Daily Archives: April 13, 2021

2021-04-13: News Headlines

orinocotribune (2021-04-13). US Military Plane RC-135W Spotted Over Conflict Area in Apure — NASA Publishes Satellite Image of Paraguaná (Coincidence?). orinocotribune.com This Monday, April 12, it was reported that a United States Air Force (USAF) plane flew over the airspace that comprises the Colombian-Venezuelan border on the Colombian side, where the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) recently expelled Colombian narco-paramilitary groups. | The details were reported through social media networks by journalists and specialized aeronautical accounts, which indicated that it was a Boeing RC-135W RIVET JOINT (R135) REG 62-4139, Alias HORN41. | The plane, according to the Patriota Cazador account on Twitter, took off from Lincoln, Nebra…

Patrick Cockburn (2021-04-13). The Return of Northern Ireland as the Most Dangerous Open Wound in British Political Life. counterpunch.org On the night of 15 August 1969, a Protestant mob burst into the Catholic part of west Belfast and burned down houses in and around Bombay Street, forcing the Catholic population to flee. The pogrom had a traumatic impact on Catholics in Northern Ireland, delegitimising the authorities for tolerating or assisting the mob, and playing a key role in the creation of the Provisional IRA.

Patrick Cockburn (2021-04-13). The Return of Northern Ireland as the Most Dangerous Open Wound in British Political Life. counterpunch.org On the night of 15 August 1969, a Protestant mob burst into the Catholic part of west Belfast and burned down houses in and around Bombay Street, forcing the Catholic population to flee. The pogrom had a traumatic impact on Catholics in Northern Ireland, delegitimising the authorities for tolerating or assisting the mob, and playing a key role in the creation of the Provisional IRA.

webdev (2021-04-13). Headlines for April 13, 2021. democracynow.org Brooklyn Center Police Chief Claims Officer Mistook Gun for Taser in Killing of Daunte Wright, Prosecution Rests Case in Murder Trial of Minneapolis Ex-Cop Derek Chauvin, U.S. to Pause Use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Amid Reports of Rare Blood Clots, WHO Warns of Exponential Rise in COVID-19 Cases, COVID-19 Cases Surge in the Philippines as Duterte Appears in Public for First Time in Two Weeks, European Union Officials Consider Use of Russian COVID-19 Vaccine, Biden Admin Strikes Deals with Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala to Further Militarize Borders, As Volcano Erupts, Only Vaccinated Residents of St.

orinocotribune (2021-04-13). Venezuelan Army Engineers Begin Clearing Mines in Apure State. orinocotribune.com President Nicolás Maduro assured in a speech this Sunday, April 11, that "Venezuelan military engineers have begun work demining the territory of Apure (state bordering Colombia), where they have brought the dirty war to us in Colombia." He also reiterated that there are "irregular armed groups, disguised as guerrillas, but who serve the drug gangs of Iván Duque and àÅlvaro Uribe Vélez." With all of them there will be "zero tolerance," he warned once again. | For their part, Chief General Vladimir Padrino López, Minister of Defense, and Chief Admiral Remigio Ceballos, CEOFANB commander, offered a briefing o…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-04-13). "Symbolic Naval War" Is Emerging Between Israel and Iran. globalresearch.ca In the Middle East, tensions between Israel and Iran are escalating, …

Phyllis Bennis (2021-04-13). This isn't a Border Crisis, It's a Poverty, Violence and Climate Crisis. counterpunch.org Thousands of desperate migrants, mostly from Central America, are stuck at the U.S.-Mexico border. Most are families and unaccompanied children. Despite their legal rights to apply for asylum, U.S. officials are turning away huge numbers, claiming pandemic restrictions. But thousands of children remain, held in crowded border detention facilities while awaiting transfer to Department of

John Peter Daly (2021-04-13). The 1811 Louisiana slave rebellion and the struggle in Haiti. liberationnews.org The absence of coverage of the tremendous people's struggle in Haiti by U.S. media is nothing new. The self-declared dictator Jovenel Moise has been in power for a year after the end of his presidency with the support of the U.S. government and other imperialists. From reports on the ground in Haiti today, the struggle …

Olivia Rosane (2021-04-13). Four gray whales wash up dead near San Francisco. peoplesworld.org Four gray whales have washed up dead near San Francisco within nine days, and at least one cause of death has been attributed to a ship strike. More whales than usual have been washing up dead since 2019, and the West Coast gray whale population continues to suffer from an unusual mortality event, defined by the National Oceanic and …

Cyrus Yaqubi (2021-04-13). Khamenei's Misuse Of COVID-19 To Consolidate His Rule — opEd. eurasiareview.com While the Covid-19 epidemic still plagues the world and most countries have devoted almost all their energy, effort, and resources to fight the virus by vaccinating or quarantining all or parts of their country and population, Iran's situation is quite different. Most countries have even abandoned political considerations to obtain the vaccine from wherever possible and give priority to the welfare of their people. | For example, Germany and Austria, while members of the European Union, are independently negotiating the purchase of the Russian vaccine, and Italy has signed a contract to produce the Russian vac…

George Wuerthner (2021-04-13). Bozeman Watershed Logging Project Based on Flawed Assumptions. counterpunch.org The Montana Forest Action Plan recently awarded funding to the Bozeman Watershed logging project. Flawed assumptions and science characterize all these state-funded projects. Even though numerous studies have documented that logging/thinning fails to protect homes or reduce fire severity in nearly all instances, the mindless mantra that logging will preclude large fires continues unabated. +

Anonymous103 (2021-04-13). Informational Propaganda Activities Of International Terrorist Organizations (2021). southfront.org Illustrative image | Written by Colonel A. Filisteyev, Lieutenant Colonel D. Borisov. Originally appeared at Foreign military review #2 2021. Translated exclusively for SouthFront. | International terrorist organizations are actively promoting radical ideology among the general population. Its main goal is to attract new supporters both to replenish the ranks of illegal armed groups operating in conflict zones, and to create a network of "sleeping" cells in various countries of the world. Such agitation allows extremists to r…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-13). Economic Impacts of Russia's Declining Population. globalresearch.ca Despite various official efforts, including regular payment of maternal capital to …

WSWS (2021-04-13). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Health care workers in Mexico City and Guanajuato state are continuing protests to demand access to COVID-19 vaccinations while members of the Utier electrical workers union in Puerto Rico voted unanimously in favor of a strike against the Electrical Energy Authority…

ecns.cn (2021-04-13). Colombia receives new batch of Sinovac vaccines against COVID-19. ecns.cn A new batch of vaccines developed by Chinese pharmaceutical company Sinovac arrived at the El Dorado airport here in Colombian capital on Sunday to help keep the country's National Vaccination Plan against COVID-19 on track.

Natalucci G, Bucher H, Fauchère J. (2021-04-13). Effect of Early Recombinant Human Erythropoietin on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at Age 5 Years—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply Before exposing preterm infants to erythropoietin for neuroprotection, potential benefits and safety need to be assessed using the highest possible level of evidence by performing randomized clinical trials instead of extrapolating results from retrospective analyses in neonates exposed to diverse doses of erythropoietin for the prevention of anemia of prematurity. Our recent study demonstrated no significant difference in neurodevelopmental outcomes at age 5 years in children born at 26 to 32 weeks' gestation treated with early high-dose rhEpo compared with saline during the first 2 days of life. These…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-13). Las Fuerzas Armadas y el momento mexicano. globalizacion.ca Boletines oficiales reseñan que la falta de recursos y la necesidad de administrar lo mejor que se pueda el presupuesto de 112 mil 557 millones 168 mil 656 pesos otorgado este año a la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional, ha…

Iván Restrepo (2021-04-13). México — Turismo, abuso e impunidad. globalizacion.ca Fue una de las entidades más olvidadas de México, pero hoy Quintana Roo es el principal polo turístico del país. Allí se genera más de una tercera parte de las divisas que ingresan por dicha actividad. Esa transformación se dio…

ecns.cn (2021-04-13). Australian deep-sea reef study could uncover new species. ecns.cn Australian researchers have embarked on an expedition to explore previously undocumented deep-sea coral reefs off the country's north coast.

Silvia Arana (2021-04-13). Gana Lasso el balotaje en Ecuador. globalizacion.ca En la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales en Ecuador, se impuso Guillermo Lasso, el candidato de la coalición de derecha CREO y Partido Social Cristiano con el 52.48%. El candidato progresista Andrés Arauz obtuvo 47.52% de los votos. | Según…

Emir Sader (2021-04-13). Ecuador: Cómo la izquierda mayoritaria perdió ante la derecha. globalizacion.ca La izquierda ecuatoriana fue profundamente dividida a la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales. Sus tres candidatos (antineoliberales los tres) obtuvieron 66% en la suma de los votos: Arauz 32%, Yaku 19%, Xavier Hervas 15%. | En la segunda vuelta, Arauz…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-13). Left candidate Pedro Castillo wins first round of presidential elections in Peru, heads to run-off. peoplesdispatch.org According to the preliminary results by the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), Pedro Castillo of the left-wing Free Peru party won 18.9% of the votes. It is still unclear who his opponent will be as three candidates are technically tied for second place…

orinocotribune (2021-04-13). Inter-Parliamentary Union Confirms Preparations for a Mission to Venezuela. orinocotribune.com The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) confirmed today, Monday, April 12, that it is preparing to send a mission to Venezuela to learn firsthand about the situation of the Legislative Power and inquire about complaints of human rights violations against former opposition parliamentarians. | "This is a mission that we have requested for a long time and it seems that it can finally be carried out, because we have received an invitation from [the new] 2020 Parliament," IPU spokesperson Thomas Fitzsimons told news agency EFE. | Last Friday the highest officials of the organization, which brings together parliaments from…

Lázaro Fariñas (2021-04-13). øDe qué democracia hablan en Miami? globalizacion.ca Si en algún lugar se habla de democracia en los Estados Unidos es en el Miami cubano y no es, precisamente, porque los cubanos que viven en esta ciudad sean tan demócratas, sino que lo utilizan para criticar y atacar…

Graziella Pogolotti (2021-04-13). Cuba — Las batallas de Girón. globalizacion.ca El bombardeo se escuchó en toda la ciudad. Procedía del oeste de la capital. A toda prisa, los milicianos iban saliendo de sus casas e intentaban acudir al lugar donde parecía concentrarse el peligro mayor. Desde la ruptura de relaciones…

Haiti Action Committee (2021-04-13). Stand with Haiti! A Call for Solidarity. counterpunch.org This statement, written by Haiti Action Committee and signed by over 60 organizations, commemorates the 10th anniversary of the return to Haiti of former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and First Lady Mildred Aristide. It calls for support of the resistance by the Haitian people to the US-backed dictatorship of Jovenel Moise, and provides concrete ways for

Emanuel EJ. (2021-04-13). The Near-Term Future of Health Care Reform. jamanetwork.com Over the past decade, the US has made progress on the core problems of access, cost, and quality involving health care. Although it is valuable, this progress seems inadequate compared with the magnitude of the challenges. Approximately 20 million individuals in the US have received insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), yet an estimated 29 million (approximately 9% of the US population) remain uninsured. In addition, over the past decade, health care costs have stabilized at approximately 18% of gross domestic product, yet per capita costs are far higher than all other high-income countries…

Maret-Ouda J, Markar SR, Lagergren J. (2021-04-13). Review of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We agree with Dr Mehta and colleagues that lifestyle interventions may reduce heartburn symptoms among patients with GERD. As highlighted in our Review, there is solid evidence to advise patients with GERD to lose weight if they are obese and to abstain from smoking. However, currently available data regarding lifestyle changes are limited, and studies have often shown divergent results. Associations between dietary or beverage modifications and GERD symptoms are weak, and large population-based studies have often failed to provide reproducible results. Although the currently available medical literature…

Rick Rozoff (2021-04-13). Azerbaijan: We have created a new reality by shedding blood. Everyone should reckon with us today. antibellum679354512.wordpress.com The Turkish-directed onslaught by the armed forces of Azerbaijan (population of 10 million) against minuscule Nagorno-Karabakh (145,000) was one of the most atrocious acts of military aggression in modern times. It was also a NATO proxy war in the former Soviet Union/Russia. Baku: Multinational Turkic Council applauds Azerbaijani-Turkish war against Nagorno-Karabakh NATO appoints Turkey to …

Joynt Maddox KE, James CV. (2021-04-13). How the Biden Administration Can Improve Health Equity for Racial and Ethnic Minorities. jamanetwork.com This Viewpoint outlines actions that the new federal administration could consider related to health care access and quality, and social determinants of health, to meaningfully improve health equity for racial/ethnic minority populations.

Andrea Germanos, staff writer (2021-04-12). Rights Advocates Concerned Over Biden Push to Increase Militarization of Borders in Central America. commondreams.org "The Biden administration should place human rights at the center of its migration discussions and agreements with regional governments." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/biden-centralamerican-security-forces-agreements.jpg

orinocotribune (2021-04-12). Mixed Results in Sunday's South American Presidential Races—Substantial Support for Left. orinocotribune.com Caracas, April 11 (special for OrinocoTribune.com) — This Sunday's presidential races in South America produced mixed political results. Andres Arauz, the Correista candidate in Ecuador's second round, conceded victory to right-wing candidate and banker Guillermo Lasso, while in Peru the Ipsos exit poll results showed the leftist candidate Pedro Castillo (Peru Libre) winning with 16.1%, not enough to secure a victory, and thus ensuring a second round. Castillo will contest the presidency in the runoff against the individual arriving in second place, currently tied between neoliberal Hernando de Soto (Avanza…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Peru To Have Presidential Election Results In May. telesurenglish.net Peru's National Elections Jury (JNE) on Monday informed that the official results from April 11 elections will be released in May. | RELATED: | "We will announce who will go to the second round of presidential elections in the first week of next month," JNE President Jorge Salas said and added that new lawmakers will be announced by the end of May. | Exit polls showed leftist professor Pedro Castillo, of the Peru…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Venezuelan Aid Ship Reaches St. Vincent And The Grenadines. telesurenglish.net A Venezuelan ship on Monday reached St. Vincent and the Grenadines loaded with 20 tons of humanitarian aid sent by President Nicolas Maduro to assist the Caribbean islands amid the La Soufriere volcano eruption. | RELATED: | St. Vincent & the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves thanked the Bolivarian government and people for sending the aid when the two-island nation needs it the most. | "Venezuela has help…

Paul Dobson (2021-04-12). Venezuela Reports Release of Blocked Funds for COVAX Vaccines. venezuelanalysis.com According to Maduro, the funds to purchase 11.3 million doses were liberated by US authorities.

Steve Lalla (2021-04-12). Shattered Dreams: The Assassination of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán. orinocotribune.com By Steve Lalla — Apr 10, 2021 | On April 9, 1948, Colombian Liberal politician, movement leader, and social activist Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala was murdered in the capital city of Bogotá. His killing changed the country's history forever. | During the 1940s the charismatic orator and lawyer had steered the Liberal party towards socialism. Gaitán was leading the presidential race at the time, and likely would have become Colombia's first left-leaning president. Instead, Gaitán was shot three times in the head in broad daylight, and it would take ten years and the interregnum of a military dictatorship for Col…

orinocotribune (2021-04-12). Venezuelan National Assembly Consolidates Relations with Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva. orinocotribune.com On Sunday, April 11, a delegation of deputies from the National Assembly (AN) of Venezuela held a working meeting with the president of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Duarte Pacheco and the secretary general, Martín Chungong, in Geneva, Switzerland, in order to strengthen relations at the parliamentary level. | The president of the National Assembly, Jorge Rodríguez, informed about the meeting through his Twitter account, and added that the AN has made an official invitation to the IPU to visit Venezuela, so that "it learns the truth about Venezuela beyond mainstream media manipulation and cunning attacks."

John Bachtell (2021-04-12). Global imbalance in vaccinations threatens to derail fight against pandemic. peoplesworld.org As the Biden administration orchestrates a massive effort to open vaccination against COVID to every adult by April 19, a "shocking imbalance" in vaccination is occurring globally. While governments of many wealthier capitalist countries are vaccinating their populations, vaccinations have all but stalled in the global South countries, leaving the people in large swaths of …

CNA (2021-04-12). Haiti: Bishops Condemn Kidnappings Of Catholic Priests, Nuns. eurasiareview.com Seven Catholic priests and nuns were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday, and are being held for ransom. | The five priests and two nuns were abducted at Croix-des-Bouquets, a suburb of Haiti's capital of Port-au-Prince. According to local news, they were taken while on the way to attend the installation of a parish priest. | According to Haitian media, the "400 Mawozo" gang admitted culpability for the kidnapping, and is demanding $1 million in ransom. | Two of the kidnapped, one priest and one nun, are citizens of France. | Church leaders in Haiti have condemned the kidnappings, and called for action to be taken ag…

VOA (2021-04-12). Biden Names Trump Critics To Two Key Immigration Posts. eurasiareview.com By Ken Bredemeier | U.S. President Joe Biden on Monday named two critics of former President Donald Trump's immigration policies to key border control and immigration positions at a time when federal authorities are struggling to handle a surge of migrant arrivals at the U.S.-Mexico border. | Biden picked Chris Magnus, the police chief in Tucson, Arizona, near the U.S.-Mexico border, to lead the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, and Ur Jaddou as director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, which handles the country's legal immigration system. | Both will have to be confirmed by the Senate be…

Staff (2021-04-12). Rainforests Could Turn Into Savannas as Climate Warms, New Study Warns. truthout.org This story originally appeared in As the planet warms, it isn't just humans who are feeling the heat — trees are too. Rising temperatures are disrupting a primary engine of life on Earth: photosynthesis. | A recent study…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Brazil's President Bolsonaro Furious Over Leaked Audio. telesurenglish.net Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday complained harshly about Senator Jorge Kajuru who disclosed a telephone conversation about an investigation related to the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | During this conversation, the pro-government senator was trying to justify his support for the opening of a parliamentary investigation into the Federal government's management of the pandemic. | Bolsonaro can be heard protes…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Peru's Electoral Authority Declares Presidential Runoff June 6. telesurenglish.net Pedro Castillo, known for leading a Peruvian teachers' strike in 2017, was the first-place winner in the polls, while Keiko Fujimori, the eldest daughter of jailed former president Alberto Fujimori, and right-wing economist Hernando de Soto, continue to fight for the other runoff slot after polls closed at 7: 00 p.m. | While Fujimori bets on continuing his father's legacy, alleviating pandemic measures, promoting large mining projects, and generating new jobs, Soto reiterated that he would continue with an expansive fiscal and monetary policy to help reactivate the economy, support businesses and strengthen bor…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Cuba Prepares To Celebrate a Virtual International Workers' Day. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Central Workers Union (CTC) on Sunday launched the call for the commemoration of the World Proletariat Day on May 1. | RELATED: | Under the slogan "United We Make Cuba", the trade union movement will hold celebrations virtually. The date will pay tribute to health and science workers for their efforts in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. | A virtual forum will take place on April 30 with the participation of sol…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). US Deal: Troops in Central America to Stem Migration Tide. telesurenglish.net The Biden administration recently reached an agreement with Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to help manage the flow of potential migrants on the US-Mexico border, according to Tyler Moran, special assistant to the president for immigration for the Domestic Policy Council. | RELATED: | According to the official, the Latin American countries have been asked to reinforce their borders by using their military to red…

Rachel Pak (2021-04-12). Stop Calling It a Border Crisis. counterpunch.org Over the last several weeks, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has reported a rise in the number of migrant children seeking refuge in the United States. With the increase, the federal government's capacity to process and shelter migrant children has been stretched, leading to children being housed in overcrowded and inhumane CBP facilities for extended

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Chile Approves New Immigration Law Hampering Regularization. telesurenglish.net Chile's President Sebastian Piñera Sunday enacted a new immigration law that imposes greater border regulations and streamlines deportations. | RELATED: | Besides establishing a three-month deadline for illegal migrants to leave the country, the law creates a new system regarding the issuance of visas and tightens the regularization process. | Although Parliament passed the law in Dec. 2020, a coalition of left-wing partie…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Mexico Rescues 136 Central American Migrants. telesurenglish.net Mexico's National Migration Institute (INM) reported the rescue of 136 Central American migrants who were kidnapped in Tlaxcala. | RELATED: | Following a citizen warning, these people were recovered in the San Pablo del Monte municipality. INM officials reported that among them were 19 minors who were traveling without any family members. | Local outlet Parabolica informed that these migrants stayed in a security hous…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Uruguay Reports 10.57 Deaths per Million Inhabitants in April. telesurenglish.net With an average of 10.57 related fatalities in the last seven days, Uruguay ranked among the ten countries with the highest number of COVID-19 deaths per million inhabitants per day. | RELATED: | The National Emergency System (Sinae) reported 181 deaths connected to the Novel coronavirus last year. The figure increased between April 1 and April 7 this year as 257 people succumbed to the virus. | Regarding the ages…

teleSUR (2021-04-12). Solidarity Campaign in Europe to Send Medical Supplies to Cuba. telesurenglish.net Solidarity organizations and Cuban residents in European countries are engaged in a campaign to send a container to Cuba with various medical supplies, including immunization boosters against Covid-19, said Reynaldo Romero today, the project coordinator. | RELATED: | At the moment, Cuba solidarity associations in Belgium such as CubaBel and the Netherlands Cuba in my Soul are involved, as well as the Belgians Cubanismo, Los Amigos de Cuba, and the Coordinad…

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