Wednesday’s news links – April 20, 2022

Ruchell Magee: US prisoner, political thinker, rebel, and still fighting for release after 67 years Peoples Dispatch

Expert: Cop pressed gun to Patrick Lyoya’s head then fired Detroit Free Press

‘Birthing while Black’ is a national crisis for the US. Here’s what Black lawmakers want to do about it Guardian

Labor

Starbucks Workers Win 5 Union Elections Today, In A ‘Right To Work’ State No Less Labor411

Starbucks Workers Have Filed to Unionize in 30 States Thrillist

Why Health Concerns Are at the Heart of the New Amazon and Starbucks Unions Alexa Spencer, Word In Black

Amazon organizers gear up for 2nd union vote while first hangs in the balance Gothamist

From His Grave, William Z. Foster Helps Guide Amazon Workers To Victory Dissident Voice

Ukrainian workers flee ‘modern slavery’ conditions on UK farms Guardian

People of color more likely to be harmed by pesticides, study finds Guardian

Closing two VA hospitals in NYC is proposed

FDA Probes Lucky Charms’ Possible Link to Illnesses WSJ

#COVID19

Airlines that dropped mask requirements are now suffering staff shortages due to COVID-19 CBS News

Flight Attendants Urge Calm and Patience While We Wait for Further Instructions Association of Flight Attendants

The Pandemic Isn’t Over Us Yet No Matter How Much We Want To Believe It The Root

The Trump judge’s opinion striking down the airplane mask mandate is a legal disaster Vox

Poor People’s Pandemic Report: Mapping the Intersections of Poverty, Race and COVID-19 Poor People’s Campaign

Palestine

Israeli Forces Leave 153 Wounded at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem Orinoco Tribune

Al-Aqsa: Israeli forces push out Palestinians as settlers storm mosque for third day running Middle East Eye

Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Economic Crisis Inflicted by Self-Serving Elite Anis Chowdhury and Jomo Kwame Sundaram

U.S./NATO war

Russia Has Launched Phase Two Of Its Operation In Ukraine Moon of Alabama

Scott and Larry Make Their (Professional) Points. Andrei Martyanov

There is one aspect here of which Scott Ritter talks about: US weapons, traditionally grossly overpriced, are not that good

Japan, EU, U.S. pursue common course on Ukraine war Kyodo News

Defense Ministry: Japan to supply military supplies to Ukraine Kyodo News

Pentagon to train Ukrainians in sites outside nation to use U.S. artillery Anti-bellum

US a ‘co-belligerent’ in Ukraine war, legal expert says Asia Times

Russia Must Prepare For “Possible Aggressive Action” From NATO, Putin Advisor Says Tyler Durden

War and Peace in Ukraine Fighting Words

“A historic sham”: Zelensky’s speech to Greece’s parliament sparks national outrage, opens WWII-era wounds Grayzone

EU To Impose Full Embargo On Russian Oil Next Week, Will Send Price Above $185 According To JPMorgan Tyler Durden

Banning Supplies of Russian Gas Would Cause Split of EU, Germany’s E.ON Head Says Sputnik

Nasrallah: The war in Ukraine unmasked the racism and hypocrisy of the West

Speech by Hezbollah Secretary General Sayed Hassan Nasrallah on March 8, 2022, on the occasion of the Day of the Wounded.

Naive Questions About Russia’s War Economy Yves Smith

Contextualizing the Chinese Exclusion Act Eastwind

On May 6, 2022, we mark the 140th anniversary of the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act. It was the nation’s first law that declared one ethnic group, the Chinese, as undesirable immigrants and declared all Chinese in the U.S. ineligible for citizenship.

Einstein wasn’t a “lone genius” after all Ethan Siegel

Einstein, contrary to the popular narrative, wasn’t a lone genius, but rather only achieved the successes that he did because of his friends, colleagues, professors, and the larger community of physicists, astronomers, and mathematicians that he was a part of. Without them, including his study-buddy friends Conrad Habicht and Maurice Solovine, pictured alongside him in 1903, his ideas, brilliant as they were, would likely have gone nowhere.

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