2021-02-06: News Headlines

Eds. (2021-02-06). Incarcerated and at COVID's mercy: New York must do more for elderly imprisoned people. mronline.org COVID-19 is now raging uncontrolled throughout the United States. New variants that are more easily transmitted have entered the country from the U.K., Brazil and South Africa. Vaccine is scarce.

Rachael Boothroyd (2021-02-06). Biden Administration Rules Out Maduro Talks, Pledges Support for Guaido. venezuelanalysis.com State Department Spokesperson Ned Price indicated that the Biden White House will not change tack in its predecessor's Venezuela foreign policy.

_____ (2021-02-06). Lessons From The November 2019 U.S.-Backed Coup In Bolivia. popularresistance.org In October of 2020, the Movement Towards Socialism (acronymed MAS in Spanish) returned to power 11 months after the U.S.-backed far-right coup regime of Jeanine àÅñez ousted Evo Morales and his government during Bolivia's November 2019 elections. The MAS party restored majority control over Bolivia's legislature, and MAS candidate Luis Arce won the presidential election by a landslide victory, earning about 55% of the vote against the two main anti-MAS candidates, center-right ex-president Carlos Mesa (who received almost 29%) and far-right Luis Camacho (who received only 14%). | The right-wing opposition h…

Ben Norton (2021-02-06). Ecuador's historic election explained: Inside the Citizens' Revolution. thegrayzone.com Ben Norton traveled to Ecuador to report on the historic February 7 election, which pits a wealthy US-backed right-wing banker against a left-wing economist who pledges to continue the socialist Citizens' Revolution launched by former President Rafael Correa. In this dispatch, working-class Ecuadorians explain why they support leftist candidate Andrés Arauz and oppose the repressive Washington-allied government of Lenín Moreno. QUITO, ECUADOR — The South American nation of Ecuador is currently suffering through its worst economic crisis in decades. Poverty …

Levada (2021-02-06). Just 15 Percent of Russians Believe Navalny's Account of 'Poisoning'. anti-empire.com Machine translated from Russian. | The majority of Russians (78%) are aware of the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, although they closely follow the development of events for less than a fifth of the population. The respondents name three main versions of what happened: 30% consider the incident to be a staging of the politician himself, 19% see this as a provocation of the Western special services, 15% speak of an attempt by the authorities to eliminate a political opponent. | Most Russians are aware of Navalny's poisoning today: 17% are watching closely, 61% have at least heard something about it. At the same time,…

RT (2021-02-06). Canceling their own? NYT's lead Covid-19 reporter resigns after reprimand for use of 'N-word' fails to appease co-workers. rt.com Donald McNeil Jr., the New York Times' top reporter on the Covid-19 pandemic, has resigned after management's decision not to fire him for innocuously using the "N-word" left many staffers at the newspaper "outraged and in pain." | The episode began when a student on a Times-sponsored trip to Peru in 2019 asked McNeil whether he thought her classmate should be suspended for using a racial slur on a video made years earlier. The reporter, who was on the trip as an expert to inform the students, repeated the slur when asking the girl about the context in which it had been used. | Allegations regarding McNeil's c…

yenisafak (2021-02-06). Iran to begin COVID-19 vaccination rollout this week. yenisafak.com The announcement comes amid fears of a fourth wave of the coronavirus that was first reported in Iran February last year, marking one year of the pandemic.The first shipment of Sputnik V vaccine, the only foreign vaccine to be registered and approved in Iran, arrived by Iran's Mahaan Airlines on Thursday.In the first phase of vaccination, Rouhani said high-risk groups including healthcare workers on the frontline, followed by elderly and those with critical ailments, will be administered the vaccine.He said the vaccination program for the entire population of 80 million will take around eight months, as the secon…

R H Behrens, Vipul Patel (2021-02-06). [Correspondence] Avoiding shoulder injury from intramuscular vaccines. thelancet.com With the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccination programmes to tens of millions of people, some individuals might receive vaccines, which have received rigorous safety checks and approval from regulatory bodies, via intramuscular injection. However, the safety around the technique used and the site of injection, in particular, has received little attention. As recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), adults aged 16 years or older will be the main population receiving the intramuscular vaccine.

_____ (2021-02-06). Haitians Intensify Struggle Against President Jovenel MoàØse. popularresistance.org Haiti has been experiencing a new wave of protests against US-backed President Jovenel MoàØse. Since January 10, thousands of citizens, students, workers, members of various social movements and opposition political parties have been mobilizing across the country in rejection of MoàØse's decision to hold presidential and legislative elections on September 19 and a referendum to replace the current constitution, which is the main achievement of the democratic movement of 1986, on April 25. | Haitian citizens and the opposition denounced MoàØse's decision as an attempt to extend his term of off…

_____ (2021-02-06). Ecuador's Left Is Back. popularresistance.org Since the beginning of the right-wing turn by Moreno's government and the political persecution of the key leaders of the Citizen Revolution—most notably Rafael Correa and Jorge Glas—countless attempts have been made to prevent the participation in the elections of either Correa himself or any other political leader affiliated to his movement. | This has included preventing the registration of the Citizen Revolution Movement as a political party, a ban on the Fuerza Compromiso Social (FCS) electoral movement used by them to run in the 2019 local elections, a ban on Correa running as a vice-presidentia…

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Myanmar junta blocks internet countrywide as thousands protest military coup. laprensalatina.com Update 1: Adds nationwide internet outage, Amnesty International, Telenor Group quotes Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's military junta ordered a national scale internet outage Saturday, as massive demonstrations against Monday's coup were held, the country's Telenor Group communications service said in a statement. The live social network broadcast of the protests was suddenly interrupted, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). An adapted 'Llorona' presides over a united cry against Mexico femicide. laprensalatina.com Mexico, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- An adapted version of "La Llorona," the popular Mexican theme, presided over a protest Friday in Mexico City against the killing of young doctor Mariana Sanchez last week in the country's south and against ceaseless violence against women. "Being a woman is a crime, Llorona, with a well-defined passion. They grab …

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Thousands protest military coup in Myanmar's streets. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Thousands took Saturday to the streets of Yangon, Myanmar's former capital and largest city, to protest the coup the army launched earlier this week. A column of people marched down one of the main avenues of the city with proclamations in favor of democracy and in opposition to the military junta, …

yenisafak (2021-02-06). New coronavirus variants cause concern in Spain. yenisafak.com While the peak of Spain's third wave appears to have passed, new variants are causing unease as Madrid confirmed Spain's first ever case of the Brazil variant on Friday.Spain has now detected all three of the variants that have alarmed health officials worldwide.The mutant virus was detected in a 44-year-old man who had flown into the Madrid airport from Brazil. He presented a negative PCR test upon arrival on Jan. 29, but officials gave him a rapid test and discovered he was contagious.After sequencing the virus, scientists can now confirm that he was carrying the variant, which some studies suggest increases th…

Andrew Green (2021-02-06). [Obituary] Tabaré Vázquez. thelancet.com Former President of Uruguay and oncologist. Born on Jan 17, 1940, in Montevideo, Uruguay, he died from lung cancer there on Dec 6, 2020, aged 80 years.

WSWS (2021-02-06). Sylvia Ageloff and the assassination of Leon Trotsky. wsws.org On August 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky was assassinated by Stalinist agent Ramón Mercader in the Mexico City suburb of Coyoacán. Mercader's access to the great revolutionary was made possible through his relationship with Sylvia Ageloff, who presented herself as an innocent victim of Mercader's duplicity, a claim that was never challenged by the SWP. This series of articles constitutes the first systematic investigation by the Trotskyist movement of Ageloff's role.

Lynn Stuart Parramore (2021-02-05). Epidemic of Despair Could Haunt America Long After COVID. zcomm.org Researchers worry the pandemic may have severe after-effects, with deaths of despair impacting more distressed and newly-vulnerable populations…

RT (2021-02-05). Climate change 'key' in Covid-19 spreading to humans — study. rt.com A study by researchers at the University of Cambridge has found that climate change played a key role in Covid-19 spreading from animals to humans, as the two groups were forced closer together as populations grow. | Scientists examined changes to temperature and rainfall over the last 100 years, specifically modelling bat populations against their habitat needs. They found that climate change had resulted in 40 species relocating during that time to areas in China, Laos and Myanmar. "Bats are the likely zoonotic origin of SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2," the study noted. | The university researchers outlined how t…

WSWS (2021-02-05). Police arrest twelve activists demanding housing for the homeless in Olympia, Washington. wsws.org The housing crisis is more critical than ever during the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite their negative impact on public health, evictions across the country continue to add to the growing numbers of homeless people in the population.

MintPress News Desk (2021-02-05). Ecuador: US-Backed Gov't Scrambles to Privatize the Central Bank Before Elections. mintpressnews.com An emergency law dubbed the Humanitarian Support Organic Law would "lockdown" Ecuador's central bank, siphon it from the public sector, and place its financial sovereignty at the whims of private interests under the guise of saving the country from de-dollarization.

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-05). How ExxonMobil Uses Divide and Rule to Get Its Way in South America. counterpunch.org Guyana's government used money from ExxonMobil "to meet the estimated cost in 2018 of presenting Guyana/Venezuela controversy at the International Court of Justice including payment of legal fees." In mid-2020, the Guyanese paper Kaieteur News' senior reporter Kiana Wilburg broke the story that the World Bank had paid $1.2 million to Hunton Andrews Kurth, a law firm long associated with ExxonMobil, to revise Guyana's petroleum laws.

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-05). Are We Not All in Search of Tomorrow. dissidentvoice.org Oswaldo Terreros (Ecuador), Mural para la Universidad Superior de las Artes ('Mural for the University of the Arts'), 2012. In 2019, 613 million Indians voted to appoint their representatives to the Indian parliament (Lok Sabha). During the election campaign, the political parties spent Rs. 60,000 crores (around US $8 billion), 45% of which was spent …

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-05). Are we not all in search of tomorrow. mronline.org Money floods the system, eats into the loyalties of politicians, corrupts the institutions of civil society, and shapes the narratives of the media. It matters that the dominant classes in our world own the main communications outlets and that these outlets shape the way people decipher the world around us.

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-02-05). Kerala Communists involve youth and women in carrying out their mission. peoplesworld.org "Kerala, a state in India, is a bizarre anomaly among developing nations … Kerala has a population as big as California's and a per capita annual income of less than $300. But its infant mortality rate is very low, its literacy rate among the highest on Earth … Though mostly a land of paddy-covered plains, …

_____ (2021-02-05). Justice In Nicaragua's North Caribbean Coast. popularresistance.org We have prosecuted six cases of usurpation of the communal domain of Indigenous peoples, where people who are not natives of that community misappropriate land of Indigenous peoples. So, how has this procedure been carried out? In the territories, the owners of the land, who are the presidents of the territorial governments, file a complaint with the National Police. The National Police receives these and it does all the investigative work. Then they refer the cases to the Public Prosecutor's Office, and the Public Prosecutor's Office files the accusation before the Single Local Court. We have sentenced these peo…

Ralph Nader (2021-02-05). The Struggle Inside Senator Mitch McConnell's Brain. counterpunch.org Since 2015, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has ruled the Senate with an iron hand, describing himself as "the Guardian of Gridlock." He was Senator "NO," except for confirming over 200 mostly corporatist federal judges. Now comes a new challenge for Mitch McConnell as he leads 49 other Republican Senators, twenty of whom are up

news.un (2021-02-05). Unless COVID is suppressed everywhere, we'll be 'back at square one', Tedros warns. news.un.org The number of people who have received a COVID-19 vaccination now exceeds those reportedly infected, the head of the UN's health agency said on Friday, while warning that after inoculating their own health workers and older people, countries must share doses with others, to eradicate the deadly coronavirus.

Jessica Corbett, staff writer (2021-02-05). 'Enough Is Enough': 8 Senate Dems Slammed for Going 'Hand-in-Hand With GOP' to Oppose Covid Relief for Undocumented Workers. commondreams.org "Let us be clear on this. Not only do undocumented community members pay taxes, they are also suffering as much as anyone else because of this pandemic." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/gettyimages-12991586111.jpg

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). US unemployment rate falls, but job creation remains anemic. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- The headline unemployment rate in the United States fell 0.4 percent in January to 6.3 percent, yet the world's largest economy created only 49,000 new jobs amid the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday. Significantly, the BLS revised its December report to indicate that …

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). UNICEF ??warns of an increase in female genital mutilation due to COVID-19. laprensalatina.com New York, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- The closure of schools as a result of COVID-19 and the interruption of aid programs for girls in countries where the practice of female genital mutilation is common could cause an increase in this practice in the next decade, the United Nations said Friday. "It is possible that there will …

commondreams (2021-02-05). Statement on Sens. Stabenow and Peters' Vote to Withhold COVID Relief from Undocumented Immigrants. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Emily Hotez, Peter J. Hotez, Kashia A. Rosenau, Alice A. Kuo (2021-02-05). [Commentary] Prioritizing COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. thelancet.com In December 2020, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccine Working Group issued recommendations for prioritizing and allocating vaccinations for the first available mRNA vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna [1]. Notably absent from the Phase 1 tiered guidelines are almost all individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). This population comprises between 1 and 2% of the U.S. population and includes individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorder, blindness, cerebral palsy, moderate to prof…

James K. Galbraith, Jayati Ghosh, Mark Weisbrot, et al. (2021-02-05). Open Letter From 40+ Economists Regarding Ecuador and the Dollar. commondreams.org Not only has leading presidential candidate Andrés Arauz emphasized that he is committed to maintaining the dollar as the national currency, he and his party have a long track record of taking strong measures to make sure that dollarization did not come under threat. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ecuador_1.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-02-05). Under Pretext of Pandemic, Babies Born in US—Legal American Citizens—Expelled With Mothers to Mexico. commondreams.org "For all intents and purposes, that child is stateless, which is going to create a whole host of barriers… because they're unable to establish citizenship." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/baby_2.jpg

Staff (2021-02-05). Trump Is the First President to Leave Office With a Loss of Jobs Since Hoover. truthout.org The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points in January to 6.3 percent. Much of this decline was due to people leaving the labor market as the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) only rose by 0.1 percentage point. The EPOP now stands at 57.5 percent, 3.6 percentage points below its year-ago level. | The establishment survey showed an increase of just 49,000 jobs, with the private sector only accounting for 6,000 of these jobs. There were sharp downward revisions to job growth for bo…

news.un (2021-02-05). Paraguay: UN rights chief calls for 'prompt, independent' probe into girl deaths and disappearance. news.un.org Following the disappearance in Paraguay of a teenage girl and killing of two 11-year-olds, the UN human rights chief has expressed her deep concern, also noting on Friday other disturbing elements of abuse against women and girls, surrounding the cases.

_____ (2021-02-05). Haiti Begins General Strike. popularresistance.org February 1, 2021 – Industries across Haiti are shut down today as workers in multiple sectors participate in a 48-hour general strike. The strike was called by the labor unions following years of struggle in Haiti against brutal austerity and government corruption. Part of the reason behind the general strike is that the current president of Haiti, Jovenel MoàØse, is refusing to step down on February 7, when many believe that his term is up under the constitution. MoàØse claims that his term isn't up until February 7, 2022, as he was elected to a five year term in 2017. | Many fear that MoàØs…

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). Brewer Kirin to cut ties with Myanmar military in wake of coup. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- Japanese brewer Kirin Holdings announced Friday that it will end its two operations in Myanmar as a result of this week's military coup in the Southeast Asian country. Kirin said the military's actions were "against our standards and Human Rights Policy." The Japanese multinational owns 51 percent of two Myanmar operations, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). Athletic beat Betis on penalties to reach Copa del Rey last 4. laprensalatina.com Seville, Spain, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- Goalkeeper Unai Simon was the hero here Thursday for Athletic Club in their Copa del Rey quarterfinal tie with Real Betis, making two stops in the penalty shootout to put the Bilbao club in the final four. It was the 11th time the two clubs have met in the Copa …

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). Indonesia's economy posts first year-on-year contraction in over 20 years. laprensalatina.com Jakarta, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- Indonesia's gross domestic product (GDP) fell by 2.07 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year, its first contraction in more than two decades. Transport, export manufacturing and services were some of the sectors most impacted by the year-on-year decline, the country's statistics bureau, Statistics Indonesia, locally known as BPS, said …

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). The 'routine' of ceasefire violations along Pakistan-India border. laprensalatina.com By Jaime Leon Shaheen Top, Pakistan, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- Sounds of gunfire and mortar bursts are a part of the "routine" life of Shabbir Ahmad, a Pakistani living near the de facto border between Pakistan and India in the disputed Kashmir region, an area where dozens of people die each year in attacks between the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). Colombian artists honor civil violence victims with urban memory museum. laprensalatina.com Bogota, Feb 4 (efe-epa).- They were killed by police or for defending a cause they believed in, and now their faces, painted in vivid colors on the columns of a bridge in Bogota, occupy a place in Colombia's first open-air memory museum. Cars whiz on by on Boyaca Avenue as several street artists, perched on …

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). Trans persons in Brazil live in fear in deadliest country for that community. laprensalatina.com By Nayara Batschke Sao Paulo, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- Isabella Souza has paid a steep price for being a transgender person in Brazil, having suffered beatings and abuse and feared for her life since she was a young girl. Her experience is one shared by thousands of trans individuals in that South American country, the world's …

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). South African company builds vintage-inspired motorized bicycles. laprensalatina.com The South African company Soekoe Moto-Bicycles Co, founded by Desmond Soekoe, builds motorized bicycles in Johannesburg with designs inspired by the first decade of the 20th century, when the first motors were attached to bicycles. A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer Kim Ludbrook…

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). Myanmar arrests prominent political leader, close aide of Suu Kyi. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- Police in Myanmar arrested one of the main leaders of the National League for Democracy (NLD) party and close aide of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, five days after a military coup. Win Htein was arrested after midnight at his daughter's house in Yangon, the country's former capital and …

Online News Editor (2021-02-05). India's central bank projects 10.5% growth, leaves lending rates unchanged. laprensalatina.com Srinagar, India, Feb 5 (efe-epa).- India's economy is expected to grow at 10.5 percent in the next financial year, its central bank said on Friday, as signs of recovery have strengthened after a record-breaking slump caused by the coronavirus. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shantikanta Das also announced that they had left policy lending rates …

Yousra Abdulmalik (2021-02-05). Yemeni Journalist: "Saudi Arabia Failed in Yemen Despite US Support" 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). | *** | Yemen has suffered through a violent war on its population by …

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-02-05). Haitian opposition calls for national mobilizations against President Jovenel MoàØse. peoplesdispatch.org From across Latin American and Caribbean leaders and organizations have expressed their solidarity with the struggle of Haitian people and have demanded that MoàØse comply with the Constitution and leaves office when his term expires on February 7, 2021…

Oraib AlRantawi (2021-02-05). Washington and Tehran: Who will make the first move? juancole.com ( Middle East Monitor) — From the outside, the heated debate between Tehran and Washington seems as though it could be summarised by the question: Which side will make the first move? Tehran wants Washington, which was responsible for violating its obligations and inflicting heavy losses on Iran, to start by lifting all additional sanctions …

Karen Conner (2021-02-05). Unemployment Falls to 6.3 Percent, but Job Growth Weak. cepr.net Trump is the first president to leave office with a loss of jobs since Herbert Hoover. The unemployment rate fell by 0.4 percentage points in January to 6.3 percent. Much of this decline was due to people leaving the labor market as the employment-to-population ratio (EPOP) only rose by 0.1 percentage point. The EPOP now …