2021-04-12: News Headlines

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-12). Rights Advocates Concerned Over Biden Push to Increase Militarization of Borders in Central America. commondreams.org "The Biden administration should place human rights at the center of its migration discussions and agreements with regional governments." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden-centralamerican-security-forces-agreements.jpg

orinocotribune (2021-04-12). Mixed Results in Sunday's South American Presidential Races—Substantial Support for Left. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 11 (special for OrinocoTribune.com) — This Sunday's presidential races in South America produced mixed political results. Andres Arauz, the Correista candidate in Ecuador's second round, conceded victory to right-wing candidate and banker Guillermo Lasso, while in Peru the Ipsos exit poll results showed the leftist candidate Pedro Castillo (Peru Libre) winning with 16.1%, not enough to secure a victory, and thus ensuring a second round. Castillo will contest the presidency in the runoff against the individual arriving in second place, currently tied between neoliberal Hernando de Soto (Avanza…

Paul Dobson (2021-04-12). Venezuela Reports Release of Blocked Funds for COVAX Vaccines. venezuelanalysis.com According to Maduro, the funds to purchase 11.3 million doses were liberated by US authorities.

Rachel Pak (2021-04-12). Stop Calling It a Border Crisis. counterpunch.org Over the last several weeks, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported a rise in the number of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States. With the increase, the federal government's capacity to process and shelter migrant children has been stretched, leading to children being housed in overcrowded and inhumane CBP facilities for extended

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-04-12). Sunday 4/11: Ten Things for US to Understand about Latin America. indybay.org ZOOM meeting. Login info available on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG

John Bachtell (2021-04-12). Global imbalance in vaccinations threatens to derail fight against pandemic. peoplesworld.org As the Biden administration orchestrates a massive effort to open vaccination against COVID to every adult by April 19, a "shocking imbalance" in vaccination is occurring globally. While governments of many wealthier capitalist countries are vaccinating their populations, vaccinations have all but stalled in the global South countries, leaving the people in large swaths of …

orinocotribune (2021-04-12). Venezuelan National Assembly Consolidates Relations with Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva. orinocotribune.com On Sunday, April 11, a delegation of deputies from the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela held a working meeting with the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Duarte Pacheco and the secretary general, Martín Chungong, in Geneva, Switzerland, in order to strengthen relations at the parliamentary level. | The president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, informed about the meeting through his Twitter account, and added that the AN has made an official invitation to the IPU to visit Venezuela, so that "it learns the truth about Venezuela beyond mainstream media manipulation and cunning attacks."

Editor2 (2021-04-12). Comprehensive Justice for Berta: Truth, Reparations, and No Recurrence. orinocotribune.com By Giorgio Trucchi — Apr 7, 2021 | On Tuesday, 61 months after the crime, Roberto David Castillo Mejía has appeared in court, accused of being a mastermind of the assassination of Berta Cáceres. Castillo was president of the private energy company Desarollos Energéticos SA (DESA), holders of the concession for exploitation of the Gualcarque River, and developers of the Agua Zarca hydroelectric project, against which Berta Cáceres, the Lenca Indigenous leader fought for years, together with the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). | For Berta's family and for COPINH this…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Uruguay Reports 10.57 Deaths per Million Inhabitants in April. telesurenglish.net With an average of 10.57 related fatalities in the last seven days, Uruguay ranked among the ten countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per million inhabitants per day. | RELATED: | The National Emergency System (Sinae) reported 181 deaths connected to the Novel coronavirus last year. The figure increased between April 1 and April 7 this year as 257 people succumbed to the virus. | Regarding the ages…

ecns.cn (2021-04-12). 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 (2021-04-12). Brazil's COVID-19 death toll tops 350,000. ecns.cn Brazil's COVID-19 death toll has risen to 351,334 after 2,616 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, the Ministry of Health reported on Saturday.

WSWS (2021-04-12). A performer with many personal demons: Rapper and entertainer DMX dead at age 50. wsws.org Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, a multi-platinum selling rapper, died on Friday after suffering a massive heart attack that left him in a reportedly "vegetative state."

Antonio Gershenson (2021-04-12). México — Los desastres y las sospechas|. globalizacion.ca De acuerdo con las opiniones de técnicos de Pemex, del grupo Encuentro Nacional Petrolero, que directamente se encargan de la seguridad en las diversas secciones de cada refinería, el esclarecimiento de la explosión debe arrojar información para evitar otros eventos…

Emiliana G. Hidalgo (2021-04-12). La cooperación subnacional entre Argentina y China. globalizacion.ca Diversos actores subnacionales contribuyen desde sus territorios con la cooperación entre Argentina y China; como las cámaras empresariales, las empresas, las asociaciones civiles, las universidades, los gobiernos municipales y provinciales, las instituciones del sector científico y tecnológico, entre otros. | Todos…

_____ (2021-04-12). The Judicial Persecution Of Steven Donziger. popularresistance.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…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Guillermo Lasso Is Ecuador's President-Elect. telesurenglish.net A little before 10 pm, the National Electoral Council presented the results of the presidential elections held in Ecuador. With 97 percent of the votes officially counted, the Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso is the next president of this Andean country after obtaining 52.52 percent of the votes. | RELATED: | Electoral authorities confirmed that Union for Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz had w…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-12). Guillermo Lasso wins presidential election in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org The right-wing Guillermo Lasso obtained 52.41% of the votes while progressive candidate Andrés Arauz secured 47.59% of the votes in the election held on Sunday. Arauz's Union for Hope alliance won the most seats in the legislature…

àÅngel Guerra Cabrera (2021-04-12). Ecuador en elecciones hoy. globalizacion.ca Encuestadoras serias dan a Andrés Arauz, candidato progresista a la presidencia de Ecuador, un mínimo de 10 puntos de ventaja sobre su contrincante, el proimperialista banquero, lavador de dinero y miembro del Opus Dei Guillermo Lasso. Se denuncia un megafraude…

Telesur (2021-04-12). Cuban and Venezuelan Authorities Mourn Ramsey Clark's Death. globalresearch.ca As an Attorney General, Clark stood up for civil rights and …

orinocotribune (2021-04-12). Venezuelan CNE Publishes Second Batch of Candidates Running for Rectors. orinocotribune.com The Electoral Nominations Committee of the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela will start with the period of objections and discharges after "satisfactorily" completing the evaluation process of 38 new nominees for rectors of the National Electoral Council (CNE) in the second round of postulations. | In accordance with current regulations, the list of candidates in the second round of postulations was published this Saturday, April 10, in the National Assembly website and also in national dailies. This list contains the names of the candidates who passed the evaluation process established by the Constitution of t…

ecns.cn (2021-04-12). 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.

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Peru: Exit Poll Result Show Leftist Pedro Castillo in 1st Place. telesurenglish.net Exit polls results from the Peruvian election showed an advantage for the left-wing candidate for the Free Peru Party (PL) Pedro Castillo in the lead for the second round. Five other names are competing for the other seat. | RELATED: | According to the Ipsos Peru consultancy company, Castillo is winning with 16,1 percent of the electoral votes. | The Country Advance Party's candidate Hernando de Soto, and former dicta…

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

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…

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…

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). Slight Retreat of COVID-19 Cases in Cuba. telesurenglish.net Six patients died, however, among them a health professional and a four-year-old girl, Dr Francisco Duran said. | Of the those diagnosed, 953 are domestic contagions and six imported. | RELATED: | Durán also pointed out that 138 are children under 18 years of age (eight of them less than 12 months old), belonging to almost all the provinces of the country. | The four-year-old girl with an underlying oncological disease " is the first dea…

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.

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…

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Argentina's Economy Minister Starts Tour To Renegotiate Debt. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Economy Minister Martin Guzman Saturday began an official trip to Europe to renegotiate his country's debts with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Paris Club. | RELATED: | "We seek to get support from IMF shareholders to achieve a debt repayment program in line with Argentina's interests," Guzman stressed. | On Monday, the agenda will begin with a meeting with the German Federal Economy Ministe…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Bolivia Saw a Significant Turnout in Second Elections Runoff. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) President Salvador Romero confirmed a "high and significant" turnout in the second regional election runoff celebrated in four departments on Sunday. | RELATED: | Preliminary data showed a decrease in electors' participation as compared to the first election round held on March 7; however, he noted that Sundays' turnout was within the parameters to guarantee the elections…

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: Polling Stations Close After a Normal Election Runoff. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's local authorities began to close polling stations following the conclusion of the second runoff regional elections held in the departments of Chuquisaca, Tarija, Pando, and La Paz this Sunday. | RELATED: | Electoral Tables authorities will start vote counts in a public act that can be witnessed by citizens and political parties participating in the electoral race. | The candidates who were the most voted in these fou…

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…

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.

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Ecuador: Observers Concerned About Private Pollster. telesurenglish.net Over 12 million Ecuadorians attend the second electoral round to elect their next president from the Union for Hope (UNES) party candidate Andrez Arauz and Creating Opportunities (CREO) party candidate Guillermo Lasso. | The National Electoral Council (CNE) closed the electoral process at 5 pm and announced that official results will begin to be released after 7: 00 pm. | RELATED: | 5: 45 PM EST: International…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Lasso Thanked Ecuadoreans for Coming Out to Vote in Peace. telesurenglish.net In his first speech after the partial presentation of official presidential election results, Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso thanked Ecuadorians for coming out to vote in peace. | "Ecuadorians believe in democracy," Lasso said and thanked Jaime Nebot, the leader of the Social Christian party and former mayor of Guayaquil. | RELATED: | The CREO candidate also mentioned Alfredo Borrero, whom he refer…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Arauz: 'Today We Begin the Reconstruction Of Popular Power'. telesurenglish.net On Sunday night, the Union for Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz held a press conference to express his political positions and recognize the victory of the Creating Opportunities (CREO) candidate Guillermo Lasso. | RELATED: | "From today we have to return to being one Ecuador… during campaigns, we sought to differentiate ourselves but today the time has come to build bridges and build consensus," he said. | "This is an elec…

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). Peru Is Facing The Most Uncertain Elections In Its History. telesurenglish.net Unjustified absenteeism of polling station members, delays, and chaos on Sunday prevailed during the Peruvian election day, the first to be held in the country without knowing which two presidential candidates will advance to the second round. | RELATED: | Unlike in previous processes, a runoff election will be necessary because no candidate is projected to get even close to 50 percent of the votes. A survey by the Institute…

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.

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Dominican Republic Mourns Intellectual Figure Marcio Veloz. telesurenglish.net The Dominican Republic's President Luis Abinader declared a national mourning day starting on Monday due to the death of prominent writer Marcio Veloz. | RELATED: | Specialized in American and Caribbean history studies, Veloz developed outstanding work in anthropology, archeology, education, and diplomacy fields. | He received several awards such as the National Poetry Prize in 1961, the National Short Story Aw…

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 …

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