2021-05-07: News Headlines

_____ (2021-05-07). Rebellion Sweeps Colombia Despite Deadly Repression. popularresistance.org Massive protests are taking place throughout Colombia as people stand firm in the face of deadly police violence. Since April 28, when a general strike was called to oppose deeply regressive proposed tax reforms, nationwide demonstrations against far right President Iván Duque have been ongoing. | "The repression on the streets perpetuated by the police force is systematic," a young protester in Colombia who wished to remain anonymous told Liberation, "The ESMAD [Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron] along with the national police shoots without remorse rubber bullets, tear gas and attack the protestors." | This is…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-07). Colombia: 471 Persons Disappeared During the Mobilizations that Began April 28th. libya360.wordpress.com The Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in Colombia warned that 471 people disappeared in Colombia between April 28 and May 5, in the framework of the #ParoNacional. 379 of them are still missing. The Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in Colombia — MDTDF, warned about the human rights crisis experienced in the country as a…

Editorial Team (2021-05-07). Social unrest continues in Colombia. challenge-magazine.org Huge numbers of protestors have taken to the streets of Colombia over the last week after President Duque attempted to pass a bill that would further increase inequality in the country by making the working class pay for the covid-19-induced fiscal deficit. A general strike began on the 28th April in response to Duque's presentation of the ironically titled 'Sustainable Solidarity Bill'. The proposed bill has intensified grievances about the state of inequality in the country, with 2.8 million people having already been pushed into extreme poverty during the last year alone. The bill proposes increasing VAT on…

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Over 370 People Go Missing During 9 Days of Tax Reform Protests in Colombia, Rights Group Says. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – A total of 379 people went missing in Colombia over nine days of protests triggered by the now-shelved tax reform, the Movice National Movement of Victims of State Crime has announced.

Pedro Santana Rodríguez (2021-05-07). Frente a la protesta ciudadana en Colombia: Militarización y represión. globalizacion.ca Hoy 6 de mayo las masivas protestas en Colombia completan ya 9 días sin signos aún de debilitamiento. Las marchas del miércoles 5 convocadas por el Comité Nacional del Paro fueron masivas en muchas de las ciudades del país. | Contrario…

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-05-07). As India Gasps to Breathe, Modi Government Abdicates Responsibility. counterpunch.org The COVID-19 pandemic continues its brutal march across India. Figures of new infections reached 355,828 on May 3—which accounted for more than 62 percent of the world's new infections on that day. As hospitals run out of beds, ICU capacity, and even oxygen, these factors have been contributing to the already skyrocketing death toll in

Nilesh Kunwar (2021-05-07). America's Inglorious Afghanistan Foray — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Since Washington never ceases waxing eloquent on how its actions are guided by lofty principles and high moral values, recent news reports of an alleged secret deal with its arch enemy Taliban must have come as a big shock to the uninitiated. Those unaware of Uncle Sam's crafty ways would have been further scandalised to learn that under this deal struck in February last year, Taliban would provide protection to American troops deployed in Afghanistan against attacks by other terrorist groups. Even more galling is that Washington made this clandestine deal the cost of its main ally, the Afghan security forces.

Margaret Kimberley (2021-05-07). Progressives Capitulate To Biden — OpEd. eurasiareview.com There can be no more excuses made for Democratic "progressives," who steadfastly refuse to fight for what they know to be right. | No one is holding Joe Biden's "feet to the fire" or pushing him left or taking any of the other make believe actions which were meant to silence the Democratic Party's left wing. There is no longer any need to say that The Justice Democrats, Progressive Caucus and Congressional Black Caucus all sing Biden's praises despite the…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-05-07). Palestine's Moment of Reckoning: On Abbas' Dangerous Decision to 'Postpone' Elections. counterpunch.org The decision on April 30 by Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, to 'postpone' Palestinian elections, which would have been the first in 15 years, will deepen Palestinian division and could, potentially, signal the collapse of the Fatah Movement, at least in its current form. Unlike the last Palestinian parliamentary elections in 2006, the big story,

TransConflict (2021-05-07). Cyprus: Toward A Non-Territorial Con-Federation? — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Rene Wadlow* | Cyprus has been divided between Greek and Turkish Cypriots since 1974, Turkish Cypriots in the north, Greek Cypriots in the south with a U.N. monitored buffer zone separating the two. There are still some 40,000 Turkish troops in the Turkish Cypriot area. The U.N. peacekeeping mission (UNFICYP) has been in Cyprus since 1964 when bad rioting among the Greek and Turkish populations was an indicator that things could get worse and lead to hostilities between Greece and Turkey themselves. | The complex political situation has three States as "guarantor powers" — the United Kingdom which was…

_____ (2021-05-07). In Kerala, The Present Is Dominated By The Future. popularresistance.org Kerala, a state in the Indian union with a population of 35 million, has re-elected the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to lead the government for another five years. Since 1980, the people of Kerala have voted out the incumbent, seeking to alternate between the Left and the Right. This year, the people decided to stay with the Left and give the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader, Pinarayi Vijayan, a second term in office as the Chief Minister. Health Minister K. K. Shailaja, popularly known as Shailaja Teacher, won her re-election with a record-breaking tally of over 60,000 votes, far exceeding her closest co…

WSWS (2021-05-07). Rise in tuberculosis in Peru: A byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Epidemiologists predict a rise in tuberculosis (TB) due to treatment disruptions related to COVID pandemic. Treatment lapses leading to an increase of drug-resistant tuberculosis remains a concern reversing the progress made in TB progress worldwide.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Stranded Australian citizens petition the United Nations. wsws.org Even before the current total ban on returning from India, Australians have been marooned throughout the pandemic in many parts of the world.

WSWS (2021-05-07). As pandemic continues and nearly 500,000 file for unemployment, US states seek to blackmail workers back on the job. wsws.org Unemployment payments, as opposed to dangerous, low-paid and degrading work are being blamed for difficulties reopening restaurants and other businesses even as the pandemic continues, with the US approaching 600,000 official COVID-19 deaths.

WSWS (2021-05-07). The Brazilian ruling class is unwilling and incapable of mounting any struggle against the deadly pandemic. wsws.org The fascistic president Bolsanaro is the most radical advocate of the policy of social murder, but the Workers Party (PT) of Lula carries out similar policies in the states where it is in power.

WSWS (2021-05-07). The struggle for Permanent Revolution in South Asia. wsws.org India has become the epicenter of the global pandemic, reporting the highest number of daily new cases anywhere in the world.

WSWS (2021-05-07). President Bukele grabs dictatorial powers in El Salvador. wsws.org As the pandemic demonstrates the inability of capitalism to meet the most basic needs of the working masses, the Salvadoran ruling elite is moving headlong toward dictatorship.

Michael Harriot (2021-05-07). The Root's Clapback Mailbag: Stupidity Is a Pandemic. theroot.com I think it was the Apostle Paul who said: "There are no stupid questions, just stupid people."

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Elon Musk Dubbed 'Robotic' in SNL Promo as He Bizarrely Promises to Behave During the Show. sputniknews.com SpaceX founder Elon Musk was picked as a guest host for 'Saturday Night Live' show on 8 May to get the programme rolling alongside pop singer Miley Cyrus. While Musk's appearance was hailed by some starring cast members, including Pete Davidson, many haven't been at ease, recalling the entrepreneur's controversial statements during the pandemic.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). USTR Tai Will Meet With Chinese Counterpart 'In the Near Term' for Talks on Trade Deal Phase 1. sputniknews.com Just weeks after the US and China penned the first part of a trade deal intended to settle years of tariff wars, the COVID-19 pandemic hit and shut down the global economy, sending trade into a tailspin. The deal was heavily premised on pledges to buy a minimum volume of goods from the other country.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Canada Loses Over 200,000 Jobs in April, Unemployment Climbs Amid Pandemic's 'Third Wave'. sputniknews.com TORONTO (Sputnik) – The Canadian economy lost 207,000 jobs in March, raising the country's unemployment rate by 0.6 percent as the country labours through the so-called "third wave" of the coronavirus pandemic, the state statistics agency said on Friday.

Betsey Piette (2021-05-07). Unvaccinated prison staff are a danger. workers.org Workers World has received letter after letter from workers incarcerated in Pennsylvania prisons expressing a common concern: "We are at risk of dying from COVID-19, and the only way the pandemic is getting into prisons is from the staff!" Our incarcerated sisters, brothers and siblings describe a shared crisis: They . . . |

Kaveh Zahedi* (2021-05-07). COVID-19 Accelerates Digitilization of Economies And Societies — OpEd. eurasiareview.com We are living through a decisive moment. The COVID-19 pandemic's devasting impact is reaching every corner of the world. As we look back at this period, we will see history divided into a pre-COVID and a post-COVID world. | And a defining feature of…

Paul Goble (2021-05-07). Russia Can Recover Only If Moscow Addresses Problems Of Middle Class And The Poor — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Vladimir Putin and the Russian government have acted as if they can address the impact of the pandemic on the population adequately if they come up with new programs for the poorest strata of Russians. But in fact, the economic crisis is hitting the middle class hard, and the regime must develop programs to help it as well, Yaroslav Kuzminov says. | Up to now, the rector of Moscow's Higher School of Economics says, the government has supported production and given some aid to the very poorest groups, but it has not supported members of the middle class with new programs who in many cases have lost their source…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-07). VIDEO: Drive-in Quds Day rallies in Robat Karim. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) — People in Robat Karim located in the suburb of the Iranian capital Tehran along with people across the world held drive-in rallies on Friday to mark the International Quds Day amid Coronavirus pandemic restrictions.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). 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 (2021-05-07). 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 …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). 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 …

Saro Abdella, Samuel Riou, Masresha Tessema, Ashenafi Assefa, Albab Seifu, Anna Blachman, Adugna Abera, Nicolas Moreno, Fernando Irarrazaval, Getachew Tollera, David Browning, Geremew Tasew (2021-05-07). Prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 in urban and rural Ethiopia: Randomized household serosurveys reveal level of spread during the first wave of the pandemic. thelancet.com More than four months after the first cases were detected in Ethiopia, Addis Ababa displayed a prevalence under 5% and likely as low as 2%, while rural Jimma displayed a prevalence of 0.2%. A 2% seroprevalence figure for the capital translated to a number of cases at least five times larger than those reported for the country as a whole. At the same time, it contrasts with significantly higher seroprevalence figures in large cities in Europe and America only two to three months after the first cases.

No Nukes Action (2021-05-07). Tuesday 5/11: STOP The Madness-Speakout At Japanese Consulate Against Olympics In Japan During Pandemic. indybay.org San Francisco Japanese Consulate | 275 Battery St/California St. | San Francisco…

_____ (2021-05-07). Activist Confronts Defense Industry CEO For Company's Role In War Crimes. popularresistance.org An anti-war activist confronted General Dynamics CEO Phebe Novakovic on Wednesday during the company's shareholders' meeting, accusing the defense industry giant of profiting off war crimes and arming repressive, undemocratic regimes without "moral reflection." | "I appreciate the care you've taken to keep us safe during COVID," CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin told General Dynamics' board, which included Novakovic and former Defense Secretary James Mattis. "But," she added, "I wonder about the care that this company takes to keep people safe from the bombs and the other weapons that you produce that kill innoc…

Staff (2021-05-07). Chomsky: Protests Unleashed by Murder of George Floyd Exceed All in US History. truthout.org There has been "nothing comparable in American history" to the huge outpouring of protest unleashed by the murder of George Floyd, says world-renowned intellectual Noam Chomsky. Even at the very peak of Martin Luther King Jr.'s popularity, the mass protests that King led and inspired "didn't come anywhere close" to the massive racial justice protests that have erupted over this past year, Chomsky adds. | As the anniversary of Floyd's murder approaches, I invited Chomsky — a brilliant t…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-05-07). 'This Was a Massacre': Brazilian Police Kill Two Dozen in Deadliest Favela Raid in Rio's History. commondreams.org "It's extermination—there's no other way to describe it," said one Brazilian researcher. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2021-05-07). 'No time to lose', stop flow of deadly weapons to Myanmar military now, urges UN rights expert. news.un.org The United Nations independent human rights expert on Myanmar on Friday called on countries that have not yet done so, to impose arms embargo on the country urgently, to stop the "massacre" of citizens across the country.

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-05-07). India Will be Front-line State in Myanmar Civil War. asia-pacificresearch.com

Paul Street (2021-05-07). Would Anyone Care to Defend American Radicals? counterpunch.org I am told that a leading senior and radical American historian quipped last year that a second Trump administration might have given the American Left a chance to gather together — under armed guard "in Yankee Stadium." A bit of excessively paranoid dark humor? Maybe. But maybe not entirely. Consider. As President of the United

Jeffrey St. Clair (2021-05-07). Roaming Charges: We Who Are About to Get Shot, Salute You. counterpunch.org My number had finally been called. Well, texted. No one calls anymore, except sexy robotic voices trying to sell me extended warranties for my car and electric toothbrush. On Monday, I was scheduled for my second dose of Pfizer's COVID elixir, a strange brew which one friend pungently described as a mixture of germs, animal parts, formaldehyde and pus. Yum. My appointment with destiny: High noon at the convention center in Portland, shrouded in tear gas or not. My only choice: right arm or left.

C.J. Atkins (2021-05-07). Landlords cheer as federal court trashes eviction moratorium. peoplesworld.org Up to ten million people could soon be out on the streets if a judge's ruling trashing the federal moratorium on evictions is upheld. The ban on throwing people out of their homes was put in place by the Centers for Disease Control last September as spiraling unemployment jeopardized families' ability to pay their rent. …

PAI (2021-05-07). PRO Act's new backers: National Consumers League, major league sports unions. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON (PAI)—The National Consumers League, the nation's oldest and one of its most-respected consumer organizations, has formally endorsed the Protect the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, along with two other pieces of pro-worker legislation. And NCL isn't the only prominent pro backer of the PRO Act to sign on in the first week of May. …

_____ (2021-05-07). Rebellion Sweeps Colombia Despite Deadly Repression. popularresistance.org Massive protests are taking place throughout Colombia as people stand firm in the face of deadly police violence. Since April 28, when a general strike was called to oppose deeply regressive proposed tax reforms, nationwide demonstrations against far right President Iván Duque have been ongoing. | "The repression on the streets perpetuated by the police force is systematic," a young protester in Colombia who wished to remain anonymous told Liberation, "The ESMAD [Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron] along with the national police shoots without remorse rubber bullets, tear gas and attack the protestors." | This is…

Dennis Broe (2021-05-07). New book on the many faces of crime writer Raymond Chandler. peoplesworld.org A new book by Ken Fuller, Raymond Chandler: The Man Behind the Mask, in its strongest moments concentrates on Chandler's implied politics in his noir novels, in his focus on a generalized corruption in capitalist society and its particular manifestation in Southern California that with his other two compadres opened a space for crime novels to have a strong infusion of the social aspects of crime. | In Chandler's rendering, crimes are committed for profit or out of class antipathy by those either as the way of establishing the fortune that then makes them respectable or to maintain their position on top. For my m…

Garron Daniels (2021-05-07). Father Thomas J. Haggerty: A forgotten 'saint' of the working class. peoplesworld.org "The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life." There's no doubt that the first line of the …

Robert Hunziker (2021-05-07). An Urgent Call for Action by Nobel Laureates. counterpunch.org Our Planet, Our Future is the title of the 2021 Nobel Prize Summit. As a follow up to that summit, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine recently published Our Planet, Our Future: An Urgent Call for Action d/d April 29th 2021. The opening paragraph of the Noble Laureate declaration implicitly calls for immediate

Jacques R. Pauwels (2021-05-07). Napoleon Between War and Revolution. counterpunch.org To avoid losing its power to the royalists or the Jacobins, France's well-to-do bourgeoisie turned its power over to Napoleon, a military dictator who was both reliable and popular. The Corsican was expected to put the French state at the disposal of the haute bourgeoisie, and that is exactly what he did. His primordial task was the elimination of the twin threat that had bedeviled the bourgeoisie.

Monika Zgustova (2021-05-07). The Robot Was Born a Hundred Years Ago. counterpunch.org "Robot!" was what the painter Josef Čapek, his mouth full of paint brushes, said to his brother Karel, the writer, when asked what name he could give to an artificial assistant of mankind in the play that Karel was completing. Karel didn't have too many second thoughts. Robot: the word was just right for his

Stephen F. Eisenman (2021-05-07). My (Your) University is Still Racist and Equity Training Won't Change That. counterpunch.org When I began teaching almost 40 years ago, Ronald Reagan was president. Denouncing affirmative action and "welfare queens," and endorsing "states' rights" and Apartheid South Africa, Reagan described the America of Jim Crow as a golden age, the "shining city on a hill." Racism increasingly appeared to be woven into the fabric of national and international politics with no way to unravel it.

Peter Byrne (2021-05-07). Tamál Húye: Coast Miwoks Fight for Recognition of Point Reyes' Indigenous History. counterpunch.org On April 22, the California Coastal Commission held a virtual hearing to discuss the impact of dairy and cattle ranching at Point Reyes National Seashore. Superintendent Craig Kenkel began his presentation with the words, "Point Reyes is the ancestral home of the Coast Miwok." Kenkel spent the rest of his talk advocating for a Park

Rob Urie (2021-05-07). Death by Neoliberalism. counterpunch.org One of the persistent questions from history is how once thriving peoples and nations decline? This decline can come in the form of high drama— think Germany in the 1930s, or steady social decline that reaches a point where it becomes irreversible. Part of an explanation is that the terms 'peoples' and 'nations' suggest singularities

Ron Jacobs (2021-05-07). Capitalism, Borders and the Damage They Do. counterpunch.org Todd Miller writes about modern empire and borders. His works tell of a US border security apparatus that extends into other nations around the world and provides various immigration police agencies in the United States to operate anywhere they please inside US borders. His descriptions of the surveillance technology and its uses are simultaneously fascinating

Rilee Mello (2021-05-07). Challenging the Bias of the Refugee as "Other": Behrouz Boochani's No Friend but the Mountains. counterpunch.org Refugee narratives contain the stories of those voices that rarely see the light of recognition or acceptance. The defining characteristic of a refugee is the perception thrown upon them by the nations of closed borders that they can only be seen as the "other." The inescapable label many refugees face then reinforces the false stereotypes

Eve Ottenberg (2021-05-07). The "Kill a Leftist" Law. counterpunch.org So now it'll be legal in some Neolithic U.S. states to run over leftists with your car. What'll come next? Legalizing pushing people out of airplanes at 35,000 feet? Running over swimmers with boats? Unleashing your rabid dog on people whose political persuasions offend you? There are so many possibilities! It's already legal for cops

Busra Cicek, Daniel Falcone (2021-05-07). The Fascinating Memoir of a "Citizen Pilgrim": Q&A with Richard Falk. counterpunch.org Richard Falk, the well-known international relations scholar, taught at Princeton University for four decades. Starting in 2002 he has taught Global and International Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Falk is also a chair for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. This lengthy interview is about his latest book, a memoir, Public Intellectual: The Life of a Citizen Pilgrim, that explores his

David Macaray (2021-05-07). How We Lost It All: Labor Unions and Taft-Hartley. counterpunch.org It's hard to know precisely what's being asked of them, but opinion polls show that upwards of 50% of working people say they'd be interested in joining a labor union. That much seems to be true. Yet, only 10.8% of America's workforce is unionized. Barely one in ten. Even acknowledging that some of those expressing

Staff (2021-05-07). #FreePalestinianStudents campaign update: Join a letter-writing action online; Israeli attacks on students continue. samidoun.net There are hundreds of Palestinian high school and university students among the approximately 4,500 Palestinian political prisoners in Israeli jails, in many cases specifically targeted for Israeli colonial imprisonment and repression for their student activism, organizing student events and participation in student elections and other political and social activities on campus. As Israeli settlers rampage through Jerusalem and Palestinians resist the threatened impending forced transfer and ethnic cleansing in Sheikh Jarrah, occupied Jerusalem, the attacks on Palestinian students — and their organizing and…

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. (2021-05-07). Wildly Popular Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms Won't Seek Reelection and Something Doesn't Seem Right [Updated]. theroot.com Thursday was ending the way that Thursdays usually do, with Thursday being all annoyed that no matter what it does, it will never be Friday. Then, literally out of nowhere, news that the rockstar mayor of Atlanta, Keisha Lance Bottoms, won't be seeking reelection shocked the airwaves. |

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2021-05-07). A successful combination of inspiration and perspiration. dissidentvoice.org Poster promoting the theatrical premiere of the 1954 American film Salt of the Earth at a (now demolished) theater on 86th Street in Manhattan. Mexican actress Rosaura Revueltas, who played the leading role, is shown. Born in controversy but then ignored in its youth, the film Salt of the Earth has matured beautifully into a …

Jessica Moulite (2021-05-07). 'There's No Limit': Mom Blogger Shina Sanabria Is All About Using Her Platform to Help Women Learn to Heal and Be Whole. theroot.com This Sunday will be Shina Sanabria's first Mother's Day with her third and youngest child.

Joe Jurado (2021-05-07). Federal Grand Jury Indicts Derek Chauvin and 3 Other Ex-Cops on Civil Rights Violations. theroot.com Seeing actions actually have consequences for cops is a continually bizarre experience. A federal grand jury has indicted Derek Chauvin and the three other officers involved in the death of George Floyd on U.S. civil rights charges.

AskDrRenee (2021-05-07). Behind the Smile: How a Healthy Mouth Can Mean a Healthier You. theroot.com With all the discussion about teeth whitening on TV, on the internet, in your dentist's office, and in magazines, people often forget there is more in your mouth to be concerned with besides the color of your teeth. You must not ignore your gums. |

Monica Moorehead (2021-05-07). May Day hero: Lucy Parsons — union organizer, anti-capitalist fighter. workers.org Lucy Gonzalez Parsons, an original founder when May Day launched in 1886, was born into slavery in the early 1850s on a Virginia plantation. She, her mother and others were able to escape and move to Texas. There she met her future spouse, Albert Parsons, a former Confederate soldier who . . . |

William Boardman (2021-05-07). What Does a "Racist Country" Look Like Anyway? dissidentvoice.org "America is not a racist country," Republican senator Tim Scott of South Carolina said in his party's official response to President Biden's address to the nation on April 28. There are reasons that should have been a laugh line: Biden did not say America was a "racist country," the Black senator was rebutting the president's …

Jay Connor (2021-05-07). This Ain't What Jesus Died For. theroot.com "A wise man told me, 'Don't argue with fools' | 'Cause people from a distance can't tell who is who…"

Tonja Renée Stidhum (2021-05-07). The Heartbreaking Story Behind the 70-Year-Old Black Man Who Inspired Daft Punk's Biggest Hit. thegrapevine.theroot.com Daft Punk's biggest single ever, "

Zack Linly (2021-05-07). Family Demands Answers in Death Mikayla Miller, the Black Teen Whose Body Was Found in the Woods in Massachusetts. theroot.com On the morning of April 18, a jogger found the body of 16-year-old Mikayla Miller up against a tree in the woods near a walking trail in Hopkinton, Mass. The day before her body was discovered, Mikayla's mother complained to authorities that the teen had been jumped by other teens and punched in the face. So far, no…

Kaia Naadira (2021-05-07). Tending Each Other's Gardens: Growing Into Authenticity and Identity as My Mother's Child. theglowup.theroot.com Throughout my life, my mother always had a habit of asking me to evaluate her parenting. For years, to avoid uncomfortable conversations I'd say, "Yes, you're a great mom," and "Yes, I had a fine childhood," thinking I was doing what was right to protect us both from a lot of arguing and heartache. I thought allowing…

Eds. (2021-05-07). Two classes of trans kids are emerging—those who have access to puberty blockers, and those who don't. mronline.org For decades, kids who didn't conform to the gender expected of them were forced to endure treatments designed to "cure" their gender nonconformity. This form of therapy, called "reparative" or "corrective," typically involved instructing parents—and sometimes teachers—to subject children to constant surveillance and correction. | May 7, 2021…

Jay Connor (2021-05-07). MLB Legend Willie Mays Finally Gets His Flowers With New HBO Documentary on the Way. thegrapevine.theroot.com At 90 years young, Willie Mays, the oldest living Hall of Famer, has lived a life that others can only dream to have experienced. He's

Vijay Prashad (2021-05-07). In Kerala, the present is dominated by the future. mronline.org Kerala, a state in the Indian union with a population of 35 million, has re-elected the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to lead the government for another five years. Since 1980, the people of Kerala have voted out the incumbent, seeking to alternate between the Left and the Right. | May 7, 2021…

Monique Judge (2021-05-07). Danielle Young Tells Auntie Unfiltered Her Best Tips for Making Big Career Moves on Your Own. theroot.com "You are an individual. You are you because you are you," The Root alum Danielle Young told Auntie Unfiltered. You should never want to try to recreate or emulate what someone has done."

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-07). Israeli supreme court postpones decision on eviction at Sheikh Jarrah amidst growing protests. peoplesdispatch.org The opposition to Israeli attempts to evict Palestinian residents from Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem to build Jewish settlements has also increased across the occupied territories and around the world…

Eds. (2021-05-07). America hasn't reckoned with the coup that blasted the Black middle class. mronline.org In 1898, upwardly mobile Blacks in Wilmington, NC were terrorized and slaughtered in a violent insurrection that set the stage for Jim Crow—and the next 123 years. Hardly anyone really knows about it. | May 7, 2021…

Jessica Moulite (2021-05-07). 'The Most Positively Challenging Rollercoaster You'll Ever Be On': Here's How These Three Women Are Experiencing First-Time Motherhood. theroot.com Keara James and her husband were long distance for three years when she got pregnant in October 2019.

Margaret Kimberley (2021-05-07). Freedom Rider: Progressives capitulate to Biden. mronline.org There can be no more excuses made for Democratic "progressives," who steadfastly refuse to fight for what they know to be right. | May 7, 2021 | Newswire…

Joe Jurado (2021-05-07). Adventure Through a Galaxy Far, Far Away in This Week's Good-Ass Games at Good-Ass Prices. theroot.com May the, uh, seventh be with you? If you weren't aware, May 4 is considered Star Wars day, and as a result, just about every digital marketplace still has several Star Wars games on sale. While I've talked about EA's Star Wars games ad nauseum, I thought it would be fun to take a trip back and put you on some…

Joe Piette (2021-05-07). At Pennsylvania governor's home — Release Russell Maroon Shoatz! Now! workers.org Mt. Wolf, Pa. credit: Joe Piette Activists converged on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's home in Mount Wolf, Pa., May 2 to demand the medical release of political prisoner Russell Maroon Shoatz and all ill and elderly prisoners. The action began with a "caravan of love" from nearby York to . . . |

Dean Baker (2021-05-07). More Cheap Fun: Job Growth Under Biden and Trump. cepr.net To repeat my standard disclaimer, I know this sort of comparison is silly, but I also know that Trump and the Republicans would be touting this to the sky if the shoe were on the other foot. So, here's the latest, the economy has created approximately 1.6 million in three months under Biden. It lost …

Paul Haeder (2021-05-07). The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Roughshod Chemistry. dissidentvoice.org "When we look at what is truly sustainable, the only real model that has worked over long periods of time is the natural world."— Biomimicry Institute founder, Janine Benyus [Photo: A selection of the thousands of native potato varieties that grow in Peru. Photograph: The International Potato Centre] It's paramount to talk about all the …

Jim McMahan (2021-05-07). Tell Biden and Bill Gates: End vaccine apartheid! workers.org Seattle Nearly 100 demonstrators rallied here April 30 in front of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — the world's richest "philanthropic" foundation — to demand "End vaccine apartheid!" Protests to free vaccines from being corporate 'intellectual property' are spreading, here at Moderna headquarters in Cambridge, Mass., April 28. Gates, . . . |

Joe Glenton (2021-05-07). Greens gain and NIP struggle, but Labour decay is the election theme. thecanary.co The big battle in this round of elections was always going to be between the Conservatives and Labour in the Hartlepool by-election, a battle in which the Tories achieved a landslide win. | However, smaller parties had mixed results. The Greens made some gains, as did the Liberal Democrats. The Northern Independence Party had a rough outing in its first electoral test. | Lib Dems: | The Lib Dems, who have never looked the same since their stint in coalition with the Tories, won control of Stockport Council and took

Anurag Deb (2021-05-07). Northern Ireland: dealing with the past. ukhumanrightsblog.com Lawyers working on cases dealing with Northern Ireland's troubled past know that this field of legal work develops slowly. Sometimes, however, developments occur at an unexpected and unwelcome speed. Such has been the case this week. From the collapse of a controversial trial to the reporting of a legislative "amnesty", the legacy of the Troubles …

Staff (2021-05-07). Venezuela & ALBA-TCP Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Navy, in conjunction with Civil Protection (PC), traveled to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and completed the first phase of humanitarian aid delivery, following the emergency caused by the activity of the La Soufrière volcano. | The work was recognized by the executive secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Sacha Llorenti, in the company of the president of the Bank of ALBA, Raúl Li Causi, who thanked the solidarity of Venezuela and the member countries of the regional body. | En acto de agradecimiento a la tripulación del buque de l…

Staff (2021-05-07). Federal Grand Jury Indicts Chauvin, 3 Officers Present at George Floyd's Murder. truthout.org Four former Minneapolis police officers were charged by a federal grand jury on Friday for willfully violating George Floyd's constitutional rights when Derek Chauvin violently murdered the 46-year-old Black man. | Chauvin

Staff (2021-05-07). Less-Educated Workers Were Hardest Hit in Recession. That Hasn't Changed. truthout.org The April employment report was considerably weaker than had generally been expected, with the economy adding just 266,000 jobs. Furthermore, the prior two months numbers were revised down by 78,000. The unemployment rate edged up to 6.1 percent, but this was entirely due to more people entering the labor force. The employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) also edged up by 0.1 percentage point to 57.9 percent. That is still 2.9 percentage points below its average for 2019. | Performance Across Sec…

Staff (2021-05-07). Police in Brazil Kill Two Dozen in Deadliest Favela Raid in Rio's History. truthout.org More than 100 heavily armed Brazilian police officers stormed a sprawling Rio de Janeiro favela Thursday and killed at least two dozen people, a raid that human rights activists, researchers, and journalists described as the The hourslong operation, purportedly aimed at drug traffickers in the poverty-stricken Jacarezinho favela, ultimat…

Staff (2021-05-07). GOP Lawmakers Are Trying to Overrule Voters on Everything From Medicaid to Weed. truthout.org Amid growing concerns that Republicans will try to Missouri voters last year passed a ballo…

Staff (2021-05-07). A Novel About Racist Police Violence, Rejected in 1941, Has Just Been Published. truthout.org Nearly 80 years ago, Richard Wright became one of the most famous Black writers in the United States with the publication of Native Son, a novel whose searing critique of systemic racism made it a best-seller and inspired a generation of Black writers. In 1941, Wright wrote a new novel titled The Man Who Lived Underground, but publishers refused to release it, in part because the book was filled with graphic descriptions of police brutality by white officers against a Black man. His manuscript…

Staff (2021-05-07). Trump Loyalist Who Attacked the Capitol Blames Fox News. truthout.org A man who took part in the Capitol breach on January 6 said this week that his actions weren't 100 percent his fault. Rather, he said, was influenced into being a part of the violence that day by something his lawyer called "Foxmania," which resulted in him believing false claims about election fraud in the 2020 election. | Anthony Antonio

Staff (2021-05-07). Texas Democrats Fought GOP Voter Suppression Bill Through the Night. truthout.org Texas House Republicans passed a voter suppression bill early Friday morning despite a tough fight put up by Democrats, who offered over 130 amendments from late Thursday into the night. | Democrats

Staff (2021-05-07). US-Made Border Crisis Persists Despite Biden's About-Face on Refugee Cap. truthout.org This week's news of the Biden-Harris administration's about-face on U.S. refugee policy was a win for all the progressive forces that have been pressuring Biden to discontinue Trump's egregiously low cap on the number of refugees accepted each year. But the victory did nothing to change the other massive structural ways in which the Biden-Harris administration is continuing to perpetuate the humanitarian crisis at the border through its embrace of Trump's other asylum policies. | For example, even…

Global Research News (2021-05-07). Selected Articles: As NATO Summit Approaches: Will Biden Keep U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Turkey? globalresearch.ca By It has been estimated that the Pentagon maintains 50 B61 tactical nuclear weapons at the ƒ∞ncirlik Air Base in the country …

The Canary (2021-05-07). 'Enough is enough': blaze engulfs 'Grenfell-style' London tower block. thecanary.co More than 100 firefighters tackled a blaze that ripped through a 19-storey London tower block. It's believed to be covered in " New Providence Wharf: | As PA reported, on Friday 7 May residents called the London Fire Brigade (LFB) to the New Providence Wharf…

The Canary (2021-05-07). Labour falls to 'shattering' defeat in Hartlepool by-election. thecanary.co Keir Starmer's hopes of leading a Labour revival have been dealt a crushing blow after the Tories romped to victory in the Hartlepool by-election. | In a stunning result, the Conservatives took the seat — which had been Labour-held since it was formed in 1974 — with a majority of 6,940. | Reaction pours in: | Shadow communities secretary Steve Reed admitted it was an "absolutely shattering" result as another brick in the party's once impregnable "red wall" crumbled. | (PA Graphics) | Heavy defeat: | In a major boost for Boris Johnson, Conservative candidate Jill Mortimer gained 15,529…

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. (2021-05-07). How the Coronavirus Has Impacted Vice President Kamala Harris' Family in India. theroot.com On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris will deliver remarks at the State Department in which she will declare the United States' solidarity with the people of India and the struggle they face battling COVID-19. |

Anonymous007 (2021-05-07). Egypt And Turkey Held Talks On Normalization, Regional Issues. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 6th, Egypt and Turkey held talks on the conflict in Libya, where they back competing factions, on Syria and the security situation in the eastern Mediterranean, in an attempt to reach some sort of normalization in relations. | The discussions, held over two days and led by deputy foreign ministers, were the first high-level public talks for years between the two countries. | After the talks, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said there was "a positive atmosphe…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-07). Syrian Army Missile Strikes Destroyed Four Vehicles In Western Aleppo In Last 24 Hours (Photos). southfront.org Illustrative image. Source: military-today.com | The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) has destroyed four vehicles in the militant-held part of the western Aleppo countryside with anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) in the last 24 hours. | On May 6th, two vehicles, an SUV and a pickup truck, were targeted by the army on a road leading to the town of al-Atarib. Human losses were reported as a result of the ATGM strikes, with some sources claiming that civilians were among the casualties. | #ÿߟÑÿ£ÿ&tra…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-07). ISIS Released Photos Of Fierce Attack On Town In Nigeria's Yobe State. southfront.org Click to see full-size image. | On May 6th, ISIS news agency Amaq shared photos of a recent large-scale attack by the terrorist group's fighters on the town of Geidem in the northeastern Nigerian state of Yobe. | During the attack, which took place on April 23, ISIS terrorists stormed Geidem. The terrorists engaged in a fierce battle with the Nigerian Armed Forces. Nigerian troops showed resistance. However, the terrorists overrun all defenses."In the course of the attack, the fighters bur…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-07). Nuclear Troubleshoot: U.S. Minuteman III ICBM Shuts Itself Off During Final Countdown. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 5th, the US Air Force said that it had canceled a launch of an unarmed Minuteman III nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test. | The reason is that the missile simply turned itself off during final countdown before being launched. | The intercontinental ballistic missile that was to be fired from an underground silo at the coastal base, "experienced a ground abort prior to launch," the service said in a release."During terminal countdown, the missile compute…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-07). Sinai Insurgency: ISIS Damaged Four Armored Vehicles, Bulldozers In Recent Clashes. southfront.org Click to see full-size image. | On May 7, ISIS announced that its fighters had thwarted an advance attempt by the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula. | The attack took place on April 29, according to ISIS news agency Amaq. The group's engaged in a fierce battle with Egyptian troops who advanced towards the town of al-Ghurah, south of Sheikh Zuweid city, in order to establish a number of checkpoints."Dozens of vehicles took part in the military campaign under the cover of intense bombardment by Egypt…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-07). In Photos: IED Attack Targeted Former President In Maldive's Capital. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Former President Mohamed Nasheed was injured as a result of an IED explosion that took place near his house in the capital of the Maldives. | An Improvised explosive device (IED) was attached to a motorcycle near the car of the former president. The police qualified the incident as a terrorist attack. | The former president's bodyguard and a witness, who is reportedly a citizen of another country, were also injured in the incident. | Mohamed Nashee…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-07). 15 Syrian Soldiers Allegedly Killed Or Injured In HTS Raid. southfront.org Illustrative image | On May 7, militants of al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) raided a number of positions of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) 5th Corps in the northwestern region of Greater Idlib. | The militants attacked several positions located on the al-Haraqat hill, to the west of the town of Milaja in the southern countryside of Idlib. The militants clashed with Syrian troops for around an hour. | Opposition sources revealed that the militants who carried out the large-scale raid were from HTS' "elit…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-07). France And UK Send Patrol Warships To English Channel Over Fishing Spat. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The United Kingdom sent patrol warships to the Jersey Island in the English Channel due to a fishing spat with NATO ally and former-EU compatriot France. | In return, France dispatched two maritime patrol boats to the waters off Jersey Island itself. | An official from the French presidential administration said the deployment of the French boats "speaks to our concern, and frustration, and is an appeal, which we will also express, for the correct applic…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-07). Egypt And Turkey Talk Normalization, Regional Issues. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 6th, Egypt and Turkey held talks on the conflict in Libya, where they back competing factions,on Syria and the security situation in the eastern Mediterranean, in an attempt to reach some sort of normalization in relations. | The discussions, held over two days and led by deputy foreign ministers, were the first high-level public talks for years between the two countries. | After the talks, Turkish foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said there was "a positive atmospher…

Anonymous349 (2021-05-07). Russian State-Funded Donation Platforms Blocked SouthFront's Accounts. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | SouthFront has become a target of another censorship and pressure act. : | This time from Russia.: | In early May, accounts of SouthFront Team registered on Russian state-funded donation platforms were blocked. This hostile act was undertaken by subsidiaries of Mail.ru Group. The major shareholder in Mail.ru Group is Russia's state-owned bank Sberbank (Sberbank of Russia). This banking and financial services company is the largest one in Russia. | It is also should be noted that…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-07). Afghan Security Forces Launched Counter-Offensive In Baghlan To Halt Taliban Advance. 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 | On May 7th, Afghan security forces launched a counter-offensive in the northern province of Baghlan to retrieve areas recently-captured by the Taliban. | The Afghan Ministry of Defense said that special forces had been deployed in the capital of Baghlan, Pul-e-Khumri. The forces are now working to retrieve several areas,…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-07). US-led Coalition Intensified Military Shipments To Northeastern Syria: Russian Reconciliation Center. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | Russia is concerned about the recent increase in US-led coalition military shipments to Syria's northeastern region, Alexander Karpov, Deputy Chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria said on May 6."The increased intensity of air freight of military cargo and surface relocation of military equipment convoys by the US-led coalition in eastern regions of the Syrian Arab Republic cause concern," the Karpov…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-07). Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham Moved 'Toxic Gases' To Abandoned Town In Eastern Idlib — Report. southfront.org Illustrative image. | Al-Qaeda-affiliated Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) has moved toxic gases from Idlib city to an abandoned town in the eastern Idlib countryside, Sputnik reported on May 7. | Sources familiar with the matter told Sputnik that the toxic gases will be kept in a depot in the town of Kafarya, whose residents were displaced in 2018, for a while. Later, the toxics will be moved to a new depot on the Syrian border with Turkey. | According to the sources, the toxics, which are stored in cylinders, were mo…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-07). U.S. Air Force Tests Skyborg Autonomy Core System With UTAP-22 "Mako" Drone. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The US Air Force used its artificial intelligence system to control an autonomous drone for the first time ever in April. | This was announced on May 5th. | The Skyborg autonomy core system, or ACS, was loaded into a Kratos UTAP-22 "Mako" drone for a 130-minute flight test at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, on April 29, according to a service news release. | The Skyborg ACS conducted a basic flight and "responded to navigational commands while reacting to geo-fences, adher…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-07). Nuclear Troubleshoot: U.S. Minuteman III ICBM Shuts Itself Off During Final Countdown. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 5th, the US Air Force said that it had canceled a launch of an unarmed Minuteman III nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) test. | The reason is that the missile simply turned itself off during final countdown before being launched. | The intercontinental ballistic missile that was to be fired from an underground silo at the coastal base, "experienced a ground abort prior to launch," the service said in a release. | "During terminal countdown, the missile comp…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-07). Erdogan Insists On 'Pharaonic' Project Of Istanbul Canal. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Thomas ST. | The recent accident in the Suez Canal was used by the Turkish government in a bid to curb the indignant reaction to the mega-project of Channel of Constantinople (Canal Istanbul). | The project is supposed to connect the Marmara Sea with the Black Sea, bypassing the Bosphorus Straits. Canal Istanbul, backed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reportedly aims to create an alternative shipping route to protect Istanbul from environmental disasters that could result fr…

Moderator (2021-05-07). Chris Hedges on the Ruling Class' Revenge Against Julian Assange. scheerpost.com Art by Mr.Fish] Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play The mistreatment of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over the past decade has been defined as "psychological torture" by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nils Melzer. Yet, there is still no real end in sight to Assange's promethean plight. Several months after a British judge blocked his extradition to the U.S. |

Lori Wallach (2021-05-07). Pressure Grows on Biden to Back WTO Waiver on Vaccine Technology. zcomm.org More than 100 countries have supported the waiver, which they say is critical to ramp up production of vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tests in the Global South…

sputniknews (2021-05-07). France's Le Pen Wants to Limit Naturalization Via Family Reunification. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Leader of French right-wing party National Rally, Marine Le Pen, announced plans to limit the opportunities for migrants to become citizens of France through the family reunification track for at least a decade if she is elected president.

_____ (2021-05-07). The Leaked Zarif Tape: What Western Media Heard And What He Actually Said. popularresistance.org Tehran, Iran – On April 25, the Saudi-funded and U.K.-backed "Iran International" released a leaked audio recording of Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, in conversation with Iranian economist Saeed Laylaz for what appeared to be an oral history project. Immediately, the three-hour-plus conversation generated a great deal of controversy in Iran and plenty of commentary abroad. In the course of the conversation, Zarif spoke about his diplomatic posts, before and during the Rouhani administration, and his future political ambitions (or lack thereof). He ruminated on his relationship with President Hassan Rouhani…

Jack Rasmus (2021-05-07). US GDP 1st Quarter 2021: Recovery or Just Another Rebound. zcomm.org The average historical GDP growth rate in recent decades has been around 1.8% to 2.2%. So the current 1.6% is not even average…

Susan Price (2021-05-07). The rise of the alt-right: How rebellious became synonymous with anti-leftist. greenleft.org.au Green Left speaks with Argentine journalist Pablo Stefanoni about the "alt-right" rebellion and what the left can do about it.

Raouf Halaby (2021-05-07). Palestinian Mothers are the Glue that Bonds Palestinian Society. counterpunch.org My father, Jamil Halaby, passed away in Jerusalem, Palestine, in 1947. Fifty years later and until her death on March 16, 1997, Katrina Halaby, my late mother, was never able to visit her husband's grave to say the kaddish or lay flowers. And because of the turbulent 1948 political climate in Palestine, no tombstone was

Staff (2021-05-07). Power balance in Palestine, region 'in favor of Resistance'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) — Iranian Parliament Speaker in a message on Thursday wrote that today, balance of power in Palestine and the region is in interest of the Resistance movement which can bring Palestinians closer to their ideals more than ever.

Staff (2021-05-07). Quds Day struggle day against normalization of occupation. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) —First Vice President Es'hagh Jahangiri said that Quds Day is day of struggle against the" normalization" of the occupation, the day of struggle against oblivion and the day of transfer of history of Palestine to new generations.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-07). Palestinian flag hoisted in Qom, Hamedan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) — The flag of Palestine was hoisted above tall buildings and on the sides of motorways in the Iranian cities of Hamedan and Qom a day before International Quds Day on Thursday.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Tenet Healthcare refuses to shift on staffing ratios at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts. wsws.org The nurses of St. Vincent remain in a powerful position, but their strength is being stymied because the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) continues to isolate their struggle even though there are currently several other MNA bargaining units that are working with expired contracts.

Walden Bello (2021-05-07). The Global Spread of Fascism is as Real as the Spread of COVID-19. counterpunch.org The global spread of fascism is real, as real as the spread of COVID-19, and you better believe it. For purposes of academic analysis, it might be legitimate to distinguish between a "fascist-leaning" movement and a truly fascist one, or a far-right regime and fascist regime, or an authoritarian populist and a fascist. But I

WSWS (2021-05-07). New estimates claim COVID-19 death toll is twice as high as reported. wsws.org A study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that more than 905,000 people have died in the United States, 58 percent more than official records indicate.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Widespread opposition to Australian government ban on citizens returning from India. wsws.org Rather than address the quarantine shambles, the government is gambling with the lives of some 9,000 citizens in India, at least 650 of whom are deemed to be at a high-risk of succumbing to COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org Greek workers in one-day general strike against law curbing right to strike; midwives walk out and protest across France against lack of COVID safety; Vehicle and driver registration staff at UK headquarters Swansea begin further strikes over lack of COVID safety, demand remote working…

The Associated Press (2021-05-07). Argentine Clinics Struggle Despite COVID-19 Crisis. latinorebels.com BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — As COVID-19 deaths climb to new peaks in Argentina, the intensive care unit at the San Andres clinic in the capital is oddly silent.

_____ (2021-05-07). A Temporary TRIPS Waiver Is Not Enough. popularresistance.org A new poll finds that 59% percent of US voters support waiving all patent protections to produce generic versions of life-saving medicines for critical diseases, from Covid-19 and HIV/AIDS, to heart disease and diabetes. Only 28% disagreed. | The survey carried out by Data for Progress and the Progressive International, shows a super majority of 71% registered Democrats support the removal of all patent barriers to allow for the cheaper production of life-saving medicines. Even registered Republicans support the action with 47% in favor compared to 39% opposed.

WSWS (2021-05-07). German government playing with fire by lifting restrictions and extending special rights to vaccinated citizens. wsws.org An incessant debate about special rights for those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine or recovered from an infection is being conducted in the German media.

WSWS (2021-05-07). India reports almost 4,000 daily COVID-19 deaths as the country faces severe vaccine shortages. wsws.org India continues to face a devastating crisis in which the daily number of new cases and deaths continues to climb in the midst of a vaccine shortage.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-07). Bill Gates' Stand on Intellectual Property Is Facing a Pushback. peoplesdispatch.org Alexander Zaitchik discuss Bill Gates' recent comments on intellectual property rights in the context of COVID-19 vaccines, his long history as a spokesperson for Big Pharma, and the various struggles across the world for a fairer IPR regime and health for all…

Tim Schwab (2021-05-07). Is the Shine Starting to Come Off Bill Gates's Halo? thenation.com Is the Shine Starting to Come Off Bill Gates's Halo?

sputniknews (2021-05-07). After Mount Everest, COVID is Making Way Onto More Himalayan Peaks as Climbers Keep Testing Positive. sputniknews.com Nepal has eased quarantine rules in a bid to give a boost to its COVID-hit tourism industry and has issued Everest climbing permits to some 400 people. However, reports suggest that over 30 climbers have tested positive for coronavirus and have allegedly been evacuated from the foot of Mount Everest, raising fears of a serious outbreak.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Delhi Protest Against Bill Gates for Refusing to Share Vaccine Tech With Developing Nations. sputniknews.com Just days before Joe Biden's administration supported India's proposal to waive intellectual property rights for COVID-19 vaccines, Bill Gates spoke out against sharing such patents with developing countries. His remarks have provoked much anger in India, which is battling the second coronavirus wave.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Macron Urges US and UK Not to 'Block' COVID-19 Vaccine or Its Ingredients Exports. sputniknews.com Macron also said that Europe is fighting for the vaccine to be a global public good.

ISS (2021-05-07). Regulating Khat Could Disrupt East Africa's Illegal Drug Economy — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Different laws and controls among countries in the region allow for a thriving smuggling market.: | By Mohamed Daghar* | In March 2020, Somalia suspended flights to its capital due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, at least two

CEPR (2021-05-07). Working-Class Mothers And The COVID-19 Shecession — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Hayley Brown, Simran Kalkat and Aiden Lee* | Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, women have

John Nichols (2021-05-07). Ro Khanna: It's Vital That the US Drop Barriers to Vaccine Production and Aid Covid-Ravaged India. thenation.com Ro Khanna: It's Vital That the US Drop Barriers to Vaccine Production and Aid Covid-Ravaged India…

news.un (2021-05-07). Security Council upholds role of multilateralism in a complex world. news.un.org The President of the UN General Assembly on Friday urged countries to "do better" in making COVID-19 vaccines available to everyone, everywhere, warning that "good intentions are no match for vaccines in arms."

The Canary (2021-05-07). Modi under pressure to impose lockdown amid coronavirus surge in India. thecanary.co Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is facing growing pressure to impose a nationwide lockdown amid a coronavirus surge. | Record-breaking: | Many medical chiefs, opposition leaders, and some supreme court judges have suggested the lockdown seems to be the only option. Hospitals are being forced to turn patients away while relatives scramble to find oxygen. | Crematoriums and burial grounds are also struggling to handle the dead. | People watch burning funeral pyres of their relatives who died of Covid-19 in New Delhi (AP) | On Friday, India recorded a new record of 414,188 confirmed cases in the past 24…

Staff (2021-05-07). Iran coronavirus update: 17,076 news cases, 335 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Ministry of Health and Medical Education, 17,076 new cases of COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

Staff (2021-05-07). Corona restrictions not limit perseverance in ideal of Quds. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 07 (MNA) —While stressing on patience and rights of Quds in religious circles with holding various exhibitions, Head of Islamic Development Org. said that COVID-19 restrictions did not create any obstacle on perseverance of cause of Quds.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). 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 …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). 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 (2021-05-07). 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 (2021-05-07). 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 (2021-05-07). 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 (2021-05-07). 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 …

Walden Bello (2021-05-07). Fascism's Global Spread is Real — As Real as the Spread of COVID-19. zcomm.org In the world's largest democracies, far-right movements that embrace violence, reject democracy, and target the vulnerable are on the rise…

Robert R. Raymond (2021-05-07). Mutual Aid Efforts Working to Fill Gaps of Biden's COVID Response. zcomm.org "Community building is really necessary in order to fight capital, and you can't go up against a state if you don't have relationships that are already formed."

Vijay Prashad (2021-05-07). In Kerala, the Present Is Dominated by the Future. zcomm.org Kerala, a state in the Indian union with a population of 35 million, has re-elected the Left Democratic Front (LDF) to lead the government for another five years…

WSWS Repost (2021-05-07). Amazonians United: A new trap for workers. indybay.org Given the RWDSU's unsuccessful union drive in Bessemer, Alabama—resulting from its obviously top-down, officially-sponsored character—a subtler approach is now being pitched by sections of the union apparatus and their middle-class allies. Writers at the World Socialist Web Site expose some troubling facts which workers should be made aware of.

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Secretary of State Blinken Asks WHO to Invite Taiwan to Participate in Its Decision-Making Body. sputniknews.com China has long opposed Taiwan's "illegal" participation in the World Health Organisation's World Health Assembly, arguing that proposals to this effect violate the principles of the United Nations charter and contradict the One China principle which both the UN General Assembly and the World Health Assembly are guided by.

Paul Cochrane (2021-05-07). Castigating Its Competitors: Western Hypocrisy and China. counterpunch.org The West's political and media assault on China increases week by week. Human rights has become the primary means of criticism and justification for sanctioning China over its actions in Hong Kong and treatment of the Uighers. This info war is creating a divide — those pro-Western 'values' arguing China has to be brought to

Luke O'Brien (2021-05-07). Liberalism's Last Legs? counterpunch.org By destroying traditional social habits of the people, by dissolving their natural collective consciousness into individual constituents, by licensing the opinions of the most foolish, by substituting instruction for education, by encouraging cleverness rather than wisdom, the upstart rather than the qualified, by fostering a notion of getting on to which the alternative is a

W. T. Whitney (2021-05-07). Chile's Neoliberal Nightmare, New Constitution, and Daniel Jadue. counterpunch.org Working and marginalized people in Chile can now see possibilities of relief from the political grief of decades. A new constitution is in the works. And Daniel Jadue, author of an astonishingly progressive program as mayor of Rocoleta municipality, is a presidential candidate. The election is set for November 21, 2021. Chileans will vote on

Graham Peebles (2021-05-07). GDP versus Lasting Growth Rooted in Love. counterpunch.org In what feels like a throwback to another era, banks and big business are once again talking about 'growth', and economic development. Both of which amount to the same thing to the men and women of money — profit. After over a year of utter turmoil, death, illness, heartache, social and economic lockdowns, some nations

Laura Wells (2021-05-07). Ten Things to Understand about Latin America. counterpunch.org The United States — the land and people — will be a lot better off when the idea of US supremacy is dropped. Toward that end, and toward the goal of a better world, here are ten things for the US to understand about Latin America. 1. Threat of a good example. That is the

Max B. Sawicky (2021-05-07). Postal Service Reform: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? counterpunch.org 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

WSWS repost (2021-05-07). Violence against Asians spikes in San Francisco, California. indybay.org Just in the last week, two elderly women were stabbed while waiting at a bus stop, and a father was brutally assaulted while walking his one-year-old child.

May Day in San Francisco (2021-05-07). Call to Support Organized Labor, Free Mumia and Stand Up for Black/Brown/Asian Unity. indybay.org On May 1st, thousands marched to support organized labor in San Francisco. Many unions and workers' groups marched up Market Street to protest racism and call for passage of the PRO Act by the U.S. Congress. Signs said Mumia is a class war prisoner and called for an end to the death penalty. There was new emphasis this year on the importance of Black/Brown/Asian Unity.

Stagebridge (2021-05-07). Thursday 5/20: Finding Ourselves in America: Asian American Voices. indybay.org Stagebridge – Online…

Elisa Gratias, Bastian Barucker (2021-05-07). Corona Enlightenment Offensive and The primal need. indybay.org At the end of 2019, the online medium Rubikon founded its own book publishing company just in time before the start of the Corona Crisis, in order to offer its content to a broad public in a sustainable way offline and to promote a more democratic formation of opinion. Today, this decision enables the Rubikon to launch a Corona education offensive.

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-05-07). San Francisco Empty and Abandoned Buildings (1st Quarter 2021). indybay.org SF Food Not Bombs has updated the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection's list of empty and abandoned buildings through March 2021 on this webpage: sffnb.org/list-of-san-francisco-empty-an….

DXE (2021-05-07). Sunday 5/16: Movie Night – Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland. indybay.org online…

Legacy Film Festival (2021-05-07). Monday 5/24: 10th Annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging. indybay.org Virtual…

GLIDE (2021-05-07). Friday 5/7: GLIDE and Community Partners to Host Womxn's Wellness Fair. indybay.org Tenderloin Resource Hub, Ellis Street at Taylor, in Front of GLIDE (330 Ellis Street at Taylor)…

Bertha Martinez (2021-05-07). Social Activism of Black Lives Matter: Institutional Responses. indybay.org Institutions in America should show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement. By doing so, they demonstrate that they understand the severity of police brutality against black people.

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-05-07). Vigil for Refugee Rights, Stop Child Detention, Recognize Asylum at UUSF. indybay.org Unitarian Universalist Society of S.F. holds Cinco de Mayo morning Vigil…

SHE (2021-05-07). Saturday 5/8: BIPOC-Centered Healing Discussion around Police Brutality. indybay.org Valley Life Sciences Building, UC Berkeley Campus | Meet on the grass facing the Northside of campus. If you need help with directions, call Celeste!

DXE (2021-05-07). Saturday 5/22: How to Change the World in One Generation – DxE Intro Workshop. indybay.org online…

BSASAHR (2021-05-07). Organize! Decolonize! Get Radicalized! indybay.org Sentiment at a Stop Asian Hate rally in Palo Alto on May 2.

DXE (2021-05-07). Sunday 5/16: Community Hike: Half Moon Bay. indybay.org Cowell-Purisima Coastal Trail…

Pivotal (2021-05-07). Tuesday 5/25: Choosing Peace with Shalita O'Neale and Pivotal. indybay.org Virtual Event…

DXE (2021-05-07). Sunday 5/30: Animal Sanctuary Volunteer Day. indybay.org 2785 Franklin Canyon Rd, Martinez…

Robin Lowey (2021-05-07). Saturday 5/15: Queer Parent Pioneers. indybay.org San Francisco…

DXE (2021-05-07). Thursday 5/27: Three Days for No More Factory Farms. indybay.org 7640 Tobia Way, Fair Oaks, CA…

Revolution Books (2021-05-07). Sunday 5/16: Giant Book Sale to Benefit the Revolution Tour. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

DXE (2021-05-07). Sunday 5/23: °May Vegan Popup! indybay.org unity park | 16th & Ohio Richmond, CA 94804…

WorkWeek (2021-05-07). May Day 2021 ILWU With Angela Davis In SF & AFL-CIO Gebre On Systemic Racism. indybay.org WorkWeek covers the San Francisco May Day march, the death of UFWA founder Al Rojas and the working class struggle in Argentina…

Zachary Conti (2021-05-07). US Supports Removal of Vaccine Trade Barrier. indybay.org As developing countries struggle to access vaccines, the US announced support to eliminate trade barriers on vaccine access.

Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network (2021-05-07). #FreePalestinianStudents Campaign Update: Join a Letter-writing Action Online; Israeli Attacks on Students Continue. globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. There are hundreds …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-07). As NATO Summit Approaches: Will Biden Keep U.S. Nuclear Weapons in Turkey? globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. A

Global Research News (2021-05-07). This Week's Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca

Ryan McMaken (2021-05-07). Vaccine Passports Are Just a Way for the Regime to Expand Its Power. globalresearch.ca Visit and follow us on Instagram at @crg_globalresearch. Earlier this month, …

_____ (2021-05-07). AFL-CIO's Report Shows Commitment To Defending Police Unions. popularresistance.org On July 2020, a month after protests over racial injustice and police violence set the AFL-CIO headquarters on fire, America's largest union coalition formed a "Task Force on Racial Justice" as a signal that it was taking the issues seriously. A subcommittee of that task force was charged with producing a report on the touchy issue of the labor movement's relationship to police unions. In These Times has obtained a copy of that committee's draft report, which is currently circulating within the group before being released to the public. As it stands, the report amounts to a definitive rejecti…

_____ (2021-05-07). On Education, Biden Is Making Sure 'Nothing Will Fundamentally Change'. popularresistance.org When it comes to education policy, Joe Biden is following through on his promise that nothing will fundamentally change. | While he expressed support for some progressive measures on the campaign trail, like ending the high-stakes testing mandate for K-12 and giving relief to higher education students and borrowers, his actions so far have led some to surmise that corporatists and reformers are running the show at the Department of Education. Secretary Miguel Cardona has taken a prolonged "Help is Here" tour, but urgent demands from students, parents, and teachers are going unmet. | Here's a breakdown of the admi…

_____ (2021-05-07). Why Black Women Are Often Missing From Conversations About Police Violence. popularresistance.org When Lajuana Phillips was shot and killed by a police officer in late 2018, she was a mother of three children, a daughter and a cousin who was described by family as "a hard worker," according to an online memorial. But Phillip's death received little media attention. There were a few local stories when she was first identified by police, and others detailing the circumstances that led to her being shot at six times. But that was about it. | Phillips isn't alone. Crystal Danielle Ragland, who was killed in Huntsville, Alabama; Latasha Nicole Walton of Florida; and April Webster of South Carolina, to name a few,…

_____ (2021-05-07). More States Enter The Race To Criminalize Protest. popularresistance.org It was April 1, and Jestin Dupree had driven more than 400 miles from the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeastern Montana to the state's capital, Helena, to testify against legislation that could be used to jail environmental protesters. For years, his tribe had been protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, which was to cross the Missouri River, their main source of water. Their efforts seemed to be vindicated when the project was cancelled by President Joe Biden during his first day in office. | Montana's new legislation, however, would allow environmental protesters to be jailed for up to 18 months if they obs…

Karen Conner (2021-05-07). Economy Adds Just 266,000 Jobs in April; Unemployment Edges Up to 6.1 Percent. cepr.net Unemployment due to voluntary quits remains extraordinarily low. The April employment report was considerably weaker than had generally been expected, with the economy adding just 266,000 jobs. Furthermore, the prior two months numbers were revised down by 78,000. The unemployment rate edged up to 6.1 percent, but this was entirely due to more people entering …

WSWS (2021-05-07). Gunboats dispatched to Jersey in UK/French fishing rights conflict. wsws.org The immediate turn to threats, denunciations and the deployment of the military in a minor dispute over fishing is a product of the imperialist powers' ever-deeper descent into nationalist reaction.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Former Obama administration official arrested on charges of charter school embezzlement. wsws.org Seth Andrew, a senior advisor to former President Barack Obama in the Office of Education Technology, was arrested last Tuesday on charges he stole more than $200,000 from Democracy Prep Public Schools, a network of charter schools he founded in 2005.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Alabama miners brace for long battle against Warrior Met Coal. wsws.org The five-week strike by 1,100 miners is at a turning point, as both the coal company and the United Mine Workers seek to wear down miners and break their resistance.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Australian students and workers oppose government ban on citizens returning from India. wsws.org The WSWS spoke to several Indian students and workers in Australia on the government's ban.

WSWS (2021-05-07). San Diego educators interview atmospheric chemist Dr. Delphine Farmer on air quality in schools. wsws.org Dr. Farmer and her team led a watershed study, which showed that, despite being installed in tens of thousands of classrooms, ionizers have a negligible effect on removing the airborne coronavirus in schools.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Violence against Asians spikes in San Francisco, California. wsws.org Just in the last week, two elderly women were stabbed while waiting at a bus stop, and a father was brutally assaulted while walking his one-year-old child.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Britain ratchets up NATO's war drive against Russia. wsws.org The conflict between Ukraine and Russia and the interests of competing imperialist powers have transformed the Black Sea region into a powder keg that could ignite a worldwide conflagration.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Ceasefire reached in deadly border conflict between Central Asian republics. wsws.org Over 50 people died and hundreds more were injured on both sides of the disputed border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in the resource-rich Fergana Valley.

WSWS (2021-05-07). With backing of unions, Pennsylvania public universities to slash over 1,500 jobs. wsws.org The Board of Governors and chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education is moving forward with a restructuring plan that will merge six universities into two, slashing thousands of jobs and eroding the quality of education, even as tuition continues to rise.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Executives at Canada's Loblaws food retail giant gorge on bonuses, while condemning grocery workers to poverty wages. wsws.org The grocery store chain is making money hand over fist, yet is stridently refusing to offer any pay increases to its low-paid, largely precariously employed workforce.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Rampant Wall Street speculation: The fever chart of a terminally diseased system. wsws.org The phenomenal rise of the cryptocurrency Dogecoin, which has risen 11,000 percent since the start of the year, is the expression of a seemingly new principle in the world of speculation—the more intrinsically worthless a so-called "asset" the faster its rise.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Chinese defense minister visits Sri Lanka amid rising geopolitical tension. wsws.org Beijing regards Sri Lanka as vital to its efforts to retain a foothold in the Indian Ocean, secure its crucial energy supplies and counteract aggressive US military preparations.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Congressional Republicans move to purge Liz Cheney from leadership. wsws.org The removal of Cheney, daughter of the former vice president and an arch-reactionary and warmonger, is a significant step in the transformation of the Republican Party into the fascistic instrument of Donald Trump.

Staff (2021-05-07). Your Friendly Neighborhood Bank: The Post Office. aclu.org One in four Americans are unbanked or underbanked. This is in part because because banks across the country are closing branches, or penalizing those who don't have large savings. This means that 64 million Americans — disproportionately Black and Brown people — can't easily access basic financial services and are forced to pay thousands a year in fees for alternatives. | But one solution to this disparity is within our reach, it's actually just down the street from you:…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-07). Metro accident in Mexico City to be investigated for homicide. peoplesdispatch.org This Monday night, a metro overpass collapsed in Mexico City while a train was passing over it. 25 people died and 79 people were injured. The Mexican government has promised to deliver justice and punish those responsible…

James Goodman (2021-05-07). Keeping the Public Eye on ICE. progressive.org Voices from the grassroots show resolute commitment for radical change.

Derek Royden (2021-05-07). The real problem with Bill Gates and neoliberal optimism. nationofchange.org The progressive left needs to confront the fact that plutocratic philanthropists like Gates care much more about preserving the systems that continue to multiply their wealth.

Jessica Corbett (2021-05-07). 'America the beautiful': Biden administration aims to protect 30% of US lands and waters by 2030. nationofchange.org "This is a critical opportunity for Americans to come together to build a new, more inclusive model of conservation to save nature, and ultimately ourselves," said one advocate.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-07). Leader of shack-dwellers' movement arrested by South African police for 'conspiracy' to murder. peoplesdispatch.org George Mqapheli Bonono, the deputy president of Abahlali baseMjondolo, was arrested on May 4. The movement maintains that it is a politically motivated attempt by the police to discredit the organization at the behest of the ruling ANC…

Ashley Curtin (2021-05-07). Ban of three bee-killing neonicotinoid pesticides holds up in EU court. nationofchange.org "The Court of Justice has reaffirmed that protecting nature and people's health takes precedence over the narrow economic interests of powerful multinationals…"

Pip Hinman (2021-05-07). Education workers demand reduced workload. greenleft.org.au Mary Merkenich reports on the findings of an Australian Education Union survey of education workers that said workload remained a major issue.

Pip Hinman (2021-05-07). Cycle tour exposes Adani's destruction of Country. greenleft.org.au More than 100 people took part in a "Tour de Carmichael", a 105-kilometre cycle for Country through sacred Wangan and Jagalingou land to Adani's coal mine site, reports Kerry Smith.

_____ (2021-05-07). Big Tech's Monopoly Creep. strategic-culture.org From "kill-zones" to "waterbeds," the giants of the digital marketplace have ways of making you squirm. | By Napoleon LINARTHATOS | If we manage not to descend into some kind of tech dystopia, then the generations that come after us will have the opportunity to wonder how on earth we had been duped for so long and so pathetically by a few Big Tech monopolists, how it was possible to have such a grand accumulation of power and wealth preserved by a system so bluntly corrupt in its modus operandi. Were we so transfixed by the shiny digital objects as to be oblivious to what was going on around us? Were we so kee…

_____ (2021-05-07). History Repeats… Why Washington and London Crave a New Cold War. strategic-culture.org American global power is in direct contradiction to the democratic needs of a multipolar planet. | The United States and its "junior partner" Britain this week expressed their desire for a new Cold War with Russia and China — albeit surreptitiously, and dressed up in virtuous language. | US Secretary of State Antony Blinken was speaking with his British counterpart Dominic Raab ahead of a G7 summit for foreign ministers held in London this week. The two diplomats called for G7 nations and partners to band together more tightly in order to confront China and Russia. To that end, delegates from Australia, Ind…

news.un (2021-05-07). Brazil: UN rights office urges independent probe into deadly police operation in Rio de Janeiro. news.un.org The UN's human rights office (OHCHR) on Friday called for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into a major police operation in a favela in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, in which at least 25 were reportedly killed, including a police officer.

news.un (2021-05-07). Stop evictions in East Jerusalem neighbourhood immediately, UN rights office urges Israel. news.un.org The UN's human rights office (OHCHR), on Friday, called on Israel to immediately halt all forced evictions, including those in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, as well as to exercise maximum restraint in the use of force while ensuring safety and security there.

news.un (2021-05-07). Informal dialogue on UN chief selection process gets underway. news.un.org The current UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, laid out his case for a second five year term on Friday to Member States, saying that he was offering a "humble approach" to deal with today's multiple challenges, as an honest broker and bridge builder, focussed on solutions.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). 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 …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). 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 (2021-05-07). 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 (2021-05-07). Mayo Clinic celebrating all things green for Earth Day. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues. The global celebration is sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green living. ___________________________________________________ Mayo Clinic is celebrating all things green this week to recognize Earth Day and the importance of environmental protection practices, celebrate …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-07). Exploring health care disparities in minority populations. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org In recognition of National Minority Health Month, a number of Mayo Clinic experts participated in a virtual Mayo Clinic media briefing to discuss health care disparities that affect racial and ethnic minority populations in the U.S. The experts addressed health education, early detection and control of disease complications. These are some of the topics discussed: …

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