2022-04-05: News Headlines

Jamal Rich (2022-04-05). D.C. hit by mass student debt protest before payments resume in May. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Monday, April 4 at noon, student debtors and allies from across the United States came to the Department of Education to demand that the Biden administration cancel all federally-held student loan debt. The rally and march was held by the Debt Collective, which is a union for debtors. "Just like workers need to …

themoscowtimes (2022-04-05). Biden Urges War Crimes Trial After Bucha Killings. themoscowtimes.com Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky blames Russian troops for the killings, but the Kremlin has denied responsibility.

WSWS (2022-04-05). Labor-Greens bury Assange's plight ahead of Australian federal election. wsws.org A particularly pernicious role is played by Greens MPs who have criticised Assange's persecution, but are working with Labor to ensure it is buried in the forthcoming election.

ecns.cn (2022-04-05). Nomination period of HKSAR chief executive election begins. ecns.cn The nomination period for the chief executive election of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has begun on Sunday and will run through April 16.

ecns.cn (2022-04-05). Chinese premier congratulates Hungarian PM on winning elections. ecns.cn Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Monday sent a message of congratulation to his Hungarian counterpart Viktor Orban on his Fidesz party's re-winning parliamentary elections.

WSWS (2022-04-05). Prime Minister Naftali Bennett puts Israel on a war footing against the Palestinians. wsws.org Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi said the IDF must be prepared for "Guardian of the Walls 2," a reference to last May when Israel launched a murderous 11-day assault on Gaza.

Staff (2022-04-05). Hong Kong Police arrest 4 activists behind banned Tiananmen Square vigil: Report. aninews.in Hong Kong, September 8 (ANI): Hong Kong Police have arrested four key members of the pro-democracy group behind the city's annual Tiananmen Massacre vigil.

Marzieh Rahmani (2022-04-05). More than dozen killed in eastern Congo armed attack. en.mehrnews.com At least a dozen civilians were killed in an armed attack on a village in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the country's army and a survivor said Monday.

ecns.cn (2022-04-05). DPRK warns of severe retaliation if South Korea attacks Pyongyang. ecns.cn A senior official of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) has warned South Korea of "total destruction and ruin" if it "adopts military confrontation" against Pyongyang, the official Korean Central News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Shane Quinn (2022-04-04). The Alarming Rise of Ukraine's Neo-Nazi MPs Since the 2014 "Pro-democracy Revolution" globalresearch.ca Over elapsing time from the February 2014 US-instituted "pro-democracy revolution", an ever expanding group of neo-Nazis has been elected to office in the Ukrainian parliament. Over the past five years of what the Washington Post calls "fledgling democracy"

Ann Brown (2022-04-04). Do Hunter Biden's Deals In Ukraine And China Matter? The U.S Government And Feds Think So. moguldom.com President Joe Biden's son Hunter Biden is feeling the heat as a federal investigation into his international deals intensifies. The U.S. Justice Department is looking into Hunter Biden's business activities in China and Ukraine. The investigation, which began as early as 2018, concerns several financial and business deals Hunter made in foreign countries when his …

Robert S. Becker (2022-04-04). Struggling Democrats snub Trump's core lesson: Winners address the emotionalism of voters. nationofchange.org If the Democrats cannot bridge their plausible domestic agenda with a convincing, majority belief system, the future will lurch from crisis to crisis—or worse.

_____ (2022-04-04). 'Pick Up the Pen, Joe': DC Protest Calls on Biden to Cancel Student Debt. commondreams.org "If Biden restarts payments on May Day we know that nearly eight million people will be pushed into default," said one Debt Collective organizer. "We don't need to pause this crisis, we need to end it."

themoscowtimes (2022-04-04). Zelensky Accuses Russia of 'Genocide,' Biden Calls for War Crimes Trial. themoscowtimes.com Alleged atrocities against Ukrainian civilians by Russian forces have sparked a wave of international outrage.

_____ (2022-04-04). Biden Demands War Crimes Trial for Putin, But Will US End Its Opposition to ICC? commondreams.org "The United States has spent 20 years actively undermining the International Criminal Court," noted one journalist. "Trying to lead the way on war crimes prosecutions is… awkward, at best."

Mark Gruenberg (2022-04-04). Government numbers show depression virtually over, for now. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The coronavirus-caused economic Depression is apparently over, at least for workers, for now, Bureau of Labor Statistics data show. But the public mood is different, and that's a problem for the Biden administration. And with Republicans in Congress hamstringing further funds to battle the modern-day plague—despite the threat of yet another variant—that could quickly change, …

Staff (2022-04-04). Lack of US political decision brought Vienna talks to halt. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — Talks in Vienna over reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have come to a standstill due to the Biden administration's inability to make tough political decisions.

Paul Craig Roberts (2022-04-04). Hats Off to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, An American Leader. thealtworld.com Florida citizens were extremely fortunate that they got Ron DeSantis for governor. The Democrats almost succeeded in stealing the election. The corrupt Democrats might succeed next time, because the Biden Department of Justice (sic) is trying to discredit fair election safeguards as "racist violations of civil rights laws." The DOJ is very close to taking the position that it is a violation of US civil rights laws to prevent an illegal alien from voting. New York city now allows non-citizens to vote. | Governor DeSantis kept Florida free of lockdowns and mask and vaccine mandates. He said that a virus that has su…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-04-04). Mass Strikes in Peru Over Fuel & Fertilizer Costs. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News Strikes by transport workers and campesino unions have broken out across Peru against the rising cost of fuel and fertilizers. Western sanctions on Russia have aggravated the problem by causing global shortages of these commodities. Protesters accuse President Pedro Castillo of 'betrayal' for failing to deliver on election promises. Protests began eight days…

_____ (2022-04-04). 'Dark Day for Democracy' in Hungary as Orb√°n Wins Dubious Reelection. commondreams.org "Right-wing nationalism and illiberalism are very alive in the heart of Europe."

Alasdair Baverstock (2022-04-04). Costa Rica elects its new President. america.cgtn.com Costa Rica's presidential elections have come to an end, with a former executive at the World Bank, Rodrigo Chaves, as the President-elect. And as the country celebrates its new president, Costa Ricans are also looking to the next four years. CGTN correspondent Alasdair Baverstock reports.

WSWS (2022-04-04). Far-right candidate Marine Le Pen surges in French presidential polls. wsws.org The election of a neo-fascist president is a real possibility, as a result of the militaristic and fascistic evolution of the entire French political establishment.

Staff (2022-04-04). The rise of the far right is a global phenomenon. therealnews.com The election of Donald Trump and the siege of the US Capitol on Jan. 6 made clear the rising political power of the right in America, but this is not an isolated phenomenon—right-wing power is surging across the globe. From India, Brazil, and the Philippines, to Hungary and the US, we find right-wing political movements that are challenging the established order and that are fueled by anti-immigration mania, racism, patriarchy, historical nostalgia, as well as the destruction wrought by colonialism, the fall of Leninist states, and the failure of modern capitalism to meet the needs of masses of people…

Staff (2022-04-04). Serbia's President Vucic declares landslide victory. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 04 (MNA) — Aleksandar Vucic has announced his victory in the first round of Sunday's Serbian presidential election.

Staff (2022-04-04). Amazon union slams any attempt to 'delay our hard-won right to bargain collectively'. therealnews.com This story originally appeared in In the wake of its historic victory in the election to unionize Amazon's JFK8 warehouse in Staten Island, the Amazon Labor Union demanded over the weekend that the company begin collective bargaining negotiations in early May and immediately halt any changes to employment policies in the meantime.

WSWS (2022-04-04). French presidential candidates silent on COVID-19's human cost. wsws.org While the COVID-19 is again on the rise in France, candidates for the upcoming election are silent on the new wave and the 142,000 lives the virus has already cost.

Anonymous103 (2022-04-04). Military & Political Developments In Kosovo, Serbia In March, April 2022 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 4, Vucic declared his victory in the Serbian presidential election. He promised to remain neutral in relation to military alliances; | The Serbian parliament called for military neutrality to be prescribed in the constitution; | On March 28, Vucic offered Kiev and Moscow to hold talks in Belgrade; | On March 27, the Serbian Army command assessed the readiness of the rapid reaction forces; | On March 25, Serb rallies are held in Kosovo against the ban of th…

Staff (2022-04-04). Betsy DeVos and Her Family Are Flooding Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis With Cash. truthout.org Former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her family have donated more than $280,000 to back Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' re-election effort amid his crackdown on discussions of race and sexual orientation in schools. | DeVos, who served four years as former President Donald Trump's education chief, personally contributed $5,500 to a super PAC backing DeSantis' re-election bid last month, according to state

WSWS (2022-04-04). Stumping for "America First" Republicans, Trump holds campaign rally in Macomb County, Michigan. wsws.org The threat of fascistic violence permeated the rally, with frequent calls from the crowd to "lock up" Trump's political opponents, including Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessell and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

Staff (2022-04-04). Watergate Prosecutor Calls 7-Hour Gap in Trump Phone Records "Suspicious" truthout.org A former Watergate prosecutor described a gap in phone records from the Trump White House on January 6, 2021, as "suspicious," pointing toward evidence confirming that the former president was speaking to people on the phone during the Capitol attack. | More than seven hours of phone records are missing from the logs of former President Donald Trump, according to

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2022-04-04). Map of Actions and Actors in the Soft War Against Cuba. libya360.wordpress.com Misión Verdad Luis Otero Alcántara's light-hearted gimmickry has contributed to the overexposure of the soft coup strategy exercised against Cuba since Trump occupied the White House (Photo: Archive). Last March 30, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, issued a statement in which he described as "spontaneous demonstrations" that were…

Staff (2022-04-04). Watchdog Finds DeJoy Invests in COVID Test Company, Potentially Breaking the Law. truthout.org Postmaster General Louis DeJoy may have broken federal conflict of interest laws by holding investments in a company with federal government contracts for COVID rapid test kits, according to a government watchdog's analysis of the embattled Trump appointee's financial disclosures. | The Project on Government Oversight (POGO)

WSWS (2022-04-04). Democrats reject calls to impeach far-right Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. wsws.org Text messages implicating Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in Trump's January 6 conspiracy have exposed flagrant judicial misconduct by her husband, who voted to block access to documents by the congressional committee investigating the coup plot in which his own wife participated.

Staff (2022-04-04). Jon Batiste se corona en los Grammy 2022: Lista completa de ganadores. cubadebate.cu El lauro a álbum del año de Jon Batiste, por su disco We are, resulta hoy lo más relevante de la edición 64 de los Premios Grammy de EE.UU. Los críticos y votantes autorizados de la Academia Nacional de Artes y Ciencias de la Grabación distinguieron al jazzista por encima de otros como Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga y Justin Bieber también nominados en esa categoría.

Bill McKibben (2022-04-04). When Boomers Come Together. progressive.org Our new organization, Third Act, is mobilizing the generation with the most political | and economic influence to fight for a working climate and a working democracy.

Rainer Shea (2022-04-04). The U.S. Empire Uses Engineered Destabilization to Delay Its Full Demise. orinocotribune.com By Rainer Shea — Mar 30, 2022 | When it comes to the decline of U.S. hegemony, there are two sides to the story, one hopeful and the other bleak. One pertains to all of the ways that the empire's power is unambiguously diminishing, and to how this is opening the potential for workers democracy to spread to every part of the world. To how Washington has been unable to use its fascist Ukrainian proxy to crush the independence of the Donbass peoples, how Washington's subversion efforts in places like Hong Kong have failed, how the 2019 coup in Bolivia has been reversed, and other such positive developments. Th…

Isheka N. Harrison (2022-04-04). It's Heating Up: 6 Key Players In The Lineage-Only Reparations Movement In California. moguldom.com California is leading the way with lineage-only reparations efforts for Black Americans descended from people enslaved in the United States. The state's first-in-the-nation Reparations Task Force voted last week to use lineage as a criterion in any recompense the group is successful in getting passed into law. Not all reparations advocates are for lineage-only reparations. …

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2022-04-04). United States Colored Troops Congressional Gold Medal Act. indybay.org The Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate shall make appropriate arrangements for the presentation, on behalf of Congress, of a gold medal of appropriate design to the African Americans who served with Union forces during the Civil War, collectively, in recognition of their bravery and outstanding service during the Civil War.

Khubaka, Michael Harris (2022-04-04). 2022 California Armed Service Day – Tribute to United States Colored Troops. indybay.org AB 1655, is on the way to an official California Juneteenth Holiday to begin sharing our authentic contribution toward saving the Union while fighting for freedom. In July of 1862, Congress passed the Militia Act of 1862. It had become an "indispensable military necessity" to call on America's African descent population to help save the Union.

_____ (2022-04-04). Jackson's SCOTUS Nomination Clears Deadlocked Senate Judiciary Committee. commondreams.org The full upper chamber voted 53-47—with the support of three Republicans—to advance the federal judge's historic high court candidacy to a final Senate floor vote.

Staff (2022-04-04). Dwindling Public Concern About COVID Is Handing Republicans a Gift. truthout.org Of all the things I expected to say at this point in 2022, "it's great to be a Republican right now" was nowhere among them. If you had told me a year ago that…

Editor (2022-04-04). Briefing: World hunger and the war in Ukraine. mronline.org The New Cold War is rapidly heating up, with severe consequences for people around the world. Our new series, Briefings, provides the key facts on these matters of global concern.

2022-04-06 01:10 | 21:10 EST | es | 44 | 0 | 35 | 10 | 0