2021-02-09: News Headlines

_____ (2021-02-09). Striking Workers Halt Construction At Future Amazon Warehouse. popularresistance.org Roughly 75 workers walked off the job on Thursday at the construction site of a future Amazon fulfillment center in southern California—forcing most of the construction operations, including a large crane, to come to a halt. | Workers are striking at the future Amazon fulfillment center in Oxnard, California, because an Amazon contractor at the site, Building Zone Industries, has hired non-union, out-of-state workers to work on the project. This comes amid high rates of unemployment stemming from the COVID-19 in the predominantly agricultural, working-class Latinx community.

Rafael Figueroa (2021-02-09). Man dressed as woman, who placed dead animals on gravestone, pleads guilty. laprensalatina.com BENTONVILLE, AR (KNWA/KFTA) — The elderly man accused of leaving more than a dozen dead animals on an old neighbor's grave pleaded guilty. Joseph Stroud, 79, agreed to a plea deal, lowering his charges from a felony to a misdemeanor. Stroud was arrested in August after he was caught on surveillance video dressed up in …

Misión Verdad (2021-02-09). "Bolivar Act" to tighten U.S. sanctions against elected Venezuelan government. peoplesworld.org On January 28, a group of U.S. Congressmen, led by former Green Beret and now Republican Party legislator, Michael Waltz, introduced into the Congress a new bill dedicated to smashing democracy in Venezuela, cumbersomely entitled the "Bipartisan Banning Operations and Leases with Illegitimate Authoritarian Regime (BOLIVAR) Act." The creators of the law tendentiously established the …

Misión Verdad (2021-02-09). 'Bolivar Act' to tighten U.S. sanctions against elected Venezuelan government. peoplesworld.org On January 28, a group of U.S. Congressmen, led by former Green Beret and now Republican Party legislator, Michael Waltz, introduced into the Congress a new bill dedicated to smashing democracy in Venezuela, cumbersomely entitled the "Bipartisan Banning Operations and Leases with Illegitimate Authoritarian Regime (BOLIVAR) Act." The creators of the law tendentiously established the …

Daniel Hellinger (2021-02-09). Maduro's Brown New Deal for Venezuela. zcomm.org Nicolás Maduro's reforms will deepen Venezuela's oil dependency, slow regional efforts to decarbonize, and shift oil profits to transnational oil companies…

W. T. Whitney (2021-02-09). 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. The New York Times's running report on the world's vaccine programs shows 67 vaccines having

W.T. Whitney Jr. (2021-02-09). Cuba develops COVID-19 vaccines, takes socialist approach. zcomm.org Socialist Cuba's production of four vaccines is grounded in science, in a dedication to saving the lives of all Cubans, and in international solidarity…

WSWS (2021-02-09). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health workers struck and marched February 4 to demand the Bolivian government implement health measures, while 700 warehouse workers in Tolleson, Arizona, have voted by a 98 percent margin to strike over COVID-related health and safety issues.

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Bolivia To Keep March 7 as Subnational Election Day. telesurenglish.net La Paz Constitutional Court on Monday ruled out a claim that sought to postpone the Bolivian subnational elections over fears of an increase in COVID-19 infections. | RELATED: | The appeal was filed on Jan. 27 by candidate Amilcar Barral, who is running for La Paz Mayor's office on behalf of the National Action Party (PAN-BOL). | Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) President Salvador Romero argued that electoral authorities had approved…

Alan Macleod (2021-02-09). From Concentration Camps to Overflow Facilities: With Biden in Charge, Media Forgets Kids in Cages. mintpressnews.com The lack of critical coverage of Biden's new announcement suggests that corporate media will no longer be as concerned about "kids in cages" now their preferred candidate is in the White House.

Staff (2021-02-09). Immigrants Shouldn't Have to Sacrifice Themselves to COVID for Basic Rights. truthout.org During the election campaign that led him to the White House, Joe Biden

Sameena Rahman (2021-02-09). Will the left return to power in Ecuador? liberationnews.org With nearly all the votes counted, left wing candidate Andrés Arauz has come in first place with over 32 percent of the vote in the first round of Ecuador's presidential election.

teleSUR Desk (2021-02-09). Andres Arauz wins the first electoral round in Ecuador. mronline.org According to unofficial results of an exit poll, Ecuador will have a run-off election. Andres Arauz won 36,2 percent of the valid votes and right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso got 21,7 percent.

Staff (2021-02-09). Despite Biden's Moratorium, ICE Deports Dozens to Haiti — Including a Baby. truthout.org U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported at least 72 people to Haiti, including a 2-month-old baby and 21 other children. The deportations appear to be a contradiction of the Biden administration's order to deport only people with serious charges against them. Haiti faces an increase in political violence and ongoing protests against President Jovenel MoàØse's U.S.-backed regime, and Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, says sending people t…

Staff (2021-02-09). Amid Unrest in Haiti, ICE Deports Dozens — Including a 2-Month-Old Baby — into "Burning House" democracynow.org U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has deported at least 72 people to Haiti, including a 2-month-old baby and 21 other children. The deportations appear to be a contradiction of the Biden administration's order to deport only people with serious charges against them. Haiti faces an increase in political violence and ongoing protests against President Jovenel MoàØse's U.S.-backed regime, and Guerline Jozef, co-founder and executive director of Haitian Bridge Alliance, says sending people to Haiti is putting them in danger. "We should be providing protection for those people, but we are sending them in…

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Argentina Allows the Use of India's Covishield Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Health Minister Gines Gonzalez on Tuesday authorized the emergency use of the COVID-19 vaccine "Covishield" produced by the Serum Institute of India. | RELATED: | The decision was taken after the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) evaluated the Covishield clinical trials which showed "no serious adverse events or significant differences in efficacy." | "This vaccine is…

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Brazil To Assess COVID-19 Vaccination Impacts in a Small Town. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Butantan Institute Director Dimas Covas on Monday announced a clinical study that plans to vaccinate the entire adult population in Sao Paulo State's Serrana municipality to evaluate the epidemiological impact of COVID-19 vaccinations. | RELATED: | The study will begin on Feb. 17 with the vaccination of 30,000 people over 18 years of age, who will be inoculated with the Coronavac vaccine produced in collab…

teleSUR (2021-02-09). Peru Starts Its COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign. telesurenglish.net Peru on Tuesday starts its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in areas of highest epidemiological risk, giving priority to redline health workers. The campaign started after the arrival of the first batch of 300.000 vaccines on Feb 7. | RELATED: | The first health care facilities to receive the doses were the Second May National Hospital and the Archbishop Loayza National Hospital. | "Those working in intensive care units treating…

Tan I, Tan C, Hsu L, et al. (2021-02-09). Prevalence and Outcomes of SARS-CoV-2 Infection Among Migrant Workers in Singapore. jamanetwork.com This study examines the prevalence and outcomes of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection among migrant workers in Singapore.

Naureen Shah (2021-02-09). This is Biden's Chance to End ICE's Abuses — For Good. aclu.org President Biden's 100-day deportation moratorium, announced late last month, was a monumental achievement for immigrant justice activists and immigrant communities. Less visible but potentially groundbreaking: The Department of Homeland Security's promise to conduct a top-to-bottom review of programs and policies governing the arrests and deportations of immigrants in the United States. | While a Texas court temporarily enjoined the deportation moratorium (the ACLU has

Real Progressives (2021-02-09). UBI and Immigrants: Lessons from the Pandemic. realprogressives.org This article was written by This post is part of our Does universal basic income have a role to play in a more just political economy? It is by now fairly well appreciated that, on the level of individual countries, much depends on the framing and design of t…

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Lazio, leading Italy's vaccine roll-out. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- The Italian region of Lazio, home to the capital Rome, is leading the Covid-19 vaccination race in the country and has already started vaccinating people over 80. The push to vaccinate the senior age group in the region began Monday, a week after the system to make an appointment was launched. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Start of Sputnik V vaccination campaign brings hope to Iran. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Iran on Tuesday started the immunization program against Covid-19 using the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine in what was a major step toward containing a pandemic that has hit the country hard with more than 1.4 million cases and 58,000 deaths reported so far. This long-awaited step took place before a large …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Nissan reports net loss of $3.5 billion between Apr-Dec 2020. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Japanese carmaker Nissan reported a net loss of 367.71 billion yen ($3.5B) in the first nine months of the fiscal year up to December 2020 although its performance improved in the most recent quarter. The firm posted an operating loss of 131.63 billion yen during that time period and its consolidated …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Bad weather obstructs search for missing climbers on K2. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Poor weather conditions prevented rescue operations on Tuesday for three climbers who went missing last week on Mt. K2 (8,611 meters) during an expedition on the world's second highest peak. "The helicopters are ready to flight. We are waiting for the good weather," Alpine Club of Pakistan's secretary Karrar Haidri told …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Germany's Merkel set to push for extension of Covid-19 rules until March. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- German chancellor Angela Merkel is set to push for an extension of Covid-19 restrictions until March, which would involve a continued near-total shutdown of public activity although would leave room for schools to gradually reopen. Local media outlets Der Spiegel and ARD public TV said Merkel would table the proposal when …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). UAE probe to enter Mars orbit in first Arab interplanetary mission. laprensalatina.com Dubai, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- The United Arab Emirates' Hope space probe is arriving Tuesday at Mars to study the Red Planet's atmosphere, marking the first interplanetary mission. Launched from Japan in July, the unmanned Hope spacecraft is set to enter Mars' orbit at 7.00 pm, becoming the first of three space expeditions expected to reach …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Families of missing face agonizing wait after Himalayan disaster in India. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Families of people still missing after a Himalayan disaster that killed 30 in northern India were on Tuesday facing an unbearable wait to see if their loved ones were still alive. Nearly 170 of the more than 200 people who went missing after the avalanche hit the mountainous state of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Myanmar protesters defy assembly ban to rally against military junta. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Protesters in Myanmar on Tuesday defied public assembly bans to rally for the fourth day against the military junta that took power last week. Restrictions were placed on townships of Yangon, Mandalay, Sagaing region and Kayah state on Monday night, including bans on protests and the assembly of more than …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Himalayan disaster in India may not be due to glacier rupture. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- The recent Himalayan disaster in north India that killed 29 may have been caused by a landslide and not a glacial rupture as believed earlier, a geologist said on Tuesday after analyzing satellite imagery. The images captured before and after the disaster indicate that the massive flooding in the northern …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Fabric flowers, an art in danger of extinction in New York. laprensalatina.com New York, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Although the fabric flower industry enjoyed an incredible boom in the early 20th century in the United States, when they were widely used in dresses and hats, now there is only one factory of this decorative element that survives in New York. Located in the heart of the Manhattan Fashion …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Senate agrees on schedule for Trump's impeachment trial. laprensalatina.com Washington, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Top lawmakers in the US Senate on Monday arrived at agreement on the schedule and structure of the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump, slated to begin on Tuesday on the charge of "inciting insurrection" and which they promised will be "fair." "All parties have agreed to a structure that …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Bolivia probes mysterious deaths of condors. laprensalatina.com La Paz, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- A team of veterinarians and biologists traveled Monday to a ravine in the southern Bolivian region of Tarija where 35 condors were found dead. The experts "will work at the site to take samples and identify what happened," regional Gov. Adrian Oliva told reporters. Other animals, including a goat and …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Florida governor opens vaccination center at Cuban exile museum. laprensalatina.com Miami, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday inaugurated a Covid-19 vaccination center in the museum of the Bay of Pigs Veterans Association (Brigade 2506) as a form of "compensation" for Cuban exiles who, according to the governor's remarks, are part of the state's "backbone." At a press conference held at the museum …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Nadal, Medvedev, Rublev through to second round of Australian Open. laprensalatina.com Melbourne (Australia) Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Spaniard Rafael Nadal made it through to the second round of the Australian Open after he finished off a 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 win over Serb Laslo Djere on Tuesday. The 20-time grand slam champion has been struggling with a back injury in recent months but it did not appear to …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Hong Kong top court denies bail to media mogul Jimmy Lai. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai, accused of colluding with foreign forces, will remain in prison after the city's top court on Tuesday upheld an appeal by the government against his release on bail in December. Lai can appeal the ruling by the Court of Final Appeal. The court said the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Nadal, Tsitsipas, Medvedev qualify for 2nd round at Melbourne. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Spaniard Rafael Nadal, Russia's Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev and Greece's Stéfanos Tsitsipas reached the Australian Open second round, while David Goffin of Belgium and Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut did not make the cut. Nadal, the second seed, prevailed over Serb Laslo Djere 6-3, 6-4, 6-1 in one hour and …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). The soup kitchen providing for a town with 93% unemployment. laprensalatina.com The Compassionate Hearts soup kitchen provides food aid for many residents of Touws River in South Africa, which has a 93% unemployment rate, according to humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers Foundation. During the lockdowns for the pandemic, the majority of the town's residents have become unemployed with what few businesses existed now closed. The …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). WHO says coronavirus spread 'extremely unlikely' from Wuhan lab. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- The head of a team of global scientists from the World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said it was "extremely unlikely" that the coronavirus may have spread from a lab in the central Chinese city of Wuhan where the virus was first detected last year. Ben Embarek told reporters that the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). US live-fire drills in South Korea suspended amid complaints. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Seoul authorities on Tuesday temporarily suspended live-fire exercises by the United States military in South Korea due to complaints from residents about excessive noise in the area where they are held each year. The exercises, involving Apache attack helicopters and which normally goes on until March, was scheduled to start on …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Emirati probe enters Mars orbit. laprensalatina.com Dubai, United Arab Emirate, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- The United Arab Emirates' Hope space probe entered orbit around Mars on Tuesday to begin a four-year mission to study the Red Planet's climate and atmosphere. "To the people of the UAE and Arab and Islamic nations, we announce the success of the UAE reaching Mars," project manager …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). IOC bills sexist remarks by Tokyo 2020 chief Mori 'absolutely inappropriate'. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday slammed sexist remarks made by the head of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee Yoshiro Mori last week as "absolutely inappropriate." The sports community "can rest assured that the IOC will continue to deliver on its commitment to gender equality, inclusivity, solidarity and non-discrimination," the committee …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Haiti opposition appoints interim president amid leadership dispute. laprensalatina.com Port-au-Prince, Feb 8 (efe-epa).- The Haitian opposition challenged the authority of President Jovenel MoàØse on Monday by declaring the end of his mandate and appointing an interim president, a day after the government denounced an alleged coup plot. The new president recognized only by the opposition is Judge Joseph Mécène Jean Louis of the country's …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Anti-coup protesters injured as Myanmar police use force. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds details of injuries, alters lead, headline, minor edits) Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Myanmar police on Tuesday injured several anti-coup protesters with rubber bullets, water cannon and allegedly live ammunition as tens of thousands defied a ban on public assembly to demonstrate last week's military coup. Kyi Toe, a spokesman for the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash violated rules, NTSB say. laprensalatina.com Los Angeles, Feb 9 (efe-epa).- Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven other passengers were killed in a helicopter accident caused after the pilot became disoriented while flying in cloudy conditions, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) ruled on Tuesday. Federal regulators said that pilot Ara Zobayan suffered spatial disorientation while he navigated through clouds and …

Online News Editor (2021-02-09). Flow of migrants, deportees growing in Mexico's Ciudad Juarez. laprensalatina.com By Guadalupe Peñuelas Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Feb 9 (efe-epa)- The flow of migrants in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and their attempts to illegally cross the frontier into the United States have increased in the last few weeks since the inauguration of Joe Biden and given that immediate return policies are still in …

news.un (2021-02-09). UN chief welcomes Colombia's 'act of solidarity' with 1.7 million Venezuelans. news.un.org The United Nations Secretary-General, on Monday, applauded the announcement by the President of Colombia that the country will provide temporary protection to all Venezuelans in its territory.

RT (2021-02-09). Amid internal meltdown at New York Times, '1619 Project' creator doxxes reporter for digging into her own racially charged tweets. rt.com In the New York Times' latest internal scrap, the paper's leading advocate for critical race theory allegedly doxxed a reporter for calling out her hypocrisy, after a veteran journalist was forced out for using "the N-word." | Donald McNeil Jr., the New York Times' top reporter on the Covid-19 pandemic, resigned last week. McNeil, it had been revealed, used a racial slur while on a trip to Peru with students in 2009. McNeil simply repeated the term after a student inquired about its usage, and the paper backed him up, saying he had no malicious intent. Nevertheless, he resigned after 150 employees demanded he…

Staff (2021-02-09). Headlines for February 9, 2021. democracynow.org Second Impeachment Trial of Donald J. Trump Opens in the Senate, Georgia's Secretary of State to Probe Trump's Efforts to Overturn 2020 Election, U.S. Mulls Plan to Require Negative COVID-19 Test for Domestic Airline Passengers, Texas GOP Rep. Ron Wright Dies After 18-Day Battle with COVID-19, FEMA to Pay Low-Income Families Up to $7,000 for Funeral and Burial Costs During Pandemic, New York Nursing Home Residents Got Experimental COVID-19 Treatments Without Families' Knowledge, Senate Confirms Denis McDonough to Lead Department of Veterans Affairs, Haitian Asylum Seekers, Including Children, Deported Despite Bid…

Ralph Nader (2021-02-09). Democrats Disarm Themselves Before Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial. zcomm.org If the Democrats do not go full throttle in this trial — this last clear chance to exercise the Constitution against Tyrant Trump — they will be remembered as profiles of infamy…