2021-04-11: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Live: Ecuador Hits the Polls in Decisive Runoff Election. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker; and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, regional banking, extractivism and more. | 8: 00 AM EST – Election observers harassed by police after meeting with correista lawmaker Fausto Jarrin Teran | The electoral observation mission of the U.S. human rights organization CODEPINK currently in Ecuador to observe today's presidential elections was accosted by police as it were l…

Lautaro Rivara (2021-04-11). It's election day in Ecuador: A look at what lies ahead. peoplesdispatch.org The run-off election between progressive candidate Andrés Arauz and banker Guillermo Lasso is taking place amid an escalating pandemic, an economic crisis, and fears of irregularities…

Ron Jacobs (2021-04-11). Biden, Blinken and DOD. counterpunch.org Although the Blinken-Biden foreign policy approach may be more palatable to European governments and much of the US population, that doesn't mean it's that different from what preceded it. Besides the possible reinstatement of the Iran nuclear deal and a re-engagement with Cuba, little seems likely to change. US residents will continue to be told

Ron Ridenour (2021-04-11). Ecuador's New Socialist Party Set to Win Elections Despite U.S. Intervention and Deceptive Identity Politics. globalresearch.ca Ever since the former President Rafael Correa-backed presidential candidate, Andrés Arauz…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Restaurant, Band: Peru's Candidates Go Wild on TV. telesurenglish.net Peru's 18 presidential candidates had a televised breakfast with their relatives on Sunday to kick off election day. This, amid despair outside of polling stations due to opening delays. | RELATED: | The candidates moved to several parts of the country for the morning event, which is a tradition in Peru. Some of them, such as Verónika Mendoza from Together for Peru, received several reporters at this house despite social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemi…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Live: Long Lines During Ecuador's Presidential Runoff Elections. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker, and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official, have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, regional integration, extractivism and more. | 3: 00 PM EST – Lasso rejoices in democratic celebration while analysts fear early victory decalaration | Conservative banker and candidate for the CREO coalition Guillermo Lasso celebrated the democratic celebration of Sunday's presidential runoff elections, stating his hopes to achiev…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Election Bolivia: Four Out of Nine Departments Decide Today. telesurenglish.net Bolivia decides on Sunday the local governmental authorities in the departments of La Paz, Tarija, Pando, and Chuquisaca as the parties go to a second round in these regions following a landslide victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) on March 7. The ruling party seeks to consolidate its power in some of Bolivia's most important regions. | RELATED: | On March 7, the ruling party MAS won outright 240 seats…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Bolivia Sees Peaceful Second-Round of Departmental Elections. telesurenglish.net Bolivia has seen on Sunday a peaceful election day concerning biosecurity measures. Thus far, there have been no significant irregularities reported as people in the departments of La Paz, Tarija, Pando, and Chuquisaca decide on its representative. After a landslide victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) on March 7, the ruling party seeks to consolidate its power in some of Bolivia's most important regions. | teleSUR's correspondent in Bolivia, Freddy Morales, reports there have been no irregularities in La Paz but a low voter turnout in several polling stations. | On the other hand, after casting his…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). General Election Day Begins in Peru. telesurenglish.net The electoral process had already started this Sunday in Peru. At 11H00 GMT, polling stations had already opened, although previously, several thousands of voters had already exercised their right to vote, either because they are residents abroad or under some other exception provided for in the national law. | RELATED: | A total of 18 candidates seek to, above all, occupy a place on the ballot. The polls have confirmed that up to seven candidates could be in a tech…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Cuban and Venezuelan Authorities Mourn Ramsey Clarks's Death. telesurenglish.net As an Attorney General, Clark stood up for civil rights and liberties in the Jonhson administration (1963-1969). He oversaw the drafting of the Civil Rights act, sanctioned housing discrimination, ordered a moratorium on federal executions and prison construction, and fought discrimination in employment alongside many other causes of social injustice.

J.B. Gerald (2021-04-11). A Knee on the Neck of Long-term Political Prisoners. dissidentvoice.org The line between clearly defined political prisoners and prisoners targeted to make points for the political power structure is hidden. Criminalization is a standard tool of racial supremacists. George Floyd's death is familiar a thousand times over because it restates the predominant ethic of law enforcement's historical treatment of a minority population as revealed in …

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

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Panama approves emergency use of Chinese vaccine against COVID-19. ecns.cn Panamanian health authorities on Friday approved the emergency use of the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Chile receives new shipment of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines. ecns.cn A new batch of CoronaVac vaccine from China's Sinovac arrived in Chile on Saturday to become part of the country's vaccination campaign against the COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). China willing to work with Brazil to promote comprehensive strategic partnership: Chinese FM. ecns.cn Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that China is willing to work with Brazil to promote their comprehensive strategic partnership to continue to make new progress.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Shenzhen to stage another round of stepped-up digital yuan test this month. ecns.cn Shenzhen city is conducting another round of stepped-up digital yuan test from April 10 to 23, enlarging test population by 500,000, as China leads in the global race to employ a digital currency, according to an expert.

Roger Stoll (2021-04-11). The Revolution Won't Be Stopped: Nicaragua Advances Despite US Unconventional Warfare. orinocotribune.com By Roger Stoll — Apr 8, 2021 | 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…

Inge Fryklund (2021-04-11). The U.S. War on Drugs is Driving the Displacement Crisis. zcomm.org Why are desperate refugees turning up on the U.S. border? Because we have offloaded the costs of the drug war on Latin America…

_____ (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). 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…

_____ (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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-10). Ecuador: an Election With Global Impact on Banking and Tax Heavens. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker; and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, he says in an article published by rebelion.org. | RELATED: | "In 2016, the Panama Papers leak exposed the extent to which the worl…

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…

WSWS (2021-04-10). Why are the unions isolating the most important health care strike in America? wsws.org Despite a well-financed and coordinated campaign of intimidation and strikebreaking by hospital management, striking nurses are not receiving strike pay from the MNA.

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-10). Perú: The Most Complex Election Ever. telesurenglish.net Perú is again facing a complex general election, in the context of perhaps the worst political economic and health crisis in decades. The spectacular loss of popular credibility in the political establishment is mirrored in the amount of presidential hopefuls: 18 of them, of which polls show nothing less than five in technical tie. Abstention from voting is expected to run high.

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…

WSWS (2021-04-10). Sri Lankan Navy brutally arrests 30 fishermen in militarily occupied North. wsws.org Navy operations are escalating repression targeting fishing communities, 11 years after the war in Sri Lanka ended in the massacre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

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). 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…

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…

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.

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;…

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…

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 . . . |

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