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2021-04-23: News Headlines

Richard Lane (2021-04-24). [Perspectives] Faith Osier: inspirational immunologist. thelancet.com "There's never been a better time to be an immunologist. The entire world is acutely aware of the expertise and value we bring to help solve some of the world's most pressing health problems", says Faith Osier, who at the start of 2021 became Executive Director of the Human Immunology Laboratory at the non-profit scientific research organisation IAVI, based at Imperial College London, UK. There, Osier directs a team of researchers working on clinical immunology in line with IAVI's vaccine development partnerships.

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-04-23). Biden's Appeasement of Hawks and Neocons Is Crippling His Diplomacy. counterpunch.org President Biden took office promising a new era of American international leadership and diplomacy. But with a few exceptions, he has so far allowed self-serving foreign allies, hawkish U.S. interest groups and his own imperial delusions to undermine diplomacy and stoke the fires of war. Biden's failure to quickly recommit to the Iran nuclear deal,

Stephen Lendman (2021-04-23). Russia's Red Lines, Weaponizing Ukraine for War. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Ukraine is a virtual US military base along Russia's border — …

Rob Urie (2021-04-23). Capitalism as a Suicide Cult. counterpunch.org From the launch of the U.S. war against Iraq to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic there were over four million 'excess deaths' in the U.S., deaths over and above the rates experienced in other rich nations. Given the class distribution of longevity— the rich live a full decade longer than the poor on average, these excess deaths were overwhelmingly concentrated amongst those cast aside by neoliberal economic policies.

Matthew Stevenson (2021-04-23). Letters From Minsk: Coming in From the Cold War at Brest-Litovsk. counterpunch.org This is the seventh in a series about train and bicycle rides from Switzerland to Belarus, in those carefree days before pandemic lockdowns. My afternoon train to Terespol, on the Polish border with Belarus, left Warsaw central station around 2: 30 in the afternoon. Although I had my visa for Belarus, I didn't quite know how

Alfred de Zayas — Richard Falk (2021-04-23). Reflections on Genocide as the Ultimate Crime. counterpunch.org The misuse of the word genocide is disdainful toward relatives of the victims of the Armenian massacres, the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide — and as well a disservice to both history, law, and the prudent conduct of international relations. We already knew that we were adrift in an ocean of fake news. It is far more dangerous to discover that we are also at risk of being immersed in the turbulent waters of "fake law". We must push back with a sense of urgency. Such a development is not tolerable.

Arab News (2021-04-23). Ankara Tense Ahead Of Biden's Expected Recognition Of Armenian Genocide. eurasiareview.com Tensions between Washington and Ankara may be further strained on Saturday when US President Joe Biden is expected to become the first US leader to officially recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915 onward. | The massacre of around 1.5 million Armenians in the early 20th century was formally recognized as genocide by the US Senate in 2019, but then-President Donald Trump did not follow suit. | April 24 is Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day, and ahead of Saturday's annual commemoration, this much-anticipated move is now a major concern for Ankara, and likely to inflame an already tense relationship. Turkey denie…

Anna Buss (2021-04-23). Why Brazil's President Is a Dangerous Steward for the Amazon. counterpunch.org Carved out of the rainforest, the Trans-Amazonia Highway is a 2.500 mile-road that connects seven northern states in Brazil. The audacious project was started in 1972 during the country's Military Dictatorship (1964-1985) with two objectives: development and security of the "unoccupied" region. In order to bring companies and large-scale farmers there, the government offered large portions

Eurasia Review (2021-04-23). Climate 'Tipping Points' Need Not Be End Of World. eurasiareview.com The disastrous consequences of climate "tipping points" could be averted if global warming was reversed quickly enough, new research suggests. | Once triggered, tipping points may lead to abrupt changes such as the dieback of the Amazon rainforest or melting of major ice sheets. | Until now, crossing these thresholds has been assumed to be a point of no return, but the new study – published in the journal Nature – concludes that thresholds could be "temporarily exceeded" without prompting permanent shifts. | The research team, from the University of Exeter and the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH), s…

Sam Knight (2021-04-23). Democrat Opposed to the PRO Act Was Showered With Cash From Amazon Executives. zcomm.org Tactics used by Amazon to defeat the union organizing drive at the company's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse have highlighted the need for Democrats to pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act…

John Feffer (2021-04-23). Afghanistan's Green Future? counterpunch.org Everyone has a different Doomsday scenario for Afghanistan once U.S. and NATO troops withdraw by September 11. The Taliban will take over and reimpose their repressive social agenda. Al-Qaeda will multiply rapidly and again become a global threat. Rival warlords will split apart the country. Another wave of Afghan refugees will overwhelm Europe. And then

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-23). Taliban Says It's 'Too Early' to Know if They Will Start Attacking the US. news.antiwar.com The Taliban "It's too early for these issues, nothing can be said about the future,"

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-23). Venezuela's Guaido Taps $152 Million in Funds Stolen by US. news.antiwar.com Venezuela's Juan Guaido is planning to make Guaido is tapping $152 million from the accounts. $100 million is said to be going towards purchasing vaccines through the World Health Organization. It's not clear what the remaining funds…

Toward increasing Networking (2021-04-23). Online events w) Angela Davis, Dave Zirin, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Vandana Shiva & others. indybay.org Here are some 20 online events taking place over the next few weeks (and starting today, Friday, April 23, at 4 pm), featuring people such as Angela Davis, Dave Zirin, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Immanuel Ness, Ian Haney López, Aviva Chomsky, Vandana Shiva, and many others. | These events are hosted from various locations all across the country, as well from Canada, Australia and the UK (however, the listed times are all for our "Pacific time zone"). Of course, feel free to share this info with others who might be interested in it.

_____ (2021-04-23). 175 Years Of Border Invasions. popularresistance.org Amid renewed fear mongering about an "invasion" at the U.S.-Mexico border, this week's 175th anniversary of the 1846—1848 war the U.S. government instigated with Mexico is a reminder that throughout U.S. history, invasions have gone almost exclusively from north to south, not vice versa. A near-continuous series of invasions—military, political, and economic—moving from north to south has helped produce the poverty, violence, and insecurity driving people to migrate from south to north. The current humanitarian crisis at the border, with record numbers of unaccompanied minors desperately fleeing…

Brenda Norrell (2021-04-23). 'Financing Border Wars' Corporations violating human rights on Arizona border. indybay.org The new report, "Financing Border Wars," details the push for border walls, drones and biometrics — including iris scans and finger prints — which violate the international human rights of migrants and refugees. The abuse includes tracking surveillance on phones and social media.

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-23). Venezuela Advances in Clearing Landmines Laid by Colombian Narco-Terrorists in Apure. orinocotribune.com The demining operations of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) in Apure state have achieved the neutralization of at least 100 of the illegal explosives. | General Commander of the Army, General Domingo Hernández Lárez, confirmed that this challenge prompted the military to make special adaptations to its weapons and minesweeper systems to clear the territory of one of the deadly consequences of the internal Colombian conflict, that some are trying to export to Venezuela. | These explosive devices, illegal under international law, were planted by narco-terrorist gangs of Colombia in their attempt to instal…

Alex Liebman (2021-04-23). Whose agriculture drives disease? mronline.org We concur that linking land-use change science, ecology, and epidemiology is a critical step towards developing a more robust understanding of zoonotic diseases. Yet we are wary of the way the authors omit the historical specificities, political economy, and agroecological dynamics of land-use change, and their implications for disease ecologies. | April 23, 2021 | Commentary…

Ron Jacobs (2021-04-23). Love and Revolution. counterpunch.org The French military and political response to the Algerian war of national liberation became, along with the British anti-guerrilla operation in Malaysia, the template for many subsequent such operations. From Vietnam to Latin America, the French and British colonial model of counterinsurgency became the reference to which other imperial nations looked. Torture, the targeting of

Anonymous007 (2021-04-23). Bursting Pantsirs, Falling Bayraktars: Turkish-Russian Virtual War. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 22nd, Turkish defense company Roketsan released a video hyping up its Akƒ±ncƒ± UAV. | The video shows the drone use a MAM-T smart bomb, which hits a Russian Pantsir-S1 in a desert setting and destroys it. | Apparently, this is a kind of response to a video report on Russian TV, in which Russian "Lancets" destroy Turkish drones. | On April 18th, The Turkish media drew attention to the fact that in a report on military developments aired on the stat…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-23). Japanese Militarism Redux: Russian Connection. southfront.org Ronin right and left. "Employed" samurai in middle.Popular TV actors in Edo Period drama | Submitted by Japan fought three wars with Russia in the 20th Century. It won one in 1905, and lost two. It was Russia that drove the Japanese Army from China, in a short, sharp campaign. The Japanese haven't forgotten that. Russia has won respect. The Chinese, by contrast, are still regarded as inferior. | The extreme Japanese rig…

Waging Nonviolence (2021-04-23). Amid Chauvin trial and more police killings, we need to stress Boycotts and the 'Noncooperation' in 'Nonviolent Noncooperation'. juancole.com By Maria J. Stephan | — ( Waging Nonviolence) — In his March 1956 sermon "When Peace Becomes Obnoxious," Martin Luther King, Jr. responded to a headline in a local Alabama newspaper that read, "Things are quiet in Tuscaloosa today. There is peace on the campus of the University of Alabama." The headline was referring …

Ullrich Mies (2021-04-23). Saving the planet by disempowering the elites. indybay.org Humanity is at the final crossroads of becoming aware of the drama of the ecological and peace crisis in which it finds itself. The book "The Eco-Catastrophe" is a wake-up call to take note of the seriousness of the situation, to accept the Herculean tasks ahead, to understand the growth ideology of global capitalism and its structural lack of peace as a cancerous evil.

_____ (2021-04-23). Lobbying Politicians Is Holding Back The Climate Movement. popularresistance.org In early January, Labour leader Keir Starmer tweeted about his commitment to tackling the climate emergency, sharing an image of him meeting with several climate groups. The screenshot revealed all the Zoom meeting attendees: the Queen's Council and several other Shadow Cabinet members, alongside figures from all the major wildlife and environmental charities, from Greenpeace to the WWF. The tweet showed a motley crew — a collection of old and pale smiling faces, confident in their ability to tackle the climate crisis. | The tweet was quickly ridiculed. Many from the UK Student Climate Network, the group co…

Staff (2021-04-23). Venezuela's Arreaza: Assistant Secretary of State Chung's Confession is More Evidence of US Aggressions. orinocotribune.com This Thursday, April 22, Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza commented that a tweet posted by the acting Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs of the United States Department of State, Julie Chung, reveals how the US applies arbitrary and illegal measures that have generated suffering across an entire country. | Through his official Twitter account @jaarreaza, the Venezuelan top diplomat pointed out that what was written by the US official will be used as evidence in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and before the UN, as false ideologized arguments showing disrespect…

Saheli Chowdhuri (2021-04-23). US Sanctions Against Venezuela Violate the Human Rights They Claim to Protect, Says UN Special Rapporteur on Sanctions. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | "You cannot claim to protect human rights by violating human rights," …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-23). Report: US Open to Lifting 'Terror' Sanctions on Iran's Central Bank. news.antiwar.com Since the Biden administration refuses to lift all Trump-era sanctions on Iran to restore the JCPOA, the US is negotiating with Tehran what specific sanctions need to be lifted through indirect talks in Vienna. | The Trump administration imposed sancti…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-23). Israeli Officials Headed to DC to Protest US Return to Iran Deal. news.antiwar.com A high-level Israeli delegation is visiting Washington next week, and The Israeli officials visiting Washington include National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat, Military Intelligence chief Tamir Hayman, Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi, and Yossi Cohan, who heads Israel's Mossad spy agency. | Israeli so…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-23). Top General Expresses 'Concern' Over Afghanistan Withdrawal. news.antiwar.com The head of US Central Command "My concern is the ability of the Afghan military to hold the ground that they're on now without the support that they've been used to for many years," Gen. Frank McKenzie told the Senate Armed Services Committee. In particular, McKenzie said he was concerned about the "ability of the Afghan air force to fly" a…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-23). CENTCOM Commander Doesn't Think Iraq Wants US to Leave. news.antiwar.com Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, the head of Central Command, claimed that he believes Iraq wants the US troops to stay in the country, noting that "The government of Iraq wants us to stay," McKenzie insisted, "to continue the fight against ISIS." These claims fly in the face of a lot of evidence to the contrary, as Iraq's parliament voted unanimously to expel the US troops last year. | Protesters were already agitatin…

WSWS (2021-04-23). UAW works to sell out New York University strike before it starts. wsws.org A sharp warning must be made: Before the strike has even begun, the UAW is doing everything to sell it out.

_____ (2021-04-23). The Rising Threat Of Nuclear War. popularresistance.org US Strategic Command, the branch of the US military responsible for America's nuclear arsenal, tweeted the following on Tuesday: | "The spectrum of conflict today is neither linear nor predictable. We must account for the possibility of conflict leading to conditions which could very rapidly drive an adversary to consider nuclear use as their least bad option." | The statement, which STRATCOM called a "preview" of…

WSWS (2021-04-23). Warrior Met Coal miners defiant, three weeks into Alabama strike. wsws.org Coal miners described the deadly conditions they confront and their determination to recoup the wages cut by the company five years ago.

_____ (2021-04-23). 'Justice Looks Like Abolition'. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, April 20, jurors in Minnesota found former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of all charges brought forward for the death of George Floyd: second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Chauvin's bail was also immediately revoked and he was taken into custody after the verdict was read. | The guilty verdicts represent a strong departure from the legal norm: between 2005 and 2019, only four police officers had been found guilty of murder in the United States, while an estimated 1,000 people have been shot and killed by cops every year since 2015. A breakdown o…

WSWS (2021-04-23). Biden climate summit offers empty spectacle. wsws.org The two-day event that began Thursday underscored the reality that there is no solution to global warming and climate change within the framework of capitalism.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-23). China Requires Switch To Zero-Carbon Energy To Achieve More Ambitious Paris Agreement Goal. eurasiareview.com A new multi-model analysis suggests that China will need to reduce its carbon emissions by over 90% and its energy consumption by almost 40%, in order to meet the more ambitious target set by the 2016 Paris Agreement. | The Agreement called for no more than a 1.5 ∞Celsius (C) global temperature rise by 2050. These results provide a clear directive for China to deploy multiple strategies at once for long-term emission mitigation, the authors say. | The findings also highlight the need for more research on the economic consequences of working toward a 1.5 ∞C warming limit, arguing that current studie…

Yves Engler (2021-04-23). Does the NDP Want a War with Russia? globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | Does the NDP want to go to war with Russia? Unfortunately …

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-23). €2.5m ERC Advanced grant to make AI more accessible for health and law. imperial.ac.uk The European Research Council has awarded an Imperial College London researcher €2.5m to make AI more easily available in the areas of health and law.

EurActiv (2021-04-23). MEPs Set Date For Brexit Vote But Warn London 'No New Concessions'. eurasiareview.com By Benjamin Fox | ( However, they warned that breaking a three-month stand-off on holding the vote did not mean that the UK could expect no new concessions. | The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and Boris Johnson's government was agreed…

Stephen Lendman (2021-04-22). Fake News Reports. is Russia Preparing to Invade Ukraine? Zelensky Ready for War? globalresearch.ca When major media operate exclusively as press agents for wealth, power, …

Stephen Lendman (2021-04-22). Fake News Reports. is Russia Preparing to Invade Ukraine? Zelensky Ready for War? globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 51 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | When major media operate exclusively as press agents for wealth, power, …

Staff (2021-04-22). Putin Condemns 'Regime Change' Attempts in Belarus and Venezuela. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, April 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual message to the Federal Assembly of Russia in which he condemned the attempts to change governments by force, such as those that occurred in Belarus or Venezuela. | "You can have any opinion about, for example, the former president of Ukraine [Victor] Yanukovych or [President of Venezuela, Nicolás] Maduro (…) have any point of view about the president of Belarus, [Alexandr] Lukashenko, but the practice of organizing coups, plans for political assassinations, including those of high-ranking officials, exceed all limits," Putin said, as rep…

Tom Engelhardt (2021-04-22). Tomgram: Nina Burleigh, The Pandemic Memory Hole. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. World War I was, however faintly, still part of my life when I grew up in the Cold War years. I can remember being hoisted on my father's shoulders to see the aging American veterans of that global …

Staff (2021-04-22). To Survive Next Pandemic, We Must Not Forget COVID Like We Forgot the 1918 Flu. truthout.org The second Moderna shot made me sick — as predicted. A 24-hour touch of what an alarmed immune system feels like left me all the more grateful for my good fortune in avoiding the real thing and for being alive at a time when science had devised a 95% effective vaccine in record time. | To distract myself from the fever as I tried to sleep, I visualized strands of synthetic messenger RNA floating into my cells to produce the alien spike protein that attracted my warrior T-cells. I drift…

The Socialist Program (2021-04-22). The Real Story: The U.S. & Israeli War Against Iran. liberationnews.org The fate of the JCPOA Iran nuclear agreement hangs in the balance.

The Tricontinental (2021-04-22). Risen from the Ruins: The Economic History of Socialism in the German Democratic Republic. mronline.org The German Democratic Republic (DDR) was a socialist state founded in 1949 as a democratic, antifascist reaction to the Second World War. It redistributed land, socialised the means of production, and collectivised the agricultural system. | April 21, 2021 | Commentary…

WSWS (2021-04-22). Watch: Australian students and youth oppose war drive against China. wsws.org The IYSSE in Australia and New Zealand is holding an online meeting this Saturday to review the mounting threat of a catastrophic war and to outline the socialist and internationalist program required to prevent it.

IFIMES (2021-04-22). 2021 Elections In Albania: Edi Rama's Political Capitulation — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Albania has entered the final phase of the election campaign for the parliamentary elections, scheduled to take place on 25 April 2021. | Once again the elections will be a confrontation between two old rivals. Specifically, the Socialist Party (PS/S&D) headed by Prime Minister Edi Rama and the opposition group led by the Democratic Party (PD/EPP) headed by Lulzim Basha, which also includes the Movement for Socialist Integration (LSI) headed by Monika Kryemadhi. | As after the parliamentary elections Albania will be faced with the transition of government, it is necessary to ensure a peaceful transition and ac…

Workers World Party (2021-04-22). PDF of April 22 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Spirit of May Day: Fight Back! After Amazon vote: Unionize ALL workers Smash police violence and white supremacy Release Mumia now! Tribute to Ramsey Clark. Anti-choice Bigots thwarted; 'The fire has started' in Alabama; Trans resistance; Editorial: FedEx massacre. GLOBAL: Madawaska Nation; Cuba; Haiti; Syria; Puerto Rico. . . . |

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-04-22). Venezuela Blasts Vaccine Inequality, IMF for Denying Covid-19 Funds. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuela asked Portugal to release frozen resources and criticized the IMF for denying access to emergency Covid-19 funds.

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2021-04-22: News Headlines

Staff (2021-04-22). To Survive Next Pandemic, We Must Not Forget COVID Like We Forgot the 1918 Flu. truthout.org The second Moderna shot made me sick — as predicted. A 24-hour touch of what an alarmed immune system feels like left me all the more grateful for my good fortune in avoiding the real thing and for being alive at a time when science had devised a 95% effective vaccine in record time. | To distract myself from the fever as I tried to sleep, I visualized strands of synthetic messenger RNA floating into my cells to produce the alien spike protein that attracted my warrior T-cells. I drift…

Staff (2021-04-22). Putin Condemns 'Regime Change' Attempts in Belarus and Venezuela. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, April 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual message to the Federal Assembly of Russia in which he condemned the attempts to change governments by force, such as those that occurred in Belarus or Venezuela. | "You can have any opinion about, for example, the former president of Ukraine [Victor] Yanukovych or [President of Venezuela, Nicolás] Maduro (…) have any point of view about the president of Belarus, [Alexandr] Lukashenko, but the practice of organizing coups, plans for political assassinations, including those of high-ranking officials, exceed all limits," Putin said, as rep…

Lucia Eugenia Cordova (2021-04-22). Maduro's Administration Present at the Ibero-American Summit: Delcy Rodríguez Asks that Venezuelan Funds Be Unblocked and Responds to Colombia's Duque. orinocotribune.com The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela participated at the XXVII Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government, which took place in an online conference this Wednesday, April 21. As appropriate, the government of President Nicolás Maduro was represented by its Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez. She gave a brief but forceful speech, adjusted to the regulations that govern speech rights in this international consultative forum. Two important moments are identified in her speech: the first came with the reiteration of the denunciation of the criminal blockade that curtails the fundamental rights of th…

Stephen Lendman (2021-04-22). Fake News Reports. is Russia Preparing to Invade Ukraine? Zelensky Ready for War? globalresearch.ca When major media operate exclusively as press agents for wealth, power, …

PAI (2021-04-22). Reactions to Chauvin guilty verdict: Only a first step to justice. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The overwhelming reaction to the Minneapolis jury's verdict finding former city police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all charges of murder and manslaughter in kneeing George Floyd to death last year was that it was great, but only a first step towards justice. From union leaders to Black Lives Matter to the Women's March, virtually …

Workers World Party (2021-04-22). PDF of April 22 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Spirit of May Day: Fight Back! After Amazon vote: Unionize ALL workers Smash police violence and white supremacy Release Mumia now! Tribute to Ramsey Clark. Anti-choice Bigots thwarted; 'The fire has started' in Alabama; Trans resistance; Editorial: FedEx massacre. GLOBAL: Madawaska Nation; Cuba; Haiti; Syria; Puerto Rico. . . . |

The Tricontinental (2021-04-22). Risen from the Ruins: The Economic History of Socialism in the German Democratic Republic. mronline.org The German Democratic Republic (DDR) was a socialist state founded in 1949 as a democratic, antifascist reaction to the Second World War. It redistributed land, socialised the means of production, and collectivised the agricultural system. | April 21, 2021 | Commentary…

Brian Terrell (2021-04-22). Biden's Drone Wars. counterpunch.org On Thursday, April 15, the New York Times posted an article headed, "How the U.S. Plans to Fight From Afar After Troops Exit Afghanistan," just in case anyone misunderstood the previous day's headline, "Biden, Setting Afghanistan Withdrawal, Says 'It Is Time to End the Forever War'" as indicating the U.S. war in Afghanistan might actually come to an end on September 11, 2021, almost 20 years after it started.

Anonymous007 (2021-04-22). IKE Cyber Warfare Tool Entered U.S. Cyber Command. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | A critical cyber tool — Project Ike was officially delivered to US Cyber Command, after initially being developed by DARPA. | Project Ike is a prototyping effort that got its start under the name Plan X in 2013. After DARPA, it was moved to the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office in July 2019 with an award to contractor Two Six Labs for $95 million dollars. | In early April 2021, the program finally moved under the Joint Cyber Co…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-22). Military Situation In Yemen On April 22, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 143 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 21, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 15 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 21, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Kitaf area | On April 21, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted an airstrike on the Shada area | On April 22, Ansar Allah attacked King Khalid Airbase with a Qase…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-22). Military Situation In Syria On April 22, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 22, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 39 times: 6 — in Idlib province, 27 — in Latakia province, 1 — in Hama province | On April 22, Israeli warplanes attacked Damascus city with several missiles. SAA air defense systems reportedly intercepted a number of missiles. 4 SAA soldiers were wounded when an Air Defense Battery was hit | On April 21, artillery of Turkish-backed forces shelled SDF positi…

The Canary (2021-04-22). Don't know your net zero from your NDCs? This climate jargon buster could help. thecanary.co World leaders are under pressure to take action on climate change — but what exactly is it they are talking about? Here are some of the commonly used climate terms and what they mean. | — Greenhouse gases | These are gases that trap some of the heat from the sun in the atmosphere and keep the the planet warm enough for life to thrive. | Concentrations of these gases, which include carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide, have increased at a rapid rate in recent years. | — Greenhouse gas or carbon emissions | This is the release of greenhouse gases, particularly carbon dioxide, into the atmosph…

South Front (2021-04-22). Video: Towards All Out War? Worldwide Chaos Just a Step Away in Eastern Ukraine. globalresearch.ca Preparations for open conflict in Ukraine are ongoing as a sense …

Jason Ditz (2021-04-22). Istanbul Summit on Afghanistan Postponed After Taliban Rejects Attending. news.antiwar.com Long awaited as a key for trying to kickstart the Afghan peace process, the Istanbul summit was finally scheduled for next week, The Taliban had been set for the conference not so long ago, but are Officials indicate that they're pos…

_____ (2021-04-22). US Joins Past Empires In Afghan Graveyard. popularresistance.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 of the Taliban, but quietly proud of his country's empire-killing credentials. | Now, after nearly twenty years of a war that has been as bloody and futile as all those previous invasions and occupations, the last 3,500 U.S. troops and their NATO brothers-in-arms will be coming home f…

IFIMES (2021-04-22). 2021 Elections In Albania: Edi Rama's Political Capitulation — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Albania has entered the final phase of the election campaign for the parliamentary elections, scheduled to take place on 25 April 2021. | Once again the elections will be a confrontation between two old rivals. Specifically, the Socialist Party (PS/S&D) headed by Prime Minister Edi Rama and the opposition group led by the Democratic Party (PD/EPP) headed by Lulzim Basha, which also includes the Movement for Socialist Integration (LSI) headed by Monika Kryemadhi. | As after the parliamentary elections Albania will be faced with the transition of government, it is necessary to ensure a peaceful transition and ac…

_____ (2021-04-22). The Women Of The Warrior Met Strike. popularresistance.org Alabama – Just 40 miles to the west of where Amazon workers at the BHM1 facility in Bessemer, Alabama, were voting on whether to form a union, 1,100 mine workers at Warrior Met Coal in Brookwood began a strike for a fair contract and better working conditions. The strike is now entering its third week, and already the workers have surmounted their first significant obstacle: they voted overwhelmingly to reject a wretched deal presented by the company, one that many workers called "a slap in the face." The tentative agreement (TA) presented by UMWA union representatives and the company fails to address the workers…

Brenda Norrell (2021-04-22). 'Financing Border Wars' Corporations violating human rights on Arizona border. indybay.org The new report, "Financing Border Wars," details the push for border walls, drones and biometrics — including iris scans and finger prints — which violate the international human rights of migrants and refugees. The abuse includes tracking surveillance on phones and social media.

Tom Engelhardt (2021-04-22). Tomgram: Nina Burleigh, The Pandemic Memory Hole. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. World War I was, however faintly, still part of my life when I grew up in the Cold War years. I can remember being hoisted on my father's shoulders to see the aging American veterans of that global …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-22). Seoul: US Is Reviewing Peace Declaration That Would Officially End Korean War. news.antiwar.com The US is Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong said Moon's peace proposal would replace the 1953 Armistice and officially end the war. While Chung said the US was reviewing the proposal, he also said he believes the Biden administration might want to make progress towards "denuclearization" before signing it. | The Biden administration says it is conducting a review of its North Korea policy but has als…

TransConflict (2021-04-22). Constitutional Reform In Contemporary Bosnia — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Matthew Parish* | Bosnia and Herzegovina has one of the world's most notoriously dysfunctional constitutions. Although at 5,000 words the document is also one of the world's shortest constitutions, brevity is not always a benefit. The constitution was prepared by US lawyers overseeing the peace negotiations ending the Bosnian war in Dayton, Ohio in November 1995. It was written in English, not an official language of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it came into force not by virtue of a resolution of a parliamentary assembly but as an annex to an international treaty, the Dayton Peace Accords. | Since then, the…

Ullrich Mies (2021-04-22). Saving the planet by disempowering the elites. indybay.org Humanity is at the final crossroads of becoming aware of the drama of the ecological and peace crisis in which it finds itself. The book "The Eco-Catastrophe" is a wake-up call to take note of the seriousness of the situation, to accept the Herculean tasks ahead, to understand the growth ideology of global capitalism and its structural lack of peace as a cancerous evil.

Clodovaldo Hernandez (2021-04-22). Do NGOs in the US and Spain Operate Without Rules? More Evidence of Double Standards for Venezuela. orinocotribune.com By Clodovaldo Hernandez — Apr 21, 2021 | US and Spanish authorities and media are "alarmed" by the rules Venezuela recently approved to regulate the operations of non-governmental organizations in its territory. It is an act of profound hypocrisy, because in the United States and Spain very strict laws apply regarding these supposedly independent and non-profit entities. | A cursory review of media such as La Voz de América or El País in Madrid reveals how the global media apparatus and officials from the US and Spain accuse Venezuelan government of persecuting and trying to destroy NGOs because it intends t…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-22). After West Builds Up War Hysteria for Weeks, Russian Troops Return to Bases After Drills End. news.antiwar.com The Russian defense minister confirmed today that troops deployed to the south and west of the country, Crimea and areas east of Ukraine, have completed what were described as surprise combat readiness checks and would return to barracks starting tomorrow. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is quoted by government news agency TASS as saying: "I believe …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-22). Senate Committee Moves Forward Sweeping Anti-China Legislation. news.antiwar.com The Senate Armed Services Committee

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-22). NATO Deploys Polish Troops to Turkey for War With Syria. news.antiwar.com The North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced the deployment of Polish troops to Turkey as part of the military bloc's six-year Tailored Assurance Measures for Turkey mission instituted to — as NATO described it — protect Turkey from Syria. That measure was taken after Turkey requested an Article 4 consultation with the other members of the …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-22). Pompeo Joins House Republicans to Unveil Iran Sanctions Bill. news.antiwar.com Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo The legislation, titled

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-22). Senate Committee Clears $300 Million More in Military Assistance for Ukraine, Including Lethal Weapons. news.antiwar.com Yesterday the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously advanced a bill to add $300 million more in military aid to Ukraine through 2026. The Ukraine Security Partnership Act will go to the Senate and the House for a vote where there is little question regarding the result. The timing of the bill is not fortuitous, …

Jason Ditz (2021-04-22). Israel Bombs Southern Syria After Missile Landed Near Nuclear Site. news.antiwar.com A new round of Israeli attacks on Syria took place Wednesday evening, after a Syrian air defense system was activated and fired at an Israeli warplane. The missile did not hit the plane, Israel's attacks centered on military targets in southern Syria, and they hit a number of Syrian air defense batteries. This is just the latest in common Israeli attacks on Syria, which leave Syria's air defenses constantly ready to try to defend sites. | Complicating matters were that Israel was bee…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-22). US Keeping Close Eye on Chinese Military. news.antiwar.com Tensions between Washington and Beijing in the South China Sea continue to rise, as the US now maintains a regular naval presence in the waters and constantly flies spy planes near China's coast. | The South China Sea Probing Initiative (SCSPI) said a US Air Force RC-135W reconnaissance aircraft came wi…

Chris Lombardi (2021-04-22). Vietnam Veterans Descended on the Capitol 50 Years Ago. zcomm.org Bigger than the Jan. 6 insurrection, the 1971 antiwar mobilization known as Operation Dewey Canyon III altered the course of the war and uplifted the nation…

Edward Hunt (2021-04-22). The Debate over Puerto Rico's Future: Statehood, Independence, or Something Else? progressive.org A Congressional divide leaves the island territory in colonial limbo.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-22). After West builds up war hysteria for weeks, Russian troops return to bases after drills end. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com After West builds up war hysteria for weeks, Russian troops to return to bases after drills endRick Rozoff The Russian defense minister confirmed today that troops deployed to the south and west of the country, Crimea and areas east of Ukraine, have completed what were described as surprise combat readiness checks and would return to …

_____ (2021-04-22). We Can Solve The Climate Crisis! popularresistance.org Climate change is unfolding at an increasingly rapid rate with more severe droughts, storms, wildfires and floods impacting the globe. Yet, the capitalists continue to plunder the planet and extract fossil fuels, destroying ecosystems and increasing warming. The 2018 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report warned that we have 12 years to avert runaway catastrophe. That call to action becomes more urgent by the day while the majority of governments globally take limited actions that fail to meet the urgency of the crisis. | The very system of capitalism itself is the cause of climate change with the Gl…

_____ (2021-04-22). Love Letter For Our Afflicted Earth. popularresistance.org Dear Earth, in this journey that we call our existence, we produce, consume, we eat, drink, breathe and survive because you are the very essence of life. | Your voice is clearer than our words, stronger than our laws, and more just than our principles. How do we renew the promises of our Original Trust, and restore the confidence that you gave to past generations? | Dear Earth, this Original Trust is an agreement. You have whispered its many names and have warned us of deep contradictions in our understanding of that trust. | Now a poison threatens you, us, our home. Its identity might be cloaked but its name is…

ecns.cn (2021-04-22). WeSay: Asian Americans still struggling. ecns.cn From "I have a dream" to "I can't breathe," it takes African Americans 57 years to "catch a breath" with the conviction of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. If the conviction is a "step forward," then do not ignore the struggling Asian Americans.

news.un (2021-04-22). The planet's on 'red alert' UN chief warns leaders at President Biden's climate summit. news.un.org World leaders must act now and put the planet on a green path because "we are at the verge of the abyss", UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday in his address to the virtual climate summit convened by United States President Joseph Biden.

sputniknews (2021-04-22). Tucker Carlson Warns Political Actors 'Harnessed' Floyd's Death to 'Control, Change US Forever'. sputniknews.com In a trial that lasted over a month, on 20 April former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin was charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of African-American man George Floyd on 25 May 2020.

sputniknews (2021-04-22). Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Reveals Only Factor Deterring Western Politicians. sputniknews.com In a speech to lawmakers on Wednesday, President Putin compared those who seek to bully or intimidate Russia to the tiger Shere Khan and the jackal Tabaqui from Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, and warned nations not to cross Moscow's "red lines." On Thursday, the Kremlin specified that these "red lines" are tied to Russia's national interests.

_____ (2021-04-22). Who Wags the Dog? Israel's Friends in Washington Mean Constant War in the Middle East. strategic-culture.org Biden, like presidents before him, is caught in the trap between an extremist-dominated Israel and the all-powerful domestic Israel Lobby. | Donald Trump, who was elected President of the United States in 2016, may have won due to voters attracted by his pledge to end many of the "stupid" wars that the American military was involved in worldwide. In the event, however, he ended no wars in spite of several attempts to withdraw from Afghanistan and Syria, and almost started new conflicts with cruise missile attacks and the assassination of an Iranian general. Trump was consistently outmaneuvered by his "experts" on…

_____ (2021-04-22). As British Warships Deploy to Black Sea, Putin Warns of Red Lines. strategic-culture.org The British are being told that they cannot just sail their warships into the Black Sea and rattle their sabers in Russia's face. Putin is telling the Brits and anyone else not to even think about getting that close. | Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a stern warning to countries trying to provoke military tensions, saying that his nation is drawing up red lines for defense. | Putin delivered the sharp

Ozlem Goner (2021-04-22). Banning the pro-Kurdish HDP in Turkey is a move towards fascism. zcomm.org The government's attempt to ban Turkey's third-largest political party is the latest attack against voices of change in the country…

Thomas Knapp (2021-04-22). A Biden-Putin Summit: Jaw-Jaw is Better than War-War. counterpunch.org On April 13, US president Joe Biden spoke by phone with Russian president Vladimir Putin, whom he has previously referred to, in pot/kettle fashion, as a "killer." During the call, Biden proposed a summit between the two in the near future. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Russian chess legend and political exile Garry Kasparov

Andy Kroll (2021-04-22). The Great Forgetting. tomdispatch.com The second Moderna shot made me sick — as predicted. A 24-hour touch of what an alarmed immune system feels like left me all the more grateful for my good fortune in avoiding the real thing and for being alive at a time when science had devised a 95% effective vaccine in record time. To distract myself from the fever as I tried to sleep, I visualized strands of synthetic messenger RNA floating into my cells to produce the alien spike protein that attracted my warrior T-cells. I drifted off envisioning an epic micro-battle underway in my blood and had a series of weird nightmares. At about two a.m., I woke u…

Dominic Kailash Nath Waughray* (2021-04-22). Earth Day 2021: A Turning Point For Climate Action — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Earth Day 2021 marks a historic moment for action on climate change. Today, at President Biden's unprecedented Leaders Summit on Climate, he put forward an ambitious national commitment from the US to help the world tackle the climate crisis — to halve greenhouse gas emissions from the country by 2030 compared to 2005. | Combined with existing commitments to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 from the EU, the UK and other major G20 economies including Japan and the Republic of Korea, as well as a commitment from President Xi to peak China's carbon emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon-neutral growth by 20…

MISES (2021-04-22). Polarization In Washington Is Forcing Politicians To Decentralize — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By José Niño* | Can political polarization be used for good? | The average political commentator often argues that unity is the highest virtue for any polity. Polarization is constantly lamented and is perceived as a sign of a deteriorating political environment. In fairness, a polarized political climate is not exactly hospitable toward productive political discourse. Against the backdrop of a divided culture, politics tends to to devolve into performance art and cheap renditions of political theater. | At the same time, polarization is not the end of the world. As a matter of fact, polarization in Washington…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-22). Record-Breaking Flare From Sun's Nearest Neighbor. eurasiareview.com A team of astronomers including Carnegie's Alycia Weinberger and former-Carnegie postdoc Meredith MacGregor, now an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, spotted an extreme outburst, or flare, from the Sun's nearest neighbor–the star Proxima Centauri. | Their work, which could help guide the search for life beyond our Solar System, is published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. | Proxima Centauri is a "red dwarf" with about one-eighth the mass of our Sun, which sits just four light-years, or almost 25 trillion miles, from the center of our Solar System and hosts at least two planets,…

Pip Hinman (2021-04-22). Beware of king tides — the result of human induced climate change. greenleft.org.au King tides and climate change have become survival issues for the world's coastal cities, writes Rob Pyne.

Pip Hinman (2021-04-22). Afghanistan shows we need to continue campaigning against the warmongers. greenleft.org.au The withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan is a welcome development. But, as Alex Bainbridge argues, it doesn't mean that the warmongers in Canberra and Washington have been defeated.

The Canary (2021-04-22). Man jailed for 'abhorrent' attack on transgender woman. thecanary.co A man who spat in the face of a transgender woman before punching her several times in the head in an "abhorrent" attack has been jailed. | Neil Cleal approached the victim, in her 50s, in Ludlow Road, Southampton, where he began shouting abuse at her, specifically about her gender identity. | A Hampshire police spokesman said: Cleal then proceeded to kick down her front gate and walk up to the woman and spit in her face before punching her several times to the head, causing her to fall backwards, leaving her in significant pain. | Cleal, 25, of Victoria Road, Southampton, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual…

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