2021-04-16: News Headlines

Andrew Green (2021-04-17). [Obituary] Carola Eisenberg. thelancet.com Psychiatrist and co-founder of Physicians for Human Rights. Born Sept 15, 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she died on March 11, 2021, in Lincoln, MA, USA, aged 103 years.

Kaya Genàß (2021-04-17). [World Report] Turkey withdraws from treaty on violence against women. thelancet.com Activists object to Turkey's withdrawal from the Istanbul Convention, amid wider conservative ire over women's rights and attitudes towards gender. Kaya Genàß reports from Istanbul.

Staff (2021-04-16). Biden Sanctions Russia for Cyber Espionage While Remaining Silent over Israeli Cyberattack on Iran. democracynow.org The United States has imposed new sanctions on Russia and expelled 10 Russian diplomats after the Biden administration accused Moscow of being involved in major cyberattacks. The Treasury Department claimed Russia interfered in the 2020 election and was behind the SolarWinds hack, which compromised the computer systems of nine U.S. government agencies and scores of private companies. The sanctions target 32 Russian entities and individuals and bar U.S. banks from purchasing Russian government debt. Russia vowed to retaliate against the new sanctions and accused the Biden administration of degrading bilateral rela…

Nicolas J S Davies (2021-04-16). Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World. counterpunch.org Denis Halliday is an exceptional figure in the world of diplomacy. In 1998, after a 34-year career with the United Nations—including as an Assistant Secretary-General and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq—he resigned when the UN Security Council refused to lift sanctions against Iraq. Halliday saw at first hand the devastating impact of this policy

Lauren Regan (2021-04-16). Facebooking While Brown: Indigenous man in Arizona imprisoned for Social Media "shock-talk" about #BLM protest. mronline.org Reed has been held in federal pretrial detention without bail for ten months after a prior high school acquaintance reported him to the police for a different satirical social media post about planning a protest or 'riot' at the courthouse that never actually happened. | April 16, 2021 | Newswire…

Abigail R Hall (2021-04-16). Forced Patriotism is Un-American: Arkansas and the Anthem. counterpunch.org Should student-athletes and those attending athletic events be forced into displays of patriotism? Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge thinks so. She recently introduced the "Star-Spangled Banner Act," which would require each public school to play the National Anthem at the beginning of all school-sanctioned sporting events. A second piece of legislation, the "Moment of Silence

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-04-16). Arabic press review: Egypt expects breakthrough for political prisoners. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Egypt expects breakthrough for political prisoners | Meanwhile, former Yemeni minister blasts Saudi Arabia, Oman seeks release of detained citizens in UAE, and Houthi attacks on Saudi soil escalate | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 14: 01 | Egypt's al-Qanatir women's prison, at the tip of the Nile delta in Qalyoubiya province (AFP) | 'Imminent breakthrough' for Egypt's political priso…

_____ (2021-04-16). Self-Emancipation Continues To Rise At The St. Louis City Justice Center. popularresistance.org In the early morning hours of April 4, 2021, a day that many Christians recognized as Resurrection Sunday, detainees, at the St. Louis City Justice Center moved in the spirit of insurrection to challenge their oppressors and well documented repression at the jail. After the first major rebellion at the jail grabbed national attention on February 6, 2021, government bureaucrats in collaboration with "activists" of the social justice state scrambled to mystify what is really happening to detainees at the city's jails through sham reports and pseudo-independent investigations. | The attempt to paper over the status…

Steven Rosenfeld (2021-04-16). Why Disability Rights Advocates Are Pressing the Senate to Allow an Internet Voting Option. counterpunch.org National disability rights organizations are urging the Senate to revise the massive House-passed election reform bill to allow an internet-based voting option for their constituents, who represent one-sixth of the national electorate, and to recognize online voting as a federally sanctioned and regulated voting technology. Their concerns and online voting remedy have come into focus

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). Russia says U.S. has to pay for new sanctions. ecns.cn Washington must realize that it will "pay a price" for the degradation of U.S.-Russian relations, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Thursday in response to new anti-Russian sanctions and the expulsion of diplomats.

Committee on Academic Freedom (2021-04-15). Protesting Ongoing Israeli Army Arrests, Detention of University Students in Occupied Palestine. juancole.com By Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association. To: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Yoav Galant, Minister of Higher Education Ze'ev Elkin, Minister of Justice Avi Nissenkorn, Brigadier General Rasan Alian, Head of Civil Administration in the West Bank, Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Chief Clerk Init …

teleSUR (2021-04-15). Supreme Court Confirms Annulment of All Charges Against Lula. telesurenglish.net As a result of the Supreme Court's affirmation of the annulment, Lula will recover all of his political rights and be able to run, if he and his party so choose, in the country's upcoming presidential elections in 2021. | RELATED: | The Supreme Court decision was approved by eight votes to three and supported the position of Judge Edson Fachin, who on March 8 had annulled all of the sentences against Lula, which tota…

WSWS (2021-04-15). Australian Labor Party conference passes mealy-mouthed motion "defending" Assange. wsws.org Labor's motion does not even oppose the US attempt to prosecute Assange under the Espionage Act for exposing American war crimes, human rights violations and diplomatic conspiracies.

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-04-15). Media Concern Trolling About Afghanistan Withdrawal Again. orinocotribune.com Caitlin Johnstone — Apr 11, 2021 | " "Concerns are mounting from bipartisan US lawmakers and Afghan women's rights activists that the hard-won gains for women and civil society in Afghanistan could be lost if the United States makes a precipitous withdrawal from the country," CNN tells us. | What follows is yet another concern-trolling empire blog about why US troops need to stay in Afghanistan, joining recent others geared toward the same end lik…

Dan Cohen (2021-04-15). NED-Funded Uyghur Separatist Network and CAIR Director Rally Around Cold War Propaganda. mintpressnews.com At a March 30 demonstration at the Chinese Embassy, the U.S.-funded Uyghur Separatist Network was joined by prominent Muslim figures. "Behind The Headlines" correspondent Dan Cohen spoke to participants and examined their claims.

Eds. (2021-04-15). Ramsey Clark dies: an Attorney General who turned against imperialism. mronline.org Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General and renowned international human-rights attorney who stood against U.S. military aggression worldwide, died peacefully April 9 at his home in New York City, surrounded by close family. He was 93 years old. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-15). Civil rights tsunami in D.C. over statehood, reparations and Justice Dept. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Civil rights issues hit Capitol Hill in a big way on April 14. As might be expected, congressional Republicans were on the wrong side of all of them. One House panel approved statehood for D.C. Another considered statehood for Puerto Rico. A third voted late at night for a bill to study reparations …

Kenya Elliott (2021-04-15). A "national emergency" because of Russia? Seeing through U.S. double standards. liberationnews.org In response to the supposed "unusual and extraordinary threat to the National security, foriegn policy, and economy of the United States", Joe Biden today declared a national emergency, expelled 10 Russian diplomats and imposed new sanctions on Russia.

Anonymous349 (2021-04-15). 'National Emergency': Biden Administration Is Obsessed With SouthFront. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | No day without shaping the history! Big Bad SouthFront is once again threatening interests of the leadership of the world's sole superpower. | The SouthFront fan club in the US administration, and in particular in the White House and the State Department, seems to be rapidly growing. The scale of popularity of SouthFront on the highest level of the US government reached the level, when the world's superpower imposed sanctions on SouthFront website (southfront.org) and declared the state of a "national e…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). Mysterious Drone Strike Hit Western Idlib. southfront.org A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle taxis down the runway at an air base in Afghanistan on its way to another wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) | Late on April 14, a large explosion was reported in the western outskirts of Idlib city, the center of the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | While some opposition sources played down the explosion, others, including the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), said the explosion was the result of a dr…

RT (2021-04-15). Biden calls for de-escalation of tensions with Russia after placing sanctions over unproven charges of hacking & election meddling. rt.com US President Joe Biden called for "dialogue and diplomatic process" with Russia, after ordering sanctions against Moscow for allegedly being behind the SolarWinds hack and interfering in "sacred" elections and American democracy. | Biden told reporters at the White House on Thursday afternoon that he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of the impending sanctions during their recent phone call, calling it a "proportionate" US response to what Russia allegedly did. | We concluded that they had interfered in the election and the SolarWinds was totally inappropriate. | Russia has denied any interference in the…

RT (2021-04-15). Biden calls for de-escalation of tensions with Russia following sanctions over unproven charges of hacking & election meddling. rt.com US President Joe Biden called for "dialogue and diplomatic process" with Russia, after ordering sanctions against Moscow for allegedly being behind the SolarWinds hack and interfering in "sacred" elections and American democracy. | Biden told reporters at the White House on Thursday afternoon that he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of the impending sanctions during their recent phone call, calling it a "proportionate" US response to what Russia allegedly did. | We concluded that they had interfered in the election and the SolarWinds was totally inappropriate. | Russia has denied any interference in the…

RT (2021-04-15). Biden's Russia policy ludicrous, unbelievable, contradictory & unprecedented: First offers Putin summit & then imposes sanctions. rt.com Just a month ago, US President Joe Biden indicated he believes his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin is a "killer." But on Tuesday, he spoke to the 'killer' by phone and proposed that the pair meet for a face-to-face summit. | A few weeks is clearly a long time in politics. | So too, it seems, is a couple of days. | For on Thursday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declared that a summit between Biden and Putin would not go ahead in the near future. That does not mean that Moscow has definitively rejected a meeting at some point later, but it is clear that the Kremlin is not inclined to indulge Biden for now.

CNA (2021-04-15). Haiti: Archbishop Demands Release Of Abducted Catholics. eurasiareview.com The Archbishop of Port-au-Prince has called for the release of 10 people who were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday and are being held for ransom. | "We demand security and peace for all missionaries and all people,"Archbishop Max Mesidor said. "We demand the immediate and unconditional release of our detained brothers and sisters." | Five priests, two nuns, and three laypeople were abducted at Croix-des-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, April 11. According to local news, they were taken while on the way to attend the installation of a parish priest. | According to Haitian media, the "400 Mawozo" gang admitted…

Fight Back (2021-04-15). In honor of William Ramsey Clark. fightbacknews.org I wish to convey my sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of my friend and legal counsel William Ramsey Clark who passed away last April 9, 2021. I have the highest regard for him as a champion of human rights, a staunch defender of the people's right to national and social liberation, a fierce advocate of just peace and a resolute opponent to the imperialist policies and wars of aggression of the US. | While he was US Attorney General under the Johnson administration, he was well known for standing up for civil liberties and civil rights, fighting against racial segregation and discriminati…

Ricardo Jiménez A. (2021-04-15). Finally, a popular Left born in Peru. peoplesdispatch.org In the decade of the 1990s, the dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori achieved several of its key objectives through a combination of repression, human rights violations, and corruption that permeated through the Peruvian state and society. These "achievements" included the military defeat of the subversive armed groups and the imposition of a Constitution and an ultra neoliberal economic model which have allowed for the unlimited accumulation by the wealthy at the expense of the precarious majorities and those who exist at the juncture of consumption and credit, also known as the "middle class." | Parallelly, or rath…

William Manson (2021-04-15). Cultural Relativism as "Counter Enlightenment" dissidentvoice.org It was the intellectual historian Isaiah Berlin who coined the term "Counter-Enlightenment." He was referring to a widespread ideological-reactionary movement in the early 19th century — against the universalizing human rights doctrines which had originated in the 18th century Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Berlin viewed this as primarily a German reaction, powerfully mobilized by …

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Greenpeace expert: Japan's decision must be overturned. ecns.cn Dumping contaminated wastewater into the sea may be the cheapest way for Japan to deal with its troubles of Fukushima nuclear plant, but the Japanese government's decision completely disregards the human rights and interests of the people in Japan and the wider Asia-Pacific region, said Shaun Burnie, a senior nuclear specialist with Greenpeace East Asia.

James M. Dorsey (2021-04-15). Athletes Knock The Legs From Under Global Sports Governance — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Sports governance worldwide has had the legs knocked out from under it. Yet, national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. | Tectonic plates underlying sports' guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a struggle against racism and a quest for human rights and social justice. | The principle was repeatedly challenged over the last year by athletes as well as businesses forcing national and international sports federations to either support anti-racist protest or at the least refrain from penalizing athletes who…

Andrew Emett (2021-04-15). Fourth officer charged in excessive force case. nationofchange.org The maximum penalty for the deprivation-of-rights offenses is 10 years of imprisonment and the maximum penalty for false report offenses is 20 years of imprisonment.

SFLC (2021-04-15). Saturday 5/1: SF Bay Area May Day Parade & Rally for Workers' Rights & Racial Justice. indybay.org SF Embarcadero & Market St.

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-15). 'The OK Legislature Wants Us Dead': Rights Defenders Decry Advancement of Anti-Protest Bills. commondreams.org The head of the state's ACLU accused Oklahoma lawmakers of "attempting to silence the voices of their constituents and criminalize vital calls for accountability and racial justice." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2021-04-15). For JCPOA Re-entry, Biden Must Tear Down This Sanctions Wall. popularresistance.org It was clear from the outset: Returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal was not a matter of nuclear technicalities or diplomatic savvy. It was and remains primarily a matter of political will and political capital. | Though all eyes will be on the start of formal talks in Vienna this week, the real test will take place in Washington D.C. where President Joe Biden must muster the political will to tear down the "sanctions wall" his predecessor put in place for the sole purpose of preventing an American return to the nuclear agreement, lest the talks in Vienna will be for naught. | With only two months left until the Iran…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-15). Russia Warns US Against New Sanctions. news.antiwar.com A day after President Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow said it warned the US against imposing any new sanctions amid reports that more measures are coming. | According to a report from

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-15). Biden Imposes Wide Array of New Russia Sanctions, Expels Diplomats. news.antiwar.com In a major escalation with Moscow, In an announcement on the sanctions, "Today, we announced ac…

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-15). Iran's police vow to continue anti-arrogant powers struggle. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 15 (MNA) — In reaction to the recent EU sanctions against some Iranian police commanders, a police spokesman said that such sanctions will not undermine Iranian Police's firm resolve to continue the fight against US, EU hostile policies.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-15). Russia says would reciprocate new US sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 15 (MNA) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the new US sanctions against Russia "wouldn't facilitate" the planned summit between the leaders of the two countries, adding that Moscow would reciprocate for any new limits.

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-15). With new backing from the West, Ukrainian president says "The Army is ready" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com With new backing from the West, Ukrainian president says "The Army is ready"Rick Rozoff The same day that U.S. President Joe Biden issued an executive order leveling new sanctions against Russia and expelling ten of its diplomats, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky participated in a session of the National Security and Defense Council and afterward said …

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-15). With New Backing From the West, Ukrainian President Says 'The Army Is Ready'. news.antiwar.com The same day that U.S. President Joe Biden issued an executive order leveling new sanctions against Russia and expelling ten of its diplomats, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky participated in a session of the National Security and Defense Council and afterward said concerning its deliberations: "I can't reveal the details. The situation in Donbas is now …

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2021-04-15: News Headlines

Anonymous349 (2021-04-15). 'National Emergency': Biden Administration Is Obsessed With SouthFront. southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | No day without shaping the history! Big Bad SouthFront is once again threatening interests of the leadership of the world's sole superpower. | The SouthFront fan club in the US administration, and in particular in the White House and the State Department, seems to be rapidly growing. The scale of popularity of SouthFront on the highest level of the US government reached the level, when the world's superpower imposed sanctions on SouthFront website (southfront.org) and declared the state of a "national e…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-15). Mysterious Drone Strike Hit Western Idlib. southfront.org A fully armed MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle taxis down the runway at an air base in Afghanistan on its way to another wartime mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Brian Ferguson) | Late on April 14, a large explosion was reported in the western outskirts of Idlib city, the center of the northwestern Syrian region of Greater Idlib. | While some opposition sources played down the explosion, others, including the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), said the explosion was the result of a dr…

RT (2021-04-15). Biden calls for de-escalation of tensions with Russia after placing sanctions over unproven charges of hacking & election meddling. rt.com US President Joe Biden called for "dialogue and diplomatic process" with Russia, after ordering sanctions against Moscow for allegedly being behind the SolarWinds hack and interfering in "sacred" elections and American democracy. | Biden told reporters at the White House on Thursday afternoon that he warned Russian President Vladimir Putin of the impending sanctions during their recent phone call, calling it a "proportionate" US response to what Russia allegedly did. | We concluded that they had interfered in the election and the SolarWinds was totally inappropriate. | Russia has denied any interference in the…

Committee on Academic Freedom (2021-04-15). Protesting Ongoing Israeli Army Arrests, Detention of University Students in Occupied Palestine. juancole.com By Committee on Academic Freedom of the Middle East Studies Association. To: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, Minister of Education Yoav Galant, Minister of Higher Education Ze'ev Elkin, Minister of Justice Avi Nissenkorn, Brigadier General Rasan Alian, Head of Civil Administration in the West Bank, Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Chief Clerk Init …

Dan Cohen (2021-04-15). NED-Funded Uyghur Separatist Network and CAIR Director Rally Around Cold War Propaganda. mintpressnews.com At a March 30 demonstration at the Chinese Embassy, the U.S.-funded Uyghur Separatist Network was joined by prominent Muslim figures. "Behind The Headlines" correspondent Dan Cohen spoke to participants and examined their claims.

Caitlin Johnstone (2021-04-15). Media Concern Trolling About Afghanistan Withdrawal Again. orinocotribune.com Caitlin Johnstone — Apr 11, 2021 | " "Concerns are mounting from bipartisan US lawmakers and Afghan women's rights activists that the hard-won gains for women and civil society in Afghanistan could be lost if the United States makes a precipitous withdrawal from the country," CNN tells us. | What follows is yet another concern-trolling empire blog about why US troops need to stay in Afghanistan, joining recent others geared toward the same end lik…

Eds. (2021-04-15). Ramsey Clark dies: an Attorney General who turned against imperialism. mronline.org Ramsey Clark, former U.S. Attorney General and renowned international human-rights attorney who stood against U.S. military aggression worldwide, died peacefully April 9 at his home in New York City, surrounded by close family. He was 93 years old. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-15). Civil rights tsunami in D.C. over statehood, reparations and Justice Dept. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Civil rights issues hit Capitol Hill in a big way on April 14. As might be expected, congressional Republicans were on the wrong side of all of them. One House panel approved statehood for D.C. Another considered statehood for Puerto Rico. A third voted late at night for a bill to study reparations …

Denis Halliday (2021-04-15). Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Denis Halliday is an exceptional figure in the world of diplomacy. In 1998, after a 34-year career with the United Nations—including as an Assistant Secretary-General and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq—he resigned when the UN Security Council refused to lift sanctions against Iraq. Halliday saw at first

CNA (2021-04-15). Haiti: Archbishop Demands Release Of Abducted Catholics. eurasiareview.com The Archbishop of Port-au-Prince has called for the release of 10 people who were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday and are being held for ransom. | "We demand security and peace for all missionaries and all people,"Archbishop Max Mesidor said. "We demand the immediate and unconditional release of our detained brothers and sisters." | Five priests, two nuns, and three laypeople were abducted at Croix-des-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, April 11. According to local news, they were taken while on the way to attend the installation of a parish priest. | According to Haitian media, the "400 Mawozo" gang admitted…

Fight Back (2021-04-15). In honor of William Ramsey Clark. fightbacknews.org I wish to convey my sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of my friend and legal counsel William Ramsey Clark who passed away last April 9, 2021. I have the highest regard for him as a champion of human rights, a staunch defender of the people's right to national and social liberation, a fierce advocate of just peace and a resolute opponent to the imperialist policies and wars of aggression of the US. | While he was US Attorney General under the Johnson administration, he was well known for standing up for civil liberties and civil rights, fighting against racial segregation and discriminati…

Ricardo Jiménez A. (2021-04-15). Finally, a popular Left born in Peru. peoplesdispatch.org In the decade of the 1990s, the dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori achieved several of its key objectives through a combination of repression, human rights violations, and corruption that permeated through the Peruvian state and society. These "achievements" included the military defeat of the subversive armed groups and the imposition of a Constitution and an ultra neoliberal economic model which have allowed for the unlimited accumulation by the wealthy at the expense of the precarious majorities and those who exist at the juncture of consumption and credit, also known as the "middle class." | Parallelly, or rath…

William Manson (2021-04-15). Cultural Relativism as "Counter Enlightenment" dissidentvoice.org It was the intellectual historian Isaiah Berlin who coined the term "Counter-Enlightenment." He was referring to a widespread ideological-reactionary movement in the early 19th century — against the universalizing human rights doctrines which had originated in the 18th century Enlightenment and the French Revolution. Berlin viewed this as primarily a German reaction, powerfully mobilized by …

ecns.cn (2021-04-15). Greenpeace expert: Japan's decision must be overturned. ecns.cn Dumping contaminated wastewater into the sea may be the cheapest way for Japan to deal with its troubles of Fukushima nuclear plant, but the Japanese government's decision completely disregards the human rights and interests of the people in Japan and the wider Asia-Pacific region, said Shaun Burnie, a senior nuclear specialist with Greenpeace East Asia.

James M. Dorsey (2021-04-15). Athletes Knock The Legs From Under Global Sports Governance — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Sports governance worldwide has had the legs knocked out from under it. Yet, national and international sports administrators are slow in realizing the magnitude of what has hit them. | Tectonic plates underlying sports' guiding principle that sports and politics are unrelated have shifted, driven by a struggle against racism and a quest for human rights and social justice. | The principle was repeatedly challenged over the last year by athletes as well as businesses forcing national and international sports federations to either support anti-racist protest or at the least refrain from penalizing athletes who…

Andrew Emett (2021-04-15). Fourth officer charged in excessive force case. nationofchange.org The maximum penalty for the deprivation-of-rights offenses is 10 years of imprisonment and the maximum penalty for false report offenses is 20 years of imprisonment.

SFLC (2021-04-15). Saturday 5/1: SF Bay Area May Day Parade & Rally for Workers' Rights & Racial Justice. indybay.org SF Embarcadero & Market St.

_____ (2021-04-15). For JCPOA Re-entry, Biden Must Tear Down This Sanctions Wall. popularresistance.org It was clear from the outset: Returning to the Iran Nuclear Deal was not a matter of nuclear technicalities or diplomatic savvy. It was and remains primarily a matter of political will and political capital. | Though all eyes will be on the start of formal talks in Vienna this week, the real test will take place in Washington D.C. where President Joe Biden must muster the political will to tear down the "sanctions wall" his predecessor put in place for the sole purpose of preventing an American return to the nuclear agreement, lest the talks in Vienna will be for naught. | With only two months left until the Iran…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-15). With new backing from the West, Ukrainian president says "The Army is ready" antibellum679354512.wordpress.com With new backing from the West, Ukrainian president says "The Army is ready"Rick Rozoff The same day that U.S. President Joe Biden issued an executive order leveling new sanctions against Russia and expelling ten of its diplomats, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky participated in a session of the National Security and Defense Council and afterward said …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-15). Russia Warns US Against New Sanctions. news.antiwar.com A day after President Biden spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Moscow said it warned the US against imposing any new sanctions amid reports that more measures are coming. | According to a report from

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-15). Biden Imposes Wide Array of New Russia Sanctions, Expels Diplomats. news.antiwar.com In a major escalation with Moscow, In an announcement on the sanctions, "Today, we announced ac…

Nicolas J.S. Davies (2021-04-14). Denis Halliday: A Voice of Reason in an Insane World. dissidentvoice.org Photo credit: indybay.org Denis Halliday is an exceptional figure in the world of diplomacy. In 1998, after a 34-year career with the United Nations—including as an Assistant Secretary-General and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq—he resigned when the UN Security Council refused to lift sanctions against Iraq. Halliday saw at first hand the devastating impact …

Anonymous669 (2021-04-14). Russian Forces To Establish Helicopter Pads, New Posts Between Raqqa & Deir Ezzor. southfront.org IMAGE: Marina Lystseva/TASS | Russian Forces are building a forward base with a helicopter landing zone along with a number of posts right on the border between Raqqa and Deir Ezzor in central Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on April 14. | According to the London-based monitoring group, the new base and posts are being built in the outskirsts of the town of Ma'adan Atiq."Russian forces have begun transferring equipment and logistical materials to their new base via helicopters," the group said…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-14). Russian Forces Return To Syria's Tell Rifaat After Temporary Withdrawal (Video, Photos). southfront.org Sergei Novikov/TASS | Russian forces have returned to the northern Syrian town of Tell Rifaat and its surroundings, which are controlled by Kurdish forces, after a widely-reported withdrawal. | On April 13, the withdrawal of Russian Military Police units was reported by the Hawar News Agency. According to the agency, the units withdrew from Tell Rifaat as well as from the nearby areas of Sherawa and Ksht'ar. | Later, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Syrian Arab Army and Iranian-backed…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-14). Russian Forces Return To Syria's Tell Rifaat After Temporary Withdraw (Video, Photos). southfront.org Sergei Novikov/TASS | Russian forces have returned to the northern Syrian town of Tell Rifaat and its surroundings, which are controlled by Kurdish forces, after a widely-reported withdrawal. | On April 13, the withdrawal of Russian Military Police units was reported by the Hawar News Agency. According to the agency, the units withdrew from Tell Rifaat as well as from the nearby areas of Sherawa and Ksht'ar. | Later, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Syrian Arab Army and Iranian-backed…

RT (2021-04-14). 'Prolonged' nuclear talks with US would be 'harmful', Khamenei warns as Iran reportedly close to starting 60% uranium enrichment. rt.com Iranian-US talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal should not "drag on," Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has said, warning Washington against demanding Tehran return to its commitments before sanctions are lifted. | "The talks shouldn't become talks of attrition. They shouldn't be [conducted] in a way that parties drag on and prolong the talks. This is harmful to the country," Khamenei said in Tehran on Wednesday. | "Most of the proposals by the Americans are arrogant and contemptuous. They are not worth looking at," he added in remarks carried by Iranian news network Press TV. | The US and Iran remain at a s…

Sheren Khalel (2021-04-14). 'Enables UAE's reckless conduct': Anti-war advocates slam $23bn US arms sale. middleeasteye.net 'Enables UAE's reckless conduct': Anti-war advocates slam $23bn US arms sale | Citing the UAE's role in Yemen and Libya, arms experts and rights groups say the sale 'undermines stability in the region' | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 16: 22 | Israel is the only other country in the Middle East to be approved for F-35 purchases (AFP/File photo) | When the Biden administration announced in late January that it p…

MEE staff (2021-04-14). Italy's senate votes to give citizenship to jailed Egyptian activist Patrick Zaki. middleeasteye.net Italy's senate votes to give citizenship to jailed Egyptian activist Patrick Zaki | Zaki is a human rights advocate who has campaigned for the truth about the 2016 Cairo murder of Italian student Giulio Regeni | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 15: 41 | Egyptian authorities arrested Zaki on 7 February 2020 upon his return from Italy, where he had been living and studying (Twitter) | The Italian senate on Wednesday voted to a…

Staff (2021-04-14). AOC Blasts Police Department's "Accident" Excuse in Daunte Wright's Death. truthout.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) blasted the police department of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, this week for suggesting that the police-perpetrated killing of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man, was merely an "accident." | At a press briefing on Tuesday,

MEE correspondent (2021-04-14). Egypt releases two journalists after international outcry. middleeasteye.net Egypt releases two journalists after international outcry | Solafa Magdy and her husband Hossam el-Sayyad had been held in pre-trial detention for 16 months over their journalism work | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 10: 59 | Solafa Magdy (L) and Hossam el-Sayyad (R) were released on Wednesday (Facebook) | Egyptian authorities released journalists Solafa Magdy and her husband Hossam el-Sayyad on Wed…

MEE staff (2021-04-14). 'Palestinians must be protected': UN warns of rise in Israeli settler attacks. middleeasteye.net 'Palestinians must be protected': UN warns of rise in Israeli settler attacks | UN rights experts document 210 attacks carried out by settlers so far in 2021, and call on Israel to halt settlement expansion | Wed, 04/14/2021 – 16: 42 | Israeli settlers targeted the "livelihoods of rural Palestinians, vandalising livestock, agricultural lands, trees and homes", according to UN experts (AFP) | UN human rights ex…

Eds. (2021-04-14). Judge Preska terminates all Zoom access to Donziger trial in effort to limit public access, say lawyers. mronline.org U.S. trial judge Loretta Preska has denied all Zoom access to the upcoming contempt trial of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger in a widely condemned move that his lawyers say is designed to limit public access to an unprecedented one-sided trial run by a private Chevron prosecutor. | April 14, 2021 | Newswire…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-14). Female union leaders note that labor law reform is a civil rights issue. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—From better pay to paid sick leave, from due process on the job to wider opportunities, working women, union or not, stand to reap huge benefits if Congress passes the Protect The Right To Organize (Pro) Act, a panel of woman union leaders says. And that prompted AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Liz Shuler, an Electrical Worker and …

Dean Baker (2021-04-14). Patents and the Pandemic: Can We Learn Anything? counterpunch.org I realize that I may seem obsessed with the topic of patents (and copyrights), but it really is a big deal, and few people seem to appreciate the issue in its larger economic context. I have written about the inefficiency and corruption associated with these monopolies for decades, but if there was ever a time

Ben Carroll (2021-04-14). Demand Biden issue an executive order to implement the PRO Act. workers.org The fight of Amazon workers for union rights has just begun! Union busting is disgusting. It can be stopped! Sign this message to Joe Biden and raise this demand at protests and rallies. Act now to defend Workers' Right to Organize! The PRO Act — Protecting the Right to Organize . . . |

Editor2 (2021-04-14). Bonaire: BOPEC Bankrupt due to Dutch Inspectorate and Taxation. orinocotribune.com By Handsoffvenezuela.nl — Mar 26, 2021 | The sad story for the employees of Bonaire Petroleum Corporation (BOPEC) on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaàßao ends badly because of Dutch interference. BOPEC, owned by Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), has been severely harmed by illegal sanctions by US and Dutch institutions, and finally was taken over by the Netherlands, after a claim for bankruptcy by the Dutch tax authority. The hawks in Washington and The Hague can be satisfied, but their interference has been disastrous for many of our overseas compatriots. | Curaàßao | When Shell turne…

Joyce Chediac (2021-04-14). IFCO petition calls on US to lift blockade and 'let Cuba breathe'. liberationnews.org The Medical Advisory Committee of IFCO/Pasters for Peace has initiated this petition calling for the U.S government to lift the sanctions on Cuba and allow the people there access to common human resources.

Ana Ionova (2021-04-14). Landmark decision: Brazil Supreme Court sides with Indigenous land rights. nationofchange.org The country's Supreme Court has agreed to review the process around a past case that cancelled the demarcation of an Indigenous territory claimed by the Guarani Kaiowá people.

teleSUR (2021-04-14). AMLO Will Travel to Southern Border Over Children Migration. telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador said that he would visit the Southern border to address the children migrant crisis as the phenomenon continues to increase. | RELATED: | "To protect children, we are going to reinforce the surveillance, the protection, the care on our southern border because it's to defend human rights," Obrador said at a press conference. | WATCH: Border Patrol agents have once again captured…

_____ (2021-04-14). Denis Halliday: A Voice Of Reason In An Insane World. popularresistance.org Denis Halliday is an exceptional figure in the world of diplomacy. In 1998, after a 34-year career with the United Nations—including as an Assistant Secretary-General and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq—he resigned when the UN Security Council refused to lift sanctions against Iraq. | Halliday saw at first hand the devastating impact of this policy that had led to the deaths of over 500,000 children under the age of five and hundreds of thousands more older children and adults, and he called the sanctions a genocide against the people of Iraq. | Since 1998, Denis has been a powerful voice for…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-14). Egyptian journalist-politician Khaled Dawoud freed after over 18 months in pre-trial detention. peoplesdispatch.org Dawoud was released pending investigations although the prosecution has not presented any evidence in court to support the charges against him. He faces charges of "collaborating with a terrorist organization", "publishing false information" and "misusing social media…

Staff (2021-04-14). 'Stop violating rights of Iranian people'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 14 (MNA) — In a letter to the Secretary General of Council of European Union, Secretary General of Iran's Human Rights Office lashed out at irresponsibility in violation of rights of Iranian people by member states of the Council.

Steven Rosenfeld (2021-04-14). Why disability rights advocates are pressing the Senate to allow an internet voting option. nationofchange.org The push for voters with disabilities, and for overseas and military voters, pits civil rights activists against cybersecurity advocates.

Miko Peled (2021-04-14). Safely Past Another Election, Israel Turns Attention Back to De-Arabization of The Zionist State. mintpressnews.com The Zionists openly say that they will allow Palestinians to choose whether they remain in "Israel" as residents without rights, leave, or fight and be killed by the Israeli forces — these same forces that have been killing them for more than seventy years.

VINS (2021-04-14). Ag Gagged!: How the FBI Tried to Get a Pork Industry Whistleblower to Squeal on Animal Rights Groups. projectcensored.org In June 2020, an executive at the pork giant Iowa Select Farms introduced former company truck driver Lucas Walker to an FBI agent who asked him to inform on the…

Miko Peled (2021-04-14). Safely Past Another Election, Israel Turns Attention Back to De-Arabization of The Zionist State. mintpressnews.com The Zionists openly say that they will allow Palestinians to choose whether they remain in "Israel" as residents without rights, leave, or fight and be killed by the Israeli forces — the same forces that have been killing them for more than seventy years.

WSWS (2021-04-14). Florida legislature advances bills to suppress voting rights, criminalize lawful protest. wsws.org The new laws are being advanced in spite of widespread popular opposition.

commondreams (2021-04-14). IMF's Planned Special Drawing Rights Allocation "A Good First Step," CEPR Co-Director Says. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Observer Research Foundation (2021-04-14). The Coming Decade And Its Implications For LGBTQIA+ Debates — OpEd. eurasiareview.com If the last 10 years give any indication of how the next ten years will unfold, I predict there will be strong and brutal opposition to the advancement of the rights of the LGBTQIA+ people.: | By Angelika Arutyunova* | Let's make something straight from the start of this opinion piece: This will be a very queer perspective. Now that we have gotten the only straight thing out of the way, let's dive in. I believe in the radical ideas that LGBTQIA+ people are people and deserve the right to life, acceptance, and existence without fear of hate and violence. I believe that all policies and agendas must incl…

DXE (2021-04-14). Sunday 4/25: Sanctuary Volunteer Day: One Living Sanctuary. indybay.org 2785 Franklin Canyon Rd, Martinez, CA 94553-9617, United States…

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