Daily Archives: April 15, 2021

2021-04-15: News Headlines

Eds. (2021-04-15). Grave concerns raised as Japan announces release of radioactive water into the sea. mronline.org JAPAN has come under fire after its government announced today that it would release more than a million metric tonnes of radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant into the ocean. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

Scott Bauer, Mike Householder (2021-04-15). Community leaders call for more serious charges in Wright death. peoplesworld.org BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — Black community leaders and family members of Daunte Wright were calling for more serious charges against a white police officer in Wright's death, comparing her case to the murder charge brought against a Black officer who killed a white woman in nearby Minneapolis. Former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter …

MEE staff (2021-04-15). US lawmakers 'remain concerned', plan to review $23bn UAE arms sale. middleeasteye.net US lawmakers 'remain concerned', plan to review $23bn UAE arms sale | House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman says Congress will have 'ample time' to review the Biden administration's decision to continue with the weapons deal | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 18: 25 | Chairman Gregory Meeks said it was fortunate that the transfers would not occur 'any time soon', leaving time for congressional review (AFP/File photo) | Th…

MEE staff (2021-04-15). Mosul: Egyptian team wins Unesco bid to rebuild Iraq's Great Mosque of al-Nuri. middleeasteye.net Mosul: Egyptian team wins Unesco bid to rebuild Iraq's Great Mosque of al-Nuri | The mosque was destroyed in 2017 just as Iraqi forces made a final push to recapture the area | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 20: 55 | An Iraqi worker clears rubble during the reconstruction of the Great Mosque of al-Nuri in Mosul's war-ravaged old town, on 15 December 2019 (AFP/File photo) | A group of Egyptian architects has won a global Un…

Suadad al-Salhy (2021-04-15). Iraq pressing US to agree on troop withdrawal timetable as tensions escalate. middleeasteye.net Iraq pressing US to agree on troop withdrawal timetable as tensions escalate | Though Washington has promised its forces are leaving, the lack of defined deadlines has opened the door for further attacks by armed factions | Thu, 04/15/2021 – 15: 30 | A US soldier walks at the Qayyarah airbase, where US-led troops are based near Mosul in northern Iraq, before a planned US pullout (AFP) | Iraq'

MEE, agencies (2021-04-15). Iraq drone attack targets US forces at Erbil airport. middleeasteye.net Iraq drone attack targets US forces at Erbil airport | The unprecedented attack comes as a rocket hit a Turkish military base in northern Iraq, and a car bomb killed four people in Baghdad
| Thu, 04/15/2021 – 10: 01 | A picture taken on 24 December 2019, shows the entrance of Erbil International Airport, in the capital of the Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region Erbil (AFP) | An attack Wedn…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). Is ISIS Back To Turkish-Occupied Al-Bab? Two Policemen Killed In Separate Attacks. southfront.org Illustrative image | On April 15, unidentified gunmen assassinated two members of the Free Syrian Police in the Turkish-occupied town of al-Bab in northern Aleppo. | The first casualty was 1st Lt. Khalid al-Khatib. Two gunmen riding a motorcycle shot and killed the police officer in al-Bab. Al-Khatib, also known as "Abu Jamal," is originally from the town of Marea. According to opposition sources, he fought with the Free Syrian Army in the early years of the war. | The second casualty was policeman Mohamad Juma'a. His bod…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). Houthis Targeted Oil Facilities, Patriot Systems In Saudi Arabia With 11 Drones & Missiles (Video, Map Update). southfront.org Early on April 15, the Houthis (Ansar Allah) carried out a large-scale attack with 11 drones and missiles on several…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). At Least 14 Killed Or Injured In Car Bomb Explosion In Baghdad Suburb (Videos). southfront.org Screen grab from: youtu.be/14qjArs4PxY | On April 15, two people were killed and at least 12 others were wounded in the eastern outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad as a result of a large explosion. | The explosion took place in al-Habibah area of the Sadr city. An Iraqi security source told the RT Arabic channel that the large explosion was caused by a car backed with explosives as well as an improvised explosive device. | The Iraqi Security Media Cell confirmed RT's report in an official statement and revealed that th…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-15). Separate Attacks Target Turkish And U.S. Positions In Erbil. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 14th, a drone dropped explosives near U.S. forces stationed at Erbil airport in northern Iraq. | This was reported by Kurdish officials, and there were no casualties according to initial information."After the relevant authorities investigated the explosion at Erbil International Airport tonight, the results show that it was carried out by a TNT drone and directed at the Coalition forces at the airport. There are no casualties and the investigation continues to find the source a…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). Kurdish Peshmerga Blamed For Missile Strike On PMU Post In Northern Iraq (Photos). southfront.org File image | On April 15, two anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) hit a checkpoint of the Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) in the northern Iraqi province of Nineveh."A checkpoint of the PMU in Nineveh province was subjected to missile strikes this morning," an Iraqi security source told RT. "Hours after the first strike, the checkpoint was subjected to a new strike." | The source said the side responsible for the attack has not been determined yet. The PMU has not yet made an official accusation. However, outlets affiliated with…

Alfred Kammer* (2021-04-15). From Vaccines To V-Shaped Recovery In Europe — Analysis. eurasiareview.com One year into the pandemic, Europe finds itself at another turning point. New waves of infection are hitting the continent, requiring new lockdowns. But, unlike last year, safe and effective vaccines are now available. While the pace of vaccination is still slow, an end to the pandemic is in sight. | Reflecting the periodic infection waves and the pace of vaccinations, the economic recovery in Europe is still halting and uneven. While industrial production has returned to pre-pandemic levels, the service sector is still contracting. | However, looking ahead, we project that Europe's economic growth will reboun…

Denis Halliday (2021-04-15). Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Denis Halliday is an exceptional figure in the world of diplomacy. In 1998, after a 34-year career with the United Nations—including as an Assistant Secretary-General and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq—he resigned when the UN Security Council refused to lift sanctions against Iraq. Halliday saw at first

WSWS (2021-04-15). Cyclone Seroja wreaks death and destruction in Indonesia, East Timor and Western Australia. wsws.org The disaster still threatens to trigger a wave of dangerous diseases in multiple impoverished communities, including cholera, dysentery, typhoid—and COVID-19.

EurActiv (2021-04-15). EU Council Ready To Negotiate On COVID Travel Certificate. eurasiareview.com By Gerardo Fortuna | ( In the approved mandate to start talks with EU lawmakers, member states aim at retaining the possibility to process personal data collected even for non-travel purpo…

William J. Watkins, Jr. (2021-04-15). Vermont Unconstitutionally Distributes COVID Vaccine Based On Race — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Shame on the State of Vermont. Under the state's If anyone bothered to take the matter to court, this racially based vacc…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Airborne Laser Scanning Of Gaps In Amazon Rainforest Helps Explain Tree Mortality. eurasiareview.com A group of researchers led by Brazilians has used an innovative model to map gaps in the Amazon rainforest and identify factors that contribute to tree mortality. Water stress, soil fertility, and anthropic forest degradation have the most influence on gap dynamics in the world's largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, according to an article on the study published in Scientific Reports. | Forest gaps are most frequent in the areas with the highest levels of soil fertility, possibly because the abundance of organic material drives faster tree growth and shorter life cycles. | The main method of data c…

Pepe Escobar (2021-04-15). Ucrania — Guerra, rusofobia y oleoducto. globalizacion.ca Con terribles consecuencias para toda Eurasia, Ucrania y Rusia pueden estar al borde de la guerra. Vayamos al grano y sumerjámonos en la niebla de la guerra. El 24 de marzo, el presidente ucraniano Zelensky, a todo efecto práctico, firmó…

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). RCEP sends powerful signal of Asia's commitment to open trade: IMF official. ecns.cn The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) sends a very powerful signal of the region's commitment to open and liberal trade.

No More Silence (2021-04-15). Mountain View–Rising Up Against Anti-Asian Discrimination. indybay.org Chanting "Stop the Violence–No More Silence," more than 500 demonstrators marched from the vicinity of the historic Caltrain Station at the end of Castro Street to rally in the Mountain View City Hall Plaza on April 11.

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Greenpeace expert: Japan's decision must be overturned. ecns.cn Dumping contaminated wastewater into the sea may be the cheapest way for Japan to deal with its troubles of Fukushima nuclear plant, but the Japanese government's decision completely disregards the human rights and interests of the people in Japan and the wider Asia-Pacific region, said Shaun Burnie, a senior nuclear specialist with Greenpeace East Asia.

Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director (2021-04-15). Georgieva: Leveraging Digital Money To Facilitate Remittances — Speech. eurasiareview.com Thank you for joining us here today for this virtual workshop about how digital money can facilitate remittances. | The eminent MIT economist Rudy Dornbusch famously said: | "In economics things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could." | Digital money is a perfect illustration of this maxim, where after a long period of development, the field is on the cusp of major changes that have the potential to reshape cross-border payments and remittances. | For example, last October The Bahamas launched the Sand Dollar, the world's first central bank digi…

East Asia Forum (2021-04-15). Pineapple Ban Another Prickle In Cross-Strait Relations — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Dalton Lin* | Beijing suddenly announced on 26 February 2021 that it would suspend pineapple imports from Taiwan starting 1 March, citing

BenarNews (2021-04-15). Indonesia: Suspected Rebels Kill Three Civilians In Papua Region. eurasiareview.com By Arnold Belau | Suspected separatist rebels shot and killed a motorcycle taxi driver in the Papua region of far-eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, police said, about the third fatal attack on a civilian in the past week. | The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB), an insurgent group, could not be immediately reached for comment on Wednesday, but its operations commander said a day earlier that it was responsible for last week's killing of two of the civilians, who were teachers. The rebels claimed they were informants working for the government. | "We shot them dead. If you want war, face us. Don't go af…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Basketball Mathematics Scores Big At Inspiring Kids To Learn. eurasiareview.com A new study with 756 1st through 5th graders demonstrates that a six-week mashup of hoops and math has a positive effect on their desire to learn more, provides them with an experience of increased self-determination and grows math confidence among youth. The Basketball Mathematics study was conducted at five Danish primary and elementary schools by researchers from the University of Copenhagen's Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports. | Over the past decades, there has been a considerable amount of attention paid to explore different approaches to stimulate children's learning. Especially, there has bee…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Aviation Sector Calls For Unified Cybersecurity Practices to Mitigate Growing Risks. eurasiareview.com The aviation industry needs to unify its approach to prevent cybersecurity shocks, according to a new study released today by the World Economic Forum. The increased level of interdependencies can lead to systemic risks and cascading effects as airlines, airports and aircraft manufacturing take different approaches to countering cyber risks. | To guard against these risks and create a streamlined approach with civil aviation authorities, the World Economic Forum has launched the Cyber Resilience in Aviation initiative in collaboration with more than 50 companies. | The latest report, Pathways to a Cyber Resili…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). How Nonprofits Can Drive More Giving From Their Current Donor Base. eurasiareview.com Researchers from University of Hawaii and Cornell University published a new paper in the Journal of Marketing that explores the challenges and opportunities with nonprofit fundraising to provide organizations with strategies they can use to increase sustainable giving and profitability. | The study, forthcoming in the Journal of Marketing, is titled "Managing Members, Donors, and Member-Donors for Effective Non-profit Fundraising" and is authored by Sungjin Kim, Sachin Gupta, and Clarence Lee. | Individual philanthropy is the primary funding source for many nonprofit organizations. A major challenge facing su…

Ahyousha Khan* (2021-04-15). Indian Nuclear Attack Submarines (SSN) And Security Calculus In Indian Ocean — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In

Tami Overby, Kai Abe McGuire* (2021-04-15). How Biden And Suga Can Seize Their Summit With Digital Trade — OpEd. eurasiareview.com President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will meet in Washington this week as both the United States and Japan show the world that alliances are back. But despite touting the U.S.-Japan Alliance as the cornerstone of peace and security in the Indo-Pacific, both countries walk a fine line when it comes to trade. That's why both leaders should commit to using the existing U.S.-Japan Digital Trade Agreement as a template to expand free and open digital trade among both countries' partners and allies in the Indo-Pacific with a regional digital trade agreement. | This is a critical inflection point for…

CNA (2021-04-15). Haiti: Archbishop Demands Release Of Abducted Catholics. eurasiareview.com The Archbishop of Port-au-Prince has called for the release of 10 people who were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday and are being held for ransom. | "We demand security and peace for all missionaries and all people,"Archbishop Max Mesidor said. "We demand the immediate and unconditional release of our detained brothers and sisters." | Five priests, two nuns, and three laypeople were abducted at Croix-des-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, April 11. According to local news, they were taken while on the way to attend the installation of a parish priest. | According to Haitian media, the "400 Mawozo" gang admitted…

James M. Dorsey (2021-04-15). Athletes Knock The Legs From Under Global Sports Governance — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Sports governance worldwide has had the legs knocked out from under it. Yet, national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. | Tectonic plates underlying sports' guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a struggle against racism and a quest for human rights and social justice. | The principle was repeatedly challenged over the last year by athletes as well as businesses forcing national and international sports federations to either support anti-racist protest or at the least refrain from penalizing athletes who…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Stretching The Boundaries Of Medical Tech With Wearable Antennae. eurasiareview.com Current research on flexible electronics is paving the way for wireless sensors that can be worn on the body and collect a variety of medical data. But where do the data go? Without a similar flexible transmitting device, these sensors would require wired connections to transmit health data. | Huanyu "Larry" Cheng, Dorothy Quiggle Career Development Assistant Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics in the Penn State College of Engineering, and two international teams of researchers are developing devices to explore the possibilities of wearable, flexible antennae. They published two papers in April in N…

Haris Bilal Malik* (2021-04-15). India-Pakistan Recent Rapprochement: Prospects Of Peace In South Asia — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Since the last two years, in particular, the prevalent security environment of South Asia has become more complex and the region has become even more vulnerable to conflicts. This is primarily because of the Indian politico-strategic adventurism and its continuous desire to dominate the escalation dynamics of the region. It all started with the Pulwama attack of In the pretext of its brinkmanship of so-called surgical strikes, India behaved very aggressively and report…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). New Evidence Regarding Emerald Production In Roman Egypt Coming From Wadi Sikait. eurasiareview.com A new paper published in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies presents the results of and images from the resuming of the archaeological seasons in the Mons Smaragdus region in the Egyptian Eastern Desert. The region is known for Roman-era emerald mines, chronicled by authors like Pliny the Elder and Claudius Ptolemy, were rediscovered in the 19th century by the French mineralogist Fréderic Cailliaud. During the 1990s a team from the "Berenike Project" started to survey the area and conducted the first excavations, focusing on the main site identified, Sikait, where the archaeological seasons resumed in January…

John Philpot (2021-04-15). Personal Tribute to Ramsey Clark: Iraq and Rwanda. globalresearch.ca Our friend in struggle, Attorney Ramsey Clark, passed away on …

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Tokyo Olympic torch relay: runners cross nearly empty park. ecns.cn An Olympic torch relay runner hands over the flame of the torch to the next runner on the second day of the Osaka leg in Suita, north of Osaka, western Japan, Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Over 78 pct of netizens oppose Japan's decision to dump radioactive water into sea: survey. ecns.cn Over 78 percent of global netizens expressed opposition to Japan's decision to discharge contaminated radioactive wastewater into sea, according to an exclusive survey posted by Xinhua on its Twitter account on Tuesday.

_____ (2021-04-15). Organizing In The South. popularresistance.org Oxford, MI – The woman's face still haunts me. Lined from many years of work on the farm and then in the cotton mills, she is nameless in my memory, just another "linthead" in the eyes of the mill owners, "white trash" others might say, someone off the cow patch and now in a factory in some Southern backwater working 12-hour days. | In her eyes, however, was a spark of something, a flicker of hope, and it came from the union she and countless other cotton mill workers were desperate to join back in the 1930s. "We began to feel we could be a part of a great movement," she said in filmmakers George Stoney, Judith H…

Climate Emergency Is Now (2021-04-15). Sunrise Movement Calls on Congresswoman to Sign the Good Jobs Pledge. indybay.org In Palo Alto, members of Silicon Valley Sunrise Movement called on Congresswoman Anna Eshoo to sign the Good Jobs for All Pledge. While she did not sign the pledge, she sent a letter assuring the group she shares their concerns.

Anonymous765 (2021-04-15). The Constant Turbulence Of Syria's North. southfront.org | | | donationalerts.com/r/southfront : gumroad.com/southfront http: //southfront.org/donate/ or via: www.patreon.com/southfront, 3Gbs4rjcVUtQd8p3CiFUCxPLZwRqurezRZ, qpf2cphc5dkuclkqur7lhj2yuqq9pk3hmukle77vhq, 0x9f4cda013e354b8fc285bf4b9a60460cee7f7ea9 An escalation could be brewing betwee…

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). PLA drills in Taiwan Straits safeguard national sovereignty. ecns.cn The drills conducted by the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the Taiwan Straits are aimed at safeguarding national sovereignty and responding to interference by external forces and provocations by "Taiwan independence" forces.

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Equal treatment for Taiwan compatriots seeking vaccination on mainland: spokesperson. ecns.cn A Chinese mainland spokesperson on Wednesday said Taiwan compatriots enjoy the same treatment as mainlanders when seeking vaccination on the mainland.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-15). Activists and anti-war groups slam US decision to proceed with arms sales to UAE. peoplesdispatch.org The Joe Biden administration had earlier suspended its predecessor's decision, pending review, to sell USD 23 billion worth of arms including 50 advanced F-35 fighter jets and 18 MQ 9-B unmanned Aerial Systems to the UAE…

Amir Malik (2021-04-14). India's Farm Crisis: Mitti of the Martyrs, Singhu's Soil of Struggle. counterpunch.org The large crowd in front of the main stage became silent. The only inaudible sound which remained was that of millions of hearts beating in unison here and hundreds of kilometres away in each person's home state. Leaders stood with their heads bowed in respect, their spirits soaring high. In the air suffused with emotion,

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-14). Female union leaders note that labor law reform is a civil rights issue. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—From better pay to paid sick leave, from due process on the job to wider opportunities, working women, union or not, stand to reap huge benefits if Congress passes the Protect The Right To Organize (Pro) Act, a panel of woman union leaders says. And that prompted AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, an Electrical Worker and …

Editor2 (2021-04-14). Tangled up in Blue: Lessons for Police Reform? orinocotribune.com By Steve Early — Apr 2, 2021 | When I attended a Washington, D.C. law school in the early 1970s, everyone enrolled in its criminal law class was required to participate in the Metropolitan Police Department's "ride along" program. Then, as now, "ride along" allows local residents to accompany police officers, out on patrol, in order to get a first-hand view of what police work entails. | My pre-law school interaction with the MPD, during protests against the Vietnam War, had not been friendly. In 1969, I was nearly trampled by a mounted police officer at President Richard Nixon's inauguration. Later that sa…

Nur Ayoubi (2021-04-14). Jordan: Woman given prison sentence for saying 'my father is better than the king'. middleeasteye.net Jordan: Woman given prison sentence for saying 'my father is better than the king' | Jordanian social media has erupted in support of 34-year-old Athar al-Dabbas, who has been accused of 'prolonging her tongue' by insulting King Abdullah II | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 13: 15 | Dabbas' sentence comes at a rocky time for Jordan, as economic difficulties, the Covid-19 pandemic and internal rifts within the royal famil…

Mike Walter (2021-04-14). The Heat: Rise in anti-Asian attacks. america.cgtn.com An elderly man is slammed to the ground on a city street. It's another shocking example of Asian-Americans being targeted across the United States. | What's behind the attacks and what's being done to stop them?

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2021-04-14). Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World. dissidentvoice.org Photo credit: indybay.org Denis Halliday is an exceptional figure in the world of diplomacy. In 1998, after a 34-year career with the United Nations—including as an Assistant Secretary-General and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq—he resigned when the UN Security Council refused to lift sanctions against Iraq. Halliday saw at first hand the devastating impact …

Anonymous669 (2021-04-14). Escalation In Northern Syria: Kurdish Forces Shot Down Two Turkish Drones Near Tell Rifaat. southfront.org File image | Late on April 13, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) shot down a Turkish drone that was flying over their remaining territory south of occupied Afrin in northern Aleppo. | The drone, identified as a SERàáE-1, was shot down near the village of Bineh west of town Tell Rifaat. The SERàáE-1 was developed by Turkey's defense giant ASELSAN for the Turkish military. The drone has a duration of 30 minutes with a 1 kg payload within a range of 3 to 5 km. The downed drone was equipped with an optica…

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