Daily Archives: April 8, 2021

2021-04-08: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-04-08). The true toll of the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org The official death count in the COVID-19 pandemic is just a small reflection of the massive social and health disaster caused by the disease.

WSWS (2021-04-08). Spanish premier Sanchez pledges to end social distancing as COVID-19 rises. wsws.org Spain's Socialist Party-Podemos government has pledged to end social distancing measures in order to fully reopen Spain's economy, even as COVID-19 cases rise.

WSWS (2021-04-08). Australia-New Zealand "travel bubble" to begin this month. wsws.org The decision to open the trans-Tasman borders, despite the renewed surge of COVID-19 globally, follows intensifying pressure from the multi-million dollar tourism industry and other businesses.

WSWS (2021-04-08). MIS-C cases on the rise in children with at least 3,000 reported and 36 dead. wsws.org A new and comprehensive report from the Journal of the American Medical Association demonstrates that the vast majority of MIS-C cases resulted from asymptomatic COVID-19 infections weeks before symptoms appeared.

Eds. (2021-04-08). Assimilation and empire. mronline.org During the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an exponential increase in violence against Asian Americans: in New York alone, it's been reported that violence rose by 1900%, fueled by anti-Asian sentiment. | April 8, 2021 | Newswire…

Gregg Gonsalves (2021-04-08). We're at the Beginning of the End of Covid-19. Now What? thenation.com We're at the Beginning of the End of Covid-19. Now What?

Anand Naidoo (2021-04-08). The Heat: Vaccine inequality and Brazil battles COVID-19. america.cgtn.com Vaccinations are ramping up in the U.S., but President Joe Biden warns the country is still in a war against COVID-19. Meanwhile, in Brazil, hospitals and morgues are being stretched to the limit, and the prognosis for other low-income countries is similarly grim, as vaccine distribution continues to be a major challenge.

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-08). Venezuela Rolls Out Economic Support as COVID-19 Infections Spread. zcomm.org The measures include a ban on evictions, a special "stay at home" benefit for two million private-sector workers, and a one-time benefit for 15 million people…

Staff (2021-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2021. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Surge, With Record Daily Infections in India, Turkey and Iran, Brazil's President Rejects Nationwide Lockdown Despite Record COVID-19 Death Toll, Countries Cut Back on AstraZeneca Vaccinations After Reports of Rare Blood Clots, U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Rise, Driven by Young People, Gaza Strip Locks Down Amid COVID Surge and Vaccine Shortage as Cases Plummet in Israel, U.S. Restores Financial Aid to U.N. Relief Agency for Palestine, Biden Names Gun Control Advocate to Lead Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Sen. Joe Manchin Doubles Down on Opposition to We…

webdev (2021-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2021. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Surge, With Record Daily Infections in India, Turkey and Iran, Brazil's President Rejects Nationwide Lockdown Despite Record COVID-19 Death Toll, Countries Cut Back on AstraZeneca Vaccinations After Reports of Rare Blood Clots, U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Rise, Driven by Young People, Gaza Strip Locks Down Amid COVID Surge and Vaccine Shortage as Cases Plummet in Israel, U.S. Restores Financial Aid to U.N. Relief Agency for Palestine, Biden Names Gun Control Advocate to Lead Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Sen. Joe Manchin Doubles Down on Opposition to We…

webdev (2021-04-08). "Vaccine Passports": ACLU Warns of Privacy Nightmare That Could Create "Two-Tiered Society" democracynow.org As people try to find a safe way to gather and travel during the pandemic, there is growing interest in documenting who has been vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19. The World Health Organization has warned so-called vaccine passports may not be an effective way to reopen, and healthcare professionals argue vaccine certificates may further exacerbate vaccine inequality. New York is already testing a digital vaccine passport app made by IBM called the Excelsior Pass, while countries including the U.K. and Israel have issued their own versions of electronic vaccine certificates. The U.S. government has ruled…

Staff (2021-04-08). "Vaccine Passports": ACLU Warns of Privacy Nightmare That Could Create "Two-Tiered Society" democracynow.org As people try to find a safe way to gather and travel during the pandemic, there is growing interest in documenting who has been vaccinated or tested negative for COVID-19. The World Health Organization has warned so-called vaccine passports may not be an effective way to reopen, and healthcare professionals argue vaccine certificates may further exacerbate vaccine inequality. New York is already testing a digital vaccine passport app made by IBM called the Excelsior Pass, while countries including the U.K. and Israel have issued their own versions of electronic vaccine certificates. The U.S. government has ruled…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-08). COVID-19 roadmap for reopening could lead to a third wave in England. imperial.ac.uk The current roadmap out of lockdown for England could lead to an extra 15,700 deaths by next summer, according to Imperial's latest modelling.

MEE, agencies (2021-04-08). Covid-19: Turkey reports highest daily case rate since pandemic began. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Turkey reports highest daily case rate since pandemic began | Turkey recorded nearly 55,000 new coronavirus cases and reported 276 deaths in a 24-hour period | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 18: 12 | Schools and restaurants reopened in early March after a drop in infection rates, but new lockdown measures have been announced (AFP) | Turkey recorded 54,740 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours…

orinocotribune (2021-04-08). Vice President Delcy Rodríguez Explains Measures to Curb Economic Effects of the Pandemic. orinocotribune.com Faced with a worsening severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Venezuela and the world, which has troubled international markets and the Venezuelan economy—also affected by the blockade and the coercive measures imposed by the United States and Europe—the Venezuelan Executive has designed new policies with which to protect economic stability and maintain social services. | In this sense, the Executive Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, detailed this Wednesday, April 7, the set of economic and financial support measures for workers, families, micro and small businesses, which President Nicol…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-08). Fatuous Defence: Australia's Guided Missile Plans. dissidentvoice.org Even in times of pandemic crises, some things never change. While Australia gurgles and bumbles slowly with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, there are other priorities at stake. Threat inflators are receiving much interest in defence, and the media is feeding on it with a drunken enthusiasm. We live in a dangerous environment, and think-tankers, parliamentarians …

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). U.S. lags in tracking coronavirus variants: media. ecns.cn The United States lags behind many other countries in employing the essential tool of gene sequencing for keeping abreast of COVID-19 variants, thus increasing the risk of a variant possibly spreading undetected, reported USA TODAY on Wednesday.

Joel S. Hirschhorn (2021-04-08). COVID Scandal: Feds Ignored 2016 Law Requiring Use of Real World Evidence. globalresearch.ca Here is the scandal. In 2016 under the Obama administration, Congress …

Zachary Conti (2021-04-08). 260 Faith, Labor and Development Groups Press IMF, G20 and White House on COVID Response. indybay.org Ahead of Spring IMF and World Bank Meetings, World's Largest Unions, Human Rights Groups, Environmental and Religious Institutions Call for Aid, Debt Relief, Access to Emergency Reserves and Climate Protections…

Philippe Marlière (2021-04-08). As Covid cases in France surge, Macron's superman image is fading fast. zcomm.org The French president has imposed a national lockdown, but he still won't own up to his mistakes and broken promises…

MEE staff (2021-04-08). Israel 'flagrantly violated' obligations to vaccinate Palestinians, Amnesty says. middleeasteye.net Israel 'flagrantly violated' obligations to vaccinate Palestinians, Amnesty says | Rights group says failure to vaccinate Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and Gaza is a sign of 'institutionalised discrimination' | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 16: 52 | For Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank and Israeli-blockaded Gaza, the vaccination rollout has lagged far behind (AFP) | Amnesty International has accused…

WSWS (2021-04-08). Michigan signals the emergence of a B.1.1.7 pandemic in the United States. wsws.org The CDC has stated that the B.1.1.7 variant, also known as the UK variant, is driving the current surge in coronavirus in the United States. It has become the dominant variant in hard-hit states in the Northeast and Midwest.

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-08). AFT, NEA protest new anti-virus school reopening guidelines. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—The nation's two big teachers unions are protesting Biden administration guidance which says students returning to reopened schools can sit only three feet from each other, not six, but only after schools take other measures to combat potential community spread of the coronavirus. One protest came in a formal letter from Teachers (AFT) President Randi …

WSWS (2021-04-08). Ontario's health system increasingly overwhelmed by pandemic's third wave. wsws.org Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced a totally ineffectual stay-at-home order yesterday in response to growing warnings from doctors that the pandemic's third wave has brought the province's hospitals to the brink of collapse.

Taroa Zuniga Silva (2021-04-08). Migrant women are holding society together during this pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Throughout the past year, as the epidemic has ravaged the world, domestic workers, the bulk of whom are migrant women, have shouldered extremely heavy burdens. At the same time, their working conditions have taken a turn for the worse…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). After 23-day hunger strike, undocumented workers in New York win USD 2.1 billion in assistance. peoplesdispatch.org The protests, organized by the Fund Excluded Workers campaign, sought to deliver benefits to undocumented workers who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The victory has been hailed but activist groups say more needs to be done…

MP-IDSA (2021-04-08). India-EU Partnership: Can The Unfulfilled Potential Be Realized? — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Ashok Sajjanhar* | The 16th India-European Union (EU) Summit meeting will take place in Porto, Portugal on May 8, 2021. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will get an opportunity to interact with leaders of all 27 EU Member States and also confer with Charles Michel, President of the European Council, as well as Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission. | Both India and the EU have been keen to maintain the momentum in their bilateral interactions, despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. The two sides, for instance, met in a virtual format in July 2020. India-EU interactions have taken pla…

_____ (2021-04-08). The Capitol Raid And Pandemic Can Help Us Empathize With Venezuelans. popularresistance.org The January 6th raid on the Capitol and the pandemic that has upended the lives of every American seemingly have nothing to do with Venezuela. But the effects they had on U.S. political and economic stability offer a glimpse into what Venezuelans have been going through for the past several years of failed coups and sanctions. | Remember how January 6th felt? The shock, confusion and fear. The constant refreshing of Twitter feeds or eyes glued to cable news, watching a bunch of extremists attempt to overthrow the government. The not knowing what was going to happen next and whether it would impact our daily lives…

Peter Koenig (2021-04-08). SPARS Pandemic 2025-2028: A Repeat Rehearsal of Event 201? globalresearch.ca "At the end, what the 4th Industrial Revolution will lead …

Pip Hinman (2021-04-08). Labor's policy conference fails to put Morrison under pressure. greenleft.org.au Alex Bainbridge argues that the Labor party's stage-managed policy conference demonstrated that Anthony Albanese plans to continue its "small target" strategy, offering working people very little in a pandemic recession and climate emergency.

Sharon Zhang (2021-04-08). Amazon Illegally Fired Activist Employees, Labor Board Finds. zcomm.org The National Labor Relations Board has found that Amazon illegally fired two employees who spoke out about the company's climate impact and labor practices during the pandemic.

WSWS (2021-04-08). Autoworkers speak out against 84-hour workweek for skilled trades at Sterling Heights Assembly Plant: "It seems like torture" wsws.org Inside the plant, anger is simmering among both skilled trades and production workers, who have been subjected to months of forced overtime even as the virus spreads out of control.

pyeverino (2021-04-08). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series. dsausa.org RSVP Here Around the world, Black-led movements are raising the stakes in our collective struggles. This discussion series with leading Black and Indigenous militants from across Brazil spotlights their experiences in organizing against state violence, workplace exploitation, and structural racism everywhere from education to healthcare. Today's movements facing neo-fascism, militarization, and an unprecedented public health…

Ashley Curtin (2021-04-08). New study finds correlation between specific pesticides and central nervous system tumors in children. nationofchange.org "Policy interventions to reduce pesticide exposure in individuals residing near agricultural fields should be considered to protect the health of children."

Dan Bacher (2021-04-08). Over 1600 gallons of oil spilled in Inglewood Oil Field; oil and gas scorecard released. indybay.org "Yesterday's oil spill is a deadly reminder that the environmental racism that's shaped and harmed Black, Indigenous, and people of color continues to put our health at risk," said Martha Dina Arguello, STAND-LA Coalition and Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los Angeles.

MISES (2021-04-08). Monetary Policy In America Is A Mess: Things Are Even Worse In Europe — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Brendan Brown* | High inflation takes off where political forces are too strong to permit the implementation of harsh remedial measures with respect to taxation and monetary policy such as to prevent an implosion of the national currency. In the contemporary global financial marketplace, there has been fluctuating concern about the US heading toward this point, albeit at a highly uncertain date, as evidenced by waves of attack last spring, summer, and autumn on the US dollar. In reality, though, the long-run inflation threat level is higher in Europe than the US. | Any substantial European remedial action s…

Amy Forliti, Steve Karnowski, Tammy Webber (2021-04-08). Expert testifies Floyd expired due to lack of oxygen. peoplesworld.org MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a lack of oxygen from being pinned facedown on the pavement with his hands cuffed behind him, a medical expert testified Thursday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial. Floyd's breathing while he was being held down by Chauvin and other officers was too shallow to take in …

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Court Upholds $10 Million Judgment Against Bolivian Leaders for 2003 Massacre. orinocotribune.com April 6, 2021, Miami — Yesterday, a federal judge rejected an attempt by Bolivia's former president, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, and former defense minister, José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, to vacate a $10 million damages award against them for the massacre of unarmed Indigenous people in 2003. A jury found the former officials liable under the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) in April 2018, after a month-long trial that included six days of jury deliberations. The trial marked the first time in U.S. history that a former head of state sat before his accusers in a U.S. human rights trial. In an unusual move…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Cuba: First Stage of Phase III Trial with Soberana 02 Concludes. orinocotribune.com The study's principal researcher, Dr. María Eugenia Toledo, stated that so far the results of the process are "encouraging in terms of the safety of the product and the immune response." | The first stage of phase III clinical trial of the Cuban Soberana 02

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-08). International experts inform transparent use of algorithms at policy hackathon. imperial.ac.uk Greater algorithmic transparency in the public sector was the focus of a policy hackathon organised by The Forum and the think tank Reform.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). COVID-19 origin-tracing politicized by other countries including U.S.: FM spokesperson. ecns.cn The COVID-19 origin-tracing was indeed tainted by politics, not by China, but by certain countries including the United States, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Canada's Ontario announces one-month lockdown as COVID-19 continues rampaging. ecns.cn Ontario province declared its third state of emergency Wednesday afternoon since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Global experts see COVID-19 lockdown in Wuhan last year as 'timely, wise step'. ecns.cn After a 76-day lockdown against COVID-19, China's central megacity of Wuhan was finally reconnected with the rest of the world on April 8, 2020. One year on, China has made enormous efforts to contain the pandemic and contributed to the global battle against the virus.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). Xi urges Germany, EU to cooperate with China to bring more certainty, stability to world. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday urged Germany and the European Union (EU) to make joint efforts with China to protect and promote the healthy and stable development of their cooperation, so as to bring more certainty and stability to the volatile world.

ecns.cn (2021-04-08). China issues guideline on easing market access in Hainan free trade port. ecns.cn China on Thursday issued a guideline to support easing market access in the Hainan free trade port in its latest effort to build the resort island into a globally influential, high-level free trade port.

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-07). The WHO Confirms that the Covid-19 PCR Test is Flawed: Estimates of "Positive Cases" are Meaningless. The Lockdown Has No Scientific Basis. globalresearch.ca One year later the WHO retracts. They don't say "We Made a Mistake". It's carefully formulated. While they do not officially deny the validity of their misleading January 2020 guidelines, they recommend RT-PCR "Re-testing" (which everybody knows is an impossibility).

Eurasia Review (2021-04-07). One In Ten Have Long-Term Effects 8 Months Following Mild COVID-19. eurasiareview.com Eight months after mild COVID-19, one in ten people still has at least one moderate to severe symptom that is perceived as having a negative impact on their work, social or home life. The most common long-term symptoms are a loss of smell and taste and fatigue. This is according to a study published in the journal JAMA, conducted by researchers at Danderyd Hospital and Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. | Since spring 2020, researchers at Danderyd Hospital and Karolinska Institutet have conducted the so-called COMMUNITY study, with the main purpose of examining immunity after COVID-19. In the first phase of the…

Brasil de Fato (2021-04-07). Brazil breaks record with 4,195 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours. peoplesdispatch.org As Brazil breaks records with numbers of deaths and confirmed cases, a study done by PoderData reveals that significant sectors of Brazilian society believe that Bolsonaro is responsible for the health crisis…

Bill Sardi (2021-04-07). Dr. Ryan Cole Blows the Whole COVID-19 Propaganda Away. globalresearch.ca Dr. Ryan Cole is the CEO and Medical Director of Cole …

teleSUR (2021-04-07). 'Bolsonaro Is a Global Treat' Lula Says On the World Health Day. telesurenglish.net On World Health Day, the National Council of Health Secretaries (CONASS) informed that Brazil registered 4,195 deaths from COVID-19, the highest number of deaths in one day so far. | RELATED: | Despite the critical situation the Brazilian health system is going through, President Jair Bolsonaro ruled out the implementation of a national lockdown and the enforcement of epidemiological measures. | "The Brazilian army will not…

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