2021-04-28: News Headlines

Stansfield Smith (2021-04-28). World police: Washington seeks to imprison foreign businesspeople for violating illegal US sanctions. thegrayzone.com In violation of international law, the US is seeking to extradite and imprison foreign businesspeople for circumventing its unilateral sanctions. Washington's targets include Venezuelan national Alex Saab, North Korean Mun Chol Myong, and Chinese Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. The United States uses economic sanctions as a weapon against states which choose a development path independent of US global domination. Sanctions can take the form of blocking a nation's financial and trade transactions, not allowing financial institutions to process them. The …

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-28). ACLU Urges Biden to Shut Down Detention Facilities 'Used to Abuse and Traumatize Immigrants'. commondreams.org "It's time to end our nation's newest system of mass incarceration of Black and Brown people," says the ACLU's Naureen Shah. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/aclu-biden-close-ice-detention.jpg

Rebecca Magallon (2021-04-28). A Better Solution to DACA. indybay.org DACA is temporary relief for immigrant childhood arrivals to the United States, this articles calls for permanent solutions for DACA recipients.

_____ (2021-04-28). US Role Behind The Defeat Of Ecuador's Leftist Presidential Candidate. popularresistance.org The US role in the defeat of leftist Andrés Arauz in Ecuador's presidential contest on April 11 was not overt because it did not need to be, according to a high-ranking Latin American diplomat. We met with the diplomat and others on an official election observation delegation with CODEPINK. Names of some sources remain anonymous due to a hostile political environment towards progressives. | This setback for the Citizens Revolution movement, founded by Rafael Correa, will have profound implications for Ecuador and beyond, fortifying the US-allied reactionary bloc in Latin America. | Former President Correa left of…

Roger Harris (2021-04-28). US Role Behind the Defeat of Ecuador's Leftist Presidential Candidate. counterpunch.org The US role in the defeat of leftist Andrés Arauz in Ecuador's presidential contest on April 11 was not overt because it did not need to be, according to a high-ranking Latin American diplomat. We met with the diplomat and others on an official election observation delegation with CODEPINK. Names of some sources remain anonymous

Roger Harris (2021-04-28). US Role Behind the Defeat of Ecuador's Leftist Presidential Candidate. counterpunch.org The US role in the defeat of leftist Andrés Arauz in Ecuador's presidential contest on April 11 was not overt because it did not need to be, according to a high-ranking Latin American diplomat. We met with the diplomat and others on an official election observation delegation with CODEPINK. Names of some sources remain anonymous

Staff (2021-04-28). Commander Ceballos: Venezuela Continues to Strengthen Military Presence in Apure. orinocotribune.com The Strategic Operational Commander of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (CEOFANB), Admiral Remigio Ceballos, highlighted this Tuesday, April 27, that the Venezuelan Army (FANB) will continue to increase the deployment of forces in Apure state to expel Colombian narco-paramilitary groups, drug traffickers and terrorists, to whom they have dealt heavy blows. Ceballos confirmed that the FANB will continue combat operations until they are all expelled from Venezuelan territory. | Through his Twitter account @CeballosIchaso, Admiral Remigio Ceballos wrote that the security of the nation, and the defense of all Vene…

Editor2 (2021-04-28). Special Economic Zones: Venezuela's Strategy for Breaking the US Encirclement. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan government is fine-tuning the legal framework to strengthen the special economic zones (SEZs) already existing in its territory and to open space for foreign direct investment in a production scheme favorable to the Bolivarian nation. | Although the experiences of foreign investment have left little to Venezuela, the national Executive observes the recent changes in the global financial order in which the BRICS are gaining space and considers this an opportunity for the industrial development of the country. | There are eight SEZs in Venezuela that will be redefined with the new legal framework. Th…

Staff (2021-04-28). Venezuela Boosts Gasoline Production Again. orinocotribune.com Caracas (Sputnik) — Amid the siege suffered by the oil industry, the Venezuelan government has recovered both gasoline production in the country and the capacities of its main refineries, an expert in public policies for energy, David Paravisini, told Sputnik. | "Last year at this date all the gasoline was imported, and a year later all the gasoline consumed in the country is produced here," said Paravisini, professor of public energy policies at the Bolivarian University of Venezuela, in conversation with Sputnik. "The refineries were scrap in 2020. Today, the El Palito refinery [in Carabobo, in the cent…

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-28). Renewed Clashes in Colombo-Venezuelan Border Region Leave Several Dead. venezuelanalysis.com President Nicolás Maduro ordered the largest military operation in decades aimed at defending Venezuela's territorial sovereignty this past March.

MISES (2021-04-28). It's Time To End The Embargo Against Cuba — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Jacob G. Hornberger* | Now that Cuban president Raul Castro has resigned the presidency of Cuba, will the U.S. government lift its six-decades-long economic embargo against Cuba? | Don't count it. Squeezing the life out of the Cuban people as a way to get regime change has become such a normalized way of life for the United States that it is unlikely that this cruel and brutal policy will be ended anytime soon. | Back in the day, the embargo was justified as part of the Cold War against "godless communism" and, specifically, the international communist conspiracy that was supposedly based in Moscow, Russia,…

WSWS (2021-04-28). COVID-19 catastrophe overshadows Peru election. wsws.org With its health care system in a state of collapse, Peru trails only Brazil in terms of Latin American countries with the highest per-capita death rates.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-04-28). Colombia on Strike against the Far-Right and Neoliberalism. libya360.wordpress.com Tanya Wadhwa Banner reading "The narco-paramilitary state will fall" hung from a bridge in Bogotá on the morning of April 28. Photo: Congreso de los Pueblos Organizations reject Duque's neoliberal tax reform which seeks to make Colombia's working class pay for the fiscal deficit incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic Colombian citizens, members of trade…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-04-28). Colombia on strike against the far-right and neoliberalism. peoplesdispatch.org Colombian citizens, members of trade unions, social movements and opposition political parties are participating in a national strike in cities and towns across the country today, on April 28. The protest actions have been called in rejection of the Sustainable Solidarity bill, a new tax reform bill presented to the Congress by the far-right government of president Iván Duque to finance the economic crisis or compensate for the fiscal deficit incurred due to the COVID-19 pandemic. | The marches, demanding the withdrawal of the reform, will begin at 9: 00 local time in the main cities of the country. In the capital…

Staff (2021-04-28). Headlines for April 28, 2021. democracynow.org FBI Opens Probe into Police Killing of Andrew Brown as Autopsy Confirms He Was Shot in Back of Head, Video of Police Killing of Mario Gonzalez Prompts Comparison to George Floyd, Call for Probe, India Tops 200,000 COVID Deaths as Hospitals, Cremation Sites Are Overwhelmed, Turkey Orders Coronavirus Lockdown; Brazil Rejects Russia's Sputnik V Vaccine, CDC Says Vaccinated People Can Go Unmasked in Most Outdoor Settings, Seattle City Council Calls on Biden to Support IP Waiver for COVID Vaccine Patents, Biden Proposes Crackdown on Tax Evaders, Changes to Capital Gains Tax to Fund American Families Plan, Protesters K…

Roger Harris (2021-04-28). U.S. role behind the defeat of Ecuador's Leftist presidential candidate. mronline.org The U.S. role in the defeat of leftist Andrés Arauz in Ecuador's presidential contest on April 11 was not overt because it did not need to be, according to a high-ranking Latin American diplomat. | April 28, 2021 | Newswire…

Shawgi Tell (2021-04-28). No Justification for the Existence of Charter Schools. dissidentvoice.org Non-profit and for-profit charter schools are privatized, marketized, corporatized education arrangements that appeared 30 years ago in the U.S. They are legal in 45 states, Washington DC, Puerto Rico, and Guam. About 3.3 million youth are currently enrolled in roughly 7,400 charter schools. Charter schools openly embrace "free market" ideology and siphon billions of public …

Lorraine Liriano Chávez (2021-04-28). Puerto Rico: °Fuera LUMA! workers.org El llamado a la acción sobre Puerto Rico se manifestó el 13 de abril en Union Square de la ciudad de Nueva York para decir °Fuera LUMA! Exigimos la cancelación de este contrato del gobierno colonial de $1.5 mil millones con LUMA. Esta es una empresa creada para privatizar la . . . |

S. Brian Willson (2021-04-28). Goebbels está vivo en Nicaragua: Conspiración implacable de Estados Unidos contra Nicaragua inventando falsas narrativas e instaurando el terror. globalizacion.ca "Una mentira que se dice una vez sigue siendo una mentira, pero una mentira que se dice mil veces se convierte en verdad". Joseph Goebbels, ministro de propaganda de Hitler, 1933-1945 °El presidente Ortega es un dictador! °El presidente Ortega…

Eds. (2021-04-28). Today, defense of the revolution rests with the media. mronline.org Víctor Dreke, legendary commander of the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces, called for those defending the Revolution today to recognize that the battlefield of the 21st century is the media. | April 28, 2021 | Newswire…

Liberation Staff (2021-04-28). Car caravans around the US demand end to the blockade on Cuba. liberationnews.org The last Sunday of each month since early this year has seen growing actions here in support of Cuba.

Anonymous007 (2021-04-28). Russia's "Harsh Response" To US: You Are Not My Friend Anymore. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | On April 27th, in response to all the sanctions, harsh rhetoric, diplomatic expulsions and threats, Russia's Channel 1 released a list of "unfriendly countries". | Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova announced over the weekend that the U.S. would be on the list following a presidential decree on April 23rd. | Also named were: Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Czech Republic, Estonia, United Kingdom and Georgia. Another screen grab from Channel 1, circulating on soci…

_____ (2021-04-28). For Small Farms Surviving The Pandemic, Co-ops Are A Lifeline. popularresistance.org Ian Colburn, Zoey Fink, and Casey Holland all operate small, diversified farms in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area. The farmers already had plants in the ground in March when they realized restaurants and farmers' markets—two of their biggest sales channels—would likely shut down due to the pandemic. | Colburn of Solarpunk Farm worried his acreage was too small to support a robust Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and that he hadn't planned for the kind of crop diversity that model demanded. Fink works part-time at Farm Shark Farm with her husband. They already had a CSA but didn't think t…

Antoinette Sayeh, Alejandro Werner, Ravi Balakrishnan, Frederik Toscani* (2021-04-28). What Comes After Commodity Super Cycle And Pandemic? Policies To Tackle Poverty And Inequality In Latin America — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Latin America entered the pandemic as one of the most unequal regions in the world. And like much of the rest of the world, it will come out of the pandemic poorer and more unequal. Early estimates suggest that

Rainer Shea (2021-04-28). Ukraine's Fascist Nightmare and the Growing Risk of a Repeat of World War II. orinocotribune.com By Rainer Shea — Apr 22, 2021 | I warn about World War II repeating itself not because I expect Washington's currently escalating anti-Russian proxy war in Ukraine to turn into a nuclear confrontation any time soon; as Moscow-based international affairs analyst Mark Sleboda recently

Eurasia Review (2021-04-28). Persuading Consumers To Go Green. eurasiareview.com Shopping habits and escalating consumption of many consumers are inflicting a heavy environmental toll, and while the majority of customers seem hesitant to act "green" on their own, companies are increasingly expected to implement effective eco-friendly tactics. But efforts to increase towel reuse at hotels, paperless adoption in the banking industry or "ugly" food consumption at grocery stores have been challenging. | As a result, millions of tons of cosmetically imperfect produce are wasted every year in the United States while about one billion trees worth of paper are thrown away. Electricity consumption…

Fight Back (2021-04-28). Minneapolis: Unity march demands justice for Adam Toledo. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN – On April 24, protesters took the streets for the second time here to demand justice for Adam Toledo, a 13-year-old Mexican-American boy who was shot to death by a Chicago Police Department officer while he had his hands up. The video footage of the murder was recently released, sparking a wave of protests in Chicago and around the country. | The Minneapolis protest was led by a banner reading "Black and Brown United," followed by militant and disciplined contingents from Los Brown Berets – Minnesota, Original Black Panther Party, New Black Panther Nation, New Black Panther Party, Camp Migiizi,…

ecns.cn (2021-04-28). Brazil's former president Temer says China ties of 'fundamental importance'. ecns.cn The relationship between Brazil and China is of "fundamental importance" for the South American country, and all-round cooperation between the two countries is progressing steadily with vast potentials, former Brazilian President Michel Temer has said.

Editor2 (2021-04-28). Goebbels is Alive in Nicaragua: Relentless US Conspiracy Against Nicaragua by Using Fake Narratives and Instituting Terror. orinocotribune.com By S. Brian Willson — Apr 26, 2021 | "A lie told once remains a lie, but a lie told a thousand times becomes the truth." Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's Propaganda Minister, 1933-1945 | President Ortega is a dictator! President Ortega is a dictator! President Ortega is a dictator! Say it over and over, and it becomes accepted truth with absolutely no evidence whatsoever. Welcome to…

Lautaro Rivara (2021-04-28). Ecuador: from the dream of the Montecristi Constitution to the "Panama of the Andes"? peoplesdispatch.org Irene León speaks about factors behind the recent loss of progressive forces in Ecuador and what to expect with Guillermo Lasso in office…

José Steinsleger (2021-04-28). Anarquistas eran los de antes. globalizacion.ca La reconocí a bordo del ferry que une los puertos lacustres de Guaqui (Bolivia) y Desaguadero (Perú), sobre el Titicaca. Iba envuelta en velos, junto a un féretro. Me acerqué mirando con distracción al lago, y a su lado musité: …

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-04-28). 'Evo is Our President': Voices from Rural Peru. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News Benigno Vengoa (left) and Carlos Cusihuaman (right) in Villa Tunari. April 24, 2021. Photo: Kawsachun News Kawsachun News spoke to Benigno Vengoa and Carlos Cusihuaman, who visited Bolivia as part of a delegation from Peru to participate as observers of the meeting of the RUNASUR technical commission in Villa Tunari, Cochabamba on April…

ecns.cn (2021-04-28). West's allegations over human rights in China's Xinjiang hypocritical: Brazilian scholar. ecns.cn The West's well-orchestrated allegations of "forced labor" and "genocide" in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are glaringly hypocritical and clearly aim to obscure an ulterior motive, a Brazilian scholar has said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-28). West's allegations over human rights in China's Xinjiang hypocritical: Brazilian scholar. ecns.cn The West's well-orchestrated allegations of "forced labor" and "genocide" in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are glaringly hypocritical and clearly aim to obscure an ulterior motive, a Brazilian scholar has said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-28). China, 40 plus countries launch Group of Friends on Safety and Security of UN Peacekeepers. ecns.cn The Group of Friends on the Safety and Security of United Nations Peacekeepers was launched here on Tuesday, under the joint initiative of China, Brazil, Indonesia and Rwanda.

ecns.cn (2021-04-28). China helps start UN peacekeeper support group. ecns.cn A group to support United Nations peacekeepers was launched on Tuesday under the initiative of China, Brazil, Indonesia and Rwanda.

ecns.cn (2021-04-27). China helps start UN peacekeeper support group. ecns.cn A group to support United Nations peacekeepers was launched on Tuesday under the initiative of China, Brazil, Indonesia and Rwanda.

Cristián Cepeda (2021-04-28). Chile — Piñera camina solo. globalizacion.ca Luego de declararle la guerra al pueblo en octubre de 2019 Piñera quebró cualquier posibilidad de seguir jugando en los márgenes de la democracia, tal y como se venía desarrollado en los últimos 30 años. En cualquier sociedad occidental del…

Marcos Salgado (2021-04-28). Perú: las elecciones pasan, la crisis no. globalizacion.ca Para el próximo domingo 6 de junio está prevista la segunda vuelta electoral en el Perú. La sorpresa de la primera vuelta, el candidato Pedro Castillo enfrentará a la animadora habitual de los balotajes, de apellido tristemente célebre: Fujimori. Keiko…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-04-28). Peru: A War Strategy to Prevent the Coming of the New. libya360.wordpress.com Ariana àÅlvarez Orellana Pedro Castillo and Perú Libre have the upper hand in the second round of the Peruvian elections, not only because of the wide lead given by the polls, but also because their rival, Keiko Fujimori, her political and image advisors, as well as her occasional allies from the political right, are carrying…

Aldo Orellana López (2021-04-28). UN Treaty Could Force Mining Companies to Behave Responsibly. commondreams.org UN Treaty Could Force Mining Companies to Behave Responsibly | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/perumine.jpg

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-28). 'It's About Damn Time': Advocates Welcome DOJ Hate Crimes Charges in Ahmaud Arbery Killing. commondreams.org The U.S. Justice Department has announced hate crimes charges against three men accused of murdering unarmed Black jogger Ahmaud Arbery in South Georgia last February. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/ahmaud_arbery_0.jpg

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-28). New York Times' New Onslaught Against Venezuela—Propaganda or Journalism? orinocotribune.com On Monday, April 26, US newspaper and propaganda outlet Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza denounced this alleged report as part of a campaign aimed at portraying Venezuela as a land in chaos, where there is no authority "in large areas of the country." | The top Venezuelan diplomat pointed to the piece as "another smear campaign again…

Staff (2021-04-28). Venezuelan National Assembly Presents Final List of 103 Candidates Eligible for CNE's Board. orinocotribune.com Deputy "We are a collegiate body made up of 11 deputies and 10 members of civil society, from all sectors," he explained. In addition, the president of…

Staff (2021-04-28). Padrino López: The Violence They Intend to Sow in Venezuela Has its Spokesperson in the US. orinocotribune.com The Minister of the armed forces, the Popular Power for Defense, Vladimir Padrino López reacted, via Twitter, to the public confession made by, fugitive from justice Iván Simonovis, highlighting that the violent acts that they are trying to provoke in our country, so as to generate chaos, are all part of a deliberate strategy with an official spokesperson found in Washington. | Padrino López wrote: "The violence that is intended to sow 'chaos' in Venezuela has its plan and its official spokesperson in Washington. He is none other than the comandante de café [coffee-house Commander], the special super commissioner…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-28). Hidden Air Pollutants On Rise In Cities In India And UK. eurasiareview.com Levels of air pollutants in cities in India are on the rise, according to scientists using observations from instruments on satellites that scan the global skies every day. | Researchers used a long record of data gathered by space-based instruments to estimate trends in a range of air pollutants for 2005 to 2018, timed to coincide with well-established air quality policies in the UK and rapid development in India. | The study was led by the University of Birmingham and UCL and included an international team of contributors from Belgium, India, Jamaica and the UK. The researchers published their findings in th…

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