2021-01-30: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-30). Colombia's JEP warns that this January is most violent since 2016. peoplesdispatch.org As of January 29, 2021, 17 social leaders and 5 ex-combatants of the FARC have been assassinated in Colombia. Additionally, over 21 people have been killed in 8 massacres registered this month…

Richard Horton (2021-01-30). [Comment] Offline: The case for No-COVID. thelancet.com As many countries continue to struggle with a third wave of COVID-19—Hong Kong is suffering its fourth wave and is contemplating a fifth and sixth—all governments and public health authorities will need to remain open to new ideas for controlling the pandemic. This past week, Ilona Kickbusch, founding director of the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, shared a proposal being widely discussed in Germany. The approach devised by a group of clinicians and academics, which in addition to Kickbusch includes Melanie Brinkmann, Michael Hallek, M…

Joe Parkin Daniels (2021-01-30). [World Report] Health experts slam Bolsonaro's vaccine comments. thelancet.com Brazil has begun COVID-19 vaccinations, but health experts are having to boost confidence following the president's remarks. Joe Parkin Daniels reports.

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Vietnam approves AstraZeneca vaccine amid fresh Covid-19 outbreak. laprensalatina.com Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Vietnam on Saturday announced that it had approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by British-Swedish firm AstraZeneca, the first to be authorized in the country. It comes amid a sudden new outbreak of the virus, with 34 new cases reported Saturday. AstraZeneca has pledged to supply 30 million …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). An ever-growing memorial: Peru's health worker death toll nears 300. laprensalatina.com Lima, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- A row of almost 300 portraits of healthcare professionals who have died from Covid-19 lines the sidewalk outside the Medical College of Peru in the capital Lima. The memorial was launched in June 2020 with around 45 portraits to pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the campaign against …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Israel to provide Palestinian Authority with 5,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Israel is to provide the Palestinian National Authority with 5,000 doses of the coronavirus vaccine. The jabs are designated for the healthcare workers, an Israeli official source told Efe on Saturday. Some of which could be sent to the Gaza Strip. Israel is expected to start delivering the Pfizer-BioNTecH vaccine early …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Bolivian artists tackle topic of panedmic. laprensalatina.com La Paz, Jan 30 (EFE).- An exhibition in Bolivia is offering a close look back on the Covid-19 pandemic so far through the medium of contemporary art. The exhibit, Mutaciones y Afecciones #Cuerpos Pandémicos, is hosted at the Spanish Cultural Center in La Paz and showcases eight Bolivian artists who offer a creative look at …

sputniknews (2021-01-30). 'Greatest Crisis Since World War II': EU Struggles With COVID Vaccine Roll-Out Amid Shortages. sputniknews.com Earlier, the European Union slapped restrictions on exports of COVID-19 inoculations outside the bloc amid an escalating vaccine trade war with Great Britain, as Brussels found itself under fire over the slow pace of delivery to the 27 member-states, while post-Brexit UK was making impressive immunisation strides.

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Taiwan's economy grows 3% in 2020 thanks to virus response. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- The economy of Taiwan was one of the few in the world to end the first year of the coronavirus pandemic in positive numbers, growing by 2.98 percent over 2020. This official estimate, published Friday night by the General Directorate of Budget, Accounting and Statistics of the Taiwanese government, marks …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). A year of coronavirus in India, the second worst affected country. laprensalatina.com By Mikaela Viqueira New Delhi, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Exactly a year ago from Saturday, India confirmed its first case of the new coronavirus after a student of the University of Wuhan tested positive. Now, more than 10.7 million cases later, the country has finally received a glimmer of hope of putting behind a pandemic which …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Judges allow US to resume expulsion of unaccompanied minors at border. laprensalatina.com Los Angeles, US, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- United States officials may resume the expulsion of unaccompanied migrant children entering the country through the southern border without processing them under the usual protocols, a panel of judges in Washington DC ruled Friday. DC Circuit Court Judges Gregory Katsas, Neomi Rao and Justin Walker — all appointees of …

yenisafak (2021-01-30). Bosnia urges EU to help resolve migrant crisis. yenisafak.com Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday urged the European Union to be more involved in finding a solution to the migrant crisis in its territory."The whole country should fight against the migrant crisis. Our borders should be strengthened as soon as possible and the entry of immigrants should be prevented. The EU needs to participate more strongly in resolving the migrant crisis in Bosnia and Herzegovina," said Foreign Minister Bisera Turkovic.Turkovic's remarks came after meeting her Greek counterpart Nikos Dendias in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo.Meanwhile, Dendias said that as an EU member, Greece supports Bosnia an…

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). At least 8 Afghan security personnel killed in Taliban attack. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- At least eight members of the Afghan security forces were killed on Saturday in a Taliban truck bombing against a checkpost in the conflict-ridden eastern province of Nangarhar, officials said. "In this incident, unfortunately eight members of the public civil order forces were martyred" in the attack, which took place in …

yenisafak (2021-01-30). Taliban reject US charges of violating peace accord. yenisafak.com The Taliban in Afghanistan rejected on Friday accusations by the US Pentagon that it has been violating their peace accord and continued to kill Afghan security forces and civilians.The group's spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahed, said in a statement that the Taliban is fully committed to all clauses of the Doha agreement with the US, and has implemented its part in the accord."Implementation of the Doha agreement is the only solution to the ongoing conflict. We also urge the US to fully adhere to the Doha agreement," he said.The Taliban has also urged US President Joe Biden to continue the ongoing peace process initia…

Amit Kaura, Jonathan A C Sterne, Adam Trickey, Jamil Mayet (2021-01-30). [Correspondence] Managing NSTEMI in older patients — Authors' reply. thelancet.com We thank Francesco Versaci and colleagues and Alberto Cordero and colleagues for their comments about our SENIOR-NSTEMI study.1 Versaci and colleagues raise concerns about residual confounding relating to the extent and severity of coronary artery disease, which might have influenced management strategy decisions and patient prognosis. Information regarding the burden of coronary artery disease is usually not known when the clinical decision to manage patients with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction invasively or non-invasively is made.

Amy Booth (2021-01-30). [World Report] Honduras changes constitution to ban abortion. thelancet.com Abortion is already illegal in Honduras, but the constitutional change makes any future reform almost impossible. Amy Booth reports.

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Myanmar's military to 'respect constitution' amid coup fears. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's armed forces on Saturday said they would respect the country's constitution amid mounting concerns the military might attempt a coup. "Since the Tatmadaw (armed forces) is the armed association, it must obey the constitution. Our soldiers must obey and respect the constitution," the military establishment said in a statement. …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Koeman: Baràßa not in a position to win lots of things. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Ronald Koeman on Saturday acknowledged that Barcelona was not in a position to win "lots of things" at the moment. The Baràßa head coach was speaking at a press conference a day ahead of the club's league match against Athletic Bilbao. The Catalan side is sat in third place, 10 points …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). EU performs U-turn on vaccine controls at Irish-UK border. laprensalatina.com Brussels, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- The European Union has backed down on its plan to subject vaccine exports to checks on the border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The European Commission on Friday implemented a mechanism to track the export of vaccines manufactured on EU soil amid a contract dispute with Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Jay Pfahl, the 'orchidolic' who discovered two new species in 2020. laprensalatina.com Key West (USA), Jan 30 (efe-epa).- To many familiar with his work, Jay Pfahl is not merely an orchidologist but an "orchidolic" — the specialist cultivates some 4,000 orchids at his home in Key West, Florida. In 2020, he discovered two new species of the flower while scouring the countryside outside the Colombian capital Bogotá, …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). China's first Hualong-1 nuclear reactor begins commercial operation. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- China's first nuclear power unit using a third-generation reactor named Hualong-1 began commercial operations Saturday at the Fuqing power plant, state media reported. Fuqing's No. 5 unit in Fujian province is now generating electricity for commercial use after a week's trial, and will pave "the way for mass production and …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Honda, Mazda cut production due to semiconductor shortage. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Japanese vehicle manufacturer Honda Motor Company is to temporarily suspend production of one of its plants in the country due to the shortage of semiconductors, which has also forced its competitor Mazda Motor Corporation to take similar measures. Honda announced Saturday the closure for five days from the beginning of February …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). French police arrest 35 at protests against proposed security law. laprensalatina.com Paris, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Thirty-five people were arrested Saturday amid sporadic clashes between police and some 33,000 people who took to the streets of this capital and other French cities to protest against a proposed new security law, authorities said. All but seven of the arrests took place in Paris, where the number of protesters …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Brits in Spain, a month on from Brexit. laprensalatina.com Alicante, Spain, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- From apathy to anger, it is a familiar emotional journey for many in Spain's British expatriate community since Brexit became official a month ago. With an estimated 262,000 registered residents, Brits comprise the fourth-largest foreign community in Spain, the majority based in the warm Mediterranean coast, the Balearics or the …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Bangladesh transfers further 3,000 Rohingya refugees to remote island. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Bangladeshi authorities on Saturday completed the transfer of over 3,000 Rohingyas refugees to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal in the third phase of relocation from congested camps in Cox's Bazar in the country's southeast. Mohammad Shamsuddoha, Bangladesh's refugees, relief and repatriation commissioner, told Efe that all refugees scheduled …

Online News Editor (2021-01-30). Xiaomi sues US government over blacklist inclusion. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Jan 30 (efe-epa).- Chinese technology firm Xiaomi has filed a lawsuit against the United States' defense and treasury departments over its inclusion on a blacklist of companies with alleged links to the Chinese military. In the move confirmed by Chinese state media Saturday, Xiaomi joins other Chinese technology companies such as ByteDance and …

_____ (2021-01-30). The Trade Union Movement Must Organise Minimum Wage Workers. popularresistance.org The twenty-first century has seen the Trade Union Movement in Trinidad and Tobago consistently under attack, severely criticized and victimized by the ruling economic and political elites. | The thousands of sugar workers were the first group of organised workers this century to suffer mass retrenchment. This, of course, has had the effect of severely weakening a once powerful union. | The Unions in petroleum and petrochemical industries have seen a steady decline in their workforce Thousands of direct and indirect Petrotrin workers have been thrown on the breadline as have hundreds of workers at Arcelor Mittal a…

Grace Livingstone (2021-01-30). Review — Santiago Rising. zcomm.org Review of Santiago Rising, a new film which portrays the recent eruption of protest against inequality in Chile…

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-01-30). Saturday 3/20: Festival de Cine en Defensa de la Vida. indybay.org Festival de Cine online: Construyendo Movimientos en Defensa de la Vida…

WSWS (2021-01-29). Sri Lankan stock market hits record high amidst rising COVID-19 infections. wsws.org While the government's policies are massively benefiting wealthy elites, the poor face escalating attacks on social conditions.

Site Administrator (2021-01-29). Studies Extend Hopes for Antibody Drugs Against COVID-19. laprensalatina.com New results extend hopes for drugs that supply antibodies to fight COVID-19, suggesting they can help keep patients out of the hospital and possibly prevent illness in some uninfected people. Eli Lilly said on Tuesday, January 26, that a two-antibody combo reduced the risk of hospitalizations or death by 70% in newly diagnosed, non-hospitalized COVID-19 …

teleSUR (2021-01-29). Mexico: Epidemiological Alert Over COVID-19 Maternal Mortality. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Mexico's Ministry of Health issued a COVID-19 epidemiological alert for pregnant women after maternal mortality increased by 40 cases during the firsts two weeks of January. | RELATED: | Authorities reported that 16 expecting mothers died during the firsts seven days of 2021, an unprecedented figure for this period since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, 10,504 pregnant women have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-…

teleSUR (2021-01-29). Bolivia Sets Prices for Private Clinics Treating COVID-19 Cases. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Health Ministry Thursday issued a resolution that sets fees for COVID-19 patients' care and treatment in private clinics. | RELATED: | The 49 services provided by private clinics to COVID-19 patients may not exceed 5 percent of the stipulated reference prices. The clinics' owners could be prosecuted if they do not comply with the new resolution. | Laboratories will also have to adjust their prices for COVID-19 tests, which should cos…

teleSUR (2021-01-29). Ecuador: Health Minister Investigated Over Influence Peddling. telesurenglish.net Ecuadorian Attorney General's Office Thursday opened an investigation against Health Minister Juan Zeballos over an alleged crime of influence peddling during the COVID-19 vaccine distribution process. | RELATED: | The investigation started after several complaints against the minister, who presumably allowed some family members to receive the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine. | The Popular Legal Action and Amapola Nara…

Helen Walsh Diverse Disability Media (2021-01-29). 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.

MEE and agencies (2021-01-29). Islamic State 'deputy caliph' killed in Iraq, PM Kadhimi says. middleeasteye.net Islamic State 'deputy caliph' killed in Iraq, PM Kadhimi says | Intelligence-led operation that killed Abu Yaser al-Issawi comes a week after IS claimed deadliest Iraq attack in three years
| Fri, 01/29/2021 – 10: 15 | A photo circulating online purportedly shows Abu Yaser al-Issawi (Twitter) | Iraqi security forces have killed the country's top Islamic State (IS) commander, who had cl…

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-01-29). Will Biden End America's Global War on Children? counterpunch.org 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 with humane immigration policies and a program to quickly find the children's families

A Guest Author (2021-01-29). Demonstrators support ICE hunger strikers in Batavia, N.Y. workers.org by Arjae Red In November 2020, immigrants imprisoned at Bergen County Jail in New Jersey began a hunger strike to protest the filthy and inhumane conditions they were being housed in. Prisoners were experiencing a denial of access to water, medical care, heat and cleaning supplies. The facility had a . . . |

Eve Ottenberg (2021-01-29). How Washington Rules the World. counterpunch.org So far, Biden's foreign policy does not differ seismically from Trump's. Indeed Biden's first move — recognizing the unelected pretender to the Venezuelan presidency, Juan Guaido — was as lousy as anything Trump did. It raises the specter of CIA coups, assassinations, regime changes and Washington-orchestrated color revolutions, which Biden's two dreadful foreign policy appointees,

Geraldina Colotti (2021-01-29). UN Independent expert Alfred de Zayas: 'This is how the human rights industry works'. mronline.org Italian journalist Geraldina Colotti asks de Zayas about corporate media manipulation of Venezuela's human rights situation.

RT (2021-01-29). 'This issue is not on the agenda': Kremlin rejects suggestions that Ukraine's breakaway Donbass should be integrated into Russia. rt.com Russia has no plans to absorb the Donbass region of Ukraine and the Kremlin is solely focused on protecting the Russian-speaking population of that area, according to comments on Friday from spokesman Dmitry Peskov. | Peskov's remarks came after RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan spoke at the 'Russian Donbass' conference in Donetsk on Thursday, at which she appealed to the authorities to place the territory under Moscow's control. | "Russia takes a very responsible position in the effort to assist Ukraine in resolving its internal crisis," Peskov said. "This issue is not on the agenda, either directly or in…

teleSUR (2021-01-29). Chile: Socialist Party Nominees Its Presidential Candidate. telesurenglish.net Chile's Socialist Party on Thursday unanimously approved psychologist Paula Narvaez as its presidential candidate for the 2021 elections. | RELATED: | She served as Government Secretariat Minister and Chief of Staff during Michelle Bachelet's second term (2014-2018). She also works as an advisor for the United Nations Women Program in Latin America. | Narvaez noted that the right-wing would deliver a "weakened" co…

teleSUR (2021-01-29). Guatemala: Indigenous Leaders Denounce Illegal Mining. telesurenglish.net Indigenous leaders and mayors gathered on Thursday at Guatemala's Congress to denounce the illegal mining of gold, silver, and jade in their territories. | RELATED: | The delegation included representatives from Ipala, Concepcion Las Minas, Jocotan, Camotan, San Juan, Quetzaltepeque, Esquipulas, and Olopa territories. | Mayan Indigenous leaders called on Energy Minister Alberto Pimentel to address the illegal min…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-01-29). Roger Waters on Ecuador and Steven Donziger's fight for justice. peoplesdispatch.org Musician Roger Waters and Vijay Prashad of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research talk about the struggles of the indigenous people of Ecuador against Chevron's Lago Agrio oil field and the persecution of attorney Steven Donziger who fought their case. They also reflect on the struggles of people like Donziger, Julian Assange and others who strive for a better world against those for whom power and profit are more important than anything else.

Medea Benjamin (2021-01-29). America's overlooked crime: Will Joe Biden end the U.S. global war on children?>. salon.com Trump's treatment of immigrant children was shocking. The effect of U.S.-led wars on children's lives is much worse…

imperial.ac.uk (2021-01-29). Whose Health Is It Anyway? Reframing how we think about our health. imperial.ac.uk For more than 70 years the UK population has relied on the NHS to patch us up and cure our ills, but is our view of healthcare holding us back?>

_____ (2021-01-29). Venezuela: United States Goal Is To Support A 'Transition'. popularresistance.org "The goal of the United States is to support a democratic, peaceful transition in Venezuela through free and fair elections," said White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday, January 26, reading from notes she carried with her. | The spokeswoman for the new US administration answered a question from a journalist by adding "the President has always been very clear that the approach towards Venezuela is to address the humanitarian situation, give support to the Venezuelan people, and revitalize multilateral diplomacy." During her comments, she said that measures will continue to be taken to prosecute those al…

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Japan's annual unemployment rate rises for first time in 11 years. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- The average annual unemployment rate in Japan rose in 2020 to 2.8 percent, the first increase in 11 years and attributed to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data released Friday by the government. The 2020 figure was up 0.4 percent from the previous year when the average annual …

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Paris' traditional booksellers struggle as pandemic cuts trade. laprensalatina.com Paris, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- The scenery along the banks of the Seine in Paris has drastically changed due to the coronavirus pandemic as many of the capital's traditional second-hand booksellers have had their stands closed for months. The second wave of Covid-19 and the lockdown enforced to control it has forced the so-called bouquinistes to …

Online News Editor (2021-01-29). Citizen mistrust, govt caution stop COVID-19 vaccine in Japan. laprensalatina.com By Antonio Hermosín Gandul Tokyo, Jan 29 (efe-epa).- Japan's distrust and the government's caution have so far stopped COVID-19 vaccinations in the country, which will try to immunize its population against the clock before the Tokyo Olympics. The Japanese Executive intensified efforts to prepare the inoculation of its 125.6 million inhabitants this week from the …