2021-04-09: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-04-09). Asia emerges as a new epicenter of the global COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org The coronavirus knows no borders and needs no passport, and in the fight to stop it, workers in all countries face the same essential political problems.

Reynard Loki (2021-04-09). 'Sacrifice Zones': How People of Color Are Targets of Environmental Racism. counterpunch.org The Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how systemic racism disproportionately places danger and harm on low-income and minority populations. One harsh reality of this systemic racism is the existence of "sacrifice zones," which are communities located near pollution hot spots that have been permanently impaired by intensive and concentrated industrial

WSWS (2021-04-09). As pandemic surges, New York City mayor makes it harder to close schools with COVID-19 outbreaks. wsws.org Even though the latest surge of the pandemic has been driven primarily by the spread of more infectious and lethal variants in schools, the drive to reopen schools and keep them open continues apace.

Pavan Kulkarni (2021-04-09). Court hearing of Communist Party of Kenya members postponed to Monday. peoplesdispatch.org The court hearing of 12 members of the Communist Party of Kenya who were detained on Wednesday has been postponed. The police action against them came as the party was organizing a movement against the skewed COVID-19 strategy of the government…

Alan MacLeod (2021-04-09). The Coming Antibiotic-Resistance Pandemic that Could Make COVID Look Like the Flu. globalresearch.ca Big pharmaceutical companies have not come out of COVID-19 looking like …

Socorro Diaz (2021-04-09). Protect Care Workers…You'll Probably Need Us One Day. counterpunch.org I'm a domestic worker. You can just imagine how badly COVID-19 has impacted my income. Clients, especially elderly people, were suddenly uncomfortable with letting outside people into their homes for fear of contracting the virus. A lot of my work dried up. I feed my children only by the grace of God — and the

Tim Wheeler (2021-04-09). Native Americans help residents of a Washington State county get COVID vaccinations. peoplesworld.org SEQUIM, WA.—Clallam County residents by the thousands have driven through the checkpoints at Carrie Blake Park here to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations thanks to the skill and dedication of the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe. Clallam County has the highest vaccination rate in Washington State and public health authorities give credit to the tribe for organizing the …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-09). Greta Thunberg Says She'll Skip UN Climate Conference Over Covid-19 Vaccine Inequity. commondreams.org "Of course I would love to attend the Glasgow #COP26," she tweeted Friday. "But not unless everyone can take part on the same terms." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/chill-donald-thunberg_0_0.jpg

Alan MacLeod (2021-04-09). The Coming Antibiotic-Resistance Pandemic that Could Make COVID Look Like the Flu. orinocotribune.com By Alan Macleod — Apr 6, 2021 | While the Global South overprescribes antibiotics, in the West farm animals are pumped full of them, farmers even giving them to healthy animals so they can be packed tighter in ever-increasing herd sizes. | GENEVA — Big pharmaceutical companies have not come out of COVID-19 looking like model global citizens. Pfizer has been

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuela to Start Production of Cuba's Abdala COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com The Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, confirmed that the South American nation is fine-tuning details, and will soon start production of a COVID-19 vaccine. This was reported by the top official during a tour of the Espromed Bio plant, located in the city of Guarenas, Miranda state. | In her statements, she recalled that an agreement was recently signed for the production of insulin in that particular plant, with a Russian manufacturer. Now, preparations are directed towards the manufacture of the drug to fight the coronavirus, to move Venezuela forward towards mass immunization. | "We have been accom…

Alex MacDonald (2021-04-09). Quilliam: British 'counter-extremist' group closes citing lack of funds. middleeasteye.net Quilliam: British 'counter-extremist' group closes citing lack of funds | Co-founder Maajid Nawaz says on Twitter that the Covid-19 pandemic hit the 'non-profit' organisation hard | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 16: 04 | Maajid Nawaz, Quilliam's co-founder, at an event in New York (AFP) | British "counter-extremist" organisation Quilliam has announced that it is closing down, citing financial hardship. | In…

webdev (2021-04-09). How Cuba Beat the Pandemic: From Developing New Vaccines to Sending Doctors Overseas to Help Others. democracynow.org Since last year, approximately 440 Cubans have died from COVID-19, giving Cuba one of the lowest death rates per capita in the world. Cuba is also developing five COVID-19 vaccines, including two which have entered stage 3 trials. Cuba has heavily invested in its medical and pharmaceutical system for decades, in part because of the six-decade U.S. embargo that has made it harder for Cuba to import equipment and raw materials from other countries. That investment, coupled with the country's free, universal healthcare system, has helped Cuba keep the virus under control and quickly develop vaccines against it, says…

webdev (2021-04-09). Amnesty Int'l: COVID-19 Exacerbates Inequality in Americas as U.S. Policy Drives Refugees to Border. democracynow.org A new Amnesty International report lays out how the pandemic has significantly exacerbated inequality across the Americas over the past year. Over 1.3 million people have died in the region from COVID-19, making the Americas the hardest-hit area in the world. Women, refugees, migrants, underprotected health workers, Indigenous peoples, Black people and other groups historically excluded and neglected by governments have borne the brunt of the pandemic, according to the report, which also points out the rise in gender violence and lethal crackdown on human rights defenders. "It's not a surprise that the Americas h…

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). China contributes to global anti-pandemic drive by bridging 'vaccine divide'. ecns.cn "Vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community," United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said. At a time when COVID-19 is ravaging the Middle East countries, China has withstood the test.

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuelan Senior Citizens Begin to Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations (Sputnik V). orinocotribune.com In the early hours of the morning of this Thursday, Venezuelans older than 60 years of age, selected through the Patria System, began to arrive for the start of the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign, carried out at Ana Francisca Pérez de León II and Domingo Luciani hospitals, both located in the Sucre municipality of Miranda state (Caracas). | Dr. Zayra Medina, director of Pérez de León II hospital, was in charge of welcoming the patients who would receive the first dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, shown to be 92% effective in studies, without presenting major side effects. | In strict compliance with all…

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). 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.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). India registers fresh high of 126,789 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, tally at 12,928,574. ecns.cn As many as 126,789 new COVID-19 cases were registered in the past 24 hours in India, according to the official data released by the federal health ministry on Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). 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 (2021-04-09). 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 (2021-04-09). 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.

WSWS (2021-04-09). Workers Struggles: Europe, Middle East & Africa. wsws.org UK bus drivers 24-hour strike at London United while French drivers at same company walk out over pay and privatisation; strikes in Belgium by childcare workers over Covid safety, prison officers and social workers over workload; resident doctors across Nigeria strike since April 8 over salary arrears…

Johanna Fernández (2021-04-09). The Only Treatment is Freedom: Mumia Abu-Jamal and COVID. counterpunch.org History is not merely something to be read. And it does not refer merely, or even principally, to the past. On the contrary, the great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us, are unconsciously controlled by it in many ways, and history is literally in the present in all

Anthony Hall (2021-04-09). The Covid Vaccine Is an Integral Part of "The Great Reset" globalresearch.ca It seems increasingly likely that the COVID jabs are part of …

Global Research News (2021-04-09). Selected Articles: The Covid Vaccine Is an Integral Part of "The Great Reset" globalresearch.ca By It seems increasingly likely that the COVID jabs are part of a much larger set of interlocking projects sometimes described as "the …

Cesar Chelala (2021-04-09). Yemen is a Public Health Catastrophe. counterpunch.org The war in Yemen -the Arab world's poorest country- has reached new heights of sickness and death by the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic in a vulnerable and fragile population. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could be greater than the combined toll of war, disease and hunger over the last five years, according

Kenn Orphan (2021-04-09). How the Pandemic Laid Bare the Cruelties of Capitalism. counterpunch.org One thing this pandemic has demonstrated in stark terms is class struggle. Those people deemed essential, though often applauded in public, have been treated as expendable. In truth, they were always treated this way. But this last year has made this struggle visible for anyone paying attention. The medical staff, grocery clerks, janitors, sanitation workers,

Juan Cole (2021-04-09). More CO2 in our Atmosphere now than any time since 3.6 mn Years Ago, when Oceans were 90 feet higher (that's our fate). juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — In a scientific shocker, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that despite the slowdown in carbon dioxide emissions in 2020 because of the pandemic, the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere rose to a global average of 412.5 parts per million (ppm) from 410 in 2019. At the …

Ana Soley (2021-04-09). Colectivo Coffee workers fight for a union. liberationnews.org Colectivo Coffee workers had been struggling to unionize 21 cafes, production and bakery locations in Milwaukee, Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin, since before the pandemic began.

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Prince Philip of Edinburgh Died in London. telesurenglish.net Prince Philip of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II of England for 72 years, died in London at the age of 99. | RELATED: | This happened on Friday morning at King Edward VII hospital to which he was transferred on Tuesday night from Windsor Castle where he had been confined since the start of the pandemic. | Philip of Edinburgh was the father of four children, grandfather of eight grandchildren, and great-gr…

Jim Hightower (2021-04-09). The End of Trickle-Down Economics. counterpunch.org The past year proves that a lot of conventional economic wisdom is neither true nor wise. For example: 1) "We don't have the money." The power elites tell us it would be nice to do the big-ticket reforms America needs, but the money just isn't there. Then a pandemic slammed into America, and suddenly trillions

WSWS (2021-04-09). As US Department of Labor reports 896,000 combined unemployment claims last week, states move to impose new restrictions. wsws.org As millions of people continue to look for steady, safe work amid the latest deadly surge in the pandemic, states are moving forward with reimposing unemployment restrictions and processing evictions.

oliviaalperstein (2021-04-09). Pouring Money into the Pentagon Can't Prevent Another Pandemic. ips-dc.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 9, 2021 | Press Contact: Olivia Alperstein, (202) 704-9011 | "Pouring Money into the Pentagon Can't Prevent Another Pandemic, | Stop Climate Change, or Build a Fair Economy": | National Priorities Project at the Institute for Policy Studies | Responds to Biden's Skinny Budget: | Washington, D.C. — On April 9, President Joe Biden unveiled the FY 2022 "skinny budget." While not a full breakdown, the "skinny budget" offers a critical glimpse at topline spending and speaks volumes about the administration's priorities. | The National Priorities Project at the Institute…

Dean Baker (2021-04-09). A Vaccine Summit: Taking the Pandemic Seriously. cepr.net You might think that, after a year in which have seen millions of deaths and tens of millions of infections, and trillions of dollars in economic losses, our leaders would take the pandemic seriously. But apparently, that is too much to ask. To my view, taking the pandemic seriously means doing everything we can to …

Eurasia Review (2021-04-09). Treating Sleep Apnea May Reduce Dementia Risk. eurasiareview.com A new study finds older adults who received positive airway pressure therapy prescribed for obstructive sleep apnea may be less likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and other kinds of dementia. | Researchers from Michigan Medicine's Sleep Disorders Centers analyzed Medicare claims of more than 50,000 Medicare beneficiaries ages 65 and older who had been diagnosed with OSA. In this nationally representative study, they examined if those people who used positive airway pressure therapy were less likely to receive a new diagnosis of dementia or mild cognitive impairment over the next 3 years, compared to people…

Patricia Gorky (2021-04-09). New law puts Arkansas state government at forefront of bigoted anti-trans offensive. liberationnews.org Arkansas politicians overrode a gubernatorial veto this week to criminalize gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth. This marks the first anti-trans healthcare bill to become state law as part of a national offensive by the bigoted right wing. Trans youth already in the middle of receiving treatment will cruelly be deprived of necessary healthcare. The bill …

Patricia Gorky (2021-04-09). New law puts Arkansas state government at forefront of bigoted anti-trans offensive. liberationnews.org Arkansas politicians overrode a gubernatorial veto this week to criminalize gender-affirming healthcare for trans youth.

Dan Bacher (2021-04-09). 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.

Jeffrey Kaye (2021-04-09). New Revelations on Germ Warfare: It's Time for a Reckoning with Our History from the Korean War. counterpunch.org The New York Times, which for years has maintained that U.S. airmen's statements about use of biological weapons during the Korean War were "false confessions" obtained by Chinese and North Korean torture, never acknowledged the following submission sent to its opinion section in November 2020. I am publishing the article instead at CounterPunch, which is

Emily Denny (2021-04-09). New Montana bills 'declare war on wolves, bears, other carnivores' say wildlife supporters. peoplesworld.org A flurry of bills has recently been introduced to Montana's state legislature that reduces restrictions on the killing of grizzly bears and wolves — two predators which have historically struggled to survive in the state. One such bill is SB 98, put forward by Republican Sen. Bruce Gillespie, which would expand the state law allowance for …

Ebrahim Deen (2021-04-09). Egyptian Foreign policy under Sisi: diminishing independence in the service of dictatorship. juancole.com Johannesburg (Special to Informed Comment) — Egyptian foreign policy under the tutelage of Egyptian president Abdul Fattah El-Sisi has seen the country lose much of its independence in an attempt to secure gulf aid and in the service of combating the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. In addition, the country's myriad domestic challenges has seen its influence …

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). New York State hikes taxes on rich, businesses to raise more funds. ecns.cn New York State would collect billions of additional tax dollars from rich people and corporations each year in order to secure funds for expensive spending amid the pandemic, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-09). 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.

Pascual Serrano (2021-04-09). La "cepa estadounidense" del COVID-19. globalizacion.ca Por regla general, la trascendencia internacional de la política de un gobierno se limita a los países colindantes o los de su región, solo en algunos temas sus decisiones tienen una proyección global con asuntos como el calentamiento global o…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-04-09). Imperial remembers the Duke of Edinburgh. imperial.ac.uk Buckingham Palace has announced the death of the Duke of Edinburgh aged 99. The Duke was made an honorary Doctor of Science by Imperial in 2007.

A Guest Author (2021-04-09). Web head: U.S. Army unleashes 'Defender-Europe 21'. workers.org By Manlio Dinucci, Published in Il Manifesto March 30. Translation: John Catalinotto. Not everything in Europe is paralyzed by the anti-COVID lockdown: In fact, the mammoth annual exercise of the U.S. Army, Defender-Europe, which until June mobilized on European territory, and beyond this, tens of thousands of soldiers with thousands . . . |

A Guest Author (2021-04-09). U.S. Army unleashes 'Defender-Europe 21'. workers.org By Manlio Dinucci Published in Il Manifesto March 30. Translation: John Catalinotto. Not everything in Europe is paralyzed by the anti-COVID lockdown: In fact, the mammoth annual exercise of the U.S. Army, Defender-Europe, which until June mobilized on European territory, and beyond this, tens of thousands of soldiers with thousands . . . |

Peter Koenig (2021-04-09). Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination and the SPARS 2025-2028 Simulation? A Plan to Launch a New Pandemic? globalresearch.ca Compulsory Vaccination in Europe | Today the European Court of Human Rights …

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.

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