2021-04-26: News Headlines

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-26). The COVID-19 Catastrophe in India Keeps Growing. counterpunch.org It is difficult to overstate the grip of COVID-19 on India. WhatsApp bristles with messages about this or that friend and family member with the virus, while there are angry posts about how the central government has utterly failed its citizenry. This hospital is running out of beds and that hospital has no more oxygen, while there is evasion from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Cabinet.

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-26). The COVID-19 Catastrophe In India Keeps Growing — OpEd. eurasiareview.com It is difficult to overstate the grip of COVID-19 on India. WhatsApp bristles with messages about this or that friend and family member with the virus, while there are angry posts about how the central government has utterly failed its citizenry. This hospital is running out of

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-26). Government failure and healthcare privatization at root of India's COVID crisis. peoplesworld.org For Ashish Yechury (1986-2021), journalist. It is difficult to overstate the grip of COVID-19 on India. WhatsApp bristles with messages about this or that friend and family member with the virus, while there are angry posts about how the central government has utterly failed its citizenry. This hospital is running out of beds and that hospital has …

sputniknews (2021-04-26). Erdogan Urges Biden to Reverse Armenian Genocide Recognition, Warns of 'Destructive Impact' on Ties. sputniknews.com Turkey has historically rejected the use of the term genocide to describe the events that unfolded in the Ottoman Empire in the early 20th century, insisting that its government never intended to deliberately kill the Armenian people, but was simply responding to their rebellion.

Staff (2021-04-26). Armenian Pres. accepts resignation of PM Pashinyan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) — The President of Armenia on Sunday evening accepted the resignation of the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan.

Staff (2021-04-26). Biden Recognizes Armenian Genocide of 1915, Despite Decades of Lobbying & Denialism by Turkey. democracynow.org As President Joe Biden makes history by explicitly describing the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as a "genocide," we speak with Peter Balakian, Pulitzer Prize-winning Armenian American poet and professor at Colgate University. On April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Empire began a systematic, premeditated campaign targeting the Armenian people, an unarmed Christian minority living under Turkish rule. More than a million Armenians were exterminated through direct killing, starvation, torture and forced death marches. Another million Armenian people fled into permanent exile. "It's an important statement," resp…

webdev (2021-04-26). Biden Recognizes Armenian Genocide of 1915, Despite Decades of Lobbying & Denialism by Turkey. democracynow.org As President Joe Biden makes history by explicitly describing the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as a "genocide," we speak with Peter Balakian, Pulitzer Prize-winning Armenian American poet and professor at Colgate University. On April 24, 1915, the Ottoman Empire began a systematic, premeditated campaign targeting the Armenian people, an unarmed Christian minority living under Turkish rule. More than a million Armenians were exterminated through direct killing, starvation, torture and forced death marches. Another million Armenian people fled into permanent exile. "It's an important statement," resp…

PanARMENIAN (2021-04-26). Azerbaijanis Remove Angel Statues From Shushi Cathedral. eurasiareview.com A video posted by social media users showcases a new act of vandalism by the Azerbaijanis. | In particular, the statues of angles on the gates of Ghazanchetsots Cathedral of Shushi have been removed, presumably after being destroyed. The fence around has been taken down as well, Karabakh Records said on Twitter. | Besides, scaffolding has been erected around the church itself, which was struck twice with precision-guided missiles by Azerbaijan during the Second Karabakh War. | Concerns about the preservation of cultural sites in Nagorno-Karabakh are made all the more urgent by the Azerbaijani government's hist…

Susan Price (2021-04-26). Continuing the war in Syria. greenleft.org.au The involvement of external powers in Syria's civil war has led to sheer devastation, writes Yanis Iqbal. Fantasies of "regime change" have fuelled sectarian war and revived jihadi groups.

John Buell (2021-04-26). Yes, Biden needs to Cancel Student Debt up to $50K: Society and Employers should pay for College to begin With, like High School. juancole.com Southwest Harbor, Maine (Special to Informed Comment) — The years in the aftermath of the North American Free Trade Act were difficult and often painfully disheartening for many working class Americans. Growing up with the expectation that a high school degree was a ticket to jobs with income, healthcare, comfortable pensions they were confronted by …

teleSUR (2021-04-26). Argentina: Buenos Aires Healthcare System Is Close To Collapse. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Health Ministry on Sunday warned that Buenos Aires City's healthcare system is close to collapse, with the almost total occupation of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in the private and public sector. | RELATED: | For the third week in a row, bed occupancy in the city's 66 private clinics and sanatoriums is between 95 and 100 percent, according to the Private Doctors Association (AMAP). | In the state-run…

Jeff Cohen (2021-04-26). Media Evasions on Racism and the Role of Derek Chauvin. commondreams.org "The main perpetrators and beneficiaries of systemic racism—whether in healthcare, housing, environmental pollution, employment, education or criminal justice—include powerful corporations that sponsor news outlets that have aimed a bright spotlight at this killer cop," writes Jeff Cohen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

In These Times Editors (2021-04-26). AOC and Ed Markey Want a Civilian Climate Corps. zcomm.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey just introduced a new plan to employ millions of Americans in good-paying jobs that respond to climate change. Who's in?>

Prof. Vijay Prashad (2021-04-26). 'Every Time the US "Saves" a Country, It Converts It Either into a Madhouse or a Cemetery'. globalresearch.ca After twenty years, the United States government — and the forces …

Michael Barker (2021-04-26). A Mistaken Take on Revolutionary Strategy, the Case of 1905. counterpunch.org Capitalism is drenched from head to foot in the blood of the working class. This is one reason why socialists believe that if we are to rid ourselves of this murderous system then we must mobilise the full weight of our class against all our oppressors: mass revolutionary struggle is the order of the day.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-26). Virtual Bunny Hugging: Boasting About Climate Change Goals. counterpunch.org He seemed frustrated. While Scott Morrison's international colleagues at the Leaders Summit on Climate were boastful in what their countries would do in decarbonising the global economy, Australia's feeble contribution was put on offer. Unable to meet his own vaccination targets, the Australian prime minister has decided to confine the word "target" in other areas

_____ (2021-04-26). Lessons Learned From The Chauvin Trial That Relate To Palestine. popularresistance.org Over thirty years ago, James Baldwin was the subject of a PBS documentary The Price of the Ticket (1989) in which he reflected on what he considered a lack of progress in combatting racism in America: | "What is it that you wanted me to reconcile myself to. I was born here more than 60 years ago. I'm not going to live another 60 years. You always told me that it's going to take time. It's taken my father's time, my mother's time, my uncle's time, my brothers' and my sisters' time, my nieces and my nephew's time. How much time do you want for your progress?" | Sadly, his comment remains vital today. On April 21, 2…

Staff (2021-04-26). 1 May, Online Event: The Liberation of Palestine, Towards an Arab and Internationalist Vision. samidoun.net Saturday, 1 May 11 am Pacific — 2 pm Eastern — 8 pm central Europe — 9 pm Palestine Join on Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/j/87340050132 Join on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/507170580285099 Long live the first of May: a day of struggle against exploitation, colonization and zionism Join Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and the Alternative Palestinian Path (Masar Badil) for a public symposium on International Workers' Day: The Liberation of Palestine and the Alternative Revolutionary Path — towards an Arab and internationalist vision. With speakers: Charlotte Kates,…

Moderator (2021-04-26). The CIA Has Been Taking Over for Decades—Even Former Presidents Tried to Warn Us. scheerpost.com Wikimedia] By Lee Camp / Original to ScheerPost December 22, 1963 — exactly one month after President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated, former President Harry S. Truman published an op-ed in the Washington Post that most people, especially our perfumed ruling elite, wanted to ignore. Truman, who signed the CIA into existence just after World War II, wrote, "I think it has become necessary to… |

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-04-26). Scores of House Dems Demand Biden Act on 'Important Expansion of Medicare'. commondreams.org "Lowering the Medicare eligibility age and improving its benefits package would provide immediate and substantial relief for millions of individuals throughout the United States." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-04-26). As US Lifts Export Ban to Assist India, Biden Urged to 'Keep His Word' by Supporting Vaccine Patent Waiver. commondreams.org "President Biden promised that intellectual property law would not block the global south from producing the vaccine. He must keep his word. Millions of lives depend on his choice." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

PAI (2021-04-26). Sleazy payday lenders win big at the Supreme Court. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Geoff Dutton (2021-04-26). How Not to Fix the Post Office or Government in General. counterpunch.org Yesterday my postbox disgorged ten letters, all from organizations seeking donations. Among them was an envelope with "Do you care if you no longer receive your mail at home?" next to my name. Its backside disclosed the sender was DLCC, the Democratic Leadership Campaign Committee, a 527 PAC (enabled by the 2010 Citizens United Supreme

Winslow Wheeler (2021-04-26). Did They Miss Yet Another F-35 Cost Overrun? counterpunch.org On Thursday, April 22, two subcommittees of the House Armed Services Committee held a joint hearing on the F-35. The hearing covered multiple F-35 cost issues, but strangely, no one discussed or asked about an apparent $63 billion cost overrun for the acquisition of the F-35.

Staff (2021-04-26). Is freedom possible in the digital era? therealnews.com The utopian dream that digital technologies would make us more free has given way to a reality in which we are more surveilled and algorithmically conditioned than ever. In the first of our three-part livestream series "The Long Sili-CON," we ask what it means to be free in the digital era.

Thomas Knapp (2021-04-26). Police Violence: the Standards are Topsy-Turvy. counterpunch.org Responding to the conviction of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd, Libertarian National Committee Chair Joe Bishop-Henchman gets it exactly right: "Those who are given authority over others ought to be held to an even higher standard than what is expected of the general public."

Eds. (2021-04-26). Is Biden's big climate pledge real? mronline.org Joe Biden chose Earth Day (April 22) to convoke world leaders to a virtual climate summit and pledged to cut U.S. carbon emissions in half by 2030 compared to 2005 levels. | April 26, 2021 | Newswire…

Rajan Menon (2021-04-26). The Graveyard of Empires Redux: America's Ruinous Pursuit of Mission Impossible in Afghanistan. juancole.com By Rajan Menon | — ( Tomdispatch.com ) — On May 1st, the date Donald Trump signed onto for the withdrawal of the remaining 3,500 American troops from Afghanistan, the war there, already 19 years old, was still officially a teenager. Think of September 11, 2021 — the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and …

Staff (2021-04-26). Why childbirth is deadlier if you're not white. therealnews.com The statistics don't lie: Maternal morbidity and mortality rates in the U.S. are significantly higher in Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities. We talk with filmmaker Dominique Rémy about her investigation into why this is happening and what can be done about it.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-04-26). Almost everything Biden said about ending the Afghanistan War was a lie. mronline.org While Americans hailed the announcement that the U.S. would withdraw troops from Afghanistan after nearly two decades of war, President Biden left out the most important details about the war and how it will in fact continue. | April 26, 2021 | News…

John Laforge (2021-04-26). Biden's MacArthur Moment. counterpunch.org Joe Biden has his own Douglas MacArthur moment, and should replace the head of US Strategic Command, Adm. Charles A. Richard, just as Harry Truman fired the insubordinate commander of the US war in Korea. Truman biographer David McCullough reports that in November 1950, Gen. "MacArthur called on the administration to recognize the 'state of

Shivan Mahendrarajah (2021-04-26). The Iranian Government is more Pragmatic in dealing with Sunnis than its Sectarian image Implies. juancole.com St. Andrews (Special to Informed Comment) — The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is often depicted by its enemies and their press (the United States, Saudi Arabia and Israel in particular) as an ideological and sectarian Shiite state, drunk on fundamentalism. Religious fundamentalism, however, is a key part of the politics of these …

Beau Peters (2021-04-26). Supporting Brands That Benefit the Environment. dissidentvoice.org Image Source: Unsplash It's impossible to ignore the effects of our actions on the environment. According to NASA, we're dealing with rising global temperatures, warming oceans, glacial retreat, and many other environmental concerns that will have a lasting negative impact on our planet. Because of this, more companies are taking the initiative to be more …

Danny Haiphong (2021-04-26). China and Africa: the Black Alliance for Peace's AFRICOM Watch Bulletin. mronline.org Those that call China a colonizer of Africa don't understand colonization. | April 26, 2021 | Interview…

samidoun (2021-04-26). Palestinian Prisoners' Action Week 2021: Global action report and growing solidarity. samidoun.net Organizations and activists around the world demanded freedom for Palestinian political prisoners as part of the Palestinian Prisoners' Week of Action between 17 and 23 April. Every year, since 1974, Palestinians, Arabs and internationalists commemorate a day of action on 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners' Day. This week of action involves protests, boycott actions, mobilization and education to demand freedom for all Palestinian prisoners jailed by Israel, expose the complicity of imperialist and reactionary regimes and stand with the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance. The Week of Action also comes…

Staff (2021-04-26). Palestinian Prisoners' Action Week 2021: Global action report and growing solidarity. samidoun.net Organizations and activists around the world demanded freedom for Palestinian political prisoners as part of the Palestinian Prisoners' Week of Action between 17 and 23 April. Every year, since 1974, Palestinians, Arabs and internationalists commemorate a day of action on 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners' Day. This week of action involves protests, boycott actions, mobilization and education to demand freedom for all Palestinian prisoners jailed by Israel, expose the complicity of imperialist and reactionary regimes and stand with the Palestinian people and the Palestinian resistance. The Week of Action also comes…

Eds. (2021-04-26). Solidarity with Kshama Sawant: Against the Seattle Elite's Recall Campaign. mronline.org A recall election allows citizens to vote out an elected official, after a process of garnering a certain percentage of names on a petition and clearing legal challenges. | April 26, 2021 | Newswire…

Deirdre Griswold (2021-04-26). 60 years ago: The invasion that failed. workers.org Sixty years ago — on April 17, 1961 — some 1,400 heavily armed right-wing exiles waded ashore at Cuba's aptly named Bay of Pigs (Playa Girón) to initiate what they thought would be the overthrow of the revolutionary government headed by Fidel Castro. Cuban revolutionaries, led by Fidel, celebrate defeat . . . |

John Laforge (2021-04-26). Biden's MacArthur Moment. counterpunch.org Joe Biden has his own Douglas MacArthur moment, and should replace the head of US Strategic Command, Adm. Charles A. Richard, just as Harry Truman fired the insubordinate commander of the US war in Korea. Truman biographer David McCullough reports that in November 1950, Gen. "MacArthur called on the administration to recognize the 'state of war'

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-04-26). Díaz-Canel offers blunt truth on Cuban economy at party congress. peoplesworld.org The Cuban Communist Party's Eighth Congress took place in Havana on April 16-19, five years after the previous one. President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who had just replaced former President Raúl Castro as first secretary of the party's Central Committee, delivered the closing remarks. Castro is retiring from public life. Centering on the congress's theme of continuity, …

Sarah Bradham (2021-04-26). Defying local government's threats, Chester County PA rallies against cash bail. liberationnews.org "End cash bail! The whole damn system is guilty as hell!" echoed from Ash Park in Coatesville, PA on April 10 to demand an end to the cruel and unjust practice of assigning cash bail to those arrested by police. The protest was held despite attempts by Coatesville city officials to illegally prohibit the rally …

Staff (2021-04-26). When prisoners met to discuss fascism, freedom, and revolution. therealnews.com In this rare photo collection, we get a glimpse into the energy and camaraderie of the 1980 "To Say Their Own Word" program, when prisoners and radicals met inside the Maryland Penitentiary to discuss fascism, capitalism, and the prison-industrial complex.

Editor2 (2021-04-26). Year one in the Fight Against COVID-19: A Conversation with Elisabeth Daza and Jose Mireles (Part I). orinocotribune.com Frontline health workers reflect on the first year of the pandemic in Venezuela. | Elisabeth Daza and José Mireles are frontline medical workers in Caracas. Daza is doing her residency at the Angel Vicente Ochoa Ambulatory in the working class "Cementerio" barrio in Caracas. Mireles, a third-year medical student at the Hugo Chávez University of Health Sciences, is regional secretary of the Venezuelan University Student Federation and president of his university's student center. Last year we

Sam Pizzigati (2021-04-26). The Billionaires Who Couldn't Kick Straight. counterpunch.org Diego Maradona, just before his untimely death late last year, rated as one of our planet's most famous people. His exploits on the playing fields of global football — what Americans call soccer — had thrilled sports fans worldwide for nearly two decades. With deftness and dazzle, the diminutive Maradona always gave his all for

PAI (2021-04-26). Manchin says he supports Pro Act, but would keep kill filibuster. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON —A key senator in the fight to pass the Protect The Right To Organize (Pro) Act, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin, formally announced he supports it. But while that's good news and makes him the sponsor #47 for the legislation, there's a caveat: In the same press conference, Manchin again upheld the Senate filibuster, …

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-04-26). Short Cuts: Films From the Vault. counterpunch.org It's Oscar weekend and I don't really have anything much to say about this year's films, so I thought I'd just publish a list of what I've been watching for the month or so I've had access to the Criterion archive. Unlike many of this year's Oscar contenders (and winners), none of these films felt

Editor2 (2021-04-26). Israel Lobby's "Death to the Arabs" Damage Control. orinocotribune.com By Ali Abunimah — Apr 23, 2021 | Over the last few days, disturbing videos have shown mobs of Israeli Jewish youths rampaging through occupied East Jerusalem and attacking Palestinians. | "Every evening this week, dozens of young Jews walked around Jerusalem's city center, chanting 'Death to Arabs' and attacking passersby with stones and tear gas," Israel's Haaretz newspaper #Jerusalem

Alethea Redfern (2021-04-26). The Weekly Round-up: Home Office deaths and Post Office "thefts" ukhumanrightsblog.com This week's Round-Up looks at Priti Patel's Article 2 breach in respect of deaths in immigration detention,…

Martin Forde QC (2021-04-26). Home Office Windrush decision was irrational, holds High Court. ukhumanrightsblog.com R (On the Application of Hubert Howard (deceased, substituted by Maresha Howard Rose pursuant to CPR 19.2(4) and PD 19A)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2021] EWHC 1023 (Admin) — read judgment Hubert Howard was born in 1956 and came to the United Kingdom in 1960, aged almost 4 from Jamaica. He …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-04-26). Modi Govt's vaccine diplomacy unravels—within India and abroad. mronline.org The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faulted India for not fulfilling its obligation to supply COVID-19 vaccines to Europe. The Politico paper quoted Merkel as saying, We now have a situation with India where, in connection with the emergency situation of the pandemic, we are worried whether the pharmaceutical products will still come to us. […] | April 26, 2021 | Newswire…

Global Research News (2021-04-26). Selected Articles: 'Every Time the US "Saves" a Country, It Converts It Either into a Madhouse or a Cemetery'. globalresearch.ca By After great loss of life and the further destruction of Afghan society, the US departs …

Staff (2021-04-26). Outrage in Kenosha as Cop Who Shot Jacob Blake Returns to Work. truthout.org Relatives and supporters of Jacob Blake staged a sit-in with arrests outside the Kenosha police headquarters in Wisconsin to protest the department's decision to allow police officer Rusten Sheskey to return to work. Sheskey, who is white, fired seven shots at point-blank range into the back of Jacob Blake last August, leaving the 29-year-old African American father partially paralyzed and sparking massive protests. Sheskey had been on administrative leave but faced no charges for the shooting. "There's been…

Staff (2021-04-26). Justice Department Investigations Don't Actually Challenge Police Violence. truthout.org George Floyd's family lawyer and famous civil rights attorney Ben Crump hailed the recent conviction of Derek Chauvin as "

webdev (2021-04-26). Mother of Charlottesville Victim Condemns GOP for Giving Immunity to Drivers Who Hit Protesters. democracynow.org Many of the anti-protest laws pushed by Republicans include measures that provide civil or criminal immunity to drivers who hit demonstrators with their vehicles. A pending Oklahoma measure would offer both. "It's declaring open season," says Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer was killed in 2017 when a white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. "Since when do we allow the public to become judge, jury and executioner? Because that's what this amounts to: Let's go hunt protesters."

Staff (2021-04-26). "Our Demand Is for Him to Be Fired": Outrage in Kenosha as Cop Who Shot Jacob Blake Returns to Work. democracynow.org Relatives and supporters of Jacob Blake staged a sit-in with arrests outside the Kenosha police headquarters in Wisconsin to protest the department's decision to allow police officer Rusten Sheskey to return to work. Sheskey, who is white, fired seven shots at point-blank range into the back of Jacob Blake last August, leaving the 29-year-old African American father partially paralyzed and sparking massive protests. Sheskey had been on administrative leave but faced no charges for the shooting. "There's been so many injustices carried on through this investigation," says Jacob Blake Sr., the father of Jacob Blake…

webdev (2021-04-26). GOP Criminalizes Dissent with Anti-Riot Laws Targeting Black Lives Matter & Anti-Pipeline Protests. democracynow.org We look at a slew of anti-protest laws pending in Republican-led states, and some that have already passed, such as in Florida, where Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a controversial measure known as the "anti-riot bill" that is widely viewed as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement and calls to "defund the police." Under the new law, a public gathering of three or more people can be classified as a "riot," and anyone who "willingly" participates in such a gathering can be charged with a third-degree felony. Many of the anti-protest bills pending in other states have the exact same language as the…

Staff (2021-04-26). GOP Criminalizes Dissent with Anti-Riot Laws Targeting Black Lives Matter & Anti-Pipeline Protests. democracynow.org We look at a slew of anti-protest laws pending in Republican-led states, and some that have already passed, such as in Florida, where Republican Governor Ron DeSantis signed a controversial measure known as the "anti-riot bill" that is widely viewed as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement and calls to "defund the police." Under the new law, a public gathering of three or more people can be classified as a "riot," and anyone who "willingly" participates in such a gathering can be charged with a third-degree felony. Many of the anti-protest bills pending in other states have the exact same language as the…

Staff (2021-04-26). "Open Season": Heather Heyer's Mother Slams New Laws Giving Immunity to Drivers Who Hit Protesters. democracynow.org Many of the anti-protest laws pushed by Republicans include measures that provide civil or criminal immunity to drivers who hit demonstrators with their vehicles. A pending Oklahoma measure would offer both. "It's declaring open season," says Susan Bro, whose daughter Heather Heyer was killed in 2017 when a white supremacist plowed his car into a crowd of counterprotesters at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. "Since when do we allow the public to become judge, jury and executioner? Because that's what this amounts to: Let's go hunt protesters."

webdev (2021-04-26). "Our Demand Is for Him to Be Fired": Outrage in Kenosha as Cop Who Shot Jacob Blake Returns to Work. democracynow.org Relatives and supporters of Jacob Blake staged a sit-in with arrests outside the Kenosha police headquarters in Wisconsin to protest the department's decision to allow police officer Rusten Sheskey to return to work. Sheskey, who is white, fired seven shots at point-blank range into the back of Jacob Blake last August, leaving the 29-year-old African American father partially paralyzed and sparking massive protests. Sheskey had been on administrative leave but faced no charges for the shooting. "There's been so many injustices carried on through this investigation," says Jacob Blake Sr., the father of Jacob Blake…

Jasmine Norden (2021-04-26). In one tweet, Zarah Sultana nails the real issue with Boris Johnson's outrageous lockdown comment. thecanary.co Boris Johnson has caused outrage over an No.10 said the report was untrue, with defence secretary Ben Wallace

Anonymous103 (2021-04-26). Turkish Military Killed Dozens PKK Fighters In Northern Iraq, Guerrillas Launched Counteroffensive. southfront.org Illustrative image | According to the Turkish Defense Minister, 31 members of Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) have been neutralized so far in northern Iraq as part of the 'Claw-Lightning' anti-terrorist operation. | The Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar commented on the ongoing operation during the inspection of the 3rd Infantry Division Command in Yuksekova district of Turkey's southeastern Hakkari."So far, a total of 1,132 terror targets have been hit with our land fire support vehicles. Our Air Force also ac…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-26). Turkey Signed Contract To Supply Ukrainian Engines For Its ATAK-II Helicopter. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Turkey has signed a contract for supply of Ukrainian engines for Turkish ATAK-II attack helicopters. The signing of the contract was reportedly announced by the General Manager of Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI), Prof. Dr. Temel Kotil, who called Ukraine a"fraternal country". | ATAK-II is the same class helicopter as U.S.-made Boeing AH-64 Apache and Russia's Mi-28NM Night Hunter. | It will have a maximum take-off weight of 10 tons. It should be equipped with a 30-mm cannon, missile a…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-26). Military Situation In Donetsk People's Republic On April 26, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | UAF shelled the Gagarin mine in Gorlovka with 82-mm artillery | UAF targeted Zaytseve with RPG and grenade launchers | UAF targeted Zheleznaya Balka with grenade launchers and 82-mm artillery | UAF targeted Veseloe with grenade launchers | UAF targeted Sakhanka with 120-mm artillery | UAF targeted Leninskoe with 120-mm artillery | DPR forces targeted UAF positions in Shyrokyne with 120-mm and 82-mm artillery | DPR forces targeted UAF positions in Pivdenne with 1…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-26). Military Situation In Syria On April 26, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 26, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 34 times: 15 — in Idlib province, 14 — in Latakia province, 5 — in Hama province | On April 25, clashes between NDF and YPG were reported in the Tai neighborhood of Qamishli after the ceasefire agreement in the city | On April 25, four SAA soldiers were killed by a car bomb in the west of Aleppo city | On April 25, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-…

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Anonymous007 (2021-04-26). Chaos In Mogadishu As Political Crisis Deepens. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 25th, the election stalemate in Somalia led to rival factions beginning clashes in Mogadishu. | The fighting took place between federal government forces of President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, known as Farmajo, and members of the Somali military who are aligning themselves with opposition leaders. | There is an unknown number of casualties. | The talks on normalization collapsed after Farmajo failed to hold presidential and parliamentary elections by February, as scheduled,…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-26). Capitalism is an Environmental Failure, Latin American Leaders Warn. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Alejandra Garcia, originally published at "Mother Earth does not belong to us, we are part of her. Savage capitalism has turned life into a big market and has destroyed the essential balance that must exist between nature and human beings," Bolivia's President Luis Arce said in commemorati…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-26). In Video: Russia's New 'Satellite Killer Weapon" Nudol Successfully Test-Launched In Kazakhstan. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 26, Russian military has successfully test-launched a new anti-ballistic missile A-235 PL-19 Nudol. The trial took place at the Sary-Shagan test site in Kazakhstan. | According to Major General Sergei Grabchuk, commander of the anti-missile defence unit of the Aerospace Forces, the anti-ballistic missile accurately hit its target. | A-235 PL-19 Nudol picked up speed of more than three kilometers per second. The defence shield aims to take out incoming enemy missiles at…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-26). Libyan Interim PM's First Visit To Benghazi Blocked. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 25th, the new Libyan interim government postponed the prime minister's first visit to the east of the country, after an advance security team was turned back from Benghazi airport. | A cabinet meeting on April 26th in the city would also have marked interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah's first trip to Libya's east. | A spokesperson said preparations were underway to arrange another date, without giving a reason for…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-26). Happy Birthday To China's Navy: Epic Video Showing Chinese Naval Might Released Online. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) released a video on the occasion of its the 72nd anniversary and the centenary of The Communist Party of China. | On April 23, a

Anonymous103 (2021-04-26). Russian Reaction On NATO's Decision To End Its Mission In Afghanistan. southfront.org 100628-N-0475R-287 | MARJAH, Afghanistan (June 28, 2010) Seabees, Marines, Soldiers and members of the Afghan National Army take a tour of an area surrounding a newly completed Mabey-Johnson Bridge project. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Ace Rheaume/Released)We bring to your attention a part of the briefing by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which concerns the NATO's decision to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. This fragment clearly demonstrates the shift in Russian…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-25). In Video: Houthis Blowing Vehicles of Saudi-Backed Forces. southfront.org Screen grab from the Houthis' video. | The Houthi-affilated media outlet "Yemen Wrath" released fresh combat footage showing operations of Ansar Allah (also known as the Houthis) against coalition-led forces in Yemen. | The footage shows the engineering unit carrying out IED attacks against several vehicles of Saudi-backed forces in Asir and Al-Jawf fronts and inflicting human and material losses. |

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

WSWS (2021-04-26). Job cuts mount in German clinics and nursing homes despite the pandemic. wsws.org In many parts of Germany, nursing staff have been working at their limits for over a year now. But now, in the middle of the Germany's third wave of the pandemic, doctors, nurses and caregivers are faced with a new threat: clinics are laying off personnel to boost profits.

teleSUR (2021-04-26). 'Bolsonaro Is Genocide' Shout Brazilians Around the World. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian International Front (FIBRA) on Sunday held the first day of mobilization to denounce the policy of systematic violation of rights that President Jair Bolsonaro has maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Citizens from 16 countries and Brazilian ex-pats attended the protests against this far-right politician. Their rallies took place in 36 cities around the world. | "The culprit of the genocide of the Brazilian people is…

teleSUR (2021-04-26). The US Maintains High Military Spending Despite Pandemic. telesurenglish.net The United States continues to increase its military spending despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report on Monday. | RELATED: | Military spending by the United States in 2020 increased 4.4 percent compared with 2019, reaching an estimated US$778 billion — the third consecutive year of growth, following seven years of continuous reductions. | As the world's largest military spender, the United States accoun…

teleSUR& age-JF (2021-04-26). Paraguay Militarizes Streets To Enforce Health Measures. telesurenglish.net Paraguay's government on Sunday announced new restrictive measures to contain the pandemic and informed that security forces will take to the streets to ensure their compliance. | RELATED: | "From April 27 to May 10, agents of the National Police and the Armed Forces will patrol the streets to enforce the curfew, which will be imposed from 20h00 to 5h00 local time daily," Interior Minister Arnaldo Giuzzio said. | Officers…

Editor2 (2021-04-26). Biden's Package and its Pitfalls. orinocotribune.com By Prabhat Patnaik — Apr 24, 2021 | U.S. President Joe Biden's $1.9 trillion rescue package is one of the most ambitious measures to revive the U.S. and, with it, the world economy. Coming on the heels of Trump's $2 trillion package last year and a further $900 billion package announced in December 2020, it seeks not just to provide relief from the pandemic but to start a new boom in the U.S. which, it is expected, will have spill-over effects for the world as a whole, notwithstanding the protectionist measures against imports introduced in the U.S. under Donald Trump. It will also raise the U.S. fiscal defi…

commondreams (2021-04-26). Advocates Praise USDA's Decision to Provide Pandemic-EBT to Kids During Summer Months. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Ben Armbruster (2021-04-26). Even During an Ongoing Pandemic the World Cant Quit Weapons. commondreams.org "A new report found that military spending around the world got a boost last year despite floundering economies due to COVID-19." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nick Dearden (2021-04-26). Pfizer Is Obsessed with One Thing in this Pandemic. And It's Not Saving Lives. globalresearch.ca Pfizer is the corporation that has profited most from Covid-19 vaccines …

sputniknews (2021-04-26). UK Defence Secretary Slams Reports About Boris Johnson Saying 'Let the Bodies Pile High' as False. sputniknews.com The coronavirus situation in Britain remains tense despite the partial cancellation of restrictions in some parts of the country, as the overall tally is over 4.4 million, while the death toll from the pandemic has since reached 127,000.

sputniknews (2021-04-26). Kamala Harris Will Reportedly Address UN Urging Countries to Prepare for New Pandemic. sputniknews.com The world is still struggling to overcome the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but some voices, including among the medical community, are already saying that the emergence of the next one is just a matter of time.

sputniknews (2021-04-26). 'Horror Story': Piers Morgan Dumps on Joyless Pandemic Oscars in Railway Station. sputniknews.com Recently-sacked ITV Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan said the highlight of this year's Academy Awards was comedian Ricky Gervais re-tweeting his appearance as host of last year's Golden Globes awards, mercilessly mocking the great and the good of Hollywood.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-04-26). 'Halt This Nightmare': Alarm as Florida Set to Begin Release of Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes. commondreams.org "The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes puts Floridians, the environment, and endangered species at risk in the midst of a pandemic." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-04-26). Global Military Spending Grew to Nearly $2 Trillion in 2020 Despite Pandemic. commondreams.org At $778 billion, U.S. military expenditure—4.4% higher in 2020 than in 2019—accounts for 39% of the world total. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson (2021-04-26). Backing Waiver for Covid Vaccine Patents Is 'Common Human Morality'. zcomm.org "We must do everything humanly possible to crush this global pandemic and save millions of people who are in danger of needlessly dying"

The Canary (2021-04-26). Government has 'no capacity' now for inquiry, bereaved families told. thecanary.co The Government has "no capacity" at present to launch a public inquiry into the handling of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, it has told bereaved families. | In a six-page letter, the government Legal Department told families that an inquiry "now is not appropriate", and people who would need to give evidence are "working round the clock" to keep society safe. | "Not now": | Members of the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice group were told that the Government is "focused entirely" on responding to the pandemic, in particular on the vaccination rollout and preparations for a third wave. | The lette…

Nina Burleigh (2021-04-26). Why Do We Forget Pandemics? thenation.com Why Do We Forget Pandemics?

Eurasia Review (2021-04-26). Asia-Pacific Leaders At UN Policy Forum Call For Greater Regional Cooperation To Build Back From COVID-19 Pandemic. eurasiareview.com The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) opened its 77th session Monday in Bangkok with a strong call for strengthening multilateralism, international development coordination, and collaboration with subregional organizations to build back better from the COVID-19 pandemic. | "The attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific is at stake," said Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP, who noted that the health crisis, together with measures to mitigate its impacts, have deeply affecte…

The Canary (2021-04-26). 'Urgent explanation' is demanded as Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe sentenced to a another year in Iranian jail. thecanary.co British-Iranian charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been given an additional jail term in Iran. | Zaghari-Ratcliffe has already completed a five-year sentence on charges levied by Iranian authorities, the last year of which was spent under house arrest due to the pandemic. | Her lawyer Hojjat Kermani said she received the second sentence on a charge of spreading "propaganda against the system" for participating in a protest in front of the Iranian Embassy in London in 2009. | As well as the one-year jail term she has also been banned from leaving the country for a year. | Thank you for all the messages r…

ecns.cn (2021-04-26). Museum showcases vital clues to past. ecns.cn Rising numbers of visitors are heading to Sanxingdui Museum in Guanghan, Sichuan province, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

ecns.cn (2021-04-26). Larger role seen for traditional medicines. ecns.cn Chinese and foreign politicians and health experts called on Tuesday for concerted efforts to study the clinical outcomes of the use of traditional medicines against the novel coronavirus to enable traditional therapies to play a larger role in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic.

ecns.cn (2021-04-26). China willing to assist India to fight second wave of COVID-19 pandemic. ecns.cn China is willing to provide support and assistance to India to help it combat its new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic once the India side asks for specific demands.

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.

news.un (2021-04-26). Prioritize people and planet, UN chief urges Asian and Pacific nations. news.un.org The UN Secretary-General on Monday called on Asian and Pacific countries not to base their pandemic recovery strategies on "outdated and unsustainable economic models", and to ensure that the world's most populous region protects its environment and provides opportunities for all.

Sucharit Bhakdi, Karina Reiss (2021-04-26). 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.

teleSUR (2021-04-26). RUNASUR To Integrate the Peoples of South America. telesurenglish.net Former President Evo Morales on Monday announced the creation of RUNASUR, a Bolivia-based integration mechanism for Indigenous peoples and social movements. | RELATED: | "RUNASUR will seek to join all South American countries," Morales said, explaining that the initiative proposes to turn Latin America into a plurinational region. | The idea of creating RUNASUR was suggested by Morales one day after he returned to Boliv…

The Red Nation (2021-04-26). The Red Deal: Indigenous action to save our Earth. zcomm.org The Red Deal is a manifesto and movement — borne of Indigenous resistance and decolonial struggle — to liberate all peoples and save our planet…

Alan MacLeod (2021-04-26). Tanks and Think Tanks: How Taiwanese Cash Is Funding the Push to War with China. globalresearch.ca Twenty years ago, a group of neoconservative think tanks used their …

Roger D. Harris (2021-04-26). US Role Behind the Defeat of Ecuador's Leftist Presidential Candidate. dissidentvoice.org The US role in the defeat of leftist Andrés Arauz in Ecuador's presidential contest on April 11 was not overt because it did not need to be, according to a high-ranking Latin American diplomat. We met with the diplomat and others on an official election observation delegation with CODEPINK. Names of some sources remain anonymous …

Staff (2021-04-26). Headlines for April 26, 2021. democracynow.org India Reports 5th Day of Record COVID Cases as Calls Mount in U.S. to Share Excess Vaccines, Anger and Grief After at Least 82 People Killed in Baghdad COVID Hospital Fire, Thailand, Japan Impose New COVID Restrictions; EU to Allow Entry to Vaccinated Tourists from U.S., U.S. States Resume J&J Vaccines After Green Light from FDA and CDC, Family of Andrew Brown Expected to See Bodycam Video of His Killing by North Carolina Police, Protesters Condemn News White Cop Rusten Sheskey, Who Shot Jacob Blake, Will Return to Work, Maryland Will Review Cases Handled by Ex-Medical Examiner David Fowler, Virginia Sheriff's De…

webdev (2021-04-26). Headlines for April 26, 2021. democracynow.org India Reports 5th Day of Record COVID Cases as Calls Mount in U.S. to Share Excess Vaccines, Anger and Grief After at Least 82 People Killed in Baghdad COVID Hospital Fire, Thailand, Japan Impose New COVID Restrictions; EU to Allow Entry to Vaccinated Tourists from U.S., U.S. States Resume J&J Vaccines After Green Light from FDA and CDC, Family of Andrew Brown Expected to See Bodycam Video of His Killing by North Carolina Police, Protesters Condemn News White Cop Rusten Sheskey, Who Shot Jacob Blake, Will Return to Work, Maryland Will Review Cases Handled by Ex-Medical Examiner David Fowler, Virginia Sheriff's De…

_____ (2021-04-26). On Contact: Cancel Culture. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses cancel culture with Dan Kovalik, author and associate professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh. | Dan Kovalik is the author of 'Cancel This Book: The Progressive Case Against Cancel Culture'.

Lee Fang (2021-04-26). Pharmaceutical Industry Dispatches Army of Lobbyists to Block Generic Covid-19 Vaccines. zcomm.org New lobbying disclosures show over 100 drug lobbyists working to defeat the IP waiver request at the WTO…

Toward increasing Networking (2021-04-26). 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.

teleSUR (2021-04-26). President Maduro Denounces US Funding To Venezuelan Opposition. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Sunday denounced Washington is handing over Venezuelan money frozen in U.S. federal reserves and banks worldwide to opposition leader Juan Guaido. | RELATED: | "The White House has no limits. It is usurping and giving away our resources to these gangsters," Maduro warned and informed that President Joe Biden's administration will deliver Guaido over Venezuelan US$150 million to Guaido. | The pre…

_____ (2021-04-26). Why the Main Argument Against Withdrawing U.S. Troops Is Bogus. strategic-culture.org By Caitlin JOHNSTONE | literal psychopath John Bolton has a new opinion piece out in Foreign Policy titled " John Bolton has

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-26). US Deploying 650 Additional Troops to Afghanistan. news.antiwar.com The US is deploying additional forces to Afghanistan over fears of Taliban attacks during the withdrawal process. The officials said the ground troops will mainly come from the US Army's 75th Ranger Regiment and will be deployed with transport planes and aircraft that can provide air support such as AC-130 gunships. | Secretary of Defense Lloyd Aust…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-26). Washington State Lawmakers Approve Capital Gains Tax on Wealthiest to Fund Public Education. commondreams.org Progressive in the state say the passage of a bill imposing a 7% capital gains tax to fund public education represents a victory. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-04-26). Staten Island Amazon Workers Begin Union Drive. popularresistance.org In some ways, Amazon workers' more than yearlong struggle for adequate COVID-19 protections and against corporate retaliation at the company's Staten Island facility in New York City helped pave the way for this month's unionization attempt at the Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse. | Now, as the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) seeks a second election through the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), filing official objections Friday charging Amazon with engaging in illegal interference to defeat the union, Staten Island "JFK8" warehouse workers with The Congress of Essential Workers (TCOEW) tell…

Jackie Fox (2021-04-26). Echoes of Revolution. realprogressives.org As I'm writing the book The Journey to a New America and through my research becoming more familiar with these often unspoken elements of history, I'm also beginning to see history repeating itself in the events happening even as I felt the stories I was telling were over. | One of those stories which are unfolding right now is happening in the unlikely state of Alabama, as the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) seems to be getting closer every day to winning a historic uphill battle against one of the most consistently anti-union companies in modern America — Amazon. The battle to unio…

repost (2021-04-26). 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…

Ralph Nader (2021-04-26). If Biden is a "Union Guy" — Go After the Taft-Hartley Monster! counterpunch.org President Joe Biden likes to say, "I'm a union guy." Unfortunately, as Vice President from 2009 to 2017, his boss, Barack Obama wouldn't let him be a "union guy." Even with large Democratic majorities in Congress and control of the White House, worker needs went unmet. Setting records for raising Wall Street campaign cash, Obama

Ciara Torres-Spelliscy (2021-04-26). The Supreme Court's looming dark money decision. nationofchange.org The Court could reinforce the growing influence of this type of secret funding for political campaigns.

The Associated Press (2021-04-26). Protests Reveal Generational Divide in Immigrant Communities. latinorebels.com BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — When protests began in a Minneapolis suburb after a white police officer fatally shot a Black man, 21-year-old Fatumata Kromah took to the street, pushing for change she says is essential to her Liberian immigrant community.

Latin America News Dispatch (2021-04-26). Mexico Will Build 17 Shelters for Child Migrants Near Southern Border. latinorebels.com The shelters will be run by the country's child welfare agency and will be located in different places in the states of Tabasco and Chiapas.

Paul Dobson (2021-04-26). At Least Two Dead in Latest Maritime Accident on Venezuela-Trinidad Migrant Route. venezuelanalysis.com Twenty people also died in November making the perilous sea journey, when authorities pointed the finger at human-trafficking mafias.

commondreams (2021-04-26). Following Government's Forced 'Death Flight' Deportations and Torture of Black Immigrants, Advocates Seek Answers. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-04-26). Rights Groups Demand Records on Trump Admin's 'Death Flight' Deportations of Cameroonian Asylum Seekers. commondreams.org "The government's mass deportations of Cameroonian and other Black immigrants is inhumane and targeted," said attorneys with three human rights groups Monday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brenda Norrell (2021-04-26). '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.

Rebecca Magallon (2021-04-26). 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.

Staff (2021-04-26). Venezuela Hits Hard at Drug Trafficking Despite False Narratives. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Minister for Internal Relations, Justice and Peace, Admiral Carmen Melendez, emphasized that Venezuela has dealt a severe blow to drug trafficking by managing to seize more than 13,600 kilograms of drugs in the first quarter of 2021 alone, despite the international narrative promoted by the United States and Colombia that portrays Venezuela as a narco-state. | In this regard, the senior official stated categorically, during an interview for the television program Aqui con Ernesto Villegas, that the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) remains in a constant battle against drug trafficking, at all chec…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-04-26). Special Economic Zones: Venezuela's Strategy for Breaking the US Encirclement. libya360.wordpress.com Mauricio Montes The Venezuelan government is fine-tuning the legal framework to strengthen the special economic zones (SEZs) already existing in its territory and to open space for foreign direct investment in a production scheme favorable to the Bolivarian nation. Although the experiences of foreign investment have left little to Venezuela, the national Executive observes the…

_____ (2021-04-26). Bolivia Proposes To The UN To Urgently Convene An Earth Assembly. popularresistance.org During the Reunion with Mother Earth: Global reflections for the defense of Pachamama, the Plurinational State of Bolivia assumed the commitment to lead, in coordination with all the peoples of the South, a global action in this matter and requested the Secretary General of the United Nations (UN), António Guterres, to urgently convene an Earth Assembly to "continue developing the cosmobiocentric paradigm, not anthropocentric, within the framework of multilateralism." | Representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the People's Power Minister for Foreign Relations, Jorge Arreaza, focused his speech on the fa…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-04-26). Australia Cancels Two Development Agreements with China. asia-pacificresearch.com

Juan Cole (2021-04-26). Methane Menace and Global Heating: Why President Biden is wrong and Fracking must be Banned. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — When running for office, Joe Biden pledged that the federal government would not ban hydraulic fracturing or fracking. This environmentally disastrous method of extracting petroleum and natural gas from shale rock beneath the earth involves pumping water down there under enormous pressure to break up the rocks and release the …

Juan Cole (2021-04-26). Methane Menace and Global Heating. zcomm.org Why President Biden is wrong and Fracking must be Banned…

teleSUR (2021-04-26). Dry Conditions To Affect 3.4 Million People in Somalia. telesurenglish.net The United Nations on Sunday warned that 3.4 million people are projected to be affected by drought conditions by the end of 2021 in Somalia. Around 380,000 of them are expected to be displaced. | RELATED: | The UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia Adam Abdelmoula expressed deep concern about the deterioration of the dry conditions in this African country which have now escalated to a drought situation. | Humanitarian Affa…

Editorial Team (2021-04-26). Communist Party to hold online May Day Rally — 1 May 2021. challenge-magazine.org With COVID-19 restrictions still in place across Britain, the Communist Party is organising an all Britain online rally at 6pm to mark International Worker's Day 2021. The celebration of May Day will also be the biggest online meeting of the Party's 2021 election campaigns. This will have been the Party's largest electoral contest since the 1980s and the rally is being held under the slogan 'Vote Communist, join the struggle, build the party!'

WSWS (2021-04-26). COVID-19 deaths surge in Michigan. wsws.org Michigan, the center of auto production in the United States, is facing the deadliest surge of COVID-19 anywhere in the country.

WSWS (2021-04-26). Fire at COVID-19 hospital in Baghdad kills at least 82 people. wsws.org After an accident caused an oxygen tank to explode, eyewitness accounts and video clips of the terrible scenes of the fire at the hospital treating COVID-19 patients have provoked shock and anger throughout Iraq.

Brian Shilhavy (2021-04-26). Urgent! 5 Doctors Agree that COVID-19 mRNA Experimental Shots Are Bioweapons and Discuss What to Do About It. globalresearch.ca Ever since reports have surfaced in recent days that people who …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-26). 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 …

Brian Shilhavy (2021-04-26). Mass Murder: 3,486 Deaths in the U.S. Following COVID Injections in 4 Months: More Vaccine Deaths Recorded Than in the Past 15 Years Combined. globalresearch.ca The CDC

Jeanne Smits (2021-04-26). French Drug Assessment Center Demands Removal of All Four Widely Used COVID Vaccines. globalresearch.ca A regional independent drug assessment center, the CTIAP (Centre territorial d'Information …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-04-26). 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 (2021-04-26). 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 …

Megan Redshaw (2021-04-26). CDC Investigating 3 Deaths after J&J Vaccine, New VAERS Data Include 584 More Reports of Deaths after COVID Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Data released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …

sputniknews (2021-04-26). US Lawmaker Calls For Export of AstraZeneca Jab to India as Biden Extends Help to COVID-Hit Country. sputniknews.com India on Monday reported more than 300,000 new COVID infections for the fifth straight day, taking the overall COVID caseload to more than 17 million. Faced with a devastating second COVID wave, the Indian authorities are now grappling with shortage of jabs, with the country's biggest vaccine manufacturer already struggling to fulfill orders.

sputniknews (2021-04-26). Bolivia Vows to Produce COVID Vaccines, Including Russian One. sputniknews.com LA PAZ (Sputnik) – Bolivia is interested in the production of vaccines against COVID-19, including the Russian one, on its territory, Health Minister Jeyson Auza told Sputink.

sputniknews (2021-04-26). Over 50% of South Koreans Support Using Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine in Country, Poll Suggests. sputniknews.com SEOUL (Sputnik) – Over 51 percent of South Korean nationals support the use of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 in the country amid reports that the government is studying data on this vaccine, according to a survey published by South Korean pollster Realmeter on Monday.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-26). 2nd shipment of vaccine production equipment arrives in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) —According to an Iranian Customs official, the 2nd shipment of Covid-19 vaccine production equipment arrived in Iran, which can increase production capacity to 20 million doses per month.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-26). Putin, Assad discuss supplies of Russian vaccines to Syria. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 26 (MNA) — Russian and Syrian presidents have held a phone conversation to discuss Russian vaccine supplies to Syria and cooperation against COVID-19.

Arab News (2021-04-26). Tough Decisions For Ministers At Upcoming OPEC+ Meeting — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Cornelia Meyer* | The ministers of OPEC+, an alliance between OPEC members and 10 friendly producer nations led by Russia, will meet this week to look at the global oil markets. | On April 1, the ministers agreed to ease production cuts by 350,000 barrels per day (bpd) during May and June, and 441,000 bpd in July. Saudi Arabia also announced its intention to roll back its voluntary 1 million bpd reductions over the same period. | As has so often happened, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has again delivered a curve ball to plans by world leaders. India showed new infections in the hundreds of thousands, m…

IMPRI (2021-04-26). India: Strategic And Effective Lockdown — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Arun Kumar* | India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his short recent address to the nation, used the imagery of a 'toofan' and admitted that India has been hit by a frightening surge of COVID-19 cases. There is a near collapse of the health infrastructure, with horror stories coming from all around the country of people dying due to lack of hospital beds, oxygen and so on — the nation is literally gasping for breath. These are the reports from the metro cities, which are far better medically equipped than the smaller towns and villages. At this time 3 weeks a strategic and effective lockdown. |

Julio C. Gambina (2021-04-26). Producir y des-mercantilizar vacunas. globalizacion.ca Todos los análisis coinciden en la gravedad sanitaria y económica del momento, con 150 millones de contagiados y 3 millones de muertos por Covid19 en el mundo. El problema lleva más de un año desde la declaración de la pandemia…

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 (2021-04-26). Record high of 352,991 new cases take India's COVID-19 tally to over 17 mln. ecns.cn India's COVID-19 tally surpassed 17 million on Monday with a fresh high of 352,991 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, the health ministry said.

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 (2021-04-26). 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 (2021-04-26). Chinese FM to chair COVID-19 meeting. ecns.cn Foreign ministers from China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh will hold a meeting on coping with COVID-19 on Tuesday via video link.

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 (2021-04-26). Chinese experts suggest database expansion, global search for COVID-19 origins. ecns.cn The Chinese experts participating in a joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 have suggested efforts to expand a global database for the disease and the scope of the search for early cases worldwide.

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 (2021-04-26). Yunnan city reports new COVID-19 cases. ecns.cn A range of measures including citywide nucleic acid testing, a one-week home quarantine and traffic curbs have been introduced in Ruili, Yunnan province, after nine people in the city tested positive for COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-26). Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine shows '100 pct efficacy' in teenagers. ecns.cn The BNT162b2 vaccine was "well tolerated" and elicited robust antibody responses that exceeded even those in an earlier trial of 16 to 25-year-olds, the two companies said in a joint statement.

ecns.cn (2021-04-26). ADB finances COVID-19 vaccine rollout in 4 Pacific countries. ecns.cn The Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Monday said it approved 18.9 million U.S. dollars in grants to help four developing member countries in the Pacific in rolling out safe and effective vaccines against the COVID-19.

news.un (2021-04-26). Deadly shipwreck off Venezuela underscores need for safe migration pathways, protection. news.un.org The latest shipwreck in the Caribbean has highlighted the need for safe migration pathways, particularly in the COVID-19 era when many borders remain closed, two UN agencies said on Monday.

Zachary Conti (2021-04-26). 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.

Ali Abunimah (2021-04-26). Israel lobby's "Death to the Arabs" damage control. zcomm.org As Netanyahu struggles to retain his post as prime minister in the wake of Israel's latest inconclusive election, he hardly wants to alienate a large part of his racist base…

Answer Coalition (2021-04-26). Massive national movement against racism reason for Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict. answercoalition.org &nbsp…

_____ (2021-04-26). Unresolved Questions About NY's Excluded Workers Fund. popularresistance.org It has been just over two weeks since the $2.1 billion Excluded Workers Fund was approved as part of New York's State budget deal and the state Department of Labor, charged with running the program and coming up with the application form, has yet to provide answers to basic questions about the initiative—such as when can the process will begin or what will happen if the number of applicants exceeds the estimated 290,000 people the state expects will be eligible. | The Excluded Workers Fund would divide the target population into two groups: the first, known as tier 1, would include those who can demonstrate…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-26). After week-long protests, Israel removes barriers at Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem. peoplesdispatch.org The Damascus Gate has been a popular gathering point for Palestinians during Ramadan. Thousands have been protesting the restrictions, facing violence and marches by ultra-right-wing groups who are often supported by the occupation forces…

WSWS (2021-04-26). Autoworkers call for independent investigation into worker death at Stellantis Sterling Stamping Plant. wsws.org The Sterling Heights Assembly Rank-and-File Safety Committee called Sunday for an independent investigation into the tragic April 21 death of autoworker Terry Garr at the Stellantis Sterling Stamping Plant.

WSWS (2021-04-26). Australia: Leaked report slanders Shepparton school teachers for alleged "systemic racism" wsws.org The leaked report has the hallmarks of a government provocation, aimed at diverting attention from the disastrous consequences of its school amalgamation drive in the regional city of Victoria.

WSWS (2021-04-26). Chinese truck driver driven to suicide by exploitative conditions. wsws.org The suicide tragically exposes the harsh working conditions in which millions of long-haul truckers are struggling on a daily basis.

RobertAlvarez (2021-04-26). Transit Equity Report Finds Riders and Workers Continue to Need Better Access to Affordable & Reliable Public Transit to Meet Essential Needs and for Economy Recovery and Climate Action. ips-dc.org The Transit Equity Network released a new report, "Community Hearing on Transit Equity 2021: Findings and Recommendations."

WSWS (2021-04-26). New Zealand: Lockout of Wellington bus drivers lifted after court ruling. wsws.org The lockout by NZ Bus was a brutal attempt to force workers to accept reduced overtime rates of pay and annual leave.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-04-26). Runasur to Unite Social Movements for a True Liberation. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News The first RUNASUR technical commission meeting concludes in Villa Tunari. April 25, 2021. Photo: Kawsachun News A new medium for the integration of peoples and social movements is coming together following two intense days of debate in the town of Villa Tunari, Cochabamba. Runasur's general structure and strategy for international coordination were defined…

Justin Mikulka (2021-04-26). Struggling to make a profit, fracking investors are searching for the exit. nationofchange.org "Banks are losing money and investors are stuck in investments they can't get rid of."

The Global Research Team (2021-04-26). Global Research: The Silencing of Independent Media. We Need Your Help. globalresearch.ca We are currently facing an unprecedented threat to the independent media and freedom on the Internet. An increasing number of search engines & social media implement algorithms which are negatively biased against independent news and analysis websites such as Global …

Paul Buhle (2021-04-26). A Life in the Law. progressive.org A new book by Michael Ratner offers a glimpse of the activist's modest life.

WSWS (2021-04-26). Editorial workers mount one-day strike against publisher Ziff-Davis. wsws.org Journalists and online content workers at Ziff Davis, a division of the multi-billion-dollar media monopoly J2 Global, Inc., staged a 24-hour online strike on April 15 to demand a livable wage.

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-04-26). Civil society groups in Chad set to protest French-backed military takeover. peoplesdispatch.org Following the death of long-time president Idriss Déby, his son, Mahamat Déby, seized power on April 20 at the head of a military junta. Opposition parties have called for a civil disobedience campaign…

_____ (2021-04-26). Green Growth Vs Degrowth. popularresistance.org The row about ecological limits to growth is back with a vengeance. On one side are those who are deeply sceptical about the idea of 'infinite growth on a finite planet'. They argue that to be sure of offering a good life for all within planetary boundaries, we need to kick our addiction to consumption growth (in wealthy countries at least). These 'green growth sceptics' include those advocating for 'degrowth', 'prosperity without growth', 'steady state economics', 'doughnut economics' and 'wellbeing economics'. | In the opposite corner are 'green growth' advocates who believe that the historical relationship bet…

Tom Pappert (2021-04-26). MIT Study Suggests Six Foot Social Distancing, Limited Occupancy Rules Are Completely Pointless. globalresearch.ca A new study conducted by MIT scientists and released this week …

Fight Back (2021-04-26). Minneapolis high school students demand: Justice for Anthony Thompson Jr, no police in schools. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — Around 50 protesters gathered outside the John B. Davis Education and Support Center, the main headquarters for the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education, on April 25 to demand justice for Anthony J. Thompson, Jr., a 17-year-old Black youth who was murdered by Knoxville, Tennessee police on April 12, in his own school. The Knox County district attorney already declared that Jonathan Clabough, the officer who shot and killed Thompson, will not be charged. The protest to demand justice was organized by the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice 4 Jamar (TCC4J) and the Student Movement Act…

Fight Back (2021-04-26). California: Unemployed Committee supports fight against police crimes. fightbacknews.org San Jose, CA – On April 24, the Northern California Unemployed Committee, or NCUC, marched in support of the fight against police crimes in the wake of the conviction of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. | David Almeida of the NCUC expressed support for community control of the police, saying, "With community control of the police, we, the community get to defund and demilitarize our police, not the government." He went on to point out that there are still hundreds of the thousands of people here in California who are still waiting to hear about the status of their unemployment benefits. | The NCUC pa…

WSWS (2021-04-26). Irish police attack sacked Debenhams workers. wsws.org Sacked Debenhams workers in Ireland seeking higher redundancy payments have been manhandled by police from their former workplaces.

WSWS (2021-04-26). Editorial workers mount one-day strike against publisher Ziff Davis. wsws.org Journalists and online content workers at Ziff Davis, a division of the multi-billion-dollar media monopoly J2 Global, Inc., staged a 24-hour online strike on April 15 to demand a livable wage.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-26). NATO's adds Ukraine and Georgia to its Eastern flank. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO's adds Ukraine and Georgia to its Eastern flankRick Rozoff Late last week Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba traveled to Bucharest, Romania to join a meeting of what he called NATO's Eastern flank: Poland, Romania and Turkey. The Ukrainian foreign minister posted this on his Facebook page: "Greetings from Bucharest. Today, for the first time, …

El Faro English (2021-04-26). A Decisive Week for the El Mozote Case. latinorebels.com One expert witness will testify that there was a systematic government cover-up involving both the Salvadoran and United States governments.

Tom Engelhardt (2021-04-26). Tomgram: Rajan Menon, The Fantasy War from Hell. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. It started with three air strikes on September 11, 2001. The fourth plane, heading perhaps for the Capitol (a building that wouldn't be targeted again until last January 6th), ended up in a field in Pennsylvania. Those three …

WSWS (2021-04-26). Streetlight Harmonies—The "doo-wop" era in popular music. wsws.org Through the stories of many of the people who created the music of that era, one can't help but appreciate the historical roots of American popular music and its embodiment of the innate striving of the population to embrace human commonality.

Gerson Smoger (2021-04-26). Growing Opposition to the Bayer Monsanto Roundup Settlement. globalresearch.ca Tens of thousands of people have sued Monsanto owner Bayer AG …

Editorial La Jornada (2021-04-26). Kamala Harris: Migración y clima. globalizacion.ca Aunque el gobierno de Washington hizo saber en días pasados que no estaba interesado en vincular la lucha contra el calentamiento global y las medidas a adoptar ante el fenómeno migratorio desde Centroamérica hacia territorio de Estados Unidos, como propuso…

Aidan O'Brien (2021-04-26). Africa Is Choosing China over the U.S.: The Case of Cape Verde. globalresearch.ca In February the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, made …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-04-26). James Bradley, Author of Flags of Our Fathers, #1 New York Times Best-Seller, Speaks Out Against the U.S. Military Encirclement of China. covertactionmagazine.com In an exclusive interview with CAM, James Bradley warns that war could break out anytime, and the U.S. would be to blame. Bradley calls for renewed engagement with China at a grass-roots level.

RobertAlvarez (2021-04-26). Community Hearing on Transit Equity 2021: Findings and Recommendations. ips-dc.org In an attempt to shape an equitable vision for the U.S. transit system, the Labor Network for Sustainability and allies of the Transit Equity Network just published their new report, The report's findings and recommendations are rooted in the needs, frustrations, and hopes of transit stakeholders, including riders, workers, families reliant on transit, and community activists. | "Transit riders and workers were very clear about the important role tr…

_____ (2021-04-26). Battleground Baltimore: The Path To Police Accountability. popularresistance.org Baltimore, MD – The battle to keep Black, brown, and other marginalized people safe from police violence is like a fire that has burned for as long as this country has existed. Hot spots flare up when this country's hatred for Black and Brown people becomes more apparent, making the heat more intense and the pain more unbearable. It feels like we are in one of those moments where the fire is burning especially strong right now. | This week, a jury found former officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd. In May of last year, Chauvin was caught on tape kneeling on Floyd's neck as Floyd begged for hi…

Joe Frady (2021-04-26). A White Providence Public School Teacher Writing in Tears. counterpunch.org "I am in blood stepped so far, that should I wade no more returning were as tedious as go o'er." — MacBeth As a white school teacher in a high-poverty school district whose student body is primarily Black, Asian, Latin American, and other People of Color, I find myself existing in a strange Purgatory, a

Prof. Bill Willers (2021-04-26). Public Masking Does Not Stop the Spread of the Virus. The Ultimate Goal is "Mandated Vaccination" globalresearch.ca It is established that public masking

Jeff Cohen (2021-04-26). Media Evasions on Racism and the Role of Derek Chauvin. counterpunch.org Let's acknowledge at the outset that corporate liberal media — owned and sponsored by the mightiest economic forces in our society — have increased their talk about race and racism in recent years, especially since the rise of Trump. They've even learned to throw around the phrase "systemic racism" — while avoiding scrutiny of the corporate systems

Seb Peltekian (2021-04-26). Leaking Oil and Gas Wells: A Ticking Time Bomb. globalresearch.ca They could be in your town or the next town over. …

Nicola Schulze (2021-04-26). OPINION: I Will Never Watch the Killings of Black and Brown Children. latinorebels.com Why do these videos continue to be released to the public, as if the word of a witness, mother, or father isn't enough?>

Leonardo Flores (2021-04-26). How Venezuela is Rebuilding Its Industrial Base, One Volunteer at a Time. counterpunch.org "We don't just repair machines; we repair consciences," says Sergio Requena of the Productive Workers Army (EPO by its Spanish-language initials) in Venezuela. The EPO is a group of 2,270 volunteers with a broad range of technical expertise. They go from factory to factory repairing broken machinery. Their mission is to recover Venezuela's industrial production

Fight Back (2021-04-26). FRSO statement on the conviction of Derek Chauvin. fightbacknews.org Tears of joy and cries of justice spread from the family of George Floyd in the Minneapolis courtroom to people across the country and around world upon hearing the news that Floyd's killer, Derek Chauvin, was convicted on all counts of murder. | This rare event, that a police officer was charged and convicted of murder, was a result of the millions upon millions of people who took to the streets following the killing of George Floyd. The prosecutors did their job, but not from a commitment to justice. They were afraid of the anger of the righteous masses who burned down the police station and confronted police l…

Staff (2021-04-26). Worldwide Caravan Demonstration Demands End to US Blockade of Cuba. orinocotribune.com This Sunday, organizations and activists in more than 50 countries joined demonstrations demanding the United States lift its blockade against Cuba. | In large cities of countries from Europe to Asia, caravans of cars, bicycles, and other vehicles took to the streets in rallies held to demand the President of the United States, Joe Biden, to repeal the sanctions, lift the blockade, reopen Washington's embassy in Havana, and restore the Cuban family reunification program. | The participants in this day of solidarity with Cuba—entitled Bridges of Love, publicized the cruel impact of more than 240 new measures…

Marc Pilisuk (2021-04-26). A Kinder, Gentler Foreign Policy. counterpunch.org Happily, in some measure, in his first three months in office, Joe Biden has shown a needed system change toward healing, sharing, caring, helping, and cooperation in his domestic policy achievements and goals. Sadly, an equally urgent need for structural change is missing from his foreign policy agenda. The progressive steps taken by the Biden

somebitchtoldme (2021-04-26). The Globalist Takeover of the American Educational System. globalresearch.ca Summary | It's easy to look at the individual things that are …

WSWS (2021-04-26). Australian defence minister speaks of war with China. wsws.org Dutton's remarks were made on Anzac Day—the nationalist holiday, which "celebrates" Australia's participation in the disastrous allied invasion of Turkey during World War I, and is a focus for the promotion of militarism.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-26). 65 fighters killed in ongoing battle for Marib. peoplesdispatch.org Approximately 65 fighters were killed in fighting between the Houthi militia and the Saudi and Western-backed Yemeni government forces as the former made significant advances in taking control over the city of Marib. The United Nations and several human rights organizations have warned that continuing fighting and violence could lead to large-scale displacement and suffering of civilians living in the area. 13,600 Yemeni civilians (2272 families) have already been displaced since the beginning of 2021, according to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR). | As per reports, Houthis have seized full control…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-26). Ahead of UN-mediated talks, Cypriot groups rally for a peaceful solution. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive sections in both parts of politically and ethnically divided Cyprus marched in the capital city Nicosia calling for a federal solution for the peaceful reunion of the communities and the country…

WSWS (2021-04-26). Asylum seekers removed from UK without proper legal representation. wsws.org Figures seen under Freedom of Information law by LBC show that over half of the people removed by the Home Office on specially arranged charter flights in summer 2020 did not have a lawyer on records.

WSWS (2021-04-26). Australia: Teachers discuss educational disaster at Shepparton super-school. wsws.org "We have no voice on anything. This is what happens when other people decide. It doesn't surprise me that teachers were threatening to go on strike last year."

_____ (2021-04-26). Joe Biden's New Climate Pledge Isn't Fair Or Ambitious. popularresistance.org On Thursday, President Joe Biden announced that the United States will cut emissions by 50 to 52 percent below 2005 levels by 2030 as part of its commitment to the 2016 Paris Agreement on climate change. | Biden's announcement came during the administration's virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, which aimed to push climate action around the world. | A key goal of the summit was "to keep a limit to warming of 1.5 degree Celsius within reach." A 2018 special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concluded that global greenhouse gas emissions need to drop by 50 percent by 2030 to keep warming…

David Vine (2021-04-26). 175 Years of Border Invasions: The Anniversary of the U.S. War on Mexico and the Roots of Northward Migration. globalresearch.ca Amid renewed fear mongering about an "invasion" at the U.S.-Mexico border, …

_____ (2021-04-26). Why Is The AFL-CIO So Worried About Its Vermont Affiliate? popularresistance.org For as long as Richard Trumka has been a national AFL-CIO leader—more than a quarter of a century—his labor federation has been encouraging its local affiliates to revitalize themselves to help reverse union decline. | Now nearing retirement as AFL-CIO president, Trumka was part of a "New Voice" slate that challenged old guard officials for control of the organization in 1995, via its first contested election in a century. New Voice candidates promised to work with state and local AFL-CIO councils to make labor's political action and workplace solidarity more effective. Among the reforms they implemen…

Fight Back (2021-04-26). Kenosha, WI: Community rallies for justice for Clyde McLemore. fightbacknews.org Kenosha, WI – On the morning of April 23, despite the aggressive posturing of an entire building of public officials, community members gathered in front of the Kenosha County Courthouse in support of Clyde McLemore on his first court date. McLemore is a Black liberation activist from Lake County, Illinois who played a significant role in the uprising in Kenosha after the attempted murder of Jacob Blake by racist cop Rusten Sheskey. McLemore's impact on the community was made clear by the comments made about him by those who attended the rally. | "I'm here as a protester. I'm here as a community member. I'm here…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-04-26). NATO's Adds Ukraine and Georgia to its Eastern Flank. libya360.wordpress.com Rick Rozoff Romania-Poland-Turkey foreign ministers reaffirmed their support for Georgia's and Ukraine's territorial integrity as well as their Euro-Atlantic aspirations. Late last week Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba traveled to Bucharest, Romania to join a meeting of what he called NATO's Eastern flank: Poland, Romania and Turkey. The Ukrainian foreign minister posted this on his…

Elliot Sperber (2021-04-26). Jesus on a Spike. counterpunch.org Jesus on a Spike Why did they shoot Jesus? They ask Confronted by these idols For Jesus said: let's share the bread Help the poor None should go hungry When there is such plenty None should be homeless Let's care for each other And healed people's blindness The rich and the cops though said: What?

Rod Driver (2021-04-26). How the Rich Distort Politics. "Government by the 1% for the 1%" globalresearch.ca "At some level of extreme wealth, money inevitably corrupts… it …

Lisa Leonard (2021-04-26). Killer Cop Derek Chauvin is Guilty, But the Struggle Continues! counterpunch.org Thousands celebrated in the streets of Minneapolis after the judge in Derek Chauvin's trial announced the jury's guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin was convicted of all three charges, including second and third degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. In Minnesota, second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison; third

WSWS (2021-04-26). This week in history: April 26-May 2. wsws.org 25 years ago: Indian general elections, held from April 27 to May 2, 1996, replaced the Congress Party as the largest party in parliament with the Hindu-chauvinist Bharatiya Janata Party.

WSWS (2021-04-26). Eastern Europe and the Balkans remain coronavirus hotspot. wsws.org Following the introduction of capitalism three decades ago, a relatively well-functioning health system has been sacrificed on the altar of profit and ruined.

Editorial Team (2021-04-26). Welsh Communists call for power in the workplace. challenge-magazine.org Welsh Communists have issued a statement calling for new powers for the Welsh Parliament to strengthen the rights of trade unionists to organise and to combat poverty pay. The Communist Party is running its biggest electoral campaign this year since the 1980's across Britain, with candidates in every Welsh regional list seat.

Victoria Brignell (2021-04-26). When America Believed in Eugenics. globalresearch.ca Of relevance to the current debate on Eugenics and Depopulation, this …

The Associated Press (2021-04-26). OAS Rights Group: 'Critical' Levels of Impunity in Mexico. latinorebels.com MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico is suffering "critical" failures in law enforcement and some of the worst levels of journalist killings outside a war zone, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said in a report.

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