2021-02-07: News Headlines

Staff (2021-02-07). Congress Is Investigating the Meatpacking Industry's Failure to Protect Workers. truthout.org Since the start of the pandemic, the meat industry has struggled to contain the virus in its facilities, and plants in Iowa, South Dakota and Kansas have endured some of the biggest workplace outbreaks in the country. | The meat companies' employees, many of them immigrants and refugees, slice pig bellies or cut up chicken carcasses in close quarters. Many of them don't speak English and aren't granted paid sick leave. To date, more than 50,000 meatpacking workers have been infected and at…

Anand Naidoo (2021-02-07). The Heat: U.S. and Brazil battle COVID-19. america.cgtn.com COVID-19 continues its deadly rampage across the United States. | And Brazil battles a coronavirus crisis too.

_____ (2021-02-07). Ecuador: US-Backed Government Scrambles To Privatize The Central Bank. popularresistance.org With just days until Ecuador's February 7 presidential election and four months remaining on President Lenin Moreno's mandate, the Ecuadorian government and right-wing elites are still scrambling to privatize the country's central bank. | The process involves fast-tracking an emergency law dubbed the Humanitarian Support Organic Law, which will "lockdown" the central bank, siphon it from the public sector, and place Ecuador's financial sovereignty at the whims of private interests. | According to right-wing figures and the country's mainstream media apparatus that protects and serves its interest, the unconstitut…

Ben Norton (2021-02-07). How Ecuador's US-backed, coup-supporting 'ecosocialist' candidate aids the right-wing. thegrayzone.com Ecuador's third-place presidential candidate Yaku Pérez and his US-backed party Pachakutik supported coups in Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. His supposedly "left-wing" environmentalist campaign is being promoted by right-wing corporate lobbyists. Ecuador's historic February 7 election could bring a popular revolutionary movement back from the dead and help fuel a new wave of socialist governments in Latin America. The contrast between the two main presidential candidates could hardly be more stark: On one side is a conservative banker backed by …

Thomas Knapp (2021-02-07). Biden's Iran Dilemma: Serve Obama's Third Term — or Trump's Second? anti-empire.com Even before winning the 2020 presidential election, Joe Biden began hedging his bets on US policy toward Iran. While correctly blaming Donald Trump for violating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the Iran nuclear deal, he tried to fob responsibility for restoring that deal off on the Iranians rather than accepting the job himself. | "If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal," he

yenisafak (2021-02-07). Rich countries at risk of their own vaccine nationalism. yenisafak.com The world's richest countries would do well to hurry in supplying and distributing vaccines against the novel coronavirus, as failing to do so would eventually harm their economies more severely than projected by earlier studies, experts say.As the world tries to free itself from the COVID-19 pandemic, the issue of making vaccines universally available has taken center stage.Despite pledges by donor countries to aid the global inoculation effort, there is still uncertainty about when jabs will reach vulnerable populations."No economy can bounce back fully until vaccines are distributed fairly, equally, quickly, a…

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). The Netherlands brought to standstill after first snow in over a decade. laprensalatina.com The Hague, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- Storm Darcy brought the first snow to the Netherlands in more than a decade, dumping up to 30 centimeters as rail, road and air traffic were all suspended on Sunday. The disruption has also affected Covid-19 testing centers, which have been closed for the next few days. The Netherlands Meteorological …

RT (2021-02-07). School faces backlash after allowing kids to 'opt out' of Black History Month to 'exercise their civil rights'. rt.com A Utah charter school is facing a major backlash after it was revealed to be allowing parents to opt their students out of lessons relating to Black History Month. | In a letter sent to families by Maria Montessori Academy Director Micah Hirokawa, the school said complaints from a handful of families had led to them offering the decision for everyone to "exercise their civil rights to not participate in Black History Month at the school." | Hirokawa wrote in a Facebook post over the weekend that the demands from the few complaining parents "deeply saddens and disappoints me." | The school, which has a majorit…

_____ (2021-02-07). Venezuelan Parliamentary Commission Charges Guaidó. popularresistance.org Today, February 5, the Comptroller Commission of Venezuela's National Assembly (AN) presented before the Public Ministry (MP) charges against the 2015 deputy Juan Guaidó for damage to the Republic and usurpation of functions. | In statements transmitted by Venezolana de Televisión, the president of the commission, deputy José Brito, stated that the charges presented by the Commission included criminal association, organized crime, usurpation of functions, assassination, attempted coup, homicide, and others. | "The sum of penalties would add up to more than 200 years in prison," said Brito. In this regard, he ment…

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). City strengthens grip over Premier League lead with 4-1 win over Liverpool. laprensalatina.com Liverpool, England, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- Manchester City on Sunday earned a second-half away 4-1 win over defending champion Liverpool, to strengthen their grip over the Premier League's top spot. City had an opportunity to break the deadlock with eight minutes to go before first-half stoppage time, when they were awarded a penalty after English forward …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). At least 9 dead, 150 missing as glacier bursts in Himalayas in India. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: adds info on casualties) New Delhi, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- At least nine people have died and 150 are missing after a glacier burst in the Himalayas in northern India on Sunday, triggering a massive flood of water and mud that destroyed or severely damaged two hydroelectric power plants under construction and other infrastructure …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Spain's FM begins Gulf tour in UAE. laprensalatina.com Cairo, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Arancha Gonzalez Laya on Sunday arrived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), kicking off a Gulf trip that will also take her to Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The Spanish official held a meeting with the UAE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Sheikh Saif …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Varane leads Real Madrid over Huesca; Sevilla win 4th in a row. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Raphael Varane had a brace Saturday in Real Madrid's 1-2 come from behind victory against last-place Huesca, while Sevilla topped Getafe 3-0 to extend their winning run in LaLiga to four. Varane's first goals of the season — and his first double ever in the league — came on the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Pyongyang to hold new plenary session to finalize 2021 strategy. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- North Korea will soon hold a new single party plenary session to determine a roadmap of its 2021 strategic plan, agreed at its recent congress, state media reported Sunday. The session will take place "within the first 10 days of February, to deliberate and determine the 2021 work plans in all …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Myanmar lifts internet blockade as anti-coup demonstrations continue. laprensalatina.com Update 2: Updates with lifting of intenet blockade Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's teleoperator MPT, jointly owned and controlled by the government, at least temporarily reestablished internet connection in the country Sunday as demonstrations protesting this week's military coup continued in Yangon. An EFE correspondent was able to confirm that the network was operational …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Wolves, Leicester City play out goalless stalemate. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City on Sunday had to settle for a goalless draw in their Premier League match. Leicester's recent ups and downs continued at Wolves' Molineux Stadium, where they failed to build up their mid-week 2-0 away win over Fulham City. Heading into Wednesday's Fulham game, Leicester — the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Flames of protests against Kremlin burn behind bars. laprensalatina.com Zakharova, Russia, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- Bags of cigarettes, sachets of tea and boxes of cookies are piled up in the snow in front of the detention center. They are for demonstrators who were detained in the mass protests in favor of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The demonstrations have stopped, but the discontent of these young …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Israel begins gradual easing of national lockdown. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- Israel on Sunday began gradually easing national lockdown restrictions that have seen people confined to within one kilometer of their homes for more than a month. Although people can once again travel more freely, businesses remain subject to closures or capacity limits. Restaurants can now serve take-out food, national parks can …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Myanmar internet blockade continues amid new demonstrations. laprensalatina.com Update 1: Adds detail about number of detainees, internet usage Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- Myanmar continued Sunday with the nationwide internet blockade imposed by the military junta that launched a coup earlier in the week, as demonstrations protesting the putsch continued in Yangon. The outage, ordered the day earlier, does not affect national and …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Biden: US won't lift sanctions unless Iran stops enriching uranium. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden confirmed that he will not lift sanctions on Tehran unless the Islamic government there stops enriching uranium, according to an excerpt of an interview that CBS will air later on Sunday. When questioned by the interviewer whether the US will first lift sanctions on Iran to entice it …

Online News Editor (2021-02-07). Some 100 missing as glacier bursts in Himalayan mountains in India. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 7 (efe-epa).- A glacier burst in the Himalayan mountains of northern India on Sunday led to a large flood of water and mud destroying several structures and left at least a hundred people missing. The disaster occurred early morning in Chamoli district in the state of Uttarakhand, when a glacier broke off …

Mark Schuller (2021-02-07). US Reporting Fails to Note Foreign Roots of Haiti's 'Constitutional Crisis'. commondreams.org Voices within Haiti amplified in foreign corporate media are political parties. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/gettyimages-12309110011.jpg

John McEvoy (2021-02-07). The left eyes victory as Ecuador goes to the polls. thecanary.co On Sunday 7 February, Ecuadorians go to the

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.

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.

_____ (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…

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). China approves Sinovac jab for public use. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- The National Medical Products Administration of China has approved the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinovac, the company said Saturday in a statement. The vaccine is safe for people from 18 years of age and is to be applied in two doses of 0.5 milliliters each at an interval of between 14 …

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.

RT (2021-02-06). 'People don't go to the pub for lemonade': Angry Brits protest over alleged Covid plan to ban ALCOHOL from pubs. rt.com Reports suggesting that the UK government is contemplating a ban on alcohol when pubs reopen after lockdown in April have provoked fury and disbelief from Brits on Twitter. | On Friday, the Daily Telegraph

news.un (2021-02-06). FROM THE FIELD: Sharing migration stories across generations in Central America. news.un.org Two migrants, one young and one old, have been sharing their experiences of migrating to a small town in Costa Rica in Central America.

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Afghan government 'ready for war' as Taliban refuse to negotiate. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- The Afghan government on Saturday said it was ready for war after successive setbacks in recent weeks to peace talks with the Taliban, who have refused to return to discussions that began in September in Doha. "Taliban left the negotiating table, making excuses, and don't want to move toward peace," Hamdullah …

_____ (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…

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Early Aston Villa goal extends Arsenal's winless run. laprensalatina.com Birmingham, United Kingdom, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- An early goal by Aston Villa's English forward Ollie Watkins added to Arsenal's recent woes as they lost 1-0 at Villa Park on Saturday. The defeat means the Gunners have now gone three Premier League games without winning. Just two minutes into the game, the 25-year-old Watkins' shot punished …

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.

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Draghi obtains large majority to form government. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Mario Draghi, who has been put in charge of forming a government in Italy, has achieved a broad majority after securing the support of the decisive 5 Star Movement (M5S) and the ultra-right-wing League. The economist must now find a way to make such opposing political forces coexist. After securing the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Yemeni conjoined twins head to Jordan after Houthis' refusal to Saudi gesture. laprensalatina.com Sana'a, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Fifty-day-old Yemeni conjoined twins were flown by UNICEF-chartered ambulance aircraft from the Yemeni capital Sana'a on Saturday to the Jordanian capital Amman where they are to have a life-saving separation surgery after the Houthi rebels refused a Saudi offer to evacuate them. Muhammad and Ahmad Yasser al-Bukhaiti were born connected at …

Online News Editor (2021-02-06). Thousands of farmers cut off highways to protest new laws. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 6 (efe-epa).- Thousands of farmers cut off some of India's main highways on Saturday to protest against new agricultural laws. The protesters allege the new laws will benefit big businesses and leave agricultural workers at their mercy. The government says that the reforms will help farmers and make the sector more efficient …

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…

WSWS (2021-02-06). Gunmen kill two FMLN campaigners in El Salvador. wsws.org President Nayib Bukele, who has constantly encouraged violence against his political opponents, has defended the attackers, which included one police officer.

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.

_____ (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…

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…

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.