2021-05-05: News Headlines

Staff (2021-05-05). Biden's U-Turn on Refugees Aligns With Voter Support for Pro-Immigrant Policies. truthout.org Earlier this week, President Biden, under pressure from his own voter base, executed what might end up being the most consequential political U-turn of his presidency. | Having disappointed refugee rights advocates and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party a few weeks ago by

Stuart A. Newman (2021-05-05). CRISPR Madness: Welcome to the Age of Genetic Chaos. counterpunch.org The Nobel prize in chemistry awarded last year to the biochemists Jennifer Doudna and Emmanuelle Charpentier for the genetic modification technique called CRISPR cemented the popular idea that a new era of precision manipulation of hereditary material had arrived. The award came on the heels of the unauthorized use of the technique by the scientist

WSWS repost (2021-05-05). Facebook reverses censorship of WSWS article debunking "Wuhan Lab" conspiracy theory. indybay.org On Friday, Facebook notified users that it had wrongly censored them for posting a WSWS article debunking the false claim that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab.

Richard Falk (2021-05-05). Israeli Apartheid and Palestine Grievances. zcomm.org I think the electoral impasse in Israel is a clear indication that all is not well…

WSWS (2021-05-05). Defend Julian Assange, jailed for exposing the crimes of American and world imperialism. wsws.org The founder of WikiLeaks has been jailed for more than two years in a British maximum security prison, after seven years of effective imprisonment in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-05). Brazil: The Impacts of Wildcat Mining for Women. libya360.wordpress.com Martha Raquel Illustration: The Struggle of Indigenous Women in Brazil — Fernando Bertolo Indigenous peoples live in distress, anguish, and fear due to the illegal activity and the risk of mercury contamination Illicit mining activity has daily impacts on indigenous peoples in Brazil. Invasions ushered by wildcat mining meddle and disrupt the dynamics and lives…

Moderator (2021-05-05). Corporate Media Keep "Confirming" the Same False Story. scheerpost.com Gage Skidmore / CC BY-SA 2.0] By Glenn Greenwald / Substack One of the primary plagues of corporate journalism, which I have documented more times than I can count, just reared its ugly head again to deceive millions of people with fake news. When one large news outlet publishes a false story based on whispers from anonymous security state agents with the CIA or FBI, other news outlets quickly… |

sputniknews (2021-05-05). 12 Members of US Congress Call on Biden Not to Support India's IP Waiver Request. sputniknews.com In October 2020, India and South Africa submitted a proposal to the World Trade Organisation to allow member countries to waive intellectual property rights, including patents related to COVID-19 vaccines and other technologies during the pandemic.

Jack Rasmus (2021-05-05). US First Quarter GDP: Recovery or Just Another Rebound? counterpunch.org This past week the US Commerce Department released its early estimates for US GDP for the 1st Quarter 2021, January through March. If we are to believe the numbers, the US economy grew a respectable 6.4% during the period. But did it really? And does it represent a strong recovery underway? Or just a rebound,

Eurasia Review (2021-05-05). Greta Thunberg And Fridays For Future, From Global Myth To Local Mobilization. eurasiareview.com In 2019 the climate movement experienced an unprecedented growth in its mobilization capacity and its political and media impact. The success of the movement is closely linked to the figure of Greta Thunberg and the global impact of her discourse and the "Fridays for Future" movement in hundreds of cities around the world. | A study by Silvia Díaz-Pérez, Roger Soler-i-Martí and Mariona Ferrer-Fons, members of the UPF JOVIS research group of the Department of Communication, analyses the activist's speeches and messages on social networks and their legitimization through her personal story, and it also looks int…

Alan MacLeod (2021-05-05). In 2018 the US Was at War With Uyghur Terrorists. Now it Claims They Don't Even Exist. orinocotribune.com By Alan Macleod — May 1, 2021 | With China now in the U.S. crosshairs, the ETIM has moved from being an adversary to being a potential asset. | WASHINGTON — In the dying months of his administration, President Donald Trump removed from the United States terrorist list a little-known paramilitary organization called ETIM, an acronym that stands for either the East Turkestan Independence Movement or the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, depending on whom one asks. The group is also sometimes known as the [East] Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP or ETIP). | Explaining the decision, the State Department said tha…

The Associated Press (2021-05-05). US Awards Huge Shelter Contracts Amid Child Migrant Increase. latinorebels.com Confronted with a stream of unaccompanied children crossing the border from Mexico, the U.S. government has awarded shelter construction and management contracts to private companies that critics say may not be equipped to adequately care for the minors.

Lee Fang (2021-05-05). U.S. Keeps Blocking Vaccine Patent Waivers. zcomm.org

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Colombians Keep Protesting Despite Curfew. telesurenglish.net Human rights advocate Andres Maiz confirmed that Colombians remained in the streets protesting on Tuesday night despite the curfew imposed by President Ivan Duque. | RELATED: | "Duque believed the curfew would prevent students, Indigenous people, farmers, and Afro-descendants from continue protesting against the systematic violations of their rights," Maiz said. | Colombians also rejected the statements made by former Presid…

Jack Heyman, posted by the Jamal Journal (2021-05-05). Angela Y. Davis and the ILWU lead San Francisco May Day March. indybay.org On May Day marches occurred around the U.S. and around the world. While it is a labor holiday celebrated in 100 countries it is not recognized here where it originated in 1886 over the struggle for the 8 hour work day and safer working conditions. | Arguably, the largest demonstration in the U.S. occurred in San Francisco where an estimated 4,000 marchers, trade unionists, community groups and leftists, gathered at the Embarcadero and marched to Civic Center to commemorate the 1934 Maritime and General Strike provoked by the police murder of two strikers.

Tina Gerhardt (2021-05-05). A Call for Biden: Stop Enbridge Line 3. progressive.org The Canadian oil company is feeling the heat as Indigenous groups, environmental organizations, and other activists are demanding that the President pull the plug.

Anonymous007 (2021-05-05). Violent Crackdown On Colombia Protests Leaves At Least 19 Dead (18+, Videos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The UN Human Rights office (OHCR) expressed its concern over the violent crackdown on protests against tax changes in the Colombian city of Cali. | In comments made on May 4th, during a press briefing in Geneva, spokeswoman Maria Hurtado said the body was working to verify the exact number of casualties but reports suggested a number of people had been killed and wounded overnight in Cali."We express our profound shock at the events there and stress our solidarity with those…

Navid Zarrinnal (2021-05-05). The Leaked Zarif Tape: What Western Media Heard and What He Actually Said. mintpressnews.com Western regime change evangelists, mainstream media, radlib analysts, and Persian native informant media all heard the anti-Iran and anti-Russia echoes they wanted to hear in the leaked Zarif tape, but as Navid Zarrinnal asserts, there is more to the story.

Matt Colburn (2021-05-05). South Carolina's governor loyal to the rich during pandemic. liberationnews.org McMaster's political program during the pandemic reveal where his loyalties lie; in keeping the flow of profits into the hands of the state's ultra-wealthy uninterrupted.

Eds. (2021-05-05). Shocking omissions: 'Capitalism's Conscience — 200 Years Of The Guardian' — John Pilger and Jonathan Cook respond. mronline.org Freedman notes that Guardian editor, Kath Viner, promised that her newspaper would 'challenge the economic assumptions of the last three decades', 'challenge the powerful' and 'use clarity and imagination to build hope'. | May 5, 2021…

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Grenada Bars Travellers From Brazil & India. telesurenglish.net On May 4, Grenada imposed a ban on people with any travel history of India or Brazil within the past fourteen days. | RELATED: | "This means that… persons will have to spend the relevant time in a third-party state that will allow them to enter," Health Minister Nickolas Steele said. | This policy comes as Grenada tries its best to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus having just under 200 cases and one death. | Steele also explained that under the advice of the COVI…

Martha Grevatt (2021-05-05). May Day 2021 — International Workers' Day! workers.org May Day began in the U.S. in 1884 after labor federations called for worker strikes and protests for the eight-hour day. 400,000 workers answered the call countrywide on May 1, 1886. That year eight worker organizers, some immigrants, were arrested and framed for the May 4 bombing of a Haymarket . . . |

Toward increasing Networking (2021-05-05). Online events w/ Naomi Klein, Varoufakis, adrienne maree brown, Vandana Shiva & others. indybay.org Here are some 20 online events taking place over the next 5 days (and starting tomorrow, May 4, at 10 am), featuring people such as Yanis Varoufakis, Naomi Klein, Dean Spade, adrienne maree brown, Vandana Shiva, and Charles Eisenstein, and many others. | These events are hosted from various locations all across the country, as well from Canada, 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.

Michael T. Hertz (2021-05-05). California is a garden of Eden. nationofchange.org In case you don't think migrants can benefit the U.S., consider that 200,000 Dust Bowl migrants entered California.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-05). Colombian Campesino Leader: This is an Authoritarian Regime. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News Social movements participate in Colombia's national strike demonstrations. April 28, 2021. Photo: Surcando Comunicaciones We interviewed Ernesto Alexander Roa, President of the Coordinador Nacional Agrario de Colombia (National Agrarian Coordinator of Colombia — CNA), an indigenous and Afro-campesino organization that works for the defense and recovery of Colombia's rural areas, dignified life and popular sovereignty. Ernesto spoke to…

C.J. Atkins (2021-05-05). Haaland: Crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women demands solution. peoplesworld.org On the eve of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons Awareness Day, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland declared that a newly-created Missing and Murdered Unit in the Bureau of Indian Affairs is determined "to solve the crisis" of thousands of unsolved cases that still leave families without justice or closure. For decades, the number of Indigenous persons—women …

Nyla Ali Khan (2021-05-05). Survivors of Trauma Transform Their Vulnerabilities into Strength. counterpunch.org In 2015, Médecins Sans Frontières or Doctors Without Borders conducted a survey in Kashmir the results of which were as follows: out of "5600 households selected from more than 400 villages in 10 districts 1.8 million adults (45% of the adult population) are experiencing symptoms of mental distress with 41% exhibiting symptoms of probable depression

WSWS (2021-05-05). Quebec's anti-curfew protests: A political blind alley and entry point for the far right. wsws.org Young people opposed to the ruling class' criminal mishandling of the pandemic must fight for the independent political mobilization of the working class to close all schools and nonessential businesses so as to halt the COVID-19 pandemic's devastating third wave.

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Bolsonaro Threatens To Lift Subnational COVID-19 Restrictions. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday threatened to issue a decree to remove mobility restrictions imposed by subnational governments to control the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "No one can be happy if there is no freedom,", he said, recalling that his supporters took to the streets over the weekend to protest against the epidemiological measures | "In the streets, people are starting to ask the government to the decree. A…

WSWS (2021-05-05). Criminal response of UK ruling elite to COVID-19 produces huge waiting list for elective procedures. wsws.org With cancer sufferers and patients with other critical ailments languishing in queues running up to months and years, suffering and death, especially among the working class and the poor, will swell the already shocking tally of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-05-05). Papua New Guinea parliament adjourned amid escalating COVID-19 crisis. wsws.org Prime Minister Marape is cynically using the escalating COVID-19 pandemic, which is devastating the population, to block his own removal from office before the 2022 election.

WSWS (2021-05-05). Mexico City transit bridge collapse leaves 24 dead, scores injured. wsws.org The disaster has fueled growing popular anger over criminal government negligence and corruption that has also led to hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 deaths in Mexico.

WSWS (2021-05-05). Thousands flock to community pantries in the Philippines as COVID-19 rapidly spreads. wsws.org Images in the media reveal the degree of desperation for basic resources in the population. Crowds of hundreds line the pavement to try to get a few free vegetables and a canned good or two.

Karen Conner (2021-05-05). COVID-19 Recession Disproportionately Harmed Working-Class Mothers. cepr.net Working-class women, and especially working-class mothers, have been especially hard-hit by the pandemic "shecession." From April to December 2020, 1.45 million fewer working-class mothers were employed compared to the same time period in 2019, an 11.3 percent decline. Many working-class mothers who lost jobs exited the labor force altogether, and the participation gap between mothers …

WSWS (2021-05-05). Young Delhi resident describes India's COVID-19 catastrophe. wsws.org Vaibhavi spoke to the WSWS about the current conditions in Delhi and across India amid a mounting surge of COVID-19 cases and deaths.

WSWS (2021-05-05). German factories and low-income neighbourhoods left exposed to massive COVID-19 outbreaks. wsws.org For workplaces in particular, there are almost no protective measures and the few that exist are never reviewed and enforced. The number of workplace safety inspections declined during the first year of the pandemic by 15 percent.

Jon Rappoport (2021-05-05). Is the Genetic COVID Vaccine Creating a Hurricane Inside Cells of the Body? globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. Picture this: Contrary …

CNA (2021-05-05). Major Archbishop Says Ukraine Is Expecting Pope Francis To Visit. eurasiareview.com The people of Ukraine are expecting a papal visit, the leader of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church said in an interview. | Major Archbishop Sviatoslav Shevchuk "Just as [the Pope] recently visited Iraq, just as he will be going to visit different countries in the world in spite of the difficulties presented by COVID, so Ukraine is expecting the Holy Father to visit," he s…

Mathew Maavak (2021-05-05). A Case Of Graphical Correlations: Making Sense Of India's COVID-19 Surge — OpEd. eurasiareview.com India is currently witnessing a COVID-19 surge of unprecedented proportions, with an allegedly

IPCS (2021-05-05). India's Second Wave: The Geopolitical Drivers Of China's COVID-19 Assistance — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Srikanth Kondapalli* | As India reels under the unprecedented onslaught of a virulent, mutant COVID-19 strain that is leaving death and destruction in its wake, 40 countries have come forward to help with medical supplies. India has officially Chinese Foreign Policy Outreach: | Chinese President Xi Jinp…

Elizabeth Emma Ferry, Stephen Ferry (2021-05-05). Hello, Poetry, You 'Lamenting Pleasure'. thenation.com Hello, Poetry, You 'Lamenting Pleasure'

Staff (2021-05-05). Pressure Grows on Biden to Back WTO Waiver on Vaccine Technology. truthout.org Pressure is growing on the Biden administration to support a temporary waiver on intellectual property rights for COVID-related medicines and vaccines at the World Trade Organization. India and South Africa first proposed the waiver in October, but it was blocked by the United States and other wealthy members of the WTO. Big Pharma has also come out against the proposal and has lobbied Washington to preserve its monopoly control. More than 100 countries have supported the waiver, which they say is critical…

sputniknews (2021-05-05). India's Delegation to G7 Self-Isolating After Two Members Test Positive for COVID, UK Gov't Says. sputniknews.com The Indian diplomats that arrived at the Group of Seven summit in London had previously said they will attempt to visit meetings virtually following the decision to self-isolate, reports suggested.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). World's Most Vaccinated Nation Reintroduces COVID Restrictions After Surge in Infections. sputniknews.com Seychelles was among the first countries in the world to reopen to international tourism after the first COVID wave last year. The Indian Ocean nation, located off the coast of Africa, has been vaccinating its population with China's Sinopharm vaccine, received as a gift from the UAE, and AstraZeneca's Covishield, flown in from India.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Postponing Olympic Games Supported by Nine of Japan's Prefectural Heads, But Not Hosting Tokyo. sputniknews.com Nine of Japan's 47 prefectural governors recently said the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games should be cancelled or postponed due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, according to a recent poll.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). 'Nothing Less Than Genocide': Indian Court Slams Authorities as People Die From Oxygen Shortage. sputniknews.com A 21-year-old man from Delhi, Piyush Singh had to find a taxi and take his COVID-positive mother to her hometown, 14 hours away from the Indian capital two days after losing his father to the virus. Singh was watching his mother's oxygen drop below 90, but was unable to find an oxygen cylinder in Delhi.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Hundreds of Hong Kong Residents Quarantined As Health Experts Warn Of Mutant COVID-19 Variant Cases. sputniknews.com The cases sparked evacuations and quarantines in roughly 460 flats across three districts in the special administrative region on late Tuesday after authorities traced contacts linked to the two workers, Chinese media reported.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Hundreds of Farmers Head to Delhi to Protest Farm Laws Despite COVID Restrictions – Photos. sputniknews.com Since November last year, a number of farmers from the agricultural states of Punjab, Haryana, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have been protesting against three farm laws passed in September 2020. The last round of official talks that the farmers held with government officials was on 22 January this year.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Hundreds of Devotees at Indian Temple Attract Fury as COVID-19 Rages in Country. sputniknews.com Local police officers have taken action against 23 people in this regard, and have booked and arrested the chief villager in the Sanand area of Gujarat state.

news.un (2021-05-05). UN report sounds alarm on acute global shortage of midwives. news.un.org The world is currently facing a shortage of around 900,000 midwives, with COVID-19 further exacerbating the situation as many have been redeployed to help plug vital gaps in other health services, according to a new United Nations report.

news.un (2021-05-05). WHO chief hails 'monumental moment' in COVID fight, as US throws support behind vaccine patent waiver. news.un.org The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday said the commitment announced by the United States administration to lift vaccine patent protections to help boost global supply, was a "monumental moment" in the battle to end the deadly pandemic.

news.un (2021-05-05). 155 million faced acute food insecurity in 2020, conflict the key driver. news.un.org At least 155 million people faced crisis levels of food insecurity in 2020 because of conflict, extreme weather events and economic shocks linked in part to COVID-19, a UN-partnered flagship report said on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-05-05). South Asia: 'Real possibility' health systems will be strained to a breaking point, UNICEF warns. news.un.org Impacts of the deadly new surge in COVID-19 cases across South Asia are unlike anything the region has seen before, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said, warning of a "real possibility" that health systems there will be strained to a breaking point, leading to even more loss of life.

news.un (2021-05-05). Myanmar: Attacks on healthcare jeopardizing COVID-19 response, UN team says. news.un.org There have been at least 158 reported attacks on medical personnel and facilities in Myanmar, with more than 139 doctors arrested and charged since the military coup in February, endangering not only vital health services but also the COVID-19 response, the UN Country Team (UNCT) there said on Wednesday.

news.un (2021-05-05). South Asia: 'Real possibility' health systems will be strained to a breaking point, UNICEF warns. news.un.org Impacts of the deadly new surge in COVID-19 cases across South Asia are unlike anything the region has seen before, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said, warning of a "real possibility" that health systems there will be strained to a breaking point, leading to evn more loss of life.

news.un (2021-05-05). UN report sounds alarm on acute global shortage of midwives. news.un.org The world is currently facing a shortage of 900,000 midwives, with COVID-19 further exacerbating the situation as many midwives have been deployed to other health services, according to a new United Nations report.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause ends. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On Friday, April 23, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent immunization advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted to resume distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine after a 10-day pause to investigate reported cases of rare blood clotting events in recipients. The committee met twice …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). High vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic computer modeling shows. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). Mayo Clinic researchers question effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for solid organ transplant patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A small study from Mayo Clinic researchers raises the concern that some transplant patients may have a limited immune response after being vaccinated for COVID-19 with an mRNA vaccine. Their findings are published as a letter to the editor in the American Journal of Transplantation. The letter covers seven organ transplant recipients …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Cared for in his own workplace for 121 days. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Robert Pintor works as a scheduling supervisor at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, so he was well aware of the impact of COVID-19 on the community. What he didn't expect was its impact on him and his family. This article is written by Mayo Clinic staff. When Robert Pintor picked up his wife's cough in November, they both …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). 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 (2021-05-05). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). 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 (2021-05-05). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Avoid preventable vision loss. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Has your eyesight become blurry? Do you have glaucoma, but you haven't been in for an exam or treatment? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have delayed eye appointments. Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says it's important to catch eye diseases early. "I think the main take-home message is that if you …

Staff (2021-05-05). Venezuela Begins Clinical Trials of Russian EpiVacCorona Vaccine—Russian Ambassador First to be Vaccinated. orinocotribune.com Venezuela officially began clinical trials of Russian vaccine EpiVacCorona, as the Russian ambassador to Caracas, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, became the first volunteer to receive a dose of the COVID-19 immunization drug. | The start of clinical trials was reported by the Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, who noted that the vaccine simulates small fragments of the virus; this strengthens the immune system of recipients to prevent COVID-19. | "Thus begins the process of applying the vaccine candidate EpiVacCorona to combat COVID-19 in the country," said Rodríguez, "a vaccine developed by Russia that is advan…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-05). Majority in G7 countries wants COVID-19 vaccine know-how to be shared, says poll. peoplesdispatch.org The findings of the survey shared by the the People's Vaccine Alliance shows that the vast number of respondents want governments to intervene and ensure the knowledge is shared with others. Most G7 countries are opposed to patent waivers on vaccines…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-05). 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 …

Staff (2021-05-05). 1st phase of Fakhra vaccine human trial ends successfully. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — The first phase of the human test of "Fakhra" COVID-19 vaccine was successfully completed on Wednesday.

Staff (2021-05-05). Iran COVID-19 update: 15,872 infections, 349 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 15,872 new COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

Staff (2021-05-05). Postponing Olympic supported by 9 Japan's prefectural heads. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Nine of Japan's 47 prefectural governors recently said the forthcoming Tokyo Olympic Games should be cancelled or postponed due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in the country, according to a recent poll.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-05). S Arabia considers barring overseas haj pilgrims for 2nd year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Saudi Arabia is considering barring overseas pilgrims from the annual haj for the second year amid the surge in Covid-19 cases and the emergence of new variants globally.

Anonymous103 (2021-05-05). Going To Court: The EU Sues AstraZeneca. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. | It has been a relationship of characterised by bitterness and misunderstanding. It began with a poorly negotiated agreement — poor, that is, from the European Union perspective — between Brussels and AstraZeneca for the supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses. Less rigorous in terms of penalties and consequences than the UK-AstraZeneca deal, the EU version was very much the poor cousin, giving the company much latitude in terms of production schedules and d…

Eds. (2021-05-05). Behind the lives lost during the pandemic lie India's failing public institutions. mronline.org The privatisation model pursued by successive governments, in health to education, has led to the perpetuation of class and caste divides, with the poor often left to suffer. | May 5, 2021 | Newswire…

teleSUR (2021-05-05). WHO To Use Big Data To Detect Future Pandemics. telesurenglish.net The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced the creation of a "Global Hub for Pandemic and Epidemic Intelligence," a Berlin-based research center that will seek to detect pandemics in advance using big data and artificial intelligence. | RELATED: | "Viruses move fast, but data can move even faster. With the right information, countries and communities can stay one step ahead of emergencies and save l…

Eurasia Review (2021-05-05). European Coordination Needed To Fight Science Disinformation. eurasiareview.com In a new report, ALLEA, the European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities, examines the potential of technical and policy measures to tackle science disinformation and calls for improved European exchange and coordination in this field. | While disinformation strategies are intoxicating public discourses in many fields, science disinformation is particularly dangerous to democratic governance and society at large. As highlighted by the ongoing pandemic, an undermining of trust in science poses a fundamental threat to political and individual decisions based on evidence and scientific knowledge.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Air India to Vaccinate All Employees by End of Month After Pilots Threaten a Strike. sputniknews.com Amid the pandemic, Indian airlines have been operating domestically and ferrying thousands of passengers on a daily basis. The airlines have adopted a multi-layered approach to offer safe travel for people in line with coronavirus regulations.

news.un (2021-05-05). Early-warning 'pandemic hub' plan unveiled by WHO's Tedros and Germany's Merkel. news.un.org An international hub for pandemic control is to open in Berlin to ensure better preparedness and transparency in the fight against likely future global health threats, the UN health agency announced on Wednesday.

Staff (2021-05-05). No rally to be held on Quds Day in Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 05 (MNA) — Spokesman for Iran's Coronavirus Headquarters Alireza Raeisi announced on Wed. that no rally will be held on the International Quds Day in Iran due to the pandemic.

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-05). A Very British Case: Postmasters and Miscarriages of Justice. globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. British justice is …

Anonymous007 (2021-05-05). Taliban Begin Pouring From Every Direction As The U.S. Withdraws. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The United States withdrawal from Afghanistan is in progress, and two more B-52 bombers were deployed in Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to guarantee the security of the departing US troops. | @usairforce #B52s from @TeamMinot, arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, May 4, to support @CENTCOM…

Jason Ditz (2021-05-05). Hundreds Reported Killed in Latest Taliban Offensive. news.antiwar.com Heavy fighting raged in seven provinces across Afghanistan as the Taliban looked to launch a new offensive in the face of the May 1 deadline, The Afghan Defense Ministry

Liberation Staff-Boston (2021-05-05). Somerville mother seeks justice for son: he was only six years old — now he has a bogus criminal record. liberationnews.org In 2019, Somerville Public Schools called the police on a six-year-old boy. Now he has a criminal record, and his mother is still fighting for justice.

Staff (2021-05-05). #SOSColombia: UN, EU & Rest of World Condemn Duque's Genocide. orinocotribune.com Hundreds of reactions from international figures and organizations have been expressed in support of the Colombian people in struggle. Although large media corporations have been oblivious to what has been happening in Colombia, so as to hide State responsibility in the killings of civilians during the ongoing popular demonstrations against Iván Duque's policies, many around the world have described the acts of brutality as "genocide." | En video quedó registrado el momento en el que matrimonios de Policías y ESMAD persiguen a manifestantes en el barrio Fátima en Manizales. En otro video se evidencia que Policías…

Éric Toussaint (2021-05-05). Latin America and the Caribbean are facing a serious debt crisis Part 4. mronline.org The series continues with analyses of how indebtedness developed in other regions of the Global South. | May 5, 2021 | Newswire…

Lucia Eugenia Cordova (2021-05-05). Venezuela's National Assembly Appoints New Electoral Authorities (CNE). orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, May 4, in accordance with the provisions of Venezuela's Magna Carta, the National Assembly (AN), by a qualified majority, selected the rectors of the National Electoral Council (CNE) for a period of seven consecutive years. These are 15 qualified individuals, chosen from a list of 103 applications, who have been thoroughly reviewed by the special legislative commission designated for this purpose. | Once the files had been reviewed in a special session, the following were elected as main rectors: | ‚Ä¢ Pedro Enrique Calzadilla Pérez, professor and historian | ‚Ä¢ Alex…

David Sobelsohn (2021-05-05). At Supreme Court, billionaires argue they're like NAACP in 1958 Alabama. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—In 1958, in the wake of Brown v. Board of Education and the Montgomery bus boycott, and using its power to regulate out-of-state corporations, Alabama demanded the NAACP disclose its Alabama members' names and addresses. Fearing the effect on its membership, the NAACP refused. A unanimous Supreme Court sided with the NAACP. The U.S. …

Ahmad Soheil Ahmadi (2021-05-05). Afghanistan's Musical Tradition: a Health Check. counterpunch.org In the midst of war, insecurity and chaos, the music and songs of Ahmad Zahir, Farhad Darya, and others make the souls of Afghans happy. In durhams and nightclubs, whether in Kabul or in foreign countries, there is the sound of the tambourine, the tar, and the rabab, sounds that remind all Afghans of the

Dean Baker (2021-05-05). Financial Transactions Taxes: The Perfect Way to Pay for Biden's Infrastructure Package. counterpunch.org There has been a lot of silliness around President Biden's proposed infrastructure packages and the extent to which they are affordable for the country. First and foremost, there has been tremendous confusion about the size of the package. This is because the media have engaged in a feast of really big numbers, where they give

Felice Pace (2021-05-05). The Flows Tell the Story: Klamath River Coho Salmon are in Dire Condition. counterpunch.org So far this spring only 36 Coho Salmon age 1+ have been trapped by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) while exiting the Shasta River Basin and only 21 Coho Salmon age 0+, 3 Coho Salmon age 1+have been trapped on their way out from the Scott River. These are dismal numbers and indicate that Klamath River Coho continue

B.J. Sabri (2021-05-05). Star Trek: A Viewpoint beyond Liking It. dissidentvoice.org See Part 1. What is the point of Star Trek? When examined under apposite practical context, the conclusion may validate the argument that Star Trek filmography cannot be separated from the business enterprise that created it. Consequently, it is no-brainer to deduce that special interests control the content, direction, and purpose of such films. Star …

Eds. (2021-05-05). Biden uses first major address to lay out his program for the working class. mronline.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. | May 5, 2021 | Newswire…

Editor2 (2021-05-05). 'I'm an Intersectional Cisgender Millennial Woman of Color': CIA Goes Full Woke in Widely Mocked Promo Video. orinocotribune.com A recruitment ad for the Central Intelligence Agency featuring a smorgasbord of woke buzzwords has been ruthlessly mocked on social media, with many accusing the spy agency of using 'diversity' to airbrush its shady dealings. | The CIA apparently wants Americans to know that despite its history of toppling democratically elected governments and operating torture 'black sites', it is still very much an equal opportunity employer. | In a promotional video for the agency, an employee explains how she "used to struggle with imposter syndrome," but later rejected the "patriarchal ideas" holding her back, realizing…

Staff (2021-05-05). The Brazilian Amazon Is Now Releasing More Carbon Dioxide Than It Absorbs. truthout.org A

Staff (2021-05-05). Amazon Is Dictating Personal Hygiene, Nail Length of Contract Drivers. truthout.org Amazon is dictating the hygiene and monitoring the social media posts of drivers that it's contracting from other small companies, new documents show. The policies are part of a litany of strict guidelines that recent reporting has found Amazon workers are required to follow. | A document outlining the policies, which was recently

Staff (2021-05-05). Jailers Tortured and Murdered Marvin Scott III, Family Says After Viewing Video. truthout.org In their first one-on-one interview since viewing horrific footage of their son's in-custody homicide at the hands of eight Collin County, Texas, jailers on March 14, the parents of Marvin Scott III told Truthout that their son experienced a "whole day of torture" instead of receiving the help he needed during a mental health crisis. | The five-hour video, which lacked audio, was so horrible, LaSandra Scott tells Truthout, that, "They might as well have just shot him so it could be over qui…

Staff (2021-05-05). Facebook Board Announces Trump Remains Banned. Trump Starts His Own "Platform." truthout.org "So shines a good deed in a weary world," said Willy Wonka when confronted with an unexpected kindness. The candy master may have had similar words about today's decision by Facebook's new 20-person "Oversight Board." For the time being at least, the silence will continue to reign, and a weary world sighs in palpable relief. | "The Board has upheld Facebook's decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram acco…

Staff (2021-05-05). Judge Says DOJ Memo on Barr's Decision Not to Charge Trump Must Be Released. truthout.org A federal judge has ruled that a redacted memo crafted by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2019 that DOJ lawyers said justified the department's decision not to file obstruction of justice charges against former President Donald Trump must be made public. |

Global Research News (2021-05-05). Selected Articles: A Vaxxing Question. globalresearch.ca By In 1956 German pharmaceutical company Chemie Gràºnenthal GmbH, licensed a new experimental drug designed to treat colds, flu, nausea and morning sickness. Known as Distaval in the UK, Distillers Biochemicals …

Steve Topple (2021-05-05). Election misery for Keir Starmer keeps piling up. thecanary.co Starmer: bringing on the heartache: | On Thursday 6 May, people will

Kenneth Surin (2021-05-05). Cracks in Northern Ireland? counterpunch.org "I'd say I'm Northern Irish and British. I'm not Irish. I don't live in Ireland". — Zara Ferguson, a navy reservist living in Northern Ireland "I'm very pleased and proud to be in the UK and feel it's the best way forward. It would have been better if all of Ireland had stayed in the

David Swanson (2021-05-05). Talk World Radio: Veterans For Peace Take on Climate Collapse. warisacrime.org Talk World Radio is recorded as audio and video on Riverside.fm. Here is this week's video and all the videos on Youtube. This week on Talk World Radio we're discussing the earth's climate and militarism, and what Veterans For Peace is working on. Our guest is Vince Dijanich, a veteran of what the Vietnamese call …

Anand Naidoo (2021-05-05). The Heat: Political uncertainty in Israel. america.cgtn.com Political uncertainty in Israel as Prime Minister Netanyahu fails to form a coalition government.

Anonymous007 (2021-05-05). Military Situation In Yemen On May 5, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 120 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On May 4, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 7 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On May 4, the Saudi-led forces recaptured the Dash al-Haqan and Zanah refugee camps from Ansar Allah | On May 5, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continued in the east of Madghal district | On May 4, Ansar Allah attacked Marib c…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-05). Israel Strikes Numerous Locations In Southwestern Syria, Including Military Facility. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | In the early hours of May 5th, Israeli warplanes struck a number of locations in Syria's southwest. | According to Syria's Ministry of Defense statement, the incident took place around 2 AM local time."At around 2: 18 am today, the Israeli enemy carried out an air aggression from the direction of southwest Lattakia targeting some points in the coastal area. Our air defense media intercepted the aggression's missiles and dropped some of them." | And the Israeli aggression led…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-05). Syrian Authorities Showcased Weapons, Including Anti-Tank & Anti-Aircraft Missiles, Uncovered In Daraa (Video, Photos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image. | On May 5, Syrian authorities showcased loads of weapons and ammunition which were recently uncovered in the southern governorate of Daraa. | According to the Syrian Arab News Agency, the Syrian military and security forces found the weapons and ammunition during search operations in the eastern countryside of Daraa and in the area of al-Lujat. | The seized weapons and ammunition included: | Seven Soviet or Bulgarian-made Konkurs anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs); | Four Soviet or Bulgarian-m…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-05). Greater Idlib: Syrian Army Killed, Injured Several Militants In Guided Missile Strikes (Video). southfront.org Illustrative image | At least four militants were killed or injured in the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib as a result of guided missile strikes by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). | On May 3, the SAA targeted a pickup truck of the Ahrar al-Sham Movement near the area of al-Burnas in the northern countryside of Lattakia with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM). The pickup was completely destroyed. At least two Syrian militants were killed. |

Anonymous669 (2021-05-05). Terrorist Attack On Large Iraqi Oil Field Leaves Four Dead & Wounded. southfront.org A flame rises from a chimney at Taq Taq oil field in Arbil, in Iraq's Kurdistan region, August 16, 2014. Picture taken August 16, 2014. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari | Early on May 5, unidentified militants attacked the Bai Hasan oil fields in the northern Iraqi province of Kirkuk, where large oil reserves are located. | The militants blew up two wells in the oil fields with explosive devices while attacking a nearby security post to distract the guards."The terrorist attack at dawn today, resulted in the explosion of the Wells 183…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-05). Russia Is Prepared To Disconnect From SWIFT Payment System: Foreign Ministry. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Russia is preparing to depart from the international payment system SWIFT, Maria Zakharova, Russia's Defense Ministry spokeswoman said, According to her, disconnecting from SWIFT was "hypothetical" currently, but not at all impossible."The possibility of being disconnected from SWIFT is still considered as hypothetical. Nevertheless, inter-minsistry wo…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-05). Video Of French Journalist Abducted By Al-Qaeda In Mali Surfaced Online. southfront.org Olivier Dubois as seen in the recently released video. | On May 5th, a video showing French Journalist Olivier Dubois, who went missing last month while working in Mali's northern city of Gao, surfaced online. | In the video, Dubois says he was kidnapped on April 8 by al-Qaida-linked Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin (JNIM). The journalist calls on his family, friends and French authorities to work for his release. |

Anonymous007 (2021-05-05). Military Situation In Donetsk People's Republic On May 5, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | 1. DPR forces in Kominternovo targeted UAF positions in Vodiane with 120-mm artillery | 2. DPR forces in Staromikhailovka targeted UAF positions in Krasnogorovka with 120-mm artillery and ATGM | 3. DPR forces in Spartak targeted UAF positions in Avdiivka with heavy machine guns | 4. UAF in Krasnogorovka shelled DPR forces in Staromikhailovka with 120-mm artillery and grenade launchers | 5. UAF in Gnutovo shelled DPR forces in Zaichenko with ATGM and grenade launche…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-05). Military Situation In Syria On May 5, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 5, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 38 times: 23 — in Idlib province, 10 — in Latakia province, 3 — in Hama province, 2 — in Aleppo province | On May 5, Israel attacked several areas in Lattakia, Tartus and Hama provinces. One civilian reportedly was killed in the missile attacks | On May 4, Russian military police carried out a patrol near the town of Malekiyah | On May 4, the US coalition con…

Staff (2021-05-05). Morales Condemns European Parliament's 'Colonialist' Mindset towards Bolivia. orinocotribune.com Former President Evo Morales accused the European Parliament of having a "colonialist mindset" regarding the nations of the region, and condemned their resolution against Bolivia. | In an open letter addressed to the "old continent" via his account on the social network

Phyllis Bennis (2021-05-05). Why Human Rights Watch Designating Israel's Crimes as Apartheid Is a Very Big Deal. commondreams.org "It's a huge victory for our movement," writes Phyllis Bennis, a fellow with the Institute for Policy Studies."When Human Rights Watch, by far the human rights organization with the most direct access to power in Washington, says that Israel is guilty of the crime of apartheid, that action not only reflects the discourse shift fought for and won by so many who have gone before, it also pushes that shift even farther." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2021-05-05). US Affirms That With Its Allies, It Will Pressure Venezuela to 'Return to Democracy'. orinocotribune.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Secretary of State Antony Blinken declared that the United States and its allies plan to continue the pressure campaign against the Venezuelan government so as to bring democracy to the country. | Blinken affirmed at the 51st annual Washington Conference on the Americas that: "We will continue to work with our partners across the region both to alleviate the suffering of the Venezuelan people and to exert pressure on the regime so the country can peacefully return to democracy." | Blinken also alleged that the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro had mismanaged the h…

sputniknews (2021-05-05). US Actor Steven Seagal Presents Maduro With Samurai Sword During Visit to Venezuela. sputniknews.com American actor, producer and musician Steven Seagal, who received Russian citizenship in 2016 and was subsequently appointed as a Russian special envoy for humanitarian liaison with the US, is also a widely-renowned aikido ace.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Video: Steven Seagal Presents Maduro With Samurai Sword During Visit to Venezuela. sputniknews.com American actor, producer and musician Steven Seagal, who received Russian citizenship in 2016 and was subsequently appointed as a Russian special envoy for humanitarian liaison with the US, is also a widely-renowned aikido ace.

Lobato Felizola (2021-05-05). For the World to See: Bolsonaro's Failure to Protect the Amazon. progressive.org The Brazilian government is trying to convince the international community that its support is needed to save the Amazon rainforest.

Eurasia Review (2021-05-05). Forest Fires Drive Expansion Of Savannas In Heart Of Amazon. eurasiareview.com White-sand savannas are expanding in the heart of the Amazon as a result of recurring forest fires, according to a study published in the journal Ecosystems. | The study was supported by FAPESP, and conducted by Bernardo Monteiro Flores, currently a postdoctoral fellow in ecology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) in Brazil, and Milena Holmgren, a professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. | "The edges of the Amazon Rainforest have long been considered the most vulnerable parts owing to expansion of the agricultural frontier. This degradat…

IDN (2021-05-05). Conquering Poverty In America Is Possible — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Jonathan Power* | Adam Smith who in 1776 wrote "The Wealth of Nations", the Bible of capitalism, which has become the standard economics text for over two centuries, was quick to single out monopolistic tendencies as the most important tool in undermining the virtues of capitalism. It kept the poor poor. The laws that give these capitalists their freedom to exploit the marketplace, so-called rent-seeking, "may be said to be all written in blood". At the moment, Amazon is in the firing line for practicing such practices. Indeed, a majority of Silicon Valley companies rent-seek. Big pharma companies, like Pfi…

Tom Anderson (2021-05-05). What it's really like working for Amazon in Bristol. thecanary.co Amazon is currently in the news for The Canary spoke with two Amazon workers in Bristol. They described precarious zero-hour working conditions and an atmosphere where they felt as if they might lose their jobs at any moment. Both workers said they were push…

The Jamal Journal (2021-05-05). Never Forget the May 13, 1985 Massacre! Honor Delisha and Tree Africa by Freeing Mumia! indybay.org We do not have words to describe how awful it was to learn that the remains of murdered MOVE children Delisha Africa and Tree Africa were being used by the University of Pennsylania and Princeton University in such a disrespectful way. An article written by the Jamal Journal focusing on this painful tragedy will be released soon. A compilation of news stories is featured above. To mark the upcoming 36th anniversary of the May 13, 1985 massacre. A powerful 2010 video interview with Ramona Africa and an accompanying article written by Angola 3 News is reprinted below.

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Conviasa Starts Air Route Between Moscow and Caracas. telesurenglish.net The Venezuelan state-owned airline Conviasa inaugurated the Caracas-Moscu air route, which will have one direct flight with a fortnightly frequency. | RELATED: | On Monday, the inaugural flight came from Russia and arrived at the Simon Bolivar International Airport, in Maiquetia, La Guaira State. Onboard the Airbus A340 there were 90 tour operators, journalists, influencers, and investors. | "The new air route will contribute to f…

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Colombians Rekindle Their National Strike Amid State Terrorism. telesurenglish.net Colombians continue to take to the streets to demand the resignation of President Ivan Duque despite extreme expressions of police brutality. | RELATED: | The marches began mid-morning in Bogota, Barranquilla, Bucaramanga, and Cali with chants, music, and white flags. The country's main avenues also were filled with car caravans carrying Colombian flags. | In the capital city, protesters took to the streets with signs r…

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Mexico Vaccinates Teachers To Resume Face-to-Face Classes. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Health Ministry informed on the beginning of teacher vaccinations in 9 out of 32 states, aiming to resume face-to-face classes as soon as possible. | RELATED: | "On Tuesday, we started immunizing teachers in the states of Jalisco and Nuevo Leon. Today, we kicked off the vaccination of professionals in Colima, Durango, Guanajuato, Michoacan, Morelos, and San Luis Potosi," Deputy Health Minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell announced. | The vaccination…

Center For Biological Diversity (2021-05-05). New Study: Agricultural Pesticides Cause Widespread Harm to Soil Health, Threaten Biodiversity. globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. A

WSWS (2021-05-05). May Day in Frankfurt, Germany: WISAG worker warns of tens of thousands of job cuts. wsws.org Airport services provider WISAG has sacked 260 ground staff at Frankfurt Airport. On the fringes of the official union May Day rally, one of the workers spoke about their struggle.

John Stanton (2021-05-05). Americans Minds are Artificially Intelligent. dissidentvoice.org I advocate the thesis which holds that the tendency towards totalitarianism is part of the essence of the machine, and originally proceeded from the realm of technology; that the tendency, inherent to every machine as such, to subjugate the world, to parasitically seize upon the fragments that have not yet been subjugated, to merge with …

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Attacks on Palestinians Increase Tensions in East Jerusalem. telesurenglish.net On Tuesday, outlet Palestina Hoy denounced that Israeli settlers set fire to Palestinian land in the village of Buirin, in Nablus. This came just hours after another group of Israeli settlers hurled stones at Palestinian homes in the village of Qusra, south of the occupied city of Naplus. | RELATED: | According to the testimony of Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the northern West Bank, th…

George Ochenski (2021-05-05). When the Legislature Leaves Town, Litigation Follows. counterpunch.org Anyone who's ever seen a circus roll through town can tell you there are a lot of "droppings" to clean up behind the elephants. Montana's legislative circus and the GOP elephant parade left town late last week and there are so many unconstitutional "droppings" it'll take years for the lawyers and judicial system to clean

Editorial Team (2021-05-05). Bobby Sands: 40 years on. challenge-magazine.org "Do you think if he fell into a coma you would give authorisation for him to be intravenously fed? | "No…..he told me not to….. I love my son like any other mother but I couldn't, he asked me not to and I promised him" | An exchange between Bobby Sands's mother Rosaleen and a news reporter is a haunting illustration of how deep set the convictions of Sands, their families and the wider Republican movement at the time of the Hunger Strikes. | 40 years on it is difficult to comprehend the level of sacrifice and pain that the 10 men (of similar age to me) and their families went through. Beyond that the chain…

Unicorn Riot (2021-05-05). Denver Students Organize Sit-in for Black Lives Lost to Police Violence. unicornriot.ninja &nbsp…

Matt Sedlar (2021-05-05). Postal Service Reform: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? cepr.net Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. — Proverbs 19: 18 We are starting to see changes come the way of the US Postal Service (USPS). There is a bill from Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and a multitude of co-sponsors to eliminate the arbitrary requirement that …

teleSUR (2021-05-05). Germany Had Over 44,000 Politically Motivated Crimes in 2020. telesurenglish.net Germany's Interior Affairs Minister Horst Seehofer on Tuesday announced that politically motivated crimes in his country reached a new record level last year with over 44,000 cases. | RELATED: | Violent crimes that were politically motivated even increased by 18.8 percent to a total of 3,365 cases in 2020. At the same time, eleven people became victims of political homicide and there were 13 attempted homicides w…

Staff (2021-05-05). Cast An Informed Vote for Philadelphia District Attorney on May 18. aclu.org In the election for Philadelphia District Attorney, make sure you're informed about a name that isn't on the ballot —- the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police. | The Philadelphia FOP supports policies that increase mass incarceration and violate civil rights, and they oppose policies that would increase transparency and accountability. | Transparency and fairness in the criminal legal system matter, even if the FOP thinks they don't. | Whoever you vote for in the District Attorney election, be sure to cast an informed vote. Vote on May 18. |