Daily Archives: September 8, 2020

2020-09-08: News Headlines

Lucas Leiroz de Almeida (2020-09-08). Political Pardon Given by Maduro May Be a Checkmate against Venezuelan Opposition. globalresearch.ca In Venezuela, Juan Guaidó no longer appears to be the leader of the opposition. The forgiveness of 110 opponents by President Nicolás Maduro completely fragmented the political wing opposing the regime, which, in practice, removes from Guaidó the "monopoly" of …

Morning Star (2020-09-08). Cuba and China's successes against coronavirus face global media blockade. peoplesworld.org HAVANA—Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez condemned a media blackout on the country's progress against COVID-19 this weekend. Rodriguez pointed out that while Cuba is the only Latin American country with a vaccine candidate, it suffers a "media blockade" about its achievements. "Cuban scientists share their progress with the world, show protocols against the pandemic and …

Ariela Ruiz Caro (2020-09-08). Trump Moves to Take Leadership of Regional Development Bank Away From Latin American Nations. counterpunch.org Four Latin American countries have called to postpone the election of the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), scheduled for September 12 and 13. Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica and Mexico proposed suspending the election until March 2021 to prevent Donald Trump's National Security Adviser for Latin America, the Cuban-American Mauricio Claver-Carone, from taking the

Eds. (2020-09-08). 850 thousand Insulin kits from Russia arrived in Venezuela (bypassing U.S. sanctions). mronline.org This Friday, a shipment of 850 thousand vials of 4 types of insulin from Russia arrived in Venezuela, being the 8th and 9th delivery within the framework of the Strategic Trade Alliance signed in 2019 between Russia and Venezuela in the International Economic Forum of St. Petersburg.

Leonardo Flores (2020-09-08). Biden Urged to Adopt a Good Neighbor Policy Toward Latin America. mintpressnews.com Over 100 organizations that work on issues related to Latin America and the Caribbean sent a letter calling for the next administration to adopt a new Good Neighbor Policy toward the region based on non-intervention, cooperation and mutual respect.

Chen GL. (2020-09-08). Chikungunya Virus—Like Particle Vaccine—Reply. jamanetwork.com In Reply We described the results of a phase 2 clinical trial demonstrating the safety, tolerability, and durable immunogenicity of a CHIKV VLP vaccine at 6 chikungunya-endemic sites in the Caribbean. Dr Jaiswal and colleagues highlight the favorable safety profile of the vaccine and inquire as to the reason for the study participant withdrawals described as "investigator or study decision" and requested the genotype-specific neutralization assay results.

Kakani P, Chandra A, Mullainathan S, et al. (2020-09-08). Allocation of COVID-19 Relief Funding to Disproportionately Black Counties. jamanetwork.com This study describes correlations between the dollar amount of relief funding authorized by the US Congress to fund prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and to reimburse health care entities for lost revenues, and county-level Black population fraction accounting for county COVID-19 burden, comorbidity, and hospital financial health.

teleSUR (2020-09-07). President Maduro Denounces Attempts To Sabotage Elections. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Sunday denounced attempts to "sabotage" December 6 parliamentary elections generated from inside and outside his country. | RELATED: | He spoke about several maneuvers orchestrated by some opposition sectors that seek to prevent the elections from happening and use the pandemic as a scapegoat to sabotage it. | "With or without COVID-19 pandemic, there will be elections in Ve…

RT (2020-09-07). Access to Covid-19 vaccine means Russia could totally defeat coronavirus by next summer, according to creator of Sputnik V. rt.com If mass vaccination goes to plan, Russia will have seen an end to Covid-19 by next summer, says Alexander Gintsburg, the director of Moscow's Gamaleya Center, where the groundbreaking Russian coronavirus vaccine was developed. | Gintsburg believes the world will only be able to defeat the pandemic after mass vaccination, which he thinks can happen within a year. Until then, he predicts that society will be engaged in "constant battles" with the virus. | "We'll only be able to say that the pandemic has receded when we've produced the required amount of vaccine and vaccinated the entire population of our country…

RT (2020-09-07). 6yo boy, four others SHOT in Brooklyn after two men open fire on party crowd. rt.com A six-year-old boy and his mother were among five people shot in New York as people gathered for a celebration known as J'Ouvert, a street party that typically marks the start of Carnival in Caribbean cultures. | Two people started shooting at a small crowd celebrating in front of a house on Monday in Brooklyn. The gunfire broke out just as the mother and boy were getting out of a cab. | The young child was shot in his left leg, while the other victims were shot in either their feet or legs. All were hospitalized and no deaths have been reported. | According to the New York Police Department, two suspects have…

Stephen Lendman (2020-09-07). US/NATO Preparing for War on Russia? Six Military Exercises at Russia's Doorstep. globalresearch.ca Wars by hot and other means are all about Washington's main strategy to advance its imperium — seeking dominance over other nations, their resources and populations by brute force if other methods don't achieve its objectives. | From inception, the US …

Paul Dobson (2020-09-07). Venezuela's Constituent Assembly: No New Constitution on the Way. venezuelanalysis.com ANC President Diosdado Cabello claimed there is not enough time to rewrite the magna carta before the body dissolves itself in December.

teleSUR (2020-09-07). Jamaica: Andrew Holness Begins His Second Consecutive Term. telesurenglish.net Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness Monday began his second consecutive term after winning a landslide victory in the general election held on September 3. | RELATED: | The Labour Party (JLP), which Holness represents, won the election with 57.1 percent of the votes and 49 seats in parliament, followed by the People's National Party (PNP) with 37 percent of the votes and 14 seats. | Holness assured that his administration…

_____ (2020-09-07). Cuba Has Trained 200 US Doctors. popularresistance.org Cuba's friendship with the people of the US has been longstanding and despite the fact that Washington has maintained a strong economic-financial blockade against that nation for 60 years, the government and its health institutions opened the doors of the prestigious Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) to forge North American doctors to serve back home where they are needed most. | As Cuba's alternate representative to the UN, Ana Silvia Rodríguez Abascal, explained, "the students and graduates belong mainly to marginalized minorities and low-income families, most of whom when they return decide to work in t…

_____ (2020-09-07). China Backs Venezuela's Right To Safeguard Sovereignty. popularresistance.org Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China and Venezuela share basically similar views on safeguarding their legitimate rights and interests, jointly supporting multilateralism, and improving global governance. | China stands with the Venezuelan people in their fight against COVID-19 and upholds the Venezuelan government's right to safeguard national sovereignty, and national dignity and development, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday. | Wang made the remarks while holding talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza via video link.

teleSUR (2020-09-07). UK: About 33 Million People Harmed by Air Pollution. telesurenglish.net About 33 million people in England reside in highly polluted air areas, according to Shadow Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Luke Pollard. | RELATED: | "It's simply unacceptable that nearly 60 percent of England's population — including more than half our children and millions of over-65s — suffer illegally high air pollution. We know that sustained filthy air corresponds to a higher COVID death ra…

teleSUR, ce-JF (2020-09-07). Same-sex Partnerships Now Legal in the Cayman Islands. telesurenglish.net Same-sex partnerships in the Cayman Islands are legal as of Friday after Governor Martyn Roper approved the law for the British Overseas territory. | RELATED: | "Today we will end the discrimination being suffered by Caymanians and others on our islands whilst protecting the institution of marriage," said Roper. | In his statement, the governor said that the move was in line with instructions from the U.K. government ministers to use his re…

teleSUR (2020-09-06). US Activist and Friend to Venezuela Kevin Zeese Passes Away. telesurenglish.net U.S. lawyer, advocate, writer, activist-organizer and comrade, Kevin Zeese, passed away on Sunday morning. | RELATED: | Zeese, alongside his partner Margaret Flowers, was the Co-director of Popular Resistance, an online resource providing news and information, which brings together movements for peace and economic, racial and environmental justice. | He sat on the advisory board of Courage Foundation defending Julian Assange, Edward Snow…

Ben Norton (2020-09-06). U.S. govt-linked PR firm ran fake news networks for right-wing Latin American regimes. thegrayzone.com A Washington, DC-based PR firm linked to the US government and Democratic Party, CLS Strategies, ran a fake news network on Facebook and Instagram, spreading propaganda for Bolivia's coup regime and the right-wing opposition in Venezuela and Mexico. By Ben Norton major US PR firm located just a few blocks from the White House has …

teleSUR (2020-09-06). Venezuela to Inaugurate Simon Bolivar Institute for Peace. telesurenglish.net Venezuela will virtually inaugurate Saturday the Simon Bolivar Institute for Peace and Solidarity Among the Peoples which seeks to promote the work of Latin American Liberator, Simon Bolivar. | RELATED: | The Institute's main objective is to gather international support with the Bolivarian Revolution in the face of constant threats by the government of the U.S. President Donald Trump. | According to the Institute's offic…

teleSUR (2020-09-06). Venezuela: 14,400 Candidates Will Run in Parliamentary Elections. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has sworn in eight new ministers, six of whom are women. | RELATED: | During a session with the Presidential Commission for the Control and Prevention of COVID-19, the Head of State recognized the work of the eight outgoing ministers who will be participating in the electoral arena, in the upcoming parliamentary elections. | Likewise, he acknowledged the announcement of the Preside…

teleSUR (2020-09-06). NYC West Indian Day & London's Notting Hill Carnival Go Virtual. telesurenglish.net Caribbean carnival has gone online this year as cities around the globe find ways to hold the annual festivities amid coronavirus restrictions. | RELATED: | New York City's West Indian American Day Parade joins the ranks of those activities whose sights and sounds will be virtual this time around. | For decades, NYC's celebrations–one of the largest showcasing Caribbean culture outside of the Caribbean–has featu…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-09-06). PM Andrew Holness wins a landslide victory in general elections in Jamaica. peoplesdispatch.org With over 80% of the votes counted, the ruling center-right Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) led by PM Andrew Holness has won 49 of the 63 seats in the parliament…

teleSUR (2020-09-05). 50 Years Since Unidad Popular & Allende Triumph in Chile. telesurenglish.net The Communist Party of Chile marked the anniversary of the victory of Salvador Allende on September 4, 1970 with the "50 years after the victory of Popular Unity" international seminar. | RELATED: | Politicians of Latin America's left-wing, intellectuals and social and union organization leaders were among the panelists who carried a two-day discussion on the historical significance of the Allende's victory in Chile and on his legacy. | Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro a…

teleSUR (2020-09-05). Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela Meet on Combating Crime. telesurenglish.net Venezuela and neighboring Trinidad and Tobago have activated a mixed commission to combat crime on their borders. | RELATED: | Security authorities of both countries met via teleconference on Friday to strengthen cooperation, as instructed following a recent call between President Nicolas maduro and Prime Minister Keith Rowley. | The meeting was led by Venezuelan Interior Minister Nestor Reverol and Minister of National Security of Trinidad and…

_____ (2020-09-05). Venezuelan Businessman Arrested And Tortured At US Direction. popularresistance.org The businessman àÅlex Saab has said through a letter that he is being tortured daily by agents paid by the United States to make false statements against the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, and to sign his "voluntary" extradition to the North American country. | The Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported this Wednesday, September 2, that he had "exclusive" access to a letter written by Saab from the cell where he is being held irregularly on the African island of Cape Verde, a country that detained him at the request of the United States without respecting his diplomatic immunity and legal international…

Aarathi Prasad (2020-09-05). [Perspectives] Uché Blackstock: dismantling structural racism in health care. thelancet.com Uché Blackstock's father, a Jamaican immigrant, arrived in New York State, USA, aged just 17 years. "Like many young immigrant men, he had a variety of jobs", she recalls, "he was a mechanic, a refrigerator repair person, [and] he finally went to a Brooklyn college, where he met our mom." Her mother, Dale Blackstock, was a physician who went to Harvard Medical School and practised in Brooklyn, but had to fight her way to college. "She grew up in poverty here in Brooklyn, where I was born, and where I live.

RT (2020-09-05). Facebook bans AMERICAN accounts for interfering in foreign politics — a DC lobby group helped topple govts in Bolivia & Venezuela. rt.com When Facebook talks about busting foreign influence campaigns, Russia is usually painted as the villain. But the social media giant recently wiped out a host of pages interfering in Latin American politics — from Washington, DC. | CLS Strategies is one of many PR and lobbying groups that call the 'swamp' of Washington, DC their home. According to the company's own website, it "helps clients win where it matters most — in the halls of government, the marketplace, and the court of public opinion." | But behind the website's corpo-speak, CLS Strategies lobbies lawmakers on behalf of foreign politician…

Ricardo Vaz (2020-09-05). Venezuela: Operation Gedeon Organizers Arrested in Colombia. venezuelanalysis.com The four Venezuelan citizens helped prepare the failed paramilitary incursion in May.

_____ (2020-09-05). The US Has Long Led The Assault On Human Rights. popularresistance.org The historical record on U.S. human rights policies, both domestic and international, is one of hypocrisy, deceit, and denigration. | Even in the field of civil and political rights that was recognized by the West, the record of abuse if horrific. | With the white national reconciliation ushered by the Hayes Tilden compromise that ended reconstruction after the civil war, racial terrorism and apartheid fascism in the Southern states was introduced and legally codified in the Plessy v Ferguson case of 1896. | Repression was not limited to the Black population. The bloody march of conquest across the country was co…

Tim Anderson (2020-09-05). The Collaborator's Reward: the UAE, from Syria to Israel. thealtworld.com What do Panama's Manuel Noriega, Iraq's Saddam Hussein and the UAE's Mohamad Bin Zayed (MBZ) all have in common? They dreamed that their collaboration with the imperial power would allow them the freedom to pursue their own ambitions. | Very wrong. Once Noriega was employed by the CIA to betray compatriot nationalists and to be used as a tool against independent Cuba and Nicaragua, imperialism owned him. Once Saddam was armed (including with poison gas) by NATO countries to attack Revolutionary Iran and slaughter dissident Iraqis, imperialism owned him. And once MBZ collaborated with Mossad against the Palestinia…

teleSUR (2020-09-05). US Welcomes PM Holness' Victory in Jamaica's Election. telesurenglish.net Washington has welcomed Thursday's election result and the resounding win of the Jamaica Labour Party headed by re-elected Prime Minister Andrew Holness. | RELATED: | In a statement, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, congratulated the Jamaican people "for their dedication to democracy as demonstrated in the September 3rd general election," adding, "The United States and Jamaica share a commitment to free and fair elections, reg…

teleSUR (2020-09-05). Cuba Claims Media Blockade on Its Successes Fighting COVID-19. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez denounced the little news coverage of Cuba's health achievements in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic are getting in the mainstream media. | RELATED: | This Saturday Foreign Minister Rodriguez took to Twitter to denounce that although Cuba continues to share its medical successes with the world, little information is shared on large media outlets. | "Cuban scientists share their progres…

teleSUR, ce (2020-09-05). Barbados Govt Plans to get Tourism Sector Workers Back to Work. telesurenglish.net The government of Barbados has proposed a plan to get tourism sector workers back to work. | RELATED: | Minister of Tourism and International Transport, Senator Lisa Cummins, along with Special Envoy to the Prime Minister of Barbados, Professor Avinash Persaud, discussed a proposal following a meeting with workers which focuses on businesses in the tourism sector, mainly hotels, re-engaging their employees with a strong…

teleSUR (2020-09-05). Venezuela: CNE Rejects Unilateral Sanctions Imposed by the US. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) Saturday issued a statement to reject the unilateral and coercive measures imposed by the U.S. government, which seek to sabotage the parliamentary elections scheduled for December 6. | RELATED: | CNE president Indira Alfonzo Izaguirre condemned the U.S. government institutions for subrogating absolutely "irresistible and non-existent" powers by trying to impose coerci…

_____ (2020-09-05). UAE, Oman And UK Tell Court US Seized Their Oil. popularresistance.org Shippers based in the UAE, Oman and the UK told a US court today they hold title to the cargoes seized by the US aboard four tankers that allegedly were transporting petroleum products from Iran to Venezuela. | The US Justice Department on 14 August said it took custody of 1.16mn bl of Iranian product aboard four Greek-owned, Liberia-flagged tankers — the Bella, the Bering, the Luna and the Pandi. The vessels were carrying cargoes — interchangeably described by US attorneys as gasoil, gasoline and refined oil — from Iran to Venezuela, the US said. The three companies said they had the right to "

yenisafak (2020-09-05). Who is Rwanda's Paul Rusesabagina? yenisafak.com The arrest last week of Rwandan dissident Paul Rusesabagina on charges of terrorism, arson, kidnapping and murder was long overdue, according to analysts.- Alleged crimesAccording to the Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB), Rusesabagina had been the subject of an international arrest warrant, wanted on charges of serious crimes against unarmed, innocent Rwandan civilians in the southern districts of Nyaruguru in June 2018 and in Nyungwe, Nyamagabe district in December 2018.RIB said Rusesabagina is suspected of being a founder, leader, sponsor or member of extremist terror outfits including the Rwandan Movement for…

Jon Queally, staff writer (2020-09-05). Civil Rights Groups Request Emergency Injuction to Stop Trump 'Sabotage' of 2020 Census. commondreams.org "Fighting a pandemic is already a high hurdle to clear in obtaining an accurate count. It's outrageous that we must also fight against an administration seeking to skew our population numbers." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/was2968494_0_0.jpg

WSWS (2020-09-04). Threat of a US-led military intervention in Venezuela grows as Guaidó's coalition splits. wsws.org The danger of a devastating US military intervention has escalated as a result of the domestic political crisis of the Trump administration and growing divisions within the US-backed opposition in Venezuela.

teleSUR (2020-09-04). China Backs Venezuela's Right To Safeguard Sovereignty: FM. telesurenglish.net China stands with the Venezuelan people in their fight against COVID-19 and upholds the Venezuelan government's right to safeguard national sovereignty, and national dignity and development, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Friday. | Wang made the remarks while holding talks with his Venezuelan counterpart Jorge Arreaza via video link. | RELATED: | Noting that Latin America is one of the "epicenter…

sputniknews (2020-09-04). Russia Delivers 850,000 Packages of Insulin to Venezuela. sputniknews.com BUENOS AIRES (Sputnik) – A shipment from Russia containing 850,000 packages of insulin drugs produced by Geropharm company has arrived in Venezuela, the Latin American country's Foreign Ministry said on Friday.