2021-02-11: News Headlines

Greta Anderson — Dave Parsons (2021-02-11). Of Mexican Wolves and Their Habitat. counterpunch.org The Arizona Game and Fish Department has been busy promoting recently published research which documents ample habitat for Mexican wolves in Mexico. This supports the recovery criteria in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's official recovery plan and the Department's desire to assume management of Mexican wolves, which will occur when the delisting criteria have been met. It

Eds. (2021-02-11). The foreign roots of Haiti's "Constitutional crisis" mronline.org Haiti's president's term has come to an end, but he refuses to step down. Solidarity is urgent.

Workers World Party (2021-02-11). PDF of February 11 issue. workers.org Download the 12-page PDF. Haiti: Struggle intensifies Black History Month: Salute to Rosa Parks, Harry Haywood, Ben Fletche ALSO: Nurses, autoworkers, teachers on the move! Reparations for racist pandemic!; Capitalist accumulation and agriculture; GameStop bubble; COVID: comparing economic systems. Editorial: Dangling the carrot. GLOBAL: Sanctions Kill. Yemen: Bait and switch. . . . |

David Rosen (2021-02-11). Covid-19: a Nation at War? counterpunch.org The full impact the Covid pandemic is revealed in a recent AMA study that notes "in counties where the population was substantially non-white with a median income defined as $60,240, the COVID-19 death rate was more than nine times higher when compared to counties that are substantially white with the same median income." It adds, "the COVID-19 infection and death rates were nearly three times higher in substantially non-white counties with higher median incomes when compared to substantially white, higher income counties …."

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Study blames Trump policies for high US Covid-19 mortality rate. laprensalatina.com New York, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Former President Donald Trump's administrative healthcare failures caused 461,000 deaths prior to the pandemic in the United States and tens of thousands more over his Covid-19 and air pollution policies, a study published Thursday said. In the study, published in the scientific journal The Lancet 33 researchers said the US …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Biden confronts Xi over rights, security, economic practices. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: adds Xi comments in pars 4-6, updates dateline, minor edits) Washington/Beijing, Feb 10 (efe-epa).- United States President Joe Biden on Wednesday (Thursday Beijing time) spoke to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for the first time as leader and expressed concern over a range of issues including human rights, regional security and Beijing's economic …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). British man convicted over policeman's killing released from Bali jail. laprensalatina.com Jakarta, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- A British man jailed on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali over the brutal killing of a local policeman was released from prison Thursday after completing his sentence. David Taylor was released at 8 am, Directorate General of Corrections spokesperson Rika Aprianti told EFE. It is expected he will be deported. Originally …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). India, China agree on military disengagement from Himalayan border lake. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- India on Thursday said it reached an agreement with China on disengagement from a Himalayan lake after their months-long deadly military standoff in the disputed eastern Ladakh border region. Defense Minister Rajnath Singh told the upper house of the Indian parliament that the pact with the Chinese side "for disengagement …

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 …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Barty, Pliskova, Svitolina through to Aussie Open 3rd round, Kenin out. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Defending champion Sofia Kenin crashed out of the Australian Open in straight sets Thursday, as No. 1 seed Ashleigh Barty beat Daria Gavrilova to reach the tennis tournament's third round. The Aussie beat her compatriot 6-2, 7-6 (7) as Gavrilova pushed to the limit in the second set, mounting a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Myanmar finalizing law to curb, monitor internet, activists say. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- The military junta in Myanmar is finalizing a cybersecurity law that will allow it to carry out internet blackouts, ban content and demand data from users, about 160 Myanmar nonprofits reported. In a joint statement on Wednesday, the civil society organizations indicated that the proposed law violates digital rights, privacy …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). 3 get prison until death for crimes during Bangladesh liberation war. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced three people in jail until death and five more to 20 years in prison on Thursday for crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 struggle for independence from Pakistan. The three-judge panel of the International Crimes Tribunal, led by Justice Md Shahinur Islam, acquitted one of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Rublev wins, Tsitsipas, Fognini grind to reach Aussie Open 3rd round. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas played a tennis marathon Thursday to defeat local crowd favorite Thanasi Kokkinakis in four hours and 32 minutes at the Australian Open, as Russia's Andrey Rublev faced a tough third set before advancing into the third round. Rublev remains undefeated in 2021 after recently winning the ATP …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Merkel says goal is to lift restrictions, although she does not specify when. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the government's goal is to lift Covid-19 restrictions when they are no longer needed, although she did not give a specific date. "All the measures have been decided on the basis of the norms of our democracy, which makes it legitimate. But I …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Israel relaxes lockdown restrictions to partially reopen schools. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of thousands of kindergarten and elementary school students returned to in-person learning for the first time in a month on Thursday as Israel continued easing its lockdown restrictions despite climbing daily coronavirus cases. The partial school reopening only affects 20 percent of the students in Israel, while the remaining 80 …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). New Zealand parliament makes tie optional after Maori MP controversy. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- The president of the New Zealand Parliament said that starting Thursday, wearing a tie would be optional in the chamber after the controversy that arose this week with Maori MP Rawiri Waititi, who said wearing the garment is a cultural imposition. "As chairman, guided by the decision of the (ordinance) …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Tokyo 2020 chief to resign over sexist remarks: Japanese media. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- The president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee resigned Thursday following controversy sparked by sexist remarks her made last week, according to local media reports. Yoshiro Mori has communicated his decision to resign from office to people close to the organization after continuing to face criticism for his remarks at a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-11). Malaysia posts biggest GDP contraction since 1998. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 5.6 percent in 2020, its worst contraction since the 1998 crisis when it had fallen by 7.4 percent, due to the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the country's statistics bureau said Thursday. The construction sector plummeted by 19.4 percent while net exports …

Rosa Miriam Elizalde (2021-02-11). Can Washington think of Cuba's government as something other than needs to be overthrown? peoplesdispatch.org Joe Biden's Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that he will be reviewing all actions taken by the outgoing Trump administration, including the designation of Cuba as a sponsor of terrorism…

Ben Norton (2021-02-11). Biden admin smears Nicaragua as 'dictatorship' for forcing US-funded, coup-plotting NGOs to register as foreign agents. thegrayzone.com Nicaragua's elected leftist government passed a law requiring NGOs funded by outside governments to register as foreign agents. This led a CIA agent-turned-Biden State Department spokesman to smear it as "driving toward dictatorship" — despite the policy's similarity to US legislation. Since Nicaragua's socialist Sandinista Front returned to power through democratic elections in 2006, the United States government has poured millions of dollars into right-wing opposition groups in the Central American country. These US-funded NGOs have aimed to destabilize the …

RT (2021-02-11). Los Alamos lab, birthplace of the atomic bomb, STILL under threat from wildfires despite repeated major incidents. rt.com Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, birthplace of the atomic bomb and critical US nuclear weapons production facility, remains under threat from wildfires despite several high profile, expensive blazes in recent decades. | A recent

yenisafak (2021-02-11). Merkel warns of aggressive coronavirus mutations. yenisafak.com New mutations of coronavirus first seen in the UK, South Africa and Brazil are more aggressive and more dangerous, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Thursday.Addressing lawmakers in parliament, Merkel said it was necessary to extend the country's coronavirus lockdown until March 7, as new variants of the virus could lead to a more dangerous third wave of the pandemic."Not all the research has yet been finalized, but we'd be well advised to listen to what so many experts both in Germany and abroad tell us," she told lawmakers, referring to the UK, South Africa and Brazil variants, which were also detected…

Andres Arauz (2021-02-11). The Left Can Take Back Power in Ecuador. zcomm.org Interview on continuing the Citizen Revolution…

T. Charles Witzel, Talen Wright, Leanne McCabe, Michelle M. Gabriel, Aedan Wolton, Mitzy Gafos, Denise Ward, Fiona C. Lampe, Andrew N. Phillips, Roy Trevelion, Yolanda Collaco-Moraes, Justin Harbottle, Andrew Speakman, Chris Bonell, David D. Dunn, Sheena McCormack, Fiona M. Burns, Peter Weatherburn, Alison J. Rodger (2021-02-11). Impact and acceptability of HIV self-testing for trans men and trans women: A mixed-methods subgroup analysis of the SELPHI randomised controlled trial and process evaluation in England and Wales. thelancet.com HIVST significantly increased testing uptake and frequency in trans men and trans people overall, although recruitment and retention of trans women was low. HIVST acceptability was high and indicates easy access to this novel technology may increase HIV testing access for this key population.

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

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 …

RT (2021-02-10). Navalny's 'doctor', who never actually treated activist, 'liquidated' in secret Kremlin plot, says conspiracy-loving Western media. rt.com Western media has jumped down the rabbit hole into another Kremlin killing conspiracy after a doctor in the Siberian city of Omsk died suddenly — taking to the grave, they say, secrets about opposition figure Alexey Navalny. | On Monday, a number of outlets, including US state-run media, splashed the explosive claims that the clinician's death had been part of a cover up relating to the anti-corruption campaigner. The Sun, the UK's best read newspaper,

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 …

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".

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). 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). 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…

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…

WSWS (2021-02-10). Peru in COVID-19 lockdown as new Brazilian variant exposes murderous "herd immunity" policy. wsws.org The new lockdown in Peru follows a horrific resurgence of the pandemic in neighboring Brazil's Amazon capital Manaus, which experts blame squarely on the "herd immunity" policy.

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…

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.

_____ (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…

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.

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 …

Kaniela Ing (2021-02-10). With Environmental Justice, the Devil Is in the Details. commondreams.org If we invest enough, and we invest right, our communities—Black, Indigenous, Latinx, all of us—will finally get a taste of the good life that America has forever promised. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/image-from-ios.jpg

RT (2021-02-10). Russian Communist politician and YouTube star Bondarenko accused of violating corruption laws after attending Navalny protest. rt.com A Russian MP who attended a protest supporting opposition figure Alexey Navalny has been accused of breaking corruption laws after monetizing his YouTube channel. He says he is being targeted to stop him from running in elections. | Nikolay Bondarenko, a Communist politician in the Saratov regional parliament, around 700km southeast of Moscow, runs a channel called 'Diary of an MP', which has over one million subscribers. Some of his videos have garnered multiple millions of views, including one titled 'A fight in Parliament. I was beaten by United Russia deputies. The truth hurts scumbags'. | In September, he…

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). 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). 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 …

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). 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). 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). 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, …