2021-04-21: News Headlines

Staff (2021-04-21). Headlines for April 21, 2021. democracynow.org Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty on All Counts for Murdering George Floyd, Police Shoot Dead 16-Year-Old Ma'Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, Judge Denies Dismissal of Prison Sentence for Officer Who Shot and Killed Walter Scott in 2015, India Faces COVID "Storm"; AMLO Gets COVID Vaccine; U.S. Warns Against Travel to 80% of Globe, Johnson & Johnson Resumes European Rollout After Regulator Says Benefits Outweigh Blood Clot Risk, AOC and Sen. Markey Reintroduce Green New Deal as Biden Sets Ambitious Emissions Target, Idriss Déby's Son Named Interim Leader Following Chadian President's Death, Journalists in Over 100 Cou…

Stan Cox (2021-04-21). Earth Abuse and the Next Pandemic. counterpunch.org Humanity's transgression of ecological limits has caused widespread damage, including a climate emergency, catastrophic loss of biodiversity, and extensive degradation of soils around the world. Earth abuse is also at the root of the Covid-19 pandemic and the grim likelihood that new pathogens will continue to emerge from other animal species to infect humans.

Michele de Mello (2021-04-21). Brazil may reach 1 million COVID-19 casualties by October 2021. peoplesdispatch.org Brazil could reach the figure of one million deaths from COVID-19 by October 2021 if there continues to be high levels of mobility in the national territory, emergence of new variants, and slow vaccination process, according to a study conducted by Russian social scientist Alexei Kouprianov*. | Currently, there are some 14 million infected in the country, which represents 40% of the cases in the region. More than 378,000 have already died from the disease. The

Eds. (2021-04-21). Towards a Marxist theatre. mronline.org With the onset of the pandemic, the second Black Lives Matter movement, and the economic crisis, theatre as an art form and an industry is in a period of crisis and rebuilding. | April 21, 2021 | Newswire…

Juan Cole (2021-04-21). Systemic Racism won't End with One Trial, But Biden-Harris can enlist Government in addressing Economic Inequality at its Root. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — African-Americans face aggressive policing in part because, on average, they lack resources. Household wealth allows a family to donate to political campaigns, to ensure a good education for their children, and to join influential civic clubs and organizations. The Center for American Progress reports that in 2019, before the distortions …

The Canary (2021-04-21). NHS medics urge prime minister to tackle 'chronic undersupply' in staffing. thecanary.co Medics have written a letter to Boris Johnson urging him to massively increase investment in NHS staffing. | Invest now: | Groups and unions representing NHS workers have said increased demand for services due to coronavirus (Covid-19) has led to a "chronic undersupply" in staffing and there are nearly 90,000 vacant posts. | The letter has been signed by the NHS Confederation, NHS Providers, the British Medical Association (BMA), the Royal College of Nursing, the Academy of Royal Medical Colleges, and Unison, and states that "billions of extra funding" is needed. | The NHS has reported high levels of stre…

Staff (2021-04-21). Are Republicans Breaking Up With Big Business? Don't Hold Your Breath. truthout.org Mitch McConnell doesn't seem to be adjusting well to the new limits of his power, following his ouster from the majority leader seat last November. A once nigh-omnipotent power broker, McConnell has now found his influence diminished to the point that he's yelling strange things at stranger targets. He spent a chunk of last week unspooling some doozies directed at corporate America, which has long been a close ally of the Republican Party. | The trouble began in Georgia, a state whose GOP officials we…

CRS (2021-04-21). US Resumption Of Foreign Aid To The Palestinians — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Jim Zanotti and Rhoda Margesson* | On April 7, 2021, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the Biden Administration's plan to resume various forms of aid to the Palestinians that had been discontinued under the Trump Administration. Separately in March, the Biden Administration allocated $15 million in International Disaster Assistance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) response needs and emergency food assistance in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. | Secretary Blinken's statement and other documents indicate that the Administration plans to provide: | $75 million in bilateral Economic Support Fund…

VINS (2021-04-21). Rising Drug Prices Will Become Leading Cause of Senior Citizen Deaths, Report Finds. projectcensored.org The rising cost of prescription drugs could lead to the premature deaths of 1.1 million seniors in Medicare programs in the next decade, according to a study conducted by the…

VINS (2021-04-21). Corporate Media Sideline Health Experts during Pandemic. projectcensored.org As the COVID-19 pandemic became more widespread and dangerous in the US, information surrounding it became unclear and uncontrolled. Establishment media outlets had the crucial task of clarifying this information…

VINS (2021-04-21). COVID-19 Exposes Extent of Student Debt Crisis. projectcensored.org In August 2020, Politico's Bianca Quilantan reported on how COVID-19 has affected colleges and universities across the US. According to the article, the pandemic forced many schools to close their…

RobertAlvarez (2021-04-21). Rebuilding Black-Owned Businesses after COVID-19. ips-dc.org With over half of American adults now at least partially vaccinated, many of us are beginning to imagine a future beyond the pandemic. But for the many small businesses that didn't survive, there's no "after." | Black-owned businesses have been especially hard-hit. That's because even after three pandemic relief packages, there's an elephant in the room that every resource, policy, and program is failing to address: the preexisting conditions of Black entrepreneurs. | Despite strong entrepreneurial traditions in Black America, the pre-COVID state of Black business — and indeed of Black economics generally […

Ben Freeman, Ben Steiner — Leila Riazi (2021-04-21). The Saudi Lobby Moves From K Street to Main Street. counterpunch.org Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving American oil and gas companies feeling the pain. As oil prices plummeted, Republican

VINS (2021-04-21). Factory Farming in US Creates Breeding Ground for Next Pandemic. projectcensored.org As the impacts of COVID-19 continue to expand, experts say pandemic prevention should also focus on the United States, where intensive agricultural practices are breeding grounds for disease, according to…

Thomas Stephens (2021-04-21). Borders of Racial Capitalism: Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste. counterpunch.org Isn't This a Time! Pardon beginning with jargon. Under racial capitalist social and power relations, stated policy intentions are inverted relative to social outcomes, and pandemic inequality reigns with a deadly life of its own. This is the rotten fruit of a poisoned neoliberal model of the relationship between the state and finance. We should

Staff (2021-04-21). COVID-19 daily death toll in Iran at 388. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The number of daily deaths from the coronavirus pandemic in Iran stood at 388 with the total death toll surpassed 67,910 on Wed.

Dan Steinbock (2021-04-21). China's Record First Quarter Fuels Strong Expansion In 2021 — Analysis. eurasiareview.com China's first quarter record performance will accelerate momentum in China and support recovery in the US and global economic prospects — as long as unwarranted geopolitical tensions remain in check. | A year ago, China's first quarter plunge was -6.8 percent, due to the pandemic effect. In the West, it was widely seen as the "end of China's growth story." | Instead, in early February 2020 I predicted

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). Xi calls for strengthening global governance at BFA annual conference. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday called on all countries in Asia and beyond to answer the "call of our times," defeat the pandemic through solidarity, strengthen global governance, and keep pursuing a community with a shared future for mankind.

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). World experts say China offers inspiration for global sustainable development. ecns.cn China can offer other countries inspirations and opportunities for cooperation in building a sustainable post-pandemic world, officials from international organizations, scholars and business leaders have said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). RCEP heralds confidence in economic globalization: experts. ecns.cn The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership agreement, inked at a time when the world is mired in headwinds of pandemic and anti-globalization sentiments, heralds new confidence in economic globalization, experts said at a sub-forum of the high-profile Boao Forum for Asia annual conference.

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). Cambodian PM greatly values China's role in global fight against COVID-19. ecns.cn Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Tuesday said he greatly valued China's leading role in helping other countries to prevent and combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

news.un (2021-04-21). Ocean benefits increasingly undermined by human activity, UN assessment reveals. news.un.org Greater understanding of the ocean is essential if the world is to recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic and achieve agreed targets on sustainable development and climate action, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Wednesday in launching a major study on what he called "the life support system of our planet."

ICFI (2021-04-21). Saturday 5/1: May Day Rally: From global pandemic to global class struggle. indybay.org Annual Online May Day Rally…

_____ (2021-04-21). Systemic Racism Continues To Plague Pandemic Response. popularresistance.org On March 29, Eric, the most prominent lay leader at my church in Cambridge, Massachusetts, perished from COVID-19. He was one of 685 people across the United States and one of 15 in Massachusetts to die from the disease that day. On April 6, Eric's mother Elmo also died from the coronavirus, one of 907 in the US and one of 12 in Massachusetts. | Both were likely casualties of a nation and state that betrayed them more than once during the pandemic: First by failing to quell the virus last year; secondly by allowing people like them to fall behind in getting vaccines; and thirdly by relaxing coronavirus restrictio…

Dave Zirin, Jules Boykoff (2021-04-21). The Tokyo Olympics Are in Trouble. thenation.com The Tokyo Olympics Are in Trouble…

Business Wire (2021-04-21). Clinical Trial Confirms Breakthrough Treatment for COVID-19. globalresearch.ca Patients with a self-administered nasal spray application found to have reduced …

VINS (2021-04-21). ACLU Demands Improved COVID-19 Protections for Florida Detainees. projectcensored.org The American Civil Law Union (ACLU) of Florida and Disability Rights Florida co-filed a class action lawsuit against the Sheriff of Broward County after receiving complaints of the county's lack…

VINS (2021-04-21). Defeat of Minimum Wage Increase Leaves People with Disabilities Behind. projectcensored.org As was widely reported by news outlets (including CNN, CBS, NPR, among others) in February 2021, a popular $15 minimum-wage hike was struck from President Biden's COVID relief package when…

VINS (2021-04-21). Unexpected Environmental Consequences of COVID-19. projectcensored.org Due to COVID-19, recycling programs in many bigger cities have ceased. Because the recycling process is hands-on and involves multiple processing steps, many recycling centers have either shutdown or significantly reduced operations to avoid cross-contamination cases. But with pollution already being one of the most pressing public concerns of this century, reductions in recycling are deeply problematic. | Unfortunately, recycling programs are not the only ecologically-friendly options that have been disrupted by COVID-19, as Bloomberg News reported in March 2020. Companies such as Starbucks have stopped acceptin…

WSWS (2021-04-21). Texas withholds federal aid from public schools. wsws.org The Texas state government is refusing to disburse $17.9 billion of $19 billion in federal money intended for public education under the recently-passed COVID-19 stimulus bill.

VINS (2021-04-21). Report Documents Governments' Use of COVID-19 to Impose Authoritarian Policies. projectcensored.org A January 2021 report by the American Friends Service Committee documents how local and state governments arounds the world have implemented "extreme emergency measures under the cover of responding to…

George Monbiot (2021-04-21). Apparently just by talking about it, I'm super-spreading long Covid. zcomm.org How I became a human plague — and stumbled into one of the most astonishing scientific stories I've ever encountered…

MISES (2021-04-21). Biden's Big Spending Plans Won't Revive The Economy — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Frank Shostak* | On March 11, 2021, US president Biden introduced his $1.9 trillion covid-19 stimulus plan. The president also announced a plan of more than $2 trillion to rebuild US infrastructure, which includes repairing roads and bridges, as well as expanding access to long-term care services under Medicaid, building schools, and expanding internet access across the US. | It is commonly accepted that during difficult economic times the government should run large budget deficits in order to keep the economy going. This is because when overall demand in the economy weakens, the government should step in…

East Asia Forum (2021-04-21). Could Malaysia's Fake News Ordinance Stifle Public Debate? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Mohd Azizuddin Mohd Sani* | On 12 January 2021, Malaysia's king, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, announced a nationwide state of emergency that will last until 1 August 2021. That same day, the Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin announced the imposition of stricter movement controls in states most badly affected by COVID-19. The Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance 2021 was gazetted on 14 January 2021. | On 12 March, the Emergency (Essential Powers) (No. 2) Ordinance 2021 followed, taking action against the spread of fake news across video, written and audio platforms. The ordinance raises concerns abou…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-21). Simple Oral Hygiene Could Help Reduce COVID-19 Severity. eurasiareview.com COVID-19 could pass into people's lungs from saliva with the virus moving directly from mouth to bloodstream – particularly if individuals are suffering from gum disease, according to new research. | Evidence shows that blood vessels of the lungs, rather than airways, are affected initially in COVID-19 lung disease with high concentrations of the virus in saliva and periodontitis associated with increased risk of death. | The researchers propose that dental plaque accumulation and periodontal inflammation further intensify the likelihood of the SARS-CoV-2 virus reaching the lungs and causing more severe cases…

Howard Richards* (2021-04-21). Fratelli Tutti And The Great Reset — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Pope Francis on 3 Oct 2020 released at a ceremony at the tomb of St. Francis in Assisi his latest encyclical letter, Fratelli Tutti. | Less than four months previously, Klaus Schwab and his co-author Thierry Malleret launched Covid-19: The Great Reset at Davos, under the auspices of the World Economic Forum (WEF). | In some ways their authors might appear to share a common worldview. Schwab ¥s 2020 Manifesto, The Universal Purpose of a Company, is studded with phrases borrowed from the social doctrine of the church. Regarding Covid, The Great Reset writes that the storm will accelerate disturbing trends t…

The Canary (2021-04-21). Fresh strikes by DVLA staff in coronavirus-safety dispute. thecanary.co Workers at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) are to stage fresh strikes in a dispute over coronavirus (Covid-19) related safety. | Walkout: | Members of the Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) at the site in Swansea, South Wales, will walk out for four days from 4 May following industrial action earlier this month, | The union is calling for a reduction in the number of staff who need to go into the office to work after concerns were raised following a number of coronavirus cases last year. It said extensive negotiations have been held to try to resolve the dispute but claimed managers…

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). 32 Taiwan compatriots vaccinated against COVID-19 in Fuzhou. ecns.cn The first batch of 32 Taiwan compatriots living in Fuzhou, south China's Fujian Province on Monday received COVID-19 vaccinations free of charge via "Tailutong," a cross-Straits app for Taiwan compatriots working or living in the mainland.

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). Russia's daily COVID-19 infections drop to lowest since late September. ecns.cn Russia logged 8,164 coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily increase since Sept. 28, bringing the nationwide count to 4,718,854, the country's monitoring and response center said Tuesday.

RobertAlvarez (2021-04-21). Rebuilding Black-Owned Businesses after COVID-19. ips-dc.org With over half of American adults now at least partially vaccinated, many of us are beginning to imagine a future beyond the pandemic. But for the many small businesses that didn't survive, there's no "after." | Black-owned businesses have been especially hard-hit. That's because even after three pandemic relief packages, there's an elephant in the room that every resource, policy, and program is failing to address: the preexisting conditions of Black entrepreneurs. | Despite strong entrepreneurial traditions in Black America, the pre-COVID state of Black business — and indeed of Black economics generally […

news.un (2021-04-21). ILO kicks off Green Week to 'jump-start' a sustainable future. news.un.org As the world grapples with the devastating economic and social consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, the UN's labour agency launched ILO Green Week to explore what a green future of work could look like, and how we can get there.

Children's Health Defense (2021-04-21). Herpes Infection Possibly Linked to COVID Vaccine, Study Says + More. globalresearch.ca Herpes Infection Possibly Linked to COVID-19 Vaccine, Study Says |

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-04-21). Pregnant Women Should Not Get a COVID Vaccine. globalresearch.ca By injecting pregnant women with novel COVID-19 mRNA gene technologies, the …

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-21). 20,000 people to receive COVIran Barakat vaccine next week. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The main researcher working on producing anti-Covid-19 vaccine dubbed COVIran Barakat said Wednesday that as many as 20,000 will start receiving the Iranian-made vaccine starting from next week.

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). U.S. COVID-19 cases rise as more states ease restrictions. ecns.cn Despite the country's vaccine rollout, a significant number of U.S. cities and states remain hotspots where the coronavirus continues to spread at higher rates than before, according to the Guardian.

VINS (2021-04-21). Opportunists Game Facebook with COVID-19 Misinformation for Profit. projectcensored.org According to a March 2021 report from the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Dr. Eric Nepute began posting misinformation regarding COVID-19 and coronavirus vaccines on Facebook and other social media platforms,…

subMedia (2021-04-21). System Fail # 8: The Ghosts of Democracy. dissidentvoice.org Discussion about sexual assault (including against minors), torture; scenes of police brutality, murder. In this episode, Dee Dos takes a look at recent developments in the social war in Greece, including the COVID-19 lockdown, the #MeToo movement and the hunger strike waged by 17th of November member Dimitris Koufontinas. We also include an interview with …

Hamid Enayat (2021-04-21). Iran's Fundamentalist Regime Is A Threat To All Religions — OpEd. eurasiareview.com As descendants of Abraham, we are all brothers and sisters. That is why we should all be united against the Iranian theocracy. Just as it unleashed the coronavirus against the defenseless population inside Iran, Tehran's mullahs also want to infect the world with the virus of fundamentalism. We should build the necessary antibodies to resist it. | Jesus Christ was to heal the "broken-hearted." And God says in the Quran that Muhammad was sent to break the chains of humanity and to lift the heavy burden on them. | This emancipating spirit is the essence of the teachings of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. Their differ…

_____ (2021-04-21). Despite Climate Commitments, Health Concerns, States Approve Fuel Tanks. popularresistance.org Magali Sanchez-Hall, usually in motion, pauses for a moment on the sidewalk to gaze through a chain-link fence at the massive new construction project: tanks shaped like giant tuna fish cans that will store crude oil. | The Los Angeles refinery has been her troublesome neighbor for a quarter of a century, but she finds this latest turn particularly perplexing. | "Right now, we are supposed to be moving to clean energy," she says. | Sanchez-Hall, 50, raised her children here before getting a master's degree in public policy. When Tesoro, now Marathon Petroleum Corp., first proposed the new tanks in 2016, she oppos…

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