2021-03-14: News Headlines

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). London's Met police criticized for Sarah Everard vigil response. laprensalatina.com London, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- London's Metropolitan Police Service has come under strong criticism after it broke up a vigil being held in memory of Sarah Everard, who went missing as she walked home earlier this month. Everard's alleged murder has sparked an outpouring of grief in the United Kingdom and prompted fresh debate on women's …

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). A year after draconian lockdown, Spain pins hope on vaccines. laprensalatina.com By Antonia Méndez Ardila Madrid, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- A year after Spain was plunged into a draconian lockdown as Covid-19 first took hold, the country has just emerged from a third wave and its inhabitants are placing their hopes on the vaccine rollout, although millions have suffered the economic consequences of pandemic restrictions. On 14 …

The Jamal Journal (2021-03-14). Mumia Abu-Jamal's Health Emergency: An interview with Dr. Ricardo Alvarez. indybay.org This new interview with consulting physician Dr. Ricardo Alvarez has just been released. Please help us by reposting and otherwise circulating this interview, and please sign the Color of Change petition…

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Zaghari-Ratcliffe back in court for new Iran trial. laprensalatina.com Tehran, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe on Sunday appeared in court in Tehran to face fresh charges a week after she completed five years in jail. Lawyer Hojjat Kermani told Iranian news website Emtedad that the trial over the charge of "propaganda against the system" was held at branch 15 of the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Portugal prepares for reopening after 2-month lockdown. laprensalatina.com Lisbon, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Portugal is preparing to gradually reopen from Monday with a partial return of face-to-face classes and a resumption of business activity after a two-month lockdown imposed to control a surge in the pandemic. The easing of the strict measures in place since 15 January comes amid a drastic decrease in the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Families farewell Guatemalan migrants slain in Mexico. laprensalatina.com By Esteban Biba Comitancillo, Guatemala, Mar 13 (efe-epa).- Seven weeks ago the relatives of 16 Guatemalan migrants from Comitancillo received calls and messages alerting them to a car accident near the Mexico-United States border. The "accident" was actually a massacre in the town of Santa Anita, where 19 people were shot and incinerated. Sixteen of …

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Myanmar's civilian leadership calls for 'revolution' as deaths mount. laprensalatina.com Bangkok Desk, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- The leader of Myanmar's offshoot civilian government has vowed to continue the "revolution" to restore democracy in the country, while repression against protesters continued on Sunday, with at least five people reported killed by security forces. Mahn Win Khaing Than was appointed acting vice-president last week by the Committee Representing …

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Fire jumping and fighting: Russians mark the Maslenitsa festival. laprensalatina.com Russians are celebrating the Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) festival, which originates from Slavic mythology, and takes place this year from 07 March to 14 March. A Visual Story from Epa's Anatoly Maltsev, Sergei Ilnitsky and Yuri Kochetkov…

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). German election year kicks off with state polls. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Polling stations opened on Sunday in the southwestern German states of Baden-Wurttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate for regional elections, marking the start of an election year that will eventually see Chancellor Angela Merkel call it quits after 16 years in office. Voters are set to cast their ballots to choose new legislatures between …

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Fresh restrictions as Covid cases climb in parts of Europe. laprensalatina.com Madrid Desk, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Covid-19 infection rates are on the rise in several European nations, prompting fresh restrictions amid a relatively slow vaccination rollout and the rapid spread of new variants. German health authorities believe infection rates could return to maximum levels after the Easter period, which would require a pause in the country's …

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Koeman: The road we have started is not finished yet. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman on Sunday opted to stay positive as the team switches focus to La Liga, one of two titles that is still within Baràßa's reach after their early Champions League exit. "The road we have started is not finished yet," Koeman told a presser ahead of the Monday …

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Leicester City crush Sheffield United 5-0. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Kelechi Iheanacho scored a hat-trick Sunday as Leicester City routed Sheffield United 5-0 in Premier League action. The Nigerian opened the scoring six minutes before half-time, converting a cross from English forward Jamie Vardy. Shortly after the one-hour mark, Spanish forward Ayoze Perez doubled the home side's lead with a …

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Protesters attack vehicle carrying Argentinian president. laprensalatina.com Buenos Aires, Mar 13 (efe-epa).- Argentinian President Alberto Fernández on Saturday received a wave of support from the ruling camp and the main opposition coalition of the country after the vehicle he was traveling in came under attack by protesters in the southern state of Chubut. "The violence that a few (people) have demonstrated during …

Online News Editor (2021-03-14). Bolivia divided over judicial proceedings against ex-president àÅñez. laprensalatina.com La Paz, Mar 13 (efe-epa) .- The arrest of the former interim president of Bolivia Jeanine àÅñez during the early hours of Saturday has divided the country. On one side are those who see the situation as a political persecution, and on the other are those who say justice is being served after the 2019 …

_____ (2021-03-14). Bolivia: Right Wing Threatens The Recovery Of Democracy. popularresistance.org After a full year of racist and repressive horror perpetrated by a de facto government resulting from a coup, the people of Bolivia went to the polls on October 18, 2020 and stunned their own country and the world by giving Evo Morales' MAS-IPSP party candidate, Luis Arce, a landslide. The coup d'état that installed a racist regime led by Jeanine Añez, was engineered by OAS secretary General, Luis Almagro, carried out by fascists in November 2019, and of course, supported by the US.1 | The specifics of the landslide reveal the size of the defeat of the de facto extreme right wing regime: the MAS-IPSP won the pres…

news.un (2021-03-14). 'Guarantee due process', says UN chief, following Bolivia opposition arrests. news.un.org UN Secretary-General António Guterres has recalled the importance of upholding due process in all legal proceedings, a day after the arrest of the former interim president of Bolivia, Jeanine àÅñez, and several former ministers.

Nicole Fabricant (2021-03-14). A New Beginning for Bolivia. zcomm.org Nicole Fabricant says Bolivia's new president Luis Arce faces a neo-fascistic right while negotiating a new relationship with the country's social movements that fragmented under his mentor, Evo Morales…

RT (2021-03-14). US could reach 'certain' post-Covid 'degree of normality' by mid-summer, 'no exact date' for events like indoor weddings. rt.com White House health adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci has expressed confidence in President Joe Biden's Covid-19 vaccination plan, but says he can give no timeline for a return to normal. | "There are two issues: getting enough doses, which we will have with the new contracts with the pharmaceutical companies. But once you get those doses, to get it into people's arms," Fauci told CNN on Sunday when discussing Covid-19 vaccine distribution plans. | Fauci expressed support for Biden's wish that the US would be able to mark "independence" from the pandemic by July 4 and gather without masks or social distancing for tradi…

Pete Dolack (2021-03-14). How the U.S. is Able to Dictate to the Rest of the World. counterpunch.org The United States government is able to impose its will on all the world's countries. The rest of the world, even some of the strongest imperialist countries of the Global North, lie prostrate at the feet of the U.S. What is the source of this seemingly impregnable power? Which of course leads to the next

Ahmed Diaa Dardir (2021-03-14). Barack Obama and the Cunning of American Exceptionalism. counterpunch.org Barack Obama's new memoir, A Promised Land, came out as the world was looking at the US with anticipation and mistrust. It was published as the world awaited the results of the US presidential elections, between the clownish Donald Trump and the visibly incompetent Joseph Biden. The book trumpets the American model as the "promised

Ben Debney (2021-03-14). Pathological Entitlement and the Supremacist Mindset. counterpunch.org In recent days, the CPAC conference has brought us a number of most unusual spectacles. It has brought us (1) the militantly tawdry respawning of Donald Trump, (2) the platform constructed using the serif odal rune shape of the SS, (3) the golden calf cult idol (and laughs for all eternity), and (4) the inclusion

The Socialist Program (2021-03-14). Socialist Debates & Political Struggles in the Anti-War Movement: From Gulf War to Today. liberationnews.org Brian Becker reviews the history of heated debate within the socialist movement over the necessity of taking a principled, anti-imperialist position in opposition to the U.S. war machine.

The Conversation (2021-03-14). Against the odds, South Australia is a renewable energy powerhouse; and they're showing the world how to do it. juancole.com By Michael McGreevy and Fran Baum | — Less than two decades ago, South Australia generated all its electricity from fossil fuels. Last year, renewables provided a whopping 60% of the state's electricity supply. The remarkable progress came as national climate policy was gripped by paralysis — so how did it happen? Our research set …

Liberation Staff (2021-03-14). Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe wins against 'not in my backyard' racists. liberationnews.org The tribe's goal is to set a new precedent for the way our society deals with the problem of addiction with a clinic in Sequim, Washington.

RT (2021-03-14). Biden administration directs FEMA to help shelter child migrants amid claims it denied lawyers access to cramped border facility. rt.com As the number of migrant children in border detention facilities has swelled to a record high, the Biden administration has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to help house them. | FEMA will help "safely receive, shelter and transfer" children who cross the southwestern border on their own, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announced on Saturday, saying the assistance will last 90 days. | Today

RT (2021-03-14). Woman arrested for creating NAKED 'deepfake' videos of daughter's cheerleading rivals. rt.com A Pennsylvania mother has been charged with multiple counts of cyber harassment after she was caught making and distributing deepfake videos and photos of her daughter's cheerleading rivals. | The deepfake photos and video, digitally manipulated media which superimposes one person's face on the body of another, depicted the teenage girls naked, drinking and smoking. | Also on rt.com | | Raffaela Spone, 50, reportedly sent the fake content t…

RT (2021-03-14). Pelosi says Cuomo should 'look inside his heart' when asked whether he should resign over scandals. rt.com House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) came to fellow Democrat Andrew Cuomo's defense in a new interview, saying people should wait for the "results of the investigation" into an allegation he sexually assaulted a woman. | "I think we should see the results of the investigation," Pelosi told ABC's This Week when asked about the New York governor on Sunday. "Hopefully, this result will be soon." | Cuomo has been accused of sexual harassment by multiple women, including former aides. The latest allegation found him accused of groping a woman. New York Attorney General Letitia James has opened an investigation…

RT (2021-03-14). 'Get right before you get left, boomer': Marines backtrack after jumping into Fox host Tucker Carlson's row with Pentagon. rt.com The US Marine Corps is adjusting its aim after facing public backlash over suggesting that men critical of the Pentagon's mission creep towards wokeness should serve, get pregnant, and only then speak on the issue. | "What it looks like in today's armed forces [Tucker Carlson], Get right before you get left, boomer," the Marines tweeted on Friday, accompanying the tweet with an image of a smiling female officer carrying a fellow officer. | What it looks like in today's armed forces Get right before you get left, boomer | &sbqu…

RT (2021-03-14). 'Die-in' in NYC & vandalism in LA as protesters mark 1yr anniversary of Breonna Taylor's death (VIDEOS). rt.com Protesters took to the streets in America's two largest cities to mark the one-year anniversary of the police shooting that killed Breonna Taylor. Her death became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. | Hundreds of people gathered in New York City's Times Square to participate in a 'die-in' to remember her killing. Footage from RT's video agency Ruptly shows people lying on the ground, with some holding signs reading "Black Lives Matter" and "Abolish the police." | Elsewhere in the city, demonstrators carrying signs and chanting Taylor's name shut down the Brooklyn Bridge. Similar protests were…

RT (2021-03-14). Portland police confiscate guns, hammers & other weapons after corralling 100 protesters during violent demonstration. rt.com Portland police seized numerous weapons, including firearms, after kettling dozens of protesters during a night of unrest in the Oregon city. | Law enforcement intervened in a march on Friday when a group of demonstrators began breaking windows in the downtown area. Officers responded by establishing a perimeter around the crowd and announcing that the protesters were being detained. | According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), some of the demonstrators refused to comply and locked arms in an attempt to prevent officers from carrying out their orders. Around 100 people were identified and photographed as p…

Steve Topple (2021-03-14). Finally. The DWP £20 uplift is facing legal action. thecanary.co The Department for Work and Pensions' (DWP) £20 uplift to Universal Credit is facing a legal challenge. It's from people on so-called legacy benefits. And the case may open the floodgates for thousands of other claimants. | DWP uplift: one rule for workers: | The £20 uplift for Universal Credit from chancellor Rishi Sunak and the DWP has been

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). Oman blocks Clubhouse, citing 'lack of proper authorisation'. middleeasteye.net Oman blocks Clubhouse, citing 'lack of proper authorisation' | Blocking the audio app has prompted a backlash by free-speech advocates online | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 10: 29 | The iOS-only app has been at the top of many national download lists in the Middle East (Illustration by Hossam Sarhan/MEE) | Oman blocked the audio app Clubhouse on Sunday, citing "lack of proper authorisation," accordin…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). Kosovo inaugurates embassy to Israel in Jerusalem. middleeasteye.net Kosovo inaugurates embassy to Israel in Jerusalem | Kosovo joins US and Guatemala as only countries with embassies in city whose status is at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 16: 01 | Kosovo government officials stand in front of Kosovar and Israeli flags during a ceremony at the foreign ministry in Pristina on 1 February 2021 as the two countries establish…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). Yemen: Houthi missile attack kills three children in Taiz. middleeasteye.net Yemen: Houthi missile attack kills three children in Taiz | A missile fired at a school where pro-government forces are based killed 15 soldiers and three children nearby | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 16: 04 | A Yemeni boy looks for bullet casings to sell as scrap metal in a Taiz street on 27 April 2019 (AFP) | Yemen's rebel Houthi forces fired a missile on Sunday at a school where pro-government fo…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). Palestinians condemn opening of Czech Jerusalem office. middleeasteye.net Palestinians condemn opening of Czech Jerusalem office | The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League accuse the Czech Republic of committing 'a flagrant violation of international law' | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 06: 30 | Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis hailed the new office as a "milestone in our co-operation" (AFP) | The Palestinian Authority and the Arab League on Saturday condemned the Cze…

MEE, agencies (2021-03-14). British-Iranian Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces new charges in Tehran court. middleeasteye.net British-Iranian Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces new charges in Tehran court | A week after the end of a five-year sentence, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe attended a hearing over accusations of 'propaganda against the system' | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 09: 56 | Zaghari-Ratcliffe was recently released from a five-year sentence for espionage, a charge she has consistently denied (MEE/family handout) | British-I…

Sophian Aubin (2021-03-14). Syria war: Ten years on, Syrian Christians say Assad 'has taken us hostage'. middleeasteye.net Syria war: Ten years on, Syrian Christians say Assad 'has taken us hostage' | Members of Syria's Christian minority now in exile say president has manipulated the community while cracking down on dissent | Sun, 03/14/2021 – 14: 05 | An Assyrian Christian Syrian in the Assyrian Church of the Virgin Mary, destroyed by the Islamic State group, in the village of Tal Nasri, south of Tal Tamr in northeas…

Benjamin Wehrmann (2021-03-14). German Scientists: Without Drastic Climate Action, World could be headed to Dangerous 7.2 ∞ F. extra Heating. juancole.com By Benjamin Wehrmann | — ( Clean Energy Wire ) — Current emissions reduction efforts around the world are insufficient to limit global warming to up to 2 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, Germany's Meteorological Service (DWD) has said. Despite globally reduced mobility and depressed industrial production due to the coronavirus …

David Rovics (2021-03-14). Days of '49: Remembering Peekskill. dissidentvoice.org Tayo Aluko ∑ Paul Robeson's Love Song (trailer) A new radio play by Tayo Aluko based on events surrounding Paul Robeson's concert in Peekskill, New York in 1949, and the racist, anti-communist riots that came before and after it, drops on Paul Robeson's birthday — April 9th — and it seems more timely than ever. …

Aura Bogado (2021-03-14). Biden Admin Detains Thousands of Unaccompanied Migrant Children. zcomm.org "We can call it a crisis. We can call it a surge". "What we shouldn't call it is a surprise."

_____ (2021-03-14). Is China Committing Genocide? popularresistance.org Xinjiang Province, China – Up is down. War is peace. And the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands have accused China of genocide. | "This is forced labor, this is forced sterilization, this is forced abortions, …the kind of thing we haven't seen in an awfully long time in this world," declared then-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. | To be fair, the accusers are experts in genocide: the U.S. and its junior imperial partner, Canada, wiped out their indigenous populations. Today the U.S. is responsible for the three biggest human rights catastrophes in the world in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen. And the Netherlands is j…