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2021-04-20: News Headlines

Media Lens (2021-04-20). Shocking Omissions: Capitalism's Conscience: 200 Years of The Guardian. dissidentvoice.org Long before 'the propaganda model' flew off Edward Herman's keyboard and into Manufacturing Consent, the book he co-authored with Noam Chomsky, Leo Tolstoy had captured the essence of non-conspiratorial conformity: One man does not assert the truth which he knows, because he feels himself bound to the people with whom he is engaged; another, because …

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-04-20). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election. counterpunch.org Ecuador's April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be. On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation witnessed. But a fraud-free process for casting and counting ballots does

Daniel Taylor (2021-04-20). The classes of capitalism. mronline.org Capitalist society is divided into different classes, and the relationships between those classes shape the production of wealth, the dissemination of ideas and the nature of politics. | April 20, 2021 | Newswire…

Josh Carson (2021-04-20). Hundreds march in Atlanta for Daunte Wright. liberationnews.org Three days after the killing of Daunte Wright by a police officer in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota, the Atlanta branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation organized a protest in Atlanta in solidarity with Minneapolis—demanding justice for Daunte Wright, George Floyd, and all victims of racist police terror.

Julia Rapp (2021-04-20). D.C. activists demand Justice for Daunte Wright and three Black men killed in DMV area. liberationnews.org The rally, hosted by the Party for Socialism and Liberation called for the jailing of racist killer cops and an end to racist police terror.

RT (2021-04-20). Elon Musk draws flak after claiming data logs clear Tesla's 'Autopilot' of blame in fatal 'driverless' vehicle crash. rt.com Elon Musk has sparked a row after suggesting that Tesla's in-house checks had shown its controversial 'Autopilot' driver assistance feature was not responsible for a fiery 'driverless' vehicle crash in Texas that left two dead. | Law enforcement authorities are expected to serve warrants to the carmaker on Tuesday to secure data logs from the accident, according to a Reuters On Saturday night, the fully electric 2019…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-20). Iran's Uranium Enrichment Doesn't Get Them Close to Making a Bomb. news.antiwar.com Iran's Uranium Enrichment Doesn't Get Them Close to Making a Bomb | 60% enrichment is a new accomplishment, but still well short of weapons-grade…

David Edwards (2021-04-20). Shocking Omissions: 'Capitalism's Conscience — 200 Years Of The Guardian'. zcomm.org There is a pressing need for truly critical and honest appraisals of the Guardian's record as a guardian of power. This book, barring a couple of welcome exceptions, is not it…

CJ Polychroniou (2021-04-20). Is Saving the Planet Under Capitalism Really Possible? zcomm.org C. J. Polychroniou looks at the evidence and wonders if our leaders' ever consider that capitalism is at the core of what's causing life on Earth to vanish…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-04-19). Arabic press review: Palestinian Authority mulls cancelling elections. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Palestinian Authority mulls cancelling elections | Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia investigates 11 corruption cases, an Egyptian journalist disappears after being deported from Jordan, and thousands of Jordanians are at risk of unemployment | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 14: 28 | Employees of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission display electoral lists at the commission's district offi…

Robert Fantina (2021-04-19). Renegotiating JCPOA: Biden, Europe and Iran. counterpunch.org After years of negotiations, the U.S., under President Barack Obama (don't get this writer started on him), Iran and several other nations signed an agreement that limited Iran's nuclear development program, in exchange for the lifting of many sanctions issued against that nation. This was good news all around: many nations had a major new market for their goods, Iran was able to export its own products and services, and the world, bizarrely, breathed a sigh of relief that Iran would not develop the nuclear weapons that its spokespeople always said it never had any interest in anyway; its nuclear program was for…

RT (2021-04-19). Two killed in 'driverless' Tesla, possibly using 'Autopilot' feature, as Elon Musk touts company's safety record. rt.com In another potential 'Autopilot'-related accident, two people were killed in a fiery crash in Texas with no-one in the driver's seat of the Tesla vehicle — on the same day the carmaker touted its vehicle safety record. | The fully-electric 2019 Tesla Model S had sped off the road after failing to make a turn on Saturday. It crashed into a tree north of Houston and burst into flames with the passengers trapped inside. | Local news station KPRC-2 reported that a preliminary police investigation suggested that "no one was driving" at the time of impact. One man was sitting in the front passenger seat and th…

Aaron Maté (2021-04-19). In moving UN speech, veteran diplomat confronts OPCW 'stonewalling and smear tactics' on Syria. thegrayzone.com Speaking to the UN Security Council, veteran diplomat Hans von Sponeck calls out the OPCW's "stonewalling and unacceptable smear tactics" amid growing outcry over the Syria cover-up scandal. Returning to the United Nations, veteran German diplomat and former top UN official Hans von Sponeck calls for an end to the stonewalling of accountability for the OPCW's cover-up of its April 2018 Douma chemical weapons probe. "The manner in which this serious controversy has been handled by OPCW management… has sought …

Brian Terrell (2021-04-19). Biden's Drone Wars. commondreams.org Talk of peace in Afghanistan, Yemen, the streets of the U.S., is not coherent while waging wars with drones. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/usdrones.jpg

Tom Engelhardt (2021-04-19). Tomgram: Steiner, Riazi, and Freeman, A Message from the Saudi Lobby. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Some things just never seem to end. What came to mind was the way in which, during administration after administration, the Saudis and other foreign powers have poured money into Washington to ensure that their governments and their …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-19). Iran Says It Welcomes Dialogue With Saudis After Reports of Secret Talks. news.antiwar.com On Monday, "We have seen media reports about talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia, although the reports sometimes had contradictory quotes," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a press conference. | "What is important is that the Islamic Republic of Iran has always welcomed dialogue with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and consi…

Shabbir H. Kazmi (2021-04-19). US Intelligence Agencies Playing Mantra Orchestrated By Military Complexes — OpEd. eurasiareview.com I have often raised this point that the US foreign policy is driven by 'military complexes'. The survival of these conglomerates is dependent on internal conflicts and proxy wars, often created and proliferated by the US intelligence agencies. | If presence of weapons of mass destructions in Iraq was the biggest joke of the century, Iran getting ready to attack United States is another point to laugh. If you don't agree with me read the highlights of 'The Annual Threat Assessment Report'. | According to The Annual Threat Assessment Report — 2021 prepared by the office of the US Director of National Intel…

Staff (2021-04-19). Intelligence forces seize weapons consignment SW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA) — Iranian intelligence forces seized a consignment of weapons at Khuzestan province borders.

_____ (2021-04-19). The Great Reset Morality: Euthanization of the Inessentials. strategic-culture.org Our aim is to attempt to understand the real motives of the elites, understanding that aside from what they may view as their own agency or intentions, are paradigmatic and formative questions in culture, of which they too are subjects of. | 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 | For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: | For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; | Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ | Genocid…

Susan Price (2021-04-19). India: What we can learn from the farmers' protests. greenleft.org.au The Indian farmers movement has come to signify a democratic resistance to crony capitalism, communalism and authoritarianism, writes Ruchira Talukdar.

Staff (2021-04-19). Politicizing Ukrainian plane crash deplorable, inhumane. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Secretariat of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said that trying to politicize Ukrainian plane crash is 'regrettable and inhumane'.

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2021-04-19: News Headlines

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-04-19). Arabic press review: Palestinian Authority mulls cancelling elections. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Palestinian Authority mulls cancelling elections | Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia investigates 11 corruption cases, an Egyptian journalist disappears after being deported from Jordan, and thousands of Jordanians are at risk of unemployment | Mon, 04/19/2021 – 14: 28 | Employees of the Palestinian Central Elections Commission display electoral lists at the commission's district offi…

Aaron Maté (2021-04-19). In moving UN speech, veteran diplomat confronts OPCW 'stonewalling and smear tactics' on Syria. thegrayzone.com Speaking to the UN Security Council, veteran diplomat Hans von Sponeck calls out the OPCW's "stonewalling and unacceptable smear tactics" amid growing outcry over the Syria cover-up scandal. Returning to the United Nations, veteran German diplomat and former top UN official Hans von Sponeck calls for an end to the stonewalling of accountability for the OPCW's cover-up of its April 2018 Douma chemical weapons probe. "The manner in which this serious controversy has been handled by OPCW management… has sought …

Robert Fantina (2021-04-19). Renegotiating JCPOA: Biden, Europe and Iran. counterpunch.org After years of negotiations, the U.S., under President Barack Obama (don't get this writer started on him), Iran and several other nations signed an agreement that limited Iran's nuclear development program, in exchange for the lifting of many sanctions issued against that nation. This was good news all around: many nations had a major new market for their goods, Iran was able to export its own products and services, and the world, bizarrely, breathed a sigh of relief that Iran would not develop the nuclear weapons that its spokespeople always said it never had any interest in anyway; its nuclear program was for…

RT (2021-04-19). Two killed in 'driverless' Tesla, possibly using 'Autopilot' feature, as Elon Musk touts company's safety record. rt.com In another potential 'Autopilot'-related accident, two people were killed in a fiery crash in Texas with no-one in the driver's seat of the Tesla vehicle — on the same day the carmaker touted its vehicle safety record. | The fully-electric 2019 Tesla Model S had sped off the road after failing to make a turn on Saturday. It crashed into a tree north of Houston and burst into flames with the passengers trapped inside. | Local news station KPRC-2 reported that a preliminary police investigation suggested that "no one was driving" at the time of impact. One man was sitting in the front passenger seat and th…

Brian Terrell (2021-04-19). Biden's Drone Wars. commondreams.org Talk of peace in Afghanistan, Yemen, the streets of the U.S., is not coherent while waging wars with drones. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/usdrones.jpg

Tom Engelhardt (2021-04-19). Tomgram: Steiner, Riazi, and Freeman, A Message from the Saudi Lobby. warisacrime.org This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To receive TomDispatch in your inbox three times a week, click here. Some things just never seem to end. What came to mind was the way in which, during administration after administration, the Saudis and other foreign powers have poured money into Washington to ensure that their governments and their …

_____ (2021-04-19). The Great Reset Morality: Euthanization of the Inessentials. strategic-culture.org Our aim is to attempt to understand the real motives of the elites, understanding that aside from what they may view as their own agency or intentions, are paradigmatic and formative questions in culture, of which they too are subjects of. | 2 Corinthians 10: 3-5 | For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: | For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; | Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ | Genocid…

Staff (2021-04-19). Intelligence forces seize weapons consignment SW Iran. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA) — Iranian intelligence forces seized a consignment of weapons at Khuzestan province borders.

Shabbir H. Kazmi (2021-04-19). US Intelligence Agencies Playing Mantra Orchestrated By Military Complexes — OpEd. eurasiareview.com I have often raised this point that the US foreign policy is driven by 'military complexes'. The survival of these conglomerates is dependent on internal conflicts and proxy wars, often created and proliferated by the US intelligence agencies. | If presence of weapons of mass destructions in Iraq was the biggest joke of the century, Iran getting ready to attack United States is another point to laugh. If you don't agree with me read the highlights of 'The Annual Threat Assessment Report'. | According to The Annual Threat Assessment Report — 2021 prepared by the office of the US Director of National Intel…

Susan Price (2021-04-19). India: What we can learn from the farmers' protests. greenleft.org.au The Indian farmers movement has come to signify a democratic resistance to crony capitalism, communalism and authoritarianism, writes Ruchira Talukdar.

Staff (2021-04-19). Politicizing Ukrainian plane crash deplorable, inhumane. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 19 (MNA) — Spokesman for the Secretariat of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said that trying to politicize Ukrainian plane crash is 'regrettable and inhumane'.

C.J. Polychroniou (2021-04-18). Rescuing the Planet Is Still Possible: The Case for a Global Green New Deal. commondreams.org It is irrational to rely on capitalist solutions to global warming when it is capitalism itself that has led us towards the current path of a climate catastrophe. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/california_0.png

Aaron Maté (2021-04-18). At UN, Aaron Maté debunks OPCW's Syria lies and confronts US, UK on cover-up. thegrayzone.com In remarks to the UN Security Council, Aaron Maté of The Grayzone debunks the OPCW's lies about its Syria cover-up scandal and challenges the US and UK on their role. Speaking to the United Nations Security Council, Aaron Maté of The Grayzone takes apart the OPCW's excuses for refusing to address the organization's Syria cover-up scandal. OPCW inspectors found no evidence to support allegations of a Syrian government chemical weapons attack in the city of Douma in April 2018. But …

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

Pete Dolack (2021-04-18). The "Innocence" of Early Capitalism is Another Fantastical Myth. counterpunch.org It is not unusual for critics of United States foreign policy, whether or not they feel free to use the term "imperialism," to express regret that a previously rational system has soured. Such sentiments are routine for liberals and hardly unknown among social democrats. Such sentiments are, to anyone who cares to pursue a study

Yves Smith (2021-04-18). Michael Hudson: America's neoliberal financialization policy vs. China's industrial socialism. mronline.org Nearly half a millennium ago Niccolo Machiavelli's The Princedescribed three options for how a conquering power might treat states that it defeated in war but that "have been accustomed to live under their own laws and in freedom. | April 18, 2021 | Newswire…

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

MEE, agencies (2021-04-18). Egypt: Nearly 100 people injured after train derails north of Cairo. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Nearly 100 people injured after train derails north of Cairo | More than 50 ambulances rushed to the site in Qalioubia province after several carriages came off the track | Sun, 04/18/2021 – 14: 57 | At least 20 people were killed and nearly 200 were injured last month when two trains collided near Tahta, about 440km south of Cairo (Reuters) | Ninety-seven people were injured on Sun…

RT (2021-04-18). Skier reportedly 'dies after striking tree during Avachinsky Marathon' in Russia (VIDEO). rt.com A skier has died while competing in the 30km Avachinsky Marathon in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy after striking a tree during Sunday's endurance race, according to reports accompanied by footage which appeared to show a horror crash. | The unnamed participant is understood to have been killed while taking part in the race, with purported footage of the alleged tragedy uploaded to social media showing an incident in which a skier loses control as they navigate a right turn before crashing directly into a tree. | Two other skiers also lost control on the bend but appeared to have escaped uninjured. | The athlete wh…

RT (2021-04-18). 'I asked him if he was trying to kill us': F1's Russell details fiery exchange with rival Bottas after Imola horror smash (VIDEO). rt.com British driver George Russell has detailed his testy words for Formula 1 rival Valtteri Bottas after the pair were involved in a huge collision during Sunday's second race of the season at Imola. | Both Russell and Bottas were in the top 10 on the 31st lap of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix when, as Russell attempted to navigate a pass of Bottas on the outside, Finnish driver Bottas appeared to shunt his car to the right and into Russell's path — forcing the 23-year-old onto the wet grass and causing him to lose control of his car, smashing directly into the side of Bottas' Mercedes. | Heavy rain had led to…

RT (2021-04-18). Spanish police raid illegal 3D-printed weapons workshop capable of producing a gun barrel IN MINUTES. rt.com Spanish police have seized weapons, including a replica assault rifle and explosives, in a raid on what has been called the first illegal 3D-printed weapons workshop in Spain, capable of producing weapon parts in minutes. | Law enforcement officers raided a facility in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands and arrested its owner, whose identity was not revealed, a The operation took place in September 2020 but remained secret until now…

_____ (2021-04-18). A Demonstrator's Guide To Understanding Riot Munitions. popularresistance.org This article offers an overview of less-lethal projectiles—both chemical weapons and impact munitions. The police themselves don't bother distinguishing the two. We'll cover chemical weapons like tear gas and pepper spray. We'll cover impact weapons like baton rounds, rubber bullets, and pepper-balls. We'll cover the systems police use to apply these weapons, including air guns, sprays, grenades, grenade launchers, and shotguns. We'll cover the ways that police mark people for arrest—and the ways they probably don't. Other articles in this series discuss batons and other police weaponry. One of the mo…

Double Down News (2021-04-18). Video: The Terrifying $1.2 Trillion Plan that Could Kill 90% of Humanity. globalresearch.ca The US will soon review its nuclear weapons programme. | Should it …

sputniknews (2021-04-18). US Convoy Spotted Transporting Weapons, Logistic Materials to Its Base in Northern Syria. sputniknews.com Syrian media have reported that US forces have transported weapons, as well as smuggled oil and stolen wheat, to its bases in Syria and Iraq on multiple occasions, despite the fact that the Syrian Arab Republic has never allowed the American military presence in the country.

Kanbawza Win (2021-04-18). The Clarian Call Of The People Of Burma — OpEd. eurasiareview.com When will the free world listen to the clarion call of the people of Burma, who have made 730 supreme sacrifices, 3,152 detained and over 870 arrest warrants issued, not to mention the 40 children killed (as according to the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners)? The entire country of 55 million plus people are ardently appealing to the arsenals of democratic countries, knowing full well that the leading authoritarian countries are pouring more oil on this burning inferno, not only by using their veto powers at the UN Security Council but also by supplying more lethal heavy weapons to use it on its o…

Dean Baker (2021-04-18). Tax Stock Returns: If Biden Really Wants to Close Corporate Income Tax Loopholes. cepr.net (This post first appeared on my Patreon page.) President Biden has indicated that he wants to raise much of the money to cover the cost of his infrastructure program by raising the corporate income tax. The amount of money raised through the corporate income tax plummeted following the Trump tax cut in 2017. In non-recession …

Staff (2021-04-18). 5 soldiers lose lives in helicopter crash in Peru. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — At least five Peruvian servicemen have died in a helicopter crash in the country's Department of Cusco.

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