Daily Archives: April 4, 2021

2021-04-04: News Headlines

Margaret Flowers (2021-04-04). Nicaragua: Building the Good Life (Buen Vivir) Through Popular Revolution. orinocotribune.com As I traveled in Nicaragua on the recent Sanctions Kill delegation, one thing was clear, social transformation (revolution) requires both political power and participation by the people. Without political power, revolutionary programs will not have the material resources they require. Without the participation of the people, revolutionary programs, even with resources, cannot be put into practice and defended. | Right now, Nicaraguans have both and they are making great progress in building a new society or as it is often referred to in Latin America, 'Buen Vivir,' (the good life). They are demonstrating what we…

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-04-04). IMF's double standards on pandemic packages. peoplesdispatch.org The COVID-19 crisis has seen a very different response from the advanced countries compared with the Third World countries. The former have unrolled substantial fiscal packages for rescue and recovery while the latter have been trapped in fiscal austerity. | Among Third World countries, India's fiscal package has been perhaps the most niggardly, amounting to no more than 1% of GDP; but even other Third World countries have not fared all that much better. | By contrast, the US under Donald Trump had unrolled a rescue package of $2 trillion, which is 10% of its GDP; and Joe Biden has announced a further package…

Eric Fishman (2021-04-04). How the Rhetoric of 'Learning Loss' Is Harming Schools. progressive.org The most important losses of the pandemic have little to do with academic standards.

_____ (2021-04-04). Study: Canada Is One Big Pandemic Response Experiment. popularresistance.org An extensive French study has surveyed nations' responses to COVID-19 and concludes that those taking an aggressive "Zero COVID" approach fared better than others by both health and economic measures. | The study rests its analysis in part on the experience of Canada, where six large provinces face steeply rising infection rates tied to evolved variants of the virus, while provinces and territories that hewed closer to the Zero COVID approach do not. | Zero COVID, also called Go for Zero or elimination, employs a range of tactics designed to drive infection rates to negligible. Such tactics include one hard serio…

_____ (2021-04-04). Beyond COVID: The Essential Building Blocks Of A Just World. popularresistance.org We are living through extraordinary times. Even pre-COVID they were strange, unprecedented in a variety of ways; now more so, crazy in many ways. Among the madness, contradictions and movements for and of change, the detritus of human society is somehow being raised from the shadows into the light of public awareness, apparently impossible to conceal or deny. | As well as providing a stage for social goodness and acts of community kindness, the pandemic has functioned as a mirror to a range of social horrors and abuses, failed structures, inept politicians and corrupt methodologies. Nothing new, nothing previousl…

_____ (2021-04-04). Nicaragua: Scary Covid Projections Are More Newsworthy Than Hopeful Results. popularresistance.org One year ago, as both the Trump administration in the US and the Johnson government in the UK responded fitfully to the growing pandemic, the international media were looking for whipping boys: other countries whose response to the virus was even worse. | There were some cases of obvious neglect—Brazil was and is a prime example (FAIR.org, 4/12/20). But the press also turned on Nicaragua, repeating allegations from local opposition groups that the Sandinista government was in denial about the dangers, and that the country was poised on the edge of disaster. | When, as the death toll in other countries grew…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-04-04). Video: The Seeds of Vandana Shiva. globalresearch.ca Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., is a physicist and activist who works …

teleSUR (2021-04-04). Colombia: Massacres Climbed To 25 Over the Weekend. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Institute for Development and Peace Studies (INDEPAZ) confirmed a new massacre in the Circasia municipality in the Quindio department. | RELATED: | A group of armed men opened indiscriminate fire in the La Esmeralda neighborhood, killing four people and injuring three others. | Quindio's Interior Secretary Jaime Perez indicated that the violent attack might be related to drug trafficking scuffles in the locali…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-04). Nationwide protest by Amazon workers In Italy. peoplesdispatch.org The strike by Amazon workers and drivers in Italy on March 22 was historic in the coming together of those employed by the corporate and third-party companies. Giuliano Granato talks about the context of the strike…

samidoun (2021-04-04). 9 April, Online Event — Defending Palestine, Fighting Repression. samidoun.net Friday, 9 April 10 am Pacific — 1 pm Eastern — 7 pm central Europe — 8 pm Palestine Online Event — register on Zoom: bit.ly/eventpalestine Facebook Event: www.facebook.com/events/888749421970140 Join Samidoun for a webinar bringing together organizers from France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Canada to discuss efforts to repress the Palestinian and Palestine solidarity movements — and the fightback against repression and for liberation! REGISTER TO JOIN: bit.ly/eventpalestine English/French translation will be provided! SPEAKERS: Charlotte Kates, international coordin…

_____ (2021-04-04). Ecuador's Socialists Set To Defeat Neo-liberalism. popularresistance.org A young left-wing economist, Andres Aruaz, is favourite to win Ecuador's presidential election later this month, in what would be the latest victory for progressives in Latin America after elections in Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia in recent years. | But with a left victory likely, there are growing concerns that elites in Ecuador and abroad are conspiring to sabotage the electoral process. This has become an all too common response of the Latin American right-wing to progressive victories. | In Bolivia, when socialist Evo Morales was elected in 2019, a military coup ousted him after exploiting trumped-up charges…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-04). Modern Analysis Of Rock Art. eurasiareview.com Rock art of human figures created over thousands of years in Australia's Arnhem Land has been put through a transformative machine learning study to analyse style changes over the years. | The study has tested different styles labelled 'Northern Running figures', 'Dynamic figures', 'Post Dynamic figures' and 'Simple figures with Boomerangs' to understand how these styles relate to one another. | Working with the Mimal and Marrku Traditional Owners of the Wilton River area in Australia's Top End, South Australian researchers led by Flinders University archaeologist Dr Daryl Wesley have taken a closer look at th…

RT (2021-04-04). India: 22 Police Officers Killed, Over 30 Wounded In Ambush By Maoist Guerrilla Fighters. eurasiareview.com More than 20 officers have been killed after their unit was ambushed by Maoist guerrilla fighters in India. The government has vowed to continue operations against the banned group. | The battle in India's central Chhattisgarh state has left 22 security personnel dead and 31 wounded, according to police. The Times of India (TOI) newspaper, meanwhile, reported that 32 were injured and one officer was missing following the firefight. | According to the TOI, more than 2,000 officers went on an anti-Maoist raid on Friday night. The government force included elite CoBRA jungle warfare unit, which is part of the pol…

Richard Sanders (2021-04-04). Canadian Ties to U.S. Empire: Lester Pearson and the Myth of Canada as Peaceable Kingdom. globalresearch.ca Read part I here: | |

East Asia Forum (2021-04-04). Digital Currencies Are The Future In Asia — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Gordon R Clarke and Emir Hrnjic* | When digital currencies and cryptocurrencies sprang to life, bitcoin was viewed as a direct challenge to central banks' control of currency. After an early reluctance and hostility toward cryptocurrencies, central banks are Blockchain covers a range of programmable technologies with adjustable parameters and algorithms, offering different ways to track and trace assets. The technology enables an unprecedent…

Ivan Eland (2021-04-04). Clashing With Two Great Powers At Once Is Bad Policy — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Right out of the gate, the Biden administration seems to be at loggerheads with both China and Russia. Richard Nixon would be disappointed. | Despite his reputation as an anticommunist, Nixon managed to get China and the Soviet Union in a competition to better relations with the United States. His diplomatic opening to the weaker and more radical Maoist China spurred the communist USSR to desire détente with the United States and the first U.S.-Soviet strategic arms limitation treaty (SALT I Treaty) for limiting long-range nuclear missiles. | To his immense credit, Joe Biden, almost immediately upon taking off…

VOA (2021-04-04). Jordanian FM Accuses Prince Hamzah Of Plotting To Destabilize Country. eurasiareview.com Jordan's foreign minister Sunday said an alleged plot by the former crown prince to undermine the government had been foiled. | Ayman Safadi told reporters that Prince Hamzah, the younger, half-brother of King Abdullah II, had liaised with foreign parties over a plot to destabilize the country. | Safadi, who also holds the title of the deputy prime minister, did not specify which countries were involved in the alleged plot. | Division in the ruling royal family erupted into the open late Saturday when Hamzah announced he could not leave his home and state media reported that senior officials had been detained…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-04-04). Brazil's Political Crisis. dissidentvoice.org Brazil's political atmosphere is unstable. On 30 March, 2021, the commanders of the Brazilian army, navy and air force — Gen Edson Leal Pujol, Adm Ilques Barbosa and Lt-Brig Antà¥nio Carlos Bermudez — resigned from their posts in a historic move not seen since 1977 during the country's military dictatorship. According to an official notice by …

The Conversation (2021-04-04). Seriously ugly: here's how Australia will look if the world heats by 3 ∞C [5.4 ∞F] this century. juancole.com By Ove Hoegh-Guldberg and Lesley Hughes | — Imagine, for a moment, a different kind of Australia. One where bushfires on the catastrophic scale of Black Summer happen almost every year. One where 50‚ÑÉ days in Sydney and Melbourne are common. Where storms and flooding have violently reshaped our coastlines, and unique ecosystems have been …

otowenh (2021-04-04). TikTok Video Promotes Neo-Colonialism and Gentrification in Guatemala. orinocotribune.com Social networks were in turmoil after a TikTok video arose promoting a neo-colonial project of gentrification in Guatemala. | Even if the COVID-19 lockdowns have reduced the amount of air travel, this hasn't stopped companies in the tourist sector from taking advantage of low demand to cheapen their resort prices. Although drawing in more customers during a downturn does benefit local communities to some extent, the winners are still the hotel and tour complex owners, where the famous "trickle down economics," of course, do not trickle down profits to workers, but instead leave wealth concentrated in the hands of…

F18News (2021-04-04). Crimea: Longest Jail Term So Far. eurasiareview.com By Felix Corley | Of the four jail terms handed down in Crimea to punish the exercise of freedom of religion or belief, 54-year-old Jehovah's Witness Viktor Stashevsky received the longest so far. A Sevastopol court jailed him on 29 March for six and a half years, with a further seven years under restrictions, which are due to end in 2034. Seven more Crimean Jehovah's Witnesses are facing "extremism"-related prosecutions. Two were transferred in March from Investigation Prison to house arrest after nearly six months. | A Sevastopol court on March 29 handed down the longest jail term yet in Crimea on "extremism…

Liberation Staff (2021-04-04). After a year of struggle, Boston teachers prepare for return to school. liberationnews.org Despite high ongoing COVID-19 infection rates across the city, Boston Public Schools and other districts across Massachusetts have been forcing teachers and students back to school.

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-04). Iranian Deputy FM Rules Out Talks With US In Vienna. eurasiareview.com Iran is not going to hold any talks with US representatives directly or indirectly at an upcoming session of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said. | The senior Iranian diplomat told IRINN on Sunday that Iran will not hold any negotiations with the US in the upcoming meeting of the JCPOA parties in Austria. | Following the 18th meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission that was held via videoconference on Friday, the participants decided to proceed with the talks in Vienna next week to continue the consultations and define the measures relating to the termination…

William Boardman (2021-04-04). Peace With Iran Is Tricky: Is Biden Making It Impossible? dissidentvoice.org American policy toward Iran has long been stupid and self-defeating. Anyone here not see that? Anyone here think that's a necessary state of affairs? OK, it's true that stupid, self-defeating policy toward Iran is an American tradition of more than 70 years standing. And yes, it has had some short-term benefits, enriching the Shah's thugocracy …

Eurasia Review (2021-04-04). Developed A Safe And Cheap Technology Of Disinfection Of Packed Eggs. eurasiareview.com Russian researchers have developed an inexpensive, safe, and reliable packed eggs surface disinfection technology. This technology helps to kill bacteria, including salmonella, on eggshells. Also, it allows growing broiler chickens with strong immunity to viral diseases. Packed eggs are disinfected with 50 nanoseconds (one billionth of a second) electron beam. Disinfection takes place in plastic containers. The description of the technology was published in Food and Bioproducts Processing. | "Disinfection of the packed eggs protects eggs from subsequent contamination during storage", said Sergey Sokovnin, a pr…

Angelina Crowley (2021-04-04). What happened to Trump's border wall? liberationnews.org The racist U.S. government has been weaponizing its southern border for hundreds of years.

Arab News (2021-04-04). Iran Regime's Nuclear Deal Puzzle — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Dr. Majid Rafizadeh* | The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal was a product of the balance of power in 2015. At that time, it was unclear whether the Iranian regime would acquire a nuclear weapon in the next few months. Then-US President Barack Obama was willing for the deal to happen. The idea of Obama and his Secretary of State John Kerry was that, if they agreed terms with Iran, then the regime could be managed, its foreign policy could be changed, and it would be a more moderate force in the region. | Those beliefs proved to be illusions as there are no moderates inside Iran. Instea…

orinocotribune (2021-04-04). An Arauz Presidency in Ecuador Would Revive UNASUR, Weaken Lima Group — Chavista Chronicles from Caracas Interview with Joe Emersberger. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 03, 2021 (OrinocoTribune.com).- In this new episode of Chavista Chronicles from Caracas we had the pleasure to interview Joe Emersberger, an author and journalist with Ecuadorian roots based in Canada. His work has appeared in FAIR.org, Telesur English, ZNet, CounterPunch, Monthly Review and many other alternative outlets. He is one of the best and most prolific leftist writers on Ecuadorian politics in English language. | The second round of the Ecuadorian presidential elections is scheduled to be held next Sunday, April 11. Many around Latin America and the world have their eye on the political b…

Rainer Shea (2021-04-04). Revolution or Fascism: The Choice We Must Make Amid US Collapse. orinocotribune.com American collapse presents us with two diverging paths, ones which respectively mean massive genocide and the liberation of the U.S. masses from capitalist and colonialist subjugation. These paths are the transformation of the U.S. into a full-on Nazi regime, and the abolition of the U.S. government so that this continent can be made into a post-colonial socialist civilization. | Each day, both of these outcomes are made ever more likely by the deteriorating conditions that the country is sliding into. As international capital finds itself weakened by our current global depression, as the climate crisis threatens…

teleSUR (2021-04-04). Ecuador: Indigenous People Back Andres Arauz's Candidacy. telesurenglish.net Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) President Jaime Vargas announced his support for the Union For Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz ahead of the presidential election runoff on April 11. | RELATED: | The announcement was made after the conclusion of Arauz's electoral campaign in Sucumbios province on Saturday. | "We are building national unity by putting Ecuador first. We are summoned by the plu…

Brian Shilhavy (2021-04-04). UK Refuses to Suspend AstraZeneca COVID Shots as Other Nations Have — 95 New Deaths Recorded this Week in the UK Following AZ COVID Shots. globalresearch.ca The UK Government's

_____ (2021-04-04). On Contact: Emergence Of The Global Police State. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the emergence of the global police state with Professor William I. Robinson. Robinson's new book, The Global Police State, uses shocking data to reveal how far capitalism has become a system of repression. He argues the emerging megacities of the world are becoming the battlegrounds where the excluded and the oppressed face off against the global police state. | Robinson is Professor of Sociology, Global Studies, and Latin American Studies, at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Among his many award-winning books are Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanit…

orinocotribune (2021-04-04). Caracas' Cota 905: Reports of Tense Calm on Saturday. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, April 3, a lieutenant of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB) detained an adolescent allegedly committing an act of robbery in an area adjacent to Cota 905 neighborhood in Caracas. Crime reporter Román Camacho wrote this on his Twitter account where he was reporting on recent events in the region. | Subsequently, a group of GNB agents went to the National Guard Polyclinic, located in El Paraíso (near Cota 905), where earlier the lieutenant had detained the adolescent, possibly a member of a gang that operates in that sector. According to Román Camacho, the officials would be on watch around the said c…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-04). The 2020 Worldwide Corona Crisis: Destroying Civil Society, Engineered Economic Depression, Global Coup d'État and the "Great Reset" globalresearch.ca We are at the crossroads of one of the most serious crises in modern history. We are living history, yet our understanding of the flow of events since January 2020 has been blurred. Worldwide, people have been misled both by their governments and the media.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-04). The Corona Crisis: A New Lockdown for Quebec is not A "Solution". Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Quebec Mr. Franàßois Legault. globalresearch.ca The following text is the translation from French (by the author). . | Mr. Franàßois Legault, | Premier of Quebec | April 3, 2021 | . | Dear Mr. Legault, | I am writing to you regarding your …

MEE correspondent (2021-04-04). Jordan's Prince Hamzah in new recording: 'I will not obey'. middleeasteye.net Jordan's Prince Hamzah in new recording: 'I will not obey' | Middle East Eye sent audio clip of detained ex-crown prince saying he was threatened by the army chief | Sun, 04/04/2021 – 19: 56 | Jordan's Prince Hamzah bin Hussein is under house arrest in Amman (AFP) | A new audio recording of Jordan's Prince Hamzah bin Hussein has been given to Middle East Eye, in which the detained royal…

MEE correspondent (2021-04-04). Jordan: Who are the people arrested over the alleged coup plot? middleeasteye.net Jordan: Who are the people arrested over the alleged coup plot? | The Saudi connections of two detained male associates of Prince Hamzah have sparked speculation about Riyadh's relationship with Amman | Sun, 04/04/2021 – 16: 08 | Former head of the royal court Bassem Awadallah was arrested by Jordanian forces on 3 April for "security reasons". (Pictured June 2006, AFP) | On Saturday eve…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2021-04-04). We're in a climate emergency, but BBC Cymru didn't invite the Green Party to its leaders' debate. thecanary.co On 29 April, BBC Cymru The BBC has invited leaders of Welsh parties to partic…

Mark Robert Rank (2021-04-04). Welfare fraud is actually rare, no matter what the myths and stereotypes say. salon.com Stigma has power."But if you ask about the things that welfare performs, you get support for it," says Noam Chomsky…

Doug Neiss (2021-04-04). More lies we live by: How exactly did America come to love billionaires so much?>. salon.com Our fawning attitude toward the super-rich would once have been anti-American. Now it's the essence of our nation…

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). Latest status of Iran-made viral vector vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — The animal safety studies of an Iran-made COVID-19 vaccine that uses viral vector technology will likely end in two months.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). Zionists' settlement in occupied territories, a crime. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Palestinian Authority (PA) in a statement announced that Zionist settlements in the occupied land and territories is a crime.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). Iran-China coop. to nullify US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — The Director of Pakistan's Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies (IPDS) said that signing the comprehensive cooperation document between Islamic Republic of Iran and China will nullify US sanctions imposed on Iran.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). Intelligence forces thwart all plots of enemies waged on Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — Lawmakers at Iranian Parliament in a statement on Sunday stated that intelligence forces at the Ministry of Intelligence foiled all plots and conspiracies waged by enemies against Islamic Republic of Iran one after another.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). Iran's monthly foreign trade hits $7.5 billion. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — Iran's foreign trade stood at $7.46 billion during the 12th month of the last fiscal (Feb. 20 to Mar. 20).

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). Yemeni forces repel Saudi-led attack in Taiz. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — Yemeni sources reported that the Ansarullah movement's forces repelled a large-scale attack by military forces affiliated with fugitive and ousted Yemeni President Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). First open session of Iran's Parliament in new year. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) —The first open session of Iran's Parliament, in the new year, was held on Sunday morning.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). Police bust over 1.1 tons of illicit drugs in SE Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — The Sistan and Baluchestan police commander announced that the anti-narcotics police forces confiscated over 1.1 tons of narcotics in Saravan and Khash counties.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). Three people killed, wounded in shooting in Virginia State. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — US police announced on Sunday that one person was killed and two others were injured in a shooting in the State of Virginia.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). US base in Iraq comes under rocket attack. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — Two rockets reportedly fell in a rural area near Balad, an Iraqi military airbase that houses US troops.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). A unique situation created around JCPOA: Ulyanov. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna said that a unique situation has been brought about around Iran's nuclear deal, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). Video: Molotov cocktail thrown at police in Switzerland. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — Last night, a number of protesters threw Molotov cocktails at police to protest against anti-coronavirus measures put in place by Swiss authorities.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). Envoy urges increasing trade exchanges with China's Xinjiang. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — Stating that Xinjiang, as large as Iran and neighborhood of eight countries, has been a linking bridge between China and West since the Silk Road, Iranian Ambassador to China called on increasing trade with this province.

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-04). US, Europe trying to destroy Iran-China strategic document. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — It is very important for the United States and Europe to be able to access and destroy the strategic document of Iran and China in different ways, a senior Iranian advisor said.

Staff (2021-04-04). A Green New Deal Is Actually More Affordable in the Long Term Than Fossil Fuels. truthout.org With global warming representing humanity's greatest existential crisis, reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050, as recommended by the 2018 report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), should be one of the U.S.'s most urgent priorities. We need a Green New Deal now. | In examining the urgency of this necessity, we must recognize the current state of climate response in this country and around the world. Five years ago, the Paris Agreement…

Staff (2021-04-04). Koch-Backed Donor Network Wants to Blame COVID Deaths on Public Health Measures. truthout.org DonorsTrust, the preferred donor conduit of the Koch political network, has launched a new funding stream to resist public health measures in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and use the crisis to further its broader policy goals. | The $422 million donor advised fund often referred to as the Right's "dark money ATM" pins the "humanitarian crisis" created by the pandemic not on the 549,000 deaths in the U.S., but on "the actions of elected officials" who have tried to limit the virus'

Staff (2021-04-04). Bessemer Workers Subsidize Amazon Through Local Tax. A Union Could Challenge It. truthout.org Against all odds, the town of

Staff (2021-04-04). Biden Could Chart a New Path for US on Palestinian Rights. Will He? truthout.org Every day my friend in Palestine sends me the local paper as a way to keep in touch. For the past five decades, the headlines have been consistent: "Land Annexed," "Trees Uprooted," "Houses Demolished," "Curfew Inflicted," "Youth Arrested," "Village Attacked," Young Man Shot"… often all on the same front page. For the last year, they have also included a tally of COVID-19 cases and fatalities. | Israel leads the world in vaccine distribution, but it has largely refused to vaccinate Palestinians. In th…

Staff (2021-04-04). Some Eligible People Are Being Denied COVID Vaccines. Chances Are It's Illegal. truthout.org This article was first published by ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for As the United States seeks to end its coronavirus crisis and outru…

The Canary (2021-04-04). Amazon apologises for tweet denying workers need to urinate in bottles. thecanary.co Amazon has apologised for a tweet it sent to a US politician more than a week ago denying the company's employees work so hard they must urinate in empty water bottles. | The company also admitted that some delivery drivers might have had to urinate in bottles. And it vowed to improve their working conditions. | "Peeing in bottles": | The matter was first raised on 24 March by Wisconsin Representative Mark Poca. He responded to a tweet by an Amazon executive that said the company was a progressive workplace. | Pocan said in his tweet: | Paying workers $15/hr doesn't make you a 'progressive workplace' when…

Steve Topple (2021-04-04). Policing of Kill the Bill demos shows the creep of UK fascism. thecanary.co The policing of the bank holiday weekend's The creep of UK corporate fascism: | As The Canary previously

Tom Anderson (2021-04-04). In a weekend of action, thousands take to the streets saying 'Kill the Bill'. thecanary.co Thousands took part in a

Juan Cole (2021-04-04). What Christians can Learn from the Qur'an's denial that Jews bore Responsibility for Christ's Crucifixion. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Through Christian history, and especially since Christians became numerous and powerful as the Roman Empire adopted the faith as its state religion, Jews have been senselessly victimized around Easter and falsely blamed for the killing of Christ. Interestingly, the Qur'an denies that the Jews were at fault in Jesus' execution. …

RT (2021-04-04). Fourth wave and 'NEW PANDEMIC': Biden health advisor clarifies why even vaccinated people should avoid non-essential travel. rt.com White House health advisor Michael Osterholm has admitted a "message" problem on Covid-19 and what activities vaccinated people can now do, while also raising concerns about a "fourth wave." | Confronted about public confusion over whether air travel is safe or mask-wearing is still required for those who have been vaccinated against the virus, Osterholm, who is on the White House Covid-19 advisory board, warned that vaccinations are not complete protection. | "It's not perfect, it's not 100 percent [protection from COVID-19]," he said of the three vaccines in the US. | He admitted, however, there is a "proble…

RT (2021-04-04). Mark Zuckerberg's phone number included in huge Facebook user leak. rt.com Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was reportedly among those affected in a mass data leak that revealed users' phone numbers. | It was reported on Saturday that a huge stolen database of 533 million Facebook users had been leaked for free online, with the data having previously circulated on criminal marketplaces. | The leak affects users from around the world and includes names, phone numbers, dates of birth, email addresses, and marital statuses — and in an ironic twist, it appears that Zuckerberg is among those affected. | Cybersecurity researcher Dave Walker pointed out on Saturday evening that Zuckerberg'

RT (2021-04-04). Armed activists join march in protest against death of Michigan man in police custody last year (VIDEO). rt.com A group of protesters held a rally in Lansing, Michigan on Saturday, demanding justice for a man who died in a police station last year. Armed activists were spotted at the event. | Around 60 people marched to the Lansing Police Department, where a 54-year-old white man named Anthony Hulon died in custody one year ago. They chanted "no justice, no peace," a popular slogan among BLM and other activists protesting police brutality. | "I can't even put into words how much I appreciate everybody coming out for us and all the different groups coming together for the same cause," Anthony's sister, Heather Hulon told…

RT (2021-04-04). 'We're so stupid following our politicians': NBA legend Charles Barkley says Dems & GOP allied in dividing and conquering America. rt.com The political system is rigged to favor the powerful and keep everyone else at each other's throats to protect the status quo, Charles Barkley said in fiery commentary on the divisiveness in the US. | Barkley, an NBA star who became a sports analyst after retiring from basketball, unleashed a passionate attack on both political camps in America, accusing Democrats and Republicans of deliberately making people not like each other. | I think our system is set up where our politicians, whether they're Republicans or Democrats, are designed to make us not like each other so they can keep their grasp of money and p…

RT (2021-04-04). Happy Easter to ALL, including 'radical left CRAZIES' who 'rigged election': Trump, Biden share their Easter messages. rt.com Former President Donald Trump received a flurry of mixed reactions after using the Easter holiday to take a swipe at the "radical left" and further push election fraud allegations. | Trump may have been booted from Twitter, but that has not stopped him from releasing public statements to his supporters, many of them carrying the same sarcastic tone his once-prevalent tweets did. | "Happy Easter to ALL, including the Radical Left CRAZIES who rigged our Presidential Election, and want to destroy our Country!" he said in a short statement on Sunday. | President Trump rele…

RT (2021-04-04). American ex-governor says he now identifies as 'Chinese' so he can get free stuff, leading to accusations of fueling hate. rt.com Mike Huckabee has been accused by many of fueling anti-Asian hatred with a tweet that mocks identity politics, saying the former governor now identifies as Chinese to get free stuff. | "I've decided to 'identify' as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my 'values' and I'll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to @MLB games. Ain't America great?" Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and now a long-running television host, tweeted over the weekend. | I've decided to "identify" as Chinese. Coke will like me, Delta will agree with my "values" and I'll probably get shoes from Nike & tickets to <...

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-04). Georgia: A New Caucasus War Could Be Part of Biden's Unfinished Business. news.antiwar.com For well over a decade the White House, the State Department, the Defense Department and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have been jointly preparing Georgia and Ukraine for NATO membership. Throughout that process one of the main architects and executors of the policy has been Joseph Biden, as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee …

repost (2021-04-04). KPFA and the vast conspiracy: "New Day" Pacifica's Redbaiting Tactics. indybay.org The faction trying to corporatize the Pacifica bylaws who call themselves "New Day Pacifica" have used redbaiting claiming that Pacifica has been taken over by the Green Party and the Workers World party. These rebating tactics show the real character of these people. It also raises questions about why programmers at KPFA are supporting these tactics by backing New Day Pacifica.

_____ (2021-04-04). The Slave, the Orator & the Emperor. strategic-culture.org By Pepe ESCOBAR | Stoicism, in Ancient Greece, was pop culture —reaching out in a way that the sophisticated Platonic and Aristotelian schools could only dream of. Like the Epicureans and the Skeptics, the Stoics owed a lot to Socrates — who always stressed that philosophy had to be practical, capable of changing our priorities in life. | The Stoics were very big on ataraxia (freedom of disturbance) as the ideal state of our mind. The wise man cannot possibly be troubled because the key to wisdom is knowing what not to care about. So the Stoics were Socratic — in the sense that they were strivin…

_____ (2021-04-04). China Isn't the Problem, Neoliberalism Is. strategic-culture.org By Rob URIE | The ascendance of Wall Street, and of a managerial bureaucracy (PMC) more generally, largely explains the political realignments that have been playing out in the U.S. Beginning in the 1970s, the American political class made decisions at the behest of business interests and oligarchs to restructure the U.S. economy in ways intended to shift the balance of political and economic power towards capital. Finance was, and still is, the method of affecting this transfer of power. However, the current epoch of finance capitalism has run its course. Its logic has been lost. The threats to the neoliberal or…

Human Rights Watch (2021-04-04). Biden lifts outrageous US Sanctions on Int'l Criminal Court; now it should Join Treaty of Rome on Human Rights. juancole.com Human Rights Watch — (Washington, DC) — US President Joe Biden's cancellation of punitive sanctions targeting the International Criminal Court (ICC) removes a serious obstacle to the court's providing justice to the victims of the world's worst crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 2, 2021, Biden revoked a June 2020 order by then-President …

Eurasia Review (2021-04-04). Kirigami-Style Fabrication May Enable New 3D Nanostructures. eurasiareview.com A new technique that mimics the ancient Japanese art of kirigami may offer an easier way to fabricate complex 3D nanostructures for use in electronics, manufacturing and health care. | Kirigami enhances the Japanese artform of origami, which involves folding paper to create 3D structural designs, by strategically incorporating cuts to the paper prior to folding. The method enables artists to create sophisticated three-dimensional structures more easily. | "We used kirigami at the nanoscale to create complex 3D nanostructures," said Daniel Lopez, Penn State Liang Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer…

Brenda Norrell (2021-04-04). Killing the Black Snake: Native Youths Incredible Stand Against Pipelines in Washington. indybay.org Native youths ran to the White House, locked down on tripods outside, and delivered more than 400,000 petitions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers demanding the shut down of Dakota Access Pipeline, and Enbridge Line 3. They marched through the streets of Washington DC with a 200-foot black snake representing the pipelines, and "killed" the snake outside the White House.

Noam Chomsky (2021-04-04). The Biden Administration and the Middle East. zcomm.org Interview on the Biden administration's Middle East policies, explores elements of continuity and change in US policy towards the region after the Trump years…

Malavika Vyawahare (2021-04-04). Study Sounds Latest Warning of Rainforest Turning Into Savanna as Climate Warms. commondreams.org "What is happening at the Amazon-Cerrado boundary may be a precursor for feverish tropical forests across the world. Unlike humans, these forests won't have air conditioners or sunscreens to protect them." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-04). Amazon Apologizes to Pocan, Admits Drivers Do Sometimes Pee in Bottles. commondreams.org "We know that drivers can and do have trouble finding restrooms because of traffic or sometimes rural routes," the tech titan conceded. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-04). Rashida Tlaib Hails Shift in House Dems' Views on Palestinian Human Rights. commondreams.org "Just a few years ago, it would have been unthinkable to have 12 members of Congress refer to Israeli occupation as colonialism, so I have no doubt that the needle on Palestinian human rights is moving." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Kathy Mulvey (2021-04-04). Six Ways Chevron Imperils Climate, Human Rights, and Racial Justice. commondreams.org "These six examples illustrate a stunning array of corporate abuse, deception, and misconduct by one of the world's largest and most powerful corporations." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Promise Li (2021-04-04). Global Cleaning Workers Share Their Struggles. zcomm.org Frontline cleaning workers have faced rampant negligence from governments and corporations worldwide during the pandemic, despite being the first line of defense against the virus…

Selam Gebrekidan (2021-04-04). Rich Countries Signed Away a Chance to Vaccinate the World. zcomm.org Despite warnings, American and European officials gave up leverage that could have guaranteed access for billions of people. That risks prolonging the pandemic…

Chris Walker (2021-04-04). EU, WHO and Dozens of World Leaders Endorse Plan for Future Pandemic Treaty. zcomm.org Leaders from dozens of countries around the world have signed onto a joint statement calling for the creation of an international treaty that would address pandemics that will come about in the future…

Massimo Franchi (2021-04-04). Nearly every Amazon supply chain worker in Italy went on strike. zcomm.org The world's first Amazon supply chain strike was a success, with an average adhesion of 70-75%, with peaks of 90%.

Lee Fang (2021-04-04). Last-Minute Trump Rule Would Let Vaccine Makers Hike Prices Unchecked. zcomm.org The Biden administration could halt an attack on one of the government's few options to rein in drug prices…

Thomas Klikauer (2021-04-04). Snake Oil Salesmen of Management Studies. zcomm.org The prime objective of management studies is to legitimize a single institution: management…

C.M. Lewis (2021-04-04). Citing Unfair Labor Practices, 1,300 Steelworkers Strike in Five States. zcomm.org United Steelworkers members claim Allegheny Technologies Incorporated is refusing to provide essential bargaining information…

Badri Raina (2021-04-04). PM Modi, Seven Deadly Sins and a Case of Misapplied Rhetoric. zcomm.org The PM had once said that the constitution is our 'holy book'. Here's a look at sins he should be worried about, much more than those in the Old Testament…

Robert Reich (2021-04-04). What if We Actually Taxed the Rich? zcomm.org It's not radical to rein in this irresponsibility. It's radical to let it continue.

Jill Richardson (2021-04-04). State Lawmakers are Cracking Down on Speech. zcomm.org It's ironic that the loudest complaints about "cancel culture" are coming from people who are so afraid of students engaging critically with challenging ideas that they want to shut it down entirely.

D. L. Mayfield (2021-04-04). The Good White Christian Women of Nazi Germany. zcomm.org Despite what you've read, most of them didn't resist…

Omnia Amin (2021-04-04). An Egyptian woman who dared: the Nawal El Saadawi I knew. zcomm.org Nawal was someone who unabashedly crossed all boundaries set by religious, political and societal authorities…

news.un (2021-04-04). How can we vaccinate the world? Five challenges facing the UN-backed COVAX programme. news.un.org The aim of the UN-backed COVAX scheme is to get two billion vaccine doses into the arms of around a quarter of the population of poorer countries by the end of 2021. What are the main challenges that need to be overcome, if this historic global effort is to be achieved?>

news.un (2021-04-04). First Person: The Afghan woman putting her life at risk to rid her home of mines. news.un.org Thanks to the bravery and hard work of deminers such as Fezeh Rezaye, the Afghan province of Bamyan has been declared free from mines. On International Mine Awareness Day, she shares her story.

Ray Hanania (2021-04-04). Black Lives Matter's Hawk Newsome Appalled By Lack Of Coverage Of Houthi Massacre Of Ethiopians. eurasiareview.com The horrific deaths of scores of Ethiopian migrants in a detention center in Sanaa run by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi militia is further proof that anti-black racism exists on every continent, according to Hawk Newsome, a founding member of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Greater New York. | Racial tensions and the deaths of black people in police custody have provoked repeated bouts of protest and unrest in the US and Europe in recent years. | Newsome played a key role in the worldwide movement that has rocked US cities since the police killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. | During…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-04). Egypt says current talks 'last chance' to stop Ethiopia refilling Nile dam. middleeasteye.net Egypt says current talks 'last chance' to stop Ethiopia refilling Nile dam | Meeting in Kinshasa between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over the Grand Renaissance Dam comes after Sisi warned of 'unimaginable instability' if Ethiopia proceeds | Sun, 04/04/2021 – 21: 47 | The Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile in Guba, Ethiopia (AFP) | The latest meeting between Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia over…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-04). Afghan Security Forces Eliminated More Than 150 Taliban Members In 24 Hours. southfront.org Afghan National Army (ANA) troops conduct exercises October 13 at Camp Shorabak, an ANA base near Lashkargah, Helmand Province. [Zia Samar]The Ministry of Defense of Afghanistan announced the elimination of more than 150 terrorists during a special operation of the security forces. | The operation was carried out simultaneously in different provinces: Kandahar, Nangarhar, Lagman, Balkh and others. | According to the Ministry,157 militants were killed in these regions, 42 more were injured over the past 24 hour…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-04). Nowhere To Hide: Rocket Attack Hits Base Hosting US Troops In Iraq. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | On April 4, a rocket attack targeted Balad Air Base in Iraq's central region. US troops are known to be deployed in the base. | An Iraqi security source told that al-Ain News that two rockets hit the air base, which is located 64 km to the north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad."The two rockets feel near the outer fence of the base, causing no human or material losses," the UAE-based TV channel quoted the source as saying. | Sabereen News, a Telegram channel linked to Iranian-backed armed groups in Iraq, sa…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-04). Military Situation In Syria On April 4, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 4, the SDF said that it had reportedly arrested 125 ISIS members as a result of its security campaign in al-Hol camp. | The leader of HTS "Abu Muhammad Al-Julani" demanded the international community to accept "Al-Nusra"(Hay'at Tahrir al-Sham) and remove it from the lists that it classifies it as a terrorist organization | On April 3, ISIS took responsibility for an IED attack on a SDF vehicle in Dhiban | On April 3, ISIS took responsibility for an attack targ…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-04). On High Alert: Jordanian Warplanes Spotted Along Syrian Border (Video). southfront.org Royal Jordanian Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft fighter pilots fly alongside a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft while waiting to connect for fuel over Jordan Oct. 19, 2009, (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Caycee Cook/Released) | On April 4, warplanes of the Royal Jordanian Air Force (RJAF) were spotted flying on low altitude along the Kingdom's border with Syria. | A local shepherd from the southern Syrian governorate of al-Suwayda shared a video of the RJAF w…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-04). Saudi-led Coalition Deployed Patriot Air-Defense Systems In Yemen's Ma'rib. southfront.org Illustrative Image | The Saudi-led coalition has deployed US-made MIM-104 Patriot air-defense systems in the central Yemeni province of Ma'rib, al-Mashhad al-Khaleeji reported on April 3. | A military source in the coalition told the news outlet that the systems were deployed in Ma'rib city center."A number of Patriot defense systems of the Arab coalition recently arrived in Ma'rib city," the source, who was not named, said. | The source said that the systems will be used to protect urban areas in Ma'rib from the Houthi (A…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-04). Another Russian Drone Lost In Greater Idlib. southfront.org Click to see full-size image, source: the internet | On April 4, a Russian Orlan-10 drone crashed in the northern countryside of Syria's Idlib, a few kilometers away from the Turkish border. | Opposition sources said the drone crashed near the town of Mashhad Ruhin. The drone was not targeted. It reportedly crashed as a result of a technical failure. The wreckage was recovered by the militants. | The Orlan-10 has a flight duration of 16 hours and a range of 140 km. The drone can be equipped with several types of sensors to c…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-04). In Videos: Military Preparations In Ukraine, Russia, Belarus. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Submitted by ThomasST. | Incredible concentration of forces on the Ukrainian-Russian border. At the same time, it seems that Belarus could not avoid its engagement in potential conflict and mobilizes its own military forces. | Moscow

Anonymous669 (2021-04-04). Jordan Officially Accuses Former Crown Prince Of Plotting A Coup D'état. southfront.org Jordanian soldiers in the capital Amman on March 18, 2020. Image source: AFP | Jordan has official accused former Crown-Prince Hamzah bin Hussein of plotting a coup d'état with support from foreign powers. | Ayman Safadi, Jordan's Deputy Prime Minister, made the accusation in a press conference held on the noon of April 4. | Safadi accused Prince Hamzah of aiding actions aimed at targeting the "nation's security". According to him, recent investigations by authorities revealed contacts between the prince and his companions wi…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-04). New Wave Of Russian Airstrikes Eliminates More ISIS terrorists In Central Syria. southfront.org 2717545 10/10/2015 Russian Su-25 attack aircraft take off from the Khmeimim airbase in Syria. Dmitriy Vinogradov/RIA Novosti | On April 3 and 4, warplanes of the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out more than 70 airstrikes on ISIS cells in Syria's central region, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) | The airstrikes targeted vehicles and hideouts of ISIS cells in the following areas: | Jebel Bishri on the administrative border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor; | The desert of al-Ma…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-04). Military Situation In Yemen On April 4, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 3, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Salif area | On April 3, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 3 airstrikes on the Khab and Shaaf area | On April 3, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 12 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 3, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Boqa area | On April 3, Ansar Allah reportedly captured al-Ahkum area in south of Hayfan district | On April 4, clashes between Ansar Allah an…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-04). Al-Hol Camp: State Of Crime, Torture And Misery. southfront.org Source: UNICEF/UN0277723/Souleiman | Submitted by Khaled Iskef. | The al-Hol camp is a time-bomb for what the remnants of ISIS and their families under this Kurdish administration in northern Syria. | The camp was originally established to house Iraqi refugees in early 1991 during the

Anonymous103 (2021-04-04). What Should Russia's Reaction Be? The Saker's Open Thread #3. southfront.org The Ukrainian capital of Kiev in 2014. ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE / EPAAn interesting discussion continues at The Saker platform about the on-going military escalation in Ukraine and a possible response from Russia. | If you are interested, we may recommend you to join the thread by following the Dear friends, | Today I am opening yet one more open thread and I am offering this suggestion for a topic (not excluding other *related…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-04). Turkish Drone Strike Targeted SDF-Held Quarry In Al-Hasakah. southfront.org Bayrakdar TB2 UCAV, source: ssb.gov.tr | Early on April 4, a Turkish combat drone targeted a quarry controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in al-Hasakah. | The drone fired a single munition at the quarry, which is located in the village of Deirka near the town of al-Malikiyah in northeastern al-Hasakah. A bulldozer was destroyed in the strike. However, no human losses were reported. | Click t…

Mohammad Ersan (2021-04-04). Jordan: Citizens in the dark after alleged coup attempt. middleeasteye.net Jordan: Citizens in the dark after alleged coup attempt | With rumours swirling on social media, many Jordanians are unsure what to make of a wave of arrests on Saturday | Sun, 04/04/2021 – 12: 50 | A Jordanian street vendor reads a local newspaper with the headline "Army: No-one is above the law" in the capital Amman on 4 April 2021 (AFP) | Jordanians have been left with many questions but few…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-04). Israeli citizen offered to fly Prince Hamzah's family out of Jordan: Report. middleeasteye.net Israeli citizen offered to fly Prince Hamzah's family out of Jordan: Report | Roy Shaposhnik denies claims he is former Mossad officer and says offer to Hamzah made on 'basis of our personal friendship' | Sun, 04/04/2021 – 22: 28 | Jordan's Prince Hamzah bin Hussein pictured with his wife Princess Basmah Bani Ahmad in 2012 (AFP) | An Israeli living in Europe made contact with Jordan's Prin…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-04). Two rockets strike close to Iraq air base hosting US soldiers. middleeasteye.net Two rockets strike close to Iraq air base hosting US soldiers | The attack, which left no casualties, comes as the US and Iraq gear up for strategic talks | Sun, 04/04/2021 – 15: 11 | Security officials said the Balad air base was the target of the 4 April attack (Pictured November 2011, Sgt. Quentin Johnson/DVIDS) | Two rockets hit near an Iraqi air base hosting US soldiers north of Baghd…

www.academia.edu (2021-04-04). Two letters to the editor on the pandemic lockdown. indybay.org Our collective thinking has often been manipulated and corrupted (eg Vietnam, Iraq, Nicaragua, Iran). According to GlobalResearch.ca, the WHO made a late admission on Jan 20, 2021 that "the lockdown has no scientific basis" and test results are misleading. "Release the vaccines and put an end to the lockdown," urges Jens Berger, editor of nachdenkseiten.de.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-04). Prioritizing Who Gets Vaccinated For COVID-19 Saves Lives. eurasiareview.com Waiting for your turn can be frustrating, especially when it comes to COVID-19 vaccinations. But prioritizing who receives the limited supply of vaccines available saves lives and reduces spread of infection, according to a study published in the journal PNAS from the University of California, Davis. | While there is mostly universal agreement that older people should be prioritized, debates are currently underway about prioritizing a variety of other groups. Still others argue against targeting at all. | "Prioritization has benefits because people differ in at least two key ways — their risk of infection and…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-04). Explained: How Intellectual Property Rights are blocking vaccine production. peoplesdispatch.org Estimates suggest that the mass of the population in wealthier countries are likely to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by mid of 2022. However, in poorer economies, mass immunization will take until 2024, if it happens at all. These countries will pay the cost of this delay in the form of 2.5 million avoidable deaths. | What is standing in the way of expanding production and carrying out mass vaccination campaigns across the world?

Robert Reich (2021-04-04). Robert Reich: Joe Biden Mr. Fix-It — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Joe Biden is embarking on the biggest government initiative in more than a half century, "unlike anything we have seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades go," he says. | But when it comes to details, it sounds as boring as fixing the plumbing. | "Under the American Jobs Plan, 100% of our nation's lead pipes and service lines will be replaced—so every child in America can turn on the faucet or fountain and drink clean water," the president tweeted. | Can you imagine Donald Trump tweeting about repairing lead pipes? | Biden is excited about rebuilding America's…

teleSUR (2021-04-04). Chile Neglects Ocular Trauma Victims From Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net Chile's Coordinator for Ocular Trauma Victims (COTV) Natalia Aravena denounced the "precariousness" and "negligence" in the service provided by the Comprehensive Eye Repair Program (PIRO). | RELATED: | The Health Ministry promoted the PIRO to care for hundreds of people who suffered eye injuries due to police attacks exercised to repress the social unrest in October 2019. | Aravena warned of the lack of health personn…

_____ (2021-04-04). Statement On Behalf Of The Family And Committee To Free Chip Fitzgerald. popularresistance.org On Sunday, March 28, 2021, at 3: 04 p.m., our brother, uncle, cousin, comrade and friend, Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald, joined the ancestors. For a week, he lay barely conscious in a Los Angeles hospital as he struggled to extend his life after suffering a massive stroke in California's gulag known as Lancaster. Chip's strength and dedication to life remained intact as he defied those doctors who said he would not make it through the night in the hours after his initial arrival at the hospital. A stalwart soldier, he fought until his very last breath. Chip died as he had lived: fighting. A Service is being planned wh…

Khaled Iskef (2021-04-04). Turkey Supported Armed Groups in Syria: On Their Way to Bankruptcy Strategically and Financially. globalresearch.ca In the shadow of the decline of the value of the …

Edward Curtin (2021-04-04). The Assassination and Resurrection of Martin Luther King, Jr. dissidentvoice.org I don't believe in death without resurrection. If they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadorian people… — Archbishop Oscar Romero, martyred, 24 March 1980 Whether we are aware of it or not, we live by stories. We live by others' stories while we tell our lives by how we live. Our actions …

Edward Curtin (2021-04-04). Rise Up, Say the Birds to the Bread. dissidentvoice.org It was early morning on St. Patrick's Day and I was sitting in the kitchen eating a few slices of delicious Irish Soda Bread. My wife had made it at 5 A.M. while I was still in bed half-asleep, but its smell wafting through the rooms induced me to get up. From outside the window …

Right to Health Action (2021-04-04). Sunday 4/11: Climate Justice & Planetary Health: Stopping the Next Pandemic. indybay.org Online teach-in…

Sarah Gold, Freedom Socialist Party (2021-04-04). Sunday 4/18: Environmental Destruction and the Ecosocialist Solution. indybay.org Online event | Please register in advance: | http: //bit.ly/ecosocialist-solution…

World Socialist Web Site (2021-04-04). Saturday 4/3: 150 years since the Paris Commune. indybay.org An online meeting streamed at wsws.org/live…

American Indian Resource Center at UCSC (2021-04-04). Saturday 4/24: IndigeFest: A Celebration of Indigenous Cultures from Across Turtle Island. indybay.org Free Online Event: | www.eventbrite.com/e/indigefest-a-celebr…

Zachary Conti (2021-04-04). Treasury Notifies Congress of $650 Billion Emergency Reserves to Fight Global COVID Crisis. indybay.org Washington DC —Treasury notified Congress of its support for $650 billion in IMF global reserves, also known as Special Drawing Rights (SDRs), to assist developing countries struggling with the coronavirus crisis. US law requires a ninety-day advance alert to Congress before the US votes for SDRs with the IMF board.

March For Our Lives (2021-04-04). Saturday 4/17: End Gun Violence Town Hall w/ March For Our Lives San Jose. indybay.org Online town hall…

Jamal Journal interviews Michael Richardson (2021-04-04). 50 Years of Injustice: Free Black Panther Political Prisoner Ed Poindexter Now! indybay.org In our interview conducted earlier this week, author Michael Richardson discusses the role of the FBI's infamous COINTELPRO in the frameup of the Omaha Two and provides an important update on Ed Poindexter's urgent health situation. Richardson also explains how you can help Ed Poindexter, an elder in poor health who is a 50-year victim of an obvious and well documented COINTELPRO frameup. We highly recommend reading Michael Richardson's book to learn more about this extreme injustice that needs to end immediately. Free Ed Poindexter now!

Labor Video Project (2021-04-04). Stop Asian Hate! N. Cal Filipinos & Asians Speak-out Against Racist Violence and Murders. indybay.org Hundreds of Northern California Filipinos and Asian Americans spoke out against the racist violence and murders taking place in the Bay Are and nationally. The march and rally took place on March 26, 2021…

The Family & Committee To Free Chip (2021-04-04). Regarding The Farewell Of Romaine "Chip" Fitzgerald. indybay.org This new statement has just been released.

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-04-04). Friday 4/2: Virtual Forum: 60-year Blockade on Cuba & Unions Fight for Safe Schools. indybay.org bit.ly/education4thepeople…

King, Breaking Silence Project (2021-04-04). Sunday 4/4: 'Breaking The Silence': MLK JR's Anti-War Speech & Anniversary of His Assassination. indybay.org Online event w/ ASL + Spanish translation…

DXE (2021-04-04). Saturday 4/24: How to Change the World in One Generation – DxE Intro Workshop. indybay.org online…

DXE (2021-04-04). Friday 4/9: Community Discussion: Anti-AAPI Racism and Solidarity. indybay.org online…

DXE (2021-04-04). Sunday 4/11: DxE Food Giveaway Outreach. indybay.org downtown Berkeley bart…

May First (2021-04-04). May First joins call for Free Software Foundation Board resignation. indybay.org May First Movement Technology has joined free software organizations and activists in calling for the resignation of Richard Stallman and the rest of the Board of the Free Software Foundation.

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-04-04). Oakland Youths March in Support of Asians. indybay.org Loud march from City Hall to Lake Merritt…

Climate Now (2021-04-04). Thursday 4/8: Climate Action Crash Course. indybay.org Online, via zoom…

HLECRIRC (2021-04-04). Spirit of Love, Show of Strength at Rally Opposing Violence Against Asians. indybay.org Spirit of love, show of strength, and commitment to resistance in the air and on placards in the Silicon Valley community of Redwood City–the date was March 27, eleven days after hate crime mass shooting in Atlanta.

Robert Norse (2021-04-04). Modified Injunction is Bad News for the Unhoused; Prepare to Resist Now, or Regret Later. indybay.org Judge Susan van Kuelen's March 30th modifications in the 1-20-21 Preliminary Injunction previously protecting the San Lorenzo Survival Campground was published April 1st. It allows a week or two relief, if that, before the unhoused population faces restored confinement or persecution.

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-04). Priti Patel and the Death of Asylum. dissidentvoice.org Nothing makes better sense to the political classes than small time demagoguery when matters turn sour. True, the United Kingdom might well be speeding ahead with vaccination numbers, and getting ever big-headed about it, but there is still good reason to distract the voters. Coronavirus continues to vex; the economy continues to suffer. In February, …

Moderator (2021-04-03). Medicare for All Could Save My Life. scheerpost.com Molly Adams / CC BY 2.0] By Phil Ateto / OtherWords I recently joined Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) as they introduced the Medicare for All Act of 2021 in Congress. For me and millions of Americans, this bill's passage would not only be life-changing — it could be life-saving. In 2010, I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer that affects the bone… |

_____ (2021-04-03). Kim Stanley Robinson's 'The Ministry For The Future'. popularresistance.org The Ministry for the Future (Orbit, 2020) is a magnificent novel but also an especially welcome resource for thinking about ecosocialist initiatives for a near-future global Green New Deal. Could not be more timely! This was my initial impression upon reading it last week. After some reflection, I am somewhat more critical but still highly recommend this novel for its inspiration and provocation — particularly because of how Kim Stanley Robinson (KSR) concretely addresses the radical transformation of real existing capitalism dominated by its militarized fossil legacy. Ministry should certainly be subject t…

_____ (2021-04-03). Scheer Intelligence: What Is It About The Democrats' Love Of War? popularresistance.org Nearly two full decades into the Afghanistan War, with just a month left before the United States under President Trump had agreed to withdraw its remaining troops from Afghanistan at long last, it seems Joe Biden is going to backtrack on his predecessor's promise. At his first press conference as U.S. president, Biden stated, "It's going to be hard to meet the May 1 deadline," citing "tactical" and safety concerns regarding the 2,500 soldiers left on the ground in Afghanistan. Maj. Danny Sjursen, a historian and veteran of America's two longest wars, joins Robert Scheer on this week's installment of "Scheer Inte…

Morgan Artyukhina (2021-04-03). WHO's COVID-19 Origins Team Member Says 'Demonstrably False' Attacks on Report 'Undermine Science'. orinocotribune.com Since before the the 12-nation team of scientists visited Wuhan, China, earlier this year in an attempt to discover the origins of the virus responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, Western nations and corporate media outlets were claiming China would block their efforts, reviving politically useful but scientifically discredited conspiracy theories. | In the wake of the World Health Organization (WHO) team's report from Wuhan on the origins of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, the US and its allies have cried foul. They claim the Chinese government fouled their investigation after it failed to point t…

RT (2021-04-03). CNN analyst fears Americans may 'enjoy freedoms' without getting Covid jabs, unless Biden ties re-openings to vaccination. rt.com CNN medical analyst Leana Wen sounded the totalitarian alarm, warning that Americans may take back their pre-pandemic freedoms without being vaccinated if the Biden administration doesn't quickly make the jabs a precondition. | "We need to make it clear to them that the vaccine is the ticket back to pre-pandemic life," said Wen, who was previously president of Planned Parenthood, the largest US abortion provider. | Wen lamented to CNN host Chris Cuomo that many states have begun to fully reopen their economies and remove Covid-19 restrictions, leaving a "very narrow window" to tie normalization of everyday lif…

Ietza Bojorquez, Báltica Cabieses, Carlos Arósquipa, Juan Arroyo, Andrés Cubillos Novella, Michael Knipper, Miriam Orcutt, Ana Cristina Sedas, Karol Rojas (2021-04-03). [Comment] Migration and health in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. thelancet.com COVID-19 has created a syndemic scenario that is deepening pre-existing structural inequalities for migrants in Latin American countries (LACs).1,2 LACs have been severely affected by COVID-19, and migrants are among the populations most impacted by the heightened humanitarian crisis across the region. Socioeconomic inequalities between migrants and local people have widened, and there are fears that progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be reversed.

Udani Samarasekera (2021-04-03). [World Report] New EU health programme comes into force. thelancet.com EU4Health, a ‚Ǩ5 ∑1 billion project spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic, aims to strengthen the response to health crises and challenges across Europe. Udani Samarasekera reports.

Paul Anthony Taylor (2021-04-03). European Plans for 'Vaccine Passports' Were in Place 20 Months Prior to the Pandemic. Coincidence? globalresearch.ca With the world being told that so-called 'vaccine passports' will be …

The Lancet (2021-04-03). [Editorial] Racism in the USA: ensuring Asian American health equity. thelancet.com Racist anti-Asian incidents and rhetoric in the USA have been on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, by some accounts increasing as much as 150%. The horrific mass shooting on March 15, 2021, in which six of eight people killed in three spas in Atlanta, Georgia, were Asian women, has prompted urgent conversations about prejudice against Asian Americans. Organisations including the American Medical Association were swift to underscore that racism, in addition to gun violence, is a public health crisis.

news.un (2021-04-03). First Person: A diabetes fighter in Eswatini pours all her efforts into beating COVID-19. news.un.org Dumsile Mavuso, the founder and head of Eswatini's first national association for people with diabetes, is now bringing her knowledge and experience to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, in collaboration with the Government and the UN.

WSWS (2021-04-03). Growth in class struggle in the US pits workers against the pro-capitalist trade unions. wsws.org The treachery of what is falsely called the "labor movement" is one of the chief factors behind the scale of the death and suffering of the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-04-03). Baseball season opens with thousands in attendance as pandemic surges towards fourth wave. wsws.org Opening day is an occasion for trepidation rather than celebration, given the coronavirus threat facing players and especially fans.

Makia Freeman (2021-04-03). WHO Pushes International Pandemic Treaty — Another Stepping Stone to World Government. globalresearch.ca The WHO is promoting a new international pandemic treaty to be …

WSWS (2021-04-03). Coronavirus pandemic escalates in Poland, with 400 dying every day. wsws.org Schools, day-care centres, retail outlets, theatres, hairdressers, museums, cinemas and DIY stores have been closed again in Poland since the beginning of last week.

WSWS (2021-04-03). Canada's governments pave way for mass death as third COVID-19 wave surges. wsws.org Although ICUs are reaching capacity and more contagious and lethal COVID-19 variants are now driving the pandemic, Canada's governments are keeping virtually all workplaces and schools open.

WSWS (2021-04-03). Ocasio-Cortez says left-wing opponents of Biden's immigration policy are doing "a profound disservice to the cause of justice" wsws.org Ocasio-Cortez is doubling down on her efforts to defend the Democratic Party and denounce left-wing opponents of the Biden administration.

Jessica Corbett (2021-04-03). 'It's Not a Border Crisis. It's an Imperialism Crisis… a Climate Crisis… a Trade Crisis.'. zcomm.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to social media Tuesday night with a detailed reminder of the root causes of Central Americans and other migrants seeking asylum at the United States' southern border…

Arab News (2021-04-03). Why Myanmar's Massacres Shame The World — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Yossi Mekelberg* | When representatives of all UN member states met in 2005 for the World Summit, billed at the time as the "largest gathering of world leaders in history," and passed a resolution that set out the parameters for the Responsibility to Protect populations (R2P) from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, there was an air of togetherness and optimism that the journey toward eradicating these horrific phenomena had begun. | In the intervening years, this hope has been dented time and time again when such atrocities have been committed by some of the very countries t…

WSWS (2021-04-03). Baltimore Amazon workers: Amazon must provide all information relating to the death of Poushawn Brown! wsws.org Amazon should reveal all information it has regarding the working conditions and potential exposure of former warehouse COVID-19 tester Poushawn Brown to the appropriate authorities and the Brown family.

teleSUR (2021-04-03). Peru To Gradually Restart Face-To-Face Classes in Rural Areas. telesurenglish.net Peru's Education Minister Ricardo Cuenca informed that over 17,000 schools in rural areas will be able to progressively start on-site classes as of April 19. | RELATED: | Representing 15.9 percent of the country's schools, these educational institutions are mainly located in the Amazonas, Huanuco, Loreto, San Martin, and La Libertad departments. | After proper health certification, some 633,862 students and 52,619…

Fight Back (2021-04-03). Austin rallies in solidarity with Palestine on Land Day. fightbacknews.org Austin, TX – On March 30, around 30 students and activists from all over Austin converged on the State Capitol building in solidarity with Palestine on Land Day. The action was organized by Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), a local group dedicated to organizing in solidarity with Palestinians in their struggle against the Israeli occupation. | PSC was joined by many local groups including Austin Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Red Aid, and the United Neighborhood Defense Movement, among others. | As various speakers explained, Land Day is a commemoration of March 30, 1976 when – after the Israeli oc…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-04-03). Violence Escalates on the Border Between Venezuela and Colombia. globalresearch.ca Once again, tensions are rising on the border between Venezuela and …

RT (2021-04-03). US ends Trump-era sanctions & visa restrictions on International Criminal Court personnel imposed for Afghanistan war crimes probe. rt.com The US has lifted sanctions on an International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor as well as visa restrictions on other officials, calling the Trump-era actions "inappropriate and ineffective." | In June 2020, then-president Donald Trump authorized sanctions and visa restrictions against ICC personnel in a highly controversial move. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda — who was trying to investigate potential war crimes in Afghanistan — would go on to be sanctioned, as well as the ICC's head of its Jurisdiction, Complementary, and Cooperation Division, Phakiso Mochochoko. Bensouda's US entry visa was also revoke…

Philip Giraldi (2021-04-03). The Endless War: Afghanistan Goes on and on. globalresearch.ca Given the present atmosphere in Washington in which there is no …

Mehr News Agency (2021-04-03). 77 Taliban member killed in Afghanistan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 03 (MNA) — According to TOLO TV, at least 77 Taliban members were killed in operations of the Afghan army in various provinces of Afghanistan.

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-04-03). Biden Passes Alzheimer's Test with Flying Colors, Silencing Doubters. orinocotribune.com By Caitlin Johnstone — Apr 1, 2021 | In a surprise move, President Biden During the test the president was asked to remember a series of words and then repeat them sequentially some minutes later, then to accurately hand-draw the face of a clock. Biden completed these tasks quickly and without difficulty, then held an immediate press conference. | "Sorry to drag you…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-04-03). For evidence of institutional racism, look no further than this school in Westminster. thecanary.co Pupils at Pimlico Academy have successfully These changes included school uniform policies banning hairstyle…

Sophia Purdy-Moore (2021-04-03). Labour's troubling election leaflets show the ugly normalisation of anti-Traveller racism. thecanary.co Labour MP for Warrington North and shadow women and equalities minister Charlotte Nichols has come under fire. People are criticising her for distributing local election leaflets which include Nichols apologised following backlash online. But her distribution of clearly racist materials reflects just how normalised anti-Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller (GRT) racism is in the UK. | Anti-Traveller propaganda: | The leaflets in question claimed that loca…

RT (2021-04-03). 'I felt pressure': Khabib Nurmagomedov's cousin Usman admits having UFC royalty in corner ramped up Bellator debut victory (VIDEO). rt.com Usman Nurmagomedov laughed after being asked whether the presence of his ex-UFC champion cousin, Khabib, had impacted him during his Bellator MMA debut win over Mike Hamel, where current star Umar Nurmagomedov also cornered him. | Hot prospect Nurmagomedov extended his perfect professional MMA record to 12 wins with a unanimous decision victory over American Hamel, putting on a solid display on his first appearance in the US to out-work 'Magic'. | The hotly-tipped 22-year-old had his two combative cousins — Khabib, who has just retired as champion in his division in the UFC, and bantamweight Umar, who won…

RT (2021-04-03). 'Congratulations for taking a stand': Obama backs MLB decision to withdraw All-Star game from Georgia amid voting rights row. rt.com Ex-US president Barack Obama has added his considerable weight to Major League Baseball's (MLB) decision to remove the annual All-Star game from the state of Georgia — hours after Donald Trump called for a boycott of the sport. | Obama waded in to the row over voting reform law in the state, which members of the Democrats argue is aimed at suppressing African-American voters, most of whom are supporters of his party. | Among other measures, the reforms would limit mail-in voting and even criminalize giving food and water to people waiting in line to vote. | "Congratulations to MLB for taking a stand on b…

RT (2021-04-03). 'He tried to hide it': MMA fighter who lost finger wanted to go on despite severing digit via punch that left it 'hanging by skin'. rt.com The grisly injury suffered by Khetag Pliev in an MMA fight this week certainly wasn't one for the squeamish — but his coach says that the former Olympian still wanted to push for a fight-winning KO despite losing his finger. | Pliev suffered the nasty injury during his fight with Devin Goodale in the co-main event of the recent CFFC 94 fight card in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — only noticing that he was missing his left ring finger when he sat on his stool before the third round, prompting the ring announcer to make one of more unusual calls of his career when he implored the cageside audience to he…

RT (2021-04-03). Massive crash: Female racer escapes after car flips in air and lands upside down at extreme rally in Saudi Arabian desert (VIDEO). rt.com A daredevil female rally driver taking part in an extreme motorsport "experiment" alongside stars including ex-Formula One world champion Jenson Button has suffered a massive crash, flipping her car into the air at immense speed. | Well-known German racer Claudia Hurtgen, whose German Formula Three career ended when she suffered hand injuries after her car rolled over during the Monaco Grand Prix weekend in 1993, was competing in the first qualifying stage of the new Extreme E event. | Racing in an electric SUV, the 49-year-old former American Le Mans, Daytona 24-Hours and Le Mans 24-Hours class winner flipped…

RT (2021-04-03). The honeymoon is over: Tuchel's Chelsea suffer embarrassing Stamford Bridge collapse against Premier League strugglers West Brom. rt.com Thomas Tuchel experienced the first reality check of his Stamford Bridge revolution as Chelsea's ten men were routed on Saturday afternoon by Sam Allardyce's lowly West Brom, who hammered five goals past the hapless Blues. | A brace from Matheus Pereira and Republic of Ireland international Callum Robinson, along with a Mbaye Diagne goal, earned the relegation-threatened Baggies a stunning three points away to Tuchel's high-flying Blues, bringing a stark end to the German boss's unbeaten start since succeeding Frank Lampard in January. | Experienced Brazilian captain Thiago Silva, who was playing his first gam…

RT (2021-04-03). 'A real boss woman': Russian figure skating queen Elizaveta Tuktamysheva glows in glamorous dress after winning superwoman award. rt.com Russian figure skating queen Elizaveta Tuktamysheva has spoken up for women again after winning her second honor inside a week, donning a glitzy dress to collect an award with ice dancing pal Betina Popova at a ceremony in Moscow. | A week after leaving many of her legion of admirers in tears by scooping silver at the Figure Skating World Championships, ice extraordinaire Tuktamysheva had the altogether more straightforward task of attending a party to pick up her gong as one of GQ's Super Women. | The men's quarterly declared Tuktamysheva the winner of the sport category at the third edition of the honors, ca…

RT (2021-04-03). Disaster for Neymar: Riled Brazil star sent off on his first start in months as Paris Saint-Germain flop in top-of-the-table clash. rt.com Brazil playboy Neymar was sent off after an embarrassing spat in the final minutes of his first league start for Paris Saint-Germain in almost three months, shoving an opponent as the French giants lost a crucial home match. | Starting the afternoon level on points with visitors Lille in Ligue 1, reigning champions PSG were boosted by the return of their star striker from the opening whistle for the first time since the end of January. | Their prospects swiftly took an unpromising turn as Canada youngster Jonathan David gave their title rivals a 20th-minute lead, sending Mauricio Pochettino's side on their way…

RT (2021-04-03). Ex-Premier League ace who played in Messi exhibition game cops 11 years in jail for smuggling $29MN of cocaine from Colombia to US. rt.com Jhon Viafara, who played in the English Premier League and won 34 caps for Colombia, has been jailed for 11 years for his part in smuggling vast amounts of cocaine between his homeland and the States, US prosecutors have said. | Shamed ex-midfielder Viafara has been handed the sentence by a federal court in Texas after being found guilty last November of helping to import at least five kilograms of the Class A substance into the US, including some missions carried out by speedboats and planes via Mexico. | The haul co-organized by the 42-year-old, who was extradited following the trafficking verdict last year,…

RT (2021-04-03). 'Adjust and absolutely f**king destroy': Conor McGregor fires warning to Dustin Poirier as he confirms July 10 UFC rematch is ON. rt.com Conor McGregor is determined to prove that lightning doesn't strike twice in the UFC octagon after he confirmed that his July 10 rubber match against Dustin Poirier is on, telling fans that he will show them "what Mac is about." | Just hours after Dustin Poirier inked his deal for the UFC 264 trilogy fight, McGregor followed suit early on Saturday to seal the second sequel in their long-running rivalry. | The rematch will come just months after Poirier became the first man in either mixed martial arts or boxing to finish McGregor by strikes in his career, after his successful strategy of pummeling the notoriou…

RT (2021-04-03). 'Why didn't he do that to Khabib?' UFC star Poirier proves size doesn't matter as he grapples giant strongman Brian Shaw (VIDEO). rt.com UFC superstar Dustin Poirier has proved that a near 250lbs weight difference doesn't mean much on the mats, working four-time World's Strongest Man Brian Shaw in front of a chuckling gym audience in a recent grappling session. | Poirier, who it was confirmed on Saturday will fight Conor McGregor for a third time at UFC 264 on July 10, is well-known for the concussive style of striking that he used so effectively to hand his rival the first TKO defeat of his career in January. | The Louisiana native has more than a few submissions skills up his sleeve, too, boasting seven career submission wins to become the UF…

orinocotribune (2021-04-03). La Victoria and El Ripial Calm and Under Military Protection (Apure State). orinocotribune.com The commander of the Strategic Integral Defense Region (REDI) Los Llanos, General Alejandro Guevara Hernández, reported that the people of El Ripial, La Victoria and other areas of the Apure state are "calm and under the protection of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB)." | He also informed that the inhabitants of these communities are receiving food, medicine and other necessary items from the social programs of the Venezuelan government. In addition, electrical services and water supply in the regions have already been restored. | La FANB continua desplegada garantizando la paz, la tranquilidad y en cons…

Duggan Flanakin (2021-04-03). EPA's Totalitarian Assault On America — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Using phony "transparency" and "dialogue" to target auto racing, then all fossil fuel use.: | Biden-Harris Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan is clearly on a mission. He has "

Anonymous103 (2021-04-03). The Saker: Drums Of War In The Ukraine (Open Thread). southfront.org Click to see full-size imageEastern Ukraine is close to become an escalation point for the next full-scale war, which has the potential not only to destabilize the European region, but also to involve all the leading world powers, becoming a global military conflict. SouthFront is closely monitoring developments in the Donbass region and we are concerned about the sharp increase in military activity there. | Our friend The Saker launched an open thread with the most relevant information and discussion of the s…

Adam Dick (2021-04-03). Florida Governor Ron DeSantis Signs Executive Order Prohibiting Vaccine Passports — OpEd. eurasiareview.com On March 19, I The

Aidan O'Brien* (2021-04-03). US Values Vs Chinese Values: Empire Vs Bandung As Seen From Cape Verde — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In February the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinkin, made it a priority to phone Rui Figueiredo, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Minister of Cape Verde. They spoke about commerce and "security" (1). | Why? Why is the tiny African nation of Cape Verde (population 550,000) a US priority? In short: because the US is behind China in the latest "scramble for Africa". | To rectify its position, vis-à -vis China, in Africa (and elsewhere): "U.S. President Joe Biden pledged to put values at the heart of his administration's China policy. Since entering office, he has called on the world's democracies to gird for a n…

Staff (2021-04-03). Not Far From Bessemer, Over a Thousand Alabama Coal Miners Are on Strike. truthout.org At 10: 30 p.m. on Thursday, just as the night shift started, 1,100 miners at the Warrior Met mines in Brookwood, Alabama officially Left Voice went to the pic…

Staff (2021-04-03). House Committee Finds Sketchy COVID-Related Contracts Were Awarded Under Trump. truthout.org This story was originally published by ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for A top adviser to former President Donald Trump pressured agency officials to reward politically connected or ot…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-03). Qubits Comprised Of Holes Could Be The Trick To Build Faster, Larger Quantum Computers. eurasiareview.com A new study indicates holes the solution to operational speed/coherence trade-off, potential scaling up of qubits to a mini-quantum computer. | Quantum computers are predicted to be much more powerful and functional than today's 'classical' computers. | One way to make a quantum bit is to use the 'spin' of an electron, which can point either up or down. To make quantum computers as fast and power-efficient as possible we would like to operate them using only electric fields, which are applied using ordinary electrodes. | Although spin does not ordinarily 'talk' to electric fields, in some materials spins can i…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-03). New Batch Of Syrian Militants Moved To Turkey. What Is The Next Stop? southfront.org Illustrative image | A batch of Syrian militants has arrived in Turkey in preparation for a possible deployment in Libya or other countries, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on April 3. | According to the London-based monitoring group, around 380 militants were taken to Turkey in the last few days. Libya is the most likely end destination. | Despite recent

Paul Goble (2021-04-03). Russian Opposition Must Shed Its Illusions About Navalny, Putin And Possibilities For Change — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The chief problem of the Russian opposition, Vladislav Inozemtsev says, is that its hopes and expectations increasingly take precedence over a sober assessment of the realities of their situation, one in which they expect to be able to liberate Aleksey Navalny and create "a beautiful Russia of the future." | Their world, however, is imaginary, the Russian analyst says, and it is getting in the way of taking the kinds of steps needed to make real progress in more limited ways possible. The opposition doesn't understand that it needs to operate within the Russia that exists and not the one its members have dream…

Arab News (2021-04-03). Jordan: Former Head Of Royal Court, Other Senior Officials Arrested. eurasiareview.com Jordanian citizens Hasan bin Zaid and Bassem Awadallah, who is a former head of the Jordanian Royal Court, have been arrested, Jordan News Agency reported. | The arrests were made after close security follow-ups and "for security reasons," the agency reported. | Jordan News Agency said Prince Hamza bin Al-Hussein was not one of the people detained, despite reports in some publications, including the Washington Post, which claimed he had been arrested. | Saudi Arabia expressed the Kingdom's support for Jordan and any measures that the country takes to protect it's security, Al-Ekhbariya reported.

P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-03). US State Department Report Slams India On Media Curbs. eurasiareview.com In a wide ranging report on human rights violations in India in the year 2020, the US State Department has, among other things, detailed attacks on press and media freedom. | Released on March 30, the report quoted Indian journalists as saying that press freedom declined during the year. Reporters without Borders 2020 World Press Freedom Index said that physical attacks and "coordinated hate campaigns waged on social networks" against journalists were cited as major areas of concern. | "Harassment and violence against journalists were particularly acute for female journalists. Journalists working in Jammu and…

RT (2021-04-03). CBS News deletes tweet promoting '3 ways companies can FIGHT' Georgia voting law after it was accused of 'Dem activism'. rt.com CBS News has deleted a tweet and given a new headline to what was supposed to be a straight news story on Georgia's new voting law, after critics accused the network of blatant liberal activism. | In a piece first titled, '3 ways companies can help fight Georgia's restrictive new voting law,' the network broke down things activists are "asking for" from companies looking to push back against Georgia's new law. | The headline and a subsequent tweet saying the same thing, however, appeared to show the network not only making a stand on the "restrictive law," but also promoting political activism through the guis…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-03). African Elephants Only Occupy A Fraction Of Their Potential Range. eurasiareview.com Many wildlife species are threatened by shrinking habitat. But according to new research, the potential range of African elephants could be more than five times larger than its current extent. | Due to 2,000 years of human pressure, African elephants have suffered dramatic population declines, and their range has shrunk to just 17% of what it could be, say researchers who led the new study, in Current Biology. | The dramatic reduction in range is due to the killing of elephants for their ivory and the encroachment of humans into elephant habitat. Evidence for elephants being drastically reduced in certain regi…

RT (2021-04-03). Nearly HALF of Americans think 'vaccine passports' are a 'good idea,' poll claims, as Biden admin coordinates Big Tech pass apps. rt.com As the White House works with tech corporations to develop a flurry of coronavirus vaccine passport apps, almost half of US voters believe the scheme is the right way "back to normal," according to a recent poll. | Some 44% of likely voters said that requiring proof of vaccination to return to their daily lives is a "good idea," though another large segment, 41%, were outright opposed to it, a Rasmussen

RT (2021-04-03). Police say dozens arrested, 10 officers injured at 'policing operation' — aka 'Kill the Bill' protests. rt.com Protests in the UK over proposed legislation that would crack down on public demonstrations have led to ten officers being injured and dozens people arrested, according to police, who describe the event as a "policing operation." | "Today's policing operation is still ongoing and arrest numbers may rise, but at this time, 26 people have been arrested for a variety of offences," London's Metropolitan Police announced on Saturday hours after numerous protests kicked off in 25 cities in the UK, including London. | It was also revealed that 10 officers have sustained injuries "during the operation," but none of th…

RT (2021-04-03). 'Kill the Bill': Londoners march against proposed law that would give police more powers to crack down on public protests (VIDEOS). rt.com Many in the UK defied the rules and rallied against controversial legislation that would allow authorities to place additional restrictions on public protests there. London police had urged people not to attend the demonstrations. | The protests were held in 25 cities across England and Wales, including London. People marched from the capital's Hyde Park with placards saying 'Protect our rights' and 'Kill the Bill,' referring to the controversial proposed legislation, known as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. | London's Metropolitan Police urged the public not to attend large gatherings that viol…

RT (2021-04-03). Florida expands evacuation zone amid state of emergency in Manatee County over fears of 'imminent breach' of wastewater reservoir. rt.com Manatee County officials have expanded a mandatory evacuation area around a leaking wastewater pond at an old Piney Point phosphate mine, as governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency amid fears of an "imminent" collapse. | Over 300 households received an emergency evacuation alert on Saturday afternoon, after the initial danger zone that included just a few dozen houses was expanded half-mile west and one mile southwest, according to the Manatee County Public Safety Department. | .

Observer Research Foundation (2021-04-03). The Great Game 2.0 In Asia — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Yuri M Yarmolinsky | Amid increasing recognition of the Asia-Pacific Region (APR) as the engine and centre of future global development and growth, it is important to highlight the historic event held on 12 March 2021—the high-level virtual summit of the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) of the United States, Japan, Australia, and India. The unofficial format of the Quad has been promoted by its participants since 2007, at the behest of Tokyo with varying degrees of activity, national involvement, and success. | The rapid analysis of the thematic publications of the leading Asian—mainly Ind…

MEE staff (2021-04-03). Jordan's Prince Hamzah: 'No one is able to speak'. middleeasteye.net Jordan's Prince Hamzah: 'No one is able to speak' | Detained ex-crown prince releases video saying 'I am not the person responsible for the breakdown in governance, the corruption and for the incompetence' | Sat, 04/03/2021 – 22: 37 | A screenshot of a video of Prince Hamzah the royal sent to the BBC from house arrest (Screenshot) | From effective house arrest, Jordan's Prince Hamzah bin Hussein sent a video c…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-03). Saudi-led Coalition Claims It Foiled Houthi Attack With Booby-Trapped Boat. southfront.org Illustrative image, Via: al-Arabiya | On April 3, the Saudi-led coalition announced that it had thwarted an attempt by the Houthis (Ansar Allah) to carry out an attack with a booby-trapped boat. | In a statement, the coalition said that the water-borne Improvised Explosive Devices (WBIED) was destroyed off the shores of the town of al-Salif on Yemen's western coast from a safe distance."The Houthi militia threat to shipping lines and global trade continues … The militia uses the Stockholm Agreement [which imposed a…

UCAN (2021-04-03). Pakistan: Christians Practice Islamic Traditions During Lent. eurasiareview.com By Kamran Chaudhry | Part of a classic trend in the Lent season, interfaith groups are hosting breaking-of-the-fast Iftar dinners in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. | Ashiknaz Khokhar, the Catholic leader of Active Youth group of the Sacred Heart Church, attended two such gatherings in Sahiwal in Punjab province. | "Such initiatives were common in provincial capitals. Now interfaith Iftars are being organized in small districts. They have increased love and respect for the local Muslims," he told UCA News. | Khokhar was speaking on the sidelines of a buffet on Palm Sunday eve hosted by Muttahida Aalmi (Unite…

Staff (2021-04-03). Calling Chauvin a "Bad Apple" Denies Systemic Nature of Racist Police Violence. truthout.org As the murder trial of Derek Chauvin for killing George Floyd proceeds, the prosecution will try to portray the defendant as a "bad apple." In his

RT (2021-04-03). Christians condemn London police for shutting down 'unlawful' Good Friday church service citing Covid & threatening arrest (VIDEO). rt.com A video showing London police stopping a Good Friday service at a Catholic church and warning parishioners to go home or face arrest due to Covid restrictions has provoked outrage from worshippers both at home and abroad. | The footage, which was filmed at the Christ the King Polish Roman Catholic Church, in Balham, on Friday, showed Metropolitan Police officers disrupting the service before announcing, "Ladies and gentlemen, this gathering is unfortunately unlawful under the coronavirus regulations we have currently." | "You are not allowed to meet inside with this many people under the law. At this moment…

EurActiv (2021-04-03). Luxembourg A Tax Haven For Finnish Companies And Super-Rich. eurasiareview.com By Pekka Vanttinen | ( The list of names, revealed by the Finnish Broadcasting Company's investigative journalism programme MOT on Monday, includes former Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila and Ilkka Herlin, member of the Herlin family, which owns Kone, a leading international engin…

RT (2021-04-03). Justin Trudeau accused of 'anti-Christian' bias after failing to refer to 'Easter' in holiday message. rt.com Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has sparked controversy after referring to the Easter holidays as a "long weekend," with online commenters pointing out that the prime minister frequently mentions other religious events. | "It's the start of a long weekend, and I know that means you'd normally be getting together with your entire family for a few days of fun. But with the number of Covid-19 cases rising across the country, we're all going to have to do things differently again this year," Trudeau tweeted, before concluding that "next year's celebrations" would be "brighter." | It's the start of a long we…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-03). Turkish-Backed Forces Fights Against SAA, SDF And Among Themselves. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 3rd, Turkish-backed forces in northern Syria continued shelling both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its other enemy — the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). | On top of that, the Turkish-backed factions continue their infighting in the city of Ras al-Ayn, as such the chaos is complete. | Local sources told Syrian state outlet SANA that infighting with light and medium-size weapons erupted…

Al Bawaba News (2021-04-03). OPEC+ Agrees On Gradual Output Increase. eurasiareview.com The 15th Under the agreement, Opec+, which includes Russia, will increase output by 350,000 barrels a day in both May and June and by 441,000 barrels a day in July. Over the same period, Saudi Arabia will gradually unwind additional cuts of 1 million barrels a day that it has been making voluntarily, reports said. | It's estimated that Opec+ has been withholding 8 million barrels a day from the market. | Reports said Russia…