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News 5/8/21 — by News Anon 3.0 at 05/08/21 (Sat) 20:24:48

Fire breaks out at Iran chemical factory hours after media reports of massive blaze near Bushehr’s nuclear power plant (VIDEOS)
A large fire has erupted at a chemical plant in the Iranian city of Qazvin, with local media reporting an explosion. The incident follows an overnight blaze in the port city of Bushehr, home to Iran’s only nuclear power plant. The fire broke out at the plant on Saturday afternoon following a small explosion at the site. Footage circulating online shows flames emerging from the facility, with a large column of billowing black smoke.
https://on.rt.com/b7qz

Almost 380 of Colombia’s anti-government protesters ‘disappeared’ in past week
The missing persons unit of Colombia’s transitional justice system raised the alarm on Thursday that 379 participants in anti-government protests of the past week have gone missing. The Missing Persons Search Unit that is part of a transitional justice system came to the alarmingly high number after cross-referencing the databases of some 26 organizations.
https://colombiareports.com/almost-380-of-colombias-anti-government-protesters-disappeared-in-past-week/

Unions demand suspension of face-to-face classes in Costa Rica
The unions of the education sector demanded on Friday to Costa Rica's Ministry of Public Education (MEP) to suspend face-to-face lessons, and go to distance learning until the current Covid-19 crisis defuses. In February, the MEP started the 2021 school year using blending teaching a mixture of face-to-face-and virtual modality, but now, in view of peak of Covid-19 cases, the unions demand to only choose online classes.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=67172&SEO=unions-demand-suspension-of-face-to-face-classes-in-costa-rica

Doctors in Nepal warn people could die on streets amid Covid crisis
Nepal reported 9,070 new confirmed cases on Thursday, compared to 298 a month ago. The number of deaths also reached a record high on Wednesday with 58 fatalities, taking the death toll to 3,529. The Hospital for Advanced Medicine and Surgery chief Jyotindra Sharma said: “Right now there are no beds available today in any hospital that is treating Covid patients.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/doctors-nepal-warn-people-could-die-streets-amid-covid-crisis

At least 30 killed, 50+ injured as multiple blasts rock school in Kabul (VIDEOS)
While the school itself suffered little structural damage, many people outside the building were caught in the blasts. Footage circulating online shows multiple victims, primarily female students, lying on the ground at the school gates, with textbooks and other belongings scattered around them.
https://on.rt.com/b7ra

Gorbachev’s former ally Yegor Ligachyov dies aged 100
On March 11, 1985, he supported Gorbachev during the vote to elect the new General Secretary of the Communist Party. Later, he facilitated the promotion of then first secretary of the Sverdlovsk region’s Communist Party branch, Boris Yeltsin, to a party post in Moscow. In 1992, Ligachyov admitted that the decision to support Gorbachev’s candidacy was one of his biggest mistakes.
https://tass.com/society/1287507

‘Don’t Lease Dairy Properties to Amul’: Left Parties, Farmers’ Unions Demand Andhra Govt
As the Andhra Pradesh government has taken a decision to handover the properties of cooperatives of closed milk dairies in the state to the Gujarat based Amul on lease basis as part of its joint venture to develop the milk cooperatives, farmers’ unions and Left parties are opposing the move while demanding the government for their revival.
https://www.newsclick.in/dont-lease-dairy-properties-amul-left-parties-farmers-unions-demand-andhra-govt

Midnight Ramadan League faces backlash over links to counter-extremism programme
A player and an advertising agency involved in a high-profile Ramadan football tournament in Birmingham have told Middle East Eye that they were not aware of the project's links to a controversial UK government counter-extremism programme.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ramadan-uk-home-office-midnight-league-backlash-counter-extremism

Lebanon at risk of total outage
Lebanon is today at risk of total blackout due to the emergency of scraping up US$200 million to buy fuel, The Daily Star reported today. The state-owned electricity company Electricite du Liban (EDL) must pay such a figure ahead of time in order to guarantee electricity service in the country, but Parliament withheld that amount.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=67155&SEO=lebanon-at-risk-of-total-outage

Nicola Sturgeon promises to lead Scotland’s pandemic recovery as her party celebrates early wins
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon promised today to lead Scotland’s pandemic recovery as her party celebrated early wins while counting continues in the Holyrood elections. The tallying of votes from Thursday’s elections began today morning, with Labour hoping voters would boost its numbers to overtake the Tories into second place.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/scot-election-nicola-sturgeon-snp

News 5/05/21 — by News Anon 3.0 at 05/04/21 (Tue) 20:36:31

France to sell Egypt 30 fighter jets in $4.5 bln deal -Egyptian defense ministry, report
President Emmanuel Macron said in December he would not make the sale of weapons to Egypt conditional on human rights because he did not want to weaken Cairo's ability to counter terrorism in the region, a comment that drew the ire of critics.
https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/france-sell-30-rafale-fighter-jets-egypt-investigative-website-2021-05-03/

Biden waving restriction blocking aid to Azerbaijan over Armenia conflict
The waiver applies to Section 907 of the Freedom Support Act and its renewal — which has happened annually since 2002 — which allows the U.S. to provide military assistance to Azerbaijan so long as the secretary of State certifies that such assistance does not contribute to conflict in the region.
https://thehill.com/policy/international/551577-biden-waving-restriction-blocking-aid-to-azerbaijan-over-armenia
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‘Stop the massacre’: Colombia tax protests continue after more than a dozen people DIE in clashes with police
Rallying around the slogan “Stop the massacre,” protesters took to the streets in several cities on Monday, following the news that Nicolas Guerrero, 22, was reportedly shot in the head by riot police in the city of Cali. The new round of protests stretched from Cali in the southwest to the capital of Bogota, as well as Medellin and Barranquilla in the north, AFP reported.
https://on.rt.com/b7er

Venezuelan Trade Unions, Left Parties Blast ‘Pyrrhic’ May 1 Wage Increase
Unions and leftist organizations highlighted a series of other issues over the weekend, including wage restructuring, de facto dollarization and deteriorated workplace conditions. There have also been a number of independently-organized protests in recent weeks over pay, conditions, and privatization in recent months.
https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/15193

Turkey aims to occupy the whole of Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish officials warn
TURKEY aims to occupy the whole of Iraqi Kurdistan, Kurdish officials warned today, as the world remains largely silent on the Nato member state’s latest illegal military operation. “Turkey is trying to empty Kurdistan of the Kurds,” Democratic Left Party in Syria general secretary Saleh Kedo told the ANHA news agency.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/turkey-aims-empty-kurdistan-kurds-official-warns

German police detain man for using neo-Nazi acronym during three-year hate mail campaign
The unnamed suspect, who had previously been prosecuted for crimes linked to his far-right views, was arrested over allegations he was behind hateful messages sent to both regional and national politicians, and a Turkish-German lawyer, using the name ‘NSU 2.0’, in a reference to the underground group National Socialist (NSU).
https://on.rt.com/b7ft

In political shoot-out, opposition leader takes aim at Moscow's man in Komi
Mikhailov represents the Communist Party, and has over several years been an outspoken critic of the ruling United Russia, including its handling of the controversial Shies land fill project. Governor Uyba reacted with outrage on the critical remarks from Mikhailov and subsequently approached him with outright threats. That conversation was recorded, and Mikhailov has now filed a suit at the regional General Prosecutor.
https://thebarentsobserver.com/en/2021/05/political-shoot-out-opposition-leader-takes-aim-moscows-man-komi
https://archive.is/qhqku

After emphatic win in Kerala, Left mulls national-level alternative against BJP
Taking a cue from the emphatic victory in Kerala, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) will take a fresh initiative to build an alternative against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at the national level, party’s acting secretary A Vijayaraghavan said on Tuesday in the state capital.
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/after-emphatic-win-in-kerala-left-mulls-national-level-alternative-against-bjp-101620148280240.html
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Maoist Centre decides to withdraw support to government
The Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) has decided to withdraw its support to the KP Sharma Oli government. Maoist Centre spokesperson Narayan Kaji Shrestha said Tuesday’s Standing Committee meeting of the party decided to withdraw the support.
https://kathmandupost.com/politics/2021/05/04/maoist-centre-decides-to-withdraw-support-to-government
https://archive.is/UXOwA

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro says military would follow his orders to take the streets
Speaking during a TV interview, Bolsonaro said he would not "go into details into what I'm preparing." But he said that "if we were to have problems, we have a plan of how to enter the field … our armed forces could one day go into the streets."
https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/brazils-bolsonaro-says-military-would-follow-his-orders-take-streets-2021-04-24/

Ecuadorian leftist alliance lodge objection to presidential election results
Mr Lasso won a shock victory against Unes candidate Andres Arauz in the second round of the election earlier this month. The leftwinger was ahead in most polls before the vote, having received the most votes in the first round held in February.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/f/ecuadorian-leftist-alliance-lodge-objection-presidential-election-results

CAR ARSON IN SOLIDARITY W/ ANARCHIST PRISONERS
Wanting to show our solidarity with Chilean anarchist comrades, we burned a state vehicle of the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace and a security vehicle on Saturday April 17. As we saw the vehicles brighten, a wide smile formed on our faces, seeing our action successfully completed.
https://anarchistnews.org/content/car-arson-solidarity-w-anarchist-prisoners
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Colombia: Police Breaks Into University To Evict Students
Colombia's Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD) and National Police members on Friday stormed the Valle University (UNIVALLE), in Cali Department, to threaten students who have been on strike for over one week. Since April 15, Univalle students have been protesting on the Melendez university campus to demand academic guarantees and an end to violence against young people in Cali.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Police-Breaks-Into-University-To-Evict-Students-20210423-0007.html

Bolivian president highlights lithium business with China
On his Twitter account, the president said that the Bolivian Lithium Deposits company (Yacimientos de Litio Bolivianos) sold 530 tons of this metal's carbonate to Chinese firm Ganfeng Lithium, one of the biggest of this sector in the world, achieving an income of 24 million bolivianos (nearly three and a half million dollars).
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=66694&SEO=bolivian-president-highlights-lithium-business-with-china

Cuba To Present UN Resolution To End the US Blockade on June 23
"The blockade is a cruel policy, which causes suffering, deprivation, and shortages to Cuban families. It has been deliberately tightened during the COVID-19 pandemic; it hinders access to medicines, supplies, and necessary equipment," he stressed.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-To-Present-UN-Resolution-To-End-the-US-Blockade-on-June-23-20210423-0011.html

VIDEO: Far-left Greek anarchist sets fellow demonstrator on fire with Molotov cocktail
A protester's leg was engulfed in flames from a Molotov cocktail thrown by other protesters during protests that took place on Egnatia Street, Thessaloniki, at the university's theological school.
https://rmx.news/article/article/video-far-left-greek-anarchist-sets-fellow-demonstrator-on-fire-with-molotov-cocktail
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SDF and Russia broke temporary ceasefire in Qamishlo, says Internal Security Forces
A meeting held under SDF and Russian troops’ auspices in Qamishli airport concluded with a humanitarian ceasefire in al-Tai neighborhood, that is witnessing clashes between the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) and pro-Damascus government National Defense Forces (NDF).
https://npasyria.com/en/58165/

Electoral Politics Turns Once Karl Marx 'Devotee' Communist Nepal PM K P Sharma Oli Into A 'Devout Hindu'
The development reportedly comes as Nepal Communist Party-Maoist Centre (NCP-MC) is preparing to formally withdraw its support to the Oli government and move a no-trust motion in the House of Representatives. The NCP-MC is also seeking support of all other opposition parties to topple the Oli government.
https://swarajyamag.com/news-brief/electoral-politics-turns-once-karl-marx-devotee-communist-nepal-pm-k-p-sharma-oli-into-a-devout-hindu
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Kerala Assembly Election Result 2021: Kalpetta Assembly Constituency Result 2021
In Kerala Assembly Election 2016, Communist Party Of India (Marxist) candidate C K Saseendran won Kalpetta constituency seat by a margin of 8.70% beating Janata Dal (United) candidate M.V Shreyams Kumar by 13,083 votes.
https://www.deccanherald.com/election/kerala/kerala-assembly-elections-2021-constituency-wise-results/Kalpetta-constituency-election-result/acno19.html

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NPA Carry Out Action Against Quarry Operation In Negros Occidental Province
The New People’s Army (NPA) Roselyn Jean Pelle Command (RJPC) in Northern Negros burned down heavy equipment operated by Silay City Mayor Mark Andrew J. Golez in Hacienda Vista Alegre, Brgy. E. Lopez, Silay City in response to the people’s clamor to punish large-scale quarrying operations which recently caused massive flooding in the area.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/philippines/npa-carry-out-action-against-quarry-operation-in-negros-occidental-province/

US ban on export of vaccine material hampering production in India: CPI(M)
"The scaling up of vaccine production in India is being hampered by the shortage of the intermediate material required for vaccine production. Much of this material such as filters, solutions and plastic bags come from the United States. But the US administration has banned the export of vaccine material under its Defence Production Act.
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/india/us-ban-on-export-of-vaccine-material-hampering-production-in-india-cpim/articleshow/82116912.cms
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Kurukshetra: Farmers protest BJP leader Om Prakash Dhankar’s visit, detained
About 56 farmers were detained for having protested in front of BR Ambedkar Bhawan, where state BJP chief Om Prakash Dhankar was scheduled to attend a two-day training programme for party workers. On getting information about the BJP’s event, farmers gathered outside the Ambedkar Bhawan and raised slogans against the BJP-JJP government. Meanwhile, a heavy police force was deployed to maintain law and order.
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/haryana/kurukshetra-farmers-protest-bjp-leader-om-prakash-dhankars-visit-detained-240255
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Russia, Ukraine Expel Diplomats as Tensions Soar
Moscow claimed the Ukrainian diplomat had been caught "red-handed" trying to obtain sensitive information. In response, the Ukrainian foreign ministry protested "the illegal" detention of its diplomat and said Kiev would expel a senior Russian diplomat.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/04/17/russia-ukraine-expel-diplomats-as-tensions-soar-a73632

Spanish historian sued for slander over research on fascist repression
In an unprecedented lawsuit, historian Fernando Mikelarena Peña is being taken to court accused of libel and slander for his scholarly research into the fascist repression during the 1936–1939 Spanish Civil War. If successful, it would set a dangerous precedent to silence and suppress academic research on the crime of fascism in Spain.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/17/spai-a17.html

Italy’s Salvini to stand trial for 2019 migrant standoff
A judge on Saturday ordered former Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini to stand trial on kidnapping charges for having refused to let a Spanish migrant rescue ship dock in an Italian port in 2019, keeping the people onboard at sea for days.
https://apnews.com/article/kidnapping-italy-trials-sicily-migration-e51898988f9a392239a43849a9e4f292

Iran identifies suspect behind ‘EXPLOSION’ at Natanz nuclear site, says he’s fled the country
"Reza Karimi, the perpetrator of this sabotage… has been identified" by the intelligence ministry, Iranian state television announced on Saturday. Karimi was described in the report as a 43-year-old male who was born in the town of Kashan, not far from the Natanz facility.
https://on.rt.com/b6ae

Turkey escalates bombing of Kurds in dawn attacks in Rojava and Iraqi Kurdistan
The missiles struck Meranaz and Malikiye at about 9.10am, according to local sources, who said that no casualties had been reported. A Turkish drone also destroyed a house in the city of Kobani where jailed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) leader Abdullah Ocalan had briefly stayed after he fled Turkey ahead of the 1980 military coup.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/turkey-escalates-bombing-kurds-dawn-attacks-rojava-and-iraqi-kurdistan

Hamas says 'Gaza still fights on' as Israel strikes enclave for second night
A Hamas spokesman said on Saturday that "Gaza still fights and doesn't break" after the Israeli military said it had conducted air strikes against targets in the besieged enclave after a rocket attack from the Palestinian side. In the second such exchange in as many days, the strikes hit what the military described as "terror targets" operated by Hamas, which governs Gaza.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/gaza-israel-strikes-enclave-second-night-hamas

Bolivian Civil Defense delivers tons of aid to flood victims
According to the sector's deputy minister Juan Carlos Calvimontes, the delivery of food and supplies reached about 100 municipalities of the country's nine departments, where 24,253 families and almost 2,000 homes were damaged.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=66457&SEO=bolivian-civil-defense-delivers-tons-of-aid-to-flood-victims

Surge in violence rattles Haiti as poverty, fear deepens
Reported homicides rose as well. Police statistics are unreliable, but authorities reported 1,380 killings last year, with the U.N. noting it was a 20% increase from the prior year. Victims included a judge and the president of Port-au-Prince’s Bar Association.
https://apnews.com/article/port-au-prince-kidnapping-violence-poverty-haiti-06ba2725c9639a532a69ac3c6645d916

Australian universities further integrated into war drive
South Australia is rapidly emerging as a focal point for the militarisation of the country’s universities. Several research and development (R&D) partnerships between military contractors and universities in the state have been announced in recent weeks.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/17/mili-a17.html

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Cuba's Raul Castro is stepping down as head of its Communist Party
The Communist Party’s eighth congress will begin Friday when it will certify President Miguel Díaz-Canel as the next party secretary-general and set policy guidelines. Castro and his late brother, Fidel Castro, have been in power since the 1959 revolution, and he said in 2018 he expected Díaz-Canel to replace him after his retirement in 2021. Díaz-Canel, 60, represents a new generation and is serving the first of two five-year terms as president.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/cubas-raul-castro-stepping-position-head-communist-party-rcna689

Lula would defeat Bolsonaro in second round of elections in Brazil
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva would defeat President Jair Bolsonaro by 18 percent in a possible second round in the 2022 elections, a poll revealed. The poll, conducted by the Poderdata institute and published on the Poder 360 website, assured that Lula has 52 percent of vote intentions, while Bolsonaro has 34 percent.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=66388&SEO=lula-would-defeat-bolsonaro-in-second-round-of-elections-in-brazil

SDF discovers ISIS weapons depot in Raqqa
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have discovered and excavated an underground weapons depot of ISIS in Raqqa. Weapons, mines, explosives and ammunition were seized during the operation. In addition, an explosive device was defused in the vicinity of the depot. According to the SDF press office, the weapons depot was located under a residential building whose owners had fled the city during ISIS rule.
https://anfenglish.com/rojava-syria/sdf-discovers-isis-weapons-depot-in-raqqa-51360

NPA Forces Continue Trainings Amid Focused Military Operations By AFP And PNP
Red fighters in a guerilla front in Samar continue to perform revolutionary work despite relentless military operation in their area. In the April 3 issue of Larab, revolutionary publication in Eastern Visayas, it featured the recent successful level 2 medical training among NPA members and Basic Party Course discussion conducted with farmers in a barrio.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/philippines/npa-forces-continue-trainings-amid-focused-military-operations-by-afp-and-pnp/

Far-right Indian paramilitary forces accused of killing 15-year-old leftist student
The boy, known as Abhimanyu, was stabbed to death in Kerala’s Alappuzha district. He was reportedly an activist in the left-wing Students’ Federation of India. The killing took place on the first day of the festival for the Hindu god Vishnu.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/far-right-indian-paramilitary-forces-accused-of-killing-15-year-old-leftist-student

French lawmakers OK security bill increasing police powers
In an effort to quell criticism, lawmakers redrafted the most controversial article of the text. It now says helping to identify on-duty police officers with “obvious” harmful intent’ will be punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a 75,000 euro-fine ($89,800).
https://apnews.com/article/police-paris-france-emmanuel-macron-bills-84d29f72f1f30b1d7ec5166aaf0146b5

Denmark charges Iranian opposition group members over terrorism plots in Iran
The three members of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA) were arrested in February last year and have been held in custody ever since. "This is a very serious case where persons in Denmark have carried out illegal intelligence activities and financed and promoted terrorism from Denmark in other countries," Denmark's public prosecutor, Lise-Lotte Nilas, said in a statement.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/denmark-iran-ahvaz-opposition-terrorism

Palestinians in Israel mark 73 years since Nakba, affirming right of return
As Israel celebrated its independence day on Thursday, hundreds of the country's Palestinian citizens marched to commemorate the anniversary of 1948's Nakba, in which some 800,000 Palestinians were driven from their homes to make way for the creation of the state of Israel.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestine-israel-nakba-marked-right-return

Home Office accepted higher risk of Covid in army barracks but insists decision was ‘reasonable’
Ms Giovannetti reasoned that “no-one fell seriously ill or was hospitalised” during the outbreak, adding that in the context of accommodation shortages, the decision to use the site was “reasonable and rational.”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/home-office-accepted-higher-risk-covid-army-barracks-insists-decision-was-reasonable

Protests erupt in Spanish migrant camps at PSOE-Podemos repression
Tensions have been running high at Las Raíces since it entered into use in February. According to the charity Asamblea de Apoyo a Migrantes de Tenerife (Assembly to Support Migrants in Tenerife—ASMT), “Many people have been protesting for some time, in a hunger strike etc.”
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/15/spai-a15.html

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Burkina Faso ex-president Compaoré to face trial over Thomas Sankara murder
Sankara, a Marxist, pan-African leader, was murdered after four years in power and succeeded by his former friend Compaoré, who has repeatedly denied involvement. Compaoré went on to become one of Africa’s longest serving leaders, governing Burkina Faso for 27 years.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/13/trial-in-absentia-burkina-faso-ex-president-blaise-compaore

‘Time to end America’s longest war’: Biden announces US pullout from Afghanistan by 9/11 anniversary
“We cannot continue the cycle of extending or expanding our military presence in Afghanistan, hoping to create the ideal conditions for our withdrawal, expecting a different result,” Biden said on Wednesday afternoon. “I am now the fourth US president to preside over an American troop presence in Afghanistan. Two Republicans. Two Democrats. I will not pass this responsibility on to a fifth.”
https://on.rt.com/b61m

Spanish communists demonstrate for a third republic on 90th anniversary of the second
The actions, taken in compliance with regional public health restrictions, marked the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of the Spanish second republic in 1931. “There is a vaccine against fascism, against corruption, and for equality — it is called the republic,” the Communist Party of Spain (PCE) declared.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/spanish-communists-demonstrate-third-republic-90th-anniversary-second

Christchurch mosque terrorist to launch legal challenge in New Zealand high court
The Australian man who carried out the Christchurch mosque massacres is launching a legal challenge against his jail conditions in the New Zealand high court.Brenton Tarrant, who was last year sentenced to life imprisonment for 51 murders and one charge of terrorism, will represent himself in a hearing in Auckland on Thursday.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/14/christchurch-mosque-terrorist-to-launch-legal-challenge-in-new-zealand-high-court

Cops want stop to social media scrutiny
THE Metropolitan Police Federation came under fire today after calling on the government to censor videos of officers circulated online. Ken Marsh, the leader of the London police union, which represents more than 30,000 officers, said it was time to end “trial by social media.”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/cops-want-stop-to-social-media-scrutiny

Raqqa People's Municipality starts restoring the city square
Raqqa People's Municipality continues its efforts to rebuild the city within its possibilities since the day it was founded. Every part of the city, whose infrastructure was destroyed when ISIS was installed there after proclaiming it the Caliphat’s capital, is being rebuilt again. The city square, which represents the beating heart of Raqqa, is now being restorated.
https://anfenglish.com/rojava-syria/raqqa-people-s-municipality-starts-restoring-the-city-square-51326

Opposition parties devise objectives for the election in Chile
This was decided by representatives of the parties and election candidates at a meeting on Monday, at which the left-wing and center forces decided to defeat the right to replace the neoliberal model and establish a government for the majority, in line with the change towards a new Constitution, as a central objective.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=66303&SEO=opposition-parties-devise-objectives-for-the-election-in-chile

Brazil: The Poor Face High Food Inflation With Less Public Aid
The pandemic-induced economic crisis could worsen as President Jair Bolsonaro's administration will reduce the amount of emergency aid amid an upward trend in food prices. The new round of aid will be delivered in four installments of US$26 and the maximum transfer for single mothers will be US$66 throughout the year.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Brazil-The-Poor-Face-High-Food-Inflation-With-Less-Public-Aid-20210414-0010.html

Venezuela government wants to use funds frozen in the U.S. to pay for vaccines
Venezuela’s government wants funds frozen in the United States to be put toward paying for coronavirus vaccines and will keep working with the opposition to negotiate this payment, the head of the government-controlled legislature said on Tuesday.
https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-venezuela/venezuela-government-wants-to-use-funds-frozen-in-the-us-to-pay-for-vaccines-idUSL1N2M62JJ

Airborne plastic pollution ‘spiralling around the globe’, study finds
The researchers said human pollution has led to a global plastic cycle, akin to natural processes such as the carbon cycle, with plastic moving through the atmosphere, oceans and land. The result is the “plastification” of the planet, said one scientist.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/12/airborne-plastic-pollution-spiralling-around-the-globe-study-finds

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Peru faces polarizing presidential runoff as teacher takes voters by surprise
Peru faces a polarizing presidential runoff vote, in which a hard-left schoolteacher – who caught a wave of popular discontent over the coronavirus and a cratering economy – will face the far-right heiress to one of the country’s most enduring and controversial political dynasties.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/12/peru-presidential-runoff-pedro-castillo-keiko-fujimori

Belfast protests: Burning car rams into police line as nightly rioting continues (VIDEO)
The disturbance in Belfast has entered its second week despite calls for peace and unity coming from political and religious leaders. More than 74 police officers have reportedly been injured during the unrest. It’s not clear how many protesters, if any, were hurt in the violence.
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CPI Maoist Posters Opposing Mining Project Surface In Kozhikode District
Posters prepared by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) were found at Chakkittappara in Kozhikode district on Tuesday. The posters were in opposition to a controversial mining project proposed in the area years ago. According to sources, the posters were in the name of the Banasura area committee of the CPI (Maoist). It alleged that “Brahminicial Hindutva fascist Ballari Reddy should not be allowed to touch his feet on Chakkittappara”.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/cpi-maoist-posters-opposing-mining-project-surface-in-kozhikode-district/

Austin: US adds 500 troops in Germany, despite Trump pledge
Adding 500 troops to a current total of about 35,000 is a symbolic gesture of solidarity with Germany and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but it also fills a practical need that commanders in Europe had identified months ago. Austin said the extra troops will have a role in space, cybersecurity and electronic warfare.
https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-europe-lloyd-austin-berlin-germany-201df3ddf8a2b17336c4df2cbf88ef1d

Germany’s Armed Forces seeks recruits for domestic deployment through “voluntary military service in homeland security”
Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (Christian Democratic Union, CDU), the State Secretary in the Defence Ministry Peter Tauber and the Deputy Inspector General of the Bundeswehr (Armed Forces) Markus Laubenthal presented the project at a press conference. It initially provides for “a three-month basic military training followed by four months of special training for a total of about 1,000 soldiers.”
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/12/home-a12.html

UK bill shielding soldiers from war crimes charges challenged in House of Lords
Its deeply controversial Overseas Operations Bill has enjoyed easy passage in the elected lower house, the Commons, partly because the government enjoys an 80-seat majority, and partly because the opposition Labour party had declined to oppose the measure.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-bill-shielding-soldiers-war-crimes-charges-challenged-house-lords

‘They can’t ignore us:’ Activists break into Israeli arms factory in Oldham
PALESTINE solidarity activists broke into an Israeli weapons factory in Oldham today, spraying the computers with red paint and scrawling slogans on the walls. After storming the factory in the early hours, the three activists, members of the Palestine Action group, climbed onto the roof and vowed to stay there until removed.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/they-cant-ignore-us-activists-break-into-israeli-arms-factory-in-oldham

Palestinian boy, 14, loses eye after being hit by Israeli rubber bullet
It was a typical Friday afternoon for 14-year-old Izz al-Din al-Batsh. Friday prayers were finished and he was done with his homework for the weekend. As he normally did on non-school days, he left his home in the Old City of Hebron, an occupied city in the southern West Bank, and made his way to the vegetable shop where he worked with his cousin Karim.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-boy-lost-eye-rubber-bullet

Israel arrests Hamas members in West Bank raids
Israeli forces arrested 25 Palestinians in overnight raids across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Prisoner Society (PPS) said on Monday. Among those detained were prominent members of the Hamas movement and former prisoner Mona Qa’dan.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/12/israel-arrests-hamas-members-in-occupied-west-bank-raids
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Taiwan launches amphibious transport dock to meet defence needs in South China Sea
President Tsai Ing-wen attended a launch ceremony for the NT$4.6 billion (US$162 million) landing platform dock, or LPD – fitted with two anti-aircraft missiles and other weapons – in the southern port city of Kaohsiung on Tuesday.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/military/article/3129368/taiwan-launches-amphibious-transport-dock-meet-defence-needs

Fukushima: Japan announces it will dump contaminated water into sea
Japan has announced it will release more than 1m tonnes of contaminated water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea, a decision that has angered neighbouring countries, including China, and local fishers.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/13/fukushima-japan-to-start-dumping-contaminated-water-pacific-ocean

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DPR head declares first ever draft campaign in republic
Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) head Denis Pushilin announced the first draft campaign in the republic, starting on April 1. Pushilin’s order was published on Thursday. "Between April 1,and July 15, 2012, carry out a draft of citizens born between 1994 and 2003, not in reserve, and subjected to draft in accordance with the law on conscription and military service," the order reads.
https://tass.com/world/1273281

KKE: "Greece 2.0" to Bring More Sacrifices for the People
"The only new things brought by the 'Greece 2.0' plan presented by Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis are more sacrifices for workers and the people to help a recovery of the profits of the few," the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) stated on Wednesday.
https://www.thenationalherald.com/greece_economy/arthro/kke_greece_2_0_to_bring_more_sacrifices_for_the_people-2102995/
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A London police officer belonged to a terrorist neo-Nazi group. He was exposed by an ‘antifa’ hacker.
In late 2019, an anonymous hacker, identified only as “antifa-data,” leaked the usernames, emails, and IP addresses of every account on a notorious white supremacist message board. One of those accounts, authorities soon learned, appeared to belong to a police constable.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/04/02/benjamin-hannam-terrorism-london-police/
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Iran, world powers to discuss U.S. return to nuclear deal, compliance
France’s foreign ministry spokeswoman told reporters in a daily briefing that the European powers were working closely with Russia and China - the other remaining parties to the deal - to find a solution to the deadlock and had been talking with both Tehran and Washington.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-idUSKBN2BO6AH

US removes military assets from Saudi Arabia, Gulf: Report
The US has begun to reconfigure its military capabilities in the Gulf and removed at least three Patriot missile defence systems from the region, the Wall Street Journal reported. US officials told the Journal on Thursday that at least one Patriot anti-missile battery was removed from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saudi Arabia despite repeated rocket and drone attacks from both Yemen and Iraq.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-removes-military-capabilities-gulf-report

Top Turkish court rejects bid to close pro-Kurdish party
Citing technical flaws in a case seeking the closure of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party, the Turkish Constitutional Court rejected an indictment by a top prosecutor, setting the stage for possible rifts among political alliances in Ankara.
https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/04/top-turkish-court-rejects-bid-close-pro-kurdish-party

Mexico, Bolivia for a strategic partnership
They agreed on the significance of caring for and protecting their citizens abroad and working together on consular cooperation matters for the benefit of Mexican and Bolivian nationals around the world. The leaders recognized the Mexico-Bolivia Economic Complementation Agreement in force since 2010, as a tool to take advantage of the economic-commercial relationship potential.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=65663&SEO=mexico-bolivia-for-a-strategic-partnership

Brazil: calls grow for removal of 'coup-mongering' Bolsonaro as crisis builds
Prominent leaders of Brazil’s opposition have called for president Jair Bolsonaro to be immediately removed from office to prevent his “coup-mongering, authoritarian delusions” becoming a reality. “We cannot be bystanders to this barbarism,” congressman Marcelo Freixo said on Wednesday as parliamentarians demanded Bolsonaro’s impeachment for what they called his illegal attempt to co-opt the armed forces.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/31/brazil-bolsonaro-impeachment-coup-military-crisis

Anti-India protests erupt in Kashmir after troops kill 3 rebels
He said troops recovered two rifles and a pistol from the site of Friday’s clash, and that one of the recovered weapons had been taken by the rebels from the slain policeman. Residents said troops used explosives to blast a civilian house during the fighting, a common tactic employed by Indian troops in Kashmir.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/4/2/anti-india-clashes-erupt-after-troops-kill-three-kashmir-rebels
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Europe's drought-induced crop losses tripled in 50 years, threatening future global food supply chain
The study examined agricultural production in 28 European countries (including the UK) from 1961 to 2018 and compared it with the prevalence of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, heat waves and cold snaps alike, all four of which increased in frequency over the study period.
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Communist Party launches Scottish election campaign
THE Communist Party launched its Scottish election campaign on Wednesday night with a manifesto promising a strategy to beat Covid-19. Candidates will be part of the party’s biggest run since the 1980s, with contenders also standing for the Welsh Senedd, Greater London Authority and various English council seats.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/communist-party-launches-scottish-election-campaign

Tens of Thousands of Amazon Workers Went on Strike in Italy
We can undoubtedly say that last Tuesday was a historic day in Italy: for the first time in Europe, a 24-hour strike affected Amazon across its entire supply chain. Out of 40,000 total workers — both those employed directly by Amazon and those working for subcontractors — several thousands joined the strike.
https://www.leftvoice.org/tens-of-thousands-of-amazon-workers-went-on-strike-in-italy

Shining Path Commander’s Death Strikes Blow to Peru Rebel Group
Military officials in Peru have announced the death of a top Shining Path commander more than five months after an operation in which they claim he was injured in a firefight, raising questions about their timing and how his absence might impact the group moving forward.
https://insightcrime.org/news/shining-path-death-peru/
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European NGO Asks Albanian MP Candidate to Resign over Praise of social democracy
Bozo’s statement was also supported on live television a few days later by MP Damian Gjiknuri, one of the closest associates of party leader, Prime Minister Edi Rama. “The [communist] regime had its own good and bad sides[…] It was better for the public sphere but not good for the private,” Gjiknuri said when asked on whether he supported Bozo’s claim that the communist regime brought more advantages than disadvantages to Albania.
https://exit.al/en/2021/03/31/european-ngo-asks-albanian-mp-candidate-to-resign-over-praise-of-social democracy/
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Russia, Taiwan, Cuba and Mexico Reject US Human Rights Report
Cuba, for its part, rejected the report, with the director of the International Policy Research Center, José Ramón Cabañas, regretting the "terrible beginning for the exercise of cleaning up the battered image left by Trumpism all over the planet."
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Russia-Taiwan-Cuba-and-Mexico-Reject-US-Human-Rights-Report-20210331-0014.html

Russian diplomats reveal ‘acute shortage’ of essentials in North Korea caused by Covid-19 restrictions, embassies almost empty
“The exodus of foreigners will continue,” an embassy statement read. “There are now hardly any foreigners left – fewer than 290 in all. One can understand those leaving the Korean capital – not everyone can withstand the unprecedentedly strict total restrictions, the acute shortage of essential goods, including medicines, and the lack of opportunities to solve health problems.”
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UK school textbooks on Middle East conflict altered to favour Israel: Report
In another case, the original edition includes the statement that during the first intifada of 1987-93 "the arms and fingers of [Palestinian] child stone throwers were broken [by Israeli soldiers]". This fact is well documented. In the revised edition it has been removed.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/uk-school-textbooks-middle-east-conflict-altered-favour-israel-report

Warships & submarines entering zone of Nord Stream 2 pipeline in ‘planned & prepared provocations’ to obstruct work, says operator
“After the resumption of Nord Stream 2 offshore construction in January 2021, there has been an increase in activity of military ships, planes, and helicopters, as well as civilian ships of foreign countries, whose actions are often provocative in nature,” Minin said, noting that the presence of these vessels could damage the pipeline.
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New UK counter-extremism head worked for think tank which hosted Islamophobes
A former research fellow at a conservative American think tank that has hosted Islamophobic conspiracy theorists has been appointed head of the British government’s anti-extremism agency. Robin Simcox, a former research fellow at the Heritage Foundation in Washington DC, has been appointed interim lead at the Commission for Countering Extremism.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/new-uk-counter-extremism-head-worked-think-tank-which-hosted-islamophobes

Australian government announces missile building program as US steps up war drive against Taiwan
The project was foreshadowed last June, when Morrison’s government unveiled a massive $270 billion spend on military hardware over this decade, taking total military expenditure to $575 billion in the next 10 years. At the time, emphasis was placed on the acquisition of missiles and other strike capabilities from abroad, including the purchase last year of 200 long-range, anti-ship missiles from the US.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/04/01/miss-a01.html

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India’s workers take part in nationwide strike, led by the farmers
Farmers have been protesting for four months against new labour codes that will see their incomes slashed by big business. The new legislation also makes sackings easier, increases the working day to 12 hours and makes it more difficult for workers to go on strike.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/indias-workers-take-part-nationwide-strike-led-farmers

Naxalite Squad Raids Road Construction Site In Kondagaon District
The incident took place at around 1 am in Kuemari village in the Dhanora police station limits where a road is being built between Batrali and Cherbeda under the Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) scheme, Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Sundarraj P said.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/india/naxalite-squad-raids-road-construction-site-in-kondagaon-district/

Palestine elections: Israel arrests Hamas leaders in West Bank
Israeli forces arrested three prominent Hamas leaders in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on Friday morning, Palestinian news sources reported. The arrests come as Palestinian political factions are preparing for Palestinian Authority (PA) legislative elections on 22 May, in which the Hamas movement is expected to win a majority of seats in parliament amid splits inside the rival Fatah movement and PA leadership.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-elections-hamas-west-bank-leaders-arrested

Yemen rebels hit, set ablaze fuel tank in south Saudi Arabia
A fuel tank at an oil facility in Saudi Arabia caught fire after being struck in an attack by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, officials said Friday, an attack that came on the sixth anniversary of the kingdom’s entry into Yemen’s yearslong civil war.
https://apnews.com/article/dubai-yemen-saudi-arabia-united-arab-emirates-83eca6caccd3b5c7b6eb0b31b21622c4

Saudi accused of threat to Khashoggi UN investigator is human rights chief
Awwad al-Awwad is alleged by a person familiar with the matter to have twice threatened to “take care of” Callamard at a January 2020 meeting with senior human rights officials in Geneva. The Guardian first reported news of the threats earlier this week following an interview with Callamard in which she recalled being alerted to the threats by her UN colleagues
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/25/saudi-accused-of-threat-to-khashoggi-un-investigator-is-human-rights-chief

Record deaths from Covid-19 are ‘worst genocide’ in Brazil’s history, and President Bolsonaro is to blame – ex-leader Lula
“If he had a bit of dignity, he would have apologized to the families of the 300,000 Covid dead and millions of infected people. He is responsible for that,” said Lula. “Brazil can’t stand it any longer if this man continues to govern like this.”
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Argentina leaves Lima Group, says bloc's Venezuela policies have 'led to nothing'
Argentina said on Wednesday it would withdraw from the “Lima Group” of Latin American nations, blasting the regional bloc’s policy of isolating Venezuela under President Nicolas Maduro and noting it has “led to nothing.”
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-argentina-limagroup-idUSKBN2BG2VA

Russia to Deepen Ties With Myanmar Military Junta, Top Defense Official Says in First Visit After Coup
Russia and Myanmar are deepening their defense ties as Moscow’s military supplies continue to pour into the country, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin said Friday at a meeting with the country’s commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/26/russia-to-deepen-ties-with-myanmar-military-junta-top-defense-official-says-in-first-visit-after-coup-a73387

Authorities to investigate parents after group of Russian kids kneel in snow to protest their village not having its own school
The local prosecutor’s office in the Russian region of Tatarstan has begun an investigation after children held a protest to complain about having no school nearby, poor infrastructure, and little transport accessibility. According to Ruslan Galiev, a media spokesman for the Tatarstan general prosecutor, the regional authorities are aware of the infrastructure issues but “consider it unacceptable to involve children in such actions.”
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One of Earth’s giant carbon sinks may have been overestimated - study
Soils and the plants that grow in them absorb about a third of the carbon emissions that drive the climate crisis, partly limiting the impact of fossil-fuel burning. Rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere can increase plant growth and, until now, it was assumed carbon storage in soils would increase too.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/24/soils-ability-to-absorb-carbon-emissions-may-be-overestimated-study

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Lula judge was biased, Brazil supreme court rules, paving way to challenge Bolsonaro
Brazil’s supreme court has ruled that the former judge Sergio Moro was biased in the way he oversaw former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s corruption trial, providing vindication for the leftist leader who has long claimed political persecution.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/24/lula-judge-was-biased-brazil-supreme-court-rules-paving-way-to-challenge-bolsonaro

Bengal Elections: Left Candidates in Key Seats Claim ‘Rave Response’ from People
Jadavpur, which was won by Communist Party of India (Marxist) [CPI(M)] Central Committee member Dr Sujan Chakraborty in the last Assembly elections, had even maintained a winning lead during last Lok Sabha polls, which witnessed rise in support of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
https://www.newsclick.in/Bengal-Elections-Left-Candidates-Key-Seats-Claim-Rave-Response-People

Israel elections: Latest results show Netanyahu without clear path to power
The Religious Zionist Party, an alliance of parties which includes Kahanists, the Noam Party and the national-religious National Union-Tkuma, has exceeded expectations in Israel's fourth election in two years. With nearly 90 percent of votes counted the Religious Zionist Party had six seats, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party had taken 30 seats in the 120-member Knesset.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-election-netanyahu-likud-lead-exit-polls-show

Giant ship blocking Suez canal partially refloated
The 220,000-ton, 400-metre-long Ever Given – a so-called megaship – became stuck near the southern end of the canal on Tuesday. The Suez Canal Authority (SCA) said it had lost the ability to steer amid high winds and a dust storm.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/24/huge-container-ship-blocks-suez-canal-evergreen

PDVSA's Bonaire oil terminal declares bankruptcy, citing U.S. sanctions on Venezuela
In a March 9 filing published last week by the Court of First Instance of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, PDVSA-owned Bonaire Petroleum Corporation (BOPEC) said it could no longer pay its debts because sanctions had cut off its “access to international trade,” as well as cash held in bank accounts.
https://www.reuters.com/article/venezuela-oil-bonaire-idUKL1N2LK2P2

The US Knew All About the 1976 Coup Plot in Argentina
On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the military coup in Argentina this Wednesday, documents declassified by the National Security Archive (NSA) indicate that the U.S. government was aware of the plots led by coup leader Jorge Videla in 1976.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/The-US-Knew-All-About-the-1976-Coup-Plot-in-Argentina-20210324-0003.html

One in four people will not recover financially from Covid for another year
In the charity’s survey of over 2,000 people, one in five said that they are now struggling to pay bills, one in six are struggling to afford food, and one in seven are struggling to afford their rent or mortgage payments.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/one-four-people-will-not-recover-financially-covid-another-year

Haitian Authorities Order Arrest of 'Fantom 509' Renegade Cops
"Instructions have been passed to the National Police high staff to dismantle this terrorist group. Posing as policemen, they terrorize the population and seek to spread chaos in the country by looting and setting fire to private property," he said.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Haitian-Authorities-Order-Arrest-of-Fantom-509-Renegade-Cops-20210324-0004.html

Children make up a quarter of all civilian deaths in Yemen war, charity warns
The six-year conflict between Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and the Western-backed government’s forces has already caused one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises, with 1.8 million children under five suffering from moderate acute malnutrition.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/children-make-quarter-all-civilian-deaths-yemen-war-charity-warns-waiting-comment

Brazil posts record single-day toll of 3,251 virus deaths
Brazil reported more than 3,000 COVID-19 deaths in a single day for the first time Tuesday amid calls for the government and the new health minister to take action to stem the nation’s resurgence of coronavirus infections.
https://apnews.com/article/pandemics-brazil-jair-bolsonaro-coronavirus-pandemic-577cdd2ffe855c336768bd981b49e896

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3 DRG Jawans Killed By IED Blast Triggered By CPI Maoist Cadres In Narayanpur District
An alleged CPI (Maoist) attack took place in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on Tuesday. During the incident, 3 DRG jawans were killed in an IED bus explosion. As per sources, about 24 jawans were present on the bus which was the target of the Maoists and several have been left grievously injured after the incident. There is also a possibility of the death toll rising.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/3-drg-jawans-killed-by-ied-blast-triggered-by-cpi-maoist-cadres-in-narayanpur-district/

Protesters ‘bore brunt of violence’ at Bristol demo, campaigners claim
PROTESTERS bore the brunt of violence at a Bristol demo, campaigners claimed today, as Avon police pledged to launch the “biggest appeal for wanted suspects” in its history. Twenty-one officers were injured on Sunday as police vans were set alight and station windows smashed during a protest against the government’s policing Bill.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/protesters-bore-brunt-violence-bristol-demo-campaigners-claim

Philippine Supreme Court slams killings of lawyers, judges
The 15-member high court asked lower courts, law enforcement agencies and lawyers and judges’ groups to provide information about such attacks in the last 10 years, in order for the court to take preemptive steps. The attacks, it said, endanger the rule of law in an Asian bastion of democracy.
https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/philippine-supreme-court-slams-killings-lawyers-judges-76629243

Stalin blames BJP and AIADMK for deaths of anti-Sterlite protesters
Chennai Raising the poll pitch in Tamil Nadu, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M K Stalin on Monday alleged that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) were hand in glove in the police firing that claimed 13 lives during the anti-Sterlite protests in Thoothukudi in 2018.
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/stalin-blames-bjp-and-aiadmk-for-deaths-of-anti-sterlite-protesters-101616437971047.html
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12 Kurds detained in three cities in France
During the raid on the Kurdish Community Center, Kurds from Marseille protested in front of the building, blocking the street. As more and more people arrived, the police stopped the searches in the center. A protest rally has been announced for 2 p.m. in front of the governor's office in Marseille.
https://anfenglish.com/news/12-kurds-detained-in-three-cities-in-france-50844

Yemeni family appeals US drone strike case to Germany's highest court
Two Yemeni men who have claimed their relatives were killed in a US drone strike have appealed their case to Germany's highest court, urging a ban on the American military's use of an air base in the country to help control such attacks.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-family-us-drone-strike-case-germany-court

Israel elections: Weary voters head to polls for fourth time in two years
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud is projected to win by far the most seats: around 30 of the 120 in Israel's parliament, the Knesset. Yet it is far from certain that he and his allies on the right will cobble together enough seats to form a coalition government, which needs at least 61 to govern.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-election-polls-open-fourth-vote

Polish writer facing prison for calling president ‘moron’
Zulczyk said he believed that he is probably “the first writer in this country in a long time to be tried for what they wrote.” Zulczyk is best known for writing a novel that was turned into the HBO crime series “Blinded by the Lights.”
https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-donald-trump-media-poland-social-media-059e5db66925f01119c746625b9071e8

Over two million Chileans are homeless
More than two million Chileans are homeless, and the country today runs at least 802 Camps, as precarious settlements with no access to basic services are called here. According to El Siglo weekly, there are 47,000 homes built in areas at risk due to wildfires, landslides, flooding of rivers and other phenomena.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=65552&SEO=over-two-million-chileans-are-homeless

Many Canadians keep quiet about Covid stress, worried it will hurt their career, and are drinking more – report
Almost half of all respondents (44%) say they feared that if they told an employer about having a mental health issue, their career would suffer, and this fear increased in line with the rung on the career ladder the respondent had reached. One in two managers reported that they felt speaking up about mental health would hurt their career. Those feelings were less prominent among employees in non-management positions (39%).
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Tudeh Party of Iran pays tribute to ‘tireless militant’ Ali Khavari, longstanding leader who has died aged 97
Khavari was then sent to work for the international communist Peace & Socialism magazine based in Prague, meaning he was abroad when Iran’s theocratic new regime arrested thousands of communists and suspected sympathisers in early 1983, executing many of them. As the only surviving central committee secretary, he played a pivotal role in rebuilding the Tudeh party, becoming its first secretary and acting as a mentor to countless younger communists. He died in Berlin on Friday.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/tudeh-party-iran-pays-tribute-tireless-militant-ali-khavari-longstanding-leader-who

Bombing of government office in China kills at least five, including suspect
An explosion, believed to be a deliberate bombing attack, has rocked a community committee office outside China’s southern city of Guangzhou. The blast occurred in the village of Mingjing, located on the northern outskirts of Guangzhou, early on Monday. Five people, including the suspect, have been killed, with five more injured, local police said.
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Data privacy: China defines for the first time ‘necessary’ information that apps can collect, closing ‘bundled consent’ loophole
Users of live-streaming, short video, news, browser and utility apps can access basic services on these platforms without providing personal information The new rules come as China seeks to expand the internet industry’s role in economic growth, while providing more protection for consumers’ personal data
https://www.scmp.com/tech/policy/article/3126483/data-privacy-china-defines-first-time-necessary-information-apps-can

Suspended Labour members to form ‘shadow’ party to fight ‘purge’
The plan is to resist what is considered to be a purge of the left, according to Labour In Exile Network (LIEN). LIEN member Terry Deans said the shadow party “will be real Labour, the real grassroots party working on a truly democratic basis.”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/suspended-labour-members-form-shadow-party-fight-purge

Tommy Robinson libel trial: School staff secretly recorded
The English Defence League founder is being sued by Jamal Hijazi, who was filmed as he was attacked in a school playground in Huddersfield. Mr Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, made disputed claims about Mr Hijazi in two Facebook videos.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-56487130

Yemen: Houthis admit teargas fired by guards caused deadly fire at detention centre
The Houthi findings confirm what two Ethiopian survivors told Middle East Eye after the fire, namely that it was caused by projectiles being fired into crowded cells as inmates protested about their living conditions.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-fire-houthis-admit-teargas-detention-centre

Israelis retaliate against Palestinian minister for ICC move
According to the officials, the unusual act was retaliation for al-Maliki's push for an investigation against Israel in the International Criminal Court. The card allows easier movement and access inside the West Bank and at border crossings.
https://www.axios.com/israelis-retaliate-against-palestinian-minister-for-icc-move-12219f08-0e46-47e9-930d-9fd7da22ef96.html

WATCH Ukrainian presidential office in Kiev VANDALIZED by radicals protesting against sentence handed to notorious Neo-Nazi leader
Some 3,000 radicals gathered in front of the landmark building, on Saturday, to mark the birthday of Sergey Sternenko, the former head of the Odessa branch of the Right Sector, an association of radical anti-Russia Ukrainian Neo-Nazi organizations. The ultranationalists used the occasion to call for him to be freed.
https://on.rt.com/b48p

St. Petersburg's Surrounding Region Faces Sputnik V Shortages – Reports
The Leningrad region of Russia which surrounds its second-largest city St. Petersburg is facing shortages of the country’s homemade Sputnik V vaccine, local media reported Monday. Moscow has boasted of its global deliveries of Sputnik V, which has been approved in over 50 countries, concerns over Russia’s capacity to produce enough doses for its own population have persisted.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/22/st-petersburgs-surrounding-region-faces-sputnik-v-shortages-reports-a73324

Heavy rains pummel Australia's east, bringing worst floods in 50 years
Heavy rain along Australia's east coast over the weekend have brought the worst flooding in half a century in some areas, authorities said Sunday, forcing thousands of people to evacuate and damaging hundreds of homes.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/heavy-rains-pummel-australia-s-east-bringing-worst-floods-50-n1261683

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French city deploys more police after riots over fatal car crash saw store looted, cars torched & truck rammed into cops
On Tuesday night, officers in Blois, situated southwest of Paris, were pelted with a barrage of fireworks and other objects, while a delivery driver was kicked out of a truck that was then used as a battering ram against police, according to AFP. Officers reportedly fired a dozen shots at the vehicle as it sped away and crashed into a hedge, without causing any injuries.
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One million Indian bank employees join two-day national strike against privatisation
About one million public sector bank workers joined a two-day national strike on Monday and Tuesday against the plans by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government for mergers and privatisations of state banks. Striking workers held protests in several cities across India.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/03/17/indi-m17.html

Northern Ireland police arrest man in investigation into bomb-making by 'New IRA' dissidents
Thursday’s arrest was part of a “discrete, stand-alone strand” of the PSNI’s main operation targeting the New IRA, called Operation Arbacia, which is a joint security effort to curb the activities of the group and to arrest members who commit illegal acts.
https://on.rt.com/b42g

Lebanese President calls for PM to step aside as food shortages start to bite
Supermarkets have been forced to close early with some shutting their doors for 24 hours as supplies start to run low. Video footage has been circulating showing people fighting over groceries with head of the foodstuffs importers syndicate Hani Bohsali estimating the country has two months of supplies left.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/lebanese-president-calls-pm-step-aside-food-shortages-start-bite

Turkey: Chief prosecutor files lawsuit to close pro-Kurdish HDP party
Bekir Sahin, chief public prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Appeals, said in an indictment submitted to the Constitutional Court that the HDP, "through the actions and statements of its members", had attempted "to destroy the inseparable unity of the Turkish state and the nation".
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/turkey-hdp-close-chief-prosecutor-files-lawsuit

Denmark plans to limit 'non-western' residents in disadvantaged areas
In the bill – a review of existing legislation on combatting “parallel societies” – the interior ministry proposed that the share of residents of “non-western” origin in each neighbourhood be limited to a maximum of 30% within 10 years.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/17/denmark-plans-to-limit-non-western-residents-in-disadvantaged-areas

Caravan against blockade against Cuba in Russia
The activist, who heads the Russian Committee to Fight for the Elimination of the Blockade against Cuba, explained to Prensa Latina that an aerostat with the image of Commander Ernesto 'Che' Guevara will take off from the city of Zhukovsky, in the Moscow region, if the weather permits it.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=65479&SEO=caravan-against-blockade-against-cuba-in-russia

Coronavirus eroded China’s middle class, but India has fared much worse, new findings reveal
Pandemic has forced about 32 million people out of India’s middle class, accounting for 60 per cent of everyone who retreated from the middle class globally Most of world’s middle-class drop-off took place in Asia, while middle-class populations in developed economies rose as higher-income groups lost wealth
https://www.scmp.com/economy/china-economy/article/3126012/coronavirus-eroded-chinas-middle-class-india-has-fared-much

EU agency: AstraZeneca vaccine safe, will add clot warning
The European Union’s drug regulatory agency said Thursday that the AstraZeneca vaccine is not linked to an overall increase in the risk of blood clots and that the benefits of use outweigh the risks, paving the way for European countries to resume administering the shots.
https://apnews.com/article/eu-regulator-review-astrazeneca-shot-blood-clot-links-437190969ed016e40bdfcbb4b63fc7a9

John Magufuli: Tanzania's president dies aged 61 after Covid rumours
Opposition politicians said last week that he had contracted Covid-19, but this has not been confirmed. Mr Magufuli was one of Africa's most prominent coronavirus sceptics, and called for prayers and herbal-infused steam therapy to counter the virus.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-56437852

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‘My camera against your baton’: Protesters rally in Paris as Senate debates controversial bill aimed at protecting police (VIDEO)
Protesters denounced a controversial bill aimed at protecting the identity of police officers as they rallied outside the French Senate building in Paris on Tuesday. The government has affirmed its support for the legislation. People carried lit flares and placards saying, ‘My camera against your baton.’ They shouted anti-police slogans and demanded the resignation of Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.
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French communist leader calls for action against blockade on Cuba
We are as always by the side of the Cuban people, said the PCF national secretary, who described the new UN vote in June at the General Assembly on the need to lift the blockade as important. This is a global demand expressed 28 consecutive occasions since 1992 in that multilateral forum.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=65441&SEO=french-communist-leader-calls-for-action-against-blockade-on-cuba

Communist Party of Sudan leader receives death threats
Masoud El Hasan, a leader from the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP), has received text messages with death threats. He said so during a live broadcast of his party on Facebook yesterday. El Hasan emphasised that he felt he was not targeted personally, but that the threat was directed at “all members of the revolutionary forces, the SCP and those who oppose the policies of the former regime”.
https://www.dabangasudan.org/en/all-news/article/communist-party-of-sudan-leader-receives-death-threats

Election looming, Iran's Rouhani says hardliners sabotage goal to lift sanctions
“It is a great betrayal of the Iranian nation if any faction or person delays the end of the sanctions even for one hour,” Hassan Rouhani said in televised remarks. “The small minority that is obstructing this path needs to stop its destructive act. If it stops … the government can break the sanctions,” Rouhani added without elaborating.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-iran-nuclear-idUSKBN2B91CX

Syria’s Assad offers stimulus to public workers as crisis deepens
The decree stated that a one-time payment of 50,000 Syrian pounds, which is nearly $11 on the black market, would go to public sector workers, including those on part-time contracts and conscripts. And 40,000 Syrian pounds, about $8.80, would be dispensed to pensioners.
https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/3/16/syrias-assad-offers-stimulus-to-public-workers-as-crisis-deepens
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Israel increasing Palestinian home demolitions, UN agency says
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories (OCHA) said in a report released on Tuesday that Israel's actions resulted in the displacement of 305 Palestinians, including 172 children. At least 435 people also had their livelihoods or access to services affected.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestinian-home-demolitions-un-agency-says

Soviet Collapse Violated the People's Will, Gorbachev Says
"The results of the referendum were not only interesting, but amazing: The overwhelming majority of Soviet people spoke in favor of preserving the Soviet Union," Gorbachev, 90, said on the referendum’s 30th anniversary.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/17/soviet-collapse-violated-the-peoples-will-gorbachev-says-a73267

Four officers under investigation over Mohamud Hassan's death
The Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC), which is investigating South Wales Police over the death of Mohamud Hassan in January, said that it had opened investigations into three police officers and one custody detention officer.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/four-officers-under-investigation-over-mohamud-hassan-death

Mexico Urges OAS Not To Interfere in Bolivia's Internal Affairs
Mexico's Foreign Affairs Secretary (SRE) on Wednesday called on the Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary Luis Almagro to avoid further interference in Bolivia's internal affairs, following his statements over the arrest of the coup-born regime leader Jeanine Añez early this week.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-Urges-OAS-Not-To-Interfere-in-Bolivias-Internal-Affairs-20210317-0012.html

Perez calls for spoilt ballot in Ecuador after recount bid fails
DEFEATED Ecuadorian presidential candidate Yaku Perez lost his appeal for a recount of the first-round election results on Monday, leading to calls for the rightwinger’s supporters to spoil their ballots. Indigenous group Conaie, of which Mr Perez Pachakutik party is the political arm, hit out after Ecuador’s National Electoral Council said that the challenge had no legal basis.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/perez-calls-spoilt-ballot-ecuador-after-recount-bid-fails-0

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Kim Jong Un’s powerful sister sends warning to Biden administration as Blinken, Austin arrive in Asia
“We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off [gun] powder smell in our land,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement referencing joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises in the region. “If it [the U.S.] wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step,” she added, according to an English translation.
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/16/kim-jong-uns-sister-warns-biden-administration.html

Yemen: Protesters storm presidential palace demanding payment of wages
Yemeni public sector workers on Tuesday stormed a presidential palace in the southern port city of Aden, demanding payment of salaries. Witnesses described dozens of protesters flooding into the palace where Yemen's Prime Minister Maeen Abdulmalik and other members of the internationally recognised government remain holed up, according to Reuters.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-aden-protesters-presidential-palace-wages

Almost 7 Out of 10 Chileans Reject President Piñera
The latest poll by Plaza Publica Cadem on Monday showed that Chile's President Sebastian Piñera has 67 percent of rejection. The survey interviewed over 1,235 people from all the country's regions. The negative evaluation extends across all sectors, regardless of socioeconomic status, gender, and political tendency.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Almost-7-Out-of-10-Chileans-Reject-President-Pinera-20210315-0014.html

Tens of thousands protest arrest of Bolivia's ex-president Anez over role in 2019 coup (VIDEOS)
Huge crowds supporting Bolivia's ex-president, Jeanine Anez, took to the streets across the country late on Monday to protest her arrest for being involved in a 2019 coup that deposed long-time leader Evo Morales. The largest group gathered in the country's financial capital, Santa Cruz, where the attendance was estimated at some 40,000.
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Truck Drivers Block Main Highways in Peru
Truck drivers on Tuesday began a nationwide strike against President Francisco Sagasti's government over the increase in the price of fuel, gas, and tolls. "The government increased these prices by 55 percent and it is unsustainable to work under these conditions. We will not transport goods or passengers until the decision is reversed," the protesters warned.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Truck-Drivers-Block-Main-Highways-in-Peru-20210316-0008.html

Prachanda suggests dropping ‘Maoist Centre’ from party name
Pushpa Kamal Dahal Prachanda, Chief of Nepal’s CPN-Maoist Centre (MC), has proposed to drop “Maoist Centre” from the party’s name to make it acceptable for communist forces in the country, who do not like Maoism, to join it, according to a media report on Monday.
https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/world/prachanda-suggests-dropping-maoist-centre-from-party-name-225632
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Share of Apolitical Russians Hits Post-90s High – Levada
Nearly half (45%) of respondents said that they closely follow politics but don’t intend to play an active role in political life. Only 3% take part in political activities such as rallies and 23% openly distance themselves from politics. Only 10% of young Russians aged 18-24 said they cared about politics to a "very large" or "large" extent, Levada said. Older Russians aged 65 and older had the greatest interest in politics of any age group at about 14%.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/16/share-of-apolitical-russians-hits-post-90s-high-levada-a73253

NUJ condemns judge's decision to ban reporting of Bloody Sunday murder hearing
THE National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has condemned a judge’s “alarming” decision to ban reporting of a Bloody Sunday murder hearing and called for the restriction to be overturned. ban relates to the case of Soldier F, the only member of the British armed forces to be charged in relation to the fatal shooting of 13 civilians by the Parachute Regiment’s First Battalion in Derry on January 30 1972.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/nuj-condemns-judge-decision-to-ban-reporting-of-bloody-sunday-murder-hearing

UK’s Johnson calls on China to reduce its nuclear arsenal as Britain commits to increasing its own
The British prime minister has said China should be brought into international efforts to reduce the global stockpile of nuclear weapons as the UK itself plans to increase its own arsenal by 40%. Speaking on Tuesday, as the British government published its Integrated Review Of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson highlighted China as posing a “great challenge” to Britain.
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Corbyn's appeal against defamation claim commences
Mr Corbyn, who now sits in Parliament as the independent MP for Islington North, is challenging preliminary High Court findings. blogger and commentator Richard Millett has claimed that Mr Corbyn defamed him in a BBC television interview with broadcaster Andrew Marr in September 2018.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/jeremy-corbyns-appeal-against-defamation-claim-commences

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Russian Communist head suggests tax on 'suspiciously rich' citizens as government takes aim at those thought to be faking poverty
After Russian authorities proposed limiting child benefits for the “suspiciously poor,” the leader of the country’s Communist Party, Gennady Zyuganov, has instead suggested that a tax be introduced on the “suspiciously rich.” In response, Zyuganov posted on his Telegram channel that the government should instead focus on those enriching themselves at the top of the tree.
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Cuba: Communist Party Starts Debates Ahead of Its 8th Summit
An update on the party's economic model guidelines will be also analyzed to ensure "consistency" with the terms included in the 2019 Constitution. The delegates will examine the implementation of the latest reforms related to currency and exchange rate unification and the population's income.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-Communist-Party-Starts-Debates-Ahead-of-Its-8th-Summit-20210315-0010.html

Comunes party leader expressed concern over Colombian peace accord
LEADER of Colombia’s Comunes party leader Rodrigo Londono, known as Timoshenko, has expressed concern over the continued executions of former guerilla fighters. His statement on Saturday followed Wednesday’s face-to-face meeting with right-wing President Ivan Duque, during which the pair discussed the slow progress in the implementation of the 2016 peace agreement.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/comunes-party-leader-expressed-concern-over-colombian-peace-accord

Paraguayan police arm themselves amid popular demonstrations
The ammunition purchase process is public and totals more than 35,000 dollars, more than 73,000 of them to acquire rubber bullets. The purchase of tear gas in the form of a hand-held grenades, aerosol and for automatic launchers is also processed.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=65372&SEO=paraguayan-police-arm-themselves-amid-popular-demonstrations

After attacks on Chinese businesses, Myanmar imposes ‘full martial law’ in Yangon
Myanmar security forces fired on pro-democracy demonstrators on Monday killing six people, witnesses said, a day after dozens of protesters were shot dead and attackers torched several Chinese-financed factories in Yangon – prompting the junta to declare “full martial law” in parts of the commercial hub.
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3125424/after-attacks-chinese-businesses-myanmar-imposes-full

China’s young people struggle to find jobs as unemployment rate holds at 13.1%
The unemployment rate for those aged 16 to 24 was 13.1% as of February, far above the national urban jobless rate of 5.5%, the National Bureau of Statistics said Monday. While China’s economy has grown steadily, data on unemployment and job creation point to underlying challenges.
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/15/chinas-young-people-are-still-having-a-hard-time-finding-jobs.html

CPI Maoist Cadres Exchange Fire With Police In Malkangiri District
Acting on a tip-off about the camps of the Naxals in Muduliguda, the police under the leadership of Malkangiri Superintendents of Police (SP) launched a search operation in the area. Police sources said the members of the CPI (Maoist) spotted the security forces advancing towards them and opened fire on them. The security personnel retaliated.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/india/cpi-maoist-cadres-exchange-fire-with-police-in-malkangiri-district/

Israel behind serial sabotage of Iranian tankers, report says
A series of sabotage incidents on Iranian tanker ships headed to Syria in recent years were carried out by Israel, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The sabotage incidents began in 2019, the Journal reported, and have included attacks on weapons cargo. Some of the attacks have reportedly received tacit US support.
https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2021/03/israel-iran-oil-tanker-attacks-gulf.html

Yemen: Houthis claim drone attack on airports in southern Saudi Arabia
Yemen's Houthi movement on Monday said its armed drones had struck an airport and airbase in Saudi Arabia, with the Saudi-led coalition confirming it had intercepted an explosive drone. Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Sarea said three drones had hit military targets at Abha airport and the King Khalid airbase in Khamis Mushait.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemen-houthis-claim-drone-attack-airports-southern-saudi-arabia

A Vigil For Sarah Everard, Who Was Allegedly Killed By A Police Officer, Ended With British Police Arresting Women
Images of police officers forcefully disrupting Saturday night's emotional vigil and arresting women prompted an outcry, including calls for the commissioner of police, Cressida Dick, to resign. Thousands had gathered at a memorial for Everard in London to pay their tributes and raise their voices to end violence against women, before being swarmed by police.
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/tasneemnashrulla/sarah-everard-vigil-met-police-investigation
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Thousands protest violence against women in Australia as PM Morrison's government rocked by rape allegations (VIDEOS)
Hundreds of demonstrators flocked to the Parliament House, which also houses the Australian government, including the office of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, on Monday, as part of the #MarchForJustice campaign against sexual abuse of women.
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Government National Bus Strategy slammed by public ownership campaigners for failing to improve networks
We Own It said a new £2.5 billion funding package would mean privateers “pocketing even more cash and having their profits subsidised by the state once again.” It called for public bus services to be taken back into the ownership and control of local authorities.
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Yaku Perez backs army intervention to prevent return of ‘Correismo’ in Ecuador
THE US-backed indigenous candidate for the Ecuadorean presidency Yaku Perez has backed demands for military intervention to prevent the return of “Correismo” if frontrunner Andres Arauz wins. Mr Arauz is backed by former president Rafael Correa, who left office with record high approval ratings in 2017 but whose legacy was bulldozed by his successor Lenin Moreno.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/yaku-perez-backs-army-intervention-prevent-return-correismo-ecuador

EXCLUSIVE: Iraq paramilitaries agree to stop attacks on US if Kadhimi demands withdrawal
After frantic meetings in Baghdad, Beirut and Tehran, Iranian-backed Iraqi paramilitaries have agreed to stop attacks against US forces in Iraq on the condition that Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi formally demands an American withdrawal, officials and faction commanders told Middle East Eye.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-us-paramilitaries-agree-stop-attacks-kadhimi-withdrawal-demand

Nepal political parties intensify talks on government formation
The CPN-UML, led by Oli, the Nepali Congress, the main opposition, the Maoist Centre and the Janata Samajbadi Party, which has emerged as the kingmaker in the new political dynamics, on Wednesday were busy holding meetings.
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Palestinian elections: Fatah sacks prominent leader amid chaos in its rank
Qudwa, the nephew of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, had challenged President Mahmoud Abbas and refused to run on a single election list that represents all Fatah candidates, seeking to form a new party called the National Democratic Assembly (NDA).
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestine-elections-fatah-sacks-prominent-leader

With election just 6 months away, opinion poll reveals support for Russia’s ruling party has dropped to lowest figure since 2013
The poll, conducted by registered foreign agent the Levada Center, revealed that 42 percent of those decided would vote for the pro-Vladimir Putin faction, chaired by former President Dmitry Medvedev. Behind the ruling party came the far-right LDPR (19%) and the Communists (15%).
https://on.rt.com/b3kw

Myanmar crackdown: security forces surround striking rail workers’ compound as UN fails to agree on anti-coup statement
The railway staff in Yangon are part of a civil disobedience movement that has crippled government business since the military’s coup on February 1 Elsewhere in the city, it has emerged that Buddhist monks used catapults to injure anti-coup protesters at a monastery after it became the site of an ugly brawl
https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/southeast-asia/article/3124805/myanmar-crackdown-security-forces-surround-striking-rail

Greek protesters attack police with firebombs at rally
Extensive clashes broke out between police and protesters Thursday in Greece’s second-largest city, Thessaloniki, after authorities ended an occupation by students and other demonstrators at the city’s main university building.
https://apnews.com/article/thessaloniki-greece-f15d0d0d303c620f4b2d68d5b22eacd6

New laws put right to protest ‘under threat,’ campaigners warn
The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, announced in the Commons this week, aims to grant officers new powers against non-violent protests “that have a significant disruptive effect on the public or on access to Parliament.”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/new-laws-puts-right-protest-under-threat-campaigners-warn

Mexico's Congress approves landmark cannabis bill
Mexico’s lower house of Congress on Wednesday approved a bill that would decriminalize cannabis for recreational, medical and scientific uses, bringing it a step closer to creating one of the world’s largest markets for the plant.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-marijuana-idUSKBN2B22UT

6 million jobs across the EU wiped out by first wave of Covid-19 pandemic – study
Eurofound, which works to provide the EU with knowledge to help craft social, employment and work-related policies, investigated the impact the pandemic has had, with findings showing it did more damage at times than the 2008-9 financial crisis.
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Women extol Cuban scientific achievement in Venezuela
According to Rios, who is a specialist in angiology and vascular surgery, the possibility of benefiting the Venezuelans with one of the flagship medicines of the Cuban biotechnology, the recombinant human epidermal growth factor is a privilege.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=65152&SEO=women-extol-cuban-scientific-achievement-in-venezuela

Nepal’s Supreme Court annuls unification of NCP factions
Quashing the Election Commission’s decision to award the Nepal Communist Party (NCP) leadership to Oli and Dahal, the top court has said the then CPN-UML and then CPN (Maoist Centre) would return to the pre-merger stage and if they were to merge, they should apply to the Election Commission as per the Political Parties Act. Oli's CPN-UML and Dahal's CPN (Maoist Centre) had announced their merger in May 2018.
https://www.wionews.com/south-asia/nepals-supreme-court-annuls-unification-of-ncp-factions-368659
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Philippines human rights watchdog launches probe as nine killed in anti-communist raids Duterte govt says were ‘legal’
“The president’s ‘kill, kill, kill’ order is legal because it was directed at armed rebels,” presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a briefing on Monday, as he responded to a barrage of criticism levied at leader Rodrigo Duterte. The Malacañang Palace, the official residence of the president, nonetheless confirmed there would be an official investigation into the killings.
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Syria's President Bashar al-Assad tests positive for Covid-19
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his wife have tested positive for Covid-19, the Syrian presidency said in a statement Monday. The president and his wife, Asma al-Assad, were tested for the coronavirus after they felt "mild symptoms," according to the statement, which confirmed that the test came back positive.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/syria-s-president-bashar-al-assad-tests-positive-covid-19-n1259957

23 Million LATAM Women Fell Into Poverty in 2020
The Regional Office of the International Labor Organization (ILO) pointed out that the pandemic's negative impact on women was because they have more presence in heavily affected sectors such as services and commerce.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/23-Million-LATAM-Women-Fell-Into-Poverty-in-2020-20210308-0009.html

Lula surpasses Bolsonaro in potential votes for 2022 elections
Published by the newspaper O Jornal do Estadão, the survey assures that 50 percent of those questioned believed that they would vote or might vote for da Silva if he were to appear again in power, while 44 percent said they would not elect him at all.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=65154&SEO=lula-surpasses-bolsonaro-in-potential-votes-for-2022-elections

Switzerland referendum: Voters support ban on face coverings in public
Official results showed the measure had passed by 51.2% to 48.8% in Sunday's referendum. The proposal was put forward by the right-wing Swiss People's Party (SVP) which campaigned with slogans such as "Stop extremism". A leading Swiss Islamic group said it was "a dark day" for Muslims.
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-56314173

Myanmar security forces kill 2 anti-coup protesters
The Irrawaddy newspaper said the victims were shot in the head during anti-coup protests in Myitkyina in Kachin State. Graphic video on social media showed protesters in the street backing away from tear gas, responding with rocks, then fleeing after a fusillade of what seemed to be automatic gunfire.
https://apnews.com/article/myanmar-security-forces-kill-2-anti-coup-protesters-8de8dc1fcd2307007cc59815312bb25d

Yemen's Houthis target Saudi oil facilities in new escalation
A missile and drone attack targeted the heart of Saudi Arabia's oil industry on Sunday in an assault claimed by Yemen's Houthi rebels, a new escalation in the six-year conflict. The attack on energy giant Saudi Aramco's facilities came as the Saudi-led military coalition bombed Yemen's Houthi-controlled capital Sanaa after intercepting a separate flurry of cross-border Houthi drones and missiles, according to AFP.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/yemens-houthis-target-saudi-oil-facilities-new-escalation

Seoul Agrees To Pay More For U.S. Forces Stationed In South Korea
The U.S. and South Korea struck a preliminary deal to share defense costs, as the Biden administration moves to quickly reassure allies and mend rifts opened by the Trump administration. The U.S. agreement in principle follows a one-year deal recently struck with Japan, where the U.S. has some 55,000 military personnel. Both deals come less than two months into the new U.S. administration.
https://www.npr.org/2021/03/08/974714447/seoul-agrees-to-pay-more-for-u-s-forces-stationed-in-south-korea

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Clare memorial for Spanish Civil War volunteer vandalised with anti-communism slogans
A memorial dedicated to an Irish man killed in action fighting for the International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War has been vandalised in Ennis, Co Clare. Gardaí have been notified of the suspected act of vandalism which has been described as "totally careless, and totally cowardly".
https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/munster/arid-40237307.html
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Duterte Harry: Philippines leader admits ‘faults’ including ‘extrajudicial killings,’ but says corruption isn't one of them
While addressing an official anti-communist taskforce on Friday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte defended himself against claims of corruption – but said he’s working on his other faults, including “extrajudicial killings.”
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China boosts defense spending by 6.8% amid debt, pandemic
A national budget report issued Friday said China would spend 1.355 trillion yuan ($210 billion) on defense in the coming year. That’s up from 1.3 trillion yuan ($180 billion) last year representing a 6.6% boost, the lowest percentage increase in at least two decades.
https://apnews.com/article/world-news-china-national-budgets-coronavirus-pandemic-c31cc5ca83d77506264006a5d155e299

Covid: Bolsonaro tells Brazilians to stop 'whining' as deaths top 260,000
The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, has triggered a wave of revulsion by telling citizens to stop “whining” about a coronavirus outbreak that has killed more than 260,000 people. The far-right populist made the inflammatory declaration on Thursday, as Brazil’s already dire Covid situation deteriorated and its average daily death toll rose above that of the United States.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/05/bolsonaro-brazil-covid-coronavirus-death-toll

Venezuela denies incursion into Guyanese territory warning of deliberate misinformation
“Once again, Guyana’s government intends to generate false versions about the regular patrolling operations carried out by the Bolivarian National Armed Forces strictly circumscribed to non-controversial Venezuelan territory,” the foreign ministry said.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/venezuela-denies-incursion-guyanan-territory-warning-deliberate-misinformation

3 Venezuelans plead guilty for aiding anti-Maduro plot
In Friday’s hearing before a Colombian court, the men acknowledged their role alongside Jordan Goudreau, a former American Green Beret and Iraq war veteran, in organizing a rag tag army of a few dozen Venezuelan military deserters intent on overthrowing Venezuela’s socialist leadership. Plans included raiding military installations as well as the presidential palace.
https://apnews.com/article/army-miami-latin-america-colombia-venezuela-89ad386cf7fbdb0873ae5f767ac26b50

Biden Administration Talks to Guaidó, in 'No Rush' to Lift Venezuela Sanctions
Mérida, March 4, 2021 (venezuelanalysis.com) – US Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke to Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on Tuesday and reiterated Washington’s support for regime change.According to a State Department press release, Blinken defended the importance of a “return to democracy” in the Caribbean nation.
https://venezuelanalysis.com/news/15138

Labour calls for an urgent end to meter readings during lockdown
Shadow employment rights secretary Andy McDonald said that it was “shocking” that the government had encouraged the practice to continue through the lockdown, and to allow workers to operate between tiers while visiting up to 200 homes a day.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/labour-calls-urgent-end-meter-readings-during-lockdown

German intelligence blocked from spying on right-wing AfD party after designation as ‘suspected’ extremists
The decision by the Cologne Administrative Court was taken on Friday as it continues looking into a complaint by the AfD. The court agreed with the party that the information about the designation may affect its election outlook. The party was designated a suspected extremist organization by the BfV earlier this week.
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Canada: Braided Warriors Calls for Release of Stacy Gallagher
Protesters blocked and forced the shutdown of Hastings St. and Clark Drive, an intersection connecting Vancouver's port. Although the protest was carried out peacefully, the Police held in detention four people who were released on a promise to appear in court.
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India: More than a million people attended a rally of the Communist Party (Marxist) and its allies in Kolkata
A sea of people gathered in the city of Kolkata earlier today during a massive rally organized by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and left allied forces. The rally, one of the largest political gatherings of the last years, was held at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground which is the city's largest open ground.
http://www.idcommunism.com/2021/02/india-more-than-million-people-attended-a-rally-of-communist-party-marxist-and-.html
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Nepal signs peace agreement with communist rebel group
The group also calls itself the Nepal Communist Party and is known for violence, threats and enforcing general strikes. It split from the Maoist Communist party, which gave up its armed revolt and joined mainstream politics more than a decade ago.
https://wbng.com/2021/03/04/nepal-signs-peace-agreement-with-communist-rebel-group/
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EU Commission justifies Slovakian government's monstrous anti-communist law
Instead of giving a firm answer to the question, the Commissioner ignores the actual question and, instead, refers to the despicable anti-communist resolution of the EU Parliament on 19 September 2019 “on the importance of European memory for the future of Europe”, which in fact equates communism with the fascist monster of nazism and fascism.
http://www.idcommunism.com/2021/03/eu-commission-justifies-slovakian-governments-monstrous-anti-communist-law.html
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Liverpool mayor shortlist scrapped because candidate was considered ‘the wrong type of black woman’
In a hard-hitting statement, the Labour Black Socialists group said that the inclusion of leftwinger Anna Rothery on the shortlist of three local women had prompted the party’s decision to bin the shortlist and impose a new one — at the same time banning the three original potential candidates from standing.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/liverpool-mayor-shortlist-scrapped-because-one-candidates-considered-wrong-type-black

Palestinian election: Israel 'intimidating Hamas supporters' to stop them running
Israel’s internal intelligence agency Shin Bet is intimidating members and supporters of the Hamas movement in the occupied West Bank and warning them against running in the upcoming Palestinian legislative elections on 22 May, according to Haaretz. Hamas, a fierce enemy of Israel, has a strong chance of winning the majority of seats in the Palestinian parliament amid splits inside the rival Fatah movement and the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/palestine-election-israel-intelligence-hamas-supporters-not-run

Banned loyalist paramilitary groups drop support for Good Friday Agreement in Brexit border row
The Loyalist Communities Council (LCC) an umbrella group representing banned organisations including the UVF, UDA and Red Hand Commando, has written to Boris Johnson and Irish Taoiseach Micheal Martin detailing their concerns.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/banned-loyalist-paramilitary-groups-drop-support-good-friday-agreement-brexit-border

Spain To Analyze Bodies of 4,000 Disappeared by Franco Regime
The FEMP President Abel Caballero explained that clarifying what happened during the civil war and Franco's dictatorship is fundamental to strengthening democracy in Spain because without memory "there is no democracy." In 2007, Spanish lawmakers enacted a "Historical Memory "law aimed at making reparations to the victims of the dictatorship.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Spain-To-Analyze-Bodies-of-4000-Disappeared-by-Franco-Regime-20210304-0013.html

Red Sea cables: How UK and US spy agencies listen to the Middle East
“There is no question that, in the broadest sense, from Port Said [in Egypt] to Oman is one of the greatest areas for telecommunications traffic and therefore surveillance. Everything about the Middle East goes through that region except for the odd link through Turkey,” said Duncan Campbell, an investigative journalist specialising in surveillance since 1975.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/red-sea-cables-how-us-uk-spy-agencies-listen-middle-east

Nicaragua to receive more than 340,000 vaccines in March
Nicaragua began immunization on Tuesday with 6,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine, donated by the Russian Direct Investment Fund. The vaccines arrived in the country on February 23, Sanz said on Canal Cuatro's Revista En Vivo television program.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=65014&SEO=nicaragua-to-receive-more-than-340000-vaccines-in-march

Nearly a fifth of all food produced around the world ends up in the bin, UN report says
The global food waste index, released by the UNEP on Thursday, found that 17 percent of the food – some 931 million tons – produced in 2019 ended up in bins. The startling figure does not include food that was wasted during production or while in storage and which never made it to consumers.
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Reports: Myanmar security forces kill at least 33 protesters
Myanmar security forces dramatically escalated their crackdown on protests against last month’s coup, killing at least 33 protesters Wednesday in several cities, according to accounts on social media and local news reports compiled by a data analyst.
https://apnews.com/article/world-news-aung-san-suu-kyi-yangon-myanmar-united-nations-e378d9bc703f7363c71ca639d47df738

Iraq military base used by U.S. hit by rockets year after similar attack brought U.S. and Iran close to war
The Iraqi military released a statement later saying the attack did not cause significant losses and that security forces had found the launch pad used for the missiles. An Iraqi official said it was found in the al-Baghdadi area of Anbar, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to brief media.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rockets-strike-al-asad-airbase-iraq-hosting-us-troops/

Macron admits France tortured and murdered Algerian freedom fighter
French President Emmanuel Macron has admitted that France's army “tortured and murdered” Algerian nationalist Ali Boumendjel, whose death was previously framed as a suicide during the country's war of independence.“Ali Boumendjel did not commit suicide. He was tortured and then murdered,” the president told the former freedom fighter’s grandchildren in a meeting on Tuesday.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/france-algeria-macron-ali-boumendjel-torture-murder

Israeli Defense System Shot Down Russian Missile in Karabakh War – Reports
Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan said in response that an overwhelming majority of Iskanders had misfired, comments that led to a tense row with top generals who demanded his resignation. Russian officials also took umbrage with Pashinyan’s comments, leading him to walk back the remarks Monday and attributing them to misinformation.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/02/israeli-defense-system-shot-down-russian-missile-in-karabakh-war-reports-a73116

Chile: Court Releases Officer Who Pushed Teenager From Bridge
teleSUR's correspondent in Chile, Paola Dragnic, explained that "the court's decision dramatically contrasts with several protestors that currently are being kept in preventive prison for more than a year without evidence of the charges they are accused of."
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Chile-Court-Releases-Officer-Who-Pushed-Teenager-From-Bridge-20210302-0018.html

Bolivian president defends health and education for his people
Bolivian President Luis Arce on Tuesday emphasized his commitment to the right to education and health of his people. The president highlighted the recent beginning of mass and free Covid-19 vaccination in the country and, based on this, announced that face-to-face classes will return to improve the Bolivians' education.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=64976&SEO=bolivian-president-defends-health-and-education-for-his-people

Moscow Metro to Implement 'FacePay' Fare Payment System
To use the FacePay system, passengers must have a Russian bank account that has their biometric data on file, according to Kichigin. After passengers approach one of the cameras installed at the turnstiles or ticket booths, the fare is automatically debited from their account and the turnstiles will open.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/03/moscow-metro-to-implement-facepay-fare-payment-system-a73125

Chinese court says homosexuality can be deemed MENTAL DISORDER after former student brings case over textbook definition
The inclusion of homosexuality as a psychological disorder in a popular university textbook constitutes “not factual error but a divergent academic view,” the Suqian Intermediate People’s Court ruled last week. Located in the eastern province of Jiangsu, the court upheld a previous ruling handed down by the Suyu District People’s Court last year.
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UK hikes corporation tax to 25% as pandemic support hits £407 billion
British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak announced Wednesday that U.K. corporation tax will increase to 25% in April 2023 as the government looks to restore public finances in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. In his Budget statement Wednesday, Sunak said the changes would take effect after the Office for Budget Responsibility, a public body that provides independent forecasts, expects the economy to have returned to its pre-Covid level.
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/03/uk-hikes-corporation-tax-to-25percent-as-pandemic-supports-hits-407-billion.html

Private-hire drivers strike to remember murdered colleague
As the Morning Star went to press, members of the Independent Workers’ Union (IWGB) were due to switch off their apps for two hours and light candles in memory of Gabriel Bringye, who was stabbed while working for the operator Bolt in north London on February 17.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/private-hire-drivers-strike-remember-murdered-colleague

German intelligence agency to spy on far-right AfD party
The Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV) agency is now able by law to monitor the phones of AfD members and spy on its activities as a suspected extreme rightwing organisation, following a decision that the party argues could affect its chances in the autumn federal elections. It is currently the largest opposition party in parliament.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/03/german-intelligence-agency-to-spy-on-far-right-afd-party

Far-right anti-migrant group ‘Generation Identitaire’ outlawed in France
In a tweet on Wednesday, Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin confirmed that Generation Identitaire had been outlawed following a cabinet meeting with the French president. Darmanin said the group “incites discrimination, hatred and violence” and had no place in France.
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Food Prices Are Soaring Faster Than Inflation and Incomes
Emerging markets are feeling the pain of a blistering surge in raw material costs, as commodities from oil to copper and grains are driven higher by expectations for a “roaring 20s” post-pandemic economic recovery as well as ultra-loose monetary policies.
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-03-01/inflation-2021-malnutrition-and-hunger-fears-rise-as-food-prices-soar-globally
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Ecuador's Leftist Candidate Ratified as First Round Winner
After reviewing over 1.4 million votes, Ecuador's National Electoral Council (CNE) ratified that the Union For Hope (UNES) Candidate Andres Arauz came in first place in the first round of the presidential election held on February 8. The recount of the tallies presenting some inconsistency awarded an additional 403,484 votes to this leftist economist, who was Knowledge Minister during President Rafael Correa's administration (2007-2017)
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Former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev turns 90
Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick, The University of Sydney historian of modern Russia, joins Michael to discuss the life and legacy of Russian & former Soviet politician Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, who was born 90 years ago today on 2 March 1931.
https://www.2gb.com/podcast/former-leader-of-the-soviet-union-mikhail-gorbachev-turns-90/
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House braces for Nepal Communist Party factional infighting
Three years ago, the Nepal Communist Party ruled the roost, enjoying nearly a two-thirds majority in Parliament. When the Parliament meeting convenes after a tumultuous period of eight months on March 7, half of it will be the “ruling” party and the other half the “opposition”.
https://kathmandupost.com/national/2021/03/02/house-braces-for-nepal-communist-party-factional-infighting
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Japan opposition parties slam gov't over press official's resignation, call her 'victim'
Akira Koike, the second-in-command of the Japanese Communist Party, also pressured Prime Minister Suga, telling reporters on March 1, "If the government was to act like the issues at hand have been resolved by handing down punitive measures, they will develop into questions over the prime minister's accountability."
https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20210302/p2a/00m/0na/025000c
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Brexiters buy KGB artefacts for ‘museum of communist terror’
While a Soviet-era oil painting of Vladimir Lenin, which sold for nearly $2,000 at auction in the US, might capture the man as many know him, its buyers are not exactly Bolsheviks. They are a group of fervent Brexiters who aim to establish a “museum of communist terror” in the UK, and the Lenin portrait is among a range of Soviet paraphernalia they acquired for more than £24,000.
https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2021/feb/28/brexiters-buy-kgb-artefacts-for-museum-of-communist-terror

Government accused of ‘insulting thousands of workers’ over axing of union learning fund
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson refused to reconsider withdrawing £12 million granted to the Union Learning Fund (ULF) when asked in the Commons on Monday. Unionlearn provides skills training which improves the lives and productivity of 200,000 workers a year.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/government-accused-insulting-thousands-workers-over-axing-union-learning-fund

Mexican president satisfied with response to national election accord
Until Monday, 25 of the country's 32 governors -including the head of government of Mexico City - have already accepted the agreement that should govern the June 6 midterm elections when 15 governors, 30 state legislators, hundreds of mayors and 500 seats at the Chamber of Deputies will be renewed.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=64938&SEO=mexican-president-satisfied-with-response-to-national-election-accord

Arauz hails victory for Ecuadorian people as bank privatisation Bill rejected
ECUADORIAN presidential frontrunner Andre Arauz celebrated parliament’s rejection of a bid to privatise the country’s central bank on Monday as “a triumph for all the Ecuadorian people.” The Bill submitted by President Lenin Moreno, which would also have allowed a $400 million loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), was rejected by the legislative administrative council (CAL) as unconstitutional for a second time.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/arauz-hails-victory-ecuadorian-people-bank-privatisation-bill-rejected

2 in 3 Russians Believe Coronavirus Is a Bioweapon – Poll
According to Levada’s results, 64% of Russian respondents said Covid-19 was artificially created as a new form of biological weapon. That compares with 23% who said the virus emerged naturally and 13% who couldn’t answer.Levada’s survey also found a correlation between rapidly declining daily caseloads and Russians’ fear of getting infected.
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South Korea's Moon says Olympics may be chance for North Korea, U.S. talks
Speaking at a ceremony marking the 102nd anniversary of the March 1 Independence Movement Day in Seoul, Moon also said South Korea will work with Japan for the success of the Tokyo Olympics, which could help the two countries recover from the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-southkorea-independenceday-moon/south-koreas-moon-says-olympics-may-be-chance-for-north-korea-u-s-talks-idUSKCN2AT0ZL?il=0

Kremlin Rejects Research Showing Falling Incomes
A Nielsen survey, published Monday, found 53% of Russian respondents said they were worse off as a result of the crisis — that was twice the level recorded by the same survey in September and above the global average of 46%. “We have different data. We consider the conclusions reached by this publication’s authors to be incorrect,” Kommersant cited him as saying.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/03/01/kremlin-rejects-research-showing-falling-incomes-a73113

Palestinian solidarity group refuses to be silenced after terrorist destination by Israel
THE Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network said that it would not be silenced today after Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz designated it as a terrorist organisation. Samidoun said the move was “the latest manifestation of a smear campaign that is intended to silence international support for the Palestinian people and especially the nearly 5,000 Palestinians jailed by the Israeli occupation.”
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/palestinian-solidarity-group-refuses-be-silenced-after-terrorist-destination-israel

Court in Israel sentences Palestinian politician Khalida Jarrar to two years in prison
Jarrar, a prominent political activist and member of the Marxist-Leninist organisation the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), was arrested at her home in Ramallah on 31 October 2019, and has since been in detention. The court at the Ofer military base northwest of Jerusalem also ordered her to pay a fine of $1,300.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-politician-khailda-jarrar-prison-sentenced-court

Class dismissed: England’s poorer students ‘five grades behind’ richer ones – report
On average, the study found that, by the time students reached the age of 16-19, they were the equivalent of three grades behind more affluent peers, with some in particularly disadvantaged parts of England as much as five grades behind.
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Oldknow loses legal bid to reveal who allegedly leaked Labour anti-semitism report
EX-LABOUR staffer Emilie Oldknow has lost her legal bid to force the party to say who leaked its internal report into the handling of allegations of anti-semitism. In a ruling in the High Court in London today, Ms Justice Tipples refused Ms Oldknow’s application for an order forcing Labour to disclose who the party “reasonably believes” was responsible for the leak.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/oldknow-loses-legal-bid-to-reveal-who-allegedly-leaked-labour-anti-semitism-report

German soldier, relatives arrested over ‘hoarding’ weapons & ammo, and making ‘extremist statements’
On Monday, police in the German western state of Hesse said they arrested two men, including a 21-year-old Bundeswehr soldier, as part of a series of raids over the weekend. While searching their apartments, the Special Forces officers discovered “extensive evidence” of their illegal activities and seized “military-grade weapons, various ammunition and explosives.”
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Argentina's President to Sue Mauricio Macri Over IMF Loan
"A US$44 billion loan… vanished before the administration changed in December 2019," Fernandez said and accused Macri of embezzling public funds. The former president took on the debt without prior legislative debate. The Constitution requires this type of loan to be previously approved by Parliament.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Argentinas-President-to-Sue-Mauricio-Macri-Over-IMF-Loan-20210301-0015.html

The Century of Women virtual meeting to be held in Bolivia
The event will be held virtually until March 3, with participants from Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela, Uruguay and the host country, in order to bring together the continent's creators. The director of the Goethe-Institut La Paz, Sabine Hentzsch, said that the aim is to 'lead to new actions on how we can work to counteract the growing violence against girls and women.'
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=64883&SEO=the-century-of-women-virtual-meeting-to-be-held-in-bolivia

Unemployment Grows in Colombia
Between January 2020 and January 2021, the employed population dropped from 21.5 million to 19.9 million, which represented a reduction of -7.3 percent. The active population grew by 1.5 million to 15.9 million while the unemployed population went from 3.2 million to 4.1 million.
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Philippine critics in firing line of anti-communist misinformation war
Cristina Palabay, head of rights group Karapatan, says she fears for her life after 13 of the watchdog's members were killed under Duterte. The most recent victim was Zara Alvarez, who was "heavily red-tagged" before she was gunned down in August. Palabay said she no longer sleeps in the same location on consecutive nights, avoids shopping malls and even stopped visiting her parents after receiving anonymous death threats.
https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20210225-philippine-critics-in-firing-line-of-anti-communist-misinformation-war
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NPA Kill 5 AFP Soldiers During Encounter In Misamis Occidental Province
At around 12 noon on January 30, 2021, an NPA-Misamis Occidental squad engaged in a firefight with army forces belonging to the 10th IB PA in Brgy. Beyond, Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental. Five (5) AFP soldiers were killed during the battle, of which 4 were regulars and 1 was a member of the CAA and had injuries.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/philippines/npa-kill-5-afp-soldiers-during-encounter-in-misamis-occidental-province/

Chilean Communists reject government plan for La Araucania
In a four-point statement, the PC notes that already in 2018 the government proposed something similar with a known 'Plan impulso Araucania' (Boosting plan for Araucania), which only left a balance of 'pain, deaths and systematic violations to the Human Rights of the Mapuche people,' under the never confirmed excuse of the existence of terrorism in the region.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=64897&SEO=chilean-communists-reject-government-plan-for-la-araucania

Calls for Colombian riot police to be disbanded after protester loses eye in clashes
CALLS are growing for Colombia’s special riot squad to be disbanded after a 24-year-old man lost his left eye during a protest against police violence in the capital Bogota earlier this week. Gareth Steven was injured when the Mobile Anti-Riot Squadron (Esmad) went on the rampage, attacking a peaceful demonstration and seriously injuring at least four people.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/calls-colombian-riot-police-be-disbanded-after-protester-loses-eye-clashes

WATCH Greek police fire tear gas into metro station amid protests in support of jailed far-left hitman
Footage from the scene shows the police and the angry crowd engaging in a shoving match at a metro station entrance. The authorities deployed irritant gases as they tried to push the protesters into the station. The demonstrators, in turn, doused the police with a fire extinguisher.
https://on.rt.com/b2pw

Putin, Biden Should Aim for More Arms Curbs – Gorbachev
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Saturday urged Russian President Vladimir Putin and new U.S. President Joe Biden to push for deeper restrictions on nuclear weapons. Tensions soared between the two nations under previous U.S. leader Donald Trump, fuelled by allegations of sweeping cyberattacks and a litany of other disagreements.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/27/putin-biden-should-aim-for-more-arms-curbs-gorbachev-a73096

India: BJP’s rise in former communist bastion has Muslims worried
the communal amity in this once communist bastion seems to have frayed, particularly after Hindu right-wing groups started to push a hardline agenda. Analysts say right-wing Hindu groups linked to the BJP have used religious mobilisation for celebrations such as Ram Navami, which marks the birthday of the Hindu Lord Ram, for political gains.
https://www.aljazeera.com/features/2021/2/26/how-a-former-communist-state-metamorphosed-into-a-communal-one
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Liverpool councillors to discuss emergency ballot on Labour's barring of three mayoral candidates
AN EMERGENCY motion over the barring of three women from running to be Labour’s candidate for mayor of Liverpool will be discussed on Saturday by councillors. Councillor and Lord Mayor Anna Rothery, Acting Mayor Cllr Wendy Simon and former deputy mayor Cllr Ann O’Byrne were removed from the ballot earlier this week.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/liverpool-councillors-to-discuss-emergency-ballot-on-labours-barring-of-three-mayoral-candidates

Armenia’s president refuses order to dismiss military chief
President Armen Sarkissian sent the order back to Pashinyan on Saturday, saying he could not give approval because he considered parts of the decree to be in violation of the constitution. It was not immediately clear if Pashinyan would try to revise the order.
https://apnews.com/article/world-news-azerbaijan-armenia-5935592a23dc650aa5d0cc40711769bb

Pakistan expert: Religiosity aiding spike in militancy
“Unfortunately, instead of helping to inculcate better ethics and integrity, this phenomenon is encouraging a tunnel vision” that encourages violence, intolerance and hate, he wrote recently in a local newspaper. “Religiosity has begun to define the Pakistani citizenry.”
https://apnews.com/article/world-news-pakistan-taliban-6267ae43371163a2ef19863db3077796

French government rejects lockdown as UK variant becomes dominant strain
In a joint televised address on Thursday evening, French Prime Minister Jean Castex and Health Minister Olivier Véran admitted that more recent and more contagious variants now make up the majority of cases in France. Nonetheless, Castex rejected calls by scientists for a nationwide lockdown, declaring that “we have to push it back as far as we can.”
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/27/fran-f27.html

Gigantic iceberg 20 times the size of Manhattan breaks off from Antarctica (VIDEO)
Such ‘calving’ events are part of the normal life cycle of polar ice shelves and there is currently no evidence that climate change played a role, according to researchers from the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). Dramatic footage shot by a BAS surveillance aircraft shows the extent of the vast chasm that opened up and eventually broke through the shelf on Friday.
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Death toll update | 22 militiamen of Iraqi Hezbollah and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces in US strikes on Syria-Iraq border
22 militiamen of the Iraqi Hezbollah and Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces, mostly of the Iraqi Hezbollah, were killed in the US aerial attacks on their positions and a weapons shipment at the time when it was crossing from Iraq to Syria, via a military crossing near Al-Qa’em crossing in Al-Bokamal area in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzor.
https://www.syriahr.com/en/206650/

Iran-backed Iraqi factions seeking de-escalation after US attack
However, it is unlikely that the Iranian-backed armed factions will respond to this latest attack inside Iraq, commanders told MEE. The factions are ostensibly supposed to be observing an unofficial truce with US forces, which was ordered by Iran.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/us-iran-iraq-factions-de-escalation-after-attack

‘Compulsory vaccination’: Moscow Communist MP takes aim at mayor for ending pensioners' free transport until they get Covid-19 jab
“The mayor's decree violates the rights of citizens of the city of Moscow over 65 years of age to discount travel on public transport by blocking social cards,” Rashkin wrote in a letter to the General Prosecutor. “For a long time, pensioners have not been able to use public transport [making them] cut off from life, or are forced to buy a Troika card to pay their fare.”
https://on.rt.com/b2lf

China’s Communist Party revisits the past to regroup for future
A new campaign to educate China about Communist Party history is meant to be a rallying point to consolidate support for its policies and loyalty to the leadership, according to analysts. While the campaign covers the party’s history since its founding in 1921, it would focus on the “historic successes” achieved since 2012, the year Xi became the country’s leader.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3122688/chinas-communist-party-revisits-past-regroup-future

Opposition to Putin’s Re-Election Hits Post-Crimea High – Poll
More Russians are opposed to President Vladimir Putin’s re-election today than at any other point since the 2014 annexation of Crimea, an independent survey said Friday. According to the Levada Center polling agency, 41% of Russian respondents said they would not like Putin, 68, to remain president beyond 2024, while 48% said they would.
https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/02/26/opposition-to-putins-re-election-hits-post-crimea-high-poll-a73087

Labour to state 'non-negotiable' support for UK's nuclear weapons
Labour’s commitment to maintaining the UK’s nuclear weapons is “non-negotiable”, the party’s shadow defence minister, John Healey, is expected to say in a speech on Friday, emphasising a deliberate shift in tone from the Jeremy Corbyn era.
https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/feb/25/labour-to-state-non-negotiable-support-for-uks-nuclear-weapons

Surge in Covid-related attacks on staff at London station must be stopped, says RMT
The union is demanding immediate steps from operator Southeastern following a string of assaults at Lewisham station, with one staff member left fearful of returning to work after being spat at twice and assaulted three times.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/surge-covid-related-attacks-london-station-must-be-stopped-says-rmt

Myanmar envoy appeals to UN to stop coup as police break up protests
An envoy for Myanmar’s ousted government called on the United Nations to use “any means necessary” to stop a military coup on Friday, as police cracked down on anti-junta protesters with rubber bullets and stun grenades.
https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-myanmar-politics-idUKKBN2AQ08S

Arab man accused of passing Israeli missile defense information to Hamas
Hamas allegedly recruited Abu Adra to their military wing to provide them with “unique and high-quality access to Israeli territory and carrying out missions for them,” including having “collected and provided information” on Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile batteries.
https://on.rt.com/b2oc

Iraq: Protesters killed in clashes with security forces in Nasiriyah
Three Iraqi demonstrators were killed on Friday in clashes with security forces in the southern city of Nasiriyah, as anti-government protests continued for another day. Medics told AFP the deaths brought to five the number of demonstrators killed over the past week in the city, while dozens of people have also been injured in the violence.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/iraq-nasiriyah-protesters-killed-clashes-security-forces

Amnesty report describes Axum massacre in Ethiopia's Tigray
Soldiers from Eritrea systematically killed “many hundreds” of people, the large majority men, in a massacre late November in the Ethiopian city of Axum in the Tigray region, Amnesty International said Friday. The new report echoed the findings of an Associated Press story last week and cited more than 40 witnesses.
https://apnews.com/article/eritrea-ethiopia-massacres-kenya-a5c50540f673f7527d1f7cae9aa3c0da

Gunmen kidnap more than 300 schoolgirls in increasingly lawless northwest Nigeria
It was the second such kidnapping in little over a week in a region increasingly targeted by militants and criminal gangs. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Police in Zamfara state said they had begun search-and-rescue operations with the army to find the “armed bandits” who took the 317 girls from the Government Girls Science Secondary School in the town of Jangebe.
https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-nigeria-security-kidnapping-idUSKBN2AQ1W2

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Xi Jinping declares China free of absolute poverty
He considered that China stands as a benchmark and contributes to the global crackdown on poverty, because 98.99 million individuals and the 832 most disadvantaged rural counties in the country have improved living conditions in the last eight years.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=64821&SEO=xi-jinping-declares-china-free-of-absolute-poverty

Armenia: Armed Forces Call for Resignation of Prime Minister
"Rumors are spreading that we intend to flee… But we are here," Pashinyan said as he walked down one of the main streets of the capital city Yerevan." The army is subordinate to the people and the Prime Minister. The people are in charge… That's why I invite you to gather in Republic Square. It will be as you say," he stressed.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Armenia-Armed-Forces-Call-for-Resignation-of-Prime-Minister-20210225-0007.html

Israel: Satellite images show secretive nuclear facility undergoing major revamp
A secretive nuclear facility at the centre of Israel's undeclared atomic weapons programme is undergoing what appears to be its biggest construction phase in decades, satellite photos analysed by the Associated Press (AP) have revealed.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-nuclear-facility-dimona-secretive-satellite-images

Police pelted with stones, garbage dumpsters set alight in Catalonia’s 9th night of riots over jailed rapper Pablo Hasel (VIDEOS)
Police said protesters were brandishing fire extinguishers, and urged locals to stay away from “violent groups” near an art school in the town for their own safety. Protests also took place in the Catalan town of Manresa to the north of Barcelona, where crowds gathered near a police station and reportedly hurled firecrackers at officers’ vans.
https://www.rt.com/news/516498-spain-protests-fires-pablohasel/

Pro-army mob attacks anti-coup protesters in Myanmar
Protesters against the military takeover outside Yangon’s Central Railway station then began jeering the marchers, who attacked them with slingshots, stones, iron bars and knives. Phone footage shows a man being stabbed and police standing watching the violence without intervening.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/pro-army-mob-attacks-anti-coup-protesters-myanmar

Violence in Kiev sees 27 cops injured as protesters come out against court decision to lock up far-right nationalist Sternenko
Twenty-seven Ukrainian policemen were injured in clashes on Kiev’s central Bankova Street, on Tuesday night, after a demonstration against the imprisonment of far-right Odessa activist Sergey Sternenko descended into violence. According to media reports, more than a thousand people gathered near the Presidential Administration and were met with tear gas.
https://on.rt.com/b2io

Venezuela expels head of EU delegation after new sanctions
Venezuela expelled the head of the European Union’s delegation in Caracas, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza announced on Wednesday, in response to fresh sanctions imposed by the EU. Speaking on national Venezuelan television, Arreaza said Isabel Brilhante had 72 hours to leave the country.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/24/venezuela-expels-head-of-eu-delegation-after-new-sanctions
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Chile: Top Court Overrides Decision Banning Police's Riot Guns
The Supreme Court ruled that the protection recourses filed by human rights defenders were not "the appropriate way" to rule on the legality of the police's actions, including the use of certain equipment to contain the demonstrations.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Chile-Top-Court-Overrides-Decision-Banning-Polices-Riot-Guns--20210225-0008.html

Gas to Gaza? The pipeline that might provide a lifeline
Talks on a gas pipeline that would cross political faultlines and deliver reliable energy to the impoverished Gaza Strip have moved from the abstract to the concrete in recent weeks, three officials with knowledge of the process told Reuters.
https://www.reuters.com/article/israel-palestinians-gaza-pipeline/gas-to-gaza-the-pipeline-that-might-provide-a-lifeline-idUSL8N2KS50M

Electric workers occupy EDF Energy offices over plans to hire untrained workers
WORKERS across Britain occupied the offices of EDF energy today over its plan to hire untrained electricians to carry out work at Hinkley Point nuclear power station. The electricians have accused their bosses of “multi-skilling” at the site in Bridgwater, where the station is being built at an estimated cost of £22.5 billion.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/electric-workers-edf-energy-offices-over-plans-hire-untrained-workers

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Rioters erect barricades & throw bottles at police during 8th night of Pablo Hasel protests in Barcelona (VIDEO)
Supporters of jailed rapper Pablo Hasel, who was charged with insulting the Spanish king and glorifying terrorism, have clashed with police in Barcelona, Spain. The protests demanding Hasel’s release have raged for over a week. Rioters used wheeled garbage bins to erect makeshift barricades and threw glass bottles at riot police on Tuesday.
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PNP Troops Injured During Successful Ambush By NPA In Sorsogon Province
Celso Minguez Command – New People’s Army Sorsogon successfully ambushed elements of the 92nd Special Action Company-9th Special Action Force in Brgy. Putiao at 7:00 am, February 22nd, 2021. Among the PNP wounded in the NPA command-detonated explosive based operation are Osmer Edwin Apa, truck driver PSSgt. Arnel Aves and PCpl. Jeffrey Putian.
https://www.redspark.nu/en/peoples-war/philippines/pnp-troops-injured-during-successful-ambush-by-npa-in-sorsogon-province/

Massacres almost doubled in Colombia last year, says UN
The report will be presented to the Human Rights Council in Geneva tomorrow. Despite the ceasefire, hundreds of former Farc guerillas have been murdered by paramilitaries as they seek to enter constitutional politics, while killings of trade unionists and human-rights activists continue.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/massacres-almost-doubled-colombia-last-year-says-un

Venezuela: Guaido Barred From Holding Public Posts for 15 Years
Amoroso stated that the decision is based on Guaido's refusal to submit an assets sworn declaration after ending his functions as a congressman."We know these people are involved in corruption acts and have stolen the money of all Venezuelans. They must have something to hide," he said.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Guaido-Barred-From-Holding-Public-Posts-for-15-Years-20210224-0003.html

Brazil's Lula Livre Campaign asks to annul Moro's trials of Lula
According to the digital newspaper Brasil 247, Moro, who was a former Minister of Justice, in collusion with the prosecutors of the deactivated Lava Jato Operation, violated the law and adopted abusive procedures to persecute and detain the founder of the Workers' Party.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=64791&SEO=brazils-lula-livre-campaign-asks-to-annul-moros-trials-of-lula

Mexico: Lawmakers to Decide on Safe Abortion in Quintana Roo
In front of Congress, dozens of pro-abortion activists will accompany the debate with slogans and green flags, a symbol of the women's struggle for their rights. Early in the morning, the activists gathered next to a mural they painted in front of Congress several days ago that was vandalized by a group of hooded men on Tuesday.
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/Mexico-Lawmakers-Decide-on-Safe-Abortion-Bill-in-Quintana-Roo-20210224-0006.html

Palestine action occupies Israeli arms factory halting production
PALESTINIAN-RIGHTS activists occupied the roof of an Israeli-owned arms factory in Staffordshire today, again halting the production of deadly weapons that have been used in Gaza. Palestine Action activists climbed onto the roof of Elbit Systems’ UAV Engines factory in Shenstone, smashed the windows and prevented the site from opening.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/b/palestine-action-occupies-israeli-arms-factory-halting-production

UK unemployment hits 5.1%, the highest in almost 5 years, as young workers bear brunt of Covid-19 restrictions
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 1.74 million people were unemployed in the October to December period, an increase of 454,000 from the same quarter in 2019. Tuesday’s data also show that 726,000 fewer people are currently employed than there were before the start of the pandemic and that young people have disproportionately borne the brunt of the losses.
https://on.rt.com/b2fl

Right-wing defection intensifies Australian government instability
A vehement right-wing defender of Donald Trump quit the ruling Liberal Party yesterday, further destabilising the Liberal-National Coalition government and marking another push for the creation of a Trump-style fascistic movement in Australia.
https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/02/24/morr-f24.html

Ahmad Erekat: Killing of Palestinian by Israel was ‘extrajudicial execution’
The killing of Palestinian Ahmad Erekat at an Israeli checkpoint on his sister’s wedding day last year was an “extrajudicial execution”, a human rights research group has said. Erekat’s killing sparked widespread outcry in June when a video of the incident showed him exiting his vehicle in the occupied West Bank and backing away from soldiers, with his hands up, when he was shot.
https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-palestine-ahmed-erekat-killing-extrajudicial-execution

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Greek Police violently attacks university students' protest
Once again Greek riot police used excessive violence against protesters, attacking a peaceful student's demonstration at Thessaloniki's Aristotle University. The students were protesting for their right to free education and against the new law which aims to permit police presence in university campuses.
https://www.idcommunism.com/2021/02/greek-police-violently-attacks-university-students-protest.html
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Nepal's top court orders reinstatement of parliament in blow to PM
Nepal’s top court on Tuesday ordered the reinstatement of parliament, dealing a blow to Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli two months after he dissolved the house and called for an early election amid squabbling within the ruling Communist party.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-nepal-politics-court/nepals-top-court-orders-reinstatement-of-parliament-in-blow-to-pm-idUSKBN2AN1FX

Belarus Communist Party accuse West of sewing disorder in the country
Senior Communist Party of Belarus official Nikolai Volovich reiterated support for Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who faces increasing pressure following last week’s imposition of new sanctions by the European Union.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/belarus-communist-party-accuse-west-of-sewing-disorder-in-the-country

Nazi-saluting historian with far-right ties resigns as regional director of Polish institute tasked with probing Holocaust crimes
Tomasz Greniuch, a historian by training, has resigned his position as regional director of Poland’s influential Institute of National Remembrance (IPN). It came on Monday after weeks of pressure from politicians, activists and public figures, who saw him as an extremely inappropriate choice to hold the position given his past ties to the far-right.
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The ethnic Chinese caught in Myanmar’s political turmoil
Footage and photos of Myanmese Chinese protesters opposing the coup have also appeared online. But that has not quelled doubts among the broader population about China’s role in the coup and whether the Chinese Myanmese were supporting Beijing. “Many people started to question whether the Chinese Myanmese were standing with Beijing. That made me very worried,” she said.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3122403/ethnic-chinese-caught-myanmars-political-turmoil

Erdogan slammed amid reports he will open a ‘Grey Wolves’ fascist school in occupied Artsakh
ANTI-FASCIST forces in Turkey blasted authoritarian President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s links to right-wing paramilitary death squads today after reports that he will open a new Grey Wolves school in occupied Nagorno-Karabakh.He will lay the foundation for the building alongside Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev in the city of Shushi, which was taken by Azeri forces in November 2020 after a three-day battle.
https://morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/erdogan-slammed-amid-reports-he-will-open-grey-wolves-fascist-school-occupied-artsakh

El Salvador to Hold Parliamentary Elections on Sunday
Since Bukele came into office, he has attacked the Parliament, which he accuses of "obstructing his efforts to govern." On Feb. 9, 2020, he stormed into its headquarters with soldiers to put pressure on lawmakers to pass a law. The incident was cataloged by lawmakers as "a violation of the Constitution and an attempted parliamentary coup."
https://www.telesurenglish.net/news/El-Salvador-to-Hold-Parliamentary-Elections-Amid-Pandemic-20210223-0008.html

A year on, India's riot victims say justice still unserved
Many of the Muslim victims of last year’s bloody violence say they have run repeatedly into a refusal by police to investigate complaints against Hindu rioters. Some hope the courts will still come to their help. But others now believe the justice system under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist government has become stacked against them.
https://apnews.com/article/religion-violence-india-crime-riots-14d73b12cab70f3b0e74b3b1d37790cb

Extinction threatens third of freshwater fish species, report finds
Nearly a third of all freshwater fish species are threatened by extinction, according to a new report released by 16 conservation groups on Tuesday. "The World’s Forgotten Fishes" says that 80 freshwater species — which make up more than half of all the world’s species — have already been declared extinct, with 16 disappearing in 2020 alone.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/extinction-threatens-third-freshwater-fish-species-report-finds-n1258591

Bolivia will control drug and health service rates
The Vice Minister of Justice, Jorge Silva, in charge of the Defense of User and Consumer Rights, declared to the state channel Bolivia TV that the institutions that make up the National Council for the Supply and Control of Medicines Prices will carry out permanent inspections to protect health public.
https://www.plenglish.com/index.php?o=rn&id=64743&SEO=bolivia-will-control-drug-and-health-service-rates



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