teleSUR English ES Sat, 12 Jun 2021 18:08:10 -04:00 teleSUR English <![CDATA[Argentina Sentences to Prison Five Ex-Repressors for Murder]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2021 18:08:07 -04:00 San Martin's Federal Oral Court sentenced five ex Armed Forces' intelligence officers to life imprisonment for crimes against humanity committed between 1978-1980 against members of the guerrilla organization "Motoneros."


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The defendants were sentenced for murder with malice aforethought, unlawful deprivation of liberty, and aggravated torment of 94 victims in the "Campo de Mayo" military base, where a clandestine illegal detention center operated.

The judges determined that the five ex-officers will serve the penalty in prison instead of house arrest.

Knows as the "Motoneros' counter-offensive operation", the case had more than 78 hearings and over 250 testimonies from relatives of the victims and witnesses. 

The defendants allowed crimes in other countries such as Peru, Spain, Brazil, and Bolivia, where military intelligence structures pursued the victims following information obtained through acts of torture. 

Between 1979 and 1980, exiled Argentineans returned to the country and funded the "Montoneros" cell to combat the military dictatorship (1976-1983).

The defendants were Juan Firpo (ex-Intelligence Battalion 601 chief), Roberto Dambrosi (former Intelligence Battalion 601 Psychological Activities chief), Marcelo Sixto (ex-Counterintelligence Activities officer), and Campo de Mayo ex-officers Jorge Bano and Eduardo Ascheri.

]]> <![CDATA[Algerians To Wait 15 Days for Parliamentary Elections Results]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2021 18:08:05 -04:00 On Saturday, Algeria's National and Independent Electoral Authority (ANIE) President Mohamed Charfi announce the beginning of the vote-counting process, which could take up to 15 days, due to a large number of candidacies. 


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Algeria's people had to elect 407 lawmakers, 55 seats less than in the previous election. In this opportunity, about 20.000 candidates, most of whom were independent representatives, presented their candidatures.

On Saturday morning, 61.500 polling station opened their doors to allow over 24 million people to cast their votes.

Hirak movement led a pro-abstention campaign to boycott the elections, which registered a turnout of only 14.5 percent of the electoral roll just four hours before polling stations' closure. 

On Feb.18, Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune dissolved the National Assembly to fulfill one of the demands voiced in nationwide protests, which triggered the resignation of ex-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in 2019.

Heavy police teams safeguarded the election day, which finished with no turmoils, protests, or significant events.

The two main parties, The National Liberation Front (FLN) and the Democratic National Rally (RND), are expected to lose seats due to independents' candidacies and popular discontent.

]]> <![CDATA[St. Kitts & Nevis Enforces Curfew To Curb COVID-19 Contagions]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2021 16:29:01 -04:00 On Saturday, St. Kitts and Nevis' Prime Minister Timothy Harris confirmed that the borders would remain open despite the approval of a curfew to curb the spread of the Novel Coronavirus. 


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The curfew will start this Saturday from 06:00 pm until 05:00 am for 14 days. Only movements for essential business will be permitted. 

He announced the suspension of all mass events, in-person dining at restaurants and bars, and beach closures except for exercising. 

Security officers will enforce protocols regarding social distancing and mask-wearing. People not observing the health protocols will be penalized.

Ferry service operations will be subject to heightened restrictions to curtail non-essential inter-island travels.

“I urge you to actively support the vaccination program and encourage your family, friends, and loved ones who should be vaccinated to do so now,” Harris said to foster the vaccination rates.

In the last few weeks, the Caribbean island had reported 111 new cases, 94 of which remain active. As of June 7, 8,759 people had been fully vaccinated. 

]]> <![CDATA[Mexico Donates 400,000 Astrazeneca COVID-19 Vaccines]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2021 15:36:26 -04:00 Mexico's Foreign Affairs Ministry confirmed the delivery of 400,000  AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to Belize, Bolivia, and Paraguay.


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The solidarity action is being carried out through the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). Belize will receive 100,000 doses, while Bolivia and Paraguay will receive 150,000 each. 

Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard announced that vaccine donations will also be sent to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

"We are convinced that regional solidarity must prevail in times of great crisis...We hope to be able to prepare more shipments for other countries," Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights Undersecretary Martha Delgado said.

COVID-19 vaccines donation follows a collaboration agreement between Mexico, Argentina, the Carlos Slim Foundation, AstraZeneca, the mAbxience laboratory, and the Mexican Liomont plant.

Besides AstraZeneca, Mexico is packaging vaccines from the Chinese company CanSino. In July, the country will start also the production of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine.

In May, the Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risks (Cofepris) announced the approval for emergency use of the first batch of 970,330 AstraZeneca doses packaged at the Mexican Liomont plant.

]]> <![CDATA[Puebla Group Calls to Respect Election Results in Peru]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2021 15:33:28 -04:00 The Puebla Group called on Peruvian institutions and political actors to respect the presidential election's results and refrain from promoting political upheaval in the country.


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"The June 6 election is a historic opportunity to regain confidence in the institutions, which, in recent years, has suffered a serious crisis, undermining the democratic stability of Peru," The Puebla Group representatives said. 

The Puebla Group released the communique after the National Election Board (JNE) refuted to extend the timeline for filing nullity appeals presented by Fujimori against some 802 polling stations' results comprising over 200.000 votes.

JNE's decision was supported by several international observation missions, including the Organization of American States (OAS) electoral mission, which recognized a "positive" and "with no serious irregularities" presidential elections. 

On Saturday, the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) maintained the leftist Free Peru (PL) candidate Pedro Casillo first over his rival, the conservative candidate Keiko Fujimori. 

Castillo secured 50.1 percent of the votes, while Fujimori gained 49.8 percent in the June 6 presidential elections runoff. 

Fujimori's first reaction to the JNE's order was to challenge it, but no motion has been filed so far. The right-wing candidate is facing a preventive prison request to be decided on Jun. 21 for alleged acts of corruption linked to Odebrecht. 

]]> <![CDATA[Chile To Finish Subnational Elections Started Last Month]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2021 14:00:36 -04:00 Chile's Electoral Service (SERVEL) director Raul Garcia announced the installation of polling stations to elect 13 governorship posts in Sunday's subnational election's runoff.


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Valparaiso, Aysen, and Magallanes were the only three regions out of 16 where candidates secured 40 percent of the votes needed to secure the governor's post in the election first round celebrated last month. 

On Sunday, polling stations will be open from 8.00 am until 6.00 pm. The candidates would be those who obtained the first two places by votes in each region.

It is the first time that Chileans elect governors' posts because the position was determined by the President.

Subnational elections are taking place amid a pressing COVID-19 situation, especially in the Metropolitan Region which is the most important governorships at stake. As of Saturday morning, health authorities had reported 1,468,992 COVID-19 cases and 30,579 related deaths.

"It is assumed that we should have a turnout below 43 percent recorded in the subnational election first round...the ghost of a structural abstentionism could reappear," Central University professor Marco Moreno said. 

Besides electing the governors' posts, Chileans voted for 354 mayors, 2.252 councilors, and 155 representatives of the Constituent Convention on May 15 and 16. 

]]> <![CDATA[Peru: 49 Congresswomen Elected for the 2021-2026 Period]]> Sat, 12 Jun 2021 12:31:39 -04:00 Peru's National Jury of Elections (JNE) delivered the credentials to 130 lawmakers, 49 of whom are women who obtained a seat for the parliamentary period 2021-2026.  


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The new Congress will have the highest number of congresswomen in the last 20 years. 

Free Peru (PL) and Popular Force (FP) parties are the benches with more female representation with 11 congresswomen each, followed by the Alliance for Progress (AP) with eight representatives.

Popular Action (AP), Popular Renovation (RP), and Move Forward (AP) parties secured four seats for female parliamentarians, while Together for Peru (JP) gained three seats.

The Purple Party (PM), with two elected congresswomen, We Can Peru (PP) and We are Peru (SP), with only one seat each, are the parties with the least female representation in the new Congress. 

Peru's 2021 General Elections took place on April 11 to elect the new President, Vice Presidents, lawmakers, and representatives for the Andean Parliament.

The election runoff were held on June 6 when PL leftist candidate Pedro Castillo contested FP right-wing representative Keiko Fujimori. As of Saturday morning, Castillo obtained 50.2 percent of the votes over Fujimori, who got 49.9 percent. 

]]> <![CDATA[Globalink | Nigeria Flags off Full Commercial Operation of China-Assisted Railway]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 22:26:52 -04:00 Nigeria on Thursday officially started the full commercial operation of a China-assisted railway linking the southwestern cities of Lagos and Ibadan, to ease public transportation and fuel goods movement in the west African country.

]]> <![CDATA[Santos: Military Killed Thousands of Civilians in Colombia]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 21:42:32 -04:00 Former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Juan Manuel Santos acknowledged Friday that thousands of civilians were executed by the military in Colombia because of the pressure they received to produce results in the fight against the guerrillas and asked for forgiveness for those crimes.

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"There is not the slightest doubt in my mind that the original sin, what in the end gave rise to these atrocities, was the pressure to produce casualties" as well as "the rewards for achieving it," Santos said in a voluntary statement to the Truth Commission investigating the half-century conflict with the now-defunct FARC. 

The commission is an extrajudicial body created under the 2016 peace accords pushed by Santos that led to the disarmament of the rebels.

Santos held power between 2010 and 2018 and previously served as defense minister under Álvaro Uribe (2002-2010), under whose rule thousands of civilian killings were perpetrated and then presented as guerrillas killed in combat.

Moved, the former president apologized to the families of victims present at his appearance. 

"I apologize to all the mothers and all their families, victims of this horror, from the depths of my soul. May this never happen again," he emphasized. 

The Special Jurisdiction for Peace, which tries the worst crimes of the conflict with the FARC, documented 6,400 killings of civilians at the hands of the military during Uribe's term, three times the number estimated until recently by the prosecutor's office.

The military high command has always denied that the killings, encouraged by a "body count," were a systematic practice in the military.

However, Santos affirmed that they are "an indelible stain on the honor of an army that has every reason to boast, but which must also have the fortitude to recognize the truth and ask for forgiveness. It is one of the ways to repair the damage".

Known in military jargon as "false positives," the executions of civilians are the biggest scandal involving the Colombian army. Officers and soldiers have confessed their involvement before the peace tribunal, seeking criminal benefits. 

Santos told the Truth Commission that he learned of the military's crimes as soon as he took over the defense portfolio in 2006. Still, he played down the credibility of the allegations. 

According to the former president, warnings from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the International Committee of the Red Cross were fundamental to investigate and sanction 30 officers and non-commissioned officers.

"Later, we found out that the paramilitaries were collaborating with members of the military forces to produce these false positives," he concluded. 

]]> <![CDATA[Iran Regains UN Voting Rights After Paying Dues]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 21:23:23 -04:00 Iran has regained its voting rights in the 193-member United Nations General Assembly after paying off some $16.2 million in arrears it owed to the UN operating body.


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“After more than 6 months of working on it, the UN today announced it had received the funds,” Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi said in a post on his Twitter account on Friday.

He emphasized that "illegal US sanctions" have led to the delay in settling the debts, saying they had "not just deprived our people of medicine; they have also prevented Iran from paying our dues in arrears to the UN." "ALL inhumane sanctions must be lifted NOW," the Iranian diplomat added.

Takht Ravanchi’s tweet came after President of the UN General Assembly Volkan Bozkir said in a meeting on Friday that Iran has made a partial payment toward the United Nations budget that allowed the country to restore its voting rights. "The Islamic Republic of Iran has made the necessary payment to reduce its arrears below the amount specified in Article 19 of the Charter," Bozkir said.

Iran can now vote in the General Assembly on Friday to elect five new non-permanent members of the UN Security Council for 2022-2023.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has criticized the United Nations’ decision to deprive Tehran of its voting rights in the Assembly due to arrears, saying the UN ignores the fact that US sanctions prevent Iran from paying even for food.

According to a statement by the General Assembly, as of January 13, 2021, ten member states were subject to the provisions of Article 19 of the UN Charter, namely Iran, the Central African Republic, Comoros, Congo, Libya, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Somalia, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe.

Under Article 19 of the Charter, members whose arrears equal or exceed the number of their contributions due for two preceding full years lose their voting rights.

The Charter also gives the General Assembly the authority to decide “that the failure to pay is due to conditions beyond the member's control,” and in that case, a country can continue to vote.

]]> <![CDATA[US: FDA Asks J&J To Discard Millions of COVID-19 Vaccine Doses]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 21:17:04 -04:00 While the federal agency cleared about 10 million doses, The New York Times reported that the batches being discarded are around 60 million doses.

Without confirming the number of vaccine doses, the FDA said in a news release that it had authorized two batches for use, that several other batches were not suitable for use and that others were being evaluated.


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The agency said it could not yet authorize Emergent BioSolutions Inc's (EBS.N) plant for manufacturing the J&J vaccine, as production at its Baltimore site was halted by U.S. authorities in April and J&J was put in charge of manufacturing at the plant.

The J&J doses from this site expected to be exported to other countries and are already in vials and ready for use.

Safety concerns about the J&J vaccine together with with slow U.S. demand for vaccinations in general have limited rollout of the one-shot vaccine to a standstill. Nearly half of the 21 million doses produced for the United States remain unused.

The FDA said its decision permits the J&J doses to be used in the United States or exported, and the FDA will share relevant information about the doses' manufacture with regulators where the vaccine is shipped.

J&J confirmed that the FDA authorized two batches, but was silent about the doses regulators decided to toss.

"Today's decisions represent progress in our continued efforts to make a difference in this pandemic on a global scale," Kathy Wengel, J&J's chief global supply chain officer, said in the statement.

Last month, Emergent Chief Executive Robert Kramer said he believed there were 100 million doses of J&J’s vaccine ready for review and that regulators had already begun the process.

The April pause followed a discovery that ingredients from AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, also being produced at the plant, actually contaminated a batch of J&J's vaccine. AstraZeneca's jab is no longer being produced at that plant.

Specifically, an FDA inspection found a considerable list of sanitary problems and bad manufacturing practices at Emergent's plant.

Europe’s drug regulator also said Friday that batches of the J&J vaccine made for Europe at the time the contamination issues were found at the Baltimore plant would not be used.

The EMA did not say how many shots were affected, but Reuters believes it to be millions of doses, making it harder for J&J to meet obligations to deliver 55 million doses to Europe by the end of June.

]]> <![CDATA[Israel Targeted Gaza’s Fragile Economy During Bombing Campaign]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:22:09 -04:00 According to Gaza officials, Israeli Defense Forces bombed and shelled Gaza from May 10 to May 21, launching during that period over 1,500 projectiles and destroying more than 2,000 homes, damaging another 17,000. The bombing killed more than 250 people, including 67 children.


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However, the continued 11-day shelling of the enclave also destroyed commercial buildings like shops, farms, restaurants, and factories. According to a Wednesday report published by Electronic Intifada, the Israeli bombing destroyed more than 500 enterprises, including 50 factories.

Muhammad Abu Jayyab, a Gaza-based economist, estimated that economic losses from the 11-day bombing campaign amounted to $350 million.

An industrial area established in 1996 by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and the European Union was targeted repeatedly during the strikes, having never been previously attacked. Bajess Jaoudat of the Palestinian Industrial Estate and Free Zone Authority estimated losses in the industrial estate alone were $20-25 million. The site employed 1,500 people.

“Once we learned that the industrial area was being bombed, we called the civil defense to fight the fires. But, unfortunately, when they arrived, they were targeted, too. Shells were falling right where they worked, which led to more fires and even more damage,” Jaoudat told Electronic Intifada. 

Some other institutions hit by the bombing included more than 20 media offices, including al-Jalaa tower, which housed the offices of several international news agencies, including Al Jazeera and the Associated Press. Israel said it bombed the building because it was supposedly being used by Hamas.

Before the war, unemployment levels reached over 50% and at times was above 80% in Gaza, which has been almost totally cut off from the world since 2006 by an Israeli and Egyptian cordon. More than 2 million people live in Gaza, half of whom are children. Many goods are not allowed to enter or leave, even those used for construction. Food and fuel are rationed by Israeli authorities, only allowing a few hours of electricity each day.

“The bombing of commercial areas is aimed solely at bringing the people in Gaza to their knees and to continue the siege,” said Adib Zineldeen, a shop owner in Al-Rimal district, which was heavily targeted by Israeli bombing. “They targeted the wealthiest residential and commercial areas, which provide livelihoods to thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, who were already making the bare minimum.”

In the wake of the bombing campaign, the US offered as much as $75 million for development and economic assistance to the Palestinians. Still, we pledged that none of it would benefit Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip and which Israel and the U.S. regard as a terrorist organization. In response, Hamas said it would not accept a cent of international aid and would not allow the offer to divide the Palestinian people.

Solidarity efforts by other Muslim nations, such as Qatar and Iran, have been welcomed. Even before the May campaign, Doha had pledged $360 million in aid to Gaza in January. However, last week, Qatari Assistant Minister Lolwah Al-Khater, a spokesperson for the foreign ministry, said Doha had pledged another $500 million for rebuilding and repairing more than 45,000 damaged homes in Gaza, most of which remain unfixed from past bombing campaigns by the Israelis.

So far, Israel has not allowed any of this aid to enter Gaza, and Hamas has pledged that if the aid isn’t released by the end of the week, it will resume rocket attacks on Israel.

During the 11-day confrontation, Hamas fired more than 4,300 rockets into Israel, most of which were intercepted by Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system. However, 13 Israelis, two of whom were children, were killed by the bombardment, and more than 200 were injured.

]]> <![CDATA[NATO "Ready to Cooperate With Russia Through Existing Channels"]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 19:16:10 -04:00 NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced on Friday, just days ahead of a major summit, that NATO is ready to cooperate with Russia through existing communication channels.


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Stoltenberg told reporters that Moscow has so far not affirmatively responded to NATO's proposal of holding a Russia-NATO Council meeting.

On Monday, the bloc's head similarly said that NATO was interested in speaking with Russia and awaited a response from Russia regarding a potential meeting.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko has stated that Russia would not avoid dialogue with the alliance and, on the contrary, that NATO was the one that did not wish to accept Moscow’s offer to de-escalate and resume of military contacts.

Stoltenberg's recent comments come ahead of the upcoming NATO summit that will take place in Brussels on Monday June 14, during which participants are expected to discuss Russia, China, and other challenges the bloc faces over the coming decade to.

]]> <![CDATA[Electoral Body Backpedals Annulment of Votes in Peru]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:49:47 -04:00 The National Jury of Elections (JNE)had earlier decided to extend the deadline for submitting requests to annul voting records of the presidential elections held last Sunday in Peru, local media reported. But in a new vote, the body voted against the measure it had approved hours earlier. 

The portal IDL-Reporteros indicated that the measure was taken "unanimously" by the whole body, which extended by 48 hours the limit established by the electoral regulations to file claims. This term had already expired at 20.00 hours local this past Wednesday.


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He added that his sources told him that this decision was promoted by Supreme Prosecutor Luis Arce, representative of the Public Prosecutor's Office in the JNE, and by lawyer Jorge Rodriguez, representative of the law schools of private universities.

The newspaper La República added that "the initiative was drafted in the general secretariat of the entity and was unanimously approved by the magistrates to provide transparency and respond to all requests."


This extension, which the JNE has not formally announced, comes after, according to IDL-Reporteros, Fujimori's Popular Force party tried to "assert more than 590 nullity requests presented after the deadline".

According to the media, as of Thursday afternoon, Fuerza Popular had presented 741 requests for the nullification of polling stations in the country and abroad, while Peru Libre, the party of leftist candidate Pedro Castillo, had presented 30 requests.

"Of that set, only 165 requests were presented within the legal term", remarked the media outlet before specifying that 151 of these correspond to Fuerza Popular and 14 to Perú Libre.


In a message on Twitter, Castillo referred to this decision with a terse statement, where he denounced a possible attack "to the electoral order."

"If it is true that the JNE would pretend to extend the deadline to present nullities of minutes, it would be violating the electoral order. I call on the president of the JNE to make a pronouncement providing legal certainty to the process. Finally, we call the Peruvian people to remain alert", said the candidate.

One day after having processed 100 % of the electoral records, the decision was taken, with 99.587 % counted.

With this percentage, the leftist candidate Pedro Castillo of the Peru Libre party currently has 8,818,830 votes, while the right-wing candidate Keiko Fujimori has 8,759,077.

The difference in votes is impossible for the right-wing candidate to overcome, even though she is still within the mathematical options.

A resolution issued by the JNE on February 7, 2018, had stipulated that the maximum period for the presentation of requests for polling station nullity and election nullity due to facts external to the polling stations is three calendar days, starting from the election date. This period had expired last Wednesday.

]]> <![CDATA[Pentagon Gives Ukraine New Military Aid Package Worth $150M]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 18:48:13 -04:00 The United States is providing Ukraine with another $150-million package of military aid which includes counter-artillery radars and counter-unmanned aerial systems, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters on Friday.


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"Today, the [Defense] Department is announcing a new $150-million package as part of the Ukraine security assistance initiative to help Ukraine’s forces preserve their country’s territorial integrity and to improve interoperability with NATO," Kirby said during a briefing.

The package includes two counter-artillery radars, counter-unmanned aerial systems, secure communications gear, electronic warfare, and military medical evacuation equipment. The US will also supply training and equipment to improve the operational safety and capacity of Ukrainian Air Force bases, according to the Defense Department.

"It will complement the $125 million package announced back in March," Kirby said. The previous package included armed Mark VI patrol boats, counter-artillery radars, tactical equipment, and support for satellite imagery.

Kirby said the United States would continue to provide security assistance to Ukraine, including lethal weapons.

The United States has committed more than $2.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since 2014 and offers continued help with reforms "to advance its Euro-Atlantic aspirations," he added.

]]> <![CDATA[Bachelet Warns of Intensifying Violence in Myanmar After Coup]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 18:06:35 -04:00 In a statement published Friday, Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said multiple reports indicated that armed conflict was growing in Kayah, Chin and Kachin states, with violence particularly intense in areas with considerable ethnic and religious minority groups.

Referring to the 10-member regional bloc, Bachelet said: “There appear to be no efforts towards de-escalation but rather a build-up of troops in key areas, contrary to the commitments the military made to ASEAN to cease the violence."


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“In just over four months, Myanmar has gone from being a fragile democracy to a human rights catastrophe,” Bachelet added. “The military leadership is singularly responsible for this crisis, and must be held to account.”

Since the country was thrown into political turmoil following a military coup that removed Aung San Suu Kyi’s democratically elected government on February 1, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has led the main international diplomatic effort to find a way out of the crisis in Myanmar.

The military’s seizure of power unleashed daily protests that have been met by a bloody crackdown, as well as strikes paralyzing the country’s economy and fighting in borderlands between armed forces and ethnic minority armed groups.

The ASEAN mediation has so far made little progress, even though last week, two envoys from the bloc visited Myanmar and met top military government officials, including military chief Min Aung Hlaing. Pro-democracy groups say they are being shut out.

The UN, Western countries and China all back ASEAN’s peace efforts, yet Myanmar military, known as the Tatmadaw,  instead touted the progress of its own five-step plan towards a new election.

In the statement, Bachelet said more than 108,000 people have fled their homes in Kayah state over the past few weeks, with many fleeing to forests with little or no food, water, sanitation or medical aid.

Bachelet cited “credible reports” that the military has shelled civilian homes and blocked access to humanitarian aid.

“The international community needs to unify in its demand that the Tatmadaw cease the outrageous use of heavy artillery against civilians and civilian objects,” Bachelet warned.

Bachelet's office is set to update the UN’s top human rights body, the Human Rights Council, during its next session in July.

The statement also place the death toll of those killed by security forces since the coup to 860, mostly protesters. At least 4,804 activists, journalists and opponents of the military government are still in arbitrary detention with reports of detainees and activists’ family members being tortured and punished.

Aung San Suu Kyi was placed under custody as the military takeover was unfolding and charged with multiple charges, including a new one on Thursday for alleged corruption. She is expected to go on trial Monday.

]]> <![CDATA[Puerto Rico: Power Outage Affects Numerous Areas of San Juan]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:15:44 -04:00 A power outage occurred Thursday afternoon in several areas of San Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, and other towns in the eastern part of the Caribbean island, following an explosion at the Monacillos Technical Operations Center, an agency of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa).


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Other substations in the San Juan metropolitan area also went out of service, such as the San Juan and Palo Seco power plants. Several witnesses reported that Guaynabo, Carolina, Hato Rey, Old San Juan, Miramar, Río Piedras, Luquillo, and Las Piedras were among the blackout areas.

The Puerto Rico Fire Department has confirmed to local media its presence in the area of the explosion. "Units from DOE Hato Rey, Guaynabo, and Río Piedras are on their way to attend to the fire at the Monacillos station," they reported.

Network users reported smoke coming out of the Electric Power Authority station as a result of the explosion. They also mentioned loud noises and the smell of burning in nearby areas. It was reported that the control panels of the San Juan and Palo Seco power plants were shut down.

Prepa was working Thursday night to repair line 41300 of the Cambalache power plant, leaving several towns in northern Puerto Rico without electricity.

]]> <![CDATA[US Coast Guard Deports 82 Undocumented Cuban Migrants]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 17:13:00 -04:00 These people endangered their lives by going to sea in rustic means that do not have the most elementary conditions of navigation or maritime safety; in some cases with about 31 or 23 individuals on board a single device, without means of rescue or warning in case of emergency, and some had even participated in the theft of a Lista Quinta boat, linked to the Sport Fishing Base of Santa Cruz del Norte, in Mayabeque.


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In the initial investigations of these cases, it was found that four of the departures had taken place from Artemisa, and one each from Havana, Mayabeque, Matanzas, and Villa Clara.

With these 82 people, a total of 313 have been returned by U.S. authorities so far this year, in accordance with the migratory agreement in force between the two countries.

"U.S. Coast Guard returns #U.S. Coast Guard. 82 illegal migrants."

The Cuban government has insisted on the need for strict compliance with the Cuba-U.S. Joint Declaration on migration issues, dated January 12, 2017, which initialed the bilateral commitment to prevent irregular migration and to prevent risky departures from Cuba that endanger human life, to fight against acts of violence related to such migration, to discourage illicit acts linked to irregular migration resolutely and to promote effective bilateral cooperation to prevent and prosecute human trafficking and associated crimes.

In correspondence with the letter of that agreement, Cuba has reiterated and defended regular, safe, and orderly migration and that the U.S. side complies with the commitment to guarantee legal migration from Cuba with a minimum of 20 thousand people per year.

]]> <![CDATA[Five Million Trees To Be Planted in Ghana]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 15:07:19 -04:00 Ghana`s Environmental Ministry today starts a nationwide tree-planting campaign that aims to restore this African country`s depleted forest cover.


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This institution has already distributed over five million seedlings of species such as Wawa, Mango, Rosewood, and Shea, which will be planted in several districts.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo planted a commemorative tree at the precincts of the Jubilee House, the seat of government.

His administration is determined to restore the Ghanaian depleted forest cover, which has been ravaged by negative human activities such as illegal mining and lumbering.

Environmental Ministry Samuel Abu Jina called political parties, faith-based organizations, corporate bodies, schools, the media, and all well-meaning Ghanaians to join forces.

Since the 1990s., the country’s forest cover has decreased from 8.2 million to 1.6 million hectares.

]]> <![CDATA[Two COVID-19 Cases Detected in Cruise Heading to the Caribbean]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 15:04:34 -04:00 Cruise operator Royal Caribbean informed over two positive COVID-19 cases onboard the Celebrity Millennium cruise, which was the first ship in North America to restart operation last week.


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Celebrity Millennium departed from St. Maarten in Philipsburg on Saturday, following a stay of over one year at port docks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The positive cases were asymptomatic and placed under isolation by the medical team who conducted tests on all the individuals' close contacts.

With port stops in Barbados, Aruba, and Curacao, the cruise transported about 500 passengers, 95 percent of whom were fully vaccinated. 

Royal Caribbean company started its sailing operations early this month, after complying with health regulations approved by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the outlet Skift, the cruise industry remains largely paralyzed this year, especially in Canada. Furthermore, the three largest cruise lines have a debt valued at approximately US$60 billion.

Recently, Carnival Chief Executive Officer Arnold Donald threatened to pull its ships out of U.S. ports due to the tightening of requirements to embark passengers. 

]]> <![CDATA[Cuba To Suspend In-Person Deposits of US Dollars]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:38:42 -04:00 President Miguel Diaz-Canel's administration announced that Cuban banks will temporarily suspend in-person deposits of U.S. dollars starting from June 21.


Cuba To Begin Clinical Trials of Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine

The National Bank President Marta Sabina explained that the intensification of the U.S. blockade against her country affects the national banking system.

"People will be permitted to withdraw U.S. dollars from their bank accounts, transfer funds, and make in-person deposits using other foreign currencies," she said.

Carlos Fernandez, director-general for U.S. affairs at Cuba's Foreign Ministry, said that the new measure aims to protect the country's financial system.

"Our people and the international community know that the U.S. blockade is aimed at causing damages to the Cuban economy," he said, adding that the U.S. unilateral policy toward the island is intended to affect the country's income sources and living standards of the population.

Most probably, the immediate consequence of the latest monetary decision will be that the Euro will displace the U.S. dollar as the most frequently used currency among the population.

This will happen, however, after a partial dollarization of the Cuban economy that began to be accentuated in the last year. This week, the Euro was quoted at 29 pesos and the U.S. dollar at 24 pesos at official exchange sites.

]]> <![CDATA[Peru: President Sagasti Rejects Accusations of Electoral Fraud]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 13:23:00 -04:00 Peru's President Francisco Sagasti on Friday mentioned that the information provided by international observers ratifies that the second round of the presidential elections took place in a normal manner.


LATAM Leftist Politicians Rejoice Castillo's Victory in Peru

"So far, the institutions in charge of the electoral process have informed us that everything has taken place in an orderly and calm manner," he said and emphasized that there is no evidence to justify political actors using the word "fraud."

"I see no reason to let this process be tainted. I have total confidence in the autonomy and efficiency of the electoral authorities," Sagasti added and warned that he would not allow his words to be twisted by the enemies of democracy.

To avoid unnecessary conflicts, he also asked Popular Force candidate Keiko Fujimori and Free Peru candidate Pedro Castillo to wait for the official results.

On Friday afternoon, Sagasti will hold a meeting with the mission of observers from the Organization of American States (OAS) to officially receive their report on the June 6 elections.

Meanwhile, the current Peruvian president ratified that the reports of other observation missions indicate that the entire electoral process took place in a clean and transparent manner.

So far, Pedro Castillo has obtained 50.18 percent of the ballots cast on Sunday. The far-right politician Keiko Fujimori got 49.80 percent of the votes.

]]> <![CDATA[GRULAC Commits to the Total Elimination of Chemical Weapons]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:22:13 -04:00 On the occasion of the 22nd regional meeting of National Authorities of States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) this week, representatives from the Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) reaffirmed their countries' commitment to the implementation of this international treaty. 


$8.1 Trillion Required by 2050 To Tame Global Ecological Crisis

Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines highlighted that their national legal frameworks comply with CWC regulations. They also informed about their actions to promote capacity building and chemical security. 

The Technical Secretariat of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) welcomed the high level of online attendance by GRULAC countries while offering an update on cooperation activities.

OPCW International Cooperation Director Kayoko Gotoh praised regional cooperation as a decisive policy to achieve CWC's effective implementation.

Formed by 193 Members States, the OPCW received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013. The organization has destroyed over 98 percent of its Member States' declared chemical weapon stockpiles, a figure that established a breakthrough in its work. 

After four years of being opened for signatures in Paris, the CWC entered into force on Apr. 29, 1997.

This Convention is the first multilateral arms control treaty to include a wide-ranging verification regime.

]]> <![CDATA[US Blockade Prevents Venezuela From Paying For Vaccines]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 12:05:18 -04:00 On Thursday, Venezuela denounced that the Union Bank of Switzerland (UBS) prevented it from transferring money to pay for COVID-19 vaccines purchased through the COVAX facility.


COVAX To Send Venezuela Millions of Doses in July and August

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez explained that the bank blocked the last four installments of the payment of vaccines valued at USD10 million.

"Venezuela has paid all of its commitments with the COVAX mechanism. However, the Bank has arbitrarily 'blocked' the last payments and placed them under 'investigation'. That is a crime," Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted.

In a communication addressed to Ambassador Hector Rosales on June 7, the COVAX facility confirmed that Venezuela had transferred US$110 million for the COVID-19 vaccines. At that time, only US$10 million remained to be paid.

Regarding this, a document signed by COVAX representative Santiago Cornejo confirmed that the UBS bank blocked the last 4 payments and placed the money under investigation.

Rodriguez stressed that the blocking of the financial resources of a sovereign nation demonstrates the imposition of a hegemonic power amid the pandemic.

As of Friday morning, Venezuela had reported 247,847 COVID-19 cases and 2,781 related deaths. In the last 24 hours, health authorities detected 1,083 new cases, 187 of which occurred in the Zulia state on the border with Colombia.

]]> <![CDATA[Chile's Metropolitan Region To Enter Into Quarantine Again]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 11:50:06 -04:00 Chile's Health Ministry informed that the Metropolitan region would enter quarantine as of Saturday due to a rise in COVID-19 contagions and deaths.


Chile: Poll Shows Daniel Jadue Would Win Presidency in Runoff

Health Undersecretary Paula Daza indicated that the measure responded to the high level of intensive care units' bed occupancy in the region, where 8 million Chileans live.

Besides the Metropolitan Region, seven municipalities located in the Valparaiso, O'Higgins, Maule, and Los Lagos regions will also move back into movement restrictions. 

As of Thursday, health authorities had reported 1,4 53,478 COVID-19 cases and 30,339 related deaths. Currently, there are 45,774 active cases.

This Andean nation has already vaccinated 57.8 percent of its population, while 75 percent of Chileans have at least the first dose. On Jun. 21, the immunization campaign will reach young people between the ages of 12 and 17.  

Despite the movement restrictions and the COVID-19 situation, Daza confirmed the holding of subnational elections' second runoff on Sunday. 

On this occasion, Chileans are called to elect governors in 13 regions where no candidate reached 40 percent of the necessary votes to be declared the winner. 

]]> <![CDATA[Ecuador: Moreno Would Have Sent Ammunition to The Añez Regime]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 14:00:20 -04:00 Bolivia's Interior Minister Eduardo del Castillo denounced that Ecuador's ex-President Lenin Moreno supported the consolidation of the 2019 coup d'etat against President Evo Morales.


Ecuador: Moreno Not To Return To Politics After Leaving Office

So far, local authorities have discovered that Moreno lent the Jeanine Añez regime 5,500 grenades and 2,949 missiles to fight social protests.

Bolivia`s Police commander Jhonny Aguilera said that this information is derived from statements of former officials related to the "Tear Gas" corruption case, which led to the imprisonment of ex-Interior Minister Arturo Murillo.

Investigations have not yet determined whether Ecuador's legal regulations allowed Moreno to send ammunition and military equipment to other countries.

In the next hours, Del Castillo is expected to announce more details of the military "loan" that the Ecuador`s right-wing president made to the Bolivian interim government (2019-2020).

During this period, popular organizations demanded a return to democracy through massive protests and roadblocks.

As a result of the Añez regime's police brutality, massacres were recorded in Senkata, Sacaba, Montero, and La Paz

]]> <![CDATA[Argentina Passes Bill for Labor Inclusion of LGTBIQ People]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 10:25:00 -04:00 Argentina's Lower Chamber on Friday approved the labor inclusion bill for trans, transvestite, and transgender people in public posts. 


Argentina Fines Agrochemical Firms For Environment Law Evasion

The new law orders ministries and public companies to employ transvestites, transsexuals, and transgender people, who must represent at least 1 percent of their workforce. 

State agencies must also raise awareness on gender and sexual diversity in workplaces to allow full integration of these people. 

The National Bank was allowed to open credit accounts at preferential rates for financing economic and social projects aimed at the LGTBIQ population. 

The "Diana Sacayan - Lohana Berkins" bill was sanctioned with 207 favorable votes, 11 negative votes, and seven abstentions. The Senate must now open a debate. 

"When we talk about the trans collective in Argentina and the world, we are talking about a collective, which is perhaps the one in the greatest situation of violation of rights," lawmaker Brenda Austin said.

Social activist Thiago Galvan described the bill as "historical", highlighting that it represented a pall of hope for trans people whose rights were legitimized. 

]]> <![CDATA[LATAM Leftist Politicians Rejoice Castillo's Victory in Peru]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 08:51:33 -04:00 Several Latin American political leaders congratulated leftist presidential candidate Pedro Castillo for his victory in Peru's runoff elections on June 6. 


Pedro Castillo Leads Peruvian Election, With 100% of Votes In

Bolivia's President Luis Arce, Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez, and Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega sent congratulatory messages highlighting "the free and democratic" environment in which the elections took place. 

Ecuador's former President Rafael Correa, Brazil's ex-Presidents Lula Da Silva and Dilma Rousseff, and Colombia's ex-Senator Piedad Cordoba also rejoiced Castillo's victory. 

The congratulatory messages emphasized that the Peruvian rural teacher's election represented a triumph for Latin American popular organizations, rural workers, and Indigenous movements. 

The meme reads, "Bolivia joins Peruvian people's celebrations and congratulates brother Pedro Castillo, President-elect of Peru, a country with which we share history and culture. The Great Homeland join forces to continue fighting for a future with justice and equality for the peoples."

According to the official figures available so far, the Free Peru candidate has obtained 50.18 percent of the votes cast on Sunday. The far-right politician Keiko Fujimori obtained 49.80 percent of the votes.

The National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) will announce the final elections results after the Special Jury of Elections (JEE) concludes its vote-counting process.

The ONPE indicated also that there were only 454 refuted ballots that will be submitted for re-evaluation. 

]]> <![CDATA[Colombia's ESMAD Unleashes Another Night of Terror in Cali]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 09:10:05 -04:00 One man dead and dozens of citizens injured is the consequence of the violent actions that the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD) unleashed against Colombians on Thursday night.


Anti-Riot Squad's Violent Tactics Left 50 Colombians Injured

In Cali, citizen Jhon Arenas was shot and killed while driving his car in the Siloe neighborhood. Channel 2 also broadcast testimonies of a health mission member who said that the ESMAD set a young man on fire and then threw him into a pipe.

Outlet El Espectador reported that a nine-year-old girl, who had disappeared several days ago, was found dead with signs of torture in Brisas de Comuneros neighborhood, where she had arrived with her family after fleeing violence in the Nariño department.

In Bogota, the ESMAD assaulted seven people, five of whom were injured in the head in the Chicala neighborhood. In this area of the city, the indiscriminate firing of tear gas wreaked havoc on families who were trapped inside their homes, as reported by Colombia Informa.

The meme says, "An anonymous member of the medical mission at the Andres Sanin neighborhood in Cali (where there was carnage yesterday) reports that the ESMAD would have burned alive a protester before throwing him into the canal. I hope I misunderstood".

Colombian victims of police brutality are waiting for international human rights missions to make a statement on the outrages they investigated.

Since April 28, social organizations have reported over 70 murders and 3,700 cases of police brutality throughout this South American country.

This Friday, students will march from the National University to the Prosecutor's Office in Bogota to demand actions in defense of the citizenry. This will happen when the National Strike reaches 45 consecutive days of protests against President Ivan Duque.

]]> <![CDATA[Cuba To Begin Clinical Trials of Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine]]> Fri, 11 Jun 2021 10:24:59 -04:00 On Thursday, Cuba's Center for State Control of Medicines, Equipment, and Medical Devices (CECMED) approved the first clinical trial of the “Soberana” COVID-19 vaccine in people between 3 and 18 years old.


Cuba Rejects European Parliament's Resolution on Human Rights

The Finlay Vaccine Institute (IFV) stated this trial aims to evaluate the safety, reactogenicity, and immunogenicity of experimental vaccines Soberana 02 and Soberana Plus, both of which are administered in two doses 28 days apart.

IFV Director Vicente Verez said that 350 children and adolescents will take part in the clinical trial to be developed in Havana La Habana.

He also pointed out that both products were shown to be safe when applied to adults who only had mild or moderate reactions after being vaccinated.

Verez mentioned that under-three-year-old kids will not participate in this trial because their health conditions are often complex.

His institution is preparing another clinical trial of the Soberana 1 vaccine in pediatric ages. This one will be developed in Cienfuegos province.

As of May 27, Cuba had reported 18,249 pediatric COVID-19 cases, 983 of which were in under-12-months kids.

]]> <![CDATA[Globalink | El Salvador Passes Law That Recognizes Bitcoin as Legal Tender]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 22:42:43 -04:00

]]> <![CDATA[Globalink | China's Changes in Past 30 Years Amazing: Chilean Ambassador ]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 22:35:59 -04:00

]]> <![CDATA[Brazil's Justice Gives Copa America the Green Light]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:04:53 -04:00 The Copa America overcame this Thursday what may be the last obstacle of a rough road: Brazil's highest court gave it the green light by rejecting appeals requesting the suspension of the tournament due to the covid-19 pandemic that has left almost 480,000 dead.

At least six of the eleven magistrates of Brazil's highest court, the minimum required, voted in favor of authorizing the regional team championship, which will kick off on Sunday with the clash between the 'Seleçao' and Venezuela at the Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia.

 Brazil's Team Agrees To Participate in Copa America

However, they warned about the need to reduce eventual damages.

Although it can no longer change the STF's majority decision that the Copa América be played, the remaining judges have until 23H59 local time (02H59 GMT Friday) to vote remotely, in an extraordinary session, on the requests of the leftist Workers' Party (PT), the National Confederation of Metalworkers and the Brazilian Socialist Party to suspend the tournament.

In their legal actions, the plaintiffs alleged sanitary reasons to prevent holding the oldest national team tournament in the world, whose most recent edition, in 2019, was also held in Brazil, with the triumph of the 'Canarinha.'

The Supreme Court's approval is the last obstacle overcome, on and off the field, for a tournament that should have been held in Argentina and Colombia in 2020 but postponed twelve months due to Covid-19. 

The ultra-right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, one of the most questioned leaders for his management of the pandemic, agreed to host the championship in haste after the exits weeks ago of Argentina due to the worsening of the health situation, and Colombia, amid anti-government protests that left dozens dead.

- "Control protocols" -

One of the judges who rejected the suspension requests argued that it is up to the authorities of the states that will host the matches "to define, enforce and control the protocols so that we do not have a 'copavirus,' source of new infections and transmission of new strains." 

At least two magistrates asked the government to present, 24 hours before the start of the world's oldest national team tournament, a detailed plan of preventive actions, although this will be confirmed only at the end of the vote. 

Since Monday last week, when Bolsonaro's government announced the Cup, to be played without public until July 10 in Rio de Janeiro, Brasília, Cuiabá and Goiânia, it has been criticized, including calls for protests on Sunday. 

The day before Mastercard announced that it had decided not to "activate" its sponsorship, withdrawing its logo from the continental tournament, and later the beer giant Ambev, part of the global giant AB Invev, informed that "its brands will not be present at the Copa America."

This Thursday, the Diageo group, which presents itself as a world leader in premium alcoholic beverages, announced the withdrawal of "its brand actions in Brazil in the field of sponsorship of the Copa America, due to the current Brazilian health situation and in respect to the timing of the pandemic."

]]> <![CDATA[China Passes Anti-Sanctions Law as Response to US Hostility]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 21:43:02 -04:00 China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress standing committee (NPC) passed the law on Thursday, according to CCTV.

The new law is China’s latest and most wide-ranging legal tool to respond to foreign sanctions, as local experts say it is intended to give Chinese measures more legitimacy and predictability.


China to Take Countermeasures Against New US Sanctions

The US and its allies have increasingly sanctioned Chinese officials regarding the Xinjiang and Hong Kong regions, including 14 vice-chairpersons of the NPC’s standing committee.

Washington has also sanctioned Chinese companies such as Huawei and ZTE for violating US sanctions on Iran or North Korea, an act China called “long-arm jurisdiction."

China responded in recent months by imposing sanctions on senior politicians and officials from the US, EU and the United Kingdom.

The commerce ministry in January also presented mechanisms to assess if foreign limits on Chinese trade and business activities were justified, allowing for Chinese individuals or companies to sue for compensation in Chinese courts.

Foreign companies looking to do business in China may now find themselves up against increasing scrutiny from Chinese regulatory authorities regarding their operations both locally and abroad, said Shaun Wu, from Paul Hastings, a law firm in Hong Kong

But China experts say Beijing is simply taking a page from the playbooks of the US and EU, which in recent years have passed various laws to serve as a legal basis for their engagement with China.

“China previously has neither the economic power nor the political will to use legal means to retaliate against US sanctions. It now has both,” said Wang Jiangyu, a law professor at City University of Hong Kong.

“Cooperation is the best option but the US doesn’t want it. So retaliation, such as with this new law, is the second-best option. Sucking it up is the worst,” he said.

]]> <![CDATA[Pedro Castillo Leads Peruvian Election, With 100% of Votes In ]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:15:00 -04:00 The National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) published this Thursday the results of the second round of elections to elect the new president of Peru, with the winner being the candidate for Peru Libre, Pedro Castillo, with 50.19 percent of the valid votes after 100 percent of the processed reports.


Castillo Asks To Avoid Provocations From the Peruvian Far-Right

Through the web portal enabled to show the progress of the scrutiny process, the entity specified that Castillo obtained 8,800,486 votes, against the 8,730,712 of his opponent for the Popular Force party, Keiko Fujimori, which represents 49.80 percent of the votes. According to data related to valid votes presented by the ONPE, Pedro Castillo leads Keiko Fujimori with a difference of 0.39 percent.

According to the head of the ONPE, Piero Corvetto Salinas, "we have reached 100 percent of the processed tally sheets, the first significant milestone in the computation of results. However, there are still pending minutes in the JEE (Special Jury of Elections) to conclude with the whole process of vote counting.

Through his account on the social media network Twitter, Salinas expressed his gratitude to "the thousands of "blue vests" of the ONPE who carried out a safe, quiet, clean and transparent election, as we promised."

Presidential candidate Castillo has made several calls to the population to remain vigilant of the count and thus defend each vote, respecting the will of the Peruvian people.

For her part, candidate Fujimori has denounced alleged irregularities in the counting process of the votes cast on June 6.

]]> <![CDATA[Wife of Drug Kingpin "El Chapo" Pleads Guilty in US Court]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 19:08:02 -04:00 At a district court in Washington D.C., Emma Coronel Aispuro was found guilty of three counts of conspiring to distribute illegal drugs, conspiring to launder money, and engaging in financial dealings with the Sinaloa drug cartel.

She also admitted to helping her husband escape from a Mexican prison in 2015 as part of her plea agreement.


El Chapo Barred From Receiving Wife for Conjugal Visit

Asides from facing a potential life sentence for the drug distribution charge, Aispuro faces two other counts against her carry maximum prison terms of 20 years and ten years.

US District Judge Rudolph Contreras set a tentative sentencing date of September 15.

The 31-year-old former beauty queen was arrested in February at Dulles International Airport in Virginia on allegations she had relayed messages to help Guzman traffic drugs from 2012 to early 2014.

She kept delivering messages while visiting him in a Mexican prison following his arrest in February 2014.

US prosecutors said that as Mexico’s most powerful drug lord, Guzman ran a cartel responsible for smuggling cocaine and other drugs into the U.S. for 25 years.

Prosecutors said the Sinaloa cartel smuggled more than 450,000kg of cocaine, 90,000kg of heroin, 45,000kg of methamphetamine, and about 90,000kg of cannabis into the U.S.

Guzman, 64, was recaptured after escaping from prison and extradited to the U.S. He was convicted in 2019 of masterminding the Sinaloa cartel’s multibillion-dollar drug enterprise.

Guzman was sentenced by a federal court in New York to life in prison plus another 30 years and is now carrying out his term in a maximum-security prison in Florence, Colorado.

]]> <![CDATA[Prosecutor Asks for New Preventive Detention for Keiko Fujimori]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:56:26 -04:00 On Thursday, Peru's anti-corruption prosecutor Jose Domingo Perez asked the judiciary to order new pre-trial detention of presidential candidate Keiko Fujimori to prevent her from interfering in an ongoing investigation.

 Castillo Asks To Avoid Provocations From the Peruvian Far-Right


"It has been determined once again that the defendant Fujimori Higuchi does not comply with the restriction of not communicating with witnesses," Perez said in a petition to Judge Victor Zuniga.
Fujimori, who is under investigation concerning the case of Odebrecht, one of the most significant bribery and graft scandals in Latin America, "is communicating with Miguel Torres Morales," a witness to alleged illegal campaign financing for Fujimori's 2011 and 2016 presidential bids, according to Perez.
During a televised conference of Fujimori's Popular Force party on Wednesday, Perez noted that Torres appeared alongside Keiko as a lawyer and spokesperson for the political organization.
At the conference, Torres said the party would move to annul the results of 802 polling stations in Sunday's presidential runoff due to alleged irregularities in the electoral process.
So far, Fujimori's rival Pedro Castillo, of the left-leaning Free Peru party, is leading the vote count, though by a razor-thin margin.
Torres denied witnessing any illicit activities.
The daughter of former president Alberto Fujimori is accused of receiving 1.2 million U.S. dollars in campaign funding from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, which has admitted to systematically bribing officials and politicians throughout the region in exchange for lucrative government contracts.
Keiko Fujimori spent more than a year in preventive detention between October 2018 and May 2020 at the request of the prosecutor's office.
With 99.99 percent of the ballots tabulated, she trails Castillo with 49.79 percent of the votes against the latter's 50.20 percent. 


]]> <![CDATA[US Warns Venezuela, Cuba to Reject Iranian Navy Ships]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:41:50 -04:00 The United States has reportedly issued threats to Venezuela and Cuba against letting in two Iranian Navy ships sailing across the Atlantic, apparently heading to South American shores with an unknown cargo.


The US Uses the Pandemic To Intimidate Venezuela and Cuba

Citing an unnamed senior official with the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden, Politico claimed the ships are believed to be carrying weapons from Iran to Venezuela under a deal signed between the two countries during the administration of former President Donald Trump.

“The delivery of such weapons would be a provocative act and understood as a threat to our partners in the Western Hemisphere,” the official said in a statement to Politico. “We would reserve the right to take appropriate measures in coordination with our partners to deter the transit or delivery of such weapons.”

The vessels are said to have already traveled a significant distance across the Atlantic Ocean, completing more than half the journey from Iran to Venezuela, marking the first time the Iranian navy has rounded Cape Town, South Africa, to get far into the Atlantic.

During his tenure, Trump withdrew U.S. recognition of Nicolas Maduro as Venezuelan president and pulled Washington out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. In addition, under Trump, Washington tightened its economic sanctions on both the Iranian and Venezuelan nations.

“The sale of the Iranian weapons happened one year ago under the previous [U.S.] administration and like many situations related to Iran under the previous administration — including the breakout of Iran’s nuclear program following the Trump administration’s reckless withdrawal from the [Iran nuclear deal] — we are working to resolve it through diplomacy,” the U.S. official said.

On Tuesday, the Iranian administration reacted to the reports in U.S. media about Iran shipping weapons to South America, denouncing the monitoring as interference in Iran’s legal trade with other countries. Tehran, however, did not comment on the cargo of the ships.

“Regardless of the cargo of the ships, there is no ban on Iran’s sale of weapons, as confirmed by Resolution 2231,” adopted in 2015 by the UN Security Council to endorse the Iran deal that the US abandoned less than two years later, said Ali Rabiei, the administration’s spokesman. “America has long tried to get the resolution violated [by others], but to no avail.”

“Iran reserves the right to enjoy normal trade ties in the framework of international law and regulations, and considers any interference and monitoring of these relations as illegal and insulting, and strongly condemns it,” Rabiei told reporters at a weekly news conference.

]]> <![CDATA[Chile: Poll Shows Daniel Jadue Would Win Presidency in Runoff]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 18:01:21 -04:00 The results of the Panel Ciudadano survey, carried out by the Universidad del Desarrollo, anticipated some possible scenarios for an eventual presidential runoff in Chile.

The poll published by El Mercurio reveals that the presidential candidate of the Communist Party (PC), Daniel Jadue, would prevail in all scenarios, and that his most competitive rivals in a runoff would be Joaquín Lavín (UDI) and Yasna Provoste (DC).


Recoleta, Chile: Daniel Jadue Sweeps the Municipal Election

Against the former mayor of Las Condes, Jadue would be more than five points ahead. 32.9% would vote for Lavín and 38% for the current mayor of Recoleta. Among those consulted, 29.1% said they would not vote for either.

Jadue also leads the current president of the Senate by almost 15 points. The current legislator, who has not yet defined if she will be the DC presidential option, would obtain 21.1% against 35.7% for the communist candidate. In this case, those who would not vote for any of them reached 43.2%.

The poll also included Sebastián Sichel, who would also be defeated by Jadue by more than 10 points. The former minister had 27.3% of the preferences, against 37.7% for the mayor of Recoleta. The percentage of those who would not vote for any of them amounts to 35%.

The poll also included a scenario where Pamela Jiles, and not Daniel Jadue, would be the opposition candidate. However, the Humanist Party candidate would be defeated by Provoste, Lavín and even Sichel. The three of them would be more than 10 points ahead of her.

The poll was conducted between Thursday, May 20 and Friday, May 21, in the week following the elections of constituents, governors, mayors and councilmen, which took place on May 15 and 16.

]]> <![CDATA[Bolivian UN Ambassador Calls To Respect People's Vote in Peru]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:27:57 -04:00 "The Electoral Organization is the only one that can reveal the official results of the June 6 election, and we think that Fujimori must comply with the people's will,'" the diplomat told local media Bolivia TV.

Pary said from the seat of the United Nations that the tally is almost final, showing Castillo from the Peru Libre party as the unequivocal winner.


Bolivia Rejects US Threats of International Intervention: Pary

The rural teacher appealed to the needs and sentiments of families neglected for a long time, the ambassador state, adding that the progressive politician will now be tasked with building a country "by meeting the needs of its population."

Peru's National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) has reported so far that the teacher maintains a slight lead, with 50.204 percent of the ballots in his favor, over the 49.796 percent by Fujimori, the leader of the Fuerza Popular party.

"Ambassador of #Bolivia to the #UN, @DiegoPary considers that a victory for @PedroCastilloTe
in #Peru will be positive for the region, this neighboring country is part of the #AndeanCommunity and shares with Bolivians the #political #vision as well as #identity." 

The electoral authorities added that 99.998 percent of the ballots have already been counted, and that 8,791,778 people cast their vote for Castillo, which is 71,441 more than the 8,720,337 votes for the neoliberal candidate.

Numerous Peruvian political analysts and personalities criticized Fujimori's fraud allegations, questioning the call proposing the massive annulment of the election.

]]> <![CDATA[Lawyers in Brazil to Bring Bolsonaro to the International Court]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:19:10 -04:00 Brazil Lawyers Order (BLO) intends to bring President Jair Bolsonaro, who keeps his irresponsible handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazil, to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.


Over 200 Brazilian Cities Rise Up Against "Genocidal" Bolsonaro

According to the Rede Brasil Atual portal, the International Court in the Netherlands has already convicted in all its history several world leaders for crimes against humanity, including genocide.

BLO will wait for the final report from the Parliamentary Investigation Commission(PIC) to assess the government´s management on the pathogen to direct their actions to world courts.

According to the site, a lawyers team from the organization is working on the issue and concluded that Bolsonaro did commit such transgressions in the fight against SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus responsible for the disease.

Therefore, there was negligence to acquire vaccines, minimize the seriousness of the pandemic, lack of incentive to adopt restrictive measures, and promote the so-called non-scientifically proven evidence early treatment.

Likewise, he acted indolently during the Amazon crisis, with wildfires consuming vast swaths of rainforests, failing to provide resources, and contributing to the indigenous population genocide.

According to BLO, the President and his government´s omission and irresponsibility have cost Brazil so far 474 thousand deaths due to Covid-19 mismanagement (presently nearing 480 thousand).

]]> <![CDATA[Cuban Deputy PM in France to Renegotiate Debt with Paris Club]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 17:16:25 -04:00 The meetings between the two sides in Paris were reported Tuesday by the Cuban Foreign Ministry, which did divulge further details about its content.

Experts believe that Havana may request a new postponement of the debt it has with the 14 states that make up the Paris Club after not having been able to assume the payments corresponding to last year.


Cuba: Creditors Will Forgive Billions of Dollars in Debt

In 2015, Cuba signed a historic agreement with the Paris Club, cancelling $8.5 billion of total debt of $11 billion with a commitment to pay the remaining amount in installments until 2023.

Cuba partially defaulted on its obligations in 2019, and in 2020 it declared itself unable to fully assume the quota, leading to a request for a two-year moratorium for a total of about 200 million in arrears to the debtor organization, which accepted just one year, with the possibility of renegotiating.

Cabrisas was also received by former President of the French Republic François Hollande.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during the meeting the official visit made by the former French president to Cuba in May 2015 was remembered, as well as the State visit to France by Army General Raúl Castro Ruz in February 2016, during which numerous agreements were signed, deepening the level of political, economic and cooperation relations between both nations.

Cabrisas recognized the personal contribution of the former French president to the constructive relations between the two nations.

The Cuban Foreign Ministry highlighted that the meetings of the Cuban deputy prime minister served to address the main issues on the bilateral agenda and ratify the common will to expand political, economic trade, investment and cooperation ties.

]]> <![CDATA[Cuba Rejects European Parliament's Resolution on Human Rights]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 14:50:40 -04:00 Cuban lawmakers rejected the decision of the European Union Parliament (EUP) to pass a resolution condemning alleged human rights violations on this Caribbean island. 


 The US Uses the Pandemic To Intimidate Venezuela and Cuba

"Once again, the EUP has played a sad role of hostage to a small group of far-right European lawmakers who are obsessed with destroying the Cuban Revolution," they warned.

The Cuban lawmakers also thanked the support showed by solidarity groups that described the resolution as a hypocritical action since the U.S. blockade, which affects the country's social and economic development, was not addressed at all.

"Cuban medical cooperation, from which European peoples have also benefited, is a paradigm of the Revolution's foreign projection based on the principle that our Homeland is humanity," the Cuban lawmakers stressed to reject slanders over Cuban medical brigades cooperation.  

Cubans warned that Spanish far-right organizations such as the Popular Party and Vox had transferred their political fights to the EUP floor to discredit the socialist model. 

"The political motivations behind this anti-Cuban show are clear. It is promoted by EUP's Spanish lawmakers who have in common a nostalgia for the Franco Era and a vocation for a coup," Cuba diplomacy noted, adding that these lawmakers forget that the Island ceased to be a Spanish colony in 1898.

On Wednesday, the EUP Resolution was approved with 386 votes in favor, 236 against, and 59 abstentions.

]]> <![CDATA[Bolivia Reaches a $430 Million Agricultural Trade Surplus]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 15:12:54 -04:00 The Bolivian Institute of Foreign Trade (IBCE) Manager Gary Rodriguez announced that his county's agribusiness sector had a US$430 million trade surplus in the first four months of this year, which represents an increase of almost double compared to the same period in 2019.


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Rodriguez explained that high international prices allowed agribusiness exports to grow by 49 percent.

In terms of volume, the Bolivian agricultural exports grew by 11 percent. "That means there is more agricultural investment, reinvestment, and productivity," he pointed out.

Despite restrictions, quarantines, and increase in logistics costs for producers, food imports only fell 4 percent in value and 9 percent in volume, he added.

The IBCE manager stated that agro-exports are the way out of the pandemic-induced economic crisis because they can prompt investments and generate jobs in this Andean country.

He also remarked that most of Bolivian agriculture comprises small producers and called for greater dialogue between the public and private sectors.

"The world can stop doing mining, hydrocarbons, or tourism, but it cannot stop eating. Someone has to produce food," he stressed.

]]> <![CDATA[Haiti Has Not Started COVID-19 Vaccination Yet]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:18:56 -04:00 Haiti is the only western country that has not started COVID-19 vaccination yet. Apparently, one of the reasons for this delay is its rejection of the AstraZeneca doses that the COVAX facility assigned to this country.


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Although Haiti is among the 92 low- and middle-income countries that should have been benefited from the COVAX initiative, these multilaterally funded vaccines did not arrive in the country due to security and logistical reasons.

In this regard, Health Minister Laure Adrien explained that his country did not reject the COVAX vaccines but rather asked to change the doses offered.

As of June 5, this 11.3-million inhabitants country had reported 15,895 COVID-19 infections and 333 related deaths.

Although these statistics are relatively lower compared to other Latin American countries, infections and deaths in Haiti have multiplied by five times after the arrival of new variants last month.

Adrien assured that it is not clear whether Haiti will first receive the doses from the COVAX facility or the U.S.-donated vaccines.

According to the Haitian minister, however, the late start of the vaccination program will not have any impact on the recovery of normal economic activities.


]]> <![CDATA[Grenada to Allocate $9 Million To Help Vulnerable People]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:35:58 -04:00 The Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) granted Grenada a US$8.95 million loan to help people in vulnerable situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


PAHO Welcomes US Donation of 19 Million COVID-19 Vaccines

The economic bailout will be delivered through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and will be focused on Individuals and small businesses.

Disbursements are expected to start in August or September with an interest rate of about 2.06 percent. Granada will have a 5-year grace period and a repayment timeline of over 20 years.

"We must understand that there are many people who have been without an income for over a year, and they too have commitments and families that they need to take care of," Prime Minister Keith Mitchell said. 

He explained that the Finance and Social Development ministries would work in conjunction to enlist people who can be supported through this credit.

It is not the first loan that the government approved for supporting people in distress amid the pandemic. In April 2020, the Parliament passed a US$18 million package to help workers in the tourism sector.

The new loan comes as part of the IDB's initiative to boot capacity building and resilience in Eastern Caribbean nations. In 2020, the CDB and the IADB signed a US$50 million loan to support COVID-19 response projects in these countries. 

]]> <![CDATA[The US Uses the Pandemic To Intimidate Venezuela and Cuba]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 13:05:32 -04:00 The United States is using the COVID-19 pandemic as a weapon to strengthen its arbitrary blockade against Venezuela and Cuba, said Sacha Llorenti, the secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America - Peoples' Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP).


ALBA-TCP to Support UN Resolution Against US Blockade of Cuba

"The U.S. and its allies are taking advantage of the pandemic to maintain and expand measures that represent a crime against humanity," he denounced in an interview with teleSUR.

During Donald Trump’s administration, the U.S. arbitrarily imposed 243 measures to strengthen the blockade against Cuba. Up to the moment, however, President Joe Biden has not withdrawn a single one of those measures despite the fact that the pandemic is a global problem that demands international cooperation.

"They use the pandemic as a weapon to reinforce illegal measures and as a collective punishment" ALBA-TCP Secretary denounced.

Llorenti also recalled that his institution created a humanitarian fund for the purchase of vaccines for the benefit of ALBA-TCP countries.

So far, this fund has allowed the purchase of 14 percent of the doses required by these nations. ALBA-TCP has also transported vaccines free of charge from China to Dominica.

Created in 2004 as an alternative to neoliberal regional agreements, ALBA-TCP has managed to consolidate itself as a mechanism to preserve solidarity and unity among Latin American peoples.

]]> <![CDATA[Dominica To Start Construction of Its International Airport ]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 12:44:26 -04:00 Dominica's Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit on Wednesday welcomed the signing of the agreement for the construction of an international airport on the island by the Montreal Management Consultant (MMCE) company.


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The signing ceremony took place at the Windsor Park Stadium, where Dominican authorities noted the opportunities such a facility would represent for the country's tourism and agricultural activities. 

"Today, we create new opportunities for this country and its citizens. Today, we help to secure the future of our children," Skerrit said.

Financed under the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CBI), the airport will be constructed in five phases in Wesley. Investment is valued at over US$370 million.

“We need this airport to achieve economic diversification, which we have been speaking about for many decades,” Economy Minister Fidel Grant said.

The Douglas-Charles and the Canefield airports are the only two small airports in Dominica from where regular flights depart for Barbados, Puerto Rico, and Antigua. By 2025, the island is expected to receive inbound international flights from Europe and the U.S. 

"The Dominica International Airport project is the biggest contracted project not only in Dominica's history but also in the history of the Eastern Caribbean region," MMCE Chief Executive Officer Anthony Haiden said. 

]]> <![CDATA[The US and Mexico Commit to Fight Irregular Migration]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 12:28:31 -04:00 On Wednesday, Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris signed cooperation agreements to fight irregular migration and boost development in Central America.  


US: 2,127 Migrant Children Remain Separated From Parents

The agreements include the creation of a specialized group to fight human smuggling networks, resolve missing person cases, and assist Mexican workers.

In this sense, the U.S. will provide forensic training to law enforcement agencies such as the National Search Commission to help Mexican authorities to resolve over 82,000 cases of missing persons.

Furthermore, loans will be provided for affordable housing, infrastructure projects, and support to rural workers in southern Mexico.

President Joe Biden's administration will cooperate to support labor reforms aimed at addressing child labor in Mexico.

The U.S./Mexico talks concluded in a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) for the development of the Central American Northern Triangle region, which includes Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

"The U.S. and Mexico share history and family. Our economies are tied and our security relies on one another. I am here in Mexico City to renew our nation’s important partnership with Mexico," Kamala tweeted. 

]]> <![CDATA[US Lawmakers Prepare New Infrastructure Plan Without Tax Hikes]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 11:06:26 -04:00 A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers is preparing a new infrastructure proposal without any tax hikes to engage with President Joe Biden’s administration.


G7 Agrees on Global Minimum Tax Rate of at Least 15 Percent

Five Democrats and a handful more Republicans have decided against using corporate or individual income tax increases to pay for spending on infrastructure projects, Bloomberg News reported on Wednesday.

"There are no tax increases. That is a red line for us," Republican senator Mitt Romney said and noted that the key to determining whether the bipartisan group can produce an offer to Biden this week would be whether "there is sufficient support from other Republican senators for our proposal or not."

The move came after Biden ended talks with a group of Senate Republicans led by Senator Shelley Moore Capito after weeks of intense negotiations.

"Despite the progress we made in our negotiations, the president continued to respond with offers that included tax increases as his pay for, instead of several practical options that would have not been harmful to individuals, families, and small businesses," Capito said.

Biden had originally proposed raising the corporate income tax rate from 21 percent to 28 percent to help pay for his US$2.3-trillion infrastructure plan, which was opposed by Republicans and the business community. Later, he lowered the overall price tag to US$1.7 trillion, while Senate Republicans offered a US$928-billion counteroffer.

Over two dozen business groups have also formed a coalition to oppose Biden's plan to raise taxes, arguing that his policy will hamper the U.S. economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

]]> <![CDATA[Sudan and Egypt Reject Filling of Ethiopia's Nile Dam]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 08:54:20 -04:00 On Wednesday, Sudan and Egypt reiterated the rejection of the unilateral filling of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).


Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia Resume Dialogue Over the Blue Nile Dam

The two countries held closed-door talks in Sudan's Khartoum to review the latest developments regarding the GERD with the participation of the two countries' foreign and irrigation ministers. After the talks, the two sides issued a joint communique in which they stressed the risks of the unilateral filling of the GERD.

They stressed the importance of coordination at the regional and international levels to push Ethiopia to negotiate seriously and with the political will to reach a satisfactory and binding deal.

The two sides saw that the talks under the African Union have failed to reach an agreement because of the "Ethiopian obstinacy." They urged the international community to intervene to stop Ethiopia's "unilateral will."

They further expressed concern over the possible impact of unilateral filling of the GERD without reaching a legal deal to organize the work of the dam.

Sudan, Egypt, and Ethiopia have been in talks for years over the technical and legal issues related to the filling and operation of the GERD. Sudan proposed a mediation quartet of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States, and the African Union regarding the GERD issue. Ethiopia, however, has announced its rejection of this formula.

In February, Ethiopia said it would carry on with the second-phase 13.5-billion-cubic-meter filling of the GERD in June. The volume of the first-phase filling last year was 4.9 billion cubic meters.

Ethiopia, which started building the GERD in 2011, expects to produce more than 6,000 megawatts of electricity from the dam project, while Egypt and Sudan, downstream Nile Basin countries that rely on the river for its freshwater, are concerned that the dam might affect their share of the water resources.

]]> <![CDATA[Anti-Riot Squad's Violent Tactics Left 50 Colombians Injured]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 09:16:28 -04:00 Leaving a dead person and 50 injured people, Colombia's Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD) unleashed another night of terror on Wednesday.


IACHR Calls for Resumption of Dialogue in Visit to Colombia

Police agents launched tear gas against demonstrators in Cali City's Andres Sanin neighborhood, where 35 people were injured as a result of the clashes. 

Security forces repressed a mobilization in Medellin, leaving 23 injured people with burns, lacerations, and asphyxiation due to the use of tear gas ammunition.

There were also incidents in cities such as Suba, Popayan, Pasto, and Bucaramanga. 

The meme reads, "The ESMAD also repressed the 'Resistance Station' in southern Bogota. Here the situation at this moment. Medical missions at the site report approximately 50 wounded people." 

Last night's protests took place amid an official visit by a mission from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Cali and Bogota to compile human rights violations conducted by the State security forces. 

Defense Ministry presented a report to the IACHR mission acknowledging that 1,106 people were injured and 19 Colombians lost their lives since the start of the National Strike on April 28. There are also 178 summary investigations. 

Social organizations denounced that the ESMAD agents continue to launch tear gas projectiles against the heads and bodies of unarmed citizens who are peacefully protesting. Over the last few years, this expression of police brutality has caused dozens of Chileans and Colombians to lose their eyes. 

]]> <![CDATA[Castillo Asks To Avoid Provocations From the Peruvian Far-Right]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 08:12:14 -04:00 Free Peru candidate Pedro Castillo asked his compatriots to remain calm in the face of destabilizing actions of those who want to disregard the results of the presidential elections held on June 6.


Peru: With 99.99% Of Precincts In Pedro Castillo Leads Election

"Dear brothers and sisters: I thank those who continue to resist in the streets... Let us not fall into the provocations of those who want to see this country in chaos. We call for peace and tranquility. Let us remain firm and joyful in this final struggle that belongs to all Peruvians," Castillo tweeted.

This request came hours after far-right candidate Keiko Fujimori and her Popular Force party asked the National Jury of Elections (JNE) to annul some 200,000 votes in regions where Castillo had won overwhelmingly.

Without presenting any evidence, she argued that 802 electoral records had allegedly been altered by the leftist Free Peru party. The political maneuver of the daughter of dictator Alberto Fujimori (1990-2000), however, began to take shape on Monday night when the vote count already showed Castillo as the winner.

On that day, she presented fake news to refute the preliminary reports of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Union of Electoral Organizations (Uniore), whose electoral missions highlighted that the presidential elections had been carried out correctly.

As part of her attempt to destabilize the political process, Fujimori called for "defending the vote" while her supporters flooded social networks with requests for the Armed Forces to intervene to prevent Castillo from being officially proclaimed president.

In response, the Defense Ministry issued a statement recalling that "the Armed Forces are not deliberative and are subordinate to the constitutional power. Therefore, any call to disregard this mandate is unbecoming of a democracy".

The declaration of Castillo as Peru's president-elect has not occurred yet. Although the maximum deadline to challenge electoral records ended on Wednesday, the vote-counting process is moving very slowly. As of Thursday morning, Castillo has 50.2 percent of the votes and Fujimori has 49.8 percent.

]]> <![CDATA[Bolivia's Ex-Minister Murillo Faces Six Criminal Charges]]> Thu, 10 Jun 2021 10:26:57 -04:00 On Wednesday, Bolivian authorities informed that former Interior Minister Arturo Murillo faces six criminal trials and 30 administrative proceedings for irregular acts committed during the coup-born regime led by Jeanine Añez (2019-2020).

Bolivia's Ex-Minister Lizarraga Seeks Asylum in the US

Citizen Security Vice Minister Roberto Rios explained that the processes against Murillo are related to the overpriced purchase of tear gas and the massacres of Senkata, Sacaba, and Pedregal.

Murillo is believed to have ordered tough police response to protests which followed the coup d'etat against Socialist President Evo Morales in 2019. Dozens of people were killed in clashes between security forces and demonstrators, according to the Ombudsman's Office.

He is also accused of receiving US$602,000 from three U.S. businessmen for a US$5.6 million contract to buy gas masks from their firm. For that reason, he was arrested in the United States on May 21.

Murillo also left administrative damages valued at US$22.5 million for purchasing foot powder for troops, underwear, weapons, materials, and tools.

Prosecutor's Office Secretary Edwin Quispe confirmed that his institution will follow and verify all due procedural acts.

So far, Murillo has been accused of the use of forged instruments, material and ideological falsehood, misuse of influences, breach of duties, resolutions contrary to the Constitution, and legitimation of illicit profits.

]]> <![CDATA[Peru: With 99.99% Of Precincts In Pedro Castillo Leads Election]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 21:52:10 -04:00 With 99.99 percent of the electoral records processed, the candidate for the Presidency of Peru, Pedro Castillo, is ahead of his opponent for Fuerza Popular, Keiko Fujimori, this Tuesday, after having reversed the preliminary results presented by the electoral authority.

The National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) presented the updated data in a web portal so that the population can follow up the scrutiny.

Based on this data, the aspirant for Peru Libre, Castillo, obtained 8,778,540 valid votes, equivalent to 50.22 percent of the valid votes.

Fujimori has 8,698,811 valid votes, which represents a total of 49.77 percent of the ballots processed.

Demonstrations in Lima

In the vicinity of San Martin Square, the country's main square, Castillo's supporters gathered on Tuesday to reiterate that they continue to monitor the vote count and emphasized that "Fujimori never again".

Among their demands, they demanded that the ONPE soon offer the definitive results of the race, whose counting continues and maintains a narrow margin between both presidential hopefuls.

On the other hand, the Fuerza Popular party informed that it will demonstrate through lawyers and representatives that there are irregularities in the electoral process.

In the first cut of the preliminary official results of the second electoral round, offered by the head of the ONPE, Piero Corvetto Salinas, close to midnight on Sunday, it was announced that Fujimori was ahead of Castillo with only 42 percent of the processed tally sheets.

]]> <![CDATA[Harris Pledges to Return Migrants- It Is Illegal, Advocates Say]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 20:17:50 -04:00 U.S. Vice-President Kamala Harris received a wave of criticism led by New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over her unwelcome comment to Guatemalan migrants.


Anti-Corruption Protests Ahead of Harris' Arrival in Guatemala 

“I want to be clear to folks in the region who are thinking about making that dangerous trek to the United States-Mexico border, do not come, do not come," Harris said during a press conference.

In response, Ocasio-Cortez turned to social media to point out that "first, seeking asylum at any U.S. border is a 100 percent legal method of arrival. Second, the US spent decades contributing to regime change and destabilization in Latin America. We can’t help set someone’s house on fire and then blame them for fleeing," the Congresswoman said.

The remarks come as the U.S. has pledged more funding and personnel assistance to militarize Central America further, which ultimately sparks violence and triggers the largest migrant waves.

Human rights organizations Refugees International and the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project also highlighted that returning asylum seekers is illegal and for migrants to seek refuge in the U.S. is legit according to the U.S. and international law. This, as Harris confirmed, that she "believes that if they come to the U.S. borders, they will be turned back."


]]> <![CDATA[Nicaraguan Government Denounces US Arbitrary Coercive Measures]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 20:05:59 -04:00 Below, teleSUR English reproduces in full the declaration of the Nicaraguan government repudiating the fresh round of U.S. sanctions against leaders of the sovereign Central American nation.

"The Imperialist and Colonialist Government of the United States of America has just pronounced itself, as has been and is its style of interfering in the Internal Affairs of our Countries, dictating Illegal, Arbitrary, Coercive and Unilateral Measures, against Nicaraguan Citizens whose only crime is to represent, very highly, the Dignity and Heroism of our People.


Daniel Ortega Warns Opposition Against Calling for Sanctions

The Government of Reconciliation and National Unity strongly protests this repeated violation of the International Instruments that govern the Sovereign Right of the States, as we do not recognize ourselves as a Colony of any Power; we revindicate our National Dignity and Decorum, in legitimate defense of our Self-Determination, against the United States of North America and any other Colonialist and Neocolonialist Entity, that at this point in Life, continues to believe they have the power to subjugate and humiliate our Independence.

In the Bicentennial Year, and from the Brave and Courageous Memory of Resistance to the Yankees in all their ignoble presentations, Nicaragua, Blessed and Forever Free, once again takes its positions in the History of Homeland and Freedom, from the Spiritual Intelligence and Coherence of the Greatest Nicaraguans, Geniuses and Patriots, Rubén Darío and Augusto Sandino.

This new violation of the Sovereignty of Nicaragua, only confirms what we have denounced about the treasonist pretensions and terrorist usurping actions, which since the attempted coup of 2018 have been accentuated. We affirm our historical reasoning, precisely in these days, when the main conspirators and actors of that terrorist coup, sponsored by the United States and other Imperial Powers, are facing Justice, as the Nicaraguan People have so demanded."

]]> <![CDATA[Mongolia: Former PM Ukhnaa Khurelsukh Wins Presidency]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 19:57:49 -04:00 Khurelsukh, who resigned as prime minister after protests earlier this year, had a considerable lead over Sodnomzundui Erdene of the opposition Democratic Party on Wednesday after most of the votes in the national election were tallied.

Khurelsukh will replace incumbent Khaltmaa Battulga, who could not seek re-election following changes to Mongolia’s constitution restricting presidents to one term in office.


67.710 cases were confirmed in Mongolia

Khurelsukh’s victory follows a low-key campaign amid COVID-19 restrictions, as outdoor events were canceled on Saturday after the outsider candidate Dangaasuren Enkhbat of the National Labor Party tested positive for COVID-19.

Mongolia’s hybrid political system allows its elected parliament to appoint governments and decide policy, but the president can also veto legislation and hire and fire judges.

As the presidency is often controlled by the opposition party, the division of power has led to a political deadlock that many believe has compromised Mongolia’s development.

While Khurelsukh’s election may give the MPP more control over the levers of power, he must relinquish his party affiliation once he assumes the position.

The Democratic Party campaigned under the slogan “Mongolia without Dictatorship," as Erdene alleged that the country was sliding towards a one-party state.

It is still unknown what the MPP’s consolidation of power will mean for Mongolia’s largest foreign investment project, the Oyu Tolgoi copper mine run by Rio Tinto, which Ulaanbaatar has sought to renegotiate as construction costs skyrocket.

Inequality is a significant concern among Mongolians, as the poverty rate remains at 28 percent. While traditionally heavily influenced by nomadic culture, more than two-thirds of the population now live in cities.

The country is also hard hit by climate change, leading to desertification and pollution. Temperatures range from minus 30 degrees Celsius (minus 22 degrees Fahrenheit) in the winter to 30C (86F) in the summer.

]]> <![CDATA[Brazil's Team Agrees To Participate in Copa America]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 19:47:10 -04:00 Brazil's national football team will participate in the controversial Copa America to be held in the South American country amid growing COVID-19 infections and a widespread campaign by human rights advocates to stop the tournament.


CONMEBOL Rejects US Bid to Host 2020 Copa America

"We are against organizing the Copa America, but we will never say no to the Brazilian national team," the players said in a statement adding that they "are a cohesive group, but with different ideas. For multiple reasons, humanitarian or of professional nature, we are unsatisfied with the leading of Copa America by CONMEBOL, no matter if it were hosted belatedly in Chile or Brazil."

"Mastercard, which has sponsored CBF since 2012 and the Copa América since 1992, decided not to expose its brand: "After careful analysis, we decided not to activate our sponsorship of the Copa América in Brazil" The company was pressured by the "Don't sponsor death" campaign."


Moreover, the team remarked that "all the recent facts make us believe it was an inadequate process."

As the event is due to open on Sunday, the Supreme Court announced it will rule tomorrow on two requests to bloc the coup that should be held until July 10. The 10-nation championship was rejected by Colombia and Argentina over COVID-19 concerns.

]]> <![CDATA[Lat Am’s First Solar Thermal Plant Opens in Chile]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 19:04:14 -04:00 Chile on Tuesday inaugurated Latin America's first-ever solar thermal energy plant, a vast complex dubbed Cerro Dominador in the Atacama desert that gives a boost to the country's quest for carbon neutrality by 2050.


Venezuela Calls for Global Clean Energy Debate

In an area exceeding 700 hectares, 10,600 mirrors surround a 250-meter-high tower topped with a receiver onto which the Sun's rays are reflected. Molten salts in the receiver absorb the heat and are then used to generate electricity - up to 110 megawatts - by means of a steam turbine.

Combined with an adjacent photovoltaic plant, the Cerro Dominador complex is capable of producing 210 megawatts of renewable energy.

A feature of the project is that the salts can store energy for up to 17.5 hours, allowing the system to continue operating without direct sunlight, and for 24 hours per day, its operators say.

"It will allow us to save more than 600,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. That is equivalent to what 300,000 cars emit in a year," Chilean President Sebastian Pinera said at the inauguration event.

Chile has pledged to make its economy carbon neutral by 2050, meaning it emits no more than it can offset through other means.

]]> <![CDATA[Cuba: Third Group of Doctors Assisting Kuwaiti People Come Home]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 18:24:53 -04:00 Upon the arrival of the professionals to this capital, Dr. Jorge Delgado Bustillo, director of the Central Unit of Medical Cooperation, welcomed them to Cuba on behalf of Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, and Dr. José Angel Portal Miranda, Minister of Public Health.

Delgado Bustillo affirmed that the 60 aid workers who arrived on Tuesday, as well as the rest of the 337 who made up the entire brigade, were the ones who started the history of the medical collaboration of the Henry Reeve Contingent in Kuwait.


Cuba Receives Group of Doctors Who Faced COVID-19 in Kuwait

The performance of the Cubans left deep roots in the Arab nation, where the solidarity of the largest island of the Carribean also reached.

Dr. Rody Cervantes Silva, head of the brigade and specialist in General Comprehensive Medicine (MGI), said that they worked intensively in the red zone of eight hospitals in the country, which is why they feel satisfied and proud of the work carried out.

This last group was made up of men and women from 13 Cuban provinces, of whom 29 are doctors, specialists in MGI, Intensive Care, Anesthesia, Internal Medicine, and Neurosurgery, in addition to 31 graduates in Nursing.

"The worldwide solidarity of #Cuba���� can be told by its doctors. Back the third group of 60 health professionals of the Cuban medical brigade, which for a year contributed to the COVID-19 confrontation in Kuwait."

During one year, together with professionals from that Persian Gulf nation, they assisted an average of 280 patients daily in hospitals located in Al Jaber, Al Farwaniya, IBN Sina, Al Jahra, Mubarak, Adan, and Amiri. In addition, they saved 3,130 lives, performed 435,990 nursing procedures, 112 major surgeries, 12 minimal access surgeries, and 69 minor surgeries.

The Cuban brigade left for Kuwait on June 5, 2020, with 298 collaborators. On August 6, 152 professionals returned to the island, and another 39 doctors joined the team. The team was then made up of 185 collaborators, 125 of whom returned on January 3.

This June 8 also marked the first anniversary of the arrival of the first Cuban collaborators who faced the COVID-19 beyond our borders, those 36 doctors, 15 nurses, and a logistics specialist in Lombardy, the hardest hit region of Italy at that time.

]]> <![CDATA[US, Mexico to Work Jointly to Address Root Causes of Migration]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 18:21:25 -04:00 The United States and Mexico have committed to a new partnership to address the "root causes" of irregular migration from Central America, Symone Sanders, senior advisor to US Vice President Kamala Harris, said on Tuesday.


Mexico Considers Relaxing Border Measures From June 22

Sanders was quoted in a press release: "To address root causes of migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, the United States joined Mexico in a new strategic partnership to share information and strategies and co-manage new programs to foster economic opportunity through agricultural development and youth empowerment."

The United States has also pledged to provide $130 million to support Mexican workers' protections over the next three years.

In a separate press release, the White House said that the United States and Mexico had agreed to hold high-level talks to discuss trade and security matters of mutual interest. In addition, the two countries agreed to schedule a high-level meeting in September to discuss expanding bilateral trade cooperation and collaboration.

Moreover, the release said the United States would aim to create $250 million in new investment and sales for the local economy in southern Mexico.

These commitments are part of a memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries earlier on Tuesday during Harris' trip to Mexico City to attend a bilateral meeting with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

]]> <![CDATA[Syria Rejects US Declaration on Occupied Golan Heights]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 17:55:13 -04:00 Syria on Wednesday rejected statements by U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken regarding the Syrian Golan which is occupied by Israel, and reiterated that this is and will continue to be its territory.

According to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Blinken's pronouncements are part of Washington's continued and unlimited support for the occupying entity and its criminal aggressions.


China, Russia, Syria To Trump: Respect UN Resolutions on Golan Heights

Furthermore, the Foreign Ministry ratified that history and international legitimacy reaffirm the Golan as Syrian Arab land and that the former President Donald Trump's administration's recognition of Israel's annexation is a further sign of its flagrant violation of international legitimacy and its resolutions and treaties.

Syria is waging a struggle to regain its occupied lands by all available means and considers it its legitimate right guaranteed by all international laws and charters. He further stressed that the US officials cannot and will not be able to harm this right.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, it is clear to the whole world that Israel is a usurper entity and its policy of expansion and aggression is the main cause of tensions and instability in the region, and is a serious threat to international security.

"Syria expresses its categorical rejection of the U.S. Secretary of State's statements on the occupied Syrian Golan, affirming that the Golan is and will remain Syrian territory."

According to the text, the "foolish statements by U.S. officials" will not be able to harm this right or influence Syria's insistence on regaining its legitimate rights.

The Golan was occupied by Israel after the so-called Six-Day War in 1967 and included that territory in its legal system in 1981, for which it received the rejection of the international community.

In 2018, the government of former President Trump recognized Israeli sovereignty over the region in clear violation of international resolutions and the Security Council of the United Nations (UN).

]]> <![CDATA[Alberto Fernandez Meets His Spanish Counterpart Pedro Sanchez]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 16:58:46 -04:00 The President of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sanchez, expressed his support to Argentina in the debt negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) after meeting in Buenos Aires on Wednesday with President Alberto Fernandez on an official visit to the South American nation.

"Clearly Spain is always going to be on Argentina's side in its talks with the International Monetary Fund and the Paris Club, the support is absolute and total," Sanchez said at a press conference at the Bicentennial Museum as part of the Argentina-Spain Business Forum.


Spain Backs Argentina in Debt Renegotiation with the IMF

"All our support and intelligence is going to be used so that we can, from the multilateral point of view, give an answer to the recovery, to the injection of public resources to countries such as Argentina and the Latin American region," said Sánchez.

He also pointed out that "the best economic policy is to accelerate the vaccination process in our societies." He also emphasized that he will strengthen investment in Argentina, especially in the SME sector.

For his part, Fernández thanked that "Spain has always been at Argentina's side" in the negotiations with multilateral credit organizations and also in the context of the pandemic.

""What we need is a commitment to make the vaccine a global good, and that the technology can be transferred to different countries so that production can be accelerated and can reach everyone." President @alferdez  at a press conference with the president of Spain."

He also noted "with concern that 90 percent of the vaccines are in the hands of 10 percent" of the countries and reiterated the need for antiviral vaccines to be "a global good" to put an end to the "great inequity" in the distribution of doses.

Sanchez arrived Tuesday night in the South American nation for a 24-hour official visit along with members of his government and a business delegation to outline strategic bilateral relations.

The visit takes place a few days after the Argentine president was in Madrid, as part of a tour of Europe seeking support for the negotiation of the $44,000,000,000,000 doubt with the IMF contracted for loans during the government of former President Mauricio Macri.

]]> <![CDATA[El Salvador Becomes First Country To Approve Use of Bitcoins]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 13:41:09 -04:00 El Salvador's Parliament on Tuesday approved the use of Bitcoin as legal tender. This decision makes this Central American nation the first country to officially recognize this cryptocurrency.


Over 50,000 Jobs Recovered in El Salvador Since June 2020

Approved by 62 out of 84 lawmakers, the "Bitcoin Law" legalizes only this crypto and not other similar virtual currencies.

Ninety days after the law is published in the Official Gazette, any natural or legal person, public or private, will be able to use Bitcoins for any type of transaction.

The U.S. dollar-Bitcoin exchange rate will be freely established by the market and the use of this crypto will not be subject to capital gains tax.

All economic agents shall accept it as a form of payment in transactions of goods and services. For that to be possible, the Salvadoran state will create the necessary institutional structure for the circulation of this cryptocurrency.

"The Bitcoin Law is ambitious but simple. It has been structured to have zero risks for those who do not want to take risks," President Nayib Bukele tweeted, adding that his administration will guarantee the "automatic and instant convertibility" of Bitcoins to dollars.

This crypto "will bring financial inclusion, investment, tourism, innovation, and economic development for our country... let no one tell us that we are too small to be big," he added.

]]> <![CDATA[The Opposition in Trinidad & Tobago Misinforms, PM Rowley Says]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 14:16:45 -04:00 Trinidad and Tobago's Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi assured that the government had offered "full transparency" over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. His statements come after a petition by the United National Congress (UNC) opposition party to form an inquiry commission to examine the matter. 


Trinidad & Tobago Recorded 2,697 Vaccine Shots in a Single Day

UNC opposition leader Persad-Bissessar held that Prime Minister Keith Rowley's administration failed to control the movement of people during the Easter vacation and ensure border security, thus causing a surge in COVID-19 cases. 

She also decried the lack of adequate COVID-19 vaccines, noting that the government appears to be relying on donations and the COVAX facility solely.

Last month, however, Rowley accused UNC of not taking the pandemic seriously and condemned that the party’s rhetoric undermined the vaccination plan.

“All I see from the opposition is an attempt to find opportunities to score political points, and they are the source of a lot of misinformation... Its behavior is downright scandalous,” Rowley said.

Al-Rawi noted that litigation against the government has cost US$14.5 million since 2020. The UNC commission seeks to examine the collection, organization, and dissemination of information regarding the pandemic's tallies on the island.

Last month, the Parliament extended the state of emergency for three months to curb the spread of the virus, which has infected over 27,000 people so far.

]]> <![CDATA[Biden Removes Bans Against Tiktok and WeChat]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 13:25:46 -04:00 President Joe Biden on Wednesday withdrew Donald Trump’s executive orders prohibiting the use of TikTok and WeChat in the United States.


US Federal Judge Blocks Trump Administration's Tiktok Ban

In place of them, Biden ordered the Commerce Department to initiate a rigorous, evidence-based analysis of Chinese apps that collect personal information.

"Certain countries, including China, seek to use digital technologies and Americans’ data that pose unacceptable national security risks while assisting authoritarian interests and controls," the White House noted.

TikTok and WeChat were theoretically left out of US users on Sep. 20, 2020, when the Commerce Department banned their download. This decision came a month after an executive order giving TikTok 45 days to sell its U.S.-based assets to a local company.

The removal of restrictions on the use of social networks, however, has not calmed the spirits among U.S. transnational investors, who called for a real new trade policy towards China.

"We're five months into this new administration, and we don't have a clear sense of what the China trade policy is yet," the Financial Times quoted Jon Gold, vice president at the U.S. National Retail Federation, as saying.

"This is having a big impact on companies, many of whom are struggling to survive through COVID-19 and have the extra burden of the tariffs," Gold said, according to the report published on Thursday.

As the cost of U.S. tariffs for companies buying from China has increased, more than 3,500 U.S. companies, including Coca-Cola, Disney, and Ford, have filed lawsuits against Trump's tariffs on China.

"The tariffs are deeply unpopular with American consumers and businesses who bear the cost," said Doug Barry, spokesman for the U.S.-China Business Council. "Many tariffs remain in place with no indication of when or if they will be lifted."

]]> <![CDATA[EU Lawmakers Must Not Attack Cuba, French Organization Demands]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 15:04:26 -04:00 France-Cuba Solidarity Association (FCSA) on Tuesday urged the French Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) not to be part of right-wing maneuvers to attack Cuba in that forum.


France Fines Google $267 Million for Online Dominance Abuse

The association released a statement that called on France`s MEPs to reject a draft point, presented at European Parliament (EP) by extreme right groups, accusing Cuba on human rights violations.

The Solidarity association pointed out that supporting the U.S. economic blockade against the Caribbean island would violate the human rights of Cuban people.

It also repudiated the extraterritorial nature of the blockade, and the effects that it has in European companies and banks, in particular those from France.

The motion accusing Cuba of human rights violations was presented by MEPs from Renovar Europa and European People's parties on Tuesday, 8 June.

This right-wing initiative supports the ongoing U.S. aggressions against Cuba, one of which is an economic blockade that has lasted over 60 years.

The maneuver is also aimed at affecting the political dialogue and cooperation agreement between Cuban and the European Union.

]]> <![CDATA[Belize Seeks To Restructure Its $500 Million Bond Debt]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 13:08:38 -04:00 To reduce Belize's level of indebtedness, Prime Minister John Briceño seeks to renegotiate a US$500 million sovereign bond debt.


Caribbean Leaders Congratulate New CARICOM Secretary-General

He called on bondholders to conduct "reasonable" talks in good faith to reach an agreement since the amount represents 97 percent of the country's commercial external debt.

Briceño also pointed out that at least 45 cents of every dollar allocated for debt servicing are delivered to bondholders to cover the interest on the debt alone.

On June 11, bondholders must decide whether or not to extend the grace period for the collection of the most recent debt service. 

Last week, lawmakers approved a bill to boost the country's international financial services by amending the Income and Business Tax Act. They said this sector has been in a sustained decline over the last five years."

Briceño plans to boost the national economy amid the COVID-19 pandemic by providing loan facilities to tourism and agricultural enterprises and expanding investment projects at the free trade zone.

He announced also an official visit to Mexico in September to settle on a "Partial Scope Agreement" on exports. 

]]> <![CDATA[Colombians To Take Over Bogota to Demand Duque to Dialogue]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 09:18:49 -04:00 Colombia's National Strike Committee called on citizens to take to the streets of Bogota to protest against President Ivan Duque and State terrorism deployed through the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD).


IACHR Calls for Resumption of Dialogue in Visit to Colombia

The "great takeover of Bogota" is a march that arises as a response to the negative attitude adopted by the Duque administration, which refuses to sign pre-agreements on guarantees for social protest and move towards the negotiation of the demands raised by social organizations.

This massive mobilization will begin at 10:00 local time from the National Park and will travel through the main avenues of the Colombian capital until reaching the Tequendama Hotel, where the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will hold a meeting with the social leaders.

Previously, the National Strike Committee expressed its dissatisfaction with the Colombian government's delays in the dialogue process.

"The obstructions observed so far evidence that Duque has little interest in solving problems related to unemployment, health, education, poverty, and generalized violence in the country," emphasized the protest leaders.

The representatives of the National Strike also indicated that they will hold meetings with international human rights defenders in Bogota and Cali where police brutality has been most intense.

On Tuesday night, however, Barranquilla city was also the scene of violence deployed by the ESMAD against those citizens who protested while Argentina and Colombia were playing a qualifying soccer match for the World Cup in Qatar. In this city, there were even reports of attacks on citizens with machetes, which occurred while the Police passively witnessed the incidents, as reported by Colombia Informa.

In a document presented to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday, Colombian social organizations denounced paramilitary attacks on the civilian population, registered 3,825 human rights violations, and typified 22 modalities of criminal actions attributable to the Police and the Army. The IACHR said that next week it will deliver its reports on the human rights situation in Colombia since the beginning of the protests on April 28.

]]> <![CDATA[Peru: Castillo Has 113,000 Vote Lead Over Fujimori]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 08:01:28 -04:00 As of Wednesday morning, Free Peru (FP) presidential candidate Pedro Castillo had reached a lead of 113,193 votes over Popular Force (PF) candidate Keiko Fujimori. This result was officially verified with 96.86 percent of votes counted.


Pedro Castillo Keeps Lead With 98.1 of Ballots Processed

Throughout Tuesday, the difference between the two increased slowly but steadily as the recount progressed. According to the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE), the leftist politician has obtained 8,687,367 votes and Fujimori got 8,574,174.

To finish the recount of all the votes, the authorities must count 1,419 voting reports from overseas polling stations and review 1,337 reports that present technical irregularities, errors in completion, or contested votes.

In contrast to Fujimori's unfounded accusation of alleged fraud made on Monday, the ONPE indicated that there are only 454 reports with claims that will have to be submitted for evaluation to be admitted in the final tally.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry also announced that it has opened a preliminary investigation against Peru's consul general in Hartford (United States) after audio was leaked of him saying that he expected Keiko Fujimori to win in the tally sheets he was transporting to Lima.

On Tuesday, Castillo asked the authorities to respect the will of the Peruvian people because the ONPE itself reports that "the people have won this election".

The teacher and former union leader has had meetings with some representatives of the Peruvian businessmen to whom he assured that he will have "a government with financial and economic stability".

Castillo confirmed that he has received greetings from some Latin American governments for the favorable result of the elections.

]]> <![CDATA[Brazil: Supreme Court to Hear Requests to Block Copa America]]> Wed, 9 Jun 2021 14:29:29 -04:00 On Thursday, Brazil's Supreme Court (STF) will hold hearings on two requests to block the Copa America soccer tournament, scheduled to kick off on 13 June.


Supreme Court To Decide Jurisdiction of Court that Tried Lula

The full 11-member court will take up the matter in a special virtual session and will have 24 hours to express the ruling on the institution's digital platforms.

The Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) and the National Confederation of Metalworkers (NCM) presented the two actions against Brazil hosting Copa America on account of the very high incidence of COVID-19 in the country, where almost 475,000 people have died so far.

Argentina and Colombia were expected to host this Copa America edition but, for various reasons, both nations gave up organizing the tournament.

The South American Soccer Confederation (CONMEBOL) then entrusted the event to Brazil, despite being one country most affected by the pandemic.

President Jair Bolsonaro backed this decision, which generated a wave of criticism from the opposition and even from his allies.

Over 16.9 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported to date in Brazil. The country has the second-highest death toll in the world after the United States.

]]> <![CDATA[Canada: Catholic Church Guilty Of Cultural Genocide -Poll]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 23:08:24 -04:00 Two out of three Canadians think the Catholic Church is responsible for the abuse residential schools system, according to the latest poll by Leger.


UN Special Rapporteurs Urge Probe on Canada Residential Schools

"66 percent of Canadians think the Church should bear the responsibility for the tragedies committed at residential schools, while 34 percent think the Government of Canada should be held responsible," the poll revealed.

The poll comes amid widespread outrage over the finding of the remains of 215 children at the Kamploos residential school in British Columbia. The 120 years old system has been declared a cultural genocide by the Canadian authorities. According to the poll 80 percent o Canadians the Kamploops event is the "tip of the iceberg" and more research has to be conducted in other areas of the country. 

Following the findings, the Canadian authorities have renewed calls for a papal apology and a group of United Nations human rights experts called for a full investigation into the events and the prosecution of any responsible who might still be alive.

]]> <![CDATA[Haiti Postpones Constitutional Referendum]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 22:40:22 -04:00 Haiti´s authorities postponed the constitutional referendum due to June 27 over COVID-19 pandemic concerns but they did not confirm a new date. This amid political turmoil as president Jovenel Moise seeks to extend his term despite widespread rejection.


Haitians Insist on President Moise's Resignation

The constitutional referendum, proposed by Moise, would go ahead despite pressure from the international community, highlighting the process was not "inclusive, participatory, or transparent" amid the political crisis.

"On its Twitter account, the CEP HAITI announced that it had received this Friday, May 14, a first shipment of non-sensitive materials for the conduct of the referendum and the next elections. This shipment includes indelible ink and training kits."


According to a government statement, the authorities will determine on a new date "after the recommendations of the health authorities and the technical advice of the executives of the electoral institution."

The Caribbean country declared a state of health emergency on May 24 over the increase in COVID-19 infections.

]]> <![CDATA[Pedro Castillo Keeps Lead With 98,1 of Ballots Processed]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 20:11:12 -04:00 Candidate Pedro Castillo continues to lead the race in Peru´s elections with 50.2 percent and 98,1 percent of processed ballots, according to the latest report by the National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE).


Peru Elections: Castillo Widens His Lead as Final Results Near

The report indicates that Castillo amounts 8 657,705 valid votes while his opponent Keiko Fujimori has reached 8 565,321.

"ONPEinforma [RESULTS UPDATE] Minutes tallied for president and vice-president formula at 5:41 p.m. on June 8."


As a victory of Peru Libre´s party approaches, Castillo turned to social media to urge people to protect the votes following accusations by Fujimori of irregularities during Sunday´elections.

"We must be vigilant to defend the democracy that is expressed in every vote, inside and outside our beloved Peru. We cannot rest. May this historic vigil allow the rebirth of a new country," Castillo said.

]]> <![CDATA[Cuba and Kenya Sign Important Medical Collaboration Agreements]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 20:06:37 -04:00 With the aim of continuing the comprehensive development of medical cooperation between the two nations, Cuba and Kenya signed important agreements for the provision of health care services, as well as the training and education of doctors from that African nation.


Cuba and Morocco Seek to Expand Medical Cooperation on COVID-19

The signing of the documents was attended by the Honorable Senator MuthaiKagwe and Dr. José Angel Portal Miranda, heads of the sector in the East African nations and the largest of the Antilles, respectively.

Portal Miranda highlighted the efforts of the Island in the fight against the new coronavirus, as well as the development of five vaccine candidates, which could also serve as support to other countries in their immunization campaigns against COVID-19.

Likewise, MuthaiKagwe thanked Cuba for its support to the Kenyan people and affirmed that the signing of these documents will boost medical cooperation relations between Havana and Nairobi.

Based on the principles of humanity, solidarity and dedication, and the precepts of equality and mutual benefit, the Inter-Ministerial Cooperation Agreement for the provision of medical services between the two governments will renew the commitment of the largest of the Antilles, first signed on April 25, 2018, to support medical services in that State.

For its part, Supplement III to the Agreement for the provision of training and training of doctors extends to three years the training of doctors specialized in Comprehensive General Medicine of that African territory.

Also present at the important activity on the Kenyan side were Rose Mudibo, Director of Liaison and Administration of the Cabinet Office of the Secretariat of the Ministry of Health; Peter Sang, Deputy Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and official of the Cuban Office.

The delegation was accompanied by a group of officials from the Cabinet of the First Lady of Kenya, who are on an exchange and learning visit on issues related to the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis.

The Cuban representation was also attended by Luis Fernando Navarro Martínez, Vice Minister of Health, and Déborah Rivas Saavedra, Vice Minister of MINCEX, together with other executives of MINSAP and MINREX.

Collaboration in health between Kenya and Cuba began in June 2018, when 101 specialists traveled to that East African country, an aid that has benefited extensive sectors of the most humble population in the various Kenyan regions.

]]> <![CDATA[US: 2,127 Migrant Children Remain Separated From Parents]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 19:28:29 -04:00 The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported on Tuesday that at least 2,217 minors are still separated from their families as a result of Donald Trump's migratory policies South of the border.


Mexico Hopes To Reach Migration Agreements With Kamala

"There are 2,127 children for whom the Task Force does not have a confirmed record of reunification. Additional reunifications are in process and the Task Force expects that the pace will increase as procedures fall into place," the DHS said in a statement.

The report assesses Biden´s executive order to reunite children with their families, one of his first migration decision after he took office. Thus far 1,786 children are back to their parents, the DHS confirmed.

According to the authorities, 1,700 cases remain under review, and 29 families will be reunited in the weeks ahead. Last month the U.S. Task Force returned missing children to seven families.


]]> <![CDATA[Qatar Has Provided Palestine With Over a Billion Dollars]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 19:15:28 -04:00 Mohammad Shtayyeh, who arrived on Saturday in Doha to pay an official visit, highlighted the sister nation's support on diplomatic, political, material and moral levels in international, Arab and local platforms. It has also contributed to the convergence of views to complete Palestinian reconciliation.

Speaking to the Qatar News Agency, the PM explained that in addition to thanking Qatar for its assistance, his visit is aimed at exchanging views on how to fill the "political vacuum" in the Palestinian cause to achieve a genuine peace process based on international law.


Qatar Pledges $480M to Palestinians in Occupied West Bank, Gaza

Shtayyeh expressed confidence in Doha's arbitration to reach Palestinian unity following its role in stopping Israel's recent aggression against Palestinians in both Jerusalem and Gaza.

The leader also referenced Egypt's call for an internal Palestinian dialogue next week as a chance for serious and real results, as well as a means to return to Arab cohesion in service of this cause.

"There is no peace or constructive negotiation without political, administrative and financial unity," the prime minister added, and said his door is open to understanding.

After this visit, which has also served to give an account of the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and strengthen Qatari-Palestinian relations, Shtayyeh plans to head to Jordan, Kuwait and Oman.

With the trip, the prime minister stated, he seeks to exchange views among regional leaders in order to make the ceasefire permanent, taking into account the more favorable approach of the new U.S. administration.

]]> <![CDATA[Pentagon: US Withdrawal From Afghanistan Past Halfway Point]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 19:13:39 -04:00 The U.S. Central Command (Centcom) announced on Tuesday that it has “completed greater than 50 percent of the entire retrograde process,” sent out about 500 loads of material via cargo aircraft, and handed over some 13,000 pieces of equipment to the Defense Logistics Agency for destruction. The Pentagon said it has also officially handed over six military facilities to the Afghan military.


Two Decades of Afghanistan War Failed to Bear Results: Norway

U.S. President Joe Biden in April announced all American troops would withdraw from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that Washington used as a pretext to invade and occupy the country despite the fact that no Afghan national was involved in the attacks.

Centcom chief Gen. Frank McKenzie and his staff “are working through what the follow-on contractual arrangements will be made to continue to support” the Afghan National Security Forces, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters later on Tuesday. 

The US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001 under the pretext of the so-called war against terror. Over the last 20 years, Washington has spent more than trillions of dollars waging war on the impoverished country, which has left thousands of Afghan civilians and American soldiers dead.

Under a February 2020 “peace” deal between the Taliban and the Trump administration, Washington vowed to withdraw all 2,500 US troops remaining in Afghanistan. In return, the Taliban pledged to stop attacks on US troops.


However, in recent weeks, the Taliban have said the United States has breached its agreement regarding the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. Mohammed Naeem Wardak, the spokesman for the Taliban's political office in Doha, told Press TV in a recent interview that Washington has failed to abide by its commitments and respect pledges under the 2020 peace deal with the group.

In addition, the Biden administration is facing increasingly urgent calls to evacuate Afghans who helped U.S. forces during the conflict and who are at risk of being hunted down and killed by the Taliban after U.S. troops depart. There have been concerns due to a spike in clashes between the Afghan military and the Taliban in the past month. The country has also been hit with several bombings, including most recently at a girls school near Kabul that killed dozens of people.

Gen. David Petraeus, the former US top spy, who led the US and allied forces in the region for years, said last month in an interview that President Biden's decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the war-torn country by September 11 will neither end the war nor stop American meddling in the country.

"This is not going to end the endless war in Afghanistan," the U.S. veteran said, claiming that the military exit would only end American "involvement in that war militarily." Petraeus expressed fear that the possible resurgence of militant groups  would make Washington "regret the pullout."

]]> <![CDATA[US Vice President Kamala Harris Lands in Mexico from Guatemala]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 18:32:51 -04:00 The vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, arrived late Monday night in Mexico to meet with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to discuss immigration issues.

Harris was received at the airport of the Mexican capital by Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard and other government representatives.


Anti-Corruption Protests Ahead of Harris' Arrival in Guatemala

The visit of Kamala Harris will last less than 24 hours as she will leave the U.S. on Tuesday afternoon.

Kamala Harris, who President Joe Biden has entrusted with the management of the migration crisis in Central America, will meet for the first time in person with the Mexican President, with whom she has already spoken twice by telephone.

"We agree that Central American countries must be helped, that investments must be made so that there is development and jobs in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, and that we are in the best disposition to help," said López Obrador this Monday during his usual morning press conference.

Kamala Harris' tour of Guatemala and Mexico has as its main objective the search for solutions to irregular migration, which is on the rise.

The immigration policies of the Biden administration have increased the number of irregular migrants, mostly Central Americans, who seek to enter the country through Mexican territory.

]]> <![CDATA[IACHR Calls for Resumption of Dialogue in Visit to Colombia]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 18:16:53 -04:00 An international human rights organization called on the Colombian government and the National Strike Committee to insist on the path of dialogue to overcome the social crisis that the South American country is going through.

The representation of the international organization indicated that the organization has always insisted that any human rights crisis is solved through dialogue.


 IACHR Asks To Visit Colombia To Inquiry Into Police Brutality

They also revealed that during their stay in Colombia they will hold meetings with the presidents of the High Courts, the representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia and local authorities such as the mayor of Bogota, Claudia Lopez.

The Colombian Truth Commission also joined the international organization's call for the resumption of dialogues between the Government and the Strike Committee.

The National Strike Committee announced on Sunday the suspension of negotiations with the Colombian Government in view of its non-compliance with the pre-agreement, which has as fundamental axes the guarantee of the right to peaceful protest and demilitarization in all regions of the country.

"It is necessary that the Government accepts as soon as possible the guarantees of dialogue requested by the National Committee of the Strike and that it does not leave the table and initiate the negotiation that cannot be postponed. And it is necessary that the Government at the highest level comes to the table established by the young people of Cali," indicated the transitional body.

"In video, Defensor Camargo, gives details about the technical visit of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights @CIDH, which addressed the human rights situation in Colombia in the context of social protest. #IACHRVisit"

In the opinion of the President of the Commission, Father Francisco de Roux, the mobilizations have made evident the deep economic and social inequality that has led half of the population to poverty, landless peasants and millions of young people without education and employment.

Colombia's Ombudsman's Office said Monday that the international human rights body during its visit to the country will evaluate 584 alleged human rights violations in the context of the protests.

The office of the Ombudsman, Carlos Camargo, announced that it delivered to the human rights body a report on the demonstrations that broke out on April 28 against the government of Iván Duque.

Carlos Camargo, assured that since April 28 and until June 3, he has received 417 complaints that account for 584 human rights violations.

According to the head of the entity, "the most serious violations are translated into 58 cases of alleged homicides," of which 45 occurred in the department of Valle del Cauca (southwest), of which Cali is the capital.

]]> <![CDATA[UN Committee Rules on Detention of Venezuelan Diplomat Saab]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 15:28:24 -04:00 On Tuesday, the United Nations Human Rights Committee ruled on the illegal detention of the Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab and requested the government of Cabo Verde to suspend his extradition process to the United States.


International Delegation Visits Cape Verde Over Saab Detention

“Pursuant to rule 94 of the Committee’s rules of procedure, the State party has been requested to refrain from extraditing Mr. Alex Nain Saab Moran to the United States of America while his case is under consideration by the Committee or until further notice,” reads a letter signed by Helene Tigroudja and Arif Bulkan, members of the Human Rights Committee Special Rapporteurs on New Communications and Interim Measures.

“The State party has been further requested to take all necessary measures to ensure access to appropriate health care for the author, preferably by independent and specialized physicians of his choice,” it adds

Nevertheless, the Committee may review its decision on the basis of the information provided by Cabo Verde and Saab's lawyers.

Alex Saab was detained in June 2020 by Interpol during a technical stopover at Cabo Verde's Amilcar Cabral Airport. This action was prompted by an arrest warrant issued by the U.S. while he was returning from Iran.

Previously, the Barlavento Court of Appeal had already ruled twice on the extradition of the diplomat. His detention, however, was denounced by Venezuela as “arbitrary” and a “violation of international law and norms.”

As part of its economic harassment campaign against the Bolivarian government, the United States has accused Saab of being suspected of alleged illicit commercial contracts and money laundering.

According to Bishop Filipe Teixeira, SJ, who is currently leading a humanitarian delegation in Cape Verde, "it's an important decision for this division of the United Nations, the Human Rights Committee, because it will give more reason for the Constitutional Court in Cape Verde to hopefully make the right decision, so that diplomat Alex Saab is not extradited to the United States of America. Second, it will give him the opportunity to have independent doctors come visit him and his cancer illness and see where he is at, as he has been deprived of medical care for one year in the Republic of Cape Verde."

Furthermore, Teixeira told teleSUR that, "Alex Saab is not in good conditions, as anybody with a cancer diagnosis needs to see a doctor every so often, and being deprived of medical care is a bad sign...we're on the island of Sal, we tried to go visit him but we were apprenhended by the police officers and the military with machine guns. We had confrontations with them and they wouldn't allow us to go."

Teixera lastly stated, "[Saab] is under house arrest, he doesn't have internet or keys to the house, no telephone, no visitors, though recently they did allow his sister and brother-in-law to come visit from Venezuela. The Venezuelan ambassador who was living in Dakar, Senegal, came to Sal in Cape Verde almost a year ago, to have access to Alex Saab, which is very difficult as when the ambassador comes to visit him, he is searched, he cannot bring anything, even his cellphone. So there are a lot of human rights violations, and that's why we believe the United Nations made the right decision. As I said prior, now we have to see how the Cape Verde government is going to respond to the decision of the United Nations."


Later in the evening, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry put out a statement welcoming the decision and stating: "Venezuela welcomes the decision of the UN Human Rights Committee, where it requests the Republic of Cape Verde to adopt a set of measures to guarantee the human rights of Ambassador Alex Saab.

We reiterate the call to put an end to his illegal detention."


]]> <![CDATA[21 Female Candidates Were Murdered in Mexico's Electoral Race]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 14:48:20 -04:00 On Tuesday, the civil society organization "Observatoria Ciudadana Todas Mx" revealed that 60 percent of the candidates murdered in Mexico's subnational electoral process were women.


Mexico: Four Indigenous People Murdered During Vote Count

"This is the most violent and hostile electoral process against women since 21 candidates out of 35 murdered during the electoral process were women," activist Yndira Sandoval said.

There were several complaints of sexual or family violence against more than 100 candidates who run for public posts. The main types of violence identified against female politicians were aggressions by other male contesters and the media, physical attacks, threats, and discrimination by origin and gender.

Puebla, Mexico City, Yucatan, Veracruz, and the State of Mexico were the territories with the highest number of denunciations.

Political parties were the main perpetrators of political violence against women. The municipal level concentrated 80 percent of political violence cases, followed by the state level (15 percent), and the federal level (5 percent).

Only 6 parties had protocols for preventing gender-based violence against women; however, such protocols were not a sign of adequate implementation or access to justice and reparation.

Furthermore, all political parties and national coalitions had at least one case of non-compliance with the "3de3VsViolencia" commitment which established the withdrawal of gender-violence perpetrators' candidacy.

]]> <![CDATA[Salvadoran Woman Convicted of Abortion Is Released From Prison]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 15:28:22 -04:00 This Monday, the Salvadoran Sara Rogel, sentenced to 30 years in prison for allegedly having an abortion, was released after the Prosecutor's Office did not file an appeal against the verdict of a court in favor of the young woman.


Salvadorans Protest Against Bukele's Arbitrary Actions

After a review hearing held a week ago, the Second Prison Supervision Court of Cojutepeque, in Cuscatlan Department, determined Rogel met all the requirements to grant early conditional release. 

The accused had served nine years in prison at the Minor Detention Center for Women in Zacatecoluca city, the capital of La Paz Department.

The Prosecutor's Office, which had shown its opposition to this decision, was expected to file an appeal for revocation. However, it stated that the case had all the elements to grant Rogel the benefit of freedom.

The young Salvadoran woman suffered an obstetric emergency in October 2012, when she slipped while washing clothes.

Rogel, who presented tear and bleeding, was taken to a hospital where she was accused of wanting to end her pregnancy. For this reason, she was arrested and charged with "aggravated homicide".

In El Salvador, abortion has been penalized since 1998 in all circumstances, regardless of whether the pregnancy results from rape, the mother is at risk, or the fetus has malformations incompatible with life outside the uterus.

]]> <![CDATA[Trinidad & Tobago Recorded 2,697 Vaccine Shots in a Single Day]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 14:10:46 -04:00 In Trinidad and Tobago, COVID-19 mass immunization campaign hit a record number daily on Sunday when 2,697 employees in the manufacturing sector got vaccinated.


Trinidad & Tobago Addresses COVID-19 Response With the US

The Health Ministry, the Trade and Industry Ministry, and the Manufacturers Association (TTMA) conducted the vaccination drive with AstraZeneca doses. 

Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh announced the beginning of a "vaccination system" at regional health care centers for persons over 60 without non-communicable diseases. 

He indicated also the extension of the vaccination program to cover an additional 380,000 citizens by October given the fact that steady vaccine supplies are arriving on the island. 

In recent days, Prime Minister Keith Rowley confirmed a deal with the African Medical Council (AMC) for the acquisition of 800,000 Johnson & Johnson doses by August. Likewise, the second shipment of Sinopharm vaccines is set to arrive later this week.

Rowley announced also that his government would consider reopening the country’s borders and remove entry exemptions in the next four to six weeks.

"I encourage people to come out to get this vaccine because we could be able to open places faster and the country could go back to some normalcy," a vaccinated TTMA worker said.

]]> <![CDATA['Africa Is the Source of Caribbean Cultures', Ethiopia Recalls]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 11:35:24 -04:00 Ethiopia's Abassador to Cuba Shibru Mamo Kedida on Tuesday said his country seeks to foster ties with Caribbean nations and knowledge of the African roots of local cultures.


Ethiopia Denounces US Visa Restrictions to Officials

"Africa is the home and source of ancient cultures and traditions that are inherent to the heart of Caribbean people," he said, adding that bilateral cooperation is vital to his country's development.

From Havana, Kedida also acts as ambassador to the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Mexico, and Dominica.

He pointed out that the Ethiopian government is keen to “deepen collaboration with our Caribbean brothers, because we share common development challenges and priorities, and we advocate for strengthening our voices on these vital issues."

Kedida assured that his compatriots remember with affection the supportive presence of 17,000 Cuban internationalists who fought alongside Ethiopians to defend the territorial integrity of their country during the invasion of Somalia's troops in 1970.

Since then, bilateral ties have been strengthened through cooperation programs in areas such as health, education, science, biotechnology, human resources development and food production.

Besides recalling that 45 Cuban doctors are providing their support in Ethiopia, the ambassador noted that over 4,000 young Ethiopians have graduated from Cuban universities, which ratifies the interest of this Caribbean nation in promoting links with African peoples.

]]> <![CDATA[PAHO Welcomes US Donation of 19 Million COVID-19 Vaccines]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 14:23:57 -04:00 Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Carissa Etienne welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to donate COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility.


PAHO Highlights Cuba's Regional Role With COVID-19 Vaccines

“This pandemic is far from over, and it is hitting Latin America and the Caribbean severely... Yet only about 8 percent of our citizens have been vaccinated,” Etienne warned, adding that the region should be an epicenter for vaccination since it is a hotspot of COVID-19 cases.

The PAHO director made a call on other countries with a surplus in vaccine stocks to also donate doses in order to support global vaccination campaigns.

The U.S. government plans to donate 25 million COVID-19 doses, including 19 million to the COVAX mechanism. Approximately, 6 million doses will be delivered to South and Central American nations and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries.

So far, the World Health Organization (WHO) has delivered some 18.9 million vaccines to 31 countries in the Americas.

“Effective vaccines are a beacon of hope in this crisis, and we must do all in our power to secure more doses for all nations in the Americas. Regional solidarity, including the donation of vaccine doses, will be key to get us through the current shortage of supply," Etienne noted. 

As of Tuesday morning, PAHO had reported more than 68 million COVID-19 cases and over 1 million related fatalities in the region. 

]]> <![CDATA[Trump Separated Over 3,900 Migrant Kids From Their Families]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 14:35:05 -04:00 On Tuesday, the Family Reunification Task Force (FRTF) established by U.S. President Joe Biden reported that over 3,900 migrant children were separated from their families between July 2017 and January 2021.


Biden Sanctions 59 Chinese Companies Including Huawei and SMIC

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Director Alejandro Mayorkas said that his institution is committed to reuniting families cruelly separated by President Donald Trump's administration.

The FRTF report showed that there were 5,636 separations of families and their children during that period. Only 3,913 can be classified within the definitions of the Biden's Task Force.

Nearly 400 minors have been sent back to their countries of origin, and another 1,723 cases are under review, reported the DHS.

Nevertheless, there are 2,127 other children for whom the FRTF does not have a corroborated record of reunification.
The number of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers has increased in the U.S., especially since Biden came to power.
Vice-president Kamala Harris is currently touring Guatemala and Mexico to analyze emigration to the U.S.


]]> <![CDATA[Spain's President Pedro Sanchez To Arrive in Argentina]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 11:00:45 -04:00 On Tuesday, President Alberto Fernandez will receive Spain's President Pedro Sanchez who arrives in Argentina to relaunch economic ties.


Spain Backs Argentina in Debt Renegotiation with the IMF

They are expected to hold an official meeting at the Pink House on Wednesday when a strategic partnership memorandum for 2021-2023 will be signed.  

Sanchez will meet Argentinean business sector representatives and the Spanish community residing in this country. He will also pay a visit to the Army's Mechanics School, which used to be a detention center during dictatorship rule. 

Argentina's Ambassador to Spain Ricardo Alfonsin pointed out that both countries have common goals such as the defense of democracy and human rights, multilateralism, gender equality, the fight against climate change, and equal access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Sanchez's invitation to visit Argentina was announced in the framework of Fernandez's European tour last month to renegotiate debt bonuses with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Paris Club. 

On May 26, the head of the Spanish government presented his plan for boosting foreign trade, noting that 4.5 billion euros would be allocated in investments in Latin America.

On Thursday, Sanchez will continue his travel to Costa Rica, where he will participate in a Central American summit to address regional and global threats.

]]> <![CDATA[Over 1,300 Danes Infected With COVID-19 After Full Vaccination]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 08:52:19 -04:00 Denmark’s Statens Serum Institut (SSI) on Monday reported that 1,334 people were infected with COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated between the beginning of the country’s vaccine rollout on Dec. 27, 2020, and June 1, 2021.


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"This equates to 0.1 percent being infected despite vaccination, which is a very low number," said Camilla Foged, professor of vaccine design at the Department of Pharmacy at the University of Copenhagen.

"I would think it is because we have had a relatively strict shutdown, so the infection rate has been rather low. The vaccines have also brought the infection rate down," she said.

So far, 5,801 people have been confirmed infected with COVID-19 after receiving the first vaccine shot, and 66 percent of them contracted the virus within the first two weeks.

The COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have mainly been administered in Denmark.

Since December, 23.4 percent of the Danish population has been fully vaccinated, and 40.9 percent of the citizens received at least one jab.

In the past 24 hours, the SSI registered 459 new COVID-19 infections and two more deaths, bringing the national totals to 286,948 cases and 2,520 deaths.

]]> <![CDATA[Peru: Leftist Candidate Castillo Calls for Defending Democracy]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 08:41:26 -04:00 On Monday, leftist presidential candidate Pedro Castillo called on Peruvian people to defend democracy after his right-wing rival Keiko Fujimori denounced alleged electoral fraud in the June 6 runoff elections.


Peru: Castillo Takes the Lead In Election Runoff's Vote Count

"We must be vigilant to defend the democracy that is expressed in every vote, inside and outside our beloved Peru. We cannot rest. May this historic vigil allow the rebirth of a new country," Castillo said.

His statements came after Fujimori accused the Free Peru (PL) party of impugning Popular Force's electoral votes as a strategy to delay the voting count and a favorable outcome to her campaign. 

Addressing his supporters in Lima, the rural teacher also called for peace, and tranquility while final electoral results are released. 

As of Tuesday morning, the Office of National Electoral Processes (ONPE) reported that Castillo had secured 50.2 percent of the votes while Fujimori has 49.7 percent. These figures came after counting 92,3 percent of valid ballots.

Over 17 million Peruvian participated in the election runoff, representing a turnout of 76.9 percent. This tally is higher than the one reported in April 11 election first round in which absenteeism was the highest recorded in the last 20 years, at 29,9 percent. 

The elections took place after a political turmoil in this country where two presidents were forced to resign due to corruption scandals last year.

]]> <![CDATA[91 Colombians Are Still Missing, Ombudsman's Office Warns]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 08:04:42 -04:00 The Colombian Ombudsman's Office delivered a report to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) showing that 91 people are still missing as a result of the repression unleashed against citizens by the Mobile Anti-Riot Squad (ESMAD) since the protests began on April 28.


Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Visits Colombia

Ombudsman Carlos Camargo reported 58 murders of citizens. In 20 of these cases, there is sufficient evidence that the killings occurred amid protests against President Ivan Duque.

The IACHR mission arrived in Colombia on Sunday night as a result of requests made by social and political organizations demanding an immediate end to state terrorism.

On Tuesday, some members of this international observer mission will travel to the cities of Cali, Popayan, Tulua, and Buga, where there have been worrying episodes of human rights violations.

In its report, the Ombudsman's Office also compiled 463 complaints of violent actions against citizens affecting 80 young people, 46 students, 38 women, 36 human rights defenders, 18 social leaders, 10 children, four teachers, six trade unionists, three journalists, and two Indigenous people.  In 306 cases there is evidence linking ESMAD members to these attacks.

Camargo expressed concern about the existence of cases of sexual violence that occurred during the repression of citizen protests.

"There are 113 acts of gender-based violence against women and people with diverse sexual orientations and gender identities. Of these cases, one corresponds to violence by demonstrators against a police patrolwoman and 112 correspond to violence by police officers," said the Ombudsman.

]]> <![CDATA[Mexico: Four Indigenous People Murdered During Vote Count]]> Tue, 8 Jun 2021 11:15:36 -04:00 On Sunday night, four Indigenous people were shot to death at a voting place in the state of Chiapas after the legislative and local elections concluded.


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The massacre was the result of disputes between the Encuentro Solidario (PES) and Chiapas Unido parties, which were fighting for a municipal mayor's office.

The events occurred at about 9:30 p.m. on the community basketball court, when the polling station officials were counting the votes with the presence of representatives of both parties.

The local police report pointed out that a group of people arrived in a vehicle and started shooting them.

The PES representative Patricia Carvajal informed that "the candidate of a political force arrived drunk, went crazy and shot, killing three people."

The State prosecution service identified these three of the victims as Eleodoro “N”, José “N” and Ortiz “N”. 

Local authorities also mentioned that they have already started the investigation folder for these homicides.

]]> <![CDATA[Peru Elections: Castillo Widens His Lead as Final Results Near]]> Mon, 7 Jun 2021 21:42:59 -04:00 With 95.96 percent of the precincts counted, Peru's presidential candidate, Pedro Castillo, is ahead of her opponent for Fuerza Popular, Keiko Fujimori, on Monday, after the candidate reversed the preliminary results.

Peru's National Office of Electoral Processes (ONPE) presented the updated data on a web portal so that the population could follow the vote count.


Peru: Castillo Takes the Lead In Election Runoff's Vote Count

Based on this data, the candidate for Peru Libre, Castillo, has obtained 8,548,929 valid votes, equivalent to 50.27 percent of valid votes. 

On the other hand, Fujimori has 8,457,547 valid votes, representing 49.73 percent of the processed ballots.

Meanwhile, in a public statement to her followers, Fujimori began to accuse Castillo of vote manipulation, realizing that her chances of victory grow ever slimmer.

"Peru. 'There are signs of fraud at the polling stations, declares Mrs. Fujimori. Pedro Castillo leads the official count. The virtual President-elect is expected to speak in minutes."

"We have noticed that there is a strategy of Peru Libre to distort or delay the results that reflect the will of the people. ..We follow with optimism the counting of the votes. As of recently, the difference between both candidates is 0.5%. This keeps us optimistic, as we know that the overseas vote is still to be counted," the candidate for Fuerza Peru stated.

In the first cut of the preliminary official results of the second electoral round, offered by the head of the ONPE, Piero Corvetto Salinas, close to midnight on Sunday, it was announced that Fujimori was ahead of Castillo with only 42 percent of the processed ballots.

In his appearance, Corvetto clarified that the first results offered corresponded to the close results of the urban counting centers. "The tally sheets from rural areas and abroad have yet to be counted," he noted Sunday night.

]]> <![CDATA[Blinken: Unclear If Iran Will Rejoin Nuclear Deal]]> Mon, 7 Jun 2021 20:15:22 -04:00 U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that it remains unclear if Tehran is willing to take steps to return to compliance with the Iran nuclear deal.

 The UN Took Away Iran's Right to Vote in the General Assembly



"We've been engaged in indirect conversations ... for the last couple of months, and it remains unclear whether Iran is willing and prepared to do what it needs to do to come back into compliance," Blinken told a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"We're not even at the stage of returning to compliance for compliance," he said. "We don't know if that's actually going to happen."
Blinken made similar comments in an interview in late May.
Since April, the United States and Iran have held five rounds of indirect negotiations in Austria's capital Vienna since April, aimed at reviving the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Blinken's words were met with an immediate response from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. He tweeted, "it remains unclear whether @POTUS (President Joe Biden) and @SecBlinken are ready to bury the failed 'maximum pressure' policy of Trump ... and cease using #EconomicTerrorism as bargaining 'leverage.'"
The U.S. government, under former President Donald Trump, withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and unilaterally re-imposed sanctions on Iran. In response, Iran gradually stopped implementing parts of its JCPOA commitments from May 2019.

]]> <![CDATA[NovaDroid, the Operating System of the First Cuban Cell Phone]]> Mon, 7 Jun 2021 19:31:26 -04:00 In the pilot phase, the 6,000 units of the "Cuban" cell phone will not be marketed with its own operating system.

However, for the second phase, it is expected that this cell phone will have a native operating system, NovaDroid, a project developed by the University of Informatics Sciences (UCI), built and customized from the source code (set of text lines expressed through a programming language) and focused on mobile devices, including this cell phone made in Cuba.


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Although the beginnings of NovaDroid date back to 2013, with the boom in Cuba of smartphones based on Android, eight years ago, a group of students, free software enthusiasts at the UCI, devoted hours to create an operating system that would serve as the basis for the migration to open standards in the country's institutions.

On the other hand, Nova (which includes NovaDroid) was a research project that evolved little by little, gained in organization, and went through different stages until it became the current UCI Free Software Center, Yurisbel Vega Ortiz, director of that institution, told Granma.

In this endeavor, it was also taken into account that Nova should be able to be executed in the greatest number of devices, due to the wide range of computer equipment existing in Cuban institutions, which include from very modern computers to some with more than a decade of use, she said.

Hence, she added, each version has three variants, bearing in mind their use: medium and high-end computers; older equipment; and environments in which telematic services are provided, such as web and mail servers, among other platforms.

Vega Ortiz stressed that the Nova project is committed to the country's sovereignty, independence, and technological security, an effort that is made sustainable through alliances with the Cuban electronics industry, the commercialization of migration services, and the UCI's training-production concept.

"What is NovaDroid, and how did it come about? Find out more about the operating system for smartphones that is under development at our university and will soon be available in terminals assembled in #Cuba."

It is also designed as "an operating system made by Cubans, and for Cubans, which focuses on the needs and technological conditions of the country and, at the same time, it is safe, because being open source, free of backdoors, increases the security levels of national institutions. It is these same characteristics that we have transferred to NovaDroid," said the Director of the UCI Free Software Center.

Initially, he pointed out, NovaDroid only focused on the customization of hardware model systems, but then began to work with Gedeme tablets and on the development of an operating system from the source code, that is, all the steps that the computer or equipment must follow for the correct execution of a specific program.

As a result of the UCI-Gedeme link, he said, 375,000 computers, 15,300 laptops, 36,700 tablets, 50 technological classrooms, 275 Nova as servers, and 95 Nova Unified servers have been assembled or created with NovaDroid or tools associated with this operating system.

Vega Ortiz pointed out that they have several significant challenges: the migration to free software of a broad sector of organizations and entities and the support processes these generate.

"There is also the possibility of incubating the Nova project in the Scientific and Technological Park of Havana, which will allow us to take steps in the relations with free software communities in the country and identify strategies to assimilate contributions from these essential groups.

"At the same time, we have to assimilate the challenges of the national industry because as a result of the UCI-Gedeme alliance, we will continue supplying our operating system for computers, laptops, tablets, and cell phones produced in the country," he said.

]]> <![CDATA[Survey Affirms Majority of Chileans Support Same-Sex Marriage]]> Mon, 7 Jun 2021 19:04:12 -04:00 The survey conducted by the company Plaza Pública Cadem indicates that more than 70 percent of Chileans support same-sex couples being able to marry, the highest level of acceptance in the country since 2014.

According to the research, approximately 74 percent of Chileans support this cause, while 65 percent of the population defends homoparental adoption.


Chile Takes a Step Towards the Approval of Same-Sex Marriage

At the same time, the survey affirms that among the citizens who identify themselves with the right or center-right, 65 percent support marriage between same-sex couples, and 58 percent agree with their adoption of children. 

The poll results come after President Sebastián Piñera unexpectedly announced that he would give the same-sex marriage bill "urgency" for its approval.

"Minister Bellolio says he is 'sure' that when same-sex marriage is discussed in the House 'there will be a good part of Chile Vamos that will also approve it.'"

This decision has meant that while some organizations valued the initiative, other voices of the LGBTQ community criticized that Piñera's priority was same-sex marriage and not other issues affecting its members. According to the newspaper El Ciudadano, "The government itself has perpetrated human rights violations against members of the LGBTI community itself."

The parliamentarian Camila Vallejo criticized the media coverage of this debate, which in her opinion should have taken place much earlier and now only tries to create a smokescreen before Piñera departs from office.

The equal marriage bill in Chile has been in the legislative process since 2017, the year it was sent to Congress by former President Michelle Bachelet. 

]]> <![CDATA[Hamas Warns Israel Over Controversial Jerusalem Flag March]]> Mon, 7 Jun 2021 17:40:28 -04:00 Hamas, the ruling movement of Gaza, on Monday warned Israel not to renew tension in the Palestinian territories. However, a Jerusalem flag march scheduled for Thursday is reported to have been called off.

 Journalists Ask Israel Not To Intimidate Them Any Longer


"Hamas warns the occupier (Israel), the mediators and the entire world against the flag march through the Old City and al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem," Khalil al-Hayya, a senior Hamas leader in Gaza, told reporters.
"Hamas' message is clear: we don't want the Thursday event to be like what happened after May 10," he added, referring to the latest round of 11-day fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas.
The fighting between Israel and Hamas-led militant groups in Gaza broke out on May 10 following clashes between the Israeli police and Palestinian worshipers in East Jerusalem during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
An Israeli court's decision to evict Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem was also behind the clashes and ensuing fighting.
"Jerusalem for us is a red line. We are not fond of wars, but our resistance is ready to defend the holy city," al-Hayya said.
Meanwhile, the chamber of the joint military operations in Gaza, which comprises Palestinian armed wings including Hamas, warned Israel not to escalate tension in East Jerusalem.
"We are closely monitoring the behavior of the enemy (Israel) in the holy city (Jerusalem), and we will have our word if the enemy decides to bring the situation back to what was before May 11," the Chamber said in a press statement sent to reporters.
Earlier in the day, the Israeli media reported that the Jerusalem flag march on Thursday had been called off after the Israeli police rejected the organizers' request for a march through the Old City's Damascus Gate.

]]> <![CDATA[COVAX To Send Venezuela Millions of Doses in July and August]]> Mon, 7 Jun 2021 17:50:39 -04:00 He indicated that this new shipment would allow the continuation of the Venezuelan people's immunization process so that most people can get vaccinated.  


Venezuela To Receive Johnson & Johnson Vaccines Through COVAX

The Venezuelan President pointed out that the COVAX system "has a debt with Venezuela, and added that we have already given all the technical indications, the vaccines that can enter the country have already been approved... we have already made the payment, and between July and August several million vaccines should arrive to complement the whole mass vaccination plan."

"President Maduro: The Covax system owes a debt to Venezuela."

On the other hand, he reiterated that despite the shortage of vaccines globally, the inequality, and the persecution of imperialism against Venezuela, the country has managed to immunize its population in the prioritized sectors.

"We have worked to get the vaccines for the people of Venezuela, all in silence because if we announce it, persecution begins. Venezuela is a country under siege so that we cannot buy their vaccines," he denounced.

]]> <![CDATA[WHO Warns Against Overpriced Vaccines, Substandard COVID Items]]> Mon, 7 Jun 2021 16:28:22 -04:00 The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Monday of the danger of buying overpriced vaccines from intermediaries, reminding that countries should buy vaccines certified by the WHO and make sure to identify the origin of the product.
"We have received concerns regarding other vaccines... with intermediates selling it (one vaccine) at a much higher price than what has been actually sold by the manufacturers," said Mariangela Batista Galvao Simao, WHO Assistant Director-General for Access to Medicines and Health Products, during a press conference.
The issue of the role of intermediates for buying vaccines was raised recently as a middleman, located in the United Arab Emirates, was caught selling Sputnik vaccines to Ghana and Pakistan at double the original price.
Simao said that countries should either buy directly from the manufacturer or "contact the manufacturer to make sure that the intermediate is legal."
"There is a lot of substandard and falsified COVID products being commercialized out there, so you need to know the provenance," she added.
Simao also said that it was important to vaccinate people with products "certified" by the WHO.
"The advice of the WHO is that the countries use vaccines that have received emergency listing," she said, referring to the Emergency Use Listing used by the organization to approve new vaccines.
So far, eight COVID-19 vaccines were approved by the WHO for emergency use, including two Chinese vaccines -- Sinopharm and Sinovac, both of which have been distributed in several countries across the world.