2021-04-21: News Headlines

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-21). UN launches $29 million appeal to help St. Vincent and Grenadines as volcanic eruptions continue. peoplesdispatch.org The funding raised through the UN global funding appeal will be used to provide immediate lifesaving humanitarian assistance to around 20,000 displaced people, and support sustainable recovery in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines after the devastation caused by the eruptions of the La Soufrière volcano…

Radhika Desai (2021-04-21). An "Accumulation fo Anger" in Putin's Russia: an Interview With Boris Kagarlitsky. counterpunch.org The actual loss of jobs was not that catastrophic in the long run, because quite a few migrant workers had to be thrown out of Russia. So, while the total loss of jobs was impressive, the actual loss of jobs for Russian citizens was not that catastrophic; a lot of that price had to be paid by people in Central Asia, by the immigrant and migrant workers who lost their jobs. Actually (this is very interesting), it ended up creating a kind of division between those who wanted to remain as immigrants and would do whatever they could to stay over, and those who made the personal decision to leave Russia and had to fig…

Michele de Mello (2021-04-21). Brazil may reach 1 million COVID-19 casualties by October 2021. peoplesdispatch.org Brazil could reach the figure of one million deaths from COVID-19 by October 2021 if there continues to be high levels of mobility in the national territory, emergence of new variants, and slow vaccination process, according to a study conducted by Russian social scientist Alexei Kouprianov*. | Currently, there are some 14 million infected in the country, which represents 40% of the cases in the region. More than 378,000 have already died from the disease. The

Daniela Jimenez (2021-04-21). PDVSA's Monómeros in Colombia may be Overproducing Urea for Pablo Escobar's 'Partners'. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan opposition deputy José Brito, president of the Special Committee appointed to investigate the events perpetrated by previous National Assembly board during the 2016-2020 term, determined that advanced investigations indicate that the Venezuelan company Monómeros, belonging to stated-owned Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), is used for the benefit of Colombian drug trafficking. | Monómeros, based in Colombia, and CITGO, based in the US, are among the assets seized by the United States government in collusion with former Venezuelan deputy Juan Guaidó in their failed 2019 attempt to oust the legitimate gover…

Staff (2021-04-21). Caracas-Moscow: Conviasa's New Non-Stop Commercial Passenger Flight. orinocotribune.com Venezuela's National Institute of Civil Aeronautics (INAC) reported this Monday, April 18, through a statement, that during this week of radical quarantine defined by the National Executive, commercial air routes to various international destinations continue, including the Russian Federation as a new destination. The Russian embassy reported this first on March 25, when it announced the resumption of the direct route between Caracas and Moscow with a frequency of two flights per week. | The long-range route was approved by the Putin government and will be serviced by the Venezuelan state-owned airline, Conviasa.

Steve Lalla (2021-04-21). In Defense of the Revolution: Cuba's Historic Victory over Imperialism at Playa Girón. dissidentvoice.org "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 …

Stephanie Hedgecoke (2021-04-21). Cuban unions build socialism. workers.org Member, Communication Workers Local 14156 What are the differences between unions in capitalist countries and socialist countries? What is labor's role in a socialist country? I first became a supporter of socialist Cuba as a labor activist in the San Francisco Bay Area, and I learned about Cuba's unions in . . . |

Zoe PC (2021-04-21). Communist Party of Cuba concludes 8th Party Congress with new elected leadership. peoplesdispatch.org During the four day congress, delegates discussed the key challenges facing the island-nation and who will be in charge of taking the country forward.

Staff (2021-04-21). Headlines for April 21, 2021. democracynow.org Jury Finds Derek Chauvin Guilty on All Counts for Murdering George Floyd, Police Shoot Dead 16-Year-Old Ma'Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, Judge Denies Dismissal of Prison Sentence for Officer Who Shot and Killed Walter Scott in 2015, India Faces COVID "Storm"; AMLO Gets COVID Vaccine; U.S. Warns Against Travel to 80% of Globe, Johnson & Johnson Resumes European Rollout After Regulator Says Benefits Outweigh Blood Clot Risk, AOC and Sen. Markey Reintroduce Green New Deal as Biden Sets Ambitious Emissions Target, Idriss Déby's Son Named Interim Leader Following Chadian President's Death, Journalists in Over 100 Cou…

Staff (2021-04-21). Venezuela's Attorney General Requests Extradition of Leopoldo López from Spain. orinocotribune.com Venezuela's Public Ministry initiated a formal request to the kingdom of Spain to return Leopoldo López to Venezuela through an extradition process. This statement was made before the 5th Execution Court of the Metropolitan Area of Caracas, which sent the file to the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, according to its accounts. | The extradition request is related to López's alleged participation in Operation Gideón, a project aimed at overthrowing the government of President Nicolás Maduro, a judicial source said. This plan was launched on May 3, 2020, but…

Kenneth Surin (2021-04-21). UK's Society of the Spectacle: Mourning Prince Philip. counterpunch.org The BBC received more than 110,000 complaints relating to its coverage of Philip's death, with the fact that it had two channels showing exactly the same programmes for hours on end probably constituting a big chunk of the complaints. A BBC spokesperson, resorting to boilerplate, said lamely: "We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance".

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-21). Venezuela Secures Deal with UN's World Food Programme to Supply Food to 1.5 Million Children. venezuelanalysis.com The deal was welcomed by a wide array of political actors, including opposition leader Juan Guaidó and US officials.

ANSWER Coalition (2021-04-21). 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…

Staff (2021-04-21). UK Plot to Steal Venezuelan Gold Revealed. orinocotribune.com A conspiracy that took place in 2019 involving the former Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, and UK Minister of State for the Americas, Alan Duncan, with the intention of retaining the gold belonging to Venezuela held in the Bank of England (BofE), has been uncovered. | The information was disclosed by Bloomberg journalist Javier Blas, who recounted how, in a telephone conversation with Carney, Duncan presented him with legal arguments for denying that President Nicolás Maduro was the rightful president of Venezuela, and thus seizing the $2 billion worth of Venezuelan gold reserves in the Bank of Engla…

Fight Back (2021-04-21). Speaking out against police repression in MN. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On April 15, the Twin Cities Coalition for Justice for Jamar (TCC4J) hosted a press conference to denounce police violence against protesters. Sam Martinez of Twin Cities 4 Justice for Jamar emceed the rally. | The opening speech featured TCC4J member DJ Hooker, standing alongside Victor Ramirez of MN Immigrant Rights Action Committee, whose face was covered in bruises due to broken facial bones from a police projectile. | Speakers noted that police and city authority action are restricting First Amendment rights, the freedom of speech and to protest, including: | — Posting official signage ask…

_____ (2021-04-21). Manifest Destiny? U.S. Immigration 'Crisis' a Bipartisan Toxic Legacy. strategic-culture.org Migration is here to stay regardless of fences or chicken coops used for vetting migrants as labor, and the corruption of gangsterism will continue to normalize itself with the U.S. corporatist state. | Since Joe Biden took over the White House nearly three months ago, a recurring controversy dogging his administration is the plight of migrants crossing the southern border from Mexico. In the following interview, Randy Martin gives his take on the subject as a seasoned observer and campaigner based near the border. He says much of the political heat on the subject recently is being generated by the bitterly divis…

Staff (2021-04-21). 18K unaccompanied child migrants have disappeared in Europe. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Apr. 22 (MNA) —At least 18,000 unaccompanied child migrants have disappeared after arriving in European countries including Greece, Italy, and Germany.

Fight Back (2021-04-21). March and Protest Demanding Justice for Chicano youth David Sullivan. fightbacknews.org Buena Park, CA – A march and protest took place in Buena Park, Orange County, April 17, to demand justice for David Sullivan, a 19-year old Chicano who was shot and killed August 19, 2019 in the city of Fullerton, by Buena Park Police Department. The protest's demands included the firing and prosecution of Buena Park police officers Jennifer Tran and Bobby Colon. Sullivan was shot and killed in broad daylight, posed no threat, and was unarmed. | The protest was led by Sullivan's mother DeAnna, sibling Sam, and eldest brother Joshua Sullivan. Present in solidarity were Centro CSO, Justice X, Say Their Na…

Fight Back (2021-04-21). March and Protest Demanding Justice for Chicano youth David Sullivan. fightbacknews.org Buena Park, CA – A march and protest took place in Buena Park, Orange County, April 17, to demand justice for David Sullivan, a 19-year old Chicano who was shot and killed August 19, 2019 in the city of Fullerton, by Buena Park Police Department. The protest's demands included the firing and prosecution of Buena Park police officers Jennifer Tran and Bobby Colon. Sullivan was shot and killed in broad daylight, posed no threat, and was unarmed. | The protest was led by Sullivan's mother DeAnna, sibling Sam, and eldest brother Joshua Sullivan. Present in solidarity were Centro CSO, Justice X, Say Their Na…

Kathleen Foster (2021-04-21). "Remained" in Mexico. zcomm.org For many in Central America, the only way out of this violence and extreme poverty is asylum in the United States. For the new generation that remains, the struggle that started over four decades ago continues…

ecns.cn (2021-04-21). China, Mexico pledge enhanced cooperation to promote ties. ecns.cn China's top legislator Li Zhanshu on Tuesday held talks via video link with Oscar Eduardo Ramirez Aguilar, speaker of Mexico's Senate, and both sides pledged enhanced cooperation to promote bilateral relations.

_____ (2021-04-21). The United States' Extensive Knowledge of the 1976 Planned Military Coup in Argentina. strategic-culture.org While the released documents portray the U.S. as having knowledge of the coup as opposed to intervening overtly or covertly, the aftermath shows U.S. involvement was considerable. | Last March, on the 45th anniversary of Argentina's descent into dictatorship, the National Security Archive posted a selection of

Editor2 (2021-04-21). SINCO: The Digital Project That Interconnects the People's Power in Venezuela. orinocotribune.com By Mauricio Montes — Apr 19, 2021 | The Communal Integration System, SINCO, is an electronic government platform developed for direct and collective communication of social organizations in Venezuela. It is the Venezuelan experience based on the creation of Cybersyn in Chile, in 1972, when Salvador Allende defined a new State and a new government for that nation based on the ideal of the Chilean revolution. | Cybersyn or SINCO project is recognized as an antecedent of today's Internet; however, the invention of the British expert in management, known as the father of cybernetics, Stafford Beer, put at the se…

Agostino Petroni, Sandali Handagama (2021-04-21). Climate Change and Capitalism Are Forcing Chilean Farmers to Abandon Their Land. thenation.com Climate Change and Capitalism Are Forcing Chilean Farmers to Abandon Their Land…

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…

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…

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-20). Panama: Activists Reject Non-Guilty Verdict for Lawmaker Arias. telesurenglish.net Protesters took to the streets in Panama to reject a Supreme Court's rule exonerating Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) lawmaker Arquesio Arias over the crime of rape and aggravated lewd acts against two women. | RELATED: | On Monday, women's rights activists gathered at the Parliament headquarters to demand justice shouting "violator" and "we are tired of corruption." | "We are tired of impunity, of abusers a…

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). 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…

WSWS (2021-04-20). Brazilian workers stage strikes and protests against COVID-19 pandemic and social crisis. wsws.org Teachers' strikes against deadly school reopenings have been joined by walkouts and protests by oil workers, bus drivers, rail and app delivery workers.

teleSUR (2021-04-20). Activists Reject Mining On "National Day of the Indigenous" telesurenglish.net At least 100 Indigenous people from six Brazilian states demonstrated on Monday in Brasilia against a government bill to legalize mining on their territory. This, as the latest study by the National Committee in Defense of Territories Against Mining, indicates that illegal gold mining in the Amazon has increased amid the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The so-called Bill 191 was discarded by Congress in June 2020. Sti…

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."

teleSUR (2021-04-20). Cuban Authorities Ready Clinics For Mass Vaccinations In Havana. telesurenglish.net Cuba's health authorities are preparing Havana's community healthcare centers for the beginning of the first stage of mass vaccination in the capital. | RELATED: | "Next week, we expect all the city's medical points to be ready to receive about 85 citizens per day," Havana's Governor Reinaldo Garcia informed without specifying the date of the beginning of the vaccination campaign. | The first stage of the immunization p…

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). 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…

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 …

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).

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.

teleSUR (2021-04-20). Sinovac Vaccine 80% Effective Against COVID-19-Related Death. telesurenglish.net The COVID-19 vaccine developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd is 80 percent effective against death from the disease, showed a recent real-world study in Chile. | RELATED: | According to the study released by the Chilean government on Friday, the Sinovac vaccine is also 67 percent effective in preventing symptomatic infection, 85 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations, and 89 percent in preventing patients from entering inten…

teleSUR (2021-04-20). Dominican Republic & Guatemala Label COVAX Facility 'A Failure'. telesurenglish.net Guatemala's President Alejandro Giammattei and The Dominican Republic's President Luis Abinader on Tuesday described as a "failure" the fund for the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) Facility. | RELATED: | "The vaccine delivery system promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) is inefficient," Gianmmattei stressed during his speech at the Ibero-American Business Meeting in Andorra. | He also called it irrespons…

teleSUR (2021-04-20). AMLO Gets Vaccinated: 'It Protects Us All'. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. | At the end of his daily morning news conference, Lopez Obrador removed his suit jacket and a military nurse administered the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine in his left arm. | RELATED: | "It doesn't hurt, it helps a lot and it protects us all," he said. "And once again I am calling on the elderly so…

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.

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