2021-04-21: News Headlines

Michele de Mello (2021-04-21). Brazil may reach 1 million COVID-19 casualties by October 2021. peoplesdispatch.org Brazil could reach the figure of one million deaths from COVID-19 by October 2021 if there continues to be high levels of mobility in the national territory, emergence of new variants, and slow vaccination process, according to a study conducted by Russian social scientist Alexei Kouprianov*. | Currently, there are some 14 million infected in the country, which represents 40% of the cases in the region. More than 378,000 have already died from the disease. The

Ben Freeman, Ben Steiner — Leila Riazi (2021-04-21). The Saudi Lobby Moves From K Street to Main Street. counterpunch.org Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving American oil and gas companies feeling the pain. As oil prices plummeted, Republican

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). Russia's daily COVID-19 infections drop to lowest since late September. ecns.cn Russia logged 8,164 coronavirus infections over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily increase since Sept. 28, bringing the nationwide count to 4,718,854, the country's monitoring and response center said Tuesday.

Dave Lindorff (2021-04-21). US Has No Moral Standing to Criticize Russia or China. counterpunch.org President Joe Biden and his Secretary of State Antony Blinken are worried about Russian Putin critic and presidential aspirant, currently in a Russian prison after conviction on charges of skipping bail and leaving the country and other charges, being abused and at risk of dying in jail. That threat may or may not be real,

Radhika Desai (2021-04-21). An "Accumulation fo Anger" in Putin's Russia: an Interview With Boris Kagarlitsky. counterpunch.org The actual loss of jobs was not that catastrophic in the long run, because quite a few migrant workers had to be thrown out of Russia. So, while the total loss of jobs was impressive, the actual loss of jobs for Russian citizens was not that catastrophic; a lot of that price had to be paid by people in Central Asia, by the immigrant and migrant workers who lost their jobs. Actually (this is very interesting), it ended up creating a kind of division between those who wanted to remain as immigrants and would do whatever they could to stay over, and those who made the personal decision to leave Russia and had to fig…

Boris Kagarlitsky (2021-04-21). Putin, Navalny, and the left: The coming political crisis in Russia. zcomm.org Interview on the tectonic shifts taking place in Russian politics—and what Western media gets wrong about Russia…

Stephen Lendman (2021-04-21). Russia Threatens Ukraine? Biden Has Transformed Russia's Border with Ukraine into A Dangerous Hot Spot. globalresearch.ca Throughout its 30 year history, the Russian Federation never attacked or …

Dilip Hiro (2021-04-21). Washington is Spoiling for a new Cold War with China, but this Ambition needs a Reality Check. juancole.com ( Tomdispatch.com ) — Like his immediate predecessor, Joe Biden is committed to a distinctly anti-China global strategy and has sworn that China will not "become the leading country in the world, the wealthiest country in the world, and the most powerful country in the world… on my watch." In the topsy-turvy universe created by …

Staff (2021-04-21). Caracas-Moscow: Conviasa's New Non-Stop Commercial Passenger Flight. orinocotribune.com Venezuela's National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) reported this Monday, April 18, through a statement, that during this week of radical quarantine defined by the National Executive, commercial air routes to various international destinations continue, including the Russian Federation as a new destination. The Russian embassy reported this first on March 25, when it announced the resumption of the direct route between Caracas and Moscow with a frequency of two flights per week. | The long-range route was approved by the Putin government and will be serviced by the Venezuelan state-owned airline, Conviasa.

Eds. (2021-04-21). Pentagon adds Africa to Global battleground with China and Russia. mronline.org General Stephen Townsend, commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), and General Kenneth McKenzie, commander of U.S. Central Command, are scheduled to testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 22. | April 21, 2021 | Newswire…

Caoimhghin àì Croidheáin (2021-04-21). Kalashnikov: the amateur inventor who shot to global fame. dissidentvoice.org AK-47: Kalashnikov (2020) is a biographical film about Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov (1919—2013), the inventor and designer of the AK-47 automatic rifle. This Russian film, released in February of last year, follows the young Kalashnikov as he is bombarded by Germans during WWII and is interspersed with flashbacks of his childhood. Disturbed by the failure of …

Anonymous007 (2021-04-21). Military Situation In Syria On April 21, 2021 (Map Update). southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 21, Russia reported that Idlib militants violated the ceasefire regime in Greater Idlib 39 times: 23 — in Idlib province, 12 — in Latakia province, 4 — in Hama province | On April 20, a SAA armored military vehicle was targeted by an IED blast in the north of Daraa. No casualties were reported | On April 20, an IED blast targeted trucks carrying logistical aid for the US Coalition passing from the al-Omar field road | On April 21, clashes betwe…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-21). Russia's Yasen-M Nuclear Submarine To Be Able To Salvo Launch Cruise Missiles. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Russia's Project 885M (Yasen-M) nuclear-powered submarines will be able to salvo-launch Kalibr-PL and Oniks cruise missiles, TASS In November 2020, "the Kazan made a salvo during state trials, which confirmed the possibility of such launches," the source said…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-21). U.S. Falling Behind China And Russia In Terms Of Nuclear Arsenal: STRATCOM. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Chinese nuclear capability is improving at an incredible pace, and could soon be useable in actual conflict, Adm. Charles Richard, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command warned. | He told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he had just ordered all briefs on Beijing's nuclear weapons contain no intelligence information vetted more than one month earlier "because it's probably out of date" that quickly. | Richard testified that China is capable of accurately deployi…

P. K. Balachandran (2021-04-21). Sri Lanka And China Strike A Chord At Boao Forum — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Both struck an anti-West stance, with Gotabaya Rajapaksa calling for a new world order in which national sovereignty is respected and Xi Jinping calling for an end to the Cold War mentality. : | At the opening plenary of the Boao Forum for Asia on Tuesday, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Chinese President Xi Jinping took swipes at the West, each reflecting his country's concerns vis-à -vis the West, though no country or group was named. | While the Lankan President sought from the Western powers respect for the sovereignty of independent States, Xi urged the West to shed its Cold War mental…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-21). U.S. Strategic Command chief calls for nuclear upgrade aimed at China and Russia. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com U.S. Strategic Command chief calls for nuclear upgrade aimed at China and RussiaRick Rozoff On April 20 Admiral Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee alongside his colleague General James Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command (SPACECOM), in both open and closed hearings. Richard described his command, …

Adam Martin (2021-04-21). How Adam Became A Real Progressive. realprogressives.org A long time ago, a game was released for the PlayStation console. The game had a demo released through Pizza Hut, a short taste of this spy thriller, Metal Gear Solid. You play as Solid Snake, and your mission is to sneak through a base and stop a terrorist group from launching a nuclear missile. Upon playing the full version, instead of a full action thriller (although the game has plenty of this) you are instead treated to a thematic experience of pacifism, the folly of nuclear proliferation, genetics and eugenics, government corruption, and more. For a game where you kill plenty of people, these pacifist th…

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). ROK says to join IAEA monitoring team for Fukushima wastewater release. ecns.cn South Korea will make sure to participate in an international monitoring team led by the UN nuclear watchdog for Japan's planned release of nuclear polluted water from its wrecked Fukushima nuclear power plant, Yonhap reported, citing the country's foreign ministry.

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-21). US and Israel at Odds Over Iran Talks. news.antiwar.com Tensions are rising between the Israeli government and the Biden administration over talks that have been ongoing in Vienna aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, The US and Israel have been holding strategic talks on Iran policy through a forum headed by each country's national security advisor. Israeli officials told Axios that during recent talks, Israeli National Security Advisor Meir Ben-Shabbat felt the US is not showing "sufficient consider…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-21). Report: Israel Backing Down on Some Iran Nuclear Deal Demands. news.antiwar.com According to a report from Israeli TV, The report said Israel is now pushing for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to have more powers in Iran. Israel's Mossad chief Yossi Cohan, National Security Adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, and Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kohavi are expected to travel to Washington next week to lob…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-21). US Strategic Command Chief Calls for Nuclear Upgrade Aimed at China and Russia. news.antiwar.com On April 20 Admiral Charles Richard, commander of U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM), appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee alongside his colleague General James Dickinson, commander of U.S. Space Command SPACECOM), in both open and closed hearings. Richard described his command, which consists of 150,000 service members from all branches of the armed forces, as …

Middle East Monitor (2021-04-21). Israeli Intelligence Chiefs Assess that Biden, Iran will Rejoin Nuclear Deal; Netanyahu wants to Stop it. juancole.com By Motasem A Dalloul | — After two weeks of deliberations in Vienna about reactivating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal with Iran, EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell told reporters on Monday that, "There is a real goodwill on both parts to reach an agreement." He pointed out that the …

Staff (2021-04-21). Anti-Iranian maximum pressure policy total failure. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — Russia's Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna believes Maximum pressure policy totally failed and just prompted the development of the Iranian nuclear program beyond 2015 parameters.

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). Xi, Putin congratulate 9th meeting of China-Russia dialogue mechanism between ruling parties. ecns.cn Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday respectively sent congratulatory letters to the ninth meeting of the dialogue mechanism between the ruling parties of China and Russia, held via video link.

RFE RL (2021-04-21). 'Red Lines' And Rosy Promises: Five Takeaways From Putin's State-Of-The-Nation Speech — Analysis. eurasiareview.com By Robert Coalson, Mike Eckel and Michael Scollon* | ( His

Shane Quinn (2021-04-21). Ukraine Crises Trace Back to Ongoing NATO Enlargement. globalresearch.ca Due to its location on the map between Russia and the …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-21). EU Walks Back Claim of 150,000 Russian Troops Near Ukraine Border. globalresearch.ca The European Union had to correct a claim made by its …

Manlio Dinucci (2021-04-21). US Order Against Russia: Italy at Attention. globalresearch.ca Italian Foreign Minister Di Maio and Defense Minister Guerini were urgently …

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-21). Iran's Rouhani Says 60% to 70% of Issues Resolved in Vienna Talks. news.antiwar.com Iranian President Hasan Rouhani spoke positively of the indirect talks with the US that have been ongoing in Vienna aimed at reviving the JCPOA and "The negotiations have achieved 60 to 70 percent progress," Rouhani said on Tuesday. "If the Americans act honestly, we will reach a conclusion in little time." | Diplomats representing Iran and the remaining participants of the JCPOA — China, Russia, the UK, France, and Germany — met in Vienna on Tuesday…

Juris Paiders (2021-04-21). Beijing And Kremlin Unite To Tempt Fate And Agitate US — OpEd. eurasiareview.com For several weeks now, one of the most discussed international events in Latvia has been Russia's amassing of troops near the borders of Ukraine. However, not a lot of attention has been paid to similar displays of military force carried out by China. Although East Asia is far away from us, this can still be considered a test of the US' ability to react in two sides of Eurasia simultaneously. And if Moscow and Beijing have indeed coordinated their efforts, this will be a rigorous test of the US' response capabilities. | In the last few weeks, China has several times rushed to hold naval exercises, officially a…

Staff (2021-04-21). US envoy return to Moscow hinges on developing bilateral ties. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that return of the US Ambassador to Russia depends on the developments in relations between the United States and Russia.

Staff (2021-04-21). Iran to receive 6th batch of Russian 'Sputnik V' vaccine. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The 6th consignment of the Russian 'Sputnik V' vaccine will be forwarded to the Islamic Republic of Iran from Moscow which includes 100,000 doses.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-04-21). VIDEO: Tehran to receive batch of Russian Sputnik V tomorrow. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — The sixth consignment of Russian Sputnik V vaccines will be dispatched to Iran tomorrow. This batch contains 100,000 doses of the Russian-made vaccine.

Staff (2021-04-21). Russia summons deputy head of US embassy in Moscow. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 21 (MNA) — Russia's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned the deputy head of the US embassy in Moscow.

news.un (2021-04-21). Russia: Rights experts call for immediate medical evacuation of Alexei Navalny. news.un.org Experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council called on Wednesday for the urgent medical evacuation of detained Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, fearing he is in "serious danger" due to deteriorating health and harsh prison conditions.

Juan Cole (2021-04-20). Despite Hawks Seeking new Cold War, the US and China can only Confront Climate Emergency by Cooperating. juancole.com ( China Dialogue ) — They say don't mess with Texas, but Mother Nature didn't get the memo. A surprise winter storm killed at least 111 people in March, when rolling blackouts left several million Texans without power for several freezing days. Their misery came just a few years after Hurricane Harvey put a US$125 …

Andrew Korybko (2021-04-20). Czechia's Surprise Decision to Expel Russian Diplomats. globalresearch.ca Strategic Context | All of Europe is discussing Czechia's

teleSUR (2021-04-20). China Opposes a New Cold War and a Unilateral World. telesurenglish.net Chinese President Xi Jinping assured that his nation is committed to peace and does not want a new Cold War while condemning unilateralism. "The Covid-19 pandemic has warned us more clearly (…) of the importance of repudiating the Cold War mentality, zero-sum game (…) and ideological confrontation." | RELATED: | The leader's statements were made this Tuesday morning, April 20, during his speech at the opening of the…

_____ (2021-04-20). How To Make A Gulf Monarchy All-American. popularresistance.org Princess Reema bint Bandar Al-Saud, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., was on the hot seat. In early March 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic swept the world, oil prices collapsed and a price war broke out between Saudi Arabia and Russia, leaving American oil and gas companies feeling the pain. As oil prices plummeted, Republican senators from oil-producing states turned their ire directly on Saudi Arabia. Forget that civil war in Yemen — what about fossil-fuel profits here at home? | To address their concerns, Ambassador Bandar Al-Saud agreed to speak with a group of them in a March 18th conference call [m…

Stephen Lendman (2021-04-20). Biden Regime Behind Czech Expulsion of Russian Diplomats. globalresearch.ca The Czech Republic is virtual US occupied territory, its pro-Western puppet …

Anonymous007 (2021-04-20). Russia Restricts Civil Aviation Over Crimea And The Black Sea. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | Russia announced the introduction of a dangerous zone for civil aviation in the area over the Black Sea and Crimea, this was published in the operational information on changes in the rules for conducting and ensuring flights (NOTAM). | In total, the Russian Federation has issued three NOTAMs. They are valid until April 24tj, with minor differences. | A number of air routes in the Simferopol flight information area over the Black Sea were completely blocked. | At the…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-20). 200 Militants Killed In Russian Airstrikes On Hidden Training Base In Central Syria. southfront.org Illustrative image | On April 19, Russian Defense Ministry announced that the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) had destroyed a training base near the city of Palmyra, in Central Syria, killing about 220 militants. | According to Rear Adm. Alexander Karpov, Deputy Head of Russian Coordination Center in Hmeimim, terrorists have established a hidden military base northeast of Palmyra, where they formed terrorist groups for deployment in several areas of Syria in order to carry out terrorist operation…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-20). U.S. Ambassador Leaves Russia To "Visit Family" southfront.org Click to see full-size image | US Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan will return to the US, Axios

ecns.cn (2021-04-20). Japan's decision to dump nuclear wastewater 'extremely irresponsible': experts. ecns.cn Chinese experts have condemned Japan's unilateral decision to discharge nuclear wastewater into the sea, calling it "extremely irresponsible."

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-20). Israel's Cabinet Concerned US Wants an Iran Deal 'At All Costs'. news.antiwar.com Israel continues to express its opposition to the Biden administration rejoining the 2015 Iran nuclear deal known as the JCPOA. "The Americans want a deal at all costs and the Iranians know it," one minister said at the meeting. The minister told…

IDN (2021-04-20). Lessons Of The Bay Of Pigs Invasion Followed By The Cuban Missile Crisis — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Jonathan Power* | The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 is well remembered, even by those not yet born when it happened. The word has been passed down the generations and probably always will be. It was the first and only time, say many historians and political scientists, that the world faced the likelihood of nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the USA. | For my part, I find it impossible to forget. | I was chairman of Manchester University's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Within four hours after the BBC reported the beginnings of the crisis, we had organized a massive march. To my knowledge, we were t…

Staff (2021-04-20). JCPOA Joint Commission meet to continue next week in Vienna. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA)-Stressing that discussions made in today's Joint Commission of JCPOA with regard to lifting sanctions and nuclear issues, coordinator of Joint Commission of JCPOA announced that next meeting of Commission will be held next week.

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