2021-02-12: News Headlines

Mohammad Ayesh (2021-02-12). Arabic press review: Egypt's opposition establishes new coalition. middleeasteye.net Arabic press review: Egypt's opposition establishes new coalition | Also threats against Hezbollah's opponents in Lebanon have been escalating and a Palestinian man was forced to demolish his own home in Jerusalem | Fri, 02/12/2021 – 11: 33 | A new opposition coalition has been launched 10 years after Egyptians launched their uprising on 25 January 2011 and ousted President Hosni Mubarak (AFP)…

Zoe PC (2021-02-12). Protests continue in Honduras following femicide of nursing student in police station. peoplesdispatch.org Protests have been taking place in several cities across Honduras following the femicide of 26-year-old nursing student Keyla Martínez in police custody. Martínez had been arrested by the police in the city of La Esperanza in the northwestern department of Intibucá for allegedly violating curfew on the night of February 6. | Police had detained her in a cell in the police station, but in the early hours of February 7, they brought her to the hospital, alleging that she had attempted to commit suicide. According to local media reports, she died before reaching the hospital. The National Police released a statement…

Site Administrator (2021-02-12). Cazateatro's Afro Latino Event to Be Virtual This Year. laprensalatina.com Vivian Fernández-de-Adamson — LPL MEMPHIS, TN (LPL) — Cazateatro's popular "Afro-Latino Week" presentation will be virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the concept remains the same, which is to celebrate "Black History Month." The virtual event will last 4 days, from February 24 to February 27, and will feature the participation of …

Site Administrator (2021-02-12). Moka Mera Educational App Helps Preschoolers Learn Languages. laprensalatina.com Por/By Verónica V. Herrera (Ramírez Pisani), M.Ed. Language & Research Skills Teacher Public Speaking Coach www.culturephilanthropy.org @workcommunity It is free, and you do not need to be connected to the Internet to use it. This educational application created by Finnish educators is the cultural contribution of a non-profit organization in this Nordic country. The education …

Site Administrator (2021-02-12). CDC Study Finds Two Masks Are Better Than One Vs. COVID-19. laprensalatina.com NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. government researchers found that two masks are better than one in slowing coronavirus spread, but health officials stopped short of recommending that everyone double up. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday, February 10, reported the results of a lab experiment that spaced two artificial heads 6 feet …

_____ (2021-02-12). The Mechanics Behind The Egyptian Revolution. popularresistance.org The Egyptian revolution, which flared from early 2011 to mid-2013, is usually presented in the media (and some academic circles) as a "Facebook Revolution" or at least as one gigantic event that was ignited and organized online. The truth is slightly different. | The 2011 uprising was the product of a decade-long complicated political process, in which dissent was accumulating, organizing skills were honed, small victories were achieved and fear of the regime's repressive apparatus was gradually eroding. | One central element in this process that would in 2011 culminate in a full-blown revolution was the visualiz…

Nino Pagliccia (2021-02-12). Venezuela: an Example of Struggle for Food Sovereignty and Food Security. counterpunch.org In our daily political struggle we demand our independence from the invader, from the occupier, from imperialism. All of those demands are in essence struggles to assert our sovereignty as a nation and as a people. A nation is truly sovereign when its people are protagonists in shaping their own destiny, when they are the

_____ (2021-02-12). Study Finds Increase In Anti-Zionism At US Universities. popularresistance.org The past few years have witnessed a significant rise in anti-Zionism across colleges and universities in the United States, a new study has found. | Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, Miriam Elman, said in a study published by the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University that a majority of universities in the United States have turned into incubators of anti-Zionism, which contributes to creating a negative atmosphere against Jews on campus. | Elman claimed that university and college officials respond to this by vie…

Ron Jacobs (2021-02-12). Lying Lawyers and Butt-kissing Senators: The First Days of Trump's Second Impeachment Trial. counterpunch.org The week began with the death of George Shultz. It reminded me of the 1980s when ol' Shultzie was the face of Reagan's murderous wars against the people of El Salvador, Nicaragua and Guatemala. A friend who just finished a career in the foreign service reminded me that Shultz was a true diplomat. He's right,

Michelle Power, Meagan Dewar (2021-02-12). COVID hits Antarctica, scientists extremely concerned for its wildlife. peoplesworld.org In December, Antarctica lost its status as the last continent free of COVID-19 when 36 people at the Chilean Bernardo O'Higgins research station tested positive. The station's isolation from other bases and fewer researchers in the continent means the outbreak is now likely contained. However, we know all too well how unpredictable — and pervasive — …

Ted Kelly (2021-02-12). 'Progressive' prosecutors put thousands of lives at risk. workers.org Philadelphia The novel coronavirus has claimed an unlikely victim in the United States: the Sixth Amendment. The right to a "speedy trial" is in critical condition. Philadelphia's county jail population has risen to 4,500 and is growing steadily. Half of those behind bars have "detainers," meaning they aren't eligible for . . . |

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Protests over teenager's rape-murder, travel permit law rock Nepal. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of protesters, most of them women, on Friday took to the streets of Kathmandu to protest the recent rape and murder of an adolescent girl alongside demonstrations against a bill that seeks to make it obligatory for Nepali women under the age of 40 to produce special permits for traveling …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Italy's Draghi presents new gov't. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Italy's new prime minister, Mario Draghi, presented Friday a government including representatives of all but one of the main parties along with several technocrats in key positions. The former head of the European Central Bank submitted the list of perspective Cabinet ministers to President Sergio Mattarella for his approval ahead of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Crowds banned at Australian Open amid Covid-19 outbreak in Melbourne. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- The Australian Open will not allow spectators from Saturday after the premier of Victoria state declared new restrictions following the detection of a new outbreak of the highly contagious UK coronavirus strain in a quarantine hotel in the state's capital, Melbourne. The tournament will continue as scheduled as the new …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Chile stands tall as Latin America's vaccination rollout leader. laprensalatina.com Santiago, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- More than 1.5 million people have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine dose in Chile since a mass rollout began on Feb. 3. Those inoculation efforts make that country the undisputed leader in that category in Latin America and have earned it widespread praise globally. "Mass vaccination is the hope for …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Indigenous Covid field hospital set up in crisis-riddled Manaus. laprensalatina.com Manaus, Brazil, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Amid an oxygen crisis and the collapse of healthcare systems in the Brazilian state of Amazonas, residents of an indigenous neighborhood of Manaus, the regional capital, have set up a field hospital exclusively for the treatment of indigenous people with Covid-19. Because they live in an urban area, the native …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Fernando Alonso undergoes jaw surgery after cycling accident. laprensalatina.com Geneva, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso has undergone surgery on his upper jaw after a cycling accident and is expected to restart training after few days of recovery, the Alpine F1 team said Friday. "Following his cycling accident yesterday, Alonso was kept under observation in a hospital in Switzerland. Doctors …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Pakistan approves emergency use of Chinese Covid vaccine CanSino. laprensalatina.com Islamabad,Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Pakistan has authorized the emergency use of the anti-Covid vaccine developed by Chinese pharma company CanSino, an official told EFE on Friday, weeks after authorities began a vaccination campaign using the vaccine produced by another Chinese company Sinopharm. The Prime Minister's special assistant on national health, Faisal Sultan, confirmed to EFE that …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Spain's Catalonia region poised for elections. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Two weeks of rancorous political campaigning for the elections in Spain's Catalonia region came to a close on Friday, two days before the electorate chooses a new parliament and local president. There are nine candidates vying for the Catalan regional presidency but polls are predicting that no party will walk …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Student injured by rubber bullet on day of mass Myanmar protests. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- At least one person was shot with a rubber bullet and arrests were reported as Myanmar on Friday witnessed possibly its largest protests since the Feb. 1 military coup. On the public Union Day holiday at a peaceful demonstration at Mawlamyine University in Mon state, about 300 kilometers southeast of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Thiem prevails in Aussie Open marathon, Zverev cruises to 4th round. laprensalatina.com By Lobsang DS Subirana Bangkok Desk, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Austria's Dominic Thiem produced a plethora of box office tennis to beat home crowd favorite Nick Kyrgios in an enthralling match Friday night at the Australian Open. The No. 3 seed prevailed 4-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 and marched onto the tournament's fourth round before an …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Britney Spears' father loses court bid over estate control. laprensalatina.com Los Angeles, US, Feb 11 (efe-epa).- Britney Spears' father on Thursday lost his bid in a Los Angeles court to retain some of his rights over the pop star's estate. The hearing in the Los Angeles Superior Court marks the latest chapter in a protracted legal battle the 39-year-old singer's lawyers are fighting over Jamie …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Tokyo 2020 chief resigns over sexist comments. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- The president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee announced his resignation on Friday after a controversy sparked by sexist comments he made last week. Former prime minister Yoshiro Mori, 83, announced his resignation from the president's position at a joint session of the committee's executives and the board of councilors in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Ander Herrera: Without Neymar, we lose a natural leader. laprensalatina.com Paris, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Before confirming Neymar's absence for the Champions League Round of 16 game, Paris Saint-Germain's Ander Herrera wouldn't dare to say the French team was the favourite against Barcelona. But now, with the Brazilian star sidelined with an injury, Herrera acknowledges in an interview with Efe that PSG is missing "a leader." …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Australia imposes 5-day lockdown in Victoria state amid Covid-19 outbreak. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- The government of Victoria state in southeast Australia declared a five-day lockdown Friday amid a Covid-19 outbreak linked to a hotel where overseas travelers undergo mandatory quarantine. The measure, announced by Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, comes into effect from midnight Friday. Under the lockdown, the 6.7 million inhabitants of Victoria, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Historic Buenos Aires café loses iconic plaque to theft. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Café Tortoni is an indelible feature of Buenos Aires, a historic haunt of international intellectuals and a local establishment since its founding in 1958 but now its frequenters are in mourning over the robbery of the oldest plaque from its facade. A person whose identity has yet to be tracked …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Caskets for life's end in Czech town called 'Beginnings'. laprensalatina.com Pocatky, Czech Republic, Feb 12 (epa-efe).- The town of Pocatky (Czech for 'Beginnings') is, perhaps ironically, home to the country's largest manufacturer of coffins, Setora, which in 1991 took over Lisek, a former cooperative that had been building wooden caskets since 1949. Last year, death rates in the central European country jumped by 14 percent …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Osaka, Halep cruise to Aussie Open 4th round, Williams edges through. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Japan's Naomi Osaka beat Tunisia's Ons Jabeur to make the fourth round of the Australian Open on Friday in Melbourne, as No. 2 seed Simona Halep breezed past Veronika Kudermetova in under an hour and 20 minutes. Osaka won her 17th match in a row in what was often an …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Modi hardens nationalist stance amid pressure on Twitter over criticism. laprensalatina.com By David Asta Alares New Delhi, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- The recent support offered by celebrities like Rihanna and Greta Thunberg on Twitter to the Indian farmers' months-long protests against liberalization of agriculture has raised the heckles of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, which has alleged that there is an international conspiracy to defame the country. …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). China blocks BBC over claims it is biased and untruthful. laprensalatina.com Beijing, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Chinese authorities blocked national broadcasts of British channel BBC World News for over claims it is not impartial and truthful, the National Administration of Radio and Television said in a Friday statement on its website. It said the network violated the regulations in force concerning broadcasts about China and "violated the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Asia celebrates Lunar New Year, among slightly somber celebrations over Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Millions of people celebrated the coming of the Lunar New Year on Friday in Asia, as festivities were underway to welcome the year of the Ox. Celebrations this year were slightly more subdued, but not as muted as 2020, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, which has also halted the millions of habitual travel …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Djokovic battles injury, Thiem prevails in Aussie Open marathon. laprensalatina.com By Lobsang DS Subirana Bangkok Desk, Feb 12 (efe-epa).-Serbia's Novak Djokovic battled through an injury to his oblique muscle Friday to beat American Taylor Fritz 7-6(1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 in the third round of the Australian Open but there will be doubts as to how long he will last in the competition. "This is …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). North Korea announces foreign minister as a politburo member. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- North Korea's foreign minister Ri Son-gwon has been appointed a member of the powerful politburo of the Workers Party, the country's highest governing body, state media reported on Friday. Ri was elected to the body during a plenary session of the North Korea's only party, which lasted for four days until …

Online News Editor (2021-02-12). Navalny in court to face charges of slandering WW2 veteran. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was back in court Friday to face charges of slandering a World War II veteran who appeared in a video last year in support of constitutional changes that would allow President Vladimir Putin to remain in power until 2036. Navalny tweeted that those who appeared in …

RT (2021-02-12). Will Twitter ban CNN? O'Keefe rips Twitter hypocrisy after Project Veritas 'doxxing' suspension. rt.com The founder of Project Veritas has fired shots at Twitter for letting CNN get away with a 2018 ambushing of a Trump supporter in her home, but taking down the watchdog's account for allegedly violating its 'anti-doxxing' policy. | The conservative watchdog group's account was permanently suspended on Thursday over "repeated violations of the companies [sic] anti-doxxing policies," founder James O'Keefe said, while he himself was also temporarily locked out of his account. All that after posting a video of a Facebook official being confronted on the platform's alleged hate speech policies, apparently outside th…

news.un (2021-02-12). Independent UN rights expert calls for unilateral sanctions to be dropped against Venezuela. news.un.org At the end of a two-week visit to Venezuela, an independent UN human rights expert noted on Friday that unilateral sanctions imposed on the country have exacerbated pre-existing crises, calling for them to be dropped.

Staff (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader: Biden Must Hold Boeing Accountable for Deaths Due to Faulty Planes. truthout.org Legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the U.S. is experiencing a "corporate crime wave," and that the Trump administration's $2.5 billion settlement with Boeing over the manufacturer's faulty 737 MAX jets amounts to a "slap on the wrist." Boeing's faulty planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019, including Nader's 24-year-old grandniece Samya Stumo. Nader says the Biden Justice Department should reopen the previous administration's settlement and…

Staff (2021-02-12). Where Are the Witnesses? Ralph Nader Says Democrats' Impeachment Case Is "Prescription for Defeat" democracynow.org As the historic Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump continues, we speak with longtime consumer advocate, corporate critic and former presidential candidate Ralph Nader, who says Democrats have set themselves up for defeat by rushing proceedings and failing to call witnesses — including Trump himself. "The narrow approach of the articles of impeachment keep the Democrats from having a full hand," says Nader. "They have like 10 arrows in their quiver and they're using one or two."

Staff (2021-02-12). Ralph Nader on Corporate Crime, Holding Boeing Accountable for 737 MAX Deaths & Biden's First Weeks. democracynow.org Legendary consumer advocate Ralph Nader says the U.S. is experiencing a "corporate crime wave," and that the Trump administration's $2.5 billion settlement with Boeing over the manufacturer's faulty 737 MAX jets amounts to a "slap on the wrist." Boeing's faulty planes were involved in two fatal crashes that killed 346 people in 2018 and 2019, including Nader's 24-year-old grandniece Samya Stumo. Nader says the Biden Justice Department should reopen the previous administration's settlement and hold Boeing fully accountable. "This is just another example of giant companies getting away with their corporate criminal…

Teresa Gutierrez (2021-02-12). Immigration changes: What has Biden done so far? workers.org Duke university student Anthony Salgado said it best in an editorial for his university paper: "We need immigration revolution, not immigration reform." (tinyurl.com/y695qdw9) Unfortunately, the Democratic Party establishment is not able to grasp this concept. But immigrants have had enough of false promises. A caravan of thousands of migrants from . . . |

Staff (2021-02-12). Headlines for February 12, 2021. democracynow.org House Managers Rest Their Case in Donald Trump's Senate Impeachment Trial, Biden Blasts Trump's Failures to Prepare for Vaccinations as U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 475,000, As U.S. Secures 200 Million More Doses, Concern Grows Over Vaccine Inequity, NYTimes: Trump Was Far Sicker from COVID-19 Than Previously Reported, Five Killed in Attack on U.S. Convoy in Afghanistan's Capital, Lawmakers Plead With President Biden to End "Catastrophic Impact" of U.S. Sanctions, U.S. Has Sold Over a Million Barrels of Iranian Oil Seized As Part of Sanctions, China Bans BBC's World News Channel, Trump's "Remain in Mexico" Progr…

Carole Concha Bell (2021-02-12). Chile police shoot dead unarmed street artist in broad daylight sparking riots. thecanary.co Chile's militarised police force carabineros Point blank: | Francisco Martínez Romero was approached by police who asked him for his ID card. When he resisted, he was

Jeremy Ross (2021-02-12). Dozens of Prominent Organizations and Academics Press Biden on Human Rights in Brazil. counterpunch.org Last week, the US Network for Democracy in Brazil (USNDB) delivered a white paper to the Biden White House, its "Recommendations on Brazil to President Biden and the New Administration." The wide-ranging document, covering issues such as the environment, human rights, and the rule of law, urges the new administration to make a fundamental break

Ricardo Vaz (2021-02-11). Venezuela Oil Production Rebounds as Members of Congress Call for Sanctions Relief. venezuelanalysis.com Ilhan Omar, Jesus "Chuy" García and Elizabeth Warren urged to Biden administration to review its sanctions policy amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

teleSUR (2021-02-11). Bolivia: Gen. Valverde To Be Tried for the Senkata Massacre. telesurenglish.net La Paz Department Prosecutor Marco Cossio on Wednesday charged Retired General Luis Valverde of being responsible for the "Senkata massacre" which took place a week after the coup against President Evo Morales in 2019. | RELATED: | Investigations revealed that the citizens were attacked by the military from inside the facilities of the state-owned company Oilfields of Bolivia (YPFB). | Cossio pointed out that Gen. Valverde was accused…

teleSUR (2021-02-11). Paraguay: COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign To Start After Feb. 15. telesurenglish.net Paraguay's Health Minister Julio Mazzoleni on Wednesday informed that the national vaccination campaign will begin in February's second half. | RELATED: | "The vaccines will be distributed 48 or 72 hours after the first batch's safety verifications are completed," said Mazzoleni, who also stated that the exact date of the vaccine's arrival will be announced later. | Healthcare personnel working at the frontline and a…

teleSUR (2021-02-11). Brazil: Army and Supreme Court Plotted To Keep Lula Imprisoned. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian Army plotted with the Supreme Court to prevent the socialist leader Luis Ignacio Lula da Silva from leaving prison and challenging Jair Bolsonaro for the presidency back in 2018, the Army's former head Eduardo Villas-Boas revealed on Thursday. | RELATED: | According to the 13-hour testimony, the Army threatened the Supreme Court to reject a habeas corpus appeal to free Lula. " We had an increase in demands for military…

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 …."

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

AP Muhammed Afsal (2021-02-11). Covid-19: Migrant workers stranded in Dubai after Saudi and Kuwait travel ban. middleeasteye.net Covid-19: Migrant workers stranded in Dubai after Saudi and Kuwait travel ban | Thousands of mainly poorer workers are in a desperate situation, unable to reach their jobs before visas expire | Thu, 02/11/2021 – 10: 44 | 'Dubai packages' covered the airfares from the worker's home country to the UAE and then to Saudi Arabia/Kuwait, a 14-day hotel stay, food, visa charges and a mandatory…