2021-04-06: News Headlines

Editor2 (2021-04-06). Venezuela Appeals to UN for Landmine Clearance as Colombian Border Clashes Ease. orinocotribune.com Caracas has also created a special military zone and brigade to deal with the situation in Apure state, where 17 people have died. | Mérida, April 5, 2021 ( On Monday, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez revealed that three letters have been sent to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Security Council President Dang Dinh Quy and the Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). | Caracas is requesting me…

WSWS (2021-04-06). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Private sector doctors protest in Mexico City to demand COVID vaccinations while 200 Marathon oil refinery workers in St. Paul Park, Minnesota continue a two-and-a-half-month strike.

Zoe PC (2021-04-06). Rising tensions ahead of second round elections in Ecuador. mronline.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. | April 6, 2021 | Newswire…

orinocotribune (2021-04-06). Elections in Peru: Strength of the Left Not Reflected by Polls. orinocotribune.com The progressive parties stressed the need to hold a Constituent Assembly that includes all social sectors of the country. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed shortcomings that need to be addressed in the healthcare and education systems. | Six days before the presidential elections in Peru, the picture is not clear. Out of 20 candidates to occupy the House of Pizarro, half have a chance to go to the second round. According to polls, no one exceeds 15% of the intention to vote. | But when walking the streets of Lima, the Peruvian capital, it is perceived that the left-wing parties, represented by Verónika Mendoza, from…

David Swanson (2021-04-06). Biden Finally Lifts Sanctions Against ICC As Demanded by World BEYOND War. counterpunch.org After months of demand from World BEYOND War and others, the Biden administration has finally lifted Trump-imposed sanctions on the ICC, stating a preference for a subtler approach to imposing lawlessness in the name of upholding the rule of law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken states: "We continue to disagree strongly with the ICC's actions relating to the

Brianna Griffith (2021-04-06). Campaign enters final stretch: the struggle for the future of Ecuador and Latin America. liberationnews.org The final week of campaigning in Ecuador's presidential election — a contest that has profound significance for the left throughout Latin America — has begun.

Mision Verdad (2021-04-06). Colombian Paramilitary an "Illegitimate Son of the Colombian State" (Salvatore Mancuso). orinocotribune.com By Mision Verdad — Apr 5, 2021 | In recent In his virtual testimony from a jail in the United States, Mancuso not only stressed that "the para…

VOXEU (2021-04-06). Peru: Behavioral Strategies To Reduce Teacher Sorting — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Low-income students are more likely to attend schools with less-qualified teachers, expanding the very achievement gaps that public education should help reduce. Although the problem of teacher sorting is well-documented, policy responses have tended to focus on increasing compensation at hard-to-staff schools, which can be both expensive and ineffective. This column presents the results of a novel and low-cost strategy implemented nationwide by the government of Peru that successfully encouraged highly qualified teachers to apply for job openings in disadvantaged schools. | By Nicolas Ajzenman, Eleonora Berto…

Mision Verdad (2021-04-06). Review of the Destructive Effects of US Blockade on Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt. orinocotribune.com By Misión Verdad — Apr 5, 2021 | At Misión Verdad we have kept track of the negative effects of unilateral coercive measures (UCM) [aka US blockade] on Venezuela, and more specifically, their harmful consequences on the main company that provides oil revenues to Venezuela, Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA). | All the reports and papers issued by organizations or individuals that are not binding on each other, but have Venezuela in their focus, provide a clear conclusion regarding the effects of the US blockade on the local economy: each aggression against PDVSA, through executive orders issued by the curren…

G. Dunkel (2021-04-06). Haiti and masses in the streets: 'Don't change our constitution'. workers.org March 29 marked 34 years since the Haitian constitution of 1987 — marking the end of the Duvalierist dictatorship — was adopted. Two massive demonstrations on March 28 and 29 — not just in Port-au-Prince, but in Saint-Marc, Cap-HaàØtien and Port-de-Paix — were held to defend this constitution. These were . . . |

Andy Worthington (2021-04-06). US Military Closes Camp 7, Guantánamo's 'High-Value Detainee' Prison Block, Moves Men To Camp 5 — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In news from Guantánamo, the US military announced that it had shut Camp 7, the secretive prison block where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other so-called "high-value detainees" have been held since their arrival at Guantánamo from CIA "black sites" in September 2006, and had moved the prisoners to Camp 5. | Modeled on a maximum security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, Camp 5, which cost $17.5 million, opened in 2004, and its solid-walled, isolated cells were used to hold prisoners regarded as non-compliant. As the prison's population shrank, however, it was closed — in September 2016 — and its remain…

John Kendall Hawkins (2021-04-06). Ramallah: A Stop and Start Life Full of Checkpoints. counterpunch.org The fall of Jerusalem to the First Crusade in 1099 stunned the world of Islam, which was at the peak of its achievements. Damascus, Cairo and Baghdad were large cities with combined population of over two million—advanced urban civilisation at a time when the citizens of London and Paris numbered less than fifty thousand in

José Blanco (2021-04-06). México — La polarización. globalizacion.ca Ha estado de moda, desde que el presidente López Obrador tomó posesión, acusar a su gobierno de polarizar el escenario político. La acusación no viene acompañada de una explicación específica sobre cuál es la carga negativa que ve el acusador,…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-06). What's happening in Ecuador? peoplesdispatch.org Ground report from Quito, Ecuador days out from the second round of presidential elections. We take you through all of the latest developments and things to look out for just days ahead of the historic electoral contest between progressive candidate Andrés Arauz and conservative banker Guillermo Lasso.

Geraldina Colotti (2021-04-06). The United States' Obsession with Venezuela: The Ordeal of One Italian Citizen. orinocotribune.com By Geraldina Colotti — Apr 3, 2021 | This news item illustrates very well the nature of the real witch-hunt that the United States engages in while attempting to prosecute everyone who tries to get around the economic and financial blockade imposed on Venezuela by the US. Yesterday the press agencies carried this story, and today a well-known newspaper has an interview with the person involved. | This is what happened: an Italian restaurant owner, with no connection to politics, had all his bank accounts frozen for months on the orders of Washington. It was a case of mistaken identity. They had confused him…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-06). U.S. To Carry Out Large-Scale "Northern Edge" Exercise Simulating Arctic Warfare. southfront.org Illustrative image. Click to see full-size image | Starting on May 3rd, the US will hold the 12-day "Northern Edge" military exercise in Alaska, to simulate Arctic warfare. | The Air Force's team in the Pacific will lead the Army, Navy and Marine Corps."Northern Edge allows [U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's] joint force to … put all the pieces of the puzzle together, the big picture, and allow our younger generations within the armed forces to experience what future conflict could feel like, and the complex…

Leonardo Flores (2021-04-06). The Capitol Raid and Pandemic Can Help US Empathize With Venezuelans. commondreams.org For Venezuelans, there is no one "January 6." There are at least half a dozen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/vene_2.jpeg

orinocotribune (2021-04-06). Venezuela Requests UN Assistance to Deactivate Colombian Paramilitary Landmines in Apure — "More Displaced People than Population" orinocotribune.com This Monday, April 5, it was reported that the Venezuelan government requested United Nations (UN) cooperation to eradicate the antipersonnel mines placed in Apure state, bordering Colombia, by drug trafficking groups from Colombia. | In this regard, Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister, Jorge Arreaza, sent a letter to Ilene Cohn, deputy director of the UN service in charge of this range of issues. Arreaza recalled that on May 27, 2013, Venezuela was declared a landmine-free territory. | In this sense, the Minister of Defense, Vladimir Padrino López, stressed that the text of the letter indicated that Venezuela h…

Editor2 (2021-04-06). Some Standard Cynical CIA-Style Cuba COVID Reporting at The Washington Post. orinocotribune.com By Paul Street — Apr 2, 2021 | Never underestimate the cynicism of American corporate media. As the Scotland-based historian Helen Yaffe recently observed on Counterpunch, the socialist state of Cuba currently has five COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials "and is set to be among the first nations to vaccinate its entire population." Further: "Cuba has gone on the offensive against COVID-19, mobilizing the prevention-focused, community based public healthcare system to carry out daily house visits to actively detect and treat cases and channeling the medical science sector to adapt and produce new treatments…

Staff (2021-04-06). New York's "Excluded Workers" Demand First U.S. Fund to Secure Pandemic Aid for Undocumented People. democracynow.org More than a year into the pandemic and the economic crisis it generated, many workers continue to be excluded from receiving any government relief. These excluded workers include undocumented people — many of them in essential services — and people recently released from prison. Hundreds of essential workers across New York are leading marches and hunger strikes to demand lawmakers support a $3.5 billion fund that would be the first of its kind in the United States to provide pandemic relief funding to those excluded from the current system. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now in final negotiations with legi…

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-04-06). 7 Abril: Conversatorio con Gustavo Esteva y Raúl Zibechi. indybay.org Conversatorio: Autonomías en medio de la guerra. El caso de la experiencia zapatista. Miércoles 7 de abril, 11am…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Peru: New COVID Deaths Record Just Before Elections. telesurenglish.net Peru just registered a record single-day death toll, while the country is heading towards an election next weekend to determine a new president and Congress. 294 deaths were recorded on Saturday, up from a previous record of 277 deaths reported in August, said the Peruvian health minister. | RELATED: | New Covid-19 cases reached 5,600 putting Peru among several Latin American countries, struggling to contain a rece…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Mexico Braces for a Third Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Mexico could face a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as the Social Security Institute (IMSS) on Monday warned that the country had seen an upsurge in the recent weeks amid the Easter holidays. | RELATED: | The IMSS reported that it is arranging more beds to expand general and intensive care units' capacity. This as the virus is spreading alarmingly fast. On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported a rate of virus incidence of 174…

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…

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…

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…

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. .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

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Defense Minister Alert on Colombia's Plots Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino on Monday warned that Colombia seeks to promote the deployment of drug trafficking networks and violent armed groups in the Bolivarian territory to provoke a civil war. | RELATED: | "Colombia is sending paramilitary groups to our borders to penetrate our territory and reach the center of Venezuela," Padrino said and rejected the violent events taking place in the frontier st…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-05). Mozambique: Insurgency Causing Irreparable Havoc And Devastation. .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…

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

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Chile To Spend $300 Million To Deport Venezuelans. telesurenglish.net President Sebastian Piñera's administration is implementing a $300-million plan to expel 1,800 foreigners, mostly Venezuelans, via 15 private flights. | RELATED: | Outlet La Tercera revealed details of a tender for services which started on March 12 when the Interior Undersecretary began the bidding process to deport Venezuelans throughout the year. | This is part of the "Colchane Plan" whose implementation bega…

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

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…

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…

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

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,"

Fight Back (2021-04-05). Philippines: Duterte's lockdown brings more hardships and abuse against the people. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following April 1 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Without health and economic measures, the resort to another anti-poor and draconian lockdown in the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjacent provinces four days ago to stop the rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases will only lead to another grand failure. | The Duterte government remains deaf to the demands made a year ago for it to carry out free mass testing and rapid and systematic contact-tracing as key measures to detect and contain the spread of the virus. It has also ignored fre…

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…

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