2021-04-01: News Headlines

The Socialist Program (2021-04-01). The Real Story: Haiti — Imperialism Meets Resistance! liberationnews.org Brian is joined by Eugene Puryear, who just got back to the United States from covering the uprising in Haiti.

teleSUR (2021-04-01). COVID-19 Surge Forces Chile To Close Its Borders in April. telesurenglish.net Chile's Health Minister Enrique Paris announced new COVID-19 restrictions due to the resurgence of the pandemic. | RELATED: | On Thursday, he reported 7,830 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of new infections since the outbreak of the pandemic. Measures to curb the spread of the virus include a border closure during April. Permits to enter and depart will only be issued for humanitarian emergencies. | The curfew will now…

Eduardo Ibarra Aguirre (2021-04-01). México — De antígenos, vacaciones y pronósticos. globalizacion.ca Seis semanas de baja en las tendencias en todos los renglones que se miden desde hace un año en relación al SARS-CoV-2, virus que genera la enfermedad covid-19, pero dentro de la llamada segunda ola aunque algunos países se encuentran…

orinocotribune (2021-04-01). Piñera's Elections-Postponement Maneuver Passes in Lower House of Parliament 'Due to Coronavirus'. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, March 31, the Chamber of Deputies of the Chilean Congress approved the constitutional reform presented by President Sebastián Piñera to postpone until May 15 and 16 the elections scheduled for April 10 and 11 in the South American country," due to the Covid-19 pandemic." | In those elections the new governors, mayors and councilors of the country will be elected, as well as the members of the Constitutional Assembly, who will be in responsible for drafting the new Constitution of the country, reported RT. | In case a second round is necessary in the elections of governors, the approved initiative…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Canadian Solidarity Network Sends 2 Million Syringes to Cuba. telesurenglish.net This initiative is part of the Network's campaign on January 8 to raise funds in Canada to send a donation of much-needed medical supplies to Cuba. | RELATED: | In announcing this new action in solidarity with the Cuban people, the Network recognized the relevant achievements made by Cuba in the area of health and its contributions to other nations, even at a time when Cuba is facing a double pandemic: COVID-19 an…

Sameena Rahman (2021-04-01). Life in prison: New York trial exposes alliance between U.S. government, right wing drug kingpin. liberationnews.org The United States claims to be waging a "war on drugs" internationally, but is perfectly content to ally itself with drug kingpins if they agree to submit to Washington's dictates.

orinocotribune (2021-04-01). #EEUUCompraCaboVerde: New Developments in Alex Saab Case. orinocotribune.com The plot around the kidnapping of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab in Cape Verde peaks, intensifies and continues to be a trending topic on Twitter, while the United States government relentlessly applies pressure to bring the diplomat to its territory. | Meanwhile, social media networks again reflect opinions about the case—#EEUUCompraCaboVerde was a trending topic in Venezuela this Wednesday, March 31. This, with respect to the most recent movements of Washington through a policy that, in general, is based on blackmail and financial suffocation. | The complaints about new agreements signed between the US…

WSWS (2021-04-01). 36-year-old Salvadoran mother killed by Mexican police officer who kneeled on her back. wsws.org The death of Victoria Esperanza Salazar Arriaza in the resort town of Tulum is a direct result of the increased anti-immigrant measures demanded by Washington of the Mexican government.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-04-01). Thousands of Migrant Workers Still Being Held in Detention on the Southern Border. globalresearch.ca Media accounts in the United States have shown that thousands of …

WSWS (2021-04-01). Brutal assault on female Filipino immigrant captured on security camera in New York City. wsws.org Vilma Kari, a 65-year-old immigrant from the Philippines who has lived in the US for decades, was violently attacked in Midtown Manhattan by a man who was subsequently arrested for committing a hate crime.

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Peru Saw Last Presidential Debate Ahead of April 11 Elections. telesurenglish.net Peru's National Elections Jury (JNE) Wednesday concluded the last presidential debate, an event in which six candidates presented their promises to tackle the pandemic and corruption. | RELATED: | The debate was attended by Rafael Lopez(Popular Renovation), Yonhy Lescano (Popular Action), Julio Guzman (Purple Party), Daniel Salaverry (We Are Peru), Rafael Santos (Safe Homeland), and Ciro Galvez (United National Rebi…

orinocotribune (2021-04-01). Jorge Arreaza: Colombia's Reaction Confirms Accurate Blow to Narco-Paramilitaries in Apure. orinocotribune.com Foreign Affairs Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, criticized Colombia's response to the actions of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces in Apure state, labeling them as "absurd, fanciful and schizoid." Arreaza was referring to an interview conducted by the Colombian news outlet Noticias RCN with the Colombian minister for defense, Diego Molano, who tried to implicate the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) with FARC dissidents, in an attempt to hide the responsibility of his government in the recent clashes between the Venezuelan Army and Colombian criminal groups. | Arreaza wrot…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-04-01). Bolsonaro Government in Crisis. Pro-American or Pro-Chinese? globalresearch.ca Many changes are about to happen in the Brazilian political scenario, …

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Borisov: Cuba Is a "Key Partner" telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said that Cuba is a "key partner" in Latin America as representatives from both countries meet in Havana for the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific, and technical cooperation. | RELATED: | "Cuba is our key partner and reliable ally in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. We appreciate the strategic nature of Russian-Cuban…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Mexico: President AMLO Rejects US Report on Press Freedom. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Thursday condemned a recent report by the U.S. Department of State (DoS) that pointed out lack of press freedom in the country. | RELATED: | "We do not give our opinion on human rights violations in the U.S. We are respectful. We cannot comment on what happens in another country," AMLO said. | The report accused the state-owned news agency NOTIMEX Director Sanjuan…

_____ (2021-04-01). Nicaragua And The Western Human Rights Industry. popularresistance.org Every area of reporting has become increasingly shaped by corporate funding either directly or else indirectly, via government bodies strongly under corporate influence. The Western intellectual managerial classes have generally abandoned basic reporting standards. This is self-evident to anyone who has tried to challenge false received wisdom in relation to NATO country aggression against sovereign nations from Cuba and Venezuela to Libya and Syria. | Western organizations and institutions claiming to be accountable and transparent are not — neither UN bodies nor regional institutions like the Organization…

Editor2 (2021-04-01). Subnational Elections in Bolivia: Another Vote of Confidence for MAS Party. orinocotribune.com By Peoples Dispatch — Mar 28, 2021 | The 240 out of the 336 elected mayors and 3 of the 5 elected governors in Bolivia belong to the ruling government of the progressive Movement Towards Socialism party | The results of the subnational elections held in Bolivia on March 7 confirm the faith of the Bolivian people in the ruling government of the progressive Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party and its transformation project. According to the results of the departmental, regional and municipal elections released on March 22, the MAS is the only party that has a broad presence in all the nine departments of th…

WSWS (2021-04-01). Bolsonaro sacks military command to consolidate authoritarian rule in Brazil. wsws.org In an action unprecedented in Brazilian history, the country's fascistic President Jair Bolsonaro has fired his defense minister and the commanders of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-01). What is the Connection Between El Coqui, Cota 905 and Apure Clashes? orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, March 30, the argument for a possible connection between the actions of criminal gangs such as the one headed by El Coqui in the Caracas sector of Cota 905, and those of criminal organizations promoted from Colombia and the United States, gained strength again in recent hours. | In the morning and part of the afternoon of this Tuesday, March 30, there were complaints on social media networks about suspicious movements of armed individuals in the surroundings of the area known as El Pinar in El Paraíso parish, Caracas. | By different means, users reported detonations in other areas of Cota 905, a nei…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Colombia Allows Second Fracking Project in the Magdalena Basin. telesurenglish.net Colombia's National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) authorized ExxonMobil to carry out a second pilot fracking project. | RELATED: | The "Platero" research project will be developed in the Magdalena Valley basin where the Colombian oil company Ecopetrol is also developing its own pilot. | Investments for Ecopetrol's Kale and ExxonMobil's Platero projects are valued at US$130 million. The ANH is also analyzing two othe…

_____ (2021-04-01). Tens Of Millions In Florida Properties Linked To Ecuadorian Candidate. popularresistance.org In March 2017, ahead of Ecuador's second-round presidential election, CEPR reported that Florida-based shell companies linked to then-candidate Guillermo Lasso owned 144 properties in Broward and Miami-Dade counties valued at over $30 million. In that election, voters approved a referendum barring politicians and civil servants from holding assets in tax havens and giving them one year to divest or transfer their holdings. Though Florida is not included among the list of tax havens, it is considered a "low tax jurisdiction," which authorities will handle on a case-by-case basis. | Four years later, Ecuador is aga…

Editor2 (2021-04-01). The Blockade Against Cuba and Venezuela: If they Touch One, we all Respond. orinocotribune.com By Gabriela Cultelli — Mar 29, 2021 | March is the month of women, and the slogan "If they touch one, they touch us all" or "If they touch one, we all respond" as the song says, is more valid today than ever, it resounds everywhere. | The time has come to raise the voice for Cuban and Venezuelan women, because the economic blockade and the restrictive measures that the United States is carrying out against these sisters is a particularly aggressive form of gender violence, fundamentally affecting the most vulnerable populations, and therefore women, girls, young women, adults, workers of yesterday, today, to…

Wafica Ibrahim (2021-04-01). Cuba, Biden, and the Romantic Interlude. orinocotribune.com By Wafica Ibrahim — Mar 28, 2021 | For those who dreamed of an idyl between the United States and Cuba after Joe Biden's victory was confirmed in the U.S. elections, reality is starting to show the confrontational and interventionist nature of the U.S. establishment, once again. | As is the custom in "liberal democracies," after tallying up the final vote totals, the electoral campaign and its promises are left behind. Although in rallies and interviews, Biden may have promised indifferently to change policy toward Cuba and to return to the progress made by Barack Obama, the reality is that, with respect to…

_____ (2021-04-01). Opposing All Governments Equally Is Supporting The Most Powerful Government. popularresistance.org The US-centralized empire is waging nonstop wars that have killed millions of human beings just since the turn of this century, and people will still say things like "We've really got to do something about Cuba." | The US-centralized empire is circling the planet with hundreds of military bases, working to destroy any nation which disobeys its dictates and brandishing armageddon weapons at its enemies like a drunken hillbilly with a shotgun, and people are still like "Something must be done about China's intellectual property theft!" | Among the violent and destructive governments in our world, one towers high ab…

_____ (2021-04-01). Haitians March On Canadian Embassy. popularresistance.org People everywhere around the world love and respect Canadians, or so we're told. So how do you explain what's going on in Haiti? | On Sunday protesters in Port-au-Prince marched on the Canadian Embassy. "Madame Boukman — Justice 4 Haiti" posted a video to Twitter showing police in front of Canada's diplomatic representation in Haiti. Madame Boukman quoted two men waving a Russian flag saying, "Long live Russia. Canada go home." (In an indirect criticism of US/Canadian backing for dictator Jovenel MoàØse, Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister recently said they were concerned about "political instability"

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Iran Celebrates 42 Years as Islamic Republic Amid US Blockade. telesurenglish.net Iran commemorates on Thursday 42 years since the proclamation of the Islamic Republic and the fall of Shah Pahlevi's regime in 1979. | RELATED: | In a nationwide referendum held just a few months after the victory of the revolution led by Imam Khomeini, 98 percent of the population showed that they wanted the monarchical system to change to an "Islamic Republic." | This political decision implied important social refo…

Aviva Chomsky (2021-04-01). Biden's Plan for Central America Is a Smokescreen. thenation.com Biden's Plan for Central America Is a Smokescreen…

Orlando Delgado Selley (2021-04-01). Volver a crecer: La mirada del Banco Mundial. globalizacion.ca El Banco Mundial acaba de publicar el informe Volver a crecer, del que se ha destacado en la prensa la revisión al alza de las previsiones de crecimiento para América Latina. El dato de mayor peso, sin embargo, no es…

Ricardo Orozco (2021-04-01). México — MORENA: Notas sobre el partido y sus afrentas. globalizacion.ca En la medida en que los comicios más grandes en la historia del México contemporáneo se aproximan, la disputa política entre el Instituto Nacional Electoral, por un lado; y el partido político con representación legislativa mayoritaria en el Congreso General,…

Staff (2021-04-01). Brazil in Crisis: COVID Deaths Soar & Hospitals Overflow Amid Unprecedented Political Upheaval. democracynow.org Brazil now accounts for about a quarter of all COVID-19 daily deaths worldwide, more than any other country, and its overall death toll of more than 310,000 is surpassed only by the United States. Far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro faces intense pressure to abandon his opposition to vaccinations, lockdowns and mask-wearing. Dr. Miguel Nicolelis, professor of neurobiology at Duke University and former coordinator of the largest scientific COVID-19 task force in Brazil, says Bolsonaro "has played on the side of the virus" by opposing any efforts to control the outbreak. "Since the beginning, he downplayed…

Staff (2021-04-01). Headlines for April 1, 2021. democracynow.org Witness in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Breaks Down After Viewing Footage of George Floyd's Killing, Four Killed as Gunman Opens Fire on Office Complex in Orange County, California, Biden Defends Infrastructure Plan as Progressives Push for $10 Trillion to Fight Climate Crisis, Wisconsin Supreme Court Voids Governor's Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Cases Rise Across U.S., Brazil's Cemeteries Hold Nighttime Funerals as COVID-19 Deaths Reach New Highs, Yemen Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments as Doctors Report Surge in Cases, Global Deforestation Increased by 12% in 2020 with Amazon Most Severely Affected, U.S. Cour…

Manuel Pérez Rocha Loyo (2021-04-01). México — La Cuarta Transformación y los derechos de los inversionistas extranjeros. globalizacion.ca Si la 4T desea sacudirse el yugo del neoliberalismo y reclamar la soberanía nacional, que mire a Pakistán. Ese país asiático está por derogar la mayoría de sus tratados bilaterales de inversiones (TBI), que lo atan de manos para el…

RT (2021-04-01). Russian diplomats reveal 'acute shortage' of essentials in North Korea caused by Covid-19 restrictions, embassies almost empty. rt.com Diplomats serving in North Korea are enduring a shortage of goods and a lack of medicine, as restrictions to battle the Covid-19 pandemic have caused the already-secretive country to isolate itself even more than before. | Writing on Facebook, the Russian Embassy in Pyongyang revealed that 38 foreign nationals have recently left their diplomatic missions in the country, with representatives from the likes of the UK, Brazil, and Germany also flying home. | "The exodus of foreigners will continue," an embassy statement read. "There are now hardly any foreigners left — fewer than 290 in all. One can understa…

RT (2021-04-01). Got to bee kidding me: Shopper's car hijacked by 15,000-strong swarm during 10-min shopping trip (PHOTOS). rt.com Firefighters can sometimes be called upon to rescue cats stranded in trees but one off-duty ladderman went above and beyond the call when he removed a massive swarm of bees which had hijacked a man's car. | The incident took place at the Albertsons supermarket on Sunday, March 28 in Las Cruces, New Mexico. One hapless shopper had ducked inside to pick up some groceries and, 10 minutes later, he found quite a few more new occupants of the car he had borrowed from a friend than he anticipated, as photos from the scene show. | www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=2956398727965999&id=1674411762831375&

Helen Yaffe (2021-04-01). Cuba Libre to be COVID-Libre: Five Vaccines and Counting… orinocotribune.com By Helen Yaffe — Mar 30, 2021 | On 23 March 2021, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a group of Conservative Party backbenchers: 'The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends.' Johnson was articulating the dogma that the pursuit of private profit through capitalist free markets leads to efficient outcomes. In reality, however, Britain's accomplishments in developing the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and in the national vaccination rollout have more to do with state investments than the market mechanism. Government money subsidised the vaccine development a…

Helen Yaffe (2021-04-01). Cuba Libre to be COVID-Libre: Five Vaccines and Counting… zcomm.org 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…

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-01). Despite US dirty tricks, Bolivia is finding a way to stay independent. zcomm.org The arrest of Jeanine àÅñez, head of Bolivia's erstwhile coup regime, is a vindication of the struggles of the Bolivian people…

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-04-01). Venezuela and Russia Ramp up Economic Ties with 10-Year Plan. venezuelanalysis.com The two nations signed treaties to boost the Venezuelan transportation system, oil industry security and access to COVID-19 vaccines.

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Panama Detects Nine Cases of Brazilian COVID-19 Strains. telesurenglish.net Panama's Gorgas Memorial Institute Director Juan Pascale confirmed nine patients with the SARS-CoV-2 strains originated in Brazil. | RELATED: | The P.1. and P.2. strains have been detected in community transmission cases in San Francisco, Don Bosco, Parque Lefevre, and San Miguelito. | The Health Ministry warned that the P.1. variant is the most contagious and reduces vaccines' effectiveness by 30 percent. | At least two patients with these strain…

Brasil Wire (2021-04-01). Fallout: US Suppression of Russian Vaccine in Brazil Becomes Diplomatic Incident. globalresearch.ca On Sunday March 14 2021,

Raul Diego (2021-03-31). Biden Picks Kamala Harris to Carry the Carrot and Stick in Central America. mintpressnews.com WASHINGTON — The White House

teleSUR (2021-03-31). Mapuche People File Genocide Lawsuit Against President Piñera. telesurenglish.net Mapuche Indigenous people communities filed a complaint against Chile's President Sebastian Piñera for genocide crimes. | RELATED: | The lawsuit was presented before Temuco's Guarantee Court, where they denounced the militarization of Mapuche territories and human rights violations. | The complainants claim that Piñera established a "low-intensity war" by declaring the Mapuche people as an "internal enemy." | Th…

Eds. (2021-03-31). A message of love and life from Cuba to Mexico. mronline.org President Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez notes the impressive work of the third group of medical professionals from the Henry Reeve Contingent returning from Mexico, after joining the COVID-19 battle there. | March 31, 2021 | Newswire…

teleSUR (2021-03-31). Mexico: Pre-Pandemic Economy Recovery by Beginnings of 2022. telesurenglish.net Mexico's authorities estimate that the economy might reach pre-pandemic levels within a year, the Ministry of Finance reported on Wednesday. | RELATED: | The country has faced its deepest recession since 1930 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Still, the economy seems to be recovering quickly since the Ministry upgraded its forecast from a 4.6 percent growth to 5.3 percent in 2021. | Actualmente gastamos más de 470 mil…

teleSUR (2021-03-31). Cramped Facility in Texas Shows the Reality of Migrant Children. telesurenglish.net Migrant children are sleeping shoulder to shoulder under metal blankets at an overcrowded facility in Donna, Texas. | RELATED: | Joe Biden's administration allowed the reporters to enter on Tuesday, and the images show more than 4,100 people cramped in a space built for 250 migrants. Furthermore, there are over 3,200 unaccompanied children. | Following the Center for Disease and Control (CDC) guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemi…

teleSUR (2021-03-31). Chile Postpones Constitutional Election Due To Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Chile's Chamber of Deputies approved on Wednesday the bill submitted by President Sebastian Pinera to postpone municipal, regional and constituent elections to May 15 and 16 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The bill was passed with 126 votes in favor, three against, and 11 abstentions. The elections were initially scheduled for April 10 and 11. Moreover, the second round of governor elections was postponed…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-03-31). Protests break out after femicide of Salvadoran migrant Victoria Salazar in Mexico. peoplesdispatch.org Several national and international feminist groups and human rights organizations have condemned Victoria Salazar's murder as well as the racist, classist, misogynist and xenophobic discrimination that reigns in Mexico…

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.

orinocotribune (2021-03-31). Venezuelan Army Pursues Colombian Paramilitaries in Barinas — An Obstacle Course of Land Mines. orinocotribune.com The head of the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (CEOFANB), Remigio Ceballos, reported this Tuesday, March 30, that the military personnel assigned to the National Defense System have been deployed in search of Colombian criminal gangs that have tried to undermine the peace of the Venezuelan people. | "We continue to deal strong blows to these criminal drug traffickers. We are just starting, raising forces in all areas of the national territory and also in the unconventional fight against all threats," he said. | In…

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