2021-02-01: News Headlines

teleSUR Desk (2021-02-01). Fears of U.S. interference in Ecuadorean elections. mronline.org Andres Arauz has 37 percent of voting intention in the most recent polls, compared to 24 percent of the banker Guillermo Lasso, his main competitor, who seeks to banish once and for all the failed model of 21st Century socialism.

Paul Dobson (2021-02-01). Venezuela Backs Cuban Medical Brigades for Nobel Peace Prize. venezuelanalysis.com Havana and Caracas strengthened bilateral relations following a visit from Cuba's vice-prime minister.

Alan Macleod (2021-02-01). With Anti-IMF Candidate Surging in Polls, Ecuador's Moreno Flies To DC Amid Talk of Suspending Election. mintpressnews.com Adding to worries that a Bolivia-style coup might be imminent in Ecuador, Lenín Moreno will spend his final days in office in Washington, DC, where he's been meeting with members of the Biden administration.

Ed Rampell (2021-02-01). Endangered Indigenous Amazonians Struggle for Survival. progressive.org Filmmaker Céline Cousteau documents the battles of Brazil's besieged Native people in this new film.

_____ (2021-02-01). Take Action To End The Economic War At Home And Abroad. popularresistance.org It is the same neoliberal economic system, white supremacy and disregard for human life that underlie sanctions abroad and at home. The current recession and pandemic have exposed this in a brutal way in the United States. The populations that are harmed the most are Indigenous peoples and communities of color. The United States government could have taken the effective steps of cancelling rent and debt, providing a monthly income and nationalizing healthcare that other countries took but instead passed laws that funneled wealth to the top while providing minimal relief to the majority.

_____ (2021-02-01). Afghanistan War Exposed: An Imperial Conspiracy. popularresistance.org The perpetual occupation of Afghanistan has become so normalized and mostly serves as background noise to Americans -it's even jokingly referred to as the "forever war" – accepted as just a constant reality. A soldier dies now and again. A couple dozen civilians get killed in another bombing. It's never enough to stir the population to pressure Washington to stop it. The endless war drags on. | Abby Martin covers the whole truth about the Afghanistan War, from the CIA construct of the 80's through today's senseless stalemate. Two decades, three administrations, tens of thousands of lives; it's time to #EndTheFore…

Staff (2021-02-01). Headlines for February 1, 2021. democracynow.org CDC Orders Mask-Wearing on Public Transportation as Experts Urge Speedy Vaccination to Combat Variants, Johnson & Johnson Says One-Shot Vaccine Is Effective, Especially in Preventing Severe Cases, Major Racial Disparities Emerge in Vaccine Recipients as Latinx Deaths in L.A. Jump by 1,000%, Biden Meets with GOP Leaders to Discuss Stripped-Down Counter Bill to $1.9 Trillion Package, Burmese Military Stage Coup, Detain Aung San Suu Kyi, Police Arrest Over 5,100 in Pro-Navalny Protests Across Russia, Car Bomb Blasts Kill at Least 12 in Aleppo, Syria, U.N. Calls for Repatriation of 27,000 Children Stranded in al-Hol…

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-02-01). Arabic press review: Parental violence against children on the rise in Iraq. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Parental violence against children on the rise in Iraq | Meanwhile, a US diplomat says Washington has failed Syria, Egypt appoints convicted security director as senior state official, and Kuwait investigates entire embassy staff in Cuba over house-storming incident | Mon, 02/01/2021 – 13: 58 | Iraqi pupils wearing masks attend class on the first day of the new academic year…

_____ (2021-02-01). Other People's Cultural Assets Are Up for Grabs. strategic-culture.org The rapacious conduct of the big hyenas is being replicated by their camp followers. Not to be outdone, Kosovo Albanians are laying claim to Serbian cultural monuments in Kosovo. | A controversy has recently erupted in Mexico, of the type that may quite often be seen in other similarly defrauded countries. Its focus is the magnificent quetzal-plumed headdress of the last Aztec emperor Moctezuma which, contrary to the misleading impression encouraged by the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City, is not displayed there at all. It is actually located, of all places, in the Ethnological Museum in Vienna, Austria. | T…

_____ (2021-02-01). US and Colombian govts supported botched invasion of Venezuela: Bombshell testimony from coup-plotter. strategic-culture.org A key coup-plotter in the May 2020 botched invasion of Venezuela said she met with FBI and DEA officials. She admitted Colombia's intelligence services were aiding them and "knew everything," adding that President Iván Duque and far-right political kingpin àÅlvaro Uribe helped. | By Ben NORTON | Awitness at the heart of the botched invasion of Venezuela in May 2020 has stated that the US and Colombian governments were involved in the regime-change operation. Coup-plotter Yacsy àÅlvarez said she met with officials from the FBI and DEA in Florida and informed them of their plans. | àÅlvarez also r…

RT (2021-02-01). WATCH Thai police clash with opponents of military coup outside Myanmar's embassy in Bangkok. rt.com Thai police have broken up a protest rally staged by the opponents of a military coup in neighboring Myanmar. The activists gathered outside the country's embassy in Bangkok. | Some 200 Myanmarese expats and local Thai activists gathered for a spontaneous protest outside Myanmar's embassy, the Bangkok Post reported, citing police. They held flags of Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD), whose leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested by the military on Monday, as well as photos of Suu Kyi. | Students were seen distributing leaflets denouncing the coup. The Myanmarese constitute the largest migrant group in…

news.un (2021-02-01). Nicaragua : Amidst 'socio-political and human rights crisis', independent expert condemns environmental defender's death. news.un.org An independent UN human rights expert condemned on Monday the murder of an indigenous environmental defender in Nicaragua, calling for those responsible to be "duly investigated and brought to justice".

news.un (2021-02-01). Nicaragua: Amidst 'socio-political and human rights crisis', independent expert condemns environmental defender's death. news.un.org An independent UN human rights expert condemned on Monday the murder of an indigenous environmental defender in Nicaragua, calling for those responsible to be "duly investigated and brought to justice".

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Mexican immigration agents to be probed for potential role in massacre. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- Mexico's government said Monday that immigration agents will be investigated for their alleged involvement in a massacre in a rural area of the country's northeast. News of the probe comes 10 days after the charred remains of 19 people — among them Guatemalan citizens — were discovered in the state …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Portugal records half of its pandemic deaths in January alone. laprensalatina.com Lisbon, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- Half of all Covid-19 deaths in Portugal took place last month, as patients died at a rate of 180 per day on averag,e culminating with a January death toll of 5,576. Portugal, a country of 10 million, has asked Austria and Germany to help lessen the burden by taking in some …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Japan plans to extend COVID-19 state of emergency in several regions. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- The government of Japan is planning to extend the state of emergency imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic in several regions of the country where the rate of new infections is high and is overwhelming their hospitals. The minister in-charge of the official response to Covid-19, Yasutoshi Nishimura, told a parliamentary …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Israel rolls out vaccine with promising results. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- With more than 30 percent of its population vaccinated in just a month and a half, Israel — which has the highest ratio of Covid-19 vaccinations per capita — is the world's testing ground for how effective coronavirus vaccines are, although experts are also urging caution because of the unprecedented speed …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Argentina extends anti-coronavirus measures amid slow vaccine rollout. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- Argentina on Monday extended a raft of measures aimed at combating the novel coronavirus, including the closure of its borders to international tourism. The move comes amid the nation's slower-than-projected Covid-19 vaccine rollout and concerns that the crisis will worsen with the onset of autumn in March. In a decision …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Restrictions eased across Italy amid warnings against complacency. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 1, (efe-epa).- Most of the Italian population on Monday had the chance to toast the easing of Covid-19 restrictions with a leisurely coffee or drink on a cafe terrace although some experts warned that pandemic could run out of control if people became complacent. As of Monday there are no regions classed as …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Thai schools reopen as authorities ease restrictions. laprensalatina.com Thai schools reopened on Monday following the easing of COVID-19 restrictions in the country. However schools will be observing government imposed guidelines such as social distancing, disinfection, and the use of face masks in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer DIEGO AZUBEL.

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Greek schools reopen despite 3rd Covid wave fears. laprensalatina.com Athens, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- Greece reopened secondary schools on Monday as fears of a third wave forced the government to tighten restrictions. The full or partial opening of high schools was announced ten days ago, after almost three months of closure. Authorities in Thessaloniki detected the first confirmed case of the South African variant of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Covid case numbers in Germany continue to fall thanks to restrictions. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- Germany registered 5,608 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours on Monday, as severe restrictions on public life that have seen all non-essential businesses closed since December bear fruit. Monday's caseload represents a drop of more than 1,000 cases since the same time last week, when 6,729 infections were reported. Germany …

sputniknews (2021-02-01). Venezuela to Consider Over 200 Investment Projects Under Anti-Sanctions Law, Maduro Says. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Since the adoption of the anti-sanctions law, the Venezuelan government has received over 200 investment applications from foreign investors, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). India proposes to more than double health spending in new budget. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- India on Monday proposed to more than double its healthcare spending in its annual budget for 2021-22 with expectations to revive the economy that has been battered by the coronavirus pandemic. In her budget speech to the country's parliament, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed to remove caps on foreign investment …

sputniknews (2021-02-01). Biden Asks US Supreme Court to Suspend Trump Immigration Cases. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The Biden administration has asked the US Supreme Court to cancel oral arguments scheduled in the coming weeks on Trump-era cases concerning border wall funding and the so-called "Remain in Mexico" asylum program, officially known as the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), court documents revealed.

Fight Back (2021-02-01). Philippines: Mark the 50th anniversary of the Diliman Commune. fightbacknews.org Fight Back New Service is circulating the following February 1 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Today we mark the 50th anniversary of the Diliman Commune, a 9-day uprising of the students of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. The Diliman Commune was part of the widespread strikes and protest actions against oil price increases, imperialist control of the economy and police brutality under the Marcos regime. | The student uprising was part of the continuum of the surging national democratic mass movement of students and workers from the previous decade. It broke out…

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). UK has offered vaccine to all nursing home residents, NHS says. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- British health authorities said Monday that seniors in more than 10,000 nursing homes have been offered the Pfizer/BioNTech or Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines. The National Health Service (NHS) have set a target of vaccinating 15 million people by February 15. On Saturday, 598,389 people were vaccinated across the UK, a record number for …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Navalny supporters keep the pressure on Putin in new wave of protests. laprensalatina.com By Celine Aemisegger Moscow, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Supporters of Alexei Navalny on Sunday kept the pressure on President Vladimir Putin by turning out for large protests all across Russia to demand the release from jail of the opposition leader and to express their indignation with the country's economic and social situation, and they did so …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Israeli drone downed on Lebanese territory, says Hezbollah. laprensalatina.com Beirut, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah on Monday claimed it had downed an Israeli drone flying over southern Lebanon. Israeli authorities, however, said the drone crashed during an operational flight, in the second incident of its kind in 10 days. "On the morning of this Monday, February 1, 2021, the Islamic Resistance …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Atletico de Madrid downs Cadiz 4-2 in road win. laprensalatina.com Cadiz, Spain, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Atletico de Madrid on Sunday notched a well-deserved 4-2 road win over Cadiz with two goals by Luis Suarez and one each from Saul àëiguez and Koke Resurreccion to strengthen its lead atop the Spanish First Division soccer table with its eighth straight La Liga win, now sitting pretty with …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Big snowstorm hits New York, northeastern US. laprensalatina.com New York, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- The northeastern United States on Monday is suffering under the impact of a big winter storm that threatens to dump up to half a meter (1.6 feet) of snow on New York City, a situation that would be one of the largest snowfalls in the history of the Big Apple, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). The guardians of Istanbul's cultural heritage. laprensalatina.com Istanbul, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- Istanbul has been a site of human settlement for around 3,000 years and nowadays it is a cradle of cultural and historical heritage points that plot the city's evolution over time. Byzantine churches, walls and cisterns rub shoulders with Ottoman mosques, fountains and tombs in the Turkish city that straddles Europe …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Afghan conflict left over 2,500 casualties in last quarter of 2020. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- The Afghan conflict left more than 2,500 civilian casualties in the last quarter of 2020, with a significant increase in the use of explosive devices, according to the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). The quarterly report said that between October and December, 810 civilians were killed and 1,776 …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Moscow doubles down on arrests of peaceful pro-Navalny protesters. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- The Kremlin on Monday defended the actions of Russian police during peaceful protests a day early in over 140 cities across the country that led to the arrests of over 5,400 people. Moscow says the detentions were justified as none of the protests were legally authorized. "The police act in a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Indian climbers face action over fake photos of Mt. Everest ascent. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- A Nepalese government investigative committee on Monday recommended revoking Everest climbing certificates and imposing a 10-year ban on two Indian climbers for submitting false documents of their ascent. According to the committee, Indian athletes Narender Singh Yadav and Seema Rani Goswami, who claimed having scaled the world's highest mountain in 2016, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Barcelona moves into No. 2 La Liga spot with 2-1 win over Athletic Club. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- A goal by Lionel Messi in the first half and another by Antoine Griezmann after the break enabled Barcelona to chalk up a win over Athletic Club at Camp Nou on Sunday, with the visitors' lone tally coming on an own goal by Jordi Alba. The match was played before empty …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Superadobe, cheap construction technique becoming popular in Mexico. laprensalatina.com By Mariana Gonzalez-Marquez Guadalajara, Mexico, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- Jessica and Salvador decided to move to the Mexican countryside and live in a house they built themselves using so-called "superadobe," an environmentally friendly material and a technique that they are now teaching to anyone who wants to live in a more ecologically sound manner. Houses made …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). UAE creates Space Courts for extraterrestrial commercial disputes. laprensalatina.com Dubai, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- The United Arab Emirates on Monday announced that it will create "Space Courts" with an eye toward developing a judicial system to resolve commercial disputes linked to space as its Hope mission probe is expected to reach Mars within days. An initiative called "Courts of the Future" will be launched later …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). WHO investigators visit disease control centers in Wuhan. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- A team of global investigators on Monday visited two disease control centers in Hubei as part of a World Health Organization (WHO) probe to trace the potential source of origin of the coronavirus in the central Chinese province where the virus was detected first last year. The state-run CGTN broadcaster said …

Online News Editor (2021-02-01). Sedition charges on journalists spark criticisms across India. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 1 (efe-epa).- Recent charges of sedition against several Indian journalists and editors for their coverage and comments during the violence at a farmers' march a week ago in New Delhi, led a wave of criticism on Monday for what is being interpreted as an attack on press freedom. The editors of the …

Gary M. Kramer (2021-02-01). In "At the Ready," teens' path to Border Patrol & law enforcement is "akin to military recruitment" salon.com Maisie Crow spoke to Salon about her new documentary that helps explain how many Latinx join the Border Patrol…

Alex Anfruns (2021-02-01). Cuba: Epicenter of Independence, Integration and Human Development. globalresearch.ca All Global Research articles can be read in 27 languages by activating the "Translate Website" drop down menu on the top banner of our home page (Desktop version). | *** | The Cuban Revolution has given an extraordinary impetus to the desire …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-01). MST calls for Bolsonaro's removal in letter to Brazilian people. peoplesdispatch.org In the letter, the MST highlights the key struggles for the next period in defense of the life and rights of the Brazilian people. They declare that forcing Bolsonaro out is urgent and necessary.

Staff (2021-01-31). Latinx Farmworkers Are Purchasing Failing Farms From White Owners. truthout.org The next generation of farmers in the United States might not be whom we expect. If the COVID-19 pandemic revealed the importance of farmworkers in our food system, the story left out a rising class of farmworkers who now own their craft with the help of incubator programs across the country. Latinx farm owners stand at the intersection of racial justice and food justice and offer new hope in the future of sustainable farming in the U.S. | Latinx farmers bring a wealth of historic knowledge to our food…

teleSUR (2021-01-31). Ecuador: A Court Admits Claim Against Pollution in the Amazon. telesurenglish.net The Sucumbios Supreme Court accepted an appeal filed by nine indigenous girls who demanded the elimination of over 400 gas flares linked to crude oil production in the Ecuadorean Amazon. | RELATED: | The plaintiffs demanded actions by the State to eliminate the oil industry burners in the Amazon, including the non-authorization of new installations of this kind. | Noting the State's negligence "by not providing or promoting the use of envi…

_____ (2021-01-31). The People Of Ecuador Are Fighting To Recover Their Popular Sovereignty. popularresistance.org On 7 February, the citizens of Ecuador will express their constitutional right to popular sovereignty, electing a new president and National Assembly to carry the country out of its most severe crisis in a generation. Between violent crackdowns on IMF protests in 2019 to persistent threats to cancel next month's election, Ecuador's democracy is on the brink. The vigilance of the world will be critical to preserve it — and help restore democracy to a region in the midst of an authoritarian backslide. | Ecuador has been hit harder by the Covid-19 pandemic than almost any country in the world. The country has…

David Soll (2021-01-31). Democrats, You PROMISED Survival Checks NOW! realprogressives.org On January 5 there was a special election held in Georgia where the two running Democrats ultimately won. How were they able to pull it off? No, the election was not stolen by Russia, China, Venezuela, or little green men. It was won because the Democrats promised the American people relief in the form of immediate distribution of $2000 survival checks! | These words were verbatim, by then Senate candidate Jon Ossoff, during an interview just days before the election,"We will be able to pass $2,000 dollar stimulus checks for the people next week when we win these races in Georgia and get economic relief direct…

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Spain, Portugal restore border checks as Covid cases soar. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Spain and Portugal have temporarily restored checks along their shared border until at least 10 February as authorities in Lisbon scramble to bring surging Covid-19 cases under control. The new measures, introduced Sunday after Portugal voted to extend its state of emergency, only allow people to cross the border for work …

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Mexican president sick with Covid, Mexico sick of disinformation. laprensalatina.com By Pedro Pablo Cortes Mexico City, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador spent the past week sick with Covid-19, his health status being kept largely secret by the government in the country with the world's third-largest death toll from the disease. "The government has not handled the information about the president's health …

Online News Editor (2021-01-31). Thousands break Israel's Covid rules to attend ultra-Orthodox rabbi's funeral. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Jan 31 (efe-epa).- Thousands of people broke Israel's coronavirus rules on mass gatherings Sunday to attend the funeral of an ultra-Orthodox rabbi who died overnight of Covid-19. The funeral for Rabbi Meshulam Dovid Soloveitchik, who died aged 99, took place in western Jerusalem. Thousands of young ultra-Orthodox mourners, many without protective facemasks, gathered around …