2021-05-25: News Headlines

Max Blumenthal (2021-05-25). To distract from Gaza slaughter, Israel lobby manufactures antisemitism freakout. thegrayzone.com With deceptively edited videos and dubious allegations, the Israel lobby has manufactured an antisemitism epidemic to turn the media's gaze away from dead children in Gaza. Following an 11-day assault on the Gaza Strip in which the Israeli army killed over 220 people, including more than 65 children, and days of videotaped rampages of Jewish extremist mobs against Palestinian people and property inside Israeli cities, Israel lobbyists in the US and Canada have launched a carefully coordinated public relations campaign …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-25). Court declares anti-BDS law in State of Georgia unconstitutional. peoplesdispatch.org A district court delivered the judgement on a case filed by journalist Abby Martin who was not allowed to speak at an event at Georgia Southern University after she refused to sign an undertaking agreeing to distance herself from the BDS movement…

Juan Cole (2021-05-25). In Victory for American Freedom, Judge Mark Cohen Calls "Unconstitutional" Georgia's Ban on Boycotting Israel for Brutalizing Palestinians. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Ross Williams at the Georgia Reporter writes that federal judge Mark Cohen on Monday characterized as unconstitutional a Georgia state law that prohibited contractors for the Georgia state government from boycotting Israel. Cohen is United States District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. This …

_____ (2021-05-25). The Self Determination Of Native Americans Hinges On This Supreme Court Case. popularresistance.org A case brought before the United States Supreme Court by three Native American women, who have been representing themselves, may decide the future of the 1975 Indian Self Determination Act. Clearing the FOG speaks with Charmaine White Face, a petitioner in the case, about her fight to stop the privatization of an Indian Health Service facility, Sioux San Hospital in Rapid City South Dakota, that serves 325 tribes in the area. She describes how the privatization is harming the health of the people who use this historic hospital. To her knowledge, this is the first effort to privatize an Indian Health Service hospi…

Thomas Knapp (2021-05-25). The US and EU vs. Belarus: Pot, Kettle, Black. counterpunch.org On May 23, a fighter jet intercepted Ryanair Flight 4978 as it was about to exit Belarus's airspace en route from Athens, Greece to Vilnius, Lithuania. Citing a supposed bomb threat (apparently contrived by regime agents on board the plane), Belarus air traffic control ordered the Boeing 737 to turn around and land in Minsk.

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-05-25). Colombian Congress debates motions of censure against defense minister Diego Molano. peoplesdispatch.org Two motions of censure have been presented against defense minister Diego Molano by the opposition for the unprecedented level of violence and human rights violations committed by national security forces in the past four weeks of the national strike…

Carlos Arellán (2021-05-25). Colombia Tries to Make a Media Splash by Unilaterally Opening its Border with Venezuela. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro warned that Colombia wants to create a "show" at the border to divert attention from the internal drama that the neighboring country is experiencing, amid more that three weeks of strikes and demonstrations met by brutal and bloody repression. | He stressed that the Duque government seeks to open the border unilaterally, which would signify bad intentions on the part of Bogotá. | The Colombian authorities announced that they estimate the border opening to occur on June 1, to which the Venezuelan president replied this Sunday that: "Nothing unilateral is going to work. If the st…

A Guest Author (2021-05-25). Report from Colombia — National strike marches grow ever bigger. workers.org By Fernando Alexis Jiménez Writing from Colombia, the author describes the national pro-strike protests called for May 19 as historically enormous and successful. The article was published on his blog and by rebelion.org. Translation: John Catalinotto May 20 — The mobilizations that began in Colombia 22 days ago — and . . . |

Joris Leverink (2021-05-25). Becoming Black: a conversation with Olúfémi Táíwà≤ and Achille Mbembe. roarmag.org Protester facing police at a Black Lives Matter protest in London, UK — June 6, 2020. Photo: Viktor Kadiri / Shutterstock.com | The Movement for Black Lives not only exposed the brutality of US policing, it has stimulated conversations on systemic racism and coercive state power everywhere. For the tenth edition of its flagship Achille Mbembe is a groundbreaking philosopher, whose many books since the mid 1980s…

South Front (2021-05-25). Video: Drone Warfare in the Middle East. globalresearch.ca Iran, if Israel …

Slomski A. (2021-05-25). Clear Surgical Masks Create More Positive Interactions With Patients. jamanetwork.com Removing the barrier that surgical masks create can help protect the patient-physician relationship during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the authors of a trial in JAMA Surgery.

WSWS (2021-05-25). Educators and workers must take control of the response to the global pandemic! wsws.org We are uniting educators in Michigan with those across the US and internationally, together with autoworkers and workers in all industries, in a common struggle to take control of the response to the pandemic into our own hands.

Naomi Wolf (2021-05-25). The Fascism Construction Manual. indybay.org Immediately after the proclamation of this pandemic, many elements of absolute all-around totalitarianism were put into effect in most countries of the West, even in countries that had previously been robust democracies. All of this happened very quickly and comprehensively.

Zachary Conti (2021-05-25). IMF Proposes $50 Billion Vaccine Plan to End Pandemic and Boost Economy. indybay.org As worldwide COVID cases peak, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva unveiled a $50 billion proposal to support vaccinations of 60% of the world's population. During a G20 and European Commission summit, Georgieva argued the global vaccine investment would end the pandemic and spur $9 trillion in economic gains by 2025.

imperial.ac.uk (2021-05-25). New AI technology protects privacy in healthcare settings. imperial.ac.uk Researchers at TUM and Imperial have developed a technology that protects patients' personal data while training healthcare algorithms.

WSWS (2021-05-25). WSWS readers demand investigation of Pike River mine disaster. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site has received more statements from New Zealand, the UK, Australia, and Canada, demanding justice for the 29 men who died in the 2010 Pike River coal mine disaster.

Anonymous007 (2021-05-25). Military Situation In Afghanistan On May 25, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 24, clashes between the government forces and Taliban continued in the Imam Saheb area | On May 24, clashes between the government forces and Taliban continued in the Pole Khomri area | On May 25, six people, including three civilians and three army soldiers were wounded in two back-to-back explosions in Qarabagh district | On May 24, Afghan forces freed 41 people, including 19 security force members from a Taliban prison in the Marwa village of Pashtun Zargh…

Marjorie Cohn (2021-05-25). Outrage Over Israel's Human Rights Violations Is Fueling the Global BDS Movement. zcomm.org Israeli police are now threatening to carry out mass arrests against Palestinian citizens of Israel — arrests intended to punish those who took part in sit-ins and other protests in solidarity with Palestinians living in East Jerusalem and Gaza…

David Swanson (2021-05-25). Talk World Radio: Nora Barrows-Friedman on Palestine and Activism. 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 talking about activism on behalf of the basic human rights of Palestinians. Our guest is Nora Barrows-Friedman. Nora Barrows-Friedman is an associate editor at The Electronic …

Project Censored (2021-05-25). Abby Martin, Michelle Rodino-Colocino, and Brian Dolber. projectcensored.org Mickey's first guest, independent journalist Abby Martin of The Empire Files, provides background to the Israeli bombardments of Gaza, and explains how big U.S. media strenuously avoid presenting the truth…

Kathy Durkin (2021-05-25). Global protests demand 'Stop Israel's genocide!'. workers.org The whole world is watching in horror as Israel bombs Gaza. As of May 17, the Zionist state has killed nearly 200 people, 58 of them children. With military precision, Israel's bombs are aimed at civilian targets, family homes, refugee camps, hospitals and schools. Israeli missiles razed to the ground . . . |

Tom Engelhardt (2021-05-25). Tomgram: William Hartung, Selling Death. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Think about this: on Saturday, May 12th, with barely an hour's notice, Israel took out the al-Jalaa Tower, a high-rise building in Gaza City that housed the Associated Press, al-Jazeera, and other media outlets. That act of destruction, …

Anti-Empire Project (2021-05-25). Anti-Palestinian Racism: A Resource. zcomm.org The current war throughout Israel and Palestine, focused on Gaza is enabled by a powerful force throughout the West, one that is not talked about and rarely named: Anti-Palestinian Racism…

Human Rights Watch (2021-05-25). Gaza Hostilities Underscore Role of Int'l Criminal Court. juancole.com By Balkees Jarrah | — Associate Director, International Justice Program | — ( Human Rights Watch ) — Israeli forces have launched relentless airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, while Hamas and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza have fired rockets at Israeli population centers. At least 227 people, including 64 children have been killed in Gaza, …

DLI (2021-05-25). USA "Iron Dome" media vaccine proved 99% effective in shielding Israel. indybay.org For the past 2 weeks, since the massive violence perpetrated by Israel against Palestinians in Gaza began(with massive use of US-made planes and bombs), the White House, alongside the "Corporate-bin-Laden" media, had unleashed a media vaccine, aptly coined, "Iron Dome" media shield, that proved to be nearly 99% effective against criticism from nearly the entire world, on the active support of Israel's virtual massacre of Palestinian civilians.

Labor Video Project (2021-05-25). The People United Will Never Be Defeated! SF Rally Against Attacks On Palestinian People. indybay.org Over 1,000 Palestinians and opponents of the attacks on Palestinians in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank rallied and spoke out in San Francisco on 5/22/21…

Victor Grossman (2021-05-25). Berlin Bulletin — Anger and dismay over Israeli aggression. workers.org Berlin Bulletin No. 189, May 23 It's no great surprise that most German media, reporting on the Israel-Palestine war, were one-sided, bigoted and misleading! There were samples of fairer treatment, at first, showing the demolition of Palestinian homes, the shutdown of a meeting place for young people, the far-rightist gangs . . . |

John Nichols (2021-05-25). More Than 500 of the Staffers Who Got Biden Elected Demand He Defend Palestinian Rights. thenation.com More Than 500 of the Staffers Who Got Biden Elected Demand He Defend Palestinian Rights…

Ralph Nader (2021-05-25). Biden: End Your Co-Belligerent Backing of Israeli War Crimes. zcomm.org You can't seem to connect the Israeli military powerhouse's occupation to the oppression and destruction of innocent Palestinian civilians…

Toward increasing Networking (2021-05-25). Online events w/ Ben Chavis, Peter Linebaugh, Rosa Clemente, Vandana Shiva, Chomsky, etc. indybay.org Here are some 20 online events taking place over the next 7 days (and starting tomorrow, May 22), featuring people such as Ben Chavis, Peter Linebaugh, Cynthia Kaufman, Rosa Clemente, Vandana Shiva, Noam Chomsky, 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.

Phyllis Bennis (2021-05-25). What is Joe Biden's Israel Policy, Exactly? indybay.org The Biden administration thought it could muddle through with the usual pro-Israel platitudes, but rising awareness of Israeli apartheid is making that impossible.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-25). Burned by the Diana Cult: the Fall of Martin Bashir. counterpunch.org The interview was infamous, made his name and was bound to enrage. It also received a viewing audience of 23 million people who heard a saucy tale of adultery, plots in the palace, and stories of physical and mental illness. But the tarring and feathering of Martin Bashir for his 1995 Panorama programme featuring Princess

The Conversation (2021-05-25). Suit seeks to limit anti-Muslim speech on Facebook but roots of Islamophobia run far deeper. juancole.com By Caleb Elfenbein | — A civil rights group is suing Facebook and its top executives in federal court over the company's failure to crack down on hate speech against Muslims. Muslim Advocates, a Washington, D.C.-based organization focused on discrimination against American Muslims, alleges in the suit that Facebook has violated a series of local …

Liberation Staff (2021-05-25). Domestic violence, pedophilia, brutality and murder: Who do the Boston Police really serve? liberationnews.org Boston politicians and media have treated each scandal as a disconnected incident rather than as symptoms of structural problems of the BPD and policing at large.

David L. Wilson (2021-05-25). Media 'Border crisis' threatens immigration reform. mronline.org What's striking is how badly the situation has been represented in the more centrist and prestigious parts of the corporate media. | May 25, 2021 | Newswire…

Gloria Rubac (2021-05-25). Texas execution exposes death penalty racism. workers.org Texas has shown the world that this racist state should not be in the business of killing. Quintin Jones, an African American man, was denied clemency by the Texas Board of Pardons and Gov. Greg Abbott and was legally lynched at 6: 40 p.m., May 19. Jones' clemency appeal was . . . |

Amiad Horowitz (2021-05-25). Lessons from Vietnam: Elections that can't be bought. peoplesworld.org We Americans are used to the never-ending and increasingly costly cycle of U.S. electoral campaigns. Theoretically, elections are supposed to happen once every two to six years depending on the office and, one would think, campaigns for those elections would coincide with the election schedule. The reality is quite different. The 2020 election is barely …

Yves Smith (2021-05-25). Crypto crackdown: only the beginning? mronline.org The cost and time involved in validating Bitcoin transactions makes it unusable in retail transactions. So they will always be foreign currencies, where you have to trade in and out of them into a real world currency. | May 25, 2021…

Ted Kelly (2021-05-25). Delegation observing Syrian elections reaches Damascus. workers.org Damascus, Syria May 23 — As the global conflict centered in their country enters the 11th year, Syrians are preparing for May 26 national elections. Thousands of citizens displaced by war and U.S.-imposed sanctions have already cast their ballots in Lebanon, Iran, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and elsewhere round . . . |

Editorial Team (2021-05-25). Liberty Steel workers face uncertainty after Stocksbridge plant sale. challenge-magazine.org 5,000 workers are worried for their livelihoods after the UK's third largest steel producer, Liberty Steel, announced plans to sell off it's Stocksbridge plant in order to pay off the debts owed by the company. The back door deal made in Dubai between Indian steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta and Investment Bank Credit Suisse will be

Editor2 (2021-05-25). Cuban President Visits Community Project Against Racial Discrimination in Havana. orinocotribune.com The president of Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, this Thursday visited the headquarters of a community project against racial discrimination—the Afro-descendant Neighborhood Network—in Havana, in the municipality of La Lisa. | The official Twitter account of the presidency commented on the meeting, where Maritza López, general coordinator of the initiative, received the Cuban president and provided an explanation of the principles and projections of this community initiative. | Photo: Twitter of the Cuban Presidency. | Created nine years ago, this project against racism also maintains relationships with simi…

Anonymous765 (2021-05-25). Locations Of US Carrier Strike Groups — May 25, 2021. southfront.org This is the newest update of the 'U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map' exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map. | click to see the full-size image | Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier ai…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-25). Military Situation In Syria On May 25, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 24, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 40 times: 20 — in Idlib province, 11 — in Latakia province, 7 — in Hama province, 2 — in Aleppo province | On May 24, Three people were killed by a motorcycle bomb explosion in Jarablus city | On May 24, Russian police conducted a joint military patrol with the Turkish army in the vicinity of the city of Ain al-Arab | The Russian Defense Ministry warns of "

Anonymous103 (2021-05-25). Armenian Soldier Reportedly Killed In Fire-Fight On Armenian-Azerbaijani Border. southfront.org Illustrative image | The Azerbaijani armed forces opened fire on the positions of the Armenian army near the village of Verin Shorzha in the Gegharkunik region on May 25, according to the press service of the Armenian Defense Ministry."On May 25, at about 14: 20 near the border village of Verin Shorzha, Gegharkunik region of Armenia, the enemy fired at Armenian positions. The details of the incident are being specified," the statement says. | An Armenian soldier was killed as a result of the fire-fight that began after…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-25). Military Situation In Iraq On May 25, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 23, a logistical convoy of the US military was targeted by an IED attack in the Basrah area | On May 24, Iraqi resistance groups fired at least five rockets at Ain Al Asad Airbase in western Iraq's Anbar province. | On May 24, ISIS attacked Iraqi Federal Police point near Riyadh town. Three officers were wounded | On May 24, sporadic clashes between the PKK and Turkish Armu continue in northern Iraq | On May 24, artillery of the PMU shelled ISIS positions in the T…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-25). Military Coup In Mali, Nine Months After The Last One. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 24th, Mali's military detained the President and Prime Minister of the interim government, according to the United Nations and the African Union. The coup d'état took place place nine months after a military coup overthrew its previous leader. | The detention of President Bah Ndaw and Prime Minister Moctar Ouane came hours after a government reshuffle left out two soldiers who led the coup in August last year and raised fears of a second military takeover. | In a joint statement, the U…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-25). Iran Kicks Off Large-Scale Electronic Warfare And Air Defense Exercise. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 25th, the Iranian Army kicked off a large-scale military drill to practice electronic warfare tactics, this drill on electronic warfare is dubbed 'Separ-e-Aseman 1400' (Sky Shield 1400). | According to a statement, this joint drill is being held by the strategic electronic warfare forces of the four forces of the Army and covers large areas of Iran. Rapid response and electronic warfare units of the Army's Ground Force, Air Force, Navy and Air Defense are participating in th…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-25). Biden And Putin To Meet In Geneva In June. southfront.org Illustrative image | The summit of the presidents of Russia and the United States will take place in Geneva on June 16. This was announced on May 25 by the Kremlin an the White House press services."In accordance with the agreement reached, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin will hold talks with President of the United States of America Joseph Biden on June 16 in Geneva," the statement says. | This wil…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-25). Russia Completes Runway Reconstruction At Hmeimim Air Base In Syria With Tu-22M3 Landing. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | At Russia's Hmeimim Airbase in Syria, the reconstruction of the runway was completed. | Following the refurbishing, the air base in Syria is capable of receiving all types of Russian military aircraft, including heavy models, the Ministry of Defense said. | The second runway became longer, and the surface was completely replaced and new lighting and radio equipment was installed."It is the first time that aircraft of this type are based at the Khmeimim airfield. Crews of lon…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-25). Military Situation In Yemen On May 25, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 78 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On May 24, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On May 24, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Hazm area | On May 24, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Haradh area | On May 25, sporadic clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces contin…

John W. Whitehead, Nisha Whitehead (2021-05-25). Drivers Beware: The Deadly Perils of Blank Check Traffic Stops. dissidentvoice.org The Fourth Amendment was designed to stand between us and arbitrary governmental authority. For all practical purposes, that shield has been shattered, leaving our liberty and personal integrity subject to the whim of every cop on the beat, trooper on the highway and jail official. The framers would be appalled. — Herman Schwartz, The Nation. …

Global Research News (2021-05-25). Selected Articles: How the CDC Is Manipulating Data to Prop-up "Vaccine Effectiveness" globalresearch.ca By The battery pack of a Tesla Model S is a feat of intricate engineering. Thousands of cylindrical cells with components …

Eds. (2021-05-25). Nicaragua's inspiring response to COVID-19. mronline.org Little attention has been paid internationally to how the Central American country has managed to keep COVID-19 cases and fatalities low even under a devastating campaign of U.S. sanctions | May 25, 2021…

WSWS (2021-05-25). "We're cannon fodder, that's all"—Indian health care workers cry out for basic PPE as official deaths skyrocket past 300,000. wsws.org Health care workers in India and around the globe face horrific working conditions that have contributed to more than 17,000 deaths from COVID-19 among them worldwide.

WSWS (2021-05-25). Dominic Cummings: Former advisor reveals Johnson government's herd immunity plan envisaged 800,000 deaths in UK. wsws.org Cummings reveals that the government discussed the hitherto unknown Operation Nimbus, which contemplated the deaths of 800,000 people with "schools told stay open," while 33 million cases of Covid-19 engulfed the population over a "16 week wave".

WSWS (2021-05-25). Former advisor reveals Johnson government's herd immunity plan envisaged 800,000 deaths in UK. wsws.org Dominic Cummings reveals that the government discussed the hitherto unknown Exercise Nimbus, which contemplated a "16 week wave" of COVID-19 with 33 million cases and 800,000 deaths.

WSWS (2021-05-25). UK: Intensive care nurse who treated Prime Minister Johnson quits, citing "cesspool of COVID" conditions. wsws.org Neither the government, nor the Labour and trade union bureaucracy want an examination of the policy of placing profits over lives that is responsible for the situation she describes.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). New CDC guidance for fully vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On Thursday, May 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask indoors at a movie theater, shopping center or restaurant. But this new guidance does not apply to health care settings. Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Mayo Clinic offers COVID-19 walk-in vaccine clinics in Minnesota. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Mayo Clinic in Rochester and at its Health System sites continue to offer patients, visitors and staff additional convenient opportunities to be vaccinated for COVID-19. All domestic and international patients, visitors and staff who want to be vaccinated for COVID-19 have a couple of opportunities to do so at walk-in clinics this week: Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). The safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines for children. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org A coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccine is now available to children ages 12 through 15 in the U.S. Here's what parents, caregivers and children need to know about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine, the possible side effects, and the benefits of getting vaccinated. This is written by Mayo Clinic Staff and you can …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Guidelines and nuances of wearing a face mask. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Recent COVID-19 masking guidelines announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, continue to generate a public conversation. "The decision about masking needs to be nuanced," says Dr. Gregory Poland, an infectious diseases expert and head of Mayo Clinic's Vaccine Research Group. "Wearing a mask should be based on the risk of infection, the percentage of the …

Rubin R. (2021-05-25). Studying Allergic Reactions to mRNA Vaccines. jamanetwork.com A new National Institutes of Health phase 2 trial aims to assess whether people with a history of allergies or a mast cell disorder are at a higher risk of systemic allergic reactions to the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-25). Working class of Glasgow fights to save jobs at McVitie's factory. peoplesdispatch.org On May 11, the Pladis group announced the closure of a biscuit factory of its subsidiary McVitie's at Tollcross, Glasgow, putting at risk around 500 jobs…

Jeremy Kuzmarov (2021-05-25). New Book Accusing CIA Whistleblower Philip Agee of Treason Proves That He Was Not a Traitor. covertactionmagazine.com In 1975, former CIA agent Philip Agee delivered a bombshell with the publication of Inside the Company, an exposé of nefarious CIA activities in Latin America. Growing up in a conservative middle-class family in Tampa Bay, Florida, Agee had joined the CIA in 1957 after graduating from Notre Dame University believing in the virtues of …

Kuehn BM. (2021-05-25). Sexually Transmitted Disease Cases Continue to Break Records. jamanetwork.com Sexually transmitted disease (STD) cases in the US have risen to historic highs, fueling an epidemic that a CDC official said has unraveled 2 decades worth of progress.

Slomski A. (2021-05-25). Patient Navigation Reduces Substance Abuse Disorder Readmissions. jamanetwork.com Proactive patient navigation services reduced inpatient readmissions and emergency department visits among hospitalized patients with comorbid substance use disorders (SUDs) in a trial at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

WSWS (2021-05-25). Godzilla vs. Kong: Impressive visuals and sound design can't hide the absence of artistic value. wsws.org Godzilla vs. Kong challenges its viewers to reduce their mental faculties.

WSWS (2021-05-25). Rank-and-file Volvo workers demand release of full contract as terms of UAW's secret deal leak out. wsws.org The United Auto Workers continues to conceal the terms of a new six-year contract proposal from nearly 3,000 Volvo Truck workers at the New River Valley plant in Dublin, Virginia.

Roger Harris (2021-05-25). US Trying to Extradite Venezuelan Diplomat for the 'Crime' of Securing Food for the Hungry: The Case of Alex Saab v. The Empire. counterpunch.org The case of Alex Saab raises dangerous precedents in terms of extraterritorial judicial abuse, violation of diplomatic status, and even the use of torture to extract false confessions. This is according to Montréal-based international human rights lawyer John Philpot. He spoke on May 19 at a webinar sponsored by the Alliance for Global Justice and

Slomski A. (2021-05-25). Patients Favor Surgical Repair of Ruptured ACL. jamanetwork.com Patients with acute rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) who had early surgical reconstruction perceived their symptoms, knee function, and ability to play sports more positively after 2 years than patients who had rehabilitation followed by surgery, if needed. But the clinical importance of the findings reported in The BMJ is unclear because 50% of the rehabilitation group recovered without surgery.

jamanetwork (2021-05-25). The Social Responsibilities of Modern Medicine. jamanetwork.com Frederick R. Green, A.M., M.D., Secretary, Council on Health and Public Instruction, American Medical Association, Chicago…

LaCoursiere D. (2021-05-25). Behavioral Counseling Interventions for Healthy Weight During Pregnancy. jamanetwork.com In this issue of JAMA, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) presents an inaugural Recommendation Statement for behavioral counseling interventions for healthy weight and weight gain during pregnancy, along with an accompanying evidence report and systematic literature review. In this Recommendation Statement, "the USPSTF recommends that clinicians offer pregnant persons effective behavioral counseling interventions aimed at promoting healthy weight gain and preventing excess gestational weight gain in pregnancy (B recommendation)."

WSWS (2021-05-25). Israel to carry out more mass arrests of Palestinians in pursuit of ethnic cleansing. wsws.org Thousands of Israeli security forces from "all units", including border guards and reserve brigades, are to be deployed to carry out raids in the towns and cities with a large Palestinian population—with more than 500 Palestinian homes expected to be raided in the coming days.

WSWS (2021-05-25). Australian public mental health workers take stopwork action. wsws.org Victorian mental health workers are set to strike and march to state parliament to fight for urgently needed better pay and conditions.

Jin J. (2021-05-25). Patient Information: Behavioral Interventions for Healthy Weight Gain During Pregnancy. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page summarizes the US Preventive Services Task Force's 2021 recommendations on behavioral interventions for healthy weight gain during pregnancy.

Hirai AH, Ko JY, Patrick SW. (2021-05-25). US Hospital Data About Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Maternal Opioid-Related Diagnoses—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Medications for OUD, including methadone and buprenorphine, improve pregnancy outcomes by reducing relapse and risk of preterm birth; however, in many parts of the US, equitable access to these medications for pregnant women remains elusive. In our study, we found notable variation across states in both MOD and NAS rates.

George Wuerthner (2021-05-25). Nuance in Wildfire Policy is Badly Needed. counterpunch.org An excellent overview of wildfire issues was published in the Revelator. I encourage folks to review it. I especially appreciate the linkage of recent large fires to drought and warming temperatures. That is what is driving these fires across the West, and it is good to see the Revelator making this a central theme. Westwide,

Felice Pace (2021-05-25). Who is Suffering From Lack of Klamath Water? Examining Federal Irrigator Claims. counterpunch.org This year the Klamath River Basin's federal irrigators have declared that the US Bureau of Reclamation is taking away their ability to farm by keeping too much water in Upper Klamath Lake and allowing too much water to flow down the Klamath River. Low snowpack and inadequate inflow to Upper Klamath Lake have, in fact,

Dean Baker (2021-05-25). Larry Summers Is Concerned About Inflation, Again. cepr.net Larry Summers has a column in the Washington Post warning about inflationary risks to the economy, due to what he considers an excessively large recovery package from the Biden administration. Summers notes the extraordinarily high rate of inflation in the first quarter and warns us that worse is ahead if corrective measures are not taken …

WSWS (2021-05-25). AP Journalist fired after right-wing campaign over Palestinian activism. wsws.org Associated Press fired Emily Wilder amid a right-wing campaign targeting her for participating in pro-Palestinian demonstrations as a student.

Cantor AG, Jungbauer RM, McDonagh M, et al. (2021-05-25). USPSTF Review: Nonmedical Interventions for Healthy Weight and Weight Gain in Pregnancy. jamanetwork.com This systematic review to support the 2021 US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement on interventions for healthy weight and weight gain in pregnancy summarizes published evidence on the benefits and harms of counseling and behavioral interventions for healthy weight and gestational weight gain in adolescent and adult women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy.

Fight Back (2021-05-25). Photo Essay: One year anniversary of the George Floyd rebellion. fightbacknews.org &nbsp…

WSWS (2021-05-25). Australia: Student association promotes management cuts at Newcastle University. wsws.org The UNSA is holding a series of forums, at which management is being provided with a platform to justify sweeping cuts to course and university jobs.

WSWS (2021-05-25). One year since the police murder of George Floyd. wsws.org The continued prevalence of police violence in the United States one year after the global protests sparked by Floyd's murder makes clear that it is, at its root, a class question and not a racial question.

Sang W, Xu F. (2021-05-25). Effect of Sodium Nitrite on Survival of Cardiac Arrest to Hospital Admission. jamanetwork.com To the Editor In a recent JAMA study, administration of sodium nitrite did not significantly improve survival to hospital admission after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. This result is contrary to animal studies that have shown a protective effect of sodium nitrite in the process of ischemia and reperfusion. In the study by Dr Kim and colleagues, sodium nitrite was administered in patients over a longer period than in the animal studies, and that may have contributed to the negative outcome.

Rubin R. (2021-05-25). Free, At-Home Rapid SARS-CoV-2 Tests. jamanetwork.com The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently began offering a month's worth of free, do-it-yourself (DIY), rapid SARS-CoV-2 tests to residents of Pitt County, North Carolina, and Chattanooga/Hamilton County, Tennessee.

David Rosen (2021-05-25). What's Happening to the Telecom Trust? counterpunch.org Well, the telecom media rollercoaster is once again rolling. On May 17th, AT&T announced that it was spinning off its WarnerMedia subsidiary that includes HBO and Warner Bros. for $5 billion and merging it with Discovery. This followed the May 3rd announcement that Verizon was selling off its media holdings, AOL and Yahoo, for $43

Rubin R. (2021-05-25). Improving Maternal Health. jamanetwork.com The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced measures to improve maternal health.

Lee Hall (2021-05-25). National Beef Burger Day Is a Shame. counterpunch.org Friday, May 28 is National Beef Burger Day. We're supposed to use the hashtag #BeefBurgerBrag and tag @BeefItsWhatsForDinner on Facebook when adding our burger photos to this marketing frenzy. "Americans love burgers and there's no substitute for a real beef burger sizzling on the grill," says the National Cattlemen's Beef Association. Looks like Epicurious will

Rod Driver (2021-05-25). Debt Is A "Financial Weapon" Used to Subordinate Developing Countries. globalresearch.ca "The total amount …

WSWS (2021-05-25). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Five hundred teachers and supporters in Chiapas demanded the release of students from the Mactumactzá Normal School in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas. Meanwhile, the Manitoba provincial authorities ruled against protests by Manitoba Hydro workers, who are seeking a new contract.

WSWS (2021-05-25). Far-right mobster Sedat Peker's accusations shake Turkish government. wsws.org Peker, who has boasted of his close ties to US officials, is posting videos with detailed allegations of ties between the mafia and the Turkish political establishment.

Melvin Goodman (2021-05-25). Intelligence and Ideology: the Exaggeration of the Threat. counterpunch.org The three major military powers (the United States, Russia, and China) systematically and consistently engage in inflation of the threats they face. Each side tends to see the worst motivation and the greatest capabilities in assessing its adversaries in order to justify its own actions. This problem was endemic throughout the Cold War, particularly in the 1980s when President Ronald Reagan used exaggerated and politicized threat assessments to justify the largest peacetime increase in defense spending and to rally American support for the buildup. Ironically, the United States was doing so at the very time that…

Meyer M, Metayer J. (2021-05-25). US Hospital Data About Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Maternal Opioid-Related Diagnoses. jamanetwork.com To the Editor The recent article describing neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) and maternal opioid-related diagnoses (MOD) from 2010 to 2017 provided interesting information. As obstetric and neonatal care practitioners at the only academic medical center in Vermont, we would like to highlight the findings in our state and discuss the interpretation of discharge data in this study.

Kim F, Maynard C, Nichol G. (2021-05-25). Effect of Sodium Nitrite on Survival of Cardiac Arrest to Hospital Admission—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Mr Sang and Dr Xu discuss potential explanations for the lack of benefit seen in our study with the use of sodium nitrite during resuscitation after out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. They cite 2 potential reasons for this lack of benefit: a delay in nitrite administration compared with animal studies and a potential benefit of sodium nitrite in certain subgroups of patients.

Adler AI, Latimer NR. (2021-05-25). Adjusting for Nonadherence or Stopping Treatments in Randomized Clinical Trials. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Guide to Statistics and Methods describes various methods to handle trial participant nonadherence to study interventions.

WSWS (2021-05-25). Behind Tesla's rise, part 2: Former Tesla worker speaks out on grueling, unsafe working conditions. wsws.org A former Tesla worker spoke to the WSWS about the callous indifference to worker safety that underlies much of the company's massive valuation.

Yan C, Li H. (2021-05-25). Preliminary Investigation of In situ Thrombus Within Patent Foramen Ovale in Patients With and Without Stroke. jamanetwork.com This study uses high-resolution optical coherence tomography to investigate whether patent foramen ovale could be the site of thrombus formation in patients with or without stroke.

Slomski A. (2021-05-25). Upadacitinib Noninferior to Adalimumab for Psoriatic Arthritis. jamanetwork.com In a phase 3 trial, upadacitinib, an oral Janus kinase inhibitor approved for rheumatoid arthritis, was more effective than placebo and noninferior to adalimumab among patients with psoriatic arthritis who'd had an inadequate response to nonbiologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs. Adalimumab is a subcutaneously injected tumor necrosis factor α inhibitor used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis.

WSWS (2021-05-25). New study expects at least 215,000 jobs to be wiped out in the German auto industry by 2030. wsws.org Germany's biggest trade union, IG Metall, and its affiliated works councils have explicitly supported the auto companies, agreeing to forfeit wage increases by suppressing all opposition in the factories.

Paul Ryder (2021-05-25). The Pentagon Papers at 50: What's Left Out is Crucial. counterpunch.org June 13 will be the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of the secret Pentagon Papers, a vast collection of internal U.S. decision-making documents on the Vietnam War. The Papers provoked questions about how the war could have been waged through six presidencies in a row: Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon,

WSWS (2021-05-25). New Zealand: Wellington bus drivers reject second pay offer, vote for strikes. wsws.org Over 200 bus drivers voted for further strike action, rejecting a cash payment from NZ Bus in exchange for the gutting of overtime and penalty rates.

, Davidson KW, Barry MJ, et al. (2021-05-25). USPSTF Recommendation: Behavioral Counseling Interventions for Healthy Weight in Pregnancy. jamanetwork.com This 2021 Recommendation Statement from the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends that clinicians offer pregnant persons effective behavioral counseling interventions aimed at promoting healthy weight gain and preventing excess gestational weight gain in pregnancy (B recommendation).

Rod Driver (2021-05-25). Debt as a Weapon to Exploit Other Countries. zcomm.org "The total amount of third world debt has already been repaid six times over in interest"

Robert Mackey (2021-05-25). Israeli Police Round Up Palestinian Protesters Out of Global Spotlight. zcomm.org "This is what we warned about. Israel will target us all when you stop looking."

Thembisa Fakude (2021-05-25). Stop comparing Israel to Apartheid South Africa; it is worse. zcomm.org For all its horrors and brutality, the apartheid regime in South Africa never used fighter jets and artillery to bomb the oppressed people living in the townships…

Julio Yao Villalaz (2021-05-25). Responsabilidad de Proteger e intervención humanitaria. globalizacion.ca Pocos años antes de que la ONU aprobara la Responsabilidad de Proteger durante la Cumbre Mundial de 2005 y se fundara la Oficina de la ONU para la Prevención del Genocidio y la Responsabilidad de Proteger, fui invitado —como Presidente…

Eduardo Aliverti (2021-05-25). Argentina — Hace falta que los gestos acompañen. globalizacion.ca Si hay acuerdo con que las categorías simbólicas son trascendentales y hasta decisivas, en principio anotemos un punto para la pérfida pero inteligente estrategia de los medios opositores: rige el confinamiento. "Cuarentena" cayó en desuso porque ya no tiene la…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Mayo named a 2021 DiversityInc No. 4 on the Top Hospitals and Health Systems for Diversity. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DiversityInc announced its annual Top 50 Companies for Diversity listings. Mayo Clinic was named to two specialty lists this year — No. 4 on the Top Hospitals and Health Systems list, up from No. 7 in 2020, and a new entry onto the Top Companies for People with Disabilities list at No. 19. DiversityInc's listing is …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Science Saturday: Explaining cholesterol, research and regeneration. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Isobel Scarisbrick, Ph.D., directs the Neural Repair Laboratory within Mayo Clinic's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Her lab examines central nervous system repair after injury, such as traumatic spinal cord injury or a disease like multiple sclerosis (MS). A major area of innovation for the lab is improving nerve regeneration by identifying what helps or hinders that process. Cholesterol, the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Consumer Health: Reducing your risk of breast cancer. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Breast cancer will affect 1 in 8 women, according to the American Cancer Society. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in the U.S. Researchers have identified hormonal, lifestyle and environmental factors that may increase your risk of breast cancer. And an estimated 5% to 10% of breast cancers are …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Dr. Prathibha Varkey named president of Mayo Clinic Health System. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Prathibha Varkey, M.B.B.S., has been named president of Mayo Clinic Health System, effective August 16, 2021.Dr. Varkey will partner with Mary Jo Williamson, chief administrative officer, Mayo Clinic Health System, to lead the strategy and operations of the health system's 17 hospitals and nearly 50 community clinics across Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin."We're …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Top tips for reducing heart attack and stroke risk. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My sister just turned 50. She went in for a standard cardiac checkup and learned she has high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The doctor told her that since our mom also had these issues, she must drastically change her diet, increase her exercise, and take medications to lessen her risk for a …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Consumer Health: How some types of osteoporosis drugs can hurt your bones. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about this bone disease, which affects approximately 10 million Americans, according to the Office on Women's Health. Your bones are living tissue that is constantly being broken down and replaced. Osteoporosis occurs when the creation of new bone doesn't …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Consumer Health: Recovering from a stroke. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is National Stroke Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about stroke and stroke rehabilitation. Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S. and a major cause of serious disability for adults. More than 795,000 people in the U.S. have a stroke each year, according to the Centers …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Dr. Cheryl Willman named executive director of Mayo Clinic Cancer Programs, Director, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — Cheryl Willman, M.D., has been named executive director of Mayo Clinic Cancer Programs and director of Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Willman comes to Mayo Clinic from University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center, where she has served as director and CEO for 20 years. Under Dr. Willman's leadership, University of …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Consumer Health: What do you know about inflammatory bowel disease? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org World IBD Day will be observed on Wednesday, May 19, which makes this a good time to learn more about how these disorders are similar and different. Inflammatory bowel disease, also known as IBD, is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that involve chronic inflammation of your digestive tract. Inflammatory bowel disease can be …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). AI-enabled EKGs find difference between numerical age and biological age significantly affects health, longevity. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. — You might be older ? or younger ? than you think. A new study found that differences between a person's age in years and his or her biological age, as predicted by an artificial intelligence (AI)-enabled EKG, can provide measurable insights into health and longevity. The AI model accurately predicted the age …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Consumer Health: Smoking and rheumatoid arthritis — what's the connection? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Arthritis Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about the connection between smoking and rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder that can affect more than just your joints. In some people, the condition can damage a wide variety of body systems, including the skin, eyes, lungs, heart …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Mayo Clinic Cancer Center joins national call to get HPV vaccinations back on track. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org ROCHESTER, Minn. ? Mayo Clinic Cancer Center has joined 71 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in calling on the nation's health care providers, parents and young adults to help get HPV vaccinations back on track. HPV causes several types of cancers, and nearly everyone gets infected with HPV by age 50. "Mayo Clinic recommends …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Bladder cancer patients require ongoing surveillance. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Bladder cancer is a common type of cancer that begins in the cells of the bladder, a hollow muscular organ in the lower abdomen that stores urine. Bladder cancer signs and symptoms can include blood in the urine, frequent or painful urination, and back pain. "The vast majority of bladder cancer patients are diagnosed with cancer that's not …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-25). Mayo Clinic Minute: Tips to 'stop the bleed' in an emergency. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org If you came upon an emergency where a person is bleeding, would you know what to do? During National Trauma Month, May 20 is acknowledged as Stop the Bleed Day — a day to teach people how to take to control of serious bleeding. In this demonstration, Gwen Meyer, a Trauma Center nurse and trauma …

Sarah Anderson (2021-05-25). Poor People's Campaign and House Progressives Call for a 'Third Reconstruction'. counterpunch.org Amidst partisan haggling over President Biden's infrastructure proposal, the Poor People's Campaign joined progressive House members on Capitol Hill on Thursday to lay out a comprehensive moral vision for the nation. "It's unforgiveable that 250,000 people die every year in this country from poverty and inequality," said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) during a press conference

repost (2021-05-25). The Fight for Independent, Non-Corporate Radio Flares Up Again. indybay.org Despite losing a corporate bylaw proposal at Pacifica by 2 to 1 the same group of people have put another reactionary bylaw proposal to a vote for at Pacifica that will cost over $50,000. This is supported by many staff at KPFA who apparently don't give a damn about the waste of money and hypocrisy of their allies. This includes Cat Brooks, Aileen Alfandary, Mitch Jeserich, Brian Edwards-Tiekert, Philip Maldari, Timothy Lynch, Bonnie Simmons, | Kris Welch, Darlene Pagano & Joel Sachs…

Daniel Fresno (2021-05-25). øEl planeta necesita que lo salven? globalizacion.ca Un vecino del barrio viene impulsando un proyecto muy interesante. Recicla cubiertas de auto viejas, las pinta con colores muy vistosos y las usa como canteros en los que cultiva alimentos. Empezó en su vereda y de a poco fue…

Eduardo Paz Rada (2021-05-25). Bolivia — Seis frentes desestabilizadores al gobierno del MAS. globalizacion.ca Cuando el gobierno del presidente Luis Arce del Movimiento Al Socialismo (MAS) cumple seis meses con acciones para enfrentar las crisis sanitaria, económica y social, después de once meses de gobierno de facto como efecto de un golpe de estado,…

Pip Hinman (2021-05-25). Inner west residents to be given a say on de-amalgamation. greenleft.org.au Residents in the inner west of Sydney will finally have their say on de-amalgamation now that the Inner West Council has voted for a referendum to be held at the September 4 local government election. Pip Hinman reports.

Pip Hinman (2021-05-25). Mark Kabay-Saleh: 'I have a dream — to save my islands'. greenleft.org.au Mark Kabay-Saleh, from the islands of Masig and Poruma in the centre of the Torres Strait, gave this speech to the climate strike in Brisbane's King George Square on May 21.

Pip Hinman (2021-05-25). NSW pledges to overhaul antiquated consent laws. greenleft.org.au NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman has announced that the state government will reform antiquated consent laws to include a model of affirmative consent, reports Pip Hinman.

Dana Kopel (2021-05-25). Is It Time to Abolish Museums? thenation.com Is It Time to Abolish Museums?

Wen Stephenson (2021-05-25). What's Worse Than Climate Catastrophe? Climate Catastrophe Plus Fascism. thenation.com What's Worse Than Climate Catastrophe? Climate Catastrophe Plus Fascism.

Rep. Jamaal Bowman, Jumaane D. Williams (2021-05-25). In New York City, Ranked Choice Voting Puts the People in Charge. thenation.com Rep. Jamaal Bowman, Jumaane D. Williams In New York City, Ranked Choice Voting Puts the People in Charge…

Mark Lewis Taylor interview by Jamal Journal (2021-05-25). Mumia Abu-Jamal's spiritual advisor confronts DA Krasner and the FOP. indybay.org This interview by the Jamal Journal has just been published by the San Francisco Bay View National Black Newspaper. Permission is granted to reprint as long as the SFBV Newspaper is cited as the original source.

CA Poor People's Campaign & PPC National (2021-05-25). Monday 5/24: Rally to Demand End to Poverty & Starvation Wages in U.S. w/ PPC. indybay.org Online via livestream…

Anti Police-Terror Project (2021-05-25). Tuesday 5/25: Remembering George Floyd and Demanding City Council Defund OPD. indybay.org Broadway and Telegraph in Downtown Oakland…

Watsonville Public Library (2021-05-25). Thursday 6/17: Book to Action: "Watsonville is in the Heart" Oral History Panel. indybay.org To register for this webinar visit: bit.ly/3n13zpE

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2021-05-25). Proposed Proclamation for 2021 Africa Day – California State Capitol Celebration. indybay.org On May 25, 1963, the Organization of African Union was founded to promote the unity and solidarity of the African nation states to act as a collective voice for the people of the African continent. Today, the African Union continues that journey to secure Africa's long-term cultural, economic, and political future California, the fifth economic power on earth, has a profound role and responsibility towards expanding mutually beneficial trade and commerce.

Angela (2021-05-25). Tuesday 5/25: How do we make the Congressional Progressive Caucus more Progressive? indybay.org Zoom | 5pm-6pm (PDT)…

Lynda Carson (2021-05-25). Rent reporting bill SB 1157 may cost some tenants around $10.00 per month. indybay.org Oakland tenants facing eviction from a non-profit housing developer in 2008. Photo by Lydia Gans…

NAACP Santa Cruz (2021-05-25). Tuesday 5/25: George Floyd Commemoration. indybay.org 701 Ocean St, Santa Cruz…

Coalition Against Chevron in Myanmar (2021-05-25). Wednesday 5/26: Protest at Chevron HQ! Free Myanmar! indybay.org 6001 Bollinger Canyon San Ramon, California…

David Giesen (2021-05-25). Saturday 5/29: A San Francisco Social Movement history slide show. indybay.org Zoom: zoom.us/j/95929839662?pwd=K2lXZFA5MlBqMy…

Haymarket Books (2021-05-25). Tuesday 5/25: PIC Abolition, the War on Terror, and the Deportation Machine. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

City Lights Books, GLBT Historical Society (2021-05-25). Monday 5/24: Political History of Act Up NY: The Activist Fight Against the AIDS Crisis. indybay.org Online event (FREE)…

Slomski A. (2021-05-25). Shorter Antibiotic Therapy Safe for Inpatients With Pneumonia. jamanetwork.com For patients hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia, shortening antibiotic therapy by 5 days does not affect cure rates, a trial published in The Lancet found. The shorter course could substantially reduce antibiotic consumption and resistance, adverse events, and costs.

_____ (2021-05-24). The Fight For A New Colombia. popularresistance.org On 28 April, Colombian trade unions and social movements staged a new round of Paro Nacional (National Strike) protests, the latest in an ongoing series of mobilisations to address the litany of problems impacting Colombian society. | Opposition to a planned tax reform — which strike organisers said would unfairly target the middle and working classes in what is one of Latin America's most unequal countries — was the central issue, particularly in the context of the global pandemic which has pushed an estimated five million Colombians out of work. Calls to repeal the tax reform were aligned with longe…

Staff (2021-05-24). Workers around the world can help end violence against the people of Palestine and Colombia. therealnews.com Through coordinated and direct action, the international working class helped end apartheid in South Africa; it can do the same now to end the violence of occupation in Palestine and the exploitation and police crackdowns in Colombia.

Joris Leverink (2021-05-24). Resisting the everyday violence of colonial extractivism. roarmag.org Indigenous Peruvians protesting in the city of Ayaviri against the pollution from a nearby mine. Ayaviri, Peru — 2015. Paulo de Abreu / Shutterstock.com | "In many cases, the state legitimizes violence," said the lawyer, professor and researcher on socio-environmental conflicts, Patricia Urteaga Crovetto, as we sat in her university office in Lima, Peru. "People make claims, they knock on doors, organize investigations, run petitions, file complaints, appeal, litigate. They use all the instruments the law offers. When all this does not work, sometimes, violence is their last straw. I do not justify violence,…

Jennifer Chudy (2021-05-24). Support for Black Lives Matter Surged Last Year. Did It Last? zcomm.org Did George Floyd's death catalyze support for Black Lives Matter? If so, for how long and for whom?>

Staff (2021-05-24). George Floyd Week of Action Marks Anniversary of His Murder as Police Reform Bill Stalls in Congress. democracynow.org As the world marks the anniversary of George Floyd's murder, attorney Lee Merritt says there is still a long way to go in reforming "the deadliest police culture in the modern world." Merritt, who has represented the Floyd family and other victims of police brutality, says Republicans and Democrats should come together to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Floyd's death in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020, set off a nationwide uprising and global movement calling for an end to racism and for the defense of Black lives.

Oliver Broudy (2021-05-24). Now Comes the Reckoning: Black Lives Matter Hits the Labor Movement. commondreams.org "The time for playing nice with corporate interests may be coming to an end." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2021-05-24). Israel Arrests Hundreds and Continues Colonial Violence in Occupied Palestine. truthout.org The United Nations is appealing to the world to address the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza following the 11-day Israeli assault that killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children, and injured more than 1,700 people. The U.N. is estimating that at least 6,000 residents of Gaza were left homeless after their homes were bombed by Israel, which has maintained a blockade on Gaza for the past 14 years. Tensions also remain high in Jerusalem, where dozens of Jewish settlers backed by Israeli sec…

Staff (2021-05-24). Amid Gaza Ceasefire, Israel Arrests Hundreds & Continues "Colonial Violence" in Occupied Palestine. democracynow.org The United Nations is appealing to the world to address the dire humanitarian situation in Gaza following the 11-day Israeli assault that killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children, and injured more than 1,700 people. The U.N. is estimating that at least 6,000 residents of Gaza were left homeless after their homes were bombed by Israel, which has maintained a blockade on Gaza for the past 14 years. Tensions also remain high in Jerusalem, where dozens of Jewish settlers backed by Israeli security forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound Friday and Israeli authorities are continuing the campaign to forcibly e…

Juan Cole (2021-05-24). Irish Parties and People demand Expulsion of Israeli ambassador, Fines for importing Settler-made Goods. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The recent Israeli assault on the Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and the bombardment of Gaza, has stirred passions in the Irish Republic, where public opinion has swung around to be strongly in favor of Palestinian rights and critical of the Apartheid, Occupation government of Israel. Rallies have …

Juan Cole (2021-05-24). Irish Parties and People demand Expulsion of Israeli ambassador. zcomm.org The recent Israeli assault on the Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and the bombardment of Gaza, has stirred passions in the Irish Republic…

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-05-24). Afghan Nationalism Faces Existential Challenge. globalresearch.ca Afghan conundrum is …

Editorial Team (2021-05-24). All the questions socialists have about China but were too afraid to ask. challenge-magazine.org Alexander Norton interviews Keith Lamb on how China's self-proclaimed socialist system measures up to the expectations of a Western socialist expat from Scotland who has lived through almost two decades of drastic change in the world's emerging superpower | In the 1990s and 2000s conventional Western wisdom was that China had long abandoned socialism. But by 2018, when president Xi Jinping lauded Marx as the greatest thinker of modern times at the closing speech of a 2-week celebration of his 200th anniversary and reaffirmed China's commitment to his vision of communism, many on the left — and the right…

Patrick Cockburn (2021-05-24). Biden's Timid Gaza Intervention Won't Count for Much But US Reaction Against Israel has Changed Significantly. counterpunch.org During the Israeli bombardment of Beirut in August 1982, President Ronald Reagan phoned Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin to express his "shock" and "outrage" at Israeli airstrikes and artillery fire on the Lebanese capital, demanding that they be stopped immediately. He said that Israeli actions were causing "needless destruction and bloodshed" and had halted US-led negotiations to bring about an end to the crisis.

John Buell (2021-05-24). On How there is no Restaurant Worker Shortage, only a Shortage of Safe Jobs with Adequate Pay. juancole.com From the earliest days of the Pandemic relief initiatives business lobbies and conservative pundits have griped about the $600 Federal Unemployment Insurance supplement. They complained that combined state and federal programs would give many employed workers more income than they received in their current jobs. Workers would have an incentive to stay home to sit …

_____ (2021-05-24). War And Climate Disasters Displaced A Record Of 55 Million People In 2020. popularresistance.org Amid a raging global pandemic, a record 55 million people were displaced from their homes but still living in their countries by the end of 2020, according to the latest report from the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center. | While the figures have been increasing steadily for over a decade, as per the Geneva-based center's annual reports, ferocious storms, floods and conflicts displaced more people within their own country in 2020 — in spite of the global pandemic — than in any other year covered by the IDMC's reporting. Shockingly, the report found that internally displaced people outnumbered ref…

Gavin Phillips (2021-05-24). COVID-19 and the PCR Test — No Pandemic, Only Junk Data! globalresearch.ca Our world, once …

David Alfego, Adam Sullivan, Brian Poirier, Jonathan Williams, Dorothy Adcock, Stanley Letovsky (2021-05-24). [Research Paper] A population-based analysis of the longevity of SARS-CoV-2 antibody seropositivity in the United States. thelancet.com Observational data from a national clinical laboratory, though limited by an epidemiological view of the U.S. population, offer an encouraging timeline for the development and sustainability of antibodies up to ten months from natural infection and could inform post-pandemic planning.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-05-24). It's Past Time to End U.S. Funding of Israeli Violence. counterpunch.org At the end of 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic was continuing to ravage the populations of many nations, Israel stood out as a success story, administering more doses of vaccines to its modest-sized 9-million-strong population than any other country after China, the U.S., and the UK. Today, more than 60 percent of Israelis are vaccinated,

Robert Reich (2021-05-24). Government Can Be the Solution: Eight Lessons From the Pandemic. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

WSWS (2021-05-24). Abandonment of health measures threatens US COVID-19 resurgence. wsws.org As dangerous new variants of COVID-19 surge throughout the globe, the United States is systematically ending all measures to contain the ongoing pandemic.

The Associated Press (2021-05-24). Former Banker Guillermo Lasso Becomes President in Ecuador. latinorebels.com QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Former banker Guillermo Lasso was sworn in as president of Ecuador on Monday, saying he will escalate efforts to vaccinate people to protect them from COVID-19 and work to revive an economy hit hard by the pandemic.

WHO Watch Team (2021-05-24). As World Health Assembly starts, solidarity is missing from the agenda. peoplesdispatch.org The 74th World Health Assembly that began on Monday will have to deal with a host of challenges at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the stark inequalities in every aspect of health across the globe…

WSWS (2021-05-24). COVID-19 breaks out in Taiwan, with daily case numbers above 100. wsws.org Despite the resurgence of the pandemic globally, Taipei continued to ease restrictions, leading to what is now a dangerous outbreak.

WSWS (2021-05-24). Israeli provocations continue as scale of Gaza damage emerges. wsws.org The United Nations said nearly 450 buildings had been damaged, including six hospitals, 53 schools and 11 primary healthcare centres, as well as more than 1,000 homes.

Staff (2021-05-24). Venezuela to Start New Vaccination Phase with 1.3 Million Doses from China. orinocotribune.com The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, announced that 1.3 million new COVID-19 vaccines have arrived in the country from China, which would help to accelerate mass vaccination in the country. | During his speech this Sunday, May 23, the president clarified that a new phase of vaccination will start this week, with the aim to get 70% of the population vaccinated by the end of August. | "This week, a new phase of vaccination starts in the country; 1,300,000 new vaccines arrived in Venezuelans from China. More vaccines are arriving this week, and even more doses are yet to come," he stated in his Sunday address…

Alessandra Korap Munduruku, Darryl Knudsen, Irikefe V. Dafe (2021-05-24). Rivers are Key to Restoring the World's Biodiversity. counterpunch.org Alessandra Korap Munduruku is a Munduruku Indigenous woman leader from Indigenous Reserve Praia do Ândio in the Brazilian Amazon. She is a member of Pariri, a local Munduruku association, as well as the Munduruku Wakoborûn Women's Association. In 2020, Alessandra won the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award for her work defending the culture, livelihoods and rights of Indigenous peoples in Brazil. | Darryl Knudsen is the executive director of International Rivers. He has 20 years' experience channeling the power of civil society movements to create enduring, positive change toward social and environmental justice…

The Socialist Program (2021-05-24). An Empire in Decline: Unmasking U.S. Strategies to Dominate the Globe. liberationnews.org As the United States' power declines, the managers of U.S. empire are scrambling to come up with new approaches to maintain their dominant position around the globe.

Mike Ervin (2021-05-24). Smart Ass Cripple: The Great Infrastructure Debate. progressive.org One lawmaker's idea of infrastructure is another lawmaker's idea of a frivolous socialist scheme to bankrupt the United States.

WSWS (2021-05-24). Statements of support from New Zealand, Australia and the US for a full investigation of the Pike River mine disaster. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site is publishing statements from readers throughout the world in support of the families of those who died in the 2010 Pike River mine disaster, who are fighting to uncover the truth about the cause of the disaster and for those responsible brought to justice.

WSWS (2021-05-24). The lessons of the 1994 Moura mine disaster in Australia. wsws.org Socialist Equality Party (Australia) member Terry Cook delivered this speech at the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand) May 8 webinar, "Ten years after the Pike River mine disaster."

Staff (2021-05-24). Headlines for May 24, 2021. democracynow.org Israel-Hamas Ceasefire Holds as Gazans Face Grief and Destruction After Israeli Assault, India's Official COVID Death Toll Passes 300,000, Latin America Tops 1 Million Deaths, Average of Daily U.S. Coronavirus Infections Falls Below 30,000 for First Time Since June, Biden Administration to Extend Temporary Protected Status to 100,000 Haitians in U.S., Belarus Uses Fake Bomb Threat to Divert Plane and Arrest Journalist Critical of President, Deposed Burmese Leader Aung San Suu Kyi Appears in Court for First Time Since February 1 Coup, Bangladeshi Journalist Rozina Islam, Who Reported on Corruption, Granted Bail Af…

Staff (2021-05-24). After Record Deportations, Biden Grants 100K Haitians Chance for Temporary Protected Status. democracynow.org The Biden administration is granting more than 100,000 Haitians in the United States the chance to gain temporary protected status, or TPS, which includes work permits and protection from deportation while Haiti suffers a political crisis. Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse continues to refuse calls to step down, even as human rights groups report he has sanctioned attacks against civilians in impoverished neighborhoods in Port-au-Prince, with targeted assassinations and threats against government critics carried out with impunity. President Joe Biden deported more Haitians during his first two months than D…

Staff (2021-05-24). "Brutal & Gratuitous": Family of Ronald Greene Demands Justice After Video Shows Deadly Traffic Stop. democracynow.org New bodycam footage is raising more questions about the deadly arrest of a Black man, Ronald Greene, in Louisiana during a 2019 traffic stop in the city of Monroe. Family members said police originally told them Greene died in a car accident, but the Associated Press obtained video of Louisiana state troopers electrocuting, beating and dragging Greene. Greene's family has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit, and Greene's death is also being federally investigated. Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney representing the family of Ronald Greene, says the family had to fight for a year and a half before being allow…

David Swanson (2021-05-24). What The New Acceptability of the Lab Leak Origin Tells Us About Media Outlets. warisacrime.org Have you noticed that a lot of science writers have lately been saying that they were perfectly right a year ago to mock and condemn even considering a lab leak origin for Coronavirus but that now it's perfectly proper to admit that Coronavirus may very well have come from a lab? It seems to be …

Bilge Nesibe Kotan (2021-05-24). The Destruction of a Famed Gaza Bookstore Severs a Crucial Lifeline. globalresearch.ca The destruction of …

Anonymous103 (2021-05-24). Hezbollah: Powerless Against Gaza, Israel is Doomed to Disappear. southfront.org Illustrative Image | Speech by Sayed Hashem Safi al-Din, Head of the Executive Office of Hezbollah, on May 17, 2021, at a rally in support of Gaza and Palestine, held in the southern suburbs of Beirut (Dahiyeh), four days before the ceasefire. | Translation: Transcript: | In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. | Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, and prayers & greetings be upon our Master and Prophet, Abul…

Mosab Abu Toha (2021-05-24). In Gaza, It's Now Time to Count Family Members. thenation.com In Gaza, It's Now Time to Count Family Members…

Mosab Abu Toha (2021-05-24). In Gaza, It's Now Time to Count Our Family Members. thenation.com In Gaza, It's Now Time to Count Our Family Members…

Alex Bainbridge (2021-05-24). Photos: Thousands march again for Palestine after ceasefire. greenleft.org.au Tens of thousands of people across Australia protested against Israel's assault on Gaza and East Jerusalem on May 22 and May 23, reports Alex Bainbridge.

Marilyn Garson (2021-05-24). Israel's Assault on Gaza by Bomb, Then Slow Strangulation. commondreams.org "The risk to Gaza now is the risk of our disengagement before we have brought down the walls. That is the task; nothing less. This time, Gaza must go free." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Phyllis Bennis (2021-05-24). So What Exactly is Biden's Israel Policy? counterpunch.org So just what is the Biden administration's policy towards Israel? Why did Biden take so long to respond to the violence as it spiraled out of control in Jerusalem and Gaza? Why do Biden's repeated "Israel has the right of self-defense" litanies so closely match the positions of his predecessor, despite the wide disparity between

WSWS (2021-05-24). Thousands demonstrate in Chicago to oppose Israeli slaughter in Gaza. wsws.org Several thousand protesters marched in downtown Chicago on Friday to oppose the brutal US-backed Israeli war on Gaza.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-24). In Al-Aqsa, Sheikh Jarrah and Rest of Palestine, Israeli Oppression Continues. libya360.wordpress.com Peoples Dispatch Jewish settlers invade the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday. Photo: Palestine Chronicle While the ceasefire has ended the bombing in Gaza, violence against Palestinians continues across the occupied territories. The Al-Aqsa compound was invaded on Friday and Sunday and Palestinian organizations have warned of mass arrests by Israel Days after a ceasefire was…

WSWS (2021-05-24). Protests through Europe against Israel's war on Gaza. wsws.org The protests took place just 48 hours after a ceasefire was announced between Israel and Hamas, but this was widely recognised among those attending the protests as nothing but a tenuous lull before Israel resumes hostilities against a defenceless population.

Johanna Fernández, posted by Jamal Journal (2021-05-24). Mumia Abu-Jamal's case transferred to Pennsylvania Supreme Court. indybay.org Attached is a May 20, 2021 ruling by the Court to transfer Mumia Abu-Jamal's case from the Superior Court, up to the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court. A short legal update is reprinted below from Professor Johanna Fernández of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home (www.bringmumiahome.com).

Victor Grossman (2021-05-24). In Germany, mainstream media backs Israeli attacks on Palestinians. peoplesworld.org BERLIN—It's no great surprise that most German media, reporting on the Israel-Palestine war, was one-sided and misleading! There were samples of fairer treatment at first, showing the demolition of Palestinian homes, the shutdown of a meeting place for young people, the far-rightist gangs marching in East Jerusalem chanting "Death to Arabs," the invasion of al-Aqsa …

contributors (2021-05-24). Eman Askar's TikTok deep-history 'Song for Palestine' goes Viral with 10 mn Views in 48 Hours. juancole.com "A song telling the story of Palestine has gone viral on social media. TikToker Eman Askar —

Middle East Eye (2021-05-24). 'She Was Too Vocal': Outrage Grows over AP Journalist Fired for Pro-Palestine Views. globalresearch.ca The Associated Press …

Fight Back (2021-05-24). Grand Rapids, MI: 200 March for Palestine. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI – 200 protesters, primarily Palestinians and Arab Americans, took to the streets of Grand Rapids, May 22, in solidarity with the Palestinian resistance movement and demanding an end to U.S. support for the state of Israel. This is the second "Free Palestine" protest organized by local activists. | "The Palestinian resistance won a major victory this week, but there is still much more work to be done to fully free the Palestinian people," said organizer Olivia Lashley, "We need to do our part as Americans by pressuring the U.S. government to cut aid to the genocidal Israeli state." | Protesters c…

Yasser Abed (2021-05-24). The People of Palestine Have Been Terrorized. globalresearch.ca For a moment …

_____ (2021-05-24). The US Isn't An Israel Puppet, Israel Isn't A US Puppet. popularresistance.org Nearly 200,000 protesters attended a pro-Palestine demonstration in Central London on Saturday afternoon, another clear sign that support for Palestinian rights is becoming increasingly mainstream and the imperialists are losing control of the Israel narrative. | The real consequence of this is that people will begin losing trust in the government and media institutions which support Israel, because without trust the empire can't propagandize people, and without the ability to propagandize us our rulers cannot rule. There's no risk for Israel of losing US backing due to the US government suddenly evolving a consc…

Moderator (2021-05-24). Chris Hedges and Author Mitchell Plitnick on "Except for Palestine" scheerpost.com On this week's "On Contact," Chris Hedges discusses why American liberals refuse to speak out about the crimes the Israeli apartheid state carries out against the Palestinians, with political analyst and author Mitchell Plitnick. Mitchell Plitnick's new book, with co-author Marc Lamont Hill, is: "Except for Palestine: The Limits of Progressive Politics." "Israel is in …

RobertAlvarez (2021-05-24). There Is No "Border Crisis" ips-dc.org U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) temporarily closed the San Ysidro border crossing in San Diego on the morning of Nov. 19, 2018. With Why? Because thousands of migrants, primarily from Central America,…

Dr. Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-24). Liz Cheney, Dick Cheney and the Rule of Law. globalresearch.ca One could not …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-24). Coronavirus Travels and Cruising with Viking. counterpunch.org It starts off as an exercise of anticipation. First comes the softening drinks and teasing morsels which find their mark. The audience at this promotions gig is well heeled, of an age where they have money to burn, but nowhere to burn it. They have not travelled on a luxurious prison of bliss for eighteen

Jonathan Cook (2021-05-24). Jewish groups that aid Israel's war crimes can't deny all responsibility for those crimes. zcomm.org Israel's apologists — whether Jews or non-Jews — cannot deny all responsibility for Israel's war crimes when they actively aid and abet Israel in committing those crimes…

John Kendall Hawkins (2021-05-24). Dylan at 80: A Sonnet of Appreciation. counterpunch.org Dylan at 80: A Sonnet of Appreciation Been around almost as long the war with Russia, a child of Odessa blues, who spat at Ellsberg,* like Dad did the Tsar, went hunting Woody's career, filled his shoes, got himself condemned by the left and right — became the Wandering Jew, harp and guitar, on a

Mark Gruenberg (2021-05-24). George Floyd commemoration features demands for comprehensive police reform. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS—Commemoration of the first anniversary of unarmed Black man George Floyd's murder last May 25 by then-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin features demands for comprehensive police reform to root out systemic law enforcement racism. The Floyd family established a foundation to promote that cause, and it sponsored three days of events in the Twin Cities. Calls …

Saheli Chowdhury (2021-05-24). Syrian Refugees and Residents Abroad Vote Massively in Presidential Elections. orinocotribune.com May 23 (Special for OrinocoTribune.com)—On Thursday, May 20, Syrian refugees and residents in different countries around the world voted in massive numbers at Syrian diplomatic missions that were turned into polling centers for the presidential elections. This was the first day of voting in a two-day process—within Syria, citizens will go to polls on May 26. | The generally peaceful electoral process was only marred by xenophobic attacks against Syrian voters in Beirut, Lebanon, that killed one voter, reported Syria News. | The first country to open the polling centers was Australia, where Syrians reg…

Organizing for Union Power (2021-05-24). Organizing for Union Power slate wins San Francisco teachers union elections. liberationnews.org Public Statement On Victory of Organizing for Union Power (OUP) Slate Educators in the Organizing For Union Power (OUP) Slate express our deepest gratitude to the hundreds of members who made our victory possible in the recent UESF Executive Board elections. Over 1,400 educators voted in the largest turnout in recent UESF history. A full …

Editor2 (2021-05-24). Targeting Nicaragua: How Billionaire Foundations Fund NGOs to Advance US Foreign Policy Goals. orinocotribune.com By Rick Sterling — May 21, 2021 | US foreign policy is increasingly promoted by billionaire funded foundations. The neoliberal era has created individuals with incredible wealth and through "philanthropy", they flex their influence and feel good at the same time. While these philanthropists can be liberal on some issues, they universally support U.S. foreign policy and the "free market". Because many of these super-rich individuals made their wealth through investments and speculation, most do not like a planned economy, socialized services beyond the private sector or greater government control. | These meg…

Tim Sullivan (2021-05-24). A small U.S. city, battered by the virus, tells its stories. peoplesworld.org CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) — The beleaguered people of Central Falls moved quickly through the high school gym's injection stations and then to rest on dozens of metal folding chairs, borrowed from the Knights of Columbus. Immunity was at hand, but no one was celebrating. Central Falls — the poorest and smallest city in the …

Paige Fernandez (2021-05-24). Brooklyn Center Provides a Model for Reexamining Public Safety. aclu.org Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Hesiler should still be alive today. | Instead, both of their lives were cut short by Brooklyn Center Police. Daunte Wright was killed at just 20 years old after being pulled over due to expired registration. Wright's killing joins a long list of Black people whose lives were taken at the hands of law enforcement due to the unnecessary criminalization of minor, petty offenses that are the largest cause of police killings. Eric Garner was killed by an NYPD officer for selling loose cigarettes without a tax stamp, Rekia Boyd and her friends for making noise in a park, and Walter Sco…

Danny Shaw (2021-05-24). This is not a Crisis — This is a Rebellion: A Report from the Front Lines of Haiti. orinocotribune.com By Danny Shaw — May 11, 2021 | All of Haitian society is in revolt. | A mambo and hougan—the traditional voudou priestess and priest—lead ancestral ceremonies before rallies take the streets and block the central arteries of Port-au-Prince, Cap HaàØtien, and other Haitian cities and towns. After one of their members was kidnapped, leaders of the Protestant Church directed its congregation to halt all activities at noon on Wednesday and bat tenèb. Bat tenèb, literally "beat the darkness," is a call for all sectors of Haitian society to beat pots, pans, street lights and anything else as a g…

Aidan Jonah (2021-05-24). Canadian Media Launches Sinophobic Anti-China Campaign, Amid Years of Attacks on Chinese-Canadian Institutions. orinocotribune.com Over the past few weeks there has been a ramping up of a sinophobic anti-China campaign by Canadian media. This campaign comes in total disregard of the clear links between rampant Sinophobia and the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes across the continent, including Canada. The core element of this campaign is a push to create the impression among Canadians that China is plotting to subvert Canadian "democracy" and infiltrate Canadian institutions. The groups used as proxies to push these dangerous narratives: Hong Kong "pro-democracy" dissident groups in Canada, and "Uyghur rights" groups and their imperialis…

Rick Sterling (2021-05-24). Why Shady Billionaire-Funded NGOs Pushed a PBS Report on Nicaraguan "Conflict Beef" mintpressnews.com MISKITO COAST, NICARAGUA — There is much truth in the old saying, "He who pays the piper, calls the tune," and the neoliberal era has spawned individuals with incredible wealth who, through "philanthropy," can feel good and flex their influence at the same time. While these philanthropists can be liberal on some issues, they almost universally support U.S. foreign policy and the "free market;" and, because many of these super-rich individuals made their wealth through investments and speculation, most do not like a planned economy, socialized services beyond the private sector, or greater government control…

The Empire Files (2021-05-24). AUDIO: Empire Files — The Beginning of the End for Israel. liberationnews.org The past two weeks have revealed a tectonic shift in public opinion towards the Israeli colonial regime.

Ajit Niranjan (2021-05-24). As temperatures rise, extreme weather displaces record numbers of people. peoplesworld.org Storms, floods, wildfires and droughts drove more than 30 million people from their homes last year, as rising temperatures wrought extra chaos on the climate, according to a report published Thursday by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC). Together with wars and violence, which forced 9.8 million people to flee within their borders, extreme weather brought …

Al Neal (2021-05-24). Olympic sized Covid problems for Japan ahead of the Summer Games. peoplesworld.org The 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games are now two months away, and the situation does not look good. Current polls show over 80 per cent of the population want the games cancelled. The results are not surprising following the extension of a Covid-19 state of emergency in Tokyo and nine other major cities. Still, there have been no calls by …

Paige Fernandez (2021-05-24). Brooklyn Center Provides a Model for Re-Examining Public Safety. aclu.org Daunte Wright and Kobe Dimock-Hesiler should still be alive today. | Instead, both of their lives were cut short by Brooklyn Center Police. Daunte Wright was killed at just 20 years old after being pulled over due to expired registration. Wright's killing joins a long list of Black people whose lives were taken at the hands of law enforcement due to the unnecessary criminalization of minor, petty offenses that are the largest cause of police killings. Eric Garner was killed by an NYPD officer for selling loose cigarettes without a tax stamp, Rekia Boyd and her friends for making noise in a park, and Walter Sco…

Staff (2021-05-24). Restaurant Workers Say They Won't Return to Work Without a Living Wage. truthout.org On May 20, 2021, about 50 service worker leaders at One Fair Wage, an organization I lead that brings together service workers to demand a living wage, gathered to take an official vote on whether to go on a "wage strike." Some workers had already left the restaurant industry and were considering not returning, and some had stayed, doing the work of two or even three workers in understaffed environments. All were united in their determination not to continue to work for anything less than a full, li…

Staff (2021-05-24). Republicans Are Against Science, Elections, Democracy, Journalism — and You. truthout.org Watching the puddle of cowardice grow under Kevin McCarthy and congressional Republicans as they flee the very Capitol sack commission they demanded on January 7, one might think: Surely this is the worst, the bottom? Surely these are the telltale scorch marks in the far clearing of the woods, the remnants of some sinister art at work in the dead of night? | Nope, I realize time and again. It's just Republicans doing their eternal thing right out here for all to see. | This is Republicanism in my l…

Staff (2021-05-24). Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline Battle Heats Up in Michigan. truthout.org When Enbridge Line 5 was built in 1953, the notion of tribal consultation was often overlooked by states and corporations. | In those days, pipeline construction was a simple matter. The company paid the state of Michigan

Staff (2021-05-24). A Growing International Movement Is Calling for a "People's Vaccine" truthout.org On a sunny April morning in Philadelphia, Tifrah Akhtar was racing the clock to pick up a rushed-printed sign. Her sign read, in bold letters: "President Biden, Do What You Promised and #FREETHEVACCINE." | Less than 72 hours before, Akhtar had heard President Biden was coming to Philadelphia to speak at an Amtrak station. She'd seen an opportunity, and with help from her six organizer roommates and community organizations like Reclaim Philadelphia, Vietlead, and others, word spread. Approximately 70 peo…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-24). Another Turkish Officer Killed In Iraqi Kurdistan. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 24, the Turkish Defense Ministry reported that a 25-year-old serviceman of the Turkish Armed Forces had died during the operation in northern Iraq. He was injured during the landing and died of wounds in the hospital. | The same day, the Turkish Defense Ministry has published a video of the elimination of four Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) fighters in the Iraqi province of Dakuk. According to the Turkish special services, two pickup trucks loaded with weapons, which…

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