2021-04-10: News Headlines

Joshua Cho (2021-04-10). Western media incite anti-Asian racism when they join in Cold War against China. mronline.org Over the past few weeks, the subject of anti-Asian racism has received an unusual degree of Western media attention, ever since a video showing the January 28 killing of Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai immigrant in San Francisco, was widely shared on social media. | April 10, 2021 | Newswire…

Walter C. Medina (2021-04-10). Así de fácil, así de simple: Biden apuesta por más campos de concentración para niños migrantes. globalizacion.ca A poco más de un mes de que se difundieran las imágenes de los primeros niños migrantes enjaulados por la flamante administración Biden, el Pentágono aprobó el uso de la base de Camp Roberts -en el Estado de California- para…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-04-10). Understanding India's Migrant Workers' Crisis Through the Prism of Commodity Fetishism. orinocotribune.com By Yanis Iqbal — Apr 8, 2021 | As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies in India, migrant workers are returning back to their villages. Imposition of new restrictions to contain the virus — like the announcement of a night curfew in Delhi — has instilled fears in workers that they will be rendered jobless and get stuck in the industrial centres where they are precariously employed. Migrant workers in several states have been seen waiting to board buses and trains bound for their homes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as their source of income dries up because of Covid-related curbs. The L…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-10). 26 million jobs were lost in Latin America and the Caribbean due to pandemic in one year, says ILO. peoplesdispatch.org The International Labour Organization, in a technical note, said that 26 million workers lost their jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean in the past one year due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Saheli Chowdhury (2021-04-10). April Elections in Latin America: Background and Possibilities. orinocotribune.com By Saheli Chowdhury — Apr 8, 2021 | For Latin America, the 2021 calendar is filled with elections of all kinds—presidential, parliamentary, gubernatorial, municipal, and even one for a constituent assembly. Two of these elections are to take place on the same day in April in two different countries—Ecuador and Peru. The election to select a Constituent Convention in Chile was originally scheduled for the same day, but has been postponed to May, citing the spread of COVID-19. These elections are taking place against a complex political background, with both countries suffering from devastation wr…

orinocotribune (2021-04-10). Colombian Comptroller's Office Finds over a Thousand Irregular Vaccinations. orinocotribune.com The Office of the Comptroller General of Colombia, with assistance of the Directorate of Information, Analysis and Immediate Reaction (DIARI), found that among the Colombians vaccinated against Covid-19, 1,241 do not belong to any of the prioritized groups defined in the second stage of phase one of the National Plan of Vaccination. | Among them, DIARI identified 600 people who are between 26 and 44 years of age, and 189 are within the age range of 18 to 25 years. The 1,241 individuals vaccinated irregularly are not over 60 years old, nor are they health professionals, teachers or students, nor support personnel…

_____ (2021-04-10). Rwanda And Zaire (DRC), Where The US Blocked Humanitarian Intervention. popularresistance.org Judi, the story that most people know, the one that's in the Wikipedia and more or less told in the movie Hotel Rwanda, is that, in April, 1994, Rwandan Hutus were suddenly consumed by mass psychosis and ethnic bloodlust, and killed half a million to a million Rwandan Tutsis. And that they were egged on by La Radio des Milles Collines in Kigali. Then they were saved by General Paul Kagame, who appeared—in the movie—out of nowhere. | And before going on, I think I should say that our friend Paul Rusesabagina, the real life hero of Hotel Rwanda, is now in prison in Rwanda because for one, he has a much…

_____ (2021-04-10). Colombia: Over 3,600 Indigenous Rights Violations In The First Months Of 2021. popularresistance.org The recent upsurge in state and right-wing violence has left all of Colombia reeling, but Indigenous communities have been particularly affected by it. This is evident from recent data published in a report by the Human Rights Observatory of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC). The report revealed that between January 1st and March 9th of this year, a span of little more than two months, over 3674 Indigenous people in Colombia registered human rights violations. | An ONIC press release summarized the harsh realities of the conditions Indigenous people face in the country; "The displacement cau…

otowenh (2021-04-10). ALBA-TCP Women and Gender Meeting Revitalizes Fight Against Patriarchy and Imperialism. orinocotribune.com "It is not possible to separate the struggle against patriarchy from the struggle against imperialism and the hegemonic policies of domination," stated the meeting resolution. | High-ranking authorities related to Women and Gender Issues of ALBA-TCP states met on Wednesday to assess progress and challenges in the construction of a fairer, more egalitarian society without exclusion. | The meeting included the participation and interventions of high-level authorities and representatives of Nicaragua, Bolivia, Granada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Venezuela and Cuba. | Secretary General Sacha LLorenti opened the m…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-10). Venezuela's Arreaza Denounces Colombia's 'Unusual' Response to Request for Dialogue to Fight Colombian Paramilitary. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza described as "unusual" the position of Colombia regarding Venezuela's request for dialogue made through the United Nations, to coordinate a response to Colombian paramilitary incursion in recent weeks inside Venezuelan territory and causing death, damage to property, and panic in the population. | The Venezuelan diplomat, in response to a message on Twitter from the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Colombia, pointed out that his Colombian counterpart had replied to Venezuela's request for dialogue with "a primitive, irresponsible and ideological script." | According to…

Michael Otto (2021-04-10). Ecuador's presidential election: What's at stake? workers.org Ibarra, Ecuador April 9 — The latest polls before the April 11 runoff presidential election here revealed high percentages of null votes and undecided voters and little space between the two candidates. During the last four years, the dominant ruling elites never ceased their desperate and blatantly undemocratic destruction of . . . |

Éric Toussaint (2021-04-10). Ecuador's poisoned loans from the World Bank and the IMF. mronline.org Ecuador provides an example of a government which officially decided to investigate the process of indebtedness so as to identify illegitimate debt and suspend its repayment. | April 10, 2021 | Newswire…

_____ (2021-04-10). Network In Defense Of Humanity Rejects Aggressions By Armed Groups. popularresistance.org The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity, in view of the confrontations that began on March 21 between the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and irregular armed groups in La Victoria, Apure State, near the Colombian border, declares: | -It is an insistently repeated historical fact that irregular armed groups from Colombia, sometimes with the complicit tolerance, sometimes with the connivance, and sometimes with the declared support of the government of that country, crossing into Venezuela's borders to commit common crimes and destabilize the legitimate government. | -We a…

Jaime Galarza Zavala (2021-04-10). El Ecuador vive hoy entre la agonía y la muerte. globalizacion.ca En estos días, dos pequeñas niñas fueron lanzadas de lo alto de un muro de cuatro metros, desde el lado mexicano al desierto norteamericano. Son dos hermanitas de tres y cinco años, oriundas de Loja. El coyote que las arrojó…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-10). México — Respuestas baladíes contra opiniones de supervivencia. globalizacion.ca Al dar a conocer la versión 2020 de su Informe anual sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en México, el Departamento de Estado de EU destacó las bajas tasas de procesos legales para castigar crímenes particularmente contra mujeres, periodistas…

Dolores Gandulfo (2021-04-10). Los desafíos de la región andina camino al superdomingo electoral. globalizacion.ca Este domingo se llevarán a cabo elecciones en Ecuador y Perú, y la segunda vuelta en algunos departamentos de Bolivia. Chile, por su parte, decidió postergar los comicios que se iban a realizar este fin de semana, para el 15…

Pedro Santana Rodríguez (2021-04-10). Colombia — La utilización de la justicia con fines electorales. globalizacion.ca La fiscalía general de Colombia, al frente de la cual está Francisco Barbosa, un uribista-duquista, ha anunciado que le imputara cargos al ex-gobernador de Antioquia y precandidato presidencial de la coalición por la Esperanza, Sergio Fajardo Valderrama. La imputación será…

Greg Grandin (2021-04-10). Elecciones en Ecuador: Prueba de fuego para los paraísos fiscales, la corrupción y el Estado de derecho. globalizacion.ca Está programado que este domingo 11 de abril los ecuatorianos salgan a votar en segunda vuelta para elegir a su presidente. Los candidatos son Guillermo Lasso (foto), un banquero de élite de 65 años; y Andrés Arauz, un exfuncionario progresista…

Carola Chavez (2021-04-10). Summary of Latest Venezuelan Fake News. orinocotribune.com By Carola Chavez — Apr 7, 2021 | Last weekend, a thug from the El Coqui gang took a dip in the pool of a police club. I saw it with my own eyes: a guy on the edge of the pool, throwing himself in, as if it was an everyday thing, along with a write-up that said who he was. "We do not believe in policemen, or in anyone," they said, dying of laughter, and then splash! | The dip was a trending topic last weekend and even today, despite the fact that one of the most vociferous "news outlets" specialized in fake news tweets posted the correction—yes—in a single and timid tweet about the false news item…

Steve Lalla (2021-04-10). Canadian Member of Parliament: Sanctions on Venezuela Are Illegal and Immoral. orinocotribune.com April 8 (Special for OrinocoTribune.com) — Don Davies, lawyer and member of Canada's national parliament, confirmed that unilateral coercive measures (UCM) imposed on Venezuela by the US and its allies, including Canada, are "illegal as well as immoral." | Davies characterized the sanctions as a violation of international law. He also attested that "regime" change was the apparent goal of the unilateral coercive measures, in contravention of the United Nations' legal framework. | "These unilateral 'sanctions' are not grounded firmly in international law," said Davies. "I think these 'sanctions' are actually…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-10). Brazil At High Risk Of Dengue Outbreaks After Droughts Because Of Temporary Water Storage. eurasiareview.com Dengue risk is exacerbated in highly populated areas of Brazil after extreme drought because of improvised water containers housing mosquitoes, suggests a new study in Lancet Planetary Health. | The research was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's (LSHTM) Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health and Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases. Using advanced statistical modelling techniques, the team predicted the timing and intensity of dengue risk in Brazil from extreme weather patterns. | The risk of dengue was high in urban areas three to five months after extreme…

Aarathi Prasad (2021-04-10). [Perspectives] Donna Kinnair: campaigning for the real value of nursing. thelancet.com Nursing had always been a career that Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the UK Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Non-Executive Director, East London NHS Foundation Trust, wanted to be a part of. Her family came to the UK in the 1950s, part of the Windrush generation. "I have a brother who is a doctor, and a sister who is a midwife…nursing was actually a part of my family, it was also part of my family history in the Caribbean", she says. Yet nursing wasn't the path she initially followed.

orinocotribune (2021-04-10). United Kingdom Has Not Released a Single Dollar Belonging to Venezuela for Vaccine Purchases. orinocotribune.com Venezuela is one of the few countries in the world that has had, and still has, to face Covid-19 pandemic while being subjected to an unprecedented blockade imposed by the United States and European countries. The government of President Nicolás Maduro has called incessantly for the end of these illegal coercive measures and is especially waiting for the release of $300 million kept frozen by the Bank of England. However, "not a single dollar" of that money has been released until now, informed Jorge Arreaza, Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, in a recent interview. With this money, the State intends to buy…

_____ (2021-04-10). Why China's Vaccine Internationalism Matters. popularresistance.org United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called it "the biggest moral test" facing the world today. World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom warned of a "catastrophic moral failure" whose price would be paid with the lives of those in the world's poorest countries. | Such cautionings of inequitable global vaccine distribution have been shunted to the margins; instead, optimistic chatter of "returning to normal" is circulating once again as Global North citizens line up for their long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine. But normal, as ever, is relative: public health advocates warn that some countr…

A Guest Author (2021-04-10). Venezuela has its strategy: Bolivarian Shield. workers.org By Sergio Rodríguez Gelfenstein/Guest Commentary The writer was the director of international relations in Venezuela's presidential office and the country's ambassador to Nicaragua. Translation: John Catalinotto. President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela April 7 — Throughout its history the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), founded in 1947, has been the main actor . . . |

Chris Graham (2021-04-10). Defending The Indefensible. zcomm.org There's No Case For Keeping A Justice System That Fails Half The Population…

_____ (2021-04-10). Book Review: The Revolution Won't Be Stopped. popularresistance.org Republican strategist Karl Rove often advised his clients to attack not the enemy's weaknesses but its strengths. The bipartisan US foreign policy disinformation machine has taken Rove's advice with tedious devotion. So, to attack Nicaragua, the machine's fabrications and propaganda have targeted some of that country's strengths: gender equity, Indigenous rights and autonomy, democracy, sovereignty, and a successful response to the pandemic, as well as the Sandinista government's great popularity. | This should not surprise. It's the same Rovian method used against Nicaragua's friends and allies and countries the…

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-04-10). Hambre y miseria en el narco-Estado hondureño. globalizacion.ca Otra semicolonia estadounidense en el continente americano, Honduras, donde por décadas han primado la corrupción oficial, las represiones militares, la desatención social con las secuelas de hambre y miseria entre sus pobladores, acaba de ser presentado en los tribunales de…

Enrique Calderón Alzati (2021-04-10). México — La Cuarta Transformación. globalizacion.ca Como parte central de su campaña presidencial, Andrés Manuel López Obrador convocó a la sociedad mexicana a realizar una nueva transformación equiparable a los tres grandes movimientos sociales en la historia de México: el de la Independencia, iniciado en 1810;…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-10). Russia Lacks Sufficient Number Of Migrants To Fulfill Its Ambitious Development Plans — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Despite various official efforts, including regular payment of maternal capital to stimulate birth rates and regulating migration policy to boost population, Russia is reportedly experiencing decreasing population. According to the Federal State Statistics Service, Russia's population currently stands at approximately 144 million, down from 148.3 million. | Experts at the Higher School of Economics believe that regulating the legal status of migrants, majority of them arriving from the Commonwealth of Independent States or the former Soviet republics, could be useful or resourceful for developing the economy,…

ABR (2021-04-10). Brazil: Government Makes $590.7Mln From Auction Of 22 Airports. eurasiareview.com By Daniel Mello | In an auction held earlier this week at Sà£o Paulo stock exchange B3, 22 airports were conceded across 12 states, bringing in $590.7 million. The competition was organized by Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency in three blocks: North, South, and Central. | The Companhia de Participaàßàµes em Concessàµes, part of the CCR group, won the South (nine airports) for $375.9 million and the Central section (six airports) for $134.9 million. The bids had a premium of 1.534 and 9.156 percent, respectively. Vinci Airports won the North (seven airports), paying $75.7 million,…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-10). Regional Habitat Differences Identified For Threatened Piping Plovers On Atlantic Coast. eurasiareview.com Piping plovers, charismatic shorebirds that nest and feed on many Atlantic Coast beaches, rely on different kinds of coastal habitats in different regions along the Atlantic Coast, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. | The Atlantic Coast and Northern Great Plains populations of the piping plover were listed as federally threatened in 1985. The Atlantic coast population is managed in three regional recovery units, or regions: New England, which includes Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Mid-Atlantic, which includes New York and New Jersey; and Southern, which…

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-04-10). Sunday 4/11: Ten Things for US to Understand about Latin America. indybay.org ZOOM meeting. Login info available on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG

claudia (2021-04-09). April Dispatch — Fighting for Democracy and Economic Power. dsausa.org Enjoy your April Dispatch! This month we have PRO Act volunteering, a Convention update, and more. Read on to get involved! From Maria: We Won't Be Divided PRO Act Field Team Update — Sign Up to Phonebank Today! Friday 4/9 — RSVP for Organizing Overseas: Migrant Domestic Worker Organizing in the Asia-Pacific Region Your Convention…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Latin America Lost 26 Million Jobs in 2020 Due to the Pandemic. telesurenglish.net The International Labour Organization (ILO) reported that Latin America lost 26 million jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The average employment rate fell from 57.4 percent to 51.7 percent. Job contractions were recorded in formal and informal sectors, with the latter being the most affected. | The employment reduction did not affect equally men and women. Over the last year, female unemploymen…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-09). Police crackdown on communist activists amid unrest in Kenya and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we take a look at the crackdown on communist activists in Kenya, ILO's report on widespread job losses in the LAC region, a hunger strike by undocumented workers for pandemic aid in the US, Israel's announcement that it will not cooperate with the ICC probe, and the withdrawal of felony charges against 3 organizers in the US.

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Bolsonaro Rejects Supreme Court's COVID-19 Pandemic Inquiry. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected a Supreme Court probe of his administration's response to the COVID-1 pandemic. Bolsonaro said that the court has "no moral courage" to carry out the investigation. | RELATED: | The reaction comes after Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso demanded this Thursday that the Senate conduct an inquiry into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which Bolsonaro has publicly…

Reynard Loki (2021-04-09). 'Sacrifice Zones': How People of Color Are Targets of Environmental Racism. counterpunch.org The Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how systemic racism disproportionately places danger and harm on low-income and minority populations. One harsh reality of this systemic racism is the existence of "sacrifice zones," which are communities located near pollution hot spots that have been permanently impaired by intensive and concentrated industrial

Cesar Chelala (2021-04-09). Yemen is a Public Health Catastrophe. counterpunch.org The war in Yemen -the Arab world's poorest country- has reached new heights of sickness and death by the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic in a vulnerable and fragile population. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could be greater than the combined toll of war, disease and hunger over the last five years, according

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister: Biden Acting 'Irrational' Towards Venezuela. orinocotribune.com In an interview with the international news agency AFP, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza called the position of US President Joe Biden "irrational" because of the latter's continued non-recognition of the government of President Nicolás Maduro. In effect, Arreaza said that Venezuela has not given up trying to re-establish contact with Washington in order to normalize relations between the two countries. | "We have not received any contact or positive response to the hand that President Maduro extended," said Arreaza, referring to the messages sent by the Miraflores Palace to the White House. Howe…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Cuba: Health Minister Urges More Prevention To Curb COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Minister of Public Health, Dr. José àÅngel Portal Miranda, urged the population to comply with protective measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, at a time when the Caribbean country has accumulated 83,515 confirmed cases and 443 deaths due to complications of the disease. | RELATED: | Interviewed by a local TV program, the official said that the Cuban health system faces its most challenging moment since COVID-19 started on the is…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuela to Send Humanitarian Aid to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — La Soufrière Volcano. orinocotribune.com In the next few hours, Venezuela will send humanitarian aid and disaster management experts to cooperate in evacuation and preventive relocation of citizens in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, following the alert issued by the authorities of that country after an increase in the activity of the La Soufrière volcano. | The information was provided this Thursday, April 8, by Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza through his Twitter account @jaarreaza: "In the next few hours #Venezuela will send humanitarian supplies and disaster management experts to cooperate in evacuation and preventive relocation of…

Chris Smith (2021-04-09). Trapping: New Mexico Moves Forward, Montana Leaps Backward. counterpunch.org Thinking about some other Western states' version of so-called "leadership," I am grateful for what we have here in New Mexico. Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is infamous for assaulting a journalist, attempting to undermine democracy, and violating his state's hunting regulations (at least twice). News recently broke that Gianforte illegally trapped and killed a wolf

Editor2 (2021-04-09). Car-Bombing Highlights State's Culpability in Colombia's Violence. orinocotribune.com On Friday, March 26, a car bomb in the town of Corinto in the Cauca department was detonated, leaving 43 people injured, including 11 public officials, and causing heavy damages. Diego Molano, recently appointed Defense Minister, accused the Molano Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column, a dissident group of the FARC, of carrying out the attack. | Corinto, a town of about 35,000 residents, has become, according to authorities, a strategic area on a crowded drug and weapons route heading towards the southwestern part of the country. This has made it a much-disputed territory amongst armed groups. According to the Colombian…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). April 15 Webinar: Armed Conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia Border — The Battle of Apure. orinocotribune.com The armed aggression of Colombian criminal groups against the civilian population in the state of Apure, Venezuela, involved drug trafficking paramilitaries, used by Colombia and the US to attack the Bolivarian revolution. Venezuelan military regained control of the area after uncovering cocaine producing labs, airplane tracks and narco planes. | Join us to hear from the mayor of La Victoria, Apure state, the details about the current situation in his town and the measures that the Venezuelan state is taking to defend the integrity of its territory and population. | April 15, 2021 07: 00 PM ET | Link to the Zoom…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-09). The Judicial Persecution of Steven Donziger. counterpunch.org For some, call them criminal justice ingenues, it may be hard to believe this is happening in the United States, that our famed judiciary has sunk this low. But in the U.S., a judge acts as prosecutor and jury on behalf of a giant oil company, Chevron, as it destroys the life and career of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger. His crime? Daring to win a judgment against Chevron in an Ecuadorian court. For those less enchanted with the U.S. justice system, this is no surprise. But there it is. This judicial travesty is occurring in New York state. And the Chevron friendly judges — first Lewis A. Kaplan and hi…

G. Dunkel (2021-04-09). Solidarity with the Haitian struggle. workers.org The month of March saw a number of demonstrations throughout North America in solidarity with the struggles of the working people of Haiti for justice, democracy and an end to U.S. interference in its internal affairs. Members of the Haitian diaspora along with their international allies held rallies in cities . . . |

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Venezuela Maintains the Apure Border Situation Under Control. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) Chief of Staff Admiral Remigio Ceballos Friday offered an update on the military activities in the bordering Apure state, where Colombian irregular armed groups conduct destabilization actions. | RELATED: | He informed the deployment of an additional special brigade to confront these groups, which attack Venezuelan soil without any rejection from Colombia's President…

WSWS (2021-04-09). Homelessness crisis rises across the US Midwest. wsws.org The federal eviction moratorium, now extended to June 30, has never included rent forgiveness, meaning that massive debts are accumulating that cannot be repaid and will result in an eruption of evictions once it is lifted…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Argentina To Penalize Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Senate Thursday approved a bill that seeks to incorporate into the Penal Code sexual harassment in public spaces. | RELATED: | The bill, which was approved with 67 votes in favor and one negative vote, proposes fines and imprisonment to fight and prevent sexual harassment. | Fines of up to US$216 will be imposed on anyone who disturbs another person's dignity and physical, psychological, or sexual integrit…

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