Daily Archives: November 18, 2020

2020-11-18: News Headlines

Staff (2020-11-18). Hunger Strikers Caged in the Second Wave Are "Just Trying to Survive the Winter" truthout.org "Our society created the framework for this atrocity just like the trenches of World War I created perfect incubation zones for the 1918 flu," Truthout's Kelly Hayes talks with Eric, an organizer with Oakland Abolition and Solidarity about the escalating COVID-19 outbreak at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility, where some imprisoned people have launched a hunger strike over unsafe, unlivable conditions. | TRANSCRIPT: | Note: This a rush transcript and has been lightly edi…

teleSUR (2020-11-18). Iota Leaves at Least 12 People Dead in Central America. telesurenglish.net Hurricane Iota, which reached category 5, the maximum on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale, left at least 12 people dead and incalculable material damage during its passage through Central America and the Caribbean. | RELATED: | At 21h00 local time this Tuesday, the weather phenomenon, already a tropical storm, was weakening rapidly in southeastern Honduras, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (CNH). | Iota had maximum sustained winds of…

_____ (2020-11-18). Hunger Strike Enters Third Week At California's Largest Prison. popularresistance.org In the southern part of California's Central Valley, about halfway between Bakersfield and Fresno, sits Corcoran, California—a small farming town surrounded on all sides by acres of cotton and tomato fields. | Perched at the town's southern tip are two of the state's largest prisons. Together, their denizens make up about 33% of the population of Corcoran. One of the facilities, the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (CSATF), is the state's single largest, housing 4,481 prisoners, about 130% of its intended capacity.

Council of Canadians (2020-11-18). Cuban Medical Teams for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. globalresearch.ca At the June 2020 Annual Meeting, Council of Canadians' members voted to endorse and promote a Canadian nominating process for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize to go the Henry Reeve medical teams from Cuba for their international work in the …

CounterPunch News Service (2020-11-17). Plan to Clearcut Old-Growth Forest, Grizzly and Lynx Habitat in Northwest Montana Challenged. counterpunch.org YAAK, Montana Conservation groups have filed a legal protest challenging a massive logging project that would clearcut thousands of acres, including old-growth trees, and threaten an imperiled population of grizzly bears and protected lynx habitat on the Montana-Canada border under the guise of restoration. The protest from the Center for Biological Diversity and WildEarth Guardians said the U.S.

Naomieh Jovin, Magnum Foundation (2020-11-17). There Is a Name for Women Like My Mother. thenation.com There Is a Name for Women Like My Mother…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-17). Organizations across the globe condemn Moroccan aggression in Western Sahara. peoplesdispatch.org Progressive groups from across the world have expressed their solidarity with people of Western Sahara in the wake of Morocco's aggression and breach of three-decade long ceasefire agreement on November 13. The organizations have condemned Moroccan aggression and called the international community to intervene to resolve the issue. | On Monday, November 16, Venezuelan social movements gathered in the center of the capital Caracas to express their solidarity with the Sahrawi people and their cause and denounce Moroccan aggression. The demonstrators demanded that the UN should intervene in a more decisive way in th…

teleSUR (2020-11-17). Cuba: New Migration Measures Meant to Support Cubans Abroad. telesurenglish.net To continue favoring the return of Cubans outside of the national territory, based on the situation imposed by COVID-19, is the purpose of the most recent measure announced by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, declared Ernesto Soberón Guzmán, director-general of Consular Affairs and Cubans Residing Abroad of Minrex. | The provision, which allows for nationals residing in the country to return to Cuba in an exceptional manner with their expired passports and without having requested an extension, adds to other measures adopted previously that "support our nationals abroad, taking into account the socio-economic…

Venezuela Analysis (2020-11-17). EU extends sanctions against Venezuela. peoplesdispatch.org The European Council has extended all sanctions against Venezuela for another year. The measures include travel bans, asset freezes and trade restrictions and will now be in place until November 2021. | According to a European Union (EU)

Peter Lackowski (2020-11-17). A Strategy Comes Home to Roost. counterpunch.org Traveling around Venezuela in 2005, it occurred to me that it the paint merchants must be doing very well. There had been a recall referendum the year before. The question on the ballot was a simple yes or no: Shall President Hugo Chávez be recalled? The word "NO" was still painted on walls, pillars, even

teleSUR (2020-11-17). LATAM Electoral Experts Certifies Venezuela's Voting System. telesurenglish.net The president of the Council of Electoral Experts of Latin America (CEELA) Nicanor Moscoso described as successful the accompaniment undertaken to guarantee the transparency of Venezuela's voting system in the lead up to the parliamentary elections to be held on December 6. | RELATED: | Taking into account the reports by CEELA electoral Observation Mission on the two moke-vote held in Venezuela, CEELA President Moscoso h…

teleSUR (2020-11-17). Biden Says US and Its Allies Need To Counter Chinese Influence. telesurenglish.net Only days away after China signed a major trade deal in the Asia Pacific area that encompasses roughly one-third of the world's gross domestic product and population, making it the largest free-trade agreement ever signed, the U.S. President-elect reacted during a news conference in Wilmington, Delaware. | RELATED: | On Monday, Biden said the United States needed to negotiate with allies to set global trading rules to…

Kuehn BM. (2020-11-17). Dried Blood Spots May Offer Route to Wider Antibody Testing. jamanetwork.com Dried blood spot testing could allow wider, population-level testing for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) antibodies, according to a study by British researchers.

Alan Macleod (2020-11-16). Cuba Could be on the Brink of a Revolutionary COVID Vaccine, But US Sanctions Are Slowing It Down. mintpressnews.com Cuba is already a medical powerhouse, and if it can successfully navigate the minefield of US sanctions, it could supply much of Latin America with a COVID vaccine.

Paul Dobson (2020-11-16). EU Extends Sanctions Against Venezuela. venezuelanalysis.com The extension comes as the country continues to battle the Covid-19 pandemic, with Maduro securing 10 million Sputnik V vaccine doses.

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Havana Arrives at 501 Years, Expanding Eusebio Leal's Legacy. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro celebrated on Monday the 501 anniversary of the founding of Havana. This World Heritage city is also a model of an avant-garde restoration process in Latin America and the world. | RELATED: | "From Venezuela, we celebrate 501 years of history and resistance of Havana. A city that houses the rebellion, the joy, the music, and the verses of the heroic Cuban people in its streets. We hope to enjoy its warmth…

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Argentina: Congress Debates Tax Bill on Large Fortunes. telesurenglish.net Argentina's Congress is set to debate on Tuesday a Tax Bill on Large Fortunes aimed at supporting the State's response in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Reaching 0.08 percent of the economically active population in the country, the so-called Law of Solidarity and Extraordinary Contribution to Great Fortunes seeks that people who have a patrimony of over US$3 million pay a tax of 2 to 3 percent. | The Bill establi…

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Tigray Conflict Escalates, Gov't Rejects External Mediation. telesurenglish.net Ethiopian authorities confirmed on Monday the occupation of a town in the northern Tigray region following two weeks of armed conflict that has forced thousands of civilians to escape to neighboring Sudan. | RELATED: | The Ethiopian National Defense Force (ENDF) reported via Twitter that is carrying out "precision targets attacks on the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) weapon depots with no targeting of civilians populations and locations."

teleSUR (2020-11-16). Dangerous Hurricane Iota To Hit Central America. telesurenglish.net Tropical Depression Iota developed into a category 4 hurricane while continuing its path through the Caribbean Sea towards the northeastern coast of Nicaragua and southeastern Honduras, where it is expected to hit in the afternoon or night on Monday. | RELATED: | Recording maximum sustained winds of about 155 kilometers per hour, hurricane Iota moves westward at 15 kilometers per hour and it is located about 175 k…

commondreams (2020-11-16). Cuba's Heroic COVID Response Medical Teams Deserve Nobel Peace Prize. commondreams.org ______________________________…

Jake Johnston — Kira Paulemon (2020-11-16). At Odds with Haitian Presidency, a Government Watchdog is Weakened by Executive Decree. counterpunch.org On Friday, November 6, the Haitian government published in Le Moniteur a new decree limiting the powers of the Superior Court of Auditors and Administrative Disputes (CSCCA). The decree itself was signed by the president and ministers nearly two months earlier, on September 9, but was not formally made public until this past weekend. The