Daily Archives: May 2, 2021

2021-05-02: News Headlines

news.un (2021-05-02). UN condemns deadly attack at guesthouse in Afghanistan. news.un.org The United Nations strongly condemned Friday's suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan, in which at least 21 persons were killed and over 100, including women and children, wounded.

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Kim's Sister Warns South Korea of Consequences Over Propaganda Leaflets Against North. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong, has warned South Korea that their recent failure to stop North Korean defectors from spreading anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets will have consequences.

Staff (2021-05-02). International 1 May actions call for liberation of Palestine, freedom for Georges Abdallah. samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network chapters and members participated in a wide range of global activities, demonstrations and mobilizations marking 1 May, International Workers' Day, as did many advocates for justice and liberation for Palestine and for Palestinian political prisoners. The flag of Palestine and banners of liberation were raised at many international demonstrations, calling for freedom for the prisoners and liberation for Palestine from the river to the sea. Samidoun Deutschland members took to the streets in Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, and Berlin, among other cities in Germany. In Frankf…

_____ (2021-05-02). What Would A Deep Green New Deal Look Like? popularresistance.org The Green New Deal has attracted perhaps the greatest attention of any proposal for decades. It would guarantee Medicare-for-All, Housing-for-All, student loan forgiveness and propose the largest economic growth in human history to address unemployment and climate change. | But the last of these hits a stumbling block. Creation of all forms of energy contributes to the destruction of nature and human life. It is possible to increase the global quality of life at the same time as we reduce the use of fossil fuels and other sources of energy. Therefore, a "deep" GND would focus on energy reduction, otherwise known…

_____ (2021-05-02). I'm Still Here, Though My Country's Gone West. popularresistance.org A full generation has elapsed since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed in late 1991. Two years earlier, in 1989, the communist states of Eastern Europe dissolved, with the first salvo fired when Hungary opened its border. On 3 March 1989, Hungary's last communist prime minister Miklós Németh asked the USSR's last President Mikhail Gorbachev whether the border to Western Europe could be opened. 'We have a strict regime on our borders', Gorbachev told Németh, 'but we are also becoming more open'. Three months later, on 15 June, Gorbachev told the press in Bonn (West Germany) that the Berlin Wa…

_____ (2021-05-02). Government Report Documents US Responsibility For Venezuela's Humanitarian Dilemma. popularresistance.org The US government blames the crisis on the mismanagement and corruption of the Venezuelan government headed by Nicolás Maduro. The Venezuelan government faults the US and its allies for imposing sanctions, unilateral coercive measures illegal under international law. | An official US Congressional Research Service report issued April 28, Venezuela: Background and US Relations, suggests the Venezuelan government has valid arguments that it is being strangulated by US sanctions. According to the report: | It is difficult to attribute precisely the extent of Venezuela's economic collapse that is due to US sanctions…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Amazon Reports Huge Profits as CEO Jeff Bezos Prepares to Leave. sputniknews.com Announcing his decision in February, Bezos said he would become the company's executive chairman, while Andy Jassy, head of Amazon's Web Services, will replace him as CEO. Bezos said his resignation will allow him to spend more time on his other companies.

Juan Cole (2021-05-02). Biden Plans for US to Jump into Electric Vehicles with Both Feet, in a Hurry. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The White House issued a fact sheet Thursday on how President Biden intends to move the US vehicle fleet to electric in short order, using money already appropriated for his jobs plan. Biden is ahead of world trends in his ambitions. The UN's International Energy Agency predicts that the current …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-02). Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India. dissidentvoice.org As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month. The decision was reached by the Morrison government with the blessing of the State Premiers and the Labor opposition. Not …

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-02). Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights From India — OpEd. eurasiareview.com As India is being devastated by COVID-19 cases that have now passed a daily rate of 400,000, affluent and callous Australia has taken the decision to suspend all flights coming into the country till mid-month. The decision was reached by the Morrison government with the blessing of the State Premiers and the Labor opposition. | Not happy with banning flights from India, the Morrison government promises to be savage in punishing returnees who find ways to circumvent the ban (for instance, by travelling via a third country). Citizens who breach the travel ban can face up to five years' imprisonment and fines up…

Stansfield Smith (2021-05-02). Policía mundial: Washington busca encarcelar a empresarios extranjeros por incumplir sus sanciones ilegales. thegrayzone.com Violando la legislación internacional, Estados Unidos busca extraditar y encarcelar a empresarios extranjeros por sortear sus sanciones unilaterales. Los objetivos de Washington incluyen al ciudadano venezolano Alex Saab, el norcoreano Mun Chol Myong, y la ejecutiva china de Huawei Meng Wanzhou. Por Stansfield Smith Traducido por Diego Sequera (You can read this article in English here.) Estados Unidos emplea sanciones económicas como arma contra los estados que eligieron un camino hacia el desarrollo, independiente de la dominación global norteamericana. Las …

Stansfield Smith (2021-05-02). Policía mundial: Washington busca encarcelar a empresarios extranjeros por incumplir sanciones ilegales. thegrayzone.com Violando la legislación internacional, Estados Unidos busca extraditar y encarcelar a empresarios extranjeros por sortear sus sanciones unilaterales. Los objetivos de Washington incluyen al ciudadano venezolano Alex Saab, el norcoreano Mun Chol Myong, y la ejecutiva china de Huawei Meng Wanzhou. Por Stansfield Smith Traducido por Diego Sequera (You can read this article in English here.) Estados Unidos emplea sanciones económicas como arma contra los estados que eligieron un camino hacia el desarrollo, independiente de la dominación global norteamericana. Las …

Lawrence Wittner (2021-05-02). The Fateful Choice: Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear Weapons-Free World. warisacrime.org The recent announcement by the British government that it plans a 40 percent increase in the number of nuclear weapons it possesses highlights the escalation of the exceptionally dangerous and costly nuclear arms race. After decades of progress in reducing nuclear arsenals through arms control and disarmament agreements, all the nuclear powers are once again …

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). 30 Afghan Soldiers Missing After Taliban Captured Garrison In Ghazni Province (Map Update). southfront.org Illustrative Image | On May 1, at least 30 soldiers of the Afghan National Army (ANA) went missing in the southeastern Afghani province of Ghazni after an attack by the Taliban. | According to the TOLO News channel, the missing soldiers were manning a checkpoint in the area of Arzoo which was raided by Taliban militants. | Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the Taliban, confirmed that the group's militants captured a large garrison as well as a checkpoint in Arzoo. The spokesman claimed that 20 soldiers were captured alon…

_____ (2021-05-02). Massachusetts House Rejects Distorted Definition Of Antisemitism. popularresistance.org Cambridge, MA – The Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday rejected an amendment to the state budget which would have Massachusetts adopt the IHRA definition of antisemitism, a definition that equates criticism of Israel with antisemitism, within its law on religious discrimination | The problem amendment, called "Condemnation of Antisemitism and Adoption of IHRA Definition", was submitted by Rep. Howitt (R. Seekonk) as amendment #300 to the state budget bill, H.4000. | With only two days to respond before the amendment was considered, Jewish Voice for Peace- Boston, Massachusetts Peace Action, the A…

Vijay Prashad (2021-05-02). The US is Trying to Light the Match of Islamic Extremism in China's Xinjiang. orinocotribune.com By Vijay Prashad, Jie Xiong — Apr 29, 2021 | The information war now conducted by the US against China centers on Xinjiang. Once again, the US uses longstanding problems—such as the rise of extremism in Central Asia (fueled to some extent by the US since the 1980s)—to create problems for its adversaries | "Kashgar is a key location for the land and sea interface of the Belt and Road, connecting not only westward to West Asia, Europe, the Red Sea, and Africa, but also southward to the Indian Ocean through the port of Gwadar," said Professor Li Bo of the China Research Institute, Fudan University.

Fight Back (2021-05-02). 1500 rally and march in Chicago on May Day. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The movements for immigrant rights, against police crimes, and the labor movement of essential workers united today to mark May 1, International Workers Day in Chicago. Banners read "Legalization for all," "Stop police crimes" and "Justice for essential workers." | The mobilization represented the unity reached between the major immigrant rights group the state, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR). ICIRR's two legislative priorities are legalization for all and a pathway to citizenship at the feder…

Editor2 (2021-05-02). Campaign of Struggles: The MST Donates More Than 100 Tons of Food Throughout Brazil. orinocotribune.com The actions took place between the 10th and the 21st, during the National Campaign of Struggles in defense of Agrarian Reform in April, in memory of the 25th anniversary of the Eldorado dos Carajás Massacre | The MST is in solidarity and shares its harvest among the workers affected by the food crisis that the country is suffering, in the situation where more than half of the Brazilian population is not guaranteed that they will have food on the table. | It is estimated that there are almost 117 million suffering from food insecurity and 19 million facing severe hunger. This is what the data from the National Sur…

Staff (2021-05-02). In Colombia, Hundreds of Ex-Rebels Have Been Murdered Despite Peace Agreement. truthout.org So far this year alone, Colombia has seen 33 massacres of social leaders, trade union organizers and ex-guerrilla fighters belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). At least 119 people have been murdered by paramilitary groups, state security forces or unidentified assassins as of April 27, according to the

Marjorie Cohn (2021-05-02). Commission Finds Anti-Black Police Violence Constitutes Crimes Against Humanity. zcomm.org On April 27, the International Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racist Police Violence Against People of African Descent in the United States issued its long-awaited report on the U.S.'s police-perpetrated racist violence…

Don Fitz (2021-05-02). What Would a Genuine Green New Deal Look Like? zcomm.org The survival of Humanity depends on the building of a green culture that prizes sharing above all else…

South Front (2021-05-02). Video: "Turkish Falcon" Protracts Its Claws over Kurdistan Yet Again. globalresearch.ca Turkey launched two brand-new operations in Iraq's Kurdistan region. | The operations …

P. K. Balachandran (2021-05-02). Takeaways From The Indian Elections — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Although the elections just held in four States and one Union Territory in India were provincial, they had immense national importance because national issues and national conditions impinged on them in addition to local issues. | Firstly, the elections forcefully brought into West Bengal State politics, a new force, "Hindutwa" or political Hinduism, professed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prior to 2019, the BJP and the ideology of "Hindutwa" were not evident in West Bengal as it had been a bastion of secular-leftist or center-left secular parties. | The BJP un…

Staff (2021-05-02). French labor unionists call for Histadrut boycott. samidoun.net In a video released on 1 May 2021, French trade unionists associated with the CGT, France's largest labor federation, in the Haute-Garonne region of France, issued a call for boycott of the Histadrut. The video statement responded to Palestinian labor activists' calls to boycott the Israeli trade union federation, known since its inception as a pillar of the Zionist project and directly implicated in the colonization of Palestine and the dispossession, expulsion and colonization of Palestinian people and Palestinian land. The video was issued by Collectif Palestine Vaincra, based in Toulouse, France. The Collecti…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). 'No Cheer Left Within': India's Famous 'Dancing Doctor' Details Picture Inside Gloomy COVID Wards. sputniknews.com Last March, millions of Indians had clapped and banged utensils to participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's nationwide cheer fest for the nation's doctors and healthcare workers. At the time, COVID-19 was a new danger to vulnerable human lives in which physicians in white protective suits replaced Khaki-clad soldiers in protecting the nation.

WSWS (2021-05-03). Germany's official COVID-19 contagion policy puts hundreds of thousands of students and educators at risk. wsws.org The updated Infection Protection Act reinforces the government's reckless contagion policy in schools and threatens the health of students.

WSWS (2021-05-03). "Open letter" demands end to UK pandemic restrictions as official figures confirm COVID-19 is a "poor man's disease" wsws.org Ten of its signatories are also signatories to the Great Barrington Declaration, launched at the right-wing American Institute for Economic Research in Massachusetts on October 4 last year.

WSWS (2021-05-03). COVID-19 death of 13-year-old Brampton girl underscores criminality of Canada's open economy/open schools policy. wsws.org Emily's tragic, entirely preventable death has triggered an outpouring of anger towards the political elite and solidarity with the stricken family.

_____ (2021-05-02). As Meatpackers Stoked Fears Of A Shortage, Exports Increased. popularresistance.org Last year, as the meatpacking industry's frontline workers were infected with Covid-19 and the industry pushed claims of a meat shortage, companies in the U.S. exported more than $22 billion in meat products, continuing an upward trend in foreign sales since 2016. | Trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that in 2020 the value of American meat exports reached its highest level since 2014. Companies exporting meat products from the Midwest also fared well, increasing sales by about $500 million from 2019 to 2020.

Fight Back (2021-05-02). Denver students hold rally against police injustice on campus. fightbacknews.org Denver, CO – Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) rallied here April 29, as a part of their campaign to disarm and defund the Auraria Campus Police Department. | SDS has been working to disarm and defund ACPD since the summer of 2020. Since then, police funds on campus actually did go down by 6%, but when compared to a 9.7% general budget cut due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the police are actually receiving a larger percentage of the total budget – despite only one in three classes being held on campus. | SDS demonstrations on campus were cited by the police as one of the key reasons for the establishment of a…

Joel Ruet* (2021-05-02). What Does China's Changing Belt And Road Initiative Mean For Central Asian Economies? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com With leaders planning their routes to post-Covid-19 recovery, all countries are weighing up the measures needed to return to stability and growth. | In the US, Biden's $1.9 trillion relief plan has placed stimulus front and centre. | When it comes to China, many eyes have been on the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), the country's vast global infrastructure strategy launched in 2013. | For those in the West who view BRI as hostile and expansionist, designed to entrap neighbouring countries in debt, any slowdown of the initiative is a welcome development. | Countries which looked set to benefit from investment wi…

Muhammad Zulfikar Rakhmat* (2021-05-02). Growing Cooperation Between Indonesian Political Parties And Chinese Communist Party — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In April, the bilateral relations between China and Indonesia have entered a long period, exactly 71 years since the two countries synergized. However, in recent years in the Moreover, when the world was disturbed by the Covid-19 pandemic which had lasted for approximately 1 year, the relationship between Indonesia and China continued and had even…

Abdelhak Senhadji, Dora Benedek, Edward Gemayel,, Alexander Tieman* (2021-05-02). Achieving The Sustainable Development Goals Will Require Extraordinary Effort By All — Analysis. eurasiareview.com The pandemic's impact on the world's poor has been especially harsh. COVID-19 may have pushed about The current crisis has derailed progress toward basic development goals, as low-income developing countries must now balance urgent spending to protect lives and livelihoods wit…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-02). Iran foreign trade in year 1399 amid pandemic, sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The statistics show that Iran was able to continue its foreign trade despite being under pressure from the tough sanctions and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Staff (2021-05-02). Access to Mental Health Services Decreased as Need for Care Soared During COVID. truthout.org Therapists and other behavioral health care providers cut hours, reduced staffs and turned away patients during the pandemic as more Americans experienced depression symptoms and drug overdoses, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. | The report on patient access to behavioral health care during the covid-19 crisis also casts doubt on whether insurers are abiding by federal law requiring parity in insurance coverage, which forbids health plans from passing al…

_____ (2021-05-02). Biden Chooses Monopoly Profits Over Lives In India. popularresistance.org India is prominent in the news right now, as it has become the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic worldwide. Rhetoric from the Biden administration might lead people to believe that resolving the crisis in India is a top priority. As thousands of people die each day in India and the United States restricts all travel from the country, however, it turns out that Biden's support for vaccine nationalism is fueling the crisis. | Biden has promised aid to India in the form of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, test kits, and other supplies — but without vaccines, that essentially slaps a band-aid…

Staff (2021-05-02). Capitalism and Racism Are Enemies of an Effective Vaccine Plan. truthout.org Pandemics don't spread evenly. The spread depends on environmental conditions such as temperature and airflow, population density and size, and, as it turns out, privilege. Brutal capitalism has driven the disproportionate impact of COVID on marginalized communities, and it is now driving inequities in vaccine distribution. | Not surprisingly, the contours of COVID's impacts have reflected pre-existing societal disparities — which are often shaped along gender, race and class lines. These disparities…

Associated Press (2021-05-02). Los Tigres del Norte llaman a sus fans a vacunarse. peoplesworld.org NUEVA YORK (AP) — Los Tigres del Norte se arremangaron las camisas para vacunarse contra el coronavirus, y ahora invitan a sus seguidores a seguir el ejemplo. "Entusiasmadamente decidimos recibir las vacunas COVID-19 para la salud y el bienestar de nosotros mismos, nuestras familias, y esperamos que todos nuestros fans se unan a nosotros", dijo …

_____ (2021-05-02). Covid-19-Policy Contest Between Libertarianism v. Socialism: The Latest Results. strategic-culture.org A great deal remains that is important to know but that is currently unknown about Covid-19, Eric Zuesse writes. | Early in the "coronavirus-19" — subsequently called "Covid-19" — pandemic, Denmark and Sweden were often being compared with one-another because both are Scandinavian countries, but on 13 March 2020, Denmark had started a lockdown and imposed strict recommendations for businesses and personal behavior, whereas Sweden did nothing of the sort, and so the two countries were considered to be especially suitable to serve as being an almost controlled experiment in what the results would be of…

People's Vaccine Alliance (2021-05-02). Who's Controlling the COVID Vaccine: 10 Myths and Misdirections. commondreams.org "Support the majority of people who believe that vaccine monopolies are at odds with our universal right to health." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

ecns.cn (2021-05-02). China-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Myanmar. ecns.cn A batch of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government arrived at the Yangon International Airport on Sunday, according to a release from the Chinese embassy on Sunday.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-05-02). To Counter 'Morally Objectionable' Vaccine Inequality, Sanders Says Big Pharma Must Share Covid Technology. commondreams.org "There is something morally objectionable about rich countries being able to get that vaccine and yet millions and billions of people in poor countries are unable to afford it," Sen. Bernie Sanders said Sunday. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). What to know about youth summer camps during COVID-19. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released guidelines to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection at youth summer camp. But what do those guidelines mean for families and children who look forward to the ritual of attending overnight or day summer camp?"There not one strategy that's going to completely eliminate risk. But using multiple …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). New CDC guidance for vaccinated adults. What does it mean? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today announced updated COVID-19 guidance for masking outdoors and for fully vaccinated people. For instance, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a protective mask outdoors, except in certain crowded settings and venues. "I completely agree with the updated CDC recommendations," says Dr. Abinash Virk, a …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). COVID-19: Who's at higher risk of serious symptoms? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important to remind people who is more at risk of serious coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) symptoms, which can vary widely. Some people have no symptoms at all, while others become so sick that they eventually need mechanical assistance to breathe. This article is written by Mayo Clinic …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccine confidence and the importance of that second dose. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While the number of people being vaccinated for COVID-19 is dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts continue to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. And that means that those who are being vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get their first and second doses …

Ricardo Vaz, Tatuy TV (2021-05-02). Rural Producers Protest 'Fraud' at Sugar Mill. venezuelanalysis.com Local communes and the Communard Union have joined the demonstrations in Sucre State.

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2021-05-02). America, China, and the Climate Dinosaur. counterpunch.org Climate warnings With the exception of fossil fuel beneficiaries, most of the leaders of the world are taking climate change, if not seriously, at least under advisement. They observe the effects of higher temperatures, increasing destructive forest fires, rising sea water levels, thunderstorms, and more difficulties in raising food and catching fish. The UN Panel on

Stan Cox (2021-05-02). Biden's Climate Proposals: Tiptoeing Across the Starting Line. counterpunch.org President Joe Biden announced on Earth Day that under the Paris climate agreement, the United States will pledge a 50-percent reduction in greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030. He also reiterated his intention to "set a course" toward "net zero emissions economy-wide" by 2050. This was a welcome change from life under the previous president, who had

The Conversation (2021-05-02). Watching a coral reef die as climate change devastates one of the most pristine tropical island areas on Earth. juancole.com By Sam Purkis | — The Chagos Archipelago is one of the most remote, seemingly idyllic places on Earth. Coconut-covered sandy beaches with incredible bird life rim tropical islands in the Indian Ocean, hundreds of miles from any continent. Just below the waves, coral reefs stretch for miles along an underwater mountain chain. It's a …

_____ (2021-05-02). Ukrainian Ultranationalist Lobby Flaunts Influence Over Biden, Blocks Top Russia Expert's Appointment. strategic-culture.org Demonstrating the power the ultranationalist Ukraine lobby has attained in Biden's Washington, the White House has withdrawn consideration of esteemed Russia specialist Matthew Rojansky. | By Moss ROBESON | Matthew Rojansky is the head of the Kennan Institute, a notable think tank at the US government-funded Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. Despite his well-established expertise on Russia and lengthy record of leadership on the issue, he has been judged "too soft" to work in the Biden White House. | An increasingly influential element within Washington's powerful anti-Russian lob…

Editorial Team (2021-05-02). Young Communists paint Glasgow red with May Day and Centenary Rally. challenge-magazine.org Jason Dunn, is a member of the Young Communist League's Edinburgh Branch | The Young Communist League (YCL) turned out in force to Glasgow on Saturday in a vibrant demonstration marking International Workers Day, just as life resumes in Scotland's commercial hubs. | Marking May Day, the YCL — the Communist Party's youth wing — fielded a large group of comrades stood to attention in a vigorous display outside of Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall, each holding a red flag aloft in front banners celebrating 2021 as the YCL's centenary year. | Speeches from comrades began just before midday, as shoppers began…

Staff (2021-05-02). America's richest boosted their fortunes by $195 billion in Biden's first 100 days — media. rt.com US President Joe Biden wants the wealthiest Americans to pay their fair share of taxes, but it turns out they have become one of the main beneficiaries of his presidency. | The combined net worth of the top 100 ultra-rich people in the US has skyrocketed by $195 billion since Biden took office, according to Bloomberg's calculations. From his election to his inauguration, they added $267 billion to their fortunes, bringing their total gain to $461 billion since November 4. | The rise in billionaires' wealth in the first 100 days of Biden's presidency is around 20% of the cash stockpile those billionaires raked…

Staff (2021-05-02). 'He's like a video game character': Fans hail Czech slugger Prochazka as he flatlines Dominick Reyes in UFC main event (VIDEO). rt.com There is a new title threat in the UFC at 205lbs after Czech powerhouse Jiri Prochazka enhanced his glittering reputation even further with a stunning second round spinning elbow knockout of former title contender Dominick Reyes. | Prochazka entered the UFC last summer to much fanfare after a run through the RIZIN promotion saw him claim their light heavyweight title amid a string of stunning first-round finishes. | While his handiwork wasn't quite so snappy on Saturday night in las Vegas, the manner in which he dispatched the gritty Reyes — who came close to seizing the world title from Jon Jones just 18…

Staff (2021-05-02). Beijing sends aircraft carrier group to disputed South China Sea, vows to 'uphold national sovereignty & security'. rt.com China has dispatched an aircraft carrier strike group into the disputed South China Sea for "routine" drills. The deployment comes shortly after another Chinese carrier group left the troubled region. | The group, led by the country's second aircraft carrier, the Shandong, is to take part in "routine" training scheduled in its annual work plan, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy said in a statement on Sunday. | "It is completely legitimate and beneficial in improving the country's ability to uphold national sovereignty and security," a spokesman for the navy, Gao Xiucheng, has said. | The Shandong is the…

Staff (2021-05-02). 60-70% of world's attention focused on just 10 online domains, according to latest research. rt.com Alarming new research into the online economy has found that just 10 domains command the majority of the world's attention and are on course to grab even more in the coming years. | The multi-year research The researchers examined global trends in online diversity and dominance, focusing on linkage patterns from several of the world's…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-02). Military Situation In Donetsk People's Republic On May 2, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | 1. UAF in Novgorodskoe shelled DPR positions in Zheleznaya Balka with 82-mm artillery. | 2. UAF in Pivdenne shelled the Gagarin mine in Gorlovka with 82-mm artillery. | 3. UAF in Pesky shelled Donetsk city with 120-mm and 82-mm artillery. | 4. UAF in Pesky targeted Zhabunky with heavy machine guns. | 5. DPR forces in Staromikhailovka shelled UAF positions in Krasnogorovka with 120-mm artillery. | 6. DPR forces in Donetsk shelled UAF positions in Pesky with grenade…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Russian Warplanes Bombed ISIS Terrorists In Central Syria Ahead Of Large-Scale Operation. southfront.org Russian Su-25 attack aircraft take off from the Khmeimim airbase in Syria © Dmitriy Vinogradov / Sputnik | The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) And its allies are preparing to kick off a large-scale operation against ISIS cells in the central region, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on May 2."Preparations are underway to launch a large-scale military operation in the deserts of Raqqa and Hama with support from Russian warplanes," the London-based monitoring group said in a report. | As a part of the ongoing…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-02). ISIS Spread In Africa. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by ThomasST exclusively for SouthFront. | There is currently a strong focus on southern Africa and especially on the country of Mozambique, where, it seems that ISIS has developed its activities with almost military like structured units, managing to bring under its influence entire areas or even cities. | Because academic descriptions and theories do not fit conveniently into these sort of situations, it is good to put a few things always in accordance with information from the main…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-02). In Video: Russian Frigate 'Marshal Shaposhnikov' Failed To Launch Kalibr Cruise Missile. southfront.org Screenshot | The Russian frigate reportedly tried to launch the Kalibr cruise missile, but almost immediately after the launch, the missile went into an uncontrolled flight and crashed next to the ship itself. The incident allegedly took place aboard the Russian guided missile frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov and involved a Kalibr-type cruise missile, an anti-ship and land-attack weapon powered by turbojet engines. The video emerged online in late April. | Previously, the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Feder…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Iraqi 'Resistance' Fighters Blew Up At Least 8 US Supply Convoys This Week. southfront.org File image. | On May 2, two convoys moving logistic supplies and equipment for the US-led coalition in Iraq's central and southern regions came under attack. | The first convoy was targeted near the city of al-Samawah in the southern province of al-Muthanna. A newly-founded group calling itself 'Uwlu al-A'azm claimed responsibility for the attack. | The second convoy came under attack as it was passing in the district of Hillah near the capital Baghdad in the central province of Balbyun. No group has claimed resp…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Deadly Rocket Attack Targeted Turkish-Occupied Afrin In Northern Syria. southfront.org Illustrative image | A child was killed on May 2 morning when a barrage of rockets hit the Turkish-occupied area of Afrin in northern Syria. | According to opposition sources, at least 12 rockets landed in Afrin city center and nearby farms. As a result of the rocket attack, 5-year old Alia Rahim al-Omar was killed. The girl's parents were both injured. | The victim with her father. Click to see full-size image. | The Kurdish-led Syr…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Explosions Hit Large Chemical Plant In Iran's Qom (Videos). southfront.org Screen grab from a video shared by the Fars News Agency. | On May 2, a large chemical plant located near the city of Qom in central Iran caught on fire, according to the Iranian media. | Videos showing black heavy black smoke rising from Movaledan chemical factory were released by many sources. A number of explosions were reportedly heard amid the fire. | Around 150 firefighters and 20 firefighting vehicles were dispatched to extinguish the large fire. Two firefighters were seriously injured and two of the fire trucks…

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Iran Claimed Breakthrough Prisoners Swap Deal With US, UK. Washington Denies — Reports. southfront.org © Flickr/ peyman abkhezr | Iran is about to reach a breakthrough prisoners swap dead with the US and the UK, the al-Mayadeen TV reported on May 2. | An unnamed Iranian source told the Beirut-based channel that Iran and the US may soon finalize a prisoner exchange deal that would see Tehran freeing four Americans who were charged with spying for their country. | In return, the US would release four Iranian who were charged with violating sanctions imposed on Tehran. The US may also un-freeze Iranian assets worth a…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-02). Military Situation In Yemen On May 2, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 56 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours. | On May 1, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 24 airstrikes on the Sarwah area. | On May 2, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continued in the east of Madghal district. | On May 1, heavy clashes between the Saudi-led forces and Ansar Allah were reported in the Fakher area. Ansar Allah reportedly repelled the…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-02). Military Situation In Syria On May 2, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 1, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 36 times: 17 — in Idlib province, 11 — in Latakia province, 6 — in Hama province, 2 — in Hama province. | On May 1, Russian and Turkish forces conducted a joint patrol in the Darbasiyah area. | On May 1, Uzbekistan retrieved 93 women and children from the families of the ISIS militants who were present in al-Hol camp. | On May 1, the Turkish-backed forces arr…

Moderator (2021-05-02). Why the ACLU Abstained From the BLM Censorship Controversy. scheerpost.com Victoria Pickering / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] By Glenn Greenwald / Substack Enormous sums of money have poured into racial justice groups since the May, 2020 murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police Department officer. "The foundation widely seen as a steward of the Black Lives Matter movement says it took in just over $90 million last year," according to a February Associated Press review… |

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-05-02). End 'Forever Wars,' Biden Told as White House Releases Document on Trump's Secret Lethal Force Rules. commondreams.org "Secretive and unaccountable use of lethal force is unacceptable in a rights-respecting democracy, and this program is a cornerstone of the 'forever wars' President Biden has pledged to end. He needs to do so," said the ACLU's Brett Max Kaufman. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dan Steinbock (2021-05-02). Global Recovery 2021 And Dark Legacies Of Smoot-Hawley — Analysis. eurasiareview.com In 2021, China's economic momentum will drive global economic prospects. But new trade wars could derail global recovery, again. | In the 1st quarter of the ongoing year, China's GDP rose to a record 18.3% year-on-year. Despite the base effect, due to the pandemic plunge a year ago, the performance reflects strong momentum. In April, China's economy continued to boom, with strong exports and rising business confidence supporting the recovery. | U.S. economic growth accelerated in the 1st quarter, thanks to a rush of consumer spending. The GDP expanded at a 6.4% annualized rate; the second-largest since 2003. B…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Colombian President Rescinds Tax Reform Plans Following Mass Protests Against Proposal. sputniknews.com The unpopular draft initiative, dubbed the Sustainable Solidarity Law, was proposed by President Ivan Duque in April in a bid to cushion the negative impact of the pandemic. The motion sparked mass protests among the populace, which views the proposed reform as a new tax burden.

Staff (2021-05-02). Night of Decree observed in Tehran under health protocols. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Sunday, 19th of Ramadan in Behesht-e Zahra while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Stefan Hockertz, Marco Schott & Susan Bonath (2021-05-02). Stolen childhood and The Language of Violence. indybay.org To make the hospitals fit for the "pandemic of the century", the government did nothing… the population that will suffer in every respect – with one lockdown after another, inadequate health care, increasing impoverishment and lack of prospects, and presumably with endless depression.

Matthew Ehret-Kump (2021-05-02). Biden's Anti-Eurasian Green Delusion and America's Race to Irrelevance. globalresearch.ca Many people couldn't help but laugh when Biden

Fight Back (2021-05-02). Lenin on May Day. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following 1904 article by the great Russian revolutionary VI Lenin. | Comrade workers! May Day is coming, the day when the workers of all lands celebrate Their awakening to a class- conscious life, their solidarity in the struggle against all coercion and oppression of man by man, the struggle to free the toiling millions from hunger, poverty, and humiliation. Two worlds stand facing each other in this great struggle: the world of capital and the world of labour, the world of exploitation and slavery and the world of brotherhood and freedom. | On one side stand the hand…

_____ (2021-05-02). 'Golden Rule' Peace Boat Sets Sail From Hawaii. popularresistance.org After 21 months in the Hawaiian Islands, the historic anti-nuclear sailboat Golden Rule will depart from Honolulu, Hawai'i for the West Coast of the U.S. The Golden Rule first sailed from California to Hawai'i 63 years ago, in 1958, on her way to interfere with U.S. atmospheric nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands, the site of 67 U.S. nuclear bomb blasts from 1952 to 1958. Under orders from the Atomic Energy Commission, U.S. Coast Guard stopped the boat from leaving Honolulu. The arrest and jailing of the captain and 1958 crew garnered international media attention and increased opposition to nuclear testing a…

Richard Gale (2021-05-02). Efforts to Silence the Debate on Vaccination Safety: The Weaponization of the CDC Against Public Health. globalresearch.ca What if you were to know that a cabal of corrupt …

Fight Back (2021-05-02). Revolution advances in Cuba and Venezuela. fightbacknews.org "Let no one doubt that as long as I live, I will be ready, with a foot in the stirrup to defend the homeland, the revolution and socialism. I will continue serving as one more revolutionary fighter, ready to make my modest contribution until the end of my life." | With these stirring words on April 17, Raúl Castro retired. A revolutionary life that began as a guerrilla commander alongside his brother Fidel and Che Guevara, the younger Castro most recently served as the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, a role which he took up in 2011 after the retirement of Fidel. He had previ…

Robert J. Burrowes (2021-05-02). Killing Democracy Once and for All: The Global Elite's Coup d'Etat that Is Destroying Life as We Know It. globalresearch.ca Politically savvy individuals know that democracy has rarely existed and probably …

Staff (2021-05-02). Amid Deaths and Repression, Colombia's Duque Announces Changes in Tax Reform — Uribe's Tweet Inciting Violence Banned. orinocotribune.com Colombians are still in the streets, in rejection of the tax reform that the government wants to implement. The protests have left at least eight persons dead and dozens seriously injured. In this sense, President Iván Duque is still trying to carry out the reform; but now, to cover up the mess, he has announced some changes. | In the afternoon of Friday, April 30, after dozens of wounded were reported, Duque announced that there will be some changes in the content of the tax reform proposal, and some parts will be replaced. | The Colombian president indicated that he has "the firm intention of reaching consensus…

Centre for Global Justice, Peace, Accountability (2021-05-02). May 8: International Festival of Whistleblowing, Dissent and Accountability. globalresearch.ca Join us on Saturday 8th May for an enlightening journey into …

_____ (2021-05-02). @HoodCommunist Twitter Ban Shows Why Offline Organizing Is Important. popularresistance.org Erica Ryan, one of the members of the Hood Communist collective, says that the group's suspension from Twitter shows just how important on-the-ground, in-person organizing really is. Ryan spoke to The Real News Network by phone on April 2, a few days after the suspension took place. | The Hood Communist website covers news, opinion, and theory. Although their contributors all also do other forms of movement work, they are all bound together by what they call Principles of Unity: African unity, anti-Imperialism, decolonization, self determination and right to self defense, anti-patriarchy, abolition, and no 'dear…

Evaggelos Vallianatos (2021-05-02). America, China, and the Climate Dinosaur. counterpunch.org Climate warnings With the exception of fossil fuel beneficiaries, most of the leaders of the world are taking climate change, if not seriously, at least under advisement. They observe the effects of higher temperatures, increasing destructive forest fires, rising sea water levels, thunderstorms, and more difficulties in raising food and catching fish. The UN Panel on

Jim Miles (2021-05-02). The Crash of Flight 3804 — A Lost Spy, A Daughter's Quest, and the Deadly Politics of the Great Game for Oil. globalresearch.ca Titles can be deceptive — "The Crash of Flight 3804" meant …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-02). NATO's southeastern spearhead: Turkey's military aggression in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Caucasus signals proxy conflict with Iran. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO's southeastern spearhead: Turkey's military aggression in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Caucasus signals proxy conflict with IranRick Rozoff The past week has witnessed reports of increased Turkish military activity in Iraq and Syria as well as its intruding itself deeper into the war in Yemen. In all three cases Ankara has pitted itself against forces …

Dr. Chandra Muzaffar (2021-05-02). Our Humanity, Our Identity. globalresearch.ca Identity politics has been on the ascendancy in many parts of …

Fidel Castro Ruz (2021-05-02). Nuclear War and the Future of Humanity. Conversations with Fidel Castro. globalresearch.ca "In a nuclear war the collateral damage would be the life of humankind. Let us have the courage to proclaim that all nuclear or conventional weapons, everything that is used to make war, must disappear!" "It is about demanding that the world is not led into a nuclear catastrophe, it is to preserve life." (Fidel Castro, 15 October 2010)…

Clean Energy Wire (2021-05-02). In Historic Ruling, German High Court slaps down Gov't Climate Plan, Orders Accelerated Action against CO2. juancole.com By Sà∂ren Amelang Kerstine Appunn Charlotte Nijhuis and Julian Wettengel | — ( Clean Energy Wire) — Germany's Federal Constitutional Court has ruled that the government has to have a more detailled plan how to reduce emissions as of 2030 to not put the largest burden on today's young people. Photo: FfF. In an unexpected …

Fight Back (2021-05-02). Students demand police accountability on U of MN president's front lawn. fightbacknews.org St. Paul, MN – Students for A Democratic Society (SDS) held a sit-in at Eastcliff Mansion, the home of University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel, April 30, to demand police accountability on campus, community control of the police, and to divest from the West Command Task Force. The occupation lasted from noon to 6 p.m. and had an extensive program which included marshal training, cop watch, know your rights training, an explanation of CPAC, and a discussion of disability justice and policing. | The sit-in ended with a rally where community members and students spoke. Almost 100 people attended the rally, whil…

_____ (2021-05-02). In 2018, The US Was At War With Uyghur Terrorists. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – In the dying months of his administration, President Donald Trump removed from the United States terrorist list a little-known paramilitary organization called ETIM, an acronym that stands for either the East Turkestan Independence Movement or the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, depending on whom one asks. The group is also sometimes known as the [East] Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP or ETIP). | Explaining the decision, the State Department said that "ETIM was removed from the list because, for more than a decade, there has been no credible evidence that ETIM continues to exist." The move was hail…

Editor2 (2021-05-02). How Nicaragua Thrives Despite Illegal US Intervention. orinocotribune.com By Madeline McClure — Apr 27, 2021 | In March, 2021, I traveled to Nicaragua as a delegate with the Sanctions Kill! coalition to witness the impact of the 'coercive measures' the U.S. uses to impose its political and economic interests, rationalized by its allegations of repression and political crisis. Yet rather than find a people under dictatorship, I arrived to a society thrumming with autonomous productivity, bolstered by decades of redistributed wealth, historic self-determination and a disciplined sense of resiliency. | There's a feeling in the air that the U.S. media hasn't quite been able to put its…

Kai Kisielinski (2021-05-02). Is a Mask that Covers the Mouth and Nose Free from Undesirable Side Effects in Everyday Use and Free of Potential Hazards? globalresearch.ca The study below was reported in the International Journal of …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-02). US Military Intelligence Chief: Russia Poses Existential Threat From North to South Pole. news.antiwar.com Lieutenant General Scott Berrier, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, presented his agency's annual World Threat Assessment before the Senate Armed Forces Committee on April 29. The transcript of his testimony runs to fifty-seven pages and is broad in its scope and often detailed in its descriptions, so what follows is a précis and one …

DoD News (2021-05-02). Defense Secretary Austin Says 'Integrated Deterrence' Is Cornerstone Of US Defense. eurasiareview.com By C. Todd Lopez | Deterrence has always been the first line of defense. Preventing conflict, when possible, is greater than engaging, said the secretary of defense. | "The cornerstone of America's defense is still deterrence, ensuring that our adversaries understand the folly of outright conflict," Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III said in Hawaii Friday during a change of command ceremony for the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command. | "Throughout Americ…

RFE RL (2021-05-02). Iran: Baha'is Told To Bury Loved Ones Atop Mass Graves Of Political Prisoners. eurasiareview.com By Golnaz Esfandiari | ( The Baha'i community in the Iranian capital has for years buried its dead in a special section of Tehran's Khavaran cemetery, near the resting place for hundreds or even thousands of political prisoners who were victims of mass executions in the late 1980s. | Cemetery officials have in recent days reportedl…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-05-02). Mozambique In Search Of Political And Economic Security — OpEd. eurasiareview.com While speaking during a signing ceremony of an agreement formalising World Bank support of US$100 million assistance to the affected districts, Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi unreservedly reiterated his detailed plan to enforce nation-wide security by cracking down on the militant groups who have been staging attacks in parts of the northern province of Cabo Delgado since October 2017. | He also informed that courage, persistence and determination are necessary for the full-fledged fulfilment of the plan, as well as time for modernising and building the capacity of the Mozambican forces, adding that his gov…

Dr. Mariano Carrera* (2021-05-02). Thailand: A Simple Idea To Improve The Quality Of Universities — OpEd. eurasiareview.com A simple idea to improve Thai universities is a peer review assessment by each other. The idea is not that far from what is being put in place by ASEAN University Network-Quality Assurance at a program level. However, a greater push is required all-around at tertiary improvement and standardization. As a lecturer and parent, I have been exposed to the system from multiple angles. Perhaps the new Education Minister should consider this option. | Thai universities' quality has been criticized by many over the years with some justification. On QS and other rankings, few Thai universities feature though some progr…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-05-02). Wanted! Real Action For Media Freedom In Europe — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In a statement issued ahead of World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejƒçinoviƒá Buriƒá urged European governments to show stronger political will to protect journalists and independent journalism in order to put a stop to the deterioration of media freedom in the continent. | "Media freedom is an essential pillar of our democracies which is too often taken for granted. Respect for freedom of the media is in decline in many countries. In the last years, we have witnessed an increase in the number of cases of violence and intimidation a…

Neville Teller (2021-05-02). Time To Call A Spade A Spade — OpEd. eurasiareview.com More than two million Armenians lived in the Ottoman empire in 1914, on the eve of World War I. By 1922, there were fewer than 400,000. The others — some 1.5 million — had been killed. Most historians describe this mass annihilation as genocide. More than 30 nations agree. Some prominent countries do not, among them Britain, Australia and Israel. | A few years ago the UK government was asked in parliament whether it recognized the existence of genocide in Armenia in 1915. A foreign office minister responded: "The Government acknowledges the strength of feeling about this terrible episode of history…

Hassan Mahmoudi (2021-05-02). Iran: International Labor Day Gatherings Under Siege By Security Forces — OpEd. eurasiareview.com On May 1st, International Workers' Day, workers, and retirees held protest rallies in more than 20 cities in Iran, including Tehran, Karaj, Arak, Mashhad, Khorramabad, Marivan, Kermanshah, Haft Tappeh, Tabriz, Sanandaj, Rasht, Boroujerd, Qazvin, Sari, Ilam, … to commemorate International Workers' Day and to pursue their rights. | Workers are celebrating International Workers' Day in a situation where, according to government statistics, which is far from the truth, six million people partially and 1.5 million permanently lost their jobs during the coronavirus crisis up to October 2020. And between the fall o…

Paul Goble (2021-05-02). Banned Navalny Movement Now Goes Underground With Uncertain Consequences — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The Putin regime has banned the Navalny staffs, the public face of the opposition leader's efforts to promote public policy in Russia. Now, at least some of his supporters will continue to function underground, something with uncertrain consequences for the future of the movement and of Russia as a whole. | No one in the Putin regime or among opposition circles believes that the suppression of the Navalny staff will lower the level of anger in the population or the propensity of the Russian people to take part in demonstrations in the future, but the two groups view the future very, very differently. | Those w…

Shabbir H. Kazmi (2021-05-02). Saudis And Israelis Don't Approve Of JCPOA Talks — OpEd. eurasiareview.com According to media reports, with Iran and world powers resumed nuclear talks, Saudi Arabia and Israel also have intensified consultations. Washington and Tel Aviv on the one hand and Washington and the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council on the other hand are having extensive talks. | Both, Israel and Saudi Arabia want to influence any US move to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which they have publicly opposed right from the beginning. | As the Iranian negotiating team head to the Austrian capital of Vienna, a senior Israeli delegation comprising of Mossad Chief Yosef Cohen, Head of Military Intelligence Ta…

Haris Bilal Malik* (2021-05-02). US Intelligence Report On South Asia: Dynamics And Probability Of War And Escalation Between India And Pakistan — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The South Asian region is widely regarded as one of the most volatile regions in the world. This is primarily because of the hostile nature of the relationship between the two arch-rivals India and Pakistan. The regional security dynamics have remained complex given the asymmetric military equation between India and Pakistan. Over the years, both countries have remained involved in various conflicts ranging from full-fledged wars to limited conventional conflicts and even now sub-conventional conflicts. Likewise, the overt nuclearization of South Asia in 1998 has since then emerged as the most crucial dynamic…

Claudio Grass (2021-05-02). David Morgan: Get Real, Be Real And Buy Real (Part II) — Interview. eurasiareview.com Claudio Grass (CG): During the first wave of lockdowns and travel bans we saw a lot of disruptions in the physical precious metal market. With delivery delays and logistics problems, has the situation fully normalized today for physical silver, or are you seeing shortages? | David Morgan (DM): We are still seeing shortages. I mean, the amount of investment demand set a record in 2020 and has remained robust in 2021. The pressure on the market comes partially from the supply chain, which is still slightly disrupted, but largely repaired, but it is primarily at this time from a backlog. It is a backlog of orders…

Arab News (2021-05-02). How The UN Betrayed The Women Of Iran — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Dalia Al-Aquidi* | When Iran was elected by the UN Economic and Social Council to its Commission on the Status of Women, concerns were raised about the kind of message the international organization was sending to the world. | Since the commission's job is the global promotion of equality and women's empowerment, the minimum requirement for membership should be respect for women and their right to make their own decisions. As a woman who was born and raised in the Middle East and has spent most of her adult life fighting for women's rights in this troubled region, I was insulted and flabbergasted by this ou…

Nilesh Kunwar (2021-05-02). Pakistan's 'Biggest Land Grabber' — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Pakistan army's insatiable hunger for land is no secret. Infact it's so pronounced that it even found prominence during the 2007 lawyers' protest against Gen Pervez Musharraf's decision to remove Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, when protesters carried banners proclaiming 'Ae watan ke sajeele Genrailo; saaray ruqbey tumhare liye hain' [O' handsome Generals of the country, all plots of land are just for you]." Nine years later, in an article titled article 'Lust for Land' [published in 'Dawn', on 27 August 2016], former civil servant and respected freelance Pakistani columnist Irfan Husain lamented how…

Ron Paul (2021-05-02). No, Conservatives Should Not Embrace MMT — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Reading Jonathan Culbreath's " Culbreath's case for modern monetary theory (MMT) rests on an ignorance of basic economic principles regarding the role of money in a free market economy. Money—whether precious metals, f…

Peter Tase (2021-05-02). Slovenia: President Borut Pahor Strengthens Ties With Albania — OpEd. eurasiareview.com On March 4-5, 2019, upon the invitation of the President of the Republic of Albania, Ilir Meta, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, conducted an official visit to Albania; to strengthen the bilateral economic dialogue. | Slovenia, as a member of the European Union is the most prosperous economy in South — East Europe and is a great example of thriving market economy were food processing industry and enterprises are dominating new international markets and securing over 650 million Euros in net sales revenue per year. The example of effective public policies and diplomatic engagements…

Eurasia Review (2021-05-02). Study Reveals Extent Of Human Impact On World's Plant-Life. eurasiareview.com Research has shed new light on the impact of humans on Earth's biodiversity. The findings suggest that the rate of change in an ecosystem's plant-life increases significantly during the years following human settlement, with the most dramatic changes occurring in locations settled in the last 1500 years. | An international research team studied fossilised pollen dating back 5000 years, extracted from sediments on 27 islands. By analysing the fossils they were able to build up an understanding of the composition of each island's vegetation and how it changed from the oldest to the most recent pollen samples.

John C. Goodman (2021-05-02). The Ideal Capital Gains Tax Rate: Zero — OpEd. eurasiareview.com President Joe Biden's American Family Plan seeks to increase the top federal tax rate on long-term capital gains from today's 23.8% to 39.6%. If you add on the 3.8% net investment income tax plus the average state tax, the top rate will climb to 48.4%. According to the These high tax rates will probably generate less revenue for government than what we have today and in the process do a great deal of economic…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). 'Heads Could Roll': New Security Scare Triggered After Intruders Breach Queen's Windsor Estate. sputniknews.com Security fears were also triggered after a smartly dressed 44-year-old female intruder drove up in a cab to the official Windsor residence of the Duke of York shortly after 11 a.m. on 19 April, the day of Prince Philip's funeral.

sputniknews (2021-05-02). UK Downplays Reports of £400 Million Deal With Iran to Free Woman Jailed for Spying. sputniknews.com Iranian-born Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested in April 2016 before boarding a flight back to the UK and jailed for five years for sedition against the government. Hopes for her release last week were dashed when she was handed an additional one-year sentence for propaganda activities.

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Powerful 6.0-Magnitude Quake Hits Chile. sputniknews.com The people of Chile and neighbouring countries are used to earthquakes, as the region is part the Ring of Fire – an area around much of the rim of the Pacific Ocean where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur due to the collision of lithospheric plates.

sputniknews (2021-05-02). US State Department Supports Prague's Decision to Remove Rosatom From Nuclear Tender. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US State Secretary Antony Blinken held a phone conversation with Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis to discuss Russia's actions in light of its diplomatic row with Prague, the Department of State said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Israeli Soldiers Shoot at Knife-Wielding Woman – Video. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A woman was shot after she tried to stab Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers at the Gush Etzion Junction in the south of Bethlehem, the IDF said on Sunday.

sputniknews (2021-05-02). New Zealand High Commission in Delhi Seeks Help From Congress Leader for Oxygen Cylinders. sputniknews.com Over the past few weeks, India's unpreparedness for the second wave of coronavirus has exposed the poor health infrastructure in the country. The nation is reporting record numbers of cases or deaths on a daily basis.

sputniknews (2021-05-02). 'Pornographic' Books in a Library Box Ignites Twitter and Prompts War Between Two UK Villages. sputniknews.com Free library boxes, where people exchange books, can be found all across Britain, with many communities building their own or renovating phone booths or dog kennels for the purpose. Liz Thorpe, 57, who decorated one such box, said she believed it contained ordinary paperbacks, unlikely to cause have caused offence.

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Gimme More! Adorable Fluffy Bear Cub Gets Its Belly Rubbed. sputniknews.com Bears are known as formidable and fierce predators, extremely dangerous to anyone who enters their territory. They are fast, smart, and cunning, and no one can stop them… unless we're talking about cute and fluffy bear cubs, which need our unconditional love and support.

sputniknews (2021-05-02). India's State Assembly Election Results: Narendra Modi Loses Key States. sputniknews.com The Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and the union territory of Puducherry voted in a single phase on 6 April. Assam voted in three phases between 27 March and 6 April, while voting in West Bengal was held in eight phases between 27 March and 29 April. The vote counting in all these states was held on Sunday.

Staff (2021-05-02). South Africa in shock after US police kills sportsman. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The death of South African rugby player Lindani Myeni at the hands of US police in Honolulu has aroused shock and anger in his homeland, prompting protests and calls for justice.

Staff (2021-05-02). Zionists have targeted Palestinian identity of Occupied Lands. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — While condemning Israeli expansion of settlements in the occupied lands, Spokesman for Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) said that Zionist regime with these actions has targeted the identity of 'Occupied Lands'.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-02). Palestinian resistance turns into important regional actor. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The Iranian Parliament Speaker's Special Aide for International Affairs says that the Palestinian resistance has become an important and influential regional player both politically and on the battlefield.

Staff (2021-05-02). Two US military logistics convoys targeted in Iraq. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — A security source in Iraq reported on Sunday that two explosions occurred on the route of two US military logistics convoys in the provinces of Babil and Muthanna.

Staff (2021-05-02). US rejects prisoners' swap deal with Iran: Price. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The US Department of State Spokesperson Price announced on Sunday that the United States would not reach an agreement with Iran on the prisoners' swap.

Staff (2021-05-02). Terrorists escape from prison in S Iraq: report. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — An informed Iraqi security source said Sun. that a number of terrorists and drug traffickers have escaped from prison in Al Muthanna Governorate, south of Iraq.

Staff (2021-05-02). VIDEO: Clasehs between yellow vest protestors & French Police. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Despite anti-Coronavirus restrictions, tensions have increased between the yellow vest protestors and the French police.

Staff (2021-05-02). US not yet reached an agreement with Iran in Vienna: Sullivan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Without mentioning his country's unilateral withdrawal from JCPOA along with violating UNSCR 2231 by former US President Trump, US National Security Adviser said that US has not reached an agreement with Iran in Vienna.

Staff (2021-05-02). Al-Saud's weapon of money, bribery less effective after Trump. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Hossein Askari, Professor of Business and International Affairs at GWU believes with Trump gone, al-Saud's only weapon, money and bribery, is less effective, so Bin Salman feels vulnerable and he needs to reach out to Iran.

Staff (2021-05-02). South Korean outgoing amb. meets with Zarif. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The outgoing ambassador of South Korea met with the Iranian FM Zarif on Sunday.

Staff (2021-05-02). 'Crab' goes on screen on Atlanta Intl. Film Fest. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA)— The animation "Crab" directed by Shiva Sadegh Asadi entered the competition section of the 45th Atlanta International Film Festival in the United States.

news.un (2021-05-02). UN chief welcomes return to electoral agreement in Somalia. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General on Saturday welcomed the decision by the Lower House of Somalia's Federal Parliament to nullify a special law and to return to the 17 September Electoral Agreement that will allow for indirect presidential and parliamentary elections.

Ariel Gold (2021-05-02). Extremism is on the Rise in Israel. zcomm.org Though the situation in Jerusalem has now calmed, the floodgates of Jewish extremism have already been flung wide open…

George Monbiot (2021-05-02). The Sleep of Reason. zcomm.org Far from holding the government to account, as it claims, most of the media was fast asleep while massive scandals brewed…

Rod Driver (2021-05-02). What The 2007 Financial Crisis Taught Us About Corrupt Bankers. zcomm.org The corrupt banking system is a key mechanism for the rich to extract wealth from society…

James Dennis Hoff (2021-05-02). NYU Graduate Workers Continue Strike For Living Wage, Cops off Campus. zcomm.org After ten months without a contract, graduate workers at the largest private university in the United States are on strike…

Arundhati Roy (2021-05-02). 'We are witnessing a crime against humanity'. zcomm.org It's hard to convey the full depth and range of the trauma, the chaos and the indignity that people are being subjected to in India. Meanwhile, Modi and his allies are telling us not to complain…

Ben Manski (2021-05-02). Earth Day to May Day Point to a New America. zcomm.org Working class organizations and activists in North America increasingly are leading the transition to a climate-safe economy…

Sharon Zhang (2021-05-02). Progressives Introduce Climate Bill That Rivals Biden Infrastructure Plan. zcomm.org Progressives introduced a $10 trillion climate and jobs bill that would reduce emissions, rebuild infrastructure and address environmental justice over the next decade…

Labor Video Project (2021-05-02). On May Day 2021 ILWU Backs Chilean Dockers In San Francisco! Solidarity Has No Borders. indybay.org San Francisco ILWU Local 10 on May Day rallied at the Chilean Consulate to support the strike action by Chilean dockers. Also Chileans spoke about the struggle in Chile.

Direct Action Everywhere (2021-05-02). Friday 9/24: Animal Liberation Conference 2021. indybay.org Various locations across the Bay Area – venues TBA.

City of Sunnyvale (2021-05-02). Wednesday 5/19: Talkin' Trash – Myths and Realities of Recycling and Materials Management. indybay.org Zoom webinar…

John Lindsay-Poland (2021-05-02). Groundbreaking Police Demilitarization Ordinance. indybay.org Berkeley approves oversight and transparency measure for all militarized equipment used by police…

City of Sunnyvale (2021-05-02). Monday 5/24: EV 201: Finding the EV for Your Lifestyle. indybay.org Virtual Event. Registration required.

Martha Hubert (2021-05-02). Friday 4/30: Stop Oil Exports/Support for Diane Wilson. indybay.org We'll meet in the plaza in front of 450 Golden Gate, where the offices of the Army Corps of Engineers are located.

Sue Sturgis (2021-05-02). Institute Index: Democratic Senator From Virginia Blocking Key Pro-Union Bill. commondreams.org There are still three Democratic senators blocking a key pro-union bill. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Steven Singer (2021-05-02). Can Unions Defang Charter School Vampires? commondreams.org Can unions defang charter school "vampires"? Staff at the largest charter school network in western Pennsylvania might be about to find out. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Mike Alewitz (2021-05-02). Recalling the Bloodshed of 1970. commondreams.org "Washington and KSU want to bury our history. They want us to look away from the current US wars… But we cannot afford to look away. " | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jeff Biggers (2021-05-02). The Endless War on the Central Appalachian Mountains Continues. commondreams.org "It's time for Biden and Congress to get this one right in Appalachia and all mining communities." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

C.J. Polychroniou (2021-05-02). May Day and the United States of Amnesia. commondreams.org "We must keep alive the memory of the early struggles of the working-class movement for a better future." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrew Park (2021-05-02). Hey Conservationists! Got Hope? commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Watch Angry Manchester United Fans Storm Old Trafford Stadium Ahead of Premier League Faceoff. sputniknews.com The mayhem came just hours before the Red Devils were set to take on Liverpool in a Premier League clash in United's home stadium. However, as a result of the invasion, the game had to be delayed.

Staff (2021-05-02). "Genocide charge" worthy of United States: Turkey. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The Turkish vice president says Biden has chosen the wrong path by accusing the Ottoman Empire of "genocide against Armenians".

ecns.cn (2021-05-02). DPRK warns U.S. to face worse consequences after Washington calls Pyongyang 'threat'. ecns.cn The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) warned on Sunday that the United States "will face worse and worse crisis" after U.S. President Joe Biden called the DPRK's nuclear program a "serious threat," reported the official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

Steve Topple (2021-05-02). The government is back in court over the climate crisis. thecanary.co Three young people are taking legal action against the UK government over its failure to act to prevent the climate crisis. As the government has disputed the three claimants' accusations, the court has beckoned for all parties. |

Global Research (2021-05-02). Como prospera Nicaragua a pesar de la intervención ilegal de Estados Unidos. globalizacion.ca En marzo de 2021, viajé a Nicaragua como delegado de Sanctions Kill! coalición para presenciar el impacto de las 'medidas coercitivas' que usa Estados Unidos para imponer sus intereses políticos y económicos, racionalizados por sus acusaciones de represión y crisis…

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Reducing rejection by reversing order of heart-liver transplant. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org For heart-liver transplants, the liver and heart must come from the same donor, and some patients wait years to receive both organs. Also, antibodies from the donor can increase chances of the receiving patient rejecting the heart. But Dr. Sudhir Kushwaha, a Mayo Clinic cardiovascular transplant surgeon, says when a liver transplant is also involved, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). Mayo Clinic Q and A: Congestive heart failure and diet. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org DEAR MAYO CLINIC: My doctor told me that I have congestive heart failure and I have to change my lifestyle, including my diet. What kind of diet should I be on? ANSWER: When patients have congestive heart failure, their heart isn't able to manage fluid well, and it builds up in the body. This fluid can cause shortness …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-02). The beat goes on, thanks to deep brain stimulation. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org When drummer Patrick Bautz is performing, he's in the zone. He says he doesn't even think about what he's doing, it's just natural. It's what he calls "the nothingness of drumming." But not that long-ago, Pat started getting distracted. Physical symptoms were turning that nothingness into something. And it was something that worried him enough …

Sarah Belle Lin (2021-05-02). Family of slain 26-year-old Oakland resident demands Alameda police officers involved be charged. indybay.org On April 19, Oakland resident Mario Gonzalez, 26, died while being pinned to the ground by Alameda police officers. His family is now demanding answers from the Alameda Police Department and the city of Alameda, and that Alameda County DA Nancy O'Malley charge the three officers involved in the incident. The incident occurred the day before Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. [Video from the vigil below text.]…

Revolution Books (2021-05-02). Monday 5/10: One Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, a conversation with Dr. Yaba Blay. indybay.org Revolution Books, 2444 Durant Ave. Berkeley CA 94704…

Bay Area Votercade (2021-05-02). Saturday 5/8: John Lewis Voter Advancement Day: Oakland Votercade & Tailgate Rally. indybay.org Meet at Malibu Lot at Oracle Arena, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, CA 94621 | Masks and Safety Distancing Required; Peaceful event…

mandy vara (2021-05-02). Animal Liberation Conference in September. indybay.org The Animal Liberation Conference brings together the most dedicated animal rights activists from around the world and empowers them to take bold, collective action to achieve revolutionary social and political change for animals.

Recall City's History (2021-05-02). Mumia Abu-Jamal Supporters Rise Up with March, Rally and Ritual in Oakland. indybay.org Remembering that the Black Panther Party started off with police-watching patrols, demonstrators took to the streets in Oakland on April 24 with the call "Free Mumia!" Earlier in the week, a group of UN human rights experts expressed serious concerns over his treatment and wellbeing and called on authorities to urgently address the situation.

Poor People's Campaign, NC NAACP, more (2021-05-02). Tuesday 5/4: Moral Emergency Speak-out Against Fatal Police Shooting of Andrew Brown Jr. w/ PPC & NAACP. indybay.org Online via livestream…

HEAT (2021-05-02). Stop the Destruction of Our Working Class College City College of San Francisco (CCSF). indybay.org The San Francisco Community College Board of Trustees are set to lay off 160 more faculty members and also destroy the music program, the Nursing program and also the destruction of ESL and vocational training program. HEAT is asking for support to stop this attack on our working class community college.

People's Strike Bay Area (2021-05-02). Saturday 5/1: Oakland May Day: Bike and Car Caravan. indybay.org Lake Merritt BART…

Unitarian Universalist Society of S.F. (2021-05-02). Wednesday 5/5: Vigil for Refugee Rights Stop Child Detention Recognize Asylum. indybay.org 1187 Franklin Street @ Geary…

UC Berkeley Cops Off Campus (2021-05-02). Saturday 5/15: Bloody Thursday Rally and Protest. indybay.org The anniversary of Bloody Thursday at People's Park — a historic moment of violent policing on Berkeley's campus.

House the Bay (2021-05-02). Saturday 5/1: Oakland May Day: Housing Direct Action. indybay.org Stay Tuned West Oakland…

RAWdance (2021-05-02). Sunday 5/2: RAWdance presents" "Collected Breath": a Midnight Artist Collaboration with Jim Campbell's. indybay.org Salesforce Tower…

Peter Maiden (2021-05-02). Action in Fresno for International Workers' Day. indybay.org Around two hundred rallied at Fresno City Hall and marched through downtown to honor International Workers' Day…

and Robert Norse (2021-05-02). Monday 5/3: Rally to Defend the Dignity of Those Outside. indybay.org Near the San Lorenzo Duck Pond in Santa Cruz California…

Justice for Mario Gonzales (2021-05-02). White Solidarity Activists Take Over the Block of Racist Cop Callers in Alameda, California. indybay.org No More Klan-ameda Kop Kallers!

Jane Marsh (2021-05-02). What impact will the Climate Union Jobs Act have on the renewable energy industry? nationofchange.org As renewable energy jobs unionize, we can expect to see an increase in the size of green power companies.

Bee Protector (2021-05-02). Why Are Bee Protectors Asking For a No Mow May. indybay.org Reasons behind NoMowMay…

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-05-02). Angela Davis in May Day Visit to ILWU Union Hall. indybay.org Angela Davis visits murals and historical mementos from the 1934 general strike…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-05-01). Bottom-up Politics: Grassroots Activism Behind Pro-Palestine Shift in the US. commondreams.org Grassroots activism is behind the pro-Palestine shift in the US, writes Ramzy Baroud. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-05-01). Big Pharma's Covid Vaccine. globalresearch.ca This crisis affects humanity in its entirety: 7.8 billion people. | Worldwide, people are led to believe that the corona vaccine is a solution. And that "normality" will then be restored. | The following text is chapter VIII of Michel Chossudovsky's E-Book….

Permanent Revolution repost (2021-05-01). Comments on David North and Joseph Kishore's Letter. indybay.org Peter Ross explains why he believes the Socialist Equality Party slandered Shuvu Batta.

Monica Moorehead (2021-05-01). Espíritu del Primero de Mayo: °Lucha! Aplastar la violencia policial y la supremacía blanca. workers.org BOLETÂN: Chauvin declarado culpable. °Condenar a todos los policías asesinos! °Abolir la policía! Más en workers.org El Primero de Mayo, Día Internacional de los Trabajadores, nació en Estados Unidos a partir de la lucha por la jornada de ocho horas en 1886. Los trabajadores, muchos de ellos socialistas y anarquistas . . . |

WSWS (2021-05-01). Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-01). 21st Century Anti-Communism is a Desperate Cry from a Decaying Capitalist-Imperialist Order. libya360.wordpress.com Rainer Shea Our era's anti-communist propaganda campaign is the ideological facet of the great reactionary drive that's taking place amid the growing crises of capitalism, imperialism, and colonialism. Animated by a frenzy of hatred and lies that's being directed against socialist countries like China and the DPRK, it's designed to permeate all parts of our…

Staff (2021-05-01). Elliot Abrams: The Venezuelan Opposition Must Stop Waiting for an Invasion. orinocotribune.com Elliot Abrams, US special representative in charge of Venezuelan and Iranian affairs for the Trump administration, stated in an interview with the Colombian media NTN24 that the Venezuelan opposition should stop its efforts to obtain "magic solutions," such as an armed invasion and, instead, concentrate on joining forces to accelerate the departure of President Nicolás Maduro from power. | The US official likewise stressed that, when it comes to the task of uniting the opposition, "it does not get any easier when the political leaders of the Venezuelan opposition basically say: 'I don't want to do the job, I want…

Staff (2021-05-01). April 30: Diosdado Cabello Remembers Two Years of Popular Victory over GuaidoÃÅ-LoÃÅpez Coup Attempt. orinocotribune.com This April 30, the Altamira bridge in Caracas was taken over by the military again; but this time it was not to overthrow the government, but to remember where Juan Guaidó's coup attempt had begun and had ended in defeat. | That coup attempt of two years ago tried to make the world believe that a rebel faction of the military had taken over La Carlota Air Base and that the FANB had risen up against President Maduro, but it did not take long for the world to see that it was all a fictional operation, a theatrical act, aided by manipulated camera framing. | To remember such an event, one that the opposition especia…

Juan Cole (2021-05-01). Were Humanity's Oldest Monumental Religious Sites Erected in NW Saudi Arabia? 1,000 'Rectangles' Older than Stonehenge. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — ( Hugh Thomas and a team of Australian researchers have just published a groundbreaking article in the journaly Antiquity describing their research into the mysterious "Rectangles" (mustatƒ´l) dotting Northwest Arabia. This region lies due south of Israel-Palestine and Jordan. Rectangles. h/t 'Antiquity.' The Rectangles date from roughly 7,500 years before …

Juan Cole (2021-05-01). Were Humanity's Oldest Monumental Religious Sites Erected in NW Saudi Arabia? 1,000 'Rectangles' Older than Stonehenge. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Hugh Thomas and a team of Australian researchers have just published a groundbreaking article in the journal Antiquity describing their research into the mysterious "Rectangles" (mustatƒ´l) dotting Northwest Arabia. This region lies due south of Israel-Palestine and Jordan. Rectangles. h/t 'Antiquity.' The Rectangles date from roughly 7,500 years before present, …

William Hogan (2021-05-01). The Ongoing Torture and Medical Neglect of Julian Assange. globalresearch.ca Doctors for Assange was led by Dr. Stephen Frost and his colleagues. | The report below was initially published in The Lancet on June 25, 2020 | Dr. Frost is currently leading a new initiative entitled

WSWS (2021-05-01). Ten years since WikiLeaks and Assange published the Guantánamo Files. wsws.org The files exposed the lawless global network established by the US and its allies as part of their "war on terror."

Editor2 (2021-05-01). How US Government Fronts Shape Media Coverage of Myanmar Upheaval, Propagandize for Western Intervention. orinocotribune.com By Kit Klarenberg — Apr 27, 2021 | Western media coverage of Myanmar has relied heavily on organizations funded and developed by a notorious US intelligence cutout and UK Foreign Office partner. Can they be trusted? | On April 11, news site Details of th…

Ralph Nader (2021-05-01). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. dissidentvoice.org David Gelles, the New York Times reporter, likes to report about corporate plutocrats raking it in while stifling or endangering their workers. We've all seen those large advertisements by big companies praising the sacrifices of their brave workers during this Covid-19 pandemic. When workers ask for living wages, most of these bosses say "No" but take plenty …

Ralph Nader (2021-05-01). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. commondreams.org Corporate giants and their CEOs, like Apple's Tim Cook, have been enjoying the "ultra-rich tax escape racket" for far too long, writes Ralph Nader. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-01). Afghans Who Work for the Pentagon Fear US Will Leave Them Behind. news.antiwar.com As the US starts pulling combat troops from Afghanistan, locals who have worked for the occupation forces are According to Unsurprisingly, the Taliban has threatened many of th…

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-01). Taliban Protected US Bases From Other Groups After Peace Deal Was Signed. news.antiwar.com According to The officials said the Taliban wanted to show a sign of good faith to the US that they would not allow groups like al-Qaeda to gain a foothold in the country after the US left. The report said the Ta…

Staff (2021-05-01). Nearly 340 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast: UNHCR. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday said that some 340 illegal migrants have been rescued off the coast of Libya.

Fight Back (2021-05-01). El Primero de Mayo 2021: Unir los muchos a vencer los pocos! °Abajo con los multimillonarios! °Necesitamos socialismo! fightbacknews.org El Primero de Mayo empezó como una celebración de la clase obrera y su lucha heroica después de la brutal violencia de la policía en el año 1886. Los trabajadores que manifestaron en Haymarket lucharon en contra condiciones de trabajo bien peor y por una campana de un día de trabajo por ocho horas. Los atacaron la policía, con muchos trabajadores heridos y muertos, muchos de ellos eran inmigrantes, resultado de un evento infamoso llamado la masacre de Haymarket. El estado de Illinois tuvo un juicio y ejecutó cuatro líderes laborales, siempre recordado como los Mártires de Haymarket. Todavía, el espíritu de este d…

WSWS (2021-05-01). Ukrainian President Zelensky deepens alliance with far right. wsws.org Zelensky is seeking to appoint the notorious neo-Nazi figure Serhiy Sternenko, who was directly involved in the 2014 Odessa massacre, as head of Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) in Odessa.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-01). Massacre in Cali Amid National Strike in Colombia. libya360.wordpress.com Colombia Informa Reports from human rights defenders estimate that at least eight people were killed by police on April 30 in the protests in Cali The mobilizations carried out since Wednesday in Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca, have been brutally repressed by state security forces. On the night of April 30 human rights…

Colombia Informa (2021-05-01). Massacre in Cali amid National Strike in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org The mobilizations carried out since Wednesday in Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca, have been brutally repressed by state security forces. On the night of April 30 human rights organizations called an urgent press conference to shed light on what happened in the protests that day. | The press conference was called for after videos and information circulated on social media about people having been assassinated in Cali during the afternoon and night of April 30. These events took place in the midst of the protests part of the National Strike, called for by broad sectors of Colombian society beginning on Wednesd…

Eds. (2021-05-01). Julian Casablancas interviews Noam Chomsky | SOS Earth is a mess. mronline.org Julian Casablancas has released a new interview with famed philosopher, linguist and social critic Noam Chomsky on the latest episode of his Rolling Stone interview series, S.O.S. — Earth Is a Mess. | May 1, 2021 | Interview…

NationofChange Staff (2021-05-01). ON FIRE by Naomi Klein(BOOK). nationofchange.org #1 international and New York Times bestselling author Naomi Klein, author of The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, makes the case for a Green New Deal—explaining how bold climate action can be a blueprint for a just and thriving society. Naomi Klein's On Fire is one of the most important and inspiring books we've read in a long time …

Staff (2021-05-01). International Workers' Day: Palestinian workers on the front lines of resistance. samidoun.net On 1 May 2021, International Workers' Day, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network stands with the working class and popular classes of Palestine and the world on this day of struggle for liberation from exploitation, capitalism, imperialism, racism and Zionism. Samidoun organizers are taking to the streets today with their comrades in cities around the world to celebrate and advance our collective struggle. As we march and organize for the global liberation of workers — including the workers of Palestine — we urge all international workers' movements to join the struggle for Palestinian libe…

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-05-01). Twitter Censors Peer Reviewed Mask Study. globalresearch.ca Prashant Bhushan, an advocate-on-record for the Supreme Court of India, …

_____ (2021-05-01). Don't Open The Door Further To Dark Money. popularresistance.org On April 26, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that could unmoor decades of transparency laws, even as dark money spending by special interests continues to rise. | The court's new majority is being asked by billionaire Charles Koch's nonprofits to expand on the notion that "money is speech" by ruling that the First Amendment bars disclosure laws that may chill large donors from giving more money to nonprofits. | On the surface, the case, known as Americans for Prosperity Foundation v. Bonta, is about whether a state can require a nonprofit group to reveal a list of its donors who give $5,000…

News Spread (2021-05-01). Vegan And Other Nonviolence News. indybay.org Smithfield pollution, chicken rights, Supreme Court and other news…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). Minnesota: Over 4000 union healthcare workers at Allina hospitals file 10-day notice to strike. fightbacknews.org Coon Rapids, MN – As SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members picketed on Wednesday, April 28 in front of Allina's Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids Minnesota, they gathered up the crowd that included supporters from other unions and the community for a rally. At the rally, SEIU announced they were filing a 10-day strike notice, for a strike to begin on May 10, at all eight Allina hospitals, where SEIU represents over 4000 members. | SEIU members have held informational pickets each Wednesday in recent weeks at Allina Hospitals around the Twin Cities metro area. So far, pickets have been held at Abbot Northwestern Hospital,…

Grant Miner (2021-05-01). Home care workers say: Pay back stolen wages, end 24-hour workday! liberationnews.org On April 28, over 50 home healthcare workers and their supporters gathered outside of the Lower Manhattan offices of the Chinese-American Planning Committee in New York City to protest a long history of wage theft and poor working conditions, including a 24-hour workday with little rest.

Fight Back (2021-05-01). Minnesota: Over 4000 union healthcare workers at Allina hospitals file 10-day notice to strike. fightbacknews.org Coon Rapids, MN – As SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members picketed on Wednesday, April 28 in front of Allina's Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids Minnesota, they gathered up the crowd that included supporters from other unions and the community for a rally. At the rally, SEIU announced they were filing a 10-day strike notice, for a strike to begin on May 10, at all eight Allina hospitals, where SEIU represents over 4000 members. | SEIU members have held informational pickets each Wednesday in recent weeks at Allina Hospitals around the Twin Cities metro area. So far, pickets have been held at Abbot Northwestern Hospital,…

Jamie Weed (2021-05-01). Draconian Texas bill attacks healthcare rights of transgender youth. liberationnews.org Senate Bill 1646 seeks to amend the definition of abuse under the Texas Family Code to include administering or consenting to a child's use of puberty suppression treatment, hormones, or surgery for gender-affirming care/transition.

news.un (2021-05-01). Overcoming COVID myths and fears in Malawi. news.un.org Healthcare workers in Malawi are concerned that misinformation about COVID-19 is preventing patients in dire need of medical attention not related to the virus, from seeking what could be live-saving treatment.

Staff (2021-05-01). Colombia on Strike Against Far-Right, Neoliberalism & Police Repression. orinocotribune.com April 28: First day of the strike | Organizations reject Duque's neoliberal tax reform which seeks to make Colombia's working class pay for the fiscal deficit incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic | Colombian citizens, members of trade unions, social movements and opposition political parties are participating in a national strike in cities and towns across the country today, on April 28. The protest actions have been called in rejection of the Sustainable Solidarity bill, a new tax reform bill presented to the Congress by the far-right government of president Iván Duque to finance the economic crisis or compensa…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

Fight Back (2021-05-01). May Day 2021: Unite the many to defeat the few! Down with the billionaires! We need socialism! fightbacknews.org International Workers Day is celebrated on May 1. Around the world, workers have accomplished many great things over the past year that we can be proud of. The ruling class, made up of monopoly capitalists, have tried their best to keep profits high at the expense of the people during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, we've seen time and time again that the people can rise above the obstacles created by the 1% and bring about real change. On May Day 2021, it is important to reflect on the past year. We must also renew our efforts to end the rule of the monopoly capitalists and replace their broken, failed system wi…

Kenneth Surin (2021-05-01). COVID in India. zcomm.org The Covid situation in India, and Delhi in particular, is absolutely dire…

Badri Raina (2021-05-01). The Show Must Go On: IPL and the Crematorium Next Door. zcomm.org What news may be more uplifting to a gasping COVID-19 patient than that our own Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma have just blasted sixes that carry the red cherry all the way to the crematorium, asks Badri Raina in this satirical piece…

news.un (2021-05-01). COVID-19 'vaccine equity in action' in the Maldives: a UN Resident Coordinator blog. news.un.org The roll-out of vaccinations to prevent COVID-19 infections rising in the Maldives is a good example of "vaccine equity in action" according to Catherine Haswell, the UN Resident Coordinator for the Indian Ocean island nation.

Brian Shilhavy (2021-05-01). Medical Doctor and Director of Diagnostics Laboratory Presents Cures for COVID and Exposes Dangers of COVID "Vaccines" globalresearch.ca First published on April 5, 2021 Dr. Ryan Cole is the …

sputniknews (2021-05-01). India Fails to Rollout PM Modi-Backed COVID Vaccine Drive For 18-45 Year-Olds Amid Widespread Crunch. sputniknews.com India announced on 19 April that it would inoculate people aged 18-45 starting 1 May under its 'Liberalised and Accelerated Phase 3 Strategy'. The two vaccine manufacturers have been asked to supply 50 percent of their production to the federal government, with the remaining 50 percent to be handed over to the state authorities.

Victor Grossman (2021-05-01). Greens, Vaccines, Maneuvers. zcomm.org In recent months the air in Germany has been overfull. But the fog, thick as in old London, was not humid but political — and medical-political. The thickest was Covid fog…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). 3rd clinical trial phase of jointly-produced Cov-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com HAMEDAN, May 01 (MNA) — The 3rd clinical trial phase of joint anti-Covid-19 vaccine made by the Iranian Pasteur Institute and Cuban Finlay Institute began on Saturday morning in Hamedan Medical Sciences University in western Iran.

Rob Hyde (2021-05-01). [World Report] Controversy surrounds Merkel's new lockdown powers. thelancet.com Following a parliamentary victory, the German chancellor can force municipalities into lockdowns to curb COVID-19. Rob Hyde reports.

Anoo Bhuyan (2021-05-01). [World Report] Experts criticise India's complacency over COVID-19. thelancet.com Mass gatherings have been permitted as cases soar and patients die, while experts criticise a lack of planning and flexibility in the COVID-19 response. Anoo Bhuyan reports from New Delhi.

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