2021-04-11: News Headlines

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

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.

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…

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…

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…

_____ (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). 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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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.

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2021-04-10: News Headlines

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…

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…

_____ (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…

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…

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.

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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

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 . . . |

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…

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…

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…

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). 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…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). La Soufriere Volcano Live Update: St. Vincent Prepares Massive Evacuation. telesurenglish.net St. Vincent and the Grenadines' authorities on Friday ordered the evacuation of thousands of people from the Caribbean nation's two islands due to the imminent eruption of the La Soufriere volcano. | RELATED: | Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves informed the evacuees will be moved to Saint Vincent's northern area, which is considered a safe zone. | The Soufriere's explosive eruption could be registered in the next hours or d…

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Dialogue With Cuba and Venezuela Is Not a US Policy Priority. telesurenglish.net The U.S. Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs Juan Gonzalez on Thursday confirmed that a change in policy towards Cuba and Venezuela are not priorities for President Joe Biden. | RELATED: | "The commitments made by the U.S. to the government of President Miguel Diaz-Canel will be fulfilled gradually. Biden is focused on addressing other crises worldwide," he said. | In Dec. 2015, Cuba's President Raul Castro and U.S. President…

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…

teleSUR (2021-04-09). Haitian Opposition Would Dialogue With International Community. telesurenglish.net On Thursday, the Haitian opposition said it was willing to discuss the current governmental crisis with the international community, but they would not engage with the current president Jovenel Moise. | RELATED: | "Our real adversary is the international community, not Jovenel MoàØse. We have already got rid of it since February 7, under article 134-2 of the Constitution," former senator Nènèl Cassy said.

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…

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 …

Staff (2021-04-09). Cuba's Medical Investments Led to Lower Death Rates and Aid for Other Nations. truthout.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,…

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…

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…

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