Daily Archives: May 4, 2021

2021-05-04: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2021-05-04). How the US gov't cultivated environmental and Indigenous groups to defeat Ecuador's leftist Correísta movement. thegrayzone.com When socialist Rafael Correa became Ecuador's president, CIA cutouts poured money into environmental and Indigenous groups, while the US embassy cultivated opportunistic leaders to undermine his constituency. These forces helped secure victory for right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso in 2021. The people of Ecuador were hit by a surprise in the April 2021 presidential election: Hard-right banker Guillermo Lasso, one of the richest and most corrupt oligarchs in the country, who had unsuccessfully run in two previous races, scored a narrow …

Roger Harris (2021-05-04). Government Report Documents US Responsibility for Venezuela's Humanitarian Dilemma. counterpunch.org In January 2019 the US and its allies ceased to recognize Maduro as Venezuela's legitimate president after then National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó, who had never run for national office, "announced he was willing to serve as interim president." Guaidó's coup attempts are euphemistically described as "high-profile but ultimately unsuccessful efforts to encourage security forces to abandon Maduro."

Medea Benjamin (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a Block to Downsize Biden's Military Budget. globalresearch.ca A month before the vote on the federal …

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-05-04). Algorithm Manipulation is the Only Thing Keeping Mainstream Media Alive. theantimedia.com If not for algorithm manipulation, the mainstream media would have been replaced by independent media years ago.

Andrew Korybko (2021-05-04). Australia Escalated the Hybrid War on BRI at America's Behest. asia-pacificresearch.com

Alan MacLeod (2021-05-04). It's Aggression When 'They' Do It, but Defense When 'We' Do Worse. orinocotribune.com By Alan Macleod — Apr 30, 2021 | Aggression, in international politics, is commonly It's a word that seems easy to apply to the United States, which launched

Ralph Nader (2021-05-04). Tim Cook, Apple, and Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed. counterpunch.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 of dough for themselves.

Ralph Nader (2021-05-04). Ralph Nader: Tim Cook, Apple And Runaway Limitless Corporate Greed — OpEd. eurasiareview.com 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 of dough for themselves. | Gelles reports that Boeing, after its criminal negligence brought down two 737 MAX planes and killed 346 people, went into a corporate tailspin. The company laid off 30,000 workers and its sales and stocks plummeted as it report…

Patrick Cockburn (2021-05-04). Britain Risks Cementing in Power a Corrupt and Incompetent Government in Undeserved Gratitude for the Vaccine. counterpunch.org "No more f**king lockdowns — let the bodies pile high in their thousands," Boris Johnson is reported as saying last October as the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic got underway. Many will view his callous words, which he vehemently denies uttering, as an ill-chosen figure of speech, but they may fail to realise the grim truth that what he said was a largely accurate forecast of the consequence of his misjudgements.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Afghan Army Airstrike Kills 10 Talibs in Northern Afghanistan. sputniknews.com KABUL (Sputnik), Rahimullah Khogyany – Afghan government forces carried out an airstrike on a Taliban* convoy in the northern Faryab province, reportedly killing 10 militants, including senior members of the movement, the defense ministry said in a statement to Sputnik on Tuesday.

Jason Ditz (2021-05-04). Pentagon Downplays Afghan Attacks, Says Won't Affect Withdrawal. news.antiwar.com Heavy fighting in Afghanistan over the weekend is being downplayed by the Pentagon, which presented This is a major difference in the narrative of the US military, as Taliban attacks were long the excuse for slowing the drawdown, and dragging the pullout beyond the May 1 deadline. Now, with the date pushed back to September 11, they are no longer concerned. | Likely part of the…

WSWS (2021-05-04). The rejection of fascism and war is deeply rooted in the German working class. wsws.org Germany is not only the country of Bismarck and the Nazis. It is also the country of the first socialist mass party, based on Marxist internationalism.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-04). India: How the Communists Won Kerala Again. libya360.wordpress.com The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front made history by returning to power in the Indian State of Kerala. We take a look at the factors behind this momentous victory with an analysis by Subin Dennis, researcher at Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-04). How the Communists won Kerala again. peoplesdispatch.org The Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front made history by returning to power in the Indian State of Kerala. We take a look at the factors behind this momentous victory with an analysis by Subin Dennis, researcher at Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Jack Heyman, posted by the Jamal Journal (2021-05-04). Angela Y. Davis and the ILWU lead San Francisco May Day March. indybay.org On May Day marches occurred around the U.S. and around the world. While it is a labor holiday celebrated in 100 countries it is not recognized here where it originated in 1886 over the struggle for the 8 hour work day and safer working conditions. | Arguably, the largest demonstration in the U.S. occurred in San Francisco where an estimated 4,000 marchers, trade unionists, community groups and leftists, gathered at the Embarcadero and marched to Civic Center to commemorate the 1934 Maritime and General Strike provoked by the police murder of two strikers.

Colin Todhunter (2021-05-04). India, COVID and the Need for Scientific Integrity Not Sensationalism. globalresearch.ca Western media outlets are currently paying a great deal of attention …

WSWS (2021-05-04). Four dead, two dozen injured after migrant boat capsizes off California coast. wsws.org The vessel broke apart Sunday after it hit a reef just off the coast of the San Diego's Point Loma peninsula.

Fight Back (2021-05-04). Hundreds march for essential immigrant workers in Milwaukee May Day. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – In spite of gusts of wind in excess of 50 miles per hour, more than 250 people marched from the office of Wisconsin's premier immigrant rights organization, Voces de la Frontera, to the office of reactionary U.S. Senator Ron Johnson on the afternoon of May 1. The focus of the march was on essential immigrant workers. | The action was kicked off in the streets outside the recently-opened Voces headquarters. A few speeches, a song, and a prayer got the people in attendance ready to march. Marchers then made their way downtown to pay Senator Johnson's office a visit. Along the way, people chanted in…

Pip Hinman (2021-05-04). Vale George Zangalis 1931-1921. greenleft.org.au Communist, trade unionist and class-struggle fighter for migrant rights George Zangalis died on March 25. Radicalised during the Greek civil war, Zangalis remained a fighter until the end, writes Sue Bolton.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-04). Colombia an Imperial Beachhead: The War of the Colombian Oligarchy and Duque against Venezuela. libya360.wordpress.com Mison Verdad Colombian President, Iván Duque, participates in a military promotion ceremony in Bogotá (Photo: EFE) One year after it sought to invade Venezuela and capture President Nicolás Maduro with Operation Gideon, the Colombian government continues to participate in conspiracies planned in Washington to bring about regime change in Caracas. Since 2018, when the attempted…

Roger D. Harris (2021-05-04). Between the Lines: Congressional Report Finds US Sanctions to Blame for Venezuela Crisis. mintpressnews.com If the U.S. government's propaganda is correct that the current crisis is due to Maduro's mismanagement and corruption, then illegal and inhumane sanctions would not be needed to dislodge the "regime."

Stephen Lendman (2021-05-04). JCPOA Nuclear Talks: An Exercise in Futility? globalresearch.ca Reported JCPOA nuclear talks progress in Vienna — between Iran, E3 …

The Associated Press (2021-05-04). Mexico's Zapatistas to Visit Spain 500 Years After Conquest. latinorebels.com ALTAMIRANO, Mexico (AP) — The Indigenous rebels of the Zapatista movement said last week that they are planning to send a delegation by canoes on a trip to "invade" Spain in May and June as Mexico marks the anniversary of the 1519-1521 Spanish Conquest.

Staff (2021-05-04). Epic New Documentary Series Exposes Brutality of European Colonialism Worldwide. truthout.org Image Credit: Courtesy HBO | A new four-part documentary series, Exterminate All the Brutes, delves deeply into the legacy of European colonialism from the Americas to Africa. It has been described as an unflinching narrative of genocide and exploitation, beginning with the colonizing of Indigenous land that is now called the United States. The documentary series seeks to counter "the type of lies, the type of propaganda, the type of abuse, that we have been subject to all of these years," sa…

Staff (2021-05-04). "Exterminate All the Brutes": Filmmaker Raoul Peck Explores Colonialism & Origins of White Supremacy. democracynow.org A new four-part documentary series, "Exterminate All the Brutes," delves deeply into the legacy of European colonialism from the Americas to Africa. It has been described as an unflinching narrative of genocide and exploitation, beginning with the colonizing of Indigenous land that is now called the United States. The documentary series seeks to counter "the type of lies, the type of propaganda, the type of abuse, that we have been subject to all of these years," says director and Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck. "We have the means to tell the real story, and that's exactly what I decided to do," Peck says. "Ev…

Staff (2021-05-04). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series — Anatalina Lourenàßo & Almir Aguiar. dsausa.org RSVP Here Anti-Racist Movements in Brazi: Activist Series Around the world, Black-led movements are raising the stakes in our collective struggles. This discussion series with leading Black and Indigenous militants from across Brazil spotlights their experiences in organizing against state violence, workplace exploitation, and structural racism everywhere from education to healthcare. Today's movements facing neo-fascism,…

South Front (2021-05-04). Russian Air Strikes against ISIS Positions in Central Syria. globalresearch.ca At the beginning of May, the time of spring cleaning in …

WSWS (2021-05-04). Drug overdose deaths hit record high in West Virginia in 2020. wsws.org Fatal drug overdoses rose by 45 percent over the previous year, driven in part by the strain of the COVID-19 pandemic on West Virginia's limited public health resources.

Editorial Team (2021-05-04). Birmingham in crisis: a city ravaged by austerity-driven unemployment. challenge-magazine.org Japhy Barrera, is a member of the YCL's Birmingham branch | During the COVID-19 pandemic, Birmingham has attained the highest rate of unemployment that the city has seen since the 1980s. 33,000 people have lost their jobs in Birmingham since last February, leaving a whopping 15% of the population without work, more than treble the national average (4.9%). A further 55,000 locals remain on the furlough scheme, an arrangement set to end in September of this year. These numbers are disproportionately worse than what we have seen elsewhere in the country and have exposed the targeted nature of Tory austerity. | Al…

WSWS (2021-05-04). New pandemic advice from the New York Times: Practicing good hygiene may be worse than COVID-19. wsws.org The New York Times opinion piece, written by a freelance writer, Markham Heid, promotes a virulent form of the unscientific construct "the cure can't be worse than the disease."

Chris Wright (2021-05-04). Organizing for Revolution in East Harlem. dissidentvoice.org Johanna Fernández's The Young Lords: A Radical History could hardly have been published at a more auspicious time. The fateful year 2020 saw not only the outbreak of a global pandemic but also, in the U.S., a rejuvenation of Black Lives Matter and renewed national attention to issues of racial and economic justice. The pandemic …

Jaklevic M. (2021-05-04). Pandemic Boosts an Old Idea—Bringing Acute Care to the Patient. jamanetwork.com This Medical News article describes how the need to free up inpatient beds during the COVID-19 pandemic has led to more hospitals providing acute care in patients' homes.

Éric Toussaint (2021-05-04). Developing countries in the stranglehold of debt. Part 3. mronline.org The coronavirus pandemic and other aspects of the multidimensional crisis of global capitalism are enough to fully justify suspending debt repayment. Indeed priority must be given to protecting people against ecological, economic and public health disasters. | May 4, 2021…

WSWS (2021-05-04). Amid COVID-19 pandemic, Germany, France spend billions on new fighter jets. wsws.org The massive military build-up now underway across the European Union exposes official claims there is no money for a scientific fight against the virus.

Ruhi Bhasin (2021-05-04). How India Has Creatively Turned Social Media Into a COVID-19 Helpline to Battle the Pandemic. counterpunch.org Death, sickness, and helplessness have become the "new normal" that Indians are being forced to live with as they witness the collapse of an already inadequate health care system and the failure of its political system that was caught napping on the uptick of cases, which showed an upward trend as far back as February.

WSWS (2021-05-04). The meaning of the May Day 2021 Online Rally. wsws.org The May Day rally both reflected and anticipated enormous changes in the world situation produced by the coronavirus pandemic.

Karen Conner (2021-05-04). PREVIEW: What to Look for in the April Jobs Report. cepr.net (The monthly Employment Situation is scheduled for release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on Friday, May 7th at 8: 30 AM Eastern Time.) The economy added 916,000 jobs in March, it will likely do even better in April. With the vaccination process moving rapidly, infection rates falling, and pandemic restrictions being relaxed almost everywhere, people are …

Staff (2021-05-05). Venezuela Begins Clinical Trials of Russian EpiVacCorona Vaccine—Russian Ambassador First to be Vaccinated. orinocotribune.com Venezuela officially began clinical trials of Russian vaccine EpiVacCorona, as the Russian ambassador to Caracas, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, became the first volunteer to receive a dose of the COVID-19 immunization drug. | The start of clinical trials was reported by the Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, who noted that the vaccine simulates small fragments of the virus; this strengthens the immune system of recipients to prevent COVID-19. | "Thus begins the process of applying the vaccine candidate EpiVacCorona to combat COVID-19 in the country," said Rodríguez, "a vaccine developed by Russia that is advan…

Editorial Team (2021-05-04). On the dust: the battle for Thurrock. challenge-magazine.org Over a year into the Covid-19 crisis, which saw the public clap for those still on the frontline, Thurrock council have seen fit to slash the terms and conditions of its local refuse workers. | At 4am, those 'on the dust' get themselves out of bed and head off into the dark streets to collect and dispose of household waste, with no pause or break during the devastating pandemic. Thurrock's refuse workers provide more than just the job description, forming a vital conduit for their communities as they move house-to-house, checking in on elderly and vulnerable residents, and often receiving a few sweets in retur…

Joe Yerardi, Alexia Fernández Campbell (2021-05-04). Companies are stealing billions from workers—and getting away with it. peoplesworld.org Already battered by long shifts and high infection rates, essential workers struggling through the pandemic face another hazard of hard times: employers who steal their wages. When a recession hits, U.S. companies are more likely to stiff their lowest-wage workers. These businesses often pay less than the minimum wage, make employees work off the clock, …

WSWS (2021-05-04). Indian state elections deliver blow to Modi, amid COVID-19 catastrophe. wsws.org There is mounting popular anger against Modi and his far-right BJP government due to their ruinous mishandling of the pandemic, relentless attacks on social and democratic rights, and integration of India into the US war drive against China.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Woman Claims Found Wet Cigarette in Food From Taco Bell She Fed Her 1 YO Daughter With. sputniknews.com To find an inedible object in your meal is frustrating, but a health code violation is particularly unacceptable amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, and requires particular attention from hospitality venues.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Watch: Lockdown Flouters Forced to Do Squats as Punishment by Police in India. sputniknews.com India has registered 357,229 new COVID-19 positive cases and at least 3,449 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry. The total caseload has crossed 20 million, with over 222,408 people having lost their lives since the onset of the pandemic.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). World's Richest Cricket League IPL Suspended After Players Test Positive for COVID. sputniknews.com Amid the pandemic, the 2021Indian Premier League (IPL), established by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), held its 14th season in the country. The tournament kicked off on 9 April. Last year, the tournament was shifted to Dubai.

Lucio Blanco Pitlo III (2021-05-04). China's Hainan Free Trade Port: Preparing For RCEP — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Last April 21, I was humbled to join a closed panel on RCEP and the Hainan Free Trade Port (HFTP) development, part of a subset in the annual Boao Forum for Asia. My fellow speakers hailed from institutes in Malta, Singapore, and Shanghai and our discussants were from Haikou and Shenzhen with our session chair joining from Phnom Penh. The discussions explored experiences and lessons from other free trade ports that can be of value for Hainan and recommendations on how to make the ambitious undertaking work. | Resumption of trade can fuel the revival of economies battered by the Covid-19 pandemic. As such, some…

Bhabani Shankar Nayak* (2021-05-04). Question And Resist The Power — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The coronavirus pandemic has already caused the colossal loss of lives and livelihoods around the world. It continues to create havoc in different countries like Brazil and India. It has destroyed livelihoods, communities and families. This global health crisis has taken a terrible toll on individual lives by expanding unbelievable levels of anxiety, alienation, deaths, destitutions, loneliness and loss. The conservative commentators, writers, columnists and typewriters of ruling class voices locate the impact of these crises and its outcomes as individual problems or state and government failures. There is no…

Staff (2021-05-04). Night of Qadr observed in Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — People of Tehran observed the Night of Decree, or Qadr Night, on Monday, 21th of Ramadan in the Imamzadeh Ghazi Saber, while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff (2021-05-04). 21th night of holy month of Ramadan marked in Behesht-e Zahra. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — The religious ceremony of 21th night of the holy month of Ramadan was observed in Behesht-e Zahra while following health protocols amid the coronavirus pandemic.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Avoid preventable vision loss. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Has your eyesight become blurry? Do you have glaucoma, but you haven't been in for an exam or treatment? Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may have delayed eye appointments. Dr. Cheryl Khanna, a Mayo Clinic ophthalmologist, says it's important to catch eye diseases early. "I think the main take-home message is that if you …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). 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 (2021-05-04). High vaccination rate is key to future course of COVID-19 pandemic, Mayo Clinic computer modeling shows. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org The Mayo Clinic data scientists who developed highly accurate computer modeling to predict trends for COVID-19 cases nationwide have new research that shows how important a high rate of vaccination is to reducing case numbers and controlling the pandemic. Vaccination is making a striking difference in Minnesota and keeping the current level of positive cases …

jamanetwork (2021-05-04). Experts Discuss COVID-19—Variants and Vaccine Efficacy, Immunosuppressed Patients, and More. jamanetwork.com JAMA Live Highlights features comments from livestream interviews with experts in clinical care, public health, and health policy on critical issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Comments have been edited for clarity.

Susan Price (2021-05-04). Why delivery workers across the globe are rising up against exploitation. greenleft.org.au Even before the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, food delivery companies' profits were skyrocketing, as their "self-employed" workers are blocked from unionising, reports Taroa Zúñiga Silva.

Susan Price (2021-05-04). Carbon dioxide levels now at highest level in 3.6 million years. greenleft.org.au Despite pandemic shutdowns, atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane levels surged last year, reports Climate and Capitalism.

Staff (2021-05-04). May Day: For a living, united and victorious homeland. en.cubadebate.cu "Congratulations workers! What has been done to survive the pandemic under a tightened blockade, and nonetheless advancing, is monumental. A hard-working, creative people like ours deserves a great tribute," tweeted Party First Secretary and President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, May 1, who attended a simple commemoration of International Workers Day at Havana's José Martí Plaza de la Revolución, with reduced participation given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff (2021-05-04). Headlines for May 4, 2021. democracynow.org In Reversal, Biden to Raise Cap on Refugees Admitted to U.S., U.S. Allows Four Refugee Families Separated Under Trump to Reunite, India's Official COVID-19 Caseload Tops 20 Million, Nepal's COVID-19 Crisis Becomes "Unmanageable" Amid Exponential Rise in Cases, Argentina Passes 3 Million Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as Brazil Delays Second Vaccine Doses, Biden Under Pressure as World Health Organization Presses for Waiver on Vaccine Patent Rights, U.S. States Roll Back Coronavirus Restrictions as New Cases Fall Below 50,000 Per Day, Andrew Brown Jr. Laid to Rest Amid Mounting Calls to Hold Officers Who Shot Him Accoun…

Gloria Rubac (2021-05-04). Supreme Court rules kids can be thrown away. workers.org George Stinney, convicted in a 10-minute trial, was 14 years old when the state of South Carolina executed him in 1944. His conviction was not overturned until 2014. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled April 22 that children under 18 years of age—the vast majority of whom are . . . |

Mark Gruenberg (2021-05-04). Supreme Court tackles student free speech in social media age. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court's nine justices descended recently from their legal ivory tower, so to speak, to tackle a free speech case important to at least 50 million students—and their schools and parents, too. That's how many students are in K-12 public schools, ruled by administrators and local school boards. And that's at least how …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-04). What's Happening in Nayib Bukele's El Salvador? libya360.wordpress.com El Instituto Samuel Robinson The decision of the Salvadoran Congress, dominated by President Nayib Bukele's Nuevas Ideas party, to dismiss the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General raised local and international concerns about the division of powers in the Central American country to the highest level. Scenario: As…

Toward increasing Networking (2021-05-04). Online events w/ Naomi Klein, Varoufakis, adrienne maree brown, Vandana Shiva & others. indybay.org Here are some 20 online events taking place over the next 5 days (and starting tomorrow, May 4, at 10 am), featuring people such as Yanis Varoufakis, Naomi Klein, Dean Spade, adrienne maree brown, Vandana Shiva, and Charles Eisenstein, and many others. | These events are hosted from various locations all across the country, as well from Canada, and the UK (however, the listed times are all for our "Pacific time zone"). Of course, feel free to share this info with others who might be interested in it.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-05-04). Highlighting Need for World Leaders to Go Into 'Emergency Mode,' Analysis Finds Earth on Track for 2.4ÀöC of Warming. commondreams.org "Our warming estimate from current policies is 2.9ÀöC, still nearly twice what it should be, and governments must urgently step up their action," said Climate Analytics' Bill Hare. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-05-04). US Climate Envoy John Kerry Says 'We Just Have to End' Fossil Fuel Subsidies. commondreams.org Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry said Tuesday that "we just have to end the subsides" for fossil fuels to tackle the climate emergency. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

news.un (2021-05-04). Joy in South Sudan, as schools reopen after 14-month COVID lockdown. news.un.org The countrywide reopening of schools in South Sudan is a welcome step on the road to "normalcy" for youngsters, two in three of whom need humanitarian assistance, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) said on Tuesday.

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-04). Top-level Turkish civilian-military delegation visits Libya. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Top-level Turkish civilian-military delegation visits LibyaRick Rozoff While the world has been in lockdown because of the Covid epidemic, a new military power has appeared on the world stage: Turkey. One which has shot down Syrian, Russian and Armenian military aircraft and faced no consequences. One which has obtained Russian S-400 anti-aircraft weapons but whose …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-04). Top-Level Turkish Civilian-Military Delegation Visits Libya. libya360.wordpress.com Rick Rozoff Libya's Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush and Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu give a joint press conference in the capital Tripoli on May 3, 2021. (AFP) While the world has been in lockdown because of the Covid epidemic, a new military power has appeared on the world stage: Turkey. One which has shot down Syrian,…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-04). Forgetting Citizenship: Australia Suspends Flights from India. counterpunch.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

Editor (2021-05-04). No to NATO and Quad. workers.org The Joe Biden administration's first 100 days has gotten the most publicity for its $2 trillion for COVID-19 relief and another proposed $2 trillion for infrastructure. The infrastructure bill — supposedly financed by taxing the 1% — has yet to be passed. Some call it the most extensive social program . . . |

Leo Hohmann (2021-05-04). Highly Cited COVID Doctor Comes to Stunning Conclusion: Government 'Scrubbing Unprecedented Numbers' of Injection-related Deaths. globalresearch.ca One of the world's most prominent medical doctors with expertise in …

Dr. Henry Ealy (2021-05-04). CDC Violated Law: Inflated COVID-19 Cases and Fatalities. "How Deaths are Reported" globalresearch.ca Dr. Henry Ealy and his team started looking at CDC data …

WSWS (2021-05-04). More than 550 autoworkers out due to COVID-19 at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant. wsws.org While the UAW is being provided with regular, detailed updates from management on the spread of coronavirus, it is deliberately concealing this information as much as it can from workers.

Richard Falk, David Krieger (2021-05-04). Biden's Foreign Policy and Nuclear Weapons: a Dialogue. counterpunch.org Ricard Falk: The humane and competently handled responses that the Biden presidency has pursued with respect to the COVID challenge, mitigating economic burdens on the poor, empathy for abuses of persons of color, and moves toward proposing a massive infrastructure program are uplifting changes in policy and leadership of the country, especially welcomed after enduring

Brian Shilhavy (2021-05-04). Experimental Adenovirus COVID Injections Continuing to Kill Younger, Middle-Aged People. globalresearch.ca The AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson experimental adenovirus COVID shots seem …

sputniknews (2021-05-04). New Jersey Offers Free Beer to Every Resident Who Gets Vaccinated Against COVID-19. sputniknews.com Authorities in the northeastern state are not the only ones getting creative in terms of how to convince residents to get vaccinated. Officials in West Virginia have offered residents aged between 16 and 35 a $100 bond if they get a jab.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). 'Professor Lockdown' Backs MPs and Business Calling for Early End to COVID-19 Rules. sputniknews.com Professor Neil Ferguson, who resigned from the government's SAGE advisory committee after breaking his own lockdown rules to sleep with a married woman, has reinvented himself as a born-again proponent of unlocking, based on good news coming from the vaccination front.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Three Indian Journalists Served Legal Notices For Reporting on Oxygen Crisis in Uttar Pradesh State. sputniknews.com Last week, Uttar Pradesh (UP) state chief Yogi Adityanath threatened residents of his region that their properties would be confiscated if they were to post about the shortage of oxygen in the state. The Hindu monk claimed that there are ample supplies in his state to tackle the deadly COVID crisis.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). By the Books: As Global Gambling Rebounds Post-COVID-19, How Will Countries Spend Their Casino Cash? sputniknews.com Gambling is slowly becoming a major industry across numerous global economies, but just how much of the funds spent in the betting agencies goes back into businesses and local governments?

BenarNews (2021-05-04). Malaysia: Running Out Of COVID-19 Beds; Indian Variant Comes To Southeast Asia. eurasiareview.com By Hadi Azmi, Noah Lee and Nontarat Phaicharoen | The highly contagious "Indian variant" of the coronavirus has reached the shores of Malaysia and Indonesia, health officials said Monday. | Malaysian hospitals, meanwhile, are dangerously close to running out of beds for COVID-19 patients, with the country recording 60,000 new infections since early April, the Health Department chief said. | "We have detected one case of the [Indian] variant at our international gateway, and so far, we had only seen variants from South Africa and the U.K.," Malaysian Health Minister Adham Baba said. | Making matters worse is a…

K.M. Seethi* (2021-05-04). The Left Front Victory In Kerala: A New 'Yenan Of India' In The Making? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Amid new waves of COVID-19 in India, four states (West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam) and one Union Territory (Puducherry) went to polls in the past few weeks. The results that came on Sunday were devastating to the Indian National Congress (INC) in all polls in the states, and a grim warning to the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) in South India and West Bengal. Though Assam and Puducherry gave a sigh of relief for the BJP-led front, and West Bengal having provided more seats, its appeals to the electorates in Kerala and Tamil Nadu were squarely rejected by the people. These are the two states in south Indi…

William rivers Pitt (2021-05-04). COVID Crises Show We Must End the Fiction of Borders. zcomm.org The fictions of borders and "rugged individualism" must be dismissed out of hand, for we are all in this together…

José A. Amesty R. (2021-05-04). Covid-19, vacunas, control de las patentes. globalizacion.ca Al final de este artículo, deseamos que podamos entender por qué el Parlamento Europeo, no aprobó la clasificación de las vacunas contra el Covid-19, como bien público y evitaron la suspensión de sus derechos de propiedad intelectual existentes. Deseamos a…

Staff (2021-05-04). Iran COVID-19 update: 20k infections, 344 deaths. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — According to the Iranian Health Ministry, 20,150 new COVID-19 infections have been detected across the country in the past 24 hours.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). Sharing Mayo Clinic: Cared for in his own workplace for 121 days. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Robert Pintor works as a scheduling supervisor at Mayo Clinic in Arizona, so he was well aware of the impact of COVID-19 on the community. What he didn't expect was its impact on him and his family. This article is written by Mayo Clinic staff. When Robert Pintor picked up his wife's cough in November, they both …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). 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 (2021-05-04). 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 …

Paul Haeder (2021-05-04). It's the Mask, Stupid: Beware The Covid-Pfizer Jumping Virus! dissidentvoice.org How did we ever get to this point … to the point where, as I put it in The Covidian Cult, "instead of the cult existing as an island within the dominant culture, the cult has become the dominant culture, and those of us who have not joined the cult have become the isolated islands …

TheCOVIDBlog (2021-05-04). Sarah Beuckmann: 34-year-old Scotland Woman Suffers Gruesome AstraZeneca Adverse Reaction. globalresearch.ca This story is not for the queasy. So fair warning — …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: COVID-19 vaccine confidence and the importance of that second dose. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org While the number of people being vaccinated for COVID-19 is dropping, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other medical experts continue to strongly encourage people to get vaccinated for COVID-19. And that means that those who are being vaccinated with the Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine should get their first and second doses …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). Mayo Clinic researchers question effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines for solid organ transplant patients. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A small study from Mayo Clinic researchers raises the concern that some transplant patients may have a limited immune response after being vaccinated for COVID-19 with an mRNA vaccine. Their findings are published as a letter to the editor in the American Journal of Transplantation. The letter covers seven organ transplant recipients …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-04). J&J COVID-19 vaccine pause ends. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org On Friday, April 23, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), an independent immunization advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, voted to resume distribution of the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) COVID-19 vaccine after a 10-day pause to investigate reported cases of rare blood clotting events in recipients. The committee met twice …

Abdulkerim Said (2021-05-04). None of Us Are Safe From Covid-19 Until the Global Population Has Access to the Vaccine. commondreams.org "It should be obvious that we need to make getting vaccines to people all over the world a priority." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Megan Redshaw (2021-05-04). Denmark Ditches J&J COVID Vaccine, Says Benefits 'Do Not Outweigh Risk' of Blood Clots. globalresearch.ca Denmark on Monday became the first country to

Mike Whitney (2021-05-04). New Report Sheds Light on Vaccine Doomsday Cult. globalresearch.ca An explosive new study by researchers at the prestigious Salk Institute casts doubt on the current crop of gene-based vaccines that may pose a grave risk to public health. While the paper focuses strictly on Covid-related issues, it unavoidably raises questions about the new vaccines that contain billions of spike proteins that could greatly increase the chances of severe illness or death.

Kenya Elliot (2021-05-04). Despite India disaster, U.S. refuses COVID vaccine patent waivers. zcomm.org The true motivation is a desire to protect the profits of corporations and capitalists over human lives…

John Buell (2021-05-04). Pfizer and Big Pharma need to waive Patents on Covid-19 Vaccine. zcomm.org Biden should suspend all drug and vaccine related patents…

Staff (2021-05-04). Sixth Shipment of Sputnik V: Venezuela Already has 1.48 Million Doses. orinocotribune.com This Monday, May 3, the sixth shipment of Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Venezuela, unloaded from a plane of national airline Conviasa that landed at Maiquetía Simón Bolívar International Airport, in the state of La Guaira. This sixth shipment contained 50,000 doses, and brings the total of doses in the hands of Venezuela's government to 1.48 million doses, between China's Vero Cell and the Russian Sputnik V. | In addition, the Ministry of Health announced an expansion of the Venezuelan immunization plan that began on February 18 with Sputnik V. | Venezuelan Minister of Health, Carlos Alvarado, pe…

Matt Hribersek (2021-05-04). Covid-19 vaccine — a hostage of market dogma. zcomm.org The US got to be in this position by hoarding global vaccine supplies, indirectly blocking exports of necessary materials for their production and insistence on the protection of intellectual property…

Peter Arno, Philip Caper (2021-05-04). Covid-19 Vaccinations: A Shot in the Arm for Universal Healthcare? commondreams.org "The national vaccination program has all the features of a single-payer health care system including no copays, no premiums, no insurance company blocking payment, and universal, affordable healthcare for all." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-05-04). As Rich Countries Hoard Vaccines, India and Other Developing Nations Face Uncontrolled Covid Spread. commondreams.org "India is in crisis… We must work to save lives everywhere," said U.S. Rep. Cori Bush. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-05-04). Democrats Bankrolled by Big Pharma Are Refusing to Back Covid Vaccine Patent Waiver. commondreams.org The top Democratic recipients of Big Pharma cash in Congress are echoing industry talking points in opposition to an effort to ramp up global vaccine production. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-05-04). As Big Pharma Fights Off Patent Waiver, Pfizer Reports Hundreds of Millions in Profits From Covid Vaccine. commondreams.org Pfizer has pledged to send less than 2% of its vaccine doses to the Global South—while reporting record profits from its sales to wealthy countries. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Global Research News (2021-05-04). Selected Articles: India, COVID and the Need for Scientific Integrity Not Sensationalism. globalresearch.ca By In his report, Tengra offers scientific evidence that strongly indicates asymptomatic transmission is not significant. He asserts that as these cases comprise most …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-04). Top-Level Turkish Civilian-Military Delegation Visits Libya. news.antiwar.com While the world has been in lockdown because of the COVID epidemic, a new military power has appeared on the world stage: Turkey. One which has shot down Syrian, Russian and Armenian military aircraft and faced no consequences. One which has obtained Russian S-400 anti-aircraft weapons but whose standing as NATO's second largest and most …

sputniknews (2021-05-04). India's Top Production House Yash Raj Films Seeks to Vaccinate 30,000 Bollywood Members. sputniknews.com As the Indian government kickstarted the third phase of the mega COVID-19 vaccination drive from 1 May for all those above 18 years old, there have been several reports of vaccine shortages. The government and pharma companies are making efforts to increase vaccine availability amid skyrocketing cases in India.

Ady Barkan (2021-05-04). This Is Biden's Chance to Vaccinate the World. thenation.com This Is Biden's Chance to Vaccinate the World…

Pip Hinman (2021-05-04). Help India's COVID-19 outbreak with justice and healthcare not racism and profiteering. greenleft.org.au The Socialist Alliance coconvenors put the case for a health and justice-focussed response to the devestating outbreak of COVID-19 in India.

Susan Price (2021-05-04). Brazil: As COVID-19 deaths pass 400k, calls for impeachment. greenleft.org.au The leaders of nine opposition parties have joined forces to demand Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's impeachment, reports Yanis Iqbal.

WSWS repost (2021-05-04). Facebook reverses censorship of WSWS article debunking "Wuhan Lab" conspiracy theory. indybay.org On Friday, Facebook notified users that it had wrongly censored them for posting a WSWS article debunking the false claim that COVID-19 was released from a Chinese lab.

Rep. Ron Paul (2021-05-04). Will Special Interests Allow America's 'Longest War' to Finally End? globalresearch.ca Even if "won," endless wars like our 20 year assault on …

Lawrence Wittner (2021-05-04). The Fateful Choice. zcomm.org Nuclear Arms Race or Nuclear Weapons-Free World…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-05-04). Houthi Advances and Secret Saudi-Iranian Talks Prompt New Conciliatory Tone from Saudis. mintpressnews.com Bin Salman's half-hearted appeal for peace, which allegedly included demands that the Houthis drop their alliance with Iran and abandon support for the Palestinian cause, did little to convince Ansar Allah's leadership to ease the pressure on the Kingdom.

Jasmine Norden (2021-05-04). Amazon paid zero corporation tax in Europe last year as income soared. thecanary.co Amazon did not have to pay any Amazon sells products to households in the UK and many European countries through Amazon EU Sarl. Despite the record amount made, there was a ‚Ǩ1.2bn loss at Amazon's Luxembourg unit, which meant it paid no tax. | The Luxembourg unit looks after sales for the UK, Spain, Germany, France, Poland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Italy. | If the Luxembourg unit…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-05-04). After $53 Billion in European Sales Last Year, Amazon Paid $0 in Corporate Taxes. commondreams.org "Tax avoidance stops us getting the funding we need for healthcare and public services. We need to stop it." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Staff (2021-05-04). Colombia: Protesters to Remain in Streets Despite Tax Reform 'Withdrawal'. orinocotribune.com Colombia arose again in protest today, despite the fact that President Iván Duque announced the withdrawal of the recent tax reform bill. Demonstrators stated that this was not their only request, and that they will continue to occupy the streets. | The loudest demand voiced today was that "Duque stop the massacre," a response to the brutal repression with which protests have been met in almost all cities of Colombia. Outraged Colombians called attention to the case of the 19-year-old young man who died as a result of a gunshot in the head during a demonstration in Cali. | Nicolás Guerrero died early this Monday,…

sputniknews (2021-05-04). The 7 Year Anniversary of Odessa Massacre. sputniknews.com On today's episode of The Backstory, host Lee Stranahan and co-host John Kiriakou discussed current events, including a recruitment ad for the Central Intelligence Agency has been mocked on social media, Australia has imposed a blanket ban on arrivals from India, with those daring to violate it to face jail time and heavy fines.

Geopolitical Monitor (2021-05-04). Canadian Foreign Policy Can't Simultaneously Support Territorial Integrity And Separatism — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Taras Kuzio* | North America ganged up on fellow NATO member Turkey in April. US President Joe Biden's decision to recognize the 1915 massacres of Armenians as a 'genocide' came only two weeks after Canada banned the sale of military technology to Turkey which it had used in drones it sold to Azerbaijan. The US decision was all the more difficult to comprehend because Biden had come to power promising to rebuild Trans-Atlantic relations and re-energize US leadership of NATO. | With US-Turkish relations set to be in the doldrums for the remainder of Biden's four-year presidency, his rush to recognize the gen…

The Jamal Journal (2021-05-04). Never Forget the May 13, 1985 Massacre! Honor Delisha and Tree Africa by Freeing Mumia! indybay.org We do not have words to describe how awful it was to learn that the remains of murdered MOVE children Delisha Africa and Tree Africa were being used by the University of Pennsylania and Princeton University in such a disrespectful way. An article written by the Jamal Journal focusing on this painful tragedy will be released soon. A compilation of news stories is featured above. To mark the upcoming 36th anniversary of the May 13, 1985 massacre. A powerful 2010 video interview with Ramona Africa and an accompanying article written by Angola 3 News is reprinted below.

Dr. Jack Rasmus (2021-05-04). The Growth of US GDP: Economic Recovery or Just Another Rebound? "If We are To Believe the Numbers" globalresearch.ca This past week the US Commerce Department released its early estimates …

Mike Whitney (2021-05-04). New Report Sheds Light on Vaccine Doomsday Cult. globalresearch.ca "The risk-benefit calculus is therefore clear: the experimental vaccines are needless, …

Fra Hughes (2021-05-04). As we Remember May 1 2021 we Must Never Forget May 2 2014. orinocotribune.com By Fra Hughes Belfast — May 1, 2021 | While workers, trade unionists, socialists and communists all over the world celebrate May 1st as International Workers Day we should pause and reflect on the tragic events that unfolded in Odessa on 2nd May 2014. | A day many will never forget. The loss of life. The viciousness of an unprovoked attack and the tragic loss of life will live on the hearts and memories of their loved ones, friends family and comrades of those who perished in a blazing inferno. | This was no tragic accident. It was a premeditated assault, culminating in mass murder. | As yet the biggest crim…

Bruce Lerro (2021-05-04). Socialist Rhetorical and Dialectical Communication: Overcoming Brainwashing, Propaganda, Entertainment. dissidentvoice.org Orientation How effective is the socialist left at winning over people in public meetings who are not already socialists? I would think that being socialists would make the people practicing socialism very good at being social. How true is this? There are two purposes in this article. One is to identify the similarities and differences …

Fra Hughes (2021-05-04). As We Remember May 1, 2021, We Must Never Forget May 2, 2014. orinocotribune.com By Fra Hughes, Belfast — May 1, 2021 | While workers, trade unionists, socialists and communists all over the world celebrate May 1st as International Workers Day we should pause and reflect on the tragic events that unfolded in Odessa on 2 May 2014. | A day many will never forget. The loss of life. The viciousness of an unprovoked attack and the tragic loss of life will live on the hearts and memories of their loved ones, friends family and comrades of those who perished in a blazing inferno. | This was no tragic accident. It was a premeditated assault, culminating in mass murder. | As yet the biggest crime…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-04). A Very British Case: Postmasters And Miscarriages Of Justice — OpEd. eurasiareview.com British justice is a splendidly odd animal. Its miscarriage is one of those wonders of institutional repetition. When textbooks are written on the subject, one will feature prominently. On April 23 this year, the convictions of 39 former sub-postmasters were quashed by the criminal division of the Court of Appeal. They had been accused, and convicted, for theft and dishonesty after the UK Post Office installed the wonky wonder of the Horizon IT system. | There were figures such as Seema Misra, convicted for stealing £74,000 in cash from…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-05-04). A Very British Case: Postmasters and Miscarriages of Justice. dissidentvoice.org British justice is a splendidly odd animal. Its miscarriage is one of those wonders of institutional repetition. When textbooks are written on the subject, one will feature prominently. On April 23 this year, the convictions of 39 former sub-postmasters were quashed by the criminal division of the Court of Appeal. They had been accused, and …

Anonymous103 (2021-05-04). A Very British Case: Postmasters And Miscarriages Of Justice. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark. | British justice is a splendidly odd animal. Its miscarriage is one of those wonders of institutional repetition. When textbooks are written on the subject, one will feature prominently. On April 23 this year, the convictions of 39 former sub-postmasters were quashed by the criminal division of the Court of Appeal. They had been accused, and convicted, for theft and dishonesty after the UK Post Office installed the wonky wonder of the Horizon IT system. | There w…

Medea Benjamin, Marcy Winograd (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a block to downsize Biden's military budget. nationofchange.org This is the moment to demand a substantial cut in military spending that defunds new nuclear weapons.

Medea Benjamin, Marcy Winograd (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a Block to Downsize Biden's Military Budget. counterpunch.org A month before the vote on the federal budget, progressives in Congress declared, "We've studied President Biden's proposed $753 billion military budget, an increase of $13 billion from Trump's already inflated budget, and we can't, in good conscience, support this." Now that would be a show stopper, particularly if they added, "So we have decided

Medea Benjamin, Marcy Winograd (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a Block to Downsize Biden's Military Budget. dissidentvoice.org Photo credit: ICAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Imagine this scenario: A month before the vote on the federal budget, progressives in Congress declared, "We've studied President Biden's proposed $753 billion military budget, an increase of $13 billion from Trump's already inflated budget, and we can't, in good conscience, support this." Now that would …

Medea Benjamin (2021-05-04). Squad & Co: Unite as a Block to Downsize Biden's Military Budget. zcomm.org This is the moment to demand a substantial cut in military spending that defunds new nuclear weapons…

Walter Smolarek (2021-05-04). En su primer discurso importante, Biden presenta su programa para la clase trabajadora. liberationnews.org El 28 de abril, en su primer discurso frente a una sesión conjunta del congreso, Joe Biden calculadamente decidió atender de manera directa las necesidades de la clase trabajadora. "20 millones de estadounidenses perdieron su trabajo durante la pandemia — estadounidenses de clase media y trabajadora. Al mismo tiempo, el patrimonio neto de los aproximadamente …

Eds. (2021-05-04). International rights experts condemn U.S. police killings as 'Crimes Against Humanity'. mronline.org "The world is not only watching, it's judging." | May 4, 2021 | Newswire…

Laura Wells (2021-05-04). Recognizing Lies about Latin America: Seven Tips. dissidentvoice.org Headlines from two major Venezuelan newspapers (Photo Credit: Laura Wells) Even when we're being lied to by almost every available source across the media and political spectrum, we can still become better lie detectors. A focus on lies about Latin America is important because we do care about how the US treats other people, and …

Staff (2021-05-04). The right attacks democracy because the right doesn't want democracy. therealnews.com From the insurrectionary attack on the Capitol to Republican plutocrats' plots to kill the push for expanded voting rights, the right wing's constant, brazen attacks on democracy are as dastardly as they appear. Will Democrats fight back?

Fidel Castro (2021-05-04). Reflections of Fidel: The Chinese Victory. liberationnews.org May 4 marks the anniversary of a seminal moment in modern Chinese history. In 1919, the "May 4 movement" broke out — a youth-led uprising against the country's domination by foreign colonial powers. In the following piece written in 2008, Fidel Castro reflects on this and other milestones in China's long struggle for independence.

Lee Dlugin (2021-05-04). Republicans' Jim Crow 2.0 voter suppression laws spark fight for democracy. peoplesworld.org The country is today faced with a fundamental crisis with the proliferation of voter suppression laws, nullification of votes cast, and the determination of the Republican Party and pro-fascist forces to prevent people—particularly African Americans, Latinx, youth, and seniors—from voting. The so-called excuse for this proliferation is the myth of voter fraud, the same false …

Eds. (2021-05-04). Notes from the underground. mronline.org Scott McLemee reviews The Man Who Lived Underground: A Novel by Richard Wright. | May 4, 2021 | Review…

Michael Otto (2021-05-04). Ecuador election: Analysts debate why neoliberal banker won. workers.org Ibarra, Ecuador April 30 — In the wake of the April 11 second round of the presidential election won by right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador has been torn by cleavages and violence from organized crime, whose roots are in the extreme poverty, rampant inequalities and elimination of the social welfare . . . |

Liberation Staff, Atlanta (2021-05-04). Justice for Matthew Zadok Williams: mental health crises and police terror. liberationnews.org The story of Matthew Zadok Williams must be placed in the larger context of police brutality against those experiencing mental health crises.

Joe Piette (2021-05-04). Global movement demands freedom for Mumia. workers.org Mumia Abu-Jamal has fought for international solidarity since he wrote for The Black Panther newspaper as a 14-year-old in 1968. Today, from State Correctional Institute Mahanoy, he continues to encourage all revolutionaries to support each other's struggles regardless of where in the world they may be. In front of the . . . |

David Cavendish (2021-05-04). Time for U.S. foreign policy to abandon Cold War strategies. peoplesworld.org Passing the 100-day mark of President Joe Biden's administration, one word we hear often is "bold." From the passage of the American Rescue Plan (to fight the coronavirus), to important changes proposed in the American Jobs Plan (on infrastructure), and his American Families Plan (expand paid family and medical leave, pre-school education, free community college, …

Staff (2021-05-04). Can democracy exist in the digital era? therealnews.com From protests and labor actions organized online to Big Tech imposing its will on governmental institutions, we explore the ways our digital reality has shaped our ability to live and act democratically.

Benjamin Willis (2021-05-04). New Tenants: Birdwatching in New York City. counterpunch.org Bird watching is as New York as baseball, bagels, and be-bop. Some of the very first citizen-scientists in the modern-day field, many New Yorkers, have been elemental in the development of the Audubon Society and ornithological institutions dedicated to the study of these fascinating creatures of flight and song.

Larry Holmes (2021-05-04). A May Day 2021 manifesto for the revolutionary transformation of the working class. workers.org To all fighters for the workers and the oppressed of the world, especially those who dwell in the belly of the world's biggest imperialist beast, the United States: We can no longer ignore, evade or otherwise deny the fundamental problems blocking the path of the workers to class struggle and . . . |

Liberation Staff, Atlanta (2021-05-04). Justice for Matthew Zadok Williams: mental health crises and police terror. liberationnews.org The story of Matthew Zadok Williams must be placed in the larger context of police brutality against those experiencing mental health crises.

Eds. (2021-05-04). Intellectual monopoly capitalism and its effects on development. mronline.org What is new with contemporary (global) leading corporations? If gigantic monopolies are a repeated phenomenon in capitalism's history, why all the fuss we see every day regarding high concentration? | May 4, 2021…

Mumia Abu-Jamal (2021-05-04). 'Indomitable spirit that refuses to be broken': Albert Woodfox and Mumia Abu-Jamal. workers.org The following exchange between political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, wrongly incarcerated since Dec. 9, 1981, and Albert Woodfox, of the Angola Three, released in February 2016 after nearly 45 years of incarceration, most in solitary confinement, was recorded by Prison Radio. It aired as part of an evening of solidarity with . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-05-04). 'We are workers and we have power!'. workers.org The following talk was given at the May Day Union Square rally in New York City on May 1, 2021. Clarissa, WAAR speaker. Hi! My name is Clarissa and I'm with the Workers Assembly Against Racism, WAAR. I want to thank our comrades in Bessemer, Alabama, who worked tirelessly to . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-05-04). Black scientists denounce racism at Penn Museum. workers.org The following excerpts are from an April 28 statement regarding the unethical, possession and callous racist use of the remains of the children of MOVE who died in the 1985 state bombing of their home in Philadelphia: The Association of Black Anthropologists, the Society of Black Archaeologists and the Black . . . |

Staff (2021-05-04). Facebook Will Announce Tomorrow Whether Trump and His Fascist Posts Can Return. truthout.org Have you enjoyed the quiet? I hope so, because it might be over. According to a

Staff (2021-05-04). Progressives in Congress Should Unite to Slash Biden's Military Budget. truthout.org Imagine this scenario: A month before the vote on the federal budget, progressives in Congress declare, "We've studied President Biden's proposed $753 billion military budget, an increase of $13 billion from Trump's already inflated budget, and we can't, in good conscience, support this." | Now that would be a show-stopper, particularly if they added, "So we have decided to stand united, arm in arm, as a block of 'no' votes on any federal budget resolution that fails to reduce military spending by 1…

Staff (2021-05-04). If Biden Wants to Truly End War on Terror, He Must Release Guantánamo Prisoners. truthout.org The Guantánamo conundrum never seems to end. | Twelve years ago, I had other expectations. I envisioned a writing project that I had no doubt would be part of my future: an account of Guantánamo's last 100 days. I expected to narrate in reverse, the episodes in a book I had just published,

Staff (2021-05-04). Conspiracy Theorist Hired by GOP to Lead Arizona Recount Cost Taxpayers $150,000. truthout.org Nearly six months after voting ended in the 2020 presidential election, Republicans are leading an effort in Arizona to throw undue doubt into President Joe Biden's win in the state — and they've hired conspiracy theorists to help lead the charge. | Republican legislators in the state, who

Rosalind English (2021-05-04). Law Pod UK new episode: Henry VIII Powers undermining parliamentary supremacy. ukhumanrightsblog.com Episode 143 features Isabel McArdle and Sarabjit Singh QC of 1 Crown Office Row. Isabel practises in indirect tax, healthcare law, personal injury and public law. Sarabjit ("Sab") specialises in tax, with a particular emphasis on all forms of indirect tax and the interface between tax and public law. They have both given seminars on …

John W. Whitehead, Nisha Whitehead (2021-05-04). How the Government Keeps Experimenting on Its Citizens. dissidentvoice.org They were monsters with human faces, in crisp uniforms, marching in lockstep, so banal you don't recognize them for what they are until it's too late. — Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children The U.S. government, in its pursuit of so-called monsters, has itself become a monster. This is not a new development, …

_____ (2021-05-04). CIA & The Woke Totalitarian Generation. strategic-culture.org By Rod DREHER | You have to watch this. You really do. It's jaw-dropping. It's a new CIA recruitment ad: | She is an unnamed Latina Millennial who says she has been "diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder," and is "cisgender." She goes on to say, "I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise," and that she had doubts about her place at the agency, but then decided she would refuse "to internalize misguided, patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be." | Here's one in which a CIA librarian talks about how awesome it is that he can talk about being gay at work, and how affirm…

James Esseks (2021-05-04). A Federal Appeals Court Will Decide if Trans Students Can Continue to Play School Sports. aclu.org This year, more than 30 states introduced laws banning trans students from participating in school sports. This is part of an ongoing assault on trans youth — particularly transgender girls — that has been brewing for years. In 2020, Idaho became the first state to pass such a law and the ACLU quickly filed suit along with Legal Voice and Cooley LLP. Yesterday, my colleague Chase Strangio argued in the first case about a law banning trans women and girls from sports to reach an appeals court. The decision in this case will be pivotal as other states adopt similarly discriminatory laws. | Shortly af…

People's World Correspondents (2021-05-04). Alabama right wing scapegoats LGBTQ people as crisis escalates. peoplesworld.org MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed HB 391 into law on April 23, which when it comes into effect, will ban transgender individuals from participating in sporting events that align with their gender. Specifically, it bans schools from allowing students to compete against those who are not their "biological gender" unless the event specifically allows—in …

Anonymous765 (2021-05-04). Locations Of US Carrier Strike Groups — May 4, 2021. southfront.org This is the newest update of the 'U.S. Carrier Strike Groups Locations Map' exclusive series showing the approximate locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups. SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence tracks locations of U.S. aircraft carriers using the available open-source information. No classified information was used in production of the map. | click to see the full-size image | Carrier strike group (CSG) is an operational formation of the United States Navy. It is centered on an aircraft carrier and a carrier ai…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-04). Military Situation In Donetsk People's Republic On May 4, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | 1. UAF in Pesky shelled DPR positions in Veseloe with 120-mm artillery and grenade launchers | 2. UAF near Sakhanka targeted DPR positions in Sakhanka and Bezimenne with 120-mm artillery | 3. UAF in Vodyane targeted DPR positions in Kominternovo with sniper rifles | 4. DPR Forces in Kominternovo shelled UAF positions in Vodyane with 120-mm artillery | 5. DPR Forces in Kominternovo shelled UAF positions in Talakivka with 120-mm artillery | 6. DPR Forces in Donetsk t…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-04). Military Situation In Iraq On May 4, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | — On May 2, the Iraqi resistance groups fired 3 rockets on US forces at Camp Victory near Baghdad International Airport | — On May 3, the Iraqi resistance groups attacked positions of US forces in Balad Airbase with 9 rockets | — On May 3, the PMU carried out a security operation in the west of Tuz Khurmato area | — On May 3, 3 Turkish military personnel were killed in northern Iraq, according to the Turkish MOD | — On May 4, clashes between Tur…

Anonymous349 (2021-05-04). Russian Foreign Ministry's Cosy Fight For Freedom Of Speech. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | On March 3, the Russian Foreign Ministry released In the statement, the foreign ministry expressed its "concern" over the "politically motivated restrictive activity of Internet platforms that arbitrarily censor [opinions and content] using opaque content moderatio…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-04). Military Situation In Syria On May 4, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 4, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 28 times: 15 — in Idlib province, 11 — in Latakia province, 1 — in Hama province, 1 — in Aleppo province | Syria | On May 3, the SDF carried out a security operation in Hawaiyj area and arrested 7 people | On May 3, a militants was killed and 6 others were wounded, in clashes that broke out between the Turkish-backed forces in the countryside of Al-Bab city…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-04). Egypt To Buy 30 Rafale Fighter Jets From France, As It Looks To Replace U.S. As Key Weapon Provider. southfront.org Egypt signed a contract with France to buy 30 Rafale fighter jets in a deal that investigative website Disclose said…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-04). The Values Of Democracy: Latvian Gay Man Dies After Being Burned Alive. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 28th, a 29-year-old Latvian medical assistant died of severe burns in the small, idyllic, historical city of Tukums, Latvia. | 29-year-old Normunds Kindzulis suffered burn wounds over 85 percent of his body after he was found engulfed in flames on his front doorstep. | He was allegedly set ablaze by his neighbors for being homosexual, in the bastion of democracy and human rights that stands against the evil "Russian Empire" alongside the other Baltic states — Latvia.

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Anonymous103 (2021-05-04). Eric Zuesse: Marine Le Pen Has The Strongest Chance To Succeed, Of All Progressive Political Leaders In The World Today. southfront.org Written by Eric Zuesse. Marine Le Pen has continued her gradual political rise in France so that in the French…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-04). Rocket Attack Hit US Al-Asad Airbase In Iraq, IEDs Targeted US Convoys Near Kuwaiti Border — Reports (Updated). southfront.org Update: Colonel Wayne Marotto, spokesman for the US-led coalition forces in Iraq, confirmed the attack. According to the initial report,…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-04). Two Russian Military Strongholds Established In Armenia On Azerbaijani, Iranian Borders. southfront.org Russian peacekeepers in the Nagorno-Karabakh region. Source: Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS | Two new strongholds of the 102nd Russian military base in the Syunik region, bordering on Azerbaijan and Iran, in the south of Armenia. The announcement was made by Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan on May 3."This is an additional security guarantee not only for the Syunik region but for Armenia," Pashinyan was quoted as saying. | "The external security system of Armenia was not changed either before the war…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-04). Libya Calls On Turkey To End Its Military And Mercenary Presence In Vain. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 3rd, Libya's Foreign Minister, Najla al-Manqoush called on all foreign forces and mercenaries to leave the country as soon as possible. | She was speaking at a press conference in Tripoli, alongside Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu. | She urged Ankara to implement UN Security Council resolutions demanding the repatriation of more than 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya."We call on [Turkey] to take steps to implement all the provisio…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-04). Senior Diplomat Dead In Fall From High-Rise Building In Tehran. southfront.org Mural on the American Embassy in Iran. (Credit: Phillip Maiwald) | The Iranian police have announced an investigation into the death of a high-ranked Swiss diplomat whose body was found at the foot of a tower block in Tehran on May 4th. The Swiss foreign ministry confirmed an employee at its embassy in Iran had died in an accident. | "Specialised police units are in the process of examining" the circumstances around the death of the "51-year-old Swiss citizen employed by the Swiss embassy in Tehran", the national police said…

The Canary (2021-05-04). Devastating weeks ahead as India's virus catastrophe worsens. thecanary.co Coronavirus infections and deaths are mounting with alarming speed in India with a top expert warning that the coming weeks in the country of nearly 1.4 billion people will be "horrible". | Overwhelming: | India's official count of coronavirus cases surpassed 20 million on 4 May, nearly doubling in the past three months, while deaths officially passed 220,000. | Staggering as those numbers are, the true figures are believed to be far higher, the undercount an apparent reflection of the troubles in the healthcare system. The country has witnessed scenes of people dying outside overwhelmed hospitals and fun…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-05-04). Execs at Top Pentagon Contractors Raked in $276.5 Million Last Year, Analysis Finds. commondreams.org A new report from the Center for International Policy finds that 2020 executive compensation at the top five Pentagon contractors totaled $276.5 million—which could create thousands of jobs if it was instead invested in education, green energy, healthcare, or infrastructure. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Chakrabarti D, Akhtar N, Kumar V. (2021-05-04). Effect of Adjuvant Metronomic Capecitabine on Disease-Free Survival Among Patients With Early-Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. jamanetwork.com To the Editor We have several concerns about the SYSUCC-001 trial for early-stage TNBC. First, while the study recruited patients with T1b-3N0-3cM0 tumors without positive supraclavicular or internal mammary lymph node involvement, patients with N3c tumors were included in the trial. Because the inclusion criteria violated the definition of early-stage breast cancer, considered as T1-T2 N0-N1 or T3N0, it is not surprising that a large percentage of patients had pN2-N3 or stage III disease.

_____ (2021-05-04). Protests Grow In South Korea Over Japan's Fukushima Water Plan. popularresistance.org Seoul, South Korea – Lee Dong-ho, 73, has been fishing waters off South Korea's southern coast near Japan for 40 years and his eldest son is now taking over the family business, their lifeblood. | Lee farms snapper and yellowtail, mackerel and anchovy, and runs a drying and processing plant. | "We are surrounded on three sides by the sea," Lee, who lives in Dadae village on Geoje Island, told Al Jazeera. | South Korea has transformed its fishing industry over the past 30 years amid criticism of overfishing. Lee represents positive change as most of his business involves marine-fish farming — as opposed to o…

Marcello Rossi (2021-05-04). Screen Shot 2021-05-04 at 9.58.34 AM.png. progressive.org In the nation's most toxic region, one woman is seeking justice for herself | and her overburdened community.

Salcman M. (2021-05-04). Lies Before Retirement. jamanetwork.com The last patient lies to me (of course): about never having had headaches before, about not being depressed, about how well he slept before the accident, before he fell on a wet floor at work and tapped the left side of his head like a finger on a desk.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-04). Ecuador: Right-Wing Populism or Proto-Fascism. libya360.wordpress.com Alejandro Salazar Protesters take to the street of the Ecuadorean capital Quito against the policies of the government of President Lenin Moreno. | Photo: Reuters 2018 No one should be oblivious to what is happening, and probably will happen in Ecuador politically in the short, medium and long term. I am referring to the rise…

Daniela Jimenez (2021-05-04). Venezuela's Office of the Prosecutor General Presents Report on Operation Gideon. orinocotribune.com On May 3, one year after the failed Operation Gideon in which mercenaries tried to enter Venezuelan territory to attack Venezuelan institutions, the Public Ministry presented a report on the actions taken by the Venezuelan state to punish terrorism and mercenary invasion attempts. | To date, the Prosecutor's Office has requested 114 arrest warrants and 33 search warrants. Likewise, the Prosecutor General, Tarek William Saab, reported through his Twitter account the apprehension in flagrante of 34 subjects involved and 51 others on arrest warrants—a total of 85 people nationwide brought before the 4th Contro…

WSWS (2021-05-04). Writers, biographers protest W.W. Norton's decision to "permanently" remove Blake Bailey's biography of Philip Roth from print. wsws.org Bailey's book, likely to be the standard work on Roth's life for some time to come, has been "pulped" and its author turned overnight into a "non-person." There is no precedent for this in recent times.

Voelker R. (2021-05-04). Pioneering Heart Valve Approved for Patients With CHD. jamanetwork.com A recently approved nonsurgical heart valve can help improve blood flow to the lungs without open heart surgery for patients with severe pulmonary valve regurgitation, which often results from congenital heart disease (CHD).

WSWS (2021-05-04). UK teachers oppose attacks on pay, conditions, pensions and government's push for Academisation of schools. wsws.org A spate of disputes in education have broken out, despite every effort by the unions to suppress opposition.

MISH (2021-05-04). Fake Heath Certificates Complicate the Already Messy "Vax Pass" Idea. globalresearch.ca Airlines Struggle to Police Fake Certificates | In Europe,

_____ (2021-05-04). Why Have Media Gone To Such Lengths To Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal? popularresistance.org Philadelphia public broadcaster WHYY (4/24/21) was one of the few outlets to report on an April 24 rally seeking the release from prison of Mumia Abu-Jamal. The story included important information on Abu-Jamal, who is serving a life sentence for the 1981 killing of Philadelphia police officer Daniel Faulkner. | It noted that the case has "drawn scrutiny" over claims of police, prosecutorial and judicial bias and misconduct. It cited new evidence released as part of the appeal process, including a note from a key prosecution witness asking the prosecuting attorney for money—the sort of evidence that Johanna…

WSWS (2021-05-04). Florida legislatures pass draconian bill restricting voting rights. wsws.org Republicans in both the Florida House and Senate passed SB 90 last week, which places restrictions on drop boxes and the ability of residents to vote by mail.

Timothy A. Wise (2021-05-04). Monsanto Challenges Mexico Glyphosate Ban: IATP Defends Mexico's Right to Regulate in the Public Interest. globalresearch.ca Since the Mexican government published its much-awaited presidential decree on New …

Jatoi I, Kemp Z. (2021-05-04). Patient Information: Surgery for Breast Cancer Prevention. jamanetwork.com This JAMA Patient Page describes surgery for breast cancer prevention (the removal of healthy breasts to reduce risk of breast cancer), the patient population who should consider this surgery, and the alternatives to and risks of the surgery.

Tom Engelhardt (2021-05-04). Tomgram: Karen Greenberg, The Guantánamo Conundrum. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. It seemed obvious enough to me in 2006. When you included the CIA's "black sites" around the globe (where prisoners from the war on terror were being kept and regularly tortured), American military prisons like the shocking Abu …

Eric Nepomuceno (2021-05-04). De Eduardo Galeano a Jair Bolsonaro: Recuerdos de Abril. globalizacion.ca Hubo un abril, el de 1974, que se instaló en mi memoria como una fecha a celebrar. | Yo tenía 25 años, vivía en Buenos Aires, y a eso de las doce del mediodía me llamó Eduardo Galeano (foto). "Vuela al…

jamanetwork (2021-05-04). A Treatise on Rheumatism. jamanetwork.com A Treatise on Rheumatism and Rheumatoid Arthritis. By Archibald E. Garrod, M.A., M.D. (Oxon.), M.R.C.P., etc. With charts and illustrations. Philadelphia: P. Blakiston, Son & Co. 1890. Chicago: A. C. McClurg & Company. Pp. 342. $6.00.

Mouris Salloum George (2021-05-04). México — El sistema político, entre una mina enterrada y una bomba expansiva. globalizacion.ca Los últimos quince días de abril serán recordados como los que inauguraron un sistema político diferente del antiguo. Si en el pasado se impusieron las formas para definir el fondo, si en el pasado primó una manera de ser obediente…

Suzie Halewood (2021-05-04). A Vaxxing Question. globalresearch.ca In 1956 German pharmaceutical company Chemie Gràºnenthal GmbH, licensed a new …

Dr. Al Hakam Dandy (2021-05-04). "Syria Has Been a Victim of the Terrorists' Use of Chemical Weapons" globalresearch.ca On April 16, the

Dean Baker (2021-05-04). Dear Beat the Press Readers. cepr.net This is Dawn, Dean's colleague here at CEPR. I just wanted to make sure you saw Dean's recent BTP post about the New York Post reporter. In a story criticizing the great investigative work by our CEPR colleagues at the Revolving Door Project, he said that CEPR was, and I quote: " a well-funded and …

John Kendall Hawkins (2021-05-04). A Farewell to "Great Men" counterpunch.org "Why do you read this trash? It is inflated trash, Hemingway. By a dead man." "I like to see what they are writing," I said. "And it keeps my mind off me doing it." — Gertrude Stein and Ernest Hemingway, "Une Génération Perdue," A Moveable Feast I was reading (and watching) a hit piece in

Peoples Dispatch (2021-05-04). Libya's interim government asks Turkey to withdraw its forces. peoplesdispatch.org Turkish troops and mercenaries backed by it were deployed in Libya last year following an agreement with the Government of National Accord. The UN has repeatedly called for all foreign soldiers to be withdrawn from the country…

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-04). NATO summit to discuss Ukraine's membership next month. Nuland accompanies Blinken to Kiev. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO summit to discuss Ukraine's membership next month. Nuland accompanies Blinken to Kiev.Rick Rozoff The president of Ukraine met with the presidents of NATO members Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland in the latter's capital, Warsaw, on May 3 to solidify cooperation against their common adversaries: Russia and Belarus. The five heads of state signed a …

Cushing K, Higgins PR. (2021-05-04). Management of Crohn Disease—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply The goal of our Review was to provide an overview of the management of Crohn disease for the internal medicine community. Although there are important therapeutic considerations in LMICs, we stress that the highlighted medical approaches are complex and best managed by an IBD subspecialist.

Unicorn Riot (2021-05-04). Aerial Surveillance in Twin Cities Frustrates, Alarms Residents. unicornriot.ninja &nbsp…

_____ (2021-05-04). Jordan Releases Note Of Protest Against Israeli Attacks In Al-Aqsa Mosque. popularresistance.org Jordanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates sent Israel a note of protest calling it to stop its attacks in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, and respect its current historic and legal position. | The Ministry condemned in a statement the continuation of Israel's attacks in Al-Aqsa Mosque as it allowed the extremist settlers to raid Al-Aqsa Mosque in the last 10 days of Ramadan with severe protection from the Israeli police. | Daifallah ALfayez, the spokesperson of the ministry, said that the Jordanian kingdom condemned the Israeli attacks against Al-Aqsa Mosque and considered it a violation of the current historic a…

Syversen S, Goll G, Jà∏rgensen K, et al. (2021-05-04). Therapeutic Drug Monitoring in Infliximab Induction and Remission of Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases. jamanetwork.com This randomized trial assesses the effect of therapeutic drug monitoring vs standard therapy on clinical remission at 30 weeks among patients with immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis, psoriatic arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn disease, or psoriasis) initiating infliximab therapy.

WSWS (2021-05-04). How Wall Street feeds on death. wsws.org The speculative binge on Wall Street is an expression of what Trotsky so rightly characterised as the death agony of the capitalist system—a coterie of oligarchs rakes in billions of dollars as millions die.

WSWS (2021-05-04). Historian Joseph Scalice exposes the role of Stalinism in the rise of Duterte. wsws.org What was most significant in the panel was the interaction between Scalice and the second speaker, Walden Bello, who has a prominent international reputation as a figure of the left and an opponent of globalization.

Jaklevic M. (2021-05-04). A Partnership With the Cherokee Nation Advances Medical Education on Tribal Land. jamanetwork.com In this Medical News article, William Pettit, DO, dean of the new Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation, discusses how the first US medical school on tribal land came into being.

Jessica Corbett (2021-05-04). On World Press Freedom Day, US Report Reveals 'Startling Extent of Police Violence Against Journalists'. globalresearch.ca The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on Monday released …

David Bacon (2021-05-04). Workers Unite for May Day March. progressive.org Photo Essay: International workers day was celebrated this year in San Francisco with a march calling for Congressional action on the PRO Act. More than one thousand working people rallied on May 1 and marched up Market Street.

Oakes AH, Radomski TR. (2021-05-04). Reducing Low-Value Care and Improving Health Care Value. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint proposes ways health systems can sustainably reduce low-value care, including testing and implementing reliable measures, incorporating low-value care in performance and quality measurement, and emphasizing prevention of tangible harms rather than the financial savings that would result from its reduction or elimination.

Omar Ocampo (2021-05-04). Don't Let the Rich Avoid Taxes. progressive.org A progressive tax system is one of the few tools we can deploy to slow and reverse the growth of billionaire power.

Dean Baker (2021-05-04). The Neanderthal Protectionists at the Washington Post Don't Care About Getting the World Vaccinated. cepr.net You can't get a graduate education (or undergrad) in economics without hearing a thousand times that protectionism is bad. When you get to actually deal with policy issues, you discover that only protectionism that benefits ordinary workers is bad, protectionism that benefits high-end workers and corporate profits is sacred. This is exactly the point of …

The Associated Press (2021-05-04). 23 Dead as Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapses Onto Road. latinorebels.com MEXICO CITY (AP) — An elevated section of the Mexico City metro collapsed and sent a subway car plunging toward a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at least 23 people and injuring about 70, city officials said. Rescuers searched a car left dangling from the overpass for hours for anyone who might be trapped.

Curtis JR, Ogdie A, George MD. (2021-05-04). Treatment Strategies for Patients With Immune-Mediated Inflammatory Diseases. jamanetwork.com Immune-mediated inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, axial spondyloarthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease, are complex disorders for which an increasing number of therapies are available. Targeted immunomodulatory therapies for these conditions are drugs that modify the immune system response to treat disease. The best medical strategies by which these medications might attain the most optimal outcomes remains unclear. In this issue of JAMA, 2 randomized clinical trials from Norway tested different approaches to prescribing immunomodulatory treatments to improve outcom…

Bayoumy AB, de Boer NH, Mulder CJ. (2021-05-04). Management of Crohn Disease. jamanetwork.com To the Editor We would like to add 2 treatment options not mentioned in the recent extensive review on the management of Crohn disease by Drs Cushing and Higgins because an estimated 6 million to 8 million people worldwide have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), of whom the majority live in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs) or lack access to health insurance and drugs. The affordability and accessibility to monoclonal biologic therapies for these patients with IBD leaves local gastroenterologists with limited treatment options. Under the United Nations Good Health and Well-Being Sustainable Development Go…

Chandra Muzaffar (2021-05-04). Our Humanity; Our Identity. counterpunch.org Identity politics has been on the ascendancy in many parts of the world in the last few decades. Its relationship to ethnicity, culture and religion is what concerns us at this point. To understand this relationship one has to consider the context. We should also try to explain the impact of identity politics upon religion

Du F, Yuan P. (2021-05-04). Effect of Adjuvant Metronomic Capecitabine on Disease-Free Survival Among Patients With Early-Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. jamanetwork.com To the Editor Dr Wang and colleagues reported the results of the SYSUCC-001 study, which demonstrated a benefit in disease-free survival among patients with early-stage triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) treated with continuous metronomic capecitabine when compared with observation only after standard treatment. We have several concerns about these results.

Ashley Curtin (2021-05-04). Senate passes resolution to reinstate pollution standards for methane emissions from oil and gas sector. nationofchange.org The White House is in full support of the resolution calling it "an urgent and essential step" to protect Americans.

Madaar (2021-05-04). World Press Freedom Day: "Tyranny is not destiny, freedom has to be achieved" peoplesdispatch.org On World Press Freedom Day, we look at the situation of journalists and of the press in different countries in the Arab-Maghreb region…

WSWS (2021-05-04). Climate change impact on Gulf Stream will have severe consequences for weather in Europe and North America. wsws.org Modeling of the Gulf Stream's rate of flow, based on data from a variety of proxy indicators demonstrates a dramatic slowing beginning in the mid-20th century.

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-04). NATO prepares Azerbaijan's army for its next war. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO prepares Azerbaijan's army for its next warRick Rozoff Trend News Agency cited Azerbaijani member of parliament Vugar Iskenderov celebrating military cooperation and integration between his nation and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The basis for current high-level cooperation — his words — between the Caspian Sea country and the thirty-nation global military bloc was …

Lillegraven S, Paulshus Sundlisà¶ter N, Aga A, et al. (2021-05-04). Effect of Half-Dose vs Stable-Dose csDMARDs on Disease Flares in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis in Remission. jamanetwork.com This randomized trial compares the effects of half-dose conventional synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (csDMARDs) vs stable-dose csDMARDs on the risk of flares in patients with rheumatoid arthritis in sustained remission.

Jennifer Bellamy (2021-05-04). To Address Systemic Racism, We Must Dismantle Housing Discrimination and Segregation. aclu.org Equal access to housing is a civil right, but systemic racism within our housing institutions has long kept communities of color from accessing fair housing opportunities. The

_____ (2021-05-04). Joint Submission To UN Special Rapporteur Over Israel's Settler-Colonial, Apartheid Regime. popularresistance.org On 30 April 2021, the Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Council (PHROC); Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies; and Habitat International Coalition — Housing and Land Rights Network submitted a joint submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Mr Michael Lynk, laying out the framework for the illegality of Israeli colonial settlements, which are key to Israel's settler-colonial and apartheid regime, and analysing their impact on the Palestinian people's rights. The joint submission is pursuant to a call for…

Richard C. Gross (2021-05-04). An America Neglected Coming from Behind. counterpunch.org Joseph R. Biden Jr. shows himself to be the right president "we the people" need at the right time, trying to usher in a new dawn for America as he seeks to help a long-neglected middle and working class emerging from one of the country's darkest hours. Biden, in a contrast of behavior between him

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