Daily Archives: March 2, 2021

2021-03-02: News Headlines

Ben Cowles (2021-03-02). At least 15 refugees dead in Mediterranean shipwreck. peoplesworld.org At least 15 people drowned in the central Mediterranean at the weekend while attempting to flee Libya, though the death toll could have been much higher if civilian rescuers had not intervened. Activist network Alarm Phone received a distress call early yesterday morning from a rubber boat carrying about 125 people. The boat was deflating, …

Ashiq Hussain Andrabi (2021-03-02). Educating Young People in Conflict Zones: an Interview With Nyla Ali Khan. counterpunch.org Ashiq Hussain Andrabi: Let's begin with your journey from a teacher who's sensitive to the diversity of cultural traditions, to a writer who critically observes the socio-political discourse in South Asia, particularly Kashmir, through an oblique focus from the margins. Nyla Ali Khan: As an academic, it is intellectually stimulating for me to observe my students think

Sam Pizzigati (2021-03-02). The Average American Pay Tax on Half of Their Wealth, Shouldn't Rich Americans? counterpunch.org Might the United States, home to the world's wealthiest people, sometime soon sport a tax on wealth? Media outlets the nation over have begunspeculating on just that question. But many of these reflections are missing the point: The United States already has a wealth tax. We call this already existing levy the "property tax," and

Mehr News Agency (2021-03-02). US accuses Iran of escalating tensions in Yemen. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Mar. 03 (MNA) — Without referring to Saudi aggression against Yemen, the US Secretary of State claimed in a statement that Iran has escalated tensions in the country.

_____ (2021-03-02). Who Is Fighting the Tides of Democracy in Latin America? strategic-culture.org What nation and forces are interfering in the domestic affairs, electoral processes and democratic freedoms of Latin America? It is not Russia or China, Martin Sieff writes. | Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina and Bolivia: Whenever the peoples of Latin America have had real freedom to vote, over the past 20 years they far more often than not vote Social Democratic by landslides. | Argentina, one of the two demographic and economic giants of South America, has elected left-of-center, Peronist governments four out of five times in the past 16 years. Current President Alfredo Fernandez has bee…

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Biden slaps sanctions on Russia over Navalny case. laprensalatina.com By Alfonso Fernandez Washington, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The US government on Tuesday announced sanctions on seven senior Russian officials, including the head of Russian intelligence, Alexander Bortnikov, over the poisoning and imprisonment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, in recently-inaugurated President Joe Biden's first major move against Moscow. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). RSF files lawsuit to charge Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi murder. laprensalatina.com Paris, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The German branch of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Tuesday said it had filed a lawsuit accusing Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of a crime against humanity for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi dissident journalist was killed in his country's consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018. His …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Man City beat Wolves to go 15 points clear atop Premier League. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Manchester City's winning streak looked to be in peril Tuesday as they entered the final 10 minutes of regulation level with Wolverhampton at 1-1, but Pep Guardiola's men exploded for three goals to finish 4-1 and extend their run to 21 straight victories in all competitions. City's 15th victory in …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Real Madrid salvage 1-1 draw against Real Sociedad on late Vinicius goal. laprensalatina.com Madrid, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- Vinicius Junior scored a goal in the waning minutes to salvage a 1-1 draw for Real Madrid against Real Sociedad here Monday night and help extend the Blancos' unbeaten streak in LaLiga to five matches. Zinedine Zidane's men were superior in the first half of this behind-closed-doors, Matchday 25 contest at …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). China seeks to vaccinate 40 percent of its population by June. laprensalatina.com Shanghai, China, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- China plans to accelerate its mass vaccination campaign so as to cover 40 percent of its population by the end of June, according to one of the leading figures in the fight against Covid-19 in the Asian country. Zhong Nanshan, the leader of a group of experts attached to the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Southeast Asian Foreign Ministers take on Myanmar crisis. laprensalatina.com Bangkok / Yangon, Myanmar, March 2 (efe-epa).- The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held a special foreign ministers meeting Tuesday to discuss the situation in Myanmar after the military coup, amid a spiral of violence by armed forces. It comes after a weekend of deadly repression by police and soldiers against peaceful demonstrators and …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). South Korea begins new school year in hope of more in-person classes. laprensalatina.com Seoul, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Schools in South Korea opened for the new session on Tuesday amid hopes that relaxed Covid-19 restrictions and the vaccination drive that began last week will allow students to attend more face-to-face classes in the second year of the pandemic. The Ministry of Education, in January, revised its health protocols for …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Honduras protecting masterminds of activist's murder, family say. laprensalatina.com Tegucigalpa, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Members of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (Copinh) joined the family and friends of slain environmental activist Berta Caceres for a protest Tuesday on the eve of the fifth anniversary of the crime. Though seven people have been convicted and sentenced for the March 3, 2016, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Trial begins after teenagers sue Australian government over coal mine. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- An Australian court on Tuesday began proceedings after eight teenagers and a nun sued the government over the expansion of a coal mine, considering that it has an obligation to protect the health of young people from the impact of climate change. The collective suit has been filed against the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). No child left behind: Portugal education initiative takes on Covid. laprensalatina.com Malpartida, Portugal, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Marta Santos and Miguel Rito make house-to-house visits every week in Portugal's remote villages to distribute homework to students with no internet access, as part of an initiative to ensure that no child is left behind during the coronavirus pandemic. The closure of the face-to-face classrooms on Jan. 21 hit …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). More violence in Myanmar as ASEAN discusses crisis after military coup. laprensalatina.com Yangon, Myanmar, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Myanmar police on Tuesday used potentially lethal force to disperse pro-democracy demonstrations in an ongoing violent crackdown on protesters, as foreign ministers in the neighborhood discussed the way out of the crisis after a military coup in the Southeast Asian country. An unfazed military coup leader General Min Aung Hlaing …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Unemployment in Japan fell to 2.9% in January. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Unemployment in Japan fell by one-tenth in January compared to December to 2.9 percent, according to Tuesday government data. The rate in December rose to 3 percent according to data reviewed by the interior and communications ministries. Employment rose to 66.3 million in January, representing a year-on-year decrease of 500,000 people. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Paraguay school year begins with both virtual and in-person classes. laprensalatina.com Asuncion, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Paraguay on Tuesday began its school year with a combination of virtual and in-person classes, a policy that has not convinced the teachers unions, who at a demonstration in the capital of Asuncion reiterated their rejection of the in-person aspect of instruction saying that the schools are not prepared to deal …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Federer to miss Miami Open. laprensalatina.com Sports Desk, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Swiss star Roger Federer will not defend his title at the Miami Open scheduled for later this month, the organizers announced Tuesday. "You will be missed this year, Roger. We'll see you in 2022!" the Miami Open organizers announced on the Twitter account of the tournament, to be held between …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Mexico's whale-watching business hard hit by pandemic. laprensalatina.com By Mahatma Fong La Paz, Mexico, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- The pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the whale-watching business in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur, with the most recent season suffering an 85 percent drop in the number of visitors. "This year has been catastrophic for (that sector's) finances, and whale-related …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Judge releases former Barcelona FC president Bartomeu, Masferrer. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The judge investigating the so called "BaràßaGate" case on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his right hand, Jaume Masferrer, who used their right not to testify. According to the High Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), judge Alejandra Gil has ordered the …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). 4 Hong Kong dissidents hospitalized as marathon bail hearing continues. laprensalatina.com By Shirley Lau Hong Kong, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- At least four of the 47 Hong Kong dissidents accused of subversion were hospitalized on Tuesday as a result of the exhaustion caused by the marathon preliminary hearing on their bail application. The hearing began on Monday at 11 am and continued until nearly 3 pm on …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Doctors, health workers protest working conditions, call for vaccines. laprensalatina.com Tunis, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Hundreds of Tunisian doctors and healthcare workers on Tuesday gathered in front of the health ministry to protest the government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. The participants in the rally, organized by the Tunisian Organization of Young Doctors, called for healthcare workers to be inoculated, more medical supplies and more effective …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Colombian NASA flight director wants Hispanics to dream big. laprensalatina.com By Ivonne Malaver Miami, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Colombian NASA flight director Diana Trujillo, a key contributor to the historic Feb. 18 landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars, said she has learned to dream as big as anyone and wants to instill that same attitude in aspiring scientists throughout the Hispanic world. The first Latina …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Germany set to extend Covid lockdown by 3 weeks. laprensalatina.com Berlin, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Germany, which has been under a nationwide lockdown since before Christmas, is set to extend the measures until March 28, according to reports leaked to the media ahead of a meeting on Wednesday between the German chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 leaders of the country's federal states. They are expected …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Father, son accused of helping Ghosn escape extradited to Japan from US. laprensalatina.com Tokyo, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- An American citizen and his son were flown to Tokyo Tuesday after the United States allowed their extradition for standing trial on charges of helping disgraced former Nissan president Carlos Ghosn's dramatic escape from Japan to Lebanon. Japanese authorities took Michael Taylor, 60, an ex-Green Beret, and his son Peter, 28, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Scientists survey 500 million corals in Pacific Ocean, more than expected. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- A scientific study published Tuesday counted the number of corals in the Pacific Ocean at 500 million, a higher number than previously estimated, giving hope for the survival of several threatened species. Research shows that each of the eight of the most common species in the Pacific Ocean has a …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Cordiality marks 1st meeting between US, Mexican presidents. laprensalatina.com By Eduard Ribas i Admetlla Mexico City, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The presidents of Mexico and the United States held an initial virtual meeting that was free of any type of discord, although no agreement was reached on the sharing of Covid-19 vaccines and they avoided discussion of Mexico's plans for a controversial electricity sector overhaul. …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Prague houses Covid-positive homeless people in empty tourist hotels. laprensalatina.com Gustavo Monge Prague, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The lockdown and measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 have led to the temporary closure of hotels in the Czech Republic, an opportunity that the mayor of Prague, which has the highest number of infections in the EU and which has seen its tourist visitor all but disappear, …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Indian opposition steps up protests against rising fuel prices. laprensalatina.com New Delhi, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Indian opposition parties on Tuesday held nationwide protests against rising fuel prices in the country, where retail rates of petrol, diesel and cooking gas have reached unprecedented levels due to the rise in global oil prices and heavy taxation by the government. In capital New Delhi, dozens of protesters of …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Aussie police archive 32-year-old rape report against minister. laprensalatina.com Sydney, Australia, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- Australian police said Tuesday they archived a rape report against a minister from 1988 due to lack of evidence, coinciding with recent complaints of abuse that are denting the government's image. This case was made public Friday when local press said Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other parliamentary members received …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Judge releases former Barcelona president amid 'Barcagate' probe. laprensalatina.com Barcelona, Mar 2 (efe-epa).- The judge investigating the so-called "BaràßaGate" case on Tuesday ordered the provisional release of former FC Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and his right hand, Jaume Masferrer, who used their right not to testify. According to the High Court of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC), judge Alejandra Gil has ordered the release …

Online News Editor (2021-03-02). Biden holds virtual meeting with Mexico's Lopez Obrador. laprensalatina.com Washington, Mar 1 (efe-epa).- US President Joe Biden said Monday that he will treat Mexico as an "equal" because both countries are "stronger" when they work together as he held a virtual meeting with his Mexican counterpart, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. "We look at Mexico as an equal, not as somebody who is south of …

Rafael Figueroa (2021-03-02). Driver On the Run After Hitting Pedestrian Near Berclair Elementary. laprensalatina.com MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) — Officers with the Memphis Police Department are searching for a driver after a pedestrian was hit near Berclair Elementary School. Around 3: 00 Monday afternoon, police responded to the crash on Strafford Road. An investigation determined a vehicle was traveling southbound on Strafford Road when the car hit a 32-year-old man and …

news.un (2021-03-02). Equitable vaccine delivery plan needs more support to succeed: COVAX partners. news.un.org The equitable coronavirus vaccine delivery initiative COVAX that has delivered its first doses to West Africa and Latin America in the past few days, is a credit to international solidarity, but potential obstacles must be overcome if a fully global rollout is to be achieved, UN health agency chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Tuesday.

Aram Aharonian (2021-03-02). Covid, vuelta a clases y el apocalipsis de julio de 2022. globalizacion.ca América Latina vio hace un año cumplir sus peores presagios: un brasileño que llegó de Italia daba positivo en Sao Paulo el 26 de febrero de 2020 por covid-19 y hacía saltar las alarmas en la región, con sistemas de…

Joseph Buddenberg (2021-03-02). A Suspected Terrorist Dates the FBI. indybay.org In 2009, I, along with three co-defendants, was charged with violating an unused and unknown law called the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act.

Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-03-02). Enlaces Red Latina sin fronteras 28.02.2021. indybay.org ENLACES de Red Latina sin fronteras 28.02.2021 | comunicaciones e información para la liberación…

Declaration for American Democracy coalition (2021-03-02). Wednesday 3/3: Watch Party! House Votes on the For the People Act (#HR1) w/ Voto Latino & More. indybay.org Virtual watch party via livestream: www.facebook.com/votolatino/

Paul Dobson (2021-03-02). UN Special Rapporteur Blasts 'Devastating,' 'Illegal' US and EU Sanctions against Venezuela. zcomm.org UN Human Rights expert Alena Douhan called for sanctions to be lifted and revised…

Laura Wells (2021-03-02). End Sanctions on the "Troika of Tyranny", and Learn from the World. indybay.org The US could learn a lot from other countries, instead of placing lethal sanctions against them. Trump ramped up sanctions against many countries including the "Troika of Tyranny" of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua. Biden has been following the same dead-end path. There are healthy alternatives.

Franklin Frederick (2021-03-02). O compromisso de Cuba com a saúde internacional. globalresearch.ca 'Eles descobriram armas inteligentes. Nós descobrimos algo mais importante: as pessoas pensam e sentem.' Fidel Castro | A crise COVID-19 tem revelado o fracasso da maioria dos países capitalistas ocidentais em suas políticas de saúde pública. Décadas de austeridade neoliberal, de …

Abner Barrera Rivera (2021-03-02). Cuba — Fidel y la industria del odio. globalizacion.ca Desde que triunfó la Revolución Cubana, el imperialismo usó todos los recursos posibles para satanizarla, y presentar a Fidel Castro, como el demonio; así el dirigente cubano encarnaba todos los males. | Es común ver en los medios de comunicación enemigos…

Cindy Forster (2021-03-02). Bolivia for the record: the people speak. peoplesdispatch.org Just a week ahead of local elections in Bolivia and on the tail of a coup threat from far-right leader Luis Fernando Camacho, activist and historian Cindy Forster takes a deeper look at how the Bolivian people rose up against the coup regime and won a historic victory to recover democracy.

Hugo Moldiz Mercado (2021-03-02). "Los tres" y la política boliviana. globalizacion.ca La anunciada participación de Evo Morales, en su calidad de jefe político, y del binomio presidencial —Luis Arce y David Choquehuanca— en lo que resta de la campaña para las elecciones del 7 de marzo, no es algo que debería…

WSWS (2021-03-02). Sà£o Paulo teachers continue strike against deadly school reopenings despite union sabotage. wsws.org With Brazil and the state of Sà£o Paulo reaching the worst moment of the COVID-19 pandemic, the pseudo-lefts have advocated ending the teachers strike.

_____ (2021-03-02). Billionaire Wealth, U.S. Job Losses and Pandemic Profiteers. strategic-culture.org Check back for our regular updates on U.S. unemployment and billionaire wealth during the pandemic emergency. | By Chuck COLLINS | February 24, 2021 Update: US Billionaire Wealth Grows $1.3 trillion Since Mid-March 2020. | As the US crosses the threshold of half a million deaths from the Covid pandemic, the nation's billionaires continue to reap extraordinary financial gains. After 11 months of pandemic misery, where millions have lost their jobs, health and wealth, total US billionaire wealth increased $1.3 trillion since mid-March, 2020, an increase of 44 percent. | As of the market close on Friday, February…

Staff (2021-03-02). Anti-Choice Forces Use Pandemic to Slash Abortion Access in Preview of Post-Roe v. Wade World. democracynow.org We look at how people across the U.S. have struggled to access abortions during the pandemic with reporter Amy Littlefield, who says that even before the COVID-19 outbreak, many states had restrictions, including three-day waiting periods and counseling sessions filled with misinformation. Then, many tried to use the pandemic as a pretext for banning abortion as a nonessential service. "Texas, in the early weeks of the pandemic, sort of gave us a dress rehearsal for what it could look like when states try to ban abortion entirely," says Littlefield. "We saw how half a century worth of attempts to whittle away at…

Staff (2021-03-02). Black People Face Higher COVID Infections & Deaths. Should They Have Lower Age Cutoffs for Vaccines? democracynow.org As the U.S. vaccine rollout continues to expand, health justice advocates worry about a racial gap in vaccinations. Black communities have been hard hit by the pandemic, but rates of vaccination in communities of color lag behind largely white communities across the country. Dr. Oni Blackstock, a primary care and HIV physician, argues that age cutoffs should be lowered or removed for Black people in order to speed up inoculations, noting that Black Americans are twice as likely to die from COVID-19 as white Americans and also dying at rates similar to those of white Americans who are 10 years older. "These fixed-…

Lee Siu Hin, Immigrant Solidarity Network (2021-03-02). Spring 2021 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! indybay.org 2021 Can This Could Be An New Era For The Immigrant Rights at this COVID And New President? Yet Many Americans Are Strikingly Tolerant Of Massive COVID-19 Casualties, Why?>