2021-04-20: News Headlines

Melvin Goodman (2021-04-20). The Strategic Importance of Leaving Afghanistan. counterpunch.org Sixty years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower articulated his concern about the ability of his presidential successors to control the military. Several weeks before his Farewell Address, he gathered his senior advisers in the Oval Office of the White House and mused: "God help this country when someone sits in this chair who doesn't know

Juan Cole (2021-04-20). Despite Hawks Seeking new Cold War, the US and China can only Confront Climate Emergency by Cooperating. juancole.com ( China Dialogue ) — They say don't mess with Texas, but Mother Nature didn't get the memo. A surprise winter storm killed at least 111 people in March, when rolling blackouts left several million Texans without power for several freezing days. Their misery came just a few years after Hurricane Harvey put a US$125 …

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-20). Biden's Afghan Withdrawal Isn't a Blow to China. globalresearch.ca Bloomberg published an op-ed last week provocatively claiming that "

Staff (2021-04-20). Headlines for April 20, 2021. democracynow.org Jury Begins Deliberations in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial, Thousands Protest in Minnesota as Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Wraps Up, U.N. Warns Planet Is "On the Verge of the Abyss" from Relentless Climate Change, Hundreds of Climate Scientists Warn Against Criminalizing Peaceful Protests, White House Holds Virtual Climate Summit as U.S. and China Pledge Cuts to Emissions, Migrant Workers Flee India's Capital Ahead of Lockdown as Coronavirus Cases Soar, Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Joins Fight for Vaccine Equity, President Biden Urges All U.S. Residents 16 and Over to Get Vaccinated, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Can…

Nicole Rodriguez (2021-04-20). San Francisco students hold 'Action Towards Change' rally against anti-Asian racism. liberationnews.org The rally was led by youth whose speeches consisted of calls to action, solidarity in organizing, and self-written poems.

The Conversation (2021-04-20). Blocked from Civil Dissent, Women in Saudi Arabia are turning to business as 'quiet' Feminist activism. juancole.com By Sophie Alkhaled | — Prominent Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from prison on February 10 2021 after 1,001 days in custody. Al-Hathloul, a leading campaigner for women's rights in Saudi Arabia, had been sentenced to five years and eight months in prison in 2018 for pushing a foreign agenda and using …

Anonymous007 (2021-04-20). Military Situation In Yemen On April 20, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 152 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 19, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 7 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 19, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Khab and Shaaf area | On April 20, Ansar Allah attacked Abha Airport with a Qasef 2K drone | On April 20, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces continued…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-20). Russia Restricts Civil Aviation Over Crimea And The Black Sea. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Russia announced the introduction of a dangerous zone for civil aviation in the area over the Black Sea and Crimea, this was published in the operational information on changes in the rules for conducting and ensuring flights (NOTAM). | In total, the Russian Federation has issued three NOTAMs. They are valid until April 24tj, with minor differences. | A number of air routes in the Simferopol flight information area over the Black Sea were completely blocked. | At the…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-20). 200 Militants Killed In Russian Airstrikes On Hidden Training Base In Central Syria. southfront.org Illustrative image | On April 19, Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) had destroyed a training base near the city of Palmyra, in Central Syria, killing about 220 militants. | According to Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, Deputy Head of Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimim, terrorists have established a hidden military base northeast of Palmyra, where they formed terrorist groups for deployment in several areas of Syria in order to carry out terrorist operation…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-20). U.S. Ambassador Leaves Russia To "Visit Family" southfront.org Click to see full-size image | US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan will return to the US, Axios

Anonymous007 (2021-04-20). Iran Says "Always Open" For Negotiations With Saudi Arabia. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Iran is always open to negotiations with Saudi Arabia, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said."We have seen media reports about talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, although the reports sometimes had contradictory quotes," Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a weekly news conference. | "What is important is that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always welcomed dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and considers it in the interest of the people of the…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-20). Military Situation In Syria On April 20, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 19, a Turkish military convoy entered Syrian territory from Kafr Lussin border crossing | On April 19, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in Deir Sunbul, Sarjah and Bainin | On April 19, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in Ziyara and Sarmaniyah | On April 19, intra clashes between Turkish-backed forces were reported in the town of Raas al-Ain | On April 19, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positions…

Staff (2021-04-20). Mass Shooting at Indianapolis FedEx Warehouse "Follows Pattern of Violence Against Sikhs" Nationwide. democracynow.org As the Sikh community in Indianapolis and across the United States is in mourning after a gunman killed eight people at a FedEx facility last week, where four of the victims are Sikh, we speak with Simran Jeet Singh, scholar, activist and senior fellow for the Sikh Coalition, which is calling for a full investigation into the possibility of racial or ethnic hatred as a factor in the killings in Indianapolis. A majority of the workers at the warehouse are Sikh, and while authorities have not shared evidence Brandon Hole was targeting Sikh workers when he attacked the FedEx facility, police revealed Monday they pre…

Staff (2021-04-20). The Family of FedEx Mass Shooter Warned Police About Him. How Did He Still Manage to Buy His Guns? democracynow.org Authorities in Indianapolis say the mother of Brandon Hole, the former FedEx employee who shot and killed eight people at a company facility last Thursday, called police in 2020 to say her son might commit "suicide by cop," prompting them to seize his pump-action shotgun. But officials say they did not push for Hole to have a hearing under Indiana's "red flag" law, which allows police or courts to seize guns from people who show warning signs of violence. "The very thing that the law is designed to prevent — going and buying a new gun — was not even ever sought," says Nick Suplina, managing director f…

Staff (2021-04-20). FedEx Warehouse Shooting Follows Pattern of Violence Against Sikhs Nationwide. truthout.org Image Credit: Jenna Watson/USA Today Network | As the Sikh community in Indianapolis and across the United States is in mourning after a gunman killed eight people at a FedEx facility last week, where four of the victims are Sikh, we speak with Simran Jeet Singh, scholar, activist and senior fellow for the Sikh Coalition, which is calling for a full investigation into the possibility of racial or ethnic hatred as a factor in the killings in Indianapolis. A majority of the workers at the warehou…

Stephen Lendman (2021-04-20). Biden Regime Behind Czech Expulsion of Russian Diplomats. globalresearch.ca The Czech Republic is virtual US occupied territory, its pro-Western puppet …

Moderator (2021-04-20). What the U.S. Could've Done With the $2 Trillion Spent on the Afghanistan War. scheerpost.com YouTube] By Juan Cole / Informed Comment The Costs of War Project at Brown University has just brought out a new report on Afghanistan. The September 11, 2001 attacks were launched from Khost and Qandahar in Afghanistan by al-Qaeda, though it is not clear that this organization of Arab expatriates informed their Taliban hosts of what they were planning. The operation involved hijacking commercial… |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-20). Make aid to Israel conditional on protecting Palestinian human rights, say Sanders, Warren. peoplesdispatch.org Successive US governments, irrespective of the ruling party, have been providing billions of dollars in aid to Israel each year. Israel has been accused of using the money to sustain its occupation of Palestine…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-20). Greed And The European Super League — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Suffocating the grassroots. Mocking the working class origins of the game. World football, and primarily European club football, has long done away with loyalties in favour of cash and contract. The professionalization of the game has seen a difficult relationship between fan, spectator and sporting management, none better exemplified than the price of tickets, the role of branding and sponsorship. | The apotheosis of this has arrived in the form of a proposed breakaway European Super League. Like a mafia-styled cartel, twelve of Europe's elite football clubs have banded together to create their own, sealed co…

Andy Kroll (2021-04-20). Biden's Anti-China Ambitions. tomdispatch.com Like his immediate predecessor, Joe Biden is committed to a distinctly anti-China global strategy and has sworn that China will not "become the leading country in the world, the wealthiest country in the world, and the most powerful country in the world… on my watch." In the topsy-turvy universe created by the Covid-19 pandemic, it was, however, Jamie Dimon, the CEO and chairman of JP Morgan Chase, a banking giant with assets of $3.4 trillion, who spoke truth to Biden on the subject. While predicting an immediate boom in the U.S. economy "that could easily run into 2023," Dimon had grimmer news on the future as…

_____ (2021-04-20). How To Make A Gulf Monarchy All-American. popularresistance.org Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving American oil and gas companies feeling the pain. As oil prices plummeted, Republican senators from oil-producing states turned their ire directly on Saudi Arabia. Forget that civil war in Yemen — what about fossil-fuel profits here at home? | To address their concerns, Ambassador Bandar Al-Saud agreed to speak with a group of them in a March 18th conference call [m…

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Russia's daily COVID-19 infections drop to lowest since late September. ecns.cn Russia logged 8,164 coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily increase since Sept. 28, bringing the nationwide count to 4,718,854, the country's monitoring and response center said Tuesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Over 192 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 192.13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Sunday, the National Health Commission said Monday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). 32 Taiwan compatriots vaccinated against COVID-19 in Fuzhou. ecns.cn The first batch of 32 Taiwan compatriots living in Fuzhou, south China's Fujian Province on Monday received COVID-19 vaccinations free of charge via "Tailutong," a cross-Straits app for Taiwan compatriots working or living in the mainland.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Cambodian PM greatly values China's role in global fight against COVID-19. ecns.cn Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Tuesday said he greatly valued China's leading role in helping other countries to prevent and combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Asian economies should brace for opportunities and handle deficits: Boao annual reports. ecns.cn Despite being hard hit by COVID-19, Asia's economies have recovered well compared to the rest of the world. However there remain challenges in maintaining sustainable development, according to two reports released by the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on Sunday.

Amelie Liu* (2021-04-20). I'm A Multicultural Teen Trying To Fit Into Our 'Melting Pot' — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Reading the latest news, I remain silent and unsurprised as my dumbfounded friends, teachers and primarily white family members gasp. | "Two Asian Women Beaten and Robbed in San Francisco." "8 Dead in Atlanta Spa Shootings, With Fears of Anti-Asian Bias." "Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety." | While COVID-19 has escalated discrimination against Asians, Asian-hate is not new to me, and it is especially not new in America. But in the wake of the recent Asian-hate crimes, I can't stop thinking about the children of the victims — many of whom are multiracial, born in Ameri…

Staff (2021-04-20). Taliban expresses no willingness to attend Istanbul meeting. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Taliban announced that it will take part in no meeting until foreign troops leave Afghanistan.

Staff (2021-04-20). 8 police forces killed, 3 wounded in Afghanistan's Badakhshan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Sources said that eight police members were killed and three more were wounded in a Taliban attack on their outpost in Zibak district in the northeastern province of Badakhshan after midnight on Tuesday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). World experts say China offers inspiration for global sustainable development. ecns.cn China can offer other countries inspirations and opportunities for cooperation in building a sustainable post-pandemic world, officials from international organizations, scholars and business leaders have said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Xi calls for strengthening global governance at BFA annual conference. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called on all countries in Asia and beyond to answer the "call of our times," defeat the pandemic through solidarity, strengthen global governance, and keep pursuing a community with a shared future for mankind.

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-20). Czechia's Surprise Decision to Expel Russian Diplomats. globalresearch.ca Strategic Context | All of Europe is discussing Czechia's

Adam S. Juratovac (2021-04-20). Sunday 4/25: #StopAsianHate San José Community Rally. indybay.org Plaza de César Chávez | 1 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose, CA 95113…

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Hurun Report chairman: China leads in livestream shopping. ecns.cn Rupert Hoogewerf, Hurun Report chairman and chief researcher, said Tuesday on the sideline of the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 that China's livestream shopping is a new trend.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Overseas Chinese CEOs attend Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference. ecns.cn A session titled "Overseas Chinese CEO and Think Tank Roundtable" is held during the Boao Forum for Asia Annual Conference 2021 in Boao, south China's Hainan Province on April 19, 2021.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Boao Forum For Asia Annual Conference 2021. ecns.cn &nbsp…

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Chinese president to address BFA annual conference. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the annual conference of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) via video link on Tuesday and deliver a keynote speech.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Climate action 'a must' to ensure sustainable living: Boao Forum chairman. ecns.cn Climate action and carbon neutral initiatives "are no longer an option but a must" for the world to ensure sustainable living as we enjoy today, Ban Ki-moon, chairman of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), said Tuesday.

Eurasianet (2021-04-20). US, Europe Play Hardball With Georgia — Analysis. eurasiareview.com As Georgian politicians near a possible resolution to their long-running political crisis, they are facing increasing impatience from their American and European allies.: | By Giorgi Lomsadze | ( "Third time's a charm,"

MISES (2021-04-20). Biden's Amtrak Infrastructure Scam — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By William L. Anderson* | When he was in the US Senate, President Biden was famous for taking Amtrak home to Wilmington, Delaware, each night and he often was called "Amtrak Joe" for his enthusiasm about passenger rail. Indeed, people who live in the Northeast Corridor from Washington to Boston find rail travel—whether it be from Amtrak or other passenger lines—to be a regular part of life. | I include myself among people who enjoy traveling by rail, and to celebrate New Year's Day 2020, my wife and I took the overnight train from Seattle to Sacramento and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. When we go to…

BenarNews (2021-04-20). Bangladesh: Police To Question Leader Of Hardline Muslim Group. eurasiareview.com By Kamran Reza Chowdhury | A Dhaka court on Monday permitted police to question a top leader of Bangladesh's most influential conservative Islamic group after its violent protests against the Indian prime minister's visit last month cast a pall over the country's 50th anniversary celebration. | The weekend arrest of Mamunul Haque was the government's latest move against Hefazat-e-Islam, which has distanced itself from the ruling Awami League since the group's previous head died last September. | Police have arrested more than 400 Hefazat members since Narendra Modi, India's leader, traveled to Bangladesh in la…

CNA (2021-04-20). Ethicists Urge Caution After Creation Of Monkey Embryos Containing Human Cells. eurasiareview.com By Christine Rousselle | Catholic scientists and ethicists have warned of the potential for a slippery slope in response to reports that scientists had successfully created a "chimeric embryo" that was part macaque monkey and part human. | An article published April 15 in the journal "Cell" described how scientists took a blastocyst from a macaque and added human cells. The blastocyst then developed into a chimeric embryo, meaning it has parts of two species. It is the goal that these beings could be used to grow human organs, which would then be used in transplantation. | Similar experiments have occurred usi…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-20). Proportion Of Black Physicians In US Has Changed Little In 120 Years. eurasiareview.com A new UCLA study finds that the proportion of physicians who are Black in the U.S. has increased by only 4 percentage points over the past 120 years, and that the share of doctors who are Black men remains unchanged since 1940. | The research also spotlights a significant income gap between white and Black male physicians — a disparity, the researcher writes, that could reflect a combination of pay discrimination and unequal access for physicians to pursue careers in more lucrative specialties. The paper will be published in the peer-reviewed Journal of General Internal Medicine. | "These findings demonstrate…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-20). On The Pulse Of Pulsars And Polar Light. eurasiareview.com Faced with the tragic loss of the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico and the often prohibitive cost of satellite missions, astronomers are searching for savvy alternatives to continue answering fundamental questions in physics. | At a press conference during the 2021 APS April Meeting, they will reveal new tactics across both hemispheres for illuminating gravitational waves and dark matter. | Shining the oldest light in the universe on dark matter: | At the South Pole, a powerful set of telescopes could add a new function: studying the nature of dark matter and the history of stars. | Only satellites c…

Adam Dick (2021-04-20). Anthony Fauci, Enemy Of Freedom — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Anthony Fauci, now in his second presidential administration as chief coronavirus fearmonger and coronavirus crackdown champion, offered in a Sunday interview some explanation for his continuing promotion of draconian government restrictions and pressure for

Middle East Quarterly (2021-04-20). 'Godless Saracens Threatening Destruction': Modern Christian Responses To Islam And Muslims — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Daniel Pipes* | Following a millennium of almost uninterrupted hostility toward Islam and Muslims,[1] Christian hostility toward both declined. In a series of major shifts, European imperialism and secularism overcame the age-old fears of conquest and of false doctrine. In the process, Christians also noticed that Islam was not the horrible trick that it once seemed. To a considerable extent, admiration, sympathy, and even feelings of guilt vis-à -vis Muslims developed, something nearly unimaginable before 1700. Still, the old legacy remains extant and notably revived with the surge of Islamism and immigrat…

UCAN (2021-04-20). Indonesia: Muslims Demand Christian YouTuber's Arrest. eurasiareview.com By Konradus Epa | Islamic organizations in Indonesia have demanded authorities charge and seek the extradition of an exiled Christian YouTuber for blasphemy over posts uploaded on his YouTube channel. | They say Jozeph Paul Zhang, 40, offended Muslims by insulting the Prophet Muhammad and criticizing the holy month of Ramadan in a video uploaded on April 15. | In the video, Zhang, who reportedly fled to Hong Kong in 2018 because he feared arrest for his anti-Islamic views, took aim at Muslims for fasting during Ramadan and claimed he was the 26th prophet. | Muslims revere Muhammad as the 25th and last prophet.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). U.S., Japan urged to stop interfering in China's internal affairs. ecns.cn A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Tuesday urged the United States and Japan to abide by the one-China principle and stop interfering in China's internal affairs.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). On top of green buildings world. ecns.cn For the fifth consecutive year, China ranked top on the annual list of Top 10 Countries and Regions for LEED, outside the United States, in 2020, marking its progress in meeting its carbon neutrality goal by 2060.

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). China to announce name of its first Mars rover. ecns.cn China will announce the name of its first Mars rover on the Space Day of China, which falls on April 24, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

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2021-04-19: News Headlines

Jason Ditz (2021-04-19). At Least 70 Killed as Yemen Fighting Rages in Maarib, Taiz. news.antiwar.com Fighting continues to rage in Yemen, with the Houthi movement both trying to consolidate gains near Maarib, and trying to push for new opportunities around the contested city of Taiz, Over the past few days, reports are that the Houthis made gains near Maarib, along the northwestern routes which they have been contesting. At least 42 more were killed in fighting over the weekend, but without any apparent new gains. | Meanwhile in Taiz, the Houthis are testing defenses…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-19). Five injured in rocket attack on US airbase in Iraq. peoplesdispatch.org After Joe Biden assumed office as the US president, close to 20 such attacks have taken place against US interests and facilities in Iraq as opposition to the presence of foreign troops continues to grow…

Juan Cole (2021-04-19). US spent $2.261 Trillion on Afghanistan War, in which ~240,000 Have Died; We could have Greened Half the Grid Instead. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Costs of War Project at Brown University has just brought out a new report on Afghanistan. The September 11, 2001 attacks were launched from Khost and Qandahar in Afghanistan by al-Qaeda, though it is not clear that this organization of Arab expatriates informed their Taliban hosts of what they …

Gareth Porter (2021-04-19). Vienna talks reveal Biden team's attachment to sanctions that would torpedo Iran deal. thegrayzone.com Biden's foreign policy team refuses to relieve Iran from sanctions illegally imposed by the Trump administration, setting the stage for the collapse of negotiations and a major crisis. The Biden administration signaled once again at the April 9 Vienna meeting on the Iran nuclear deal that it intends to maintain Trump-era Iran sanctions in an effort to win political and military concessions going well beyond the original deal itself. Team Biden continued to insist during the conference that Iran return …

MISES (2021-04-19). The Problem With 'Just Do What The Cops Say And You Won't Get Hurt' — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Ryan McMaken* | New evidence has emerged in the case of 73-year old Karen Garner, an eighty-pound woman with dementia and sensory aphasia. Newly released In June 2020, Garner, had apparently attempted to leave a Walmart in Loveland, Colorado, with a bag full of small items, but was confronted by store staff. She left empty handed, and may have simply forgotten to pay. | Minutes later, Garner…

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-19). Why Xinjiang is emerging as the epicenter of the U.S. Cold War on China. mronline.org The U.S. government's information warfare against China has produced the "fact" that there is genocide in Xinjiang. Once this has been established, it helps develop diplomatic and economic warfare. | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

Robert Fantina (2021-04-19). Renegotiating JCPOA: Biden, Europe and Iran. counterpunch.org After years of negotiations, the U.S., under President Barack Obama (don't get this writer started on him), Iran and several other nations signed an agreement that limited Iran's nuclear development program, in exchange for the lifting of many sanctions issued against that nation. This was good news all around: many nations had a major new market for their goods, Iran was able to export its own products and services, and the world, bizarrely, breathed a sigh of relief that Iran would not develop the nuclear weapons that its spokespeople always said it never had any interest in anyway; its nuclear program was for…

samidoun (2021-04-19). Samidoun marks Prisoners' Day in occupied Palestine. samidoun.net Samidoun Network in occupied Palestine organized two events on 17 April and 18 April in support of Palestinian prisoners. On Saturday, 17 April — Palestinian Prisoners' Day — Samidoun joined together with the youth committee in Beit Ummar, al-Khalil, occupied Palestine, to visit with prisoners' families and extend support and collective commitment to see all 4,500 Palestinian prisoners liberated from Israeli occupation prisons. That evening, following Taraweeh prayers, night prayers performed during Ramadan, Samidoun activists, family members of prisoners and youth in Al-Arroub refugee camp near al-Kh…

samidoun (2021-04-19). In Toulouse, a Palestine Stand for the freedom of Palestinian prisoners. samidoun.net The following report is largely translated from the French at Collectif Palestine Vaincra: On Saturday, 17 April, Palestinian Prisoners' Day, the Collectif Palestine Vaincra organized a Palestine stand near the exit of the Jean Jaurès metro station in Toulouse, France. This event took place as part of the International Week of Action for Palestinian Prisoners, organized by Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network. For over two hours, the Collectif organized an information booth, distributed hundreds of leaflets on Palestinian prisoners, discussed with passers-by, played Palestinian music and presented sev…

samidoun (2021-04-19). March in Berlin and actions throughout Germany take to the streets for Palestinian Prisoners' Day. samidoun.net On 17 April, an enthusiastic march for Palestinian Prisoners' Day wound through Neukà∂lln, Berlin, Germany, organized by Samidoun Deutschland in partnership with several organizations, including Palà§stina Spricht Palestine Speaks, FOR-Palestine, Young Struggle Europe, Volksrat der Eelam Tamilen — Deutschland e.V., und Netzwerk Freiheit fàºr alle politischen Gefangenen. Marking Palestinian Prisoners' Day, the march progressed from Rathaus Neukà∂lln to Hermannplatz, marching through Sonnenallee, home to many Palestinian and Arab restaurants and businesses in Berlin. The march was enthusias…

Juan Cole (2021-04-19). The Saudi Lobby is Coming for You, Small Town America. juancole.com By Ben Freeman, Brian Steiner and Leila Riazi | — ( Tomdispatch.com) — Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving …

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-04-19). U.S. expects Russia to submit. Will it? mronline.org In his landmark foreign policy speech delivered from the U.S. state department on February 4, President Joe Biden had proclaimed that "America is back. Diplomacy is back at the centre of our foreign policy." That maxim was put to test last week. And it failed to make the grade. | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

Yusuf Selman Inanc (2021-04-19). Covid-19 in Turkey: Where did it go wrong? middleeasteye.net Covid-19 in Turkey: Where did it go wrong? | Cases and deaths are hitting record highs as criticism of the government's pandemic response grows ever louder | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 12: 54 | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a press conference next to a map of Turkey with Covid-19 figures, at the presidential complex, Ankara, on 29 March 2021 (Adem Altan/AFP) | Despite swift ear…

Ragip Soylu (2021-04-19). Turkey: Four ways citizens are trying to survive the financial crisis. middleeasteye.net Turkey: Four ways citizens are trying to survive the financial crisis | Turks have flocked to cryptocurrencies and the stock exchange to weather the country's latest currency crisis | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 11: 41 | Customers wait in front of a currency exchange agency as a screen shows foreign exchange rates near the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul on 22 March 2021 (AFP) | Over the decades, Turkish people have lear…

Areeb Ullah (2021-04-19). European Super League: Turkish football union condemns launch. middleeasteye.net European Super League: Turkish football union condemns launch | Turkish Union of Clubs criticises launch of European Super League warning it could destroy 'heart and soul' of football | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 11: 29 | The coronavirus pandemic has further compounded the economic woes of Turkey's major football clubs (AFP) | Turkish football condemned plans by major clubs in Europe to launch a new European Supe…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-04-19). Arabic press review: Palestinian Authority mulls cancelling elections. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Palestinian Authority mulls cancelling elections | Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia investigates 11 corruption cases, an Egyptian journalist disappears after being deported from Jordan, and thousands of Jordanians are at risk of unemployment | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 14: 28 | Employees of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission display electoral lists at the commission's district offi…

alexander (2021-04-19). Denouncing Sinophobia, the New Cold War, and Anti-Asian Hate. dsausa.org In March, the DSA International Committee released a statement that "condemns in strongest terms the Sinophobia and the push for a Cold War with the People's Republic of China that have been encouraged by United States political elites." It adds that "Joe Biden accused the Trump administration of being

Raúl Zibechi (2021-04-19). Amagar en el mar del Sur de China para golpear en Ucrania. globalizacion.ca Desde hace algunos meses el ex secretario de Estado Henry Kissinger viene alertando sobre la posibilidad de un conflicto armado entre EEUU y China, apuntando la necesidad de que su país tome el camino de la cooperación con Pekín, ya…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). Military Situation In Yemen On April 19, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 157 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 18, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 5 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 18, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Haradh area | On April 18, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Madghal area | On April 19, clashes between Ansar Allah and Saudi-led forces c…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). The UK Sends Two Warships To Black Sea, As Russia Sends Dozens For Military Exercise. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 17, detachment of ships of the Russian Caspian Fleet passed under the Crimean bridge across the Kerch Strait and entered the Black Sea, while earlier it was reported that Russia relocated Su-25SMZ attack aircraft to Crimea. | This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. | It is reported that among the 15 warships of the Caspian Flotilla there are 3 artillery and 8 landing boats, as well as support vessels. | The ships entered the Black Sea allegedly as par…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). The UK Sends Two Warshpis To Black Sea, As Russia Sends Dozens For Military Exercise. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 17, detachment of ships of the Russian Caspian Fleet passed under the Crimean bridge across the Kerch Strait and entered the Black Sea, while earlier it was reported that Russia relocated Su-25SMZ attack aircraft to Crimea. | This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. | It is reported that among the 15 warships of the Caspian Flotilla there are 3 artillery and 8 landing boats, as well as support vessels. | The ships entered the Black Sea allegedly as par…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-19). Did The US Just Try To Murder Lukashenko? Open Thread By The Saker. southfront.org Russia's President Vladimir Putin (R) and his Belarus' counterpart Alexander Lukashenko walk in as they attend a session of the Supreme State Council of the Union State at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 3, 2015. AFP PHOTO / POOL / SERGEI KARPUKHIN (Photo credit should read SERGEI KARPUKHIN/AFP/Getty Images) | On April 17, President Likashenko accused the US leadership of preparing a coup in Belarus and his assassination. After that, the situation has rapidly evolved. We may recommend you to join the open thread Did the US just try to mur…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-19). In Video: Saudi Arabia Used TOS-1A "Solntsepyok" Against Houthis. southfront.org TOS-1A "Solntsepyok" | Saudi Arabia used the heavy flamethrower system TOS-1A "Solntsepyok" during operation against the Houthis (as Ansar Allah is known). The leaked photo and video reportedly show the use of TOS-1A in the south of Saudi province of Najran. No casualties have been reported yet as a result of the shelling. Ansar Allah has not commented on the issue yet. | The TOS-1A Solntsepek is a 24-barrel rocket launch (MBRL) system designed and developed by the Russian company — Omsk Transmash D…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-19). Biden Blames Russia For The Exact Same "Interference" That US Corporate Media Is Guilty Of. southfront.org Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images | Although obviously not an avid reader or fan of Southfront, Michael Tracey's concise post of April 16th very clearly captures the irony and hypocrisy of the latest round of sanctions announced by the Biden administration. The allegations of "influencing" or "interfering" in the U.S election process that undermined the public's trust in the process was actually carried out on a daily basis by right-leaning corporate media such as Fox News or Newmax. Not to mention corporate media's total censorship of the New York Post's story on the infamous Hunter Biden laptop. Why were…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). The UK Sends Two Warshpis To Black Sea, As Russia Sends 15 For Military Exercise. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | A detachment of ships of the Russian Caspian Fleet passed under the Crimean bridge across the Kerch Strait and entered the Black Sea, while earlier it was reported that Russia relocated Su-25SMZ attack aircraft to Crimea. | This was reported by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation. | It is reported that among the 15 warships of the Caspian Flotilla there are 3 artillery and 8 landing boats, as well as support vessels. | The ships entered the Black Sea allegedly as part of a cont…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). Military Situation In Syria On April 19, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 19, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 33 times: 15 — in Idlib province, 12 — in Latakia province, 5 — in Hama province, 1 in Aleppo province | On April 18, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positions near Ain Issa | On April 18, US forces conducted a military patrol in the vicinity of the city of al-Malikiyah | On April 18, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). Boris Johnson To Reveal New Foreign Registration Scheme Targeting Russian And Chinese "Spies" southfront.org Click to see full-size image | UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to use the Queen's Speech on May 11th to reveal a new foreign registration scheme for Great Britain. | Essentially, Britain plans to force those working for foreign governments to sign a central register in a bid to counter hostile spy activity, the UK's Home Office has confirmed."Foreign spies operating in Britain face being prosecuted and deported under new laws to protect the nation from hostile states such as China and Russia. Boris Johnson will us…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-19). Syria To Hold Presidential Elections, "Moderate Opposition" Calls Them "Farce" southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Syria is to hold presidential elections on May 26th, this is the second election to be held since war began. | The announcement was made by the Syrian parliament speaker on April 18th. | Syrians abroad will be "able to vote at embassies" on May 20th, Hammouda Sabbagh said in a statement, adding that prospective candidates could hand in their applications starting from April 19th."I call on Syrians to exercise their right to elect the president," said the Speaker, Hammouda Sabbagh, after parliame…

Guido Vassallo (2021-04-19). La brecha entre el mundo de fantasía de Amazon y su realidad laboral. globalizacion.ca El gigante del comercio electrónico volvió al centro de la escena por sus prácticas monopólicas, denunciadas el jueves pasado por la Cámara Baja, y por sus ritmos acelerados de producción que hasta impiden que sus empleados vayan al baño. | No…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-04-19). U.S. Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard. counterpunch.org An Afghan taxi-driver in Vancouver told one of us a decade ago that this day would come. "We defeated the Persian Empire in the eighteenth century, the British in the nineteenth, the Soviets in the twentieth. Now, with NATO, we're fighting twenty-eight countries, but we'll defeat them, too," said the taxi-driver, surely not a member

M. K. Bhadrakumar (2021-04-19). US Expects Russia to Submit. Will It? globalresearch.ca In his landmark foreign policy

Prof. Juan Cole (2021-04-19). New Wind and Solar Up 50% Globally in 2020, as China Beats US by Over 4 to 1. globalresearch.ca The new report on 2020 by the

Juan Cole (2021-04-19). We Could Have Greened Half the US Electrical Grid With $2.26 Wasted on Afghan War. commondreams.org Much of the money spent in Afghanistan was wasted and disappeared into a fog of corruption. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/afghan_4_0.jpg

WSWS (2021-04-19). India hit by tsunami of COVID-19 infections as daily new cases surpass 250,000. wsws.org The surge in infections is a direct result of the Modi government's policy of reopening the economy to boost corporate profits and its deliberate downplaying of the pandemic threat.

Subodh Varma (2021-04-19). Modi government vs COVID-19: A shambolic fight. peoplesdispatch.org About one and a half months ago, 0n March 1, 2021, India recorded 12,286 new COVID-19 cases. On April 16, the new cases number touched 234,000. That's a nearly 20-fold jump in six weeks. Nothing can sum up the ferocity of this second wave of the pandemic. Daily new cases are more than twice the peak in September last year. [See chart below, based on | The total number of deaths has crossed 175,000 since the pandemi…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-19). Syria to hold presidential elections in May. peoplesdispatch.org The elections will be held on May 26 amid a deteriorating economic situation, badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union and the decade of war in the country…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India. ecns.cn India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Asian economies should brace for opportunities and handle deficits: Boao annual reports. ecns.cn Despite being hard hit by COVID-19, Asia's economies have recovered well compared to the rest of the world. However there remain challenges in maintaining sustainable development, according to two reports released by the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Over 192 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 192.13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Sunday, the National Health Commission said Monday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Over 189 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday. Enditem…

Subodh Varma (2021-04-19). Modi government vs COVID-19: A shambolic fight. peoplesdispatch.org About one and a half months ago, 0n March 1, 2021, India recorded 12,286 new COVID-19 cases. On April 16, the new cases number touched 234,000. That's a nearly 20-fold jump in six weeks. Nothing can sum up the ferocity of this second wave of the pandemic. Daily new cases are more than twice the peak in September last year. [See chart below, based on | The total number of deaths has crossed 175,000 since the pandemi…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Taiwan people get access to vaccine in Guangdong. ecns.cn Guangdong province, with its many Taiwan compatriots, is offering those from the island the same treatment as their counterparts on the Chinese mainland when it comes to vaccination against COVID-19.

Staff (2021-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2021. democracynow.org Police Brutalize Protesters in Minneapolis as Chauvin Trial Moves Toward Verdict, Protests Continue in Chicago over Police Killing of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo, Florida Poised to Pass "Anti-Riot" Bill, Criminalizing Dissent & Blocking Cuts to Police Budgets, Four of the Indianapolis Mass Shooting Victims Were from Sikh Community; Gunman Bought Arms Legally, Mass Shootings in Texas, Wisconsin Claim at Least 6 Lives in One Day, Globe Tops 3 Million COVID Deaths as India and Brazil Struggle to Contain Devastating Surges, CDC to Issue Guidance for J&J Vaccine After Pause over Blood Clot Reports, Alexei Navalny Transfer…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). China in action to make COVID-19 vaccines global public good. ecns.cn Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said Friday that China is fulfilling its solemn commitment to make COVID-19 vaccines a global public good with practical actions.

South Asia Monitor (2021-04-19). Russia Holds The Key To India's Eurasian Policy — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Lt Gen (Dr) Yash Malhotra (retd)* | A recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post (13 March 2021), written jointly by the Quad leaders, President Joe Biden of the US, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison and Yashihide Suga of India, Australia and Japan respectively, morphs the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD or the Quad) to a "Quad Framework" hailed by Modi as a "force for global good". | It inter alia includes climate change, critical and new technologies, and handling of Covid-19 pandemic, while remaining committed to: "…. a shared vision for an Indo-Pacific Region that is free, open, resili…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-19). Coronavirus Strikes Papua New Guinea — OpEd. eurasiareview.com There was a time when it seemed Papua New Guinea had managed to dodge a bullet. Instances of SARS-CoV-2 were minimal, along with its disease, COVID-19. Through 2020, the country of eight million people recorded a mere 900 cases. The World Health Organization

Gateway House (2021-04-19). The 1918 Flu: India's Worst Pandemic — Analysis. eurasiareview.com The 20th century's worst pandemic — Spanish Flu — erupted in March 1918 in Camp Funston (Kansas, U.S.) during the Great War. Much like Covid-19 it spread globally at an astonishing pace. Its Second Autumnal Wave took about 30 million lives in four months, half of those in India. It's sheer virulence and high mortality makes this virus the correct analogy for Covid-19: | By Sifra Lentin* | Death arrived in many forms in 1918. India was laid low by famines made worse by First World War requisitions of food grains from the Subcontinent, endemic cholera, typhoid and small-pox outbreaks, miasmic…

Subrata Majumder (2021-04-19). US Investment Rises In India Despite COVID-19, While Japan Sees Decrease: Digital Transformation Paved The Way — Analysis. eurasiareview.com While American investors were upbeat in India, despite Covid 19 ravaging the economy, Japanese investors slipped into coma. Both are among the five top foreign investors in India. While US investment in India surged by 297.2 percent in 2020 over the preceding year, Japanese investment fell by 59.4 percent during the same period. In 2019, investment from the USA and Japan were neck-to-neck, with a marginal increase of USA investment over that of Japan. | The truth behind the paradox is the USA's challenge to bid India's new age economy, driven by the digital economy. India announced 1 trillion of economic value…

Moderator (2021-04-19). Hedges: The Unraveling of the American Empire. scheerpost.com By Chris Hedges / Original to ScheerPost America's defeat in Afghanistan is one in a string of catastrophic military blunders that herald the death of the American empire. With the exception of the first Gulf War, fought largely by mechanized units in the open desert that did not — wisely — attempt to occupy Iraq, the United States political and military leadership has stumbled from one military… |

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-19). Exiting Afghanistan: Biden Sets the Date. counterpunch.org It had to be symbolic, and was represented as such. Forces of the United States will be leaving Afghanistan on September 11 after two decades of violent occupation, though for a good deal of this stretch, US forces were, at best, failed democracy builders, at worst, violent tenants. In his April 14 speech, President Joe

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