teleSUR English ES Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:39:52 -04:00 teleSUR English <![CDATA[Bolivarian Officials Arrive in Mexico to Talks With Opposition ]]> Sat, 25 Sep 2021 17:39:48 -04:00 On Saturday, a Venezuelan governmental delegation headed by Parliament's President Jorge Rodriguez arrived in Mexico where the third round of political talks with opposition sectors will take place.


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Previously, President Nicolas Maduro demanded concrete advances in the negotiations, especially on the release of assets blocked abroad and the lifting of sanctions on the Bolivarian nation.

Rodriguez announced that diplomat Alex Saab, who is held captive in Cape Verde despite international calls for his release, would be incorporated as a full member of the official delegation.

The political talks will have mediation efforts by the Norwegian government. They will take place at the Sofitel Hotel in the Paseo de la Reforma.

On Friday, Rodriguez condemned statements by James Story, who declared himself the U.S ambassador to Venezuela without counting on the approval of the Bolivarian government.

"Story's remarks insult the Dialogue Table in Mexico but above all insults the delegates of the United Platform to which he seems to give orders," Rodriguez stressed.

"The Bolivarian Government will never accept an agenda trying to impose this person," he added.

]]> <![CDATA[‘Absent State’, LGTBI+ Community Activists Yell in Uruguay]]> Sat, 25 Sep 2021 14:57:59 -04:00 On Friday, Hundreds of activists took to the streets in Uruguay to celebrate the traditional March for Diversity to defend the LGTBI+ community's rights in this South American nation.


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Under heavy rain and chanting, thousands of people marched from the Libertador and Paysandu avenues to 1ro de Mayo square in the capital Montevideo.

This parade was promoted under the slogan "Absent State" to make visible the non-observance of the rights achieved by the LGTBI+ community in the country, especially the non-compliance of the Integral Law for Trans People.

"We marched because the State is absent. It stopped implementing programs in the territories, reduced the housing programs that prioritize the most vulnerable populations, and the humanitarian aid does not arrive or does so late," activists denounced.

The meme reads, "As we have been doing for over 15 years, people filled the streets to claim our diversity. Whenever the State is absent, our struggle will be present! Defending, vindicating and celebrating our right to be, to live, to love. Occupying the world because it is ours. Remembering our comrades who are no longer here. We are lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transvestites, non-binary, trans people, people of African descent, Charruas, students, people with disabilities, HIV positive, migrants, feminists. We are young and old. We are workers."

Organizers decided to transfer the parade through the widest avenues in the city and not to hold a closing show in a bid to avoid COVID-19 contagions.

Transgender people Community President Colette Spinetti highlighted that the march was named Gloria Alvez, in homage to the tireless activist who dedicated over 30 years of her life to trans people's recognition in Uruguay.

The first March for Diversity took place in 1990 when dozens of people marched while chanting "proud to be, fighting for freedom and equality."

]]> <![CDATA[Germany: Three Main Candidates Run To Succeed Merkel on Sunday ]]> Sat, 25 Sep 2021 12:55:17 -04:00 Germany's election campaign concluded on Friday ahead of parliamentary elections to be held on Sept. 26 when three main candidates will seek to replace Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been in office for almost 16 years.


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On Sunday, some 60 million voters are called to the polls to elect the new Parliament and thus also a new government for the next four years.

Armin Laschet representing the conservative party currently in power, Olaf Scholz from the Social Democrats, and Annalena Baerbock running for the Green party are the three candidates vying to succeed Merkel.

According to the latest polls, the Social Democratic Party (SPD) has a narrow lead of around 25 percent over the conservative bloc made up of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU), which has 22 percent.

COVID-19 pandemic recovery, taxes, retirement, foreign policy, and internal security were the main issues discussed by the candidates who voiced substantial differences.

In their electoral programs, the candidates made the protection of the planet one of the top priorities for the next four years and pledged to limit global warming to 1.5ºC.

"We need a renewal for Germany. We need a change of government, and we want a government led by the SPD," candidate and current Economy Minister Olaf Scholz said.

"It does matter who governs our country. The government's line, its future, and that of its children is at stake...If Germany is to remain stable, Armin Laschet must become Chancellor", Merkel stressed to support her party's candidate.

]]> <![CDATA[Santos Slams Duque Over UN Statements About Peace in Colombia]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 18:42:30 -04:00 Former Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) on Friday described as counter-productive President Ivan Duque's attitude at the United Nations General Assembly, where he described the peace agreement as 'fragile'.


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The former president, under whose term talks and negotiations with the extinct Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP) took place, resulting in the 2016 Peace Agreement, told Caracol Radio that, as a Colombian, it is sad to hear that from his president, especially at the venue where he said it.

He added that the United Nations was created to fight for peace. “The UN knows this because it was there, and we asked it to be there; it knows everything that has been done and that is why it praises the peace process so much,” the politician stressed.

In his speech at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, Duque described the Peace Agreement as weak. He stated that more progress has been made in the three years of his administration than in the first 20 months of its implementation. Santos believes that these words compromise his credibility as well as that of his government and the country.

Following his speech, the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force, resulting from the former FARC-EP after the signing of the peace agreement, reminded Duque that it is not “fragile”, but rather comprehensive, under Colombian legislation and that of the international community.

Since the signing of the peace agreement, 286 former FARC fighters have been assassinated, most of whom have been killed during the Duque administration; all of the cases remain unpunished.

]]> <![CDATA[WHO Director-General Nominated for Second Term in Office]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 18:26:38 -04:00 Tedros has been at the helm of WHO since 2017, and his tenure has been marked by the 19 months since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world.

He had previously served as Ethiopia's minister of health and chancellor.


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It is the first time a candidate to head the UN health agency has not been nominated by his home country. The director general for the next five years will be elected at WHO's annual assembly in May.

The diplomatic missions of France and Germany to the UN institutions in Geneva announced their support for Tedros on their Twitter accounts as the deadline for nominations for the post passed. The WHO said on its website that it does not expect to announce the full list of candidates before November, but diplomatic sources have hinted that Tedros may not face opposition.

A diplomatic official in Geneva, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to do so publicly, said 15 other European countries had endorsed Tedros' nomination.

The WHO came under withering criticism from the administration of then-U.S. President Donald Trump, which accused Tedros of making serious mistakes in the response to COVID-19.

The Trump Administration, whose handling of the pandemic was characterized by negligence, ignorance of what the science said and a reaction that has been labeled irresponsible, was marked by a grave attack on multilateralism.

]]> <![CDATA[Sam Becomes the Seventh Hurricane of the Current Season]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 18:04:16 -04:00 Tropical Storm Sam became early Friday morning the seventh hurricane of the current season in the Atlantic, after gaining in organization and intensity while reaching maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour, with sustained gusts which reached Category One on the Saffir-Simpson scale.

According to an informative report issued by the Institute of Meteorology of Cuba, at 05:00 local time its center was estimated at 11.5 degrees north latitude and 42.2 degrees west longitude.


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Those coordinates allowed locating it about 2,365 kilometers to the east southeast of the northern group of the Lesser Antilles arc and approximately 1,900 kilometers to the east of Barbados, the easternmost island of this group. At that time, its central pressure had dropped to 993 hectopascal and it was moving westward at a rate of 24 kilometers per hour.

According to the report of the Cuban meteorological agency, Sam is forecast to continue gaining in intensity until it becomes a cyclone of great intensity throughout the day Saturday. In the coming hours, the tropical phenomenon will maintain a course between west and west-northwest, and will slightly decrease its speed.

This projection coincides with the assessment of the United States Hurricane Center, although this office estimates that Sam could become a major hurricane event on Friday night, according to a report issued during the early hours of Friday morning.

So far, Sam does not pose any danger to any coastal area and it is estimated that during the weekend it will incline its trajectory more towards the west northwest, and could even become a Category Four hurricane.

Due to this, the Barbados Meteorological Service (BMS) informed on Friday that it will continue to monitor its movement and asked the population to remain alert.

The current Atlantic hurricane season has been catalogued as one of the most active, since Sam was the 18th hurricane to form. 

]]> <![CDATA[Cuba Ships First Batch of Abdala COVID-19 Vaccine to Vietnam]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 17:42:15 -04:00 BioCubaFarma, the conglomerate of Cuban public enterprises in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical area, sent this Friday to Vietnam the first batch of Abdala anti-viral vaccines, designed by the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) in Havana.

The information appeared in the social networks of the CIGB itself and although it does not detail the exact number of doses, it is about 15 boxes of 20 kg each, which will be transported in a Vietnam Airlines plane, the flag carrier of the Southeast Asian nation.


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This shipment follows the agreement signed between the CIGB and the Center for Research and Production of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (Polyvac) of Vietnam, which includes a contract for the supply and distribution of 5 million doses of Abdala.

Abdala was the first of three vaccines developed and produced in Latin America and the Caribbean, all in Cuba, and received its authorization for emergency use in Cuba last July 9 and in Vietnam on September 17, shortly before the arrival in Havana of the President of that nation, Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

Around 20 million doses of national vaccines have been applied in Cuba, and a significant number of them correspond to Abdala, whose production was brought forward and allowed, since last May, its massive expansion in the country's capital and other cities.

"Cuba sends to the people of Vietnam doses of the Cuban anti-COVID-19 vaccine Abdala, developed by 
@CIGBCuba. Its production platform has been used in other vaccines, registered in more than 30 countries and certified by WHO."

This drug is based on the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus spike protein, its most protruding segment, which is why it is known as a subunit vaccine.

In clinical trials, it showed 92 percent efficacy against symptomatic disease and after its massive application in Havana, studies with the whole population showed 90 percent effectiveness in preventing severe cases, in a context of intense circulation of the Delta variant, more contagious and deadly.

According to the CIGB, the technological platform for the production of Abdala, protein subunits, has a 30-year history of development and production in Cuba, since it has been used in other vaccines administered in the country, in the Latin American and Caribbean region and in Vietnam itself.

]]> <![CDATA[US House Seeks To Block Funds for the ESMAD & Aerial Fumigation]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 17:00:26 -04:00 The bill sponsored by Democratic House Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez additionally bans possible U.S. funds for arms and training of the National Police’s anti-riot unit ESMAD.

The bill by the New York Democrat also asks the Department of Defense (DoD) to report to the U.S. Congress every six months.


Colombia To Resume Aerial Spraying With Carcinogenic Herbicide

Ocasio-Cortez specifically wanted the Defense Department to inform the U.S. lawmakers on the human rights situation in Colombia and progress made in investigations into the mass killing of anti-government protesters earlier this year.

The increased scrutiny from U.S. Congress comes months after the human rights commission of the Organization of American States put the Duque regime on a watchlist for despots.

The financial restrictions on aerial spraying of coca are a major blow for Colombia’s far-right President Ivan Duque, who has expressed his wish to resume the controversial strategy since taking office in 2018.

In fact, the president announced the resumption in April, despite fierce opposition against the strategy that even Duque’s own office called ineffective.

Both the president and Defense Minister Diego Molano have remained quiet about any kind of counternarcotics strategy since then, however.

Duque has consistently refused to implement a crop substitution strategy that is part of a peace process that has been fiercely rejected by the president’s Democratic Center party.

The United Nations on Drugs and Crime announced that Colombia’s estimated cocaine production reached a record high in June after the Defense Minister had been boasting about record coca eradication by police.

Throughout this year, police appear to have abandoned also this strategy, leaving the president and his defense minister without any coordinated counternarcotics policy.

According to defense expert Adam Isacson of the Washington Office on Latin America, the ban on defense funds would not mean no U.S. funds will be available for aerial spraying.

A large chunk of the funding for the controversial strategy has always been provided by the US Department of State.

Ocasio-Cortez’s approved proposal to also block funding for ESMAD is another disappointment for Duque, even if it has few consequences.

These calls have become louder after evidence indicating that police murdered more than 50 people to quell anti-government protests that kicked off in April.

The president has consistently defended the police while Prosecutor General Francisco Barbosa has tried to downplay the number of people murdered by the cops.

Whether the House bill will make it through the Senate it uncertain as the U.S. government, with the support of Congress, has historically supported the aerial fumigation of coca despite the evidence the strategy is all but useless.

]]> <![CDATA[After Border Fiasco, More Than 1300 Haitians Deported From US]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 17:06:50 -04:00 Haitian authorities reported Thursday that the United States deported 1,314 Haitian migrants who were waiting to enter U.S. territory at the U.S.-Mexico border.


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“These are fellow Haitians who were mostly in countries such as Chile, Brazil, and Panama and were trying to enter the United States,” said the coordinator of the National Office of Migration (ONM) of the Caribbean nation, Negot Bonheur Delva.

“When they arrived at the Mexican-US border, unfortunately they were going to spend several days under the bridge," said Delva. He regretted that the Haitian State does not allow the ONM to have its own budget to be able to react, and announced that more migrants will return soon.

In this regard, the head of the ONM said that his office is strengthening the follow-up structure to reintegrate the deportees. “The International Organization for Migration delivers 10,000 gourdes (local currency) to the migrants, in addition to food and hygiene kits. It is not the ONM who does this because the State does not disburse money for it,” he assured.

A large part of the migrants who are under the bridge in the Del Rio locality in Texas are Haitians and of those deported the majority come from the Great North and Artibonite.

“The ONM has not received any money from the Haitian State in relation to these deportations,” assured Delva, who then added that the Ministry of Health is testing for COVID-19 and that three migrants tested positive for the disease.

“Through the ONM's supervisory structures, we will work together with the Ministry of Commerce to see how to give these people income-generating activities,” he stressed.

In this context, the U.S. special envoy for Haiti, Daniel Foote resigned from the State Department as a sign of rejection against the “inhumane treatment of migrants” Haitians by the U.S. government.

The envoy said in his resignation that he could no longer be associated with the “inhumane and counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees."

He also considered the Biden Administration's policy towards Haiti to be "deeply flawed” in the context of the migrant crisis that has escalated in recent months.

]]> <![CDATA[Third Cuban Vaccine, Soberana Plus, Approved for Emergency Use]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 16:28:01 -04:00 With this authorization, its indication is extended to the COVID-19 convalescent population over 19 years of age, two months or more after their medical discharge from the hospital or at home, in accordance with the regulations and provisions in force, once it has been proven that it meets the requirements in terms of quality, safety and immunogenicity for this population group.

The team of CECMED inspectors is this week carrying out inspections to the clinical sites in Cienfuegos and from there they completed the evaluation process of this vaccine, in order to speed up the vaccination process of all convalescents in the country, informed the Cuban regulatory authority.


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The open-ended Phase I clinical trial of Soberana Plus included 30 men and women aged 22 to 57 years, convalescents of COVID-19, who had been diagnosed as mild, and asymptomatic or subclinical. Participants joined the study an average of eight months after hospital discharge or serological diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection.

In addition to its safety and tolerability, the most remarkable results reported the strong immune response developed, which was also confirmed in a Phase II trial with a larger number of participants. The vaccine produced a large increase in antibody levels on day 28 post-vaccination with mean values 21 times higher than the pre-vaccination levels of the subjects studied.

Last August 20, and after concluding the rigorous evaluation process of the vaccine candidates Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus, the CECMED decided to grant the Authorization for Use in Emergencies (AUE) to these vaccines in accordance with the regulations and provisions in force, for their combined scheme of two doses of Soberana 02 plus a booster dose of Soberana Plus, in people over 19 years of age.

"One dose of SoberanaPlus is sufficient to re-stimulate the immunity that developed as a result of the natural infection. Evidence shows that the levels of immunity achieved should be able to protect against delta."

This scheme achieved an efficacy of 91.2% in the prevention of symptomatic disease in its Phase III clinical trial.

In recent days, the prestigious international journal The Lancet Regional Health-Americas, of the Lancet series, included in its pages the first publication of a clinical trial specifically designed to study the impact of a vaccine in people who have already suffered from COVID-19 and are at risk of reinfection. The protagonist of the text is precisely the Cuban vaccine Soberana Plus.

The publication in this high-impact peer-reviewed journal endorses the results of the Cuban immunogen, especially its role in the prevention of reinfection by new SARS-CoV-2 variants, such as delta, in convalescent persons, and also, and no less significantly, its potential as a booster dose for other vaccines, regardless of the technological platform on which they have been developed.

]]> <![CDATA[Africa Urges UN Member States To Fight Social Inequalities]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:17:37 -04:00 During their speeches at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday, African Presidents emphasized the need for the world to unite in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and social inequalities.


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"As the first female president in the history of my country, the burden of expectation to deliver gender equality is heavier on my shoulder," Tanzania's President Samia Suluhu Hassan said, warning that COVID-19 is threatening "to roll back the gains that women have made."

Congo’s President Felix Tshisekedi called on UN member states to fulfill their pledges made to Africa in compensation for the sacrifices agreed to protect humanity against global warming. "Africa does not need charity but constructive win-win partnerships," he stressed.

Tshisekedi also urged African countries to work together to combat terrorism, which he warned was gaining a foothold in Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Burkina Faso.

“The global community has not sustained the principles of solidarity and cooperation in securing equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines," South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa stated, adding that it was an indictment on humanity that over 82 percent of the global vaccines have been acquired by wealthy countries, while less than 1 percent has gone to low-income countries.

 "Unless we address this as a matter of urgency, the pandemic will last much longer, and new mutations of the virus will emerge and spread," he warned and urged all member states to support the proposal to temporarily waive certain World Trade Organization (WTO) intellectual property rights to allow more countries, particularly low and middle-income countries, to start producing COVID-19 vaccines.

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo also said that the African Union (AU) shall be part of the G20 group, which comprises 19 countries nations and the European Union. "With the AU, this group would have representation for 54 more countries, accounting for about 3 billion people and US$2,3 trillion output," he stressed.

]]> <![CDATA[150 Migrants Rescued From the Mediterranean Are Taken to Greece]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 15:05:44 -04:00 On Friday, the the Marshall Islands-flagged tanker "Aristofanis rescued about 150 migrants whose boat was drifting south of the Peloponnese peninsula in Greece.


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The tanker crew saw their wooden boat when it was leaking about 70 nautical miles southwest of the Schiza islet.

The tanker crew alerted the authorities and rescued virtually all of the passengers, some 150 people, as reinforcements arrived. It finally docked in the Paleochora port in Crete.

During the rescue, a woman fell into the sea and so far has not been found. A Coast Guard patrol boat, an Air Force, and a Navy helicopter are still exploring the area in an attempt to locate her.

The origin of the shipwrecked boat and the nationalities of the passengers are still unknown. According to local sources, the migrants wanted to reach Italy.

As a matter of fact, Greece is one of the most popular entry points to the European Union for those fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. This country is sadly known for the poor living conditions experienced by migrants in refugee camps.

A few days ago a large detention camp for migrants and asylum seekers was opened in Somos, one of the islands where most of them land. This camp has been widely contested for its military-style barbed wire nets and advanced surveillance systems.

]]> <![CDATA[OPEC Works To Consolidate Oil Market Amidst The Pandemic]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:48:11 -04:00 On Friday, Iraq’s Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar said that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is working to keep crude prices over to US$65 per barrel as the global economy recovers from the recession prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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To analyze the challenges ahead of this objective, the OPEC countries organized a panel discussion on the 2021 World Oil Outlook (WOO), which provides economic indicators and data on the global energy industry.

Thanks to this initiative, experts will provide insights into the impacts of the falls and rises in fuel prices, variations in the oil supply and demand, and the trends of sustainable investments until 2045.

“Teamwork and collaboration have never been more important in consolidating our industry,” Abdul-Jabbar stressed, adding that the OPEC meeting will be held virtually.

Iraq’s President Barham Salih urged Middle East countries to recognize the rights of the Palestinian people during his speech at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday.

"We shall unite our efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which humanitarian and security repercussions lead to instability in the region," he stated, calling for the support of the international community to recover the funds drawn from Iraq during the U.S. intervention.

He also said his country is one of the most affected by climate change and urged other world leaders who might have different political approaches on other issues to unite in this fight.

]]> <![CDATA[Young People Around the World Join Global Climate Strike]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 13:18:58 -04:00 On Friday, millions of young people around world rallied to demand urgent actions to prevent the catastrophic effects of climate change.


UN General Assembly To Address COVID-19 and Climate Change

The protest is taking place in view of the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference (COP26), which aims to promote an ambitious action plan to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Fridays for Future (FFF) movement announced that demonstrations are taking place in over 1,500 locations around the world. In Germany alone, organizers expected hundreds of thousands of people to attend over 400 demonstrations.

"It's been a very strange year and a half with the pandemic. However, the climate crisis has not disappeared... It is quite the opposite. It is now even more urgent than before," said activist Greta Thunberg, who is striking in Berlin.

In August, a UN climate science report warned that human activity has been causing climate disruption for decades; nevertheless, a rapid, large-scale action to reduce emissions could still avoid some of its most destructive impacts.

Governments are not on the right track in the fight against climate change. Even assuming that all countries manage to meet their commitments to reduce CO2 emissions, global emissions will be 16 percent higher in 2030 than in 2010. This would imply that a 1.5 degree Celsius increase in global temperature it will be practically unavoidable.

"The world has never been more threatened or more divided. We are on the edge of an abyss and moving in the wrong direction. I'm here to raise the alarm, the world needs to wake up," UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said at the 76th United Nationsa General Assembly.

]]> <![CDATA[Colombians Prepare Protests Against President Duque]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 14:34:36 -04:00 The National Strike Committee (CNP) convened a day of mobilizations for Sept. 28, with the aim of rejecting President Ivan Duque's neoliberal policies and legal reforms.


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Workers, farmers, and students wil march “for life, peace, and democracy. They will raise their voices against Duque's policies and corruption,” said Francisco Maltes, the president of the Workers Central Unitary (CUT).

Besides rejecting a regressive tax reform, protests will seek to force Duque to dialogue on the issues addressed in 10 bills related to the “emergency document,” an anti-crisis proposal backed by millions of Colombians who took to the streets in Nov. 2019 and April 2021.

The Strike Committee denounced that Duque and his lawmakers approved a national budget that increases external debt service by 10 percent while reducing financing for the agricultural sector.

Unlike them, the 10 bills presented by social organizations seek to benefit Colombians affected by the economic crisis and include claims such as the establishment of an emergency basic income, the non-payment of tuition in public universities, the strengthening of the public health network, the defense of labor rights, and the reactivation of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Citizens also demand actions to fight gender violence, guarantees for the exercise of the right to protest, and substantive reforms to the National Police, an institution that has been immersed in well-documented human rights violations. They urge lawmakers not to enact a reform that would force young people to work for wages below the minimum living wage.

In addition, the neoliberal government seeks a reform to the capital market norms that "delivers pension savings to large financial consortia," local outlet El Pilon recalled.

]]> <![CDATA[16 Million Yemenis to Face Hunger Soon, WFP Warns]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 11:36:54 -04:00 On Wednesday, the World Food Programme (WFP) Director David Beasley urged countries to support Yemen because the his agency's food assistance can run out quickly.


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Currently, Yemen is experiencing the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Yet, WFP response plan for this year has half of the nearly US$4 billion needed to solve it.

"We are not at all close to 2019 funding levels. Back then we received US$3.6 billion, almost 90 percent of what we required," said Martin Griffiths, who was appointed by UN Secretary Antonio Guterres as Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator.

Beasley reported that 16 million people would soon be suffering from hunger in Yemen. Due to WFP's reduced budget, rations for 3.2 million people will have to be cut by October and for 5 million people by December.

He also focused on the problem of hunger among children. Every 10 minutes, a Yemeni child dies from lack of food and good nutrition. If his organization does not receive "in the next six months the resources it needs... by the time WFP starts cutting rations, there could be 400,000 children under the age of five dying in 2022”.

In view of these severe warnings, the international community committed about an additional US$600 million to address the humanitarian crisis in Yemen.

Oxfam's Director in Yemen Muhsin Siddiquey praised donor countries and expressed hope that funds would be quickly available to aid organizations. However, more money is still needed to provide aid that can realistically save Yemenis from hunger.

]]> <![CDATA[US Envoy Foote Resigns in Protest of Mistreatment of Haitians]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:13:49 -04:00 On Tuesday, U.S. Special Envoy to Haiti Daniel Foote presented his resignation to the State Department in protest at the inhumane treatment of Haitian migrants on the U.S. border.


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"Our policy approach to Haiti remains deeply flawed, and my policy recommendations have been ignored and dismissed, when not edited to project a narrative different from my own," he said, as reported by AA.

"The people of Haiti, mired in poverty, hostage to the terror, kidnappings, robberies and massacres of armed gangs and suffering under a corrupt government with gang alliances, simply cannot support the forced infusion of thousands of returned migrants lacking food, shelter, and money without additional, avoidable human tragedy,” Foote added.

His resignation followed the detention of over 13,000 Haitian migrants in El Paso last weekend. These migrants had set up a makeshift camp, where they lived under temperatures of 37ºC while waiting for their chance to be admitted as asylum seekers.

U.S. horseback riding border agents were photographed using their reins against migrants and pushing them into the Bravo River. These actions prompted protests of U.S. human rights defenders, who traveled to El Paso town to show solidarity with Haitians and urge President Joe Biden’s administration to investigate the agents.

"We call on Congress to ensure that these horrors never happen again on our border by enacting legislation on Border Patrol accountability," activists said, recalling that these attacks show the racism and xenophobia that persist in their country.

Since Sept. 19, the U.S. has expelled 14,101 Haitian migrants to their country on 12 flights, and 3,206 other citizens remain in the custody of the Border Patrol awaiting their deportation.

]]> <![CDATA[Catalans Protest Against Arrest Of Pro-Independence Leader]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 12:47:55 -04:00 On Friday, hundreds of citizens gathered in front of the Italian Consulate in Barcelona to protest against the arrest of former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont, who remains detained in Sardinia because of an arrest warrant issued for the crime of "sedition".


Catalan Independence Leader Carles Puigdemont Arrested in Italy

"While Carles Puigdemont is imprisoned, we have to remain in a state of democratic emergency. Free Puigdemont, No Surrender !," said the Catalan Parliament President Laura Borras, who was in the protests accompanied by other pro-independence authorities.

“The strongest condemnation of judicial repression and persecution. This must stop. Amnesty is the only way. Self-determination is the only solution. By your side, President Carlos Puigdemont," said Pere Aragones, the President of Catalonia.

In 2018, the pro-independence leader was also arrested in Germany, which generated a massive concentration in Barcelona that led to incidents with the Police. On that occasion, however, the German authorities did not hand Puigdemont over to Spain.

Although Puigdemont was elected MEP in 2019, he was arrested by the Italian authorities on Thursday. His lawyers announced they will file a lawsuit before the General Court of the European Union to have his paraliamentary immunity respected.

His arrest happens at a time when the parliamentary negotiation to approve the 2022 Spanish national budget begins. To achieve this, Spain’s President Pedro Sanchez may need the support of the Catalonian Republican Left party.

A week ago, the Spanish government held a meeting with a delegation from the Catalan government seeking to reduce tensions with the pro-independence movement, which demands an amnesty for all politicians and activists prosecuted by the Spanish State.

]]> <![CDATA[Cuba To Resume Gastronomic Services Gradually]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:54:02 -04:00 On Thursday, the Cuban government announced the gradual reopening of self-employed and State gastronomic services in the provinces of Matanzas, Havana, Cienfuegos, Ciego de Avila, Santiago de Cuba, Guantanamo, and Mayabeque, all of which have managed to control COVID-19 contagions.


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"Local authorities will assess the conditions of restaurants, bars, and cafés to approve their reopening. Only ventilated establishments will re-establish services to the table and counter with a two-meter distance between customers," Interior Trade Minister Betsy Diaz said, stressing that customers shall disinfect their hands when entering these places.

Gastronomic establishments that cannot meet these requirements may maintain home delivery services. However, under no circumstances restaurants and cafes will be able to re-establish the buffet table service, which requires that several people handle utensils and food.

In order to attend establishments providing in-door services, customers must make their reservations by telephone or Internet to avoid crowds or waiting times in restaurants. Managers and employees must also keep the utmost health protocols, such as the continuous disinfection of food processing and storage areas.

Starting today, the national curfew will begin at 10:30 p.m. instead of 9:00 p.m., which will allow restaurants to extend their opening hours.

"By acting responsibly, we will fight the pandemic and gradually reactivate the economy," Diaz said, recalling that 42 percent of the population has been fully immunized against COVID-19 so far.

Public services related to notarial and civil procedures will also restart from today but through appointments to avoid crowds. International tourism will also reboot completely from Nov. 15, once 92.6 percent of the population has received three doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

]]> <![CDATA[Guatemalans Demand Resignation of Attorney General Porras ]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 10:06:01 -04:00 On Friday, twenty-five Guatemalan social organizations held a march to demand the resignation of Attorney General Consuelo Porras, whom they consider to be part of the circle of corruption that the political elites have consolidated in recent years.


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“Porras continues to be loyal to a criminal alliance, obstructs justice, and manipulates cases,” stated citizens in a press conference at the headquarters of the Public Prosecutor's Office.

The march follows the U.S. imposition of sanctions against five Salvadoran and two Guatemalan officials, including Porras and her aide Public Prosecutor Secretary-General Angel Pineda. The U.S. State Department found that Porras and Pineda "obstructed investigations concerning acts of corruption”.

According to the protesters, the recent inclusion of Porras in the U.S. list of corrupt officials is proof of their legitimate demands for her resignation, which seek to recover the rule of law.

"If she had any dignity, she would have already left... for the sake of honor and decency, she has to resign," lawmaker Aldo Davila said.

Since at least July, Guatemalans have been actively demanding Porras's resignation due to her participation in the dismissal of Anti-Corruption Prosecutor Juan Sandoval, who dared to accuse former presidents, lawmakers, ministers, officials, and businessmen for corruption.

Sandoval abandoned Guatemala because he feared for his life. So far, he has been the fifth prosecutor to leave the country in less than three years as a result of investigations related to political corruption.

]]> <![CDATA[Venezuelan Government and Opposition Begin New Dialogue]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 09:06:40 -04:00 From Sept. 24 to 27, the Venezuelan government and the opposition will carry out a third round of talks in Mexico City with the mediation of Norway.


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The head of the Bolivarian government delegation, Jorge Rodriguez, announced that his country will again demand that the assets that Venezuela possesses abroad be returned immediately.

"We are in the presence of a flagrant theft of assets that only belong to Venezuelans," he said, recalling that the return of those assets was one of the points agreed upon in the previous negotiation round.

Last week, Rodriguez announced that the Venezuelan negotiating team also includes diplomat Alex Saab, who remains detained in Cape Verde pending his extradition to the United States.

"They still keep him kidnapped in Cape Verde in an illegitimate, illegal, and inhumane way," President Nicolas Maduro stressed on Thursday.

In the last two rounds of negotiations, the Venezuelan government and the opposition also agreed to defend Venezuela's sovereignty over the Essequibo, to obtain financing for the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines, and to implement social protection mechanisms for the Venezuelans.

The new dialogues take place amid a political campaign for the subnational elections on November 21, in which Venezuelans will elect governors and mayors. Unlike on previous occasions, the main opposition parties did not boycott the electoral process and decided to present their candidates as well.

]]> <![CDATA[Chinese Scientists Synthesize Starch From Carbon Dioxide]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 08:13:37 -04:00 Chinese scientists have developed an artificial method of synthesizing starch from carbon dioxide, the first of its kind globally. The study, conducted by the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, was published in the journal Science on Friday.


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As a major component of food, starch is generally produced by crops through photosynthesis. Starch synthesis in nature needs about 60 metabolic reactions and complex physiological regulation. Many studies have been carried out globally on starch synthesis, but little progress had been made before.

The research team has designed an artificial starch synthesis pathway consisting of only 11 core reactions, achieving complete synthesis from carbon dioxide to starch molecules in the laboratory for the first time, said Ma Yanhe, Director General of the Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology.

The structure of the synthetic starch was proved to be the same as that of natural starch, said Ma, who is also the corresponding author of the study. Preliminary tests show that the new method is about 8.5 times more efficient than producing starch by conventional agriculture based on the starch synthesis rate. According to current results, the annual starch production of a bioreactor with the size of one cubic meter is theoretically as much as that of about 0.3 hectares of cornfields in China without considering the energy input.

In the study, an anabolic pathway that does not exist in nature was designed and assembled, and its work efficiency is significantly higher than that of natural biological processes. The study is promising to help realize starch workshop production and provides a new technical route for synthesizing complex molecules from carbon dioxide.

"The work could provide a pathway to our future industrial biomanufacturing of this important global substance," said Science Press Package Executive Director Meagan Phelan.

The study is still in the laboratory stage, and there is a long way to go before it is put into use, according to Zhou Qi, vice president and academician of the CAS. The research team will make efforts to solve scientific problems such as the design and regulation of starch synthesis systems, as well as to promote the possible industrial applications of the study.

]]> <![CDATA[Wildfires in Northern California Cause Mandatory Evacuation]]> Fri, 24 Sep 2021 07:40:27 -04:00 An explosive wildfire in northern California expanded to 1,200 acres Thursday in 24 hours, triggering multiple mandatory evacuation orders, under which over 4,000 residents fled from their homes.


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Dubbed Fawn Fire, the fire started some 19 km north of Redding city on Wednesday night, burned wildly Thursday afternoon and threatened Redding city, which has a population of 100,000, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).

"I would call it extreme," Cal Fire spokesperson Robert Foxworthy said on Thursday afternoon. "There are quite a few mandatory evacuations, and they're coming out continuously. I would advise people to look at the latest information from the sheriff's department," he added.

The Fawn Fire has forced 4,000 people to evacuate and "affected" 30,000, the Shasta County Sheriff's Office said in a tweet without elaboration. Cal Fire also announced Thursday that a 30-year-old woman, Alexandra Souverneva, was arrested on fire-related charges in the area where the blaze started.

Cal Fire said that it would submit the case to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office, recommending Souverneva be charged with "arson to wildland." In California, a mandatory evacuation order means there is an immediate threat to livelihood.

Statewide, more than 9,000 firefighters remained assigned to 10 large and active wildfires, the latest data from Cal Fire showed. Wildfires in the state has burned 3,671 square miles this year, destroying over 3,200 homes, commercial properties, and other structures.

"Scientists say climate change has made the West much warmer and drier in the past 30 years and will continue to make weather more extreme and wildfires more frequent and destructive," 4 State News recalled.

]]> <![CDATA[Alex Saab Kidnapping Meant to Stop Food Purchases: Maduro]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 21:19:19 -04:00 Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro denounced Thursday that the kidnapping of diplomat Alex Saab is due to attempts to prevent the country from importing food and weaken the Local Supply and Production Committee (CLAP).

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"They kidnapped Alex Saab and have done everything possible to destroy the CLAP, which is the food of the people, but thanks to that, today all food is produced in Venezuela," denounced the Venezuelan head of state.

The Venezuelan president asserted that the food assistance program they mean to destroy is a mechanism to palliate the illegal sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union against the country.

"The CLAPs serve more than 7 million Venezuelan families (...) we will continue insisting on dialogue, work and union in Latin America and the Caribbean", reiterated the Venezuelan president.

Last September 14, the head of the Venezuelan Government's dialogue delegation, Jorge Rodríguez, announced the incorporation of diplomat Saab in the dialogue process taking place in Mexico with the opposition. 

"We communicate the decision to incorporate diplomat Alex Saab as a full member of this delegation, as well as he is also incorporated as a full delegate before the Social Table that was approved in the partial agreement signed in Mexico," announced Rodríguez.

Rodríguez stated that Saab fulfills all the requirements to participate in the dialogue process and also recalled his illegal detention in Cape Verde, "this punishment was perpetrated because he was fulfilling the functions we are talking about in the Dialogue Table," he added.

"We consider that Alex Saab is qualified and has the conditions to be part as a full member of the dialogue delegation," detailed the also president of the National Assembly.

]]> <![CDATA[Gaby Petito: An Analysis on Missing Women ]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 20:29:05 -04:00 Recently, the case of Gaby Petito, who went missing after embarking on a cross-country road trip with her fiancé and was eventually found dead, has received widespread media coverage.


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As the case saturated the headlines and TV stories, many analysts brought up an issue of what is known as the “missing white woman syndrome”. The term refers to how the media appears to favor white people when covering such stories — and ignores colored people.

The visibility of the Gaby Petito story appeared to boost efforts to search for clues, particularly because social media was so largely involved. However,  there are a lot more cases of missing people that could benefit from the same kind of attention, observers say.

“It’s kind of heart-wrenching, when we look at a white woman who goes missing and is able to get so much immediate attention,” Lynnette Grey Bull, a leading advocate for Wyoming’s missing and murdered Indigenous women, told NPR. “It should be the same if an African-American person goes missing, or a Hispanic person goes missing, a Native American — we should have the same type of equal efforts that are being made in these cases.”

The issue of the disparity in media coverage has been raised before in the U.S. A report released by Take Part magazine in 2014 highlighted possible race-related reasons for hundreds of thousands of missing Americans being ignored. According to research conducted in 2010 by Seong-Jae Min and John C Feaster, missing African-American children and women were significantly underrepresented in television news. 

The term “missing white woman syndrome” first appeared in 2004 by PBS news anchor Gwen Ifill at a journalistic conference. However, researchers outline that it may not be directly connected to “overt racism”, since diversity in newsrooms, demographics, and the amount of online interest also affects media coverage of certain events.

The massive media attention that the Petito case garnered, however, prompted round-ups on the FBI missing people cases that are in need of fresh leads. In 2020, according to FBI data, more than 540,000 people went missing, including more than 340,000 juveniles.

USA Today reported that the FBI has conducted an internal audit of its field offices and came up with a list of 43 active missing person cases of people under the age of 21 that need fresh leads, with some of them remaining unresolved for decades.

]]> <![CDATA[Catalan Independence Leader Carles Puigdemont Arrested in Italy]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 18:26:29 -04:00 The former president of the Generalitat (Catalan government), who is an MEP, was arrested upon his arrival in L'Alguer, a municipality on the island of Sardinia where he was scheduled to participate in an event with the Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Victòria Alsina, and the president of the Parliament of Catalonia, Laura Borràs.

As confirmed by the delegate of the Generalitat in Italy, Puigdemont has been arrested by plainclothes agents upon his arrival by plane to L'Alguer from Brussels.

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Likewise, sources of the Spanish Supreme Court consulted by Efe have pointed out that, apart from the euro-order, there was an active international search and arrest warrant against the former president of the Generalitat of Catalonia for the events of October 1

Puigdemont's lawyer, Gonzalo Boye, has explained via social networks that Puigdemont has been arrested upon his arrival in Sardinia, where he was going as an MEP and that this arrest "is in the function of the Euro-order of October 14, 2019 that, by legal imperative and as established by the Statute of the CJEU, is suspended".

"President Puigdemont has been arrested upon his arrival in Sardinia where he was going as an MEP; this arrest is in function of the Euro warrant of October 14, 2019 which, by legal imperative - according to the CJEU Statute, is suspended."


For his part, the head of the former president's office, Josep Lluís Alay, reported that Puigdemont had gone to L'Alguer to attend the Adifolk international meeting and meet with the president of the autonomous region of Sardinia, as well as with the Síndic of L'Alguer.

"When he arrived at Alghero airport, he was detained by Italian border police. Tomorrow, first thing in the morning, he will be put at the disposal of the judges of the Court of Appeals of Sassari, which is competent to decide whether to release him or extradite him", the office of the ex-president has informed.

]]> <![CDATA[At General Assembly, South Africa Calls To Reform the UN System]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 19:35:20 -04:00 Speaking from a virtual platform before the Assembly's 76th session, the president recalled that 16 years have now passed since the 2005 World Summit, in which world leaders unanimously agreed on a reform of the Security Council.

"We have not fulfilled this commitment," he denounced.


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South Africa, he said, reiterates its call for an urgent reform of that body through negotiations based on principles through which a consensual agreement can be reached.

"In that sense, we must address the representation of the African continent in the UN system and ensure that the voice of its 1.3 billion people, and also the Global South in general, is fostered and strengthened in the multilateral system of nations," the president demanded.

At the same time, he added, equitable geographical representation in the UN and gender parity.

By addressing other relevant issues, Ramaphosa reaffirmed South Africa's solidarity with the Cuban people and called for lifting the economic, commercial, and financial blockade imposed by the United States on the island.

Those sanctions, he argued, have caused incalculable damage to Cuba's economic development.

He also supported the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, an issue which has been raised, he recalled, in this General Assembly since its existence.

"We raise it again today because we firmly believe that there will be no peace and justice until the Palestinian people are free from the Israeli occupation," Ramaphosa said.

"We also reiterate our position that the people of Western Sahara have the right to self-determination in accordance with the corresponding decisions by the African Union and the resolutions of the UN Security Council," he added.

"In addition, we call for the lifting of the sanctions that paralyze Zimbabwe and its economy," the president claimed.

In his speech, the South African president recalled the celebration yesterday of the 20th anniversary of the approval of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action, a model set by the international community to fight racism and other forms of intolerance.

"We have a common responsibility to fight both the legacy of racism in the past and its manifestations in the present. Racism, like sexism, xenophobia and homophobia, reduces us all," he highlighted.

The 76th Session of the General Assembly in New York City is being held under the theme "Building resilience through hope: recovering from COVID-19, rebuilding in a sustainable way, meeting the needs of the planet, respecting people's rights and revitalizing the United Nations."

]]> <![CDATA[Russia and US Will Continue Negotiations on Strategic Stability]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 18:38:14 -04:00 Representatives from Russia and the United States will hold new talks on strategic stability and disarmament next week in Geneva, Washington's ambassador to this country, John Sullivan, confirmed today.


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In his speech at the 21st annual business and investment conference of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia, the diplomat stressed that both countries began a dialogue in different areas such as cybersecurity and strategic stability.

Two weeks ago, Russian Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Riabkov, announced the meeting and acknowledged that both parties maintain contacts that he described as intense.

The first of these face-to-face meetings took place on July 28, at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, led by Riabkov and the U.S.'s first deputy Secretary of State, Wendy Sherman.

On that occasion, the Russian official acknowledged that the approaches of Moscow and Washington do not coincide in everything, which is why these meetings are held.

He emphasized that the objective is to 'start the process' and analyze in detail where the parties have differences while finding common work areas, 'where there is some perspective,' he said.

The talks extend the agreements reached at the June 16 summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart, Joseph Biden.

Moscow has criticized Washington's withdrawal from the most important international agreements on strategic nuclear stability in recent years.

However, Russian President Vladimir Putin highlighted earlier this year the signing by the United States of the extension of the Treaty for the Reduction and Limitation of Strategic Offensive Weapons (Start III) for five years.

]]> <![CDATA[Nobel Prize Ceremonies Canceled Again Sweden Due to Pandemic]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 17:54:01 -04:00 Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's Nobel Prize laureates will receive their awards in their home countries for the second year running, the Nobel Foundation said here on Thursday.

The traditional banquet will be canceled, but the award ceremony will be held at Stockholm's City Hall on Dec. 10 in the presence of a local audience. The event will be broadcast on TV and the Nobel Foundation's social media channels.

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"I think everybody would like the COVID-19 pandemic to be over, but we are not there yet," said Vidar Helgesen, executive director of the Nobel Foundation, in a press release.

"The Nobel Prize is a global phenomenon. Every year, laureates from different continents are selected. Uncertainty about the course of the pandemic and international travel possibilities is the reason why the 2021 laureates will receive their medals and diplomas in their home countries."

"As our traditional events assume new shapes, we are looking forward to reaching even more people around the world by using new formats and digital solutions -- spreading the knowledge, inspiration and hope that the Nobel Prize stands for," Helgesen said.

Each year on Dec. 10, a ceremony is held in the Swedish capital to mark the anniversary of the death of Swedish chemist and inventor Alfred Nobel. On that day, the annual Nobel Prizes are awarded. Traditionally, the laureates attend the award ceremony and the banquet in person, and participate in a series of Nobel Week activities, such as lectures and concerts.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Nobel Prize winners received their awards in their respective countries, and the ceremony was broadcast online. Last year's banquet was also canceled.

]]> <![CDATA[Iran Says It's Pleased with Progress in Talks with Saudi Arabia]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 18:33:33 -04:00 Speaking to the IRNA news agency on Thursday, Khatibzadeh said that the Islamic Republic has carried out several rounds of talks with the Saudi government in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, over the past months.

"There have been good talks regarding bilateral issues," he added. "There has also been very serious progress in negotiations concerning the security of the Persian Gulf."


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The spokesman said that the negotiations have not stopped and that messages have been exchanged between the two sides at an appropriate level after Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi took office.

"We think that we can have a stable and good relationship between the two important countries in the region, i.e., Iran and Saudi Arabia, if the government of the Saudi Kingdom pays serious attention to a message from the Islamic Republic of Iran, which says the solution to the problems in the region lies within the region itself and we must reach a comprehensive regional mechanism."

On Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud said that he hopes Riyadh's direct dialogue with Tehran will build confidence.

"Iran is a neighboring country, and we hope that our initial talks with it will lead to concrete results to build confidence ... based on... respect of sovereignty and non-interference in internal affairs," he said in a pre-recorded video address to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The two countries' delegations have so far held three rounds of talks in Baghdad, while a fourth-round has been postponed to a time convenient for both sides.

Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian protesters, infuriated by the Saudi execution of prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, attacked its embassy in Tehran.

For years now, the Saudi government has pursued an aggressive foreign policy toward the Islamic Republic, yet recently it appears to have changed course.

]]> <![CDATA[Bolivia: Luis Arce Meets with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 17:34:16 -04:00 "We held a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the brother country Russia," said the president through the social network Twitter, in whose message he asserted that the two nations have several complementary objectives.

"We will continue working together," assured the head of state, who arrived the day before in New York, United States, to participate in the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations (UN).


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As part of his official agenda, Arce had previously held a meeting with the president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Mauricio Claver-Carone, in which they discussed various issues and financial support mechanisms in favor of Bolivia.

This, he stated in his own communication platform, to continue the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and to continue rebuilding the Bolivian economy. "We are moving forward," he remarked.

The Bolivian president had an early morning exchange with the 2001 Nobel Prize in Economics, Joseph Stiglitz, on economic issues in times of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the cause of the novel disease.

"We both discussed ideas of the Social Community Productive Economic Model and agreed," Arce said, that the priority should be to live well for all, taking care of Mother Earth.

According to the planned actions, prior to his speech this afternoon, he will also talk with UN Secretary-General António Guterres and economist Jeffrey Sachs.

More than 100 heads of State and Government are personally participating in the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations after the pandemic prevented their presence in New York in 2020. The event was held for the first time virtually.

]]> <![CDATA[Venezuela Seeks Extradition of Hugo Carvajal, Detained in Spain]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 17:23:14 -04:00 This was informed by the Attorney General of the Republic, Tarek William Saab, this Thursday in a press conference. He pointed out that the request for the initiation of the procedure was made this September 21.


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"Carvajal was part of the so-called Operation Constitution, a conspiracy to attempt against the life of the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro, and to carry out selective assassinations of political leaders (...) So he has an arrest warrant and an extradition request approved by the Venezuelan justice since 2019," he added.

"Prosecutor @TarekWiliamSaab recalled that on September 21, 2021, a request was made to initiate the active extradition procedure for Hugo Carvajal, who is in Spain."

The Attorney General of the Republic indicated that for the criminal acts of Operation Constitution, there are 11 detainees and seven arrest warrants to be executed, among them that of Hugo Carvajal, with an arrest warrant requested on February 26, 2019.

]]> <![CDATA[Syria Deems Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal a Regional & Global Threat]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 17:14:35 -04:00 Syria's UN permanent representative, Hassan Khaddour, denounced Wednesday that Israel's aggressive behavior and nuclear arsenal outside the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements (CSA) framework represent a regional and global threat.

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"The aggression of the Israeli occupier against Syrian sovereignty in 2007 was used as a platform to attack Syria, which was the victim of that aggression. It aimed to distort Syria's image and exert political pressure on it," denounced Khaddour, during the 65th session of the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seated in the Austrian capital.

The ambassador remarked that the Zionist regime should recognize its responsibility for this aggression, and consequently, the IAEA should initiate inspection missions to the Israeli atomic energy agency.

The Syrian diplomat also criticized Israel's refusal to adhere to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and any other agreement promoted by international organizations to patent the disarmament of weapons of mass destruction.

In this regard, Khaddour pointed out that Israel's position outside these agreements responds to the unconditional support by the United States, a country with an evident double standard policy on this issue; and maintained that his nation has complied with its obligations and requests for these agreements on time.

For this reason, Khaddour urgently demanded an international response to take practical measures for Tel Aviv's signing of the NPT. He also called for establishing a nuclear and WMD-free zone in the West Asian region, taking into account the other countries' commitment to achieving this goal.

Likewise, within the framework of the IAEA, the high official called for the immediate cessation of the unilateral coercive economic measures imposed on Syria by some of its member states; at the same time, he pondered Iran's compliance with its commitments related to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action linked to the nuclear agreement.

Outside the NPT signed in 1970, Israel developed nuclear weapons with technological support from the United States, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Its position prevents IAEA inspectors from accessing its nuclear reactors.

]]> <![CDATA[Colombia: Piedad Cordoba Officially Joins the Historic Pact]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 16:52:21 -04:00 This Thursday, former Colombian senator Piedad Córdoba made official Thursday the integration of her Movimiento Poder Ciudadano to the Pacto Histórico, a political coalition formed by different progressive social movements in the country.

Last Sunday, the activist announced support for the movement on her Twitter account and received the approval of the vast majority of the users that follow her.


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According to the political leader, this union resulted from many conversations throughout these months that resulted in consensus and commitments that allow the confluence to build a new, better country.

The movement is headed by Senator Gustavo Petro and was made public last February 11 with the objective of achieving a majority representation in the Congress of the Republic in the upcoming elections of March 13, 2022.

In addition, they aspire to win the presidential elections to be held on May 29, 2022, in the first round or in the runoff to be held on June 19 of that year.

"In Colombia, former senator Piedad Córdoba will make official this Thursday the adhesion of the Citizen Power Movement to the Historic Pact, a political and electoral coalition made up of progressive parties and movements in the country."

Among their objectives, they intend to provide Colombia with a different proposal or alternative to power built from the social bases that comprise it.

Through the Pacto Histórico, they seek a change in social and economic policy and how Colombia is perceived in terms of human rights, among other ideas.

Cordoba will give details of his decision in an official act in Bogota, the country's capital.

]]> <![CDATA[The UN Food Systems Summit Kicks Off]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 15:02:56 -04:00 On Thursday, the 2021 United Nations Food Systems Summit (UNFSS) began in New York. Its goal is to change the world's food systems by making them more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable.


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The Summit will seek to achieve concrete commitments from States and food companies so as to transform how food is produced, processed, and consumed.

Over 85 Heads of State and government are attending this event, which was prepared by 148 countries. They carried out dialogues with key stakeholders to develop national strategies to achieve the meeting objectives.

"After 18 months, the world is on the eve of a Summit that aims to change the trajectory of global progress by uniting everyone in a shared commitment towards achieving sustainable development goals” said Agnes Kalibata, the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to UNFSS.


However, several humanitarian organizations consider that UNFSS governance has not ensured a proper involvement of those most affected by hunger and directly engaged in activities related to food production.

This was also the positon of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) position, which urged participants to take concrete steps to ensure that developing countries' small farmers, who produce a third of the food consumed in the world, receive fair wages.

The IFAD's Rural Development Report pointed out that the growing concentration of power in food systems led to increased profits for large food corporations, while the people who work to produce, process, and distribute our food remain poor and hungry.

]]> <![CDATA[Sergio Ramirez on Nicaragua: Treason All Over Again]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 14:16:54 -04:00 As Nicaragua's presidential and legislative  elections next November 7th draw nearer, so the attacks demonizing the country's Sandinista FSLN government led by President Daniel Ortega become progressively more intense. Lately, Western propaganda outlets have focused on the recent arrests  of various figures from Nicaragua's political opposition, claiming that they are abitrary detentions aimed at preventing any challenge to Daniel Ortega's presidential candidacy.


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A recent Guardian interview with highly regarded novelist,  Sergio Ramirez, a long standing, fierce critic of President Ortega and Vice President Rosario Murillo, his former comrades, offers a litany of the falsehoods and distortions currently being deployed to discredit their government.

Ramirez was Daniel Ortega's Vice-President from 1985 to 1990. In 1994, after failing to oust Daniel Ortega from the FSLN leadership he and other ex-Sandinistas formed a social democrat party called the Sandinista Renewal Movement (MRS). After a desperately poor electoral showing in 1996, Ramirez ostensibly retired from politics. But he remained a very high profile, virulent political critic of President Ortega and has been extremely active and influential mobilizing international opinion in Latin America, North America and Europe against Nicaragua's Sandinista government. In effect, Ramirez leverages his international influence to compensate for the comprehensive lack of support inside Nicaragua for the political opposition he represents.

Inside Nicaragua, recent well respected opinion polls have consistently indicated well over 60 percent electoral support for President Ortega and a little over 20 percent support for Nicaragua's opposition parties. Like so much else contradicting the continuing attacks on Nicaragua's Sandinista government, that fact is systematically omitted from practically all current reporting on the country. In fact, the positive revolutionary changes President Ortega's administration has brought about in Nicaragua completely contradict the image of the country depicted by Sergio Ramirez and the rest of Nicaragua's political opposition.

Their attacks all start from the standard propaganda premise that President Ortega is a corrupt, brutal dictator. However, his administration's wide ranging achievements on behalf of Nicaragua's people are recognized by numerous relevant international bodies from institutions like the World Bank and the Central American Bank for Economic Integration to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization. Under President Ortega, Nicaragua has implemented the most advanced devolved government for Indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples in the hemisphere and is the leading country in the Americas in terms of women's representation in public life. Nicaragua has the most extensive and best equipped public health system in Central America.

The country is practically self sufficient in food production thanks to a radical democratization of its agricultural, livestock and fisheries production. It has the best highway system in Central America. Nicaragua's innovative education system, especially its outreach programs to rural areas and its use of audio-visual media is very highly regarded in Latin America. International financial institutions regard the country as among the most efficient users of their loans for development  programs. Nicaragua's diversification towards renewable energy is among the most advanced in the region. Likewise, the country is the safest, most secure in Central America.

Even so, these tremendous achievements rarely if ever figure in the narrative deployed by Western corporate and alternative media because they contradict the big lie that Daniel Ortega is a corrupt brutal dictator. The Guardian interview with Sergio Ramirez promotes that big lie shamelessly with complete disregard for the truth. Omitting the Sandinista government's unquestionable achievements, the interview frames the country's reality within a distorted misrepresentation of the crisis in 2018 during which Sergio Ramirez's political allies combined with big business and the Catholic Church to attempt a violent overthrow of Nicaragua's government.

They failed, but thanks to the systematic false witness of the Western human rights industry, the extreme violence of Nicaragua's political opposition in that regime change crisis has been buried. Honest reporting challenging that false witness is available here and here and here, among many other sources never cited by propaganda outlets like the Guardian. As for the interview with Ramirez, among the bland puffery for his latest novel, he and his interviewer also purvey the current set of opposition falsehoods namely:

-. President Ortega is a despot arbitrarily persecuting  the political opposition to exclude their participation in November's elections

-. the 2018 regime change crisis consisted of peaceful protests brutally repressed by the authorities who killed more than 400 young people

-. Vice President Murillo is a deranged religious maniac

-. Nicaragua has over 140 political prisoners

-. the electoral process is a farce and eight presidential candidates are imprisoned.

The fundamental background explaining this set of propaganda falsehoods is that the U.S. government has declared Nicaragua to be a serious threat to the national security of the United States. The U.S. authorities have implemented a series of measures attacking Nicaragua's economy. Last year, USAID produced a document called Responsive Assistance in Nicaragua which explicitly discusses ways of bringing about regime change in Nicaragua using local non profits. In response the Nicaraguan authorities have acted based on the country's criminal code along with other national legislation, as well as its obligations under international treaties, to investigate the opposition's criminal collusion in U.S. aggression against the country's people and government. Opposition propaganda to the contrary, all the people arrested are being held for offenses detailed in the country 's criminal code. No one in Nicaragua is imprisoned merely for their political beliefs.

The office of the Public Prosecutor in Nicaragua is an institution independent of the government which in this case has found that many figures among the country's extra-parliamentary political opposition have not only colluded with, invited and encouraged U.S. and European Union aggression against Nicaragua and its citizens but also accepted tens of millions of dollars from the U.S. government.

Over many years, they received that money formally via their non profit organizations but abused their non profit status, using the money corruptly so as to fund activities of the country's political opposition aimed at facilitating U.S. government instigated destabilization. The Public Prosecutor found that Sergio Ramirez's non profit foundation was among the recipients of that money, so a court order was sought and obtained for his arrest.

No presidential candidates figure among the people under arrest. None of the people alluded to, for example Cristiana Chamorro, Felix Maradiaga, Medardo Mairena, Arturo Cruz, Juan Sebastian Chamorro, are even members of a political party in Nicaragua. Only Sergio Ramirez can explain why he describes people who are not even members of a political party as bona fide presidential candidates. As things stand, six opposition political parties (PLC, PLI, APRE, Camino Cristiano, ALN, and Yatama) will participate in November's elections along with the ruling FSLN party. So it is equally absurd to suggest that the electorate has no choice for whom to vote. On July 24 and 25, over 60 percent of Nicaragua's electorate turned out to verify their voter details in their respective voting centers prior to the actual vote in November. Clearly Nicaragua's voters disagree with Sergio Ramirez that the elections are a farce.

Ramirez and his Guardian editors continue to retail the lie that the 2018 protests were peaceful. In fact, 400 police officers suffered gunshot wounds and 22 were killed by the opposition peaceful protestors who also burnt down schools, attacked health centers and radio stations and took numerous hostages at the roadblocks they set up under the control of armed thugs. Some of that violence is documented here and here.

The Guardian reports "400 young people" being killed when in fact just 10 or 12 students died, half of them Sandinista supporters killed by opposition activists. The true overall figure of people who died during the crisis is around 260, with over 60 being Sandinista supporters and the great majority passers by caught up in the opposition-provoked violence.

Among the most odious of the false claims made by Ramirez and the Guardian is the smearing of Vice President Rosario Murillo, which points to the deep rooted misogyny of both Ramirez and the Guardian's editors. Ramirez cannot accept that a supremely talented woman wiped the floor with him and his opposition accomplices politically, consigning him and his MRS movement to electoral irrelevance. Neither he nor his colleagues of the now defunct MRS  will ever forgive Rosario Murillo for that. Murillo was a key strategist in rebuilding the FSLN as a political party through the 1990s and up until the party's successful 2006 election campaign.

From 2007 to date, Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo have put together and managed the ministerial and legislative team that designed and carried out policies which, up until the U.S. instigated crisis of 2018, gave Nicaragua the most successful development policies in Central America and among the most successful in all of Latin America and the Caribbean. Rosario Murillo is a revolutionary anti-imperialist readily comparable in the regional context to other outstanding women political figures in the region, from Delcy Rodriguez to Cristina Fernandez or Dilma Roussef. Ramirez and the Guardian cannot deny Murillo's tremendous achievements and talent, so they rubbish her and smear her as a deranged kind of "mad woman in the attic", revealing their own patriarchal instincts.

The interview with Ramirez has the headline ""A feeling of deja vu" which could hardly be more appropriate. Yet again, a member of Nicaragua's right wing elite has allied with the country's historcial aggressor, the United States, colluding in U.S. aggression to attack not just his own country's legitimate government but also ordinary Nicaraguan citizens.

In this case, the treason of Sergio Ramirez comes dressed up as brave and principled defiance by a minor high culture icon. However people in the U.S. might well compare such treason with that of Ezra Pound, a much more influential cultural figure than Ramirez, who broadcast from Italy against the Allies during World War Two. The U.S. authorities threw him in a cage and he only escaped a death sentence by pleading insanity.

Despite effectively collaborating with U.S. government aggression against his country, Ramirez attracts sympathy among susceptible U.S. liberals and European social democrats by feigning to be progressive while in practice supporting Nicaragua's traditional oligarchy, big business and the local Catholic Church hierarchy. In Nicaragua, people draw the contrast between Ramirez's base treachery and the illustrious example of Ruben Dario, also an incomparably more influential figure culturally than Ramirez. Dario served his country faithfully as a diplomat and was resolutely clear eyed about the menace of U.S. imperialism in his day.

As well as betraying his country, Ramirez has betrayed the cultural, spiritual and political legacy of Nicaragua's national heroes Ruben Dario and Augusto C. Sandino. In any case, for most people in Nicaragua, the opinion of politically marginal figures like Ramirez is a matter of complete indifference.

]]> <![CDATA[Over 60-Year-Old Salvadoran Judges To Leave Office Before Friday]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 14:39:40 -04:00 El Salvador’s Supreme Court (CSJ) announced that 248 judges dismissed by President Nayib Bukele's judicial career reforms must leave office before Friday or lose their compensation, which is equivalent to 24 months of salary.


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On Aug. 31, the pro-government Senate approved the dismissal of judges over 60 years of age or with 30 years of service to “cleanse the judicial institutions.” Lawyers criticized the measure, noting that it violated the rule of law.

Among those dismissed is Judge Jorge Guzman, who asked the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) to investigate whether Bukele committed any crime by blocking judicial inspections of Army archives on the 1980 El Mozote massacre.

The CSJ assures that it will not cease judges who currently lead cases related to reparations for victims of crimes against humanity. However, the reform of the Judicial Career Law did not indicate any caveats.

Lawyers who publicly rejected the reform went to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to denounce the Salvadoran State for its continued violation of human rights.

As soon as the pro-government Senate was installed on May 1, it dismissed five members of the Supreme Court's Constitutional Chamber and Attorney General Raul Melara, who opposed Bukele. Thanks to this measure, his administration took control of much of the judiciary.

On Sept. 3, the Constitutional chamber authorized Bukele’s immediate presidential reelection for a second five-year term. Following this approval, thousands of citizens took to the streets to protest against his actions.

]]> <![CDATA['The US Aggressiveness Has No Limits,' Diaz-Canel Warns]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 13:43:37 -04:00 During his speech at the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday, Cuba’s President Miguel Diaz-Canel denounced that the United States has been engaged in an unconventional war against the Cuban Revolution for the past 60 years. 


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"Both within the U.S. and abroad, Washington tries to project a false image of the Cuban reality to sow confusion and justify its 'Change of Government' doctrine," Diaz-Canel stressed, recalling that the July 11 destabilization attempts were preceded by an anti-Cuban campaign through social media.

Former President Donald Trump strengthened the U.S. economic blockade amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with 243 sanctions, and President Joe Biden included Cuba into the list of "State Sponsors of Acts of International Terrorism."

"The U.S. aggressiveness against Cuba has no limits," Diaz-Canel stressed, and pointed out that the Washington attacks were not only against his country.

"The U.S. pressure other independent states to build coalitions to overthrow legitimate progressive governments," he said, explaining that this policy has hegemonic purposes.

In other remarks, Diaz-Canel stated that international cooperation amidst the pandemic has been insufficient since citizens of developed countries have received over 80 percent of the COVID-19 vaccines administered so far in the world.

"It is urgent and morally imperative to collaborate in ensuring equitable access to health services," he stressed, recalling that Cuba sent over 4,900 health professionals to 40 countries that needed support to fight the pandemic.

Finally, Diaz-Canel stressed that all Cubans are likely to be fully immunized against COVID-19 with the locally produced Abdala or Sovereign 02 vaccines by December. As of Sept. 20, this country's health professionals had administrated 18,8 million doses of these vaccines.

]]> <![CDATA[Panama: Cargo Carriers on Strike Block Balboa and Free Zone]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 13:24:33 -04:00 On Thursday morning, in response to an indefinite strike call made by the National Coordination of Containerized Cargo Transportation (CNTCC), Panamanian workers obstructed the main access routes to the Balboa port and the Colon Free Zone..


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Tired of waiting for President Laurentino Cortizo to respond to their demands, they chose to take to the streets their protest against the privileges of foreign corporations, which monopolize logistics activity and generate asymmetric conditions of competition.

"We are holding this demonstration to demand the right to work. Shipping companies must stop being a monopoly," said Abdiel Recuero, a CNTCC spokesman in Balboa.

Some of such companies refuse these claims and assure that the differences arose due to the lack of consensus on some of the points discussed with the transporters. In this regard, Deputy Domestic Trade Minister Omar Montilla invited the parties to continue the dialogue to overcome existing disagreements.


“International shipping companies have been increasing international freight rates, so that cargo carriers are not the only victims of this situation. There are repercussions on the rising cost of food and fuel too,” said Edgardo Voiter, a CNTCC leader at the Colon province.

This issue is particularly affecting ground transportation, customs brokerage, auxiliary services of maritime shipowners, supply chain, and freight forwarding workers.

Since 2019 cargo carriers have been unsuccessfully carrying out complaints to public institutions to denounce the impoverishment of their sector and growing unemployment. In recent days, they requested a meeting with Cortizo to settle the situation once and for all.


]]> <![CDATA[Friends of the UN Charter Meet in New York]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 12:43:51 -04:00 During the week of sessions of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Algeria, Angola, Belarus, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Democratic Republic of Korea, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, Lao, Nicaragua, Palestine, Russia, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Syria, and Venezuela held the first ministerial meeting of the Group of Friends in Defense of the United Nations Charter.


Cuban President Expresses Commitment to Anti-Racist Fight at UN

Besides analyzing the recent challenges and threats to the UN Charter, the Group reflected on issues of common interest and ratified its commitment to the validity of multilateralism.

"We reaffirm that the UN Charter, its purposes and principles remain timeless, universal, and indispensable not only to preserve and promote international peace and security, the rule of law, economic development, social progress, and human rights," it said.

They are also essential to “achieve a more peaceful, prosperous, just and equitable world, as well as a system based on the rules established in that universal and legally binding instrument, which constitutes an achievement for humanity and a true act of faith in the best of humanity,” the Group pointed out.

The UN Charter Friends expressed their concern about the behavior of some countries that resort to unilateralism to the detriment of international cooperation and solidarity, “which must be deepened now more than ever, even in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in order to forge collective, inclusive, and effective solutions to 21st century common challenges and threats.”

During the first ministerial meeting, the participants also highlighted their support for the nations that are victims of the U.S. arbitrary sanctions, which violate both the principles of the Charter of the United Nations and basic norms of international law.

"We renew our call for full respect for the inalienable right of the peoples to self-determination, as well as for the territorial integrity and political independence of all nations," they said, and invited other countries to join the Group of Friends to promote a common agenda aimed at ensuring that "no one is left behind."

]]> <![CDATA[Peru: Congress Asks for Details on the Castillo-Maduro Meeting]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 11:39:39 -04:00 On Wednesday, the Peruvian Congress requested the appearance of Foreign Affairs Minister Oscar Maurtua to provide details on the meeting that President Pedro Castillo held with Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.


Peru Confirms Extinction of US-Controlled Lima Group

The Congress Foreign Affairs Committee President Ernesto Bustamante announced that Maurtua's appearance would take place on Sept. 28. The opposition has already received an official document confirming the Minister's presentation.

The unscheduled meeting between Castillo and Maduro took place last Saturday in Mexico during the VI Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).

In an attempt to generate public opinion contrary to Castillo, the Peruvian right-wing parties criticized the meeting with the Boliviarian leader arguing that it had not been previously announced.


Since almost one million Venezuelans live in Peru, both Presidents discussed possible solutions to their current migratory situation. On Monday, Maduro confirmed it during a televised conference in which he reviewed his participation in the CELAC Summit.

"We have over 42,000 Venezuelans registered to return from Peru. We agreed that the governments of Peru and Venezuela will coordinate a plan to facilitate their return to their homeland... We will seek the support of UNHCR and other international organizations to carry out this plan,” he said.

The Boliviarian president also stressed that he discussed potential purchases of Peruvian agricultural and industrial products, which could be beneficial for the Venezuelan economy.

]]> <![CDATA[UNCHR Criticizes Mistreatment of Haitians on US Border]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 10:50:41 -04:00 The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi denounced the deplorable situation of thousands of migrants at the U.S. border and criticized the mass expulsions of asylum seekers.


Biden Plans to Send Asylum Seekers to Guantanamo

“I was shocked by images of the deplorable conditions beneath the concrete highway overpass in Del Rio, Texas, where over 14,000 Haitians had gathered after arduous journeys from a number of countries in the Americas,” he said.

He criticized that the United States continues to apply the "Title 42", a rule established by President Donald Trump to immediately expel asylum seekers, claiming that they pose a health risk, either by virtue of being subject to previously announced travel restrictions or because they unlawfully entered the country to bypass health screening measures.

“The summary, mass expulsions of individuals currently under way under the Title 42 authority, without screening for protection needs, is inconsistent with international norms and may constitute refoulement. I reiterate UNHCR’s call for the US government immediately and fully to lift its Title 42 restrictions in effect since March of 2020 which continue to deny most people arriving at the southwest U.S. land border any opportunity to request asylum,” Grandi stressed.

Since Title 42 was issued, the United States has expelled over a million asylum seekers, recalled Doctors Without Borders (MSF) spokesperson Avril Benoit recalled and requested that the expulsion of Haitians be suspended due to humanitarian reasons.

“It is unconscionable to return migrants against their will to this situation of uncertainty and mortal danger. When people are seeking safety in the U.S., putting them onto planes and forcing them into this context is beyond inhumane,” she pointed out.

The expulsions of migrants, however, is not just an administrative act. Human rights defenders have repeatedly denounced that asylum seekers are harassed and mistreated by security agents on both sides of the border.

]]> <![CDATA[Biden Plans to Send Asylum Seekers to Guantanamo]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 09:22:14 -04:00 In reaction to the massive influx of asylum seekers at the U.S. border, President Joe Biden seeks to prepare the Guantanamo Bay detention camp to receive undocumented migrants.


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Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued an invitation to tender for private contractors to manage the Migrant Operations Center (MOC) located inside the U.S. base.

The contract solicitation appeared on ‘’, a government contracting website, on Sept. 16, with a deadline for offers of Oct. 1. It states that the center currently has a capacity for 120 migrants. Due to the recent increase in the arrival of undocumented migrants in the U.S, the contractor is requested to expand the center's capacity to receive about 400 migrants.

"At least 10 percent of the increased staff must be fluent in Spanish and Haitian Creole. Transportation to and from the facility is the sole responsibility of the service provider," the statement specifies.

This also fits in with the situation of Del Rio, Texas, where some 14,000 migrants, mostly Haitians, were crowded in an encampment under a bridge after crossing illegally into the U.S.. Democratic representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez commented that the Biden administration's plan is "absolutely outrageous."

Similarly, Congressman Chuy Garcia wrote: "This administration's treatment of Haitian immigrants is going from bad to worse. Seeking asylum is not a crime."

This U.S. military installation in Cuban territory is known for being the site of a controversial prison for detainees suspected of terrorism, many of them victims of aberrant torture.

]]> <![CDATA[Myanmar Could Be Heading Towards Open Conflict: UN Warns]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 08:42:28 -04:00 Michelle Bachelet, the head of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), pointed out that Myanmar is in danger of descending into "open warfare" as the military dictatorship escalates its repression of civilians through actions that could constitute war crimes and crimes against humanity.


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She made this warning during the presentation of her latest report on the human rights situation in Burma, where the military controls power after staging a coup on February 1.

The OHCHR report notes that the Burmese military regime continues to practice mass arrests and use lethal force against the population, in a "human rights catastrophe that shows no signs of abating". Armed groups fighting the dictatorship have also increased their resistance actions, which has caused thousands of displaced people, especially in Kayin, Shan and Kachin states, where the army has unleashed indiscriminate bombings.

Bachelet stressed that although the human rights violations denounced in Burma could constitute crimes against humanity, "the military authorities show no intention of stopping them or of implementing previous recommendations".

Since February, at least 1,120 people have been killed in Myanmar. The bloodiest massacre occurred on March 27, when some 130 protesters, including 17 children, were killed. "Security forces opened fire without warning, and shot at people fleeing or attempting to tend to the wounded," says the OHCHR report, which recorded massacres in 12 out of 15 states on that day.

The dictatorship has made over 8,000 arrests of elected politicians, protesters and journalists. At least 120 citizens were killed in detention as a result of torture and ill-treatment during interrogations.

"The consequences of all this for the country are terrible and tragic, but they can also be profound for the entire region," said Bachelet, who called on the international community to "redouble its efforts to restore democracy and prevent the conflict from escalating before it is too late".

]]> <![CDATA[Chile: Five Presidential Candidates Hold Their First Debate]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 11:04:56 -04:00 On Wednesday, Chile’s presidential candidates Gabriel Boric, Yasna Provoste, Sebastian Sichel, Jose Kast, and Eduardo Artes started their campaign for the Nov. 21 elections with a television debate, which confirmed leftist politician Boric as the leading candidate.


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"I come to represent change, the hope that it is possible to build a more just and equitable country," Boric stated and proposed to transform the current private pension system into a public system capable of ensuring decent pensions to all Chileans.

"Private pension administrators do illicit businesses to earn extra profits. As they get richer, workers get poorer," he stressed, recalling that citizens get pensions of less than US$190.

The first debate focused on the economic recovery following the pandemic, which prompted a 5,7 percent inflation even though the country has partially recovered its economic activity.

Senator Provoste, the only woman running for president, spoke out in favor of allowing the exceptional withdrawal of 10 percent of citizens' pension funds, arguing that this mechanism enabled many women to receive alimony.

In discussing civil rights, all candidates except far-right politicians Sichel and Kast agreed on extending free abortion rights to all women, whether the mother has been raped or not.

"Women who decide to abort shall have appropriate psychological and health assistance," leftist candidate Artes insisted.

In other remarks, Boric stressed the importance of dialogue to resolve political conflicts and proposed decentralizing the president's power to grant political participation to all citizens.

According to the Talca University political scientist Mauricio Morales, the debate reflected the citizenry's will to prevent the elite that governed the last 30 years in Chile from being re-elected. So far, Boric leads the electoral polls with a 13 percent voting preference.

]]> <![CDATA[Iran Asks Europe For Actions Against US Sanctions]]> Thu, 23 Sep 2021 07:59:07 -04:00 Iran's Foreign Affairs Minister Hosein Amir Abdolahian asked European countries to change their policy of "inaction" in the face of U.S, sanctions because Iran is not only served by promises regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).


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Iran "has heard many words and promises regarding the JCPOA but has not seen any action," Abdolahian said in his meetings with several European diplomats during the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

"The U.S. government, with the silence and support of Europe, continues to apply its illegal sanctions and, at the same time, affirms that it wants to return to the JCPOA. This is a clear contradiction," he pointed out, adding that the new Iranian government will evaluate "the actions of the JCPOA parties, not their words."

The JCPOA nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between Iran, the U.S., Russia, China, France, the UK, and Germany. In 2018, however, the U.S. unilaterally abandoned that pact and reimposed sanctions against Tehran. Negotiations began in Vienna in April to bring the U.S. back to the pact, but the talks were put on hold due to the handover of power in Tehran.

During this week, Abdolahian met with the foreign ministers of Germany, Austria and Spain to address the issue of the nuclear agreement. So far, however, he has not held a joint meeting with JCPOA members or a meeting with U.S. officials.

The Iranian diplomat also met with the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, to whom he transferred the will of the Persian nation to resume negotiations to rescue the 2015 nuclear agreement.

During his speech at the UNGA, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi affirmed that his country no longer trusts the promises of the United States but is open to talks, whose final result is the lifting of all sanctions.

]]> <![CDATA[Globalink | Biden’s Promises in Un Debut Meet With Doubt, Criticism]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 22:46:25 -04:00

]]> <![CDATA[Israeli Media Reacts to US Congress' Military Aid Cut]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 20:39:44 -04:00 Israeli media outlets are reporting that the U.S. Congress's decision to remove military aid to Israel from legislation to fund the U.S. federal government would adversely affect US-Israeli relations.


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“Israel will receive military aid from the United States. However, that would take some time,” said a commentator on Israeli “Channel 13,” labeling the decision a “failure for the Biden administration.”

The channel attributed the Congress' removal of aid to “Israel” to the growing “progressive” democrats' influence and power in U.S. politics,  adding that the objection would adversely affect US-Israeli relations.

This move obstructs the Israeli military from replenishing its Iron Dome missile-defense system. Passing the provision would have provided the occupation with $1 billion in military aid.

Although the provision was voted out from the funding, it will be incorporated into the security budget legislation, which will be brought to the House floor later this week, according to Israeli media.

President Biden had pledged to provide Israel with military aid after operation Seif Al-Quds (Sword of Jerusalem). He reiterated that pledge during his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the White House. However, despite Biden's promises to aid Israel, the provision was not passed due to Democrat opposition, and the vote was postponed.

]]> <![CDATA[US Has Invested Little in Latam Development, Obrador Says]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 19:15:51 -04:00 The last time the United States invested significantly in the region was during the John F. Kennedy administration (1961-1963), with some 10 billion U.S. dollars (the equivalent of 120 billion U.S. dollars at current prices), Lopez Obrador said during his daily press conference.
"How much have they invested since then in the development of Latin America and the Caribbean? Not even 10 percent of that amount," he said.

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When he took office in December 2018, Lopez Obrador noted that the United States committed to investing 4 billion U.S. dollars in development projects in Mexico and Central America, but "nothing has arrived."
However, he said he was "confident" U.S. President Joe Biden would accept his proposal to boost development in Central America to curb migration.
Lopez Obrador said that the migratory phenomenon should not be solved with force but with productive options that discourage emigration.
"Enough of trying to solve a social and economic problem with coercive measures ... what we want is for people to have resources to plant and cultivate their land," he said.
Mass migration north from impoverished parts of Central America has been further aggravated recently by the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on jobs and production.

]]> <![CDATA[Florida GOP Lawmaker Files Extremist, Texas-Style Abortion Bill]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 18:53:31 -04:00 Webster Barnaby, a Republican, filled the bill, which would fine physicians upwards of $10,000 for every abortion performed, and would also allow people to sue anyone who helps end a pregnancy in violation of the law.


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Democratic Florida State Representive Anna Eskamani slammed the bill, calling it "disgusting" and "extremist."

Eskamani said in a statement: “This gross excuse of a bill attacks women and birthing people who are seeking an abortion before they even know they are pregnant. It also attempts to mimic Texas by creating a process for civil action towards those that help someone in Florida end a pregnancy after 6 weeks."

Quite notably, the bill would changee Florida's abortion law language so as to refer to a fetus as an "unborn child."

S.B. 8, Texas' abortion law, went into effect Sept. 1, banning abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy and enforcing its criminalization through private citizens' lawsuit rather than through the state government.

The bill includes unprecedented language in legislation governing abortions by allowing anyone, even someone outside of Texas, to sue an abortion provider or anyone else who helped someone get an abortion after six weeks for at least $10,000 per defendant.

]]> <![CDATA[Xi Jinping at UN: China Will Never “Invade or Bully Others”]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 18:02:07 -04:00 During his address at the United Nations General Assembly, China's President Xi Jinping pledged that his country would never "seek hegemony" by attacking other countries. He emphasized the role of China in the global arena as a "builder of world peace, a contributor to global development, defender of the international order and provider of public goods."


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"China has never and will never invade or bully others, or seek hegemony," said Xi Jinping in his statement delivered via video at the general debate of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.

The Chinese president elaborated on the guiding principles for international relations, urging strengthening solidarity and promoting "win-win cooperation in conducting international relations."

About recent developments in the Central Asian region, such as the hasty withdrawal of U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan, which brought the return of Taliban rule to the country, Xi said they evidenced that "military intervention from the outside and so-called democratic transformation entails nothing but harm."

"We need to advocate peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom, which are the common values of humanity, and reject the practice of forming small circles or zero-sum games," Xi said.

The remark appeared to address tensions triggered by the formation of alliances such as the "Quad" grouping, comprising Australia, the US, India and Japan, which is due to meet at leader level in Washington on Friday. It also seemed to reference the recently-forged AUKUS pact. While the announcement of the trilateral security alliance, comprising Australia and the United Kingdom and the United States, did not mention China by name, it referred to regional security concerns that they said had "grown significantly."

Beijing denounced the three-way security pact, which aims to offset China's assertiveness in the contested South China Sea, as "extremely irresponsible" and "narrow-minded." The alliance risked "severely damaging regional peace… and intensifying the arms race", said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian.

Xi Jinping ended his remarks at the UN General Assembly by stressing that one country's success does not necessarily imply another country's failure, suggesting that the global arena was big enough to accommodate "common development and progress of all countries."

In his debut speech at the United Nations, Xi's address came as U.S. President Joe Biden said that democracy would not be defeated by authoritarianism, in a perceived nod at China. However, he avoided pointing directly to the world's second-largest economic power.

]]> <![CDATA[Pro-US Militia Groups Seize More Than 2,000 Schools in Syria]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:47:49 -04:00 The action provoked the indignation of residents who prefer to send their children to centers that provide curricula of the Ministry of Education, according to the director of this office in Hasakeh province, Elham Sourkhan. 


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He explained that more than 130,000 children study in 179 state schools in the cities of Qamishli and Hasakeh, which causes pressure on these centers where an average of 100 students are taught in each classroom.

The official denounced that the separatist militias turned some schools into military barracks or prisons, while their armed forces prevented the arrival of three trucks with thousands of textbooks to official schools.

According to the education ministry, "We have taken immediate measures to ensure the proper functioning of education, including the establishment of two daily shifts, the conversion of some houses into schools and the installation of prefabricated classrooms so as not to deprive any pupil of his or her right to education."

The SDF occupy large areas of Syria's al-Jazeera region which includes parts of the provinces of Deir Ezzor, Hasakeh and Raqa, and some areas of northeastern Aleppo, where they increase their separatist and criminal practices taking advantage of the support they receive from the U.S. federal administration.

]]> <![CDATA[Biden, Macron Hold Phone Call Over Submarine Deal Rift]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:24:43 -04:00 U.S. President Joe Biden held a phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday in an attempt to defuse a diplomatic rift caused by a controversial submarine deal with Australia.

The White House said in a joint statement between the two countries that Biden requested the call with Macron to discuss "the implications of the announcement on September 15."

 Biden Seeks Phone Call With Macron Amid Submarine Deal Rift

The United States and Britain announced on Sept. 15 that they would support Australia to develop nuclear-powered submarines, depriving France of a contract to provide conventional submarines to Australia.

Outraged by the abrupt move without consultations, France recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia on Friday in protest.

"The two leaders agreed that the situation would have benefitted from open consultations among allies on matters of strategic interest to France and our European partners. President Biden conveyed his ongoing commitment in that regard," said the joint statement.

"The two leaders have decided to open a process of in-depth consultations, aimed at creating the conditions for ensuring confidence and proposing concrete measures toward common objectives," it added.

Macron ordered the French ambassador to return to Washington next week and "start intensive work with senior U.S. officials," according to the joint statement. Biden and Macron agreed to meet in Europe in late October to "reach shared understandings and maintain momentum in this process."

U.S. media noted that the joint statement suggested regret by the Biden administration over how it handled the issue.

The phone call came a week after the United States, Britain, and Australia unveiled a new trilateral security partnership known as "AUKUS," which lists a nuclear submarine fleet for Australia with U.S. and British technology a top priority.

Australia then announced it would scrap the deal with France signed in 2016 to purchase 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian called the trilateral move a "stab in the back" and a "crisis of trust" between allies that requires explanations.


]]> <![CDATA[Cuban President Expresses Commitment to Anti-Racist Fight at UN]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:31:14 -04:00 At the meeting, which is part of the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, the President said that the objectives set out in the Durban Declaration and Program of Action to combat all forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance have not been achieved.

He noted that structural racism persists and proliferates at worrying levels, including in social networks and other communication platforms, hate speech, intolerance, xenophobia and discrimination.


Cuba Condemns US Systemic Racism at the UN Human Rights Council

Díaz-Canel, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba, added that developed capitalist countries try with demagogic speeches to divert attention from their historical responsibility in the enthronement and persistence of these scourges and their debt with the peoples who are victims of the slavery to which they were subjected.

He referred to the multidimensional crisis generated by the COVID-19 pandemic, "which has exacerbated structural inequalities and exclusion, typical of the prevailing unjust economic order, which subjects the poor, the Afro-descendant or the migrant, to all kinds of discrimination."

Diaz-Canel continued by saying that, "it meant that with a colonial slave past, the black and mulatto Cuban population suffered for centuries the consequences of a system in which racism and racial discrimination were part of everyday life and only with the triumph of the Cuban Revolution, in 1959, a process of radical transformations took place that demolished the structural bases of racism, and eliminated institutionalized racial discrimination forever."

"The new Constitution of the Republic of Cuba ratified and strengthened the recognition and protection of the right to equality, as well as the prohibition of discrimination," stressed the head of state.

"President @DiazCanelB ratified in #UNGA that: 'We will not relent in the purpose of achieving all social justice. The peoples of the world will always be able to count on the contribution of #Cuba so that the commitments we made 20 years ago in Durban become a reality.'"

He added that in order to make further progress in the emancipating work of the Revolution, the National Plan against Racism and Racial Discrimination was approved in November 2019, as a government program that favors the most effective confrontation of racial prejudices and social problems that still persist in Cuban society.

The Cuban President stressed that the peoples of the world will always be able to count on Cuba's contribution "so that the commitments we assumed 20 years ago in Durban become a reality."

Bruno Rodríguez, Cuba's Minister of Foreign Affairs, will attend the High-Level Meeting, which will adopt a declaration aimed at mobilizing the necessary political will to fully and effectively implement the Durban Declaration and Program of Action and its follow-up processes.

The Durban Declaration and Program of Action were adopted by consensus at the 2001 World Conference against Racism in South Africa and propose concrete measures to combat racism, discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

]]> <![CDATA[US Border Guards’ Treatment of Haitians Described as Manhunt]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:08:18 -04:00 The Center for Human Rights Research and Analysis (CARDH) on Wednesday described the actions by agents from the United States against Haitian migrants who have been on the southern border for days as a manhunt.


US Begins Deporting Haitians Camped Under Bridge in Texas Town

The platform criticized the border guards' chase on horseback after Haitians who illegally crossed the border, and called to respect these people's human rights.

The CARDH recommended U.S. President Joe Biden a moratorium on mass deportation until the sociopolitical situation in Haiti, marked by the rapid deterioration of living conditions, political instability, increased crime, particularly tortures, rapes and murders, improves.

The organization acknowledges people's rights to self-determination and every country's freedom to outline their migration and domestic security policies; however, human dignity, human rights principles (equality, non-discrimination) and international morality must be respected.

On Tuesday, the state-run Office for Citizen's Protection criticized how Haitians are being treated on the U.S. southern border and called on authorities to seek solutions between the governments involved.

]]> <![CDATA[Cuba: Doses Needed to Immunize 100% of Population Now Produced]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 17:04:42 -04:00 "More than a year and a half ago this colossal task began, we bet on our capabilities and experience and the productive record was achieved," he said.

Martinez Diaz said that it would not be possible to vaccinate the population if they had acquired the vaccines abroad, nor would it be possible to carry out the massive vaccination campaign in children and adolescents.


Cuba: 85% of Havana Residents Got COVID-19 Vaccines

He also pointed out that they will propose to the Ministry of Public Health the possibility of evaluating the immunogens in children under two years of age due to the safety demonstrated in the clinical trials in the pediatric population.

Regarding the effectiveness, he detailed that in the territories with high vaccination coverage, it has been evidenced that the risk of passing to gravity and death is ten times higher in those not vaccinated due to the Delta variant's high transmissibility SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19.

More than 200,000 doses of vaccines are being applied daily in the country, the immunization of the population allergic to thiomersal has begun and in the next few days, it will start in convalescents, once it is approved by the Center for the State Control of Medicines, Equipment and Medical Devices (CECMED).

Mayda Mauri Pérez, first vice-president of BioCubaFarma, said that once all the doses for the Cuban population are ready, commercial agreements for the distribution of the vaccines will be able to move forward.

She mentioned that contracts had been signed with Iran, Venezuela and Vietnam, and there are talks with other countries in the Latin American region and the world.

The Delta variant, he said, will increase inequity in the acquisition of vaccines as a booster dose will be required, and developing nations will have less access to them.

"We have completed production of all the vaccine doses we need to immunize our population. The challenge was great, but we did it."

He emphasized that the country's productive capacities, upon completion of the immunization in the country, will depend on the new agreements, in addition to the fact that the results of clinical trials in pediatric and convalescent populations offer other possibilities for collaboration.

On July 9, Abdala became the first vaccine developed and produced in Latin America with emergency use authorization granted by the Cuban regulatory authority, CECMED. It also has this approval in Vietnam.

The Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology developed the immunogen reported 92.28 percent efficacy in Phase III clinical trials to prevent symptomatic disease and 90 percent effectiveness in severe COVID-19 patients, despite the circulation of the Delta variant in the country.

The Soberanas (02 and Plus), from the Finlay Vaccine Institute, obtained emergency use authorization on August 20 for the adult population. On September 3, it was extended to children and adolescents between 2 and 18 years of age.

In Phase III clinical trials, the combination of the drugs showed 91.2 percent efficacy in preventing the symptomatic disease and are the first vaccines in the world to be applied in a child vaccination campaign against COVID-19.

Cuba recently presented the results of its vaccines to the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization for the process of recognition by the international organization.

]]> <![CDATA[President Maduro Calls for a New UN at 76th General Assembly]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 16:08:01 -04:00 The head of state of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, ratified his country's will to create a "new world without colonialism...a multipolar world" today at the 76th General Assembly of the United Nations.

According to Maduro, "Venezuela ratifies its request to lift all sanctions against the Venezuelan economy by the United States and by the Government of the European Union."


President Maduro Optimistic About Dialogue With Opposition

Furthermore, the Venezuelan president denounced an insistent campaign against his nation through comprehensive financial and oil sanctions as well as economic persecution.

Maduro explained how billions of dollars and public assets had been seized from Venezuelan bank accounts in the United States, Europe and elsewhere to the detriment of the Venezuelan people.

That said, the head of state assured that "the Venezuelan people, with their great capacity for resilience, with their great capacity for resistance, have stood up...and have grown in all the difficulties of all these years." He stated that "Venezuela stands up with its own voice for the new world."

In his intervention, Maduro further ratified his support for the brother nation of Cuba in its request to lift the blockade imposed by the United States on the Caribbean island, and, most significantly, said that "the world needs a new United Nations, so that we can all share the same path."

]]> <![CDATA[49 Indigenous People Murdered So Far This Year in Colombia ]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 15:00:07 -04:00 On Wednesday, Colombia’s Indigenous organizations represented in the Permanent Roundtable of National Concertation (MPC) demanded that President Ivan Duque set a policy to prevent the murders and persecutions that paramilitary groups perpetrate against their communities.


Colombia and the United States Strengthen Military Alliance

“Although the Colombian State and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a Peace Agreement in 2016, the territorial disputes of the gangs continue to destroy our communities,” the MPC condemned, recalling that these gangs use the occupied lands for drug trafficking and illegal mining activities.

So far this year, 49 Indigenous leaders have been murdered in Colombia. To protect their communities, the MPC urged the Duque administration to sanction the illegal occupation of Indigenous territories and implement the Collective Precautionary Measures granted to them by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). 

"We defend the right to live in harmony and care for our territories for their conservation, especially amidst soil degradation prompted by indiscriminate logging, illegal mining, and drug-planting activities," the MPC concluded.

According to governmental data, Colombia lost 171,685 hectares of forest in 2020 because of these illegal activities. The Amazon and Andean regions were the most affected, having lost 109,302 and 28,984 hectares of woodland respectively.

Colombia is also the country with the highest number of murders of environmental defenders. According to the latest Global Witness report, this country reported 65 deaths of environmentalists in 2020. About a third of these murders correspond to Indigenous or Afro-descendant people.

Despite this, the U.S. Rainforest Trust organization presented the ICCF Teddy Roosevelt International Conservation Award to Duque on Wednesday for his “leadership in preserving and caring for the environment."

]]> <![CDATA[Cyberattacks to the Venezuelan Central Bank Came From The US]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:36:04 -04:00 Vice-President Delcy Rodriguez denounced that the Sept. 15 cyberattack against the Central Bank of Venezuela (BCV) was executed from the United States.


Venezuela Denounces Impact of US Sanctions at UNDP meeting

“This attack went straight to the heart of the Venezuelan financial system. The BCV is not just any bank... it is the country's largest bank and has 14 million users,” she recalled and described the fact as an example of cyber terrorism.

The attacks on the BCV, however, did not stop on Sept. 15. Over the last week, attempts to breach the BCV security continued, forcing the Bank to suspend its operations to preserve the integrity of its accounts and the data of its clients.

The anomalies recorded in the computer systems were clearly intentional and aimed at affecting the population. However, the BCV operations were fully resumed on Wednesday after its technical staff managed to neutralize the sabotage actions.

"Sept. 15 is a payday for workers. The attack on the BCV aimed to hit users and disrupt economic activities," Rodriguez said, emphasizing that the attackers also wanted to hinder the implementation of the digital Bolivar and the process of change in the currency denomination, which will take place in October.

On Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro also denounced an increase in attacks against the country's public services. These terrorist actions take place in the run-up to the Subnational elections to be held in November.

"It is a Machiavellian and criminal strategy," he said, pointing out that the Colombian government is also involved in actions against the dialogues with the opposition in Mexico.

]]> <![CDATA[Panama: Cargo Carriers Announce Permanent Strike]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 15:11:24 -04:00 On Thursday, a strike of containerized cargo carriers will start in Panama. The sector's union has exhausted the claims against transnational shipping companies, which are interfering in the land logistics activity and monopolizing this business in the country.


Panama Reaches Environmental Deal With Minera Panama Company

The National Coordination of Containerized Cargo Transportation (CNTCC) called for a permanent national strike and asked the National Government to enforce respect for the rules and laws by all parties involved, especially the shipping companies.

"We continue to denounce abusive and unfair practices by some shipping lines such as Maersk and MSC, which are monopolizing the business and negatively impacting the entire logistics chain in our country," the CNTCC said.

The carriers are appealing to Law 51, which mandates that the State “shall not allow the concentration and control of the logistic activity in favor of any company, guild, chamber, cooperative, union, associations or group of independent carriers, including shipping companies, ports and railroads, in any modality of load, to avoid monopolistic conditions”.


The Association of Panamanian Shipowners (ARPA), a union that brings together maritime sector companies, announced that it supports the strike.

The CNTCC protest triggered concern among business organizations, which made appeals to avoid it. For instance, the Panamanian Association of Business Executives (PABE) made an urgent claim to the country's highest authorities seeking their intervention.

The cargo workers expressly request to be received by Panama’s President Laurentino Cortizo to address the situation.

]]> <![CDATA[China Expresses Concern Over AUKUS Submarine Cooperation]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 13:22:42 -04:00 On Wednesday, China expressed grave concern over the cooperation between the U.S., the UK and Australia on nuclear submarines, stating that it deliberately escalates regional tensions, provokes an arms race, threatens regional peace and stability, and undermines international nuclear non-proliferation efforts.


US Submarines Contract is A ‘Blow In The Back’, France Says

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said it is widely believed by the international community that the cooperation between the three countries poses a serious risk of nuclear proliferation, in violation of the spirit of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).

He said that the U.S. and the UK are likely to export to Australia highly enriched uranium with a purity of 90 percent or more, which is weapon-grade nuclear material.

"As a non-nuclear-weapon state, Australia's acquisition of highly enriched uranium itself poses severe nuclear proliferation and nuclear security risks. However, the current safeguards mechanism of the International Atomic Energy Agency cannot verify whether Australia will use the highly enriched uranium in the power reactors of nuclear submarines for nuclear weapons," Zhao said, adding that China believes that these concerns of the international community are completely justified and reasonable.

"As a non-nuclear-weapon state party to the Treaty on the NPT and a party to the South Pacific Nuclear Free Zone Treaty, known as the Treaty of Rarotonga, Australia is now introducing nuclear submarine technology of strategic and military value. The international community, including Australia's neighboring countries, has reason to question Australia's sincerity in honoring its nuclear non-proliferation commitments."

Zhao stressed that the nuclear submarine cooperation between the U.S., the UK and Australia proves once again that the U.S. and the UK pursue double standards and use nuclear cooperation as a tool of geopolitical game.

China urges the three countries to heed the call of the international community, discard the outdated Cold War zero-sum mentality and narrow geopolitical perspective, revoke the wrong decision, faithfully fulfill international nuclear non-proliferation obligations and do more to contribute to regional peace.

]]> <![CDATA[Mexico: New Evidence Against Ayotzinapa Case Official Version]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 14:57:24 -04:00 The Mexican The Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) will open an investigation against those who manipulated evidence in the case of 43 missing students in 2014. This new process occurs as a result of the discovery of 170 skeletal remains in Cocula City in the state of Jalisco.


Mexico Starts COVID-19 Vaccination of Migrants in Chiapas

According to the official version (improperly called ‘the historical truth’) provided by President Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018), the students were arrested on Sept. 26, 2014 by corrupt policemen in Iguala, Guerrero. They were then handed over to the Guerreros Unidos cartel, which murdered and incinerated them in the Cocula landfill and dumped their mortal remains in the San Juan River.

On Monday, Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) rejected this version of the story. The 'historical truth' was also questioned by an investigation conducted by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and its Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE).

The research pointed out that the bodies could not have been burned in the Cocula landfill. For this reason, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) restarted the investigations in 2018 and dismantled the old version by identifying the remains of Christian Alfonso in the canyon of La Carniceria, located one kilometer away from the landfill.

To defend a false story, "there was a conglomerate of officials who acted unlawfully, taking advantage of the position they enjoyed and as a result, they diverted the investigation and denied the access to justice to the families of the victims," the Ayotzinapa Case Prosecutor Omar Trejo said.
Through the information provided by collaborating witnesses, an investigation was initiated in Barranca de La Carnicería in Nov. 2019. After exploring 8,000 square meters, 170 skeletal remains were found, among which the students Jhosivani Guerrero and Christian Alfonso were identified.
Therefore, there is still an open hypothesis that the bag containing skeletal remains, found in the San Juan River in 2014, was planted. For this reason, the PGO is preparing the prosecution of an investigation against experts who possibly manipulated evidence when the students disappeared in 2014.

]]> <![CDATA[Venezuela Denounces Impact of US Sanctions at UNDP Meeting]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 11:34:37 -04:00 On Tuesday, Venezuela’s Foreign Affairs Minister Felix Plasencia held a meeting with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Undersecretary Ushad Rao Monart in which the diplomat denounced the impact that the U.S. sanctions cause in the Venezuelan people.


Maduro Denounces Ivan Duque's Conspiracy Against the Dialogue

Besides reaffirming his country's commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals, Plasencia expressed that President Nicolas Maduro's administration maintains its willingness to strengthen cooperation with the United Nations in multiple areas.

Currently, UNDP develops programs in Venezuela related to strengthening the justice system, the design of monitoring indicators for the verification of human rights, the creation of economic opportunities based on the sustainable use of biodiversity, and the implementation of information systems.

A week before this meeting, Plasencia stated that Venezuela positively valued the efforts made by Alena Douhan, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Negative Impact of Unilateral Coercive Measures.

On Sept. 15, during the 48th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, she exposed the effects of U.S.-backed measures such as the freezing of the gold of the Central Bank of Venezuela deposited in London, the persecution of international companies that carry out transactions with the Bolivarian government, or the harassment of Venezuelan companies related to oil and air transport.

Besides destroying the Venezuelan productive apparatus, the U.S. blockade makes it difficult to import food, which has forced the population to emigrate or depend on social food programs.

“It is not correct to impose sanctions because it is easier for the international community. We must take into account the suffering they cause to people," pointed out the UN special rapporteur, who also referred in her report to the situation of Alex Saab, a Venezuelan diplomat who remains detained in Cape Verde as a result of an U.S. extradition request.


]]> <![CDATA[Peru Confirms Extinction of US-Controlled Lima Group ]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 13:43:12 -04:00 On Monday, Peru’s Representative to the Organization of American States (OAS) Harold Forsyth confirmed the extinction of the U.S.-controlled Lima Group, which supported destabilization attempts against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.


Castillo: COVID Fight Shows Incapacity of International System

“The Lima Group is not a legally established organization but a mechanism that worked for five years and already served its purpose,” Forsyth stated. 

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (2016-2018) created this group to bring together far-right governments and support the Venezuelan opposition.  Since President Pedro Castillo took office on July 28, however, he assured that Peru would no longer intervene in Venezuela's internal affairs. 

The Castillo administration supports the Mexico-hosted dialogue between the Bolivarian governement and the opposition since it will serve to create the conditions for the lifting of the U.S. blockade against Venezuela.

Castillo also greeted that Norway sponsored the dialogues, stressing that this country previously mediated the signing of the 2016 Peace Agreement between the Colombian State and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

On Sept. 17, he began his first official tour abroad in Mexico, where he attended the 6th Summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and met President Maduro to discuss solutions to migration flows.

They agreed to repatriate over 42,000 Venezuelans living in Peru and increase the Bolivarian purchase of Peruvian goods and services.

]]> <![CDATA[Colombia and the United States Strengthen Military Alliance]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 10:08:42 -04:00 On Tuesday, the United States Ambassador to Colombia Philip Goldberg and United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Commander Faller Craig delivered two Hercules C-130 aircraft to President Ivan Duque's administration.


Maduro Denounces Ivan Duque's Conspiracy Against the Dialogue

The Colombian Defense Minister Diego Molano said the U.S. aircraft will be used for humanitarian operations, troop transport, national security, and fire control.

These planes can carry 16 tons of cargo and 110 armed men, 64 paratroopers, and 72 stretchers. These capabilities allow them to perform search and rescue, troop infiltration, and cargo drop operations.

"What we are seeing is a common purpose of maintaining security against transnational crimes such as drug trafficking and guaranteeing security in the hemisphere," Molano said.

At the aircraft reception ceremony, the Duke administration decorated Admiral Craig with the Grand Cross for his “distinguished services” and work in partnership with Colombia.

Earlier this week, Attorney General Francisco Barbosa held a meeting with Heide Fulton, who is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Programs in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement.

During their meeting, they addressed issues related to drug trafficking as a transnational crime, the defense of human rights, and the murders of social leaders in Colombia.

]]> <![CDATA[President Fernandez Criticizes the IMF at UN Assembly]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 12:25:58 -04:00 During the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday, Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez harshly criticized the International Monetary Fund (IMF).


Argentina Announces Relaxation of COVID Measures in October

In a pre-recorded message, he described the IMF loans granted to President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019) as "an irresponsible and toxic indebtedness."

"To give the world an idea of the magnitude of this 'debticide', I would like to mention a figure. The resources approved by the IMF to Argentina... were US$57 billion, the equivalent of all the funds this organization granted to 85 countries in the year of the pandemic," Fernandez stated.

"There is no technical rationality, ethical logic, or political sensitivity that can justify such an aberration... A large part of the resources granted to Argentina left the country due to an irresponsible opening of the capital account."


Fernandez also denounced that Latin American countries allocate 57 percent of their exports to the payment of foreign debt services and stressed the need to establish a multilateral framework for the restructuring of the middle-income countries debt levels.

He called for a reconfiguration of the global financial architecture, stressing that there is a latent risk of a general financial meltdown in developing countries.

Finally, he described the G20 Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI) as a valuable but insufficient alternative as it does not address debt relief and debt restructuring in depth.


]]> <![CDATA[Ecuador: Indigenous Peoples Demand Amnesty for Social Leaders ]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:44:24 -04:00 On Tuesday, Ecuador's Indigenous Peoples Confederation (CONAIE) presented an amnesty bill for freeing 260 social leaders who took part in demonstrations against illegal mining and in the 2019 protests against President Lenin Moreno (2017-2021).


Ecuador: Rafael Correa's Political Party Changes Its Name

"Our comrades are not criminals. They are fighters harassed by the State and large mining companies. We have the right to support them and raise our voices against any policies affecting the Ecuadorean people," CONAIE President Leonidas Iza stated.

"President Guillermo Lasso pledged to curb political persecution in our country. We will take his word," said the Congress President Guadalupe Llori, who was who was elected with the vote of the Indigenous peoples.

To process the bill, the Congress Technical Unit will review the requirements' fulfillment of the amnesty applications, which the Pachakutik Plurinational Unity Movement (PPUM) and Kichwa People Confederation (KPC) also supported.

The Ecuadorean congress will also resolve the NGO amnesties requests for the Pichincha Governor Paola Pabon and lawmaker Virgilio Hernandez, who were prosecuted for alledgedly paralyzing public services during the 2019 protests.

On October 4, Iza will attend a meeting with the Lasso administration to demand the freezing of fuel prices, a one-year moratorium on the credit payments of farmers and small producers, and the cessation of mining and oil exploitation in Indigenous territories.

Although the Indigenous leader pointed out it is preferable to resolve conflicts through dialogue, he warned that there would be a social reaction if Lasso did not respond to the CONAIE requests. "We need safe spaces to exercise our constitutional rights. We will not stop fighting until we achieve them," Iza stated.

]]> <![CDATA[Three Wind Farms To Generate 108 MW in Bolivia]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:03:00 -04:00 Bolivian authorities announced the implementation of three wind farms and the reactivation of renewable and clean energy generation projects, which the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez had stopped.


Bolivia Creates a $214 Million Fund To Support Municipalities

On Monday, President Luis Arce inaugurated the San Julian wind farm, which will inject 39.6 megawatts (MW) into the National Interconnected System (SIN). The plant is part of a project that includes the Warnes I and El Dorado wind farms, which will generate a total of 108 megawatts (MW).

"The national government is installing infrastructure works that represent a milestone in the country's productive history. We started in Warnes I last week, we are continuing today in Cotoca, and we will keep going in the next few days with the El Dorado project," said Arce.

The plants, which have 120-meter high, are part of a project that aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, they could be an opportunity to establish an energy export market to neighboring countries.


"The Government is aiming for a change in the energy matrix. To date, Bolivia generates 60 percent of its energy from gas and diesel. So, we want to develop alternative energies from water, wind, and solar energy... We have been studying the wind potential of Santa Cruz and the whole country," Arce stated.

San Julian, Warnes I, and El Dorado wind farms have received a public investment of US$194 million, and the authorities are planning to build more similar infrastructures. Last week, a solar electricity generation park was inaugurated in Oruro, which supplies the entire department's consumption.

The generation of clean and renewable energy is fundamental to stop the use of natural gas in thermoelectric plants and for Bolivia's industrialization.



]]> <![CDATA[US House Passes Bill To Avoid Government Shutdown]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 08:28:28 -04:00 The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday night passed a bill that would prevent a federal government shutdown and suspend the debt limit on government borrowing into December 2022.


Cuban FM States US Lacks Moral Authority to Promote Peace

The bill now heads to the Senate, where the Senate Republicans have vowed to block it. The Democratic-controlled House passed the bill by a party-line vote of 220 to 211. The legislation would keep federal government agencies operating through Dec. 3 after current government funding is set to lapse at the end of September.

By combining the debt limit suspension with the short-term government funding bill, the Democratic leaders are pressuring the Republicans to support the debt-limit increase. However, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell signaled on Monday that Republicans would help pass a short-term government funding bill only if Democrats separate it from a plan to suspend the debt limit through 2022. "We will not support legislation that raises the debt limit," McConnell said.

Last month, 46 Republican senators signed a letter pledging not to help Democrats raise the debt ceiling, raising the risk of U.S. defaulting on its obligations in the fall.

As part of a bipartisan budget deal enacted in August 2019, the Congress suspended the debt limit through July 31. After the debt limit was reinstated on Aug. 1, the U.S. Treasury Department began using "extraordinary measures" to continue to finance the government on a temporary basis.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Sunday warned that U.S. economic recovery would reverse into recession if the Congress fails to swiftly raise the federal debt limit.

"Congress has raised or suspended the country's debt ceiling about 80 times since 1960. Now it must do so again," Yellen said in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece.

]]> <![CDATA[President Maduro Urges Venezuelans To Participate in Elections]]> Wed, 22 Sep 2021 07:57:06 -04:00 On Tuesday, Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro called on the population to participate in the subnational elections on November 21, in which governors and mayors will be renewed.


Maduro Denounces Ivan Duque's Conspiracy Against the Dialogue

"I call on all Venezuelans to prepare now to participate in the November 21 elections ... To vote is to ratify Peace, the electoral system, the Constitution and sovereignty," he said, adding that there are 61 days left to campaign, mobilizations, and reunification of political forces.

From the top of the Warairarepano hill in Caracas, the Bolivarian president participated in the launch of the “Aristobulo Isturiz” Campaign Command (AICC), which joins the forces of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) and the Great Patriotic Pole (GPP).

"All ready! The Aristobulo Isturiz Campaign Command has been successfully installed. Now we are going to travel the country to move the bases and the people, heading for the historic victory in the 21N election. I am confident in this team's work capacity,” he tweeted.

During the activity, Maduro praised the Venezuelan people for their ability to withstand the U.S. sanctions and terrorist attacks.

“The people are standing and have been able to keep their conscience and strength. They have the character and spirit to endure permanent evil from unconventional warfare... here, we are standing and ready to go to the elections with great force,” he expressed.

At the event, the AICC Director Diosdado Cabello also exhorted the Venezuelan people to adhere to the policy proposal of the Great Patriotic Pole, which brings together all the progressive and revolutionary forces of this South American country. On Nov. 21, Venezuelans will elect 23 state governors, 335 mayors, and representatives of subnational legislative councils.

]]> <![CDATA[Maduro Denounces Ivan Duque's Conspiracy Against the Dialogue]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 22:07:25 -04:00 The President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, denounced on Tuesday that his Colombian counterpart Iván Duque orchestrates destabilization maneuvers, with the support of the White House, against the dialogue process taking place in Mexico between the Bolivarian Government and the oppositions.

 Venezuela Slams U.S. Sanctions Hindering Cooperation With IAEA

During the official launching of the Aristóbolo Istúriz Campaign Command, the President expressed that "Iván Duque leads the conspiracy against peace in Venezuela and the dialogues in Mexico," and said that the head of the Executive delegation, Deputy Jorge Rodríguez, will take the evidence of the plans orchestrated in Colombia to attack Venezuela to the next round of talks.

"We believe in dialogue and we will advance in agreements in pursuit of the economic recovery and peace of the nation," added the Head of State, while urging the oppositions to play fair and move away from violent and terrorist plans, when referring to the increase and intensification of the war of extremist sectors against Venezuelan public services such as the electric station in the State of Aragua and the cyber-attack to Banco de Venezuela S.A.

The Venezuelan head of State stated that the nation has the spiritual strength to face a continued unconventional and Machiavellian war against the people, which aims at boycotting the democratic electoral process.

Regarding the upcoming elections, President Maduro pointed out that the Aristóbolo Istúriz Campaign Command has eight work teams for the mega-elections of November 21.

Positive feelings about the Celac Summit

The Venezuelan statesman also referred to the positive balance left by the VI Summit of Heads of State of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac). He said that Venezuela went to extend its hand for the understanding of Latin America.

"We approved a set of guidelines for the future of Celac, its institutional strengthening and other proposals such as the creation of a general secretariat and the reactivation of councils of ministers at the economic and financial, social and political levels in the member countries.

He also described the participation of Venezuela, which arrived on behalf of poor and working people, as a significant impact. He described the exchanges with his counterparts from Bolivia, Cuba, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Mexico and Peru as profitable.

With the Peruvian President, Pedro Castillo, he discussed issues of great interest such as the Return to the Homeland Plan, which promotes the return of Venezuelans from Peru (some 42,000 currently registered); and joint agreements in the economic and commercial spheres associated with the purchase of Peruvian industrial and agricultural products.


]]> <![CDATA[Venezuela Slams U.S. Sanctions Hindering Cooperation With IAEA]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 19:03:09 -04:00 Tania Masea, deputy minister of New Sources and Rational Use of Electric Energy, voiced the complaint at the 65th IAEA General Conference via teleconference.
"Illegal" U.S. sanctions imposed on the South American country, she said, have placed "limitations on the acquisition, installation and maintenance of equipment or supplies within the technical cooperation program" with the international organization.

 Venezuela Strengthens Cooperation with UN Development Program


IAEA technical assistance "is essential to contributing to development and prosperity," she added, and should not be subject to "restrictions" of any kind.
"No country should interfere in the normal functioning of any other countries' technical cooperation program," Masea said.
Venezuela has registered complaints with different international bodies about "the imposition of the illegal, illegitimate and immoral unilateral coercive measures by a country that takes advantage of its economic power to impose measures on other countries that violate the United Nations Charter," said Masea.
In doing so, Venezuela is defending the "inalienable right of developing countries to strengthen their technological knowledge and platform to be able to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes," she said. 

]]> <![CDATA[Castillo: COVID Fight Shows Incapacity of International System]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 20:13:15 -04:00 The president of Peru, Pedro Castillo, expressed this Tuesday in the framework of the 76th general assembly of the United Nations (UN), that the international system has failed in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The fight against the pandemic has demonstrated the inability of the international system to cooperate under the principles of efficiency and solidarity; we need agreements to ensure equity in access to vaccines," said the head of state.


Pedro Castillo Presides Over Military Parade on Independence Day

Likewise, the President reiterated that international cooperation remains absent in terms of equitable access to vaccines against the coronavirus, "Peru will be an active and dynamic member in the common task so that all countries have inclusive access to all diagnostics, medicines and vaccines, as well as technology and health products required in the response to COVID-19," he said.

"We support the Secretary General's initiative to build a common agenda that in the post-pandemic world establishe a new global social contract (...) the new pact must ensure stability and peace," asserted President Castillo.

The head of state urged the member states of the multilateral organization to work especially in the materialization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), because they represent human dignity and protection of the planet.

"Peru urges the signature of the heads of state and patents to ensure access and application of vaccines, it is necessary to adapt the SDGs to the new realities of the post-pandemic world," urged the head of state.

Understanding the importance of good nutrition to prevent diseases, the Peruvian president urged to strengthen global agricultural production and its international marketing, "we must maintain the gears of food chains and stimulate social programs to reach zero hunger," he added.

"The president of #Peru, Pedro Castillo, proposes the signing of a global agreement between states and pharmaceutical companies to ensure the distribution of vaccines against Covid without discrimination."

"The time has come to rethink our activities to achieve sustainable development in harmony with the planet. The countries that pollute the most must comply with the obligations they have assumed (...) Peru assumes the goal of becoming a carbon neutral country by 2050 and reduce Greenhouse Gases (GHG)," said the head of state.

Regarding the fight against terrorism, President Castillo ratified the global agenda for the rejection and actions against this practice: "violence only generates destruction and human rights violations, where the victims are the poorest. Peru is committed to peace, respect for international law," he said.

"I assumed the Presidency in a democratic exercise, where the sovereign will of the people voted in favor of social change with macroeconomic stability, it is the first time in Peru that a school teacher manages the destiny of the country," the President recalled.

Castillo ratified that his government, which has just taken the reins of the nation, has the challenge of combating the deep social inequalities suffered by the popular sectors of Peru: "we are going to go through an efficient management to continue with macroeconomic growth. A social transformation is necessary to allow Peruvians to enjoy their civil and social rights," he pointed out.

"The task is not only to consolidate the rule of law and the separation of powers, but to make it effective in political life and in the exercise of the population's rights," explained the President.

]]> <![CDATA[Cuban FM States US Lacks Moral Authority to Promote Peace]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 19:27:32 -04:00 On his Twitter account, the foreign minister addressed Washington's divisive strategy by criticizing U.S. President Joe Biden's speech during the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, during which he praised his commitments to multilateral organizations.


Cuba Thanks Mexico's Solidarity Amid US Blockade Strengthening

"President Biden's administration is making a serious mistake, with consequences for all, in its efforts to split the world between those who submit to it and those who defend their sovereign right to self-determination with dignity," the FM pointed out.

The Cuban FM also noted that the disguised implementation of President Donald Trump's erroneous and dangerous foreign policy (2017-2021) makes the current U.S. Government accountable for the damage caused to international peace and stability, and its serious consequences.

The head of Cuban diplomacy stated that "the biggest threat to the U.S. is the growing political polarization and extremism within its own territory, and for Latin America, the imposition of the imperialist Monroe Doctrine."

In his speech at the UN on Tuesday, President Biden sought to dissociate himself from his predecessor, Donald Trump. He stated that the United States is "back at the table in international forums, especially at the United Nations, to focus attention and boost global actions on shared challenges."


]]> <![CDATA[Venezuela Strengthens Cooperation with UN Development Program]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:44:59 -04:00 According to a message published on his Twitter account, the Venezuelan Foreign Minister confirmed that the meeting allowed for filing a complaint regarding the impact of the unilateral coercive measures imposed against Venezuela.


Venezuela To Ask UN To Facilitate Participation in Dialogue

Likewise, the Bolivarian Government expressed its willingness to advance in the formulation of the cooperation program with the United Nations, "for the benefit of our people and for the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals."

"At the same time, we express our willingness to advance in the formulation of the cooperation program with the United Nations, for the benefit of our people and for the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals." 

Currently, UNDP maintains several operational programs in the country, such as support to the Ministry of People's Power for Internal Relations, Justice and Peace, in the design of monitoring indicators for human rights; opportunities for sustainable development based on biodiversity; and information systems and criminality.

]]> <![CDATA[Government of Sudan Confirms Defeat of Coup Attempt]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:30:19 -04:00 The Minister of Information of the transitional executive, Hamza Boul, said in a statement that after the serious incident the situation is under complete control in the capital and the rest of the country, reported the Sudan Tribune.


Sudan Demonstrators Back to the Streets Over Political Reforms

Army spokesman Tahir Abu Haja said that among those arrested were soldiers of the Armored Corps, which is based in the suburb of Shagara, south of Khartoum.

According to media reports, citing government sources, the assaults were aimed, among other objectives, at overthrowing the transitional government.

In order to strengthen the executive branch, various political and social sectors had previously asked the authorities to provide further security to the exisiting structures of power, including the Legislative Council, the Constitutional Court and the High Prosecutorial Council.

In Sudan, tensions increased after the fall on April 11, 2019 of then President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir, who yielded to popular and military pressures in the midst of massive demonstrations motivated, among other causes, by the high cost of living. 

]]> <![CDATA[Iran's Reisi at UN: “US Hegemonic System Has Failed Miserably”]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:26:18 -04:00 During his pre-recorded speech at the opening day of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi was strongly critical of U.S. attempts to rule the world.


Iran Urges US To Abandon “Reliance on Sanctions”

Raisi highlighted two recent examples of shocking incidents inside and outside the United States: the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, when supporters of then-US President Donald Trump stormed the nation's legislative body in an attempt to block certification of the recent election results, and the scenes last month of Afghans falling from the sides of U.S. aircraft as U.S. troops withdrew from Afghanistan.

“One clear message was sent to the world: the United States' hegemonic system has no credibility, whether inside or outside the country,” Raisi said, adding that “not only the hegemonic and the idea of hegemony, but also the project of imposing Westernized identity, have failed miserably.”

Raisi said the result of the U.S. attempts at world rule has been “blood spilling and instability, and ultimately defeat and escape,” noting the U.S. has failed in its attempts to subdue countries across Southwestern and Central Asia. He also named U.S. taxpayers who foot the bill of U.S. wars as victims of this policy.

“The world doesn’t care about 'America First' or 'America is Back,'” the Iranian leader said, in an apparent reference to the presidential slogans of Trump, who left office in January, and U.S. President Joe Biden, who replaced him.

The Iranian president attacked the United States' “double standards” of foreign policy, saying the U.S. had helped to create terrorist groups in some places — giving the example of Daesh in Syria, while fighting terrorism in others. He also noted the rise of domestic terrorist groups inside the United States and condemned U.S. policy supporting the Saudi war in Yemen and the Israeli war and blockade of Gaza.

Raisi also said that the “maximum pressure” economic sanctions against Iran policy, which Washington left in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, amounted to crimes against humanity. He labeled it “maximum tyranny” and condemned the U.S.' unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal in 2018, after which sanctions were reimposed. However, he expressed hopes in the renewed talks in Vienna that began earlier this year after Biden took office, where a return to the nuclear deal is in the works.

]]> <![CDATA[US Has Had 498 Shootings and 14,516 Fatalities So Far in 2021]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:17:02 -04:00 According to data compiled by Gun Violence Archive, there have been 498 shootings from January 1 to September 15 in which at least four people have been injured or killed, excluding the shooter.

That's an average of 1.92 shootings per day, up 15 percent from the previous year, when an annual total of 611 was reported, with a daily rate of 1.67, CNN reports.


US Suffers Some 150 Gun-Related Deaths Over July 4th Weekend

Some analysts argue that this sudden increase, especially during the spring, may be driven by several factors, including inequalities stemming from the coronavirus crisis and the social outburst of racial protests in the wake of the murder of African-American citizen George Floyd at the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

Richard Rosenfeld, Professor of Criminology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis points out that "immediately" after Floyd was killed and protests erupted across the United States over police violence, there was "a very, very large increase" in the number of homicides.

According to this university, during the first quarter of 2021, there was a 23 percent increase in the number of homicides compared to 2020. In the second three months of the year, the situation has improved with a 10 percent drop.

The situation, Rosenfeld explains, "is exactly" the same as that experienced in August 2014, when Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, in the state of Missouri.

"Protests erupted across the country (...), we saw a considerable increase in the number of homicides in big cities, and that increase persisted, depending on the city, for a year, sometimes a little longer," he explains.

As the number of homicides and shootings rises, so do gun sales, with some 8.4 million Americans buying a gun for the first time last year alone, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, while promises by President Joe Biden's administration to limit their use and access have been watered down in the current political landscape.

Small Arms Analytics (SAAF), a consulting firm, notes that a record 23 million firearms were sold in the United States in 2020, up 65 percent from 2019. In early 2021, sales continued to rise, with 2.2 million in January alone. While the number of purchases fell in the following months, it remained higher than in previous years.

]]> <![CDATA[UN Assembly: Xi Proposes Global Development Initiative]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 16:41:46 -04:00 Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday proposed a Global Development Initiative in steering global development toward a new stage of balanced, coordinated and inclusive growth in face of the severe shocks of COVID-19.

"We must revitalize the economy and pursue more robust, greener and more balanced global development," Xi said in his statement delivered via video at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

 The US Does Not Seek a 'New Cold War' With China, Biden Vows

To promote global development, Xi called for staying committed to development as a priority.

He proposed that the world should put development high on the global macro policy agenda, strengthen policy coordination among major economies, and ensure policy continuity, consistency and sustainability.

"We need to foster global development partnerships that are more equal and balanced, forge greater synergy among multilateral development cooperation processes, and speed up the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," Xi said.

Xi stressed staying committed to a people-centered approach. "We should safeguard and improve people's livelihoods, and protect and promote human rights through development," he said.

Xi called for staying committed to benefits for all, and caring about the special needs of developing countries.

He also highlighted the importance of innovation-driven development and harmony between man and nature.

China will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060, Xi said, adding that this requires tremendous hard work, and "we will make every effort to meet these goals."

He also said China will step up support for other developing countries in developing green and low-carbon energy, and will not build new coal-fired power projects abroad.

Xi called for staying committed to results-oriented actions and building a global community of development with a shared future.

The world needs to increase input in development, advance on a priority basis cooperation on poverty alleviation, food security, COVID-19 response and vaccines, development financing, climate change and green development, industrialization, digital economy and connectivity, among other areas, and accelerate implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, he said.

]]> <![CDATA[Nicaragua: Survey Shows FSLN Has Majority Voting Intention]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:12:19 -04:00 The ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) has a vote intention of 63.9 percent of the electorate in Nicaragua, the most recent survey by M&R Consultores firm reveals today.


Nicaragua Has Had Free Elections Since the Revolution Triumphed

According to the opinion poll, 71.2 percent of the respondents positively valued the work carried out by President Daniel Ortega.

Correspondingly, 65.2 percent of those polled, representing a universe of more than 4.3 million Nicaraguans, considers that they would do better with a government led by the Sandinista Front.

The general elections called for November 7 created an enthusiasm index of 63.7 percent in its different variables (from very much to some).

Regarding attendance at the polls, 75.1 percent answered that they would probably vote and 24.9 percent have not considered their participation in the democratic exercise.

On the first Sunday of November, approximately 4.7 million Nicaraguans will have the right to vote to elect the presidential ticket, the 92 deputies to the National Assembly (Legislative) and the 20 deputies to the Central American Parliament.

]]> <![CDATA[Argentina Announces Relaxation of COVID Measures in October]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 18:08:34 -04:00 Argentina announced on Tuesday the lifting of restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic and the reopening of the country's borders, a measure that will take effect on October 1.

In effect, as of October 1, the progressive entry quota will be increased in all secure corridors, airports, ports and land crossings, while as of November 1, the entry of foreigners who must comply with specific requirements will be authorized.


Argentina Works To Intensify COVID-19 Vaccination

The Chief of Cabinet, Juan Manzur, and the Minister of Health, Carla Vizzotti, announced the schedule for lifting the sanitary measures imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic this Tuesday.

The press conference announced a "gradual and careful" opening of borders due to the decrease of coronavirus cases. It revealed an estimated schedule of dates for this stage, coordinated with Migration and the National Administration of Civil Aviation (ANAC).

These measures are taken after 87.5 percent of people over 18 years of age in the country have already started their vaccination schedule, a proportion that reaches 92 percent among those over 50 years of age and 63.7 percent if the total population of Argentina is taken into account.

The 43.7 percent of the total population has already applied the two doses of the vaccines to complete the full schedule. When reaching 50 percent, a critical threshold will have been reached to allow further loosening to be announced.

As of September 21, Spring Day, and after 16 weeks of a sustained drop in the number of infections, Vizzotti announced the end of the compulsory use of face masks in the open air, when circulating individually and without the presence of crowds. 

"The measures to make activities and circulation more flexible in Argentina announced by @carlavizzotti and @JuanManzurOK."

Thus, the mask, which has become a symbol of the pandemic, will no longer be necessary to circulate in the street.

He also announced the opening of massive events with a 50 percent capacity, unlimited social gatherings, authorization of group trips and the return of bowling alleys for those vaccinated with two doses. 

Likewise, the gradual opening of borders, including the end of quarantine for all Argentines or foreigners coming to the country for work purposes.  

In this sense, to enter the country, it will be required to have a complete vaccination schedule, with the last application date at least 14 days prior to their arrival in the country.

They must also present a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to boarding or antigen at the entry point or until the health authority defines it.

Those entering the country must also perform a PCR test between the fifth and seventh day from arrival until defined by the sanitary authority.

]]> <![CDATA[Cuba Celebrates the 'Haitian Day' in Guantanamo]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 15:14:43 -04:00 From Tuesday to Friday, Guantanamo province will host the 5th Colloquium Emilio Barcenas as part of the celebrations of the Haitian Day in Cuba.


Cuba Starts Legalizing Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises

This year’s event will comprise a forum, whereby researchers will discuss the legacy of Haitian immigrants in the Guantanamo's Franco-Haitian customs.

Haiti's Ambassador to Cuba Regine Lamur will deliver the inaugural address of this forum, which will be held virtually. The colloquium also promotes over 20 lectures and art exhibitions, including the "Color and Faces" series of photographer Eliardo del Toro and the presentation "The Kreyol: resistance culture in Cuba" by researcher Hilario Batista.

The Babul, Jagüey, and Los Cossia socio-cultural projects will also make presentations of Haitian folklore and screen a documentary dedicated to Barcenas, a Haitian who took part in the Cuban revolution.

All activities will be transmitted from the Facebook and Telegram profiles of Guantanamos's Young Computer Club, cultural institutions, and the Haitian Association of the Cuban East.

Located at about 77 km from Haiti, Guantanamo province received large numbers of Haitian migrants in the 19th and 20th centuries. Their traditions have a strong presence in the socio-cultural life of this province.

To defend this legacy, several social organizations gather the Haitian-descendent people in this province. The Haitian Association of the Cuban East, for instance, groups about 559 people of Haitian origin.

]]> <![CDATA[Bukele Describes Himself as ‘the World's Coolest Dictator’]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 14:59:05 -04:00 On Tuesday, President Nayib Bukele changed his Twitter description from "The Dictador of El Salvador" to ‘The World's Coolest Dictator.’


Bukele Rules Out Abortion, Same-Sex Marriage in El Salvador

His ironic gesture was directed towards the opposition, which last week staged a massive protest under three main slogans: "Dictatorship out," "NO to the Bitcoin," and "NO to constitutional reforms."

On Sept. 15, on the country's Independence Day, thousands of citizens took to the streets to reject the approval of the Bitcoin law and other Bukele's actions against the rule of law.

As soon as the pro-government Legislative Assembly was installed in May, it dismissed Prosecutor-General Raul Melara and five members of the Supreme Court's Constitutional Chamber.


On Aug. 31, lawmakers passed several amendments to the Judicial Career Law and the Law of the Prosecutor General's Office to facilitate the dismissal of judges and prosecutors over 60 years of age or with over 30 years of service.

On Sept. 3, once Bukele got rid of the judges who could have hindered his political plans, the Constitutional chamber authorized the immediate presidential reelection for a second five-year term.

Although the the Salvadoran constitution explicitly prohibits such possibility, Bukele will have a chance to compete in the 2024 presidential elections.

]]> <![CDATA[Venezuela & Turkey To Strengthen Their Trade Cooperation]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:44:14 -04:00 On Monday, Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Felix Plasencia and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu denounced the U.S. economic sanctions against their countries in a bilateral meeting held in New York.


Venezuela Receives 200,000 Sputnik V Vaccines

Both chancellors reiterated their position in defense of the respect for the sovereignty and the self-determination of all peoples. They also stressed the success of the 6th CELAC Summit in Mexico City, where President Nicolas Maduro confirmed Venezuela’s historic commitment to integration, cooperation, and solidarity among Latin American countries.

Cavusoglu welcomed the dialogue process between the Bolivarian government and the opposition, stressing that the United States keeps thousands of Venezuelan assets frozen in banks outside this country.

Plasencia also accompanied President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the inauguration of the Turkish House, the new headquarters of this country's diplomatic mission to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

The Venezuelan chancellor spoke with the Turkish Trade Minister Mehmet Mus, with whom he addressed the need to increase bilateral relations. Turkey offered political and commercial support to the Bolivarian government amidst the U.S. blockade, which caused a 69 percent drop in imports from 2015 to 2019.

Erdogan and Maduro signed a series of agreements for trade cooperation and investment in security in 2017. Thanks to these agreements, trade between the two countries reached US$892 million in the first five months of 2018, with an emphasis on the export of products such as construction materials, medicines, and iron or steel products.

"With our cooperation agreements, we also strengthen our bonds of friendship," Maduro assured during Erdogan’s last visit to Venezuela.

]]> <![CDATA[The US Does Not Seek a 'New Cold War' With China, Biden Vows]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 13:27:26 -04:00 At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on Tuesday, President Joe Biden defended his country "vigorous competition" with China but assured the United States is not trying to embark on a conflict with the Asian power.


Biden Seeks Phone Call With Macron Amid Submarine Deal Rift

"We'll stand up for our allies and our friends and oppose attempts by stronger countries to dominate weaker ones, whether through changes to territory by force, economic coercion, technical exploitation or disinformation. But we're not seeking - I'll say it again - we are not seeking a new Cold War or a world divided into rigid blocs," Biden said during a speech in which he argued that U.S. military power should be "the last resort" and should not be used to solve any trouble.

"We've ended 20 years of conflict in Afghanistan and as we close this era of relentless war, we're opening a new era of relentless diplomacy," Biden said, referring to the recent withdrawal of international troops from Afghanistan

Besides stating that the world is beginning a "decisive decade", he argued that the future of the planet will depend on the ability of countries to "recognize their common humanity" and "act together."

Biden did not mention his defense pact with Australia and the United Kingdom, which has led to a diplomatic crisis between the United States and France, a country that lost a lucrative contract to sell submarines to Australians.

However, he promised that when the U.S. acts in the Indo-Pacific region, it will do so in cooperation with its "allies and partners" and through multilateral institutions such as the United Nations, to "amplify the strength and speed" of its measures.

Referring to the climate crisis, Biden called on all countries to put "their greatest possible ambitions" on the table at the COP26 summit in Glasgow. The U.S. President also underscored the need for greater international coordination to contain the pandemic around the world.

"Bombs and bullets cannot defend us against COVID-19. To fight this pandemic, we need a collective act of science and political will," he said.

]]> <![CDATA[Liberal Party Wins Elections in Canada]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 12:53:56 -04:00 In Monday's election, Canada's Liberal Party (LP) won 158 out of 338 seats in the House of Commons, which represented just one additional seat compared to the seats it won in the outgoing legislature. .


Canada Holds Parliamentary Elections

Nevertheless, it was the third consecutive victory for the LP leader Justin Trudeau, who declared that Canadian voters have chosen "a progressive plan" and that he is ready to form a new government. The Conservatives have held onto their leading opposition status and are expected to win about 122 seats.

"There are still votes to be counted but what we've seen tonight is millions of Canadians have chosen a progressive plan," Trudeau said, adding that he is ready to resume implementing his agenda, which includes the fight against climate change, the improvement of the health care system, and the reconciliation process with Canada's Indigenous communities.

Trudeau stated that voters had given the Liberals "a clear mandate." He did not acknowledge, however, they did not give him the absolute majority he requested during the election campaign.


Indeed, the Liberal leader will have to negotiate with other parties, mainly the Conservative Party of Canada (CPC), the New Democratic Party (NPD), and the Quebecer Bloc (BQ), to push through his legislative initiatives.

During the electoral campaign, the Liberals had clashed with the Conservatives mainly on the management of COVID-19 vaccines. The Liberals had insisted on the need to vaccinate as many people as possible and had harshly criticized the Conservative position on the issue.

The CPC had opposed the government's decision to make the vaccine mandatory for all public employees and had repeatedly challenged the restrictive measures imposed to contain the pandemic.

]]> <![CDATA[Logging Destructs 1,606 km² of Brazilian Amazon Forests]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 11:57:12 -04:00 On Monday, the Amazon Environment Institute (IMAZON) revealed that the Brazilian Amazon lost 1,606 square kilometers of forest in August. This is the fifth highest monthly deforestation rate recorded since 2012.


Bolsonaro Booed on Arrival at NYC Hotel for UN General Assembly

In the last month, deforestation in the states of Para and Amazonas reached 1,050 square kilometers. From January to August, the Amazon deforested area was also 48 percent larger than in the same period last year. 

Livestock prompted by the growing demand for meat is the leading cause of indiscriminate logging in the Amazon, which is the world's largest tropical forest with about 7 million square kilometers. However, mining, major infrastructure projects, and lack of clear property titles also provoke its destruction.

“If we want to prevent the year from ending with the largest deforested area of ​​the decade, we urgently need to adopt more effective actions such as intensifying inspection operations and establishing appropriate punishment for deforestation,” the IMAZON researcher Antonio Fonseca stressed.

The facts, however, show otherwise. On Aug. 3, the Lower House 3 approved a bill issued by President Jair Bolsonaro to ease the regularization of public lands without the authorization of the National Institute of Agrarian Reform (INCRA).

"Instead of preventing and combating environmental crimes, the Brazilian lawmakers take actions that favor landowners and agribusinesses," NGO Greenpeace denounced, recalling that this policy will worsen the climate crisis.

Following the approval of the bill, European supermarket companies and large food producers sent a letter to Bolsonaro, threatening to boycott Brazilian products if legal initiatives like this continue to go ahead in his country.

]]> <![CDATA[Guterres Denounces Inequality in Access to COVID-19 Vaccines]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 11:30:14 -04:00 During his opening speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Secretary General Antonio Guterres described the current situation of COVID-19 vaccination at the international level as "an obscenity" since over 90 percent of the African population still you have not accessed a first dose.


UN General Assembly To Address COVID-19 and Climate Change

He harshly criticized the lack of solidarity and highlighted it as a reflection of the great problems the world faces nowadays.

"On the one hand, we see vaccines developed in record time, a victory for science and human ingenuity. On the other hand, we see a triumph ruined by the tragedy of lack of political will, selfishness and mistrust," Guterres said, adding that the world "passed the science test" but has a failure in ethics.

"Perhaps an image tells the story of our time. The photo that we have seen of some parts of the world with COVID-19 vaccines in the garbage, expired and unused," he stressed and demanded from the UNGA members a global vaccination plan to ensure that vaccines reach 70 percent of the world's population in the first half of 2022.

Gutierres also presented a gloomy analysis of the international situation when referring to the little progress in the fight against climate change and the crises in countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen and Ethiopia.

The world "has never been so threatened or so divided ... The world must wake up. We are on the brink of an abyss and moving in the wrong direction," he said.

The current UNGA issue will continue until Sept. 27 with the face-to-face participation of a hundred leaders from around the world. Taking advantage of this meeting, the U.S. President Joe Biden will host a virtual summit on Wednesday to discuss an international response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

]]> <![CDATA[Lava Flows Destroy Homes and Infrastructure on La Palma Island]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 11:16:32 -04:00 Lava rivers emerging from the Cumbre Vieja volcano have destroyed hundreds of homes on La Palma, an island in the Canary Islands archipelago in Spain.


5,000 People Evacuated As Volcano Erupts On La Palma Island

After the eruption started last Sunday, the emergency level has sharply increased in the municipalities where the risk is exceptionally high, which are Tazacorte, El Paso, Fuencaliente, Mazo, and Los Llanos de Aridane, where a total of 35.000 people live

The Spanish government spokeswoman Isabel Rodriguez assured that the Executive branch has no final assessment of the damage caused or an evaluation of the eruption's duration. She also warned that when the lava flow will reach the sea, gas releases will have to be controlled.

So far, 6,000 people have been evacuated and 183 houses have been affected, as well as 200 other infrastructures, such as swimming pools and tennis courts. No deaths have occurred up to now. The impact of the lava has affected 300 - 400 farms. For this reason, the Canary Islands Government announced the granting of US$1.2 million in subsidies to help alleviate the damages.

Meanwhile, reinforcements continue to arrive in La Palma to help in the evacuation tasks and the extinction of fires. Among them are three new forest Spanish Air Force seaplanes moved on the place on Tuesday.

Spain's President Pedro Sanchez has appealed to "maintain prudence" to all the inhabitants of La Palma and announced that his administration is already working to activate different actions to help the people affected.

The Cumbre Vieja volcano is one of two volcanoes existing on the island. The last recorded eruption in La Palma was in October 1971, when the lava flow went on for three weeks.


]]> <![CDATA[Mexico Starts COVID-19 Vaccination of Migrants in Chiapas]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 10:33:41 -04:00 The Interior Secretary reported this Monday that Mexico began a COVID-19 vaccination campaign among undocumented migrants who are in the country.


US Begins Deporting Haitians Camped Under Bridge in Texas Town

The National Migration Institute (INM) and the Mexican Social Security Institute (IMSS) began the vaccination campaign in Tapachula, Chiapas. For this, a mobile health module was installed at the “21th Century” station where medical personnel and nurses attend to migrants. So far, the authorities have vaccinated 99 migrants from countries such as Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Haiti.

On Monday, Foreign Affairs Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced that Mexico has no problem in sheltering Haitian migrants "as long as they respect the laws." These statements were made after 13,000 irregular migrants began to be deported by the United States to Mexican territory.

Previously, however, the Associated Press agency reported that a Mexican official who preferred to remain anonymous stated that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) administration would also begin deporting Haitian migrants in the coming days.

Most Haitians left Brazil and Chile in August after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the expansion of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. According to Ebrard, however, the DHS information was misrepresented by human traffickers to encourage irregular migration.

Currently, Mexico faces a strong migratory flow with 147,000 undocumented persons detected between January and August, which represents three times the number observed in the same period of 2020. On the northern border, 212,000 migrants were detained in July by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The Mexican authorities have received strong criticism due to the deployment of the National Guard and the Army on the southern border, where social networks recorded scenes of violence against Central American and Caribbean migrants.

]]> <![CDATA[Venezuela Receives 200,000 Sputnik V Vaccines]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 09:44:25 -04:00 As part of cooperation agreements signed by President Nicolas Maduro with Russia to combat the pandemic, Venezuelan authorities on Monday received 200,000 Sputnik V vaccines that will be used to provide a second dose to citizens.


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This vaccine shipment, which is the second that Venezuela has received so far this month, arrived at the Maiquetia Airport boarding a plane of national airline Conviasa.

“The Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine is one of the safest and most effective in the world,” Russian Ambassador to Venezuela Sergio Melik-Bagdasarov stressed, recalling that this vaccine proved to be 94,8 percent effective in clinical trials.

On Dec. 2020, Venezuelan authorities bought 10 million Sputnik V vaccines to Russia’s Direct Investment Fund (RDIF). Thanks to this agreement, Venezuela has already received over 1,630,000 doses.

In addition to the Sputnik V vaccine, the Maduro administration has acquired 693,600 doses of China's Sinovac vaccines, 1,8 billion Sinopharm vaccines, and expects to receive 12 million Abdala vaccines from Cuba soon.

These COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed free of charge to the entire population, including foreign residents in this country. To speed up immunization, the Bolivarian government also opened 452 new vaccination centers nationwide. 

"Our purpose is to have 70 percent of the population immunized by October. The arrival of new vaccines makes us very optimistic,” Maduro stressed.

As of Sunday, 11,1 million COVID-19 vaccines doses have been administrated in Venezuela, and 15 percent of the population have been fully immunized against the disease.

]]> <![CDATA[China's Cargo Craft Docks with Space Station Core Module]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 08:22:27 -04:00 The China Manned Space Agency (CMSA) announced that cargo spacecraft Tianzhou-3, carrying supplies for the upcoming Shenzhou-13 crewed mission, successfully docked with the space station core module Tianhe on Monday.


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The Tianzhou-3 mission is the second flight of China's space station cargo transportation system, composed of the Tianzhou spacecraft and the Long March-7 rockets. The mission is key to connecting the preceding verification of key technologies and the following in-orbit construction.

Tianzhou-3 carries nearly 6 tonnes of goods and materials, including living supplies for the astronauts, one extravehicular space suit for back-up, supplies for extravehicular activities, space station platform materials, payloads and propellants. The cargo can ensure sufficient food and drinking water for three astronauts to remain in orbit for six months.

While Tianzhou-2 had two tonnes of propellant on board, Tianzhou-3 cancelled four propellant storage tanks and carried only 750 kg of propellant to deliver more supplies for the Shenzhou-13 crew.

Tianzhou-3 carries gas cylinders whose internal pressure can reach 300 times atmospheric pressure. These types of tanks can supply astronauts for long periods. Meanwhile, the cargo freighter also carries water bags made of light and soft materials. Most goods carried by Tianzhou-3 were loaded in standard packages, which have good mechanical bearing properties and are also antibacterial, mold proof, flame proof and have no harmful gas volatilization.

Following the Tianzhou-3 mission, the Shenzhou-13 manned spaceship will be launched to dock with the core module Tianhe, and three astronauts will then begin their six-month stay in orbit. China plans to complete the verification of key technologies and the in-orbit construction of the space station through multiple launches within two years.

Five launch missions are planned for this year, namely the launch of the Tianhe core module, Tianzhou-2 cargo ship, Shenzhou-12 crewed mission, Tianzhou-3 cargo ship and the upcoming Shenzhou-13 crewed mission. Six more missions will come in 2022, including the launch of the Wentian and Mengtian lab modules, two cargo spacecraft and two crewed spaceships, to complete the construction of the space station.

]]> <![CDATA[Cuba Starts Legalizing Small, Medium-Sized Enterprises]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 07:44:01 -04:00 On Monday, Cuba put into effect a new legal framework that for the first time legalizes small and medium-sized enterprises. Local entrepreneurs initiated the application process either online or by attending offices set up by the government across the country's over 160 municipalities.


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"The Platform of Economic Actors that came into force with the implementation of the new legal framework had already received 75 applications to create micro, small and medium-sized enterprises as well as non-agriculture cooperatives," Cuban Deputy Minister of Economy Johana Odriozola tweeted.

The new measures would improve the performance of the Cuban economy and ameliorate the economic relations between state and non-state sectors.

"I will be permitted to receive donations from international companies and import raw materials," said Nayvis Diaz, who runs a bike rental and repair shop.

"This is a huge change. We are even thinking of using bamboo, steel, and other materials to manufacture the bicycles we rent in Cuba," she added

Under the new legal framework, small and medium-sized companies will be able to hire up to 35 and 100 employees respectively. The small and medium-sized enterprises will only be restricted to operate in a few fields, including education, public health, defense, garbage management, and mining.

Accounting for 13 percent of the nation's workforce, local entrepreneurs on the island are now encouraged to export through state-operated enterprises. Among them is Juan Sotolongo, who works as the coordinator of RFR Colorin, a local development project that uses flexible polyvinyl chloride materials to manufacture rain boots. With the new measures adopted by the government, he dreams of exporting boots made in Cuba to the neighboring Caribbean nations.

"For the moment, we want to improve the quality of our products to reach foreign companies based at the Mariel Special Development Zone, but in the future, we want to extend the scope of our business," he said.

]]> <![CDATA[Colombia: Five Social Leaders Killed on Monday ]]> Tue, 21 Sep 2021 09:26:42 -04:00 The Institute for Development and Peace Studies (INDEPAZ) denounced that five social leaders were murdered on Monday, which increased the number of leaders assassinated since the signing of the Peace Agreement to 1,235.


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Maria Ramirez, who was murdered in Antioquia, worked as a teacher at the Porfirio Barba Jacob Educational Institution in Santa Rosa de Osos. Two hired assassins killed her while she was on her way to the school where she taught.

Jose Pai and Jovanny Garcia, who were members of the Awa Quejuambi Feliciana and Hojal La Turbia Indigenous communities, disappeared on Sept. 19 and were found dead with several signs of violence.

Dilio Bailarin, a member of the Alto Guayabalito Community in the Choco department, was also killed. The Indigenous leader had recently received threats coming from armed groups located in the municipality of Carmen del Darien.

INDEPAZ also informed that David Viscue, a member of the Lopez Adentro Community in the Cauca Valley, was also murdered. According to information provided by the Human Rights Network of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN), he was traveling in a private vehicle and was intercepted by armed men who shot him to death.
"The State has not generated the protection conditions that it should provide... We continue to suffer violence... because there has been no intervention by the authorities," said Carmen Gembuel, the chief councilor of the Regional Indigenous Council of Cauca (CRIC).
INDEPAZ made a special call to the authorities to pay attention to the alerts regarding the actions of irregular armed groups. So far, 124 social leaders and human rights defenders have been killed in Colombia in 2021.
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]]> <![CDATA[Biden Seeks Phone Call With Macron Amid Submarine Deal Rift]]> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 20:18:59 -04:00 U.S. President Joe Biden is seeking to hold a phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, U.S. officials said on Monday, an effort to reduce tensions caused by a controversial submarine deal.

A diplomatic rift emerged between Washington and Paris over the announcement that the United States and Britain will support Australia to develop nuclear-powered submarines, depriving France of a contract to provide conventional submarines to Australia.

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Outraged by the abrupt move without notice, France recalled its ambassadors to the United States and Australia for consultations on Friday.

"President Biden has asked to be able to speak with President Macron to talk about the way forward, to talk about his deep commitment to the U.S. alliance with France," a senior Biden administration official told reporters in a call briefing on Monday.

"We understand the French position, we don't share their view in terms of how this all developed," said the official. "We think that will be an important moment and opportunity for the two leaders to speak directly with one another."

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in a briefing later Monday that the call would take place "in the coming days," while noting officials are still working on scheduling it.

Under the new security partnership unveiled on Wednesday between Australia, Britain, and the United States, known as AUKUS, Australia will build nuclear-powered submarines with U.S. and British technology.

On Thursday, Australia announced it would scrap the deal with France signed in 2016 to purchase 12 conventional diesel-electric submarines.

French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday called the trilateral move a "stab in the back." "We had established a relationship of trust with Australia. This trust has been betrayed," he said.

"The American behavior worries me; this unilateral and brutal decision is very similar to what Mr. (Donald) Trump was doing," he added.

]]> <![CDATA[Over 30 Houthis Killed in Saudi-Led Airstrikes in Yemen’s Marib]]> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 19:33:35 -04:00 "The airstrikes targeted four convoys of the rebel reinforcements in and around the western Sirwah district, destroying 13 pick-up vehicles and killing more than 35 Houthis rebels," the source in Marib told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, the Houthi-run al-Masirah TV reported 23 Saudi-led coalition airstrikes on Sirwah without providing further details.
Sirwah is a main frontline between the rebels and the Yemeni army in Marib.
In February, the Iran-backed Houthi militia launched a major offensive on Marib in an attempt to seize control of the oil-rich province, the last northern stronghold of the Saudi-backed Yemeni government.

]]> <![CDATA[Daesh: Terrorist Group Claims Eastern Afghanistan Attacks ]]> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 19:42:35 -04:00 On Saturday, a car bomb explosion in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province claimed the lives of at least three people and injured another 18, according to reports.


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The Daesh (also known as ISIS) terrorist group has claimed responsibility for attacks that rocked eastern Afghanistan earlier this week, the group's statement on Telegram says. “More than 35 Taliban militia members were killed or wounded, in a series of explosions that took place,” the militant group said, referring to blasts on Saturday and Sunday.

In two statements, the terrorist group claimed to be the perpetrator of “three separate bombings” targeting three “Taliban vehicles” on September 18 in Jalalabad. This attack was followed by another “bomb attack” the next day against a vehicle belonging to the Taliban in this large city in eastern Afghanistan.

The Taliban has not yet commented on this statement.

Two Afghan civilians died as a result of an explosion at a bus station in the eastern city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province on Sunday morning, an eyewitness said. He added that the blast also injured one Taliban militant.

On 18 September, at least three people died and another 18 were injured because of a car bomb exploding in the eastern Afghan city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province, the Shamshad News channel reported on Saturday, citing a source.

]]> <![CDATA[Palestine and Ethiopia Strengthen Cooperation with Venezuela]]> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 19:00:01 -04:00 In this regard, the Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Minister highlighted that they met to "address strategic issues of mutual interest."

"We highlighted the importance for Venezuela of the African Union (based in Ethiopia), a natural interlocutor to dialogue with Mother Africa," he stressed on his social networks.


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At the same time, he insisted that "cooperation in educational and cultural matters is one of the fundamental issues on which we will deepen our relations, as well as the enormous potential associated with air connectivity to Addis Ababa, a hub of prime importance in the UNGA region."

On the other hand, Plasencia also held a meeting with the Chancellor of the State of Palestine, Riad Malki, where they reaffirmed commitments between the two nations.

"We reaffirm together with the Foreign Minister of the State of Palestine, Riad Malki, the solidarity commitment of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro with the just cause of the Palestinian people."

"We reaffirm together with the Chancellor of the State of Palestine, Riad Malki, the solidarity commitment of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and President Nicolas Maduro, with the just cause of the Palestinian people," he wrote on social networks.

He pointed out that they agreed to continue cooperating at the multilateral level both at the UN and in the NAM to insist on respect for the UN Charter and International Public Law.

]]> <![CDATA[Hamas and Israel to Engage in Talks for Prisoner Exchange Deal ]]> Mon, 20 Sep 2021 18:51:25 -04:00 The Head of Hamas' financial office, Zaher Jabarin, has indicated that Israeli occupation authorities attempted to reclaim Israeli prisoners from Gaza in exchange for rebuilding the strip, thus lifting the embargo. However, the resistance group rejected such an offer from the Israeli side.


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At the same time, Hamas presented the Israeli occupation with a clear roadmap for a prisoner exchange deal that was previously brought up between the two parties: prisoners for prisoners. Jabarin said the resistance would prioritize prisoners serving long sentences in said deal. 

“The authorities of Hamas and Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades view the issue of Palestinian prisoners in the occupation's prisons of high importance, and it is at the top of their agenda,” Jabarin said.

Meanwhile, six Palestinian prisoners are continuing their hunger strike, which has lasted several weeks. In protest of the ongoing administrative detention, prisoner Kayed al-Fasfoos has been on a hunger strike for 66 days, Meqdad al-Qawasma for 59 days, Alaa al-Araj for 41 days, Hisham Abu Hawash for 33 days, and Shadi Abu Akr for 25 days.

“They united the Palestinian people, the ummah, and all the free people of the world,” PIJ Secretary-General Ziyad Al-Nakahalah said about the 6 Palestinian detainees who broke out of Gilboa prison after the Israeli occupation forces arrested the last two of them on Sunday.

“Your passion for freedom and Palestine is greater than the enemies' prisons and cells,” he added. Al-Nakhalah also assured the detainees by saying the whole world shared their hearts with them, alongside their fear over their fate.