2021-04-08: News Headlines

Inge Fryklund (2021-04-08). The US War on Drugs is Driving the Displacement Crisis. counterpunch.org We are torn by images of unaccompanied minors and overcrowded facilities at our southern border, but few in the United States are asking why so many Central American families are so desperate to escape their own countries that they are willing to risk everything — including family separation. These migrants are not fleeing some Act

Taroa Zuniga Silva (2021-04-08). Migrant women are holding society together during this pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Throughout the past year, as the epidemic has ravaged the world, domestic workers, the bulk of whom are migrant women, have shouldered extremely heavy burdens. At the same time, their working conditions have taken a turn for the worse…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Court Upholds $10 Million Judgment Against Bolivian Leaders for 2003 Massacre. orinocotribune.com April 6, 2021, Miami — Yesterday, a federal judge rejected an attempt by Bolivia's former president, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, and former defense minister, José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, to vacate a $10 million damages award against them for the massacre of unarmed Indigenous people in 2003. A jury found the former officials liable under the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) in April 2018, after a month-long trial that included six days of jury deliberations. The trial marked the first time in U.S. history that a former head of state sat before his accusers in a U.S. human rights trial. In an unusual move…

pyeverino (2021-04-08). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series. dsausa.org 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 from education to healthcare. Today's movements facing neo-fascism, militarization, and an unprecedented public health…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). In Commune: The Che Guevara Commune (Part 2). orinocotribune.com By Katrina Kozarek — Apr 3, 2021 | In the second part of our episode, we look at how the Che Guevara Commune's economic development has improved its political reach and impact on the local community. | Outside of Venezuela, communes are a little-known aspect of the Bolivarian Revolution. Yet the development of the communal state is central to Hugo Chávez's 21st century socialism. | Through the In Commune series, Venezuelanalysis explores diverse rural and urban communes to help better understand what these highly controversial bodies mean, how they work, and what they could signify for the future of the B…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). After 23-day hunger strike, undocumented workers in New York win USD 2.1 billion in assistance. peoplesdispatch.org The protests, organized by the Fund Excluded Workers campaign, sought to deliver benefits to undocumented workers who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The victory has been hailed but activist groups say more needs to be done…

_____ (2021-04-08). The Capitol Raid And Pandemic Can Help Us Empathize With Venezuelans. popularresistance.org The January 6th raid on the Capitol and the pandemic that has upended the lives of every American seemingly have nothing to do with Venezuela. But the effects they had on U.S. political and economic stability offer a glimpse into what Venezuelans have been going through for the past several years of failed coups and sanctions. | Remember how January 6th felt? The shock, confusion and fear. The constant refreshing of Twitter feeds or eyes glued to cable news, watching a bunch of extremists attempt to overthrow the government. The not knowing what was going to happen next and whether it would impact our daily lives…

Greta Anderson (2021-04-08). Mexican Wolf Depredation Investigations…Again. counterpunch.org Hey folks, I'm back to reviewing Mexican wolf depredation investigation reports and sifting through another few hundred pages of blood, guts, bones, and grammatical errors, and today I found these two from Apache County, Arizona in May 2020: AC 5-27-20 3, AC 5-27-20 4. Both of the reports are about really young dead calves, estimated to

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). What's happening in Ecuador? mronline.org Ground report from Quito, Ecuador days out from the second round of presidential elections. | April 8, 2021 | Newswire…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Biden and Latin America. orinocotribune.com By Alexander Main — Apr 5, 2021 | Late in the morning of November 8, 2020 cheering and honking erupted throughout Washington, DC as news outlets announced that Joe Biden was the projected winner of the US presidential election. Thousands of mostly young Washingtonians gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza, across from the White House, to celebrate the defeat of a blatantly racist, sexist, and xenophobic president. | Relief and joy were also palpable in the city's well-heeled neighborhoods, where senior civil servants and government contractors could at last envision a return to the more normal and predictable…

_____ (2021-04-08). Standing With Daniel Hale, Standing With Whistleblowers. popularresistance.org Join us for a special broadcast featuring DRAD Policy Director Chip Gibbons, Jesselyn Radack head of Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at ExposeFacts, and whistleblowers who have faced Espionage Act charges. | Last week, Daniel Hale, a drone whistleblower, pled guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act. Hale admitted in court that he gave to an investigative reporter documents detailing human rights abuses pertaining to the US's troubling assassination program. Although this information was in the public interest, the government nonetheless indicted Hale under the Espionage Act. | Thi…

WSWS (2021-04-08). Taiwan threatens to shoot down Chinese drones amid mounting US-China conflict. wsws.org Encouraged by the US, Taiwanese officials are escalating their war rhetoric as provocative US military exercises in the region threaten to precipitate a clash with Chinese forces.

Editor2 (2021-04-08). What's Happening in Ecuador? orinocotribune.com Five days out from the second round of elections in Ecuador, Peoples Dispatch brings you a report on some of the key elements to look out for this week | 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 conserv…

orinocotribune (2021-04-08). Jorge Arreaza Rejects Peru's Comments About Venezuela Obstructing Voting for 20,000 Peruvians in Venezuela. orinocotribune.com The National Office of Electoral Processes of Peru (ONPE) denounced an alleged lack of cooperation by Venezuelan authorities in the organization of voting for Peruvians residing in Venezuela for the general elections on April 11. In response, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza denied the accusation, and assured that the State has not obstructed the right to vote for the over 20,000 Peruvians registered to vote in Venezuela. | In Arreaza's tweet, he shared a post by the former Peruvian ambassador to Venezuela (currently residing in Venezuela), Luis Raygada Souza-Ferreira, in which the latter shared…

Adán Chávez Frías (2021-04-08). Venezuela — La cárcel de la dignidad (II). globalizacion.ca I | Damos la bienvenida al mes de abril, tiempo de rebelión popular, de conmemoración de los diecinueve años de la hazaña protagonizada por el heroico Pueblo de Bolívar y de Chávez durante los días 11, 12 y 13 de este…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Cuba: First Stage of Phase III Trial with Soberana 02 Concludes. orinocotribune.com The study's principal researcher, Dr. María Eugenia Toledo, stated that so far the results of the process are "encouraging in terms of the safety of the product and the immune response." | The first stage of phase III clinical trial of the Cuban Soberana 02

STEVE O'KEEFE (2021-04-08). The Fecalnomics of The Filibuster. counterpunch.org When you add a super-majority vote to an already undemocratic U.S. Senate, you compound the difficulty of accomplishing anything. Exactly how difficult does it become? Eleven percent of the population gets to veto anything the other 89 percent agree to! With two Senators from each state, the U.S. Senate is a geographical body, not a

_____ (2021-04-08). A Crisis Of 'Forced Mass Displacement' Of Black Pittsburghers. popularresistance.org Pennsylvania – Why did 7,000 Black Pittsburgh residents leave the city between 2014 and 2018? | The answer depends on who's talking. | Community activist Randall Taylor, a former Pittsburgh Public Schools board member and city council candidate, calls it a "crisis of forced mass displacement" of Black residents. | City councilmen Ricky Burgess and R. Daniel Lavelle say the issue is more nuanced and that most of the 7% of the Black population that left during that time period did so by choice. | Taylor and 31 other city residents on Tuesday petitioned Pittsburgh City Council for a public hearing on the issue and t…

Alex MacDonald (2021-04-08). UK: Ex-minister accuses pro-Israel lobbyists of 'disgusting interference'. middleeasteye.net UK: Ex-minister accuses pro-Israel lobbyists of 'disgusting interference' | Alan Duncan has said that the Conservative Friends of Israel fiercely lobbied to prevent him becoming Middle East minister | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 11: 26 | Former British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan gestures during a joint press conference with Ecuador's Ambassador Jaime Marchan at Victoria Gard…

Anand Naidoo (2021-04-08). The Heat: Vaccine inequality and Brazil battles COVID-19. america.cgtn.com Vaccinations are ramping up in the U.S., but President Joe Biden warns the country is still in a war against COVID-19. Meanwhile, in Brazil, hospitals and morgues are being stretched to the limit, and the prognosis for other low-income countries is similarly grim, as vaccine distribution continues to be a major challenge.

Francisco Colmenares (2021-04-08). Pemex en dos años del gobierno de AMLO. globalizacion.ca México, en el 83 aniversario de la expropiación petrolera decretada por el gobierno del general Lázaro Cárdenas y cuando el precio del barril de la mezcla mexicana está al alza, cotizándose por arriba de 60 dólares, enfrenta retos extraordinarios en…

orinocotribune (2021-04-08). Vice President Delcy Rodríguez Explains Measures to Curb Economic Effects of the Pandemic. orinocotribune.com Faced with a worsening severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Venezuela and the world, which has troubled international markets and the Venezuelan economy—also affected by the blockade and the coercive measures imposed by the United States and Europe—the Venezuelan Executive has designed new policies with which to protect economic stability and maintain social services. | In this sense, the Executive Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, detailed this Wednesday, April 7, the set of economic and financial support measures for workers, families, micro and small businesses, which President Nicol…

Laura Wells (2021-04-08). Ten Things for US to Understand about Latin America. indybay.org The more we know about what is really happening in Latin America, the more we can see that the region can be a source of inspiration rather than a threat requiring US sanctions.

PAULUS (2021-04-08). COMUNICAZIONE RIGUARDO MISSIVE RICEVUTE DA MEXICO CHIAPAS. indybay.org DICHIARAZIONE COMANDO SUPREMO GABINETTO DI GUERRA RIGUARDI MISSIVE RICEVUTE DA MEXICO…

SUB (2021-04-08). DICHIARAZIONE COMANDO GENERALE ZAPATISTA MEXICO 7-04-2021. indybay.org COMANDACIA GENERAL ZAPATISTA CHIAPAS MEXICO 7-04-2021…

Andy Piascik (2021-04-08). White Supremacist Organizations and White Workers. zcomm.org With living standards in decline, the appeal of those who blame Blacks, women, gays and immigrants of color will continue unless a concerted effort is made to organize among white workers…

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-08). Venezuela Rolls Out Economic Support as COVID-19 Infections Spread. zcomm.org The measures include a ban on evictions, a special "stay at home" benefit for two million private-sector workers, and a one-time benefit for 15 million people…

Staff (2021-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2021. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Surge, With Record Daily Infections in India, Turkey and Iran, Brazil's President Rejects Nationwide Lockdown Despite Record COVID-19 Death Toll, Countries Cut Back on AstraZeneca Vaccinations After Reports of Rare Blood Clots, U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Rise, Driven by Young People, Gaza Strip Locks Down Amid COVID Surge and Vaccine Shortage as Cases Plummet in Israel, U.S. Restores Financial Aid to U.N. Relief Agency for Palestine, Biden Names Gun Control Advocate to Lead Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Sen. Joe Manchin Doubles Down on Opposition to We…

webdev (2021-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2021. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Surge, With Record Daily Infections in India, Turkey and Iran, Brazil's President Rejects Nationwide Lockdown Despite Record COVID-19 Death Toll, Countries Cut Back on AstraZeneca Vaccinations After Reports of Rare Blood Clots, U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Rise, Driven by Young People, Gaza Strip Locks Down Amid COVID Surge and Vaccine Shortage as Cases Plummet in Israel, U.S. Restores Financial Aid to U.N. Relief Agency for Palestine, Biden Names Gun Control Advocate to Lead Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Sen. Joe Manchin Doubles Down on Opposition to We…

José A. Amesty R. (2021-04-08). La oposición en Venezuela utiliza la vacuna de AstraZeneca como arma política. globalizacion.ca En estos momentos, la vacuna llamada AstraZeneca ha sido suspendida por varios países de Europa principalmente, así como otros países del mundo, después de reportes de posibles efectos secundarios graves y por las complicaciones que se han presentado a quienes…

Maeve Higgins (2021-04-07). Maeve in America: Immigrant Kids Aren't All Right. progressive.org Immigrant children living within the United States face an unfair hurdle in getting government assistance.

orinocotribune (2021-04-07). President Maduro Announced New Economic Measures to Counter COVID-19's Second Wave. orinocotribune.com Tuesday, April 6, President Nicolás Maduro announced new economic measures for the protection of the Venezuelan people in the midst of the fight against COVID-19. From Miraflores Palace, he reported that about 15.1 million cardholders, through the Patria System, will in the coming days receive a special support bonus from the Chavista government to face the pandemic, similar to US stimulus checks. | In this regard, the Head of State also announced the extension, until September, of the prohibition on the collection of credit guarantees, the prohibition on reclassifying credit risk, and the express prohibition of…

_____ (2021-04-07). China Offers To Tutor Planet Following Extreme Poverty Elimination. popularresistance.org Home to nearly one-fifth of the world's population, China's social policies have a dramatic effect on humanity as a whole. Despite a shift toward allowing capitalist markets in the late 1970s, the socialist state has still accounted for nearly three-quarters of global poverty elimination since then. | China's State Council Information Office has published a white paper outlining how the socialist country can teach the rest of the world about how to alleviate poverty. In the last 40 years, China has lifted 770 million people out of poverty, declaring an end to its most extreme forms in November. | Titled "Poverty…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). Globalink | Brazil Sees Record Daily Deaths From COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Meanwhile, 86,979 people tested positive in the last day, bringing the national tally to around 13,100,580. Health authorities in the hard-hit city of Sao Paulo warned that April will be the worst month of the pandemic, eclipsing the deaths seen in March throughout Brazil. | Brazil started its vaccination process on Jan. 17 and has so far inoculated 20,023,132 people with at least one dose, while 5,595,929 people have received both doses, according to official data compiled by local press. The South American country has the world's second-largest outbreak in terms of both deaths and cases, after the United Sta…

Brasil de Fato (2021-04-07). Brazil breaks record with 4,195 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours. peoplesdispatch.org As Brazil breaks records with numbers of deaths and confirmed cases, a study done by PoderData reveals that significant sectors of Brazilian society believe that Bolsonaro is responsible for the health crisis…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). 'Bolsonaro Is a Global Treat' Lula Says On the World Health Day. telesurenglish.net On World Health Day, the National Council of Health Secretaries (CONASS) informed that Brazil registered 4,195 deaths from COVID-19, the highest number of deaths in one day so far. | RELATED: | Despite the critical situation the Brazilian health system is going through, President Jair Bolsonaro ruled out the implementation of a national lockdown and the enforcement of epidemiological measures. | "The Brazilian army will not…

Editor2 (2021-04-07). Lenin Moreno Deepens Ecuador's Political Crisis Ahead of Presidential Elections. orinocotribune.com By Alejandra Garcia — Apr 4, 2021 | Ecuador will go to polls on Sunday, April 11, amid new restrictive measures imposed by outgoing President Lenin Moreno to contain the pandemic. Although the country has been mired in a health crisis for months due to the government's mishandling of COVID-19, the ultra-right-wing leader has decreed a 30-day state of emergency in the country's eight main provinces one week before elections. | "Ecuador's democracy is once again in danger," warned leftist Union for Hope Alliance (UNES) candidate Andrés Arauz, who is the favorite to win the second round of presidential election…

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-07). Venezuela Rolls Out Economic Support to Keep Workers Home as COVID-19 Infections Spread. venezuelanalysis.com The measures include a ban on evictions, a special "stay at home" benefit for two million private-sector workers, and a one-time benefit for 15 million people.

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-07). Corpses in Black Bags? More Fake News from Venezuelan Anti-Chavista Healthcare Personnel and Students. orinocotribune.com Groups connected to healthcare personnel from Venezuela's extreme right staged another attempt at fake news this Tuesday, April 6, mounting a demonstration with black bags tied up to appear as human corpses at the Hospital Clínico Universitario in Caracas. | Morbidly presenting the supposed corpses, the anti-Chavista healthcare personnel tried to capitalize on the anxiety of Venezuela's population in the midst of a second COVID-19 wave to rally people against the government, but many considered the objective was not accomplished. | The aforementioned healthcare center is one of those that provides specialized car…

orinocotribune (2021-04-07). This is How the Venezuelan Army Dialogues Face-to-Face with those Returning to Apure from Colombia. orinocotribune.com Faced with the media attacks that have generated fear and anxiety in the populations of Apure state, on the border between Venezuela and Colombia, the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) has held people's assemblies with the returnees from El Ripial. The intention is not only to accompany them after what they have experienced after fleeing the violence of Colombian paramilitary groups, but to clarify that the military body is positioned as a guarantor of the comprehensive protection of the inhabitants, and not the other way around. | It should be noted that these groups of displaced people have fled from clash…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). Venezuela Deploys Marine Corps On Border With Colombia. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) on Wednesday informed on the Marine Corps deployment in Apure state to support the fight against Colombian irregular armed groups. | RELATED: | "The Marines will support Apure's people and the Armed forces in the fight for peace and territorial integrity," the FANB Strategic Operational Commander Remigio Ceballos said. | "All those who attack the Venezuelan govern…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-07). Violence and humanitarian crisis intensify in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org According to the INDEPAZ, as of April 6, 43 social leaders and 14 ex-combatants of FARC have been assassinated by illegal armed groups. 91 people have been killed in 25 massacres this year. The violence has led to the forced displacement of around 15,000 people…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). Amazon Lost 17 Percent to Deforestation in 2020 -Report. telesurenglish.net The environmental organization Amazon Conservation reported on Wednesday that the South American rainforest lost 17 percent of its area to deforestation in 2020, representing 2.3 million hectares devastated across nine countries. | RELATED: | According to the latest data, Brazil accounts for 65 percent of the loss, followed by Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia. Moreover, the primary forest loss in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). Mexico and Argentina Call for Debt Relief for Poor Countries. telesurenglish.net Mexico and Argentina called Wednesday for new mechanisms for debt relief for middle-income countries, arguing that it could prevent a financing crisis arising from the coronavirus pandemic. | Both nations presented a joint statement issued during the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank and the Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers' meeting. | RELATED: | The two Latin American c…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). Bolivia: Ex-President Sanchez de Lozada Is Guilty of Massacre. telesurenglish.net A U.S. Federal Court upheld a ruling that forces ex-Bolivia's President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (1993-1997 & 2002-2003) and ex-Defense Minister Carlos Sanchez to pay compensation for "extrajudicial killings" in 2003. | RELATED: | Previously, the defendants asked U.S. Federal Judge James Cohn to vacate the civil process approved against them in 2018. They must now pay US$10 million compensation. | The case was filed in…

Arab News (2021-04-07). French Trade Minister Says Companies Committed To Increase, Diversify Investments In Saudi Arabia — Interview. eurasiareview.com By Noor Nugali | With direct investment amounting to more than ‚Ǩ3.7 billion ($4.37 billion), France is one of the largest investors in Saudi Arabia. Projects relating to the Vision 2030 program to diversify the Saudi economy offer yet more opportunities for strengthening the bilateral partnership. France is keen to share its expertise in such fields as energy, water, transport, new technology, and aerospace. | For Saudi investors, France's innovation ecosystem and location make it an ideal gateway for trade with the EU. Franck Riester, French minister delegate for foreign trade and economic…

Lorraine Liriano Chávez (2021-04-07). Puerto Rico: The water route is a lifeline for the people of Vieques, Culebra. workers.org Translation of banner reads: 'We demand a better maritime transport service', June 2019 protest. Photo Credit: peoplesdispatch.org On April 2 while Catholics worldwide observed Good Friday, the people of Culebra and Vieques Islands took to the streets to protest the malfunctioning maritime transportation system. Their outcry for justice echoed with . . . |

Eurasia Review (2021-04-07). Speedbumps Protect One Of Africa's Rarest Primates. eurasiareview.com A new study revealed that a drastic reduction of deaths of one of Africa's rarest primates, the Zanzibar red colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii), followed the installation of four speedbumps along a stretch of road where the species frequently crossed. | Zanzibar red colobus are found only in the Zanzibar archipelago and classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Reliant on Unguja Island's forests for their survival, around half of the species population is found in Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park. | In the study, published in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation, primatologists from Bangor Universit…

_____ (2021-04-07). Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity On Avoiding War In Ukraine. popularresistance.org We last communicated with you on December 20, 2020, when you were President-elect. | At that time, we alerted you to the dangers inherent in formulating a policy toward Russia built on a foundation of Russia-bashing. While we continue to support the analysis contained in that memorandum, this new memo serves a far more pressing purpose. We wish to draw your attention to the dangerous situation that exists in Ukraine today, where there is growing risk of war unless you take steps to forestall such a conflict. | At this juncture, we call to mind two basic realities that need particular emphasis amid growing tension…

WSWS (2021-04-07). Why did a Massachusetts Nurses Association official appear at an event sponsored by the Morning Star in Britain? wsws.org The appearance by the MNA's Muldoon was aimed at isolating the striking St. Vincent nurses. A genuine fight to unite health care workers in an international struggle requires forging the struggle of nurses and other health care workers around the globe into a conscious and organized opposition.

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