Daily Archives: May 3, 2021

2021-05-03: News Headlines

Staff (2021-05-03). Colombia's Iván Duque Withdraws Tax Reform — New Proposal to be Processed. orinocotribune.com After four days of intense protests, a number of deaths and dozens of serious injuries, the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, announced that the tax reform that led to the protests will be withdrawn from Congress, and that he will submit a new proposal in accordance with the consensus reached in the discussion with political parties. | "I ask the Congress of the Republic to withdraw the project filed by the Ministry of Finance and urgently process a new project as a result of consensus and thus avoid financial uncertainty," said Duque. | Likewise, he reiterated what he has already maintained over the last days,…

Staff (2021-05-03). àöltimas Noticias Survey: Bolívar Continues to Dominate Payment Methods in Venezuela. orinocotribune.com It is quite common to hear that Venezuela has been "dollarized" and that the sovereign currency bolívar is "no longer economically worth anything." Many of the formal and informal trade prices are set in dollars, although products can be paid and purchased both in bolívars as well as in foreign currencies. The government, however, claims that in Venezuela there will never be a dollarization of the economy and that what actually exists is a set of "mechanisms of economic war and resistance that push to exchange products in other currencies and cryptocurrencies." | What is the real proportion of this phenomenon? So…

Editor2 (2021-05-03). Revealed: The UK Government Campaign to Force Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian Embassy. orinocotribune.com By Matt Kennard — Apr 28, 2021 | A wide-ranging UK government campaign was brought to bear on Ecuador to press it to hand over WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, new information reveals. | ‚Ä¢ Prime minister Theresa May was told in March 2018 to 'butter up' Ecuador's president in order to get Assange out of Ecuadorian embassy in London | ‚Ä¢ Later in the year, May's government spent £20,000 to bring Ecuadorian officials and defence minister to UK | ‚Ä¢ British foreign minister arranged Daily Mail hit piece on WikiLeaks publisher days after his eviction f…

Fight Back (2021-05-03). 1000-plus join May Day march in Minneapolis. fightbacknews.org Minneapolis, MN — On a hot 87-degree afternoon, a large crowd assembled at the starting location for the International Workers Day march that was hosted by a large coalition of union, immigrant rights groups and other progressive organizations in the Twin Cities area. | The Coalition was initially called for by Minnesota Workers United and the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee, and quickly grew from there to include 17 unions, seven immigrant rights organizations and ten other activist groups. | A contingent of made up of Freedom Road Socialist Organization supporters and members marched behind a…

Fight Back (2021-05-03). Workers in Portland demand justice on May Day. fightbacknews.org Portland, OR – Over 150 workers took to the streets in Portland this May Day, led by a coalition of anti-imperialist and migrant-led organizations including the International Migrants Alliance (IMA), the International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS) and the Portland branch of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization. | Speakers addressed the crowd, practicing chants and going over safety before demonstrators departed in two columns; a marching group traveled over the Tilikum Bridge while a car caravan traveled to the Federal Justice Center. Protesters rhythmically honked their horns and shouted chants, demandin…

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Petro Cryptocurrency-Based Social Payments: Why Does Venezuela Need Them? sputniknews.com In 2018, Caracas launched its own cryptocurrency called the Petro backed by Venezuela's oil reserves, in a move that came against the backdrop of a severe economic meltdown in the South American nation. At the time, President Maduro vowed the government would create a single exchange rate linked to the Petro.

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Venezuelan President Confirms Fifth Shipment of Russian Sputnik V Vaccine Against COVID-19. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says his country has received yet another delivery of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

Moderator (2021-05-03). This Invisible Essential Labor Force Is Organizing for a Better Life. scheerpost.com U.S. Department of Agriculture / CC BY 2.0] By Rebekah Entralgo | OtherWords Throughout the pandemic, there's been an outpouring of public support for essential workers. But this has largely excluded migrant women farmworkers, despite their vital role in keeping food on American families' tables. Monica Ramirez is working to change that. "I'm the first generation in my family that didn't have to…

Fight Back (2021-05-03). West Michigan labor unions rally for International Workers Day. fightbacknews.org Grand Rapids, MI – West Michigan labor unions joined by community and social justice groups celebrated International Workers Day on May 1 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. | This year May Day for workers focused on safe working conditions during the COVID pandemic, unemployment for stage hands and gig workers who are out of jobs, and building a stronger union movement through the PRO Act. Other speakers from community and social justice groups talked about immigrant rights for workers, criminal justice reform needed in the wake of George Floyd's death, and the Equality Act in Congress. | "During this health crisis where…

Rebekah Entralgo (2021-05-03). An invisible essential labor force. nationofchange.org How the migrant women farmworkers who put food on our tables are organizing for a better life after the pandemic.

El Faro English (2021-05-03). Bukele's Legislative Assembly Ousts Supreme Court Magistrates and Attorney General. latinorebels.com Various legal experts have called what happened on May 1 a technical coup d'etat.

Staff (2021-05-03). Salvadoran Congress Dismisses Justices and Attorney General Not Aligned with Bukele. orinocotribune.com The legislators of the ruling party of the Congress of El Salvador dismissed, in its first session, all Justices of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court and the Attorney General of the country. | With 64 votes in favor and 19 against, with one abstention, the Salvadoran Congress approved the dismissal of both regular and alternate justices of the Supreme Court, which is a constitutional body. This event sends a clear signal of President Bukele's attempt to control all branches of the State. | The members of the Congress belonging to Bukele's New Ideas party, who supported the motion, asserted that the…

J.P. Linstroth (2021-05-03). Brazilian Senate Will Question: Bolsonaro on COVID-19 Response. counterpunch.org The Supreme Court of Brazil has authorized a Senate Commission (CPI, Commisà£o Parlamentar de Inquérito) to investigate Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on his handling of COVID-19 in Brazil. The impetus for investigating the Brazilian president seems to be appropriate given how much Bolsonaro has downplayed the Coronavirus and the fact that Brazil has the second-highest

Fight Back (2021-05-03). San Jose May Day march demands justice for all. fightbacknews.org San Jose, CA – More than 500 people marched through downtown San Jose for the annual May Day event. On one side of the street, hundreds of cars carrying Mexican flags and flags of the United Farm Workers Union drove by and honked in support. The May Day Coalition of San Jose organized the march and invited dozens of speakers from various community and labor organizations to raise issues important to their community. The community groups marched from Roosevelt Park to San Jose City Hall. | Many of the attendees of the were receptive to the needs of the unemployed. Immigrant rights groups immediately connected the…

Fight Back (2021-05-03). NYC May Day protest marches on Jeff Bezos' home. fightbacknews.org New York, NY – Around 400 people gathered in Union Square on a sunny afternoon of May 1, International Workers Day. Dozens of organizations based in New York came together to not only celebrate workers and our struggles, but to call for the general demands of unionizing and organizing all workers, immediate asylum for all migrants, abolishing ICE and stopping police terror. | Union Square is historically a symbolic location for the New York City labor struggle and has been the home of countless May Day rallies. | There was a 2-and-a-half hour program of speeches and cultural performances before the crowd marched…

Antonio Arellano (2021-05-03). OPINION: Texas Hispanic Population Growth Signals the Political Future of State. latinorebels.com Texas can't afford another 10 years of blatant injustice, and voters of color can't afford to lose another 10 years of their rightful share of political power.

Bryan Fonseca (2021-05-03). OPINION: With the Death of Keishla Rodríguez, Boxer Félix Verdejo Is Failure of a Man. latinorebels.com The need to do better as a society is a grand understatement.

Latin America News Dispatch (2021-05-03). A Message From Latin America News Dispatch on the Graduate Student Workers Strike at NYU. latinorebels.com We want to take a moment to give you an important message about the newsletter.

Susan Price (2021-05-03). Military exports to Indonesia strain NZ's human rights record. greenleft.org.au Information is coming to light about New Zealand's exports to Indonesia's military forces, which are engaged in a long-running and escalating conflict in West Papua, reports Maire Leadbeater.

The Associated Press (2021-05-03). Puerto Rican Boxer Félix Verdejo Turns Himself in After Keishla Rodríguez Found Dead. latinorebels.com SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rican boxer Félix Verdejo turned himself in to federal agents Sunday night to face charges just hours after authorities identified the body of a dead woman as his 27-year-old pregnant lover, officials said.

Elizabeth Milos (2021-05-03). May Day 2021 in San Francisco: the ILWU, Chilean Workers and International Solidarity. indybay.org ILWU supported Chilean dockworkers and all workers in Chile during the May Day March in San Francisco. International Worker Solidarity against Neoliberalism.

Labor Video Project (2021-05-03). On May Day 2021 ILWU Backs Chilean Dockers In San Francisco! Solidarity Has No Borders. indybay.org San Francisco ILWU Local 10 on May Day rallied at the Chilean Consulate to support the strike action by Chilean dockers. Also Chileans spoke about the struggle in Chile.

Staff (2021-05-03). The British Connection with Colombia's Police. globalresearch.ca In the last few days, the Colombian police showed what it …

Staff (2021-05-03). Public Ministry of Venezuela Submits Updated Report to International Criminal Court. orinocotribune.com On Saturday, May 1, Attorney General of the Republic Tarek William Saab disclosed some details of the updated report that has been submitted to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), given the fact that "some organizations have wanted to make it invisible or belittle it." | The updated document was sent to the ICC by the Public Ministry on Friday, April 30. This was confirmed by the Venezuelan Attorney General in a press conference broadcast via the TV channel Venezolana de Televisión (VTV). This was the third document in the series, "which amplifies our response to the overall re…

sputniknews (2021-05-03). Blinken Says Biden Administration to Focus on Guantanamo in 'Months Ahead'. sputniknews.com Earlier, the Biden administration announced its plans to review the policy on the future of the notorious prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and said that it plans to shutter the detention center by the end of its tenure.

Editor2 (2021-05-02). Campaign of Struggles: The MST Donates More Than 100 Tons of Food Throughout Brazil. orinocotribune.com The actions took place between the 10th and the 21st, during the National Campaign of Struggles in defense of Agrarian Reform in April, in memory of the 25th anniversary of the Eldorado dos Carajás Massacre | The MST is in solidarity and shares its harvest among the workers affected by the food crisis that the country is suffering, in the situation where more than half of the Brazilian population is not guaranteed that they will have food on the table. | It is estimated that there are almost 117 million suffering from food insecurity and 19 million facing severe hunger. This is what the data from the National Sur…

Staff (2021-05-02). In Colombia, Hundreds of Ex-Rebels Have Been Murdered Despite Peace Agreement. truthout.org So far this year alone, Colombia has seen 33 massacres of social leaders, trade union organizers and ex-guerrilla fighters belonging to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). At least 119 people have been murdered by paramilitary groups, state security forces or unidentified assassins as of April 27, according to the

Anonymous669 (2021-05-02). Iran Claimed Breakthrough Prisoners Swap Deal With US, UK. Washington Denies — Reports. southfront.org © Flickr/ peyman abkhezr | Iran is about to reach a breakthrough prisoners swap dead with the US and the UK, the al-Mayadeen TV reported on May 2. | An unnamed Iranian source told the Beirut-based channel that Iran and the US may soon finalize a prisoner exchange deal that would see Tehran freeing four Americans who were charged with spying for their country. | In return, the US would release four Iranian who were charged with violating sanctions imposed on Tehran. The US may also un-freeze Iranian assets worth a…

Roger D. Harris (2021-05-02). Government Report Documents US Responsibility for Venezuela's Humanitarian Dilemma. dissidentvoice.org Venezuela was once one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. The popular classes enjoyed major advances from the Bolivarian Revolution initiated by Hugo Chávez. Today Venezuela is experiencing an unprecedented economic crisis with severe humanitarian consequences. The US government blames the crisis on the mismanagement and corruption of the Venezuelan government headed by …

_____ (2021-05-02). Government Report Documents US Responsibility For Venezuela's Humanitarian Dilemma. popularresistance.org The US government blames the crisis on the mismanagement and corruption of the Venezuelan government headed by Nicolás Maduro. The Venezuelan government faults the US and its allies for imposing sanctions, unilateral coercive measures illegal under international law. | An official US Congressional Research Service report issued April 28, Venezuela: Background and US Relations, suggests the Venezuelan government has valid arguments that it is being strangulated by US sanctions. According to the report: | It is difficult to attribute precisely the extent of Venezuela's economic collapse that is due to US sanctions…

_____ (2021-05-02). World Police: Washington Seeks To Imprison Foreign Businesspeople. popularresistance.org The United States uses economic sanctions as a weapon against states that choose a development path independent of US global domination. Sanctions can take the form of blocking a nation's financial and trade transactions, not allowing financial institutions to process them. The US can also freeze the assets of another country. | Washington employs sanctions as a tool to destabilize governments that refuse to kow-tow to it. Sanctions are a weapon of war on civilians. Richard Nixon made this clear when, with Chile's 1970 election of socialist Salvador Allende, the US president ordered the CIA to "make the economy s…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Colombian President Rescinds Tax Reform Plans Following Mass Protests Against Proposal. sputniknews.com The unpopular draft initiative, dubbed the Sustainable Solidarity Law, was proposed by President Ivan Duque in April in a bid to cushion the negative impact of the pandemic. The motion sparked mass protests among the populace, which views the proposed reform as a new tax burden.

teleSUR (2021-05-02). El Salvador: Supreme and Constitutional Courts Wiped Out. telesurenglish.net In the first session of the newly-elected Legislative Assembly Sunday, El Salvador's ruling party wiped out the entire judiciary: the judges of the Constitutional Chamber, the Supreme Court and Attorney General Raul Melara were all fired. | RELATED: | The judiciary was punished for objecting to decrees issued by Bukele in fighting Covid-19, media reports say. President Nayib Bukele's New Ideas party won a landslide majorit…

teleSUR (2021-05-02). What's Behind Horrific Reports from India and Brazil. telesurenglish.net As is usual when covering developing countries, mainstream media do not spare horrific images of the Covid-19 crisis in India or Brazil, so as to make people in rich countries realize how well off they are in that respect. In comparison, that is. India and Brazil share deep inequalities and policies that have neglected public health | RELATED: | Such reports do not dig very much into underlying issues, ranging from dome…

Ricardo Vaz, Tatuy TV (2021-05-02). Rural Producers Protest 'Fraud' at Sugar Mill. venezuelanalysis.com Local communes and the Communard Union have joined the demonstrations in Sucre State.

Fight Back (2021-05-02). 1500 rally and march in Chicago on May Day. fightbacknews.org Chicago, IL – The movements for immigrant rights, against police crimes, and the labor movement of essential workers united today to mark May 1, International Workers Day in Chicago. Banners read "Legalization for all," "Stop police crimes" and "Justice for essential workers." | The mobilization represented the unity reached between the major immigrant rights group the state, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), and the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR). ICIRR's two legislative priorities are legalization for all and a pathway to citizenship at the feder…

Fight Back (2021-05-02). Lenin on May Day. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following 1904 article by the great Russian revolutionary VI Lenin. | Comrade workers! May Day is coming, the day when the workers of all lands celebrate Their awakening to a class- conscious life, their solidarity in the struggle against all coercion and oppression of man by man, the struggle to free the toiling millions from hunger, poverty, and humiliation. Two worlds stand facing each other in this great struggle: the world of capital and the world of labour, the world of exploitation and slavery and the world of brotherhood and freedom. | On one side stand the hand…

Staff (2021-05-02). US not yet reached an agreement with Iran in Vienna: Sullivan. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 02 (MNA) — Without mentioning his country's unilateral withdrawal from JCPOA along with violating UNSCR 2231 by former US President Trump, US National Security Adviser said that US has not reached an agreement with Iran in Vienna.

Editor2 (2021-05-02). How Nicaragua Thrives Despite Illegal US Intervention. orinocotribune.com By Madeline McClure — Apr 27, 2021 | In March, 2021, I traveled to Nicaragua as a delegate with the Sanctions Kill! coalition to witness the impact of the 'coercive measures' the U.S. uses to impose its political and economic interests, rationalized by its allegations of repression and political crisis. Yet rather than find a people under dictatorship, I arrived to a society thrumming with autonomous productivity, bolstered by decades of redistributed wealth, historic self-determination and a disciplined sense of resiliency. | There's a feeling in the air that the U.S. media hasn't quite been able to put its…

Global Research (2021-05-02). Como prospera Nicaragua a pesar de la intervención ilegal de Estados Unidos. globalizacion.ca En marzo de 2021, viajé a Nicaragua como delegado de Sanctions Kill! coalición para presenciar el impacto de las 'medidas coercitivas' que usa Estados Unidos para imponer sus intereses políticos y económicos, racionalizados por sus acusaciones de represión y crisis…

sputniknews (2021-05-02). Powerful 6.0-Magnitude Quake Hits Chile. sputniknews.com The people of Chile and neighbouring countries are used to earthquakes, as the region is part the Ring of Fire – an area around much of the rim of the Pacific Ocean where many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur due to the collision of lithospheric plates.

Labor Video Project (2021-05-02). On May Day 2021 ILWU Backs Chilean Dockers In San Francisco! Solidarity Has No Borders. indybay.org San Francisco ILWU Local 10 on May Day rallied at the Chilean Consulate to support the strike action by Chilean dockers. Also Chileans spoke about the struggle in Chile.

teleSUR (2021-05-02). Colombia Update: Duque to Negotiate New Tax Bill. telesurenglish.net Massive protests forced Colombia's President Ivan Duque to back down on his tax-reform bill, considered regressionist by critics. Meanwhile latest reports on police repression of demonstrations account for 15 people killed and 208 wounded, 18 of them with ocular traumas. Over 500 arrests were also reported. | RELATED: | "I am asking Congress to withdraw the law proposed by the finance ministry and urgently…

Staff (2021-05-02). Amid Deaths and Repression, Colombia's Duque Announces Changes in Tax Reform — Uribe's Tweet Inciting Violence Banned. orinocotribune.com Colombians are still in the streets, in rejection of the tax reform that the government wants to implement. The protests have left at least eight persons dead and dozens seriously injured. In this sense, President Iván Duque is still trying to carry out the reform; but now, to cover up the mess, he has announced some changes. | In the afternoon of Friday, April 30, after dozens of wounded were reported, Duque announced that there will be some changes in the content of the tax reform proposal, and some parts will be replaced. | The Colombian president indicated that he has "the firm intention of reaching consensus…

teleSUR (2021-05-02). Colombia's Duque Backs Down on Tax-Reform Bill After Massive Strike. telesurenglish.net Meanwhile, the mayors of Colombia's two largest cities, the capital Bogota, Claudia Lopez, and Medellin, Daniel Quintero rejected on Sunday the militarization of their cities, decreed by president Ivan Duque to crack down on massive demonstrations against a tax-reform bill that in turn was withdrawn by Government. | RELATED: | "Despite the difficulties of these days, our metropolitan police have the situation under control," said Bogota's Lopez, wh…

Fight Back (2021-05-02). Revolution advances in Cuba and Venezuela. fightbacknews.org "Let no one doubt that as long as I live, I will be ready, with a foot in the stirrup to defend the homeland, the revolution and socialism. I will continue serving as one more revolutionary fighter, ready to make my modest contribution until the end of my life." | With these stirring words on April 17, Raúl Castro retired. A revolutionary life that began as a guerrilla commander alongside his brother Fidel and Che Guevara, the younger Castro most recently served as the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Cuban Communist Party, a role which he took up in 2011 after the retirement of Fidel. He had previ…

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