2021-04-02: News Headlines

_____ (2021-04-02). How Cutting Down Military Spending Could Bring About Peace. popularresistance.org Since the end of WWII, especially since the breakup of the Soviet Union, it appears as if US political leaders feel they are trapped in a time warp and are unable to break free. They seem to believe that they must repeat the same disastrous foreign policy of regime change over and over. Since 9/11, the US has attacked or supported attacks against Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria and Yemen. | The attacks, especially the horrendous US-led war crime against Iraq, have destabilized and created havoc in the Middle East, devastated these nations and caused death and appalling suffering for the people. | In addition, the…

Editor (2021-04-02). Biden: øQuién es el asesino? workers.org El 18 de marzo, el presidente estadounidense Joe Biden llamó "asesino" al presidente ruso Vladimir Putin. Dado que nadie ha retirado este insulto gratuito, suponemos que no fue una metedura de pata de Biden. Por el contrario, indica un aumento de la hostilidad de Estados Unidos hacia Rusia, al igual . . . |

John Feffer (2021-04-02). Is the Long War Finally Ending? counterpunch.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 assigned percentages to several Eastern European countries. Stalin amended the numbers, and Churchill agreed. The deal remained

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-02). CrossTalk: Democracy vs autocracy. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com CrossTalkApril 2, 2021 Democracy vs autocracy Historically speaking, the Cold War was a great ideological confrontation. Western liberalism vs Soviet communism. According to Joe Biden, the great geopolitical struggle of our time is democracy vs autocracy. For Biden, we are in another great ideological struggle. But there is a difference: the West, particularly the US, …

Dr. Rudolf Hà§nsel (2021-04-02). "Defender Europe 21": The US Militarization of the Balkans. A Threat Against Russia and Serbia? globalresearch.ca Twenty two Years Ago. 24 March 2021 marks the commemoration of …

Anonymous007 (2021-04-02). Kiev Scrambles To Justify The Incoming Storm. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Kiev government is going to great lengths to attempt and justify its incoming attempts at escalating the situation in Eastern Ukraine and towards Crimea. | On April 1st, but not as a joke, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Moscow is trying to put pressure on Kiev by amassing its military forces along the Russian-Ukrainian border.In a Facebook post, Zelensky noted he would highlight two points in the issue of war and peace. "First of all, it's about Donbas. Indeed, escala…

Richard Falk (2021-04-02). Do We Really Want a Second Cold War? zcomm.org The protection of human rights is being geopolitically manipulated to mobilize public support for an anti-Chinese foreign policy in the West that risks generating a dangerous geopolitical confrontation…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-02). Germany's Political Crisis and the Future of Nord Stream 2. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Written by J.Hawk exclusively for SouthFront. | In a Blinken of an Eye: | The Biden Administration entered the White House accompanied by hopes that it would return to some kind of normal in its relations with the European Union. While Biden, unlike Obama, would not score a Nobel Peace Prize solely for his existence, his victory was warmly welcomed in capitals around Europe as a sign that liberalism would vanquish populism ushering in a new era of "business as usual"

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-02). Nord Stream 2 Operator Warns Warships and Planes Threaten the Russia-Germany Pipeline Project. news.antiwar.com A senior official from Nord Stream 2 AG, the project company leading the Nord Stream 2 Russia to Germany natural gas pipeline project, "Higher activity of naval vessels, airplanes and helicopters and civilian vessels of foreign states is observed in the work area after restarted construction of the offshore segment of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, whose actions are often clearly provocative," said Nord Stream…

Brian Cloughley (2021-04-02). "Global Britain": Flying Flags, Banging War Drums and Going Down the Nuclear Plughole. counterpunch.org Many Britons are in despair about the direction their country has taken under the fraud Boris Johnson. But there are not yet enough of them to make any difference. The United Kingdom is in a dire condition, socially and economically, and as with other countries has a major crisis on its hands in having to

Anonymous007 (2021-04-02). Iran Begins Enriching Uranium With New Centrifuge Cascade. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | As of March 31st, Iran is enriching uranium with its forth cascade of advanced IR-2m machines at its Natanz plant, a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said. | The UN nuclear agency reported on March 8 that Tehran had begun enriching uranium with the third cascade of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear facility."On 31 March 2021, the Agency verified at FEP (Fuel Enrichment Plant) that: Iran had begun feeding natural U…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-02). Iran Activates Fourth Cascade of Centrifuges to Enrich Uranium. news.antiwar.com The IAEA has confirmed that Iran has Iran intends to activate six cascades overall and enrich up to 5% purity. The new cascades are IR-2m centrifuges, more advanced and more efficient than those which Iran had at the start of the nuclear deal. | Under the deal, Iran was allowed to improve its centrifuge technology, but putting the new ver…

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, …

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…

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 …

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,

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). 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…

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). 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…

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 …

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,…

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