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2021-04-11: News Headlines

Ron Jacobs (2021-04-11). Biden, Blinken and DOD. counterpunch.org Although the Blinken-Biden foreign policy approach may be more palatable to European governments and much of the US population, that doesn't mean it's that different from what preceded it. Besides the possible reinstatement of the Iran nuclear deal and a re-engagement with Cuba, little seems likely to change. US residents will continue to be told

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Live: Ecuador Hits the Polls in Decisive Runoff Election. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker; and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, regional banking, extractivism and more. | 8: 00 AM EST – Election observers harassed by police after meeting with correista lawmaker Fausto Jarrin Teran | The electoral observation mission of the U.S. human rights organization CODEPINK currently in Ecuador to observe today's presidential elections was accosted by police as it were l…

China Dialogue (2021-04-11). Why Activists have Launched a Fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty. juancole.com By Isabella Kaminski | — ( China Dialogue ) A fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty (FFNPT) initiative was formally launched last September by a coalition of academics, lawyers and activists. It's modelled on the landmark UN Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons agreed in the 1960s, and is built around the same three pillars: non-proliferation, …

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-04-11). Wells Fargo and BlackRock Fossil Fuel Funding Protested. indybay.org Activists paint street mural on Montgomery Street and leave their mark at BlackRock…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-11). Military Situation In Yemen On April 11, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 245 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 10, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 3 airstrikes on the Haradh area | On April 10, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Khab and Shaaf area | On April 10, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 10, Ansar Allah repelled an attack by the Saudi…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-11). Electrical "Incident" Strikes Iran's Natanz Nuclear Facility. southfront.org FILE IMAGE: An Iranian technician is at the Natanz enrichment facility | On April 11, parts of the electrical grid at Iran's main nuclear facilities at Natanz have been compromised after an "incident", according to the reports by Al Jazeera."The reasons behind the incident are being investigated and additional information will be provided later," spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi told the Fars News Agency. | There were no casualties as a result of the incident. No environmental poll…

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Iran launches advanced IR-6 uranium enrichment centrifuges to mark Day of Nuclear Technology. ecns.cn Iran celebrated its National Day of Nuclear Technology on Saturday with an event held simultaneously in Tehran and in nuclear sites in different Iranian cities, in which advanced IR-6 centrifuges started operating, and more than 100 other nuclear industry innovations were unveiled.

Kathy Kelly (2021-04-10). Hunting in Yemen. dissidentvoice.org Iman Saleh fasting in Washington D.C. to protest the blockade and war against Yemen (Photo Credit: Detriot Free Press) "It's not normal for people to live like this," says Iman Saleh, now on her twelfth day of a hunger strike demanding an end to war in Yemen. Since March 29th, in Washington, D.C., Iman Saleh, …

samidoun (2021-04-10). Video: Defending Palestine, Fighting Repression — international webinar. samidoun.net On Friday, 9 April, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network organized an international webinar on "Defending Palestine, Fighting Repression." Inspired by a number of recent attacks on the Palestinian and Palestine solidarity movement internationally, including the labeling of Samidoun as a "terrorist organization" by Israeli Defense Minister and war criminal Benny Gantz; the demand by a member of the French national assembly to dissolve Collectif Palestine Vaincra, and ongoing repression of Palestine organizing in Germany, the event brought together activists engaged in resisting repression and building…

_____ (2021-04-10). Network In Defense Of Humanity Rejects Aggressions By Armed Groups. popularresistance.org The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity, in view of the confrontations that began on March 21 between the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and irregular armed groups in La Victoria, Apure State, near the Colombian border, declares: | -It is an insistently repeated historical fact that irregular armed groups from Colombia, sometimes with the complicit tolerance, sometimes with the connivance, and sometimes with the declared support of the government of that country, crossing into Venezuela's borders to commit common crimes and destabilize the legitimate government. | -We a…

samidoun (2021-04-10). Open letter on the assassination of labour and Indigenous activists in the Philippines. samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joined with the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) Canada and 64 more organizations and individuals in response to "Bloody Sunday," the assassination of 9 labour and Indigenous leaders in the Philippines by the Philippines National Army on 4-7 March 2021. Sixty-five organizations (including churches, trade unions and Filipino associations) and prominent individuals based in Canada have jointly sent a letter calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to publicly condemn the state-sponsored terror perpetrated by the government of Philip…

Lucas Koerner (2021-04-10). Who's afraid of Hugo Chávez? Race, empire, and Chavismo's revolutionary subjectivity. mronline.org Lucas Koerner examines the U.S. Empire's fixation with Chavismo. | April 10, 2021 | Newswire…

Liberation Staff (2021-04-10). The Real Story: When U.S. Empire Waged War vs. Socialism in Afghanistan: 1978-1990s. liberationnews.org The United States has been intervening in Afghanistan since 1979. Trump and now Biden promise to end U.S. involvement in the Afghanistan war. But imperialist domination in the country continues.

otowenh (2021-04-10). ALBA-TCP Women and Gender Meeting Revitalizes Fight Against Patriarchy and Imperialism. orinocotribune.com "It is not possible to separate the struggle against patriarchy from the struggle against imperialism and the hegemonic policies of domination," stated the meeting resolution. | High-ranking authorities related to Women and Gender Issues of ALBA-TCP states met on Wednesday to assess progress and challenges in the construction of a fairer, more egalitarian society without exclusion. | The meeting included the participation and interventions of high-level authorities and representatives of Nicaragua, Bolivia, Granada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Venezuela and Cuba. | Secretary General Sacha LLorenti opened the m…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-10). Venezuela's Arreaza Denounces Colombia's 'Unusual' Response to Request for Dialogue to Fight Colombian Paramilitary. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza described as "unusual" the position of Colombia regarding Venezuela's request for dialogue made through the United Nations, to coordinate a response to Colombian paramilitary incursion in recent weeks inside Venezuelan territory and causing death, damage to property, and panic in the population. | The Venezuelan diplomat, in response to a message on Twitter from the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Colombia, pointed out that his Colombian counterpart had replied to Venezuela's request for dialogue with "a primitive, irresponsible and ideological script." | According to…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-10). Pre-emptive Nuclear War: The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran. globalresearch.ca The text below is Chapter III of Michel Chossudovsky's book entitled: This chapter provides a …

_____ (2021-04-10). Truth Commission Details Horrible Crimes Akin To Native American Genocide And Slavery. popularresistance.org With a new Cold War heating up between the U.S. and Russia and China, Witness for Peace Southwest, Addicted to War and CodePink organized a Truth Commission on the original Cold War on March 21st, which brought together the testimony of historians, activists and others who lived through the period. | Following a hearing three years ago, the Zoom event was hosted by Frank Dorrel, publisher of the popular anti-war text Addicted to War, and Rachel Bruhnke, a high school Spanish teacher and member of Witness for Peace Southwest. In her opening remarks, Bruhnke emphasized that the Cold War should rank as one of three…

otowenh (2021-04-10). World Has to Learn Iran is a Nuclear State. orinocotribune.com While much has been said about Iran's nuclear program lately, specifically over the last two decades or so, the country's urge to acquire nuclear technology actually dates back to much earlier, the 1950s. In 1957, under the then-Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran started a nuclear program by signing a deal with the United States administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower to provide Iran with equipment and knowhow. And the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran was founded in 1973. | In 1967, Iran signed

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-10). Aid worker sentenced to 20 years in Saudi prison. peoplesdispatch.org A Saudi terror court sentenced a former Red Crescent employee Abdulrahman al-Sadhan to 20 years in prison and a two-decade travel ban. He is believed to have been convicted for operating an anonymous Twitter account critical of the Saudi regime.

Carola Chavez (2021-04-10). Summary of Latest Venezuelan Fake News. orinocotribune.com By Carola Chavez — Apr 7, 2021 | Last weekend, a thug from the El Coqui gang took a dip in the pool of a police club. I saw it with my own eyes: a guy on the edge of the pool, throwing himself in, as if it was an everyday thing, along with a write-up that said who he was. "We do not believe in policemen, or in anyone," they said, dying of laughter, and then splash! | The dip was a trending topic last weekend and even today, despite the fact that one of the most vociferous "news outlets" specialized in fake news tweets posted the correction—yes—in a single and timid tweet about the false news item…

Steve Lalla (2021-04-10). Canadian Member of Parliament: Sanctions on Venezuela Are Illegal and Immoral. orinocotribune.com April 8 (Special for OrinocoTribune.com) — Don Davies, lawyer and member of Canada's national parliament, confirmed that unilateral coercive measures (UCM) imposed on Venezuela by the US and its allies, including Canada, are "illegal as well as immoral." | Davies characterized the sanctions as a violation of international law. He also attested that "regime" change was the apparent goal of the unilateral coercive measures, in contravention of the United Nations' legal framework. | "These unilateral 'sanctions' are not grounded firmly in international law," said Davies. "I think these 'sanctions' are actually…

orinocotribune (2021-04-10). United Kingdom Has Not Released a Single Dollar Belonging to Venezuela for Vaccine Purchases. orinocotribune.com Venezuela is one of the few countries in the world that has had, and still has, to face Covid-19 pandemic while being subjected to an unprecedented blockade imposed by the United States and European countries. The government of President Nicolás Maduro has called incessantly for the end of these illegal coercive measures and is especially waiting for the release of $300 million kept frozen by the Bank of England. However, "not a single dollar" of that money has been released until now, informed Jorge Arreaza, Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, in a recent interview. With this money, the State intends to buy…

A Guest Author (2021-04-10). Venezuela has its strategy: Bolivarian Shield. workers.org By Sergio Rodríguez Gelfenstein/Guest Commentary The writer was the director of international relations in Venezuela's presidential office and the country's ambassador to Nicaragua. Translation: John Catalinotto. President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela April 7 — Throughout its history the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), founded in 1947, has been the main actor . . . |

RT (2021-04-10). 'Solemn tone' & 'high public interest': Amid mountain of complaints, BBC EXPLAINS its non-stop Prince Philip coverage to the world. rt.com Amid a torrent of complaints at home, the BBC put out a special message to Russia, China and Iran, saying that its 'round the clock coverage of Prince Philip's death was completely normal, and actually in the public interest. | When the Duke of Edinburgh passed away at the age of 99 on Friday, the BBC went into overdrive. All frivolous programming was cancelled, newsreaders donned black, and the late husband of Queen Elizabeth II became the subject of every minute of coverage for the remainder of the day. While many Brits were undoubtedly in mourning, some thought the display was overkill, and the BBC eventual…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-10). Saudi Arabia executes three soldiers accused of 'high treason'. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia executes three soldiers accused of 'high treason' | The kingdom carried out 27 executions in 2020, down from 185 the previous year | Sat, 04/10/2021 – 11: 13 | Saudi soldiers seen during the withdrawal of fighters loyal to Yemen's separatist Southern Transitional Council in Yemen's Abyan province in December 2020 (AFP) | Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed three soldiers found g…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-10). Fighting in Yemen's Marib escalates, as 53 killed in 24 hours. middleeasteye.net Fighting in Yemen's Marib escalates, as 53 killed in 24 hours | A military source said Houthis have made small territorial gains but do not yet threaten Marib city itself | Sat, 04/10/2021 – 12: 04 | A fighter with forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government holds a position against Houthi fighters in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib, on 6 April 6 2021 (AFP) | At least 53 pro-gov…

Kathy Kelly (2021-04-10). Hunting In Yemen — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Since March 29th, in Washington, D.C., Iman Saleh, age 26, has been on a Saleh decries the prevention of fuel from entering a key port in Yemen's northern region. | "When people think of famine, they wouldn't consider fuel as contributing to that, but when you're blocking fuel fro…

Arab News (2021-04-10). Why Biden Will Regret Seeking A 'Quick Win' On Iran — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Baria Alamuddin* | Positive statements by Iranian officials after last week's meeting in Vienna suggest that if the Americans and Europeans are considering additional demands in an updated Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), nobody has told the Iranians. | State Department comments about readiness to lift "sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA" also suggest that Biden may have chosen the path of least resistance for returning to a flawed and limited nuclear deal, with no mechanism for addressing Tehran's terrorism, paramilitarism, expansionism, missile proliferation and warmongering. It is…

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-10). Efforts Underway For Release Of Iranian Tanker Seized By Indonesia. eurasiareview.com Tehran is proceeding with efforts for the release of an Iranian oil tanker that was seized in Indonesian waters in January, the spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said. | Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Saturday that consultations are underway for the release of the Iranian oil tanker 'MT Horse'. | "The case is being pursued by engaging a lawyer and through legal proceedings, and will continue until achieving the final result," he noted. | The spokesman said "extensive investigations" suggest that the Iranian-flagged oil tanker has not committed any violations. | "Therefore, the authorities of the friendl…

Cyrus Yaqubi (2021-04-10). Why Is Iranian Regime Afraid Of Negotiating With The US? — OpEd. eurasiareview.com After three months, President Biden in an effort to curb the expansion of Iranian regime's nuclear program within the framework of JCPOA, indirectly through his European partners, started negotiation with the Iranian representatives in Vienna, Austria. Although Iran's representatives have ostensibly stated that they will not negotiate directly or indirectly with the United States until the lifting of sanctions by the United States, it is clear to observers that the meeting in Vienna was a kind of negotiation between the two countries. | The meeting even provoked some reactions from opponents of negotiations wi…

RFE RL (2021-04-10). Iran Launches Production Of New Centrifuges After Start Of Nuclear Talks In Vienna. eurasiareview.com ( Rohani was seen in a live state TV broadcast at the Natanz nuclear plant ordering the injection of uranium gas into the centrifuges and mechanical tests on its newest advanced nuclear centrifuge. | T…

Kathy Kelly (2021-04-10). Hunting in Yemen. commondreams.org "It's not normal for people to live like this," says Iman Saleh, now on her thirteenth day of a hunger strike demanding an end to war in Yemen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

C√©sar Chelala (2021-04-10). Yemen Is a Public Health Catastrophe. commondreams.org The country's civilians have been the unwilling participants in a proxy war that has cost hundreds of thousands of lives and has left the public health system in shambles. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-10). Military Situation In Yemen On April 10, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 219 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 9, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 9, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 6 airstrikes on the Khab and Shaaf area | On April 9, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Sawadiyah area | On April 9, Ansar Allah attacked Abha Airport with a Qas…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-10). Saudi Arabia Executes Three Of Its Soldiers Convicted Of 'High Treason'. southfront.org Saudi troops at their base in Yemen's southern port city of Aden in 2015. IMAGE: Reuters | On April 10, the Ministry of Defense of Saudi Arabia announced that three of its soldiers were executed after being convicted of committing "high treason". | In a brief statement, the ministry said that the three soldiers had collaborated with an "enemy" and acted against the interests of the Kingdom."The three soldiers were convicted of high treason following the investigation which uncovered their collaboration with the enemy over pl…

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). Ban on Xinjiang cotton called anti-China ploy. ecns.cn The United States' ban on Xinjiang-grown cotton over allegations of "forced labor" is aimed at destabilizing China, said some peace activists who also accuse the U.S. government of failing to address its own human rights violations.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). Chinese envoy urges U.S. to immediately lift unilateral sanctions against Iran. ecns.cn The U.S. promise on lifting unilateral sanctions against Iran must be put into action immediately, said Wang Qun, Chinese envoy to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, on Friday.

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2021-04-10: News Headlines

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-04-10). Pre-emptive Nuclear War: The Role of Israel in Triggering an Attack on Iran. globalresearch.ca The text below is Chapter III of Michel Chossudovsky's book entitled: This chapter provides a …

samidoun (2021-04-10). Video: Defending Palestine, Fighting Repression — international webinar. samidoun.net On Friday, 9 April, Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network organized an international webinar on "Defending Palestine, Fighting Repression." Inspired by a number of recent attacks on the Palestinian and Palestine solidarity movement internationally, including the labeling of Samidoun as a "terrorist organization" by Israeli Defense Minister and war criminal Benny Gantz; the demand by a member of the French national assembly to dissolve Collectif Palestine Vaincra, and ongoing repression of Palestine organizing in Germany, the event brought together activists engaged in resisting repression and building…

_____ (2021-04-10). Network In Defense Of Humanity Rejects Aggressions By Armed Groups. popularresistance.org The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity, in view of the confrontations that began on March 21 between the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and irregular armed groups in La Victoria, Apure State, near the Colombian border, declares: | -It is an insistently repeated historical fact that irregular armed groups from Colombia, sometimes with the complicit tolerance, sometimes with the connivance, and sometimes with the declared support of the government of that country, crossing into Venezuela's borders to commit common crimes and destabilize the legitimate government. | -We a…

samidoun (2021-04-10). Open letter on the assassination of labour and Indigenous activists in the Philippines. samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network joined with the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP) Canada and 64 more organizations and individuals in response to "Bloody Sunday," the assassination of 9 labour and Indigenous leaders in the Philippines by the Philippines National Army on 4-7 March 2021. Sixty-five organizations (including churches, trade unions and Filipino associations) and prominent individuals based in Canada have jointly sent a letter calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to publicly condemn the state-sponsored terror perpetrated by the government of Philip…

_____ (2021-04-10). Truth Commission Details Horrible Crimes Akin To Native American Genocide And Slavery. popularresistance.org With a new Cold War heating up between the U.S. and Russia and China, Witness for Peace Southwest, Addicted to War and CodePink organized a Truth Commission on the original Cold War on March 21st, which brought together the testimony of historians, activists and others who lived through the period. | Following a hearing three years ago, the Zoom event was hosted by Frank Dorrel, publisher of the popular anti-war text Addicted to War, and Rachel Bruhnke, a high school Spanish teacher and member of Witness for Peace Southwest. In her opening remarks, Bruhnke emphasized that the Cold War should rank as one of three…

Lucas Koerner (2021-04-10). Who's afraid of Hugo Chávez? Race, empire, and Chavismo's revolutionary subjectivity. mronline.org Lucas Koerner examines the U.S. Empire's fixation with Chavismo. | April 10, 2021 | Newswire…

Liberation Staff (2021-04-10). The Real Story: When U.S. Empire Waged War vs. Socialism in Afghanistan: 1978-1990s. liberationnews.org The United States has been intervening in Afghanistan since 1979. Trump and now Biden promise to end U.S. involvement in the Afghanistan war. But imperialist domination in the country continues.

otowenh (2021-04-10). ALBA-TCP Women and Gender Meeting Revitalizes Fight Against Patriarchy and Imperialism. orinocotribune.com "It is not possible to separate the struggle against patriarchy from the struggle against imperialism and the hegemonic policies of domination," stated the meeting resolution. | High-ranking authorities related to Women and Gender Issues of ALBA-TCP states met on Wednesday to assess progress and challenges in the construction of a fairer, more egalitarian society without exclusion. | The meeting included the participation and interventions of high-level authorities and representatives of Nicaragua, Bolivia, Granada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Venezuela and Cuba. | Secretary General Sacha LLorenti opened the m…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-10). Venezuela's Arreaza Denounces Colombia's 'Unusual' Response to Request for Dialogue to Fight Colombian Paramilitary. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza described as "unusual" the position of Colombia regarding Venezuela's request for dialogue made through the United Nations, to coordinate a response to Colombian paramilitary incursion in recent weeks inside Venezuelan territory and causing death, damage to property, and panic in the population. | The Venezuelan diplomat, in response to a message on Twitter from the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Colombia, pointed out that his Colombian counterpart had replied to Venezuela's request for dialogue with "a primitive, irresponsible and ideological script." | According to…

otowenh (2021-04-10). World Has to Learn Iran is a Nuclear State. orinocotribune.com While much has been said about Iran's nuclear program lately, specifically over the last two decades or so, the country's urge to acquire nuclear technology actually dates back to much earlier, the 1950s. In 1957, under the then-Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran started a nuclear program by signing a deal with the United States administration of President Dwight D. Eisenhower to provide Iran with equipment and knowhow. And the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran was founded in 1973. | In 1967, Iran signed

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-10). Aid worker sentenced to 20 years in Saudi prison. peoplesdispatch.org A Saudi terror court sentenced a former Red Crescent employee Abdulrahman al-Sadhan to 20 years in prison and a two-decade travel ban. He is believed to have been convicted for operating an anonymous Twitter account critical of the Saudi regime.

Carola Chavez (2021-04-10). Summary of Latest Venezuelan Fake News. orinocotribune.com By Carola Chavez — Apr 7, 2021 | Last weekend, a thug from the El Coqui gang took a dip in the pool of a police club. I saw it with my own eyes: a guy on the edge of the pool, throwing himself in, as if it was an everyday thing, along with a write-up that said who he was. "We do not believe in policemen, or in anyone," they said, dying of laughter, and then splash! | The dip was a trending topic last weekend and even today, despite the fact that one of the most vociferous "news outlets" specialized in fake news tweets posted the correction—yes—in a single and timid tweet about the false news item…

Steve Lalla (2021-04-10). Canadian Member of Parliament: Sanctions on Venezuela Are Illegal and Immoral. orinocotribune.com April 8 (Special for OrinocoTribune.com) — Don Davies, lawyer and member of Canada's national parliament, confirmed that unilateral coercive measures (UCM) imposed on Venezuela by the US and its allies, including Canada, are "illegal as well as immoral." | Davies characterized the sanctions as a violation of international law. He also attested that "regime" change was the apparent goal of the unilateral coercive measures, in contravention of the United Nations' legal framework. | "These unilateral 'sanctions' are not grounded firmly in international law," said Davies. "I think these 'sanctions' are actually…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-10). Saudi Arabia executes three soldiers accused of 'high treason'. middleeasteye.net Saudi Arabia executes three soldiers accused of 'high treason' | The kingdom carried out 27 executions in 2020, down from 185 the previous year | Sat, 04/10/2021 – 11: 13 | Saudi soldiers seen during the withdrawal of fighters loyal to Yemen's separatist Southern Transitional Council in Yemen's Abyan province in December 2020 (AFP) | Saudi Arabia on Saturday executed three soldiers found g…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-10). Fighting in Yemen's Marib escalates, as 53 killed in 24 hours. middleeasteye.net Fighting in Yemen's Marib escalates, as 53 killed in 24 hours | A military source said Houthis have made small territorial gains but do not yet threaten Marib city itself | Sat, 04/10/2021 – 12: 04 | A fighter with forces loyal to Yemen's Saudi-backed government holds a position against Houthi fighters in Yemen's northeastern province of Marib, on 6 April 6 2021 (AFP) | At least 53 pro-gov…

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). Ban on Xinjiang cotton called anti-China ploy. ecns.cn The United States' ban on Xinjiang-grown cotton over allegations of "forced labor" is aimed at destabilizing China, said some peace activists who also accuse the U.S. government of failing to address its own human rights violations.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). Chinese envoy urges U.S. to immediately lift unilateral sanctions against Iran. ecns.cn The U.S. promise on lifting unilateral sanctions against Iran must be put into action immediately, said Wang Qun, Chinese envoy to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, on Friday.

orinocotribune (2021-04-10). United Kingdom Has Not Released a Single Dollar Belonging to Venezuela for Vaccine Purchases. orinocotribune.com Venezuela is one of the few countries in the world that has had, and still has, to face Covid-19 pandemic while being subjected to an unprecedented blockade imposed by the United States and European countries. The government of President Nicolás Maduro has called incessantly for the end of these illegal coercive measures and is especially waiting for the release of $300 million kept frozen by the Bank of England. However, "not a single dollar" of that money has been released until now, informed Jorge Arreaza, Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, in a recent interview. With this money, the State intends to buy…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-10). Military Situation In Yemen On April 10, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Liaison and Coordination Officers' Operations Room (loyal to Ansar Allah) reported 219 ceasefire violations in al-Hudaydah during the past 24 hours | On April 9, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Sarwah area | On April 9, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 6 airstrikes on the Khab and Shaaf area | On April 9, Saudi-led coalition warplanes conducted 4 airstrikes on the Sawadiyah area | On April 9, Ansar Allah attacked Abha Airport with a Qas…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-10). Saudi Arabia Executes Three Of Its Soldiers Convicted Of 'High Treason'. southfront.org Saudi troops at their base in Yemen's southern port city of Aden in 2015. IMAGE: Reuters | On April 10, the Ministry of Defense of Saudi Arabia announced that three of its soldiers were executed after being convicted of committing "high treason". | In a brief statement, the ministry said that the three soldiers had collaborated with an "enemy" and acted against the interests of the Kingdom."The three soldiers were convicted of high treason following the investigation which uncovered their collaboration with the enemy over pl…

Kathy Kelly (2021-04-10). Hunting In Yemen — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Since March 29th, in Washington, D.C., Iman Saleh, age 26, has been on a Saleh decries the prevention of fuel from entering a key port in Yemen's northern region. | "When people think of famine, they wouldn't consider fuel as contributing to that, but when you're blocking fuel fro…

Arab News (2021-04-10). Why Biden Will Regret Seeking A 'Quick Win' On Iran — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Baria Alamuddin* | Positive statements by Iranian officials after last week's meeting in Vienna suggest that if the Americans and Europeans are considering additional demands in an updated Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), nobody has told the Iranians. | State Department comments about readiness to lift "sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA" also suggest that Biden may have chosen the path of least resistance for returning to a flawed and limited nuclear deal, with no mechanism for addressing Tehran's terrorism, paramilitarism, expansionism, missile proliferation and warmongering. It is…

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-10). Efforts Underway For Release Of Iranian Tanker Seized By Indonesia. eurasiareview.com Tehran is proceeding with efforts for the release of an Iranian oil tanker that was seized in Indonesian waters in January, the spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said. | Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Saturday that consultations are underway for the release of the Iranian oil tanker 'MT Horse'. | "The case is being pursued by engaging a lawyer and through legal proceedings, and will continue until achieving the final result," he noted. | The spokesman said "extensive investigations" suggest that the Iranian-flagged oil tanker has not committed any violations. | "Therefore, the authorities of the friendl…

Cyrus Yaqubi (2021-04-10). Why Is Iranian Regime Afraid Of Negotiating With The US? — OpEd. eurasiareview.com After three months, President Biden in an effort to curb the expansion of Iranian regime's nuclear program within the framework of JCPOA, indirectly through his European partners, started negotiation with the Iranian representatives in Vienna, Austria. Although Iran's representatives have ostensibly stated that they will not negotiate directly or indirectly with the United States until the lifting of sanctions by the United States, it is clear to observers that the meeting in Vienna was a kind of negotiation between the two countries. | The meeting even provoked some reactions from opponents of negotiations wi…

RFE RL (2021-04-10). Iran Launches Production Of New Centrifuges After Start Of Nuclear Talks In Vienna. eurasiareview.com ( Rohani was seen in a live state TV broadcast at the Natanz nuclear plant ordering the injection of uranium gas into the centrifuges and mechanical tests on its newest advanced nuclear centrifuge. | T…

A Guest Author (2021-04-10). Venezuela has its strategy: Bolivarian Shield. workers.org By Sergio Rodríguez Gelfenstein/Guest Commentary The writer was the director of international relations in Venezuela's presidential office and the country's ambassador to Nicaragua. Translation: John Catalinotto. President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela April 7 — Throughout its history the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), founded in 1947, has been the main actor . . . |

Leon Kunstenaar (2021-04-10). Wells Fargo and BlackRock Fossil Fuel Funding Protested. indybay.org Activists paint street mural on Montgomery Street and leave their mark at BlackRock…

Paul Jay (2021-04-09). "The Most Dangerous Man" Turns 90 — Peter Kuznick on Daniel Ellsberg. mronline.org Historian Peter Kuznick looks at the significance of Daniel Ellsberg's fight against America's insane nuclear war strategy, his exposure of the lies of the Viet Nam War, and his continuing fight against the American war machine. | April 9, 2021 | Newswire…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister: Biden Acting 'Irrational' Towards Venezuela. orinocotribune.com In an interview with the international news agency AFP, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza called the position of US President Joe Biden "irrational" because of the latter's continued non-recognition of the government of President Nicolás Maduro. In effect, Arreaza said that Venezuela has not given up trying to re-establish contact with Washington in order to normalize relations between the two countries. | "We have not received any contact or positive response to the hand that President Maduro extended," said Arreaza, referring to the messages sent by the Miraflores Palace to the White House. Howe…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Venezuela Maintains the Apure Border Situation Under Control. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) Chief of Staff Admiral Remigio Ceballos Friday offered an update on the military activities in the bordering Apure state, where Colombian irregular armed groups conduct destabilization actions. | RELATED: | He informed the deployment of an additional special brigade to confront these groups, which attack Venezuelan soil without any rejection from Colombia's President…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). April 15 Webinar: Armed Conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia Border — The Battle of Apure. orinocotribune.com The armed aggression of Colombian criminal groups against the civilian population in the state of Apure, Venezuela, involved drug trafficking paramilitaries, used by Colombia and the US to attack the Bolivarian revolution. Venezuelan military regained control of the area after uncovering cocaine producing labs, airplane tracks and narco planes. | Join us to hear from the mayor of La Victoria, Apure state, the details about the current situation in his town and the measures that the Venezuelan state is taking to defend the integrity of its territory and population. | April 15, 2021 07: 00 PM ET | Link to the Zoom…

_____ (2021-04-09). Report On Shut Down Creech Actions. popularresistance.org Las Vegas/Creech Air ForceBase — Demonstrators – after blocking two entrances to the drone base here Monday – will hold a "DRONE MASSACRE MEMORIAL TUESDAY FROM 6: 30 A.M. TO 8: 30 A.M. – Activists, will display a long series of banners, stretched along the highway, each highlighting details of past U.S. drone massacres, including statistics on civilian deaths. | Anti-drone protestors used large banners in the early morning Monday/4-5-21 to nonviolently block two entrances into Creech Air Force Base, a key U.S. Drone Base. It was the first day of a weeklong protest to oppose the illegal U.S. remote targeted ki…

Ahmed Abdulkareem (2021-04-09). Biden's Empty Gesture: Houthis No Longer "Terrorists" but Yemen's Suffering Only Grows. mintpressnews.com Human rights groups have warned that levels of famine in Yemen are now among the highest recorded since 2015, suggesting that suffering in the country has actually grown worse under the Biden administration.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-09). Police crackdown on communist activists amid unrest in Kenya and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we take a look at the crackdown on communist activists in Kenya, ILO's report on widespread job losses in the LAC region, a hunger strike by undocumented workers for pandemic aid in the US, Israel's announcement that it will not cooperate with the ICC probe, and the withdrawal of felony charges against 3 organizers in the US.

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

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuela to Send Humanitarian Aid to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — La Soufrière Volcano. orinocotribune.com In the next few hours, Venezuela will send humanitarian aid and disaster management experts to cooperate in evacuation and preventive relocation of citizens in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, following the alert issued by the authorities of that country after an increase in the activity of the La Soufrière volcano. | The information was provided this Thursday, April 8, by Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza through his Twitter account @jaarreaza: "In the next few hours #Venezuela will send humanitarian supplies and disaster management experts to cooperate in evacuation and preventive relocation of…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Cuba: Health Minister Urges More Prevention To Curb COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Minister of Public Health, Dr. José àÅngel Portal Miranda, urged the population to comply with protective measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, at a time when the Caribbean country has accumulated 83,515 confirmed cases and 443 deaths due to complications of the disease. | RELATED: | Interviewed by a local TV program, the official said that the Cuban health system faces its most challenging moment since COVID-19 started on the is…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-09). Amazon workers in Chicago protest against 'brutal' megacycle shifts and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at a walkout staged by Amazon workers in Chicago, the Biden administration's decision to restore aid to UNRWA, protests in Iraq for job opportunities, record surges in Covid-19 cases in India, and the sentencing of an aid worker to 20 years in prison by a Saudi Court…

Ted Kelly (2021-04-09). Talking to co-author, with Mumia Abu-Jamal of 'Murder, Incorporated'. workers.org By Ted Kelly Stephen Vittoria co-authored "Murder Incorporated — Perfecting Tyranny: Book Three (Empire, Genocide, and Manifest Destiny)," with Mumia Abu-Jamal. He also is the director of the 2012 documentary, "Mumia: Long Distance Revolutionary." Workers World conducted this interview in November 2020 prior to the book's release. Workers World: When . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-09). Felony charges against activists seeking justice for Elijah McClain withdrawn. peoplesdispatch.org The three activists, members of the local chapter of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), were among the six arrested and charged last year for organizing a protest at the Aurora police station near Denver in June and July 2020.

WSWS (2021-04-09). Israel escalates attacks on Iran, targeting vessel in Red Sea. wsws.org The attack signals Israel's determination to continue its naval offensive against Iran, despite potential reprisals from Tehran and the danger of an escalation into all-out war.

Oliver Boyd-Barrett (2021-04-09). Limitations of JCPOA Negotiation. dissidentvoice.org On April 1 — appropriate date, perhaps, for a saga of unending western foolishness and villainy — the EU announced that officials from Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France, and Germany would be meeting virtually to discuss a possible return of the USA to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Later announcements indicated that …

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-04-09). Global Proposal Against the Economic Blockade. orinocotribune.com By Pasqualina Curcio — Apr 5, 2021 | At least twenty countries are formally victims of US "sanctions". Since 1992, in the United Nations General Assembly, all countries except the US and Israel have voted against the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States on Cuba. Despite the evident majority, the US has ignored them. Good wishes, denunciations and calls to lift the blockades have not been enough to prevent these genocidal actions against entire peoples. | To put an end to these interference practices, we must make amends for two serious mistakes we made as humanity in 1944 and 1971. To do…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Dialogue With Cuba and Venezuela Is Not a US Policy Priority. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs Juan Gonzalez on Thursday confirmed that a change in policy towards Cuba and Venezuela are not priorities for President Joe Biden. | RELATED: | "The commitments made by the U.S. to the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel will be fulfilled gradually. Biden is focused on addressing other crises worldwide," he said. | In Dec. 2015, Cuba's President Raul Castro and U.S. President…

Luis A. Montero Cabrera (2021-04-09). La cultura de innovación y los empresarios: Iniciativa, emprendimiento y éxito. globalizacion.ca La historia de la humanidad y la de Cuba, por supuesto, está llena de líderes. La vocación gregaria de los seres humanos ha sido, sin dudas, una condición esencial para la existencia y subsistencia de nuestra especie. | Y esto obliga…

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

Staff (2021-04-09). Cuba's Medical Investments Led to Lower Death Rates and Aid for Other Nations. truthout.org Since last year, approximately 440 Cubans have died from COVID-19, giving Cuba one of the lowest death rates per capita in the world. Cuba is also developing five COVID-19 vaccines, including two which have entered stage 3 trials. Cuba has heavily invested in its medical and pharmaceutical system for decades, in part because of the six-decade U.S. embargo that has made it harder for Cuba to import equipment and raw materials from other countries. That investment, coupled with the country's free,…

Alex MacDonald (2021-04-09). Iraq: Activists hopeful in French legal case against former PM Abdul Mahdi. middleeasteye.net Iraq: Activists hopeful in French legal case against former PM Abdul Mahdi | Families of those killed and wounded in anti-government protests tell MEE they believe the judicial system in France can bring them justice missing at home | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 09: 19 | Iraqi mourners walk in the funeral of a prominent civil society activist who was shot dead while returning home from anti-government pro…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-09). Norway wealth fund should not include Saudi stocks in reference index, says finance ministry. middleeasteye.net Norway wealth fund should not include Saudi stocks in reference index, says finance ministry | The stocks should be excluded due to environmental, social and corporate governance risk, parliament is advised | Fri, 04/09/2021 – 12: 21 | Norway's minority government must win the support of other parties in parliament to pass its proposals (AFP) | Norway's $1.3tn sovereign wealth fund, the wo…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Iran Demands Removal of All US Sanctions Without Distinction. telesurenglish.net Iran's Foreign Affairs Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif on Friday demanded the removal of all US sanctions against his country whether or not they are linked to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). | RELATED: | This request came as Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany are meeting in Vienna to discuss ways to get the United States and Iran back into compliance with the terms agreed to in th…

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