2021-05-01: News Headlines

Ralph Nader (2021-05-01). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. dissidentvoice.org David Gelles, the New York Times reporter, likes to report about corporate plutocrats raking it in while stifling or endangering their workers. We've all seen those large advertisements by big companies praising the sacrifices of their brave workers during this Covid-19 pandemic. When workers ask for living wages, most of these bosses say "No" but take plenty …

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

slorinoco (2021-05-01). Canceling the Palestinian Elections Is Patronizing, Unjust—and Dangerous. orinocotribune.com By Muhammad Shehada — Apr 26, 2021 | Israel and the Biden administration back the superannuated, autocratic Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' attempts to walk back his decision to hold elections later this month. But canceling the vote has catastrophic risks. | No one really thought Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas would set a date for general elections, after 15 years of indefinite procrastination. | But his formal decree last January surprised and puzzled Palestinians and observers alike, not least when the big three threats to the status quo—Trump's unconstrained assault on the Pales…

Alan Macleod (2021-05-01). In 2018 the US Was at War With Uyghur Terrorists. Now It Claims They Don't Even Exist. mintpressnews.com With China now in the U.S. crosshairs, the ETIM has moved from being an adversary to being a potential asset.

William Hogan (2021-05-01). The Ongoing Torture and Medical Neglect of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Doctors for Assange was led by Dr. Stephen Frost and his colleagues. | The report below was initially published in The Lancet on June 25, 2020 | Dr. Frost is currently leading a new initiative entitled

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-05-01). Progressive Groups Mark May Day With Rallies Urging Passage of PRO Act. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). Minnesota: Over 4000 union healthcare workers at Allina hospitals file 10-day notice to strike. fightbacknews.org Coon Rapids, MN – As SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members picketed on Wednesday, April 28 in front of Allina's Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids Minnesota, they gathered up the crowd that included supporters from other unions and the community for a rally. At the rally, SEIU announced they were filing a 10-day strike notice, for a strike to begin on May 10, at all eight Allina hospitals, where SEIU represents over 4000 members. | SEIU members have held informational pickets each Wednesday in recent weeks at Allina Hospitals around the Twin Cities metro area. So far, pickets have been held at Abbot Northwestern Hospital,…

Grant Miner (2021-05-01). Home care workers say: Pay back stolen wages, end 24-hour workday! liberationnews.org On April 28, over 50 home healthcare workers and their supporters gathered outside of the Lower Manhattan offices of the Chinese-American Planning Committee in New York City to protest a long history of wage theft and poor working conditions, including a 24-hour workday with little rest.

Jamie Weed (2021-05-01). Draconian Texas bill attacks healthcare rights of transgender youth. liberationnews.org Senate Bill 1646 seeks to amend the definition of abuse under the Texas Family Code to include administering or consenting to a child's use of puberty suppression treatment, hormones, or surgery for gender-affirming care/transition.

WSWS (2021-05-01). Ten years since WikiLeaks and Assange published the Guantánamo Files. wsws.org The files exposed the lawless global network established by the US and its allies as part of their "war on terror."

Fight Back (2021-05-01). El Primero de Mayo 2021: Unir los muchos a vencer los pocos! °Abajo con los multimillonarios! °Necesitamos socialismo! fightbacknews.org El Primero de Mayo empezó como una celebración de la clase obrera y su lucha heroica después de la brutal violencia de la policía en el año 1886. Los trabajadores que manifestaron en Haymarket lucharon en contra condiciones de trabajo bien peor y por una campana de un día de trabajo por ocho horas. Los atacaron la policía, con muchos trabajadores heridos y muertos, muchos de ellos eran inmigrantes, resultado de un evento infamoso llamado la masacre de Haymarket. El estado de Illinois tuvo un juicio y ejecutó cuatro líderes laborales, siempre recordado como los Mártires de Haymarket. Todavía, el espíritu de este d…

Staff (2021-05-01). Nearly 340 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast: UNHCR. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday said that some 340 illegal migrants have been rescued off the coast of Libya.

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-01). Afghans Who Work for the Pentagon Fear US Will Leave Them Behind. news.antiwar.com As the US starts pulling combat troops from Afghanistan, locals who have worked for the occupation forces are According to Unsurprisingly, the Taliban has threatened many of th…

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-01). Taliban Protected US Bases From Other Groups After Peace Deal Was Signed. news.antiwar.com According to The officials said the Taliban wanted to show a sign of good faith to the US that they would not allow groups like al-Qaeda to gain a foothold in the country after the US left. The report said the Ta…

Bezal Jupiter (2021-05-01). There is enough money to fix Jackson's pipes in Mississippi. liberationnews.org The bottom line is that there is enough money to fix Jackson's water problem, there is just not the political will from politicians at the city, state, and national level.

Eds. (2021-05-01). Amidst pandemic and economic sufferings, 2020's global military spending reached highest level in decades. mronline.org In 2020, nations were struggling to support their economies through the times of hardships and lockdowns caused by the pandemic. Those efforts apparently did not prevent governments from spending more money on their militaries than ever before in more than three decades, the report said. | May 1, 2021 | News…

Staff (2021-05-01). Colombia on Strike Against Far-Right, Neoliberalism & Police Repression. orinocotribune.com April 28: First day of the strike | Organizations reject Duque's neoliberal tax reform which seeks to make Colombia's working class pay for the fiscal deficit incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic | Colombian citizens, members of trade unions, social movements and opposition political parties are participating in a national strike in cities and towns across the country today, on April 28. The protest actions have been called in rejection of the Sustainable Solidarity bill, a new tax reform bill presented to the Congress by the far-right government of president Iván Duque to finance the economic crisis or compensa…

Reem Zubaidi, Zach Farber (2021-05-01). Palestinian uprising beats back Israeli terrorism in East Jerusalem. liberationnews.org On April 22, members of Lehava, an Israeli version of the KKK, led a violent rampage of around 300 through East Jerusalem and tried to enter the old city via the Damascus Gate.

Janine Jackson (2021-05-01). 'Laws targeted at trans youth are stigmatizing, are harmful'. mronline.org CounterSpin interview with Christy Mallory on anti—trans youth bills. | May 1, 2021 | Newswire…

Monica Moorehead (2021-05-01). Espíritu del Primero de Mayo: °Lucha! Aplastar la violencia policial y la supremacía blanca. workers.org BOLETÂN: Chauvin declarado culpable. °Condenar a todos los policías asesinos! °Abolir la policía! Más en workers.org El Primero de Mayo, Día Internacional de los Trabajadores, nació en Estados Unidos a partir de la lucha por la jornada de ocho horas en 1886. Los trabajadores, muchos de ellos socialistas y anarquistas . . . |

Juan Cole (2021-05-01). Were Humanity's Oldest Monumental Religious Sites Erected in NW Saudi Arabia? 1,000 'Rectangles' Older than Stonehenge. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — ( Hugh Thomas and a team of Australian researchers have just published a groundbreaking article in the journaly Antiquity describing their research into the mysterious "Rectangles" (mustatƒ´l) dotting Northwest Arabia. This region lies due south of Israel-Palestine and Jordan. Rectangles. h/t 'Antiquity.' The Rectangles date from roughly 7,500 years before …

Liberation Staff-Seattle (2021-05-01). Unmasked at last: All Seattle cops at fascist Jan. 6 rally have been identified. liberationnews.org Community investigation of six Seattle cops present at the Jan 6 rally reveals extensive histories of brutality.

The Conversation (2021-05-01). Delivery Trucks are beginning to go electric: And swappable Batteries Help. juancole.com By Gail Broadbent and Graciela Metternicht | — Australia's trucking industry is making moves to go electric. The latest development — a system for using swappable batteries instead of time-consuming recharge stations for long-haul trucks between Sydney and Brisbane — shows how this transition is gathering momentum. There will be clear socio-economic, environmental and health-related …

Jayati Ghosh (2021-05-01). COVID-19 in India—profits before people. mronline.org Jayati Ghosh explains why more than a third of a million COVID-19 cases are being reported in India daily—and what that says about our world. | May 1, 2021 | Newswire…

Staff (2021-05-01). HRW Attacks Venezuela Again: Lies and Interference in Apure Case. orinocotribune.com The

Editor2 (2021-05-01). Palestinians Called Israel an Apartheid State Decades ago. orinocotribune.com By Asa Winstanley — Apr 28, 2021 | In 1965, Syrian-Palestinian academic and diplomat Fayez Sayegh wrote a It is a model of clarity and precision. The fact that most of what it explai…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-05-01). A Brief History of Israeli Interventionism in Lebanon. dissidentvoice.org Israel has a long-standing interest in Lebanon. These interests have periodically manifested themselves in bloody attacks against the small Arab state. Two important sources on the Zionist plans for Lebanon are the diary of Moshe Sharett, who was the Prime Minster of Israel in 1954-1955 and who was considered a "soft Zionist", and Livia Rokach's "Israel's …

Editor2 (2021-05-01). The New Cold War US-Japanese Summit. orinocotribune.com By Joseph Gerson — Apr 27, 2021 | Joseph Gerson comments on the meeting that just took place in Washington between the leaders of the U.S. and Japan. | Amidst the national fixation on the outcome of the trial of George Floyd's murderer and political jockeying over the president's mega infrastructure proposal, the significance of President Joe Biden's first new Cold War summit with a foreign leader was lost to most Americans. In politics, symbolism is often substance, and such was the case when the U.S. and Japanese heads of state convened to demonstrate their common military, economic, diplomatic and scienti…

Eds. (2021-05-01). Julian Casablancas interviews Noam Chomsky | SOS Earth is a mess. mronline.org Julian Casablancas has released a new interview with famed philosopher, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky on the latest episode of his Rolling Stone interview series, S.O.S. — Earth Is a Mess. | May 1, 2021 | Interview…

Staff (2021-05-01). CDC Finds Anxiety Was Cause of Many Adverse Responses to J&J Vaccine. truthout.org Fainting, dizziness, vomiting, a racing heart— these are just some of the reported reactions people said they experienced after receiving Johnson & Johnson's Janssen vaccine. However, according to

Staff (2021-05-01). My Child Is Incarcerated. One Second in This Unjust System Is Too Much. truthout.org For several years, I have met weekly with a remarkable group of mothers and one father who, like me, are fighting for the release of their adult children from Chicago-area prisons. We call ourselves the

Staff (2021-05-01). Graduate Workers at NYU Are on Strike for Living Wages and Cop-Free Campuses. truthout.org On Monday morning, after ten months of stalled negotiations, more than 2,000 graduate workers at New York University walked out of their classrooms and into the streets. These Graduate employees — who earn just $20 an hour on top of their stipends — perform much of the research and teaching that allows NYU to extract

Staff (2021-05-01). Many So-Called "Alternatives" to Mass Incarceration Are 21st-Century Shackles. truthout.org As the public narrative begins to acknowledge the harm caused by mass incarceration, many are shifting to so-called "alternatives" — from predatory diversion programs to invasive electronic monitoring — designed to turn communities into cages and further exploit people. Having spent billions acquiring these "alternatives," private prison corporations are now among their biggest proponents. Today, there are more than four million people on probation and parole subject to this type of c…

Eds. (2021-05-01). Sexed semen—Why the technology of producing only female calves should be opposed firmly. mronline.org There is a fast increasing trend in cattle breeding towards sex semen technology which will result in birth of only female calves. 90 per cent success in ensuring success (in terms of having only female calves) is claimed by promoters of this technology. | May 1, 2021 | Newswire…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-01). Saudi Military Intercepted 'Hostile Aerial Target' Near Key Coastal City. southfront.org Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing | On May 1, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it had intercepted a "hostile aerial target" that was flying over the Kingdom's western coast. | In a statement, the coalition claimed that the target was heading towards Jeddah, one of Saudi Arabia's largest cities. A number of sensitive military and civilian facilities are located near the city. | The Saudi-led coalition did not provide any details about the incident. Usually, the coalition blames the Houthis (Ansar…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Military Situation In Yemen On May 1, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 210 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 30, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 7 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 30, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Kitaf area | On April 30, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Haradh area | On May 1, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continued…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Military Situation In Donetsk People's Republic On May 1, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | 1. UAF in Novogorodske shelled DPR positions in Zheleznaya Balka with 82-mm artillery | 2. UAF in Pesky shelled DPR positions in Zhabunky with grenade launchers | 3. UAF in Pesky shelled DPR positions in Spartak with grenade launchers and Zu-23 | 4. UAF in Krasnogorovka shelled DPR positions in Staromikhailovka with 82-mm artillery | 5. UAF in Starognatovka shelled DPR positions in Petrovskoe with grenade launchers | 6. UAF in Granitnoe shelled DPR positions in Gri…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-01). Escalation In Greater Idlib: Militants Targeted Syrian Troops, Destroyed Tank Near Kafr Nabl. southfront.org Illustrative image | Militants in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib continue to violate the ceasefire in the region, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey last year. | On April 30, militants of the al-Fateh al-Mubeen Operations Room, that's led by al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), attacked Syrian Arab Army (SAA) positons near the town of Kafr Nabl in the southern countryside of Idlib. | The militants targeted SAA troops with heavy machine guns. Moreover, a battle tank was struck by…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-01). Russian ¥Flash Bombs' Hit Militants Preparing To Attack Turkish Forces In Northern Syria (Video). southfront.org A Russian Su-24 takes off on a combat mission at Hemeimeem airbase, Syria, on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. IMAGE: AP PHOTO/VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have targeted militants preparing to attack Turkish forces in Syria's northern region, According to the outlet, the VKS quickly took action after receiving information indicating that the militants were about to launch two attacks on Turkish forces in the northern countryside of…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Massive Car Bomb Blast Leaves At Least 27 Dead In Afghanistan's Logar Province. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 30th, At least 27 people were killed and dozens more were injured. | Initially, Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian said 21 people had been killed and 91 wounded and that a rescue and recovery operation was continuing. | A provincial health official said just over 60 injured peop…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Airspace Secured: Italian F-35 Fighter Jets Arrive In Estonia To Guard The Baltics. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 30th, Italian Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jets arrived in Estonia to protect the airspace of the Baltic countries. | According to the press service of the General Staff of the Estonian Defense Forces, they will replace the German Eurofighter Typhoon fighters in rotation. | The rotation ceremony for NATO's Baltic Air Security Mission will take place on Monday at Amari Air Force Base. The ceremony will be attended by Estonian Defense Minister Kalle Laanet and Italian Deputy De…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Military Situation In Syria On May 1, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 1, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 36 times: 17 — in Idlib province, 11 — in Latakia province, 6 — in Hama province, 2 — in Hama province | On April 30, clashes between the YPG and Turkish-backed forces were reported west of al-Bab | On April 30, the US forces conducted a military patrol in the vicinity of the Malekiyah | On April 30, the artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled YPG position…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-01). Israel Warns Of War With Iran If Nuclear Deal Result Unsatisfactory. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 29th, Israeli Intelligence Minister Eli Cohen said that war could begin with Iran, if the results of the US-Iran negotiations on the Nuclear Deal are not satisfactory for Tel Aviv."A bad deal will send the region spiralling into war." | "Anyone seeking short-term benefits should be mindful of the longer-term," he said. "Israel will not allow Iran to attain nuclear arms. Iran has no immunity anywhere. Our plan…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-01). Syrian Army To Storm Town On Separation Line With Israel — Reports. southfront.org Illustrative image | The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is preparing to storm the town of Umm Batnah that is located in al-Quneitra countryside, near the separation of forces line with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Syrian sources reported on May 1. | The decision to launch an operation inside the town was taken following a fierce attack on a checkpoint of government forces. | The checkpoint, which is located near Umm Batnah, was attacked by unidentified gunmen late on April 30. A number of Syrian service members were re…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-01). Progress In Vienna Talks: Iran's Top Negotiator Says US Is Ready To Lift Some Sanctions. southfront.org Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Bushehr, Iran. Image source: Iranian Presidency office/EPA-EFE | The ongoing talks in Vienna between the US and Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, commonly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are finally seeing some progress. | On May 1, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbass Araghchi, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, revealed that there is an agreement on lifting US sanctioned off some Iranian individuals and institutions. | After attending…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-05-01). Bottom-up Politics: Grassroots Activism Behind Pro-Palestine Shift in the US. commondreams.org Grassroots activism is behind the pro-Palestine shift in the US, writes Ramzy Baroud. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2021-05-01). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Permanent Revolution repost (2021-05-01). Comments on David North and Joseph Kishore's Letter. indybay.org Peter Ross explains why he believes the Socialist Equality Party slandered Shuvu Batta.

WSWS (2021-05-01). Dozens killed in crush at Israeli religious festival. wsws.org Despite warnings from Israeli health officials that the mass celebrations could become a super spreader event, the authorities allowed the event to go ahead. It was the largest gathering since the start of the pandemic.

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

John Clarke (2021-05-01). The class struggle and geopolitics. zcomm.org The pandemic-triggered crisis and its aftermath will unleash huge and explosive struggles on a truly international scale…

Stefan Hockertz, Marco Schott & Susan Bonath (2021-05-01). Stolen childhood and The Language of Violence. indybay.org To make the hospitals fit for the "pandemic of the century", the government did nothing… the population that will suffer in every respect – with one lockdown after another, inadequate health care, increasing impoverishment and lack of prospects, and presumably with endless depression.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-05-01). Biden Urged to Stand 'On the Side of Humanity' and Back Waiver for Covid Vaccine Patents. commondreams.org "No one is safe until everyone is safe and the best way to do that is to loosen the rules on who owns the rights to produce the vaccines," said Oxfam's Danny Sriskandarajah. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

NationofChange Staff (2021-05-01). ON FIRE by Naomi Klein(BOOK). nationofchange.org #1 international and New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, makes the case for a Green New Deal—explaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society. Naomi Klein's On Fire is one of the most important and inspiring books we've read in a long time …

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-05-01). Twitter Censors Peer Reviewed Mask Study. globalresearch.ca Prashant Bhushan, an advocate-on-record for the Supreme Court of India, …

News Spread (2021-05-01). Vegan And Other Nonviolence News. indybay.org Smithfield pollution, chicken rights, Supreme Court and other news…

Cornel West (2021-05-01). Why Closing Classics Depts. is a Catastrophe. zcomm.org Interview on why classics must remain in the curriculum…

Colombia Informa (2021-05-01). Massacre in Cali amid National Strike in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org The mobilizations carried out since Wednesday in Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca, have been brutally repressed by state security forces. On the night of April 30 human rights organizations called an urgent press conference to shed light on what happened in the protests that day. | The press conference was called for after videos and information circulated on social media about people having been assassinated in Cali during the afternoon and night of April 30. These events took place in the midst of the protests part of the National Strike, called for by broad sectors of Colombian society beginning on Wednesd…

WSWS (2021-05-01). Ukrainian President Zelensky deepens alliance with far right. wsws.org Zelensky is seeking to appoint the notorious neo-Nazi figure Serhiy Sternenko, who was directly involved in the 2014 Odessa massacre, as head of Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) in Odessa.

Ralph Nader (2021-05-01). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. commondreams.org Corporate giants and their CEOs, like Apple's Tim Cook, have been enjoying the "ultra-rich tax escape racket" for far too long, writes Ralph Nader. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-05-01). Big Pharma's Covid Vaccine. globalresearch.ca This crisis affects humanity in its entirety: 7.8 billion people. | Worldwide, people are led to believe that the corona vaccine is a solution. And that "normality" will then be restored. | The following text is chapter VIII of Michel Chossudovsky's E-Book….

WSWS (2021-05-01). More reports surface of child deaths from COVID-19 in the US as students remain in classrooms. wsws.org Deaths among children are rising against the backdrop of the deadly reopening of public schools and the spread of new contagious variances of the virus.

WSWS (2021-05-01). Workers Party pursues herd immunity policy as Brazil tops 400,000 COVID deaths. wsws.org The impact of the Workers Party's herd immunity policy was starkly exposed by an explosion at an oxygen cylinder fulfillment plant in Ceará last Saturday.

Abaki Beck (2021-05-01). The Yurok Tribe is using California's carbon offset program to buy back its land. nationofchange.org n January, the Yurok Tribe in California bought a 40-acre farm. Located next to an elementary school and the tribe's Head Start program, the farm will serve as an outdoor classroom for children as well as a source of organic produce for the tribe. This will not only help address the food insecurity exacerbated by the COVID-19 …

news.un (2021-05-01). COVID-19 'vaccine equity in action' in the Maldives: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The roll-out of vaccinations to prevent COVID-19 infections rising in the Maldives is a good example of "vaccine equity in action" according to Catherine Haswell, the UN Resident Coordinator for the Indian Ocean island nation.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). India Fails to Rollout PM Modi-Backed COVID Vaccine Drive For 18-45 Year-Olds Amid Widespread Crunch. sputniknews.com India announced on 19 April that it would inoculate people aged 18-45 starting 1 May under its 'Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy'. The two vaccine manufacturers have been asked to supply 50 percent of their production to the federal government, with the remaining 50 percent to be handed over to the state authorities.

Victor Grossman (2021-05-01). Greens, Vaccines, Maneuvers. zcomm.org In recent months the air in Germany has been overfull. But the fog, thick as in old London, was not humid but political — and medical-political. The thickest was Covid fog…

Kenneth Surin (2021-05-01). COVID in India. zcomm.org The Covid situation in India, and Delhi in particular, is absolutely dire…

Badri Raina (2021-05-01). The Show Must Go On: IPL and the Crematorium Next Door. zcomm.org What news may be more uplifting to a gasping COVID-19 patient than that our own Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma have just blasted sixes that carry the red cherry all the way to the crematorium, asks Badri Raina in this satirical piece…

Rob Hyde (2021-05-01). [World Report] Controversy surrounds Merkel's new lockdown powers. thelancet.com Following a parliamentary victory, the German chancellor can force municipalities into lockdowns to curb COVID-19. Rob Hyde reports.

Anoo Bhuyan (2021-05-01). [World Report] Experts criticise India's complacency over COVID-19. thelancet.com Mass gatherings have been permitted as cases soar and patients die, while experts criticise a lack of planning and flexibility in the COVID-19 response. Anoo Bhuyan reports from New Delhi.

Shruti Gupta, David E Leaf (2021-05-01). [Comment] Tocilizumab in COVID-19: some clarity amid controversy. thelancet.com Hyperactivation of the immune response, including release of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), might play a key role in the pathophysiology of severe illness from COVID-19.1 Consistent with this notion, one of the few therapies that reduces mortality in hospitalised patients with COVID-19 is the corticosteroid, dexamethasone.2 Accordingly, there has been great interest in examining whether treatment with additional, more targeted anti-inflammatory agents beyond steroids could provide further benefit.

RECOVERY Collaborative Group (2021-05-01). [Articles] Tocilizumab in patients admitted to hospital with COVID-19 (RECOVERY): a randomised, controlled, open-label, platform trial. thelancet.com In hospitalised COVID-19 patients with hypoxia and systemic inflammation, tocilizumab improved survival and other clinical outcomes. These benefits were seen regardless of the amount of respiratory support and were additional to the benefits of systemic corticosteroids.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). 3rd clinical trial phase of jointly-produced Cov-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com HAMEDAN, May 01 (MNA) — The 3rd clinical trial phase of joint anti-Covid-19 vaccine made by the Iranian Pasteur Institute and Cuban Finlay Institute began on Saturday morning in Hamedan Medical Sciences University in western Iran.

Brian Shilhavy (2021-05-01). Medical Doctor and Director of Diagnostics Laboratory Presents Cures for COVID and Exposes Dangers of COVID "Vaccines" globalresearch.ca First published on April 5, 2021 Dr. Ryan Cole is the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). What to know about youth summer camps during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp. But what do those guidelines mean for families and children who look forward to the ritual of attending overnight or day summer camp?"There not one strategy that's going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). New CDC guidance for vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking outdoors and for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. "I completely agree with the updated CDC recommendations," says Dr. Abinash Virk, a …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccine confidence and the importance of that second dose. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While the number of people being vaccinated for COVID-19 is dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts continue to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. And that means that those who are being vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get their first and second doses …

WSWS (2021-05-01). Stop front boarding on Berlin buses—prepare strike action! wsws.org The decision of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG, Berlin Transit Company) management to reintroduce front boarding on buses next Monday, despite rising infection figures, is a deliberate provocation and must not be allowed.

Mouris Salloum George (2021-05-01). México: Junio de 2021 será la prueba de fuego. globalizacion.ca En tanto no se reforme la Constitución, un periodo presidencial dura seis años. La misma Carta fundamental dicta: No reelección. El sistema métrico sexenal, es implacable: No hay más allá. | Si mal no calculamos, a la Cuarta transformación le restan…

WSWS (2021-05-01). Australian treasurer reveals economic and political uncertainty. wsws.org The government's May 11 budget will delay "austerity" plans of slashing government spending to pay for the billions of dollars poured into corporate coffers over the past year.

Colin Todhunter (2021-05-01). Mette Frederiksen, Boris Johnson: Reject Industry PR, Ban Glyphosate, Protect Public Health! dissidentvoice.org On 9 April 2021, retired physician and health and environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason wrote to the Danish Environmental Protection Agency (DEPA). She wanted to draw the agency's attention to the findings that indicate the glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup causes high levels of mortality following contact exposure in bumble bees (glyphosate-formulated herbicides are the most widely …

WSWS (2021-05-01). Clayton County, Georgia sheriff indicted on federal criminal charges for brutalizing detainees. wsws.org According to federal prosecutors, Sheriff Victor Hill directed his deputies to leave four inmates tightly strapped to a restraining chair for long hours.

WSWS (2021-05-01). "The Danton, Robespierre, and Marat of America, all rolled into one": A new biography of antislavery leader Thaddeus Stevens. wsws.org Stevens personified the uncompromising abolitionist struggle against slavery in the Civil War era and the early years of Reconstruction.

Andy Spears (2021-05-01). Tennessee's Plan to Privatize Schools Is a Warning Sign for the Rest of the Country. progressive.org The state's experiment with placing charter school operators in charge of districts never worked, but lawmakers won't let it die.

Committee to Protect Journalists (2021-05-01). Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian journalist Alaa al-Rimawi in Ramallah: Must disclose his Location, Charges. juancole.com ( Committee to Protect Journalists) — Israeli authorities should immediately make public any charges against Palestinian journalist Alaa al-Rimawi and disclose where he is being held, or release him unconditionally at once, the Committee to Protect Journalists said last week Early on the morning of April 21, a group of about 12 Israeli soldiers raided …

Michael Welch (2021-05-01). Ten Years after Fukushima, Canada Still Embraces the Atom: The Debut of the Small Moderate Reactors. globalresearch.ca "The Liberal government says it supports small modular reactors to help Canada mitigate climate change. The government is simply barking up the wrong tree, for several reasons: cost, cost and cost, as well as renewables, safety and radioactive waste." | — …

Ashley Curtin (2021-05-01). Poland finalizes historic deal to phase out coal by 2049. nationofchange.org The "historic" agreement is the first of it's kind where a "leading coal mining sector has agreed to reduce its presence."

WSWS (2021-05-01). Serious films about serious things—This Is My Desire (Nigeria), Radiograph of a Family (Iran), Poppy Field (Romania). wsws.org There were some well-made and thoughtful films screened at the recent San Francisco film festival, which give one some hope.

WSWS (2021-05-01). Students occupy four universities in Britain as rent strikes continue. wsws.org The universities refusal to offer any further concessions, has sparked the new round of occupations at the University of Nottingham, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, and University of Manchester.

Sharon Kelly (2021-05-01). Over a half-million Americans live near oil refineries with high levels of a cancer-causing air pollutant, report finds. nationofchange.org More than a dozen U.S. oil refineries released the potent carcinogen benzene in 2020 at levels high enough to require action under federal law, the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) reported this week. The report, which draws from government data, raises concerns about the potential health effects on those living near the refineries and the federal enforcement …

_____ (2021-05-01). Pipeline Protesters Charged With 'Felony Kidnapping,' Held Without Bond. popularresistance.org Maybrook, VA — On Friday 4/30/21 at 10: 30 AM, Mountain Valley Pipeline protester Thomas Adams blocked a pipe truck just before it crossed a bridge over Sinking Creek in Giles County, and locked himself to the underside of the truck. The bridge is less than two miles away from the site where the pipeline is slated to cross the creek (although MVP currently lacks the permits to do so). A rally of over a dozen people gathered to support Thomas at the scene. Signs and banners on site read, "Save the Planet, Stop the MVP," "MVP Just Give Up," "Not Here, Not Anywhere," and "Doom to the Pipeline." | At 1 PM, after…

WSWS (2021-05-01). UAW tries to shut down Volvo Truck strike in Virginia as Columbia University grad students vote down union-backed sellout deal. wsws.org Volvo Truck workers in New River, Virginia erupted in anger over the attempt by the United Auto Workers to end their powerful strike as the UAW faced a contract rejection vote by Columbia University graduate students in New York.

Global Research (2021-05-01). Cuba concede gran importancia a las relaciones de cooperación con la Unión Económica Euroasiática. globalizacion.ca Intervención del primer ministro de la República de Cuba, Manuel Marrero Cruz, en la Reunión del Consejo Intergubernamental Euroasiático. | Excelentísimo señor Askar Mamin, Primer Ministro de la República de Kazajstán, | Excelentísimo señor Mijaíl Mishustin, Presidente del Gobierno de la Federación…

WSWS (2021-05-01). Student occupy four universities in Britain as rent strikes continue. wsws.org The universities refusal to offer any further concessions, has sparked the new round of occupations at the University of Nottingham, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, and University of Manchester.

Jim Hightower (2021-05-01). Don't Let Wall Street Get Rich Speculating on our Water. juancole.com ( Otherwords.org ) — Shameless speculators are trying to privatize and commoditize the water all humans need to live. By Jim Hightower | April 28, 2021 Oh great — here comes a new stealth attack on the fragile, life-sustaining natural resources of Planet Earth. This latest assault by Wall Street alchemists would redefine one of …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-01). Working class across the globe celebrates May Day. peoplesdispatch.org On International Workers' Day, we take a look at the glorious history of labor struggles and key mobilizations across the world over the year as the working class has fought the rampaging virus and predatory capitalism…

_____ (2021-05-01). The Radioactive Underbelly Of The Oilfield. popularresistance.org In towns and cities across northern Appalachia industrial and manufacturing jobs have emptied out and men and women hungry for work have been drawn by the beckoning call of the oil and gas industry. Over the past decade that industry has tapped vigorously into the Marcellus and Utica, two massively rich gas layers that underlie the region. But these workers don't always end up drilling for oil and pulling pipe, wellhead jobs stamped with a certain gritty glamour upon the American imagination. They often end up at a far seedier and even less regulated end of the oilfield, working in the largely unknown underworld…

WSWS (2021-05-01). Wall Street margin debt surges to record high. wsws.org The extent of the speculative mania, which goes way beyond anything seen in the past, is indicated both by broad financial trends and specific events.

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-01). U.S. military intelligence chief: Russia poses existential threat from North to South Pole. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. military intelligence chief: Russia poses existential threat from North to South PoleRick Rozoff Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, presented his agency's annual World Threat Assessment before the Senate Armed Forces Committee on April 29. The transcript of his testimony runs to fifty-seven pages and is broad in its scope …

WSWS (2021-05-01). Airbus collaborates with Spanish trade unions to demobilise fight against plant closure. wsws.org The trade unions are working with Airbus management to demobilise workers against a widely expected plant closure at Puerto Real, Cádiz.

WSWS (2021-05-01). Amid protests over police murder of Andrew Brown, Jr., Elizabeth City, North Carolina bans public assembly without permit. wsws.org The city's proclamation effectively makes any demonstration in the next two weeks illegal and severely restricts the right to protest in the days after.

WSWS (2021-05-01). Columbia graduate workers defy UAW, vote down sellout contract. wsws.org The vote is a devastating blow to the United Auto Workers and the majority of the GWC Bargaining Committee, who endorsed the contract despite overwhelming opposition from the rank and file.

WSWS (2021-05-01). New "domestic terrorism" charges brought against fascists who plotted to kidnap Michigan Governor Whitmer. wsws.org The US Justice Department announced a superseding indictment against six men who were previously charged with felonies in the plot to kidnap and execute the governor of Michigan.

alexander (2021-05-01). Democratic Socialism: As "American" as Apple Pie. dsausa.org It's time to rethink U.S. history. Democratic socialism isn't a foreign import. It's American, and it has been as long as the modern United States has existed.

Bee Protector (2021-05-01). Why Are Bee Protectors Asking For a No Mow May. indybay.org Reasons behind NoMowMay…

Save California Salmon (2021-05-01). California Tribal Members and Fishermen Call on Newsom to Provide Water for Salmon. indybay.org State of the Salmon address planned for April 28th, Day of Action May 4th | Sacramento, California – California Tribes, fishermen, and environmental groups are calling on Governor Gavin Newsom to direct state agencies to take action to stop fish kills of California salmon runs that are nearing extinction and to protect water quality. Salmon and good water quality are key to the health of California's Native people, economy and drinking water supplies. Without immediate action to scale down agricultural water deliveries and protect rivers and reservoir's water supplies the State will be complicit in causing fish k…

Oakland Asian Cultural Center (2021-05-01). Saturday 5/1: 46 Years After the End of the Vietnam War: A Conversation About Empathy & Healing. indybay.org Zoom…

Anferny Jimauri Moore (2021-05-01). A Year Later: The Black Lives Matter Movement in Sonoma County 2020. indybay.org BLM has become a "tool" social activist, the local government and political representatives sought to use the momentum of POC and the community to capitalize and align themselves with accountability, instead of the go-to white supremacy.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Bennifer is Back? Ben Affleck Spotted Going to J.Lo's California Home After Alex Rodriguez Split. sputniknews.com Hollywood darlings Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were seen as a real power couple until they broke up in 2004 following years of dating. J.Lo famously described the split as her "first real heartbreak".

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Switzerland Slams Biden's 'Tax Haven' Comment as 'Inappropriate, Completely Out of Date'. sputniknews.com President Joe Biden, in his first US Joint Session of Congress speech on 28 April, called out companies benefitting from tax havens ranging from "Switzerland to Bermuda to the Cayman Islands," saying it "wasn't right" and promising to "reform corporate taxes so they pay their fair share."

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Joe vs Joe: Rogue Dem Senator Crushes Party's Dream of Statehood for District of Columbia. sputniknews.com Last week, for the second time in two years, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a measure to grant the District of Columbia statehood. The Senate shot down the proposal in 2020, and in 2021, its fate could rest on the abolition or weakening of the filibuster — which would allow it to squeeze through with a simple majority.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). 'Road to Yalta': The Grand Finale of WWII Soviet Songs Festival. sputniknews.com The finalists perform songs from the World War II-era USSR, in the languages of their home countries.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Buffalo Soldiers: Grand Canyon National Park Seeks Bison Hitmen to 'Protect Ecosystem'. sputniknews.com The US National Park Service said that in 2019, Grand Canyon National Park biologists began piloting the live capture and relocation of bison in addition to removal.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Tehran, Washington Reportedly Agree on Lifting of Sanctions Against Iran's Oil, Banking Sectors. sputniknews.com On Thursday, US media reported that the Biden administration was considering a "near wholesale rollback" of Trump-era Iran sanctions related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in a bid to end the months-long standoff over which side makes concessions first to restore the nuclear agreement to full working order.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Venezuela Places Six Citgo Petrol Executives Under House Arrest. sputniknews.com The news comes as Biden administration officials have reportedly met to review their policy toward Venezuela.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Riots, Vandalism, and Police Officers on Fire: Colombians Protest Proposed Tax Reform — Photo, Video. sputniknews.com Over 180 protestors have been arrested in Colombia as of Friday, as people take to streets to decry tax hikes on everyday goods by the government of President Ivan Duque.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Queen Elizabeth's Granddaughter Zara Tindall Gave Birth on Bathroom Floor: Here Are the Details. sputniknews.com Zara Tindall, who is the only daughter of Princess Anne, gave birth to another member of the British royal family, Lucas Philip Tindall, on 21 March. However, his arrival in this world didn't go according to plan, Zara's husband Mike Tindall has revealed…

sputniknews (2021-05-01). It's Time to Return Incirlik & Kurecik Bases to Turkey, Reconsider Relations With US, Observer Says. sputniknews.com Turks have taken to the streets in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana, and other cities to protest against Joe Biden recognising the events of 1915 as an Armenian genocide. The demonstrators called upon the Turkish authorities to end the US military's use of the Incirlik Air Base and Kurecik Radar Station in southern Turkey.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Pentagon Chief Lloyd Austin Says Next Major War Will Be 'Very Different'. sputniknews.com According to Austin, he has spent most of the past two decades "executing the last of the old wars", amid the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Advanced Weapons Able to 'Destroy US Satellites' Developed by Adversaries, Warns Space Chief. sputniknews.com Previously, the annual threat assessment report of the US Intelligence community released on 13 April cited a diverse array of threats, magnified by rapidly evolving technology, and warned of the broad national security challenges posed by China and Russia.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Bombshell Report Claims Netanyahu, Mossad Chief Cohen Exploited Mentally Disturbed Billionaire. sputniknews.com Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial continues as the PM attempts to form a new government following the March elections. He's accused of a range of crimes including breach of trust, pay-to-play corruption, and bribery. Among the individuals accused of involvement is James Packer, a well-known Australian businessman.

Sam Pizzigati (2021-05-01). Just How Bold is Biden's Tax-the-Rich Plan? zcomm.org The new Biden tax plans ends the most basic of our tax code's breaks for the ultra rich…

Fernando Gapasin (2021-05-01). Building Communities of Solidarity. zcomm.org I dedicated myself to ending racism and building worker power by building democratic working-class organizations from the bottom up."

Jake Johnson (2021-05-01). 'We Need to Think Bigger'. zcomm.org We need to rebuild our nation with a new foundation. A foundation rooted in love, and care, and equality. We need to seize this moment…

Mark Bittman (2021-05-01). The True Costs of Our Cheap Food and the American Diet. zcomm.org Growing food, or growing crops in order to sell them and make money became more important than growing crops to feed people…

Peter Dreier (2021-05-01). Heroes But Not Saints. zcomm.org Why We Shouldn't 'Cancel' Flawed Progressive Icons…

Sarah Jaffe (2021-05-01). Why the work you love won't love you back. zcomm.org Capitalism is making life worse for workers yet demanding more dedication than ever. Sarah Jaffe argues that there's another way to live…

Richard Rothstein (2021-05-01). Government Policy Segregated Us; the Same Can Desegregate Us. zcomm.org Our nation has a positive constitutional obligation to redress segregation with policies as intentional as those that segregated us…

Jayati Ghosh (2021-05-01). "Rejection of the Neoliberal Framework" zcomm.org Biden Proposes Trillions in New Spending, Taxes on the Rich…

Thomas Kahan (2021-05-01). [Comment] Decisions about antihypertensive treatment should focus on reducing cardiovascular risk. thelancet.com Epidemiological studies1,2 provide strong evidence for an association between high blood pressure and fatal cardiovascular complications, and interventional studies have shown that antihypertensive treatments reduce cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality.3,4 Although the target blood pressure for patients with hypertension receiving treatment in the current US guidelines5 is less than 130/80 mm Hg and European recommendations indicate achieving 120—129/70—79 mm Hg for people younger than 65 years (and 130—139/70—79 mm Hg for those ‚â•65 years),6 other guidelines suc…

Ghulam Rehman Mohyuddin, Al-Ola Abdallah, Brian McClune, Aaron Goodman, Vinay Prasad (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Multiple myeloma triplet therapies: baseline characteristics and control groups. thelancet.com Given that the bortezomib and dexamethasone combination treatment has been shown to be inferior to contemporary treatments in clinical trials well before the BOSTON trial began enrolling,1 why did Sebastian Grosicki and colleagues2 consider bortezomib and dexamethasone for the control group for patients in the USA? How many patients from the USA were enrolled?

Motoharu Shibusawa, Tetsuya Tanimoto (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Multiple myeloma triplet therapies: baseline characteristics and control groups. thelancet.com Sebastian Grosicki and colleagues1 reported the results of a randomised study among patients with previously treated multiple myeloma comparing selinexor, bortezomib, and dexamethasone versus standard bortezomib and dexamethasone. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival, and the investigators observed improved progression-free survival in the selinexor, bortezomib, and dexamethasone group. However, we are concerned about whether the presence of extramedullary plasmacytomas was well balanced between the two groups.

Sebastian Grosicki, Philippe Moreau, Michael G Kauffman, Meletios A Dimopoulos, Paul G Richardson, Sosana Delimpasi (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Multiple myeloma triplet therapies: baseline characteristics and control groups — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Ghulam Mohyuddin and colleagues for their interest in our Article1 but respectfully disagree with their labelling of the bortezomib and dexamethasone group in our study as an inferior control group. First, according to their own definition, an inferior or suboptimal control group uses a treatment that is not standard of care, with standard of care being a treatment recommended by current guidelines and review papers.2 The bortezomib and dexamethasone doublet drug regimen is a standard-of-care treatment for patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, because it is recommended by the 2021 editio…

Pirus Ghadjar, Stefan Hà∂cht, Thomas Wiegel (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Postoperative radiotherapy in prostate cancer. thelancet.com The initial results of the RADICALS-RT trial by Christopher Parker and colleagues1 and the GETUG-AFU 17 trial by Paul Sargos and colleagues2 suggest equal biochemical progression-free survival of adjuvant or salvage radiotherapy after radical prostatectomy, with an increased risk of urinary morbidity after adjuvant radiotherapy, leading the investigators to conclude that an observation policy with salvage radiotherapy in case of biochemical recurrence should be regarded as standard of care. We believe that the presented data should be interpreted with caution.

Christopher C Parker, Paul Sargos, Matthew R Sydes, Andrew Kneebone, Claire Vale (2021-05-01). [Correspondence] Postoperative radiotherapy in prostate cancer — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Advances in radiotherapy techniques have reduced treatment-related morbidity. Patients having salvage radiotherapy in our RADICALS-RT trial1 might have been more likely to receive intensity-modulated radiation therapy than those having adjuvant treatment. However, this does not alter our conclusion that salvage radiotherapy should be the current standard of care. Indeed, one advantage of a salvage radiotherapy policy is that delaying treatment means that patients can benefit from any further developments in radiotherapy techniques.

Andrew Green (2021-05-01). [Obituary] Nawal El Saadawi. thelancet.com Writer, activist, and physician. She was born on Oct 27, 1931, in Kafr Tahla, Egypt, and died on March 21, 2021, in Cairo, Egypt, aged 89 years.

The Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists' Collaboration (2021-05-01). [Articles] Pharmacological blood pressure lowering for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease across different levels of blood pressure: an individual participant-level data meta-analysis. thelancet.com In this large-scale analysis of randomised trials, a 5 mm Hg reduction of systolic blood pressure reduced the risk of major cardiovascular events by about 10%, irrespective of previous diagnoses of cardiovascular disease, and even at normal or high—normal blood pressure values. These findings suggest that a fixed degree of pharmacological blood pressure lowering is similarly effective for primary and secondary prevention of major cardiovascular disease, even at blood pressure levels currently not considered for treatment.

Shirlene Obuobi, Monica B Vela, Brian Callender (2021-05-01). [Perspectives] Comics as anti-racist education and advocacy. thelancet.com Academic medicine is increasingly recognising the importance of teaching about structural racism in medicine to help ameliorate racial health-care disparities. Yet such teaching can be challenging and, in some settings, considered controversial. Leveraging the power of narrative, comics can contribute to education about structural racism.

Megan Tatum (2021-05-01). [World Report] Outcry over persecution of health workers in Myanmar. thelancet.com Doctors in Myanmar report "terrifying" arrests and abductions, prompting calls for stronger international condemnation. Megan Tatum reports.

Caroline Petit (2021-05-01). [Perspectives] Reframing ancient medicine. thelancet.com The Invention of Medicine: From Homer to Hippocrates by Robin Lane Fox is an exciting addition to a flurry of books on ancient medicine in recent years. This flurry may surprise a lay audience accustomed to thinking of medicine in antiquity through certain landmark names and notions, such as Hippocrates and his Oath, humoral theory, Galen, and their reception in the medieval Islamic world. But a much more nuanced picture of ancient healing practices and theories has emerged in the past few decades: a picture in which Hippocrates—or rather the collection of texts attributed to him—and Galen have been r…

John McEvoy (2021-05-01). Colombian police are killing civilians. British police are training them. thecanary.co Over recent days, the Colombian national police have killed a number of civilians protesting a Though numbers remain unclear, human rights group Isais Cifuentes de Cali has Documents obtained…

Staff (2021-05-01). Saudi prince bans his brother from leaving Saudi Arabia. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — An informal source reported that the Saudi Crown Prince has banned his brother from leaving the country.

Staff (2021-05-01). Karateka Rozita Alipour fighting for bronze medal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May. 01 (MNA) — The Iranian female karateka Rozita Alipour will fight a rival from Turkey on Sunday to win the bronze medal at the 2021 Karate 1-Premier League Lisbon.

Staff (2021-05-01). Tax reform plans to be revised over massive protests. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — At least 209 police officers have been injured and 185 activists detained during the two-day protests against a tax reform proposal in Colombia, the country's police said.

Staff (2021-05-01). IRGC dismantles hostile group in NW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — IRGC intelligence forces in East Azarbaijan province dismantled a rancorous group dubbed 'Haboot-e Iran'.

Staff (2021-05-01). Protest in London against proposed law boosting Police powers. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — People in London once again protested on Sat. against a proposed law boosting Police powers.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). Iranian, Iraqi officials discuss electricity cooperation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May. 01 (MNA) — The Iranian Deputy Energy Minister has held a meeting with the Iraqi Electricity Minister in Tehran to discuss the development of relations and cooperation in the field of electricity supplies.

Staff (2021-05-01). US to call for Nord Stream 2 project closure: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 28 (MNA) — The US Secretary of State is expected to call for the closure of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project.

Staff (2021-05-01). US temporarily suspends arms embargo on Azerbaijan: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — The United States has approved a waiver extension for Section 907 to authorize direct US aid to the Azerbaijani government.

Staff (2021-05-01). Bakhtiari nomadic lifestyle. en.mehrnews.com SHAHREKORD, May 01 (MNA) — These days, the mountainous and winding roads of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province host nomads who have become impatient with the scorching heat.

Staff (2021-05-01). Saudi envoy's official UK residence targeted by arsonists. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — The Saudi Ambassador's official London residence was targeted by arsonists today who set fire to the front of the multi-million-pound building before police arrested two men after a struggle.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). Agreement on delisting sanctioned individuals, institutions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May. 01 (MNA) — The top Iranian nuclear negotiator said after the 3rd round of Vienna talks on reviving JCPOA that there is an agreement on delisting sanctioned individuals and institutions, adding that the talks are continuing.

Staff (2021-05-01). Americans' signatures not to guarantee sanctions removal. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — Signatures of US officials are no longer enough to guarantee to lift of the sanctions, an Iranian lawmaker said, adding, "We need to verify to make sure that the sanctions are completely lifted by the United States."

The Canary (2021-05-01). UN calls for return to democracy and an end to violence in Myanmar. thecanary.co The UN Security Council has again demanded the restoration of democracy in Myanmar. It's also demanded the release of all detainees including Aung San Suu Kyi. | Moreover, the body has strongly backed calls by South-East Asian nations for an immediate cessation of violence. And for the commencement of talks as a first step towards a solution following the 1 February military coup. | Difficulties: | The council's press statement followed a briefing by the UN's senior envoy on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener. She said the demand for democracy by the country's people had created "unexpected difficulties"

The Canary (2021-05-01). Prosecutors seek higher sentence for Derek Chauvin in George Floyd's murder case. thecanary.co Former police officer Derek Chauvin will be sentenced in June for George Floyd's murder. Prosecutors are asking a judge to give Chauvin a more severe penalty than called for in state guidelines. | The prosecutors argued in court documents filed on Friday 30 April that Floyd was particularly vulnerable. And that Chauvin abused his authority as a police officer. | Defence lawyer Eric Nelson is opposing a tougher sentence. He's saying the state failed to prove those aggravating factors, among others, existed when Chauvin arrested Floyd on 25 May. | Chauvin, who is white, was convicted last week of second-degree unin…

_____ (2021-05-01). The Strategy Session, Episode 15. strategic-culture.org

Barbara Caceres (2021-05-01). Moderna, Pfizer Test mRNA Experimental Biologics on Children. globalresearch.ca First published on February 8, 2021 | On Dec. 10, 2020, American …

Kerry Cullinan (2021-05-01). UK Accused of 'Trump Tactics' After 'Devastating' Slashing of Family Planning Aid. commondreams.org UK's Boris Johnson is taking a page from the Trump book—with "devastating" impacts expected to fall on women across the globe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Nina Turner (2021-05-01). President Biden's First 100 Days Have Shown That We Must Have the Courage to Ask for More. commondreams.org "The strength of the progressive movement nationwide has pushed this administration further than what many of us expected," writes Nina Turner. "But we cannot accept these moves as enough—they are only the beginning." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Reducing rejection by reversing order of heart-liver transplant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For heart-liver transplants, the liver and heart must come from the same donor, and some patients wait years to receive both organs. Also, antibodies from the donor can increase chances of the receiving patient rejecting the heart. But Dr. Sudhir Kushwaha, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular transplant surgeon, says when a liver transplant is also involved, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). Mayo Clinic preclinical discovery triggers wound healing, skin regeneration. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Difficult-to-treat, chronic wounds in preclinical models healed with normal scar-free skin after treatment with an acellular product discovered at Mayo Clinic. Derived from platelets, the purified exosomal product, known as PEP, was used to deliver healing messages into cells of preclinical animal models of ischemic wounds. The Mayo Clinic research team documented …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). 6 Mayo Clinic hospitals receive 'A' grades for patient safety. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Six Mayo Clinic hospitals scored high marks for safety, earning an "A" grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. "This recognition is a strong nod to our staff and multidisciplinary teams, who work tirelessly to ensure …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-01). The beat goes on, thanks to deep brain stimulation. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When drummer Patrick Bautz is performing, he's in the zone. He says he doesn't even think about what he's doing, it's just natural. It's what he calls "the nothingness of drumming." But not that long-ago, Pat started getting distracted. Physical symptoms were turning that nothingness into something. And it was something that worried him enough …

City of Sunnyvale (2021-05-01). Monday 5/24: EV 201: Finding the EV for Your Lifestyle. indybay.org Virtual Event. Registration required.

Martha Hubert (2021-05-01). Friday 4/30: Stop Oil Exports/Support for Diane Wilson. indybay.org We'll meet in the plaza in front of 450 Golden Gate, where the offices of the Army Corps of Engineers are located.

City of Sunnyvale (2021-05-01). Wednesday 5/19: Talkin' Trash – Myths and Realities of Recycling and Materials Management. indybay.org Zoom webinar…

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-05-01). Friday 9/24: Animal Liberation Conference 2021. indybay.org Various locations across the Bay Area – venues TBA.

John Lindsay-Poland (2021-05-01). Groundbreaking Police Demilitarization Ordinance. indybay.org Berkeley approves oversight and transparency measure for all militarized equipment used by police…

Serge Halimi (2021-05-01). Welcome to a `systemic risk'. indybay.org In fact, the US has just passed one of the most progressive laws in its history. It departs from the economic strategies of the past few decades, which have favored capital income — of both 'innovators' and rentiers — and increasingly left the working class behind.

Poor People's Campaign, NC NAACP, more (2021-05-01). Tuesday 5/4: Moral Emergency Speak-out Against Fatal Police Shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. w/ PPC & NAACP. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Bay Area Votercade (2021-05-01). Saturday 5/8: John Lewis Voter Advancement Day: Oakland Votercade & Tailgate Rally. indybay.org Meet at Malibu Lot at Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621 | Masks and Safety Distancing Required; Peaceful event…

Sarah Belle Lin (2021-05-01). Family of slain 26-year-old Oakland resident demands Alameda police officers involved be charged. indybay.org On April 19, Oakland resident Mario Gonzalez, 26, died while being pinned to the ground by Alameda police officers. His family is now demanding answers from the Alameda Police Department and the city of Alameda, and that Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley charge the three officers involved in the incident. The incident occurred the day before Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. [Video from the vigil below text.]…

mandy vara (2021-05-01). Animal Liberation Conference in September. indybay.org The Animal Liberation Conference brings together the most dedicated animal rights activists from around the world and empowers them to take bold, collective action to achieve revolutionary social and political change for animals.

Revolution Books (2021-05-01). Monday 5/10: One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, a conversation with Dr. Yaba Blay. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Recall City's History (2021-05-01). Mumia Abu-Jamal Supporters Rise Up with March, Rally and Ritual in Oakland. indybay.org Remembering that the Black Panther Party started off with police-watching patrols, demonstrators took to the streets in Oakland on April 24 with the call "Free Mumia!" Earlier in the week, a group of UN human rights experts expressed serious concerns over his treatment and wellbeing and called on authorities to urgently address the situation.

UC Berkeley Cops Off Campus (2021-05-01). Saturday 5/15: Bloody Thursday Rally and Protest. indybay.org The anniversary of Bloody Thursday at People's Park — a historic moment of violent policing on Berkeley's campus.

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-01). Blinken Says Its Time for Regional Countries to Worry About Afghanistan. news.antiwar.com After almost 20 years of disastrous war, US officials somehow hold the view that they have been a stabilizing force in Afghanistan while regional countries have done little to help. | "No one has an interest in renewed civil war in Afghanistan, certainly t…

HEAT (2021-05-01). Stop the Destruction of Our Working Class College City College of San Francisco (CCSF). indybay.org The San Francisco Community College Board of Trustees are set to lay off 160 more faculty members and also destroy the music program, the Nursing program and also the destruction of ESL and vocational training program. HEAT is asking for support to stop this attack on our working class community college.

Unitarian Universalist Society of S.F. (2021-05-01). Wednesday 5/5: Vigil for Refugee Rights Stop Child Detention Recognize Asylum. indybay.org 1187 Franklin Street @ Geary…

People's Strike Bay Area (2021-05-01). Saturday 5/1: Oakland May Day: Bike and Car Caravan. indybay.org Lake Merritt BART…

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-01). As Ukraine Simmers, Victoria Nuland Is Now Highest-Ranking Member of US Foreign Service. news.antiwar.com On April 29 the U.S. Senate confirmed Victoria Nuland as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, which has been described as the fourth most important position in the State Department. Though as the first three are filled by political appointees and the other by a career foreign service officer, the Under Secretary of State …

WSWS (2021-05-01). Workers and youth in Germany support call for International Workers Alliance and mobilise for ICFI May Day online rally. wsws.org Workers and youth from across Germany tell the WSWS why they support the International Committee of the Fourth International's (ICFI) call for the formation of the International Workers Alliance of Rank-and-File Committees and will be attending tomorrow's May Day rally of the ICFI.

House the Bay (2021-05-01). Saturday 5/1: Oakland May Day: Housing Direct Action. indybay.org Stay Tuned West Oakland…

RAWdance (2021-05-01). Sunday 5/2: RAWdance presents" "Collected Breath": a Midnight Artist Collaboration with Jim Campbell's. indybay.org Salesforce Tower…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-04-30). Demanding 'Papers Not Crumbs,' Undocumented Immigrants Risk Arrest Outside Biden White House. commondreams.org "WE will be the ones to define what the 'priorities' on immigration are—not Biden," said Movimiento Cosecha. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-04-30). Why Delivery Workers Across The Planet Are Rising Up. popularresistance.org On February 22, 2019, at 6 pm, a car crashed into Servio Hernández's motorcycle. Hernández, a Venezuelan migrant in Chile, was hit while he was in the middle of making a delivery for PedidosYa, a branch of the German multinational company Delivery Hero. When Hernández arrived at the hospital, the first thing he did was ask the medical staff to let his supervisor know about the accident. "There is nothing we can do for him," the supervisor told the doctor. The supervisor turned off his phone and blocked Hernández from being able to access the PedidosYa app. | Servio Hernández is one of the millions of workers arou…

Rebekah Entralgo (2021-04-30). Support for Essential Labor Has Largely Excluded Migrant Women Farmworkers. commondreams.org "Many women farmworkers do not even have access to their own income. Employers will often officially enroll a male employee while his wife and children work off the books." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2021-04-30). Beyond Putin and Navalny: Is there a left alternative for Russia? therealnews.com Alexei Navalny has been celebrated in the West as the democratic savior of Russia, but are things that simple? World-renowned sociologist Boris Kagarlitsky explains what Western media gets wrong about Putin, Navalny, and the political reality on the ground in Russia.

Matt Kennard (2021-04-30). Revealed: The UK Government Campaign to Force Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy. globalresearch.ca The UK government paid £8,330 in November 2018 to bring Ecuador's …

The Associated Press (2021-04-30). An Unusual Coalition as Supreme Court Rules for Immigrant. latinorebels.com WASHINGTON (AP) — An unusual coalition of Supreme Court justices joined Thursday to rule in favor of an immigrant fighting deportation in a case that the court said turned on the meaning of the shortest word, "a."

Latino Rebels (2021-04-30). Undocumented Immigrants and Allies Risk Arrest, Deportation to Protest Biden's First 100 Days Without Sufficient Action on Immigration. latinorebels.com Immigrant rights activists —including undocumented immigrants risking deportation— are protesting President Biden's 100 days in office and what they call "the Democratic Party's broken promises to the immigrant community" with a direct action in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-30). US Ends Visa Services for Most Russians, Reduces Moscow Embassy Staff by 75%. news.antiwar.com On Friday, the US embassy in Moscow As part of the cutbacks, the embassy will no longer process non-immigrant visas for Russians. So any Russian citizens that want to travel to the US that aren't seeking a green card would have to obtain a tourist visa through a third country. | The announcement came after Russia put limits on the amount of staff the US embassy could hire l…

Latino Rebels (2021-04-30). PEW: Asian Americans Will Be Country's Largest Immigrant Group by 2055. latinorebels.com "By then, Asians are expected to make up 36% of all U.S. immigrants, while Hispanics will make up 34%," Pew noted in the analysis.

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-30). Incarcerating Innocents and Migrants in the U.S. counterpunch.org Parallels between U.S. abuse of Hispanic migrants and that of Jews in the very early Nazi years are deeply creepy. They were even creepier when Trump was president. That's because he was happy to demonize this Central American and Mexican minority, to deploy the full power of the state against it and to unleash police

Editor2 (2021-04-30). RUNASUR, a new Latin American Regional Integration Mechanism, Created in Bolivia. orinocotribune.com RUNASUR, a new regional integration mechanism, aims at uniting the Indigenous people, peasants, social movements and workers of Latin America, as well as building a Plurinacional America | On April 25, former Bolivian President Evo Morales announced the birth of RUNASUR, a new regional integration mechanism aimed at uniting the Indigenous people, peasants, social movements and workers of Latin America with an anti-imperialist ideology. The organization will serve as the people's alternative to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), an existing regional integration mechanism that has become paralyzed due to…

Margaret Flowers (2021-04-30). 'May Day' Militancy Needed to Create the Economy We Need. globalresearch.ca First published on April 30, 2018 | To the memory of late Kevin Zeese. His legacy will live. | Seventy years of attacks on the right to unionize have left the union movement representing only 10 percent of workers. The investor …

Anonymous669 (2021-04-30). 118 Taliban Militants Killed In Series Of Operations: Afghan MoD. southfront.org Afghan National Army soldiers prepare to move out following an inspection of troops at the Regional Military Training Center at Tactical Base Gamberi, Afghanistan, on July 30, 2015. JARROD MORRIS/U.S. ARMY | The Afghan National Army (ANA) had killed 118 militants of the Taliban and had wounded 30 others in a series of operations in different parts of the country, the Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan announced on April 29. | According to the MoD, four individuals affiliated with the militant group were also apprehended by th…

Jeremy Kuzmarov Editor (2021-04-30). Did Jeremy Scahill's Analysis Fumble the Ball in Its Indictment of Joe Biden as an "Empire Politician"? covertactionmagazine.com The Intercept series on Biden is marred by omissions and even State Department disinformation. Known for his exposés of Blackwater and the U.S. dirty wars in the Middle East, The Intercept reporter Jeremy Scahill's latest blockbuster is a series on Joe Biden's history as an "empire politician." The series is impressive and informative, however, it …

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-04-30). Did Jeremy Scahill's Analysis Fumble the Ball in Its Indictment of Joe Biden as an "Empire Politician"? covertactionmagazine.com The Intercept series on Biden is marred by omissions and even State Department disinformation. Known for his exposés of Blackwater and the U.S. dirty wars in the Middle East, The Intercept reporter Jeremy Scahill's latest blockbuster is a series on Joe Biden's history as an "empire politician." The series is impressive and informative, however, it …

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-04-30). It's Aggression When 'They' Do It, but Defense When 'We' Do Worse. fair.org Aggression, in international politics, is commonly It's a word that seems easy to apply to the United States, which launched

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-30). I'm Still Here, Though My Country's Gone West. dissidentvoice.org A mass rally with the Free German Youth that marked the founding of the German Democratic Republic in the Soviet Occupation Zone, October 1949. A full generation has elapsed since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed in late 1991. Two years earlier, in 1989, the communist states of Eastern Europe dissolved, with the …

Staff (2021-04-30). Another police killing in rural America, another case without accountability. therealnews.com The brutal killing of Tyler Rushing by Chico, California, police in 2017 is a revealing example of how little accountability police face in rural communities. PAR takes an in-depth look at the circumstances that led to his horrifying death at the hands of the police.

Anzy Adams (2021-04-30). Escondido community demands justice after Steven Olson is killed by police. liberationnews.org Escondido Police officer Chad Moore fatally shot Steven John Olson, a houseless community member, on the morning of April 21 shortly after 7 am.

Marilyn Bechtel (2021-04-30). Right-wing recall election advances vs. California. Gov. Gavin Newsom. peoplesworld.org California Secretary of State Shirley Weber announced on April 26 that over 1.6 million valid voter signatures were submitted on petitions seeking to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, making it all but certain that a recall election will be held toward the end of this year. The recall petition campaign — the sixth such effort to …

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-04-30). Tim Karr on Paying for Fox News Racism, Lynn Parramore on Hedge Funds vs. Green New Deal. fair.org Fox News' Tucker Carlson | This week on CounterSpin: Fox News is a flagship of right-wing disinformation, racism and hatred, and Tucker Carlson is its figurehead. Carlson spews harmful nonsense like it's his job, which it is, and he gets some $10 million a year from it—but did you know that, if you have cable, you're paying into that income? We'll talk about how that works with Tim Karr, senior director of strategy and communications at the group CounterSpin210430Karr.mp3 (im…

Walter Smolarek (2021-04-30). Biden uses first major address to lay out his program for the working class. liberationnews.org In his first speech to a joint session of Congress on April 28, Joe Biden made the calculation that he needed to directly address the needs of the working class. "20 million Americans lost their jobs in the pandemic — working- and middle-class Americans. At the same time, the roughly 650 billionaires in America saw …

Joel Wendland-Liu (2021-04-30). 'Predictive policing' is a techno-tool of white supremacy. peoplesworld.org Hollywood presents artificial intelligence as our inevitable future. In the show, Caprica, the prequel to the epic Battlestar Galactica, which centers on a massive struggle between humans and their robot creations, the Cylons, huge amounts of data are combined to produce artificially intelligent machines based on real human lives. Beyond science fiction, however, the big …

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2021-04-30). Syracuse, N.Y., 'Black Athletes Lives Matter!'. workers.org Syracuse, N.Y. Hundreds of Syracuse University students marched through snow during a Black Athletes Lives Matter (BALM) action against police brutality April 21. The march had been planned for months by student-athlete organizations, but coincidentally took place the day after cop Derek Chauvin's conviction for the murder of George Floyd. . . . |

The Conversation (2021-04-30). Violent Extremism: QAnon and the offline dangers of online speech. juancole.com By Chandell Gosse and Jaigris Hodson | — The new docuseries, Q: Into the Storm, is an investigation into the QAnon conspiracy theory and the shadowy online subcultures and spaces that fuel it. An important narrative throughout the series is the negative consequences of online speech, which demonstrates the danger of digital dualism: the tendency …

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