2021-05-09: News Headlines

Toby Blomé (2021-05-09). Sunday 5/9: CODEPINK Mother's Day Peace Rally. indybay.org Golden Gate Bridge, Welcome Center Plaza, S.F. Side…

sputniknews (2021-05-09). IDF Launches Massive Military Exercise to Simulate War on 'Multiple Fronts' Amid Flaring Tensions. sputniknews.com A number of Palestinian protesters sustained injuries during riots along the border of the Gaza Strip on Saturday as unrest flared around the Temple Mount and ahead of planned evictions in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of east Jerusalem, with the IDF launching tear gas and firing rubber bullets in response, according to Palestinian reports.

IDN (2021-05-09). Sri Lanka: New Commission To Govern Colombo Port City Soon — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Sri Lanka Embarks on Ambitious Project to Create Another Asian Financial Hub: | By Sugeeswara Senadhira | The Sri Lankan Supreme Court's determination on the proposed Colombo Port City Economic Commission Bill will be placed before the parliament on May 18, paving way for the legal act to establish the Commission, with an amendment in accordance with the judiciary's verdict. The Supreme Court conveyed its decision to Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena, who will discuss with party leaders on May 18 on fixing a date to debate the Bill. | The Bill provides for the establishment of a Commission empowered to…

Steve Topple (2021-05-09). WTF's Keir Starmer doing? He's aiding a Blairite takeover. thecanary.co If you think the Labour Party has been in a mess since Thursday 6 May's local elections, you'd be right. Because another political civil war is starting. But ultimately, as with all Labour in-fighting, the real casualties will be the poorest people in society. | Starmer: blame anyone but himself?: | Late on Saturday 8 May, Twitter was awash with rumours that Starmer had sacked Angela Rayner. It was from her job as chairperson: | CONFIRMED: Angela Rayner has been sacked as Labour Party chair. She remains deputy leader. — Gabriel Pogrund…

Not One Nickel, Not One Dime (2021-05-09). Petition from Rep. Rashida Tlaib to Stop US/Israeli War Crmes. indybay.org Sign now to call on the U.S. State Department and Department of Defense: Demand an end to Israel's forced displacement of Palestinians from East Jerusalem. See actionnetwork.org/forms/sign-now-to-call-on-the-us-state-department-and-department-of-defense-demand-an-end-to-israels-forced-displacement-of-palestinians-from-east-jerusalem

WSWS Repost (2021-05-09). Amazonians United: A new trap for workers. indybay.org Given the RWDSU's unsuccessful union drive in Bessemer, Alabama—resulting from its obviously top-down, officially-sponsored character—a subtler approach is now being pitched by sections of the union apparatus and their middle-class allies. Writers at the World Socialist Web Site expose some troubling facts which workers should be made aware of.

_____ (2021-05-09). Platform Co-op Plans Revolution For Online Tutoring And Teaching. popularresistance.org With schools across the world shutting due to Covid-19, e-learning has become an increasingly popular option around the world — but while this has increased platform revenues, teachers' pay has stayed the same. | "Last year, during lockdown, I decided to start something different," says John Hayes, co-founder of MyCoolClass, an international teacher-owned platform co-op set for launch next month. He hails from California but has been living in Warsaw, Poland, for nearly six years while working as an ESL teacher, in language schools and online. | After speaking with other freelance teachers and professionals…

Editor2 (2021-05-09). UN Warns Israel's Forced Evictions in East Jerusalem Could Amount to War Crimes Amid Violent Clashes in Annexed Area. orinocotribune.com The United Nations has warned that Israel's actions in East Jerusalem "may amount to war crimes" after the Jewish state sought to engage in forced evictions within the annexed section of the occupied Palestinian territory. | In comments to reporters in Geneva on Friday, the spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights, Rupert Colville, urged Israel to "call off all forced evictions" within East Jerusalem amid ongoing violent clashes as Israeli authorities push to evict Palestinian families from the area. | "We wish to emphasise that East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, in…

Elias Jaua (2021-05-09). Venezuela's Popular Democracy under Siege. zcomm.org An interview on the internal dynamics of the Bolivarian process…

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-05-09). President Maduro Criticizes Officials who end up Becoming 'Little Kings' — Lácteos Los Andes. orinocotribune.com All public servants, elected by vote or designated by the president of the Republic, must govern in response to the needs of the people and not become "little kings," said Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. | This Friday, May 7, during the inauguration of the presidential council of the popular government of the working class, President Maduro reiterated that one of the priority tasks of the vice-presidency for Social and Territorial Socialism, headed by Eduardo Piñate, is precisely to govern with the forces of the Popular Power. | "It cannot be that a mayor, a governor, a president is elected, that one is name…

Pivotal (2021-05-09). Tuesday 5/25: Choosing Peace with Shalita O'Neale and Pivotal. indybay.org Virtual Event…

Editor2 (2021-05-09). Cuba Migrating to Open Source Platforms. orinocotribune.com The use of open source platforms and Cuban software will strengthen our industry, technological sovereignty, and information security | The technical migration toward open source platforms and the consistent use of nationally produced software and applications in the country is not only a change needed to strengthen the Cuban industry, but is also key to strengthening our technological sovereignty and information security. | This is why the Ministry of Communications established Resolution 141/2020 outlining general guidelines to make this process viable within Central State Administration bodies and agencies, th…

Kim Kelly (2021-05-09). Striking Alabama coal miners are prepared for a long fight. zcomm.org Over 1,000 union coal miners at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood, Alabama, have been on strike since April 1…

Staff (2021-05-09). IRGC, Army made great strides in field of defense systems. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 09 (MNA) — "Over the past years, we have made great strides in the field of research and producing of defense systems, including missile, radar, and electronic warfare systems", IRGC Aerospace Force Commander said.

Staff (2021-05-09). Iraqi security forces thwart attack on oil well in Kirkuk. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 09 (MNA) — An Iraqi security source announced on Sunday that the plot to blow up an oil well in northwestern Kirkuk was thwarted.

Staff (2021-05-09). Russia holds World War II victory parade amid tensions with W. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 09 (MNA) — Amid tensions with the West, Russian President Vladimir Putin reviewed Russia's traditional World War Two victory parade which was held in Moscow's Red Square on Sunday.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). Russia to Mark WWII Victory Anniversary With Nationwide Military Parades on Sunday. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Russia commemorates the 76th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II as military parades and other celebrations begin across the country.

sputniknews (2021-05-09). How the Biden Administration Could Step Up Warrantless Spying on Americans by Using Private Firms. sputniknews.com The Biden administration is considering using private firms to surveil suspected domestic terrorists online, according to CNN. A new "war on domestic terror" is fraught with risks of curtailing constitutional rights for Americans and giving sweeping new powers to the federal government, warned former CIA officers.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Consumer Health: Relaxation for stress relief. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about managing the stress in your life. Stress is an automatic physical, mental and emotional response to a challenging event. It's a normal part of everyone's life. When used positively, stress can lead to growth, action and change. But negative, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Brain Tumor Awareness Month. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Primary brain tumors originate in the brain or tissues close to the brain, such as in brain-covering membranes, cranial nerves, or the pituitary or pineal glands. There are many types of primary brain tumors, and over 84,000 people will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis in 2021, according to the National Brain Tumor Society. The median age …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Consumer Health: What do you know about melanoma? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. While melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers, it causes most skin cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Melanomas develop in the cells that produce melanin — the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-09). Consumer Health: Dealing with arthritis pain. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Arthritis Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about a condition that affects approximately 1 in 4 adults in the U.S., which is over 54.4 million men and women. The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. The two main types of arthritis — osteoarthritis and …

DMG (2021-05-09). Myanmar: Dozens Of Sittwe University Staff Dismissed For Joining Civil Disobedience Movement. eurasiareview.com Thirty-five instructors from Sittwe University in the Arakan State capital have been dismissed for joining the civil disobedience movement, according to a letter signed by Dr. Khin Maung Zaw, acting rector of the University. | The letter released on May 6 said those absent on May 3 without excuse were dismissed from that day onward. | A list of staff joining the CDM is being compiled and sent to the Ministry of Education daily, and the 35 teachers dismissed were included on the list, an official of Sittwe University told DMG. | "We have to send a list of teachers who are joining the CDM and not joining the CDM…

East Asia Forum (2021-05-09). Washington Is Playing A Losing Game With China — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Chas W Freeman Jr* | America's latest policies toward China will prove self-defeating. US—China relations now exemplify Freeman's third law of strategic dynamics: for every hostile act there is a more hostile reaction. | Washington would be easy to spot in a game of chess. It's the player with no plan beyond an aggressive opening. That is no strategy at all. The failure to think several moves ahead matters. | Washington developed some well-founded complaints about Chinese economic behaviour — and launched a trade war. Washington was alarmed about China's potential to outcompete America — a…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-05-09). H.E. President John Mahama Appointed As AU High Representative For Somalia — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The Chairperson of the Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, has announced the appointment of H.E John Dramani Mahama, former President of the Republic of Ghana, as his High Representative to Somalia. | As the High Representative for Somalia's political track, President Mahama will work with the Somali stakeholders, to reach a mutually acceptable compromise towards an all-encompassing resolution for the holding of Somali elections in the shortest possible time. | In fulfilling his mandate, the High Representative will be supported by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), to ensure that the mediation e…

Dr. Azly Rahman (2021-05-09). Discover Personacracy, Not Demon-cracy: A Mother's Day Musing — OpEd. eurasiareview.com How do welearn to tolerate each other in the scheme of our daily existence, and in our journey towards realising the full potential of our emerging brand of multiculturalism, in any pluralistic nation? | How do we begin to think like a transculturalist in a nation that is increasingly becoming more and more diverse and in need of radical changes in the way we live, work, and play? | How do we teach ourselves the notion of meaningful democracy, one that is alive and closer to our heart's desire so that we may feel it and become its good participants? | How do we make democracy personal and not, as a friend of m…

Eurasia Review (2021-05-09). New Weather Warning Gauge. eurasiareview.com Australia, the driest inhabited continent, is prone to natural disasters and wild swings in weather conditions – from floods to droughts, heatwaves and bushfires. | Now two new Flinders University studies of long-term hydro-climatic patterns provide fresh insights into the causes of the island continent's strong climate variability which affect extreme wet or dry weather and other conditions vital to water supply, agriculture, the environment and the nation's future. | For the first time, researchers from the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training (NCGRT) at Flinders have revealed a vegetation-m…

Ivana Lima* (2021-05-09). Nord Stream 2: To Gain Or To Refrain? — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Why Germany Refuses to Bend under Sanctions Pressure: | The chances of the sanctions war around Nord Stream 2 to rage on after the construction of the pipeline is finally over seem to be high. That said, we have to admit, with regret or with joy, that it will be completed, and for the following reasons: | Germany, like any other European country, has set itself the task of abandoning coal and nuclear energy within the next few decades. In reality, however, there is no alternative to coal and nuclear energy. Simultaneously forsaking gasoline and diesel cars, which is something Europe dreams about, will…

Eurasia Review (2021-05-09). With Bacteria Against Coral Bleaching. eurasiareview.com Corals are the backbone of marine ecosystems in the tropics. They are threatened by rising water temperatures caused by global warming and they are among the first ecosystems worldwide that are on the verge of ecological collapse. Coral bleaching, which is becoming stronger and more frequent due to heat stress, has already wiped out corals at many locations globally. With the help of a microbiome-targeting strategy developed by an international team led by GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, it could become feasible to help protect corals from heat stress. The work has now been published in the in…

Zachary Conti (2021-05-09). Sudan Debt Relief Moves Forward. indybay.org Under a debt relief plan won by advocates in the early 2000s, Sudan could see a drastic cut in its $50 billion debt this summer, according to the IMF and the World Bank.

Toby Blomé (2021-05-08). Sunday 5/9: CODEPINK Mother's Day Peace Rally. indybay.org Golden Gate Bridge, Welcome Center Plaza, S.F. Side…

Angel Guerra Cabrera (2021-05-08). Colombia: Will the Government Yield? orinocotribune.com By àÅngel Guerra Cabrera — May 5, 2021 | They are killing us! The cry comes from the people, millions who are rebelling against Uribismo, which is the cruelest form of neoliberalism in our America. The protest against the tax reform is entering its seventh day even though the government has said it is withdrawing it. Meanwhile it pushes further, the abuses being committed in its war against the people at the insistence of the oligarchy with the approval of the empire, which has turned Colombia into the second most unequal country in the region, where, in spite of the peace agreements, massacres and mur…

Editor2 (2021-05-08). Colombia an Imperial Beachhead: The War of the Colombian Oligarchy and Duque against Venezuela. orinocotribune.com By Mison Verdad — May 4, 2021 | One year after it sought to invade Venezuela and capture President Nicolás Maduro with Operation Gideón, the Colombian government continues to participate in conspiracies planned in Washington to bring about regime change in Caracas. | Since 2018, when the attempted assassination of President Maduro and the Venezuelan military high command was thwarted with the use of explosive drones, Bogotá's willingness to serve as an operational base to plan attacks against Venezuela has been confirmed with every step it takes and laid bare before the international media and diplomatic sho…

Peter Koenig (2021-05-08). Beware of Covid PCR Testing and the Relentless "Vaccinate Vaccinate Vaccinate" Campaign. globalresearch.ca This therapy is untested. No substantial animal trials. In the few animal trials carried out, all animals died. Claiming an emergency, the FDA recognizes the gravity of the current public health emergency and has granted a so-called Emergency Use Application (EUA) for what effectively is a gene-therapy, not a vaccine.

Ryan Hamby (2021-05-08). Book review: "The Holly" shines light on Denver's "urban war industrial complex" liberationnews.org In the context of last fall's attack on Denver and Aurora protest leaders, the book serves to educate the movement in Denver on a matter as relevant as ever — the machinations of the police to infiltrate and destroy the Black community and movements for Black liberation.

Lucía Eugenia Córdova (2021-05-08). Venezuela's Delcy Rodriguez Provides More Details About Bot Campaign (ICC). orinocotribune.com A big data investigation carried out by independent experts determined that local and international right-wing elements used social media networks to carry out a campaign of media denigration and defamation against Venezuela on the issue of human rights, with the result that the South American nation is now the subject of an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC). "They want to classify [them as] international crimes without them having been committed," said the Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, in a press conference broadcast this Friday, May 7 by state-owned Venezolana de…

Gavin Lewis (2021-05-08). The Myth of Corbyn's Labour Failure and Neoliberalism's Western Electoral Success. dissidentvoice.org In 2020 Kier Starmer became UK Labour leader and promptly reneged on just about every campaign promise he'd made to adhere to the policies, traditional Party principals, and post-war consensus values, that had been restored under Jeremy Corbyn's previous tenureship. Starmer has withdrawn the Party Whip from Corbyn — effectively exiling him — and more …

Staff (2021-05-08). He Bought Insurance in Case of Emergency. Then Came a Bill for Over $30,000. truthout.org ProPublica is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for In the spring of 2019, Cory Dowd suddenly found himself without health insurance for the first time. A self-employed event planner, he had just finished a Peace Corps stint that provided health benefits, but he was still more than a year away from st…

Zack Linly (2021-05-08). Mitch McConnell's Own Alma Mater Knows He Doesn't Know WTF He's Talking About When it Comes to The 1619 Project. theroot.com By now, you must be aware of what I call the Republican war on blackness in education. GOPropagandists with GOPoor critical thinking skills have been GO

Anonymous007 (2021-05-08). Military Situation In Yemen On May 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 7, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 10 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On May 7, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Madghal area | On May 7, people in the Ansar Allah controlled areas held massive demonstrations on the occasion of Quds day in support of Palestine | On May 7, clashes between Ansar Allah an Saudi-led forces were reported in Asdas area | On May 8, Ansar Allah reportedly attacked Khamis Mushait with a drone | On May 8, clashes…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-08). Military Situation In Syria On May 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 8, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 52 times: 24 — in Idlib province, 17 — in Latakia province, 9 — in Hama province, 2 — in Aleppo province | On May 7, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in the Ariha area | On May 7, Turkish border guards reportedly killed a fisherman near Darkush town | On May 6, US forces carried out a military patrol near the town of Malekiyah | MORE O…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-08). War In Ukraine Is Not Over: Losses Reported By Both Sides (Map Update). southfront.org ILLUSRATIVE IMAGE: Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic | On May 8th, the official sources of National Militia of Donetsk People's Republic reported deaths of three of its soldiers. They were reportedly killed as a result of a mortar fire near the village of Styla, south of Donetsk."Militants of the 1st battalion of the 93rd brigade fired 82-mm mortars at the area of the locality of Styla. To preserve the life and health of the residents of the Republic, the People's Militia units were forced to return fire from weapons not prohibited by…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-08). Military Situation In The Lake Chad Area On May 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Boko Haram elements have spread warning letters of an impending attack in Maiduguri causing panic among the civilian | Boko Haram reportedly killed at least 10 more Nigerian Army personnel in Ajiri area | On May 7, ISWAP terrorists attacked Bulabulin area in Borno state | MORE ON THE TOPIC: |

Anonymous103 (2021-05-08). War In Ukraine Is Not Over: Losses Reported By Both Sides (Map Update). southfront.org ILLUSRATIVE IMAGE: Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic | On May 8th, the official sources of National Militia of Donetsk People's Republic reported deaths of three of its soldiers. They were reportedly killed as a result of a mortar fire near the village of Styla, south of Donetsk."Militants of the 1st battalion of the 93rd brigade fired 82-mm mortars at the area of the locality of Styla. To preserve the life and health of the residents of the Republic, the People's Militia units were forced to return fire from weapons not prohib…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-08). Military Situation In Syria On May 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 8, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 52 times: 24 — in Idlib province, 17 — in Latakia province, 9 — in Hama province, 2 — in Aleppo province | On May 7, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in the Ariha area | On May 7, Turkish border guards reportedly killed a fisherman near Darkush town | On May 6, US forces carried out a military patrol near the town of Malekiyah…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-08). Military Situation In Yemen On May 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 7, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 10 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On May 7, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Madghal area | On May 7, people in the Ansar Allah controlled areas held massive demonstrations on the occasion of Quds day in support of Palestine | On May 7, clashes between Ansar Allah an Saudi-led forces were reported in Asdas area | On May 8, Ansar Allah reportedly attacked Khamis Mushait with a drone | On May 8,…

Eds. (2021-05-08). The Xinjiang genocide determination as agenda. mronline.org Because of the world's fundamental interconnectedness, the increasingly Cold War-like relations between The West and China have negative consequences for both systems and for the rest of the world. | May 8, 2021…

scorinoco (2021-05-08). Thousands of Refugee Deaths Linked to EU's Illegal Expulsion: Report. orinocotribune.com Several European states used illegal operations to push back at least 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers from Europe's borders during the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in the death of over 2,000 people, a report has revealed. | The Guardian's probe, which is based on reports released by UN agencies, combined with a database of incidents collected by non-governmental organizations, describes the push-backs as "one of the biggest mass expulsions in decades." | "European countries, supported by EU's border agency Frontex, systematically pushed back refugees, including children fleeing from wars, in their thousands…

The Canary (2021-05-08). 'Exhausted' doctors felt pressured to work extra shifts — survey. thecanary.co Thousands of NHS workers are experiencing "unacceptable levels of exhaustion", a health chief has warned, after a survey found some doctors worked extra unpaid shifts during the pandemic. | Over-worked: | The British Medical Association (BMA) said more than half of doctors (58%) surveyed in the UK had worked extra shifts as part of the coronavirus (Covid-19) response, of which 28% were unpaid. The BMA's Covid-19 tracker survey in April also revealed 44% of doctors felt pressured by their employer to work additional hours. | Of the 5,500 doctors who responded to the survey, more than a third (36%) said the…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-05-08). The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade. globalresearch.ca Since the US led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the Golden Crescent opium trade has soared. According to the US media, this lucrative contraband is protected by Osama, the Taliban, not to mention, of course, the regional warlords, in defiance of the "international community".

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2021-05-08: News Headlines

Carlos Arellán (2021-05-08). Leopoldo López Condemns Protests in Colombia from Luxury Condo in Madrid: Having Duque 'is a Privilege'. orinocotribune.com Regarding the bloody repression in Colombia against peaceful demonstrators, there are several aspects that are astonishing. In addition to the vicious will of its police officers to impose order through questionable means, there is an occurrence that surpasses them: Leopoldo López's condemnation of violence—but not the violence of Colombia's repressive forces. | The Venezuelan, who is known for his marked vocation for violence, released a statement whose reading produces enormous cognitive dissonance. | These are five paragraphs of an unknown version of Leopoldo López, at least to Venezuelans. The politicia…

Editor2 (2021-05-08). Colombia an Imperial Beachhead: The War of the Colombian Oligarchy and Duque against Venezuela. orinocotribune.com By Mison Verdad — May 4, 2021 | One year after it sought to invade Venezuela and capture President Nicolás Maduro with Operation Gideón, the Colombian government continues to participate in conspiracies planned in Washington to bring about regime change in Caracas. | Since 2018, when the attempted assassination of President Maduro and the Venezuelan military high command was thwarted with the use of explosive drones, Bogotá's willingness to serve as an operational base to plan attacks against Venezuela has been confirmed with every step it takes and laid bare before the international media and diplomatic sho…

Lucía Eugenia Córdova (2021-05-08). Venezuela's Delcy Rodriguez Provides More Details About Bot Campaign (ICC). orinocotribune.com A big data investigation carried out by independent experts determined that local and international right-wing elements used social media networks to carry out a campaign of media denigration and defamation against Venezuela on the issue of human rights, with the result that the South American nation is now the subject of an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC). "They want to classify [them as] international crimes without them having been committed," said the Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, in a press conference broadcast this Friday, May 7 by state-owned Venezolana de…

WSWS Repost (2021-05-08). Amazonians United: A new trap for workers. indybay.org Given the RWDSU's unsuccessful union drive in Bessemer, Alabama—resulting from its obviously top-down, officially-sponsored character—a subtler approach is now being pitched by sections of the union apparatus and their middle-class allies. Writers at the World Socialist Web Site expose some troubling facts which workers should be made aware of.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-05-08). The Spoils of War: Afghanistan's Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade. globalresearch.ca Since the US led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001, the Golden Crescent opium trade has soared. According to the US media, this lucrative contraband is protected by Osama, the Taliban, not to mention, of course, the regional warlords, in defiance of the "international community".

Peter Koenig (2021-05-08). Beware of Covid PCR Testing and the Relentless "Vaccinate Vaccinate Vaccinate" Campaign. globalresearch.ca This therapy is untested. No substantial animal trials. In the few animal trials carried out, all animals died. Claiming an emergency, the FDA recognizes the gravity of the current public health emergency and has granted a so-called Emergency Use Application (EUA) for what effectively is a gene-therapy, not a vaccine.

Toby Blomé (2021-05-08). Sunday 5/9: CODEPINK Mother's Day Peace Rally. indybay.org Golden Gate Bridge, Welcome Center Plaza, S.F. Side…

Eds. (2021-05-08). The Xinjiang genocide determination as agenda. mronline.org Because of the world's fundamental interconnectedness, the increasingly Cold War-like relations between The West and China have negative consequences for both systems and for the rest of the world. | May 8, 2021…

Zack Linly (2021-05-08). Mitch McConnell's Own Alma Mater Knows He Doesn't Know WTF He's Talking About When it Comes to The 1619 Project. theroot.com By now, you must be aware of what I call the Republican war on blackness in education. GOPropagandists with GOPoor critical thinking skills have been GO

Anonymous007 (2021-05-08). Military Situation In Yemen On May 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 7, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 10 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On May 7, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 2 airstrikes on the Madghal area | On May 7, people in the Ansar Allah controlled areas held massive demonstrations on the occasion of Quds day in support of Palestine | On May 7, clashes between Ansar Allah an Saudi-led forces were reported in Asdas area | On May 8, Ansar Allah reportedly attacked Khamis Mushait with a drone | On May 8, clashes…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-08). Military Situation In Syria On May 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On May 8, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 52 times: 24 — in Idlib province, 17 — in Latakia province, 9 — in Hama province, 2 — in Aleppo province | On May 7, SAA artillery shelled positions of Turkish-backed forces in the Ariha area | On May 7, Turkish border guards reportedly killed a fisherman near Darkush town | On May 6, US forces carried out a military patrol near the town of Malekiyah | MORE O…

Anonymous103 (2021-05-08). War In Ukraine Is Not Over: Losses Reported By Both Sides (Map Update). southfront.org ILLUSRATIVE IMAGE: Forces of the Donetsk People's Republic | On May 8th, the official sources of National Militia of Donetsk People's Republic reported deaths of three of its soldiers. They were reportedly killed as a result of a mortar fire near the village of Styla, south of Donetsk."Militants of the 1st battalion of the 93rd brigade fired 82-mm mortars at the area of the locality of Styla. To preserve the life and health of the residents of the Republic, the People's Militia units were forced to return fire from weapons not prohibited by…

Anonymous007 (2021-05-08). Military Situation In The Lake Chad Area On May 8, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Boko Haram elements have spread warning letters of an impending attack in Maiduguri causing panic among the civilian | Boko Haram reportedly killed at least 10 more Nigerian Army personnel in Ajiri area | On May 7, ISWAP terrorists attacked Bulabulin area in Borno state | MORE ON THE TOPIC: |

Ben Norton (2021-05-08). White Helmets corruption scandal deepens: Dutch gov't investigated parent org for fraud, but covered it up. thegrayzone.com The Netherlands investigated fraud by the Mayday Rescue Foundation, which funded the Syrian White Helmets with over $120 million in Western government contracts. But top Dutch officials covered up the corruption. The decade-long dirty war on Syria proved to be a cash cow for some of the most prominent US and UK regime-change operatives. Western government contractors got hundreds of millions of dollars to run schemes to destabilize Damascus —— and some of them took a cut for themselves, profiting …

The Canary (2021-05-08). 'Exhausted' doctors felt pressured to work extra shifts — survey. thecanary.co Thousands of NHS workers are experiencing "unacceptable levels of exhaustion", a health chief has warned, after a survey found some doctors worked extra unpaid shifts during the pandemic. | Over-worked: | The British Medical Association (BMA) said more than half of doctors (58%) surveyed in the UK had worked extra shifts as part of the coronavirus (Covid-19) response, of which 28% were unpaid. The BMA's Covid-19 tracker survey in April also revealed 44% of doctors felt pressured by their employer to work additional hours. | Of the 5,500 doctors who responded to the survey, more than a third (36%) said the…

Yasuhiro Fujiwara, Yutaka Onda, Shuichiro Hayashi (2021-05-08). [Correspondence] No-fault compensation schemes for COVID-19 medical products. thelancet.com No-fault compensation schemes for severe adverse events can help build confidence in vaccine safety after marketing.1 25 of the 194 WHO member states have implemented such no-fault vaccine injury compensation programmes.2 Although the USA is covering COVID-19 vaccine-associated adverse events with the US Countermeasures Injury Compensation Program (CICP) for the duration of the public health emergency declaration, the country is having challenging issues as CICP does not have the ease of access to, and levels of compensation provided by the US National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program available at normal times…

scorinoco (2021-05-08). Thousands of Refugee Deaths Linked to EU's Illegal Expulsion: Report. orinocotribune.com Several European states used illegal operations to push back at least 40,000 refugees and asylum seekers from Europe's borders during the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in the death of over 2,000 people, a report has revealed. | The Guardian's probe, which is based on reports released by UN agencies, combined with a database of incidents collected by non-governmental organizations, describes the push-backs as "one of the biggest mass expulsions in decades." | "European countries, supported by EU's border agency Frontex, systematically pushed back refugees, including children fleeing from wars, in their thousands…

Edward Curtin (2021-05-08). Walking with Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., a Criminal for Peace. globalresearch.ca Today is a day to celebrate the prophetic voice and witness of Fr. Daniel Berrigan, the non-violent anti-war activist and poet, whose life and witness has touched so many lives. He was born on May 9, 1921 and would …

Anthony David (2021-05-08). [Obituary] W Alwyn Lishman. thelancet.com First UK professor of neuropsychiatry. Born on May 16, 1931, in Houghton-le-Spring, UK, he died peacefully of Alzheimer's disease in Kent, UK, Jan 24, 2021, aged 89 years.

Pivotal (2021-05-08). Tuesday 5/25: Choosing Peace with Shalita O'Neale and Pivotal. indybay.org Virtual Event…

Edward Corcoran* (2021-05-08). Re-Engaging Russia — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Russian realignment offers the biggest opportunity to dramatically transform the international situation in the immediate future. A cooperative relationship between Russia and the Industrialized World could be a highly visible example of democratic development, strongly undercutting Chinese promotion of autocracy and minimizing cyber intrusions. It would also significantly reduce requirements for military forces, including a potential for major reductions in nuclear weapons. Diplomatically, collaboration with Russia could help resolve confrontations in Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ukraine, Belarus, Syria and Myanma…

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-08). Iran Says US Is 'Serious' About Reviving Nuclear Deal But Has Yet to Offer Enough Sanctions Relief. news.antiwar.com The fourth round of talks aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal kicked off in Vienna on Friday. "The information transferred to us from the US side is that they are also serious on returning to the nuclear deal and they have so far declared their readiness to lift a great part of their sanctions," Iranian negotiato…

Dave DeCamp (2021-05-08). NATO Looking to Support the Afghan Military After Withdrawal. news.antiwar.com As NATO is pulling troops out of Afghanistan, "The drawdown of the NATO troops, the end of the Resolute Support Mission, is not the end to our partnership with Afghanistan, it's actually opening up a new chapter and we are now looking into how we can continue to provide support," "We are lookin…

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-08). NATO Allies Take Over Black Sea for Military Exercise. news.antiwar.com The title is courtesy of the Transylvania Now new site. The Pentagon's Special Operations Command Europe kicked off the Trojan Footprint 21 exercise on May 3; what is identified as its premier special operations forces drills. The war games will be held until May 14 in five Black Sea and Balkans nations: Bulgaria, Georgia, Montenegro, …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-08). Russia Criticizes Increased US Military Activity in Syria. news.antiwar.com The Russian Defense Ministry has expressed concern about deployment of U.S. military convoys and equipment to the al-Jazeera region in eastern Syria. The Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimim said of the increased air and land transport of American military hardware, "such military mobilization, synchronized with the economic and social situation resulting from the US blockade …

_____ (2021-05-08). White Helmets Corruption Scandal Deepens. popularresistance.org The decade-long dirty war on Syria proved to be a cash cow for some of the most prominent US and UK regime-change operatives. Western government contractors got hundreds of millions of dollars to run schemes to destabilize Damascus — and some of them took a cut for themselves, profiting off of the pillage. | One of the main players in the cottage industry of contractors that helped run the Western regime-change war on Syria, and which was eventually implicated in a massive corruption scandal, was the Mayday Rescue Foundation. | Mayday served as the fiscal sponsor of Syria Civil Defense, known popularly as t…

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-08). May 8: Ukrainian officials imply conflict with Russia equivalent to Nazi invasion. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com May 8: Ukrainian officials imply conflict with Russia equivalent to Nazi invasionRick Rozoff On the occasion of the 76th anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany and the end of World War Two in Europe (Victory in Europe Day to much of the world), what since the 2014 coup in Ukraine has been celebrated as …

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-08). From Global Times opinion piece. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Washington's 'small clique' politics exposed as China, Russia battle with US over 'rules', 'multilateralism' at UN Excerpts In its 240-plus years of existence, the US has been at war for all but 16 years. The US military budget for 2019 exceeded $716 billion, which is equal to the military spending of the next nine countries …

WSWS (2021-05-08). The far-right election victory in Madrid: A warning to the working class. wsws.org Eighty-five years since a fascist coup began the Spanish Civil War in 1936, defenders of that coup are now taking office in the Madrid regional government.

WSWS (2021-05-08). Fed report warns of "vulnerabilities" in US financial system. wsws.org Fed governor Lael Brainard said the collapse of the Archegos hedge fund had demonstrated the potential for nonbank financial institutions to generate risk for the entire financial system.

_____ (2021-05-08). Hunger Strike: Yemeni People Are Being Starved. popularresistance.org During the early days of the war, when Iman Saleh called her family in Yemen, they would lie to reassure her they were safe. "They would always say, 'Don't worry, it's happening far from us,'" Saleh said. "It felt like I was becoming a burden to them, because now they were trying to make me feel better, on top of trying to survive." | Now, when Saleh calls her family in Yemen, she simply asks how their day is going. For the past six years, the 26-year-old organizer from Detroit has struggled with survivor's guilt, watching her homeland ravaged by a war between the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition and the Houthi rebels…

WSWS (2021-05-08). Australian union chief warns of workers' pent-up discontent. wsws.org There is nervousness throughout the union hierarchies that their role in policing unprecedented job and pay cuts has produced such unrest that they will no longer be able to suppress it.

WSWS (2021-05-08). Attack on Bristol University Professor David Miller spearheads national anti-Semitism witch-hunt. wsws.org Miller's important research made him the target of a rotten smear campaign by the Labour Party, falsely alleging anti-Semitism, and earned him the enmity of the pro-Israel lobby and parliamentary war hawks of both parties, as well as the Israeli government.

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast: Brain Tumor Awareness Month. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org Primary brain tumors originate in the brain or tissues close to the brain, such as in brain-covering membranes, cranial nerves, or the pituitary or pineal glands. There are many types of primary brain tumors, and over 84,000 people will receive a primary brain tumor diagnosis in 2021, according to the National Brain Tumor Society. The median age …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Consumer Health: Relaxation for stress relief. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Mental Health Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about managing the stress in your life. Stress is an automatic physical, mental and emotional response to a challenging event. It's a normal part of everyone's life. When used positively, stress can lead to growth, action and change. But negative, …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Consumer Health: What do you know about melanoma? newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. While melanoma accounts for only about 1% of skin cancers, it causes most skin cancer deaths, according to the American Cancer Society. Melanomas develop in the cells that produce melanin — the …

newsnetwork.mayoclinic (2021-05-08). Consumer Health: Dealing with arthritis pain. newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org May is Arthritis Awareness Month, which makes this a good time to learn more about a condition that affects approximately 1 in 4 adults in the U.S., which is over 54.4 million men and women. The most common signs and symptoms of arthritis involve the joints. The two main types of arthritis — osteoarthritis and …

Staff (2021-05-08). Israel move in expelling Palestinians from al-Quds, war crime. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — In its reaction to the Zionist regime's move to expel Palestinians from al-Quds, the United Nations said this heinous act can be considered as a 'war crime'.

news.un (2021-05-08). The United Nations remembers the dead of WWII. news.un.org The Second World War had a profound impact on the international community, and established the conditions for the creation of the United Nations. This weekend marks the official remembrance of the tens of millions of civilians and soldiers who died during the conflict.

EurActiv (2021-05-08). Trawler Wars: Europe's Fights Over Fish. eurasiareview.com By Gerardo Fortuna | ( Fish stocks have all they need to be considered as a resource over which nations can wage wars, as they are scarce and most often involve attempts to cross (maritime) borders. | Joint and multilateral management of these resources — like the EU's Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) — has a…

sputniknews (2021-05-08). 'Warmongering Fool' vs 'Cheeto Jesus': What's Behind Republicans' Push to Purge Liz Cheney? sputniknews.com Liz Cheney, the Wyoming congresswoman and daughter of once powerful GOP grandee and Iraq War architect Dick Cheney, is again facing expulsion from the leadership of her own party over her stance on Donald Trump — a representative of the more assertively anti-globalist, less aggressively interventionist wing of the Republican Party.

sputniknews (2021-05-08). Ransomware Attack Reportedly Shuts US Pipeline Giant. sputniknews.com MOSCOW (Sputnik) – A ransomware attack caused the temporary shutdown of one of the United States' largest pipeline operators, media reported Saturday.

sputniknews (2021-05-08). Happy-the-Elephant Makes Way Into New York Court Seeking Release From Zoo Captivity, Creates History. sputniknews.com Back in 1971, a female Asian elephant born in the wilderness was reportedly imported to the US from Thailand. The now defunct drive-through natural park Lion Country Safari, Inc. in California bought Happy-the-elephant for $800 along with six other calves and named them all after fairy tale princess Snow White's dwarf friends.

Editor2 (2021-05-08). Days Against Homophobia and Transphobia Began in Cuba. orinocotribune.com HAVANA, Cuba, May 5 (ACN) With the purpose of contributing to the development of comprehensive education on sexuality and the recognition and guarantee of the sexual rights of all people, the 14th edition of the Cuban Conference against Homophobia and Transphobia began on Tuesday, scheduled to last until May 31. | Specialists from the National Center for Sex Education (CENESEX), who coordinate and organize the activities together with civil society institutions and the Cuban State, in a press conference said that this year the awareness-raising actions are framed in the process of modification of the Family Code,…

David N Durrheim (2021-05-08). [Correspondence] Thwarting the inverse care law through immunisation. thelancet.com The Lancet appropriately celebrated the late Julian Tudor Hart (1927—2018) who is recognised for suggesting the inverse care law (ICL) 50 years ago and astutely observed that "the availability of good medical or social care tends to vary inversely with the need of the population served".1 Richard Cookson and colleagues2 provided a disquieting companion global assessment of the pervasive reality of the ICL in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), evidenced by immensely patchy progress towards achieving universal health coverage (UHC), which the UN General Assembly committed to in December, 2012.

sputniknews (2021-05-08). BoJo Rejects Idea of Indyref2 as 'Irresponsible and Reckless', Warns Against 'Ripping Country Apart'. sputniknews.com British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has repeatedly said he will not grant a second referendum on Scotland's independence. However, ahead of the elections to the devolved parliament in Edinburgh, the Scottish National Party and its leader Nicola Sturgeon have vowed to demand another indyref2 if they secure a majority of seats.

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-08). Russia criticizes increased U.S. military activity in Syria. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com Russia criticizes increased U.S. military activity in SyriaRick Rozoff The Russian Defense Ministry has expressed concern about deployment of U.S. military convoys and equipment to the al-Jazeera region in eastern Syria. The Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimim said of the increased air and land transport of American military hardware, "such military mobilization, synchronized with the …

George Stacey (2021-05-08). Why is cryptocurrency popular in war zone areas, with an example of Ukraine and Syria? nationofchange.org Until the circumstance changes, Idlib's trades and exchanging work areas will probably stay connected up to the digital currency economy, even as close to every day airstrikes focus on the towns and field encompassing them.

Zachary Conti (2021-05-08). Sudan Debt Relief Moves Forward. indybay.org Under a debt relief plan won by advocates in the early 2000s, Sudan could see a drastic cut in its $50 billion debt this summer, according to the IMF and the World Bank.

Rick Rozoff (2021-05-08). NATO allies take over Black Sea for military exercise. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com NATO allies take over Black Sea for military exerciseRick Rozoff The title is courtesy of the Transylvania Now new site. The Pentagon's Special Operations Command Europe kicked off the Trojan Footprint 21 exercise on May 3; what is identified as its premier special operations forces drills. The war games will be held until May 14 …

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