2021-04-05: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Venezuela Hardens Restrictions on its Colombia, Brazil Borders. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday announced that his country will reinforce restrictions at border crossings with Colombia and Brazil due to the increase in COVID-19 infections in those neighboring nations. | RELATED: | "We will redouble the epidemiological controls in 2,200 kilometers of common borders," Maduro said and highlighted that Colombia faces a crisis due to President Ivan Duque's mishandling of the pandemic…

Ben Chacko (2021-04-05). Venezuela calls for debt restructuring in response to Covid pandemic. peoplesworld.org Venezuela is calling for a comprehensive restructuring of international debt in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing the UN heads of state meeting on international debt, President Nicolas Maduro said that more than 130 million people had been plunged into poverty during the pandemic. A "profound revision of debt conditions" was needed to prevent …

Ralph Nader (2021-04-05). Ralph Nader: Can Decline In Letter-Writing Be Reversed? — OpEd. eurasiareview.com When Cornell University Press sent me an early copy of my sister, Laura Nader's book: My impression preceded young parents relating remarks from their little children asking, "What's a letter?" or "Where do you put the stamp, Mom?" Certainly, the Internet Age is not conducive to sitting down and writing a personal letter exclusiv…

Ralph Nader (2021-04-05). Can the Decline in Letter-Writing be Reversed? counterpunch.org When Cornell University Press sent me an early copy of my sister, Laura Nader's book: Letters To and From an Anthropologist, a collection of correspondences compiled over fifty-five years, I wondered whether such print letter-writing exchanges assembled in books were nearing extinction. My impression preceded young parents relating remarks from their little children asking, "What's a letter?" or "Where do you

slorinoco (2021-04-05). Venezuela's Army Remains on High Alert Near Border with Colombia. orinocotribune.com The Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces announced that it remains on high alert on the border between Venezuela and Colombia. | Due to the clashes registered in recent days between the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) and Colombian criminal groups, the Venezuelan Strategic Operational Command on Saturday reported that it maintains control of the towns of La Victoria and El Ripial, the primary theaters of the conflict. | "The armed groups who, with their intention of spreading terror among the people, flee with cowardice from Venezuelan justice, will not go far," read a…

Leia Barnett (2021-04-05). Threats to the Greater Gila: an Imperiled Landscape Under Siege. counterpunch.org The Greater Gila region is an exceptional landscape. It is exceptional for its biodiversity, which is greater than that of Yellowstone. It is exceptional for its cultural significance, as it is the traditional homelands for 18 different federally recognized tribes. It is exceptional for its cultural history, which dates back to over 10,000 years ago. It is exceptional for its size and scale, at over 10 million acres, five different ecoregions, four different designated wilderness areas, and three separate mountain ranges. And it is exceptional for the place that it holds in the hearts and minds of many New Mexica…

Eunice Cho (2021-04-05). ICE's Watchdog Agency Confirms Dangerous Conditions in Arizona Immigration Detention Facility. aclu.org Last week, the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog agency released a damning In unusual…

Eds. (2021-04-05). Progressive media promoted a false story of 'conflict beef' from Nicaragua. mronline.org Reports by Reveal (10/21/20) and PBS NewsHour (10/20/21) called for a boycott of "conflict beef" from Nicaragua. The Center for Investigative Reporting's Reveal claims to be "fair and comprehensive" and PBS to be "trusted," but their misleading and inaccurate reports could have drastic consequences for Nicaragua, at a time when the country is already struggling […] | April 5, 2021 | Newswire…

orinocotribune (2021-04-05). Alex Saab: 'I was Tortured and Pressured' to Sign Voluntary Extradition. orinocotribune.com In a recent interview with the Colombian news outlet El Espectador, Colombian-Venezuelan businessman and Venezuelan special envoy àÅlex Saab confessed to having been a victim of torture from the first day of his "kidnapping" in Cape Verde. He asserted that he was pressured "to sign voluntary extradition statements and give false testimony." Saab has been in detention in Cape Verde—first in prison and now under house arrest—since his arbitrary and irregular arrest in June 2020 in that country. | "I was kidnapped by Cape Verde in collusion with the United States," said the Venezuelan diplomat duri…

Zoe PC (2021-04-05). Rising tensions ahead of second round elections in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org The lead up to the second round elections in Ecuador have been marked by misinformation campaigns, a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and fears of manipulation and fraud…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-05). Mozambique: Insurgency Causing Irreparable Havoc And Devastation. eurasiareview.com What has been referred to as Islamic attacks and insurgency is causing irreparable deep havoc and devastation in Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique. The insurgency that began in 2017 has unimaginable negative effects on settlements of the civilian population, and on business and industry operations. It has consistently received global condemnation from regional and international community. | International aid agency sources said between 6,000 and 10,000 people were still waiting to be evacuated to safety following the raid on Palma. Dozens of civilians were killed, including South Africans, in Palma where a m…

Paul Dobson (2021-04-05). Venezuela Appeals to UN for Landmine Clearance as Colombian Border Clashes Ease. venezuelanalysis.com Caracas has also created a special military zone and brigade to deal with the situation in Apure state, where 17 people have died.

Global Research (2021-04-05). Argentina — La covid, la economía y un momento de decisiones. globalizacion.ca El Gobierno está comunicando en dosis administradas el avance de la pandemia y la necesidad de retornar a cursos más duros de prevención, que son irreversibles. | De allí para arriba es dudoso cuál será el graderío de las restricciones. øUn…

WSWS (2021-04-05). Biden seeks to deploy federal employees to immigrant detention facilities. wsws.org The deployment of federal civilian employees is aimed at facilitating, not changing, a brutal policy of incarcerating children fleeing violence and poverty, which has led to thousands of child migrants being packed into cages along the US-Mexican border.

Raul Antonio Capote (2021-04-05). Another Weapon in the Cultural War Against Cuba. orinocotribune.com By Raúl Antonio Capote — Apr 4, 2021 | CIA efforts to create publishing houses andliterary magazines to attract Cuban writers was intended to separate them from the country's institutions and steer them toward an anti-government stance. | Most of the CIA's covert operations in Latin America during the 1960s were directed against the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro. "No more Cubas", was the agency's slogan at the time. | The Agency created a division in New York City, called Foreign Publications Inc. (Foreign Publications Incorporated), to subsidize various anti-Cuban publications, many coming from Miami. T…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Bolivia: Former Water Resources Minister Flees the Country. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, former Water Resources Minister Maria Pinckert left Bolivia, three days after the Prosecutor's Office issued an arrest warrant against her over irregularities in her management. | RELATED: | Pinckert, whose whereabouts are unknown, announced that she requested asylum because she considers herself a victim of political persecution. | "I will return when the judicial system becomes impartial," she wrote in a…

Urariano Mota (2021-04-05). First of April: A 13-year-old witnesses the 1964 Brazilian military coup. peoplesworld.org

The National Security Archive (2021-04-05). Brazil Abetted Overthrow of Allende in Chile. globalresearch.ca On 57th anniversary of military coup in Brazil, the National Security …

Javier Tolcachier (2021-04-05). Ecuador ante una elección a cara o cruz. globalizacion.ca En la segunda vuelta presidencial que tendrá lugar el próximo 11 de abril, los ecuatorianos enfrentan la disyuntiva entre apostar por un candidato progresista o tener que soportar durante cuatro años un gobierno empresarial, ligado a las finanzas y a…

Thomas Knapp (2021-04-05). America Unchurched: A Sign of the Times. counterpunch.org For the first time in its more than eight decades of surveying Americans' religious attitudes and practices, Gallup reports, church members constituted only 47% of the US population in 2020 — down 23% since 1999, prior to which the percentage seldom dipped below 70%. Why the precipitous drop, and what might it portend for the

Sebastián Melfi (2021-04-05). El lugar de Malvinas en la nueva estrategia global de la OTAN. globalizacion.ca Además de la confluencia de intereses derivados del complejo industrial militar, la OTAN sostiene la pretensión británica sobre Malvinas porque las islas son un activo geoestratégico fundamental para intervenir en América Latina. | Al cumplirse 39 años del inicio de la…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-05). NLRB Says Amazon Firing of Workers Who Demanded Better Climate, Labor Policies Was Illegal Retaliation. commondreams.org "It's clear that Amazon has been violating the law when it tries to silence workers who speak out," said Christy Hofmann, general secretary of UNI Global Union. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/amazon-bezos-employees-threatened-climate_0.png

orinocotribune (2021-04-05). Venezuelan Minister for Defense: Venezuelans Displaced by Colombian Narco-Paramilitary Violence Pressured by Colombian Authorities to Remain in Arauquita. orinocotribune.com The Mayor of Páez municipality in Apure state (Venezuela), José María Romero, complained that a group of Venezuelans are being held in Arauquita, Colombia, and prevented from returning to La Victoria (Venezuela) in order to attempt to discredit reports about the tranquility and peace re-established in Venezuela. | "It is worrying to see how after almost 15 days, there is pressure from Colombia preventing people from returning," said the mayor in a video shared by Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López. "We have information that it was forbidden to leave the shelters until Tuesday." | "Mayor José María…

Liudmila Piña Herrera (2021-04-05). Cuba — Antes de volver al aula. globalizacion.ca El aprendizaje mediante las teleclases ha ocupado un lugar preponderante en la dinámica y el pensamiento de la familia cubana, desde que la COVID-19 comenzó a ser parte de nuestra realidad. Las opiniones acerca de la educación no han cesado,…

Mario Ramos (2021-04-05). Combate a incursión mercenaria en Venezuela. globalizacion.ca Una de las 'nuevas' estrategias gringas de guerra es crear condiciones que permitan la rápida intervención de un tercero, precisamente porque en la búsqueda de destruir los países y procesos que se oponen a ser vasallos de su hegemonía, no…

Staff (2021-04-05). 35 States at Risk of "Rigged" Districts Due to Gerrymandering, Report Finds. truthout.org A new report has found that 35 states are at risk of having their election districts "rigged" to unfairly favor one party during this year's redistricting cycle, with over half of the country at "extreme" risk. | "The redistricting laws in these states provide little protection against politicians manipulating district maps for partisan or personal gain,"

Glenn Greenwald (2021-04-05). Why Brazil Still Matters. thenation.com Why Brazil Still Matters…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-05). India Joins French-led Military Drills in the Bay of Bengal, Escalating Tensions With China. news.antiwar.com India is joining its fellow Quad nations — the US, Japan, and Australia — in The drills, known as the La Perouse exercises, start Monday and will last for three days. The first La Perouse exercises The Quad nations participated in…

Lucia Eugenia Cordova (2021-04-05). Venezuela Touches New Peak with 1,786 COVID-19 Cases and 15 Deaths this Sunday. orinocotribune.com On Sunday, April 4, Venezuela marked the 385th day of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The country registered 1,786 new cases in the last 24 hours, of which 1,779 were cases of community transmission and 7 were imported, in addition to 15 deaths. This was communicated by Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez during the televised COVID-19 briefing by President Nicolás Maduro. "This is the day with the highest number of cases reported in Venezuela," said the president in his customary Sunday address. | With this update, Venezuela accumulated a total of 166,123 infections and 1,662 deaths resu…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Brazil: Supreme Court Judge Allows Massive Religious Acts. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Federal Supreme Court Judge Kassio Nunes on Saturday authorized the holding of religious acts in churches and temples, arguing the right of people to practice their beliefs. | RELATED: | Religious activity is an "essential" service in "such difficult times," said the Nunes, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Jair Bolsonaro. | Previously, religious celebrations had been banned by some subnational g…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). China to Donate 150,000 COVID-19 Vaccines to El Salvador. telesurenglish.net China's Ambassador to El Salvador Ou Jianhong Sunday confirmed that her country will donate 150,000 Sinovac vaccines to this Latin American nation. | RELATED: | "China seeks to support El Salvador in its fight against the pandemic as it aims to protect the people's health," Jianhong tweeted and informed that the donation will arrive on Tuesday night. | The 150,000 doses, which are in addition to the 2 million Sinovac…

_____ (2021-04-04). Ecuador's Socialists Set To Defeat Neo-liberalism. popularresistance.org A young left-wing economist, Andres Aruaz, is favourite to win Ecuador's presidential election later this month, in what would be the latest victory for progressives in Latin America after elections in Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia in recent years. | But with a left victory likely, there are growing concerns that elites in Ecuador and abroad are conspiring to sabotage the electoral process. This has become an all too common response of the Latin American right-wing to progressive victories. | In Bolivia, when socialist Evo Morales was elected in 2019, a military coup ousted him after exploiting trumped-up charges…

orinocotribune (2021-04-04). An Arauz Presidency in Ecuador Would Revive UNASUR, Weaken Lima Group — Chavista Chronicles from Caracas Interview with Joe Emersberger. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 03, 2021 (OrinocoTribune.com).- In this new episode of Chavista Chronicles from Caracas we had the pleasure to interview Joe Emersberger, an author and journalist with Ecuadorian roots based in Canada. His work has appeared in FAIR.org, Telesur English, ZNet, CounterPunch, Monthly Review and many other alternative outlets. He is one of the best and most prolific leftist writers on Ecuadorian politics in the English language. | The second round of the Ecuadorian presidential elections is scheduled to be held next Sunday, April 11. Many around Latin America and the world have their eye on the politic…

teleSUR (2021-04-04). Venezuela Seeks UN Assistance to Deactivate Mines. telesurenglish.net Maduro made the announcement after delivering a report on the Covid19 situation in the country. He said he instructed foreign minister Jorge Arreaza to contact UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for the purpose. | RELATED: | Venezuela's National Boliviarian Army has been conducting operations on the border zone since unidentified armed units attacked National Guard posts, rural villages and public buildings in M…

_____ (2021-04-04). On Contact: Emergence Of The Global Police State. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the emergence of the global police state with Professor William I. Robinson. Robinson's new book, The Global Police State, uses shocking data to reveal how far capitalism has become a system of repression. He argues the emerging megacities of the world are becoming the battlegrounds where the excluded and the oppressed face off against the global police state. | Robinson is Professor of Sociology, Global Studies, and Latin American Studies, at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Among his many award-winning books are Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanit…

Margaret Flowers (2021-04-04). Nicaragua: Building the Good Life (Buen Vivir) Through Popular Revolution. orinocotribune.com 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 practice and defended. | Right now, Nicaraguans have both and they are making great progress in building a new society or as it is often referred to in Latin America, 'Buen Vivir,' (the good life). They are demonstrating what we…

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-04). Iranian Deputy FM Rules Out Talks With US In Vienna. eurasiareview.com Iran is not going to hold any talks with US representatives directly or indirectly at an upcoming session of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said. | The senior Iranian diplomat told IRINN on Sunday that Iran will not hold any negotiations with the US in the upcoming meeting of the JCPOA parties in Austria. | Following the 18th meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission that was held via videoconference on Friday, the participants decided to proceed with the talks in Vienna next week to continue the consultations and define the measures relating to the termination…

otowenh (2021-04-04). TikTok Video Promotes Neo-Colonialism and Gentrification in Guatemala. orinocotribune.com Social networks were in turmoil after a TikTok video arose promoting a neo-colonial project of gentrification in Guatemala. | Even if the COVID-19 lockdowns have reduced the amount of air travel, this hasn't stopped companies in the tourist sector from taking advantage of low demand to cheapen their resort prices. Although drawing in more customers during a downturn does benefit local communities to some extent, the winners are still the hotel and tour complex owners, where the famous "trickle down economics," of course, do not trickle down profits to workers, but instead leave wealth concentrated in the hands of…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-04-04). Brazil's Political Crisis. dissidentvoice.org Brazil's political atmosphere is unstable. On 30 March, 2021, the commanders of the Brazilian army, navy and air force — Gen Edson Leal Pujol, Adm Ilques Barbosa and Lt-Brig Antà¥nio Carlos Bermudez — resigned from their posts in a historic move not seen since 1977 during the country's military dictatorship. According to an official notice by …

teleSUR (2021-04-04). Ecuador: Indigenous People Back Andres Arauz's Candidacy. telesurenglish.net Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) President Jaime Vargas announced his support for the Union For Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz ahead of the presidential election runoff on April 11. | RELATED: | The announcement was made after the conclusion of Arauz's electoral campaign in Sucumbios province on Saturday. | "We are building national unity by putting Ecuador first. We are summoned by the plu…

teleSUR (2021-04-04). Colombia: Massacres Climbed To 25 Over the Weekend. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Institute for Development and Peace Studies (INDEPAZ) confirmed a new massacre in the Circasia municipality in the Quindio department. | RELATED: | A group of armed men opened indiscriminate fire in the La Esmeralda neighborhood, killing four people and injuring three others. | Quindio's Interior Secretary Jaime Perez indicated that the violent attack might be related to drug trafficking scuffles in the locali…

Gustavo Leal F. (2021-04-04). AMLO sigue sin compensar las UMA. globalizacion.ca El presidente López Obrador quiere que, cuando se llegue al retiro, existan pensiones mayores. Pero con su decisión de sólo aumentar lo que llama pensión para adultos mayores —en realidad un apoyo—, no está resolviendo el problema. Ni siquiera lo…

Stephen Sefton (2021-04-04). Nicaragua and the Western Human Rights Industry. globalresearch.ca John Heartfield's famous photomontage of a

orinocotribune (2021-04-04). Three Colombian Navy Platoons Deployed at Border with Venezuela to 'Reinforce Security'. orinocotribune.com Last Thursday, April 1, the government of Colombia deployed three platoons of the Colombian navy in the department of Arauca on the Colombia-Venezuela border, with the alleged mission of "guaranteeing border security and providing protection to the Colombian population." Incidentally, Arauca is the region from where Colombian narco-paramilitary gangs routinely violate Venezuelan sovereignty and security of the Venezuelan people. | According to a note published by Webinfomil last Thursday, this group, comprised of 90 soldiers, has as "main objective the defense of sovereignty, independence, integrity of the nation…

orinocotribune (2021-04-04). Jorge Arreaza: Iván Duque is Not Used to Reading but to Lying. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, April 3, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Montserrat advised Colombian president Iván Duque to stop lying about the so-called "Cartel of the Suns" (Cartel de los Soles). He recommended that someone read to him about the rigorous investigation which has revealed that the United States and his own government supported and publicized that lie based on an unprecedented media plot. | "It is known that Iván Duque is not used to reading, but he is used to lying," Arreaza wrote on his Twitter account, @jaarreaza. "Perhaps someone can read to him this rigorous work by a Spanish researcher, wh…

Ray Hanania (2021-04-04). Black Lives Matter's Hawk Newsome Appalled By Lack Of Coverage Of Houthi Massacre Of Ethiopians. eurasiareview.com The horrific deaths of scores of Ethiopian migrants in a detention center in Sanaa run by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi militia is further proof that anti-black racism exists on every continent, according to Hawk Newsome, a founding member of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Greater New York. | Racial tensions and the deaths of black people in police custody have provoked repeated bouts of protest and unrest in the US and Europe in recent years. | Newsome played a key role in the worldwide movement that has rocked US cities since the police killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. | During…

RT (2021-04-04). 'I would be vaccinated with Sputnik V': German pharma CEO praises Russia's vaccine & 'outstanding scientists'. rt.com Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has "a lot of good scientific data" behind it, the head of Germany's Bionorica SE pharmaceutical company, Michael Popp, told RT, as he shared his company's experience working with Russian specialists. | "Russian researchers have a lot of experience and expertise in vaccine development," said the CEO of the German-based international company, which calls itself a global leader in the production of herbal medicines. Bionorica SE has production sites in almost 20 nations, including the US, Austria, Spain, Brazil, and Russia, and sells its products in more than 40 countries. | Also on rt…

www.academia.edu (2021-04-04). Two letters to the editor on the pandemic lockdown. indybay.org Our collective thinking has often been manipulated and corrupted (eg Vietnam, Iraq, Nicaragua, Iran). According to GlobalResearch.ca, the WHO made a late admission on Jan 20, 2021 that "the lockdown has no scientific basis" and test results are misleading. "Release the vaccines and put an end to the lockdown," urges Jens Berger, editor of nachdenkseiten.de.

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-04-04). Friday 4/2: Virtual Forum: 60-year Blockade on Cuba & Unions Fight for Safe Schools. indybay.org bit.ly/education4thepeople…

Robert Norse (2021-04-04). Modified Injunction is Bad News for the Unhoused; Prepare to Resist Now, or Regret Later. indybay.org Judge Susan van Kuelen's March 30th modifications in the 1-20-21 Preliminary Injunction previously protecting the San Lorenzo Survival Campground was published April 1st. It allows a week or two relief, if that, before the unhoused population faces restored confinement or persecution.

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