2021-02-14: News Headlines

Staff (2021-02-14). The Growing Vaccine Corps of Medical Students Could Aid Underserved Areas. truthout.org The U.S. faces one of the most consequential public health campaigns in history right now: to vaccinate the population against COVID-19 and, especially, to get shots into the arms of people who cannot easily navigate getting vaccinated on their own. | Time is of the essence. As new, potentially more

_____ (2021-02-14). US Meddling In Ecuador's Historic Election And Fake NGO 'Left'. popularresistance.org Max Blumenthal speaks with Ben Norton, who is reporting from Ecuador, on the historic February 7 election, and how the US government, regime-change networks, and wealthy oligarchs are trying to prevent the return of the socialist Citizens' Revolution movement of former President Rafael Correa. We discuss the fake NGO "left," represented by coup-supporting pseudo-environmentalist candidate Yaku Pérez, and how a victory of leftist Andrés Arauz could help bring back the progressive, anti-imperialist Pink Tide in Latin America.

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Japan okays use of Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Japan on Sunday formally approved Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for domestic use, marking an important step to immunize most of its people in the run-up to the Summer Olympics that begin on July 23 in Tokyo. The immunization drive will start on Wednesday as the government targets to inoculate its entire population …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). 1 Year of Covid in Africa: 4 million cases, limited vaccinations. laprensalatina.com By Nerea González Johannesburg, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- A year after the first coronavirus case was detected in Africa, the total number of infections in the continent stands at nearly four million and only a few countries have started vaccination campaigns. Since Egypt became the first African country to report a coronavirus case on 14 February …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Voting underway in Catalonia despite pandemic concerns. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Spain, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Voters in Spain's Catalonia region headed to the polls for regional elections on Sunday despite an ongoing third wave of Covid-19 cases. Anxieties were evidenced by the fact some 33,000 polling station workers, 38% of the overall total, formally asked to be recused from their duties, which are allocated by …

yenisafak (2021-02-14). Peru's health minister resigns amid vaccine row. yenisafak.com Peru's Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti stepped down from her post after it was revealed that the former president received the COVID-19 vaccine before it became widely available in the country, according to local media on Saturday.Following the news that Martin Vizcarra got the vaccine shot in October 2020, months ago the vaccine reached Peru, Mazzetti was criticized by Congress and she submitted her resignation to President Francisco Sagasti Friday night.Speaking on the issue, Sagasti thanked Mazzetti for her fight against the pandemic and said she was treated unjustly.Last week, the first batch of vaccines, cont…

Yves Engler (2021-02-14). Will any MPs criticize Ottawa's Support for Dictatorship in Haiti? dissidentvoice.org The Liberals' commitment to a neo-Duvalierist dictatorship in Haiti is being tested. Hopefully Black History Month offers opposition parties an opportunity to finally echo growing grassroots criticism of Canadian policy in the hemisphere's poorest country. Since Monday a squatter has been occupying the presidential palace in Port-au-Prince. On Sunday evening Supreme Court Justice Joseph Mecene …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Germany closes borders with Austria, Czechia amid coronavirus variant fears. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Germany on Sunday closed its borders with the Czech Republic and Austria to non-German nationals and residents in an effort to control the spread of new, virulent variants of coronavirus. People traveling for family reasons, those who cross the border for work, truckers and healthcare staff will be exempted from the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Dimitrov, Karatsev, Zverev off to Australian Open quarterfinals. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov on Sunday thrashed Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets to book an Australian Open last-eight clash against Russian Aslan Karatsev, who became the seventh man in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals on his slam debut. Later, German Alexander Zverev also made it to the tournament's …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Druze mark 1982 strike against Israel's annexation laws in Golan Heights. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Members of the Druze community in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Sunday staged a protest to commemorate the 1982 strike against the annexation of the territory from Syria. Several hundred took part in marches and some of the protesters in the Druze town of Majdal Shams held aloft portraits of Syrian …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Lapland town goes viral with Summer Olympics bid to raise climate awareness. laprensalatina.com Helsinki, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- The remote town of Salla in Finland's northernmost Lapland region has gone viral with a fake bid to host the 2032 Summer Olympic Games, a comical gag with a serious message on the perils of the climate crisis. The video campaign titled "Save Salva. Save the Planet" has garnered over 250 …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). West Brom holds Manchester United to 1-1 draw. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- West Bromwich Albion on Sunday held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw, forcing the Red Devils to lose ground to their cross-town rivals Manchester City in the race for the Premier League. Having walked out of their previous two Premier League encounters empty-handed, West Brom started strong against United, taking …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). More than 30 injured in Thai anti-monarchy protests. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- At least 31 people were injured in a clash between police and protesters during demonstrations against lèse majesté law in Thailand a day ago, officials said on Sunday. The injured include 11 protesters and 20 police officers in the protests by students and pro-democracy activists, Thai Public Broadcasting Service reported, citing …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). At least 100 injured after strong earthquake rattles northeast Japan. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- At least 100 people were injured after a magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck northeast Japan, local news agency Kyodo reported Sunday. However, no serious injuries have been reported. Most of those hurt were from the Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures and sustained their injuries due to falling objects, landslides and fires. The epicenter of …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Real Madrid blanks Valencia 2-0. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Real Madrid blanked Valencia at home on Thursday, two first-half tallies telling the story during the match, which was played in the Alfredo Di Stefano stadium to empty stands due to coronavirus gathering restrictions. It was the third consecutive win for Zinedine Zidane's capital squad and the loss leaves Valencia just …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Russian women hold human chain protests in support of Yulia Navalnaya. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Some 300 women formed a human chain in Moscow on Sunday in solidarity with Yulia Navalnaya, the wife of leading Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny. The protest, which was unauthorized, doubled up as a call to release all political prisoners and came after several large protests were met by a police …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Online shopping for Valentine's Day jumped 321% over past decade. laprensalatina.com Miami, United States, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Online shopping around Valentine's Day has increased by 321 percent since 2011 and even posted a four-digit growth in the case of some Latin American countries, according to a study by global payments and technology company Mastercard. The so-called emotional or sentimental spending around Valentine's Day, which includes the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Argentine president decrees 3 days of mourning for Menem. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Argentine President Alberto Fernandez on Sunday expressed his "deep sorrow" over the death, and his "respect for (the) opposing opinion," of former President Carlos Menem, who died earlier in the day at age 90, going on to decree three days of national mourning. "It was with deep sorrow that I …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Myanmar military rolls back freedom laws to curb pro-democracy protests. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's military junta has rolled back security and freedom laws to curb growing protests against the coup it staged on Feb.1. The authorities suspended articles 5, 7, and 8 of the Protection of the Citizens for the Personal Freedom and Personal Security Law, the military's True News unit reported late …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Argentina's former President Carlos Menem dies aged 90. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Argentina's former president Carlos Menem, in office from 1989 to 1999, died on Sunday aged 90, sources inside Buenos Aires' Los Arcos hospital, where he was admitted on 15 December, confirmed to Efe. Menem was initially hospitalized for a prostate check but was diagnosed with a urinary infection that complicated …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). The Kirkella, jewel of UK fishing faces uncertainty after Brexit. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 14 (EFE).- Before Brexit, the Kirkella fishing vessel was one of the crowning jewels of the United Kingdom's fleet — the freezer trawler one provided some 10% of all the cod and haddock served in the country's ever-popular fish and chip shops. One of the country's distant seas vessels, the Kirkella spends much …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Djokovic advances to Aussie Open last-8 after 300th Grand Slam win. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- Top-seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia on Sunday found a way through discomfort to seal his 300th Grand Slam victory with Australian Open fourth round win against Canada's Milos Raonic. The abdominal injury Djokovic suffered during his five-set win over US' Taylor Fritz in the previous round weighed on the eight-time …

Online News Editor (2021-02-14). Valentine's Day celebrations around the world. laprensalatina.com Countries around the world celebrated Valentine's Day with different traditions: from giving flowers and cards to mass wedding ceremonies. | A visual story by EFE/EPA photographers…

_____ (2021-02-14). Urgent Solidarity With Haiti Is Needed. popularresistance.org A long-brewing crisis in Haiti, created through intervention by the United States, United Nations and allied western imperialist countries, has now come to a head. The Biden administration is openly backing a violent, corrupt and fraudulent leader, Jovenel MoàØse, and maintaining the policies of previous presidents, including Donald Trump, in Haiti. | Activists in Haiti have reached out to the Haitian diaspora in the United States and to organizations that support respect for self-determination and human rights for their solidarity. Listen to my interview with filmmaker and political activist Wilkenson Bru…

_____ (2021-02-14). UN Special Rapporteur Urges US To Lift The Blockade Against Venezuela. popularresistance.org The Special Rapporteur of the United Nations (UN) on the effects of sanctions on human rights, Alena Douhan, held a press conference today before leaving Venezuela. Douhan detailed the impact of the United States' unilateral coercive measures on the Venezuelan people. | Douhan reported that the unilateral "sanctions" violate International Law. The conclusion followed Douhan's comprehensive report on damages caused by coercive measures implemented by Washington and its European partners against Venezuela, and specified that the final report will be presented to the UN in September 2021. Douhan urged the interlocut…

_____ (2021-02-14). For Biden Administration, Black Lives Don't Matter In Haiti! popularresistance.org The people of Haiti have been demanding freedom from the succession of U.S.-imposed dictators for decades. One such dictator, Jovenel MoàØse, refused to leave office February 7, which marked the end of his term five years after an illegal election. This move catapulted yet another intense episode in the historic struggle of the Haitian masses against colonial intervention. Tens of thousands of Haitians went to the streets demanding democracy and an end to dictatorship. And what was the response from the U.S. puppet regime? Bullets, paramilitary terror, curfews, house raids, beatings and the imprisonment of…

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-14). VIDEO: Hirom lake hosting Eurasian cranes. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (MNA) — These days, the Hirom Lake, located in Larestan, Fars province, south of Iran, hosts a large population of Eurasian cranes that landed there on their way back to their northern habitats.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-02-14). Protests in Honduras against police killing of Keyla Martínez. peoplesdispatch.org Protests broke out in several cities across Honduras after nursing student Keyla Martínez was killed in police custody. She was 26-years-old. Honduras has some of the highest rates of violence against women in the region.

teleSUR (2021-02-13). Peru: Health Minister Resigns After Vizcarra's Vaccination. telesurenglish.net According to the local newspaper La República, Mazzetti decided to resign due to the constant criticism from parliamentarians after it became known that the former president Manuel Vizcarra (2018-2020) was vaccinated against the new coronavirus, the cause of COVID-19, before the vaccine became available to the general public. | RELATED; | Similarly, Mazzetti announced her resignation due to the criticism of the management…

Neha S Singh, Michelle Lokot, Chi-Chi Undie, Monica A Onyango, Rosemary Morgan, Anne Harmer, Jane Freedman, Shirin Heidari (2021-02-13). [Comment] Research in forced displacement: guidance for a feminist and decolonial approach. thelancet.com The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened inequities and undermined health, human rights, and gender equality for forcibly displaced populations.1,2 The United Nations Refugee Agency estimates that, at the end of 2019, there were 79 ∑5 million people forcibly displaced as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, human rights violations, or events seriously disturbing public order.3 Evidence about the needs of these populations is crucial to tailor effective and equitable responses, but data collection efforts are faced with considerable new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rafael Dall'Alba, Cristianne Famer Rocha, Roberta de Pinho Silveira, Liciane da Silva Costa Dresch, Luciana Araújo Vieira, Marco André Germanà≤ (2021-02-13). [Correspondence] COVID-19 in Brazil: far beyond biopolitics. thelancet.com Richard Horton1 proposed the importance of Foucault's biopolitics as a concept for understanding COVID-19. While praising his commentary, we would add that in countries like Brazil, COVID-19 is not only about the politics of the body, but about the politics of death.

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Rio de Janeiro's empty Sambadrome lights up in tribute to Covid victims. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Feb 12 (efe-epa).- Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome will remain quiet and deserted between Friday and Ash Wednesday due to the cancellation of the world's most famous carnival parade amid the Covid-19 pandemic but will light up at night in tribute to the victims of the coronavirus. The light show, simulating a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Cake-away: Austrian café adds spice to Valentines despite Covid lockdown. laprensalatina.com Vienna, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Having a traditional Austrian chocolate cake delivered to your door by a bellhop worthy of a Wes Anderson movie is an ideal way to kick off Valentine's Day celebrations but it is also a unique initiative one traditional purveyor has undertaking in a bid to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 …

RT (2021-02-13). 'I can't believe it, but yes': Boss Klopp admits Liverpool won't retain Premier League crown as Alisson HOWLER gifts Leicester win. rt.com Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has conceded that his team will be unable to defend their Premier League trophy after his side slid to yet another self-inflicted defeat – thanks in part to the latest mistake by goalkeeper Alisson. | The usually sure-handed Brazil international has been uncharacteristically error-prone in recent weeks as the injury-ravaged Merseysiders' loss of form has not only all but ended their hopes of retaining their crown, but has now put their chances of finishing in the Champions League qualification positions at the business end of the Premier League table in serious jeopardy. | A success…

RT (2021-02-13). 'My personality differentiates me': Mauro Icardi's wife Wanda Nara shows off body as she offers fans Valentine's Day love (VIDEO). rt.com Paris Saint-Germain striker Mauro Icardi's wife, Wanda Nara, has insisted that photo filters and being rich enough to afford surgery does not give her body confidence, posing in a tiny outfit to celebrate Valentine's Day. | Glamorous Nara runs her own cosmetics brand and is known for stripping off for racey social media posts, even lying on a balcony in a swimsuit in temperatures of minus six in Paris this week. | Now the selfie-loving showgirl has claimed that her life away from the camera, including acting as the former Argentina forward's agent, defines her more than her figure and photoshoots. | "Each woma…

RT (2021-02-13). Blatant sexism or cultural norm? Fans react as Qatari royal SNUBS handshake with female official at Club World Cup ceremony. rt.com A Qatari royal has come under fire online after he appeared to snub two female officials during the FIFA Club World Cup trophy presentation this week. But was the move an example of racist behaviour or just a cultural norm? | Sheikh Joaan bin Hamad Al Thani failed to acknowledge officials Edina Alves Batista and Neuza Back with the same fist-bump he afforded to male officials at the presentation of the Club World Cup trophy to Bayern Munich, who beat Mexican side El Tigres 1-0 in Thursday's final. | The member of the Qatari royal family, who was joined at the presentation by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, do…

sputniknews (2021-02-13). Republicans Slam Biden's Return to 'Catch and Release' for 25,000 Asylum Seekers. sputniknews.com US immigration services have seen a rise in the number of new arrivals in recent weeks, while the latest migrant caravan of up to 9,000 people marching from Honduras is yet to reach the southern border.

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Haiti appoints new judges in crackdown on judiciary after failed coup. laprensalatina.com By Maria Montecelos Port-au-Prince, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Haiti has replaced three Supreme Court judges who allegedly participated in a failed bid to overthrow the government of President Jovenel Moise amid a mounting public outrage over when his term ends. The new Supreme Court judges are Octélus Dorvilien, Louiselmé Joseph, and Pierre Harry Alexis. However, their …

Mehr News Agency (2021-02-13). UN envoy urges US, EU to stop sanctions against Venezuela. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Feb. 13 (MNA) — A UN envoy called on the United States and European Union to lift sanctions against Venezuela, noting that such coercive measures have worsened the humanitarian crisis in the country.

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Copper artisans face severe crisis in Kashmir. laprensalatina.com Like most business ventures, coppersmiths of Indian Kashmir are suffering significant losses due to the coronavirus pandemic. | A visual story by EFE/EPA photographer FAROOQ KHAN…

Prof Michel Chossudovsky (2021-02-13). Remember the "Fake" 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu Pandemic: Manipulating the Data to Justify a Worldwide Public Health Emergency. globalresearch.ca A Worldwide public health emergency is unfolding, 4.9 billion doses of H1N1 swine flu vaccine are envisaged by the WHO.

Ahmet Sezer, Saadettin Kilickap, Mahmut Gàºmàº≈ü, Igor Bondarenko, Mustafa àñzgàºroƒülu, Miranda Gogishvili, Haci M Turk, Irfan Cicin, Dmitry Bentsion, Oleg Gladkov, Philip Clingan, Virote Sriuranpong, Naiyer Rizvi, Bo Gao, Siyu Li, Sue Lee, Kristina McGuire, Chieh-I Chen, Tamta Makharadze, Semra Paydas, Marina Nechaeva, Frank Seebach, David M Weinreich, George D Yancopoulos, Giuseppe Gullo, Israel Lowy, Petra Rietschel (2021-02-13). [Articles] Cemiplimab monotherapy for first-line treatment of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with PD-L1 of at least 50%: a multicentre, open-label, global, phase 3, randomised, controlled trial. thelancet.com Cemiplimab monotherapy significantly improved overall survival and progression-free survival compared with chemotherapy in patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer with PD-L1 of at least 50%, providing a potential new treatment option for this patient population.

Rafael Rosell, Maria Gonzalez-Cao (2021-02-13). [Comment] Cemiplimab monotherapy in advanced non-squamous and squamous non-small cell lung cancer. thelancet.com Anti-programmed death 1 (PD-1) and programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) monoclonal antibodies are commonly used for advanced non-squamous and squamous non-small cell lung cancer, preferably in patients with high PD-L1 expression (tumour proportion score [TPS] ‚â•50%) and no targetable driver mutations in epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR), MET exon 14 skipping alterations, or gene fusions in ALK, ROS1, RET, and TRK.1 In the phase 3 KEYNOTE-024 study, pembrolizumab significantly improved progression-free survival and overall survival compared with platinum-based chemotherapy in first-line treatm…

John McEvoy (2021-02-13). Damning UN report urges the UK to unfreeze Venezuelan gold. thecanary.co Alena Douhan is the United Nations' special rapporteur on the negative impact of On 12 February, Douhan published her preliminary findings based on "extensive consultations with a wide…

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Leicester adds to Liverpool's woes with 3-1 home win. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Liverpool's Premier League title defense hopes were dealt yet another blow Saturday as they were handed their third defeat in a row by losing 3-1 to Leicester City Liverpool seemed to be on the right path to recover from a heavy 4-1 defeat to league leader Manchester City last week when …

Dougal Macdonald (2021-02-13). 76 Years Ago, The February 1945 Dresden Fire Bombing: Allied War Crime Prelude to the Cold War. globalresearch.ca This article was originally published in 2016. | On the night of February 13-14, 1945, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) bomber command carried out two devastating attacks on the German city of Dresden. At the time, Dresden's pre-war population of …

Roald A Lambrechts, Maarten Uyttenboogaart, Gea Drost (2021-02-13). [Clinical Picture] A vertebral artery halo sign indicates giant cell arteritis affecting the posterior circulation of the brain. thelancet.com A 77-year-old man presented to our neurology clinic reporting short episodes of unsteadiness followed by loss of consciousness brought on by standing from a sitting position. The problem had been present for 2 weeks and had led to frequent falls. He had a history of hypertension—treated with amlodipine, atenolol, and perindopril—and hypercholesterolaemia—treated with ezetimibe. He was a non-smoker.

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Fear of prosecution and power hungry: What drove Myanmar's coup? laprensalatina.com By Gaspar Ruiz-Canela Bangkok, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- No-one knows why the head of Myanmar's armed forces, Min Aung Hlaing, led a coup against the civilian government on 1 February but observers have offered some insights that range between a simple power grab and fear of future prosecution. The men who seized power at the beginning …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Tsitsipas, Medvedev, Rublev reach 4th round of Australian Open. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Mikael Ymer 6-4, 6-1, 6-1 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open on Saturday as the Greek regained his shine after hanging by a thread in his previous five-set match. It turned out to be a cakewalk for Tsitsipas (5) to book a place in …

Online News Editor (2021-02-13). Draghi sworn in as Italy's new PM. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 13 (efe-epa).- Economist Mario Draghi was on Saturday officially sworn in as Italy's new prime minister after gaining cross-party support to lead a unity government following the resignation of Giuseppe Conte last month. The former president of the Central European Bank has chosen a cabinet that comprises technocrats and members from all parties …