2021-05-04: News Headlines

Ben Norton (2021-05-04). How the US gov't cultivated environmental and Indigenous groups to defeat Ecuador's leftist Correísta movement. thegrayzone.com When socialist Rafael Correa became Ecuador's president, CIA cutouts poured money into environmental and Indigenous groups, while the US embassy cultivated opportunistic leaders to undermine his constituency. These forces helped secure victory for right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso in 2021. The people of Ecuador were hit by a surprise in the April 2021 presidential election: Hard-right banker Guillermo Lasso, one of the richest and most corrupt oligarchs in the country, who had unsuccessfully run in two previous races, scored a narrow …

Roger Harris (2021-05-04). Government Report Documents US Responsibility for Venezuela's Humanitarian Dilemma. counterpunch.org In January 2019 the US and its allies ceased to recognize Maduro as Venezuela's legitimate president after then National Assembly leader Juan Guaidó, who had never run for national office, "announced he was willing to serve as interim president." Guaidó's coup attempts are euphemistically described as "high-profile but ultimately unsuccessful efforts to encourage security forces to abandon Maduro."

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-04). Colombia an Imperial Beachhead: The War of the Colombian Oligarchy and Duque against Venezuela. libya360.wordpress.com Mison Verdad Colombian President, Iván Duque, participates in a military promotion ceremony in Bogotá (Photo: EFE) One year after it sought to invade Venezuela and capture President Nicolás Maduro with Operation Gideon, the Colombian government continues to participate in conspiracies planned in Washington to bring about regime change in Caracas. Since 2018, when the attempted…

Staff (2021-05-04). "Exterminate All the Brutes": Filmmaker Raoul Peck Explores Colonialism & Origins of White Supremacy. democracynow.org A new four-part documentary series, "Exterminate All the Brutes," delves deeply into the legacy of European colonialism from the Americas to Africa. It has been described as an unflinching narrative of genocide and exploitation, beginning with the colonizing of Indigenous land that is now called the United States. The documentary series seeks to counter "the type of lies, the type of propaganda, the type of abuse, that we have been subject to all of these years," says director and Haitian-born filmmaker Raoul Peck. "We have the means to tell the real story, and that's exactly what I decided to do," Peck says. "Ev…

Staff (2021-05-04). Headlines for May 4, 2021. democracynow.org In Reversal, Biden to Raise Cap on Refugees Admitted to U.S., U.S. Allows Four Refugee Families Separated Under Trump to Reunite, India's Official COVID-19 Caseload Tops 20 Million, Nepal's COVID-19 Crisis Becomes "Unmanageable" Amid Exponential Rise in Cases, Argentina Passes 3 Million Confirmed COVID-19 Cases as Brazil Delays Second Vaccine Doses, Biden Under Pressure as World Health Organization Presses for Waiver on Vaccine Patent Rights, U.S. States Roll Back Coronavirus Restrictions as New Cases Fall Below 50,000 Per Day, Andrew Brown Jr. Laid to Rest Amid Mounting Calls to Hold Officers Who Shot Him Accoun…

Staff (2021-05-04). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series — Anatalina Lourenàßo & Almir Aguiar. dsausa.org RSVP Here Anti-Racist Movements in Brazi: Activist Series Around the world, Black-led movements are raising the stakes in our collective struggles. This discussion series with leading Black and Indigenous militants from across Brazil spotlights their experiences in organizing against state violence, workplace exploitation, and structural racism everywhere from education to healthcare. Today's movements facing neo-fascism,…

Michael T. Hertz (2021-05-05). California is a garden of Eden. nationofchange.org In case you don't think migrants can benefit the U.S., consider that 200,000 Dust Bowl migrants entered California.

Fight Back (2021-05-04). Hundreds march for essential immigrant workers in Milwaukee May Day. fightbacknews.org Milwaukee, WI – In spite of gusts of wind in excess of 50 miles per hour, more than 250 people marched from the office of Wisconsin's premier immigrant rights organization, Voces de la Frontera, to the office of reactionary U.S. Senator Ron Johnson on the afternoon of May 1. The focus of the march was on essential immigrant workers. | The action was kicked off in the streets outside the recently-opened Voces headquarters. A few speeches, a song, and a prayer got the people in attendance ready to march. Marchers then made their way downtown to pay Senator Johnson's office a visit. Along the way, people chanted in…

Pip Hinman (2021-05-04). Vale George Zangalis 1931-1921. greenleft.org.au Communist, trade unionist and class-struggle fighter for migrant rights George Zangalis died on March 25. Radicalised during the Greek civil war, Zangalis remained a fighter until the end, writes Sue Bolton.

WSWS (2021-05-04). Four dead, two dozen injured after migrant boat capsizes off California coast. wsws.org The vessel broke apart Sunday after it hit a reef just off the coast of the San Diego's Point Loma peninsula.

The Associated Press (2021-05-04). Mexico's Zapatistas to Visit Spain 500 Years After Conquest. latinorebels.com ALTAMIRANO, Mexico (AP) — The Indigenous rebels of the Zapatista movement said last week that they are planning to send a delegation by canoes on a trip to "invade" Spain in May and June as Mexico marks the anniversary of the 1519-1521 Spanish Conquest.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-04). What's Happening in Nayib Bukele's El Salvador? libya360.wordpress.com El Instituto Samuel Robinson The decision of the Salvadoran Congress, dominated by President Nayib Bukele's Nuevas Ideas party, to dismiss the magistrates of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General raised local and international concerns about the division of powers in the Central American country to the highest level. Scenario: As…

Bhabani Shankar Nayak* (2021-05-04). Question And Resist The Power — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The coronavirus pandemic has already caused the colossal loss of lives and livelihoods around the world. It continues to create havoc in different countries like Brazil and India. It has destroyed livelihoods, communities and families. This global health crisis has taken a terrible toll on individual lives by expanding unbelievable levels of anxiety, alienation, deaths, destitutions, loneliness and loss. The conservative commentators, writers, columnists and typewriters of ruling class voices locate the impact of these crises and its outcomes as individual problems or state and government failures. There is no…

Staff (2021-05-04). May Day: For a living, united and victorious homeland. en.cubadebate.cu "Congratulations workers! What has been done to survive the pandemic under a tightened blockade, and nonetheless advancing, is monumental. A hard-working, creative people like ours deserves a great tribute," tweeted Party First Secretary and President of the Republic Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, May 1, who attended a simple commemoration of International Workers Day at Havana's José Martí Plaza de la Revolución, with reduced participation given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff (2021-05-04). Colombia: Protesters to Remain in Streets Despite Tax Reform 'Withdrawal'. orinocotribune.com Colombia arose again in protest today, despite the fact that President Iván Duque announced the withdrawal of the recent tax reform bill. Demonstrators stated that this was not their only request, and that they will continue to occupy the streets. | The loudest demand voiced today was that "Duque stop the massacre," a response to the brutal repression with which protests have been met in almost all cities of Colombia. Outraged Colombians called attention to the case of the 19-year-old young man who died as a result of a gunshot in the head during a demonstration in Cali. | Nicolás Guerrero died early this Monday,…

sputniknews (2021-05-05). US Actor Steven Seagal Presents Maduro With Samurai Sword During Visit to Venezuela. sputniknews.com American actor, producer and musician Steven Seagal, who received Russian citizenship in 2016 and was subsequently appointed as a Russian special envoy for humanitarian liaison with the US, is also a widely-renowned aikido ace.

Roger D. Harris (2021-05-04). Between the Lines: Congressional Report Finds US Sanctions to Blame for Venezuela Crisis. mintpressnews.com If the U.S. government's propaganda is correct that the current crisis is due to Maduro's mismanagement and corruption, then illegal and inhumane sanctions would not be needed to dislodge the "regime."

Staff (2021-05-05). Venezuela Begins Clinical Trials of Russian EpiVacCorona Vaccine—Russian Ambassador First to be Vaccinated. orinocotribune.com Venezuela officially began clinical trials of Russian vaccine EpiVacCorona, as the Russian ambassador to Caracas, Sergey Melik-Bagdasarov, became the first volunteer to receive a dose of the COVID-19 immunization drug. | The start of clinical trials was reported by the Executive Vice President, Delcy Rodríguez, who noted that the vaccine simulates small fragments of the virus; this strengthens the immune system of recipients to prevent COVID-19. | "Thus begins the process of applying the vaccine candidate EpiVacCorona to combat COVID-19 in the country," said Rodríguez, "a vaccine developed by Russia that is advan…

Laura Wells (2021-05-04). Recognizing Lies about Latin America: Seven Tips. dissidentvoice.org Headlines from two major Venezuelan newspapers (Photo Credit: Laura Wells) Even when we're being lied to by almost every available source across the media and political spectrum, we can still become better lie detectors. A focus on lies about Latin America is important because we do care about how the US treats other people, and …

Lee Dlugin (2021-05-04). Republicans' Jim Crow 2.0 voter suppression laws spark fight for democracy. peoplesworld.org The country is today faced with a fundamental crisis with the proliferation of voter suppression laws, nullification of votes cast, and the determination of the Republican Party and pro-fascist forces to prevent people—particularly African Americans, Latinx, youth, and seniors—from voting. The so-called excuse for this proliferation is the myth of voter fraud, the same false …

Michael Otto (2021-05-04). Ecuador election: Analysts debate why neoliberal banker won. workers.org Ibarra, Ecuador April 30 — In the wake of the April 11 second round of the presidential election won by right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso, Ecuador has been torn by cleavages and violence from organized crime, whose roots are in the extreme poverty, rampant inequalities and elimination of the social welfare . . . |

_____ (2021-05-04). CIA & The Woke Totalitarian Generation. strategic-culture.org By Rod DREHER | You have to watch this. You really do. It's jaw-dropping. It's a new CIA recruitment ad: | She is an unnamed Latina Millennial who says she has been "diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder," and is "cisgender." She goes on to say, "I am intersectional, but my existence is not a box-checking exercise," and that she had doubts about her place at the agency, but then decided she would refuse "to internalize misguided, patriarchal ideas of what a woman can or should be." | Here's one in which a CIA librarian talks about how awesome it is that he can talk about being gay at work, and how affirm…

Staff (2021-05-04). Sixth Shipment of Sputnik V: Venezuela Already has 1.48 Million Doses. orinocotribune.com This Monday, May 3, the sixth shipment of Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Venezuela, unloaded from a plane of national airline Conviasa that landed at Maiquetía Simón Bolívar International Airport, in the state of La Guaira. This sixth shipment contained 50,000 doses, and brings the total of doses in the hands of Venezuela's government to 1.48 million doses, between China's Vero Cell and the Russian Sputnik V. | In addition, the Ministry of Health announced an expansion of the Venezuelan immunization plan that began on February 18 with Sputnik V. | Venezuelan Minister of Health, Carlos Alvarado, pe…

Susan Price (2021-05-04). Brazil: As COVID-19 deaths pass 400k, calls for impeachment. greenleft.org.au The leaders of nine opposition parties have joined forces to demand Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro's impeachment, reports Yanis Iqbal.

The Associated Press (2021-05-05). UN Alarmed Over Police Violence in Colombia Protests. latinorebels.com BOGOTàÅ, Colombia (AP) — The United Nations human rights office said it was "deeply alarmed" over violence against protesters in the Colombian city of Cali, where "police opened fire on demonstrators" and allegedly killed and injured several people Monday night.

sputniknews (2021-05-05). Top US Senate Democrat Concerned Deadly Protests in Colombia Risk Destabilizing Region. sputniknews.com WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, Bob Menendez, in a statement expressed concern over the risk the recent deadly clashes between police and protesters in the Colombian city of Cali poses to regional stability.

The Associated Press (2021-05-04). 23 Dead as Mexico City Metro Overpass Collapses Onto Road. latinorebels.com MEXICO CITY (AP) — An elevated section of the Mexico City metro collapsed and sent a subway car plunging toward a busy boulevard late Monday, killing at least 23 people and injuring about 70, city officials said. Rescuers searched a car left dangling from the overpass for hours for anyone who might be trapped.

John Perry (2021-05-04). Women's Rights in Nicaragua Under Attack From an Unlikely Source. counterpunch.org Gioconda Belli, the Nicaraguan writer perhaps best known for her autobiography The Country Under My Skin, has been described as 'an icon of Latin American feminist literature'. She spoke recently of the 'extraordinary power' of being a woman, and that despite this power 'women have often been relegated to a second place, one where they

Cristina Escobar (2021-05-04). Part Two of SELENA: THE SERIES Tries to Get It Much Closer to Right. latinorebels.com The truth is no show can make everyone happy nor should it try to.

Timothy A. Wise (2021-05-04). Monsanto Challenges Mexico Glyphosate Ban: IATP Defends Mexico's Right to Regulate in the Public Interest. globalresearch.ca Since the Mexican government published its much-awaited presidential decree on New …

Mouris Salloum George (2021-05-04). México — El sistema político, entre una mina enterrada y una bomba expansiva. globalizacion.ca Los últimos quince días de abril serán recordados como los que inauguraron un sistema político diferente del antiguo. Si en el pasado se impusieron las formas para definir el fondo, si en el pasado primó una manera de ser obediente…

Staff (2021-05-04). Collapse of train bridge kills 15, injures 70 in Mexico City. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — A metro train bridge has collapsed in the Mexican capital, claiming the lives of at least 15 people and wounding up to 70, according to the local authorities.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Death Toll From Subway Overpass Collapse in Mexico City Rises to 24 – Authorities. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The death toll from the collapse of an overpass carrying a subway train in Mexico City has gone up to 24, municipal authorities said on Tuesday.

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Situation in Mexico City After Deadly City Rail Overpass Collapse. sputniknews.com The metro overpass collapse, which happened earlier on Tuesday, claimed at least 23 lives, while 79 people were hospitalized. A rescue operation was launched after the incident.

Salvador González Briceño (2021-05-04). México, a la geopolítica de las vacunas en el mundo. globalizacion.ca -Una pugna entre potencias, por la producción, distribución y el reparto; donde la preocupación es solo por su población. | -La alianza con Rusia rendirá frutos para la vacunación de los mexicanos, también para países de Centro y Sudamérica. | En tanto…

Víctor M. Toledo (2021-05-04). México — Sembrando vida: Hacer historia con la naturaleza. globalizacion.ca Las crisis ambiental y social que hoy padecen, en mayor o menor grado, todos los países del mundo, están indisolublemente ligadas. No se puede abatir la crisis social (pobreza y desigualdad) sin enfrentar la crisis ambiental y viceversa. Por ello…

Editorial La Jornada (2021-05-04). Bukele: Autoritarismo e injerencia. globalizacion.ca El fin de semana, a pedido del presidente Nayib Bukele, el Congreso de El Salvador destituyó a los magistrados de la Sala de lo Constitucional de la Corte Suprema de Justicia y al fiscal general, Raúl Melara, y designó a…

Eduardo Aliverti (2021-05-04). Argentina — øEl único enemigo es el virus? globalizacion.ca Al margen de los casi incomprensibles daños que se inflige el Gobierno, como en los enredos de decisiones y acusaciones por el esquema tarifario del sector energético que provocan un festín de la derecha mediática, es el manejo de la…

Jorge Carpio (2021-05-04). Argentina — Alcira, profesora y diputada. globalizacion.ca Alcira Argumedo se plantaba frente a una clase y con absoluta tranquilidad y precisión mostraba como el mundo capitalista se devoraba a sí mismo; no había salida. Pero luego de llevar la tensión al máximo —con sus estadísticas, sus mediciones…

sputniknews (2021-05-04). Brazil Ready to Support Dialogue With Russia on Sputnik V Certification Amid Vaccine Spat. sputniknews.com RIO DE JANEIRO (Sputnik) – The Brazilian foreign and health ministries are willing to continue the conversation about Russia's coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V so it can be authorised for use in the country.

Labor Video Project (2021-05-04). On May Day 2021 ILWU Backs Chilean Dockers In San Francisco! Solidarity Has No Borders. indybay.org San Francisco ILWU Local 10 on May Day rallied at the Chilean Consulate to support the strike action by Chilean dockers. Also Chileans spoke about the struggle in Chile.

Elizabeth Milos (2021-05-04). May Day 2021 in San Francisco: the ILWU, Chilean Workers and International Solidarity. indybay.org ILWU supported Chilean dockworkers and all workers in Chile during the May Day March in San Francisco. International Worker Solidarity against Neoliberalism. | Photos: Leon Kunstenaar / Pro Bono Photo…

Staff (2021-05-04). 19 dead, 846 injured in days-long Colombia protests. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) — The office of Colombia's human rights ombudsman said 18 civilians and a police officer died in violence during the protests that began throughout the country on April 28, while 846 people, including 306 civilians, were injured.

Staff (2021-05-04). UN Breaks Silence and Requests Investigation Following Killings by Colombia Police; Silence from HRW and OAS. orinocotribune.com After several days of brutal police repression in Colombia, the local office of the United Nations finally raised its voice and recommended an investigation into the deaths of dozens of people in protests against President Ivan Duque. On the other hand, nothing have been heard from the Organization of American States (OAS), US Department of State, or Human Rights Watch (HRW)—other than a timid tweet posted on 3 May by HRW's regional spokesperson Jose Miguel Vivanco. | Colombia has experienced massive protests since April 28 in rejection of a controversial tax reform project drafted by Ivan Duque's governmen…

Staff (2021-05-04). UN Breaks Silence and Requests Investigation Following Killings by Colombia Police; Crickets from HRW and OAS. orinocotribune.com After several days of brutal police repression in Colombia, the local office of the United Nations finally raised its voice and recommended an investigation into the deaths of dozens of people in protests against President Ivan Duque. On the other hand, nothing have been heard from the Organization of American States (OAS), US Department of State, or Human Rights Watch (HRW)—other than a timid tweet posted on 3 May by HRW's regional spokesperson Jose Miguel Vivanco. | Colombia has experienced massive protests since April 28 in rejection of a controversial tax reform project drafted by Ivan Duque's governmen…

news.un (2021-05-04). UN human rights office urges calm, after bloodshed in Colombian city of Cali. news.un.org The United Nations human rights office (OHCHR) on Tuesday voiced deep alarm over the violence in the city of Cali in Colombia overnight, as a number of people were reportedly killed and wounded as police opened fire on demonstrators.

Editor2 (2021-05-04). Colombian Unions Call to Increase National Strike Actions. orinocotribune.com Colombia's National Strike Committee is calling on citizens to maintain and increase national mobilizations despite Ivan Duque's withdrawal of the neoliberal tax reform bill. | During a 10am press conference on Monday, the Committee made up of the Central Unitaria de Trabajadores (CUT), Confederación General del Trabajo (CGT), Confederación de Trabajadores de Colombia (CTC) and Federación Colombiana de Trabajadores de la Educación (FECODE) announced its decision to continue the strike and national mobilization and stated the Committee's central objectives. | Representatives read a statement by the Committee: "We…

Pedro Santana Rodríguez (2021-05-04). La protesta masiva en Colombia en medio de la pandemia. globalizacion.ca Este miércoles 28 de abril fue un día de paro nacional y de movilización callejera. Los ciudadanos nuevamente ocupan masivamente las calles, el espacio público, para manifestar su rechazo a la reforma tributaria presentada por el gobierno de Duque y…

Carlos Arellán (2021-05-04). Operation Gideon: One Year After Defeated Mercenary Invasion Contracted by Guaidó & Co. orinocotribune.com On May 3, 2020, the Venezuelan authorities neutralized the mercenary invasion known as Operation Gideon. | The incursion was plotted and organized in Colombia, with mercenaries who left there in speedboats to try to enter Venezuelan territory through the beaches of the central states of La Guaira and Aragua. | The mission was to carry out attacks on military bases and strategic utility services, and to conduct selective assassinations of members of the government. | The plan was the result of a criminal contract for political purposes which involved deserting Venezuelan military personnel, US instructors, drug-tr…

Brett Wilkins, staff writer (2021-05-04). World Leaders Join Human Rights Defenders in Condemning Colombia's Deadly Crackdown on Protesters. commondreams.org The OCHCR and European Union on Tuesday joined human rights defenders in condemning Colombia's deadly crackdown against ongoing protests over scrapped tax reforms and a host of other issues. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/colombia.jpg

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