2021-04-25: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-25). The COVID-19 Catastrophe in India Keeps Growing. zcomm.org Thirteen months after WHO announced that the world was in the midst of a pandemic, the Indian government looks into the headlights like a transfixed animal, unable to move…

Staff (2021-04-25). Turkey summons US envoy over Biden statement. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — The Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned US ambassador to Turkey in a protest to the US decision in recognizing "Armenian genocide", stating that US president Joe Biden's claims in this regard are 'baseless, worthless'.

PanARMENIAN (2021-04-25). Erdogan, Aliyev Plot Response To Biden's Armenian Genocide Message. eurasiareview.com Turkish and Azerbaijani Presidents Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Ilham Aliyev, spoke over the phone on Saturday, April 24 to discuss "joint steps" a statement from U.S. President Joe Biden recognizing the Armenian Genocide was published by the White House, Izvestia In a statement published on the website of the White House, Biden made good on a campaign promise and became the first American President to use the term "Genocide" on an April 24 Remembrance Day to describe the massacre of 1.5…

US President Joe Biden (2021-04-25). Statement By President Joe Biden On Armenian Remembrance Day. eurasiareview.com Each year on this day, we remember the lives of all those who died in the Ottoman-era Armenian genocide and recommit ourselves to preventing such an atrocity from ever again occurring. Beginning on April 24, 1915, with the arrest of Armenian intellectuals and community leaders in Constantinople by Ottoman authorities, one and a half million Armenians were deported, massacred, or marched to their deaths in a campaign of extermination. We honor the victims of the Meds Yeghern so that the horrors of what happened are never lost to history. And we remember so that we remain ever-vigilant against the corrosive infl…

Zachary Conti (2021-04-25). United Nations Convenes High-Level COVID Response Session for Vulnerable Countries. indybay.org The United Nations convened on COVID response and development needs for vulnerable, small island and landlocked countries.

Brenda Norrell (2021-04-25). 'Financing Border Wars' Corporations violating human rights on Arizona border. indybay.org The new report, "Financing Border Wars," details the push for border walls, drones and biometrics — including iris scans and finger prints — which violate the international human rights of migrants and refugees. The abuse includes tracking surveillance on phones and social media.

Staff (2021-04-25). Venezuela's Arreaza Meets President Luis Arce in Bolivia. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, and President of Bolivia, Luis Arce, held a meeting this Friday, April 23 in the Bolivian capital, La Paz, in order to strengthen the alliance of friendship and cooperation between the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Plurinational State of Bolivia. | The meeting held in the evening hours of Friday was scheduled within the framework of the ceremony "Reunion with Mother Earth," being celebrated in Bolivia since April 22. Through the event, high-level authorities have tried to raise global awareness about the current environmental crisis and to create…

Juan Cole (2021-04-25). Israeli Police injure 12 Palestinians in Continued Iron Fist Crackdown on Jerusalem Ramadan Crowds. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment)- Arab48 reports that Israeli security forces on Saturday night attacked Palestinian worshipers at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem with batons and teargas, leaving 12 Jerusalemites wounded, according to the Palestinian Red Cross. Damascus Gate or Bab al-Amoud in Arabic is the major entrance way to the Old City of Jerusalem, which is …

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-04-25). Almost Everything Biden Said About Ending the Afghanistan War Was a Lie. zcomm.org President Biden left out the most important details about the war and how it will in fact continue…

CP Editor (2021-04-26). James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket. counterpunch.org

David Swanson (2021-04-25). EcoAction, Bovine Feces, and 8 Things to Do. warisacrime.org By David Swanson, World BEYOND War, April 25, 2021 The Earth is dying. President Biden intends to ask various money lenders to put poor countries deeper into debt to help. OK. Better than nothing, right? He also intends to spend $1.2 billion on climate aid to poor countries. Hey, that's awesome, right? Imagine what kind …

T.J. Coles (2021-04-25). A History of the CIA in Congo. counterpunch.org The Belgian colonizers transformed Congo into a slave-state for rubber and ivory. So-called Congo Free State (État indépendant du Congo) existed as a private colony of King Leopold II (1835-1909) until the Belgian government took over in 1908. Belgian rule killed an estimated 10 million people. Post-independence, the country split into what is now the

The Conversation (2021-04-25). Is Global Heating Triggering a Mass Extinction Event in Oceans? Marine life is fleeing the equator to cooler waters. juancole.com By Anthony Richardson, Chhaya Chaudhary, David Schoeman and Mark John Costello | — The tropical water at the equator is renowned for having the richest diversity of marine life on Earth, with vibrant coral reefs and large aggregations of tunas, sea turtles, manta rays and whale sharks. The number of marine species naturally tapers off …

Laura Capote (2021-04-25). Gabriel García Márquez and magical internationalism. peoplesdispatch.org While García Márquez is internationally recognized for his literary work, little attention is paid to his lifelong dedication to revolutionary internationalism. Laura Capote explores this rich history and his career as a militant journalist…

slorinoco (2021-04-25). Memo to Biden—What About the Other Whistleblowers? orinocotribune.com By John Kiriakou — Apr 22, 2021 | Darnella Frazier deserves national commendation. The same goes for Joshua Schulte, Daniel Hale and Darin Jones, all of whom are in dire straits right now. | Darnella Frazier is a whistleblower. She's an important one. Few Americans will know her name, but we should all be thanking her. | Darnella is the 17-year-old who

Ed Rampell (2021-04-25). Chasing Ghosts, The Life and Art of Bill Traylor. counterpunch.org America's racial reckoning is not only taking place in the streets, but also on the screen. Movies such as Judas and the Black Messiah dramatize anti-racist activism, while on the cultural front, documentaries such as Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts, directed by Jeffrey Wolf and executive produced by Sam Pollard, help to rescue lost legacies from

_____ (2021-04-25). America's Crumbling Infrastructure: Roads. strategic-culture.org Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) measures the conditions of bridge, water and transportation infrastructure within the U.S. and publishes its findings through the Infrastructure Report Card.? In 2021, America's Cumulative Infrastructure Grade is C-, that is worse than "mediocre". Roads got a D grade. | (Click on the image to enlarge)…

Edward Leer (2021-04-25). The Man Who Stole the Sun. counterpunch.org The circumstances under which you watch a film invariably affect the experience. Watching Kazuhiko Hasegawa's The Man Who Stole the Sun (1979) in the middle of America's COVID-19 pandemic as well as the race protests certainly shaped how I viewed what is, at first glance, a critique of Japanese culture's tendency to blindly obey. Written

Staff (2021-04-25). Mass Vaccination Advances in Venezuela: Fifth Shipment of Sputnik-V Vaccines Arrives. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, April 24, the fifth shipment of the Russian vaccine Sputnik-V arrived in Venezuela. The shipment, containing 80,000 doses, arrived at the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Maiquetía, La Guaira state. To date, 380 thousand doses of the vaccine have been received by Venezuela. | This strengthens the National Immunization Plan that started on February 18 with two vaccines: Sputnik-V from Russia and Vero-Cell from China. | Venezuelan Minister for Health, Carlos Alvarado, was in charge of receiving the shipment that flew directly from Moscow in a CONVIASA airbus. | New batch of Russian vaccines Sputn…

Paul Haeder (2021-04-25). Hiking Along the Wrack Line. dissidentvoice.org Capitalism's Deadly Quartet — Food, Plastic, Air, Weathering! The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. — Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962) Definition: An ecological bridge between land and sea … the wrack line. I've been looking at the unimagined …

Anonymous007 (2021-04-25). Military Situation In Yemen On April 25, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 100 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 24, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 19 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 24, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Haradh area | On April 24, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces were reported in the Ajasher area | On April 25, Ansar Allah attacked King Khalid Airbas…

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Chinese mainland reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, all imported. ecns.cn The Chinese mainland on Sunday reported 11 new COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Monday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). China to kick off nationwide consumption campaign. ecns.cn China will kick off a monthlong campaign promoting consumption in May amid efforts to bolster consumer spending as the country has effectively brought COVID-19 under control.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). India to build over 500 new medical oxygen plants to ensure supplies amid COVID-19 surge. ecns.cn As many as 551 new medical oxygen generation plants would be set up across India in a bid to address the shortage of oxygen amid the COVID-19 surge, said an official statement issued by the prime minister office Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Mexico receives new shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from Chinese company Sinovac. ecns.cn Mexico has received the seventh shipment of the COVID-19 vaccines produced by Chinese company Sinovac, which will help accelerate the national inoculation plan, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Jordan receives China-donated Sinopharm vaccines. ecns.cn Jordan on Sunday received a batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government as part of the anti-pandemic cooperation between the two countries.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Indonesia finds missing submarine, all 53 crew members dead. ecns.cn The wreckage of the missing Indonesian submarine was located on the sea floor off Bali Island on Sunday with all 53 crew members aboard dead, top military officers said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Xi inspects south China's Guangxi. ecns.cn Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, on Sunday inspected south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Xi says ideals, convictions key to success of Chinese revolution. ecns.cn Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, said the secret to the success of the Chinese revolution lies in ideals and convictions.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Liaison office of central gov't in HKSAR criticizes bar association chief for whitewashing violence, challenging rule of law. ecns.cn The Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in HKSAR on Sunday refuted fallacious remarks by the chair of HKBA Paul Harris, saying he backed up lawbreakers, slandered law enforcement agencies and put pressure on the judiciary.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Chinese, Lao leaders mark relations over past 60 years. ecns.cn China and Laos have set a model for country-to-country relationships and made positive contributions to advancing the building of a community with a shared future for mankind, President Xi Jinping said on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). China's primary, middle schools get full Internet coverage: report. ecns.cn China has achieved full Internet coverage in primary and middle schools across the country, according to a report released Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). China to further optimize financial services to SMEs. ecns.cn China's banking and insurance regulator issued a circular Sunday on further promoting high-quality development of financial services to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2021.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Digital transformation spurs China's high-quality growth. ecns.cn In addition to using cash and digital payment platforms such as Alipay and WeChat Pay, participants in the fourth Digital China Summit have another payment option: the digital renminbi (RMB), if they want to buy bottled water or snacks at the meeting venue.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). New Foxconn plant in central China begins operations. ecns.cn A new Foxconn Industrial Internet (Fii) plant began operations on Saturday in Zhoukou, central China's Henan province, according to the company.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). China releases counter-espionage regulations. ecns.cn China's Ministry of State Security on Monday issued regulations on counter-espionage security work, which take effect upon promulgation.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). FM: U.S. 'has not found right way to engage with China'. ecns.cn Through two major events enshrining China-United States relations, Beijing sent clear signals of its sincerity to effectively manage divergence and boost mutual goodwill, and it urged Washington to fix its hostile, coercive approach toward China.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Democracy is not Coca-Cola that promises the same taste everywhere in the world: Chinese FM. ecns.cn Noting that democracy is not Coca-Cola that promises the same taste everywhere in the world, Wang said the United States should respect the path and system independently chosen by China.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Xi says Lijiang River eco-environment should 'never be damaged'. ecns.cn Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, has stressed protection of the ecological environment of the Lijiang River.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Hubble captures one of the brightest stars in galaxy. ecns.cn The giant star featured in this latest Hubble Space Telescope anniversary image is waging a tug-of-war between gravity and radiation to avoid self-destruction.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-25). April 2009, The H1N1 Pandemic: Political Lies and Media Disinformation regarding the Swine Flu Outbreak. globalresearch.ca The media reports are twisted. Realities are turned up side down. Policy statements are not backed by medical and scientific evidence.

Toward increasing Networking (2021-04-25). Online events w) Angela Davis, Dave Zirin, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Vandana Shiva & others. indybay.org Here are some 20 online events taking place over the next few weeks (and starting today, Friday, April 23, at 4 pm), featuring people such as Angela Davis, Dave Zirin, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Immanuel Ness, Ian Haney López, Aviva Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, and many others. | These events are hosted from various locations all across the country, as well from Canada, Australia and the UK (however, the listed times are all for our "Pacific time zone"). Of course, feel free to share this info with others who might be interested in it.

Staff (2021-04-25). Illegal Sanctions Affect the Entire Venezuelan Population — Latest àöltimas Noticias Survey. orinocotribune.com It is well known around the world that the United States, together with the European Union, maintains a policy of "sanctions" and economic blockade against Venezuela. Since the time of former US president Donald Trump, they themselves called for a "maximum pressure strategy" in Venezuela. The government of Washington, whether Democrat or Republican, does not hide its intention of achieving "regime change" in Venezuela through this strategy, that is, to overthrow the elected government of Venezuela and make President Nicolás Maduro leave office by force. All of this is crystal clear. | Now, what is the effect of t…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-25). In Video: Turkish Combat Drone Test-Fired New Stand-Off Guided Glide Bomb. southfront.org Screen grab from the test video released by SSB. | Turkey's TAI Aksungur combat drone has successfully test-fired the indigenous KGK-SIHA-82 guided bomb, Ismail Demir, Chairman of the Defense Industries Presidency, SSB, announced on April 25. | In a statement, the drone's manufacturer, the Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), said that the live test was carried out off the Black Sea province of Sinop at an altitude of 20,000 feet. | During the live-fire test, Aksungur struck a target located 30 kilometers away with the KGK-SIH…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-25). Turkish Military Established 64th Post In Syria's Greater Idlib. southfront.org A Turkish army tank stationed near the Syrian border, in Suruc, Turkey, Sept. 3, 2016. (AP Photo) | On April 24, the Turkish military established a new post in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib, where several terrorist groups are present. | The new Turkish post was reportedly built near the village of al-Ziadiyah, in the outskirts of Jisr al-Shughur town in western Idlib. The region is tightly-controlled by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and the Turkistan Islamic Party. | According to the Lond…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-25). US, NATO Kicked Off Historical Withdrawal From Afghanistan. southfront.org An 83rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron airman observes a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan. IMAGE: US Air Force | The United States and NATO have begun withdrawing their troops from several bases in Afghanistan, Commander of the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan, General Austin S. Miller said at press conference on April 25. | According to Gen. Miller, the US and NATO will eventually hand over all their bases in Afghanistan to local government forces."We have started withdrawing from a num…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-25). 'Claw-Lightning': Turkey Launched New Ground, Air Operation Against PKK In Iraq (Videos). southfront.org Screen grab from the Turkish MoD video. | On April 24, the Turkish military launched a ground and air operation against the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region. | In the first hours of the new operation, commando forces landed in the Metina region from helicopters while warplanes targeted PKK positions."Heroic commandos of the heroic Turkish Armed Forces are in northern Iraq," the Turkish Ministry of National Defense said on Twitter. | President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who dubbed the operation "Claw-Li…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-25). Military Situation In Donetsk People's Republic On April 25, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | UAF shelled Zheleznaya Balka with 82-mm artillery and grenade launchers | UAF shelled 6/7 mine with grenade launchers | UAF shelled Alexandrovka with grenade launchers | UAF shelled Leninskoe with grenade launchers | UAF shelled Kominternovo with 120-mm artillery | DPR forces shelled UAF positions in Vodyanoe with 82-mm and 120-mm artillery | DPR forces shelled UAF positions in Pesky with 82-mm and 120-mm artillery | DPR forces targeted UAF positions in N…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-25). Accident Caused Fire On Tanker Off Syria's Coast: RT Reports. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | An accident was behind the The Syrian Ministry of Oil and Natural Resources said that the tanker was hit by a drone that came from the direction of Lebanon's waters. However, RT dismissed these claims, citing different sources. | According to RT, a fire erupted in the tanker,…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-25). Great Reinforcement Of China's Navy: Three Advanced Naval Vessels Commissioned For South China Sea Fleet. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 23, a solemn ceremony was held at the naval base in Sanya (Hainan island), in China. Three major vessels were commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) fleet. The destroyer "Dalian", the landing helicopter dock (LHD) "Hainan" and the strategic nuclear submarine (SSBN) Changzheng-18 were placed on active service. | The commissioning ceremony was attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committe…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-25). ISIS Ambushed Syrian Troops In Eastern Homs After Deadly Attack In Eastern Hama (Photos). southfront.org File image | Late on April 24, ISIS cells ambushed a convoy of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the eastern countryside of Homs in central Syria. | The terrorists targeted the convoy with an improvised explosive device (IED) while it was passing in the outskirts of the town of al-Sukhnah. ISIS news agency, Amaq, said that a truck was destroyed as a result of the attack. | Later, the terrorists detonated a second IED when an engineer unit was bought in to clear the area. A number of service members were killed or injured.

Staff (2021-04-25). Homelessness and Extreme Weather Are Converging Climate Crises. truthout.org This story originally appeared in

Staff (2021-04-25). Ag Giant Resisted Efforts to Change Toxic Weed Killer Formula to Protect Profits. truthout.org While the toxic weed killer Paraquat, branded by Syngenta as Gramoxone, is part of the daily routine for many agricultural workers across the country, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warns users on a government website that one small accidental sip can be fatal and there is no antidote. Regulators in the United States are grappling with a wave of research linking Paraquat to a less immediately apparent effect — Parkinson's disease. And Syngenta — the Swiss-headquarte…

Staff (2021-04-25). Abuse and Lack of Transparency Fuel Vaccine Mistrust in ICE Jails. truthout.org David John has been on hunger strike for over a month. A longtime New York resident who has been incarcerated for two years while fighting deportation at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center, John contracted COVID-19 twice during outbreaks at the immigration jail, where 63 percent of the population

Staff (2021-04-25). Democratic State Legislatures Seek to Expand Voting in the South. truthout.org Republican lawmakers nationwide have introduced a record number of bills this year to limit access to the ballot and give the GOP an advantage in future elections —

Staff (2021-04-25). Extractive Companies Privatize Repression and Counterinsurgency in the Americas. truthout.org As activists increasingly confront extractive industries, militarized repression of those protests has become a growing and lucrative business. This phenomenon is salient across much of the world, including the U.S., where fossil fuel companies are

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2021-04-25). Welsh first minister's opinion on independence shows Scottish Labour is out of touch. thecanary.co On 24 April, Channel 4 News interviewed Welsh Labour leader Mark Drakeford. The interviewer put the scenario of Scottish independence to Drakeford. He then asked what effect, if any, Scottish independence could have on Drakeford said there: are a lot of 'ifs' in that question… but if they were all true… then it would fundam…

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Video: Israeli Forces Confirm Unsuccessful Rocket Launch From Gaza. sputniknews.com TEL AVIV (Sputnik) – A rocket fired toward Israel from the Gaza Strip late on Sunday night exploded inside Gaza according to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Staff (2021-04-25). Palestinians demonstrate in support of Al-Aqsa in Gaza Strip. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Residents of the Gaza Strip have reportedly staged large-scale rallies against Zionist security forces in the border areas, so as to support the Palestinian resistance in the occupied city of Jerusalem Al-Quds…

F. William Engdahl (2021-04-25). The Politics of Heroin and the Afghan US Pullout. Private Mercenary Occupation. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The Biden Administration has announced an Afghanistan US troop withdrawal date …

sputniknews (2021-04-25). VP Harris Reportedly Unaware Her Children's Book Found Its Way to 'Welcome Packs' For Migrant Kids. sputniknews.com In March, US President Joe Biden appointed his VP, Kamala Harris, to be responsible for dealing with what many claim to be an ongoing migration crisis on the southern American border. The newly-minted 'border czar', however, has not visited the US-Mexican border since she received the assignment.

Rebecca Magallon (2021-04-25). A Better Solution to DACA. indybay.org DACA is temporary relief for immigrant childhood arrivals to the United States, this articles calls for permanent solutions for DACA recipients.

commondreams (2021-04-25). Senators Ask Biden to Include Medicare Expansion in American Families Plan. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-25). Sanders, Warren Lead Call for Biden to Embrace 'Historic' Medicare Expansion. commondreams.org "Researchers have found that there is a massive spike in the diagnosis of cancer among Americans who reach the age of 65 that could have been diagnosed much earlier if the Medicare eligibility age had been lower," 18 Senators tell Joe Biden on Sunday as they urge lowering eligibility age and expand program to include dental, hearing aids, vision care, and out-of-pocket expenses. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-25). Ethnic Engineering: Denmark's Ghetto Policy. dissidentvoice.org The very word is chilling, but has become normalised political currency in Denmark. Since 2010, the Danish government has resorted to generating "ghetto lists" marking out areas as socially problematic for the state. In 2018, the country's parliament passed "ghetto" laws to further regulate the lives of individuals inhabiting various city areas focusing on their …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-25). Ethnic Engineering: Denmark's Ghetto Policy — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The very word is chilling, but has become normalised political currency in Denmark. Since 2010, the Danish government has resorted to

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-25). Ethnic Engineering: Denmark's Ghetto Policy. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The very word is chilling, but has become normalised political currency …

Paul Street (2021-04-25). Slaves to the Constitution. zcomm.org Why do US presidential elections focus almost completely on a small number of battleground states, largely ignoring most of the rest of the nation?>

Balkan Insight (2021-04-25). Albania: Exit Polls Show Tight Race In Parliamentary Vote. eurasiareview.com By Fjori Sinoruka | Sunday's parliamentary elections in Albania produced no clear winner as exit polls suggested that the race between the rival ruling Socialist and opposition Democratic parties is too close to call. | An exit poll published by Euronews Albania said the Socialist Party looked set to win 68 to 72 of the 140 seats in parliament with the Democratic Party and the Alliance for Change projected to grab 60 to 64 seats. Their opposition partner, the Socialist Movement for Integration, LSI, is eyeing six to eight seats. | However, according to the Noto Exit Poll, the Democratic Party and the Alliance…

Mike Whitney (2021-04-25). The COVID-19 Vaccine; Is the Goal Immunity or Depopulation? globalresearch.ca First published in December 2020 | "There is absolutely no need for vaccines to extinguish the pandemic… You do not vaccinate people who aren't at risk from a disease. You also don't set about planning to vaccinate millions of fit and …

_____ (2021-04-25). Canada: Supreme Court Upholds Sinixt Nation's Right To Land Across Border. popularresistance.org Canada's highest court has upended the federal government's 65-year-old claim that an Indigenous nation from British Columbia's Interior no longer exists. | In a 7-2 decision, the Supreme Court of Canada said the Sinixt Nation, whose reservation is in Washington state, has constitutionally protected Indigenous rights to hunt in their ancestral territory north of the border. | The ruling means that if Indigenous groups outside of modern-day Canada can prove they descended from a pre-contact society in what is now Canada, they can claim Section 35(1) rights under the Constitution, which recognizes and affirms the r…

sputniknews (2021-04-25). India Urges Social Media Platforms to Take Down Posts Spreading Fake COVID-19 Info. sputniknews.com In February of this year, the Indian federal government threatened Twitter with legal consequences after which the microblogging app removed certain accounts listed by the authorities. The accounts had allegedly spread provocative sentiments on social media with specific hashtags pertaining to the raging farmer protests.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-25). Indian variant of Covid-19 not still detected in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Head of Iran's Health Ministry Public Relations Office Kianoush Jahanpour said on Sunday that the Indian variant of the coronavirus has not been detected in Iran although it is likely that will happen in the future.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-25). Gen. Salami stresses IRGC's full support in fighting Covid-19. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) — Major General Hossein Salami, the Commander-in-Chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says that the IRGC will spare no efforts in helping the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Common Dreams staff (2021-04-25). 'Not a Surprise, But Terrifying': At India's Request, Twitter Blocks Posts Critical of Modi Covid Response. commondreams.org "Not a surprise. But terrifying nonetheless," said Naomi Klein in response to news that Twitter blocked tweets critical of Modi's Covid response in India. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-25). Third clinical trial phase of Iranian-made Cov-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — The third clinical trial phase of COV Iran Barakat to fight the Covid-19 pandemic began on Sunday with Minoo Mahraz, who is leading the research team working on the vaccine receiving it first.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). South African COVID-19 Jab Contract Bails Out Firm That Funded President's Election. sputniknews.com South Africa's temporary halt on giving the US-developed Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine as part of a mass clinical trial did not stop negotiations for a huge supply contract with local licensed producer Aspen Pharmacare — throwing a lifeline to its unused $210-million plant on the Indian Ocean coast.

Arab News (2021-04-25). How To Perform Umrah This Ramadan — Interview. eurasiareview.com By Mohammed Al-Sulami | Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Hajj and Umrah announced guidelines for issuing Umrah and prayer permits for the month of Ramadan. Vaccinations are at the top of the priority list, with no worshippers allowed into either Makkah's Grand Mosque or the Prophet's Mosque in Madinah without having received at least one dose of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine. | Additionally, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Dawah and Guidance has highlighted the need to follow all precautionary measures to ensure the safety, health and security of those visiting the two holy mosques. Millions of worshippers hav…

Observer Research Foundation (2021-04-25). The Pushback Against China — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Now, the European Union has released its own Indo-Pacific strategy too: | By Harsh V. Pant | Till a few months back, China's rise was taken as a given. It still is in many ways. China is a rising economic and political power and it's pointless to talk about preventing that from happening. But how China rises can certainly be managed so that it causes least disruption in the global order. | The disorder ushered in by Covid-19 has underlined to the world the costs of giving China a free pass. And in response, the world has galvanised. Pushback against China has been manifesting itself in multiple ways. I…

Institute of South Asian Studies (2021-04-25). The V-Shaped COVID-19 Surge In India: How Will It Impact Growth? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com While the forecast for India's economic growth for this fiscal year has been pegged by all institutions at around 12 percent, a sharp surge in COVID-19 cases has put a shadow on its recovery. With the hindsight of the slowdown of the economy in 2020, government policies have attempted to ensure that a balance between lives and livelihoods is maintained so that the public is not subjected to greater hardship. In the ultimate analysis, the government will have to ramp up vaccination, boost vaccine production and ring fence economic activity to minimise disruption. | By Vinod Rai* | Forecast: | In its lat…

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-04-25). Members of European Parliament Served with Notices of Liability for COVID-19. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Introductory Note by Catherine Austin Fitts | The

Doctors for COVID Ethics (2021-04-25). Doctors and Scientists Write to the European Medicines Agency, Warning of COVID-19 Vaccine Dangers for a Third Time. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Ahead of European Green Certificate (vaccine passport) vote in the European …

Tahsin Saadi Sedik, Jiae Yoo* (2021-04-25). What Pandemics Mean For Robots And Inequality — Analysis. eurasiareview.com From car manufacture to self-service checkouts, we all see how automation can transform the world of work—with lower costs and higher productivity on one hand, and more precarious employment for people on the other. But the COVID-19 pandemic added fuel to the fire. The rise in telework, for example, is hurting low-wage workers and More broadly, if the pandemic accelerates the pace of automation, then we may face a jobless recovery for low-skilled workers. Our recent IMF…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-25). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Mayo Clinic Laboratories delivers during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: April 18 – 24, 2021, is the perfect time to recognize the remarkable work of clinical laboratory professionals, especially during COVID-19 and as Mayo Clinic Laboratories celebrates its 50th anniversary. ________________________________________ Mayo Clinic Laboratories has performed over 3 million COVID-19 tests. "In December 2019, there was a disease, and three months …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-25). Leading US hospitals team up to promote COVID-19 vaccination. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org CLEVELAND, Ohio, and ROCHESTER, Minn. — A coalition of 60 top hospitals and health care institutions have joined forces in a nationwide campaign to encourage adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Led by Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic, the campaign "Get the Vaccine to Save Lives" is designed to reassure the public that vaccines are …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-25). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Should pregnant women be vaccinated for COVID-19? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: ?I am a teacher at a middle school that is teaching students in person. I have been vigilant about following safety guidelines, but now that I am pregnant, I worry even more about contracting COVID-19 and the risk to my baby. Our state is opening up COVID-19 vaccines to educators, and I am …

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). American Museum of Natural History sets new site for COVID-19 vaccination. ecns.cn The American Museum of Natural History repurposed an aquarium as a COVID-19 vaccination site on Friday for New York residents over 18 years old.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). China speeds up COVID-19 vaccine R&D to fight variants: expert. ecns.cn China is speeding up research and development on vaccines to counter COVID-19 variants, said Chinese medical expert Zhong Nanshan at 2021 Medical Science Frontiers Forum held in Guangzhou on Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Lockdown extended in Delhi by a week to check India's COVID-19 surge. ecns.cn The ongoing lockdown in New Delhi has been extended by another week owing to the surge in the COVID-19 cases, announced Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). Yunnan's Ruili downgrades COVID-19 risk level in seven areas. ecns.cn Ruili, a border city in southwest China's Yunnan Province, has brought down the number of areas classified as high or medium-risk for COVID-19 transmission on Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). COVID-19 vaccination key to economic recovery: HKSAR gov't officials. ecns.cn Senior officials of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government on Sunday urged the public to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in a bid to save the economy from a prolonged recession.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Immersive experience: 2021 Beijing Half Marathon kicks off. ecns.cn The Beijing Half Marathon, halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, resumed on Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). Chinese mainland reports 13 new COVID-19 cases, all imported. ecns.cn The Chinese mainland on Saturday reported 13 new COVID-19 cases, all of which were imported, the National Health Commission said in its daily report on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). 2021 Beijing Half Marathon kicks off. ecns.cn The 2021 Beijing Half Marathon, halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, resumed on Saturday. The Half Marathon covers a total length of 21.0975 km, starting from Tiananmen Square and ending at the National Stadium (Bird's Nest). It is the first time this year that Beijing host a 10,000-person event.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). Hungary receives new batch of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines. ecns.cn The fourth batch of China's Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines that Hungary had purchased arrived here on Saturday and were welcomed by the Hungarian minister of foreign affairs and trade at the airport.

ecns.cn (2021-04-25). China's new recombinant COVID-19 vaccine starts human tests. ecns.cn Sinopharm, the Chinese pharmaceutical giant, has commenced phase-1 and phase-2 clinical trials for its new recombinant vaccine against COVID-19 in central China's Henan Province since Saturday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). Indian gov't exempts customs duty on import of COVID-19 vaccines, oxygen. ecns.cn The Indian government on Saturday decided to exempt basic customs duty on imports of COVID-19 vaccines, medical grade oxygen for a period of three months, said a senior official.

Gaspar Hernández (2021-04-25). VIDEO: Coronavirus vs. H1N1: Spanish Nun Speaks out on the 2009 Swine Flu H1N1 Pandemic: "Crimes and Abuses of the Pharmaceutical Industry" globalresearch.ca

Kevin Barry (2021-04-25). The True Story of the 1918 "Spanish Flu" globalresearch.ca For long version of original Kevin Barry article, click For over a century, various entities that are involved in the propaganda machinery that has been tasked by the powers-that-be to advance American patriotism and corporate profiteering …

Staff (2021-04-25). Tehran in Ramadan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — People in Tehran are preserving Ramadan rituals amid the pandemic.

Lawrence Wittner (2021-04-25). Amid Widespread Disease, Death, and Poverty, the Major Powers Increased Their Military Spending in 2020. zcomm.org Last year was a terrible time for vast numbers of people around the globe, who experienced not only a terrible disease pandemic, accompanied by widespread sickness and death, but severe economic hardship. Even so, the disasters of 2020 were not shocking enough to jolt the world's most powerful nations out of their traditional preoccupation with

Sucharit Bhakdi, Karina Reiss (2021-04-25). The continued false alarm. indybay.org In the past, a pandemic could only be declared if a new pathogen caused many deaths worldwide. In 2009, the WHO changed the definition in time for the swine flu fake pandemic so that the criteria of "new" and "worldwide spread" were sufficient.

ecns.cn (2021-04-24). Wuhan's tourist industry gains momentum. ecns.cn Wuhan's tourist industry is building momentum after its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-25). Share Vaccine Recipes With Poor During Pandemic? One of World's Richest Men Bill Gates Says 'No'. commondreams.org Asked directly during an interview on Sunday if he thought it "would be helpful" to have vaccine recipes and technology shared with the world, Bill Gates quickly answered: "No.""Who appointed this billionaire head of global health?" asked one critic in response. "Oh yeah, he did." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-04-25). When Regime Change Does Not Change A Thing. popularresistance.org Some people think that a change in government actually changes things. Not so. | Moon of Alabma demonstrates through a series of tweets, the striking consistency of US foreign policy from one administration to the next regardless of whether it is Democratic or Republican.

Peter Koenig (2021-04-25). World War III: Depopulation, Nuclear War vs. Biological War. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Imagine a nuclear blast, as depicted by Stephen Fry, in …

Peter Koenig (2021-04-25). World War III: Depopulation, Nuclear War vs. "Bio War" globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Imagine a nuclear blast, as depicted by Stephen Fry, in …

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy (2021-04-25). Much Depends on Supreme Court's Review of Dark Money Case. commondreams.org If you think Dark Money's attack on democracy couldn't get any worse, guess again. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

UCAN (2021-04-25). Pakistan: Commission Under Fire For 'Betraying' Minorities. eurasiareview.com By Kamran Chaudhry | Minority and education rights groups have expressed dismay at Pakistan's National Commission for Minorities (NCM) for rejecting a recommendation to exclude Islamic topics from compulsory textbooks. | Chela Ram Kewlani, the Hindu chairman of the NCM, rejected a report by a Supreme Court-appointed commission that suggested all Islamic content from the Single National Curriculum should be exclusively placed in the textbooks of Islamic studies/Islamiyat, a subject compulsory only for Muslim students. | "Islamic content in English and Urdu textbooks amounts to religious instruction, which no no…

repost (2021-04-25). SEP National Secretary Kishore spreads lies about an Amazon worker & former party member. indybay.org An Amazon worker who was a member of the SEP talks about their position opposing unionization and attacking democracy…

_____ (2021-04-25). Challenged on Syria Cover-Up, OPCW Chief Lies and U.S.-UK-France Evade. strategic-culture.org Facing new outcry over the Syria cover-up scandal, OPCW chief Fernando Arias has been caught lying, while the US-UK-France are desperately trying to change the subject. Aaron Maté recaps recent meetings at the EU and UN, where the growing Douma controversy was center stage.: | By Aaron MATÉ | The US-UK-France bombed Syria in April 2018 after accusing it of a chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma. Leaks later revealed that OPCW inspectors found no evidence of a Syrian government chemical weapons attack. But their findings were suppressed, their original report was censored, and the team was sideline…

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Argentina Loses Its Google Domain After Man Bought It for 5 Dollars, Report Says. sputniknews.com Internet users in the country complained that they couldn't access the site for several hours, thinking the issue was linked to a server crash. Google and Argentinian authorities have not yet commented on the issue.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Israel-Chad Ties May Change Completely With President Deby's Death, Opposition Head Says. sputniknews.com Succes Masra believes relations with Israel were established with one goal in mind – to keep President Deby in power, and that cooperation in the spheres of hi-tech, development, and agriculture were not even on the agenda.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Ingenuity Helicopter Develops Record Speed During 3d Flight on Mars – NASA. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Ingenuity helicopter conducted its third test flight on Mars, outperforming earlier demonstrated speed and distances, NASA said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Poll: Nearly Half of Republicans Believe Chauvin Should Not Have Been Convicted. sputniknews.com The trial of the ex-police offcier, convicted for killing a black Minnesota resident, George Floyd, during the latter's arrest, stirred enormous tensions across the US, with activists closely following the outcome of the high-profile case.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Dominate, Conquer, Humiliate: Famous S Korean Actress Seo Ye-ji Scandal. sputniknews.com The star of such popular TV series as "Moorim School: Saga of the Brave", "Lawless Lawyer" and "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"' has become another celebrity affected by a wave of recent bullying cases.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Man United Fans Burn US Flag During Protests Against Owners of Club as Fury of ESL Continues – Video. sputniknews.com On 18 April, top European clubs, including teams from the English Premier League, announced the creation of a new competition, a move that drew widespread condemnation in the world of football and beyond. Former Red Devils' defender Rio Ferdinand described the clubs' decision to join the new competition as "a war against football".

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Why So Green? Golden Retriever Gets Nervous When Meeting Chill Froggy. sputniknews.com Some types of animals rarely encounter each other, so when they see each other, neither knows how to behave or what to expect. However, they can still become good friends, even if they are different in almost every sense.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Does the Trump Campaign Owe New Mexico Over $211,000? sputniknews.com Albuquerque's authorities reportedly billed the Trump campaign for the extra police coverage, road barricading, and paid leave for employees whose shifts were slashed by a few hours during the 16-17 September shutdown of the city.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Missing Indonesian Submarine Declared Sunk, President Widodo Confirms. sputniknews.com The submarine, conducting torpedo drills near the island of Bali, failed to contact the Indonesian Navy on Wednesday, while the military later discovered debris from the vessel during a search operation.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Is Alien Life Thriving Under Martian Surface? sputniknews.com Extraterrestrial life and whether it has managed to survive until the present day have never ceased to intrigue, and now it appears the common perception of on-ground or in-air alien species should be put aside.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Despite Claiming Russia is 'Declining Power', Head of UK's MI6 Still Puts It At Top of His Concerns. sputniknews.com Many western governments, such as the US and the UK, have been accusing Russia of engaging in "malign" activities and scaremongering about possible "Russian aggression" over the past six years. Moscow denies the accusations and underscores that these countries do not bother themselves with substantiating their allegations.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Segregation's Legacy? Virginia to Overhaul Math Curriculum in K-12 for Racial Equity's Sake. sputniknews.com The US system of mathematics education is unjust and originating in segregation and other forms of institutional systems of oppression, say equity activists offering to "dismantle racism" in math instruction and lower learning standards so that black, brown and Latino students may leg up. But will it work?

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Former UFC Champ McGregor Challenges 'Nigerian Nightmare' for 'Stealing' his Shots. sputniknews.com Conor McGregor is known for making challenges out of his comfort zone. His one and only foray into professional boxing in August 2017 ended in a 10th-round technical knockout by Floyd Mayweather Jr — in the latter's final professional bout.

sputniknews (2021-04-25). It's About Time: Kamala Harris, Mexican President to Discuss 'Root Causes of Migration'. sputniknews.com On Saturday, Republican Senator Ted Cruz joined New Hampshire GOP members in lambasting Kamala Harris for failing to visit the nation's southern border, where the situation, according to many, is quickly "spiraling out of control".

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Soyuz Launches New Batch of OneWeb Communication Satellites. sputniknews.com The UK's state-owned telecommunication company, OneWeb, announced on 12 April that its next launch of satellites would commemorate the 60th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic space flight.

Staff (2021-04-25). US convoy targeted in Iraq's Al-Anbar province. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Iraqi sources reported a new attack on a US military logistics convoy in Iraq.

Staff (2021-04-25). US medical terrorism prevented global corona vaccination. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister said that US sanctions and medical terrorism have prevented global vaccination to control the coronavirus.

Staff (2021-04-25). Zionist Israeli delegation to depart for DC for talks on Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — A delegation from the Israeli regime will travel to the US on Monday without the participation of the Chief of General Staff Aviv Kohavi.

Staff (2021-04-25). Putin, Biden may meet in June. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Joe Biden may meet in June.

Staff (2021-04-25). Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Coop. Commission to convene. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) —The 28th edition of meeting of Iran-Turkey Joint Economic Cooperation Commission will be held on April 28-29 to discuss enhancing and broadening bilateral ties on issues of mutual interests.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-25). Zionist plots in Quds to get nowhere: Hamas. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) — The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas issued a The Iranian health official also rejected claims on the existenc on Sunday in reaction to recent developments in holy Quds, saying that Zionist plots in Quds will be defeated.

Staff (2021-04-25). 'Seven Years Minus 10 Days' to vie at Hollywood Silver Screen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Iranian short film 'Seven Years Minus 10 Days' by Hamid Nouri will compete at the Hollywood Silver Screen Festival in the US.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-25). Iran to host Asian taekwondo competitions in September. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Iranian Taekwondo Federation has said in a statement that three different taekwondo events will be hosted by Iran this September.

Staff (2021-04-25). Cubans participate in caravan protest against US blockade. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — The Cuban provinces of Las Tunas (east) and Villa Clara (center) participated on Sunday in the caravan protest against the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States against Cuba.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-25). Kata'ib Hezbollah calls on Al-Kadhimi to resign. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — The resistance group Kata'ib Hezbollah have called Mustafa Al-Kadhimi's government to resign after a tragic incident in a hospital in Baghdad that killed dozens and injured many more.

Staff (2021-04-25). Front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on April 25. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Here are the front pages of Iran's English-language dailies on Sunday, April 25.

Staff (2021-04-25). Shahrdari Gorgan wins title with an exceptional buzzer beater. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Shahrdari Gorgan claimed the title of the Iranian Basketball Super League (IBSL) on Saturday after a dramatic comeback.

Staff (2021-04-25). Paks urge reactivation of joint economic committee with Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — President of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) said Pakistani businessmen call for reactivation of Iran-Pakistan Joint Economic Committee.

Staff (2021-04-25). FM Zarif sympathizes with Iraqis on Baghdad hospital fire. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 25 (MNA) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed his sympathy with the families of victims of the Baghdad hospital fire.

_____ (2021-04-25). Russia, Russia, Ever Failing. strategic-culture.org No one ever asks: Mr Expert, you've been wrong for twenty years, why should anybody take you seriously now? | One of the favourite delusions of the people Scott Ritter calls the "

Robert Reich (2021-04-25). Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk: Uncaring Billionaires Lost in Space. commondreams.org "Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos want to colonize outer space to save humanity, " writes Robert Reich, "but they couldn't care less about protecting the rights of workers here on earth." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Sex in Space: Why Do Astronauts Keep It on Hush-Hush and Will It Become New Normal? sputniknews.com Sex in space may sound romantic but it's not as easy as it may seem: there are lots of factors which can reduce one's drive, starting with astronauts' fairly busy work schedule and difficulties of accepting a match and ending with Newton's third law of motion in conditions of microgravity.

Newsclick (2021-04-25). US sets gold standards of selfishness on vaccine. peoplesdispatch.org Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha talks about the controversy over the US restrictions on sending raw materials for vaccines to India. He also analyzes what went wrong with India's vaccine strategy…

sputniknews (2021-04-25). Another Spat Over Vaccine Rollout? UK Outstrips EU as Britain Secures 100 Mln French-Made Doses. sputniknews.com London and Brussels are still at loggerheads over supplies of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with the EU accusing the UK of blocking exports of the inoculation amid the bloc's efforts to facilitate vaccination programmes.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). Diplomatic Posturing And The Power Game In Southeast Asia — Interview. eurasiareview.com Dr Stephen R Nagy, in a recent interview by Mr Nadir Ali, Director of the Centre for Peace and Justice (JKCPJ), responded to the rising tensions in Southeast Asia and spoke of mitigating the cascading issue of asymmetry of power and economy in the region. In his opinion, the world is once again experiencing a great power competition, a competition that could cascade into conflict and catastrophe. Terrestrial land disputes have expanded to the maritime domain, with China having disputes with states in Southeast Asia, India, and Japan. Chinese efforts to dominate Southeast Asian Politics and redistribute power i…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). Flexible Diet May Help Leaf-Eating Lemurs Resist Deforestation. eurasiareview.com Fruits and veggies are good for you and if you are a lemur, they may even help mitigate the effects of habitat loss. | A new study sequencing the genome of four species of sifakas, a genus of lemurs found only in Madagascar's forests, reveals that these animals' taste for leaves runs all the way to their genes, which are also more diverse than expected for an endangered species. | Sifakas are folivores, meaning that the bulk of their diet is composed of leaves. Leaves can be difficult to digest and full of toxic compounds meant to prevent them from being eaten. Unlike our carefully selected spinach, tree leave…

Shabbir H. Kazmi (2021-04-25). Pakistan Awards Exploration Blocks To State-Run E&P Companies. eurasiareview.com Reportedly, the Government of Pakistan has awarded six petroleum exploration blocks in Sindh, Baluchistan and Punjab to state-run oil and gas exploration and production companies. | The exploration licences (ELs) and petroleum concession agreements (PCAs) were signed by Petroleum Secretary and Director General of Petroleum Concessions on behalf of the GoP and Managing Directors of Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL), Mari Petroleum Company (MPCL) and Pakistan Petroleum at a ceremony witnessed by newly appointed Minister for Energy. | These included Block No. 3068-6 (Killa Saifullah) and Block No. 3067-7 (S…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). Spanish Researchers Quantify The Level Of Pollution In Marinas. eurasiareview.com An interdisciplinary group of Spanish scientists, bringing together biologists and chemists from the Universities of Seville, Huelva, the Autonomous University of Madrid and the Institute of Marine Sciences of Andalusia of the CSIC in Cadiz, have just published the results of their pioneering research studying the management of marinas. The group of scientists, led by the US professor José Manuel Guerra García, studied in detail the sediments in Andalusia's marinas and has proposed a new index, the MEPI (Marinas Environmental Pollution Index) to quantify the level of contamination in these ports. | There has b…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). Response Options Should Be At Center Of Climate Risk Assessment And Management. eurasiareview.com A team of researchers from the Africa Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) led a global team of 21 climate risk scholars to better understand and inform decision making around climate change risks in Africa and globally by examining how the drivers of risk interact. | Their work extends on existing risk frameworks with the hope that this research could help decision makers, managers and researchers understand the inherent complexity of climate change. | "Understanding the interactions among risks holds potential to change the way we respond to the risks. This is important because policy makers may worry a…

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-25). Iran Foreign Ministry Dismisses Ex-Oil Minister's Comments On Helping Yemen. eurasiareview.com The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denied the recent comments from Rostam Qassemi, a former oil minister, in an interview with Russia al-Youm about the Islamic Republic's military assistance to Yemen and the presence of Iranian military advisers in the Arab country. | In the statement released on Friday, the Foreign Ministry said the comments published in the Wednesday interview are contrary to the reality and policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Yemen. | The ministry emphasized that only the official authorities are eligible to declare Tehran's stances, adding, "Iran's support for Yemen is of poli…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). Seismicity On Mars Full Of Surprises, In First Continuous Year Of Data. eurasiareview.com The SEIS seismometer package from the Mars InSight lander has collected its first continuous Martian year of data, revealing some surprises among the more than 500 marsquakes detected so far. | At the Seismological Society of America (SSA)'s 2021 Annual Meeting, Savas Ceylan of ETH Zàºrich discussed some of the findings from The Marsquake Service, the part of the InSight ground team that detects marsquakes and curates the planet's seismicity catalog. | Marsquakes differ from earthquakes in a number of ways, Ceylan explained. To begin with, they are much smaller than earthquakes, with the largest event rec…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). A Lesson From Arctic Sea-Ice Prediction In 2020: Accurate Subseasonal-To-Seasonal Prediction Remains A Grand Challenge. eurasiareview.com As an indicator and "amplifier" of global climate change, the Arctic's health and stability is the cornerstone of the stability of our climate system. It has far-reaching impacts on ecosystems, coastal resilience, and human settlements in the middle and high latitudes. | The Arctic has experienced amplified warming and extensive sea-ice retreat in recent decades. On 15 September 2020, the Arctic sea-ice extent (SIE) reached its annual minimum, which, based on data from the National Snow and Ice Data Center, was about 3.74 million km2 (1.44 million square miles). This value was about 40% less than the climate a…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). Climate Change Affects Deep-Sea Corals And Sponges Differently. eurasiareview.com Corals and sponges are important foundations in ocean ecosystems providing structure and habitats that shelter a high number of species like fish, crabs and other creatures, particularly in the seamounts and canyons of the deep sea. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have discovered that when it comes to climate change not all deep-sea corals and sponges are affected the same and some could be threatened if average ocean temperatures continue to increase in the deep sea of the Northwest Atlantic. | "These deep-sea corals and sponges are ecologically important because they are foundational species t…

Arab News (2021-04-25). Focus On Tech, Finance Key Factors For US Climate Summit — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Cornelia Meyer* | The US is back, front and center in the global climate change conversation: US President Joe Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement at the outset of his administration. Within 90 days he called for a leaders' summit on climate change. Forty countries were invited and all showed up — even China and Russia, which are at odds with the Biden administration's foreign policy objectives. | Before the summit, countries fell over themselves, upping their climate goals: Leading by example, the US will reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50-52 percent by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. Canad…

VOA (2021-04-25). China: New Decree Tells Religious Leaders To 'Support The Communist Party'. eurasiareview.com By Yang Ming | The Chinese government is implementing a new decree on May 1‚ÄØthat will require‚ÄØall‚ÄØreligious leaders‚ÄØto "follow the lead of and support the Communist Party." | The decree, " It also requires religious professionals to resist…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). Further Step Towards Understanding Dark Energy. eurasiareview.com The extended Baryon Oscillation Spectroscopic Survey (eBOSS) collaboration has released its latest scientific results. These results include two studies on dark energy led by Prof. ZHAO Gongbo and Prof. WANG Yuting, respectively, from National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences(NAOC). | The study led by Prof. Zhao was recently published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. | Based on eBOSS observations, Prof. ZHAO's team measured the history of cosmic expansion and structure growth in a huge volume of the past universe, corresponding to a distance range between 0.7 a…

East Asia Forum (2021-04-25). Are Duterte's Political Fortunes Term-Limited? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Mark R Thompson* | With elections due in May 2022, Rodrigo Duterte's term-limited Philippine presidency is nearing its end. It's been the most autocratic administration since the long dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, who was overthrown in the people power revolution 35 years ago. But formally at least Duterte's rule has remained democratic and rumours of a 'revolutionary government' being established never materialised. | Duterte has also been

Cyrus Yaqubi (2021-04-25). Two Different Perspectives For Preservation And Survival Of Islamic Republic Of Iran — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Iran is in its worst economic situation in 42 years, and the threat of a widespread uprising that may lead to the regime's overthrow has become more serious than ever. When Khomeini was alive, no authority dared to dispute his orders and decisions, and everyone had to obey him. In today's Iran, Khamenei still has the final say on all internal and international matters. But unlike Khomeini, he has not been able to keep all political factions in Iran at bay. | Although Khamenei has not wasted a moment in suppressing its opponents, even those very close to him and his ideas, such as, one of Iran's former Prime Mi…

MISES (2021-04-25). Dogecoin Does Not Compete With Bitcoin — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Peter St. Onge* | Elon Musk's dogecoin tweets have given the coin a nice run, sending its price from fractions of a penny—where it traded for roughly 8 years—to 40 cents on April 20th before falling back. It was enough to yank bitcoin skeptic Peter Schiff from watching his gold portfolio do nothing—also for roughly 8 years—to crow that "dogecoin is eating bitcoin" and begging dogecoiners to put laser beams on their nose. | So what's the story, is dogecoin set to overtake bitcoin and then USD to become the world's reserve currency? | Very wow, but no. The short answer is because dogec…

Arab News (2021-04-25). Lebanon Vows To Punish Drug Smugglers As Saudi Import Ban Bites. eurasiareview.com By Najia Houssari | Lebanon has vowed to punish drug smugglers after massive quantities of narcotics were intercepted and seized by Saudi Arabia and Greece. | Saudi authorities on Friday reported foiling an attempt to smuggle millions of amphetamine pills stashed in a pomegranate shipment from Lebanon at Dammam's King Abdulaziz Port. It said that five people involved in the case were arrested, four citizens and an expatriate. | There was another interception of a pomegranate shipment, also from Lebanon and also containing drugs, in Jeddah. | Shortly after the Saudi statement, Greek authorities announced seizin…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). New Tool To Help Anyone Learn How To Spot Fake News. eurasiareview.com Several years of research and development are behind the News Evaluator, a tool that teaches an evidence-based method for online source criticism. The tool has now been launched in English and Swedish versions for use by those wanting to teach source criticism, as well as anyone wanting to learn how to evaluate the credibility of online news themselves. | "Research has shown that anyone can be tricked by fake news, regardless of whether they are a professor or teenager. But it has also shown that there is a reliable method for determining the credibility of news, which we have now "packaged" into a free and si…

UCAN (2021-04-25). Thailand: Buddhist Monk 'Mistaken' In Beheading Himself. eurasiareview.com A Thai Buddhist monk who beheaded himself to offer his life as a sacrifice to the Buddha was mistaken in his interpretation of religious teachings, according to Buddhist authorities. | Dhammakorn Wangphrecha, 68, a senior monk who was abbot of Wat Phuhingong monastery in the northeastern province of Nong Bua Lamphu, beheaded himself with a homemade guillotine in a macabre religious rite early on April 15. | The monk believed that by sacrificing his life as an offering to the Buddha he would be reincarnated as a higher spiritual being or reach enlightenment, the goal of all Buddhists, based on a suicide note he…

World Nuclear News (2021-04-25). Politics Should Not Detract From Climate Policy, Says Blinken. eurasiareview.com US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called on heads of state to put their political differences to one side and make a collective effort to tackle global warming. Blinken moderated the first session of the Leaders Summit on Climate, which included Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. | Opening the session, which was titled Raising Our Climate Ambition, Blinken underlined the USA's new pledge, announced moments earlier by President Joe Biden, to halve its CO2 emissions from 2005 levels by the end of this decade. This is up from its original goal of 26% by 2025. | Nations under the…

Dr. Michael A. Bengwayan (2021-04-25). The Stewards We Were Not To Be — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, introducing the cosmos; for it sets forth in the fewest words the elemental fact that the formation of the created earth lies above and before man, and that therefore it is not man's but God's. Man finds himself upon it, with many other creatures, all parts in some system which, since it is beyond man and superior to him, is divine. | Yet the planet was not at once complete when life had appeared upon it. The whirling earth goes through many vicissitudes; the conditions on its fruitful surface are ever-changing; and the forms of life must meet the new cond…

Mongabay (2021-04-25). Leaders Make Bold Climate Pledges, But Is It 'All Just Smoke And Mirrors?' — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Justin Catanoso* | World leaders took turns on Earth Day pledging increased ambition to battle climate change during President Joe Biden's virtual Leaders Summit on Climate. But environmentalists — weary of gaping policy loopholes, conservation lapses, and the utter failure of governments to meet Paris Climate Agreement carbon reduction targets — called loudly for the gap to close now between promises and real climate action. | Yes, eco-advocates are thrilled the U.S. is again engaged in climate leadership after four years in which the Trump Administration mocked and undermined climate efforts.

EurActiv (2021-04-25). Huawei Challenges Swedish 5G Ban In Court. eurasiareview.com By Pekka Vanttinen | ( The case went before the country's administrative court on Wednesday, giving Huawei and the Swedish telecoms regulator the opportunity to present their arguments. However, the time of the verdict has not yet been announced. | The…

Arab News (2021-04-25). How Iran Made Itself A Haven For Israeli Spies — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Baria Alamuddin* | There's nothing new in Iran's paranoid ayatollahs seeing spies, saboteurs and enemies under every rock. But their recent paranoia may be well founded, as the Iranian parliament and media accuse their leaders of allowing the nation to be turned into a "haven for spies," while openly wondering about the extent of infiltration of the state's nuclear and intelligence apparatuses. | Iranian officials fear that a substantive clandestine Israeli sabotage network is operating with impunity throughout the Islamic Republic, staging assassinations and attacks against strategically sensitive sites, a…

East Asia Forum (2021-04-25). Can A New Philippine 'Popular Front' Defeat Dutertismo? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Cleve V Arguelles* | Opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte are banking on a united front for a fighting chance in the 2022 presidential election. As the Duterte's populist politics (Dutertismo) mobilises public support through…

P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-25). Rescuing Sri Lankan Rural Women From The Debt Trap — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Interest rate reduction has to be accompanied by measures to tone up the economy and enable income generation: | In the recent past, a number of media reports have shone a light on the plight of Sri Lankan rural folk, mostly women, who are caught in a debt trap, having taken loans from Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs) at interest rates ranging from 40 to 220%. The lenders' aggressive methods of loan recovery have only added to the women's agony, which has, in many cases, led to suicide. | The International Peasant Movement in a report in

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). Does Raising The Sales Age Of Tobacco Reduce Youth Smoking? eurasiareview.com Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in America and causes about 30% of all cancer deaths. That's why researchers with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center wanted to study the impact of a California law passed in 2016 that raised the tobacco sales age from 18 to 21. Their new study published in Preventive Medicine examines smoking behavior after the state implemented one of the first tobacco 21 (T21) policies. | The study, conducted by UC Davis researchers Melanie Dove, Susan Stewart and Elisa Tong, looked at smoking patterns before and after the law passed and compared California and other st…

MISES (2021-04-25). US Recovery Is Weak, Especially Given Size Of 'Stimulus' — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The United States: Hardly A Recovery: | By Daniel Lacalle* | There is an overly optimistic consensus view about the speed and strength of the United States' recovery that is contradicted by facts. It is true that the United States recovery is stronger than the European or Japanese one, but the macrodata shows that the euphoric messages about aggregate GDP growth are wildly exaggerated. | Of course gross domestic product is going to rise fast, with estimates of 6 percent for 2021. It would be alarming if it did not after a massive chain of stimuli of more than 12 percent of GDP in fiscal spending and $7…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-25). Climate Has Shifted The Axis Of The Earth. eurasiareview.com Glacial melting due to global warming is likely the cause of a shift in the movement of the poles that occurred in the 1990s. | The locations of the North and South poles aren't static, unchanging spots on our planet. The axis Earth spins around–or more specifically the surface that invisible line emerges from–is always moving due to processes scientists don't completely understand. The way water is distributed on Earth's surface is one factor that drives the drift. | Melting glaciers redistributed enough water to cause the direction of polar wander to turn and accelerate eastward during the mid-1990s, accor…

BenarNews (2021-04-25). Indonesian Military: Sunken Submarine Found Broken In Pieces, All 53 Crew Dead. eurasiareview.com By Tria Dianti | A sunken Indonesian submarine was found broken into pieces on the seabed, senior military officials announced Sunday, as they declared all 53 crew members dead in waters off Bali more than a half-mile deep. | An unmanned Singaporean submersible vehicle captured images of the wreckage of the KRI Nanggala-402 at a depth of 838 meters (2,750 feet), said Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, Indonesia's military chief, as he confirmed that the submarine had disintegrated under enormous pressure at depths far below those it could safely dive to. | "We have received images that have been confirmed to be parts…

IWPR (2021-04-25). Xi Jinping: Master Of Strategy Or Deluded Autocrat? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Charles Scanlon* | From potential reformer to belligerent tyrant, Xi Jinping's reputation has been in free fall for a decade, at least in much of the democratic world. | On the eve of his ascent to power in 2012, Xi was perceived as a safe pair of hands, another diffident technocrat with a penchant for cautious change. | He now stands accused of crimes against humanity and failing to check a virus that unleashed death and economic havoc across the globe. | Domestically, and in friendly countries, perceptions can be different, and Xi's strongman persona has appealed to some. | But China's recent actions appe…

IDN (2021-04-25). A Counterpoint To 'Geopolitics Of The 2019 Easter Sunday Crime In Sri Lanka And Cover-Up By Darini Rajasingham-Senanayake' — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Muttukrishna Sarvananthan PhD* | I have read with great interest My humble opinion is that Rajasingham-Senanayake's…

Kanbawza Win (2021-04-25). ASEAN And Soutshetless Tatmadaw — OpEd. eurasiareview.com "Soutshetless" is an Anglo-Burmese word meaning shameless, a new adjective, for the younger generation of Burmese, who are spearheading the demonstrating against the military. Their placards are usually written in English for the international consumption. | Knowing full well that "failure to bring about a peaceful outcome in Myanmar could affect the Association's ability in shaping the region's future which can pose a long-term existential threat to ASEAN by weakening the organization's internal unity and decreasing its relevance and centrality in shaping regional affairs and order," as commented by Yongwook…

Hudson Institute (2021-04-25). Holding Iran Accountable: The Importance Of Maintaining Sanctions Leverage — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Robert Greenway* | The leverage gained through economic sanctions has once again brought Iranian leadership to the negotiating table in Vienna—but that is not the end of sanctions' utility. This leverage will be essential to secure the longer and stronger1 deal nearly everyone agrees is required to effectively prevent the Islamic Republic from getting a nuclear weapon. In fact, absent these sanctions such a deal is practically impossible to envision. Lifting sanctions before validating the change in behavior that required them in the first place endangers our national security, undermines the legitima…

CRS (2021-04-25). US Nuclear Weapons Policy: Considering 'No First Use' — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Amy F. Woolf* | On April 15, 2021, Senator Elizabeth Warren and Representative Adam Smith introduced legislation that declared, "It is the policy of the United States to not use nuclear weapons first." Other Members of Congress are divided on this issue. Senator Dianne Feinstein has argued that the only moral use for U.S. nuclear weapons is as a deterrent to their use. Senator Deb Fischer, on the other hand, has said that the proposal "betrays a naàØve and disturbed world view." President Biden has spoken, in the past, about his support for a "sole purpose" policy for nuclear weapons, which some see…

RFE RL (2021-04-25). Iran's Revolutionary Guards Says Three Alleged 'Terrorists' Killed In Southeast. eurasiareview.com ( The IRGC mounted a "successful operation" in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan Province and ambushed the "terrorist cell linked to the global arrogance," an IRGC statement published on Iranian news sites, said. | RFE/RL could not independently verify the claim. | Iran generall…

RFE RL (2021-04-25). Coup Plots, Poison, Hacking, Sabotage: What Is The GRU's Unit 29155? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Mike Eckel* | ( Section 4 of the order,

Antonio Guterres (2021-04-25). Debemos poner fin a nuestra guerra contra la naturaleza. globalizacion.ca En este momento en que conmemoramos el Día Internacional de la Madre Tierra, nuestro planeta se encuentra en un punto de inflexión. La humanidad sigue abusando del mundo natural. De forma irresponsable, saqueamos los recursos del planeta, mermamos sus especies…

Elise Lemire (2021-04-25). The Real Patriots Invaded the Nation's Capital Fifty Years Ago. zcomm.org On the evening before Patriots' Day, twelve hundred members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War arrived in Washington from around the country in a pointed rebuke of the recent American expansion of the air war into Laos…

Camila Bustos (2021-04-25). Climate Change Is a Driving Force in Central American Migration. zcomm.org We look at the link between migration and the climate emergency, which studies have estimated could displace over 200 million people by 2050…

Rod Driver (2021-04-25). How the Rich Distort Politics. zcomm.org Excessive wealth distorts politics so that it does not represent ordinary people…

Kenny Stancil (2021-04-25). Climate Movement Applauds Coal Miners' Demand for Just Transition, Green Jobs. zcomm.org "As we confront a next wave of energy transition, we must take steps now to ensure that things do not get worse for coal miners, their families, and communities, but in fact get better."

Lindsay Koshgarian (2021-04-25). Biden is thinking big on jobs. On the Pentagon, he should think smaller. zcomm.org An increase in the military budget won't make us safer or more prosperous…

Boaventura de Sousa Santos (2021-04-25). The West must start treating vaccines as a global public good. zcomm.org As NGOs, UN agencies and the governments of less affluent states call for the suspension of patents, the stakes could not be higher…

Natasha Lennard (2021-04-25). Sex Work Prosecution Changes in New York Are a Welcome Step — but Not Enough. zcomm.org The idea of a clean divide between the innocent and exploited versus the guilty exploiters is fantastical cop ideology…

Unitarian Universalists of SF Forum (2021-04-25). Sunday 5/2: UUSF Forum Conversation with David Bacon. indybay.org Join Forum Zoom Meeting | zoom.us/j/2200241232?pwd=aCt1dWI0OGxUdUx… | Meeting ID: 220 024 1232 | Passcode: 328697…

Another Black Man Killed by Police (2021-04-25). Justice for Roger Allen! Protest in Daly City. indybay.org On April 15, in the San Francisco suburb of Daly City, dozens of demonstrators gathered to protest the shooting of Roger Allen by police.

Zach Conti (2021-04-25). Biden Vows Cut to US Emissions as Yellen Commits Full Power of Treasury to Address Climate. indybay.org Financial decisions play a critical role in solving climate change, advocated Treasury Secretary Yellen during a US-hosted climate summit.

Housing is A Right (2021-04-25). Empty Apt Buildings on Bush Street; SF Could House Homeless. indybay.org While whole buildings on Bush Street, San Francisco have huge For Rent Signs, Supervisor Mandelman proposes spending $3000 a month per person to place homeless on cold, asphalt parking lots in tents, at today's Budget Committee meeting. If you need an apartment in San Francisco, there are thousands of empty apartments.

Konrad Gruettner, C.J. Hopkins (2021-04-25). The Invention of Reality and the Second Phase. indybay.org Being human thus becomes an unsolvable task in the technocratic society… An immense pressure to conform can arise in a technocratic society, since the devaluation of the subjective is accompanied by a suppression of needs, which, when an entire population is affected, leads less to rebelliousness than to compulsive social conformity in order not to be excluded.

Jack Heyman, Labor Action Committee (2021-04-25). Spirited SF Protest at KQED/NPR for Showing "Philly DA" That Censors Mumia…..Again. indybay.org On April 20, the day after Mumia's open heart surgery his supporters in San Francisco held a spirited demonstration initiated by the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal (LAC) to protest the Independent Lens TV series "Philly DA".

Labor Video Project (2021-04-25). Earth Day "We Can't Breath!" In SF, Rally Demands Halt To Hunters Point/TI Development. indybay.org Dozens of Hunters Point and Treasure Island residents as well as community members rallied at San Francisco City Hall to demand a moratorium on the continued development of the radioactive dumps at Hunters Point and Treasure Island. | Speakers also charged that the SF Board of Supervisors and Mayor London Breed had refused to protect the residents and workers at these sites.

Deborah Johnson (2021-04-25). Framework for a deep dive sharing the common history of Cinco de Mayo and Juneteenth. indybay.org On the way to San Jose, Santa Clara County, California for a blessed new beginning is at hand.

Michael Harris (2021-04-25). Friday 4/23: Gold Mining Town of Negro Bar, Sacramento County in the News again… indybay.org Negro Bar State Park Sub-Unit of Lake Natoma | Folsom Lake Recreational Area | managed by California State Parks…

San José City College (2021-04-25). Tuesday 4/27: Sharat G. Lin: Power, Social Movements, and Human Rights in the Middle East. indybay.org Join Zoom meeting: | cccconfer.zoom.us/j/93402090982 | Meeting ID: 934 0209 0982 | Dial in: +1 669 900 6833…

Palestinian Heritage Committee (2021-04-25). Saturday 5/15: 20th Annual Palestinian Cultural Day. indybay.org Santa Clara County Government Center | 70 West Hedding Street | San José, CA 95110…

Independent (2021-04-25). Saturday 5/1: Abolish The Police. indybay.org Oscar Grant Plaza…

Oakland Privacy (2021-04-25). Wednesday 5/19: Oakland Privacy: Fighting Against the Surveillance State. indybay.org Email contact@oaklandprivacy.org a few days before the meeting to obtain Zoom meeting access info.

Ullrich Mies (2021-04-25). Saving the planet by disempowering the elites. indybay.org Humanity is at the final crossroads of becoming aware of the drama of the ecological and peace crisis in which it finds itself. The book "The Eco-Catastrophe" is a wake-up call to take note of the seriousness of the situation, to accept the Herculean tasks ahead, to understand the growth ideology of global capitalism and its structural lack of peace as a cancerous evil.

Rescue Pacifica (2021-04-25). Sunday 4/25: Pacifica Panel-Defense Of Pacifica & The Proposed 2nd National Bylaw Changes. indybay.org Panel Discussion…

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-04-25). Mumia Supporters March on OPD and Alameda County Court House. indybay.org For the second time in five days, supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal marched to demand his freedom.

Killings (2021-04-25). San Leandro Calls for Justice for Steven Taylor and Other N. California Victims of Police. indybay.org Steven Taylor was an African American resident of San Leandro who was killed by the police in a Walmart on 4/18/20. The officer who shot Taylor has been charged with manslaughter and is awaiting trial. A rally on the anniversary of Taylor's death called for an end to police violence against African Americans and other people of color.

San Francisco Chronicle (2021-04-25). Wednesday 4/28: Memorial Tribute to SF Poet, Activist, and City Lights Books Owner, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. indybay.org Online livestream remembrance gathering (FREE)…

Labor Video Project (2021-04-25). SF Protest At KQED To Stop Censorship & To Demand Truthful Programming On Mumia Abu-Jamal. indybay.org A rally was held at KQED in San Francisco on April 20, 2021 to demand programming on the real story of the frame-up of Mumia Abu-Jamal…

Sunflower Alliance (2021-04-25). Sunday 5/2: True Cost of Chevron: Here, There, Everywhere. indybay.org Zoom. See the website url to RSVP.

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-04-25). Environmental Racism Cited in Earth Day Protest at City Hall. indybay.org Bayview Hunters Point & Treasure Island Residents deliver Earth Day Demands to Mayor Breed & Board of Supervisors…

WSWS repost (2021-04-25). SEIU calls off Sacramento school strike at last minute, allowing all schools to reopen. indybay.org With less than two months left in the school year, scrapping the current distance learning plans and building new hybrid education models and work schedules from scratch is disastrous for public health, academics and family life. Over 90 percent of the union's members had authorized the strike, demanding greater personal protective equipment (PPE) and accommodations for workers with young children at home.

Yanis Iqbal (2021-04-25). Turmoil In Tigray: Understanding The War In Ethiopia — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Central and eastern Tigray, as well as parts of the north-west, are

Richard Silverstein (2021-04-25). Iran-Israel Tensions: The Threat of Nuclear Disaster Looms Large. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Israel had a

Simone Lovera (2021-04-25). How Earth Day Is Being Co-Opted. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The United States is back. Back in the Paris Agreement, and …

Donald Monaco (2021-04-25). America's Long War against Afghanistan (1979-). globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | On April 13, 2021, President Joe Biden announced that the United …

Subject Access (2021-04-25). Video: Anti-Lockdown and Pro-Freedom Protest, Starting in Hyde Park, London. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | People in Europe have been protesting against stringent government measures pertaining …

Roxana Tiron (2021-04-25). Biden's Afghan Exit Alarms Contractors Who Outnumber U.S. Troops. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | U.S. contractors are staring down a tight deadline—with very little direction—to …

Paul Goble (2021-04-25). Small Size Of Navalny Protests A Victory For The Kremlin — OpEd. eurasiareview.com While the Navalny protests may have attracted more attention than Vladimir Putin's address to the Federal Assembly, the reality is that those behind the protests overrated their possibilities because of their focus on the Internet, something which "gave rise to the illusion" that they were already at the head of a mass movement, Vladislav Inozemtsev says. | Statistics show why that is the case, the Russian economist and commentator says. While 130 million people viewed the film on Putin's palace, only 465,000 declared themselves Navalny supporters, and while 2.5 million said they would protest, fewer than 60,0…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-25). Russia: Putin Signs Decrees To Counter Foreign Countries' 'Unfriendly Actions' — OpEd. eurasiareview.com President Vladimir Putin has signed decrees tasking the government define and compile foreign countries, their institutions and offices that will face restrictions and possibly complete ban in operating in the Russian Federation. | Under the same decree, terms of employing and hiring of Russian citizens, especially for diplomatic missions is specified. The decree is on countermeasures to foreign states that have shown "unfriendly actions" and consistently interfere in the domestic affairs of the Russian Federation. The document is posted on the Kremlin website. | Under the document, diplomatic missions, consul…

The Canary (2021-04-25). Labour seeks urgent answers over former aide's allegations against Boris Johnson. thecanary.co Labour is reportedly calling for a senior minister to face questions in parliament this week over accusations former adviser Dominic Cummings has made against Boris Johnson. | The Observer and the BBC report that the party is hoping to be granted an urgent question. It would summon the government to the House of Commons to account for allegations from Cummings. | Allegations: | In an incendiary blog post, Cummings accused his former boss of plotting an "unethical, foolish, possibly illegal" plan. The plan was aimed at getting Tory donors to secretly fund a lavish refurbishment of Johnson's Downing Street…

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