Daily Archives: April 15, 2021

2021-04-15: News Headlines

Workers World Party (2021-04-15). PDF of April 15 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Amazon workers: The struggle has just begun Daunte Wright's life matters! Tribute to Ramsey Clark. COVID crisis: Michigan surge, Vaccines — Capitalism vs. Socialism. PRO Act: petition & editorial. Paul Robeson remembered; On the picket line; DREAMERS confront Cruz. GLOBAL: Vieques, Culebra; Greenland; Gaza; Venezuela. TEAR DOWN . . . |

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). Airborne Laser Scanning Of Gaps In Amazon Rainforest Helps Explain Tree Mortality. eurasiareview.com A group of researchers led by Brazilians has used an innovative model to map gaps in the Amazon rainforest and identify factors that contribute to tree mortality. Water stress, soil fertility, and anthropic forest degradation have the most influence on gap dynamics in the world's largest and most biodiverse tropical rainforest, according to an article on the study published in Scientific Reports. | Forest gaps are most frequent in the areas with the highest levels of soil fertility, possibly because the abundance of organic material drives faster tree growth and shorter life cycles. | The main method of data c…

Editor2 (2021-04-15). Colombia: A Glimpse Into a Sad Reality. orinocotribune.com By Alice Loaiza — Apr 5, 2021 | When people ask me if it is safe to visit Colombia, I always answer that it is fine if you don't speak Spanish and stay on the well-guarded tourist trail. But you will never see the reality of one of the poorest countries in Latin America. You will never see the mass displacement of communities or the murders committed by paramilitaries and military or the police beating people in the streets. | Indepaz, a Colombian peace organization, recorded eleven massacres in 2021. One of the last was in the small town of Tarazá, Antioquia, where three young men were gunned down by the Go…

_____ (2021-04-15). Biden Administration's September 11 Withdrawal Plan Violates Peace Agreement. popularresistance.org Members of the Black Alliance for Peace (BAP) criticized U.S. President Joe Biden's announcement Wednesday that he would pull troops from Afghanistan on September 11, 2021, thereby violating a key component of a peace agreement negotiated by the previous administration. | A September 11 withdrawal—landing on the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack—reinforces the false impression that the Taliban government had something to do with the September 11, 2001, attacks in the United States. | BAP is concerned the attempt to move the date of U.S. withdrawal past the agreed-upon May 1 deadline will give hardli…

Gregory Wilpert (2021-04-15). Peru: Left vs. Far-Right — Dramatic Choice in Presidential Election. theanalysis.news Pedro Castillo, a leftist, unexpectedly won first place in Peru's first-round presidential election last Sunday. However, he now faces far-right second-place finisher, Keiko Fujimori. The outcome was largely due to a completely delegitimized political class in Peru, says Peru analyst Francesca Emanuele.

Ajamu Baraka (2021-04-15). Murder of Daunte Wright Ruined Derek Chauvin Show Trial. dissidentvoice.org The fix was in. The U.S. state was determined to demonstrate to the world that its system was able to render "justice" to its captive African/Black population. So, unlike in the handful of cases where charges were brought against police officers for killing a Black or Brown person, the prosecutors this time did not pretend …

WSWS (2021-04-15). Protests erupt in Spanish migrant camps at PSOE-Podemos repression. wsws.org Migrants are protesting appalling living conditions, poor food and the lack of medical treatment amid the escalating global COVID-19 pandemic.

David Gilbert (2021-04-15). In prison, today's pandemic and shades of yesterday's: What the fight against COVID can learn from the one against AIDS. mronline.org The infamous Tuskegee syphilis study on Black men is but the best known of the plethora of medical experiments on Black and Brown people in and out of prisons, and other vulnerable populations. | April 15, 2021 | Newswire…

Staff (2021-04-15). Network of Private and Public Pharmacies Already Has Carvativir for Sale. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, April 14, Venezuelan Minister for National Commerce, Eneida Laya, informed about the beginning of the commercial sale of the antiviral Carvativir, and that people will be able to purchase up to 4 units in different public and private pharmacies nationwide. | "On the instructions of President Nicolás Maduro, Carvativir is distributed in all the private pharmacy chains in the country, as well as in the public network. Sales of the drug are controlled. The purchase limit is 4 units per person and there is a data record when making the purchase in order to prevent possible resale," said Laya. | Variou…

_____ (2021-04-15). Stand With Haiti! A Call For Solidarity. popularresistance.org Above photo: Black Alliance for Peace. 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 …

Staff (2021-04-15). From Luxury Condo in Madrid, Leopoldo López Repeats US Talking Points on Colombian Paramilitary Violence in Apure. orinocotribune.com A new media and political attack regarding the events in Apure state was launched by the fugitive from Venezuelan justice Leopoldo López. He stated that the military action of the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) against Colombian narco-paramilitary gangs on the border with Colombia "does not have as its objective the defense of the Venezuelan territory—as established in Article 15 of Venezuelan Magna Carta—but that of participating in a conflict between narco-guerrillas," an accusation that aligns with those of certain Colombian authorities, in favor of their anti-Venezuelan and pro-US interest…

Geraldina Colotti (2021-04-15). Golpe de abril en Venezuela, guerra mediática desde Europa. globalizacion.ca Al analizar algunos elementos clave del golpe de abril 2002, queda claro por qué es legítimo considerar a la Venezuela bolivariana como un paradigma del siglo XXI, un laboratorio que va más allá de la realidad venezolana. | El haber podido…

Mark Gruenberg (2021-04-15). Civil rights tsunami in D.C. over statehood, reparations and Justice Dept. peoplesworld.org WASHINGTON — Civil rights issues hit Capitol Hill in a big way on April 14. As might be expected, congressional Republicans were on the wrong side of all of them. One House panel approved statehood for D.C. Another considered statehood for Puerto Rico. A third voted late at night for a bill to study reparations …

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-15). St. Vincent & Grenadines faces power outages and water shortages as volcanic eruptions continue. peoplesdispatch.org In the past week, at least five massive explosions occurred spewing portentous plumes of ash and smoke into the atmosphere and covering the island with a thick layer of volcanic dust. The ashfall has reached the neighboring countries Barbados, Saint Lucia and Grenada. Scientists have warned that these explosions could continue for months…

Prensa Latina (2021-04-15). ONU FAO acogerá Simposio Mundial sobre Biodiversidad de los suelos. peoplesworld.org ROMA, (Prensa Latina) La Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Alimentación y la Agricultura (FAO) anunció la realización de manera virtual del Simposio Mundial sobre la Biodiversidad del Suelo (GSOBI21) del 19 al 22 de abril. El encuentro, informó el organismo especializado en un comunicado, reunirá a funcionarios gubernamentales, organizaciones internacionales, usuarios de la …

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-04-15). Oil Output Remains Steady as PDVSA Eyes Fuel Production Boost. venezuelanalysis.com PDVSA is reportedly prioritizing diluent and light crude for its recovering fuel refineries.

Román Munguía Huato (2021-04-15). México — Ricos y pobres en la "milagrosa" Cuarta Transformación. globalizacion.ca En pleno Viernes Santo Andrés Manuel López Obrador, acorde a sus creencias religiosas, aprovechó oportunistamente mencionar la preferencia de Jesús por los pobres y la paz. | Dictó su Evangelio (que significa buenas nuevas) diciendo en cuenta de Twitter: "La vida…

Jessica Corbett (2021-04-15). 'Major Step Forward' as New Mexico Legalizes Recreational Marijuana. zcomm.org "By ensuring equity and social justice in our cannabis legalization, we are saying 'enough' to the devastating 'war on drugs' that over-incarcerated and over-penalized thousands of New Mexicans."

Jorge Franco (2021-04-15). Chile: øDemocracia real a democracia simulada? globalizacion.ca En el debate político en curso las desacreditadas elites dominantes no cesan de advertir, una y otra vez, contra el siniestro fantasma del "populismo". øQué es lo que buscan estigmatizar con ese término? Nada menos que la presunta e inherente…

Emir Sader (2021-04-15). La lección de Ecuador. globalizacion.ca La izquierda ecuatoriana acudió profundamente dividida a la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales. Sus tres candidatos (antineoliberales los tres) obtuvieron 66 por ciento en la suma de los votos: Andrés Arauz 32, Yaku Pérez 19, Xavier Hervas 15. | En…

Ricardo Jiménez A. (2021-04-15). Finally, a popular Left born in Peru. peoplesdispatch.org In the decade of the 1990s, the dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori achieved several of its key objectives through a combination of repression, human rights violations, and corruption that permeated through the Peruvian state and society. These "achievements" included the military defeat of the subversive armed groups and the imposition of a Constitution and an ultra neoliberal economic model which have allowed for the unlimited accumulation by the wealthy at the expense of the precarious majorities and those who exist at the juncture of consumption and credit, also known as the "middle class." | Parallelly, or rath…

Chris Gilbert (2021-04-15). An Unannounced Rupture in Venezuelan Politics. zcomm.org What clearly sets the Venezuelan people apart from most other peoples in the world is the recent memory of having participated in politics and of having had a government intervening on their behalf.

Staff (2021-04-15). Leaked Emails Reveal US Pressure on the UK not to Release Venezuelan Gold. orinocotribune.com The United States Department of State would have pressured the British Foreign Office to retain the frozen Venezuelan gold valued at almost $2 billion, which is sequestered by the Bank of England. | This information was relayed by independent UK journalist, John McEvoy, who through his Twitter account, released some emails that show the reality of the event. In one of these, for example, a response from the British Foreign Office was shown. It states that "the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) of the United States recognizes the need to protect information, which could harm relations between the UK and other stat…

Staff (2021-04-15). Leaked Emails Reveal US Pressure on UK not to Release Venezuelan Gold. orinocotribune.com The US State Department may have pressured the British Foreign Office to retain the frozen Venezuelan gold valued at almost $2 billion, which is being held by the Bank of England. | This information was relayed by independent UK journalist, John McEvoy, who through his Twitter account, released some emails demonstrating the reality of the event. In one of these mails, for example, a response from the British Foreign Office was shown. It states that "the FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) of the United States recognizes the need to protect information, which could harm relations between the UK and other states if d…

Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director (2021-04-15). Georgieva: Leveraging Digital Money To Facilitate Remittances — Speech. eurasiareview.com Thank you for joining us here today for this virtual workshop about how digital money can facilitate remittances. | The eminent MIT economist Rudy Dornbusch famously said: | "In economics things take longer to happen than you think they will, and then they happen faster than you thought they could." | Digital money is a perfect illustration of this maxim, where after a long period of development, the field is on the cusp of major changes that have the potential to reshape cross-border payments and remittances. | For example, last October The Bahamas launched the Sand Dollar, the world's first central bank digi…

Gerardo Arreola (2021-04-15). Cuba — El tiempo de Raúl Castro. globalizacion.ca Raúl Castro anunció hace tres años que su sucesor como primer secretario del Partido Comunista de Cuba (PCC) será el actual presidente de la república, Miguel Díaz-Canel, quien así ocupará los dos puestos a la vez. | Está previsto que el…

CNA (2021-04-15). Haiti: Archbishop Demands Release Of Abducted Catholics. eurasiareview.com The Archbishop of Port-au-Prince has called for the release of 10 people who were kidnapped in Haiti on Sunday and are being held for ransom. | "We demand security and peace for all missionaries and all people,"Archbishop Max Mesidor said. "We demand the immediate and unconditional release of our detained brothers and sisters." | Five priests, two nuns, and three laypeople were abducted at Croix-des-Bouquets, a suburb of Port-au-Prince, April 11. 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…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-15). New Evidence Regarding Emerald Production In Roman Egypt Coming From Wadi Sikait. eurasiareview.com A new paper published in the Journal of Near Eastern Studies presents the results of and images from the resuming of the archaeological seasons in the Mons Smaragdus region in the Egyptian Eastern Desert. The region is known for Roman-era emerald mines, chronicled by authors like Pliny the Elder and Claudius Ptolemy, were rediscovered in the 19th century by the French mineralogist Fréderic Cailliaud. During the 1990s a team from the "Berenike Project" started to survey the area and conducted the first excavations, focusing on the main site identified, Sikait, where the archaeological seasons resumed in January…

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Bolivia Launches International Campaign To Free Vaccine Patents. telesurenglish.net Bolivia's Foreign Affairs Minister Rogelio Mayta on Tuesday launched an international campaign for the patent release of COVID-19 vaccines so that worldwide nations have equitable access to the drugs. | RELATED: | The proposal, which will be presented to the international community at the Ibero-American Summit to be held on April 21 in Andorra, aims to facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccines for the poorest countries. | Accord…

Gregory Wilpert (2021-04-14). Ecuador's Socialist Loses as Left Splits. theanalysis.news Ecuador's progressive presidential candidate Andrés Arauz narrowly lost the election last Sunday. But the left's internal divisions was not the only problem, explains CodePink's Leonardo Flores.

Gregory Wilpert (2021-04-14). Ecuador's Socialist Loses as Left Splits. theanalysis.news Ecuador's progressive presidential candidate Andrés Arauz narrowly lost the election last Sunday. But the left's internal divisions were not the only problem, explains CodePink's Leonardo Flores.

Ted Kelly (2021-04-14). After 'Great March of Return,' Gaza still under threat. workers.org Philadelphia Gaza is located on the western side of occupied Palestine and has been under Israeli military control since 1967. With a population of 2 million, it is one of the most densely populated places on the planet. It is frequently referred to as an "open-air prison," as the Israeli . . . |

Ana Ionova (2021-04-14). Landmark decision: Brazil Supreme Court sides with Indigenous land rights. nationofchange.org The country's Supreme Court has agreed to review the process around a past case that cancelled the demarcation of an Indigenous territory claimed by the Guarani Kaiowá people.

teleSUR (2021-04-14). AMLO Will Travel to Southern Border Over Children Migration. telesurenglish.net Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador said that he would visit the Southern border to address the children migrant crisis as the phenomenon continues to increase. | RELATED: | "To protect children, we are going to reinforce the surveillance, the protection, the care on our southern border because it's to defend human rights," Obrador said at a press conference. | WATCH: Border Patrol agents have once again captured…

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Kamala Harris To Visit Mexico, Guatemala Amid Migration Upsurge. telesurenglish.net U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris Wednesday informed that she plans to visit Mexico and Guatemala in the coming days due to the increase of migrants at her country's southern border. | RELATED: | "I will be traveling to these countries to discuss their government's response to the migration crisis," Harris said without specifying dates. | In a meeting with experts in Latin American issues, she said she has no plans to visi…

Jeremy Deaton (2021-04-14). A Tale of Two Climate Migrants. thenation.com A Tale of Two Climate Migrants…

Jeremy Deaton (2021-04-14). A Tale of 2 Climate Migrants. thenation.com A Tale of 2 Climate Migrants…

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Brazil: The Poor Face High Food Inflation With Less Public Aid. telesurenglish.net Outlet Vermelho published a study showing that 22.6 million Brazilians who received emergency aid in 2020 will no longer be part of cash transfer programs. | RELATED: | The pandemic-induced economic crisis could worsen as President Jair Bolsonaro's administration will reduce the amount of emergency aid amid an upward trend in food prices. | The new round of aid will be delivered in four installments of US$26 and t…

Paul Goble (2021-04-14). Russia In Midst Of Worst Demographic Decline Since World War II — OpEd. eurasiareview.com The horrific increase in mortality rates among Russians, only part of which is the product of the coronavirus pandemic, pushed Russia in 2020 into the worst demographic decline since World War II and figures for the first months of this year suggest that that decline is continuing, Aleksandr Zhelenin says. | Indeed, if the rates registered since the start of this year continue, Russia will stand to suffer one million more deaths than births, a figure that there is little or no chance the return of migrant workers will compensate for and that could further accelerate the decline as it will produce a smaller coh…

Morgan Artyukhina (2021-04-14). Activists outside Justice Department demand Julian Assange be freed on second anniversary of his arrest. liberationnews.org Activists rallied outside the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Sunday to demand that WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange be released and the charges against him be dropped. April 11 marks two years since the Ecuadorian administration of President Lenín Moreno, sore from having its dirty laundry aired by journalists totally unconnected …

Martha Grevatt (2021-04-14). Capitalism, racism and the Michigan COVID surge. workers.org After a year of masking, social distancing and with significant sectors of the U.S. population vaccinated, COVID cases are beginning to decline. There are fewer reported deaths and hospitalizations. This is welcome news. But there are exceptions. COVID is spiking again in Michigan with new cases averaging over 7,000 per . . . |

teleSUR (2021-04-14). Canada Won't Limit AstraZeneca Vaccine Rollout. telesurenglish.net Canada's Health Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that it would not restrict the use of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine since the latest review by Canadian specialists highlighted that there are more benefits than risks. This after using the vaccine has been limited in some countries over fatal cases of blood clots. | RELATED: | "Health Canada is not restricting the use of the vaccine in any specific populations at t…

Dr. Birsen Filip (2021-04-14). Cuba's COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates: Soberana 2 and Abdala. globalresearch.ca 'Our doctors are not health care merchants. | Our mission is loftier …

teleSUR (2021-04-14). UNFPA: Half of Girls and Women Worldwide Lack Body Autonomy. telesurenglish.net The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) reported on Wednesday that over half of adolescent girls and women in developing countries could not decide over their bodies regarding reproduction, sexual relationships, or seeking healthcare. | RELATED: | "No country in the world today can claim to have achieved gender equality in its totality. If it had, there would be no violence against women and girls, no pay gaps, no l…

pyeverino (2021-04-14). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series. dsausa.org RSVP Here This is a series, running every Friday until May 7. 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….

Staff (2021-04-14). TOMORROW April 15 Webinar: Armed Conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia Border — The Battle of Apure (Translation to be Provided). orinocotribune.com The armed aggression of Colombian criminal groups against the civilian population in the state of Apure, Venezuela, involved drug trafficking paramilitaries, used by Colombia and the US to attack the Bolivarian revolution. Venezuelan military regained control of the area after uncovering cocaine producing labs, airplane tracks and narco planes. | Translation to be Provided in Zoom platform (not in Facebook transmission): | Join us TOMORROW to hear from the mayor of La Victoria, Apure state, the details about the current situation in his town and the measures that the Venezuelan state is taking to defend t…

Staff (2021-04-14). TODAY April 15 Webinar: Armed Conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia Border — The Battle of Apure (Translation to be Provided). orinocotribune.com The armed aggression of Colombian criminal groups against the civilian population in the state of Apure, Venezuela, involved drug trafficking paramilitaries, used by Colombia and the US to attack the Bolivarian revolution. Venezuelan military regained control of the area after uncovering cocaine producing labs, airplane tracks and narco planes. | Translation to be Provided in Zoom platform: | (Translation not available on Facebook transmission): | Join us TOMORROW to hear from the mayor of La Victoria, Apure state, the details about the current situation in his town and the measures that the Venez…

Paul Antonopoulos (2021-04-14). Washington Could Not be Happier with Ecuador's New President. globalresearch.ca Against all expectations, right-wing Guillermo Lasso won the Ecuadorean presidential election …

Editor2 (2021-04-14). Bonaire: BOPEC Bankrupt due to Dutch Inspectorate and Taxation. orinocotribune.com By Handsoffvenezuela.nl — Mar 26, 2021 | The sad story for the employees of Bonaire Petroleum Corporation (BOPEC) on the islands of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaàßao ends badly because of Dutch interference. BOPEC, owned by Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), has been severely harmed by illegal sanctions by US and Dutch institutions, and finally was taken over by the Netherlands, after a claim for bankruptcy by the Dutch tax authority. The hawks in Washington and The Hague can be satisfied, but their interference has been disastrous for many of our overseas compatriots. | Curaàßao | When Shell turne…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-14). April 13, 2002: The Glorious Day of an Unprecedented Countercoup. orinocotribune.com Just 19 years ago, on April 13, 2002, Venezuela was the scene of an unprecedented event in history: the return to government of a president after an atrocious experiment in conservative restoration that failed to remain in power for more than 48 hours. | The coup plotters, after believing that their authority was decreed and obedience deserved, bitterly verified that after three years in the opposition, their ability to command had been impaired, and they misread the landscape of a new country that had emerged after 1998. | On April 13, 2002, the popular reaction against the coup of democracy took hold. The poor,…

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