2021-02-10: News Headlines

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Archbishop blesses immigration sculpture in Miami. laprensalatina.com Miami, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Miami Archbishop Thomas Wensky on Wednesday blessed the "Angels Unawares" sculpture dedicated to immigration, which will remain in a city park until April 8 to inspire compassion and awareness about the needs of migrants and refugees. The story of humanity is the story of immigration and also of this city, said …

Staff (2021-02-10). Historians Say "Decades of Medical Racism" Led to Unequal COVID Impact on Black & Latinx People. democracynow.org Historians Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha Blain dedicate their new book, "Four Hundred Souls," to the "Black lives lost to COVID-19." They put the content of their book in the context of the disparate impact of the pandemic on the African American community in the United States. "This has been in the making for decades. Even though this is a new virus, … it connects to a larger history of racial inequality, and we wanted to make sure that was clear," says Blain. Kendi is a cancer survivor and notes Black and Latinx are more at risk from preexisting conditions because of a history of racist policies, but "Americans d…

Julyssa Lopez (2021-02-10). Kali Uchis's Fearless Latinx Pop. thenation.com Kali Uchis's Fearless Latinx Pop…

Rafael Figueroa (2021-02-10). Five More Memphis, Shelby County Businesses Closed After Allegedly Violating Health Directive. laprensalatina.com SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WREG) — The Shelby County Health Department announced five more businesses were shut down last week after they were found to be in violation of the health directive. Soulz Café & House of Soul at 549 South Parkway East; EL 7 Mares Bar & Grill at 3681 Jackson Avenue; Blue Nile Hookah …

Staff (2021-02-10). Headlines for February 10, 2021. democracynow.org Senate Votes to Proceed with Impeachment as Managers Present Harrowing Video of Jan. 6 Insurrection, Gov't to Send Vaccines to Community Health Centers as U.S. Continues Ramping Up Vaccinations, WHO Team Confirms COVID-19 of Animal Origin; Ghana Shuts Parliament After Outbreak Infects Lawmakers, Protesters in Burma Defy Bans, Escalating Crackdown by Police, Journalists Decry Raid on Progressive Indian News Site NewsClick, U.S. to Pursue Extradition of Julian Assange as Press Freedom Groups Warn of Dangerous Precedent, Fossil Fuel Pollution Causes One in Five Global Deaths, Calls Growing to Shut Down DAPL as Key H…

Rafael Figueroa (2021-02-10). Memphis Animals Services Responding To Pets In Need As Temps Fall. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (WREG) — Memphis Animal Services issued an urgent plea for help as temperatures plummet. With temperatures falling, the agency said it's experiencing high call volume from citizens reporting animals left out in the cold which leads to an increase in intake. MAS needs those interested in adopting or fostering an animal to come …

Rachael Boothroyd (2021-02-10). US Sanctions Obstructing Humanitarian Aid in Venezuela, New Report Finds. venezuelanalysis.com A US Government and Accountability Office report found that sanctions have pushed the Venezuelan economy into crisis.

teleSUR (2021-02-10). UN To Assess the Impact of US Sanctions on Venezuela. telesurenglish.net United Nations representative Alena Douhan visits Venezuela to assess the impact of U.S. economic sanctions imposed on the Bolivarian nation since 2015. | RELATED: | The visit announcement came shortly after the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) acknowledged that its country's sanctions on Venezuela have killed tens of thousands of people. | The results of the analysis of the U.S. unilateral coercive measures imposed on this…

Eds. (2021-02-10). Through the "Bolivar Act" U.S. Congressmen intend to tighten the blockade against Venezuela. mronline.org On January 28th, a group of U.S. Congressmen, led by former Green Beret and now Republican Party legislator, Michael Waltz, introduced to the U.S. Congress a new bill dedicated to Venezuela entitled the "Bipartisan Banning Operations and Leases with Illegitimate Authoritarian Regime Act".

teleSUR (2021-02-10). Venezuela to Receive 100,000 Doses of Sputnik V Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday announced that 100,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine will arrive in his country next week. | RELATED: | Once the first lot arrives in Caracas, the national vaccination campaign will kick off, prioritizing health workers who are on the front line against COVID-19 and the people most vulnerable to the disease. | The next to be vaccinated will be the country's t…

teleSUR (2021-02-10). Cuba to Produce First 150,000 Doses of Soberana 02 Vaccine. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) President Vicente Verez on Tuesday announced that his country started producing the first batch of 150,000 doses of the Soberana 02 vaccine. | RELATED: | "Because of the vaccine's encouraging results, we started producing it on a large scale to launch its third phase of clinical trials in March," Verez said. | Over 700 people have already been vaccinated with Sovereign 02 during the…

Ben Norton (2021-02-10). How Ecuador's U.S.-backed, coup-supporting 'ecosocialist' candidate Yaku Pérez aids the right-wing. mronline.org 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 narrow victory over right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso, a banker with significant influence in the country.

mgrochowski (2021-02-10). Quienes somos y qué queremos los Socialistas Democráticos. dsausa.org El Grupo de Trabajo por los Derechos de los Inmigrantes de DSA los invita a un seminario web en español: "Quienes somos y qué queremos los Socialistas Democráticos." Escuche a algunos de nuestros miembros sobre su trabajo en DSA y en sus comunidades. Zoom Información de registro en instrucciones y respuesta. Join…

_____ (2021-02-10). Ecuador's US-Backed 'Ecosocialist' Candidate Yaku Pérez Aids The Right-Wing. popularresistance.org 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 narrow victory over right-wing candidate Guillermo Lasso, a banker with significant influence in the country. | Most polls had predicted that the presidential race would boil down to two presidential candidates, who could hardly have been more different: On one side was the conservative banker Lasso, who had the backing of Ecuadorian elites and the United States, and had unsuccessf…

G. Dunkel (2021-02-10). Anti-regime protests intensify in Haiti. workers.org Tens of thousands of Haitians took to the streets of Port-au-Prince on Feb. 7 in numerous small, very militant and angry demonstrations demanding that President Jovenel MoàØse follow the constitution and leave office on Feb. 7, when his term expires. Protesters want an end to corruption and an accounting of . . . |

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-02-10). Political crisis deepens in Haiti as Jovenal Moise refuses to leave. peoplesworld.org Haiti is undergoing a deep political and institutional crisis, sparked by the refusal of US-backed president Jovenel MoàØse to step down despite an official ruling that his mandate ended on February 7, 2021. Protests which have been going on since early January have intensified and have been met by brutal repression by security forces as …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-10). Protests demanding resignation of Haitian president intensify. peoplesdispatch.org Protests in Haiti, which have been going on for a month now, have garnered more strength as president Jovenel MoàØse refused to step down. On February 8, Haitian opposition political parties and social organizations appointed Supreme Court Judge Joseph Mécène Jean-Louis as the interim president.

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). EU chief 'regrets' bid to check vaccine exports on Irish-UK border. laprensalatina.com Brussels, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday said the EU made mistakes in its hasty effort to control vaccine exports amid a spat with pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca late last month. The EU triggered an emergency article that would have forced controls at the sensitive border between …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). WHO backs AstraZeneca vaccine for over 65s. laprensalatina.com Geneva, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The World Health Organisation on Wednesday said a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University was safe for people over 65 years old, despite some countries like Germany and Austria advising against. It is the second approval from the WHO for a vaccine against Covid-19, after the organisation in December …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). South Africa to reboot vaccination plan with Johnson & Johnson. laprensalatina.com Johannesburg, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- South Africa will restart its halted Covid-19 vaccination program with doses from Johnson & Johnson, according to Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on Wednesday, after the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was found to be less effective against a new variant currently prevalent in the country. "We will soon announce more details about the delivery …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). S Korea approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, including for elderly. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- South Korea approved Wednesday the use of a coronavirus vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University in adults, including those over 65. It, however, said there was a lack of data on the efficacy of the vaccine in the elderly. South Korea set up a committee to carry out a fast …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). BioNTech begins Covid-19 vaccine production in German plant. laprensalatina.com Frankfurt, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- German biotech firm BioNTech has started manufacturing its Covid-19 vaccine at its new plant in Marburg, central Germany, which it bought from Swiss company Novartis last year. BioNTech said in a statement Wednesday that the vaccine manufacturing process started with the production of mRNA, the active pharmaceutical ingredient in the Pfizer-BioNTech …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). EU chief acknowledges errors in vaccine rollout. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Provides new angle, adds detail, alters headline, lede). Brussels, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The president of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen on Wednesday acknowledged shortcomings in the EU's vaccine rollout. "We were late with the approval. We were too optimistic on mass production and perhaps too confident that what we ordered would …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Afghanistan announced death of 22 terrorists, including 10 foreigners. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The Afghan government announced on Wednesday the death of 22 terrorists, including 10 foreigners, in an operation by the security forces against a Taliban shelter from which suicide attacks were organized in southern Afghanistan. The special operation took place on Tuesday in Deh-Yak, one of the safest districts in Ghazni province, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Tree House Cafe in Nablus, West Bank. laprensalatina.com People enjoy beverages at the Tree House Cafe in the old city of Nablus, in the Israeli occupied West Bank, 10 February 2021. With wood and root-like decoration, the cafe is designed to look like a tree house. A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer ALAA BADARNEH…

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). 8 Islamists sentenced to death for Bangladeshi secular publisher's murder. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- A Bangladesh court on Wednesday awarded death sentence to eight members of a banned Al Qaeda-linked Islamist outfit for the 2015 killing of a publisher who worked with atheist writers and published secular books. Judge Mojibur Rahman of the Dhaka Anti-Terrorism Tribunal fined each convict 50,000 takas (approximately $600) for the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Bulgarian Orthodox believers offer 'miraculous' honey against Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Sofia, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Thousands of jars of honey have been "sanctified" this Wednesday in a traditional Orthodox liturgy that has been celebrated for years and which is believed, without any scientific evidence, works as a cure against all diseases, Covid-19 included. This tradition was created 15 years ago in a church located in the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). China's Tianwen-1 enters Mars orbit. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- China's Tianwen-1 probe on Wednesday successfully entered Mars' orbit after a seven-month journey from Earth. The probe activated its braking system as it approached the Red Planet and it took 15 minutes for it to reduce its speed sufficiently ease into Mars' gravitational pull, according to China's National Space Administration. Tianwen-1, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). 2 killed, 5 wounded as wave of targeted attacks intensifies in Kabul. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- At least two people including a senior police official were killed and five others were injured Wednesday in a series of bomb explosions as the wave of the targeted killings in the Afghan capital intensified over the past week. Kabul city was rocked by at least three consecutive sticky bomb attacks …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Sergio Garcia: New Yorker cover is a mythic model. laprensalatina.com By Jorge Fuentelsaz New York, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- "The cover of the New Yorker is a mythic model to which we all aspire someday, or rather we all dream of being able to publish" on it, Spanish illustrator Sergio Garcia — who is now fulfilling that dream — told EFE in an interview. Readers of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Atletico-Chelsea Champions League 1st leg match moved to Bucharest. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The first leg of the Uefa Champions League last-16 clash between Atletico Madrid and Chelsea will be held at Bucharest's Arena Nationala instead of the Wanda Metropolitano, UEFA announced on Wednesday. The change of venue for the game, scheduled for 23 February, came after the Spanish government on Tuesday decided to …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Unions begin to make inroads in Silicon Valley. laprensalatina.com By Marc Arcas San Francisco, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Absent for decades from a Silicon Valley tremendously hostile to organized labor, unions are starting to win adherents in the US tech sector with a particular mixture of traditional demands and political activism. This week, employees at an Amazon distribution center in Bessemer, Alabama, are voting by …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Djokovic, Thiem, Serena into Aussie Open 3rd round, Kvitova, Andreescu out. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic suffered to defeat American Frances Tiafoe under the Wednesday heat at the Australian Open, as Austria's Dominic Thiem offered a tennis masterclass to beat Germany's Dominik Koepfer The Serbian beat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7 -6 (2), 6-3 to reach the third round of the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Djokovic, Serena, Halep into Aussie Open 3rd round, Kvitova, Andreescu out. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic had to suffer to defeat American Frances Tiafoe under the Wednesday heat at the Australian Open, as Austria's Dominic Thiem offered a tennis masterclass to beat Germany's Dominik Koepfer. The Serbian beat Tiafoe 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7 -6 (2), 6-3 to reach the third round …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Pakistani court commutes death sentences of 2 mentally ill inmates. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Wednesday commuted the death sentences of two mentally ill people who have spent decades on death row. The convicts, Imdad Ali and Kanizan Bibi are diagnosed as schizophrenic and sentenced to death in separate murder cases. "We hold that if a condemned prisoner, due to …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Thai demonstrators call for release of protest leaders. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- More than a thousand people gathered in Bangkok on Wednesday to protest Thailand's strict lèse-majesté law, which prescribes prison terms of up to 15 years for insulting the monarchy. The fresh demonstration in the Thai capital came a day after prosecutors denied bail for four leaders of the pro-democracy movement who …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). First plane to fly from Europe to LatAm still gleams 95 years on. laprensalatina.com By Rodrigo Garcia Melero Buenos Aires, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- This capital rolled out the red carpet on Feb. 10, 1926, to welcome the first plane to cross the Atlantic from Europe to South America. Ninety-five years later, the Plus Ultra, donated to Argentina by Spanish King Alfonso XIII, has lost none of its luster thanks …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). German Red Cross deploy heated buses to help Berlin's homeless amid cold wave. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- The extreme cold that has gripped much of northwestern Europe in the wake of Storm Darcy has seen temperatures plummet to their lowest levels in years. Temperatures on Tuesday night in Berlin fell to -11C (12.2F), with lows of -14C forecast for this week. The German Red Cross has stepped in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Toyota earned $13.4 billion from April to December, 14.1% drop. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Japanese car group Toyota Motor said Wednesday it recorded a 1.47 trillion yen ($13.4 billion) net profit from April to December 2020, 14.1 percent less than the previous year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Japanese firm saw profit fall by 26.1 percent to 1.51 trillion yen in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). K2 winter climbing season concludes with glorious summit, several deaths. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Feb 10 (EFE).- The winter climbing season at Mt. K2 concluded Wednesday, marked by glory and tragedy, as climbers succeeded in an unprecedented winter ascent of the world's second highest peak (8,611 meters), while two other lost their live and three remain missing. Alpine Club of Pakistan's secretary Karrar Haidri told EFE that the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Indonesia says mechanical failure caused Sriwijaya Air plane crash. laprensalatina.com Jakarta, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Indonesian authorities reported this Wednesday that a mechanical failure in an engine throttle lever could cause the crash of the Boeing 737 of the Indonesian airline Sriwijaya Air on January 9 with 62 people a board. The preliminary report, published Wednesday by the National Committee on Transportation Safety, said that as …

Online News Editor (2021-02-10). Iran marks 42nd anniversary of Islamic Revolution in cars, motorcycles. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- Tens of thousands of Iranians on Wednesday commemorated the anniversary of the country's 1979 revolution in parades of cars and motorcycles, instead of the usual large-scale rallies organized by the government, due to the coronavirus pandemic. From their vehicles, people held up photos of former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini, who led …

Mark Gruenberg (2021-02-10). Lawmakers use video to make the case for convicting Trump. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Using horrifying video of the Jan. 6 Trumpite invasion of the U.S. Capitol, with the mayhem inside and extensive excerpts of Donald Trump's speech that day egging them on, impeachment managers from the U.S. House mustered a strong case that senators should put Trump on trial and convict him of violating the U.S. Constitution and …

_____ (2021-02-10). GAO Report Shows Biden Should Scrap Trump's Economic Sanctions On Venezuela. popularresistance.org Washington, DC ‚Äï A new report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that US economic sanctions on Venezuela are harming the Venezuelan economy, especially by depressing oil production and exports, and that they are also hindering US-backed humanitarian assistance to the country. The report, which looks at the impact of US sanctions on Venezuela's economic crisis, was requested by former chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel (D-NY) and committee member Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI). | "This report from the GAO offers more evidence that these unilateral, illeg…

Prof. Ociel Alí López (2021-02-10). Crisis & Critique: A Trumpist Hangover Prevails in Venezuela. 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). | *** | Elliot Abrams has gone missing in the last few days. He …

Yaku Pérez (2021-02-10). 'Barbarism or solidarity' at stake at Ecuador elections. zcomm.org Yaku Pérez, the leader of indigenous party Pachakutik, is running on a green platform — but can he reach outside of his traditional base?

Ed Pilkington (2021-02-10). Outcry As More Than 20 Babies and Children Deported by US to Haiti. zcomm.org Ice accused of sending 'defenseless babies into the burning house' as deportations of 72 carried out in apparent breach of Biden order…

Emma Guy (2021-02-10). Experts begin tests to determine whether the UK will need to be re-vaccinated. thecanary.co As part of our #FactOfTheMatter series, The Canary explores whether On 6 January, an emerging strain was found from Brazil, making it the latest variant to be reported after South Africa, the UK and…

teleSUR (2021-02-10). Iraq Vows To Recover Antiquities Stolen After US-Led Invasion. telesurenglish.net Iraq is determined to recover all antiquities that were stolen after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, the official al-Sabah newspaper reported Tuesday. | RELATED: | "The board is determined to recover the first and last Iraqi artifact smuggled abroad, and we will not give up a single piece of it, regardless of its size and importance," said Laith Hussein, head of the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage of the Culture Ministry. | There is…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-10). Uncertainty remains about who will face Andrés Arauz in the second round of Ecuadorian presidential election. peoplesdispatch.org The fight for second place in the run-off elections between Yaku Pérez of the Pachakutik Plurinational Unity Movement party and Guillermo Lasso of the right-wing Creating Opportunities‚Ää (‚ÄäCREO) party and Social Christian Party (PSC) is still too close to call…