Daily Archives: April 19, 2021

2021-04-19: News Headlines

RT (2021-04-19). Biden shuts migrant center for underage girls two weeks after opening, amid reports of 'unbearable' conditions. rt.com Joe Biden's administration has closed a migrant shelter located at a warehouse in Houston housing hundreds of unaccompanied underage girls, after media reported conditions there were "unbearable." | The Houston area shelter operated by the National Association of Christian Churches (NACC) saw a flurry of activity over the weekend as buses arrived and departed to transfer some 500 young girls living there elsewhere, video shot by ABC News showed. | Nearly 130 of the girls were expected to be handed over to the care of a sponsor, while others were set to be transferred to different facilities or reunited with re…

news.un (2021-04-19). COVID-19: Greta Thunberg contributes 100,000 Euros to vaccine equity initiative. news.un.org The teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg has donated 100,000 Euros to boost global efforts to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to anyone, anywhere, who needs them, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Monday.

Pan Africanism Today Secretariat (2021-04-19). How profits are maximized at the expense of workers' lives in South Africa. peoplesdispatch.org "I am angry. We should be fighting against economic exploitation but instead we are fighting for basic things like health and safety," declared a worker participating in a recent shop steward induction workshop organized by the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa). Pan Africanism Today spoke to Vuyolwethu Toli, Numsa Education Officer at Jack Charles Bezuidenhout (JC Bez) Region, about the ongoing struggles and deficiencies of occupational health and safety practices in South African workplaces during the COVID-19 pandemic. | Pan Africanism Today: What are the most common occupational health pr…

WSWS (2021-04-19). India hit by tsunami of COVID-19 infections as daily new cases surpass 250,000. wsws.org The surge in infections is a direct result of the Modi government's policy of reopening the economy to boost corporate profits and its deliberate downplaying of the pandemic threat.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Sà£o Paulo reopens schools, eases restrictions amid mass COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The Sà£o Paulo government has relied on the complicity of the state teachers' union, APEOESP, which has refused to call a strike against school reopenings.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Two BNSF workers died this month due to COVID-19 and work accident. wsws.org The railroad companies have been pushing for cost-cutting measures, including one-person crews and the lengthening of train lengths to up to three miles, in order to deal with port congestion on the Pacific Coast in response to record delays.

Juan Cole (2021-04-19). The Saudi Lobby is Coming for You, Small Town America. juancole.com By Ben Freeman, Brian Steiner and Leila Riazi | — ( Tomdispatch.com) — 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 …

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-04-19). CDC Violated Law to Inflate COVID Cases and Fatalities. globalresearch.ca In this interview, Dr. Henry Ealy, ND, BCHN, better known as …

Subodh Varma (2021-04-19). Modi government vs COVID-19: A shambolic fight. peoplesdispatch.org About one and a half months ago, 0n March 1, 2021, India recorded 12,286 new COVID-19 cases. On April 16, the new cases number touched 234,000. That's a nearly 20-fold jump in six weeks. Nothing can sum up the ferocity of this second wave of the pandemic. Daily new cases are more than twice the peak in September last year. [See chart below, based on | The total number of deaths has crossed 175,000 since the pandemi…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-19). Syria to hold presidential elections in May. peoplesdispatch.org The elections will be held on May 26 amid a deteriorating economic situation, badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic sanctions imposed by the US and the European Union and the decade of war in the country…

WSWS (2021-04-19). Chicago Public Schools, teachers union reopen high schools in spite of growth of deadly new COVID-19 variant. wsws.org The outcome of the vote reflects teachers' knowledge that the CTU, which rammed through the reopening of elementary and middle schools last February, will do nothing to organize a struggle.

RT (2021-04-19). Cuomo facing NEW probe into alleged use of state resources to write his book on Covid-19 leadership. rt.com New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found himself dealing with yet another public controversy as the state's attorney general is now investigating whether any state resources went into the governor's book. | In a letter made public on Monday, state Comptroller Tim DiNapoli gave permission to state Attorney General Leticia James to investigate the accusations. James' office has not publicly commented on the matter, citing an "ongoing investigation." | DiNapoli asked James to investigate whether Cuomo violated laws that restrict officials from using public resources for personal benefit. Spokespeople for Cuomo have a…

RT (2021-04-19). Michigan Gov. Whitmer, who sought 'grace' when aide vacationed in Florida, blames returning 'snowbirds' for Covid-19 case surge. rt.com Governor Gretchen Whitmer is blaming "snowbirds" returning from winter Florida trips for Michigan's spike in Covid-19 infections, just days after calling for "grace" when a top staffer was caught escaping to the Sunshine State. | "At the end of the day, this is going to come down to whether or not everyone does their part," Whitmer

Derrick Z. Jackson (2021-04-19). Structural Racism Continues to Beset Pandemic Response. commondreams.org All across the nation, online signups for shots have been far easier for white-collar families with fast computers and high-speed Internet. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/covid-vaccination-check-in.jpg

news.un (2021-04-19). World on the verge of climate 'abyss', as temperature rise continues: UN chief. news.un.org The Earth's temperature continues to rise unabated, with 2020 being one of the three warmest years on record, as extreme weather events combine with the COVID-19 pandemic, impacting millions.

Iván Restrepo (2021-04-19). Día de la Tierra: Nada para festejar. globalizacion.ca Los encabezados de los principales diarios del país y el inicio de los noticieros de la televisión son en su mayoría negativos: el Covid-19, la corrupción, los problemas económicos que aquejan a millones y un ambiente político que destaca por…

Andrea Mazzarino (2021-04-19). The Pentagon Is Not Taking Covid Seriously Enough. thenation.com The Pentagon Is Not Taking Covid Seriously Enough…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-19). Coronavirus Strikes Papua New Guinea — OpEd. eurasiareview.com There was a time when it seemed Papua New Guinea had managed to dodge a bullet. Instances of SARS-CoV-2 were minimal, along with its disease, COVID-19. Through 2020, the country of eight million people recorded a mere 900 cases. The World Health Organization

South Asia Monitor (2021-04-19). Russia Holds The Key To India's Eurasian Policy — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Lt Gen (Dr) Yash Malhotra (retd)* | A recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post (13 March 2021), written jointly by the Quad leaders, President Joe Biden of the US, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison and Yashihide Suga of India, Australia and Japan respectively, morphs the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD or the Quad) to a "Quad Framework" hailed by Modi as a "force for global good". | It inter alia includes climate change, critical and new technologies, and handling of Covid-19 pandemic, while remaining committed to: "…. a shared vision for an Indo-Pacific Region that is free, open, resili…

Gateway House (2021-04-19). The 1918 Flu: India's Worst Pandemic — Analysis. eurasiareview.com The 20th century's worst pandemic — Spanish Flu — erupted in March 1918 in Camp Funston (Kansas, U.S.) during the Great War. Much like Covid-19 it spread globally at an astonishing pace. Its Second Autumnal Wave took about 30 million lives in four months, half of those in India. It's sheer virulence and high mortality makes this virus the correct analogy for Covid-19: | By Sifra Lentin* | Death arrived in many forms in 1918. India was laid low by famines made worse by First World War requisitions of food grains from the Subcontinent, endemic cholera, typhoid and small-pox outbreaks, miasmic…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-19). Coronavirus Strikes Papua New Guinea. southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark | There was a time when it seemed Papua New Guinea had managed to dodge a bullet. Instances of SARS-CoV-2 were minimal, along with its disease, COVID-19. Through 2020, the country of eight million people recorded a mere 900 cases. The World Health Organization

Rosalind English (2021-04-19). Latest Law Pod UK episode: 100 days since UK's withdrawal from the EU — a review. ukhumanrightsblog.com In her latest episode of 2903cb, Professor Catherine Barnard looks back on the past 100+ days since the UK withdrew from the EU. The dire forecasts of chaos at our borders have not been realised, and the doomsayers of Brexit have probably got it wrong. The Covid effect has obviously been dramatic. The economy is …

Yusuf Selman Inanc (2021-04-19). Covid-19 in Turkey: Where did it go wrong? middleeasteye.net Covid-19 in Turkey: Where did it go wrong? | Cases and deaths are hitting record highs as criticism of the government's pandemic response grows ever louder | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 12: 54 | Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gives a press conference next to a map of Turkey with Covid-19 figures, at the presidential complex, Ankara, on 29 March 2021 (Adem Altan/AFP) | Despite swift ear…

Subrata Majumder (2021-04-19). US Investment Rises In India Despite COVID-19, While Japan Sees Decrease: Digital Transformation Paved The Way — Analysis. eurasiareview.com While American investors were upbeat in India, despite Covid 19 ravaging the economy, Japanese investors slipped into coma. Both are among the five top foreign investors in India. While US investment in India surged by 297.2 percent in 2020 over the preceding year, Japanese investment fell by 59.4 percent during the same period. In 2019, investment from the USA and Japan were neck-to-neck, with a marginal increase of USA investment over that of Japan. | The truth behind the paradox is the USA's challenge to bid India's new age economy, driven by the digital economy. India announced 1 trillion of economic value…

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-04-19). Wednesday Mission District Sharing Returns to 16th/Mission BART Plaza. indybay.org San Francisco Food Not Bombs' weekly Wednesday Mission District sharing has resumed its regular format after switching to mobile food distribution at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

Talanna (2021-04-19). Climate Crisis, Freighter Stuck in Suez Canal, & Species Wounding. indybay.org How Climate Crisis is overlooked when it's an important part of headline stories like a Stuck Freighter in Suez Canal & Covid-19 Virus news.

Heribert Prantl, Tobias Riegel (2021-04-19). COVID protests and Weimar Family Court. indybay.org Democracy lives from criticism and protest. | The Weimar Family Court has banned two schools from requiring students to wear masks and take Corona tests – because the children would be harmed "physically, psychologically, pedagogically and in their psychosocial development."

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-04-19). Global Covid Cases Soar to 'Absolutely Staggering' Weekly Record Amid Vaccine Apartheid. commondreams.org "Unless we vaccinate all nations, there is a huge risk that the protection offered by vaccines will be shattered by fresh mutations." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12323037242.jpg

Dr. Joseph Mercola (2021-04-19). Will Vaccinated People be More Vulnerable to Variants? globalresearch.ca As soon as vaccine companies announced they were developing a COVID-19 …

Helen Yaffe (2021-04-19). Cuba libre to be COVID-libre: Five vaccines and counting. mronline.org This pandemic has affirmed that public healthcare needs cannot be adequately met under a profit-based system. | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

Staff (2021-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2021. democracynow.org Police Brutalize Protesters in Minneapolis as Chauvin Trial Moves Toward Verdict, Protests Continue in Chicago over Police Killing of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo, Florida Poised to Pass "Anti-Riot" Bill, Criminalizing Dissent & Blocking Cuts to Police Budgets, Four of the Indianapolis Mass Shooting Victims Were from Sikh Community; Gunman Bought Arms Legally, Mass Shootings in Texas, Wisconsin Claim at Least 6 Lives in One Day, Globe Tops 3 Million COVID Deaths as India and Brazil Struggle to Contain Devastating Surges, CDC to Issue Guidance for J&J Vaccine After Pause over Blood Clot Reports, Alexei Navalny Transfer…

WSWS (2021-04-19). UK capital London centre of new Covid-19 variants, as R value rises above 1. wsws.org The South African variant has the potential to start a new wave of the pandemic, especially as several of those infected had received at least one shot of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Wuhan builds pandemic treatment center. ecns.cn A provincial-level pandemic treatment center is being built at a hospital in Wuhan, the Chinese city hardest hit by COVID-19, and is scheduled to be completed by the end of next year, the president of the hospital said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Over 192 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 192.13 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Sunday, the National Health Commission said Monday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Taiwan people get access to vaccine in Guangdong. ecns.cn Guangdong province, with its many Taiwan compatriots, is offering those from the island the same treatment as their counterparts on the Chinese mainland when it comes to vaccination against COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Asian economies should brace for opportunities and handle deficits: Boao annual reports. ecns.cn Despite being hard hit by COVID-19, Asia's economies have recovered well compared to the rest of the world. However there remain challenges in maintaining sustainable development, according to two reports released by the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Over 189 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday. Enditem…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India. ecns.cn India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week.

Staff (2021-04-19). Venezuela Reports 1,287 New COVID-19 Cases on Sunday. orinocotribune.com Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, heading the working meeting with the presidential team for the prevention and control of COVID-19, this Sunday, April 18, reported that 1,287 new COVID-19 infections from community transmission were registered in the past 24 hours. Caracas was afflicted with the highest number of cases with 162, followed by Yaracuy with 157, and Anzoátegui with 150. | "We are ending the week of flexibility and we must maintain prevention measures," said Rodríguez. "This graph explains the reasons for the measures taken by President Maduro and the positive aspects of these timely actio…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). China in action to make COVID-19 vaccines global public good. ecns.cn Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said Friday that China is fulfilling its solemn commitment to make COVID-19 vaccines a global public good with practical actions.

Subodh Varma (2021-04-19). Modi government vs COVID-19: A shambolic fight. peoplesdispatch.org About one and a half months ago, 0n March 1, 2021, India recorded 12,286 new COVID-19 cases. On April 16, the new cases number touched 234,000. That's a nearly 20-fold jump in six weeks. Nothing can sum up the ferocity of this second wave of the pandemic. Daily new cases are more than twice the peak in September last year. [See chart below, based on | The total number of deaths has crossed 175,000 since the pandemi…

Staff (2021-04-19). Black & Latinx Lieutenant Sues Virginia Cops Who Threatened to Kill Him During Traffic Stop. democracynow.org We speak with the lawyer for a lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps who is suing two Virginia police officers who pepper-sprayed him, pushed him to the ground and pointed their guns at him during a traffic stop at a gas station last December. Video of the encounter has gone viral and shows Caron Nazario, who is a Black and Latino man, was wearing his Army uniform during the stop. When Nazario says he's afraid to get out of his car, one officer responds, "You should be." Nazario says he drove about a mile to the gas station after he noticed a police car flashing its lights at him — a common practice to avoid…

Susan Price (2021-04-19). Video: Against vaccine nationalism with Vijay Prashad and Fatima Hassan. greenleft.org.au This event hosted by the Global Ecosocialist Network presents a conversation with Fatima Hassan (Health Justice Initiative) and Vijay Prashad (Tricontinental Institute for Social Research).

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-04-19). To Expand Democrats' Infrastructure Vision, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Push Green New Deal for Public Housing. commondreams.org Such a plan, said Rep. Jamaal Bowman, "would allow people to live with dignity and respect, to know that our federal government cares about their well-being and their health." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/aoc_sanders_gnd.jpg

Staff (2021-04-19). 'A Slap to WHO': Scientists Demonstrate 'Strong and Consistent' Evidence of Airborne Coronavirus Transmission (The Lancet). orinocotribune.com Although other mechanisms of transmission "may also contribute," the team suggests that airborne transmission is dominant and urges healthcare authorities to act accordingly and "without further delay." | There is "strong and consistent" evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is predominantly airborne, so public health authorities must act accordingly and "without further delay," warns a new article by an international group of scientists published in Although other routes of contagion "may…

John Bachtell (2021-04-19). Cancel it: Biden pressured to eliminate $50,000 student debt per borrower. peoplesworld.org President Joe Biden is under mounting pressure to address the rapidly growing student debt crisis by canceling up to $50,000 in crushing individual student loans. A growing chorus of elected officials and advocates say Biden can cancel the debt through executive action. Also, 415 community, civil rights, climate, health, consumer, labor, food and farm, and …

Staff (2021-04-19). A small-town hospital goes after its union nurses. therealnews.com Instead of resolving short-staffing issues and unsafe working conditions, Lehigh Valley Health Network hospitals in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, are pitting union nurses against non-union staff.

John Feffer (2021-04-19). The Spread of Global Hate. counterpunch.org One insidious way to torture the detainees at Guantanamo was to blast music at them at all hours. The mixtape, which included everything from Metallica to the Meow Mix jingle, was intended to disorient the captives and impress upon them the futility of resistance. It worked: this soundtrack from hell did indeed break several inmates.

RT (2021-04-19). Capitol Police officer media claimed was 'killed' in January 6 riot died of NATURAL CAUSES, says medical examiner. rt.com Officer Brian Sicknick of the US Capitol Police died after suffering two strokes, but there was no evidence of internal or external injuries from the January 6 unrest, the Washington, DC medical examiner has finally revealed. | Sicknick, 42, died after suffering two strokes at the base of the brain stem caused by a clot in an artery, medical examiner Francisco J. Diaz said on Monday. The autopsy found no evidence of internal or external injuries, or an allergic reaction to chemical irritants, Diaz added. | pic.twitter.com/cbWXT2PTkG— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) Anonymous103 (2021-04-19). Biden Blames Russia For The Exact Same "Interference" That US Corporate Media Is Guilty Of. southfront.org Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images | Although obviously not an avid reader or fan of Southfront, Michael Tracey's concise post of April 16th very clearly captures the irony and hypocrisy of the latest round of sanctions announced by the Biden administration. The allegations of "influencing" or "interfering" in the U.S election process that undermined the public's trust in the process was actually carried out on a daily basis by right-leaning corporate media such as Fox News or Newmax. Not to mention corporate media's total censorship of the New York Post's story on the infamous Hunter Biden laptop. Why were…

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WSWS (2021-04-19). India hit by tsunami of COVID-19 infections as daily new cases surpass 250,000. wsws.org The surge in infections is a direct result of the Modi government's policy of reopening the economy to boost corporate profits and its deliberate downplaying of the pandemic threat.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Sà£o Paulo reopens schools, eases restrictions amid mass COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The Sà£o Paulo government has relied on the complicity of the state teachers' union, APEOESP, which has refused to call a strike against school reopenings.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Two BNSF workers died this month due to COVID-19 and work accident. wsws.org The railroad companies have been pushing for cost-cutting measures, including one-person crews and the lengthening of train lengths to up to three miles, in order to deal with port congestion on the Pacific Coast in response to record delays.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Chicago Public Schools, teachers union reopen high schools in spite of growth of deadly new COVID-19 variant. wsws.org The outcome of the vote reflects teachers' knowledge that the CTU, which rammed through the reopening of elementary and middle schools last February, will do nothing to organize a struggle.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Asian economies should brace for opportunities and handle deficits: Boao annual reports. ecns.cn Despite being hard hit by COVID-19, Asia's economies have recovered well compared to the rest of the world. However there remain challenges in maintaining sustainable development, according to two reports released by the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India. ecns.cn India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Taiwan people get access to vaccine in Guangdong. ecns.cn Guangdong province, with its many Taiwan compatriots, is offering those from the island the same treatment as their counterparts on the Chinese mainland when it comes to vaccination against COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Over 189 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday. Enditem…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). China in action to make COVID-19 vaccines global public good. ecns.cn Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said Friday that China is fulfilling its solemn commitment to make COVID-19 vaccines a global public good with practical actions.

Subrata Majumder (2021-04-19). US Investment Rises In India Despite COVID-19, While Japan Sees Decrease: Digital Transformation Paved The Way — Analysis. eurasiareview.com While American investors were upbeat in India, despite Covid 19 ravaging the economy, Japanese investors slipped into coma. Both are among the five top foreign investors in India. While US investment in India surged by 297.2 percent in 2020 over the preceding year, Japanese investment fell by 59.4 percent during the same period. In 2019, investment from the USA and Japan were neck-to-neck, with a marginal increase of USA investment over that of Japan. | The truth behind the paradox is the USA's challenge to bid India's new age economy, driven by the digital economy. India announced 1 trillion of economic value…

South Asia Monitor (2021-04-19). Russia Holds The Key To India's Eurasian Policy — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Lt Gen (Dr) Yash Malhotra (retd)* | A recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post (13 March 2021), written jointly by the Quad leaders, President Joe Biden of the US, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison and Yashihide Suga of India, Australia and Japan respectively, morphs the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD or the Quad) to a "Quad Framework" hailed by Modi as a "force for global good". | It inter alia includes climate change, critical and new technologies, and handling of Covid-19 pandemic, while remaining committed to: "…. a shared vision for an Indo-Pacific Region that is free, open, resili…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-19). Coronavirus Strikes Papua New Guinea — OpEd. eurasiareview.com There was a time when it seemed Papua New Guinea had managed to dodge a bullet. Instances of SARS-CoV-2 were minimal, along with its disease, COVID-19. Through 2020, the country of eight million people recorded a mere 900 cases. The World Health Organization

RT (2021-04-19). Michigan Gov. Whitmer, who sought 'grace' when aide vacationed in Florida, blames returning 'snowbirds' for Covid-19 case surge. rt.com Governor Gretchen Whitmer is blaming "snowbirds" returning from winter Florida trips for Michigan's spike in Covid-19 infections, just days after calling for "grace" when a top staffer was caught escaping to the Sunshine State. | "At the end of the day, this is going to come down to whether or not everyone does their part," Whitmer

WSWS (2021-04-19). UK capital London centre of new Covid-19 variants, as R value rises above 1. wsws.org The South African variant has the potential to start a new wave of the pandemic, especially as several of those infected had received at least one shot of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Hospitals in Germany on the brink of collapse. wsws.org Although coronavirus infections are rising dramatically and scientists and doctors are urgently warning of an overload of the health system, the federal and state governments continue their unscrupulous profits-before-lives policy.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Three million dead from the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org From the beginning of the pandemic, a rational and scientific response has been blocked by the prioritization of personal wealth over social need and the subordination of the necessary global response to national geopolitics.

Staff (2021-04-19). 'A Slap to WHO': Scientists Demonstrate 'Strong and Consistent' Evidence of Airborne Coronavirus Transmission (The Lancet). orinocotribune.com Although other mechanisms of transmission "may also contribute," the team suggests that airborne transmission is dominant and urges healthcare authorities to act accordingly and "without further delay." | There is "strong and consistent" evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is predominantly airborne, so public health authorities must act accordingly and "without further delay," warns a new article by an international group of scientists published in Although other routes of contagion "may…

WSWS (2021-04-19). Scrapping of the ambulance car in Dorset as NHS services slashed across UK. wsws.org The privatization of the National Health Service (NHS) and slashing of vitally needed health provision has leapt during the pandemic as the Conservative government, using emergency coronavirus legislative powers, dispensed with nominal consultative processes, competitive tendering and public scrutiny.

Adam Dick (2021-04-19). If Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine Shots Are Halted Because of Blood Clots, Why Have Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Shots Not Also Been Halted? globalresearch.ca When the United States government's Food and Drug Administration earlier this …

WSWS (2021-04-19). Canada's governments refuse to protect workers' lives as pandemic's third wave surges. wsws.org By prioritizing corporate profits over workers' lives, the federal Liberal and Ontario Conservative governments are ensuring that the virus and its new and more lethal variants will continue to run rampant.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Workers and students in Germany organize successful online meeting to oppose government policy of herd immunity. wsws.org The Rank-and-File Committee for Safe Education and the Rank-and-File Committee for Safe Workplaces held a joint meeting to organize resistance against the pandemic policy of the ruling elite.

Andy Kroll (2021-04-18). How to Make a Gulf Monarchy All-American. tomdispatch.com 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 senators from oil-producing states turned their ire directly on Saudi Arabia. Forget that civil war in Yemen — what about fossil-fuel profits here at home? To address their concerns, Ambassador Bandar Al-Saud agreed to speak with a group of them in a March 18th conference call [mda…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). . ecns.cn American comedian Lee Camp made a rather ironic scene in his program "Redacted Tonight" recently. He came on strong with "critics" of China's COVID-19 control measures, race and human rights issues, then found himself "misreading the script". What he said about China is instead what's happened in America. It turns out Americans cannot stand the farces in America anymore.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India. ecns.cn India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week.

Helen Clark, Joseph Stiglitz,, others (2021-04-18). Dear President Biden, A WTO Waiver Is Vital and Necessary. commondreams.org At the current pace, many countries will be left waiting until at least 2024 to achieve mass Covid-19 immunization. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ref.jpg

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Over 189 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday. Enditem…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese Sinovac vaccine prevents 67 pct of symptomatic COVID-19 infections: Chilean study. ecns.cn The CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac is up to 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, Chile's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

Jake Johnson (2021-04-18). Calls for Biden to Support Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver at WTO. zcomm.org Sen. Bernie Sanders and a group of Democrats on Friday urged President Joe Biden to support an international push to temporarily suspend certain vaccine-related intellectual property rights…

Global Research (2021-04-18). El arma oculta del Lejano Oriente contra la COVID-19. globalizacion.ca Desde la perspectiva confuciana, los occidentales serían muy propensos al individualismo: no sacrificaríamos libertades personales y careceríamos de rigor laboral en favor del grupo familiar, empresarial y nacional. Tampoco resignaríamos demasiado por la salud pública. | El uso del barbijo es…

IDN (2021-04-18). UN Forum Highlights New Initiatives To Tackle Inequalities Exacerbated By Pandemic. eurasiareview.com By Radwan Jakeem | With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders discussed options to unlock concrete investments to support a sustainable and resilient recovery at the The four-day Forum, held under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (

RT (2021-04-18). Oregon may indefinitely extend controversial mask mandate as other states begin to ease Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com As some states begin to lift their Covid-19 measures, Oregon is considering keeping some of its own restrictions for the foreseeable future, reportedly prompting a flood of negative responses from the public. | Michael Wood, the administrator of the state's department of Occupational Safety and Health, said rules requiring masks and social distancing in all businesses in Oregon may be extended indefinitely. The restrictions, which are set to expire on May 4, could be maintained until they are "no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace." | The proposal aims to satisfy state law…

RT (2021-04-18). More than half of all Americans now partially vaccinated, one third fully jabbed up, CDC data shows. rt.com More than half of all American adults have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and a third have been fully inoculated. Yet some groups are still holding out, and the Biden administration is pressing them to get jabbed.

RT (2021-04-18). Fauci blasted for deeming gun violence 'public health issue,' criticizing vaccine hesitancy while backing tough Covid restrictions. rt.com White House advisor Anthony Fauci is being blasted by critics for attacking Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy while continuing to promote restrictions even for those inoculated, and weighing in on gun violence as a "public health issue." | Asked about recent polling showing nearly half of Republicans are still hesitant about receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, White House health advisor Fauci called the trend "frustrating" and "paradoxical." | "It's almost paradoxical that, on the one hand, they want to be relieved of the [public health] restrictions, but, on the other hand, they don't want to get vaccinated. It just almos…

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-04-18). Wednesday Mission District Sharing Returns to 16th/Mission BART Plaza. indybay.org San Francisco Food Not Bombs' weekly Wednesday Mission District sharing has resumed its regular format after switching to mobile food distribution at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-18). Covid-19 Death Toll Tops 3 Million, Bolstering Call for #PeoplesVaccine. commondreams.org "As things stand, many countries in the southern hemisphere may not manage to achieve widespread vaccination until 2024. This long delay puts us all at risk." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12317379421.jpg

MEE, agencies (2021-04-18). Covid-19: Senior cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi contracts virus. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Senior cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi contracts virus | Tweet from cleric's official account says Qaradawi, who is in his 90s, is receiving medical care and doing well | Sun, 04/18/2021 – 09: 35 | Qaradawi is regarded as one of Islam's top thinkers, and his religious show on Doha-based Al Jazeera television was watched by millions until around 10 years ago (AFP) | Senior cleri…

Editor2 (2021-04-18). Blood-Clotting Illness PVT 30x More Prevalent in Moderna, Pfizer COVID-19 Recipients than AstraZeneca — Oxford Researchers. orinocotribune.com A potentially fatal blood-clotting disease is 30 times more common among people who have received the Covid-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer than those given the troubled AstraZeneca jab, researchers have found. | A team of scientists from the University of Oxford has found that after vaccination, Vaxzevria (formerly AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine) recipients were less likely to suffer portal vein thrombosis (PVT) — blood clots in the artery from the intestines to the liver. | For recipients of the viral vector Vaxzevria vaccine, the incidence rate for splanchnic thrombosis — clotting in the p…

PanARMENIAN (2021-04-18). Third Pfizer Jab 'Likely' Needed Within 12 Months. eurasiareview.com The head of Pfizer has said that people will "likely" need a third dose of his company's Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, while defending the relatively higher cost of the jab, Al Jazeera CEO Albert Bourla also said annual vaccinations against the coronavirus may well be required. | "We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen," Bourla told broadcaster CNBC in an interview aired on Thursday, April 15.

Steven Singer (2021-04-18). Let the Children Play—My Prescription for Covid 'Learning Loss'. commondreams.org Play is the mind's way of finding out how things work, what a person can do, how it feels to do this or that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1213336761_2.jpg

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-18). Life After Covid, as the U.S. Competes with China. zcomm.org U.S. corporate media sees nothing but shameless self-promotion in China's assistance to poor countries. But, right or wrong, others see the benefits of socialism. Some might even call it generosity…

Staff (2021-04-18). COVID Profiteering Exposes the Need to Make Marxism Accessible to All. truthout.org The pandemic has upended ideas about economic ideology almost as much as it has upended the economy itself. There has been a massive shift of wealth toward billionaires and corporate giants like Amazon, at the expense of workers suffering the most sudden and severe wave of unemployment and impoverishment since the Great Depression. But there has also been paradigm-shifting federal stimulus legislation that has massively (if temporarily) expanded unemployment insurance and anti-poverty funding. Meanw…

The Canary (2021-04-18). Labour tells Rishi Sunak to stop 'hiding' and take 'responsibility' for Greensill deal. thecanary.co Labour's Anneliese Dodds has told chancellor Rishi Sunak he has "ultimate responsibility" for money lent through government Covid support schemes. And she accused Sunak of "hiding" from questions over the Greensill Capital affair. | The shadow chancellor has written to Sunak criticising his decision not to go to the House of Commons last week. He wasn't present to answer questions about the controversy surrounding lobbying by former prime minister David Cameron on behalf of failed firm Greensill Capital. | Evading scrutiny: | Instead, the government sent a junior business minister to answer an urgent ques…

Heribert Prantl, Tobias Riegel (2021-04-18). COVID protests and Weimar Family Court. indybay.org Democracy lives from criticism and protest. | The Weimar Family Court has banned two schools from requiring students to wear masks and take Corona tests – because the children would be harmed "physically, psychologically, pedagogically and in their psychosocial development."

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-18). Iran: Army Unveils New Missiles, Artillery Systems In Military Parade. eurasiareview.com The Iranian Army displayed a series of new homegrown equipment in a military parade marking the Army Day. | The vehicle parade, held to mark the Army and the Ground Force Day, saw various units of the Iranian Army showcasing its achievements on Sunday morning. | The latest military products of the Army were carried on trucks in the event in Tehran without parading troops, in compliance with the coronavirus restrictions. | During the parade, attended by Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, the Army units displayed a number of new products, including missile and artillery systems. | The Army's air de…

Markus Vollack (2021-04-18). The Corona New Speak. indybay.org The virus as enemy and subject | A very conspicuous phenomenon for rhetorically evading any political responsibility is, on the one hand, to shift it to the population by dutifully supporting and participating in all measures and, on the other hand, to speak of the virus as an acting subject that is supposed to bear the responsibility for all consequences and collateral damage.

Todd Smith (2021-04-18). A Most Political, and Perfidious, Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Are we under Martial Law?…Nobody knows what's going on!…It's madness unleashed by human error! — Quotes taken from the trailer to George Romero's 1973 film Code Name Trixie, better known by its re-branded title The Crazies It's sure been a crazy last year, with more "crazy" in the forecast. We've got lots of novelty vaccines …

Sarah Hughes (2021-04-18). Massachusetts Nurses Face Down For-Profit Health Care Giant Tenet in Daring Strike. zcomm.org Close to 90 percent of the 800 nurses have been on strike since March 8…

Ricardo Alvarez (2021-04-18). Mumia Abu-Jamal is Scheduled for Open-Heart Surgery. zcomm.org Racism Remains the Greatest Medical Threat to Mumia's Health…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). AI Pinpoints Local Pollution Hotspots Using Satellite images. eurasiareview.com Researchers at Duke University have developed a method that uses machine learning, satellite imagery and weather data to autonomously find hotspots of heavy air pollution, city block by city block. | The technique could be a boon for finding and mitigating sources of hazardous aerosols, studying the effects of air pollution on human health, and making better informed, socially just public policy decisions. | "Before now, researchers trying to measure the distribution of air pollutants throughout a city would either try to use the limited number of existing monitors or drive sensors around a city in vehicles,"

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). Water Crisis Took Toll On Flint Adults' Physical, Mental health. eurasiareview.com Since state austerity policies initiated a potable water crisis seven years ago in Flint, Michigan, public health monitoring has focused on potential developmental deficits associated with lead exposure in adolescents or fetuses exposed in utero. | New research from Cornell and the University of Michigan offers the first comprehensive evidence that the city's adult residents suffered a range of adverse physical and mental health symptoms potentially linked to the crisis in the years during and following it, with Black residents affected disproportionately. | In a survey of more than 300 residents, 10% reported…

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Binoy Kampmark (2021-04-19). Coronavirus Strikes Papua New Guinea — OpEd. eurasiareview.com There was a time when it seemed Papua New Guinea had managed to dodge a bullet. Instances of SARS-CoV-2 were minimal, along with its disease, COVID-19. Through 2020, the country of eight million people recorded a mere 900 cases. The World Health Organization

WSWS (2021-04-19). India hit by tsunami of COVID-19 infections as daily new cases surpass 250,000. wsws.org The surge in infections is a direct result of the Modi government's policy of reopening the economy to boost corporate profits and its deliberate downplaying of the pandemic threat.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Sà£o Paulo reopens schools, eases restrictions amid mass COVID-19 deaths. wsws.org The Sà£o Paulo government has relied on the complicity of the state teachers' union, APEOESP, which has refused to call a strike against school reopenings.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Two BNSF workers died this month due to COVID-19 and work accident. wsws.org The railroad companies have been pushing for cost-cutting measures, including one-person crews and the lengthening of train lengths to up to three miles, in order to deal with port congestion on the Pacific Coast in response to record delays.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Chicago Public Schools, teachers union reopen high schools in spite of growth of deadly new COVID-19 variant. wsws.org The outcome of the vote reflects teachers' knowledge that the CTU, which rammed through the reopening of elementary and middle schools last February, will do nothing to organize a struggle.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Taiwan people get access to vaccine in Guangdong. ecns.cn Guangdong province, with its many Taiwan compatriots, is offering those from the island the same treatment as their counterparts on the Chinese mainland when it comes to vaccination against COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Asian economies should brace for opportunities and handle deficits: Boao annual reports. ecns.cn Despite being hard hit by COVID-19, Asia's economies have recovered well compared to the rest of the world. However there remain challenges in maintaining sustainable development, according to two reports released by the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Over 189 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday. Enditem…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India. ecns.cn India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week.

WSWS (2021-04-19). UK capital London centre of new Covid-19 variants, as R value rises above 1. wsws.org The South African variant has the potential to start a new wave of the pandemic, especially as several of those infected had received at least one shot of either the AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine.

RT (2021-04-19). Michigan Gov. Whitmer, who sought 'grace' when aide vacationed in Florida, blames returning 'snowbirds' for Covid-19 case surge. rt.com Governor Gretchen Whitmer is blaming "snowbirds" returning from winter Florida trips for Michigan's spike in Covid-19 infections, just days after calling for "grace" when a top staffer was caught escaping to the Sunshine State. | "At the end of the day, this is going to come down to whether or not everyone does their part," Whitmer

South Asia Monitor (2021-04-19). Russia Holds The Key To India's Eurasian Policy — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Lt Gen (Dr) Yash Malhotra (retd)* | A recent op-ed piece in the Washington Post (13 March 2021), written jointly by the Quad leaders, President Joe Biden of the US, Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, Scott Morrison and Yashihide Suga of India, Australia and Japan respectively, morphs the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (QSD or the Quad) to a "Quad Framework" hailed by Modi as a "force for global good". | It inter alia includes climate change, critical and new technologies, and handling of Covid-19 pandemic, while remaining committed to: "…. a shared vision for an Indo-Pacific Region that is free, open, resili…

Subrata Majumder (2021-04-19). US Investment Rises In India Despite COVID-19, While Japan Sees Decrease: Digital Transformation Paved The Way — Analysis. eurasiareview.com While American investors were upbeat in India, despite Covid 19 ravaging the economy, Japanese investors slipped into coma. Both are among the five top foreign investors in India. While US investment in India surged by 297.2 percent in 2020 over the preceding year, Japanese investment fell by 59.4 percent during the same period. In 2019, investment from the USA and Japan were neck-to-neck, with a marginal increase of USA investment over that of Japan. | The truth behind the paradox is the USA's challenge to bid India's new age economy, driven by the digital economy. India announced 1 trillion of economic value…

ecns.cn (2021-04-19). China in action to make COVID-19 vaccines global public good. ecns.cn Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Ma Zhaoxu said Friday that China is fulfilling its solemn commitment to make COVID-19 vaccines a global public good with practical actions.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Three million dead from the coronavirus pandemic. wsws.org From the beginning of the pandemic, a rational and scientific response has been blocked by the prioritization of personal wealth over social need and the subordination of the necessary global response to national geopolitics.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Canada's governments refuse to protect workers' lives as pandemic's third wave surges. wsws.org By prioritizing corporate profits over workers' lives, the federal Liberal and Ontario Conservative governments are ensuring that the virus and its new and more lethal variants will continue to run rampant.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Workers and students in Germany organize successful online meeting to oppose government policy of herd immunity. wsws.org The Rank-and-File Committee for Safe Education and the Rank-and-File Committee for Safe Workplaces held a joint meeting to organize resistance against the pandemic policy of the ruling elite.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Scrapping of the ambulance car in Dorset as NHS services slashed across UK. wsws.org The privatization of the National Health Service (NHS) and slashing of vitally needed health provision has leapt during the pandemic as the Conservative government, using emergency coronavirus legislative powers, dispensed with nominal consultative processes, competitive tendering and public scrutiny.

WSWS (2021-04-19). Hospitals in Germany on the brink of collapse. wsws.org Although coronavirus infections are rising dramatically and scientists and doctors are urgently warning of an overload of the health system, the federal and state governments continue their unscrupulous profits-before-lives policy.

Adam Dick (2021-04-19). If Johnson & Johnson Coronavirus Vaccine Shots Are Halted Because of Blood Clots, Why Have Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Shots Not Also Been Halted? globalresearch.ca When the United States government's Food and Drug Administration earlier this …

Staff (2021-04-18). COVID Profiteering Exposes the Need to Make Marxism Accessible to All. truthout.org The pandemic has upended ideas about economic ideology almost as much as it has upended the economy itself. There has been a massive shift of wealth toward billionaires and corporate giants like Amazon, at the expense of workers suffering the most sudden and severe wave of unemployment and impoverishment since the Great Depression. But there has also been paradigm-shifting federal stimulus legislation that has massively (if temporarily) expanded unemployment insurance and anti-poverty funding. Meanw…

Andy Kroll (2021-04-18). How to Make a Gulf Monarchy All-American. tomdispatch.com 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 senators from oil-producing states turned their ire directly on Saudi Arabia. Forget that civil war in Yemen — what about fossil-fuel profits here at home? To address their concerns, Ambassador Bandar Al-Saud agreed to speak with a group of them in a March 18th conference call [mda…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). . ecns.cn American comedian Lee Camp made a rather ironic scene in his program "Redacted Tonight" recently. He came on strong with "critics" of China's COVID-19 control measures, race and human rights issues, then found himself "misreading the script". What he said about China is instead what's happened in America. It turns out Americans cannot stand the farces in America anymore.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Casual manner, double mutant variant aggravate COVID-19 situation in India. ecns.cn India is at present reeling under the second COVID-19 wave, with over 200,000 new cases being registered each day recently and the national tally feared to cross the 15-million mark early next week.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Over 189 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn Nearly 189.81 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Saturday, the National Health Commission said Sunday. Enditem…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese Sinovac vaccine prevents 67 pct of symptomatic COVID-19 infections: Chilean study. ecns.cn The CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac is up to 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, Chile's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

Global Research (2021-04-18). El arma oculta del Lejano Oriente contra la COVID-19. globalizacion.ca Desde la perspectiva confuciana, los occidentales serían muy propensos al individualismo: no sacrificaríamos libertades personales y careceríamos de rigor laboral en favor del grupo familiar, empresarial y nacional. Tampoco resignaríamos demasiado por la salud pública. | El uso del barbijo es…

Editor2 (2021-04-18). Blood-Clotting Illness PVT 30x More Prevalent in Moderna, Pfizer COVID-19 Recipients than AstraZeneca — Oxford Researchers. orinocotribune.com A potentially fatal blood-clotting disease is 30 times more common among people who have received the Covid-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer than those given the troubled AstraZeneca jab, researchers have found. | A team of scientists from the University of Oxford has found that after vaccination, Vaxzevria (formerly AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine) recipients were less likely to suffer portal vein thrombosis (PVT) — blood clots in the artery from the intestines to the liver. | For recipients of the viral vector Vaxzevria vaccine, the incidence rate for splanchnic thrombosis — clotting in the p…

RT (2021-04-18). Oregon may indefinitely extend controversial mask mandate as other states begin to ease Covid-19 restrictions. rt.com As some states begin to lift their Covid-19 measures, Oregon is considering keeping some of its own restrictions for the foreseeable future, reportedly prompting a flood of negative responses from the public. | Michael Wood, the administrator of the state's department of Occupational Safety and Health, said rules requiring masks and social distancing in all businesses in Oregon may be extended indefinitely. The restrictions, which are set to expire on May 4, could be maintained until they are "no longer necessary to address the effects of the pandemic in the workplace." | The proposal aims to satisfy state law…

RT (2021-04-18). More than half of all Americans now partially vaccinated, one third fully jabbed up, CDC data shows. rt.com More than half of all American adults have had at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and a third have been fully inoculated. Yet some groups are still holding out, and the Biden administration is pressing them to get jabbed.

RT (2021-04-18). Fauci blasted for deeming gun violence 'public health issue,' criticizing vaccine hesitancy while backing tough Covid restrictions. rt.com White House advisor Anthony Fauci is being blasted by critics for attacking Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy while continuing to promote restrictions even for those inoculated, and weighing in on gun violence as a "public health issue." | Asked about recent polling showing nearly half of Republicans are still hesitant about receiving a Covid-19 vaccine, White House health advisor Fauci called the trend "frustrating" and "paradoxical." | "It's almost paradoxical that, on the one hand, they want to be relieved of the [public health] restrictions, but, on the other hand, they don't want to get vaccinated. It just almos…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-18). Covid-19: Senior cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi contracts virus. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Senior cleric Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi contracts virus | Tweet from cleric's official account says Qaradawi, who is in his 90s, is receiving medical care and doing well | Sun, 04/18/2021 – 09: 35 | Qaradawi is regarded as one of Islam's top thinkers, and his religious show on Doha-based Al Jazeera television was watched by millions until around 10 years ago (AFP) | Senior cleri…

IDN (2021-04-18). UN Forum Highlights New Initiatives To Tackle Inequalities Exacerbated By Pandemic. eurasiareview.com By Radwan Jakeem | With many economies reeling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as inequalities continue to widen, world leaders discussed options to unlock concrete investments to support a sustainable and resilient recovery at the The four-day Forum, held under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (

PanARMENIAN (2021-04-18). Third Pfizer Jab 'Likely' Needed Within 12 Months. eurasiareview.com The head of Pfizer has said that people will "likely" need a third dose of his company's Covid-19 shot within six to 12 months of vaccination, while defending the relatively higher cost of the jab, Al Jazeera CEO Albert Bourla also said annual vaccinations against the coronavirus may well be required. | "We need to see what would be the sequence, and for how often we need to do that, that remains to be seen," Bourla told broadcaster CNBC in an interview aired on Thursday, April 15.

Jake Johnson (2021-04-18). Calls for Biden to Support Covid-19 Vaccine Patent Waiver at WTO. zcomm.org Sen. Bernie Sanders and a group of Democrats on Friday urged President Joe Biden to support an international push to temporarily suspend certain vaccine-related intellectual property rights…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-18). Life After Covid, as the U.S. Competes with China. zcomm.org U.S. corporate media sees nothing but shameless self-promotion in China's assistance to poor countries. But, right or wrong, others see the benefits of socialism. Some might even call it generosity…

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-04-18). Covid-19 Death Toll Tops 3 Million, Bolstering Call for #PeoplesVaccine. commondreams.org "As things stand, many countries in the southern hemisphere may not manage to achieve widespread vaccination until 2024. This long delay puts us all at risk." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12317379421.jpg

Steven Singer (2021-04-18). Let the Children Play—My Prescription for Covid 'Learning Loss'. commondreams.org Play is the mind's way of finding out how things work, what a person can do, how it feels to do this or that. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-1213336761_2.jpg

Helen Clark, Joseph Stiglitz,, others (2021-04-18). Dear President Biden, A WTO Waiver Is Vital and Necessary. commondreams.org At the current pace, many countries will be left waiting until at least 2024 to achieve mass Covid-19 immunization. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ref.jpg

San Francisco Food Not Bombs (2021-04-18). Wednesday Mission District Sharing Returns to 16th/Mission BART Plaza. indybay.org San Francisco Food Not Bombs' weekly Wednesday Mission District sharing has resumed its regular format after switching to mobile food distribution at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.

Heribert Prantl, Tobias Riegel (2021-04-18). COVID protests and Weimar Family Court. indybay.org Democracy lives from criticism and protest. | The Weimar Family Court has banned two schools from requiring students to wear masks and take Corona tests – because the children would be harmed "physically, psychologically, pedagogically and in their psychosocial development."

The Canary (2021-04-18). Labour tells Rishi Sunak to stop 'hiding' and take 'responsibility' for Greensill deal. thecanary.co Labour's Anneliese Dodds has told chancellor Rishi Sunak he has "ultimate responsibility" for money lent through government Covid support schemes. And she accused Sunak of "hiding" from questions over the Greensill Capital affair. | The shadow chancellor has written to Sunak criticising his decision not to go to the House of Commons last week. He wasn't present to answer questions about the controversy surrounding lobbying by former prime minister David Cameron on behalf of failed firm Greensill Capital. | Evading scrutiny: | Instead, the government sent a junior business minister to answer an urgent ques…

RT (2021-04-18). Jesus joins QAnon?! 'Passion of the Christ' star stirs controversy as he cryptically dives into 'adrenochroming of children'. rt.com 'Passion of the Christ' actor Jim Caviezel is being aligned with the QAnon movement by critics after delving into what he called "adrenochroming of children" at a right-wing conference. | At a 'Health and Freedom Conference,' featuring prominent supporters of former US President Donald Trump like MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, Caviezel made reference to "adrenochrome" when speaking about the real-life version of a character he plays in the upcoming film, 'Sound of Freedom.' | In the movie, Caviezel portrays Tim Ballard, who became a popular figure among QAnon followers for his work with his group The Nazarene…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-18). Egypt: Eleven people dead and nearly 100 injured after train derails north of Cairo. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Eleven people dead and nearly 100 injured after train derails north of Cairo | More than 50 ambulances rushed to the site in Qalioubia province after several carriages came off the track | Sun, 04/18/2021 – 14: 57 | People gather at the scene of the railway accident in the city of Toukh in Egypt's central Nile Delta province of Qalioubia (Reuters) | Egypt's health ministry has said…

P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-18). Powerful Buddhist Monk Throws Weight Behind Legal Challenge To China-Funded Colombo Port City Project. eurasiareview.com Government says Sri Lanka needs the project and assures that the envisaged legal structure will be under Lankan control.: | The politically influential head of the Abayarama temple in Colombo, Ven. Muruththetuwe Ananda Thero, has thrown his weight behind petitions in the Sri Lankan Supreme Court against the China-funded US$ 1.4 billion Colombo Port City (CPC) project. | The CPC is now at the crucial stage of getting a separate legal structure meant to get foreign investors. | Ven. Ananda Thero told a press conference on April 15 that his organization "Rata Rakina Jana Handa" had supported President Got…

Todd Smith (2021-04-18). A Most Political, and Perfidious, Pandemic. dissidentvoice.org Are we under Martial Law?…Nobody knows what's going on!…It's madness unleashed by human error! — Quotes taken from the trailer to George Romero's 1973 film Code Name Trixie, better known by its re-branded title The Crazies It's sure been a crazy last year, with more "crazy" in the forecast. We've got lots of novelty vaccines …

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-18). Iran: Army Unveils New Missiles, Artillery Systems In Military Parade. eurasiareview.com The Iranian Army displayed a series of new homegrown equipment in a military parade marking the Army Day. | The vehicle parade, held to mark the Army and the Ground Force Day, saw various units of the Iranian Army showcasing its achievements on Sunday morning. | The latest military products of the Army were carried on trucks in the event in Tehran without parading troops, in compliance with the coronavirus restrictions. | During the parade, attended by Army Commander Major General Abdolrahim Mousavi, the Army units displayed a number of new products, including missile and artillery systems. | The Army's air de…

Markus Vollack (2021-04-18). The Corona New Speak. indybay.org The virus as enemy and subject | A very conspicuous phenomenon for rhetorically evading any political responsibility is, on the one hand, to shift it to the population by dutifully supporting and participating in all measures and, on the other hand, to speak of the virus as an acting subject that is supposed to bear the responsibility for all consequences and collateral damage.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). AI Pinpoints Local Pollution Hotspots Using Satellite images. eurasiareview.com Researchers at Duke University have developed a method that uses machine learning, satellite imagery and weather data to autonomously find hotspots of heavy air pollution, city block by city block. | The technique could be a boon for finding and mitigating sources of hazardous aerosols, studying the effects of air pollution on human health, and making better informed, socially just public policy decisions. | "Before now, researchers trying to measure the distribution of air pollutants throughout a city would either try to use the limited number of existing monitors or drive sensors around a city in vehicles,"

Eurasia Review (2021-04-18). Water Crisis Took Toll On Flint Adults' Physical, Mental health. eurasiareview.com Since state austerity policies initiated a potable water crisis seven years ago in Flint, Michigan, public health monitoring has focused on potential developmental deficits associated with lead exposure in adolescents or fetuses exposed in utero. | New research from Cornell and the University of Michigan offers the first comprehensive evidence that the city's adult residents suffered a range of adverse physical and mental health symptoms potentially linked to the crisis in the years during and following it, with Black residents affected disproportionately. | In a survey of more than 300 residents, 10% reported…

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