2021-04-13: News Headlines

pyeverino (2021-04-13). DSA Q&A feat. the PRO Act. dsausa.org RSVP Here Interested in DSA but haven't joined yet? Looking to get involved in the fights to stop evictions, win Medicare for All, defund the police, or pass a Green New Deal, but unsure how to get started? Join DSA leaders from across the country to talk about how organizing as socialists and engaging in…

pyeverino (2021-04-13). DSA Q&A feat. the PRO Act. dsausa.org RSVP Here Interested in DSA but haven't joined yet? Looking to get involved in the fights to stop evictions, win Medicare for All, defund the police, or pass a Green New Deal, but unsure how to get started? Join DSA leaders from across the country to talk about how organizing as socialists and engaging in…

webdev (2021-04-13). Derek Chauvin Trial Breaks Down "Blue Wall of Silence" as Police Officials Testify Against Ex-Cop. democracynow.org We get the latest on the murder trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who killed George Floyd, with Minneapolis-based civil rights attorney Nekima Levy Armstrong. She says prosecutors in the case have successfully chipped away at the "blue wall of silence" by getting current police officials to testify against Chauvin. However, she says it's likely that "the only reason that these officers have testified is because the world is watching."

webdev (2021-04-13). Killed over a Car Air Freshener: Outrage Grows over Police Shooting of Daunte Wright in Minnesota. democracynow.org Protests continue in the Minneapolis area after a white police officer shot and killed a 20-year-old Black man, Daunte Wright, during a traffic stop Sunday in the suburb of Brooklyn Center. The deadly shooting took place about 10 miles from where former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is on trial for killing George Floyd. Just before he was killed, Wright called his mother to say he was being pulled over — allegedly because an air freshener was obscuring his rearview mirror. The Brooklyn Center police chief claims Kimberly Potter, a 26-year police veteran who has served as the police union presiden…

webdev (2021-04-13). GOP Smears DOJ Civil Rights Pick Kristen Clarke in Latest Attack on Voting Rights & Racial Justice. democracynow.org We look at President Biden's nomination of Kristen Clarke to become the first Black woman to lead the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division and the conservative smear campaign against the veteran civil rights lawyer. The far-right Fox News host Tucker Carlson has devoted at least five segments to attacking Clarke's nomination, including baseless accusations of anti-Semitism. Ben Jealous, president of People for the American Way and former president of the NAACP, says "the right-wing attack machine" springs into action whenever Black nominees are up for confirmation. "They make sport, quite frankly, of trying…

webdev (2021-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2021. democracynow.org Brooklyn Center Police Chief Claims Officer Mistook Gun for Taser in Killing of Daunte Wright, Prosecution Rests Case in Murder Trial of Minneapolis Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin, U.S. to Pause Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Amid Reports of Rare Blood Clots, WHO Warns of Exponential Rise in COVID-19 Cases, COVID-19 Cases Surge in the Philippines as Duterte Appears in Public for First Time in Two Weeks, European Union Officials Consider Use of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine, Biden Admin Strikes Deals with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to Further Militarize Borders, As Volcano Erupts, Only Vaccinated Residents of St.

Max Blumenthal (2021-04-13). Anti-war Activist Visited by Police After Posting Embarrassing AOC Video. orinocotribune.com By Max Blumenthal — Apr 9, 2021 | An anti-war activist was visited by California Highway Patrol officers after posting video of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's bumbling comments on Israel-Palestine. The action, which AOC denies triggering, was initiated by a call to US Capitol Police. | As he waited for a food delivery at his home in Los Angeles on April 8, Ryan Wentz, an anti-war activist and producer for the online viral program Soapbox, heard two men calling his name from over his front gate. When he approached, he realized they were not delivery drivers, but police officers flashing badges of the Califor…

Elie Mystal (2021-04-13). Biden's Supreme Court Commission Is Designed to Fail. thenation.com Biden's Supreme Court Commission Is Designed to Fail…

Buntin MB. (2021-04-13). Confronting Challenges in the US Health Care System. jamanetwork.com The sheer number of challenges facing the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress in the health policy sphere is staggering, as is the range of potential solutions offered by the authors of the Viewpoints in the JAMA Health Policy series. The most pressing challenges involve addressing the global COVID-19 pandemic. Yet policy makers would be remiss if they did not leverage this opportunity to also address the fundamental problems with the US health system laid bare by the nation's response to the pandemic. These include major challenges related to health insurance coverage, the solvency of publicly funded pro…

The Conversation (2021-04-13). Technology innovation gives government leverage to drive down CO2 emissions fast — here's how. juancole.com By Jessika E. Trancik | — To avert the worst effects of climate change, global greenhouse gas emissions should fall at faster rates than they have risen for over a century. Economies must essentially turn on a dime and then move quickly toward a carbon-free future. In the U.S., the Biden-Harris administration has recommitted the …

Melvin Goodman (2021-04-13). The Biden Administration and the Chaotic Middle East. counterpunch.org The Middle East is as combustible as ever, and there is no non-Arab state with decisive influence in the region. Lawrence of Arabia warned more than 100 years ago that the Middle East was a "trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honor." Did someone say that what goes around

VOA (2021-04-13). Biden To Pull US Troops Out Of Afghanistan By September 11. eurasiareview.com By Steve Herman | All U.S. troops in Afghanistan will be withdrawn by September 11 — the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a senior administration official announced on Tuesday. | President Joe Biden "made the determination and is announcing tomorrow that the best path forward to advance American interests is to end the war in Afghanistan after 20 years, so that we can address the global threat picture as it exists today, not as it was two decades ago," said the official. | The government of Turkey announced on Tuesday it will host a 10-day peace confer…

Al Neal (2021-04-13). Brexit problems, paramilitary gangs contribute to violence in Northern Ireland. peoplesworld.org BELFAST, Northern Ireland—The smell of petrol, burning rubber, and the dull thuds of brick against police riot shield walls have marred the streets across five cities and towns in Northern Ireland for over a week. Union loyalists and Irish Republicans have clashed with police, and the rioting has often involved children as young as 12, …

Anonymous103 (2021-04-13). Biden To Meet "Killer" Putin On Neutral Ground. southfront.org Illustrative image | During a telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin, US President Joe Biden invited his Russian counterpart to meet in the coming months in a "third country" to discuss the full range of issues in relations between the two states."They discussed a number of regional and global issues, including the intent of the United States and Russia to pursue a strategic stability dialogue on a range of arms control and emerging security issues, building on the extension of the New START Treaty. Pr…

MEE staff (2021-04-13). Israel agrees to increase water supply to Jordan after pressure from Biden. middleeasteye.net Israel agrees to increase water supply to Jordan after pressure from Biden | After weeks of delays, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approves increase in water supply to Jordan as kingdom experiences water crisis | Tue, 04/13/2021 – 15: 22 | Due to a past peace agreement, Israel pumps water out of the Jordan river and transfers it back to Jordan during dry spells (AFP/File photo) | Israel has agreed to increa…

Benjamin Zawacki (2021-04-13). Forecasting Biden's Policy in Southeast Asia. asia-pacificresearch.com

Ashley Curtin (2021-04-13). Biden refuses to shut down Dakota Access Pipeline. nationofchange.org We will do our very best to see this pipeline removed, our water protected, and our sacred lands healed."

Joynt Maddox KE, James CV. (2021-04-13). How the Biden Administration Can Improve Health Equity for Racial and Ethnic Minorities. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint outlines actions that the new federal administration could consider related to health care access and quality, and social determinants of health, to meaningfully improve health equity for racial/ethnic minority populations.

Human Rights Watch (2021-04-13). President Biden Needs a Middle East-Wide Human Rights Policy. juancole.com Published in: Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) By Iran Researcher Tara Sepehri Far | @sepehrifar @sepehrifar On the campaign trail and during his first three months in office, President Biden promised a US return to a multilateral foreign policy that supports human rights. That is an important vision for the Middle East, a …

Jason Ditz (2021-04-13). US Officials to Meet With NATO on Afghan Deployment. news.antiwar.com Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will participate in meetings with NATO officials in Brussels this week. Expectations are that they will talk up the usual buildups against Russia and other long-term interests. | Another focus though is Afghanistan, The Biden Administration has downplayed the idea of meeting the May…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-13). Biden to Stay in Afghanistan Past May 1, Plans to Withdraw by Sept. 11. news.antiwar.com According to

Miguel Henríquez Saavedra (2021-04-13). Cómo leer la estrategia Biden. globalizacion.ca "La seguridad económica es seguridad nacional", reza ahora el credo de la clase política y empresarial estadounidense. Como viendo el sol del mediodía, se ciegan los diferentes actores de este país identificando el objetivo estratégico que los unifica como sociedad…

Steven Dean (2021-04-13). A Plea to President Biden to Stop Perpetuating Racist Tax Policy. thenation.com A Plea to President Biden to Stop Perpetuating Racist Tax Policy…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-13). Kenya's communists fight state repression, IMF-World Bank policies. peoplesdispatch.org Booker Ngesa Omole of the Communist Party of Kenya talks about the state attacks on the party, the failures of the Uhuru Kenyatta government, and the protests against IMF-World Bank prescribed policies…

Lázaro Fariñas (2021-04-13). øDe qué democracia hablan en Miami? globalizacion.ca Si en algún lugar se habla de democracia en los Estados Unidos es en el Miami cubano y no es, precisamente, porque los cubanos que viven en esta ciudad sean tan demócratas, sino que lo utilizan para criticar y atacar…

Sophie Haigney (2021-04-13). How 'Things' In Fiction Shape the Way We Read. thenation.com How 'Things' In Fiction Shape the Way We Read…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-13). Left candidate Pedro Castillo wins first round of presidential elections in Peru, heads to run-off. peoplesdispatch.org According to the preliminary results by the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), Pedro Castillo of the left-wing Free Peru party won 18.9% of the votes. It is still unclear who his opponent will be as three candidates are technically tied for second place…

Pip Hinman (2021-04-13). Casino compromises and buying elections. greenleft.org.au If you thought the political compromises exposed by the Bergin inquiry into casino operations were bad, what happened in Tasmania should be a warning to us all, writes Suzanne James.

webdev (2021-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2021. democracynow.org Protesters Take to Minneapolis Streets After Police Kill 20-Year-Old Black Man Daunte Wright, Medical Examiner Reaffirms George Floyd Homicide Ruling, Caused by Derek Chauvin's Restraint, Black Army Lt. Sues After Virginia Police Attack, Pepper-Spray Him in Face Without Provocation, Maryland Passes Sweeping Police Reforms, Alabama Amazon Warehouse Organizers Lose Union Vote But Plan Legal Challenge, India Has World's 2nd-Highest COVID Caseload; WHO Blasts Vast Global Vaccine Inequality, Michigan Remains Major COVID Hot Spot But Refrains from Imposing New Lockdown | , Death Toll Mounts in Burma as Military Fires o…

webdev (2021-04-12). Remembering LaDonna Brave Bull Allard: Standing Rock Elder Helped Lead 2016 Anti-DAPL Uprising. democracynow.org LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Standing Rock Sioux tribal historian, has died of cancer at the age of 64, and we look back on her work, through interviews on her land and in the Democracy Now! studio. Allard co-founded the Sacred Stone Camp on Standing Rock Sioux land in April 2016 to resist the Dakota Access pipeline, to which people from around the world traveled, making it one of the largest gatherings of Indigenous peoples in a century. "We say mni wiconi, water of life. Every time we drink water, we say mni wiconi, water of life. We cannot live without water," LaDonna Brave Bull Allard said in a September 2016 i…

webdev (2021-04-12). Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General Turned Fierce Critic of U.S. Militarism, Dies at Age 93. democracynow.org Former U.S. attorney general and longtime human rights lawyer Ramsey Clark has died at the age of 93, and we look back on his life. Clark was credited as being a key architect of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. He served as attorney general from 1967 to 1969, during which time he ordered a moratorium on federal executions and opposed J. Edgar Hoover's wiretapping of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., though he was also involved in the prosecution of antiwar activists. After leaving office, Clark became a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy. "The world is the most dangerous place it's ev…

webdev (2021-04-12). "We Need to Give the Workers a Fair Shot": Jane McAlevey on What Went Wrong in Amazon Union Vote. democracynow.org Labor organizer and scholar Jane McAlevey says there were many warning signs that the historic Amazon union drive in Bessemer, Alabama, would fail. Workers at the Amazon warehouse voted overwhelmingly against forming a union after a months-long vote by mail, with Amazon using widespread intimidation and misinformation to undermine the effort. But McAlevey says organizers made a number of missteps in their campaign and didn't do enough to engage workers in the warehouse. "There's a strategy and a method for every part of a hard campaign. Do we always win when we follow them? No. Do we stand a better chance of winn…

webdev (2021-04-12). Amazon "Broke the Law": Union Seeks New Election After Alabama Warehouse Organizing Drive Fails. democracynow.org The largest union drive in the history of Amazon has ended with the company on top. After a months-long battle, 738 workers at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse voted to unionize, and 1,798 voted no. Ballots from another 505 workers were challenged, mostly by Amazon. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that led the drive says Amazon illegally interfered in the vote, and it plans to file unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Amazon, which is led by the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, spent millions to defeat the closely watched election, and even got a private mai…

_____ (2021-04-12). On Contact: American Economic Illusion. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses with the economist Richard Wolff the nearly $5 trillion being allocated by the Biden administration for Covid-19 relief and infrastructure projects.

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Peru To Have Presidential Election Results In May. telesurenglish.net Peru's National Elections Jury (JNE) on Monday informed that the official results from April 11 elections will be released in May. | RELATED: | "We will announce who will go to the second round of presidential elections in the first week of next month," JNE President Jorge Salas said and added that new lawmakers will be announced by the end of May. | Exit polls showed leftist professor Pedro Castillo, of the Peru…

Juan Cole (2021-04-12). With Cyber-Attack on Iran's Natanz Nuclear Enrichment Facility, is Israel's Netanyahu trying to derail Biden talks and Escape Jail? juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The BBC reports that a power outage and consequent explosion at the Natanz nuclear enrichment site in Iran on Sunday is being blamed by Iranian officials on sabotage. It reports that some Israeli outlets have speculated that the cause was an Israeli cyber-attack. The head of Iran's nuclear energy program, …

Juan Cole (2021-04-12). Is Israel's Netanyahu trying to derail Biden talks and Escape Jail? zcomm.org The BBC reports that a power outage and consequent explosion at the Natanz nuclear enrichment site in Iran on Sunday is being blamed by Iranian officials on sabotage…

Staff (2021-04-12). Biden Fulfills Campaign Pledge to Create Commission on Supreme Court Reforms. truthout.org President Joe Biden issued an executive order over the weekend that creates a commission to study potential reforms for the Supreme Court, including expanding the size of the court and instituting term limits for sitting justices. | The formation of such a commission

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-12). Rights Advocates Concerned Over Biden Push to Increase Militarization of Borders in Central America. commondreams.org "The Biden administration should place human rights at the center of its migration discussions and agreements with regional governments." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden-centralamerican-security-forces-agreements.jpg

Staff (2021-04-12). Union Seeks New Election After Alabama Warehouse Organizing Drive Fails. truthout.org Image Credit: Courtesy: Joe Piette | The largest union drive in the history of Amazon has ended with the company on top. After a months-long battle, 738 workers at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse voted to unionize, and 1,798 voted no. Ballots from another 505 workers were challenged, mostly by Amazon. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that led the drive says Amazon illegally interfered in the vote, and it plans to file unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relatio…

Bryan Bennett (2021-04-12). The End of Trickle-Down Economics. progressive.org The pandemic has shifted conventional wisdom by showing the limits of "small government" thinking.

John Bachtell (2021-04-12). Global imbalance in vaccinations threatens to derail fight against pandemic. peoplesworld.org As the Biden administration orchestrates a massive effort to open vaccination against COVID to every adult by April 19, a "shocking imbalance" in vaccination is occurring globally. While governments of many wealthier capitalist countries are vaccinating their populations, vaccinations have all but stalled in the global South countries, leaving the people in large swaths of …

Ethan Yang (2021-04-12). Young People Are Particularly Vulnerable to Lockdowns. globalresearch.ca In response to the Covid-19 pandemic governments across the world implemented …

Byul Ryanim (2021-04-12). The Weekly Round-Up: Amnesty unimpressed and government care home guidance "grossly discriminatory" ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: On Wednesday, Amnesty International released its 2020/21 report on the state of the world's human rights. Amnesty's UK director, Kate Allen, also called for an inquiry into the government's handling of the pandemic and said "the government is now shamefully trying to strip away our right to lawfully challenge its decisions, no …

MEE staff (2021-04-12). Palestine election: Israel's wave of arrests sweeps up Palestinians before polls. middleeasteye.net Palestine election: Israel's wave of arrests sweeps up Palestinians before polls | Hamas and Fatah members caught up in series of Israeli arrests since March say they have been warned not to compete in coming elections | Mon, 04/12/2021 – 13: 56 | A Palestinian demonstrator is detained by Israeli soldiers during a protest near the West Bank village of Tubas, near the Jordan Valley, on 29 January 2020 (AFP) | I…

Kevin Gosztola (2021-04-12). Two Years After Assange's Arrest, Biden Can End Trump's Assault on Press Freedom. globalresearch.ca WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been detained at the high-security Belmarsh …

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Myanmar: The Tenacity of The Protesters Is Relentless. telesurenglish.net The Military Junta led by General Min Aung Hlaing on Friday killed 82 people in Bago City. This massacre was strongly condemned by the Special Advisory Council for Myanmar (SAC-M), which asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to act immediately. | RELATED: | Despite a brutal crackdown by security forces shooting to kill, citizens returned to the streets to demand a return to democracy on Monday. In Monywa, people released balloons in…

Patrick Delaney (2021-04-12). Media Censored COVID-19 Early Treatment Options that Could Have Reduced Fatalities by 85%. Prominent Medical Doctor. globalresearch.ca An exceedingly well-qualified physician, who was censored by YouTube last year, …

teleSUR (2021-04-12). US Deal: Troops in Central America to Stem Migration Tide. telesurenglish.net The Biden administration recently reached an agreement with Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to help manage the flow of potential migrants on the US-Mexico border, according to Tyler Moran, special assistant to the president for immigration for the Domestic Policy Council. | RELATED: | According to the official, the Latin American countries have been asked to reinforce their borders by using their military to red…

VOA (2021-04-12). Biden Names Trump Critics To Two Key Immigration Posts. eurasiareview.com By Ken Bredemeier | U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday named two critics of former President Donald Trump's immigration policies to key border control and immigration positions at a time when federal authorities are struggling to handle a surge of migrant arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border. | Biden picked Chris Magnus, the police chief in Tucson, Arizona, near the U.S.-Mexico border, to lead the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, and Ur Jaddou as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which handles the country's legal immigration system. | Both will have to be confirmed by the Senate be…

Ron Paul (2021-04-12). Ron Paul: Global Taxes — Global Stagnation — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has proposed that governments around the world require payment of at least a uniform "global minimum corporate tax." A motivation for Yellen's push for a global minimum corporate tax is fear that the Biden administration's proposed increase in the US corporate tax will cause some American corporations to flee the US for countries with lower corporate taxes. | President Biden wants to increase corporate taxes to help pay for his so-called infrastructure plan. The plan actually spends more on "progressive" priorities, including a down payment on the Green New Deal, than on infrast…

samidoun (2021-04-12). Yemeni Liberation Movement: Hunger Strike for Yemen Actions this Week. samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network supports the work of the Yemeni Liberation Movement, who have been on hunger strike for over 2 weeks in Washington, D.C, against U.S. support for the Saudi blockade of Yemen. Please take action to support this important, brave effort! The following updates come from the Yemeni Liberation movement — follow them on Twitter and Instagram! After 15 days of hunger striking, we have mounted significant pressure on the Biden Administration and the US government to hear our demands. 1. Publicly speak out against the blockade 2. End US support for the Saudi-led blockad…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-12). Biden budget: Big hike for domestic programs and 1.7 percent hike for military. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Bryan Ellis (2021-04-12). Tampa Bay activists condemn Desantis' anti-protest bill: 'Kill the bill before it kills us!'. liberationnews.org Activists gathered at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa to protest HB1—Florida Governor Ron Desantis' draconian anti-protest bill.

Bryan Ellis (2021-04-12). Tampa Bay activists condemn Desantis' anti-protest bill: "Kill the bill before it kills us!" liberationnews.org Activists gathered at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa to protest HB1—Florida Governor Ron Desantis' draconian anti-protest bill.

James Emery* (2021-04-12). Tatmadaw Coup D'État As The Ramayana — Analysis. eurasiareview.com The February 2001 coup d'état by the Myanmar Defense Forces, known as the Tatmadaw, has parallels to the Ramayana, the 24,000 verse Hindu epic that became popular throughout Asia, including Burma. In 1989, the Tatmadaw replaced English translations with Burmese words, changing Burma to Myanmar, Rangoon to Yangon, and so forth. | The Internet provides articles and videos on the Ramayana for those who want to become more familiar with this classic, which compares to the Odyssey, the 12,000 verse Greek epic. Both Rama and Odysseus are on a journey filled with challenges. In Sanskrit, "ayana" means journey. The Ra…

Staff (2021-04-12). Manchin's Objection to Infrastructure Bill May Be Motivated by Corporate Donors. truthout.org President Biden's schedule for Monday included a

WSWS (2021-04-12). US provocatively lifts restrictions on contact with Taiwan. wsws.org By effectively tearing up protocols in place since the US and China established formal diplomatic relations in 1979, the Biden administration is upending the fragile status quo in the Taiwan Strait and raising the danger of war.

Carla Gomez, Hena Mansori, Sophia Gurulé (2021-04-12). Biden Has a Chance to End the Jail-to-Deportation Pipeline. thenation.com Carla Gomez, Hena Mansori, Sophia Gurulé Biden Has a Chance to End the Jail-to-Deportation Pipeline…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-12). Iran Says Israeli 'Nuclear Terrorism' Could Have Led to Catastrophic 'Crime Against Humanity'. commondreams.org "This is sabotage all right," said one outside critic of the attack on Natanz, reportedly carried out by Mossad. "But the target is Biden's diplomacy with Iran." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/zarif_0_0_0.jpg

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-12). 'We Can Shock the World': Kentucky Progressive Charles Booker Considers US Senate Run. commondreams.org "I know Rand Paul is watching this movement. I know he's scared. He should be. He knows we can transform Kentucky." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2021-04-12_at_16.36.20.png

_____ (2021-04-12). The Right To Protest Wasn't Given — It Was Won. popularresistance.org United Kingdom – Over the last few weeks, the brutal policing of protests in Bristol has been profoundly disturbing. The right to peaceful assembly and protest are fundamental principles of any democracy, and the rich history of dissent in this country show us that they literally can change the course of history. Nobody knows this better than the people of Bristol, a city whose radicalism has seen it on the frontlines of change. | The Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963 drew national attention to racism in public life, playing a key role in securing the enactment of subsequent race relations legislation that outlawed rac…

Democracy Now! (2021-04-12). Ramsey Clark, Human Rights Lawyer and Critic of US Empire, Dies at Age 93. commondreams.org "The world is the most dangerous place it's ever been now because of what our country has done, and is doing, and we have to take it back." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ramsey.jpg

Bryan Metzger (2021-04-12). How a Shadowy, Hawkish New Group Tied to Iranian Monarchists Is Gaining Influence in Congress. globalresearch.ca A new organization with ties to Iranian monarchists is cultivating relationships …

_____ (2021-04-12). Farmers Block Expressway In Indian State Of Haryana To Protest Against Farm Laws. popularresistance.org Hundreds of farmers from across India have been camping out Delhi's borders for the past four months to protest against newly introduced agricultural laws by the federal government. While the farmers are demanding the laws, passed last September be repealed, the government has agreed to only making amendments and refused to repeal them. | Intensifying their protests against newly introduced agriculture laws, farmers blocked the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway at several places in state of Haryana on Saturday. | Several farm leaders were detained by the Haryana Police even as farmers sitting on the expressway wer…

commondreams (2021-04-12). Voting Rights Groups Across the Country Condemn State-Level Voter Suppression, Urge Senate Passage of For the People Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Guillermo Lasso Is Ecuador's President-Elect. telesurenglish.net A little before 10 pm, the National Electoral Council presented the results of the presidential elections held in Ecuador. With 97 percent of the votes officially counted, the Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso is the next president of this Andean country after obtaining 52.52 percent of the votes. | RELATED: | Electoral authorities confirmed that Union for Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz had w…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). In Blow to Arauz, 16% of Votes Cast Were Null in Ecuador Runoff. telesurenglish.net The option to annul the vote and thus fracture the left vote, postulated by Perez's Pachakutik party, experienced unprecedented support in the Ecuadorian presidential elections. | The call made by former Ecuadorian presidential candidate Yaku Perez, and his party, the Pachakutik movement, for citizens to vote null in this coming elections, had important popular support. | RELATED: | More than 1.7 million of the votes cast at the polls, representing a…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-12). Guillermo Lasso wins presidential election in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org The right-wing Guillermo Lasso obtained 52.41% of the votes while progressive candidate Andrés Arauz secured 47.59% of the votes in the election held on Sunday. Arauz's Union for Hope alliance won the most seats in the legislature…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Mexico Accuses 1,571 Companies & Ex-Officials For Corruption. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Superior Audit Office (ASF) submitted to the Lower Chamber a list accusing 1,571 ex-public officials, companies, and social organizations of corruption acts committed from 2001 until 2014. | RELATED: | The list includes sanctions to airlines, subcontracting companies, and political figures such as Mario Moreno, who runs subnational elections for Guerrero State governorship post. | The Institutional Revolutionary Party (P…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-12). Right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso wins Ecuador's presidency and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at Ecuador's presidential election results, protests following the fatal police shooting of a Black man in the US, reports of Israel's role in the blackout at an Iranian nuclear site, hunger strike by detained Hirak protesters in Algeria, and the ties between Israeli businessman Dan Gertler and the DRC…

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Ron Paul (2021-04-12). Ron Paul: Global Taxes — Global Stagnation — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has proposed that governments around the world require payment of at least a uniform "global minimum corporate tax." A motivation for Yellen's push for a global minimum corporate tax is fear that the Biden administration's proposed increase in the US corporate tax will cause some American corporations to flee the US for countries with lower corporate taxes. | President Biden wants to increase corporate taxes to help pay for his so-called infrastructure plan. The plan actually spends more on "progressive" priorities, including a down payment on the Green New Deal, than on infrast…

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-12). Rights Advocates Concerned Over Biden Push to Increase Militarization of Borders in Central America. commondreams.org "The Biden administration should place human rights at the center of its migration discussions and agreements with regional governments." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden-centralamerican-security-forces-agreements.jpg

John Bachtell (2021-04-12). Global imbalance in vaccinations threatens to derail fight against pandemic. peoplesworld.org As the Biden administration orchestrates a massive effort to open vaccination against COVID to every adult by April 19, a "shocking imbalance" in vaccination is occurring globally. While governments of many wealthier capitalist countries are vaccinating their populations, vaccinations have all but stalled in the global South countries, leaving the people in large swaths of …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-12). Biden budget: Big hike for domestic programs and 1.7 percent hike for military. peoplesworld.org &nbsp…

Bryan Ellis (2021-04-12). Tampa Bay activists condemn Desantis' anti-protest bill: 'Kill the bill before it kills us!'. liberationnews.org Activists gathered at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa to protest HB1—Florida Governor Ron Desantis' draconian anti-protest bill.

Bryan Ellis (2021-04-12). Tampa Bay activists condemn Desantis' anti-protest bill: "Kill the bill before it kills us!" liberationnews.org Activists gathered at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in Tampa to protest HB1—Florida Governor Ron Desantis' draconian anti-protest bill.

James Emery* (2021-04-12). Tatmadaw Coup D'État As The Ramayana — Analysis. eurasiareview.com The February 2001 coup d'état by the Myanmar Defense Forces, known as the Tatmadaw, has parallels to the Ramayana, the 24,000 verse Hindu epic that became popular throughout Asia, including Burma. In 1989, the Tatmadaw replaced English translations with Burmese words, changing Burma to Myanmar, Rangoon to Yangon, and so forth. | The Internet provides articles and videos on the Ramayana for those who want to become more familiar with this classic, which compares to the Odyssey, the 12,000 verse Greek epic. Both Rama and Odysseus are on a journey filled with challenges. In Sanskrit, "ayana" means journey. The Ra…

MEE staff (2021-04-12). Palestine election: Israel's wave of arrests sweeps up Palestinians before polls. middleeasteye.net Palestine election: Israel's wave of arrests sweeps up Palestinians before polls | Hamas and Fatah members caught up in series of Israeli arrests since March say they have been warned not to compete in coming elections | Mon, 04/12/2021 – 13: 56 | A Palestinian demonstrator is detained by Israeli soldiers during a protest near the West Bank village of Tubas, near the Jordan Valley, on 29 January 2020 (AFP) | I…

Byul Ryanim (2021-04-12). The Weekly Round-Up: Amnesty unimpressed and government care home guidance "grossly discriminatory" ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: On Wednesday, Amnesty International released its 2020/21 report on the state of the world's human rights. Amnesty's UK director, Kate Allen, also called for an inquiry into the government's handling of the pandemic and said "the government is now shamefully trying to strip away our right to lawfully challenge its decisions, no …

webdev (2021-04-12). Remembering LaDonna Brave Bull Allard: Standing Rock Elder Helped Lead 2016 Anti-DAPL Uprising. democracynow.org LaDonna Brave Bull Allard, Standing Rock Sioux tribal historian, has died of cancer at the age of 64, and we look back on her work, through interviews on her land and in the Democracy Now! studio. Allard co-founded the Sacred Stone Camp on Standing Rock Sioux land in April 2016 to resist the Dakota Access pipeline, to which people from around the world traveled, making it one of the largest gatherings of Indigenous peoples in a century. "We say mni wiconi, water of life. Every time we drink water, we say mni wiconi, water of life. We cannot live without water," LaDonna Brave Bull Allard said in a September 2016 i…

webdev (2021-04-12). Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General Turned Fierce Critic of U.S. Militarism, Dies at Age 93. democracynow.org Former U.S. attorney general and longtime human rights lawyer Ramsey Clark has died at the age of 93, and we look back on his life. Clark was credited as being a key architect of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968. He served as attorney general from 1967 to 1969, during which time he ordered a moratorium on federal executions and opposed J. Edgar Hoover's wiretapping of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., though he was also involved in the prosecution of antiwar activists. After leaving office, Clark became a leading critic of U.S. foreign policy. "The world is the most dangerous place it's ev…

webdev (2021-04-12). "We Need to Give the Workers a Fair Shot": Jane McAlevey on What Went Wrong in Amazon Union Vote. democracynow.org Labor organizer and scholar Jane McAlevey says there were many warning signs that the historic Amazon union drive in Bessemer, Alabama, would fail. Workers at the Amazon warehouse voted overwhelmingly against forming a union after a months-long vote by mail, with Amazon using widespread intimidation and misinformation to undermine the effort. But McAlevey says organizers made a number of missteps in their campaign and didn't do enough to engage workers in the warehouse. "There's a strategy and a method for every part of a hard campaign. Do we always win when we follow them? No. Do we stand a better chance of winn…

webdev (2021-04-12). Amazon "Broke the Law": Union Seeks New Election After Alabama Warehouse Organizing Drive Fails. democracynow.org The largest union drive in the history of Amazon has ended with the company on top. After a months-long battle, 738 workers at Amazon's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse voted to unionize, and 1,798 voted no. Ballots from another 505 workers were challenged, mostly by Amazon. The Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union that led the drive says Amazon illegally interfered in the vote, and it plans to file unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board. Amazon, which is led by the world's richest man, Jeff Bezos, spent millions to defeat the closely watched election, and even got a private mai…

_____ (2021-04-12). On Contact: American Economic Illusion. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses with the economist Richard Wolff the nearly $5 trillion being allocated by the Biden administration for Covid-19 relief and infrastructure projects.

webdev (2021-04-12). Headlines for April 12, 2021. democracynow.org Protesters Take to Minneapolis Streets After Police Kill 20-Year-Old Black Man Daunte Wright, Medical Examiner Reaffirms George Floyd Homicide Ruling, Caused by Derek Chauvin's Restraint, Black Army Lt. Sues After Virginia Police Attack, Pepper-Spray Him in Face Without Provocation, Maryland Passes Sweeping Police Reforms, Alabama Amazon Warehouse Organizers Lose Union Vote But Plan Legal Challenge, India Has World's 2nd-Highest COVID Caseload; WHO Blasts Vast Global Vaccine Inequality, Michigan Remains Major COVID Hot Spot But Refrains from Imposing New Lockdown | , Death Toll Mounts in Burma as Military Fires o…

Juan Cole (2021-04-12). With Cyber-Attack on Iran's Natanz Nuclear Enrichment Facility, is Israel's Netanyahu trying to derail Biden talks and Escape Jail? juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The BBC reports that a power outage and consequent explosion at the Natanz nuclear enrichment site in Iran on Sunday is being blamed by Iranian officials on sabotage. It reports that some Israeli outlets have speculated that the cause was an Israeli cyber-attack. The head of Iran's nuclear energy program, …

Juan Cole (2021-04-12). Is Israel's Netanyahu trying to derail Biden talks and Escape Jail? zcomm.org The BBC reports that a power outage and consequent explosion at the Natanz nuclear enrichment site in Iran on Sunday is being blamed by Iranian officials on sabotage…

Bryan Bennett (2021-04-12). The End of Trickle-Down Economics. progressive.org The pandemic has shifted conventional wisdom by showing the limits of "small government" thinking.

Ethan Yang (2021-04-12). Young People Are Particularly Vulnerable to Lockdowns. globalresearch.ca In response to the Covid-19 pandemic governments across the world implemented …

Kevin Gosztola (2021-04-12). Two Years After Assange's Arrest, Biden Can End Trump's Assault on Press Freedom. globalresearch.ca WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been detained at the high-security Belmarsh …

Patrick Delaney (2021-04-12). Media Censored COVID-19 Early Treatment Options that Could Have Reduced Fatalities by 85%. Prominent Medical Doctor. globalresearch.ca An exceedingly well-qualified physician, who was censored by YouTube last year, …

WSWS (2021-04-12). US provocatively lifts restrictions on contact with Taiwan. wsws.org By effectively tearing up protocols in place since the US and China established formal diplomatic relations in 1979, the Biden administration is upending the fragile status quo in the Taiwan Strait and raising the danger of war.

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-12). Iran Says Israeli 'Nuclear Terrorism' Could Have Led to Catastrophic 'Crime Against Humanity'. commondreams.org "This is sabotage all right," said one outside critic of the attack on Natanz, reportedly carried out by Mossad. "But the target is Biden's diplomacy with Iran." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/zarif_0_0_0.jpg

Carla Gomez, Hena Mansori, Sophia Gurulé (2021-04-12). Biden Has a Chance to End the Jail-to-Deportation Pipeline. thenation.com Carla Gomez, Hena Mansori, Sophia Gurulé Biden Has a Chance to End the Jail-to-Deportation Pipeline…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-12). 'We Can Shock the World': Kentucky Progressive Charles Booker Considers US Senate Run. commondreams.org "I know Rand Paul is watching this movement. I know he's scared. He should be. He knows we can transform Kentucky." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/screen_shot_2021-04-12_at_16.36.20.png

_____ (2021-04-12). The Right To Protest Wasn't Given — It Was Won. popularresistance.org United Kingdom – Over the last few weeks, the brutal policing of protests in Bristol has been profoundly disturbing. The right to peaceful assembly and protest are fundamental principles of any democracy, and the rich history of dissent in this country show us that they literally can change the course of history. Nobody knows this better than the people of Bristol, a city whose radicalism has seen it on the frontlines of change. | The Bristol Bus Boycott of 1963 drew national attention to racism in public life, playing a key role in securing the enactment of subsequent race relations legislation that outlawed rac…

Democracy Now! (2021-04-12). Ramsey Clark, Human Rights Lawyer and Critic of US Empire, Dies at Age 93. commondreams.org "The world is the most dangerous place it's ever been now because of what our country has done, and is doing, and we have to take it back." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ramsey.jpg

Bryan Metzger (2021-04-12). How a Shadowy, Hawkish New Group Tied to Iranian Monarchists Is Gaining Influence in Congress. globalresearch.ca A new organization with ties to Iranian monarchists is cultivating relationships …

_____ (2021-04-12). Farmers Block Expressway In Indian State Of Haryana To Protest Against Farm Laws. popularresistance.org Hundreds of farmers from across India have been camping out Delhi's borders for the past four months to protest against newly introduced agricultural laws by the federal government. While the farmers are demanding the laws, passed last September be repealed, the government has agreed to only making amendments and refused to repeal them. | Intensifying their protests against newly introduced agriculture laws, farmers blocked the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal expressway at several places in state of Haryana on Saturday. | Several farm leaders were detained by the Haryana Police even as farmers sitting on the expressway wer…

commondreams (2021-04-12). Voting Rights Groups Across the Country Condemn State-Level Voter Suppression, Urge Senate Passage of For the People Act. commondreams.org ______________________________…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Guillermo Lasso Is Ecuador's President-Elect. telesurenglish.net A little before 10 pm, the National Electoral Council presented the results of the presidential elections held in Ecuador. With 97 percent of the votes officially counted, the Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso is the next president of this Andean country after obtaining 52.52 percent of the votes. | RELATED: | Electoral authorities confirmed that Union for Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz had w…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-12). Guillermo Lasso wins presidential election in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org The right-wing Guillermo Lasso obtained 52.41% of the votes while progressive candidate Andrés Arauz secured 47.59% of the votes in the election held on Sunday. Arauz's Union for Hope alliance won the most seats in the legislature…

Kenny Stancil (2021-04-11). Biden Creates Commission to Study Supreme Court Reform. zcomm.org "To restore our democracy, we must expand the Supreme Court," says Rep. Mondaire Jones…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Peru: Exit Poll Result Show Leftist Pedro Castillo in 1st Place. telesurenglish.net Exit polls results from the Peruvian election showed an advantage for the left-wing candidate for the Free Peru Party (PL) Pedro Castillo in the lead for the second round. Five other names are competing for the other seat. | RELATED: | According to the Ipsos Peru consultancy company, Castillo is winning with 16,1 percent of the electoral votes. | The Country Advance Party's candidate Hernando de Soto, and former dicta…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-11). Ending Fracking by 2035. counterpunch.org Fracking was an issue in the last election, with Republicans accusing Biden of planning to end it and Biden defending himself by asserting he had no such plans. This is unfortunate. The planet-destroying reactionaries steered the conversation onto their turf and away from the brutal reality that if we want to survive as a species,

Ron Jacobs (2021-04-11). Biden, Blinken and DOD. counterpunch.org Although the Blinken-Biden foreign policy approach may be more palatable to European governments and much of the US population, that doesn't mean it's that different from what preceded it. Besides the possible reinstatement of the Iran nuclear deal and a re-engagement with Cuba, little seems likely to change. US residents will continue to be told

Lautaro Rivara (2021-04-11). It's election day in Ecuador: A look at what lies ahead. peoplesdispatch.org The run-off election between progressive candidate Andrés Arauz and banker Guillermo Lasso is taking place amid an escalating pandemic, an economic crisis, and fears of irregularities…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-11). Colorado River Basin Due For More Frequent, Intense Hydroclimate Events. eurasiareview.com In the vast Colorado River basin, climate change is driving extreme, interconnected events among earth-system elements such as weather and water. These events are becoming both more frequent and more intense and are best studied together, rather than in isolation, according to new research. | "We found that concurrent extreme hydroclimate events, such as high temperatures and unseasonable rain that quickly melt mountain snowpack to cause downstream floods, are projected to increase and intensify within several critical regions of the Colorado River basin," said Katrina Bennett, a hydrologist at Los Alamos Nati…

Staff (2021-04-11). Pentagon and Tax Cheats Already Cost Taxpayers Far More Than Biden's Job Plan. truthout.org Is President Biden's $2.3 trillion jobs plan too big? Conservatives are arguing that the package is too expensive and its broad reach is unnecessary. | In order to assess the size and necessity of the bill, it's important to situate Biden's jobs plan within a larger federal budget context. Looking at the spending patterns going back decades, the upshot is that the Biden plan is really not all that big, especially given how overdue it is. In fact, progressives have argued that the package, whi…

Juan Cole (2021-04-11). Greening Earth and creating Jobs, Biden to slash Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Extend Wind, Solar Credits. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — Reuters reports that President Biden intends to slash tax subsidies for fossil fuels like coal and petroleum and to use taxes instead to encourage renewable energy. Since jobs in the coal industry are plummeting, and since job growth in renewable electricity is over 3 percent a year, Biden's plans will …

Juan Cole (2021-04-11). Greening Earth and Creating Jobs, Biden to Slash Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Extend Wind, Solar Credits. commondreams.org Together, wind and solar account for 40 percent of electricity sector jobs in the United States. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/bidenoffshore-wind_2.jpg

Juan Cole (2021-04-11). Greening Earth and creating Jobs. zcomm.org Biden to slash Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Extend Wind, Solar Credits…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Live: Long Lines During Ecuador's Presidential Runoff Elections. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker, and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official, have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, regional integration, extractivism and more. | 3: 00 PM EST – Lasso rejoices in democratic celebration while analysts fear early victory decalaration | Conservative banker and candidate for the CREO coalition Guillermo Lasso celebrated the democratic celebration of Sunday's presidential runoff elections, stating his hopes to achiev…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Live: Ecuador Hits the Polls in Decisive Runoff Election. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker; and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, regional banking, extractivism and more. | 8: 00 AM EST – Election observers harassed by police after meeting with correista lawmaker Fausto Jarrin Teran | The electoral observation mission of the U.S. human rights organization CODEPINK currently in Ecuador to observe today's presidential elections was accosted by police as it were l…

Roger Stoll (2021-04-11). The Revolution Won't Be Stopped: Nicaragua Advances Despite US Unconventional Warfare. orinocotribune.com By Roger Stoll — Apr 8, 2021 | Republican strategist Karl Rove often advised his clients to attack not the enemy's weaknesses but its strengths. The bipartisan US foreign policy disinformation machine has taken Rove's advice with tedious devotion. So, to attack Nicaragua, the machine's fabrications and propaganda have targeted some of that country's strengths: gender equity, Indigenous rights and autonomy, democracy, sovereignty, and a successful response to the pandemic, as well as the Sandinista government's great popularity. | This should not surprise. It's the same Rovian method used against Nicaragua's…

Ron Ridenour (2021-04-11). Ecuador's New Socialist Party Set to Win Elections Despite U.S. Intervention and Deceptive Identity Politics. globalresearch.ca Ever since the former President Rafael Correa-backed presidential candidate, Andrés Arauz…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Restaurant, Band: Peru's Candidates Go Wild on TV. telesurenglish.net Peru's 18 presidential candidates had a televised breakfast with their relatives on Sunday to kick off election day. This, amid despair outside of polling stations due to opening delays. | RELATED: | The candidates moved to several parts of the country for the morning event, which is a tradition in Peru. Some of them, such as Verónika Mendoza from Together for Peru, received several reporters at this house despite social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemi…

California Poor People's Campaign (2021-04-11). Sunday 4/18: "The Power to Heal: Medicare and the Civil Rights Revolution" Film & Panel w/ Filmmaker. indybay.org Online event…

People Before Profits (2021-04-11). US is 13th in Infrastructure, 27th in Education and Healthcare. indybay.org As Pres. Biden embarked on a campaign for improving US infrastructure by raising the corporate tax to 28% (was 53% in 1950s), he provided a ringing indictment of the US private-profit-first economy with a list of the 12 countries that have better infrastructure than the US: 1. Singapore, 2. Netherlands, 3. China, 4. Switzerland, 5. Japan, 6. South Korea, 7. Spain, 8. Germany, 9. France, 10. Austria, 11. United Kingdom, 12. United Arab Emirates. See mothership.sg/2021/04/joe-biden-infrastructure-singapore/

_____ (2021-04-11). Biden Administration Allows Oil To Continue Flowing Through Dakota Access Pipeline. popularresistance.org Washington, DC – Speaking before a federal judge today, representatives from the Biden administration's U.S. Army Corps of Engineers indicated that the agency will not shutter the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), despite the ongoing threats it poses to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the fact that it is operating without a federal permit. Although President Joe Biden recently announced intentions to improve Tribal consultation and initiate long-term action to tackle climate change, his administration took a stance today that was identical to that of former President Trump. | Earlier this year, Standing Rock Sioux…

Brian Berletic (2021-04-11). America's Predictable Betrayal of the 'Iran Nuclear Deal'. globalresearch.ca Despite campaign promises made by now US President Joe Biden to …

Ramsey Clark (2021-04-11). Video: The Legitimacy of American Democracy: Former Attorney General Ramsey Clark. globalresearch.ca Ramsey Clark has passed away. | His legacy and commitment to peace and justice will live forever. | He has been a source of inspiration to antiwar activists for more than half a century. | Below Ramsey's February 2016 interview with Christina Tobin …

Ramsey Clark (2021-04-11). Video: The Legitimacy of American Democracy: Ramsey Clark and His Legacy. globalresearch.ca Ramsey Clark has passed away. | His legacy and commitment to peace and justice will live forever. | He has been a source of inspiration to antiwar activists for more than half a century. | Below Ramsey's February 2016 interview with Christina Tobin …

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Lasso Thanked Ecuadoreans for Coming Out to Vote in Peace. telesurenglish.net In his first speech after the partial presentation of official presidential election results, Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso thanked Ecuadorians for coming out to vote in peace. | "Ecuadorians believe in democracy," Lasso said and thanked Jaime Nebot, the leader of the Social Christian party and former mayor of Guayaquil. | RELATED: | The CREO candidate also mentioned Alfredo Borrero, whom he refer…

Eliza Sweren-Becker (2021-04-11). Arizona Republicans Declare Their Opposition to Democracy. commondreams.org After officially objecting to the federal reforms in the For the People Act, the state legislature is considering a raft of voter suppression bills. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/20210409_an_gt1279737243rm_1630x932.jpg

Kevin A. Young (2021-04-11). Georgia's Voter Suppression Is Sparking Boycotts. zcomm.org History Shows They Can Work…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Bolivia Saw a Significant Turnout in Second Elections Runoff. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) President Salvador Romero confirmed a "high and significant" turnout in the second regional election runoff celebrated in four departments on Sunday. | RELATED: | Preliminary data showed a decrease in electors' participation as compared to the first election round held on March 7; however, he noted that Sundays' turnout was within the parameters to guarantee the elections…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Election Bolivia: Four Out of Nine Departments Decide Today. telesurenglish.net Bolivia decides on Sunday the local governmental authorities in the departments of La Paz, Tarija, Pando, and Chuquisaca as the parties go to a second round in these regions following a landslide victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) on March 7. The ruling party seeks to consolidate its power in some of Bolivia's most important regions. | RELATED: | On March 7, the ruling party MAS won outright 240 seats…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). General Election Day Begins in Peru. telesurenglish.net The electoral process had already started this Sunday in Peru. At 11H00 GMT, polling stations had already opened, although previously, several thousands of voters had already exercised their right to vote, either because they are residents abroad or under some other exception provided for in the national law. | RELATED: | A total of 18 candidates seek to, above all, occupy a place on the ballot. The polls have confirmed that up to seven candidates could be in a tech…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Peru Is Facing The Most Uncertain Elections In Its History. telesurenglish.net Unjustified absenteeism of polling station members, delays, and chaos on Sunday prevailed during the Peruvian election day, the first to be held in the country without knowing which two presidential candidates will advance to the second round. | RELATED: | Unlike in previous processes, a runoff election will be necessary because no candidate is projected to get even close to 50 percent of the votes. A survey by the Institute…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Bolivia: Polling Stations Close After a Normal Election Runoff. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's local authorities began to close polling stations following the conclusion of the second runoff regional elections held in the departments of Chuquisaca, Tarija, Pando, and La Paz this Sunday. | RELATED: | Electoral Tables authorities will start vote counts in a public act that can be witnessed by citizens and political parties participating in the electoral race. | The candidates who were the most voted in these fou…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Bolivia Sees Peaceful Second-Round of Departmental Elections. telesurenglish.net Bolivia has seen on Sunday a peaceful election day concerning biosecurity measures. Thus far, there have been no significant irregularities reported as people in the departments of La Paz, Tarija, Pando, and Chuquisaca decide on its representative. After a landslide victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) on March 7, the ruling party seeks to consolidate its power in some of Bolivia's most important regions. | teleSUR's correspondent in Bolivia, Freddy Morales, reports there have been no irregularities in La Paz but a low voter turnout in several polling stations. | On the other hand, after casting his…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). International Organizations Express Concern Over Somalia. telesurenglish.net The African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and the United Nations (UN) have expressed deep concern over the situation in Somalia. | RELATED: | On Sunday, in their latest meeting virtually AU, EU, IGAD, and UN noted the gravity of the ongoing political stalemate in Somalia over the holding of delayed elections and the continuing impasse in the dialogue between the Federal Government an…

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