2021-04-20: News Headlines

Staff (2021-04-20). Miguel Díaz-Canel Elected First Secretary of Cuba's Communist Party. orinocotribune.com Havana, April 19 (Prensa Latina).- The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) today elected the President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel, as first secretary of the leading political organization of the Caribbean nation. | In its first plenary meeting, the new Central Committee—elected one day earlier by the delegates to the 8th Congress of the PCC—also elected the members of the Political Bureau [Politburo] and the Party Secretariat. | Díaz-Canel will hold the position held by Army General Raúl Castro—exemplar of the historic Cuban Revolution led by Fidel Castro—whose l…

ANSWER Coalition (2021-04-20). Sunday 4/25: San Francisco Caravan: Say NO to the U.S. Blockade of Cuba! indybay.org gather at 11: 30am at 1875 Marin Street, San Francisco…

Whitney Webb (2021-04-20). Military Bases Housing Migrant Children Plagued by Serial Sexual Abuse Claims. orinocotribune.com By Whitney Webb — Apr 16, 2021 | The Biden administration is now housing unaccompanied migrant children on military bases in Texas and California. Some of these bases have been plagued for years by record sexual abuse claims, one with the highest in the nation. All of them suffer from dangerous environmental contamination. | Over the first few months of 2021, the migrant crisis at the US-Mexico border has exploded. Due to the policies of the Obama, Trump and now Biden administrations, many of those migrants, particularly unaccompanied minors, remain housed in increasingly controversial "overflow facilities."

Helen Yaffe (2021-04-20). Cuba Libre to be COVID-libre: Five Vaccines and Counting. globalresearch.ca On March 23, 2021, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a …

Staff (2021-04-20). President Maduro: US Escalates War, Prevents Vaccine Sales to Venezuela. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan president denounced threats by the US towards COVID-19 vaccine distribution companies, preventing them from trading with the Bolivarian Republic. | "They have gone so far as to threaten the companies that distribute vaccines with sanctions, if they sell vaccines to Venezuela… Washington has escalated its war against the country," said Nicolás Maduro on Sunday, April 18, during a televised speech. | However, the president said, Venezuelan authorities continue to manage the doses they've acquired to combat the pandemic, despite the illegal economic and commercial blockade by the United States and E…

RT (2021-04-20). HFPA, group behind Golden Globes, denounces ex-president for reportedly sending email equating BLM to Manson cult. rt.com The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which awards the Golden Globes, has condemned its eight-term president Philip Berk for reportedly circulating an email that accused BLM of racism and compared it to the Manson murders. | According to the Los Angeles Times, Berk sent an email to the association's staff and members on Sunday which contained a post that called Black Lives Matter a "racist hate movement" and described its co-founder Patrisse Cullors as "self-proclaimed 'trained Marxist.'" | The paper said the text in the email appears to have been taken from an article originally published on conservative c…

Medea Benjamin, Leonardo Flores (2021-04-20). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's "Free and Fair" Election. counterpunch.org 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 a fraud-free process for casting and counting ballots does

_____ (2021-04-20). The Dirty Campaign Underlying Ecuador's 'Free And Fair' Election. popularresistance.org 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 a fraud-free process for casting and counting ballots does not mean that the election was free and fair. Behind the scenes was a monumentally unequal playing field and dirty campaign designed to quash an Arauz win. | For starters, Arauz—a 36-year-old follower of the political leanings of former president Rafael C…

Staff (2021-04-20). Headlines for April 20, 2021. democracynow.org Jury Begins Deliberations in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial, Thousands Protest in Minnesota as Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Wraps Up, U.N. Warns Planet Is "On the Verge of the Abyss" from Relentless Climate Change, Hundreds of Climate Scientists Warn Against Criminalizing Peaceful Protests, White House Holds Virtual Climate Summit as U.S. and China Pledge Cuts to Emissions, Migrant Workers Flee India's Capital Ahead of Lockdown as Coronavirus Cases Soar, Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Joins Fight for Vaccine Equity, President Biden Urges All U.S. Residents 16 and Over to Get Vaccinated, Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Can…

news.un (2021-04-20). UNICEF reports sharp rise in migrant children in Mexico. news.un.org The number of migrant children reported in Mexico has increased sharply, jumping from 380 to nearly 3,500 since the beginning of the year: a nine-fold rise, the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, reported on Tuesday.

Juan Cole (2021-04-20). Why the Founding Fathers would have approved of Biden banning phrase "Illegal Alien" juancole.com Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) — The Biden administration has announced that it will no longer use the phrase "illegal alien" and will replace it with "undocumented noncitizen." Biden will also drop "assimilation" in favor of "integration." These changes are long overdue and necessary for human dignity. For one thing, human beings cannot be "illegal." They …

Editor2 (2021-04-20). Bolivia's Fight for Food Sovereignty. orinocotribune.com Food security and food sovereignty are perhaps the most important issues facing Latin America and its campesino farmers. Being able to produce what one consumes is key in reducing poverty and guarding against hunger and external economic shocks. Since 2006, Bolivia has made it a priority. Evo Morales came through the ranks of the campesino social movements and was keenly aware of the poverty and other challenges facing the rural areas. After huge investments in rural communities, Bolivia now produces 95% of what it consumes. | To understand this issue and how Bolivia is grappling with it, Kawsachun News spoke exc…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-20). National strike announced in Colombia in response to neoliberal "solidarity" measures. peoplesdispatch.org The government of president Iván Duque seeks to pass a new tax reform in the name of "solidarity" that increases the VAT on staple goods, fuel, and various public services, expands the tax collection base, increases the tax on agricultural inputs, and increases the tax on pensions…

Éric Toussaint (2021-04-20). Resistance against the policies imposed by the World Bank, the IMF and other creditors between 2007 and 2011. 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 20, 2021 | Newswire…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-20). Cape Verde Trends in Venezuela Due to Contradiction Between Alex Saab Case & Election. orinocotribune.com The ruling party of Cape Verde won the parliamentary elections on Sunday. The event was attended by international observers from ECOWAS, the organization that ordered the release of Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab through its court. | Cape Verde's government did not recognize the ECOWAS resolution, though it should ostensibly abide by it. Analysts say they have not done so due to pressure from the US regime. | This situation, in which the government of Cape Verde invited electoral observers of ECOWAS, but does not comply with their judicial decisions, triggered a widespread reaction by Venezuelans on social media n…

Editor2 (2021-04-20). Has the Biden Administration Quietly Given Up on Recognizing Juan Guaidó as the President of Venezuela? orinocotribune.com By Les Blough — Apr 11, 2021 | Has the Biden administration quietly given up on recognizing Juan Guaidó as the President of Venezuela? | Not yet, but they will. They know they picked the wrong horse for destabilization and "regime change" but they have to find a way to dump him while saving face. | Venezuelans, including the opposition, have no love for out-and-out traitors. Poor "Juanito" ("Little John", as he's known here) has found himself in a very very dark place, despised by his fellow citizens, impossible to show his face in the streets anymore, directly responsible for many deaths when grandstanding…

Staff (2021-04-20). Venezuela secures aid from UN food programme. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 20 (MNA) — Venezuelan President Maduro announced that his country has signed several agreements with the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

Talli Nauman (2021-04-20). Escazú Agreement Set to Bring Environmental Justice Down to Earth. counterpunch.org The Escazú Agreement enters into force on Earth Day, April 22, 2021, four years after its adoption, kicking off a new phase of regional grassroots campaigns. The challenge: to obtain government protection for land defenders and environmental activists in Latin America. This could be the toughest and most crucial phase yet. The Escazú Agreement is

_____ (2021-04-20). All We Have Now Is The People Versus The Pipelines. popularresistance.org The northern portion of the Keystone XL Pipeline is stopped for now, but there is another pipeline, Enbridge's Line 3, that will also carry tar sands from Canada under construction. Resistance to the pipeline is widespread and escalating with direct actions to shut down construction and solidarity actions. Clearing the FOG speaks with Dawn Goodwin, co-founder of the RISE Coalition, about the history of the pipeline, the harm it will cause, and how people can take action to stop it.

Amanda Mills (2021-04-20). Civil rights groups urge Biden administration to cancel $50,000 in student debt per borrower. nationofchange.org "The $1.7 trillion student loan crisis is crushing individuals, families, and our economy, and the weight of this burden is disproportionately borne by women and Black and Latino borrowers."

Martin Parker (2021-04-20). Management: Past, Present and…Future? zcomm.org I want the long march through the institutions, from my point of view, to begin with the business schools. They seem to be really important places for articulating the possibilities of what a new politics and new economy might look like…

Alexis Saludjian (2021-04-20). Después de 30 años a favor del capital: Para una integración del Cono Sur y América Latina a favor de los derechos de los trabajadores y cuidando del medio-ambiente. globalizacion.ca Poder celebrar los 30 años de una iniciativa de integración en el Cono Suramericano ya es un acontecimiento. Libertad de ir y venir entre los países, filas exclusivas para viajantes extranjeros pero de nacionalidad de países del Mercosur en los…

Fight Back (2021-04-20). Twin Cities Community to acknowledge victory in Chauvin Case and honor the life of George Floyd. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Twin Cities Coalition 4 Justice 4 Jamar and other organizations that are fighting for justice for George Floyd. A rally is planned at the Hennepin County Government Center at 5pm, today. | The conviction of Derek Chauvin of second-degree intentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd is an historic victory. This victory is result of the bravery of the bystanders who filmed this murder, the worldwide uprising the bold and tireless fight for justice by our community. | However, the rarity o…

Jason Ditz (2021-04-20). Russia: 200 Militants Killed in Airstrikes in Eastern Syria. news.antiwar.com Russian Admiral Alexander Karpov has This area is known to be one of those awash in ISIS holdouts. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says that ISIS had claimed to have killed two Russian soldiers in the area, speculating that this is why Russia hit them. | Admiral Karpov reported that in addition to 200 killed, the airstrikes destroyed 24 ve…

Víctor M. Toledo (2021-04-20). México — Los avances agroecológicos de la Cuarta Transformación. globalizacion.ca El 8 de septiembre de 2016 fue un día trágico. Ese día Enrique Peña Nieto, presidente del país, declaró glamoroso en un evento masivo que él era un consumidor cotidiano de la Coca Cola. Sus palabras fueron festejadas con aplausos…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-20). On The Pulse Of Pulsars And Polar Light. eurasiareview.com Faced with the tragic loss of the Arecibo observatory in Puerto Rico and the often prohibitive cost of satellite missions, astronomers are searching for savvy alternatives to continue answering fundamental questions in physics. | At a press conference during the 2021 APS April Meeting, they will reveal new tactics across both hemispheres for illuminating gravitational waves and dark matter. | Shining the oldest light in the universe on dark matter: | At the South Pole, a powerful set of telescopes could add a new function: studying the nature of dark matter and the history of stars. | Only satellites c…

news.un (2021-04-20). World Food Programme reaches deal to supply food to 185,000 children in Venezuela. news.un.org The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has signed an agreement with the Government of Venezuela to begin operations to provide the most vulnerable children in the South American country with nutritious school meals, it announced on Tuesday.

René Behoteguy Chávez (2021-04-20). Bolivia, escenario de disputa: Una lectura de los resultados de las elecciones subnacionales. globalizacion.ca Las elecciones subnacionales en Bolivia, celebradas el 7 de marzo, se pueden leer como una radicalización de los escenarios de disputa, con el MAS como partido hegemónico a nivel nacional pero con una derecha con presencia fuerte y radicalizada en…

Editor2 (2021-04-20). "A Sign of Progress": How a Tiny Corporate Media Clique Inverted Reality During Brazil's 2016 Coup. orinocotribune.com By Brasil Wire — Apr 17, 2021 | On the fifth anniversary of Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, the role foreign media played in propagandising for it still warrants further investigation. | Little of international media coverage of Brazil's 2016 coup and its centrepiece, the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, has dated well. But one opinion piece in US newspaper the New York Times stands out as emblematic of the inverted reality being presented to the world, as Brazil's first female president was facing a right-wing plot to remove her and her progressive government from office. | Written by Op-Ed contributo…

Prof. Mauricio Metri (2021-04-20). Understanding Brazil's Crisis. globalresearch.ca The current Brazilian crisis gave its first signs with "spontaneous" demonstrations …

Staff (2021-04-20). Inflation in Venezuela Slows Down to 16.1% in March. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 19, 2021 (OrinocoTribune.com).- Inflation in Venezuela reached 16.1% in March, according to According to data released on Saturday night by the Venezuelan institute, accumulated inflation for the first three months of 2021 reached 127.8%, after t…

IDN (2021-04-20). Lessons Of The Bay Of Pigs Invasion Followed By The Cuban Missile Crisis — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Jonathan Power* | The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 is well remembered, even by those not yet born when it happened. The word has been passed down the generations and probably always will be. It was the first and only time, say many historians and political scientists, that the world faced the likelihood of nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the USA. | For my part, I find it impossible to forget. | I was chairman of Manchester University's Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. Within four hours after the BBC reported the beginnings of the crisis, we had organized a massive march. To my knowledge, we were t…

_____ (2021-04-20). Washington Sanctions Cuba. Why Not Saudi Arabia? strategic-culture.org Cuba will remain one of Washington's chosen enemies, while relations with the murderous autocratic Saudi regime will be "recalibrated". | According to the geopolitical analysis site

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-20). Haitian teachers embark on a national strike in rejection of insecurity and violence. peoplesdispatch.org School teachers across Haiti have embarked on a week-long national strike in rejection of the rampant insecurity and violence in the country and the lack of action by Jovenel MoàØse's de-facto government…

news.un (2021-04-20). La Soufrière volcano: UN launches $29 million appeal to support stricken island of Saint Vincent. news.un.org The UN launched a $29.2 million global funding appeal on Monday to aid citizens of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines affected by the major eruptions spewing from La Soufrière volcano, pledging to remain a "steadfast partner".

Helen Yaffe (2021-04-19). Cuba libre to be COVID-libre: Five vaccines and counting. mronline.org This pandemic has affirmed that public healthcare needs cannot be adequately met under a profit-based system. | April 19, 2021 | Newswire…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-19). Teachers announce strike against violence and insecurity in Haiti and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we look at a strike against violence by teachers in Haiti, the severe second wave of Covid-19 in India, the announcement of presidential elections in Syria, and protests against the police killing of Adam Toledo…

Staff (2021-04-19). Venezuela Reports 1,287 New COVID-19 Cases on Sunday. orinocotribune.com Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, heading the working meeting with the presidential team for the prevention and control of COVID-19, this Sunday, April 18, reported that 1,287 new COVID-19 infections from community transmission were registered in the past 24 hours. Caracas was afflicted with the highest number of cases with 162, followed by Yaracuy with 157, and Anzoátegui with 150. | "We are ending the week of flexibility and we must maintain prevention measures," said Rodríguez. "This graph explains the reasons for the measures taken by President Maduro and the positive aspects of these timely actio…

Staff (2021-04-19). Headlines for April 19, 2021. democracynow.org Police Brutalize Protesters in Minneapolis as Chauvin Trial Moves Toward Verdict, Protests Continue in Chicago over Police Killing of 13-Year-Old Adam Toledo, Florida Poised to Pass "Anti-Riot" Bill, Criminalizing Dissent & Blocking Cuts to Police Budgets, Four of the Indianapolis Mass Shooting Victims Were from Sikh Community; Gunman Bought Arms Legally, Mass Shootings in Texas, Wisconsin Claim at Least 6 Lives in One Day, Globe Tops 3 Million COVID Deaths as India and Brazil Struggle to Contain Devastating Surges, CDC to Issue Guidance for J&J Vaccine After Pause over Blood Clot Reports, Alexei Navalny Transfer…

Ana Ionova (2021-04-19). Brazilian Cerrado Savanna: Wildcat Miners Descend on Indigenous Reserve. globalresearch.ca In a remote corner of Brazil's Roraima state, a makeshift mining …

Paul Dobson (2021-04-19). El Nacional Newspaper to Pay Diosdado Cabello $13.6m Libel Damages. venezuelanalysis.com The Supreme Court ruled that the opposition newspaper landed unsubstantiated accusations that the socialist deputy was linked to drug cartels.

Staff (2021-04-19). Cops Have Brutalized Chicago's Latinx Community for Decades; Adam Toledo, 13, Is the Latest Victim. democracynow.org As protests continue in Chicago and nationwide over the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo, we get an update from community activist and independent journalist Mateo Zapata, who says, "People in Chicago are just tired of seeing Black and Brown youth murdered by police." Released bodycam video showed Adam had his hands up in the air when he was shot by an officer. We also speak with Rutgers professor Lilia Fernández, who studies Latino Chicago history and says police brutality toward this community is "not a new phenomenon" and goes back many decades. "Adam Toledo would not be dead today if he were white, i…

Staff (2021-04-19). Black & Latinx Lieutenant Sues Virginia Cops Who Threatened to Kill Him During Traffic Stop. democracynow.org We speak with the lawyer for a lieutenant in the Army Medical Corps who is suing two Virginia police officers who pepper-sprayed him, pushed him to the ground and pointed their guns at him during a traffic stop at a gas station last December. Video of the encounter has gone viral and shows Caron Nazario, who is a Black and Latino man, was wearing his Army uniform during the stop. When Nazario says he's afraid to get out of his car, one officer responds, "You should be." Nazario says he drove about a mile to the gas station after he noticed a police car flashing its lights at him — a common practice to avoid…

Michael Slager (2021-04-19). The Real Trauma at the Border: Hundreds of Trump's Separated Children Still can't Find their Families. juancole.com Chicago (Special to Informed Comment) — Media outlets consistently describe flight from Central America and Mexico as a "crisis," suggesting that migrants' proximity to our national space is a problem for us, not for them. Fleeing from violence back home and enduring possible assault on their journey here are often construed as threats to the …

Kristian Berhost (2021-04-19). Workers' hunger strike demands permanent residency for TPS migrants. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON—Dozens of National TPS Alliance workers rallied with their family members and friends in D.C. on Saturday in support of their ongoing hunger strike. The Alliance's primary demand is for Congress to pass legislation granting lawful permanent residency (LPR) to migrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Members of the Alliance have been on hunger strike …

Calla Randall (2021-04-19). The Weekly Round-Up: are immigrants and asylum seekers getting their day in court? ukhumanrightsblog.com In the news: The rights of immigrants and asylum seekers have been at the forefront of the news this week, with the Home Secretary coming under fire both in the courts and in the political arena. On Wednesday, a landmark court ruling held Ms Patel accountable for failures properly to investigate deaths among asylum seekers at detention …

RT (2021-04-19). Biden shuts migrant center for underage girls two weeks after opening, amid reports of 'unbearable' conditions. rt.com Joe Biden's administration has closed a migrant shelter located at a warehouse in Houston housing hundreds of unaccompanied underage girls, after media reported conditions there were "unbearable." | The Houston area shelter operated by the National Association of Christian Churches (NACC) saw a flurry of activity over the weekend as buses arrived and departed to transfer some 500 young girls living there elsewhere, video shot by ABC News showed. | Nearly 130 of the girls were expected to be handed over to the care of a sponsor, while others were set to be transferred to different facilities or reunited with re…

Editor2 (2021-04-19). CIA Assassination Plot Targeted Cuba's Raul Castro. orinocotribune.com As Castro Retires on 60th Anniversary of the Bay of Pigs, National Security Archive Posts Declassified Top Secret CIA Cables, Reports from 1960 | Agency Officials Willing to Pay Over $10,000 For 'Fatal Accident' | Another Assassination Plot against Fidel Castro Was Part of Bay of Pigs Invasion Strategy | Washington D.C., April 16, 2021 — In the earliest known CIA assassination plot against leaders of the Cuban revolution, high agency officials offered the pilot of a plane carrying Raul Castro from Prague to Havana "payment after successful completion of ten thousand dollars" to "incur risks in arranging acc…

Steve Lalla (2021-04-19). In Defense of the Revolution: Cuba's Historic Victory over Imperialism at Playa Girón. orinocotribune.com By Steve Lalla — Apr 18, 2021 | "For progressives and anti-imperialists all over the world, the mention of the Bay of Pigs — known in the Spanish-speaking world as Playa Girón — evokes joy and celebration," wrote Carmelo Ruiz. "The United States, an empire accustomed to imposing itself even in the farthest corners of the world, could not prevail and enforce its will on an island country 90 miles away from its shores. The empire could be defeated after all." π | In mid-April, 1961, the island nation of Cuba repelled a US military invasion at Playa Girón and captured over 1,200 invaders. Cuba's…

W. T. Whitney Jr. (2021-04-19). Raúl Castro passes baton to next generation at Cuban Communist Party congress. peoplesworld.org Former Cuban President Raúl Castro retired from his last major public office this weekend, standing down as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba at its Eighth Congress. Castro had first come to worldwide notice in 1953, when he, his brother Fidel, and other young rebels attacked the Batista dictatorship's Moncada Barracks in Santiago …

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