Daily Archives: November 2, 2020

2020-11-02: News Headlines

Paul Dobson (2020-11-02). US Cuts Venezuela's Diesel Lifeline with Sanctions Clampdown. venezuelanalysis.com The move is expected to have a "devastating" impact on agriculture, water treatment and electricity generation.

WSWS (2020-11-02). Australia: Queensland Labor holds office by exploiting pandemic concerns. wsws.org Labor postured as a protector of the population from COVID-19, but will now unveil austerity measures in a delayed December budget.

WSWS (2020-11-02). Brazilian armed forces conduct unprecedented military exercises amid US threats to Venezuela. wsws.org Bolsonaro's Foreign Ministry last Friday classified as "secret" cables about Pompeo's trip to Brazil, which took place during war games in Brazil and Colombia.

Uriel Araujo (2020-11-02). Chinese Presence in the Caribbean, New Global Power Encroaching on US Hegemony? globalresearch.ca Many analysts have been closely watching the growth of Chinese naval power and its increasing presence across both the Indian and Pacific oceans, collectively known as the …

Ricardo Vaz (2020-11-01). Operation Gedeon: US Officials Allegedly Encouraged Coup Plot. venezuelanalysis.com Former Green Beret Jordan Goudreau filed a lawsuit which shed more light into the botched paramilitary invasion.

Fight Back (2020-11-01). Large caravan through Miami demands end to Cuba blockade. fightbacknews.org Miami, FL – A caravan of some 60 cars and 15 bicycles made up a caravan against the Cuba blockade, October 25 in Miami. It was the fourth caravan here since July. Those in attendance overcame not only threats by right-wing Cubans in the area, but pouring rain in the early morning hours before the 8 a.m. departure. | Initiated by YouTube personality El Proteston Cubano, the caravan included other important individuals and organizations from within Miami's Cuban community, including the Jose Marti Cultural Association; YouTube personalities El Diez de Octubre and Yadira Escobar; a number of people formerly act…

teleSUR, CE (2020-10-31). November Surprise: President Maduro Warns of U.S. Plot. telesurenglish.net Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has warned of a new terror plot by foreign agents which aim to disrupt the November electoral campaign. | RELATED: | "We have captured information from sectors abroad that speak of November 1, actions of attacks and violence to try, they say, to create the image of chaos and crisis in Venezuela. And, they say, try to turn the vote in the state of Florida," denounced the President.

_____ (2020-10-31). Sanctions, Elections And Tactical Opportunities. popularresistance.org First, the very existence of the Venezuelan nation-state is at stake in the upcoming elections. Of course, all countries on the periphery struggle for their existence in the unequal power relationship that exists between the Global North and the Global South. This is a global class struggle, where the aggressor is the imperialist pole, represented by NATO. They aim to recolonize our continent. | As such, the struggle in the upcoming elections is not with the Venezuelan opposition, which merely reflects the White House's interests.

_____ (2020-10-31). The Threat of Peace… Why America Needs War With Russia and How To Stop It. strategic-culture.org

Ed Holt (2020-10-31). [World Report] Slovakia to test all adults for SARS-CoV-2. thelancet.com Slovakia plans to be the first country to test its whole population for SARS-CoV-2, but experts warn of logistical and technical challenges. Ed Holt reports from Bratislava.

teleSUR, ce (2020-10-31). St. Kitts & Nevis Opens Borders to Visitors. telesurenglish.net The Caribbean nation of St. Kitts and Nevis is officially open to welcome visitors following the several months long COVID-19 travel restrictions. | RELATED: | Visitors will be designated within three categories: travellers from Caricom member states which are part of the "Caribbean Bubble;" international travellers coming from a country or territory outside of the "Caribbean Bubble;" and returning nationals and residents. | All incoming tra…

Thomas A Treibel, Charlotte Manisty, Mervyn Andiapen, Corinna Pade, Melanie Jensen, Marianna Fontana, Xosé Couto-Parada, Teresa Cutino-Moguel, Mahdad Noursadeghi, James C Moon (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Asymptomatic health-care worker screening during the COVID-19 pandemic — Authors' reply. thelancet.com Kevin Fennelly and Christopher Whalen emphasise that health-care workers (HCWs) are at a higher risk of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection than are the general population. Angela Chow and colleagues describe their experience in Singapore of very low rates of HCW infections and nosocomial transmission when effective personal protective equipment is implemented. We agree with both perspectives, and our Correspondence1 did not contradict either of these viewpoints.

teleSUR, CE (2020-10-31). Venezuela Celebrates 79 Years of Ali Primera. telesurenglish.net Venezuela celebrated the 79th anniversary of the birth of the popular singer-songwriter, Alí Primera, on Saturday. | RELATED: | A mural was inaugurated on the Intercommunal Avenue of El Valle, which was made through a sketch by the artist José Escalona, while the execution was carried out by the Brushstrokes of Artisans Muralist Brigade collective whose members were accompani…

Christian Gortázar, Francisco J Rodríguez del-Río, Lucas Domínguez, José de la Fuente (2020-10-31). [Correspondence] Host or pathogen-related factors in COVID-19 severity? thelancet.com Lucy Okell and colleagues1 observed that the transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is currently in marked decline in many countries. Okell and colleagues suggest two possible explanations for this decline, namely the effect of lockdowns, physical distancing, and other interventions; or, alternatively, herd immunity. After analysing trends in cumulative deaths over time in many European countries that went into lockdown at different stages of their epidemic, and data obtained from serology studies on the proportion of the population that had the infection previously, Okell an…

Vijay Prashad (2020-10-30). How Venezuela Has Held Back COVID-19 in Spite of the U.S. Sanctions Stranglehold on Its Economy. counterpunch.org Not for one minute during this pandemic has the United States stopped trying to overthrow the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela. A seam of cruelty runs through U.S. policy, which by its sanctions regime prevents Venezuela from open trade of its oil to import key medical equipment to help break the chain of the virus and heal those infected by it.

Virginia Rodino (2020-10-30). Why I'm Voting Green in 2020. globalresearch.ca Author's note: Kevin and I worked on this article together right before his untimely passing on September 6. I met Kevin during Ralph Nader's 2004 presidential campaign. Throughout the years since, I appreciated seeing his anti-imperialist and eco-socialist arguments strengthen …

Kim Petersen (2020-10-30). Terrorism and French Values. dissidentvoice.org There have been some horrendous, despicable killings by Muslim extremists in France. Such killings must be condemned. French president Emmanuel Macron played the victim card, saying that France "will not give into terrorism." Yet when 21st century France engages in overseas militarism, otherwise known as state terrorism, in places with large Muslim populations — places …

_____ (2020-10-30). Human Rights, Terrorism And Organized Crime. popularresistance.org In Latin America, widespread abuses under right wing regimes in, for example, Colombia, Honduras, Haiti or Brazil get mentioned in low key terms, if at all, while false claims by US funded opposition groups in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela are amplified and broadcast with minimal or zero effort at responsible corroboration. Neither the human rights industry itself, nor the communications media and academic industries which are its main consumers, make any serious effort at investigation because they too are funded by the same or similar corporate and government investors as their human rights industry brand name…

_____ (2020-10-30). Reasons To Rethink The Future Of Dams. popularresistance.org The tide has shifted on dams. Once a monument to our engineering prowess, there's now widespread acknowledgment that dam-building comes with a long list of harms. Some of those can be reversed, as shown by the 1,200 dam removals in the past 20 years. | But the future of our existing dams, including 2,500 hydroelectric facilities, is a complicated issue in the age of climate change. Dams have altered river flows, changed aquatic habitat, decimated fish populations, and curtailed cultural and treaty resources for tribes. But does the low-carbon power dams produce have a role in our energy transition?

Jeff Abbott (2020-10-30). The Other Americans: United States Attacks Cuban Medics During Pandemic. progressive.org The Trump Administration is refusing Cuba's COVID-19 medical aid, claiming the doctors are being 'trafficked.'