2021-01-18: News Headlines

Rayhan Uddin (2021-01-18). UN urged to take action against France over 'entrenching Islamophobia'. middleeasteye.net UN urged to take action against France over 'entrenching Islamophobia' | Coalition of 36 organisations submits complaint to UN Human Rights Council, accusing France of violating international law over treatment of Muslims | Mon, 01/18/2021 – 12: 59 | French police outside the Great Mosque in Paris amid a heightened risk of terror attacks on places of worship, October 2020 (AFP/File photo) | A coalitio…

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Argentina Begins To Distribute the Second Dose of Sputnik V. telesurenglish.net Argentina began on Monday the distribution of 300,000 Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines to complete the vaccination of those who received the first dose on December 29. | RELATED: | As of Friday, this South American nation had applied 200,759 out of 300,000 doses of the Russian vaccine it received last year. | The national vaccination campaign's first stage is focused on citizens between the ages of 18 and 59 who work in hospitals,…

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Brazil To Use Sinovac and Astrazeneca COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Health Regulatory Agency (ANVISA) unanimously approved on Sunday the emergency use of the CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine and the AstraZeneca-University of Oxford vaccine. | RELATED: | The decision will allow the Brazilian government to start its vaccination plan with 6 million doses of the CoronaVac vaccine, which was developed by the Chinese laboratory Sinovac and the Butantan Institute of Sao Paulo. | "The…

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Venezuela Inaugurates Ozone Science Center. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday inaugurated the National Ozone Science Center (CENAOZ), a modern facility that aims to promote health strategies based on ozone therapy. | RELATED: | "Today we inaugurate the CENAOZ headquarters. The ozone therapy will contribute to the medical protocols that have been established for the cure of COVID-19," Maduro said. | "The ozone therapy will be present in all the count…

teleSUR (2021-01-18). The U.S. Opposed National Dialogues in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Opposition lawmaker Timoteo Zambrano on Sunday affirmed that U.S. President Donald Trump hampered all dialogue processes between the Venezuelan opposition and President Nicolas Maduro. | RELATED: | He recalled the meetings held under the auspices of the Dominican Republic's former President D…

Anya Parampil (2021-01-18). Biden inaugural guest is Venezuelan coup leader charged with inciting violent assault on gov't building. thegrayzone.com After condemning the pro-Trump invasion of the Capitol, the incoming Biden administration invited Carlos Vecchio — a coup leader charged in the 2014 torching of the Venezuelan Attorney General's office — to its inaugural ceremony As Washington recovered from shock and outrage caused by pro-Trump hooligans storming the United States Congress — breaking windows, smashing doors, and intimidating police officers in order to push their way inside — a sense of pre-inaugural excitement began to sweep the nation's capital. Who …

Aline Maciel (2021-01-18). Brazil Elections Boost Environmental Violators to High Office in Amazon. globalresearch.ca More than a hundred candidates who ran in municipal elections last November in cities across Brazil's Amazonian states are on the environmental regulator's "dirty list" for violations committed over the past decade. | That's the finding from an analysis by Agência …

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Mexico to Cut Pfizer Vaccine Imports to Supply Poor Countries. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) Sunday informed his government will reduce the U.S. Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine imports so that poorer countries have greater access to it. | RELATED: | "We agree that Pfizer doses should be reduced so that the United Nations (UN) can distribute them equally to poor countries," AMLO said. | Despite this decision, the government's vaccination plan does not stop. Me…

news.un (2021-01-18). UN chief calls for protection of civilians as violence spikes in Sudan's West Darfur. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General has voiced deep concern over escalating violence in West Darfur and called on the Sudanese authorities to "expend all efforts" to end the fighting and protect civilians.

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Close to Half of Peruvians Disapprove of President Sagasti. telesurenglish.net Local outlet El Comercio on Monday published a poll revealing that 47 percent of Peruvians disapprove of President Francisco Sagasti's government, while only 34 percent approve it. | RELATED: | The rejection rate against him increased by 10 percent compared with the results of a survey conducted in December. | "Two months into his term, the dissatisfaction against Sagasti's administration increased by 12 points," El Comer…

teleSUR (2021-01-18). Chile Records 23 Wildfires So Far This Month. telesurenglish.net Chile's National Warning Center (NWC) Sunday informed that 23 wildfires have been recorded nationwide, 12 of which are active and 11 are under control. | RELATED: | Valparaiso, Maule, and àëuble are the regions where the four main wildfires were registered. On Sunday, 4,200 hectares of land were affected in the Quilpue community where the Lago Peñuelas National Reserve became a fire hotspot. | No human losses have been…

Carlos Zorrilla (2021-01-18). If the Frogs Should Win. globalresearch.ca Two frogs no more than four centimetres in length: they seem so insignificant. But much is riding on them, namely a constitutional court case that could stop mining development in most of Ecuador. | The Long Nose Harlequin Frog, last seen …

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Pots and Pans Against President Bolsonaro Heard Loud in Brazil. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of people made their pots and pan ring out to demand Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro's resignation due to his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The protest was driven by the chaotic situation in the state of Amazonas, where its capital Manaus experienced a serious lack of hospital beds and oxygen to treat patients. | Shouting "Genocide" and "Get out Bolsonaro," loud protests were seen in the largest citie…

RT (2021-01-17). Massive caravan of Honduran migrants fights Guatemalan troops on journey to US border (PHOTOS, VIDEOS). rt.com Hundreds of migrants from Honduras have clashed with Guatemala's stick-wielding soldiers after a large caravan breached the country's border en route to the US. | Video from the scene shows migrants desperately attempting to push through a thick formation of soldiers blocking a road near the village of Vado Hondo in eastern Guatemala. A large group manages to break through the ranks, however, stick-wielding soldiers quickly intercept the majority of them and beat them back. | Blocking caravan: Guatemalan soldiers clash with migrants from Honduras

_____ (2021-01-17). Migrant Caravan Heads To United States From Honduras. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, known for his tough stance on immigration, warned that if his policies are reversed, as Biden has pledged to do, "a tidal wave" of illegal migration will follow. | A migrant caravan of reportedly thousands is heading to the United States from Honduras, asking the incoming Biden administration to "honor its commitments", apparently referring to the president-elect's pledges to reverse most of Trump's immigration policies, according to media reports. | According to a statement issued by the migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras ["People Without Borders"], and…

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Guatemala Prevents Honduran Migrants From Heading To US Border. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's Military forces Sunday prevented the passage of more than 6,000 Honduran migrants who were trying to continue their way to the Mexico-U.S. border. | RELATED: | Guatemala's Migration Institute (GIM) Director Guillermo Diaz reported that between 7,000 and 8,000 migrants had crossed the border since Friday, highlighting that 992 migrants were deported, 163 of which were minors. | Violent clashes were seen b…

RT (2021-01-17). WATCH Russian opposition figure Navalny leave plane in Moscow before being detained. rt.com Alexey Navalny has arrived in Moscow after spending several months recuperating in Berlin. He was detained at the airport for violating probation terms. | The plane carrying Navalny was due to land in Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, but it was instead diverted to the capital's Sheremetyevo Airport. The airliner told the media that the last-minute change happened due to "technical issues" on the ground. | The activist left the plane and entered the airport via shuttle bus. He was then detained by police during documents check at the arrivals terminal. | The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) confirmed to the medi…

The Canary (2021-01-17). Survivors of fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region face threat of starvation. thecanary.co Starvation is threatening the survivors of more than two months of fighting in Ethiopia's Tigray region. Authorities say more than 4.5 million people there need emergency food."The population is dying": The first humanitarian workers to arrive, after pleading with the Ethiopian government for access, describe weakened children dying from diarrhea, empty shops and refugees begging for something to eat. One new report says parts of Tigray are likely a step below famine.Mari Carmen Vinoles is the head of the emergency unit for Doctors Without Borders. She said "There is an extreme urgent need" to scale up the…

Chris Gilbert (2021-01-17). How the Left Got Where It Is in Venezuela. counterpunch.org By the end of Hugo Chávez's presidency, a vague social contract had come to exist in Venezuela. It was not unlike the social contract which sustained real socialism for many decades, as described by Michael Lebowitz in his book Contradictions of Real Socialism. Both situations involved a vanguard that guaranteed a certain level of welfare

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Evo Morales Remembers Congolese Revolutionary Patrice Lumumba. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's former President Evo Morales (2006-2019) Sunday reminisced on the 60th anniversary of the assassination of Congolese leader Patrice Lumumba who was murdered by Katanga region's separatists and Belgian mercenaries on 17 January 1961. | RELATED: | "On a day like today in 1961, Congolese leader Patricio Lumumba, who fought for the liberation and independence of his people, was tortured and killed. Our homage…

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Peru: Ex-President Vizcarra Barred From Run for Congress. telesurenglish.net Lima's Special Electoral Jury (JEE) excluded Peru's former President Martin Vizcarra's (2018-2020) candidacy for Congress over the omission of information about his personal incomes. | RELATED: | The JEE concluded that Vizcarra did not specify all the information about the incomes received from the company Agrotecnica Estuquiña SA, of which he has 30 percent of the share. | Ex-Congresswoman Yeni Vilcatoma made the banning…

teleSUR (2021-01-17). The Economy Took Center Stage in Ecuador's Presidential Debate. telesurenglish.net On Saturday night, 16 presidential candidates attended a mandatory debate organized by the National Electoral Council (CNE). | RELATED: | Their debate is scheduled to take place over two days and will cover four topics: health, education, and vulnerable groups; economy and employment; corruption and democratic institutions; and international relations and human rights. | The candidates were divided into two groups of e…

sputniknews (2021-01-16). Migrant Caravan Heads to US From Honduras, Calls on Biden Administration to 'Honor Its Commitments'. sputniknews.com On Tuesday, the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, known for his tough stance on immigration, warned that if his policies are reversed, as Biden has pledged to do, "a tidal wave" of illegal migration will follow.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). A new migrant caravan leaves from Honduras for the US. peoplesdispatch.org Over 3,000 Hondurans have embarked on a perilous journey to the US in the absence of a response from the far-right government of President Juan Orlando Hernández to the socio-economic crisis in the country…

RT (2021-01-16). 13 Israelis suffer FACIAL PARALYSIS after taking Pfizer Covid jab, amid influx of reports detailing adverse effects. rt.com At least 13 Israelis have experienced facial paralysis after being administered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, a month after the US Food and Drug Administration reported similar issues but said they weren't linked to the jab. | Israel has been hailed for its speedy and efficient mass inoculation program, which has vaccinated a staggering 20 percent of the country's population since the drive For a handful of Israelis, however, the initiative has led to some unexpected health scares. At least 13 people have…

RT (2021-01-16). Argentina receives second batch of Russian Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 (VIDEO). rt.com A plane carrying 300,000 more doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus has landed in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires to allow the country to complete immunization of its frontline medics. | The refrigerated containers with the vaccine were delivered on Saturday from Moscow by a special flight of the Latin American country's flagship carrier, Aerolineas Argentinas. | "Those new doses represent the second component needed to conclude the vaccination after the first stage," Gines Gonzalez Garcia, Argentina's health minister, wrote on Twitter. | Llegaron al país 300.000 nuevas dosis de vacun…

teleSUR (2021-01-16). Activists Demand Justice for Indigenous Leader Milagro Sala. telesurenglish.net Social movements mobilized in Jujuy province, Argentina on Saturday to demand freedom for the Indigenous activist Milagro Salas as January 16 marks the fifth anniversary of her illegal imprisonment. | RELATED: | Sala, the Tupac Amaru leader, gained nationwide notoriety for her fight against powerful conservative politicians in Jujuy province. The activist spent over three years in jail under inhumane conditions until the authori…

WSWS (2021-01-16). Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19. wsws.org Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). Peruvian healthcare workers strike for rights. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode of Around the World in 8 Minutes we take you to Peru, where healthcare workers have embarked on an indefinite strike. We also take you to India, where farmers continue their protest for the withdrawal of the three controversial farm laws and a segment from Brasil de Fato on the future of the COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil.

WSWS (2021-01-16). US State Department designates Cuba state sponsor of terrorism. wsws.org The announcement is a continuation of the rollback of Obama's normalization of relations as the island has been hit hard by COVID-19 and a deepening economic crisis.

_____ (2021-01-16). Ecuador's Election Promises Advance For Socialism In Latin America. popularresistance.org Four years after turncoat Lenin Moreno claimed the presidency and turned the country inside out, Ecuador will elect a new president on February 7, 2021. Moreno betrayed the citizen's revolution he had promised to continue, and with his approval rating somewhere between 7 percent (CEDATOS, September 2020) and 16 percent (Atlas Intel, December 2020), Moreno will not be seeking re-election. | After winning the presidency in 2017, Moreno turned his back on his predecessor and nominator Rafael Correa and double-crossed the PAIS Alliance party they both belonged to. Moreno is widely despised as a result, and the PAIS A…

Article Writer (2021-01-16). Issues Involving Current And Other Vaccines. indybay.org Why does 50% of the population want to be avoid vaccination injections.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-01-16). ECOlonialismo en Centroamèrica. indybay.org ECOlonialismo: Economà¨a Verde y reconfiguracià≤n de territorialidad en Centroamèrica…

WSWS (2021-01-16). United Steelworkers betrays Constellium strike in Alabama after weeks of isolating workers. wsws.org Following the sellout of the strike by 400 aluminum workers in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the United Steelworkers continues to hide details of the contract.

teleSUR (2021-01-16). US Places Sanctions on Cuba's Minister & Ministry of Interior. telesurenglish.net Without presenting any evidence, the pretext for this action is the alleged responsibility of the minister of that ministry, General Lázaro àÅlvarez Casas, in alleged violations of human rights, a pretext that the US government repeatedly uses to justify its actions against countries that do not surrender to its dictates. | RELATED: | According to an official statement by the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the measure is ad…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Honduras: 2nd Migrant Caravan of 2021 Heads to US-Mexico Border. telesurenglish.net Over 3,000 Hondurans Friday departed from San Pedro Sula to the border with Guatemala. It is the second migrant caravan to leave the country this week, hoping to reach the U.S. | RELATED: | The caravan left due to the extreme poverty and the crisis left by the pandemic and the passage of two hurricanes in November 2020. | In early Friday, the Hondurans started the walk towards the border with Guatemala, 100 kilomet…

Dr. Ari Joffe (2021-01-15). COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. globalresearch.ca Abstract | The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic in 2020. In response, most countries in the world implemented lockdowns, restricting their population's movements, work, education, gatherings, and general activities in …

Sara Flounders (2021-01-15). Huelgas de hambre en tres cárceles de Nueva Jersey. workers.org Las sucias condiciones, el encarcelamiento indefinido y la escalada de infecciones por COVID han desencadenado huelgas de hambre desesperadas en tres cárceles del condado de Nueva Jersey. Cada cárcel funciona como una prisión con fines de lucro, alquilando un espacio a $120 por día para que ICE encarcele a migrantes . . . |

Fight Back (2021-01-15). MN: Progressive groups plan inauguration day rally to demand a People's Agenda. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A broad coalition of progressive organizations will rally and march in Minneapolis on the day of the inauguration of the Biden-Harris presidency, January 20. Demonstrators will call for a People's Agenda that immediately reverses the policies of outgoing President Trump and meets the demands of working people, immigrants and oppressed nationality communities. | Protesters will gather near South High School in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. The list of demands compiled by the coalition highlighted not only the failures and racist attacks from the Trump administration, but also what they see as omissions a…

Ron Jacobs (2021-01-15). Capitalism's Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. counterpunch.org Before Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, right winger Stephen Harper held the position. A loud-mouthed, somewhat boorish right-winger, he attacked immigrants, the indigenous nations of Canada, working people, the environment and everyone to his left. Millions of Canadians breathed a huge sigh of relief when Harper was defeated in the 2012 elections. The overall

Joe Glenton (2021-01-15). A Tory MP seems to think vaccinating a high-risk population is 'woke'. thecanary.co A Tory MP seems to think vaccinating high-risk populations is an act of wokeness. At least if her response to Labour's Zarah Sultana is anything to go by. | Sultana, who represents Coventry South, There would be considerabl…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-15). Here We Go Again: Botching the Vaccine Rollout. counterpunch.org At the rate we're vaccinating against covid in the U.S., it will take 10 years for the entire population to receive shots. To counter this, on January 12, the Trump regime announced that it would expand vaccination, regardless of whether second doses are available. Biden had earlier said he would do this too. The reasons

Cubaminrex (2021-01-15). Condena firme y absoluta a la fraudulenta calificación de Cuba como Estado patrocinador del terrorismo. liberationnews.org El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores condena en los términos más firmes y absolutos la fraudulenta calificación de Cuba como Estado patrocinador del terrorismo, anunciada por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos en acto cínico e hipócrita. Desde hace meses, se viene especulando sobre la posibilidad de incluir a Cuba en la lista unilateral del Departamento …

G. Dunkel (2021-01-15). Imperialist manipulation meets popular resistance in Haiti. workers.org Haiti is by far the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Yet it has a glorious history as the first independent Black republic and the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery. Also, the Haitian people militantly resisted U.S. occupation from 1915 to 1934 and carried out a . . . |

Tamara Pearson (2021-01-15). Absence of Abortion Rights is Depriving Latin America of Agency and the Right to Thrive. counterpunch.org I can't mention her name, because she is a child. Twelve at the time, she was too young to legally work, but not too young to be forced to be a parent. She was a student of mine, and I remember, just a few years ago, playing the bridge game with her. She laughed with

Cubaminrex (2021-01-15). Firm, absolute condemnation of fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. liberationnews.org The Ministry of Foreign Relations of Cuba condemns in the strongest and most absolute terms the fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, announced by the United States government in a cynical and hypocritical act. For months now, there has been speculation about the possibility of including Cuba in the State Department's …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Venezuela sends oxygen tanks to the Brazilian Amazonas state amid COVID-19 surge. peoplesdispatch.org The sudden surge in numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state has caused a collapse in the public health system with a lack of ICU beds and oxygen…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Venezuela Offers Oxygen to Attend COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Thursday informed that his country will provide oxygen to Brazil so it can face Manaus city's health emergency. | RELATED: | "On instructions from President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela will support the brotherly Brazilian people. For our nation, solidarity is a duty," Arreaza tweeted. | On Thursday, Amazon State's governor Wilson Lima thanked the solidarity gesture that will end the…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Belgian left and progressive movements demand justice for Black man who died after arrest. peoplesdispatch.org Ibrahima Barrie was taken in by the police on Saturday night in Brussels North for allegedly violating the COVID-19 curfew. He reportedly lost consciousness at the police station and was subsequently shifted to a hospital where he died…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Brazil: Manaus City on Curfew Over the Sanitary Crisis. telesurenglish.net Brazilian authorities declared on Friday a curfew in the Amazonian city of Manaus after a COVID-19 health crisis that has killed 4000 people while 94,000 contagions cases are reported, many of them without oxygen tanks. | RELATED: | teleSUR correspondent in Brazil Nacho Lemus reports that over 750 people will be transferred from Manaus to other cities due to the sanitary crisis. The local media outlet reported that in…

2021-01-17: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Pots and Pans Against President Bolsonaro Heard Loud in Brazil. telesurenglish.net Hundreds of people made their pots and pan ring out to demand Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro's resignation due to his response to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The protest was driven by the chaotic situation in the state of Amazonas, where its capital Manaus experienced a serious lack of hospital beds and oxygen to treat patients. | Shouting "Genocide" and "Get out Bolsonaro," loud protests were seen in the largest citie…

_____ (2021-01-17). Migrant Caravan Heads To United States From Honduras. popularresistance.org On Tuesday, the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, known for his tough stance on immigration, warned that if his policies are reversed, as Biden has pledged to do, "a tidal wave" of illegal migration will follow. | A migrant caravan of reportedly thousands is heading to the United States from Honduras, asking the incoming Biden administration to "honor its commitments", apparently referring to the president-elect's pledges to reverse most of Trump's immigration policies, according to media reports. | According to a statement issued by the migrant rights group Pueblo Sin Fronteras ["People Without Borders"], and…

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Guatemala Prevents Honduran Migrants From Heading To US Border. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's Military forces Sunday prevented the passage of more than 6,000 Honduran migrants who were trying to continue their way to the Mexico-U.S. border. | RELATED: | Guatemala's Migration Institute (GIM) Director Guillermo Diaz reported that between 7,000 and 8,000 migrants had crossed the border since Friday, highlighting that 992 migrants were deported, 163 of which were minors. | Violent clashes were seen b…

Chris Gilbert (2021-01-17). How the Left Got Where It Is in Venezuela. counterpunch.org By the end of Hugo Chávez's presidency, a vague social contract had come to exist in Venezuela. It was not unlike the social contract which sustained real socialism for many decades, as described by Michael Lebowitz in his book Contradictions of Real Socialism. Both situations involved a vanguard that guaranteed a certain level of welfare

teleSUR (2021-01-17). The Economy Took Center Stage in Ecuador's Presidential Debate. telesurenglish.net On Saturday night, 16 presidential candidates attended a mandatory debate organized by the National Electoral Council (CNE). | RELATED: | Their debate is scheduled to take place over two days and will cover four topics: health, education, and vulnerable groups; economy and employment; corruption and democratic institutions; and international relations and human rights. | The candidates were divided into two groups of e…

teleSUR (2021-01-17). Peru: Ex-President Vizcarra Barred From Run for Congress. telesurenglish.net Lima's Special Electoral Jury (JEE) excluded Peru's former President Martin Vizcarra's (2018-2020) candidacy for Congress over the omission of information about his personal incomes. | RELATED: | The JEE concluded that Vizcarra did not specify all the information about the incomes received from the company Agrotecnica Estuquiña SA, of which he has 30 percent of the share. | Ex-Congresswoman Yeni Vilcatoma made the banning…

sputniknews (2021-01-16). Migrant Caravan Heads to US From Honduras, Calls on Biden Administration to 'Honor Its Commitments'. sputniknews.com On Tuesday, the outgoing US president, Donald Trump, known for his tough stance on immigration, warned that if his policies are reversed, as Biden has pledged to do, "a tidal wave" of illegal migration will follow.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). A new migrant caravan leaves from Honduras for the US. peoplesdispatch.org Over 3,000 Hondurans have embarked on a perilous journey to the US in the absence of a response from the far-right government of President Juan Orlando Hernández to the socio-economic crisis in the country…

RT (2021-01-16). 13 Israelis suffer FACIAL PARALYSIS after taking Pfizer Covid jab, amid influx of reports detailing adverse effects. rt.com At least 13 Israelis have experienced facial paralysis after being administered the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, a month after the US Food and Drug Administration reported similar issues but said they weren't linked to the jab. | Israel has been hailed for its speedy and efficient mass inoculation program, which has vaccinated a staggering 20 percent of the country's population since the drive For a handful of Israelis, however, the initiative has led to some unexpected health scares. At least 13 people have…

RT (2021-01-16). Argentina receives second batch of Russian Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 (VIDEO). rt.com A plane carrying 300,000 more doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against the coronavirus has landed in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires to allow the country to complete immunization of its frontline medics. | The refrigerated containers with the vaccine were delivered on Saturday from Moscow by a special flight of the Latin American country's flagship carrier, Aerolineas Argentinas. | "Those new doses represent the second component needed to conclude the vaccination after the first stage," Gines Gonzalez Garcia, Argentina's health minister, wrote on Twitter. | Llegaron al país 300.000 nuevas dosis de vacun…

WSWS (2021-01-16). Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19. wsws.org Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). Peruvian healthcare workers strike for rights. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode of Around the World in 8 Minutes we take you to Peru, where healthcare workers have embarked on an indefinite strike. We also take you to India, where farmers continue their protest for the withdrawal of the three controversial farm laws and a segment from Brasil de Fato on the future of the COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil.

WSWS (2021-01-16). US State Department designates Cuba state sponsor of terrorism. wsws.org The announcement is a continuation of the rollback of Obama's normalization of relations as the island has been hit hard by COVID-19 and a deepening economic crisis.

teleSUR (2021-01-16). Activists Demand Justice for Indigenous Leader Milagro Sala. telesurenglish.net Social movements mobilized in Jujuy province, Argentina on Saturday to demand freedom for the Indigenous activist Milagro Salas as January 16 marks the fifth anniversary of her illegal imprisonment. | RELATED: | Sala, the Tupac Amaru leader, gained nationwide notoriety for her fight against powerful conservative politicians in Jujuy province. The activist spent over three years in jail under inhumane conditions until the authori…

_____ (2021-01-16). Ecuador's Election Promises Advance For Socialism In Latin America. popularresistance.org Four years after turncoat Lenin Moreno claimed the presidency and turned the country inside out, Ecuador will elect a new president on February 7, 2021. Moreno betrayed the citizen's revolution he had promised to continue, and with his approval rating somewhere between 7 percent (CEDATOS, September 2020) and 16 percent (Atlas Intel, December 2020), Moreno will not be seeking re-election. | After winning the presidency in 2017, Moreno turned his back on his predecessor and nominator Rafael Correa and double-crossed the PAIS Alliance party they both belonged to. Moreno is widely despised as a result, and the PAIS A…

Article Writer (2021-01-16). Issues Involving Current And Other Vaccines. indybay.org Why does 50% of the population want to be avoid vaccination injections.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-01-16). ECOlonialismo en Centroamèrica. indybay.org ECOlonialismo: Economà¨a Verde y reconfiguracià≤n de territorialidad en Centroamèrica…

WSWS (2021-01-16). United Steelworkers betrays Constellium strike in Alabama after weeks of isolating workers. wsws.org Following the sellout of the strike by 400 aluminum workers in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the United Steelworkers continues to hide details of the contract.

teleSUR (2021-01-16). US Places Sanctions on Cuba's Minister & Ministry of Interior. telesurenglish.net Without presenting any evidence, the pretext for this action is the alleged responsibility of the minister of that ministry, General Lázaro àÅlvarez Casas, in alleged violations of human rights, a pretext that the US government repeatedly uses to justify its actions against countries that do not surrender to its dictates. | RELATED: | According to an official statement by the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the measure is ad…

Sara Flounders (2021-01-15). Huelgas de hambre en tres cárceles de Nueva Jersey. workers.org Las sucias condiciones, el encarcelamiento indefinido y la escalada de infecciones por COVID han desencadenado huelgas de hambre desesperadas en tres cárceles del condado de Nueva Jersey. Cada cárcel funciona como una prisión con fines de lucro, alquilando un espacio a $120 por día para que ICE encarcele a migrantes . . . |

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Venezuela sends oxygen tanks to the Brazilian Amazonas state amid COVID-19 surge. peoplesdispatch.org The sudden surge in numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state has caused a collapse in the public health system with a lack of ICU beds and oxygen…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Brazil: Manaus City on Curfew Over the Sanitary Crisis. telesurenglish.net Brazilian authorities declared on Friday a curfew in the Amazonian city of Manaus after a COVID-19 health crisis that has killed 4000 people while 94,000 contagions cases are reported, many of them without oxygen tanks. | RELATED: | teleSUR correspondent in Brazil Nacho Lemus reports that over 750 people will be transferred from Manaus to other cities due to the sanitary crisis. The local media outlet reported that in…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Venezuela Offers Oxygen to Attend COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Thursday informed that his country will provide oxygen to Brazil so it can face Manaus city's health emergency. | RELATED: | "On instructions from President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela will support the brotherly Brazilian people. For our nation, solidarity is a duty," Arreaza tweeted. | On Thursday, Amazon State's governor Wilson Lima thanked the solidarity gesture that will end the…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Honduras: 2nd Migrant Caravan of 2021 Heads to US-Mexico Border. telesurenglish.net Over 3,000 Hondurans Friday departed from San Pedro Sula to the border with Guatemala. It is the second migrant caravan to leave the country this week, hoping to reach the U.S. | RELATED: | The caravan left due to the extreme poverty and the crisis left by the pandemic and the passage of two hurricanes in November 2020. | In early Friday, the Hondurans started the walk towards the border with Guatemala, 100 kilomet…

Dr. Ari Joffe (2021-01-15). COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. globalresearch.ca Abstract | The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic in 2020. In response, most countries in the world implemented lockdowns, restricting their population's movements, work, education, gatherings, and general activities in …

Ron Jacobs (2021-01-15). Capitalism's Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. counterpunch.org Before Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, right winger Stephen Harper held the position. A loud-mouthed, somewhat boorish right-winger, he attacked immigrants, the indigenous nations of Canada, working people, the environment and everyone to his left. Millions of Canadians breathed a huge sigh of relief when Harper was defeated in the 2012 elections. The overall

Fight Back (2021-01-15). MN: Progressive groups plan inauguration day rally to demand a People's Agenda. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A broad coalition of progressive organizations will rally and march in Minneapolis on the day of the inauguration of the Biden-Harris presidency, January 20. Demonstrators will call for a People's Agenda that immediately reverses the policies of outgoing President Trump and meets the demands of working people, immigrants and oppressed nationality communities. | Protesters will gather near South High School in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. The list of demands compiled by the coalition highlighted not only the failures and racist attacks from the Trump administration, but also what they see as omissions a…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-15). Here We Go Again: Botching the Vaccine Rollout. counterpunch.org At the rate we're vaccinating against covid in the U.S., it will take 10 years for the entire population to receive shots. To counter this, on January 12, the Trump regime announced that it would expand vaccination, regardless of whether second doses are available. Biden had earlier said he would do this too. The reasons

G. Dunkel (2021-01-15). Imperialist manipulation meets popular resistance in Haiti. workers.org Haiti is by far the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Yet it has a glorious history as the first independent Black republic and the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery. Also, the Haitian people militantly resisted U.S. occupation from 1915 to 1934 and carried out a . . . |

Cubaminrex (2021-01-15). Firm, absolute condemnation of fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. liberationnews.org The Ministry of Foreign Relations of Cuba condemns in the strongest and most absolute terms the fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, announced by the United States government in a cynical and hypocritical act. For months now, there has been speculation about the possibility of including Cuba in the State Department's …

Tamara Pearson (2021-01-15). Absence of Abortion Rights is Depriving Latin America of Agency and the Right to Thrive. counterpunch.org I can't mention her name, because she is a child. Twelve at the time, she was too young to legally work, but not too young to be forced to be a parent. She was a student of mine, and I remember, just a few years ago, playing the bridge game with her. She laughed with

Cubaminrex (2021-01-15). Condena firme y absoluta a la fraudulenta calificación de Cuba como Estado patrocinador del terrorismo. liberationnews.org El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores condena en los términos más firmes y absolutos la fraudulenta calificación de Cuba como Estado patrocinador del terrorismo, anunciada por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos en acto cínico e hipócrita. Desde hace meses, se viene especulando sobre la posibilidad de incluir a Cuba en la lista unilateral del Departamento …

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Argentina Detects Dengue Fever Cases Amid COVID-19 Surge. telesurenglish.net Misiones Province's Health Secretary Oscar Alarcon Thursday confirmed the first cases of dengue fever amid the COVID-19-related health emergency in Argentina. | RELATED: | "We are in an inter-breeding phase where the notifications of new cases are minimal. We are working hard on patients who tested positive," Alarcon said. | Argentina's Health Ministry announced a comprehensive prevention plan that includes training to local governments to reduce dengue's impa…

Dan Beeton (2021-01-15). "Brazil is Broken": Bolsonaro, COVID, and the Looming Return to Austerity. cepr.net As the New Year begins and Brazil officially passes 200,000 COVID deaths, far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced with his characteristic bluntness: "Brazil is broken. I can't do anything." While blaming the media for exaggerating the threat of the coronavirus, Bolsonaro complained that COVID had prevented him from further pursuing the structural adjustments and austerity …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Belgian left and progressive movements demand justice for Black man who died after arrest. peoplesdispatch.org Ibrahima Barrie was taken in by the police on Saturday night in Brussels North for allegedly violating the COVID-19 curfew. He reportedly lost consciousness at the police station and was subsequently shifted to a hospital where he died…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Uruguay's Gender Violence Courts Have No Funding. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) announced that it did not have the financial resources to create three gender-based violence courts, although the 2020-2024 Budget Law allocated funds for their establishment. | RELATED: | "This was already decided and we had a hard time getting it through Parliament," National Women's Institute (INMUJERES) director Monica Bottero said, stressing that "these courts must be created. | S…

James Holt, Sr. (2021-01-15). Mismanagement and the Domestication of Yellowstone Bison. counterpunch.org For 24 years Buffalo Field Campaign has been on the frontlines in the Yellowstone ecosystem advocating for the protection of the only continuously wild bison herds in the United States. During that time, the State of Montana has captured management control of Yellowstone National Park and the Custer Gallatin National Forest via the Interagency Bison

Fight Back (2021-01-15). SEIU Local 73: Statement of support for Human Rights Day 7 in the Philippines. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. | | On International Human Rights Day, December 10, the Philippine National Police raided the homes and jailed Dennise Velasco of Defend Jobs Philippines; Romina Astudillo, Deputy Secretary-General of Kilusang Mayo Uno-Metro Manila; Mark Ryan Cruz, Regional Executive Committee of KMU-Metro Manila; Jaymie Gregorio Jr. of KMU-Metro Manila; Joel Demate of Solidarity of Labor Rights and Welfare (SOLAR); Rodrigo Esparago of Sandigang Manggagawa sa Quezon City (SMQC), and journalist Lady Ann…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Paraguay Approves Emergency Use of Russian Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced on Friday that Paraguay's Ministry of Health authorized the Sputnik V vaccine's emergency use. | RELATED: | "Registration of Sputnik V vaccine in Paraguay proves the increasing interest of Latin American countries in a safe and effective Russian vaccine against coronavirus," said the CEO of Russia's sovereign wealth fund Kirill Dmitriev. | El anuncio de esta mañana del Fondo S…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Argentina Awaits Its Second Batch of Sputnik V Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez Thursday sent a second plane to Russia to transport the second batch of Sputnik V vaccines which will be used in a nationwide vaccination campaign. | RELATED: | The flight AR-1060 departed from Ezeiza International airport at 21.14 local time in a direct route to Moscow where it will load 300,000 doses of the vaccine. | The plane is expected to land on Argentine soil on Saturday morni…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Peru: 10 Officers Under Investigation Over Violence in Protests. telesurenglish.net Peru's Interior Ministry Thursday began an investigation against ten National Police officers for the "unnecessary and excessive" use of force during demonstrations against former Interim President Manuel Merino. | RELATED: | The officers, whose identities are kept secret, are investigated for firing tear gas canisters directly at the protesters' heads and upper bodies. | Authorities revealed that the National Poli…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Ecuador's Local Governments Filed a Claim Against Budget Cuts. telesurenglish.net Consortium of Provincial Governments of Ecuador (Congope) Chairman Pablo Jurado filed a lawsuit of "unconstitutionality" before the Constitutional Court (CC) against budget cuts promoted by Presidente Lenin Moreno. | RELATED: | The claim seeks to obtain a ruling on the government's decision to suspend local budgets which have suffered in some cases a cut of 60 percent. | Congope representatives held that the provincial govern…

WSWS (2021-01-15). Ford shuts down operations in Brazil, destroying tens of thousands of jobs. wsws.org According to Ford, 5,000 workers will be laid off in Brazil, and tens of thousands more jobs directly associated with its production chain are expected to face destruction.

WSWS (2021-01-15). 499 and Summertime at the 10th annual GuadaLAjara Film Festival. wsws.org The most recent edition of the festival sought to convey the experience of people who have lived on both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico.

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Chile: Children Office Asks Protection for a Mapuche Girl. telesurenglish.net Chile's Children Defense Office (CDO) President Patricia Muñoz Friday submitted a protection appeal on behalf of a 17-year-old Mapuche girl who was a victim of death threats from a police officer during an operation in the Ercilla community on January 7. | RELATED: | The denunciation against the officer came after witnesses' testimonies were collected by the CDO, one of which is an audiotape recording the violent threats against the victim ide…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Mexico Drops Charges Against Ex-Army Chief Cienfuegos. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Friday endorsed the withdrawal of all charges against former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos, following an investigation by the Attorney General's Office (FGR). | RELATED: | On Thursday, the FGR found no evidence of illicit enrichment nor any links between Cienfuegos and an organized illegal organization investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Admin…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Haitian People Demand President Moise's Resignation. telesurenglish.net Haiti's opposition leaders Friday called for nationwide protests to demand President Jovenel Moise's resignation due to the social and political crisis that is shaking the country. | RELATED: | "Moise is clinging to power when the priority must be to promote economic, social, and political development," opposition Democratic and Popular Sectors Coalition's leader Andre Michel said. | "His term is over. It began when Presiden…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). AMLO Accuses DEA of Staging Evidence Against General Cienfuegos. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Mexico's President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, endorsed the decision of his country's Attorney General's Office to exonerate former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos and accused the U.S. DEA of fabricating evidence against him. | In the usual morning press conference, the Mexican president said that "yesterday the Attorney General's Office decided that the accusation made against General Cienfuegos by the U.S. agency in charge of fighting drugs, by the DEA, does not proceed" and specified that "the government that I represent seconds, endorses and supports" the decision of the FGR, which was ma…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-01-15). Understanding the upcoming general elections in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org Ahead of the general elections in Ecuador on February 7, we look at the leading candidates, their backgrounds and their answers to the major crises the country is facing today…

Izabel Santos (2021-01-14). Brazilian state of Amazonas enters the most serious phase of COVID-19. peoplesworld.org Manaus, Amazonas (January 4, 2021) — Amazonas State went into the purple phase of the new coronavirus pandemic, signifying the highest risk. The information was publicized by the director-president of the Health Vigilance Foundation (FVS) of Amazonas, Rosemary Costa Pinto, during a meeting between state representatives and officials of the Federal Ministry of Health. "Our …

2021-01-16: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). A new migrant caravan leaves from Honduras for the US. peoplesdispatch.org Over 3,000 Hondurans have embarked on a perilous journey to the US in the absence of a response from the far-right government of President Juan Orlando Hernández to the socio-economic crisis in the country…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-16). Peruvian healthcare workers strike for rights. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode of Around the World in 8 Minutes we take you to Peru, where healthcare workers have embarked on an indefinite strike. We also take you to India, where farmers continue their protest for the withdrawal of the three controversial farm laws and a segment from Brasil de Fato on the future of the COVID-19 vaccine in Brazil.

WSWS (2021-01-16). Tens of thousands of UK National Health Service workers fall ill with COVID-19. wsws.org Nearly 50,000 health care workers have contracted the virus and thousands more are isolating or shielding.

_____ (2021-01-16). Ecuador's Election Promises Advance For Socialism In Latin America. popularresistance.org Four years after turncoat Lenin Moreno claimed the presidency and turned the country inside out, Ecuador will elect a new president on February 7, 2021. Moreno betrayed the citizen's revolution he had promised to continue, and with his approval rating somewhere between 7 percent (CEDATOS, September 2020) and 16 percent (Atlas Intel, December 2020), Moreno will not be seeking re-election. | After winning the presidency in 2017, Moreno turned his back on his predecessor and nominator Rafael Correa and double-crossed the PAIS Alliance party they both belonged to. Moreno is widely despised as a result, and the PAIS A…

Article Writer (2021-01-16). Issues Involving Current And Other Vaccines. indybay.org Why does 50% of the population want to be avoid vaccination injections.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-01-16). ECOlonialismo en Centroamèrica. indybay.org ECOlonialismo: Economà¨a Verde y reconfiguracià≤n de territorialidad en Centroamèrica…

teleSUR (2021-01-16). US Places Sanctions on Cuba's Minister & Ministry of Interior. telesurenglish.net Without presenting any evidence, the pretext for this action is the alleged responsibility of the minister of that ministry, General Lázaro àÅlvarez Casas, in alleged violations of human rights, a pretext that the US government repeatedly uses to justify its actions against countries that do not surrender to its dictates. | RELATED: | According to an official statement by the Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, the measure is ad…

Joe Glenton (2021-01-15). A Tory MP seems to think vaccinating a high-risk population is 'woke'. thecanary.co A Tory MP seems to think vaccinating high-risk populations is an act of wokeness. At least if her response to Labour's Zarah Sultana is anything to go by. | Sultana, who represents Coventry South, There would be considerabl…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-15). Here We Go Again: Botching the Vaccine Rollout. counterpunch.org At the rate we're vaccinating against covid in the U.S., it will take 10 years for the entire population to receive shots. To counter this, on January 12, the Trump regime announced that it would expand vaccination, regardless of whether second doses are available. Biden had earlier said he would do this too. The reasons

Tamara Pearson (2021-01-15). Absence of Abortion Rights is Depriving Latin America of Agency and the Right to Thrive. counterpunch.org I can't mention her name, because she is a child. Twelve at the time, she was too young to legally work, but not too young to be forced to be a parent. She was a student of mine, and I remember, just a few years ago, playing the bridge game with her. She laughed with

G. Dunkel (2021-01-15). Imperialist manipulation meets popular resistance in Haiti. workers.org Haiti is by far the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Yet it has a glorious history as the first independent Black republic and the first nation in the Western Hemisphere to abolish slavery. Also, the Haitian people militantly resisted U.S. occupation from 1915 to 1934 and carried out a . . . |

Sara Flounders (2021-01-15). Huelgas de hambre en tres cárceles de Nueva Jersey. workers.org Las sucias condiciones, el encarcelamiento indefinido y la escalada de infecciones por COVID han desencadenado huelgas de hambre desesperadas en tres cárceles del condado de Nueva Jersey. Cada cárcel funciona como una prisión con fines de lucro, alquilando un espacio a $120 por día para que ICE encarcele a migrantes . . . |

Cubaminrex (2021-01-15). Firm, absolute condemnation of fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. liberationnews.org The Ministry of Foreign Relations of Cuba condemns in the strongest and most absolute terms the fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, announced by the United States government in a cynical and hypocritical act. For months now, there has been speculation about the possibility of including Cuba in the State Department's …

Cubaminrex (2021-01-15). Condena firme y absoluta a la fraudulenta calificación de Cuba como Estado patrocinador del terrorismo. liberationnews.org El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores condena en los términos más firmes y absolutos la fraudulenta calificación de Cuba como Estado patrocinador del terrorismo, anunciada por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos en acto cínico e hipócrita. Desde hace meses, se viene especulando sobre la posibilidad de incluir a Cuba en la lista unilateral del Departamento …

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Venezuela Offers Oxygen to Attend COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Thursday informed that his country will provide oxygen to Brazil so it can face Manaus city's health emergency. | RELATED: | "On instructions from President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela will support the brotherly Brazilian people. For our nation, solidarity is a duty," Arreaza tweeted. | On Thursday, Amazon State's governor Wilson Lima thanked the solidarity gesture that will end the…

Fight Back (2021-01-15). MN: Progressive groups plan inauguration day rally to demand a People's Agenda. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A broad coalition of progressive organizations will rally and march in Minneapolis on the day of the inauguration of the Biden-Harris presidency, January 20. Demonstrators will call for a People's Agenda that immediately reverses the policies of outgoing President Trump and meets the demands of working people, immigrants and oppressed nationality communities. | Protesters will gather near South High School in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. The list of demands compiled by the coalition highlighted not only the failures and racist attacks from the Trump administration, but also what they see as omissions a…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Honduras: 2nd Migrant Caravan of 2021 Heads to US-Mexico Border. telesurenglish.net Over 3,000 Hondurans Friday departed from San Pedro Sula to the border with Guatemala. It is the second migrant caravan to leave the country this week, hoping to reach the U.S. | RELATED: | The caravan left due to the extreme poverty and the crisis left by the pandemic and the passage of two hurricanes in November 2020. | In early Friday, the Hondurans started the walk towards the border with Guatemala, 100 kilomet…

Ron Jacobs (2021-01-15). Capitalism's Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. counterpunch.org Before Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, right winger Stephen Harper held the position. A loud-mouthed, somewhat boorish right-winger, he attacked immigrants, the indigenous nations of Canada, working people, the environment and everyone to his left. Millions of Canadians breathed a huge sigh of relief when Harper was defeated in the 2012 elections. The overall

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Uruguay's Gender Violence Courts Have No Funding. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) announced that it did not have the financial resources to create three gender-based violence courts, although the 2020-2024 Budget Law allocated funds for their establishment. | RELATED: | "This was already decided and we had a hard time getting it through Parliament," National Women's Institute (INMUJERES) director Monica Bottero said, stressing that "these courts must be created. | S…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Venezuela sends oxygen tanks to the Brazilian Amazonas state amid COVID-19 surge. peoplesdispatch.org The sudden surge in numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state has caused a collapse in the public health system with a lack of ICU beds and oxygen…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Argentina Detects Dengue Fever Cases Amid COVID-19 Surge. telesurenglish.net Misiones Province's Health Secretary Oscar Alarcon Thursday confirmed the first cases of dengue fever amid the COVID-19-related health emergency in Argentina. | RELATED: | "We are in an inter-breeding phase where the notifications of new cases are minimal. We are working hard on patients who tested positive," Alarcon said. | Argentina's Health Ministry announced a comprehensive prevention plan that includes training to local governments to reduce dengue's impa…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Brazil: Manaus City on Curfew Over the Sanitary Crisis. telesurenglish.net Brazilian authorities declared on Friday a curfew in the Amazonian city of Manaus after a COVID-19 health crisis that has killed 4000 people while 94,000 contagions cases are reported, many of them without oxygen tanks. | RELATED: | teleSUR correspondent in Brazil Nacho Lemus reports that over 750 people will be transferred from Manaus to other cities due to the sanitary crisis. The local media outlet reported that in…

Dr. Ari Joffe (2021-01-15). COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. globalresearch.ca Abstract | The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic in 2020. In response, most countries in the world implemented lockdowns, restricting their population's movements, work, education, gatherings, and general activities in …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Belgian left and progressive movements demand justice for Black man who died after arrest. peoplesdispatch.org Ibrahima Barrie was taken in by the police on Saturday night in Brussels North for allegedly violating the COVID-19 curfew. He reportedly lost consciousness at the police station and was subsequently shifted to a hospital where he died…

Dan Beeton (2021-01-15). "Brazil is Broken": Bolsonaro, COVID, and the Looming Return to Austerity. cepr.net As the New Year begins and Brazil officially passes 200,000 COVID deaths, far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced with his characteristic bluntness: "Brazil is broken. I can't do anything." While blaming the media for exaggerating the threat of the coronavirus, Bolsonaro complained that COVID had prevented him from further pursuing the structural adjustments and austerity …

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Paraguay Approves Emergency Use of Russian Vaccine. telesurenglish.net The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) announced on Friday that Paraguay's Ministry of Health authorized the Sputnik V vaccine's emergency use. | RELATED: | "Registration of Sputnik V vaccine in Paraguay proves the increasing interest of Latin American countries in a safe and effective Russian vaccine against coronavirus," said the CEO of Russia's sovereign wealth fund Kirill Dmitriev. | El anuncio de esta mañana del Fondo S…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Argentina Awaits Its Second Batch of Sputnik V Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez Thursday sent a second plane to Russia to transport the second batch of Sputnik V vaccines which will be used in a nationwide vaccination campaign. | RELATED: | The flight AR-1060 departed from Ezeiza International airport at 21.14 local time in a direct route to Moscow where it will load 300,000 doses of the vaccine. | The plane is expected to land on Argentine soil on Saturday morni…

Fight Back (2021-01-15). SEIU Local 73: Statement of support for Human Rights Day 7 in the Philippines. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. | | On International Human Rights Day, December 10, the Philippine National Police raided the homes and jailed Dennise Velasco of Defend Jobs Philippines; Romina Astudillo, Deputy Secretary-General of Kilusang Mayo Uno-Metro Manila; Mark Ryan Cruz, Regional Executive Committee of KMU-Metro Manila; Jaymie Gregorio Jr. of KMU-Metro Manila; Joel Demate of Solidarity of Labor Rights and Welfare (SOLAR); Rodrigo Esparago of Sandigang Manggagawa sa Quezon City (SMQC), and journalist Lady Ann…

James Holt, Sr. (2021-01-15). Mismanagement and the Domestication of Yellowstone Bison. counterpunch.org For 24 years Buffalo Field Campaign has been on the frontlines in the Yellowstone ecosystem advocating for the protection of the only continuously wild bison herds in the United States. During that time, the State of Montana has captured management control of Yellowstone National Park and the Custer Gallatin National Forest via the Interagency Bison

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Mexico Drops Charges Against Ex-Army Chief Cienfuegos. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Friday endorsed the withdrawal of all charges against former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos, following an investigation by the Attorney General's Office (FGR). | RELATED: | On Thursday, the FGR found no evidence of illicit enrichment nor any links between Cienfuegos and an organized illegal organization investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Admin…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). AMLO Accuses DEA of Staging Evidence Against General Cienfuegos. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Mexico's President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, endorsed the decision of his country's Attorney General's Office to exonerate former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos and accused the U.S. DEA of fabricating evidence against him. | In the usual morning press conference, the Mexican president said that "yesterday the Attorney General's Office decided that the accusation made against General Cienfuegos by the U.S. agency in charge of fighting drugs, by the DEA, does not proceed" and specified that "the government that I represent seconds, endorses and supports" the decision of the FGR, which was ma…

WSWS (2021-01-15). Ford shuts down operations in Brazil, destroying tens of thousands of jobs. wsws.org According to Ford, 5,000 workers will be laid off in Brazil, and tens of thousands more jobs directly associated with its production chain are expected to face destruction.

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Chile: Children Office Asks Protection for a Mapuche Girl. telesurenglish.net Chile's Children Defense Office (CDO) President Patricia Muñoz Friday submitted a protection appeal on behalf of a 17-year-old Mapuche girl who was a victim of death threats from a police officer during an operation in the Ercilla community on January 7. | RELATED: | The denunciation against the officer came after witnesses' testimonies were collected by the CDO, one of which is an audiotape recording the violent threats against the victim ide…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Haitian People Demand President Moise's Resignation. telesurenglish.net Haiti's opposition leaders Friday called for nationwide protests to demand President Jovenel Moise's resignation due to the social and political crisis that is shaking the country. | RELATED: | "Moise is clinging to power when the priority must be to promote economic, social, and political development," opposition Democratic and Popular Sectors Coalition's leader Andre Michel said. | "His term is over. It began when Presiden…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-01-15). Understanding the upcoming general elections in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org Ahead of the general elections in Ecuador on February 7, we look at the leading candidates, their backgrounds and their answers to the major crises the country is facing today…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Peru: 10 Officers Under Investigation Over Violence in Protests. telesurenglish.net Peru's Interior Ministry Thursday began an investigation against ten National Police officers for the "unnecessary and excessive" use of force during demonstrations against former Interim President Manuel Merino. | RELATED: | The officers, whose identities are kept secret, are investigated for firing tear gas canisters directly at the protesters' heads and upper bodies. | Authorities revealed that the National Poli…

WSWS (2021-01-15). 499 and Summertime at the 10th annual GuadaLAjara Film Festival. wsws.org The most recent edition of the festival sought to convey the experience of people who have lived on both sides of the border between the United States and Mexico.

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Ecuador's Local Governments Filed a Claim Against Budget Cuts. telesurenglish.net Consortium of Provincial Governments of Ecuador (Congope) Chairman Pablo Jurado filed a lawsuit of "unconstitutionality" before the Constitutional Court (CC) against budget cuts promoted by Presidente Lenin Moreno. | RELATED: | The claim seeks to obtain a ruling on the government's decision to suspend local budgets which have suffered in some cases a cut of 60 percent. | Congope representatives held that the provincial govern…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-14). Peruvian health workers embark on an indefinite strike. peoplesdispatch.org The Peruvian Medical Federation (FMP) and ten other health workers unions began an indefinite national strike on January 13. The measure was taken in the absence of an agreement with President Francisco Sagasti's administration on improving the working conditions of healthcare personnel in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. | On the first day of the strike, in the capital city Lima, hundreds of doctors, nurses and health workers held a massive demonstration in front of the health ministry to draw attention towards their legitimate claims and demand their immediate compliance. | The healthcare professionals are demand…

RT (2021-01-14). UK bans all arrivals from Portugal and South America after discovery of Brazil Covid-19 variant. rt.com The UK will ban all travel from South America and Portugal from 4am GMT on Friday after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in Brazil, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday. | UK-bound travellers from Argentina, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela who do not live in the UK will be banned from entering the country. | "This measure does not apply to British and Irish Nationals and third country nationals with residence rights — but passengers returning from these destinations must self-isolate for 10 da…

Special to People's World (2021-01-14). Chicago's HotHouse presents the Havana Jazz Festival, 5 nights of sizzling music. peoplesworld.org Following the July Concert for Cuba, successfully produced by the Chicago-based non-profit arts presenter HotHouse, and viewed by more than 10 million people online, the Institute of Cuban Music invited Marguerite Horberg and Raul Cuza to return and create a special online stream for this year's edition of the iconic Jazz Plaza — The Havana …

Izabel Santos (2021-01-14). Brazilian state of Amazonas enters the most serious phase of COVID-19. peoplesworld.org Manaus, Amazonas (January 4, 2021) — Amazonas State went into the purple phase of the new coronavirus pandemic, signifying the highest risk. The information was publicized by the director-president of the Health Vigilance Foundation (FVS) of Amazonas, Rosemary Costa Pinto, during a meeting between state representatives and officials of the Federal Ministry of Health. "Our …

Ricardo Vaz (2021-01-14). Venezuelan Oil Industry Continues to Struggle as Private Sector Set to Play Bigger Role. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government is pursuing increased private investment in the oil sector.

WSWS (2021-01-14). Australia: Victimised Chinese meatworker speaks with the WSWS. wsws.org Benson Wang is a Chinese immigrant meatworker who was allegedly assaulted and subsequently victimised at an abattoir operated by Midfield Group in Warrnambool, Victoria.

teleSUR (2021-01-14). New Honduran Migrant Caravan Sets off to Mexico-US Border. telesurenglish.net A caravan of 250 migrants on Wednesday left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, hoping to reach the U.S.-Mexico border amid a COVID-19 surge in Central America. | RELATED: | "We are leaving because we have lost everything due to the pandemic and the Iota and Eta hurricanes that devastated the country in November 2020," one migrant said. | The caravan was called through social networks since January 1. The Corinto customs post, on…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-01-14). Review: As Coronavirus Rises Past Three Million, Africa Still Lacks Its Own Vaccine. globalresearch.ca With its large population and fragile health systems, Africa has recorded more than three million Covid-19 cases, still less deadly as compared to other regions in the world, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). …

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Nicaragua To Allocate Over $115 Million for COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Nicaragua's Vice President Rosario Murillo on Wednesday announced her government's effort to secure COVID-19 vaccines to immunize 55 percent of the country's population. | RELATED: | Highligithg the approval of a high budget to ensure vaccines' conservation, Murillo pointed out that over 7 million doses would be applied at a cost of almost US$90 million. | "We propose the purchase of the Russian Federation's Sputnik V vaccine, the Modern vacc…

WSWS (2021-01-14). Irish health system on brink of collapse as COVID-19 figures surge. wsws.org Ireland's health services are being rapidly overwhelmed by escalating rates of coronavirus infection.

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Cuba Has Hospital Capacity To Attend To All COVID-19 Patients. telesurenglish.net "We are working with the forecasts that are shared on TV and made by the Dean of the Mathematics Faculty, Raul Guinovart, and based on those, we are creating a higher percentage of the capacities for the attention of patients and the availability of medical personnel," Durán pointed out. | RELATED: | Regarding the PCR tests that travelers must present when they arrive in the country, the doctor pointed out that several c…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Ecuador: Arauz Rejects Ban on the Use of Rafael Correa's Image. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's presidential candidate Andres Arauz Wednesday rejected electoral authorities' decision to ban the image of former President Rafael Correa in the Union for Hope Alliance (UNES) propaganda. | RELATED: | "We face another attempt of political persecution. The establishment seeks to hinder our arrival at the presidency. No laws are prohibiting the use of the image of a former president as part of an electoral campaign," he denoun…

2021-01-15: News Headlines

Joe Glenton (2021-01-15). A Tory MP seems to think vaccinating a high-risk population is 'woke'. thecanary.co A Tory MP seems to think vaccinating high-risk populations is an act of wokeness. At least if her response to Labour's Zarah Sultana is anything to go by. | Sultana, who represents Coventry South, There would be considerabl…

Fight Back (2021-01-15). MN: Progressive groups plan inauguration day rally to demand a People's Agenda. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A broad coalition of progressive organizations will rally and march in Minneapolis on the day of the inauguration of the Biden-Harris presidency, January 20. Demonstrators will call for a People's Agenda that immediately reverses the policies of outgoing President Trump and meets the demands of working people, immigrants and oppressed nationality communities. | Protesters will gather near South High School in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. The list of demands compiled by the coalition highlighted not only the failures and racist attacks from the Trump administration, but also what they see as omissions a…

Fight Back (2021-01-15). MN: Progressive groups plan inauguration day rally to demand a People's Agenda. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – A broad coalition of progressive organizations will rally and march in Minneapolis on the day of the inauguration of the Biden-Harris presidency, January 20. Demonstrators will call for a People's Agenda that immediately reverses the policies of outgoing President Trump and meets the demands of working people, immigrants and oppressed nationality communities. | Protesters will gather near South High School in Minneapolis at 5 p.m. The list of demands compiled by the coalition highlighted not only the failures and racist attacks from the Trump administration, but also what they see as omissions a…

Ron Jacobs (2021-01-15). Capitalism's Wolves in Sheep's Clothing. counterpunch.org Before Justin Trudeau was prime minister of Canada, right winger Stephen Harper held the position. A loud-mouthed, somewhat boorish right-winger, he attacked immigrants, the indigenous nations of Canada, working people, the environment and everyone to his left. Millions of Canadians breathed a huge sigh of relief when Harper was defeated in the 2012 elections. The overall

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-15). Here We Go Again: Botching the Vaccine Rollout. counterpunch.org At the rate we're vaccinating against covid in the U.S., it will take 10 years for the entire population to receive shots. To counter this, on January 12, the Trump regime announced that it would expand vaccination, regardless of whether second doses are available. Biden had earlier said he would do this too. The reasons

Cubaminrex (2021-01-15). Firm, absolute condemnation of fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. liberationnews.org The Ministry of Foreign Relations of Cuba condemns in the strongest and most absolute terms the fraudulent qualification of Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism, announced by the United States government in a cynical and hypocritical act. For months now, there has been speculation about the possibility of including Cuba in the State Department's …

Cubaminrex (2021-01-15). Condena firme y absoluta a la fraudulenta calificación de Cuba como Estado patrocinador del terrorismo. liberationnews.org El Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores condena en los términos más firmes y absolutos la fraudulenta calificación de Cuba como Estado patrocinador del terrorismo, anunciada por el gobierno de los Estados Unidos en acto cínico e hipócrita. Desde hace meses, se viene especulando sobre la posibilidad de incluir a Cuba en la lista unilateral del Departamento …

Tamara Pearson (2021-01-15). Absence of Abortion Rights is Depriving Latin America of Agency and the Right to Thrive. counterpunch.org I can't mention her name, because she is a child. Twelve at the time, she was too young to legally work, but not too young to be forced to be a parent. She was a student of mine, and I remember, just a few years ago, playing the bridge game with her. She laughed with

Dr. Ari Joffe (2021-01-15). COVID-19: Rethinking the Lockdown Groupthink. globalresearch.ca Abstract | The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has caused the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) worldwide pandemic in 2020. In response, most countries in the world implemented lockdowns, restricting their population's movements, work, education, gatherings, and general activities in …

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Venezuela Offers Oxygen to Attend COVID-19 in Manaus, Brazil. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Thursday informed that his country will provide oxygen to Brazil so it can face Manaus city's health emergency. | RELATED: | "On instructions from President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela will support the brotherly Brazilian people. For our nation, solidarity is a duty," Arreaza tweeted. | On Thursday, Amazon State's governor Wilson Lima thanked the solidarity gesture that will end the…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Venezuela sends oxygen tanks to the Brazilian Amazonas state amid COVID-19 surge. peoplesdispatch.org The sudden surge in numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state has caused a collapse in the public health system with a lack of ICU beds and oxygen…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-15). Belgian left and progressive movements demand justice for Black man who died after arrest. peoplesdispatch.org Ibrahima Barrie was taken in by the police on Saturday night in Brussels North for allegedly violating the COVID-19 curfew. He reportedly lost consciousness at the police station and was subsequently shifted to a hospital where he died…

Dan Beeton (2021-01-15). "Brazil is Broken": Bolsonaro, COVID, and the Looming Return to Austerity. cepr.net As the New Year begins and Brazil officially passes 200,000 COVID deaths, far-right Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro announced with his characteristic bluntness: "Brazil is broken. I can't do anything." While blaming the media for exaggerating the threat of the coronavirus, Bolsonaro complained that COVID had prevented him from further pursuing the structural adjustments and austerity …

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Uruguay's Gender Violence Courts Have No Funding. telesurenglish.net Uruguay's Supreme Court of Justice (SCJ) announced that it did not have the financial resources to create three gender-based violence courts, although the 2020-2024 Budget Law allocated funds for their establishment. | RELATED: | "This was already decided and we had a hard time getting it through Parliament," National Women's Institute (INMUJERES) director Monica Bottero said, stressing that "these courts must be created. | S…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Argentina Awaits Its Second Batch of Sputnik V Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez Thursday sent a second plane to Russia to transport the second batch of Sputnik V vaccines which will be used in a nationwide vaccination campaign. | RELATED: | The flight AR-1060 departed from Ezeiza International airport at 21.14 local time in a direct route to Moscow where it will load 300,000 doses of the vaccine. | The plane is expected to land on Argentine soil on Saturday morni…

Article Writer (2021-01-15). Issues Involving Current And Other Vaccines. indybay.org Why does 50% of the population want to be avoid vaccination injections.

James Holt, Sr. (2021-01-15). Mismanagement and the Domestication of Yellowstone Bison. counterpunch.org For 24 years Buffalo Field Campaign has been on the frontlines in the Yellowstone ecosystem advocating for the protection of the only continuously wild bison herds in the United States. During that time, the State of Montana has captured management control of Yellowstone National Park and the Custer Gallatin National Forest via the Interagency Bison

Fight Back (2021-01-15). SEIU Local 73: Statement of support for Human Rights Day 7 in the Philippines. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. | | On International Human Rights Day, December 10, the Philippine National Police raided the homes and jailed Dennise Velasco of Defend Jobs Philippines; Romina Astudillo, Deputy Secretary-General of Kilusang Mayo Uno-Metro Manila; Mark Ryan Cruz, Regional Executive Committee of KMU-Metro Manila; Jaymie Gregorio Jr. of KMU-Metro Manila; Joel Demate of Solidarity of Labor Rights and Welfare (SOLAR); Rodrigo Esparago of Sandigang Manggagawa sa Quezon City (SMQC), and journalist Lady Ann…

Fight Back (2021-01-15). SEIU Local 73: Statement of support for Human Rights Day 7 in the Philippines. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 73. | | On International Human Rights Day, December 10, the Philippine National Police raided the homes and jailed Dennise Velasco of Defend Jobs Philippines; Romina Astudillo, Deputy Secretary-General of Kilusang Mayo Uno-Metro Manila; Mark Ryan Cruz, Regional Executive Committee of KMU-Metro Manila; Jaymie Gregorio Jr. of KMU-Metro Manila; Joel Demate of Solidarity of Labor Rights and Welfare (SOLAR); Rodrigo Esparago of Sandigang Manggagawa sa Quezon City (SMQC), and journalist Lady Ann…

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-01-15). ECOlonialismo en Centroamèrica. indybay.org ECOlonialismo: Economà¨a Verde y reconfiguracià≤n de territorialidad en Centroamèrica…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Chile: Children Office Asks Protection for a Mapuche Girl. telesurenglish.net Chile's Children Defense Office (CDO) President Patricia Muñoz Friday submitted a protection appeal on behalf of a 17-year-old Mapuche girl who was a victim of death threats from a police officer during an operation in the Ercilla community on January 7. | RELATED: | The denunciation against the officer came after witnesses' testimonies were collected by the CDO, one of which is an audiotape recording the violent threats against the victim ide…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-01-15). Understanding the upcoming general elections in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org Ahead of the general elections in Ecuador on February 7, we look at the leading candidates, their backgrounds and their answers to the major crises the country is facing today…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Haitian People Demand President Moise's Resignation. telesurenglish.net Haiti's opposition leaders Friday called for nationwide protests to demand President Jovenel Moise's resignation due to the social and political crisis that is shaking the country. | RELATED: | "Moise is clinging to power when the priority must be to promote economic, social, and political development," opposition Democratic and Popular Sectors Coalition's leader Andre Michel said. | "His term is over. It began when Presiden…

teleSUR (2021-01-15). Mexico Drops Charges Against Ex-Army Chief Cienfuegos. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Friday endorsed the withdrawal of all charges against former Defense Minister Salvador Cienfuegos, following an investigation by the Attorney General's Office (FGR). | RELATED: | On Thursday, the FGR found no evidence of illicit enrichment nor any links between Cienfuegos and an organized illegal organization investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Admin…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Ecuador: Arauz Rejects Ban on the Use of Rafael Correa's Image. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's presidential candidate Andres Arauz Wednesday rejected electoral authorities' decision to ban the image of former President Rafael Correa in the Union for Hope Alliance (UNES) propaganda. | RELATED: | "We face another attempt of political persecution. The establishment seeks to hinder our arrival at the presidency. No laws are prohibiting the use of the image of a former president as part of an electoral campaign," he denoun…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). New Honduran Migrant Caravan Sets off to Mexico-US Border. telesurenglish.net A caravan of 250 migrants on Wednesday left San Pedro Sula, Honduras, hoping to reach the U.S.-Mexico border amid a COVID-19 surge in Central America. | RELATED: | "We are leaving because we have lost everything due to the pandemic and the Iota and Eta hurricanes that devastated the country in November 2020," one migrant said. | The caravan was called through social networks since January 1. The Corinto customs post, on…

WSWS (2021-01-14). Australia: Victimised Chinese meatworker speaks with the WSWS. wsws.org Benson Wang is a Chinese immigrant meatworker who was allegedly assaulted and subsequently victimised at an abattoir operated by Midfield Group in Warrnambool, Victoria.

RT (2021-01-14). UK bans all arrivals from Portugal and South America after discovery of Brazil Covid-19 variant. rt.com The UK will ban all travel from South America and Portugal from 4am GMT on Friday after the discovery of a new Covid-19 variant in Brazil, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Thursday. | UK-bound travellers from Argentina, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela who do not live in the UK will be banned from entering the country. | "This measure does not apply to British and Irish Nationals and third country nationals with residence rights — but passengers returning from these destinations must self-isolate for 10 da…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-14). Peruvian health workers embark on an indefinite strike. peoplesdispatch.org The Peruvian Medical Federation (FMP) and ten other health workers unions began an indefinite national strike on January 13. The measure was taken in the absence of an agreement with President Francisco Sagasti's administration on improving the working conditions of healthcare personnel in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. | On the first day of the strike, in the capital city Lima, hundreds of doctors, nurses and health workers held a massive demonstration in front of the health ministry to draw attention towards their legitimate claims and demand their immediate compliance. | The healthcare professionals are demand…

Special to People's World (2021-01-14). Chicago's HotHouse presents the Havana Jazz Festival, 5 nights of sizzling music. peoplesworld.org Following the July Concert for Cuba, successfully produced by the Chicago-based non-profit arts presenter HotHouse, and viewed by more than 10 million people online, the Institute of Cuban Music invited Marguerite Horberg and Raul Cuza to return and create a special online stream for this year's edition of the iconic Jazz Plaza — The Havana …

Izabel Santos (2021-01-14). Brazilian state of Amazonas enters the most serious phase of COVID-19. peoplesworld.org Manaus, Amazonas (January 4, 2021) — Amazonas State went into the purple phase of the new coronavirus pandemic, signifying the highest risk. The information was publicized by the director-president of the Health Vigilance Foundation (FVS) of Amazonas, Rosemary Costa Pinto, during a meeting between state representatives and officials of the Federal Ministry of Health. "Our …

Ricardo Vaz (2021-01-14). Venezuelan Oil Industry Continues to Struggle as Private Sector Set to Play Bigger Role. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government is pursuing increased private investment in the oil sector.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-01-14). Review: As Coronavirus Rises Past Three Million, Africa Still Lacks Its Own Vaccine. globalresearch.ca With its large population and fragile health systems, Africa has recorded more than three million Covid-19 cases, still less deadly as compared to other regions in the world, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). …

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Nicaragua To Allocate Over $115 Million for COVID-19 Vaccines. telesurenglish.net Nicaragua's Vice President Rosario Murillo on Wednesday announced her government's effort to secure COVID-19 vaccines to immunize 55 percent of the country's population. | RELATED: | Highligithg the approval of a high budget to ensure vaccines' conservation, Murillo pointed out that over 7 million doses would be applied at a cost of almost US$90 million. | "We propose the purchase of the Russian Federation's Sputnik V vaccine, the Modern vacc…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Cuba Has Hospital Capacity To Attend To All COVID-19 Patients. telesurenglish.net "We are working with the forecasts that are shared on TV and made by the Dean of the Mathematics Faculty, Raul Guinovart, and based on those, we are creating a higher percentage of the capacities for the attention of patients and the availability of medical personnel," Durán pointed out. | RELATED: | Regarding the PCR tests that travelers must present when they arrive in the country, the doctor pointed out that several c…

WSWS (2021-01-14). Irish health system on brink of collapse as COVID-19 figures surge. wsws.org Ireland's health services are being rapidly overwhelmed by escalating rates of coronavirus infection.

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Argentina Enacts Landmark Abortion Law. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernández enacted the law of Voluntary Interruption of Pregnancy, an unprecedented moment that is set to spark a legal framework securing women's rights across the Americas. | RELATED: | "We are expanding a women's right to choose. Women went out to the street claiming for rights that many people did not even realize they lacked," Fernández said during the ceremony that ends decades of advocacy for a law decrim…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). US Places Sanctions on China, Cuba, Iran, Russia and Venezuela. telesurenglish.net "We cannot allow the foreign military and intelligence organizations of our adversaries in China, Cuba, Russia, Venezuela, and Iran (…) to benefit from U.S. technology," U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement Thursday. | RELATED: | According to the note, these new controls linked to U.S. technologies prevent those countries' military intelligence industries from "benefiting." | A week before…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Chile to Face a 50% Drop in Water Availability Within 10 Years. telesurenglish.net A study published by the University of Chile Thursday revealed that the country would drop up to 50 percent in water availability within ten years because of declining river flows and rising temperatures. | RELATED: | The university analyzed 174 watersheds for over five years. Among the conclusions, the center noted that rainfall could decrease by up to 25 percent in the center and 40 percent in the south of the country.

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Colombian Lawmakers Back Resumption of Peace Talks in Cuba. telesurenglish.net Members of Congress from different political coalitions sent a letter to Colombia's President Ivan Duque requesting the resumption of talks with the National Liberation Army (ELN) guerrillas while also highlighting the Cuban government's meaningful role in the peace process. | RELATED: | More than 20 congressmen signed the letter that condemned the inclusion once again of Cuba in the U.S. blacklist of state sponsors of terror…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Peru's Police Exercised an Excessive Use of Force, UN Says. telesurenglish.net The United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights Office (OHCHR) published a report stating that the Peruvian Police repressed the November 2020 protests with an "unnecessary and excessive use of force." | RELATED: | Besides the use of prohibited projectiles such as glass marbles, the report pointed out that police officers shot "indiscriminately and at close range" to the head and upper body of the demonstrators. | OHCHR als…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Chilean Feminists Urge Safe Abortion Bill in Front of Congress. telesurenglish.net Women's rights defenders Wednesday gathered outside the Chilean Congress' headquarters in Valparaiso as it discussed the approval of the Safe Abortion bill. | RELATED: | The demonstrators wore green scarves as they demanded the Commission on Women and Gender Equality to pass the bill that would allow women to end their pregnancy up to 14 weeks. | "Abortion yes, abortion no, that's for me to decide" was the slogan heard du…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Haiti: Poor Neighborhoods' Schools Close Due to Violence. telesurenglish.net Haiti's cimmunity organization Koz Pa'm reported that schools in Port-au-Prince's poor neighborhoods have closed due to the rise of criminal gangs. | RELATED: | In the Carrefour Feuilles and Solino areas, children are joining armed groups and are committing banditry due to lack of access to education. | "Children are in vulnerable conditions. The unsafe environment drags them into violence," stated Koz Pa'm, an NGO helping minors with violent be…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). AMLO Will Address Social Media Censorship at G-20. telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador announced that he would propose a series of actions during the next G-20 meeting to prevent private entities from censorship. This, in the aftermath of the Capitol Riot. | RELATED: | Recently the president, known as AMLO, compared the ban that Facebook imposed on Donald Trump to the Holy Inquisition and warned about the possibility of a social media hegemony. | Al margen de la ley, na…

teleSUR (2021-01-14). Bolivian Govt Reaches a Deal With Striking Transit Workers. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's finance Minister Marcelo Montenegro Thursday announced that an agreement on debt payments was reached with transport sector representatives to secure the continuity of public transportation services. | RELATED: | Besides establishing a six-month grace period without paymen…

MEE and agencies (2021-01-13). Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins | Amman aims to vaccinate at least 20-25 percent of population, but only 200,000 have signed up so far | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 14: 32 | Citizens over 60 will be given priority for the vaccine but officials have said many have not signed up for the shot (Reuters) | Jordan began a programme on Wednesday to innoculate one in fou…

Roger Harris (2021-01-13). The Only Thing Scarier than QAnon Is the Reaction to It. counterpunch.org The right-wing demonstration turned violent riot at the US Capitol on January 6 was a spectacle, complete with Confederate flags and a QAnon shaman in red-white-and-blue face paint. The Venezuelan government stated: "With this unfortunate episode, the United States is experiencing what it has generated in other countries with its policies of aggression." Some half

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-13). How a lawbreaking international coalition failed to overthrow Venezuela's government. mronline.org On January 5, 2021, the newly elected National Assembly took its seats in Venezuela's capital. That day the Lima Group released a statement most of its members signed saying that they did not recognize the legality of the assembly.

Manuela Solé (2021-01-13). Venezuela: Maduro Blasts Sanctions, Sets Sights on Economic Recovery. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro presented his annual address to the new National Assembly…

WSWS (2021-01-13). UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown. wsws.org The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.

2021-01-14: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-14). Peruvian health workers embark on an indefinite strike. peoplesdispatch.org The Peruvian Medical Federation (FMP) and ten other health workers unions began an indefinite national strike on January 13. The measure was taken in the absence of an agreement with President Francisco Sagasti's administration on improving the working conditions of healthcare personnel in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. | On the first day of the strike, in the capital city Lima, hundreds of doctors, nurses and health workers held a massive demonstration in front of the health ministry to draw attention towards their legitimate claims and demand their immediate compliance. | The healthcare professionals are demand…

Izabel Santos (2021-01-14). Brazilian state of Amazonas enters the most serious phase of COVID-19. peoplesworld.org Manaus, Amazonas (January 4, 2021) — Amazonas State went into the purple phase of the new coronavirus pandemic, signifying the highest risk. The information was publicized by the director-president of the Health Vigilance Foundation (FVS) of Amazonas, Rosemary Costa Pinto, during a meeting between state representatives and officials of the Federal Ministry of Health. "Our …

Ricardo Vaz (2021-01-14). Venezuelan Oil Industry Continues to Struggle as Private Sector Set to Play Bigger Role. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government is pursuing increased private investment in the oil sector.

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-14). How a Lawbreaking International Coalition Failed to Overthrow Venezuela's Government. zcomm.org Venezuela, with a new National Assembly, is exercising its political sovereignty against the hybrid war attempt to destabilize the country…

Areeb Ullah (2021-01-14). Bangladeshi maid's family demands death penalty for Saudis accused of her murder. middleeasteye.net Bangladeshi maid's family demands death penalty for Saudis accused of her murder | Three of Abiron Begum Ansar's employers on trial for her killing in rare case into abuse against migrant workers in the kingdom | Thu, 01/14/2021 – 14: 03 | Ansar's family said her body was "unrecognisable" when it was repatriated back to Bangladesh seven months after her murder (Supplied) | The family of a murdered Bangla…

Special to People's World (2021-01-14). Chicago's HotHouse presents the Havana Jazz Festival, 5 nights of sizzling music. peoplesworld.org Following the July Concert for Cuba, successfully produced by the Chicago-based non-profit arts presenter HotHouse, and viewed by more than 10 million people online, the Institute of Cuban Music invited Marguerite Horberg and Raul Cuza to return and create a special online stream for this year's edition of the iconic Jazz Plaza — The Havana …

WSWS (2021-01-14). Australia: Victimised Chinese meatworker speaks with the WSWS. wsws.org Benson Wang is a Chinese immigrant meatworker who was allegedly assaulted and subsequently victimised at an abattoir operated by Midfield Group in Warrnambool, Victoria.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-01-14). Review: As Coronavirus Rises Past Three Million, Africa Still Lacks Its Own Vaccine. globalresearch.ca With its large population and fragile health systems, Africa has recorded more than three million Covid-19 cases, still less deadly as compared to other regions in the world, according to the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC). …

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-01-14). ECOlonialismo en Centroamèrica. indybay.org ECOlonialismo: Economà¨a Verde y reconfiguracià≤n de territorialidad en Centroamèrica…

_____ (2021-01-14). How A Lawbreaking International Coalition Failed To Overthrow Venezuela's Government. popularresistance.org On January 5, 2021, the newly elected National Assembly took its seats in Venezuela's capital. That day the Lima Group released a statement most of its members signed saying that they did not recognize the legality of the assembly. They called upon countries around the world to "disregard" the assembly and to recognize instead the leadership of a former member of the assembly, Juan Guaidó. The Lima Group felt that it was appropriate for its signatories to call for a "transition process" inside Venezuela; in other words, the Lima Group affirmed its mission, which is to overthrow the government of Venezuela's Presi…

Manuela Solé (2021-01-13). Venezuela: Maduro Blasts Sanctions, Sets Sights on Economic Recovery. venezuelanalysis.com Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro presented his annual address to the new National Assembly…

WSWS (2021-01-13). UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown. wsws.org The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-13). How a lawbreaking international coalition failed to overthrow Venezuela's government. mronline.org On January 5, 2021, the newly elected National Assembly took its seats in Venezuela's capital. That day the Lima Group released a statement most of its members signed saying that they did not recognize the legality of the assembly.

MEE and agencies (2021-01-13). Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins | Amman aims to vaccinate at least 20-25 percent of population, but only 200,000 have signed up so far | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 14: 32 | Citizens over 60 will be given priority for the vaccine but officials have said many have not signed up for the shot (Reuters) | Jordan began a programme on Wednesday to innoculate one in fou…

Roger Harris (2021-01-13). The Only Thing Scarier than QAnon Is the Reaction to It. counterpunch.org The right-wing demonstration turned violent riot at the US Capitol on January 6 was a spectacle, complete with Confederate flags and a QAnon shaman in red-white-and-blue face paint. The Venezuelan government stated: "With this unfortunate episode, the United States is experiencing what it has generated in other countries with its policies of aggression." Some half

Makia Freeman (2021-01-13). Ten Things You Need to Know about the Experimental COVID Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Experimental COVID Vaccines | are coming to town, being rolled out worldwide as the transhumanistic New World Order (NWO) agenda dictates. This next phase of the COVID scamdemic is an incredibly dangerous one — the phase where authorities take their sovereignty-violating …

_____ (2021-01-13). New Mexican Economists Warn: Change Course Now. popularresistance.org Later this month, New Mexico lawmakers will have another chance to fix an economic problem that has plagued the state for decades. | "For at least 40 years people in the state government and the Legislature have known that they are overly dependent on oil and gas for state revenue," says Jim Peach, regents professor of economics at New Mexico State University. | Right now, more than 40% of the state's income relies on the boom-and-bust fortunes of oil and gas. Now, according to a trio of New Mexico's leading economists, the time has come to change course. | "Like it or not, we're at the tail end of the fossil fue…

Rann Miller (2021-01-13). Closing Public Schools Isn't the Answer. progressive.org In Camden, New Jersey, an effort to replace public schools with charter academies highlights the state's failure to educate Black and Latinx students.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-13). Ford's departure from Brazil could leave thousands jobless. peoplesdispatch.org Ford has announced that it will stop all activities in Brazil, two factories with 3700 workers will close immediately, a third will remain in operation until the 4th quarter of 2021…

Pep Canadell (2021-01-13). New Research: Nitrous Oxide Emissions 300 Times More Powerful than CO‚ÇÇ Are Jeopardising Earth's Future. globalresearch.ca Nitrous oxide from agriculture and other sources is accumulating in the atmosphere so quickly it puts Earth on track for a dangerous 3‚ÑÉ warming this century, Each year,

Mongabay (2021-01-13). California-sized area of forest lost in just 14 years. nationofchange.org These include nine forest areas in Latin America, eight in Africa, and seven in Asia and Oceania.

Dean Baker (2021-01-12). Pandemic-Caused Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Leads to First Job Loss Since April. counterpunch.org The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) were both unchanged at 6.7 percent and 57.4 percent, respectively. The resurgence

VINS (2021-01-12). Grave Threats to Amazon Rainforest from Domestic Industries and Global Capital. projectcensored.org A 2020 report from Amazon Watch, titled "Complicity In Destruction III," shows how global corporations contribute to the violation of Indigenous peoples' rights in the Brazilian Amazon. The report identifies…

news.un (2021-01-12). UN agencies, partners establish global Ebola vaccine stockpile. news.un.org In a major milestone in the fight against deadly diseases, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners announced on Tuesday, the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile, to help control future epidemics by ensuring timely access to vaccines for populations at risk, during outbreaks.

news.un (2021-01-12). UN agencies and partners establish global Ebola vaccine stockpile. news.un.org In a major milestone in the fight against deadly diseases, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners announced on Tuesday, the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile, to help control future epidemics by ensuring timely access to vaccines for populations at risk, during outbreaks.

teleSUR (2021-01-12). El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico Sign Immigration Deal. telesurenglish.net Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras agreed to strengthen their cooperation given the increasing migratory flow from Central America to the U.S. border amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "We are concerned about these populations' exposure to high-risk health and living conditions, especially amid a pandemic," the Central American countries' governments stated in a joint declaration issued on Monday. | In 2020, 397,000 mi…

Black Alliance for Peace (2021-01-12). January 6th at Capitol Hill: Blowback and the Ongoing Crisis of Legitimacy. globalresearch.ca Two Januarys ago, an obscure politician from a minor political party named Juan Guaido assumed a one-month chairmanship of the Venezuelan National Assembly. Then he promptly declared himself the interim president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | The bizarre declaration …

Nadda Osman (2021-01-12). Egypt: Prison sentences overturned for TikTok influencers. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Prison sentences overturned for TikTok influencers | Young women originally convicted of 'violating public morals' in case internationally condemned | Tue, 01/12/2021 – 14: 39 | The Egyptian content creators were originally charged with 'violating public morals' (AFP) | Cairo's Economic Appeals Court overturned the prison sentences of TikTok content creators Haneen Hossam and Mowada al-Adham on Tu…

Eds. (2021-01-12). Towards a geopolitics of popular power. mronline.org Lecture given at the event: "The Collapse of the Unlawful State and the Recovery of Democracy", held in La Paz, on December 14, 2020, in the auditorium of the Vice Presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

Eds. (2021-01-12). A victory for the movement in the streets: inside Argentina's abortion win. mronline.org On 30 December, Argentina's Senate voted to legalise abortion after many years of mass protests around the issue. In the wake of this important victory, Red Flag spoke to Cele Fierro, an activist with the anti-capitalist feminist group Juntas a la Izquierda and a member of the national leadership of the Movimiento de los Trabajadores (MST) …

Yuri Martins Fontes (2021-01-12). Um marxista da América ao mundo: Mariátegui vivo a 90 anos de sua morte (II). globalresearch.ca Apresentados o período de formaàßà£o e o panorama histórico em que viveu Mariátegui, vejamos agora alguns tópicos de sua interpretaàßà£o histórica da questà£o nacional peruana e latino-americana, bem como os principais traàßos de sua filosofia política. | Conforme já apontado, o …

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-12). 'He Is Not Welcome': Trump Border Visit Denounced as PR Stunt of 'Blood-Soaked' President. commondreams.org "Trump has blood on his hands, and he is not welcome at the border," one migrant rights activist bluntly declared. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/dejected.jpg

WSWS (2021-01-12). UK government accelerates "hostile environment" against immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. wsws.org £2.3 million was spent on forcibly removing 225 people to European countries in July, August and September this year—double the amount spent on deportation flights in the previous quarter…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Mexico's Congress To Set a Panel on Central Bank Reforms. telesurenglish.net Senator Alejandro Armenta announced Monday that a technical committee will be installed to review the reform on the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) Law which would allow U.S. dollars cash deposits without any restriction. | RELATED: | The technical panel will hear assessments from representatives of the Finance Ministry, the Banking Association, migrant groups, and the tourism sector. | Regardless of the origin of the money, the reform presen…

Brian Tashman (2021-01-12). As Sheriffs Quit ICE, Joe Biden Can Lead the Way in Restoring Trust. aclu.org This month, two newly-elected sheriffs canceled contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The sheriffs in Gwinnett County, Georgia and Charleston County, South Carolina were

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Chile's President, First Lady Quarantine After COVID Contact. telesurenglish.net Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Cecilia Morel are to begin "preventive quarantine" after coming into close contact with a person later diagnosed to have COVID-19, the president's press office said on Tuesday. | Both Pinera and the first lady tested negative for COVID-19, according to the statement. | RELATED: | The two will nevertheless quarantine for 14 days starting Tuesday as a preventive measure,…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Mexico and US Will Extend Border Restriction Until February 21. telesurenglish.net Mexican authorities asked their U.S. counterparts to extend restrictions until February 21 to limit land crossings through the border due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday. | RELATED: | The Secretariat issued a press release. It noted that several federal bodies are under orange epidemiological alert due to the spread of COVID-19, so the extension for another month o…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Peru Collapses Due to Lack of Beds Amid COVID-19 Second Wave. telesurenglish.net Peru's Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SPMI) on Monday warned that intensive care units (ICU) are collapsing nationwide due to the increase in severe cases amid the second wave of COVID-19. | RELATED: | In Lima and Callao provinces, there are only six ICU beds with ventilators left, according to the latest report from the Health Ministry (Minsa). | In the capital city, 37 severe patients are waiting to be admi…

_____ (2021-01-12). US Designates Cuba As A 'Sponsor Of Terrorism'. popularresistance.org The United States announced on Monday January 11 that it will designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. The move came hours after Secretary of State of the Trump administration, Mike Pompeo, announced that the Yemeni militant group Ansar Allah, commonly known as the Houthis, would be designated as a "foreign terrorist organization." The announcement has been met by widespread condemnation by authorities within Cuba and political leaders and movements worldwide. | Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla wrote on Twitter, "We condemn the hypocritical and cynical announcement by the US to designate Cuba as a…

Jerry Redfern (2021-01-12). New Mexico's Economists: "Like It or Not, We're at the Tail End of the Fossil Fuel Age." zcomm.org Right now, more than 40% of the state's income relies on the boom-and-bust fortunes of oil and gas. Now, according to a trio of New Mexico's leading economists, the time has come to change course…

news.un (2021-01-12). Peru: UN rights office decries excessive use of force in November protests. news.un.org Police in Peru used unnecessary and excessive force during protests in the capital last November challenging the legitimacy of the interim President, a report published on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR has found.

VINS (2021-01-12). Mothers in Israel Hold Police Accountable for Inaction on Murdered Palestinians. projectcensored.org Palestinians account for approximately twenty percent of Israel's total population, but in 2019 more than 67% of the officially reported murders in Israel involved Palestinian victims. In response, Palestinian mothers…

Fight Back (2021-01-12). Milwaukee car caravan says: "No to COPS grant, yes to CPAC!" fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On January 9, nearly 100 people joined a car caravan starting at Kops Park put on by the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (MAARPR) to say no to the COPS grant and yes to CPAC (Civilian Police Accountability Council). | The COPS grant would give the Milwaukee Police Department $9.7 million to dedicate 30 officers to Operation Legend, a program that unfairly targets Black and Latino communities. The Milwaukee Common Council voted no to the COPS grant in December only to have Alderperson Nikiya Dodd put it back up for reconsideration. That revote is scheduled for later this…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Bolivian Government Calls On Striking Transporters to Dialogue. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Economy Minister Marcelo Montenegro Tuesday reaffirmed the willingness of President Luis Arce's administration to reach an agreement with the public transportation workers who called for a national strike. | RELATED: | Demanding an extension of debts payment's dead ines for six months, transportation unions abandoned a dialogue process with the Arce administration and staged roadblocks on Monday. | In December, Arce approve…

VINS (2021-01-12). California Overlooks Formerly Incarcerated Firefighters. projectcensored.org During California's 2020 wildfire crisis, the state exploited prison labor to meet a labor shortage in fire fighters. As VICE's Motherboard reported in September 2020, even as California recruited fire crews from six other states and from Israel, Mexico, and Australia, the current labor shortage was "brought on by the state itself." Though California's reliance on low-paid incarcerated firefighters is "well documented," after they are released from prison "institutional barriers" prevent them from becoming full-time professional firefighters. | As Motherboard reported, inmate firefighters typically make up betwee…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-12). US designates Cuba as a "sponsor of terrorism" peoplesdispatch.org The United States Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla wrote on

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Colombia: Biodiversity Defender Is Assassinated in Cauca. telesurenglish.net Colombia's ProAves Foundation Monday informed on the murder of forest guard and environmental leader Gonzalo Cardona in Valle del Cauca Department. | RELATED: | Cardona, who was coordinator of ProAves's Andean Parrot Reserve, was missing since January 8. According to his Foundation, he was last seen in the village of La Union, in southwestern Colombia. | Local authorities have not made any statement about the activist's d…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Ecuador's Largest Workers Union Calls for General Strike. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's United Workers' Front Union (FUT) President Mesias Tatamuez on Monday announced a general strike on January 28 to defend labor rights and reject the privatization of the energy sector. | RELATED: | He warned over the attempts to increase retirement years as part of the adjustment reforms hailed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | Tatamuez urged the Constitutional Court to rule over a complaint filed ag…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Bolsonaro Sells National Parks To Private Companies. telesurenglish.net The government of Jair Bolsonaro auctioned on Tuesday on Monday the national parks of Aparados da Serra and the Serra Geral, as part of a privatization plan including more than 30 hectares and another 13 natural spaces. | RELATED: | Brazilian Ministry of Environment announced that the winner was the group Construcap, which offered over $3.7 million for the two national parks located at the border between Santa Catal…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Cuba's President Rejects US Double Standard on Terrorism. telesurenglish.net Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel "firmly and absolutely" rejected the U.S. re-designation of his country as a sponsor of terrorism, a measure that "exposes Washington's double standards in this matter." | RELATED: | "To claim that Cuba sponsors terrorism is Donald Trump administration's height of cynicism. The blockade that it imposes and strengthens against Cuba is in itself State terrorism," Diaz-Canel pointed…

2021-01-13: News Headlines

MEE and agencies (2021-01-13). Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Jordan urges participation as vaccination programme begins | Amman aims to vaccinate at least 20-25 percent of population, but only 200,000 have signed up so far | Wed, 01/13/2021 – 14: 32 | Citizens over 60 will be given priority for the vaccine but officials have said many have not signed up for the shot (Reuters) | Jordan began a programme on Wednesday to innoculate one in fou…

Vijay Prashad (2021-01-13). How a lawbreaking international coalition failed to overthrow Venezuela's government. mronline.org On January 5, 2021, the newly elected National Assembly took its seats in Venezuela's capital. That day the Lima Group released a statement most of its members signed saying that they did not recognize the legality of the assembly.

Roger Harris (2021-01-13). The Only Thing Scarier than QAnon Is the Reaction to It. counterpunch.org The right-wing demonstration turned violent riot at the US Capitol on January 6 was a spectacle, complete with Confederate flags and a QAnon shaman in red-white-and-blue face paint. The Venezuelan government stated: "With this unfortunate episode, the United States is experiencing what it has generated in other countries with its policies of aggression." Some half

WSWS (2021-01-13). UK Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee warns of packed schools amid an escalating pandemic and third lockdown. wsws.org The first Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee meeting of this year met after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a third lockdown, after being faced with the threat of mass walkouts and boycotts by educators and parents that could spread to other sections of workers.

Makia Freeman (2021-01-13). Ten Things You Need to Know about the Experimental COVID Vaccines. globalresearch.ca Experimental COVID Vaccines | are coming to town, being rolled out worldwide as the transhumanistic New World Order (NWO) agenda dictates. This next phase of the COVID scamdemic is an incredibly dangerous one — the phase where authorities take their sovereignty-violating …

_____ (2021-01-13). New Mexican Economists Warn: Change Course Now. popularresistance.org Later this month, New Mexico lawmakers will have another chance to fix an economic problem that has plagued the state for decades. | "For at least 40 years people in the state government and the Legislature have known that they are overly dependent on oil and gas for state revenue," says Jim Peach, regents professor of economics at New Mexico State University. | Right now, more than 40% of the state's income relies on the boom-and-bust fortunes of oil and gas. Now, according to a trio of New Mexico's leading economists, the time has come to change course. | "Like it or not, we're at the tail end of the fossil fue…

Pep Canadell (2021-01-13). New Research: Nitrous Oxide Emissions 300 Times More Powerful than CO‚ÇÇ Are Jeopardising Earth's Future. globalresearch.ca Nitrous oxide from agriculture and other sources is accumulating in the atmosphere so quickly it puts Earth on track for a dangerous 3‚ÑÉ warming this century, Each year,

Rann Miller (2021-01-13). Closing Public Schools Isn't the Answer. progressive.org In Camden, New Jersey, an effort to replace public schools with charter academies highlights the state's failure to educate Black and Latinx students.

Mongabay (2021-01-13). California-sized area of forest lost in just 14 years. nationofchange.org These include nine forest areas in Latin America, eight in Africa, and seven in Asia and Oceania.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-13). Ford's departure from Brazil could leave thousands jobless. peoplesdispatch.org Ford has announced that it will stop all activities in Brazil, two factories with 3700 workers will close immediately, a third will remain in operation until the 4th quarter of 2021…

VINS (2021-01-12). Grave Threats to Amazon Rainforest from Domestic Industries and Global Capital. projectcensored.org A 2020 report from Amazon Watch, titled "Complicity In Destruction III," shows how global corporations contribute to the violation of Indigenous peoples' rights in the Brazilian Amazon. The report identifies…

Yuri Martins Fontes (2021-01-12). Um marxista da América ao mundo: Mariátegui vivo a 90 anos de sua morte (II). globalresearch.ca Apresentados o período de formaàßà£o e o panorama histórico em que viveu Mariátegui, vejamos agora alguns tópicos de sua interpretaàßà£o histórica da questà£o nacional peruana e latino-americana, bem como os principais traàßos de sua filosofia política. | Conforme já apontado, o …

news.un (2021-01-12). UN agencies and partners establish global Ebola vaccine stockpile. news.un.org In a major milestone in the fight against deadly diseases, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners announced on Tuesday, the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile, to help control future epidemics by ensuring timely access to vaccines for populations at risk, during outbreaks.

news.un (2021-01-12). UN agencies, partners establish global Ebola vaccine stockpile. news.un.org In a major milestone in the fight against deadly diseases, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners announced on Tuesday, the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile, to help control future epidemics by ensuring timely access to vaccines for populations at risk, during outbreaks.

Eds. (2021-01-12). Towards a geopolitics of popular power. mronline.org Lecture given at the event: "The Collapse of the Unlawful State and the Recovery of Democracy", held in La Paz, on December 14, 2020, in the auditorium of the Vice Presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

Nadda Osman (2021-01-12). Egypt: Prison sentences overturned for TikTok influencers. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Prison sentences overturned for TikTok influencers | Young women originally convicted of 'violating public morals' in case internationally condemned | Tue, 01/12/2021 – 14: 39 | The Egyptian content creators were originally charged with 'violating public morals' (AFP) | Cairo's Economic Appeals Court overturned the prison sentences of TikTok content creators Haneen Hossam and Mowada al-Adham on Tu…

Dean Baker (2021-01-12). Pandemic-Caused Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Leads to First Job Loss Since April. counterpunch.org The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) were both unchanged at 6.7 percent and 57.4 percent, respectively. The resurgence

Eds. (2021-01-12). A victory for the movement in the streets: inside Argentina's abortion win. mronline.org On 30 December, Argentina's Senate voted to legalise abortion after many years of mass protests around the issue. In the wake of this important victory, Red Flag spoke to Cele Fierro, an activist with the anti-capitalist feminist group Juntas a la Izquierda and a member of the national leadership of the Movimiento de los Trabajadores (MST) …

Black Alliance for Peace (2021-01-12). January 6th at Capitol Hill: Blowback and the Ongoing Crisis of Legitimacy. globalresearch.ca Two Januarys ago, an obscure politician from a minor political party named Juan Guaido assumed a one-month chairmanship of the Venezuelan National Assembly. Then he promptly declared himself the interim president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | The bizarre declaration …

teleSUR (2021-01-12). El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico Sign Immigration Deal. telesurenglish.net Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras agreed to strengthen their cooperation given the increasing migratory flow from Central America to the U.S. border amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "We are concerned about these populations' exposure to high-risk health and living conditions, especially amid a pandemic," the Central American countries' governments stated in a joint declaration issued on Monday. | In 2020, 397,000 mi…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-01-12). 'He Is Not Welcome': Trump Border Visit Denounced as PR Stunt of 'Blood-Soaked' President. commondreams.org "Trump has blood on his hands, and he is not welcome at the border," one migrant rights activist bluntly declared. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/dejected.jpg

Brian Tashman (2021-01-12). As Sheriffs Quit ICE, Joe Biden Can Lead the Way in Restoring Trust. aclu.org This month, two newly-elected sheriffs canceled contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The sheriffs in Gwinnett County, Georgia and Charleston County, South Carolina were

WSWS (2021-01-12). UK government accelerates "hostile environment" against immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. wsws.org £2.3 million was spent on forcibly removing 225 people to European countries in July, August and September this year—double the amount spent on deportation flights in the previous quarter…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Mexico's Congress To Set a Panel on Central Bank Reforms. telesurenglish.net Senator Alejandro Armenta announced Monday that a technical committee will be installed to review the reform on the Bank of Mexico (Banxico) Law which would allow U.S. dollars cash deposits without any restriction. | RELATED: | The technical panel will hear assessments from representatives of the Finance Ministry, the Banking Association, migrant groups, and the tourism sector. | Regardless of the origin of the money, the reform presen…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Chile's President, First Lady Quarantine After COVID Contact. telesurenglish.net Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and his wife Cecilia Morel are to begin "preventive quarantine" after coming into close contact with a person later diagnosed to have COVID-19, the president's press office said on Tuesday. | Both Pinera and the first lady tested negative for COVID-19, according to the statement. | RELATED: | The two will nevertheless quarantine for 14 days starting Tuesday as a preventive measure,…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Peru Collapses Due to Lack of Beds Amid COVID-19 Second Wave. telesurenglish.net Peru's Society of Intensive Care Medicine (SPMI) on Monday warned that intensive care units (ICU) are collapsing nationwide due to the increase in severe cases amid the second wave of COVID-19. | RELATED: | In Lima and Callao provinces, there are only six ICU beds with ventilators left, according to the latest report from the Health Ministry (Minsa). | In the capital city, 37 severe patients are waiting to be admi…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Mexico and US Will Extend Border Restriction Until February 21. telesurenglish.net Mexican authorities asked their U.S. counterparts to extend restrictions until February 21 to limit land crossings through the border due to the rise in COVID-19 cases, the Secretariat of Foreign Affairs announced on Tuesday. | RELATED: | The Secretariat issued a press release. It noted that several federal bodies are under orange epidemiological alert due to the spread of COVID-19, so the extension for another month o…

Jerry Redfern (2021-01-12). New Mexico's Economists: "Like It or Not, We're at the Tail End of the Fossil Fuel Age." zcomm.org Right now, more than 40% of the state's income relies on the boom-and-bust fortunes of oil and gas. Now, according to a trio of New Mexico's leading economists, the time has come to change course…

_____ (2021-01-12). US Designates Cuba As A 'Sponsor Of Terrorism'. popularresistance.org The United States announced on Monday January 11 that it will designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. The move came hours after Secretary of State of the Trump administration, Mike Pompeo, announced that the Yemeni militant group Ansar Allah, commonly known as the Houthis, would be designated as a "foreign terrorist organization." The announcement has been met by widespread condemnation by authorities within Cuba and political leaders and movements worldwide. | Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla wrote on Twitter, "We condemn the hypocritical and cynical announcement by the US to designate Cuba as a…

news.un (2021-01-12). Peru: UN rights office decries excessive use of force in November protests. news.un.org Police in Peru used unnecessary and excessive force during protests in the capital last November challenging the legitimacy of the interim President, a report published on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR has found.

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Chile: Piñera Condemns Abortion Bill Before Congress Debate. telesurenglish.net Chile's President Sebastian Piñera opposes safe abortion ahead of Congress debate on a bill that would legalize voluntary interruption of pregnancy. | RELATED: | "Piñera rejects abortion without a cause. Although Parliament debates it, he does not support it," Government spokesman Jaime Bellolio said. | The bill that guarantees safe abortion up to the 14th week of pregnancy will be debated by the House of Representatives' Women an…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Ecuador's Largest Workers Union Calls for General Strike. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's United Workers' Front Union (FUT) President Mesias Tatamuez on Monday announced a general strike on January 28 to defend labor rights and reject the privatization of the energy sector. | RELATED: | He warned over the attempts to increase retirement years as part of the adjustment reforms hailed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). | Tatamuez urged the Constitutional Court to rule over a complaint filed ag…

VINS (2021-01-12). Mothers in Israel Hold Police Accountable for Inaction on Murdered Palestinians. projectcensored.org Palestinians account for approximately twenty percent of Israel's total population, but in 2019 more than 67% of the officially reported murders in Israel involved Palestinian victims. In response, Palestinian mothers…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-12). US designates Cuba as a "sponsor of terrorism" peoplesdispatch.org The United States Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla wrote on

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Bolsonaro Sells National Parks To Private Companies. telesurenglish.net The government of Jair Bolsonaro auctioned on Tuesday on Monday the national parks of Aparados da Serra and the Serra Geral, as part of a privatization plan including more than 30 hectares and another 13 natural spaces. | RELATED: | Brazilian Ministry of Environment announced that the winner was the group Construcap, which offered over $3.7 million for the two national parks located at the border between Santa Catal…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-12). How feminists in Argentina organized and won the right to abortion. peoplesdispatch.org On December 30, Argentina's Senate Peoples Dispatch spoke to Agostina Betes from the Movimiento Popular La Dignidad and Frente Patria Grande the day after the vote to discuss the impressive struggle waged by femi…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Argentina: Farmers Demand Increase in Corn Exports. telesurenglish.net Argentina's agricultural sector coalition Coordination Table (CT) ratified Monday a nationwide strike to reject what they consider as an "interventionism" by President Alberto Fernandez's administration in the grain market's dynamics. | RELATED: | Argentina's Rural Society (SRA), the Agricultural Federation, and the Rural Confederations (CRA) called for the strike that was not supported this time by the Agricult…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Honduras To Pass a New Electoral Law Ahead of Elections. telesurenglish.net Honduras' Congress Secretary Tomas Zambrano Monday announced that a new Electoral Law will be approved ahead of the primary and general elections to take place this year. | RELATED: | Composed of 333 articles, the new Law will recognize the vote of Hondurans living abroad and gender equality in the electoral processes. | Zambrano noted that the Electoral Boards' membership and the functions of the National Electoral Co…

Roger D. Harris (2021-01-12). The US Capitol Building Riot and Its Blowback. dissidentvoice.org The right-wing demonstration turned violent riot at the US Capitol on January 6 was a spectacle, complete with Confederate flags and a QAnon shaman in red-white-and-blue face paint. The Venezuelan government stated: "With this unfortunate episode, the United States is experiencing what it has generated in other countries with its policies of aggression." Some half …

VINS (2021-01-12). California Overlooks Formerly Incarcerated Firefighters. projectcensored.org During California's 2020 wildfire crisis, the state exploited prison labor to meet a labor shortage in fire fighters. As VICE's Motherboard reported in September 2020, even as California recruited fire crews from six other states and from Israel, Mexico, and Australia, the current labor shortage was "brought on by the state itself." Though California's reliance on low-paid incarcerated firefighters is "well documented," after they are released from prison "institutional barriers" prevent them from becoming full-time professional firefighters. | As Motherboard reported, inmate firefighters typically make up betwee…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Bolivian Government Calls On Striking Transporters to Dialogue. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Economy Minister Marcelo Montenegro Tuesday reaffirmed the willingness of President Luis Arce's administration to reach an agreement with the public transportation workers who called for a national strike. | RELATED: | Demanding an extension of debts payment's dead ines for six months, transportation unions abandoned a dialogue process with the Arce administration and staged roadblocks on Monday. | In December, Arce approve…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Cuba's President Rejects US Double Standard on Terrorism. telesurenglish.net Cuba's President Miguel Diaz-Canel "firmly and absolutely" rejected the U.S. re-designation of his country as a sponsor of terrorism, a measure that "exposes Washington's double standards in this matter." | RELATED: | "To claim that Cuba sponsors terrorism is Donald Trump administration's height of cynicism. The blockade that it imposes and strengthens against Cuba is in itself State terrorism," Diaz-Canel pointed…

Fight Back (2021-01-12). Milwaukee car caravan says: "No to COPS grant, yes to CPAC!" fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On January 9, nearly 100 people joined a car caravan starting at Kops Park put on by the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (MAARPR) to say no to the COPS grant and yes to CPAC (Civilian Police Accountability Council). | The COPS grant would give the Milwaukee Police Department $9.7 million to dedicate 30 officers to Operation Legend, a program that unfairly targets Black and Latino communities. The Milwaukee Common Council voted no to the COPS grant in December only to have Alderperson Nikiya Dodd put it back up for reconsideration. That revote is scheduled for later this…

teleSUR (2021-01-12). Colombia: Biodiversity Defender Is Assassinated in Cauca. telesurenglish.net Colombia's ProAves Foundation Monday informed on the murder of forest guard and environmental leader Gonzalo Cardona in Valle del Cauca Department. | RELATED: | Cardona, who was coordinator of ProAves's Andean Parrot Reserve, was missing since January 8. According to his Foundation, he was last seen in the village of La Union, in southwestern Colombia. | Local authorities have not made any statement about the activist's d…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Over 14 Million People to Participate in Chile's Next Elections. telesurenglish.net Chile's Election Service (Servel) Monday reported that over 14 million people have registered to vote in the April 11 election that will decide new subnational authorities and the representatives for the Constitutional Convention. | RELATED: Chile: | Servel officials noted that 49 percent of the voters are men, while 51 percent are women. Likewise, over 1.2 million people represent Indigenous communities. | As of January 6, a total…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Colombia's Antioquia Department Saw Its First Massacre in 2021. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Police Commander Jorge Cabra reported the first massacre of this year in the Antioquia department where three people were killed on Sunday. | RELATED: | The massacre occurred in Betania and was attributed to the Gulf Clan gang, which is considered by the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation (PRF) as the largest illegal armed group in the country. | Armed men murdered 23-year-old Jonathan Acevedo, his mother Maria Londoño, and his st…

Prensa Latina (2021-01-11). Vietnam without deaths from COVID-19 in over three months. mronline.org Vietnam's death toll from COVID-19 has stood at 35 since last September, and none of those hospitalized due to this disease risks death, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

Dustin Noga (2021-01-11). European Union drops fictional claim that Juan Guaidó is president of Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The European Union has de-recognized Juan Guaidó as the "Interim President" of Venezuela as of Wednesday, Jan. 6. The move came after Guaidó lost his position as the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly following the December 2020 parliamentary elections. The European Commission declared that this was the will of all EU governments. Commission spokesman …

Hannah McCarthy (2021-01-11). Syrian Refugees Excluded from Lebanese Labor Market. counterpunch.org When the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, many Syrians fled across the western border to Lebanon. Thousands now live in Arsal, a remote town in the Bekaa valley, not far from the Syrian border. Lebanon, a country of 6 million, hosts a large refugee population estimated at 1.5 million. As the economic

Paul Dobson (2021-01-11). Detention of Venezuelan Abortion Activist Prompts Continental Pressure Campaign. venezuelanalysis.com Vannesa Rosales is facing charges for counselling a pregnant 13-year-old rape victim.

2021-01-12: News Headlines

Yuri Martins Fontes (2021-01-12). Um marxista da América ao mundo: Mariátegui vivo a 90 anos de sua morte (II). globalresearch.ca Apresentados o período de formaàßà£o e o panorama histórico em que viveu Mariátegui, vejamos agora alguns tópicos de sua interpretaàßà£o histórica da questà£o nacional peruana e latino-americana, bem como os principais traàßos de sua filosofia política. | Conforme já apontado, o …

Black Alliance for Peace (2021-01-12). January 6th at Capitol Hill: Blowback and the Ongoing Crisis of Legitimacy. globalresearch.ca Two Januarys ago, an obscure politician from a minor political party named Juan Guaido assumed a one-month chairmanship of the Venezuelan National Assembly. Then he promptly declared himself the interim president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. | The bizarre declaration …

VINS (2021-01-12). Grave Threats to Amazon Rainforest from Domestic Industries and Global Capital. projectcensored.org A 2020 report from Amazon Watch, titled "Complicity In Destruction III," shows how global corporations contribute to the violation of Indigenous peoples' rights in the Brazilian Amazon. The report identifies…

Eds. (2021-01-12). Towards a geopolitics of popular power. mronline.org Lecture given at the event: "The Collapse of the Unlawful State and the Recovery of Democracy", held in La Paz, on December 14, 2020, in the auditorium of the Vice Presidency of the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

Nadda Osman (2021-01-12). Egypt: Prison sentences overturned for TikTok influencers. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Prison sentences overturned for TikTok influencers | Young women originally convicted of 'violating public morals' in case internationally condemned | Tue, 01/12/2021 – 14: 39 | The Egyptian content creators were originally charged with 'violating public morals' (AFP) | Cairo's Economic Appeals Court overturned the prison sentences of TikTok content creators Haneen Hossam and Mowada al-Adham on Tu…

Eds. (2021-01-12). A victory for the movement in the streets: inside Argentina's abortion win. mronline.org On 30 December, Argentina's Senate voted to legalise abortion after many years of mass protests around the issue. In the wake of this important victory, Red Flag spoke to Cele Fierro, an activist with the anti-capitalist feminist group Juntas a la Izquierda and a member of the national leadership of the Movimiento de los Trabajadores (MST) …

Brian Tashman (2021-01-12). As Sheriffs Quit ICE, Joe Biden Can Lead the Way in Restoring Trust. aclu.org This month, two newly-elected sheriffs canceled contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The sheriffs in Gwinnett County, Georgia and Charleston County, South Carolina were

news.un (2021-01-12). UN agencies, partners establish global Ebola vaccine stockpile. news.un.org In a major milestone in the fight against deadly diseases, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners announced on Tuesday, the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile, to help control future epidemics by ensuring timely access to vaccines for populations at risk, during outbreaks.

news.un (2021-01-12). UN agencies and partners establish global Ebola vaccine stockpile. news.un.org In a major milestone in the fight against deadly diseases, United Nations agencies and humanitarian partners announced on Tuesday, the establishment of a global Ebola vaccine stockpile, to help control future epidemics by ensuring timely access to vaccines for populations at risk, during outbreaks.

_____ (2021-01-12). US Designates Cuba As A 'Sponsor Of Terrorism'. popularresistance.org The United States announced on Monday January 11 that it will designate Cuba as a state sponsor of terrorism. The move came hours after Secretary of State of the Trump administration, Mike Pompeo, announced that the Yemeni militant group Ansar Allah, commonly known as the Houthis, would be designated as a "foreign terrorist organization." The announcement has been met by widespread condemnation by authorities within Cuba and political leaders and movements worldwide. | Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla wrote on Twitter, "We condemn the hypocritical and cynical announcement by the US to designate Cuba as a…

news.un (2021-01-12). Peru: UN rights office decries excessive use of force in November protests. news.un.org Police in Peru used unnecessary and excessive force during protests in the capital last November challenging the legitimacy of the interim President, a report published on Tuesday by the UN Human Rights Office, OHCHR has found.

Jerry Redfern (2021-01-12). New Mexico's Economists: "Like It or Not, We're at the Tail End of the Fossil Fuel Age." zcomm.org Right now, more than 40% of the state's income relies on the boom-and-bust fortunes of oil and gas. Now, according to a trio of New Mexico's leading economists, the time has come to change course…

Fight Back (2021-01-12). Milwaukee car caravan says: "No to COPS grant, yes to CPAC!" fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – On January 9, nearly 100 people joined a car caravan starting at Kops Park put on by the Milwaukee Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (MAARPR) to say no to the COPS grant and yes to CPAC (Civilian Police Accountability Council). | The COPS grant would give the Milwaukee Police Department $9.7 million to dedicate 30 officers to Operation Legend, a program that unfairly targets Black and Latino communities. The Milwaukee Common Council voted no to the COPS grant in December only to have Alderperson Nikiya Dodd put it back up for reconsideration. That revote is scheduled for later this…

VINS (2021-01-12). California Overlooks Formerly Incarcerated Firefighters. projectcensored.org During California's 2020 wildfire crisis, the state exploited prison labor to meet a labor shortage in fire fighters. As VICE's Motherboard reported in September 2020, even as California recruited fire crews from six other states and from Israel, Mexico, and Australia, the current labor shortage was "brought on by the state itself." Though California's reliance on low-paid incarcerated firefighters is "well documented," after they are released from prison "institutional barriers" prevent them from becoming full-time professional firefighters. | As Motherboard reported, inmate firefighters typically make up betwee…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-12). US designates Cuba as a "sponsor of terrorism" peoplesdispatch.org The United States Foreign minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla wrote on

VINS (2021-01-12). Mothers in Israel Hold Police Accountable for Inaction on Murdered Palestinians. projectcensored.org Palestinians account for approximately twenty percent of Israel's total population, but in 2019 more than 67% of the officially reported murders in Israel involved Palestinian victims. In response, Palestinian mothers…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-12). How feminists in Argentina organized and won the right to abortion. peoplesdispatch.org On December 30, Argentina's Senate Peoples Dispatch spoke to Agostina Betes from the Movimiento Popular La Dignidad and Frente Patria Grande the day after the vote to discuss the impressive struggle waged by femi…

Paul Dobson (2021-01-11). Detention of Venezuelan Abortion Activist Prompts Continental Pressure Campaign. venezuelanalysis.com Vannesa Rosales is facing charges for counselling a pregnant 13-year-old rape victim.

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Over 14 Million People to Participate in Chile's Next Elections. telesurenglish.net Chile's Election Service (Servel) Monday reported that over 14 million people have registered to vote in the April 11 election that will decide new subnational authorities and the representatives for the Constitutional Convention. | RELATED: Chile: | Servel officials noted that 49 percent of the voters are men, while 51 percent are women. Likewise, over 1.2 million people represent Indigenous communities. | As of January 6, a total…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-11). 'Despicable': Outgoing Trump Administration to Designate Cuba a 'State Sponsor of Terrorism'. commondreams.org "Cuba has been sending doctors around the world to combat Covid-19," one observer pointed out, while another said the "Trump administration should add itself as a state sponsor of terrorism." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cuba_medical_brigade.jpg

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Cuban Abdala Vaccine to End Its First Phase of Clinical Trial. telesurenglish.net Abdala, one of the four Cuban COVID-19 vaccines, will finish its first phase of clinical trials with scarce adverse reactions and an adequate security profile. | RELATED: | "So far, the volunteers only manifest discomfort in the area of vaccine administration," Saturnino Lora Hospital's director Rafael Suarez said. | The first phase of the clinical trial started in a hospital in Santiago de Cuba province in December. I…

news.un (2021-01-11). Get COVID-19 vaccinations for 'high-risk' populations underway within 100 days worldwide, Tedros urges. news.un.org There needs to be a "collective commitment" to get vaccinations underway worldwide for health workers and others who are at high risk of catching COVID-19, within the next 100 days, said the UN health agency chief on Monday.

Prensa Latina (2021-01-11). Vietnam without deaths from COVID-19 in over three months. mronline.org Vietnam's death toll from COVID-19 has stood at 35 since last September, and none of those hospitalized due to this disease risks death, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Mexico Resumes Remote Learning Amid COVID-19 Surge. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Education Minister Esteban Moctezuma Sunday informed that the new school year will resume remotely due to the current COVID-19 surge. | RELATED: | "We are working to achieve a safe return to classrooms. Student community's health and safety are priorities for the government," Moctezuma assured. | On Monday, over 25 million elementary students nationwide assisted the "Learn at Home" television program, an initiativ…

Dustin Noga (2021-01-11). European Union drops fictional claim that Juan Guaidó is president of Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The European Union has de-recognized Juan Guaidó as the "Interim President" of Venezuela as of Wednesday, Jan. 6. The move came after Guaidó lost his position as the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly following the December 2020 parliamentary elections. The European Commission declared that this was the will of all EU governments. Commission spokesman …

Hannah McCarthy (2021-01-11). Syrian Refugees Excluded from Lebanese Labor Market. counterpunch.org When the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, many Syrians fled across the western border to Lebanon. Thousands now live in Arsal, a remote town in the Bekaa valley, not far from the Syrian border. Lebanon, a country of 6 million, hosts a large refugee population estimated at 1.5 million. As the economic

Eds. (2021-01-11). The UN Convention on War Crimes should be applied to the United States. mronline.org Despite the measures taken by the international community to reinforce global security and protect civilians from the relentless increase in the number of armed conflicts, unjustified civilian casualties are not decreasing, and not only in the tinder box that is the Middle East, but also in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and even in Europe.

Alex Bainbridge (2021-01-11). Is Latin America's 'pink tide' advancing or retreating? greenleft.org.au Fred Fuentes speaks about contemporary politics in Latin America at the Socialist Alliance national conference on January 9.

Alex Bainbridge (2021-01-11). Video: Is Latin America's 'pink tide' advancing or retreating? greenleft.org.au Federico Fuentes speaks about contemporary politics in Latin America at the Socialist Alliance national conference on January 9.

Felice Pace (2021-01-11). Reflection on the Events of January 6th 2021. counterpunch.org Since the insurrection at the Capitol Building I keep thinking about my Dad and wondering what he would have thought. Frank J. Pace, son of Italian immigrants, joined the National Guard at 19 and almost lost a leg during World War II. Then he volunteered to fight in Korea when his unit was called up.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-11). Bloodshed continues in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org The massacres and assassination of social leaders in Colombia did not end in 2020. The violence and humanitarian crisis continues into 2021. On January 10, human rights organizations denounced that two massacres took place and two social leaders were assassinated. | The first massacre of this year was registered in the Florencia municipality, in the Caquetá department. At around 2 am, two unidentified armed men entered a cockfighting pit in the Tres Esquinas sector and indiscriminately fired at those who were inside the premises. In the incident, three people were killed and seven others were wounded. Two of the…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Colombia's Antioquia Department Saw Its First Massacre in 2021. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Police Commander Jorge Cabra reported the first massacre of this year in the Antioquia department where three people were killed on Sunday. | RELATED: | The massacre occurred in Betania and was attributed to the Gulf Clan gang, which is considered by the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation (PRF) as the largest illegal armed group in the country. | Armed men murdered 23-year-old Jonathan Acevedo, his mother Maria Londoño, and his st…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Brazilian Lab to Produce Sputnik V for Sale in Latam. telesurenglish.net The Russian Sputnik V vaccine developers informed that a Brazilian laboratory will launch the drug's production and distribution throughout Latin America as of January 15. | RELATED: | The Brazilian Chemical Union company confirmed the news by announcing that it will produce 8 million doses per month in the first semester of 2021. | "On Monday, a company delegation will travel to Russia to finish validating the manufac…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Bolivia and Spain Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President Luis Arce on Monday received the credentials of Spain's Ambassador Francisco Gasso, thus putting an end to diplomatic tensions experienced since the U.S.-backed coup led by Jeanine Añez in 2019. | RELATED: | The appointment of the Spanish ambassador comes after several months without diplomatic relations between both countries as a result of the expulsion of the Charge d'Affaires and Consul officers in De…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Haiti: Opposition Rejects Call for Referendum and Elections. telesurenglish.net Opposition politicians Sunday rejected the announcement by Haiti's Provisional Electoral Committee (CEP) regarding the holding of a Constitutional referendum and general elections to take place this year. | RELATED: | Haiti in Action party (HA) Coordinator and former Senator Youri Latortue described the electoral process as "unserious" and "absurd" while reiterating the calls on President Jovenel Moise to resig…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Ford Announces the Closure of Its Factories in Brazil. telesurenglish.net The measure should impact the company about $ 4.1 billion and affect about 5,000 workers, according to Bloomberg. "We know that these actions are very difficult, but necessary, to create a healthy and sustainable business," Ford President Jim Farley was quoted as saying in a company statement. | RELATED: | Production will cease "immediately" at the Camacari and Taubaté plants, although they will continue to supply p…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Costa Rican Workers Reject "Obstinate" Agreement With IMF. telesurenglish.net Costa Rican National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP) negotiations hold on Monday between the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that could lead to severe cuts in public spending and a considerable reduction of the financial help for public workers. | RELATED: | "There is no need for them to make us deal with social stress from an 'agreement' with the IMF. It is shockingly obstinate f…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Peru: Ex-President Fujimori Sued Over Forced Sterilizations. telesurenglish.net The Peruvian Attorney General's Office on Monday will present charges against former president Alberto Fujimori, his health ministers, and other former officials over the forced sterilizations of thousands of women from 1996 to 2000. | RELATED: | The hearing, which will be presided over by Judge Rafael Martin, will begin at 9h30 local time and will be broadcast on social networks through the Justicia TV account. | The for…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Honduras: President JOH Denies Drug Trafficking Accusations. telesurenglish.net Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) refuted corruption allegations voiced at a New York Court where he was accused of receiving bribes from drug trafficking networks to allow illicit exports to the U.S. | RELATED: | The accusations were brought by prosecutors working on investigations against drug trafficker Geovanny Ramirez who was captured in Miami in March 2020. | According to the prosecutors,…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Venezuela Accuses the US of Backing ExxonMobil in the Essequibo. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza on Sunday accused the United States of protecting ExxonMobil in the Essequibo, an area that has been in dispute between his country and Guyana since the 19th century. | RELATED: | "This is how the U.S. confesses its complicit participation in the conspiracy that intends to seize the territory of Guayana Esequiba from Venezuela. It protects the predatory interests of the tran…

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-01-10). Why Modi govt. looked the other way on giving cash relief during pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Timidity vis-à -vis international finance capital, callousness toward people, and cynicism in manipulating the electorate and legislators, have made the Modi government one of the most ultra-Right governments in the world…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-10). Communist youth mobilize across Italy demanding safety in schools. peoplesdispatch.org On Thursday, January 7, Communist Youth Front (FGC) organized demonstrations in several cities across Italy demanding safer classrooms. Schools across Italy were supposed to be reopened on that day but the government postponed the reopening to Monday. The FGC organized protests in the cities of Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Florence, Perugia, Catania, Padova, Salerno, Taranto, Cosenza, Gorizia and Ascoli. The protesters said that since the beginning of the pandemic, nothing substantial has been done to ensure safety in schools and respect for students' rights during online lessons. | FGC also gave a call for a nati…

RT (2021-01-10). Algeria becomes first African nation to approve Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. rt.com Algeria is going to vaccinate its population against the coronavirus with Sputnik V after the Russian drug received official approval from the North African country's health authorities. | A registration certificate for Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine was shared by the country's Ministry of Pharmaceutical Industry on Facebook. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which finances the development of the vaccine, also confirmed the news, saying that it was approved under the emergency use authorization. | Algiers and Moscow inked a deal for Sputnik V shortly before the New Year. The supplies of Russian…

RT (2021-01-10). New coronavirus variant with similarities to UK & South Africa strains discovered in Japan. rt.com The Japanese Health Ministry said it has tracked down yet another variant of Covid-19 partly similar to the UK and South Africa strains, which are believed to be more contagious and linked to a spike in infections in Britain. | The mutant strain was found in four people who flew into Japan from Brazil. The passengers tested positive for Covid-19 in airport quarantine, the ministry said. | One of them was a man in his 40s, who showed no symptoms on arrival, but was later hospitalized with breathing difficulties. Another was a woman in her 30s who reported having a headache. A male, aged between 10 and 19, had f…

Jennifer L. Holm (2021-01-10). What would life on Mars be like? Looking for answers in my family's immigrant past. salon.com A novelist considers her Finnish immigrant ancestors when writing about fictional Mars colonists…

Matthew Rozsa (2021-01-10). Multiple coronavirus strains are now circulating. Here's what that means. salon.com Coronavirus mutations in the United Kingdom and South Africa are spreading rapidly. But don't worry just yet…

A Guest Author (2021-01-09). Editorial: La pandemia de los especuladores capitalistas. workers.org Hay un nuevo término para describir a los superricos: "centimillonarios". Son individuos cuyo patrimonio neto asciende a más de $100 mil millones. Después de haber agregado $67,2 mil millones a su patrimonio neto en el 2020, el propietario de Amazon, Jeff Bezos, encabeza la lista de centimillonarios globales: $182,2 mil . . . |

Kathy Durkin (2021-01-09). Argentina: Women's movement wins free, legal abortions. workers.org Thousands of women cheered, jumped and cried tears of joy when the Argentinian Senate in the country's capital of Buenos Aires voted to legalize abortion on Dec. 30. The lower house of Congress had passed the legislation backing the right to abortion earlier the same month. Women celebrate passage of . . . |

Amy Booth (2021-01-09). [World Report] Argentina to legalise elective abortion. thelancet.com In a landmark vote for women in the region, Argentina's senate has passed a law allowing abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Amy Booth reports from Buenos Aires.

Dan Roberts (2021-01-09). The Shortwave Report 01/08/21 Listen Globally! indybay.org A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK Japan.

2021-01-11: News Headlines

Eds. (2021-01-11). The UN Convention on War Crimes should be applied to the United States. mronline.org Despite the measures taken by the international community to reinforce global security and protect civilians from the relentless increase in the number of armed conflicts, unjustified civilian casualties are not decreasing, and not only in the tinder box that is the Middle East, but also in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and even in Europe.

news.un (2021-01-11). Get COVID-19 vaccinations for 'high-risk' populations underway within 100 days worldwide, Tedros urges. news.un.org There needs to be a "collective commitment" to get vaccinations underway worldwide for health workers and others who are at high risk of catching COVID-19, within the next 100 days, said the UN health agency chief on Monday.

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-01-11). 'Despicable': Outgoing Trump Administration to Designate Cuba a 'State Sponsor of Terrorism'. commondreams.org "Cuba has been sending doctors around the world to combat Covid-19," one observer pointed out, while another said the "Trump administration should add itself as a state sponsor of terrorism." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/cuba_medical_brigade.jpg

RT (2021-01-11). Japan notifies WHO of new Covid-19 variant found in travelers arriving from Brazil. rt.com The World Health Organization (WHO) has said it was notified by Japan about the detection of a new Covid-19 variant there, as the government extends the state of emergency declared to control the virus in Tokyo to other areas. | WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Monday that the Japanese health authorities had informed the UN health agency of the new strain at the weekend, after it was detected in four travelers from Brazil's Amazonas state. | The variant has 12 mutations, one of which has been found in the strains discovered in South Africa and the UK. The Brazilian Health Ministry said t…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Cuban Abdala Vaccine to End Its First Phase of Clinical Trial. telesurenglish.net Abdala, one of the four Cuban COVID-19 vaccines, will finish its first phase of clinical trials with scarce adverse reactions and an adequate security profile. | RELATED: | "So far, the volunteers only manifest discomfort in the area of vaccine administration," Saturnino Lora Hospital's director Rafael Suarez said. | The first phase of the clinical trial started in a hospital in Santiago de Cuba province in December. I…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Mexico Resumes Remote Learning Amid COVID-19 Surge. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Education Minister Esteban Moctezuma Sunday informed that the new school year will resume remotely due to the current COVID-19 surge. | RELATED: | "We are working to achieve a safe return to classrooms. Student community's health and safety are priorities for the government," Moctezuma assured. | On Monday, over 25 million elementary students nationwide assisted the "Learn at Home" television program, an initiativ…

Prensa Latina (2021-01-11). Vietnam without deaths from COVID-19 in over three months. mronline.org Vietnam's death toll from COVID-19 has stood at 35 since last September, and none of those hospitalized due to this disease risks death, the Ministry of Health reported on Sunday.

Paul Dobson (2021-01-11). Detention of Venezuelan Abortion Activist Prompts Continental Pressure Campaign. venezuelanalysis.com Vannesa Rosales is facing charges for counselling a pregnant 13-year-old rape victim.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-11). Bloodshed continues in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org The massacres and assassination of social leaders in Colombia did not end in 2020. The violence and humanitarian crisis continues into 2021. On January 10, human rights organizations denounced that two massacres took place and two social leaders were assassinated. | The first massacre of this year was registered in the Florencia municipality, in the Caquetá department. At around 2 am, two unidentified armed men entered a cockfighting pit in the Tres Esquinas sector and indiscriminately fired at those who were inside the premises. In the incident, three people were killed and seven others were wounded. Two of the…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Over 14 Million People to Participate in Chile's Next Elections. telesurenglish.net Chile's Election Service (Servel) Monday reported that over 14 million people have registered to vote in the April 11 election that will decide new subnational authorities and the representatives for the Constitutional Convention. | RELATED: Chile: | Servel officials noted that 49 percent of the voters are men, while 51 percent are women. Likewise, over 1.2 million people represent Indigenous communities. | As of January 6, a total…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Colombia's Antioquia Department Saw Its First Massacre in 2021. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Police Commander Jorge Cabra reported the first massacre of this year in the Antioquia department where three people were killed on Sunday. | RELATED: | The massacre occurred in Betania and was attributed to the Gulf Clan gang, which is considered by the Peace and Reconciliation Foundation (PRF) as the largest illegal armed group in the country. | Armed men murdered 23-year-old Jonathan Acevedo, his mother Maria Londoño, and his st…

Felice Pace (2021-01-11). Reflection on the Events of January 6th 2021. counterpunch.org Since the insurrection at the Capitol Building I keep thinking about my Dad and wondering what he would have thought. Frank J. Pace, son of Italian immigrants, joined the National Guard at 19 and almost lost a leg during World War II. Then he volunteered to fight in Korea when his unit was called up.

Dustin Noga (2021-01-11). European Union drops fictional claim that Juan Guaidó is president of Venezuela. peoplesworld.org The European Union has de-recognized Juan Guaidó as the "Interim President" of Venezuela as of Wednesday, Jan. 6. The move came after Guaidó lost his position as the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly following the December 2020 parliamentary elections. The European Commission declared that this was the will of all EU governments. Commission spokesman …

Hannah McCarthy (2021-01-11). Syrian Refugees Excluded from Lebanese Labor Market. counterpunch.org When the civil war broke out in Syria in 2011, many Syrians fled across the western border to Lebanon. Thousands now live in Arsal, a remote town in the Bekaa valley, not far from the Syrian border. Lebanon, a country of 6 million, hosts a large refugee population estimated at 1.5 million. As the economic

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Brazilian Lab to Produce Sputnik V for Sale in Latam. telesurenglish.net The Russian Sputnik V vaccine developers informed that a Brazilian laboratory will launch the drug's production and distribution throughout Latin America as of January 15. | RELATED: | The Brazilian Chemical Union company confirmed the news by announcing that it will produce 8 million doses per month in the first semester of 2021. | "On Monday, a company delegation will travel to Russia to finish validating the manufac…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Haiti: Opposition Rejects Call for Referendum and Elections. telesurenglish.net Opposition politicians Sunday rejected the announcement by Haiti's Provisional Electoral Committee (CEP) regarding the holding of a Constitutional referendum and general elections to take place this year. | RELATED: | Haiti in Action party (HA) Coordinator and former Senator Youri Latortue described the electoral process as "unserious" and "absurd" while reiterating the calls on President Jovenel Moise to resig…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Ford Announces the Closure of Its Factories in Brazil. telesurenglish.net The measure should impact the company about $ 4.1 billion and affect about 5,000 workers, according to Bloomberg. "We know that these actions are very difficult, but necessary, to create a healthy and sustainable business," Ford President Jim Farley was quoted as saying in a company statement. | RELATED: | Production will cease "immediately" at the Camacari and Taubaté plants, although they will continue to supply p…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Peru: Ex-President Fujimori Sued Over Forced Sterilizations. telesurenglish.net The Peruvian Attorney General's Office on Monday will present charges against former president Alberto Fujimori, his health ministers, and other former officials over the forced sterilizations of thousands of women from 1996 to 2000. | RELATED: | The hearing, which will be presided over by Judge Rafael Martin, will begin at 9h30 local time and will be broadcast on social networks through the Justicia TV account. | The for…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Honduras: President JOH Denies Drug Trafficking Accusations. telesurenglish.net Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez (JOH) refuted corruption allegations voiced at a New York Court where he was accused of receiving bribes from drug trafficking networks to allow illicit exports to the U.S. | RELATED: | The accusations were brought by prosecutors working on investigations against drug trafficker Geovanny Ramirez who was captured in Miami in March 2020. | According to the prosecutors,…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Costa Rican Workers Reject "Obstinate" Agreement With IMF. telesurenglish.net Costa Rican National Association of Public and Private Employees (ANEP) negotiations hold on Monday between the government and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that could lead to severe cuts in public spending and a considerable reduction of the financial help for public workers. | RELATED: | "There is no need for them to make us deal with social stress from an 'agreement' with the IMF. It is shockingly obstinate f…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Bolivia and Spain Re-Establish Diplomatic Relations. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President Luis Arce on Monday received the credentials of Spain's Ambassador Francisco Gasso, thus putting an end to diplomatic tensions experienced since the U.S.-backed coup led by Jeanine Añez in 2019. | RELATED: | The appointment of the Spanish ambassador comes after several months without diplomatic relations between both countries as a result of the expulsion of the Charge d'Affaires and Consul officers in De…

teleSUR (2021-01-11). Venezuela Accuses the US of Backing ExxonMobil in the Essequibo. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza on Sunday accused the United States of protecting ExxonMobil in the Essequibo, an area that has been in dispute between his country and Guyana since the 19th century. | RELATED: | "This is how the U.S. confesses its complicit participation in the conspiracy that intends to seize the territory of Guayana Esequiba from Venezuela. It protects the predatory interests of the tran…

RT (2021-01-10). New coronavirus variant with similarities to UK & South Africa strains discovered in Japan. rt.com The Japanese Health Ministry said it has tracked down yet another variant of Covid-19 partly similar to the UK and South Africa strains, which are believed to be more contagious and linked to a spike in infections in Britain. | The mutant strain was found in four people who flew into Japan from Brazil. The passengers tested positive for Covid-19 in airport quarantine, the ministry said. | One of them was a man in his 40s, who showed no symptoms on arrival, but was later hospitalized with breathing difficulties. Another was a woman in her 30s who reported having a headache. A male, aged between 10 and 19, had f…

RT (2021-01-10). Algeria becomes first African nation to approve Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. rt.com Algeria is going to vaccinate its population against the coronavirus with Sputnik V after the Russian drug received official approval from the North African country's health authorities. | A registration certificate for Sputnik V (Gam-COVID-Vac) vaccine was shared by the country's Ministry of Pharmaceutical Industry on Facebook. The Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), which finances the development of the vaccine, also confirmed the news, saying that it was approved under the emergency use authorization. | Algiers and Moscow inked a deal for Sputnik V shortly before the New Year. The supplies of Russian…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-10). Communist youth mobilize across Italy demanding safety in schools. peoplesdispatch.org On Thursday, January 7, Communist Youth Front (FGC) organized demonstrations in several cities across Italy demanding safer classrooms. Schools across Italy were supposed to be reopened on that day but the government postponed the reopening to Monday. The FGC organized protests in the cities of Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Florence, Perugia, Catania, Padova, Salerno, Taranto, Cosenza, Gorizia and Ascoli. The protesters said that since the beginning of the pandemic, nothing substantial has been done to ensure safety in schools and respect for students' rights during online lessons. | FGC also gave a call for a nati…

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-01-10). Why Modi govt. looked the other way on giving cash relief during pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Timidity vis-à -vis international finance capital, callousness toward people, and cynicism in manipulating the electorate and legislators, have made the Modi government one of the most ultra-Right governments in the world…

Jennifer L. Holm (2021-01-10). What would life on Mars be like? Looking for answers in my family's immigrant past. salon.com A novelist considers her Finnish immigrant ancestors when writing about fictional Mars colonists…

Matthew Rozsa (2021-01-10). Multiple coronavirus strains are now circulating. Here's what that means. salon.com Coronavirus mutations in the United Kingdom and South Africa are spreading rapidly. But don't worry just yet…

_____ (2021-01-09). Tribes Mount Organized Responses To COVID-19. popularresistance.org As the months roll by, the pandemic continues to hit Indigenous nations hard. But this phenomenon is not new. Epidemics have been part of colonialism since settlers arrived. Health inequities tell us that illnesses have different outcomes on different populations; however, leading medical professionals warn the general public of the dangers of oversimplifying health data. They don't tell the whole story. And, in the case of Indigenous nations, the story of inequity is imbued with dispossession of lands and is met with organizing from the inside: two crucial points for untangling and responding to COVID-19.

A Guest Author (2021-01-09). Editorial: La pandemia de los especuladores capitalistas. workers.org Hay un nuevo término para describir a los superricos: "centimillonarios". Son individuos cuyo patrimonio neto asciende a más de $100 mil millones. Después de haber agregado $67,2 mil millones a su patrimonio neto en el 2020, el propietario de Amazon, Jeff Bezos, encabeza la lista de centimillonarios globales: $182,2 mil . . . |

WSWS (2021-01-09). EU responsible for refugee disaster in Bosnia: People without food, in sandals in the snow. wsws.org Without food, wearing just sandals in the snow and lacking a roof over their heads, more than 3,000 migrants must brave sub-zero temperatures in the northwest of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

RT (2021-01-09). 'Our people won't be a testing device': Tehran bans trials of foreign vaccines on Iranians. rt.com Tehran has rejected attempts by foreign companies to test their coronavirus vaccines on Iranians, President Hassan Rouhani said, adding that the country will purchase safe immunization for its population. | "Foreign companies wanted to give us vaccines so they would be tested on the Iranian people. But the health ministry prevented it," Rouhani told state TV, without naming the producers that tried contacting the government in Tehran. | Our people won't be a testing device for vaccine manufacturing companies. | The Iranian authorities will purchase foreign vaccines — without naming them — that hav…

Kathy Durkin (2021-01-09). Argentina: Women's movement wins free, legal abortions. workers.org Thousands of women cheered, jumped and cried tears of joy when the Argentinian Senate in the country's capital of Buenos Aires voted to legalize abortion on Dec. 30. The lower house of Congress had passed the legislation backing the right to abortion earlier the same month. Women celebrate passage of . . . |

Dan Roberts (2021-01-09). The Shortwave Report 01/08/21 Listen Globally! indybay.org A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK Japan.

Christoph Spehr (2021-01-09). For a borderless pragmatism. Outline of a Progressive Migration Policy. indybay.org Immigration leads to stronger economic growth, which in turn creates jobs, Without migration, we would all be sitting in Olduvia in East Africa, as we were 100,000 years ago. About 3% of the world's population, about 215 million people, live in a state other than the one in which they were born. Migration has always existed. Not everything has become more right-wing in the last 50 years.

Amy Booth (2021-01-09). [World Report] Argentina to legalise elective abortion. thelancet.com In a landmark vote for women in the region, Argentina's senate has passed a law allowing abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Amy Booth reports from Buenos Aires.

Aitana Juan-Giner, Derick Kimathi, Kyra H Grantz, Mainga Hamaluba, Patrick Kazooba, Patricia Njuguna, Gamou Fall, Moussa Dia, Ndeye S Bob, Thomas P Monath, Alan D Barrett, Joachim Hombach, Edgar M Mulogo, Immaculate Ampeire, Henry K Karanja, Dan Nyehangane, Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire, Derek A T Cummings, Philip Bejon, George M Warimwe, Rebecca F Grais (2021-01-09). [Articles] Immunogenicity and safety of fractional doses of yellow fever vaccines: a randomised, double-blind, non-inferiority trial. thelancet.com Fractional doses of all WHO-prequalified yellow fever vaccines were non-inferior to the standard dose in inducing seroconversion 28 days after vaccination, with no major safety concerns. These results support the use of fractional dosage in the general adult population for outbreak response in situations of vaccine shortage.

Staff (2021-01-08). Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Due to COVID Leads to First Job Loss Since April. truthout.org The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) were both unchanged at 6.7 percent and 57.4 percent, respectively. | The resurgence of the pandemic further heightened the two-track nature of this recession. Construction and manufacturing, two sectors normally hard…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Peru Identifies the First Case of the New Sars-Cov-2 Mutation. telesurenglish.net Peru's Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday its first case of the new SARS-CoV-2 mutation. The patient, a woman who had not traveled abroad but did receive a relative over Christmas, remains in quarantine at this home. | RELATED: | The scientists have warned that the new mutation has a contagion capacity 70 percent more than the COVID-19. Nonetheless, the authorities remarked that the patient had shown only "mild sympto…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Hospitals in Ecuador and Peru Collapse Due to Lack of Beds. telesurenglish.net Health authorities in Peru and Ecuador on Thursday reported a surge in demand for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds at their hospitals, which suggests that both countries are facing a COVID-19 rebound. | RELATED: | "We have started counting them on our fingers," Peru's Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti warned, reporting that a group of experts believe the country is experiencing a second wave of contagion. | Hospitals' situatio…

Ricardo Vaz (2021-01-08). Venezuela Rejects ICJ Ruling, Reaffirms Claim Over Essequibo Strip. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government called on the UN Secretary General to mediate the territorial conflict.

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Venezuela Reaffirms Its Sovereign Rights Over the Essequibo. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Thursday signed a presidential decree setting the country's maritime and territorial borders in order to protect national jurisdiction rights, especially on the disputed Essequibo territory. | RELATED: | He informed that the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was notified about his government rejections over the recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Bolivia Identifies 7 Suspects Related to Sacaba Massacre. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Interior Ministry Thursday identified seven alleged perpetrators of the Sacaba massacre that took place in Cochabamba city in 2019. | RELATED: | The suspects must testify before the Public Prosecutor's Office of La Paz for the violent acts that followed the coup against former President Evo Morales. | "We identified the suspects after interviews with the military, police, and civilians involved," prosecutor Nur…

Matt Sedlar (2021-01-08). Pandemic-Caused Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Leads to First Job Loss Since April. cepr.net The pain from the recession is heavily concentrated among the long-term unemployed. The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) …

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Cuban Doctors To Arrive in Mexico Once Again. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) announced the upcoming arrival of the second group of Cuban doctors made up of 200 professionals who will support the fight against the pandemic in the country. | RELATED: | The group will be assisted by the Navy and the Armed forces given the alarming health situation in the country, which has recorded a caseload of over 1.4 million cases and over 131,031 related fatalitie…

Morning Star (2021-01-08). Compelling account of inspirational Black activist Claudia Jones in new booklet. peoplesworld.org Claudia Jones (1915-1964) is hardly unsung, given the growing number of books and film documentaries on the woman who, on indisputable merit, is interred immediately to the left of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery. In this account of an extraordinary Caribbean communist, David Horsley's focus is on Jones's life in advancing class, race, and gender …

Devin Cole (2021-01-08). Long live the Haitian Revolution! workers.org January 1 marked the 217th year of independence for the Republic of Haiti. The Haitian Revolution was led by formerly enslaved Black revolutionary Franàßois-Dominique Toussaint Louverture and later by Jean-Jacques Dessalines. A majority of Louverture's army had been born in Africa. The Haitian Revolution began in 1791 after a Vodou . . . |

_____ (2021-01-08). Open Society Tries To Stage A Counterrevolution In Cuba. popularresistance.org On November 28, 2020 Cuban Television abruptly ended the Cuban State media's reluctance to publicly expose the U.S. attempts to fund and organize a new counterrevolution to bring about a soft coup in the island nation. The TV special was followed by episodes on Mesa Redonda, segments on NTV, news programs, articles in Granma and Cubadebate, as well as follow-up in various government-run media outlets. The ins and outs of this new counterrevolution, including the use of social media and digital outlets, acts of terrorist vandalism carried out to destabilize Cuban society, and the web of connections behind it, had…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). The US and Guyana Begin Joint Maritime Patrol Operations. telesurenglish.net The Guyana Defense Force (GDF) announced that it will participate with the U.S. Coast Guard in a joint maritime patrol operation on Saturday. | RELATED: | "This exercise will take place off the coast of Guyana and will focus mainly on illegal and unregulated fishing," GDF said, adding that the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Cutter Stone has already arrived in the region. | These patrol exercises result from the "Shiprider Agr…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). AMLO Compares Trump's Facebook Bar To the Holy Inquisition. telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador warned on Friday about the risks of a worldwide social media hegemony after the U.S. President Donald Trump was blocked from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely. | RELATED: | "What they did in the United States is a bad sign, a bad omen that private companies decide to silence, censor. This goes against freedom, so let's not create a world government with the power to co…

2021-01-10: News Headlines

Prabhat Patnaik (2021-01-10). Why Modi govt. looked the other way on giving cash relief during pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Timidity vis-à -vis international finance capital, callousness toward people, and cynicism in manipulating the electorate and legislators, have made the Modi government one of the most ultra-Right governments in the world…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-10). Communist youth mobilize across Italy demanding safety in schools. peoplesdispatch.org On Thursday, January 7, Communist Youth Front (FGC) organized demonstrations in several cities across Italy demanding safer classrooms. Schools across Italy were supposed to be reopened on that day but the government postponed the reopening to Monday. The FGC organized protests in the cities of Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Florence, Perugia, Catania, Padova, Salerno, Taranto, Cosenza, Gorizia and Ascoli. The protesters said that since the beginning of the pandemic, nothing substantial has been done to ensure safety in schools and respect for students' rights during online lessons. | FGC also gave a call for a nati…

Dan Roberts (2021-01-09). The Shortwave Report 01/08/21 Listen Globally! indybay.org A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK Japan.

RT (2021-01-09). 'Our people won't be a testing device': Tehran bans trials of foreign vaccines on Iranians. rt.com Tehran has rejected attempts by foreign companies to test their coronavirus vaccines on Iranians, President Hassan Rouhani said, adding that the country will purchase safe immunization for its population. | "Foreign companies wanted to give us vaccines so they would be tested on the Iranian people. But the health ministry prevented it," Rouhani told state TV, without naming the producers that tried contacting the government in Tehran. | Our people won't be a testing device for vaccine manufacturing companies. | The Iranian authorities will purchase foreign vaccines — without naming them — that hav…

A Guest Author (2021-01-09). Editorial: La pandemia de los especuladores capitalistas. workers.org Hay un nuevo término para describir a los superricos: "centimillonarios". Son individuos cuyo patrimonio neto asciende a más de $100 mil millones. Después de haber agregado $67,2 mil millones a su patrimonio neto en el 2020, el propietario de Amazon, Jeff Bezos, encabeza la lista de centimillonarios globales: $182,2 mil . . . |

Kathy Durkin (2021-01-09). Argentina: Women's movement wins free, legal abortions. workers.org Thousands of women cheered, jumped and cried tears of joy when the Argentinian Senate in the country's capital of Buenos Aires voted to legalize abortion on Dec. 30. The lower house of Congress had passed the legislation backing the right to abortion earlier the same month. Women celebrate passage of . . . |

_____ (2021-01-09). Tribes Mount Organized Responses To COVID-19. popularresistance.org As the months roll by, the pandemic continues to hit Indigenous nations hard. But this phenomenon is not new. Epidemics have been part of colonialism since settlers arrived. Health inequities tell us that illnesses have different outcomes on different populations; however, leading medical professionals warn the general public of the dangers of oversimplifying health data. They don't tell the whole story. And, in the case of Indigenous nations, the story of inequity is imbued with dispossession of lands and is met with organizing from the inside: two crucial points for untangling and responding to COVID-19.

WSWS (2021-01-09). EU responsible for refugee disaster in Bosnia: People without food, in sandals in the snow. wsws.org Without food, wearing just sandals in the snow and lacking a roof over their heads, more than 3,000 migrants must brave sub-zero temperatures in the northwest of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Aitana Juan-Giner, Derick Kimathi, Kyra H Grantz, Mainga Hamaluba, Patrick Kazooba, Patricia Njuguna, Gamou Fall, Moussa Dia, Ndeye S Bob, Thomas P Monath, Alan D Barrett, Joachim Hombach, Edgar M Mulogo, Immaculate Ampeire, Henry K Karanja, Dan Nyehangane, Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire, Derek A T Cummings, Philip Bejon, George M Warimwe, Rebecca F Grais (2021-01-09). [Articles] Immunogenicity and safety of fractional doses of yellow fever vaccines: a randomised, double-blind, non-inferiority trial. thelancet.com Fractional doses of all WHO-prequalified yellow fever vaccines were non-inferior to the standard dose in inducing seroconversion 28 days after vaccination, with no major safety concerns. These results support the use of fractional dosage in the general adult population for outbreak response in situations of vaccine shortage.

Amy Booth (2021-01-09). [World Report] Argentina to legalise elective abortion. thelancet.com In a landmark vote for women in the region, Argentina's senate has passed a law allowing abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Amy Booth reports from Buenos Aires.

Christoph Spehr (2021-01-09). For a borderless pragmatism. Outline of a Progressive Migration Policy. indybay.org Immigration leads to stronger economic growth, which in turn creates jobs, Without migration, we would all be sitting in Olduvia in East Africa, as we were 100,000 years ago. About 3% of the world's population, about 215 million people, live in a state other than the one in which they were born. Migration has always existed. Not everything has become more right-wing in the last 50 years.

Sara Flounders (2021-01-08). Hunger strikes at three New Jersey prisons. workers.org The filthy conditions, indefinite incarceration and escalating COVID infections have touched off desperate hunger strikes at three New Jersey county jails. Each jail operates as a prison-for-profit, renting space at $120 a day for ICE to jail out-of-state migrant detainees. The N.J. counties use the contracts to generate tens of . . . |

_____ (2021-01-08). New Venezuelan Parliament: Those Responsible For Political Instability And Looting Should Be Behind Bars. popularresistance.org Caracas, Venezuela – Today, the first Vice President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Iris Varela, requested the creation of a special commission so that within 48 hours an arrest warrant could be issued for those who attacked the political stability of the country over the last two years. | However, she stated that by virtue of the nature of the parliament, agreed to by the Board of Directors, within a period of one month the special parliamentary commission must present the draft exhortation to the Judiciary to issue arrest warrants against deputies and members of the previous board of directors for damages…

Ricardo Vaz (2021-01-08). Venezuela Rejects ICJ Ruling, Reaffirms Claim Over Essequibo Strip. venezuelanalysis.com The Maduro government called on the UN Secretary General to mediate the territorial conflict.

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Venezuela Reaffirms Its Sovereign Rights Over the Essequibo. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Thursday signed a presidential decree setting the country's maritime and territorial borders in order to protect national jurisdiction rights, especially on the disputed Essequibo territory. | RELATED: | He informed that the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was notified about his government rejections over the recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling…

_____ (2021-01-08). Open Society Tries To Stage A Counterrevolution In Cuba. popularresistance.org On November 28, 2020 Cuban Television abruptly ended the Cuban State media's reluctance to publicly expose the U.S. attempts to fund and organize a new counterrevolution to bring about a soft coup in the island nation. The TV special was followed by episodes on Mesa Redonda, segments on NTV, news programs, articles in Granma and Cubadebate, as well as follow-up in various government-run media outlets. The ins and outs of this new counterrevolution, including the use of social media and digital outlets, acts of terrorist vandalism carried out to destabilize Cuban society, and the web of connections behind it, had…

Reese Erlich (2021-01-08). Foreign Correspondent: U.S. Hypocrisy on Cuba Continues. progressive.org State Department "terror list" includes countries that aren't terrorists and excludes those who are.

Minnie Bruce Pratt (2021-01-08). Cuba's revolution continues during the pandemic. workers.org During the first week of January, Cubans celebrated the 62nd anniversary of their great Revolution, marking the day when Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and the revolutionary forces entered Havana and ousted the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. Since the victory in 1959, Cuba has resisted attack after attack by . . . |

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Cuba Reports Record Number of COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours. telesurenglish.net The director of epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) of Cuba, Francisco Durán García, announced this Friday in a press conference that the country reports its highest number of infections of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with 344 new cases confirmed. | The province that presents the most significant accumulation of coronavirus infections is Havana, the island's capital. | RELATED: | Durán García said that 12,092 clinical t…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Cuban Doctors To Arrive in Mexico Once Again. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) announced the upcoming arrival of the second group of Cuban doctors made up of 200 professionals who will support the fight against the pandemic in the country. | RELATED: | The group will be assisted by the Navy and the Armed forces given the alarming health situation in the country, which has recorded a caseload of over 1.4 million cases and over 131,031 related fatalitie…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Bolivia Identifies 7 Suspects Related to Sacaba Massacre. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Interior Ministry Thursday identified seven alleged perpetrators of the Sacaba massacre that took place in Cochabamba city in 2019. | RELATED: | The suspects must testify before the Public Prosecutor's Office of La Paz for the violent acts that followed the coup against former President Evo Morales. | "We identified the suspects after interviews with the military, police, and civilians involved," prosecutor Nur…

Morning Star (2021-01-08). Compelling account of inspirational Black activist Claudia Jones in new booklet. peoplesworld.org Claudia Jones (1915-1964) is hardly unsung, given the growing number of books and film documentaries on the woman who, on indisputable merit, is interred immediately to the left of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery. In this account of an extraordinary Caribbean communist, David Horsley's focus is on Jones's life in advancing class, race, and gender …

Ariel Gold (2021-01-08). Is Israel Practicing Vaccine Leadership or Medical Apartheid? counterpunch.org Israel has a population of around 9 million. About 20 percent of Israel's population are Palestinian citizens of Israel. These people can vote in elections, have representation in the Knesset, and are being vaccinated against COVID-19. But, there are another around 5 million Palestinians who live under Israeli rule, without rights, and like the rest of the world, are suffering from the pandemic.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-08). Peruvian authorities confirm police responsibility in murder of agricultural worker amid strike. peoplesdispatch.org Since the beginning of December, hundreds of agricultural workers have been carrying out a strike demanding labor rights and better working conditions. Since then, 3 agricultural workers have been killed in various incidents of police repression…

Devin Cole (2021-01-08). Long live the Haitian Revolution! workers.org January 1 marked the 217th year of independence for the Republic of Haiti. The Haitian Revolution was led by formerly enslaved Black revolutionary Franàßois-Dominique Toussaint Louverture and later by Jean-Jacques Dessalines. A majority of Louverture's army had been born in Africa. The Haitian Revolution began in 1791 after a Vodou . . . |

Staff (2021-01-08). Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Due to COVID Leads to First Job Loss Since April. truthout.org The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) were both unchanged at 6.7 percent and 57.4 percent, respectively. | The resurgence of the pandemic further heightened the two-track nature of this recession. Construction and manufacturing, two sectors normally hard…

_____ (2021-01-08). Patriarchy And The Pandemic. popularresistance.org The COVID-19 pandemic has made it agonizingly clear that the systems under which we are living were already broken. The pandemic has only exacerbated the crisis of the capitalist system and removed any illusions about this reality. However, the impact of the crisis has not been uniform. The neoliberal capitalist model, which survives and profits by exploiting the vulnerable, again fell back on its same old ways. As a result, it has been the workers, the migrants, the women, and others, whose unpaid and underpaid labor serves as the basis for capitalists to profit, who have suffered the most. | In this conversatio…

Matt Sedlar (2021-01-08). Pandemic-Caused Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Leads to First Job Loss Since April. cepr.net The pain from the recession is heavily concentrated among the long-term unemployed. The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) …

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Court Prevents Bolsonaro From Confiscating Sao Paulo Supplies. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Federal Supreme Court (STF) Judge Ricardo Lewandowski on Friday issued a ruling to prevent President Jair Bolsonaro's administration from confiscating needles, syringes, and other medical supplies that the Sà£o Paulo government bought for its immunization plan. | RELATED: | The legal action was filed shortly after the federal government requested the delivery of the supplies purchased by Governor Joa…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Peru Identifies the First Case of the New Sars-Cov-2 Mutation. telesurenglish.net Peru's Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday its first case of the new SARS-CoV-2 mutation. The patient, a woman who had not traveled abroad but did receive a relative over Christmas, remains in quarantine at this home. | RELATED: | The scientists have warned that the new mutation has a contagion capacity 70 percent more than the COVID-19. Nonetheless, the authorities remarked that the patient had shown only "mild sympto…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Hospitals in Ecuador and Peru Collapse Due to Lack of Beds. telesurenglish.net Health authorities in Peru and Ecuador on Thursday reported a surge in demand for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds at their hospitals, which suggests that both countries are facing a COVID-19 rebound. | RELATED: | "We have started counting them on our fingers," Peru's Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti warned, reporting that a group of experts believe the country is experiencing a second wave of contagion. | Hospitals' situatio…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-01-08). Chile intensifies its war against the Mapuche people. peoplesdispatch.org On the day the verdict was announced regarding the assassination of Mapuche leader Camilo Catrillanca, police carried out a violent raid of 6 Mapuche communites and violently detained members of Catrillanca's family to stop them from attending court…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). AMLO Compares Trump's Facebook Bar To the Holy Inquisition. telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador warned on Friday about the risks of a worldwide social media hegemony after the U.S. President Donald Trump was blocked from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely. | RELATED: | "What they did in the United States is a bad sign, a bad omen that private companies decide to silence, censor. This goes against freedom, so let's not create a world government with the power to co…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Colombia: Over 28,500 People Forced to Displace Over Violence. telesurenglish.net The Ombudsman's Office on Thursday reported that over 28,500 Colombians were forced to displace from their homes in 2020 due to violence. | RELATED: | "Forced displacement is a frequent phenomenon, but the government shows no concern. The victims have no support to restore their rights," Ombudsman Carlos Camargo said, adding that thousands of people live in doorways or makeshift shelters without the necessary health conditions. | The displace…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Violence Grows High in Chile's Araucania Region. telesurenglish.net Chile's Production and Commerce Confederation (CPC) President Juan Sutil condemned the violent events that resulted in the death of rural worker Orwal Casanova and a police officer in the La Araucania region on Thursday. | RELATED: | The Mapuche Territorial Alliance (ATM) noted that over 60 Police Special Force contingents were deployed in the Ercilla community to carry out what President Sebastian Piñera's administr…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Haiti To Hold Elections and Constitutional Referendum This Year. telesurenglish.net Provisional Electoral Committee (CEP) President Guylande Mesadieu on Thursday announced the dates for a constitutional referendum and general elections to take place in Haiti this year. | RELATED: | The referendum on the Constitution is scheduled for April 25, while the first round of presidential and legislative elections will be held on September 19. Subnational elections will be also held on November 21. | "I wan…

teleSUR (2021-01-08). Argentina: Lawyer Asks Release of Dictatorship's Hidden Files. telesurenglish.net Argentina's lawmaker Myriam Bregman asked President Alberto Fernandez"s administration to declassify the dictatorship's secret documents to reveal more people involved in State terrorism. | RELATED: | "The secrets of horror are still hidden. There are military procedures or crimes still unknown, and new names to investigate," Bregman said and recalled that she has been trying to access these documents for years.

teleSUR (2021-01-08). The US and Guyana Begin Joint Maritime Patrol Operations. telesurenglish.net The Guyana Defense Force (GDF) announced that it will participate with the U.S. Coast Guard in a joint maritime patrol operation on Saturday. | RELATED: | "This exercise will take place off the coast of Guyana and will focus mainly on illegal and unregulated fishing," GDF said, adding that the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Cutter Stone has already arrived in the region. | These patrol exercises result from the "Shiprider Agr…

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Possible Presence of UK Strain Puts Bogota on Red Alert. telesurenglish.net Bogota's Major Claudia Lopez on Thursday announced that the recent increase in COVID-19 cases has caused an occupation of 85 percent of the city's Intensive Care Units (ICU), which made her declare a red alert. | RELATED: | "British strain is already circulating in the capital city," she said and attributed that presence to the people who arrived in the country from abroad since mid-December. | Lopez acknowledged that local health authorities…

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Latin America Celebrates 'Three Kings Day'. telesurenglish.net Latin American countries on Wednesday marked the Three Kings Day, which is a religious festivity that worships the Child Jesus. | Every January 6, as part of a tradition inherited from the Spanish Colony, families praise the arrival of Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar in Belem. | On the Three Kings Day, thousands of people go to churches to pray for their families' health. It is also a tradition to give gifts to children, make artistic presentations in the streets, and bake a roll. | This 2021, however, the celebration was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Churches were not as crowded as they were in previ…

_____ (2021-01-07). The EU Avoids Treating Guaido As 'President' Of Venezuela. popularresistance.org The European Union avoided referring to the opposition politician Juan Guaido as Venezuela's "acting president" once the mandate of the National Assembly over which he presided expired on Tuesday. | "Venezuela urgently needs a political solution to end the current impasse through an inclusive process of dialogue and negotiation leading to credible, inclusive, and democratic processes," said Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. | He added that the EU will maintain its engagement with all Venezuelan political and social actors, including "Juan Guaido and…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-01-07). Bolivia approves emergency use of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine. peoplesdispatch.org Bolivia hopes to vaccinate up to 20% of its population in the first quarter of this year. The health ministry has endorsed Russia's Sputnik V and China's CoronaVac vaccines against COVID-19…

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Bolivia Restricts Flights From Europe Until Mid-February. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President Luis Arce on Wednesday issued a decree that prohibits the entry of flights from Europe until February 15 as a preventive measure to prevent the spread of the British coronavirus strain in the Andean country. | RELATED: | The new rule changes a decree issued on December 23 that suspended the entry to Bolivia of European flights until January 8, 2021. | The decision was adopted within the framework of the National…

Zach Conti (2021-01-07). White House Announces Puerto Rico Disaster Rebuilding Aid. indybay.org Washington DC — The White House announced a $3.7 billion disaster grant for Puerto Rico to rebuild reservoirs, dams and wastewater facilities.

_____ (2021-01-07). UK Judge Justifies CIA Spying On Assange. popularresistance.org The British judge ruling in the US government's extradition case against journalist Julian Assange justified a CIA spying operation targeting both the WikiLeaks publisher and the Ecuadorian government by pointing to debunked accusations published by CNN. Yet in a self-referential loop, the American media outlet's dubious claims about Assange themselves originated with a security firm that was spying on Assange for the CIA — and which is now facing prosecution in Spain for illegal activity. | While the UK judge ultimately decided not to extradite Assange, citing his deteriorating mental health and the likeli…

Frederick B. Mills, Alina Duarte — Patricio Zamorano (2021-01-07). Mexico Offers Asylum to Assange: a Step Forward for Government Accountability and Press Freedom. counterpunch.org On Monday January 4 a British court denied a U.S. request to extradite world renowned journalist and Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, to face charges in the U.S. under the Espionage Act. Shortly after this breaking news, President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), urged the U.K. to consider the possibility of freeing Assange and

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Brazil: Bolsonaro Cancels Purchase of Syringes for Vaccination. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro suspended the purchase of syringes destined for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign "due to a price increase." | RELATED: | "The syringes' cost increased absurdly. The Ministry of Health suspended the purchase until their value returns to normal," Bolsonaro said. | During a broadcast message, the far-right-wing president minimized the pandemic's impact on the country and the need for syringe…

Danica Jorden (2021-01-07). France Grants Citizenship to Immigrant Essential Workers as Protests Against Racist "Security" Laws Grow. globalresearch.ca The government of France has decided to recognize the contributions of essential workers from other countries working within its borders during the pandemic by offering them French citizenship. On 22 December 2020, the day of the announcement, 74 immigrants were …

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Bolsonaro Seeks Another "Capitol Riot" in Brazil. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro forecast a storm similar to the Capitol riots that occurred in Washington on Wednesday afternoon. This, as the far-right leader tried to discredit the mail-voting system, an option widely recommended amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | "In the U.S., people voted by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a result, people voted three or four times, even dead people v…

teleSUR (2021-01-07). Guatemala: Former Military Charged for Indigenous Leader Murder. telesurenglish.net A Guatemalan court sentenced on Wednesday the former head of security at Central America's largest nickel mine, Mynor Padilla González, to two years in prison for the murder of indigenous leader Adolfo Ich Chamán, committed in 2009. | RELATED: | Adolfo Ich, a Maya Q'eqchi' teacher, and community leader, was killed during violent evictions in the Las Nubes community. The evictions would give space for the operations of…

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Why Modi govt. looked the other way on giving cash relief during pandemic
Prabhat Patnaik | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-10
Timidity vis-à -vis international finance capital, callousness toward people, and cynicism in manipulating the electorate and legislators, have made the Modi government one of the most ultra-Right governments in the world…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/10/why-modi-govt-looked-the-other-way-on-giving-cash-relief-during-pandemic/

Communist youth mobilize across Italy demanding safety in schools
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-10
On Thursday, January 7, Communist Youth Front (FGC) organized demonstrations in several cities across Italy demanding safer classrooms. Schools across Italy were supposed to be reopened on that day but the government postponed the reopening to Monday. The FGC organized protests in the cities of Rome, Milan, Naples, Turin, Florence, Perugia, Catania, Padova, Salerno, Taranto, Cosenza, Gorizia and Ascoli. The protesters said that since the beginning of the pandemic, nothing substantial has been done to ensure safety in schools and respect for students' rights during online lessons. | FGC also gave a call for a nati…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/10/communist-youth-mobilize-across-italy-demanding-safety-in-schools/

Hunger Strikes At Three New Jersey Prisons
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-09
The filthy conditions, indefinite incarceration and escalating COVID infections have touched off desperate hunger strikes at three New Jersey county jails. Each jail operates as a prison-for-profit, renting space at $120 a day for ICE to jail out-of-state migrant detainees. | The N.J. counties use the contracts to generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue annually. Immigrant detention has become a moneymaking "cash cow" raising more than $87 million in revenue. | There are four immigration detention facilities in New Jersey — Bergen, Essex, and Hudson County jails, and the Elizabeth Detention Center,…
popularresistance.org/hunger-strikes-at-three-new-jersey-prisons/

The Shortwave Report 01/08/21 Listen Globally!
Dan Roberts | indybay.org | 2021-01-09
A weekly 30 minute review of international news and opinion, recorded from a shortwave radio and the internet. With times, frequencies, and websites for listening at home. 3 files- Highest quality broadcast, regular broadcast, and slow-modem streaming. Radio Deutsche-Welle, Radio Havana Cuba, and NHK Japan.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/07/18839262.php

Tribes Mount Organized Responses To COVID-19
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-09
As the months roll by, the pandemic continues to hit Indigenous nations hard. But this phenomenon is not new. Epidemics have been part of colonialism since settlers arrived. Health inequities tell us that illnesses have different outcomes on different populations; however, leading medical professionals warn the general public of the dangers of oversimplifying health data. They don't tell the whole story. And, in the case of Indigenous nations, the story of inequity is imbued with dispossession of lands and is met with organizing from the inside: two crucial points for untangling and responding to COVID-19.
popularresistance.org/tribes-mount-organized-responses-to-covid-19/

EU responsible for refugee disaster in Bosnia: People without food, in sandals in the snow
wsws.org | 2021-01-09
Without food, wearing just sandals in the snow and lacking a roof over their heads, more than 3,000 migrants must brave sub-zero temperatures in the northwest of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
www.wsws.org/en/articles/2021/01/09/bosn-j09.html

[Articles] Immunogenicity and safety of fractional doses of yellow fever vaccines: a randomised, double-blind, non-inferiority trial
Aitana Juan-Giner, Derick Kimathi, Kyra H Grantz, Mainga Hamaluba, Patrick Kazooba, Patricia Njuguna, Gamou Fall, Moussa Dia, Ndeye S Bob, Thomas P Monath, Alan D Barrett, Joachim Hombach, Edgar M Mulogo, Immaculate Ampeire, Henry K Karanja, Dan Nyehangane, Juliet Mwanga-Amumpaire, Derek A T Cummings, Philip Bejon, George M Warimwe, Rebecca F Grais | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
Fractional doses of all WHO-prequalified yellow fever vaccines were non-inferior to the standard dose in inducing seroconversion 28 days after vaccination, with no major safety concerns. These results support the use of fractional dosage in the general adult population for outbreak response in situations of vaccine shortage.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)32520-4/fulltext?rss=yes

[World Report] Argentina to legalise elective abortion
Amy Booth | thelancet.com | 2021-01-09
In a landmark vote for women in the region, Argentina's senate has passed a law allowing abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. Amy Booth reports from Buenos Aires.
thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00028-3/fulltext?rss=yes

For a borderless pragmatism. Outline of a Progressive Migration Policy
Christoph Spehr | indybay.org | 2021-01-09
Immigration leads to stronger economic growth, which in turn creates jobs, Without migration, we would all be sitting in Olduvia in East Africa, as we were 100,000 years ago. About 3% of the world's population, about 215 million people, live in a state other than the one in which they were born. Migration has always existed. Not everything has become more right-wing in the last 50 years.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/08/18839266.php

Argentina: Women's movement wins free, legal abortions
Kathy Durkin | workers.org | 2021-01-09
Thousands of women cheered, jumped and cried tears of joy when the Argentinian Senate in the country's capital of Buenos Aires voted to legalize abortion on Dec. 30. The lower house of Congress had passed the legislation backing the right to abortion earlier the same month. Women celebrate passage of . . . | Continue reading Argentina: Women's movement wins free, legal abortions at Workers.org
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'Our people won't be a testing device': Tehran bans trials of foreign vaccines on Iranians
rt.com | 2021-01-09
Tehran has rejected attempts by foreign companies to test their coronavirus vaccines on Iranians, President Hassan Rouhani said, adding that the country will purchase safe immunization for its population. | "Foreign companies wanted to give us vaccines so they would be tested on the Iranian people. But the health ministry prevented it," Rouhani told state TV, without naming the producers that tried contacting the government in Tehran. | Our people won't be a testing device for vaccine manufacturing companies. | The Iranian authorities will purchase foreign vaccines — without naming them — that hav…
rt.com/news/512019-iran-coronavirus-vaccine-rouhani/

Hospitals in Ecuador and Peru Collapse Due to Lack of Beds
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Health authorities in Peru and Ecuador on Thursday reported a surge in demand for Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds at their hospitals, which suggests that both countries are facing a COVID-19 rebound. | RELATED: | Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccine to Benefit Latin America, PAHO Says | "We have started counting them on our fingers," Peru's Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti warned, reporting that a group of experts believe the country is experiencing a second wave of contagion. | Hospitals' situatio…
telesurenglish.net/news/Hospitals-in-Ecuador-and-Peru-Collapse-Due-to-Lack-of-Beds-20210108-0003.html

Hunger strikes at three New Jersey prisons
Sara Flounders | workers.org | 2021-01-08
The filthy conditions, indefinite incarceration and escalating COVID infections have touched off desperate hunger strikes at three New Jersey county jails. Each jail operates as a prison-for-profit, renting space at $120 a day for ICE to jail out-of-state migrant detainees. The N.J. counties use the contracts to generate tens of . . . | Continue reading Hunger strikes at three New Jersey prisons at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/01/53670/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hunger-strikes-at-three-new-jersey-prisons

New Venezuelan Parliament: Those Responsible For Political Instability And Looting Should Be Behind Bars
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-08
Caracas, Venezuela – Today, the first Vice President of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Iris Varela, requested the creation of a special commission so that within 48 hours an arrest warrant could be issued for those who attacked the political stability of the country over the last two years. | However, she stated that by virtue of the nature of the parliament, agreed to by the Board of Directors, within a period of one month the special parliamentary commission must present the draft exhortation to the Judiciary to issue arrest warrants against deputies and members of the previous board of directors for damages…
popularresistance.org/new-venezuelan-parliament-those-responsible-for-political-instability-and-looting-should-be-behind-bars/

Venezuela Reaffirms Its Sovereign Rights Over the Essequibo
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Thursday signed a presidential decree setting the country's maritime and territorial borders in order to protect national jurisdiction rights, especially on the disputed Essequibo territory. | RELATED: | Venezuela's New Parliament Holds Its First Legislative Session | He informed that the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was notified about his government rejections over the recent International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling…
telesurenglish.net/news/Venezuela-Reaffirms-Its-Sovereign-Rights-Over-the-Essequibo–20210108-0004.html

Venezuela Rejects ICJ Ruling, Reaffirms Claim Over Essequibo Strip
Ricardo Vaz | venezuelanalysis.com | 2021-01-08
The Maduro government called on the UN Secretary General to mediate the territorial conflict.
venezuelanalysis.com/news/15091

The US and Guyana Begin Joint Maritime Patrol Operations
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
The Guyana Defense Force (GDF) announced that it will participate with the U.S. Coast Guard in a joint maritime patrol operation on Saturday. | RELATED: | Venezuela Reaffirms Its Sovereign Rights Over the Essequibo | "This exercise will take place off the coast of Guyana and will focus mainly on illegal and unregulated fishing," GDF said, adding that the U.S. Coast Guard vessel Cutter Stone has already arrived in the region. | These patrol exercises result from the "Shiprider Agr…
telesurenglish.net/news/The-US-and-Guyana-Begin-Joint-Maritime-Patrol-Operations-20210108-0014.html

Open Society Tries To Stage A Counterrevolution In Cuba
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-08
On November 28, 2020 Cuban Television abruptly ended the Cuban State media's reluctance to publicly expose the U.S. attempts to fund and organize a new counterrevolution to bring about a soft coup in the island nation. The TV special was followed by episodes on Mesa Redonda, segments on NTV, news programs, articles in Granma and Cubadebate, as well as follow-up in various government-run media outlets. The ins and outs of this new counterrevolution, including the use of social media and digital outlets, acts of terrorist vandalism carried out to destabilize Cuban society, and the web of connections behind it, had…
popularresistance.org/open-society-tries-to-stage-a-counterrevolution-in-cuba/

Cuba's revolution continues during the pandemic
Minnie Bruce Pratt | workers.org | 2021-01-08
During the first week of January, Cubans celebrated the 61st anniversary of their great Revolution, marking the day when Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and the revolutionary forces entered Havana and ousted the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. Since the victory in 1959, Cuba has resisted attack after attack by . . . | Continue reading Cuba's revolution continues during the pandemic at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/01/53666/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cubas-revolution-continues-during-the-pandemic

Cuban Doctors To Arrive in Mexico Once Again
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) announced the upcoming arrival of the second group of Cuban doctors made up of 200 professionals who will support the fight against the pandemic in the country. | RELATED: | Mexico: AMLO Offers Political Asylum to Julian Assange | The group will be assisted by the Navy and the Armed forces given the alarming health situation in the country, which has recorded a caseload of over 1.4 million cases and over 131,031 related fatalitie…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cuban-Doctors-To-Arrive-in-Mexico-Once-Again-20210108-0015.html

Haiti To Hold Elections and Constitutional Referendum This Year
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Provisional Electoral Committee (CEP) President Guylande Mesadieu on Thursday announced the dates for a constitutional referendum and general elections to take place in Haiti this year. | RELATED: | Cuban Doctors Mark 22 Years of Internationalist Aid in Haiti | The referendum on the Constitution is scheduled for April 25, while the first round of presidential and legislative elections will be held on September 19. Subnational elections will be also held on November 21. | "I wan…
telesurenglish.net/news/Haiti-To-Hold-Elections-and-Constitutional-Referendum-This-Year-20210108-0007.html

Cuba's revolution continues during the pandemic
Minnie Bruce Pratt | workers.org | 2021-01-08
During the first week of January, Cubans celebrated the 62nd anniversary of their great Revolution, marking the day when Fidel Castro, Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and the revolutionary forces entered Havana and ousted the U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista. Since the victory in 1959, Cuba has resisted attack after attack by . . . | Continue reading Cuba's revolution continues during the pandemic at Workers.org
workers.org/2021/01/53666/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cubas-revolution-continues-during-the-pandemic

Cuba Reports Record Number of COVID-19 Cases in Past 24 Hours
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
The director of epidemiology of the Ministry of Public Health (Minsap) of Cuba, Francisco Durán García, announced this Friday in a press conference that the country reports its highest number of infections of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, with 344 new cases confirmed. | The province that presents the most significant accumulation of coronavirus infections is Havana, the island's capital. | RELATED: | In Cuba, All International Travelers to Receive Nasalferon | Durán García said that 12,092 clinical t…
telesurenglish.net/news/Cuba-Reports-Record-Number-of-COVID-19-Cases-in-Past-24-Hours-20210108-0020.html

Foreign Correspondent: U.S. Hypocrisy on Cuba Continues
Reese Erlich | progressive.org | 2021-01-08
State Department "terror list" includes countries that aren't terrorists and excludes those who are.
progressive.org/dispatches/hypocrisy-on-cuba-continues-erlich-210108/

Bolivia Identifies 7 Suspects Related to Sacaba Massacre
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Bolivia's Interior Ministry Thursday identified seven alleged perpetrators of the Sacaba massacre that took place in Cochabamba city in 2019. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Coup's Ex Interior Minister Murillo Fled to The US | The suspects must testify before the Public Prosecutor's Office of La Paz for the violent acts that followed the coup against former President Evo Morales. | "We identified the suspects after interviews with the military, police, and civilians involved," prosecutor Nur…
telesurenglish.net/news/Bolivia-Identifies-7-Suspects-Related-to-Sacaba-Massacre-20210108-0013.html

Violence Grows High in Chile's Araucania Region
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Chile's Production and Commerce Confederation (CPC) President Juan Sutil condemned the violent events that resulted in the death of rural worker Orwal Casanova and a police officer in the La Araucania region on Thursday. | RELATED: | Chile To Condemn Murderers of Indigenous Mapuche Catrillanca | The Mapuche Territorial Alliance (ATM) noted that over 60 Police Special Force contingents were deployed in the Ercilla community to carry out what President Sebastian Piñera's administr…
telesurenglish.net/news/Violence-Grows-High-in-Chiles-Araucania-Region-20210108-0009.html

Peru Identifies the First Case of the New Sars-Cov-2 Mutation
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Peru's Ministry of Health confirmed on Friday its first case of the new SARS-CoV-2 mutation. The patient, a woman who had not traveled abroad but did receive a relative over Christmas, remains in quarantine at this home. | RELATED: | Hospitals in Ecuador and Peru Collapse Due to Lack of Beds | The scientists have warned that the new mutation has a contagion capacity 70 percent more than the COVID-19. Nonetheless, the authorities remarked that the patient had shown only "mild sympto…
telesurenglish.net/news/Peru-Identifies-the-First-Case-of-the-New-Sars-Cov-2-Mutation-20210108-0025.html

Patriarchy And The Pandemic
_____ | popularresistance.org | 2021-01-08
The COVID-19 pandemic has made it agonizingly clear that the systems under which we are living were already broken. The pandemic has only exacerbated the crisis of the capitalist system and removed any illusions about this reality. However, the impact of the crisis has not been uniform. The neoliberal capitalist model, which survives and profits by exploiting the vulnerable, again fell back on its same old ways. As a result, it has been the workers, the migrants, the women, and others, whose unpaid and underpaid labor serves as the basis for capitalists to profit, who have suffered the most. | In this conversatio…
popularresistance.org/patriarchy-and-the-pandemic/

Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Due to COVID Leads to First Job Loss Since April
Staff | truthout.org | 2021-01-08
The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) were both unchanged at 6.7 percent and 57.4 percent, respectively. | The resurgence of the pandemic further heightened the two-track nature of this recession. Construction and manufacturing, two sectors normally hard…
truthout.org/articles/plunge-in-restaurant-jobs-due-to-covid-leads-to-first-job-loss-since-april/

Is Israel practicing vaccine leadership or medical apartheid?
Ariel Gold | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-08
The media is abuzz these days with headlines such as "How Israel Became a World Leader in Vaccinating Against Covid-19." While the US has vaccinated only 1.67% of its population against COVID-19 so far, Israel has already given the vaccine to more than 16% of…
peoplesdispatch.org/2021/01/08/is-israel-practicing-vaccine-leadership-or-medical-apartheid/

Is Israel Practicing Vaccine Leadership or Medical Apartheid?
Ariel Gold | counterpunch.org | 2021-01-08
Israel has a population of around 9 million. About 20 percent of Israel's population are Palestinian citizens of Israel. These people can vote in elections, have representation in the Knesset, and are being vaccinated against COVID-19. But, there are another around 5 million Palestinians who live under Israeli rule, without rights, and like the rest of the world, are suffering from the pandemic.
counterpunch.org/2021/01/08/is-israel-practicing-vaccine-leadership-or-medical-apartheid/

Pandemic-Caused Plunge in Restaurant Jobs Leads to First Job Loss Since April
Matt Sedlar | cepr.net | 2021-01-08
The pain from the recession is heavily concentrated among the long-term unemployed. The economy lost 140,000 jobs in December, all of which can be attributed to a plunge in restaurant employment of 372,000. Other sectors highly sensitive to the pandemic, such as hotels and recreation, also lost jobs. The unemployment rate and employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) …
cepr.net/jobs-2021-01/

Colombia: Over 28,500 People Forced to Displace Over Violence
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
The Ombudsman's Office on Thursday reported that over 28,500 Colombians were forced to displace from their homes in 2020 due to violence. | RELATED: | Seven Killed in Colombia's 60th Massacre of 2020 | "Forced displacement is a frequent phenomenon, but the government shows no concern. The victims have no support to restore their rights," Ombudsman Carlos Camargo said, adding that thousands of people live in doorways or makeshift shelters without the necessary health conditions. | The displace…
telesurenglish.net/news/Colombia-Over-30000-People-Forced-to-Displace-Over-Violence-20210108-0001.html

Court Prevents Bolsonaro From Confiscating Sao Paulo Supplies
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Brazil's Federal Supreme Court (STF) Judge Ricardo Lewandowski on Friday issued a ruling to prevent President Jair Bolsonaro's administration from confiscating needles, syringes, and other medical supplies that the Sà£o Paulo government bought for its immunization plan. | RELATED: | Brazil: Bolsonaro Cancels Purchase of Syringes for Vaccination | The legal action was filed shortly after the federal government requested the delivery of the supplies purchased by Governor Joa…
telesurenglish.net/news/Court-Prevents-Bolsonaro-From-Confiscating-Sao-Paulo-Supplies-20210108-0010.html

Compelling account of inspirational Black activist Claudia Jones in new booklet
Morning Star | peoplesworld.org | 2021-01-08
Claudia Jones (1915-1964) is hardly unsung, given the growing number of books and film documentaries on the woman who, on indisputable merit, is interred immediately to the left of Karl Marx in Highgate Cemetery. In this account of an extraordinary Caribbean communist, David Horsley's focus is on Jones's life in advancing class, race, and gender …
peoplesworld.org/article/compelling-account-of-inspirational-black-activist-claudia-jones-in-new-booklet/

For a borderless pragmatism. Outline of a Progressive Migration Policy
Christoph Spehr | indybay.org | 2021-01-08
Immigration leads to stronger economic growth, which in turn creates jobs, Without migration, we would all be sitting in Olduvia in East Africa, as we were 100,000 years ago. About 3% of the world's population, about 215 million people, live in a state other than the one in which they were born. Migration has always existed. Not everything has become more right-wing in the last 50 years.
indybay.org/newsitems/2021/01/08/18839266.php

Argentina: Lawyer Asks Release of Dictatorship's Hidden Files
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Argentina's lawmaker Myriam Bregman asked President Alberto Fernandez"s administration to declassify the dictatorship's secret documents to reveal more people involved in State terrorism. | RELATED: | A Court Convicts 16 Repressors of Argentina's Dictatorship Rule | "The secrets of horror are still hidden. There are military procedures or crimes still unknown, and new names to investigate," Bregman said and recalled that she has been trying to access these documents for years.
telesurenglish.net/news/Argentina-Lawyer-Asks-Release-of-Dictatorships-Hidden-Files-20210108-0011.html

AMLO Compares Trump's Facebook Bar To the Holy Inquisition
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-08
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador warned on Friday about the risks of a worldwide social media hegemony after the U.S. President Donald Trump was blocked from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely. | RELATED: | Donald Trump Indefinitely Blocked from Facebook and Instagram | "What they did in the United States is a bad sign, a bad omen that private companies decide to silence, censor. This goes against freedom, so let's not create a world government with the power to co…
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Chile intensifies its war against the Mapuche people
Tanya Wadhwa | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-08
On the day the verdict was announced regarding the assassination of Mapuche leader Camilo Catrillanca, police carried out a violent raid of 6 Mapuche communites and violently detained members of Catrillanca's family to stop them from attending court…
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Long live the Haitian Revolution!
Devin Cole | workers.org | 2021-01-08
January 1 marked the 217th year of independence for the Republic of Haiti. The Haitian Revolution was led by formerly enslaved Black revolutionary Franàßois-Dominique Toussaint Louverture and later by Jean-Jacques Dessalines. A majority of Louverture's army had been born in Africa. The Haitian Revolution began in 1791 after a Vodou . . . | Continue reading Long live the Haitian Revolution! at Workers.org
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Peruvian authorities confirm police responsibility in murder of agricultural worker amid strike
Peoples Dispatch | peoplesdispatch.org | 2021-01-08
Since the beginning of December, hundreds of agricultural workers have been carrying out a strike demanding labor rights and better working conditions. Since then, 3 agricultural workers have been killed in various incidents of police repression…
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Possible Presence of UK Strain Puts Bogota on Red Alert
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-07
Bogota's Major Claudia Lopez on Thursday announced that the recent increase in COVID-19 cases has caused an occupation of 85 percent of the city's Intensive Care Units (ICU), which made her declare a red alert. | RELATED: | Colombia Sets Protocol Against Police Brutality | "British strain is already circulating in the capital city," she said and attributed that presence to the people who arrived in the country from abroad since mid-December. | Lopez acknowledged that local health authorities…
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Consumers 'targets of technical bullying' by Chinese tech firms, watchdog warns
rt.com | 2021-01-07
The government-backed China Consumers Association (CCA) has accused tech firms in the country of violating consumer rights by misusing data, distorting algorithms and subjecting users to "technical bullying." | While the CCA did not single out any specific companies in its criticism, it raised concerns over firms that have developed rapidly into large-scale organizations in the consumer sector, particularly those dealing with accommodation, food delivery, online shopping, online gaming, transportation and travel. | The watchdog noted that the collection and handling of data have "aroused widespread concern in…
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Latin America Celebrates 'Three Kings Day'
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-07
Latin American countries on Wednesday marked the Three Kings Day, which is a religious festivity that worships the Child Jesus. | Every January 6, as part of a tradition inherited from the Spanish Colony, families praise the arrival of Melchior, Gaspar, and Balthazar in Belem. | On the Three Kings Day, thousands of people go to churches to pray for their families' health. It is also a tradition to give gifts to children, make artistic presentations in the streets, and bake a roll. | This 2021, however, the celebration was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Churches were not as crowded as they were in previ…
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Joe Biden Should End the US Pretence over Israel's 'Secret' Nuclear Weapons
Desmond Tutu | globalresearch.ca | 2021-01-07
Every recent US administration has performed a perverse ritual as it has come into office. All have agreed to undermine US law by signing secret letters stipulating they will not acknowledge something everyone knows: that Israel has a nuclear …
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Venezuela's New Parliament Holds Its First Legislative Session
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-07
Venezuela's new Parliament held its first legislative session on Thursday and approved the creation of three special commissions set to promote a national reconciliation dialogue, the defense of the disputed Essequibo territory, and investigations into damages caused by the previous Assembly. | RELATED: | The EU Avoids Treating Guaido as 'President' of Venezuela | Dialogue, Peace, and National Reconciliation Special Commission will be presided over by the Parliament's chairman Jorge…
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PDF of January 7 issue
Workers World Party | workers.org | 2021-01-07
Download the 12-page PDF. Alabama prisons: ON STRIKE! 'Relief' bill offers little; Outrage at year's end; Workers as 'contractors'; Massive hack; Historic postal strike; Editorial: COVID unpreparedness. GLOBAL: Cuban and Haitian revolutions; Brexit crisis; Long live DPRK; Argentina: abortion rights victory. TEAR DOWN THE WALLS: Exonerate Mumia! Letter from Pennsylvania . . . | Continue reading PDF of January 7 issue at Workers.org
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In Cuba, All International Travelers to Receive Nasalferon
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-07
As announced during a session of Havana's Provincial Defense Council, the medicine will be administered in Boyeros and Diez de Octubre's municipalities. It then will be extended gradually to the rest of the capital city. | RELATED: | Cuba Restricts International Arrivals After COVID Cases Spike | The director of Science and Technological Innovation at the Ministry of Public Health, Ileana Morales, explained that a drop of Nasalferon would be administered nasally in the morning a…
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Cuba: Infant Mortality Stayed Low in 2020
telesurenglish.net | 2021-01-07
Cuba's Health Ministry (MINSAP) reported an infant mortality rate of 4.9 per 1,000 live births in 2020 despite the pressures put by the COVID-19 pandemic and U.S. sanctions on the health system. | RELATED: | Implementation of New Monetary System Begins in Cuba | The Medical Records and Statistics Division informed that 105,030 children were born on the island, which represents 4,686 fewer births than in 2019. | Experiencing a reduction in the under-five years' mortality rate, the Carib…
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White House Announces Puerto Rico Disaster Rebuilding Aid
Zach Conti | indybay.org | 2021-01-07
Washington DC — The White House announced a $3.7 billion disaster grant for Puerto Rico to rebuild reservoirs, dams and wastewater facilities.
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