2021-04-19: News Headlines

Helen Yaffe (2021-04-19). Cuba libre to be COVID-libre: Five vaccines and counting. mronline.org This pandemic has affirmed that public healthcare needs cannot be adequately met under a profit-based system. | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

Staff (2021-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2021. democracynow.org Police Brutalize Protesters in Minneapolis as Chauvin Trial Moves Toward Verdict, Protests Continue in Chicago over Police Killing of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo, Florida Poised to Pass "Anti-Riot" Bill, Criminalizing Dissent & Blocking Cuts to Police Budgets, Four of the Indianapolis Mass Shooting Victims Were from Sikh Community; Gunman Bought Arms Legally, Mass Shootings in Texas, Wisconsin Claim at Least 6 Lives in One Day, Globe Tops 3 Million COVID Deaths as India and Brazil Struggle to Contain Devastating Surges, CDC to Issue Guidance for J&J Vaccine After Pause over Blood Clot Reports, Alexei Navalny Transfer…

Staff (2021-04-19). Cops Have Brutalized Chicago's Latinx Community for Decades; Adam Toledo, 13, Is the Latest Victim. democracynow.org As protests continue in Chicago and nationwide over the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, we get an update from community activist and independent journalist Mateo Zapata, who says, "People in Chicago are just tired of seeing Black and Brown youth murdered by police." Released bodycam video showed Adam had his hands up in the air when he was shot by an officer. We also speak with Rutgers professor Lilia Fernández, who studies Latino Chicago history and says police brutality toward this community is "not a new phenomenon" and goes back many decades. "Adam Toledo would not be dead today if he were white, i…

Staff (2021-04-19). Black & Latinx Lieutenant Sues Virginia Cops Who Threatened to Kill Him During Traffic Stop. democracynow.org We speak with the lawyer for a lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps who is suing two Virginia police officers who pepper-sprayed him, pushed him to the ground and pointed their guns at him during a traffic stop at a gas station last December. Video of the encounter has gone viral and shows Caron Nazario, who is a Black and Latino man, was wearing his Army uniform during the stop. When Nazario says he's afraid to get out of his car, one officer responds, "You should be." Nazario says he drove about a mile to the gas station after he noticed a police car flashing its lights at him — a common practice to avoid…

Ana Ionova (2021-04-19). Brazilian Cerrado Savanna: Wildcat Miners Descend on Indigenous Reserve. globalresearch.ca In a remote corner of Brazil's Roraima state, a makeshift mining …

Staff (2021-04-19). Venezuela Reports 1,287 New COVID-19 Cases on Sunday. orinocotribune.com Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, heading the working meeting with the presidential team for the prevention and control of COVID-19, this Sunday, April 18, reported that 1,287 new COVID-19 infections from community transmission were registered in the past 24 hours. Caracas was afflicted with the highest number of cases with 162, followed by Yaracuy with 157, and Anzoátegui with 150. | "We are ending the week of flexibility and we must maintain prevention measures," said Rodríguez. "This graph explains the reasons for the measures taken by President Maduro and the positive aspects of these timely actio…

Michael Slager (2021-04-19). The Real Trauma at the Border: Hundreds of Trump's Separated Children Still can't Find their Families. juancole.com Chicago (Special to Informed Comment) — Media outlets consistently describe flight from Central America and Mexico as a "crisis," suggesting that migrants' proximity to our national space is a problem for us, not for them. Fleeing from violence back home and enduring possible assault on their journey here are often construed as threats to the …

Kristian Berhost (2021-04-19). Workers' hunger strike demands permanent residency for TPS migrants. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Dozens of National TPS Alliance workers rallied with their family members and friends in D.C. on Saturday in support of their ongoing hunger strike. The Alliance's primary demand is for Congress to pass legislation granting lawful permanent residency (LPR) to migrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Members of the Alliance have been on hunger strike …

Calla Randall (2021-04-19). The Weekly Round-Up: are immigrants and asylum seekers getting their day in court? ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: The rights of immigrants and asylum seekers have been at the forefront of the news this week, with the Home Secretary coming under fire both in the courts and in the political arena. On Wednesday, a landmark court ruling held Ms Patel accountable for failures properly to investigate deaths among asylum seekers at detention …

Editor2 (2021-04-19). CIA Assassination Plot Targeted Cuba's Raul Castro. orinocotribune.com As Castro Retires on 60th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs, National Security Archive Posts Declassified Top Secret CIA Cables, Reports from 1960 | Agency Officials Willing to Pay Over $10,000 For 'Fatal Accident' | Another Assassination Plot against Fidel Castro Was Part of Bay of Pigs Invasion Strategy | Washington D.C., April 16, 2021 — In the earliest known CIA assassination plot against leaders of the Cuban revolution, high agency officials offered the pilot of a plane carrying Raul Castro from Prague to Havana "payment after successful completion of ten thousand dollars" to "incur risks in arranging acc…

Steve Lalla (2021-04-19). In Defense of the Revolution: Cuba's Historic Victory over Imperialism at Playa Girón. orinocotribune.com By Steve Lalla — Apr 18, 2021 | "For progressives and anti-imperialists all over the world, the mention of the Bay of Pigs — known in the Spanish-speaking world as Playa Girón — evokes joy and celebration," wrote Carmelo Ruiz. "The United States, an empire accustomed to imposing itself even in the farthest corners of the world, could not prevail and enforce its will on an island country 90 miles away from its shores. The empire could be defeated after all." π | In mid-April, 1961, the island nation of Cuba repelled a US military invasion at Playa Girón and captured over 1,200 invaders. Cuba's…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-19). Guaidó's Gag: He Names New Board of Directors at Telesur — They Treat Him as Crazy. orinocotribune.com Juan Guaidó added another farcical episode to the drama of his mock interim government by announcing that he has overhauled the executive board of Telesur. | This "decision" was funny enough to elicit a response from Venezuelan Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs for Latin America, Rander Peña, who wrote simply: "today's joke." Peña was followed by Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza, who facetiously call the former deputy's imaginary television station "TeleNarniaNorte." | Guaidó, US puppet for destabilizing Venezuela, announced that those in charge of running the Telesur parallel project will be Roberto Marrero…

Staff (2021-04-19). Adam Toledo Is the Latest to Be Brutalized by Cops in Chicago's Latinx Community. truthout.org Image Credit: Mateo Zapata | As protests continue in Chicago and nationwide over the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, we get an update from community activist and independent journalist Mateo Zapata, who says, "People in Chicago are just tired of seeing Black and Brown youth murdered by police." Released bodycam video showed Adam had his hands up in the air when he was shot by an officer. We also speak with Rutgers professor Lilia Fernández, who studies Latino Chicago history and sa…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-19). Putin's State-Of-The-Nation Address To Focus On Domestic Socioeconomic Developments, Changing Relations With Foreign Countries — OpEd. eurasiareview.com On April 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin will address the Federal Assembly, a combined gathering of members of the Federation Council (Senators), the State Duma (Parliamentarians), Cabinet Ministers, Regional Governors, representatives of selected State Departments, Agencies and the Media. | Almost 450 journalists have been accredited to cover Putin's his state-of-the-nation address, information relating to the media representatives uploaded on Kremlin website. The address will be broadcast live on Rossiya-1, Rossiya-24 and Channel-1 television channels. | Social distancing and wearing masks will be compu…

Nicolás Retamar (2021-04-19). India también juega en América Latina. globalizacion.ca India es una potencia mundial — el mayor proveedor — en cuanto a la producción de vacunas y medicamentos genéricos, con una participación del 20 por ciento en el suministro mundial en términos de volumen. Aprovechando su capacidad productiva, India…

Jorge Marchini (2021-04-19). A 30 años del Mercosur: "La integración regional tiene el potencial para enfrentar los grandes problemas América Latina" globalizacion.ca El Mercado Común del Sur (Mercosur) cumple 30 años de su lanzamiento, en medio de avances y retrocesos, y uno de los momentos más críticos para las economías latinoamericanas a raíz de las restricciones impuestas por la pandemia de la…

José A. Amesty R. (2021-04-19). Política de Estados Unidos hacia América Latina y el resto del mundo. globalizacion.ca Lamentablemente para el mundo y para América Latina, la pandemia global, le ha venido como anillo al dedo (le sirve como pretexto) al imperialismo y su brazo ejecutor la CIA, para preveer y jugar adelantado en sus políticas estratégicas para…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-19). México — La gran paradoja, el otro gran peligro. globalizacion.ca Todas las publicaciones oficiales que produce mensual o trimestralmente la Secretaría de Hacienda y Crédito Público reportan que el monto de la deuda externa mexicana en los últimos 28 meses ha aumentado en un billón setecientos mil millones de pesos….

Editorial La Jornada (2021-04-19). México — Sembrando Vida: Propuesta regional. globalizacion.ca Desde su casa de Palenque, Chiapas, el presidente Andrés Manuel López Obrador anunció ayer que propondrá el jueves próximo a su homólogo estadounidense, Joe Biden, un plan de colaboración para incidir en la reactivación económica del sur de México y…

Julio C. Gambina (2021-04-19). Inflación en la Argentina: øProblema sin solución? globalizacion.ca La suba de los precios sigue siendo un problema en la Argentina. Muy pocos países presentan esta situación en la región y en el mundo, lo que genera debates sobre las causas y las formas de superación del problema. Una…

Frei Betto (2021-04-19). Paulo Freire's Brazil: 'Return to Grassroots Popular Education'. zcomm.org Interview on returning to the grassroots work of popular education…

Peter Bolton (2021-04-19). Brazil's 'Lula' is ready and willing to defeat his country's fascist government. thecanary.co As The Canary has

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-19). Opinion poll suggests Pedro Castillo's victory in the upcoming Peruvian elections. peoplesdispatch.org According to the opinion poll conducted by Ipsos Peru, Pedro Castillo is leading the voting intention with 42% of the votes, while his rival Keiko Fujimori follows him with 31% of the votes…

news.un (2021-04-19). UN stands in deep solidarity with Saint Vincent after devastating volcanic eruptions. news.un.org Following a series of powerful eruptions from La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent, the UN chief on Monday expressed deep solidarity with the country's people and Government.

Susan Price (2021-04-19). United States: Biden rules out re-engagement with Cuba, for now. greenleft.org.au President Biden's reluctance to make any immediate changes in US policy toward Cuba is more than anything the result of domestic politics, writes Ian Ellis-Jones.

Graziella Pogolotti (2021-04-19). Cuba — En días de Congreso. globalizacion.ca El desarrollo del Congreso del Partido suscita recuerdos, reflexiones y expectativas. Ahora mismo, mientras transcurren las jornadas de análisis y debate, me asalta la evocación de los años fundacionales, allá por los 60 del pasado siglo. | En el cine Chaplin,…

José A. Amesty R. (2021-04-18). Estados Unidos y Colombia: Desean más y más narcóticos. globalizacion.ca El conflicto armado, iniciado al menos, desde el 21 de marzo 2021 entre Colombia y Venezuela, más exactamente entre la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana FANB y grupos paramilitares narcotraficantes de Colombia (no el ejército regular colombiano), (llamado por el gobierno…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese Sinovac vaccine prevents 67 pct of symptomatic COVID-19 infections: Chilean study. ecns.cn The CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac is up to 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, Chile's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

Ben Slowey (2021-04-18). Jewish, immigrant organizers hold Passover action in Kenosha, Wisconsin. liberationnews.org Activists gathered outside the Kenosha Detention Center April 11 to demand the Biden administration stop the continued detention and dehumanization of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, for legalization of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States and for the abolition of ICE.

Editorial La Jornada (2021-04-18). México — Remesas: Alivio oportuno. globalizacion.ca Como se ha vuelto habitual, en 2020 las remesas que los migrantes mexicanos en Estados Unidos mandan a sus familias fijaron un nuevo récord, al registrar una cifra sin precedente de 40 mil millones de dólares, 20 por ciento más…

OtherWords (2021-04-18). People escaping Violence have a Right to Seek Asylum: Stop Calling it a "Border Crisis" juancole.com By Rachel Pak | — ( Otherwords.org ) — Over the last several weeks, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported a rise in the number of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States. With the increase, the federal government's capacity to process and shelter migrant children has been stretched, leading to children being …

Staff (2021-04-18). Minister for Defense: 'Venezuela Has Transformed the Siege into an Opportunity for Innovation'. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Minister for Defense, Chief General Vladimir Padrino López, said this Saturday, April 17, that Venezuela has transformed the siege into an opportunity to innovate and test its own solutions. | One of the areas in which this stubborn determination not to give up is revealed is the military field. |

Francesca Emanuele (2021-04-18). Peru: Left vs. Far-Right — Dramatic Choice in Presidential Election. zcomm.org Pedro Castillo, a leftist, unexpectedly won first place in Peru's first-round presidential election last Sunday…

_____ (2021-04-18). On Contact: Securing Democracy With Glenn Greenwald. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to the US journalist Glenn Greenwald about how his reporting exposed the corruption that is rife among Brazil's political, judicial, and economic elite. | Greenwald was able to show, through a trove of documents, how President Jair Bolsonaro and his crypto-fascist party manipulated the legal system with the connivance of federal anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, and were able to discredit and eliminate Bolsonaro's political rival, former two-term president Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva, the leader of the Workers' Party. | These revelations, dubbed the Secret Brazil Archive…

Narda Zacchino (2021-04-18). The Extraordinary Rendition of Japanese Latin Americans During World War II. scheerpost.com By Diana Morita Cole / Original to ScheerPost In 2017, Isamu "Art" Shibayama testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, marking a milestone in a 74-year journey that began when the United States government kidnapped him and more than 2,260 persons of Japanese ancestry from Latin America during World War II. When he was only 13… |

Fight Back (2021-04-18). Justice for Adam Toledo! Power to Communities to Stop Police Murder! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression demands justice for Adam Toledo, who was just 13 years old when he was gunned down by a Chicago police officer on March 29, 2021. Adam was a child and he did not deserve to die. As the newly released COPA video shows, Adam had his hands up and was complying when he was executed in cold blood. We must identify the officer who killed Adam and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. We must end the madness of a polic…

sputniknews (2021-04-18). Florida Governor: Biden Created 'Catastrophe' at Southern Border by 'Dismantling Trump's Policies'. sputniknews.com Biden has reversed a number of former President Trump's immigration policies, including building a border wall and allowing asylum seekers to live in Mexico rather than in the US until their claims are considered. In recent months, a record influx of refugees has been registered, including minors, straining capacity at immigration facilities.

CNA (2021-04-18). Mexico Pauses Pro-Abortion Constitutional Reform. eurasiareview.com By David Ramos | The administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and legislators from his ruling National Regeneration Movement decided to put on hold for now the debate on amending the federal constitution to insert abortion rights and gender ideology. | In an April 14 press conference, López Obrador said that "when there are highly controversial confrontational issues, points of view, the best thing is to consult the citizens." | The president stressed that that his "recommendation" to Mexican legislators "is that citizens be consulted on controversial issues, where there are substantive…

_____ (2021-04-18). When Facing Imminent Election Defeat, Dominion Machines Will Always Do the Trick. strategic-culture.org Whenever a favourable election outcome seems problematic, the selection of the right vote counting machine will be sure to fix it. | There are only two rational explanations for the outcome of Presidential elections in Ecuador on April 11, ostensibly won by multimillionaire banker Guillermo Lasso. Either the Ecuadorean people are massively masochistic, or the election was stolen following the pattern recently tested in the paragon of political virtue and rule of law to Ecuador's north. As ancient logicians would say, tertium non datur. | The protagonists of these elections were the putative winner Lasso, with oli…

Daniela Jimenez (2021-04-18). SOUTHCOM Prepares for New Military Drills in Guyana — New Provocation Against Venezuela. orinocotribune.com A new threat against Venezuela may be brewing at the Final Planning Conference for the Tradewinds military exercise, which is supposedly aimed at improving multinational security in the Caribbean, sponsored by the Southern Command of the United States. The exercise will take place in June at various locations in Guyana, a country with which Venezuela has a dispute over the Essequibo territory. | Information on Tradewinds2021 was released by the US embassy in Guyana through its official website. It stated that "all training venues provide opportunities to develop the capacity of joint partner nations, combined and…

Staff (2021-04-18). 5 soldiers lose lives in helicopter crash in Peru. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — At least five Peruvian servicemen have died in a helicopter crash in the country's Department of Cusco.

teleSUR (2021-04-18). Cuban Communist Party Elects New Ruling Body. telesurenglish.net Cuban Communist Party's delegates voted Sunday for a new Central Committee, in one of the final stages of the ruling party's 8th Congress due to end its work on Monday. The Congress has seen the retirement of veteran revolutionary Raúl Castro from the party's leadership, marking a generational change coinciding with deep economic and financial reforms in the country.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Raul Castro announces retirement as head of Communist Party of Cuba. ecns.cn First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Raul Castro on Friday announced he is retiring as the head of the party.

Tatiana Coll (2021-04-18). Cuba — Soberana, hoy como hace 60 años, el principio germinal. globalizacion.ca Todavía no amanecía, estaba oscuro, pero en realidad yo no había podido dormir, todos estábamos alertas, habíamos escuchado en la radio lo del bombardeo al aeropuerto y por supuesto el discurso de Fidel en el entierro de las víctimas, sabíamos…

César Gómez Chacón (2021-04-18). Cuba — La terquedad del alma roja y verde olivo. globalizacion.ca Quisiera ser racional, comedido, paciente, ponderado, tolerante, apacible, moderado… ufff, son decenas de sinónimos que resumirían mi anhelo por dar la razón a tanta gente buena y sincera, quienes en estos días, en las redes sociales y en la vida…

teleSUR (2021-04-18). Haiti: Teachers to Go on Strike This Week. telesurenglish.net The Referans group called on all educational personnel to support the strike, which will run from Monday 19 to Friday 23 April, and to show their solidarity with the family of a teacher murdered in the suburb of Carrefour Feuilles (southeast of the capital, Port-au-Prince) on his way to work. | RELATED: | The collective demand that the government of President Jovenel MoàØse take measures to create a climate of security,…

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Ben Slowey (2021-04-18). Jewish, immigrant organizers hold Passover action in Kenosha, Wisconsin. liberationnews.org Activists gathered outside the Kenosha Detention Center April 11 to demand the Biden administration stop the continued detention and dehumanization of immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, for legalization of the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States and for the abolition of ICE.

Staff (2021-04-18). Minister for Defense: 'Venezuela Has Transformed the Siege into an Opportunity for Innovation'. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Minister for Defense, Chief General Vladimir Padrino López, said this Saturday, April 17, that Venezuela has transformed the siege into an opportunity to innovate and test its own solutions. | One of the areas in which this stubborn determination not to give up is revealed is the military field. |

Staff (2021-04-18). Minister for Defense: 'Venezuela Has Transformed the Siege into an Opportunity for Innovation'. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Minister for Defense, Chief General Vladimir Padrino López, said this Saturday, April 17, that Venezuela has transformed the siege into an opportunity to innovate and test its own solutions. | One of the areas in which this stubborn determination not to give up is revealed is the military field. |

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese Sinovac vaccine prevents 67 pct of symptomatic COVID-19 infections: Chilean study. ecns.cn The CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac is up to 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, Chile's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

José A. Amesty R. (2021-04-18). Estados Unidos y Colombia: Desean más y más narcóticos. globalizacion.ca El conflicto armado, iniciado al menos, desde el 21 de marzo 2021 entre Colombia y Venezuela, más exactamente entre la Fuerza Armada Nacional Bolivariana FANB y grupos paramilitares narcotraficantes de Colombia (no el ejército regular colombiano), (llamado por el gobierno…

_____ (2021-04-18). On Contact: Securing Democracy With Glenn Greenwald. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to the US journalist Glenn Greenwald about how his reporting exposed the corruption that is rife among Brazil's political, judicial, and economic elite. | Greenwald was able to show, through a trove of documents, how President Jair Bolsonaro and his crypto-fascist party manipulated the legal system with the connivance of federal anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, and were able to discredit and eliminate Bolsonaro's political rival, former two-term president Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva, the leader of the Workers' Party. | These revelations, dubbed the Secret Brazil Archive…

Editorial La Jornada (2021-04-18). México — Remesas: Alivio oportuno. globalizacion.ca Como se ha vuelto habitual, en 2020 las remesas que los migrantes mexicanos en Estados Unidos mandan a sus familias fijaron un nuevo récord, al registrar una cifra sin precedente de 40 mil millones de dólares, 20 por ciento más…

OtherWords (2021-04-18). People escaping Violence have a Right to Seek Asylum: Stop Calling it a "Border Crisis" juancole.com By Rachel Pak | — ( Otherwords.org ) — Over the last several weeks, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported a rise in the number of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States. With the increase, the federal government's capacity to process and shelter migrant children has been stretched, leading to children being …

Narda Zacchino (2021-04-18). The Extraordinary Rendition of Japanese Latin Americans During World War II. scheerpost.com By Diana Morita Cole / Original to ScheerPost In 2017, Isamu "Art" Shibayama testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, marking a milestone in a 74-year journey that began when the United States government kidnapped him and more than 2,260 persons of Japanese ancestry from Latin America during World War II. When he was only 13… |

Fight Back (2021-04-18). Justice for Adam Toledo! Power to Communities to Stop Police Murder! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression demands justice for Adam Toledo, who was just 13 years old when he was gunned down by a Chicago police officer on March 29, 2021. Adam was a child and he did not deserve to die. As the newly released COPA video shows, Adam had his hands up and was complying when he was executed in cold blood. We must identify the officer who killed Adam and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. We must end the madness of a polic…

CNA (2021-04-18). Mexico Pauses Pro-Abortion Constitutional Reform. eurasiareview.com By David Ramos | The administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and legislators from his ruling National Regeneration Movement decided to put on hold for now the debate on amending the federal constitution to insert abortion rights and gender ideology. | In an April 14 press conference, López Obrador said that "when there are highly controversial confrontational issues, points of view, the best thing is to consult the citizens." | The president stressed that that his "recommendation" to Mexican legislators "is that citizens be consulted on controversial issues, where there are substantive…

_____ (2021-04-18). When Facing Imminent Election Defeat, Dominion Machines Will Always Do the Trick. strategic-culture.org Whenever a favourable election outcome seems problematic, the selection of the right vote counting machine will be sure to fix it. | There are only two rational explanations for the outcome of Presidential elections in Ecuador on April 11, ostensibly won by multimillionaire banker Guillermo Lasso. Either the Ecuadorean people are massively masochistic, or the election was stolen following the pattern recently tested in the paragon of political virtue and rule of law to Ecuador's north. As ancient logicians would say, tertium non datur. | The protagonists of these elections were the putative winner Lasso, with oli…

Daniela Jimenez (2021-04-18). SOUTHCOM Prepares for New Military Drills in Guyana — New Provocation Against Venezuela. orinocotribune.com A new threat against Venezuela may be brewing at the Final Planning Conference for the Tradewinds military exercise, which is supposedly aimed at improving multinational security in the Caribbean, sponsored by the Southern Command of the United States. The exercise will take place in June at various locations in Guyana, a country with which Venezuela has a dispute over the Essequibo territory. | Information on Tradewinds2021 was released by the US embassy in Guyana through its official website. It stated that "all training venues provide opportunities to develop the capacity of joint partner nations, combined and…

Staff (2021-04-18). 5 soldiers lose lives in helicopter crash in Peru. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — At least five Peruvian servicemen have died in a helicopter crash in the country's Department of Cusco.

teleSUR (2021-04-18). Cuban Communist Party Elects New Ruling Body. telesurenglish.net Cuban Communist Party's delegates voted Sunday for a new Central Committee, in one of the final stages of the ruling party's 8th Congress due to end its work on Monday. The Congress has seen the retirement of veteran revolutionary Raúl Castro from the party's leadership, marking a generational change coinciding with deep economic and financial reforms in the country.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Raul Castro announces retirement as head of Communist Party of Cuba. ecns.cn First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Raul Castro on Friday announced he is retiring as the head of the party.

César Gómez Chacón (2021-04-18). Cuba — La terquedad del alma roja y verde olivo. globalizacion.ca Quisiera ser racional, comedido, paciente, ponderado, tolerante, apacible, moderado… ufff, son decenas de sinónimos que resumirían mi anhelo por dar la razón a tanta gente buena y sincera, quienes en estos días, en las redes sociales y en la vida…

Tatiana Coll (2021-04-18). Cuba — Soberana, hoy como hace 60 años, el principio germinal. globalizacion.ca Todavía no amanecía, estaba oscuro, pero en realidad yo no había podido dormir, todos estábamos alertas, habíamos escuchado en la radio lo del bombardeo al aeropuerto y por supuesto el discurso de Fidel en el entierro de las víctimas, sabíamos…

teleSUR (2021-04-18). Haiti: Teachers to Go on Strike This Week. telesurenglish.net The Referans group called on all educational personnel to support the strike, which will run from Monday 19 to Friday 23 April, and to show their solidarity with the family of a teacher murdered in the suburb of Carrefour Feuilles (southeast of the capital, Port-au-Prince) on his way to work. | RELATED: | The collective demand that the government of President Jovenel MoàØse take measures to create a climate of security,…

Anya Parampil (2021-04-17). US escalates in Ukraine battleground. thegrayzone.com With encouragement from his patrons in Washington, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is escalating against Russia and provoking a harsh response Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Moscow-based international affairs analyst Mark Sleboda about recent developments in Ukraine. Sleboda provides an in-depth explanation of the history leading to up to the current situation and analyses domestic factors in Ukraine that are pushing the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to pursue a more bellicose posture towards Russia.

teleSUR Desk (2021-04-17). Supreme Court confirms annulment of all charges against Lula. mronline.org Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday ratified the decision adopted by one of its judges, who annulled the sentences handed down in the first place against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. | April 17, 2021 | Newswire…

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-04-17). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election. dissidentvoice.org A spoiled ballot in Ecuador's elections. Photo by @AlinaDuarte Ecuador's April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be. On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation witnessed. But …

William Camacaro (2021-04-17). Ramsey Clark: An Essential Voice of Dissidence from the Center of US Power. orinocotribune.com By William Camacaro — Apr 14, 2021 | "There will be some who will remember Ramsey Clark as an outsider. There are many more who remember him as a friend of justice, the oppressed, the exploited, and the rule of law. Perhaps he himself would like to be remembered merely as someone who used the law to help others." | Curtis Doebbler, International Law Attorney | During the heat of the Gulf War under the George H. W. Bush administration, I had the opportunity in New York to meet an extraordinary human being: Ramsey Clark. It was an event to protest the State Department and Pentagon's arrogantly labeled "Operati…

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boosting refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boost refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-17). Declassified: CIA Plotted Assassination Of Cuba's Raul Castro. southfront.org Raul Castro Source: Twitter | According to the declassified documents, the CIA attempted to assassinate Raul Castro, the younger brother of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in 1960. The top secret documents were published on the The report claims that CIA recruited the pilot, Jose Raul Martinez, in Cuba. On July 21, 196…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-17). Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast. middleeasteye.net Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast | UN calls for expanded state-led search and rescue operations as number of migrants leaving Tunisia for Europe triples | Sat, 04/17/2021 – 10: 09 | The bodies of migrants are recovered at a Tunisian port after a shipwreck in December 2020 (AFP) | At least 41 people, including a child, drowned when a boat capsized off the Tunisian co…

WSWS (2021-04-17). With death toll topping 365,000 Brazil faces "humanitarian catastrophe" wsws.org As the federal and state governments push for economic reopening, eight Brazilian states have reported an unprecedented population decrease due to COVID-19 deaths.

otowenh (2021-04-17). Haiti: A Country Facing the Pandemic Without COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people more than a year after the pandemic began, raising concerns among health experts that the well-being of Haitians is being sidelined as violence and political instability deepen across the country. | So far, Haiti is expected to receive only 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through a United Nations program aimed at ensuring that the neediest countries receive COVID-19 vaccines. | The free doses were scheduled to arrive no later than May, but delays are expected because Haiti missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is no…

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2021-04-17). Gravar las grandes fortunas en tiempos de pandemia. globalizacion.ca Mientras América Latina continúa siendo la región con mayor número de contagios y muertes por la covid-19, así como también la de mayor caída en su economía en el mundo, en el ámbito internacional se ha instalado el debate para…

Lise Alves (2021-04-17). [World Report] Brazilian ICUs short of drugs and beds amid COVID-19 surge. thelancet.com Doctors are reporting shortages of critical drugs and the need to ration care, pointing to public health failures. Lise Alves reports from Sà£o Paulo.

WorkWeek (2021-04-17). WorkWeek Bessemer Amazon Lessons, Hanging Noose At USF, Labor & Brazil Pandemic & Zinn. indybay.org WorkWeek reports on the lessons of the Bessemer Amazon union election, the hanging noose at USF and the pandemic in Brazil and labor. Last WorkWeek hears a past presentation by labor historian Howard Zinn on the hidden history of the US working class.

WSWS (2021-04-17). WSWS interviews Jorge O'Leary, leader of 1983—86 Phelps Dodge miners strike. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to Jorge O'Leary, a Mexican-born doctor and leader of the 1983—86 Phelps Dodge miners strike in Arizona. O'Leary, who is now 80 years old, spoke about the strike and the leading role played in it by the Socialist Equality Party's predecessor organization, the Workers League.

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuela Expands Operations Against Colombian Paramilitary Gangs. orinocotribune.com Venezuela has expanded military operations in the border state of Apure to capture Colombian narco-paramilitary groups and eliminate foreign aggression. | "We are stepping up operations in Apure state (bordering Colombia) to guarantee internal order and for the capture of armed Colombian drug traffickers and their collaborators in the area," declared the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (CEOFANB) account on Friday, April 16. | In this sense, the command emphasized in a post on its official Twitter account that the military will continue actions aimed at eliminating foreign aggr…

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Army to Begin Clearing Mines in Apure State near Colombian Border. orinocotribune.com Major General Domingo Hernández Lárez, general commander of the Bolivarian Army, reported on his Twitter account that a military team has already been deployed to begin demining in the state of Apure, suffering from Colombian narco-paramilitary violence that included landmines planted to cause terror among local residents. | The minesweeper, the commander wrote, is an armored unit designed by Army engineers, dubbed the "patrol alligator." | El barremina diseñado por los ingenieros de combate del Ejército Bolivariano está listo para ir al Alto Apure e iniciar el desminado en nuestro territorio nacional del Alto Ap…

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-17). Confirmed! Lula Totally Acquitted, Can Run for President Again. orinocotribune.com With a vote of eight judges in favor and three against, Brazilian leader Luis Inazio Lula da Silva received confirmation of his complete acquittal on the charges laid against him regarding alleged acts of corruption in the infamous Lava Jato case. | With this decision by a majority of the plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the court determined that the 13th Court of Curitiba, through which they issued the sentence, is incompetent to rule on the case. | For this reason, the sentences imposed by this body, through Judge Sergio Moro, were annulled, and if any of the…

WSWS (2021-04-17). German Left Party embraces the far-right AfD. wsws.org In her new book The Self-Righteous Ones, Left Party politician Sahra Wagenknecht explicitly adopts the anti-immigrant and nationalist line of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and emerges as a vociferous proponent of a policy of mass infection.

sputniknews (2021-04-17). Bush Calls for 'Gradual' Path to Eventual Citizenship for Illegal Migrants Amid Influx at Border. sputniknews.com In mid-March remarks on domestic policy, Bush already expressed his opinion that the US should find a way to legalize those illegal migrants who "have played by the rules." The ex-president claimed amid the current migrant influx that trying to return all of them back home would be a "political pipe dream."

Ricardo Vaz (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Legislature Approves National Communal Parliament Law. venezuelanalysis.com Grassroots organizations will now debate the legislation and suggest changes to the text.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-17). Are Oil And Gas Pipelines Safe During An Earthquake? eurasiareview.com Underground pipelines that transport oil and gas are very important engineering communications worldwide. Some of these underground communications are built and operated in earthquake-prone areas. | Seismic safety or seismic stability of underground pipelines began to be intensively studied since the 1950s. | Since then, a number of methodologies were proposed for calculating stress received by an underground pipeline during an earthquake. The purpose of these methodologies was to make an accurate prediction on the structural stress received by a pipeline during an earthquake, and thus it would allow to decide…

_____ (2021-04-17). U.S. Attaché's 'Death's Head' Insult Fans Flames Threatening World War in Ukraine. strategic-culture.org Ukraine is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The United States has no treaty obligations — and neither does NATO — to come to Kiev's aid in times of war. | The irresponsible, tasteless and plain obscene action of U.S. Defense Attache to Kiev Colonel Brittany Stewart in publicly wearing a Ukrainian armed forces death's head insignia in her visit to the Donbass war zone in a time of deadly escalating tensions on April 9 defies belief. Her action suggests that under President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin the Pentagon has fallen into the hands of deadly dangerous s…

First Do No Harm (2021-04-17). Some Causes Of US Mass Shootings And Other Violence. indybay.org Why is there escalating violence in the US?>

Ricardo Orozco (2021-04-17). La izquierda mexicana al servicio de la inteligencia artificial (I). globalizacion.ca El pasado martes 13 de abril, las Comisiones legislativas de Comunicaciones y Transportes y de Estudios Legislativos, del Senado de la República, aprobaron la Minuta con proyecto de decreto por el que se reforman y adicionan diversas disposiciones de la …

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-17). México — La espada de Damocles sobre el cuello de la democracia. globalizacion.ca La mítica espada de Damocles pende amenazante sobre el cuello de la democracia mexicana. Si en el pasado reciente era una amenaza se ha convertido en una realidad. Sorprendió a casi todos los miembros de colegios y asociaciones de abogados…

W.T. Whitney Jr. (2021-04-17). Venezuela Border Conflict Mixes Drug Trafficking and Regime-Change Ambitions. orinocotribune.com By W.T. Whitney Jr. — Apr 16, 2021 | Beginning in mid-March, Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state. These have long used Venezuela's border region to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. The fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the Meta River—an Orinoco tributary—to Arauca in Colombia. | The bi-national border is unmonitored and long enough, at 1367 miles, to encourage smuggling and the undocumented passage of cross-border tr…

_____ (2021-04-17). Venezuela Border Conflict Mixes Drug Trafficking And Regime-Change. popularresistance.org Beginning in mid-March, Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state. These have long used Venezuela's border region to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. The fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the Meta River—an Orinoco tributary—to Arauca in Colombia. | The bi-national border is unmonitored and long enough, at 1367 miles, to encourage smuggling and the undocumented passage of cross-border travelers, in this instance the embattled Col…

Elizabeth Pontoriero (2021-04-17). Explotación del litio en el norte argentino: øQué rol debe cumplir el Estado? globalizacion.ca Algunos especialistas exigen cambios legislativos que permitan otro rol del Estado en la explotación del litio. El debate sobre su impacto sobre la reservas de agua dulce. | En el dossier "Litio: un tesoro escondido en la Puna argentina", desarrollado por…

Andrew Green (2021-04-17). [Obituary] Carola Eisenberg. thelancet.com Psychiatrist and co-founder of Physicians for Human Rights. Born Sept 15, 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she died on March 11, 2021, in Lincoln, MA, USA, aged 103 years.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-17). With his sentences annulled, Lula says he may run in order to defeat Bolsonaro. peoplesdispatch.org The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, became fully After the court's decision, Lula da Silva affirmed, in an exclusive interview with Argentine television station C5N…

Fabiana Alves (2021-04-17). No Blank Check for Enemies of the Environment in Brazil. commondreams.org Civil society organizations in Brazil sent an open letter to the United States government asking it not to support the destructive environmental policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/landau_novo_progresso_fogo_15ago_03-1.jpg

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_____ (2021-04-18). On Contact: Securing Democracy With Glenn Greenwald. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to the US journalist Glenn Greenwald about how his reporting exposed the corruption that is rife among Brazil's political, judicial, and economic elite. | Greenwald was able to show, through a trove of documents, how President Jair Bolsonaro and his crypto-fascist party manipulated the legal system with the connivance of federal anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, and were able to discredit and eliminate Bolsonaro's political rival, former two-term president Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva, the leader of the Workers' Party. | These revelations, dubbed the Secret Brazil Archive…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese Sinovac vaccine prevents 67 pct of symptomatic COVID-19 infections: Chilean study. ecns.cn The CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac is up to 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, Chile's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

OtherWords (2021-04-18). People escaping Violence have a Right to Seek Asylum: Stop Calling it a "Border Crisis" juancole.com By Rachel Pak | — ( Otherwords.org ) — Over the last several weeks, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported a rise in the number of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States. With the increase, the federal government's capacity to process and shelter migrant children has been stretched, leading to children being …

Staff (2021-04-18). Minister for Defense: 'Venezuela Has Transformed the Siege into an Opportunity for Innovation'. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Minister for Defense, Chief General Vladimir Padrino López, said this Saturday, April 17, that Venezuela has transformed the siege into an opportunity to innovate and test its own solutions. | One of the areas in which this stubborn determination not to give up is revealed is the military field. |

Fight Back (2021-04-18). Justice for Adam Toledo! Power to Communities to Stop Police Murder! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression demands justice for Adam Toledo, who was just 13 years old when he was gunned down by a Chicago police officer on March 29, 2021. Adam was a child and he did not deserve to die. As the newly released COPA video shows, Adam had his hands up and was complying when he was executed in cold blood. We must identify the officer who killed Adam and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. We must end the madness of a polic…

Narda Zacchino (2021-04-18). The Extraordinary Rendition of Japanese Latin Americans During World War II. scheerpost.com By Diana Morita Cole / Original to ScheerPost In 2017, Isamu "Art" Shibayama testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, marking a milestone in a 74-year journey that began when the United States government kidnapped him and more than 2,260 persons of Japanese ancestry from Latin America during World War II. When he was only 13… |

CNA (2021-04-18). Mexico Pauses Pro-Abortion Constitutional Reform. eurasiareview.com By David Ramos | The administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and legislators from his ruling National Regeneration Movement decided to put on hold for now the debate on amending the federal constitution to insert abortion rights and gender ideology. | In an April 14 press conference, López Obrador said that "when there are highly controversial confrontational issues, points of view, the best thing is to consult the citizens." | The president stressed that that his "recommendation" to Mexican legislators "is that citizens be consulted on controversial issues, where there are substantive…

_____ (2021-04-18). When Facing Imminent Election Defeat, Dominion Machines Will Always Do the Trick. strategic-culture.org Whenever a favourable election outcome seems problematic, the selection of the right vote counting machine will be sure to fix it. | There are only two rational explanations for the outcome of Presidential elections in Ecuador on April 11, ostensibly won by multimillionaire banker Guillermo Lasso. Either the Ecuadorean people are massively masochistic, or the election was stolen following the pattern recently tested in the paragon of political virtue and rule of law to Ecuador's north. As ancient logicians would say, tertium non datur. | The protagonists of these elections were the putative winner Lasso, with oli…

Daniela Jimenez (2021-04-18). SOUTHCOM Prepares for New Military Drills in Guyana — New Provocation Against Venezuela. orinocotribune.com A new threat against Venezuela may be brewing at the Final Planning Conference for the Tradewinds military exercise, which is supposedly aimed at improving multinational security in the Caribbean, sponsored by the Southern Command of the United States. The exercise will take place in June at various locations in Guyana, a country with which Venezuela has a dispute over the Essequibo territory. | Information on Tradewinds2021 was released by the US embassy in Guyana through its official website. It stated that "all training venues provide opportunities to develop the capacity of joint partner nations, combined and…

Staff (2021-04-18). 5 soldiers lose lives in helicopter crash in Peru. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — At least five Peruvian servicemen have died in a helicopter crash in the country's Department of Cusco.

teleSUR (2021-04-18). Cuban Communist Party Elects New Ruling Body. telesurenglish.net Cuban Communist Party's delegates voted Sunday for a new Central Committee, in one of the final stages of the ruling party's 8th Congress due to end its work on Monday. The Congress has seen the retirement of veteran revolutionary Raúl Castro from the party's leadership, marking a generational change coinciding with deep economic and financial reforms in the country.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Raul Castro announces retirement as head of Communist Party of Cuba. ecns.cn First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Raul Castro on Friday announced he is retiring as the head of the party.

César Gómez Chacón (2021-04-18). Cuba — La terquedad del alma roja y verde olivo. globalizacion.ca Quisiera ser racional, comedido, paciente, ponderado, tolerante, apacible, moderado… ufff, son decenas de sinónimos que resumirían mi anhelo por dar la razón a tanta gente buena y sincera, quienes en estos días, en las redes sociales y en la vida…

teleSUR (2021-04-18). Haiti: Teachers to Go on Strike This Week. telesurenglish.net The Referans group called on all educational personnel to support the strike, which will run from Monday 19 to Friday 23 April, and to show their solidarity with the family of a teacher murdered in the suburb of Carrefour Feuilles (southeast of the capital, Port-au-Prince) on his way to work. | RELATED: | The collective demand that the government of President Jovenel MoàØse take measures to create a climate of security,…

WorkWeek (2021-04-17). WorkWeek Bessemer Amazon Lessons, Hanging Noose At USF, Labor & Brazil Pandemic & Zinn. indybay.org WorkWeek reports on the lessons of the Bessemer Amazon union election, the hanging noose at USF and the pandemic in Brazil and labor. Last WorkWeek hears a past presentation by labor historian Howard Zinn on the hidden history of the US working class.

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuela Expands Operations Against Colombian Paramilitary Gangs. orinocotribune.com Venezuela has expanded military operations in the border state of Apure to capture Colombian narco-paramilitary groups and eliminate foreign aggression. | "We are stepping up operations in Apure state (bordering Colombia) to guarantee internal order and for the capture of armed Colombian drug traffickers and their collaborators in the area," declared the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (CEOFANB) account on Friday, April 16. | In this sense, the command emphasized in a post on its official Twitter account that the military will continue actions aimed at eliminating foreign aggr…

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Army to Begin Clearing Mines in Apure State near Colombian Border. orinocotribune.com Major General Domingo Hernández Lárez, general commander of the Bolivarian Army, reported on his Twitter account that a military team has already been deployed to begin demining in the state of Apure, suffering from Colombian narco-paramilitary violence that included landmines planted to cause terror among local residents. | The minesweeper, the commander wrote, is an armored unit designed by Army engineers, dubbed the "patrol alligator." | El barremina diseñado por los ingenieros de combate del Ejército Bolivariano está listo para ir al Alto Apure e iniciar el desminado en nuestro territorio nacional del Alto Ap…

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-04-17). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election. dissidentvoice.org A spoiled ballot in Ecuador's elections. Photo by @AlinaDuarte Ecuador's April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be. On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation witnessed. But …

WSWS (2021-04-17). With death toll topping 365,000 Brazil faces "humanitarian catastrophe" wsws.org As the federal and state governments push for economic reopening, eight Brazilian states have reported an unprecedented population decrease due to COVID-19 deaths.

otowenh (2021-04-17). Haiti: A Country Facing the Pandemic Without COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people more than a year after the pandemic began, raising concerns among health experts that the well-being of Haitians is being sidelined as violence and political instability deepen across the country. | So far, Haiti is expected to receive only 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through a United Nations program aimed at ensuring that the neediest countries receive COVID-19 vaccines. | The free doses were scheduled to arrive no later than May, but delays are expected because Haiti missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is no…

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2021-04-17). Gravar las grandes fortunas en tiempos de pandemia. globalizacion.ca Mientras América Latina continúa siendo la región con mayor número de contagios y muertes por la covid-19, así como también la de mayor caída en su economía en el mundo, en el ámbito internacional se ha instalado el debate para…

Lise Alves (2021-04-17). [World Report] Brazilian ICUs short of drugs and beds amid COVID-19 surge. thelancet.com Doctors are reporting shortages of critical drugs and the need to ration care, pointing to public health failures. Lise Alves reports from Sà£o Paulo.

WSWS (2021-04-17). WSWS interviews Jorge O'Leary, leader of 1983—86 Phelps Dodge miners strike. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to Jorge O'Leary, a Mexican-born doctor and leader of the 1983—86 Phelps Dodge miners strike in Arizona. O'Leary, who is now 80 years old, spoke about the strike and the leading role played in it by the Socialist Equality Party's predecessor organization, the Workers League.

WSWS (2021-04-17). German Left Party embraces the far-right AfD. wsws.org In her new book The Self-Righteous Ones, Left Party politician Sahra Wagenknecht explicitly adopts the anti-immigrant and nationalist line of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and emerges as a vociferous proponent of a policy of mass infection.

MEE, agencies (2021-04-17). Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast. middleeasteye.net Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast | UN calls for expanded state-led search and rescue operations as number of migrants leaving Tunisia for Europe triples | Sat, 04/17/2021 – 10: 09 | The bodies of migrants are recovered at a Tunisian port after a shipwreck in December 2020 (AFP) | At least 41 people, including a child, drowned when a boat capsized off the Tunisian co…

sputniknews (2021-04-17). Bush Calls for 'Gradual' Path to Eventual Citizenship for Illegal Migrants Amid Influx at Border. sputniknews.com In mid-March remarks on domestic policy, Bush already expressed his opinion that the US should find a way to legalize those illegal migrants who "have played by the rules." The ex-president claimed amid the current migrant influx that trying to return all of them back home would be a "political pipe dream."

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boosting refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boost refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

teleSUR Desk (2021-04-17). Supreme Court confirms annulment of all charges against Lula. mronline.org Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday ratified the decision adopted by one of its judges, who annulled the sentences handed down in the first place against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. | April 17, 2021 | Newswire…

William Camacaro (2021-04-17). Ramsey Clark: An Essential Voice of Dissidence from the Center of US Power. orinocotribune.com By William Camacaro — Apr 14, 2021 | "There will be some who will remember Ramsey Clark as an outsider. There are many more who remember him as a friend of justice, the oppressed, the exploited, and the rule of law. Perhaps he himself would like to be remembered merely as someone who used the law to help others." | Curtis Doebbler, International Law Attorney | During the heat of the Gulf War under the George H. W. Bush administration, I had the opportunity in New York to meet an extraordinary human being: Ramsey Clark. It was an event to protest the State Department and Pentagon's arrogantly labeled "Operati…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-17). Declassified: CIA Plotted Assassination Of Cuba's Raul Castro. southfront.org Raul Castro Source: Twitter | According to the declassified documents, the CIA attempted to assassinate Raul Castro, the younger brother of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in 1960. The top secret documents were published on the The report claims that CIA recruited the pilot, Jose Raul Martinez, in Cuba. On July 21, 196…

Anya Parampil (2021-04-17). US escalates in Ukraine battleground. thegrayzone.com With encouragement from his patrons in Washington, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is escalating against Russia and provoking a harsh response Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Moscow-based international affairs analyst Mark Sleboda about recent developments in Ukraine. Sleboda provides an in-depth explanation of the history leading to up to the current situation and analyses domestic factors in Ukraine that are pushing the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to pursue a more bellicose posture towards Russia.

Ricardo Vaz (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Legislature Approves National Communal Parliament Law. venezuelanalysis.com Grassroots organizations will now debate the legislation and suggest changes to the text.

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-17). Confirmed! Lula Totally Acquitted, Can Run for President Again. orinocotribune.com With a vote of eight judges in favor and three against, Brazilian leader Luis Inazio Lula da Silva received confirmation of his complete acquittal on the charges laid against him regarding alleged acts of corruption in the infamous Lava Jato case. | With this decision by a majority of the plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the court determined that the 13th Court of Curitiba, through which they issued the sentence, is incompetent to rule on the case. | For this reason, the sentences imposed by this body, through Judge Sergio Moro, were annulled, and if any of the…

_____ (2021-04-17). U.S. Attaché's 'Death's Head' Insult Fans Flames Threatening World War in Ukraine. strategic-culture.org Ukraine is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The United States has no treaty obligations — and neither does NATO — to come to Kiev's aid in times of war. | The irresponsible, tasteless and plain obscene action of U.S. Defense Attache to Kiev Colonel Brittany Stewart in publicly wearing a Ukrainian armed forces death's head insignia in her visit to the Donbass war zone in a time of deadly escalating tensions on April 9 defies belief. Her action suggests that under President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin the Pentagon has fallen into the hands of deadly dangerous s…

First Do No Harm (2021-04-17). Some Causes Of US Mass Shootings And Other Violence. indybay.org Why is there escalating violence in the US?>

Eurasia Review (2021-04-17). Are Oil And Gas Pipelines Safe During An Earthquake? eurasiareview.com Underground pipelines that transport oil and gas are very important engineering communications worldwide. Some of these underground communications are built and operated in earthquake-prone areas. | Seismic safety or seismic stability of underground pipelines began to be intensively studied since the 1950s. | Since then, a number of methodologies were proposed for calculating stress received by an underground pipeline during an earthquake. The purpose of these methodologies was to make an accurate prediction on the structural stress received by a pipeline during an earthquake, and thus it would allow to decide…

Ricardo Orozco (2021-04-17). La izquierda mexicana al servicio de la inteligencia artificial (I). globalizacion.ca El pasado martes 13 de abril, las Comisiones legislativas de Comunicaciones y Transportes y de Estudios Legislativos, del Senado de la República, aprobaron la Minuta con proyecto de decreto por el que se reforman y adicionan diversas disposiciones de la …

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-17). México — La espada de Damocles sobre el cuello de la democracia. globalizacion.ca La mítica espada de Damocles pende amenazante sobre el cuello de la democracia mexicana. Si en el pasado reciente era una amenaza se ha convertido en una realidad. Sorprendió a casi todos los miembros de colegios y asociaciones de abogados…

_____ (2021-04-17). Venezuela Border Conflict Mixes Drug Trafficking And Regime-Change. popularresistance.org Beginning in mid-March, Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state. These have long used Venezuela's border region to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. The fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the Meta River—an Orinoco tributary—to Arauca in Colombia. | The bi-national border is unmonitored and long enough, at 1367 miles, to encourage smuggling and the undocumented passage of cross-border travelers, in this instance the embattled Col…

Elizabeth Pontoriero (2021-04-17). Explotación del litio en el norte argentino: øQué rol debe cumplir el Estado? globalizacion.ca Algunos especialistas exigen cambios legislativos que permitan otro rol del Estado en la explotación del litio. El debate sobre su impacto sobre la reservas de agua dulce. | En el dossier "Litio: un tesoro escondido en la Puna argentina", desarrollado por…

Andrew Green (2021-04-17). [Obituary] Carola Eisenberg. thelancet.com Psychiatrist and co-founder of Physicians for Human Rights. Born Sept 15, 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she died on March 11, 2021, in Lincoln, MA, USA, aged 103 years.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-17). With his sentences annulled, Lula says he may run in order to defeat Bolsonaro. peoplesdispatch.org The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, became fully After the court's decision, Lula da Silva affirmed, in an exclusive interview with Argentine television station C5N…

Fabiana Alves (2021-04-17). No Blank Check for Enemies of the Environment in Brazil. commondreams.org Civil society organizations in Brazil sent an open letter to the United States government asking it not to support the destructive environmental policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/landau_novo_progresso_fogo_15ago_03-1.jpg

Staff (2021-04-17). Mayor of La Victoria: 'Colombian Paramilitary Gangs Use Robin Hood Modus Operandi to Engage with Locals'. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 16 (OrinocoTribune.com) — On Thursday, April 15, a webinar was hosted by Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ), in which the special guest was José María Romero, better known as "Chema." He is the mayor of Páez municipality in Apure state, Venezuela, where is located the small town of La Victoria where clashes between the Venezuelan National Armed Force (FANB) and Colombian narco-paramilitary groups occurred for almost five days towards the end of March. | Due to the frankness, clarity and detailed information provided by the mayor in his statement and his replies to the questions of attendees,…

Nepomuceno Marín (2021-04-17). Biden y Duque desatan nuevamente la guerra de las drogas con glifosato en Colombia. globalizacion.ca Un dato y un hecho de no poca importancia, para quienes nos vendieron el cuento del lado progresista del gobierno de Biden con respaldo de B. Sanders; hoy, con el aval del gobierno USA, se acaba de dar un paso…

Oscar Laborde (2021-04-17). Ecuador — øPor qué no ganó Andrés Arauz? globalizacion.ca Las elecciones del último domingo en Ecuador terminaron con un duro golpe al proyecto de la Revolución Ciudadana, el más duro de las últimos años. En este caso, la derrota no fue por la "traición" de Lenín Moreno, sino por…

Pedro Brieger (2021-04-17). La supervivencia del correísmo en Ecuador. globalizacion.ca La victoria de Guillermo Lasso sobre Andrés Arauz ha significado un duro golpe para Rafael Correa y el movimiento que lidera, el llamado "correísmo" que gobernó durante 10 años el Ecuador y llevó adelante un proceso de profundas transformaciones estructurales….

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-17). Around the World in 8 Minutes: Protests erupt demanding justice for Daunte Wright in the US. peoplesdispatch.org In this episode, we take you the United States where massive protests have been taking place following the brutal police murder of Daunte Wright, increasing violence on Palestinians by extremist Israeli settlers as well as the 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Rosa Miriam Elizalde (2021-04-17). Cuba — La importancia de lo que no ocurrió. globalizacion.ca El 15 de abril de 1961 comenzaron los bombardeos aéreos en La Habana. Dos días después, 1 200 mercenarios cubanos dirigidos por la Agencia Central de Inteligencia estadounidense intentaron desembarcar por Playa Girón, una pequeña franja en el centro sur…

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Staff (2021-04-18). Minister for Defense: 'Venezuela Has Transformed the Siege into an Opportunity for Innovation'. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Minister for Defense, Chief General Vladimir Padrino López, said this Saturday, April 17, that Venezuela has transformed the siege into an opportunity to innovate and test its own solutions. | One of the areas in which this stubborn determination not to give up is revealed is the military field. |

Staff (2021-04-18). Minister for Defense: 'Venezuela Has Transformed the Siege into an Opportunity for Innovation'. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Minister for Defense, Chief General Vladimir Padrino López, said this Saturday, April 17, that Venezuela has transformed the siege into an opportunity to innovate and test its own solutions. | One of the areas in which this stubborn determination not to give up is revealed is the military field. |

_____ (2021-04-18). On Contact: Securing Democracy With Glenn Greenwald. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges talks to the US journalist Glenn Greenwald about how his reporting exposed the corruption that is rife among Brazil's political, judicial, and economic elite. | Greenwald was able to show, through a trove of documents, how President Jair Bolsonaro and his crypto-fascist party manipulated the legal system with the connivance of federal anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, and were able to discredit and eliminate Bolsonaro's political rival, former two-term president Luiz Inacio 'Lula' da Silva, the leader of the Workers' Party. | These revelations, dubbed the Secret Brazil Archive…

Francesca Emanuele (2021-04-18). Peru: Left vs. Far-Right — Dramatic Choice in Presidential Election. zcomm.org Pedro Castillo, a leftist, unexpectedly won first place in Peru's first-round presidential election last Sunday…

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Chinese Sinovac vaccine prevents 67 pct of symptomatic COVID-19 infections: Chilean study. ecns.cn The CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac is up to 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19, Chile's Ministry of Health said on Friday.

OtherWords (2021-04-18). People escaping Violence have a Right to Seek Asylum: Stop Calling it a "Border Crisis" juancole.com By Rachel Pak | — ( Otherwords.org ) — Over the last several weeks, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported a rise in the number of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States. With the increase, the federal government's capacity to process and shelter migrant children has been stretched, leading to children being …

Narda Zacchino (2021-04-18). The Extraordinary Rendition of Japanese Latin Americans During World War II. scheerpost.com By Diana Morita Cole / Original to ScheerPost In 2017, Isamu "Art" Shibayama testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the Organization of American States, marking a milestone in a 74-year journey that began when the United States government kidnapped him and more than 2,260 persons of Japanese ancestry from Latin America during World War II. When he was only 13… |

Fight Back (2021-04-18). Justice for Adam Toledo! Power to Communities to Stop Police Murder! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression demands justice for Adam Toledo, who was just 13 years old when he was gunned down by a Chicago police officer on March 29, 2021. Adam was a child and he did not deserve to die. As the newly released COPA video shows, Adam had his hands up and was complying when he was executed in cold blood. We must identify the officer who killed Adam and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. We must end the madness of a polic…

Fight Back (2021-04-18). Justice for Adam Toledo! Power to Communities to Stop Police Murder! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression demands justice for Adam Toledo, who was just 13 years old when he was gunned down by a Chicago police officer on March 29, 2021. Adam was a child and he did not deserve to die. As the newly released COPA video shows, Adam had his hands up and was complying when he was executed in cold blood. We must identify the officer who killed Adam and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. We must end the madness of a polic…

CNA (2021-04-18). Mexico Pauses Pro-Abortion Constitutional Reform. eurasiareview.com By David Ramos | The administration of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and legislators from his ruling National Regeneration Movement decided to put on hold for now the debate on amending the federal constitution to insert abortion rights and gender ideology. | In an April 14 press conference, López Obrador said that "when there are highly controversial confrontational issues, points of view, the best thing is to consult the citizens." | The president stressed that that his "recommendation" to Mexican legislators "is that citizens be consulted on controversial issues, where there are substantive…

_____ (2021-04-18). When Facing Imminent Election Defeat, Dominion Machines Will Always Do the Trick. strategic-culture.org Whenever a favourable election outcome seems problematic, the selection of the right vote counting machine will be sure to fix it. | There are only two rational explanations for the outcome of Presidential elections in Ecuador on April 11, ostensibly won by multimillionaire banker Guillermo Lasso. Either the Ecuadorean people are massively masochistic, or the election was stolen following the pattern recently tested in the paragon of political virtue and rule of law to Ecuador's north. As ancient logicians would say, tertium non datur. | The protagonists of these elections were the putative winner Lasso, with oli…

Staff (2021-04-18). 5 soldiers lose lives in helicopter crash in Peru. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 18 (MNA) — At least five Peruvian servicemen have died in a helicopter crash in the country's Department of Cusco.

ecns.cn (2021-04-18). Raul Castro announces retirement as head of Communist Party of Cuba. ecns.cn First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) Raul Castro on Friday announced he is retiring as the head of the party.

César Gómez Chacón (2021-04-18). Cuba — La terquedad del alma roja y verde olivo. globalizacion.ca Quisiera ser racional, comedido, paciente, ponderado, tolerante, apacible, moderado… ufff, son decenas de sinónimos que resumirían mi anhelo por dar la razón a tanta gente buena y sincera, quienes en estos días, en las redes sociales y en la vida…

Ricardo Vaz (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Legislature Approves National Communal Parliament Law. venezuelanalysis.com Grassroots organizations will now debate the legislation and suggest changes to the text.

teleSUR Desk (2021-04-17). Supreme Court confirms annulment of all charges against Lula. mronline.org Brazil's Supreme Court on Thursday ratified the decision adopted by one of its judges, who annulled the sentences handed down in the first place against former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. | April 17, 2021 | Newswire…

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-04-17). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election. dissidentvoice.org A spoiled ballot in Ecuador's elections. Photo by @AlinaDuarte Ecuador's April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be. On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation witnessed. But …

William Camacaro (2021-04-17). Ramsey Clark: An Essential Voice of Dissidence from the Center of US Power. orinocotribune.com By William Camacaro — Apr 14, 2021 | "There will be some who will remember Ramsey Clark as an outsider. There are many more who remember him as a friend of justice, the oppressed, the exploited, and the rule of law. Perhaps he himself would like to be remembered merely as someone who used the law to help others." | Curtis Doebbler, International Law Attorney | During the heat of the Gulf War under the George H. W. Bush administration, I had the opportunity in New York to meet an extraordinary human being: Ramsey Clark. It was an event to protest the State Department and Pentagon's arrogantly labeled "Operati…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-17). Declassified: CIA Plotted Assassination Of Cuba's Raul Castro. southfront.org Raul Castro Source: Twitter | According to the declassified documents, the CIA attempted to assassinate Raul Castro, the younger brother of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, in 1960. The top secret documents were published on the The report claims that CIA recruited the pilot, Jose Raul Martinez, in Cuba. On July 21, 196…

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boosting refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

RT (2021-04-17). Biden finally 'admits' to border CRISIS, says US couldn't manage migrant surge & boost refugee flow at same time. rt.com President Joe Biden has finally referred to the record influx of illegal immigrants at the US-Mexico border as a "crisis" and acknowledged that the situation has undermined his plans to admit more refugees from around the world. | "The problem was that the refugee part was working on the crisis that ended up on the border with young people. We couldn't do two things at once," Biden told reporters on Saturday after playing a round of golf in Wilmington, Delaware. "And now we're going to increase the numbers." | Biden on refugee cap (and refers to the situation at the border as a "crisis"): "The problem was that…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-17). Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast. middleeasteye.net Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast | UN calls for expanded state-led search and rescue operations as number of migrants leaving Tunisia for Europe triples | Sat, 04/17/2021 – 10: 09 | The bodies of migrants are recovered at a Tunisian port after a shipwreck in December 2020 (AFP) | At least 41 people, including a child, drowned when a boat capsized off the Tunisian co…

Anya Parampil (2021-04-17). US escalates in Ukraine battleground. thegrayzone.com With encouragement from his patrons in Washington, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is escalating against Russia and provoking a harsh response Red Lines host Anya Parampil speaks with Moscow-based international affairs analyst Mark Sleboda about recent developments in Ukraine. Sleboda provides an in-depth explanation of the history leading to up to the current situation and analyses domestic factors in Ukraine that are pushing the country's president, Volodymyr Zelensky, to pursue a more bellicose posture towards Russia.

WSWS (2021-04-17). WSWS interviews Jorge O'Leary, leader of 1983—86 Phelps Dodge miners strike. wsws.org The World Socialist Web Site recently spoke to Jorge O'Leary, a Mexican-born doctor and leader of the 1983—86 Phelps Dodge miners strike in Arizona. O'Leary, who is now 80 years old, spoke about the strike and the leading role played in it by the Socialist Equality Party's predecessor organization, the Workers League.

WSWS (2021-04-17). With death toll topping 365,000 Brazil faces "humanitarian catastrophe" wsws.org As the federal and state governments push for economic reopening, eight Brazilian states have reported an unprecedented population decrease due to COVID-19 deaths.

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2021-04-17). Gravar las grandes fortunas en tiempos de pandemia. globalizacion.ca Mientras América Latina continúa siendo la región con mayor número de contagios y muertes por la covid-19, así como también la de mayor caída en su economía en el mundo, en el ámbito internacional se ha instalado el debate para…

otowenh (2021-04-17). Haiti: A Country Facing the Pandemic Without COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people more than a year after the pandemic began, raising concerns among health experts that the well-being of Haitians is being sidelined as violence and political instability deepen across the country. | So far, Haiti is expected to receive only 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through a United Nations program aimed at ensuring that the neediest countries receive COVID-19 vaccines. | The free doses were scheduled to arrive no later than May, but delays are expected because Haiti missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is no…

Lise Alves (2021-04-17). [World Report] Brazilian ICUs short of drugs and beds amid COVID-19 surge. thelancet.com Doctors are reporting shortages of critical drugs and the need to ration care, pointing to public health failures. Lise Alves reports from Sà£o Paulo.

thelancet (2021-04-17). [Department of Error] Department of Error. thelancet.com Bojorquez I, Cabieses B, Arósquipa C, et al. Migration and health in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Lancet 2021; 397: 1243—45—In this Comment, the date of the Ibero-American Summit has been corrected to April 21, 2021. This correction has been made to the online version as of April 15, 2021.

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuela Expands Operations Against Colombian Paramilitary Gangs. orinocotribune.com Venezuela has expanded military operations in the border state of Apure to capture Colombian narco-paramilitary groups and eliminate foreign aggression. | "We are stepping up operations in Apure state (bordering Colombia) to guarantee internal order and for the capture of armed Colombian drug traffickers and their collaborators in the area," declared the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (CEOFANB) account on Friday, April 16. | In this sense, the command emphasized in a post on its official Twitter account that the military will continue actions aimed at eliminating foreign aggr…

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Army to Begin Clearing Mines in Apure State near Colombian Border. orinocotribune.com Major General Domingo Hernández Lárez, general commander of the Bolivarian Army, reported on his Twitter account that a military team has already been deployed to begin demining in the state of Apure, suffering from Colombian narco-paramilitary violence that included landmines planted to cause terror among local residents. | The minesweeper, the commander wrote, is an armored unit designed by Army engineers, dubbed the "patrol alligator." | El barremina diseñado por los ingenieros de combate del Ejército Bolivariano está listo para ir al Alto Apure e iniciar el desminado en nuestro territorio nacional del Alto Ap…

WorkWeek (2021-04-17). WorkWeek Bessemer Amazon Lessons, Hanging Noose At USF, Labor & Brazil Pandemic & Zinn. indybay.org WorkWeek reports on the lessons of the Bessemer Amazon union election, the hanging noose at USF and the pandemic in Brazil and labor. Last WorkWeek hears a past presentation by labor historian Howard Zinn on the hidden history of the US working class.

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-17). Confirmed! Lula Totally Acquitted, Can Run for President Again. orinocotribune.com With a vote of eight judges in favor and three against, Brazilian leader Luis Inazio Lula da Silva received confirmation of his complete acquittal on the charges laid against him regarding alleged acts of corruption in the infamous Lava Jato case. | With this decision by a majority of the plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the court determined that the 13th Court of Curitiba, through which they issued the sentence, is incompetent to rule on the case. | For this reason, the sentences imposed by this body, through Judge Sergio Moro, were annulled, and if any of the…

WSWS (2021-04-17). German Left Party embraces the far-right AfD. wsws.org In her new book The Self-Righteous Ones, Left Party politician Sahra Wagenknecht explicitly adopts the anti-immigrant and nationalist line of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) and emerges as a vociferous proponent of a policy of mass infection.

sputniknews (2021-04-17). Bush Calls for 'Gradual' Path to Eventual Citizenship for Illegal Migrants Amid Influx at Border. sputniknews.com In mid-March remarks on domestic policy, Bush already expressed his opinion that the US should find a way to legalize those illegal migrants who "have played by the rules." The ex-president claimed amid the current migrant influx that trying to return all of them back home would be a "political pipe dream."

First Do No Harm (2021-04-17). Some Causes Of US Mass Shootings And Other Violence. indybay.org Why is there escalating violence in the US?>

_____ (2021-04-17). U.S. Attaché's 'Death's Head' Insult Fans Flames Threatening World War in Ukraine. strategic-culture.org Ukraine is not a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. The United States has no treaty obligations — and neither does NATO — to come to Kiev's aid in times of war. | The irresponsible, tasteless and plain obscene action of U.S. Defense Attache to Kiev Colonel Brittany Stewart in publicly wearing a Ukrainian armed forces death's head insignia in her visit to the Donbass war zone in a time of deadly escalating tensions on April 9 defies belief. Her action suggests that under President Joe Biden and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin the Pentagon has fallen into the hands of deadly dangerous s…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-17). Are Oil And Gas Pipelines Safe During An Earthquake? eurasiareview.com Underground pipelines that transport oil and gas are very important engineering communications worldwide. Some of these underground communications are built and operated in earthquake-prone areas. | Seismic safety or seismic stability of underground pipelines began to be intensively studied since the 1950s. | Since then, a number of methodologies were proposed for calculating stress received by an underground pipeline during an earthquake. The purpose of these methodologies was to make an accurate prediction on the structural stress received by a pipeline during an earthquake, and thus it would allow to decide…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-17). México — La espada de Damocles sobre el cuello de la democracia. globalizacion.ca La mítica espada de Damocles pende amenazante sobre el cuello de la democracia mexicana. Si en el pasado reciente era una amenaza se ha convertido en una realidad. Sorprendió a casi todos los miembros de colegios y asociaciones de abogados…

Ricardo Orozco (2021-04-17). La izquierda mexicana al servicio de la inteligencia artificial (I). globalizacion.ca El pasado martes 13 de abril, las Comisiones legislativas de Comunicaciones y Transportes y de Estudios Legislativos, del Senado de la República, aprobaron la Minuta con proyecto de decreto por el que se reforman y adicionan diversas disposiciones de la …

Elizabeth Pontoriero (2021-04-17). Explotación del litio en el norte argentino: øQué rol debe cumplir el Estado? globalizacion.ca Algunos especialistas exigen cambios legislativos que permitan otro rol del Estado en la explotación del litio. El debate sobre su impacto sobre la reservas de agua dulce. | En el dossier "Litio: un tesoro escondido en la Puna argentina", desarrollado por…

Andrew Green (2021-04-17). [Obituary] Carola Eisenberg. thelancet.com Psychiatrist and co-founder of Physicians for Human Rights. Born Sept 15, 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she died on March 11, 2021, in Lincoln, MA, USA, aged 103 years.

Fabiana Alves (2021-04-17). No Blank Check for Enemies of the Environment in Brazil. commondreams.org Civil society organizations in Brazil sent an open letter to the United States government asking it not to support the destructive environmental policies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/landau_novo_progresso_fogo_15ago_03-1.jpg

Nepomuceno Marín (2021-04-17). Biden y Duque desatan nuevamente la guerra de las drogas con glifosato en Colombia. globalizacion.ca Un dato y un hecho de no poca importancia, para quienes nos vendieron el cuento del lado progresista del gobierno de Biden con respaldo de B. Sanders; hoy, con el aval del gobierno USA, se acaba de dar un paso…

Oscar Laborde (2021-04-17). Ecuador — øPor qué no ganó Andrés Arauz? globalizacion.ca Las elecciones del último domingo en Ecuador terminaron con un duro golpe al proyecto de la Revolución Ciudadana, el más duro de las últimos años. En este caso, la derrota no fue por la "traición" de Lenín Moreno, sino por…

Pedro Brieger (2021-04-17). La supervivencia del correísmo en Ecuador. globalizacion.ca La victoria de Guillermo Lasso sobre Andrés Arauz ha significado un duro golpe para Rafael Correa y el movimiento que lidera, el llamado "correísmo" que gobernó durante 10 años el Ecuador y llevó adelante un proceso de profundas transformaciones estructurales….

Rosa Miriam Elizalde (2021-04-17). Cuba — La importancia de lo que no ocurrió. globalizacion.ca El 15 de abril de 1961 comenzaron los bombardeos aéreos en La Habana. Dos días después, 1 200 mercenarios cubanos dirigidos por la Agencia Central de Inteligencia estadounidense intentaron desembarcar por Playa Girón, una pequeña franja en el centro sur…

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2021-04-17: News Headlines

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuela Expands Operations Against Colombian Paramilitary Gangs. orinocotribune.com Venezuela has expanded military operations in the border state of Apure to capture Colombian narco-paramilitary groups and eliminate foreign aggression. | "We are stepping up operations in Apure state (bordering Colombia) to guarantee internal order and for the capture of armed Colombian drug traffickers and their collaborators in the area," declared the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (CEOFANB) account on Friday, April 16. | In this sense, the command emphasized in a post on its official Twitter account that the military will continue actions aimed at eliminating foreign aggr…

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Army to Begin Clearing Mines in Apure State near Colombian Border. orinocotribune.com Major General Domingo Hernández Lárez, general commander of the Bolivarian Army, reported on his Twitter account that a military team has already been deployed to begin demining in the state of Apure, suffering from Colombian narco-paramilitary violence that included landmines planted to cause terror among local residents. | The minesweeper, the commander wrote, is an armored unit designed by Army engineers, dubbed the "patrol alligator." | El barremina diseñado por los ingenieros de combate del Ejército Bolivariano está listo para ir al Alto Apure e iniciar el desminado en nuestro territorio nacional del Alto Ap…

Ricardo Vaz (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Legislature Approves National Communal Parliament Law. venezuelanalysis.com Grassroots organizations will now debate the legislation and suggest changes to the text.

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-04-17). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election. dissidentvoice.org A spoiled ballot in Ecuador's elections. Photo by @AlinaDuarte Ecuador's April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be. On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation witnessed. But …

William Camacaro (2021-04-17). Ramsey Clark: An Essential Voice of Dissidence from the Center of US Power. orinocotribune.com By William Camacaro — Apr 14, 2021 | "There will be some who will remember Ramsey Clark as an outsider. There are many more who remember him as a friend of justice, the oppressed, the exploited, and the rule of law. Perhaps he himself would like to be remembered merely as someone who used the law to help others." | Curtis Doebbler, International Law Attorney | During the heat of the Gulf War under the George H. W. Bush administration, I had the opportunity in New York to meet an extraordinary human being: Ramsey Clark. It was an event to protest the State Department and Pentagon's arrogantly labeled "Operati…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-17). Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast. middleeasteye.net Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast | UN calls for expanded state-led search and rescue operations as number of migrants leaving Tunisia for Europe triples | Sat, 04/17/2021 – 10: 09 | The bodies of migrants are recovered at a Tunisian port after a shipwreck in December 2020 (AFP) | At least 41 people, including a child, drowned when a boat capsized off the Tunisian co…

WorkWeek (2021-04-17). WorkWeek Bessemer Amazon Lessons, Hanging Noose At USF, Labor & Brazil Pandemic & Zinn. indybay.org WorkWeek reports on the lessons of the Bessemer Amazon union election, the hanging noose at USF and the pandemic in Brazil and labor. Last WorkWeek hears a past presentation by labor historian Howard Zinn on the hidden history of the US working class.

otowenh (2021-04-17). Haiti: A Country Facing the Pandemic Without COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people more than a year after the pandemic began, raising concerns among health experts that the well-being of Haitians is being sidelined as violence and political instability deepen across the country. | So far, Haiti is expected to receive only 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through a United Nations program aimed at ensuring that the neediest countries receive COVID-19 vaccines. | The free doses were scheduled to arrive no later than May, but delays are expected because Haiti missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is no…

Lise Alves (2021-04-17). [World Report] Brazilian ICUs short of drugs and beds amid COVID-19 surge. thelancet.com Doctors are reporting shortages of critical drugs and the need to ration care, pointing to public health failures. Lise Alves reports from Sà£o Paulo.

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2021-04-17). Gravar las grandes fortunas en tiempos de pandemia. globalizacion.ca Mientras América Latina continúa siendo la región con mayor número de contagios y muertes por la covid-19, así como también la de mayor caída en su economía en el mundo, en el ámbito internacional se ha instalado el debate para…

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-17). Confirmed! Lula Totally Acquitted, Can Run for President Again. orinocotribune.com With a vote of eight judges in favor and three against, Brazilian leader Luis Inazio Lula da Silva received confirmation of his complete acquittal on the charges laid against him regarding alleged acts of corruption in the infamous Lava Jato case. | With this decision by a majority of the plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the court determined that the 13th Court of Curitiba, through which they issued the sentence, is incompetent to rule on the case. | For this reason, the sentences imposed by this body, through Judge Sergio Moro, were annulled, and if any of the…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-17). Are Oil And Gas Pipelines Safe During An Earthquake? eurasiareview.com Underground pipelines that transport oil and gas are very important engineering communications worldwide. Some of these underground communications are built and operated in earthquake-prone areas. | Seismic safety or seismic stability of underground pipelines began to be intensively studied since the 1950s. | Since then, a number of methodologies were proposed for calculating stress received by an underground pipeline during an earthquake. The purpose of these methodologies was to make an accurate prediction on the structural stress received by a pipeline during an earthquake, and thus it would allow to decide…

First Do No Harm (2021-04-17). Some Causes Of US Mass Shootings And Other Violence. indybay.org Why is there escalating violence in the US?>

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-17). México — La espada de Damocles sobre el cuello de la democracia. globalizacion.ca La mítica espada de Damocles pende amenazante sobre el cuello de la democracia mexicana. Si en el pasado reciente era una amenaza se ha convertido en una realidad. Sorprendió a casi todos los miembros de colegios y asociaciones de abogados…

Ricardo Orozco (2021-04-17). La izquierda mexicana al servicio de la inteligencia artificial (I). globalizacion.ca El pasado martes 13 de abril, las Comisiones legislativas de Comunicaciones y Transportes y de Estudios Legislativos, del Senado de la República, aprobaron la Minuta con proyecto de decreto por el que se reforman y adicionan diversas disposiciones de la …

W.T. Whitney Jr. (2021-04-17). Venezuela Border Conflict Mixes Drug Trafficking and Regime-Change Ambitions. orinocotribune.com By W.T. Whitney Jr. — Apr 16, 2021 | Beginning in mid-March, Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state. These have long used Venezuela's border region to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. The fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the Meta River—an Orinoco tributary—to Arauca in Colombia. | The bi-national border is unmonitored and long enough, at 1367 miles, to encourage smuggling and the undocumented passage of cross-border tr…

Andrew Green (2021-04-17). [Obituary] Carola Eisenberg. thelancet.com Psychiatrist and co-founder of Physicians for Human Rights. Born Sept 15, 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she died on March 11, 2021, in Lincoln, MA, USA, aged 103 years.

Elizabeth Pontoriero (2021-04-17). Explotación del litio en el norte argentino: øQué rol debe cumplir el Estado? globalizacion.ca Algunos especialistas exigen cambios legislativos que permitan otro rol del Estado en la explotación del litio. El debate sobre su impacto sobre la reservas de agua dulce. | En el dossier "Litio: un tesoro escondido en la Puna argentina", desarrollado por…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-17). With his sentences annulled, Lula says he may run in order to defeat Bolsonaro. peoplesdispatch.org The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, became fully After the court's decision, Lula da Silva affirmed, in an exclusive interview with Argentine television station C5N…

Staff (2021-04-17). Mayor of La Victoria: 'Colombian Paramilitary Gangs Use Robin Hood Modus Operandi to Engage with Locals'. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 16 (OrinocoTribune.com) — On Thursday, April 15, a webinar was hosted by Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ), in which the special guest was José María Romero, better known as "Chema." He is the mayor of Páez municipality in Apure state, Venezuela, which is close to the small town of La Victoria where clashes between the Venezuelan National Armed Force (FANB) and Colombian narco-paramilitary groups occurred for almost five days towards the end of March. | Due to the frankness, clarity and detailed information provided by the mayor in his statement and his replies to the questions of attendees,…

Nepomuceno Marín (2021-04-17). Biden y Duque desatan nuevamente la guerra de las drogas con glifosato en Colombia. globalizacion.ca Un dato y un hecho de no poca importancia, para quienes nos vendieron el cuento del lado progresista del gobierno de Biden con respaldo de B. Sanders; hoy, con el aval del gobierno USA, se acaba de dar un paso…

Oscar Laborde (2021-04-17). Ecuador — øPor qué no ganó Andrés Arauz? globalizacion.ca Las elecciones del último domingo en Ecuador terminaron con un duro golpe al proyecto de la Revolución Ciudadana, el más duro de las últimos años. En este caso, la derrota no fue por la "traición" de Lenín Moreno, sino por…

Pedro Brieger (2021-04-17). La supervivencia del correísmo en Ecuador. globalizacion.ca La victoria de Guillermo Lasso sobre Andrés Arauz ha significado un duro golpe para Rafael Correa y el movimiento que lidera, el llamado "correísmo" que gobernó durante 10 años el Ecuador y llevó adelante un proceso de profundas transformaciones estructurales….

Rosa Miriam Elizalde (2021-04-17). Cuba — La importancia de lo que no ocurrió. globalizacion.ca El 15 de abril de 1961 comenzaron los bombardeos aéreos en La Habana. Dos días después, 1 200 mercenarios cubanos dirigidos por la Agencia Central de Inteligencia estadounidense intentaron desembarcar por Playa Girón, una pequeña franja en el centro sur…

Staff (2021-04-16). Medical Oxygen Plant Reactivated in Venezuela to Tackle COVID-19 Spike. orinocotribune.com The company Oxígenos del Centro CA (Oxicentro), was reactivated by government authorities and the healthcare staff in the municipality of Independencia (Santa Teresa del Tuy), Miranda state, with the goal of helping to provide oxygen to healthcare centers in the region. The privately owned industrial and medicinal oxygen plant had been inoperative for more than eight years. | The facilities were supervised and refurbished by officials from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), the scientific-technological council of Miranda, and the mayor's offices of the municipalities Independencia (Santa Ter…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Venezuelan Army to Clear Mines in Border Areas With Colombia. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) on Friday began preparations to deactivate anti-personnel mines laid by illegal Colombian armed groups in Apure state. | RELATED: | FANB Commander Gen. Domingo Hernandez said that the "Patrol Caiman" armored unit will carry out the mine clearance process. | "The minesweeper designed by our combat engineers is ready to start the demining of the Alto Apure zone, where Colomb…

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-04-16). The Desperate Plans of the Southern Command. orinocotribune.com By Pasqualina Curcio — Apr 12, 2021 | The actions perpetrated since March 21 of this year by criminal groups coming from Colombia into La Victoria in the Venezuelan territory bordering our sister country, were not improvised. They are part of Plan B of the Southern Command to destabilize our nation and overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution. | In February 2016, the then Chief of the Southern Command, Kurt Tidd, wrote in a document titled Operation Venezuela Freedom-2: "It is indispensable to emphasize that the responsibility for the elaboration, planning and partial execution of Operation Venezuela Freedom-2 at…

Staff (2021-04-16). "Cold-Blooded Murder": Chicago Police Officer Shot 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo with His Hands in the Air. democracynow.org Protesters in Chicago took to the streets to condemn the police killing of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latinx boy, after bodycam video released by the Chicago police showed Toledo had his hands up in the air when a police officer shot him dead on March 29. Police initially described the incident as an "armed confrontation," but the video shows Toledo raised his hands after being ordered to do so. He was killed within 20 seconds of the officer leaving his car to chase him down a dark alley following a report of gunshots in the area. "A Chicago police officer murdered Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old. There is no other wa…

Illinois Latino Agenda (2021-04-16). Adam Toledo, 13, shot and killed by Chicago police. peoplesworld.org The following statement was drafted by the Illinois Latino Agenda (ILA), a coalition of Latino leaders that works to advance the economic, political and social prosperity of the Latino community. The ILA advocates for action that promotes and respects the dignity and worth of all Latino/a/x communities. It is a non-partisan coalition that stands in …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-04-16). Venezuela border conflict mixes drug trafficking and regime-change ambitions. peoplesworld.org Since mid-March, Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state, in western Venezuela. Colombians have long used the border regions to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. Fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the …

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-16). Anti-Blockade Digital Seminar: How to Turn Sanctions into Opportunities. orinocotribune.com With a presentation on the origin and reasons behind the unilateral coercive measures imposed on Venezuela by the US government, Hugbel Roa, Deputy to the National Assembly for the Bloque de la Patria, participated in the anti-blockade digital seminar "Is it Possible to Develop a Besieged Country?" | The event served as a platform to analyze how the financial and commercial attack against Venezuela intensified after Nicolás Maduro won the presidential election with popular support, following the physical departure of Commander Hugo Chávez. | In his speech, Roa detailed that it was Chávez who "guaranteed not only…

Party for Socialism, LIberation (2021-04-16). PSL greetings to the Communist Party of Cuba's 8th Congress. liberationnews.org On behalf of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the United States, we send you revolutionary greetings and solidarity on the occasion of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Party for Socialism, LIberation (2021-04-16). PSL greetings to PCC VIII Congress. liberationnews.org On behalf of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the United States, we send you revolutionary greetings and solidarity on the occasion of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Luis De Jesus Reyes (2021-04-16). 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba: Between change and continuity. peoplesdispatch.org The Communist Party of Cuba is holding its 8th Party Congress which will focus on the renovation of leadership to take forward the revolutionary project…

Editor2 (2021-04-16). Cuban Talent Replaces Expensive Imports for Venezuela. orinocotribune.com Today, Cuban advice in Venezuela enables the "La Mariposa" electrical transformer recovery plant to stabilize operations and proudly display a savings of millions of dollars from import substitution. | Alexis Iván Landeiro Ferro, Cuban head of the factory, explained to Cubadebate that at first the Venezuelan technicians and engineers were trained, who later joined the project, aware of the importance of the task. | Currently , more than 8,000 electrical transformers and their components have been rescued, with savings in foreign currency of around 2,000 dollars for each unit in the international market. | "The pl…

RT (2021-04-16). Cuba's Castro steps down, says he's handing power to next generation of 'anti-imperialist' leaders. rt.com Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro has announced that he is stepping down and handing leadership to a younger generation "full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit." The Castro family has led the party since 1961. | "As I live I will be ready with my foot in the stirrups to defend the fatherland, the revolution and socialism," Castro told party delegates at a convention in Havana on Friday. | Also on rt.com | | Raul has served…

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-04-16). Saludo del PSL al VIII Congreso del PCC. liberationnews.org Nuestro Partido se ha mantenido durante mucho tiempo en solidaridad con la Revolución Cubana, su Partido y su pueblo.

Staff (2021-04-16). Chicago Police Officer Shot 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo With His Hands in the Air. truthout.org Protesters in Chicago took to the streets to condemn the police killing of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latinx boy, after bodycam video released by the Chicago police showed Toledo had his hands up in the air when a police officer shot him dead on March 29. Police initially described the incident as an "armed confrontation," but the video shows Toledo raised his hands after being ordered to do so. He was killed within 20 seconds of the officer leaving his car to chase him down a dark alley follow…

Staff (2021-04-16). Vaccination Plan Advances: Venezuela Receives Fourth Shipment of Sputnik-V. orinocotribune.com Early in the morning of Thursday, April 15, the fourth shipment of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine arrived in Venezuela. These vaccines will be used to carry forward the Venezuelan immunization plan initiated on February 18. | The shipment was dispatched from Moscow, capital of the Russian Federation, and was carried by the Russian airline Azur Air. | To date, Venezuela has received 300,000 doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine, considered to be the most efficient vaccine in the world against COVID-19. | Moreover, Venezuela has included other COVID-19 vaccines in its vaccination plan, namely the Russian EpiVacCorona and t…

RT (2021-04-16). With coronavirus surging, Brazil tells women not to get pregnant until a 'better moment'. rt.com Brazil has asked women to "delay pregnancy" until the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, citing the threat of a coronavirus variant plaguing the country. Between new variants and vaccine risks, now is not a good time to be expecting. | "If it's possible, delay pregnancy a little until a better moment," Health Ministry official Raphael Parente said during a news conference on Friday, warning that the P1 variant of the coronavirus prevalent in Brazil "acts more aggressively in pregnant women." | Brazil has become one of the world's coronavirus epicenters lately, with 13.7 million cases of Covid-19 recorded and 365,000…

RT (2021-04-16). With coronavirus surging, Brazil tells women not to get pregnant until a 'better moment'. rt.com Brazil has asked women to "delay pregnancy" until the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, citing the threat of a coronavirus variant plaguing the country. Between new variants and vaccine risks, now is not a good time to be expecting. | "If it's possible, delay pregnancy a little until a better moment," Health Ministry official Raphael Parente said during a news conference on Friday, warning that the P1 variant of the coronavirus prevalent in Brazil "acts more aggressively in pregnant women." | Brazil has become one of the world's coronavirus epicenters lately, with 13.7 million cases of Covid-19 recorded and 365,000…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Economic Recovery in LATAM Faces a Dark Scenario, IMF Says. telesurenglish.net The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned of a dark scenario for economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean (LATAM) due to the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | IMF officials highlighted that the region experienced the world's sharpest economic contraction at 7 percent last year. Despite a 4.6 percent recovery expected in 2021, the region will not bounce back the pre-pandemic level…

_____ (2021-04-16). Pandemic Discrimination Against Asian Americans Has Long Roots. popularresistance.org "I have pepper spray and I hold it every time I'm alone right now in case I see someone that is really frightening," said New York City teacher Annie Tan, who is Chinese American. | By February 2020, friends of hers had already been verbally harassed on the subway. One had been deliberately coughed on. Another was too scared to take the train anymore. | Many Asian Americans and Asian immigrants are experiencing similar incidents. | A neighbor pointed to her and said "China virus," said Ah Ying, a homecare worker in San Francisco who immigrated years ago from Taishan, China. A physical assault on an Asian American…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Brazil: Food Insecurity Hits 125 Million Amid COVID-19 Crisis. telesurenglish.net At least 125.6 million Brazilians have not eaten in appropriate quantity and quality since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest data by the Food for Justice Research Group. | RELATED: | Based at the Free University of Berlin, the project measured the levels of food insecurity in Brazil and found that over 59.3 percent of Brazilians currently live under these conditions. | Bolsonaro ayer pid…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Mexico to Vaccinate Education Sector Personnel. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) announced the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for education sector personnel starting on April 20. | RELATED: | The immunization campaign will cover almost 3 million teachers and administrative personnel from public and private schools. | Chiapas, Coahuila, Nayarit, Veracruz and Tamaulipas will be the first states where the COVID-19 CanSino Bi…

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). COVID-19 diagnosis by antibodies only applies to unvaccinated population: NHC. ecns.cn China's National Health Commission (NHC) has updated its rules on the diagnosis of COVID-19 cases, stating that diagnosis based on the presence of antibodies only applies to those who have not yet been vaccinated.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-16). Majority of US population supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccine production. peoplesdispatch.org Citing the interests of "innovators", the US has led other rich countries in opposing the proposal for a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines raised by over 100 poor and developing countries in the WTO…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Chile Vaccinates Over 50 Percent of Its Population. telesurenglish.net Chile's Health Ministry reported on Thursday that over 60 percent of the population had been vaccinated, as the country enjoys one of the fastest COVID-19 vaccine rollouts alongside Iran. | RELATED: | Minister Rogelio Paris said that "12,934,282 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered. Of which, 7,664,226 are people with the first dose, and 5,270,056 are vaccinated people who have already complet…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Sputnik V COVID Vax Brings Russia and Lat Am Closer Together. telesurenglish.net The Gamaleya Institute's Sputnik V COVID vaccine has been registered to date in 60 countries worldwide with a combined population of 3 billion people, including 13 Latin American and Caribbean nations. | RELATED: | A survey conducted in nine countries, YouGov's March survey, indicated that Russia is seen as the most trusted vaccine producer alongside the U.S. with Sputnik V — the world's first registered jab [mdas…

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-04-16). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election. commondreams.org Given all the strikes against Arauz, it is remarkable the progressive presidential candidate Andrés Arauz did so well. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ecuador_elections.png

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Lise Alves (2021-04-17). [World Report] Brazilian ICUs short of drugs and beds amid COVID-19 surge. thelancet.com Doctors are reporting shortages of critical drugs and the need to ration care, pointing to public health failures. Lise Alves reports from Sà£o Paulo.

Andrew Green (2021-04-17). [Obituary] Carola Eisenberg. thelancet.com Psychiatrist and co-founder of Physicians for Human Rights. Born Sept 15, 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she died on March 11, 2021, in Lincoln, MA, USA, aged 103 years.

Staff (2021-04-16). Medical Oxygen Plant Reactivated in Venezuela to Tackle COVID-19 Spike. orinocotribune.com The company Oxígenos del Centro CA (Oxicentro), was reactivated by government authorities and the healthcare staff in the municipality of Independencia (Santa Teresa del Tuy), Miranda state, with the goal of helping to provide oxygen to healthcare centers in the region. The privately owned industrial and medicinal oxygen plant had been inoperative for more than eight years. | The facilities were supervised and refurbished by officials from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), the scientific-technological council of Miranda, and the mayor's offices of the municipalities Independencia (Santa Ter…

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). COVID-19 diagnosis by antibodies only applies to unvaccinated population: NHC. ecns.cn China's National Health Commission (NHC) has updated its rules on the diagnosis of COVID-19 cases, stating that diagnosis based on the presence of antibodies only applies to those who have not yet been vaccinated.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-16). Majority of US population supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccine production. peoplesdispatch.org Citing the interests of "innovators", the US has led other rich countries in opposing the proposal for a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines raised by over 100 poor and developing countries in the WTO…

Staff (2021-04-16). Vaccination Plan Advances: Venezuela Receives Fourth Shipment of Sputnik-V. orinocotribune.com Early in the morning of Thursday, April 15, the fourth shipment of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine arrived in Venezuela. These vaccines will be used to carry forward the Venezuelan immunization plan initiated on February 18. | The shipment was dispatched from Moscow, capital of the Russian Federation, and was carried by the Russian airline Azur Air. | To date, Venezuela has received 300,000 doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine, considered to be the most efficient vaccine in the world against COVID-19. | Moreover, Venezuela has included other COVID-19 vaccines in its vaccination plan, namely the Russian EpiVacCorona and t…

RT (2021-04-16). With coronavirus surging, Brazil tells women not to get pregnant until a 'better moment'. rt.com Brazil has asked women to "delay pregnancy" until the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, citing the threat of a coronavirus variant plaguing the country. Between new variants and vaccine risks, now is not a good time to be expecting. | "If it's possible, delay pregnancy a little until a better moment," Health Ministry official Raphael Parente said during a news conference on Friday, warning that the P1 variant of the coronavirus prevalent in Brazil "acts more aggressively in pregnant women." | Brazil has become one of the world's coronavirus epicenters lately, with 13.7 million cases of Covid-19 recorded and 365,000…

WorkWeek (2021-04-16). WorkWeek Bessemer Amazon Lessons, Hanging Noose At USF, Labor & Brazil Pandemic & Zinn. indybay.org WorkWeek reports on the lessons of the Bessemer Amazon union election, the hanging noose at USF and the pandemic in Brazil and labor. Last WorkWeek hears a past presentation by labor historian Howard Zinn on the hidden history of the US working class.

_____ (2021-04-16). Pandemic Discrimination Against Asian Americans Has Long Roots. popularresistance.org "I have pepper spray and I hold it every time I'm alone right now in case I see someone that is really frightening," said New York City teacher Annie Tan, who is Chinese American. | By February 2020, friends of hers had already been verbally harassed on the subway. One had been deliberately coughed on. Another was too scared to take the train anymore. | Many Asian Americans and Asian immigrants are experiencing similar incidents. | A neighbor pointed to her and said "China virus," said Ah Ying, a homecare worker in San Francisco who immigrated years ago from Taishan, China. A physical assault on an Asian American…

Staff (2021-04-16). "Cold-Blooded Murder": Chicago Police Officer Shot 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo with His Hands in the Air. democracynow.org Protesters in Chicago took to the streets to condemn the police killing of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latinx boy, after bodycam video released by the Chicago police showed Toledo had his hands up in the air when a police officer shot him dead on March 29. Police initially described the incident as an "armed confrontation," but the video shows Toledo raised his hands after being ordered to do so. He was killed within 20 seconds of the officer leaving his car to chase him down a dark alley following a report of gunshots in the area. "A Chicago police officer murdered Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old. There is no other wa…

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-04-16). The Desperate Plans of the Southern Command. orinocotribune.com By Pasqualina Curcio — Apr 12, 2021 | The actions perpetrated since March 21 of this year by criminal groups coming from Colombia into La Victoria in the Venezuelan territory bordering our sister country, were not improvised. They are part of Plan B of the Southern Command to destabilize our nation and overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution. | In February 2016, the then Chief of the Southern Command, Kurt Tidd, wrote in a document titled Operation Venezuela Freedom-2: "It is indispensable to emphasize that the responsibility for the elaboration, planning and partial execution of Operation Venezuela Freedom-2 at…

Illinois Latino Agenda (2021-04-16). Adam Toledo, 13, shot and killed by Chicago police. peoplesworld.org The following statement was drafted by the Illinois Latino Agenda (ILA), a coalition of Latino leaders that works to advance the economic, political and social prosperity of the Latino community. The ILA advocates for action that promotes and respects the dignity and worth of all Latino/a/x communities. It is a non-partisan coalition that stands in …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-04-16). Venezuela border conflict mixes drug trafficking and regime-change ambitions. peoplesworld.org Since mid-March, Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state, in western Venezuela. Colombians have long used the border regions to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. Fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the …

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-16). Anti-Blockade Digital Seminar: How to Turn Sanctions into Opportunities. orinocotribune.com With a presentation on the origin and reasons behind the unilateral coercive measures imposed on Venezuela by the US government, Hugbel Roa, Deputy to the National Assembly for the Bloque de la Patria, participated in the anti-blockade digital seminar "Is it Possible to Develop a Besieged Country?" | The event served as a platform to analyze how the financial and commercial attack against Venezuela intensified after Nicolás Maduro won the presidential election with popular support, following the physical departure of Commander Hugo Chávez. | In his speech, Roa detailed that it was Chávez who "guaranteed not only…

Party for Socialism, LIberation (2021-04-16). PSL greetings to the Communist Party of Cuba's 8th Congress. liberationnews.org On behalf of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the United States, we send you revolutionary greetings and solidarity on the occasion of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Party for Socialism, LIberation (2021-04-16). PSL greetings to PCC VIII Congress. liberationnews.org On behalf of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the United States, we send you revolutionary greetings and solidarity on the occasion of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Luis De Jesus Reyes (2021-04-16). 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba: Between change and continuity. peoplesdispatch.org The Communist Party of Cuba is holding its 8th Party Congress which will focus on the renovation of leadership to take forward the revolutionary project…

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-04-16). Saludo del PSL al VIII Congreso del PCC. liberationnews.org Nuestro Partido se ha mantenido durante mucho tiempo en solidaridad con la Revolución Cubana, su Partido y su pueblo.

RT (2021-04-16). Cuba's Castro steps down, says he's handing power to next generation of 'anti-imperialist' leaders. rt.com Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro has announced that he is stepping down and handing leadership to a younger generation "full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit." The Castro family has led the party since 1961. | "As I live I will be ready with my foot in the stirrups to defend the fatherland, the revolution and socialism," Castro told party delegates at a convention in Havana on Friday. | Also on rt.com | | Raul has served…

Staff (2021-04-16). Chicago Police Officer Shot 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo With His Hands in the Air. truthout.org Protesters in Chicago took to the streets to condemn the police killing of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latinx boy, after bodycam video released by the Chicago police showed Toledo had his hands up in the air when a police officer shot him dead on March 29. Police initially described the incident as an "armed confrontation," but the video shows Toledo raised his hands after being ordered to do so. He was killed within 20 seconds of the officer leaving his car to chase him down a dark alley follow…

Editor2 (2021-04-16). Cuban Talent Replaces Expensive Imports for Venezuela. orinocotribune.com Today, Cuban advice in Venezuela enables the "La Mariposa" electrical transformer recovery plant to stabilize operations and proudly display a savings of millions of dollars from import substitution. | Alexis Iván Landeiro Ferro, Cuban head of the factory, explained to Cubadebate that at first the Venezuelan technicians and engineers were trained, who later joined the project, aware of the importance of the task. | Currently , more than 8,000 electrical transformers and their components have been rescued, with savings in foreign currency of around 2,000 dollars for each unit in the international market. | "The pl…

Kate Wheeling (2021-04-16). Climate Migration Has Come to the United States. thenation.com Climate Migration Has Come to the United States…

First Do No Harm (2021-04-16). Some Causes Of US Mass Shootings And Other Violence. indybay.org Why is there escalating violence in the US?>

Fight Back (2021-04-16). National Day of Action Demanding Justice for George Floyd! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR). | The day of decision is coming. Closing arguments will soon take place in the case of Derek Chauvin, one of the four cops who killed George Floyd on a Minneapolis street, and the entire world will be watching as the jury begins deliberations. We settle for nothing less than justice! | The National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression or NAARPR is calling for protests around the country, that will coincide with day that the jury reaches a verdict. It is critical th…

pyeverino (2021-04-16). The Puerto Rican Self Determination Act: Continuing the anti-colonialist fight in Puerto Rico. dsausa.org RSVP Here Under foreign rule for over 400 years, first under Spain then under US control in 1898 (as a protectorate than as a commonwealth since 1950), Puerto Rico is the world's oldest colony. The untenability of their status has become acutely painful in the last 20 years, as the nation has faced austerity and…

Markela Panegyres (2021-04-16). As crises in Bolsonaro's Brazil deepen, could a coup be next? greenleft.org.au Sergio Lirio speaks to Pablo Stefanoni about the recent resignations of key members of Brazil's military elite, and the growing discontent at Jair Bolsonaro's disastrous administration.

slorinoco (2021-04-16). Armies of Neighboring Countries are Not our Military Objectives: FARC-EP Clarifies Position on Apure. orinocotribune.com The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) distanced itself from the attacks that have occurred in Apure state in recent weeks. | Through a communiqué read by [FARC guerrilla leader] Iván Márquez, the organization clarified that its battle is within Colombian territory. | Likewise, Márquez indicated that they respect the sovereignty of governments and peoples. "We do not charge taxes to any of the nationals of those countries, much less intervene in the management of their natural wealth," he said. | Along the same lines, he pointed out that the events in the border area are "regrettable a…

W. T. Whitney (2021-04-16). Venezuela Border Conflict Mixes Drug Trafficking and Regime-Change Ambitions. counterpunch.org Since mid-March Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state, in western Venezuela. Colombians have long used the border regions to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. Fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-16). White House: Changing Cuba Policy Is Not a Priority for Biden. news.antiwar.com Changing policy towards Cuba and giving the country sanctions relief is not a foreign policy priority for President Biden,

Peter Kornbluh (2021-04-16). Cuba Moves Into the Post-Castro Era. thenation.com Cuba Moves Into…

David Swanson (2021-04-15). The Brutes Haven't All Been Exterminated — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Sometimes I struggle to explain why none of the endless wars can ever be ended. Are they just too profitable? Is the propaganda self-fulfilling and self-believing? Is the bureaucratic inertia that powerful? No combination of semi-rational motivations ever seems sufficient. But here's a potentially relevant fact: there are still people alive in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen. | There's no secret memo in the Pentagon stipulating that every human being must be dead before the troops can "withdraw with honor." And if they were all dead, the very last thing any troops would do would be to withdraw. Bu…

teleSUR (2021-04-15). UN Promotes Funding Appeal for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. telesurenglish.net The United Nations (UN) will launch a funding appeal to support Saint Vincent and the Grenadines following the La Soufriere volcano eruption, regional officials reported on Thursday. | RELATED: | "We are about to initiate the UN funding appeal and response plan to support the humanitarian response, but also the early recovery for the next six months," the UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Caribbean Didier Trebucq sa…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-15). 'Humanitarian Catastrophe': Doctors Without Borders Slams Brazil's Covid-19 Response. commondreams.org "The lack of political will to adequately respond to the pandemic is killing Brazilians in their thousands," the international medical charity said. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/brazil_covid.jpg

WSWS (2021-04-15). Protests erupt in Spanish migrant camps at PSOE-Podemos repression. wsws.org Migrants are protesting appalling living conditions, poor food and the lack of medical treatment amid the escalating global COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-04-15). Indian hospitals overwhelmed amid over 100,000 COVID-19 cases daily. wsws.org On Monday, India recorded 168,912 new COVID-19 cases, replacing Brazil as the second-most affected country in the world hit by the highly-infectious virus.

teleSUR (2021-04-15). Almost 400 Patients Are Waiting For ICU Beds in Ecuador. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) President Juan Zapata on Wednesday reported that his country's intensive care units (ICU) exceeded their capacity to receive COVID-19 patients. | RELATED: | Currently, 395 people are waiting for a bed in the ICUs. Of those, 102 citizens are in Quito and 80 in Guayaquil. | The increase in the number of hospitalizations has been sustained since March 25. In the last s…

teleSUR (2021-04-15). 41 Peruvian Provinces Under the 'Extreme Risk' Category. telesurenglish.net Peru's Cabinet chief Violeta Bermudez announced the return of 41 provinces, including Lima, to "COVID-19 extreme risk" status due to a steady spike in contagions in these territories. | RELATED: | "Infections have not slowed down and, unfortunately, COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 43.9 percent in the last week," Bermudez said. | Besides a curfew extending from 9: 00 p.m. to 4: 00 a.m. from Monday to Friday…

teleSUR (2021-04-15). Dominican Republic Extends Curfew Due To COVID-19 Spike. telesurenglish.net Dominican Republic's President Luis Abinader on Thursday extended the curfew in his country for another 30 days due to the increase of COVID-19 infections. | RELATED: | The Dominican government took this action after Congress extended the national state of emergency for another 45 days. | The curfew will take place from Monday to Friday from 21: 00 to 5h00 local time, with a 3-hour break for the vehicular and people ci…

David Gilbert (2021-04-15). In prison, today's pandemic and shades of yesterday's: What the fight against COVID can learn from the one against AIDS. mronline.org The infamous Tuskegee syphilis study on Black men is but the best known of the plethora of medical experiments on Black and Brown people in and out of prisons, and other vulnerable populations. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

WSWS (2021-04-15). Health care calamity looms as COVID-19 cases surge across Canada. wsws.org With more contagious and deadly variants of COVID-19 becoming prevalent in Ontario, Quebec and the West, the Canadian population is facing a third wave of the pandemic that threatens to be the most lethal yet.

Alejandro Werner, Takuji Komatsuzaki,, Carlo Pizzinelli* (2021-04-15). Short-Term Shot And Long-Term Healing For Latin America And The Caribbean — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean recovered briskly in the second half of 2020, yet still more slowly than the global economy and other emerging markets. That's despite unprecedented policy support, strong performance of trading partners, soaring commodity prices and accommodative global financial conditions. The persistence of the health crisis in many countries casts a shadow on the near-term outlook. People and economies continue to require a short-term shot to exit from the COVID-19 crisis, while the aggravation of several underlying structural fragilities poses significant long-term challenges.

Workers World Party (2021-04-15). PDF of April 15 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Amazon workers: The struggle has just begun Daunte Wright's life matters! Tribute to Ramsey Clark. COVID crisis: Michigan surge, Vaccines — Capitalism vs. Socialism. PRO Act: petition & editorial. Paul Robeson remembered; On the picket line; DREAMERS confront Cruz. GLOBAL: Vieques, Culebra; Greenland; Gaza; Venezuela. TEAR DOWN . . . |

Gregory Wilpert (2021-04-15). Peru: Left vs. Far-Right — Dramatic Choice in Presidential Election. theanalysis.news | | | | teleSUR (2021-04-15). Amazon Deal: Biden Wants Results First, Brazil Upfront Money. telesurenglish.net During his campaign, Biden had pledged to allocate $20 billion to save the Amazon rainforest as part of his initiatives to tackle climate change. However, reports on the latest meetings this week highlight that Brazil is seeking upfront money for Amazon while the U.S. expects to see some specifics results before releasing the funding.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Airborne Laser Scanning Of Gaps In Amazon Rainforest Helps Explain Tree Mortality. eurasiareview.com A group of researchers led by Brazilians has used an innovative model to map gaps in the Amazon rainforest and identify factors that contribute to tree mortality. Water stress, soil fertility, and anthropic forest degradation have the most influence on gap dynamics in the world's largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, according to an article on the study published in Scientific Reports. | Forest gaps are most frequent in the areas with the highest levels of soil fertility, possibly because the abundance of organic material drives faster tree growth and shorter life cycles. | The main method of data c…

_____ (2021-04-15). Biden Administration's September 11 Withdrawal Plan Violates Peace Agreement. popularresistance.org Members of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) criticized U.S. President Joe Biden's announcement Wednesday that he would pull troops from Afghanistan on September 11, 2021, thereby violating a key component of a peace agreement negotiated by the previous administration. | A September 11 withdrawal—landing on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack—reinforces the false impression that the Taliban government had something to do with the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. | BAP is concerned the attempt to move the date of U.S. withdrawal past the agreed-upon May 1 deadline will give hardli…

_____ (2021-04-15). Stand With Haiti! A Call For Solidarity. popularresistance.org Above photo: Black Alliance for Peace. This statement, written by Haiti Action Committee and signed by over 60 organizations, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the return to Haiti of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and First Lady Mildred Aristide. It calls for support of the resistance by the Haitian people to the US-backed dictatorship of Jovenel …

Editor2 (2021-04-15). Colombia: A Glimpse Into a Sad Reality. orinocotribune.com By Alice Loaiza — Apr 5, 2021 | When people ask me if it is safe to visit Colombia, I always answer that it is fine if you don't speak Spanish and stay on the well-guarded tourist trail. But you will never see the reality of one of the poorest countries in Latin America. You will never see the mass displacement of communities or the murders committed by paramilitaries and military or the police beating people in the streets. | Indepaz, a Colombian peace organization, recorded eleven massacres in 2021. One of the last was in the small town of Tarazá, Antioquia, where three young men were gunned down by the Gu…

Staff (2021-04-15). From Luxury Condo in Madrid, Leopoldo López Repeats US Talking Points on Colombian Paramilitary Violence in Apure. orinocotribune.com A new media and political attack regarding the events in Apure state was launched by the fugitive from Venezuelan justice Leopoldo López. He stated that the military action of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) against Colombian narco-paramilitary gangs on the border with Colombia "does not have as its objective the defense of the Venezuelan territory—as established in Article 15 of Venezuelan Magna Carta—but that of participating in a conflict between narco-guerrillas," an accusation that aligns with those of certain Colombian authorities, in favor of their anti-Venezuelan and pro-US interest…

Geraldina Colotti (2021-04-15). Golpe de abril en Venezuela, guerra mediática desde Europa. globalizacion.ca Al analizar algunos elementos clave del golpe de abril 2002, queda claro por qué es legítimo considerar a la Venezuela bolivariana como un paradigma del siglo XXI, un laboratorio que va más allá de la realidad venezolana. | El haber podido…

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Workers World Party (2021-04-15). PDF of April 15 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Amazon workers: The struggle has just begun Daunte Wright's life matters! Tribute to Ramsey Clark. COVID crisis: Michigan surge, Vaccines — Capitalism vs. Socialism. PRO Act: petition & editorial. Paul Robeson remembered; On the picket line; DREAMERS confront Cruz. GLOBAL: Vieques, Culebra; Greenland; Gaza; Venezuela. TEAR DOWN . . . |

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Airborne Laser Scanning Of Gaps In Amazon Rainforest Helps Explain Tree Mortality. eurasiareview.com A group of researchers led by Brazilians has used an innovative model to map gaps in the Amazon rainforest and identify factors that contribute to tree mortality. Water stress, soil fertility, and anthropic forest degradation have the most influence on gap dynamics in the world's largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, according to an article on the study published in Scientific Reports. | Forest gaps are most frequent in the areas with the highest levels of soil fertility, possibly because the abundance of organic material drives faster tree growth and shorter life cycles. | The main method of data c…

Editor2 (2021-04-15). Colombia: A Glimpse Into a Sad Reality. orinocotribune.com By Alice Loaiza — Apr 5, 2021 | When people ask me if it is safe to visit Colombia, I always answer that it is fine if you don't speak Spanish and stay on the well-guarded tourist trail. But you will never see the reality of one of the poorest countries in Latin America. You will never see the mass displacement of communities or the murders committed by paramilitaries and military or the police beating people in the streets. | Indepaz, a Colombian peace organization, recorded eleven massacres in 2021. One of the last was in the small town of Tarazá, Antioquia, where three young men were gunned down by the Go…

_____ (2021-04-15). Biden Administration's September 11 Withdrawal Plan Violates Peace Agreement. popularresistance.org Members of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) criticized U.S. President Joe Biden's announcement Wednesday that he would pull troops from Afghanistan on September 11, 2021, thereby violating a key component of a peace agreement negotiated by the previous administration. | A September 11 withdrawal—landing on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack—reinforces the false impression that the Taliban government had something to do with the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. | BAP is concerned the attempt to move the date of U.S. withdrawal past the agreed-upon May 1 deadline will give hardli…

Gregory Wilpert (2021-04-15). Peru: Left vs. Far-Right — Dramatic Choice in Presidential Election. theanalysis.news Pedro Castillo, a leftist, unexpectedly won first place in Peru's first-round presidential election last Sunday. However, he now faces far-right second-place finisher, Keiko Fujimori. The outcome was largely due to a completely delegitimized political class in Peru, says Peru analyst Francesca Emanuele.

Ajamu Baraka (2021-04-15). Murder of Daunte Wright Ruined Derek Chauvin Show Trial. dissidentvoice.org The fix was in. The U.S. state was determined to demonstrate to the world that its system was able to render "justice" to its captive African/Black population. So, unlike in the handful of cases where charges were brought against police officers for killing a Black or Brown person, the prosecutors this time did not pretend …

WSWS (2021-04-15). Protests erupt in Spanish migrant camps at PSOE-Podemos repression. wsws.org Migrants are protesting appalling living conditions, poor food and the lack of medical treatment amid the escalating global COVID-19 pandemic.

David Gilbert (2021-04-15). In prison, today's pandemic and shades of yesterday's: What the fight against COVID can learn from the one against AIDS. mronline.org The infamous Tuskegee syphilis study on Black men is but the best known of the plethora of medical experiments on Black and Brown people in and out of prisons, and other vulnerable populations. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

Staff (2021-04-15). Network of Private and Public Pharmacies Already Has Carvativir for Sale. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, April 14, Venezuelan Minister for National Commerce, Eneida Laya, informed about the beginning of the commercial sale of the antiviral Carvativir, and that people will be able to purchase up to 4 units in different public and private pharmacies nationwide. | "On the instructions of President Nicolás Maduro, Carvativir is distributed in all the private pharmacy chains in the country, as well as in the public network. Sales of the drug are controlled. The purchase limit is 4 units per person and there is a data record when making the purchase in order to prevent possible resale," said Laya. | Variou…

_____ (2021-04-15). Stand With Haiti! A Call For Solidarity. popularresistance.org Above photo: Black Alliance for Peace. This statement, written by Haiti Action Committee and signed by over 60 organizations, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the return to Haiti of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and First Lady Mildred Aristide. It calls for support of the resistance by the Haitian people to the US-backed dictatorship of Jovenel …

Staff (2021-04-15). From Luxury Condo in Madrid, Leopoldo López Repeats US Talking Points on Colombian Paramilitary Violence in Apure. orinocotribune.com A new media and political attack regarding the events in Apure state was launched by the fugitive from Venezuelan justice Leopoldo López. He stated that the military action of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) against Colombian narco-paramilitary gangs on the border with Colombia "does not have as its objective the defense of the Venezuelan territory—as established in Article 15 of Venezuelan Magna Carta—but that of participating in a conflict between narco-guerrillas," an accusation that aligns with those of certain Colombian authorities, in favor of their anti-Venezuelan and pro-US interest…

Geraldina Colotti (2021-04-15). Golpe de abril en Venezuela, guerra mediática desde Europa. globalizacion.ca Al analizar algunos elementos clave del golpe de abril 2002, queda claro por qué es legítimo considerar a la Venezuela bolivariana como un paradigma del siglo XXI, un laboratorio que va más allá de la realidad venezolana. | El haber podido…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-15). Civil rights tsunami in D.C. over statehood, reparations and Justice Dept. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Civil rights issues hit Capitol Hill in a big way on April 14. As might be expected, congressional Republicans were on the wrong side of all of them. One House panel approved statehood for D.C. Another considered statehood for Puerto Rico. A third voted late at night for a bill to study reparations …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-15). St. Vincent & Grenadines faces power outages and water shortages as volcanic eruptions continue. peoplesdispatch.org In the past week, at least five massive explosions occurred spewing portentous plumes of ash and smoke into the atmosphere and covering the island with a thick layer of volcanic dust. The ashfall has reached the neighboring countries Barbados, Saint Lucia and Grenada. Scientists have warned that these explosions could continue for months…

Prensa Latina (2021-04-15). ONU FAO acogerá Simposio Mundial sobre Biodiversidad de los suelos. peoplesworld.org ROMA, (Prensa Latina) La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) anunció la realización de manera virtual del Simposio Mundial sobre la Biodiversidad del Suelo (GSOBI21) del 19 al 22 de abril. El encuentro, informó el organismo especializado en un comunicado, reunirá a funcionarios gubernamentales, organizaciones internacionales, usuarios de la …

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-04-15). Oil Output Remains Steady as PDVSA Eyes Fuel Production Boost. venezuelanalysis.com PDVSA is reportedly prioritizing diluent and light crude for its recovering fuel refineries.

Román Munguía Huato (2021-04-15). México — Ricos y pobres en la "milagrosa" Cuarta Transformación. globalizacion.ca En pleno Viernes Santo Andrés Manuel López Obrador, acorde a sus creencias religiosas, aprovechó oportunistamente mencionar la preferencia de Jesús por los pobres y la paz. | Dictó su Evangelio (que significa buenas nuevas) diciendo en cuenta de Twitter: "La vida…

Jessica Corbett (2021-04-15). 'Major Step Forward' as New Mexico Legalizes Recreational Marijuana. zcomm.org "By ensuring equity and social justice in our cannabis legalization, we are saying 'enough' to the devastating 'war on drugs' that over-incarcerated and over-penalized thousands of New Mexicans."

Jorge Franco (2021-04-15). Chile: øDemocracia real a democracia simulada? globalizacion.ca En el debate político en curso las desacreditadas elites dominantes no cesan de advertir, una y otra vez, contra el siniestro fantasma del "populismo". øQué es lo que buscan estigmatizar con ese término? Nada menos que la presunta e inherente…

Emir Sader (2021-04-15). La lección de Ecuador. globalizacion.ca La izquierda ecuatoriana acudió profundamente dividida a la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales. Sus tres candidatos (antineoliberales los tres) obtuvieron 66 por ciento en la suma de los votos: Andrés Arauz 32, Yaku Pérez 19, Xavier Hervas 15. | En…

Ricardo Jiménez A. (2021-04-15). Finally, a popular Left born in Peru. peoplesdispatch.org In the decade of the 1990s, the dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori achieved several of its key objectives through a combination of repression, human rights violations, and corruption that permeated through the Peruvian state and society. These "achievements" included the military defeat of the subversive armed groups and the imposition of a Constitution and an ultra neoliberal economic model which have allowed for the unlimited accumulation by the wealthy at the expense of the precarious majorities and those who exist at the juncture of consumption and credit, also known as the "middle class." | Parallelly, or rath…

Chris Gilbert (2021-04-15). An Unannounced Rupture in Venezuelan Politics. zcomm.org What clearly sets the Venezuelan people apart from most other peoples in the world is the recent memory of having participated in politics and of having had a government intervening on their behalf.

Staff (2021-04-15). Leaked Emails Reveal US Pressure on the UK not to Release Venezuelan Gold. orinocotribune.com The United States Department of State would have pressured the British Foreign Office to retain the frozen Venezuelan gold valued at almost $2 billion, which is sequestered by the Bank of England. | This information was relayed by independent UK journalist, John McEvoy, who through his Twitter account, released some emails that show the reality of the event. In one of these, for example, a response from the British Foreign Office was shown. It states that "the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) of the United States recognizes the need to protect information, which could harm relations between the UK and other stat…

Staff (2021-04-15). Leaked Emails Reveal US Pressure on UK not to Release Venezuelan Gold. orinocotribune.com The US State Department may have pressured the British Foreign Office to retain the frozen Venezuelan gold valued at almost $2 billion, which is being held by the Bank of England. | This information was relayed by independent UK journalist, John McEvoy, who through his Twitter account, released some emails demonstrating the reality of the event. In one of these mails, for example, a response from the British Foreign Office was shown. It states that "the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) of the United States recognizes the need to protect information, which could harm relations between the UK and other states if d…

Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director (2021-04-15). Georgieva: Leveraging Digital Money To Facilitate Remittances — Speech. eurasiareview.com Thank you for joining us here today for this virtual workshop about how digital money can facilitate remittances. | The eminent MIT economist Rudy Dornbusch famously said: | "In economics things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could." | Digital money is a perfect illustration of this maxim, where after a long period of development, the field is on the cusp of major changes that have the potential to reshape cross-border payments and remittances. | For example, last October The Bahamas launched the Sand Dollar, the world's first central bank digi…

Gerardo Arreola (2021-04-15). Cuba — El tiempo de Raúl Castro. globalizacion.ca Raúl Castro anunció hace tres años que su sucesor como primer secretario del Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC) será el actual presidente de la república, Miguel Díaz-Canel, quien así ocupará los dos puestos a la vez. | Está previsto que el…

CNA (2021-04-15). Haiti: Archbishop Demands Release Of Abducted Catholics. eurasiareview.com The Archbishop of Port-au-Prince has called for the release of 10 people who were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday and are being held for ransom. | "We demand security and peace for all missionaries and all people,"Archbishop Max Mesidor said. "We demand the immediate and unconditional release of our detained brothers and sisters." | Five priests, two nuns, and three laypeople were abducted at Croix-des-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, April 11. According to local news, they were taken while on the way to attend the installation of a parish priest. | According to Haitian media, the "400 Mawozo" gang admitted…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). New Evidence Regarding Emerald Production In Roman Egypt Coming From Wadi Sikait. eurasiareview.com A new paper published in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies presents the results of and images from the resuming of the archaeological seasons in the Mons Smaragdus region in the Egyptian Eastern Desert. The region is known for Roman-era emerald mines, chronicled by authors like Pliny the Elder and Claudius Ptolemy, were rediscovered in the 19th century by the French mineralogist Fréderic Cailliaud. During the 1990s a team from the "Berenike Project" started to survey the area and conducted the first excavations, focusing on the main site identified, Sikait, where the archaeological seasons resumed in January…

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Bolivia Launches International Campaign To Free Vaccine Patents. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Foreign Affairs Minister Rogelio Mayta on Tuesday launched an international campaign for the patent release of COVID-19 vaccines so that worldwide nations have equitable access to the drugs. | RELATED: | The proposal, which will be presented to the international community at the Ibero-American Summit to be held on April 21 in Andorra, aims to facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccines for the poorest countries. | Accord…

Gregory Wilpert (2021-04-14). Ecuador's Socialist Loses as Left Splits. theanalysis.news Ecuador's progressive presidential candidate Andrés Arauz narrowly lost the election last Sunday. But the left's internal divisions was not the only problem, explains CodePink's Leonardo Flores.

Gregory Wilpert (2021-04-14). Ecuador's Socialist Loses as Left Splits. theanalysis.news Ecuador's progressive presidential candidate Andrés Arauz narrowly lost the election last Sunday. But the left's internal divisions were not the only problem, explains CodePink's Leonardo Flores.

Ted Kelly (2021-04-14). After 'Great March of Return,' Gaza still under threat. workers.org Philadelphia Gaza is located on the western side of occupied Palestine and has been under Israeli military control since 1967. With a population of 2 million, it is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. It is frequently referred to as an "open-air prison," as the Israeli . . . |

Ana Ionova (2021-04-14). Landmark decision: Brazil Supreme Court sides with Indigenous land rights. nationofchange.org The country's Supreme Court has agreed to review the process around a past case that cancelled the demarcation of an Indigenous territory claimed by the Guarani Kaiowá people.

teleSUR (2021-04-14). AMLO Will Travel to Southern Border Over Children Migration. telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador said that he would visit the Southern border to address the children migrant crisis as the phenomenon continues to increase. | RELATED: | "To protect children, we are going to reinforce the surveillance, the protection, the care on our southern border because it's to defend human rights," Obrador said at a press conference. | WATCH: Border Patrol agents have once again captured…

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Kamala Harris To Visit Mexico, Guatemala Amid Migration Upsurge. telesurenglish.net U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Wednesday informed that she plans to visit Mexico and Guatemala in the coming days due to the increase of migrants at her country's southern border. | RELATED: | "I will be traveling to these countries to discuss their government's response to the migration crisis," Harris said without specifying dates. | In a meeting with experts in Latin American issues, she said she has no plans to visi…

Jeremy Deaton (2021-04-14). A Tale of Two Climate Migrants. thenation.com A Tale of Two Climate Migrants…

Jeremy Deaton (2021-04-14). A Tale of 2 Climate Migrants. thenation.com A Tale of 2 Climate Migrants…

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Brazil: The Poor Face High Food Inflation With Less Public Aid. telesurenglish.net Outlet Vermelho published a study showing that 22.6 million Brazilians who received emergency aid in 2020 will no longer be part of cash transfer programs. | RELATED: | The pandemic-induced economic crisis could worsen as President Jair Bolsonaro's administration will reduce the amount of emergency aid amid an upward trend in food prices. | The new round of aid will be delivered in four installments of US$26 and t…

Paul Goble (2021-04-14). Russia In Midst Of Worst Demographic Decline Since World War II — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The horrific increase in mortality rates among Russians, only part of which is the product of the coronavirus pandemic, pushed Russia in 2020 into the worst demographic decline since World War II and figures for the first months of this year suggest that that decline is continuing, Aleksandr Zhelenin says. | Indeed, if the rates registered since the start of this year continue, Russia will stand to suffer one million more deaths than births, a figure that there is little or no chance the return of migrant workers will compensate for and that could further accelerate the decline as it will produce a smaller coh…

Morgan Artyukhina (2021-04-14). Activists outside Justice Department demand Julian Assange be freed on second anniversary of his arrest. liberationnews.org Activists rallied outside the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Sunday to demand that WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange be released and the charges against him be dropped. April 11 marks two years since the Ecuadorian administration of President Lenín Moreno, sore from having its dirty laundry aired by journalists totally unconnected …

Martha Grevatt (2021-04-14). Capitalism, racism and the Michigan COVID surge. workers.org After a year of masking, social distancing and with significant sectors of the U.S. population vaccinated, COVID cases are beginning to decline. There are fewer reported deaths and hospitalizations. This is welcome news. But there are exceptions. COVID is spiking again in Michigan with new cases averaging over 7,000 per . . . |

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Canada Won't Limit AstraZeneca Vaccine Rollout. telesurenglish.net Canada's Health Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that it would not restrict the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine since the latest review by Canadian specialists highlighted that there are more benefits than risks. This after using the vaccine has been limited in some countries over fatal cases of blood clots. | RELATED: | "Health Canada is not restricting the use of the vaccine in any specific populations at t…

Dr. Birsen Filip (2021-04-14). Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates: Soberana 2 and Abdala. globalresearch.ca 'Our doctors are not health care merchants. | Our mission is loftier …

teleSUR (2021-04-14). UNFPA: Half of Girls and Women Worldwide Lack Body Autonomy. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported on Wednesday that over half of adolescent girls and women in developing countries could not decide over their bodies regarding reproduction, sexual relationships, or seeking healthcare. | RELATED: | "No country in the world today can claim to have achieved gender equality in its totality. If it had, there would be no violence against women and girls, no pay gaps, no l…

pyeverino (2021-04-14). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series. dsausa.org RSVP Here This is a series, running every Friday until May 7. Around the world, Black-led movements are raising the stakes in our collective struggles. This discussion series with leading Black and Indigenous militants from across Brazil spotlights their experiences in organizing against state violence, workplace exploitation, and structural racism everywhere from education to healthcare….

Staff (2021-04-14). TOMORROW April 15 Webinar: Armed Conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia Border — The Battle of Apure (Translation to be Provided). orinocotribune.com The armed aggression of Colombian criminal groups against the civilian population in the state of Apure, Venezuela, involved drug trafficking paramilitaries, used by Colombia and the US to attack the Bolivarian revolution. Venezuelan military regained control of the area after uncovering cocaine producing labs, airplane tracks and narco planes. | Translation to be Provided in Zoom platform (not in Facebook transmission): | Join us TOMORROW to hear from the mayor of La Victoria, Apure state, the details about the current situation in his town and the measures that the Venezuelan state is taking to defend t…

Staff (2021-04-14). TODAY April 15 Webinar: Armed Conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia Border — The Battle of Apure (Translation to be Provided). orinocotribune.com The armed aggression of Colombian criminal groups against the civilian population in the state of Apure, Venezuela, involved drug trafficking paramilitaries, used by Colombia and the US to attack the Bolivarian revolution. Venezuelan military regained control of the area after uncovering cocaine producing labs, airplane tracks and narco planes. | Translation to be Provided in Zoom platform: | (Translation not available on Facebook transmission): | Join us TOMORROW to hear from the mayor of La Victoria, Apure state, the details about the current situation in his town and the measures that the Venez…

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-04-14). Washington Could Not be Happier with Ecuador's New President. globalresearch.ca Against all expectations, right-wing Guillermo Lasso won the Ecuadorean presidential election …

Editor2 (2021-04-14). Bonaire: BOPEC Bankrupt due to Dutch Inspectorate and Taxation. orinocotribune.com By Handsoffvenezuela.nl — Mar 26, 2021 | The sad story for the employees of Bonaire Petroleum Corporation (BOPEC) on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaàßao ends badly because of Dutch interference. BOPEC, owned by Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), has been severely harmed by illegal sanctions by US and Dutch institutions, and finally was taken over by the Netherlands, after a claim for bankruptcy by the Dutch tax authority. The hawks in Washington and The Hague can be satisfied, but their interference has been disastrous for many of our overseas compatriots. | Curaàßao | When Shell turne…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-14). April 13, 2002: The Glorious Day of an Unprecedented Countercoup. orinocotribune.com Just 19 years ago, on April 13, 2002, Venezuela was the scene of an unprecedented event in history: the return to government of a president after an atrocious experiment in conservative restoration that failed to remain in power for more than 48 hours. | The coup plotters, after believing that their authority was decreed and obedience deserved, bitterly verified that after three years in the opposition, their ability to command had been impaired, and they misread the landscape of a new country that had emerged after 1998. | On April 13, 2002, the popular reaction against the coup of democracy took hold. The poor,…

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pyeverino (2021-04-14). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series. dsausa.org RSVP Here This is a series, running every Friday until May 7. Around the world, Black-led movements are raising the stakes in our collective struggles. This discussion series with leading Black and Indigenous militants from across Brazil spotlights their experiences in organizing against state violence, workplace exploitation, and structural racism everywhere from education to healthcare….

Editor2 (2021-04-14). Bonaire: BOPEC Bankrupt due to Dutch Inspectorate and Taxation. orinocotribune.com By Handsoffvenezuela.nl — Mar 26, 2021 | The sad story for the employees of Bonaire Petroleum Corporation (BOPEC) on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaàßao ends badly because of Dutch interference. BOPEC, owned by Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), has been severely harmed by illegal sanctions by US and Dutch institutions, and finally was taken over by the Netherlands, after a claim for bankruptcy by the Dutch tax authority. The hawks in Washington and The Hague can be satisfied, but their interference has been disastrous for many of our overseas compatriots. | Curaàßao | When Shell turne…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-14). April 13, 2002: The Glorious Day of an Unprecedented Countercoup. orinocotribune.com Just 19 years ago, on April 13, 2002, Venezuela was the scene of an unprecedented event in history: the return to government of a president after an atrocious experiment in conservative restoration that failed to remain in power for more than 48 hours. | The coup plotters, after believing that their authority was decreed and obedience deserved, bitterly verified that after three years in the opposition, their ability to command had been impaired, and they misread the landscape of a new country that had emerged after 1998. | On April 13, 2002, the popular reaction against the coup of democracy took hold. The poor,…

G. Dunkel (2021-04-14). Solidaridad con la lucha haitiana en toda América del Norte. workers.org El mes de marzo fue testigo de una serie de manifestaciones en toda América del Norte en solidaridad con las luchas del pueblo trabajador de Haití por la justicia, la democracia y el fin de la injerencia de Estados Unidos en sus asuntos internos. A las Naciones Unidos en NYC, . . . |

Gregory Wilpert (2021-04-14). Ecuador's Socialist Loses as Left Splits. theanalysis.news Ecuador's progressive presidential candidate Andrés Arauz narrowly lost the election last Sunday. But the left's internal divisions was not the only problem, explains CodePink's Leonardo Flores.

Dr. Birsen Filip (2021-04-14). Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates: Soberana 2 and Abdala. globalresearch.ca 'Our doctors are not health care merchants. | Our mission is loftier …

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-04-14). Washington Could Not be Happier with Ecuador's New President. globalresearch.ca Against all expectations, right-wing Guillermo Lasso won the Ecuadorean presidential election …

Ana Ionova (2021-04-14). Landmark decision: Brazil Supreme Court sides with Indigenous land rights. nationofchange.org The country's Supreme Court has agreed to review the process around a past case that cancelled the demarcation of an Indigenous territory claimed by the Guarani Kaiowá people.

Paul Goble (2021-04-14). Russia In Midst Of Worst Demographic Decline Since World War II — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The horrific increase in mortality rates among Russians, only part of which is the product of the coronavirus pandemic, pushed Russia in 2020 into the worst demographic decline since World War II and figures for the first months of this year suggest that that decline is continuing, Aleksandr Zhelenin says. | Indeed, if the rates registered since the start of this year continue, Russia will stand to suffer one million more deaths than births, a figure that there is little or no chance the return of migrant workers will compensate for and that could further accelerate the decline as it will produce a smaller coh…

Jeremy Deaton (2021-04-14). A Tale of Two Climate Migrants. thenation.com A Tale of Two Climate Migrants…

Jeremy Deaton (2021-04-14). A Tale of 2 Climate Migrants. thenation.com A Tale of 2 Climate Migrants…

Staff (2021-04-14). 'Stop violating rights of Iranian people'. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 14 (MNA) — In a letter to the Secretary General of Council of European Union, Secretary General of Iran's Human Rights Office lashed out at irresponsibility in violation of rights of Iranian people by member states of the Council.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-04-14). Militarize the Southern Border: Joe Biden Strikes Deal with Mexico and Central American States to Curb Migration. globalresearch.ca A crisis of migration into the United States from Mexico, Guatemala …

Eric Toussaint (2021-04-14). Ecuador: From Rafael Correa to Guillermo Lasso via Lenin Moreno. globalresearch.ca On 11 April 2021, Guillermo Lasso (52,4%), the right-wing candidate, defeated…

orinocotribune (2021-04-14). Anti-Chavismo Asks US Treasury (OFAC) for $53 Million to Pay Guaidó & Co. Salaries. orinocotribune.com The president of Venezuela's National Assembly (AN), Jorge Rodríguez, today revealed a new corrupt plot against the Venezuelan state involving former deputy Juan Guaidó and other representatives of anti-Chavismo. | At a press conference, Rodríguez presented a series of audio recordings that confirm a virtual meeting held by the opposition's Sergio Vergara (signatory of the agreement with the mercenary company Silvercorp, responsible for Operation Gideon) with former anti-Chavista deputies including Marco Aurelio Quinones, Winston Flores, and Freddy Superlano. | In the recordings, Vergara discusses an alleged budg…

Staff (2021-04-14). Venezuelan Parliament Approves National Communal Parliament Law at First Reading. orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, April 13, the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN) approved the Organic Law of the National Communal Parliament after the first reading. This law aims to create spaces within the People's Power where the various realities of each area of the country can be debated and linked to Parliament to deepen democracy. | "On a day like today, this Parliament gives the people of Venezuela a fundamental instrument to deepen participatory and protagonist democracy as it is set out in the Constitution. I ask the deputies that this Law be taken to the whole country for the ne…

Staff (2021-04-14). Anti-Chavismo Asks US Treasury (OFAC) for $53 Million to Pay Guaidó & Co. Salaries. orinocotribune.com The president of Venezuela's National Assembly (AN), Jorge Rodríguez, today revealed a new corrupt plot against the Venezuelan state involving former deputy Juan Guaidó and other representatives of anti-Chavismo. | At a press conference, Rodríguez presented a series of audio recordings that confirm a virtual meeting held by the opposition's Sergio Vergara (signatory of the agreement with the mercenary company Silvercorp, responsible for Operation Gideon) with former anti-Chavista deputies including Marco Aurelio Quinones, Winston Flores, and Freddy Superlano. | In the recordings, Vergara discusses an alleged budg…

Staff (2021-04-14). US Diplomat Todd Robinson Expelled from Venezuela Now Nominated DoS Under Secretary for Anti-Narcotics. orinocotribune.com Former US Chargé d'Affaires in Venezuela, Todd Robinson, was nominated by President Joe Biden to…

Chris Gilbert (2021-04-14). An Unannounced Rupture in Venezuelan Politics. zcomm.org What clearly sets the Venezuelan people apart from most other peoples in the world is the recent memory of having participated in politics and of having had a government intervening on their behalf.

Haiti Action Committee (2021-04-14). Stand with Haiti! A Call for Solidarity. zcomm.org This statement calls for support of the resistance by the Haitian people to the US-backed dictatorship of Jovenel Moise…

Patrick Cockburn (2021-04-13). The Return of Northern Ireland as the Most Dangerous Open Wound in British Political Life. counterpunch.org On the night of 15 August 1969, a Protestant mob burst into the Catholic part of west Belfast and burned down houses in and around Bombay Street, forcing the Catholic population to flee. The pogrom had a traumatic impact on Catholics in Northern Ireland, delegitimising the authorities for tolerating or assisting the mob, and playing a key role in the creation of the Provisional IRA.

Phyllis Bennis (2021-04-13). This isn't a Border Crisis, It's a Poverty, Violence and Climate Crisis. counterpunch.org Thousands of desperate migrants, mostly from Central America, are stuck at the U.S.-Mexico border. Most are families and unaccompanied children. Despite their legal rights to apply for asylum, U.S. officials are turning away huge numbers, claiming pandemic restrictions. But thousands of children remain, held in crowded border detention facilities while awaiting transfer to Department of

The Tricontinental (2021-04-13). Dossier No. 39: Pity the Nation: Honduras is being eaten from within and without. mronline.org On 28 June 2009, President Manuel Zelaya was overthrown in a coup d'état engineered by the Honduran oligarchy and the United States government. The reverberations of the coup extend into present-day Honduras, which continues to struggle to maintain its political sovereignty. | April 13, 2021 | Commentary…

orinocotribune (2021-04-13). US Military Plane RC-135W Spotted Over Conflict Area in Apure — NASA Publishes Satellite Image of Paraguaná (Coincidence?). orinocotribune.com This Monday, April 12, it was reported that a United States Air Force (USAF) plane flew over the airspace that comprises the Colombian-Venezuelan border on the Colombian side, where the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) recently expelled Colombian narco-paramilitary groups. | The details were reported through social media networks by journalists and specialized aeronautical accounts, which indicated that it was a Boeing RC-135W RIVET JOINT (R135) REG 62-4139, Alias HORN41. | The plane, according to the Patriota Cazador account on Twitter, took off from Lincoln, Nebra…

orinocotribune (2021-04-13). Venezuela Proposes Anti-Fake News Alliance Within ALBA-TCP. orinocotribune.com This Monday, April 12, before the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Venezuelan Minister for Communication and Information, Freddy àëañez, proposed the creation of an alliance to create a joint communication policy. The proposed alliance would allow not only to demonstrate the daily differences and similarities in points of view on economic, political and social issues, but would also facilitate the dismantling of fake news that seeks to promote hateful messages, creating "preludes to military invasions and economic aggression." | At the meeting of high autho…

John Peter Daly (2021-04-13). The 1811 Louisiana slave rebellion and the struggle in Haiti. liberationnews.org The absence of coverage of the tremendous people's struggle in Haiti by U.S. media is nothing new. The self-declared dictator Jovenel Moise has been in power for a year after the end of his presidency with the support of the U.S. government and other imperialists. From reports on the ground in Haiti today, the struggle …

Olivia Rosane (2021-04-13). Four gray whales wash up dead near San Francisco. peoplesworld.org Four gray whales have washed up dead near San Francisco within nine days, and at least one cause of death has been attributed to a ship strike. More whales than usual have been washing up dead since 2019, and the West Coast gray whale population continues to suffer from an unusual mortality event, defined by the National Oceanic and …

George Wuerthner (2021-04-13). Bozeman Watershed Logging Project Based on Flawed Assumptions. counterpunch.org The Montana Forest Action Plan recently awarded funding to the Bozeman Watershed logging project. Flawed assumptions and science characterize all these state-funded projects. Even though numerous studies have documented that logging/thinning fails to protect homes or reduce fire severity in nearly all instances, the mindless mantra that logging will preclude large fires continues unabated. +

Anonymous103 (2021-04-13). Informational Propaganda Activities Of International Terrorist Organizations (2021). southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Colonel A. Filisteyev, Lieutenant Colonel D. Borisov. Originally appeared at Foreign military review #2 2021. Translated exclusively for SouthFront. | International terrorist organizations are actively promoting radical ideology among the general population. Its main goal is to attract new supporters both to replenish the ranks of illegal armed groups operating in conflict zones, and to create a network of "sleeping" cells in various countries of the world. Such agitation allows extremists to r…

RT (2021-04-13). Mexico arrests 30 marines over alleged forced disappearances in city hit by drug cartel violence. rt.com Dozens of marines have been arrested by Mexican police for allegedly playing a part in forced disappearances in 2014 in the northern city of Nuevo Laredo, the navy has said. The border area has been plagued by cartel drug wars. | The attorney general's office ordered the detention of the naval personnel who were carrying out "surveillance and deterrence" work in the city, which borders the US state of Texas, the navy said in a short statement on Monday night. | Mexico's navy has been a key arm of the government's military-led cartel crackdown in the last 15 years, but it has drawn complaints over alleged human…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-04-13). Right-Wing Banker Pulls Off Upset Win in Ecuador Over Leftist Champion. commondreams.org "Now is a time for reflection," said Progressive International's David Adler. "The triumph of lawfare should send a chill through the global community." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/arauz.jpg

orinocotribune (2021-04-13). Venezuelan Army Engineers Begin Clearing Mines in Apure State. orinocotribune.com President Nicolás Maduro assured in a speech this Sunday, April 11, that "Venezuelan military engineers have begun work demining the territory of Apure (state bordering Colombia), where they have brought the dirty war to us in Colombia." He also reiterated that there are "irregular armed groups, disguised as guerrillas, but who serve the drug gangs of Iván Duque and àÅlvaro Uribe Vélez." With all of them there will be "zero tolerance," he warned once again. | For their part, Chief General Vladimir Padrino López, Minister of Defense, and Chief Admiral Remigio Ceballos, CEOFANB commander, offered a briefing o…

orinocotribune (2021-04-13). President Maduro Holds Meeting with WHO Director General to Speed Up Arrival of COVAX Vaccines. orinocotribune.com The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, reported this Monday, April 12, that he held an online meeting with the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom, as well as with different representatives of this international body, in order to accelerate the delivery of vaccines to the people of Venezuela through the COVAX initiative. | Through his account on the social media network Twitter, @NicolásMaduro, the Head of State wrote: "I had a very productive videoconference with Dr. Tedros Adhanom, General Director of @WHO, Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, Director of the @opsoms and the represen…

teleSUR (2021-04-13). Supreme Court Judge Bans Bolsonaro's Gun Access Reforms. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) Judge Rosa Weber on Monday suspended decrees that expand access to firearms and ammunition in another defeat for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro. | RELATED: | The decrees suspended were issued by Bolsonaro in February, and they would have come into force this Tuesday. | Weber vetoed the norm that increased from two to six the limit of firearms that citizens can acquire after obtaining a Registration…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-13). Economic Impacts of Russia's Declining Population. globalresearch.ca Despite various official efforts, including regular payment of maternal capital to …

WSWS (2021-04-13). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care workers in Mexico City and Guanajuato state are continuing protests to demand access to COVID-19 vaccinations while members of the Utier electrical workers union in Puerto Rico voted unanimously in favor of a strike against the Electrical Energy Authority…

teleSUR (2021-04-13). Argentina Breaks Record for Daily COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net Argentina on Tuesday reported 27,001 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest number in a single day, for a total of 2,579,000. | RELATED: | The Argentine Ministry of Health also reported 217 more deaths, bringing the total figure to 58,174. | On Friday, the government established mobility restrictions between midnight and 6: 00 a.m. and the closure of bars and restaurants between 11: 00 p.m. and 6: 00 a.m. an…

Brasil de Fato (2021-04-13). Pandemic in Brazil: app delivery laborers report worsening working conditions. peoplesdispatch.org Overworked, exploited and exposed to COVID-19, "We had the strike and they didn't give in to anything. The rates are getting worse and worse. It's worse than it already w…

teleSUR (2021-04-13). Chile Presents 97% Occupancy in Intensive Care Units. telesurenglish.net Chile's Health Undersecretary Alberto Dougnac confirmed a critical situation in the country's intensive care units (ICU) as 97 percent of its beds are occupied by COVID-19 patients. | RELATED: | On Monday, the COVID-19 positivity rate climbed to 8.42 percent. Active cases reached 45,021 people after 6,372 new cases were recorded. | Dougnac informed that 4,023 out of 4,158 ICU beds are currently occupied. This situatio…

ecns.cn (2021-04-13). Colombia receives new batch of Sinovac vaccines against COVID-19. ecns.cn A new batch of vaccines developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac arrived at the El Dorado airport here in Colombian capital on Sunday to help keep the country's National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 on track.

Staff (2021-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2021. democracynow.org Brooklyn Center Police Chief Claims Officer Mistook Gun for Taser in Killing of Daunte Wright, Prosecution Rests Case in Murder Trial of Minneapolis Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin, U.S. to Pause Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Amid Reports of Rare Blood Clots, WHO Warns of Exponential Rise in COVID-19 Cases, COVID-19 Cases Surge in the Philippines as Duterte Appears in Public for First Time in Two Weeks, European Union Officials Consider Use of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine, Biden Admin Strikes Deals with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to Further Militarize Borders, As Volcano Erupts, Only Vaccinated Residents of St.

webdev (2021-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2021. democracynow.org Brooklyn Center Police Chief Claims Officer Mistook Gun for Taser in Killing of Daunte Wright, Prosecution Rests Case in Murder Trial of Minneapolis Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin, U.S. to Pause Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Amid Reports of Rare Blood Clots, WHO Warns of Exponential Rise in COVID-19 Cases, COVID-19 Cases Surge in the Philippines as Duterte Appears in Public for First Time in Two Weeks, European Union Officials Consider Use of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine, Biden Admin Strikes Deals with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to Further Militarize Borders, As Volcano Erupts, Only Vaccinated Residents of St.

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-04-13). "Symbolic Naval War" Is Emerging Between Israel and Iran. globalresearch.ca In the Middle East, tensions between Israel and Iran are escalating, …

jamanetwork (2021-04-13). Neurology in Art. jamanetwork.com In 1861, the medical historian K. F. X. Marx published an essay of seventy-four pages on medicine in the graphic arts, containing the first list of paintings and engravings relating to medicine. Unnoticed in its time, this pamphlet opened a new pathway of research which has since been retraced and extended by many investigators, more particularly in the subsequent lists made by Sudhoff, in the well known illustrated books of Charcot, Hollà§nder, Màºllerheim and Parkes-Weber, and in various magazine articles of more recent date. The subject is one of immense interest to the physician who loves his profes…

teleSUR (2021-04-13). Volcanic Eruption Leaves St. Vincent Without Clean Water. telesurenglish.net UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Stephane Dujarric warned that the La Soufriere volcano eruption in Saint Vincent & the Grenadines left the population without clean water and electricity. | RELATED: | The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the UN mobilized pre-positioned water and hygiene supplies, which were currently stored in Barbados. | "The eruption has affected…

Natalucci G, Bucher H, Fauchère J. (2021-04-13). Effect of Early Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at Age 5 Years—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Before exposing preterm infants to erythropoietin for neuroprotection, potential benefits and safety need to be assessed using the highest possible level of evidence by performing randomized clinical trials instead of extrapolating results from retrospective analyses in neonates exposed to diverse doses of erythropoietin for the prevention of anemia of prematurity. Our recent study demonstrated no significant difference in neurodevelopmental outcomes at age 5 years in children born at 26 to 32 weeks' gestation treated with early high-dose rhEpo compared with saline during the first 2 days of life. These…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-13). Las Fuerzas Armadas y el momento mexicano. globalizacion.ca Boletines oficiales reseñan que la falta de recursos y la necesidad de administrar lo mejor que se pueda el presupuesto de 112 mil 557 millones 168 mil 656 pesos otorgado este año a la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, ha…

teleSUR (2021-04-13). Mexico Detains 30 Military Men Accused Of Forced Disappearance. telesurenglish.net Mexican Attorney General's Office on Monday started investigating 30 Navy soldiers for their alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of people in the Tamaulipas state. | RELATED: | The Navy turned over its 30 members on April 9 because they could be linked to at least 25 disappearances reported in the Nuevo Laredo Municipality in 2014 when a special task force was deployed in that territory to combat crime. | Mexican autho…

Iván Restrepo (2021-04-13). México — Turismo, abuso e impunidad. globalizacion.ca Fue una de las entidades más olvidadas de México, pero hoy Quintana Roo es el principal polo turístico del país. Allí se genera más de una tercera parte de las divisas que ingresan por dicha actividad. Esa transformación se dio…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-13). México — La ilusión del fuero como cobijo de inmunidad. globalizacion.ca La revista Proceso relata que hace quince años, el dirigente del sindicato minero metalúrgico huyó del país, acusó una persecución política por las vías laborales y penales que le reclamaban sus compañeros del gremio por el desvío de 54 millones…

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orinocotribune (2021-04-13). US Military Plane RC-135W Spotted Over Conflict Area in Apure — NASA Publishes Satellite Image of Paraguaná (Coincidence?). orinocotribune.com This Monday, April 12, it was reported that a United States Air Force (USAF) plane flew over the airspace that comprises the Colombian-Venezuelan border on the Colombian side, where the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) recently expelled Colombian narco-paramilitary groups. | The details were reported through social media networks by journalists and specialized aeronautical accounts, which indicated that it was a Boeing RC-135W RIVET JOINT (R135) REG 62-4139, Alias HORN41. | The plane, according to the Patriota Cazador account on Twitter, took off from Lincoln, Nebra…

Patrick Cockburn (2021-04-13). The Return of Northern Ireland as the Most Dangerous Open Wound in British Political Life. counterpunch.org On the night of 15 August 1969, a Protestant mob burst into the Catholic part of west Belfast and burned down houses in and around Bombay Street, forcing the Catholic population to flee. The pogrom had a traumatic impact on Catholics in Northern Ireland, delegitimising the authorities for tolerating or assisting the mob, and playing a key role in the creation of the Provisional IRA.

Patrick Cockburn (2021-04-13). The Return of Northern Ireland as the Most Dangerous Open Wound in British Political Life. counterpunch.org On the night of 15 August 1969, a Protestant mob burst into the Catholic part of west Belfast and burned down houses in and around Bombay Street, forcing the Catholic population to flee. The pogrom had a traumatic impact on Catholics in Northern Ireland, delegitimising the authorities for tolerating or assisting the mob, and playing a key role in the creation of the Provisional IRA.

webdev (2021-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2021. democracynow.org Brooklyn Center Police Chief Claims Officer Mistook Gun for Taser in Killing of Daunte Wright, Prosecution Rests Case in Murder Trial of Minneapolis Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin, U.S. to Pause Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Amid Reports of Rare Blood Clots, WHO Warns of Exponential Rise in COVID-19 Cases, COVID-19 Cases Surge in the Philippines as Duterte Appears in Public for First Time in Two Weeks, European Union Officials Consider Use of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine, Biden Admin Strikes Deals with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to Further Militarize Borders, As Volcano Erupts, Only Vaccinated Residents of St.

orinocotribune (2021-04-13). Venezuelan Army Engineers Begin Clearing Mines in Apure State. orinocotribune.com President Nicolás Maduro assured in a speech this Sunday, April 11, that "Venezuelan military engineers have begun work demining the territory of Apure (state bordering Colombia), where they have brought the dirty war to us in Colombia." He also reiterated that there are "irregular armed groups, disguised as guerrillas, but who serve the drug gangs of Iván Duque and àÅlvaro Uribe Vélez." With all of them there will be "zero tolerance," he warned once again. | For their part, Chief General Vladimir Padrino López, Minister of Defense, and Chief Admiral Remigio Ceballos, CEOFANB commander, offered a briefing o…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-04-13). "Symbolic Naval War" Is Emerging Between Israel and Iran. globalresearch.ca In the Middle East, tensions between Israel and Iran are escalating, …

Phyllis Bennis (2021-04-13). This isn't a Border Crisis, It's a Poverty, Violence and Climate Crisis. counterpunch.org Thousands of desperate migrants, mostly from Central America, are stuck at the U.S.-Mexico border. Most are families and unaccompanied children. Despite their legal rights to apply for asylum, U.S. officials are turning away huge numbers, claiming pandemic restrictions. But thousands of children remain, held in crowded border detention facilities while awaiting transfer to Department of

John Peter Daly (2021-04-13). The 1811 Louisiana slave rebellion and the struggle in Haiti. liberationnews.org The absence of coverage of the tremendous people's struggle in Haiti by U.S. media is nothing new. The self-declared dictator Jovenel Moise has been in power for a year after the end of his presidency with the support of the U.S. government and other imperialists. From reports on the ground in Haiti today, the struggle …

Olivia Rosane (2021-04-13). Four gray whales wash up dead near San Francisco. peoplesworld.org Four gray whales have washed up dead near San Francisco within nine days, and at least one cause of death has been attributed to a ship strike. More whales than usual have been washing up dead since 2019, and the West Coast gray whale population continues to suffer from an unusual mortality event, defined by the National Oceanic and …

Cyrus Yaqubi (2021-04-13). Khamenei's Misuse Of COVID-19 To Consolidate His Rule — opEd. eurasiareview.com While the Covid-19 epidemic still plagues the world and most countries have devoted almost all their energy, effort, and resources to fight the virus by vaccinating or quarantining all or parts of their country and population, Iran's situation is quite different. Most countries have even abandoned political considerations to obtain the vaccine from wherever possible and give priority to the welfare of their people. | For example, Germany and Austria, while members of the European Union, are independently negotiating the purchase of the Russian vaccine, and Italy has signed a contract to produce the Russian vac…

George Wuerthner (2021-04-13). Bozeman Watershed Logging Project Based on Flawed Assumptions. counterpunch.org The Montana Forest Action Plan recently awarded funding to the Bozeman Watershed logging project. Flawed assumptions and science characterize all these state-funded projects. Even though numerous studies have documented that logging/thinning fails to protect homes or reduce fire severity in nearly all instances, the mindless mantra that logging will preclude large fires continues unabated. +

Anonymous103 (2021-04-13). Informational Propaganda Activities Of International Terrorist Organizations (2021). southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Colonel A. Filisteyev, Lieutenant Colonel D. Borisov. Originally appeared at Foreign military review #2 2021. Translated exclusively for SouthFront. | International terrorist organizations are actively promoting radical ideology among the general population. Its main goal is to attract new supporters both to replenish the ranks of illegal armed groups operating in conflict zones, and to create a network of "sleeping" cells in various countries of the world. Such agitation allows extremists to r…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-13). Economic Impacts of Russia's Declining Population. globalresearch.ca Despite various official efforts, including regular payment of maternal capital to …

WSWS (2021-04-13). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care workers in Mexico City and Guanajuato state are continuing protests to demand access to COVID-19 vaccinations while members of the Utier electrical workers union in Puerto Rico voted unanimously in favor of a strike against the Electrical Energy Authority…

ecns.cn (2021-04-13). Colombia receives new batch of Sinovac vaccines against COVID-19. ecns.cn A new batch of vaccines developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac arrived at the El Dorado airport here in Colombian capital on Sunday to help keep the country's National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 on track.

Natalucci G, Bucher H, Fauchère J. (2021-04-13). Effect of Early Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at Age 5 Years—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Before exposing preterm infants to erythropoietin for neuroprotection, potential benefits and safety need to be assessed using the highest possible level of evidence by performing randomized clinical trials instead of extrapolating results from retrospective analyses in neonates exposed to diverse doses of erythropoietin for the prevention of anemia of prematurity. Our recent study demonstrated no significant difference in neurodevelopmental outcomes at age 5 years in children born at 26 to 32 weeks' gestation treated with early high-dose rhEpo compared with saline during the first 2 days of life. These…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-13). Las Fuerzas Armadas y el momento mexicano. globalizacion.ca Boletines oficiales reseñan que la falta de recursos y la necesidad de administrar lo mejor que se pueda el presupuesto de 112 mil 557 millones 168 mil 656 pesos otorgado este año a la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, ha…

Iván Restrepo (2021-04-13). México — Turismo, abuso e impunidad. globalizacion.ca Fue una de las entidades más olvidadas de México, pero hoy Quintana Roo es el principal polo turístico del país. Allí se genera más de una tercera parte de las divisas que ingresan por dicha actividad. Esa transformación se dio…

ecns.cn (2021-04-13). Australian deep-sea reef study could uncover new species. ecns.cn Australian researchers have embarked on an expedition to explore previously undocumented deep-sea coral reefs off the country's north coast.

Silvia Arana (2021-04-13). Gana Lasso el balotaje en Ecuador. globalizacion.ca En la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales en Ecuador, se impuso Guillermo Lasso, el candidato de la coalición de derecha CREO y Partido Social Cristiano con el 52.48%. El candidato progresista Andrés Arauz obtuvo 47.52% de los votos. | Según…

Emir Sader (2021-04-13). Ecuador: Cómo la izquierda mayoritaria perdió ante la derecha. globalizacion.ca La izquierda ecuatoriana fue profundamente dividida a la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales. Sus tres candidatos (antineoliberales los tres) obtuvieron 66% en la suma de los votos: Arauz 32%, Yaku 19%, Xavier Hervas 15%. | En la segunda vuelta, Arauz…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-13). Left candidate Pedro Castillo wins first round of presidential elections in Peru, heads to run-off. peoplesdispatch.org According to the preliminary results by the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), Pedro Castillo of the left-wing Free Peru party won 18.9% of the votes. It is still unclear who his opponent will be as three candidates are technically tied for second place…

orinocotribune (2021-04-13). Inter-Parliamentary Union Confirms Preparations for a Mission to Venezuela. orinocotribune.com The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) confirmed today, Monday, April 12, that it is preparing to send a mission to Venezuela to learn firsthand about the situation of the Legislative Power and inquire about complaints of human rights violations against former opposition parliamentarians. | "This is a mission that we have requested for a long time and it seems that it can finally be carried out, because we have received an invitation from [the new] 2020 Parliament," IPU spokesperson Thomas Fitzsimons told news agency EFE. | Last Friday the highest officials of the organization, which brings together parliaments from…

Lázaro Fariñas (2021-04-13). øDe qué democracia hablan en Miami? globalizacion.ca Si en algún lugar se habla de democracia en los Estados Unidos es en el Miami cubano y no es, precisamente, porque los cubanos que viven en esta ciudad sean tan demócratas, sino que lo utilizan para criticar y atacar…

Graziella Pogolotti (2021-04-13). Cuba — Las batallas de Girón. globalizacion.ca El bombardeo se escuchó en toda la ciudad. Procedía del oeste de la capital. A toda prisa, los milicianos iban saliendo de sus casas e intentaban acudir al lugar donde parecía concentrarse el peligro mayor. Desde la ruptura de relaciones…

Haiti Action Committee (2021-04-13). Stand with Haiti! A Call for Solidarity. counterpunch.org This statement, written by Haiti Action Committee and signed by over 60 organizations, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the return to Haiti of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and First Lady Mildred Aristide. It calls for support of the resistance by the Haitian people to the US-backed dictatorship of Jovenel Moise, and provides concrete ways for

Emanuel EJ. (2021-04-13). The Near-Term Future of Health Care Reform. jamanetwork.com Over the past decade, the US has made progress on the core problems of access, cost, and quality involving health care. Although it is valuable, this progress seems inadequate compared with the magnitude of the challenges. Approximately 20 million individuals in the US have received insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), yet an estimated 29 million (approximately 9% of the US population) remain uninsured. In addition, over the past decade, health care costs have stabilized at approximately 18% of gross domestic product, yet per capita costs are far higher than all other high-income countries…

Maret-Ouda J, Markar SR, Lagergren J. (2021-04-13). Review of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We agree with Dr Mehta and colleagues that lifestyle interventions may reduce heartburn symptoms among patients with GERD. As highlighted in our Review, there is solid evidence to advise patients with GERD to lose weight if they are obese and to abstain from smoking. However, currently available data regarding lifestyle changes are limited, and studies have often shown divergent results. Associations between dietary or beverage modifications and GERD symptoms are weak, and large population-based studies have often failed to provide reproducible results. Although the currently available medical literature…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-13). Azerbaijan: We have created a new reality by shedding blood. Everyone should reckon with us today. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The Turkish-directed onslaught by the armed forces of Azerbaijan (population of 10 million) against minuscule Nagorno-Karabakh (145,000) was one of the most atrocious acts of military aggression in modern times. It was also a NATO proxy war in the former Soviet Union/Russia. Baku: Multinational Turkic Council applauds Azerbaijani-Turkish war against Nagorno-Karabakh NATO appoints Turkey to …

Joynt Maddox KE, James CV. (2021-04-13). How the Biden Administration Can Improve Health Equity for Racial and Ethnic Minorities. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint outlines actions that the new federal administration could consider related to health care access and quality, and social determinants of health, to meaningfully improve health equity for racial/ethnic minority populations.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-12). Rights Advocates Concerned Over Biden Push to Increase Militarization of Borders in Central America. commondreams.org "The Biden administration should place human rights at the center of its migration discussions and agreements with regional governments." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden-centralamerican-security-forces-agreements.jpg

orinocotribune (2021-04-12). Mixed Results in Sunday's South American Presidential Races—Substantial Support for Left. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 11 (special for OrinocoTribune.com) — This Sunday's presidential races in South America produced mixed political results. Andres Arauz, the Correista candidate in Ecuador's second round, conceded victory to right-wing candidate and banker Guillermo Lasso, while in Peru the Ipsos exit poll results showed the leftist candidate Pedro Castillo (Peru Libre) winning with 16.1%, not enough to secure a victory, and thus ensuring a second round. Castillo will contest the presidency in the runoff against the individual arriving in second place, currently tied between neoliberal Hernando de Soto (Avanza…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Peru To Have Presidential Election Results In May. telesurenglish.net Peru's National Elections Jury (JNE) on Monday informed that the official results from April 11 elections will be released in May. | RELATED: | "We will announce who will go to the second round of presidential elections in the first week of next month," JNE President Jorge Salas said and added that new lawmakers will be announced by the end of May. | Exit polls showed leftist professor Pedro Castillo, of the Peru…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Venezuelan Aid Ship Reaches St. Vincent And The Grenadines. telesurenglish.net A Venezuelan ship on Monday reached St. Vincent and the Grenadines loaded with 20 tons of humanitarian aid sent by President Nicolas Maduro to assist the Caribbean islands amid the La Soufriere volcano eruption. | RELATED: | St. Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves thanked the Bolivarian government and people for sending the aid when the two-island nation needs it the most. | "Venezuela has help…

Paul Dobson (2021-04-12). Venezuela Reports Release of Blocked Funds for COVAX Vaccines. venezuelanalysis.com According to Maduro, the funds to purchase 11.3 million doses were liberated by US authorities.

Steve Lalla (2021-04-12). Shattered Dreams: The Assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. orinocotribune.com By Steve Lalla — Apr 10, 2021 | On April 9, 1948, Colombian Liberal politician, movement leader, and social activist Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala was murdered in the capital city of Bogotá. His killing changed the country's history forever. | During the 1940s the charismatic orator and lawyer had steered the Liberal party towards socialism. Gaitán was leading the presidential race at the time, and likely would have become Colombia's first left-leaning president. Instead, Gaitán was shot three times in the head in broad daylight, and it would take ten years and the interregnum of a military dictatorship for Col…

orinocotribune (2021-04-12). Venezuelan National Assembly Consolidates Relations with Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva. orinocotribune.com On Sunday, April 11, a delegation of deputies from the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela held a working meeting with the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Duarte Pacheco and the secretary general, Martín Chungong, in Geneva, Switzerland, in order to strengthen relations at the parliamentary level. | The president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, informed about the meeting through his Twitter account, and added that the AN has made an official invitation to the IPU to visit Venezuela, so that "it learns the truth about Venezuela beyond mainstream media manipulation and cunning attacks."

John Bachtell (2021-04-12). Global imbalance in vaccinations threatens to derail fight against pandemic. peoplesworld.org As the Biden administration orchestrates a massive effort to open vaccination against COVID to every adult by April 19, a "shocking imbalance" in vaccination is occurring globally. While governments of many wealthier capitalist countries are vaccinating their populations, vaccinations have all but stalled in the global South countries, leaving the people in large swaths of …

CNA (2021-04-12). Haiti: Bishops Condemn Kidnappings Of Catholic Priests, Nuns. eurasiareview.com Seven Catholic priests and nuns were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday, and are being held for ransom. | The five priests and two nuns were abducted at Croix-des-Bouquets, a suburb of Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince. According to local news, they were taken while on the way to attend the installation of a parish priest. | According to Haitian media, the "400 Mawozo" gang admitted culpability for the kidnapping, and is demanding $1 million in ransom. | Two of the kidnapped, one priest and one nun, are citizens of France. | Church leaders in Haiti have condemned the kidnappings, and called for action to be taken ag…

VOA (2021-04-12). Biden Names Trump Critics To Two Key Immigration Posts. eurasiareview.com By Ken Bredemeier | U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday named two critics of former President Donald Trump's immigration policies to key border control and immigration positions at a time when federal authorities are struggling to handle a surge of migrant arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border. | Biden picked Chris Magnus, the police chief in Tucson, Arizona, near the U.S.-Mexico border, to lead the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, and Ur Jaddou as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which handles the country's legal immigration system. | Both will have to be confirmed by the Senate be…

Staff (2021-04-12). Rainforests Could Turn Into Savannas as Climate Warms, New Study Warns. truthout.org This story originally appeared in As the planet warms, it isn't just humans who are feeling the heat — trees are too. Rising temperatures are disrupting a primary engine of life on Earth: photosynthesis. | A recent study…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Brazil's President Bolsonaro Furious Over Leaked Audio. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday complained harshly about Senator Jorge Kajuru who disclosed a telephone conversation about an investigation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | During this conversation, the pro-government senator was trying to justify his support for the opening of a parliamentary investigation into the Federal government's management of the pandemic. | Bolsonaro can be heard protes…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Peru's Electoral Authority Declares Presidential Runoff June 6. telesurenglish.net Pedro Castillo, known for leading a Peruvian teachers' strike in 2017, was the first-place winner in the polls, while Keiko Fujimori, the eldest daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, and right-wing economist Hernando de Soto, continue to fight for the other runoff slot after polls closed at 7: 00 p.m. | While Fujimori bets on continuing his father's legacy, alleviating pandemic measures, promoting large mining projects, and generating new jobs, Soto reiterated that he would continue with an expansive fiscal and monetary policy to help reactivate the economy, support businesses and strengthen bor…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Cuba Prepares To Celebrate a Virtual International Workers' Day. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Central Workers Union (CTC) on Sunday launched the call for the commemoration of the World Proletariat Day on May 1. | RELATED: | Under the slogan "United We Make Cuba", the trade union movement will hold celebrations virtually. The date will pay tribute to health and science workers for their efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. | A virtual forum will take place on April 30 with the participation of sol…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). US Deal: Troops in Central America to Stem Migration Tide. telesurenglish.net The Biden administration recently reached an agreement with Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to help manage the flow of potential migrants on the US-Mexico border, according to Tyler Moran, special assistant to the president for immigration for the Domestic Policy Council. | RELATED: | According to the official, the Latin American countries have been asked to reinforce their borders by using their military to red…

Rachel Pak (2021-04-12). Stop Calling It a Border Crisis. counterpunch.org Over the last several weeks, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported a rise in the number of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States. With the increase, the federal government's capacity to process and shelter migrant children has been stretched, leading to children being housed in overcrowded and inhumane CBP facilities for extended

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Chile Approves New Immigration Law Hampering Regularization. telesurenglish.net Chile's President Sebastian Piñera Sunday enacted a new immigration law that imposes greater border regulations and streamlines deportations. | RELATED: | Besides establishing a three-month deadline for illegal migrants to leave the country, the law creates a new system regarding the issuance of visas and tightens the regularization process. | Although Parliament passed the law in Dec. 2020, a coalition of left-wing partie…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Mexico Rescues 136 Central American Migrants. telesurenglish.net Mexico's National Migration Institute (INM) reported the rescue of 136 Central American migrants who were kidnapped in Tlaxcala. | RELATED: | Following a citizen warning, these people were recovered in the San Pablo del Monte municipality. INM officials reported that among them were 19 minors who were traveling without any family members. | Local outlet Parabolica informed that these migrants stayed in a security hous…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Uruguay Reports 10.57 Deaths per Million Inhabitants in April. telesurenglish.net With an average of 10.57 related fatalities in the last seven days, Uruguay ranked among the ten countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per million inhabitants per day. | RELATED: | The National Emergency System (Sinae) reported 181 deaths connected to the Novel coronavirus last year. The figure increased between April 1 and April 7 this year as 257 people succumbed to the virus. | Regarding the ages…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Solidarity Campaign in Europe to Send Medical Supplies to Cuba. telesurenglish.net Solidarity organizations and Cuban residents in European countries are engaged in a campaign to send a container to Cuba with various medical supplies, including immunization boosters against Covid-19, said Reynaldo Romero today, the project coordinator. | RELATED: | At the moment, Cuba solidarity associations in Belgium such as CubaBel and the Netherlands Cuba in my Soul are involved, as well as the Belgians Cubanismo, Los Amigos de Cuba, and the Coordinad…

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Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-12). Rights Advocates Concerned Over Biden Push to Increase Militarization of Borders in Central America. commondreams.org "The Biden administration should place human rights at the center of its migration discussions and agreements with regional governments." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden-centralamerican-security-forces-agreements.jpg

orinocotribune (2021-04-12). Mixed Results in Sunday's South American Presidential Races—Substantial Support for Left. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 11 (special for OrinocoTribune.com) — This Sunday's presidential races in South America produced mixed political results. Andres Arauz, the Correista candidate in Ecuador's second round, conceded victory to right-wing candidate and banker Guillermo Lasso, while in Peru the Ipsos exit poll results showed the leftist candidate Pedro Castillo (Peru Libre) winning with 16.1%, not enough to secure a victory, and thus ensuring a second round. Castillo will contest the presidency in the runoff against the individual arriving in second place, currently tied between neoliberal Hernando de Soto (Avanza…

Paul Dobson (2021-04-12). Venezuela Reports Release of Blocked Funds for COVAX Vaccines. venezuelanalysis.com According to Maduro, the funds to purchase 11.3 million doses were liberated by US authorities.

Rachel Pak (2021-04-12). Stop Calling It a Border Crisis. counterpunch.org Over the last several weeks, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported a rise in the number of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States. With the increase, the federal government's capacity to process and shelter migrant children has been stretched, leading to children being housed in overcrowded and inhumane CBP facilities for extended

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-04-12). Sunday 4/11: Ten Things for US to Understand about Latin America. indybay.org ZOOM meeting. Login info available on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG

John Bachtell (2021-04-12). Global imbalance in vaccinations threatens to derail fight against pandemic. peoplesworld.org As the Biden administration orchestrates a massive effort to open vaccination against COVID to every adult by April 19, a "shocking imbalance" in vaccination is occurring globally. While governments of many wealthier capitalist countries are vaccinating their populations, vaccinations have all but stalled in the global South countries, leaving the people in large swaths of …

orinocotribune (2021-04-12). Venezuelan National Assembly Consolidates Relations with Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva. orinocotribune.com On Sunday, April 11, a delegation of deputies from the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela held a working meeting with the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Duarte Pacheco and the secretary general, Martín Chungong, in Geneva, Switzerland, in order to strengthen relations at the parliamentary level. | The president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, informed about the meeting through his Twitter account, and added that the AN has made an official invitation to the IPU to visit Venezuela, so that "it learns the truth about Venezuela beyond mainstream media manipulation and cunning attacks."

Editor2 (2021-04-12). Comprehensive Justice for Berta: Truth, Reparations, and No Recurrence. orinocotribune.com By Giorgio Trucchi — Apr 7, 2021 | On Tuesday, 61 months after the crime, Roberto David Castillo Mejía has appeared in court, accused of being a mastermind of the assassination of Berta Cáceres. Castillo was president of the private energy company Desarollos Energéticos SA (DESA), holders of the concession for exploitation of the Gualcarque River, and developers of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project, against which Berta Cáceres, the Lenca Indigenous leader fought for years, together with the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). | For Berta's family and for COPINH this…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Uruguay Reports 10.57 Deaths per Million Inhabitants in April. telesurenglish.net With an average of 10.57 related fatalities in the last seven days, Uruguay ranked among the ten countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per million inhabitants per day. | RELATED: | The National Emergency System (Sinae) reported 181 deaths connected to the Novel coronavirus last year. The figure increased between April 1 and April 7 this year as 257 people succumbed to the virus. | Regarding the ages…

ecns.cn (2021-04-12). Chile receives new shipment of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines. ecns.cn A new batch of CoronaVac vaccine from China's Sinovac arrived in Chile on Saturday to become part of the country's vaccination campaign against the COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-12). Brazil's COVID-19 death toll tops 350,000. ecns.cn Brazil's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 351,334 after 2,616 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health reported on Saturday.

WSWS (2021-04-12). A performer with many personal demons: Rapper and entertainer DMX dead at age 50. wsws.org Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, a multi-platinum selling rapper, died on Friday after suffering a massive heart attack that left him in a reportedly "vegetative state."

Antonio Gershenson (2021-04-12). México — Los desastres y las sospechas|. globalizacion.ca De acuerdo con las opiniones de técnicos de Pemex, del grupo Encuentro Nacional Petrolero, que directamente se encargan de la seguridad en las diversas secciones de cada refinería, el esclarecimiento de la explosión debe arrojar información para evitar otros eventos…

Emiliana G. Hidalgo (2021-04-12). La cooperación subnacional entre Argentina y China. globalizacion.ca Diversos actores subnacionales contribuyen desde sus territorios con la cooperación entre Argentina y China; como las cámaras empresariales, las empresas, las asociaciones civiles, las universidades, los gobiernos municipales y provinciales, las instituciones del sector científico y tecnológico, entre otros. | Todos…

_____ (2021-04-12). The Judicial Persecution Of Steven Donziger. popularresistance.org For some, call them criminal justice ingenues, it may be hard to believe this is happening in the United States, that our famed judiciary has sunk this low. But in the U.S., a judge acts as prosecutor and jury on behalf of a giant oil company, Chevron, as it destroys the life and career of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger. His crime? Daring to win a judgment against Chevron in an Ecuadorian court. For those less enchanted with the U.S. justice system, this is no surprise. But there it is. This judicial travesty is occurring in New York state. And the Chevron friendly judges — first Lewis A. Kaplan and hi…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Guillermo Lasso Is Ecuador's President-Elect. telesurenglish.net A little before 10 pm, the National Electoral Council presented the results of the presidential elections held in Ecuador. With 97 percent of the votes officially counted, the Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso is the next president of this Andean country after obtaining 52.52 percent of the votes. | RELATED: | Electoral authorities confirmed that Union for Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz had w…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-12). Guillermo Lasso wins presidential election in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org The right-wing Guillermo Lasso obtained 52.41% of the votes while progressive candidate Andrés Arauz secured 47.59% of the votes in the election held on Sunday. Arauz's Union for Hope alliance won the most seats in the legislature…

àÅngel Guerra Cabrera (2021-04-12). Ecuador en elecciones hoy. globalizacion.ca Encuestadoras serias dan a Andrés Arauz, candidato progresista a la presidencia de Ecuador, un mínimo de 10 puntos de ventaja sobre su contrincante, el proimperialista banquero, lavador de dinero y miembro del Opus Dei Guillermo Lasso. Se denuncia un megafraude…

Telesur (2021-04-12). Cuban and Venezuelan Authorities Mourn Ramsey Clark's Death. globalresearch.ca As an Attorney General, Clark stood up for civil rights and …

orinocotribune (2021-04-12). Venezuelan CNE Publishes Second Batch of Candidates Running for Rectors. orinocotribune.com The Electoral Nominations Committee of the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela will start with the period of objections and discharges after "satisfactorily" completing the evaluation process of 38 new nominees for rectors of the National Electoral Council (CNE) in the second round of postulations. | In accordance with current regulations, the list of candidates in the second round of postulations was published this Saturday, April 10, in the National Assembly website and also in national dailies. This list contains the names of the candidates who passed the evaluation process established by the Constitution of t…

ecns.cn (2021-04-12). Shenzhen to stage another round of stepped-up digital yuan test this month. ecns.cn Shenzhen city is conducting another round of stepped-up digital yuan test from April 10 to 23, enlarging test population by 500,000, as China leads in the global race to employ a digital currency, according to an expert.

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Peru: Exit Poll Result Show Leftist Pedro Castillo in 1st Place. telesurenglish.net Exit polls results from the Peruvian election showed an advantage for the left-wing candidate for the Free Peru Party (PL) Pedro Castillo in the lead for the second round. Five other names are competing for the other seat. | RELATED: | According to the Ipsos Peru consultancy company, Castillo is winning with 16,1 percent of the electoral votes. | The Country Advance Party's candidate Hernando de Soto, and former dicta…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Live: Ecuador Hits the Polls in Decisive Runoff Election. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker; and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, regional banking, extractivism and more. | 8: 00 AM EST – Election observers harassed by police after meeting with correista lawmaker Fausto Jarrin Teran | The electoral observation mission of the U.S. human rights organization CODEPINK currently in Ecuador to observe today's presidential elections was accosted by police as it were l…

Lautaro Rivara (2021-04-11). It's election day in Ecuador: A look at what lies ahead. peoplesdispatch.org The run-off election between progressive candidate Andrés Arauz and banker Guillermo Lasso is taking place amid an escalating pandemic, an economic crisis, and fears of irregularities…

Ron Jacobs (2021-04-11). Biden, Blinken and DOD. counterpunch.org Although the Blinken-Biden foreign policy approach may be more palatable to European governments and much of the US population, that doesn't mean it's that different from what preceded it. Besides the possible reinstatement of the Iran nuclear deal and a re-engagement with Cuba, little seems likely to change. US residents will continue to be told

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Live: Long Lines During Ecuador's Presidential Runoff Elections. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker, and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official, have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, regional integration, extractivism and more. | 3: 00 PM EST – Lasso rejoices in democratic celebration while analysts fear early victory decalaration | Conservative banker and candidate for the CREO coalition Guillermo Lasso celebrated the democratic celebration of Sunday's presidential runoff elections, stating his hopes to achiev…

Roger Stoll (2021-04-11). The Revolution Won't Be Stopped: Nicaragua Advances Despite US Unconventional Warfare. orinocotribune.com By Roger Stoll — Apr 8, 2021 | Republican strategist Karl Rove often advised his clients to attack not the enemy's weaknesses but its strengths. The bipartisan US foreign policy disinformation machine has taken Rove's advice with tedious devotion. So, to attack Nicaragua, the machine's fabrications and propaganda have targeted some of that country's strengths: gender equity, Indigenous rights and autonomy, democracy, sovereignty, and a successful response to the pandemic, as well as the Sandinista government's great popularity. | This should not surprise. It's the same Rovian method used against Nicaragua's…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Restaurant, Band: Peru's Candidates Go Wild on TV. telesurenglish.net Peru's 18 presidential candidates had a televised breakfast with their relatives on Sunday to kick off election day. This, amid despair outside of polling stations due to opening delays. | RELATED: | The candidates moved to several parts of the country for the morning event, which is a tradition in Peru. Some of them, such as Verónika Mendoza from Together for Peru, received several reporters at this house despite social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemi…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Slight Retreat of COVID-19 Cases in Cuba. telesurenglish.net Six patients died, however, among them a health professional and a four-year-old girl, Dr Francisco Duran said. | Of the those diagnosed, 953 are domestic contagions and six imported. | RELATED: | Durán also pointed out that 138 are children under 18 years of age (eight of them less than 12 months old), belonging to almost all the provinces of the country. | The four-year-old girl with an underlying oncological disease " is the first dea…

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Panama approves emergency use of Chinese vaccine against COVID-19. ecns.cn Panamanian health authorities on Friday approved the emergency use of the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac.

Ron Ridenour (2021-04-11). Ecuador's New Socialist Party Set to Win Elections Despite U.S. Intervention and Deceptive Identity Politics. globalresearch.ca Ever since the former President Rafael Correa-backed presidential candidate, Andrés Arauz…

Inge Fryklund (2021-04-11). The U.S. War on Drugs is Driving the Displacement Crisis. zcomm.org Why are desperate refugees turning up on the U.S. border? Because we have offloaded the costs of the drug war on Latin America…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Argentina's Economy Minister Starts Tour To Renegotiate Debt. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Economy Minister Martin Guzman Saturday began an official trip to Europe to renegotiate his country's debts with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Paris Club. | RELATED: | "We seek to get support from IMF shareholders to achieve a debt repayment program in line with Argentina's interests," Guzman stressed. | On Monday, the agenda will begin with a meeting with the German Federal Economy Ministe…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Bolivia Saw a Significant Turnout in Second Elections Runoff. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) President Salvador Romero confirmed a "high and significant" turnout in the second regional election runoff celebrated in four departments on Sunday. | RELATED: | Preliminary data showed a decrease in electors' participation as compared to the first election round held on March 7; however, he noted that Sundays' turnout was within the parameters to guarantee the elections…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Election Bolivia: Four Out of Nine Departments Decide Today. telesurenglish.net Bolivia decides on Sunday the local governmental authorities in the departments of La Paz, Tarija, Pando, and Chuquisaca as the parties go to a second round in these regions following a landslide victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) on March 7. The ruling party seeks to consolidate its power in some of Bolivia's most important regions. | RELATED: | On March 7, the ruling party MAS won outright 240 seats…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Bolivia: Polling Stations Close After a Normal Election Runoff. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's local authorities began to close polling stations following the conclusion of the second runoff regional elections held in the departments of Chuquisaca, Tarija, Pando, and La Paz this Sunday. | RELATED: | Electoral Tables authorities will start vote counts in a public act that can be witnessed by citizens and political parties participating in the electoral race. | The candidates who were the most voted in these fou…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Bolivia Sees Peaceful Second-Round of Departmental Elections. telesurenglish.net Bolivia has seen on Sunday a peaceful election day concerning biosecurity measures. Thus far, there have been no significant irregularities reported as people in the departments of La Paz, Tarija, Pando, and Chuquisaca decide on its representative. After a landslide victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) on March 7, the ruling party seeks to consolidate its power in some of Bolivia's most important regions. | teleSUR's correspondent in Bolivia, Freddy Morales, reports there have been no irregularities in La Paz but a low voter turnout in several polling stations. | On the other hand, after casting his…

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). China willing to work with Brazil to promote comprehensive strategic partnership: Chinese FM. ecns.cn Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that China is willing to work with Brazil to promote their comprehensive strategic partnership to continue to make new progress.

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Ecuador: Observers Concerned About Private Pollster. telesurenglish.net Over 12 million Ecuadorians attend the second electoral round to elect their next president from the Union for Hope (UNES) party candidate Andrez Arauz and Creating Opportunities (CREO) party candidate Guillermo Lasso. | The National Electoral Council (CNE) closed the electoral process at 5 pm and announced that official results will begin to be released after 7: 00 pm. | RELATED: | 5: 45 PM EST: International…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Lasso Thanked Ecuadoreans for Coming Out to Vote in Peace. telesurenglish.net In his first speech after the partial presentation of official presidential election results, Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso thanked Ecuadorians for coming out to vote in peace. | "Ecuadorians believe in democracy," Lasso said and thanked Jaime Nebot, the leader of the Social Christian party and former mayor of Guayaquil. | RELATED: | The CREO candidate also mentioned Alfredo Borrero, whom he refer…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Arauz: 'Today We Begin the Reconstruction Of Popular Power'. telesurenglish.net On Sunday night, the Union for Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz held a press conference to express his political positions and recognize the victory of the Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso. | RELATED: | "From today we have to return to being one Ecuador… during campaigns, we sought to differentiate ourselves but today the time has come to build bridges and build consensus," he said. | "This is an elec…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). General Election Day Begins in Peru. telesurenglish.net The electoral process had already started this Sunday in Peru. At 11H00 GMT, polling stations had already opened, although previously, several thousands of voters had already exercised their right to vote, either because they are residents abroad or under some other exception provided for in the national law. | RELATED: | A total of 18 candidates seek to, above all, occupy a place on the ballot. The polls have confirmed that up to seven candidates could be in a tech…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Peru Is Facing The Most Uncertain Elections In Its History. telesurenglish.net Unjustified absenteeism of polling station members, delays, and chaos on Sunday prevailed during the Peruvian election day, the first to be held in the country without knowing which two presidential candidates will advance to the second round. | RELATED: | Unlike in previous processes, a runoff election will be necessary because no candidate is projected to get even close to 50 percent of the votes. A survey by the Institute…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Cuban and Venezuelan Authorities Mourn Ramsey Clarks's Death. telesurenglish.net As an Attorney General, Clark stood up for civil rights and liberties in the Jonhson administration (1963-1969). He oversaw the drafting of the Civil Rights act, sanctioned housing discrimination, ordered a moratorium on federal executions and prison construction, and fought discrimination in employment alongside many other causes of social injustice.

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Dominican Republic Mourns Intellectual Figure Marcio Veloz. telesurenglish.net The Dominican Republic's President Luis Abinader declared a national mourning day starting on Monday due to the death of prominent writer Marcio Veloz. | RELATED: | Specialized in American and Caribbean history studies, Veloz developed outstanding work in anthropology, archeology, education, and diplomacy fields. | He received several awards such as the National Poetry Prize in 1961, the National Short Story Aw…

J.B. Gerald (2021-04-11). A Knee on the Neck of Long-term Political Prisoners. dissidentvoice.org The line between clearly defined political prisoners and prisoners targeted to make points for the political power structure is hidden. Criminalization is a standard tool of racial supremacists. George Floyd's death is familiar a thousand times over because it restates the predominant ethic of law enforcement's historical treatment of a minority population as revealed in …

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