2021-05-01: News Headlines

Colombia Informa (2021-05-01). Massacre in Cali amid National Strike in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org The mobilizations carried out since Wednesday in Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca, have been brutally repressed by state security forces. On the night of April 30 human rights organizations called an urgent press conference to shed light on what happened in the protests that day. | The press conference was called for after videos and information circulated on social media about people having been assassinated in Cali during the afternoon and night of April 30. These events took place in the midst of the protests part of the National Strike, called for by broad sectors of Colombian society beginning on Wednesd…

Staff (2021-05-01). Colombia on Strike Against Far-Right, Neoliberalism & Police Repression. orinocotribune.com April 28: First day of the strike | 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 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 compensa…

Staff (2021-05-01). HRW Attacks Venezuela Again: Lies and Interference in Apure Case. orinocotribune.com The

WSWS (2021-05-01). Workers Party pursues herd immunity policy as Brazil tops 400,000 COVID deaths. wsws.org The impact of the Workers Party's herd immunity policy was starkly exposed by an explosion at an oxygen cylinder fulfillment plant in Ceará last Saturday.

Kamal Iranidoost (2021-05-01). 3rd clinical trial phase of jointly-produced Cov-19 vaccine. en.mehrnews.com HAMEDAN, May 01 (MNA) — The 3rd clinical trial phase of joint anti-Covid-19 vaccine made by the Iranian Pasteur Institute and Cuban Finlay Institute began on Saturday morning in Hamedan Medical Sciences University in western Iran.

Fight Back (2021-05-01). El Primero de Mayo 2021: Unir los muchos a vencer los pocos! °Abajo con los multimillonarios! °Necesitamos socialismo! fightbacknews.org El Primero de Mayo empezó como una celebración de la clase obrera y su lucha heroica después de la brutal violencia de la policía en el año 1886. Los trabajadores que manifestaron en Haymarket lucharon en contra condiciones de trabajo bien peor y por una campana de un día de trabajo por ocho horas. Los atacaron la policía, con muchos trabajadores heridos y muertos, muchos de ellos eran inmigrantes, resultado de un evento infamoso llamado la masacre de Haymarket. El estado de Illinois tuvo un juicio y ejecutó cuatro líderes laborales, siempre recordado como los Mártires de Haymarket. Todavía, el espíritu de este d…

Staff (2021-05-01). Nearly 340 illegal migrants rescued off Libyan coast: UNHCR. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday said that some 340 illegal migrants have been rescued off the coast of Libya.

Jim Hightower (2021-05-01). Don't Let Wall Street Get Rich Speculating on our Water. juancole.com ( Otherwords.org ) — Shameless speculators are trying to privatize and commoditize the water all humans need to live. By Jim Hightower | April 28, 2021 Oh great — here comes a new stealth attack on the fragile, life-sustaining natural resources of Planet Earth. This latest assault by Wall Street alchemists would redefine one of …

Mouris Salloum George (2021-05-01). México: Junio de 2021 será la prueba de fuego. globalizacion.ca En tanto no se reforme la Constitución, un periodo presidencial dura seis años. La misma Carta fundamental dicta: No reelección. El sistema métrico sexenal, es implacable: No hay más allá. | Si mal no calculamos, a la Cuarta transformación le restan…

Staff (2021-05-01). Tax reform plans to be revised over massive protests. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 01 (MNA) — At least 209 police officers have been injured and 185 activists detained during the two-day protests against a tax reform proposal in Colombia, the country's police said.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Riots, Vandalism, and Police Officers on Fire: Colombians Protest Proposed Tax Reform — Photo, Video. sputniknews.com Over 180 protestors have been arrested in Colombia as of Friday, as people take to streets to decry tax hikes on everyday goods by the government of President Ivan Duque.

John McEvoy (2021-05-01). Colombian police are killing civilians. British police are training them. thecanary.co Over recent days, the Colombian national police have killed a number of civilians protesting a Though numbers remain unclear, human rights group Isais Cifuentes de Cali has Documents obtained…

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Venezuela Places Six Citgo Petrol Executives Under House Arrest. sputniknews.com The news comes as Biden administration officials have reportedly met to review their policy toward Venezuela.

sputniknews (2021-05-01). Switzerland Slams Biden's 'Tax Haven' Comment as 'Inappropriate, Completely Out of Date'. sputniknews.com President Joe Biden, in his first US Joint Session of Congress speech on 28 April, called out companies benefitting from tax havens ranging from "Switzerland to Bermuda to the Cayman Islands," saying it "wasn't right" and promising to "reform corporate taxes so they pay their fair share."

Global Research (2021-05-01). Cuba concede gran importancia a las relaciones de cooperación con la Unión Económica Euroasiática. globalizacion.ca Intervención del primer ministro de la República de Cuba, Manuel Marrero Cruz, en la Reunión del Consejo Intergubernamental Euroasiático. | Excelentísimo señor Askar Mamin, Primer Ministro de la República de Kazajstán, | Excelentísimo señor Mijaíl Mishustin, Presidente del Gobierno de la Federación…

Matt Kennard (2021-04-30). Revealed: The UK Government Campaign to Force Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy. globalresearch.ca The UK government paid £8,330 in November 2018 to bring Ecuador's …

Emir Sader (2021-04-30). Critical Thinking: Who Will Apologize to Brazil? orinocotribune.com By Emir Sader — Apr 27, 2021 | Brazil is immersed in a humanitarian catastrophe. The country—which a little more than five years ago was an example in the fight against poverty, the fight against inequality and income distribution—has become, in just a few years, a hell, both for Brazilians and for the rest of the world. | More than three thousand people die every day because of the pandemic. Others die anonymously because of hunger and still others because of the violence of militias and drug traffickers. More people die than are born in Brazil. | From having a president who was an example to th…

teleSUR (2021-04-30). José Gregorio The 'Doctor of the Poor' Beatified in Caracas. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Catholic Church beatified on Friday Jose Gregorio Hernandez, a scientist who was popularly known as the "Doctor of the Poor" due to his humanitarian work during his lifetime between 1864 and 1919. | RELATED: | At least 150 people attended the ceremony as a large portrait of José Gregorio Hernández was unveiled on one side of the altar inside San Juan Bautista temple. The Catholic authorities thanked Pop…

teleSUR (2021-04-30). The 'Doctor of the Poor' To Be Beatified Today in Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuela will hold the beatification ceremony of Jose Gregorio Hernandez, a scientist who was popularly known as the "Doctor of the Poor" due to his humanitarian work during his lifetime between 1864 and 1919. | RELATED: | "Hernandez's beatification is a special blessing from God for Venezuela. It Invites us to be more supportive with each other, so we can revive and reborn after the pandemic," Pope Francis told t…

scorinoco (2021-04-30). US Senators Introduce Bill to Continue Theft of Venezuelan Resources. orinocotribune.com The US government is formulating another mechanism to continue stealing Venezuelan resources abroad. | This week, two US senators, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who are associated with lobbies of the Venezuelan extreme right in the United States, introduced a bill at the US Senate, called Preserving Accountability for National Assets Act of 2021 (PANA Act). As Ted Cruz explained in an article on his webpage, "this bill would take assets seized from individuals connected to the Chávez and Maduro regimes that are convicted of corruption and place them in a 'Venezuela Restoration Fund' to be used by the State Department…

José Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-30). Anti-Chavista Capriles Enrages Social Media By Offering Condolences for Aristóbulo Isturiz's Death. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan opposition politician Henrique Capriles was attacked on social media networks, awakening the hatred of his opponents after he expressed words of condolence on Twitter following the physical departure of the revolutionary leader Aristóbulo Istúriz. | The spokesman of the ultra-right, who for years has stood rigidly against Commander Hugo Chávez, and now against President Nicolás Maduro, is remembered by many Venezuelans for the invitation he made to his followers to "unload all their anger" after not recognizing his defeat by Maduro in the 2013 presidential elections. | Now, that "anger" has turned agai…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-04-30). IG Report Finds Trump Aid to Venezuela Was Aimed at Toppling Maduro. commondreams.org A new report from USAID's inspector general shows Trump-era U.S. aid to Venzuela was at least partially motivated by a desire for regime change. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/venezuela_0.jpg

Staff (2021-04-30). Headlines for April 30, 2021. democracynow.org India COVID Cases Continue to Soar as Arundhati Roy Decries "Crime Against Humanity", Deaths Soar in Latin America; Brazil COVID Death Toll Tops 400,000, 44 Ultra-Orthordox Jews Die in Stampede at Religious Site, Abbas Postpones Palestinian Elections, USAID Watchdog Criticizes Trump's Politicization of Aid to Venezuela, Thousands Flee into Thailand as Burmese Junta Launches Airstrikes Near Border, Florida Approves Sweeping Voter Suppression Bill, West Virginia, Florida & Texas Bills Target Trans Youth, Biden Vows to Close Private Detention Centers in Response to Georgia Protesters, Right-Wing Extremists Face New…

Lucia Eugenia Cordova (2021-04-30). Ten PDVSA Officials Arrested for Diversion of Diesel and Gasoline in Maracaibo. orinocotribune.com In the past few hours ten officials, including carriers and managers, of Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA were arrested for diversion of diesel and premium gasoline at the Bajo Grande refinery and distribution plant, located in the city of Maracaibo (Zulia state). This was communicated to the country on Thursday, April 29, in the weekly press conference by the Attorney General of Venezuela, Tarek William Saab. | "The investigation was initiated by virtue of a complaint lodged by the manager of Comprehensive Security of Operations and the International Trade and Supply Market. It was determined that there…

Staff (2021-04-30). Argentina Denounces UK Missile Launch Carried Out in the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands. orinocotribune.com The Argentine Foreign Ministry points out that the launching of missiles by the United Kingdom is an excuse to establish a disproportionate military presence. | On Thursday, April 29, the Argentine Foreign Ministry denounced the launch of missiles by the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, in the territory of Malvinas islands between April 26 and 28, 2021. | The Argentine Foreign Ministry explained that the military exercises include the launching of Rapier missiles from the Malvinas Islands [referred to as the Falkland Islands by the UK colonizers], and "constitute an unjustif…

Staff (2021-04-30). Many Deaths During the Pandemic Were Simply Due to Lack of Access to Health Care. truthout.org In calculating its human toll, a pandemic is similar to a war. The most precise way public health researchers can get a handle on the impact of something like COVID-19 is to compare the number of total deaths recorded in a specific place during the pandemic with death tallies from prior years. | That analysis will yield a figure known as "excess deaths" — which simply means deaths above and beyond what would normally be expected. | That figure captures not just COVID-19 deaths, but…

Brian Cloughley (2021-04-30). Why Does Washington Keep Punishing Cuba? counterpunch.org According to the geopolitical analysis site STRATFOR, sanctions are "a coercive tool to compel a targeted entity to adjust its behaviour" and can be effected in a number of ways and, indeed, applied for very different reasons. An intriguing aspect of sanctions' imposition is that some of these reasons are not intended primarily to alter the target's behaviour

Steve Taylor (2021-04-30). Carbon Colonialism and REDD: Reflections on Resistance. counterpunch.org Amador Hernandez Ten Years Later Ten years after a trip by a documentary team assembled by Global Justice Ecology Project (GJEP) to the Lacandon Jungle of Chiapas, Mexico, GJEP is highlighting the resulting film and releasing a new interview with one of the photojournalists that travelled to the region to document the threatened relocation of

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-30). Incarcerating Innocents and Migrants in the U.S. counterpunch.org Parallels between U.S. abuse of Hispanic migrants and that of Jews in the very early Nazi years are deeply creepy. They were even creepier when Trump was president. That's because he was happy to demonize this Central American and Mexican minority, to deploy the full power of the state against it and to unleash police

Susan Price (2021-04-30). The dirty campaign underlying Ecuador's 'free and fair' election. greenleft.org.au 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, write Medea Benjamin and Leonardo Flores.

Editor2 (2021-04-30). Apure: Transition to a Conventional War? orinocotribune.com By Anahi Arizmendi — Apr 28, 2021 | The situation in the state of Apure is part of a strategy to measure the operational capacity of the FANB, to destabilize the central states of the country, and advance in the preparation of the military forces of the United States and Colombia for a regular war against Venezuela, as analyzed by Congressman General Gerardo Márquez, member of the National Directorate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and Fernando Rivero, lawyer and Master in Philosophy of War. | Alert along the border | Since the attempted incursion of Colombian irregular groups in March of this ye…

news.un (2021-04-30). Decades of health gains at risk in Brazil due to COVID-19. news.un.org Although COVID-19 cases are declining in Brazil, the pandemic is putting decades of public health gains there at risk, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

teleSUR (2021-04-30). Cuba Offers Its COVID-19 Vaccines to Eurasian Countries. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Prime Minister Manuel Marrero announced that his nation is willing to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). | RELATED: | "Given the incidence of COVID-19 in our countries, the high prices of vaccines, and estimates that it would take 21 years to immunize the world population, we reiterate our willingness to support the EEU states in the fight against this pandemic with our vaccines,"

teleSUR (2021-04-30). PAHO: Americas Represent One in Four COVID-19 Deaths Globally. telesurenglish.net The Americas accounts for a considerable proportion of death tolls worldwide as one in four fatalities reported on the planet last week occurred in the region, the Pan American Health Organization said. | RELATED: | "One in four Covid deaths reported worldwide last week took place right here, in the Americas. Nearly every country in Central America is reporting a rise in infections," PAHO's director Carissa Etienne war…

teleSUR (2021-04-30). Bolivia Will Produce COVID Vaccines, Including Sputnik V. telesurenglish.net Bolivian Health Minister Health Minister Jeyson Auza says that the Andean nation is interested in producing vaccines against COVID-19, including the Russian Sputnik V, on its territory. "We would be delighted to be able, like Argentina, to produce vaccines in the not too distant future," he said. | RELATED | Argentina will produce Sputnik V and AstraZeneca vaccines. | Auza stressed that negotiations with Russia on t…

Editor2 (2021-04-30). RUNASUR, a new Latin American Regional Integration Mechanism, Created in Bolivia. orinocotribune.com RUNASUR, a new regional integration mechanism, aims at uniting the Indigenous people, peasants, social movements and workers of Latin America, as well as building a Plurinacional America | On April 25, former Bolivian President Evo Morales announced the birth of RUNASUR, a new regional integration mechanism aimed at uniting the Indigenous people, peasants, social movements and workers of Latin America with an anti-imperialist ideology. The organization will serve as the people's alternative to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), an existing regional integration mechanism that has become paralyzed due to…

_____ (2021-04-30). Why Delivery Workers Across The Planet Are Rising Up. popularresistance.org On February 22, 2019, at 6 pm, a car crashed into Servio Hernández's motorcycle. Hernández, a Venezuelan migrant in Chile, was hit while he was in the middle of making a delivery for PedidosYa, a branch of the German multinational company Delivery Hero. When Hernández arrived at the hospital, the first thing he did was ask the medical staff to let his supervisor know about the accident. "There is nothing we can do for him," the supervisor told the doctor. The supervisor turned off his phone and blocked Hernández from being able to access the PedidosYa app. | Servio Hernández is one of the millions of workers arou…

Latino Rebels (2021-04-30). Undocumented Immigrants and Allies Risk Arrest, Deportation to Protest Biden's First 100 Days Without Sufficient Action on Immigration. latinorebels.com Immigrant rights activists —including undocumented immigrants risking deportation— are protesting President Biden's 100 days in office and what they call "the Democratic Party's broken promises to the immigrant community" with a direct action in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-30). US Ends Visa Services for Most Russians, Reduces Moscow Embassy Staff by 75%. news.antiwar.com On Friday, the US embassy in Moscow As part of the cutbacks, the embassy will no longer process non-immigrant visas for Russians. So any Russian citizens that want to travel to the US that aren't seeking a green card would have to obtain a tourist visa through a third country. | The announcement came after Russia put limits on the amount of staff the US embassy could hire l…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-04-30). Demanding 'Papers Not Crumbs,' Undocumented Immigrants Risk Arrest Outside Biden White House. commondreams.org "WE will be the ones to define what the 'priorities' on immigration are—not Biden," said Movimiento Cosecha. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/undocumented_protest.jpg

Rebekah Entralgo (2021-04-30). Support for Essential Labor Has Largely Excluded Migrant Women Farmworkers. commondreams.org "Many women farmworkers do not even have access to their own income. Employers will often officially enroll a male employee while his wife and children work off the books." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/laborforce.jpg

Latino Rebels (2021-04-30). PEW: Asian Americans Will Be Country's Largest Immigrant Group by 2055. latinorebels.com "By then, Asians are expected to make up 36% of all U.S. immigrants, while Hispanics will make up 34%," Pew noted in the analysis.

The Associated Press (2021-04-30). An Unusual Coalition as Supreme Court Rules for Immigrant. latinorebels.com WASHINGTON (AP) — An unusual coalition of Supreme Court justices joined Thursday to rule in favor of an immigrant fighting deportation in a case that the court said turned on the meaning of the shortest word, "a."

Stansfield Smith (2021-04-30). The US Plan to Imprison Businesspeople in Other Countries for "Violating" Illegal US Sanctions: The Cases of Alex Saab, Meng Wanzhou, Mun Chol Myong. orinocotribune.com By Stansfield Smith — Apr 27, 2021 | The The US uses sanctions as a tool to overthrow governments that do not kow-tow to it. Sanctions are a weapon of war on civilians. They destroy the economy of a country ("make the economy scream") by causing hyp…

Latino Rebels (2021-04-30). One Month After the Death of Adam Toledo. latinorebels.com Latino Rebels Radio: April 29, 2021…

Latino USA (2021-04-30). The Wrongful Conviction Of Joseph Webster: Episode 1 (A Latino USA Podcast). latinorebels.com In this two-part series, Latino USA explores the case of Joseph Webster, a Black man who was serving a life sentence for murder in Tennessee—a murder he says he didn't commit.

Latino Rebels (2021-04-30). NALEO: Latinos Turned Out in Record Numbers for 2020 Election Cycle. latinorebels.com Latino voters have doubled their share of the nation's voters since the 2000 Presidential election.

teleSUR (2021-04-30). Mexico Stiffens Penalties for Child Sexual Abuse Cases. telesurenglish.net Mexico's Senate on Friday approved a Penal Code reform so that sexual crimes against minors are not subject to the statute of limitations. | RELATED: | Approved unanimously with 117 votes, this reform regulates criminal proceedings regarding child pornography, child sex tourism, corruption of minors, pimping, pederasty, sexual abuse, and rape. | "When any of these crimes are committed by ministers or public of…

teleSUR (2021-04-30). Honduras: Bill to Purchase Cuban Vaccines Submitted to Congress. telesurenglish.net "I have submitted the bill so that Honduras, through the National Congress and the Health Commission, begins to contract Cuba's vaccine Soberana through a strict oversight process by civil society," the legislator from the Liberty and Refoundation Party (LIBRE) posted on her Twitter account. | RELATED: | Arriaga also posted a video on Twitter in which she criticized the work to date by the Government of President Juan Orlando Hernandez,…

_____ (2021-04-30). RENACER Act: US Congress To Expand Nicaragua Sanctions. popularresistance.org Nicaragua's Sandinista Revolution is being targeted with a new sanctions bill as retaliation for triumphing over Washington's domination attempts and as President Daniel Ortega is anticipated to win this year's election. | The Reinforcing Nicaragua's Adherence to Conditions for Electoral Reform (RENACER) Act (full text of the bill here), introduced in March, would require the U.S. government to increase sanctions coordination with Canada and the European Union and proposes new immediate measures against the Nicaraguan government and officials ahead of Nicaragua's November elections, all under the guise of promoti…

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