2021-03-15: News Headlines

Jeremy Ross (2021-03-15). How a Colombian Ex-President Went to Bat for Trump in Florida. counterpunch.org Latin Americans are used to the US government interfering in their politics. Over the years, the US has helped orchestrate a number of coups throughout the hemisphere, most notoriously the 1954 ouster of Guatemala's Jacobo àÅrbenz, and the 1973 military coup against Chile's Salvador Allende. But there are far more recent examples of meddling, including

yenisafak (2021-03-15). Martial law declared in Yangon's industrial areas in Myanmar. yenisafak.com The National Administrative Council, led by the military chief and Feb.1 coup leader Sen. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, has been escalating the violence to quell the anti-coup demonstration.It imposed martial law in Hlaing Thar Yar and Shwe Pyi Thar, two industrial cities in the former capital Yangon, on Sunday, following the violence in which almost 40 people were killed and several others injured. Sunday's violence has brought the total death tolls to more than 110 since the Feb. 1 military coup.The junta on Monday placed four more townships, all are industrial cities in Yangon's eastern part, under martial law.The mov…

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Vatican says Catholic Church can't bless same-sex unions. laprensalatina.com Vatican City, Mar 15 (efe-epa) .- The Vatican said Monday that the Catholic Church cannot impart its blessing to unions of same-sex couples and that any religious recognition of such unions by priests is deemed illicit. In response to a dubium (question) on that matter, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith answered "Negative" …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). More EU countries halt use of AstraZeneca vaccine. laprensalatina.com (Update: adds EMA and WHO statements, minor edits) Madrid Desk, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Slovenia on Monday became the latest countries to suspend the distribution of the coronavirus vaccines developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. At a joint press conference with the Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, after a bilateral summit …

The Jamal Journal (2021-03-15). 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 (2021-03-15). China's factory output surges 35% amid fast recovery. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- China's industrial production grew more than 35 percent in the first two months of the year, according to official data released Monday. The solid industrial output growth January and February came after the Chinese production fell by 13.5 percent last year due to the pandemic. The growth is higher than …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Beijing enveloped by smog caused by pollution, sandstorm. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Residents in Beijing Monday woke up to a city enveloped by a thick brown smog due to high pollution levels in recent days and a sandstorm from Mongolia. The Beijing Meteorological Service issued a yellow alert for a sandstorm in the morning. It warned that the dust was likely to …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Manila completes a year in lockdown amid fresh surge in cases. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Manila on Monday completed one year in uninterrupted lockdown amid a worrying surge in Covid-19 cases across the Philippines, especially in the capital, despite having enforced some of the strictest and longest lockdown measures in the world. Exactly a year ago, Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte ordered the land, air and sea …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Suu Kyi hearing delayed due to internet issues after deadly anti-coup unrest. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- A Myanmar court Monday adjourned the virtual hearing of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi due to technical issues related to internet connectivity blocked by military rulers after days of deadly protests that have left 126 people dead since the Feb.1 coup. Sui Kyi's lawyer Khin Maung Zaw said the third …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Brazilians protest against Covid-19 restrictions as cases pile up. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro demonstrations Sunday across Brazil against the restrictive measures imposed by the regional governments to arrest the worsening Covid-19 crisis in the second-worst affected country by the coronavirus pandemic. Protesters took to streets in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and Belo Horizonte after …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). West Bank reports record Covid-19 figures as fresh lockdown enforced. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Palestinian authorities in the West Bank on Monday registered record levels of Covid-19 infections as a new lockdown came into force with hospitals running at full capacity. The health ministry reported 2,123 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, which confirmed to Efe that it was the highest daily toll since the pandemic …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Japan's TeamLab blends sauna in new exhibition. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Japan's art collective, TeamLab, has melded a sauna and new exhibition "Reconnect" in Tokyo to let visitors see art from a completely new perspective. The exhibition, which will be open to the public between Mar. 22 and Aug. 31, comprises of six works, perhaps the least obvious of them lamps that …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Bolivia's ex-President Añez transferred to women's prison. laprensalatina.com La Paz, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Bolivia's former interim president, Jeanine Añez, on Monday was transferred to the Women's Orientation Center in the Obrajes district of La Paz, where she will be held in preventive detention during the ongoing investigation into the so-called "coup d'etat" case. Añez was transferred from the custody of the Special Crime …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Protests in Australia demand justice against gender-based violence. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Thousands of Australians took to the streets on Monday to protest against gender inequality and criticize the government for its handling of several allegations of sexual abuse in the country's parliament. Protest rallies, known as the "March 4 Justice," were held in various Australian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, and Hobart, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Most of Italy under lockdown again as cases surge. laprensalatina.com Rome, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Almost a year after the first nationwide coronavirus shutdown was announced in Italy, most of the country is again under strict lockdown from Monday until at least April 7, after Easter. People are only allowed to leave home for essential reasons or for work, while 80 percent of students must do …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). US trying to reactivate diplomacy with North Korea. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- The White House on Monday confirmed that it has tried to contact North Korea but has not yet received a response, and it made clear that it is certain it will be able to resume diplomacy with the Asian nation after more than a year with no communication between Washington and …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Beyonce, Swift make history as woman power dominates pandemic—hit awards. laprensalatina.com Los Angeles, US, Mar 14 (efe-epa).- Favorites Taylor Swift and Beyonce made history at the 63rd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night when women won it big at the pandemic-battered show. While Swift picked up a record third Grammy album of the year for the acclaimed "Folklore," Beyoncé became the most-awarded woman in Grammy's history …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). 126 people killed in violent military crackdown since coup in Myanmar. laprensalatina.com Bangkok, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- A total of 126 people have lost their lives in violent crackdowns on protests against the Feb.1 military coup in Myanmar. At least 38 people were killed on Sunday, according to data from the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP). Most of the deaths on Sunday occurred in Yangon, the country's …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). India adds over 26,000 new Covid-19 cases, highest daily in 3 months. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- India on Monday added 26,291 new Covid-19 infections, registering the highest single-day spike in almost three months in a country where the everyday number had seen a steep decline. The federal health ministry data said showed 118 new deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours from Sunday …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). "Nomadland" on course for Oscars glory. laprensalatina.com By David Villafranca Los Angeles, Mar 15 (EFE).- With few detours, missteps or roadblocks so far, "Nomadland" has dominated the current United States film awards season and on Monday solidified its status as Oscars favorite by garnering six nominations. Although "Mank," David Fincher's black-and-white epic, led all films with 10 nods from the Academy of …

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). Spanish deputy PM Pablo Iglesias steps down to launch Madrid election bid. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- The leader of Spain's left-wing Unidas Podemos party Pablo Iglesias on Monday announced he would leave his post as a deputy prime minister in the coalition government to run against the conservatives in Madrid's regional elections. It was the latest twist in a dramatic week for Spanish politics triggered by a …

Beth Geglia (2021-03-15). Cuba Working on a 'People's Vaccine': the US and the world should get behind it. counterpunch.org From my hospital bed, as the global emergency around me escalated, I witnessed how the Cuban government swiftly mobilized resources to protect its citizens from Covid-19: at-home testing for anyone with symptoms, door to door preventative education in the most vulnerable neighborhoods, and coordinated isolation when necessary. While deaths soared toward 100,000 in the U.S., Cuba was able to get the average daily Covid-19 related deaths close to zero for most of May-August.

Beth Geglia (2021-03-15). Cuba Working on a 'People's Vaccine'. zcomm.org The US and the world should get behind it…

_____ (2021-03-15). Cuba Working on a 'People's Vaccine': the U.S. and the World Should Get Behind It. strategic-culture.org Cuba is now poised to play an important role in global efforts to curb the pandemic. New variants in South Africa and Brazil, all with yet unknown implications for vaccine effectiveness, have shown us that any effort to achieve herd immunity is only as good as it is accessible equitably across the globe. Yet, as predicted, the global north is outpacing the global south dramatically in vaccination.

Hugo Moldiz Mercado (2021-03-15). Díaz-Canel: Ideología, eficiencia y nunca separarse del pueblo. globalizacion.ca El jueves 11 de febrero, en un encuentro con directivos y representantes de los trabajadores de la industria alimentaria, el presidente de Cuba, Miguel Díaz-Canel, empleó varios conceptos para explicar y precisar la magnitud de los desafíos planteados por la…

yenisafak (2021-03-15). Morales slams Bolivian church for backing 'oppressors'. yenisafak.com His remarks came hours after Judge Regina Santa Cruz has ordered Sunday four months pre-trial detention for Anez following her arrest on "sedition, terrorism and conspiracy" charges. Former ministers Alvaro Coimbra and Rodrigo Guzman will be also held in preventive detention for four months.Some hierarchs of the church "side with the oppressor, forget the humble and ask for freedom of the coup plotters subjected to justice when they never claimed or mentioned the victims of the Senkata and Sacaba massacres," Morales said in a tweet.The arrest warrants were issued Friday against Anez and her Cabinet members, inclu…

Huitzilopochtli Marron (2021-03-15). 'Immigrants are welcome here,' San Diego protesters in solidarity with migrant caravan. liberationnews.org All revolutionary and progressive people should defend the freedom of movement for all people fleeing the horrors of U.S. imperialism regardless of their documentation status.

Staff (2021-03-15). Headlines for March 15, 2021. democracynow.org FEMA to Deploy to U.S. Border Where 4,200 Migrant Children Are Being Held, States Open Up Vaccine Eligibility as Fauci Warns Flouting Health Measures Could Lead to New Surge, Italy Back in Lockdown, Germany Declares Third Wave, as Brazil Deaths and Cases Surge, More Countries Suspend Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine After Reports of Blood Clots, Burma Sees Deadliest Day of Anti-Coup Protests as U.S. Grants TPS Status to Burmese Nationals, Car Bomb in Afghanistan Kills at Least 8 as U.S. Seeks to Accelerate Peace Talks, Kosovo Opens Embassy, Czech Republic Opens Diplomatic Office in Jerusalem, 39 Students Missing After…

Lorri Nandrea (2021-03-15). Amazon alienation: Alabama union drive isn't just about wages. peoplesworld.org In a recent interview with The Real News Network, Amazon worker Darryl Richardson described his job as a picker in the Bessemer, Ala., fulfillment center. He clocks in, and a video stream tells him where to go. He logs in at his station, then waits until the robot comes. A video stream tells him what …

Staff (2021-03-15). U.S. Lawyer Steven Donziger Speaks from House Arrest in NYC After Suing Chevron for Amazon Oil Spills. democracynow.org Decades of reckless oil drilling by Chevron have destroyed 1,700 square miles of land in the Ecuadorian Amazon, but the company has refused to pay for the damage or clean up the land despite losing a lawsuit 10 years ago, when Ecuador's Supreme Court ordered the oil giant to pay $18 billion on behalf of 30,000 Amazonian Indigenous people. Instead of cleaning up the damage, Chevron has spent the past decade waging an unprecedented legal battle to avoid paying for the environmental destruction, while also trying to take down the environmental lawyer Steven Donziger, who helped bring the landmark case. Donziger, who…

Judith Mirkinson (2021-03-15). The Lasalin Massacre and the Human Rights Crisis in Haiti. globalresearch.ca This report was originally published in 2019. | Introduction | On November 13, …

Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J. S. Davies (2021-03-15). Ten Problems With Biden's Foreign Policy — and One Solution. counterpunch.org The Biden presidency is still in its early days, but it's not too early to point to areas in the foreign policy realm where we, as progressives, have been disappointed—or even infuriated. There are one or two positive developments, such as the renewal of Obama's New START Treaty with Russia and Secretary of State Blinken's

Éric Toussaint (2021-03-15). Thomas Piketty and Karl Marx: Two totally different visions of Capital. mronline.org MR Online

Eds. (2021-03-15). Women and nature: Towards an ecosocialist feminism. mronline.org MR Online

Tim Wheeler (2021-03-15). Pat Barile: A century of devotion to workers, equality, and socialism. peoplesworld.org Pat Barile learned the meaning of the word devotion from the rank-and-file workers at the Sonotone Corporation plant in White Plains, N.Y. in the mid-1940s and 1950s. Repeatedly, they elected him president of United Electrical Workers Local 428 for ten years—even after Cold Warriors had branded him a Communist and instigated a witch hunt and …

Stephen F. Eisenman (2021-03-15). The Invisible Professor. counterpunch.org Three years ago, I informed my colleagues I would retire in 2021. That's when I became invisible. I'd never been invisible before. As the youngest of three children growing up in Forest Hills, Queens, I received extra attention from my parents, or so my sister and brother regularly tell me. In college, at SUNY Albany,

Richard Rhames (2021-03-15). Farming: A Dirty Truth. counterpunch.org These days it's common for in-crowd folks to adopt trendy and overused lingo. Maybe you've noticed that we don't have towns or cities anymore. We have "communities." "Problems" have been banished in favor of "challenges." Once upon a time there was a notion of "truth." Now everybody apparently has "their truth." Perhaps related is the

Julie Norris (2021-03-15). Bronx tenants to local politicians: 'Cancel the rents!'. liberationnews.org The tenant movement is growing more determined each day to expose and fight the injustice of housing under capitalism.

Bezaleel Jupiter (2021-03-15). Why does Jackson, Mississippi have unsafe water? liberationnews.org The government—at the national, state, and city levels—is responsible for Jackson's water crisis and is also responsible for repairing the water system in its entirety.

Online News Editor (2021-03-15). PSG to step up player security after Di Maria's home is burgled. laprensalatina.com Paris, Mar 15 (efe-epa).- Paris Saint Germain will improve the security of their players' homes after Angel di Maria and Marquinhos' father were burgled, sources close to the French club told Efe. Over the past few months, the homes of several PSG players, including Sergio Rico and Mauro Icardi, have been broken into. Di Maria's …

The Conversation (2021-03-15). Sudan's Progressive, Secular Revolutionary Government faces Food Riots and Ethnic Violence. juancole.com By Andrew E. Yaw Tchie | — Sudan's political transition is in a precarious phase. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok's government is facing a wide variety of challenges, including protests over the price of goods and commodities, and a resurgence of violence in the country's Darfur region. If the situation continues to unravel, the country could …

Lindsey Tanner (2021-03-15). Long-haulers struggle with symptoms as scientists work to solve coronavirus mystery. peoplesworld.org (AP) There was no reason to celebrate on Rachel Van Lear's anniversary. The same day a global pandemic was declared, she developed symptoms of COVID-19. A year later, she's still waiting for them to disappear. And for experts to come up with some answers. The Texas woman is one of thousands of self-described long-haulers, patients […] | In the aftermath of the recent war between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region, drone warfare is being touted as the latest breakthrough in military technology, a "magic bullet" that makes armored vehicles obsolete, defeats sophisticated anti-aircraft systems,…

John Wojcik (2021-03-15). GOP Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin backs Jan. 6 insurrectionists. peoplesworld.org Over the past few days, we've seen yet again a major indication that top Republican lawmakers are defending and promoting the white supremacists who attempted to overthrow the government on Jan. 6. Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., has intensified his prior defense of the right-wing insurrectionists by saying that he had nothing to fear from them …

John Clamp (2021-03-15). Myanmar: a Defiant Nation, Still Denied Justice. counterpunch.org Considering that the entire population of Myanmar, save the Tatmadaw and its shills, are now effectively prisoners to a politics anathema to all ordinary citizens, here's an update. The army are inveigling and paying villagers and retired military personnel to go and batter anti-coup protesters, in a darkly satirical take on astroturfing straight out of

Wayne Nealis (2021-03-15). Reflections on Chauvin jury selection: Can anyone really be impartial? peoplesworld.org The commitment and ability to maintain impartiality looms large in the jury selection process in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer charged with murdering George Floyd. When the judge swears in a potential juror, he asks whether they can maintain impartiality and render judgment based on the facts, evidence, and the …

Eds. (2021-03-15). Murdoch Paper gives away the game: Cuomo is on their side. mronline.org MR Online

Erik Molvar (2021-03-15). Honor the Tribal Vision for Bears Ears National Monument. counterpunch.org President Obama's team lopped off more than half a million acres from the tribes' proposal in the final designation, including Wilson Mesa, lands between White Canyon and Red Canyon, and the eastern slopes of the Abajo Mountains. These changes were made to appease local concerns, following public meetings senior Obama administration officials held with area residents. In the end, the concessions were fruitless, and the political backlash was immediate.

Nomi Prins (2021-03-15). Making America more Equal . . . by Rebuilding the Country. juancole.com (Tomdispatch.com ) — During the Trump years, the phrase "Infrastructure Week" rang out as a sort of Groundhog Day-style punchline. What began in June 2017 as a failed effort by The Donald's White House and a Republican Senate to focus on the desperately needed rebuilding of American infrastructure morphed into a meme and a running …

Eds. (2021-03-15). Statement of Concern: The OPCW investigation of alleged chemical weapons use in Douma, Syria. mronline.org MR Online

RT (2021-03-15). 'God cannot bless sin': Vatican firmly refuses to bless gay unions. rt.com The Vatican's orthodoxy office has ruled out any possibility of same-sex couples receiving an ecclesial blessing, maintaining that the Church does not approve such unions as God "cannot bless sin." | A detailed explanation delving into the Catholic Church's stance on same-sex unions was