2021-01-28: News Headlines

Yanis Iqbal (2021-01-28). The Biden Administration: Hardening of US Stance on Venezuela. dissidentvoice.org Joe Biden has been sworn in as the President of USA. For Venezuela, nothing has changed. The same belligerence, the same sanctions, and the same imperialism — the American empire continues to be cruelly hostile to the UN-recognized government of Nicolas Maduro. Inviting an Anti-Chavista Criminal Auguries of an ever-intensifying imperialist attack against Venezuela have …

Staff (2021-01-28). Share the Technology: Experts Say We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply & Price. democracynow.org As rich countries race to roll out their vaccination programs, leaders in the Global South and global health advocates are increasingly decrying vaccine hoarding that has pushed poorer countries to the back of the line during the pandemic. Some rich countries have secured enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate their populations several times over, while poorer countries struggle to secure enough doses, almost certainly prolonging the pandemic by months or even years. Public health policy expert Dr. Mohga Kamal-Yanni says an obvious way to address the issue is to share technology so more companies in more countries…

RT (2021-01-28). Russia's population decline accelerated in 2020, losing 500,000 residents amid Covid deaths, falling birth rate & less immigration. rt.com Russia has recorded its largest annual population decline in 15 years. According to Rosstat, the official government statistics service, the number of people permanently living in the country dropped by 510,000 in just 12 months. | The national population now totals 146.24 million, a steep drop from 146.75 million at the start of 2020. The last time the country saw such a significant decline was in 2005, when the number of people decreased by 564,500. | Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Moscow was already concerned about the country's falling number of inhabitants. Russia's population peaked at the start of 2018 a…

Staff (2021-01-28). Experts Say We Must End Big Pharma Monopoly on COVID Vaccine Supply and Price. truthout.org As rich countries race to roll out their vaccination programs, leaders in the Global South and global health advocates are increasingly decrying vaccine hoarding that has pushed poorer countries to the back of the line during the pandemic. Some rich countries have secured enough COVID-19 vaccines to inoculate their populations several times over, while poorer countries struggle to secure enough doses, almost certainly prolonging the pandemic by months or even years. Public health policy expert…

Manuel García, Jr. (2021-01-28). From Fractiousness to Sustainability, Is It Possible? counterpunch.org I think the essential story of the United States of America is a weave of five historical currents: + the struggle of native Americans against their genocide; + the struggle of African-Americans against their enslavement, and to find their own unrestrained identity; + the struggle of immigrants to establish decent lives for themselves and their

MBNJSD (2021-01-28). Will Biden End America's Global War on Children? dissidentvoice.org The first day of the 2020 school year in Tiaz, Yemen (Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP) Most people regard Trump's treatment of immigrant children as among his most shocking crimes as president. Images of hundreds of children stolen from their families and imprisoned in chain-link cages are an unforgettable disgrace that President Biden must move quickly to remedy …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-28). Andrés Arauz's chances look bright, say opinion polls ahead of Ecuadorian elections. peoplesdispatch.org According to a study conducted by well-known Ecuadorian analyst Omar Maluk, Andrés Arauz leads the voting intention with 39.2% of the votes. The study shows him with a lead of 17.4% over his nearest rival…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-28). Peruvian health workers' strike enters third week. peoplesdispatch.org Since January 13, thousands of healthcare professionals from a dozen health workers' unions have been carrying out an indefinite national strike, demanding a greater budget for the public health sector and better working conditions, among other demands…

Tony Pecinovsky (2021-01-28). Washington Bullets: A History of the CIA, Coups, and Assassinations. peoplesworld.org The 20th century saw a wave of anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, national liberation movements transform the world, often with the aid of Soviet, Eastern European, and Cuban Communists. Just as often, these revolts against the old world — the racist, sexist world of subjugation and oppression of entire peoples — were violently suppressed. In the first two …

Ricardo Vaz (2021-01-28). Venezuela: Oil Corporations Lobby Biden Administration for Sanctions Reversal. venezuelanalysis.com A removal of the ban on swap deals could boost Venezuela's oil production and ease fuel shortages.

teleSUR (2021-01-28). Mexico To Host Phase 3 of German COVID-19 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard on Wednesday announced the arrival of COVID-19 vaccines produced by the German company CureVac to conduct phase three of clinical trials with 8,000 volunteers. | RELATED: | CureVac's clinical trials will observe 36,500 volunteers worldwide, including patients from Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Panama, and Peru. | Highlighting that the Mexican overnmen…

teleSUR (2021-01-28). Peru Deploys Army on Border With Ecuador to Block Migrants. telesurenglish.net President Francisco Sagasti's administration on Wednesday deployed hundreds of Peruvian officers throughout the border with Ecuador to prohibit immigrants from entering the country amid its second wave of COVID-19. | RELATED: | "We will keep the border blocked for as long as necessary to prevent the entry of immigrants infected with COVID-19," Peruvian Armed Forces Joint Command tweeted. | The joint decision "seeks t…

Helen Walsh Diverse Disability Media (2021-01-28). Disability Community and Allies #HighRiskCA COVID-19. indybay.org Disability Community and Allies | Decisions are being made about us without us! Tell our state leaders that WE CAN'T WAIT! We are a vunerable population and we have been left out of consideration to receive the COVID-19 vaccination.

splcenter (2021-01-28). Biden-Harris Día 1 – Acción en Inmigración es un Primer Paso Crítico Hacia la Justicia para Migrantes. splcenter.org &nbsp…

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Modi highlights India's key role as Covid vaccine producer in Davos speech. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined India's support to other countries in fighting the coronavirus pandemic by sending vaccines and medical assistance during a virtual speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos. "By sending Covid vaccines to various countries and setting up infrastructure related to vaccination, India …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Pandemic memory chip demand increases Samsung profits by 21.5%. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The high demand for memory chips and displays as a result of lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic increased the net profit of Samsung Electronics by 21.48 percent in 2020, the South Korean technology giant reported on Thursday. The Suwon-based company earned 26.4 trillion won (nearly $23.6 billion) over the year …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). New Zealand tops global Covid-19 management rankings. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- New Zealand has topped the rankings of almost 100 countries and territories that have best managed the Covid-19 pandemic, according to an index published Thursday in Australia. The Oceanian country was followed by Vietnam and Taiwan in second and third place. The Covid Performance Index compares the response of governments …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). At least 1 dead, hundreds wounded in anti-lockdown unrest in northern Lebanon. laprensalatina.com Beirut, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- A man died in Lebanon's northern city of Tripoli on Thursday following overnight clashes between security forces and protesters demonstrating against a lockdown against coronavirus pandemic and the country's economic woes. According to the state-owned news agency NNA, the 30-year-old Lebanese demonstrator succumbed to his wounds at Nini hospital in Tripoli …

teleSUR (2021-01-28). Bolsonaro Unleashes His Foul Language Against Journalists. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday responded with foul language to journalists who denounced irregularities in costly public food purchases made amid the pandemic. | RELATED: | "When I see the press attacking me and saying I bought two and a half million cans of condensed milk, [my response is] go fu#% yourselves, shitty press," Bolsonaro said at a private event whose video was leaked to social media. | "Le…

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Pakistan's top court orders release of accused in Daniel Pearl murder case. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday ordered the release of the main accused and three other suspects in the 2002 murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, overturning the authorities' appeal against a lower court's order to commute their sentences. Thursday's decision came in response to appeals filed by the government …

RT (2021-01-28). Investors file CLASS ACTION SUIT against Robinhood over GameStop 'stonk' suppression. rt.com A group of investors has filed a class action complaint against the online brokerage Robinhood, after it stopped all buys of GameStop and other stocks. They call it a market manipulation aimed to protect short-selling hedge funds. | According to the lawsuit, filed on Thursday before a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, Robinhood "purposefully, willingly and knowingly" deprived retail investors of the ability to invest, accusing the brokerage of "manipulating" the market. | BREAKING: Class action complaint against

RT (2021-01-28). Political scientist published by New York Times arrested for acting as secret agent for Iran. rt.com A man, who has penned at least one article for the New York Times, has been arrested and accused of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act, and of getting paid hundreds of thousands to promote pro-Iran policies in the US. | In a federal complaint, prosecutors alleged that political scientist Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, has collected over $260,000 in payment from the Iranian government and also received health benefits typically reserved for Iranian diplomats deployed to the US. | Assistant Attorney General for national security John C. Demers, accused Afrasiabi of being a "secret employee" of Iran and of…

RT (2021-01-28). Investors file CLASS ACTION SUIT against Robinhood over GameStop 'stonk' suppression. rt.com A group of investors has filed a class action complaint against the online brokerage Robinhood, after it stopped all buys of GameStop and other stocks. They call it a market manipulation aimed to protect short-selling hedge funds. | According to the lawsuit, filed on Thursday before a federal judge in the Southern District of New York, Robinhood "purposefully, willingly and knowingly" deprived retail investors of the ability to invest, accusing the brokerage of "manipulating" the market. | @RobinhoodApp filed in the southern district of NY t.co/DuGP3LIQDQ

yenisafak (2021-01-28). US health agency misused funds for years: Watchdog. yenisafak.com Millions of dollars intended for use in responding to public health emergencies like Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19 has been "misappropriated," a federal watchdog said in a report released Wednesday.The report by the Office of Special Counsel accused Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) cautioned of potentially violating the Antideficiency Act by using Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a department under US Health and Human Services (HHS), for "non- BARDA purposes.""ASPR also potentially augmented other ASPR appropriations with BARDA funds," it said.The 2…

Peadar O'Cearnaigh (2021-01-28). Derry city councillors call for Cuban medical intervention to fight Covid. thecanary.co On 28 January, independent councillor

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Dozen LatAm countries lean on Pfizer, AstraZeneca for vaccine rollout. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The Covid-19 vaccines co-developed by two multinational pharmaceutical corporations — New York-based Pfizer and British-Swedish AstraZeneca — are the products of choice for at least 11 countries in Latin America. A large group of countries, however, are waiting to receive vaccines through the Covax mechanism, a World Health Organization (WHO)-led effort …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). S Korean health workers first to receive COVID-19 jabs in February. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- South Korea intends to begin its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in February, first inoculating frontline workers, followed by hundreds of thousands of elderly and dependent people, according to a plan presented Thursday. The arrival in the country of the first vaccine shipments manufactured by AstraZeneca is scheduled for the end of February …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Extending the time between Covid jabs: pragmatic or a gamble? laprensalatina.com By Guillermo Ximenes London, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The decision in the United Kingdom to extend the period between Covid-19 vaccine doses has divided expert opinion as some see it as a pragmatic move to confront the emergency situation while others worry it could be too much of a gamble. Sir Chris Whitty, the chief medical …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Vietnam finds 82 local Covid-19 cases after almost 2 months at zero. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds details of new cases, minor edits, changes lede and headline) Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Vietnam has detected 82 community Covid-19 infections after 55 days without local transmission, the government announced Thursday. The outbreak comes just 10 days before the start of the lunar new year holidays, when millions …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Portugal restricts foreign travel as Covid continues to surge. laprensalatina.com Lisbon, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Portugal will tighten the rules on its citizens leaving the country for the next 15 days starting from Sunday. Covid-19 is spreading out of control in the Atlantic nation, where health authorities on Thursday reported 303 deaths and 16,432 new infections, both record numbers in the country of just over 10 …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Vietnam detects 1st local Covid-19 cases in almost 2 months. laprensalatina.com Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Vietnam has detected two community Covid-19 infections after 55 days without local transmission, the health ministry announced Thursday. It comes just 10 days before the start of the lunar new year holidays, when millions of people travel the country to visit their families. The Ministry of Health …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Tokyo 2020 team says mass vaccination campaign not pre-requisite for go-ahead. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The organizers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Thursday said the Games' go-ahead did not hinge on mass Covid-19 vaccinations in Japan. Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said the committee was determined to go ahead with the games this summer under any circumstances, even if it means athletes will be unvaccinated. …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Cambodia pays muted tribute to Buddha for Maek Bochea due to COVID-19. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Cambodia celebrated an annual religious festival Thursday that marks the occasion on which Buddha prophesied his death, drawing crowds of faithful followers to the country's Ponhea Leu province, where the ceremony was held this year. The Buddhist celebration of Meak Bochea, which traditionally takes place during the full moon of …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Argentine province's anti-Covid measures at center of HR controversy. laprensalatina.com By Rodrigo Garcia Buenos Aires, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- The health strategy of the Argentine province of Formosa to obligate people showing any symptoms of Covid-19, and even those without symptoms, to enter detainment centers has sparked heated nationwide controversy with citizens' protests, accusations of human rights violations and warnings from Amnesty International. By far, Formosa, …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). WHO warns against premature lifting of Covid restrictions in Europe. laprensalatina.com Copenhagen, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organization's Europe office warned on Thursday against the premature lifting of restrictions as transmissions of Covid-19 remain high, coupled with the risks posed by new coronavirus variants. "Let us not forget the lessons we have learned so harshly. Opening and closing, locking down and opening up rapidly is …

sputniknews (2021-01-28). Colombia Suspends Flights to Brazil for Month Over New COVID-19 Strain. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — Colombia has suspended air traffic with Brazil for a month over the spread of a new strain of the coronavirus, Colombian President Ivan Duque announced.

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Baràßa, Sevilla advance to Copa del Rey quarterfinals. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- Barcelona had to come from behind Wednesday to beat second-division Rayo Vallecano 1-2 and claim a berth in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey, while Sevilla coasted to a 3-0 win over Valencia. Lionel Messi, back on the pitch for the Blaugrana after serving a two-game suspension, tested Rayo …

yenisafak (2021-01-28). Coronavirus kills 647 health workers in Indonesia. yenisafak.com Adib Khumaidi, a team leader at the Indonesian Medical Association, said in a press release that the number comprises 289 doctors, 221 nurses, 84 midwives, 27 dentists, 15 medical laboratory personnel, and 11 pharmacists.Khumaidi claimed the country's fatality rate for medical personnel is the highest in Asia, and among the top three in the world based on comparison of test statistics and population."From December 2020 to January 2021 we recorded 53 deaths," he said, attributing the high number of fatalities to increased people's activity and mobility recently.The official said the current coronavirus situation i…

Susan Price (2021-01-28). 'Brazil on Fire': How fake news, culture wars and the United States put a fascist in power. greenleft.org.au Once at the centre of the region's left turn, Brazil has for the past two years been governed by a far-right president. Michael Fox spoke to Green Left about the significance of recent events there.

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). EU: Lack of clarity on AstraZeneca vaccine but constructive talks with firm. laprensalatina.com (Update: changes headline; re-ledes with results of meeting between Kyriakides, AstraZeneca CEO; adds details) Brussels, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- The European Commission on Wednesday lamented the "lack of clarity" from AstraZeneca after "constructive" talks between the company's CEO and the European Union's commissioner for Health and Food Safety on when the EU can expect delivery of …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Australian court resumes media trial over cardinal Pell coverage. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- An Australian court Thursday resumed the contempt trial against more than 20 media outlets and journalists for the coverage of the sexual abuse trial of Cardinal George Pell, who was exonerated. These outlets include publications of tycoon Rupert Murdoch's media empire and Fairfax, which owns The Age newspaper, and are …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Jaguar cubs rescued in Nicaragua after being offered for sale online. laprensalatina.com Managua, Jan 27 (efe-epa).- Two jaguar cubs were rescued from a house in the North Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua after being offered for illegal sale on social media when their mother was killed by residents, the Nicaragua Zoo reported on Wednesday. The male and female jaguars, just three-and-a-half months old, were underweight when they were …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Extradited Israeli accused of sexual abuse appears in Australian court. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- The former director of a Jewish school in Australia, the ultra-Orthodox Malka Leifer, accused of 74 counts of sexual abuse, appeared Thursday before a court in Melbourne, 13 years after fleeing to Israel, a country where she fought extradition since 2014. Leifer, who pleads not guilty to the charges against …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Biden commits to US defense of Japan in maritime dispute. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- In a phone call with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on Thursday, United States President Joe Biden reaffirmed Washington's "unwavering commitment" to defending the Asian country under their joint security treaty. This includes a group of small islands in the East China Sea, which are administered by Tokyo and claimed by …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). German Neo-Nazi handed life sentence for 2019 murder of politician. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- A Frankfurt court on Thursday sentenced Neo-Nazi Stephan Ernst to life in prison for the 2019 murder of conservative politician Walter Làºbcke in what was the first political murder trial in Germany since the 1970s. Làºbcke was a member of Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party and a regional governor in …

Online News Editor (2021-01-28). Colleen Anderson, surviving an Irish mother and baby home. laprensalatina.com Dublin, Jan 28 (efe-epa).- Colleen Anderson was born in 1965 at the now infamous Sean Ross Abbey mother and baby home in County Tipperary, in the center of the Republic of Ireland. The Congregation of Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary ran the home between 1939-69 for mothers and their "illegitimate" children, who would be …

news.un (2021-01-28). Escalating hostilities in Yemen's Hudaydah put thousands of civilians at risk. news.un.org Civilians in Yemen's Hudaydah Governorate, face a growing threat from escalating clashes, with shelling of residential areas ongoing, endangering thousands.

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-01-28). Bolivia: Felipe Quispe, el último Mallku. indybay.org Bolivia: Felipe Quispe, el último Mallku | "Voy a seguir luchando hasta mi muerte, debajo de la tierra voy a seguir gritando…"

teleSUR (2021-01-28). Gender Activists Protest Against Rape of a Teenager in Argentina. telesurenglish.net Over 300 women mobilized in Buenos Aires (Argentina) to demand the arrest of Humberto Garzon, who is accused of raping an 18-year-old Venezuelan girl. | RELATED: | Chanting "Garzon rapist, to jail aggressor", the demonstrators gathered peacefully in the Balvanera neighborhood to show solidarity with the victim identified as L.A.R. | The girl responded to a job offer at the "Garzon Uniformes" store specialized in clothing fo…

Todd Smith (2021-01-28). Con-jabulation: Pressing the Great Reset Button. dissidentvoice.org At times I've wondered Faulkneresquely this plague-stricken year what Emile Durkheim would have thought of all this lockdowning, quarantining, and self-isolating? To echo Benjy from The Sound and the Fury: Does "Caddy" still "smell like trees"? The Great Reset news is here, and all the headlines read: "Science Walks on Water!" The print's in appropriately …