2021-03-17: News Headlines

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Palestine receives 1st batch of vaccines through WHO's Covax scheme. laprensalatina.com Jerusalem, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- The Palestinian territories on Wednesday received the first batch of the Pfizer and AstraZeneca vaccines through the World Health Organization's Covax mechanism. The Palestinian National Authority received over 60,000 doses, a third of which will be transferred to the Gaza Strip, an Israeli security source, which will coordinate the delivery to …

Rafael Figueroa (2021-03-17). HEALTH DIRECTIVE No. 19 LIFTS MORE RESTRICTIONS ON BUSINESSES FACE MASK DIRECTIVE NO. 5 CLARIFIES, UPDATES FACE MASK REQUIREMENTS. laprensalatina.com CONDADO DE SHELBY, TN (LPL/SCHD) — El Departamento de Salud del Condado de Shelby emite la Directiva de Salud No. 19 hoy que entrará en vigencia a la medianoche del 20 de marzo. La Directiva de salud No. 19 levanta aún más las restricciones a las empresas, en particular a los restaurantes que sirven al …

RT (2021-03-17). With US immigration crisis escalating, Biden administration attempts to ban Border Patrol agents from talking to media — reports. rt.com One of President Joe Biden's latest tactics in dealing with a growing flood of illegal aliens — especially unaccompanied child migrants — is reportedly to muzzle Border Patrol agents, banning them from speaking to reporters. | Biden's administration has verbally passed down an unofficial

Osvaldo Rodríguez Martínez (2021-03-17). Invasión de Estados Unidos a Panamá perjudicó andamiaje jurídico. globalizacion.ca Declaraciones de Julio Yao a Prensa Latina sobre reciente acuerdo Panamá-EUA. | La invasión de Estados Unidos a Panamá tenía la intención, además, de desmantelar el andamiaje jurídico del Estado, afirmó hoy el analista Julio Yao, sobre un 'inconstitucional' memorando de…

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Brazil banking on vaccination to control Covid pandemic in 2nd quarter. laprensalatina.com Rio de Janeiro, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Brazil, the current world epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, is banking on increasing its vaccination campaign to control the spread of the virus in the second quarter of this year after having achieved more stable vaccine production, the incoming and outgoing health ministers both said on Wednesday. One day …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Controversy in Nepal over Covid vaccines 'smuggled' in by Bahrain prince. laprensalatina.com Kathmandu, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- The second mountaineering expedition in Nepal by the prince of Bahrain has become mired in a controversy after it became known that the group brought a shipment of 2,000 anti-Covid vaccines for donation onboard their private jet without the approval of Nepali health authorities. "We deployed a team of drug inspectors …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Inmates in Uruguay's toughest prison volunteer for Covid-19 shot. laprensalatina.com By Federico Anfitti Montevideo, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- The biggest troublemakers in Uruguay's most violent prison lined up on Wednesday to get the Covid-19 vaccine. Dubbed "kamikaze kids" by the guards, the young toughs — many of them serving time for relatively minor offenses — endure subhuman conditions at the rat-infested Santiago Vazquez penitentiary on the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Massage parlor shootings suspect blames them for his sex addiction. laprensalatina.com By Lucia Leal Washington, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- The suspect in the deadly shootings this week at three Asian massage parlors in Atlanta denied having a racist motive for the attacks and blamed the massage parlors for his own "addiction to sex," local authorities said on Wednesday. The shootings, which left eight people dead, including six …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). US carries out airstrikes against Afghan Taliban ahead of Moscow peace meet. laprensalatina.com Kabul, Mar 17 (efe-epa).-The United States confirmed on Wednesday that it had carried out airstrikes within the last 48 hours against Taliban fighters trying to attack Afghan forces, a day ahead of an international conference in Moscow aimed at accelerating the intra-Afghan peace process. "USFOR-A (US forces in Afghanistan) conducted airstrikes within the last 48 …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Ecuador making strides as source of promising young soccer talent. laprensalatina.com Quito, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Ecuador is starting to gain recognition as a rich source of talent for soccer leagues abroad, a development driven in part by the greater attention clubs in the Andean nation have given to their youth academies and also by the country's recent international success at the U20 level. The number of …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Spain imposes new restrictions to avoid holiday spike in Covid-19 cases. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Spain on Wednesday started imposing strict limitations on travel in most of the country to avoid a surge in coronavirus cases. Restrictions are also expected to be implemented across the country during Holy Week next month. The regions of Madrid, Valencia, the Basque Country, Extremadura, Murcia, Navarra and Galicia have imposed …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). National Gallery of Art celebrates 80th anniversary, closed by pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Alfonso Fernandez Washington, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Eight decades ago, while World War II was ravaging Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered the dedication speech for the National Gallery of Art, which he called a "gift to the nation" that would enable the public permanently to view in Washington master works of art. Among the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Indian PM warns of second Covid wave, calls for quick control. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday called for putting an early stop to the "emerging second wave" of Covid-19 in the country as the country registered its highest daily caseload of this year. "We will have to immediately stop the emerging second wave of corona and for this, we …

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). Insults fly on social media ahead of contentious Peru presidential vote. laprensalatina.com By Fernando Gimeno Lima, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- When Peruvians are the target of insults such as "terruco" or "caviar," they will likely retaliate by calling their accuser an "aprofujimontesinista," or perhaps a "viejo lesbiano." Those are just some of the regionally specific derogatory terms being hurled about on social media in the lead-up to the …

Ramzy Baroud (2021-03-17). The Ongoing Calamity: US Collective Punishment of the Venezuelan People Must End. dissidentvoice.org Recent statements made by US officials suggest that Washington will continue to pursue a hardline policy on Venezuela. The new Biden Administration, however, needs to urgently rethink its approach. US State Department spokesperson, Ned Price, remarked on February 3 that he "certainly" does not "expect this administration to be engaging directly with (President) Maduro." Namely, …

RT (2021-03-17). US intel report claims Russia 'probably' tried to sway 2020 election (as well as Iran, Venezuela & Cuba… but not China). rt.com The Joe Biden administration is reportedly preparing new sanctions against Russia after an intelligence assessment claimed to find attempts at interference by Moscow, Tehran and other usual suspects in the 2020 presidential race. | A

ANSWER Coalition Bay Area (2021-03-17). Sunday 3/28: San Francisco Caravan: End the U.S. Blockade of Cuba! indybay.org Gather at 1875 Marin Street, San Francisco…

Zach Conti (2021-03-17). Treasury Secretary Yellen and Religious Leaders Hold Historic Meeting on COVID Response. indybay.org Debt Relief, Transparency, Climate, Aid, Puerto Rico, SDR Reserves and Bankruptcy Discussed…

Binoy Kampmark (2021-03-17). The University Deception: Rankings and Academic Freedom. counterpunch.org Forget the global university rankings of any list. The global university promotion exercise is filled with snake oil and perfumed refuse, an effort to corrupt the unknowing and steal from the gullible. The aim here is to convince parents, potential students and academics that their institutions of white collar crime are appealing enough to warrant

Staff (2021-03-17). Headlines for March 17, 2021. democracynow.org Gunman Kills 8 People, Almost All Women of Asian Descent, at Three Atlanta Spas, Report Finds a Third of COVID Deaths Tied to Lack of Insurance as Dems Reintroduce Medicare for All, WH to Increase Vaccines for COVID Hot Spots; Tribal Groups Open Up Inoculations for All Oklahomans, WHO Urges Against "Vaccine Passports" Due to Widespread Inequality in Access, New Report Details Horrific Blaze That Killed Dozens of Refugees at Yemeni Migrant Jail, Colombian Journalist Accuses Paramilitaries of Rape, Torture in Testimony to Inter-American Court, U.K. Lifts Cap on Nuclear Arsenal as U.S. Considers Plan for $100 Billio…

Kathy Durkin (2021-03-17). Philippine activists demand: 'Stop the killings and arrests!'. workers.org "Kill them all!" ordered Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, addressing the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines on March 5. Two days later, state forces following the dictator's edict carried out a deadly attack on progressive activists in the Southern Tagalog region. Protest against the March 7 massacre . . . |

RT (2021-03-17). Georgia mass shooting suspect may have 'SEX ADDICTION' and wanted to 'eliminate temptation' at massage parlors — police. rt.com The suspect behind a string of shootings at massage parlors in Georgia has told police he wanted to "eliminate" sexual temptation and the massacre was not racially motivated. | Robert Aaron Long, 21, told police he was trying to eliminate the temptation of the spas, which he allegedly visited, and claimed he had an addiction to sex. | "He gave indications that he has some issues, potentially sexual addiction," Cherokee County Sheriff Frank Reynolds told reporters, adding that Long "may have frequented some of these places in the past" and could have been "lashing out." | Eight people were killed in the shootin…

Staff (2021-03-17). Asian Americans Reel in Response to Gun Attack on Massage Parlors in Georgia. truthout.org A 21-year-old white man was taken into custody Tuesday night as the primary suspect in three metro Atlanta massage parlor shootings that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent. | While law enforcement officials have yet to determine suspected gunman Robert Aaron Long's motive, advocacy groups and lawmakers feared that the massacre was an anti-Asian hate crime given the establishments targeted and the victims, which also included a white man and woman. | Stop AAPI Hate, a…

Tina Ngo, Wai Lee Chin Feman, Bethie Wang (2021-03-17). Why are hate crimes against Asian Americans on the rise? liberationnews.org Over the past year, we have seen an alarming surge in racist violence directed toward Asian Americans.

Alan Macleod (2021-03-17). Twitter Deletes QAnon to Protect US from Upheaval; Russia May Delete Twitter for the Same Reason. mintpressnews.com With American social media companies increasingly controlled by the national security state, Russia is considering bans on the likes of Twitter and YouTube.

Martha Grevatt (2021-03-17). Bust the filibuster! Pass the PRO Act! workers.org On March 9 the House of Representatives passed the Protect the Right to Organize Act, the most sweeping amendment to the 1935 National Labor Relations Act since the notorious, union-busting Taft-Hartley Act of 1947. Unions are now demanding the Senate pass the PRO Act, which undoes parts of Taft-Hartley and . . . |

Andrew Bankson (2021-03-17). Pittsburgh's city budget works for the police but not for the people. liberationnews.org The Pittsburgh city budget is a further entrenchment of the same capitalist status quo…

Tomdispatch (2021-03-17). On January 6th, the U.S. Became a Foreign Country. juancole.com By Kevin Tillman | — ( Tomdispatch.com) — Just about everyone was shocked by what happened at the Capitol building on January 6th. But as a former soldier in America's forever wars, horrifying as the scenes were, I also found what happened strangely familiar, almost inevitable. I thought that, if only we had taken our …

Eds. (2021-03-17). The watchdogs of imperialism and the Uyghur genocide slander. mronline.org MR Online

John Wojcik, C.J. Atkins (2021-03-17). Biden administration 'tackling' difficult border situation, progressives say step up the pace. peoplesworld.org In its attempts to deal with rising numbers of immigrants at the southwest border, the Biden administration is facing strong criticism from many different sources, some of it legitimate but much of it outrageously hypocritical. The administration's head of Homeland Security insisted yesterday that the situation is "under control." He made that assertion during a …

The Conversation (2021-03-17). Every day is war' — a decade of slow suffering and destruction in Syria. juancole.com By Ammar Azzouz | — Abduljalil sent me a photo of his ruined home in Homs, Syria. "It is the third floor", he told me over WhatsApp. The building still stands but it looks like an empty skeleton. Most of its facade has been destroyed, while piles of debris surround it. Residents have not been …

Dianne Mathiowetz (2021-03-17). Killings of Korean women reflects U.S. misogyny and racism. workers.org Demonstrators at "Love Our Communities: Build Collective Power" rally to raise awareness of anti-Asian violence in Los Angeles, March 13. Atlanta Beginning at 5 p.m., March 16, the first horrific news of the murders of four people and the wounding of a fifth at Young's Asian Massage in Acworth, a . . . |

Eds. (2021-03-17). Trigger words and the duty of revolutionaries in the Internet era. mronline.org MR Online

Chauncey K. Robinson (2021-03-17). One year later: Don't forget about Breonna Taylor. peoplesworld.org Her death sparked a movement for change. Hundreds of thousands took to the streets to demand accountability for months following the killing of Breonna Taylor and other African Americans at the hands of police. On the one-year anniversary of Taylor's death, there is still justice to be fought for. The fight goes beyond a trending …

Walden Bello (2021-03-17). John Locke and the Roots of White Supremacy in the US. counterpunch.org Ideas count — sometimes, they are even stronger than material interests. This is the case with the legacy of 17th century philosopher John Locke in the United States, which is central to explaining why class solidarity is so weak while white racial solidarity is so strong. Recent events have confirmed the unfortunate fact that there

Ellis Cose (2021-03-17). Racial Justice and Civil Liberties: An Inseparable History at the ACLU. aclu.org After World War I, it quickly became clear that the war to make the world "safe for democracy" had not made America safe for equality. Anti-Black race riots ripped through Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., and even Elaine, Arkansas. In October 1919, after Black sharecroppers in Elaine convened a union meeting, newspapers labeled the effort a "Negro uprising." The state mobilized troops and mobs to quell the rebellion. The result was "possibly the bloodiest racial conflict in the history of the United States," concluded the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. | The American Civil Liberties Union's origin…

Parth M.N. (2021-03-17). India's Farm Crisis: "How Long Will the Lies Work?" counterpunch.org If it weren't for the violent blows of police lathi s, the farmers protesting in Uttar Pradesh's Baghpat district would not have left their protest site on January 27. "The protest had been going on for 40 days," says Brijpal Singh, 52, a sugarcane farmer from Baraut town, where the sit-in was held. "It was not

Mark Gruenberg (2021-03-17). Columbia University forces TAs, RAs to strike, again. peoplesworld.org NEW YORK—For the second time in four years, Columbia University's intransigent bosses' refusal to meaningfully bargain for a contract with their more than 2,000 teaching assistants and resident assistants forced those workers to strike. The walkout began on March 16, even though a three-and-a-half-hour bargaining session was scheduled for that afternoon. The two sides are …

Eds. (2021-03-17). Magellan, inquisition and globalisation. mronline.org MR Online

Online News Editor (2021-03-17). IDB chief: Latin America at crossroads due to pandemic. laprensalatina.com Barranquilla, Colombia, Mar 17 (efe-epa).- Latin America and the Caribbean are at a crossroads as a result of the Covid-19 crisis and the only way forward is to pursue "a sustainable recovery," the president of the Inter-American Development Bank, Mauricio Claver-Carone, said Wednesday at the opening of the annual meeting of the boards of governors …

Judy Greenspan (2021-03-17). California rally: 'Union busting is disgusting!'. workers.org San Francisco, March 12 San Francisco March 12 — Labor union and community members rallied today in front of the offices of Morgan Lewis, a law firm with offices in 31 cities around the world with a sordid history of union busting. Morgan Lewis was recently hired by Amazon to . . . |

Climate Nexus (2021-03-17). Environmentalists seek climate action in U.S. infrastructure bill. peoplesworld.org Environmental groups are launching a $10 million push for Congress to make climate change central to infrastructure legislation. "The Great American Build" campaign, a joint effort of Climate Power, the League of Conservation Voters and Potential Energy Coalition, will pressure lawmakers to include funding for climate action as part of the emerging infrastructure package. "Americans elected pro-climate …

Media Lens (2021-03-17). The Impossible Peter Oborne. dissidentvoice.org On the face of it, Peter Oborne is impossible. It's not possible to be educated at Sherborne independent school, at Cambridge University, to work as political editor of the Spectator, as chief political commentator of The Daily Telegraph, as a journalist at the Evening Standard, as a commentator at the Express, to make nearly 30 …

G. Dunkel (2021-03-17). Greek unions say 'No!' to police violence. workers.org The banner of the Federation of Construction Workers (member of the All Workers Militant Front — PAME) at an anti-police violence march in Greece, March 9. Behind the union banner of the Federation of Construction Workers of Greece bearing the slogan "Money for health and education! No to repression and . . . |

M. G. Piety (2021-03-17). Diversity and False Dichotomies at Smith College. counterpunch.org Can exchanges between individuals always unproblematically be characterized as either racist or not racist? Bret Stephens appears to think so. Smith College hired an independent law firm to investigate what a student argued was a racist incident on campus back in 2018. The investigation ended with a finding of "no persuasive evidence of bias." This

Mark Gruenberg (2021-03-17). OSHA targets coronavirus inspections to health care, meatpacking firms. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Carrying out Democratic President Joe Biden's executive order, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's inspectors will put health care firms—including hospitals and nursing homes—and meat and poultry packers at the top of its inspections and enforcement list in the war against the coronavirus. It's especially going to focus its ire on employers who retaliate against …

Joel Wendland-Liu (2021-03-17). 'Making it' in America as pure fantasy: Ayad Akhtar's 'Homeland Elegies: A Novel'. peoplesworld.org The book jacket describes Homeland Elegies as "art family drama, part social essay, part picaresque novel." The decision to confuse these genres is both tantalizing and frustrating. Its subtitle identifies it as "a novel." This pre-pandemic text refers often to real-life events, such as to his own plays and to main actors in those plays …

Nomi Prins (2021-03-17). Infrastructure Should Be the Great Economic Equalizer. counterpunch.org 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 joke in Washington.

RT (2021-03-17). 'White supremacist' propaganda incidents nearly DOUBLED across US in 2020 — report. rt.com The US saw a major spike in white supremacist and anti-LGBTQ propaganda last year, hitting a record level, a report by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has said. | Last year, the country saw a record number of incidents related to dissemination of such propaganda, with the group registering 5,125 cases. The new The figure turned out to be nearly two times higher than in 2019, when some 2,700 such incidents were registered. At the sa…

_____ (2021-03-17). The U.S. Pivot to Asia: Cold War Lessons From Vietnam for Today. strategic-culture.org There were Cold War preparations underway as early as August 1945 and the two regions selected, Korea and Vietnam, were pre-planned years in advance before the actual wars were to take place, Cynthia Chung writes. | In L…