2021-04-11: News Headlines

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Live: Ecuador Hits the Polls in Decisive Runoff Election. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker; and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, regional banking, extractivism and more. | 8: 00 AM EST – Election observers harassed by police after meeting with correista lawmaker Fausto Jarrin Teran | The electoral observation mission of the U.S. human rights organization CODEPINK currently in Ecuador to observe today's presidential elections was accosted by police as it were l…

Lautaro Rivara (2021-04-11). It's election day in Ecuador: A look at what lies ahead. peoplesdispatch.org The run-off election between progressive candidate Andrés Arauz and banker Guillermo Lasso is taking place amid an escalating pandemic, an economic crisis, and fears of irregularities…

Ron Jacobs (2021-04-11). Biden, Blinken and DOD. counterpunch.org Although the Blinken-Biden foreign policy approach may be more palatable to European governments and much of the US population, that doesn't mean it's that different from what preceded it. Besides the possible reinstatement of the Iran nuclear deal and a re-engagement with Cuba, little seems likely to change. US residents will continue to be told

Ron Ridenour (2021-04-11). Ecuador's New Socialist Party Set to Win Elections Despite U.S. Intervention and Deceptive Identity Politics. globalresearch.ca Ever since the former President Rafael Correa-backed presidential candidate, Andrés Arauz…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Restaurant, Band: Peru's Candidates Go Wild on TV. telesurenglish.net Peru's 18 presidential candidates had a televised breakfast with their relatives on Sunday to kick off election day. This, amid despair outside of polling stations due to opening delays. | RELATED: | The candidates moved to several parts of the country for the morning event, which is a tradition in Peru. Some of them, such as Verónika Mendoza from Together for Peru, received several reporters at this house despite social distancing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemi…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Live: Long Lines During Ecuador's Presidential Runoff Elections. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker, and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official, have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, regional integration, extractivism and more. | 3: 00 PM EST – Lasso rejoices in democratic celebration while analysts fear early victory decalaration | Conservative banker and candidate for the CREO coalition Guillermo Lasso celebrated the democratic celebration of Sunday's presidential runoff elections, stating his hopes to achiev…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Election Bolivia: Four Out of Nine Departments Decide Today. telesurenglish.net Bolivia decides on Sunday the local governmental authorities in the departments of La Paz, Tarija, Pando, and Chuquisaca as the parties go to a second round in these regions following a landslide victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) on March 7. The ruling party seeks to consolidate its power in some of Bolivia's most important regions. | RELATED: | On March 7, the ruling party MAS won outright 240 seats…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Bolivia Sees Peaceful Second-Round of Departmental Elections. telesurenglish.net Bolivia has seen on Sunday a peaceful election day concerning biosecurity measures. Thus far, there have been no significant irregularities reported as people in the departments of La Paz, Tarija, Pando, and Chuquisaca decide on its representative. After a landslide victory of the Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) on March 7, the ruling party seeks to consolidate its power in some of Bolivia's most important regions. | teleSUR's correspondent in Bolivia, Freddy Morales, reports there have been no irregularities in La Paz but a low voter turnout in several polling stations. | On the other hand, after casting his…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). General Election Day Begins in Peru. telesurenglish.net The electoral process had already started this Sunday in Peru. At 11H00 GMT, polling stations had already opened, although previously, several thousands of voters had already exercised their right to vote, either because they are residents abroad or under some other exception provided for in the national law. | RELATED: | A total of 18 candidates seek to, above all, occupy a place on the ballot. The polls have confirmed that up to seven candidates could be in a tech…

teleSUR (2021-04-11). Cuban and Venezuelan Authorities Mourn Ramsey Clarks's Death. telesurenglish.net As an Attorney General, Clark stood up for civil rights and liberties in the Jonhson administration (1963-1969). He oversaw the drafting of the Civil Rights act, sanctioned housing discrimination, ordered a moratorium on federal executions and prison construction, and fought discrimination in employment alongside many other causes of social injustice.

J.B. Gerald (2021-04-11). A Knee on the Neck of Long-term Political Prisoners. dissidentvoice.org The line between clearly defined political prisoners and prisoners targeted to make points for the political power structure is hidden. Criminalization is a standard tool of racial supremacists. George Floyd's death is familiar a thousand times over because it restates the predominant ethic of law enforcement's historical treatment of a minority population as revealed in …

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-04-11). Sunday 4/11: Ten Things for US to Understand about Latin America. indybay.org ZOOM meeting. Login info available on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Panama approves emergency use of Chinese vaccine against COVID-19. ecns.cn Panamanian health authorities on Friday approved the emergency use of the CoronaVac vaccine developed by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinovac.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Chile receives new shipment of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines. ecns.cn A new batch of CoronaVac vaccine from China's Sinovac arrived in Chile on Saturday to become part of the country's vaccination campaign against the COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). China willing to work with Brazil to promote comprehensive strategic partnership: Chinese FM. ecns.cn Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that China is willing to work with Brazil to promote their comprehensive strategic partnership to continue to make new progress.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Shenzhen to stage another round of stepped-up digital yuan test this month. ecns.cn Shenzhen city is conducting another round of stepped-up digital yuan test from April 10 to 23, enlarging test population by 500,000, as China leads in the global race to employ a digital currency, according to an expert.

Roger Stoll (2021-04-11). The Revolution Won't Be Stopped: Nicaragua Advances Despite US Unconventional Warfare. orinocotribune.com By Roger Stoll — Apr 8, 2021 | Republican strategist Karl Rove often advised his clients to attack not the enemy's weaknesses but its strengths. The bipartisan US foreign policy disinformation machine has taken Rove's advice with tedious devotion. So, to attack Nicaragua, the machine's fabrications and propaganda have targeted some of that country's strengths: gender equity, Indigenous rights and autonomy, democracy, sovereignty, and a successful response to the pandemic, as well as the Sandinista government's great popularity. | This should not surprise. It's the same Rovian method used against Nicaragua's…

Inge Fryklund (2021-04-11). The U.S. War on Drugs is Driving the Displacement Crisis. zcomm.org Why are desperate refugees turning up on the U.S. border? Because we have offloaded the costs of the drug war on Latin America…

_____ (2021-04-10). Rwanda And Zaire (DRC), Where The US Blocked Humanitarian Intervention. popularresistance.org Judi, the story that most people know, the one that's in the Wikipedia and more or less told in the movie Hotel Rwanda, is that, in April, 1994, Rwandan Hutus were suddenly consumed by mass psychosis and ethnic bloodlust, and killed half a million to a million Rwandan Tutsis. And that they were egged on by La Radio des Milles Collines in Kigali. Then they were saved by General Paul Kagame, who appeared—in the movie—out of nowhere. | And before going on, I think I should say that our friend Paul Rusesabagina, the real life hero of Hotel Rwanda, is now in prison in Rwanda because for one, he has a much…

_____ (2021-04-10). Network In Defense Of Humanity Rejects Aggressions By Armed Groups. popularresistance.org The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity, in view of the confrontations that began on March 21 between the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and irregular armed groups in La Victoria, Apure State, near the Colombian border, declares: | -It is an insistently repeated historical fact that irregular armed groups from Colombia, sometimes with the complicit tolerance, sometimes with the connivance, and sometimes with the declared support of the government of that country, crossing into Venezuela's borders to commit common crimes and destabilize the legitimate government. | -We a…

_____ (2021-04-10). Colombia: Over 3,600 Indigenous Rights Violations In The First Months Of 2021. popularresistance.org The recent upsurge in state and right-wing violence has left all of Colombia reeling, but Indigenous communities have been particularly affected by it. This is evident from recent data published in a report by the Human Rights Observatory of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC). The report revealed that between January 1st and March 9th of this year, a span of little more than two months, over 3674 Indigenous people in Colombia registered human rights violations. | An ONIC press release summarized the harsh realities of the conditions Indigenous people face in the country; "The displacement cau…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-10). 26 million jobs were lost in Latin America and the Caribbean due to pandemic in one year, says ILO. peoplesdispatch.org The International Labour Organization, in a technical note, said that 26 million workers lost their jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean in the past one year due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Joshua Cho (2021-04-10). Western media incite anti-Asian racism when they join in Cold War against China. mronline.org Over the past few weeks, the subject of anti-Asian racism has received an unusual degree of Western media attention, ever since a video showing the January 28 killing of Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai immigrant in San Francisco, was widely shared on social media. | April 10, 2021 | Newswire…

otowenh (2021-04-10). ALBA-TCP Women and Gender Meeting Revitalizes Fight Against Patriarchy and Imperialism. orinocotribune.com "It is not possible to separate the struggle against patriarchy from the struggle against imperialism and the hegemonic policies of domination," stated the meeting resolution. | High-ranking authorities related to Women and Gender Issues of ALBA-TCP states met on Wednesday to assess progress and challenges in the construction of a fairer, more egalitarian society without exclusion. | The meeting included the participation and interventions of high-level authorities and representatives of Nicaragua, Bolivia, Granada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Venezuela and Cuba. | Secretary General Sacha LLorenti opened the m…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-10). Venezuela's Arreaza Denounces Colombia's 'Unusual' Response to Request for Dialogue to Fight Colombian Paramilitary. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza described as "unusual" the position of Colombia regarding Venezuela's request for dialogue made through the United Nations, to coordinate a response to Colombian paramilitary incursion in recent weeks inside Venezuelan territory and causing death, damage to property, and panic in the population. | The Venezuelan diplomat, in response to a message on Twitter from the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Colombia, pointed out that his Colombian counterpart had replied to Venezuela's request for dialogue with "a primitive, irresponsible and ideological script." | According to…

Michael Otto (2021-04-10). Ecuador's presidential election: What's at stake? workers.org Ibarra, Ecuador April 9 — The latest polls before the April 11 runoff presidential election here revealed high percentages of null votes and undecided voters and little space between the two candidates. During the last four years, the dominant ruling elites never ceased their desperate and blatantly undemocratic destruction of . . . |

Éric Toussaint (2021-04-10). Ecuador's poisoned loans from the World Bank and the IMF. mronline.org Ecuador provides an example of a government which officially decided to investigate the process of indebtedness so as to identify illegitimate debt and suspend its repayment. | April 10, 2021 | Newswire…

Saheli Chowdhury (2021-04-10). April Elections in Latin America: Background and Possibilities. orinocotribune.com By Saheli Chowdhury — Apr 8, 2021 | For Latin America, the 2021 calendar is filled with elections of all kinds—presidential, parliamentary, gubernatorial, municipal, and even one for a constituent assembly. Two of these elections are to take place on the same day in April in two different countries—Ecuador and Peru. The election to select a Constituent Convention in Chile was originally scheduled for the same day, but has been postponed to May, citing the spread of COVID-19. These elections are taking place against a complex political background, with both countries suffering from devastation wr…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-04-10). Understanding India's Migrant Workers' Crisis Through the Prism of Commodity Fetishism. orinocotribune.com By Yanis Iqbal — Apr 8, 2021 | As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies in India, migrant workers are returning back to their villages. Imposition of new restrictions to contain the virus — like the announcement of a night curfew in Delhi — has instilled fears in workers that they will be rendered jobless and get stuck in the industrial centres where they are precariously employed. Migrant workers in several states have been seen waiting to board buses and trains bound for their homes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as their source of income dries up because of Covid-related curbs. The L…

orinocotribune (2021-04-10). Colombian Comptroller's Office Finds over a Thousand Irregular Vaccinations. orinocotribune.com The Office of the Comptroller General of Colombia, with assistance of the Directorate of Information, Analysis and Immediate Reaction (DIARI), found that among the Colombians vaccinated against Covid-19, 1,241 do not belong to any of the prioritized groups defined in the second stage of phase one of the National Plan of Vaccination. | Among them, DIARI identified 600 people who are between 26 and 44 years of age, and 189 are within the age range of 18 to 25 years. The 1,241 individuals vaccinated irregularly are not over 60 years old, nor are they health professionals, teachers or students, nor support personnel…

teleSUR (2021-04-10). Ecuador: an Election With Global Impact on Banking and Tax Heavens. telesurenglish.net Candidates Guillermo Lasso, a 65-year-old elite banker; and Andres Arauz, a 36-year-old progressive former Central Bank official have very different visions of how to lead Ecuador out of the pandemic and the current economic recession, but also on the role of international banking, he says in an article published by rebelion.org. | RELATED: | "In 2016, the Panama Papers leak exposed the extent to which the worl…

Walter C. Medina (2021-04-10). Así de fácil, así de simple: Biden apuesta por más campos de concentración para niños migrantes. globalizacion.ca A poco más de un mes de que se difundieran las imágenes de los primeros niños migrantes enjaulados por la flamante administración Biden, el Pentágono aprobó el uso de la base de Camp Roberts -en el Estado de California- para…

WSWS (2021-04-10). Why are the unions isolating the most important health care strike in America? wsws.org Despite a well-financed and coordinated campaign of intimidation and strikebreaking by hospital management, striking nurses are not receiving strike pay from the MNA.

Jaime Galarza Zavala (2021-04-10). El Ecuador vive hoy entre la agonía y la muerte. globalizacion.ca En estos días, dos pequeñas niñas fueron lanzadas de lo alto de un muro de cuatro metros, desde el lado mexicano al desierto norteamericano. Son dos hermanitas de tres y cinco años, oriundas de Loja. El coyote que las arrojó…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-10). México — Respuestas baladíes contra opiniones de supervivencia. globalizacion.ca Al dar a conocer la versión 2020 de su Informe anual sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en México, el Departamento de Estado de EU destacó las bajas tasas de procesos legales para castigar crímenes particularmente contra mujeres, periodistas…

Dolores Gandulfo (2021-04-10). Los desafíos de la región andina camino al superdomingo electoral. globalizacion.ca Este domingo se llevarán a cabo elecciones en Ecuador y Perú, y la segunda vuelta en algunos departamentos de Bolivia. Chile, por su parte, decidió postergar los comicios que se iban a realizar este fin de semana, para el 15…

Pedro Santana Rodríguez (2021-04-10). Colombia — La utilización de la justicia con fines electorales. globalizacion.ca La fiscalía general de Colombia, al frente de la cual está Francisco Barbosa, un uribista-duquista, ha anunciado que le imputara cargos al ex-gobernador de Antioquia y precandidato presidencial de la coalición por la Esperanza, Sergio Fajardo Valderrama. La imputación será…

Greg Grandin (2021-04-10). Elecciones en Ecuador: Prueba de fuego para los paraísos fiscales, la corrupción y el Estado de derecho. globalizacion.ca Está programado que este domingo 11 de abril los ecuatorianos salgan a votar en segunda vuelta para elegir a su presidente. Los candidatos son Guillermo Lasso (foto), un banquero de élite de 65 años; y Andrés Arauz, un exfuncionario progresista…

teleSUR (2021-04-10). Perú: The Most Complex Election Ever. telesurenglish.net Perú is again facing a complex general election, in the context of perhaps the worst political economic and health crisis in decades. The spectacular loss of popular credibility in the political establishment is mirrored in the amount of presidential hopefuls: 18 of them, of which polls show nothing less than five in technical tie. Abstention from voting is expected to run high.

Carola Chavez (2021-04-10). Summary of Latest Venezuelan Fake News. orinocotribune.com By Carola Chavez — Apr 7, 2021 | Last weekend, a thug from the El Coqui gang took a dip in the pool of a police club. I saw it with my own eyes: a guy on the edge of the pool, throwing himself in, as if it was an everyday thing, along with a write-up that said who he was. "We do not believe in policemen, or in anyone," they said, dying of laughter, and then splash! | The dip was a trending topic last weekend and even today, despite the fact that one of the most vociferous "news outlets" specialized in fake news tweets posted the correction—yes—in a single and timid tweet about the false news item…

Steve Lalla (2021-04-10). Canadian Member of Parliament: Sanctions on Venezuela Are Illegal and Immoral. orinocotribune.com April 8 (Special for OrinocoTribune.com) — Don Davies, lawyer and member of Canada's national parliament, confirmed that unilateral coercive measures (UCM) imposed on Venezuela by the US and its allies, including Canada, are "illegal as well as immoral." | Davies characterized the sanctions as a violation of international law. He also attested that "regime" change was the apparent goal of the unilateral coercive measures, in contravention of the United Nations' legal framework. | "These unilateral 'sanctions' are not grounded firmly in international law," said Davies. "I think these 'sanctions' are actually…

WSWS (2021-04-10). Sri Lankan Navy brutally arrests 30 fishermen in militarily occupied North. wsws.org Navy operations are escalating repression targeting fishing communities, 11 years after the war in Sri Lanka ended in the massacre of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-10). Russia Lacks Sufficient Number Of Migrants To Fulfill Its Ambitious Development Plans — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Despite various official efforts, including regular payment of maternal capital to stimulate birth rates and regulating migration policy to boost population, Russia is reportedly experiencing decreasing population. According to the Federal State Statistics Service, Russia's population currently stands at approximately 144 million, down from 148.3 million. | Experts at the Higher School of Economics believe that regulating the legal status of migrants, majority of them arriving from the Commonwealth of Independent States or the former Soviet republics, could be useful or resourceful for developing the economy,…

ABR (2021-04-10). Brazil: Government Makes $590.7Mln From Auction Of 22 Airports. eurasiareview.com By Daniel Mello | In an auction held earlier this week at Sà£o Paulo stock exchange B3, 22 airports were conceded across 12 states, bringing in $590.7 million. The competition was organized by Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency in three blocks: North, South, and Central. | The Companhia de Participaàßàµes em Concessàµes, part of the CCR group, won the South (nine airports) for $375.9 million and the Central section (six airports) for $134.9 million. The bids had a premium of 1.534 and 9.156 percent, respectively. Vinci Airports won the North (seven airports), paying $75.7 million,…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-10). Brazil At High Risk Of Dengue Outbreaks After Droughts Because Of Temporary Water Storage. eurasiareview.com Dengue risk is exacerbated in highly populated areas of Brazil after extreme drought because of improvised water containers housing mosquitoes, suggests a new study in Lancet Planetary Health. | The research was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's (LSHTM) Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health and Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases. Using advanced statistical modelling techniques, the team predicted the timing and intensity of dengue risk in Brazil from extreme weather patterns. | The risk of dengue was high in urban areas three to five months after extreme…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-10). Regional Habitat Differences Identified For Threatened Piping Plovers On Atlantic Coast. eurasiareview.com Piping plovers, charismatic shorebirds that nest and feed on many Atlantic Coast beaches, rely on different kinds of coastal habitats in different regions along the Atlantic Coast, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. | The Atlantic Coast and Northern Great Plains populations of the piping plover were listed as federally threatened in 1985. The Atlantic coast population is managed in three regional recovery units, or regions: New England, which includes Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Mid-Atlantic, which includes New York and New Jersey; and Southern, which…

Aarathi Prasad (2021-04-10). [Perspectives] Donna Kinnair: campaigning for the real value of nursing. thelancet.com Nursing had always been a career that Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the UK Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Non-Executive Director, East London NHS Foundation Trust, wanted to be a part of. Her family came to the UK in the 1950s, part of the Windrush generation. "I have a brother who is a doctor, and a sister who is a midwife…nursing was actually a part of my family, it was also part of my family history in the Caribbean", she says. Yet nursing wasn't the path she initially followed.

Enrique Calderón Alzati (2021-04-10). México — La Cuarta Transformación. globalizacion.ca Como parte central de su campaña presidencial, Andrés Manuel López Obrador convocó a la sociedad mexicana a realizar una nueva transformación equiparable a los tres grandes movimientos sociales en la historia de México: el de la Independencia, iniciado en 1810;…

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-04-10). Hambre y miseria en el narco-Estado hondureño. globalizacion.ca Otra semicolonia estadounidense en el continente americano, Honduras, donde por décadas han primado la corrupción oficial, las represiones militares, la desatención social con las secuelas de hambre y miseria entre sus pobladores, acaba de ser presentado en los tribunales de…

A Guest Author (2021-04-10). Venezuela has its strategy: Bolivarian Shield. workers.org By Sergio Rodríguez Gelfenstein/Guest Commentary The writer was the director of international relations in Venezuela's presidential office and the country's ambassador to Nicaragua. Translation: John Catalinotto. President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela April 7 — Throughout its history the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), founded in 1947, has been the main actor . . . |

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2021-04-10: News Headlines

Joshua Cho (2021-04-10). Western media incite anti-Asian racism when they join in Cold War against China. mronline.org Over the past few weeks, the subject of anti-Asian racism has received an unusual degree of Western media attention, ever since a video showing the January 28 killing of Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai immigrant in San Francisco, was widely shared on social media. | April 10, 2021 | Newswire…

Walter C. Medina (2021-04-10). Así de fácil, así de simple: Biden apuesta por más campos de concentración para niños migrantes. globalizacion.ca A poco más de un mes de que se difundieran las imágenes de los primeros niños migrantes enjaulados por la flamante administración Biden, el Pentágono aprobó el uso de la base de Camp Roberts -en el Estado de California- para…

Yanis Iqbal (2021-04-10). Understanding India's Migrant Workers' Crisis Through the Prism of Commodity Fetishism. orinocotribune.com By Yanis Iqbal — Apr 8, 2021 | As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic intensifies in India, migrant workers are returning back to their villages. Imposition of new restrictions to contain the virus — like the announcement of a night curfew in Delhi — has instilled fears in workers that they will be rendered jobless and get stuck in the industrial centres where they are precariously employed. Migrant workers in several states have been seen waiting to board buses and trains bound for their homes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, as their source of income dries up because of Covid-related curbs. The L…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-10). 26 million jobs were lost in Latin America and the Caribbean due to pandemic in one year, says ILO. peoplesdispatch.org The International Labour Organization, in a technical note, said that 26 million workers lost their jobs in Latin America and the Caribbean in the past one year due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic…

Saheli Chowdhury (2021-04-10). April Elections in Latin America: Background and Possibilities. orinocotribune.com By Saheli Chowdhury — Apr 8, 2021 | For Latin America, the 2021 calendar is filled with elections of all kinds—presidential, parliamentary, gubernatorial, municipal, and even one for a constituent assembly. Two of these elections are to take place on the same day in April in two different countries—Ecuador and Peru. The election to select a Constituent Convention in Chile was originally scheduled for the same day, but has been postponed to May, citing the spread of COVID-19. These elections are taking place against a complex political background, with both countries suffering from devastation wr…

orinocotribune (2021-04-10). Colombian Comptroller's Office Finds over a Thousand Irregular Vaccinations. orinocotribune.com The Office of the Comptroller General of Colombia, with assistance of the Directorate of Information, Analysis and Immediate Reaction (DIARI), found that among the Colombians vaccinated against Covid-19, 1,241 do not belong to any of the prioritized groups defined in the second stage of phase one of the National Plan of Vaccination. | Among them, DIARI identified 600 people who are between 26 and 44 years of age, and 189 are within the age range of 18 to 25 years. The 1,241 individuals vaccinated irregularly are not over 60 years old, nor are they health professionals, teachers or students, nor support personnel…

_____ (2021-04-10). Rwanda And Zaire (DRC), Where The US Blocked Humanitarian Intervention. popularresistance.org Judi, the story that most people know, the one that's in the Wikipedia and more or less told in the movie Hotel Rwanda, is that, in April, 1994, Rwandan Hutus were suddenly consumed by mass psychosis and ethnic bloodlust, and killed half a million to a million Rwandan Tutsis. And that they were egged on by La Radio des Milles Collines in Kigali. Then they were saved by General Paul Kagame, who appeared—in the movie—out of nowhere. | And before going on, I think I should say that our friend Paul Rusesabagina, the real life hero of Hotel Rwanda, is now in prison in Rwanda because for one, he has a much…

_____ (2021-04-10). Colombia: Over 3,600 Indigenous Rights Violations In The First Months Of 2021. popularresistance.org The recent upsurge in state and right-wing violence has left all of Colombia reeling, but Indigenous communities have been particularly affected by it. This is evident from recent data published in a report by the Human Rights Observatory of the National Indigenous Organization of Colombia (ONIC). The report revealed that between January 1st and March 9th of this year, a span of little more than two months, over 3674 Indigenous people in Colombia registered human rights violations. | An ONIC press release summarized the harsh realities of the conditions Indigenous people face in the country; "The displacement cau…

otowenh (2021-04-10). ALBA-TCP Women and Gender Meeting Revitalizes Fight Against Patriarchy and Imperialism. orinocotribune.com "It is not possible to separate the struggle against patriarchy from the struggle against imperialism and the hegemonic policies of domination," stated the meeting resolution. | High-ranking authorities related to Women and Gender Issues of ALBA-TCP states met on Wednesday to assess progress and challenges in the construction of a fairer, more egalitarian society without exclusion. | The meeting included the participation and interventions of high-level authorities and representatives of Nicaragua, Bolivia, Granada, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Venezuela and Cuba. | Secretary General Sacha LLorenti opened the m…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-10). Venezuela's Arreaza Denounces Colombia's 'Unusual' Response to Request for Dialogue to Fight Colombian Paramilitary. orinocotribune.com Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza described as "unusual" the position of Colombia regarding Venezuela's request for dialogue made through the United Nations, to coordinate a response to Colombian paramilitary incursion in recent weeks inside Venezuelan territory and causing death, damage to property, and panic in the population. | The Venezuelan diplomat, in response to a message on Twitter from the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Colombia, pointed out that his Colombian counterpart had replied to Venezuela's request for dialogue with "a primitive, irresponsible and ideological script." | According to…

Michael Otto (2021-04-10). Ecuador's presidential election: What's at stake? workers.org Ibarra, Ecuador April 9 — The latest polls before the April 11 runoff presidential election here revealed high percentages of null votes and undecided voters and little space between the two candidates. During the last four years, the dominant ruling elites never ceased their desperate and blatantly undemocratic destruction of . . . |

Éric Toussaint (2021-04-10). Ecuador's poisoned loans from the World Bank and the IMF. mronline.org Ecuador provides an example of a government which officially decided to investigate the process of indebtedness so as to identify illegitimate debt and suspend its repayment. | April 10, 2021 | Newswire…

_____ (2021-04-10). Network In Defense Of Humanity Rejects Aggressions By Armed Groups. popularresistance.org The Network of Intellectuals, Artists and Social Movements in Defense of Humanity, in view of the confrontations that began on March 21 between the Bolivarian National Armed Forces and irregular armed groups in La Victoria, Apure State, near the Colombian border, declares: | -It is an insistently repeated historical fact that irregular armed groups from Colombia, sometimes with the complicit tolerance, sometimes with the connivance, and sometimes with the declared support of the government of that country, crossing into Venezuela's borders to commit common crimes and destabilize the legitimate government. | -We a…

Jaime Galarza Zavala (2021-04-10). El Ecuador vive hoy entre la agonía y la muerte. globalizacion.ca En estos días, dos pequeñas niñas fueron lanzadas de lo alto de un muro de cuatro metros, desde el lado mexicano al desierto norteamericano. Son dos hermanitas de tres y cinco años, oriundas de Loja. El coyote que las arrojó…

Mouris Salloum George (2021-04-10). México — Respuestas baladíes contra opiniones de supervivencia. globalizacion.ca Al dar a conocer la versión 2020 de su Informe anual sobre la situación de los derechos humanos en México, el Departamento de Estado de EU destacó las bajas tasas de procesos legales para castigar crímenes particularmente contra mujeres, periodistas…

Dolores Gandulfo (2021-04-10). Los desafíos de la región andina camino al superdomingo electoral. globalizacion.ca Este domingo se llevarán a cabo elecciones en Ecuador y Perú, y la segunda vuelta en algunos departamentos de Bolivia. Chile, por su parte, decidió postergar los comicios que se iban a realizar este fin de semana, para el 15…

Pedro Santana Rodríguez (2021-04-10). Colombia — La utilización de la justicia con fines electorales. globalizacion.ca La fiscalía general de Colombia, al frente de la cual está Francisco Barbosa, un uribista-duquista, ha anunciado que le imputara cargos al ex-gobernador de Antioquia y precandidato presidencial de la coalición por la Esperanza, Sergio Fajardo Valderrama. La imputación será…

Greg Grandin (2021-04-10). Elecciones en Ecuador: Prueba de fuego para los paraísos fiscales, la corrupción y el Estado de derecho. globalizacion.ca Está programado que este domingo 11 de abril los ecuatorianos salgan a votar en segunda vuelta para elegir a su presidente. Los candidatos son Guillermo Lasso (foto), un banquero de élite de 65 años; y Andrés Arauz, un exfuncionario progresista…

Carola Chavez (2021-04-10). Summary of Latest Venezuelan Fake News. orinocotribune.com By Carola Chavez — Apr 7, 2021 | Last weekend, a thug from the El Coqui gang took a dip in the pool of a police club. I saw it with my own eyes: a guy on the edge of the pool, throwing himself in, as if it was an everyday thing, along with a write-up that said who he was. "We do not believe in policemen, or in anyone," they said, dying of laughter, and then splash! | The dip was a trending topic last weekend and even today, despite the fact that one of the most vociferous "news outlets" specialized in fake news tweets posted the correction—yes—in a single and timid tweet about the false news item…

Steve Lalla (2021-04-10). Canadian Member of Parliament: Sanctions on Venezuela Are Illegal and Immoral. orinocotribune.com April 8 (Special for OrinocoTribune.com) — Don Davies, lawyer and member of Canada's national parliament, confirmed that unilateral coercive measures (UCM) imposed on Venezuela by the US and its allies, including Canada, are "illegal as well as immoral." | Davies characterized the sanctions as a violation of international law. He also attested that "regime" change was the apparent goal of the unilateral coercive measures, in contravention of the United Nations' legal framework. | "These unilateral 'sanctions' are not grounded firmly in international law," said Davies. "I think these 'sanctions' are actually…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-10). Brazil At High Risk Of Dengue Outbreaks After Droughts Because Of Temporary Water Storage. eurasiareview.com Dengue risk is exacerbated in highly populated areas of Brazil after extreme drought because of improvised water containers housing mosquitoes, suggests a new study in Lancet Planetary Health. | The research was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's (LSHTM) Centre on Climate Change & Planetary Health and Centre for the Mathematical Modelling of Infectious Diseases. Using advanced statistical modelling techniques, the team predicted the timing and intensity of dengue risk in Brazil from extreme weather patterns. | The risk of dengue was high in urban areas three to five months after extreme…

Aarathi Prasad (2021-04-10). [Perspectives] Donna Kinnair: campaigning for the real value of nursing. thelancet.com Nursing had always been a career that Professor Dame Donna Kinnair, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the UK Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and Non-Executive Director, East London NHS Foundation Trust, wanted to be a part of. Her family came to the UK in the 1950s, part of the Windrush generation. "I have a brother who is a doctor, and a sister who is a midwife…nursing was actually a part of my family, it was also part of my family history in the Caribbean", she says. Yet nursing wasn't the path she initially followed.

orinocotribune (2021-04-10). United Kingdom Has Not Released a Single Dollar Belonging to Venezuela for Vaccine Purchases. orinocotribune.com Venezuela is one of the few countries in the world that has had, and still has, to face Covid-19 pandemic while being subjected to an unprecedented blockade imposed by the United States and European countries. The government of President Nicolás Maduro has called incessantly for the end of these illegal coercive measures and is especially waiting for the release of $300 million kept frozen by the Bank of England. However, "not a single dollar" of that money has been released until now, informed Jorge Arreaza, Venezuelan Minister for Foreign Affairs, in a recent interview. With this money, the State intends to buy…

_____ (2021-04-10). Why China's Vaccine Internationalism Matters. popularresistance.org United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called it "the biggest moral test" facing the world today. World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom warned of a "catastrophic moral failure" whose price would be paid with the lives of those in the world's poorest countries. | Such cautionings of inequitable global vaccine distribution have been shunted to the margins; instead, optimistic chatter of "returning to normal" is circulating once again as Global North citizens line up for their long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine. But normal, as ever, is relative: public health advocates warn that some countr…

A Guest Author (2021-04-10). Venezuela has its strategy: Bolivarian Shield. workers.org By Sergio Rodríguez Gelfenstein/Guest Commentary The writer was the director of international relations in Venezuela's presidential office and the country's ambassador to Nicaragua. Translation: John Catalinotto. President Nicolás Maduro of Venezuela April 7 — Throughout its history the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), founded in 1947, has been the main actor . . . |

Chris Graham (2021-04-10). Defending The Indefensible. zcomm.org There's No Case For Keeping A Justice System That Fails Half The Population…

_____ (2021-04-10). Book Review: The Revolution Won't Be Stopped. popularresistance.org Republican strategist Karl Rove often advised his clients to attack not the enemy's weaknesses but its strengths. The bipartisan US foreign policy disinformation machine has taken Rove's advice with tedious devotion. So, to attack Nicaragua, the machine's fabrications and propaganda have targeted some of that country's strengths: gender equity, Indigenous rights and autonomy, democracy, sovereignty, and a successful response to the pandemic, as well as the Sandinista government's great popularity. | This should not surprise. It's the same Rovian method used against Nicaragua's friends and allies and countries the…

Hedelberto López Blanch (2021-04-10). Hambre y miseria en el narco-Estado hondureño. globalizacion.ca Otra semicolonia estadounidense en el continente americano, Honduras, donde por décadas han primado la corrupción oficial, las represiones militares, la desatención social con las secuelas de hambre y miseria entre sus pobladores, acaba de ser presentado en los tribunales de…

Enrique Calderón Alzati (2021-04-10). México — La Cuarta Transformación. globalizacion.ca Como parte central de su campaña presidencial, Andrés Manuel López Obrador convocó a la sociedad mexicana a realizar una nueva transformación equiparable a los tres grandes movimientos sociales en la historia de México: el de la Independencia, iniciado en 1810;…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-10). Russia Lacks Sufficient Number Of Migrants To Fulfill Its Ambitious Development Plans — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Despite various official efforts, including regular payment of maternal capital to stimulate birth rates and regulating migration policy to boost population, Russia is reportedly experiencing decreasing population. According to the Federal State Statistics Service, Russia's population currently stands at approximately 144 million, down from 148.3 million. | Experts at the Higher School of Economics believe that regulating the legal status of migrants, majority of them arriving from the Commonwealth of Independent States or the former Soviet republics, could be useful or resourceful for developing the economy,…

ABR (2021-04-10). Brazil: Government Makes $590.7Mln From Auction Of 22 Airports. eurasiareview.com By Daniel Mello | In an auction held earlier this week at Sà£o Paulo stock exchange B3, 22 airports were conceded across 12 states, bringing in $590.7 million. The competition was organized by Brazil's National Civil Aviation Agency in three blocks: North, South, and Central. | The Companhia de Participaàßàµes em Concessàµes, part of the CCR group, won the South (nine airports) for $375.9 million and the Central section (six airports) for $134.9 million. The bids had a premium of 1.534 and 9.156 percent, respectively. Vinci Airports won the North (seven airports), paying $75.7 million,…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-10). Regional Habitat Differences Identified For Threatened Piping Plovers On Atlantic Coast. eurasiareview.com Piping plovers, charismatic shorebirds that nest and feed on many Atlantic Coast beaches, rely on different kinds of coastal habitats in different regions along the Atlantic Coast, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. | The Atlantic Coast and Northern Great Plains populations of the piping plover were listed as federally threatened in 1985. The Atlantic coast population is managed in three regional recovery units, or regions: New England, which includes Massachusetts and Rhode Island; Mid-Atlantic, which includes New York and New Jersey; and Southern, which…

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-04-10). Sunday 4/11: Ten Things for US to Understand about Latin America. indybay.org ZOOM meeting. Login info available on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG

claudia (2021-04-09). April Dispatch — Fighting for Democracy and Economic Power. dsausa.org Enjoy your April Dispatch! This month we have PRO Act volunteering, a Convention update, and more. Read on to get involved! From Maria: We Won't Be Divided PRO Act Field Team Update — Sign Up to Phonebank Today! Friday 4/9 — RSVP for Organizing Overseas: Migrant Domestic Worker Organizing in the Asia-Pacific Region Your Convention…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Latin America Lost 26 Million Jobs in 2020 Due to the Pandemic. telesurenglish.net The International Labour Organization (ILO) reported that Latin America lost 26 million jobs due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | The average employment rate fell from 57.4 percent to 51.7 percent. Job contractions were recorded in formal and informal sectors, with the latter being the most affected. | The employment reduction did not affect equally men and women. Over the last year, female unemploymen…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-09). Police crackdown on communist activists amid unrest in Kenya and other stories. peoplesdispatch.org Today we take a look at the crackdown on communist activists in Kenya, ILO's report on widespread job losses in the LAC region, a hunger strike by undocumented workers for pandemic aid in the US, Israel's announcement that it will not cooperate with the ICC probe, and the withdrawal of felony charges against 3 organizers in the US.

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Bolsonaro Rejects Supreme Court's COVID-19 Pandemic Inquiry. telesurenglish.net On Friday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected a Supreme Court probe of his administration's response to the COVID-1 pandemic. Bolsonaro said that the court has "no moral courage" to carry out the investigation. | RELATED: | The reaction comes after Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso demanded this Thursday that the Senate conduct an inquiry into the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which Bolsonaro has publicly…

Reynard Loki (2021-04-09). 'Sacrifice Zones': How People of Color Are Targets of Environmental Racism. counterpunch.org The Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how systemic racism disproportionately places danger and harm on low-income and minority populations. One harsh reality of this systemic racism is the existence of "sacrifice zones," which are communities located near pollution hot spots that have been permanently impaired by intensive and concentrated industrial

Cesar Chelala (2021-04-09). Yemen is a Public Health Catastrophe. counterpunch.org The war in Yemen -the Arab world's poorest country- has reached new heights of sickness and death by the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic in a vulnerable and fragile population. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could be greater than the combined toll of war, disease and hunger over the last five years, according

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister: Biden Acting 'Irrational' Towards Venezuela. orinocotribune.com In an interview with the international news agency AFP, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza called the position of US President Joe Biden "irrational" because of the latter's continued non-recognition of the government of President Nicolás Maduro. In effect, Arreaza said that Venezuela has not given up trying to re-establish contact with Washington in order to normalize relations between the two countries. | "We have not received any contact or positive response to the hand that President Maduro extended," said Arreaza, referring to the messages sent by the Miraflores Palace to the White House. Howe…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Cuba: Health Minister Urges More Prevention To Curb COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Minister of Public Health, Dr. José àÅngel Portal Miranda, urged the population to comply with protective measures to stop the spread of Covid-19, at a time when the Caribbean country has accumulated 83,515 confirmed cases and 443 deaths due to complications of the disease. | RELATED: | Interviewed by a local TV program, the official said that the Cuban health system faces its most challenging moment since COVID-19 started on the is…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuela to Send Humanitarian Aid to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — La Soufrière Volcano. orinocotribune.com In the next few hours, Venezuela will send humanitarian aid and disaster management experts to cooperate in evacuation and preventive relocation of citizens in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, following the alert issued by the authorities of that country after an increase in the activity of the La Soufrière volcano. | The information was provided this Thursday, April 8, by Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza through his Twitter account @jaarreaza: "In the next few hours #Venezuela will send humanitarian supplies and disaster management experts to cooperate in evacuation and preventive relocation of…

Chris Smith (2021-04-09). Trapping: New Mexico Moves Forward, Montana Leaps Backward. counterpunch.org Thinking about some other Western states' version of so-called "leadership," I am grateful for what we have here in New Mexico. Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is infamous for assaulting a journalist, attempting to undermine democracy, and violating his state's hunting regulations (at least twice). News recently broke that Gianforte illegally trapped and killed a wolf

Editor2 (2021-04-09). Car-Bombing Highlights State's Culpability in Colombia's Violence. orinocotribune.com On Friday, March 26, a car bomb in the town of Corinto in the Cauca department was detonated, leaving 43 people injured, including 11 public officials, and causing heavy damages. Diego Molano, recently appointed Defense Minister, accused the Molano Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column, a dissident group of the FARC, of carrying out the attack. | Corinto, a town of about 35,000 residents, has become, according to authorities, a strategic area on a crowded drug and weapons route heading towards the southwestern part of the country. This has made it a much-disputed territory amongst armed groups. According to the Colombian…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). April 15 Webinar: Armed Conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia Border — The Battle of Apure. 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. | Join us 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 the integrity of its territory and population. | April 15, 2021 07: 00 PM ET | Link to the Zoom…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-09). The Judicial Persecution of Steven Donziger. counterpunch.org For some, call them criminal justice ingenues, it may be hard to believe this is happening in the United States, that our famed judiciary has sunk this low. But in the U.S., a judge acts as prosecutor and jury on behalf of a giant oil company, Chevron, as it destroys the life and career of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger. His crime? Daring to win a judgment against Chevron in an Ecuadorian court. For those less enchanted with the U.S. justice system, this is no surprise. But there it is. This judicial travesty is occurring in New York state. And the Chevron friendly judges — first Lewis A. Kaplan and hi…

G. Dunkel (2021-04-09). Solidarity with the Haitian struggle. workers.org The month of March saw a number of demonstrations throughout North America in solidarity with the struggles of the working people of Haiti for justice, democracy and an end to U.S. interference in its internal affairs. Members of the Haitian diaspora along with their international allies held rallies in cities . . . |

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Venezuela Maintains the Apure Border Situation Under Control. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) Chief of Staff Admiral Remigio Ceballos Friday offered an update on the military activities in the bordering Apure state, where Colombian irregular armed groups conduct destabilization actions. | RELATED: | He informed the deployment of an additional special brigade to confront these groups, which attack Venezuelan soil without any rejection from Colombia's President…

WSWS (2021-04-09). Homelessness crisis rises across the US Midwest. wsws.org The federal eviction moratorium, now extended to June 30, has never included rent forgiveness, meaning that massive debts are accumulating that cannot be repaid and will result in an eruption of evictions once it is lifted…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Argentina To Penalize Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Senate Thursday approved a bill that seeks to incorporate into the Penal Code sexual harassment in public spaces. | RELATED: | The bill, which was approved with 67 votes in favor and one negative vote, proposes fines and imprisonment to fight and prevent sexual harassment. | Fines of up to US$216 will be imposed on anyone who disturbs another person's dignity and physical, psychological, or sexual integrit…

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Chris Smith (2021-04-09). Trapping: New Mexico Moves Forward, Montana Leaps Backward. counterpunch.org Thinking about some other Western states' version of so-called "leadership," I am grateful for what we have here in New Mexico. Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is infamous for assaulting a journalist, attempting to undermine democracy, and violating his state's hunting regulations (at least twice). News recently broke that Gianforte illegally trapped and killed a wolf

Editor2 (2021-04-09). Car-Bombing Highlights State's Culpability in Colombia's Violence. orinocotribune.com On Friday, March 26, a car bomb in the town of Corinto in the Cauca department was detonated, leaving 43 people injured, including 11 public officials, and causing heavy damages. Diego Molano, recently appointed Defense Minister, accused the Molano Dagoberto Ramos Mobile Column, a dissident group of the FARC, of carrying out the attack. | Corinto, a town of about 35,000 residents, has become, according to authorities, a strategic area on a crowded drug and weapons route heading towards the southwestern part of the country. This has made it a much-disputed territory amongst armed groups. According to the Colombian…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). April 15 Webinar: Armed Conflict on the Venezuela-Colombia Border — The Battle of Apure. 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. | Join us 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 the integrity of its territory and population. | April 15, 2021 07: 00 PM ET | Link to the Zoom…

Eve Ottenberg (2021-04-09). The Judicial Persecution of Steven Donziger. counterpunch.org For some, call them criminal justice ingenues, it may be hard to believe this is happening in the United States, that our famed judiciary has sunk this low. But in the U.S., a judge acts as prosecutor and jury on behalf of a giant oil company, Chevron, as it destroys the life and career of human rights lawyer Steven Donziger. His crime? Daring to win a judgment against Chevron in an Ecuadorian court. For those less enchanted with the U.S. justice system, this is no surprise. But there it is. This judicial travesty is occurring in New York state. And the Chevron friendly judges — first Lewis A. Kaplan and hi…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister: Biden Acting 'Irrational' Towards Venezuela. orinocotribune.com In an interview with the international news agency AFP, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza called the position of US President Joe Biden "irrational" because of the latter's continued non-recognition of the government of President Nicolás Maduro. In effect, Arreaza said that Venezuela has not given up trying to re-establish contact with Washington in order to normalize relations between the two countries. | "We have not received any contact or positive response to the hand that President Maduro extended," said Arreaza, referring to the messages sent by the Miraflores Palace to the White House. Howe…

G. Dunkel (2021-04-09). Solidarity with the Haitian struggle. workers.org The month of March saw a number of demonstrations throughout North America in solidarity with the struggles of the working people of Haiti for justice, democracy and an end to U.S. interference in its internal affairs. Members of the Haitian diaspora along with their international allies held rallies in cities . . . |

Reynard Loki (2021-04-09). 'Sacrifice Zones': How People of Color Are Targets of Environmental Racism. counterpunch.org The Black Lives Matter movement and the COVID-19 pandemic have highlighted how systemic racism disproportionately places danger and harm on low-income and minority populations. One harsh reality of this systemic racism is the existence of "sacrifice zones," which are communities located near pollution hot spots that have been permanently impaired by intensive and concentrated industrial

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuela to Send Humanitarian Aid to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines — La Soufrière Volcano. orinocotribune.com In the next few hours, Venezuela will send humanitarian aid and disaster management experts to cooperate in evacuation and preventive relocation of citizens in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, following the alert issued by the authorities of that country after an increase in the activity of the La Soufrière volcano. | The information was provided this Thursday, April 8, by Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza through his Twitter account @jaarreaza: "In the next few hours #Venezuela will send humanitarian supplies and disaster management experts to cooperate in evacuation and preventive relocation of…

Cesar Chelala (2021-04-09). Yemen is a Public Health Catastrophe. counterpunch.org The war in Yemen -the Arab world's poorest country- has reached new heights of sickness and death by the spreading of the coronavirus pandemic in a vulnerable and fragile population. The death toll from the coronavirus pandemic could be greater than the combined toll of war, disease and hunger over the last five years, according

claudia (2021-04-09). April Dispatch — Fighting for Democracy and Economic Power. dsausa.org Enjoy your April Dispatch! This month we have PRO Act volunteering, a Convention update, and more. Read on to get involved! From Maria: We Won't Be Divided PRO Act Field Team Update — Sign Up to Phonebank Today! Friday 4/9 — RSVP for Organizing Overseas: Migrant Domestic Worker Organizing in the Asia-Pacific Region Your Convention…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Venezuela Maintains the Apure Border Situation Under Control. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) Chief of Staff Admiral Remigio Ceballos Friday offered an update on the military activities in the bordering Apure state, where Colombian irregular armed groups conduct destabilization actions. | RELATED: | He informed the deployment of an additional special brigade to confront these groups, which attack Venezuelan soil without any rejection from Colombia's President…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Argentina To Penalize Sexual Harassment in Public Spaces. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Senate Thursday approved a bill that seeks to incorporate into the Penal Code sexual harassment in public spaces. | RELATED: | The bill, which was approved with 67 votes in favor and one negative vote, proposes fines and imprisonment to fight and prevent sexual harassment. | Fines of up to US$216 will be imposed on anyone who disturbs another person's dignity and physical, psychological, or sexual integrit…

Miguel àÅngel Barrios (2021-04-09). Los fundamentos políticos de las elecciones en Ecuador. globalizacion.ca En la segunda vuelta de las elecciones presidenciales en Ecuador, a realizarse el próximo domingo 11 de abril, el pueblo ecuatoriano tendrá que elegir entre los candidatos Guillermo Lasso y Andrés Arauz. | Lasso representa a los sectores neoliberales que desean…

Tanya Wadhwa (2021-04-09). What to expect in Peru's general elections on Sunday. peoplesdispatch.org Ahead of the general elections in Peru on April 11, we look at the leading candidates, their backgrounds and their proposals to deal with the crises facing the country…

Pasqualina Curcio (2021-04-09). Global Proposal Against the Economic Blockade. orinocotribune.com By Pasqualina Curcio — Apr 5, 2021 | At least twenty countries are formally victims of US "sanctions". Since 1992, in the United Nations General Assembly, all countries except the US and Israel have voted against the unilateral coercive measures imposed by the United States on Cuba. Despite the evident majority, the US has ignored them. Good wishes, denunciations and calls to lift the blockades have not been enough to prevent these genocidal actions against entire peoples. | To put an end to these interference practices, we must make amends for two serious mistakes we made as humanity in 1944 and 1971. To do…

Luis A. Montero Cabrera (2021-04-09). La cultura de innovación y los empresarios: Iniciativa, emprendimiento y éxito. globalizacion.ca La historia de la humanidad y la de Cuba, por supuesto, está llena de líderes. La vocación gregaria de los seres humanos ha sido, sin dudas, una condición esencial para la existencia y subsistencia de nuestra especie. | Y esto obliga…

Isaac Enríquez Pérez (2021-04-09). México: Sin una nueva Constitución Política persistirá el mismo modelo económico. globalizacion.ca Los intereses creados, arraigados en el fundamentalismo de mercado predominante en las políticas públicas desde la década de los ochenta, se reprodujeron a partir de una estructura jurídica particular, la que instauró directrices y prácticas que se fusionaron con la…

Iván Restrepo (2021-04-09). Las mujeres y su lucha en defensa del ambiente. globalizacion.ca Hace cuatro años en su casa asesinaron a balazos a Berta Cáceres. Tenía 44 años. Durante una década encabezó en Honduras la lucha contra la empresa Desarrollos Energéticos, empeñada en construir la represa Agua Zarca en el río Gualcarque, sagrado…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuela to Start Production of Cuba's Abdala COVID-19 Vaccine. orinocotribune.com The Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, confirmed that the South American nation is fine-tuning details, and will soon start production of a COVID-19 vaccine. This was reported by the top official during a tour of the Espromed Bio plant, located in the city of Guarenas, Miranda state. | In her statements, she recalled that an agreement was recently signed for the production of insulin in that particular plant, with a Russian manufacturer. Now, preparations are directed towards the manufacture of the drug to fight the coronavirus, to move Venezuela forward towards mass immunization. | "We have been accom…

orinocotribune (2021-04-09). Venezuelan Senior Citizens Begin to Receive COVID-19 Vaccinations (Sputnik V). orinocotribune.com In the early hours of the morning of this Thursday, Venezuelans older than 60 years of age, selected through the Patria System, began to arrive for the start of the COVID-19 mass vaccination campaign, carried out at Ana Francisca Pérez de León II and Domingo Luciani hospitals, both located in the Sucre municipality of Miranda state (Caracas). | Dr. Zayra Medina, director of Pérez de León II hospital, was in charge of welcoming the patients who would receive the first dose of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine, shown to be 92% effective in studies, without presenting major side effects. | In strict compliance with all…

webdev (2021-04-09). How Cuba Beat the Pandemic: From Developing New Vaccines to Sending Doctors Overseas to Help Others. democracynow.org Since last year, approximately 440 Cubans have died from COVID-19, giving Cuba one of the lowest death rates per capita in the world. Cuba is also developing five COVID-19 vaccines, including two which have entered stage 3 trials. Cuba has heavily invested in its medical and pharmaceutical system for decades, in part because of the six-decade U.S. embargo that has made it harder for Cuba to import equipment and raw materials from other countries. That investment, coupled with the country's free, universal healthcare system, has helped Cuba keep the virus under control and quickly develop vaccines against it, says…

_____ (2021-04-09). Western Media Incite Anti-Asian Racism. popularresistance.org Over the past few weeks, the subject of anti-Asian racism has received an unusual degree of Western media attention, ever since a video showing the January 28 killing of Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai immigrant in San Francisco, was widely shared on social media. Coverage intensified when gunman Robert Aaron Long targeted three Asian-owned spas on March 6, killing six Asian women among eight victims in Atlanta, Georgia. Local and national media centered the gunman's professed motive of a "sex addiction" and police statements disputing whether the crime was racially motivated, even though gendered racism…

Greg Grandin (2021-04-09). In Ecuador, a Presidential Election With Global Reach. thenation.com In Ecuador, a Presidential Election With Global Reach…

Eugene E Ruyle (2021-04-09). Sunday 4/11: Ten Things for US to Understand about Latin America. indybay.org ZOOM meeting. Login info available on our website: ICSSMARX.ORG

Roger Stoll (2021-04-09). Unconventional US Warfare Won't Stop Nicaragua's Revolution. dissidentvoice.org Republican strategist Karl Rove often advised his clients to attack not the enemy's weaknesses but its strenghts. The bipartisan US foreign policy disinformation machine has taken Rove's advice with tedious devotion. So, to attack Nicaragua, the machine's fabrications and propaganda have targeted some of that country's strengths: gender equity, Indigenous rights and autonomy, democracy, sovereignty, …

Fight Back (2021-04-09). In huge victory for the Arab Community, Sharon Brannigan defeated in Palos Township. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following statement by the #ByeBrannigan campaign.
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| On Tuesday, April 6th, 2021, the #ByeBrannigan campaign, led by Arab community organizers of the southwest suburbs of Chicago, mobilized hundreds of Palestinians, Yemenis, and other Arabs to the polls to defeat the racist Sharon Brannigan, who lost the race for Palos Township Assessor in a landslide to incumbent Robert Maloney. | But it wasn't Maloney who won the election. It was the Arab community and its allies that are responsible for this historic victory, three years and nine months after the launc…

Peter Koenig (2021-04-09). Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination and the SPARS 2025-2028 Simulation? A Plan to Launch a New Pandemic? globalresearch.ca Compulsory Vaccination in Europe | Today the European Court of Human Rights …

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-09). Biden's Policies Won't Address the Roots of the Migrant Crisis — They'll Fuel It. zcomm.org Far from treating the border crisis as a humanitarian issue, the Biden administration has continued to expel the vast majority of adult migrants.

Keith Danner (2021-04-09). Glenn Greenwald Took on the Authoritarian Right in Brazil — and Won. zcomm.org Review of Securing Democracy: My Fight for Press Freedom and Justice in Bolsonaro's Brazil by Glenn Greenwald…

David Adler (2021-04-09). Ecuador's election is a test of our solidarity. zcomm.org The Progressive International observation delegation returns to Ecuador to observe the most important elections in a generation…

webdev (2021-04-09). Amnesty Int'l: COVID-19 Exacerbates Inequality in Americas as U.S. Policy Drives Refugees to Border. democracynow.org A new Amnesty International report lays out how the pandemic has significantly exacerbated inequality across the Americas over the past year. Over 1.3 million people have died in the region from COVID-19, making the Americas the hardest-hit area in the world. Women, refugees, migrants, underprotected health workers, Indigenous peoples, Black people and other groups historically excluded and neglected by governments have borne the brunt of the pandemic, according to the report, which also points out the rise in gender violence and lethal crackdown on human rights defenders. "It's not a surprise that the Americas h…

Carlos Fazio (2021-04-09). El 8M, el 9M y el poder patriarcal. globalizacion.ca Cuando se registra una ofensiva de restauración conservadora, neoliberal, neocolonial, depredadora y militarizada en varias regiones del mundo, América Latina incluida, el feminismo libertario, emancipador, crítico, ha colocado la contradicción capital-vida como categoría de análisis indispensable. | Expresión de ese movimiento…

Eduardo Ibarra Aguirre (2021-04-09). México — Montajes televisivos y matrimonios peligrosos. globalizacion.ca La sucinta retransmisión en Palacio Nacional durante la mañanera del día 7 del telemontaje que realizó el Canal 2 de Televisa (Primero Noticias) en diciembre de 2005 sobre la detención de los presuntos secuestradores Israel Vallarta —todavía en prisión y…

Greta Anderson (2021-04-08). Mexican Wolf Depredation Investigations…Again. counterpunch.org Hey folks, I'm back to reviewing Mexican wolf depredation investigation reports and sifting through another few hundred pages of blood, guts, bones, and grammatical errors, and today I found these two from Apache County, Arizona in May 2020: AC 5-27-20 3, AC 5-27-20 4. Both of the reports are about really young dead calves, estimated to

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). What's happening in Ecuador? mronline.org Ground report from Quito, Ecuador days out from the second round of presidential elections. | April 8, 2021 | Newswire…

Taroa Zuniga Silva (2021-04-08). Migrant women are holding society together during this pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Throughout the past year, as the epidemic has ravaged the world, domestic workers, the bulk of whom are migrant women, have shouldered extremely heavy burdens. At the same time, their working conditions have taken a turn for the worse…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). After 23-day hunger strike, undocumented workers in New York win USD 2.1 billion in assistance. peoplesdispatch.org The protests, organized by the Fund Excluded Workers campaign, sought to deliver benefits to undocumented workers who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The victory has been hailed but activist groups say more needs to be done…

_____ (2021-04-08). The Capitol Raid And Pandemic Can Help Us Empathize With Venezuelans. popularresistance.org The January 6th raid on the Capitol and the pandemic that has upended the lives of every American seemingly have nothing to do with Venezuela. But the effects they had on U.S. political and economic stability offer a glimpse into what Venezuelans have been going through for the past several years of failed coups and sanctions. | Remember how January 6th felt? The shock, confusion and fear. The constant refreshing of Twitter feeds or eyes glued to cable news, watching a bunch of extremists attempt to overthrow the government. The not knowing what was going to happen next and whether it would impact our daily lives…

Inge Fryklund (2021-04-08). The US War on Drugs is Driving the Displacement Crisis. counterpunch.org We are torn by images of unaccompanied minors and overcrowded facilities at our southern border, but few in the United States are asking why so many Central American families are so desperate to escape their own countries that they are willing to risk everything — including family separation. These migrants are not fleeing some Act

teleSUR (2021-04-08). Over 20,000 Unaccompanied Migrant Minors Remain In US Centers. telesurenglish.net Currently, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) oversees about 4,200 unaccompanied children and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has custody of over 16,000 children. | RELATED: | To alleviate overcrowding at Border Patrol facilities, President Joe Biden's administration seeks to transfer children to HHS centers. In addition, authorities are seeking to reduce the time it takes to release…

teleSUR (2021-04-08). New York Will Give $15K to Undocumented Immigrants as COVID Aid. telesurenglish.net The state dedicated a total of $2.1bn to an Excluded Worker Fund, making one-time payments to undocumented people who lost work during the coronavirus outbreak, which shut down New York City last spring. | This week, the New York legislature passed the measure as part of a larger $212bn budget aimed to jump-start the state's economy. | RELATED: | Undocumented workers are eligible to receive $15,600 if they can prove they are N…

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-04-08). Venezuelan Inflation Decreases as IMF Predicts 10 Percent Economic Contraction. venezuelanalysis.com Credit Suisse contradicted the IMF with a four percent GDP growth forecast for Venezuela in 2021.

Editor2 (2021-04-08). In Commune: The Che Guevara Commune (Part 2). orinocotribune.com By Katrina Kozarek — Apr 3, 2021 | In the second part of our episode, we look at how the Che Guevara Commune's economic development has improved its political reach and impact on the local community. | Outside of Venezuela, communes are a little-known aspect of the Bolivarian Revolution. Yet the development of the communal state is central to Hugo Chávez's 21st century socialism. | Through the In Commune series, Venezuelanalysis explores diverse rural and urban communes to help better understand what these highly controversial bodies mean, how they work, and what they could signify for the future of the B…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Court Upholds $10 Million Judgment Against Bolivian Leaders for 2003 Massacre. orinocotribune.com April 6, 2021, Miami — Yesterday, a federal judge rejected an attempt by Bolivia's former president, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, and former defense minister, José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, to vacate a $10 million damages award against them for the massacre of unarmed Indigenous people in 2003. A jury found the former officials liable under the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) in April 2018, after a month-long trial that included six days of jury deliberations. The trial marked the first time in U.S. history that a former head of state sat before his accusers in a U.S. human rights trial. In an unusual move…

pyeverino (2021-04-08). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series. dsausa.org RSVP Here 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. Today's movements facing neo-fascism, militarization, and an unprecedented public health…

teleSUR (2021-04-08). AMLO Thanks Cuba For Helping Mexico To Fight COVID-19. telesurenglish.net President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Thursday thanked Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel for sending 300 doctors to Mexico to fight the second wave of COVID-19 contagions in early 2021. | RELATED: | "Mexico will never forget Diaz-Canel's solidarity gesture. The Cuban doctors arrived at the moment we needed them the most," AMLO recalled. | The Cuban health professionals arrived in Mexico City "when we were about to ina…

teleSUR (2021-04-08). Argentina Reinforces Measures To Contain New COVID-19 Wave. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez on Wednesday announced that his administration will reinforce health restrictions to contain the second wave of COVID-19 infections. | RELATED: | "The measures, which will take effect from April 9 to 30, will be key to reduce the COVID-19 incidence," said the President, who caught the disease last week. | As of Friday, authorities will impose a night curfew and will prohibit group tra…

teleSUR (2021-04-08). Peru: National Polls Forecast Low Turnout In Election Day. telesurenglish.net A survey by the Institute of Peruvian Studies (IEP) on Wednesday showed that the COVID-19 health crisis and the apathy felt by the people for the presidential elections could lead to a low turnout at the polls on April 11. | RELATED: | "Peruvians have no favorite candidates among the 18 parties that are running for the elections," the IEP stated and informed there would be a technical tie among the front-runners. | The cente…

_____ (2021-04-08). Standing With Daniel Hale, Standing With Whistleblowers. popularresistance.org Join us for a special broadcast featuring DRAD Policy Director Chip Gibbons, Jesselyn Radack head of Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at ExposeFacts, and whistleblowers who have faced Espionage Act charges. | Last week, Daniel Hale, a drone whistleblower, pled guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act. Hale admitted in court that he gave to an investigative reporter documents detailing human rights abuses pertaining to the US's troubling assassination program. Although this information was in the public interest, the government nonetheless indicted Hale under the Espionage Act. | Thi…

WSWS (2021-04-08). Taiwan threatens to shoot down Chinese drones amid mounting US-China conflict. wsws.org Encouraged by the US, Taiwanese officials are escalating their war rhetoric as provocative US military exercises in the region threaten to precipitate a clash with Chinese forces.

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Inge Fryklund (2021-04-08). The US War on Drugs is Driving the Displacement Crisis. counterpunch.org We are torn by images of unaccompanied minors and overcrowded facilities at our southern border, but few in the United States are asking why so many Central American families are so desperate to escape their own countries that they are willing to risk everything — including family separation. These migrants are not fleeing some Act

Taroa Zuniga Silva (2021-04-08). Migrant women are holding society together during this pandemic. peoplesdispatch.org Throughout the past year, as the epidemic has ravaged the world, domestic workers, the bulk of whom are migrant women, have shouldered extremely heavy burdens. At the same time, their working conditions have taken a turn for the worse…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Court Upholds $10 Million Judgment Against Bolivian Leaders for 2003 Massacre. orinocotribune.com April 6, 2021, Miami — Yesterday, a federal judge rejected an attempt by Bolivia's former president, Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, and former defense minister, José Carlos Sánchez Berzaín, to vacate a $10 million damages award against them for the massacre of unarmed Indigenous people in 2003. A jury found the former officials liable under the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA) in April 2018, after a month-long trial that included six days of jury deliberations. The trial marked the first time in U.S. history that a former head of state sat before his accusers in a U.S. human rights trial. In an unusual move…

pyeverino (2021-04-08). Anti-Racist Movements in Brazil: Activist Series. dsausa.org RSVP Here 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. Today's movements facing neo-fascism, militarization, and an unprecedented public health…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). In Commune: The Che Guevara Commune (Part 2). orinocotribune.com By Katrina Kozarek — Apr 3, 2021 | In the second part of our episode, we look at how the Che Guevara Commune's economic development has improved its political reach and impact on the local community. | Outside of Venezuela, communes are a little-known aspect of the Bolivarian Revolution. Yet the development of the communal state is central to Hugo Chávez's 21st century socialism. | Through the In Commune series, Venezuelanalysis explores diverse rural and urban communes to help better understand what these highly controversial bodies mean, how they work, and what they could signify for the future of the B…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). After 23-day hunger strike, undocumented workers in New York win USD 2.1 billion in assistance. peoplesdispatch.org The protests, organized by the Fund Excluded Workers campaign, sought to deliver benefits to undocumented workers who had lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The victory has been hailed but activist groups say more needs to be done…

_____ (2021-04-08). The Capitol Raid And Pandemic Can Help Us Empathize With Venezuelans. popularresistance.org The January 6th raid on the Capitol and the pandemic that has upended the lives of every American seemingly have nothing to do with Venezuela. But the effects they had on U.S. political and economic stability offer a glimpse into what Venezuelans have been going through for the past several years of failed coups and sanctions. | Remember how January 6th felt? The shock, confusion and fear. The constant refreshing of Twitter feeds or eyes glued to cable news, watching a bunch of extremists attempt to overthrow the government. The not knowing what was going to happen next and whether it would impact our daily lives…

Greta Anderson (2021-04-08). Mexican Wolf Depredation Investigations…Again. counterpunch.org Hey folks, I'm back to reviewing Mexican wolf depredation investigation reports and sifting through another few hundred pages of blood, guts, bones, and grammatical errors, and today I found these two from Apache County, Arizona in May 2020: AC 5-27-20 3, AC 5-27-20 4. Both of the reports are about really young dead calves, estimated to

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-08). What's happening in Ecuador? mronline.org Ground report from Quito, Ecuador days out from the second round of presidential elections. | April 8, 2021 | Newswire…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Biden and Latin America. orinocotribune.com By Alexander Main — Apr 5, 2021 | Late in the morning of November 8, 2020 cheering and honking erupted throughout Washington, DC as news outlets announced that Joe Biden was the projected winner of the US presidential election. Thousands of mostly young Washingtonians gathered in Black Lives Matter Plaza, across from the White House, to celebrate the defeat of a blatantly racist, sexist, and xenophobic president. | Relief and joy were also palpable in the city's well-heeled neighborhoods, where senior civil servants and government contractors could at last envision a return to the more normal and predictable…

_____ (2021-04-08). Standing With Daniel Hale, Standing With Whistleblowers. popularresistance.org Join us for a special broadcast featuring DRAD Policy Director Chip Gibbons, Jesselyn Radack head of Whistleblower and Source Protection Program (WHISPeR) at ExposeFacts, and whistleblowers who have faced Espionage Act charges. | Last week, Daniel Hale, a drone whistleblower, pled guilty to one count of violating the Espionage Act. Hale admitted in court that he gave to an investigative reporter documents detailing human rights abuses pertaining to the US's troubling assassination program. Although this information was in the public interest, the government nonetheless indicted Hale under the Espionage Act. | Thi…

WSWS (2021-04-08). Taiwan threatens to shoot down Chinese drones amid mounting US-China conflict. wsws.org Encouraged by the US, Taiwanese officials are escalating their war rhetoric as provocative US military exercises in the region threaten to precipitate a clash with Chinese forces.

Editor2 (2021-04-08). What's Happening in Ecuador? orinocotribune.com Five days out from the second round of elections in Ecuador, Peoples Dispatch brings you a report on some of the key elements to look out for this week | Ground report from Quito, Ecuador days out from the second round of presidential elections. We take you through all of the latest developments and things to look out for just days ahead of the historic electoral contest between progressive candidate Andrés Arauz and conserv…

orinocotribune (2021-04-08). Jorge Arreaza Rejects Peru's Comments About Venezuela Obstructing Voting for 20,000 Peruvians in Venezuela. orinocotribune.com The National Office of Electoral Processes of Peru (ONPE) denounced an alleged lack of cooperation by Venezuelan authorities in the organization of voting for Peruvians residing in Venezuela for the general elections on April 11. In response, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza denied the accusation, and assured that the State has not obstructed the right to vote for the over 20,000 Peruvians registered to vote in Venezuela. | In Arreaza's tweet, he shared a post by the former Peruvian ambassador to Venezuela (currently residing in Venezuela), Luis Raygada Souza-Ferreira, in which the latter shared…

Adán Chávez Frías (2021-04-08). Venezuela — La cárcel de la dignidad (II). globalizacion.ca I | Damos la bienvenida al mes de abril, tiempo de rebelión popular, de conmemoración de los diecinueve años de la hazaña protagonizada por el heroico Pueblo de Bolívar y de Chávez durante los días 11, 12 y 13 de este…

Editor2 (2021-04-08). Cuba: First Stage of Phase III Trial with Soberana 02 Concludes. orinocotribune.com The study's principal researcher, Dr. María Eugenia Toledo, stated that so far the results of the process are "encouraging in terms of the safety of the product and the immune response." | The first stage of phase III clinical trial of the Cuban Soberana 02

STEVE O'KEEFE (2021-04-08). The Fecalnomics of The Filibuster. counterpunch.org When you add a super-majority vote to an already undemocratic U.S. Senate, you compound the difficulty of accomplishing anything. Exactly how difficult does it become? Eleven percent of the population gets to veto anything the other 89 percent agree to! With two Senators from each state, the U.S. Senate is a geographical body, not a

_____ (2021-04-08). A Crisis Of 'Forced Mass Displacement' Of Black Pittsburghers. popularresistance.org Pennsylvania – Why did 7,000 Black Pittsburgh residents leave the city between 2014 and 2018? | The answer depends on who's talking. | Community activist Randall Taylor, a former Pittsburgh Public Schools board member and city council candidate, calls it a "crisis of forced mass displacement" of Black residents. | City councilmen Ricky Burgess and R. Daniel Lavelle say the issue is more nuanced and that most of the 7% of the Black population that left during that time period did so by choice. | Taylor and 31 other city residents on Tuesday petitioned Pittsburgh City Council for a public hearing on the issue and t…

Alex MacDonald (2021-04-08). UK: Ex-minister accuses pro-Israel lobbyists of 'disgusting interference'. middleeasteye.net UK: Ex-minister accuses pro-Israel lobbyists of 'disgusting interference' | Alan Duncan has said that the Conservative Friends of Israel fiercely lobbied to prevent him becoming Middle East minister | Thu, 04/08/2021 – 11: 26 | Former British Minister of State for Europe and the Americas Alan Duncan gestures during a joint press conference with Ecuador's Ambassador Jaime Marchan at Victoria Gard…

Anand Naidoo (2021-04-08). The Heat: Vaccine inequality and Brazil battles COVID-19. america.cgtn.com Vaccinations are ramping up in the U.S., but President Joe Biden warns the country is still in a war against COVID-19. Meanwhile, in Brazil, hospitals and morgues are being stretched to the limit, and the prognosis for other low-income countries is similarly grim, as vaccine distribution continues to be a major challenge.

Francisco Colmenares (2021-04-08). Pemex en dos años del gobierno de AMLO. globalizacion.ca México, en el 83 aniversario de la expropiación petrolera decretada por el gobierno del general Lázaro Cárdenas y cuando el precio del barril de la mezcla mexicana está al alza, cotizándose por arriba de 60 dólares, enfrenta retos extraordinarios en…

orinocotribune (2021-04-08). Vice President Delcy Rodríguez Explains Measures to Curb Economic Effects of the Pandemic. orinocotribune.com Faced with a worsening severity of the COVID-19 pandemic in Venezuela and the world, which has troubled international markets and the Venezuelan economy—also affected by the blockade and the coercive measures imposed by the United States and Europe—the Venezuelan Executive has designed new policies with which to protect economic stability and maintain social services. | In this sense, the Executive Vice President of the Republic, Delcy Rodríguez, detailed this Wednesday, April 7, the set of economic and financial support measures for workers, families, micro and small businesses, which President Nicol…

Laura Wells (2021-04-08). Ten Things for US to Understand about Latin America. indybay.org The more we know about what is really happening in Latin America, the more we can see that the region can be a source of inspiration rather than a threat requiring US sanctions.

PAULUS (2021-04-08). COMUNICAZIONE RIGUARDO MISSIVE RICEVUTE DA MEXICO CHIAPAS. indybay.org DICHIARAZIONE COMANDO SUPREMO GABINETTO DI GUERRA RIGUARDI MISSIVE RICEVUTE DA MEXICO…

SUB (2021-04-08). DICHIARAZIONE COMANDO GENERALE ZAPATISTA MEXICO 7-04-2021. indybay.org COMANDACIA GENERAL ZAPATISTA CHIAPAS MEXICO 7-04-2021…

Andy Piascik (2021-04-08). White Supremacist Organizations and White Workers. zcomm.org With living standards in decline, the appeal of those who blame Blacks, women, gays and immigrants of color will continue unless a concerted effort is made to organize among white workers…

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-08). Venezuela Rolls Out Economic Support as COVID-19 Infections Spread. zcomm.org The measures include a ban on evictions, a special "stay at home" benefit for two million private-sector workers, and a one-time benefit for 15 million people…

Staff (2021-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2021. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Surge, With Record Daily Infections in India, Turkey and Iran, Brazil's President Rejects Nationwide Lockdown Despite Record COVID-19 Death Toll, Countries Cut Back on AstraZeneca Vaccinations After Reports of Rare Blood Clots, U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Rise, Driven by Young People, Gaza Strip Locks Down Amid COVID Surge and Vaccine Shortage as Cases Plummet in Israel, U.S. Restores Financial Aid to U.N. Relief Agency for Palestine, Biden Names Gun Control Advocate to Lead Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Sen. Joe Manchin Doubles Down on Opposition to We…

webdev (2021-04-08). Headlines for April 8, 2021. democracynow.org Global Coronavirus Cases Surge, With Record Daily Infections in India, Turkey and Iran, Brazil's President Rejects Nationwide Lockdown Despite Record COVID-19 Death Toll, Countries Cut Back on AstraZeneca Vaccinations After Reports of Rare Blood Clots, U.S. COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations Rise, Driven by Young People, Gaza Strip Locks Down Amid COVID Surge and Vaccine Shortage as Cases Plummet in Israel, U.S. Restores Financial Aid to U.N. Relief Agency for Palestine, Biden Names Gun Control Advocate to Lead Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Sen. Joe Manchin Doubles Down on Opposition to We…

José A. Amesty R. (2021-04-08). La oposición en Venezuela utiliza la vacuna de AstraZeneca como arma política. globalizacion.ca En estos momentos, la vacuna llamada AstraZeneca ha sido suspendida por varios países de Europa principalmente, así como otros países del mundo, después de reportes de posibles efectos secundarios graves y por las complicaciones que se han presentado a quienes…

Maeve Higgins (2021-04-07). Maeve in America: Immigrant Kids Aren't All Right. progressive.org Immigrant children living within the United States face an unfair hurdle in getting government assistance.

orinocotribune (2021-04-07). President Maduro Announced New Economic Measures to Counter COVID-19's Second Wave. orinocotribune.com Tuesday, April 6, President Nicolás Maduro announced new economic measures for the protection of the Venezuelan people in the midst of the fight against COVID-19. From Miraflores Palace, he reported that about 15.1 million cardholders, through the Patria System, will in the coming days receive a special support bonus from the Chavista government to face the pandemic, similar to US stimulus checks. | In this regard, the Head of State also announced the extension, until September, of the prohibition on the collection of credit guarantees, the prohibition on reclassifying credit risk, and the express prohibition of…

_____ (2021-04-07). China Offers To Tutor Planet Following Extreme Poverty Elimination. popularresistance.org Home to nearly one-fifth of the world's population, China's social policies have a dramatic effect on humanity as a whole. Despite a shift toward allowing capitalist markets in the late 1970s, the socialist state has still accounted for nearly three-quarters of global poverty elimination since then. | China's State Council Information Office has published a white paper outlining how the socialist country can teach the rest of the world about how to alleviate poverty. In the last 40 years, China has lifted 770 million people out of poverty, declaring an end to its most extreme forms in November. | Titled "Poverty…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). Globalink | Brazil Sees Record Daily Deaths From COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Meanwhile, 86,979 people tested positive in the last day, bringing the national tally to around 13,100,580. Health authorities in the hard-hit city of Sao Paulo warned that April will be the worst month of the pandemic, eclipsing the deaths seen in March throughout Brazil. | Brazil started its vaccination process on Jan. 17 and has so far inoculated 20,023,132 people with at least one dose, while 5,595,929 people have received both doses, according to official data compiled by local press. The South American country has the world's second-largest outbreak in terms of both deaths and cases, after the United Sta…

Brasil de Fato (2021-04-07). Brazil breaks record with 4,195 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours. peoplesdispatch.org As Brazil breaks records with numbers of deaths and confirmed cases, a study done by PoderData reveals that significant sectors of Brazilian society believe that Bolsonaro is responsible for the health crisis…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). 'Bolsonaro Is a Global Treat' Lula Says On the World Health Day. telesurenglish.net On World Health Day, the National Council of Health Secretaries (CONASS) informed that Brazil registered 4,195 deaths from COVID-19, the highest number of deaths in one day so far. | RELATED: | Despite the critical situation the Brazilian health system is going through, President Jair Bolsonaro ruled out the implementation of a national lockdown and the enforcement of epidemiological measures. | "The Brazilian army will not…

Editor2 (2021-04-07). Lenin Moreno Deepens Ecuador's Political Crisis Ahead of Presidential Elections. orinocotribune.com By Alejandra Garcia — Apr 4, 2021 | Ecuador will go to polls on Sunday, April 11, amid new restrictive measures imposed by outgoing President Lenin Moreno to contain the pandemic. Although the country has been mired in a health crisis for months due to the government's mishandling of COVID-19, the ultra-right-wing leader has decreed a 30-day state of emergency in the country's eight main provinces one week before elections. | "Ecuador's democracy is once again in danger," warned leftist Union for Hope Alliance (UNES) candidate Andrés Arauz, who is the favorite to win the second round of presidential election…

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-07). Venezuela Rolls Out Economic Support to Keep Workers Home as COVID-19 Infections Spread. venezuelanalysis.com The measures include a ban on evictions, a special "stay at home" benefit for two million private-sector workers, and a one-time benefit for 15 million people.

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-07). Corpses in Black Bags? More Fake News from Venezuelan Anti-Chavista Healthcare Personnel and Students. orinocotribune.com Groups connected to healthcare personnel from Venezuela's extreme right staged another attempt at fake news this Tuesday, April 6, mounting a demonstration with black bags tied up to appear as human corpses at the Hospital Clínico Universitario in Caracas. | Morbidly presenting the supposed corpses, the anti-Chavista healthcare personnel tried to capitalize on the anxiety of Venezuela's population in the midst of a second COVID-19 wave to rally people against the government, but many considered the objective was not accomplished. | The aforementioned healthcare center is one of those that provides specialized car…

orinocotribune (2021-04-07). This is How the Venezuelan Army Dialogues Face-to-Face with those Returning to Apure from Colombia. orinocotribune.com Faced with the media attacks that have generated fear and anxiety in the populations of Apure state, on the border between Venezuela and Colombia, the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) has held people's assemblies with the returnees from El Ripial. The intention is not only to accompany them after what they have experienced after fleeing the violence of Colombian paramilitary groups, but to clarify that the military body is positioned as a guarantor of the comprehensive protection of the inhabitants, and not the other way around. | It should be noted that these groups of displaced people have fled from clash…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). Venezuela Deploys Marine Corps On Border With Colombia. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's National Bolivarian Armed Forces (FANB) on Wednesday informed on the Marine Corps deployment in Apure state to support the fight against Colombian irregular armed groups. | RELATED: | "The Marines will support Apure's people and the Armed forces in the fight for peace and territorial integrity," the FANB Strategic Operational Commander Remigio Ceballos said. | "All those who attack the Venezuelan govern…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-07). Violence and humanitarian crisis intensify in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org According to the INDEPAZ, as of April 6, 43 social leaders and 14 ex-combatants of FARC have been assassinated by illegal armed groups. 91 people have been killed in 25 massacres this year. The violence has led to the forced displacement of around 15,000 people…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). Amazon Lost 17 Percent to Deforestation in 2020 -Report. telesurenglish.net The environmental organization Amazon Conservation reported on Wednesday that the South American rainforest lost 17 percent of its area to deforestation in 2020, representing 2.3 million hectares devastated across nine countries. | RELATED: | According to the latest data, Brazil accounts for 65 percent of the loss, followed by Bolivia, Peru, and Colombia. Moreover, the primary forest loss in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). Mexico and Argentina Call for Debt Relief for Poor Countries. telesurenglish.net Mexico and Argentina called Wednesday for new mechanisms for debt relief for middle-income countries, arguing that it could prevent a financing crisis arising from the coronavirus pandemic. | Both nations presented a joint statement issued during the Spring Meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank and the Group of 20 (G20) Finance Ministers' meeting. | RELATED: | The two Latin American c…

teleSUR (2021-04-07). Bolivia: Ex-President Sanchez de Lozada Is Guilty of Massacre. telesurenglish.net A U.S. Federal Court upheld a ruling that forces ex-Bolivia's President Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada (1993-1997 & 2002-2003) and ex-Defense Minister Carlos Sanchez to pay compensation for "extrajudicial killings" in 2003. | RELATED: | Previously, the defendants asked U.S. Federal Judge James Cohn to vacate the civil process approved against them in 2018. They must now pay US$10 million compensation. | The case was filed in…

Arab News (2021-04-07). French Trade Minister Says Companies Committed To Increase, Diversify Investments In Saudi Arabia — Interview. eurasiareview.com By Noor Nugali | With direct investment amounting to more than ‚Ǩ3.7 billion ($4.37 billion), France is one of the largest investors in Saudi Arabia. Projects relating to the Vision 2030 program to diversify the Saudi economy offer yet more opportunities for strengthening the bilateral partnership. France is keen to share its expertise in such fields as energy, water, transport, new technology, and aerospace. | For Saudi investors, France's innovation ecosystem and location make it an ideal gateway for trade with the EU. Franck Riester, French minister delegate for foreign trade and economic…

Lorraine Liriano Chávez (2021-04-07). Puerto Rico: The water route is a lifeline for the people of Vieques, Culebra. workers.org Translation of banner reads: 'We demand a better maritime transport service', June 2019 protest. Photo Credit: peoplesdispatch.org On April 2 while Catholics worldwide observed Good Friday, the people of Culebra and Vieques Islands took to the streets to protest the malfunctioning maritime transportation system. Their outcry for justice echoed with . . . |

Eurasia Review (2021-04-07). Speedbumps Protect One Of Africa's Rarest Primates. eurasiareview.com A new study revealed that a drastic reduction of deaths of one of Africa's rarest primates, the Zanzibar red colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii), followed the installation of four speedbumps along a stretch of road where the species frequently crossed. | Zanzibar red colobus are found only in the Zanzibar archipelago and classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Reliant on Unguja Island's forests for their survival, around half of the species population is found in Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park. | In the study, published in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation, primatologists from Bangor Universit…

_____ (2021-04-07). Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity On Avoiding War In Ukraine. popularresistance.org We last communicated with you on December 20, 2020, when you were President-elect. | At that time, we alerted you to the dangers inherent in formulating a policy toward Russia built on a foundation of Russia-bashing. While we continue to support the analysis contained in that memorandum, this new memo serves a far more pressing purpose. We wish to draw your attention to the dangerous situation that exists in Ukraine today, where there is growing risk of war unless you take steps to forestall such a conflict. | At this juncture, we call to mind two basic realities that need particular emphasis amid growing tension…

WSWS (2021-04-07). Why did a Massachusetts Nurses Association official appear at an event sponsored by the Morning Star in Britain? wsws.org The appearance by the MNA's Muldoon was aimed at isolating the striking St. Vincent nurses. A genuine fight to unite health care workers in an international struggle requires forging the struggle of nurses and other health care workers around the globe into a conscious and organized opposition.

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Brasil de Fato (2021-04-07). Brazil breaks record with 4,195 deaths from COVID-19 in 24 hours. peoplesdispatch.org As Brazil breaks records with numbers of deaths and confirmed cases, a study done by PoderData reveals that significant sectors of Brazilian society believe that Bolsonaro is responsible for the health crisis…

Editor2 (2021-04-07). Lenin Moreno Deepens Ecuador's Political Crisis Ahead of Presidential Elections. orinocotribune.com By Alejandra Garcia — Apr 4, 2021 | Ecuador will go to polls on Sunday, April 11, amid new restrictive measures imposed by outgoing President Lenin Moreno to contain the pandemic. Although the country has been mired in a health crisis for months due to the government's mishandling of COVID-19, the ultra-right-wing leader has decreed a 30-day state of emergency in the country's eight main provinces one week before elections. | "Ecuador's democracy is once again in danger," warned leftist Union for Hope Alliance (UNES) candidate Andrés Arauz, who is the favorite to win the second round of presidential election…

orinocotribune (2021-04-07). President Maduro Announced New Economic Measures to Counter COVID-19's Second Wave. orinocotribune.com Tuesday, April 6, President Nicolás Maduro announced new economic measures for the protection of the Venezuelan people in the midst of the fight against COVID-19. From Miraflores Palace, he reported that about 15.1 million cardholders, through the Patria System, will in the coming days receive a special support bonus from the Chavista government to face the pandemic, similar to US stimulus checks. | In this regard, the Head of State also announced the extension, until September, of the prohibition on the collection of credit guarantees, the prohibition on reclassifying credit risk, and the express prohibition of…

José Luis Granados Ceja (2021-04-07). Venezuela Rolls Out Economic Support to Keep Workers Home as COVID-19 Infections Spread. venezuelanalysis.com The measures include a ban on evictions, a special "stay at home" benefit for two million private-sector workers, and a one-time benefit for 15 million people.

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-07). Corpses in Black Bags? More Fake News from Venezuelan Anti-Chavista Healthcare Personnel and Students. orinocotribune.com Groups connected to healthcare personnel from Venezuela's extreme right staged another attempt at fake news this Tuesday, April 6, mounting a demonstration with black bags tied up to appear as human corpses at the Hospital Clínico Universitario in Caracas. | Morbidly presenting the supposed corpses, the anti-Chavista healthcare personnel tried to capitalize on the anxiety of Venezuela's population in the midst of a second COVID-19 wave to rally people against the government, but many considered the objective was not accomplished. | The aforementioned healthcare center is one of those that provides specialized car…

Arab News (2021-04-07). French Trade Minister Says Companies Committed To Increase, Diversify Investments In Saudi Arabia — Interview. eurasiareview.com By Noor Nugali | With direct investment amounting to more than ‚Ǩ3.7 billion ($4.37 billion), France is one of the largest investors in Saudi Arabia. Projects relating to the Vision 2030 program to diversify the Saudi economy offer yet more opportunities for strengthening the bilateral partnership. France is keen to share its expertise in such fields as energy, water, transport, new technology, and aerospace. | For Saudi investors, France's innovation ecosystem and location make it an ideal gateway for trade with the EU. Franck Riester, French minister delegate for foreign trade and economic…

Lorraine Liriano Chávez (2021-04-07). Puerto Rico: The water route is a lifeline for the people of Vieques, Culebra. workers.org On April 2 while Catholics worldwide observed Good Friday, the people of Culebra and Vieques Islands took to the streets to protest the malfunctioning maritime transportation system. Their outcry for justice echoed with the chants: "We want transportation with dignity and efficiency," "The waterway is our road — it is . . . |

orinocotribune (2021-04-07). This is How the Venezuelan Army Dialogues Face-to-Face with those Returning to Apure from Colombia. orinocotribune.com Faced with the media attacks that have generated fear and anxiety in the populations of Apure state, on the border between Venezuela and Colombia, the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) has held people's assemblies with the returnees from El Ripial. The intention is not only to accompany them after what they have experienced after fleeing the violence of Colombian paramilitary groups, but to clarify that the military body is positioned as a guarantor of the comprehensive protection of the inhabitants, and not the other way around. | It should be noted that these groups of displaced people have fled from clash…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-07). Speedbumps Protect One Of Africa's Rarest Primates. eurasiareview.com A new study revealed that a drastic reduction of deaths of one of Africa's rarest primates, the Zanzibar red colobus (Piliocolobus kirkii), followed the installation of four speedbumps along a stretch of road where the species frequently crossed. | Zanzibar red colobus are found only in the Zanzibar archipelago and classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. Reliant on Unguja Island's forests for their survival, around half of the species population is found in Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park. | In the study, published in Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation, primatologists from Bangor Universit…

Leonardo Flores (2021-04-07). The Capitol raid and pandemic can help us empathize with Venezuelans. peoplesdispatch.org The people of Venezuela have been living under a stage of siege, and enduring attacks on their sovereignty under successive US administrations. These assaults intensified during the Trump era…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-07). Violence and humanitarian crisis intensify in Colombia. peoplesdispatch.org According to the INDEPAZ, as of April 6, 2021, 43 social leaders and 14 ex-combatants of the FARC have been assassinated by illegal armed groups. Additionally, 91 people have been killed in 25 massacres perpetrated this year. The situation of violence has led to the force displacements of around 15,000 people…

_____ (2021-04-07). China Offers To Tutor Planet Following Extreme Poverty Elimination. popularresistance.org Home to nearly one-fifth of the world's population, China's social policies have a dramatic effect on humanity as a whole. Despite a shift toward allowing capitalist markets in the late 1970s, the socialist state has still accounted for nearly three-quarters of global poverty elimination since then. | China's State Council Information Office has published a white paper outlining how the socialist country can teach the rest of the world about how to alleviate poverty. In the last 40 years, China has lifted 770 million people out of poverty, declaring an end to its most extreme forms in November. | Titled "Poverty…

Maeve Higgins (2021-04-07). Maeve in America: Immigrant Kids Aren't All Right. progressive.org Immigrant children living within the United States face an unfair hurdle in getting government assistance.

_____ (2021-04-07). Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity On Avoiding War In Ukraine. popularresistance.org Above photo: Foreign policy. Dear President Biden, We last communicated with you on December 20, 2020, when you were President-elect. At that time, we alerted you to the dangers inherent in formulating a policy toward Russia built on a foundation of Russia-bashing. While we continue to support the analysis contained in that memorandum, this new memo serves …

orinocotribune (2021-04-07). Venezuela More than Willing to Dialogue with Colombia's Chancellor Claudia Bloom — Requests to Mexico, UN and CELAC to Open Communication Channels. orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, April 6, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza said that he was willing to meet with the Colombian Foreign Minister, Claudia Blum. He intimated that if she wants to "talk to me, make a call and if you want, we'll meet wherever you want, to ensure peace and tranquility to both our peoples. We will continue to be committed to peace," said the Venezuelan Foreign Minister during a press conference. | In his statements, Arreaza stated that Colombia is a failed state, after referring to the armed conflict in Apure. Venezuelan authorities have denounced how Colombian narco paramilitary gangs en…

orinocotribune (2021-04-07). Venezuela More than Willing to Dialogue with Colombia's Chancellor Claudia Bloom — Requests Mexico, UN and CELAC to Open Communication Channels. orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, April 6, Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza said that he was willing to meet with the Colombian Foreign Minister, Claudia Blum. He intimated that if she wants to "talk to me, make a call and if you want, we'll meet wherever you want, to ensure peace and tranquility to both our peoples. We will continue to be committed to peace," said the Venezuelan Foreign Minister during a press conference. | In his statements, Arreaza stated that Colombia is a failed state, after referring to the armed conflict in Apure. Venezuelan authorities have denounced how Colombian narco paramilitary gangs en…

Editor2 (2021-04-07). What Must a Young Communist be. orinocotribune.com By Ernesto Guevara — Apr 5, 2021 | On the occasion of the April 4 anniversary of the Young Communists League, Granma presents excerpts from a speech delivered by Ernest Che Guevara, October 20, 1962, during a commemoration of the integration of Cuba's revolutionary youth organizations | The Young Communist League must define itself with a single word: vanguard. You, comrades, must be the vanguard of all movements. The first to be ready to make the sacrifices that the Revolution demands, whatever the nature of these sacrifices. The first in work. The first in study. The first in the defense of the country…

Daisy Nguyen, Olga R. Rodriguez (2021-04-07). Avanza la vacunación de trabajadores agrícolas en California. peoplesworld.org SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — La batalla por contener la devastación causada por el coronavirus en el centro de California llega a la frontera con México, donde a los trabajadores migrantes que se dirigen al norte para las cosechas de lechuga, brócoli, zanahorias y otros cultivos se les ofrece la vacuna contra el COVID-19 apenas ingresan …

Harvey Goldberg (2021-04-07). Ecuador Indigenous Leader Endorses Left Presidential Candidate. indybay.org Jaime Vargas, President of Ecuador's largest Indigenous federation, CONAIE, endorsed Andrés Arauz, Presidential candidate for the Union for Hope, on April 3, 2021. | Photo credit: El Comerico www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/vargas-apoyo-arauz-indigenas-amazonia.html

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-04-07). 7 Abril: Conversatorio con Gustavo Esteva y Raúl Zibechi. indybay.org Conversatorio: Autonomías en medio de la guerra. El caso de la experiencia zapatista. Miércoles 7 de abril, 11am…

Arab News (2021-04-07). Israel At Crossroads As Rivlin Reluctantly Calls On Netanyahu — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Yossi Mekelberg* | Over the last week, the Jewish population in Israel observed Passover, a week-long celebration of liberation from a tyrant leader and slavery, when most take time off to enjoy early spring and travel across the country visiting its beauty spots. Notably missing from those taking a break from work, however, were Israel's politicians, who were digesting the results of the previous week's election. The political beehive has been buzzing with activity in an effort to translate another indecisive outcome into something that is capable of ending two years of protracted political deadlock. | On…

orinocotribune (2021-04-07). Why is Venezuela Asking for UN Assistance to Deactivate Landmines Planted by Colombian Paramilitary Gangs? orinocotribune.com Colombian criminal gangs have tried to bring vice and crimes against humanity along a 2,219-km border territory with Venezuela, one of the most dynamic in Latin America and the Caribbean. This has had consequences for human lives, security, public order and political stability. This was stated by Venezuelan Affairs Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, who reiterated that Venezuela will continue to denounce the installation of antipersonnel mines on its territory by Colombian terrorist cells. | This Tuesday, April 6, from the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Arreaza recalled the request made by Venezuela to the United Nat…

Gerardo Villagrán del Corral (2021-04-07). México — Fin del outsourcing, un tipo de explotación laboral. globalizacion.ca El presidente mexicano Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) dio a conocer la consecución de un importante acuerdo entre dirigentes sindicales, empresariales, los coordinadores de las bancadas mayoritarias en la Cámara de Diputados y su gobierno en materia de subcontratación y…

Rafael Angel Ugalde Quirós (2021-04-07). La OTAN tienta a América Latina. globalizacion.ca Sí alguien creyó que la designación inesperada de Lloyd Austin como Secretario de Defensa estadounidense obedeció por parte del presidente Joe Biden a su deseo de reivindicar a la minoría afrodescendiente en las fuerzas armadas repartidas por el orbe, seguramente…

Rosalind English (2021-04-07). What is the true value of a companion animal? ukhumanrightsblog.com Pendragon v Coom [2021] EW Misc 4 CC (22 March 2021) As we all know, the acquisition of puppies during lockdown has gone through the roof with the inevitable sad consequences of remorse followed by neglect and even abandonment. Dog theft has spiralled as the market responds by escalating the price of pedigree puppies. But …

Nan Levinson (2021-04-07). The US Military Is an Extremism Incubator. thenation.com The US Military Is an Extremism Incubator…

a guest author (2021-04-07). As April 11 Ecuador election nears, Moreno uses pandemic to deepen political crisis. workers.org By Alejandra Garcia Published in English on the site of resumen-english.org April 4. Progressive candidate Andrés Arauz leads Ecuador's first round of presidential elections. Ecuador will go to the polls April 11 amid new restrictive measures imposed by outgoing President Lenin Moreno to contain the pandemic. Although the country has . . . |

Staff (2021-04-07). Headlines for April 7, 2021. democracynow.org U.S. Moves Up Vaccine Eligibility for Adults as Global Access Inequities Plague Poorer Nations, Minneapolis Police Trainer Says Derek Chauvin Kneeling on Floyd's Neck Was Not Authorized Technique, Arkansas Becomes First State to Criminalize Gender-Affirming Treatment for Trans Youth, Tishaura Jones Elected as First Black Woman Mayor of St. Louis, Florida Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings Dies at Age 84, Democrats Can Use Reconciliation to Pass More Budget Bills with Simple Majority, U.S and Iran Say Early Talks on Relaunching Nuclear Deal "Constructive", U.N. Warns One-Third of Population of Democratic Republic of t…

orinocotribune (2021-04-07). Confirmed: There is a Link Between AstraZeneca Vaccine and Reported Thrombosis Cases — Haiti Rejects the Controversial Vaccine. orinocotribune.com On Tuesday, April 6, in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero, Marco Cavaleri, head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) that carries out vaccination plans against COVID-19 in the European Union, confirmed "a link" between the AstraZeneca vaccine and the occurrence of thrombosis recorded among people who received this vaccine, . | "Now we can say it, it is clear that there is a link with the vaccine, which causes that reaction. However, we still do not know why (…) In summary, in the next few hours we are going to say that there is a link, but we still have to understand why it happens." | He…

Adam Dick (2021-04-07). Mexico President Says 'Pass' On Coronavirus Vaccine — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has distinguished himself among top national political leaders across the world by not freaking out over coronavirus. Instead, López Obrador has gone his own way with Now comes news of López Obrad…

David Swanson (2021-04-06). Biden Finally Lifts Sanctions Against ICC As Demanded by World BEYOND War. counterpunch.org After months of demand from World BEYOND War and others, the Biden administration has finally lifted Trump-imposed sanctions on the ICC, stating a preference for a subtler approach to imposing lawlessness in the name of upholding the rule of law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken states: "We continue to disagree strongly with the ICC's actions relating to the

teleSUR (2021-04-06). Honduras Starts Trial Against Alleged Killer of Berta Caceres. telesurenglish.net Honduras' Sentencing Court on Tuesday started the trial against Roberto Castillo, who is the alleged mastermind of the murder of environmental activist Berta Caceres in 2016. | RELATED: | Justice Ministry spokesman Melvin Duarte informed that the judicial process against Castillo will conclude on April 30. | Bertha Zuñiga, who is Caceres's daughter and the coordinator of the Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous O…

_____ (2021-04-06). Six Ways Chevron Imperils Climate, Human Rights, And Racial Justice. popularresistance.org Although we're barely one quarter into 2021, multiple forces are squeezing Chevron for the preventable harm it is inflicting on the global climate. The company is also being dragged for its greenwashing, its role in perpetuating racial injustice in the United States, and its violations of Indigenous peoples' rights and other human rights from Burma/Myanmar to Ecuador. | The table is now set for Chevron's annual meeting in May, where several climate-related shareholder proposals will be on the agenda. Campaigners are calling for votes against both the board chair and the lead independent director on the basis of f…

WSWS (2021-04-06). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Private sector doctors protest in Mexico City to demand COVID vaccinations while 200 Marathon oil refinery workers in St. Paul Park, Minnesota continue a two-and-a-half-month strike.

teleSUR (2021-04-06). Panama: Teachers Reject on-Site Classes Starting Next Week. telesurenglish.net Panama's National Union of Educators (UNECEP) announced its opposition to part-time, in-person classes starting April 12 as the current health conditions put students and professors at risk. | RELATED: | Besides the little advance in COVID-19 vaccination, educators noted the lack of educative materials and sanitary conditions in some schools. | UNECEP officials highlighted that only 6,000 out of 48,500 teachers would be vacci…

Zoe PC (2021-04-06). Rising tensions ahead of second round elections in Ecuador. mronline.org The lead up to the second round elections in Ecuador have been marked by misinformation campaigns, a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and fears of manipulation and fraud. | April 6, 2021 | Newswire…

orinocotribune (2021-04-06). Elections in Peru: Strength of the Left Not Reflected by Polls. orinocotribune.com The progressive parties stressed the need to hold a Constituent Assembly that includes all social sectors of the country. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed shortcomings that need to be addressed in the healthcare and education systems. | Six days before the presidential elections in Peru, the picture is not clear. Out of 20 candidates to occupy the House of Pizarro, half have a chance to go to the second round. According to polls, no one exceeds 15% of the intention to vote. | But when walking the streets of Lima, the Peruvian capital, it is perceived that the left-wing parties, represented by Verónika Mendoza, from…

Brianna Griffith (2021-04-06). Campaign enters final stretch: the struggle for the future of Ecuador and Latin America. liberationnews.org The final week of campaigning in Ecuador's presidential election — a contest that has profound significance for the left throughout Latin America — has begun.

Editor2 (2021-04-06). Venezuela Appeals to UN for Landmine Clearance as Colombian Border Clashes Ease. orinocotribune.com Caracas has also created a special military zone and brigade to deal with the situation in Apure state, where 17 people have died. | Mérida, April 5, 2021 ( On Monday, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez revealed that three letters have been sent to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Security Council President Dang Dinh Quy and the Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). | Caracas is requesting me…

Mision Verdad (2021-04-06). Colombian Paramilitary an "Illegitimate Son of the Colombian State" (Salvatore Mancuso). orinocotribune.com By Mision Verdad — Apr 5, 2021 | In recent In his virtual testimony from a jail in the United States, Mancuso not only stressed that "the para…

VOXEU (2021-04-06). Peru: Behavioral Strategies To Reduce Teacher Sorting — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Low-income students are more likely to attend schools with less-qualified teachers, expanding the very achievement gaps that public education should help reduce. Although the problem of teacher sorting is well-documented, policy responses have tended to focus on increasing compensation at hard-to-staff schools, which can be both expensive and ineffective. This column presents the results of a novel and low-cost strategy implemented nationwide by the government of Peru that successfully encouraged highly qualified teachers to apply for job openings in disadvantaged schools. | By Nicolas Ajzenman, Eleonora Berto…

Mision Verdad (2021-04-06). Review of the Destructive Effects of US Blockade on Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt. orinocotribune.com By Misión Verdad — Apr 5, 2021 | At Misión Verdad we have kept track of the negative effects of unilateral coercive measures (UCM) [aka US blockade] on Venezuela, and more specifically, their harmful consequences on the main company that provides oil revenues to Venezuela, Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA). | All the reports and papers issued by organizations or individuals that are not binding on each other, but have Venezuela in their focus, provide a clear conclusion regarding the effects of the US blockade on the local economy: each aggression against PDVSA, through executive orders issued by the curren…

G. Dunkel (2021-04-06). Haiti and masses in the streets: 'Don't change our constitution'. workers.org March 29 marked 34 years since the Haitian constitution of 1987 — marking the end of the Duvalierist dictatorship — was adopted. Two massive demonstrations on March 28 and 29 — not just in Port-au-Prince, but in Saint-Marc, Cap-HaàØtien and Port-de-Paix — were held to defend this constitution. These were . . . |

Andy Worthington (2021-04-06). US Military Closes Camp 7, Guantánamo's 'High-Value Detainee' Prison Block, Moves Men To Camp 5 — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In news from Guantánamo, the US military announced that it had shut Camp 7, the secretive prison block where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other so-called "high-value detainees" have been held since their arrival at Guantánamo from CIA "black sites" in September 2006, and had moved the prisoners to Camp 5. | Modeled on a maximum security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, Camp 5, which cost $17.5 million, opened in 2004, and its solid-walled, isolated cells were used to hold prisoners regarded as non-compliant. As the prison's population shrank, however, it was closed — in September 2016 — and its remain…

John Kendall Hawkins (2021-04-06). Ramallah: A Stop and Start Life Full of Checkpoints. counterpunch.org The fall of Jerusalem to the First Crusade in 1099 stunned the world of Islam, which was at the peak of its achievements. Damascus, Cairo and Baghdad were large cities with combined population of over two million—advanced urban civilisation at a time when the citizens of London and Paris numbered less than fifty thousand in

_____ (2021-04-06). The Necessity Of Dismantling The US. popularresistance.org On February 26th, I interviewed Ajamu Baraka for my podcast. Baraka is a veteran grassroots organizer whose roots are in the Black Liberation Movement and anti-apartheid and Central American solidarity struggles. He is an internationally recognized leader of the emerging human rights movement in the U.S. and has been at the forefront of efforts to apply the international human rights framework to social justice advocacy in the U.S. for more than 25 years. He is a National Organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace, whose activities we discussed. | Baraka has taught political science at various universities and ha…

teleSUR (2021-04-06). Venezuela Raises Military Deployment On Border With Colombia. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino on Monday informed that troops of the Bolivian National Armed Forces (FANB) were deployed in three municipalities of the Apure state to fight Colombian irregular armed groups. | RELATED: | "By order of President Nicolas Maduro, we expanded the Special Integral Defense Operational Zone (ZODI) in the municipalities of Paez, Muñoz, and Romulo Gallegos," Padrino explained and reported that eight Ven…

Leonardo Flores (2021-04-06). The Capitol Raid and Pandemic can Help us Empathize with Venezuelans. orinocotribune.com By Leonardo Flores — Apr 6, 2021 | The January 6th raid on the Capitol and the pandemic that has upended the lives of every American seemingly have nothing to do with Venezuela. But the effects they had on U.S. political and economic stability offer a glimpse into what Venezuelans have been going through for the past several years of failed coups and sanctions. | Remember how January 6th felt? The shock, confusion and fear. The constant refreshing of Twitter feeds or eyes glued to cable news, watching a bunch of extremists attempt to overthrow the government. The not knowing what was going to happen next and…

_____ (2021-04-06). The War On Drugs Is Driving The Displacement Crisis. popularresistance.org We are torn by images of unaccompanied minors and overcrowded facilities at our southern border, but few in the United States are asking why so many Central American families are so desperate to escape their own countries that they are willing to risk everything — including family separation. | These migrants are not fleeing some Act of God — drought or hurricanes or the like — that could not be anticipated or prevented. Rather, they are fleeing cartel violence and governmental corruption. | As CNN recently noted, "poverty, crime, and corruption in Latin America have long been drivers of migrati…

teleSUR (2021-04-06). IMF Predicts Inequality in LatAm and the Caribbean's Recovery. telesurenglish.net The International Monetary Fund (IMF) released this Tuesday its new Global Economic Outlook (WEO) report, in which it predicts growth, although uneven and slight, of the Latin American economy. | RELATED: | "After a sharp downturn in 2020, only a mild and multi-speed recovery is expected in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2021," is the IMF forecast, according to which the region will grow at an average rate of 4.6 percen…

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Editor2 (2021-04-06). Venezuela Appeals to UN for Landmine Clearance as Colombian Border Clashes Ease. orinocotribune.com Caracas has also created a special military zone and brigade to deal with the situation in Apure state, where 17 people have died. | Mérida, April 5, 2021 ( On Monday, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez revealed that three letters have been sent to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Security Council President Dang Dinh Quy and the Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). | Caracas is requesting me…

WSWS (2021-04-06). Workers Struggles: The Americas. wsws.org Private sector doctors protest in Mexico City to demand COVID vaccinations while 200 Marathon oil refinery workers in St. Paul Park, Minnesota continue a two-and-a-half-month strike.

Zoe PC (2021-04-06). Rising tensions ahead of second round elections in Ecuador. mronline.org The lead up to the second round elections in Ecuador have been marked by misinformation campaigns, a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and fears of manipulation and fraud. | April 6, 2021 | Newswire…

orinocotribune (2021-04-06). Elections in Peru: Strength of the Left Not Reflected by Polls. orinocotribune.com The progressive parties stressed the need to hold a Constituent Assembly that includes all social sectors of the country. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed shortcomings that need to be addressed in the healthcare and education systems. | Six days before the presidential elections in Peru, the picture is not clear. Out of 20 candidates to occupy the House of Pizarro, half have a chance to go to the second round. According to polls, no one exceeds 15% of the intention to vote. | But when walking the streets of Lima, the Peruvian capital, it is perceived that the left-wing parties, represented by Verónika Mendoza, from…

David Swanson (2021-04-06). Biden Finally Lifts Sanctions Against ICC As Demanded by World BEYOND War. counterpunch.org After months of demand from World BEYOND War and others, the Biden administration has finally lifted Trump-imposed sanctions on the ICC, stating a preference for a subtler approach to imposing lawlessness in the name of upholding the rule of law. Secretary of State Antony Blinken states: "We continue to disagree strongly with the ICC's actions relating to the

Brianna Griffith (2021-04-06). Campaign enters final stretch: the struggle for the future of Ecuador and Latin America. liberationnews.org The final week of campaigning in Ecuador's presidential election — a contest that has profound significance for the left throughout Latin America — has begun.

Mision Verdad (2021-04-06). Colombian Paramilitary an "Illegitimate Son of the Colombian State" (Salvatore Mancuso). orinocotribune.com By Mision Verdad — Apr 5, 2021 | In recent In his virtual testimony from a jail in the United States, Mancuso not only stressed that "the para…

VOXEU (2021-04-06). Peru: Behavioral Strategies To Reduce Teacher Sorting — Analysis. eurasiareview.com Low-income students are more likely to attend schools with less-qualified teachers, expanding the very achievement gaps that public education should help reduce. Although the problem of teacher sorting is well-documented, policy responses have tended to focus on increasing compensation at hard-to-staff schools, which can be both expensive and ineffective. This column presents the results of a novel and low-cost strategy implemented nationwide by the government of Peru that successfully encouraged highly qualified teachers to apply for job openings in disadvantaged schools. | By Nicolas Ajzenman, Eleonora Berto…

Mision Verdad (2021-04-06). Review of the Destructive Effects of US Blockade on Venezuela's Orinoco Oil Belt. orinocotribune.com By Misión Verdad — Apr 5, 2021 | At Misión Verdad we have kept track of the negative effects of unilateral coercive measures (UCM) [aka US blockade] on Venezuela, and more specifically, their harmful consequences on the main company that provides oil revenues to Venezuela, Petróleos de Venezuela, SA (PDVSA). | All the reports and papers issued by organizations or individuals that are not binding on each other, but have Venezuela in their focus, provide a clear conclusion regarding the effects of the US blockade on the local economy: each aggression against PDVSA, through executive orders issued by the curren…

G. Dunkel (2021-04-06). Haiti and masses in the streets: 'Don't change our constitution'. workers.org March 29 marked 34 years since the Haitian constitution of 1987 — marking the end of the Duvalierist dictatorship — was adopted. Two massive demonstrations on March 28 and 29 — not just in Port-au-Prince, but in Saint-Marc, Cap-HaàØtien and Port-de-Paix — were held to defend this constitution. These were . . . |

Andy Worthington (2021-04-06). US Military Closes Camp 7, Guantánamo's 'High-Value Detainee' Prison Block, Moves Men To Camp 5 — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In news from Guantánamo, the US military announced that it had shut Camp 7, the secretive prison block where Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and other so-called "high-value detainees" have been held since their arrival at Guantánamo from CIA "black sites" in September 2006, and had moved the prisoners to Camp 5. | Modeled on a maximum security prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, Camp 5, which cost $17.5 million, opened in 2004, and its solid-walled, isolated cells were used to hold prisoners regarded as non-compliant. As the prison's population shrank, however, it was closed — in September 2016 — and its remain…

John Kendall Hawkins (2021-04-06). Ramallah: A Stop and Start Life Full of Checkpoints. counterpunch.org The fall of Jerusalem to the First Crusade in 1099 stunned the world of Islam, which was at the peak of its achievements. Damascus, Cairo and Baghdad were large cities with combined population of over two million—advanced urban civilisation at a time when the citizens of London and Paris numbered less than fifty thousand in

José Blanco (2021-04-06). México — La polarización. globalizacion.ca Ha estado de moda, desde que el presidente López Obrador tomó posesión, acusar a su gobierno de polarizar el escenario político. La acusación no viene acompañada de una explicación específica sobre cuál es la carga negativa que ve el acusador,…

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-06). What's happening in Ecuador? peoplesdispatch.org Ground report from Quito, Ecuador days out from the second round of presidential elections. We take you through all of the latest developments and things to look out for just days ahead of the historic electoral contest between progressive candidate Andrés Arauz and conservative banker Guillermo Lasso.

Geraldina Colotti (2021-04-06). The United States' Obsession with Venezuela: The Ordeal of One Italian Citizen. orinocotribune.com By Geraldina Colotti — Apr 3, 2021 | This news item illustrates very well the nature of the real witch-hunt that the United States engages in while attempting to prosecute everyone who tries to get around the economic and financial blockade imposed on Venezuela by the US. Yesterday the press agencies carried this story, and today a well-known newspaper has an interview with the person involved. | This is what happened: an Italian restaurant owner, with no connection to politics, had all his bank accounts frozen for months on the orders of Washington. It was a case of mistaken identity. They had confused him…

Anonymous007 (2021-04-06). U.S. To Carry Out Large-Scale "Northern Edge" Exercise Simulating Arctic Warfare. southfront.org Illustrative image. Click to see full-size image | Starting on May 3rd, the US will hold the 12-day "Northern Edge" military exercise in Alaska, to simulate Arctic warfare. | The Air Force's team in the Pacific will lead the Army, Navy and Marine Corps."Northern Edge allows [U.S. Indo-Pacific Command's] joint force to … put all the pieces of the puzzle together, the big picture, and allow our younger generations within the armed forces to experience what future conflict could feel like, and the complex…

Leonardo Flores (2021-04-06). The Capitol Raid and Pandemic Can Help US Empathize With Venezuelans. commondreams.org For Venezuelans, there is no one "January 6." There are at least half a dozen. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/vene_2.jpeg

orinocotribune (2021-04-06). Venezuela Requests UN Assistance to Deactivate Colombian Paramilitary Landmines in Apure — "More Displaced People than Population" orinocotribune.com This Monday, April 5, it was reported that the Venezuelan government requested United Nations (UN) cooperation to eradicate the antipersonnel mines placed in Apure state, bordering Colombia, by drug trafficking groups from Colombia. | In this regard, Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister, Jorge Arreaza, sent a letter to Ilene Cohn, deputy director of the UN service in charge of this range of issues. Arreaza recalled that on May 27, 2013, Venezuela was declared a landmine-free territory. | In this sense, the Minister of Defense, Vladimir Padrino López, stressed that the text of the letter indicated that Venezuela h…

Editor2 (2021-04-06). Some Standard Cynical CIA-Style Cuba COVID Reporting at The Washington Post. orinocotribune.com By Paul Street — Apr 2, 2021 | Never underestimate the cynicism of American corporate media. As the Scotland-based historian Helen Yaffe recently observed on Counterpunch, the socialist state of Cuba currently has five COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials "and is set to be among the first nations to vaccinate its entire population." Further: "Cuba has gone on the offensive against COVID-19, mobilizing the prevention-focused, community based public healthcare system to carry out daily house visits to actively detect and treat cases and channeling the medical science sector to adapt and produce new treatments…

Staff (2021-04-06). New York's "Excluded Workers" Demand First U.S. Fund to Secure Pandemic Aid for Undocumented People. democracynow.org More than a year into the pandemic and the economic crisis it generated, many workers continue to be excluded from receiving any government relief. These excluded workers include undocumented people — many of them in essential services — and people recently released from prison. Hundreds of essential workers across New York are leading marches and hunger strikes to demand lawmakers support a $3.5 billion fund that would be the first of its kind in the United States to provide pandemic relief funding to those excluded from the current system. Governor Andrew Cuomo is now in final negotiations with legi…

reenvia Red Latina sin fronteras (2021-04-06). 7 Abril: Conversatorio con Gustavo Esteva y Raúl Zibechi. indybay.org Conversatorio: Autonomías en medio de la guerra. El caso de la experiencia zapatista. Miércoles 7 de abril, 11am…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Peru: New COVID Deaths Record Just Before Elections. telesurenglish.net Peru just registered a record single-day death toll, while the country is heading towards an election next weekend to determine a new president and Congress. 294 deaths were recorded on Saturday, up from a previous record of 277 deaths reported in August, said the Peruvian health minister. | RELATED: | New Covid-19 cases reached 5,600 putting Peru among several Latin American countries, struggling to contain a rece…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Mexico Braces for a Third Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic. telesurenglish.net Mexico could face a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic as the Social Security Institute (IMSS) on Monday warned that the country had seen an upsurge in the recent weeks amid the Easter holidays. | RELATED: | The IMSS reported that it is arranging more beds to expand general and intensive care units' capacity. This as the virus is spreading alarmingly fast. On Monday, the Ministry of Health reported a rate of virus incidence of 174…

Global Research (2021-04-05). Argentina — La covid, la economía y un momento de decisiones. globalizacion.ca El Gobierno está comunicando en dosis administradas el avance de la pandemia y la necesidad de retornar a cursos más duros de prevención, que son irreversibles. | De allí para arriba es dudoso cuál será el graderío de las restricciones. øUn…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Venezuela Hardens Restrictions on its Colombia, Brazil Borders. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday announced that his country will reinforce restrictions at border crossings with Colombia and Brazil due to the increase in COVID-19 infections in those neighboring nations. | RELATED: | "We will redouble the epidemiological controls in 2,200 kilometers of common borders," Maduro said and highlighted that Colombia faces a crisis due to President Ivan Duque's mishandling of the pandemic…

Zoe PC (2021-04-05). Rising tensions ahead of second round elections in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org The lead up to the second round elections in Ecuador have been marked by misinformation campaigns, a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and fears of manipulation and fraud…

Ben Chacko (2021-04-05). Venezuela calls for debt restructuring in response to Covid pandemic. peoplesworld.org Venezuela is calling for a comprehensive restructuring of international debt in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing the UN heads of state meeting on international debt, President Nicolas Maduro said that more than 130 million people had been plunged into poverty during the pandemic. A "profound revision of debt conditions" was needed to prevent …

Ralph Nader (2021-04-05). Ralph Nader: Can Decline In Letter-Writing Be Reversed? — OpEd. .com When Cornell University Press sent me an early copy of my sister, Laura Nader's book: My impression preceded young parents relating remarks from their little children asking, "What's a letter?" or "Where do you put the stamp, Mom?" Certainly, the Internet Age is not conducive to sitting down and writing a personal letter exclusiv…

Ralph Nader (2021-04-05). Can the Decline in Letter-Writing be Reversed? counterpunch.org When Cornell University Press sent me an early copy of my sister, Laura Nader's book: Letters To and From an Anthropologist, a collection of correspondences compiled over fifty-five years, I wondered whether such print letter-writing exchanges assembled in books were nearing extinction. My impression preceded young parents relating remarks from their little children asking, "What's a letter?" or "Where do you

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Defense Minister Alert on Colombia's Plots Against Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino on Monday warned that Colombia seeks to promote the deployment of drug trafficking networks and violent armed groups in the Bolivarian territory to provoke a civil war. | RELATED: | "Colombia is sending paramilitary groups to our borders to penetrate our territory and reach the center of Venezuela," Padrino said and rejected the violent events taking place in the frontier st…

slorinoco (2021-04-05). Venezuela's Army Remains on High Alert Near Border with Colombia. orinocotribune.com The Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces announced that it remains on high alert on the border between Venezuela and Colombia. | Due to the clashes registered in recent days between the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) and Colombian criminal groups, the Venezuelan Strategic Operational Command on Saturday reported that it maintains control of the towns of La Victoria and El Ripial, the primary theaters of the conflict. | "The armed groups who, with their intention of spreading terror among the people, flee with cowardice from Venezuelan justice, will not go far," read a…

WSWS (2021-04-05). Biden seeks to deploy federal employees to immigrant detention facilities. wsws.org The deployment of federal civilian employees is aimed at facilitating, not changing, a brutal policy of incarcerating children fleeing violence and poverty, which has led to thousands of child migrants being packed into cages along the US-Mexican border.

Eunice Cho (2021-04-05). ICE's Watchdog Agency Confirms Dangerous Conditions in Arizona Immigration Detention Facility. aclu.org Last week, the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog agency released a damning In unusual…

Leia Barnett (2021-04-05). Threats to the Greater Gila: an Imperiled Landscape Under Siege. counterpunch.org The Greater Gila region is an exceptional landscape. It is exceptional for its biodiversity, which is greater than that of Yellowstone. It is exceptional for its cultural significance, as it is the traditional homelands for 18 different federally recognized tribes. It is exceptional for its cultural history, which dates back to over 10,000 years ago. It is exceptional for its size and scale, at over 10 million acres, five different ecoregions, four different designated wilderness areas, and three separate mountain ranges. And it is exceptional for the place that it holds in the hearts and minds of many New Mexica…

Eds. (2021-04-05). Progressive media promoted a false story of 'conflict beef' from Nicaragua. mronline.org Reports by Reveal (10/21/20) and PBS NewsHour (10/20/21) called for a boycott of "conflict beef" from Nicaragua. The Center for Investigative Reporting's Reveal claims to be "fair and comprehensive" and PBS to be "trusted," but their misleading and inaccurate reports could have drastic consequences for Nicaragua, at a time when the country is already struggling […] | April 5, 2021 | Newswire…

orinocotribune (2021-04-05). Alex Saab: 'I was Tortured and Pressured' to Sign Voluntary Extradition. orinocotribune.com In a recent interview with the Colombian news outlet El Espectador, Colombian-Venezuelan businessman and Venezuelan special envoy àÅlex Saab confessed to having been a victim of torture from the first day of his "kidnapping" in Cape Verde. He asserted that he was pressured "to sign voluntary extradition statements and give false testimony." Saab has been in detention in Cape Verde—first in prison and now under house arrest—since his arbitrary and irregular arrest in June 2020 in that country. | "I was kidnapped by Cape Verde in collusion with the United States," said the Venezuelan diplomat duri…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-05). Mozambique: Insurgency Causing Irreparable Havoc And Devastation. .com What has been referred to as Islamic attacks and insurgency is causing irreparable deep havoc and devastation in Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique. The insurgency that began in 2017 has unimaginable negative effects on settlements of the civilian population, and on business and industry operations. It has consistently received global condemnation from regional and international community. | International aid agency sources said between 6,000 and 10,000 people were still waiting to be evacuated to safety following the raid on Palma. Dozens of civilians were killed, including South Africans, in Palma where a m…

Raul Antonio Capote (2021-04-05). Another Weapon in the Cultural War Against Cuba. orinocotribune.com By Raúl Antonio Capote — Apr 4, 2021 | CIA efforts to create publishing houses andliterary magazines to attract Cuban writers was intended to separate them from the country's institutions and steer them toward an anti-government stance. | Most of the CIA's covert operations in Latin America during the 1960s were directed against the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro. "No more Cubas", was the agency's slogan at the time. | The Agency created a division in New York City, called Foreign Publications Inc. (Foreign Publications Incorporated), to subsidize various anti-Cuban publications, many coming from Miami. T…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Bolivia: Former Water Resources Minister Flees the Country. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, former Water Resources Minister Maria Pinckert left Bolivia, three days after the Prosecutor's Office issued an arrest warrant against her over irregularities in her management. | RELATED: | Pinckert, whose whereabouts are unknown, announced that she requested asylum because she considers herself a victim of political persecution. | "I will return when the judicial system becomes impartial," she wrote in a…

Urariano Mota (2021-04-05). First of April: A 13-year-old witnesses the 1964 Brazilian military coup. peoplesworld.org

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Chile To Spend $300 Million To Deport Venezuelans. telesurenglish.net President Sebastian Piñera's administration is implementing a $300-million plan to expel 1,800 foreigners, mostly Venezuelans, via 15 private flights. | RELATED: | Outlet La Tercera revealed details of a tender for services which started on March 12 when the Interior Undersecretary began the bidding process to deport Venezuelans throughout the year. | This is part of the "Colchane Plan" whose implementation bega…

Javier Tolcachier (2021-04-05). Ecuador ante una elección a cara o cruz. globalizacion.ca En la segunda vuelta presidencial que tendrá lugar el próximo 11 de abril, los ecuatorianos enfrentan la disyuntiva entre apostar por un candidato progresista o tener que soportar durante cuatro años un gobierno empresarial, ligado a las finanzas y a…

Thomas Knapp (2021-04-05). America Unchurched: A Sign of the Times. counterpunch.org For the first time in its more than eight decades of surveying Americans' religious attitudes and practices, Gallup reports, church members constituted only 47% of the US population in 2020 — down 23% since 1999, prior to which the percentage seldom dipped below 70%. Why the precipitous drop, and what might it portend for the

orinocotribune (2021-04-05). Venezuelan Minister for Defense: Venezuelans Displaced by Colombian Narco-Paramilitary Violence Pressured by Colombian Authorities to Remain in Arauquita. orinocotribune.com The Mayor of Páez municipality in Apure state (Venezuela), José María Romero, complained that a group of Venezuelans are being held in Arauquita, Colombia, and prevented from returning to La Victoria (Venezuela) in order to attempt to discredit reports about the tranquility and peace re-established in Venezuela. | "It is worrying to see how after almost 15 days, there is pressure from Colombia preventing people from returning," said the mayor in a video shared by Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López. "We have information that it was forbidden to leave the shelters until Tuesday." | "Mayor José María…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-05). India Joins French-led Military Drills in the Bay of Bengal, Escalating Tensions With China. news.antiwar.com India is joining its fellow Quad nations — the US, Japan, and Australia — in The drills, known as the La Perouse exercises, start Monday and will last for three days. The first La Perouse exercises The Quad nations participated in…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-05). NLRB Says Amazon Firing of Workers Who Demanded Better Climate, Labor Policies Was Illegal Retaliation. commondreams.org "It's clear that Amazon has been violating the law when it tries to silence workers who speak out," said Christy Hofmann, general secretary of UNI Global Union. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/amazon-bezos-employees-threatened-climate_0.png

Staff (2021-04-05). 35 States at Risk of "Rigged" Districts Due to Gerrymandering, Report Finds. truthout.org A new report has found that 35 states are at risk of having their election districts "rigged" to unfairly favor one party during this year's redistricting cycle, with over half of the country at "extreme" risk. | "The redistricting laws in these states provide little protection against politicians manipulating district maps for partisan or personal gain,"

Fight Back (2021-04-05). Philippines: Duterte's lockdown brings more hardships and abuse against the people. fightbacknews.org Fight Back News Service is circulating the following April 1 statement from the Communist Party of the Philippines. | Without health and economic measures, the resort to another anti-poor and draconian lockdown in the National Capital Region (NCR) and adjacent provinces four days ago to stop the rapid increase in the number of Covid-19 cases will only lead to another grand failure. | The Duterte government remains deaf to the demands made a year ago for it to carry out free mass testing and rapid and systematic contact-tracing as key measures to detect and contain the spread of the virus. It has also ignored fre…

Lucia Eugenia Cordova (2021-04-05). Venezuela Touches New Peak with 1,786 COVID-19 Cases and 15 Deaths this Sunday. orinocotribune.com On Sunday, April 4, Venezuela marked the 385th day of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The country registered 1,786 new cases in the last 24 hours, of which 1,779 were cases of community transmission and 7 were imported, in addition to 15 deaths. This was communicated by Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez during the televised COVID-19 briefing by President Nicolás Maduro. "This is the day with the highest number of cases reported in Venezuela," said the president in his customary Sunday address. | With this update, Venezuela accumulated a total of 166,123 infections and 1,662 deaths resu…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Brazil: Supreme Court Judge Allows Massive Religious Acts. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Federal Supreme Court Judge Kassio Nunes on Saturday authorized the holding of religious acts in churches and temples, arguing the right of people to practice their beliefs. | RELATED: | Religious activity is an "essential" service in "such difficult times," said the Nunes, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Jair Bolsonaro. | Previously, religious celebrations had been banned by some subnational g…

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teleSUR (2021-04-05). Venezuela Hardens Restrictions on its Colombia, Brazil Borders. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday announced that his country will reinforce restrictions at border crossings with Colombia and Brazil due to the increase in COVID-19 infections in those neighboring nations. | RELATED: | "We will redouble the epidemiological controls in 2,200 kilometers of common borders," Maduro said and highlighted that Colombia faces a crisis due to President Ivan Duque's mishandling of the pandemic…

Ben Chacko (2021-04-05). Venezuela calls for debt restructuring in response to Covid pandemic. peoplesworld.org Venezuela is calling for a comprehensive restructuring of international debt in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. Addressing the UN heads of state meeting on international debt, President Nicolas Maduro said that more than 130 million people had been plunged into poverty during the pandemic. A "profound revision of debt conditions" was needed to prevent …

Ralph Nader (2021-04-05). Ralph Nader: Can Decline In Letter-Writing Be Reversed? — OpEd. eurasiareview.com When Cornell University Press sent me an early copy of my sister, Laura Nader's book: My impression preceded young parents relating remarks from their little children asking, "What's a letter?" or "Where do you put the stamp, Mom?" Certainly, the Internet Age is not conducive to sitting down and writing a personal letter exclusiv…

Ralph Nader (2021-04-05). Can the Decline in Letter-Writing be Reversed? counterpunch.org When Cornell University Press sent me an early copy of my sister, Laura Nader's book: Letters To and From an Anthropologist, a collection of correspondences compiled over fifty-five years, I wondered whether such print letter-writing exchanges assembled in books were nearing extinction. My impression preceded young parents relating remarks from their little children asking, "What's a letter?" or "Where do you

slorinoco (2021-04-05). Venezuela's Army Remains on High Alert Near Border with Colombia. orinocotribune.com The Strategic Operational Command of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces announced that it remains on high alert on the border between Venezuela and Colombia. | Due to the clashes registered in recent days between the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) and Colombian criminal groups, the Venezuelan Strategic Operational Command on Saturday reported that it maintains control of the towns of La Victoria and El Ripial, the primary theaters of the conflict. | "The armed groups who, with their intention of spreading terror among the people, flee with cowardice from Venezuelan justice, will not go far," read a…

Leia Barnett (2021-04-05). Threats to the Greater Gila: an Imperiled Landscape Under Siege. counterpunch.org The Greater Gila region is an exceptional landscape. It is exceptional for its biodiversity, which is greater than that of Yellowstone. It is exceptional for its cultural significance, as it is the traditional homelands for 18 different federally recognized tribes. It is exceptional for its cultural history, which dates back to over 10,000 years ago. It is exceptional for its size and scale, at over 10 million acres, five different ecoregions, four different designated wilderness areas, and three separate mountain ranges. And it is exceptional for the place that it holds in the hearts and minds of many New Mexica…

Eunice Cho (2021-04-05). ICE's Watchdog Agency Confirms Dangerous Conditions in Arizona Immigration Detention Facility. aclu.org Last week, the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog agency released a damning In unusual…

Eds. (2021-04-05). Progressive media promoted a false story of 'conflict beef' from Nicaragua. mronline.org Reports by Reveal (10/21/20) and PBS NewsHour (10/20/21) called for a boycott of "conflict beef" from Nicaragua. The Center for Investigative Reporting's Reveal claims to be "fair and comprehensive" and PBS to be "trusted," but their misleading and inaccurate reports could have drastic consequences for Nicaragua, at a time when the country is already struggling […] | April 5, 2021 | Newswire…

orinocotribune (2021-04-05). Alex Saab: 'I was Tortured and Pressured' to Sign Voluntary Extradition. orinocotribune.com In a recent interview with the Colombian news outlet El Espectador, Colombian-Venezuelan businessman and Venezuelan special envoy àÅlex Saab confessed to having been a victim of torture from the first day of his "kidnapping" in Cape Verde. He asserted that he was pressured "to sign voluntary extradition statements and give false testimony." Saab has been in detention in Cape Verde—first in prison and now under house arrest—since his arbitrary and irregular arrest in June 2020 in that country. | "I was kidnapped by Cape Verde in collusion with the United States," said the Venezuelan diplomat duri…

Zoe PC (2021-04-05). Rising tensions ahead of second round elections in Ecuador. peoplesdispatch.org The lead up to the second round elections in Ecuador have been marked by misinformation campaigns, a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases and fears of manipulation and fraud…

Kester Kenn Klomegah (2021-04-05). Mozambique: Insurgency Causing Irreparable Havoc And Devastation. eurasiareview.com What has been referred to as Islamic attacks and insurgency is causing irreparable deep havoc and devastation in Cabo Delgado province of Mozambique. The insurgency that began in 2017 has unimaginable negative effects on settlements of the civilian population, and on business and industry operations. It has consistently received global condemnation from regional and international community. | International aid agency sources said between 6,000 and 10,000 people were still waiting to be evacuated to safety following the raid on Palma. Dozens of civilians were killed, including South Africans, in Palma where a m…

Paul Dobson (2021-04-05). Venezuela Appeals to UN for Landmine Clearance as Colombian Border Clashes Ease. venezuelanalysis.com Caracas has also created a special military zone and brigade to deal with the situation in Apure state, where 17 people have died.

Global Research (2021-04-05). Argentina — La covid, la economía y un momento de decisiones. globalizacion.ca El Gobierno está comunicando en dosis administradas el avance de la pandemia y la necesidad de retornar a cursos más duros de prevención, que son irreversibles. | De allí para arriba es dudoso cuál será el graderío de las restricciones. øUn…

WSWS (2021-04-05). Biden seeks to deploy federal employees to immigrant detention facilities. wsws.org The deployment of federal civilian employees is aimed at facilitating, not changing, a brutal policy of incarcerating children fleeing violence and poverty, which has led to thousands of child migrants being packed into cages along the US-Mexican border.

Raul Antonio Capote (2021-04-05). Another Weapon in the Cultural War Against Cuba. orinocotribune.com By Raúl Antonio Capote — Apr 4, 2021 | CIA efforts to create publishing houses andliterary magazines to attract Cuban writers was intended to separate them from the country's institutions and steer them toward an anti-government stance. | Most of the CIA's covert operations in Latin America during the 1960s were directed against the Cuban Revolution and Fidel Castro. "No more Cubas", was the agency's slogan at the time. | The Agency created a division in New York City, called Foreign Publications Inc. (Foreign Publications Incorporated), to subsidize various anti-Cuban publications, many coming from Miami. T…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Bolivia: Former Water Resources Minister Flees the Country. telesurenglish.net On Sunday, former Water Resources Minister Maria Pinckert left Bolivia, three days after the Prosecutor's Office issued an arrest warrant against her over irregularities in her management. | RELATED: | Pinckert, whose whereabouts are unknown, announced that she requested asylum because she considers herself a victim of political persecution. | "I will return when the judicial system becomes impartial," she wrote in a…

Urariano Mota (2021-04-05). First of April: A 13-year-old witnesses the 1964 Brazilian military coup. peoplesworld.org

The National Security Archive (2021-04-05). Brazil Abetted Overthrow of Allende in Chile. globalresearch.ca On 57th anniversary of military coup in Brazil, the National Security …

Javier Tolcachier (2021-04-05). Ecuador ante una elección a cara o cruz. globalizacion.ca En la segunda vuelta presidencial que tendrá lugar el próximo 11 de abril, los ecuatorianos enfrentan la disyuntiva entre apostar por un candidato progresista o tener que soportar durante cuatro años un gobierno empresarial, ligado a las finanzas y a…

Thomas Knapp (2021-04-05). America Unchurched: A Sign of the Times. counterpunch.org For the first time in its more than eight decades of surveying Americans' religious attitudes and practices, Gallup reports, church members constituted only 47% of the US population in 2020 — down 23% since 1999, prior to which the percentage seldom dipped below 70%. Why the precipitous drop, and what might it portend for the

Sebastián Melfi (2021-04-05). El lugar de Malvinas en la nueva estrategia global de la OTAN. globalizacion.ca Además de la confluencia de intereses derivados del complejo industrial militar, la OTAN sostiene la pretensión británica sobre Malvinas porque las islas son un activo geoestratégico fundamental para intervenir en América Latina. | Al cumplirse 39 años del inicio de la…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2021-04-05). NLRB Says Amazon Firing of Workers Who Demanded Better Climate, Labor Policies Was Illegal Retaliation. commondreams.org "It's clear that Amazon has been violating the law when it tries to silence workers who speak out," said Christy Hofmann, general secretary of UNI Global Union. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/amazon-bezos-employees-threatened-climate_0.png

orinocotribune (2021-04-05). Venezuelan Minister for Defense: Venezuelans Displaced by Colombian Narco-Paramilitary Violence Pressured by Colombian Authorities to Remain in Arauquita. orinocotribune.com The Mayor of Páez municipality in Apure state (Venezuela), José María Romero, complained that a group of Venezuelans are being held in Arauquita, Colombia, and prevented from returning to La Victoria (Venezuela) in order to attempt to discredit reports about the tranquility and peace re-established in Venezuela. | "It is worrying to see how after almost 15 days, there is pressure from Colombia preventing people from returning," said the mayor in a video shared by Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino López. "We have information that it was forbidden to leave the shelters until Tuesday." | "Mayor José María…

Liudmila Piña Herrera (2021-04-05). Cuba — Antes de volver al aula. globalizacion.ca El aprendizaje mediante las teleclases ha ocupado un lugar preponderante en la dinámica y el pensamiento de la familia cubana, desde que la COVID-19 comenzó a ser parte de nuestra realidad. Las opiniones acerca de la educación no han cesado,…

Mario Ramos (2021-04-05). Combate a incursión mercenaria en Venezuela. globalizacion.ca Una de las 'nuevas' estrategias gringas de guerra es crear condiciones que permitan la rápida intervención de un tercero, precisamente porque en la búsqueda de destruir los países y procesos que se oponen a ser vasallos de su hegemonía, no…

Staff (2021-04-05). 35 States at Risk of "Rigged" Districts Due to Gerrymandering, Report Finds. truthout.org A new report has found that 35 states are at risk of having their election districts "rigged" to unfairly favor one party during this year's redistricting cycle, with over half of the country at "extreme" risk. | "The redistricting laws in these states provide little protection against politicians manipulating district maps for partisan or personal gain,"

Glenn Greenwald (2021-04-05). Why Brazil Still Matters. thenation.com Why Brazil Still Matters…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-05). India Joins French-led Military Drills in the Bay of Bengal, Escalating Tensions With China. news.antiwar.com India is joining its fellow Quad nations — the US, Japan, and Australia — in The drills, known as the La Perouse exercises, start Monday and will last for three days. The first La Perouse exercises The Quad nations participated in…

Lucia Eugenia Cordova (2021-04-05). Venezuela Touches New Peak with 1,786 COVID-19 Cases and 15 Deaths this Sunday. orinocotribune.com On Sunday, April 4, Venezuela marked the 385th day of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The country registered 1,786 new cases in the last 24 hours, of which 1,779 were cases of community transmission and 7 were imported, in addition to 15 deaths. This was communicated by Venezuelan Executive Vice President Delcy Rodríguez during the televised COVID-19 briefing by President Nicolás Maduro. "This is the day with the highest number of cases reported in Venezuela," said the president in his customary Sunday address. | With this update, Venezuela accumulated a total of 166,123 infections and 1,662 deaths resu…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). Brazil: Supreme Court Judge Allows Massive Religious Acts. telesurenglish.net Brazil's Federal Supreme Court Judge Kassio Nunes on Saturday authorized the holding of religious acts in churches and temples, arguing the right of people to practice their beliefs. | RELATED: | Religious activity is an "essential" service in "such difficult times," said the Nunes, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Jair Bolsonaro. | Previously, religious celebrations had been banned by some subnational g…

teleSUR (2021-04-05). China to Donate 150,000 COVID-19 Vaccines to El Salvador. telesurenglish.net China's Ambassador to El Salvador Ou Jianhong Sunday confirmed that her country will donate 150,000 Sinovac vaccines to this Latin American nation. | RELATED: | "China seeks to support El Salvador in its fight against the pandemic as it aims to protect the people's health," Jianhong tweeted and informed that the donation will arrive on Tuesday night. | The 150,000 doses, which are in addition to the 2 million Sinovac…

_____ (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…

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 the 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 politic…

teleSUR (2021-04-04). Venezuela Seeks UN Assistance to Deactivate Mines. telesurenglish.net Maduro made the announcement after delivering a report on the Covid19 situation in the country. He said he instructed foreign minister Jorge Arreaza to contact UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for the purpose. | RELATED: | Venezuela's National Boliviarian Army has been conducting operations on the border zone since unidentified armed units attacked National Guard posts, rural villages and public buildings in M…

_____ (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…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

RT (2021-04-04). 'I would be vaccinated with Sputnik V': German pharma CEO praises Russia's vaccine & 'outstanding scientists'. rt.com Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has "a lot of good scientific data" behind it, the head of Germany's Bionorica SE pharmaceutical company, Michael Popp, told RT, as he shared his company's experience working with Russian specialists. | "Russian researchers have a lot of experience and expertise in vaccine development," said the CEO of the German-based international company, which calls itself a global leader in the production of herbal medicines. Bionorica SE has production sites in almost 20 nations, including the US, Austria, Spain, Brazil, and Russia, and sells its products in more than 40 countries. | Also on rt…

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…

Robert Norse (2021-04-04). Modified Injunction is Bad News for the Unhoused; Prepare to Resist Now, or Regret Later. indybay.org Judge Susan van Kuelen's March 30th modifications in the 1-20-21 Preliminary Injunction previously protecting the San Lorenzo Survival Campground was published April 1st. It allows a week or two relief, if that, before the unhoused population faces restored confinement or persecution.

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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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2021-04-03: News Headlines

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…

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…

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…

Aidan O'Brien* (2021-04-03). US Values Vs Chinese Values: Empire Vs Bandung As Seen From Cape Verde — OpEd. eurasiareview.com In February the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinkin, made it a priority to phone Rui Figueiredo, the Foreign Affairs and Defense Minister of Cape Verde. They spoke about commerce and "security" (1). | Why? Why is the tiny African nation of Cape Verde (population 550,000) a US priority? In short: because the US is behind China in the latest "scramble for Africa". | To rectify its position, vis-à -vis China, in Africa (and elsewhere): "U.S. President Joe Biden pledged to put values at the heart of his administration's China policy. Since entering office, he has called on the world's democracies to gird for a n…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-03). African Elephants Only Occupy A Fraction Of Their Potential Range. eurasiareview.com Many wildlife species are threatened by shrinking habitat. But according to new research, the potential range of African elephants could be more than five times larger than its current extent. | Due to 2,000 years of human pressure, African elephants have suffered dramatic population declines, and their range has shrunk to just 17% of what it could be, say researchers who led the new study, in Current Biology. | The dramatic reduction in range is due to the killing of elephants for their ivory and the encroachment of humans into elephant habitat. Evidence for elephants being drastically reduced in certain regi…

Eurasia Review (2021-04-03). Adjusting Interactions Help Some California's Wild Bee Populations Survive. eurasiareview.com Across California's Central Valley, under stress from large-scale agriculture and climate change, native bee species that are flexible in their pollination behavior when around other wild bee populations appear best suited for survival in shrinking habitats. | That's the primary finding of a study published online in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. | A research team led by University of Oregon biologist Lauren C. Ponisio identified 1,150 network interactions involving 157 wild bee species and 152 plant species at 63 sites spread across three counties. The findings emerged from observations of adult bee…

MISES (2021-04-03). The World Of Salamanca — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr.* | The subject of the medieval period highlights the vast gulf that separates scholarly opinion from popular opinion. This is a grave frustration for scholars who have been working to change popular opinion for a hundred years. For most people, the medieval period brings to mind populations living by myths and crazy superstitions such as we might see in a Monty Python skit. Scholarly opinion, however, knows otherwise. The age between the 8th and 16th centuries was a time of amazing advance in every area of knowledge, such as architecture, music, biology, mathematics, astronomy, ind…

Arab News (2021-04-03). Why Myanmar's Massacres Shame The World — OpEd. eurasiareview.com By Yossi Mekelberg* | When representatives of all UN member states met in 2005 for the World Summit, billed at the time as the "largest gathering of world leaders in history," and passed a resolution that set out the parameters for the Responsibility to Protect populations (R2P) from genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing, there was an air of togetherness and optimism that the journey toward eradicating these horrific phenomena had begun. | In the intervening years, this hope has been dented time and time again when such atrocities have been committed by some of the very countries t…

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…

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…

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.

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). 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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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). 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…

www.academia.edu (2021-04-03). 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.

_____ (2021-04-03). The Vaccine Must Be A Common Good For Humanity. popularresistance.org Nearly three million people have reportedly been killed by the novel coronavirus (SAR-CoV-2) and upwards of 128 million people have been infected by the virus, many with long-lasting health repercussions. Thus far, roughly 1.5% of the world's population of 7.7 billion have been vaccinated, but 80% of them are from only ten countries. In February, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research warned about the 'medical apartheid' that has shaped the vaccine roll-out. | Since 1950, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has celebrated Global Health Day on 7 April. Each year, the WHO choses a different theme for the day…

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-04-03). Friday 4/2: Virtual Forum: 60-year Blockade on Cuba & Unions Fight for Safe Schools. indybay.org bit.ly/education4thepeople…

Robert Norse (2021-04-03). Modified Injunction is Bad News for the Unhoused; Prepare to Resist Now, or Regret Later. indybay.org Judge Susan van Kuelen's March 30th modifications in the 1-20-21 Preliminary Injunction previously protecting the San Lorenzo Survival Campground was published April 1st. It allows a week or two relief, if that, before the unhoused population faces restored confinement or persecution.

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.

Yvonne Gilleece, Dagny Krankowska (2021-04-03). [Comment] ART in pregnant women living with HIV. thelancet.com More than half (51%) of the world's population of people living with HIV-1 are women.1 Each year, the incidence of new HIV-1 infections in women of reproductive age is high, with 5 ∑2 million women of reproductive age newly diagnosed between 2010 and 2015,2 and 1 ∑3 million pregnant women receiving HIV-1 treatment in 2018.3 Perinatal transmission of HIV-1 has fallen most substantially through increased access to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in pregnancy and during breastfeeding. UNAIDS has reported that new HIV-1 infections among children have halved from 310‚Äà000 in 2010 to 150‚&…

Editor2 (2021-04-03). Ukraine To Regain 'Occupied Territory' in Crimea and Sevastopol. orinocotribune.com In 2014, the Russian-speaking population living in the Donbas region set the Donetsk and Luhansk republics. Ukraine does not recognize that decision to date. | Over the last week, Ukraine has been moving military vehicles and troops to the front lines, a measure that increases its military tensions with Russia. | On March 24, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed the Decree 117/2021 approving the "strategy of disoccupation and reintegration of the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol city." | In practical terms, Ukraine's decision could trigger actions lea…

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-02). Despite US Dirty Tricks, Bolivia is Finding a Way to Stay Independent. orinocotribune.com By Vijay Prashad — Mar 30, 2021 | Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d'etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006 to 2019) were eating into their authority. But these sections could not oust Morales at the ballot box because his policies of redistribution were wildly popular among the mass of the population. Morales won three elections, each of them with a decisive mandate: winning 53.74 percent in 2005, 64.08 percent in 2009, and 61.36 percent…

_____ (2021-04-02). Despite US' Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding A Way To Stay Independent. popularresistance.org Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d'etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006 to 2019) were eating into their authority. But these sections could not oust Morales at the ballot box because his policies of redistribution were wildly popular among the mass of the population. Morales won three elections, each of them with a decisive mandate: winning 53.74% in 2005, 64.08% in 2009, and 61.36% in 2014. | Pressure to prevent Morales from running in the e…

Florina Rodov (2021-04-02). Why I changed my mind about charter schools. peoplesworld.org I fell for the charter school hype. I agreed with former President Obama's education secretary Arne Duncan who advocated for "school choice." I trusted the research that said charters "close [the] achievement gap" for Black and Latino students. When I saw "Waiting for 'Superman,'" I rooted for the kids in the documentary to escape their …

Gloria Rubac (2021-04-02). Cesar Chavez Day. workers.org Houston Residents here honored labor leader and United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez March 27 with a caravan through the East Side, led by over 25 motorcycles, dozens of Chicano lowrider cars and other cars with signs and union flags on them. They met up with a large contingent of . . . |

Raul Diego (2021-04-02). Biden Picks Kamala Harris to Carry the Carrot and Stick in Central America. orinocotribune.com By Raul Diego — Mar 31, 2021 | With Kamala Harris now riding herd, the stage is set for a massive tech overhaul of the migrant crisis. | WASHINGTON — The White House

Peoples Dispatch (2021-04-02). Another migrant caravan leaves from Honduras towards the US border. peoplesdispatch.org Social and economic conditions in the country continue to worsen while the institutional crisis also deepens following the drug trafficking conviction of the president's brother in a US court…

orinocotribune (2021-04-02). Two More Venezuelan Soldiers Killed by Colombian Paramilitaries in Apure. orinocotribune.com This Thursday, April 1, two Venezuelan soldiers died as a result of the detonation of a landmine by Colombian criminal groups upon a patrol operating in the El Ripial sector of José Antonio Páez municipality, in Apure state, where the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) is executing operation Bolivarian Shield 2021 against drug trafficking and paramilitary cells, which intend to enter Venezuelan territory to expand their criminal networks. | "We report that First Sergeant Andriel Istúriz Sojo and Second Sergeant Jesús Alexander Vásquez Pérez died today," read a statement by the Venezuelan ministry for defense…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-02). Four FundaREDES 'Candid Activists' Detained in Apure State. orinocotribune.com On March 31, Venezuelan NGO FundaREDES denounced the arrest of two of its members in Apure state, and of two journalists from the Colombian channel NTN24 by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB). | The opposition activist Javier Tarazona is promoting a smear campaign on social media, referring to the "forced disappearance" of four Venezuelans for allegedly "documenting the violation of human rights in the area" by Venezuelan military deployed to defend Venezuelan sovereignty. | These claims are contradicted by the fact that, while claiming a missing persons case, organizations like the National Union of Press Worke…

Editor2 (2021-04-02). Tens of Millions in Florida Properties Linked to Ecuadorian Presidential Candidate Guillermo Lasso. orinocotribune.com By Jake Johnston — Mar 31, 2021 | In March 2017, ahead of Ecuador's second-round presidential election, CEPR reported that Florida-based shell companies linked to then-candidate Guillermo Lasso owned 144 properties in Broward and Miami-Dade counties valued at over $30 million. In that election, voters approved a referendum barring politicians and civil servants from holding assets in tax havens and giving them one year to divest or transfer their holdings. Though Florida is not included among the list of tax havens, it is considered a "low tax jurisdiction," which authorities will handle on a case-by-case ba…

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-02). Undeniable Spike: Venezuela Reports 1,254 COVID-19 Cases, 13 Deaths, and 92% Recovered on Thursday. orinocotribune.com This Thursday, April 1, Venezuela marked its 382nd day in the battle against COVID-19. In the last 24 hours, the country registered 1,254 new cases: 1,237 of community transmission and 17 imported, in addition to 13 deaths. This was reported by the Minister for Communication and Information, Freddy àëáñez. | Thus, Venezuela's totals up until day 382, in the second wave of COVID-19, include 161,751 infections and 1,615 deaths from this disease. On the other hand, 11,480 cases are reported as active. Of this sum, 11,127 are receiving free care in the national public he…

Chris Gilbert (2021-04-02). An Unannounced Rupture in Venezuelan Politics. counterpunch.org The brilliant Venezuelan thinker Reinaldo Iturriza has been writing about "disaffiliation" recently. Iturriza believes that a great many Chavista voters and militants have become disaffiliated. They are not exactly depoliticized, in his view. Rather, the country's politics has become so empty — lacking in substance — that they are standing aside and waiting. Iturriza has

Eurasia Review (2021-04-02). Michigan's Middle Eastern And North African Population Face Barriers To Optimal Health. eurasiareview.com Within southeast Michigan's Middle Eastern and North African community, those who worry about deportation or believe they've been treated unfairly are likely to face more adverse conditions associated with poor health, including food insecurity and financial distress. | The MENA people who face several of these barriers are also more likely to report chronic illness and mental health issues as well as worse overall health. | That's according to a new study by the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center, the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social…

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-02). Credit Suisse's 'Suspicious' Forecast for Venezuelan Economy: 4% Growth in 2021. orinocotribune.com In an economic forecast made public by the controversial AP journalist Joshua Goodman last Friday, March 26, which could be defined as a suspicious and unusual compliment, the Credit Suisse bank foresees the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to have a GDP increase of 4% in 2021. | The forecast is a surprise because the international financial institution considers the fact that the South American country is subject to a commercial and financial blockade, to which private corporations such as Credit Suisse itself capitulates, under the direction of the United States government and the European Union. | "We project…

Editor2 (2021-04-02). The War Scenario in Apure is Transferred to the Media and Social Media Networks. orinocotribune.com By Misión Verdad — Mar 30, 2021 | Since the beginning of the clashes last Sunday, March 21, between Venezuelan state security forces and armed groups operating in Apure, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, attempts were made to construct a false narrative aimed at criminalizing the government of President Nicolás Maduro and involving secondary actors. | The discourse framework promoted hours after the events was that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) had bombed the civilian population of La Victoria, a border town in the Venezuelan plains state, and was confronting an alleged faction of the disside…

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-02). Far Right Cries Out for Foreign Intervention Due to Colombian Paramilitary Attacks in Apure. orinocotribune.com In the midst of the struggle by Venezuelan security and defense agencies to expel the threat of Colombian paramilitary gangs from the state of Apure, the spokespeople for Venezuela's extreme right are again launching requests for foreign intervention and military interference in Venezuela. | Since the first skirmishes against criminal organizations were recorded in the border area of La Victoria in Apure state, on March 21, calls for foreign interference proliferated on social media networks, in addition to censure of the work of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB). | One of the representatives of the opp…

Editor2 (2021-04-02). The War Scenario in Apure is Transferred to the Media and Social Networks. orinocotribune.com By Misión Verdad — Mar 30, 2021 | Since the beginning of the clashes last Sunday, March 21, between Venezuelan state security forces and armed groups operating in Apure, on the Colombian-Venezuelan border, attempts were made to construct a false narrative aimed at criminalizing the government of President Nicolás Maduro and involving secondary actors. | The discourse framework promoted hours after the events was that the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) had bombed the civilian population of La Victoria, a border town in the Venezuelan plains state, and was confronting an alleged faction of the disside…

Jeff Abbott (2021-04-02). The Other Americans: Now It's Biden's Turn to Repel Migrants. progressive.org The Biden Administration is continuing old policies of turning back desperate people from the border.

WSWS (2021-04-02). Thousands of migrant children remain detained in overflowing detention camps along southern US border. wsws.org Children are being kept in eight "pods" consisting of 500 children each, crowded into cages lined with see-through plastic sheets at a Department of Homeland Security facility in Donna, Texas.

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2021-04-02: News Headlines

orinocotribune (2021-04-02). Two More Venezuelan Soldiers Killed by Colombian Paramilitaries in Apure. orinocotribune.com This Thursday, April 1, two Venezuelan soldiers died as a result of the detonation of a landmine by Colombian criminal groups upon a patrol operating in the El Ripial sector of José Antonio Páez municipality, in Apure state, where the Bolivarian National Armed Forces (FANB) is executing operation Bolivarian Shield 2021 against drug trafficking and paramilitary cells, which intend to enter Venezuelan territory to expand their criminal networks. | "We report that First Sergeant Andriel Istúriz Sojo and Second Sergeant Jesús Alexander Vásquez Pérez died today," read a statement by the Venezuelan ministry for defense…

Carlos Arellán (2021-04-02). Four FundaREDES 'Candid Activists' Detained in Apure State. orinocotribune.com On March 31, Venezuelan NGO FundaREDES denounced the arrest of two of its members in Apure state, and of two journalists from the Colombian channel NTN24 by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB). | The opposition activist Javier Tarazona is promoting a smear campaign on social media, referring to the "forced disappearance" of four Venezuelans for allegedly "documenting the violation of human rights in the area" by Venezuelan military deployed to defend Venezuelan sovereignty. | These claims are contradicted by the fact that, while claiming a missing persons case, organizations like the National Union of Press Worke…

Florina Rodov (2021-04-02). Why I changed my mind about charter schools. peoplesworld.org I fell for the charter school hype. I agreed with former President Obama's education secretary Arne Duncan who advocated for "school choice." I trusted the research that said charters "close [the] achievement gap" for Black and Latino students. When I saw "Waiting for 'Superman,'" I rooted for the kids in the documentary to escape their …

Gloria Rubac (2021-04-02). Cesar Chavez Day. workers.org Houston Residents here honored labor leader and United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez March 27 with a caravan through the East Side, led by over 25 motorcycles, dozens of Chicano lowrider cars and other cars with signs and union flags on them. They met up with a large contingent of . . . |

Raul Diego (2021-04-02). Biden Picks Kamala Harris to Carry the Carrot and Stick in Central America. orinocotribune.com By Raul Diego — Mar 31, 2021 | With Kamala Harris now riding herd, the stage is set for a massive tech overhaul of the migrant crisis. | WASHINGTON — The White House

Chris Gilbert (2021-04-02). An Unannounced Rupture in Venezuelan Politics. counterpunch.org The brilliant Venezuelan thinker Reinaldo Iturriza has been writing about "disaffiliation" recently. Iturriza believes that a great many Chavista voters and militants have become disaffiliated. They are not exactly depoliticized, in his view. Rather, the country's politics has become so empty — lacking in substance — that they are standing aside and waiting. Iturriza has

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-02). Despite US Dirty Tricks, Bolivia is Finding a Way to Stay Independent. orinocotribune.com By Vijay Prashad — Mar 30, 2021 | Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d'etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006 to 2019) were eating into their authority. But these sections could not oust Morales at the ballot box because his policies of redistribution were wildly popular among the mass of the population. Morales won three elections, each of them with a decisive mandate: winning 53.74 percent in 2005, 64.08 percent in 2009, and 61.36 percent…

_____ (2021-04-02). Despite US' Dirty Tricks, Bolivia Is Finding A Way To Stay Independent. popularresistance.org Sentiments in Bolivia for and against the coup d'etat of November 2019 are predictably along class lines. Those from more affluent sections felt that the socialist policies of the government of President Evo Morales (which was in power from 2006 to 2019) were eating into their authority. But these sections could not oust Morales at the ballot box because his policies of redistribution were wildly popular among the mass of the population. Morales won three elections, each of them with a decisive mandate: winning 53.74% in 2005, 64.08% in 2009, and 61.36% in 2014. | Pressure to prevent Morales from running in the e…

_____ (2021-04-02). Drone Whistleblower Charged With Violating Espionage Act Pleads Guilty. popularresistance.org Daniel Hale, who blew the whistle on the United States government's targeted assassination program that includes drones, pled guilty to transmitting and retaining "national defense information" in violation of the Espionage Act. | The guilty plea by Hale makes him the first whistleblower to be convicted under the Espionage Act during President Joe Biden's administration. | A change of plea hearing was held on March 31 in the Eastern District of Virginia, around a week before Hale was scheduled to go to trial. | Judge Liam O'Grady permitted Hale to remain under supervision by a probation officer until sentencing o…

_____ (2021-04-02). New Mexico Passes Cannabis Legalization And Expungement Package. popularresistance.org Santa Fe, NM — With the New Mexico Legislature approving social justice-centered cannabis legalization during the special session today, Emily Kaltenbach, Senior Director for Resident States and New Mexico for the Drug Policy Alliance, released the following statement: | "New Mexicans are finally able to exhale. After many years of hard work, another whirlwind legislative session, and input from stakeholders throughout the state, social justice-centered cannabis legalization is on its way to the Governor's desk, where she has already agreed to sign. | We thank the Governor and our legislative allies for not…

_____ (2021-04-02). New Developments In Alex Saab Case. popularresistance.org The plot around the kidnapping of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab in Cape Verde peaks, intensifies and continues to be a trending topic on Twitter, while the United States government relentlessly applies pressure to bring the diplomat to its territory. | Meanwhile, social media networks again reflect opinions about the case—#EEUUCompraCaboVerde was a trending topic in Venezuela this Wednesday, March 31. This, with respect to the most recent movements of Washington through a policy that, in general, is based on blackmail and financial suffocation. | The complaints about new agreements signed between the US…

Dr. Mike Yeadon (2021-04-02). The PCR False Positive Pseudo-Epidemic. Dr. Mike Yeadon. globalresearch.ca How a novel virus met a partly-immune population | In Spring 2020 …

Paul Street (2021-04-02). Some Standard Cynical CIA-Style Cuba Covid Reporting at The Washington Post. counterpunch.org Never underestimate the cynicism of American corporate media. As the Scotland-based historian Helen Yaffe recently observed on Counterpunch, the socialist state of Cuba currently has five COVID-19 vaccines in clinical trials "and is set to be among the first nations to vaccinate its entire population." Further: "Cuba has gone on the offensive against Covid-19, mobilizing

Associated Press (2021-04-02). WHO: Europe's vaccination plan is 'unacceptably slow'. peoplesworld.org LONDON (AP) — European nations' immunization campaigns against COVID-19 are "unacceptably slow" and risk prolonging the pandemic, a senior World Health Organization official said Thursday. Dr. Hans Kluge, WHO's regional director for Europe, said vaccines "present our best way out of this pandemic," but noted that to date, only 10% of Europe's population has received …

Vijay Prashad (2021-04-02). The Vaccine Must Be a Common Good for Humanity. dissidentvoice.org Vladimir Griuntal' and G. Iablonovskii (USSR), Chto eto takoe? ('What is This?') 1932. Nearly three million people have reportedly been killed by the novel coronavirus (SAR-CoV-2) and upwards of 128 million people have been infected by the virus, many with long-lasting health repercussions. Thus far, roughly 1.5% of the world's population of 7.7 billion have …

www.academia.edu (2021-04-02). 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.

Staff (2021-04-02). Brazil Diplomat Celso Amorim on Bolsonaro, Lula & Why Biden's Foreign Policy Is So "Disappointing" democracynow.org As the number of COVID-19 cases surges in Brazil, the country is also facing a major crisis on the political front. The heads of Brazil's Army, Navy and Air Force all quit in an unprecedented move, a day after far-right President Jair Bolsonaro ousted his defense minister as part of a broader Cabinet shake-up. The developments have alarmed many in Brazil who believe Bolsonaro, who is a former Army captain, will install ultra-loyalists to the military posts to consolidate his power ahead of next year's election, when he is expected to be challenged by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Bolsonaro is trying…

WSWS (2021-04-02). Honduras, Guatemala break up migrant caravan at behest of Biden administration. wsws.org On Tuesday, US Vice President Kamala Harris spoke to Guatemala's president as Honduran and Guatemalan security forces cracked down on a new migrant caravan.

Anonymous007 (2021-04-02). Kiev Scrambles To Justify The Incoming Storm. southfront.org Click to see full-size image | The Kiev government is going to great lengths to attempt and justify its incoming attempts at escalating the situation in Eastern Ukraine and towards Crimea. | On April 1st, but not as a joke, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Moscow is trying to put pressure on Kiev by amassing its military forces along the Russian-Ukrainian border.In a Facebook post, Zelensky noted he would highlight two points in the issue of war and peace. "First of all, it's about Donbas. Indeed, escala…

Brett Wilkins (2021-04-02). 'Major Political Crisis' in Brazil. zcomm.org 'Military Chiefs Quit Amid Bolsonaro Purge of Top Ministers…

Party for Socialism, Liberation (2021-04-02). Friday 4/2: Virtual Forum: 60-year Blockade on Cuba & Unions Fight for Safe Schools. indybay.org bit.ly/education4thepeople…

orinocotribune (2021-04-01). Jorge Arreaza: Colombia's Reaction Confirms Accurate Blow to Narco-Paramilitaries in Apure. orinocotribune.com Foreign Affairs Minister of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, criticized Colombia's response to the actions of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces in Apure state, labeling them as "absurd, fanciful and schizoid." Arreaza was referring to an interview conducted by the Colombian news outlet Noticias RCN with the Colombian minister for defense, Diego Molano, who tried to implicate the Bolivarian National Armed Force (FANB) with FARC dissidents, in an attempt to hide the responsibility of his government in the recent clashes between the Venezuelan Army and Colombian criminal groups. | Arreaza wrot…

Eduardo Ibarra Aguirre (2021-04-01). México — De antígenos, vacaciones y pronósticos. globalizacion.ca Seis semanas de baja en las tendencias en todos los renglones que se miden desde hace un año en relación al SARS-CoV-2, virus que genera la enfermedad covid-19, pero dentro de la llamada segunda ola aunque algunos países se encuentran…

orinocotribune (2021-04-01). Piñera's Elections-Postponement Maneuver Passes in Lower House of Parliament 'Due to Coronavirus'. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, March 31, the Chamber of Deputies of the Chilean Congress approved the constitutional reform presented by President Sebastián Piñera to postpone until May 15 and 16 the elections scheduled for April 10 and 11 in the South American country," due to the Covid-19 pandemic." | In those elections the new governors, mayors and councilors of the country will be elected, as well as the members of the Constitutional Assembly, who will be in responsible for drafting the new Constitution of the country, reported RT. | In case a second round is necessary in the elections of governors, the approved initiative…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). COVID-19 Surge Forces Chile To Close Its Borders in April. telesurenglish.net Chile's Health Minister Enrique Paris announced new COVID-19 restrictions due to the resurgence of the pandemic. | RELATED: | On Thursday, he reported 7,830 new COVID-19 cases, the highest number of new infections since the outbreak of the pandemic. Measures to curb the spread of the virus include a border closure during April. Permits to enter and depart will only be issued for humanitarian emergencies. | The curfew will now…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Canadian Solidarity Network Sends 2 Million Syringes to Cuba. telesurenglish.net This initiative is part of the Network's campaign on January 8 to raise funds in Canada to send a donation of much-needed medical supplies to Cuba. | RELATED: | In announcing this new action in solidarity with the Cuban people, the Network recognized the relevant achievements made by Cuba in the area of health and its contributions to other nations, even at a time when Cuba is facing a double pandemic: COVID-19 an…

Sameena Rahman (2021-04-01). Life in prison: New York trial exposes alliance between U.S. government, right wing drug kingpin. liberationnews.org The United States claims to be waging a "war on drugs" internationally, but is perfectly content to ally itself with drug kingpins if they agree to submit to Washington's dictates.

orinocotribune (2021-04-01). #EEUUCompraCaboVerde: New Developments in Alex Saab Case. orinocotribune.com The plot around the kidnapping of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab in Cape Verde peaks, intensifies and continues to be a trending topic on Twitter, while the United States government relentlessly applies pressure to bring the diplomat to its territory. | Meanwhile, social media networks again reflect opinions about the case—#EEUUCompraCaboVerde was a trending topic in Venezuela this Wednesday, March 31. This, with respect to the most recent movements of Washington through a policy that, in general, is based on blackmail and financial suffocation. | The complaints about new agreements signed between the US…

The Socialist Program (2021-04-01). The Real Story: Haiti — Imperialism Meets Resistance! liberationnews.org Brian is joined by Eugene Puryear, who just got back to the United States from covering the uprising in Haiti.

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Peru Saw Last Presidential Debate Ahead of April 11 Elections. telesurenglish.net Peru's National Elections Jury (JNE) Wednesday concluded the last presidential debate, an event in which six candidates presented their promises to tackle the pandemic and corruption. | RELATED: | The debate was attended by Rafael Lopez(Popular Renovation), Yonhy Lescano (Popular Action), Julio Guzman (Purple Party), Daniel Salaverry (We Are Peru), Rafael Santos (Safe Homeland), and Ciro Galvez (United National Rebi…

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2021-04-01). Bolsonaro Government in Crisis. Pro-American or Pro-Chinese? globalresearch.ca Many changes are about to happen in the Brazilian political scenario, …

WSWS (2021-04-01). 36-year-old Salvadoran mother killed by Mexican police officer who kneeled on her back. wsws.org The death of Victoria Esperanza Salazar Arriaza in the resort town of Tulum is a direct result of the increased anti-immigrant measures demanded by Washington of the Mexican government.

Abayomi Azikiwe (2021-04-01). Thousands of Migrant Workers Still Being Held in Detention on the Southern Border. globalresearch.ca Media accounts in the United States have shown that thousands of …

WSWS (2021-04-01). Brutal assault on female Filipino immigrant captured on security camera in New York City. wsws.org Vilma Kari, a 65-year-old immigrant from the Philippines who has lived in the US for decades, was violently attacked in Midtown Manhattan by a man who was subsequently arrested for committing a hate crime.

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Borisov: Cuba Is a "Key Partner" telesurenglish.net On Thursday, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yury Borisov said that Cuba is a "key partner" in Latin America as representatives from both countries meet in Havana for the Russian-Cuban intergovernmental commission on trade, economic, scientific, and technical cooperation. | RELATED: | "Cuba is our key partner and reliable ally in the region of Latin America and the Caribbean. We appreciate the strategic nature of Russian-Cuban…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Mexico: President AMLO Rejects US Report on Press Freedom. telesurenglish.net Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on Thursday condemned a recent report by the U.S. Department of State (DoS) that pointed out lack of press freedom in the country. | RELATED: | "We do not give our opinion on human rights violations in the U.S. We are respectful. We cannot comment on what happens in another country," AMLO said. | The report accused the state-owned news agency NOTIMEX Director Sanjuan…

_____ (2021-04-01). Nicaragua And The Western Human Rights Industry. popularresistance.org Every area of reporting has become increasingly shaped by corporate funding either directly or else indirectly, via government bodies strongly under corporate influence. The Western intellectual managerial classes have generally abandoned basic reporting standards. This is self-evident to anyone who has tried to challenge false received wisdom in relation to NATO country aggression against sovereign nations from Cuba and Venezuela to Libya and Syria. | Western organizations and institutions claiming to be accountable and transparent are not — neither UN bodies nor regional institutions like the Organization…

Editor2 (2021-04-01). Subnational Elections in Bolivia: Another Vote of Confidence for MAS Party. orinocotribune.com By Peoples Dispatch — Mar 28, 2021 | The 240 out of the 336 elected mayors and 3 of the 5 elected governors in Bolivia belong to the ruling government of the progressive Movement Towards Socialism party | The results of the subnational elections held in Bolivia on March 7 confirm the faith of the Bolivian people in the ruling government of the progressive Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party and its transformation project. According to the results of the departmental, regional and municipal elections released on March 22, the MAS is the only party that has a broad presence in all the nine departments of th…

WSWS (2021-04-01). Bolsonaro sacks military command to consolidate authoritarian rule in Brazil. wsws.org In an action unprecedented in Brazilian history, the country's fascistic President Jair Bolsonaro has fired his defense minister and the commanders of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

Jose Manuel Blanco Diaz (2021-04-01). What is the Connection Between El Coqui, Cota 905 and Apure Clashes? orinocotribune.com This Tuesday, March 30, the argument for a possible connection between the actions of criminal gangs such as the one headed by El Coqui in the Caracas sector of Cota 905, and those of criminal organizations promoted from Colombia and the United States, gained strength again in recent hours. | In the morning and part of the afternoon of this Tuesday, March 30, there were complaints on social media networks about suspicious movements of armed individuals in the surroundings of the area known as El Pinar in El Paraíso parish, Caracas. | By different means, users reported detonations in other areas of Cota 905, a nei…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Colombia Allows Second Fracking Project in the Magdalena Basin. telesurenglish.net Colombia's National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH) authorized ExxonMobil to carry out a second pilot fracking project. | RELATED: | The "Platero" research project will be developed in the Magdalena Valley basin where the Colombian oil company Ecopetrol is also developing its own pilot. | Investments for Ecopetrol's Kale and ExxonMobil's Platero projects are valued at US$130 million. The ANH is also analyzing two othe…

_____ (2021-04-01). Tens Of Millions In Florida Properties Linked To Ecuadorian Candidate. popularresistance.org In March 2017, ahead of Ecuador's second-round presidential election, CEPR reported that Florida-based shell companies linked to then-candidate Guillermo Lasso owned 144 properties in Broward and Miami-Dade counties valued at over $30 million. In that election, voters approved a referendum barring politicians and civil servants from holding assets in tax havens and giving them one year to divest or transfer their holdings. Though Florida is not included among the list of tax havens, it is considered a "low tax jurisdiction," which authorities will handle on a case-by-case basis. | Four years later, Ecuador is aga…

Editor2 (2021-04-01). The Blockade Against Cuba and Venezuela: If they Touch One, we all Respond. orinocotribune.com By Gabriela Cultelli — Mar 29, 2021 | March is the month of women, and the slogan "If they touch one, they touch us all" or "If they touch one, we all respond" as the song says, is more valid today than ever, it resounds everywhere. | The time has come to raise the voice for Cuban and Venezuelan women, because the economic blockade and the restrictive measures that the United States is carrying out against these sisters is a particularly aggressive form of gender violence, fundamentally affecting the most vulnerable populations, and therefore women, girls, young women, adults, workers of yesterday, today, to…

Wafica Ibrahim (2021-04-01). Cuba, Biden, and the Romantic Interlude. orinocotribune.com By Wafica Ibrahim — Mar 28, 2021 | For those who dreamed of an idyl between the United States and Cuba after Joe Biden's victory was confirmed in the U.S. elections, reality is starting to show the confrontational and interventionist nature of the U.S. establishment, once again. | As is the custom in "liberal democracies," after tallying up the final vote totals, the electoral campaign and its promises are left behind. Although in rallies and interviews, Biden may have promised indifferently to change policy toward Cuba and to return to the progress made by Barack Obama, the reality is that, with respect to…

_____ (2021-04-01). Opposing All Governments Equally Is Supporting The Most Powerful Government. popularresistance.org The US-centralized empire is waging nonstop wars that have killed millions of human beings just since the turn of this century, and people will still say things like "We've really got to do something about Cuba." | The US-centralized empire is circling the planet with hundreds of military bases, working to destroy any nation which disobeys its dictates and brandishing armageddon weapons at its enemies like a drunken hillbilly with a shotgun, and people are still like "Something must be done about China's intellectual property theft!" | Among the violent and destructive governments in our world, one towers high ab…

_____ (2021-04-01). Haitians March On Canadian Embassy. popularresistance.org People everywhere around the world love and respect Canadians, or so we're told. So how do you explain what's going on in Haiti? | On Sunday protesters in Port-au-Prince marched on the Canadian Embassy. "Madame Boukman — Justice 4 Haiti" posted a video to Twitter showing police in front of Canada's diplomatic representation in Haiti. Madame Boukman quoted two men waving a Russian flag saying, "Long live Russia. Canada go home." (In an indirect criticism of US/Canadian backing for dictator Jovenel MoàØse, Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister recently said they were concerned about "political instability"

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Iran Celebrates 42 Years as Islamic Republic Amid US Blockade. telesurenglish.net Iran commemorates on Thursday 42 years since the proclamation of the Islamic Republic and the fall of Shah Pahlevi's regime in 1979. | RELATED: | In a nationwide referendum held just a few months after the victory of the revolution led by Imam Khomeini, 98 percent of the population showed that they wanted the monarchical system to change to an "Islamic Republic." | This political decision implied important social refo…

Helen Yaffe (2021-04-01). Cuba Libre to be COVID-Libre: Five Vaccines and Counting… orinocotribune.com By Helen Yaffe — Mar 30, 2021 | On 23 March 2021, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told a group of Conservative Party backbenchers: 'The reason we have the vaccine success is because of capitalism, because of greed, my friends.' Johnson was articulating the dogma that the pursuit of private profit through capitalist free markets leads to efficient outcomes. In reality, however, Britain's accomplishments in developing the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and in the national vaccination rollout have more to do with state investments than the market mechanism. Government money subsidised the vaccine development a…

teleSUR (2021-04-01). Panama Detects Nine Cases of Brazilian COVID-19 Strains. telesurenglish.net Panama's Gorgas Memorial Institute Director Juan Pascale confirmed nine patients with the SARS-CoV-2 strains originated in Brazil. | RELATED: | The P.1. and P.2. strains have been detected in community transmission cases in San Francisco, Don Bosco, Parque Lefevre, and San Miguelito. | The Health Ministry warned that the P.1. variant is the most contagious and reduces vaccines' effectiveness by 30 percent. | At least two patients with these strain…

Staff (2021-04-01). Headlines for April 1, 2021. democracynow.org Witness in Derek Chauvin Murder Trial Breaks Down After Viewing Footage of George Floyd's Killing, Four Killed as Gunman Opens Fire on Office Complex in Orange County, California, Biden Defends Infrastructure Plan as Progressives Push for $10 Trillion to Fight Climate Crisis, Wisconsin Supreme Court Voids Governor's Mask Mandate as COVID-19 Cases Rise Across U.S., Brazil's Cemeteries Hold Nighttime Funerals as COVID-19 Deaths Reach New Highs, Yemen Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Shipments as Doctors Report Surge in Cases, Global Deforestation Increased by 12% in 2020 with Amazon Most Severely Affected, U.S. Cour…

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