2021-03-31: News Headlines

Media Lens (2021-03-31). Propaganda By Omission: Libya, Syria, Venezuela And The UK. dissidentvoice.org We live in a war-like society; one that supports, and is in league with, the world's number one terrorist threat: the United States of America. Corporate media propaganda plays a key role in keeping things that way. Ten years ago this month, the US, UK and France attacked oil-rich Libya under the fictitious cover of …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-03-31). Global solidarity with anti-imperialist struggle in Haiti and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at the global actions in solidarity with Haiti, the beginning of the trial of former police officer accused of killing George Floyd, protests against UK policing bill, and mobilizations to commemorate Land Day in Palestine.

Lautaro Rivara (2021-03-31). "Poor Rich Haiti": How Imperialists and Local Oligarchy Have Sought to Destroy Haitian Agriculture. globalresearch.ca Does the oft-repeated refrain that "Haiti is the poorest country in …

Staff (2021-03-31). Headlines for March 31, 2021. democracynow.org Eyewitnesses Give Chilling Testimony of Police Killing of George Floyd, Brazil in Crisis as COVID Deaths Soar & Military Chiefs Quit in Protest, U.S. COVID Deaths Top 550,000; Florida Undercounted Thousands of Deaths, Bloomberg Employees Got Special Access to Vaccines at NYU Hospitals, China Delivers 100,000 COVID Vaccines to Palestine, White House Unveils $2 Trillion Jobs & Infrastructure Plan, Two Police Deputies Indicted in Texas for Killing Javier Ambler After Traffic Stop, Capitol Police Officers Sue Trump as GOP Welcomes Oath Keepers Founder in Texas, Man Arrested for Viciously Attacking Filipino Woman in N…

Fight Back (2021-03-31). WFTU Solidarity message to the workers and employees of Amazon in Germany. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following March 30 statement from the World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU). | The World Federation of Trade Unions expressing the voice of more than 105 million workers in 132 countries, stands in solidarity with the workers of Amazon in their four days strike demanding the recognition of collective bargaining agreements, health and safety measures and salary increase. The strikes are taking place in warehouses in Rheinberg, Werne, Koblenz, Leipzig and two sites in Bad Hersfeld. | The international class-oriented trade union movement supports the fair demands of the…

W. T. Whitney (2021-03-31). Stopgap Methods Won't Fix Migration Challenge. counterpunch.org The continuing press of migrants from Mexico and Central America arriving at the U.S. southern border has forced the Biden administration to send Vice President Kamala Harris south on a negotiating mission. According to The New York Times, "She will work with the leaders of Central American governments." Armed with "billions of dollars," she will seek collaboration in "reducing the violence and poverty" that predispose to migration.

David Paul (2021-03-31). Thursday 4/22: Cuba's Approach to Health Care for All. indybay.org on line webinar…

Lorena Barberia (2021-03-31). Lula Returns as Covid Runs Wild in Brazil. zcomm.org Brazil's president Bolsonaro continues to deny the Covid crisis, as Lula's return to politics creates shockwaves from the favelas to Wall St.

Marybeth Seitz-Brown (2021-03-31). The Left Needs to Engage Members if We Want to Win Big. zcomm.org If we want to win big, we will need to take collective risks. To do that, we need to build structures that strengthen our relationships with one another, educate each other on what is possible when we organize, and develop the leadership of many more people through escalating campaigns…

Aviva Chomsky (2021-03-31). Will Biden's Central American Plan Slow Migration (or Speed It Up)? zcomm.org The New Border Politics of the Biden Era Are Actually Ancient History…

Erika Andiola (2021-03-31). The Media Must Stop Demonizing Immigrants. thenation.com The Media Must Stop Demonizing Immigrants…

Joà´l Díaz (2021-03-31). In the Depths of the Pandemic, Tracing My Family's Contact. thenation.com In the Depths of the Pandemic, Tracing My Family's Contact…

Margaret Flowers (2021-03-30). Nicaragua: Building The Good Life (Buen Vivir) Through Popular Revolution. dissidentvoice.org As I traveled in Nicaragua on the recent Sanctions Kill delegation, one thing was clear: social transformation (revolution) requires both political power and participation by the people. Without political power, revolutionary programs will not have the material resources they require. Without the participation of the people, revolutionary programs, even with resources, cannot be put into …

teleSUR (2021-03-30). Peru: Leftist Candidate Takes the Lead in Presidential Debate. telesurenglish.net Following the first presidential debate in Peru on Monday, local outlets' polls place the left-wing candidate Veronika Mendoza first in the audience's positive opinions. | RELATED: | Outlet La Republica polled 3,200 online users, 60.7 percent of whom said that the Together Peru candidate was the debate's winner. | Her closest rival was Alberto Beingolea from the Popular Christian Party, with 23.8 percent of positive opinions…

Vijay Prashad (2021-03-30). Despite U.S. dirty tricks, Bolivia is finding a way to stay independent. mronline.org Pressure to prevent Morales from running in the election in 2019 mounted early, but it failed. The opposition—with the full backing of the U.S. government—tried to undermine the October 2019 election by painting it as fraudulent. With no real evidence, the military—with a green light from Washington, D.C.—moved against Morales, sending him into exile. | March 30, 2021 | Newswire…

_____ (2021-03-30). Dominican Wall Of Anti-Haitianism Keeps Neocolonial Inequity Alive. popularresistance.org Like Palestinians in Israel and Latino, Asian and Muslim immigrants in the U.S., Haitians in the Dominican Republic are demeaned, harassed, and victimized in both extraordinary and mundane ways. | Pushed out of their homeland by centuries of neo-colonialism and exploitation, officially 751,080 Haitians call the Dominican Republic home. This is 7.3% of the official population. There are hundreds of thousands of other Haitians who are deemed "illegal" and do not appear in any statistics. | "Antihaitianismo," or anti-Haitian racism, is but one glaring symptom of the economic and political elites' mind-set in the Dom…

_____ (2021-03-30). The Border Patrol Is The Crisis. popularresistance.org It's no surprise that there are claims of a new crisis on our border. A new year, a new administration, new policies in regard to who can cross and how they are processed will always bring a crisis claim from one side or the other. Depending on which side you are on politically often determines how you feel about migrants coming to our country. Conservatives usually feel we allow too many migrants to enter; liberals believe we should allow more. | That is a generalized statement of course. There are all sorts of nuances about our immigration policies and what we believe to be the best course of action. In my acti…

teleSUR (2021-03-30). Guatemala Might Use Force Against Migrant Caravan. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei potentially authorized the use of force against Hondurans by declaring a "state of prevention" in five departments through which a new caravan of migrants could transit. | RELATED: | This state of prevention will be applied "urgently" for 15 days in the Izabal, Zacapa, Chiquimula, El Progreso, and Peten departments. | The new caravan could cross through Corinto or Agua Caliente border points. It is…

Carmen Rodríguez (2021-03-30). Four Decades of Impunity: Still No Justice in El Mozote. counterpunch.org After 30 years, the government of El Salvador continues to ensure impunity for those responsible for the worst massacre in modern Latin American history, in which 986 people were killed by the Salvadoran Armed Forces. President Nayib Bukele, who promised survivors and families of the victims at the end of 2019 he would collaborate and open the military archives to help bring justice, is currently blocking access to the documents and evidence requested by the judge overseeing the case.

Ted Kelly (2021-03-30). Washington's role in Berta Cáceres' 2016 murder in Honduras. workers.org It has been five years since the assassination of Berta Cáceres — an environmental activist from the Lenca people, a founder and leader of the Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras. Though some of her killers have been identified and convicted, the governments and corporations that hired and . . . |

pyeverino (2021-03-30). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series. dsausa.org This is a series, running every Friday 7 — 8 pm until May 7. RSVP Here Around the world, Black-led movements are raising the stakes in our collective struggles. This discussion series with leading Black and Indigenous militants from across Brazil spotlights their experiences in organizing against state violence, workplace exploitation, and structural racism everywhere…

WSWS (2021-03-30). Mexico reports 417,002 excess deaths during the pandemic. wsws.org With an official death toll of 201,623, the acknowledgement of a massive undercount stands as a confession by the ruling class of social murder.

Brasil de Fato (2021-03-30). Brazil's deadliest weekend of the pandemic: 5,000 dead and 130,000 new cases. peoplesdispatch.org The uncontrolled advance of COVID-19 in Brazil leaves behind a tragic figure of 5,094 deaths having been reported to the National Council of Health Secretaries, Conass, this weekend alone, a sum of the fatalities that occurred on Saturday March 27 and Sunday March 28. | There were 3,438 deaths on Saturday — the third day that the 3,000 mark was surpassed since the start of the Over the last 2…

WSWS (2021-03-30). Dozens subpoenaed under Brazil's "national security" law for calling Bolsonaro "genocidal" wsws.org The Bolsonaro government and the state apparatus are responding to the explosive tensions in Brazil, the world epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.

_____ (2021-03-30). The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly. popularresistance.org This month, the Bureau of Justice Statistics released two reports with updates on city and county jail populations nationwide: Jail Inmates in 2019 and Impact of COVID-19 on the Local Jail Population, January-June 2020. After a year of upheaval due to the pandemic, the first report is already out-of-date and mainly useful as a historical document. The second report, however, answers some important questions about the decisions local officials made when the high stakes of jail incarceration — for individual and public health — were put into stark relief by the pandemic. Their decisions, and the resulti…

Eds. (2021-03-30). "Poor rich Haiti" or how imperialists and local oligarchy have sought destroy agriculture in Haiti. mronline.org From Haiti, Lautaro Rivara unpacks the tired trope of "poor rich Haiti," highlighting the role of foreign capital and local elites in the destruction of life in the countryside. | March 30, 2021 | Newswire…

teleSUR (2021-03-30). UN Chief Calls for Bold Measures To Tackle Debt Crisis. telesurenglish.net UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for urgent, bold measures to address an emerging debt crisis caused largely by COVID-19. | RELATED: | "We are on the verge of a debt crisis. Today's meeting, convened with our partners, the prime ministers of Canada and Jamaica, is a call for urgent action," he told a high-level event on debt and liquidity. | Six countries have already defaulted. One-third…

Dean Baker (2021-03-30). Free Trade and Free Taxes: How Our Intellectuals Help the Rich. cepr.net Since I came to Washington in 1992, I have been working alongside friends in the policy community, labor movement, and community organizations in fighting against a series of trade pacts. NAFTA was the immediate issue in 1992, but a couple of years later we had the Uruguay Round of the GATT that created the WTO. …

Orinoco Tribune (2021-03-30). New Sputnik V Shipment Arrives in Venezuela — Mass Vaccination Advances. globalresearch.ca This Monday, March 29, the third shipment of Russian Sputnik V …

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-03-30). Haitians hold historic mobilization in defense of their constitution. peoplesdispatch.org On the 34th anniversary of the Haitian Constitution, various social and progressive organizations from across the globe demonstrated in different parts of the world in support of the struggle of the Haitian people against the de-facto president Jovenel MoàØse…

Staff (2021-03-30). "Crisis of Capitalism": Roberto Lovato on How U.S. Policies Fuel Migration & Instability. democracynow.org We speak with Salvadoran American journalist Roberto Lovato about how decades of U.S. military intervention in Central America have contributed to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border. Some 18,000 unaccompanied migrant children are now in U.S. custody, according to the latest figures, and more than 5,700 are in Customs and Border Protection facilities, which are not equipped to care for children. This comes as a record number of asylum seekers are arriving at the southern border, fleeing extreme poverty, violence and climate change in their home countries. "You have the ongoing epidemic of U.S. policy an…

Staff (2021-03-30). Headlines for March 30, 2021. democracynow.org First Witnesses Testify in Murder Trial of Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin, Who Killed George Floyd, Civil Rights Groups File Second Legal Challenge to Georgia Voter Suppression Bill, WHO Says COVID-19 Pandemic Likely Began in Animal Hosts, Rather Than Laboratory Escape, CDC Director Warns of "Impending Doom" as Coronavirus Cases Rise Across U.S., CDC Extends Federal Eviction Moratorium to June 30, Wealthiest 1% of Americans Account for One-Third of Unpaid Taxes to IRS, Protests Erupt in Mexico Demanding Justice for Salvadoran Refugee Killed by Police, Suez Canal Reopens After Salvage Teams Clear Stuck Container Ship, 60 Ch…

Staff (2021-03-30). US Military Intervention in Latin America Fuels Migration and Instability. truthout.org We speak with Salvadoran American journalist Roberto Lovato about how decades of U.S. military intervention in Central America have contributed to the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border. Some 18,000 unaccompanied migrant children are now in U.S. custody, according to the latest figures, and more than 5,700 are in Customs and Border Protection facilities, which are not equipped to care for children. This comes as a record number of asylum seekers are arriving at the southern border, fleeing…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-03-30). 'Major Political Crisis' in Brazil as Military Chiefs Quit Amid Bolsonaro Purge of Top Ministers. commondreams.org A leading opposition figure said the country "can't overcome" Covid-19 with Bolsonaro, because "he is the crisis incarnate." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/bolsonaro_4.jpg

Aviva Chomsky (2021-03-30). A Closer Look at Biden's Immigration Plan for Central America. commondreams.org Biden's plan actually promotes an old economic development model that has long benefited U.S. corporations. It also aims to impose a distinctly militarized version of "security" on the people of that region. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/immigration.jpg

Brian Wakamo (2021-03-30). The Global Vaccine Divide Is Widening as Rich Nations Protect Patents Over Safety. commondreams.org People in high-income countries that represent 16 percent of the world's population have received 56 percent of doses. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/vaccine_free.jpg

Earthjustice (2021-03-30). Empresa privada de prisiones envenenó a inmigrantes en Adelanto. peoplesworld.org Adelanto, CA — Luego de siete meses de investigación, la Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los EE. UU. (EPA) emitió un informe final y un Aviso de Advertencia Oficial al Grupo GEO por múltiples violaciones en respuesta al uso indebido del pesticida tóxico HDQ Neutral dentro del Centro de Detención de Adelanto, California. La investigación …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-03-30). Stopgap methods won't fix migration challenge. peoplesworld.org The continuing press of migrants from Mexico and Central America arriving at the U.S.' southern border has forced the Biden administration to send Vice President Kamala Harris south on a negotiating mission. According to The New York Times, "She will work with the leaders of Central American governments." Armed with "billions of dollars," she will …

teleSUR (2021-03-30). Venezuela and Russia Set High-Level Cooperation Meetings. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Vice President Tareck El Aissami on Tuesday inaugurated technical meetings to strengthen bilateral cooperation with Russia as part of high-level intergovernmental talks. | RELATED: | He thanked the Russian assistance in the fight against the pandemic, including the access to Sputnik V and EpiVacCorona COVID-19 vaccines. | Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov welcomed the 76th anniversary of cooperation and political dia…

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2021-03-30). Dr. Mike Yeadon: The Devastating Impacts of the Covid Vaccine. globalresearch.ca America's Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) spoke to former Pfizer Vice President and …

Helen Yaffe (2021-03-30). Cuba Libre to be COVID-Libre: Five Vaccines and Counting… counterpunch.org By reacting quickly and decisively, by mobilising its public healthcare system and world-leading biotech sector, Cuba has kept contagion and fatalities low. In 2020 Cuba confirmed a total of 12,225 coronavirus cases and 146 deaths in a population of 11.2 million, among the lowest rates in the Western Hemisphere. In November 2020, the airports were opened, leading to a surge with more infections in January 2021 than the whole of the previous year. By 24 March 2021, Cuba had registered fewer than 70,000 cases and 408 deaths. The death rate was 35 per million and the fatality rate was just 0.59% (2.2% worldwide; 2.9…

Matt Sedlar (2021-03-30). In Brazil, Vaccine Diplomacy Can Help Save the Climate. cepr.net Foreign Policy See article on original site On March 18, the Biden administration confirmed that it was finalizing a plan to send 2.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Mexico, just as the U.S. government petitions its southern neighbor for assistance with managing a record rate of migration through Central America. This might be …

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-03-30). Why the U.S. and Its Allies Are Stupid to Turn COVID-19 Vaccination Into a Geopolitical Power Play. zcomm.org The COVID-19 pandemic demands that all nations cooperate to vaccinate the entire global population—a goal that can't be achieved using the usual rules of which countries win and which ones lose…

G. Dunkel (2021-03-30). Capitalist greed confronts physics — and loses. workers.org The Ever Given, a Panamanian-flagged, Taiwan-operated, Japanese-owned, German-managed, Indian-crewed Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV), blocked the Suez Canal in the early morning of March 23. Each day the canal is blocked costs $10 billion in international trade. The Ever Given, aground in the Suez Canal, March 23. The only alternative . . . |