2021-04-16: News Headlines

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

Princess Harmony (2021-04-16). Trans women and police brutality through history. workers.org The "protect and serve" motto emblazoned on police vehicles acts as cover for their aggressive and oppressive activities against people of color and working and poor people in general. Among groups most impacted are trans women, who have been oppressed and maligned openly for centuries. Throughout the 20th century, trans . . . |

Anonymous669 (2021-04-16). Daraa: Four Intelligence Officers, Former Rebels Targeted In Separate Attacks. southfront.org Illustrative image | On April 16 and 17, three attacks targeted Syrian intelligence officers and former rebels in the southern governorate of Daraa. | The first attack targeted Yasin Juma'a al-Aboud. Unidentified gunmen shot and killed the former rebel, known as "al-Nisr" [the Eagle], on a road linking the towns of Om Elmiathin and Elnaymah in eastern Daraa on April 16. Al-Aboud, a former fighter of the Free Syrian Army, joined the reconciliation process in 2018. Since then, he has been leading a unit of the Syri…

Shubh Mathur (2021-04-16). Biden Aligning With the Wrong Side in India. counterpunch.org India's dramatic decline from a shaky but functional democracy into an authoritarian dictatorship under the hard-right Hindu nationalist BJP is nearly complete. But deeply rooted traditions of dissent and tolerance, which had long been in abeyance, have during the past 15 months created a strong democratic challenge that has caught both the government and seasoned

_____ (2021-04-16). Scheer Intelligence: Capitalism Killed The Rock-and-Roll Star. popularresistance.org Jonathan Taplin may not be a household name, but he has been behind the scenes of some of the most influential moments in 20th century American music. As the description of Taplin's latest book notes, the University of Southern California professor emeritus has made waves in every one of the past several decades: "he was tour manager for Bob Dylan and the Band in the '60s, producer of major films in the '70s, an executive at Merrill Lynch in the '80s, creator of the Internet's first video-on-demand service in the '90s, and a cultural critic and author writing about technology in the new millennium." Taplin joins…

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). AI-powered platform translates speech into text for hearing-impaired. ecns.cn A working platform using artificial intelligence (AI) has been launched in China, offering voice-to-text services so that hearing-impaired people can read speeches given during video conferences, livestreaming events and online courses.

Scott Ritter (2021-04-16). US to Withdraw from Afghanistan after Two Decades of War Leaving Behind a Tortured Wasteland and Having Accomplished… Nothing. globalresearch.ca The US decision to leave Afghanistan without any conditions represents a …

_____ (2021-04-16). Media Once Again Trolling US Withdrawal From Afghanistan. popularresistance.org I don't write much about the specific individuals who drive the oligarchic empire because individuals are not the problem, the system is. Right-wing conspiracy analysts prefer to focus on specific corrupt elites because they like to think if you just got rid of them, capitalism would work fine. And it just wouldn't. If you rounded up and executed all the sociopathic ruling elites today but left our current systems intact they'd just be replaced tomorrow. A competition-based model where war, corruption, oppression and exploitation remain profitable guarantees this. | A lot of right-wing conspiracy analysis today u…

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

Juan Cole (2021-04-15). What will be the Mideast Crises facing Biden in the Coming Year? US Intelligence Threat Assessment. juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community is out. It has a Middle East section and a report on Afghanistan in the South Asia section. Although the threat assessment aims at highlighting potential threats to the US and US interests, I am struck by how little their analysis …

Robert C. Koehler (2021-04-15). Armed Racism Keeps No One Safe. commondreams.org A completely different form of public safety and order must emerge, transcending this armed authoritarianism with deeply racist roots. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/protest_police_0.jpg

splcenter (2021-04-15). Demanding Accountability: SPLC sues La. sheriff's office for public records regarding officer brutality. splcenter.org &nbsp…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-15). US Intelligence Walks Back Claim Russia Paid Bounties for US Troops in Afghanistan. news.antiwar.com Since The New York Times "The United States intelligence community assesses with low to moderate confidence that Russian intelligence office…

VOA (2021-04-15). Afghanistan Withdrawal Could Pose 'Significant Risk' To US, Intelligence Officials Say. eurasiareview.com By Jeff Seldin | The plan to pull troops from Afghanistan could give terrorist groups like al-Qaida and Islamic State a chance to regenerate the capabilities they would need to carry out an attack against the United States, according to top U.S. intelligence officials. | Their warning, coming the same day U.S. President Joe Biden formally announced his decision to end America's longest-running war, touches on the deep-rooted concerns many current and former U.S. officials have voiced about pulling 2,500 to 3,500 troops from Afghanistan, along with thousands of trainers and contractors. | It also may serve to f…

Shabbir H. Kazmi (2021-04-15). Biden Faces Resistance On Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan — OpEd. eurasiareview.com President Joe Biden announced on Wednesday of a complete withdrawal of United States from Afghanistan by 11th September this year. The announcement aims at closing the longest war of the United States. | However, many analysts, even within the US, remain skeptical of sustainable peace in Afghanistan, which has reduced to rudiments in two decades of fighting. | As officials disclosed Biden's pullout plans, the US intelligence community renewed deep concerns about the outlook for the US-backed government in Kabul, which is clinging to an eroding stalemate. | "The Afghan government will struggle to hold the Talib…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-15). Video Proving ISIS Executed Foreigners In Mozambique Appeared Online. southfront.org The video emerged online allegedly showing the executed bodies of foreigners, who During the storming of the town in Mozambique, the terrorists occupied the Amarula hotel, where citizens from Great Britain, South Africa and other states stated, while working in the l…

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