2021-04-16: News Headlines

Lise Alves (2021-04-17). [World Report] Brazilian ICUs short of drugs and beds amid COVID-19 surge. thelancet.com Doctors are reporting shortages of critical drugs and the need to ration care, pointing to public health failures. Lise Alves reports from Sà£o Paulo.

Andrew Green (2021-04-17). [Obituary] Carola Eisenberg. thelancet.com Psychiatrist and co-founder of Physicians for Human Rights. Born Sept 15, 1917, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she died on March 11, 2021, in Lincoln, MA, USA, aged 103 years.

Staff (2021-04-16). Medical Oxygen Plant Reactivated in Venezuela to Tackle COVID-19 Spike. orinocotribune.com The company Oxígenos del Centro CA (Oxicentro), was reactivated by government authorities and the healthcare staff in the municipality of Independencia (Santa Teresa del Tuy), Miranda state, with the goal of helping to provide oxygen to healthcare centers in the region. The privately owned industrial and medicinal oxygen plant had been inoperative for more than eight years. | The facilities were supervised and refurbished by officials from the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), the scientific-technological council of Miranda, and the mayor's offices of the municipalities Independencia (Santa Ter…

ecns.cn (2021-04-16). COVID-19 diagnosis by antibodies only applies to unvaccinated population: NHC. ecns.cn China's National Health Commission (NHC) has updated its rules on the diagnosis of COVID-19 cases, stating that diagnosis based on the presence of antibodies only applies to those who have not yet been vaccinated.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-16). Majority of US population supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccine production. peoplesdispatch.org Citing the interests of "innovators", the US has led other rich countries in opposing the proposal for a patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines raised by over 100 poor and developing countries in the WTO…

Staff (2021-04-16). Vaccination Plan Advances: Venezuela Receives Fourth Shipment of Sputnik-V. orinocotribune.com Early in the morning of Thursday, April 15, the fourth shipment of the Russian Sputnik-V vaccine arrived in Venezuela. These vaccines will be used to carry forward the Venezuelan immunization plan initiated on February 18. | The shipment was dispatched from Moscow, capital of the Russian Federation, and was carried by the Russian airline Azur Air. | To date, Venezuela has received 300,000 doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine, considered to be the most efficient vaccine in the world against COVID-19. | Moreover, Venezuela has included other COVID-19 vaccines in its vaccination plan, namely the Russian EpiVacCorona and t…

RT (2021-04-16). With coronavirus surging, Brazil tells women not to get pregnant until a 'better moment'. rt.com Brazil has asked women to "delay pregnancy" until the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, citing the threat of a coronavirus variant plaguing the country. Between new variants and vaccine risks, now is not a good time to be expecting. | "If it's possible, delay pregnancy a little until a better moment," Health Ministry official Raphael Parente said during a news conference on Friday, warning that the P1 variant of the coronavirus prevalent in Brazil "acts more aggressively in pregnant women." | Brazil has become one of the world's coronavirus epicenters lately, with 13.7 million cases of Covid-19 recorded and 365,000…

WorkWeek (2021-04-16). WorkWeek Bessemer Amazon Lessons, Hanging Noose At USF, Labor & Brazil Pandemic & Zinn. indybay.org WorkWeek reports on the lessons of the Bessemer Amazon union election, the hanging noose at USF and the pandemic in Brazil and labor. Last WorkWeek hears a past presentation by labor historian Howard Zinn on the hidden history of the US working class.

_____ (2021-04-16). Pandemic Discrimination Against Asian Americans Has Long Roots. popularresistance.org "I have pepper spray and I hold it every time I'm alone right now in case I see someone that is really frightening," said New York City teacher Annie Tan, who is Chinese American. | By February 2020, friends of hers had already been verbally harassed on the subway. One had been deliberately coughed on. Another was too scared to take the train anymore. | Many Asian Americans and Asian immigrants are experiencing similar incidents. | A neighbor pointed to her and said "China virus," said Ah Ying, a homecare worker in San Francisco who immigrated years ago from Taishan, China. A physical assault on an Asian American…

Staff (2021-04-16). "Cold-Blooded Murder": Chicago Police Officer Shot 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo with His Hands in the Air. democracynow.org Protesters in Chicago took to the streets to condemn the police killing of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latinx boy, after bodycam video released by the Chicago police showed Toledo had his hands up in the air when a police officer shot him dead on March 29. Police initially described the incident as an "armed confrontation," but the video shows Toledo raised his hands after being ordered to do so. He was killed within 20 seconds of the officer leaving his car to chase him down a dark alley following a report of gunshots in the area. "A Chicago police officer murdered Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old. There is no other wa…

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-04-16). The Desperate Plans of the Southern Command. orinocotribune.com By Pasqualina Curcio — Apr 12, 2021 | The actions perpetrated since March 21 of this year by criminal groups coming from Colombia into La Victoria in the Venezuelan territory bordering our sister country, were not improvised. They are part of Plan B of the Southern Command to destabilize our nation and overthrow the Bolivarian Revolution. | In February 2016, the then Chief of the Southern Command, Kurt Tidd, wrote in a document titled Operation Venezuela Freedom-2: "It is indispensable to emphasize that the responsibility for the elaboration, planning and partial execution of Operation Venezuela Freedom-2 at…

Illinois Latino Agenda (2021-04-16). Adam Toledo, 13, shot and killed by Chicago police. peoplesworld.org The following statement was drafted by the Illinois Latino Agenda (ILA), a coalition of Latino leaders that works to advance the economic, political and social prosperity of the Latino community. The ILA advocates for action that promotes and respects the dignity and worth of all Latino/a/x communities. It is a non-partisan coalition that stands in …

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-04-16). Venezuela border conflict mixes drug trafficking and regime-change ambitions. peoplesworld.org Since mid-March, Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state, in western Venezuela. Colombians have long used the border regions to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. Fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the …

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-16). Anti-Blockade Digital Seminar: How to Turn Sanctions into Opportunities. orinocotribune.com With a presentation on the origin and reasons behind the unilateral coercive measures imposed on Venezuela by the US government, Hugbel Roa, Deputy to the National Assembly for the Bloque de la Patria, participated in the anti-blockade digital seminar "Is it Possible to Develop a Besieged Country?" | The event served as a platform to analyze how the financial and commercial attack against Venezuela intensified after Nicolás Maduro won the presidential election with popular support, following the physical departure of Commander Hugo Chávez. | In his speech, Roa detailed that it was Chávez who "guaranteed not only…

Party for Socialism, LIberation (2021-04-16). PSL greetings to the Communist Party of Cuba's 8th Congress. liberationnews.org On behalf of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the United States, we send you revolutionary greetings and solidarity on the occasion of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Party for Socialism, LIberation (2021-04-16). PSL greetings to PCC VIII Congress. liberationnews.org On behalf of the Party for Socialism and Liberation in the United States, we send you revolutionary greetings and solidarity on the occasion of the VIII Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba.

Luis De Jesus Reyes (2021-04-16). 8th Congress of the Communist Party of Cuba: Between change and continuity. peoplesdispatch.org The Communist Party of Cuba is holding its 8th Party Congress which will focus on the renovation of leadership to take forward the revolutionary project…

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-04-16). Saludo del PSL al VIII Congreso del PCC. liberationnews.org Nuestro Partido se ha mantenido durante mucho tiempo en solidaridad con la Revolución Cubana, su Partido y su pueblo.

RT (2021-04-16). Cuba's Castro steps down, says he's handing power to next generation of 'anti-imperialist' leaders. rt.com Cuban Communist Party leader Raul Castro has announced that he is stepping down and handing leadership to a younger generation "full of passion and anti-imperialist spirit." The Castro family has led the party since 1961. | "As I live I will be ready with my foot in the stirrups to defend the fatherland, the revolution and socialism," Castro told party delegates at a convention in Havana on Friday. | Also on rt.com | | Raul has served…

Staff (2021-04-16). Chicago Police Officer Shot 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo With His Hands in the Air. truthout.org Protesters in Chicago took to the streets to condemn the police killing of Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Latinx boy, after bodycam video released by the Chicago police showed Toledo had his hands up in the air when a police officer shot him dead on March 29. Police initially described the incident as an "armed confrontation," but the video shows Toledo raised his hands after being ordered to do so. He was killed within 20 seconds of the officer leaving his car to chase him down a dark alley follow…

Editor2 (2021-04-16). Cuban Talent Replaces Expensive Imports for Venezuela. orinocotribune.com Today, Cuban advice in Venezuela enables the "La Mariposa" electrical transformer recovery plant to stabilize operations and proudly display a savings of millions of dollars from import substitution. | Alexis Iván Landeiro Ferro, Cuban head of the factory, explained to Cubadebate that at first the Venezuelan technicians and engineers were trained, who later joined the project, aware of the importance of the task. | Currently , more than 8,000 electrical transformers and their components have been rescued, with savings in foreign currency of around 2,000 dollars for each unit in the international market. | "The pl…

Kate Wheeling (2021-04-16). Climate Migration Has Come to the United States. thenation.com Climate Migration Has Come to the United States…

First Do No Harm (2021-04-16). Some Causes Of US Mass Shootings And Other Violence. indybay.org Why is there escalating violence in the US?>

Fight Back (2021-04-16). National Day of Action Demanding Justice for George Floyd! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (NAARPR). | The day of decision is coming. Closing arguments will soon take place in the case of Derek Chauvin, one of the four cops who killed George Floyd on a Minneapolis street, and the entire world will be watching as the jury begins deliberations. We settle for nothing less than justice! | The National Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression or NAARPR is calling for protests around the country, that will coincide with day that the jury reaches a verdict. It is critical th…

pyeverino (2021-04-16). The Puerto Rican Self Determination Act: Continuing the anti-colonialist fight in Puerto Rico. dsausa.org RSVP Here Under foreign rule for over 400 years, first under Spain then under US control in 1898 (as a protectorate than as a commonwealth since 1950), Puerto Rico is the world's oldest colony. The untenability of their status has become acutely painful in the last 20 years, as the nation has faced austerity and…

Markela Panegyres (2021-04-16). As crises in Bolsonaro's Brazil deepen, could a coup be next? greenleft.org.au Sergio Lirio speaks to Pablo Stefanoni about the recent resignations of key members of Brazil's military elite, and the growing discontent at Jair Bolsonaro's disastrous administration.

slorinoco (2021-04-16). Armies of Neighboring Countries are Not our Military Objectives: FARC-EP Clarifies Position on Apure. orinocotribune.com The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) distanced itself from the attacks that have occurred in Apure state in recent weeks. | Through a communiqué read by [FARC guerrilla leader] Iván Márquez, the organization clarified that its battle is within Colombian territory. | Likewise, Márquez indicated that they respect the sovereignty of governments and peoples. "We do not charge taxes to any of the nationals of those countries, much less intervene in the management of their natural wealth," he said. | Along the same lines, he pointed out that the events in the border area are "regrettable a…

W. T. Whitney (2021-04-16). Venezuela Border Conflict Mixes Drug Trafficking and Regime-Change Ambitions. counterpunch.org Since mid-March Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state, in western Venezuela. Colombians have long used the border regions to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. Fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-16). White House: Changing Cuba Policy Is Not a Priority for Biden. news.antiwar.com Changing policy towards Cuba and giving the country sanctions relief is not a foreign policy priority for President Biden,

Peter Kornbluh (2021-04-16). Cuba Moves Into the Post-Castro Era. thenation.com Cuba Moves Into…

David Swanson (2021-04-15). The Brutes Haven't All Been Exterminated — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Sometimes I struggle to explain why none of the endless wars can ever be ended. Are they just too profitable? Is the propaganda self-fulfilling and self-believing? Is the bureaucratic inertia that powerful? No combination of semi-rational motivations ever seems sufficient. But here's a potentially relevant fact: there are still people alive in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, and Yemen. | There's no secret memo in the Pentagon stipulating that every human being must be dead before the troops can "withdraw with honor." And if they were all dead, the very last thing any troops would do would be to withdraw. Bu…

teleSUR (2021-04-15). UN Promotes Funding Appeal for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. telesurenglish.net The United Nations (UN) will launch a funding appeal to support Saint Vincent and the Grenadines following the La Soufriere volcano eruption, regional officials reported on Thursday. | RELATED: | "We are about to initiate the UN funding appeal and response plan to support the humanitarian response, but also the early recovery for the next six months," the UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Caribbean Didier Trebucq sa…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-15). 'Humanitarian Catastrophe': Doctors Without Borders Slams Brazil's Covid-19 Response. commondreams.org "The lack of political will to adequately respond to the pandemic is killing Brazilians in their thousands," the international medical charity said. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/brazil_covid.jpg

WSWS (2021-04-15). Protests erupt in Spanish migrant camps at PSOE-Podemos repression. wsws.org Migrants are protesting appalling living conditions, poor food and the lack of medical treatment amid the escalating global COVID-19 pandemic.

WSWS (2021-04-15). Indian hospitals overwhelmed amid over 100,000 COVID-19 cases daily. wsws.org On Monday, India recorded 168,912 new COVID-19 cases, replacing Brazil as the second-most affected country in the world hit by the highly-infectious virus.

teleSUR (2021-04-15). Almost 400 Patients Are Waiting For ICU Beds in Ecuador. telesurenglish.net Ecuador's National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) President Juan Zapata on Wednesday reported that his country's intensive care units (ICU) exceeded their capacity to receive COVID-19 patients. | RELATED: | Currently, 395 people are waiting for a bed in the ICUs. Of those, 102 citizens are in Quito and 80 in Guayaquil. | The increase in the number of hospitalizations has been sustained since March 25. In the last s…

teleSUR (2021-04-15). 41 Peruvian Provinces Under the 'Extreme Risk' Category. telesurenglish.net Peru's Cabinet chief Violeta Bermudez announced the return of 41 provinces, including Lima, to "COVID-19 extreme risk" status due to a steady spike in contagions in these territories. | RELATED: | "Infections have not slowed down and, unfortunately, COVID-19 related deaths have increased by 43.9 percent in the last week," Bermudez said. | Besides a curfew extending from 9: 00 p.m. to 4: 00 a.m. from Monday to Friday…

teleSUR (2021-04-15). Dominican Republic Extends Curfew Due To COVID-19 Spike. telesurenglish.net Dominican Republic's President Luis Abinader on Thursday extended the curfew in his country for another 30 days due to the increase of COVID-19 infections. | RELATED: | The Dominican government took this action after Congress extended the national state of emergency for another 45 days. | The curfew will take place from Monday to Friday from 21: 00 to 5h00 local time, with a 3-hour break for the vehicular and people ci…

David Gilbert (2021-04-15). In prison, today's pandemic and shades of yesterday's: What the fight against COVID can learn from the one against AIDS. mronline.org The infamous Tuskegee syphilis study on Black men is but the best known of the plethora of medical experiments on Black and Brown people in and out of prisons, and other vulnerable populations. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

WSWS (2021-04-15). Health care calamity looms as COVID-19 cases surge across Canada. wsws.org With more contagious and deadly variants of COVID-19 becoming prevalent in Ontario, Quebec and the West, the Canadian population is facing a third wave of the pandemic that threatens to be the most lethal yet.

Alejandro Werner, Takuji Komatsuzaki,, Carlo Pizzinelli* (2021-04-15). Short-Term Shot And Long-Term Healing For Latin America And The Caribbean — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Growth in Latin America and the Caribbean recovered briskly in the second half of 2020, yet still more slowly than the global economy and other emerging markets. That's despite unprecedented policy support, strong performance of trading partners, soaring commodity prices and accommodative global financial conditions. The persistence of the health crisis in many countries casts a shadow on the near-term outlook. People and economies continue to require a short-term shot to exit from the COVID-19 crisis, while the aggravation of several underlying structural fragilities poses significant long-term challenges.

Workers World Party (2021-04-15). PDF of April 15 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Amazon workers: The struggle has just begun Daunte Wright's life matters! Tribute to Ramsey Clark. COVID crisis: Michigan surge, Vaccines — Capitalism vs. Socialism. PRO Act: petition & editorial. Paul Robeson remembered; On the picket line; DREAMERS confront Cruz. GLOBAL: Vieques, Culebra; Greenland; Gaza; Venezuela. TEAR DOWN . . . |

Gregory Wilpert (2021-04-15). Peru: Left vs. Far-Right — Dramatic Choice in Presidential Election. theanalysis.news | | | | teleSUR (2021-04-15). Amazon Deal: Biden Wants Results First, Brazil Upfront Money. telesurenglish.net During his campaign, Biden had pledged to allocate $20 billion to save the Amazon rainforest as part of his initiatives to tackle climate change. However, reports on the latest meetings this week highlight that Brazil is seeking upfront money for Amazon while the U.S. expects to see some specifics results before releasing the funding.

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Airborne Laser Scanning Of Gaps In Amazon Rainforest Helps Explain Tree Mortality. eurasiareview.com A group of researchers led by Brazilians has used an innovative model to map gaps in the Amazon rainforest and identify factors that contribute to tree mortality. Water stress, soil fertility, and anthropic forest degradation have the most influence on gap dynamics in the world's largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, according to an article on the study published in Scientific Reports. | Forest gaps are most frequent in the areas with the highest levels of soil fertility, possibly because the abundance of organic material drives faster tree growth and shorter life cycles. | The main method of data c…

_____ (2021-04-15). Biden Administration's September 11 Withdrawal Plan Violates Peace Agreement. popularresistance.org Members of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) criticized U.S. President Joe Biden's announcement Wednesday that he would pull troops from Afghanistan on September 11, 2021, thereby violating a key component of a peace agreement negotiated by the previous administration. | A September 11 withdrawal—landing on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack—reinforces the false impression that the Taliban government had something to do with the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. | BAP is concerned the attempt to move the date of U.S. withdrawal past the agreed-upon May 1 deadline will give hardli…

_____ (2021-04-15). Stand With Haiti! A Call For Solidarity. popularresistance.org Above photo: Black Alliance for Peace. This statement, written by Haiti Action Committee and signed by over 60 organizations, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the return to Haiti of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and First Lady Mildred Aristide. It calls for support of the resistance by the Haitian people to the US-backed dictatorship of Jovenel …

Editor2 (2021-04-15). Colombia: A Glimpse Into a Sad Reality. orinocotribune.com By Alice Loaiza — Apr 5, 2021 | When people ask me if it is safe to visit Colombia, I always answer that it is fine if you don't speak Spanish and stay on the well-guarded tourist trail. But you will never see the reality of one of the poorest countries in Latin America. You will never see the mass displacement of communities or the murders committed by paramilitaries and military or the police beating people in the streets. | Indepaz, a Colombian peace organization, recorded eleven massacres in 2021. One of the last was in the small town of Tarazá, Antioquia, where three young men were gunned down by the Gu…

Staff (2021-04-15). From Luxury Condo in Madrid, Leopoldo López Repeats US Talking Points on Colombian Paramilitary Violence in Apure. orinocotribune.com A new media and political attack regarding the events in Apure state was launched by the fugitive from Venezuelan justice Leopoldo López. He stated that the military action of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) against Colombian narco-paramilitary gangs on the border with Colombia "does not have as its objective the defense of the Venezuelan territory—as established in Article 15 of Venezuelan Magna Carta—but that of participating in a conflict between narco-guerrillas," an accusation that aligns with those of certain Colombian authorities, in favor of their anti-Venezuelan and pro-US interest…

Geraldina Colotti (2021-04-15). Golpe de abril en Venezuela, guerra mediática desde Europa. globalizacion.ca Al analizar algunos elementos clave del golpe de abril 2002, queda claro por qué es legítimo considerar a la Venezuela bolivariana como un paradigma del siglo XXI, un laboratorio que va más allá de la realidad venezolana. | El haber podido…

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