2021-03-03: News Headlines

Staff (2021-03-03). Latinx Farmworkers Risk Their Lives During Pandemic. Many Now Struggle to Access Vaccines. democracynow.org There are about 2.5 million farmworkers around the U.S., many of them undocumented immigrants working under dangerous and exploitive circumstances without sick leave or healthcare. Despite their status as essential workers, however, many farmworkers are facing an uphill battle to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Estella Cisneros, legal director of the Agricultural Worker Program for California Rural Legal Assistance, says an uneven rollout in California as well as technical barriers have left many farmworkers unvaccinated. "There's been a lot of inequities that we've seen," she says. We also speak with Mary Jo Du…

Staff (2021-03-03). Latinx Farmworkers Risk Their Lives During Pandemic. Many Now Struggle to Access Vaccines. democracynow.org There are about 2.5 million farmworkers around the U.S., many of them undocumented immigrants working under dangerous and exploitive circumstances without sick leave or healthcare. Despite their status as essential workers, however, many farmworkers are facing an uphill battle to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Estella Cisneros, legal director of the Agriculture Worker Program for California Rural Legal Assistance, says an uneven rollout in California as well as technical barriers have left many farmworkers unvaccinated. "There's been a lot of inequities that we've seen," she says. We also speak with Mary Jo Dud…

_____ (2021-03-03). Coup-Supporting Academics Spread Lies To Censor The Grayzone. popularresistance.org A collection of coup-supporting academics are lobbying to censor The Grayzone's factual journalism exposing Ecuador's presidential candidate Yaku Pérez. Pérez is a self-declared environmentalist from a US government-backed party who has supported numerous right-wing coups in Latin America, advanced xenophobic conspiracies, and demonized poor people in his country. | The academics have published a deceptive and distortion-laden open letter that egregiously misrepresents my factual reporting and absurdly smears me as "racist and misogynist," based on absurd insinuations and outright falsehoods. | Besides deploying…

WSWS (2021-03-03). FBI Director Wray confirms coordinated planning by pro-Trump far-right terrorists in January 6 attack. wsws.org While the FBI head acknowledged the central role in the attempted coup played by far-right "militia extremists," many questions relating to the lack of security on the part of the police and the National Guard were not seriously pursued and remained unanswered.

Chloe de Silva (2021-03-03). Randwick Council urged to drop transphobic policy on ocean pool. greenleft.org.au Transgender rights activists protested outside Randwick Council against its transphobic policy relating to the McIver's Ladies Baths, writes Rachel Evans and Oscar Bray.

Declaration for American Democracy coalition (2021-03-03). Wednesday 3/3: Watch Party! House Votes on the For the People Act (#HR1) w/ Voto Latino & More. indybay.org Virtual watch party via livestream: www.facebook.com/votolatino/

Joseph Buddenberg (2021-03-03). A Suspected Terrorist Dates the FBI. indybay.org In 2009, I, along with three co-defendants, was charged with violating an unused and unknown law called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Liverpool players could be barred from international duty, says Klopp. laprensalatina.com London, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp on Wednesday said he will not allow his players to join their respective national teams during the upcoming international break if they are subject to 10-day quarantine upon their return to the UK. Brazilian players Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino and Portugal's Diogo Jota face mandatory …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Biden: State leaders' ending mask mandate is Neanderthal thinking. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- President Joe Biden on Wednesday said that the decision by the Texas and Mississippi governors to end their statewide facemask mandates initially implemented to protect the public against Covid-19 was a "big mistake," adding that the last thing the country needs while the pandemic is still raging is "Neanderthal thinking." "I …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). UK to raise corporation tax in 2023 in bid to ease Covid debt. laprensalatina.com London, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The United Kingdom's government will raise corporation tax on large firms from 10% to 25% in 2023 as a way to repair the damage wrought on the economy by the Covid-19 pandemic. The Conservative Party government's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak outlined the economic plans in the Budget on Wednesday. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Turkey's sex workers struggle to survive as Covid rules hit industry. laprensalatina.com Istanbul, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The closure of brothels and nightly curfews to stem the spread of Covid-19 in Turkey has left the country's sex workers in dire straits. Prostitution is legal in Turkey but sex workers lack the same access to labor rights enjoyed by other professions. "The coronavirus has left many sex workers in …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Spain king's sisters stir controversy by getting vaccine on Abu Dhabi trip. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The Spanish royal family has found itself at the heart of another scandal after it was revealed that the sisters of King Felipe VI were vaccinated against Covid-19 during a trip to the United Arab Emirates, where they went to visit their father, the self-exiled former monarch Juan Carlos I. Reports …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). India's homegrown Covid-19 vaccine shows 81 percent interim efficacy. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- India's homegrown Covid-19 vaccine, branded Covaxin, has shown an interim efficacy of nearly 81 percent in its late-stage clinical trials, its developer Bharat Biotech said on Wednesday. The company said the first interim analysis was based on 43 cases of Covid-19 recorded in the trial of 25,800 participants between 18-98 …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Hard hit early by Covid-19, Chile now is Latin America's clear vaccine leader. laprensalatina.com By Maria M. Mur Santiago, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Chile on Wednesday marked one year since its first coronavirus case, a 12-month period in which it has gone from being one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic worldwide to Latin America's undisputed Covid-19 vaccine leader. A total of 3.6 million people in that South …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Crystal Palace hold Manchester United 0-0. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Manchester United squandered a chance Wednesday to narrow the gap to Premier League leaders Manchester City, managing only a 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace. The hosts, still without injured talisman Wilfried Zaha, were content to cede the ball to United on a foggy night at London's Selhurst Park. Even so, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Rio Tinto chairman to step down over destruction of aboriginal caves. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The chairman and a board director of mining company Rio Tinto will not renew his position and will leave the company this year over the blasting scandal last May of two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal shelters. Simon Thompson, who has held…

Rafael Figueroa (2021-03-03). SHELBY COUNTY TO MOVE TO PHASE 1C NEXT WEEK FOR COVID-19 VACCINATIONS. laprensalatina.com Phase includes individuals 16 and older with high-risk health conditions La fase 1C incluye a personas de 16 años o más con afecciones de salud de alto riesgo SHELBY COUNTY, TN (SCHD) — In alignment with the Tennessee Health Department, the Shelby County Health Department will move into Phase 1C of the Tennessee COVID-19 Vaccination …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). PTI becomes largest party despite losing key seat in Pakistan's senate polls. laprensalatina.com Islamabad, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party became the single largest party in the Pakistani senate on Wednesday after elections on 37 seats in the 100-member upper house of the parliament, despite losing a prestigious seat to the opposition in capital Islamabad. As per unofficial results aired by local broadcasters, Prime Minister …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Elected MPs challenge Myanmar junta, appoint four ministers. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, March 3 (efe-epa).- Elected parliamentarians who do not recognize Myanmar's military junta have challenged the military and appointed several ministers, including a foreign minister. The appointments were made Tuesday by the parliamentary committee, which groups part of the parliamentarians elected in November and could not formally assume their seats due to the Feb. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Australia's Attorney-General denies 1988 rape accusation. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, March 3 (efe-epa).- Australia's Attorney-General Christian Porter defended his innocence Wednesday against an accusation of rape, allegedly committed in 1988, and which was archived by police over lack of evidence. Porter appeared for the first time before the media after a complaint was made public Friday against a member of the executive, whose …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Hong Kong pro-democracy activists ruling postponed again. laprensalatina.com Hong Kong, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The Hong Kong judiciary on Wednesday postponed the outcome of a preliminary hearing of 47 politicians and activists who have been charged with "subversion" after some of them decided to represent themselves and filed their own bail applications. Several of the defendants who testified on Wednesday opted not to use …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). India marks World Wildlife Day. laprensalatina.com The Van Vihar National Park in Bhopal and the Delhi Zoological park marked World Wildlife Day on Wednesday. On 20 December 2013, the United Nations proclaimed 3 March as World Wildlife Day with the aim of raising awareness of the world's wild animals and plants. A visual story by EFE/EPA photographers RAJAT GUPTA and SANJEEV …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Bangladesh court grants bail to detained cartoonist amid protests. laprensalatina.com Dhaka, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The Supreme Court of Bangladesh on Wednesday granted bail to a cartoonist nearly 10 months after his pre-trial detention amid continuing protests over his release and a contentious law under which he was arrested. Ahmed Kabir Kishore was arrested on May 6, 2020, along with writer Mushtaq Ahmed, and was charged …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Cuomo apologizes but denies touching anyone inappropriately. laprensalatina.com New York, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday apologized for having made three women who claim that he sexually harassed them "uncomfortable," but he denied having touched any of them in an "inappropriate" manner and said that he would not resign. "I now understand that I acted in a way that …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Taliban gunman arrested for killing 3 women TV anchors: Afghan police. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Afghan police on Wednesday said they had arrested a suspected Taliban militant, allegedly involved in the killing of three women TV anchors even as the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the murders a day ago. The three media workers were gunned down on Tuesday and buried this afternoon amid a …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). 8 Wounded in suspected terror incident in Sweden. laprensalatina.com Copenhagen, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Swedish police are seeking to determine whether terrorism was the motive for attacks in the southern town of Vetlanda that left eight people wounded. "As it is now, we have started a preliminary investigation into attempted murder. That is the criminal classification we have. There are details in the investigation that …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Police warn of plan to invade US Capitol on Thursday. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- The US Capitol Police warned on Wednesday of an apparent plan by a rightist militia group to invade Congress once again. In a statement posted on Twitter, the force said that it had "obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Rugby as a ticket out of Venezuela. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Germany, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Leandro Narvaez was able to escape poverty in Venezuela thanks to a German-based rugby association that scouted the promising player and funded his trip to Europe. The Orquídeas Negras ("Black Orchids") was founded by Venezuelan immigrants in Berlin and runs a rugby club of the same name. Once a year …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Qantas offers 'mystery' flights to boost Australia's tourism. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- To boost domestic tourism amid the pandemic, air carrier Qantas began offering "mystery" flights Wednesday in which passengers will not know the destination of their trip until they board. Starting tomorrow, these flights of about two hours will depart from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane to an unknown destination outside the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). China set to hail success, raise pressure on Hong Kong in annual Congress. laprensalatina.com By Javier García Beijing, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- China is set to highlight the success of its governance model on the occasion of its annual National People's Congress, which kicks off on Friday and will decide the country's course for the next five years, with the possibility of fresh legislative reforms being launched to increase control …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). At least 3 dead in fresh Myanmar violence. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, March 3 (efe-epa).- At least three people, including a minor, were shot dead in Myanmar on Wednesday as fresh crackdowns were launched by authorities against protesters. Despite security forces' severe repression of demonstrations, which on Sunday alone claimed the lives of at least 20 people, protests in rejection of the Feb. 1 military …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). Australia steadies economic recovery after 1.1% GDP drop in 2020. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Australia underpins its economic recovery after accumulating two consecutive quarters of growth, despite registering a GDP fall of 1.1 percent, according to data officials released Wednesday. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported that in the last quarter of last year, between October and December, GDP increased by 3.1 percent, above …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). At least 9 dead in fresh Myanmar violence as Pope urges dialog. laprensalatina.com Update 1: Updates death toll, adds pope's comments, updates headline Yangon, Myanmar, March 3 (EFE).- At least nine people, including two minors, were shot dead Wednesday in Myanmar as authorities launched fresh crackdowns against coup protesters while Pope Francis urged that parties engage in peaceful dialog. Despite security forces' severe repression of demonstrations, which claimed …

Online News Editor (2021-03-03). AMLO aims to ease investors' concerns over Mexico's electricity overhaul. laprensalatina.com Mexico City, Mar 3 (efe-epa).- Mexico's president on Wednesday sought to ease investors' concerns over an electricity sector overhaul that strengthens the state-owned power utility at the expense of private and foreign generators. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, made his remarks a day after the Senate gave final congressional approval for the …

Pedro Brieger (2021-03-03). Argentina y México proponen un nuevo eje progresista en América Latina y el Caribe. globalizacion.ca Las visitas de Estado tienen múltiples dimensiones y hay diferentes criterios para evaluarlas más allá de las afinidades políticas, entre otros, la duración de una visita y las actividades que se realizan. Muy lejos en el recuerdo quedan las giras…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-03). Political Council of ALBA-TCP demands an end to the US sanctions against Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. peoplesdispatch.org The foreign ministers and other representatives of the member countries of the ALBA-TCP in unison condemned the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the US against Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, and called to immediately lift criminal blockades on them…

teleSUR (2021-03-03). US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Talks With Juan Guaido. telesurenglish.net U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a telephone conversation with Venezuelan opposition politician Juan Guaidó on Tuesday in line with Joe Biden's administration continuing its policy of pressure against Venezuela's constitutional order. | RELATED: | "Secretary Blinken outlined our efforts to work with like-minded allies, including the European Union, the Lima Group, the Organization of American States (O…

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-03-03). Venezuela: Indexación en guerra económica. globalizacion.ca Es público y notorio que en Venezuela los precios en bolívares desde una chupeta hasta el de una vivienda se ajustan/indexan diaria y automáticamente con respecto al tipo de cambio criminal, a excepción de, los salarios, los impuestos sobre la…

Bruno Rodríguez Padilla (2021-03-03). Cuba — "Urge implementar políticas en las que el ser humano sea prioridad en vez de las ganancias económicas" globalizacion.ca Intervención del Ministro de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, en el XXI Consejo Político ALBA-TCP | Compañero Jorge Arreaza, ministro del Poder Popular para las Relaciones Exteriores de la hermana República Bolivariana de Venezuela | Queridos cancilleres…

Adán Chávez Frías (2021-03-03). Venezuela — La cárcel de la dignidad. globalizacion.ca I | Hemos querido en esta oportunidad, dar continuidad a la labor de sistematización del proceso de gestación de nuestro proyecto revolucionario y, de manera particular, de la unión cívico-militar, como elemento clave para el desarrollo del mismo y parte fundamental…

A Guest Author (2021-03-03). Cuban 'Red Rose' wins journalism honor. workers.org By Rubén G. Abelenda This slightly edited article was published in Resumen-english.org. Photo: Ismael Francisco Feb. 27 — It was José Martí who said "Honor for those who deserve honor" — but he could never have imagined that the highest distinction awarded to journalists in Cuba would bear his name . . . |

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-03). 80 Democrats urge Biden to repeal Trump's sanctions on Cuba. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 04 (MNA) — In a letter to Biden, 80 US House of Representatives Democrats urged him to repeal Donald Trump's "cruel" sanctions on Cuba.

teleSUR (2021-03-03). Cuba Offers Soberana 02 and Abdala to Lebanon to Fight COVID-19. telesurenglish.net On Wednesday, Cuba expressed its willingness to assist Lebanon to combat COVID-19, offering its most advanced vaccines, Soberana 02 and Abdala, which will start their final-phase clinical trials sometime this month. | RELATED: | Cuban Ambassador to Lebanon Alexander Pellicer made the offer during a meeting with Major General Mahmoud Al Asmar. The latter heads the working group to tackle the pandemic in this Mediterranean country…

Cindy Forster (2021-03-03). Bolivia for the record: the people speak pt. 2. peoplesdispatch.org In the second part of 'Bolivia for the record,' activist and historian Cindy Forster brings stories and testimonies from the massive mobilizations organized in August 2020 following the announcement by the coup regime to postpone elections once again…

Jamal Rich (2021-03-03). Solidarity rallies call for end to U.S.-backed dictatorship in Haiti. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON——On the morning of March 1 at the Embassy of Haiti, local D.C. organizers with Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) held a solidarity rally with the people of Haiti who are rising up against a U.S.-backed dictator. Jovenel MoàØse's term of office ended Feb. 7, but he has so far refused to relinquish power. MoàØse, …

teleSUR Desk (2021-03-03). Ecuador: Indigenous organizations announce national strike. mronline.org Supporters of Indigenous presidential candidate Yaku Perez demand the recount of electoral records due to alleged electoral fraud.

Ramzy Baroud, Romana Rubeo (2021-03-03). "Engaging the World": The "Fascinating Story" of Hamas's Political Evolution. dissidentvoice.org On February 4, representatives from the Palestinian Movement, Hamas, visited Moscow to inform the Russian government of the latest development on the unity talks between the Islamic Movement and its Palestinian counterparts, especially Fatah. This was not the first time that Hamas's officials traveled to Moscow on similar missions. In fact, Moscow continues to represent an …

RT (2021-03-03). Can we kick out immigrants like Denmark does? Critics snicker after AOC lauds McDonald's workers' wages in European nation. rt.com A time-tested talking point about wages of McDonald's workers in Denmark was invoked by AOC in a call for a minimum wage boost in the US. Her opponents asked if Washington should also adopt Copenhagen's harsh immigration policies. | The fact that paying workers a living wage is even up for debate is "embarrassing," progressive lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) tweeted on Tuesday as she called to override the Senate parliamentarian and push forward with the $15/hour minimum wage. The official ruled last Thursday that the proposal cannot be included in President Biden's $1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus bill…

Eds. (2021-03-03). The class character of the expansion of COVID-19: The case of Peru's Capital City Lima. mronline.org At the end of December 2019, the world was notified about the existence of a new coronavirus in the city of Wuhan in China. This virus, SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19), rapidly spread and was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) on 11 March 2020.

Pip Hinman (2021-03-03). Not a cracker for Packer. greenleft.org.au Suzanne James looks into Crown's financial deed with the NSW government and asks why any government would sign a compensation deal indemnifying an entity it is supposed to be regulating.