2020-03-18: Social Media Postees

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Sanctions against Iran and Venezuela during a pandemic are cruel
Vijay Prashad | zcomm.org | 2020-03-18
Source: Independent Media Institute Swiftly moves the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), dashing across continents, skipping over oceans, terrifying populations in every country. The numbers of those infected rises, as do the numbers of those who have died. Hands are being washed, tests are being done, social distancing has become a new phrase. It is unclear how Read…

Bolsonaro tells workers to work or starve as COVID-19 spreads in Brazil
wsws.org | 2020-03-18
After personally participating in a fascistic demonstration in defense of his government, Bolsonaro made clear his intention to defend the markets at the expense of the lives of Brazilian workers.

IMF rules out COVID-19 loan to Venezuela
yenisafak.com | 2020-03-18
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) rejected Venezuela's request for a $5-billion loan to fight the coronavirus pandemic.In a statement, the IMF said the request could not be evaluated because there was "no clarity" among its member states on who was the leader of the South American nation: the democratically elected President Nicolas Maduro or U.S.-backed lawmaker Juan Guaido."Unfortunately, the Fund is not in a position to consider this request […] There is no clarity on recognition at this time," said the statement.Maduro's government requested a $5-billion loan from the IMF to help deal with the novel cor…

Guatemala Suspends All US Deportation Flights Over COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
Guatemala's government announced Tuesday that it will temporarily stop receiving Hondurans and Salvadorans deported from the United States under the asylum cooperation agreement due to the coronavirus pandemic. | RELATED: | Venezuelan Migrants Face Difficult Conditions in Ecuador | "As of today, all flights under [the Asylum Cooperation Agreement] are suspended," Foreign Affairs Minister Pedro Brolo said, referring to the third safe country-type deal reached between Guatemala and the…

Venezuelan Migrants Face Difficult Conditions in Ecuador
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
Social organizations Monday warned of the vulnerability faced by many Venezuelans in Ecuador due to mobility restrictions implemented to confront the COVID-19 pandemic. | RELATED: | Ecuador: Citizens Reject Economic Decisions to Please the IMF | "The percentage of Venezuelans who work informally, as well as the percentage of those who work without a visa, is worrisome. Some of their employers have warned them that they will not be paid on the days they do not work," Daniel Regalado, the pre…

US ramps up sanctions devastating Venezuela's health sector as coronavirus spreads
Leonardo Flores | thegrayzone.com | 2020-03-17
Promising to "smash" Venezuela's government during a "maximum pressure March," Trump has imposed crushing sanctions that force Venezuela to spend…

Chile: Government May Approve Salary Increase to Quell Protests
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
The Chilean Joint Commission on Monday approved a bill that will allow for an increase in the liquid monthly remuneration of workers, thanks to the creation of a subsidy. | RELATED: | Chile: Piñera Celebrates 'Democracy' As Police Mistreat People | The decision seeks to ensure a Minimum Guaranteed Income for the working class, which will allow for a salary increase starting at 300 thousand Chilean "pesos" (approximately $350 U.S.D.). | The Minister of Social Development and Fam…

Brazil: Bolsonaro to Be Denounced for Risking the Population
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
The Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) lawmaker Marcelo Freixo will denounce Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro before the World Health Organization (WHO) for putting the population at risk by promoting the concentration of people in a political act against of the National Congress and the Federal Supreme Court held in Brasilia on March 15. | RELATED: | Bolsonaro Claims His Second COVID-19 Test Was Negative | At an event called by those who long for the return to a military regime, Bolso…

COVID-19 Updates: Latin American Cases Rise, Isolation Reigns
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
Update 10: 19 pm. | The IMF rejects Venezuela's Request for US$5 Billion to Fight Coronavirus | The International Monetary Fund (IMF) rejected Tuesday Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's request for US$5 billion emergency funds in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the Latin American country. | Update 10: 10 pm. | Colombia declares state of emergency over coronavirus crisis | Colombia's President Ivan Duque declared Tuesday a state of emergency as the country intensifies measures to counter the coronavirus spreading in Latin America. Among the measures was an order for the elderly to stay home until th…

IMF Rejects Venezuela's Request for $5B in Virus Aid
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) rejected Tuesday Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's request for US$5 billion in order to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the Latin American country. | RELATED: | President Maduro Requests $5B to IMF to Help His People | An IMF spokesperson said the request can't be considered because there was "no clarity" among its 189 member states on who it recognizes as Venezuela's rightful leader: democratically elected President Maduro or U.S.-backed la…

President Maduro Requests $5B to IMF to Help His People
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
Venezuela's Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza reported Tuesday that the government of President Nicolas Maduro asked the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a financing facility for US$5 billion from the emergency fund of the Rapid Financing Instrument (RFI). | RELATED: | Venezuela Initiates Social Quarantine to Contain COVID-19 | These resources will be deplo…

Venezuela: American Teamsters tour printing factory
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-17
Maracay, Venezuela

Guyana: Vote Recount Suspended Once Again
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
Guyana suspended the vote count again after the Electoral Commission's headquarters was sprayed with pesticides on Monday, Telesur's special envoy in the country Alejandro Kirk, said Tuesday. | RELATED: | Guyana: High Court Urges Recount in Largest Electoral District | "On Monday, Guyana's health ministry suddenly decided to spray the commission's headquarters with pesticides," Kirk said. | As a result, "the police were forced to evict the Caribbean Community of Nations (Caric…

Facing a liquidity tsunami? Profit, risk, and discipline in emerging markets
Eds. | mronline.org | 2020-03-17
In April 2012, at the White House on her first visit to the United States since her election in 2010, Brazilian president Brazil Dilma Rousseff scolded advanced capitalist economies for unleashing a 'tsunami de liquidez', a 'liquidity tsunami', onto the developing world. | Source…

Brazil: Massive Prisoner Escape Increases Risk of COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
About 1,350 inmates escaped on Monday in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo and others are still in mutiny, due to various restrictions on the system of visits and departures as a preventive measure against Covid-19. Most were under a semi-open regime. | RELATED: | Brazil: The Left Presents Plan to Tackle Economic Crisis | The massive escape occurred in three penitentiary centers after several riots and violent confrontations between the convicts and guards. According to the military police i…

Brazil COVID-19: 2 Deaths, Bolsonaro Tests Negative
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
Brazil confirmed two deaths in a single day Tuesday, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro declared a state of emergency while the right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro gave negative in his second test of coronavirus. | RELATED: | COVID-19 Updates: Latin American Cases Rise, Isolation Reigns | The South American country's first victim was a 62-year-old man with underlying health conditions who died Monday in Sao Paulo, authorities said. | The man had no recent history of international trave…

Colombia: New Evidence in Case of Vote Buying
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
The Colombian Commission of Investigation and Accusation noticed several political figures involved in "àëeñe Hernandez's" case on vote-buying. Both Alvaro Uribe, current senator, and President Ivan Duque are implicated in the accusation. | RELATED: | Venezuela Urges Colombia to Cooperate Over Coronavirus Outbreak | Among those summoned to testify on March 26 are Interior Minister Alicia Arango, former President àÅlvaro Uribe's adviser María Claudia Daza and the wi…

Bolivia: MAS Presents Legal Resource in Support of Evo Morales
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
The second constitutional chamber, a body of the Bolivian Plurinational Constitutional Court, will hold a hearing to consider a legal appeal proposed by the Movement to Socialism Party in favor of the candidacy of Evo Morales. | RELATED: | Bolivia: Over 147,000 Voters Disqualified From Next Election | Morales, who was forced to leave the Bolivian presidency because of a coup d'état, has been recommended as a senatorial candidate by the leftist party. This candidacy w…

Chile: Earthquake Reported in Southern Region
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
A seism of 6.0 magnitude occurred in Chile on early Tuesday, local media reported. The earthquake had a minimal impact on the southern región of the South American nation. | RELATED: | Chile's Communist Mayor to Import Cuban Meds to Fight COVID-19 | The National Seismological Center of the University of Chile published a report of all the telluric movements exceeding 3.0 on the Ritcher Scale. On the information, perceptible seisms were felt since 12: 04 a.m. in the region of Huasco, Quillagua, Mina la Escondida and Cobquecura. | Th…

Cuba's Interferon Alpha 2B, Successful in Treating COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
"The world has an opportunity to understand that health is not a commercial asset but a basic right," Cuban doctor Luis Herrera, the creator of the Interferon Alfa 2-B medication, one of the most successful medications in the fight against COVID-19 told teleSUR Tuesday. | RELATED: | Chile's Communist Mayor to Import Cuban Meds to Fight COVID-19 | Interferon has been known for more than 40 years: first, it was produced from original sources in local sites, then nationally and lat…

Chile To Postpone Constitutional Referendum Amid Pandemic
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-17
The rapid expansion of the new coronavirus in Chile forced authorities Tuesday to prepare the possible postponement of the constitutional referendum scheduled for April 26. | RELATED: | Chile's Communist Mayor to Import Cuban Meds to Fight COVID-19 | So far, the government stated that the consultation would take place on the scheduled date, and along with the Electoral Service, authorities would apply sanitary measures, especially in schools with the highest number of voters.

Why sanctions against Iran and Venezuela during a pandemic are cruel
Vijay Prashad | mronline.org | 2020-03-16
In the midst of a pandemic, one would expect all countries to collaborate; that a humanitarian crisis of this magnitude would provide ample opportunity to end (or suspend) inhumane economic sanctions. Is this not the time for the imperialist bloc, led by the U.S., to end the sanctions against Cuba, Iran, Venezuela, and a series […] | Source…

A Policeman, A Pastor and A Palestinian: The 'Chilestinians' as a Model for Palestinian Unity
Ramzy Baroud | mintpressnews.com | 2020-03-16
The Palestinian diaspora in Chile, the Chilestinians, have had unique success in learning how to accept their political differences and unify over thier common cause.

Chile's Communist Mayor to Import Cuban Meds to Fight COVID-19
telesurenglish.net | 2020-03-16
Chile's Daniel Jadue, Mayor of Recoleta – a borough in Santiago – announced Monday that through the People's Pharmacies initiative they will begin importing Cuban medicine in order to help patients infected with the novel coronavirus. | RELATED: | BioCubaFarma Guarantees Production of Drugs for COVID-19 | "We started import procedures for Interferon 2b, a Cuban medicine used successfully in China and Spain. This will be for high-risk infected people," the Mayor from Communist Party s…

Corporate Media Condone Destruction of Venezuela's Voting Machines
Lucas Koerner | fair.org | 2020-03-15
The vast majority of Venezuela's voting machines were incinerated on March 7 in a fire that engulfed the main warehouse of the National Electoral Council. Corporate outlets followed the familiar script of blaming the victim, repeating the US State Department talking point that the Venezuelan electoral system is "rigged" and floating outlandish conspiracy theories.

Accomplishments of Venezuela hailed on International Women's Day
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2020-03-15
Fight Back News Service is circulating the following speech by Sarah Martin. Martin is a member of Freedom Road Socialist Organization (FRSO). | Happy Women's Day everyone. Our sisters in Venezuela have a lot to celebrate. Just over 20 years ago Hugo Chavez was swept into power on the backs of powerful movements fighting for a better way of life for the vast majority of Venezuelans. The wealth from this oil and mineral rich country was lining the pockets of the oligarchs inside and outside the country while the vast majority of people, mostly black and brown were desperately poor. | Venezuelan women fought in tha…

No, Venezuela does not have a six child per family policy
Joe Emersberger | zcomm.org | 2020-03-13
I respect UK journalist Andrew Buncombe. As I noted for FAIR last year, he was one of the few corporate journalists who reported on a study linking Trump's financial sanctions on Venezuela to thousands of deaths by the end of 2018. Since 2018, Trump has repeatedly intensified the sanctions and threatened Venezuela with military action, Read…