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2021-05-08: News Headlines

WSWS (2021-05-08). Colombia's mass protests continue amid reported "disappearance" of 379 demonstrators. wsws.org Colombia's ruling class, backed by imperialism, is determined to force the working class to bear the entire cost of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Owen Schalk (2021-05-08). Gustavo Petro Represents a Progressive Alternative in Colombia. dissidentvoice.org Gustavo Petro is a force to be reckoned with in Colombian politics. The senator — once a member of the M-19 guerilla group, later elected to the House of Representations in the 1990s and then the mayorship of Bogotá (2012-2016) — has become the candidate to beat in next year's presidential election. He is such …

Carlos Arellán (2021-05-08). Leopoldo López Condemns Protests in Colombia from Luxury Condo in Madrid: Having Duque 'is a Privilege'. orinocotribune.com Regarding the bloody repression in Colombia against peaceful demonstrators, there are several aspects that are astonishing. In addition to the vicious will of its police officers to impose order through questionable means, there is an occurrence that surpasses them: Leopoldo López's condemnation of violence—but not the violence of Colombia's repressive forces. | The Venezuelan, who is known for his marked vocation for violence, released a statement whose reading produces enormous cognitive dissonance. | These are five paragraphs of an unknown version of Leopoldo López, at least to Venezuelans. The politicia…

Manuel Rozental (2021-05-08). "Nothing to Lose" zcomm.org Colombians Protest "Fascist Mafia Regime" Amid Deadly Police & Military Crackdown…

Alejandra Marín Buitrago (2021-05-08). Colombia on the Brink. zcomm.org Colombians see their current political situation as a potential historical opening…

Lucía Eugenia Córdova (2021-05-08). Venezuela's Delcy Rodriguez Provides More Details About Bot Campaign (ICC). orinocotribune.com A big data investigation carried out by independent experts determined that local and international right-wing elements used social media networks to carry out a campaign of media denigration and defamation against Venezuela on the issue of human rights, with the result that the South American nation is now the subject of an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC). "They want to classify [them as] international crimes without them having been committed," said the Executive Vice President of Venezuela, Delcy Rodríguez, in a press conference broadcast this Friday, May 7 by state-owned Venezolana de…

WorkWeek (2021-05-08). May Day 2021 ILWU With Angela Davis In SF & AFL-CIO Gebre On Systemic Racism. indybay.org WorkWeek covers the San Francisco May Day march, the death of UFWA founder Al Rojas and the working class struggle in Argentina…

Staff (2021-05-08). Tehran, La Paz to prepare coop. program. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, May 08 (MNA) — The Ambassador of Iran to Bolivia and the Vice President of the country emphasized the development of a cooperation program.

Edward Corcoran* (2021-05-08). Re-Engaging Russia — OpEd. eurasiareview.com Russian realignment offers the biggest opportunity to dramatically transform the international situation in the immediate future. A cooperative relationship between Russia and the Industrialized World could be a highly visible example of democratic development, strongly undercutting Chinese promotion of autocracy and minimizing cyber intrusions. It would also significantly reduce requirements for military forces, including a potential for major reductions in nuclear weapons. Diplomatically, collaboration with Russia could help resolve confrontations in Afghanistan, Venezuela, Ukraine, Belarus, Syria and Myanma…

teleSUR (2021-05-07). Alberto Fernandez, Evo Morales Condemn Repression in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez on Thursday expressed his concern over expressions of institutional violence against citizens who are in the streets protesting against Colombia's President Ivan Duque and his economic policies. | RELATED: | "It is with concern that I observe the repression unleashed in the face of social protests in Colombia. I pray for the Colombian people to return to social peace," he said, | "I urge the…

teleSUR (2021-05-07). Colombian Lawmakers Tout Decree of Internal Commotion State. telesurenglish.net The state of "internal commotion" can be declared nationwide or in some parts of the country according to article 213 of the Colombian constitution. Its declaration would require the signature of all ministers and would allow the president to restrict the reporting activities of national and international media outlets as well as reinforcing the police.

_____ (2021-05-07). Rebellion Sweeps Colombia Despite Deadly Repression. popularresistance.org Massive protests are taking place throughout Colombia as people stand firm in the face of deadly police violence. Since April 28, when a general strike was called to oppose deeply regressive proposed tax reforms, nationwide demonstrations against far right President Iván Duque have been ongoing. | "The repression on the streets perpetuated by the police force is systematic," a young protester in Colombia who wished to remain anonymous told Liberation, "The ESMAD [Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron] along with the national police shoots without remorse rubber bullets, tear gas and attack the protestors." | This is…

teleSUR (2021-05-07). Colombian Workers Remain Open to Dialogue with President Duque. telesurenglish.net The Central Union of Workers (CUT) President Francisco Maltes on Friday informed that his organization agrees to dialogue with Colombia's President Ivan Duque to negotiate an end to the anti-government protests. | RELATED: | "The CUT is ready to negotiate with the government. We just need Duque to set a day, a time, and a place. So far, there are only formalities and generalities that do not set the exact time to negoti…

teleSUR (2021-05-07). Cuba Rejects the Expulsion of Its Diplomat from Colombia. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Foreign Affairs Ministry (MINREX) Friday rejected Colombia's decision to declare the Cuban First Secretary in Bogota Omar Garcia a persona non grata in this Latin American country. | RELATED: | "We have summoned the Colombian ambassador in Havana to convey our energetic rejection of the decision taken by his country on Thursday night," MINREX Director General for Latin American Affairs Eugenio Martinez tweeted.

Editor2 (2021-05-07). COHA Denounces Brutal Repression by Security Forces in Colombia. orinocotribune.com The Council on Hemispheric Affairs (COHA) denounces the systematic violations of human rights perpetrated by the security forces of the government of Colombia. The government of President Iván Duque has deployed special units of the police and military to brutally repress broad based demonstrations that began on April 28, 2021 against a neoliberal tax reform package that proposed to rescue Colombia's IMF credit rating on the backs of the working class. Now that Duque has withdrawn the proposed reform package, protests continue over numerous other topics, including the violations of the peace accords, and urgent l…

teleSUR (2021-05-07). 471 People Have Disappeared Amid Protests In Colombia. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Working Group on Enforced Disappearances (MTDF) on Thursday informed that 471 people went missing from April 28 to May 5 during the social outbreak against President Ivan Duque. | RELATED: | "Three hundred and seventy-nine of the victims are still missing. Most of the people who reappeared claimed that they were arbitrarily detained and transferred to unauthorized places and without the presence of judicial authorities," the organizatio…

Carlos Arellán (2021-05-07). 'Super Mustache' Strikes Back: Right Wing Could Not Resist Temptation to Blame Venezuela for Colombia's Uprising (+ 'Dissipated Molecular Revolution'). orinocotribune.com Although Colombia is ablaze with massive protests everywhere and brutal police repression, its politicians and media could not resist the temptation to blame Venezuela for the social unrest. Of course, this also made it much easier to avoid addressing Colombia's system—the disastrous management of the COVID-19 pandemic, horrific police brutality, and neoliberalism—as the cause of the uprising. | On social media networks, the defenders of Colombia's "imperfect democracy" justified the repression as the way to prevent their country from "ending up like Venezuela." | A week into the strike and demonstrat…

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Over 370 People Go Missing During 9 Days of Tax Reform Protests in Colombia, Rights Group Says. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – A total of 379 people went missing in Colombia over nine days of protests triggered by the now-shelved tax reform, the Movice National Movement of Victims of State Crime has announced.

Pedro Santana Rodríguez (2021-05-07). Frente a la protesta ciudadana en Colombia: Militarización y represión. globalizacion.ca Hoy 6 de mayo las masivas protestas en Colombia completan ya 9 días sin signos aún de debilitamiento. Las marchas del miércoles 5 convocadas por el Comité Nacional del Paro fueron masivas en muchas de las ciudades del país. | Contrario…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2021-05-07). Ocasio-Cortez Expresses Solidarity With Colombia's Working Class Facing Off Against Right-Wing Government. commondreams.org "All people should have a fundamental right to demonstrate against their elected leaders," said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a statement of solidarity with working class Colombian protesters. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/aoc_colombia.jpg

Editorial Team (2021-05-07). Social unrest continues in Colombia. challenge-magazine.org Huge numbers of protestors have taken to the streets of Colombia over the last week after President Duque attempted to pass a bill that would further increase inequality in the country by making the working class pay for the covid-19-induced fiscal deficit. A general strike began on the 28th April in response to Duque's presentation of the ironically titled 'Sustainable Solidarity Bill'. The proposed bill has intensified grievances about the state of inequality in the country, with 2.8 million people having already been pushed into extreme poverty during the last year alone. The bill proposes increasing VAT on…

Thomas Power (2021-05-07). Unforgiving Repression of National Strike in Colombia. latinorebels.com BOGOTàÅ, Colombia — For a week, people from all over the world have looked on in horror as the Colombian government's crackdown on a national strike has been unforgiving. Different organizations have different tallies, but they all indicate tragedy.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-07). Colombia: 471 Persons Disappeared During the Mobilizations that Began April 28th. libya360.wordpress.com The Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in Colombia warned that 471 people disappeared in Colombia between April 28 and May 5, in the framework of the #ParoNacional. 379 of them are still missing. The Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in Colombia — MDTDF, warned about the human rights crisis experienced in the country as a…

Ben Norton (2021-05-07). How the US Gov't Cultivated Environmental and Indigenous Groups to Defeat Ecuador's Leftist Correísta Movement. orinocotribune.com By Ben Norton — May 4, 2021 | When socialist Rafael Correa became Ecuador's president, CIA cutouts poured money into environmental and Indigenous groups, while the US embassy cultivated opportunistic leaders to undermine his constituency. These forces helped secure victory for right-wing banker Guillermo Lasso in 2021. | The people of Ecuador were hit by a surprise in the April 2021 presidential election: Hard-right banker Guillermo Lasso, one of the richest and most corrupt oligarchs in the country, who had unsuccessfully run in two previous races, scored a narrow victory over leftist Andrés Arauz. | Arauz,…

Staff (2021-05-07). Venezuela & ALBA-TCP Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Navy, in conjunction with Civil Protection (PC), traveled to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and completed the first phase of humanitarian aid delivery, following the emergency caused by the activity of the La Soufrière volcano. | The work was recognized by the executive secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Sacha Llorenti, in the company of the president of the Bank of ALBA, Raúl Li Causi, who thanked the solidarity of Venezuela and the member countries of the regional body. | En acto de agradecimiento a la tripulación del buque de l…

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-05-07). 'This Was a Massacre': Brazilian Police Kill Two Dozen in Deadliest Favela Raid in Rio's History. commondreams.org "It's extermination—there's no other way to describe it," said one Brazilian researcher. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/brazil_police_raid.jpg

WSWS (2021-05-07). The Brazilian ruling class is unwilling and incapable of mounting any struggle against the deadly pandemic. wsws.org The fascistic president Bolsanaro is the most radical advocate of the policy of social murder, but the Workers Party (PT) of Lula carries out similar policies in the states where it is in power.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Rise in tuberculosis in Peru: A byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Epidemiologists predict a rise in tuberculosis (TB) due to treatment disruptions related to COVID pandemic. Treatment lapses leading to an increase of drug-resistant tuberculosis remains a concern reversing the progress made in TB progress worldwide.

teleSUR (2021-05-07). Brazil: Belem, Sao Paolo Negotiate To Obtain Cuba's Soberana 02. telesurenglish.net "In the last few days talks (about Soberana) began between the government of Bélem (under the administration of Socialist Congressman Edmilson Rodrigues) and the Cuban Embassy" in Brasilia, Medeiros told Fórum magazine. | RELATED: | A dispatch from Prensa Latina reports that the head of PSOL appreciates this step among the alternatives to immunize the people, particularly those of hat capital city, one which has received the l…

The Associated Press (2021-05-07). Argentine Clinics Struggle Despite COVID-19 Crisis. latinorebels.com BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — As COVID-19 deaths climb to new peaks in Argentina, the intensive care unit at the San Andres clinic in the capital is oddly silent.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-07). Venezuela's Popular Democracy Under Siege: A Conversation with Elías Jaua. libya360.wordpress.com Cira Pascual Marquina Politician and intellectual Elías Jaua served under Chávez as agriculture minister and vice president. Under Nicolás Maduro's presidency, he has been minister of foreign affairs, of communes, and of education. Now Jaua belongs to the PSUV direction, and he frequently writes about Venezuela, defending the country from imperialist attacks and speaking up…

Staff (2021-05-07). Controversy on Social Media After Lenín Moreno Says 'I Wish I had a Better People'. orinocotribune.com This Wednesday, April 5, during his participation in the Defense of Democracy in the Americas forum, Lenín Moreno, outgoing president of Ecuador, criticized his fellow Ecuadorians while recounting an anecdote. | "At some point a person told me in an upfront manner as people are do: 'I wish we had a better president.' I said to him: 'I wish I had better people too.'" The outgoing president of Ecuador made the comment at the forum that brings together right-wing presidents and former presidents in Miami, USA. | Alguien que humilla al pueblo ecuatoriano con sus expresiones, merece todo nuestro desprecio y rechazo.

Staff (2021-05-07). Police in Brazil Kill Two Dozen in Deadliest Favela Raid in Rio's History. truthout.org More than 100 heavily armed Brazilian police officers stormed a sprawling Rio de Janeiro favela Thursday and killed at least two dozen people, a raid that human rights activists, researchers, and journalists described as the The hourslong operation, purportedly aimed at drug traffickers in the poverty-stricken Jacarezinho favela, ultimat…

Paul Haeder (2021-05-07). The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Roughshod Chemistry. dissidentvoice.org "When we look at what is truly sustainable, the only real model that has worked over long periods of time is the natural world."— Biomimicry Institute founder, Janine Benyus [Photo: A selection of the thousands of native potato varieties that grow in Peru. Photograph: The International Potato Centre] It's paramount to talk about all the …

Rubén Armendáriz (2021-05-07). La Corte Suprema argentina falla contra la suspensión de clases por la pandemia. globalizacion.ca El presidente argentino Alberto Fernández advirtió que continuará cuidando la salud de los argentinos por más que se escriban muchas hojas de sentencia, en respuesta a un sorprendente fallo de la Corte Suprema de Justicia que avaló la posición del…

WorkWeek (2021-05-07). May Day 2021 ILWU With Angela Davis In SF & AFL-CIO Gebre On Systemic Racism. indybay.org WorkWeek covers the San Francisco May Day march, the death of UFWA founder Al Rojas and the working class struggle in Argentina…

teleSUR (2021-05-07). Brazilian Justice Investigates Police Raid That Left 25 Deaths. telesurenglish.net The Brazilian Prosecutor's Office announced that it will launch an investigation into the police operation that left at least 25 people dead in the Jacarezinho neighborhood, in Rio de Janeiro, on May 6. | RELATED: | The incident will be inquired into due to complaints from social organizations and residents about the police brutality that took place during the raid. | "We will verify the circumstances and deaths surro…

news.un (2021-05-07). Brazil: UN rights office urges independent probe into deadly police operation in Rio de Janeiro. news.un.org The UN's human rights office (OHCHR) on Friday called for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into a major police operation in a favela in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, in which at least 25 were reportedly killed, including a police officer.

W. T. Whitney (2021-05-07). Chile's Neoliberal Nightmare, New Constitution, and Daniel Jadue. counterpunch.org Working and marginalized people in Chile can now see possibilities of relief from the political grief of decades. A new constitution is in the works. And Daniel Jadue, author of an astonishingly progressive program as mayor of Rocoleta municipality, is a presidential candidate. The election is set for November 21, 2021. Chileans will vote on

teleSUR (2021-05-07). School Teacher Leads Voting Intentions In Peruvian Elections. telesurenglish.net The Peru Libre Party's presidential candidate Pedro Castillo continues as the frontrunner in voting intentions for the runoff elections scheduled for June 6. | RELATED: | According to Datum International (DI), Castillo could receive 41 percent of the votes, while Popular Force (FP) candidate Keiko Fujimori would get 36 percent. | The school teacher is a favorite in all regions except in Lima, where the daughter of former President Alberto Fujimori has 48 percent of…

teleSUR (2021-05-07). Venezuela: "Almagro and Lima Cartel Promote Lies Against Us" telesurenglish.net Executive Vice President of the Republic Delcy Rodríguez denounced that Venezuela is facing a media lynching against its political and social leaders, as well as the fraudulent use of social networks in campaigns orchestrated in Washington and five governments of the Lima Cartel led by Luis Almagro that attempt to manipulate public opinion against the country.

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2021-05-07: News Headlines

_____ (2021-05-07). Rebellion Sweeps Colombia Despite Deadly Repression. popularresistance.org Massive protests are taking place throughout Colombia as people stand firm in the face of deadly police violence. Since April 28, when a general strike was called to oppose deeply regressive proposed tax reforms, nationwide demonstrations against far right President Iván Duque have been ongoing. | "The repression on the streets perpetuated by the police force is systematic," a young protester in Colombia who wished to remain anonymous told Liberation, "The ESMAD [Mobile Anti-Disturbances Squadron] along with the national police shoots without remorse rubber bullets, tear gas and attack the protestors." | This is…

Editorial Team (2021-05-07). Social unrest continues in Colombia. challenge-magazine.org Huge numbers of protestors have taken to the streets of Colombia over the last week after President Duque attempted to pass a bill that would further increase inequality in the country by making the working class pay for the covid-19-induced fiscal deficit. A general strike began on the 28th April in response to Duque's presentation of the ironically titled 'Sustainable Solidarity Bill'. The proposed bill has intensified grievances about the state of inequality in the country, with 2.8 million people having already been pushed into extreme poverty during the last year alone. The bill proposes increasing VAT on…

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-07). Colombia: 471 Persons Disappeared During the Mobilizations that Began April 28th. libya360.wordpress.com The Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in Colombia warned that 471 people disappeared in Colombia between April 28 and May 5, in the framework of the #ParoNacional. 379 of them are still missing. The Working Group on Enforced Disappearances in Colombia — MDTDF, warned about the human rights crisis experienced in the country as a…

sputniknews (2021-05-07). Over 370 People Go Missing During 9 Days of Tax Reform Protests in Colombia, Rights Group Says. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – A total of 379 people went missing in Colombia over nine days of protests triggered by the now-shelved tax reform, the Movice National Movement of Victims of State Crime has announced.

Pedro Santana Rodríguez (2021-05-07). Frente a la protesta ciudadana en Colombia: Militarización y represión. globalizacion.ca Hoy 6 de mayo las masivas protestas en Colombia completan ya 9 días sin signos aún de debilitamiento. Las marchas del miércoles 5 convocadas por el Comité Nacional del Paro fueron masivas en muchas de las ciudades del país. | Contrario…

The Associated Press (2021-05-07). Argentine Clinics Struggle Despite COVID-19 Crisis. latinorebels.com BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — As COVID-19 deaths climb to new peaks in Argentina, the intensive care unit at the San Andres clinic in the capital is oddly silent.

WSWS (2021-05-07). Rise in tuberculosis in Peru: A byproduct of the COVID-19 pandemic. wsws.org Epidemiologists predict a rise in tuberculosis (TB) due to treatment disruptions related to COVID pandemic. Treatment lapses leading to an increase of drug-resistant tuberculosis remains a concern reversing the progress made in TB progress worldwide.

Jake Johnson, staff writer (2021-05-07). 'This Was a Massacre': Brazilian Police Kill Two Dozen in Deadliest Favela Raid in Rio's History. commondreams.org "It's extermination—there's no other way to describe it," said one Brazilian researcher. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/brazil_police_raid.jpg

Staff (2021-05-07). Venezuela & ALBA-TCP Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Saint Vincent & the Grenadines. orinocotribune.com The Venezuelan Navy, in conjunction with Civil Protection (PC), traveled to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and completed the first phase of humanitarian aid delivery, following the emergency caused by the activity of the La Soufrière volcano. | The work was recognized by the executive secretary of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-Peoples' Trade Treaty (ALBA-TCP), Sacha Llorenti, in the company of the president of the Bank of ALBA, Raúl Li Causi, who thanked the solidarity of Venezuela and the member countries of the regional body. | En acto de agradecimiento a la tripulación del buque de l…

WSWS (2021-05-07). The Brazilian ruling class is unwilling and incapable of mounting any struggle against the deadly pandemic. wsws.org The fascistic president Bolsanaro is the most radical advocate of the policy of social murder, but the Workers Party (PT) of Lula carries out similar policies in the states where it is in power.

Staff (2021-05-07). Police in Brazil Kill Two Dozen in Deadliest Favela Raid in Rio's History. truthout.org More than 100 heavily armed Brazilian police officers stormed a sprawling Rio de Janeiro favela Thursday and killed at least two dozen people, a raid that human rights activists, researchers, and journalists described as the The hourslong operation, purportedly aimed at drug traffickers in the poverty-stricken Jacarezinho favela, ultimat…

Paul Haeder (2021-05-07). The Good, Bad and the Ugly of Roughshod Chemistry. dissidentvoice.org "When we look at what is truly sustainable, the only real model that has worked over long periods of time is the natural world."— Biomimicry Institute founder, Janine Benyus [Photo: A selection of the thousands of native potato varieties that grow in Peru. Photograph: The International Potato Centre] It's paramount to talk about all the …

Rubén Armendáriz (2021-05-07). La Corte Suprema argentina falla contra la suspensión de clases por la pandemia. globalizacion.ca El presidente argentino Alberto Fernández advirtió que continuará cuidando la salud de los argentinos por más que se escriban muchas hojas de sentencia, en respuesta a un sorprendente fallo de la Corte Suprema de Justicia que avaló la posición del…

WorkWeek (2021-05-07). May Day 2021 ILWU With Angela Davis In SF & AFL-CIO Gebre On Systemic Racism. indybay.org WorkWeek covers the San Francisco May Day march, the death of UFWA founder Al Rojas and the working class struggle in Argentina…

news.un (2021-05-07). Brazil: UN rights office urges independent probe into deadly police operation in Rio de Janeiro. news.un.org The UN's human rights office (OHCHR) on Friday called for an independent, thorough and impartial investigation into a major police operation in a favela in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, in which at least 25 were reportedly killed, including a police officer.

W. T. Whitney (2021-05-07). Chile's Neoliberal Nightmare, New Constitution, and Daniel Jadue. counterpunch.org Working and marginalized people in Chile can now see possibilities of relief from the political grief of decades. A new constitution is in the works. And Daniel Jadue, author of an astonishingly progressive program as mayor of Rocoleta municipality, is a presidential candidate. The election is set for November 21, 2021. Chileans will vote on

Editor2 (2021-05-06). Colombian Campesino Leader: This is an Authoritarian Regime. orinocotribune.com We interviewed Ernesto Alexander Roa,

Combined Sources (2021-05-06). Massacre of protesters and economic crisis push Colombia workers to strike. peoplesworld.org Colombia is in the midst of another general strike, with unions saying the government has failed to listen to demands for emergency measures to deal with rising poverty and hunger. Monday night's massacre of protesters by police in the city of Cali have further enraged the democratic and people's movements in the country and garnered …

Staff (2021-05-06). Anonymous Colombia Puts Duque on the Ropes with Massive Hacking Operation. orinocotribune.com The Anonymous group has been active during the human rights crisis in Colombia, sending a strong message to Iván Duque and taking down webpages of the Army, Senate, and Presidency. | On Tuesday, the international anarchist organization Anonymous reported through social media networks that it had returned "to Colombia due to the injustices generated" in the context of police and military repression against protests that have left 19 dead, 89 disappeared, and hundreds injured in the past week, according to the National Ombudsperson's Office. However, Anonymous often remains silent regarding the near-weekly massacre…

teleSUR (2021-05-06). Armed Groups Attacking Protesters in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Colombian social organizations and citizens have denounced that armed groups have attacked participants in protests against the Government. They demand an end to police brutality and measures to improve living conditions. | In several parts of the country, there have been reports of intimidation of demonstrators by armed men allegedly opposed to vandalism, and in some, they have even been shot at. | RELATED: | "R…

teleSUR (2021-05-06). Colombians Mobilized in Spain Amid High Death Toll Fears. telesurenglish.net Colombian residents in Spain took to the streets on Thursday to denounce police brutality carried out by Ivan Duque's government as protests reach their eight-day and express concern that social media has been censored in some parts of the country, such as the city of Cali. | RELATED: | Hundreds of demonstrators gathered at Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid with posters and slogans such as "SOS Colombia" and "They are kill…

teleSUR (2021-05-06). Colombia: Casa de Las Americas Condemns Repression of Protests. telesurenglish.net Cuba's Casa de las Americas issued this Thursday a statement condemning the brutal police repression by the government of President Iván Duque against social protests within the framework of the National Strike in Colombia. | RELATED: | The text published on the website of the renowned cultural institution points out that the violent onslaught of the security forces against demonstrators, after more than a week of m…

_____ (2021-05-06). Colombia's National Strike: An On-the-Ground Report. popularresistance.org Colombia's national strike — or paro (stoppage) as it is called locally — began on April 28 with enormous protests and on May 5 entered its eighth day, with another round of mass protests around the country. Truck drivers and rural communities have joined in, paralyzing entire swathes of the country. | What provoked these protests was yet another tax reform from the extreme right-wing government of Iván Duque, the third of his government. As the Colombian economist Libardo Sarmiento Anzola wrote in Le Monde Diplomatique: | The three tax reforms of the Duque administration (2018—2022) have one co…

_____ (2021-05-06). Progressive International Statement On The Duque Massacres In Colombia. popularresistance.org On 28 April, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in a nation-wide strike to oppose the neoliberal policies of the Iván Duque government, and his record of violence against social leaders. The government responded with brutal repression. An atrocity is unfolding in Colombia. Since he took power, Iván Duque's regime has been …

Carlos Arellán (2021-05-06). The Striking Silence of OAS' Luis Almagro on Colombia's Human Rights Crisis. orinocotribune.com While there are plenty of reasons to be aware of what is happening in Colombia, the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro , looks the other way. | As of noon this Tuesday, May 5, the Uruguayan head of OAS had not said a word about the human rights crisis in Colombia, nor has he expressed any crisis of conscience regarding the police repression and human rights abuses, which according to the National Strike Committee, had killed 27 people by May 2. | Instead of following events that should concern him, due to his high position in the regional organization, Almagro met via vid…

_____ (2021-05-06). Gabriel García Márquez And Magical Internationalism. popularresistance.org Sometimes what is obvious hides what is important. Gabriel García Márquez is best known as the craftsman par excellence of the genre 'magical realism', rather than his profound passion for the profession of journalism that led him to traverse—with the eagerness of a chronicler and a vallenato rhythm in his step—countless cafes, newsrooms, and continents. | Gabo, or Gabito, as he was known to his friends in Aracataca, a town camouflaged among the banana plantations of Colombia's Caribbean coast, produced a journalism that few recognize, journalism militantly committed to a national and global context.

teleSUR (2021-05-06). Colombia's Strike Committee Makes Its Voice Heard in the Senate. telesurenglish.net Colombia's Senate on Thursday morning hosted the National Strike Committee (CNP) in a virtual meeting to hear their views on the mass protests that have been taking place against President Ivan Duque since April 28. | RELATED: | At the start of the public hearing, Senate President Arturo Char indicated that the lawmakers had also invited government representatives. | "For the Senate presidency, it is fundamental to…

teleSUR (2021-05-06). 100 People Injured and 30 Citizens Missing In Pereira, Colombia. telesurenglish.net Colombia's National Strike Committee (CPN) informed that over 100 people were injured and 30 protesters went missing during the demonstrations that have been taking place since last week in Pereira City. | RELATED: | One victim is Lucas Villa, a young student who was shot to death on Wednesday night during a peaceful demonstration. Two other protesters were also hit by gunfire. | Human rights defenders denounced that t…

Staff (2021-05-06). From Colombia to Palestine, resist imperialist crimes! Samidoun solidarity statement with the people of Colombia. samidoun.net Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network expresses its strongest solidarity with the people's movement and political prisoners of Colombia, facing the U.S.-backed right-wing regime of Ivan Duque, police murder and targeted assassinations, and harsh repression of mass protests. Thousands of people in Colombia have been marching for the past eight days against the tax policy of the right-wing Duque administration, supported by the United States and also involved in U.S.-directed regime change operations targeting Venezuela, Bolivia, and other progressive governments throughout Latin America. This movement h…

Staff (2021-05-06). One Year after Defeat of Operation Gideon, Heroism of Chuao's Militia Recognized. orinocotribune.com Governor of Aragua, Rodolfo Marco Torres, presented decorations to militia and police officers of Chuao, who a year ago took the lead in capturing a group of mercenaries on the coast of Aragua. The mercenaries were embarked on a terrorist plot—Operation Gideon—launched from Colombia and promoted by the US government, with the goal of destroying critical infrastructure and kidnapping or assassinating the president of Venezuela. | The group of citizens and policemen were recognized by the people as the "warriors of Chuao," and awarded the Order of Santiago Mariño in recognition of their bravery and effe…

_____ (2021-05-06). USAID Admits To Venezuela Regime Change Fraud. popularresistance.org Red Lines host Anya Parampil explores a new report issued by USAID's Office of the Inspector General which admits the agency's policy on Venezuela was driven by the State Department and National Security Council's push for regime change. The report specifically investigated USAID's attempt to use the US military to force aid through Venezuela's border with Colombia on February 23, 2019. Anya highlights the most interesting findings in the audit, including that USAID failed to put proper fraud controls in place in order to appease US officials seeking to overthrow Venezuela's elected government.

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Violent Anti-Government Protests in Colombia. sputniknews.com Earlier, Colombian President Ivan Duque asked Congress to withdraw a tax reform proposal and urgently discuss a new one amid nationwide protests.

sputniknews (2021-05-06). Over 30 People Reportedly Killed Within Week of Colombian Protests. sputniknews.com MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) — At least 31 people have been killed, 1,220 have been injured and 87 have gone missing in a week of protests in Colombia, the Institute for Development and Peace Studies said.

Staff (2021-05-06). "Nothing to Lose": Colombians Protest "Fascist Mafia Regime" Amid Deadly Police & Military Crackdown. democracynow.org At least 30 people in Colombia have been reportedly killed since a nationwide uprising erupted against the government of right-wing President Iván Duque. Protesters are vowing to remain in the streets amid a deadly crackdown by police and military officers. About 800 people have been injured and 87 people are missing in the midst of the demonstrations, which were initially sparked by a now-withdrawn tax reform proposal, but they have since expanded in scope. People in Colombia are also denouncing rampant police brutality and demanding broader social, economic and political reforms. At least 15 people were killed…

_____ (2021-05-06). Colombian Campesino Leader: This Is An Authoritarian Regime. popularresistance.org First of all, we, as a campesino association, the National Agrarian Coordinating Committee, have been involved in the mobilizations from the very beginning and from there we have helped to maintain the mobilizations which have taken place over the course of the last several days. | There have already been some partial achievements. I say partial achievements because they are simply moves by the establishment to try to demobilize the protests. I am referring to what is already happening with the withdrawal of the tax reform as a bill, but also the resignation of the Minister of Finance and his Vice Minister. But t…

Daniela Jimenez (2021-05-06). Colombia's Piedad Córdoba Confronts Duque & his Vice President: What Would This Pair be Saying if the Massacre was in Venezuela? + Facebook Censorship. orinocotribune.com Amid the wave of state violence against civilian protesters after seven days of demonstrations against the Colombian government's neoliberal policies, former Colombian Senator Piedad Córdoba confronted Colombian President Iván Duque and his Vice President Marta Lucía Ramírez. | "Think for a minute what you would say today, Iván Duque and Marta Lucía Ramírez, if last night's massacre in Siloé had happened in Venezuela," wrote Córdoba on Twitter. "Today it happened to your own people, and you said nothing!" | Piensen por un momento qué estaría diciendo hoy Iván Duque y Marta Lucía Ramírez, si la matanza de anoche e…

teleSUR (2021-05-06). More International Voices Condemn State Terrorism in Colombia. telesurenglish.net Organizations and personalities from around the world on Wednesday rejected the military and police repression against the Colombian people, who continue to protest against President Ivan Duque and his neoliberal policies. | RELATED: | The governments of France, Chile, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Cuba, Spain, Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom condemned police brutality. The United Nations (UN) demanded an end to the e…

Susan Price (2021-05-06). Colombia: National strike defeats tax reform for now, repression and militarisation continue. greenleft.org.au In response to days of national strikes and mobilisations across Colombia, security forces have unleashed unprecedented repression against peaceful protesters, reports People's Dispatch.

Zach El Parece (2021-05-06). US Special Forces trained Mexican drug cartels linked to decapitation, torture, rape. thegrayzone.com An investigation into how U.S. Special Forces trained feared Mexican drug cartels responsible for grisly murders, and how Pentagon-backed counter-insurgency in Colombia and Guatemala has bled into organized crime. (This article was first published in CovertAction Magazine.) The Cártel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) has established itself as one of the most feared paramilitaries in Mexico over the last decade. Images of the group have become the standard depiction of the Mexican cartels writ large. Their propaganda videos often feature groups …

Juanita Ramos Ardila (2021-05-06). Colombia's Violent and Sleepless Nights. latinorebels.com Data from Temblores ONG, an organization that has been receiving reports directly from citizens, says that as of May 5, 37 people have died due to police violence.

Internationalist 360 ∞ (2021-05-06). Duque Regime's Crimes Against Humanity to Reach ICC. libya360.wordpress.com Kawsachun News Scene from a protest in Santiago de Cali on April 29, 2021. Photo: Jahfrann The International Criminal Court (ICC) will soon receive a communication from Bogotá on the crimes against humanity committed by the Ivan Duque regime against Colombian citizens since national strike mobilizations began on April 28th. Senator Iván Cepeda Castro announced…

Anya Parampil (2021-05-06). USAID admits to Venezuela regime change fraud. thegrayzone.com Red Lines host Anya Parampil explores an internal USAID report admitting the agency's policy on Venezuela was driven by the State Department and National Security Council's push for regime change. The report specifically investigated USAID's attempt to use the US military to force aid through Venezuela's border with Colombia on February 23, 2019. Anya highlights the most interesting findings in the audit, including that USAID failed to put proper fraud controls in place in order to appease US officials seeking …

Pablo Navarrete (2021-05-06). Colombian security forces are massacring people on the streets. thecanary.co In Colombia the right-wing government of Iván Duque is killing people taking part in an ongoing national strike protesting the government's economic policies and widespread human rights abuses. | Since the strike began at the end of April, Colombian human rights groups have estimated that In addition to the killings, there has been a major militarisation of cities, with reports of disappearances, sexual assaults on wom…

Ociel Ali Lopez (2021-05-06). Crisis & Critique: The Ibero-American Summit's Impact on Venezuela. orinocotribune.com By Ociel Alí López — Apr 30, 2021 | VA columnist Ociel López highlights the de facto recognition of the Maduro government by Washington-aligned countries in the recent international event. | The Ibero-American Summit is an event that brings together the presidents or senior representatives of Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Andorra. On April 21, the XXVII meeting was held in Andorra, although most participants attended virtually. | The main theme was "innovation for sustainable development," but for obvious reasons it was the Covid-19 pandemic that ended up taking center stage. | The event's first importa…

Staff (2021-05-06). This is how President Maduro Welcomed Steven Seagal in Miraflores. orinocotribune.com The famous US actor Steven Seagal visited President Nicolás Maduro at the Miraflores Palace this Tuesday, May 4, in a meeting full of symbolism about values such as international friendship, culture, cooperation, and fighting spirit. | For these reasons, the Venezuelan president thanked Seagal for his gesture. Seagal currently holds the position of special envoy of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the country that also granted him citizenship. In addition, Seagal is a recognized master of martial arts, especially the discipline called Aikido. | The head of state expressed, through his Twitte…

Andreína Chávez Alava (2021-05-06). Venezuelan Parliament Appoints New Electoral Authorities with Two Opposition Members. venezuelanalysis.com The new CNE was the product of behind-the-scenes dialogue between the Maduro government and moderate opposition sectors.

_____ (2021-05-06). Venezuela Reiterates Its Commitment To Human Rights And Justice. popularresistance.org Mexico City, Mexico – The Venezuelan Attorney General's Office submitted an updated report to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on April 30 detailing its efforts to address alleged human rights abuses by state officials. | In September 2018, Venezuela's right-wing opposition, with support from the US and a handful of allied countries, filed a suit before the ICC accusing the Nicolás Maduro government of being responsible for "crimes against humanity" during violent anti-government protests in 2017. | Attorney General Tarek William Saab said his office had engaged in "meticulous" work to defend human rights.

teleSUR (2021-05-06). Chile: Supreme Court Holds Convictions Of Catrillanca's Killers. telesurenglish.net Chile's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a prison sentence against seven former military police officers (Carabineros) and one lawyer for the murder of Camilo Catrillanca on November 14, 2018. | RELATED: | With three votes in favor and two against, the Supreme Court's Second Chamber rejected the nullity appeals filed by the convicted Carabineros. The resolution implies that there will not be another trial for the homicid…

Kenny Stancil, staff writer (2021-05-06). $152 Trillion. That's How Much Wealthy Countries 'Drained' From the Global South Since 1960. commondreams.org "Poor countries are developing rich countries, not the other way around." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/headline/thumbs/imf_argentina.jpg

Workers World Party (2021-05-06). PDF of May 9 issue. workers.org Download the PDF. Justice for Andrew Brown Jr. Celebrating May Day 2021! No education austerity! Vaccine apartheid; Colonialism in space; Bash U.S., not China; 'Scientific' racism; Protest for MOVE children; Lucy Parsons, anti-capitalist; Editorial — Biden's military maneuvers. GLOBAL: Chad conflict; Ecuador election. Tear down the walls: Unbroken, indomitable spirits; . . . |

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