Exchange Server'—have affected a whole range of computer systems worldwide. Both are supply chain hacks, meaning that they appeared to be routine software upgrades for particular components in these systems instead of inserted malicious codes. | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

Ted Kelly (2021-04-19). Nearly 150 years after land theft, Madawaska Nation wins settlement in Canada. workers.org An agreement negotiated by the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation and the Canadian government April 13 has become the largest compensatory land settlement in the country's history. The Ministry of Crown-Indigenous Relations has agreed to pay $145 million to the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation after Canadian courts ruled that a specific . . . |

Pedro Aibéo (2021-04-19). The 10-minute Walking City. dissidentvoice.org Over and over, countless projects and utopias have been made and are still thought out of cities where people would reach out to anything within some minutes of walking distance. Here some thoughts on why this is not a goal and why such dreams will always surface in the news. Urban migration, the largest ever …

Staff (2021-04-19). A small-town hospital goes after its union nurses. therealnews.com Instead of resolving short-staffing issues and unsafe working conditions, Lehigh Valley Health Network hospitals in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, are pitting union nurses against non-union staff.

John Feffer (2021-04-19). The Spread of Global Hate. counterpunch.org One insidious way to torture the detainees at Guantanamo was to blast music at them at all hours. The mixtape, which included everything from Metallica to the Meow Mix jingle, was intended to disorient the captives and impress upon them the futility of resistance. It worked: this soundtrack from hell did indeed break several inmates.

Jenny Farrell (2021-04-19). Prokofiev's 'Peter and the Wolf': A beloved piece of music for children. peoplesworld.org Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev is among the great composers of the 20th century. He was born 130 years ago, on April 23, 1891, in Sontsovka, Ukraine, into a rural family. Village life, with its peasant songs, left a permanent impression on him. His musical mother arranged trips to the opera in Moscow when he was a …

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-19). Guaidó's Gag: He Names New Board of Directors at Telesur — They Treat Him as Crazy. orinocotribune.com Juan Guaidó added another farcical episode to the drama of his mock interim government by announcing that he has overhauled the executive board of Telesur. | This "decision" was funny enough to elicit a response from Venezuelan Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for Latin America, Rander Peña, who wrote simply: "today's joke." Peña was followed by Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza, who facetiously call the former deputy's imaginary television station "TeleNarniaNorte." | Guaidó, US puppet for destabilizing Venezuela, announced that those in charge of running the Telesur parallel project will be Roberto Marrero…

Staff (2021-04-19). Venezuela Reports 1,287 New COVID-19 Cases on Sunday. orinocotribune.com Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, heading the working meeting with the presidential team for the prevention and control of COVID-19, this Sunday, April 18, reported that 1,287 new COVID-19 infections from community transmission were registered in the past 24 hours. Caracas was afflicted with the highest number of cases with 162, followed by Yaracuy with 157, and Anzoátegui with 150. | "We are ending the week of flexibility and we must maintain prevention measures," said Rodríguez. "This graph explains the reasons for the measures taken by President Maduro and the positive aspects of these timely actio…

alexander (2021-04-19). Denouncing Sinophobia, the New Cold War, and Anti-Asian Hate. dsausa.org In March, the DSA International Committee released a statement that "condemns in strongest terms the Sinophobia and the push for a Cold War with the People's Republic of China that have been encouraged by United States political elites." It adds that "Joe Biden accused the Trump administration of being

Helen Yaffe (2021-04-19). Cuba libre to be COVID-libre: Five vaccines and counting. mronline.org This pandemic has affirmed that public healthcare needs cannot be adequately met under a profit-based system. | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

Staff (2021-04-19). Meet Cariol Horne, Black Police Officer Fired After Stopping Fellow Cop's Assault on Handcuffed Man. democracynow.org Amid nationwide protests over police abuse, we speak with Cariol Horne, the Buffalo police officer whom a New York court has just vindicated for stopping a fellow cop from choking a handcuffed Black man during an arrest. In 2006, Horne, who is Black, saw a white officer repeatedly punching the man in the face before putting him in a chokehold. After Horne heard the man say "I can't breathe," she intervened by grabbing the officer's arm. Horne was sanctioned by the Buffalo Police Department, reassigned, then fired in 2008, just months before she was eligible to receive her full pension. A new ruling makes her elig…

Staff (2021-04-19). Cops Have Brutalized Chicago's Latinx Community for Decades; Adam Toledo, 13, Is the Latest Victim. democracynow.org As protests continue in Chicago and nationwide over the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, we get an update from community activist and independent journalist Mateo Zapata, who says, "People in Chicago are just tired of seeing Black and Brown youth murdered by police." Released bodycam video showed Adam had his hands up in the air when he was shot by an officer. We also speak with Rutgers professor Lilia Fernández, who studies Latino Chicago history and says police brutality toward this community is "not a new phenomenon" and goes back many decades. "Adam Toledo would not be dead today if he were white, i…

Staff (2021-04-19). Black & Latinx Lieutenant Sues Virginia Cops Who Threatened to Kill Him During Traffic Stop. democracynow.org We speak with the lawyer for a lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps who is suing two Virginia police officers who pepper-sprayed him, pushed him to the ground and pointed their guns at him during a traffic stop at a gas station last December. Video of the encounter has gone viral and shows Caron Nazario, who is a Black and Latino man, was wearing his Army uniform during the stop. When Nazario says he's afraid to get out of his car, one officer responds, "You should be." Nazario says he drove about a mile to the gas station after he noticed a police car flashing its lights at him — a common practice to avoid…

Patrick Mazza (2021-04-19). Advanced Nuclear Dreaming in Washington State. counterpunch.org It was once known by one of the most inadvertently appropriate acronyms ever, WPPSS, the Washington Public Power Supply System. "Whoops!," as they called it, in the early 1980s brought on what was then the worst municipal bond default in U.S. history trying to build five nuclear reactors in Washington state at once, completing only one.

Raúl Zibechi (2021-04-19). Amagar en el mar del Sur de China para golpear en Ucrania. globalizacion.ca Desde hace algunos meses el ex secretario de Estado Henry Kissinger viene alertando sobre la posibilidad de un conflicto armado entre EEUU y China, apuntando la necesidad de que su país tome el camino de la cooperación con Pekín, ya…

The Canary (2021-04-19). Race report 'attempts to normalise white supremacy' — UN human rights experts. thecanary.co A controversial report into racial disparities attempts to "normalise white supremacy" and the Government should reject its findings, human rights experts from the UN have warned. | The UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent said it "categorically rejects and condemns" the findings of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities ( The Government-commissioned report said racism is a "real force" but that Britain is no longer a country where the…

Yusuf Selman Inanc (2021-04-19). Covid-19 in Turkey: Where did it go wrong? middleeasteye.net Covid-19 in Turkey: Where did it go wrong? | Cases and deaths are hitting record highs as criticism of the government's pandemic response grows ever louder | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 12: 54 | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a press conference next to a map of Turkey with Covid-19 figures, at the presidential complex, Ankara, on 29 March 2021 (Adem Altan/AFP) | Despite swift ear…

Ragip Soylu (2021-04-19). Turkey: Four ways citizens are trying to survive the financial crisis. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Four ways citizens are trying to survive the financial crisis | Turks have flocked to cryptocurrencies and the stock exchange to weather the country's latest currency crisis | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 11: 41 | Customers wait in front of a currency exchange agency as a screen shows foreign exchange rates near the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul on 22 March 2021 (AFP) | Over the decades, Turkish people have lear…

Areeb Ullah (2021-04-19). European Super League: Turkish football union condemns launch. middleeasteye.net European Super League: Turkish football union condemns launch | Turkish Union of Clubs criticises launch of European Super League warning it could destroy 'heart and soul' of football | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 11: 29 | The coronavirus pandemic has further compounded the economic woes of Turkey's major football clubs (AFP) | Turkish football condemned plans by major clubs in Europe to launch a new European Supe…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-04-19). Arabic press review: Palestinian Authority mulls cancelling elections. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Palestinian Authority mulls cancelling elections | Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia investigates 11 corruption cases, an Egyptian journalist disappears after being deported from Jordan, and thousands of Jordanians are at risk of unemployment | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 14: 28 | Employees of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission display electoral lists at the commission's district offi…

Nadda Osman (2021-04-19). Egypt TV series sparks anger over 'rewriting' of 2013 massacre. middleeasteye.net Egypt TV series sparks anger over 'rewriting' of 2013 massacre | 'The Choice' was slammed as propaganda by critics and a deliberate rewriting of history | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 13: 42 | The TV series depicting the has sparked a wave of anger online (Screengrab/Social media) | An Egyptian TV series has been fiercely condemned online for its portrayal of historical events in the country, including the August 2…

Staff (2021-04-19). Progressives Fume as Democrats Eye Smaller Corporate Tax Hike. truthout.org Senate Democrats are reportedly considering lowering the corporate tax rate proposed in President Joe Biden's Citing sources close to…

Staff (2021-04-19). Adam Toledo Is the Latest to Be Brutalized by Cops in Chicago's Latinx Community. truthout.org Image Credit: Mateo Zapata | As protests continue in Chicago and nationwide over the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, we get an update from community activist and independent journalist Mateo Zapata, who says, "People in Chicago are just tired of seeing Black and Brown youth murdered by police." Released bodycam video showed Adam had his hands up in the air when he was shot by an officer. We also speak with Rutgers professor Lilia Fernández, who studies Latino Chicago history and sa…

Staff (2021-04-19). Poll Shows Support for Supreme Court Tenure Limits, Split Over Adding Justices. truthout.org A majority of Americans want to do away with lifetime appointments for Supreme Court justices, according to new polling data. The poll results are an indication that the public is open to reforming the highest court in the U.S. |

Staff (2021-04-19). Staten Island Amazon Workers Begin Union Drive, Drawing Lessons From Bessemer. truthout.org In some ways, Amazon workers' more than Now, as the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU…

Calla Randall (2021-04-19). The Weekly Round-Up: are immigrants and asylum seekers getting their day in court? ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: The rights of immigrants and asylum seekers have been at the forefront of the news this week, with the Home Secretary coming under fire both in the courts and in the political arena. On Wednesday, a landmark court ruling held Ms Patel accountable for failures properly to investigate deaths among asylum seekers at detention …

Rosalind English (2021-04-19). Latest Law Pod UK episode: 100 days since UK's withdrawal from the EU — a review. ukhumanrightsblog.com In her latest episode of 2903cb, Professor Catherine Barnard looks back on the past 100+ days since the UK withdrew from the EU. The dire forecasts of chaos at our borders have not been realised, and the doomsayers of Brexit have probably got it wrong. The Covid effect has obviously been dramatic. The economy is …

RT (2021-04-19). 'I'd love to see her resign': Detroit police chief blasts Rashida Tlaib's 'anti-police rhetoric'. rt.com Detroit Police Chief James Craig has blasted Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Michigan) for calling policing "inherently and intentionally racist," saying he hopes the lawmaker resigns. | "She's reckless," Craig told Fox 2 Detroit about Tlaib. "I'd love to see her resign. I'd throw her a goodbye party." | In the wake of the death of Daunte Wright after a traffic stop in Minnesota, Tlaib, a member of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 'Squad,' called for an end to "policing, incarceration, and militarization." She also called policing "inherently and intentionally racist." | It wasn't an accident. Policing in our country is inher…

RT (2021-04-19). Texas police arrest ex-deputy over fatal triple shooting, ending search for suspect. rt.com A former deputy sheriff has been arrested over a triple shooting in Austin, Texas at the weekend, a local police chief has said. Officers had launched a manhunt for the suspected shooter, following Sunday's killings. | Stephen Broderick, 41, was carrying a pistol as he was detained on a rural road in the Austin suburb of Manor early on Monday morning, Manor Police Chief Ryan Phipps said. | Officers had received two phone calls about a possible sighting of Broderick, who has now been taken to Travis County jail. | Three people were confirmed dead in a shooting in the Arboretum area of northwest Austin on Sunday…

RT (2021-04-19). Biden shuts migrant center for underage girls two weeks after opening, amid reports of 'unbearable' conditions. rt.com Joe Biden's administration has closed a migrant shelter located at a warehouse in Houston housing hundreds of unaccompanied underage girls, after media reported conditions there were "unbearable." | The Houston area shelter operated by the National Association of Christian Churches (NACC) saw a flurry of activity over the weekend as buses arrived and departed to transfer some 500 young girls living there elsewhere, video shot by ABC News showed. | Nearly 130 of the girls were expected to be handed over to the care of a sponsor, while others were set to be transferred to different facilities or reunited with re…

RT (2021-04-19). Capitol Police officer media claimed was 'killed' in January 6 riot died of NATURAL CAUSES, says medical examiner. rt.com Officer Brian Sicknick of the US Capitol Police died after suffering two strokes, but there was no evidence of internal or external injuries from the January 6 unrest, the Washington, DC medical examiner has finally revealed. | Sicknick, 42, died after suffering two strokes at the base of the brain stem caused by a clot in an artery, medical examiner Francisco J. Diaz said on Monday. The autopsy found no evidence of internal or external injuries, or an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, Diaz added. | pic.twitter.com/cbWXT2PTkG— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) RT (2021-04-19). Utah ABC affiliate doxes paramedic & sends crew to his house, after hack reveals he donated $10 to a Kyle Rittenhouse defense fund. rt.com A Utah paramedic who donated $10 to a legal defense fund for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen who shot three Wisconsin rioters, allegedly in self-defense, has been outed as some kind of villain by Salt Lake City's ABC TV affiliate. | ABC4 reporter Jason Nguyen came up with his "scoop" after the Guardian newspaper included the name of West Valley City, Utah paramedic Craig Shepherd in a Friday article about police officers and other government employees who made donations to fundraisers for "accused vigilante murderers, far-right activists and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans." | The Guardian dug t…

RT (2021-04-19). Two killed in 'driverless' Tesla, possibly using 'Autopilot' feature, as Elon Musk touts company's safety record. rt.com In another potential 'Autopilot'-related accident, two people were killed in a fiery crash in Texas with no-one in the driver's seat of the Tesla vehicle — on the same day the carmaker touted its vehicle safety record. | The fully-electric 2019 Tesla Model S had sped off the road after failing to make a turn on Saturday. It crashed into a tree north of Houston and burst into flames with the passengers trapped inside. | Local news station KPRC-2 reported that a preliminary police investigation suggested that "no one was driving" at the time of impact. One man was sitting in the front passenger seat and th…

RT (2021-04-19). Cuomo facing NEW probe into alleged use of state resources to write his book on Covid-19 leadership. rt.com New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found himself dealing with yet another public controversy as the state's attorney general is now investigating whether any state resources went into the governor's book. | In a letter made public on Monday, state Comptroller Tim DiNapoli gave permission to state Attorney General Leticia James to investigate the accusations. James' office has not publicly commented on the matter, citing an "ongoing investigation." | DiNapoli asked James to investigate whether Cuomo violated laws that restrict officials from using public resources for personal benefit. Spokespeople for Cuomo have a…

RT (2021-04-19). Michigan Gov. Whitmer, who sought 'grace' when aide vacationed in Florida, blames returning 'snowbirds' for Covid-19 case surge. rt.com Governor Gretchen Whitmer is blaming "snowbirds" returning from winter Florida trips for Michigan's spike in Covid-19 infections, just days after calling for "grace" when a top staffer was caught escaping to the Sunshine State. | "At the end of the day, this is going to come down to whether or not everyone does their part," Whitmer

RT (2021-04-19). Critics, including CNN, attack Chauvin defense for 'reasonable police officer' argument. rt.com The prosecution and defense lawyers have made their closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, with his legal team earning ridicule online for their "reasonable police officer" argument. | Chauvin's trial has gripped the attention of activists in Minnesota, the state where the late George Floyd died in the custody of Chauvin, kicking off Black Lives Matter protests across the country. Tensions have heated up amid the ongoing Chauvin trial and the recent police-shooting death of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, which is near Minneapolis. | In their closing arguments on Monday, Chau…

RT (2021-04-19). 'My Pillow Guy' ramps up crusade against 'election fraud' with new lawsuit against Dominion, launching new social platform. rt.com Trump superfan and pillow-peddling conservative Mike Lindell has launched a new social media platform to coincide with a $1.6 billion lawsuit he's filing against Dominion Voting Systems, which he blames for Trump's election loss. | Lindell launched his social media site FrankSpeech.com on Monday, the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord, the first two engagements of the Revolutionary War in 1775. The website itself was represented as a strike-back against Big Tech's domination of the internet, which has solidified in the last several months as social media booted hundreds of thousands of pro-Tru…

RT (2021-04-19). Pig's head at front porch & bloodied hand statue: Vandals target Derek Chauvin defense witness' old house in California. rt.com A former police officer and defense witness in the George Floyd murder trial of Minneapolis ex-cop Derek Chauvin has been targeted by vandals who left a severed pig's head at the front porch of a house he no longer lives in.

CP Editor (2021-04-19). Bobby Gillespie, Jehnny Beth — Remember We Were Lovers. counterpunch.org

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). The UK Sends Two Warships To Black Sea, As Russia Sends Dozens For Military Exercise. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 17, detachment of ships of the Russian Caspian Fleet passed under the Crimean bridge across the Kerch Strait and entered the Black Sea, while earlier it was reported that Russia relocated Su-25SMZ attack aircraft to Crimea. | This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. | It is reported that among the 15 warships of the Caspian Flotilla there are 3 artillery and 8 landing boats, as well as support vessels. | The ships entered the Black Sea allegedly as par…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). Syria To Hold Presidential Elections, "Moderate Opposition" Calls Them "Farce" southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Syria is to hold presidential elections on May 26th, this is the second election to be held since war began. | The announcement was made by the Syrian parliament speaker on April 18th. | Syrians abroad will be "able to vote at embassies" on May 20th, Hammouda Sabbagh said in a statement, adding that prospective candidates could hand in their applications starting from April 19th."I call on Syrians to exercise their right to elect the president," said the Speaker, Hammouda Sabbagh, after parliame…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). The UK Sends Two Warshpis To Black Sea, As Russia Sends Dozens For Military Exercise. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 17, detachment of ships of the Russian Caspian Fleet passed under the Crimean bridge across the Kerch Strait and entered the Black Sea, while earlier it was reported that Russia relocated Su-25SMZ attack aircraft to Crimea. | This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. | It is reported that among the 15 warships of the Caspian Flotilla there are 3 artillery and 8 landing boats, as well as support vessels. | The ships entered the Black Sea allegedly as par…

Anonymous765 (2021-04-19). Big Bad SouthFront Is Once Again Threatening The Leadership Of The World's Sole Superpower. southfront.org | | |

Anonymous103 (2021-04-19). Did The US Just Try To Murder Lukashenko? Open Thread By The Saker. southfront.org Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Belarus' counterpart Alexander Lukashenko walk in as they attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / SERGEI KARPUKHIN (Photo credit should read SERGEI KARPUKHIN/AFP/Getty Images) | On April 17, President Likashenko accused the US leadership of preparing a coup in Belarus and his assassination. After that, the situation has rapidly evolved. We may recommend you to join the open thread Did the US just try to mur…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-19). In Video: Saudi Arabia Used TOS-1A "Solntsepyok" Against Houthis. southfront.org TOS-1A "Solntsepyok" | Saudi Arabia used the heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A "Solntsepyok" during operation against the Houthis (as Ansar Allah is known). The leaked photo and video reportedly show the use of TOS-1A in the south of Saudi province of Najran. No casualties have been reported yet as a result of the shelling. Ansar Allah has not commented on the issue yet. | The TOS-1A Solntsepek is a 24-barrel rocket launch (MBRL) system designed and developed by the Russian company — Omsk Transmash D…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-19). Biden Blames Russia For The Exact Same "Interference" That US Corporate Media Is Guilty Of. southfront.org Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images | Although obviously not an avid reader or fan of Southfront, Michael Tracey's concise post of April 16th very clearly captures the irony and hypocrisy of the latest round of sanctions announced by the Biden administration. The allegations of "influencing" or "interfering" in the U.S election process that undermined the public's trust in the process was actually carried out on a daily basis by right-leaning corporate media such as Fox News or Newmax. Not to mention corporate media's total censorship of the New York Post's story on the infamous Hunter Biden laptop. Why were…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). The UK Sends Two Warshpis To Black Sea, As Russia Sends 15 For Military Exercise. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | A detachment of ships of the Russian Caspian Fleet passed under the Crimean bridge across the Kerch Strait and entered the Black Sea, while earlier it was reported that Russia relocated Su-25SMZ attack aircraft to Crimea. | This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. | It is reported that among the 15 warships of the Caspian Flotilla there are 3 artillery and 8 landing boats, as well as support vessels. | The ships entered the Black Sea allegedly as part of a cont…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). Military Situation In Yemen On April 19, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 157 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 18, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 18, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Haradh area | On April 18, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Madghal area | On April 19, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces c…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). Boris Johnson To Reveal New Foreign Registration Scheme Targeting Russian And Chinese "Spies" southfront.org Click to see full-size image | UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to use the Queen's Speech on May 11th to reveal a new foreign registration scheme for Great Britain. | Essentially, Britain plans to force those working for foreign governments to sign a central register in a bid to counter hostile spy activity, the UK's Home Office has confirmed."Foreign spies operating in Britain face being prosecuted and deported under new laws to protect the nation from hostile states such as China and Russia. Boris Johnson will us…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). Military Situation In Syria On April 19, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 19, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 33 times: 15 — in Idlib province, 12 — in Latakia province, 5 — in Hama province, 1 in Aleppo province | On April 18, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positions near Ain Issa | On April 18, US forces conducted a military patrol in the vicinity of the city of al-Malikiyah | On April 18, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). Military Situation In Donetsk People's Republic On April 19, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The UAF shelled the village of Veseloe with 82-mm artillery and grenade launchers | The UAF targeted the village of Novolaspa with grenade launchers | The UAF shelled the village of Sakhanka with 120-mm artillery | UAF forces positioned in the village of Vodyanoe shelled the village of Leninsky with 20 grenades from a launcher | The UAF shelled DPR positions in Gorlovka with 120-mm artillery | DPR forces targeted UAF positions in the village of Vodyanoe with 120…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). Unending Chaos In The Sahel: Terrorist Attack Leaves 19 Civilians Dead In Niger. southfront.org At least 19 civilians were killed in a terrorist attack on a village in west Niger, near the border with Mali. | The governor of Tillaberi region said dozens of heavily armed attackers on motorbikes stormed the village of Gaigorou on the evening of April 17th. | Governor Ibrahim Tidjani Katiella told DPA news agency the attackers, who likely came from Mali, surrounded the village and then started killing the inhabitants. | A municipal official from Dessa confirmed that 19 people were killed and two others wounded in the attack. | He told AFP news agency that the assailants initially attacked people at a funera…

WSWS (2021-04-19). Left Voice on the RWDSU debacle at Amazon: A lawyers' brief for union executives. wsws.org The rejection of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) by Amazon workers at the Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse has been followed by pathetic excuse-making.

John Buell (2021-04-19). For Workers struggling to Unionize at Amazon, it is a Matter of Life and Death. juancole.com Southwest Harbor, Maine (Special to Informed Comment) — That unions lost the battle to organize Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama plant should and did come as no surprise. The workers were up against one of the world's most affluent and powerful corporations. Yet despite the 2 to 1 loss, the organization effort did help to reveal Amazon's …

Guido Vassallo (2021-04-19). La brecha entre el mundo de fantasía de Amazon y su realidad laboral. globalizacion.ca El gigante del comercio electrónico volvió al centro de la escena por sus prácticas monopólicas, denunciadas el jueves pasado por la Cámara Baja, y por sus ritmos acelerados de producción que hasta impiden que sus empleados vayan al baño. | No…

Joshua Brewer (2021-04-19). Inside the Alabama Amazon Union Drive. zcomm.org Interview with BAmazon campaign's lead organizer…

John Nichols (2021-04-19). Representative Mark Pocan on Amazon and 'the Arrogance of Corporations That Get Too Big'. thenation.com Representative Mark Pocan on Amazon and 'the Arrogance of Corporations That Get Too Big'

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-04-19). Union Files 23 Objections Against Amazon for Illegal and 'Despicable' Conduct in Bessemer Election. commondreams.org "Amazon has left no stone unturned in its efforts to gaslight its own employees. We won't let Amazon's lies, deception, and illegal activities go unchallenged." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2021-04-19). $35,000 raised in FRSO fundraising drive, more on way. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — Freedom Road Socialist Organization's (FRSO) Spring Fundraising drive hit another milestone April 18, as $35,000 has been raised and more is pledged. | In the context of the growing struggle that is now taking place across the U.S., and a rapidly rising membership, FRSO has set the goal of raising $100,000 to establish a national office. | Mick Kelly, a member of FRSO's national leadership and editor of Fight Back! stated, "U.S. imperialism is in a period of decline – accelerated decline. The mass movements, especially the fight against police crimes, are gaining in strength. We are poised…

Dan Cohen (2021-04-19). Xinjiang Native Speaks Out: "Western Media Jeopardizing Uyghurs Interests" mintpressnews.com Dan Cohen speaks with Gordon Gao, an ethnic minority and native of Xinjiang native on the realities of life in Xinjiang, Western media coverage and US-China tensions.

Staff (2021-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2021. democracynow.org Police Brutalize Protesters in Minneapolis as Chauvin Trial Moves Toward Verdict, Protests Continue in Chicago over Police Killing of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo, Florida Poised to Pass "Anti-Riot" Bill, Criminalizing Dissent & Blocking Cuts to Police Budgets, Four of the Indianapolis Mass Shooting Victims Were from Sikh Community; Gunman Bought Arms Legally, Mass Shootings in Texas, Wisconsin Claim at Least 6 Lives in One Day, Globe Tops 3 Million COVID Deaths as India and Brazil Struggle to Contain Devastating Surges, CDC to Issue Guidance for J&J Vaccine After Pause over Blood Clot Reports, Alexei Navalny Transfer…

Michael Slager (2021-04-19). The Real Trauma at the Border: Hundreds of Trump's Separated Children Still can't Find their Families. juancole.com Chicago (Special to Informed Comment) — Media outlets consistently describe flight from Central America and Mexico as a "crisis," suggesting that migrants' proximity to our national space is a problem for us, not for them. Fleeing from violence back home and enduring possible assault on their journey here are often construed as threats to the …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-19). UN Chief Warns World on 'Verge of the Abyss' as WMO Releases Climate Report. commondreams.org The warning came alongside the release of the World Meteorological Organization's State of the Global Climate in 2020, which said it was one of the three warmest years on record. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat (2021-04-19). How profits are maximized at the expense of workers' lives in South Africa. peoplesdispatch.org "I am angry. We should be fighting against economic exploitation but instead we are fighting for basic things like health and safety," declared a worker participating in a recent shop steward induction workshop organized by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). Pan Africanism Today spoke to Vuyolwethu Toli, Numsa Education Officer at Jack Charles Bezuidenhout (JC Bez) Region, about the ongoing struggles and deficiencies of occupational health and safety practices in South African workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. | Pan Africanism Today: What are the most common occupational health pr…

WSWS (2021-04-19). India hit by tsunami of COVID-19 infections as daily new cases surpass 250,000. wsws.org The surge in infections is a direct result of the Modi government's policy of reopening the economy to boost corporate profits and its deliberate downplaying of the pandemic threat.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Canada's governments refuse to protect workers' lives as pandemic's third wave surges. wsws.org By prioritizing corporate profits over workers' lives, the federal Liberal and Ontario Conservative governments are ensuring that the virus and its new and more lethal variants will continue to run rampant.

Subodh Varma (2021-04-19). Modi government vs COVID-19: A shambolic fight. peoplesdispatch.org About one and a half months ago, 0n March 1, 2021, India recorded 12,286 new COVID-19 cases. On April 16, the new cases number touched 234,000. That's a nearly 20-fold jump in six weeks. Nothing can sum up the ferocity of this second wave of the pandemic. Daily new cases are more than twice the peak in September last year. [See chart below, based on | The total number of deaths has crossed 175,000 since the pandemi…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-19). Syria to hold presidential elections in May. peoplesdispatch.org The elections will be held on May 26 amid a deteriorating economic situation, badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union and the decade of war in the country…

WSWS (2021-04-19). Workers and students in Germany organize successful online meeting to oppose government policy of herd immunity. wsws.org The Rank-and-File Committee for Safe Education and the Rank-and-File Committee for Safe Workplaces held a joint meeting to organize resistance against the pandemic policy of the ruling elite.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Three million dead from the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org From the beginning of the pandemic, a rational and scientific response has been blocked by the prioritization of personal wealth over social need and the subordination of the necessary global response to national geopolitics.

Sharlee DiMenichi (2021-04-19). Biden Must Address the Public School Mental Health Crisis Right Now. progressive.org The pandemic has been especially traumatic for students and, to make matters worse, school counselors that could help are in short supply.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Scrapping of the ambulance car in Dorset as NHS services slashed across UK. wsws.org The privatization of the National Health Service (NHS) and slashing of vitally needed health provision has leapt during the pandemic as the Conservative government, using emergency coronavirus legislative powers, dispensed with nominal consultative processes, competitive tendering and public scrutiny.

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.

news.un (2021-04-19). World on the verge of climate 'abyss', as temperature rise continues: UN chief. news.un.org The Earth's temperature continues to rise unabated, with 2020 being one of the three warmest years on record, as extreme weather events combine with the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting millions.

South Asia Monitor (2021-04-19). Russia Holds The Key To India's Eurasian Policy — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Lt Gen (Dr) Yash Malhotra (retd)* | A recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post (13 March 2021), written jointly by the Quad leaders, President Joe Biden of the US, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison and Yashihide Suga of India, Australia and Japan respectively, morphs the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD or the Quad) to a "Quad Framework" hailed by Modi as a "force for global good". | It inter alia includes climate change, critical and new technologies, and handling of Covid-19 pandemic, while remaining committed to: "…. a shared vision for an Indo-Pacific Region that is free, open, resili…

Gateway House (2021-04-19). The 1918 Flu: India's Worst Pandemic — Analysis. eurasiareview.com The 20th century's worst pandemic — Spanish Flu — erupted in March 1918 in Camp Funston (Kansas, U.S.) during the Great War. Much like Covid-19 it spread globally at an astonishing pace. Its Second Autumnal Wave took about 30 million lives in four months, half of those in India. It's sheer virulence and high mortality makes this virus the correct analogy for Covid-19: | By Sifra Lentin* | Death arrived in many forms in 1918. India was laid low by famines made worse by First World War requisitions of food grains from the Subcontinent, endemic cholera, typhoid and small-pox outbreaks, miasmic…

Stan Cox (2021-04-19). Earth Abuse and the Next Pandemic. commondreams.org Escaping ecological catastrophe and reducing the frequency of pandemics that might be lurking in the decades ahead is well within our capability, but it will require assiduous respect for ecological limits and great restraint in our interactions with nature. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Derrick Z. Jackson (2021-04-19). Structural Racism Continues to Beset Pandemic Response. commondreams.org All across the nation, online signups for shots have been far easier for white-collar families with fast computers and high-speed Internet. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Wuhan builds pandemic treatment center. ecns.cn A provincial-level pandemic treatment center is being built at a hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city hardest hit by COVID-19, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year, the president of the hospital said.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-04-19). U.S. Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard. counterpunch.org An Afghan taxi-driver in Vancouver told one of us a decade ago that this day would come. "We defeated the Persian Empire in the eighteenth century, the British in the nineteenth, the Soviets in the twentieth. Now, with NATO, we're fighting twenty-eight countries, but we'll defeat them, too," said the taxi-driver, surely not a member

Prof. Juan Cole (2021-04-19). New Wind and Solar Up 50% Globally in 2020, as China Beats US by Over 4 to 1. globalresearch.ca The new report on 2020 by the

Juan Cole (2021-04-19). We Could Have Greened Half the US Electrical Grid With $2.26 Wasted on Afghan War. commondreams.org Much of the money spent in Afghanistan was wasted and disappeared into a fog of corruption. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2021-04-19). 'A Slap to WHO': Scientists Demonstrate 'Strong and Consistent' Evidence of Airborne Coronavirus Transmission (The Lancet). orinocotribune.com Although other mechanisms of transmission "may also contribute," the team suggests that airborne transmission is dominant and urges healthcare authorities to act accordingly and "without further delay." | There is "strong and consistent" evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is predominantly airborne, so public health authorities must act accordingly and "without further delay," warns a new article by an international group of scientists published in Although other routes of contagion "may…

WSWS (2021-04-19). Sà£o Paulo reopens schools, eases restrictions amid mass COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The Sà£o Paulo government has relied on the complicity of the state teachers' union, APEOESP, which has refused to call a strike against school reopenings.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Two BNSF workers died this month due to COVID-19 and work accident. wsws.org The railroad companies have been pushing for cost-cutting measures, including one-person crews and the lengthening of train lengths to up to three miles, in order to deal with port congestion on the Pacific Coast in response to record delays.

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-04-19). CDC Violated Law to Inflate COVID Cases and Fatalities. globalresearch.ca In this interview, Dr. Henry Ealy, ND, BCHN, better known as …

WSWS (2021-04-19). Chicago Public Schools, teachers union reopen high schools in spite of growth of deadly new COVID-19 variant. wsws.org The outcome of the vote reflects teachers' knowledge that the CTU, which rammed through the reopening of elementary and middle schools last February, will do nothing to organize a struggle.

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-04-19). 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 (2021-04-19). 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."

Talanna (2021-04-19). Climate Crisis, Freighter Stuck in Suez Canal, & Species Wounding. indybay.org How Climate Crisis is overlooked when it's an important part of headline stories like a Stuck Freighter in Suez Canal & Covid-19 Virus news.

Iván Restrepo (2021-04-19). Día de la Tierra: Nada para festejar. globalizacion.ca Los encabezados de los principales diarios del país y el inicio de los noticieros de la televisión son en su mayoría negativos: el Covid-19, la corrupción, los problemas económicos que aquejan a millones y un ambiente político que destaca por…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-04-19). Will Vaccinated People be More Vulnerable to Variants? globalresearch.ca As soon as vaccine companies announced they were developing a COVID-19 …

Andrea Mazzarino (2021-04-19). The Pentagon Is Not Taking Covid Seriously Enough. thenation.com The Pentagon Is Not Taking Covid Seriously Enough…

Subrata Majumder (2021-04-19). US Investment Rises In India Despite COVID-19, While Japan Sees Decrease: Digital Transformation Paved The Way — Analysis. eurasiareview.com While American investors were upbeat in India, despite Covid 19 ravaging the economy, Japanese investors slipped into coma. Both are among the five top foreign investors in India. While US investment in India surged by 297.2 percent in 2020 over the preceding year, Japanese investment fell by 59.4 percent during the same period. In 2019, investment from the USA and Japan were neck-to-neck, with a marginal increase of USA investment over that of Japan. | The truth behind the paradox is the USA's challenge to bid India's new age economy, driven by the digital economy. India announced 1 trillion of economic value…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-04-19). Global Covid Cases Soar to 'Absolutely Staggering' Weekly Record Amid Vaccine Apartheid. commondreams.org "Unless we vaccinate all nations, there is a huge risk that the protection offered by vaccines will be shattered by fresh mutations." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Over 192 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 192.13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Sunday, the National Health Commission said Monday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Taiwan people get access to vaccine in Guangdong. ecns.cn Guangdong province, with its many Taiwan compatriots, is offering those from the island the same treatment as their counterparts on the Chinese mainland when it comes to vaccination against COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Asian economies should brace for opportunities and handle deficits: Boao annual reports. ecns.cn Despite being hard hit by COVID-19, Asia's economies have recovered well compared to the rest of the world. However there remain challenges in maintaining sustainable development, according to two reports released by the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). 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…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). China in action to make COVID-19 vaccines global public good. ecns.cn Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said Friday that China is fulfilling its solemn commitment to make COVID-19 vaccines a global public good with practical actions.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). 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.

Robert S. Becker (2021-04-19). Hypocrite of the age prize to McConnell: 'Biden's commission will 'politicize' the Supreme Court'. nationofchange.org McConnell didn't just politicize the selection of justices—he corrupted the entire selection process for our highest court.

Ana Ionova (2021-04-19). Brazilian Cerrado Savanna: Wildcat Miners Descend on Indigenous Reserve. globalresearch.ca In a remote corner of Brazil's Roraima state, a makeshift mining …

_____ (2021-04-19). NATO Looks Even Weaker After Afghanistan and Ukraine Stunts by West. strategic-culture.org Just like the entirely disingenuous reasons for invading Afghanistan in 2001, we should assume that there are other motives at play with the bold Ukraine move, Martin Jay writes. | For many, the decision by Joe Biden to hasten the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan will be a welcome one. Plenty of Americans will argue that if the U.S. can't win the war against the Taliban, then any other role is futile and risks lives unnecessarily. Some military buffs might even argue that the U.S.-led campaign there (more or less a NATO-led one with a few non-NATO members thrown in the mix) makes NATO look less effectiv…

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-19). Xinjiang Must Unite, Not Divide, China and Turkey. globalresearch.ca A controversy occurred earlier this month after two Turkish opposition politicians …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-19). Opinion poll suggests Pedro Castillo's victory in the upcoming Peruvian elections. peoplesdispatch.org According to the opinion poll conducted by Ipsos Peru, Pedro Castillo is leading the voting intention with 42% of the votes, while his rival Keiko Fujimori follows him with 31% of the votes…

Andrew Emett (2021-04-19). Police officer placed on leave after fracturing elderly woman's arm. nationofchange.org "Anytime there's a complaint against law enforcement, there's always a real possibility of trust—losing public trust."

Uriel Araujo (2021-04-19). Violent Conflict Between Loyalists and Republicans Could Make a Comeback in Ireland. globalresearch.ca From April 2 (Good Friday) to April 10, there were nonstop …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-04-19). Daunte Wright's Killing Makes the Case for Shrinking Police Budgets. counterpunch.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

John Clamp (2021-04-19). Libya: What a Khazi. counterpunch.org Just in case they're short on historical examples of Western perfidy, the leaders of 'rogue states' around the world need remember just one name when they're courted by the 'civilized' West: Gaddafi. The deceased Libyan ruler's downfall has been an axiomatic argument against making concessions ever since. The lawless Libyan mess has turned into a

Abdul Rahman (2021-04-19). Hopes for revival of nuclear deal rise despite provocations against Iran. peoplesdispatch.org Despite provocations such as the attack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility on April 11, the discussions to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the nuclear deal continue through the mechanism of the joint commission…

WSWS (2021-04-19). Biden and Suga ramp up confrontation with China over Taiwan. wsws.org The Biden administration is deliberately raising tensions with China over Taiwan—potentially the most dangerous flashpoint for war in Asia.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Hospitals in Germany on the brink of collapse. wsws.org Although coronavirus infections are rising dramatically and scientists and doctors are urgently warning of an overload of the health system, the federal and state governments continue their unscrupulous profits-before-lives policy.

Fight Back (2021-04-19). Milwaukee Alliance campaigns to rename Lindbergh Park after Lucille Berrien. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – Members of the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (MAARPR) have been canvassing over the past month in the Arlington Heights neighborhood in an effort to change the name of Lindbergh Park to Lucille Berrien Park. From the start, the campaign has shown large support from the community. The residents of this neighborhood have displayed attachment to the park as many families have spent their entire lives in the area. | Many people are shocked when they learn about Lindbergh's fascist past and are eager to sign petitions demanding the park be renamed. The name change will be…

Iroel Sánchez (2021-04-19). Angelito y el privilegio de estar en combate junto a Fidel. globalizacion.ca Angelito es de esas personas que suelen pasar inadvertidas, jamás lo he oído levantar la voz, trabaja para que se escuchen otras voces. Por eso me sorprendí cuando un 19 de abril vi a Angelito, como todos lo llaman, subir…

WSWS (2021-04-19). Chicago police crackdown on protests over police murder of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. wsws.org In scenes reminiscent of the protests that unfolded across the US in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd last summer, police were caught on video brutally attacking peaceful protesters at a rally Friday night.

Center For Biological Diversity (2021-04-19). New Study: Undisclosed Inert Ingredients in Some Popular Roundup Products Found to be Highly Toxic to Bumblebees. globalresearch.ca Popular herbicide products widely available at hardware and garden stores contain …

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2021-04-19). AK-47. Kalashnikov: The Amateur Inventor Who Shot to Global Fame. globalresearch.ca AK-47: Kalashnikov (2020) is a biographical film about Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov…

WSWS (2021-04-19). Workers at Continental in Hesse, Germany carry out 24-hour strike. wsws.org Continental intends to wipe out 30,000 jobs worldwide and close a series of factories, part of a plan for saving €1 billion by 2023.

Bill Sardi (2021-04-19). Cyber Polygon, the WEF's Cyber Warfare Game: Simulation of Cyber Attack on the Supply Chain and Global Economic System. globalresearch.ca Click …

Patrick Martin (2021-04-19). The US War in Afghanistan: A Historic Crime. globalresearch.ca US President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday that the American military …

WSWS (2021-04-19). Australia intensifies military preparations for US-China conflict over Taiwan. wsws.org The plans would place Australia on the front line of a US drive to reassert Washington's global hegemony that is increasingly focused on the key island of Taiwan near the Chinese mainland.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-19). Norway: 40,000 troops in Arctic to train for "larger global conflict involving Russia in the North-Atlantic" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Norway: 40,000 troops in Arctic to train for "larger global conflict involving Russia in the North-Atlantic"Rick Rozoff The Barents Observer reports that next year's Cold Response war games in northern Norway will include the participation of 40,000 troops. The biennial exercise has been conducted since 2006 when 10,000 military personnel were involved. The last iteration …

Beth Baisch (2021-04-19). Plot Twist: Toronto Police Make No Arrests, Allow Anti-lockdown Protest to Proceed One Day after Doug Ford's Restrictive Lockdown Measures. globalresearch.ca Protestors once again gathered at Queen's Park in Toronto to speak …

WSWS (2021-04-19). Chicago police crack down on protests over police murder of 13-year-old Adam Toledo. wsws.org In scenes reminiscent of the protests that unfolded across the US in the wake of the police murder of George Floyd last summer, police were caught on video brutally attacking peaceful protesters at a rally Friday night.

Brian Kalman (2021-04-19). Eastern Ukraine and the Balance of Power in the Black Sea. globalresearch.ca The current deterioration of any hopes of a lasting "ceasefire" in …

Emir Sader (2021-04-19). La derecha brasileña ha fracasado. globalizacion.ca La derecha brasileña siempre ha controlado el poder en Brasil, desde que comenzó a imponerse a los pueblos indígenas, a oprimirlos y explotar sus riquezas. Lo hizo utilizando el fenómeno más monstruoso de la historia mundial, la esclavitud que, junto…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-19). México — La gran paradoja, el otro gran peligro. globalizacion.ca Todas las publicaciones oficiales que produce mensual o trimestralmente la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público reportan que el monto de la deuda externa mexicana en los últimos 28 meses ha aumentado en un billón setecientos mil millones de pesos….

Fight Back (2021-04-19). Climate justice rally marks Earth Day at MN State Capitol. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – Over 200 people gathered at the Minnesota State Capitol grounds, April 17, to demand climate justice from the Walz and Biden governments. The event was organized by the Climate Justice Committee of Minnesota. | The native dance group Kalpulli KetzalCoatlicue opened the rally with a performance punctuated by a brief address from member Susana De León, expressing gratitude for us all being able to experience "a day with sun, a day with wind, a day with fire, a day with water," all essential elements of life, she remarked, that future generations may not live to enjoy if we don't care and fight t…

Aaron Cynic (2021-04-19). Thousands flood the streets of Chicago to protest the killing of Adam Toledo. nationofchange.org "This is state violence. We say again to the police, you are not judge, jury, and executioner. Adam Toledo, a 13 year-old boy, he should still be alive."

Richard Rhames (2021-04-19). Ruralist Lament: Afghanistan, 20 Years On. counterpunch.org It had been dry for a while and I was priming the irrigation pump. My wife made an unscheduled visit to the pond that cloudless September day. She had news. "All hell's breaking loose," she said. A jet plane had apparently flown into a big New York City building on purpose. Though most of the

WSWS (2021-04-19). This week in history: April 19-25. wsws.org 25 years ago: Stalinist-led coalition in ItalyOn April 21, 1996, general elections in Italy brought the rebranded Italian Stalinists into government for the first time in nearly 50 years. Reflecting the confidence which big business placed in…

Newsclick (2021-04-19). DNA from cave dirt now tells us how ancient humans lived. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick editor-in-chief Prabir Purkayastha talks about how researchers were able to unearth Neanderthal DNA by excavating cave floors. This will greatly expand the possibility of finding nuclear DNA which until now was only available from bones and teeth. Thumbnail Image Credit — Javier Trueba/Madrid Scientific Films…

Shawgi Tell (2021-04-19). Inflated Charter School Waitlists. dissidentvoice.org With great frequency, promoters of privately-operated non-profit and for-profit charter schools like to claim that charter schools are so great that they have very long lists of students waiting to get into them. They use such claims and "data" to argue that more charter schools are needed and that more public money should be spent …

arcgis (2021-04-19). Opium Poppy Production in Afghanistan. Multibillion Drug Trade. Big Money for Opioids. globalresearch.ca "Afghanistan is the source of more than 90% of world's opium …

WSWS (2021-04-19). 2,900 Volvo Truck workers walk out in Virginia, joining ongoing strikes by coal miners, steelworkers, nurses. wsws.org The strikes at Volvo and other industrial locations express a growing determination by workers to secure safe working conditions and reverse years of eroding pay and benefits.

Bill Sardi (2021-04-19). Cyber Polygon, the WEF's Cyber Warfare Game: Simulation of Cyber Attack on the Supply Chain and Global Economic S ystem. globalresearch.ca Click …

WSWS (2021-04-19). France joins "Asian Quad" Indian Ocean naval drills, threatening China. wsws.org These drills highlight mounting war tensions as the Biden administration takes office and calls on the European Union (EU) to support it against China.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-19). Pentagon adds Africa to global battleground with China and Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Pentagon adds Africa to global battleground with China and RussiaRick Rozoff General Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, are scheduled to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 22. The testimony, both open and closed, will address the proposed 2022 National Defense …

Egon von Greyerz (2021-04-19). The $2.3 Quadrillion Global Timebomb. globalresearch.ca Credit Suisse is hours from collapse and the consequences could be …

WSWS (2021-04-19). Norfolk, Virginia special education teacher describes in-person teaching conditions. wsws.org The WSWS spoke with a Norfolk Special Education teacher about conditions at her elementary school, which reopened last month.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Columbia graduate workers: Reject UAW concessions and Columbia's "final offer"! wsws.org On Sunday, the university declared that its new proposal, negotiated through a "neutral" third party mediator, was a "last and final offer."

Tom Engelhardt (2021-04-19). Tomgram: Steiner, Riazi, and Freeman, A Message from the Saudi Lobby. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Some things just never seem to end. What came to mind was the way in which, during administration after administration, the Saudis and other foreign powers have poured money into Washington to ensure that their governments and their …

Melissa Ryan (2021-04-19). Screen Shot 2021-04-19 at 2.34.02 PM.png. progressive.org State and local Republican parties have been taken over by white supremacists, conspiracy mongers, and insurrectionists.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Natural Light from Hungary: What war and barbarism do to a human face. wsws.org Natural Light (Természetes fény) is an anti-war film of a special kind. It is set in the Second World War but has a more universal significance.

Fight Back (2021-04-19). Large protest at U of MN demands justice for Daunte Wright. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the Black Student Union held a protest on the University of Minnesota campus, April 17, to demand justice for Daunte Wright, to call for community control of the campus police (UMPD), and to speak out against the recent deployment of the UMPD to brutalize protesters in Brooklyn Center. About 1000 students were in attendance, marking the largest on-campus demonstration in recent history. Speakers included students and community members who have experienced brutality at the hands of the National Guard this week while out in the streets demanding justice…

Fight Back (2021-04-19). Protest demands murder charges for killer cop Kim Potter at home of DA. fightbacknews.org Stillwater, MN — On April 17, a caravan of 200 protesters descended on the Twin Cities suburb of Stillwater to protest in front of Pete Orput's home. Orput is the Washington County Attorney who decided what charges to bring on Officer Kim Potter, who killed Daunte Wright on April 11. | As protesters gathered in front of Orput's home, several people held a big banner reading, "We demand murder charges for killer cop, Kimberly Porter." Others stood in solidarity for Daunte Wright holding signs like "Justice for Daunte Wright," "Bring murder charges against Kim Potter" and "Justice for #Daunte Wright." | Jayla…

Fight Back (2021-04-19). Chicago: Thousands demand justice for Adam Toledo. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – More than 5000 people took to the streets, April 16, in response to the police murder of Adam Toledo. As demonstrators approached the home of Mayor Lightfoot, Chicago police formed a line in the street. More protests are expected, and support for community control of the police is growing.

Fight Back (2021-04-19). Vigil held in Tallahassee, FL for victims of Atlanta shooting. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On April 17, around 50 people from the Tallahassee community gathered at the Florida State University's HCB Building to commemorate the eight victims from the recent Atlanta shooting and speak out on Asian American oppression. | The Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC), along with various other local Asian American organizations such as InterVarsity, FSU's Asian American Student Union, Asian Coalition of Tallahassee, and FSU's Filipino Student Association spoke out at the event. | Co-organizer Tina Lu, representing InterVarsity, stated "we wanted to organize this event so that Asian Ame…

Meg Wilcox (2021-04-19). Pesticide DDT Linked to Increased Breast Cancer Risk Generations after Exposure. globalresearch.ca A woman's exposure to the pesticide DDT during pregnancy can increase …

Mirko C. Trudeau (2021-04-19). Biden reflota la Guerra Fría. globalizacion.ca Rusia responde con expulsiones a las sanciones de EE.UU. Rusia y Estados Unidos reviven una vez más los ecos de la Guerra Fría. El gobierno de Vladimir Putin anunció medidas de "reciprocidad" contra Estados Unidos: expulsó a diez diplomáticos estadounidenses…

Richard C. Gross (2021-04-19). Have Republicans Finally Gone Too Far, Even for Corporate America? counterpunch.org Not only the Democrats, but corporate America is getting fed up with rightwing Republicans, exposing a crack in the longtime relationship between the GOP and the business world over companies opposing restricting minorities from voting. Donald Trump, who led the way championing physical limits on voting with his repeated lies about a "rigged" and fraudulent

Nicholas Espíritu (2021-04-19). Democratic bill attempts to undo voter restrictions of past 15 years. nationofchange.org Congress is now considering legislation to address many of these problems.

Fight Back (2021-04-19). Minneapolis: Major protest set for closing arguments in case of killer cop Chauvin. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A coalition of 20-plus Twin Cities organizations plan to protest on Monday, April 19 at 5 p.m. outside the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis, with a call for justice for George Floyd and conviction of Derek Chauvin. April 19 is when closing arguments and as jury deliberations begin. | The evening protest will include speakers with analysis of the day's and week's events. There will be a march – no matter how many streets the city tries to close off. | "We will assert our First Amendment rights," say protest organizers. | The coalition demands are as follows:
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Dave DeCamp (2021-04-19). Iran Says It Welcomes Dialogue With Saudis After Reports of Secret Talks. news.antiwar.com On Monday, "We have seen media reports about talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, although the reports sometimes had contradictory quotes," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a press conference. | "What is important is that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always welcomed dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and consi…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-19). Pentagon Adds Africa to Global Battleground With China and Russia. news.antiwar.com General Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, are scheduled to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 22. The testimony, both open and closed, will address the proposed 2022 National Defense Authorization Act which is reported to include a total of $753 …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-19). Blinken: US Will Be Able to 'Take Action' in Afghanistan After Withdrawal. news.antiwar.com Since President Biden announced his plan to withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11th, US officials have been clear that they want to maintain some sort of presence in the country. "We will have the means to see if there is a resurgence, a reemergence of a terrorist threat from Afghanistan," Blinken said. "We'll…

_____ (2021-04-19). Hidden Russiagate Docs Expose More Misconduct, Evidentiary Holes: Ex-Investigator. strategic-culture.org Exclusive: Kash Patel, a former Russiagate investigator on the House Intel Committee and senior White House official, says US intelligence leaders blocked the release of documents that expose more malpractice and critical evidentiary holes in their claims of sweeping "Russian interference." Patel also singles out the FBI's "outrageous" reliance on Crowdstrike, and the burying of testimony that the firm had no concrete evidence.

_____ (2021-04-19). A Middle East in Motion. strategic-culture.org U.S. sanctions are easily done, but not easily undone — even temporarily. Lifting them completely is institutionally almost impossible. | If we view the Middle East as a complex network system, it is possible to discern a number of dynamics that now are touching on their potential to shift the regional matrix entirely — to put it on a fresh path. | Some of these 'seeds' were sown, a while past: President Putin, in 2007 at Munich, told the largely western audience that the West had taken an adversarial stance toward Russia, challenging it. 'Ok', said Putin: We accept the challenge, and we shall prevail…

Susan Price (2021-04-19). India: What we can learn from the farmers' protests. greenleft.org.au The Indian farmers movement has come to signify a democratic resistance to crony capitalism, communalism and authoritarianism, writes Ruchira Talukdar.

Susan Price (2021-04-19). United States: Biden rules out re-engagement with Cuba, for now. greenleft.org.au President Biden's reluctance to make any immediate changes in US policy toward Cuba is more than anything the result of domestic politics, writes Ian Ellis-Jones.

Pip Hinman (2021-04-19). Judy Mundey: 'The struggles of ordinary people need to be documented'. greenleft.org.au Judy Mundey, the patron of the newly-launched Dare to Struggle Film Festival, gave the following presentation after the screening of a new film about the life and politics of Jack Mundey.

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