2021-02-08: News Headlines

_____ (2021-02-08). The Foreign Roots Of Haiti's 'Constitutional Crisis'. popularresistance.org As per usual, news on Haiti in the United States remains limited, except for during periods of "crisis." As if on cue, U.S. media began reporting on Haiti's "constitutional crisis" this week. | Sunday, February 7 is the end of Haitian President Jovenel MoàØse's term, according to the constitution. He refuses to step down. This week, the opposition called for a two-day general strike, uniting around a transition with the head of Haiti's Supreme Court stepping in. | Most reporting failed to note the international role, and particularly that of the United States, in creating this "crisis." And nearly all focu…

_____ (2021-02-08). Haiti: Protesters Demand President Moise Steps Down. popularresistance.org Amid ongoing protests, the diaspora watched as journalists reported the arrest of a Supreme Court justice and a police inspector in Haiti on Feb. 7, the day opposition leaders, civil society and human rights groups say President Jovenel Moise should step down. | During the week leading up to Feb. 7, politicians and civil society groups from throughout the diaspora called for U.S. intervention, some citing the need to convene dialogue, while others called for a transitional government. The U.S. State Department has stated that Moise's term ends in February 2022 and has called for elections this year, despite wides…

WSWS (2021-02-08). Recent developments in Manaus, Brazil raise many issues about the future course of the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org After premature and unjustified claims of reaching "herd immunity," the Brazilian city has been ravaged by a second wave of coronavirus that has overwhelmed local health care resources.

César Chelala, Alberto Luis Zuppi (2021-02-08). The Price of Democracy. counterpunch.org The mob which invaded Capitol Hill on January 6th threatening the lives of Vice-President Pence and Senator Pelosi was clear proof that democracy is always fragile, easy to be shaken by an uncontrolled group moved by a delusional president. Until then, overturning governments in this continent had been a Latin American tradition. The sight of

W. T. Whitney (2021-02-08). Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccines Serve the People, Not Profits. counterpunch.org Cuba's socialist approach to developing vaccines against COVID-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world. Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science and dedicated to saving the lives of all Cubans, and to international solidarity.

Vijay Prashad (2021-02-08). ExxonMobil exploits divisions in South America to score massive oil profits. peoplesworld.org Tensions are rising between neighboring Guyana and Venezuela over a piece of land that has been disputed since at least 1835. Both Guyana's President Irfaan Ali and Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro have exchanged sharp words about the status of the Essequibo region, which both countries claim. Since 1990, the two countries have pursued their claims through a United Nations …

_____ (2021-02-08). André Arauz Wins First Round Of Ecuadorian Presidential Election. popularresistance.org Andrés Arauz of the progressive Union for Hope alliance (UNES) won the first round in the Ecuadorian presidential elections that were held on Sunday, February 7. He obtained 31.74% of the votes, as per the results of the quick count by the national electoral council. It is not fully clear who is in the second place as the results showed a technical tie between Guillermo Lasso of the right-wing Creating Opportunities‚Ää (CREO) party and Social Christian Party (PSC), and Yaku Pérez of the Indigenous Pachakutik Plurinational Unity Movement party. Lasso obtained 20.05% of the votes, while Pérez secure…

IMEMC News (2021-02-08). Israeli Colonists Attack Palestine TV Crew Near Salfit. imemc.org Several Israeli colonists attacked, Monday, a crew of Palestine TV near the entrance of Ariel colony, which was built on stolen Palestinian lands, near Salfit, in central West Bank. Palestine TV said the colonists attacked its crew members while filming a documentary about the escalating illegal Israeli colonialist activities and the dangerously increasing assaults by …

Paul Dobson (2021-02-08). National Gas Chief Arrested for Corruption at Venezuela's PDVSA. venezuelanalysis.com On the same day, local oil managers Alfredo Chirinos and Aryenis Torrealba were sentenced to five years, provoking anger from their grassroots support campaign.

Rin Bernhardt (2021-02-08). Sinkholes and wasted water: oil industry destructiveness in New Mexico. liberationnews.org In July of 2008, a large plot of land in southeastern New Mexico caved in, resulting in a sinkhole 120 feet deep and 400 feet wide.

Urariano Mota (2021-02-08). Leading Brazilian Communist José Carlos Ruy has died. peoplesworld.org Editor's note from Eric A. Gordon: José Carlos Ruy entered my life very recently, but very forcefully. The repercussions of our online meeting are destined to cast a long shadow. Out of the blue (or "over the transom" as they say in the publishing world) People's World received an article by him—in English—celebrating the life of Brazilian left-wing poet …

Mark Schuller (2021-02-08). The Foreign Roots of Haiti's "Constitutional Crisis" counterpunch.org As per usual, news on Haiti in the U.S. remains limited, except for periods of 'crisis.' As if on cue, U.S. media began reporting on Haiti's "constitutional crisis" this week. Sunday, February 7, is the end of Haitian president Jovenel MoàØse's term according to the constitution. He refuses to step down. Last week, the opposition

The Babylon Bee (2021-02-08). $1.9 Trillion Stimulus Bill Expected to Stimulate National Debt. anti-empire.com Congress is looking to pass a 1.9 trillion-dollar stimulus package, which experts say will have a highly stimulating effect on the national debt. | "We will pass this stimulus bill without Republican support," said Speaker Nancy Pelosi. "Doing so will help hard-working Americans and breathe fresh new life into our national debt!" | Financial experts from The New York Times' opinion page have long feared that America's national debt is not growing fast enough to sustain their brilliant economic theories, and hope this bill will serve to boost the national debt to more comfortable levels. | There are some detractor…

_____ (2021-02-08). Bolivia Heading Towards Cooperative Politics and Economy. strategic-culture.org Half of the country's revenues still come from natural gas and oil. Agricultural production is second. Arce wishes to diversify the economy, Ron Ridenour writes. | Communtarian-indigenous based Movement toward Socialism (MAS) regained governmental control of the country, October 18, 2021, defeating the U.S.-backed rightest coup government. (1) | Luis Arce, President Evo Morales' (2006-2019) minister of economy and public finance, and David Choquehuanca, Morales' foreign minister, won the presidency and vice-presidency with 55% of the vote (3.4 million). The closest opposition candidate was former conservative pre…

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Argentine capital tests teachers for Covid-19 ahead of reopening schools. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Officials in the Argentine capital launched Monday an operation to test school staff for Covid-19 before the scheduled return of children to classrooms on Feb. 17. Tests are being administered at three sites in the city. The Buenos Aires municipal health department said it has the capacity to test the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Mexican president makes public appearance after recovering from Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Mexico, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Mexican president Andrés Manuel López Obrador resumed public duties on Monday following two weeks of isolation after contracting Covid-19. "We are here to continue fighting. I want to also thank many friends abroad and everyone in Mexico: the women and the men that expressed their desire for me to recover well," …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Snow disrupts Covid-19 vaccine program in parts of the UK. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 8 (EFE-EPA).- Heavy snowfall and cold temperatures forced the closure of schools and several Covid-19 vaccinations centers in the United Kingdom on Monday. London and southeast England are set to be among the worst-hit areas of Great Britain as a cold front, dubbed Storm Darcy in the UK, sweeps in from the east. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). South Africa halts use of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine over new variant. laprensalatina.com Johannesburg, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- The South African government said it is suspending its rollout of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine after a study suggested it only had limited effect on a variation of the coronavirus that originated in the country. Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, along with several of the country's experts, announced the decision in …

_____ (2021-02-08). Inside Ecuador's Citizens Revolution. popularresistance.org Quito, Ecuador – The South American nation of Ecuador is currently suffering through its worst economic crisis in decades. Poverty is skyrocketing, corruption is rampant, and the US-backed government has shown itself to be deeply undemocratic. | On February 7, Ecuador will hold a historic election that could fundamentally change its direction, moving the nation away from its current neoliberal policies and reliance on Washington, and restoring the socialist-oriented program of former President Rafael Correa, who launched a progressive movement called the Citizens' Revolution.

RT (2021-02-08). 'No families are opting out': Utah school REVERSES decision to allow children to skip Black History Month classes after backlash. rt.com A charter school in Utah made a U-turn on its decision to allow families to "exercise their civil rights" and opt their children out of lessons relating to Black History Month, after facing a major backlash online. | "We regret that after receiving requests, an opt-out form was sent out concerning activities planned during this month of celebration," Maria Montessori Academy's board of directors The school in North Ogden, which has a majority white student base according…

Dean Baker (2021-02-08). Unemployment Falls to 6.3 Percent, But Job Growth Remains Weak. counterpunch.org 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

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Israel PM pleads not guilty as corruption trial resumes. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds plea, alters lede and headline.) Jerusalem, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday formally pleaded not guilty before judges at Jerusalem's District Court as the corruption trial against him resumed. A three-judge panel heard the defendants' response to the indictment and set the date for the next evidentiary stage …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Liege transforms itself into Andy Warhol's Factory. laprensalatina.com Liege, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- A row of Campbell's soup cans, a wall of "Marilyns" that stare at the spectator and a sea of ?metallic clouds are some of the works that have transformed the Belgian city of Liege into a re-imagining of Andy Warhol's studio, the famous Factory. "People come here and think they know …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Afghanistan recorded more than 350 polio cases in 2020. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Afghanistan recorded more than 350 cases of polio, mostly of the type 2 variant, last year marking a dramatic increase in the number of cases that authorities attribute to insecurity and restrictions due to the novel coronavirus, according to the government on Monday. "The problem we are currently faced with is …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Djokovic kicks off Australian Open campaign with 15th win in row. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Top-seed Novak Djokovic on Monday did not give France's Jeremy Chardy a chance in his 15th consecutive Australian Open victory. The two-time defending champion did not face a single break point in his 6-3, 6-1, 6-2 win over the Frenchman in just over an hour and a half. Djokovic, the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Eyewitnesses describe Capitol attack before Trump's Senate trial. laprensalatina.com By Beatriz Pascual Macias Washington, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Holed up in his boss's office in the US Capitol, Remmington Belford heard shouting and banging but had to turn on the television to find out what was happening: a mob had invaded one of the world's most secure places and the instigator of the violence was …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Zidane leaves question mark over his position next season. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane on Monday left his future with the Spanish powerhouse next season up in the air, although he made it clear he will not leave the club during the ongoing season. "Why would I leave? It is amazing, I am doing what I like," the Frenchman …

Online News Editor (2021-02-08). Rescuers search for 200 missing after Himalayan disaster kills 19 in India. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- A massive search operation continued on Monday for more than 200 missing people who were feared trapped in the debris of mud and rocks after part of a Himalayan glacier broke off a day ago in a disaster that has claimed at least 19 lives in northern India. The disaster …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-08). Andrés Arauz wins first round of Ecuadorian presidential election, heads to run-off on April 11. peoplesdispatch.org According to the quick count, Andrés Arauz of the progressive Union for Hope alliance (UNES) won 31.74% of the votes. However, its still unclear who his opponent will be as two candidates are technically tied for second place…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-08). Progressive candidate Andrés Arauz has the advantage ahead of Ecuador's run-off election. peoplesdispatch.org Andrés Arauz of the progressive Union for Hope alliance (UNES) won the first round in the Ecuadorian presidential elections that were held on February 7…

Prof. Mark Schuller (2021-02-08). The Foreign Roots of Haiti's "Constitutional Crisis" 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). | *** | Haiti's president's term has come to an end, but he refuses …

Graham Peebles (2021-02-08). Overpopulation, food waste and climate change. nationofchange.org The house, our house is literally burning, and, despite millions of people screaming for change, the behavior, and ways of living that ignited the fire continue unabated.

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 …

Ben Norton (2021-02-07). How Ecuador's US-backed, coup-supporting 'ecosocialist' candidate Yaku Pérez aids the right-wing. thegrayzone.com Ecuador's presidential candidate Yaku Pérez supported coups in Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, and Nicaragua. His US-backed party Pachakutik and supposedly "left-wing" environmentalist campaign is being promoted by right-wing corporate lobbyists. (Editor's note: This article was updated on February 8, following the first round of Ecuador's presidential election.) Ecuador's February 7 presidential election concluded in a surprise: The quick count published by the country's National Electoral Council appeared to show a little-known candidate named Yaku Pérez Guartambel in second place, securing a …

RT (2021-02-07). WHO official thanks Britain for taking risk with 'first dose first' vaccination, calls on it to share its stockpile with needy. rt.com The WHO's Covid-19 envoy has praised 'brave' Britain for trying an experimental vaccination regimen and proving its viability. The UK should think about sharing some of its stocks with poorer nations soon, he also suggested. | The vaccines against Covid-19 are a "fantastic invention" and the world "should be accessing it in an equal way," David Nabarro, who serves as one of the World Health Organization's six special envoys tackling the pandemic, said on Sunday in an interview with Sky News' Sophy Ridge. As a rich nation and one of the front-runners in the race to vaccinate its population, the UK is among the…

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.

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

_____ (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…

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 …

sputniknews (2021-02-07). Russia's Sputnik V Coronavirus Vaccine Safest in World, Maduro Says. sputniknews.com BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – The Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is the safest vaccine against COVID-19 in the world, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said.

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 Blac…

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

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). 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 …

_____ (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). 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). 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 …

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). 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 …