The following is a selection of news and analysis headlines, with weblinks, appearing in the three, daily news pages of A Socialist In Canada during the week of April 5 to 11, 4, 2021. Comments in square brackets on the news pages are by website editor Roger Annis.
Top epidemiologist at World Health Organization warns coronavirus pandemic ‘growing exponentially’ around the world, Common Dreams, Apr 12, 2021
* India reels amid virus surge, affecting world vaccine supply, Associated Press, Apr 13, 2021 [As of April 12, 2021, the seven-day rolling average of deaths from Covid-19 in India is 787. That compares to the record of app. 1,170 in mid-September 2020.].
* Canada is now outpacing U.S. for new COVID-19 cases per capita, CTV News, Apr 11, 2021
New COVID variants have changed the game, and vaccines will not be enough. We need global ‘maximum suppression’, by members of The Lancet Covid-19 Commission Taskforce on Public Health, published in The Conversation, Apr 5, 2021 …Each time the virus replicates, there is an opportunity for a mutation to occur. And as we are already seeing around the world, some of the resulting variants risk eroding the effectiveness of vaccines. That’s why we have called for a global strategy of “maximum suppression”…
Right-wing candidate takes Ecuador presidential election on April 11. Sixteen per cent of votes were cast as abstentions following the call of NGO-funded Yaku Perez, Telesur, Apr 12, 2021 …The 13 provinces where Yaku Perez obtained a majority of votes during the first round of the presidential election on February 7 were the ones that, in the end, were decisive in the victory of Guillermo Lasso…
Related: Ecuador: Reversing the pandemic slump?, by Michael Roberts, UK economist, Feb 8, 2021
Venezuela rolls out economic support to keep workers home as Covid-19 infections spread, Venezuela Analysis, Apr 7, 2021 …Venezuela’s vaccination rate is behind other countries in the region as U.S.-led sanctions have cut off access to international trade, credit lines and payment channels. The sanctions have also frozen billions of dollars of foreign-based assets, which limit the country’s ability to procure doses… Venezuela has thus far largely relied on China and Russia to obtain the vaccinations the country requires to inoculate its population…
[Venezuela is #74 in the world for Covid-19 cases and #50 by population. For the past two weeks, it is reporting more than 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 per day. By comparison, Colombia, with nearly twice the population of Venezuela, has been recording more than 10,000 new cases daily during the same period.].
More news on Venezuela:
Crisis, sanctions and environment in Venezuela: A conversation with Liliana Buitrago and Emiliano Terán (part two), interview published in Venezuela Analysis, Apr 9, 2021 (Liliana Buitrago and Emiliano Terán are researchers at the Political Ecology Observatory in Venezuela. Part one of this interview, April 2, is here. )
* Canadian MP Don Davies says sanctions against Venezuela are illegal and immoral, by Steve Lalla, published in Orinico Tribune, Apr 10, 2021
Western media incite anti-Asian racism when they join in cold war against China, by Joshua Cho, Fairness and Accuracy In Reporting, Apr 8, 2021
Related news of rising threats against China:
* U.S. Navy strike group enters South China Sea amid growing tensions, The Defense Post, Apr 7, 2021 This is the second time this year, the strike group has conducted operations in the South China Sea.
* Hawks up the ante: China is now a nuclear threat, too, by Daniel Larison, Responsible Statecraft, Apr 8, 2021
* U.S. military cites rising risk [sic] of Chinese move against Taiwan, Associated Press, Apr 7, 2021
(The full ‘World news’ website page is here.)
China and climate change: An exchange by Monthly Review editors with the right-wing socialists who condemn China. Commentary by the editors of Monthly Review, published in MR Online, Apr 12, 2021 [This informative and timely commentary by the editors of Monthly Review unfortunately sidesteps the inaccurate and undocumentaed falsehoods by multiple Trotskyist and pseudo-Trotskyist writers arguing that China is ‘imperialist’. The same writers also attach their epithet to Russia. The issue is highly relevant because developed, imperialist economies, with their built-in expansion dynamics, are a far greater threat to the world’s ecology than the less stable economies of China and Russia. ‘Less stable’ means ‘more prone to pressure’. The Russian and Chinese economies, yes, are driven by expansion imperatives, but these operate differently and less forcefully compared to the imperialist economies. Both countries have achieved significant reductions in poverty during the past two decades, especially China. Elsewhere in this commentary, Monthly Review editors continue to move ever-so-slowly to endorsing the imperative of degrowth. They write, “China, like the rest of the world, desperately needs an ecological revolution, which must necessarily go beyond mere ecological modernization. This will mean questioning the whole role of economic growth…”].
Related: Despite pledges to cut emissions, China goes on a coal spree, Yale Environment 360, Mar 24, 2021
The environmental impacts of ‘green’ technology, by Julia Barnes, CounterPunch, Apr 9, 2021 Julia Barnes is a Toronto-based filmmaker and director of the forthcoming documentary film Bright Green Lies. The film premieres on Earth Day, April 22, as a live-streaming event and Q&A with director Julia Barnes and book authors Derrick Jensen, Lierre Keith and Max Wilbert. Tickets are available at https://www.brightgreenlies.com/.
Related: Read a synopsis of Bright Green Lies, including favorable mention by writer and author Chris Hedges, here. The book is 500 pages and is published by Monkfish Book Publishing.
One third of Antarctic ice shelf area at risk of collapse as planet warms, report by University of Reading (England), published in Phys.org, Apr 8, 2021
(The full ‘Ecology news’ website page is here.)
(News headlines, with weblinks, of the successive rounds of pandemic negligence by political and health authorities in Canada during the past 15 months are published daily on the ‘Canada news’ website page of A Socialist In Canada.)
Canada’s ‘Banderite’ Ukrainian lobby succeeds in cancelling lecture by visiting Russian professor, by Moss Robeson, The Canada Files, Apr 12, 2021
Ontario’s Covid nightmare is coming to life, by Bruce Arthur, columnist, Toronto Star, Apr 9, 2021 …Premier Doug Ford Ford has tried to be upbeat since issuing a province-wide, 28-day stay-at-home order on April 9 that is unlikely to actually cause cases to drop. He has urged other people to be positive, too, because being positive will help us get through the hell his government has allowed to unfold, or at least that seems to be the message, these days…
British Columbia has the world’s largest outbreak of ‘P1’ coronavirus variant outside of Brazil and the Whistler ski resort north of Vancouver is a key location of infections. Report in The Guardian, Apr 9, 2021
Green Party in British columbia blasts BC government’s Covid response, urges a ‘zero Covid’ strategy, The Tyee, Apr 8, 2021 The Green Party in British Columbia is calling on the provincial government to radically alter its pandemic response and aim for Covid Zero. This makes the two-member Green caucus in the BC legislature the first Canadian party outside Atlantic Canada to call for strict measures to eliminate the virus… The Greens’ call echoes criticism from epidemiologists, doctors and modellers that the approach could have prevented variants from taking hold in BC. It comes on the same day the province announced a record 1,293 new Covid-19 cases in the province…
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