2020-06-21: News Headlines

Daniel Marchalik, Dmitriy Petrov (2020-06-20). [Perspectives] Seeing COVID-19 through José Saramago's Blindness. thelancet.com Some 6 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, the emotional devastation, socioeconomic impacts, and pressures on front-line health-care workers continue to shape our world. While words cannot always do justice to the extent of individual suffering from this disease, fiction can sometimes offer a way to process the present moment, and this feels particularly true of Portuguese writer José Saramago's Blindness (1995).

Ricardo Vaz (2020-06-20). Venezuelan oil output continues decline as refinery resumes operations. mronline.org Venezuelan crude exports on track for 70 year low as Washington continues to target tankers and shipping companies.

Dana Drugmand (2020-06-20). Transportation Fairness Alliance revealed: Behind the oil industry's latest attack on electric cars. nationofchange.org This new coalition appears poised to counter policies designed to accelerate the transition away from petroleum-powered transportation.

_____ (2020-06-19). 'Black Lives Matter' Is International. popularresistance.org Corte Madera, California – The police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25th was the spark that ignited the tinder of accrued injustice throughout the US and globally. This injustice has deep antecedents in the US and indeed in much of what is now called the Global South. There is a shared history of colonial conquest of the Indigenous and the abominable institution of the enslavement of African peoples. | What happened has its roots in systemic oppression that has resonated internationally. Just as the police suffocated George Floyd, US unilateral coercive measures against Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua,…

Joseph Winters (2020-06-19). Masks, gloves — the ocean is filling up with COVID trash. peoplesworld.org Are oil companies the true heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic? That's sure what they'd like you to think. In a recent flurry of "corporate reputation advertising" highlighted by Emily Atkin in the newsletter HEATED, oil and gas companies, plus the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) — an industry group that counts Chevron, Exxon, Citgo, and many others …

teleSUR (2020-06-19). Pope Francis Beatifies Venezuela's Dr. Jose Gregorio Hernandez. telesurenglish.net Pope Francis Friday authorized the decrees that will allow the canonization of three Latin American blessed who lived in the 19th century and to whom the Congregation for the Causes of Saints recognizes the miracles people attribute to them. | RELATED: | The first of them is the Venezuelan physician Jose Gregorio Hernandez, who died in 1919 in Caracas after a car accident. Known as "the doctor of the poor," he studied in Paris, Berlin, M…

teleSUR (2020-06-19). The Venezuelan "Poor People's Doctor" to Become a New Saint. telesurenglish.net José Gregorio Hernández, a physician known as the "Poor People's Doctor," and revered by his people as a holy figure, is now closer to becoming a new saint of Catholicism and the first Venezuelan in history to hold such status. This after Pope Francis signed the beatification on Friday. | RELATED: | On June 18, after a unanimous vote in a plenary of Cardinals held in Rome, the beatification of the iconic doctor was…

teleSUR (2020-06-18). Venezuela Intensifies Quarantine to Fight COVID-19 Upsurge. telesurenglish.net Several Venezuelan states will radicalize quarantine measures due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, President Nicolas Maduro informed Thursday. | RELATED: | Capital District, Miranda, Aragua, La Guaira, Zulia, and Bolivar will increase restrictions in a bid to halt further spread of the pandemic. The president said that in the next few hours, specific measures will be announced to implement those restrictions. | Beside…

teleSUR (2020-06-18). President Maduro Condemns Trump's Intention to Invade Venezuela. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro Wednesday rejected President Donald Trump's attempts to intervene in his country, which was revealed by the U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton in his unpublished book. | RELATED: | In the book "The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir" Bolton reveals Trump's threats, which include making Venezuela part of the U.S. territory. | According to excerpts from the bo…

teleSUR (2020-06-18). Venezuela Unveils Plot to Plunder Its Nation's Oil Wealth. telesurenglish.net Venezuela's Vice President Delcy Rodriguez Thursday showed strong evidence against opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido and Jose Ignacio Hernandez, both of whom sought to plunder Venezuela's oil wealth abroad with U.S. government's complicity. | RELATED: | "The facade that lawmaker Juan Guaido and false prosecutor Jose Ignacio Hernandez have tried to present as a political project is, in reality, a criminal corporati…

en.mehrnews (2020-06-18). Iran-Venezuela alliance a glorious example for nations to follow: American analyst. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 17 (MNA) — An American columnist and political author says the Iran-Venezuela alliance against the US is a glorious model for other nations to stand against Washington's hegemonic policies.

en.mehrnews (2020-06-17). Maudro warns EU not to interfere in Venezuela's internal affairs. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Jun. 17 (MNA) — President Nicolas Maduro has warned the European Union (EU) against interfering in Venezuela's domestic affairs.