2021-04-17: News Headlines

Fight Back (2021-04-18). Tallahassee joins statewide protests against repressive law. fightbacknews.org Tallahassee, FL – On April 10, the Tallahassee Community Action Committee (TCAC) held a rally at the Leon County Courthouse as part of a statewide day of action coordinated by organizations from the Florida Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression. Activists rallied to call on the Florida Senate to reject HB1/SB484, a repressive bill designed to limit protest and dissent in Florida. Dozens of activists showed up to hear organizers with TCAC, the Dream Defenders, and More Than A Name speak about how the need for continued struggle in the face of state repression. | Trish Brown of the Tally 19 spoke on HB1…

Fight Back (2021-04-18). Justice for Adam Toledo! Power to Communities to Stop Police Murder! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression demands justice for Adam Toledo, who was just 13 years old when he was gunned down by a Chicago police officer on March 29, 2021. Adam was a child and he did not deserve to die. As the newly released COPA video shows, Adam had his hands up and was complying when he was executed in cold blood. We must identify the officer who killed Adam and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. We must end the madness of a polic…

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-17). Confirmed! Lula Totally Acquitted, Can Run for President Again. orinocotribune.com With a vote of eight judges in favor and three against, Brazilian leader Luis Inazio Lula da Silva received confirmation of his complete acquittal on the charges laid against him regarding alleged acts of corruption in the infamous Lava Jato case. | With this decision by a majority of the plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the court determined that the 13th Court of Curitiba, through which they issued the sentence, is incompetent to rule on the case. | For this reason, the sentences imposed by this body, through Judge Sergio Moro, were annulled, and if any of the…

teleSUR Desk (2021-04-17). Supreme Court confirms annulment of all charges against Lula. mronline.org Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday ratified the decision adopted by one of its judges, who annulled the sentences handed down in the first place against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. | April 17, 2021 | Newswire…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-17). Hamas says 'Gaza still fights on' as Israel strikes enclave for second night. middleeasteye.net Hamas says 'Gaza still fights on' as Israel strikes enclave for second night | Israel said it launched air strikes against targets in the besieged strip after a rocket attack from the Palestinian side | Sat, 04/17/2021 – 15: 53 | Witnesses and security sources said the strikes hit two "training sites" in southern Gaza and another target in central Gaza (AFP) | A Hamas spokesman said on Sat…

Whitney Webb (2021-04-17). The Military Origins of Facebook. orinocotribune.com By Whitney Webb — Apr 12, 2021 | Facebook's growing role in the ever-expanding surveillance and "pre-crime" apparatus of the national security state demands new scrutiny of the company's origins and its products as they relate to a former, controversial DARPA-run surveillance program that was essentially analogous to what is currently the world's largest social network. | In mid-February, Daniel Baker, a US veteran described by the media as "anti-Trump, anti-government, anti-white supremacists, and anti-police," was charged by a Florida grand jury with two counts of "transmitting a communication in interst…

Kim Petersen (2021-04-17). Pseudonymity and Genocide. dissidentvoice.org Nearly 10,000 residents dance in local Dolan Maxrap folk style in Awat county in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on 9 October 2018. Photo: China News Service In February, I asked, "Does the West Repeating Claims of China Committing Genocide in Xinjiang Reify It?" China is continually being raked over the coals by western governments …

Ajay Hegde, Shubha Rao (2021-04-17). [Correspondence] Institutional racism and national lockdowns. thelancet.com Reading Soham Bandyopadhyay's Correspondence,1 we find it unfortunate that lockdown measures are viewed with religious and racist sentiments amid a pandemic. Bandyopadhyay seems to have unilaterally misinterpreted the UK Government's advice on returning home for Christmas, which to many people in the UK simply means a holiday period. It would be incorrect to drag minority ethnic and religious beliefs into this policy.

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-17). Why Xinjiang is emerging as the epicenter of the US Cold War on China. peoplesdispatch.org The US government's information warfare against China has produced the "fact" that there is genocide in Xinjiang. Once this has been established, it helps develop diplomatic and economic warfare…

Stop US Aid to Israel (2021-04-17). HR 2590 Rep McCollum's Bill Protecting Palestinians. indybay.org As she did in the 115th and 116th Congress, on April 15, 2021, Dem. Rep. of Minnesota, Betty McCollum introduced HR 2590, the Defending the Human Rights of Palestinian Children and Families Living Under Israeli Military Occupation Act which "prohibits Israel from using U.S. taxpayer dollars in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem for: the military detention, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children in Israeli military detention; to support the seizure and destruction of Palestinian property and homes in violation of international humanitarian law; or, to extend any assistance or support for Israel's u…

Medea Benjamin (2021-04-17). The Hawks Who Want War with Iran Are Working Overtime. globalresearch.ca Last week's cyberattack on an Iranian nuclear facility, reportedly by Israeli …

Georgina Ferry (2021-04-17). [Perspectives] Mary Susan Malahlela: practising medicine under apartheid. thelancet.com Until well into the 20th century, the only way Black South Africans could train as doctors was to travel abroad. This was an expensive option and there were few scholarships, so the numbers remained small. Not until 1941 did South African medical schools agree to admit a small minority of students of Indian or African ancestry. One of the first through the doors at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits) in Johannesburg was Mary Susan Malahlela. In 1947, she became the first Black woman to qualify in South Africa.

Black Catholic Messenger, CUBL (2021-04-17). Sunday 4/25: Enough is Enough! Community March & Rally for Black Lives in San Jose. indybay.org Downtown San Jose: Meet up at Plaza De Cesar Chavez, 1 Paseo De San Antonio, then March to San Jose City Hall, 200 200 E. Santa Clara Street for Rally | Masks and Social Distancing Required; Peaceful Protest…

Kim Petersen (2021-04-17). Media Allegations of Genocide in Xinjiang. globalresearch.ca In February, I asked, " …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-17). Around the World in 8 Minutes: Protests erupt demanding justice for Daunte Wright in the US. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode, we take you the United States where massive protests have been taking place following the brutal police murder of Daunte Wright, increasing violence on Palestinians by extremist Israeli settlers as well as the 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Neville Teller (2021-04-17). Dahlan Plays The Long Game — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The forthcoming Palestinian elections have generated a good deal of speculation. Among the many players, one rather enigmatic figure is Mohammed Dahlan. Long believed to harbor the ambition of succeeding Mahmoud Abbas as president of the Palestinian Authority, he is currently facing a political dilemma. | "Dahlan is a convicted criminal," said a PA official recently, "and as such he won't be allowed to participate in the elections. If he enters Ramallah, he will be immediately arrested and thrown into prison." | Long viewed by Abbas as a major adversary and rival, a series of personal disputes led the PA presi…

Soham Bandyopadhyay (2021-04-17). [Correspondence] Institutional racism and national lockdowns — Author's reply. thelancet.com I thank Richard Armitage, and Ajay Hegde and Shubha Rao for their replies to my Correspondence.1 First, it is undeniable that more people in the UK celebrate Christmas by comparison with Diwali, Eid, or other cultural festivals. However, there was never a question of comparing the importance of one festivity to another. The issue was the implementation of a thoughtless policy—a policy that simply aimed to fulfil a promise made in July, 2020, of a minimally disrupted Christmas without full consideration of the current context2 or the unique effects of such a heavy-handed approach on certain communities.

Sonali Kolhatkar (2021-04-17). Daunte Wright's Killing Makes the Case for Shrinking Police Budgets. indybay.org Three weeks into the Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin for the killing of George Floyd, a white police officer in the neighboring suburb of Brooklyn Center killed a young Black man named Daunte Wright and illustrated in tragic terms just how law enforcement remains engaged in a racist war on Black America in spite of national scrutiny.

Jonathan Cook (2021-04-17). Labour disclosure "shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn", activists say. dissidentvoice.org A group of Labour activists fighting through the courts to discover why they and others were investigated or expelled from the UK's Labour Party for antisemitism say they have flushed out proof of bad faith from their accusers. The group, who call themselves Labour Activists for Justice (LA4J), say the new disclosure confirms their claim …

Ajamu Baraka (2021-04-16). Murder of Daunte Wright ruined Derek Chauvin show trial. mronline.org The Black-murder-by-cop next door to Minneapolis shows the world the dehumanization that is built into the white supremacist DNA of settler-colonialism will continue to produce crimes against our collective humanity. | April 16, 2021 | Newswire…

Mark Fiore (2021-04-16). The Prior Previous Police Shooting(s). progressive.org The names of people whose lives were cut short and the excuses from police are piling up as a horrible testament to our country's racist reality.

Anonymous007 (2021-04-16). Israel Concludes Independence Day Celebrations By Bombing Gaza. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Starting on April 14th and continuing until the evening of April 15th, Israel celebrated its Independence Day. | And what better way to commemorate the event than by exchanging fire with the Gaza Strip. | In the late hours of April 15th, and early hours of April 16th, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that a rocket had been fired at southern Israel from Gaza. | A statement by the Israel Defense Forces said alerts went off in the city of Sderot and the surrounding area. Th…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-16). Recognition of Palestine is 'Symbolic' but also Critical: The Australian Case. dissidentvoice.org Australia's Labor Party's recognition of Palestine as a State on March 30 is a welcomed position, though it comes with many caveats. Pro-Palestinian activists are justified to question the sincerity of the ALP's stance and whether Australia's Labor is genuinely prepared to fully adopt this position should they form a government following the 2022 elections. …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-04-16). Recognition of Palestine is 'Symbolic' But also Critical: the Australian Case. counterpunch.org Australia's Labor Party's recognition of Palestine as a State on March 30 is a welcomed position, though it comes with many caveats. Pro-Palestinian activists are justified to question the sincerity of the ALP's stance and whether Australia's Labor is genuinely prepared to fully adopt this position should they form a government following the 2022 elections.

_____ (2021-04-16). Pandemic Discrimination Against Asian Americans Has Long Roots. popularresistance.org "I have pepper spray and I hold it every time I'm alone right now in case I see someone that is really frightening," said New York City teacher Annie Tan, who is Chinese American. | By February 2020, friends of hers had already been verbally harassed on the subway. One had been deliberately coughed on. Another was too scared to take the train anymore. | Many Asian Americans and Asian immigrants are experiencing similar incidents. | A neighbor pointed to her and said "China virus," said Ah Ying, a homecare worker in San Francisco who immigrated years ago from Taishan, China. A physical assault on an Asian American…

Daniel Beaumont (2021-04-16). The Palestinians: "We Shall Not Be Moved" counterpunch.org The resolve of the Palestinians to live on the land that is rightly theirs, despite all the Israeli efforts to dislodge them and drive them out, has never wavered. Just as the long struggle of African Americans has persisted since in the face white resistance which has employed an evolving array of tactics to block their way, 'voting reform, being only the last.

samidoun (2021-04-16). Week of Action for Palestinian Prisoners: Events and Actions around the world. samidoun.net People and organizations around the world are preparing to mark Palestinian Prisoners' Day — April 17 — commemorated each year as a day of struggle for liberation for the Palestinian prisoners, on the front lines of confrontation, and the Palestinian people. Below are many of the actions and events taking place around the world to commemorate Palestinian Prisoners' Day 2021 and the Palestinian Prisoners' Week of Action from April 17-23! This page will be updated with further events and actions. Read the call to action from occupied Palestine in: English | Arabic | French | German | S…

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

Larry Holmes (2021-04-16). The vote in Bessemer is 'a problem for the whole working class'. workers.org The following edited remarks were made on an April 9 webinar entitled "The struggle continues — Next Steps for BAmazon Union and beyond — Organizer's Meeting" organized by supportamazonworkers.org. Holmes is Workers World Party's First Secretary and an organizer with the Workers Assembly Against Racism in New York City. My . . . |

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…

MEE staff (2021-04-16). Israel restricts entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians on first Friday of Ramadan. middleeasteye.net Israel restricts entry to Al-Aqsa Mosque for Palestinians on first Friday of Ramadan | The Israeli military blocked roads and installed makeshift checkpoints around the mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, allowing access to small numbers of Palestinians | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 13: 00 | A Palestinian woman takes part in first Friday prayers of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at Al-Aqsa Mosque, 16 April 2021 (AFP…

Ali Harb (2021-04-16). US aid must not fund Israeli abuses against Palestinians, new bill says. middleeasteye.net US aid must not fund Israeli abuses against Palestinians, new bill says | Legislation introduced by Congresswoman Betty McCollum prohibits US assistance from contributing to detention of children, home demolitions or annexation | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 19: 10 | The Israeli military detains hundreds of Palestinian children annually (B'Tselem) | Congresswoman Betty McCollum has renewed her efforts to prohibit US taxpaye…

MEE staff (2021-04-16). US senators introduce weapons oversight bill as Biden advances $23bn UAE arms sale. middleeasteye.net US senators introduce weapons oversight bill as Biden advances $23bn UAE arms sale | The bill would ensure congressional review of international weapons deals and protect against sensitive technology being sold to powers hostile to US | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 15: 40 | The UAE is set to become the second Middle Eastern country, after Israel, to acquire the US-made F-35 warplanes (Reuters/File photo) | Two senior Dem…

Jonathan Cook (2021-04-16). Labour disclosure 'shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn', activists say. middleeasteye.net Labour disclosure 'shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn', activists say | Former leader's disciplinary code, which was criticised by pro-Israel groups, is still being used under Starmer, party officials admit after court hearing | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10: 02 | Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured in London at a protest against proposed new police powers, in April 2021 (AFP) | A gro…

Jonathan Cook (2021-04-16). Labour disclosure 'shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn,' activists say. middleeasteye.net Labour disclosure 'shows antisemitism was weaponised against Corbyn,' activists say | Former leader's disciplinary code, which was criticised by pro-Israel groups, is still being used under Starmer, party officials admit after court hearing | Fri, 04/16/2021 – 10: 02 | Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, pictured in London at a protest against proposed new police powers, in April 2021 (AFP) | A gro…

Medea Benjamin, Ariel Gold (2021-04-16). The Hawks Who Want War With Iran Are Working Overtime. counterpunch.org Just as talks between the US and Iran were taking place last week in Vienna, a cyberattack was carried out on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility. Reports are that the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, was behind the attack that blacked out the facility just one day after Tehran launched new advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges and as

progressive (2021-04-16). Smoking Gun: Hate for Sale. progressive.org Hardcore rightwing merchandise communicate anti-Semitism, celebrate fascism, hype dangerous conspiracy theories, and call for violence.

No More Silence (2021-04-16). Mountain View–Rising Up Against Anti-Asian Discrimination. indybay.org Chanting "Stop the Violence–No More Silence," more than 500 demonstrators marched from the vicinity of the historic Caltrain Station at the end of Castro Street to rally in the Mountain View City Hall Plaza on April 11.

Michael Welch (2021-04-16). Genocide Drowned out by Media Silence: The Yemen War Six Years Later. globalresearch.ca "Life has become very difficult. We spend all our time looking for basic life necessities. We spend hours searching for either oil, electricity, solar energy, gas, any way to provide for our basic necessities, a life that is difficult in …

Robert Koehler (2021-04-16). Armed racism keeps no one safe. zcomm.org Racism remains embedded in its social infrastructure. Much of the country is "protected" by an occupying army…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-04-16). 'Racist, Unconstitutional, and Anti-Democratic': Florida Senate Passes GOP Anti-Protest Bill. commondreams.org www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Fight Back (2021-04-16). National Day of Action Demanding Justice for George Floyd! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR). | The day of decision is coming. Closing arguments will soon take place in the case of Derek Chauvin, one of the four cops who killed George Floyd on a Minneapolis street, and the entire world will be watching as the jury begins deliberations. We settle for nothing less than justice! | The National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression or NAARPR is calling for protests around the country, that will coincide with day that the jury reaches a verdict. It is critical th…

splcenter (2021-04-16). Rising Hate: SPLC president addresses National Press Club about dangers of increasing far-right extremism. splcenter.org &nbsp…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). 'I'll Run For President If Needed To Beat Bolsonaro' Lula Says. telesurenglish.net Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva on Thursday reaffirmed he will run for the presidency in the 2022 elections if it is what it takes to beat the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | On Thursday, the Supreme Federal Court (STF) ratified the annulment of Lula's convictions and enabled him to compete in the 2022 elections, in which Bolsonaro might take part seeking re-election. | Current, n…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-16). U.S. to add two more anti-submarine, anti-missile destroyers to Mediterranean, Black, Barents Seas. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. to add two more anti-submarine, anti-missile destroyers to Mediterranean, Black, Barents SeasRick Rozoff In recent testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, General Tod Wolters, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO's Supreme Allied Commander Europe, confirmed an earlier statement by him that two additional Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers are to be based at …

Jonathan Cook (2021-04-16). Labour Disclosure 'Shows Antisemitism Was Weaponised Against Corbyn', Activists Say. globalresearch.ca A group of Labour activists fighting through the courts to discover …

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