2021-02-15: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2021-02-15). US, OAS, Colombia try to steal Ecuador's election from popular socialist candidate, while spreading fake news. thegrayzone.com The US State Department is pushing a politicized vote recount, overseen by the coup-sponsoring OAS, after socialist Andrés Arauz won Ecuador's election in a landslide. Meanwhile Colombia's ex-president warns his country's "radical right" is "interfering" with "slander" and a "dirty game." GUAYAQUIL, ECUADOR — A popular socialist candidate, Andrés Arauz, won the first round of Ecuador's historic presidential election by a landslide on February 7. The leftist's overwhelming victory prompted the US State Department, the right-wing government of neighboring Colombia, …

teleSUR (2021-02-15). Mexican Authorities Rescue 108 Migrants Near US Border. telesurenglish.net Mexico's National Guard officers Sunday rescued 108 Central American migrants, who were crammed into a truck heading for the U.S. border. | RELATED: | The National Institute of Migration (INM) reported that authorities noticed a truck attached to a semi-trailer traveling on the Monterrey-Reynosa highway, in the General Bravo municipality, Nuevo Leon state. | The agents intercepted the truck before it entered a security…

WSWS (2021-02-15). British government jails migrants as "people smugglers," excludes and mistreats child migrants. wsws.org The continued pursuit by the Conservative government of a "hostile environment" for those seeking shelter in the UK is devoid of any decency and boundaries…

Paul Dobson (2021-02-15). UN Special Rapporteur Blasts 'Devastating' and 'Illegal' US and EU Sanctions against Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com UN Human Rights expert Alena Douhan called for sanctions to be lifted and revised.

teleSUR (2021-02-15). Venezuela to Resume Face-to-Face Classes Partially in March. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Sunday informed that his country will partially resume face-to-face classes as of March complying with "all necessary health measures to prevent contagion." | RELATED: | "The return to the classroom will be carried out under a strict biosecurity protocol to preserve students' health," Maduro highlighted, adding that the vaccination campaign will kick off in the next few days. | In early…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-02-15). Elections in Ecuador — The Fight Against Neoliberalism. zcomm.org Please Help ZNet Photo by max.ku/Shutterstock Ecuador's leftist candidate Andrés Arauz has won the first round of the country's presidential elections held on 7 February, 2021, garnering 31.5% of the vote. An economist and former minister in socialist president Rafael Correa's government, he has led the ticket for the Union for Hope coalition — what

teleSUR (2021-02-15). Peru: Chancellor Resigns Due to a COVID-19 Vaccination Scandal. telesurenglish.net Peru's Foreign Affairs Minister Elizabeth Astete on Sunday resigned from her post after it was known that she had been vaccinated. She is not, however, in the groups at risk that should receive the COVID-19 vaccine. | RELATED: | President Francisco Sagasti accepted her resignation after she admitted having received the first dose on Jan. 22, 2021. | "I am outraged and furious about this situation, which jeopardizes the enor…

Eds. (2021-02-15). Preliminary findings of the visit to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela by the Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights. mronline.org The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the negative impact of unilateral coercive measures on the enjoyment of human rights, Ms. Alena Douhan, visited the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela from 1 to 12 February 2021. She thanks the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for enabling and supporting her visit to the country. The purpose …

Alan Macleod (2021-02-15). "Stop Interfering in Our Lives": Haitians Protesters Condemn US Support for Dictator. mintpressnews.com Protests in Haiti have led to hundreds of deaths yet have drawn little attention in the west, thanks in large part to its strongman leaders' continued loyalty to the United States.

_____ (2021-02-15). Louisville Is Failing Homeless People This Winter. popularresistance.org As much of Louisville remains under a layer of ice and with another winter storm on the way, the city is doing nothing to keep alive its homeless population, several advocates contended Saturday evening. | Leaders from local homeless outreach organizations spoke in front of Hotel Louisville Saturday night, demanding city leaders address what they called a humanitarian crisis. | Donny Greene, co-founder of Feed Louisville, said the city has given excuses for not helping people left outside in the below-freezing temperatures, contending there is no shelter space available. | "The truth of the matter is the city is…

news.un (2021-02-15). Migrating online: The digital tools preparing refugees and migrants with an economic lifeline. news.un.org Whilst the global economy has taken a battering during the COVID-19 pandemic, online commerce has thrived. A UN-supported initiative is helping refugees and migrants around the world to access the tools and customers they need to build their businesses and improve their livelihoods.

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Colombia to receive 1st batch of Covid-19 vaccines on Monday. laprensalatina.com Bogota, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- An initial batch of 50,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine developed by American pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner, biotechnology company BioNTech, will arrive in Colombia on Monday afternoon, President Ivan Duque said in a nationwide address. That Andean nation has lagged behind some of its regional neighbors, including Mexico …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Another South Korean religious group investigated over Covid-19 outbreak. laprensalatina.com Update 1: Adds case of cat testing positive Seoul, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- South Korean police searched the headquarters of a missionary organization Monday for being behind an outbreak of Covid-19, a new case in the country of a Christian group being accused of violating health emergency laws. Authorities stormed the International Mission headquarters in Daejeon …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Japan's GDP posts first contraction since 2009 over Covid-19. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Japan's gross domestic product (GDP) shrank by 4.8 percent year-on-year in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, marking its first contraction since the 5.7 percent decline it registered in 2009, the government said Monday. During the last quarter of the year between October and December, the Japanese economy grew …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Mexican president calls for urgent UN meeting over vaccine hoarding. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday that the United Nations should convene an "urgent meeting" to deal with the problem of "hoarding" anti-Covid vaccine, claiming that the countries with laboratories that manufacture the several vaccines are doing so. "It's something that the UN should look at. It has …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Vaccination plan enters a new stage in England. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- England's Covid-19 jab rollout entered a new stage Monday as authorities began administering vaccines to people over 65 and the clinically vulnerable. More than 15 million people had already been given the first dose of the vaccine in the UK. Health authorities established an initial phase in the rollout made up …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Muted Carnival celebrations amid national Covid lockdown. laprensalatina.com Duesseldorf, Germany, Feb 15 (epa-efe).- Annual carnival celebrations in Germany, which ordinarily would see tens of thousands of people in fancy dress throng city centers for parades, have been cancelled in 2021 because of the nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. Rose Monday, normally the climax of the week-long celebration, was a muted …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Thailand's economy shrank 6.1 percent in 2020. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Thailand's economy shrank 6.1 percent in 2020, its largest contraction in two decades amid a halt in tourism and exports caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, according to data released by the government on Monday. Thailand's gross domestic product (GDP) declined by 4.2 percent year-on-year in the fourth quarter of last year …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Israel stops entry of Covid-19 vaccine into blockaded Gaza. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem/Gaza, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Israel on Monday blocked the entry of the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines to the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian National Authority said. "The Israeli occupation authorities today prevented entry of coronavirus vaccines" to the enclave, the first lot of 2,000-doses out of 10,000 that Palestinian authorities have been allocated from Russia, …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Jordan starts Covid-19 vaccinations for refugees at Zaatari camp. laprensalatina.com Amman, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Jordan on Monday started vaccinating Syrian refugees living in the Zaatari camp, becoming one of the first countries in the world to include refugees in its coronavirus vaccine rollout, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said on Monday. Lilly Carlisle, the spokesperson of the UNHCR in Jordan, told Efe that the Jordanian …

MEE staff (2021-02-15). Iran denies ownership of seized oil tanker, tells Washington to 'stop acts of piracy'. middleeasteye.net Iran denies ownership of seized oil tanker, tells Washington to 'stop acts of piracy' | United States seized Liberian-flagged tanker earlier this month, forcing ship to anchor outside Texas port | Mon, 02/15/2021 – 16: 13 | The US Justice Department on 14 August 2020 confirmed it had seized fuel cargo aboard four tankers sent by Iran to crisis-wracked Venezuela (AFP/File photo) | The seizure of a cargo of oil…

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Independence movement majority grows in Catalonia as Socialists win at polls. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Spain, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- The independence movement increased its majority in the regional elections in Catalonia on Sunday, despite a narrow win by the Socialist Party. The ultra-right, which had been non-existent in the Catalan parliamentary and political scene, burst into fourth place. More than 5 million Catalans were called to participate in atypical …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). UK hotel quarantine starts for arrivals from high-risk countries. laprensalatina.com London, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- All citizens and permanent residents of the United Kingdom returning from high-risk countries to England will have to undergo a mandatory hotel quarantine starting Monday in a bid to curb the spread of new variants of the coronavirus pandemic. The UK government has released a "red list" that has 33 countries …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Virologists call for total confinement in Italy. laprensalatina.com Rome, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Italian experts including the health minister's consultant on the pandemic Walter Ricciardi on Monday said the new government led by economist Mario Draghi should enforce a lockdown for at least one month to curb the rapid spread of the so-called United Kingdom variant of the coronavirus, which is more virulent than …

The Canary (2021-02-15). Protests in India over arrest of climate activist. thecanary.co Scores of people have demonstrated in the Indian cities of Bengaluru and Mumbai after a climate activist was arrested for circulating a document on social media supporting months of massive protests by farmers. | Disha Ravi was arrested in Bengaluru on Saturday. | Police said at a news conference on Monday that the document spread misinformation about the farmer protests on the outskirts of New Delhi and "tarnished the image of India". | They say Ravi shared the document with Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who tweeted it earlier this month. | Activists hold placards demanding the release of Indi…

Jaime Garcia, Rick Treviño (2021-02-15). Mapping the Trump Meridian in Texas. thenation.com Mapping the Trump Meridian in Texas…

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Bangladesh resumes Rohingya refugees transfer to remote island. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Bangladeshi authorities on Monday began transferring over 3,000 Rohingya refugees to a remote island in the Bay of Bengal in the fourth phase of a controversial plan from congested camps in Cox's Bazar in the country's southeast. "We have started transferring 2,014 refugees today from Chittagong to Bhasan Char," which was …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Spanish soccer player faces possible sanction in Indian league for biting. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Feb 15 (efe-epa)- Chennaiyin FC of the Indian Super League has filed an official complaint against Spanish player Edu Bedia, who plays as midfielder for Goa FC, for allegedly biting one of its players during a match over the weekend. The incident occurred on Saturday when Chennaiyin FC midfielder Deepak Tangri fell on …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Myanmar protesters take to militarized streets after internet blackout. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Updates head, pars 1-2, adds Suu Kyi hearing pars 3-4, minor edits) Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Myanmar residents on Monday resumed their protests against the military junta that seized power two weeks ago, emerging from a long night during which the country's internet was shut down and armored vehicles appeared in the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). UN: 65 activists, reporters killed in 3 years in Afghanistan. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- At least 65 human rights activists and media professionals have been killed in Afghanistan in the last three years, a growing trend that has led to several others leaving their profession or the country, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said Monday. According to the latest report by the UN …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Harsh jail sentence over drug use spurs legalization debate in Tunisia. laprensalatina.com Tunis, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Three young Tunisians have received a 30-year prison sentence for possessing and using cannabis, a ruling that has sparked a nationwide debate over the drug use law in the country. The unprecedented prison sentence has led to mutual understanding between both civil society groups and politicians, who seem to agree that …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Border controls with Czechia, Austria necessary, German gov't says. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- The German government on Monday said border controls with the Czech Republic and Austria were justified, despite long delays and heavy criticism from neighboring countries. Germany has had controls on its land borders with its two neighbors since Sunday, which has limited free movement within the Schengen zone and affected economic …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Myanmar protesters re-emerge onto militarized streets after internet blackout. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Myanmar's internet was restored on Monday morning after a nationwide blackout overnight and as protesters resumed their demonstrations against the military junta that took power on Feb. 1. In Yangon, protesters held up placards outside the Central Bank alongside military tanks and vehicles as soldiers set up barricades. Troops and …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Injury-ravaged Liverpool travel to Hungary for Round of 16 clash vs Leipzig. laprensalatina.com (Update 1: Adds Klopp quotes) Sports Desk, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- A Liverpool team severely depleted by injuries, especially in defense, travels to RB Leipzig for the Champions League Round of 16 first leg match on Tuesday. The game will not be played in Leipzig, however, but in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, after the English side …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Cold snap brings heavy snowfall, frigid temperatures to Greece. laprensalatina.com Athens, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Greece on Monday found itself in the grips of a cold-weather front that has brought hurricane-force winds, freezing temperatures and the heaviest snowfall in recent decades. The country's Civil Protection department said parts of central and northern Greece registered the heaviest snowfall in 20 years and that the adverse weather had …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Nadal, Barty reach Aussie Open quarters in straight sets. laprensalatina.com Melbourne, Australia, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Spain's Rafael Nadal made the quarterfinals of the Australian Open men's tournament after winning his fourth-round match against No. 18 seed Fabio Fognini by 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. "Against a player such as Fabio you have to be worried at all times. For me it is better to play during the …

Rafael Figueroa (2021-02-15). Memphis Police, Shelby Co. Deputies Using Inclement Weather Crash Policy. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) — The Memphis Police Department and Shelby County Sheriff's Office is enforcing their Inclement Weather Policy for accidents. Here are the steps you should follow if there is only minor damage and no injures or alcohol involved. Drivers should exchange names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance information, and tag numbers of the vehicles …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). At least 1 dead, others injured in large Haiti protests. laprensalatina.com Port-au-Prince, Feb 14 (efe-epa).- At least one man died Sunday and another was shot during a large protest in the Haitian capital called to demand the resignation of President Jovenel MoàØse. Security forces were stationed at Delmas 60 area, where they responded with live fire and tear gas to protesters who threw stones and a …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Koeman says Pique, out since November, could return against PSG. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman said he may start defender Gerard Pique for Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 first leg match against Paris Saint Germain. The veteran center back has been sidelined with a knee injury since November. "Gerard is doing all right. He has been training for four or …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Zuma could face prison sentence after corruption inquiry no-show. laprensalatina.com Johannesburg, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Former South African president Jacob Zuma could be facing a prison term after he failed to appear before a commission investigating corruption allegations, the head of the inquiry said on Monday. "It is a pity that Mr Zuma has decided not to appear before the commission today, in defiance of the …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Russia successfully launches Progress MS-16 cargo ship for ISS. laprensalatina.com Moscow, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Russia on Monday successfully launched the Progress MS-16 cargo ship bound for the International Space Station (ISS), the Roscosmos space agency reported. The freighter was launched by a Soyuz-2.1 rocket from Site 31 at Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Progress MS-16 is carrying nitrogen reserves for the station's atmosphere and materials …

Online News Editor (2021-02-15). Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala becomes first woman, African to lead WTO. laprensalatina.com Geneva, Feb 15 (efe-epa).- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala was on Monday appointed as the World Trade Organization's new director-general, becoming the first woman and first African citizen to lead the global institution that regulates international commerce. Okonjo-Iweala, who is from Nigeria but also holds United States citizenship, will officially take over from Brazilian Roberto Azevedo on 1 …

Orinoco Tribune (2021-02-15). GAO Report Findings Show that Biden Administration Should Scrap Trump's Economic Sanctions that Have Killed Tens of Thousands of People in Venezuela, CEPR Co-Director Says. 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). | *** | A

teleSUR (2021-02-15). Guatemalans Demand an End to Violence Against Children. telesurenglish.net Citizens on Sunday demanded Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei to put an end to murders, kidnappings, disappearances, and sexual harassment suffered by girls and teenagers in the country. | RELATED: | The protesters biked to the Interior Ministry and the National Palace of Culture, where they displayed banners that read, "Girls can't be touched" and "the State doesn't take care of us." | During the demonstration, whi…

WSWS (2021-02-15). Brazilian unions suppress workers' opposition to mass layoffs following Ford shutdowns. wsws.org The dismissal of 5,000 workers directly employed by Ford and the closing of its three remaining plants in Brazil will lead to the loss of another 119,000 jobs.

Ken Livingstone (2021-02-15). Trump Has Gone — Time to End US Sanctions on Cuba, Nicaragua and 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). | *** | The United States has an extensive sanctions programme affecting two dozen …

teleSUR (2021-02-15). Ecuador: Presidential Candidate Lasso Refuses Vote Recount. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's Creating Opportunities (CREO) Presidential candidate Guillermo Lasso on Sunday withdrew from the agreement reached with Pachakutik's candidate Yaku Perez on vote recount. | RELATED: | Previously, on Friday, the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced that the two candidates competing for second place had agreed that the votes for the Feb. 7 elections be fully counted in the Guayas province again. They…

Ronald Suárez Rivas (2021-02-15). Cuba: Millions for Democracy Made in USA. 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). | *** | Although the effort has never produced the results expected by its …

WSWS (2021-02-15). Brazilian teachers union and pseudo-left sabotage strike against Sà£o Paulo school reopenings. wsws.org The APEOESP teachers union has betrayed a week-long strike against the reopening of schools, proposing a deadly return to the classrooms.

Orinoco Tribune (2021-02-15). Biden Administration Should Scrap Trump's Economic Sanctions that "Have Killed Tens of Thousands of People" in Venezuela, CEPR Co-Director Says. 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). | *** | A