Daily Archives: April 4, 2021

2021-04-04: News Headlines

orinocotribune (2021-04-04). An Arauz Presidency in Ecuador Would Revive UNASUR, Weaken Lima Group — Chavista Chronicles from Caracas Interview with Joe Emersberger. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 03, 2021 (OrinocoTribune.com).- In this new episode of Chavista Chronicles from Caracas we had the pleasure to interview Joe Emersberger, an author and journalist with Ecuadorian roots based in Canada. His work has appeared in FAIR.org, Telesur English, ZNet, CounterPunch, Monthly Review and many other alternative outlets. He is one of the best and most prolific leftist writers on Ecuadorian politics in English language. | The second round of the Ecuadorian presidential elections is scheduled to be held next Sunday, April 11. Many around Latin America and the world have their eye on the political b…

teleSUR (2021-04-04). Ecuador: Indigenous People Back Andres Arauz's Candidacy. telesurenglish.net Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) President Jaime Vargas announced his support for the Union For Hope (UNES) candidate Andres Arauz ahead of the presidential election runoff on April 11. | RELATED: | The announcement was made after the conclusion of Arauz's electoral campaign in Sucumbios province on Saturday. | "We are building national unity by putting Ecuador first. We are summoned by the plu…

_____ (2021-04-04). Ecuador's Socialists Set To Defeat Neo-liberalism. popularresistance.org A young left-wing economist, Andres Aruaz, is favourite to win Ecuador's presidential election later this month, in what would be the latest victory for progressives in Latin America after elections in Mexico, Argentina and Bolivia in recent years. | But with a left victory likely, there are growing concerns that elites in Ecuador and abroad are conspiring to sabotage the electoral process. This has become an all too common response of the Latin American right-wing to progressive victories. | In Bolivia, when socialist Evo Morales was elected in 2019, a military coup ousted him after exploiting trumped-up charges…

Margaret Flowers (2021-04-04). Nicaragua: Building the Good Life (Buen Vivir) Through Popular Revolution. orinocotribune.com As I traveled in Nicaragua on the recent Sanctions Kill delegation, one thing was clear, social transformation (revolution) requires both political power and participation by the people. Without political power, revolutionary programs will not have the material resources they require. Without the participation of the people, revolutionary programs, even with resources, cannot be put into practice and defended. | Right now, Nicaraguans have both and they are making great progress in building a new society or as it is often referred to in Latin America, 'Buen Vivir,' (the good life). They are demonstrating what we…

teleSUR (2021-04-04). Colombia: Massacres Climbed To 25 Over the Weekend. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Institute for Development and Peace Studies (INDEPAZ) confirmed a new massacre in the Circasia municipality in the Quindio department. | RELATED: | A group of armed men opened indiscriminate fire in the La Esmeralda neighborhood, killing four people and injuring three others. | Quindio's Interior Secretary Jaime Perez indicated that the violent attack might be related to drug trafficking scuffles in the locali…

_____ (2021-04-04). On Contact: Emergence Of The Global Police State. popularresistance.org On the show this week, Chris Hedges discusses the emergence of the global police state with Professor William I. Robinson. Robinson's new book, The Global Police State, uses shocking data to reveal how far capitalism has become a system of repression. He argues the emerging megacities of the world are becoming the battlegrounds where the excluded and the oppressed face off against the global police state. | Robinson is Professor of Sociology, Global Studies, and Latin American Studies, at the University of California-Santa Barbara. Among his many award-winning books are Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanit…

otowenh (2021-04-04). TikTok Video Promotes Neo-Colonialism and Gentrification in Guatemala. orinocotribune.com Social networks were in turmoil after a TikTok video arose promoting a neo-colonial project of gentrification in Guatemala. | Even if the COVID-19 lockdowns have reduced the amount of air travel, this hasn't stopped companies in the tourist sector from taking advantage of low demand to cheapen their resort prices. Although drawing in more customers during a downturn does benefit local communities to some extent, the winners are still the hotel and tour complex owners, where the famous "trickle down economics," of course, do not trickle down profits to workers, but instead leave wealth concentrated in the hands of…

Tasnim News Agency (2021-04-04). Iranian Deputy FM Rules Out Talks With US In Vienna. eurasiareview.com Iran is not going to hold any talks with US representatives directly or indirectly at an upcoming session of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said. | The senior Iranian diplomat told IRINN on Sunday that Iran will not hold any negotiations with the US in the upcoming meeting of the JCPOA parties in Austria. | Following the 18th meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission that was held via videoconference on Friday, the participants decided to proceed with the talks in Vienna next week to continue the consultations and define the measures relating to the termination…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-04-04). Brazil's Political Crisis. dissidentvoice.org Brazil's political atmosphere is unstable. On 30 March, 2021, the commanders of the Brazilian army, navy and air force — Gen Edson Leal Pujol, Adm Ilques Barbosa and Lt-Brig Antà¥nio Carlos Bermudez — resigned from their posts in a historic move not seen since 1977 during the country's military dictatorship. According to an official notice by …

_____ (2021-04-04). What Is Climate Feminism? popularresistance.org Last fall, two powerful hurricanes, Eta and Iota, slammed into Central America within two weeks of each other, causing massive flooding and landslides and affecting millions of people, primarily in Honduras and Nicaragua. Thousands were uprooted from their homes, and women, many with children in tow, suffered the greatest. The events followed a disturbing but familiar trend: The United Nations estimates that 80 percent of people displaced by climate change are women. And it's not just storms that affect them; researchers in India have found that droughts, too, hit women the hardest, rendering them more vulnerable…

Gustavo Leal F. (2021-04-04). AMLO sigue sin compensar las UMA. globalizacion.ca El presidente López Obrador quiere que, cuando se llegue al retiro, existan pensiones mayores. Pero con su decisión de sólo aumentar lo que llama pensión para adultos mayores —en realidad un apoyo—, no está resolviendo el problema. Ni siquiera lo…

Stephen Sefton (2021-04-04). Nicaragua and the Western Human Rights Industry. globalresearch.ca John Heartfield's famous photomontage of a

orinocotribune (2021-04-04). Three Colombian Navy Platoons Deployed at Border with Venezuela to 'Reinforce Security'. orinocotribune.com Last Thursday, April 1, the government of Colombia deployed three platoons of the Colombian navy in the department of Arauca on the Colombia-Venezuela border, with the alleged mission of "guaranteeing border security and providing protection to the Colombian population." Incidentally, Arauca is the region from where Colombian narco-paramilitary gangs routinely violate Venezuelan sovereignty and security of the Venezuelan people. | According to a note published by Webinfomil last Thursday, this group, comprised of 90 soldiers, has as "main objective the defense of sovereignty, independence, integrity of the nation…

orinocotribune (2021-04-04). Jorge Arreaza: Iván Duque is Not Used to Reading but to Lying. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, April 3, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza Montserrat advised Colombian president Iván Duque to stop lying about the so-called "Cartel of the Suns" (Cartel de los Soles). He recommended that someone read to him about the rigorous investigation which has revealed that the United States and his own government supported and publicized that lie based on an unprecedented media plot. | "It is known that Iván Duque is not used to reading, but he is used to lying," Arreaza wrote on his Twitter account, @jaarreaza. "Perhaps someone can read to him this rigorous work by a Spanish researcher, wh…

Ray Hanania (2021-04-04). Black Lives Matter's Hawk Newsome Appalled By Lack Of Coverage Of Houthi Massacre Of Ethiopians. eurasiareview.com The horrific deaths of scores of Ethiopian migrants in a detention center in Sanaa run by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi militia is further proof that anti-black racism exists on every continent, according to Hawk Newsome, a founding member of Black Lives Matter (BLM) Greater New York. | Racial tensions and the deaths of black people in police custody have provoked repeated bouts of protest and unrest in the US and Europe in recent years. | Newsome played a key role in the worldwide movement that has rocked US cities since the police killing of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. | During…

teleSUR (2021-04-04). Chile Neglects Ocular Trauma Victims From Police Brutality. telesurenglish.net Chile's Coordinator for Ocular Trauma Victims (COTV) Natalia Aravena denounced the "precariousness" and "negligence" in the service provided by the Comprehensive Eye Repair Program (PIRO). | RELATED: | The Health Ministry promoted the PIRO to care for hundreds of people who suffered eye injuries due to police attacks exercised to repress the social unrest in October 2019. | Aravena warned of the lack of health personn…

www.academia.edu (2021-04-04). Two letters to the editor on the pandemic lockdown. indybay.org Our collective thinking has often been manipulated and corrupted (eg Vietnam, Iraq, Nicaragua, Iran). According to GlobalResearch.ca, the WHO made a late admission on Jan 20, 2021 that "the lockdown has no scientific basis" and test results are misleading. "Release the vaccines and put an end to the lockdown," urges Jens Berger, editor of nachdenkseiten.de.

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-04-04). Friday 4/2: Virtual Forum: 60-year Blockade on Cuba & Unions Fight for Safe Schools. indybay.org bit.ly/education4thepeople…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-04-03). Violence Escalates on the Border Between Venezuela and Colombia. globalresearch.ca Once again, tensions are rising on the border between Venezuela and …

teleSUR (2021-04-03). Mexico: Women Rights Activists Protest Over Femicides. telesurenglish.net Women rights activists took to the streets in Mexico City to protest recent femicides in the State of Quintana Roo and the murder of Salvadorean migrant Victoria Salazar. | RELATED: | Chanting "Victoria did not die, the police killed her!" and "My friends take care of me, not the police", activists marched from the Revolution Monument to the "Paseo de la Reforma" street. | NGO Marabunta Humanitarian Brigade accompanied the…

RFE RL (2021-04-03). Turkmenistan's Currency Slides Sharply To New Lows. eurasiareview.com ( The manat has been under pressure for months now, a slide blamed in part on a decrease in remittances sent by Turkmen migrant workers from Turkey to their families. | In mid-January, the manat was trading on the black market for around 27 or 28 to the dollar. | In recent weeks, however, the currency has slid further, and on April 3, RFE/R…

WSWS (2021-04-03). Baltimore Amazon workers: Amazon must provide all information relating to the death of Poushawn Brown! wsws.org Amazon should reveal all information it has regarding the working conditions and potential exposure of former warehouse COVID-19 tester Poushawn Brown to the appropriate authorities and the Brown family.

teleSUR (2021-04-03). Peru To Gradually Restart Face-To-Face Classes in Rural Areas. telesurenglish.net Peru's Education Minister Ricardo Cuenca informed that over 17,000 schools in rural areas will be able to progressively start on-site classes as of April 19. | RELATED: | Representing 15.9 percent of the country's schools, these educational institutions are mainly located in the Amazonas, Huanuco, Loreto, San Martin, and La Libertad departments. | After proper health certification, some 633,862 students and 52,619…

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-03). Fake News Warfare in Venezuela: Now an Alleged Morgue Collapse Due to COVID-19. orinocotribune.com Friday, April 2, social media networks in Venezuela were once again the center of a debate in which users revealed a case of fake news. The action began with photographs that were circulated depicting an alleged "COVID-19 death surge" in the Bello Monte morgue in Caracas. | The issue became a trending topic at a time when the country is going through a second wave of coronavirus infections. On the same day, for example, 1,254 new positive cases, and 13 deaths from the illness were reported. |

Eurasia Review (2021-04-03). Deprivation Is 'Driving' Covid-19 Ethnic Disparities. eurasiareview.com Deprivation among society at large is 'driving' Covid-19 disparities among minority ethnic groups – predominantly South Asian and Black African or Caribbean populations – and could be considered the main cause of disproportionate infection rates, hospitalization and deaths experienced by these populations, according to new analysis from the University of Leicester. | The study, supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) comes a day after a government-commissioned review concluded race and racism have become less important factors in explaining soci…

Eds. (2021-04-03). Brazil Abetted overthrow of Allende in Chile. mronline.org The Chilean ambassador to Brazil, Raúl Rettig, sent an alarming cable in March 1971 to his foreign ministry titled "Brazilian Army possibly conducting studies on guerrillas being introduced into Chile." | April 3, 2021 | Newswire…

Eds. (2021-04-03). Lenin Moreno and the CIA against Andres Arauz. mronline.org The second round of the Ecuadorian election between the candidate of the pro-Correa citizen revolution Arauz and the banker Lasso is approaching, and things are accelerating in the axis formed by Lenin Moreno and the United States, with its intelligence services at the forefront. | April 2, 2021 | Newswire…

orinocotribune (2021-04-03). La Victoria and El Ripial Calm and Under Military Protection (Apure State). orinocotribune.com The commander of the Strategic Integral Defense Region (REDI) Los Llanos, General Alejandro Guevara Hernández, reported that the people of El Ripial, La Victoria and other areas of the Apure state are "calm and under the protection of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB)." | He also informed that the inhabitants of these communities are receiving food, medicine and other necessary items from the social programs of the Venezuelan government. In addition, electrical services and water supply in the regions have already been restored. | La FANB continua desplegada garantizando la paz, la tranquilidad y en cons…

orinocotribune (2021-04-03). Latest Developments in Apure: Families Displaced in Border Clashes Return to Their Homes in El Ripial. orinocotribune.com Inhabitants of El Ripial town in Apure state, who were displaced due to clashes between the Venezuelan military and Colombian paramilitary gangs over the last few days, are returning home with support from the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) deployment protecting the border zones. El Ripial is one of the localities from which the Venezuelan military has expelled Colombian armed narco-paramilitary gangs. This follows violent actions committed by the said criminal groups, reported from multiple locations close to the Colombia-Venezuela border in Apure. | Last week, facing violence from the Colombian narco-te…

WSWS (2021-04-03). Military clashes raise danger of major escalation between Russia and Ukraine. wsws.org The military clashes have taken place against the backdrop of a series of major military provocations by the Ukrainian government which is calculating to receive NATO support in a potential conflict with Russia.

teleSUR (2021-04-03). Bolivia Thanks Public Letter Rejecting Foreign Interference. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's President Luis Arce welcomed a public letter from several Latin-American politicians who rejected the interference performed by the U.S. and the Organization of American States (OAS) on his country's domestic affairs. | RELATED: ' | The letter was signed by 12 former presidents, eight former foreign ministers, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and 20 other personalities. | Among the signatory were Brazil's former P…

WSWS (2021-04-03). Drone war whistleblower Daniel Hale pleads guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act. wsws.org The former Air Force enlistee and intelligence analyst pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count against him under the Espionage Act of 1917 for providing information to a reporter about criminal drone strikes carried out by the US government.

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-03). Mexican feminists rise up against femicide. peoplesdispatch.org Feminist collectives, women's organizations and residents of the Tulum municipality took to the streets demanding justice for Victoria Esperanza Salazar who was murdered by the local police. Mexican women denounced the escalation of femicides in the country and the impunity surrounding the crime.

WSWS (2021-04-03). Brazilian political establishment, corporate media promote military as opposition to Bolsonaro. wsws.org Just days after an unprecedented shakeup in the high command, the consensus within the political establishment is that the military represents the bulwark of Brazilian democracy…

orinocotribune (2021-04-03). Venezuelan Minister for Defense: Colombia is Using PsyOps and Media Warfare to Undermine Venezuelan Army. orinocotribune.com This Friday, April 2, Venezuelan Minister for Defense, Vladimir Padrino López, denounced the use of psyops and media manipulation on the part of the Colombian government to defend its economic interests, create unrest among the Venezuelan population, manipulate public opinion at the international level and thus destabilize Venezuela. | On his Twitter account @vladimirpadrino, he wrote that "this conflict, in which the Republic makes legitimate use of its weapons to expel the groups that want to use our territory for bastard purposes, is accompanied by other weapons that seek various objectives: | 1 Defend the eco…

Anonymous103 (2021-04-03). Interview With Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycƒ± On Maritime Security And Naval Development In Turkey. southfront.org Illustrative image | The interview with Rear Admiral Cihat Yaycƒ±, Chief of Staff of the Turkish Republic's Naval Forces 2017-2020, originally appeared at Arms Exports 2021 #1, translated by AlexD exclusively for SouthFront. | How do you see the threats to Turkey's maritime security in the near and long term?: | Turkey has faced threats to its maritime security since the early years of the Republic. Although many issues relating to the Adalar (Aegean) Sea were resolved by the Lausanne Peace…

Ietza Bojorquez, Báltica Cabieses, Carlos Arósquipa, Juan Arroyo, Andrés Cubillos Novella, Michael Knipper, Miriam Orcutt, Ana Cristina Sedas, Karol Rojas (2021-04-03). [Comment] Migration and health in Latin America during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. thelancet.com COVID-19 has created a syndemic scenario that is deepening pre-existing structural inequalities for migrants in Latin American countries (LACs).1,2 LACs have been severely affected by COVID-19, and migrants are among the populations most impacted by the heightened humanitarian crisis across the region. Socioeconomic inequalities between migrants and local people have widened, and there are fears that progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be reversed.

teleSUR (2021-04-03). Chile To Prosecute Official Implicated in Jose Toha's Murder. telesurenglish.net Santiago's Court of Appeals unanimously ruled to prosecute ex-Army Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Chovan for covering up the assassination of Jose Toha, who was Vice President, Interior and Defense Minister during the leftist government of President Salvador Allende (1970-1973). | RELATED: | The ruling emphasized that Toha's death by hanging on March 15, 1974, was caused by third parties and not by suicide as officials of the Augusto Pi…

Fight Back (2021-04-03). Illinois: After 31 Years, Gerald Reed is Free! fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. | The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) greets the commutation of Gerald Reed's life sentence today by Governor J. B. Pritzker as a courageous act to set right a terrible crime against a Black man committed 31 years ago. Now we need to finish the job of freeing all survivors of police torture who were convicted by confessions coerced by police and dismantling the prison industrial complex as a whole. | Reed was convicted of a double murder in 1990 after…

Fight Back (2021-04-03). On César Chávez Day, Chicanos fight back against LAPD. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following speech delivered by Luis Sifuentes, of Centro CSO, at the March 30 "The People Speak" event. | The LAPD recently shot six people in seven days. We also saw them unleash their violence last week in Echo Park against the unhoused community and allies, then call it a "service to the community." And they're trying to use their violence during last summer's protests to secure more resources and powers, ignoring widespread demands to defund the police. | The LAPD's so-called "oversight" body, the Mayor Garcetti-appointed LA Police Commission, has responded to this im…

Jessica Corbett (2021-04-03). 'It's Not a Border Crisis. It's an Imperialism Crisis… a Climate Crisis… a Trade Crisis.'. zcomm.org Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to social media Tuesday night with a detailed reminder of the root causes of Central Americans and other migrants seeking asylum at the United States' southern border…

MEE, agencies (2021-04-03). Mediterranean Sea: Charity says 270 migrants stranded in 'critical' state. middleeasteye.net Mediterranean Sea: Charity says 270 migrants stranded in 'critical' state | Organisation Alarm Phone says coastguard, merchant ships have refused to rescue three boats off the coast of Italy | Sat, 04/03/2021 – 14: 56 | Sea Watch Italy posted photos on 2 April 2021 of boats carrying hundreds of people attempting to cross the Mediterranean to Europe (Sea Watch/Twitter) | Around 270 migrants…

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