Daily Archives: April 9, 2021

2021-04-09: News Headlines

Alan Macleod (2021-04-09). How Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points into the Press. mintpressnews.com For a self-proclaimed citizen journalism outfit, an alarming number of Bellingcat's staff and contributors come from highly suspect backgrounds, including high-level positions in military and intelligence agencies.

Kenn Orphan (2021-04-09). How the Pandemic Laid Bare the Cruelties of Capitalism. counterpunch.org One thing this pandemic has demonstrated in stark terms is class struggle. Those people deemed essential, though often applauded in public, have been treated as expendable. In truth, they were always treated this way. But this last year has made this struggle visible for anyone paying attention. The medical staff, grocery clerks, janitors, sanitation workers,

Max Blumenthal (2021-04-09). Anti-war activist visited by police after posting embarrassing AOC video. thegrayzone.com An anti-war activist said he was visited by California Highway Patrol officers after posting video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's bumbling comments on Israel-Palestine. The action, which AOC denies triggering, was initiated by a call to US Capitol Police. As he waited for a food delivery at his home in Los Angeles on April 8, Ryan Wentz, an anti-war activist and producer for the online viral program Soapbox, heard two men calling his name from over his front gate. When he …

_____ (2021-04-09). Students Lead US Push For Fuller Black History Education. popularresistance.org Trenton, NJ – Ebele Azikiwe was in the sixth grade last year when February came and it was time to learn about Black history again. She was, by then, familiar with the curriculum: Rosa Parks, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and a discussion on slavery. Just like the year before, she said, and the year before that. | Then came George Floyd's death in May, and she wrote to the administration at her school in Cherry Hill, in New Jersey's Philadelphia suburbs, to ask for more than the same lessons. | "We learned about slavery, but did we go into the roots of slavery?" Ebele, 12, said in an interview. "You learned abo…

Casey Davidson (2021-04-09). China rejects U.S.' human rights hypocrisy, points to repression of Black Lives Matter. peoplesworld.org Top officials from China and the United States exchanged verbal blows at the Alaska Summit last week, after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan opened the session by making false and unwarranted accusations about China's governance and international affairs. In the summit's opening remarks, Blinken accused China of …

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-04-09). Biden's Empty Gesture: Houthis No Longer "Terrorists" but Yemen's Suffering Only Grows. mintpressnews.com Human rights groups have warned that levels of famine in Yemen are now among the highest recorded since 2015, suggesting that suffering in the country has actually grown worse under the Biden administration.

Philip Giraldi (2021-04-09). The Yankees Are Coming Home: The Taliban Won. Get Over It. globalresearch.ca It hardly made the evening news, but the New York Times …

The Progressive Magazine (2021-04-09). In Memory and Celebration of Reese Erlich. progressive.org Great progressive writer dies after a long and illustrious career.

Patricia Gorky (2021-04-09). New law puts Arkansas state government at forefront of bigoted anti-trans offensive. liberationnews.org Arkansas politicians overrode a gubernatorial veto this week to criminalize gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth. This marks the first anti-trans healthcare bill to become state law as part of a national offensive by the bigoted right wing. Trans youth already in the middle of receiving treatment will cruelly be deprived of necessary healthcare. The bill …

Patricia Gorky (2021-04-09). New law puts Arkansas state government at forefront of bigoted anti-trans offensive. liberationnews.org Arkansas politicians overrode a gubernatorial veto this week to criminalize gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth.

Juan Cole (2021-04-09). More CO2 in our Atmosphere now than any time since 3.6 mn Years Ago, when Oceans were 90 feet higher (that's our fate). juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — In a scientific shocker, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that despite the slowdown in carbon dioxide emissions in 2020 because of the pandemic, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere rose to a global average of 412.5 parts per million (ppm) from 410 in 2019. At the …

Paul Jay (2021-04-09). "The Most Dangerous Man" Turns 90 — Peter Kuznick on Daniel Ellsberg. mronline.org Historian Peter Kuznick looks at the significance of Daniel Ellsberg's fight against America's insane nuclear war strategy, his exposure of the lies of the Viet Nam War, and his continuing fight against the American war machine. | April 9, 2021 | Newswire…

_____ (2021-04-09). Report On Shut Down Creech Actions. popularresistance.org Las Vegas/Creech Air ForceBase — Demonstrators – after blocking two entrances to the drone base here Monday – will hold a "DRONE MASSACRE MEMORIAL TUESDAY FROM 6: 30 A.M. TO 8: 30 A.M. – Activists, will display a long series of banners, stretched along the highway, each highlighting details of past U.S. drone massacres, including statistics on civilian deaths. | Anti-drone protestors used large banners in the early morning Monday/4-5-21 to nonviolently block two entrances into Creech Air Force Base, a key U.S. Drone Base. It was the first day of a weeklong protest to oppose the illegal U.S. remote targeted ki…

Frank Emspak (2021-04-09). The Union Campaign at Amazon Was Just the Beginning. progressive.org Though the organizing effort at the Alabama facility lost, the company's workers have shown that workplace representation is essential and attainable.

Staff (2021-04-09). Battleground Baltimore: Freedom? therealnews.com In this week's roundup of Baltimore news: A controversial security deposit bill, Amazon donates what Bezos makes in four seconds to a local community garden, and a Prince George's County mayor calls out the governor.

Fight Back (2021-04-09). More than 3200 Amazon workers cast ballots in historic union election. fightbacknews.org Birmingham, AL – On April 7, more than a week after union voting ended for workers at Amazon's Bessemer Distribution Center, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Union says that 3215 votes were cast, which is 55% of the 5800 workers at the location. Up until now the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) – which oversees this type of union election – as well as the union and the employer, were engaged in a process of going through every name on the eligibility list and checking if they voted, and seeing if either the employer or the union wished to file an objection to the validity of each ballot based on eli…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-09). Artificial Intelligence Could 'Crack The Language' Of Cancer And Alzheimer's. eurasiareview.com Powerful algorithms used by Netflix, Amazon and Facebook can 'predict' the biological language of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's, scientists have found. | Big data produced during decades of research was fed into a computer language model to see if artificial intelligence can make more advanced discoveries than humans. | Academics based at St John's College, University of Cambridge, found the machine-learning technology could decipher the 'biological language' of cancer, Alzheimer's, and other neurodegenerative diseases. | Their ground-breaking study has been published in the scientific…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-09). Retail Workers Union trails in Amazon Bessemer vote count. peoplesworld.org BESSEMER, Ala.—The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union trailed in the first of two days of counting union authorization ballots cast in the closely watched vote by workers at Amazon's giant Bessemer, Ala., warehouse. National Labor Relations Board personnel counted just under half of the 3,215 unchallenged ballots before stopping at 6 p.m. on April …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-09). Retail Workers Union loses in Amazon Bessemer vote count. peoplesworld.org BESSEMER, Ala.—Amazon has beaten back a historic effort by workers to form a collective bargaining unit in a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, with about two-thirds of ballots cast in the union election voting against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, according to a tally by the National Labor Relations Board. The final tally …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-09). From His Solitary Confinement, Marwan Barghouti Holds the Key to Fatah's Future. counterpunch.org If imprisoned Palestinian leader, Marwan Barghouti, becomes the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the status quo will change substantially. For Israel, as well as for the current PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, such a scenario is more dangerous than another strong Hamas showing in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. The long-delayed elections, now scheduled for

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-09). From His Solitary Confinement, Marwan Barghouti Holds the Key to Fatah's Future. dissidentvoice.org If imprisoned Palestinian leader, Marwan Barghouti, becomes the President of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the status quo will change substantially. For Israel, as well as for the current PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, such a scenario is more dangerous than another strong Hamas showing in the upcoming Palestinian parliamentary elections. The long-delayed elections, now scheduled for May …

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Venezuela Maintains the Apure Border Situation Under Control. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) Chief of Staff Admiral Remigio Ceballos Friday offered an update on the military activities in the bordering Apure state, where Colombian irregular armed groups conduct destabilization actions. | RELATED: | He informed the deployment of an additional special brigade to confront these groups, which attack Venezuelan soil without any rejection from Colombia's President…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister: Biden Acting 'Irrational' Towards Venezuela. orinocotribune.com In an interview with the international news agency AFP, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza called the position of US President Joe Biden "irrational" because of the latter's continued non-recognition of the government of President Nicolás Maduro. In effect, Arreaza said that Venezuela has not given up trying to re-establish contact with Washington in order to normalize relations between the two countries. | "We have not received any contact or positive response to the hand that President Maduro extended," said Arreaza, referring to the messages sent by the Miraflores Palace to the White House. Howe…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). April 15 Webinar: Armed Conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia Border — The Battle of Apure. orinocotribune.com The armed aggression of Colombian criminal groups against the civilian population in the state of Apure, Venezuela, involved drug trafficking paramilitaries, used by Colombia and the US to attack the Bolivarian revolution. Venezuelan military regained control of the area after uncovering cocaine producing labs, airplane tracks and narco planes. | Join us to hear from the mayor of La Victoria, Apure state, the details about the current situation in his town and the measures that the Venezuelan state is taking to defend the integrity of its territory and population. | April 15, 2021 07: 00 PM ET | Link to the Zoom…

Reynard Loki (2021-04-09). 'Sacrifice Zones': How People of Color Are Targets of Environmental Racism. counterpunch.org The Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how systemic racism disproportionately places danger and harm on low-income and minority populations. One harsh reality of this systemic racism is the existence of "sacrifice zones," which are communities located near pollution hot spots that have been permanently impaired by intensive and concentrated industrial

WSWS (2021-04-09). As pandemic surges, New York City mayor makes it harder to close schools with COVID-19 outbreaks. wsws.org Even though the latest surge of the pandemic has been driven primarily by the spread of more infectious and lethal variants in schools, the drive to reopen schools and keep them open continues apace.

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-04-09). Court hearing of Communist Party of Kenya members postponed to Monday. peoplesdispatch.org The court hearing of 12 members of the Communist Party of Kenya who were detained on Wednesday has been postponed. The police action against them came as the party was organizing a movement against the skewed COVID-19 strategy of the government…

WSWS (2021-04-09). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org UK bus drivers 24-hour strike at London United while French drivers at same company walk out over pay and privatisation; strikes in Belgium by childcare workers over Covid safety, prison officers and social workers over workload; resident doctors across Nigeria strike since April 8 over salary arrears…

Johanna Fernández (2021-04-09). The Only Treatment is Freedom: Mumia Abu-Jamal and COVID. counterpunch.org History is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally in the present in all

WSWS (2021-04-09). Asia emerges as a new epicenter of the global COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The coronavirus knows no borders and needs no passport, and in the fight to stop it, workers in all countries face the same essential political problems.

Alan MacLeod (2021-04-09). The Coming Antibiotic-Resistance Pandemic that Could Make COVID Look Like the Flu. globalresearch.ca Big pharmaceutical companies have not come out of COVID-19 looking like …

Socorro Diaz (2021-04-09). Protect Care Workers…You'll Probably Need Us One Day. counterpunch.org I'm a domestic worker. You can just imagine how badly COVID-19 has impacted my income. Clients, especially elderly people, were suddenly uncomfortable with letting outside people into their homes for fear of contracting the virus. A lot of my work dried up. I feed my children only by the grace of God — and the

Tim Wheeler (2021-04-09). Native Americans help residents of a Washington State county get COVID vaccinations. peoplesworld.org SEQUIM, WA.—Clallam County residents by the thousands have driven through the checkpoints at Carrie Blake Park here to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations thanks to the skill and dedication of the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe. Clallam County has the highest vaccination rate in Washington State and public health authorities give credit to the tribe for organizing the …

Ted Rall (2021-04-09). My Predictions for Biden's Probably-Truncated Presidency. counterpunch.org Beginning in March 2016 I repeatedly and almost famously warned overconfident Democrats—who ridiculed me for saying so—that Donald Trump would probably win the 2016 election. Days after Trump's "softly sensuous" inauguration I accurately predicted the next four years: "Three scenarios show us what everyday life in Trumpian America will probably feel like: Third World dictatorships,

Eurasia Review (2021-04-09). Treating Sleep Apnea May Reduce Dementia Risk. eurasiareview.com A new study finds older adults who received positive airway pressure therapy prescribed for obstructive sleep apnea may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia. | Researchers from Michigan Medicine's Sleep Disorders Centers analyzed Medicare claims of more than 50,000 Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older who had been diagnosed with OSA. In this nationally representative study, they examined if those people who used positive airway pressure therapy were less likely to receive a new diagnosis of dementia or mild cognitive impairment over the next 3 years, compared to people…

Arab News (2021-04-09). Saudi Arabia Calls On people To Sight Ramadan Crescent On Sunday Evening. eurasiareview.com Saudi Arabia's Supreme Court has called on people in the Kingdom to try and sight the crescent moon signalling the beginning of the month of Ramadan on Sunday evening. | Anyone who sights the crescent, either with the naked eye or with the help of binoculars, should inform the nearest court of the sighting, the court said. | The start of Ramadan is determined by the lunar calendar which, unlike the Gregorian calendar, follows a 29- or 30-day cycle determined by the cycle of the moon. | Ramadan 2021 is due to start on either Monday or Tuesday in the Kingdom. | Muslims anticipate the end of Shaaban, the month pr…

_____ (2021-04-09). 'This Is A War In The Woods 2.0'. popularresistance.org Port Renfrew – "Activist headquarters" is an encampment just outside of Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island. That is where the fight to prevent 200 hectares of ancient old-growth forest from being cut down continues. | "We haven't been served (with an injunction), no," said Molly Murphy, one of the many people calling the encampment home on Monday. | The injunction was granted by the B.C. Supreme Court on April 1. It orders the demonstrators to take down the blockades that they had set up to prevent forestry company Teal-Jones from accessing its logging operation in the area. | "We're waiting for Teal-Jones to serve t…

Ana Soley (2021-04-09). Colectivo Coffee workers fight for a union. liberationnews.org Colectivo Coffee workers had been struggling to unionize 21 cafes, production and bakery locations in Milwaukee, Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin, since before the pandemic began.

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Prince Philip of Edinburgh Died in London. telesurenglish.net Prince Philip of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England for 72 years, died in London at the age of 99. | RELATED: | This happened on Friday morning at King Edward VII hospital to which he was transferred on Tuesday night from Windsor Castle where he had been confined since the start of the pandemic. | Philip of Edinburgh was the father of four children, grandfather of eight grandchildren, and great-gr…

Jim Hightower (2021-04-09). The End of Trickle-Down Economics. counterpunch.org The past year proves that a lot of conventional economic wisdom is neither true nor wise. For example: 1) "We don't have the money." The power elites tell us it would be nice to do the big-ticket reforms America needs, but the money just isn't there. Then a pandemic slammed into America, and suddenly trillions

WSWS (2021-04-09). As US Department of Labor reports 896,000 combined unemployment claims last week, states move to impose new restrictions. wsws.org As millions of people continue to look for steady, safe work amid the latest deadly surge in the pandemic, states are moving forward with reimposing unemployment restrictions and processing evictions.

oliviaalperstein (2021-04-09). Pouring Money into the Pentagon Can't Prevent Another Pandemic. ips-dc.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 9, 2021 | Press Contact: Olivia Alperstein, (202) 704-9011 | "Pouring Money into the Pentagon Can't Prevent Another Pandemic, | Stop Climate Change, or Build a Fair Economy": | National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies | Responds to Biden's Skinny Budget: | Washington, D.C. — On April 9, President Joe Biden unveiled the FY 2022 "skinny budget." While not a full breakdown, the "skinny budget" offers a critical glimpse at topline spending and speaks volumes about the administration's priorities. | The National Priorities Project at the Institute…

Cesar Chelala (2021-04-09). Yemen is a Public Health Catastrophe. counterpunch.org The war in Yemen -the Arab world's poorest country- has reached new heights of sickness and death by the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic in a vulnerable and fragile population. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could be greater than the combined toll of war, disease and hunger over the last five years, according

Ronald Stein (2021-04-09). Senator Scott Weiner (D) Introduces Bill To Financially Nail Californians That Can Least Afford Most Expensive Energy In Nation — OpEd. eurasiareview.com California Senator Weiner has taken Governor Newsom's recent Executive order to ban the sale of gas-powered vehicles and hydraulic fracturing one step further with his introduction of SB 467 to obliterate the California economy. The bill is so broad and ambiguous that the results of its passage would lead to a total production ban in California and increase energy costs upon those that can least afford it. With California already having the highest cost of fuels in the country, the wealthy and middle class have more tolerance for expensive energy, but poverty kills and having legislatures pass legislation maki…

Editor2 (2021-04-09). Car-Bombing Highlights State's Culpability in Colombia's Violence. orinocotribune.com On Friday, March 26, a car bomb in the town of Corinto in the Cauca department was detonated, leaving 43 people injured, including 11 public officials, and causing heavy damages. Diego Molano, recently appointed Defense Minister, accused the Molano Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column, a dissident group of the FARC, of carrying out the attack. | Corinto, a town of about 35,000 residents, has become, according to authorities, a strategic area on a crowded drug and weapons route heading towards the southwestern part of the country. This has made it a much-disputed territory amongst armed groups. According to the Colombian…

Louis Proyect (2021-04-09). Film as Art and Weapon: Raoul Peck's "Exterminate All the Brutes" counterpunch.org "Where art is a weapon, it is only so when it is art" —Albert Maltz, one of the Hollywood Ten Last night, HBO launched "Exterminate All the Brutes", a four-part docudrama by Raoul Peck that is both art and weapon. As a director of the great narrative film "The Young Karl Marx" and the equally

VOA (2021-04-09). Britain's Prince Philip, Husband Of Queen Elizabeth, Dies At 99. eurasiareview.com By Henry Ridgwell | Prince Philip, the Greek-born consort to Queen Elizabeth, Britain's longest sitting monarch, has died at the age of 99. | In a statement released to the media and posted on the gates of Buckingham Palace Friday morning, the royal family said, "It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh." | "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. Further announcements will be made in due course. The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his los…

Berry Craig (2021-04-09). Public infrastructure jobs helped beat the Great Depression; they can do it again. peoplesworld.org President Joe Biden's proposed $2 trillion infrastructure bill "brings us one step closer to repairing, rebuilding, and restoring our country," AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said a couple of weeks ago. "Repairing, rebuilding, and restoring" reminded me of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "three Rs" of the New Deal: "relief, reform, and recovery." New Deal public works programs …

Fred Gardner (2021-04-09). On I, Claud: the Autobiography of Claud Cockburn. counterpunch.org Claud Cockburn —father of Alexander, Andrew, and Patrick, three brilliant journalists— was the original model. In 1967 his three volumes of autobiography were consolidated and published by Penguin as I, Claud… It's hard to find a copy these days, so I'll quote up to the legal limit. Claud Cockburn was born in Peking (now Beijing) in 1904. His father,

G. Dunkel (2021-04-09). Solidarity with the Haitian struggle. workers.org The month of March saw a number of demonstrations throughout North America in solidarity with the struggles of the working people of Haiti for justice, democracy and an end to U.S. interference in its internal affairs. Members of the Haitian diaspora along with their international allies held rallies in cities . . . |

Rosza Daniel Lang (2021-04-09). Our Own Words: Fem & Trans, Past & Future. mronline.org Words for different flavors of trans people come and go, gathering different assortments of us together and drawing different lines between us. | April 9, 2021 | Newswire…

Emily Denny (2021-04-09). New Montana bills 'declare war on wolves, bears, other carnivores' say wildlife supporters. peoplesworld.org A flurry of bills has recently been introduced to Montana's state legislature that reduces restrictions on the killing of grizzly bears and wolves — two predators which have historically struggled to survive in the state. One such bill is SB 98, put forward by Republican Sen. Bruce Gillespie, which would expand the state law allowance for …

Jeffrey Kaye (2021-04-09). New Revelations on Germ Warfare: It's Time for a Reckoning with Our History from the Korean War. counterpunch.org The New York Times, which for years has maintained that U.S. airmen's statements about use of biological weapons during the Korean War were "false confessions" obtained by Chinese and North Korean torture, never acknowledged the following submission sent to its opinion section in November 2020. I am publishing the article instead at CounterPunch, which is

Eurasia Review (2021-04-09). Uncovered Earliest Evidence Of Domesticated Dogs In Arabian Peninsula. eurasiareview.com A team of archaeologists in north-west the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has uncovered the earliest evidence of dog domestication by the region's ancient inhabitants. | The discovery came from one of the projects in the large-scale archaeological surveys and excavations of the region commissioned by the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU). | The researchers found the dog's bones in a burial site that is one of the earliest monumental tombs identified in the Arabian Peninsula, roughly contemporary with such tombs already dated further north in the Levant. | Evidence shows the earliest use of the tomb was circa 4300 BCE…

Thomas Klikauer (2021-04-09). The Origins of Nazi Violence. counterpunch.org In recent years, right-wing terrorism has been on the increase in Germany. The worst case of right-wing terrorism was perpetrated by the National-Socialist Underground or NSU. The NSU murdered ten people, including a police officer, while also committing forty-three attempted murders, three bombings and several robberies between 2000 and 2007. Today Germany's radical right has

Rob Urie (2021-04-09). Capitalism Versus Economic Democracy, Minimum Wage Edition. counterpunch.org The last time that the pay of the rich— corporate profits and gains on speculative wealth, failed to rise for a few months in a row, a revolution ensued. The revolutionary method, now called neoliberalism, was well under way by the time that Ronald Reagan was elected to the presidency in 1980. It emanated from

The Socialist Program (2021-04-09). Biden is Funneling Trillions to the Capitalists and Calling it an Infrastructure Program. liberationnews.org Brian and Prof. Wolff discuss the Biden administration's next big priority — passing an infrastructure plan his administration says will create a huge number of jobs.

Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (2021-04-09). Chip Gibbons on Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale. fair.org Daniel Hale | This week on CounterSpin: The idea that you don't "shoot the messenger" dates back, evidently, to Sophocles. It echoes today as a man named Daniel Hale stands convicted nominally of breaking a law aimed at spies sneaking intel to foreign enemies, but actually with revealing things the US government didn't want known about its drone warfare programs—the ones elite media have often presented as precise in separating "bad guys" from "innocents," and so superior to other methods of (what we are to understand is) "counterterrorism." | Big media have shown little interest in the case. We'll get a b…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-09). NASA Astronaut Mark Vande Hei, Crewmates Arrive Safely At Space Station. eurasiareview.com NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and two Russian cosmonauts arrived at the International Space Station Friday, bringing its number of residents to 10 for the coming week. | The Soyuz MS-18 spacecraft carrying Vande Hei and cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos docked to the station's Rassvet module at 7: 05 a.m. EDT. Docking occurred two orbits and about three hours after a 3: 42 a.m. launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. | Vande Hei, Novitskiy, and Dubrov will join the Expedition 64 crew when hatches open about 9 a.m. Expedition 65, with NASA astronaut Shanno…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-09). Iran Releases South Korean Oil Tanker Following Investigation. eurasiareview.com The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Friday that following an investigation the Islamic Republic had decided to release a South Korean oil tanker after determining the ship and its captain had no criminal records. | In his remarks, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters that an Iranian prosecutor concluded that the ship can be released at the request of its owner and the Seoul government after finalizing an inquiry into the breach of regulations by the tanker. | The spokesman also said that the Islamic Republic, as a country with long coastlines along the Persian Gu…

Ellen Taylor (2021-04-09). Reflections on Forestry When Confronted With the First Timber Harvest Plan of the Year in My Watershed. counterpunch.org Timber Harvest Plans (THPs) are like demure invitations to dance. A timber company sidles up to Cal Fire, which extends its soft hand. The music is an ancient minuet, its steps designed almost fifty years ago. The cadences repeat themselves, harmoniously, as the Agencies partner up and take their places, stately, in the still, ethereal

David Price (2021-04-09). A Great Tree Has Fallen: The Passing of Marshall Sahlins. counterpunch.org The renowned American anthropologist Marshall Sahlins died on Monday. With his passing our world lost a brilliant mind, political activist, and cultural theorist. As a contributor and friend of CounterPunch his work will be missed by the readers here; as a towering anthropological theorist his work will continue to be read and argued over in

Patrick Mazza (2021-04-09). Climate Hacking Experiments Already Taking Place. counterpunch.org As an old reporter I've learned to be cautious about definitive statements, preceded by descriptors such as "all" or "first." So when I reported last week that a Harvard experiment to test geoengineering research technologies would be the first conducted in the atmosphere, it was based on efforts to verify that that through multiple sources. But I

Staff (2021-04-09). Charges dropped in multiple cases after PAR investigative reports. therealnews.com PAR has three positive updates on cases we've recently covered. We update the case of an Ohio cab driver who was tasered while waiting for a customer, a Texas resident arrested for drugs found in a car he just purchased from a police auction, and the activist grandmother who faced two years in prison for allegedly using a counterfeit $100 bill.

Ted Kelly (2021-04-09). Talking to co-author, with Mumia Abu-Jamal of 'Murder, Incorporated'. workers.org By Ted Kelly Stephen Vittoria co-authored "Murder Incorporated — Perfecting Tyranny: Book Three (Empire, Genocide, and Manifest Destiny)," with Mumia Abu-Jamal. He also is the director of the 2012 documentary, "Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary." Workers World conducted this interview in November 2020 prior to the book's release. Workers World: When . . . |

David Mihalyfy (2021-04-09). The Daleys of Chicago Need Accountability in Ongoing Loan Scandal. counterpunch.org Back in 2004 when a nephew of Chicago's second Mayor Daley threw a drunken punch outside a nightclub and caused the death of victim David Koschman, the aftermath included investigative files that went missing and a much-delayed indictment. Despite an eventual 2014 guilty plea, recent reporting about phone calls made soon after the incident has

Chris Smith (2021-04-09). Trapping: New Mexico Moves Forward, Montana Leaps Backward. counterpunch.org Thinking about some other Western states' version of so-called "leadership," I am grateful for what we have here in New Mexico. Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is infamous for assaulting a journalist, attempting to undermine democracy, and violating his state's hunting regulations (at least twice). News recently broke that Gianforte illegally trapped and killed a wolf

Louis Yako (2021-04-09). Decolonizing Knowledge Production: a Practical Guide. counterpunch.org It was a pleasure for me to close 2020 with an invitation to deliver a virtual lecture titled "Decolonizing Writing: A Practical Guide" at the Kuala Lumpur Forum of Thought. The topic of the lecture is not only near and dear to my heart, but also a topic I have been thinking and writing about

Lee Camp (2021-04-09). Lee Camp: How Corporate America Supports Racism, Hatred & Exploitation (in New & Fun Ways!). mintpressnews.com Corporations like General Mills and ExxonMobil aren't going to save us from white supremacist violence or climate annihilation with their piddly tweets.

WSWS (2021-04-09). Ontario teacher calls on education workers across Canada: "Join the struggle to make our schools safe!" wsws.org An Ontario teacher sent a letter to the World Socialist Web Site explaining why they will participate in the inaugural public meeting of the Cross-Canada Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee this Sunday.

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuela to Send Humanitarian Aid to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — La Soufrière Volcano. orinocotribune.com In the next few hours, Venezuela will send humanitarian aid and disaster management experts to cooperate in evacuation and preventive relocation of citizens in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, following the alert issued by the authorities of that country after an increase in the activity of the La Soufrière volcano. | The information was provided this Thursday, April 8, by Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza through his Twitter account @jaarreaza: "In the next few hours #Venezuela will send humanitarian supplies and disaster management experts to cooperate in evacuation and preventive relocation of…

claudia (2021-04-09). April Dispatch — Fighting for Democracy and Economic Power. dsausa.org Enjoy your April Dispatch! This month we have PRO Act volunteering, a Convention update, and more. Read on to get involved! From Maria: We Won't Be Divided PRO Act Field Team Update — Sign Up to Phonebank Today! Friday 4/9 — RSVP for Organizing Overseas: Migrant Domestic Worker Organizing in the Asia-Pacific Region Your Convention…

Pierre LeBlanc (2021-04-09). The Canadian Government's Regime Change Obsession — An Existential Challenge for the Citizens of Canada. orinocotribune.com By Pierre LeBlanc — Apr 8, 2021 | In its foreign policy, the Justin Trudeau / Chrystia Freeland government has run roughshod over the sovereignty of citizens-first, freestanding governments in many regions of the world; in knee-jerk compliance to the diktats of its magnate handlers and in lock-step with the albatross on its southern border. Buttressed and commanded by its corporate captors and sustained by the sycophantic hysterics of the mass media, this avatar of some imaginary autonomous government has refused all overtures and calls from its citizens to take the true measure of the interests and values o…

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-09). What Just Happened in Jordan? House Arrest of the Crown Prince. globalresearch.ca Last weekend's arrest of several prominent people in Jordan, including the …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-09). Syria asks UNSC to prevent Israel's repeated attacks on its territory. peoplesdispatch.org Syria raised the demand to the UNSC following an Israeli airstrike on Thursday using Lebanese airspace. Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes inside Syria since the beginning of the Syrian war in 2011…

Ashley Curtin (2021-04-09). Atmospheric methane levels surge in 2020 to highest level in millions of years. nationofchange.org "If countries make plans now to put society on a path of sustained and dramatic cuts to emissions from today, we can avoid ever-rising emissions and the dangerously accelerating impacts of climate change."

Miguel àÅngel Barrios (2021-04-09). Los fundamentos políticos de las elecciones en Ecuador. globalizacion.ca En la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales en Ecuador, a realizarse el próximo domingo 11 de abril, el pueblo ecuatoriano tendrá que elegir entre los candidatos Guillermo Lasso y Andrés Arauz. | Lasso representa a los sectores neoliberales que desean…

WSWS (2021-04-09). Australian government ministers denounce student newspaper for pulling anti-China story. wsws.org The hysterical intervention underscores the official sensitivities over any pushback, however limited, against a xenophobic campaign aimed at justifying preparations for war against China.

Environmental Investigation Agency (2021-04-09). Elephants and Wildlife Threatened by Plans to Drill for Dirty Energy in Africa's Unique Okavango Region. globalresearch.ca Botswana and Namibia should stop fossil fuel exploration threatening a unique …

Patrick Lawrence (2021-04-09). Biden's Inhumanity on Syria. globalresearch.ca For a time after Joe Biden took office not quite three …

Global Research News (2021-04-09). This Week's Most Popular Articles. globalresearch.ca

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-09). Turkey confirms U.S. warships to enter Black Sea. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com TASSApril 9, 2021 Turkey notifies Russia of US warships' transit to Black SeaA source in Turkey's Foreign Ministry told TASS earlier on Friday that two US warships would enter the Black Sea through the Bosporus Strait on April 14 and 15 and stay there until May 4-5 U.S. mulls sending more warships to Black Sea …

Asier Arias (2021-04-09). No, no puedes descargar tu conciencia en internet. globalizacion.ca Por alguna extraña razón, parece haber gente interesada en ´descargar ª su conciencia en cacharros computacionales. A ese deseo debe subyacer la asunción de que lo mental y lo computacional tienen algo que ver. | No obstante, lo cierto es que ningún…

_____ (2021-04-09). The Enormous Impact Of Eroded Collective Bargaining On Wages. popularresistance.org A major factor depressing wage growth for middle earners and driving the growth of wage inequality over the last four decades has been the erosion of collective bargaining.1 Indeed, the only factor more responsible for weak wage growth for the typical worker is the excessive unemployment perpetrated by central bank policymakers' high interest rate policies and fiscal austerity.2 The share of workers covered by a collective bargaining agreement fell from 27.0% in 1979 to just 11.6% in 2019 (Hirsch and Macpherson 2020). The erosion of collective bargaining has been especially harmful to men's wages because men were…

_____ (2021-04-09). Senate Unveils Sweeping Legislation To Confront China. popularresistance.org The Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced a new piece of bipartisan legislation to confront China through prioritized military spending and more arms sales in the Indo-Pacific, sanctions, money for "democracy promotion" in Hong Kong, and other areas where the US seeks to counter Beijing. | The legislation still needs to go through the Committee before being introduced in the Senate, but a draft of the bill, titled the Strategic Competition Act of 2021, was released by Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the Committee chairman. Menendez negotiated the bill with Committee Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-ID). | In a rel…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Argentina To Penalize Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Senate Thursday approved a bill that seeks to incorporate into the Penal Code sexual harassment in public spaces. | RELATED: | The bill, which was approved with 67 votes in favor and one negative vote, proposes fines and imprisonment to fight and prevent sexual harassment. | Fines of up to US$216 will be imposed on anyone who disturbs another person's dignity and physical, psychological, or sexual integrit…

Michael Welch (2021-04-09). The Raging Twenties Review: Pipelinistan, Sino-Russia and more. globalresearch.ca "Not only they were presented the next 5-year plan 2021 to 2025 we were presenting three subsequent plans all the way to 2035. They're already thinking about the technical commercial configuration of China in 2035 so that's the… I …

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-04-09). Global Proposal Against the Economic Blockade. orinocotribune.com By Pasqualina Curcio — Apr 5, 2021 | At least twenty countries are formally victims of US "sanctions". Since 1992, in the United Nations General Assembly, all countries except the US and Israel have voted against the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States on Cuba. Despite the evident majority, the US has ignored them. Good wishes, denunciations and calls to lift the blockades have not been enough to prevent these genocidal actions against entire peoples. | To put an end to these interference practices, we must make amends for two serious mistakes we made as humanity in 1944 and 1971. To do…

Cynthia Chung (2021-04-09). A Damned Murder Inc: Kennedy's Battle Against the Leviathan. dissidentvoice.org The Eisenhower presidency would see Washington taken over by business executives, Wall Street lawyers, and investment bankers—and by a closely aligned warrior caste that had emerged into public prominence during World War II. ***** As discussed in Part Two of this series, the war in Vietnam did not start on its official date, November 1st, …

Finian Cunningham (2021-04-09). Arsonist US Plays With Fire. dissidentvoice.org You would think riling up one nuclear power is bad enough, but the United States seems intent on doubling the risk of starting a world war by gratuitously aggressing Russia and China simultaneously. Throwing around personal insults against the leaders of those two countries is one thing. But actually winding up military tensions is quite …

Steven Sahiounie (2021-04-09). US-NATO Provocation in Ukraine to Stop Russian Pipeline. globalresearch.ca

_____ (2021-04-09). Changing The Border Narrative. popularresistance.org Much of the public discussion of our southern border today is one-sided. It is most often created by those with the most power and the loudest bullhorn; those in search of power, authority and money. So, it should come as no surprise to you that much of what we have been told about the border and of those who come to it are either not true or are highly exaggerated. It is after all the result of nearly a hundred years worth of the Border Patrol's racist rhetoric and racist politicians creating ever more unfair and biased laws and policies. Many of which have little to do with creating an immigration system and mo…

Susan Block (2021-04-09). Church-Based Cuckoldry Gone Wrong. counterpunch.org It started as a hot secret threesome and ended in a cold-blooded murder. Pastor David Evans, 50, his wife of 30 years, Kristie Dawnell Evans, 47, and their lover, Kahlil Deamie Square, 28, engaged in what the MSM calls a "love triangle." But it was a lot more than that, as well as a little

Jonah Raskin (2021-04-09). Ratner for the Defense: the Legacy of a Lefty Lawyer. counterpunch.org The name Michael Ratner ought to be familiar to readers of CounterPunch. After all, between 2001 and 2012 he wrote seven articles, all them with provocative titles for the publication you are now reading. The first article was titled "No time for Cowboy Politics." The last one "Breaking Private Manning." In my favorite piece, from

Julia Barnes (2021-04-09). The Environmental Impacts of "Green" Technology. counterpunch.org Solar panels, wind turbines, and electric cars have long been touted as solutions to the climate crisis. The "green" image attached to these technologies masks a dark reality; they are adding to the problem of environmental destruction, failing to reduce CO2 emissions, and accelerating the mass extinction of life on the planet. In my upcoming

Richard C. Gross (2021-04-09). Biden and the Jobs Revolution. counterpunch.org The fledgling Biden revolution is trying to prove America is capable of reversing decades of self-neglect by creating the biggest peacetime jobs program since Franklin Delano Roosevelt's New Deal. Led by a determined, ambitious, surprisingly energetic President Joe Biden backed up by a team of progressive Democrats, the United States finally is turning nation-building toward

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-09). U.S. Warships to Enter Black Sea in "Significant Signal" To Russia Over Ukraine. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. Warships to Enter Black Sea in "Significant Signal" To Russia Over UkraineRick Rozoff Turkey has confirmed an earlier CNN report that the U.S. will send warships to the Black Sea in what a Pentagon official cited by CNN said was a demonstration of support to the government of Ukraine in response to claims of …

Prof. Joseph H. Chung (2021-04-09). China-US Relations and Biden's "Global Death Trap": The World Is Facing Another Cold War Which May Become Hot, Even Very Hot. globalresearch.ca In Anchorage, Alaska, on 18-19 March 2021, top diplomats of China …

Leslie K. Wang (2021-04-09). No, We Can't 'Go Back' to Asia. progressive.org No matter the political climate, U.S.-born Chinese people are often not recognized as "real" Americans.

alexander (2021-04-09). Religious Socialism: Religious groups join DSA to advocate for the PRO Act. dsausa.org The DSA's

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-04-09). Death toll from armed clashes in Sudan's West Darfur State rises to 132. peoplesdispatch.org The violence over the past weekend in El Geneina, the capital city of Sudan's West Darfur State, has led to over 130 deaths and over 200 injuries. Behind these clashes lie failures in the peace process involving the transitional government and rebel groups…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-09). Ukraine's top commander invokes NATO's Article 5 military assistance clause as West continues to oversee Ukraine's war in the Donbass. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Ukraine's top commander invokes NATO's Article 5 military assistance clause as West continues to oversee Ukraine's war in the DonbassRick Rozoff Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak, the commander-in-chief of Ukraine's armed forces, is quoted today as boasting that his nation's military is capable of responding to what he deemed the "aggravation of the situation" in the Donbass, …

Philip Farruggio (2021-04-09). The Donald's bastard children. nationofchange.org It is going to take more than just 'Soul Searching' by Trump's Bastard Children to set things right.

Oliver Boyd-Barrett (2021-04-09). Limitations of JCPOA Negotiation. dissidentvoice.org On April 1 — appropriate date, perhaps, for a saga of unending western foolishness and villainy — the EU announced that officials from Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France, and Germany would be meeting virtually to discuss a possible return of the USA to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Later announcements indicated that …

Luis A. Montero Cabrera (2021-04-09). La cultura de innovación y los empresarios: Iniciativa, emprendimiento y éxito. globalizacion.ca La historia de la humanidad y la de Cuba, por supuesto, está llena de líderes. La vocación gregaria de los seres humanos ha sido, sin dudas, una condición esencial para la existencia y subsistencia de nuestra especie. | Y esto obliga…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). La Soufriere Volcano Erupts in St. Vincent & The Grenadines. telesurenglish.net On Friday morning, the La Soufriere volcano erupted spewing a portentous plume of smoke and ash in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. | RELATED: | "This is a culmination of the seismic activity that began on April 8. The eruption is ongoing," the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre said, as reported by outlet CNW. | Since early morning, thousands of people have been evacuated from the towns closest to the volca…

John Feffer (2021-04-09). International Law Uncanceled: Biden Lifts Sanctions Against ICC, But It's Not Enough. counterpunch.org When the loony right gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference back in February, the theme of the Trump-heavy gathering was "America Uncanceled." Speaker after speaker railed against "political correctness" in American culture, from "woke mobs" to "censorship" in the mainstream news media. Incredibly, they tried to transform so-called cancel culture into the single greatest

Dean Baker (2021-04-09). Margaret Sullivan Gets it Wrong, Libel Law Is a Good Thing. cepr.net I was going to let pass this column by Margaret Sullivan, warning us not to applaud Dominion's lawsuit against Fox News. I'm generally a big fan of Sullivan's columns and was willing to look the other way on what I see as a very poorly argued piece. But when a friend sent it to me …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-09). U.S. mulls sending more warships to Black Sea to "send message" to Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. mulls sending more warships to Black Sea to "send message" to RussiaRick Rozoff CNN reports that a U.S. defense official informed them Washington is considering deploying warships to the Black Sea as a demonstration of support to the government of Ukraine in response to what was described as increased Russian military presence on Ukraine's …

Azad Essa (2021-04-09). Arms Sales: US Remains World's Top Supplier as Middle East Spending Spikes. globalresearch.ca The United States remains the world's biggest exporter of major arms, …

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-04-09). What to expect in Peru's general elections on Sunday. peoplesdispatch.org Ahead of the general elections in Peru on April 11, we look at the leading candidates, their backgrounds and their proposals to deal with the crises facing the country…

Barbara Loe Fisher (2021-04-09). Lockdown Protests Flare Up Around the World. globalresearch.ca At the end of 2020, there were large public demonstrations opposing …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-09). Felony charges against activists seeking justice for Elijah McClain withdrawn. peoplesdispatch.org The three activists, members of the local chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), were among the six arrested and charged last year for organizing a protest at the Aurora police station near Denver in June and July 2020.

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-09). The Judicial Persecution of Steven Donziger. counterpunch.org For some, call them criminal justice ingenues, it may be hard to believe this is happening in the United States, that our famed judiciary has sunk this low. But in the U.S., a judge acts as prosecutor and jury on behalf of a giant oil company, Chevron, as it destroys the life and career of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger. His crime? Daring to win a judgment against Chevron in an Ecuadorian court. For those less enchanted with the U.S. justice system, this is no surprise. But there it is. This judicial travesty is occurring in New York state. And the Chevron friendly judges — first Lewis A. Kaplan and hi…

Paul Street (2021-04-09). Disappear the System: A Critical Hegemonic Function of Capitalist Media. counterpunch.org Something stinks in the wall-to-wall broadcast of every detail in the Derek Chauvin trial. The hegemonic (in a Marxian sense) result of drilling down so microscopically on one racist cop's super-transgression, treating the killer as a rogue anomaly, is to disappear the broader mass-carceral white supremacist police-state and the underlying system of racialized class oppression

Robert S. Becker (2021-04-09). More suicidal GOP gaffes as McConnell scolds corporations: Forget fair elections but keep paying off. nationofchange.org What if refusing to challenge the most onerous election obstacles hurts corporate bottom lines, the ultimate wickedness?>

John Nichols (2021-04-09). McConnell Has No Trouble With Corporate Speech—as Long as It Takes the Form of Bribery. thenation.com McConnell Has No Trouble With Corporate Speech—as Long as It Takes the Form of Bribery…

Umberto Mazzei (2021-04-09). El ocaso del atlantismo. globalizacion.ca Desde la caída del Imperio Romano no se veía en Europa una economía organizada y próspera, productora de riqueza y crédito, que no estuviese vinculada a China, cuyo reflejo llegaba hasta los vecinos de Europa en el Cercano Oriente. | En…

Iván Restrepo (2021-04-09). Las mujeres y su lucha en defensa del ambiente. globalizacion.ca Hace cuatro años en su casa asesinaron a balazos a Berta Cáceres. Tenía 44 años. Durante una década encabezó en Honduras la lucha contra la empresa Desarrollos Energéticos, empeñada en construir la represa Agua Zarca en el río Gualcarque, sagrado…

Isaac Enríquez Pérez (2021-04-09). México: Sin una nueva Constitución Política persistirá el mismo modelo económico. globalizacion.ca Los intereses creados, arraigados en el fundamentalismo de mercado predominante en las políticas públicas desde la década de los ochenta, se reprodujeron a partir de una estructura jurídica particular, la que instauró directrices y prácticas que se fusionaron con la…

Peter Koenig (2021-04-09). Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination and the SPARS 2025-2028 Simulation? A Plan to Launch a New Pandemic? globalresearch.ca Compulsory Vaccination in Europe | Today the European Court of Human Rights …

Global Research News (2021-04-09). Selected Articles: The Covid Vaccine Is an Integral Part of "The Great Reset" globalresearch.ca By It seems increasingly likely that the COVID jabs are part of a much larger set of interlocking projects sometimes described as "the …

Keith Danner (2021-04-09). Glenn Greenwald Took on the Authoritarian Right in Brazil — and Won. zcomm.org Review of Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro's Brazil by Glenn Greenwald…

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-09). Biden's Policies Won't Address the Roots of the Migrant Crisis — They'll Fuel It. zcomm.org Far from treating the border crisis as a humanitarian issue, the Biden administration has continued to expel the vast majority of adult migrants.

Gershon Baskin (2021-04-09). The great festival of democracy. zcomm.org The Palestinians have an opportunity to demand from those who wish to represent them to lay down their positions and their visions on the future of Palestine…

Socorro Diaz (2021-04-09). Protect Care Workers — You'll Need Us Someday. zcomm.org All we're asking is for the same rights and protections other workers enjoy…

Sharon Lerner (2021-04-09). Law Students Denounce Chevron's Law Firm Over Steven Donziger Case. zcomm.org Gibson Dunn's extreme tactics against environmental attorney Steven Donziger spark a backlash…

Jim Hightower (2021-04-09). Forget Trickle-Down BS — Let's Push Percolate-up Economics. zcomm.org Enact a $15 minimum wage and restore collective bargaining. Workers will pocket more and spend more, and the economy will rise…

Thomas Klikauer (2021-04-09). The Origins of Nazi Violence. zcomm.org Unwillingly or unwittingly, Germany's institutions to fight right-wing terrorism set up during the 1920s has established a dangerous precedent…

Nathan Newman (2021-04-09). How Workers Really Get Canceled on the Job. zcomm.org Pre-hiring personality screening and ongoing employer monitoring explicitly weed out workers likely to agitate for a union…

John Feffer (2021-04-09). International Law Uncanceled. zcomm.org The Biden administration lifted sanctions against the International Criminal Court. It's not enough…

David Adler (2021-04-09). Ecuador's election is a test of our solidarity. zcomm.org The Progressive International observation delegation returns to Ecuador to observe the most important elections in a generation…

Rosemary Bechler (2021-04-09). What is misogyny? An update. zcomm.org 'What is really remarkable about this horrible death is the outpouring of sympathetic grief across the nation in response.'

CNA (2021-04-09). Documentary Claims Benedict XVI's Secretary Tried To Convince Him Not To Resign. eurasiareview.com By Diego Lopez Marina | A documentary being released on Benedict XVI's 94th birthday state that his personal secretary, Archbishop Georg Gà§nswein, tried to dissuade him from abdicating the papacy. | "Benedict XVI, the Pope Emeritus", directed by Andrés Garrigó, will be released April 16 by Goya Productions. | The film will focus on Benedict's papacy, and his time as prefect of Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. | "At that time he had to deal with such crises as Liberation Theology in its Marxist version with its affinity to guerrilla warfare, and the cases of pedophilia that were beginning to su…

Alex MacDonald (2021-04-09). Quilliam: British 'counter-extremist' group closes citing lack of funds. middleeasteye.net Quilliam: British 'counter-extremist' group closes citing lack of funds | Co-founder Maajid Nawaz says on Twitter that the Covid-19 pandemic hit the 'non-profit' organisation hard | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 16: 04 | Maajid Nawaz, Quilliam's co-founder, at an event in New York (AFP) | British "counter-extremist" organisation Quilliam has announced that it is closing down, citing financial hardship. | In…

Tom Clifford (2021-04-09). How John le Carré Became Irish. counterpunch.org Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Irishman. A plot twist that might have been considered too bizarre for even John le Carré. But the master of suspense shows, from beyond the grave, how to get the obituary writers rushing to update their paeans. The former British diplomat, secret agent, captivating espionage writer, and presumed Englishman, le Carré died an

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-09). Zambia Is the Tip of the Tail of the Global Dog. dissidentvoice.org From left to right: Vijay Prashad, Fred M'membe, Diego Sequera, and Erika Farías in Caracas, 2019. Photograph taken by Yeimi Salinas. On 12 August 2021, the people of Zambia will vote to elect a new president, who will be the seventh person elected to the office since Zambia won its independence from the United Kingdom …

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-09). Zambia is the tip of the tail of the Global dog. mronline.org On 12 August 2021, the people of Zambia will vote to elect a new president, who will be the seventh person elected to the office since Zambia won its independence from the United Kingdom in 1964 if the incumbent loses. | April 9, 2021 | Newswire…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-09). JCPOA Participants To Continue Talks Next Week. eurasiareview.com The Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) resumed its work in Vienna in a physical format on Friday. The Joint Commission is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the JCPOA. | The Joint Commission was chaired, on behalf of EU High Representative Josep Borrell, by the EEAS Political Director Enrique Mora and was attended by representatives of China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran. | The Joint Commission tasked expert groups to continue their work and agreed to reconvene in Vienna in the course of next week. | In the meetings held on Thursday and Frid…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-09). US Defense Secretary Austin Travels To Israel, Germany, NATO HQ And United Kingdom. eurasiareview.com US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III will embark on an overseas trip Saturday, April 10, to meet with government and military leaders in Israel, Germany, NATO Headquarters in Belgium, and the United Kingdom. | Secretary Austin will meet with his counterparts and other senior officials to discuss the importance of international defense relationships, and reinforce the United States' commitment to deterrence and defense, burden sharing, and enduring trans-Atlantic security. | In Israel, Secretary Austin will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benjamin Gantz, to continue close…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-09). China Blasts US Military Interventions in Human Rights Report. news.antiwar.com In the face of constant attacks by US officials over alleged human rights abuses, The report, titled "Severe Humanitarian Disasters Caused by US Aggressive Wars against Foreign Countries," was "The majority of th…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-09). US Mulls Sending More Warships to Black Sea To 'Send Message' to Russia. news.antiwar.com CNN reports that a U.S. defense official informed them Washington is considering deploying warships to the Black Sea as a demonstration of support to the government of Ukraine in response to what was described as increased Russian military presence on Ukraine's eastern border. The Black Sea is nowhere near the current conflict zone in the …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-09). Russia Alarmed Over NATO Nations' Militarization of the Arctic. news.antiwar.com The Russian TASS news site today cited Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova sounding the alarm over the U.S. and the global military bloc it leads, NATO, moving against Russia on its final frontier: the Arctic. Zakharova seems to have arrived at the realization that NATO, which already has Russia blockaded from the Norwegian to the …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-09). US Warships to Enter Black Sea in 'Significant Signal' to Russia. news.antiwar.com Turkey has confirmed an earlier CNN report that the U.S. will send warships to the Black Sea in what a Pentagon official cited by CNN said was a demonstration of support to the government of Ukraine in response to claims of increased Russian military presence on Ukraine's eastern border. The Black Sea is nowhere near …

Jason Ditz (2021-04-09). ISIS Seizes Syria Police Station, Captures Dozens of Hostages. news.antiwar.com ISIS fighters stormed the desert town of al-Saan, in Hama Province, seizing the police station and ISIS has been trying to raid areas near the desert that they operate within. Al-Saan was a former stronghold of theirs. The civilians they captured are accused of being informers for the Assad government. | Syrian state media reported that the civilians were out picking truffles at the time of the raid, and I…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-09). US Downplays Expectations of Iran Talks. news.antiwar.com On Thursday, the State Department While

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-09). Military Officials Frustrated That Biden Hasn't Made a Decision on Afghanistan. news.antiwar.com With the May 1st Afghanistan withdrawal deadline only weeks away, President Biden has yet to make an official decision on whether or not troops will remain in the country, Current and former officials told NBC News that there is growing frustration within the military over President Biden's failure to make a decision. One former senior official described Biden as "dithering" and said military leaders want the president to "jus…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-09). Congressional Democrats Call on Biden to Lift Yemen Blockade. news.antiwar.com A group of over 70 House Democrats

_____ (2021-04-09). Western Media Incite Anti-Asian Racism. popularresistance.org Over the past few weeks, the subject of anti-Asian racism has received an unusual degree of Western media attention, ever since a video showing the January 28 killing of Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai immigrant in San Francisco, was widely shared on social media. Coverage intensified when gunman Robert Aaron Long targeted three Asian-owned spas on March 6, killing six Asian women among eight victims in Atlanta, Georgia. Local and national media centered the gunman's professed motive of a "sex addiction" and police statements disputing whether the crime was racially motivated, even though gendered racism…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-09). Egypt: Archaeologists uncover 'lost golden city' buried under the sands. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Archaeologists uncover 'lost golden city' buried under the sands | Excavation team have labelled the find, uncovered near Luxor, 'the largest' ancient city ever uncovered in Egypt | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 09: 27 | After seven months of excavations, several neighbourhoods have been uncovered, including a bakery complete with ovens and storage pottery, as well as administrative and residen…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-04-09). Arabic press review: UAE accused of selling Palestinian lands in East Jerusalem. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: UAE accused of selling Palestinian lands in East Jerusalem | Meanwhile, the UAE hosts the first Holocaust Remembrance Day in the Arab world, Jordan denies claims that Bassam Awadallah has been released, and a Moroccan journalist goes on hunger strike | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 11: 54 | The predominantly Arab neighbourhood of Silwan, just outside the Old City in occupied East Jerusa…

MEE correspondent (2021-04-09). EXCLUSIVE: Jordan's Prince Hamzah says he was spied on during 2019 trip. middleeasteye.net EXCLUSIVE: Jordan's Prince Hamzah says he was spied on during 2019 trip | In audio recording sent to Middle East Eye, Jordanian royal says he confronted an alleged spy sent by Amman while on vacation in Vienna | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 21: 02 | King Abdullah (R) and his half-brother, then-Crown Prince Hamzah, at the ninth Pan Arab Games in Jordan, 20 August 1999 (AFP) | Prince Hamzah, the sen…

MEE staff (2021-04-09). UN seeks meeting with UAE over Dubai's Princess Latifa and sister Shamsa. middleeasteye.net UN seeks meeting with UAE over Dubai's Princess Latifa and sister Shamsa | United Nations still hasn't received proof that royal is alive, despite first asking for evidence in February | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 12: 30 | The UN says a meeting has been agreed in principle with senior officials to discuss Princess Latifa (Screengrab) | The United Nations has sought a meeting with the ambassador of the United Arab Emira…

MEE staff (2021-04-09). UN concerned by 'lack of transparency' over arrests in Jordan. middleeasteye.net UN concerned by 'lack of transparency' over arrests in Jordan | UN human rights office says it's unclear whether Prince Hamzah remains under de facto house arrest | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 17: 43 | Jordan's former crown prince is accused of trying to destabilise the kingdom (AFP) | The UN human rights office said on Friday it remained unclear whether Jordan's Prince Hamzah remains under de facto house arrest, and vo…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-09). Turkey condemns Italian PM's remarks branding Erdogan 'a dictator'. middleeasteye.net Turkey condemns Italian PM's remarks branding Erdogan 'a dictator' | Mario Draghi said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen had been humiliated during 'sofa gate' affair | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 08: 12 | European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen sits on a side sofa as her male counterparts sit at the front of the room during a high-level meeting in Ankara on 6 April 2021…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-09). Norway wealth fund should not include Saudi stocks in reference index, says finance ministry. middleeasteye.net Norway wealth fund should not include Saudi stocks in reference index, says finance ministry | The stocks should be excluded due to environmental, social and corporate governance risk, parliament is advised | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 12: 21 | Norway's minority government must win the support of other parties in parliament to pass its proposals (AFP) | Norway's $1.3tn sovereign wealth fund, the wo…

Nadda Osman (2021-04-09). Sudan: Hundreds of women rally against gender-based violence. middleeasteye.net Sudan: Hundreds of women rally against gender-based violence | The protesters made a list of demands, including enshrining gender equality into Sudanese law | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 13: 09 | Hundreds of women gathered in Khartoum to protest against gender-based violence (Screengrab/Social media) | Hundreds of women gathered in Sudan's capital Khartoum on Thursday to protest against gender-based violence and r…

Alex MacDonald (2021-04-09). Iraq: Activists hopeful in French legal case against former PM Abdul Mahdi. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Activists hopeful in French legal case against former PM Abdul Mahdi | Families of those killed and wounded in anti-government protests tell MEE they believe the judicial system in France can bring them justice missing at home | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 09: 19 | Iraqi mourners walk in the funeral of a prominent civil society activist who was shot dead while returning home from anti-government pro…

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). India registers fresh high of 126,789 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, tally at 12,928,574. ecns.cn As many as 126,789 new COVID-19 cases were registered in the past 24 hours in India, according to the official data released by the federal health ministry on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Canada's Ontario announces one-month lockdown as COVID-19 continues rampaging. ecns.cn Ontario province declared its third state of emergency Wednesday afternoon since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Global experts see COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan last year as 'timely, wise step'. ecns.cn After a 76-day lockdown against COVID-19, China's central megacity of Wuhan was finally reconnected with the rest of the world on April 8, 2020. One year on, China has made enormous efforts to contain the pandemic and contributed to the global battle against the virus.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). China contributes to global anti-pandemic drive by bridging 'vaccine divide'. ecns.cn "Vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community," United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. At a time when COVID-19 is ravaging the Middle East countries, China has withstood the test.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). COVID-19 origin-tracing politicized by other countries including U.S.: FM spokesperson. ecns.cn The COVID-19 origin-tracing was indeed tainted by politics, not by China, but by certain countries including the United States, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). U.S. lags in tracking coronavirus variants: media. ecns.cn The United States lags behind many other countries in employing the essential tool of gene sequencing for keeping abreast of COVID-19 variants, thus increasing the risk of a variant possibly spreading undetected, reported USA TODAY on Wednesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). New York State hikes taxes on rich, businesses to raise more funds. ecns.cn New York State would collect billions of additional tax dollars from rich people and corporations each year in order to secure funds for expensive spending amid the pandemic, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). BeiDou directed seeders work in Xinjiang's cotton fields. ecns.cn Aerial photo taken on April 7, 2021 shows an unmanned seeder equipped with Beidou navigation satellite system working in a cotton field in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). China breaks deep-sea sediment core retrieval record. ecns.cn Chinese scientists have completed a deep-sea drilling project to obtain a sediment core with a length of 231 meters from a depth of over 2,000 meters in the South China Sea, setting a new world record for deep-sea drilling.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). New explosive ordnance disposal tech debuts at training base. ecns.cn More than a dozen new explosive ordnance disposal technologies involving lasers, drone detection, detonation robots, water guns, X-ray units, and night vision debuted during a seven-day training session.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). HKSAR chief executive to table local electoral legislation amendment bill to LegCo next week. ecns.cn Carrie Lam, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Thursday said that subject to endorsement of the Executive Council, the amendment bill to improve the HKSAR's electoral system will be tabled to the Legislative Council (LegCo) next Wednesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Speed skating for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics tested at National Speed Skating Oval. ecns.cn A Chinese skater competes in the 500 meter speed skating event for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the National Speed Skating Oval in Beijing, April 7, 2021.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). China, India in talks ahead of 11th round of military talks. ecns.cn When asked if the next military talks between top-level officials from China and India will be delayed, a Chinese official on Thursday refuted the remarks, saying that the two sides are still "in talks" for the meet-up.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Chinese firm signs MoU on agriculture development project in Laos. ecns.cn A chinese company, Jiarun Agricultural Development Co., Ltd. and the Lao Ministry of Planning and Investment have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the feasibility study for a forest restoration and ecological agriculture development project in southern Laos.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). UN chief calls for concerted efforts to counter hate-driven movements. ecns.cn United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for concerted efforts to defeat hate-driven movements to prevent history from repeating itself as the world was marking the anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Descendant of Flying Tigers' rescuer recalls the past. ecns.cn Wearing a hat emblazoned with the AVG Flying Tigers logo, Li Ruiling, the descendant of Flying Tigers' rescuer reveals a widespread legend that took place in Hong Kong during WWII.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Verdant forest of metasequoia lights up Spring in Jiangsu. ecns.cn Verdant and rich forest of metasequoia forms a grand ecological landscape in Suqian City, east China's Jiangsu Province.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). China urges Nigerian police to help free kidnapped Chinese hostages. ecns.cn China urged the Nigerian police to help free two Chinese nationals who were kidnapped in southwestern Nigeria on Monday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Major tech fair to be held in Shanghai. ecns.cn The 8th China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair will be held from April 15 to 17 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition &Convention Center, government officials announced on Tuesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Traditional archery course appeals to college students in Hunan. ecns.cn An optional archery course is in full swing at Huaihua University in Hunan Province, where a teacher dressed in Chinese traditional costume shows skills and traditional etiquette of how to shoot an arrow.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Renowned scholar calls on Biden administration to reverse Trump's policies toward China. ecns.cn The U.S. President Joe Biden's administration should reverse policies toward China by former U.S. President Donald Trump's administration, stop its geopolitical contest with China, and let reason return to U.S. policymaking, a renowned scholar has said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Spiral staircases hug cliff in Chongqing. ecns.cn A more than 1,000-step spiral staircases hugging a cliff have opened to tourists here.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). China issues guideline on easing market access in Hainan free trade port. ecns.cn China on Thursday issued a guideline to support easing market access in the Hainan free trade port in its latest effort to build the resort island into a globally influential, high-level free trade port.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). Over 2,500 arrested over Hong Kong's social unrest involve in judicial proceedings. ecns.cn The Department of Justice of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Thursday said that of the 10,242 people arrested between June 9, 2019 and Feb. 28, 2021 over the social unrest in Hong Kong, 2,521 have been or are undergoing judicial proceedings.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). China refutes U.S. 'intimidation' accusations. ecns.cn China on Thursday refuted U.S. accusations of the country conducting "intimidation actions" in the Taiwan Strait and said that the label of "intimidation" or "coercion" can never be pinned on China.

SF LGBT Center (2021-04-09). Saturday 4/10: SF LGBT Center's Virtual Soiree 2021. indybay.org Online…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuela to Start Production of Cuba's Abdala COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com The Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, confirmed that the South American nation is fine-tuning details, and will soon start production of a COVID-19 vaccine. This was reported by the top official during a tour of the Espromed Bio plant, located in the city of Guarenas, Miranda state. | In her statements, she recalled that an agreement was recently signed for the production of insulin in that particular plant, with a Russian manufacturer. Now, preparations are directed towards the manufacture of the drug to fight the coronavirus, to move Venezuela forward towards mass immunization. | "We have been accom…

Roger Stoll (2021-04-09). Unconventional US Warfare Won't Stop Nicaragua's Revolution. dissidentvoice.org Republican strategist Karl Rove often advised his clients to attack not the enemy's weaknesses but its strenghts. The bipartisan US foreign policy disinformation machine has taken Rove's advice with tedious devotion. So, to attack Nicaragua, the machine's fabrications and propaganda have targeted some of that country's strengths: gender equity, Indigenous rights and autonomy, democracy, sovereignty, …

Anonymous669 (2021-04-09). HTS Terrorist Attack On School Thwarted In Crimea (Video). southfront.org ROSTOV-ON-DON REGION, RUSSIA — JULY 15, 2019: Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) officers detain two members of a cell of the Islamic State terrorist organization (banned in Russia). Video screen grab/ Russian Federal Security Service/TASS | On April 9, the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) thwarted a terrorist attack in the city of Simferopol, the capital of Crimea. | In a statement, the FSB's Public Relations Center announced that two supporters of the Syria-based terrorist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) [m…

Moderator (2021-04-09). Oliver Hermanus: "Moffie" Links White Supremacy and Homophobia as Macho Perversions. scheerpost.com Photo courtesy of Daniel Rutland Manners. An IFC Films Release.] Click to subscribe on: Apple / Spotify / Google Play "Moffie," a new South African movie billed as an apartheid-era " queer war film," tells the story of the closeted 16-year-old Nicholas (Kai Luke Brummer) and his conscription into South Africa's military service to fight a war against communist Angola in the 1980s. The film… |

Fight Back (2021-04-09). In huge victory for the Arab Community, Sharon Brannigan defeated in Palos Township. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement by the #ByeBrannigan campaign.
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Ebrahim Deen (2021-04-09). Egyptian Foreign policy under Sisi: diminishing independence in the service of dictatorship. juancole.com Johannesburg (Special to Informed Comment) — Egyptian foreign policy under the tutelage of Egyptian president Abdul Fattah El-Sisi has seen the country lose much of its independence in an attempt to secure gulf aid and in the service of combating the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. In addition, the country's myriad domestic challenges has seen its influence …

_____ (2021-04-09). Scheer Intelligence: "Moffie" Links White Supremacy And Homophobia As Macho Perversions. popularresistance.org "Moffie," a new South African movie billed as an apartheid-era "queer war film," tells the story of the closeted 16-year-old Nicholas (Kai Luke Brummer) and his conscription into South Africa's military service to fight a war against communist Angola in the 1980s. The film, in movie theaters and On Demand platforms, is based on André Carl van der Merwe's autobiographical novel "Moffie"—a homophobic slur. It explores with great nuance the complex realities of apartheid-era South Africa and the dangerous ideologies pervasive in its solely white male armed forces. On this week's installment of "Scheer Intellig…

Anthony Hall (2021-04-09). The Covid Vaccine Is an Integral Part of "The Great Reset" globalresearch.ca It seems increasingly likely that the COVID jabs are part of …

John Gilmore (2021-04-09). The Heat: Mozambique Violence. america.cgtn.com Mozambique is still reeling after a vicious assault late last month by militants linked to ISIL. Dozens were killed by the insurgents in the assault that took place in the coastal town of Palma in the northern Cabo Delgado province. Thousands more have fled …

William J. Astore (2021-04-09). Back to the Future at the Pentagon. counterpunch.org The future isn't what it used to be. As a teenager in the 1970s, I watched a lot of TV science fiction shows, notably Space: 1999 and UFO, that imagined a near future of major moon bases and alien attacks on Earth. Movies of that era like Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey envisioned colossal

William J. Astore (2021-04-09). The Pentagon prefers a Conventional War it Can Win, but is likely stuck with Guerrilla Wars it Can't. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — The future isn't what it used to be. As a teenager in the 1970s, I watched a lot of TV science fiction shows, notably Space: 1999 and UFO, that imagined a near future of major moon bases and alien attacks on Earth. Movies of that era like Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A …

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts (2021-04-09). Washington's Follies Are Dangerous to Us and to the World. globalresearch.ca A country without a media is lost to the follies of …

webdev (2021-04-09). How Cuba Beat the Pandemic: From Developing New Vaccines to Sending Doctors Overseas to Help Others. democracynow.org Since last year, approximately 440 Cubans have died from COVID-19, giving Cuba one of the lowest death rates per capita in the world. Cuba is also developing five COVID-19 vaccines, including two which have entered stage 3 trials. Cuba has heavily invested in its medical and pharmaceutical system for decades, in part because of the six-decade U.S. embargo that has made it harder for Cuba to import equipment and raw materials from other countries. That investment, coupled with the country's free, universal healthcare system, has helped Cuba keep the virus under control and quickly develop vaccines against it, says…

webdev (2021-04-09). Amnesty Int'l: COVID-19 Exacerbates Inequality in Americas as U.S. Policy Drives Refugees to Border. democracynow.org A new Amnesty International report lays out how the pandemic has significantly exacerbated inequality across the Americas over the past year. Over 1.3 million people have died in the region from COVID-19, making the Americas the hardest-hit area in the world. Women, refugees, migrants, underprotected health workers, Indigenous peoples, Black people and other groups historically excluded and neglected by governments have borne the brunt of the pandemic, according to the report, which also points out the rise in gender violence and lethal crackdown on human rights defenders. "It's not a surprise that the Americas h…

webdev (2021-04-09). Biden Calls U.S. Gun Violence an "International Embarrassment." Will Congress Finally Act? democracynow.org President Joe Biden has ordered a series of executive actions on gun control in the wake of mass shootings in Georgia, Colorado and elsewhere, calling gun violence in the U.S. an "epidemic" and an "international embarrassment." The most significant executive order aims to crack down on so-called ghost guns — easily assembled firearms bought over the internet without serial numbers, which account for about a third of guns recovered at crime scenes. Biden has also nominated gun control advocate David Chipman to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, but acknowledged this week that major…

A Guest Author (2021-04-09). Web head: U.S. Army unleashes 'Defender-Europe 21'. workers.org By Manlio Dinucci, Published in Il Manifesto March 30. Translation: John Catalinotto. Not everything in Europe is paralyzed by the anti-COVID lockdown: In fact, the mammoth annual exercise of the U.S. Army, Defender-Europe, which until June mobilized on European territory, and beyond this, tens of thousands of soldiers with thousands . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-04-09). U.S. Army unleashes 'Defender-Europe 21'. workers.org By Manlio Dinucci Published in Il Manifesto March 30. Translation: John Catalinotto. Not everything in Europe is paralyzed by the anti-COVID lockdown: In fact, the mammoth annual exercise of the U.S. Army, Defender-Europe, which until June mobilized on European territory, and beyond this, tens of thousands of soldiers with thousands . . . |

RT (2021-04-09). 'Ridiculously over the top': BBC creates special complaint form as viewers decry 'too much coverage' of Prince Philip death. rt.com The BBC has been inundated with a wave of complaints over its marathon coverage of the death of Prince Philip, even setting up a special page for viewers to voice their gripes about the outlet's "excessive" reporting. | With the Duke of Edinburgh

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-09). Imperial remembers the Duke of Edinburgh. imperial.ac.uk Buckingham Palace has announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh aged 99. The Duke was made an honorary Doctor of Science by Imperial in 2007.

Anonymous669 (2021-04-09). 'Islamic Resistance In Iraq' Shares Footage Of Recent Attacks On US Forces. southfront.org Official logo of The Islamic Resistance in Iraq — 'Ashab al-Kahf | On April 9, the Islamic Resistance in Iraq — 'Ashab al-Kahf (AK) released a video documenting recent attacks on US forces. | The 4-minute video, which was shared by the In the video, AK fighters can be seen attacking supply convoys of the US-led coalition and targeting bases hosting…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-09). Never Ending Attacks: Houthis Strike Another Saudi Airport. southfront.org Illustrative image, source: the Houthis media wing | On April 9 afternoon, the Houthis (as Ansar Allah is known) launched yet another drone attack on the southern region of Saudi Arabia. | In an official statement, a spokesman for the Yemeni group said that a "sensitive post" in Abha International Airport in the province of 'Asir was targeted with a Qasef-2K suicide drone. | The Qasef-2K drone is a copy of the Iranian-made Ababil-2. The drone has a range of 150 km and is armed with high-explosive fragmentation, HE-F…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-09). U.S. Mulls Sending Warships To Black Sea In Support Of Ukraine: CNN Report. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The US is considering sending warships to the Black Sea in support for Ukraine, An unnamed official from the Department of Defense

Anonymous669 (2021-04-09). Vicious Daraa Attack Leaves Three Syrian Intelligence Officers Dead. southfront.org Illustrative image | Early on April 9, three officers of the Syrian Political Security Directorate were killed in a vicious attack in the northern Daraa countryside. | Unidentified gunmen ambushed then killed three officers on a road leading to the town of Ghabagheb. The town is located near the administrative border between Daraa and Damascus Countryside. | The slain officers were identified as Osama al-Khalid, Rami Jamous and Ali Barakat. All three victims were originally from…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-09). U.S. Space Force Announces Formation Of Space Systems Command. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The United States Space Force will reform its acquisition organization under the new "Space Systems Command", in the summer of 2021, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Jay Raymond Under the restructuring to speed up new technology delivery, Space Systems Command (SSC) will replace the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), elevating its resp…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-09). Death Or Ukraine: US Delegation Came On Donbass Frontlines Under Nazi Flags. southfront.org The Ukrainian Armed Forces hung up the German War Ensign of the Third Reich. According to the official representative of the People's Militia of the Republic it was linked with the The video of DPR National Militia, showing the flag waving over Ukrainian positions in the village of Maryinka that is under the contro…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-09). Sinai Insurgency: ISIS Terrorists Execute Pro-Government Tribal Fighter (Photos). southfront.org Illustrative image | On April 5, ISIS announced that its fighters in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula had captured and executed a pro-government tribal fighter. | According to the terrorist group's news agency, Amaq, the execution took place in the area of al-Burth to the south of Rafah city in the northern part of Sinai. | Amaq shared photos of the war crime. The photos show ISIS terrorists shooting the victim, a young man, in the head before burying him in an unmarked grave. The i…

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