2021-04-17: News Headlines

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuela Expands Operations Against Colombian Paramilitary Gangs. orinocotribune.com Venezuela has expanded military operations in the border state of Apure to capture Colombian narco-paramilitary groups and eliminate foreign aggression. | "We are stepping up operations in Apure state (bordering Colombia) to guarantee internal order and for the capture of armed Colombian drug traffickers and their collaborators in the area," declared the Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (CEOFANB) account on Friday, April 16. | In this sense, the command emphasized in a post on its official Twitter account that the military will continue actions aimed at eliminating foreign aggr…

Staff (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Army to Begin Clearing Mines in Apure State near Colombian Border. orinocotribune.com Major General Domingo Hernández Lárez, general commander of the Bolivarian Army, reported on his Twitter account that a military team has already been deployed to begin demining in the state of Apure, suffering from Colombian narco-paramilitary violence that included landmines planted to cause terror among local residents. | The minesweeper, the commander wrote, is an armored unit designed by Army engineers, dubbed the "patrol alligator." | El barremina diseñado por los ingenieros de combate del Ejército Bolivariano está listo para ir al Alto Apure e iniciar el desminado en nuestro territorio nacional del Alto Ap…

Ricardo Vaz (2021-04-17). Venezuelan Legislature Approves National Communal Parliament Law. venezuelanalysis.com Grassroots organizations will now debate the legislation and suggest changes to the text.

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-04-17). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election. dissidentvoice.org A spoiled ballot in Ecuador's elections. Photo by @AlinaDuarte Ecuador's April 11 election that led to a 5-point victory by conservative banker Guillermo Lasso over progressive candidate Andrés Arauz was not what it appeared to be. On the surface, it was a surprisingly clean and professional election, as our CODEPINK official observer delegation witnessed. But …

William Camacaro (2021-04-17). Ramsey Clark: An Essential Voice of Dissidence from the Center of US Power. orinocotribune.com By William Camacaro — Apr 14, 2021 | "There will be some who will remember Ramsey Clark as an outsider. There are many more who remember him as a friend of justice, the oppressed, the exploited, and the rule of law. Perhaps he himself would like to be remembered merely as someone who used the law to help others." | Curtis Doebbler, International Law Attorney | During the heat of the Gulf War under the George H. W. Bush administration, I had the opportunity in New York to meet an extraordinary human being: Ramsey Clark. It was an event to protest the State Department and Pentagon's arrogantly labeled "Operati…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-17). Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast. middleeasteye.net Dozens dead as migrants' boat capsizes off Tunisia coast | UN calls for expanded state-led search and rescue operations as number of migrants leaving Tunisia for Europe triples | Sat, 04/17/2021 – 10: 09 | The bodies of migrants are recovered at a Tunisian port after a shipwreck in December 2020 (AFP) | At least 41 people, including a child, drowned when a boat capsized off the Tunisian co…

WorkWeek (2021-04-17). 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.

otowenh (2021-04-17). Haiti: A Country Facing the Pandemic Without COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people more than a year after the pandemic began, raising concerns among health experts that the well-being of Haitians is being sidelined as violence and political instability deepen across the country. | So far, Haiti is expected to receive only 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through a United Nations program aimed at ensuring that the neediest countries receive COVID-19 vaccines. | The free doses were scheduled to arrive no later than May, but delays are expected because Haiti missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is no…

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.

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2021-04-17). Gravar las grandes fortunas en tiempos de pandemia. globalizacion.ca Mientras América Latina continúa siendo la región con mayor número de contagios y muertes por la covid-19, así como también la de mayor caída en su economía en el mundo, en el ámbito internacional se ha instalado el debate para…

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-17). Confirmed! Lula Totally Acquitted, Can Run for President Again. orinocotribune.com With a vote of eight judges in favor and three against, Brazilian leader Luis Inazio Lula da Silva received confirmation of his complete acquittal on the charges laid against him regarding alleged acts of corruption in the infamous Lava Jato case. | With this decision by a majority of the plenary session of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the court determined that the 13th Court of Curitiba, through which they issued the sentence, is incompetent to rule on the case. | For this reason, the sentences imposed by this body, through Judge Sergio Moro, were annulled, and if any of the…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-17). Are Oil And Gas Pipelines Safe During An Earthquake? eurasiareview.com Underground pipelines that transport oil and gas are very important engineering communications worldwide. Some of these underground communications are built and operated in earthquake-prone areas. | Seismic safety or seismic stability of underground pipelines began to be intensively studied since the 1950s. | Since then, a number of methodologies were proposed for calculating stress received by an underground pipeline during an earthquake. The purpose of these methodologies was to make an accurate prediction on the structural stress received by a pipeline during an earthquake, and thus it would allow to decide…

First Do No Harm (2021-04-17). Some Causes Of US Mass Shootings And Other Violence. indybay.org Why is there escalating violence in the US?>

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-17). México — La espada de Damocles sobre el cuello de la democracia. globalizacion.ca La mítica espada de Damocles pende amenazante sobre el cuello de la democracia mexicana. Si en el pasado reciente era una amenaza se ha convertido en una realidad. Sorprendió a casi todos los miembros de colegios y asociaciones de abogados…

Ricardo Orozco (2021-04-17). La izquierda mexicana al servicio de la inteligencia artificial (I). globalizacion.ca El pasado martes 13 de abril, las Comisiones legislativas de Comunicaciones y Transportes y de Estudios Legislativos, del Senado de la República, aprobaron la Minuta con proyecto de decreto por el que se reforman y adicionan diversas disposiciones de la …

W.T. Whitney Jr. (2021-04-17). Venezuela Border Conflict Mixes Drug Trafficking and Regime-Change Ambitions. orinocotribune.com By W.T. Whitney Jr. — Apr 16, 2021 | Beginning in mid-March, Venezuelan army units have been attacking and expelling Colombian operatives active in Apure state. These have long used Venezuela's border region to prepare cocaine arriving from Colombia and ship it to the United States and Europe. The fighting has subsided; eight Venezuelan troops were killed. Seeking safety, 3,500 Venezuelans crossed the Meta River—an Orinoco tributary—to Arauca in Colombia. | The bi-national border is unmonitored and long enough, at 1367 miles, to encourage smuggling and the undocumented passage of cross-border tr…

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.

Elizabeth Pontoriero (2021-04-17). Explotación del litio en el norte argentino: øQué rol debe cumplir el Estado? globalizacion.ca Algunos especialistas exigen cambios legislativos que permitan otro rol del Estado en la explotación del litio. El debate sobre su impacto sobre la reservas de agua dulce. | En el dossier "Litio: un tesoro escondido en la Puna argentina", desarrollado por…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-17). With his sentences annulled, Lula says he may run in order to defeat Bolsonaro. peoplesdispatch.org The former president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, became fully After the court's decision, Lula da Silva affirmed, in an exclusive interview with Argentine television station C5N…

Staff (2021-04-17). Mayor of La Victoria: 'Colombian Paramilitary Gangs Use Robin Hood Modus Operandi to Engage with Locals'. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 16 (OrinocoTribune.com) — On Thursday, April 15, a webinar was hosted by Alliance for Global Justice (AFGJ), in which the special guest was José María Romero, better known as "Chema." He is the mayor of Páez municipality in Apure state, Venezuela, which is close to the small town of La Victoria where clashes between the Venezuelan National Armed Force (FANB) and Colombian narco-paramilitary groups occurred for almost five days towards the end of March. | Due to the frankness, clarity and detailed information provided by the mayor in his statement and his replies to the questions of attendees,…

Nepomuceno Marín (2021-04-17). Biden y Duque desatan nuevamente la guerra de las drogas con glifosato en Colombia. globalizacion.ca Un dato y un hecho de no poca importancia, para quienes nos vendieron el cuento del lado progresista del gobierno de Biden con respaldo de B. Sanders; hoy, con el aval del gobierno USA, se acaba de dar un paso…

Oscar Laborde (2021-04-17). Ecuador — øPor qué no ganó Andrés Arauz? globalizacion.ca Las elecciones del último domingo en Ecuador terminaron con un duro golpe al proyecto de la Revolución Ciudadana, el más duro de las últimos años. En este caso, la derrota no fue por la "traición" de Lenín Moreno, sino por…

Pedro Brieger (2021-04-17). La supervivencia del correísmo en Ecuador. globalizacion.ca La victoria de Guillermo Lasso sobre Andrés Arauz ha significado un duro golpe para Rafael Correa y el movimiento que lidera, el llamado "correísmo" que gobernó durante 10 años el Ecuador y llevó adelante un proceso de profundas transformaciones estructurales….

Rosa Miriam Elizalde (2021-04-17). Cuba — La importancia de lo que no ocurrió. globalizacion.ca El 15 de abril de 1961 comenzaron los bombardeos aéreos en La Habana. Dos días después, 1 200 mercenarios cubanos dirigidos por la Agencia Central de Inteligencia estadounidense intentaron desembarcar por Playa Girón, una pequeña franja en el centro sur…

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Venezuelan Army to Clear Mines in Border Areas With Colombia. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) on Friday began preparations to deactivate anti-personnel mines laid by illegal Colombian armed groups in Apure state. | RELATED: | FANB Commander Gen. Domingo Hernandez said that the "Patrol Caiman" armored unit will carry out the mine clearance process. | "The minesweeper designed by our combat engineers is ready to start the demining of the Alto Apure zone, where Colomb…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Economic Recovery in LATAM Faces a Dark Scenario, IMF Says. telesurenglish.net The International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned of a dark scenario for economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean (LATAM) due to the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | IMF officials highlighted that the region experienced the world's sharpest economic contraction at 7 percent last year. Despite a 4.6 percent recovery expected in 2021, the region will not bounce back the pre-pandemic level…

_____ (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…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Brazil: Food Insecurity Hits 125 Million Amid COVID-19 Crisis. telesurenglish.net At least 125.6 million Brazilians have not eaten in appropriate quantity and quality since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the latest data by the Food for Justice Research Group. | RELATED: | Based at the Free University of Berlin, the project measured the levels of food insecurity in Brazil and found that over 59.3 percent of Brazilians currently live under these conditions. | Bolsonaro ayer pid…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Mexico to Vaccinate Education Sector Personnel. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) announced the beginning of the COVID-19 vaccination campaign for education sector personnel starting on April 20. | RELATED: | The immunization campaign will cover almost 3 million teachers and administrative personnel from public and private schools. | Chiapas, Coahuila, Nayarit, Veracruz and Tamaulipas will be the first states where the COVID-19 CanSino Bi…

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Chile Vaccinates Over 50 Percent of Its Population. telesurenglish.net Chile's Health Ministry reported on Thursday that over 60 percent of the population had been vaccinated, as the country enjoys one of the fastest COVID-19 vaccine rollouts alongside Iran. | RELATED: | Minister Rogelio Paris said that "12,934,282 doses of vaccine against COVID-19 have been administered. Of which, 7,664,226 are people with the first dose, and 5,270,056 are vaccinated people who have already complet…

teleSUR (2021-04-16). Sputnik V COVID Vax Brings Russia and Lat Am Closer Together. telesurenglish.net The Gamaleya Institute's Sputnik V COVID vaccine has been registered to date in 60 countries worldwide with a combined population of 3 billion people, including 13 Latin American and Caribbean nations. | RELATED: | A survey conducted in nine countries, YouGov's March survey, indicated that Russia is seen as the most trusted vaccine producer alongside the U.S. with Sputnik V — the world's first registered jab [mdas…

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-04-16). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election. commondreams.org Given all the strikes against Arauz, it is remarkable the progressive presidential candidate Andrés Arauz did so well. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/ecuador_elections.png

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