2021-04-01: News Headlines

Andy Kroll (2021-04-01). Stumbling into War? tomdispatch.com The leaders of China and the United States certainly don't seek a war with each another. Both the Biden administration and the regime of Chinese President Xi Jinping view economic renewal and growth as their principal objectives. Both are aware that any conflict arising between them, even if restricted to Asia and conducted with non-nuclear weapons — no sure bet — would produce catastrophic regional damage and potentially bring the global economy to its knees. So, neither group has any intention of deliberately starting a war. Each, however, is fully determined to prove its willingness to go to war if…

Moderator (2021-04-01). Biden Is Playing an Apocalyptic Game of Chicken With China. scheerpost.com By Michael Klare / TomDispatch The leaders of China and the United States certainly don't seek a war with each another. Both the Biden administration and the regime of Chinese President Xi Jinping view economic renewal and growth as their principal objectives. Both are aware that any conflict arising between them, even if restricted to Asia and conducted with non-nuclear weapons — no sure bet… |

Elsa Claro (2021-04-01). øAdónde vas mundo? globalizacion.ca Pequeño optimismo enmarcado en una enorme cautela, despierta la videoconferencia sostenida este 30 de marzo entre el presidente de Rusia, Vladímir Putin y su homólogo francés, Emmanuel Macron, así como la canciller alemana àÅngela Merkel. Que se hayan referido a…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Borisov: Cuba Is a "Key Partner" telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said that Cuba is a "key partner" in Latin America as representatives from both countries meet in Havana for the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific, and technical cooperation. | RELATED: | "Cuba is our key partner and reliable ally in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. We appreciate the strategic nature of Russian-Cuban…

_____ (2021-04-01). Haitians March On Canadian Embassy. popularresistance.org People everywhere around the world love and respect Canadians, or so we're told. So how do you explain what's going on in Haiti? | On Sunday protesters in Port-au-Prince marched on the Canadian Embassy. "Madame Boukman — Justice 4 Haiti" posted a video to Twitter showing police in front of Canada's diplomatic representation in Haiti. Madame Boukman quoted two men waving a Russian flag saying, "Long live Russia. Canada go home." (In an indirect criticism of US/Canadian backing for dictator Jovenel MoàØse, Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister recently said they were concerned about "political instability"

John Feffer (2021-04-01). The US lost the Afghanistan War and is finally Leaving, but can Biden win the Peace? juancole.com ( Foreign Policy in Focus) — In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had assigned percentages to several Eastern European countries. Stalin amended the numbers, …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-01). US Affirms 'Unwavering Support' for Ukraine Amid Russia Tensions. news.antiwar.com Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin spoke with his Ukrainian counterpart on Thursday and expressed Washington's "unwavering" support for Kyiv amid tensions with Russia. According to a readout of the call, Austin "reaffirmed unwavering US support for Ukraine's sovereignty, territorial integrity, and Euro-Atlantic aspirations." He also condemned what he called "Russian aggression." Secretary of State Antony …

RT (2021-04-01). Her Majesty's useful idiot? Integrity Initiative-linked Scots Nats MP demands London spy agencies probe Russian 'disinformation'. rt.com The British Parliament's most enthusiastic Russia-basher wants UK intelligence services to formally instruct MPs on alleged "foreign propaganda." His odd biography for an SNP representative and deep state links make it notable. | Stewart McDonald's interest in Russia is quite remarkable. Until 2018, he showed little or no interest in the country at all, but then, following an opaquely funded and organized jolly to Ukraine, he suddenly transformed into an ardent opponent of Moscow. He also became a passionate supporter of the British establishment position on foreign policy. Perhaps it was the chicken Kiev that…

Kim Petersen (2021-04-01). China and Iran: A Natural Anti-imperialist Alliance. dissidentvoice.org On 15 July 2015 — the day after the United States agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA; also called the Iran nuclear deal) along with China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, plus Germany — then US president Barack Obama said in an interview that Iran was "a great civilization." Without listing any …

RT (2021-04-01). Russian diplomats reveal 'acute shortage' of essentials in North Korea caused by Covid-19 restrictions, embassies almost empty. rt.com Diplomats serving in North Korea are enduring a shortage of goods and a lack of medicine, as restrictions to battle the Covid-19 pandemic have caused the already-secretive country to isolate itself even more than before. | Writing on Facebook, the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang revealed that 38 foreign nationals have recently left their diplomatic missions in the country, with representatives from the likes of the UK, Brazil, and Germany also flying home. | "The exodus of foreigners will continue," an embassy statement read. "There are now hardly any foreigners left — fewer than 290 in all. One can understa…

RT (2021-04-01). Controversial Russian mercenary group linked to 'grave human rights abuses' in Central African Republic, new UN probe claims. rt.com A UN team has alleged that a controversial private military contractor, brought in by the embattled government of the Central African Republic, is behind a series of troubling and violent attacks in the civil-war-wracked nation. | The working group tasked with assessing the situation in the Central African Republic announced on Tuesday that its members were "deeply disturbed" by a purported link between the mercenaries from the Russian 'Wagner Group' of paramilitaries and potential "grave human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law." | The company's contractors have been operating alon…

RT (2021-04-01). EU 'Foreign Minister' Borrell claims Russia chose 'aggression' instead of diplomacy when it 'humiliated' him during Moscow visit. rt.com The expulsion of some European diplomats during a formal EU visit to Russia was an aggressive act and contrary to the principles of diplomacy. That's according to Josep Borrell, the bloc's High Representative for Foreign Affairs. | The Spanish eurocrat took a now-infamous visit to Moscow in February, his first to the country in three years. During the trip, he met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, as well as representatives of some civil society groups. | However, while Borrell was in the country, Moscow decided to expel diplomats from Germany, Poland and Sweden after it was determined they particip…

RT (2021-04-01). We aren't refusing new talks with NATO, Russian FM Lavrov insists, 'but we don't just want to sit there and hear about Ukraine'. rt.com Moscow has rejected claims that it is unwilling to participate in talks with NATO, arguing instead that it would be eager to hold a summit, but only if it sticks to topics that are actually within the US-led military bloc's remit.

RT (2021-04-01). Warships & submarines entering zone of Nord Stream 2 pipeline in 'planned & prepared provocations' to obstruct work, says operator. rt.com With the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline nearing completion and US sanctions against contractors failing to stop its construction, its operator has reported an increased "provocative" activity of warships in the area. | According to Moscow news agency TASS, Nord Stream 2 AG's branch director, Andrey Minin, claimed that the last three months have seen a growth in military presence in the area. | "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, w…

RT (2021-04-01). Russia to make Northern Sea Route cheaper than Suez Canal as country seeks to benefit from Ever Given blockage & climate change. rt.com The Russian government is making plans to turn the Northern Sea Route into an alternative to the Suez Canal, with the country's deputy prime minister revealing that state subsidies could be used to reduce transportation costs. | The 3,500-mile shipping route stretches almost the entire length of Russia, and, in recent years, has become a commercially viable path for vessels to take, as the Arctic's melting icecaps open up spaces for large ships to pass through. It is also significantly faster for transit from East Asia to Europe than the traditional route through the Suez Canal. | In 2017, for the first time e…

Anonymous767 (2021-04-01). Microsoft Wins $22 Billion Contract To Supply US Military With Augmented-Reality Headsets. southfront.org One year after beating out rivals like Amazon for the coveted Pentagon "JEDI" contract, a $10 billion mandate to rebuild the Pentagon's cloud-computing infrastructure (

Anonymous007 (2021-04-01). Behold The Chinese Type 100-Class "God Of Submarines" southfront.org Source: navalnews.com | Chinese submarine, identified as the Type-100 Class is reportedly contesting Russian Navy's mighty Pr.941 Typhoon Class submarine as the largest ever built. | This was The new submarine is reportedly armed with 48 Submarine Launched Ballistic Missiles (SLBMs). It can also carry massive nuclear-powered nuclear-armed autonomo…

Anonymous767 (2021-04-01). The Saker: "Understanding Anti-Putin PSYOPs: Preparing For War" southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE | Written by The Saker; Originally appeared at Intro: cause vs pretext | It is not an exaggeration to say that in the mythology of the AngloZionist Empire Putin is something akin to Satan or, at least, that he is a kind of "Sauron" who is the epitome of evil. And, we all heard that recently, Biden, in a recorded interview, declared that Putin is "a killer". When given a chance to soften…

Anonymous669 (2021-04-01). Hunting ISIS: Syrian Government Forces Kick Off Operation In Deir Ezzor With Russian Support (Video). southfront.org ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE: Sputnik/Mikhail Alaeddin | On April 1, Syrian government forces kicked off a large-scale combing operation in the southern and western Deir Ezzor countryside. | According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the National Defense Forces and the Palestinian al-Quds Brigade are leading the operation which is backed by the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS). | Government forces are combing the outskirts of the town of al-Mayadin, from the area of al-Banja all the way to the area of Fayda…

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-04-01). Venezuela and Russia Ramp up Economic Ties with 10-Year Plan. venezuelanalysis.com The two nations signed treaties to boost the Venezuelan transportation system, oil industry security and access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Brasil Wire (2021-04-01). Fallout: US Suppression of Russian Vaccine in Brazil Becomes Diplomatic Incident. globalresearch.ca On Sunday March 14 2021,

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Biden Orders Removal of Missiles, Forces Around Persian Gulf. telesurenglish.net A report issued last Thursday by the Wall Street Journal cites officials from the Pentagon indicating that President Biden has issued orders to remove Patriot anti-missile systems, miscellaneous military hardware, and troops from the area of the Persian Gulf, to deploy them elsewhere to be used against Russia and China, two countries which the Pentagon sees as its primary global competitors. | RELATED: | According to the report,…

Bruce Wilds (2021-03-31). Biden's Ukrainian "Putin Push" Could Lead to World War III. globalresearch.ca Biden was in charge of much of the "Ukraine project" during …

teleSUR (2021-03-31). Russian Senate Approves Law on Presidential Reelection. telesurenglish.net Russia's Senate on Wednesday passed a law that will allow President Vladimir Putin to run for re-election when his current term ends in 2024. | RELATED: | While the law specifies that the same person may not hold the office of president for more than two consecutive terms, it contains an article specifying that whoever holds the presidential office at the time of the law's entry into force may be a candidate in the future. | The law also stipulate…

Rick Rozoff (2021-03-31). NATO Warplanes Intercept Russian Aircraft Ten Times in One Day from Arctic to Black Sea. globalresearch.ca The North Atlantic Treaty Organization reports that yesterday the military bloc …

teleSUR (2021-03-31). Cuba-Russia Intergovernmental Commission Meets in Havana. telesurenglish.net The 18th Session of the Cuban-Russian Intergovernmental Commission for Economic-Commercial and Scientific-Technical Collaboration started on Wednesday in Havana, where participants are examining issues of bilateral interest. | RELATED: | The delegations are headed by the Commission's co-presidents, Deputy Prime Minister Ricardo Cabrisas Ruiz and Mr. Yuri Ivanovich Borisov, vice-president of the Russian Federation's…

RobertAlvarez (2021-03-31). Is the Long War Finally Ending? ips-dc.org In October 1944, with the end of World War II in sight, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin passed a note back and forth to each other at a conference in Moscow. On the piece of paper, Churchill had The percentages on th…

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-31). Iran's President Sees 'No Serious Efforts' From Biden to Revive Nuclear Deal. news.antiwar.com On Wednesday, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani expressed his growing frustration with the US and said Rouhani's comments come after

Dave DeCamp (2021-03-31). Officials Claim US Is Open to Talks on Roadmap to Revive Iran Nuclear Deal. news.antiwar.com Unnamed US and Western officials The report said the Biden administration initially thought Iran wanted to have a conversation about the first steps towards reviving the deal instead of a full restoration of the agreement. But this doesn't make much se…

Ramzy Baroud (2021-03-31). Nuclear Weapons Blazing: Britain Enters the US-China Fray. counterpunch.org Boris Johnson's March 16 speech before the British Parliament was reminiscent, at least in tone, to that of Chinese President Xi Jinping in October 2019, on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Republic of China. The comparison is quite apt if we remember the long-anticipated shift in Britain's foreign policy and Johnson's conservative

orinocotribune (2021-03-31). Russian Deputy PM Borisov in Venezuela: Strategic Alliance Strengthens. orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, March 30, the Vice President of the Russian Federation, Yuri Borisov, paid a high-level visit to Venezuela to strengthen the ties of friendship between the two nations. Russia's high-ranking official highlighted cooperation and solidarity as vital. | In addition, new agreements were signed to accelerate the bilateral agenda for mutual benefit. "We have taken the opportunity to sign new alliances in energy, mining, and health sectors for the development of both economies," said Borisov. | In the same way, they explained that in the face of the new challenges of the pandemic, cooperation and solidarit…

orinocotribune (2021-03-31). EpicVacCorona Vaccine to be Incorporated into Venezuela's Vaccination Plan (after Medical Trials). orinocotribune.com Venezuelan vice president Delcy Rodríguez reported on Monday, March 29, that the EpiVacCorona has arrived in the country. It is the second vaccine developed in Russia that has reported 100% effectiveness against COVID-19. | "The EpiVacCorona vaccine has arrived in Venezuela and will be authorized for trials. We are currently in the process of ensuring its supply to Venezuela," said Vice President Rodríguez. She added that after the protocols for its authorization and testing, it will be incorporated into the national immunization plan, once local medical trials have concluded. | She commented that a new batch of…

Anonymous669 (2021-03-31). Endless Thunder In Central Syria: Russian Forces Carried Out Up To 1,400 Airstrikes On ISIS Last Month. southfront.org The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) carried out more than 1,380 airstrikes on ISIS cells in central Syria over the last…

Anonymous669 (2021-03-31). Large Convoy Of Russian PMCs Spotted On Central African Republic Border With Sudan (Photos). southfront.org Click to see full-size image, Source: facebook.com/Birao-info-pages-officiel-1871004046335034 | On March 29, a large convoy transporting Russian private military contractors (PMS) arrived at the Central African Republic (CAR). | The convoy entered the country through the Amdafock border crossing with Sudan. It was last spotted in the town of Birao. The convoy's final destination is reportedly the northern town of Bamingui. | According to local sources, a convoy of approximately 50 R…

Anonymous007 (2021-03-31). No More Obstacles For War In Ukraine. Russia Deploys Troops In Crimea. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | As of March 30th, Russia has deployed up to 28 battalion tactical groups to Crimea and Krasnodar, with up to 25 more allegedly on the way, according to Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Ruslan Homchak. | He also said that Ukrainian formations were position in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblast and in the Crimean direction. | Social media is filled with videos showing the movement of Russia's heavy equipment towards Crimea and Krasnodar. | Video fro…

Anonymous103 (2021-03-31). Two Russian Embassy Employees Expelled Amid Spy Scandal In Italy. southfront.org RIA Novosti / Vladimir Astapkovich | In Rome, counterintelligence agencies have detained a high-ranking officer of the Italian fleet while passing secret information to an officer of the Russian embassy, according to the claims by the newspaper La Repubblica. | The suspects were detained during the "documents exchange" on March 30th. | The operation was carried out after an investigation, in which the Italian Internal Information and Security Agency, a group of special…

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