teleSUR English ES Sun, 3 Jul 2022 13:53:35 -04:00 teleSUR English <![CDATA[Russian Army Announces Liberation of Lugansk Region ]]> Sun, 3 Jul 2022 13:53:34 -04:00 On Sunday, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergey Shoigu informed Russian President Vladimir Putin about the liberation of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People's Republic in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine following an intensive military operation in the area.


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"Today, July 3, 2022, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergey Shoigu informed Supreme Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Vladimir Putin about the liberation of the Luhansk People's Republic," the ministry said in a statement.

The Defense Ministry said that the Russian armed forces and Lugansk militias have established full control over Lisichansk and some nearby settlements, the largest of which are Belogorovka, Belaya Gora, Novodruzhesk and Maloryazantsevo.

"The total area of liberated territories in the last 24 hours amounted to 182 square kilometers," the military entity stressed.

Meanwhile, before Shoigu's announcement, Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov reported on Sunday that Russian forces had created an encirclement around the Donbass town of Lisichansk.

"As a result of successful offensive actions, the troops of the Center group under the command of Colonel General Aleksandr Lapin seized the settlements of Verkhnekamenka, Zolotariovka, Belogorvka and reached the Severski Donets River."

"In addition, together with the group of Southern Forces under the command of army general Sergey Surovikin, they closed the encircling ring around Lisichansk," he detailed.

For his part, the leader of Lugansk, Leonid Pasechnik, stated that "what we all aspired for these eight long years" happened.

"Today, our troops, with the support of the Russian Armed Forces, liberated the city of Lisichansk, thus finalizing the liberation of the (self-proclaimed) republic on its historical borders," he wrote on his Telegram channel.

]]> <![CDATA[Venezuela Denounces Planning of Attacks From Colombia]]> Sun, 3 Jul 2022 12:09:04 -04:00 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro denounced on Saturday the planning from Colombia to perpetrate attacks against the national electric system and members of his government, and urged the Armed Forces to be alert.


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"Let's defeat the threats that the outgoing government of Colombia intends to make against our homeland", said the president.

The President's denunciation was made during the promotion of the professional military personnel of the Presidential Honor Guard and the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM) held in Caracas, where he also highlighted the commitment of the agents to Venezuelan constitutionality.

It is worth mentioning that the sectorial Vice-President of Public Works and Services and Minister of Electric Energy, Néstor Reverol, stated that there was a failure in the Pan-American Substation due to the explosion of a power transformer, affecting several areas of Caracas.

He added that the explosion was caused by the impact of a bullet, "which evidences the sabotage and the continuity of the electric war. We will provide more details in the next few hours", he said.

The affected areas of the Libertador municipality were Nueva Granada, San Pedro, Santa Mónica, Los Chaguaramos and part of Fuerte Tiuna, "the failure was caused by the explosion of a power transformer affected by a bullet impact, which is evidence of sabotage", Reverol pointed out.

]]> <![CDATA[Ukraine Shells Residential Areas of Donetsk to Blame Russia ]]> Sun, 3 Jul 2022 05:58:12 -04:00
Ukrainian Armed Forces shell residential areas in the city of Slavyansk to blame Russia for killing civilians, a senior Russian official has revealed.


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"In Slavyansk, Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), the Ukrainian Armed Forces carried out artillery shelling of residential areas and the Slavyansk food factory on June 30, 2022, in order to blame Russia for the extermination of the civilian population of Ukraine," the head of the Russian National Defense Management Center, Colonel General Mikhail Mizintsev, reported on Saturday.

According to the Russian military officer, the Ukrainian reporters arrived at the site minutes after the shelling, which proves Kiev's intention, i.e. everything was coldly calculated and the attacks were staged for the purpose of anti-Russian provocation. 

During such shelling, one woman was killed and 10 were wounded. 

Russia is consolidating its positions in the east of Ukrainian territory with the goal of achieving the main objective of its military operation it launched on February 24 in its western neighbor: the "demilitarization" and "denazification" of the Slavic country.

Moscow has warned time and again of Kiev's plans to carry out false flag operations to blame Russia for attacks against Ukraine's civilian population. Moreover, Russian authorities have assured that they pose no threat to the civilian population since their operations only target the neighboring country's military infrastructure.

]]> <![CDATA[Iranian Foreign Minister Begins Official Visit to Syria]]> Sun, 3 Jul 2022 05:14:11 -04:00
Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, arrived in this capital on Sunday, where he plans to hold consultations with the highest Syrian authorities to strengthen bilateral coordination and cooperation.


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The visit is very important and takes place in the midst of many regional and international developments, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad told reporters after receiving his Persian counterpart at the Damascus International Airport.

He explained the situation in Syria demands more consultations between the two countries, taking into account the repeated Israeli attacks and the threats launched by Tel Aviv against Iran.

In turn, the Iranian foreign minister condemned the Israeli attack perpetrated the same day of his arrival against the province of Tartous and ratified Tehran’s support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.

This is the fourth visit made by the head of Iranian diplomacy to Damascus, the previous one was last March, during which he confirmed the will to consolidate strategic cooperation to face the blockade and economic sanctions.

Iran supports Syria militarily and economically, while deploying advisers and militias that support the Army in its fight against terrorist organizations.

]]> <![CDATA[Argentina's Minister of Economy Resigns]]> Sun, 3 Jul 2022 04:52:58 -04:00 The Minister of Economy of Argentina, Martin Guzman, presented his resignation on Saturday in a letter sent to President Alberto Fernandez.


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"With deep conviction and confidence in my vision of the path that Argentina should follow, I will continue working and acting for a fairer, freer, and more sovereign homeland," he said in a letter to President Alberto Fernandez.

"I have dedicated my adult life to building a vision and capabilities to lead a process of normalizing the function of Argentina's economy, which for so long has been characterized by patterns that generate uncertainty and anguish for millions of our compatriots," he said.

Guzman's tenure was characterized by the optimal development of debt negotiations with external private creditors as well as with the International Monetary Fund. He was also known for carrying out an economic program that emphasized correcting the fiscal deficit and strengthening the local debt market.

He thanked President Fernández for trusting him and his team for more than 30 months, when the country faced the Covid-19 pandemic, the negotiation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after the 44.5 billion dollar debt contracted during the administration of Mauricio Macri, as well as the impacts of the conflict in Ukraine.

He valued that, among other successes of the economic management, "in Argentina in recent years there was more investment in health, knowledge and public infrastructure, and the country grew generating jobs", in addition to reaching an agreement with the IMF that did not imply subordination to its dictates or adjustment to the detriment of the people.

He mentioned other positive balances, such as the 10.4 percent increase of the gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021, the creation of 1.1 million jobs, the 32.9 percent growth of investment, the reduction of the poverty rate by almost 5 percent and the growth of exports of goods.

]]> <![CDATA[President of Belarus Denounces Ukrainian Provocative Attack]]> Sun, 3 Jul 2022 00:57:30 -04:00
Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko reported on Saturday that the Ukrainian armed forces recently attacked Belarusian military facilities, an act of provocation to drag his country into the conflict in Kiev.


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During a meeting in Minsk, prior to the anniversary of its liberation from Nazi Germany troops by the Soviet Red Army, the head of state detailed that several missiles were fired days ago from Ukrainian territory, where since last February 24 Russia has been carrying out a special military operation.

The head of state noted that the Pantsir anti-aircraft systems intercepted the rockets, fired to provoke, to force Minsk to take the way of arms and to give the West a pretext to try to destroy both Ukraine and Russia at the same time.

At the same time, the head of state stressed that Belarus will not enter the conflict. He stated that there is not a single soldier of his country in the Ukrainian theater of operations. 

"They want it because they have orders from outside and they do not care about civilian deaths," President Lukashenko noted, also detailing that the only policy his counterpart Volodymir Zelenski follows is that "the more Ukrainians die, the more he will shout to the world about the atrocities of the 'fascists from Russia and Belarus'.

The head of state noted that history repeats itself, as in the last century Europe created another monster, fascist Germany, and then, in order to survive, had to throw itself into the arms of those nations it wanted to harm.

The Red Army liberated the city of Minsk on July 3, 1944, a sacred date that was later declared National Independence Day. According to experts, the Soviet fighters annihilated about 20 German divisions in the military operations near the Belarusian capital, thus precipitating the defeat of the Third Reich and German fascism.  

]]> <![CDATA[Shootings in Chicago, U.S. Leave Two Dead and 11 Wounded]]> Sat, 2 Jul 2022 16:40:59 -04:00 At least 13 people were shot, two of them dead, in several shootings this weekend in Chicago, Illinois, in the eastern United States, according to city police reports.


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A 30-year-old man, who was on South Escanaba Avenue around 00H20 hours, was shot in the head, Chicago police said.

The unidentified subject was taken to the University of Chicago Medical Center, where he died, authorities said. No one is in custody.

In another armed incident, a woman was killed and a gunman was among two others wounded in a shooting in Chinatown.

At around 22H:50 hours this Friday, an altercation between two armed men was recorded, and one of them was wounded, while one woman died and two others were wounded, according to the local police report.

A 24-year-old woman was shot in the torso and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where she died of her injuries, authorities said.

In West Garfield Park, four people were injured Friday night when a man opened fire and fled.

Injured in the mishap was a man, 25, who was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in serious condition, while a woman was wounded in the leg and taken to the same hospital in good condition.

Another woman, 36, and a man, 41, suffered gunshot wounds to the back. The couple was transported to Stroger Hospital in good condition, police added.

]]> <![CDATA[Ukrainian Troops Lose Control Over Lisichansk]]> Sat, 2 Jul 2022 16:13:32 -04:00 The administration of the city of Lisichansk is under control of the LPR People's Militia units and Russian forces, LPR People's Militia officer Andrei Marochko said on Saturday.


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"In the locality of Lisichansk, there are still local pockets of resistance (...). This resistance is already insignificant, as the units (of Ukrainian troops) have completely lost their combat capability and have completely lost control," said Lugansk People's Militia spokesman Andrei Marochko.

A few hours earlier, the serviceman said that in the city "there are still local pockets of resistance of the Ukrainian security forces", but that "they are already insignificant". "The nationalists have completely lost their combat capability and have completely lost control [of the city]," he added.

A Sputnik correspondent in turn reported that pro-Russian forces already took control over Lisichansk. Earlier, Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov announced that the Russian and Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) militaries are already in the center of the city.

Ramzan Kadyrov, reported on Saturday evening that units of allied troops arrived in the center of the locality. "Lisichansk is ours. Our units are in the center of Lisichansk," he wrote on his Telegram channel.

He also explained that a part of the troops crossed the entire city fighting all the way to the center, while other units entered from the flanks, liberating one block after another.

At the same time, he noted that Ukrainian forces often set booby traps that can explode and cause civilian casualties. "Now clearing the city is a priority," he stressed.

The day before, the LPR ambassador to Moscow, Rodion Mirozhnik, reported that pro-Russian forces took control of the Lisichansk oil refinery, the most important in Ukraine.

]]> <![CDATA[Venezuelan Authorities Investigate Electrical Sabotage]]> Sat, 2 Jul 2022 15:25:18 -04:00 The Venezuelan Government denounced this Saturday a new sabotage to the National Electric System (SEN), which affected several sectors of the capital, Caracas, and informed that investigations are being carried out to bring those responsible to justice.


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In a message published through the social network Twitter, the sectorial vice-president of Public Works and Services and Minister of Electric Energy, Néstor Reverol, said that there was a failure in the Pan-American Substation due to the explosion of a power transformer.

He added that the explosion was caused by the impact of a bullet, "which evidences the sabotage and the continuity of the electric war. We will provide more details in the next few hours", he said.

He pointed out that the affected areas of the Libertador municipality included Nueva Granada, San Pedro, Santa Mónica, Los Chaguaramos and part of Fuerte Tiuna, and stressed that workers of the sector "carried out the maneuvers recovering one hundred percent of the load".

"The failure was due to the explosion of a power transformer affected by bullet impact, which evidences the sabotage and the continuity of the electric war. In the next hours we will give more details," he wrote in an informative thread.

For his part, the Minister for Internal Relations, Justice and Peace, Remigio Ceballos Ichaso, communicated through Twitter that "the investigation is being extended to find those responsible for these terrorist acts" and in the shortest possible time "to bring them to justice".

We inform the people of Caracas that there was a fault in the Pan-American Substation that feeds the sectors of Nueva Granada, San Pedro, Santa Mónica, Los Chaguaramos and part of Fort Tiuna. The crews of #Corpoelec carry out maneuvers to restore service.

Previously, Venezuelan authorities have reiterated that the sabotages to the SEN are part of the hybrid war declared by the violent sector of the local right wing and its supporters outside the country, among them the U.S. Government.

This would seek to deteriorate the living conditions of the people, so that they withdraw their support to Nicolas Maduro and bring about a change of Government.

]]> <![CDATA[Bonnie Leaves Nicaragua To Become a Hurricane Over Pacific]]> Sat, 2 Jul 2022 13:31:08 -04:00 The eye of storm Bonnie has left the Nicaraguan mainland and is moving into the Pacific Ocean, where it is expected to become a hurricane, while flash floods and mudslides are expected over parts of Nicaragua and Costa Rica on Saturday.


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The Pacific coast of El Salvador, Guatemala and southern Mexico should monitor the progress of this system, warned the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).

Tropical Storm Bonnie, the second tropical cyclone this year in the Atlantic, has dumped heavy rains in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

Bonnie's maximum sustained winds remain near 65 kilometers per hour with stronger gusts and a gradual strengthening is forecast after Bonnie emerges over the eastern Pacific later today and should continue through Tuesday the following week.

In Nicaragua, the director of the National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (SINAPRED), Dr. Guillermo González, emphasized the actions that have been taken for the areas of Bluefields and San Juan.

He indicated that reports indicate that in these areas there have been light to moderate rains and drizzles, which have been catalogued in the normal range.

"In some moments there have been some gusts of wind, but in general, the situation is quite calm," he said.  

The phenomenon made landfall at 21H00 this 21H00 south of the mouth of the San Juan River, crossed Lake Nicaragua and impacts the isthmus of Rivas.

At 07H00 hours this Saturday, Bonnie is impacting the southern zone with strong winds and torrential rains. There are trees down in the area between La Virgen and Sapoá and the roofs of several houses have come off. The area is without electric power.

Storm Bonnie has left some floods and fallen trees in its passage through Nicaraguan territory. The department of Rivas in the south of the country is one of the most damaged.

]]> <![CDATA[Lula Participates in Independence Civic Parade in Salvador]]> Sat, 2 Jul 2022 12:28:21 -04:00 On Saturday morning, the Workers' Party (PT) pre-candidate for the Presidency Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva participated in the civic parade of the Independence of Brazil in Bahia, in the streets of Salvador.


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Lula, who was not expected at the public act, arrived at Largo da Lapinha around 9:30am. The PT candidate's agenda also includes an event scheduled for 10:30 a.m. at the Fonte Nova Arena. Lula arrived in the Bahian capital on Friday.

A crowd surrounded the former president on the streets of Salvador. By his side were Bahia governor Rui Costa, vice presidential pre-candidate Geraldo Alckmin, and PT's pre-candidate for state government Jerônimo Rodrigues (PT).

Also present was Senator Otto Alencar (PSD), candidate of the governing coalition for reelection to the Senate.

Source: Globo

Presidential pre-candidates Ciro Gomes and Simone Tebet also participate in the procession part toward Salvador's Historic Center. President Jair Bolsonaro is also in Salvador, but is participating in a motorcycle ride along the city's Orla Atlantica.

This Saturday morning, Lula da Silva he will be at an event at the Fonte Nova Arena.

The Bahians celebrate their Independence Day on July 2, circa 1823, 10 months after Dom Pedro I's cry for independence. Independence was won following many bloody confrontations in various parts of the state, which at the time was a province.


]]> <![CDATA[Americans Protest the Death of Afro-American Killed by Police]]> Sat, 2 Jul 2022 06:13:02 -04:00 Protests are taking place in the U.S. city of Akron in Ohio (Northern U.S.) over the killing of an African-American man by police officers. 


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Jayland Walker, a 25-year-old man of African descent, who was fleeing from police officers after committing a traffic violation, was shot and killed on Monday in Akron.

Demonstrations over Walker's murder have been taking place in front of City Hall and the city's police station since Wednesday. 

Akron Police stated that the young man was carrying a gun and fired at police officers as they pursued him. "The suspect's actions caused the officers to perceive a lethal threat against them" and "they shot him, whereupon he lost his life."

No details of the incident have been released, but according to local media, eight uniformed officers fired 90 bullets at Walker and hit him 60 times. 

At a press conference on Thursday, Walker's family demanded explanations from U.S. authorities and called for peaceful protests.

The brutality of the U.S. police, which is the sixth leading cause of death among young people of African descent, has drawn criticism from various civil rights organizations. Critics point out that the foundation of racism is inherent in the country's political system.

The seeds of racism are deeply rooted in American society. Even most Americans believe that the black community is treated differently or unfairly, and that racism is indeed entrenched in the U.S. justice system.

]]> <![CDATA[Europe Reports More Than 4,500 Cases of Monkeypox in Two Weeks]]> Sat, 2 Jul 2022 05:54:57 -04:00 The World Health Organization's (WHO) regional director for Europe, Hans Henri P. Kluge, revealed Friday that monkeypox cases have tripled on the continent in the past two weeks with more than 4,500 infections reported.


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So far, positive laboratory tests indicate that 31 countries have reported cases, which "represents almost 90 percent" of those confirmed since last May internationally.

Most of the diagnosed patients are between 21 and 40 years of age, and 99 percent are male. In addition, "small numbers of cases have been reported among household members, heterosexual contacts and non-sexual contacts, as well as among children," the official said.

Kluge also detailed that at least ten patients have been hospitalized for treatment, one person has been admitted to intensive care, and no deaths have been reported. Those confirmed have presented symptoms such as rash, fever, digestive problems and muscular, throat or headaches.

The WHO representative urged governments and the public to intensify "efforts in the coming weeks and months to prevent monkeypox from becoming established in a growing geographical area".

He also stressed that countries in the area "must rapidly expand monkeypox surveillance," disseminate understandable messages to communities, and spare no effort to make "robust public health investments" in line with political commitments.

Monkeypox is a zoonotic disease that has spread rapidly through Western Europe. It was first identified in humans in the 1970s, and is considered to be of lower risk than smallpox.

]]> <![CDATA[Hamas Welcomes UN Report Calling Israel to Lift the Gaza Siege]]> Sat, 2 Jul 2022 03:46:30 -04:00
The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) on Friday welcomed a UN report that called for the immediate ending of the siege that Israel has been imposing on the Gaza Strip since 2007.


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On Thursday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a report that the situation in the Gaza Strip “is catastrophic” due to a siege that has been imposed on the coastal enclave for 15 years.

“The Israeli siege raised the rates of poverty and unemployment to be the highest in the world, destroyed the economy, crushed a large segment of the Palestinians, and turned them to depend on international aid by more than 50 percent”, the report said.

“The siege of Gaza should be lifted completely in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 1860”, OCHA said.

The report called for the immediate lifting of the Israeli siege, lifting all restrictions that undermined the Palestinian economy, and reopening and constructing factories destroyed during the conflicts.

Hamas Spokesman in Gaza Abdel Latif al-Qanou called on the international community to work to put an end to the “Israeli occupation”.

]]> <![CDATA[Cuban President Mourns Death of Major General Lopez-Calleja]]> Sat, 2 Jul 2022 00:12:30 -04:00
Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel on Friday mourned the death of Major General Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja from a cardiopulmonary arrest at the age of 62.


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On his Twitter account, the head of State expressed his condolences on behalf of the Cuban people and said that “a revolutionary has left us, a man who served the homeland and the Revolution in all trenches.”

Moreover, President of the National Assembly of People’s Power, Esteban Lazo, also mourned his death and sent his heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, colleagues, and other close people.

Cuban Prime Minister, Manuel Marrero, described the Major General as a great businessman, economist, and revolutionary; “faithful to Fidel and Raul, my brother.” My support goes out to the whole family, he said.

I feel deep pain in expressing my condolences and those of the people of #Cuba to the family and friends of Luis Alberto Rodríguez Lopez-Calleja. A revolutionary has left us, a man who served the Homeland and the Revolution in all its trenches.


Meanwhile, Cuban deputy prime ministers, Roberto Perdomo and Ines Maria Chapman said it was a great loss, “of a man who served the Revolution with dedication and loyalty.”

Alejandro Gil, Minister of Economy, expressed his deepest condolences on behalf of the workers of this sector.

Furthermore, the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba (MINFAR) mourned his death and described the general as “an outstanding fighter and revolutionary.”

Luis Alberto Rodriguez Lopez-Calleja died from a cardiopulmonary arrest. He was the executive president of the Business Administration Group of the Revolutionary Armed Forces.

]]> <![CDATA[Latin America & Caribbean Ratifies CTBT ]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 23:16:42 -04:00 On this occasion, acting Foreign Minister Christian Guillermet said that the Costa Rican government welcomed the deposit of the CTBT ratification instrument by Dominica.

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The interim foreign minister said that the region's commitment to pushing forward political efforts over 25 years towards the instrument's entry into force is thus reaffirmed. 

Guillermet also said that Latin America and the Caribbean was the first region in the world legally ban nuclear weapons, declaring themselves a Nuclear Weapons Free Zone.

According to the Costa Rican diplomat, on September 24, 1996, Costa Rica signed the CTBT, which it ratified on September 25, 2001.  

The CTBT, together with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW), are instruments of the international framework that call for nuclear weapons elimination.

]]> <![CDATA[Brazil: June Sees 15-Year Fire Record in Amazon]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 22:10:22 -04:00 The two agencies jointly released data Friday showing that in June of this year, there have been 2 562 fire outbreaks in the biome. 

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According to the agencies, in June 2007, there were 3 519 fires. Since then, fire outbreaks have been consistently below 2 000. 

However, in 2019, the first year under Jair Bolsonaro's presidency, there was a gradual increase in such events.  

Arson in the Amazon region directly relates to deforestation. Once the dry season arrives, which runs from May to September, the vegetation cut down in the previous months is burned.

The Amazon registered 2,562 fire outbreaks in June, the worst result in 15 years. According to the Space Research Institute, it is the third year in a row with an increase in forest fires. During the first semester, the accumulated is 7.5 thousand fire points, an increase of 18%.

The trend, given historical data, indicates an increase in the number of fire points in the rainforest during July and August.

State satellites have recorded a total of 7 500 fire points during the first six months of the year. This figure represents an 18 percent increase over 2021.

]]> <![CDATA[Death Toll Rises to 53 Inmates in Colombian Prison Fire]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 21:48:07 -04:00 The number of inmates who died after a fire broke out on Tuesday during a prison riot in the Colombian town of Tulua rose to 53, local health authorities said Friday.

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Health Secretary of the department of Valle del Cauca Maria Cristina Lesmes said that a young inmate died early Friday morning from his injuries in a medical center in the neighboring city of Cali, where other prisoners were also in intensive care units.

Minister of Justice Wilson Ruiz said on Tuesday that most of the inmates died from smoke inhalation after a fight between two inmates broke out and one of them lit a mattress on fire.

The resulting blaze in the prison, which houses some 180 inmates, was brought under control by the Tulua fire department and the injured inmates were transferred to local health centers, according to Director of the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute General Tito Castellanos.

]]> <![CDATA[Aggression Against Pro-Cuba Spanish Journalist Condemned]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 21:27:23 -04:00 On June 30, Spanish activist and filmmaker Ana Hurtado was attacked in Barcelona, Spain, by two men who violently shook her and spat on her as an act of contempt and humiliation over her activism in support of Cuba.

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"This aggression is vile and cowardly; it is inadmissible. Our blame and condemnation. Ana Hurtado, we are with you," the Cuban President said via Twitter.

On June 30, an individual, accompanied by another who was recording with his cell phone, insulted her, spat at her and shook her violently while shouting "communist shit," according to the Spanish website Cubainformación, which interviewed Hurtado.

The Federation of Associations of Cubans Resident in Spain also condemned the aggression against Hurtado. Such aggression "is baseness, cowardice and pettiness, an attitude that demonstrates the lack of arguments to debate and pure servility to right-wing and pro-imperialist interests," the federation said on Twitter.  

Assaulting a woman is despicable and worse if it is done for her communist ideas. Where is the vaunted freedom of expression and thought of the "super democratic" capitalists? The ideological struggle does exist. Cuba is with you Ana Hurtado. 

Hurtado said that she suffered another aggression in the street three weeks ago, which apparently was the first "warning. Afterward, she began to receive death threats, Spanish media reported.  

She also accused members of the Cuba ultra-right-wing based in Spain of spreading hate messages against her, inciting further aggression. 

Acknowledging that she has received death threats recently, the Spanish journalist said on social networks, "Here, I just want to make something clear: I am a communist in the networks and the street."

]]> <![CDATA[Pope Francis: Latin America Is in a Transition to Unity]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 20:51:59 -04:00 Pope Francis said Friday in an interview with an Argentine media outlet Telam that Latin America and the Caribbean are in a slow transition of struggle from the dream of San Martin and Bolivar for the region's unity.

"It has always been a victim and will be a victim until it does not finish liberating itself, of exploiting imperialisms. All countries have that. I do not want to mention them because they are so obvious that everybody sees them", he added.

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On the other hand, Francis called to face the crisis with solidarity for others, to risk and take their hand, as the only way out of this situation, in a comment on how to return to the conditions before the pandemic in an interview with an Argentinean media.

"You can't get out of the crisis alone; you get out by taking risks and taking the other person's hand. If you don't do it, you can't get out. So, this is the social aspect of the crisis. This is a crisis of civilization", he pointed out in one of them.

"Either we all get out, or none of us gets out. The pretension that only one group can get out of the crisis may give you salvation, but it is partial salvation, economic, political, or of certain sectors of power. But it is not a total solution. You are imprisoned by choice of power you have made", he said.

The Supreme Pontiff said that the fact that Africa is so much in need of vaccines means something has gone wrong. "Notice, the mere fact that Africa does not have the vaccines or has the minimum doses means that other interests also dosed salvation from the disease," he said.

Environment and political systems

He also referred to the fact that nature is also in crisis. "You use nature and it comes down on you. An overheated world also takes us away from constructing a just, fraternal society," he said.

"It is very curious about the mutation of viruses because we are facing a viral and global crisis—a global crisis in our relationship with the universe. We do not live in harmony with creation, with the universe. And we slap it all the time. We misuse our forces. Some people do not imagine the danger humanity lives today with this overheating and manipulation of nature," he declared.

The head of state of the Holy See of the Catholic Church insisted that nature cannot be thought of without humanity. "It is like that passage in Genesis: 'Grow, multiply and dominate the Earth.' To dominate is to enter into harmony with the Earth to make it fruitful. And we have that vocation.

In this sense, he highlighted the philosophy of life of the Amazonian aborigines, where living well means living in harmony with nature. "Because we cannot separate the social from the environmental. The life of men and women develops within an environment," he assured.

"I repeat: nature never forgives, not because it is vengeful, but because we set in motion processes of degeneration that are not in harmony with our being. A few years ago, I froze when I saw a photo of a ship that had passed the North Pole for the first time. The navigable North Pole! What does this mean? That the ice is being destroyed, dissolving, by warming. When you see these things, we must slow down," he stressed.

Youth and politics

On the other hand, Francisco explained why young people do not get involved in politics. He indicated that they are discouraged in the face of so many situations of mafia arrangements and corruption.

"And yet we need them because they are the ones who have to propose salvation to universal policies. And why salvation? Because if we do not change our attitude towards the environment, we are all going to the well," he said.

He commented that young people have to learn about science, politics and coexistence, but he enunciated that he trusts them. "It is important to help young people in this socio-political commitment and, also not to "pull the wool over their eyes" Although today, I think the youth are more aware. today they are more awake, more alive".

Likewise, he considered that it is essential to reinstate the intergenerational dialogue. "The young person, when he meets his grandfather or grandmother, receives wisdom, receives things and takes them forward. And when he or she meets the grandson or granddaughter, the old person has hope," he remarked.

]]> <![CDATA[Julian Assange Appeals His Extradition to the US]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 20:59:48 -04:00 The Wikileaks founder met the deadline set to appeal the decision issued by the British Home Secretary, Priti Patel.

Coalition of Journalists Demands Release of Julian Assange 

Assange met the deadline to appeal the decision issued by the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, while. At the same time, the court in London communicated that it had formally received the notification of the accused.

Assange's wife, Stella Assange, referred to the dire consequences of the case for journalism and human rights in general. "We will fight until justice is done," she said. 

The Australian journalist has been detained in Belmarsh high-security prison since April 2019, where he awaits the outcome of the legal process.

If extradited to the U.S., Assange would face a total of 18 criminal charges and could be sentenced to 175 years in prison for disclosing confidential documents on human rights violations and crimes against humanity committed by the U.S. in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The International Federation of Journalists has launched a campaign to demand Assange's release and at the same time express that "punishing him for exposing war crimes represents a threat to all journalists."

This Friday, multiple activists gathered in mobilization in front of the Home Office headquarters, after touring several points in London, to demand the revocation of the extradition order.

]]> <![CDATA[Russia Slams US Claims That NATO Is a ‘Defensive Alliance']]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 18:20:18 -04:00 Lavrov made his comments Friday at a meeting with students and teachers at the Belarusian State University.

Russian Troops Are at the Gates of Lisichansk

On the White House's recent claim that neither Russia nor anyone else should fear NATO at all, as the U.S.-led military bloc is a defensive alliance, Lavrov said that "it is already ridiculous to hear adults say such obvious nonsense. I would say, it is simply disgraceful." 

The Russian diplomat said that "when someone pushes forward, establishes control of territories and deploys armed forces and military infrastructure there, it is not exactly what is called defense. It's just the opposite," noting that "NATO has moved eastward five times."   

Lavrov added that the West "has never proved its ability to keep its word." NATO's promises that it would not expand eastward, have "turned out to be lies." 

On this occasion, the foreign minister also said that NATO had abandoned commitments not to permanently deploy significant combat forces on the territories of the bloc's new member states, as in the case of the 1997 NATO-Russia Founding Act. 

He warned that "the latest decisions by the Madrid summit proclaim a colossal increase in the armed forces, weapons and military infrastructure on NATO's so-called eastern flank." 

According to the top Russian diplomat, NATO has completely neglected another of its core duties, that of ensuring the indivisibility of security. Under this formula, "no country, no organization, and no alliance have the right to lay claim to a dominant role in Europe," Lavrov said, adding that this is precisely what NATO is doing.

]]> <![CDATA[Xi Confident in Hong Kong’s Future ]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 18:18:06 -04:00 Hong Kong will share the glory of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation with the rest of the country, Xi said when attending a meeting celebrating the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to the motherland and the inaugural ceremony of the sixth-term government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

The president extended cordial greetings to all Hong Kong residents when addressing the events.

 China Calls for the US To Lift Sanctions on Its Companies

Recalling history, throughout which Hong Kong compatriots have always stood together with the motherland, Xi praised the new era of Hong Kong since its return to the motherland in 1997 and the resounding success of "one country, two systems."

The practice of "one country, two systems" has achieved success in Hong Kong recognized by all, Xi said.

"There is no reason for us to change such a good policy, and we must adhere to it in the long run," said Xi, whose Hong Kong trip has gained widespread international attention.

Hong Kong is in a new stage of transitioning from chaos to order and then to greater prosperity.

The next five years will be crucial for Hong Kong to break new ground and achieve another leap forward, said Xi, also general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee and chairman of the Central Military Commission.


Hong Kong is in a festive mood. Flags adorn avenues and alleys, red lanterns line the overpass to the main pier of the Hong Kong Island, and neon-lit celebratory messages can be seen on the facades of skyscrapers against the night sky.

Hong Kong people have every reason to be joyous on the celebratory occasion and proud of their achievements over the past quarter of a century.

Since its return to the motherland, Hong Kong has overcome various difficulties and challenges and forged ahead with steady steps, Xi said, lauding Hong Kong's "irreplaceable contributions" to the development of the motherland.

Over the years, Hong Kong has become an integral part of the country's overall development and actively aligned with national development strategies.

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, a significant national project, for example, has brought about new opportunities for Hong Kong.

From 1997 to 2021, Hong Kong's GDP more than doubled from 1.37 trillion Hong Kong dollars (174.59 billion U.S. dollars) to 2.86 trillion Hong Kong dollars. Its economy remains one of the freest and most open in the world. While boasting a world-class business environment, Hong Kong has maintained its status as an international financial, shipping and trade center.

Xi hailed the true democracy Hong Kong has enjoyed after its return to the motherland, which ensures the democratic rights of Hong Kong residents and helps maintain Hong Kong's prosperity and stability.

Recent years have seen such efforts as the implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong, improvements to the region's electoral system, and the implementation of the "patriots administering Hong Kong" principle.

These have provided Hong Kong with a solid institutional guarantee to overcome immediate difficulties, achieve good governance, and ensure lasting security and stability.


Xi's Friday address reiterated implementing the principle of "one country, two systems" in both letter and spirit without deviation or wavering.

Upholding national sovereignty, security and development interests is the policy's paramount principle. On the basis of this prerequisite, Hong Kong and Macao maintain their capitalist systems in the long run and enjoy a high degree of autonomy, he said.

The more firmly the principle of "one country" is upheld, the greater the advantages the "two systems" will demonstrate in practice, Xi said.

He emphasized both enforcing the central authorities' overall jurisdiction and upholding the special administrative regions' high degree of autonomy.

The president voiced firm stance of keeping the power to administer the HKSAR "in the hands of patriots," which is essential to safeguarding the long-term stability and security of Hong Kong.

"There is no country or region in the world where its people will allow an unpatriotic or even treasonous force or figure to take power," he said.


On Friday, John Lee was sworn in as the sixth-term Chief Executive of the HKSAR, and the inauguration of the sixth-term HKSAR government followed.

Xi expects the new government to take on a new look in good governance.

Hong Kong faces both opportunities and challenges, but there are more opportunities than challenges, Xi said.

The president's hopes for the new government involve improving governance, strengthening the city's growth momentum and addressing difficulties in people's lives. Harmony and stability are also high on the agenda.

There is an extensive consensus that no time should be lost in Hong Kong's development and that all interference should be removed so that Hong Kong can stay focused on development, according to Xi.

Xi pledged the central government's support for Hong Kong' development, including the maintenance of its "free, open and sound business environment."

Xi met with Lee after his inauguration.

"We have full confidence in you and the new-term HKSAR government, and we have full confidence in Hong Kong's future," Xi told the chief executive, who won the election on May 8 by an overwhelming majority.

Being aware of the immense responsibility on his shoulder, Lee pledged to lead the HKSAR government in improving governance and making new advances in Hong Kong's development.


"Over the past five years, I have always been concerned about and caring toward Hong Kong, and my heart and the heart of the central government are always with our Hong Kong compatriots," Xi said upon his arrival in Hong Kong on Thursday.

These words echoed a well-known soundbite from his trip to Hong Kong five years ago, during which he said, "Hong Kong's development has always pulled at my heartstrings."

Over the years, Xi has interacted with young Hong Kong people on many occasions, offering encouragement, addressing their needs and helping them improve their lives.

Friday's address once again demonstrated Xi's care for the people of Hong Kong.

Currently, what the people of Hong Kong desire most are better lives, bigger homes, more business start-up opportunities, better education for their children and better elderly care, Xi said. Expressing hope for the new HKSAR government, he said, "What the people call for, we must strive to deliver."

Xi's trip to Hong Kong included meetings with senior officials and dignitaries, and warm exchanges with researchers and entrepreneurs in the Hong Kong Science Park. He also inspected the Hong Kong Garrison of the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

After attending ceremony celebrations, Xi left Hong Kong by train.

At the West Kowloon high-speed rail station, people from all walks of life bid the president a warm farewell, waving flags and flowers and singing songs.

Among the crowd were many young people, upon whom Xi has pinned high hopes for the future of Hong Kong. They will, as the president said, have more opportunities to "grow and shine."

]]> <![CDATA[Italy: Inflation at Highest Level in 36 Years]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 17:23:36 -04:00 The year-on-year increase was far higher than in May when prices rose 6.8 percent, which was itself the highest one-month increase since Italy adopted the euro currency in 1999. But the last time prices rose as much in one month as in June was in January 1986, when Italy still used the now-defunct lira as its national currency.

 Italy’s Inflation Hits 6.8 Pct, Highest Level Since 1990


The institute said that on a month-to-month basis, prices in June were 1.2-percent higher than in May.
ISTAT said prices were victims of "widespread inflationary tensions" led by energy prices, which were 48.7 percent higher in June than a year earlier. That is higher than the 42.6 percent increase between May 2021 and May 2022.
The main factor pushing energy prices higher is the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Higher energy prices have also pushed prices higher for processed food (8.2 percent higher in June), non-processed food (9.6 percent higher), recreational and personal care services (up 5.0 percent), transport (7.2 percent higher), and general services (up 3.4 percent), since all those areas rely heavily on energy use.
Other factors, such as the unusually hot and dry summer in Italy, are seen as reducing domestic agricultural output by as much as a third this year. But those developments are too recent to be fully reflected in the June inflation figure.

]]> <![CDATA[Five Black Women, Girls Killed per Day in US In 2020: Guardian]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 17:02:30 -04:00 In all, 1,821 Black women and girls were killed in 2020, the report said on Thursday.
This figure represents an additional 461 women and girls who were murdered in 2020 compared to 2019 -- more than one additional killing a day.

 US In National Battle Over Abortion Rights


Black women and girls in the United States are four times more likely to die from violence than white or Hispanic women, while indigenous women and girls face the next-highest risk, according to the report.
In 2020, it added that about 75 percent of Black female homicide victims were killed with a gun.

]]> <![CDATA[US Supreme Court Says Biden May End 'Remain-in-Mexico' Policy]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 14:36:44 -04:00 On Thursday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that President Joe Biden has the authority to end Donald Trump's "Remain-in-Mexico" policy, which compels migrants seeking asylum to wait south of the U.S. border while their applications are processed.


First Black Woman Sworn in on US Supreme Court

The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), as the program is officially known, was denounced by human rights defenders and was suspended by Biden on taking office in January 2021. The states of Texas and Missouri, however, sued the Biden administration and a Trump-appointed federal judge issued an injunction to compel the government to resume the MPP.

Chief Justice John Roberts said that the use of the word "May" in the relevant immigration statute, makes clear that contiguous-territory return is a tool that the Department of Homeland Security Secretary "has the authority, but not the duty, to use."

The decision has implications beyond "Remain-in-Mexico", as it restricts the ability of lower courts to intervene in immigration enforcement and detention cases, Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy director of the American Immigration Council, said in a statement welcoming the end of the "cruel and inhumane Remain-in-Mexico program."

The image's phrase reads, "Inequality is the pandemic."

"Limiting access to justice to challenge immigration enforcement cases sets a dangerous precedent by giving agencies unchecked power to arrest, detain, and deport," he said.

Rep. Chuy Garcia, a Mexican-American Democrat who represents a district in Illinois, said the Supreme Court decision "underscores" the authority of the Biden administration "to take executive action on issues related to immigration and asylum."

To comply with the lower court order, the Biden administration reached an agreement last December with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) to reinstate Remain-in-Mexico. As of the beginning of Dec. 2021, over 26,500 migrants on MPP lists were in eight Mexican border cities, according to data from the University of Texas.

]]> <![CDATA[Bonnie Activates Emergency Plans in Nicaragua and Costa Rica]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 13:48:19 -04:00 On Friday, Nicaragua and Costa Rica decreed the evacuation of people, the protection of heritage, and other preventive measures in the face of the imminent impact on their Caribbean territories of the winds and rains generated by tropical storm Bonnie.


Venezuela Remains Alert to the Impact of Tropical Storm

At 10:00 local time on Friday, Costa Rica's National Meteorological Institute (IMN) informed that Bonnie's center was located 510 km northeast of the province of Limon, moving at 32 km/h, and had strong winds. maximum of 65 km/h.

An hour later, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) estimated that Bonnie's center was 370 km east of the Nicaraguan city of Bluefields. During the afternoon, the tropical storm is expected to cross between the south of Nicaragua and the northern border of Costa Rica.

While crossing over Central American lands, Bonnie will cause precipitation that could exceed 100 mm of rain. The Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) monitors the area between Laguna de Perlas and the mouth of the San Juan River, where it is estimated that the rains will be intense.

The Nicaraguan Navy suspended sailings in the 11 ports on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts, as well as in the ports of the Great Lake, whose extension of over 8,000 square kilometers allows waves with heights similar to the waves that are formed at sea.

In eastern Nicaragua, authorities evacuated families from the Cayos Miskitos, located some 30 kilometers east of the Autonomous Region of the South Caribbean (RACS), which has over 402.282 inhabitants. They were transferred to Bluefields.

The inhabitants of a community on the main island of the Corn Island archipelago were transfered towards the interior of the island. In Bluefields, 50 temporary shelter centers were activated, where some 1,200 people living in 270 homes prone to flooding would be transferred.

]]> <![CDATA[Russian Troops Are at the Gates of Lisichansk]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 13:08:13 -04:00 On Friday, Russian troops are fighting in the suburbs of Lisichansk, in the eastern region of Lugansk.


Putin, Modi Discuss Ukrainian Crisis, Bilateral Ties Over Phone

"Most of the towns on the outskirts of Lisichansk are under the control of the troops of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR) and Russia," LPR Ambassador in Russia Rodion Miroshnik said, adding that the offensive on Lishichansk and the advance towards the interior of the city are carried out "from four directions".

From the south, in the area of ​​the RTI rubber goods factory, "allied troops not only entered the city, but also carried out 'clean-up operations' in the surrounding blocks." From the north, "peacekeeping troops entered approximately three or four blocks into the urban area."

Lisichansk is also attacked from the east, where Russian forces and LPR troops managed to cross the Siverski Donets river, and from the southwest, where the town of Novodruzheska is subjected to artillery fire. 

"God knows how many of them were left alive after massive artillery fire, but given this push they won't be able to hold this area for long," Miroshnik concluded.

The Ukrainian governor of the Lugansk region Serhiy Gaidai acknowledged that Russian troops are present in the vicinity of towns such as Topolivka, Vovchoyarivka, and Maloryazantsevo. He have also admitted that the Russians are holding the road between Topolivka and Lisichansk under siege from their artillery.

On Friday, the Russian Defense Ministry informed that its troops maintain control of the Linik oil refinery, the Matrosskaya mine, the TDB gelatin plant, and the town of Topolivka.

]]> <![CDATA[Putin, Modi Discuss Ukrainian Crisis, Bilateral Ties Over Phone]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 12:35:50 -04:00 Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Ukrainian crisis, the global food market, and bilateral economic ties with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the phone on Friday.


Ukraine Severs Diplomatic Ties With the Syrian Arab Republic

Putin said the Vodolymyr Zelensky's administration and its "Western patrons" were escalating the Ukrainian crisis and disrupting efforts to resolve it diplomatically. Modi "reiterated India's long-standing position in favor of dialogue and diplomacy" regarding the Ukrainian conflict.

Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening "the specially privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India," and discussed the development of bilateral trade and economic ties.

Putin said the current situation of the global food market was the result of "systemic mistakes by a number of countries," which have disrupted the free trade of food products and provoked price increases.

Despite the difficult situation, which has been further complicated by "the illegitimate anti-Russia sanctions," Russia has been and remains "a reliable producer and supplier of grain crops, fertilizer and energy carriers to Indian partners, among others," said Putin.

The conversation between the two leaders took place days after Modi made statements highlighting that the G7 Summit in Germany was taking place amid growing international tension.

"Even in the present situation, we have constantly urged for the path of dialogue and diplomacy. The impact of this geopolitical tension is not just limited to Europe. The rising prices of energy and food grains are affecting all the countries," the Indian Prime Minister said, as reported by NDTV.

]]> <![CDATA[Sierra Leone Re-Denominates Currency to Boost Economy]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 12:00:14 -04:00 The Central Bank of Sierra Leone on Friday started a redenomination of the country's currency, the Leone, with the removal of three zeros from the notes while keeping their value unchanged.


Zambian President Meets AU Observer Mission Team Ahead of Polls

The existing currency shall continue to be legal tender, concurrently with the re-denominated currency, for a transition period of July 1 to Sept. 30 this year. Sierra Leone's Central Bank embarked on public engagement before circulating the new currency bank notes.

"Prices of all goods and services will be deflated as three zeros will be slashed. The new Leone will have the same purchasing power as the old Leone," Sierra Leone's Central Bank Governor Keifala Murana Kallon said, adding that the banking system in the country has re-calibrated its accounting systems to accommodate the new currency that is now in circulation.

Before the redenomination, the U.S. dollar-Leone exchange rate was around 1 to 13,000. The most common face value of the old Leone banknotes included 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, and 10,000. Under the new move, new banknotes with denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 20 will be introduced.

"The redenomination of the Leone will enable our currency to appreciate against the dollar. The Leone will have more value and better serve our economy," the Bank governor said, stressing that redenomination can boost the confidence of people in the economy and its impact will be positive.

Blanche Gooding, President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sierra Leone, said the value of the Leone has received knocks against the dollar and the rate of inflation continues to rise, and the fuel price increase has caused the increase of commodity prices.

"It is expected that the re-denomination will help address these challenges in the national economy. I hope that the re-denomination will give the Leone note its required value," she said.

]]> <![CDATA[TeleSUR Expands Its Satellite Transmissions to Europe]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 11:14:26 -04:00 In July, TeleSUR celebrates the 17th anniversary of its creation. To do so, this alternative Latin American television network will expand its satellite broadcasts to Europe.


teleSUR Expands Its Signal With New Satellite Parameters

European users may request the teleSUR signal from their cable distributor or may connect themselves to the transmissions using the following HD parameters:

- Telesur English on the Satellite Astra 1L

- Orbital Position: 19.2°East

- Frequency: 11.377 Mhz Vertical

- Symbol Rate: 22,000msps

- FEC: 2/3


- Roll-Off: 20%

- Service: 6393P

TeleSUR emerged in 2005 during the administration of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who during his lifetime encouraged the Latin American economic, political, and cultural cooperation and integration.

Initially, teleSUR began broadcasting on a limited four-hour schedule on July 2, 2005, when South Americans were celebrating the 222nd anniversary of the birth of Simon Bolivar, the Venezuelan leader who fought for the independence of Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. Later, teleSUR began its full-time broadcasts on October 31, 2005.

Since then, this international multimedia alternative has expanded its coverage to reach over 100 countries through broadcasts 24 hours a day in English and Spanish. With the slogan "Our North is the South", teleSUR takes a stance in the world of communication and reminds its users that its guiding star is the struggle for equity, justice, and peace raised by the peoples of the South.

Following this logic, teleSUR has become a provider of truthful information about international and regional events and has established itself as a multi-national TV giant.

]]> <![CDATA[53 Spanish Cities Protest Against Melilla Massacre]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 11:40:59 -04:00 From Friday to Sunday, human rights defenders will carry out demonstrations in 53 Spanish cities to repudiate the death of 37 sub-Saharan migrants in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Africa near the border with Morocco.


NGOs Request Investigation Into Death of Migrants in Melilla

They use the slogan "Black Lives Matter" to highlight discrimination against African migrants by European authorities, who prefer to receive white-skinned migrants like the Ukrainians.

Activists highlighted that European and Spanish migration policies translate into border militarization, which is often accompanied by police brutality against Black people.

The bodies of the African migrants "are being buried in the Moroccan city of Nador without performing essential autopsies for a possible investigation, without identifying the identities of the victims, and without informing their families."

"The massacre occurred as a result of cruel and inhuman treatment and failure to provide assistance by the Spanish and Moroccan authorities," human rights defenders said.

"In recent weeks, raids, persecutions and forced displacements have intensified in Morocco on buses, by the Police against migrant communities that are forced to settle in the forests near the city of Nador. This growing hostility influenced events."

Among other purposes, the demonstrators seek that the authorities carry out an independent investigation to clarify what happened and suspend the "hot returns" of African migrants.

]]> <![CDATA[Wildfires in the Brazilian Amazon Rise in the First Half]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 09:26:26 -04:00 The Brazilian Amazon recorded 7,533 fire outbreaks during the first half of the year, an increase of 17.9 percent compared to the same period in 2021.


Brazil: Officials Working With Indigenous Peoples Go on Strike

The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) registered 2,562 sources of heat in the jungle in June. This figure represented an increase of 11 percent with respect to the heat sources registered in June 2021 and the highest amount in the last 15 years.

The fires in the largest tropical forest on the planet had been declining since February, but picked up momentum again as of May, when 2,287 fire points were reported. The number of fires is expected to increase in the coming dry season in the coming months.

A part of the fire that consumes the Amazonian vegetation occurs because small farmers use to burn their land to clean the cultivation areas. On June 23, the use of fire for this practice was prohibited for 120 days. Nevertheless, some 1,113 outbreaks have been registered since then.

Most of the fires in the Amazon basin, however, are caused by deforestation, which is permanently fueled by illegal mining and the illicit timber trade. Unfortunately, 72.5 percent of Brazilian mining occurs in the Amazon.

Environmentalists blame the growing devastation of the jungle on the far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has relaxed environmental controls and promoted activities that destroy native vegetation, as he defends the economic exploitation of the Amazon and the end of the demarcation of new indigenous reservations.

"In the last three years, this scenario has been strengthened as a direct result of a policy successfully applied to facilitate and encourage environmental crimes," Greenpeace Brazil Spokesperson Cristiane Mazzetti said.

]]> <![CDATA[Mexicans Protest the Murder of Journalist in Tamaulipas]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 08:53:01 -04:00 On Thursday, citizens took to the streets of Victoria City, in the state of Tamaulipas, to demand justice for journalist Antonio de la Cruz, who was shot to death on Wednesday.


AMLO To Unveil Truth About 43 Ayotzinapa Students

They walked through several streets of the Tamaulipas capital with banners and shouting slogans such as "I am a journalist", "The truth is not killed", "Not one more", and "Justice for Toño."

One of the protests took place in the local Congress where colleagues of the communicator demanded justice. Meanwhile, in downtown Victoria City, over 100 journalists met and began a march towards the Government Palace.

They were attended by the Secretary of the State Government Gerardo Peña, who received a letter in which the journalists demanded clarification of the crime and protection for De la Cruz family.

Protests were also held in the southern part of Tamaulipas. The journalists from this region walked from the Plaza de Armas to Colon Street where they closed the avenue for a moment.

De la Cruz was a reporter in Tamaulipas, a state bordering Texas known for the high presence of organized crime groups. Mexico's Undersecretary of Security Ricardo Mejia assured that authorities are looking for two suspects. Twelve Mexican journalists have been murdered so far this year.

Reporters Without Borders (RSP) denounced an "unprecedented" violence against the press in Mexico, which remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world to practice journalism.

]]> <![CDATA[First Half of 2022 in Wall Street Was the Worst Since 1970]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 08:07:54 -04:00 Wall Street wrapped up a brutal first half of 2022, as elevated inflation and a hawkish Federal Reserve stoke recession fears. The S&P 500, the broader market index, dropped 20.6 percent year to date, its largest first-half decline since 1970. 


US Strategic Petroleum Reserve at Lowest Level

The index dropped more than 21 percent from its January record, meeting the criteria for a bear market. A bear market is commonly defined by a fall of at least 20 percent from a recent peak. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 15 percent this year, and Nasdaq Composite Index, down 29.5 percent, marking the worst hit.

"It's a very, very, very tough market and one of the most difficult markets I've seen. Everybody's really getting hurt in the market... the sentiment is extremely negative," said Larry Benedict, who has over thirty years of experience as an investment professional.

 The market rout came as investors grew fearful about red-hot inflation, aggressive central bank tightening and higher recession risk. The U.S. annual inflation hit a 40-year high of 8.6 percent in May.

The U.S. Commerce Department reported Thursday that the core personal consumption expenditures price index, the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge, rose 4.7 percent in May on a year-over-year basis. While the index was slightly below market estimates, it was still near multi-decade highs and well above the Fed's inflation target of 2 percent.

In June, the Fed accelerated its policy tightening by a 75-basis-point rate hike, the largest increase since 1994, in response to rising inflation expectations and an unexpectedly high CPI print. The U.S. central bank also indicated that a rapid pace of tightening would likely continue at the July meeting. This Fed hawkishness added fuel to market fears that drastic rate hikes may push the U.S. economy into a recession.

In his testimony to U.S. Congress last week, Fed Chair Jerome Powell said that the central bank is trying to bring inflation down without inflicting too much damage, but a recession is "a possibility." He also said a "soft" landing for the U.S. economy would be "very challenging."

Experts warned of higher risk of a U.S. recession, noting that investors should be prepared for continued market volatility. Lisa Shalett, chief investment officer at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, said in a recent analysis that the chances of a recession ticked higher, "driven by the Fed's latest rate hike and hawkish forward guidance."

"A prolonged, substantial rally seems a bit unlikely as the potential for a U.S. recession remains elevated with investors probably needing more signs of an 'all-clear' before sentiment materially improves," said Shawn Snyder, head of Investment Strategy at Citi Personal Wealth Management.

Benedict said he expects "a bumpy ride" ahead for the market, given a lot of uncertainty regarding the economic outlook. "Worries over both the pace of central bank tightening and growth look set to keep equities volatile," said UBS analysts.

The main driver of markets in the second half of the year will be "investor perceptions of whether we are headed for stagflation, reflation, a soft landing, or a slump," they said. 


]]> <![CDATA[WWF Calls for Protection of Oceans to Avoid Triple Crisis]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 07:35:21 -04:00 On Thursday, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International called for a coordinated global action plan to avoid a triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss.


The Great Barrier Reef Affected by Massive Bleaching

"We're facing a triple crisis. The three crises are all connected because the planet is one single, interconnected ecosystem. Any pressure on any earth system will reflect on the rest," Marco Lambertini, director of WWF International, said.

The United Nations Ocean Conference, co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Portugal and currently taking place in Lisbon, from June 27 to July 1, seeks to mobilize global actions for the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources, and propel science-based innovative solutions.

The ocean is not just "the lungs of the planet" but also its largest carbon sink, a vital buffer against the impacts of climate change. The ocean, covering 70 percent of the Earth's surface, is the planet's largest biosphere, and is home to up to 80 percent of all life in the world. It generates 50 percent of the oxygen we need, absorbs 25 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions, and captures 90 percent of the additional heat generated from those emissions.

Earlier this month, World Trade Organization members at the 12th Ministerial Conference in Geneva reached an agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies that lead to overfishing, a deal the WWF Director hailed as a "historic achievement."

"This is a very significant first step, to stop providing subsidies to illegal and unreported and unregulated fishing, to stop subsidies for overfished stocks, and also subsidies for areas of the ocean that are right now unregulated," Lambertini said. 

"It's in everybody's interest, developed economies, developing economies, to actually come together under a common plan that deals with climate change and nature loss. Hopefully government leaders will understand that the only way to tackle these issues is to really agree together to a common plan," he added.

]]> <![CDATA[Twelve African Countries Report 1,782 Cases of Monkeypox]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 07:39:29 -04:00 Twelve African countries have so far reported 1,782 cases of monkeypox cases, the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) disclosed on Thursday.


Spread of Monkeypox in Africa Shows 'Worrying Sign', WHO Warns

Out of the 1,782 cases of monkeypox cases that have been reported in Africa, some 1,678 of them being suspected cases while 104 are confirmed cases, Ahmed Ogwell, acting director of Africa CDC, said.

The cases have been reported both in endemic and non-endemic countries to monkeypox, highlighting that Benin, Morocco and South Africa are the non-endemic African Union (AU) members reporting confirmed cases of the disease.

"Unfortunately, 73 deaths have been reported in the continent as a result of the monkeypox outbreak, bringing the case fatality rate  of the disease to 4.1 percent," Ogwell said, adding that the Africa CDC is offering training to 20 health experts drawn from different parts of the continent in Nigeria to help them build the capacity of making a laboratory diagnosis for monkeypox in their respective countries.

"The training is very important because it enhances the capacity of our member states to confirm suspected cases," Ogwell said, indicating that clinical laboratory confirmation for the disease has been slow across the continent.

The Africa CDC's Institute for Pathogen Genomics is also working on sequencing samples of monkeypox so that it will be able to identify and document any variant that could occur in any AU member.

"We will continue to sequence samples of monkeypox just as we did for COVID-19 to ensure that we understand and know the kind of pathogen that we are dealing with in the continent," he added.

Ethiopia, Guinea, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Sudan and Uganda -- all countries with no previous incidence -- have also reported suspected cases, the WHO said in a recent report.

]]> <![CDATA[Vigil Held in Honor of Migrants Killed in Texas, US]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 06:37:56 -04:00
Dozens of people expressed their sorrow on Tuesday at a vigil held in San Antonio in honor of the 53 dead migrants, whose bodies were found in an abandoned truck in the border state of Texas, U.S.


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The event, which served for participants to express their sadness but also their indignation for the abandonment and death of the migrants, was attended mainly by Mexicans living in the United States, many of whom do not have legal documents.

The ceremony, which took place under a shed in a park, was attended by the mayor of San Antonio, Ron Nirenberg, who left without giving statements to the press after listening to the complaints and prayers.

A 23.year.old Uruguayan, Carlos Eduardo Espina, criticized U.S. immigration policy while pointing out that death has become the immigration norm. In this regard, the South American, who has lived in Texas since he was five years old, said that Washington should propose more humanitarian immigration policies by increasing the number of annual visas.

Likewise, Mexican Guillermina Barrón, who arrived in the U.S. twenty years ago, told the international press that she feels identified with the event and said that "many things need to be changed because many lives were lost".

Last year, a record number of migrants died at the U.S.-Mexico border where, according to the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, 557 lives were lost.

]]> <![CDATA[First Black Woman Sworn in on US Supreme Court]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 04:53:49 -04:00 Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in Thursday as the U.S. Supreme Court's 116th justice and the first Black woman to serve on the court. She was sworn in during a short ceremony shortly after Justice Stephen Breyer's retirement became official.


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The 51-year-old's appointment by Democratic President Joe Biden means white men are not in the majority on the nation's highest court for the first time in 233 years.

While her confirmation is a milestone, it won't change the 6-3 conservative majority on the court, which has come under fire for recent rulings broadening the right to bear arms, eroding abortion rights and limiting the government's power to curb greenhouse gases.

"As Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson takes her seat on the Supreme Court, our nation takes an historic step toward realizing our highest ideals," Nancy Pelosi said in a statement. "Amid this court's cruel assault on Americans' health, freedom and security, she will be a much-needed force for equal justice for all”,  she added.

Jackson spoke only to say her oaths during the ceremony. She had picked up support from three Senate Republicans during a grueling and at times brutal confirmation process, delivering Biden a bipartisan 53-47 approval for his first Supreme Court nominee.

]]> <![CDATA[Ukraine Severs Diplomatic Ties With the Syrian Arab Republic]]> Fri, 1 Jul 2022 02:25:49 -04:00
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on Thursday that it’s severing diplomatic ties with Syria after Damascus recognized the independence of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics in Donbass.


Syria Recognizes Lugansk and Donetsk as Independent States

In a statement published on its website, the ministry said it “strongly condemns” Syria’s decision, which it considers an “unfriendly act against Ukraine” and an “encroachment on its sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“In response to this unfriendly act, Ukraine declares the severance of diplomatic relations with Syria without the severance of consular relations,” the message reads further.

Kiev has also said that it intends to impose a trade embargo on Syria and is considering “other sanctions on Syrian legal entities and individuals.”

On Wednesday, Syrian state news agency SANA quoted a foreign ministry official as saying that the Syrian Arab Republic has decided to recognize the independence and sovereignty of both the Lugansk People’s Republic and the Donetsk People’s Republic.

Syria has become the second country among UN members, following Russia, to formally recognize the independence of the two states which make up the Donbass region. Both republics broke from Kiev’s control in 2014 after a Western-backed coup ousted the democratically-elected president Viktor Yanukovych. Their decision prompted Kiev to try to reclaim the areas by force, leading to an eight-year conflict and thousands of casualties.

 Russia launched a military offensive against Ukraine on February, 24, following requests from both republics, and citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, meant to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state.

In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.

]]> <![CDATA[Haiti: Political Factions Agree To Pursue Dialogue]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 23:07:18 -04:00 Haiti's main political forces agreed on Wednesday to continue exchanges to reach a consensus after their meetings had been suspended several times over differences.

Gang Clashes Leave Nearly 200 Dead in Haiti

The decision was considered based on a letter from the Prime Minister, who said that "it is not necessary to be 100 percent in agreement on all issues and all details, to decide to move forward together."

The Prime Minister called for the need to initiate "unconditionally serious and in-depth discussions on the essential issues on which there is already a convergence of views." 

The factions led by the Haitian Prime Minister and the leader of Montana, Magalie Comeau Denis, established the representatives who will attend the next meetings.

The situation of our country commands all those who say they want to get it out of its multiple crises to show proof of overcoming and to do everything possible to bring together all Haitians in a patriotic outburst around a common national project.

On the one hand, the Secretary-General of the Presidency, Josué Pierre-Louis; the Secretary of State for the integration of persons with disabilities, Génard Joseph; and former senators Edmonde Supplice Beauzile and Louis Gérald will be among those participating.

For the Montana team, Magalie Comeau Denis; Jacques Ted St-Dic; Dunois Erick Cantave; Ernst Mathurin; as well as former deputies Hugues Célestin and Antoine Rodon Bien-Aimé.

According to the National Network for the Defense of Human Rights, 191 people have been killed due to clashes between armed gangs in the north of Port-au-Prince. One hundred seven men, 76 women and eight minors were among the victims.

]]> <![CDATA[China PMI To Recover Expansion Territory ]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 22:55:09 -04:00 After three consecutive months of contraction, China announced Thursday that the factory activities have recovered expansion territory in June which indicates that the world's second-largest economy is on its way to recovery.

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Data collected by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) dropped that the purchasing managers' index (PMI) for the Chinese industrial sector rose to  50.2 in June from the previous 49.6 in May. A reading below 50 reflects contraction, while a reading above 50 indicates expansion.

"As the epidemic prevention and control situation in China continues to improve and policies and measures to stabilize the economy take effect at a faster pace, China's overall economic recovery is picking up," said Zhao Qinghe, NBS senior statistician. By June the sub-index for production had stood at 52.8, representing 3.1 percentage points above the previous month, while the sub-index for new orders stood at 50.4, up 2.2 percentage points from May.

"Among the 21 industries surveyed, the number of industries with PMI in expansion zone increased to 13 in June, showing continued improvement in the country's manufacturing sector," he told. The sub-index that measures suppliers' delivery time increased by 7.2 points by June amounting to 51.3, which is viewed as a significant improvement in supply logistics.

In the same month, the production and business expectations sub-index grew to 55.2 demonstrating that enterprises are continuously regaining confidence. Despite this recovery, the Chinese official adverted about market demand remaining weak and some manufacturing companies are grappling with squeezed profit margins.


]]> <![CDATA[Petro Denounces “Systematic Murders” of Activists]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 22:31:29 -04:00 "There are several cases of murders of militants who supported us. Investigative entities are called to determine the perpetrators of these systematic murders against a civilian group with a political identity," Petro said on Twitter. 

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This June 30, Colombian deputy for the Liberal Party Carlos Hernández was murdered in the department of Arauca (northeast). The president-elect conveyed via Twitter his solidarity with the congressman's family.

Hernandez was killed by armed men who intercepted him while driving unescorted along the road linking the municipalities of Fortul and La Esmeralda, in a rural area where there is a presence of armed groups, according to local press.

The Arauca Assembly deputy was one of the most recognized politicians in the area. He aspired to the department's governorship, local radio station W Radio said. 

The Liberal caucus of Tolima rejects the assassination of the Liberal Deputy of Arauca, Carlos Hernandez. Enough of the persecution and assassinations of political and social leaders. We need guarantees for the exercise.

"The Liberal Party rejects the vile murder of our deputy of Arauca, Carlos Hernandez," the party said via Twitter, rejecting the "the violence that plagues Colombia."

The Liberal Party's President César Gaviria announced in June 2022 his party's support for the president-elect Gustavo Petro. 

Two social leaders and activists of the Pacto Histórico coalition, led by Petro, were killed on June 19 in the municipalities of Guapi and El Patía in the Cauca department (west). 

]]> <![CDATA[Brazil Reports a Drop in Unemployment in 2022]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 22:28:03 -04:00 According to the data collected by the Brazilian government, the unemployment rate decreased to 9.8 percent in the second quarter of 2022, compared to the previous one, and for the first time, below double digits since 2016.


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The Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (BIGS) had revealed that this is the lowest decrease record since January 2016, when the unemployment rate amounted to 9.6 percent.

Comparing the actual unemployment rate with the one of the same period last year, the numbers indicate a fall of  4.9 percentage points, with 10.6 million unemployed by that time.

Regarding the annual rate of unemployed people, the number faded by 30.2 (minus 4.6 million) and by 11.5 percent (minus 1.4 million people) in comparison with the previous quarter, according to the National Continuous Household Sample Survey.

Late in April, the unemployment rate was counting for 10.5 percent, which represented at least 11.3 million people.

]]> <![CDATA[Russia Ready To Satisfy Friendly States’ Fertilizer Demand]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 21:48:55 -04:00 The President made the remarks on Thursday at a meeting in Moscow with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

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"We are ready to fully satisfy the demand of agricultural producers from Indonesia and other friendly states for nitrogen, phosphate, potash fertilizers and raw materials for their production," Putin said. 

According to the Russian President, the meeting centered on issues relevant to the global food crisis. Both presidents discussed the supply to the world market of foodstuffs, and other agricultural goods, including mineral fertilizers.

Putin said it is now crucial that supply chains disrupted by the sanctions be reestablished. "We certainly intend to continue performing in good faith our contractual commitments on supplies of foodstuffs, fertilizers, along with energy resources and other critical goods," he said.

Before reaching Moscow, the Indonesian leader attended this week's Group of Seven summit in Germany and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

Joko Widodo had said he wanted to discuss the global food crisis with the Russian and Ukrainian leaders, as both nations are major wheat suppliers on the world market, whereas Russia is also a major fertilizer exporter.

At a joint press conference with Putin following their meeting in the Kremlin, Widodo said, "I really appreciate President Putin, who has said he'll provide security guarantees for food and fertilizer supplies from both Ukraine and Russia."  

The Indonesian President offered to act as a bridging link between Russia and Ukraine, expressing that his nation has no other interest than to see an immediate end to the ongoing conflict along with an early fixing of the food, fertilizer, and energy supply chain. 

]]> <![CDATA[El Salvador: Teachers Demand Salary Review]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 21:36:05 -04:00 Teachers and administrative staff of the Rutilio Grande school, located in San Martín, department of San Salvador, closed for several hours a stretch of the Oro highway, detour to San José del Guayabal, to demand the authorities of the Ministry of Education (Mined), not to publish their positions to competition without taking into account the founding teachers of the precinct.

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Alongside the teaching staff, the students' relatives also demonstrated in defense of their rights as education workers in this center, which educates some 300 students. The demonstrators call for the educational portfolio for the non-fulfillment of the initial agreement when the school was created, which indicated that the Salary Law would absorb the founding teachers.

In January of next year, the salary review for educators, contemplated in the Teaching Career Law, will be in force. The sector unions said that the agency had not granted space to begin negotiations when there are only three months left for the Executive to present its budget proposal for the coming year.

According to a communiqué issued by the group, 12 female teachers and two male teachers and the community are also fighting for the rights of the children they serve within that educational community. In this regard, it reads that the "safeguarding of mental health concerning educational continuity" would be affected if it did not have educators who already generated an environment of trust.

The vehicular passage continues to be closed on the Oro highway, San Martín, towards SS due to the protest of parents of the Rutilio Grande School. They say that the MINED has not solved the employment situation of teachers and this affects about 300 students.

"We want the transitory decree to be approved because we are founders of the school, which we built with our own hands and with our own resources, without help from the State. MINEDUYT has not built the infrastructure, but we, the current teachers," read the document.

On the other hand, they said that the Ministry of Education has not provided the center with furniture or equipment and that currently, the ones they have were acquired with their own resources, donations from other schools, and from some civil society organizations.

"The Ministry of Education has not helped in constructing the infrastructure; we, the current teachers, did it with our own hands. UNHCR, Plan International, and the San Martin Municipal Government have been the last to help remodel the school's infrastructure," it reads.

Article 33 of the law establishes that the salary review must be periodic without exceeding three years. The most recent review was approved in 2018 and applied in 2019.

Despite the efforts of the Sindicato de Maestras y Maestros de El Salvador (Simeduco) and Bases Magisteriales to meet with the interim head of Education, Mauricio Pineda, they have not yet received a response.


]]> <![CDATA[President Castillo Resigns From Peru Libre Party]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 21:09:49 -04:00 The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, informed this Thursday about his resignation from the Perú Libre party, the political group he belonged to when he won his electoral victory in 2021.

"Today, I have presented to the National Jury of Elections (JNE) my irrevocable resignation to the political party Peru Libre. Such a decision obeys to my responsibility as president of 33 million Peruvians," the president assured through his account on the social network Twitter.

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In another message, the Executive reaffirmed his commitment "to continue working and promoting the great changes of the Bicentennial in a democratic country and together with all Peruvians."

The head of state's decision comes after the leader of Peru Libre, Vladimir Cerron, released a statement in which they asked Castillo to abandon his militancy.

According to the party's communiqué, among the reasons for requesting Castillo's resignation is the alleged implementation, by his government, of the "neoliberal losing program."

The Peruvian president thanked the support of this party at the time of reaching the Presidency and has called on other organizations to continue working for the country.

"The political events that take place are part of the country's destiny; I thank Peru Libre for welcoming us in the contest that led us to victory in the campaign (...) I understand that Peru is above all, from here I call on the police forces to agree to work for democracy to work for the most important issues that the country has", he declared.

]]> <![CDATA[AMLO To Unveil Truth About 43 Ayotzinapa Students]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 20:42:04 -04:00 In the early hours of September 26-27, 2014, 43 students were kidnapped after a chase in which it has already been proven that municipal, state, federal and Army police officers participated.

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The Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday, "We already know what happened; we are missing some things to complement [the investigation], because remember that it is also a judicial process: you can have the evidence, but you have to certify and validate it."

Since his run for the presidency, AMLO has committed to revealing the truth about the forced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students. "We already have a lot of progress, which is one of the demands or unfulfilled commitments I made and have not been able to fulfill," the President said, noting that by this year, the truth about what happened will be known. 

The case and the investigation have been highly controversial. Manipulation and concealment of evidence, pressure to protect those responsible and bureaucratic neglect have been issues denounced by the victims' relatives. 

AYOTZINAPA CASE WILL BE RESOLVED THIS YEAR, WE ALREADY KNOW WHAT HAPPENED: AMLO. The President indicated that there are already many elements to conclude one of the unfulfilled demands of his government.

Former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto delivered a version stating that municipal police had kidnapped and handed over the students to members of the Guerreros Unidos cartel, who killed and burned them in the Cocula landfill and then dumped them in the San Juan River. 

The Ayotzinapa Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) and the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team denied such a version because there was no evidence to support this thesis.  

In March of this year, the GIEI provided evidence proving that the authorities, including members of the Navy, manipulated the landfill to make people believe that the students had been burned there, completely tearing down the version delivered by Peña Nieto.  

]]> <![CDATA[Venezuela Condemns Blockade’s Impact on the Educational Sector]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 19:56:36 -04:00 Wuikelman Angel Paredes, Vice Minister of Educational Communities and Union with the People of Venezuela, said during a Unesco session that the hostile U.S. policy regarding South American countries is affecting the country's education sector.

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The Venezuelan official told Prensa Latina that Washington's hostile position regarding Venezuela makes no sense since, in his beliefs, Caracas is committed to building a better world, where the country seeks inclusive and quality education to be set up as one of the pillars of that path.

During his address to the Unesco, Paredes said they had "come with a strong message about aspects that the United Nations system cannot leave invisible, particularly the coercive unilateral U.S. measures against some of our Latin American peoples."

On the second day of the pre-summit on education organized in Pris by Unesco, the Venezuelan Minister adverted the two pandemics his country is facing, that of the Covid-19 and the imperialist one with its criminal sanctions.

The Vice Minister of Educational Communities and Union with the People of Venezuela, Wuikelman Ángel Paredes, denounced today at UNESCO the effects caused in education by the unilateral coercive measures applied against his country.

He also commented on the great importance of this forum that ends Thursday, June 30, regarding the space given to the youth and the suggestions made to transform education which would provide strength and freshness.

According to the Venezuelan Minister, the country supports the way this transformation involves exploring different curricula and adapting the continue developing of information and communication technologies.

]]> <![CDATA[Oil Prices Drop Amid OPEC+ Decision]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:30:26 -04:00 The West Texas Intermediate for August delivery lost 4.02 U.S. dollars, or 3.7 percent, to settle at 105.76 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude for August delivery decreased 1.45 dollars, or 1.2 percent, to close at 114.81 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange.

 OPEC+ Stays Course on Oil Output Boost in August


Based on the front-month contracts, the U.S. crude standard and Brent lost 7.8 percent and 6.5 percent, respectively, for the month of June, but both crude benchmarks rallied more than 40 percent year to date, according to Dow Jones Market Data.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, collectively known as OPEC+, said on Thursday that they would stick to a previously decided output boost in August.
At its last meeting in early June, OPEC+ decided to advance the planned output increases of 432,000 barrels per day (bpd) for September and redistribute it equally to the previous two months, thus raising production by 648,000 bpd in July and August.
The group has yet to decide on new production targets for September and beyond.
"The increase in production in August would serve to reverse all of the production cuts implemented in May 2020, at least on paper - though in reality OPEC+ is still a long way from achieving this," Carsten Fritsch, energy analyst at Commerzbank Research, said Thursday in a note, adding "what is more important is what will happen next."

]]> <![CDATA[Russian FM Says West Violates the 1997 Founding Act]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:16:06 -04:00 On Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov recalled that neither Russia nor NATO has ever formally denounced the 1997 Founding Act, which is technically obsolete, as the West is violating its terms.

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“In a legal sense, the Founding Act continues to exist, we have not initiated the procedure for terminating this agreement,” said Lavrov referring to some who believed that the key document would be scrapped by NATO during the summit of its leaders in Madrid.

“The decisions that were taken [in Madrid] grossly violate the terms of the Founding Act, first of all, the parts regarding NATO’s obligation not to host on a permanent basis any significant troops in the territories of the new – meaning Eastern European – member states,” he added.

Lavrov's statement was aimed at the recent NATO decision to agglomerate further this week its military forces at the Russian border. Lavrov's German counterpart, Annalena Baerbock, has the same criteria regarding the viability of the 1997 document. “The Russian government has made it clear that the NATO-Russia Founding Act is no longer worth anything to it. So we now have to acknowledge that this basic act was also unilaterally terminated by Russia, not by NATO,” she said to reporters in May, after a meeting held with NATO foreign ministers.

The aforementioned treaty was adopted in light of NATO's plans to expand in Europe, emerging concerns over Russia.

The Kremlin commented that doing so represents a violation of the prior assurances that guaranteed that the bloc would not move past a unified Germany because it would represent a threat to Russian security.

]]> <![CDATA[Russia’s Priority To Bring Captured Soldiers Home - Peskov]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:13:29 -04:00 According to the Russian military, more than 6 000 Ukrainian soldiers have been captured during the ongoing conflict.

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"The return of our soldiers and all the soldiers who fought and are fighting for the right to live of the people of the LPR and DPR is the main thing for us," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The POW exchange between Russia and Ukraine took place on Wednesday. A total of 144 Ukrainian soldiers were returned for an equal number of Russian soldiers, including Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics fighters.

Defense Ministry spokesman General Igor Konashenkov said that "the lives, the health, the release of our servicemen, the fighters of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, who make up the majority of those returned, is the most important task." 


The Russian Defense Ministry said President Vladimir Putin had authorized the operation. Konashenkov said the exchange was "organized and carried out on the direct orders of the supreme commander of the Russian Armed Forces."

Among the released soldiers are 95 Azovstal defenders, including 43 servicemen from the Azov Regiment, Kiev said.

]]> <![CDATA[Sweden’s Central Bank Announces Sharpest Rate Hike in 22 Years]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 17:28:18 -04:00 Sweden's central bank, Riksbanken, announced on Thursday the sharpest policy rate (previously repo rate) increase in 22 years -- by 50 basis points to 0.75 percent.

The decision will apply from July 6.

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The Riksbanken also believes that further increases will be needed to combat the highest inflation in decades and forecasts a policy rate of close to 2 percent by the beginning of 2023.

This is considerably higher than what the Riksbanken communicated in mid-February, when it decided to hold the policy rate at zero percent. Back then, their prognosis was that the rate would slowly increase to 0.2 percent by the second half of 2024.

"Inflation is far too high. It is spreading in the economy and is noticeable and expensive both for households and others, and this creates uncertainty in the Swedish economy," Riksbanken Governor Stefan Ingves said at a press conference.

Statistics Sweden has recently presented inflation figures for May, revealing that consumer prices had increased by 7.2 percent in a year.

In a press release, the Riksbanken said that inflation "is expected to remain above 7 percent for the remainder of the year."

Besides adjusting the policy rate, the Riksbanken has also decided to use another tool to rein in inflation.

"The Executive Board has also decided that, in the second half of the year, the Riksbanken's asset holdings shall shrink faster than was decided in April."

To achieve this, the Riksbanken has decided to purchase bonds for 18.5 billion Swedish kronor (1.8 billion U.S. dollars) during the second half of the year instead of 37 billion kronor as previously planned.

"With this monetary policy, inflation is expected to fall back next year and be close to 2 percent from 2024," the Riksbanken said in a press release.

The Riksbanken, however, also acknowledged that the inflation prospects are uncertain and said that it is "prepared to raise the policy rate faster if this is needed" to ensure that inflation returns to its 2-percent target.


]]> <![CDATA[NATO Summit Concludes Amid Criticisms of Bloc's Aggression]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 14:41:33 -04:00 On Thursday, the 2022 Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) wrapped up amid mounting criticisms of the military alliance's increasingly aggressive and destabilizing security policies unveiled at the meeting.


Demonstrators Rally in the US and Europe Against NATO Summit

Twenty-two NATO members agreed to launch the NATO Innovation Fund, a multi-sovereign venture capital fund that will invest US$1.05 billion in startups and other venture capital funds developing emerging technologies for both civilian and military use.

NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg said at the fund's signing ceremony that it would help transform NATO's security environment and strengthen its innovation ecosystem. The fund's launch is the latest in a long list of provocative security policies adopted at the meeting.

On Wedneday, NATO leaders agreed to strengthen the alliance's forward defenses, enhance the bloc's battlegroups on its eastern flank and increase the number of high readiness forces to over 300,000. They approved the military bloc's new strategic concept, which calls Russia the "most significant and direct threat" to NATO's security and unjustly accuses China of posing "systemic challenges."

NATO also invited Finland and Sweden to join the alliance. In an explicit move to meddle in the regional affairs of the Asia-Pacific, NATO invited the leaders of Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and New Zealand to attend its summit for the first time.

The four Asia-Pacific countries held a four-way meeting on the sidelines of the NATO Summit to discuss strengthening ties with the alliance. The United States, Japan and the Republic of Korea also held a trilateral meeting on the sidelines to discuss issues related to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.

While Stoltenberg insisted that the NATO meeting was focused on "transforming and strengthening" the alliance for the security of its members, analysts and officials from non-NATO countries have said that NATO is inciting bloc confrontation with an outdated Cold War mentality.

On Thursday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian condemned NATO's new strategic concept, saying the document distorts facts, smears China's foreign policy, makes irresponsible remarks on China's normal military development and national defense policy, encourages confrontation and conflicts, and is full of ideological bias.

He added that NATO claims to be a regional and defensive organization, but in fact, it has been transgressing regions and fields, constantly waging wars and killing civilians, and now NATO has extended its reach to the Asia-Pacific region in an attempt to export the Cold War mentality.

]]> <![CDATA[Ecuador: Indigenous Movement and Government Sign Agreement]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:46:11 -04:00 Representatives of Ecuador's indigenous movement signed Thursday a peace agreement with the government of Guillermo Lasso, after 18 days of a national strike, after reaching several agreements on priority issues to advance the dialogue process.


CONAIE to Go to Dialogue Convened by the Catholic Church

As reported at a press conference held at the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference in Quito, the parties have reached the following agreements:

-. All governors must intensify control operations to prevent and eradicate price speculation.

-. The national government declares the health system in an emergency.

-. Compensatory public policies will be promulgated for the rural and urban sectors.

-. The price of gasoline is reduced by US$15 cents per gallon. As a result of this decision, the price of gasoline will be US$2.40 and the price of diesel will be US$1.75.

-. The Lasso administration is committed to repealing Decree 95, which reduced the State's participation in oil activities and promoted international bidding processes for oil fields.

-. Authorities will reform Decree 151, which is related to mining activity in protected environmental areas, intangible zones, archaeological zones, and water sources. The reform is expected to include provisions to ensure that communities are consulted before mining projects are implemented in those territories.

-. The Lasso administration is committed to repealing the "State of Emergency" as the situation in the territories involved begins to return to normal.

-. Issues pending resolution will be dealt with in a dialogue process in the next 90 days.

The minutes were signed by the president of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (Conaie), Leonidas Iza; of the Council of Evangelical Indigenous Peoples and Organizations of Ecuador (Feine), Eustaquio Tuala; and of the National Confederation of Peasant, Indigenous and Black Organizations (Fenocin), Gary Espinoza; as well as the Minister of Government, Francisco Jiménez.

]]> <![CDATA[Congo Buries Remains of Independence Martyr Patrice Lumumba]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 13:02:13 -04:00 In an official ceremony held on Thursday, the family of the martyr of the independence of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Patrice Lumumba, buried his only known remains, a tooth, in the mausoleum built in his honor in Kinshasa city.


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Hundreds of people came together to remember Lumumba, who was assassinated by secessionist rebels backed by Belgium and the U.S. Waving national flags, they carried a photo in which he appears with his characteristic tortoiseshell-rimmed glasses.

Lumumba was killed by a firing squad on January 16, 1961 in the province of Katanga, in the southeast of the country. This happened after he was overthrown as prime minister in 1960, a few months after the Congo's declaration of independence.

"Finally, the Congolese people can have the honor of offering a burial to their illustrious prime minister. We are ending a mourning that we began 61 years ago," DRC President Felix Tshisekedi said during the 62nd anniversary of his country's independence.

On June 20, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo recognized the "moral responsibility" of his country's authorities for the assassination of Patrice Lumumba and apologized to his family. After assassinating the pro-independence leader, the Belgian mercenaries dissolved his corpse in acid so that he could never be found.

"In 2000, Gerard Soete, a former Belgian police officer, recounted that he had cut up Lumumba's body and dissolved it in acid because he had received orders to make the corpse disappear," the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia recalled.

"He kept two of Lumumba's teeth... Soete died that year, but much later, in 2016, the justice seized a tooth attributed to Lumumba in a registry at the house of the Belgian policeman's daughter, who also had not resisted the temptation to show that 'trophy' in public."

]]> <![CDATA[CONAIE to Go to Dialogue Convened by the Catholic Church]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 12:19:50 -04:00 On Thursday, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) President Leonidas Iza confirmed that his organization will attend the new round of talks with President Guillermo Lasso's administration convened by the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference.


Government of Ecuador Accepts Mediation To Resume Dialogue

"Dialogue will always be a powerful instrument to find solutions. Today, keeping our word, we will participate in the dialogue to reach results," the Indigenous leader said regarding the talks that began at 10:00 local time in Quito.

The CONAIE President recalled that social organizations demand guarantees for the Lasso administration to immediately fulfill its promises and meet the needs of the people.

These statements occur at a time when thousands of Indigenous workers and farmers continue to arrive in the capital city of Quito to express their rejection of the Lasso administration and its economic policy, which seeks the privatization of public companies, the reduction of social programs, and the natural resources exploitation.

"A march of Indigenous people who came from the province of Bolívar is advancing towards downtown Quito. Among other things, the protesters reject the presence of mining concessions. Inhabitants of Cotopaxi joined the mobilization," newspaper Extra reported.

The tweet reads, "Ecuador: Lasso declares a state of emergency in four provinces. The Indigenous movement expressed its intention to maintain the protests."

"A march of Indigenous people who came from the province of Bolivar is advancing towards downtown Quito. Among other things, the protesters reject the presence of mining concessions. Inhabitants of Cotopaxi joined the mobilization," newspaper Extra reported.

Through social networks, Ecuadorians also expressed their concern about the strong repression unleashed against protesters in recent days. This week, for example, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) denounced that riot police fired tear gas and pellets during the national strike.

The Committee also warned that potentially lethal forms of ammunition have been authorized to suppress massive protests, which Ecuadorians have carried out for 17 consecutive days.

]]> <![CDATA[Spread of Monkeypox in Africa Shows 'Worrying Sign', WHO Warns]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:36:18 -04:00 With three African countries with no previous history of human monkeypox transmission reporting cases, the geographic spread of the virus on the African continent is a "worrying sign", warned Matshidiso Moeti, World Health Organization (WHO) Director for Africa.


WHO Declares Monkeypox Outbreak Not a Global Health Emergency

So far, Africa has reported 1,821 cases in 13 countries of which 109 are laboratory-confirmed in nine countries. Monkeypox has also been reported in three countries that have not previously had any human cases, namely Ghana, Morocco, and South Africa.

In the latter country, authorities have reported two confirmed cases with no travel history, which, according to the WHO regional office for Africa, suggests a high possibility of local transmission.

"The geographic spread of monkeypox to parts of Africa where cases have never been detected before is a worrying sign," said Moeti. "It is critical that we support national efforts to boost surveillance and laboratory diagnosis, which are the cornerstones of disease control."

The number of confirmed cases in Africa accounts for 2 percent of the more than 4,500 confirmed cases globally. However, there are many suspected cases in the region, 81 percent of which are in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), underlining the need for increased diagnostic capacity.

Over the past month, five more African countries have received donations of reagents from partners, bringing to 12 the number of countries in the region with enhanced monkeypox diagnostic capacity. Another group of countries in West Africa will receive reagents after participating in a training.

"What happened in the early days of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout when Africa watched on the sidelines as other countries snapped up limited supplies must not be allowed to recur. There are some signs that this is already happening," said Moeti.

"The current global spotlight on monkeypox should be a catalyst to beat this disease once and for all in Africa. For this, we know vaccines are a critical tool."

Multiple clusters of the monkeypox virus have been reported within the past weeks in Europe and North America, regions where the virus is not normally found. On June 25, the WHO said the latest monkeypox spread in over 50 countries does not constitute a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, the highest level of alert the WHO can issue.

]]> <![CDATA[Son of Ferdinand Marcos Sworn in as Philippines President]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 11:07:14 -04:00 On Thursday, Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos was sworn in as the 17th president of the Philippines at the National Museum in Manila in front of thousands of people who witnessed the inauguration.


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The 64-years-old son of former dictator Ferdinand Marcos (1965-1986) took his oath of office as his 92-year-old mother Imelda and family members look on. After taking the oath of office, Marcos delivered a brief speech and called on the nation to unite.

"We will go further with each other than against each other, pushing forward, not pulling each other back out of fear of a misplaced sense of weakness," he said, adding that his administration is "drawing up a comprehensive all-inclusive plan for economic transformation," promising to address the food sufficiency issue and build more infrastructure.

He pledged to bring about changes that will benefit all. "I am ready for the task. I will need your help. I will get it done," he vowed. "On the road ahead, immediate months will be rough, but I will walk that road with you."

Over 15,000 police and security personnel have been deployed across the capital for the inauguration. Foreign dignitaries, diplomats, and three former Philippine presidents, Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, attended. Ahead of the swearing-in, outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte received Marcos at the Malacanang presidential palace.

On May 25, the Philippine Congress proclaimed Marcos the winner of the May 9 presidential election, with over 31 million votes or more than 58 percent of the votes cast. He succeeded Duterte who has finished his six-year term. The Philippine constitution permits the president to serve a single six-year term.

The Marcos administration needs to address a slew of problems besetting the Philippines, such as unemployment, inflation, a high debt-service ratio to the gross domestic product (GDP), as well as rocketing gas and oil prices. 

Last week, Marcos said he would serve as secretary of agriculture temporarily after he takes office as the problem of food supply "is severe enough." Managing inflation is also on the top of Marcos' to-do list. Government data showed that 23.7 percent of the country's nearly 110 million population lives in poverty.

The new administration will also inherit over US$ 240 billion in accumulated debt by the end of March, mainly due to the COVID-19 expenses. Bureau of Treasury data showed that the country's debt-to-GDP ratio stood at 63.5 percent as of end-March, well over the internationally recommended threshold of 60 percent.

The Philippine economy grew by 8.3 percent year on year in the first quarter of 2022. The government is optimistic that the solid first-quarter 2022 GDP growth will help the country attain its target of 7 to 8 percent growth this year.

]]> <![CDATA[OPEC+ Stays Course on Oil Output Boost in August]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:35:53 -04:00 The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its allies, a group known as OPEC+, said on Thursday that they would stick to a previously decided output boost in August despite calls for bigger increases to rein in crude prices.


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At its last meeting in early June, OPEC+ decided to advance the planned output increases of 432,000 barrels per day (bpd) for September and redistribute it equally to the previous two months, thus raising production each month by 648,000 bpd in July and August.

On Thursday, the 30th OPEC and non-OPEC Ministerial Meeting confirmed the plan to increase production by 648,000 bpd in August. In addition, the OPEC ministers and their 10 allies, including Russia and Mexico, agreed to meet again electronically on August 3.

This increase had already been agreed on June 2, under growing Western pressure to open more taps in order to curb rising energy prices and inflation.

In theory, with the output increase in August, OPEC+ would finish recovering the level of pumping it had before reducing it in 2020 by almost 10 million barrels per day (mbd) to face the historical collapse in demand and oil prices caused by the pandemic.

But given that most producers face serious limitations on their production capacity, the group has been pumping below the established quota for several months, which raises doubts that it will be able to supply the promised volumes.

The alliance's total quota will be 43.85 mbd as of August 1, of which 26.69 mbd correspond to OPEC and the rest to the allies. Saudi Arabia's quota rises to 11 mbd, identical to Russia's, despite the fact that Moscow recognized that its extractions are falling as a result of the sanctions imposed by the European Union for its invasion of Ukraine.

]]> <![CDATA[Israeli Attack Leaves Dozens Injured in Nablusal]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 08:22:22 -04:00 On Wednesday night, Israeli occupation forces attacked Palestinians with teargas canisters during a military raid into the vicinity of Joseph's Tomb in Nablus, north of the West Bank.


China Calls for Urgent, Decisive Actions on Palestinian Issue

The Red Crescent ambulance service reported that 64 wounded Palestinians were injured during clashes with Israeli forces and settlers. One youth was shot in the thigh, 16 people were hit by rubber bullets, and four Palestinians were sent to hospital.

The rescuers also reported over 40 people suffocated due to the inhalation of gases released by the tear gas bombs launched by the Israeli occupation forces. Among those suffocated were four minors. Local news also mentioned that two Jews and the commander of the Samaria Territorial Brigade of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were wounded.

The north of the West Bank has become the scene of continuous clashes between Palestinians,  Israeli military forces, and Jewish settlers after the establishment of a new colony in that territory.

On Wednesday, the Israeli army also killed Mohamed Maher Nafie Marei, a 25-year-old Palestinian, during a raid on the refugee camp in the city of Jenin. After his death, various Palestinian factions declared a day of mourning and strike action in this city.

Israeli forces carried out other arrest operations in more places in the West Bank, arresting 13 people "suspected of being involved in terrorist activities."

Clashes with Israeli forces conducting arrest operations in the Jenin area have been repeated weekly for months. This has caused the death of over 50 Palestinians since the end of March.

]]> <![CDATA[Demonstrators Rally in the US and Europe Against NATO Summit]]> Thu, 30 Jun 2022 07:31:22 -04:00 On Wednesday, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets in Madrid, the United States and many other European countries this week to call for peace and protest against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Calling the U.S.-led military alliance a threat to peace, demonstrators decried the brutal acts carried out by NATO, asked for the scaling back of military alliances, and spoke up for peace.


Russia Refuses to Be Classified as 'a Threat' to NATO

On Wednesday, protestors gathered around the central Madrid plaza of Tirso de Molina, just blocks away from the Prado Museum, where leaders of NATO were holding its gala dinner. The rally chanted slogans, condemning the alliance's aggression.

"Many, thousands of people are demonstrating today in Madrid for peace, for a multilateral world so that Spain can live in harmony," said Jose Luis Centella, president of the Communist Party of Spain.

"The new NATO has certified that it is willing to intervene outside the mandates of the United Nations charter, as was done in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq or Libya," said Willy Meyer, a representative of the state platform for peace in Spain.

A non-stop 24-hour peace rally was carried out both online and offline from Saturday to Sunday by antimilitarist and pacifist organizations including "World Beyond War" and "International Peace Bureau." The rally spoke up for peace and cooperation, the cutting back and dismantling of military alliances.

"It is beyond time to address the unavoidable crises of nuclear risk, climate collapse, hunger, and homelessness, rather than manufacturing crises for the benefit of weapons dealers," according to the organizer of the event. "The military machine has done nothing but destruction," said a protestor who joined the rally in New York.

The tweet reads, "The procession of the Communist Youth starts the demonstration against NATO in Atocha. The organized revolutionary youth remain at the forefront of the break with the EU and the armed wing of its imperialist policies: NATO."

Jacques Cheminade, chairman of France's Solidarity and Progress party, recently made a social media appeal, urging France to step out of NATO's integrated command, and comparing the alliance to a "crazy train." The party also held a meeting Tuesday evening at its office in Clichy with the theme "NATO summit in Madrid, a threat to the security of all."

British anti-war organization Stop the War Coalition engaged over 30 local groups to hold anti-war protests in London and Glasgow on Saturday. Lindsey German, the group's convenor addressed the 100 strong crowd paying particular attention to NATO's role in driving the conflict in Ukraine.

"When you hear that NATO is a movement for peace that is a lie -- it is a movement for war," he said. The way to deal with the Ukraine crisis is not to increase the threat or war, said the organization in an article titled "The masters of wars gather in Madrid."

"The NATO powers still fear fighting it directly with Russia because the danger is this will drag them into a much larger war between nuclear powers. So their strategy is to engage in everything but direct military conflict with Russia," it said.

"None of this will make Ukraine safer," said the article, adding "it does not serve the interests of working people around the world, but increases the profits of the masters of war who provide the arms and the governments who facilitate them."

]]> <![CDATA[Risk of Long COVID in the Americas as Cases Rise]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 23:11:55 -04:00 Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director, Carissa F. Etienne has warned all the countries of the Americas region to prepare their health system for the treatment and monitoring of post-COVID conditions, as infections have increased by 13.9 percent in the region from last week.

PAHO: COVID-19 Infections Increase by 11% In the Americas

Data suggest that at least 10 to 20 percent of people who COVID-19 has infected are at-risk and experience symptoms, including persistent and severe fatigue, shortness of breath, and mental health issues. So far, the confirmed cases reported by the Americas over the past two years account for more than 161 million COVID-19 cases.

“The pandemic has surprised us time and time again, and many of its effects will linger for years to come,” said Etienne during a media briefing on Wednesday. She emphasized that those suffering symptoms are at risk of the post-COVID condition, as well as those who smoke and vape and those who have not been vaccinated.

“The best way to avoid post-COVID condition is by not getting COVID,” the PAHO director said. She added that masking and social distancing are still key measures, especially in areas of high transmission.

“But 224 million people have not yet received a single shot of vaccine in our region,” she said, referencing studies showing that those who contract COVID-19 after vaccination have milder symptoms and are less likely to develop the post-COVID condition. “We need to pick up the pace of vaccination to shield populations from the worst consequences of this virus.”

Etienne made a call for improving the response mechanisms at health systems for patients with the post-COVID condition, urging them to “acknowledge this long-lasting effect of the pandemic and help address it.”

]]> <![CDATA[China Calls for the US To Lift Sanctions on Its Companies]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 22:52:23 -04:00 Zhao Lijain, the Chinese Foreign Ministry´s spokesman, said that the Asian country rejects the sanctions imposed on its five national companies included on a blacklist for allegedly cooperating with the Russian military, demanding the lifting of them.

China Calls on the US To Stop Taiwan’s Contacts

The Chinese spokesman said that Beijing had issued a complaint with the U.S. representatives after the measures imposed on Connec Electronic Ltd., World Jetta, Logistics Limited, King Pai Technology Co., Ltd., And Winninc Electronic were publicly released.

Zhao said bilateral cooperation with Russia has its basis on equality and respect. He also noted that the Russia-China relationship does not allow the interference of a third party.

U.S. President Biden announced that five Chinese companies were added to the trade blacklist, accusing them of alleged support of Russia’s military and defense industrial complex before and after the start of the operation in Ukraine on February 24.

This new sanction meant that all U.S. suppliers would need a government license for shipping products to them.

“Today’s action sends a powerful message to institutions and individuals worldwide that if they try to support Russia, the U.S. will cut them off as well,” said Alan Estevez, Under Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Security.

]]> <![CDATA[Russia Hasn’t Received Letter From the Father of Mercenary]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 22:48:50 -04:00 Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that the Kremlin had not yet received the letter from the father of Brahim Saadoun, the Moroccan sentenced to death in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR).

Russia Refuses to Be Classified as 'a Threat' to NATO

"No, we have not received it yet," the Kremlin spokesman said. Saadoun's lawyer, Yelena Vesnina, said that they didn't know about the existence of such a letter. She believes that Saadoun's family might have written it on their own, without her recommendation.

The lawyer said that she had already explained to the Moroccan family that, firstly, an appeal would be filed against the sentence and only once it is turned down and the verdict comes into force will it be possible to submit a request for clemency to the DPR leader.

Last June 9, the death penalty was handed to Moroccan citizen Brahim Saadoun and UK citizens Shaun Pinner and Aiden Aslin, by the Criminal Appeals Chamber of the DPR Supreme Court, accused of taking part in combat operations in the ranks of Ukrainian armed formations as mercenaries.

By June 16, the accused received copies of the sentence. According to the DPR Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova, the court should decide first if they could consider the appeals that the death-sentenced foreigners and a deadline may submit.

]]> <![CDATA[Government of Ecuador Accepts Mediation To Resume Dialogue]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 22:30:51 -04:00 "We have decided to accept the mediation process that is now going to be promoted by the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference," said the Minister of Government, Francisco Jimenez, in a press conference.

The Episcopal Conference is the highest body of the Catholic Church, the majority religion in the Andean country.

 Ecuador: State of Emergency in 4 Provinces To Confront Protests

Jiménez said that the Conaie, the Council of Indigenous Evangelical Peoples and Organizations (Feine) and the National Confederation of Peasant, Indigenous and Black Organizations (Fenocin) addressed a communication to the Episcopal Conference. As a result, the government decided to return to the dialogue with the mediation of the Catholic Church.

According to the Minister, the Episcopal Conference will determine the methodology for the dialogue, who will be the actors and the topics to find a definitive solution to the crisis.

"We reiterate that the will of the National Government is first to guarantee the peace of the Ecuadorians and that based on that criterion, we will not fail to take the actions that allow, through the law and the constitution to that peace," highlighted Jimenez.

He added that on Thursday, he would contact the Episcopal Conference so that the issues to be dealt with in search of a solution can be implemented quickly.

Jiménez said that he hopes there will be no more acts of violence during the night and early morning so as not to complicate the progress of the mediation process.

The government had opposed dialogue with Conaie president Leonidas Iza, accusing him of wanting to overthrow President Guillermo Lasso.

]]> <![CDATA[Nicaragua: Strong Central America To Cut Poverty and Migration]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 20:50:33 -04:00 "(It is) a humanitarian disaster. We have to face these realities with great solidarity and affection for the Central American and Mexican families who suffer the pain and the absence of their loved ones and ask God altogether to work to strengthen the routes, the paths that make us move forward against poverty to avoid these tragedies, our commitment to work as Mesoamerica, as Central America," Murillo said on Channel 4.

 18-Wheeler Migrant Death Toll Rises to 51, Driver in Custody

Mexico's National Migration Institute (INAMI) reported the "macabre discovery" of a truck with 51 people who died of asphyxiation, including 27 Mexicans, 14 Hondurans, seven Guatemalans, two Salvadorans and one whose identity and origin was not specified.

Two more people were later confirmed dead.

In total, 67 people were traveling to the U.S., of whom 16 survived, including four minors who were hospitalized.

The migrants, who were traveling overcrowded and without ventilation, were abandoned by human traffickers.

Murillo said that no Nicaraguan was among the victims of this tragedy.

The phenomenon of unsafe migration is one of the main problems faced by Latin American countries, whose inhabitants resort to massive "caravans" of people crossing the north of Central America and Mexico to reach the U.S.

]]> <![CDATA[Ecuador: State of Emergency in 4 Provinces To Confront Protests]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:37:23 -04:00 "To declare a state of exception due to serious internal commotion in the provinces of Azuay (south), Imbabura (north), Sucumbios (east) and Orellana (east), "says the decree signed by Lasso.

 Ecuador: MICC Prepares Mobilization to Quito for Thursday

The measure contemplates a daily strike from 21:00 local time until 5:00 (from 2:00 to 10:00 GMT) in the province of Azuay, while in Sucumbios and Orellana, it will be in force from 19:00 until 5:00 (00:00 to 10:00 GMT).

According to the document, the decision is aimed at guaranteeing the integrity of citizens.

In addition, it seeks to recover public order, control situations of manifest violence, protect reserved areas, and ensure the provision of medicines, medical gases, oxygen for hospitals and clinics, fuel and food.

Ecuador had already had a state of exception this month, but on June 25, Lasso repealed the decree that established it in six provinces to face the indigenous protests against his government; currently, of those six, only Imbabura has the measure again as of Wednesday's new disposition.

Wednesday's decree established as a security zone all the areas of influence included in the territories where the oil fields and their installations are located, as well as the hydrocarbon complexes in the Amazonian provinces of Orellana and Sucumbios.

Hours earlier, the mayor of Quito, Santiago Guarderas, asked Lasso to decree a new state of emergency for the Ecuadorian capital.

However, the Executive did not include the Metropolitan District of Quito or the province of Pichincha in the state of exception.

]]> <![CDATA[US Strategic Petroleum Reserve at Lowest Level]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 19:14:50 -04:00 The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) data showed that the Strategic Petroleum Reserve of the country, which is the stockpile of crude oil maintained by the government, intended for emergency use only, has dipped to its lowest levels since 1985.

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The figures indicated that the SPR had been reduced by  5.4, 9.4, and 13.4 million barrels of oil (bbl) in January, February, and March, and 18.4, 24.1, and 25.2 million bbl in April, May, and June, respectively. The data also shows that inevitably the petroleum reserve by June 24 of the current year has a total of about 497.9 million barrels of oil (bbl), 234.43 million bbl of sweet, and 263.5 million bbl sour.

The latest time the Strategic Petroleum Reserve reached its lowest level below 500 million barrels was in 1985, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration records. The U.S. is estimated to consume approximately 19.78 million barrels of petroleum per day, which leads to the conclusion that the country has enough oil to last 25.17 days if all petroleum production and imports were banned.

The U.S. administration is allowed to release the most significant oil storage reserves from facilities in Texas and Louisiana from the SPR should a “severe energy supply interruption” threaten the U.S. economy or national security.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump vowed to fill the reserve to the top in the spring of 2020 during the decrease in petroleum prices. Finally, the reserve only increased by roughly four million barrels, from an average of 634.9 million bbl in 2019 to 638 million bbl in 2020.

By the end of the year, the U.S. administration released 50 million bbl amid to relief the rising prices, leading the drop of SPR to 593.6 million bbl. By January, current President Biden released 13 million bbl from the reserve. The release of 1 million bbl per day for six months was approved in March in light of the energy emergency. 


]]> <![CDATA[Israeli PM Won't Run In Upcoming Elections]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:47:52 -04:00 He said in a broadcast statement that he will "soon" step down as prime minister and rotate with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid after the Israeli parliament is expected to vote on Thursday to approve a bill to dissolve itself.

"I will continue to assist him as an alternate prime minister," Bennett said, adding he will "transfer the job in a professional and orderly manner."

 China Calls for Urgent, Decisive Actions on Palestinian Issue

Ayelet Shaked, Israeli interior minister and a member of Bennett's pro-settler Yamina party, will replace him as the leader of the party, Bennett noted.

The outgoing Israeli leader said the past year, marked by personal attacks against him and constant attempts to topple his government by the opposition led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was "hard" for him and his family.

Bennett led a coalition made up of eight ideologically diverse parties, united with the aim of ousting Netanyahu who is facing a criminal trial over corruption charges.

Israeli news outlets reported that Bennett was considering running in the forthcoming elections as he was under pressure from many of his supporters to stay in the race. 

]]> <![CDATA[US Child-Care System “A Broken Market”: Washington Post]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:21:21 -04:00 "The federal government had spent an unprecedented amount of money, but lawmakers had left it up to state leaders to decide how to spend those billions," said the report.

 WHO: Need to Guarantee High Quality Care in Postnatal Period


While U.S. parents can rely on the public education system to provide free schooling for kids 5 and older, the daycare industry runs largely without aid. The result, Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen said last year, is "a textbook example of a broken market."
To make things worse, "more than 111,000 people left their child-care jobs during the pandemic, a tenth of the workforce," leaving "at least 6.5 million families across the nation without stable child care," the newspaper cited census data from the spring of 2021.
The report added that the United States has historically invested fewer public dollars in early childhood care relative to the gross domestic product than almost any developed country.

]]> <![CDATA[Ecuador: MICC Prepares Mobilization to Quito for Thursday]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 17:39:29 -04:00 The Indigenous and Peasant Movement of Cotopaxi (MICC) and its Governing Council indicated that in the Assembly held on Tuesday; they will organize a massive and forceful mobilization to Quito for Thursday.

Police Violence Increases After Dialogue Breakdown in Ecuador

The MICC said their mobilization to Quito is scheduled for Thursday, from 7:30 am, with all organizations, unions, carriers, and workers. "To demand the national government respond to the 10 points raised by CONAIE."

Lourdes Tibán, leader of the indigenous movement in Cotopaxi, said that they would advance on foot to the capital. "Our peace zone is Panzaleo. From there, we will begin, in coordination with the indigenous movement of Cotopaxi, the walk to the city of Quito."

The MICC emphasized that they do not want more repression by the public forces or any kind of disorder. "The peoples, nationalities and social sectors we are people and peoples who build peace," they said.

The Indigenous and Peasant Movement of Cotopaxi (MICC) today announced the call for a mass march to the capital of Ecuador tomorrow in support of social demands to the Government.

During the Assembly, they decided to enable the humanitarian corridor. This will allow that perishable and non-perishable products of primary necessity, such as food, medicines, fuel, or LPG gas, will be supplied until noon this Wednesday.

]]> <![CDATA[Venezuela Remains Alert to the Impact of Tropical Storm]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 14:54:02 -04:00 President Nicolas Maduro's administration continues on Wednesday with preventive measures against the passage of a possible tropical cyclone.


Venezuela To Suspend School, Flights Due to Tropical Storm

After passing through Trinidad & Tobago, the meteorological system decreased in intensity and maintains maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour.

"However, the prevention measures are maintained until further notice in order to protect the population," Interior Minister Remigio Ceballos tweeted.

Jose Pereira, the president of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (INAMEH), estimates the tropical storm will leave Venezuelan territory on Wednesday. Nevertheless, he asked the population to "be very careful" due to the intensity of the winds and rainfall.

"The open sea is the most dangerous area; the effects are minor and rainfall is moderate on the coasts... A sailing ban is activated for the next 48 hours," he added.

Previously, President Maduro suspended educational activities until Friday and restricted air and river circulation due to possible effects due to rains.

He also ordered subnational authorities at the states at greatest risk to activate shelters to protect the population residing in vulnerable areas.

]]> <![CDATA[Honduras Remembers the US-Backed Coup Against Zelaya in 2009]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 14:03:39 -04:00
President Xiomara Castro's administration organized a forum where leftist politicians and intellectuals addressed the issue of drafting a new Constitution.
On June 28, Hondurans commemorated the 13th anniversary of the coup against President Manuel de Zelaya.
Among the participants were representatives of the Sao Paulo Forum and progressive parties from Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Argentina, and Ecuador.
Paraguay's former President Fernando Lugo (R) was present at the meeting of Latin American leaders.
Honduras President Xiomara Castro (L) and Venezuela's former Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza, (R).
]]> <![CDATA[Car Bombing Hits Motorcade of High-Ranking Official in Yemen]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 13:10:49 -04:00 A car bomb explosion struck a motorcade of a high-ranking security official in Yemen's southern port city of Aden on Wednesday afternoon, a government official told Xinhua.


Temporary Truce Is Helping to De-Escalate War in Yemen

"The car bomb blast hit the convoy of General Saleh Al-Sayd, commander of the Security forces in the neighboring southern province of Lahj when his motorcade was passing through a main street near Aden's airport," the local government source said on condition of anonymity.

The explosion killed at least five guards and two pedestrians, and destroyed an armored vehicle of the official's convoy. The security commander who was apparently the main target escaped the attack as he was sitting in another armored vehicle.

Following the attack, local security forces were heavily deployed across Khormakser residential neighborhood where the blast occurred and blocked roads. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast so far. Several local government and security officials were targeted in similar incidents recently in Aden and elsewhere in the war-ravaged Arab country.

Considered Yemen's temporary capital city, Aden is where the Saudi-backed Yemeni government has based itself since 2015.

Local authorities are trying to maintain security and stability in Aden. However, sporadic bombing incidents and drive-by shooting attacks still occur in the strategic Yemeni port city.

Yemen has been mired in a civil war since late 2014 when the Houthis seized control of several northern provinces and forced the internationally-recognized government out of the capital Sanaa.

]]> <![CDATA[Syria Recognizes Lugansk and Donetsk as Independent States]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 12:51:05 -04:00 On Wednesday, Syria's Foreign Affairs Ministry announced that its country recognizes the sovereignty of Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics, which are located in the Donbas.


Ukraine Could End the Conflict Right Away - Peskov

Syria decided to recognize the independence and sovereignty of Luhansk and Donetsk "embodying the common will and desire to establish relations in all fields."

The Syrian Foreign Ministry will contact the authorities of each of the self-proclaimed Russian-speaking republics to formalize the establishment of diplomatic relations in accordance with established international standards.

The Syrian recognition of the republics located in the Donbass region constitutes a step to facilitate the formation of states that have their own distinctive histories and cultures.

In the light of international law, the unilateral action of a State that recognizes another as its equal is a legitimate action. In this case, it will make it possible to make viable the aspirations of those who inhabit the territory attacked by Ukraine.

On February 21, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the independence of the self-proclaimed republics of Lugansk and Donetsk after approval by the Security Council.

Three days later, Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine aimed at the demilitarization and denazification in the Donbas region.

]]> <![CDATA[Uruguayan Construction Workers Go on Strike]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:43:31 -04:00 On Wednesday, Uruguay's Single Construction Union (SUNCA) stage a national strike between 9:00 and 13:00 local time to demand that President Luis Lacalle meet some pressing social needs.


Uruguayan Students and Teachers Strike Against Budget Cuts

The worker's mobilization seeks to achieve jobs, housing, social security, and collective bargaining for the Uruguayan population. “These objectives were discussed and elaborated by construction workers throughout the country,” SUNCA stressed.

The Uruguayans will carry out acts in the different departments of the country. In Montevideo, the mobilization will be concentrated on the esplanade of the Municipality, from where the people will march towards the headquarters of the Economy Ministry.

In each department, however, the strike will take place at different times. In Pueblo Centenario, for example, the workers will stop working between 8:00 and 14:00 local time. Today's strike is a preparatory action for another national strike called for July 7.

The tweet reads, "49 years after the coup and the beginning of the heroic general strike, we continue to defend democracy and seek memory, truth, and justice. Never again State terrorism!"

SUNCA clarified that its strike also occur in support of the unions in conflict and in rejection of the sabotage that the Lacalle administration carries out on public companies.

"In recent years, the Housing Ministry has cut USS130 million and the Transportation Ministry has cut US$200 million, which implies a loss of up to 15,000 jobs," said Lilian Diaz, a woman who is the daughter of European migrants.

“There is a scenario where the class struggle sharpens and the rope is tightened. The government's objective is to continue with pro-market reforms... Public and private workers from all industries legitimately claim their demands and fight to avoid having to back down.”


]]> <![CDATA[African Union Calls for Restraint Over Ethiopia-Sudan Dispute]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:42:00 -04:00 On Wednesday, the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat called on Ethiopia and Sudan to exercise restraint and initiate a dialogue regarding their border dispute.


Ethiopia Army Denies It Executed Captive Sudanese Soldiers

Mahamat is following with deep concern the escalating military tension between Ethiopia and Sudan and deeply regrets the loss of life at their common border. He appeals for complete refrain from any military action whatever its origin and calls for dialogue between the two countries to solve any dispute.

"The chairperson notes the recent border skirmishes should not scuttle the diplomatic solutions being sought to resolve ongoing internal challenges in the two AU member states."

Mahamat urged both countries to continue to contribute to a peaceful resolution of the border dispute under the auspices of the AU Border Program while calling on the two veteran members of the continental organization to end all hostilities in the interest of regional stability and collective security.

Ethiopia and Sudan are currently accusing each other of "provocations" over a deadly border incident that happened last week. On Monday, Sudan filed a complaint to the United Nations Security Council against Ethiopia, while Sudan decided to recall its ambassador to Ethiopia for consultations and to summon the Ethiopian ambassador in Khartoum to inform him of Sudan's condemnation.

On Tuesday, the Ethiopian army rejected allegations that it executed seven captive Sudanese soldiers and instead accused Sudan of engaging in military provocations against Ethiopia. UN Secretary Antonio Guterres has urged Sudan and Ethiopia to take concrete steps to defuse tensions and peacefully resolve their differences over the Al-Fashaqa border area.

Ethiopia and Sudan have longstanding competing claims over the Al-Fashaqa border region, an area of fertile land settled by Ethiopian farmers that Sudan claims is within its boundary.

]]> <![CDATA[Russia Refuses to Be Classified as 'a Threat' to NATO]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:09:32 -04:00 The Kremlin said that the strategic policy of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) "destroys the European architecture" after this military alliance described Russia as a threat to its security.


Türkiye Sign Joint Memorandum With Finland and Sweden

"NATO's rhetoric is clear to us. There will be a new strategic plan in which Russia will be labeled as a threat to the alliance," Russian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Ryabkov said, emphasizing that NATO is "a threat to us."

In this sense, he pointed out that Russia will do everything possible so that its security and the security of its allies "is guaranteed in any circumstance." This will be a goal regardless of any agreement reached between the members of the U.S.-controlled military alliance.

During the summit held in Madrid on Wednesday, the United States and its allies expressed that they would take "important decisions to strengthen NATO in a more dangerous and competitive world, where authoritarian regimes such as Russia and China openly defy the rules-based international order", said NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg.

"The Russian Federation is the most important and direct threat to the security of the allies and to peace and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area", emphasizes the new "Strategic Concept" that will guide NATO's action in the next decade.

This document replaces the one that was in force since the Lisbon summit in 2010, when NATO members still considered Russia a "strategic partner." Now, instead, the allies consider that the Russian operation in Ukraine has seriously altered their "security environment."

According to NATO, Moscow "seeks to establish direct spheres of influence and control through coercion, subversion, aggression and annexation," and also uses "conventional, cyber and hybrid means against us and our partners."

]]> <![CDATA[Police Violence Increases After Dialogue Breakdown in Ecuador]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 09:05:51 -04:00 After President Guillermo Lasso broke off dialogue with the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAEI) on Tuesday, riot police intensified their attempt to control the massive protests, which continue to escalate across the country.


Ecuador’s Indigenous Movement Blames Executive for Dialogue End

On Tuesday night, the police forcefully repressed residents of San Miguel del Comun, a poor neighborhood located in Quito. Scenes of violence were also recorded at the University of Cuenca, where the police attacked citizens with tear gas.

"This is what San Miguel del Comun looks like right now. Police repress protesters and residents," is heard in a video that community outlet La Calle uploaded to social networks on the 16th day of the national strike.

“There are suffocated children and several wounded,” community outlet Wambra reported from San Miguel del Comun as the National Assembly was meeting to vote on a motion for the dismissal of Lasso.

“There are hundreds of people and the police are launching tear gas canisters. We demand that the repression stops!,” the Alliance of Organizations for Human Rights said regarding what was happening at the University of Cuenca in the south of the country.

"Lasso's 'triumph' is a country where the elites see the poor as objects created at their service, objects that can be suffocated, tortured and killed. What happened yesterday in San Miguel del Comun is the x-ray of a criminal government," denounced Pedro Granja, a constitutional lawyer.

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) denounced that the military and riot police fired tear gas and pellets at Indigenous demonstrators, among whom were children and adolescents. The CRC issued a statement in response “to the large number of Indigenous children and adolescents subjected to violent repression”.

“According to several reliable sources, potentially lethal forms of ammunition, such as buckshot, have been authorized to suppress protests. We have also received reports of children being exposed to serious side effects caused by the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of tear gas,” the UN Committee stated.

"As a consequence of the repressive actions of the State, many boys and girls wander alone through the country's capital, without protection and without contact with their adult relatives."

]]> <![CDATA[18-Wheeler Migrant Death Toll Rises to 51, Driver in Custody]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 07:50:54 -04:00 Another migrant died Tuesday at a local hospital, pushing the death toll of migrants found Monday inside a sweltering 18-wheeler in San Antonio to 51. Among the dead, five were children. At least 27 were from Mexico, three from Guatemala and four from Honduras, local media reported, citing officials from these countries.


46 Migrants Found Dead Inside 18-Wheeler in Texas

Some of those found alive reportedly remained in critical condition Tuesday. After the truck packed with nearly 100 people was discovered on Monday, at least 16, including four children, were taken to area hospitals due to heat exhaustion and dehydration.


The truck driver, who was caught in a nearby field after he fled on foot, and was described as a U.S. citizen, is now in federal custody and expected to be charged, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told The New York Times on Tuesday.

Two other men, both Mexican citizens, were charged on Tuesday with possessing firearms while residing in the United States illegally, according to court documents and U.S. authorities. Police arrested them at an address in San Antonio listed on the tractor-trailer's registration.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that someone had "cloned" the truck with the same color and identifying numbers from the U.S. and Texas transportation departments as one owned by a South Texas trucking company in an apparent move to evade authorities. A vigil was held in the rain Tuesday evening at a San Antonio park.

Those found alive were hot to the touch and suffering from heat stroke and exhaustion. There was no sign of water in the refrigerated tractor-trailer and no visible working air conditioning unit. Temperatures in San Antonio climbed to 101 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday, while the heat in the packed trailer was likely way higher than that.


U.S. President Joe Biden said Tuesday that initial reports showed that the tragedy was caused by smugglers or human traffickers. "Exploiting vulnerable individuals for profit is shameful, as is political grandstanding around tragedy," Biden said, one day after Texas Republican Governor Greg Abbott blamed the deaths on what he called the president's "deadly open border policies."

"My administration will continue to do everything possible to stop human smugglers and traffickers from taking advantage of people who are seeking to enter the United States between ports of entry," said Biden.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it encountered 239,416 people along the U.S.-Mexico border in May, hitting a record high. The Associated Press reported that migrants typically pay US$8,000 to US$10,000 to be taken across the border, loaded into a tractor-trailer and driven to San Antonio, where they transfer to smaller vehicles for their final destinations across the United States.

Death is a constant risk for undocumented migrants entering Texas, said a report by The Texas Tribune, noting that in 1987, 2003 and 2017, groups of migrants died of heat and dehydration in Texas after being trapped in stifling containers. Hundreds more die alone or in smaller groups as desperation drives them to take fatal risks.

In 2017, 10 migrants died in a packed truck carrying 39 people in San Antonio during summer. In 2003, 19 migrants were found dead in a sweltering truck southeast of the city.


]]> <![CDATA[Ethiopia Army Denies It Executed Captive Sudanese Soldiers]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2022 07:30:05 -04:00 On Tuesday, the Ethiopia National Defense Force (ENDF) rejected allegations that it executed seven captive Sudanese soldiers.


Climate Shocks Exacerbate Effects of Violence in Ethiopia

"The Ethiopian army wasn't even present in the area of the alleged atrocity and as such couldn't commit the alleged execution act. The Ethiopian National Defense Force's distinct trait is it handles any captives it has in its hands in a lawful and humane way," Getnet Adane, public relations director at the ENDF, said.

On Sunday, the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) issued a statement through the state-owned Sudan News Agency (SUNA) alleging that the Ethiopian army had executed seven captive Sudanese soldiers and one Sudanese civilian.

The SAF also accused the Ethiopian army of parading the bodies to an Ethiopian public.The ENDF denied the Ethiopian allegations and accused the Sudanese military of trying to divert from its country's "political crisis" by conducting regular provocations against Ethiopia.

Adane, the Ethiopian army spokesperson, warned that the Ethiopian army won't hesitate to use force to wrest back "Ethiopian land" from Sudanese control and restore Ethiopia's "full territorial integrity" if given orders by the Ethiopian government.

On Monday, Sudan decided to file a formal complaint to the United Nations Security Council against Ethiopia, while the Sudanese foreign ministry decided to immediately recall its ambassador to Ethiopia for consultations and to summon the Ethiopian ambassador in Khartoum to inform him of Sudan's condemnation.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has urged Sudan and Ethiopia to take concrete steps to defuse tensions and to peacefully resolve their differences over the Al-Fashaqa border area, a UN spokesman said Tuesday. 

Ethiopia and Sudan have longstanding competing claims over the Al-Fashaqa border region, an area of fertile land settled by Ethiopian farmers that Sudan claims is within its boundary.

"The secretary-general is deeply concerned about the renewed clashes between Sudan and Ethiopia along their disputed border that took place on 22 June, and reportedly resulted in the death of seven Sudanese soldiers and one civilian," Stephane Dujarric, the UN chief's spokesman, told a daily press briefing.

]]> <![CDATA[Gang Clashes Leave Nearly 200 Dead in Haiti]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 23:09:20 -04:00 "During the violent clashes that followed, 191 people were killed: 107 men, 76 women, six girls and two boys. At least 18 women were raped. Seventeen of them were subsequently executed," according to the report. 

Haitian Gang Kidnaps 38 People From Two Buses 

Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, faced hostile clashes between gangs seeking to control the region between April 24 and May 6. The Chen Mechan and 400 Mawozo gangs, operating on the capital's outskirts, even tried to isolate the territory. 

The report said that many people suffered gunshots or stab wounds, and some 81 houses and 57 cars were set on fire. It also lamented the appalling treatment of the victims' bodies, which were thrown into wells and latrines, set on fire, or thrown into rivers. 

The organization called for medical, psychological, and financial support to be provided to the survivors as well as for the investigation of violent acts of life and property perpetrated during such clashes.

The capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince, continues to face gang violence, leading to a wave of displacement in the area. With the support of @DevCanada, @WFP_Haitin has provided over 30,000 hot meals to displacement victims since early May.

Public action should also be taken against those involved, the organization said, noting that the links between some journalists, public figures, armed bandits, and the use of police equipment in the massacre should be investigated. 

]]> <![CDATA[China Calls on the US To Stop Taiwan’s Contacts]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 23:01:59 -04:00 Zhao Lijian, a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, urged the U.S. to cease contact with Taiwan and to strictly accomplish the one-China principle and the three China-U.S. joint communique.

China Calls for Urgent, Decisive Actions on Palestinian Issue

"China firmly opposes all forms of official interaction with the Taiwan region by countries having diplomatic ties with China, including negotiating or concluding agreements with implications of sovereignty and official nature. This position is consistent and clear," said the spokesperson during a regular news briefing.

In response to a query on the so-called U.S.-Taiwan Initiative on 21st-Century Trade, the Chinese official said that there is but one China in the world, adding that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China's territory. He continued to say that the government of the People's Republic of China is the sole legal government representing the whole of China.

Zhao highlighted that Washington must comply with the established one-China principle and the stipulations of the three China-U.S. joint communique, ceasing all forms of exchanges with Taiwan. The Chinese spokesperson said that all types of negotiating agreements with implications of sovereignty and an official nature and refrain from sending any wrong signals to the "Taiwan independence" separatist forces must be stopped.

"We would also like to make it clear to Taiwan's Democratic Progressive Party authorities that they need to give up at once on the idea that they could seek independence with U.S. support because the more ambitious they are, the more bitter their failure will be," said Zhao.

]]> <![CDATA[Truth Commission Advocates for Peace in Colombia]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 22:56:53 -04:00 The act of delivery of the Truth Commission's final report was attended by the president-elect, Gustavo Petro, who received the first copy of the text. "We have to cut the cycle of violence," Petro said. 

Maduro: New Stage of Cooperation Between Venezuela and Colombia 

For just over three years, the Truth Commission, created in the 2016 Havana Peace Agreement, investigated the events that led to nearly six decades of armed conflict in Colombia.

The task was carried out by thirteen Truth Commissioners, chaired by Father Francisco de Roux, who formally began their work on November 29, 2018. The research team was also composed of 290 people in Bogotá, 200 people distributed in the territories and 120 transcribers. 

It has come to light that the text addresses measures and suggestions on issues such as the progress of the Peace Agreement, how to deal with drug trafficking violence, how to overcome impunity, guarantees for the reparation of victims and the transformation of the security sector. In addition, recommendations to consolidate democracy and the transformation of territories, among others.

"We ask society for the commitment to assume a profound change in the cultural elements that led us to the inability to know the other as human beings of equal dignity," Francisco De Roux, president of the Truth Commission.

During the presentation ceremony, the president of the Truth Commission, Francisco De Roux, made a call to "stop the war from all sides." The day when "peace is a duty and a right of obligatory compliance as expressed in our Constitution" should not be deferred, the official said.  

Notwithstanding the signing of the Havana peace accords, Colombia is experiencing a wave of violence that increased during the government of Iván Duque, which is now coming to an end.

Gustavo Petro has reiterated on several occasions his commitment to materialize what was agreed in the agreement signed between the State and the FARC, affirming that his government will accept the contributions delivered by the Truth Commission.

"The truth has a meaning that is not that of revenge but that of dialogue, agreement, coexistence and reconciliation," Petro said. 

]]> <![CDATA[Venezuela To Suspend School, Flights Due to Tropical Storm]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 22:47:09 -04:00 "I have made a new decision; we are going to suspend classes throughout the national territory; in the 23 states plus Caracas, classes will be suspended on Wednesday and Thursday throughout the national territory so that we have our minds focused on protecting our people", said Maduro in a radio and television announcement.

 Trinidad, Grenada, Venezuela in the Path of a Potential Cyclone

The President reiterated that sailings and flights would remain suspended in nine states and Caracas.

Among the regions that will be affected by the passage of the cyclone are: Sucre (north), Anzoátegui (east), Nueva Esparta (north), Miranda (north), Aragua (north), Caracas (north), La Guaira (north), Falcón (north), Carabobo (center) and Zulia (west).

Among other measures, he said that some roads with risks would be closed, as well as beaches.

In addition, he stated that the governorates will activate shelters in the 23 states and that they have 70 tons of supplies ready to support any region of the country.

Maduro detailed that the storm is expected to enter the state of Sucre between 1.00 and 2.00 local time (5.00 and 6.00 GMT) in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and then it will travel along the coast of Anzoátegui and Miranda.

He also said that the storm is expected to leave Venezuela on Thursday afternoon.

]]> <![CDATA[The Latest Round of US Sanctions Strike Russian Gold]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 22:54:47 -04:00 On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury Department Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) said Russian gold had been banned by the current administration as part of the latest sanctions against the Kremlin.


US In National Battle Over Abortion Rights

"The Director of OFAC, in consultation with the Department of State and the Department of Commerce, determined that the prohibitions of section 1(a)(i) of E.O. 14068 shall apply to the gold of Russian Federation origin, with immediate effect," said the announcement. "As a result, the importation into the United States of gold of Russian Federation origin is prohibited, except to the extent provided by law, or unless licensed or otherwise authorized by OFAC."

The decision prohibits the entrance of gold of Russian Federation origin put on the market before Tuesday's decision. On the other hand, the U.S. administration has approved transactions with some previously blocked Russian entities to ensure the safety of civil aviation.

According to the Treasury Department, "all transactions ordinarily incident and necessary to the provision, exportation, or reexportation of goods, technology, or services to ensure the safety of civil aviation involving one or more of the blocked entities listed in the Annex to this general license and that are prohibited by Executive Order (E.O.) 14024 are authorized."

All previously banned transactions that are ordinarily incident and necessary to the divestment or transfer of debt or equity of Public Joint Stock Company Severstal or Nord Gold PLC, or any entity Severstal or Nord Gold owns purchased before June 2 are included in the authorization.

]]> <![CDATA[Türkiye Sign Joint Memorandum With Finland and Sweden]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 21:58:28 -04:00 After Tuesday's session in Madrid, the heads of state of Turkey, Sweden, and Finland signed a memorandum on Finland's and Sweden's membership in NATO, according to the reports.

Finland, Sweden and Türkiye Share Concerns on NATO Admissions

The Foreign Ministers of the three countries were attending the meeting. Representatives of the three states signed the document in the presence of the countries' Presidents. The content of the document has not been released yet.

The document represents Ankara's lifting of the objections posed by Türkiye to Finland's and Sweden'sadmission to the U.S.-led bloc.

The meeting also gathered Turkish and Finnish heads of state, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Sauli Niinisto, Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson, and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.

The main objective of the meeting was to assess the continued refusal of Ankara in the scenario of Sweden's and Finland's NATO membership, saying that Türkiye will not support both countries' assession if they do not offer written guarantees.

]]> <![CDATA[ALBA-TCP Warns of Threats in Digital Scene]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 21:10:47 -04:00 During the ALBA Digital Meeting, held at the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry headquarters, Llorenti said that a dispute between a project of integration and unity versus one of disintegration seeking to promote U.S. hegemonic interests is currently taking its toll in the region. 

US-Controlled Summit Is Non-Inclusive, ALBA-TCP Denounces 

"We see threats against our peoples. That colonizing project has permanently tried to undermine the processes that bet on life and integration," Llorenti said, highlighting that the digital scenario is among the main fronts used to attack emancipation projects.

According to the Executive Secretary, these attacks are carried out through the application of economic warfare and unilateral coercive measures, coups d'état, mercenary incursions and destabilizing plans.    

On this occasion, LLorenti also said that in the current context, it is essential to continuously discuss ways to handle these threats, as the communication technologies world evolves constantly.

At the installation of the First Digital ALBA Meeting, Venezuelan authorities and other members highlighted the importance of adapting to digital transformation to create defense mechanisms in countries that make up the alliance against the great centers of power. 

The First ALBA Digital Meeting, attended by delegations from Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela, is a space for exchanging experiences and strengthening alliances among Latin American and Caribbean nations in the communications field.

]]> <![CDATA[Ukraine Could End the Conflict Right Away - Peskov ]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 20:36:30 -04:00 The Russian diplomat referred to recent comments by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that the conflict must end by the end of the year. 

Ukraine Sets Deadline to Russia-Ukraine Conflict

"The Ukrainian side can stop everything before the end of today. There has to be an order for the nationalist battalions and Ukrainian soldiers to lay down their arms. Russia's demands must also be met," Peskov said Tuesday in a conference call.

In conversation with G7 leaders, Zelensky said the ongoing conflict must be resolved before the end of the year before the harsh winter makes fighting harder for Ukrainian troops. He also called on the group's nations to continue imposing sanctions on Russia and supplying weapons to Kiev. 

According to French President Emmanuel Macron's office, Zelensky also said that "Ukraine will negotiate when it is in a position to do so, that is when it has basically re-established a position of strength," noting that currently, it is not the time to negotiate with Russia.

Dmitry Peskov said that #Ukraine could achieve a cessation of hostilities before the end of the day if its leaders ordered the army and Nationalist units to lay down their arms and agreed to abide by Russia's terms.

That favorable position could be reached by the end of August following the conduct of "counter-offensive operations in certain areas," Ukraine's chief negotiator, David Arakhamia, said last week.  

Talks between Russia and Ukraine are currently stalled after the last attempt by both sides in March to settle the conflict at Türkiye negotiating tables.     


]]> <![CDATA[Bolivia’s Economy Grows and Prices Stabilize]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 20:08:26 -04:00 Sergio Cusicanqui, Bolivian Minister of Planning, said that his country is experiencing growth in the economic sector with stability in prices and a reduction in unemployment. According to the official, this results from a series of measures implemented by the government in the middle of this world crisis.

Bolivia Rejects European Stance on Trial of 2019 Coup Leader

According to the Minister's statements, the measures are part of the so-called Community Productive Social-Economic Model (Mescp). Implementing these actions has allowed unemployment to decrease by 4.2 percent so far this year.

Preliminary data collected indicated that the unemployment rate in May 2022 was 7.4 percentage points lower than the 11.6 percent recorded in July 2020, during the administration of the de facto President Jeanine Añez.

"This scenario of growth and improvement of these indicators contrasts, moreover, with the situation experienced by other countries in Latin America and the world," said  Cusicanqui.

Comunicado de Prensa
Resultados de la Balanza de Pagos al Primer Trimestre de 2022 ratifican la reconstrucción de la economía y el fortalecimiento de las Reservas Internacionales

The Minister highlighted the role played by the Bono Contra el Hambre (voucher against hunger), the Sí Bolivia credit, the Re-IVA, and the resumption of public investment among the measures implemented with the Mescp.

]]> <![CDATA[Ecuador’s Indigenous Movement Blames Executive for Dialogue End]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 19:27:04 -04:00 "The Government breaks the dialogue confirming its authoritarianism, lack of will and incapacity. We hold Guillermo Lasso responsible for the consequences of his warmongering policy. We demand respect for our maximum leader. Lasso does not break with Leonidas; he breaks with the people," said Conaie on its Twitter account.

 Ecuador: HR Organization Denounces Gov.’s Crimes During Strike

In a message to the nation, Lasso announced on Tuesday that his government will not sit again at the dialogue table with Iza and that he is ready to address the demands of the indigenous population and provide practical solutions because he knows that the State forgot the countryside and its communities for 40 years.

The president added that he would resume the dialogue when there are guarantees and with legitimate representatives of the peoples and nationalities.

The Ecuadorian president's announcement was made after an early morning attack on a military convoy transporting fuel from the municipality of Shushufindi, in the Amazonian province of Sucumbíos (east), to the Ishpingo-Tambococha-Tiputini (ITT) oil block.

As a consequence of the attack, one soldier died of wounds caused by pellets, a material that is not used by the military or police, according to the Joint Command of the Armed Forces.

Seven soldiers and five police officers were also injured in the attack.

Lasso said 100 people attacked the convoy.

In the morning, government delegates who did not attend the second meeting agreed to continue the dialogue initiated on Monday afternoon with leaders of the Conaie, the National Confederation of Indigenous, Peasant and Black Organizations of Ecuador (Fenocin) and the Federation of Evangelical Indigenous People of Ecuador (Feine).

Iza and the presidents of Fenocin and Feine, Eustaquio Toala and Gary Espinoza, attended the meeting site in downtown Quito.

About the incident in Shushufindi, Iza said that the government seeks to position a wrong message and pointed out that members of the public forces perpetrated the attack against their Amazonian comrades (comuneros) who were in struggle.

According to the leftist environmentalist organization Acción Ecológica, the soldier's death was provoked by the intention of the uniformed officers to open the closed oil wells.

Acción Ecológica added that the confrontation lasted 4 hours until the military convoy managed to pass fuel to reactivate oil wells.

Iza requested that an independent commission be formed to investigate the events.

]]> <![CDATA[Ecuador: HR Organization Denounces Gov.’s Crimes During Strike]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:38:21 -04:00 At a press conference on Tuesday, the International Solidarity and Human Rights Mission said: "Who are the dead in the National Strike? There are six victims, murdered by state forces, indigenous or mestizo people, their right to life violated."

Ecuadorian President Breaks Dialogue with Indigenous Leaders 

The organization submitted a preliminary report documenting the repression committed by the authorities during the national strike demonstrations and concluded that the Ecuadorian State had committed crimes against humanity.

The mission collected complaints, testimonies and evidence on the repression in several regions in the country, finding that it was systemic, widespread and directed against the civilian population.

It also concluded there were violations of fundamental rights based on evidence of the forced disappearance of persons, crimes against life, physical integrity, liberty, freedom of assembly and the free exercise of protest, as well as crimes against property.

The Assemblyman for Manabi Joao Acuna: "when the one who governs has run out of ideas, the only thing left to do is blame others." The legislator criticizes that the President has chosen the path of repression over that of dialogue. "Let's go to the polls," ends.

At the press conference, the mission denounced that since June 13, when the national strike against Guillermo Lasso's administration began, six people have died, 200 have been injured and 145 have been arbitrarily detained.  

On this occasion, the Ecuadorian government was urged to put an immediate end to the criminalization of social protest and arbitrary detentions and to provide reparations to the victims of the crimes committed.

The pertinent international organizations were also called upon to investigate since the security forces "murdered, tortured, injured the physical integrity, persecuted, threatened, intimidated and criminalized important sectors of the civilian population," using "sophisticated and lethal weapons."

]]> <![CDATA[Oil Inflation Could Reduce Eurozone GDP by 1.5 Pct: Study]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:28:28 -04:00 Presented on Tuesday at the European Central Bank (ECB) annual forum held in Sintra, Portugal, the study shows that European countries are among those most affected by soaring oil and gas prices. This is due to their dependency on these fuels for production and consumption.

 Macron Calls for Iran and Venezuela to Come Back to Oil Market


According to the study's author, economist Hilde C. Bjornland, the increase in energy prices is directly related to geopolitical tensions and disruptions to supply chains caused by the war in Ukraine.
The study shows that every 10 percent increase in oil prices can reduce eurozone GDP by 0.5 percent after two years. This means that projecting 30 percent oil inflation could reduce GDP in the eurozone by 1.5 percent.
"During periods of high oil price volatility, stabilizing inflation is difficult," she said.
The rise in other commodity prices, particularly foods, has already raised inflation expectations and "has the potential to have lasting effects on prices," she added.

]]> <![CDATA[Ecuador: Lasso Speaks in Light of Impeachment Possibility]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:33:05 -04:00 On Tuesday, Guillermo Lasso, Ecuadorian President issued a message on his Twitter account, while his possible impeachment is being debated in the National Assembly, and warned that this is a "coup attempt," for which he asked legislators to comply with their responsibility and not to give way to this initiative.

Ecuadorian President Breaks Dialogue with Indigenous Leaders

For Lasso, the UNES proposal to activate the Death Crusade is an attempt to "assault democracy and take advantage of the chaos to destroy the institutionality of Ecuador," for which he called on the Assembly members not to allow this process.

"Those of us who defend democracy will not allow them to destroy Ecuador's institutionality. I call on the Assembly members to comply with their responsibility to the country."

Likewise, he indicated that there are alleged threats, blackmails, persecutions and intimidations to several assembly members who would not support this motion.

The country has witnessed all the attempts we have had to dialogue but we will not be able to do so with those who intend to kidnap the peace of Ecuador. We will not tolerate that! I call for unity and the defense of democracy.

"I call on the Assembly members to comply with their responsibility. It is not a call to defend a person, a political project, or a government. It is a call to defend the country from this coup attempt."

]]> <![CDATA[Ecuadorian President Breaks Dialogue with Indigenous Leaders]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:57:28 -04:00 On Tuesday, President Guillermo Lasso hardened positions and broke off dialogue with the Confederation of Indigenous Nationals of Ecuador (CONAIE), the organization that called for a national strike that has shaken this Andean country for 16 consecutive days.


Ecuador: CONAIE Calls for a March Before New Dialogue Round

During a national broadcast, the Ecuadorian president justified his position by recalling that a soldier died as a result of an attack on a convoy transporting fuel from the Amazon region.

Lasso said that his administration will not talk again with CONAIE President Leonidas Iza or with other leaders until the Indigenous communities have "legitimate" representatives. He will only talk to leaders who are open to "real and frank" dialogue.

"We will not sit down to talk with Leonidas Iza again, who only defends his political interests and not the interests of his people," the conservative politician stressed.

In reaction to these statements, CONAIE recalled that the Ecuadorian government has not expressed its willingness for dialogue, which was evidenced by the absence of President Lasso himself in the round of negotiations that began on Monday.

"The government breaks off the dialogue confirming its authoritarianism, lack of will and incapacity. We hold Guillermo Lasso responsible for the consequences of his warmongering policy. We demand respect for our maximum leader. Lasso does not break with Leonidas. Lasso breaks with the people," the CONAIE tweeted.

On Tuesday morning, before the presidential announcement, the leaders of the organizations taking part in the national strike were concentrated at the National Basilica waiting for the resumption of the second round of negotiations. Government representatives never arrived.

]]> <![CDATA[Brazilian Workers Ask the Inter-American Court to Do Justice]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 14:21:23 -04:00 On Tuesday, Brazilian agricultural workers asked the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) for a sentence against the Brazilian State for its responsibility in the murder of Antonio Tavares Pereira in 2000.


Brazil: Officials Working With Indigenous Peoples Go on Strike

"A conviction will help establish the truth and legitimize the struggle for agrarian reform in Brazil," the victims' lawyer Josiane Grossklaus said in her plea before the judges whom she asked to order reparation measures for the victims.

She also demanded the implementation of a plan to fight violence in the Brazilian countryside and the modification of the Brazilian jurisdiction so that military justice does not intervene in the investigation of human rights violations.

On May 2, 2000, some 1,500 members of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) were mobilizing in buses to participate in a march in favor of agrarian reform in Curitiba City.

After being forced to get off the buses by the Military Police of the Para state, rural workers were assaulted by the officers, who seriously injured 185 people. One of the officers shot and killed Antonio Tavares Pereira.

The lawsuit filed by the IACHR Court maintains that there was a disproportionate use of force and that the Brazilian military justice left the crimes committed unpunished for 22 years.

The hearing on this case is taking place at the IACHR headquarters in the city of San Jose in Costa Rica. Initially scheduled to last two days, the hearing was suspended on Tuesday and will be resumed later.

]]> <![CDATA[Trinidad, Grenada, Venezuela in the Path of a Potential Cyclone]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 13:02:50 -04:00 On Tuesday morning, the second potential tropical cyclone of this year was moving towards the southern part of the Windward Islands and towards the northeast of Venezuela, where rains, strong winds, and flooding could occur tonight.


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According to a bulletin from the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC), the system was located about 330 miles east of the island of Trinidad and had maximum sustained winds of 40 miles per hour, a value that falls within the range of a tropical storm.

After affecting the southern part of the Windward Islands and northeastern Venezuela on Tuesday and Wednesday, the potential cyclone will head towards Bonaire from Wednesday afternoon.

There is higher than normal uncertainty in the forecast for the system once it reaches the southwestern Caribbean Sea on Thursday afternoon or Friday, "which will depend on how much it interacts with land from tonight through Thursday," the NHC said.

The tweet reads, "Atlantic Tropical Systems: June 28, 2022, 15:00 UTC 11am HLV. Update: Tropical storm warning: Trinidad & Tobago, Granada, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela, ABC Islands. Watch on the Venezuelan northeast coast from the north of the Orinoco Delta to the Cariaco Gulf, Sucre."

Currently, a "tropical storm" warning is in effect for Trinidad & Tobago, Grenada and their dependencies. A tropical storm watch has also been issued for the coast of Venezuela from Pedernales to Cumana, including the islands of Margarita, Coche, Cubagua, and Bonaire.

Local authorities should monitor the system's progress in other parts of the Windward Islands, the northern coast of Venezuela, Curaçao, Aruba and the northeast coast of Colombia.

So far in the current hurricane season in the Atlantic, there has only been one named storm, Alex, which formed on June 5 near the Yucatan Peninsula with the remnants of Hurricane Agatha, the first to form this year in the Pacific area.

]]> <![CDATA[Ecuador: CONAIE Calls for a March Before New Dialogue Round]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 11:56:52 -04:00 On Tuesday, the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE) and other social organizations taking part in the national strike began a peaceful march through the streets of Quito to accompany their leaders to the National Basilica, where the dialogue with representatives of the President Guillermo Lasso will take place.


Ecuador: Indigenous Organizations Meet With State Powers

Yesterday the Indigenous movement held a first extended meeting with the authorities of the Ecuadorian government. This event, however, was not attended by Lasso.

"We would have wanted him to attend but he doesn't really have the courage to do so," CONAIE President Leonidas Iza said and asked that "fear not continue to be implemented in Ecuador" as Lasso threatened to increase the use of force if citizens do not obey to the authorities.

In the first round of dialogues, CONAIE conditioned the end of the mobilizations to the fulfillment of two social demands. One of them is the reduction in the price of diesel to US$1.50 per gallon and the price of gasoline to US$2.10 per gallon.

The tweet reads, "This video is very clear. The November 18 community had spent 15 days in pacific resistance. In the early hours of June 28, a group of military police opened fire on the community. The video says it all."

Another petition has to do with presidential provisions on oil concessions (Decree 95) and mining exploitation (Decree 151). In response to these demands, the representatives of the Lasso administration stated that Decree 95 could be repealed and Decree 151 might be reformed; however, they emphasized that fuel prices will not be reduced.

On Tuesday, the plenary session of the National Assembly will resume the debate on a motion presented by leftist parties to remove President Lasso for "serious political crisis and internal commotion" and call early general elections.

This motion is not expected to pass given that the ruling party, the Christian Social Party (PSC) and their allies have a majority of votes in the Assembly. Pachacutik, the party that supposedly represents the Indigenous movement, will not vote in favor of the motion either.

]]> <![CDATA[Fire During Escape Attempt Leaves 52 Dead in Colombian Prison]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:54:19 -04:00 In the early hours of Tuesday, 52 Colombians died as a result of a fire inside the Tulua prison located in the Cauca valley. So far, there are also 50 people injured.


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The fire started in a cell block with about 200 inmates who lit mattresses and caused a fight during an escape attempt. Authorities indicated that the prisoners died not only as a result of the fire and smoke, but also due to clashes between gangs.

"Justice Minister Wilson Ruiz regretted what happened and announced that he is conducting investigations to determine the causes of the emergency," outlet Semana reported.

Tulua fire brigade spokesman Marco Antonio Orozco confirmed that the fire was related to the burning of mattresses and that some 50 people were transferred to other facilities.

Outside the Tulua prison, which has a population of over 1,500 inmates, relatives of the detainees were waiting for the authorities to provide them with information about the situation of their relatives.

According to the National Penitentiary and Prison Institute (INPEC), the fight would have been caused by disputes between gangs for control of pavilion 8.

A similar tragedy occurred in March 2020 when inmates at Bogota's Modelo Prison began a protest demanding biosecurity measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. On that occasion, 24 inmates died and over 100 were injured.